Welcome to The International Conference on Futures of Media

Today, the radical difference between the past and the future has become more pronounced than ever before. Since many structures have changed in relatively short time intervals and still continue to change, it has become quite obvious that whatever it is that awaits us tomorrow will substantially differ from what constitutes our present today.

This development goes hand in hand with the changing concept of future itself. If the present was previously viewed as an accumulation of past events and thus a stable entity, today the present is designed as a laboratory for future events. The future is ‘open’–it is no longer just unknown but somehow fatefully decided in advance; a fate that rests in our hands and minds. It is precisely for this reason that the present has become a problem, a challenge to be taken up–in contrast to all older societies which had found their safety exactly in that present.

There is very little dispute among scientists that most of the changes we are currently experiencing are driven by digital technology. The advent of the computer has brought about drastic, dramatic consequences, comparable only to the revolutions caused by the advent of language, of writing, and of the printing press. Digital media are transforming all domains of human life on a global scale. We are in the midst of massive change, in a phase of transition – on the doorstep, so to speak. Of course, digital media do not fully determine the development of social forms and structures – but in combination with material infrastructures and different social functions like economy and politics, they do render the development of social constellations more likely than others.

Transitional states like the one we are in right now stand to tell us much, not only about the course of media theory and history, but also about the broad conditions by which media have been shaping us and are shaping us now. But just as no one can remain in the present forever, no one can go into the future ahead of time. Whatever is presented as the future can only been seen from the horizons of the present – as a present future. The conference Futures of Media addresses these horizons, also known as the future, with regard to media and digital technology; as a platform bringing together international scholars, researchers, artists, and media practitioners under the motto: There is more than one possible media future.

Conference Co – Chairs & Keynote Speakers


Dr. Markus Heidingsfelder

Assistant Professor
Communication Studies and Design
Habib University

Topic: “The Art of Time Travel – Social Strategies to Bind the Future”


Dr. Holger Briel

Associate Professor
Communication & Media Studies
Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University

Topic: “A portrait of the Computer as a Young Person: Art in the Digital Age”

Session Chairs

Dr. Charlotte Gould

School of Art, University of Brighton

Prof. Paul Sermon

School of Art, University of Brighton

Dr. Markus Heidingsfelder

Communication Studies and Design, Habib University

Dr. Holger Briel

Communication & Media Studies,Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University

Evaluation panel

Mr. Aruna Lokuliyana

Departmentof Mass communication, University of Kelaniya

Mr.Manoj Pushpakumara

Departmentof Mass communication, University of Kelaniya

Dr. Markus Heidingsfelder

Communication Studies and Design, Habib University

Reviewing panel

  • Asst. Prof. Sabyasachi Dasgupta, Symbiosis International University, India
  • Asst.Prof. Tülay Atay-Avşar, Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey
  • Asst. Prof. Davide Benvenuti, NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, Singapore
  • Dr. Paz H. Diaz, Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, Philippine
  • Assoc. Prof. Fauziah Ahmad, The National University of Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Prof. Ali Mohamed, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
  • Assoc. Prof. Biju Dhanapalan, NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, Singapore
  • DR. GHADA MOSTAFA ABAIDO, Canadian University Dubai, UAE
  • SHEPHERD MPOFU, National University of Science & Technology, Zimbabwe
  • AYSU ARSOY, Eastern Mediterranean, University North Cyprus
  • Dr. Muhammad Shahzad, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Sam Kamau, Aga Khan University, KENYA
  • Prof. Dr. Uma Bhushan, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, India
  • Prof. Alberto Berretti, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Prof. Alessio Ceccherelli, University of RomeTor Vergata, Italy
  • Prof. Maria Stella Iezzi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Prof. Florinda Nardi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Prof. Francesca Dragotto, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Prof. Francesca Comunello, University of Rome LUMSA, Italy
  • Prof. Gaia Peruzzi, University of Rome LA SAPIENZA, Italy
  • Prof. Andrea Volterrani, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Dr. Esra Cizmeci Yalova, University Termal Vocational School, Turkey

PUBICATIONS 2017 [ in progress ]

Conference Proceedings


Future Media 2017

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference abstract book with ISBN. All full papers will be accepted through a double blind reviewed process and will be published electronically with ISSN in proceedings with a DOI Number (DOI prefix: 10.17501).

We will submit the proceedings to be indexed in the Thomson Reuters, SCOPUS, Mendeley, Google Scholar and CiteULike for possible Indexing.

Asian Journal of Communication (Scopus Indexed Journal )

Print ISSN: 0129-2986
Online ISSN: 1742-0911
Editor: Hao Xiaoming, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Read more >

Editor: Holger Briel, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, PRC
ISSN: 2187-4905
Indexed in: SHERPA/RoMEO and Google Scholar. DOIs are assigned to each published issue and article via Crossref
Read more >

Welcome message of Conference chair

Hosting Partner

Academic Partner

Cultural Partner


View more >>