Programme (Live-Stream)

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, ECAH2020 will be held Online via Zoom.

The European Conference on Arts & Humanities (ECAH) is an interdisciplinary conference held alongside The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.

Conference Outline

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Friday, July 24, 2020Saturday, July 25, 2020Sunday, July 26, 2020Virtual Presentations

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09:00-09:15: Welcome Address & Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

09:15-10:15: Panel Presentation
The Age of the Zombie: Social Distancing without Social Media Distancing
Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Donna Lee Brien, Central Queensland University, Australia

10:15-10:30: IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

10:30-10:40: Break

10:40-11:40: Keynote Presentation
Crossing Divides and Embracing Difference
Emily Kasriel, BBC, United Kingdom

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08:55-09:00: Welcome from the Organising Committee

09:00-10:30: Panel Presentation
Embracing Difference: Fashion, Design and the Rhetoric of Social Change
Matthew Coats, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Bel Jacobs, writer, speaker, United Kingdom
John Lau, London College of Fashion, United Kingdom
Sophie Skach, Fashion designer and Researcher, United Kingdom
Peter Jeun Ho Tsang, Foundry Powered by IFA Paris, France

10:30-10:40: Break

10:40-11:40: Keynote Presentation
Viral Lessons
Anne Boddington, Kingston University, United Kingdom

11:40-11:50: Break

11:50-13:05: Live-Stream Session 1: Literature/Literary Studies
57986 | Beyond Richard Kearney’s ‘Frontier Zone’: Describing Enmity and Otherness in the American Post-Apocalyptic
57875 | The Republic of Heaven: A Return to Mother Earth and Ancient Pagan Religions in ‘His Dark Materials’
58539 | A Cross-cultural Analysis of Self-examination in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Chinese Philosophy and Tragedy

13:05-13:15: Break

13:15-14:05: Live-Stream Session 2: Film Criticism and Theory
58113 | Cultural Diversity in Film Festivals – A Case Study: Glocal in Progress, San Sebastián International Film Festival
57953 | What’s so Funny? Comedic Storytelling on Television in the #MeToo Era

14:05-14:15: Break

14:15-15:30: Live-Stream Session 3: Science, Environment and the Humanities
58477 | Hemingway and Dos Passos: The 1930s
58086 | The Effects of Market Places on the Spatial Variability of the Urban Soundscape: A Case Study in the Department of Cauca (Colombia)
58256 | Synergistic Space Potentials: Technology, Humans and Responsive Materials in the Design Process

15:30-15:35: End-of-Day Wrap-up

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08:00-08:10: Welcome from the Organising Committee

08:10-09:00: Live-Stream Session 1: Media History
58114 | Image and Gesture: A Modernistic Vision in Weimar Visual Culture
57761 | Old News from Close Friends, New News from Casual Acquaintances: Social Media and Echo Chambers Revisited

09:00-09:10: Break

09:10-10:00: Live-Stream Session 2: Aesthetics, Design
58277 | Heritage-Inspired Creativity for Textile Printed Pattern: A Case of Sukhothai
58278 | Heritage Inspired Costumes for Thai Traditional Massage Business

10:00-10:10: Break

10:10-11:50: Live-Stream Session 3: Literature/Literary Studies
58450 | Alluding to Childhood Growth and Desire in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot
58484 | Who is Oliver? Unexecuted Wills and Threatened Legal Rights in Oliver Twist
58421 | A Comparative Analysis of Metaphors Constructing Danger and Force Dynamics in Buddhism Discourse
58107 | Dastan-e Amir Hamza and the Uncanny Resonance of New(s) Stories

11:50-12:00: Break

12:00-13:15: Live-Stream Session 4: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
58329 | Development of The Causal Relationship Model for Innovative Communication Management on Image and Reputation of International Programs in Thai Universities
58479 | The New Media Semiotics and the Rise of Universal Symbolic Language: A Perspective From Digital Natives in Nigeria
58034 | Drone Journalism and the Redefinition of Ethics in Professional Journalism

13:15-13:30: Break

13:30-14:15: Keynote Presentation
Donald Hall, University of Rochester, United States

14:15-14:30: Conference Closing Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

