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Manipal International Media Research Conference - 2021

MIMRC - 2021

  • Start Date:February 18, 2021
  • End Date:February 18, 2021
  • Venue: Virtual - Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai
  • Category: Conference

Manipal International Media Research Conference, Dubai, 2021 organized by MAHE, Dubai

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Manipal International Media Research Conference, Dubai, 2021 organized by MAHE, Dubai

MIMRC - 2021 Manipal International Media Research Conference, Dubai, 2021 organized by MAHE, Dubai When: — Where: Virtual - Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai Category: Conference

REIMAGINING THE MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT LANDSCAPE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

The coronavirus pandemic in its aftermath has brought about a structural change in the media and entertainment industry. The biggest impact of the outbreak was economic, resulting in millions of job losses and closing of businesses worldwide. All forms of media and entertainment and its public exhibition have come to a halt, even if momentarily. Many newspapers have been forced to shut down their newsprint production while many turned to television channels, events wear a deserted look, and the curtains are drawn at the cinemas. Advertising revenues have shrunk, and media organizations are asking readers to pay. More readers have paid for news online since the wake of the outbreak even if it means in a few countries. In the meanwhile, a few media conglomerates worldwide continue to hold a lion’s share while throwing the local news producers to the lions. There has been a swell in online outlets and increase in the use of social media. In all this, audiences and readers are struggling to look for trusted sources and channels of news, what is real and what is fake.

 

The film industry has stopped collecting box-office receipts as cinemas and movie theatres have been forced to shut down after the outbreak. As a result, the film industry has migrated to streaming platforms for its new releases, rendering theatrical releases redundant for the moment. This has forced producers and distributors to rethink about exhibition. This structural change has altered the viewing experiences of audiences, a new experience feeding on a perennial supply of movies and serials on streaming platforms. There has been a rise in digital subscriptions for global online newspapers. Radio and podcasting industry have witnessed a steady rise of users during these times.

 

Not just the media and entertainment sector, the public relations industry, and events, have been affected severely. Every conceivable event from a family wedding to the Tokyo Olympics, has been shelved. While a few sporting leagues have resumed, live spectator sport, that it used to be, has been replaced by online viewing, much like watching movies on streaming platforms.

 

The objective of our first digital conference is to understand and discuss the structural change in the media and entertainment industry, brought about by the pandemic, its manifestations and how it has impacted production (creation), distribution, exhibition and importantly altering the experiences of creators and audiences. The theme would be of particular interest to scholars who keenly watch and study epochal change in the media and entertainment industry, those who want to understand new workflows, changing nature of work, practice, and process by which content is produced and media services rendered. The conference will explore and discuss the emergence of a new paradigm that could well be the next era for the media and entertainment industry and importantly how it will be looked at and studied by the academia.

 

Submissions may include, but are not limited to the following sub themes:

 

Sub Themes:

  • Reporting and Journalism During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Misinformation and Disinformation During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Emergence of Streaming as the new Exhibition Industry
  • Change in Viewing Experiences of Audiences
  • New Workflows in the Media and Entertainment Industry: Cinema, Television, Newspaper, Radio, Animation, VFX, Event, etc.
  • Memes and the Pandemic
  • Audience perception towards change in the media landscape
  • Events and Public Entertainment During the Pandemic
  • Social Media and the rise of Fake news during the Pandemic
  • The impact of Advertising Revenues on Media Sector
  • Rise of Radio and Podcasting During the Pandemic
  • Film Industry and its New Adaptations to the Pandemic
  • Media convergence and its impact
  • Sport and spectatorship during Pandemic
  • Media subscription battle during Pandemic
  • Ethical challenges in media during Pandemic Times
  • Emergence and sustenance of Alternative Media in Pandemic Times

Format for Abstract Submission:

  • Indicate “Abstract Submission” in the subject line of your email
  •  Email should contain the following:
    • Title of the paper
    • Author’s name, designation, e-mail ID and educational institution
    • Short biography of the Author (50 words)
    • Paper Abstract (250 words)
    • Mention at least 3 keywords at the end of the abstract

Abstracts for consideration should be submitted to mimrc@manipaldubai.com  

 

It is expected that each person will submit only one (1) abstract. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author, either individually or as part of any group of authors. The language and deliberations of the conference are in English.

 

Format for Full paper submission

  • Use APA Style Guide
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • All paragraphs and body text justified and single spaced
  • Manuscripts to be about 5,000-7000 words (excluding tables, figures and references)
  • Corresponding author contact email address should be added at the end of the paper after references
  • References to be single spaced (indented after first line of reference)

Evaluation Criteria

 

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated based on:

  • Originality, novelty, and significance
  • Theoretical contribution
  • Methodology

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission:                   30th December 2020
  • Notification of decision:                                  15th January 2021
  • Deadline for Free Registration:                        20th January 2021
  • Deadline for Full paper submission:                10th February 2021

Registration: The Registration for the Conference is free. It will be a virtual conference. 

  • We are happy to invite you to the Manipal International Media Research Conference, Dubai, 2021 organised by MAHE, Dubai. We look forward to your participation in making the event a great success."

    Dr Percy Fernandez Chairperson and Professor, School of Media & Communication, MAHE Dubai

  • Please note: the registration for this conference is free of charge.

     

    Please email your abstracts to mimrc@manipaldubai.com


Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission:                   30th December 2020
  • Notification of decision:                                 15th January 2021
  • Deadline for Free Registration:                       20th January 2021
  • Deadline for Full paper submission:                10th February 2021

 

Venue: Virtual - MAHE Dubai, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), Dubai

 

About School of Media & Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai:

This Virtual conference has been organized by School of Media & Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai. Since its inception in 2005, the School of Media & Communication (SOMC), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai Campus is at par with any frontline media institution in the Middle East as it provides conceptual, philosophical, and practical knowledge of various media. We are currently offering BA in Media and Communication, BA in Film Studies and Television production, BSc. in Animation at Undergraduate level, MA in Media and Communication and PG Diploma in Event Management at Post Graduate Level. Besides, we also offer Certificate Program in Graphics & Multimedia and Certificate course in Photography.

We have collaborated with Black Magic Design, Nikon, Shure, Sharjah International Film festival for Children and Youth, Sharjah International Book Fair, Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai Lynx, Gulf Film Festival, Emirates Lit Fest to name a few. We are the only AVID Academic Learning Partners in UAE offering certifications in both Media Composer & Pro Tools.

Conference Coordinators

1.       Dr. Puja Mahesh, Associate Professor, School of Media & Communication, MAHE Dubai

2.       Prof. Wilma Serrao, Assistant Professor, School of Media & Communication, MAHE Dubai

3.       Prof. Rohan Da Costa, Assistant Professor, School of Media & Communication, MAHE Dubai

 

Contact Details: For more information, please drop a mail to mimrc@manipaldubai.com, or call +971 44290 769