Conference of the International Journal of Creative Media Research: Emerging Technologies and Creative Industries


One-Day Conference: 29 June 2020

Co-organised by Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries
& Centre for Media Research

Funded by Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Partnership

Held at Bath Spa University, Newton Park Campus, Newton Park, Newton St
Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN

Confirmed keynotes:

Professor Graham Thomas, Section Lead for
Immersive Content, BBC R&D
Professor Mandy Rose,
Director of DCRC, University of the West of England
Professor Darren Cosker, Director
of CAMERA, University of Bath

We invite proposals from a range of researchers, makers, designers and
producers to showcase their research and creative practice, critically and
creatively exploring how the uniqueness of emerging technologies is
reshaping approaches to research across the creative industries.

Today’s emerging technologies present a unique proposition for the creative
industries. Often characterised as disruptive innovations against the
backdrop of enduring creative processes, emerging technologies such as
virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), robotics, artificial
intelligence (AI), projection mapping, location-based content, motion
capture and spatial audio present rich avenues for the creative industries,
gradually transforming media experiences. However, they also pose new kinds
of methodological challenges for researchers and makers.

Academia and industry alike are now working towards developing an innovative
set of aesthetic categories, terms, concepts, practices and methodologies to
make sense of the uniqueness of emerging technologies in and across the
creative landscape. With much research across the disciplines of media,
performance, art, computing and beyond increasingly exploring the creative
potential of emerging technologies and platforms, it is key that we also
better understand the necessary approaches to researching these kinds of
technologies and platforms.

How, for example, can we best engage with the innate hybridity of immersive
technologies, given the way that VR or AR experiences incorporate elements
from performance, games, film, gallery installations and even theme parks?
What is the impact of this hybridity on our ability to define immersive
technologies as an object of study?
If AI is re-imagining relationships with daily life, then how is this
technology reshaping research practices? More broadly, how do emerging
technologies such as motion capture and projection mapping impact our
interpretation of audience or user responses across the creative industry
landscape? And is now the time to develop new kinds of hybridised research
methods that better reflect emerging technologies?

This conference aims to engage with these questions by exploring the ways in
which different disciplines and different corners of the creative industries
are approaching the task of researching emerging technologies and their
audiences, spanning VR films, experiential AR games and live experiences, AI
and robotics, location-based transmedia productions, and so on.

Proposal topics may address, but are not limited to:

* Platform-specific research into emerging technologies (e.g. VR film,
AR games/apps, AI platforms, creative robotics, motion capture
technology, spatial audio works, etc.)
* Sector-specific research into emerging technologies (e.g.
performance industry, film and television industry, games industry,
computing industry, etc.)
* Creative/practice-based approaches to working with emerging
technologies (e.g. how can AI/automation practices enhance or
facilitate forms of creativity?)
* Theoretical approaches to researching emerging technologies (e.g.
new frameworks)
* Innovations in industry approaches to researching emerging
technologies and their audiences (e.g. current trends and tensions
in R&D contexts, start-ups, etc.)
* Emerging and cross-disciplinary forms of audience research in the
context of emerging technologies (e.g. across media studies,
performance studies, psychology, etc.)

The conference is funded by the Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Partnership, a £6.8 million AHRC-funded collaboration
between the University of the West of England, Bath Spa University,
University of Bath, University of Bristol and Watershed, Bristol’s digital
creativity centre. The partnership aims to connect the worlds of university
research and creative business to collectively imagine and develop the
future of the creative industries.

All creative work or papers presented at the conference will be considered
for publication in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Creative
Media Research (IJCMR), edited by
the event organisers. IJCMR is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed and open
access journal devoted to pushing forward the approaches to and
possibilities for publishing creative media research.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words (accompanied by a short
biography) to Matthew Freeman (
< by no later than *March 15, 2020*.

/About the keynote speakers:/

Professor Graham Thomas is Section Lead, Immersive & Interactive
Content at BBC R&D, where he leads a team of 20 engineers developing
next-generation audio and video systems in ways that can offer new
interactive opportunities for audiences. Graham helped establish the
BBC Audio Research Partnership He
was a key player in the development of the award-winning Piero sports graphics system and
the free-d camera tracking system for virtual studios. His earlier
work included motion-compensated standards conversion, which led to
the Emmy-award-winning Alchemist standards converter.

Professor Mandy Rose is Professor of Documentary & Digital
Cultures at the University of the West of England, where she is
Director of the Digital Cultures Research Centre. She is
Co-Investigator on the EPSRC Virtual Realities: Immersive
Documentary Encounters
project, a £1.2m 2.5 year project that interrogates the application
of virtual reality for nonfiction. She is also co-convenor of the
i-Docs Symposium. Mandy’s background is in TV
and film production, sound recording, producing, and directing
documentary and factual television.

Professor Darren Cosker* is Professor in Computer Science at the
University of Bath, where he is currently the Director of the Centre
for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications
(CAMERA), funded by EPSRC/AHRC. His
research cuts across different disciplines, such as Computer Vision,
Graphics, AI and Psychology, including work on human motion
analysis, recognition and synthesis, and data modeling. Applications
of Darren’s research have been across the creative industries
(including partnerships with the BBC and Aardman), the healthcare
sector, and sport.

