ANZCA 2014: The Digital and the Social: Communication for Inclusion and Exchange.9-11 July. Melbourne, Australia.The ANZCA Melbourne 2014 conference is focussed on social media, broadly defined, and the paradoxical nature of our ubiquitous communications environment. The conference recognises that while social media is reorganising the communications environment it is simultaneously giving rise to diverse and complex forms of social change. For more information: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association / ANZCA

Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory. 10-11 July. Birkbeck, UK. This conference will set out to explore how concepts of family have been acted out, reinvented, or deconstructed, through various media including the visual arts, literature, and museum exhibitions, across the centuries. The conference is organised by members of Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community and of the Department of European Cultures and Languages. For more information: Birkbeck University of London

IAMCR 2014: Region as a Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice. 15 to 19 July, 2014. Hyderabad, India. The conference theme seeks to explore the dynamics of media systems, communication patterns and organizational relationships within the new “framing” of region as a physical and conceptual category. Sub-themes and topics may include: What are the politics that drive media discourse, organization and economics? What kind of presence is at all possible in this redefined regional space, and how does region become a real and imagined construct across new media presences? What sorts of practices then become key to media and communication spaces enclosed in or defined by this new frame? For more information: International Association for Media and Communication Research / IAMCR /

Africa Media & Democracy. 6-9 August. Accra, Ghanna. The Africa Media & Democracy Conference aims are not only to engage discourses of democracy within the academia but provide the platform to directly engage media practitioners, politicians, and social commentators etc in an attempt to appraise the role of the media in democratic process and governance for sustainable development. For more information: Africa Media & Democracy Institute /
Highway Africa Conference. 7-8 September. Grahamstown, South Africa. A conference on  the current issues in social media research, media engagement with social/online communities, the internet and how it informs social media, and the mainstreaming of social media into everyday life, as well as media routines. For more information: Rhodes University /
Voice and Matters. 17-20 September. Roskilde and Malmo. Sweeden and DenmarkVoice and Matter is the fourth annual Communication for Development conference arranged by Ørecomm, this year merged with Roskilde University’s biannual scientific conference, Sunrise. The conference aims to explore the dynamic relationship – and possible convergence – between voice and matter in the context of communication for development theory and practice. For more information: Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change
When we are the receivers of stories of social suffering/injustice: The possibilities of collective narrative practice. September 16. 9 am to 4:30 pm at Brisbane's workers community centre.
This masterclass will provide the latest thinking in narrative approaches to working with communities who are experiencing social suffering. More information here

Gender In Focus: (New) Trends in Media
This event aims to serve as a forum to discuss ideas, experiences and research results on gender and media, bringing together social sciences researchers, NGOs representatives and media professionals.
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University of Minho


Half-day symposium: Advocacy, Investigative Journalism and the Internet. October Tuesday 28, from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. This half-day symposium is part of the 2014 Communication for Social Change Awards activities. This year's winners, photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor from Afghanistan and Clare Rewcastle from Radio Free Sarawak will give a key note speech on their work and how the Internet transformed the space for advocacy.

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