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  • 11.07.2019 15:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Social Studies

    Deadline: November 1, 2019

    The journal Social Studies is announcing a call for papers for a monothematic issue with a working title Media representations and narratives of masculinities across Europe. The editors of the issue are Inês Amaral and Sofia José Santos (University of Coimbra).

    This special issue aims to bring together critical analysis focusing on media representations, discourses, narratives and counter-narratives of what it means to be and behave “like a man” in today’s Europe. It wishes to contribute to a comprehensive reflection on the stereotypes that underlie discourses in the mass media and in the online media, and on how cultural productions co-opt, confront, criticize, renegotiate and seek to promote gender alternatives that challenge gender inequality.

    This special issue welcomes theoretical and empirical articles that use qualitative, quantitative or mixed methodologies and focus on media representations and narratives of men and masculinities, their relation to policy and legislation, counter-narratives to the stereotyped representations of gender roles, the relation between feminism and masculinities and the fallout of the MeToo movement, social media activism, digital literacy, critical media literacy and other related topics. Papers focusing on research methods with which to address these issues are also welcome.

    Abstracts should be sent to the journal address ( and to the editors ( and More detailed information is available on request. The deadline for abstract submission is 1st November 2019, full papers are expected by 1st March 2020.

    About the journal

    Social studies/Sociální studia (print ISSN 1214-813X, online ISSN 1803-6104) is a fully open-access journal, indexed in SCOPUS and ERIH PLUS. The journal is published since 2004 at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, both electronically and in print. Starting in 2015, the journal accepts English-language thematic issues and contributions.


  • 11.07.2019 15:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Isabel Ruiz-Mora, Gisela Gonçalves & Ian Somerville (Org.)

    In this book we present the latest advances made in strategic and organizational communication. Beyond traditional approaches, we propose new ways of doing and understanding communication in today’s society. We discuss situations far from the traditional path. We delve into global citizens’ problems and the way in which dialogue and participation processes are connected. The problem of evictions and the emergence of citizens as new political actors, the management of sustainability in the digital era, the development of positive communication in socially aware companies, grassroots movements in defence of public space, how resilience can shape education, the use of brands and professional associations as activists in the defence of public interests, the feminization of politics and the power of visual elements in political campaigns are some of the issues addressed in this volume.

    In the book, communication is considered as the strategy to raise our voices and be heard. Strategic and organizational communication takes on an activist role to create a society that is fairer and more committed to citizens.

    The diversity represented in this book, not only with respect to the authors’ nationalities, but also in the theoretical and empirical approaches, reflects one of the most salient features of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Organizational and Strategic Communication Section’s identity.

    More here.

  • 11.07.2019 14:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Deadline: July 15, 2019

    ISSN: 1424-4896

    Guest Editors

    Cornelia Brantner (IWAF – Institut für Wissenskommunikation und angewandte Forschung GmbH)

    Helena Stehle (Universität Hohenheim)

    In the digital age, calls for transparency and openness as well as for privacy and confidentiality prevail: Struggles for visibility occur simultaneously with fights for invisibility and hidden battles for power and privileges of interpretation. Concerns about a loss of digital self-determination exist just like concerns about the “right to be forgotten”. While a few years ago the idea of a “transparent user”–as the ultimate of (in)voluntary visibility–caused a broad outcry in society and scientific debate (Palfrey & Gasser, 2008), the debate is nowadays shifting towards considerations of Internet governance and regulation (Camenisch, Fischer-Hübner, & Hansen, 2015). The societally relevant aspects of visibility and invisibility in the digital age are increasingly discussed and analyzed. Visibility and invisibility become important dimensions in the description and explanation of digital communication. They encompass for example “(1) the availability of information, (2) approval to share information, and (3) the accessibility of information to third parties” (Stohl, Stohl, & Leonardi, 2016, p. 125). They can be addressed with regard to individuals and institutions (e.g., their ability to speak, their power or opinion leadership), structures and processes (e.g., in the meaning of becoming visible or making visible), as well as data and information (e.g., their accessibility or comprehensibility). Studies are, however, scattered across various fields of research in media and communication science. Therefore, the thematic section aims at gathering cutting-edge research on visibility and invisibility in digital publics. We invite submissions from different divisions in media and communication studies that present outstanding meta-analytical perspectives, new theoretical approaches, innovative methodological approaches, or lessons to be learned from empirical analyses. Submissions relating (but not limited) to the following areas and questions are invited:

