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  • 22.05.2019 22:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 1-2, 2019

    University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Campus Francisco Negrão de Lima (Maracanã)

    Abstract submission deadline: May 26, 2019

    Please send your extended abstracts of max 4 – 6 pages to Your abstract can be in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

    The international seminar "Participatory Communication and the Struggle Over Human Rights" aims to bring together researchers, activists, and institutions to discuss how the right to participatory communication can extend and deepen the recognition of human rights.

    Struggle Over Human Rights

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was ratified by the member countries of the United Nations (UN) on December 10, 1948, including Brazil. The document inspired legislation and international treaties in defense of the fundamental rights and freedom, including the right to freedom of speech. The Declaration, art. 19, highlight that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

    After 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the concept of human rights and its implementation is (still) challenged. This raises questions about the nature of the challenges of human rights, and, particularly, of the right to communication.? After all, communication, especially (but not only) digital, is a key in the democratic process. What are these challenges, in general, and in relation to communication-related rights? How are the human rights struggled over? What is the role of citizen participation in these struggles themselves (e.g., through activism) and how is citizen participation the object of these struggle? How are the struggles over the right to communicate connected with (the affirmation of other) fundamental human rights, such as those in relation to education, health, and housing?

    Participatory Communication

    Brazil is particularly relevant to these debates. In 2018, Brazil also has completed 30 years of the Federal Constitution (CF), most known as Citizen Constitution. It was approved after decades of military dictatorship in the country. Nowadays, the CF was changed more than 100 times, which removed political and social rights that had previously been approved. The recent political changes in Brazil only threaten to further increase the levels of violence, and racism … However, the Law of access to information was approved in 2011, ensuring that any citizen can request public information directly to public institutions. Do these (relatively) new legal provisions contribute to broadening the right to communicate and make it more inclusive and participatory?

    But we do not want to focus exclusively on Brazil. Latin America, as a whole, faces a critical situation, with, for instance, the murder of social leaders in many of the Latin American countries. In Brazil, the council Marielle Franco, a defender of human rights, was killed in 2018 and political violence is increasing, especially in rural areas. In Colombia, the peace agreements between the government and the guerrilla groups are ruptured and the conflicts are growing all around the country. Venezuela faces a conflict about the legitimacy of its leadership, putting the entire continent on alert. Central America suffers critical situations due to the high levels of violence and the migratory crisis, involving citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua – who attempt to escape these high levels of violence in their countries of origin – and the governments of the United States and Mexico.

    Thus, in this seminar, we welcome proposals, that explore the following issues (among other issues):

    • Advances and challenges to the right to communicate and its participatory dimensions;
    • Participatory (communication) practices and interventions which extend and deepen the recognition of other human rights, as the right to education, health, and housing, etc.;
    • Projects, practices, narratives that link communication, education, health, and human rights.

    Thus, we especially welcome proposals in the following topics:

    1) Communication and Education:

    This strand addresses research that are inserted in the interface of communication and education, in a broad way, also beyond the media and formal and school education. It investigates practices, processes, narratives and communicative-educational products in their socio-historical, political, economic context, also considering subjective, artistic, ... nuances, and the relations between race, class, and gender within these practices.

    2) Communication and Human Rights:

    This strand highlights the relation between communication – in its media, products, and processes – and human rights in a variety of aspects. It investigates communication as a human right, articulating historic, political / economy, socio-cultural aspects at different levels (local, regional, national, continental and global).

    3) Dialogic/Participatory Communication and media activism:

    This strand articulates all forms of communication aimed at promoting democracy and social development. It is also concerned with participatory forms of research in the universe of dialogic communication. It discusses the trajectory of the main concepts that surround the field.

    We expect to have the participation of about 50 scholars and activists, mainly from Brazil and Latin America, but the call for participation will be not limited to them.

    The seminar will feature oral presentations, a Ph.D. workshop and a conversation wheel with participatory communication activists, in a two-day event. The participants will be invited to submit the papers presented during the pre-conference to the Dialogic Communication Journal (UERJ).

    The event is co-organized by the Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR) of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

    Master and Ph.D. students are invited to present extended abstracts (4-6 pages) about their research and receive feedback from established researchers. The idea is provided resources to improve their research process, as well to strengthen the field of participatory communication.


