Media Education Summit 2021

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International Media Education Summit

Virtual: March 31st & April 1st 2021

Conference Theme: Media Education, Diversity and Voice

Each year the Media Education Summit brings together a global network of researchers, educators and practitioners working across all aspects of media education, media and digital literacy and media / technology in education.

The event is the leading global showcase for research, pedagogy and innovation on all aspects of media education.

Now running for thirteen years, MES is convened by the UK’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, in collaboration with a leading organisation in a different country each year. In 2021, however, the summit will be virtual and will be run in conjunction with the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.

Presenters will be also invited to submit their work to the Media Education Research Journal and Media Practice and Education. A panel will be convened by Internet Policy Review, on the theme of digital literacy.

About the theme

Media organisations are engaging in reflection about what it means to be diverse. What does it mean to give people from different communities an effective voice in the 21st century media? This has theoretical and methodological implications media education: where are diversity and voice to be located in terms of our study of producers, texts and audiences? Responding to these questions invites interdisciplinary, self-reflexive and practice-based research.

The organisers are particularly interested in presentations on these topics:

  • Defining, measuring, and evaluating diversity

  • Performativity and pedagogy

  • Inclusion, access and agency

  • National and institutional policy initiatives

  • Meeting diverse educational needs

  • Diversity and voice in practice


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Call for Abstracts

Acceptance is on fully peer-reviewed abstracts only - there is NO requirement to submit a full paper.
Submit your abstract by email to by 12-Dec-2020.

Conference Papers

MES21 invites presentations of research/ practice in the broad fields of media education, media / digital literacy and media / technology in education. These papers should share the outcomes of research / practitioner enquiry, raising questions for the audience to discuss. Presentations are typically 15-20 minutes in length, forming part of a parallel session of 3 or 4 papers.

MERJ Conversations

This strand of the conference offers a different, more interactive platform for the exchange of research, practice and innovation in the broad fields of media education, media / digital literacy and media / technology in education. For the 2021 event, MERJ conversations should relate to the theme of Media Education, Diversity and Voice. Conversations are given more time than standard presentations (typically two per parallel session) and can take the form of a seminar discussion, screening or other showcasing of work, demonstration, panel, workshop or roundtable, but we are open to other proposals.

Submission Guidelines

We are now accepting abstracts of no more than 400 words (excluding references). Your abstract should be double-space and in Arial font no less than size 12. Submissions should be made in PDF format. Abstracts must contain:

  • A title of no more than 15 words which provides useful pointers on key topics to be discussed (Conference Papers) or key content (MERJ Conversations);
  • 5 key words;
  • A short biography of a maximum of 35 words;
  • A list of references at the end - a maximum of 5 texts and no fewer than 2 texts (Conference Papers only);
  • Information and guidance regarding the interactive / participative nature of the session for delegates (MERJ Conversations only).

Deadline for submissions: 12-Dec-20


Register now here.


The International Media Education Summit will take place online on March 31st and April 1st, 2021


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The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice
The Faculty of Media & Communication
Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
BH12 5BB