ECAH/LibEuro/EuroMedia/EuroFilm 2014 Conference Report
Thursday July 17 – Sunday July 20, 2014
Brighton, United Kingdom
Conference Theme: “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy”
IAFOR welcomed delegates from more than 35 countries to Brighton for the joint European Conference on Arts and Humanities (ECAH), the European Conference on Literature and Librarianship (LibEuro), the European Conference on Media and Communications (EuroMedia), and the European Conference of Film and Documentary (EuroFilm). The conferences were fortunate to have a high caliber of featured speakers and presenters who set the aspirational tone of the conference by encouraging the conference delegates to step outside our usual disciplinary comfort zone and engage with academics from other disciplines.
The conference had a wonderful line up of keynote, featured and spotlight speakers across its many disciplines and discourses. As the conference chair and featured speaker, Rev Professor Stuart Picken noted in his address that it is through the cross-pollination of an interdisciplinary approach that we greatly enhance our own knowledge base within our respective specialist fields.
IAFOR gives its fullest thanks to the 2014 ECAH conference keynote addresses by Lord Charles Bruce, the Patron of the Japan Society of Scotland, and Professor Alfonso J. García Osuna, Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages at the City University of New York, Kingsborough. Also, LibEuro 2014 Keynote Speaker Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova, Moscow State University, Russia, and the 2014 EuroFilm/EuroMedia Co-Chair Professor Gary E. Swanson, the Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. Professor Swanson and Professor Picken were the co-chairs of the conference weekend and we cordially offer them our thanks for their guidance and advice in building the conference programme.
We were also thrilled to have as a featured speaking team of Dr. James Rowlins, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Daniel Parkes of Parkes Productions, UK a leading film production specialist. Dr. Rowlins and Mr. Parkes led a Q & A session with Conference delegates focusing on the role and success of Brighton filmmakers and the city of Brighton as a venue of film production. Their session finished with a special featured screening of the classic ‘mod’ culture film Quadrophenia (Roddam, 1979) in which many famous scenes were shot within a short walk from the conference venue. The IAFOR European Conference series committee would also like to thank our spotlight speakers, Dr. Josko Petkovic of Murdoch University, Australia, Dr. Raymond Boyle, University of Glasgow, UK, Dr. Craig Mark, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, and Dr. Martin Wood, RMIT University, Australia, for their valuable contributions at the conference.
The 2014 IAFOR joint conference series was a packed and exciting programme of academic and cultural engagement. It offered delegates a diverse, informative and thought-provoking range of academic presentations as well as providing its many international delegates the chance to experience the hospitality of the United Kingdom and its culture.
The conference organising committee would like to thank the fantastic contributions of all the presenters and look forward to seeing you again in Brighton for next year’s ECAH, LibrEuro, EuroMedia and EuroFilm conferences.
The European Conference on Arts and Humanities 2014
The European Conference on Film and Documentary 2014
The European Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2014
The European Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2014
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Learn more about attending The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2015, The European Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2015, and The European Conference on Media, Communication and Film 2015.