Full information about the conference can be found here
General enquiries can be sent to Matthew Freeman (

II Conferência Internacional – História do Jornalismo (submissão de propostas de comunicação)

Está aberto até ao dia 5 de abril do próximo ano (2020) o período de submissão de propostas de comunicação à II Conferência Internacional – História do Jornalismo em Portugal, que se realizará no Colégio Almada Negreiros, no campus de Campolide da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, nos dias 15 e 16 de outubro de 2020.

O programa provisório já está disponível no website:

As propostas devem ser enviadas simultaneamente para:

A conferência realiza-se no âmbito do projeto “Para uma história do jornalismo em Portugal” (PTDC/CCI-JOR/28144/2017), financiado pela FCT e desenvolvido no ICNOVA – Instituto de Comunicação da Nova.
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CfP MtM 6 – (Trans)Forming Magazines

The sixth Mapping the Magazine conference will be held at Lusófona University in Lisbon, Portugal, July, 2nd and 3rd, 2020. We are now inviting submissions on the theme(Trans)Forming Magazines. The complete Call for Abstracts/Papers of Mapping the Magazine 6 is online here:

The organizers seek proposals for individual papers on topics related to magazine research from many disciplines (Media and Communication, Journalism, Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Linguistics, English, History, Visual Communication, and others). The MtM 2020 conference seeks to explore questions including but not limited to:

  • Conceptualizing the Magazine: What can be considered a magazine? What are the frontiers delimiting magazine types? Are new magazine types emerging? What ethical challenges do mixed types face?
  • Magazine analysis: What epistemological trends dominate in magazine analysis today? How do scholars build knowledge around magazines? What are the main methodological tools and approaches used to better understand magazine change and (trans)formation? What emerging and innovative research methods are being developed to study this field?
  • History of magazines: What can we learn from the past? What case studies inform our understanding of magazine media then and now?
  • Discussing business models: The impact of transmedia storytelling. How can print magazines survive? What can contribute to the success of magazines? What case studies can help us understand the possibilities and conditions of successful magazine projects? 
  • Designing magazines: What is the relevance of graphical design in defining a magazine? Is there a distinctive role of design in the field of magazines when compared to other media? What is the role of photography and video in a magazine? Are popularity and emotion still associated primarily to images and to the magazine as a genre? Is the online circulation of material threatening the identity work of the magazines’ design?
  • Magazines and journalism: Are journalism studies a dominant paradigm in this field? What are the intersections, the problems, the convergences and divergences? What role do professional journalists play in this field? How do magazines work with different professional profiles to create diverse forms of content? How can the study of magazines (journalistic or not) help us understand journalism?
  • Magazines and organizational communication: What are the roles of hyper-focused magazine projects in the development of our understanding of magazines? What are the synergies between companies and media production? How do processes of internal communication impact on the way magazines are conceptualized?
  • Magazines and publics: What role do magazines play in a reader’s life? Do magazines still create communities, and how? Are these communities becoming increasingly atomized? Do these communities have a political impact?

Papers dealing with other topics and themes are equally welcome, and Mapping The Magazine encourages a multidisciplinary approach, as well as theoretical or empirical perspectives.                            

Abstracts of 400 words for 20-minute papers are due by January 6th, 2020. Please submit abstracts via EasyChair. For instructions or to confirm receipt of your abstract, contact Successful applicants will be contacted by February 10th, 2020, and full papers will be due to the conference organizers by May 11th, 2020. Completed papers should be double spaced and 5,000-8,000 words in length. Please use APA style.

As in the past, papers will be delivered sequentially over the two days, not concurrently in separate streams. Conference delegates are asked to commit to attending all papers.

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SOCIO-ECONOMIC ECOSYSTEMS – 7th Business Systems Laboratory International Symposium – ALICANTE 2020

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Contributions that can represent advancements in theory and practice for sustainable well-being in the global era in and by different perspectives.
While focusing on Systemic methodology the Symposium is also open to all scientific approaches in order to foster constructive debates and confrontations to create new paths of research and practice.

Proposed tracks include (but are not limited to):

– MARKET-ING SYSTEMS – Chairs: Gianpaolo Basile

Submission of extended abstracts is open from May 20 to November 30, 2019
Feedback about the eligibility for presentation of the submission will be given by two weeks after the submission.
Early bird discount fee will be available until October 15, 2019.

Selected presentation will be asked to be developed into full papers after the workshop to be published on the following journals:

– Kybernetes. The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management science. IF 2018: 1.380

– Systems Research and Behavioral Science, IF 2018. 1.034

– International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics – Scopus indexed

– International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing- Scopus indexed

– International Journal of Markets and Business Systems

– Systems – MDPI

– Sustainability – MDPI

We look forward to your contribution to the event and we wish to meet you in Alicante next winter.

For further information please check the Symposium webpage at:

and do not hesitate to contact the Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Gandolfo Dominici (