ECAH2022 Overview


Join us in London (and online) for ECAH2022!

University College London (UCL), Institute of Education, UK | July 21–24, 2022

Held in partnership with University College London (UCL), Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sussex, this international conference encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue, by bringing together university scholars working in the UK, Europe, and beyond to share ideas and research. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. Over the past year we have engaged in many cross-sectoral projects, including those with universities (the University of Barcelona, Hofstra University, UCL, University of Belgrade and Moscow State University), think tanks (the East-West Center), as well as collaborative projects with the United Nations in New York, and the Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office, and right here in London with University College London (UCL), Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sussex, for this conference!

With the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations. It is through conferences like these that we expand our network and partners, and we have no doubt that ECAH2022 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice, for the meeting of people and ideas. We expect the resultant professional and personal collaborations to endure for many years!

ECAH2022 will be held alongside The 9th European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia2022). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including University College London (UCL), Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sussex, we look forward to meeting you in London (and online) for ECAH2022.

– The ECAH2022 Organising Committee

Anne Boddington, Kingston University, United Kingdom
Bruce Brown, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom
Matthew Coats, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Donald E. Hall, University of Rochester, United States
James Rowlins, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Gary E. Swanson, University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: University College London (UCL), Institute of Education, UK
  • Dates: Thursday, July 21, 2022 ​to Sunday, July 24, 2022
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: March 04, 2022*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: May 06, 2022
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 10, 2022

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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Programme

  • Nonpartisan News Reporting in an Age of Partisanship
    Nonpartisan News Reporting in an Age of Partisanship
    Panel Presentation: Alec Klein, Edward Klein, Shen Wu Tan & Madeline Thulin

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Speakers

  • Alec Klein
    Alec Klein
    Wyoming Truth, United States
  • Edward Klein
    Edward Klein
    Wyoming Truth, United States
  • Minnie Moll
    Minnie Moll
    Design Council, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Morlet
    Andrew Morlet
    Ellen MacArthur Foundation, United Kingdom
  • Shen Wu Tan
    Shen Wu Tan
    Wyoming Truth, United States
  • Madeline Thulin
    Madeline Thulin
    Wyoming Truth, United States

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The 10th European Conference on Arts & Humanities (ECAH) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Anne Boddington
    Anne Boddington
    Kingston University, UK
  • Bruce Brown
    Bruce Brown
    Royal College of Art, UK
  • Matthew Coats
    Matthew Coats
    University of Brighton, UK
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Donald E. Hall
    Donald E. Hall
    University of Rochester, USA
  • James Rowlins
    James Rowlins
    Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • Gary E. Swanson
    Gary E. Swanson
    University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

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Nonpartisan News Reporting in an Age of Partisanship
Panel Presentation: Alec Klein, Edward Klein, Shen Wu Tan & Madeline Thulin

In a divided world, where can people find the truth in news? In Europe, the United States and elsewhere, journalists often take sides, presenting news with an unvarnished bias. To wit: Witness the news coming out of Ukraine. Propaganda is part and parcel of war. But now it is even more underscored, fueled by social media, as Russia has created draconian laws, with the threat of imprisonment, to prohibit the media from using the word “war” to describe the horrors unfolding in Ukraine. This is where the Wyoming Truth comes in. As a nonprofit news operation, we seek to cover the news in a nonpartisan way, to allow people to make up their own minds about the news, whether it’s about politics, criminal justice, or anything else. News media has, of course, undergone significant tectonic shifts over the past centuries; indeed, it was in the United Kingdom that the tabloid form was invented and exported to the United States. But the impartiality of news has given way to something of a free-for-all in news coverage today. We hope to help restore a journalism that fosters confidence in fairness, impartiality and accuracy.

Read presenter biographies
Alec Klein
Wyoming Truth, United States

Biography

Alec Klein, president and co-founder of the Wyoming Truth, is a bestselling author and award-winning investigative journalist formerly of the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. His groundbreaking investigations have uncovered a wide array of wrongdoing, leading to significant reforms, congressional hearings, changes in federal law, criminal convictions and more than half a billion dollars in government fines. His investigations have also set free several prisoners across the United States who were wrongfully convicted of murder and falsely accused of other crimes. And he has helped dozens of excessively sentenced prisoners gain their freedom and regain their lives through parole, commutations and pardons. Alec is the founder and CEO of Matthew 56 Consulting, LLC, a media firm with clients throughout the United States and abroad, and Matthew 56 Investigations, LLC, which has successfully probed cases across America. Alec has won a number of national awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, business journalism’s highest honour, and given talks throughout the world, including Japan, France, Canada and South Africa.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Nonpartisan News Reporting in an Age of Partisanship
Edward Klein
Wyoming Truth, United States

