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MeCCSA 2013 – Call For Papers

This next annual MeCCSA Conference, will be held from 9-11 January, 2013 at the University of Ulster, Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The conference is being organized by the Centre for Media Research, in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at the University of Ulster and will enjoy the unique advantage of being part of the UK City of Culture events, being organized in Derry~Londonderry throughout 2013. For further information see:

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About MeCCSA

MeCCSA is the subject association for the field of media, communication and cultural studies in UK Higher Education. The field encompasses the study of audiovisual and print media including film and TV; journalism; radio; photography; creative writing; publishing; interactive media and the web. The field also includes media practice and practice research – film and TV production, journalism practice, and the use of new, digital information technologies in the arts, entertainment, social media and gaming.

Conference Theme: Spaces and Places of Culture

The 2013 conference will run from midday on 9th January until 5 pm on 11th January. Given that some people may need to fly to and from Derry on 8th January and 12th January, (Click here for Travel Information), some hotels are offering special conference rates to stay in the city during this longer period (other cultural events are planned for the evenings of 8th and 12th January).

We welcome presentations on our broad theme of 'spaces and places of culture'. And, as always, we welcome scholarly papers, presentations of practice, posters and panels across the full range of interests represented by MeCCSA and its networks, including:

Film and television studies and practice
Radio studies and practice
Cultural and media policy
Representation, identity, ideology
Creativity and digital spaces
The value and future of journalism
Media Studies as a discipline
Approaches to media pedagogy

Presentations are also invited for a special strand on children, young people and media, in conjunction with Cinemagic.

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Keynote Speakers

Click here to see the "Speakers" section of our site


Full panel proposals should include a short description and rationale (200 words) along with abstracts for each of the papers (250 words each) and the name of the person chairing, contact details for all panelists and technical requirements.
Panelists should indicate if they are willing to be considered separately.

Practice/ Presentation Guidelines

We are keen to support the presentation of media practice work, in particular when there is insufficient time to present full work during paper presentation. To this end we will allocate a presentation space for practice artefacts which include screenings, computer based work and multi screen work (where possible). For practice please include specific technical requirements (e.g. duration, format) and an URL pointing to practice support material. All presentations must run on Powerpoint compatible with Windows 7. We cannot run Keynote or other alternatives. All film/video work must play on a commercial DVD player. We cannot run .AVI, .MOV or similar file types. To avoid disappointment we would ask all delegates to ensure their presentations/films are compatible with the above specifications.

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The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre (HEA) are offering a £500 prize and publication for the best paper analysing key issues impacting on media, communications and cultural studies in higher education. Submission details as for other papers but a full paper must be with HEA by 23rd November 2012 (

Posters: The academic poster is highly valued by MeCCSA as an indicator of current research and there will be an open space set aside for poster display. A prize of £100 will be awarded to the best poster judged the MeCCSA Executive Committee.

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Submission Instructions

Abstracts of 250 words for
presentations of practice or

should be submitted for peer review using the button at the bottom of this page by Monday 10th September, 2012. Proposers will be notified of proposal acceptance.

Submit (Click the Links)

Step 1: Sign Up/ Log In
Step 1: Log In

After clicking the link at the bottom of this page, you will reach the above screen. Click the link "Not a user? Create an account with this site"

Step 2: Fill out profile (if signing up)
Step 2: Fill out profile (if signing up- remember to tick Author box)

Fill out the submission profile form with the denoted fields making sure you tick the box marked "Author" at the end.

Step 3: Select New Submission
Step 3: Select New Submission

Once you have submitted that form you will be presented with this screen and then in order to submit your abstract click "New Submission"

Step 4: Complete Submission process (2 steps)
Step 4: Complete Submission process (5 steps)

This will bring you to the submissions process. Just continue filling out the consecutive forms (there are 2 Steps) until your abstract is submitted.