Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions

16-18 April 2020
King’s College London

Second international Media Industries conference, hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London.

Following the success of Media Industries: Current Debates and Future Directions (2018) we are pleased to announce the next Media Industries conference will take place in April 2020.

Media Industries 2020 (MI2020) maintains an open intellectual agenda, inviting papers, panels or workshops exploring the full breadth of media industries, in contemporary and historical contexts, and from all traditions of media industries scholarship. MI2020 will therefore provide a meeting ground for all forms of media industries research.

As a specialized focus, the 2020 conference takes Global Currents and Contradictions as its coordinating theme. In media industries scholarship, repeated attention to a few key territories, frequently but not exclusively located in the Global North, has concentrated but also limited the scope of the field. In choosing the theme Global Currents and Contradictions, we are therefore particularly interested in receiving submissions engaging with industries, contexts and bodies of research that represent, extend or challenge the geographic reach of the field. To headline this theme, a programme of keynote speakers will be announced in due course.


Registration for the Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions conference is now open.

Please use the link below to access the registration portal.

Fees will be tiered according to the delegate’s country of residence using the World Bank’s country classifications by Gross National Income per capita.

You can find out more details on our Registration overview page.


A core aim of the Media Industries conference is to bring together scholars researching media industries from across multiple professional associations and their relevant sub-groups or sections.

The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London is therefore very pleased to be organizing MI2020 in partnership with:

Host Committee

  • For King’s College London:

  • Sarah Atkinson

  • Bridget Conor

  • Virginia Crisp

  • Sonal Kantaria (conference administrator)

  • Wing-Fai Leung

  • Paul McDonald (conference chair)

  • Jeanette Steemers

  • Jaap Verheul

  • Alfred Martin (University of Iowa)

  • Maria Michalis (University of Westminster)

  • Jack Newsinger (University of Nottingham)

  • Sora Park (University of Canberra)

  • Alisa Perren (University of Texas-Austin)

  • Steve Presence (University of the West of England)

  • Roel Puijk (Høgskolen i Innlandet)

  • Willemien Sanders (Universiteit Utrecht)

  • Kevin Sanson (Queensland University of Technology)

  • Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England)

  • Petr Szczepanik (Univerzita Karlova)

  • Harsh Taneja (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

  • Julia Velkova (University of Helsinki)

  • Patrick Vonderau (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

  • Anna Zoellner (University of Leeds)

Advisory Committee

  • Deb Aikat (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

  • Yemisi Akinbobola (African Women in Media / Birmingham City University)

  • Courtney Brannon Donoghue (University of North Texas)

  • Hanne Bruun (Aarhus Universitet)

  • Evan Elkins (Colorado State University)

  • Elizabeth Evans (University of Nottingham)

  • Tom Evens (Universiteit Gent)

  • Franco Fabbri

  • Anthony Fung (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds)

  • Catherine Johnson (University of Huddersfield)

  • Derek Johnson (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Ramon Lobato (RMIT University)

  • Skadi Loist (Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)

  • Amanda Lotz (Queensland University of Technology)