The 10th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia) Photo Report

Above left: Dr Nasya Bahfen of La Trobe University (Australia) delivers her Keynote Presentation, “Australia and Asia: Media and Identity in a Time of Change”, in which she discusses issues such as gender and race in media, drawing on her years of experience as a journalist and scholar. Dr Bahfen also served on the Organising Committee for the conference. Above right: Ms Erina Ito, a renowned journalist at Asahi Shimbun (Japan), delivers her Keynote Presentation, titled “Gender Equality in the Japanese Film Industry”. In addition to discussing issues in the film industry, Ms Ito offered numerous examples of the overt exploitation of feminine sexuality in Japanese culture, noting that gender equality was not just an issue in the workplace, but in society at large.

Above, clockwise from top left: Dr Arianne Rourke, from the University of New South Wales (Australia), offered a Featured Presentation titled “Media, Communication and Film as a Catalyst for Change: How Animations in Teaching International Students (TIS) Project Become Public Pedagogy”, showing how international students in Australia are benefitting from animations incorporated into teaching strategies. Mr Timothy Pollock, from Osaka Kyoiku University & Hagoromo University of International Studies (Japan), played a major role in bringing together the conference as a member of the Organising Committee, and is seen here moderating the panel discussion “Observation vs. Immersion: Trends in Contemporary Visual Anthropology”. The engaged crowd listens intently to the stellar line-up of plenary speakers. International Academic Advisory Board member Professor Monty P. Satiadarma, of Tarumanagara University (Indonesia), presents the IAFOR Scholarship to Donnalyn De Chavez, of De La Salle University (Philippines) who won the award for her work titled “The Self on Instagram: A Study on How People With Different Hair Colors Use Instagram for Online Self-presentation”.

Above: Panellists Dr Michael R. Ogden (left) of Zayed University (UAE), and Dr Kwame M. Phillips (right) of John Cabot University (Italy), provide comments on filmmaking during their panel, “Observation vs. Immersion: Trends in Contemporary Visual Anthropology”.

Above, clockwise from top left: Dr Virgil Hawkins, from Osaka University (Japan) engages the audience with a discussion of the media’s coverage of climate change in his Featured Presentation, “Climate Coverage: Getting More and Getting it Done Right”. Dr Hawkins also served on the Organising Committee for the conference. One of our amazing volunteers who, along with others from various universities in the Tokyo area, commented that the experience was both rewarding and fun, and IAFOR is grateful for all their hard work. An enthusiastic and notably international crowd takes time to pose for a photo as they make MediAsia2019 a great place to share new ideas, future research, and differing perspectives within a supportive and collaborative environment.

The 11th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2020) will be held in Kyoto, Japan, from Wednesday, November 11 ​to Saturday, November 14, 2020. Learn more on the MediAsia2020 conference website.

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