icsThe Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN) presents its 11th Annual Postgraduate Conference. The conference theme is ‘Global Interdependence: Knowledge, Experience and Theory’, and it will take place at the Institute of Communications Studies on June 23-24, 2014. A conference prize will be awarded for the best full paper that is submitted by 1st June 2014. Read below for more information.


The conference is financially supported by the Higher Education Academy, the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network and the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds.

Registration is now open and until May 8! Go here for more information: Registration

Conference theme: Global Interdependence: Knowledge, Experience and Theory 

The last decade in the field of cultural, media, and communications studies has seen the emergence of increasing discussions around the idea of “Global” broadly conceived. Globalisation, post-colonialism, neo-liberalism, digital convergence, development: all are concepts that have infused the debates in the field and which point to the many challenges of studying a world seemingly more connected yet still deeply unequal. Binary and polarised categories have notably dominated these academic discussions: homogeneity vs. heterogeneity, changes vs. continuities, nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism, optimism vs. pessimism, structure vs. agency, domination vs. empowerment. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent, media and communication research must engage with the global need to assess to what extent these binaries still hold, or whether they provide a good framework to understand this increasing interdependence.

These debates will be at the heart of this year’s MeCCSA-PGN conference. The conference will provide a platform for exchange of knowledge, theory, and experiences across the globe and therefore hopes to foster mutual connections and learning across borders, identities, and beliefs. Masters and PhD students, and early stage postdoctoral researchers, are invited to share their work on any topic relating to film and television, journalism, radio, photography, creative writing, cultural studies, publishing, interactive media, cultural and creative industries, the web and related areas. Proposals from other disciplines that engage with media, communication or cultural practices are equally welcome.

The conference will be organized around  thematic panels, each hosted by a specialist in the field from ICS.

Conference prize:

A prize of £250 will be awarded for the best full paper that is submitted by 1st June 2014. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the prize.