Biography

Edward Klein, a board member of the Wyoming Truth, is a well-known editor, writer and public speaker with a distinguished career in American journalism. After serving an apprenticeship as a copy boy for the New York Daily News, he went on to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, which awarded him a fellowship to Japan. There, he learned to speak Japanese and travelled throughout Asia as a foreign correspondent for United Press International. Upon his return to New York, he joined Newsweek, where he became foreign editor and then assistant managing editor with jurisdiction over foreign and military affairs. From Newsweek, he became editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, which he led to new heights of public interest and editorial excellence. During his editorship, a writer for The New York Times Magazine won the first Pulitzer Prize in its history. Since then, he has written many articles for Vanity Fair and other national magazines. For Parade, he wrote Walter Scott’s Personality Parade, the most widely read column in the English language. Ten of his nonfiction books have all appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Nonpartisan News Reporting in an Age of Partisanship
Minnie Moll
Design Council, United Kingdom

Biography

Minnie was previously Chief Executive of Jarrold Retail in Norwich – an outstanding experiential retailer with an award-winning department store; Joint Chief Executive of the East of England Co-op; and Executive Director of Marketing at Notcutts Garden Centres – the third largest garden centre group in the UK.

Having graduated with a creative arts degree, Minnie’s early career focused on advertising, design, innovation and strategic consultancy. She was Managing Partner of HHCL, who were named “Advertising Agency of the Decade”’, before working as Global Marketing Director of ?What If!, a leading innovation company that won the Sunday Times/Great Place to Work Institute “Best Place to Work in the UK” for two years running.

Minnie has an excellent track record of purpose-driven leadership and building strong organisational cultures. She was voted “Vistage Business Leader of the Year” in 2020 and listed as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Women in Suffolk and Norfolk” in 2018. She was appointed by HRH Prince Charles in 2016 as his Ambassador for Responsible Business in the East of England as part of Business in the Community. Minnie has been a board member of two Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and a Town Deals Board.

Andrew Morlet
Ellen MacArthur Foundation, United Kingdom

Biography

Andrew Morlet joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2013 to define and launch its business programmes and became Chief Executive in 2014. Previously Andrew was the global managing director for information and technology strategy at Accenture and a partner with McKinsey & Company developing corporate and business unit strategy, working at the Board level of leading global companies across multiple sectors in the USA, UK/Europe and Asia. Prior to entering consulting Andrew worked in the not for profit sector as a clinical epidemiology and healthcare research scientist.

Shen Wu Tan
Wyoming Truth, United States

Biography

Shen Wu Tan is a reporter for the Wyoming Truth. She formerly worked as a general assignment reporter at The Washington Times in D.C. and at the Altoona Mirror in central Pennsylvania. Shen has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and an English degree from Washington State University. While enrolled at Northwestern, she was selected as one of ten student journalists to help investigate the 1976 quadruple murder case of William Thomas Zeigler, a Florida death row inmate. For three months, she worked as a reporting intern for the Weekend Argus in Cape Town, South Africa. Shen was born in China and adopted by a Canadian family in the 1990s. After briefly living in Canada, Shen moved with her family to Rock Springs, Wyoming—their first place of residency in the United States—and lived there for about 10 years. Since then, Shen has lived a somewhat nomadic lifestyle, moving to and residing in different parts of the United States, including Las Vegas, Chicago and the District of Columbia.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Nonpartisan News Reporting in an Age of Partisanship
Madeline Thulin
Wyoming Truth, United States

Biography

Madeline Thulin, writer and coordinator of Wyoming Truth, was born and raised in Jackson, Wyoming. After facing several health issues which resulted in open heart surgery and a stroke, Madeline is passionate about giving the voiceless a voice and working on their behalf. Madeline graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in December of 2020 with an undergraduate degree in Sociology. She writes about undocumented immigration in Wyoming and the difficulties it presents recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. She also focuses her writing on social inequality in Teton County, which reports one of the biggest wealth gaps between the top 1% and the remaining 99% of the United States.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Nonpartisan News Reporting in an Age of Partisanship
Anne Boddington
Kingston University, UK

Biography

Anne Boddington is Professor of Design Innovation, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Business and Innovation at Kingston University in the UK and recently appointed as the Sub Panel Chair for Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory for the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Professor Boddington has extensive experience of the leadership, management and evaluation of art and design education and art and design research in higher education across the UK and internationally. She is an experienced chair and has held trustee and governance roles across the creative and cultural sector including as trustee of the Design Council, an independent Governor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a member of the executive of the Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD) and a member of the advisory board of the Arts & Humanities Research Council. She has an international reputation in creative education and research and has been a partner, a collaborator, a reviewer and evaluator for a wide range of international projects and reviews across different nations in Europe, the Middle East, Southern and East Asia and North America.

