CFP: MeCCSA Postgraduate 2012 Conference

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MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2012 Conference

17-18 September 2012, Loughborough University, UK

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 June 2012

The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN) invites submission of abstracts for its annual postgraduate conference to be held on 17th-18th September 2012 at Loughborough University, UK. MeCCSA is the subject association for the field of media, communication and cultural studies in UK Higher Education. The field includes film and TV production, journalism, radio, photography, creative writing, publishing, interactive media and the web. It includes higher education for media practice as well as for media studies. This interdisciplinary conference, sponsored by the ADM-HEA (Art Design and Media Subject Centre) and supported by the Loughborough University Graduate School, gives an opportunity to Masters and PhD students, as well as early stage postdoctoral researchers, to share their work on any topic related to the areas mentioned above. Submissions from within other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences that engage with media, communication or cultural practices are also welcome.

Presentations can be in the form of papers, posters, performances, films or multimedia. Panel proposals are also welcome with up to four presentations. Abstracts of about 250 words (for 15 minute presentations) should be sent no later than 15 June 2012 to


Please include with your abstract:

- Your name, contact details, institutional affiliation and year of study;

- Title and topic of research, including method(s) used;

- Up to five key words (these will help reviewers classify your proposal);

- Technical requirements for the presentation;

- An indication of whether you’d be interested in submitting the presentation for inclusion in the MeCCSA-PGN journal, Networking Knowledge.

For Panels

We especially encourage the submission of thematic panels with up to four presentations. To propose a panel there must at least be a minimum of two confirmed participants; once a panel is accepted the organizers may help the panel proposers in recruiting further participants. For panels, we require a short description and rationale (250 words), in addition to abstracts for each of the presentations (250 words each).

For Practice Research

We welcome presentations involving practice-based research. For proposals involving practice research, please include a URL to a web-based preview of the material in your abstract. In case that is not possible, please send across some images/AV material through email or a preview CD/DVD to:

Pawas Bisht, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK

Keynote Lectures

“From Identity to Identification: Fixating the Fragmented Self”

by Prof. Liesbet van Zoonen, Loughborough University

"Going Public: Research, Public Knowledge and Policy"

by Prof. David Buckingham, Loughborough University

More plenary events are being planned. Details will be added to the conference website.


Academic Publishing: Explores different kinds of academic publishing with an emphasis on journal publications; includes a discussion of the REF and its relevance to PGRs.

Pitching non-academic publications: Provides an introduction to non-academic forums for disseminating research; participants learn how to pitch their research for non-academic publications.

Activism and Research: Provides participants a forum for a structured sharing of the potentialities and problems generated in the process of researching social movements and other forms of contentious collective action.

Meditation: Provides an introduction to the ‘Mindfulness of Breathing’ meditation; includes an overview of meditation and its benefits, followed by a practical demonstration.

(Note: Places on workshops are limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Participants will have to indicate their choice of workshop at the time of registration)

The conference will feature several social events including a conference dinner.

Details of these events as well as other information regarding registration, accommodation and travel will be made available on the conference website closer to the date of the event.

Further Information

Keep watching the websites of the MeCCSA-PGN [] and the Loughborough University conference for updates.

For periodic updates, follow us on our twitter account @LBOROMeCCSAPGN. 

For any clarifications or questions, please contact the conference committee at

We look forward to receiving your proposals.


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