Call: 2nd Global Conference: Transmedia: Storytelling and Beyond

2nd Global Conference: Transmedia: Storytelling and Beyond

Wednesday 14th May – Friday 16th May 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Presentations:

The Global Research Project on Transmedia was launched in Sydney, Australia in January 2013 with a programme that brought together researchers, educators, industry practitioners and other stakeholders across the professional and disciplinary spectrum. (The programme is available online at Discussions highlighted critical issues concerning techniques for user engagement; research, pedagogy and curriculum design; and evaluative techniques for complex and dynamic user engagement. The conversations highlighted the diversity of transmedia projects and fostered a greater appreciation of the ways in which alternative reality gaming, narrative and non-narrative multiplatform productions and social media projects fall under the transmedia rubric. For our follow up event in Lisbon, Portugal we welcome proposals for presentations, panels and interactive workshops that continue the dialogue by attending to themes that include:

Innovation in Transmedia Design and Production

  • Aesthetics and creativity in production designs and trends
  • Technologies of platform production
  • Social networking trends and their impact on transmedia development
  • Narrative development models and the mechanics of transmedia storytelling: emergent forms, formats, practices
  • Non-narrative transmedia models
  • Case studies


  • Research methods for studying transmedia
  • Institutional acceptance of transmedia in the curriculum
  • Different disciplinary approaches to transmedia
  • Teaching transmedia
  • Teaching with transmedia
  • Training future transmedia producers (i.e. pedagogies for writing, design, platform management)
  • Case studies

Transmedia Audiences/Users

  • Defining and valuing modes of audience/user engagement: dwell time, sharing, user-generated content, and beyond
  • Convergence, fragmentation and participatory culture
  • Understanding the relationship between ‘producer’ and ‘user’
  • Studies of transmedia audiences, especially in cross-cultural contexts
  • Uses and limitations of web analytics

Industry Performance, Funding and Sustainability

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to identifying opportunities for a range of project scopes and levels of production from grassroots to global industry (self-funding, crowdfunding, arts organisations, broadcaset, global PR, etc.)
  • Transmedia production business models, particularly strategies that take transmedia seriously as performance rather than as marketing offshoot
  • Cultural policy as a means of promoting innovation and industry sustainability
  • Case studies

The project Steering Group invites proposals for presentations, interactive workshops, screenings, installations, reports on research, and pre-constituted, theme-driven panels. We are particularly interested in breaking the pattern of academic conferences by welcoming non-academic participants, especially industry professionals, and by encouraging non-traditional approaches to presentations.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Cybercultures and/or transmedia narratives, immersive worlds and/or monstrous geographies.

What to send:

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th December 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th March 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: TM2 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:

Ann-Marie Cook:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the ‘Critical Issues’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume. All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.


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