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  • 21.01.2022 11:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA Executive Board is organizing regular meetings every two months to exchange ideas and approve reports by different sub-committees led by the members of the Executive Board.

    During the last two meetings (a hybrid meeting held on November 18-19, 2021 in Prague, and an online meeting on 7 January) the members of the Bureau of the Executive Board have provided updates about the planning of the Aarhus 2022 conference; Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt gave feedback about the outcomes of the Doctoral Summer School of 2021 and organization of the Summer School of 2022; and approved the report presented by Christina Holtz-Bacha of the 18th wave in the ECREA book series.

    In addition to the previous initiatives led by the members of the executive board (e.g. ethics committee), several new sub-committees were launched on topics that are at the heart of the values of ECREA. For example, Zlatan Krajina is leading the work of the equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) sub-committee and Andreas Schuck is responsible for leading the subcommittee on minimising the environmental impact. In order to promote collaboration and to develop common actions between ECREA and Latin American Communication Researchers Association (ALAIC), a sub-committee was formed, led by Patricia Nunez Gomez.

    The next meeting of the Executive Board will take place in March 11.

    Andra Siibak, General Secretary

  • 21.01.2022 11:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Editors: Sandra Marinho, Pilar Sánches-García

    This book explores the challenges of teaching journalism and communication in an ever-changing media environment. It considers the classroom as a space of “trial and error” and, therefore, of necessary innovation. It brings together professors and students from different universities across Europe to recount their teaching and learning experiences. The book also provides training proposals which offer an insight into the ongoing international debate on which teaching trends and practices can be effective in the digital environment. As such, the text will contribute to strengthening the university teaching of professional communicators based on technological innovation and critical thinking.

    Purchase here: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-7586-8

  • 20.01.2022 20:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: February 15, 2022

    We invite scholars, educators, professors, and practitioners from all over the world to write a chapter of the upcoming book about animation to be published January 2023 where the past, present and future of animation will be analyzed. The title is a work in progress. It would be published in English in the USA and Canada and in Spanish for distribution in all Spanish speaking countries. It has broad lines of research.

    For clarification, it is a research book, not a dissemination book.

    It has the following characteristics:

    • Abstract 500 words
    • Keywords: 7
    • Article: 7,000-8,000 words
    • Text in English, when approved the author will send it in Spanish as well.
    • APA 7.
    • Unpublished article/chapter.

    At least 30 bibliographic sources not more than 10 years old, unless they are highly justified.

    Dates: February 15, 2022, Summary 500 words, Keywords: 7, the proposals are studied, and the selected chapters are reported before the end of the month.

    Estimated dates: For the investigation of the article, June 1 as the first draft. Blind peer review to be in first correction on July 31, article finalized and approved September 1 and published in January 2023.

    Send you proposals or enquiries to: raqubeni@ucm.es

  • 20.01.2022 20:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Comunicar (special issue)

    We would like to announce that the latest issue of Comunicar, 70, has been recently published with the title 'New challenges for teachers in the context of digital learning'. As on previous occasions, the journal has a Special Issue section. All articles are available full text and free of charge on our official website (www.comunicarjournal.com).

    Teachers' perspectives for a critical agenda in media education post COVID-19. A comparative study in Latin America: Julio-César Mateus | Pablo Andrada | Catalina González-Cabrera | Cecilia Ugalde | Sebastián Novomisky

    ICT and Media competencies of teachers. Convergence towards an integrated MIL-ICT model: Alfonso Gutiérrez-Martín | Ruth Pinedo-González | Cristina Gil-Puente

    Student satisfaction with online teaching in times of COVID-19: María-Consuelo Sáiz-Manzanares | Joana Casanova | José-Alberto Lencastre | Leandro Almeida | Luis-Jorge Martín-Antón

    Critical media literacy to improve students' competencies: Walter-Antonio Mesquita-Romero | Carmen Fernández-Morante | Beatriz Cebreiro-López

    Families' perception of children's academic performance during the COVID-19 lockdown: Noemí Serrano-Díaz | Estíbaliz Aragón-Mendizábal | Rosario Mérida-Serrano

    Latin American professors' research culture in the digital age: Romel González-Díaz | Ángel Acevedo-Duque | Víctor Martin-Fiorino | Elena Cachicatari-Vargas

