The First Annual International Student Media Symposium has roused lively interest from students and young scholars. In spite of the recent events in our country, we have received 120 projects from 122 participants who represent 28 countries.
The majority of applications came from Ukraine – 65 projects in total. Young scholars from Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Poland, and Slovakia also became interested in our competition. We have received applications from such remote countries as India, Philippines, Indonesia, and Morocco. For more detailed geography of SMS one can follow on the interactive map here.
Not only geographical, but also educational diversity has surprised the SMS Committee: there are applicants representing 68 higher educational institutions. Numerous applications came from Ukrainian universities, in particular from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (9 total), from Karazin Kharkiv National University (8), from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (6), from the Ukrainian Catholic University (5), from Zaporizhzhya National University (5). We have also received the applications from famous European universities, for example from the Université Paris 13 Nord (France), Art history at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), University of the Arts (London, Great Britain), Uniwersуtet Wrocławski (Poland), etc. There are also several applications from Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) and four applications from Catholic University in Ružomberok (Slovakia).
SMS’2014 has encouraged both quite young and experienced scholars to apply. The youngest applicant is 19 and the eldest is 48 years old. Female applicants expressed much more desire than male applicants to come to Lviv and participate in our conference.
Linguistic diversity has also been surprising: among the more than over 30 languages our applicants speak are, for example Catalan, Saraiki, Javanese, Indonesian, and Tagaloc. The participants impressed the Committee by their circle of interests – from cookery to photographic arts. Applicants’ achievements such as national awards, international contest winnings, and poetic collections also demand respect.
It is important to notice that among all 120 applications our competent jury will choose only 22 of the best projects to be completed by March 10. The results of the applicants’ selection will be announced on February 4.
The call for the Media Criticism Workshop and the Media Experimentarium starts soon – follow the announcements!
We remind you that the First Annual International Student Media Symposium “Transmedia: transformation, transition, transgression” will be held in Lviv (Ukraine) by the School of Journalism of the Ukrainian Catholic University on March 21-22, 2014.