MediAsia2024 Overview

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.

Join us in Kyoto for MediAsia2024!

October 15–19, 2024 | Held in Kyoto, Japan, and Online

Welcome to The 14th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2024), held in partnership with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, Japan.

MediAsia2024 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 MediAsia2024 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice and for the meeting of people and ideas.

MediAsia2024 will be held alongside The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC2024). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

We look forward to seeing you in Kyoto and online!

– The MediAsia2024 Programme Committee

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: Held in Kyoto, Japan, and Online
  • Dates: Tuesday, October 15, 2024 ​to Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: May 17, 2024*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: July 19, 2024
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: August 23, 2024

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

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  • Jeffry Gayman
    Jeffry Gayman
    Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Virgil Hawkins
    Virgil Hawkins
    Osaka University, Japan

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Conference Committees

International Advisory Board

Dr Joseph Haldane, Chairman and CEO, IAFOR
His Excellency Professor Toshiya Hoshino, Osaka University, Japan
Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech., United States
Professor Donald E. Hall, Binghamton University, United States
Dr James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging
Professor Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan
Professor Dexter Da Silva, Keisen University, Japan
Professor Gary Swanson, University of Northern Colorado, United States
Professor Baden Offord, Curtin University, Australia
Professor Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University, United States
Professor William Baber, Kyoto University, Japan

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Conference Programme Committee

Dr Nasya Bahfen, La Trobe University, Australia
Dr Thomas G. Endres, University of Northern Colorado, United States
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Professor Bradley J. Hamm, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, United States
Dr Virgil Hawkins, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Celia Lam, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China
Timothy W. Pollock, Osaka Kyoiku University / Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Dr Paul Spicer, Hokkaido University, Japan
Professor Gary E. Swanson, University of Northern Colorado, United States (fmr.)

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Conference Review Committee

Professor Azza Ahmed, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Dr Alyaa Anter, Ajman University, United Arab Emirates
Professor Carla Cadete, Lusófona University , Portugal
Dr Zhiying Jin, Taylor's, Malaysia
Dr Malektaj Khosravi, Islamic Azad University - Tehran Central Branch, Iran
Dr Jandy E Luik, Petra Christian University, Indonesia
Dr Michael Ogden, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Dr Sahar Rasoulikolamaki, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Dr Sadananda Sahoo, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by the Conference Programme Committee under the guidance of the International Academic Board (IAB). 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 MediAsia2024 Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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Jeffry Gayman
Hokkaido University, Japan


Jeffry (Jeff) Gayman is Professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University. An American by nationality, he has been living and working in Japan for over thirty years, approximately twenty of those in support of the Ainu people. He obtained his MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2005, and his Ph.D from Kyushu University in 2012, and has been working for Hokkaido University since. His research centers on Indigenous Education and Collaborative Research Methodologies, and he also has strong interests in Indigenous-mainstream relations, education for intercultural understanding, and human rights education. The Ainu Policy Promotion Act and Culture-Centered Indigenous Policies in Japan, in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and Education and Ethnicity of the Ainu People, in Michael Weiner (Ed), Routledge Handbook of Race and Ethnicity in Asia (Routledge, 2021) are two of his recent works. He also teaches English to freshman students in the Liberal Arts Division of Hokkaido University. In his spare time he runs, hikes and skis to stay fit.

Virgil Hawkins
Osaka University, Japan


Virgil Hawkins is a professor specialising in world affairs and the news media, and is based at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University. He obtained his PhD in international public policy from OSIPP, where he focused on international politics, conflict, the UN Security Council and the news media. He proceeded to work for five years for a non-governmental aid organisation, primarily in Cambodia and Zambia, before returning to the university as a faculty member. He has written and edited a number of books, including Stealth Conflicts: How the World’s Worst Violence is Ignored (2008), and Communication and Peace: Mapping an Emerging Field (co-edited, 2015). His work focuses on furthering our understanding of how and why the vast majority of the world remains relatively uncovered by the news media.

To these ends, he has since shifted his focus to work at a more practical level. He co-established the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security (SACCPS) in 2010, which is a network that has brought together researchers and practitioners working on these issues throughout the region. He went on to establish Global News View (GNV), a large-scale media project that 1) analyses trends and deficiencies in the coverage of the world by the Japanese news media, and 2) attempts to compensate for those deficiencies by providing analysis of the state of the world in places that are undercovered.

Featured Panel Presentation (2023) | International News Coverage and The Role of Independent Media

Previous MediAsia Presentations

Featured Presentation (2019) | Climate Coverage: Getting More and Getting it Done Right
Featured Presentation (2017) | Introduction of Osaka University’s Global News View Database