Sixth International Conference on Communication & Media Studies

(ONLINE CONFERENCE)

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

7–8 October 2021

Online Only in 2021 // 2022 Blended

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 this year's 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 also able to present in-person and 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

Benefits of Becoming a Presenter

Our mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for us to come together and interact as a Research Network.

1 Present to a Global Audience

We pride ourselves on the global diversity of our network members. Add your voice, in-person or online, by submitting a proposal today. You will need the following: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.

View our Step-by-Step Guide to submitting a presentation proposal.

2 Robust Online Experience

For over 30 years, Common Ground has invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers to access to forums of scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve leveraged our self-built media platforms to create spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue before it was in vogue; connecting international voices as disciplines too often stayed in national silos; supported an agenda of equality with pathways for diverse voices.

And now we propose another kind of intervention -- a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.

With this step-by-step guide, we hope to walk you through the new phases pre/during/post-conference to ensure you have a productive online experience.

3 Publishing Opportunities

We are working to change the way in which knowledge is produced, validated, and shared within member-based Research Networks.

The Journal of Communication and Media Studies and Book Imprint offer pathways to transform your presentation into formal research objects. We also support a number of affordable Open Access pathways to allow maximum flexibility to support principles of open research, in a sustainable manner.

Find out more about The Journal of Communication and Media Studies and Book Imprint.

Participate with Audience Passes

Audience Passes are for those who want to benefit from the content, connect with presenters, and join the online discussion. You'll gain access to all headline presentations: welcome addresses, plenary addresses, and curated thematic content -- either live or from any place and in your own time. And you'll be able to participate in innovative online formats -- Talking Circles, Garden Conversations -- using the best of our online capacities, and on a human scale. All audience members will be recognized in the final program for their participation.

Important Dates

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The dates below serve as a guideline for proposal submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines.

Proposal & Registration Dates

Proposal Deadlines

Advance Proposal Deadline 7 December 2020
Early Proposal Deadline 7 March 2021
Regular Proposal Deadline 7 July 2021
Late Proposal Deadline 7 September 2021

Registration Deadlines

Advance Registration Deadline 7 January 2021
Early Registration Deadline 7 April 2021
Regular Registration Deadline 7 September 2021
Late Registration Deadline 7 October 2021

Submit Your Proposal

Use the button below to submit a proposal for review.