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Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Conference

Wednesday 06 January 2021 - Friday 08 January 2021

Location: The Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Campus, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ

Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Conference
Join us on 6-8 January 2021 when the MeCCSA annual conference returns to Scotland. The conference theme is Silenced Voices and it will take place at RGU’s modern riverside campus.

We are delighted to be hosting the annual MeCCSA Conference at Robert Gordon University 6-8 January 2021.

The conference is an annual presentation for the best work across the full range of MeCCSA interests and these themes will be addressed in a range of plenaries, roundtables, panels, screenings and exhibitions during the conference.  

Our conference theme will be Silenced Voices and proposals for papers, panels and other presentations are invited that engage with this theme.


Potential topics include:

  • Censorship
  • Non-mainstream voices
  • Activism
  • Samizdat / Underground press
  • Voices from below
  • Whistle-blowing
  • Post-truth politics
  • Counter-culture
  • Cultural pluralism
  • Empowerment
  • Corporate power and the media
  • Minority languages
  • Translation and mediation
  • Pedagogies and educational practice promoting inclusivity

Find out more about the Conference

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Professor Gregory Philo 

Professor of Communications and Social Change and Research Director of the Glasgow Media Unit at the University of Glasgow.

His research interests are in the area of media and cultural reception and in recent years have focused on political advertising, images of health and illness (including mental illness), migration and race. Over the last 30 years the Glasgow Media Group has pioneered research methods focusing on the use of language in news and other media formats and has investigated how meanings are established for audiences.

Dr Anandi Ramamurthy 

Reader in Post-Colonial Cultures at Sheffield Hallam University.

Her primary research interests are focused on critically analysing ‘race’ and postcoloniality in media and culture to challenge hegemonies and give voice to the voiceless. Her work has explored images of Africa and Asia in British advertising, Asian youth movements in Britain and representations of Palestine.

Professor Karen Ross

Professor of Gender and Media at Newcastle University and a member of the Executive Committee of MeCCSA.

Her research focuses on the relationship between gender and media, and in particular the relationship between gender, politics and news. She is currently the general editor of the Encyclopaedia of Gender, Media and Communication for Wiley-Blackwell, to be published in 2020.

Dr Miklos Sukosd

Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen.

He has served on major international media research and consultancy projects, including as Chair of the COST A30 Action “East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda”, and as a key expert and team leader in the European Union’s “Independent Study on Indicators for Media Pluralism in the Member States”. His research interests include the media in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and China; and environmental communication.

Early Bird Rates

Until 5 November 2020

  • 3 Day MeCCSA Member £275 
  • 3 Day Non- Member £305 
  • 3 Day Concession £140* 
  • 1 Day MeCCSA Member £215 
  • 1 Day Non-Member £245
  • 1 Day Concession £95*
Regular Rates
  • 3 Day MeCCSA Member £315 
  • 3 Day non- Member £345 
  • 3 Day Concession £165* 
  • 1 Day MeCCSA member £245 
  • 1 Day non-Member £275 
  • 1 Day Concession £105*

(* Concessionary rates available are for students and unwaged only)

Hotel Offer

To book, contact the hotel directly on 01224 945555 quoting Group Reference -19950

  • Signature King Room (Single Occupancy) - £75
  • Signature King/ Twin Room (Double Occupancy) - £85
  • Corporate King Room (Single Occupancy) - £85
  • Corporate King Room (Double Occupancy) - £85

All rates shown are per room per night for single or double occupancy, including breakfast and VAT. Porterage is chargeable at £1.00 per bag per day. Individual bookings may be cancelled up to 4pm the day before arrival by contacting the hotel directly.

The conference Gala Dinner will be held at the Sandman Hotel on 7 January 2021.

Flight Offer

Air France and KLM are offering discounted travel to delegates attending the MeCCSA 2021 conference in Aberdeen.

This discount is available for travel from 29/12/2020 to 15/01/2021 using event ID 36959AF for up to 15% discount.

The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association is pleased to invite the submission of abstracts, panel proposals and practice-based contributions for the MeCCSA 2021 Conference, to be held 6-8 January 2021 at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. The theme of the conference is Silenced Voices.

The theme encourages engagement with a wide range of topics, which we hope will attract researchers interested in minority, excluded, alternative or powerless communities, and their ability to influence public discourses. It offers the opportunity for a wide variety of perspectives: from the historical to the contemporary; from group-centric to macro societal changes; from enablement to suppression; from psychological to technological; from the speakers unable to reach their audience, to audiences unable to find their voice.

Timeline of submissions and reviews 

  • Submission deadline: 17 July 2020 
  • Review decision: September 2020 ​

Further information

Find out more about the conference theme, how to submit a proposal:

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