    • Abstract submission deadline: 26 May 2019
    • Notification on submitted abstracts: 3 June 2019
    • Article submission deadline to Dialogic Communication Journal (UERJ): 01 August 2019

    Submission of an abstract for the seminar:

    After filling out the registration form, and sending the payment as instructed, please send your extended abstracts of 4 – 6 pages (max) to You can present your abstract in English, Portuguese and Spanish.


    University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Campus Francisco Negrão de Lima (Maracanã), Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Cep 20550-900.

    Dates: 1-2 July 2019

    Duration: 9h – 18h

    Participation and registration: The event is open and to everyone. However, to present a paper and receive a certificate, you will need to be registered, using this form:, and you should have paid the registration fee.

    Registration fee:

    Professors/professionals: 12 USD

    Students: 7 USD

    Payment registration fee:

    • Paypal:;
    • TranferWise:;
    • or during the seminar


    • Adilson Vaz Cabral Filho (EMERGE / PPGMC / UFF)
    • Ana Lúcia Nunes de Sousa (NUTES / UFRJ)
    • Luana Inocêncio (UFF)
    • Nico Carpentier (PCR-IAMCR and Charles University)
    • Marcelo Ernandez (LCD / UERJ)
  • 22.05.2019 22:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Leicester

    Deadline: June 10, 2019

    Vacancy ID:593


    Department:School of Media, Communication & Sociology

    Vacancy terms:Full time, permanent

    Salary details:Competitive

    Hours per week:37.5

    About the role

    The School of Media, Communication and Sociology (MCS) formed three years ago from the merger of the Department of Media and Communication and the Department of Sociology. Both departments have illustrious histories, both have been central to the development of their respective disciplines. MCS has built on these outstanding intellectual legacies, and is now at an exciting phase of its development and expansion. As part of this, we are looking for two Professors who will provide academic leadership across (the disciplines that comprise) the School, and who will make a major contribution to our future as we continue to address, in our research and in our teaching, the most exciting and challenging sociological, cultural and communication issues of our time. As such we have specifically shaped the two posts as Professors of Media, Communication and Sociology. We are looking for individuals whose research, leadership and teaching can carry forward the intellectual agenda of the School as a whole, and whose expertise maps on to one or more of our research clusters or cognate areas of research.

    About you

    You will have an outstanding record of undertaking research to a world-leading standard, a strong track record of grant capture, and evidence of delivering excellence in teaching, ideally with external accreditation for this (e.g. Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy). With an excellent academic reputation and evidence of dynamic performance in leadership roles, you will have achieved notable recognition in your discipline. You will have a well-developed network across the HE sector both nationally and internationally, with well-established links to external bodies and organisations. You will be expected to take on a key academic leadership role within the School, and will be committed to ensuring its continued success in the future.

    Additional information

    For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Jason Hughes on

    We anticipate that interviews will take place during week commencing 24 June 2019

    Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. Our strength is built on the talent of our scholars, drawn to us by a mutual passion for discovery. We seek to embed an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit into our research culture, and to create an environment in which both disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinarity thrive.

    In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension schemes and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities.

    Apply here

  • 22.05.2019 22:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Leicester

    Deadline: June 10, 2019

    Vacancy ID: 599

    Location: Leicester

    Department: School of Media, Communication & Sociology

    Vacancy terms: Full time, permanent

    Salary details: £39,609 to £48,677 per annum

    Hours per week: 37.5

    About the role

    You will undertake research of the highest standard and contribute to high quality teaching and administration. You will be expected to make a strong contribution to the School’s reputation, building on the existing research undertaken within the School. Expertise that spans the range of disciplines represented by the School of Media, Communication and Sociology would be an advantage, but is not essential. You will be expected to contribute to raising levels of research activity, research income, teaching excellence and the overall visibility of the School. You will pursue and publish research of high quality in line with the School’s aim of producing world-leading research with meaningful impact.

    About you

    With experience in the delivery of teaching to both undergraduates and postgraduates, you will have a real passion for the subject matter. You will be motivated to provide the very best experience for our students using your expertise and skill to ensure all reach their potential. We are looking for someone who can network and collaborate at an international level, as well as evidence of high quality research publications.

    Additional information

    For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Jason Hughes on

    We anticipate that interviews will take place during week commencing 24 June 2019

    Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. Our strength is built on the talent of our scholars, drawn to us by a mutual passion for discovery. We seek to embed an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit into our research culture, and to create an environment in which both disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinarity thrive.

    In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.

    Apply here.

