Programme

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*

Thursday, November 12, 2020Friday, November 13, 2020Saturday, November 14, 2020

09:00–12:00: Plenary Session

12:00–13:15: Lunch Break

13:15–14:45: Plenary Session

14:45–15:00: Break

15:00–16:30: Plenary Session

16:30–17:30: Conference Poster Session

09:00–10:30: Parallel Sessions

10:30–10:45: Break

10:45–12:15: Parallel Sessions

12:15–13:15: Lunch Break

13:15–14:45: Parallel Sessions

14:45–15:00: Break

15:00–16:30: Parallel Sessions

16:30–17:00: Break

17:00–18:00: Parallel Sessions

09:00–10:30: Parallel Sessions

10:30–10:45: Break

10:45–12:15: Parallel Sessions

12:15–13:15: Lunch Break

13:15–14:45: Parallel Sessions

14:45–15:00: Break

15:00–16:30: Parallel Sessions

16:30–17:00: Break

17:00–18:00: Closing Session

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on October 14, 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

Final Programme

The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule. All registered delegates who attend The 11th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film receive a printed copy of the Conference Programme at the Registration Desk on arrival. Only one copy of the Conference Programme is available per delegate, so please take good care of your copy.

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available on October 14, 2020. The final Conference Programme will be available on November 02, 2020.


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.

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