Conference Appreciations 2011-2014


Many Thanks to All Our Conference Participants!


We would like to offer our most sincere thanks to the many hundreds of colleagues, from some 40 countries, who made such valuable contributions to our conferences as Speakers, Chairs, Delegates, and Organisers since we started in 2011.


Your great academic and personal skills were fundamental to the success of these events. We look forward to seeing you again in future!

A selection of your unsolicited appreciations appears below - we are very grateful for the support which they express.


Phillip Drummond


Academic Conferences London



Some Unsolicited Appreciations


Thank you for organising such a great conference. I got so much out of all the panels I attended, as well as out of presenting and chairing. It was also fantastic to have been able to meet the people that I met. The Keynote Speakers were also great and Daya Thussu really put everything into perspective. Listening to him talk helped me to understand how my work fits into the bigger picture ... Anna and Sadie were also excellent Conference Assistants - very helful, approachable, and knowledgeable.

Stefanie Allum (Northumbria University, UK)


The conference was varied and enriching. We followed major presentations and they were as varied as they were refreshing.  We look forward to future events.  We thank and appreciate the Conference Team for their reception and accessibility throughout the conference. 

Prof. Muhammed Omowunmi Bhadmus and Maikudi Abubakar Zukogi (Bayero University, Nigeria)


It was a wonderful experience … Congratulations on managing such a huge task with excellence … Hope to have an exciting and expanding experience next year.

Ahmad Bilal (Nottingham Trent University, UK)


I wish to extend my gratitude again for a second time to the FILM AND MEDIA 2014 team for organising the conference. As always the confluence of ideas and research work from around the world and the access to these at the conference allows research scholars like myself to identify new avenues of thought and deed. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the event and was especially intrigued with the deliberations on Nollywood which was part of one particular panel. The Keynote Addresses added value to my knowledge and I look forward to sharing some ideas with my students . 

Prof. Gauri Durga Chakraborty (Amity School Of Communication, India)


It was a great experience attending the conference and listening to the engaging papers. We felt so at home and it was very well organised. Thanks a lot. 

Aarttee Kaul (Rajasthan University, India)


I want to thank you again for a such wonderful conference, the warm atmosphere and the perfect organisation! I hope that I have opportunity to participate next year. 

Marina Loginova (VGIK, All-Russian State University of Cinematography, Russia) 


I just loved the conference. 

Dr. Luiza Lusvarghi (University of São Paulo, Brazil)


I cannot thank you enough for all the work that you put into FILM AND MEDIA 2014. It was just as brilliant as last year's conference! It is amazing that you manage to bring people from all over the world together under one roof and succeed in making everyone feel welcome and appreciated, and I truly mean it when I say that I have never been to such a stimulating academic event. As with last year, I learned so much and met such interesting people. I simply did not want the conference to end.

In particular, the Keynote Speakers were hugely inspiring and your assistants were incredibly adorable. Plus, on a very personal note, I would like you to know that my time at the conference has really helped me to make some decisions about what I want to say and pursue in my doctoral thesis. I believe that Stuart Hall [the subject of the opening film screening] would have marvelled at the collaboration that took place between Thursday and Saturday, and what is lovely is that the collaboration did not end on Saturday afternoon. As happened this time last year, I am now emailing and facebooking some especially nice people that I met.

Pippa Maslin (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)


I would like to express my thanks to you. It was my first conference abroad and I enjoyed it enormously. The panels, discussions and lectures were very interesting and inspiring. You did a great Job!

Sandra Mooser (University of Bern, Switzerland)


Conference wonderful. Nice job. Engaging informative panels. Learned a lot. Made acquaintances whom I hope to cross paths with again.

Prof. Doug Muzzio (Baruch College, CUNY, USA)


The conference was most rewarding and I hope to be there again. My warmest regards to all members of your team for their nice work. Thank you so much.  I am most grateful.

Dr. Abiodun Olayiwola (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)


Congratulations on FILM & MEDIA 2014. It was a thought-provoking, impeccably organized event.
Dr. Gerardo Rodríguez-Salas (University of Granada, Spain)


Thank you very much for a wonderful conference in your great city.  I learned a lot.

Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri (Temple University, USA)


Once again I congratulate you for the brilliant work done in this Conference. This is the story of a successful initiative in which I am proud to have participated since 2011. Bringing together nearly 190 Speakers and Delegates from different parts of the world confirmed the relevance of the guiding purpose of the event. Your organisation and the people you work with once again demonstrated proficiency, responsibility and courtesy … And wholehearted thanks for the tribute paid to my compatriot, the singular filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho …

Dr. José Maurício Saldanha Alvarez (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)


Thank you very much for your hospitality, warmth and kind consideration of my husband's requirements. We'll meet again next year.

Dr. Preeti Sharma (Banasthali University, India)


Thank you so much for all your care last week and for the very good organisation. It was a great time! Everything was absolutely amazing and interesting. 

Anna Tarragó (Ramon Llull University, Spain)


Thank you very much indeed for a great professional event … I very much enjoyed being a part of it.

Natalya Vodopyanova (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA)


I wanted to write to thank you for the chance to participate in FILM & MEDIA 2014.  I had a great time at the conference, learned so much, and met wonderful people. 

Dr. Kathryn Wardell (University of Alabama, USA)


Yesterday I arrived safely back in Munich exhausted and happy, having had the good luck to participate in such a wonderful conference. I congratulate you and all your assistants on the event. Apart from the high academic quality - the conference themes were various ranging from D.W. Griffith and Chaplin to topical questions concerning very important media processes and changes - and also the splendid keynotes, you created an absolutely pleasant atmosphere without the usual arrogance and airy manner you often find among academics.

Sven Weidner (Philipps University Marburg, Germany)


Many thanks for the warm welcome you showed us during the conference. It was really great.

Dr. Sabrina Zerar (Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria




I would like to say a hearty 'thankyou' for all you did to make FILM & MEDIA 2013 happen. It was a truly wonderful three days. Not only did I enjoy every single presentation and Q&A session; I came away with tons of new ideas, loads of new contacts, and some new friends! I am so impressed that you managed to get such a range of speakers to commit/turn up/deliver. To see the glorious Laura Mulvey, Joe Ahearne, and Toby Miller was a real treat for me, and the multicultural milieu was right up my street. I thought that the general 'feel' of the event was excellent. Timings were good. Pastries were great. Coffee and tea seemed to be there whenever I wanted it. Bags were lovely. And Phillip, the way that you spoke about and with Mulvey et al was really nice - so informed and appreciative. Academia is pretty new to me. In my twelve years as a secondary school teacher, I never experienced a conference as great as yours. You created an event which inspired and motivated me, and I will always view those three days as pivotal in my journey.

Philippa Maslin (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)


The friendly and personal atmosphere you brought to last year's event is not something one finds at every academic conference, and much appreciated … I look forward to attending future events.  Thank you for all the hard work and attention to detail that it takes to make them happen.

Professor Frank Scheide (University of Arkansas-Fayetteville)


Thank you very much for the wonderful conference in July 2013. I have attended all three conferences you have organised so far, and found each of them very useful and inspiring.

Dr. Ali Nihat Eken (Sabanci University, Turkey)


I wish to convey my sincere thanks for creating a platform and forum like FILM & MEDIA 2013 where one gets to interact with scholars from all over the world. It was a three-day journey of discovering new concepts and approaches vis-a-vis Film studies. It was also an introspective time when the Keynote Speakers introduced us to new perspectives. 

Gauri Durga Chakraborti (Amity School of Communication, India)


The friendly and personal atmosphere you brought to last year's event is not something one finds at every academic conference, and much appreciated. Congratulations on another tremendous event … my feeling is that this was the most intimate, cohesive and concentrated of the conferences so far ... a real sense of community built up and sustained itself over the three days.

Nigel Morris (University of Lincoln, UK)


Thank you for such a wonderful conference …. I am already looking forward very much to next year's. It really was a great selection of judiciously-selected and well-presented topics, and I certainly came away positively inspired by the whole event.

Dr. Jasper Sharp (Independent Scholar, UK)


I truly thank you for the outstanding conference. It was memorable. I am making sure that everyone here in Brazil knows about next year’s event.

Raphael de Boer (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil)


It was my pleasure to be part of the conference. I really enjoyed it a lot. It was a great opportunity to encounter other scholars and visit London. I really had a great time.

