Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 as a Church of England teacher training college and was based at St Martin’s Priory. A campus was built within the walls of St Augustine’s Monastery in Canterbury, part of a World Heritage Site, with Bachelor of Education degrees being award from 1970 and further subject from 1977. In 1995, the institution was given taught degree awarding powers by the Privy Council. It became a university in 2005. Over the past fifty years it has expanded to include further academic and professional training across a variety of levels, with campuses in Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge, and now has in excess of 17,000 students. The university’s Chancellor in the Archbishop of Canterbury, currently Justin Welby, and the Vice-Chancellor is Professor Rama Thirunamachandran.

The School of Media, Arts and Design

The School of Media, Art and Design can trace its history back to a small group of people teaching Film in 1980 and now has the following programmes: Digital Media; Film, Radio and Television Studies; Fine Arts, Fine and Applied Arts; Graphic Design; Media and Communications; Multimedia Design; Multimedia Journalism; Photography; Public Relations, Media and Marketing and Web Design, with new programmes in Film Production and Television Production starting in September 2018. The School is located on the main campus on North Holmes Road, in the area around the Powell Building, named after Kent-born filmmaker Michael Powell. The school has a strong ethos of practice-theory interchange and embeds employability and professional skills into its programmes; it has also supervised PhDs on subjects such as television documentary, adaptation theory, media representations, media business, memory and media, Chinese protest music, Bulgarian popular music, social media, computer gaming, among others. Members of the school produce a steady stream of articles, books, films, radio programmes, exhibitions, journalism and workshops.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Kaitlynn Mendes

(University of Leicester)

Dr Einar Thorsen

(Bournemouth University)

Nico Carpentier

(Uppsala University, Sweden)


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Call for Papers

The MeCCSA Post Graduate Network, warmly invites you to attend our Annual Research Conference to be held at Canterbury Christ Church University on the North Holmes Road Campus from the 5th-6th July 2018. This year’s conference will be based around the theme of communities.

The conference will be based around the theme of media, communities and cultures. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Community and the Media
  • Gendered Communities
  • LGBT Community
  • Postcolonial Communities
  • Communities of Protest
  • Disability Communities
  • Subcultural Communities
  • Postgraduate Community
  • Online Communities
  • Communities and the past
  • Community, Research and Impact
  • Local and Global Communities
  • Methodologies to research communities

The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network and the local organisers at Canterbury Christ Church University are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all postgraduate students in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. Therefore, papers around other themes are also welcome and encouraged.

In addition, the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Journal, Networking Knowledge. In order to mark this special date, we will publish a guest edition of the journal with papers delivered during the conference.

Please send your abstract, of no more than 250 words for a presentation lasting 20 minutes, to by 20th March 2018.

For panel proposals, please include a brief rationale for the panel and abstracts for all papers, including authors and affiliations.

You will receive a notification from the conference organisers confirming whether your abstract has been accepted by the end of March. We would like to encourage delegates to write the full version of their papers for further peer review and potential inclusion in the anniversary edition of Networking Knowledge. In addition, full papers submitted by 28 June 2018 will enter the Best Paper Award competition. The paper that receives this award will be included in the guest edition of the journal.

We look forward to reading your abstracts. For any queries, please contact

Conference Organisers: Nick Furze, Emma Graves, Aurora Patera

Event Location

Canterbury Christ Church University
Powell Building
North Holmes Road
Phone: +1159t3764

Event Partners