Propose a Session for AMC2016!

Calling all artists, designers, activists, technologists, advocates and activists, media-makers and media enthusiasts – the 18th annual Allied Media Conference is looking for you! The coordinators of the 19 tracks and practice spaces at AMC2016 are seeking your session ideas.

From the "Building Climate Resilient Communities Track” to the "Community Technology Track" to the return of the “Wage Love Practice Space", these dynamic content areas of the AMC are calling for your participation. Read on to learn more and then submit your session proposal!

The deadline for submitting your session proposal is March 11, 2016 March 13th at midnight PST.

Propose a session

A focus on media-based organizing

"Media-based organizing" is the common thread that holds the AMC’s tracks, practice spaces, and network gatherings together. Media-based organizing is any collaborative process that uses media, art, or technology to address the roots of a problem and advance holistic solutions towards a more just and creative world. Each track and practice space coordinating team will be reviewing proposals with a special eye towards how the practice of media-based organizing shows up in proposed sessions.

Learn more about media-based organizing here.

Track and Practice Space Calls for Participation

The Tracks and Practice Spaces of the AMC are looking for diverse and engaging session ideas. We especially love sessions that share interesting ideas, strategies, and tools in an accessible way, and that offer opportunities for continued work and connections beyond the AMC.

A “track” is a series of sessions connected by a shared theme. A “practice space” is a hands-on open studio space dedicated to a creative practice such as dance, screen-printing, or technology-building that spans the four days of the conference.

The coordinators of each track and practice space have written “calls for participation” that invite you to share your session ideas. You can read all the calls at the links below. Once you are ready to propose, go here to fill out the form and submit your session idea. Remember, if your idea doesn’t fit into one of these tracks or practice spaces, you can always propose it to the General Track.

Practice Spaces

Network Gatherings

Network Gatherings are day-long meetings on the Thursday of the AMC. Some network gatherings have written their own calls for participation, which you can view at the links below. If you would like to propose ideas to shape the content of one of these network gatherings, please contact the coordinators directly via the contact information provided.

You can see a full list of all the network gatherings taking place at the AMC here.

Never Presented at a Conference or New to the AMC?

Never presented at a conference before? Don't let that stop you. We encourage proposals from people and groups who don't often attend conferences and we are prepared to support you to lead an awesome session.

We will be hosting three online information sessions on "Proposing AMC Sessions" on February 16th at 12:00 p.m. EST; March 1st at 6:00 p.m. EST; and March 11th at 6pm EST. Call (712) 432-1212 and enter the meeting ID: 979-957-679

Email us with questions at

What Makes Good AMC Content?

The AMC is especially excited about content led by Detroiters, youth and elders, parents, immigrants, queer and trans people, Indigenous communities, black people and people of color, deaf, disabled and chronically ill people, non-conventionally educated people, poor/economically disadvantaged people, sex workers, and formerly incarcerated people.

We prioritize sessions that include presenters who reflect the content matter being discussed and explored. For example, sessions exploring youth-based media making should ideally include a young person as a lead presenter or co-presenter.

Here are some more things that make a good AMC session:

  • A clear connection to media-based organizing. "Media-based organizing" is any collaborative process that uses media, art, or technology to address the roots of problems and advance holistic solutions towards a more just and creative world.
  • Holistically explore solutions that span the internal, interpersonal, and systemic dimensions of a problem
  • Result in tangible resources and strategic next steps
  • Value the expertise of people most impacted by a problem to solve that problem
  • Create collaboration and connection. We love AMC sessions designed by multiple organizations or individuals, and that connect to an ongoing organizing process that extends beyond the conference. (While collaboration is encouraged, we also welcome workshops from individuals and groups.)
  • Accessible for people of diverse abilities, experiences, ages, and backgrounds. Use clear language and activities that are accessible to people of all abilities.
  • Hands-on, creative, imaginative, and fun
  • Offers a range of learning opportunities: from beginner to advanced

We can’t wait to hear your ideas for making this the best AMC ever!

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