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  • 29.01.2019 07:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 20-22, 2019

    Die Wolfsburg, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Essen, Germany

    Deadline: April 15

    "The Bat-Man, a mysterious and adventurous figure, fighting for righteousness and apprehending the wrong doer, in his lone battle against the evil forces of society… his identity remains unknown."

    Detective Comics #27 (1939)

    In 2018, the superhero genre reached a remarkable milestone with the eightieth anniversary of Superman, with the character’s signature title of Action Comics reaching its one thousandth issue, which sold over half a million copies and, not unimportantly, finally returned The Man of Steel to his iconic red trunks.

    And yet, it was undoubtedly a banner year for the genre beyond that, particularly in the realm of cinema, where the superhero maintains an aggressive dominance: the Marvel Cinematic Universe celebrated its tenth anniversary, its grand inter-connected narrative reaching no less than twenty films (and eleven television series); the Ryan Coogler-directed Black Panther achieved enormous cultural impact, widely deemed to be a vital moment in black American history; the electrifying Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse set a thrilling new benchmark in animation and a vivid view of the Spider-Man mythos; Aquaman returned some lustre to the faltering movie endeavours of DC Comics, grossing over one billion dollars.

    Meanwhile, in the source medium of comics, the superhero genre continues to generate works of great diversity and nuance: Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer (Dark Horse) explored, with exquisite melancholy, the aftermath of a superhero saga; Superman (DC) has compellingly utilised the character’s role as a father in highlighting his innate goodness Captain America (Marvel) has powerfully examined the hero’s identity within the contemporary political divisions in the United States; Mister Miracle (DC) masterfully fuses interpersonal family drama with Kirby-esque spectacle; Batman: White Knight (DC) was a striking and thoroughly gripping inversion of the power dynamic between The Dark

    Knight and his nemesis, The Joker and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel) offered a heady mix of comedy and female empowerment. In the midst of such vibrant activity, however, the comics industry was rocked by the death of Stan Lee, the “Marvel Bard”, who was very much the genial, effervescently-creative face of the superhero genre for decades. Soaring into its ninth decade, then, the superhero currently occupies a diverse and expansive space in modern popular culture. Perceived as a modern form of mythology or folklore, the character's signature emblems are among the most recognisable in the world, functioning as powerful, pervasive and vastly profitable brands. Yet, while still largely American in focus, the superhero has become increasingly international, capable of reflecting specific issues and operating as a powerful messenger of them - a power they have possessed since their inception

    The superhero remains regarded as an inspirational figure, but also a divisive one, perceived in some quarters as a promoter of violence and vigilantism. Superheroes position themselves as purveyors of a specific set of moral values, sometimes above the law, but always striving for the greater good. Superheroes are typically depicted in a constant struggle with notions of personal responsibility, and questions of identity and destiny, in line with Joseph Campbell's "Monomyth". As more and more people wear the symbols of superheroes (via t-shirts et al) as an expression of values as well as fandom, the superhero is becoming us.

    The 3rd Global Conference on Superheroes invites inter-disciplinary discussion on superheroes and the notion of the super-heroic. In particular, this edition welcomes a focus on Batman, whose eightieth anniversary is being marked in 2019.

    Indicative themes for discussion may include but are not limited to:

    1. Post-Humanism:

    • Technology & augmentation / armour
    • Cyborgs
    • Prosthesis
    • The Übermensch
    • Mutations and genetic engineering

    2. Dual Identities:

    • The power of the mask
    • Alter-egos and secret identities
    • Costume and Disguise
    • Cosplay

    3. Gender & Ethnicity:

    • Hyper-masculinity
    • Depictions of the female superhero
    • Ethnic diversity in superhero comics and their readership

    4. Sexuality:

    • LGBT Superheroes
    • Queer readings of established characters
    • Gay Representation in Superhero Comics
    • Camp and the Superhero
    • Superheroes vs Sexual Violence

    5. Deconstruction:

    • The anti-hero
    • The post-9/11 Superhero
    • The Everyman superhero

    6. Social Responsibility:

    • Vigilantism
    • Superheroes as role models
    • Childhood play
    • Heroism and cowardice

    7. The Heroic & the Patriotic:

    • The monomyth (the hero's journey)
    • Patriotism and nationalism
    • National personification
    • The Soldier as Superhero
    • "Truth, justice and the American way"

    8. Pop Culture Depictions:

    • Adaptation
    • The superhero as brand
    • Merchandising and franchising
    • Fans and cultural capital

    What to Send:

    300 word abstracts should be submitted by Monday April 15, 2019 to the following e-mail:

    If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 16th August 2019. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

    E-mails should be entitled: *_SUPER3 Abstract Submission_*.

    Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

    Organising Chairs

    Danny Graydon (University of Hertfordshire):

    Torsten Caeners (University of Duisburg-Essen):

  • 29.01.2019 07:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

    Deadline: February 22, 2019

    To conduct research and provide administrative support to the ESRC funded project Beyond the MSM: Understanding the rise of alternative online political media.

    This post is full-time and fixed term for three years.

    Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum (Grade 6). It is not expected that an appointment be made above £36,261 per annum (Point 33).

    Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

    Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

    Job Description


    • To conduct quantitative and qualitative research on alternative online political media, including content analysis, textual analysis and interviews.
    • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including project planning, progress updates and dissemination.
    • To review and synthesise existing literature within the field, including academic research and policy documents.
    • To present research at national and international conferences/industry seminars as appropriate.
    • To create and nurture relevant research networks to include academics, alternative media and mainstream media editors and journalists, as well as media policy makers in order to pursue opportunities for collaboration and dissemination.
    • To assist with organising workshops and events associated with the research project together with the PI and Co-I.
    • To co-publish in high quality peer-reviewed international journals.
    • To assist with management of the project website and social media accounts.
    • To participate in School research activities.


    • To contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional, national and international profile.
    • To undergo professional development that is appropriate to the post and which will enhance the post holders’ research and project management skills.
    • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role of research assistant.

    Person Specification

    Essential Criteria

    Qualifications and Education

    1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within at least one of following research fields:

    • Journalism Studies
    • Political Communication
    • Alternative media studies

    3. Proven ability to generate academic peer reviewed outputs and/or industry reports and/or policy briefings in one of the areas identified above.

    4. Proven ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis, including content analysis and interviews.

    5. Evidence of project administration.

    Communication and Team Working

    6. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication, particularly with industry and policy-makers.

    7. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity and innovation, particularly in the dissemination of research.

    8. Proven ability to work independently and supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals as part of a small research team.

    Desirable Criteria

    9. Evidence of innovative collaboration with journalism industry and/or media policy-makers.

    10. Experience of using NVivo software and/or Concordance software to analyse interview data.

    11. Experience of using SPSS to analyse media content analysis data.

    12. Experience of managing a research project website (e.g. WordPress) and a social media account (e.g. Twitter).

    Additional Information

    Beyond the MSM: Understanding the rise of alternative online political media is an ESRC funded project that will critically examine alternative online political media launched within the last fifteen years. The aim is to understand the production, content and consumption of the most influential left- and right-wing alternative political online sites, and to explore people's views about the MSM (mainstream media) and ask why some are turning to alternative media for news about politics and public affairs.

    The post holder will report directly to the PI and will support the PI and Co-I by reviewing the academic and policy literature about alternative media, mapping relevant alt-left and –right UK and international media, carrying out content analysis and textual analysis, and conducting interviews with users of alternative media and actors who contribute to these sites. He/She will also help co-publish work in high-quality journals, and assist with dissemination and impact activities including conferences and other public outputs.

    • Salary Range:33,199-39,609
    • Job Category_ Academic - Research
    • Grade: Grade 6
    • Code: 8210BR
    • Date advert posted: Friday, 25 January 2019

    • Closing date: Friday, 22 February 2019

  • 29.01.2019 07:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 1-2, 2019

    Malaga (Spain)

    Deadline: April 4, 2019

    The 3rd European Data and Computational Journalism Conference aims to bring together industry, practitioners and academics in the fields of journalism and news production and information, data, social and computer sciences, facilitating a multidisciplinary discussion on these topics in order to advance research and practice in the broad area of Data and Computational Journalism.

    Hosted by the University of Malaga (Spain), the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference will take place 1-2 July 2019.

    Theconference website is

    We invite the submission of both academic research-focused and industry-focused talks for the conference, on the subjects of journalism, data journalism, and information, data, social and computer sciences.

    Proposals deadline: 4 April 2019.

    ACADEMIC TALKS should be submitted as 2-page extended abstracts, using a template. INDUSTRY TALKS are also encouraged, which can be submitted to the main submission site as brief descriptions highlighting the topics and key themes of the talk and the relevance to the conference.

