Conference Host

Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London

The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) is dedicated to research and teaching exploring the processes, practices and experiences of cultural production across local, national, regional or global levels of analysis. In the last Research Excellence Framework, a nationwide audit of research quality across all UK higher education institutions, CMCI was ranked 1st for research power in the area of communication, media and cultural research.


Planning for the conference has been assisted by our partner organisations:

Screen Industries Special Interest Group, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)

Members of the Screen Industries Special Interest Group (SISIG) consider that the profound changes in the creative industries and their importance to public policy make industry-focussed research an important loci requiring specific and sustained critical engagement. SISIG will work to reflect, promote and advance industry-focused research within film, television and screen studies, both historical and contemporary, by providing a forum for interdisciplinary communication and exchange, and a platform for the dissemination of cutting edge scholarship.

Media Industries and Cultural Production Section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

The purpose of the ECREA Media Industries and Cultural Production Section is to provide a professional forum for the presentation, dissemination, analysis and discussion of all aspects of research related to media, creative and cultural industries, and to questions of media and cultural production. ECREA is the main European organisation for media and communication research, with nearly 3,000 individual members.

European Media Management Association (EMMA)

EMMA is the world’s most established academic association in the field of media business. The association supports advancement in media management research, scholarship and practice throughout Europe and around the world. EMMA’s flagship publication, the Journal of Media Business Studies, publishes original scholarly articles that apply business theories to the examination of media and the media industries

Screen Industries Work Group, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)

The Screen Industries Work Group (SIWG) brings together researchers examining the practices, structures, organization, and dynamics shaping the film, television, gaming and digital media industries. SIWG welcomes intellectual diversity and so does not advocate any single approach to the study of screen industries but instead encourages research and teaching that is continually open to, and strengthened by, multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives.

AG Medienindustrien, Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM)

Founded in 2012, the media industries workgroup (Arbeitsgruppe Medienindustrien) within the German Society for Media Studies (GFM) is engaged in organizing conferences, publications, and research networks specifically related to media industries research. It is the first dedicated workgroup of its kind in the German-language countries and currently is led by Skadi Loist and Patrick Vonderau.


Global Media and China journal

Global Media and China (GCH) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, which provides a dedicated, interdisciplinary forum for international research on communication and media with a focus on China.

This journal is the official journal of the Communication University of China.


International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) is an international organization established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music. Founded in 1981, IASPM has grown into an international network. On national and international levels, the organization’s activities include conferences, publications and research projects designed to advance an understanding of popular music and the processes involved in its production and consumption. To build a large and diverse body of knowledge of popular music, IASPM is an organization which is both interprofessional and interdisciplinary. It welcomes as members anyone involved with popular music. To preserve its autonomy, the association remains independent of all commercial and governmental interests.

Media Production Analysis Working Group, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

IAMCR is a worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research. It’s members promote global inclusiveness and excellence within the best traditions of critical scholarship in the field. The Media Production Analysis Working Group of the IAMCR provides a venue for researchers of media production in various genres and across different media with a focus on multiple technologies, organisational contexts and genres to grasp the internal and external dynamics of media production processes.

Media Industry Studies Interest Group, International Communication Association (ICA)

ICA’s Media Industry Studies Interest Group (ICAMIS) exists to promote research and teaching practice on the history, organization, structure, economics, management, production processes and cultural forms, and the societal impact of media industries from a variety of theoretical, empirical, and cultural perspectives. Among other things, members study: the relationship between government and industry; the intersection of audience and industry; audiences as consumers; the business of media; production and creative labour; ownership structure; and content diversity from a range of micro and macro-levels.

Media Industries journal

Media Industries is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that supports critical studies of media industries, institutions, and policies worldwide. The journal, which launched in 2014, represents an international collaboration among nine universities on four different continents. Administrative and editorial processes are managed by leading faculty members from these institutions.

Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

It is the aim of the Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group (MISIG) promotes research and teaching directed at cultivating knowledge of the industrial and institutional conditions which shape and define the financing, regulation, production, reproduction, dissemination, promotion, presentation or consumption of media products and services. Analysis of the media industries and institutions invites a range of critical or conceptual frameworks, and research by members of MISIG includes critical engagement with matters of cultural labour, industry structures, media markets, creative and working practices, media law (e.g. competition, intellectual property, or tax), policy formation, and environmental issues (e.g. electronic waste).


South Asia Communication Association (SACA)

South Asian Communication Association (SACA) is a joint effort of communication scholars and practitioners in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora worldwide.