Converging and Emerging Media

Featuring Keynote Speaker Lawrence K. Jackson, NBC News

Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Barone Campus Center, Dogwood Room
Fairfield University

Join Fairfield University’s School of Communication, Arts, and Media in the College of Arts and Sciences for an interdisciplinary undergraduate conference celebrating groundbreaking student research in several disciplines.

Conference Overview

Converging and Emerging Media is an inaugural undergraduate conference at Fairfield University that explores and celebrates groundbreaking student research in the fields of communication, arts, and media. The all-day event features a series of timely and topical interdisciplinary research presentations conducted by undergraduate students attending colleges in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York.

Keynote Speaker

Lawrence K. Jackson
Anchor for NBC's digital news show "Stay Tuned"


Featured Sessions

The Digital Essay: Moving Papers from the Page to the Screen

Explain your process - story boarding. How did you do it? What did you do previously? How did the digital essay change the conversation?


Truth, Fake News, and the Invisible Hand of the Algorithm

Trust and Credibility: Whom do you trust and to whom do you listen?

Media Hybridity and Cross Platform: What has changed by bringing forms together?


Media, Art, or Performance and Technological Change

What is the impact of technologies (e.g. digital platforms and augmented reality) on creativity and the arts?


Global Digital Activism: Participation or Passivity?

How do new technologies shape online activism in the national and global spheres? Social media algorithms bring people together, but how effective are these virtual communities in activating broader, and lasting, social change?


This conference is co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Departments of Communication, English, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Visual and Performing Arts, the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Faith and Public Life.



Call for Proposals

As a main proponent of the conference, Fairfield University is inviting undergraduate matriculated students (and recent graduates from the Classes of 2017 and 2018) from colleges and universities in Connecticut and Westchester County to submit abstract proposals of original research in which they explore one or more of the following disciplinary areas, whether through connections between the areas or interdisciplinary approaches:

  • Communication
  • Strategic Communication
  • Media Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Art History & Visual Culture
  • Film, Television & Media Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Music
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre
  • Digital Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Professional Writing
  • World Cinema
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Essays

The conference planning and program committee will evaluate the abstracts for originality and creativity, scope, and the relevance and depth of research to the areas listed above. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Students will be notified of their selection by May 15, 2018. Selected speakers should plan on giving a ten-minute presentation of their research. A prize will be awarded to the student with the best presentation.

Tips for a Successful Abstract

For further information contact Dr. Katherine Schwab, Director of Fairfield University’s School of Communication, Arts and Media, in the College of Arts and Sciences, at

Submit Proposal →

Conference Registration

The registration deadline for the 2018 Converging and Emerging Media Conference is Wednesday, September 19.

Early Bird registration rates are available through August 1, 2018.

Early Bird registration rates:

Registration rates after August 1, 2018:

Lunch is included in registration fees.

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