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EXTENSION: Call for Hosts - MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference 2019/2020

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Aurora Patera <[log in to unmask]>

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Aurora Patera <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 4 Jun 2018 11:39:02 +0100

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Sorry for crossposting, this is a reminder that the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network (PGN) invites applications from postgraduate students interested in hosting our Annual Postgraduate Conference in 2019 and 2020. The deadline has been postponed to the 15th of June.

The aim of the Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN) is to bring together postgraduate students in media, communication and cultural studies from different intellectual traditions and cultural backgrounds to form research, and teaching and learning networks and ensure peer support.

Hosting an Annual Postgraduate conference is an opportunity for institutions to get more involved with the Postgraduate Network, emphasise their research and their own postgraduate schools, strengthen their network both locally and at national level, and to enrich their portfolio of events.

The conference bid should be structured like a research report (2,000 - 5,000 words) and should include the following information: 

1.Basic Information:  Information on your city, university, faculty, graduate school and other relevant bodies may be included in the report. Each report should aim to convince the reviewers about why a university is particularly suited to host the 2019 and 2020 MeCCSA PGN Annual Conference.

2.Members of the Organising Committee:  State the members of the organising committee (which may be subject to change) in the report and describe support from faculty and/or other relevant bodies. Along with the bid, a letter of support from your department is also required.

3.Conference Outline:  The bid should provide a draft outline of the conference. The outline should include specific information on opening and closing addresses, guest speakers (i.e. keynote address, plenary debates etc.), workshops (i.e. PG training events) and the major conference structure (i.e. panels or other appropriate opportunities to present research) as well as a preliminary timetable. Additionally, the conference should provide space for the MeCCSA PG Network's AGM and for networking events (i.e. coffee breaks, conference dinner, entertainment etc.). At this stage, it is sufficient to refer to a range of academics who you may wish to approach.

4.Communication: The bid should also detail how the conference committee is going to communicate with the delegates. This could include information on a conference package and programme as well as a specific online presence. Further points to reflect upon may include a description of conference venues, accommodation and catering.

5.Funding:  Finally, the report should include a preliminary evaluation of the conference budget. The chosen candidate will be encouraged to apply for additional funds and seek support from their Department or University in the form of reduced or waived room fees and other such accommodations.

The MeCCSA PGN committee will review each bid. After a bid for each year has been accepted, the MeCCSA PGN committee expects the conference committee and organisers to confer with the representatives of the MeCCSA PGN on issues such as plenary speakers, workshops and conference outline. Generally, the conference is expected to be held in late June or early July.

Deadline:  Please submit your completed bid to the MeCCSA PGN Vice Chair, Aurora Patera <[log in to unmask]> by 15th June 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes,
 MeCCSA PGN Board

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