Programme (Online)

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, MediAsia2020 will be held Online via Zoom.

Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.

Conference Outline*

Friday, November 13, 2020Saturday, November 14, 2020

13:00-13:15: Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

13:15-14:15: Workshop Presentation
Structures for Teaching Art & Design – A Faculty Development Workshop
Sam Holtzman, ArtCenter College of Design, United States
Armando Zuniga, ArtCenter College of Design, United States
David Tillinghast, ArtCenter College of Design, United States

14:15-14:25: Break

14:25-15:10: Keynote Presentation
Finding Time in Iwate
Gary McLeod, University of Tsukuba, Japan

15:10-15:25: Break

15:25-15:40: Wadaiko Performance
Students from AIE International High School, Hyogo, Japan

15:40-15:50: Break

15:50-17:05: Live-Stream Session 1: Media, Politics and International Relations

17:05-17:10: Break

17:10-17:20: IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

17:20-18:10: Networking Coffee

18:10-18:55: Keynote Presentation
Reporting China in the Age of Great Power Competition
Vincent Ni, Journalist, United Kingdom

18:55-19:05: Break

19:05-20:05: Sponsored Workshop Presentation
Teaching Audio Storytelling: A Practical Workshop
Heli Newton, Hindenburg Systems, Denmark

10:00-10:10: Welcome Address from the Organising Committee

10:10-11:50: Live-Stream Session 1: Gender and Culture

11:50-12:00: Break

12:00-13:15: Live-Stream Session 2: Arts, Media, and Culture

13:15-13:2: Break

13:25-14:15: Live-Stream Session 3: Culture and Aesthetics

14:15-14:25: Break

14:25-15:15: Live-Stream Session 4: Media and Politics

15:15-15:25: Break

15:25-16:15: Live-Stream Session 5: Coronavirus and Culture

16:15-16:25: Break

16:25-18:30: Live-Stream Session 6: Literature, Media, and Culture

18:30-18:40: Conference Closing Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on October 16, 2020. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

*Please be aware that the above schedule may be subject to change.

Featured Presentations

  • 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

Final Programme

The online version of the Conference Programme is now available to view below via the Issuu viewing platform. Alternatively, download a PDF version. The Conference Programme can also be viewed on the Issuu website (requires a web browser). An Issuu app is available for Android users.


The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule.

Previous Programming

View details of programming for past MediAsia conferences via the links below.

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.

Read presenters' biography
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.

Read presenters' biography
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.

Read presenters' biography