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Communities and communication

Staffordshire University is hosting a virtual international interdisciplinary conference and festival on 24 April 2021

Staffordshire University

Scientific Meeting Announcement

Staffordshire University is hosting a virtual international interdisciplinary conference and festival on 24 April 2021.

This conference/festival is organized by the Department of Media and Performance, School of Digital, Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University.

The theme of Communities and Communication is Connections.

The community is a concept which is at once decreasing and increasing, as we move away from real-world connections to online ones, we can see that these groups create new environments, connections, discussion, and ways of being seen in the digital world. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we want to share the many narratives and voices which these groups are creating, and ask how they create connection, camaraderie, and visibility for those involved.

This conference seeks to consider the ways in which these communities start, develop and grow, what is created within those groups and how real connections are built through technology sharing and eventually within the virtual environment of online discussion and dissemination. We welcome contributions from across the sector from traditional print media forms to film and television, and gaming and interactive technology, offering the opportunity to explore both applied and theoretical explorations of this area of communities within the digital world. We aim to publish a selection of these contributions in an edited collection developed as a result of the conference.

The Communities and Communication conference takes place on 24 April 2021 and the programme will be announced in early February. For further information please visit https://www.agatalulkowska.com/communityandcommunication

Dr Agata Lulkowska, Lecturer in Film Production, said: "With some exquisite keynote speakers and special guests, and nearly 2300 submissions, we have no doubt the first edition of our event will be a great success and a great reminder of the importance of communities and connections in the contemporary world.

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Organizing committee:

Dr Agata Lulkowska, Dr Sharon Coleclough, and Stephanie Steventon in collaboration with Thomas Wood and Piotr Siuda.

Contact:

Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk

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