ECAH2020 Pre-Recorderd Virtual Presentations
58019 | AI in the City: Speculating on Potential Futures Through Media Art
58463 | The Implementation of VR Technology in the Recoloring of the Historical Pharaonic Sites: Case Study on Khuwy’s Tomb
58443 | Soft Heroes and Unusual Detectives: Researching Bodily Parody by Reading Itxaro Borda While Staring at Ana Laura Aláez
58318 | Food Culture and Intergenerational Care On and Off Stage
58188 | Social Forums for a Different Democracy: Key Artistic Strategies of Chinese Socially Engaged Art in the 21st Century
58242 | A SDT-SFBT Based Group Intervention on College Students’ Smartphone Addiction and Positive Smartphone Usage
56403 | Access to Shakespeare
58080 | The Role of Designer in Interdisciplinary Team
58481 | Developing a Modern Pharaonic Identity Through the Implementation of Creative Geometrical Grid Systems
56860 | Intercultural Education in Europe: The Bridge Teaching Values of Cultural Diversity
58323 | Understanding the Mauritian Kitchen History Through Primary and Secondary Sources
57537 | Adapting Complex Time: Story of Your Life (1998) and Arrival (2016)
58468 | World Order, Regime and Law of the U.S., UK, France and Europe
58376 | Motivational Impact of Perceived Self-sufficiency and Personal Religious Beliefs

EuroMedia2020 Pre-Recorderd Virtual Presentations
56453 | Advertising Education in Hong Kong: Perspectives from Industry Experts
58130 | Butch-girl Arya Stark in HBO’s The Game of Thrones: Got My Own White Steed
56522 | The Digitalisation of Alternative Means of News Gathering and Dissemination in Southern Hinterlands of Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects
58457 | Fellini in Memoriam – Auteurship and Absurdism as Keys to Understand a 2020’s Society Where Normality is Anything but Normal
58483 | The Impact of Camera Innovations on Visual Aesthetics in Documentary Films – A Filmmakers Perspective
58192 | Mass Media in the System of Improving Financial Literacy of the Population and Professional Training of Journalists – Russian Practice
58171 | From Grid to Rhizome: Rethinking of the Post-digital Text Layout

Featured Presentations

  • Embracing Difference: Fashion, Design and the Rhetoric of Social Change
    Embracing Difference: Fashion, Design and the Rhetoric of Social Change
    Panel Presentation: Matthew Coats, Bel Jacobs, John Lau, Sophie Skach & Peter Jeun Ho Tsang
  • Crossing Divides and Embracing Difference
    Crossing Divides and Embracing Difference
    Keynote Presentation: Emily Kasriel
  • The Age of the Zombie: Social Distancing without Social Media Distancing
    The Age of the Zombie: Social Distancing without Social Media Distancing
    Panel Presentation: Lorna Piatti-Farnell & Donna Lee Brien
  • Viral Lessons
    Viral Lessons
    Keynote Presentation: Anne Boddington
  • Dislocation/Invitation
    Keynote Presentation: Donald E. Hall

Final Programme

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The Conference Programme contains session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule.

Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentations

A number of presenters have submitted pre-recorded virtual video presentations. We encourage you to watch these presentations and provide feedback through the video comments. A full list of these is on the conference website.

Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ECAH conferences via the links below.

Embracing Difference: Fashion, Design and the Rhetoric of Social Change
Panel Presentation: Matthew Coats, Bel Jacobs, John Lau, Sophie Skach & Peter Jeun Ho Tsang

For years, many in the fashion industry have chosen not to speak out on injustices in the world for fear of alienating consumers, and have considered taking a stance on civil rights and equality as unimportant. But these same consumers are starting to question what that means for the character of a brand, and why many creatives aren’t being held accountable for their actions, that have a direct impact on our political climate. It’s becoming ever clearer that the fashion industry can’t be apolitical, and you can’t separate politics from fashion.

Whilst the term ‘fashion’ has been historically used to describe the latest trends and how something is made into a particular form, the industry, and the wider creative industries, find themselves in the midst of an escalating evaluation culture.

In an increasingly online, globally-connected world, and with consumers acting in huge numbers to create a new voice and new type of critical discourse through online social media platforms that provide a direct link to the industry heavyweights, fashion and politics have never been more interlinked. From calling-out discriminatory industry standards to holding brands and businesses accountable for environmental abuses, the creative industries are democratising in a way we have never seen before, with fashion at the forefront of this discourse. Change is happening rapidly, with the new landscape developing on an almost daily basis. The consequences are huge and will affect each part of the fashion industry—from design educators to marketeers to practising designers. Add to this the COVID-19 global health crisis, and it becomes evident that the fashion industry as we know it will never be the same again.


Matthew Coats, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Bel Jacobs, Writer and Speaker, United Kingdom
John Lau, London College of Fashion, United Kingdom
Sophie Skach, Fashion Designer and Researcher, UK
Peter Jeun Ho Tsang, Foundry Powered by IFA Paris, France

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Crossing Divides and Embracing Difference
Keynote Presentation: Emily Kasriel

Join Emily Kasriel, Editor of the BBC Crossing Divides season, bringing people together in a divided world for a session in which you’ll learn all about the groundbreaking season which attracted over 40 million page views on the BBC. You will also get a taste of Deep Listening and have a go trying this out with a fellow participant in a break out room.