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Bruce Brown
Royal College of Art, UK

Biography

Bruce Brown was educated at the Royal College of Art in London where he is currently Visiting Professor. Until 2016, Bruce was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Design at the University of Brighton. For twenty years previously he was Dean of the university’s Faculty of Arts & Architecture. In 2018 Bruce was appointed by the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Specialist Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China to Chair the assessment panels for Visual Arts, Design, Creative Media in the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise 2020. Prior to this he was appointed by the UK Funding Councils to Chair Main Panel D in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. Prior to this he chaired Main Panel O in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Bruce served as a member of the Advisory Board of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and has advised international organisations including the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation and the Qatar National Research Fund. Bruce chaired the Portuguese Government’s Fundação para a Ciência ea Tecnologia Research Grants Panel [Arts] and was one of four people invited by the Portuguese Government to conduct an international review entitled Reforming Arts and Culture Higher Education in Portugal. He has served as Trustee and Governor of organisations such as the Art’s Council for England’s South East Arts Board, the Ditchling Museum and Shenkar College of Design and Engineering, Tel Aviv. Bruce is an Editor of Design Issues Research Journal (MIT), an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Matthew Coats
University of Brighton, UK

Biography

Matthew Coats was educated at the London College of Fashion and, until 2017, was a fabric designer at Chanel in Paris, working for Karl Lagerfeld. After spending several years working as a fashion designer for both luxury and high-street brands, he is now lecturing in Fashion at the University of Brighton, having previously lectured in Creative Direction at Birmingham City University. Alongside his work in education, he also runs his own fashion-led interior textiles business. As a designer, his work is focused on combining modern technology with traditional fabric weaving, and is executed in a vibrant, colourful style. Having also worked as an agent at one of London’s leading model agencies, Storm, Matthew is familiar with the many sides of the fashion industry. He feels passionately about the cultural significance of the industry and the continuing importance of high-quality fashion education.

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Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

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Donald E. Hall
University of Rochester, USA

Biography

Donald E. Hall is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester, USA. Prior to moving to Rochester, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University, USA. Dean Hall has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, and Professional Studies. Over the course of his career, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University. Before that, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 13 years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki. He has also taught in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China. He served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion, and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English. From 2013-2017, he served on the Executive Council of the MLA.

His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and activist intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. Among his many books and editions are the influential faculty development guides, The Academic Self and The Academic Community, both published by Ohio State University Press. Subjectivities and Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies were both published by Routledge Press. Most recently he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, co-edited a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader. Though he is a full-time administrator, he continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

Professor Donald E. Hall is a Vice-President of IAFOR. He is Chair of the Arts, Humanities, Media & Culture division of the International Academic Advisory Board.

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James Rowlins
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Biography

James Rowlins left his native England for Paris, France, where he studied for a BA (Hons) and MA specialising in French cinema. His passion for visual culture subsequently took him to Los Angeles, where he earned a doctorate at the University of Southern California, USA. In addition to exploring literature and film through a theoretical lens, as well as dabbling in filmmaking, his dissertation focused on the crossover between post-war American film noir and the French New Wave, arguing that the subversive manipulation of the Hollywood genre formula by the auteurs constitutes a political aesthetic. He has published articles on contemporary French fiction, film and existentialism, cinematic phenomenology and new perspectives on the New Wave. He has held teaching positions in Europe, America and Japan, and is currently a Lecturer in the Humanities and the Arts Department at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.


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Gary E. Swanson
University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

Biography

Gary E. Swanson is currently the Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he taught mostly graduate broadcast students. He has been an educator for 26 years; 20 years spent teaching at the university level. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed documentary producer, director, editor, photojournalist, consultant and educator. He has given keynote speeches, presented workshopsretd and lectured at embassies, conferences, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Swanson has compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years: From 1978 to 1991, Swanson worked for the National Broadcasting Company where he was honored with national EMMY's for producing and editing: 'The Silent Shame,' a prime-time investigative documentary; 'Military Medicine,' a two-part investigative series on NBC News; and 'Hotel Crime,' an investigative news magazine piece. Swanson was an editor for 'breaking news' and features for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunrise, Sunday Today, NBC Overnight, A Closer Look, Monitor, and other prime time news magazines. Swanson covered 'breaking news' in 26 states and Canada for the network including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson was the Fulbright distinguished lecturer and consultant in television news to the government of Portugal in 1989. In 1992, he covered the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News as field producer and cameraman. Swanson has earned more than 75 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMY's, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE 'Golden Eagles,' 16 TELLY's, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival's Globe Award, the Videographer Award, The Communicator Award, the Ohio State Award, the CINDY Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2013 Professor of the Year award, and many others. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1974, and a Master's degree in Journalism in 1993.

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