  • 22.05.2019 22:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Edited by: Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner, Stuart Allan

    Journalism, Gender and Power revisits the key themes explored in the 1998 edited collection News, Gender and Power. It takes stock of progress made to date, and also breaks ground in advancing critical understandings of how and why gender matters for journalism and current democratic cultures.

    This new volume develops research insights into issues such as the influence of media ownership and control on sexism, women’s employment, and "macho" news cultures, the gendering of objectivity and impartiality, tensions around the professional identities of journalists, news coverage of violence against women, the sexualization of women in the news, the everyday experience of normative hierarchies and biases in newswork, and the gendering of news audience expectations, amongst other issues.

    These issues prompt vital questions for feminist and gender-centred explorations concerned with reimagining journalism in the public interest. Contributors to this volume challenge familiar perspectives, and in so doing, extend current parameters of dialogue and debate in fresh directions relevant to the increasingly digitalized, interactive intersections of journalism with gender and power around the globe.

    Journalism, Gender and Power will inspire readers to rethink conventional assumptions around gender in news reporting—conceptual, professional, and strategic—with an eye to forging alternative, progressive ways forward.

    20% Discount Available - enter the code FLR40 at checkout*

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    For more details, or to request a copy for review, please contact: Jennifer Vennall, editorial assistant,

  • 22.05.2019 22:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 16-17, 2019

    Goldsmiths, University of London

    Abstract deadline: July 1, 2019

    Submit here.


    • Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Simon Fraser University
    • Professor John Frow, The University of Sydney
    • Professor Susanne Kuechler, University College London
    • Professor AbdouMaliq Simone, The University of Sheffield

    We’re drowning in an ocean of data, or so the saying goes. Data’s “big”: there’s not only lots of it, but its volume has allowed for the development of new, large-scale processing techniques. Our relationship with governments, medical organisations, technology companies, the education sector, and so on are increasingly informed by the data we overtly or inadvertently provide when we use particular services. The proverbial data deluge is large-scale—but it’s also personal.

    Data increasingly characterises what it means to be a person in the present. Data promises to personalise services to better meet our individual needs. Data is often construed as a threat to our person(s). Not every person predicated by data is predicted the same. The intersection between data and person isn’t fixed: it has to be figured.

    The aim of this conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to explore how the person—or persons, plural—are figured in/out of data. The figuration of a person might encompass any or all of processes of representation, calculation, analogisation, prediction, and conceptualisation. It cuts across multiple scales, epistemological modes, and disciplinary areas of enquiry. It tackles problems that cross into disparate disciplines. Our proposition is that the conceptual language of ‘the figure’ and its variations—figuration, figuring, to figure, and so on—can help us to apprehend what the person is and how it is processed in the present.

    We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations that take up or respond to the question of how the person is figured in/out of data. We are interested in presentations that address the conceptual, methodological, analytical and/or empirical challenge of figuring the person in the present. Conversely, we are also interested in papers that take up the concept of the figure—broadly construed—as an heuristic for producing knowledge about the constitution of person(s) in the present.

    Our proposition is deliberately interdisciplinary. We encourage proposals from researchers working in disciplines for whom the figure is central. These might include, but are not limited to: the social sciences, art history, media studies, the medical humanities, literary studies, philosophy, science and technology studies, urban studies, or geography.

    The themes that papers might address could include:

    • The figuration of person or persons in/out of data;
    • Techniques of personalisation and the figuration of the person or persons;
    • Approaches that address the interrelation of visual, numerical, statistical, metaphorical, and/or philosophical modes of figuring the person or persons in the present;
    • Conceptual languages for apprehending persons in relation to data—e.g. the subject, identity, user, data double, individual, dividual, etc.;
    • The relationship between collective categories and/or category production—like persons, population, distributed reproduction, homophily, etc.—and techniques of figuration;
    • Figure as a concept for thinking gender in, e.g., science and technology studies;
    • The art-historical/psychological/media-theoretical concept of “figure/ground” and persons/data;
    • The relationship between visual and numerical modes of figuring and the constitution of persons;
    • Literary/linguistic uses of figuration in e.g. metaphor, analogy, simile, the icon, etc. in relation to the person or persons and data;
    • Figuration as a means of thinking the relationship between image/text/number or media and code;
    • Related concepts—like the diagram or pattern—as complements to or substitutes for the figure;
    • Conceptualising figuration in relation to resemblance, similarity, seriality, difference, etc.