Marinela Saraci (State University of Durres and Tirana, Albania)


I really did enjoy FILM & MEDIA 2013, both the Keynote Speaker sessions and the Panels. I would like to congratuIate and thank you and your team for the organisation of the event.

Dr. Elena Oliete-Aldea (University of Zaragoza, Spain)


It was a great pleasure to make a presentation at FILM & MEDIA 2013. At the event, as in the run-up, I found a very good mix - a friendly and professional atmosphere.

Dr. Teresa Duarte Martinho

(Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal)


It was a great conference. And special congratulations for the way you made it so. I am so glad that I could come and meet some great personalities there. It was really a great learning experience for me.

Rajesh James (Sacred Heart College, Thevara, India)

Thank you for organising the Conference so well. It was interesting to hear the various presentations in the different panels on a variety of cinemas of the world.

Dr. Nikhila Haritsa (The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India)


Thank you so much for a wonderful conference … the plenary sessions and the theme sessions I attended were very enlightening. Once again thanks for a wonderful experience.

Dr. Vaishali Diwakar (St. Mira’s College for Girls, India)


Thank you very much for organising a successful conference. Congratulations! And thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate in FILM & MEDIA 2013.

V. Vamshi Krishna Reddy (University of Hyderabad, India)


It was pleasure and honour to be a speaker during such a great event as FILM & MEDIA 2013.

Karolina Albinska (University of Lodz, Poland)


Thank you very much and congratulations. It was a great conference!

Prof. Norberto Minguez-Arranz (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)


Thank you so much for the organising such a wonderful conference! It was a very interesting scientific forum!
Dr. Nataliya Kononenko (State Institute for Arts Studies, Moscow, Russia)

I would like to congratulate you on another excellent conference. 

Prof. Lawrie Barnes (University of South Africa)


Thanks for the wonderful conference!

Linda Huszar (University of Szeged, Hungary)





My congratulations on the success of the FILM & MEDIA 2012. Let me congratulate you on the brilliant organisation of the event. It was extremely helpful to discuss my research with members of my Panel. I hope to see the friendly team again in 2013.

Prof. Jose Mauricio Saldanha Alvarez (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil)


It was both a pleasure and an enriching experience to participate in the conference. It was also a great opportunity to have a fresh view of what is being studied about London, Britain and about film and media. Thank you for all the support and wonderful organisation.
Celia Baixa (University of Lisbon, Portugal)


Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful conference.

Marisa Balsamo (Stony Brook University, USA)


I hope you enjoy these joyful photos as the pleasant record of this wonderful and inspiring conference! Everyone seems so happy; this simple fact represents that you were giving birth to another very successful conference in this difficult time. What an extraordinary achievement, congratulations!

Terry Chen (National Central University, Taiwan)


It was indeed my pleasure to be a part of the event that provided me an opportunity to interact with the scholars and learn from their experience from world over. Hope to be a part of the event in future as well.

Dr. Erum Hafeez Aslam (Karachi Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan)


Thank you for this beautiful conference and organisation.

Dr. Esin Berktas (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey)


A great experience ... The interdisciplinary approach of the conference is so important today to have an all-round understanding of Britain at this moment in history. 

Dr. Dipannita Datta (Independent Research, Calcutta, India)


I thought it all went very well – including Papers given, and Plenary Speakers. Congratulations on meticulous hard work. Well done!

Prof. Sylvia Harvey London School of Economics and Leeds University, UK)


I was awe-struck by what you had organised!!  Brilliant. 

Prof.  Denis Judd (New York University in London, UK)


Thank you for a wonderful experience - I enjoyed chairing my panel and look forward to next year’s event already.

Fritz Kohle (NHTV, University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands)


Firstly I really enjoyed it and got a tremendous amount out of it. I thought that Jerry White was fantastic and really set the tone for me, and the LONDONICITY speakers I heard were all interesting, and many of them very interesting, so I feel like I gained academically and in making some connections. The logistical arrangements  were very smooth.  The refreshment breaks and Conference Reception are a good place to meet people, especially from the other conferences. Again, a huge well done for organising such a huge event!

Vivi Lachs (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)


The 2012 conference was perfect: excellent choice of keynote speakers and topics, location, classroom space/technology, conviviality, receptions, breaks. We also appreciated having you around throughout the event, vigilant and concerned. You are a true leader and an exemplar conference host. Your great introductions to the keynote speakers and speeches and your caring presence until the very end of the conference were noticed and appreciated.

