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  • 18.07.2019 13:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aeron Davis

    We are living in a period of great uncertainty. Votes for Brexit and Trump, along with widespread political volatility, are not only causing turmoil; they are signs that many long-predicted tipping points in media and politics have been reached. Such changes have worrying implications for democracies everywhere. In this text, Aeron Davis bridges old and new to map the shifts and analyse what they mean for our aging democracies. Why are volatile, polarised electorates no longer prepared to support established political parties? Why are large parts of the legacy media either dying or dismissed as ‘fake news’? How is social media rapidly rewriting the rules? And why do some democratic leaders look more like dictators, and pollsters and economists more like witchdoctors? These questions and more are addressed in the book. Political Communication: A New Introduction for Crisis Times both introduces and challenges the established literature. It will appeal to advanced students, scholars and anyone else trying to understand the precarious state of today's media and political landscape.

    Chapter Outline: 

    Part 1: Introductory Frameworks;1 Introduction; 2 Evaluating Democratic Politics and Communication; 3 Political Communication and Crisis in Established Democracies; 

    Part 2: Institutional Politics and Mass Media; 4 Political Parties and Elections; 5 Political Reporting and the Future of (Fake) News; 6 Media-Source Relations, Mediatization and Populist Politics; 

    Part 3: Interest Groups and Citizens; 7 Citizens, Media Effects and Public Participation; 8 Organised Interests, Power and the Policy Process; 

    Part 4: Challenges and Disruptions to Democracy; 9 Economics, the Economy and Media; 10 Digital Media and Online Political Communication; 11 Globalisation, the State and International Political Communication; 12 Conclusions: Post-Truth, Post-Public Sphere and Post-Democracy. 

    More here.

  • 18.07.2019 13:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 25-27, 2019

    University of Texas at Austin

    Deadline: August 1, 2019

    The purpose of the Global Fusion Conference series, which began in 2000, is to promote academic excellence in Global Media and International Communication Studies. The conference is sponsored by a consortium of universities: the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Ohio University, Southern Illinois University, University of Virginia, and Temple University.

    We invite original, non-published research submissions on any aspect of global media and international aspects of mediated communication. Any theoretical or methodological approach appropriate to communication and media studies research is acceptable and encouraged. These approaches may include research on social justice and media, issues of new technologies and communities or social movements, representation of global or transnational issues, qualitative or quantitative studies of global media flows, media audiences and reception, the connections between communication and immigrant or diasporic populations, the comparative or international role of social media in political systems and institutions, messaging techniques and strategies for health communication in global settings, investigations on media policy and law in global or international settings, infrastructural challenges for media and development, research concerning the philosophy of globalization and media, and approaches engaging the rise of anti-globalization around the world and in the United States. In order to open panels to the widest possible range of topics, we have specifically chosen to adopt no conference theme beyond global or international communication broadly defined.

    Submission instructions

    Individual papers: proposals may be submitted in the form of completed papers or abstracts of 300-400 words. (Only full papers will be considered for best paper awards.) Please include a cover sheet with the paper title, the names of all authors, and contact information for the submitter or corresponding author (affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address). No identifying information should appear on the paper or on the abstract page for blind review.

    Panels: Please submit a panel abstract of 200-300 words, and 50-100 word abstracts for each included paper. The names of all authors along with their paper titles, as well as contact information for the submitter, should appear on a cover sheet. No identifying information should appear on the panel proposal page for blind review.

    Individual Abstracts: Please submit a paper abstract of 200-300 words The names of all authors along with their paper titles, as well as contact information for the submitter, should appear on a cover sheet. No identifying information should appear on the panel proposal page for blind review.

    Please indicate if you would be willing to have your paper presented as a poster at a poster session, if it does not fit in one of the panels.

    Notice: Submission format should be Word or PDF.

    The abstract/paper/panel proposal page should: (1) Be separate from the cover page; (2) Contain the title of the proposed paper; (3) Include a total word count; (4) NOT contain any identifying information about the submitter (including contact information).

    At least one author of an accepted faculty paper must attend the conference to present the paper. If student authors cannot be present, they must make arrangements for the paper to be presented by someone else. If you will not be able to present, please notify us a month before the conference date.

    Submission deadline: 11:59 P.M. (EST) Thursday, August 1, 2019. Submit to

    Awards: The Global Fusion conference offers a graduate student competition. To be considered for an award, a full paper must be submitted by August 1, and must be marked on the title page as being a submission for the competition. Papers submitted with both faculty and student authors will be considered faculty papers and are not eligible for graduate student competitions.

