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2020 Media and Communication Conferences


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 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.



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.



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



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.



 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.



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.



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.



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.



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).



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.



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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



International Media Education Summit University of Leeds, UK: April 2nd to 3rd 2020

Conference Theme: Media Education, Diversity and Voice

Media Education Summit (MES) 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. Each year this 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. This year’s edition is to be hosted by the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.



8th Internal Communications Conference, 25-26 MARCH 2020, Venue, London Kensington, UK

The 8th Annual Internal Communications Conference 2020 is designed to give internal communications executives the space to think about the modern communications landscape and their place within it. This international  conference includes a mix of short presentations and discussions, with conversations about Gen Z from a leading author, exercises on mindful leadership and debates about growing a team. The primary ambition of organizers of the conference is to create a space for Internal Communication Seniors to step away from the day to day and grab a bit of mind space.



CFP: African Women in Media 2020 Summit (AWiM2020), 29-31 July, 2020, Johannesburg, South Africa

African Women in Media (AWiM) fourth annual conference, aims to bring together media practitioners, researchers, policy makers and CSOs. Theme of this year’s conference is Reimagining Futures: Women in Media, Peace and Technologies. The Summit takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 29-31 July 2020. According to the conference website, ‘Re-imagining Futures’ reflects innovation in media industries, and the growing drive to change the narrative of Africa globally, particularly as African countries work towards achieving a dominant global position, and urgent objectives like Silencing the Guns by 2020, Free movement of people, and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Issues around movement, immigration, peace and security, and the lived experiences, roles and insights of women in media practitioners, policy makers, CSOs and researchers make the AWiM2020 Summit a timely focal point to bring these stakeholders together.



International Conference on Women, Media and Sexuality ICWMS, March 12-13, 2020, Venue, London, UK

The conference focuses on Women, Media and Sexuality. The conference promises to be a meeting of scholars interested in fostering true representation of women in facets of the media and society.




International Conference on Fashion Journalism and Media Studies, ICFJMS, April 23-24, 2020, Boston, United States

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.



6th World Conference on Women’s Studies, 2020, 28th to 30th May 2020, Venue, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Communication scholars do not only attend media-based conferences. General or issue-based conferences also provide platform for scholarly engagements involving media and communication researchers. Women’s studies conference is also open to scholars in communication and media related disciplines. It is an opportunity to showcase how the media can play crucial roles in projecting a better society for women.

The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) presents the 6th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2020 (WCWS 2020)  to be held from the 28th – 30th May 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The theme of the WCWS 2020 is: “Overcoming Women’s Subordination: Socialization, Law, and Structural Inequalities”. The conference brings together women from various fields, ages and walks of life in order to learn from and empower each other to make the world a better place for girls and women, while providing a number of opportunities to showcase their research, celebrate achievements, become inspired, network, and engage in both personal and professional development.


27). Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Sciences Conference, 5th to 7th February, 2020, Venue, University of California, Santa Barbara

Theme of the conference which is: “Integration: Applying Art and Science” is based on research and artistic works by women through transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary connections between the technical sciences and other applied sciences that influence new media art. The main goal of this conference is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences emerging from the intersection of science and applied art. Emphasis is placed on the various aspects of the mutual benefits of the integration and interaction between science and media arts.



28). Gender And Sexuality Conference, 15th to 18th October, 2020. Venue, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 3rd International Conference on Gender and Sexuality 2020 will be an effective gathering to empower communities and increase awareness of issues surrounding Gender and Sexuality. The conference aims to provide an important platform for researchers, academicians, scholars, and activists from all around the world to address equal rights, opportunities and discuss better solutions to deal with in the relevant field.


29). Women in Journalism Workshop 2020, May 01 to May 03. Venue, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri

This is another great opportunity for female scholars in media and communication to share experiences. The Women in Journalism Workshop at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is an annual workshop that focuses on challenges, accomplishments and issues specific to women in the journalism industry today. The workshop provides a platform to help build safer, more diverse and innovative newsrooms to serve communities worldwide. This year the conference will focus on how to innovate the way stories are covered stories, the management of newsrooms and the tools used. Sessions include self-care, HEAT training, data analysis, machine learning and AI for journalism, immersive storytelling, secondary trauma, advocating for yourself, applying for grants and more. It promises to be very interesting.


30). Women in Communication: Pathways to Success, April 02, North Miami Beach, United States.

This conference is organized by the Lilian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication. It is a national one-day conference on April 2, 2020, which will bring together outstanding women professionals from around the country and beyond to discuss and analyze a broad range of topics focused on the theme of “Pathways to Success” – How can women navigate different pathways to success? In this fifth annual national conference, “Women in Communication: Pathways to Success,” thought leaders in the communications industries from around the country will spend the day discussing the status and role of women in communication and the challenges they are facing, including if they have made any progress in such areas as salaries, leadership positions and other facets of moving ahead. Speakers will be drawn from the fields of advertising, broadcasting, digital and online media, magazines, journalism, and public relations.


31). Doing Women’s Film and Television History Conference, 20-22 May, 2020, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

The fifth biennial Doing Women’s Film & Television History conference invites proposals from researchers and practitioners engaged in the exploration, uncovering, archiving and dissemination of women’s roles in film and television, as well as wider media, both in the past and today.

The theme of this conference – ‘Forming Histories/Histories in Formation’ – aims to foreground issues pertaining to the production, curation and archiving of women’s histories in film and television as well as the methods for, and approaches to, producing and shaping these histories as they form. More particularly, much can be learned from the diversity of practices, experiences and narratives of women’s film and television history as they pertain to:  national, transnational, world and global histories; neglected, peripheral or hidden histories; organisations such as museums, archives and universities; collectives, groups and movements such as #MeToo; local communities and community media; emergent forms and platforms; and historical approaches to women’s reception of film and television as well as historicising current practices and experiences of reception, fandom and consumption.

This three-day conference casts the net wide so that it can capture a range of experiences, practices, industries, nationalities and voices that are situated in relation to women and their histories. The conference provides a platform for those working in and researching film, television and media more generally as well as those invested in the production of these histories and narratives of the past and as they materialise.


32). Gender & Women’s Studies Conference (GWS 2020), June 15-16, 2020. Venue, The National University of Singapore Society

The objective of the GWS conference is to present and share ongoing research activities in the fields of Gender & Women’s Studies with the relevant scientific and research communities. The conference aims to offer international perspectives with an emphasis on economic, social, and psychological aspects of empowerment and leadership, victimization,  exclusion, and social problems.


33). 2020 Global Media and Democracy Association Conference, 26-29 March, 2020. Venue, Chicago, USA

Theme: Media, Politics, and Democracy in a Changing World: Global Perspectives. This annual conference addresses a wide range of topics of relevance to timely issues of media, democracy, politics, and culture. It insists on a global perspective to discussions on these important issues. The theme is to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives on a shared set of issues and concerns.




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!


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