The second Mobile Studies Congress will take place from the 13th to 15th November 2021 at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne) Hawthorn Campus and the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Due to international travel restrictions, we are collaborating online. The theme for the second edition is Go Mobile – Stay Sustainable.
The virtual conference will feature paper presentations, a panel discussion on Polyphonic documentary storytelling & sustainability with Dr Judith Aston (Associate Professor Interactive & Immersive Media at UWE Bristol) and Dr Stefano Odorico (Reader in Contemporary Screen Media at Leeds Trinity University), project showcases, PhD research project panels and workshops. Participation can be in person, live online or via pre-recorded contributions.
As part of the event, the 10th International Mobile Innovation Screening will be presented, including the new category of #EcoSmartphoneFilms co-curated by Dr Gerda Cammaer (Associate Professor at Ryerson University and co-founder & director of the Moving Image Arts international short film festival) and Max Schleser (founder & festival Director MINA & Researcher in the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies, Swinburne University of Technology). Before the screening, Dr Karoly Bardosh (Associate Professor NYU Tisch, New York University) will present a keynote on Smartphone Filmmaking and 21st-century Storytelling.
To understand sustainability, we need to broaden the discussion and include multiple voices in this conversation. We are interested in exploring Imaginary Futures - Ecological Utopia and Dystopia, the Anthropocene as a global discourse with local impact and the development of ecological literacies. As there is No plan B, we need to create one. Mobile Storytelling embraces the potential for opening screen storytelling to new forms and formats, as well as innovative ways to collaborate and co-create. In an inclusive, dynamic and provocative environment, our event will be focusing on exploring screen storytelling and its implications and contributions to an innovative and more equitable planet.
The Go Mobile – Stay Sustainable initiative is organised by the
Centre for Transformative Media Technologies, Swinburne University of Technology, AUS
Social Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, AUS
Smart Cities Research Institute > Future Urban Decision Making - Stream Citizen Capability and Habitat Futures, Swinburne University of Technology, AUS
IRIS – International Research Centre for interactive Storytelling, Leeds Trinity University, UK
Institute for Mobile Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
and the Mobile Innovation Network & Association (
Submission Deadline 1 May 2021
Conference papers will be published in an edited collection. We will inform you of the selection results by 15 August 2021.
Submission for Abstracts for Research Papers, Workshops, Project Presentations and/or Showcase via
Please submit your abstracts (in APA style) 350 words and a short biographical note (250 words).
Submission for smartphone films via
All information about the categories for the 10th edition of the International Mobile Innovation Screening online (
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