Call for Papers - Media, Culture, and Society: The Inaugural International Academic Conference of UP Education (Australia and New Zealand)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Kathryn A. Hardy Bernal, Head of Research & Postgraduate Studies, Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, New Zealand

UP Education Inaugural International Academic Conference

Yoobee College of Creative Innovation

Auckland City Campus, Auckland, New Zealand

14 – 16 December 2022

UP Education brings together a group of accredited affiliated tertiary colleges across Australasia. This event, the inaugural international conference of UP Education, hosted by Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, New Zealand, endeavours to showcase and promote the scholarly interests, academic research fields, and vocational training disciplines, supported by our Australian and New Zealand institutions. Our aim is to gather and unite our wider collegiate, and to extend our welcome to delegates outside our association, who share in a pursuit of knowledge that contributes to discourses which shape our cultures and societies.


We invite proposals from academics, educators, practitioners, professionals, and independent researchers, with an interest in our subject areas, to present at our blended event, to be held onsite at Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Auckland City campus, Auckland, New Zealand, and by online conference.

Please include:

Name and nominated disciplinary subject area/s (see below for categories). 

250-word abstract (min. 150 words – max. 300 words)

Brief 100-word biography (max. 150 words)

Affiliated institution (includes independent researchers)

Please send proposals to our conference convenors/organisers:

Dr Kathryn Hardy Bernal:

Angelo De Marchi:

DEADLINE for submissions: 30 September 2022

Notification of application outcomes, and details regarding registration fees and accommodation, will be available from 3 October 2022.

Subject Areas and Area Chairs 

(please note that some area chairs are to be confirmed)

Animation: Raymond McGrath (Yoobee)

Anime, Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga:  

Architecture, Interiors, Spatial Design:

Beauty, Cosmetic Artistry, Styling: Angela Pethig (NZST, Cut Above, Elite, Yoobee)

Costume, Cosplay, Subcultural Fashion: Kathryn Hardy Bernal (Yoobee)

Creative Writing, Fiction, Storytelling:

Computer Sciences, Information Technology: Manju Parthinathan (Yoobee)

Culinary Arts, Food Studies:

Culture, Globalisation, Indigeneity:

Dance, Performance Arts, Theatre: Natascha Diaz Cardona (Yoobee)

Education: Leigh Quadling-Miernik (Yoobee)

Film, Streaming, Television, Video:

Fitness, Health, Sport, Wellbeing:

Gaming, Games, Toys:

Gender, Identity, Neurodiversity: Nik Weston (Yoobee)

Graphic Design: Angelo De Marchi (Yoobee)

Historical Studies, Visual Arts Theory: Kathryn Hardy Bernal (Yoobee)

Hospitality, Hotel Management, Travel, Tourism:

Mixed Reality, New Realities, AR/VR:

Social Networking Platforms:

Web Design, UX/UI:

Accepted abstracts will be peer-reviewed, copy-edited, and published in our Conference Programme (Open Access).

Selected full-text papers will be peer-reviewed, copy-edited, and published in our Conference Proceedings (Open Access).