Online Only in 2021 // Blended 2022

Due to current restrictions on entry into Canada — and uncertainty on the date these restrictions will end—we have decided to continue with only the online component of the 2021 conference.
We are nonetheless excited to announce the online conference will be delivered on the CGScholar platform – developed by the Common Ground Media Lab, the research and technology arm of Common Ground Research Networks.
We are moving to bring the conference experience into the digital era. All presenters will be given Presenter Pages: linked to profiles on CGScholar, displaying abstract summary, thematic connection to panelists and peers, ability to add digital media: video, sound, other files. As an alternative, you can also participate online with Audience Passes. And finally, we'll be offering innovative online social spaces to frame serendipitous encounters for personal and professional growth.
All "Blended" registration types will be able to present online in 2021 and in-person (and/or) online in 2022.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2015, the Communication & Media Studies Research Network offers an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the role of the media and communications in society. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries.

The Sixth International Conference on Communication & Media Studies calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus—The Data Galaxy: The Un-Making of Typographic Man?
  • THEME 1: MEDIA CULTURES
  • THEME 2: MEDIA THEORY
  • THEME 3: MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND PROCESSES
  • THEME 4: MEDIA BUSINESS
  • THEME 5: MEDIA LITERACIES

Plenary Speakers

The Sixth International Conference on Communication & Media Studies will feature plenary speakers by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Jasmine Rault

Jasmine Rault

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough and the Faculty of Information at University of Toronto, Canada

T.L. Cowan

T.L. Cowan

Assistant Professor and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, Canada

Rianka Singh

Rianka Singh

Assistant Professor, York University, Toronto, Canada

Sanjay Ruparelia

Sanjay Ruparelia

Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, Ryerson University, Canada


Denis Renó

Denis Renó

Catedrático en Ecología de los Medios y Periodismo Imagético, Universidad Estadual Paulista, Brasil

(Spanish Language Plenary Speaker)

Jesús Miguel Flores Vivar

Jesús Miguel Flores Vivar

Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España

(Spanish Language Plenary Speaker)

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