IAMCR 2016 - Pre-conferences

IAMCR Newsletter - July 2016


There are a record number of pre-conferences organized for IAMCR 2016. Some will be held in Leicester while others in universities in London, Leeds, Canterbury, Reading and Valencia, Spain.   

If you are arriving earlier in Leicester, there six pre-conferences are being held in the city, spread over three days from the 25-27 July.  

  • A conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester has been organized by Dr Roger Dickenson and Anders Hansen and will feature distinguished scholars who will reflect on Leicester’s influence on the field of Media and Communication. 

  • Taking place at The Curve in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter, Critical Capacities: Media Workers and Action, will bring together leading media academics and activists to critically examine current trends and trajectories in global worlds of media work, and to present strategies and solutions for improving and enhancing conditions of media and cultural production. 

  • Back on campus, Surveillance and Security in the Age of Algorithmic Communication will discuss themes including the politics and ethics of algorithmic communication and security and challenges of the employment of AI in policing, social services, etc.  

  • The pre-conference Communication: Right or Duty?  will explore what is and what is not part of communication rights and what is the essential content of communication law and is also being held in Leicester. 

  • To round of our pre-conferences in Leicester,  The "Brexit" Campaign: The 2016 referendum on UK membership of the European Union on 27 July will provide an early opportunity to reflect on the referendum in the context of contemporary issues in political communication and campaigning. A central activity of this pre-conference will be the launch of EU Referendum Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign, a book about the "Brexit" campaign that was published only 10 days after the vote. 

  • Further afield, in London, there are pre-conferences on Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age at LSE, Anti-Austerity and Media Activism at Goldsmiths and Media and the Development Challenge at the University of Westminster. London is only an hour away from Leicester by train. 

  • Finally, Canterbury Christ Church University will be host to Spain's Civil War after 80 Years: The Wound That Will Not Heal?, the University of Reading will host a pre-conference on Communication for Development, and if Valencia, Spain is on your way to Leicester, join Ethics, Research and Communication: Looking Forward.

Details on all the pre-conferences and how to register can be found at: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/preconf