MediAsia2020 Overview

Special Announcement: MediAsia2020 will be held Online

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, IAFOR has made the decision to hold MediAsia2020 entirely online via Zoom.

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Join us online for MediAsia2020!

November 12–14, 2020 | Held online from Kyoto, Japan

Welcome to 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) 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.

Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. IAFOR continues to engage in many cross-sectoral projects across the world, including those engaging leading universities (Virginia Tech, UCL, Singapore Management University, University of Belgrade, Lingnan University, Barcelona University, University of Hawai’i, Moscow State University), think tanks, research organisations and agencies (the East-West Center, The Center for Higher Education Research, The World Intellectual Property Organization), and collaborative projects with governments, and international governmental organisations (Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office, the United Nations in New York), media agencies (The Wall Street Journal, JWT, HarperCollins).

With the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka University, we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations and outcomes.

IAFOR's unique global platform facilitates discussion around specific subject areas, with the goal of generating new knowledge and understanding, forging and expanding new international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research networks and partnerships. We have no doubt that MediAsia2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice and for the meeting of people and ideas.

MediAsia2020 will be held alongside The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC2020). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

We look forward to seeing you online!

The MediAsia2020 Organising Committee

Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Bradley J. Hamm, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA
Virgil Hawkins, Osaka University, Japan
Celia Lam, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
Timothy W. Pollock, Osaka Kyoiku University & Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan
Paul Spicer, Hiroshima Jogakuin University, Japan
Gary E. Swanson, University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

MediAsia is organised by IAFOR in association with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in Osaka University, Japan.

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: Held online from Kyoto, Japan
  • Dates: Thursday, November 12, 2020 ​to Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 26, 2020*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 28, 2020
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: October 02, 2020

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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Speakers

  • Sam Holtzman
    Sam Holtzman
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
  • Gary McLeod
    Gary McLeod
    University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Vincent Ni
    Vincent Ni
    BBC, UK
  • David Tillinghast
    David Tillinghast
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States
  • Armando Zuniga
    Armando Zuniga
    ArtCenter College of Design, United States

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Programme

  • Finding Time in Iwate
    Finding Time in Iwate
    Keynote Presentation: Gary McLeod
  • Reporting China in the age of Great Power Competition
    Reporting China in the age of Great Power Competition
    Keynote Presentation: Vincent Ni
  • Structures for Teaching Art & Design – A Faculty Development Workshop
    Structures for Teaching Art & Design – A Faculty Development Workshop
    Workshop Presentation: Sam Holtzman & Armando Zuniga

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The 11th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Nasya Bahfen
    Nasya Bahfen
    La Trobe University, Australia
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Bradley J. Hamm
    Bradley J. Hamm
    Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA
  • Virgil Hawkins
    Virgil Hawkins
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Celia Lam
    Celia Lam
    University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
  • Timothy W. Pollock
    Timothy W. Pollock
    Osaka Kyoiku University & Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan
  • Paul Spicer
    Paul Spicer
    Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Gary E. Swanson
    Gary E. Swanson
    University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

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Review Committee

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the MediAsia2019 Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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Sam Holtzman
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

Sam Holtzman has a PhD in educational leadership, policy, and evaluation from the University of Virginia and has lived and taught around the world. Originally from Palo Alto, he grew up moving around, and continued after graduate school, moving to Japan, back to the bay where he worked with students and faculty on visual literacy, critical thinking, and teaching for diversity, equity and inclusion, at the California College of the Arts and San Jose State University. In 2013, he joined ArtCenter College of Design to become the first dedicated director of faculty development at an AICAD college and currently works in or oversees the following areas; faculty development, assessment, student learning resources, digital teaching and learning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Structures for teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Gary McLeod
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Biography

Gary McLeod is an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan where he teaches photomedia. Receiving a Ph. from London College of Communication in 2016 for practice-led research into photographs made during the Challenger Expedition (1872-1876), much of his work continues to explore applications of rephotography, particularly in relation to temporal and visual literacy. Currently, he is completing a book for Routledge that surveys rephotography as an expanded practice and is undertaking a JSPS funded rephotographic study of tsunami-affected areas in response to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games.

