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Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions

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16-18 April 2020   King’s College London


Second international Media Industries conference, hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London

Following the success of Media Industries: Current Debates and Future Directions (2018) we are pleased to announce the next Media Industries conference will take place in April 2020.

Media Industries 2020 (MI2020) maintains an open intellectual agenda, inviting papers, panels or workshops exploring the full breadth of media industries, in contemporary and historical contexts, and from all traditions of media industries scholarship. MI2020 will therefore provide a meeting ground for all forms of media industries research.

As a specialized focus, the 2020 conference takes Global Currents and Contradictions as its coordinating theme. In media industries scholarship, repeated attention to a few key territories, frequently but not exclusively located in the Global North, has concentrated but also limited the scope of the field. In choosing the theme Global Currents and Contradictions, we are therefore particularly interested in receiving submissions engaging with industries, contexts and bodies of research that represent, extend or challenge the geographic reach of the field. To headline this theme, a programme of keynote speakers will be announced in due course.


A core aim of the Media Industries conference is to bring together scholars researching media industries from across multiple professional associations and their relevant sub-groups or sections.

The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London is therefore very pleased to be organizing MI2020 in partnership with:

  • British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) – Screen Industries Special Interest Group
  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) – Media Industries and Cultural Production Section
  • European Media Management Association (EMMA)
  • European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) – Screen Industries Work Group
  • Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM) – AG Medienindustrien
  • Global Media and China journal
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) – Media Production Analysis Working Group
  • International Communication Association (ICA) – Media Industry Studies Interest Group
  • Media Industries journal
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) – Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group
  • South Asia Communication Association (SACA)


For King’s College London: Sarah Atkinson, Bridget Conor, Virginia Crisp, Sonal Kantaria (conference administrator), Wing-Fai Leung, Paul McDonald (conference chair), Jeanette Steemers and Jaap Verheul


Deb Aikat (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Courtney Brannon Donoghue (University of North Texas), Hanne Bruun (Aarhus Universitet), Evan Elkins (Colorado State University), Elizabeth Evans (University of Nottingham), Tom Evens (Universiteit Gent), Franco Fabbri, Anthony Fung (Chinese University of Hong Kong), David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds), Catherine Johnson (University of Huddersfield), Derek Johnson (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Ramon Lobato (RMIT University), Skadi Loist (Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf), Amanda Lotz (Queensland University of Technology), Alfred Martin (University of Iowa), Jack Newsinger (University of Nottingham), Sora Park (University of Canberra), Alisa Perren (University of Texas-Austin), Steve Presence (University of the West of England), Roel Puijk (Høgskolen i Innlandet), Willemien Sanders (Universiteit Utrecht), Kevin Sanson (Queensland University of Technology), Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England), Petr Szczepanik (Univerzita Karlova), Harsh Taneja (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Patrick Vonderau (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)


Registration for the conference will go live in mid-November 2019. Fees will be published then and will be tiered according to the delegate’s country of residence using the World Bank’s country classifications by Gross National Income per capita.


To submit, see the ‘Submission Instructions’ and accompanying link at https://media-industries.org.

Submissions will be accepted until 16 September 2019 at 23.00hrs British Summer Time (BST)(please note: BST is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) + 1 hour)

Submissions are welcomed in three categories.

  1. Open Call Papers
    Format: solo or co-presented research paper lasting no more than 20mins.
  2. Pre-constituted Panels
    Format: 90mins panel of 3 x 20mins OR 4 x 15mins thematically linked solo or co-presented research papers followed by questions.
  3. Pre-constituted Workshops

Format: 90mins interactive forum led by 4 to 6 x 6mins thematically linked informal presentations. Led by a chair or co-chairs, workshops adopt a roundtable format bringing together 4 to 6 speakers to offer short (up to 6 minute) position statements or interventions designed to trigger discussions around a central theme, issue, or problem. As such, the workshop does not involve the presentation of formal research papers, but rather is designed to create a forum for the speakers and the audience to engage in a shared discussion. The workshop format is flexible and can be adapted to allow the chair or co-chairs to introduce exercises or other activities where appropriate.

Delegates can make TWO contributions to the conference but only ONE in any category, i.e. presenting an open call paper and participating in a workshop will be permitted but presenting two open call papers will not be. Chairing a panel or organizing a workshop will NOT count as a contribution.

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