    Proposals for workshops and tutorials are also welcome. Templates can be downloaded:

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Application of data and computational journalism within newsrooms
    • Data driven investigations
    • Data storytelling
    • Open data for journalism, storytelling, transparency and accountability
    • Algorithms, transparency and accountability
    • Automated, robot and chatbot journalism
    • Newsroom software and tools
    • ‘Post-fact’ journalism and the impact of data
    • User experience and interactivity
    • Data and Computational Journalism education
    • Post-desktop news provision/interaction
    • Data mining news sources
    • Visualisation and presentation
    • News games and gamification of News
    • Bias, ethics, transparency and truth in Data Journalism
    • Newsroom challenges with respect to data journalism, best practices,
    • success and failure stories

    Extended Abstracts presented at the conference will be archived in proceedings compiled by the Library of University College Dublin.

    Selected full papers from the conference will be invited to submit to a journal special issue .


    Submissions are also welcomed for ½ day workshops/tutorials to be given on the 2nd day of the conference. These could be practical/introductory sessions on topics/tools related to the themes of the conference.

    Workshop/Tutorial proposals should include information on the workshop/tutorial topic, the maximum number of attendees, and any space/equipment requirements, and can be submitted through the main submission site:

  • 28.01.2019 20:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Athens (Greece)

    May 12-15, 2019

    Deadline: February 15, 2019

    The Global Communication Association invites you to submit your abstracts for the 15th annual convention

    The GCA invites research papers exploring any aspect of issues related to the theme of the conference, including the following broad topics:

    • Global media and communication methodologies, theories, and perspectives
    • Global media and their impacts on public opinion
    • The changing nature of political campaigns
    • The evolving modes of teaching and learning
    • Issues related to wars, migration, and refugee crisis
    • New communication technologies, the Internet, and social media
    • World population, environment, and intercultural communication
    • Global news and information flow

    For more information, click this link:

    Important dates

    • Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15, 2019
    • Acceptance Notification: March 1, 2019
    • Full Length Paper Submission: May 1, 2019
    • Last Date for Early Bird Registration: February 20, 2019
    • Last Date for Registration: March 15, 2019
    • Conference Reception: May 12, 2019
    • Conference Panels: May 13-14, 2019
    • Optional Tour (excursion to Delphi): May 15, 2019​​

  • 28.01.2019 20:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The editors of Communication & Sport (C&S), the 2018 PROSE Winner for Best New Journal in the Social Sciences (with an inaugural 2017 Two Year Impact Factor of 2.395), are pleased to announce an updated Call For Papers and limited-time free access to a sampling of top-downloaded articles.

    The call for papers can be found at and additional information about the journal and manuscript submission can be found at


    C&S is a cutting-edge, peer reviewed journal published in affiliation with the International Association for Communication and Sport that features research which fosters international scholarly understanding of the nexus of communication and sport. With over 800 annual pages and six bi-monthly issues, C&S publishes research and critical analysis from diverse disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to advance understanding of communication phenomena in the varied contexts through which sport touches individuals, society, and culture.

    C&S examines both communication in sport and the communication of sport by considering sport in light of communication processes, strategies, industries, texts, and reception. C&S welcomes studies of sport and media in mass and new media settings, research on sport in interpersonal, group, organizational, and other communication contexts, and analyses of sport rhetoric, discourse, and narratives. C&S encourages studies of sport communication and media from broad disciplinary vistas including sport studies/sociology, management, marketing, politics, economics, philosophy, history, education, kinesiology, health, as well as cultural, policy, urban, gender, sexuality, race, and ability studies. C&S is theoretically diverse, and articles featuring qualitative, quantitative, critical, historical, and other methods are equally welcome. C&S is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).​​


    You can sign up to be notified whenever a new study or issue is published in Communication & Sport. This service lets you keep abreast of the latest scholarship in the field.

    Communication & Sport email updates will let you know when a new study has been published digitally in OnlineFirst, as well as when a new issue of the journal has been released.

    If you are a current journal user, just sign up for email alerts on the journal's homepage by clicking on this link and scrolling down to "Email Alerts > Sign Up". You can also sign up for notifications in your account preferences here:

  • 28.01.2019 20:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS)

    Deadline: March 15, 2019

    Guest editors:  Dr. Colin Porlezza (City, University of London) & Dr. Philip Di Salvo  (Università della Svizzera italiana) 

    As journalism becomes increasingly networked and datafied – produced by  different actors with different backgrounds, intentions and norms – new  types of hybrid journalism arise. These hybrid forms of journalism often  transcend traditional conceptions as journalists increasingly engage in  activism or in collaborations with whistleblowers, hackers algorithms and artificial intelligence or machine learning. While this trend  challenges the binary thinking of what journalism is and what it is not,  it also enables new forms of journalistic truth-telling (Baym, 2017). 