www.garymcleod.co.uk

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Finding Time in Iwate
Vincent Ni
BBC, UK

Biography

Vincent Ni is the co-founder of Asia Matters podcast. He is also a Senior Journalist at the BBC in London. Over the past decade, he has reported from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. He regularly appears on the BBC’s domestic and international TV, radio and online platforms, providing analysis mainly on China’s foreign policies to the broadcaster’s global audience. He has also worked on Newsnight and Newshour, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programmes on TV and radio respectively, and has been a speaker at international forums such as Chatham House, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Asia Society and Columbia University in New York. Prior to the BBC, he was a correspondent for Caixin Media, tracking China’s global footprint in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Born and raised in Shanghai, Vincent is a graduate of the University of Oxford. In 2018 he was selected as one of the 16 Greenberg World Fellows, a highly-competitive mid-career leadership development programme at Yale University.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Reporting China in the age of Great Power Competition
David Tillinghast
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

David Tillinghast is Director of Special Projects and an Associate Professor within the Illustration department of the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California, a global leader in art, design, film, transportation and social innovation education. His work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines around the United States and within the marketing materials for corporations such as Visa, Freddie Mac, and Harvard University. He has worked extensively in most major markets within the Illustration industry, including Advertising, Editorial, Book Publishing, Design Collateral and Corporate Illustration. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including those for illustration, graphic design, self-promotion and art direction. His association with Designmatters, Art Center's social impact department, has taken him to the United Nations as lead delegate for a project supporting the Millennium Development Goals, and their collaboration, Uncool: The Anti-Gun Violence project, produced a series of award-winning children's books that were adopted into local Public Libraries. In 2017, and again in 2108, he completed training under former US Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project to serve as a volunteer Climate Reality Leader, joining over a network of 27,000 volunteer leaders from over 150 countries, dedicated to reaching out to their communities, and informing others about the global climate crisis and its very real and viable solutions.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Structures for teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Armando Zuniga
ArtCenter College of Design, United States

Biography

Armando T. Zúñiga began his position as Director of the Writing Center during the Summer Term of 2018. Along with the responsibilities of this directorship, Dr Zúñiga is also Faculty Director of English Language Learning and Assistant Professor of Humanities and Sciences. Prior to working at ArtCenter, he was Assistant Director for the Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL). Accordingly, he has taught graduate-level courses in effective practices and pedagogy for English Language Learners (ELLs). Additionally, he has consulted in the area of second-language acquisition and cultural diversity internationally. He earned his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). His dissertation research was a qualitative study of the influence that knowledge, motivation, and the organization have upon the goal attainment of instructional coaches for teachers of ELLs.

Workshop Presentation (2020) | Structures for teaching Art & Design – a Faculty Development Workshop
Finding Time in Iwate
Keynote Presentation: Gary McLeod

11 March 2021 marks ten years since a tsunami devastated the North-eastern coast of Tohoku, Japan. Not only was it the most photographically documented disaster in history but it is still regularly revisited in movies, television, books and photographs. Perform an internet image search today for any coastal city in Iwate prefecture (e.g. Ofunato), and the results continue to return images of destruction. When the Tokyo 2020 Olympic committee decreed that the Olympics would also be known as the “Recovery Games and Reconstruction Games”, the message in the official guidebook was explicitly clear: “Why not take a trip to the disaster-affected areas and see for yourself how the recovery and reconstruction is progressing?”

Interested in what visitors should be seeing, several trips were made to the Iwate coast to rephotograph images made during the aftermath. These trips were part of a study funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) that was exploring temporality in a range of photomedia. Having produced a series of “new” baseline photographs during those trips, participants would be invited to revisit them during on-site workshops while the Olympic and Paralympic games were taking place. That was before the games were postponed, and the research “paused”.

Today, both the delay and the travel restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have afforded opportunities to further reflect on how Iwate’s coastal cities were meant to be viewed. This presentation therefore follows this body of work through a series of eleven rephotography “textbooks”, made from a diverse range of visual material gathered during time spent in each city. These books provide walkable routes that participants can re-trace visually with no text or maps, using only rephotographic skills to situate themselves geographically and temporally within the landscape. Specifically concerning four books of Kamaishi city visited in November 2019, February 2020, March 2020 and July 2020 (via Google Street View), the hope is to foster discussion about poly-temporal practices of embracing uncertainty visually.

