European Communication Research
and Education Association
Deadline: August 10, 2022
As some countries begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and while some countries are still experiencing significant levels of transmission and deaths, the field of crisis and risk communication has the opportunity to learn from the experiences of the last two years to consider:
We welcome abstract-based submissions addressing these themes as we begin to "Rethink Impact" for the European Communication Conference.
Moving ahead, we explicitly also invite presentations on topics that are not related to the pandemic but touch other topical themes, as well as methodological and theoretical issues et cetera.
Questions/submissions should be directed to the Head of the Crisis Communication Section, Audra Diers-Lawson (Audra.Diers-Lawson@kristiania.no).
Humanities and Social Sciences Online
November 1, 2022
Often unified by the concept of the “cinematic city”, different approaches in film studies tend to examine urban space through three main angles. Films shot within the build environment may record - perhaps unwillingly- its current dynamics, architecture and urban planning (city as background), consciously use the representational value of specific places for narrative purposes (as character) or directly comment on the socio-political conditions and memories of a city (as subject). However, it can be argued that most of these discussions eventually converge to a double question: how does cinema reflect upon the past, present and future of a city and how do films reinforce or contest narratives and myths and affect the collective urban experience.
Following our previous special issue on urban themes in Russian and Soviet cinema, this year we turn our focus to the Balkans. Often described as the “other” of Europe, “insufficient European”, or a “specter haunting Western culture” (to use the Maria Todorova’s provocative description), the countries and people of the Balkan Peninsula more often than not are seen as a geographic and culturally unified unit of measurement, against which Europeans can prove their superiority. The fall of the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent Balkan wars as well as breakup of Yugoslavia, led the newly formed Balkan states to assert distinct national identities, mainly structured around religion and language. The collective amnesia of
a multiethnic past is however negated in everyday practices where cultural footprints proliferate (linguistic and culinary p.e.), the result of a century-long multicultural blend and the Ottoman presence in the region.
The special issue is intended to discuss Balkan urban space and architecture through a cinematic perspective, and further explore elements linking urban studies with film studies. We are particularly interested in contributions discussing fiction films or documentaries focused on specific urban spaces of the Balkans, significant constructions, major cities or lesser-known towns and villages. We are also interested in itinerary films that map the peninsula through their passage from different built environments.
Suggested topics (non-exhaustive list):
Contributions should be in English
Proposals of 250-500 words for contributions that deal with any aspects of the above themes should be sent to Antonis Lagarias at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15th 2022
Stylistic guidelines for contribution can be found https://eefb.org/contribute/
Antonis Lagarias at email@example.com by July 15th 2022
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you our new communication officer?
From July-August 2022, Salome will hand over her position as Communication Officer of our Section to someone new.
We encourage early career scholars to consider applying for this vacant position and see this as an opportunity to train communication skills, develop your organizational skills and significantly expand your network.
If you are a senior researcher, be sure to forward this vacancy to promising new talent!
You can apply until 10 June. Below you find more information about the job description. Of course, you can always contact us with your questions.
Academia always has something to say to the broader audience, but, unfortunately, the core messages are often not inefficiently conveyed to the target groups. Therefore, our ECREA Children, Youth, and Media Section is dedicated to sending messages that engage and inform young scholars, academics, and also other stakeholders to increase their impact in Children, Youth, and Media research and practice. We consider our communication strategy as a way to achieve that goal. Having that in mind, we count on our new Communications Officer, who will join our diverse team working from all parts of Europe. We expect someone to have a thorough knowledge and experience of communications tools, enthusiasm and discipline to fulfill the communication needs of our section. Please, read the description of expectations below and join us, if you are interested:
If you join our team, you will be leading the following activities:
Please note, that this is a volunteer and remote position. Depending on your talents and your own ideas and availability, together we will look for a feasible way to implement our section’s communication strategy. There is certainly room to come up with your own ideas and make your own mark.
If you are interested, please send your CV and a motivation letter (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are applying for the position and what you would like to contribute to the section. Send your application to email@example.com until June 10th, 6 pm CET.
We are looking forward to receiving your application.
Should you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 27, 2022
Deadline (registration): May 26, 2022
Water is the medium through which we experience many of the impacts of climate change: in droughts or floods, in melting glaciers, rising sea levels and more. Accordingly, visualisations of water or its absence have been at the core of climate change media discourse for decades and have shaped popular perceptions of this crisis. In recent years, ‘water resilience’ has increasingly been embraced as a tool for addressing the impacts of climate change and other ongoing stressors; not only as a tool for adaptation, but also as a tool for mitigation that addresses the water-energy nexus and greenhouse gas emissions from water infrastructure. However, water resilience scholarship is still primarily focussed on the physical, technological and managerial aspects of the climate crisis, while issues of social justice, power and politics are at the margins of the debate. As such, the transformative potential of climate and water resilient futures goes unrecognised.