    • Understanding and analysis of digital (in)visibility: How can visiblity be conceptualized in the digital world? How is it connected to other concepts, e.g., transparency or attention? What aspects are included in the state of being visible in comparison to the process of becoming visible? Which theoretical concepts and methodological perspectives are useful and necessary to describe and analyze the (in)visible of digital communication? How can the invisible be made visible for research? How can the effects of the invisible, but also of the visible, be measured?
    • Tensions between visibility and invisibility: What tensions between visibility and invisibility can be observed in society in general or in specific contexts? Why do they emerge? How are these tensions addressed by various actors, e.g., in interactions between journalists and audience members or in instances of cyberbullying?
    • Actors, institutions, structures and processes regarding digital (in)visibility: Who is involved in creating, shaping or governing digital (in)visibility? How can structures and processes regarding (in)visibility be described? How are conditions and constraints of (in)visibility created and shaped? In what ways do processes of governance or management and intervolved power relations become visible themselves? How does the (in)visibility of information affect structures and processes in society in general or in specific contexts like media companies or other organizations? How do users deal with (in)visibility in their everyday media practices and how are they influenced by the affordances of social media or underlying societal and cultural norms?
    • Sociopolitical significance and consequences of digital (in)visibility: What significance does (in)visibility have in the digital world? What positive or negative implications for sociopolitical frameworks and contexts arise from the influence of actors, technologies, processes, and practices on what users see or do not see online and how they see it? How does the visible frame the media- and non-media-related everyday life? What consequences does the (in)visibility of actors, opinions, or processes have for social coexistence, societal institutions, or foundations of democracy?

    Submission guidelines

    The length of the articles in the thematic section should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words (including abstract and references). All submitted papers must adhere to APA6 style ( The journal welcomes submissions in English, German, French, or Italian, but the abstract must be in English.

    All submissions should be sent to the guest editors via the following email addresses: and

    The submission process consists of two phases:

    ● In a first step, abstracts of 500 words (plus the name(s) of the author(s) and affiliation(s), title, and 3 to 5 keywords) should be submitted no later than July 15, 2019.

    ● In the second step, the decision for an invitation to submit a full paper will be given by August 15, 2019.

    ● Invited paper submissions will be due November 30, 2019. The invitation to submit a full paper does not guarantee acceptance into the thematic section. Final acceptance depends on a doubleblind peer review process.

    The expected publishing date of this thematic section is December 2020. Successful contributions that are not accepted for the thematic section will be published in other issues of the journal.

    Key dates

    • Abstracts are required no later than July 15, 2019
    • Invitation to submit a full paper will be given by August 15, 2019
    • Full papers are required no later than November 30, 2019
    • 1st review will be provided by February 15, 2020
    • 2nd submission should be submitted by April 15, 2020
    • 2nd review and notification of acceptance will be provided by June 1, 2020
    • Final papers should be submitted by July 15, 2020

    We look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the guest editors: Cornelia Brantner ( or Helena Stehle (

  • 11.07.2019 14:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG), Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano

    Deadline: September 15, 2019

    Profile of the Faculty and of the Institute

    The Faculty of Communication Sciences is committed to research and teaching excellence in innovative communication and media areas, with strong societal and cultural import. We consider communication as a fundamental process of the organizing of social endeavours, which we approach from multiple disciplines both within the social sciences and humanities. The Faculty is embedded within a diverse, dynamic, and highly international university, fostering collaborations across faculties (Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, Economics and Informatics).

    The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) was created in 2004 within the Faculty of Communication Sciences. The Institute contributes to the teaching activities at Bachelor level, particularly by providing the area of specialization in Comunicazione e media (Communication and Media), at the Master level, by running the Master in 'Media Management and by offering Ph.D. level supervision. IMeG engages in research activities in the following areas: organizational analysis and business strategies adopted by media companies; the historical evolution of media production processes and the media use within different socio-political, economic and cultural contexts; and the evolution of media-related professions, with particular regard to journalism; the history of media technologies; digital usage among young people; and climate change communications. The Director of the Institute is Professor Matthew Hibberd.