    Please submit abstracts of 300 words, including your institutional affiliation(s) and a short biography (a line or two is fine) by following this link and filling out the online form:

    The deadline for abstract submissions is July 1st, 2019.

    If you have any enquiries, please direct them to Scott Wark at

    Figurations is organised by the People Like You: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation project. People Like You is a group of scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, and artists who explore how personalisation actually works. We research personalisation in four areas: personalised medicine and care; data science; digital cultures; and interactive arts practices.

    People Like You is funded by a Collaborative Award in the Medical Humanities and Social Sciences from The Wellcome Trust, 2018-2022. It involves researchers located at Goldsmiths College, University of London; Imperial College London; and The University of Warwick.

  • 22.05.2019 22:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tel Aviv University

    Deadline: July 15, 2019

    The Dan Department of Communication at Tel Aviv University is now inviting applications for a PhD scholarship, starting from Academic year 2019-20.

    Founded in 1994, the Dan Department of Communication at TAU is home to more than 400 students at B.A., M.A. and PhD levels. It teaches both practice and theory, and is one of the top departments of communication in Israel.

    The scholarship includes a tax-free yearly stipend of 56,600 Israeli Shekels (approximately 15,300 USD) for the first year, and 66,540 NIS (approximately 18,000 USD), for the next three years, on the basis of a report on the advancement of research by the supervisor(s). The PhD will be supervised at the Department of Communication. The Department will support the student with funding for conference travels and will offer opportunities to participate some of the department activities conducted in English (special conferences and presentations, participation in seminars or classes).

    The candidates are also invited to check the department website and the profile of each faculty member before sending their applications. The following research areas are especially relevant: media history, media and memory, language and media/communication, political communication, news literacy, transnational communications, privacy and self-disclosure, health communication and social marketing.

    Applications should consist of an 800 words research proposal, a sample of academic writing (a recent seminar paper would be most appropriate), a CV detailing academic qualifications and professional experience to date, and the details of at least two potential recommenders. A fieldwork to be done in Israel is an asset but not a necessity.

    Applications to: Ms. Sabrina Ungar, Department of Communications (

    General inquiries to: Prof. Jerome Bourdon, Chair of PhD Studies (

    Closing date: July 15, 2019.

  • 22.05.2019 21:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special Issue in Media and Communication

    Deadline: May 31, 2019

    Editors: Monika Taddicken and Anne Reif, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute of Social Sciences,, Department of Communication and Media Sciences.


    In 1985, the Royal Society of London declared that a better public understanding of science (about results as well as methods) is necessary for individual citizens to make reasoned, personal decisions in most aspects of daily life (Bodmer, 1985). Scientists, scientific institutions, and the media were requested to encourage public understanding of science by communicating more information to the public. Empirical research, however, could not prove a positive correlation between the amount of information about and knowledge of science the public has and its positive attitude toward scientific topics. As a result, the assumption of knowledge deficit that can be addressed with better information distribution has been criticized. For science communication this means that simply communicating more information to the public is not sufficient and further considerations are required.

    This begs the question of whether emotion is relevant in scientific discourse. Currently, particularly among practical science communicators, there is a great deal of discussion on how individuals can be reached, not only through pure science communication, but also through emotional appeals. Innovative, target group-oriented formats show an increasing trend toward an ‘edutainment’ approach to science communication that focuses on the emotional experience of the audience (Gerber, 2011, p. 11). From an academic viewpoint, this form of science communication is often regarded as trivial and met with skepticism. However, there has been very little empirical research done relating to usage, reception, and the effect of these new formats of science communication.

    Public discussion around so-called ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ as well as the accusations against the alleged ‘lying press’ direct the glance further toward negative aspects of emotional appeals and debates. This is also relevant for the communication of science and science-related topics. Following the Habermasian ideal, public communication should follow rational, critical reasoning and aim to achieve a consensus based on facts and respectful contributions of equal and rationally motivated participants. Nevertheless, deviations from this ideal are currently observed in the public sphere and give reason for further research in science communication.

    This is, more or less, attributed to the modern communication environments that have formed through the establishment of social media networks. In these networks, trolls and bots, but also potential echo chambers and paradoxes of participation (Schmidt, 2018), influence the public discourse about topics such as science. Against the backdrop of ‘hate speech’ in social media and the linked alleged verbal coarsening in the debating culture, the so-called ‘sensitivity communication’ (Barth & Wagner, 2015) is commonly presented in a negative light. Emotions that are evoked by science communication or intentional emotional appeals are often explicitly associated with an overarching trend of disaffection with elites and a (possibly profound) loss of trust in societal authorities and systems. This is especially true when considering that leading politicians publically question the truth of scientific results and thus contest fundamental epistemological criteria.