This symposium aims to bring together the overlapping conversations around resilience, climate, water, communication and politics in order to advance social justice and reduce climate-induced water vulnerability.
Prof. Joanne Garde-Hansen (University of Warwick), author of Media and Water: Communication, Culture and Perception
Dr Filippo Menga (University of Bergamo), author of Water and Power in Central Asia and co-editor of Water, Technology and the Nation State
Registration is via Eventbrite – registration is open until May 26th (a day before the event).
10:00-11:15 Opening Keynote Talk:
Opening greetings by Prof. Melissa Leach (IDS).
Keynote lecture by Prof. Joanne Garde-Hansen (University of Warwick): Amphibious Screens – Sustainable Cultures of Water
11:30-12:50 Session 1: News, media and water resilience:
13:20-14:40 Session 2: Water (in)justice in Jamaica and India
Henrice Altink (University of York): “No water”: the unequal impact of drought in Jamaica in the 1990s.
Shruti Jain (Institute of Economic Growth Delhi) & Bhupen Singh (Uttarakhand Open University): Essentiality of Rights for Building Resilience Climate and Water Politics in Uttarakhand Himalaya
Farhat Naz (Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur): Dynamics of Water Access: Trust and Mistrust at the International Border Line
Asrarul Haque Jeelani (Jawaharlal Nehru University): No Water No Votes: Electoral Right as a Political Tool for Dealing with Water Distress
15:00-16:20 Session 3: Water, technology and public perception
16:30-18:00 Closing Keynote Talk:
Dr Filippo Menga, University of Bergamo: Spectacular Environments: Framing the Global Water Crisis in Troubled Times
For further details contact s.kassirer[at]reading.ac.uk
Registration is via Eventbrite
23-25 November 2022
Berlin, Germany (HIIG Berlin, ZeM Potsdam)
Deadline: June 20, 2022
Autonomy has been a multifaceted term for centuries that was and remains a key concept in discussions about individuals and societies alike. More recently, autonomy has gained a renewed relevance and additional meanings in the context of technical innovation, where it is ubiquitously employed in variations of “autonomous systems”. It is often associated with independently moving or self-controlling machines such as drones, vehicles or robots, or more generally with a wide range of automation processes. In this broad understanding, 'autonomous' becomes an attribute for (artificial) intelligence or (machine) learning and is used synonymously with self-determination or adaptability. At the same time, the term invokes (at least) one other meaning: a relational understanding of autonomy that denotes individual and collective processes that are embedded in infrastructures and conditioned by them. It is only in relation to and in the context of media, rules, norms, laws, practices, architectures, materialities or machines that the idea of autonomy acquires any meaning at all.
Against this backdrop the Infrastructures of Autonomy conference’s main objective is to address said conditions, structures and relations that constitute both human and machine autonomy. This also entails the various interpretations of the concept of autonomy.
In particular, papers are invited that address the following core themes:
Bodies: The third core theme focuses on the somatic aspects and cognitive requirements of (human) autonomy. This refers to those premises of autonomy that are associated with socio-cultural constructs of human dis/ability, but also includes the role of affects, non-conscious cognitions and ‘automatic’ habits that counter the prevalent idea of the conscious and autonomous mind. The material dimension of technology plays an important role in these considerations, namely in settings of human-machine interaction, leading to questions of interface design, the ‘bodily’ presence of machines and the complex aspect of their potential to enable or constrain human agency and autonomy. We are interested in discussing how infrastructures in interaction with bodies shape, enable or prohibit autonomy; what performances of bodily autonomy might look like; and how this entanglement and enactment changes with new mechanical and digital infrastructures. In particular, we would like to address how the practice of care for one's own and other bodies is changing under the conditions of a computerised world.
All these major themes are to be understood as highly interconnected with the effect of
We believe the discourse on infrastructures of autonomy is highly relevant beyond a theoretical perspective, since it touches upon issues with high stakes and severe consequences, such as:
We welcome contributions from scholars of diverse disciplines, such as the arts, cognitive science, computer science, cultural studies, design studies, literature and film studies, media and communication studies, philosophy, psychology, political science, science and technology studies or sociology. Interdisciplinary approaches (e.g., those combining social, cultural and technical perspectives) are particularly encouraged.
It is planned to publish selected papers.
If you have any questions, you can contact the conference organisers via email@example.com. For more information, visit our website at hiig.de/en/infrastructures-of-autonomy/.
