SAMCS Conference Partners with Media Meet Conference

written by Vaibhav Diwanji

FSU’s South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference (SAMCS) is pleased to announce their partnership with the Media Meet 2020 Conference. The Department of Media Studies of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bangalore, India will be hosting its flagship event Media Meet 2020, an International Virtual Conference, on August 27-29. This event is held in collaboration with FSU College of Communication and Information and Griffith University, Australia. The 11th edition of the Media Meet conference is organized around the theme of ‘Media Literacy.’

Professor Stephen McDowell, one of the founding members of the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference and FSU Assistant Provost, will be a part of the valedictory panel at the Media Meet 2020 conference. Assistant Professor Malia Bruker and doctoral candidate Vaibhav Diwanji, and alumnus Pablo Correa (’18, Ph.D. Communication) will also present at Media Meet 2020. The SAMCS/Media Meet partnership stems from planners’ connection with Media Meet organizer and FSU alumnus Kailash Koushik (’18, Ph.D. Communication), who is now an assistant professor at CHRIST (Deemed to be University).

“The aim of this collaboration is to encourage researchers in the field of South Asian media and cultural studies to further their research and provide platforms to present and deliberate their findings to a multitude of international audiences,” McDowell said.

The partnership helps expand the reach of the SAMCS conference, the hybrid (dual virtual/in-person) annual event of the FSU. SAMCS is co-hosted by the College of Communication and Information, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, and the Center for Global Engagement at FSU. The annual conference at FSU is an alliance of scholars, academicians, and practitioners dedicated to fostering greater understanding of the South Asia’s global importance. Media and information literacy in South Asia has been the focus of discussion in presentations, panels, and keynote addresses over the last six years of this conference. The collaboration with Media Meet 2020 is yet another step forward in SAMCS’s commitment to promoting research and engagement related to the South Asian region.

FSU conference planners will work with Media Meet 2020 organizers to recruit presenters for the 7th annual SAMCS Conference, taking place February 4 – 6, 2021. The seventh edition of the conference will be planned from the start as a hybrid conference with a possibility of moving forward in a virtual-only capacity. The theme for the 2021 conference will be ‘South Asia: Beyond Borders.’

View the schedule for the Media Meet 2020 (August 27-29) conference here.

The 7th South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference (February 4-6, 2021) announcement can be viewed here.

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