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Reporting China in the age of Great Power Competition
Keynote Presentation: Vincent Ni

China’s rising power has been felt far and wide both within and beyond China’s borders, prompting caution and resentment from capitals from Asia to Europe. The United States, for example, is in the midst of the most serious strategic rethink about its relationship with the People’s Republic since the 1970s. But how much do we know of modern China? To generations of foreign journalists, this question remains a fascination and challenge when interpreting the world's most populous country. In this talk, Vincent Ni, a journalist and analyst on US-China relations explores how China is covered in international media.

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Structures for Teaching Art & Design – A Faculty Development Workshop
Workshop Presentation: Sam Holtzman & Armando Zuniga

Learn about the primary structures and principles behind teaching and learning in Art & Design and begin to develop an outline for your own course or project. We will cover Backwards by Design, Scaffolding, Parameters for Creativity, and Critique and Grading, using an visual diagram that offers an opportunity for audience members to create their own project and problem-based assignment for their students to understand creative process and applied creative production.

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Nasya Bahfen
La Trobe University, Australia

Biography

Nasya is a former journalist whose research looks at the intersections of new media, sport and diversity. She runs the Masters in Journalism at La Trobe University where she is a researcher with the Centre for Sport and Social Impact. Nasya teaches journalism and sports journalism and is also the postgraduate research coordinator for media (looking after Masters by Research and PhD students in journalism and communications).

Her previous academic work includes how race is framed in Australian journalism through sport, interview choice among young journalism students covering diversity, the incorporation of social media in journalism education, and internet use by southeast Asian and Australian Muslim youth. Her recent co-authored book (on the back of an Australian Research Council grant) explores building resilience among Jewish, Muslim, and other culturally diverse groups targeted in cyber racism, while another recent project compared social media use among Muslim students in Melbourne and New York city where she was a visiting scholar with NYU’s Center for Religion and Media.

She has a PhD in the sociology of the media and worked as a reporter and producer for fifteen years at Australian public broadcasters SBS and ABC. Her writing and commentary on sport and diversity has been published in places such as Melbourne’s Age and New Daily newspapers, the Jakarta Globe, the Straits Times, and the Brunei Times. She’s also produced hour long radio documentaries for ABC Radio National and ABC Grandstand Digital.

Nasya’s former students number in the hundreds and work in newsrooms and media roles across Australia and the world. She is regularly interviewed by Australian and international broadcasters on issues of diversity in the media, and diversity in sport. When she isn’t working on a book on sport and social inclusion, or acting as an AFL multicultural ambassador, Nasya plays indoor soccer and learns KPop dance routines.

Presentation (2019) | Australia and Asia: Media and Identity in a Time of Change
Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

He is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

A black belt in judo, he is married with two children, and lives in Japan.

Bradley J. Hamm
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA

Biography

Bradley J. Hamm is a full professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University, USA, serving as the dean from 2012 to 2018, where he oversaw Medill's programs in Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco in addition to its home campus in Evanston. Previously, he was Dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism in Bloomington and Indianapolis, USA.

Hamm's PhD is in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina, USA. He received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, USA, and an undergraduate degree from Catawba College in North Carolina, USA.

He also served as the interim dean and associate dean of the School of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina, USA. Hamm has taught in study abroad programs in Japan, China and the United Kingdom and started his career as a newspaper reporter. His teaching and research interests are in journalism history and media theory, particularly agenda setting theory.

He served as a trustee for the Poynter Institute and is a judge for the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards. He serves as an independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors for Next Digital media company of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Virgil Hawkins
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Dr Virgil Hawkins holds a PhD in International Public Policy from the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, where he currently serves as associate professor. He is also a research associate with the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Before joining OSIPP, Virgil Hawkins was an assistant professor at the Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University (2007-2010), and has also served with the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) in Cambodia (technical advisor, 2002-2004), and in Zambia (country director, 2004-2007).