Dr. Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley College, USA)


FILM AND MEDIA 2012 was truly a success, congratulations and thank you for organising it. I gained much from the conference both as a presenter and an observer, and definitely plan to participate in 2013 … my sincere appreciation to yourself and the rest of the organizing committee for making this conference an enriching experience for me.  Thank you.

Lena P.H. Lie  (Universiti Sains Malaysia)


It was a very good conference indeed and thank you for having me as a speaker. I certainly look forward to more conferences in London in the future.

Catherine Mariampillay (Monash University, Malaysia)


I enjoyed the conference very much. It was one of the best I've ever attended.

Prof. Lynette Porter (Embry-Riddle University, USA)


Once again it was a pleasure to participate in such an excellent conference. I do hope to meet you again next year as I intend to participate in the conference again. 

Paula Rama da Silva (Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Portugal)


I would like to congratulate you on a wonderful and interactive conference. I had a great time … It was a wonderful experience in London and I hope to have the opportunity to participate again.

Dr. Oana-Camelia Stroescu (Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania)


The conference was so useful and stimulating, the experience valuable immensely - both for ‘routine’ teaching and for academic, explorative and general interest. Thank you ever so much for inventing and organising this event.

Dr. Tatiana Suprun (Moscow State University, Russia)


The session was most enriching, thanks to your clever selection of papers. I thoroughly benefited from the sessions I attended and look forward to the next call for papers.

Prof. Christiane Szeps-Fralin (James Madison University, USA)


Excellent conference - really enjoyed it.

Dr. Christa van Raalte (Teesside University, UK)


I do hope the Conference went well, and that you're now recovering from what must have been an utterly exhausting schedule. ….. It seemed a terrific event.

Prof.  Jerry White (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)


I just wanted to say THANK YOU for an absolutely wonderful conference.  This was the most enjoyable and diverse conference I have presented at, and I eagerly anticipate the next one. I know this was incredibly hard work to put together and I great appreciate your efforts. So again, many many thanks.

Drew Wofford (North Carolina State University, USA)




LONDONICITY 2011 was one of the best experience of my academic career. I really ejoyed learning so many things about London and meeting a lot of people from around the world.

Mirela Mihaela Baciu (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania)


I just want to thank you for putting on such terrific conferences. I had several wonderful conversations with other speakers which resulted clarifications of certain concepts within media representations that I am working on. I ran from one conference to the other with gleeful delight and met many others who have also said that it was a fabulous experience and I especially loved the Michael Tracey and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown plenary to end the conferences. Thank you so so much for all of your efforts.

Dr. Maria Barrett (London South Bank University, UK)


Thank you very much for this conference, I enjoyed it very much.

Dr. Monika Bokiniec (University of Gdansk, Poland)


The conference was indeed great and I was really happy to be there! Thank you very much for the opportunity to be part of it. The best of luck with the conference next year and who knows, maybe see you there again! I am sure it will be at least as successful as the one this year.

Silvia Ceasu (University of Lisbon, Portugal)


Congratulations on a wonderful conference, one of the best I have attended as some of the people I met agreed.

Dr. Jill Fenton (University of Connecticut London Programme)


Thanks for the opportunity to speak yesterday. From what I experienced it seemed to be a really good conference, with lots of interesting work.

Prof. David Gilbert (Royal Holloway, London)


I thought FILM AND MEDIA 2011 went very well. It's a great endeavour - very well organised and with good content and an excellent conference lead team.

Prof. Sylvia Harvey (London School of Economics/University of Leeds)


Warmest congratulations on having put together such a feast of a conference. What a triumph!

Prof. Michael Hattaway (New York University in London)


Congratulations on organizing such a nice conference. I hope you will continue to organize such conferences in future too. Once again congratulations and thank you for your hospitality.

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan (Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan)


I really enjoyed the conference and thank you all for putting together such a great event!
Dr. Afraa Kutbi (University of Umm AlQura, Saudi Arabia)


I am impressed by the outstanding work that you have done leading to the extraordinarily successful conference in London this year.

Dr. Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley College, USA)


Congratulations for the organization of this excellent conference with so many
interesting topics! It was a great opportunity to be there participating in
this enthusiastic forum!!