    Registration: More information on registration and the conference can be found at

  • 17.07.2019 19:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 30, 2019

    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

    Deadline: August 3, 2019 (email to

    Convener: Prof Mehita Iqani, Wits

    With the support of the Governing Intimacies research project, based in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, this symposium will bring together new research that explores the multiple intersections and links between consumption and gender in the global south.

    Broadly, the symposium seeks to offer a space for work that explores how gender shapes consumption habits, broadly defined, and how consumer culture, broadly defined, produces gendered selves.

    How do gendered subjects consume, and how in turn are they consumed?

    We invite proposals for presentations from researchers and postgraduate students from around South Africa, Africa and the Global South, exploring any of the following themes, questions and subjects:

    • Feminine/Masculine/Non-Binary? Consumer Identities and Self-writing
    • What new forms of self-representation and self-branding in service of the performance of gender are emerging in media culture?
    • Yes sex sells, but how? What narratives of sexiness work for or against feminine, masculine or queer empowerment?
    • What new global values (the cosmopolitan, Afropolitan?) shape identity in the gendered marketplace?
    • What new gendered ideas about self, success, aspiration or agency are produced by individuals in their own narratives of their lives, or for them by powerful institutions?
    • What new narratives or old patterns are shaping our understandings of the links between wealth and gender?
    • What kinds of intimate gendered relations are made visible through forms of public consumption?
    • The Materialities of Shopping: Gender, Place and Culture
    • How is gender made material through different consumption practices?
    • How do body politics and neoliberal power intersect in consumer identities?
    • What commodities are gendered and traded, from push up bras to botox, from sex toys to sex?
    • How do beauty industries exploit and invent ideas about gender?
    • How do luxury objects, spaces, brands and cultures market with (or against) gender?
    • How do domestic versus public forms of gendered consumption differ?
    • How do different expressions of gender shape public spaces, especially those organized around market exchange?
    • Working it: Gendered Labour and Circuits of Care
    • What new forms of self-care, self-management or work on the self are emerging in relation to gendered consumption?
    • What new forms of gendered entrepreneurship, using all forms of capital available, are emerging in economically precarious times?
    • What sorts of relationships are produced through gendered consumption?
    • How do women/men/non-binary subjects spend, hustle and hack their way through the consumer marketplace?
    • How does gender fit into the kinds of work done in relation to post-consumer waste (from recycling to re-using)?
    • What new forms of gendered work are appearing as men/women/non-binary people seek new pathways to wealth and success?

    We welcome presentations from current, new research that explores any of the above themes, or is related to them. Please send your paper title and a 350-word abstract in the body of your email to by Sunday 3 August 2019.

    A small number of travel bursaries for scholars based in South Africa will be available. Please indicate your interest in applying for these when you submit your proposal.

    Accepted papers will be notified by the end of August. Please direct any queries to Mehita Iqani (

  • 11.07.2019 21:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: October 1, 2019

    Submissions for the new issue of the Interações Journal published by Instituto Superior Miguel are now open. The journal welcomes original articles that present research results and/or theoretical reflection in the different fields of Social and Human Sciences.

    From an interdisciplinary editorial perspective, Interações' primary objective is to foster the reflection and diffusion of knowledge in the areas of Social and Human Sciences. The journal accepts articles of scientific investigation, reviews and critical essays, in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

    Interações is ruled by the double-blind review standard, ensuring the anonymity of reviewers and authors throughout the review process.

    Deadline for submission of articles: October 1

    Notification of acceptance: November 17

    Publication: December 2019

    Any questions should be addressed through the email:

    The articles must be submit through the website:

    Guidelines and other instructions for authors can be found on the journal's website:

  • 11.07.2019 15:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Deadline: July 31, 2019

    The ‘Leibniz ScienceCampus Postdigital Participation’ in Braunschweig invites applications for a Post-doctoral research fellow  (to lead a research group of early career scholars)

    This is afull-time position at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, member of the Leibniz Association (GEI) with a pay-scale grouping of TV-L 14 (German federal public service scale).

    The position is available from 1 October 2019. The contract is initially for the period until 30 September 2023.

    The ‘Leibniz ScienceCampus Postdigital Participation’ is an interdisciplinary research partnership between the GEI, the Technische Universität Braunschweig, the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, the German Maritime Museum. Leibniz Institute for Maritime History in Bremerhaven, the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien in Tübingen and the Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig GmbH.