    Communication bibliometric research in Latin American scientific journals (2009-2018): Jesús Arroyave-Cabrera | Rafael Gonzalez-Pardo

    Disinformation and multiliteracy: A systematic review of the literature: Jesús Valverde-Berrocoso | Alberto González-Fernández | Jesús Acevedo-Borrega

    Engagement and desertion in MOOCs: Systematic review: Odiel Estrada-Molina | Dieter-Reynaldo Fuentes-Cancell

    Exploring cyber violence against women and girls in the Philippines through Mining Online News: January Febro-Naga | Mia-Amor Tinam-isan

    In active indexations in 2021/22, Comunicar is top worldwide: 2nd in the world in SCOPUS and 7th in the world in JCR (top 1% and 3% in the world; percentile 99% and 97%).

    - In JCR-JIF it is Q1 in Education, in Communication and in Cultural Studies (1st in Spanish).

    - It is 1st in FECYT Metrics; 1st in DIALNET METRICS.

    - In GOOGLE SCHOLAR METRICS is the 2nd journal indexed in Spanish in all areas; 2nd in REDIB (out of 1,199 journals).

  • 20.01.2022 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 30 - July 1, 2022

    University of Amsterdam

    Deadline: March 15, 2022

    Keynote Speakers: Dr Benjamin Stevens (Trinity University) and Dr Rutger Allan (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

    This interdisciplinary two-day workshop is devoted to the construction of fantastical worlds across various narrative media from antiquity to the present.

    In recent years, media and literary studies have drawn attention to the process of constructing ‘imaginary’ or ‘secondary’ worlds. We define these fantastical universes as fictional worlds that involve creatures and/or events whose existence and/or occurrence is impossible in our actual world. Being often heterotopic and heterochronic and endowed with their own geographies, populations, histories, governments, etc., fantastical worlds may in complex ways reflect, contrast, and/or transcend ordinary reality.

    Yet while this phenomenon is generally considered to originate in Tolkien, fantastical worldbuilding can be recognised in antiquity as well. Recent studies in classical literature and receptions have emphasised the fantasy-like quality of classics like Homer’s Odyssey, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Plato’s eschatological myths (Rogers & Stevens, 2017: 8-9; Nightingale 2002a, 2002b), while linguists and narratologists have brought to light literary devices that might be used by ancient authors to construct fantastical worlds and mediate the audience’s experience of them (e.g., Allan 2020; de Jong 2009; Ryan 1991).

    Rarely, however, has the connection been made between the classical and contemporary construction of fantastical worlds, let alone between classics and modern media studies. The overarching aim of the workshop is to launch such an interdisciplinary discussion in search of a comparative, diachronic perspective on fantastical worldbuilding.

    Principally, the workshop will focus on the how of fantastical worldbuilding, i.e., on the devices and techniques used in different times and media to create a fantastical world, as well as the ways in which this world is presented as different from yet somehow anchored in reality.

    We invite papers that address one (or more) of the following research questions:

    1. What devices do authors or artists use to construct fantastical worlds? (E.g., common ground management, deixis, the general rendering of time and space)

    2. How are these fantastical worlds anchored to the audience’s actual world, and what devices are used to express this relationship? (E.g., metalepsis, immersive/enactive devices, shifts in the deictic centre)

    3. How do fantastical worlds encourage the audience to reflect on the actual world? (E.g., metaphor, metonymy, contrast)

    4. What differences and similarities exist between the construction of fantastical worlds in different periods and different media?

    5. How are the devices used by ancient authors to construct fantastical worlds reused (consciously or unconsciously) in later times?

    We are interested in contributions from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds that discuss the construction of fantastical worlds in or across different media (e.g., written narratives, drama, film, television, video games). Papers may focus on single narratives, authors, and periods, or discuss fantastical worldbuilding techniques more broadly, e.g., from a theoretical, comparative or reception point of view.

    The workshop will take place in Amsterdam on the 30th of June and the 1st of July 2022. Should the state of the pandemic require it, the workshop will be held on the same days as either a hybrid or a virtual event.

