Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
We are working closely with our local partners and are in the process of considering how to create safe conditions for an in-person experience. We will work toward this goal for as long as it remains a viable option. At the same time, we are on the front foot -- offering all presenters the ability to prepare for the possible move online. And, with the completion of your Presenters Page digital media giving the pathway for a rich online experience. In the end, we believe that this kind of practice will be a part of a blended future. Again, we are doing all we can to meet in-person — because we know how much that contact would mean. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in-person in a later year. This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of a place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
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

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada

Sanjay Ruparelia

Sanjay Ruparelia

Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, Ryerson University, Canada


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