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
Thomas Christian Bächle & Theresa Züger
Brandenburg Center for Media Studies (ZeM)
Bernd Bösel & Jan Distelmeyer
June 21-22, 2022
Deadline (registration): May 31, 2022
We would like to invite mediatization and communication scholars to take part in academic discussion devoted to the rapid mediatization changes - being evoked, enabled or fostered by media- and technology-related arrangements and taking place in different domains. The conference (a hybrid form) is organized by: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Institute of International Studies - University of Wroclaw, and Research section: Mediatization – Polish Communication Association. A keynote speech will be given by: Professor André Jansson (Karlstad University): The uneven costs of connection: Measuring mediatization under COVID19.
Read more: https://www.umcs.pl/en/mediatization2022.htm
October 19, 2022
Aarhus (Denmark) & Beijing (China)/Hybrid conference
Deadline: June 15, 2022
Communication History section & International and Intercultural communication section
The growth and influence of emerging transnational media and technology corporations are transforming global communication. Various international scholars have developed different analytical instruments in order to account for the rise of these companies, focusing especially on the powerful home governments of these firms, the country-specific-advantages, media system models, and the transcultural implication for such business expansion and content distribution (e.g. Thussu, 2000; Halin & Mancini, 2012; Nordenstreng & Thussu, 2015; Panibratov, 2015; Teer-Tomaselli et al., 2019; Tang, 2020; Thussu & Nordenstreng, 2020).
In global media history, the term of “emerging” embodies both relativist and transformative implications as the opposition to the dominant powers. From early Japanese companies’ digital disruption in the United States on manufacturing specialized devices (like digital cameras) to Chinese and South Korean telecommunication companies’ competence in mobile devices and network services worldwide; from the Bollywood and Brazilian media conglomerates’ competition with predominant media counterparts in the region to the Korean Wave impact in global entertainment consumption; from Russian and Chinese internet companies’ alternative growth in the domestic and regional markets to the South African Naspers Group becoming the parent company of Europe’s largest consumer internet firm, the fast development, business relocation and strategic capital move of emerging transnational companies is changing—visibly and invisibly—the landscape and infrastructure base of global media and communication industry.
On the one hand, such changes nourished business and cultural diversity and further transcend national and cultural boundaries. On the other hand, it also raised critical questions towards intercultural conflicts and the fragility and resilience of the global cultural ecosystem. The technology competition between the United States and China, for example, signals the “securitization” trend of policymaking in the communication industry and rising concerns over risks in data protection, information security and democracy. It also illustrates fundamental constraints of emerging companies to challenge US hegemony in the field of media and communication and extends discussions about cultural imperialism following the technology and culture decoupling in related societies. A new dimension of transcultural communication is in great need to understand the characteristics and ambitions of transnational media and technology corporations: their rising influence on the global (commercial) media system, their future move in the global race to dominate information technology, their impact on international and intercultural communication and relations, and their promises for the responsibilities to the nature, community, and world society for the next generations.
This conference welcomes research papers that try to understand the rise of emerging media-technology power from interdisciplinary perspectives, with a special focus on the trans-nationalization process of these media and technology firms and the transcultural communication challenges they have been facing in their business development, expansion, concentration, implementation, legitimization, and related (organizational, institutional, and societal) discourses. Topics include but are not limited to:
A selection of papers accepted to the pre-conference will be published in a Special Issue of Journal of Transcultural Communication (De Gruyter) in Spring 2023.
Keynote roundtable discussion (confirmed speakers):
Abstract submission: 15 June 2022 (300-500 words for individual abstract; 1,200 words for panel proposal): https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=ecreaprecon2022temtc
Notification of accepted abstracts: 1 July 2022
Submission of extended abstracts for Special Issue: 30 September 2022
Conference contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details of the preconference and journal publication call-for-paper, please visit: https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/jtc/html
Observatorio (special issue)
Deadline (EXTENDED): June 10, 2022
The search for solutions to complex problems in the information ecosystem – such as collective disinformation, hate speech and political polarisation – puts increasing pressure on the pivotal importance of leveraging the pedagogies and practices in Media Literacy. In the words of Paul Mihailidis (2018, p. 1). “As new media tools and technologies further disrupt the core relationship among media, citizens, and society, media literacy is in a fight for civic relevance”. Indeed, growing evidence supports Media Literacy’s role in improving civic participation and engagement (Frau-Meigs et al., 2017; Jenkins, 2020; McDougall, 2019; McDougall et al., 2019; Mihailidis, 2014).