    The ScienceCampus focuses on societal participation in today’s ‘postdigital’ world, i.e. one in which our lives are embedded in hybrid assemblages of analogue and digital technology and practices. A Social Living Lab will bring together cultural, social and technical sciences with local citizens to collaboratively design, explore and reflect on participation in education and urban life.

    The researcher will:

    • lead a junior research group as principal investigator (PI), investigating ‘postdigital participation’ and schooling. The group will comprise two doctoral students (the first doctoral project is to be conceived and supervised by the PI; the second doctoral project will be collaboratively developed with information/computing science colleagues)
    • develop and conduct research projects on ‘postdigital participation’ related to school education and rooted in the Social Living Lab approach
    • identify synergies across the social science, cultural studies, information science and computing science research projects taking place at the ScienceCampus 
    •  pursue further academic qualifications (‘habilitation’ or equivalent)

    The position requires:

    • excellent doctoral degree in cultural studies, media studies, education or social sciences
    • knowledge of, and experience in using, qualitative social science methods
    • knowledge of participatory methods, such as design-based research
    • knowledge of current sociological or cultural theories and analyses of digitality, e.g., datafication, sociotechnical imaginaries, the postdigital
    • excellent teamwork skills, a high level of reliability and attention to detail
    • a working knowledge of German

    The position would also benefit if the candidate has:

    • a keen interest in information science and/or computational methods
    • experience of winning bids for external grants
    • experience with Social Living Labs
    • a solid understanding of school and classroom research

    This is an attractive position in a vibrant interdisciplinary research community at a renowned research institute within the Leibniz Association. The successful candidate will have numerous opportunities for further professional development. The position is based in Braunschweig, Germany.

    Further details here.

  • 11.07.2019 15:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Deadline: July 16, 2019

    Part time (0.6 FTE)

    Salary £43,884 - £51,769 per annum (inclusive of London allowance)

    Interview date: 24 July 2019

    UCL is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Media Studies to join our faculty at the Department of Culture, Communication and Media (CCM) and contribute to our expanding MA in Digital Media: Critical Studies.

    MA Digital Media: Critical Studies is one of three digital media programmes at UCL along with MA Digital Media: Education and MA Digital Media: Production. This post is specifically for our Critical Studies programme and the post holder will work in a team of scholars with diverse backgrounds in the broader fields of media and cultural Studies, and media and communications.

    Applicants should have a doctorate (completed or close to completion) in media studies or similar fields; experience of teaching in these areas, ideally at MA level; and an emerging research and publication record.

    Please note that the closing date is less than two weeks away (16 July 2019), and the interviews are scheduled to take place on the 24th of July 2019.

    A detailed job description and person specification can be accessed at UCL HR recruitment website here.

  • 11.07.2019 15:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: August 5, 2019

    Within the framework of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and its Working Group on Freedom of Expression and addressing Disinformation, UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector (CI) launches a new Request   For  Proposals (RFP).

    The initiative encourages researchers to put in proposals to conduct a research report on the various efforts being taken around the world to counter the abuse of broadband for the dissemination of what diverse actors may define as disinformation. 

    The research should analyse the different modalities of responses based on empirical data from all parts of the world, with the findings presented mainly at a level of generality which extrapolates key trends. 

    Overall, the research should seek to provide insights that can stimulate creativity and innovation in tackling problems in broadband use while reinforcing freedom of expression and sustainable development, as well as help set agendas for future research. 

    The study should also aim to provide useful resources for stakeholders including governments, courts, regulators, educators, companies, academia, media, civil society organizations and others. 

    To this end, the research should include a “gap analysis” through reviewing studies, surveys, and other research about this phenomenon. It should give an assessment of the different modalities of response to disinformation, at a general level, and in    terms of the costs, benefits and risks of each modality from the point of view of freedom of expression and ICT contribution to sustainable development.  Based on this, the study should recommend proposals for the way ahead.

     The framing of this project is founded on the universal right to freedom of expression, and the importance of ensuring that measures concerning disinformation do not impact negatively on the essence of this right. 

    UNESCO invites interested researchers, institutions, research consortia, entities and organizations to submit proposals which should include comments on the Terms of Reference, detailed description of the research methodology, description of the proposed team, including updated CV, deliverables, timeline requested funding, and what the researchers can offer in terms of promotion of the final study. To ensure that experience is covered internationally, consortia of researchers from different countries are encouraged. Proposers may wish to suggest outcomes that can be scaled in terms of differing budget options. 

