Theme 1: Media Cultures

On the cultures of media and the media of culture.

  • Mass versus niche media
  • ‘Audience’ and practices of participation in media
  • Cultural representation and power in media
  • Popular culture in the media
  • Feminist analyses of media
  • (In)equities in access, and digital divide
  • Politics of media and media in politics
  • Censorship, affront and censoriousness in media
  • Bodily presence and embodiment in media
  • Multicultural media
  • Media identities, from stars to selfies

Theme 2: Media Theory

On the theories of media and communication.

  • Communications theory
  • Telepresence and time-space compressions
  • Psychology of media and communications
  • The idea of the virtual
  • Cybernetics
  • Mediation and remediation
  • Media discourses: vicarious and participatory
  • Ideologies in media, manipulation and propaganda
  • Information theory
  • Media analytics

Theme 3: Media Technologies and Processes

On the technologies of media and communication.

  • Mass media and broadcast media: television, radio, newspapers, magazines
  • Cinema and documentary
  • Typographic media, from print to postscript
  • Photography, from film to digital
  • Hypermedia and multimedia
  • Internet and online media
  • Social media
  • Informatics: code and data in media

Theme 4: Media Business

On the business of communication media.

  • Political economy of media
  • Media management
  • Advertising and marketing
  • News media and journalism: changing dimensions of a profession
  • Public relations as text and profession
  • The changing publishing industry
  • Intellectual property, between copyright and commons
  • Reputational economies
  • Globalization of media

Theme 5: Media Literacies

On the languages and learning of media.

  • Media education
  • Media training and workforce development
  • From learning management systems to MOOCs: e-learning environments as educational media
  • Self-instructing media and informal learning
  • Over-the-shoulder learning