    Thus, it seems more important than ever to bring research on emotion, in the context of science and the public, into focus. Therefore, it is necessary to discuss whether or not the assumption of the dichotomy of reason and emotion withstands, or if the relationship between affective and cognitive debates has to be rethought and reinterpreted. Particularly in the context of science communication, which is known for its high complexity and uncertainty, the question arises as to what extent evidence-based and emotional appeals can be understood as opposites.

    The discussion around these and similar aspects are the main focus of this special issue. The following list of thematic areas shall serve for orientation purposes but shall not limit the range of topics of potential submissions. We welcome theoretical and/or empirical papers that engage with these or similar thematic areas.

    Thematic Area 1: Emotion and Perception, Interpretation, Effects

    This thematic area addresses the question of the emotional processing of science communication. Bearing in mind that, within a public discourse, scientific facts are understood and interpreted individually, it becomes more significant to look closely at the recipients’ perspective. What is the role of emotions (that arise from, e.g., personal concern or individual contexts) for the usage and reception of science-related content? What further approaches are used and what are the current results of the way humans interpret scientific information? In this context, for example, it is relevant to investigate the significance of emotions in the process of complexity management. Emotions such as fear, which may promote over-simplifications or the belief in conspiracy theories, are possible consequences of an individual mental overload in light of the increasing complexity of (scientific) issues and social challenges.

    A further area for examination is the individual and social consequences of emotional debates in science communication, e.g., concerning the question of a (potential) loss of trust: What is the role of emotions in a (positive/negative) relationship of trust between science and the public?

    Thematic Area 2: Emotions and Participation

    Besides ‘traditional’ mass media communication, forms of science communication that are oriented on dialogue, engagement, and participation are becoming increasingly relevant.

    Particularly, new media environments, in the form of digital communication and social media, create a low-threshold participation opportunity with the potential to encourage citizens’ participation in science (Stilgoe, Lock, & Wilsdon, 2014). So far, however, there are scarcely any scientific findings concerning participation, as well as the motivation for and the emotional appeal of it. The academic debate stays on normative grounds (Fähnrich, 2017; Stilgoe et al., 2014). Questions to be discussed within this thematic area are, for example: Who can be reached with dialogue-participative formats? Who participates and why? To what extent do emotions motivate participatory processes (e.g., in Citizen Science formats)? How do different forms and degrees of participation influence the (emotional) attitude toward science? What is the role of emotional participation in public discourses about science, e.g., in the context of the March for Science?

    Thematic Area 3: Emotional(ized) Content

    Practical science communicators increasingly contemplate how science and scientific results should be presented to ‘successfully’ reach a wider public. Can or should the rational position of science and the presentation of abstract results be abandoned in favor of more emotional narratives? Or does this approach undermine the neutrality and thereby credibility of science?

    So far, there has been little research on the level of emotionality within science communication, and whether or not science communication varies when it comes to different times, communicators, or formats. Hence, this thematic area takes stock of the question of the relevance of emotion in different areas, contexts, and topics of science. What emotions should be evoked or prevented and by what means (and which are created, see thematic area 1)? This thematic area aims to discuss questions about professional, emotional science communication content and its producers.

    Furthermore, the question as to how emotional the recipients’ communicative contribution (e.g., incivility of online comments or un-scientific, user-generated content) in the scientific discourse is, shall be addressed as well.


    Deadline for abstracts: 31 May 2019

    Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2019

    Publication of the special issue: February/March 2020

    Instructions for Authors:

    Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to send, via email, an extended abstract of about 500 to 600 words, with a tentative title and reference to the thematic issue to the Editorial Office ( by 31 May 2019.

    Contributions should not be considered for publication elsewhere. This has to be explicitly stated on the cover page. Names must be removed for blind peer reviews.

    Please consult the journal’s instructions for authors and Call for Papers. All papers will be proofed in a blind peer-reviewed process.