    We invite submissions for 25-minute presentations. To register your interest, please submit an anonymous abstract of max. 400 words (excluding references and bibliography) to constructingfantasticalworlds@gmail.com by the 15th of March 2022. Your name and affiliation should be included in the body of your email. We aim to respond no later than the 15th of April.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions: Caterina Fossi (c.fossi@uva.nl), Merlijn Breunesse (m.r.e.breunesse@uva.nl) and Koen Vacano (k.vacano@uva.nl).

    This workshop is generously funded by the OIKOS research groups Language of Literature, Classical Literature: Theory and Contexts, and Classical Receptions and Traditions and by Anchoring Innovation and the Anchoring Innovation work packages Discourse & Rhetoric, Literature & Art, and Reception of Antiquity.

    Bibliography:

    Allan, R.J., 2020: “Narrative Immersion: some linguistic and narratological aspects”, in Huitink, L.; Grethlein, J. and Tagliabue, A. (eds), Experience, Narrative and Literary Criticism in Ancient Greece, Oxford, 15- 35.

    de Jong, I.J.F., 2009: “Metalepsis in Ancient Greek Literature”, in Grethlein, J. and Rengakos, A. (eds), Narratology and Interpretation. The Content of Narrative Form in Ancient Literature, Berlin, 87–115.

    Nightingale, A.W., 2002a: “Toward an Ecological Eschatology: Plato and Bakhtin on Other Worlds & Times”, in Branham, R. B. (ed.), Bakhtin and the Classics, Evanston, IL, 220-249.

    Nightingale, A.W., 2002b: “Distant Views: ‘Realistic’ and ‘Fantastic’ Mimesis in Plato”, in Annas, J. and Rowe, C. (eds), 2003: New Perspectives on Plato, Modern and Ancient, Washington, DC, 227-47.

    Rogers, B.M. & Stevens, B.E. (eds), 2017: Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy, Oxford.

    Ryan, M.L., 1991: Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory, Bloomington and Indianapolis.

    Wolf, M.J.P., 2012: Building Imaginary Worlds. The Theory and History of Subcreation, New York & London.

    Wolf, M.J.P. (ed), 2018: The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds, New York & London.

  • 20.01.2022 19:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 25, 2022

    Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris)

    Deadline: January 31, 2022

    ICA Pre-conference

    This is a final reminder of our call for contributions for a pre-conference in Paris, 25 May 2022, which will be dedicated to the intellectual legacy of our former colleague, Professor Jay G. Blumler. Please submit abstracts or enquiries to the email address blumlerpreconf@gmail.com. Deadline is 31 January 2022.

    Hosted by: Center for Political Research at Sciences Po, University of Zurich, University of Leeds

    With sponsorship of the ICA Political Communication and Global Communication and Social Change divisions.

    Format : Preconference; Half day

    Date : Wednesday, May 25 , 2022

    Location: Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris)

    Time : 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Former ICA President Professor Jay G. Blumler was instrumental in establishing political communication as a recognised academic field in Britain in the 1960s, and his writing spanned Global Communication and Political Communication.

    His pioneering work with Denis McQuail, in which they applied uses and gratifications theory to understand how voters responded to television election coverage injected a degree of methodological rigour and normative insight to the study of political communication that characterised his many subsequent books and articles. Jay continued to lecture and publish until shortly before his death in 2021.

    In 1995 Blumler and Gurevitch described a ‘crisis of Public Communication’. This comprised six main components:

    i) a degree of de-politicisation, due to the centre-stage movement of politically independent media into the political process, encouraging an incursion of media personalities into politics;

    ii) dissemination of an over-supply of oxygen for cynicism;

    iii) projection of a highly pejorative, over-simplified and in many cases probably unfair stereotype of the standard politician as someone who cares only for power and personal advancement;

    iv) that less and less of the political communication diet serves the citizen role—due to a predominant presentation of politics as a game (at the expense of coverage of policy issues) and the provision of ever-shorter soundbites;

    v) the catapulting of the press into a position of surrogate opposition, imbuing much reporting with qualities of challenge, criticism and exposure at the expense of giving credit where it is due;

    vi) the emergence of a “chronic state of partial war” between politicians and journalists.

    In celebration of Jay’s remarkable intellectual legacy the ICA divisions of Political Communication and Global Communication and Social Change invite colleagues from around the world to address the question, Is there still a crisis of public communication? This preconference was conceived to offer answers from a range of perspectives and spaces.