    This call wants to explore, discuss and shed light on the different  types and forms of hybrid journalism, what hybridity actually means and  what consequences it entails for news work. 

    Scholars like Carlson (2015, 2016), Lewis (2012, see also Carlson &  Lewis, 2015) have shown that the boundaries of journalism are more and  more contested as journalists are forced to renegotiate the space  between producers and users in a digital environment characterized by high choice (Van Aelst et al., 2017) and a participatory culture (Jenkins, 2013). The established news production with its specific set  of epistemological beliefs is thus confronted with new actors and professional roles such as data journalists, hackers, cybersecurity experts, activists or whistleblowing platforms that turn journalism into a blurred term difficult to pin down. These circumstances entail tensions over definitions of journalism as cultures, role conceptions, epistemologies, norms and educational paths become increasingly heterogeneous. 

    At the same time, however, the concept of hybridity is not immune to criticisms: Witschge et al. (2018) rightly pointed out that not every complex phenomenon that defies any immediate explanation is automatically an emergence of hybridity. We should therefore better understand what hybridity means in the first place, how its explanatory power can be fruitfully connected to other existing theoretical frameworks in journalism, and what developments are “truly” hybrid. Hybrid journalism requires us to rethink the “limited binary dualities that have long governed our theoretical and empirical work in the field” (Witschge et al. 2018) and some of its most central notions such as autonomy, collaboration, objectivity, the separation of news and entertainment or fact and fiction. Therefore, this thematic section aims at gathering cutting-edge research on journalism and hybridity, with a specific emphasis on the role of data-driven journalism, cybersecurity, hacking and activism. In addition we would like to explore collaborative news production between journalists and actors outside the established journalistic field, and how they shape the culture(s) of journalism. We also encourage scholars to submit papers that cover non-Western countries. We invite contributions not only from journalism studies, but from all fields across media studies and communication sciences. 

    Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

    • How datafication is shaping journalistic epistemologies 
    • The borderline between activism and journalism 
    • Journalists as hackers or the perils of collaborations with hackers 
    • The importance of cybersecurity for and its impact on journalism 
    • Hybridity in human-AI collaborations in newsmaking 
    • The consequences of dissolving boundaries and shifting norms for journalistic authority 
    • Ethical challenges of hybrid journalism 
    • The amalgamation of pop culture and news reporting 
    • The consequences for newsmaking of different role conceptions of actors participating in the networked news production 

    Article format

    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 ( 

    Submission guidelines

    Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to by March 15, 2019.

    The abstracts should include the main idea/argument, research questions, a short literature review and/or theoretical perspectives, information on methodology and empirical findings (if relevant). The journal welcomes submissions in English, German, French, or Italian, but the abstract has to be written in English. Decision of acceptance will be given by 15th April, 2019. Invited full paper will be due on 31st July, 2019. The invitation to submit a full paper does not guarantee acceptance into the special issue. Final acceptance depends on a double-blind peer review process. The expected publication date of the thematic section is April 2020. The thematic section is expected to contain between 5 and 6 articles. 

    Please send the abstract, including your names, affiliations and contact details, to: 

    About SComS

    SComS is an international journal of communication research that is jointly edited by the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Studies (SGKM) and the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano). SComS aims to build bridges between different research cultures, and publishes high-quality original articles in English, German, French, and Italian. Its contents encompass the broad range of communication-related disciplines, in particular the analysis of public communication, based on social scientific methods. As a general forum for communication scholarship, the journal is especially interested in research that crosses disciplinary boundaries. 

    See more

  • 28.01.2019 20:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special issue of MAI

    Deadline: March 8, 2019

    The intersectional feminist and LGBTQI journal MAI is seeking contributions to a special issue on feminist pedagogies. Across the board, feminist research and teaching in Higher Education is increasingly vulnerable to ideological attack. The recent “prank” conducted by Pluckrose, Lindsay and Boghossian to make fun at so-called “grievance studies” systematically works to undermine scholarly work in feminist, queer, critical disability and critical race studies and other fields. This context makes feminist teaching both more vital, and more vulnerable, than ever, as revealed by open letters such as that published in the second issue of MAI. This special issue aims to explore the place of feminism in the classroom, revealing pleasure and resistance, complaint and celebration.

    We welcome contributions that address the strategies, obstacles and opportunities of feminist pedagogy in a range of contexts from classroom discussions and syllabi to faculty committee meetings, screening rooms and activist spaces. Feminist teaching happens everywhere. Contributions might range from conventional academic articles (6000-8000 words) to interviews (1000-3000 words), creative writing (poems, short stories, creative responses, max 3000 words), video essays (5-10 mins with brief supporting statement of 800-1000 words), and photographs, visual/audiovisual or interactive art.

    Abstracts should be 200-250 words, and be accompanied by a short bio. Please email abstracts to MAI editorial board member Clara Bradbury-Rance ( by 8th March 2019. Contributors will be notified of the status of their proposal in early April and full submissions will be due by 31st August 2019 (see here for guidelines).

  • 28.01.2019 20:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: February 3, 2019

    The Media & Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the “Digital Threats to Democracy: Comparative Lessons and Possible Remedies” workshop. This workshop will bring together social science and humanities scholars to present comparative research on how countries adapt and respond to digital threats to democracy.

    The workshop, organized in collaboration with Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University), will be held at the Social Science Research Council in New York City on June 13-14, 2019. Accepted participants’ travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers.

    We welcome applications from both junior and senior scholars across all disciplines. However, the focused nature of the workshop demands that we limit participation to 10–12 authors. Thus, our selection will be determined not only by the quality of submissions, but also by their thematic fit and complementarity.

    A selection of the papers presented at the workshop will be invited to submit full manuscripts of up to 8,000 words for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics, subject to peer-review.

    To apply, please submit a current CV and an abstract of up to 500 words to  by February 3, 2019.

    For more information, please see the SSRC website.

  • 28.01.2019 19:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: March 31, 2019

    With the present letter we wish to announce the Call for Papers for Issue No 17 of The International Journal of Public Relations (Revista Internacional de Relaciones Públicas). The forthcoming issue is about Public Relations in general.

    The deadline for papers is open from January 8, 2019 until March 31, 2019. We would like to remind authors that the proposals (articles and book reviews) should be submitted via the Journal’s application system with the following link:

    In order to have the paper for a revision it is necessary to follow the editors’ guidelines and norms of the journal that can be consulted under this link.

    The papers can be submitted in any of the following languages: Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.

    We provide a template that authors can use to prepare articles and reviews. The aim is to facilitate the preparation and editing of the journal. The template is available here.

    From 2017 we publish all the articles with author’s ORCID code, in order to promote author’s research. For this reason, all authors should have an ORCID identifier (free of charge) and update this information in our platform. More info here.

    Therefore, The International Journal of Public Relations publishes all the papers with the specific identification number, proper for each text (called DOI) that enables the sourcing and locating the published works throughout the network and simultaneously respects intellectual property.

    Simultaneously, we have the great pleasure to inform that The International Journal of Public Relations has been included in the Emerging Source Citation Index -Thomson Reuters-, Latindex Catalogue, DICE, RESH, CIRC, ISOC, Dialnet, ULRICH, EBSCO, DOAJ, REBIU, MIAR. This fact brings an extra value to all authors interested since the published paper may be recognized by the corresponding authorities for further career development.

    For more information youcan contact with editors in or visit our platform here.

  • 28.01.2019 19:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Liverpool - Department of Communication and Media

    Closing Date: February 27, 2019, 17:00

    We are seeking to appoint a Head of Department and Chair in Communication and Media. As the Head of Department, working alongside the Dean of School you will be an active member of the School Management Team and will provide academic leadership in contributing to the strategic plan and annual operation of the School. You will lead and develop the Department of Communication and Media, refining and implementing our education and research strategies with plans to increase student numbers, enhance staff research and collaboration, ensuring an outward looking research agenda with embedded opportunities for impact activity.

    As Chair in Communication and Media, you will assume a professorial role in the School and will be expected to establish research and teaching contributions alongside the headship responsibilities.

    The role of Head of Department will be for 5 years initially from 1 August 2019 and will be offered with a permanent post at Professorial level.

    • Salary: Negotiable
    • Hours: Full Time
    • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
    • Placed On: January 14, 2019
    • Closes: February 27, 2019
    • Job Ref: 010917
    • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of the Arts

    For full details and to apply online, please visit:




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