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  • 22.05.2019 21:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special issue #18 of VIEW journal of European Television History and Culture

    Deadline: June 1, 2019

    We are presently accepting propositions for a special issue of VIEW Journal dedicated to the history of television and health. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture is the first peer-reviewed, multimedia and open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture. The special issue follows the thematic lines of the Tele(visualising) Health conference on the history of TV, public health, its enthusiasts and its publics. The special issue will include contributions from the authors who presented at the conference but is open to other authors who wish to explore these topics in writing.

    Televisions began to appear in homes in large numbers of the public in Europe and North America after World War II. This coincided with a period in which ideas about the public’s health, the problems that it faced and the solutions that could be offered, were changing. Threats posed by infectious diseases were receding, only to be replaced by chronic conditions linked to lifestyle and individual behaviour. Public health professionals were enthusiastic about how this new technology and mass advertising could reach out to individuals in the population with a new message about lifestyle and health risk. Television symbolised the post-war optimism about new directions in public health

    At the same time, television acted as a contributing factor to new public health problems. Watching TV was part of a shift towards more sedentary lifestyles, and also a vehicle through which products that were damaging to health - alcohol, cigarettes and unhealthy food - could be advertised to the public. Population health problems could be worsened by TV viewing. How should we understand the relationship between TV and public health? What are the key changes and continuities over time and place? How does thinking about the relationship between public health and TV change our understanding of both?

    In this special issue, we seek to explore questions such as:

    • How did the enthusiasm develop for TV within public health?
    • How were shifts in public health, problems, policies and practices represented on TV?
    • How was TV used to improve or hinder public health?
    • What aspects of public health were represented on TV, and what were not?
    • How did the public respond to health messages on TV?
    • What were the perceived limitations of TV as a mass medium for public health?
    • In what way was TV different from other forms of mass media in relation to public health?
    • How were institutions concerned with the public’s health present –and staged –on TV broadcasts?

    This special issue aims to bring together scholars from different fields (such as, but not limited to, history, history of science, history of medicine, communication, media and film studies, television studies) working on the history of television in Great Britain, France and Germany (West and East) (the focus of the ERC BodyCapital project), but also other European countries, North and South America, Russia, Asia or other countries and areas. Papers might focus on one national, regional or even local framework. Considering the history of health-related (audio-) visuals as a history of transfer, as entangled history or with a comparative perspective are welcome. The co-editors welcome contributions with a strong historical impetus from all social and cultural sciences.

    Please consult the author guidelines, notably with regard to format, length and availability of films/programmes, before making your proposal.

    For further information or questions about the issue, please contact its co-editors: Tricia Close-Koenig , Claude Mussou , Angela Saward

    For further information or questions about the issue, please contact its co-editors:

    • Tricia Close-Koenig -
    • Claude Mussou -
    • Angela Saward
    • Jessica Borge - jborge.unistra. fr

    We invite you to submit your proposals (500 word abstract) by 1 June 2019 to VIEW’s managing editor at journal.euscreen .eu.

    Authors will be notified by 1 July and full articles (3000-6000 words) must be submitted by October 2019, they will then be circulated for the double-blind peer reviewing process, for publication in winter 202

    About VIEW Journal

    See for the current and back issues. VIEW is supported by the EUscreen Network and published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are hosted by Ubiquity Press and indexed through the Directory of Open Access Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index, Paperity and NARCIS.

  • 22.05.2019 21:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MeCCSA Local and Community Media Network

    November 1, 2019

    Coventry University

    Deadline: July 31, 2019

    The landscape for local and community media is undergoing a period of rapid change in the wake of the disruption of traditional business models and the advent of diverse, entrepreneurial reactions to the spaces created. At the same time this disruption has prompted reflection by those within and without the industry as to the impact of these changes, and so to the consideration of the purposes of local media. This conference aims to capture the range of meanings associated with local and community media both in the UK and beyond by considering those purposes. It invites both academics and practitioners to consider the range of responses to this disruption and how those relate to the perceived role and purpose of local and community media.

    Areas which might be addressed include, but are not limited to, the implications of these changes for:

    • Local democratic processes
    • Social justice
    • Information provision
    • Local media ecosystems
    • Conceptions of Communities
    • Community development
    • Policy makers
    • Media entrepreneurs and emerging business models
    • Alternative local and community media
    • Interventions, for instance the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Facebook-funded Community News Project.

    Papers on both academic research and practice-based projects are welcome.

    The event is organised by the newly-formed Local and Community Media Network of MeCCSA. Papers will be peer-reviewed Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a cover sheet with a brief biographical note, your institutional affiliation (where relevant) and your contact details (including your email address). Abstracts should be sent to network chair Please address any queries to the same address in the first instance.