    The research should be produced over a maximum of six months, with an interim report due mid-way. The outcome should be a publishable report in mother-tongue level English, of approximately 100 pages, plus references, and including a 12-page Executive Summary for translation. Oversight and final editing will be by a working group of Broadband Commissioners as well as external experts in the field. The final document will be published by the Broadband Commission under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

    UNESCO, therefore, invites interested researchers and organizations to submit their proposals, according to these Terms of Reference, by email to before noon (CET), 5 August 2019 to sends e-mail). 

  • 11.07.2019 15:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 25-26, 2019

     Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Deadline: July 15, 2019

    Continuing our series of conferences dedicated to rethinking intermediality in contemporary cinema and visual culture, we propose to initiate a discussion around aspects of intermediality that may unfold from the perspective of the picturesque.

    The much-debated notion inherited from the art theories of the late 18th century originally denoted both an aesthetic quality (something pleasing to the eye situated between the serenely beautiful and the awe-inspiring sublime) and a particular visual impression (something that looks like a picture in nature). It anticipated and later became deeply entangled with many of the ideas of Romanticism, of modernity and postmodernity by shifting the appeal of images from knowledge to imagination, sensation and mood, by applying the frame of art to life, or the frame of one art to another, and emphasising the abstract aesthetic value of a kind of pictured vision. Photography appropriated it as a strategy of so-called pictorialism and popular culture perpetuated it in various forms of spectacularization from the early dioramas and panoramas to today’s ubiquitous digital screens through which we continually reframe our lives in picturesque images.

    The picturesque emerges therefore not only as a transversal concept in art history or visual culture, but also essentially connected to issues of intermediality and in-betweenness that we would like to bring into focus. In a “beautifully circular” dynamics (Rosalind Krauss), in a “conjunction of nature, picture, eye” (Geoffrey Batchen) a given moment of the perceptual array is connected to recognizable patterns in a picture which always reveals the form of one medium perceived in another (e.g. painterly tableaux in photography, film, installation art, photographic frames in film, photos that look like film stills, etc.). As such, the picturesque directs our attention to the sensuous aspects of intermediality and their relevance in our so-called postmedia age, when the “photographic”, “the cinematic” or the “painterly” can be seamlessly merged through digital technologies.

    We would also like to address the controversial aesthetics of the intermedial picturesque that foregrounds instead of a sublime Gesamtkunstwerk-like effect the sheer visual pleasure of imageness, and to highlight its range in this respect from the decorative and the playful to the contemplative. Keeping in mind the potentially “troublesome” aspects of “pretty” images (Rosalind Galt), we encourage proposals to consider their “politics” as well, which can either align with what John Ruskin described as the “heartlessness of the picturesque” (i.e. delighting in images of ruin and decay), or can imply a reflexive acknowledgement of their underlying tensions between art and life (by engaging Raymond Bellour’s and Laura Mulvey’s “pensive spectator”).

    Accordingly, we invite proposals to explore the variety of intermedial strategies that generate visual pleasures associated with the picturesque in a broad sense, and to uncover their intricate relations of in-betweenness.

    We suggest the following topics (but welcome any relevant approach to the issues outlined in the CFP):

    • The tableau vivant as a visual attraction between high art and popular culture, and in-between painting, photography, sculpture, theatre and film
    • Synaesthetic pleasures: picturesque impressions in conjunction with tactility, soundscape and music
    • Picturesque landscapes in slow cinema, slow TV and experimental films
    • Media reflexivity and the picturesque in contemporary documentary and essay films
    • Moving image installations and the immersiveness of picturesque images
    • The picturesque world and the ruins of civilization: nature versus culture in images of the anthropocene
    • Painterly images and remediations in heritage films and bio-pics
    • Gender and postcolonial perspectives of the picturesque intersecting with intermediality
    • The picturesque in-between the analogue and the digital, the natural and the artificial
    • Theorising what “looks like a picture” today
    • The intermedial visual pleasures of VR
    • The picturesque and the spectacular in video games

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    STEVEN JACOBS (Department of Art History, Ghent University), an art historian specialized in the relations between film and the visual arts. His research interests include the visualization of architecture, cities, and landscapes in film and photography. He is the author of: The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock (2007), Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts (2011), The Dark Galleries: A Museum Guide to Painted Portraits in Film Noir (2013, with Lisa Colpaert) as well as the co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema (2017), and The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars (2018).

    LAURA MULVEY (Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London), one of the most influential film theorists of our time. Her major works include: Visual and Other Pleasures (1989/2009), Fetishism and Curiosity: Cinema and the Mind’s Eye (1996/2013), Citizen Kane (BFI Classics series 1992/2012), Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image (2006), together with groundbreaking articles on narrative film, feminist film theory, the aesthetics of stillness in the moving image, etc. She is also an avant-garde filmmaker who co-wrote and co-directed with Peter Wollen and Mark Lewis several experimental essay films.

