University of North Texas

Department of Media Arts

1155 Union Circle

Denton, TX 76203

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mediating change


An interdisciplinary media and justice conference for researchers, media practitioners, educators, and activists.
November 1-2, 2018
University of North Texas
Denton, TX
Hosted by the Department of Media Arts at the University of North Texas


The University of North Texas is proud to host the inaugural Mediating Change conference November 1-2, 2018 in Denton, TX.


The conference focuses on the roles of media in creating a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and just society. The goal is to bring scholars, media practitioners, educators, and/or activists together in one space so that we can all learn from and about each other’s research, creative projects, tools, and strategies.

The conference includes 7 breakout sessions with local, national, and international researchers, activists, mediamakers, and educators. There will be 4 interactive workshops, which are designed to give attendees an opportunity to learn how to put the conference's themes into action. 

Maori Karmael Holmes will give our keynote address on Thursday afternoon. That evening we will screen the feature length documentary Call Her Ganda, followed by a discussion with PJ Raval and Curran Nault. On Friday we will host a plenary discussion on the ethics of community media making and activist research. The conference will close with a reception and interactive exhibit at UNT on the Square in downtown Denton. 

Check out the schedule and program for full details.



​​We are seeking submissions in 3 categories: paper presentations/pre-constituted panels, workshops, and creative exhibitions.

We invite scholarship and creative projects that focus on the intersections of media and justice; we are particularly interested in research, creative projects, pedagogy, and activism with a specific local or regional focus.


We are also interested in collaborative and community-based research or creative projects; we encourage workshops and panels that include diverse populations including students, youth, and community leaders.

Please read the full Call for Proposals for more information about the aim and scope of the conference, as well as details about submissions. 

Deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, May 25, 2018

Email submissions to:



The University of North Texas is a tier one public research institution. With almost 38,000 students, UNT is one of the largest universities in the state of Texas.


The city of Denton is a lively college town of about 130,000 people. We're located 35 miles north of downtown Dallas and 35 miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth (what is referred to as the DFW metroplex).


The campus is about 30 minutes from DFW airport and about 45 minutes from Love Field airport (hub for Southwest airlines).

Check out our accommodations page for more information about hotels and travel.