International Interdisciplinary Conference & Festival 


24th April 2021, virtual

It is a pleasure to invite you to Communities and Communication. The conference/festival is organised by the Department of Media and Performance (formerly Film, Media & Journalism) School of Digital, Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University and will take place online on 24th April 2021 

We accept both traditional papers and audiovisual submissions

The theme of Communities and Communication will be 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. 

Topics of interest:

  • Real-world versus digital communities 

  • Audio-visual communication practices

  • Interdisciplinary community-connections

  • What is the future of communities?

  • Visibility and identity in communities

  • Local vs global communities

  • Sports, digital media and communities

  • Healthcare and community

  • Community inclusion and exclusion

  • Performance


Guidance for authors:

The deadline to submit abstracts is 18th December 2020

The proposals should include: Title, up to 5 keywords, abstract (250 words), author name, affiliation and short bio (50 words). 

All proposals should be emailed to Dr Agata Lulkowska, Dr Sharon Coleclough, or Stephanie Steventon.

For all audiovisual entries 

We encourage Early-Career and PhD students to enter. All registration is free. 

Organising committee: 

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

For any enquiries, please contact:

We look forward to connecting with you at this exciting event. 

Agata, Sharon, and Stephanie

Call for Papers & audio-visual



​© Agata Lulkowska 2020

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