European Communication Research
and Education Association
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://rtf.utexas.edu/conferences/global-fusion-2019
October 30, 2019
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Deadline: August 3, 2019 (email to email@example.com)
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The articles must be submit through the website: https://www.interacoes-ismt.com/
Guidelines and other instructions for authors can be found on the journal's website: http://www.interacoes-ismt.com/index.php/revista
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:
The position requires:
The position would also benefit if the candidate has:
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.
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.
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 J.Hironaka@unesco.org(link sends e-mail).
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):
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:
INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSION: https://goo.gl/forms/9rvw9Ne6yCL090o33
PANEL SUBMISSION: https://goo.gl/forms/bMxYFJqvqCIpb3ja2
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: email@example.com
For further information and updates see the official website: http://film.sapientia.ro/en/conferences/the-picturesque-visual-pleasure-and-intermediality
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:
in English, in .doc or pdf format, through the form here: https://symposium2019mediademocracy.blogspot.com
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 15, 2019
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.:
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: email@example.com.
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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