Most of us think we are above average listeners. But often when we think we are listening we are actually distracted by the voices in our head. And when we are talking with people we disagree with most strongly these inner distractions can get noisy as we judge what we are hearing while we rehearse counter-arguments. Imagine if you knew how to listen so that the person who was speaking felt truly heard?

During the last two years leading the BBC Crossing Divides season, I’ve been on the hunt of how to bring people with conflicting ideas together, drawing on my own experience as an Executive Coach, training with conflict mediators, and being an expert speaker in an MA module on Listening. I’ve spoken to psychologists, lawyers, organisational behaviour academics and facilitators such as Better Angels, all of whom are using a variant of deep listening.

You’ll leave inspired by the power of connecting across divides and empowered with a technique you can use with colleagues, partners and with family – vital during times of challenge stress and encountering difference.

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The Age of the Zombie: Social Distancing without Social Media Distancing
Panel Presentation: Lorna Piatti-Farnell & Donna Lee Brien

In an era of confusion and anxiety, isolation, quarantines and lockdowns, this panel will look at media and (popular) cultural responses, through digital narratives, and memes. In our blurred life online, our professional and personal lives flow into each other, time warps, and social distancing doesn’t mean social media distancing. What of questions of freedoms, of privacy, or security and of governance in a time of impending doom, real or imagined? Outside our curtains and the safety of confinement, and endless media distraction, is a world without people. Is this the age of the Zombie?

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Viral Lessons
Keynote Presentation: Anne Boddington

Many have likened the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic to the experience of war time, except with all the people on the same side against an invisible invader that is indiscriminate, transgresses national borders and disproportionally attacks the socially and economically vulnerable. Across the world, countries and communities have been “locked-down” and retreated to the relatively “safety” of their domestic environments. Our cities and educational institutions were closed and stood silent, their usual vivacious inhabitants physically dispersed, but digitally connected, while the sun shone, Spring “sprung”, summer arrived, and the natural environment flourished with our absence. We retreated, but institutions continued to function, significantly weakened and often struggling to react fast enough to “work differently”, online and “at home”. Work, home, social lives and our different personas all overlaid upon one another. Individually and collectively we have all been forced to confront the ways we manage each of these lives and how they do or don’t intersect and interconnect. In the University context, governance and resilience have been tested, as was the leadership and practical capacity and capability of working and learning remotely. What to do, how to behave, who and what mattered to us as social beings all questioned by COVID’s threat. A threat, that, like climate emergency, artificial intelligence and racial (in)equality has long been known about; but where other technocratic and economic values had perhaps overwritten our preparedness for what we have had to confront.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of “lockdown” and the pitching of wealth against health, this existential moment has presented an opportunity to reflect, prior to addressing the far more challenging task of rethinking and re-opening our worlds, economies and institutions. This presentation focuses specifically on living with COVID-19 and devising a framework and a series of principles for unlocking universities and reflecting on the role, purpose and contribution. It then takes a more detailed look at the lessons we might take from our “viral experiences” and how we might reflect upon and revisit creative education and its social, cultural and economic contribution in our “next normal” and imminent futures.

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Keynote Presentation: Donald E. Hall

IAFOR’s special theme in 2020 is “Embracing Difference”, which builds on two previous years’ themes: examinations of fear for what the future might hold (2018), followed a year later by explorations of our ability to shape alternate futures (2019). The continuing timeliness of both topics has been fuelled not only by global political trends, but also (and in ways that largely account for those trends) the fact that individuals today are being confronted incessantly with forms and intensities of “difference” as never before in human history. Unless we are wholly off the grid of media and extra-communal encounter (as we might find with self-isolating religious communities), we are confronted daily with lifestyles, belief systems, languages, and ways of being that are radically different from our own. Whether face-to-face or mediated, these continuing micro-shocks of encounters with epistemological difference can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting, or even erotically stimulating (if not several of those at once). Much hinges on how we decide to process such encounters, a choice for which, I argue, we bear responsibility. To the extent that we can actively choose to frame such “dislocations” as desirable “invitations”– to question the rightness of our own stances, the security of our own “truths,” and the limitations of our own knowledge – we can welcome encounters with difference as necessary for learning and growth. Too often, of course, they are processed much more narrowly as violent threats to insular selfhood, to national and cultural primacy, and to religious absolutes. We as teachers, scholars and public intellectuals have a role to play in reframing a public debate on the fundamental value of “difference”. Beyond our common and often tepid proclamation of respect for “diversity”, it is imperative that we promote and defend the inherently generative effect of the “unsettledness” that terrifies so many of our fellow citizens. Invitations to rethink our “selves”, our beliefs, and our values should be celebrated as inherently educational opportunities, rather than feared as apocalyptic threats to coherence or community.

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