About MediAsia

About MediAsia

The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia) is held in partnership with some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, including Sussex University (UK) and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (USA), as well as some of the most important academics and practitioners working in media and film.

IAFOR actively supports media, culture and the arts, namely by organising internationally recognised awards for both documentary photography and photojournalism (IAFOR Documentary Photography Award) and documentary filmmaking (IAFOR Documentary Film Award), which are supported by leading institutions and organisations, including World Press Photo, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT and Medill, as well as its prestigious IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award.

Our conferences have included featured addresses by academics, top administrators, Emmy-award winning producers and filmmakers, award-winning actors, investigative journalists, media liaisons for government and the armed forces, and leading practitioners in media, marketing, public relations, and other fields. All of our conferences include original film screenings, frequent premieres, and the chance to exchange ideas and network with both established and up-and-coming scholars in a welcoming environment.

MediAsia brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to Tokyo, Japan, to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates working in any area of education, from academics and theorists to policymakers and practitioners, in both the private and public sectors, for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches.

We invite you to use the IAFOR platform to share and test your ideas with scholars around the world, and to join us in Japan.

Previous Speakers

The speakers shown above, among others, have presented their research at IAFOR's conferences on media, communication and film.

Gary Swanson, multiple Emmy-award winning producer, chairs a Medill panel on new media challenges with Wall Street Journal journalist and bestselling author, Alec Klein, and Pulitzer prize nominee, Richard Roth; Colin Donald, Sunday Herald Business Editor, on media coverage of the 2015 Scottish referendum; Jon Elford, BBC Media Action Auditor on implementing media infrastructure programmes in developing countries; Paul Lowe, award-winning photojournalist, announces the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award winners.

Jenna Stern, Hollywood actress and Law and Order regular, talks about roles for women in film; Geoffrey Beattie, the original UK Channel 4 "Big Brother" psychologist on the media and psychology; Gerard Goggin of Sydney University, media and mobile technologies expert; Rodney Hill; film scholar, Francis Ford Coppola archivist and Stanley Kubrick expert; John Erni, Hong Kong Lawyer and civil rights activist.

Interdisciplinary Conferences with Media, Communication & Film Streams

Ways to Get Involved

IAFOR depends on the assistance of a large number of international academics and practitioners who contribute in a variety of ways to our shared mission of promoting international exchange, facilitating intercultural awareness, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and generating and sharing new knowledge. We are grateful for the time, effort and expertise donated by all our volunteer contributors.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

IAFOR Membership

If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest additional ways in which you could contribute to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary activities, please feel free to email mediasia@iafor.org.