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  • 30.01.2020 20:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS)

    Deadline: July 31, 2020

    Edited by Dimitris Serafis, Jolanta Drzewiecka, Sara Greco

    We are seeking contributions for a thematic section of Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS) – a peer-reviewed open-access journal of communication and media research – exploring discursive constructions of migration.

    The massive movement of migrant and refugee populations from war and conflict zones to Europe in summer 2015 created a state of emergency for the member-states and institutions of the European Union (EU). More specifically, in the context of the so-called “refugee crisis” (2015-2017) new fences and borders were raised in Europe as well as alarming racist and hateful discourses were disseminated (see Mussolf 2017; Assimakopoulos et al. 2018). 

    During this polarized period, studies that adopt a critical perspective focused on the examination of migration, racism and xenophobia across various fields of research in communication sciences (see e.g. Krzyzanowski, Wodak & Triantafyllidou 2018). This thematic section aims at advancing this perspective in communication sciences by gathering cutting-edge research revolving around the discursive/communicative constructions of the migratory phenomenon and the related new forms of racism traced in various European countries (e.g. Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom etc.). In doing so, this issue attempts to present coherent research tools and approaches to expose racism and xenophobia cultivated in Europe during the past years of "crisis," thereby facilitating cultural and critical resistance to these very problems. We are looking forward to receiving submissions from different disciplines in the broader area of communication that combine critical, interdisciplinary perspectives, innovative methodological approaches, and rigorous empirical analyses of the discursive/communicative construction of migration in different European countries during the “refugee crisis”; we also encourage papers that compare discourses in more than one European country. 

    Submissions relating (but not limited) to the following disciplinary perspectives are invited: 

    • Political Communication 
    • (Social) Media Communication 
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Discourse Theory 
    • Discourse Analysis 
    • Critical Discourse Analysis 
    • Argumentation 
    • Linguistics 
    • Rhetoric 

    Submission guidelines

    The journal welcomes submissions in English, German, French, or Italian, but the abstracts must be in English. All submissions should be uploaded on the SComS platform:

    Paper submissions will be due 31 July 2020. Final acceptance depends on a double-blind peer review process. The expected publishing date of this special issue is April 2021.

    For any further information, and if you wish to discuss the relevance of your research proposal to this thematic section, please contact Dimitris Serafis (


    • Full papers are required no later than July 31, 2020
    • 1st review will be provided by September 30, 2020
    • 2nd submission should be submitted by November 15, 2020
    • 2nd review and notification of acceptance will be provided by December 31, 2020
    • Final papers should be submitted by February 15, 2021
  • 30.01.2020 20:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Since 01.01.2020, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is funding the “Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (GCSMUS) via the DAAD program “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed”. GCSMUS is based at Technische Universität Berlin (Germany) and connects 48 institutional partners from 48 countries and 8 world regions.

    Focusing on the Sustainable Development Goal #11 of the Agenda 2030 to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, the center aims at developing transdisciplinary spatial methods in order to improve both the academic education in the spatial disciplines and planning practice via evidence-based and low-impact urban development (LIUD). SDG # 11 addresses all dimensions of sustainability namely:

    • social sustainability by reducing poverty, spatial segregation and social inequality on various dimensions (e.g. class, gender, race/ethnicity, age and disability)
    • economic sustainability by overcoming economic exclusion, creating career and business opportunities for all income groups and building resilient societies and economies
    • ecological sustainability by reducing negative environmental impacts of cities, by reducing the negative impact of disasters and climate change on cities and by protecting and safeguarding the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

    SDG #11 in particular aims at giving access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing, green and public spaces, transport system as well as basic services (such as water, food, electricity, sanitation, waste deposal, internet, heating and/or cooling, clean air, education, work/jobs, health care, leisure activities and sports.

    In order to achieve these goals, the center is organized as a peer-learning process and will implement several strategic Actions between 2020 and 2024. While some of the center’s activities are for GCSMUS-member-institutions only, many activities such as international conferences, workshops as well as other events and funding opportunities are open also to non-members.

    If you are interested in being informed about these activities or the center’s activities in general, please kindly subscribe to our newsletter by registering via the following website:

    More information on the center can be found on:

    If you have any other inquiries on the center, please kindly contact the GCSMUS Office by sending an email to:

  • 23.01.2020 14:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: February 29, 2020

    Both celebrity and fan studies have experienced significant growth in recent years. While different in trajectory, both fields are intimately connected through an emphasis on the impact and implications of popular culture. Often scholars in fan and celebrity studies examine similar cultural phenomena from different scholarly perspectives; be it representation or responses to media texts, construction or deconstruction of famous persona, or the affordances of online platforms to foster interaction. To date, a consolidated approach to the study of fans and celebrities and points of intersection, is relatively rare.

    Two conferences were held at the end of 2019 in Australia aimed to address the intersections between celebrity and fan studies. One conference, focusing on fan studies, was held by the Fan Studies Network Australasia (FSNA); the other on fame, celebrity and fandom held by the Fame and Persona Research Consortium (FPRC). To extend the discussion from the conferences and further explore intersections between fan and celebrity studies, a proposal for an edited volume will be submitted to the University of Iowa Press.

    We call for submissions for chapters and invite scholars in both celebrity and fan studies to consider the practical, theoretical and social implications of intersections between celebrity and fan studies. We invite submissions from scholars in all regions of the world, but especially encourage submissions from scholars researching celebrity and fan studies in Asia and the Pacific.

    Topics include, but are not limited to:

    * Online fan/celebrity interactions

    * Offline fan/celebrity interactions

    * Overlap between on/offline fan and celebrity practices

    * Intersections between fan and celebrity studies

    * Rethinking para-social relationships

    * Diversifying study of media texts, fans and celebrities

    Submission materials:

    Please submit 800-word extended abstracts addressing the following:

    * Theoretical/conceptual framework

    * Methodology

    * Argument

    * Indicative conclusions

    Please also include a 150-200-word bio.

    Extended abstracts should be sent to: by February 29th 2020.

    Key Dates:

    • Submission of extended abstracts: February 29th 2020
    • Notification of acceptance: March 15th 2020
    • Submission of book proposal: June/July 2020
  • 23.01.2020 12:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cardiff University

    Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales, invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of a fully-funded studentship, available to start in October 2020. We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the area of “Journalism and Democracy”

    The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading centre for innovative teaching and research. Researchers engage with pressing contemporary issues and debates bringing together theory and practice. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, our research was ranked 2nd in the UK in terms of its quality and impact.

    A key strength of JOMEC's research environment is the ongoing dialogue between research and practice-based staff delivering impactful research and policy.

    JOMEC's cutting-edge research findings are shared through weekly seminars featuring speakers from across the UK and internationally. We also host the renowned biennial ‘Future of Journalism' conference bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the world contributing to a lively research environment.

    JOMEC's state of the art facilities at Two Central Square situates us at the centre of local and national media, including BBC Cymru/Wales whose brand-new headquarters is situated next door. Our location facilitates building of strong industry links, boosting students' employability through access to major media organisations within the important and growing sector of the creative and cultural industries.

    JOMEC academics have multi-disciplinary backgrounds from across the social sciences and humanities; have a strong tradition of teamwork and collaborative publications, and a substantial industry base. Pathway Convenor: Dr Cynthia Carter email:

    Studentship's are ‘open' awards and applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application. Information on the research interests of JOMEC staff can be found on our academic staff webpage.


    See the ESRC Wales DTP website for further details:


    A completed application form submitted to through the University's online application system (see details here) by the deadline of 12.00 noon, 3 February 2020.

    The application must contain the following documents:

    1. Covering letter: Please address to Dr Cynthia Carter. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the “Journalism and Democracy” pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The letter should be no more than two pages and specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

    2. Academic / Professional Qualifications and where appropriate proof of English Language Competency (7.5 IELTS with a minimum of 7.0 in each sub score).

    3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.

    4. Curriculum Vitae: Maximum two pages.

    5. Research Proposal: A maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references and we suggest the following five headings in your proposal:

    • Title, aims and purpose of the research;
    • Brief overview of the relevant academic literature;
    • Proposed design/methods;
    • Academic contributions of your research.
    • Bibliographic References

    Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to occur in late February/early March 2020. A short-list of applicants will then be put forward to a Panel from ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2020.

