20 Communication Conferences Across the World in 2020 Nigerian Scholars Want to Attend

This is another robust year for researchers and scholars in Journalism and Mass Communication disciplines. These are broad but related areas that are full of evolving developments. There are several international conferences in 2020 where emerging trends in these vibrant areas are discussed by scholars around the world. Journalism and mass communication educators meet across the globe every year to compare notes on research trends in these areas. 2020 is another year for interesting discussions with revealing findings.

You should plan to be at any of these conferences scattered across the world. However, it is always good to have enough time to plan for such conferences. Here’s a list of 20 conferences in journalism and mass communication you still have time to prepare for. You will not have problems getting visa to travel for these conferences if you get invited by the organisers. Just read through their calls for papers and follow instructions thoroughly.

 

1.) 

6th World Conference on Media and Mass Communication 28TH – 30TH MAY, 2020

The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) welcomes scholars, researchers, and communication professionals to the 6th World Conference on Media and Mass Communication (MEDCOM 2020). The conference will be held on 28th – 30th of May, 2020 on the beautiful University of Cagliari campus in Sardinia, Italy under the theme Communication and Cultural Change. 

The MEDCOM 2020 conference theme, Communication and Cultural Change, aims to provide a platform for academics, independent researchers, artists, and activists to share their collective wisdom on the implications, opportunities and challenges of communication in an interconnected world. We encourage research that embraces a wide variety of disciplinary and cultural perspectives. Submit your research abstract to seek eligibility to showcase your work at this prestigious international forum.

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2).

Fifth International Conference on Communication & Media Studies 1-2 October 2020, University of Toronto, Canada.

This conference features research addressing the following annual themes: THEME 1: MEDIA CULTURES; THEME 2: MEDIA THEORY; THEME 3: MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND PROCESSES; THEME 4: MEDIA BUSINESS; THEME 5: MEDIA LITERACIES

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3.)

AEJMC 2020 Conference – San Francisco, CA

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference for 2020 comes up on August 6-9 (Pre-conference day: Aug 5), at San Francisco, CA.

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4.)

 70th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), at Gold Coast, Australia, 21-25 May 2020

The ICA 2020 conference theme aims to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. The international movement towards Open Science touches on many aspects of our research practices, and discussing the implications will enable and contribute to a conversation in the ICA and our field more broadly about Open Science. This is an inclusive conversation from which our entire field can benefit.

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 5).

The 11th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2020), November 11-14, 2020, Kyoto, Japan

The 11th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia), held in partnership with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) to take place at Osaka University, Japan.

MediAsia2020 encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in an international forum stimulating respectful dialogue. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

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6).

International Conference on Communication, Film and Media Sciences, November 05-05, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa

International Conference on Communication, Film and Media Sciences aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Communication, Film and Media Sciences. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Communication, Film and Media Sciences.

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 7).

11th International Conference on Social Media & Society, Chicago, USA | July 22-24, 2020

Get ready on July 22–24, 2020 for the 11th annual International Conference on Social Media and Society (#SMSociety). The conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of leading social media researchers, practitioners, and analysts from around the world. The 2020 conference is hosted by the College of Communication, Studio Chi and the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago, USA.

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 8).

2nd International Conference on Technology, Information System and Multimedia 2020 (2nd ICTISM 2020), Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia

2nd International Conference on Technology, Information System and Multimedia 2020 (2nd ICTISM 2020) organized by Global Academic Excellence (GAE) will be held on 11-12 July 2020 at Bayview Beach Resort Penang, Malaysia. This conference is held under Penang International Multidisciplinary Conference 2020 (PIMC 2020).

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9).

The 7th European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia2020), July 24-26, 2020, Institute of Education, University College, London.

Held in partnership with University College London (UCL), Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sussex, this international conference encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue, by bringing together university scholars working in the UK, Europe, and beyond to share ideas and research. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

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10).

Global Communication Association Durban Conference, Wed 10 – Fri 12 June, 2020, Durban University of Technology, South Africa.

Hosted by the Durban University of Technology and supported by the University of Kwasulu-Natal, Mangosuthu University of Technology and University of Zululand, the Global Communication Association invites you to submit your abstracts for the 16th annual convention to be held in Durban, South Africa from June 10-12, 2020. The GCA invites research papers exploring any aspect of issues related to the theme of the conference, including the following broad topics:

  • African media and communication methodologies, theories, and perspectives
  • Media and their impact on public opinion
  • The evolving modes of teaching and learning
  • New communication technologies, the Internet, and social media
  • Intercultural communication
  • News and information flow

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11).

