Submit papers to second annual Media School graduate conference

The Media School Report • Oct. 3, 2017

Organizers of Common Ground, The Media School graduate conference, are accepting abstracts and proposals through Dec. 15.

The second annual conference is scheduled for Feb. 23 in Franklin Hall. The purpose is to bring different departments together in the study and practice of media. This conference will build connections across the IU campus and bring together research that adds to insight on media.

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Call for papers

Common Ground: The Second Annual Media School Graduate Conference

Date: Feb. 23, 2018
Location: Franklin Hall, The Media School, Indiana University
Submission Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

At The Media School, “media” is our common ground, the one thing that links us all together. We recognize media, in the broadest sense of the word, as anything used as a vehicle for communication. The study of media includes research topics as varied as ancient painting and literature from the 19th century to big data analysis from Twitter and mobile app development. 

We come from a variety of academic backgrounds, disciplines and departments; we draw on a range of perspectives, methods and theories. The goal of this conference is to present the widest possible expression of the study of media. We welcome new or previously presented submissions from any graduate student affiliated with Indiana University. Students are also encouraged to create and submit their own multi-disciplinary panels for consideration.


The conference will include both 50-minute panels devoted to the formal presentation of research and 50-minute conversational workshops devoted to working through specific questions. Additionally, submissions of media objects including but not limited to short films, created images and photography will be featured at the conference.

There are a few different ways to participate in the Common Ground Conference:

  1. Submit an independent paper or project: If you wish to present or share a current research project, please prepare a one-page abstract that introduces your presentation and briefly explains how it connects to media research, broadly considered. We do not require full papers. Please note that we will accept papers that have been submitted to other conferences or that have previously been presented at conferences. If selected, you will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation of your project.
  2. Submit a panel: If you would like to present as a pre-constituted panel, please submit a short description of the theme or topic of your panel and its connection to media research, along with one-page abstracts for each of the participants on your panel. Please make sure to designate a moderator for your panel in your submission. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary panels are strongly encouraged.
  3. Suggest a workshop: If you would like to hold a workshop, please submit the primary question the workshop hopes to answer, along with a list all workshop leaders with short bios. Workshops may surround any interest as long as they are related to media in some way. Please make sure to designate a moderator for your workshop in your submission.
  4. Media objects: You can also submit a piece of media to be featured in the Franklin Hall commons or in the screening room. Please specify what format the media object is in and where you feel it would be best to present. Submissions could include, but are not limited to: short films, animations, photography, posters, sonic sculpture, music or data visualization.

With your submission, please also include keywords to identify your area of interest, which will help create topic-specific panels. Email your submission and a brief bio to the Common Ground email at by Dec. 15, 2017.

Dates and Information:

Abstract submission deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

Acceptance notification date: Feb. 1, 2018

Conference date: Feb. 23, 2018

Location: Franklin Hall, The Media School, Indiana University

Conference Website:

Note: There is no fee to present or attend the Common Ground conference.