    Candidate Profile

    The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced candidate at Assistant Professor level to undertake academic research, service existing undergraduate module/s and to develop a new Master-level course in Digital Journalism. The successful candidate will already hold a Ph.D. and will have experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals. S/he will have teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including coordinating and managing modules, allowing the successful candidate the opportunity to participate in both undergraduate and master-level programmes by developing specialist journalism provision. The successful candidate will take the lead role in developing a new Master's programme in the area of Digital Journalism at USI and will also help supervise doctoral student/s. IMeG currently hosts the European Journalism Observatory’s (EJO) Italian web site and the successful candidate will

    have the opportunity to work with EJO colleagues. Applications will be welcome from those who have teaching and research specialisms in a range of areas across digital journalism, including practice-based teaching, especially in the following areas:

    • Journalist research and practice in Switzerland and Europe.
    • News Reporting and understanding of key techniques and issues used across multi-platform journalism, including key standards, issues of journalistic balance and media ethics.
    • Journalism and the use of big data, artificial intelligence and algorithm processing including knowledge of recent media controversies surrounding WikiLeaks, etc.
    • Social media and the use of alternative forms of journalism.

    The ideal candidate will have:

    • potential to research in his/her field at an international level;
    • experience in teaching including managing modules;

    The ability to teach and work in various languages and a commitment to service to the University and to the academic profession are a plus.

    Job Description

    This post offers the opportunity and resources for a young scholar of excellence to become an important member of a vibrant research group and be involved in the Institute’s research and teaching programmes.

    The successful candidate will be expected to:

    • promote research internationally and locally. Switzerland provides the opportunity of accessing relevant research funds provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and similar institutions;
    • teach courses and hold seminars on digital journalism at different levels: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral (9 ECTS per year);
    • co-ordinate an assistant’s activities and act in an advisory capacity for PhD candidates; actively participate in the work of the Faculty Council and related ad-hoc committees.

    The position involves 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service, and will start in April 2020 or as soon as thereafter. The employment package is competitive according to international standards, including also one fully funded Ph.D. position with generous travel funds.

    Residence and Language

    The professor should normally take residence in Ticino (Italian-speaking part of Switzerland). The University’s postgraduate programmes are taught mainly in English, while most Bachelor classes are taught in Italian. Fluency in Italian is preferential, but is required within three years of taking up the post. B2 level of French and/or German is desirable.

    Application and Required Documentation:

    Applicants should submit:

    • a letter of motivation addressed to the Dean of the Faculty;
    • a detailed CV including a list of publications, together with documentation of relevant academic qualifications, teaching, service and professional experience;
    • copies of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 publications of relevance for the position;
    • names and contacts of three referees.

    Please send the application in digital form to

    Since USI aims to increase the percentage of women in research and teaching, women academics are particularly encouraged to apply.


    Applications received by 15th September 2019 will be given priority.

    Please send your electronic application to the Dean of Faculty by e-mail, addressed to:

    Prof. Andrea Rocci

    Facoltà di scienze della comunicazione

    Università della Svizzera italiana

    Via Giuseppe Buffi 13

    CH-6904 Lugano


    For further information, please contact Prof. Matthew Hibberd Vice-Dean and Director of the Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG). Phone 0041 586664725. Email

  • 11.07.2019 14:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dmitry Chernobrov

    How do people make sense of distant, but disturbing international events? Why are some representations more appealing than others? What do th

    nalysis of political imagining and perception at the level of accuracy, this book reveals how self-conceptions are unconsciously, but centrally present in judgments and representations of international others.ey mean for the perceiver’s own sense of self? Going beyond conventional a

    Combining international relations and psychosocial studies, Dmitry Chernobrov shows how the imagining of international politics is self-affirming and is shaped by the need for positive societal self-concepts. The book captures evidence of self-affirming political imagining in how the general public in the West and Russia understood the Arab Uprisings and makes an argument both about and beyond this particular case. The book will appeal to those interested in perception and political imagining, ontological security, identity and emotion, collective memory, international crises and political psychology.

    Buy here.

  • 04.07.2019 21:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Edinburgh Napier University

    Application closing date: July 22, 2019

    Salary: GBP 39,609 - GBP 48,677 per annum (Grade 6)

    Package: Excellent benefit package

    Job description

    We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our undergraduate film and television team on a part time basis. We are a top 5 UK University for Film Production & Photography (5th of 67 - The Guardian Guide 2019).   We are based at our Merchiston Campus, in the School of Arts & Creative Industries (SACI), located in the beautiful and historic heart of Morningside, Edinburgh. The School hosts a range of undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, and plays an active part in the creative industries in Scotland. To find more information about SACI please click here.  

