Our Activities

Annual conference


Annual doctoral training workshop

Each year GMSN runs a two-day Doctoral Training workshop at one of our partner institutions. Workshop to provide tailored mentoring from key figures in the field of global media studies alongside peer support to a cohort of students working on projects related to the workshop theme. Detailed feedback is provided on students’ work in progress alongside in-depth discussion of the methods, concepts and theoretical frameworks relevant to the student’s chosen area. The workshops aim to

  • Deepen participants’ theoretical and empirical foundations in a specified area of global media studies
  • Introduce applicants to the intersections of area studies and global media and communication studies
  • Foster comparative and cross- and trans-regional research
  • Facilitate logistical preparation for field research, archival research, and other forms of qualitative and critical research.
  • Develop a diverse network of advanced graduate students.

Students are awarded places on the workshop on a competitive basis.

2017 Doctoral Training Workshop at University of Michigan event 

The cfp for the 2018 workshop, which will be held at Loughborough University, is available here.


Reading group

Launched at University of Michigan in 2015-16, the GMSN reading group aims to develop conversations and dialogue around a shared intellectual terrain. A programme of reading is set by graduate students in each partner institution for each term, with some overlap between those selected by individual partner institutions. The aim is that this will provide a common base which will inform and enrich interactions and dialogues between colleagues and graduate students across the partner organisations in our virtual and face-to-face activities.

Programme of readings