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  • 11.06.2024 21:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Revista Comunicando 

    Deadline: July 10, 2024

    In recent decades, journalism has been shaken by a series of technological, social, cultural, and economic transformations that imply renewed challenges not only for editorial projects and professionals, but also for the sustainability of journalism's role and place in society. This new paradigm also represents a series of challenges for journalism teaching, giving rise to new debates and new concerns. This thematic section of Revista Comunicando aims to contribute to this debate.

    https://revistacomunicando.sopcom.pt/index.php/comunicando/announcement/view/15

  • 11.06.2024 21:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Revista Comunicando

    Deadline: permanently open

    invites you to submit papers in the different areas of Communication Sciences. The call for papers is permanently open for articles, interviews, reviews, and experience reports.

    https://revistacomunicando.sopcom.pt/index.php/comunicando/announcement

  • 11.06.2024 21:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Media and Communication

    Deadline: September 15, 2024

    Editors: Silke Fürst (University of Zurich), Florian Muhle (Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen), and Colin Porlezza (Università della Svizzera italiana)

    • Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2024
    • Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 January 2025
    • Publication of the Issue: July/September 2025

    Information:

    Digitalization has not only changed the ways journalism is produced, disseminated, used, and financed, but it has also challenged the central position of journalism in the public sphere, making it one communicative form competing for attention and authority among others (Carlson et al., 2021). We now live in a complex media ecosystem where human and algorithmic actors, legacy and alternative media, as well as newer and older media observe, compete, influence, and interact with each other (Fürst & Oehmer, 2021; Reese, 2022). This leads to blurred boundaries, raising questions about the societal function, relevance, and value of journalism, how users discern and experience journalism and its actors, and how journalists distinguish themselves, their practices, and their products from non-journalistic modes of content production (Edgerly & Vraga, 2020; Splendore & Iannelli, 2022).

    In his seminal book The Hybrid Media System, Chadwick (2017) moved scholars to understand the changing logics of attention and news production, as well as shifting power dynamics within the public sphere, through the lens of a networked media environment (Russell, 2020). This thematic issue takes up this invitation and aims to bring together theoretical, conceptual, and empirical contributions which reflect on the role of journalism in hybrid media systems. Single-country studies and comparative research using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods approaches are all welcome. Given the prevailing “presentism” (Hallin et al., 2023) in research on hybrid media systems, we also particularly welcome historical and long-term analyses.

    Lines of inquiry can include, but are not limited to:

    • Key features and patterns of hybrid media systems and their implications for the role, function, societal importance, and funding of journalism;
    • Changes in the diffusion of power, journalist-source relationships, and news quality;
    • Interactions, competition, and attention dynamics between legacy news media and online platforms;
    • The role of algorithms, (social) bots, and usage data in cross-platform dynamics and news practices;
    • Changing journalistic norms, role conceptions, and practices, as well as changing actor constellations in hybrid media systems;
    • International comparisons, historical studies, and long-term analyses of journalism in hybrid media systems;
    • Trust in news and audience perceptions of journalism in the hybrid media system;
    • Methodological challenges and approaches to studying journalism in the hybrid media system.

    Further information: https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/pages/view/nextissues#Journalism

  • 11.06.2024 21:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (IKMZ, Prof. Dr. Nadine Strauss).

    Applications deadline: 8 July.

    Further information is available here.

  • 11.06.2024 21:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MDPI (special issue)

    Deadline: November 30, 2024

    Dear colleagues,

    The MDPI journal Information is inviting submissions for a Special Issue on “Beyond detection: disinformation and the amplification of toxic content in the age of social media”.

    The increasing rise of disinformation and the amplification of toxic content (hate speech, polarization, harassment…) on social media initially created a momentum for fighting such information disorders, with fact-checkers and debunkers in the frontline. Increasingly a shift is occurring, intent on re-inventing digital spaces immune to toxic content, with developers of alternative tools and structures (using blockchain, OSINT, etc.). The role of social media has also undergone a lot of scrutiny, renewing the interest in social media analysis beyond Social Network Analysis (SNA), to include innovative methodologies to trace and monitor amplification phenomena, including via alternative social media. Such methods and tools point to solutions aimed at fostering sound digital spaces, safe from information disorders and opinion manipulation, intent on avoiding the amplification of toxic contents.