    The Role  

    You will contribute mainly to the delivery of our successful BA (Hons) Film programme, working alongside other specialist practitioners within the practical film production curriculum. You will primarily be responsible for teaching at undergraduate level and may also be asked to contribute to our MA programmes.  

    You will be expected to contribute to the development, design and delivery of a student centred learning experience that is underpinned by professional practice and academic scholarship, within your assigned areas of responsibility. You will also act as Personal Tutor for students.  

    This role is predominantly concerned with teaching of professional film and television practices and while a specific role is not stipulated, we are particularly interested in applicants with drama production experience.  

    What Are We Looking For  

    You must have practical experience within a film and/or television environment, with a professional and academic profile commensurate with the stage of your career. You will demonstrate a commitment to sustained continuous professional and academic development and develop and maintain links with media industries in order to strengthen teaching programmes, research and associated activities. You will demonstrate experience in developing, designing and delivering teaching and student-centred learning, with a knowledge of industry standards and regulations. We are looking for a colleague with the enthusiasm required to contribute to the teaching of drama production, in order to successfully develop the next generation of film makers.You must be equally comfortable working independently as you are collaborating as part of our successful film education team.  

    A doctoral level qualification in the relevant discipline is desirable but not required.  

    To view the full job description click here

    Benefits We Offer  

    Salary: GBP 39,609 - GBP 48,677 per annum (Grade 6)

    Further information about our benefits can be found here.  

    Additional Information 

    • Start Date: September 2019
    • Application Closing Date:  22nd July 2019  
    • Interviews will be held in mid august

    Please also note that the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment, as we are unable to sponsor any candidate for this role.   

    The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations (Advance HE's Athena SWAN Charter) and holds Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. 

  • 04.07.2019 20:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University College London

    Deadline: July 16, 2019

    Part time (0.6 FTE)

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

    Closing date: 16 July 2019

    Interview date: 24 July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

  • 04.07.2019 20:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Roger Williams University

    Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving University College based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.

    Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.

    Job Description:

    The Department of Communication Graphic Design and Web Development at the Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts and Education (SHAE) at Roger Williams University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Journalism. The primary responsibilities of this faculty member will be to teach undergraduate courses in news writing and reporting, as well as foundation courses in the digital-first Journalism major. The ideal candidate will be a teacher/scholar who is able to work collaboratively with faculty across disciplines in SHAE and at other RWU schools on teaching, program development, and community- engaged experiential learning.

    Responsibilities include advising and mentoring undergraduate Journalism majors, service to the department, and service to the university community. The ability to support, promote and develop initiatives around student diversity and inclusion, in both pedagogy and curricular development, is also a responsibility associated with this position.

    The Department of Communication Graphic Design and Web Development includes the following majors: Journalism, Communication and Media Studies, Graphic Design Communication, Public Relations, and Web Development, and a minor in Film Studies.


    The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Journalism, Communication, or a related discipline at the time of appointment, have at least two years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level, and a solid record of scholarly or professional activity. The search committee will consider extraordinarily qualified Ph.D. candidates (ABD) with the condition that they will have completed their dissertation defense by the time of appointment. Professional experience and/or ability to use technology to teach data analysis, visualization, or mobile and multi-platform environments is highly desirable.

    Additional Information:

    As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.

    The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

    Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.

    For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit:

    Application Instructions:

    Qualified applicants should submit materials electronically, including:

    1) In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals ;

    2) a current vita;

    3) representative sample syllabi;

    4) evidence of teaching experience including student evaluations (if available); and

    5) name and contact information for at least three references.

    Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

    For further information please contact the chair of the search committee Paola Prado, Ph.D.,

  • 04.07.2019 20:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special issue of About Journalism

    Deadline: December 1, 2019


    Editors of this special issue:

    Pablo Calvi (Stony Brook University, NY, United States), William Dow (American University of Paris, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France), Roberto Herrscher (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile), Isabelle Meuret (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) & Isabel Soares (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal).