    Established scholars whose work has engaged with Blumler’s scholarship are invited to provide research-driven reflections upon the pre-conference theme, with particular attention to the following sub themes:

    • The condition of the democratic public sphere

    Blumler’s starkly-stated critique was that ‘communications as presently organised is sucking both the substance and the spirit out of the politics it projects’. For him, this amounted to a systemically-rooted crisis of democratic citizenship. We invite contributors to discuss the extent to which the concept of ‘crisis’ describes the current condition of the public sphere; whether we might now be in what Philip Schlesinger has called a ‘post-public sphere’; and what, if anything, might be done to address the normative shortcomings of the empirical public sphere.

    • The condition of public service broadcasting

    Blumler looked to public service broadcasting to offer an alternative to the most egregious failings of the commercial mass media. He argued that ‘For all of its weaknesses as an institutional model, the BBC’s embeddedness within values of public service has led to profoundly civilizing consequences’. However, he went on to catalogue and critique the ‘gradual dilution of the civic mission of the public service broadcaster’. We invite contributors to consider whether the PSB model can help to revitalise democratic citizenship. If it can, what form should that model now take? If not, what is the alternative to the principles of PSB?

    • The role of social media

    Blumler described social media as possessing a ‘vulnerable potential’ to improve public communication – and went on to outline a strategy for making this happen. We invite contributors to explore that potential as well as its manifest vulnerability. We are equally interested in contributions from those wishing to argue that the maturation of ‘surveillance capitalism’ (Zuboff 2019) and ‘datafication’ (Meijas and Couldry, 2019) are fundamentally altering what constitutes public communication.

    Two types of in-person participation are invited:

    Ø Prospective ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS should submit an abstract of up to 500 words elaborating their perspective. Submissions will be selected by the conference committee on the basis of originality and relevance to the conference theme, and to ensure a diversity of viewpoints and geographic origins. Up to nine roundtable participants will be selected, and will each be given 5 minutes at the start of the roundtable to outline their perspective.

    Ø PhD researchers and early career scholars will be invited to submit an abstract of up to 500 words for a POSTER PRESENTATION addressing the preconference theme through original theory and research. Up to 15 poster presenters will be selected and will be matched with an experienced scholar participating in the event for one to one discussion of their project.

    Abstracts, indicating which type of participation is requested (roundtable or poster), should be emailed to the organisers at blumlerpreconf@gmail.com . The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 31 January, 2022. Accepted participants will be notified by 28 February 2022.

    Selected poster presenters will be expected to provide a paper of up to 4000 words by April 29, 2022. A prize will be awarded for the best paper as determined by the organising committee.

    Two travel bursaries of up to UK £200 will be available to qualifying participants from outside of (World Bank defined) high-income countries. These are sponsored by the University of Leeds School of Media and Communication. Details of how to apply for a travel bursary will be provided to accepted poster presenters upon notification of acceptance of their paper. Bursary recipients will have their registration fee for the preconference waived.

    Provisionally, all presentations will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of a leading journal in the field.

    Registration will be via the ICA website and will open in March 2022. Non-participating delegates will be accepted within the capacity limitations of the venue. A nominal fee for registration is anticipated and will be announced at the ICA website. We anticipate providing a recording of the roundtable discussion for later viewing online.

    Organisers:

    • Stephen Coleman, University of Leeds
    • Frank Esser, University of Zurich
    • Julie Firmstone, University of Leeds
    • Katy Parry, University of Leeds
    • Chris Paterson, University of Leeds
    • Thierry Vedel, Sciences Po
  • 20.01.2022 19:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 26, 2022

    Paris, France

    Deadline: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

    ICA 2022’s location in Paris is a significant one for critical race scholars. Paris was a key site for the Négritude movement, and became a city of exile for influential Black scholars and artists including James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet and Richard Wright. Building on the 2019 #CommunicationSoWhite ICA preconference, the theme of this event centers on exile and scholarship on the edges. It considers what it means to experience exile in our own fields and disciplines, to be pushed out, excluded, living outside the boundaries. It also addresses ways to tackle the pain of exile, or to understand exile as replenishing and restorative.

