Call for Papers

 The Call for Papers is now closed. Thank you for all your submissions!

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Prof. David Gauntlett (University of Westminster)
  • Prof. Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Prof. Andy Miah (University of Salford)

We are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts and panel proposals for the next Annual MeCCSA Conference, to be held on 10—12 January 2018 at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University.

The conference is the annual presentation of the best work across the whole range of MeCCSA interests, and is also an opportunity to hear about and discuss important topics in both media and HE policy relevant to MeCCSA members.

We welcome scholarly papers, panels, film screenings and other practice-based contributions across the full range of interests represented by MeCCSA and its networks, including, but not limited to:

  • Cultural and media policy
  • Film and television studies and practice
  • Radio studies and practice
  • Representation, identity, ideology
  • Social movements
  • Digital games studies
  • Women’s media studies
  • Disability studies within media studies
  • Approaches to media pedagogy
  • Children, young people and media
  • Diasporic and ethnic minority media
  • Political communication
  • Methodological approachesv
  • Media practice research and teaching

The theme of the MeCCSA 2018 conference is Creativity and Agency. ‘Creativity’ is a concept that is, at least implicitly, central to many courses in our subject area, which often entail analysis of ‘creative industries’ and include elements of ‘creative practice’ as part of the curriculum. Yet it remains a highly contested concept, from the official promotion of the ‘creative economy’ through to more recent debates about the commodification of everyday ‘creative labour’ via social media. How has the concept developed in the twenty-first century? How should we interpret today’s creative landscape?

We invite proposals for papers, practice contributions, themed panels and other presentations which engage with the various artistic, organisational, social, political, economic, individual, collective and technological dimensions of creativity and agency. Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • art and activism
  • creativity and cultural policy
  • everyday creativity
  • public service media as a creative agent
  • technology and creativity
  • creative entrepreneurship and cultural industries
  • individual and collective conceptions of creativity
  • non-fiction and creativity
  • creativity and pedagogy
  • creative labour and social media
  • creativity and practice research

Submitting a proposal
Individual abstracts should be up to 250 words. Panel proposals should include a short description and rationale (200 words) together with abstracts for each of the 3-4 papers (150-200 words each including details of the contributor), and the name and contact details of the panel proposer. The panel proposer should co-ordinate the submissions for that panel as a single proposal.

Practice-based work
We actively support the presentation of practice-as-research and have a flexible approach to practice papers and presentations. This may include opportunities to present papers and screenings in the same sessions or as part of a separate screening strand. We also welcome shorter papers in association with short screenings/sharing. We have dedicated presentation spaces to display practice artefacts including screenings and computer-based work. For displaying practice work, please include specific technical data (e.g. duration, format) and a URL pointing to any support material when submitting your abstract.

Email enquiries: MeCCSA2018@lsbu.ac.uk

Twitter: @MeCCSA2018