    Submission of proposals:

    We invite proposals both for individual papers and for pre-constituted panels. Panels may consist of 3 speakers.

    Deadline for the submission of proposals: July 15, 2019.

    Please fill in one of the SUBMISSION FORMS:



    The official language of the conference is English. The time for presentations is limited to maximum 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute debate.

    Conference fee (which includes participation, conference buffet and banquet): 120 EUR, special fee for participants from post-communist/communist countries: 70 EUR.

    A selection of papers based on the conference presentations will be published in our department’s international, peer reviewed journal (Acta Universitatis Sapientiae. Film & Media Studies) indexed in several international databases.

    You can contact the organizers at this e-mail address:

    For further information and updates see the official website:

  • 11.07.2019 15:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 19-20, 2019

    Pissouri Village, Cyprus

    Deadline: July 25, 2019

    The Symposium aims is to promote the debate on the effective participation of the citizen in the democratic system of government, which involves the citizens informing about social, political, economic, religion, cultural and environmental events. Nowadays we observe in the private and public life both the dominance of traditional and new media, which in some cases construct contradictory information, especially regarding the political life of the country. This Symposium aims is to analyze the Media and Democracy from different points of view, which could be summarized in the following topics:

    • The importance of new media and the momentum that they have acquired,
    • The role of social networks in democracy
    • Media Representations of Brexit.
    • “New” and “Old” media in the democracy countries.
    • Fake News and Democracy
    • The ideology and propaganda role.
    • Citizen Mobilization and Political Activism in the Local, National or European Parliament Elections.
    • Nationalist Movements to the Media industries.
    Regarding the abstract submission, All proposals should be sent 

    in English, in .doc or pdf format, through the form here:

    Proposals should include:

    1. Contact Info

    2. Title, keywords and abstract (250-300 words).

    The abstract should present the aim/objectives of the work, the methodological approach, the results, and the conclusion.

    Proposals should focus on the topics indicated above.

    3. A short biographical statement.

    Language of the Symposium: English

    The Scientific Committee of the Symposium will announce in advance which proposals have been accepted for presentation at the Symposium.

    Deadline & Dates:

    • 25 July 2019 – Deadline to submit abstracts
    • 10 August 2019 – Notification of accepted proposals
    • 3O September 2019 – Deadline for full paper submission
    • 19-20 October 2019 – Symposium


    The registration fee is €80, covering access to all sessions, coffee break, and conference material.

    This symposium is organized by Cyprus University of Technology, and is

    funded generously by Pissouri Council and Pissouri Repatriated Association.

    A formal application email should be sent to

  • 11.07.2019 15:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    November 15, 2019

    Wroclaw, Poland

    Deadline: August 30, 2019

    There are still a few free places left for the workshop Towards development of mediatization research III organized by the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication, University of Wroclaw and Academia Europaea Wroclaw Knowledge Hub which will take place on 15 November 2019 in Wroclaw, Poland.

    This year's workshop will be lead by Professor Andreas Hepp and will focus on digital media and datafication.

    We invite media researchers working in the area of mediatization to participate in the seminar. There is no conference fee.

    Idea of the meeting is a closed specialization seminar devoted to selected aspects of research on mediatization, in a formula proven in the previous editions, i.e.:

    • participants work on different types of materials (articles, works in progress, proposals, theses, reports etc.) under the guidance of the edition leader;
    • meeting is preceded by substantive preparation by the leader and all participants on the basis of materials circulated to all participants in advance;
    • during the meeting all participants focus on group discussion and expert feedback (presentations and speeches are limited to a minimum);
    • seminar is preceded by an introductory lecture by the leader.


    August 30, 2019: submissions

    Please submit a proposed topic and short description (5 sentences) of your paper (article, work in progress, proposal, theses, report etc.) with information about your affiliation to email address:

    First come, first served: complete submissions consistent with the topic of this year's workshop will be qualified according to the order of submissions until the places are exhausted.

    October 15, 2019: submission of materials for discussion by all participants

    October 15 - November 14: preparation for the workshop by the leader and all participants

    November 15, 2019: workshop in Wroclaw

    Information on previous editions is available on the following websites:

    Towards development of mediatization research I. Workshop with Professor Göran Bolin, 11.12.2017

    Towards development of mediatization research II. Workshop with Professor Johan Fornäs, 13.12.2018 





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