Algorithms, digital footprints, and echo chambers lead to a “data loop” (Mathieu and Vengerfeldt, 2020, p. 117), making content and data circulate over and over between audiences and media. These new contexts of mediatization pose questions to the democratic realm and intensify the questions about democracy at diverse levels. This includes what Milan and Trére call “data poor” (2020, p. n/a), especially with the Covid-19 pandemic, putting in perspective the recurrent universalization of western narratives (Milan and Trére, 2019).
From the media research perspective, media studies need to consider the ethics and integrity of the research and innovative methodologies that better address current challenges. This can imply using new and traditional methods and qualitative and datafied research approaches in a needed and yet unusual combination (Lê and Schmid, 2020). In doing this, we also must distinguish between making ethical choices and implementing ethical solutions; understand how to make pedagogical choices that are ethical; and to be accountable for the constant possibility of observing unintended consequences (Holmes et al., 2021) .
Among these new methods, approaches like arts-based research are becoming particularly relevant for the field of communication and media studies, as acknowledged by Carpentier and Sumiala (2021), by proposing the articulation of artistic repertoires with social sciences and humanities research, in order to produce as well as to communicate academic knowledge. Hybridity, multimodality and participation are here key-words, which may enable academic research to go beyond its traditional audiences and to reach and engage with other publics.
For the Observatorio (OBS) journal special issue on “Media Literacy and Civic Cultures”, we welcome contributions related (but not limited to) with the following sub-themes:
– Participation and digital citizenship
– Participation in the datafied society
– Inclusion of underrepresented groups in digital media practices
– Intersectionality and activism(s)
– Ethics, audience research and datafication
– Innovative methodologies: big data and qualitative data
– Innovative methodologies: arts-based research in communication and media studies
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts are refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. Dates are indicative – to be confirmed.
Submission deadline for full-papers: 10-06-2022 (EXTENDED)
Notifications of reviews sent to authors: 20-06-2022
Submission deadline for final full-papers: 12-09-2022
Publication of full-papers in special issue: 20-10-2022
Special issue Editors
To potential Authors
Please submit your proposals via the Observatorio website, according to their format standards for publication: http://obs.obercom.pt/index.php/obs/about/submissions#onlineSubmission
About Observatorio (OBS)
Observatorio (OBS*) e-journal is a quarterly academic publication, free of charge, in the field of Communication Studies, which accepts and publishes texts written in Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Italian, French and English. Its formula of Open Access allows authors to have the maximum of public exposition of their work, thus we encourage readers and authors to register and submit their work for upcoming issues.
9 June 2022
Iam pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Public affairs: the changing nature of political engagement will be presented by Stuart Thomson, head of public affairs at BDB Pitmans on Thursday 9 June 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).
What is the webinar content?
Public affairs is not always understood across the PR profession but if political audiences are not managed there may be damage. Public affairs should be viewed as an aspect of reputational management. Done well, it opens up opportunities and deals with threats. Ignored then significant damage can be inflicted. This session will show the valuable role that public affairs can play.
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 Stuart Thomson
Dr Stuart Thomson is a UK-based public affairs and communications consultant. His latest book, Reputation in Business: Lessons for Leaders, will be published by Routledge in late 2022. Stuart has been listed as one of the UK’s Top 100 Public Affairs Consultants and in 2020, he won Best Current Affairs Influencer at Vuelio’s Online Influence Awards.
International Public Relations Association Secretariat
Telephone +44 1634 818308
May 25, 2022
Hybride event (online/Université Paris Nanterre)
Registrations are open until May 20 for the May 25 (9.00 to 18.00 CET) International Communication Association (ICA) pre-conference Critique, post-Critique and the Present Conjuncture.
The pre-conference is a hybrid event. Attendance at the in-person gathering at Université Paris Nanterre costs US$35, while virtual attendance is free. Both registration options can be selected at the following ICA webpage (and the Zoom link will be sent to virtual participants closer to the day): https://www.icahdq.org/event/Critique
The pre-conference includes two plenary panels. The first will have two keynote presentations on the general pre-conference theme from Alan Finlayson and François Cusset, and a response from Lilie Chouliaraki. The second plenary will be a panel discussion titled “Critical academy under attack”. It will feature contributions from Sahana Udupa, Éric Fassin and Diana Mulinari and will be chaired by Gavan Titley. The core of the pre-conference has 28 papers organised around 6 panels on the topics of: Critique, theory, ideology and description; Critique, media, and digital culture; Critique, post-critique, and political aesthetics; Critique, race and reactionary politics; Critique and the neoliberal university; Critique, technology and ecological crisis.
A draft schedule with the full list of papers and speakers can be accessed at the link below. We hope lots of people can join us, either in-person or online, on May 25.
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