Dr. Ines Lourenco (Lisbon University Institute, Portugal)


I would like to congratulate you on the excellent conference.

Dr. Maria Ester Maciel Borges (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)


Really enjoyed LONDONICITY, particularly the Keynote speech from Mike Seaborne.

Clare Louise Mackay (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK)


We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the talk and discussion thereafter. In fact, we had a tough time choosing the parallel sessions as there seemed to be a fewinteresting ones running concurrently! Congratulations to you and your team.
Dr. Wan Amizah Wan Mahmud (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)

Thanks so much for an enjoyable conference, and I look forward to attending next year.
Paula Mahoney (Monash University, Australia)


Many thanks for organising such an interesting conference.

Dr. Sarita Malik (Brunel University, UK)


A sincere thank you for a wonderful conference. I am so grateful that I could bepart of the inaugural Film and Media Conference. I had a fantastic time and met so many wonderful people. Thank you Phillip and the IOE staff for bringing us together.

Matthew Marshall (Hollins University, USA)


This Conference was a pleasure for me, I enjoyed the atmosphere, and the communications were very interesting and rich. I would like to thank you so much for the Conference, which was a wonderful experience.

Tiphaine Martin (Paris VII – Denis Diderot University, France)


That was a terrific conference, at which I thoroughly enjoyed myself, learned a great deal, and made some valuable contacts. My impression is that others felt the same. Congratulations on a well-earned success and for already putting next year's event in place.
Nigel Morris  (University of Lincoln, UK)

Thanks again for organizing the conference. I enjoyed it.
Lei Chin Pang (University of Sussex, UK)


Well done on arranging such an excellent conference, and I only wish I could have attended many more sessions.

Prof. Julian Petley (Brunel University, UK)


I have been to conferences on three continents over the last decade, but have never encountered such an interesting event ... a true success!

Dr. Andreas Pichler (University of Aix-Marselle, France)


I would like to express my gratitude to be one of the speakers at FILM AND MEDIA 2011 recently. It was a great experience to meet many people from various countries and share views on media issues.

Ainurliza Mat Rahim (Islamic Science University of Malaysia)

Just a note to thank you for all your work in organising the conference, which I think was the best organised large conference I have ever attended. It must have required quite a monumental effort to put it all together and I hope you feel it was worth it. I'm sure everyone enjoyed it.

Dr. Michael Richardson (Goldsmiths College, UK)


The conference was just great. I learned a lot from friends from across the world and made some new contacts with whom I'd like to stay in touch. I am especially grateful to Phillip and the IOE family for arranging this great event.

Wajiha Raza Rizvi (Centre for Research on Pakistani Cinema, Pakistan)


Congratulations on LONDONICITY, which was a very interesting and pleasant conference.
Paula Rama da Silva

(Estoril Higher Institute of Tourism and Hotel Studies, Portugal)


Thank you very much again for organizing the wonderful conference. I did enjoy the stimulating talks and discussions, as well as meeting people in the same field.
Sing Suwannakij (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)


Delighted to have participated and encouraged about 2012.

Dr. Alan Taylor (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)


A pleasure to have attended the congress. Congratulations.

Ana Isabel Bernal Trivino (University of Malaga, Spain)


Thank you so very much for all your support and patience and above all a fantastic Conference. I’ve heard some really great things, learned a lot and met some wonderful people. Congratulations for making the Conference more than just a gathering of academic people and that is a memorable event in London and about London.

Dr. Ivana Uspenski (OMD Media Agency, Serbia)


I sincerely thank The London Film and Media Conference for giving me this opportunity and I can honestly say it helped me a lot.

Praveen Veluvolu (University of Hyderabad, India)


Your conference was a great success in my opinion. FILM AND MEDIA 2011 attracted many academics who also possessed strong industry experience. This is a rare combination in academic film/media conferences. For once, I had plenty of 'academic/filmmaker' colleagues to talk with at length! 

Robert Watson (University of Tasmania)


Thankyou very much for the conference. I enjoyed it thoroughly - the sessions, delivering my paper and the Keynote Speakers. It looks like you worked hard and this was much appreciated.

Dr. Lyndon C. Way (Izmir University of Economics, Turkey)


Thanks for having successfully organized this conference, which I have enjoyed very much.

Jing Xie (University of New South Wales, Australia)


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