Silenced Voices

Aberdeen, UK (7.-9.9.2022), 5. July 2022.

A reminder that registration is now open for MeCCSA 2022 at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, with early bird rates available until 5 July.

Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Conference | September 2022 | Events | RGU

There are also a number of travel and accommodation discounts available via the conference webpages. Aberdeen is at its best in September and we look forward to welcoming you to the Granite City.

Best wishes


Professor Sarah Pedersen FRHisS PhD MA PGCert TLT BA(Hons)
School of Creative and Cultural Business

Equality Champion (Sex)
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE


MeCCSA 2022, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK

Conference Theme – Silenced Voices
7-9 September 2022
Submission deadline: 31 January 2022

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Greg Philo, University of Glasgow
Dr Anandi Ramamurthy, Sheffield Hallam University
Professor Karen Ross, Newcastle University
Dr Miklos Sukosd, University of Copenhagen

The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association is pleased to invite the submission of abstracts, panel proposals and practice-based contributions for the MeCCSA 2022 Conference, to be held 7-9 September 2022 at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. As per previous announcements, the postponement of MeCCSA 2021 due to the pandemic gave us an opportunity to rethink our annual conference scheduling. It was decided to move the timing of the conferences from January to September, starting with MeCCSA 2022. There will be another online Annual General Meeting in January 2022, to ensure we comply with the Association’s constitutional requirements.

The theme of the MeCCSA 2022 conference is Silenced Voices.

The theme encourages engagement with a wide range of topics, which we hope will attract researchers interested in minority, excluded, alternative or powerless communities, and their ability to influence public discourses. It offers the opportunity for a wide variety of perspectives: from the historical to the contemporary; from group-centric to macro societal changes; from enablement to suppression; from psychological to technological; from the speakers unable to reach their audience, to audiences unable to find their voice.

The silencing of voices goes hand in hand with powerlessness and oppression. In a world grappling with the implications of fake news, cancel culture, the suppression of journalism, post-truth politics, debates about freedom of speech, and the mainstreaming of lies, we hope that this timely theme will inspire presenters to engage in analyses of the ways in which media and cultures work with and against those with silenced voices.

We invite proposals for scholarly papers, themed panels, posters, film screenings and other practice-based contributions. The theme of the conference is Silenced Voices, alongside we welcome submissions across the full range of interests represented by MeCCSA. Proposals might engage with the various social, political, economic, artistic, individual, collective, institutional, representational and technological dimensions of media interactions and environments. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

   Non-mainstream voices
   Samizdat / Underground press
   Voices from below
   Post-truth politics
   Cultural pluralism
   Corporate power and the media
   Minority languages
   Translation and mediation
   Freedom of speech
   Pedagogies and educational practice promoting inclusivity and embracing diversity.

We welcome contributions across the full range of interests represented by MeCCSA and its networks, including, but not limited to:

   Race, ethnicity and postcolonial studies
   Representation, identity, ideology
   Film and television studies and practice
   Radio studies and practice
   Cultural and media policy
   Social movements and activism
   Climate change, sustainability and environment
   Digital culture and games studies
   Gender and sexuality studies
   Disability studies within media studies
   Media pedagogy
   BAME experiences of media and culture industries
   Children, young people and media
   Diasporic and ethnic minority media
   Political communication
   Methodological approaches
   Media practice research and teaching
   Community media

Submitting a proposal

Individual abstracts should be up to 250 words. Panel proposals should include a short description and rationale (200 words) together with abstracts for each of the 3-4 papers (150-200 words each including details of the contributor), and the name and contact details of the panel proposer. The panel proposer should coordinate the submissions for that panel as a single proposal. For both panels and individual papers please include up to five key words.

Practice-based work

We actively support the presentation of practice-as-research and have a flexible approach to practice papers and presentations. This may include opportunities to present papers and screenings in the same sessions or as part of a separate screening strand. We also welcome shorter papers in association with short screenings. We also have dedicated presentation spaces to display practice artefacts including screenings, posters and computer-based work. For displaying practice work, please include specific technical data (e.g. duration, format) and a URL pointing to any support material when submitting your abstract. We expect delegates who are showing screenings to be present at the conference.

Please note that all proposals (abstracts and practice-based work) will be peer reviewed. PGRs are encouraged to submit.

MeCCSA Conference Bursaries

MeCCSA is awarding 3 bursaries for the conference for Postgraduate Researchers, Unwaged and Sessional scholars which will waive conference fee as well as provide up to £200 for travel and accommodation costs. Applications will be invited following confirmations of acceptance of proposals in March.

The RGU organising committee are aiming to publish an edited collection of papers focusing on the conference theme with a reputable academic publisher. Further details of how to submit will be announced closer to the conference.

Timeline of submissions and reviews

Submission deadline: 31 January 2022

Review decision: by 31 March2022

Submit proposals to:


Twitter: @MeCCSA2022