PhD candidates Nick Furze, Emma Graves and Aurora Patera in the School of Media Art and Design are organising this year’s MeCSSA conference at Canterbury Christ Church University on the theme of Media, Communities, Cultures.

MeCCSA Post Graduate Network Conference 2018: Media, Communities, Cultures
5-6 July 2018

Canterbury Christ Church University
Keynote Speakers: Dr Kaitlynn Mendes and Dr Einar Thorsen

The MeCCSA PGN committee and the Organising Committee have decided to extend further the deadline of the Call for Papers for the 2018 PGN Conference, due to the UCU strike that is affecting many of our colleagues. This extraordinary measure will hopefully help all those who are affected by the strike. The new deadline is the 20th March 2018.

If you want to present at this years conference then please send your abstract, of no more than 250 words for a presentation lasting 20 minutes, to

This year we welcome all papers around the themes of media, communities and cultures, including, but limited to, the following:

  • Community and the Media
  • Gendered Communities
  • LGBT Community
  • Postcolonial Communities
  • Communities of Protest
  • Disability Communities
  • Subcultural Communities
  • Postgraduate Community
  • Online Communities
  • Communities and the past
  • Community, Research and Impact
  • Local and Global Communities
  • Methodologies to research communities

The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network and the local organisers at Canterbury Christ Church University are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all postgraduate students in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. Therefore, papers around other themes are also welcome and encouraged.

In addition, the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Journal, Networking Knowledge. In order to mark this special date, we will publish a guest edition of the journal with papers delivered during the conference.

For panel proposals, please include a brief rationale for the panel and abstracts for all papers, including authors and affiliations.

You will receive a notification from the conference organisers confirming whether your abstract has been accepted by the end of March. We would like to encourage delegates to write the full version of their papers for further peer review and potential inclusion in the anniversary edition of Networking Knowledge. In addition, full papers submitted by 28 June 2018 will enter the Best Paper Award competition. The paper that receives this award will be included in the guest edition of the journal.

We look forward to reading your abstracts. For any queries, please contact us at: