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  • 30.05.2019 18:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for edited collection

    Deadline: June 30, 2019

    In 1963 /Doctor Who /began with the purported intention of using drama  to teach science. Since then it has inspired many people to pursue  scientific careers and the science presented in it has lived on in new  contexts from stage shows to the classroom. The program is now the  world’s longest running science fiction series. The recent re-casting of  the title role with a female actor has served to reinvigorate its global  popularity and interest, in part because some commentators see the  Doctor as a scientist role model. 

    At different times /Doctor Who/’s production personnel have been from  science backgrounds (1960s writer Kit Pedler), been avid readers of /New  Scientist /(1970s producer Barry Letts) or wanting to make ‘hard  science’ the substance of drama (1980s script editor Christopher H.  Bidmead). Others have been more cavalier, and science can be either  surface dressing or essential to the plot. The extent to which the central character has reinforced her or his role and credentials as a  scientist has varied across decades. Scientific dialogue can be  scrupulously researched or careless nonsense. The science fiction in the  show can be derivative from the genre (traction beams, teleporters) or  novel. 

    This collection is to pull together the latest research into a volume  that examines the dramatic use and possibly abuse of science in /Doctor  Who/ and how it characterises, celebrates or terrifies with science. 

    Advice for contributors

    This edited collection is under contract with McFarland.  This call for papers is for abstracts of up to 250 words explaining the  focus and approach the contributor/s’ chapter will take. 

    Contributions can consider any of the show’s different incarnations  (1963-1989, 1996, 2005-), its spin-off television series and other  Doctor Who media such as novels and audio plays. Contributions  addressing how Doctor Whohas been used to promote public engagement  with science, including through exhibitions in science museums and  popular science works, are also welcome. 

    Contributors might like to consider the social, political, ideological,  cultural and economic aspects of science as a way to approach the series  and its content, as well as its depictions of scientist characters and  scientific knowledge. 

    The proposed volume is intended to be scholarly but accessible in tone  and approach. Each contribution should be 6000-8000 words all inclusive.  We cannot accept contributions that require the reproduction of images  unless you already hold the rights to reproduce them. 

    Suggested reading and key documents are available at 

    Email abstracts to both  and  by 30 June 2019. 

    About the editors

    Associate Professor Marcus Harmes is author of /Doctor Who and the Art  of Adaptation /(2013) and /Roger Delgado:/ /I am Usually Referred to as  the Master / (2017) and contributed chapters to /Doctor Who and Race/,  Doctor Who and History/ and /Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith/. He  is the author of numerous studies on popular culture, science fiction  and the history of British television. 

    Dr Lindy Orthia is a senior lecturer in science communication whose  research interests include studies of science in popular fiction. She  has published extensively on representations of science in /Doctor Who/,  examining intersections in the program between science and politics,  ethics, gender, race and environmental disaster. She is the editor of  /Doctor Who and Race/ (2013). 

  • 30.05.2019 18:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 17, 2019

    Department of Theatre, Film & Television, University of York

    Deadline: June 28, 2019


    Professor Martin Barker (Aberystwyth University)

    Dr Kirsty Sedgman (University of Bristol)

    Audience research is a growing area in many diverse areas of study, from film, television and theatre to music, communications media and gaming. As a developing and inherently interdisciplinary area of academic study, the methodological components of audience research are constantly evolving, inviting innovative approaches to methodologies. This form of research is notoriously demanding, presenting ethical, epistemological and practical issues that need to be considered before any research can begin to take place. Given both the fast-moving and demanding nature of audience research, it is therefore more than usually suited to input and support from cross-disciplinary researchers, who can share their own experiences and practices. However, whilst collaboration within subject areas is more common, there is little opportunity for researchers working with audiences from different cultural practices to come together and share their practice and experiences.

    This one-day conference will bring together academics and researchers from across the disciplines of film and television, media and communications, theatre and performance studies to present their research approaches and share their processes and their experiences. The organisers invite people working in the area of audience research in any field to submit proposals for 20 minute papers, or other forms of presentation. We strongly encourage proposals from postgraduate researchers and early career researchers; however, all are welcome to apply. Presentations on any form of audience research are welcome, but a particular focus on methodological issues or innovations is encouraged.

    Subjects for proposals may include the following topics (although all aspects of audience research will be considered):

    • Considerations of how audiences find meaning in the works that they see, and the relationship this has to the intended meaning of the producer.
    • Marginalised or under-researched audiences and the ways in which their feedback might challenge hegemonic ideas about cultural products and audience reception.
    • The reception of specific art forms or genres and audience expectations of these.
    • Cultural differences in the reception of the same product.
    • Artist and audience communication, and ways in which audiences can feed into the creative process
    • The place of cultural intermediaries in shaping audience experience.
    • Reflections on collaborative audience research, considering the role of partners and gatekeepers, means of knowledge exchange and collaborative learning.
    • Innovative or emerging audience research methodologies, and how we can make our research accessible and meaningful to participants
    • How audience research might better drive sectoral change and impact on arts, culture and creative industries policy

    Proposals should be no more than 300 words, accompanied by an author biography of no more than 100 words. In order to allow us to make the event as inclusive as possible, we would encourage potential presenters to inform us of any particular access requirements they might have, as well as any specific AV requirements they require for their presentation.

    Please send proposals or any enquiries to Shelley Anne Galpin ( ) and Emma McDowell ( ).

    The closing date for proposals is Friday 28th June 2019. Contributors will be notified by mid-July.

    Registration will open June 2019 and is £40 (£25 for early bird registration by Friday 16th August). We are able to offer bursaries of £30 to a limited number of PGRs / unwaged researchers as a contribution towards travel costs. We also encourage anyone with specific access needs to get in touch with the conference organisers, to ensure we are able to make the event as inclusive and accessible as possible.

    For more details on any of the information above, or anything else to do with the conference, do get in touch with Shelley Anne Galpin ( ) and/or Emma McDowell ( ).

    Follow the conference on Twitter: @across_audience

    This conference is organised by Shelley Anne Galpin (University of York) and Emma McDowell (University of Leeds) and is funded generously by the White Rose College of Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) as a Student Led Forum, the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the University of York.

  • 30.05.2019 18:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special issue of Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture

    Deadline extended: June 15, 2019

    Guest Editors: Annamária Neag and Richard Berger (Bournemouth University, UK)

    Discussions on the relationship between children & youth and (social) media have predominantly focused on issues involving online safety, self-image, media use and media literacy (e.g. Canty et al, 2016; Hoge & Bickham, 2017; Livingstone et al, 2017; Nikkon & Schols, 2015;). However, less attention has been cast on the mediated experiences of children and youth in what we call ‘in between spaces’. These ‘in between’ spaces can be both physical (e.g. migrating from one country to another), and more intangible or abstract, such as re-negotiating gender.

    We know that childhood and adolescence are transitional states, which, for many, are often contradictory and difficult. Research shows that children and teenagers have a fluid and interdependent relationship with both the world around them and the technologies they are using (Rooney, 2012). The work of Turkle (2011) and latterly Sefton-Green and Livingstone (2017) highlights, for instance, that young people often turn to the online world as it has “intense individual meanings” (p. 245) for them, away from the school and the home. In this space then, new identities are constantly re-negotiated. As one study found, teenagers use selfies as tools for both confirming heteronormativity and for renegotiating and mocking gender norms (Forsman, 2017). In the ‘in between spaces’ of migrating youth then, social media is seen to play a vital role for maintaining social links with friends and families, and with new acquaintances in the receiving societies (Kutscher & Kress, 2018).

    For this special issue, we are seeking contributions which explore and map the ‘in between’ spaces children and youth negotiate in their everyday lived media experiences. We seek articles which research how (social) media and digital technology is used/deployed in these spaces, as tools of negotiation and transaction. For this special issue, we are interested in seeing how these relationships are influenced or changed because of social platforms and digital technologies.

    We would welcome expressions of interest from academics working in these fields, as well as practitioners and those who work with directly with children/childhood in these ‘in between spaces’ (e.g. those from NGO/charity sectors).

    Submissions may cover, but are not limited to, the following:

    • The transitioning of young people/youth through foster care;
    • Unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers and migrant youth settling in a new country;
    • Re-negotiating gender (including trans/non-binary transition);
    • Children and young people who are transitioning between being
    • home-schooled or from having been educated in isolated communities;
    • The negotiating of new identities, such as becoming step-son/daughter, step-brother/sister;
    • Transition from high school to university/labour market


    Please write a 300-word statement of the overall concept of your study, its thematic coherence and especially how it relates to the aims and scope of the call, carefully articulating the transition under discussion in a well-defined mediated ‘in between’ space. Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact details. The deadline for sending in the proposals is the 15th of June 2019. The abstracts should be sent to both Dr. Annamária Neag ( and Dr. Richard Berger (

    A selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper (from 6000-8000 words, including references) due on the 15th of October 2019.

    All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and the issue is scheduled for publication in November 2020.

    Please make sure to follow the Intellect Style Guide and requirements for images, graphs and tables available at

    All inquiries about this Call for Papers can be addressed to Dr. Annamária Neag ( and Dr. Richard Berger (

  • 30.05.2019 18:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    November 13-15, 2019

    University of Zurich

    Deadline: June 15, 2019

    Biannual Meeting of the Health Communication Temporary Working Group of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

    Annual Conference of the Health Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)

    The Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (IKMZ) is delighted to host the European Conference on Health Communication (ECHC) 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland, from 13 to 15 November 2019. The conference of the Health Communication Temporary Working Group of the ECREA and the Health Communication Division of the DGPuK has a thematic focus on social aspects of health communication. It will provide a platform for discussing the interrelations between health, health communication, media, and people’s social contexts on various levels and from diverse perspectives. With the aim to represent the full scope of current health communication research in Europe, the ECHC also welcomes research on further issues of health communication.

    Thematic panels on social aspects of health communication

    Health and health-related behaviors are embedded in social contexts in various ways, which comprise both risks and opportunitiesfor individual’s health. Communicable (i.e., infectious) diseases, such as HIV or influenza, are spread through social contacts between persons, and unfavorable health behaviors (e.g., alcohol and drug abuse) might be reinforced by social influence. On the other hand, social support can ease the coping with diseases in everyday life (e.g., diabetes, depression), and social norms may promote favorable health behaviors (e.g., doing sports or eating healthily). Since social aspects—such as social influence, support, and norms—unfold their effect through communication, they deserve special attention by health communication scholars to protect, maintain, and improve individual and public health.

    The conference aims to address the complexity of individuals’ social contexts and the full breadth of communication—ranging from interpersonal communication to mass media, online to offline, intended to unintended etc. It therefore calls for proposals analyzing the interrelations between social aspects, different forms of health-related communication, and health at the individual, interpersonal, and societal level.

    To illustrate the conference’s scope, exemplary questions and concepts are provided in the following.

    Please note that these examples are not intended to limit the range of possible submissions. Proposals that do not explicitly address the following aspects but refer to social aspects of health communication in other ways are very welcome.

    Individual level:

    • Which health behaviors are especially susceptible to social influence (e.g., private vs. public health behavior) and what role do different means of communication play in these contexts?
    • How are individual social-related characteristics, such as traits (e.g., need to belong), cognitions (e.g., perceived norms), and motives (e.g., need for social integration) associated with health behavior and health-related communication?
    • How are media messages elaborated that address social aspects of health behavior (e.g., social frames)?

    Interpersonal level:

    • Which relevance do different settings have for health communication (e.g., family, colleagues, self-help groups)?
    • Which role do different actors (e.g., doctors, patients, bystanders) and social roles (e.g., opinion leaders, influencers, followers) play in the context of health communication?
    •  How does health-related interpersonal communication differ depending on the channel and platform (e.g., face-to-face vs. mediated)?

    Societal level:

    •  Which sociocultural aspects (e.g., collectivistic vs. individualistic societies) and characteristics of the media system are relevant regarding health and health communication?
    • What kind of divides related to health communication exist in societies and what are their consequences (e.g., digital divides)?
    • How can societal inequalities and health-related stigmatization be addressed by health communication and what guidelines are helpful for journalists to ease these issues?

    The conference calls for basic research describing and explaining these aspects but also refers to applied research seeking to solve practical health communication issues. It is interested in theories, methods, and study designs that allow studying social aspects of health communication at different levels as well as the integration of various levels within a single approach.

    Open panels

    Besides submissions that address the thematic focus, the conference invites proposals presenting research on current issues of health communication. Especially welcome are contributions presenting a European perspective. This may include case studies from European countries, comparative studies, and Pan-European initiatives.

    Submission format

    The ECHC invites empirical—quantitative or qualitative—, methodological, as well as theoretical contributions. In the case of empirical submissions, data collection should be completed, and (at least preliminary) results should be reported in the submission.

    Proposals can be submitted as presentation and poster proposals. Both—presentation and posters proposals—should be submitted in the form of extended abstracts with a maximum length of 8.000 characters (incl. space characters, excl. references, tables and figures). Abstracts must be written in English and have to be submitted via the ECHC 2019 submission platform until 15 June 2019. The submission system will open on 30 April 2019.

    Please note that you will have to specify whether the submission is a proposal for the thematic or the open panel when submitting your abstract. Additionally, you will be asked to indicate whether the proposal is to be presented as a presentation or a poster in the case of acceptance, or whether both options are equally suitable for your proposal.

    All submissions will be reviewed in an anonymous review process on the basis of the following criteria.

    • Fit to the conference’s theme (when submitted to the thematic panels)
    • Contribution to health communication research and practice
    • Quality of literature review and theoretical foundations
    • Quality and appropriateness of the research methods or quality and appropriateness of arguments for propositions in a theory/review piece
    • Quality, clarity, and rigor of argumentation

    You will be informed about the acceptance of your submission by 31 August 2019.


    The ECHC 2019 will take place at the City Campus of the University of Zurich, located in the center of Zurich. Further information on the conference venues, accommodation possibilities, and the program will be announced on the ECHC 2019 website in due time.


    • Submission system opens: 30 April 2019
    • Submission deadline: 15 June 2019
    • Notification of acceptance: 31 August 2019
    • Registration deadline: 20 October 2019
    • Conference: 13 to 15 November 2019

    On behalf of the


    Doreen Reifegerste Doreen Reifegerste Sarah Geber

    Thomas N. Friemel Markus Schäfer Tobias Frey

    Julia C. M. van Weert Thomas N. Friemel

    Contact and links



  • 30.05.2019 18:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Salzburg, Austria

    Deadline: June 5, 2019

    The University of Salzburg (Dept. of Communication) is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for a position as university assistant (Postdoc) according to § 26 Collective Agreement (Kollektivvertrag) in research and teaching according to UG 2002 and Employee Act (Angestelltengesetz).

    (Remuneration group: B1; € 3.803,90 (gross, 14×year)).

    Start of employment: October 1st, 2019

    Duration of employment: 6 years

    Weekly working hours: 40 by arrangement

    Job description: Independent scientific research and teaching, scientific support in research and teaching as well as participation in administrative tasks of the faculty, especially in the Department of Media Usage and Digital Cultures (Prof. Dr. Christine Lohmeier), independent teaching to the extent of 4 hours per week per semester.

    Key areas of work and research are:

    • Media usage and media appropriation processes;
    • Challenges of media usage in times of AI and datafication;
    • Processes of digital, social and cultural change;
    • Qualitative and ethnographic survey methods and their further development and combination e.g. with digital methods.

    Applicants are expected to independently apply for external funding and to independently conduct research and teaching in the department’s main areas of expertise, as well as to publish in journals and present at and co-organise (international) conferences. Furthermore, publications in journals in English and German are expected, as well as participation in national and international conferences.

    The successful candidate has the opportunity to complete a Habilitation. Upon completing this qualification within the contract period, the temporary employment will be changed into a permanent position.

    Offer Requirements/Skills/Qualifications

    Employment conditions: Doctorate in social science, communication studies or a related discipline and (at least partly) published dissertation; notable scientific reputation, proven in particular by relevant publications and presentations; teaching experience.

    Desired additional qualifications: Strong involvement in the international scientific community (presentation activities, organization of conferences and research-related events, reviewing activities), ability to teach courses and examinations in English (higher level).

    Desired personal qualities: highly motivated, ability to work in a team and great enthusiasm for all areas of academic work, excellent communication skills and experience in conducting and managing research projects (national and international).

    Please submit your application electronically including the usual documents to:

    a) Document your activities and achievements in research;

    b) Present your experiences in teaching (and possibly in training junior researchers);

    c) Present concepts for future research and teaching to contribute to the scientific profile of the department;

    d) Reflect on your contribution to knowledge transfer and research management;

    e) Provide evidence of your social competences and other skills.

    Further information will be provided via Tel. +43/662/8044-4152 or email

    Application deadline: 05 June 2019

    Please send your application with reference “GZ A 0084/1-2019” to

  • 30.05.2019 18:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Loughborough University, UK

    Project “Broadcasting before Broadcasting: A Comparative Approach to the History of the Electrophone, 1894-1938”

    This AHRC-funded PhD studentship aims to develop the first comprehensive study of the Electrophone, a telephone broadcasting system that operated in the United Kingdom between 1894 and around 1938. The selected student will be assisted by an international team of supervisors and work in collaboration with a private partner, BT Archives.

    Project details – Much before the emergence of radio, television and online broadcasting services, telephonic systems brought information, education, and entertainment into the home through telephone lines. One such system was the Electrophone, which operated in the United Kingdom between 1894 and around 1938. This system has been considered sporadically in the scientific literature (e.g. Povey & Earl, 1988; Briggs, 1977), and this project aims to develop the first comprehensive study of the Electrophone. The project will combine historical methods based on archival research with hands-on approaches in media archaeology and museum studies. Although similar systems have been extensively studied elsewhere in Europe, e.g. France (Bertho, 1981) and Italy (Balbi, 2010), the Electrophone is a neglected area in the history of broadcasting in the UK. The project will provide an early example of the convergence of telecommunications and media to integrate services, content offerings, and means of communication under one core technology. The Electrophone, in fact, can be regarded as an early example of media convergence and, especially, of convergence between telecommunications (the telephone) and mass media (newspapers).

    Supervisors – The selected PhD student will work with an international team of supervisors composed of Dr Simone Natale, a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University; Prof. Gabriele Balbi, an Associate Professor at USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland; David Hay, Head of Heritage & Archives at BT Group; and James Elder, Archive Manager at BT.

    Entry requirements – Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Communication and Media Studies or History or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: historical research; archival research.

    Funding information – The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. EU citizens who do not meet the UK residency requirement are eligible for tuition fees only.

    How to apply – Applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies. Please quote reference: SS-BBBOct19. Applicants should include in their application a letter covering their career trajectory and motivation for this working in the project, a CV, a proposal (max 2 pages) which should detail their plans to develop the studentship’s research project.

    Deadline for application: 28 June 2019

    Start date of studentship: 1 October 2019

    Contact details: Dr Simone Natale,

    For more information see:

  • 30.05.2019 18:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 4-5, 2019

    City, University of London/Loughborough University, London Campus

    Deadline: June 3, 2019

    About the conference

    In an age of increasing media concentration and commercialisation, how can we envision a role for the media in development and for democracy? How can networked communications be better used by social movements, civil society and other marginalized groups who encounter difficulties in having a voice in the public sphere? How can ICTs (information and communication technologies) be used for development? How are feminist NGOs and women’s groups at present making use of communication tools and technologies to shape policy and pursue social change at a global and local level? What are some of the theoretical frameworks on communications and social change that we need to revisit? What are the more appropriate methodologies to study communication for social change (CSC) in the digital era? These are some of the many questions that these workshops, which will be held at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense) and at City, University of London, ahead of the 2019 IAMCR (International Association in Media and Communication Research) conference in Spain, seek to address. Our keynote speeches will be delivered by professors Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Mellichamp professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California Santa Barbara; Thomas Tufte, current Director for the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London; Toby Miller, professor in Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University; Ana Carolina Escosteguy, professor of gender and media at the Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil); senior lecturer in Latin America Studies, Thea Pitman, of the University of Leeds and professor of Communications Jair Vega Casanova, Universidad del Norte in Colombia.

    Our workshops invite research proposals which aim to address the role of the media and communications in social change, for the benefit of social and economic development of countries and of local contexts and inserted within wider debates on democratization of these societies. Our concerns here include the role of communications and new technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development, the use of participatory approaches in community, indigenous and social movements, the relationship between participation, empowerment and gender, particularly in relation to media and how communication tools can be used for activism and political engagement.

    Our research also examines community radios and tvs and the use of media by marginalized and underrepresented groups, the development and support of community-based media organizations, the benefits of alternative forms of journalism, the role of NGOs in development and the use of media by international organizations and social movements. We also invite theoretical contributions in the field of communication and social change (CSC), gender, media and development, policy advocacy and activism through communications. The workshops are organized by Dr. Carolina Matos, senior lecturer in Media and Sociology, Department of Sociology, City, University of London, and by Adilson Cabral, associate professor in Social Communications at UFF.

    Call for extended abstracts

    We invite extended abstracts for our following four panels:

    1) Communication for development and the role of the state in sustainable communications (chairs: Gabriel Kaplún and Amparo Cadavid);

    2) Media activism and marginalized populations (chairs: Andrea Medrado and João Paulo Malerba);

    3) Media, social movements and questions of gender (chairs: Carolina Matos and Eliana Herrera Huerfano);

    4) Media, nationalisms and populisms (chairs: João Feres and María Soledad Segura).

    Extended Abstract submission deadline - 3rd June 2019

    Maximum word limit - 500 words

    Please include names and affiliations of all authors. Please indicate who will be giving the paper if successful and which panel the paper is intended for.

    Abstracts should be submitted by email to Associate Professor Dr. Adilson Cabral, Social Communications, UFF, Brazil and Dr. Carolina Matos, Senior lecturer in Media and Sociology, City, University of London

    Keynote speakers

    Professor Thomas Tufte

    Abstract title: Continuity and change in the Latin American experience of communication for social change: From Radios Mineras to Midia Ninja (with Jair Vega Casanova)

    This presentation will review the legacy of communication for social change in Latin America, identifying recurrent features and considering emerging challenges in the context of the current societal challenges. First, the review will unpack the core milestones of the communication for social change debate as seen in conferences, publications and meetings that have had a key influence on the research and practice of the field. Secondly, it will review key references that have informed the Latin American research and practice and discuss how they have established themselves as a paradigmatic alternative to the dominant Anglo-Saxon approaches. Finally, the presentation will address how the Latin American legacy connects with global research and practice into communication for social change.

    Bio: Professor Tufte is an internationally leading scholar in the field of communication for social change. His expertise and experience lie in critically exploring the interrelations between media production, communicative practices and processes of social and structural change. Tufte has worked in approximately 30 countries worldwide and has collaborated with a broad range of both local, national and international development organizations. Current projects focus on civil society development and participatory communication in Brazil, and storytelling and community development in post-peace agreement Colombia.

    Jair Vega Casanova

    Bio: Sociologist, Vega Casanova has a Master’s Degree in Politics – Economic Studies, and currently is a graduate PhD student in Communications at Universidad del Norte. He is also a professor at the Department of Social Communications and researcher at PBX: Communication, Culture and Social Change Research Group, from the Universidad del Norte. Issues of research, consultancy and publications are inscribed in the relationship between communications, culture and social change, and are emphasized in the research lines: 1) Communication, participation and social construction of health and 2) Studies of gender, diversity and citizenship. Publications are found in: Vega Casanova has been involved in consultancies with C-CHANGE-FHI, PAHO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, Population Communication International, Fundación Bernard van Leer, Fundación Friederich Ebert, CHECCHI and Company Consulting Colombia, Communication for Social Change Consortium, Fundación Imaginario and The Communication Initiative ( He has also been editor of the journal Investigación & Desarrollo.

    Professor Toby Miller

    Abstract: Title “Against Communication for Development”- Seven decades of rhetoric and finance in the field of communication and development or social change—choose your era and language for the propaganda term of the day—have done little other than reinforce existing oligarchies, oligopolies, inequalities, and international ‘security' priorities across much of Latin America. This paper will unpack some of the theoretical and political problems of that language, locating them in the first efforts of the Social Science Research Council and connecting them to the work of third-sector, corporate, and military priorities.

    Bio: Toby’s areas of expertise include cultural studies and media studies. He has published forty books, has written numerous articles, and is a guest commentator on television and radio programmes across the globe. In 2004, Miller became a full-time professor at University of California, Riverside (UCR). As of December 2008, he chairs the new Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the UCR. Preceding his professorship at UCR and Loughborough University London, Miller was a professor at New York University.

    Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse

    Abstract: Populism is a governance crisis. Its character differs in different market economies. It refers to temporary control of executive state power with partial support of social and market forces. Support is performance conditional. Scenarios include plutocracy (pluto-populism), New Deal, continuing instability. Rebalancing processes depend on rapport de forces, including the role of media. The governance crisis is part of longer cycles than populism itself. As to populism rhetoric and policy, the soup is not eaten as hot as it is served. Rightwing populism promotes nostalgic nationalism, but growing connectivity is a longer wave than populist agitation.

    Bio: Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in globalization, development studies and cultural anthropology. He was previously at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and the University of Amsterdam. He holds a part time chair at Maastricht University. He currently focuses on new trends in twenty-first century globalization and the implications of economic crisis. He has been visiting professor in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Thailand. He is on the editorial board of Clarity Press, the Journal of Global Studies and e-global, and is associate editor of the European Journal of Social Theory, Ethnicities, Third Text and the Journal of Social Affairs. He edits book series on Emerging societies (Routledge) and New trends in globalization (Palgrave Macmillan).

    Professor Ana Carolina Escosteguy

    Abstract: The topic of my lecture is about the linkages between media studies and gender issues in Brazil. The perspective assumed is historical, stressing the singularities of the theoretical debates associated with Brazilian feminism and their impact on media studies research. I do not take into account the current metaphor of the "waves" of feminism since it erases the uniqueness of our historical, sociopolitical and cultural context. In this way, I identify the changes that the research and its categories were going through in the period of 1970 to 2015. A possible new strand may then be building and is still in progress. In the opening strand (1970/1980), the systematic use of woman category stands out; in the second (1990), although the term gender is triggered in media studies, it functions more as a label without theoretical density; in the third (2000-2015), it is the critique of post-feminism that emerges, evidencing the first convergence between South and North, in terms of media studies and feminist scholarship. Finally, the last one is drawn from the feminist spring (2015) and the horizon opened by the explosion of feminisms driven by the new digital media. However its development is still uncertain given the growth of conservatism and even the persecution of feminists and LGBTs activists.

    Bio: Ana Carolina D. Escosteguy is a national leading scholar in the field of media and cultural studies. She has studied at University of São Paulo and is currently Professor in Federal University of Santa Maria. She is also a Researcher of CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) since 2002. Author of Cartografias dos estudos culturais: Uma versão latino-americana, published by Editora Autêntica in 2002, among many other articles.

    Dr. Thea Pitman

    Abstract: There has been much academic debate about the relationship of indigenous communities to new media technologies, specifically with respect to the way that the former might appropriate the latter and the terms in which they might do so, with a significant number of critics arguing that the concepts and lexicon of the traditional practice of weaving may offer the most appropriate trope. However, such arguments typically remain at the level of theory, providing little or no evidence of the way in which real indigenous communities speak of the way they appropriate new technologies and what might motivate their choices. This paper explores the poetics and underlying politics of indigenous appropriations of new media technologies by contrasting the online presence of two highly prominent, prize-winning projects of indigenous internet appropriation: the web portal Índios Online, run by a group of different indigenous communities in north-eastern Brazil, and the homonymous website of the Asociación de Cabildos Indígenas del Norte del Cauca (ACIN) of the Nasa community in south-western Colombia.

    Bio: Thea Pitman is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. She works in the field of Latin American digital cultural production, and digital cultures more broadly conceived, with a particular interest in questions of race, ethnicity and gender. Her major publications in the field include Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature (Liverpool University Press, 2007) and Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production (Routledge, 2013), and she has chapters on digital culture in The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o Literature (2016), The Cambridge Companion to Latin American Poetry (2018), and Online Activism in Latin America (2018), amongst others.

    Workshops Schedule

    City, University of London - 4th July 2019 from 9am to 8pm (submissions open until 15th April 2019)

    9.00 - Opening - key speaker

    Thomas Tufte and Jair Vega Casanova, moderated by Carolina Matos

    10.00 - Panel 1: Communication for Development and the role of the State for the sustainability of the communication system

    guests: Gabriel Kaplún, Amparo Cadavid + 2 approved presentations with the call for expanded abstracts

    11.30 – Panel 2: Media activism and marginalized populations

    guests: Andrea Medrado and João Paulo Malerba + 2 approved presentations with the call for expanded abstracts

    Keynote speaker: Thea Pitman

    13.00 – lunch

    14.00 – Panel 3: Media, social movements and questions of gender

    guests: Carolina Matos, Eliana Herrera Huerfano + 2 approved presentations with the call for expanded abstracts

    Keynote speaker: Ana Carolina Escosteguy

    16.30 - Panel 4: Media, nationalisms and populisms

    guests: João Feres, Maria Soledad Segura + 2 approved presentations with the call for expanded abstracts

    18.00 - Closure - key speaker

    Toby Miller, moderator: Adilson Cabral

    Cultural presentation

    Loughborough University London Campus, 5th July 2019 (Olympic Park, Stratford)

    9.30 – Jan Nederveen Pieterse talk - respondent Oscar Hemer

    11.00 - Network event from Redecambio, with Amparo Cadavid

    13.00 - Lunch and end.

    Contact and further information

    Dr. Carolina Matos -

    Dr. Carolina Matos, Senior lecturer in Media and Sociology and Programme Director of the MAs in Media and Communicationsand International Communications and Development. Matos work is in the field of media, gender and development. She teaches on the UG and PG programmes at the Department of Sociology, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, 44020-7040-4172.

    Associate Professor Dr. Adilson Cabral -

    Adilson Cabral is Professor of the Social Communications course at UFF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with speciality in Publicity and Propaganda, Cabral teaches on the Postgraduate programme in Media and Everyday Life (PPGMC). He has a post-doctorate in Communications from the University of Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, and is also coordinator of the EMERGE – Centre of Research and Production in Communications and Emergency and a researcher of COMUNI.

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    Edited by Thomas Hanitzsch, Folker Hanusch, Jyotika Ramaprasad, and Arnold S. de Beer

    Columbia University Press

    How do journalists around the world view their roles and responsibilities in society? Based on a landmark study that has collected data from more than 27,500 journalists in 67 countries, Worlds of Journalism offers a groundbreaking analysis of the different ways journalists perceive their duties, their relationship to society and government, and the nature and meaning of their work.

    Challenging assumptions of a universal definition or concept of journalism, the book maps a world populated by a rich diversity of journalistic cultures. Organized around a series of key questions on topics such as editorial autonomy, journalistic ethics, trust in social institutions, and changes in the profession, it details how the practice of journalism differs across the world in a range of political, social, and economic contexts. The book covers how journalism as an institution is created and re-created by journalists and how they experience their profession in very different ways, even as they retain a commitment to some basic, widely shared professional norms and practices. It concludes with a global classification of journalistic cultures that reflects the breadth of worldviews and orientations found in disparate countries and regions. Worlds of Journalism offers an ambitious, comparative global understanding of the state of journalism in a time when it is confronting a series of economic and political threats.


    Thomas Hanitzsch is chair and professor of communication in the Department of Communication and Media at LMU Munich. His publications include The Handbook of Journalism Studies (second edition, 2019).

    Folker Hanusch is professor of journalism in the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna, where he heads the Journalism Studies Center, and adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology. He is editor in chief of Journalism Studies.

    Jyotika Ramaprasad is professor in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. Her books include Contemporary BRICS Journalism: Non-Western Media in Transition (2017).

    Arnold S. de Beer is professor of journalism at Stellenbosch University. His publications include Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems (2009).

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    ECREA regional ICSI section conference

    October 14-16, 2019

    Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg, the Netherlands

    Deadline: June 9, 2019, midnight (CET)


    Keynote presentations:

    • Jeffrey Treem, associate professor of Organizational Communication & Technology, University of Texas at Austin
    • Marjolijn Antheunis, professor of Communication & Technology, Tilburg University

    Two-day conference and parallel sessions (Oct 14-15) for all participants. One-day (Oct 16) workshop for young scholars and senior respondents.

    The ICSI Regional Conference is the 6th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section of ECREA, the European Communication Research and Education Association. This year’s conference is hosted by Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, and will be held in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

    The title of the conference refers to the two main themes we want to address in this conference.

    First, in this conference we want to connect scholars from the different sub-disciplines of interpersonal communication and social interaction. Amongst us are scholars who study workplace interaction, communication in interpersonal relationship, impression management, and interpersonal health communication. Connecting our insights from different fields may inform our own research, provide creative ideas for future research, and help theory development. For example, patient-doctor interactions may mirror employer-employee communication and research on online dating may inform how employees become successful brand ambassadors.

    Second, our title reflects the fact that our mediated and unmediated interactions are increasingly connected and integrated. We can no longer consider online communication as separate from offline communication. This raises question as to how to combine different online and offline communication channels in our daily interactions. For example, how do we strategically employ different communication technologies to attain our work and private goals? Can we establish an interpersonal relationship with a device like Amazon’s Echo and can Google Pixel indeed take care of our mobile conversations? How do online support communities help us in our daily lives? As advanced communication technologies increasingly become part of our everyday experience, we are forced to revisit and connect theories of online and offline social interaction.

    The ICSI Regional Conference 2019 provides an opportunity to share our ideas, theories and research about interpersonal communication and social interaction across our different specializations. We call for paper and panel proposals from any communication or communication-related discipline and methodology that address the conference themes, including, but not limited to, papers that intersect and/or interconnect with the following topics:

    • (Mediated) workplace meetings
    • Social interaction and social media in the workplace
    • Virtual teams
    • Interpersonal health communication
    • Modality switching in interpersonal communication
    • The role of emotions in interpersonal communication
    • Social interaction with conversational human agents, personal assistants & chatbots
    • Employee ambassadorship & professional identity
    • Impression management & formation in online dating
    • Social interaction in interpersonal relationships
    • Professional and personal boundary management
    • Communication competence and skills in workplace & health settings
    • Connecting customers & organizations
    • Interpersonal communication and social support
    • Privacy and ethical issues in studying interpersonal communication in different fields

    Abstract Submission

    We welcome abstract submissions as well as clearly framed, thematic panel proposals. If you want to submit a panel proposal, please send an abstract of the overall panel theme as well as a short description of each panelist and their presentation (3-5 participants). We also welcome other ideas for special sessions or workshops.

    Please submit an abstract of maximum 300 words for individual/co-authored papers or a panel proposal of maximum 600 to the submission system. The submission deadline is June 9, 2019, midnight (Central European Time).

    Please submit your proposals via the following link:

    We will get back to you with information on acceptance of papers and panels and with a preliminary program and practical information at the end of June.

    Young Scholars Workshop

    We kindly invite Ph.D. students and junior faculty to participate in the young scholars workshop held on the third day of the conference, on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at Tilburg University. During the workshop, participants and senior faculty members will discuss the papers submitted by the participants and talk about methodological and theoretical issues in communication research. The workshop provides also an opportunity to discuss research career issues and career development with senior scholars. The workshop is included in the main conference fee.

    You can sign up to the workshop and submit a summary of your paper via the submission system. The summaries should not exceed 300 words. The deadline is June 9, 2019, midnight (Central European Time).

    Please submit your proposals via the following link:

    Please note, that all accepted participants are expected to submit a 1,000 to 1,500-word paper of their work before the event in September and to give a short presentation of their work during the workshop. We invite all Ph.D. students and junior faculty with relevant projects to participate and get feedback on their research from senior scholars in the field, as well as to network with international peers.

    Contact information

    Conference organizers: Alexander Schouten, Anu Sivunen, and Karyn Stapleton

    Conference website:

    Organizer email:

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    Edited by: Tanja Thomas, Merle, Marie Kruse and Miriam Stehling

    In contemporary media cultures, media are part of the most important sites where collective representations and narrations of a post‐migrant civic culture are (re‐)negotiated. At the same time, they offer powerful resources and instruments for civic participation and collaboration. Media and Participation in Post‐Migrant Societies addresses an important shortcoming in the research on participation in media cultures by introducing a special focus on post-migrant conditions to the discussion – both as conceptual refinements and as empirical studies.

    The contributions of this book provide diverse analyses of the conditions, possibilities, but also constraints for participation and the role of media communication in the reshaping of civic culture in post‐migrant societies.

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