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Top 10 Communication Conferences in 2021 You Should Prepare For

The COVID-19 lockdown surely affected a lot of conferences in 2020 with a number of them cancelled while others switched to online presentations. You probably were denied the privilege of traveling out to meet physically with colleagues, exchange pleasantries and also ease academic stress by enjoying the rich culture of host countries. Well, another opportunity is here again as we approach 2021. You have enough time to get ready for the best of media and communication conferences across the world.

You just have to avoid what I call ‘scam conferences’ which are scattered all over the world, organized by individuals or phoney groups with the basic interest of making money off unsuspecting attendees. Some of these conferences even give you certificate of participation on arrival, once you’ve paid conference fee, without any serious academic exercise taking place.

With the right information you can identify serious and very relevant media and communication conferences that will add to your career. Here’s a list of communication conferences coming up in 2021 that you can start now to prepare for.


AEJMC Conference 2021

The annual conference of Association For Education In Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) will take place from August 4 -7, 2021, at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, United States Of America. The AEJMC Conference, organized by The Association For Education In Journalism & Mass Communication. This conference aims to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better informed public.

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71st  Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA)27-31 May 2021 in Denver, Colorado, USA,

The ICA 2021 conference theme of Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice calls for our examination of how care forms the fabric of our social and interconnected lives. These sentences capture the focus of the conference: “From the moment that we enter this world we are completely dependent on the care of others, and as we move through our lives, the care of our teachers, doctors, leaders, and artists shape us into the adults that we are today. Even as we leave this earth, on our last days, we are comforted by the care of loved ones.” This is very interesting. You should plan to be part of this conference in 2021.

This conference is coming on the heels of ICA’s first-ever virtual conference held in 2020. The 2021 edition is planned as a hybrid (dual online/in-person) conference. Participants will have the option to choose whether to attend either as an in-person attendee (with simultaneous access to the virtual space) or as a “virtual only” attendee using the online platform.

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7th world conference on Media and Mass Communication

The 7th world conference on Media and Mass Communication is dedicated to research findings, innovations, and experiences in the field of Mass Communication. This conference covers topics such as:

  • Alternative and Community Media
  • Advertising
  • Communication and Culture
  • Asian Perspectives on Communication
  • Communication Policy and Regulation
  • Communication and Multi-Media Campaigns
  • Communication Theory and Methodology
  • Communication Technology and Digital Media

The conference brings together independent researchers, academics, activists, and artists. It is one very interesting conference you can consider to attend in 2021. The exact date is not yet finalized but keep checking the HERE for final update.


INTERNATIONAL Social & Behavior Change Communication SUMMIT 2021

The latest edition of the International SBCC Summit will take place from September 20-24, 2021, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The summit, first organised by The Social and Behavior Change Communication community in 2016, focuses on pressing international challenges and issues such as poverty, gender equality, protecting the planet, and ensuring that all people enjoy health, peace, and prosperity. 2021’s summit aims to gather representatives and organisations from across the field of SBCC to collaborate and accelerate action towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2021 Summit will focus on three core themes:

  1. Catalysing transformational change on agendas of urgency;
  2.  Future forward;
  3. Connecting the dots.

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Sixth International Conference on Communication & Media Studies

The Sixth International Conference on Communication & Media Studies will hold at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, from 7–8 October 2021. Special focus for this edition is “The Data Galaxy: The Un-Making of Typographic Man?”

Founded in 2015, the Communication & Media Studies Research Network offers an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the role of the media and communications in society. The 2021 edition will address the following annual themes and special focus:

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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The 12th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2021) will be held in Japan.

MediAsia2021 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. The exact conference dates and venue are not yet out. Keep checking HERE for UPDATE.


The 8th European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia2021)

The 8th European Conference on Media, Communication & Film, an interdisciplinary conference will be held at University College London (UCL), Institute of Education, from July 22 to 25, 2021. The Conference will be 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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14th World Media Economics and Management Conference

May 19-22, 2021 | Rome, Italy

The 14th World Media Economics and Management Conference (WMEMC) will take place from May 19-22, 2021, in Rome, Italy. The theme for this edition of the conference is “Emerging Technologies and Cross-Innovation in the Media Industries”. The World Media Economics and Management Conference is the leading biennial meeting of the global community of media business scholars. Over the last 25 years the academic conference brings scholars worldwide together to reflect on contemporary issues in the management and economics of media industries and firms.

Cross-innovation is an essential driver in the emerging context of media development. The 2021 World Media Economics and Management Conference invites research investigating the new context with a thematic focus on economic, social and technological aspects of the economics and management of media companies. The conference welcomes quantitative and qualitative research and is keenly interested in work that crosses interdisciplinary boundaries to expand our general understanding of current and future trends in media industries. Submissions that develop and apply novel methods and theories will be appreciated.

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Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

The Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC) will take place from April 13-15, 2021 at St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, St. Louis, USA. The conference 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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2021 ANA Digital and Social Media Conference

The 2021 edition of ANA’s Digital and Social Media Conference holds from Monday, July 19, to Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, California.

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 and exchange pleasantries with colleagues from across the globe.

Carlsbad is a beautiful coastal city in the North County region of San Diego County, California, United States. You’ll love to be there to at least ease off academic tension with the beautiful scenery and fun the city offers.

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Media Education Summit 2021

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.

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 7th World Conference on Women’s Studies (WCWS 2021)

The 7th World Conference on Women’s Studies (WCWS 2021) will take place from May 20-22, 2021 at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Theme of the conference is “Transnational Feminisms-Contexts, Collaborations, Contestations: Toward a Liveable Plan”.The conference is hosted by the Asian-African Association for Women, Gender, and Sexuality (AAAWGS). Women’s Studies as an interdisciplinary field comprises bodies of feminist thought, which shape many academic disciplines and policy initiatives, and further strive for gender and sexual equality in homes, in the workplace, and in government. The WCWS 2021 takes up the challenge to understand gender challenges and differences with a view to working across them, listening and learning from one another, discussing, debating, and moving toward the goals of equality, equity, and sustainability on this planet that we inhabit together. The organizers hope that the WCWS 2021 edition would unite diverse researches and case studies from all over the world, in parallel sessions while offering many networking and publishing opportunities.

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The 11th biennial conference of the International Gender and Language Association

The 11th biennial conference of the International Gender and Language Association (IGALA11) will be held at Queen Mary University of London from 29 June – 2 July 2020. The theme of IGALA11 in London in 2020 is Language and the Geopolitics of Gender. With this theme, the conference aims to highlight the geopolitical dimensions of language, gender and sexuality scholarship.

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Women in Journalism Workshop 2021

April 05, 2021 | April 09, 2021

The Women in Journalism Workshop will be held on the 5th of April, 2021. This is an annual workshop that focuses on challenges, accomplishments and issues specific to women in the journalism industry today. The workshop aims to help build safer, more diverse and innovative newsrooms to serve women communities worldwide. Participants will learn how to innovate the way they cover stories, the management of newsrooms & teams and be trained in emerging skills and tools. Sessions this year will include how-to of data journalism, HEAT training, digital security, mobile tools, among others.

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