    This preconference has two purposes:

    – It follows up critical conversations around #CommunicationSoWhite, in terms of both Chakravartty et al.’s (2018) Journal of Communication article and the 2019 ICA pre-conference (organized by Eve Ng, Khadijah Costley White, Alfred Martin Jr., and Anamik Saha). Since then, there has been a greater recognition amongst our departments, associations, and institutions about the historical marginalization of racialized folk in university culture, followed by some increased investment in equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives. As such, the first aim of the preconference is to reflect upon the new forms of equality, diversity and inclusion that have been implemented in media and communication since the #CommunicationSoWhite moment.

    – The second aim is to extend the discussion beyond academia, and consider the recent broader political attacks on critical race scholarship. The past year has seen the disturbing trend of populist right-wing political forces across Europe and the US painting critical race theory (whatever they understand it to be) as a threat to liberal democracy. This has also been a pronounced trend in France, which finds political leaders attacking such critical scholarship as fundamentally at odds with French liberal ideals. As such, the preconference will provide a space for delegates to reflect upon these troubling new political currents and conceptualize our responses to it as academics and activists. We will explore these complex conditions of intellectual and political contestation through the theme of ‘exile’; in terms of what it means to be forced into exile, in our disciplines, in our institutions, in national life, but also in terms of choosing to go into exile, as a form of refusal of and resistance to conditions in former birthplace or intellectual homes.

    Overall, this preconference will explore the marginalization and alienation of critical race scholarship in media and communication and political discourse more generally, and responses thereof (both in regards to interventions and survival). We aim to build conversations between academics and scholars from different national contexts, since the challenges and attacks experienced are not unique to one particular region.

    Submissions

    We anticipate many submissions will center on the U.S. and other Western contexts; we also hope the pre-conference will provide a discussion that spans both global North and South, and we encourage participation by submitters from outside North America and the U.K.

    Please submit either:

    (1) An abstract of 500-1,000 words, including notes and references. We encourage different types of submissions including position papers, case studies, and more conventional research papers that tackle any issue relating to the preconference themes. Please include your name, affiliation, and contact information (submission does not need to be anonymous).

    (2) A panel proposal. Panels should include a minimum of four participants. We will accept panels following a traditional format where presenters each speak for 10-15 minutes before a Q-and-A period. We also encourage alternative panel format, such as high-density panels (six or more participants who each speak for 6 minutes or less), or panels where panelists circulate their papers to each other ahead of time to generate a more engaged discussion. Provide a 400-word rationale describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a list of participants’ names, affiliations, and contact information.

    Exclusions: Submissions should not consist primarily of previously published or in-press scholarship.

    Deadline:

    Please submit by Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 16:00 UTC, by emailing BOTH Anamik Saha

    at a.saha@gold.ac.uk and Khadijah Costley White at klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu.

    Travel grants

    Depending on funding availability, we may have the ability to offer one or two modest travel grants (maximum $400). If you are a graduate student and/or a scholar resident in a non-Tier A country (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers for a list), please note this status in your submission and indicate that you would like to be considered for a travel grant.

    Date and Location

    The pre-conference is currently being planned as an in-person event for Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Paris, France (specific location to be announced – will be either at the conference hotel or a short distance away). Should Covid-19 conditions mean that in-person events are unadvisable or impossible, the event will be held virtually.

    Registration

    Early registration fee, by March 31: $US40

    Regular registration fee: US$60

    Lunch will be included for all registered participants.

    Note that if the conference becomes virtual, registration fees will be adjusted down.

    Organizers

    • Anamik Saha

    Department of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

    a.saha@gold.ac.uk

    • Khadijah Costley White

    School of Communication and Information

    Rutgers University, USA

    klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

    • Eve Ng

    School of Media Arts and Studies, WGSS Program

    Ohio University, USA

    evecng@hotmail.com

    • Simon Dawes

    l’Institut d’études culturelles et internationales (IECI)

    Université de Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

    simondawes0@gmail.com

    Co-Sponsors

    ICA IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee

    ICA Ethnicity and Race in Communication division

  • 20.01.2022 19:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDITED BY Aleena Chia; Ana Jorge and Tero Karppi

    2021, Rowman & Littlefield

    https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538147405/Reckoning-with-Social-Media

    Once celebrated for connecting people and circulating ideas, social media are facing mounting criticisms about their anticompetitive reach, addictive design, and toxicity to democracy. Known cumulatively as the “techlash,” journalists, users, and politicians are asking social media platforms to account for being too big, too engaging, and too unruly. In the age of the techlash, strategies to regulate how platforms operate technically, economically, and legally, are often stacked against individual tactics to manage the effects of social media by disconnecting from them. These disconnection practices—from restricting screen time and detoxing from device use to deleting apps and accounts—often reinforce rather than confront the ways social media organize attention, everyday life, and society.