    This Special Issue aims to provide presentations of the latest advances concerning social media analysis in the context of disinformation detection, platform design and mitigation of toxic content amplification. Articles using theoretical perspectives on the properties required for a digital environment to maintain sound information spaces are welcome, as are innovative perspectives suggesting means to dis-amplify toxic content. A special attention will be paid to critical analyses that consider the dysfunctional organisations of early social media platforms and open vistas on the design and implementation of information-sound spaces, their structures and the actors that promote them.

    Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Social media and opinion mining
    • Opinion dynamics
    • Fake news amplification, detection and fact-checking solutions
    • Innovative tools and techniques for detecting online disinformation
    • Design of sound information systems and how they are proffered to users
    • Embedded algorithmic bias and toxic content
    • Shaping/reshaping sound information spaces
    • Impacts of recommender systems (including AI systems) on digital spaces and social groups
    • alternative social media infrastructure design

    Divina Frau-Meigs and David Chavalarias. Guest Editors

    Manuscript Submission Information

    Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click to go to the submission form https://www.mdpi.com/journal/information/special_issues/OB69Y2A7X1

    Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Information encourages authors to submit comprehensive “Articles” and “Reviews”. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

    Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

    Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

    Keywords

    • social media analysis
    • disinformation
    • fake news
    • amplification
    • fact-checking 
    • toxic content
    • dis-amplification
    • detection tools and strategies
  • 07.06.2024 09:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 16-18, 2024

    Berlin, Germany

    Deadline: July 7, 2024

    Global conflicts and challenges to international security are among the most pressing issues of our time. Artificial intelligence is increasingly shaping the ways in which warfare is conducted, adding both complications and urgency to the issues caused by the current major geopolitical shifts. AI is one of the driving factors of technological change in warfare in general, with its major effects mainly related to new degrees of complexity in automation and new forms of human-machine interaction. On the one hand, this change introduces new capabilities in weapons systems, in particular in the fields of processing information, generating knowledge and the automation of decision-making. Most prominently, this results in a decreasing level of human intervention and control, thereby reshaping the relationship between human operators and autonomous weapons systems. On the other hand, AI-related developments do not only concern the kinetic dimension of warfare but also expand into what military theory calls the ‘information domain’. Shaping and controlling narratives has been an integral part of conflicts and warfare for a long time, with disinformation and propaganda campaigns utilising the most recent (media) technologies for this purpose. The functionality of AI applications will increasingly be integrated in these efforts, as can already be observed with the dissemination of manipulated content on social media. AI-based technologies are also deployed in cyber warfare, which is not limited to the singular hacking of a system, but rather targeted to directly affect whole digital military infrastructures or civilian entities in politics, the economy or research.

    The objective of the conference is to explore these domains of modern warfare in order to develop a more accurate picture of the various effects of AI in military contexts. Another goal is to broaden the perspective of the military deployment of AI beyond questions of weapon systems and their control, by particularly looking at adversarial uses of AI in hybrid forms of warfare in the information domain. The conference particularly aims to develop and establish a dialogue between the research on these two domains that are often explored separately. 

    Against this background and in this spirit, we invite contributions along the following lines of inquiry:

    (1) AI in military technologies and the relationship between humans and machines

    The developments of machine learning and automated decision-making in networked and data-rich environments do not simply change weapons systems but rather have to be modelled as elements in complex systems of humans and machines. Military applications of AI, for example, pose various kinds of problems at the level of human control over these systems which can exert potentially lethal effects. They are also at the core of networked information processing (for example to select targets) and decision-making based on complex forms of synthesising data. Information superiority, situational awareness and electronic warfare are crucial issues for an understanding of the contemporary forms of military applications of AI-based weapons systems.

    Talks in this section may address historical or contemporary examples for AI-based information processing in military systems and decision making such as target selection, including various forms of cyber liabilities of military networks and infrastructures (for example communication infrastructure as well as logistics or energy supply). It may also explore current technologies based on concepts of human-machine interaction, with questions on the role of interfaces, including battlefield management systems, or human-machine teaming in the interactions between manned and unmanned systems. Relevant contributions in this section may also analyse how research and development of military technologies are informed by larger cultural narratives of AI-enabled weapons.

    (2) AI and the relationship between political processes and information warfare

    Automated and autonomous forms of information generation and processing also extend deeply into the media systems of societies, its respective militaries, civil institutions and political systems. Corresponding questions concern various forms of automated manipulation of public opinion, via bots or targeted misinformation (including deep fakes) on social media platforms. This domain particularly addresses the political decision-making processes in an information and media environment that is increasingly influenced by AI technologies. 

