We are delighted to be hosting the first MeCCSA annual conference in Scotland at the University of Stirling from 9-11 January 2019.
The conference theme ‘Continuity and Change – Media, Communications and Politics’ is designed to speak to different academic fields represented within MeCCSA, whilst also speaking to specific anniversaries significant to Stirling/Scotland, including the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament. We will bring together academics, practitioners and media and communications professionals to question the role of traditional and digital media and communications in maintaining continuity and advocating for political change.
The topics we will address include: media activism and civic engagement; digital cultures; media in devolved political contexts; media archives and pedagogy; documenting political change; ways of witnessing; crisis and change communications; media representation of marginal groups; ethics, power and responsibility; and cultural histories of film, media and communications education. These themes will be addressed in a range of plenaries, roundtables, panels, screenings, archival visits and exhibitions during the conference.
Stirling Court Hotel
The conference is an annual presentation for the best work across the full 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.
Philip Schlesinger is Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow. He is a Visiting Professor in Media and Communications at the LSE and in spring 2018 was a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been chair of the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland and Member for Scotland on the Ofcom Content Board and presently chairs the editorial board of Media, Culture and Society. His work has ranged widely across the fields of culture and media. He is currently working on digital culture and the transformation of the public sphere, with particular reference to nations, states, and collective identities. He is also pursuing related work on the politics of expertise.
Shohini Chaudhuri is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. Her main research and teaching area is World Cinema, with particular interests in film and human rights, film-philosophy, feminist and postcolonial theory. Her work develops transnational and comparative frameworks to explore links between different film cultures. She has written three books – Cinema of the Dark Side: Atrocity and the Ethics of Film Spectatorship (2014), Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia (2005).
Leshu Torchin is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, where she works on the subject of film, genocide, and human rights advocacy. She is currently working on community filmmaking for gender equality in the Pacific as Co-I on the AHRC-funded 'Participatory Filmmaking as Development Method'. She is author of the monograph, Creating the Witness: Documenting Genocide in Film, Video, and the Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in Third Text, Film Quarterly. Film and History and American Anthropologist as well as in the academic blog, The Conversation.
Hannu Nieminen is currently Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and professor of media and communications policy at the University of Helsinki. He received his master’s degree in social studies in 1984 at the University of Tampere, where he studied political science, sociology, journalism and mass media. Before returning to academic life in the early 1990s, he worked as a student and peace movement organiser. He received his PhD in 1996 at the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). In his doctoral dissertation, he compared Jürgen Habermas’ and Raymond Williams’ historical accounts of the development of public life in Britain, and assessed their complementary views, as well as differences, in conceptualising the role of communication in the processes of democratisation. From 1996 to 2005, Nieminen was the professor of media studies at the University of Turku.