    Funding Notes

    Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to occur in late February/early March 2020. A short-list of applicants will then be put forward to a Panel from ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made.

    Successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2020.

  • 23.01.2020 12:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ada Lovelace Institute

    The Ada Lovelace Institute - - (Ada) and the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council are building a network to bring a humanities-led, interdisciplinary perspective to studies of AI and data ethics. This project is led by Dr Alison Powell at the Department of Media and

    Communication at the London School of Economics. The project is looking for a research officer (postdoctoral scholar or experienced, non-PhD track researcher) for an initial 13-month term (starting April 2020) to work between the LSE Department of Media and Communication and Ada. This post will help create an interdisciplinary network, by:

    • framing a creative, humanities-led perspective on AI and data ethics, particularly through translation across disciplines and between research, practice and policy 
    • building up a repository of research 
    • convening workshops and events
    • mapping and managing relationships between researchers and practitioners, and contributing themselves to creative, critical and novel research on data and AI ethics.

    It will involve writing, convening, commissioning and creating.

    Candidates who are comfortable working across disciplines, especially between arts, design, social science and computer science are warmly welcomed.

    More information is here:

  • 23.01.2020 12:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Amsterdam

    At the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam we have an opening for a PhD position in new media/software studies. The PhD student will work in the international, interdisciplinary project e-LADDA (, funded as a Marie Curies Innovative Training Network.

    The profiles we look for (in total 14 PhD students across several organizations) are detailed here:

    Look for project ESR13 "Apps for learning: A software studies analysis of mobile applications for language development in children". We will focus in particular on atypical children (e.g., with autism, Down syndrome, etc.) so you will have the opportunity to really make a difference for these children and their families.

    Deadline for applications: January 24th, 2020, 23:00 CET

    Apply at

  • 23.01.2020 10:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Curtin University (Australia)

    Internet Studies at Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia) is hiring a 2-year, full-time, level B Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project looking at Social Media Influencers as Conduits of Knowledge in East Asia and Australia.

    The candidate will be working closely with Dr Crystal Abidin and based in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI), which explores new technologies and values the creative industries and social sciences. The School aims to encourage creative and critical reflection while engaging with relevant industries.

    You will bring to the role:

    * A PhD, preferably in Humanities or Social Sciences.

    * Demonstrated experience in conducting traditional or digital ethnographic fieldwork – highly desirable.

    * Competence in an East Asian language, preferably Chinese, Japanese or Korean – essential.

    * A record of high-quality, peer-reviewed research publication, preferably demonstrating expertise in social media studies.

    * Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with students and staff with cross-cultural sensitivity.

    * Demonstrated commitment to applying policies, procedures and legislation, as well as maintaining data security and confidentiality.

    * Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to manage and implement project plans to achieve desired outcomes within required constraints.

    Deadline for applications is 03 February 2020.

    More information + Apply via the link here:

  • 23.01.2020 09:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 29-30, 2020

    Loughborough University, UK

    Deadline: March 13, 2020

    On June 29-30, 2020, the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University (United Kingdom) will host the sixth conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics, focused on academic research on the relation between media and political processes around the world. Professor Young Mie Kim from the University of Wisconsin will deliver a keynote lecture.

    A selection of the best full papers presented at the conference will be published in the journal after peer review. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 13, 2020. Attendees will be notified of acceptance by March 20, 2020. Full papers based on accepted abstracts will be due June 12, 2020.

    The conference brings together scholars conducting internationally-oriented or comparative research on the intersection between news media and politics around the world. It aims to provide a forum for academics from a wide range of disciplines, countries, and methodological approaches to advance research in this area.

    Examples of relevant topics include the political implications of current changes in media systems, including the increasing role of digital platforms; the importance of digital media for engaging with news and politics; analysis of the factors affecting the quality of political information and public discourse; studies of the role of entertainment and popular culture in how people engage with current affairs; studies of relations between political actors and journalists; analyses of the role of visuals and emotion in the production and processing of public information; and research on political communication during and beyond elections by government, political parties, interest groups, and social movements. The journal and the conference have a particular interest in studies that adopt comparative approaches, represent substantial theoretical or methodological advances, or focus on parts of the world that are under-researched in the international English language academic literature.

    Titles and abstracts for papers (maximum 300 words) are invited by March 13, 2020. The abstract should clearly describe the key question, the theoretical and methodological approach, the evidence the argument is based on, as well as its wider implications and the extent to which they are of international relevance.

    Please send submissions via the online form available at

    The registration fee for the conference will be GBP 250, to be paid by April 30, 2020. A limited amount of registration fee waivers will be available for early career scholars and scholars from countries that appear in Tiers B and C of the classification adopted by the International Communication Association. Applications must be made by March 13, 2020 via the abstract online submission form available at

    The conference is organized by Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University, Editor-in-Chief of IJPP). Please contact Professor Vaccari with questions at

    More about the journal, the keynote speaker, the University, and the Centre:

    The International Journal of Press/Politics

    The International Journal of Press/Politics is an interdisciplinary journal for the analysis and discussion of the role of the media and politics in a globalized world. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical research which analyzes the linkages between the news media and political processes and actors around the world, emphasizes international and comparative work, and links research in the fields of political communication and journalism studies, and the disciplines of political science and media and communication. The journal is published by Sage Publications and is ranked 11th by Scopus (SJR) and 12th by Journal Citation Reports in Communication.

    Professor Young Mie Wim, University of Wisconsin

    Young-Mie-Kim-1024x683Young Mie Kim is a Professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Political Science. Kim is a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Kim’s research concerns data-driven, algorithm-based, digitally mediated political communication. Kim’s recent research project, Project DATA (Digital Ad Tracking & Analysis), empirically investigates the sponsors, content, and targets of digital political campaigns across multiple platforms with a user-based, real-time, ad tracking tool that reverse engineers the algorithms of political campaigns. Kim and her team’s research, “The Stealth Media? Groups and Targets behind Divisive Issue Campaigns on Facebook,” identified “suspicious groups,” including Russian groups on Facebook. The work received the Kaid-Sanders Best Article of the Year in Political Communication (2018), awarded by the International Communication Association. Kim testified at the Federal Election Commission‘s hearings on the rulemaking of internet communication disclaimers and presented her research at the Congressional briefings on foreign interference in elections. Kim also spoke at the European Parliament on her research on data-driven political advertising and inequality in political involvement.

    Loughborough University

    1oDFxNO8_400x400Based on a 440-acre, single-site campus at the heart of the UK, Loughborough University is ranked top 10 in every British university league table. Voted University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019) and awarded Gold in the National Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Loughborough provides a unique student experience that is ranked first in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018. Loughborough University has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. It is a short distance away from Loughborough Train station, a 15-minute drive from East Midlands Airport (near Nottingham), an hour drive from Birmingham Airport, and an hour and 15 minutes from London via train.

    The Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

    LU_CentreForResearch_in_Communication&Culture_COLSince our establishment in 1991, we have developed into the largest research centre of our kind in the UK, and the 2019 QS World University Ranking placed us in the top 50 for communications and media research. We are a proudly interdisciplinary centre, creatively combining social science and humanities approaches for the rigorous exploration of the production and consumption of different forms of communication and creative texts. Our research draws on and contributes to theories and methods in cultural and media studies, sociology, politics, psychology, history and memory studies, textual, visual and computational analysis, and geography. We are interested in exploring how media and cultural texts are produced, how they construct meanings, how they shape the societies we live in, and how they fit within an ever-growing creative economy.

  • 23.01.2020 09:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LMU Munich

    The Department of Media and Communication at LMU Munich offers a position, within the research and teaching unit of Professor Neil Thurman, as:

    Postdoc (m/f/d) in Computational Journalism / Media Audiences

    (subject to personal qualifications, the appointee will be appointed on the E 13 TV-L salary band, approximately €3837 - €5622 per month depending on experience)

    Terms: starting 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The period of employment is normally for a maximum of six years. The teaching requirement with this position is approximately 5 (academic) hours/week during the semesters (1 academic hour = 45 mins).