    Talks in this section may address topics such as the use of AI in efforts to manipulate public opinion or political processes as part of hybrid attacks or warfare in the information domain. Besides the use of generative AI in producing manipulated content, phenomena also include AI-enabled mass surveillance, as well as the targeting, profiling and tracing of individuals in exerting power or with manipulative intentions (particularly evoking emotional responses). Other issues concern the question of how these developments challenge the idea of democratic legitimacy or mechanisms of regulation and accountability (e.g. democratic control of autonomous decision-making in military contexts). 

    We welcome contributions from scholars of diverse disciplines such as computer science, cultural studies, political science, international relations & security studies, media and communication studies, military studies, psychology, sociology and science and technology studies. Interdisciplinary approaches as well as perspectives from practitioners and developers are also encouraged.

    Submission process

    Abstracts of approximately 2,500 characters in length (excl. references) should be submitted no later than 7 July, 2024 to ai-warfare@hiig.de.

    Speakers will be notified at the latest by 31 July, 2024.

    More information is also available at www.hiig.de/events/ai-warfare/.

  • 07.06.2024 08:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Television & New Media (special issue)

    Deadline: June 28, 2024

    Dear colleagues, 

    We would like to draw your attention to a special issue of Television & New Media on streaming production cultures.

    Over the past two decades, major tech companies like Netflix and Amazon have become central players in the screen industries. The special issue explores the practices and beliefs of above- and below-the-line workers who create audiovisual content for streamers and/or online platforms. 

    Crucially, the special issue aims to broaden a conversation which has primarily been dominated by US-based services (Netflix in particular) and English-language markets. This special issue encourages proposals that also consider other major streaming services, online video platforms, and local/regional streamers. By focusing on a range of geographic contexts, this special issue aims to shed much needed light on the broad spectrum of production experiences in the online screen industries. 

    We invite production studies that offer both empirical and methodological findings. Our goal is to provide a kaleidoscope of research on different production cultures in order to significantly advance this critical field of research. No payment from the authors will be required.

    Deadline for abstracts: 28 June 2024

    Deadline for full papers: 9 December 2024

    Expected date of publication: December 2025

    Link to submission form and additional details here: https://forms.gle/wawgdqAz3ZhRiZUK6 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with the guest editors of this special issue:

    Daphne Rena Idiz, University of Amsterdam (d.r.idiz@uva.nl) and Nina Vindum Rasmussen, London School of Economics and Political Science (n.v.rasmussen1@lse.ac.uk)

  • 06.06.2024 20:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 23, 2024

    Two Method Workshops are part of the series of pre-conferences organised within 10th European Communication Conference (ECC) in Ljubljana. The aim of these full-day meetings of ECREA members is to discuss various ways how to do research. The workshops consist of three sessions, each is dedicated to one particular method and run by a different speaker. However, we kindly ask you to participate in all three parts.

    These workshops are intended for ECREA members. Please register as soon as possible, the number of places is limited. 

    REGISTER HERE: https://form.jotform.com/241572783119057

    Fee: 25 EUR - covering 2 coffee breaks and a lunch (sandwiches)

    MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:

    1) Research methods workshop: Methods for studying society-technology relations

    • Using vignettes and scenarios in user-centric algorithm studies - Prof. Ranjana Das (University of Surrey)
    • "When I tried to use ChatGPT in my work": deconstructing affective entanglements in society-technology relations with mind scripting – Dr. Doris Allhutter (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
    • Making monsters as methods for studying data work – Prof. Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt  (Malmö University)

    https://ecrea.eu/event-5736311

    2) Methods for studying platforms, apps and online content
    • Appscapes method – Dr. Signe Sophus Lai and Dr. Sofie Flensburg (University of Copenhagen)
    • The walkthrough method for visual platforms – Dr. Daniela Jaramillo Dent  (University of Zurich)
    • Developing quanti-quali approaches to study social media visual content – Dr. Stefania Vicari  (University of Sheffield)
    https://ecrea.eu/event-5736309
  • 06.06.2024 17:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Edited by: Dominic Wring, Nathan Ritchie

    Europe Votes is a timely new book free to download via https://www.europevotesbook.com.

    Edited by Dominic Wring and Nathan Ritchie of the from Loughborough University Centre for Communication and Culture, the book has been published in collaboration with the European Election Monitoring Center. Europe Votes offers a comprehensive look back at how political campaigning has evolved in the second largest democracy (after India) of 400 million citizens – and does so as member states go to polls next month for the tenth European elections. Europe Votes features twenty experts analysing developments in their own countries from the inaugural elections of 1979 to the most recent ones in 2019. Every chapter features content from the European Elections Monitoring Center archive which is now available to consult online and holds more than 15000 campaign items. More details about the book are available here.