    Closing date for proposals: July 31 2019. You will be notified of the acceptance of your paper by early September.

    The event will be held at Coventry University in the Midlands of the UK on Friday, November 1, 2019. A nominal fee of £10 will be charged for attendance. A limited number of travel grants will also be available to enable attendance by PG/ECR researchers. Please state on your abstract if you would like to be considered for a grant and the amount requested.

  • 22.05.2019 21:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: June 5, 2019

    VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture is a peer-reviewed, multimedia and open access e-journal in the field of television studies. It offers an international platform for outstanding academic research and archival reflection on television as an important part of our European cultural heritage.

    VIEW originated from the pan-European EUscreen network of audiovisual and broadcast archives and academic partners. It has been published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, in collaboration with the EUscreen Network, twice a year since 2012.

    The journal is open to many disciplinary perspectives on European television – including but not limited to television studies, television history, media studies, media sociology, and cultural studies. The publication is completely open access. Article processing charges are covered by its publisher and all readers access the journal’s articles for free. The journal’s reviewing system is based on the open source Open Journal Systems and hosting is provided by Ubiquity Press .

    VIEW currently seeks a managing editor. This is an honorary position for which Sound and Vision offers an annual € 1,250 gross allowance. The managing editor is appointed for a two-year term. The appointed ME is expected to start in September 2019, when work on our forthcoming issue "Canned Television Going Global?" is planned to start.

    Role Description

    The Managing Editor guides and serves the Editorial Board and works closely with the Assistant Journal Manager, the Publishing Support at Sound and Vision and each issue’s co-editors. She recommends the type of content that is best suited to meet the goals and objectives of our publication, which was launched in 2012.

    The Managing Editor assists the Editors-in-Chief and the Editorial Board to:

    • Streamline the review process to the shortest interval possible without compromising quality
    • Ensure that published articles meet the standards of quality and exclusivity of the journal.
    • The Managing Editor also recommends and implements new types of content that can be displayed in new ways or use multimedia. She may also recommend an extension of the current publication or build on the Proceedings' name in new applications or media types.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Specific duties include but are not limited to:

    • Advises and assists the volunteer Editors-in-Chief and Editorial Board in the strategic planning and execution of VIEW’s editorial vision.
    • The Managing Editor manages the peer review process and peer review systems for this journal in accordance with VIEW’s policies and processes that are defined by the Editorial Board. In this capacity the ME:
    • Drafts the planning of each issue in consultation with the Editorial Board and affiliated guest editors.
    • Reviews all submitted abstracts in consultation with the Editorial Board and associated reviewers.
    • Provides editorial advice on submitted articles in close consultation with appointed co-editors responsible for each issue.
    • Guides reviewers and authors in preparing material for publication.
    • Resolves author/reviewer problems and conflicts, as required.
    • Acts as the contact point between the issue editors, Editorial Board, production staff and publisher to ensure timely publication of each issue.
    • Plans regular teleconferences with co-editors responsible for each issue.
    • Interfaces with editorial production staff, and other staff and volunteer organizations contributing to the journal for rapid publication.


    Education and Experience:

    This position requires a doctorate degree (will consider masters degree) in Television, Film, Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies or a closely related field of expertise.

    Skills and Other Requirements:

    • Extensive subject matter knowledge of television and media studies is required.
    • A solid and diverse understanding of the interrelationships and trends of media and cultural studies is desired.
    • Experience in publication planning, and scheduling, and knowledge of the publications process is critical to keeping the publication current and on schedule.
    • The ability to write well and provide editorial feedback to authors/contributors.
    • The ability to write well and critique other authors/contributors, especially with regard to highly complex proposals, is also a key skill set for this position.
    • Affinity with multimedia content and a keen interest in innovative forms of writing for the web.
    • She must be a savvy knowledge worker who seeks out technology solutions to business challenges.
    • Knowledge of online peer review systems, such as Open Journal Systems, is preferred.
    • Proficiency in office suites, such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs or LibreOffice, is required.


    Are you interested in this position? Send a letter of motivation (max. one page) with your resume to the VIEW publishing support at by Wednesday, June 5th .

    To obtain more information about this position, please call Erwin Verbruggen at +31356771691 or send an email to everbruggen [at] beeldengeluid [dot] nl.




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