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University of North Texas

Department of Media Arts

1155 Union Circle

Denton, TX 76203

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

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

Submissions should be emailed to: MediatingChangeConference@gmail.com

 

 

Paper presentations: 75-minute sessions thematically organized; constitution of each session will be determined by the conference organizers to include 3-4 accepted paper presentations around similar topics, themes, and concerns. Submissions for pre-constituted panels of 3-4 papers are also encouraged. In the interest of securing time for conversation across papers and with the audience, paper presentations will be limited to 10 minutes each.

 

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies focused on media and justice, community media making, or activism

  • Methods for producing media for and about inclusivity and equity

  • Conceptual or empirical papers that interrogate the relationships between media and change

  • Historical analysis of social movements or media developments

 

Paper proposals must include:

  1. Paper title.

  2. Names, affiliations, and a brief bio of authors.

  3. 3-5 keywords that describe the paper’s themes.

  4. A 250-word abstract, which includes description of the issue or research questions to be discussed, a brief overview of relevant scholarship, the critical or methodological framework used, and the findings, significance, or conclusions as relevant to the conference themes.

  5. 3-5 References (not included in word count).

  6. Pre-constituted panels: follow the same guidelines as above (250 word abstract of each paper; author bios) + include a 75 word description of the panel (i.e. theme, question, area of analysis, etc. that ties it together).​

 

Each room will be equipped with a projector; please plan to bring any special equipment that you need.

 

Workshops: 75-minute interactive sessions designed to teach a skill set or to produce a specific outcome.

 

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative funding strategies for creative or research projects

  • Designing media workshops with and for the community

  • Strategies for launching a media activism campaign

  • Assessing community needs

  • Innovative pedagogy (i.e. incorporating activism in the classroom)

  • Evaluating the outcomes of a mediated activism campaign

  • An innovative research methodology or approach to studying media & justice

 

Workshop proposals must include:

  1. Workshop title.

  2. Names, affiliations, and a brief bio of presenters; a workshop chair must be identified (workshops are limited to 1-5 presenters).

  3. 3-5 keywords that describe the workshop themes.

  4. Maximum or ideal number of workshop participants.

  5. Workshop description of no more than 75 words.

  6. A 250 word abstract that includes a brief rationale of the the session and its significance to the conference themes (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship).​

 

Each room will be equipped with a projector; please plan to bring any special equipment that you need.

 

 

Creative Exhibitions: 75-minute sessions that showcase and discuss creative projects. Each presenter will have up to 30 minutes total - this time is inclusive of both the screening/listening/showcasing of the creative project (up to 20 minutes run time; shorter projects are acceptable) AND a brief presentation (up to 10 minutes) about the project’s goals, process, outcome, and/or reach.

 

Creative exhibitions include (but are not limited to):

  • Short film screenings

  • Multimediated performance pieces

  • Digital media campaigns or hackathons

  • Augmented reality projects

  • Game design

  • Podcasts or other audio pieces

  • Photo essays

 

Exhibition proposals must include:

  1. Session title.

  2. Name, affiliation, and a brief bio of presenter.

  3. 3-5 keywords that describe the exhibition’s themes.

  4. Session description of no more than 75 words.

  5. A rationale of no more than 250 words that explains the significance of the session and its significance to the conference themes (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship).

  6. The title, description, and running time of the project to be exhibited (note: the 30 minutes includes your run time and discussion so projects should be no longer than 20 minutes; shorter pieces are encouraged)

  7. Link to images, trailers, or projects online. If not available online, please include a preview of the work in your email.

 

Each room will be equipped with a projector; please plan to bring any special equipment that you need.