    From Jack London to George Orwell, from Upton Sinclair to Gabriel García Márquez, from José Martí to Elena Poniatowska, from Joseph Roth to Günter Walraff, literary journalists have often pursued a socialist agenda. Undercover reporters, muckrakers and, increasingly, whistleblowers share a common dedication and commitment to social justice and progress. Because it explores the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, narrative or literary journalism falls within the traditions of History from Below (United Kingdom), Alltagsgeschichte (Germany), or microstoria (Italy) of the past century, all of which have a staunch socialist or Marxist allegiance. Poverty, precarity, unemployment, displacement, imprisonment, malady, i.e. the many plagues that affect the downtrodden, feature as essential topics in Anglo-American literary journalism, French grand reportage, and Hispano-Portuguese crónicas. By way of illustration, Ted Conover follows Mexican migrants crossing the border to the United States, Adrienne Nicole Leblanc reports on a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx drug underworld, William T. Vollmann investigates poverty across the world, while in France, Florence Aubenas tells the stories of precarious workers and dropouts, and in Portugal Mário and Pedro Patrocínio tell of lives in Brazilian favelas and Angolan urban ghettoes.

    With the rise of populisms and right extremisms, movements from the left, far-left, and even beyond the left side of the political spectrum, have also gained in visibility. Socialism today, drawing either from its Marxist heritage or as a legacy of a pluralist Left, takes different directions, including radicalization or direct action. Grass-roots movement are thriving, whether they originate from the political sphere or civil society. The dramatic comeback of socialism is also characterized by the popularity of some politicians who totally assume this new turn to the left, from Bernie Sanders in the United States to Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom. The nature of this socialism is not homogeneous; it comes in a variety of forms. Growing inequalities between elites and citizens, big bosses and minimum wage earners, and the shameless exploitation of vulnerable populations, cause considerable discontent on a worldwide scale. A global conversation allows for new ideas to emerge on the management and action levels, and “conscientization” (Paulo Freire) remains an important key to understand the prevailing climate, to untangle problems, to imagine viable solutions or even pedagogical projects. However, if radical imagination and direct action are undeniably back in favor, socialism does not necessarily mean radicalism or anarchism, nor Marxism, nor communism.

    Movements for social justice have always been supported and performed through storytelling. This issue of About Journalism will interrogate the specificities of such stories, which prompt and convey meaning to action, in a diachronic perspective. It will highlight the roots, convergences and divergences, but also the prospects for socialism in the twenty-first century, as well as the manner in which it is revisited and modernized by future generations. It will aim at understanding how narrative journalism, or literary reportage, allows for a better understanding of the stakes, promises, and values of socialism today, in a transcultural and interdisciplinary perspective. This issue will deal with the main motivations and subjects of socialism, now that it is actively resisting, and will define the journalistic and literary practices and strategies used to reflect such realities. It will analyze the poetics, poietics, and politics of narrative journalism when it specifically reports on the people from below, those whom we have come to call the new poor, the underprivileged, or poorly-paid workers.

    From a purely journalistic point of view, it is a fact that the political press is losing momentum and is being supplanted by pluralistic and nonpartisan media. Therefore, it is worth considering the vacuum left by many newspapers that explicitly assumed their left-wing alignment, be it simply socialist, progressive, or else, not to mention those who are still, strictly speaking, the official organs of a party – Le Peuple in Belgium, L’Humanité in France, Pravda in the Soviet Union, People’s Daily in China – to name just a few. This void is now filled by editorialists and polemicists of all kinds who are providing opinions and commentaries, while social networks offer space to vent off anger, hatred, and abuse. Conversely, literary journalists propose an alternative path where long-researched and well-crafted stories disclose the details of felt lives and reveal the humanness of complicated realities.

    Papers for this special issue of the journal will reflect the variety of definitions, conceptualizations, representations, and interpretations of socialism, along the following lines:

    • Activism, radicalism, direct action, journalism
    • Ethics and aesthetics of literary/narrative journalism
    • Literary/Narrative journalism and social justice
    • Literary/Narrative journalism in immersion
    • Politically committed journalism, journalism of attachment
    • Active literature and positive journalism
    • Militant and pedagogical practices through the media
    • Representations of struggles and revolutions in media productions

    The deadline for submitting the final manuscripts (30 to 50,000 characters, including notes and bibliography) is 1st December 2019, at: Manuscripts may be written in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish. Double blind review.