    The successful candidate will join Professor Thurman’s research and teaching unit, which is currently part-funded by the VolkswagenStiftung via two projects on computational journalism. These projects are researching topics including: the use of AI in local journalism; audiences’ perceptions of automated journalism; and the use of, and attitudes to, computational journalism in newsrooms. These projects involve collaboration with researchers, publishers, and technology providers in Germany and other countries. Professor Thurman’s research and teaching unit also focusses on media audience research more widely (‘ratings analysis’), including the behaviour of newspapers’, magazines’, and TV channels’ online and offline audiences. The unit is also involved in comparative journalism research through the Worlds of Journalism Study. Professor Thurman’s website provides more information on his research interests:

    The candidate is expected to:

    • dedicate themselves to the outlined research projects and areas;
    • contribute to the development of the research design and relevant research tools;
    • participate in publication activities and presentations at international conferences.


    • University degree and PhD in media and communication or a related field.
    • Strong interest in computational journalism and/or researching media audiences.
    • Strong quantitative research skills (e.g. SPSS or R).
    • Understanding of, and experience with, a range of research methods (e.g. content analysis, surveys, interviewing, web analytics, survey experiments).
    • Fluency in English (written and oral).
    • A record of publication in the English language.

    What we offer:

    The successful candidate will join the large and successful Media and Communications Department at one of Germany’s highest-ranked universities. LMU Munich provides excellent support and conditions for early career researchers. The specific projects the successful candidate will work on come with generous funding for research-related travel (conferences, fieldwork, etc.) and other research-related expenses.

    Application procedure: Your application (in English only) should include: a motivation letter, your CV with publication list, the names and contact details of two references, copy of degree certificates and transcript of grades. Please also include a link to your Master’s or PhD thesis.

    Complete applications should be submitted as a single PDF document to: or by mail to:

    Liselotte Drescher

    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

    Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung

    Oettingenstr. 67

    80538 München


    Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

  • 23.01.2020 09:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IX. International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society

    April 14-15, 2020

    Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey

    Deadline: February 14, 2020

    Crises signify conflicts, danger and chaos. Global crises, from political crises to climate change, from war and terror to humanitarian disasters, represent the dark side of a globalized world. This year’s conference theme focuses on how do global crises emerge from, and result in, social, political, cultural, institutional, economic, technological and environmental changes. The conference aims to analyze the ongoing multi-dimensional crisis of global world and provide interdisciplinary approaches to the current global crises. The major themes to be covered with respect to global crises may include wars and terrorism, global displacement and mass migration, legal crises and legitimacy, economic crises, disasters, catastrophes and risks, environmental challenges, poverty, politics (e.g. rise of populism, rise of nationalism), security (e.g. national security, digital security), the role of media in crisis time, disinformation and power relations. The conference also aims to understand how global crises are spawned by and shape our global age, and how they are represented in the media.

    By structuring the discussion around potential topics, the 9th International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society (ICCTS) welcome paper submissions that examine a key issue from different theoretical or methodological approaches. Within this perspective, the conference aims to bring together leading scholars from across disciplines to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of ‘global crises’. Potential topics for presentations include but are not limited to:

    ● Global crises

    ● Wars and terrorism

    ● Economic crises

    ● Political crises

    ● Legal crises

    ● Global displacement and mass migration

    ● Refugee crisis

    ● Contemporary risks in digital age

    ● Security

    ● Crisis in digital media

    ● The role of media in crisis

    ● Media, representation and narratives of crises

    ● Gender inequality

    ● Poverty

    ● Climate change

    ● Natural disasters

    ● Environmental crisis and challenges

    Please, submit a maximum 300 words abstract to: Mine Bertan Yılmaz, Faculty of Communications, Kadir Has University, Istanbul-Turkey,

    Proposals should be submitted in the following order:

    • Name of the author(s)
    • Telephone, fax, and e-mail address
    • Affiliation
    • Title of proposal
    • Body of proposal


    You will be notified by 21.02.2020 regarding the status of your proposal.

    Previous years the selected papers have been published in edited volumes with respected publishers.

    The organizing committee is planning to edit a new volume with selected papers from this year’s conference.

    For further information about conference venue, transportation and submission please visit our website:

    For further information about the conference in general, contact: Prof. Banu Baybars-Hawks (




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