Past KAMC Conferences

The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC) brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches. IAFOR's conferences are encouraging and nurturing environments where ideas can be shared and tested, where research synergies and collaborations can be formed, and where some of the biggest names in the field have the opportunity to interact with up-and-coming faculty members.

IAFOR’s media, culture and arts conferences and events are held in partnership with some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, including the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (USA) and Sussex University (UK), as well as some of the most important academics and practitioners working in media and film.

IAFOR actively supports media, culture and the arts, namely by organising internationally recognised awards for both documentary photography and photojournalism (IAFOR Documentary Photography Award) and documentary filmmaking (IAFOR Documentary Film Award), which are supported by leading institutions and organisations, including World Press Photo, MediaStorm, Metro Imaging, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT and Medill, as well as its prestigious IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award.

Our conferences have included featured addresses by academics, top administrators, Emmy-award winning producers and filmmakers, award-winning actors, investigative journalists, media liaisons for government and the armed forces, and leading practitioners in media, marketing, public relations, and other fields. All of our conferences include original film screenings, frequent premieres, and the chance to exchange ideas and network with both established and up-and-coming scholars in a welcoming environment.


October 17–20, 2022

Held in Kyoto, Japan, and Online


November 09–12, 2021

Held online from Kyoto, Japan


November 12–14, 2020

Held online from Kyoto, Japan