  • 05.06.2024 21:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 28-31, 2024

    Lusófona University, CICANT)

    Deadline: September 13, 2024

    The Media Literacy and Civic Cultures Lab – MeLCi Lab (Lusófona University, CICANT) is organising its IV Autumn School on 28-31 October 2024 in the form of a bootcamp to boost research hands-on skills. The school is designed to provide PhD students and postdocs with practical knowledge of classical and cutting-edge research methods. To this end, the school embraces an interdisciplinary approach by welcoming debate from different theories and methodological integration (qualitative and quantitative). The School will bring together a group of international scholars for workshops and keynotes. 

    The upcoming MeLCi Lab Autumn School 2024 specifically aims to introduce PhD students and early research fellows in communication science, social science and related fields to the transformative influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on their field. The focus is on the intersection of AI, media literacy, and civic cultures. Notable scientists such as Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web and a leading advocate for data rights, and Yoshua Bengio, a pioneer of Deep Learning, emphasise the criticality of understanding AI in our ever-more digital society.

    For example, as social media platforms increasingly use AI and machine learning algorithms to curate content, it is fundamental to understand how these algorithms work and influence online interactions. Authors such as Safiya Noble (2018), author of "Algorithms of Oppression", and Eli Pariser (2011), who coined the term "filter bubble", have shed light on this issue. They highlight the importance of comprehending the biases and assumptions built into these algorithms and how they can inadvertently perpetuate harmful stereotypes or misinformation. Thus, Algorithmic literacy is crucial for future researchers in our field to understand how AI can empower and challenge democratic communication.

    Understanding AI is no longer an option; it is necessary, particularly for communication science students. Inspired by works from scholars such as Nick Bostrom and Stuart Russell, this school will provide students with a non-technical understanding of AI, its implications, and its applications in communication science. We aim to demystify AI and illuminate its role in the future of communication.

    The school will be held in English.

    Call for proposals deadline

    Deadline: 13 September 2024

    See details about how to submit a proposal at the bottom of this page.

    Format

    Online

    Themes

    1.1. Introduction to AI: a non-technical overview

    1.2. Role of AI in media: from media production to consumption

    1.3. AI and information disorder: understanding AI's role in the spread and detection of the so-called “fake news”

    1.4. Algorithms: understanding how to study the roles and effects of algorithmic literacy

    1.5. AI in civic cultures: how AI is transforming civic participation

    1.6. Ethical considerations: discussing the ethical implications of using AI in media and communication

    Sub-themes

    2.1. Innovative Methodologies

    2.2. Linking big and small data methods

    2.3. Qualitative and participatory research

    2.4. Social Platforms for Research

    2.5. Communication research: scientific writing and dissemination

    2.6. Arts-based dissemination

    Dates

    28 to 31 October 2024 – IV MeLCi Lab Autumn School

    Schedule

    Check here for details.

    How to apply

    Interested graduate students and postdocs must send their application  (in English) by 13 September 2024, including,

    1. Updated Curriculum Vitae (máx. 3 pages);

    2. Candidate’s research statement that includes a description of their doctoral dissertation, research questions and methods (máx. 2 pages);

    3. Motivation letter specifying what you bring and expect from the School (indicating explicitly what themes and sub-themes are of your particular interest) máx. 1-2 pages;

    Send your application as a ZIP file to melci.lab@ulusofona.pt with the subject “Application for the IV MelCi Lab Autumn School”

    Call for Proposals Deadline: 13 September 2024

    Notification of Acceptance: 30 September 2024

    Target-group

    PhD Students

    Early Career Researchers (with PhD obtained in the last three years)

    Maximum number of participants

    20 students

    Fee *

    • Lusófona University, CICANT PhD Students 70 euros
    • PhD students from other Institutions 100 euros
    • Other 150 euros

    *The best participant will not pay the fee; one Equity Scholarship to support the fee will also be awarded.

    Keynote Speakers

    TBD

    Organisers

    • Ana F. Oliveira
    • Carla Sousa
    • Cátia Casimiro
    • Célia Quico
    • Lúcia Mesquita
    • Manuel Marques-Pita
    • Maria José Brites
    • Mariana Müller
    • Rita Grácio
    • Teresa Sofia Castro
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