International Conference on Communication and Media Studies, 01 – 02 Aug 2020, Birkbeck, University of London.

International Conference on Communication and Media Studies will bring together speakers from various fields, including mass media, film studies, games industries, political sciences, education, etc., creating closer ties and connections among scholars from different disciplines working on communication and media studies.

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12).

14th World Media Economics and Management Conference

May 20-24, 2020 | Rome, Italy

The 2020 World Media Economics and Management Conference invites scholarly and original submissions to investigate the new context framing the media industry. The thematic focus is on economic, social and technological aspects of media economics and managing media companies. The conference welcomes both quantitative and qualitative works that cross interdisciplinary boundaries and expand the general understanding of the current and future trends in the media industry. Both submissions that develop and apply novel methods and theories are welcomed.

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13).

International Conference on Broadcast Media and Social Media, ICBMSM 2020, April 27-26, 2020, in Jerusalem, Israel

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.

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14).

International Conference on Film Studies, February 08, 2020, Birkbeck, University of London.

International Conference on Film Studies aims to consider film studies from a variety of critical, theoretical, and analytical approaches and to focus on how self-other relations are represented. It will cover areas like post-colonial discourses in the cinema, representations of femininity and masculinity, nationalism and multiculturalism, orientalism vs globalization, cinematic representation of the exotic, portrayal of homelessness and poverty, etc.

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15).

Midwest Digital Marketing Conference, April 8-10, 2020, Venue, University of Missouri St. Louis School of Business

Entering its seventh year, the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference—or MDMC—is aiming to be the premier digital marketing and social media conference for the midwest. The conference is hosted by the University of Missouri St. Louis School of Business and has hosted some of the biggest names in social media. The speaker list has an emphasis on academics, consultants, and entrepreneurs, so there’s a good mix of options to learn from depending on your needs.

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16).

Social Media Camp, May 7-8, 2020, Venue, Victoria, Canada

This conference will take place in the beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and is the largest social media conference in Canada. During Social Media Camp, you will be paired with a coach who will help you walk away with new ideas and a plan of action on how to improve your organization’s social media. It is more than an academic experience. It has disruptive intellectual contributions to knowledge.

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17).

Social Shake Up, May 12-14, 2020, Venue, Atlanta, GA

The Social Shake-Up is one of the most well-known and sought-after social media conferences by scholars across the world. The conference covers a diverse range of topics over a quick, two-day period. Each session dives deep and discusses advanced topics in social media marketing, so even the most skilled marketer will learn something new. Scholars from the academia benefit a lot from this conference as experts in the industry will share experiences relevant for classroom teachings. This year’s edition will feature talks from marketing professionals at huge brands like IBM, Microsoft, Paypal, and more. It is a must-attend conference.

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18).

ANA Digital and Social Media Conference, July 7-9, 2020, Venue, San Diego, CA

ANA’s annual Digital & Social Media Conference aims to keep marketers at the top of their game. Over the course of the three-day event, you can expect to cover new and emerging social media topics like chatbots, AI, and even virtual reality.

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19).

International Conference on Sport Media, Racism and Discrimination, April 23-24, 2020 in London, United Kingdom

International Conference on Sport Media, Racism and Discrimination aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Sport Media, Racism and Discrimination. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Sport Media, Racism and Discrimination.

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20).

Advertising Week Africa, 11-14 May, 2020, Venue, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Some lecturers think that they should attend only academic conferences where they present research papers and answer questions. This is a very wrong notion for any serious academic. Lecturers do not attend only conferences where they resent papers. They also attend gatherings that give them opportunity to mingle with experts in the industry to keep them abreast of emerging trends which they might need to update what they teach. One of such intellectual meeting between the ‘town and gown’ is Advertising Week, an event held across the world. It is coming to Africa for the first time and it promises to be very fruitful to communication scholars.

Coming to Africa Spring 2020 for the first time, Advertising Week Africa is Advertising Week’s sixth global edition held in Johannesburg, South Africa. #AWAfrica will bring industry professionals together throughout the African nation for a week of thoughtful conversations with leaders from the marketing, advertising, technology and creative spaces. During the week, expect wide ranging discuss on where we’ve been, where we’re going and what trends, challenges and opportunities are shaping today’s global industry. Advertising Week crosses the globe with events in New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Sydney.

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Which one do you plan to attend?

These are top 20 must-attend conferences in media and communication in 2020. Let us know what conferences you plan on attending in 2020. You could also tell us tell us what you hope to get out of the events. Begin now to plan for your visa and accommodation details. Have a safe trip!

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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