International Interdisciplinary Conference & Festival 


24th April 2021, virtual

Programme to be announced in early February. 

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. 


The conference/festival is organized by the Department of Media and Performance (formerly Film, Media & Journalism) 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. 

Organizing committee: 

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

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