Mobile Studies Congress 2021

13-15 November 2021

Ningbo, China


Call for Submissions

Go Mobile, Stay Sustainable 

The Institute for Mobile Studies (IMS), the Mobile Innovation Network & Association (MINA), and Mobile Studies International (MSI) collaborate on the second Mobile Studies Congress (MSC). The theme for the 2nd edition is “Go Mobile, Stay Sustainable”. Consisting of workshops, a conference, exhibition, video essay screening and a smartphone film festival, the congress aims to provide a forum for mobile media and beyond. We invite creative practitioners, researchers and policy-makers of mobile media, communication and the creative arts to submit their abstracts by 1st May 2021. 

Proposals may address any aspect of mobile media & communication, mobile creativity & mobile innovation, video essay and/or smartphone filmmaking. The Mobile Storytelling Congress 2021 is scheduled for the 13-15 November 2021 (as online and physical event) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. We invite submissions of pre-constituted panels, pre-constituted workshops and individual paper proposals. We will accept both remote (pre-recorded and live-presentations via video-conferencing) and onsite presentations.


Submission Deadline 1st May 2021

Conference papers will be published in an edited collection. We will inform you of the selection results by 15 August 2021.

Submission for Abstracts for Research Paper, Workshops, Project Presentations and/or Showcase via or

Please submit your abstracts (in APA style) 350 words and a short biographical note (250 words).

Submission for smartphone films via

All information about the categories for the 10th edition of the International Mobile Innovation Screening online ( including the new category for the Mobile Studies Congress 2021 theme Go Mobile, Stay Sustainable #EcoSmartphoneFilms

Submission for Video Essays via

including your name, Instituional Affiliation, Video Essay Title, project description (50 words) and project contextualisation (500 words).

The Institute for Mobile Studies (IMS) aims to promote and conduct studies of mobile media and communication as an emerging field of scientific research. In collaboration with the mobile industries and its counterparts in universities, IMS integrates its efforts in research, education and consultancy.

Contact: Dr Xiaoge Xu |

The Mobile Innovation Network & Association (MINA) is the longest running film festival dedicated to celebrating mobile and smartphone film-making in the Southern Hemisphere. MINA creates connections between smartphone filmmakers, communities and the creative industries.

Contact: Dr Max Schleser | is a journal using academic peer review and publishing model advocated by the Common Ground Research Network, with the aim to widen the scope of academic research and media literacies around multimodal approaches to scholarly activities.

Contact: Dr Roy Wallace

International Mobile Storytelling Congress 2020: