University of Salford International Media Festival

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This November the Salford International Media Festival at Media City provides a vibrant forum for media stakeholders to debate the current climate and play an influential role in shaping the future of the sector.

The Festival builds on the rich history of the Nations & Regions Media Conference, widened now to provide a platform for academic discourse and debate and an inspirational programme of activity to support next generation media talent.

Running from Monday 17 to Friday 21 November, the Festival features three distinct complementary events over five days, providing an accessible programme for a national and international audience with many opportunities to network.

I’ll be mostly at the academic conference which is opening the Festival – Challenging Media Landscapes explores the theme of Media Choice and Freedom.

The conference aims to undertake an exploration of a range of the main conceptual and practice based issues which have framed the academic analysis of ideas, practical expressions and critiques of freedom and choice in media environments over the course of at least the last decade.

The Conference presents the opportunity for the academic and research community, including industry professionals, civil society and governmental stakeholders, to debate the many salient and often controversial issues in the debate on media choice and freedom. A series of research panels will address the following themes:

Freedom, Choice and Privacy in Media Environments
Policy Choices and Freedom in Changing Media Environments
The Growth of Big Data and Media Freedom
Journalism, Media Freedom and Democracy
Articulations of, and Barriers to, Creativity, Freedom and Choice in Media Practices

Find out more here.

Nations and Regions Media Conference, Radio for the 21st Century – Hosted by Katie Thistleton and Darryl Morris

Published by kirstyfairclough

Kirsty Fairclough is Associate Dean: Research and Innovation in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford, UK and Chair of the University Women’s Voice Network. She has published widely on popular culture and am the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. New York, (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (I.B Tauris) and co-author of American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction (Palgrave). Her work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and she has made several television and radio appearances. Kirsty has lectured internationally on popular culture, feminism and representations of women most notably at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, The University of Copenhagen, Second City, Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Middle Tennessee State University, Unisinos Brazil and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. She has significant experience in international partnership development, particularly in North America and developed the Salford Popular Culture Conference series with international partner universities, including I’ll See You Again in 25 Years, Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult Television: A Two Day International Conference (University of Salford, May 2015) and Mad Men: The Conference (Middle Tennessee State University, May 2016) and Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince, a three day international academic conference hosted by the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.

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