    Reckoning with Social Media challenges the prevailing critique of social media that pits small gestures against big changes, that either celebrates personal transformation or champions structural reformation. This edited volume reframes evaluative claims about disconnection practices as either restorative or reformative of current social media systems by beginning where other studies conclude: the ambivalence, commodification, and complicity of separating from social media.

    Introduction and Chapter 6 are available open access, respectively at: https://rowman.com/webdocs/reckoningwithsocialmediaintroduction.pdf and https://rowman.com/webdocs/reckoningwithsocialmediachapter6.pdf

    ToC

    Introduction: Reckoning with Social Media in the Pandemic Denouement: Aleena Chia, Ana Jorge, and Tero Karppi

    Why Disconnecting Matters? Towards a Critical Research Agenda on Online Disconnection: Magdalena Kania-Lundholm

    The Ontological Insecurity of Disconnecting: A Theory of Echolocation and the Self: Annette N. Markham

    ‘Hey! I’m back after a 24h #DigitalDetox!’: Influencers posing disconnection: Ana Jorge and Marco Pedroni

    Privacy, energy, time and moments stolen: Social media experiences pushing towards disconnection: Trine Syvertsen and Brita Ytre-Arne

    Quitting Digital Culture: Rethinking Agency in a Beyond-Choice Ontology

    Zeena Feldman

    Ethics and Experimentation in The Light Phone and Google Digital Wellbeing: Aleena Chia and Alex Beattie

    From digital detox to 24/365 disconnection: between dependency tactics and resistance strategies in Brazil: Marianna Ferreira Jorge and Julia Salgado

    Overcoming Forced Disconnection: Disentangling the Professional and the Personal in Pandemic Times: Christoffer Bagger and Stine Lomborg

    Disconnecting on Two Wheels: Bike touring, leisure and reimagining networks: Pedro Ferreira and Airi Lampinen

    Analogue Nostalgia: Examining Critiques of Social Media: Clara Wieghorst

  • 20.01.2022 19:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ICA Pre-conference 2022

    May 26, 2022 (12:30-17:00)

    On-site and online

    Submission Deadline: February 14, 2022

    ICA Visual Communication division website is here

    Results Released March 1

    Division Affiliation: Visual Communication Studies Division, Popular Media and Culture Division, and Computational Methods Division.

    Organizer Contact: Mary A. Bock, mary.bock@austin.utexas.edu

    DESCRIPTION

    Social media are visual media. Every day, users upload billions of photos and hundreds of thousands of hours of video to the internet, and media producers are encouraged to use still and moving images to attract viewers (Evelith, 2015). Images document the lives of ordinary people, celebrities and pets. They are also used to inform, persuade and deceive. Exploring the role of the visual online and in pop culture is essential to understanding the nature of social media.

    Yet images are often harder to research than text. They pose methodological challenges in terms of data collection and analysis, and are therefore left out of many analyses of social media. Considering that images are cognitively and emotionally more powerful than words alone, this is problematic.

    This Pre-Conference is designed to maximize dialogue about researching visuality in social media among scholars at all career levels, including students, early-career, mid-career and senior scholars. Students and early-career scholars will have the opportunity to present research and works-in-progress for feedback from mid-career and senior scholars. A session is planned for mid-career and senior scholars to present their research. The event will conclude with a methods workshop focusing on techniques and strategies for researching visuality in social media. To that end, we invite extended abstracts of no more than 2,500 words pertaining to, but not limited to, the following topics:

    Celebrity: How is celebrity represented and visually constructed on social media? In contrast, how are the quotidian and banal aspects of life represented and visually constructed in such contexts?

    Technology: How has the ubiquity of higher-quality cameras and editing software/apps changed the way non-professional users are able to brand themselves or construct themselves as “celebrities” or influencers? Which techniques of visual production are used in social media? Which techniques are tied to old media, and which might represent new forms of visual communication?

