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[Commlist] MeCCSA PGN Conference CFP
Mon Jan 06 23:28:38 GMT 2020
Call for Papers: MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2020 Conference
University of Brighton, 10-11 September 2020
Conference Theme: Mediating Place: Memory, Culture and Experience
The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network is pleased to invite postgraduate
researchers to attend our upcoming annual conference at the University
of Brighton on 10th and 11th September 2020.
The theme of the conference is Mediating Place: Memory, Culture and
Experience. However, the Postgraduate Network and the Organising
Committee at the University of Brighton are committed to providing an
inclusive and supportive environment for all postgraduate students in
Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. Therefore, papers around
other themes, including the full range of research areas and
methodologies in our field, are also strongly welcome and encouraged.
Details on the theme:
Place is something more often sensed than understood, an indistinct
region of awareness rather than something clearly defined. 'Place' has
no fixed identity, as places themselves do not, and has similarly been
subject to numerous demands, whether theological or philosophical,
political or aesthetic.
Tacita Dean and Jeremy Millar, Place, 2005, p. 14
Dean and Millar’s comments encapsulate the pervasiveness of place in
contemporary research – but also point to its inherently contested
nature. The interaction of ideas, experiences and cultures of place are
always already infused with power, politics and the plurality of
possible pasts, presents and futures.
This conference aims to explore the multiple mediations of place and
understand the demands and opportunities these provide for our research,
in terms of both theory and method. What knowledges, practices and
positionalities are opened (and closed)? What entanglements and
encounters are produced (and denied)? What types of places emerge and
how do they interact (or not)?
Structured to encourage understandings, experiences and discussions of
place as a ‘simultaneity of stories-so-far’ (Massey, 2005), we are
seeking papers, panel proposals and creative contributions from a wide
range of disciplines and would be delighted to receive abstracts from
interdisciplinary researchers and submissions from creative practitioners.
Contributions are not limited to the below, but the following are some
themes delegates may want to present on:
Place can be created through the enforcement of boundaries – political,
material, imagined, technological etc. – or can exist less tangibly as
sensed or remembered. Places are often both of these at the same time.
Work that engages with the contested and productive natures of
(un)bounded place, and work that attends to the boundary itself –
exploring its particular social, political and cultural ecology – are
just some examples of what might come under this theme.
This theme understandably links closely with ideas of bounded place as
when a place is depicted, decisions are made of what is included and
where the limits lie. It is possible to argue that all material culture
is a depiction of the place it has come from, a notable example is the
often stereotyped dot painting style of Western Desert Aboriginal art
becoming synonymous with an Australian aesthetic (Gibson, 2011). A more
overtly political element of depicted place may be discussed through the
idea of mapping (and counter-mapping) place.
This theme speaks to both the increasing ‘placelessness’ of places
through, for example, the homogenising forces of ‘development’ and the
untethering effects of contemporary capitalism and its (apparent)
‘fluidity’, as well as the more material eradication of places through
processes of power and politics, as well as climate change and
environmental crisis. Questions of which places endure – in what way,
and how, why and for whom – are also pertinent here.
Examples of topics explored through theories of place:
Place's Critical Relation to Space and Environment
Feeling Out of Place
The Politics of Place
Placing Oneself in Place
The Online/Virtual Place
Without a Place
Time and Place/Memoryscapes
Co-becoming With Place
The Agency of Place
Please send an abstract of 200-400 words along with a brief biography
and institutional affiliation to (meccsa2020pgn /at/ brighton.ac.uk) by 30th
We are accepting proposals for: 20-minute paper presentations
1.5-hour panel sessions (with 3-5 contributors)
Creative contributions: short films, performance, artistic practice etc.
If you would like to propose a panel please send a 300 word description
of the panel along with the abstracts.
Please indicate in your submission if you need any specialist equipment,
other than projector and podium.
Please also let us know if you have any particular access requirements.
Additionally, we would like to encourage delegates to submit full
versions of their papers for the potential inclusion in a Special
Conference Issue of the Postgraduate Network’s journal Networking
Knowledge. More details about this will be released after the abstract
If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with the
We look forward to receiving your abstracts and welcoming you to the
Conference Organisers: Jo Pilcher, Kate Monson and Ëpha Roe.
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