National media conference comes to Coventry

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On 2nd and 3rd July 2015, Coventry University will be the proud host of the 12th Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN).

Registration is now open for the conference, which this year is centred around the theme of ‘Transformative Practice and Theory: Where We Stand Today’.

You can book now to attend the two day conference for just £40.

The conference, organised by three PhD students from the Department of Media, will include 5 keynote sessions, 40+ presentations by postgraduate students and early career researchers, workshops, a pre-conference film screening, and a conference dinner.

The full conference programme can be viewed online now.

The conference will also be holding workshops as well as various social events to ensure plenty of networking opportunities for delegates to discuss their own work and others’ and to make valuable contacts for the future. These include a pre-conference film screening of Oscar award-winning CitizenFour (dir. Laura Poitras) in the Ellen Terry building on 1 July and an informal conference dinner will be taking place at Drapers bar and restaurant on 2 July.

Entrance to both days of the conference and all social events is included in the price of £40 – so book now on Eventsforce or find out more on the MeCCSA PGN 2015 conference website.

More Information on the Keynote Speakers:

There will be five keynote sessions from expert academics within the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. On Thursday 2 July, Prof. Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths University) will be discussing research from her new book Haunted Data in her paper ‘Haunted Data: Social Media, Weird Science and Archives of the Future’ and Associate Prof. Mandy Rose (DCRC, University of the West of England) will consider the role of participation in her presentation ‘Producing Participation – reflections on documentary as a co-created practice’. On Friday 3 July Dr. Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths University) will share her research on ‘Transformative Images, Temporality and Infra-structures of Feeling’; and Dr. Clare Birchall (King’s College London) and Prof. Gary Hall (Coventry University) will be presenting in a panel on ‘Scholarship in the Sharing Economy’ with their papers titled ‘Shareveillance: Data, Subjectivity and Scholarship’ (Birchall) and ‘How to Be Inhuman: Data Power, Paper Power’ (Hall).

You can also follow the conference twitter feed @MeCCSAPGN2015

This article content has been kindly provided by one of the conference organisers, PhD student Poppy Wilde.

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