    Methods: What methods, technologies, and tools are being developed that can assist researchers in the study of images and video on social media? How might researchers adapt existing systems for social media analysis? What sort of automated or big data analyses might best be employed by visual researchers? Where might those analyses be limited compared to small data projects? What challenges do visuals pose for social media researchers, and how might they be overcome?

    Optics: What differences exist between video and still imagery online and in social media? What about graphic design, such as animated GIFs? Are there differences in the way the forms are deployed online? How are optical, audio and editing techniques employed in social media?

    Semiotics: What sorts of signs predominate on social media? How are they understood, used, or constructed by users? How have signs evolved?

    Narrative: How do developments of ephemeral “story” sharing, live-streaming and other similar social media features change the nature of storytelling and representation online? What stories emerge from the mixing and matching shared audio tracks with video and imagery?

    SCHEDULING DETAILS

    The pre-conference will include three events:

    • A poster session for the students and emerging scholars with mentoring from mid-career and senior scholars
    • A research session for up to five of the mid-career and senior scholars who served as mentors for the poster session
    • A computational research methods workshop

    The poster session will allow students and early-career scholars to display their research and works-in-progress for feedback from the mentor scholars.

    The traditional research session will allow the mentoring scholars to present research.

    In the methods workshop session, students, early-career, mid-career and senior scholars confer together on research methods for visual data collection and analysis. In this workshop, all pre-conference participants will discuss methodological approaches for visual data collection and analysis in current networked media environments and avenues and guidelines for best practices — as well as any ethical concerns that arise in the course of such research.

    This pre-conference will be designed as a hybrid to maximize opportunities for participation. It will use video conferencing as necessary to enable remote engagement.

    If the pre-conference needs to be moved fully online because of COVID-19, we will adapt to a fully virtual format and organize synchronous mentoring and workshop sessions (grouped according to time zones) over Zoom.

    How to participate/register

    Click here to submit to the pre-conference

    Registration is open to all and will be available at a later date.

    The fee to attend is $30.

    We encourage students, early-career scholars and those from the Global Majority to participate. A limited number of waivers will be available.

  • 20.01.2022 19:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    February 10, 2022

    I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Reputation management during the pandemic: the status quo and the trends will be presented by Professor Heath Applebaum on Thursday 10 February 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).

    What is the webinar content?

    Since the global pandemic struck, organizations of all sizes have been under increasing scrutiny by a broad range of empowered and vocal stakeholders, from consumers, investors, suppliers, employees, governments and media. Reputations have never been more valuable and vulnerable. International-award-winning reputation expert, Heath Applebaum will share the latest global reputation research findings and actionable advice drawn from his 20 years of corporate, agency, non-profit and consulting work. This will be a fascinating conversation that will reference case study examples that we can all learn from.

    Participants will gain key insights into:

    - What new trends have emerged since the onset of covid-19 that communications professionals must adapt and respond to in 2022.

    - What reputation management issues continue to be crucial.

    - Tips for effectively prioritizing and aligning your organisation’s or client’s actions and words during these precarious times.

    How to join

    Register here at Airmeet. (The time shown should adjust to your device’s time zone.)

    A reminder will be sent 1 hour before the event.

    Background to IPRA

    IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, was established in 1955, and is the leading global network for PR professionals in their personal capacity. IPRA aims to advance trusted communication and the ethical practice of public relations. We do this through networking, our code of conduct and intellectual leadership of the profession. IPRA is the organiser of public relations' annual global competition, the Golden World Awards for Excellence (GWA). IPRA's services enable PR professionals to collaborate and be recognised. Members create content via our Thought Leadership essays, social media and our consultative status with the United Nations. GWA winners demonstrate PR excellence. IPRA welcomes all those who share our aims and who wish to be part of the IPRA worldwide fellowship. For more see www.ipra.org

    Background to Heath Appelbaum

    Heath Applebaum is a reputation management consultant, university professor and business strategist. He is the President of Echo Communications Inc., a reputation management consulting firm founded in 2000. In 2021, Heath was as recognized as the Educator of The Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society. Heath holds a MA in communications management, from McMaster University, and a BA in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University.

    Contact

    International Public Relations Association Secretariat

    United Kingdom

    secgen@ipra.orgTelephone +44 1634 818308

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