Virgil Hawkins is also a co-founder of the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security (SACCPS). His prime research interest is in the media coverage of conflict (and the lack thereof), most notably in Africa. His most recent book is Communication and Peace: Mapping an Emerging Field, edited with Julia Hoffmann (Routledge, 2015).

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Featured Presentation (2017) | Introduction of Osaka University’s Global News View Database
Celia Lam
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Biography

Dr Celia Lam is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Media and Cultural Studies, School of International Communications, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. She received a BMedia in Screen Production from Macquarie University, Sydney and subsequently a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the cultural and aesthetic impact of digital technologies on media production and consumption, audience reception and fan studies. She also has an interest in mediated self-presentation, including online identity presentation and management. In 2012 she was awarded an Endeavour Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Government to undertake research in the area of online identity presentation in Hong Kong. Her work has been published in journals such as Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook, and the Australian Edition of the Global Media Journal. She is an advisory board member for the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies, editorial board member of Participations, and editor of the IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film.

Timothy W. Pollock
Osaka Kyoiku University & Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan

Biography

Timothy W. Pollock currently lectures on film and visual culture at Osaka Kyoiku University and at Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan. He received his BA in Religious Studies from the College of William & Mary, USA, and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Monash University, Australia. He has presented papers in fields as diverse as film, semiotic theory, ethics and education, all of which were structured around the central theme of the power of multi-modal, dramatic visual narratives.

His film research is focused on the development of standards and practices in classical Japanese cinema in general, and on the later films of Ozu Yasujiro in particular, while his work in the field of semiotics has focused on the applicability of social semiotic theory to the analysis of Japanese cinema and Japanese visual culture in general.

In ethics and moral philosophy he has analyzed how ethical dilemmas are presented in contemporary Hollywood cinema, and how the presentation of these dilemmas within a dramatic, visual narrative influences our reading of them. He is currently investigating how the very modes and frameworks through which ethical dilemmas are communicated can subtly influence the deliberative process of the target audience.

A long-time resident of Japan, he also worked as an assistant editor on the second edition of the Genius Japanese-English Dictionary.

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Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | The State of Film Studies in Japan
Paul Spicer
Hokkaido University, Japan

Biography

Dr Paul Spicer is currently a lecturer within the Research Faculty of International Media and Communication at Hokkaido University, in Sapporo. Paul's research lies mainly in the areas of film, and cultural studies with a specific focus on the national cinemas of Japan, and the U.K. His work has been published in a variety of leading international publications, and he has presented at a number of conferences and symposiums around the world. In addition to his research on film and culture, he has also published work on popular music, most notably a chapter for Bloomsbury which explores the lyrics of the British singer/songwriter Paul Weller and their relationship to the spiritual and religious. His current research projects include; a study on the relationship between Japanese film and Japanese socio/political issues between 1965 and 1975; and an exploration into the use of the cultural vernacular in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Gary E. Swanson
University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

Biography

Gary E. Swanson is the former Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he taught mostly graduate broadcast students. He has been an educator for 26 years; 20 years spent teaching at the university level. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed documentary producer, director, editor, photojournalist, consultant and educator. He has given keynote speeches, presented workshopsretd and lectured at embassies, conferences, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Swanson has compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years: From 1978 to 1991, Swanson worked for the National Broadcasting Company where he was honored with national EMMYs for producing and editing: The Silent Shame, a prime-time investigative documentary; Military Medicine, a two-part investigative series on NBC News; and Hotel Crime, an investigative news magazine piece. Swanson was an editor for "breaking news and features" for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunrise, Sunday Today, NBC Overnight, A Closer Look, Monitor, and other prime time news magazines. Swanson covered "breaking news" in 26 states and Canada for the network including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson was the Fulbright distinguished lecturer and consultant in television news to the government of Portugal in 1989. In 1992, he covered the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News as field producer and cameraman. Swanson has earned more than 75 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMYs, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE 'Golden Eagles,' 16 TELLYs, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival's Globe Award, the Videographer Award, The Communicator Award, the Ohio State Award, the CINDY Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2013 Professor of the Year award, and many others. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1974, and a Master's degree in Journalism in 1993.

Professor Gary E. Swanson is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. He is Chair of the Media & Film section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

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