Exciting news – we have flipped the conference

With Covid still causing travel problems and institutional budget cuts, the committee has decided to redesign it as a hybrid model.

This innovative approach optimizes both virtual and in-person attendance at Drake University. The MTM7 committee hopes this will ensure that the conference is accessible to as many participants as possible worldwide.

A new date

Due to the ever-expanding academic calendar, we have also moved the conference date forward by one month to facilitate wider engagement. It will now run from 27-28 July.

For more details about our new “Flipped” Conference, read the Q&A infographic designed by our media assistant, Savanna Bous, a magazine media student at Drake University.

An extension for abstracts submissions

The deadline for abstract submissions has also been extended – so you now have until 28th March to submit.

Mapping the Magazine 7: Magazines and the Moment has Flipped

To make the Mapping the Magazine conference accessible to as many participants as possible – we have flipped the conference. (Yes, we invented this.) A “flipped” conference is one that is optimized for virtual attendees but has added benefits for those who can attend in person.

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This comes from our experience as educators. The pandemic taught us that hybrid approaches shortchange those who are present and those who are virtual. It’s better to have a primary modality. In this case, we’ve chosen to make virtual participation the primary modality in order to welcome as many people as possible to fully participate in the event. However, the pandemic also highlighted the importance of being together in person, so we are providing that option, too.

We expect that the pandemic will still make it difficult for many overseas scholars to travel to the U.S. this summer. We also know that shrinking budgets at many institutions make it harder for some attendees to get financial support for their travel. And as a side benefit, it’s eco-friendly to minimize flying and driving when possible.

Those who can attend in person will have the many benefits of being together: more engagement with each other, casual conversations, social events. There will also be coffee/snack breaks and cocktail hours, and a field trip to Dotdash Meredith, if the pandemic permits.

For more information, check out our FAQ page about this year’s event.

Abstract Reminder – We Want Your Ideas

Don’t forget the deadline is fast approaching to submit your abstract for our seventh Mapping the Magazine Conference.

This year, the conference focuses on Magazines and the Moment, examining a range of aspects from history to business models, emerging trends, and digital developments.

More details on the scope of the potential topics within this theme can be found on the Submitting page.

The deadline for entries is February 28, 2022. Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2022, with full paper submissions required by May 1, 2022.

New Year, New Challenge?

Photo Credit Towfiqu Barbhuiya from Pexels

Calling all magazine practitioners and academics.

Looking for a new challenge in 2022? Then how about writing a conference paper for our seventh Mapping the Magazine conference hosted by Drake University in Des Moines (new dates: July 27 – 28, 2022) This year the focus is on Magazines and the Moment. For more details on potential topics within this theme, visit Submitting.  

The deadline for abstract submission is Feb 28, 2022.

Mapping the Magazine is a series of conferences established by Tim Holmes of the Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC). So far, conferences have taken place around the world, including New Zealand, America, Portugal and the UK. 

The conference aims to create an intimate meeting of international magazine scholars from many disciplines (Media and Communications, Journalism, Gender and Cultural Studies, Sociology, Linguistics, English, History, Visual Communications, and so on) – bringing together those interested in exploring the current state of magazine research and possibly developing collaborative research projects.

Call for Abstracts

Preparation for our seventh Mapping the Magazine conference is underway and will run the new dates of July 27 – 28, 2022, hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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In preparation, we are now calling for abstracts on this year’s theme, Magazines and the Moment. Authors – practitioners and academics – are invited to submit their proposals for original work on topics around the 2022 theme, including:

  • Emerging trends and steadfast practices
  • Digital developments
  • Magazine history
  • Readership
  • Business models
  • Magazines as a lens
  • Magazines and movements

Papers dealing with other topics and themes are equally welcome, and organizers encourage a multidisciplinary approach, as well as theoretical and/or empirical perspectives.

Abstracts of 400 words for 20-minute papers must be submitted by February 28th, 2022. For a more in-depth guide to the topics and submission details, visit: https://mappingthemagazine.org/submitting/

MtM6’s videos available!

MtM6’s playlist on YouTube

You can finally watch the videos from the Conference on our new YouTube channel! Just click on this link.

The playlist is public, so feel free to pass the link along to friends and colleagues that wished they could hear the talks.

Final day: Panel 1- Gender and Magazines

Today marks our last day of the virtual Mapping the Magazine conference. Over the last few days, we have seen some really insightful presentations which has generated some really engaging discussions. Our first panel of the day was entitled “Gender and Magazines”, chaired by Daniel Cardoso.

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