  • 04.07.2019 20:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organized by the ECREA Mediatization and Philosophy of Communication Sections

    November 1–2, 2019

    University of Bonn, Germany (Department of Media Studies)

    Deadline (EXTENDED): July 15, 2019

    The rapid development of technologies in the last decades has undeniable impacts on the social, cultural and political processes in contemporary societies and on the everyday lives of their members. Digital platforms became the new spaces of social action, and data has turned into a value system of its own. These transformations, which in the framework of mediatization theory have been described as a ‘metaprocess’ of social change, may promise the increase of efficiency of human performance, but they might as well mean a loss of control or a new landscape for work, privacy or democracy, just to name some of the man contexts involved. No doubt, these processes are in need of critical reflections on the changing relationships between humans and technology.

    Particularly two developments currently seem to characterize mediatization processes: Datafication and the introduction of ‘digital machines’ into everyday life.

    Datafication understood as the process of translating information about the social practices of individuals (such as everyday and private communication or consumption) and institutional actors and organisations (such as in politics, the world of work, commerce or the health system) into digital data, refers to the comprehensive collection, storage, archiving and use of digital data in all areas of society (micro, meso and macro levels). As one of the central consequences of digitization, the relevance of data archiving is therefore increasing in all areas and poses major challenges, especially to democratically constituted, liberal societies. Digitization and data archiving mark both a technological and cultural change in society as a whole, the effects of which will have a decisive influence not only on the future of democracy but also on it. In the public discourse, contemporary diagnoses and, in particular, prognoses for the future of democratic society usually oscillate between optimistic-utopian perspectives on the one hand and pessimistic-dystopian scenarios on the other.

    As one of the most visible consequences of datafication, the role of the ‘machine’ has come into focus recently. It is not only the ubiquity of algorithms and AI, it is as well the explosion of usage contexts for robots, which far exceeds the long-known industrial robots. Even considering that people's relationships to technology and to 'machines' has always been ambivalent, the current development touches on new limitations - machines stand for progress and threat alike. In the course of human history, emotional charging, mythical exaggeration or demonisation and the political interpretation of machines have almost always accompanied the relationship to technological innovations. With new machines like social robots or autonomous weapons, ethical conflicts are inevitable.

    These often conflicting relationships between (wo)man and machines mark leaps in the development of social change, since these conflicts illustrate how people reorganize themselves around technology.

    In view of the described massive technological changes, it becomes clear that machines can no longer be reduced to a physical object, but can also be program codes, algorithms or artificial intelligence. These processes of change point to the necessity to detach the concept of the machine from its materiality.

    Such “invasion” of the machines at the very heart of the social invites media scholars and philosophers to rethink and reconceptualize the core elements the traditional social thought.

    Hence, we invite papers to the following themes.

    • Is the technologically permeated society qualitatively different from its earlier forms?
    • What are the principles of human-machine interaction?
    • What is the nature of agency, is there any sense of applying this concept to the functions performed by machines?
    • Historical and recent perspectives on machines
    • Datafication as mediatization
    • Ethical and political perspectives on machines
    • New understanding of the machine concept and artificial intelligence, machine ethics, robot ethics,
    • Politics, technology and equality, e.g. models of ‘digital feudalism’
    • Images of machines in journalistic (mass) media
    • Changes in society due to datafication
    • The meaning of being human in the technologized society

    Please note that we invite contributions in various formats, e.g. workshops, panels and individual presentations.

    Proposals should consist of an abstract max. 500 words, not including references).

    Please submit an abstract outlining the state of the study or project, as well as the research question(s) or hypotheses, findings and conclusion(s).

    We also encourage submitting theoretical papers, work in progress, e.g. new theoretical, methodological or didactic ideas.

    Presentations can be either short pitch/poster sessions or traditional presentations (feel free to be creative).

    Panelsconsist of various presentations addressing a common topic from different perspectives. Panels are scheduled for one hour, including discussions. Panel proposals should include a description of the topic and an overall panel goal, addressing the relevance of the topic to the conference theme (400 words). The proposal should also suggesta chair to serve as moderator and should include a short abstract of each of the presentations (max. 200 words each).

    Deadline for submissions: Saturday, July 15, 2019

    Official Website:

    Please include your author information (name, institution, contact) in the accompanying e-mail.

    Accepted presenters will be informed by 1st of August, 2019.

    Please submit abstracts as anonymized word or pdf-documents to:

    Prof. Dr. Caja Thimm (




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