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The symposium is hosted by the University of Westminster in association with Lund University, and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Preceded by the CAMRI Seminar: Media Industries and Engagement, Tuesday 3 May 2016, 5pm-7pm.

The symposium is hosted by the University of Westminster in association with Lund University, and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

How do people engage with media, such as television drama, twitter feeds, or reality entertainment? Media engagement is a broad term for research into how we experience media content, artefacts and events, from our experience of live performances, to social media engagement, or participation in media itself. Media engagement offers a rich site of analysis for exploring the dispersed connections across industry contexts, cultural forms, and audience experiences.

This symposium provides a platform for research on new terms of media engagement. We want to understand industrial contexts for engagement, including performance metrics, production practices and policy discourses. And we want to understand people’s shifting and subjective relations with media as live audiences, catch up viewers, illegal users, as consumers and users, fans and anti-fans, contestants and participants. Media engagement thus encapsulates research on audiences, fans or producer-users, and the ways these different groups co-exist with those making content and driving policy and politics. The aim of the symposium is to investigate how industrial contexts, producers and audiences co-create, shape and limit experiences within emerging mediascapes.

We welcome research that relates to the following areas of enquiry for media engagement:

  1. Industrial contexts for engagement: production practices, policy discourses and stakeholder coalitions
  2. Empirical production and audience research: quantitative and qualitative methods and practices
  3. Audience experiences and engagement: affect, emotion and passion
  4. Fans and anti-fans: labour and fan practices
  5. Unmeasured audience: informal media economies and illegal practices

The conference includes a combination of invited speakers and open panels. Confirmed speakers include Professor Göran Bolin (Södertörn University, Sweden), Professor Raymond Boyle (Glasgow University, UK), Professor John Corner (Leeds University, UK), Professor Annette Hill (Lund University, Sweden), Professor Jeanette Steemers (University of Westminster, UK), Dr Paul Torre (University of Northern Iowa, USA), and Professor Anne Marit Waade (Aarhus University, Denmark). The symposium is connected with the Media Experiences project, a production and audience study of television drama, documentary and reality entertainment based at Lund University, in collaboration with Endemol Shine Group, and funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words in English by 23rd March 2016 to Jose Luis Urueta.

There is a registration fee of £25 for the symposium. Register now.

This symposium is preceded by a CAMRI Research Seminar

Media Industries and Engagement

Tuesday 3 May, Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, London, 5pm to 7pm

Today media engagement is multi-faceted, working across political and public spheres, policy and industry sectors, audiences, and popular culture. The panel, including speakers from the television and film industry, takes the form of a dialogue between industry and academic researchers involved in a collaborative project on production and audience research on engagement, which is funded by the Wallenberg Foundation and in collaboration with Endemol Shine Group.

Find more information on the seminar here.