The 14th annual Postgraduate Conference of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA PGN) entitled ‘Borders and Boundaries: Territories, Technologies, Transgressions’ will take place at Goldsmiths, University of London on June 26-27, 2017.

This year’s conference will convene postgraduate students, artists and activists to examine and reflect upon the ever-changing social, geographical and political landscape in the form of paper presentations, posters, mini-documentaries, panel discussions and seminars.

The Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA PGN) brings together postgraduate students in media, communications and cultural studies from different intellectual traditions and cultural backgrounds. It aims to form research as well teaching and learning networks and ensure peer support.

Meet the Team

The idea for this year’s MeCCSA’s PGN conference originated from a collaboration between PhD researchers from the LSE and Goldsmiths. During a joint research symposium in Stockholm in 2016, we shared concerns regarding the impact of globalised gentrification, the unethical mediations of the refugee crisis and the performative political rhetoric used throughout the lead-up to Brexit and the impending US election. The theme emerged from the team’s desire to investigate the local and geopolitical implications of border-making, as well as the acts of assembly and resistance that the drawing of boundaries invites.

Our team members include:

Jacob Mukherjee

Jacob is a final year PhD student at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He runs a political education course for young Londoners, and teaches at Goldsmiths. His Masters research on the Occupy movement in London was published in three journals. He has been involved in various forms of political activism all his adult life.

Anthony Kelly

Anthony is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. His thesis focuses on the performance of oppositional political identities in American right-wing media discourse. Topics of interest include media hybridity, political talk, affect, and post-objectivist journalistic practices.

Yu-Kei Tse

Yu-kei received her doctoral degree in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths. Her doctoral thesis examines the implications of the consumption foreign TV via informal online sharing for the changing role of television in society, the construction of cultural identities, and cultural power relationships between countries that underpin the consumption.

Paula Kiel

Paula is a PhD candidate at LSE whose work explores practices of preparing one’s online presence and interactions after death. This is an exploratory study, aimed at characterising these emerging technologies and practices looking at both design and use of services dedicated for planning one’s digital afterlife. Her research interests include: death online, visual media, technological innovation.

Fabien Cante

Fabien is a PhD candidate at LSE. He uses the example of local radio in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to interrogate the role of media in the "social infrastructure of city life" (A. Simone). He has a background in urban studies and history, and is broadly interested in how people relate their locality to issues of politics, power and exclusion.

Sarah Beck

Sarah is a playwright and recently completed her PhD at Goldsmiths College investigating the dramaturgy of war in verbatim practice. Writing credits include: This Much is True (Theatre 503), The Kratos Effect (The Bike Shed Theatre) and the short film Spoons (Pangaea Films). She has contributed to Performing Ethos, the International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen and Performance in a Militarized Culture.