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[ecrea] CFP: Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Symposium 2017 - 'Practice and/as Media Industry Research'
Tue Dec 13 13:13:46 GMT 2016
_CALL FOR PROPOSALS:_
*Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Annual Symposium
*/ ‘Practice and/as Media Industry Research’/*
*Hosted by the Media Convergence Research Centre, Bath Spa University*
*One-Day Symposium: Thursday 8th June 2017*
/*Prof Kerstin Stutterheim, Bournemouth University*/
/*John Mateer, University of York*/
The Media Convergence Research Centre at Bath Spa University is proud to
be hosting the 2017 Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice
Network Annual Symposium. The symposium explores the theme of /‘Practice
and/as Media Industry Research’/ and will take place on Thursday 8th
The study of media industries is now a focal point at many universities,
promising rich dialogues between academia and industry. Media,
communications and cultural studies (including film, television,
publishing, radio, music and online platforms) are central to the
pursuits of media industry research, with scholars seeking to
investigate and to theorise the industrial workings of these media – be
it their macro social, economic and political influences or their micro
production cultures, distribution practices and professional ideologies
(Caldwell 2008; McDonald 2013; Freeman 2016). While the study of media
industries itself indicates a bridging between theory and practice –
between the study of media forms and the pragmatics of media making –
far less attention has been paid to what the study of media industries
looks like as practice-based or practice-led research, or how
collaboration between academia and the media industries actively shapes
As such, the symposium theme provides the opportunity for MeCCSA to
focus on questions of practice and/as media industry research and aims
to showcase both scholarly and practice-based research that considers
the complex relationships between the theoretical study of media
industries and creative forms of practice and practice-based research.
The symposium will feature lectures with leading academics exploring
questions of practice and/as media industry research and also
methodological workshops about ways in which collaboration between
academia and the media industries can shape creative practice.
We invite proposals for either practice presentations, scholarly papers,
media artworks or short film screenings across the full range of
interests represented by MeCCSA that are relevant to the symposium
theme. We are particularly interested in proposals for practice works
that have benefitted from collaboration with academics and industry.
Proposal topics may address, but are not limited to:
* Practice-based or practice-led forms of media industry research
* Creative interdisciplinary works about the media industries
* Sector-specific studies of practice-based media research (e.g.
digital industry, film and television industry, journalism industry,
* Scholarly or practical insights into academia-industry collaboration
* Modes of shaping practice and creativity across the media industries
* Blending media theory and media practice in higher education
Alongside papers and practice-based presentations, we will also be
hosting a MediaWall competition. Bath Spa’s MediaWall is an
architectural scale portrait format gallery, consisting of ten 55”
panels and standing 4 meters wide and rising 7.5 meters from floor
level. The MediaWall competition seeks submissions for practice-based
media works (e.g. films, exhibitions, artworks, etc.) that creatively
examine and interrogate questions related to the workings of the media
industries. The winning work will be exhibited during the symposium’s
evening reception and will also be showcased on the Media Convergence
Research Centre website. Since its launch in June 2014, the MediaWall
has exhibited a number of artworks including those by international
artists Julian Opie and Bruce Munro.
Please send proposals (300 words approx.) for all presentations, papers,
artworks or screenings – outlining its aim and form – along with a short
biography to the symposium coordinators: Matthew Freeman
((m.freeman /at/ bathspa.ac.uk) <mailto:(m.freeman /at/ bathspa.ac.uk)>) and Charlie
Tweed ((c.tweed /at/ bathspa.ac.uk) <mailto:(c.tweed /at/ bathspa.ac.uk)>) by no later
than *Friday 24th March 2017*.
We will also be offering three travel bursaries for PhD students
confirmed to present at the symposium (up to a maximum of £50 each).
Please indicate in your proposal if you would like to be considered for
one of these bursaries.
The symposium, hosted by the Media Convergence Research Centre and
supported by the Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network,
will take place in Commons building located at Bath Spa University’s
Newton Park campus, taking full advantage of its interactive digital
spaces and state-of-the-art studios and teaching facilitates.
The Media Convergence Research Centre interrogates the creativity,
culture and enterprise of the media in the changing landscape of
convergence, re-thinking the potentials of merging media practices,
representations, technologies, industries and audiences everywhere. The
Centre operates around four research clusters: Digital Materialities,
Film & Social Context, Play, and Transmedia Industries.
The MeCCSA Practice Network champions practice within the Media,
Communications and Cultural Studies Association, ensuring that those
that teach and research practice have a strong voice within the subject
association and beyond. We are dedicated to maintaining and developing
links with the creative industries and relevant national and
international networks and associations.
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