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The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2016

Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Thursday, October 27 - Saturday, October 29, 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 20, 2016

Registration Deadline for Presenters: September 20, 2016


Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience Japan. Join a global academic community.

This international and interdisciplinary conference on Media & Mass Communication is now in its seventh year, and will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions in media studies. As with IAFOR’s other events, MediAsia2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond. The conference will also host the fourth IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival.

The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2016 will again be held alongside The Asian Conference on Film & Documentary 2016. Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in both.




MediAsia2016 Conference Theme: “Justice”


The media has long been considered a powerful tool for the fighting of injustice and for holding powerful individuals and institutions to account. How do questions of justice interact with those of power, ownership and control, as well as those of (self)censorship? To what extent and where has mainstream media maintained independence and integrity? What is the role of social media? And where is press freedom non-existent or increasingly curtailed? What of the role of investigative journalists, citizen journalists, and whistleblowers?

Film and media, like art and literature, are multi-layered forums for probing the depths of the multifarious concept of “justice.” This can relate to its ethical and moral branches (social, legal, moral justice, etc.) as well as its less tangible embodiments (poetic justice, rough justice, etc.). Fictional films and documentaries frequently celebrate victories of justice and triumphs over adversity in functioning democratic institutions (e.g. Twelve Angry Men), while others explore more fractious moral and ethical dilemmas related to the concept. For instance, can there ever be a moral justification for acting above the law – even committing a serious crime for a “higher purpose”? One might reference Woody Allan’s countless adaptations of Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment.

Is a work of fiction or media reporting culpable if it falsifies for a “good cause?” Does justice have a “dark side,” or is this the outcome of it being manipulated? Questions like these have been with us throughout the ages. Do they exist as boundaries for reflection rather than questions to be answered?

Some modern TV series look into justice issues from a legal point of view, but also probe the psychology of many types of people on both sides of the law. What do these contribute to the better understanding of the complexities of human nature and human emotion exposed in them?

We expect this open and enduring theme to excite a number of stimulating research paths, and look forward to their outcomes.

We look forward to seeing you at MediAsia2016!


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The IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival 2016


IAFOR MediAsia2015 / FilmAsia2015 Conference

Documentary film is strongly in line with The International Academic Forum’s vision as an academic think tank that promotes international, intercultural and interdisciplinary discussion and exchange. Started in 2009, the IAFOR Documentary Film Award has grown in size and influence.

Registered delegates for MediAsia2016 and/or FilmAsia2016 will receive FREE admission to the festival.

The IAFOR Documentary Film Award is backed by IAFOR and The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication and The Asian Conference on Film and Documentary, which have established themselves as prestigious events for industry professionals.

For more information on our documentary competition and festival please visit the IAFOR Documentary Film Award website.



IDFA2016 Featured Documentary: Human Harvest



On October 28, 2016, the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival (IDFA2016) will host its annual award ceremony and film festival and we encourage all documentary and film fans to join us at The Art Center of Kobe. Admission is FREE for university students and registered delegates of MediAsia2016 and FilmAsia2016.

Human Harvest follows two Nobel Peace Prize nominees, renowned immigration and human rights lawyer David Matas and former member of Canadian parliament David Kilgour as they investigate allegations of live organ harvesting in China. In 2006, the Kilgour & Matas Report alleged that organs were harvested from living prisoners of conscience, mostly from detained Falun Gong practitioners. Human Harvest has raised awareness of the organ harvesting trade in China and the inferred violation of human rights.

The film has received press in The Vancouver Sun, The Daily Mail, Taipei Times and other international publications. There is also a petition to the United Nations, following the release of the film, calling for further investigation into the allegations and sanctions to be brought against the Chinese government.

Human Harvest director Leon Lee will join us at the Art Center of Kobe on October 28 for the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival 2016. Following the film screening, Mr. Lee will host a Q&A session, discussing the issues raised by the film alongside fellow documentarian Ken Stone who directed and produced Hard To Believe. Hard to Believe is a documentary that also examines forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response around the world.

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The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – 2016 Winners Screening


The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2016

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is an international photography award which seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists.

The Award is supported by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) – Asia’s Think Tank – and builds off of the strength of the IAFOR Documentary Film Award, now in its fifth year. Documentary has a rich history of exposing truths, telling stories, raising awareness and creating discussion — all practices valued at IAFOR.

Our 2016 award was judged by a panel of leading professionals in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism, including Paul Lowe, Simon Roberts and Ed Kashi.

Winners were announced at The European Conference on Arts & Humanities in Brighton, England. The Award followed the theme of the conference, with 2016’s theme being “Justice”

In supporting upcoming talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter.

All delegates receive free entry to the award screening.

Visit the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award website



Special Screening

What Made Her Do It?



Presentation and Live Piano by Mie Yanashita

Released in 1930 ‘What Made Her Do It?’ follows the story of a young woman struggling to survive under the harsh conditions of The Great Depression. Tragically, the original prints of the film were destroyed in a fire at the studio. The film would have been lost to history if not for the efforts of the producer’s grandson. Spurred by clues and hints of the existence of an undamaged copy, he was led on an adventure that took him from Japan to Manchuria to the Soviet Union where the film was eventually recovered and restored. Mie Yanashita will deliver a presentation about the film and its significance in film history followed by a screening and original score.

October 27th 19:30, Prokofiev Hall, Art Center of Kobe



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IAFOR Publishing Opportunities




The IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film is an editorially independent journal associated with MediAsia. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. IAFOR’s open access journals conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organised thematically.



Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings, published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.




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The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.

We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programmes which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. This global partnership alliance means our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.