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  • 29.01.2019 08:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Universität Bremen

    Deadline: March 15, 2019

    The German Science Foundation funded project "The Reciprocal Relationship of Public Opinion and Social Policy" under Principal Investigator (PI) Nate Breznau at the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen seeks to employ - under the condition of job release - 2 PhD Fellows

    Salary level 13 TV-L (0,65)

    Reference number A332/18

    Ffor a duration of three years, starting from September 1st, 2019 through August 31st, 2022

    Project description

    Fellow "A" will focus on the macro-comparative part of the research and Fellow "B" will focus on the German case, see "Eligibility" for each fellowship below. Both Fellows will collectively contribute to the project and its output such as reports and publications, thus Fellows should be prepared to work in a team environment. Both Fellows are expected to develop academic research and writing skills, statistical analysis skills and attend and present findings at international conferences. English language fluency is necessary as the main project language is English. More details and a project description are available here.

    Concurrent to the project work, the Fellows will pursue their doctoral degrees at the University of Bremen as Affiliated with the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). The Fellows will have about half of their weekly working time free for the pursuit of this goal. The topics of their dissertations are open; however, having topics related to the project is ideal.

    Finally, Fellows should be aware that this project seeks to practice ethical and open science. Therefore, Fellows should be interested in data and code sharing, open access publications, developing shared workflows using online technologies (such as the Open Science Framework and GitHub), and a commitment to transparency in all of their work.

    Fellow A - Macro-Comparative Focus. Eligibility

    Candidates should have studied sociology or related social science disciplines and be interested in macro-comparative social policy. Ideally these candidates want to pursue a dissertation related to comparative welfare states, social policy and/or social inequality. Although this position will focus on the macro-comparative aspect of the project it also includes some work on the German case study, thus some knowledge of or willingness to learn the German language is desirable.

    This Fellow will focus on collecting and analyzing cross-national comparative data. Primarily opinion data will come from the International Social Survey Program and the European Social Survey. Policy indicators will come from a variety of sources and the candidate will be expected to develop creative ways to measure policy and welfare states. This candidate must know or be willing to learn Stata or R, and to develop skills to implement multilevel statistical analysis. The ideal candidate will simultaneously pursue a dissertation topic in comparative welfare states or institutions, although this specific topic is not a strict requirement.

    Fellow B - German Case-study Focus. Eligibility

    Fellow B candidates should have studied political science or related social science disciplines and be interested in the political system of Germany. Given the project's inquiry into German politics, history and public opinion, candidates must be fluent in German with native German being ideal.

    This Fellow will focus on analyzing the content of public opinion and policymakers' discussions throughout German history since 1945. In this process they will take responsibility for developing a database for later quantitative analysis. They will develop skills in qualitative content analysis for identifying the nature and direction of policy and opinion over time. The ideal candidate will simultaneously pursue a dissertation topic related to German politics, although this is not a strict requirement.

    Hiring Considerations and Requirements

    Application materials should include a Curriculum Vitae ("Lebenslauf"); a 1-2 page Cover Letter indicating why the candidate is interested in the position, why they think they are a good fit, what research skills they have, and an indication of what they might like to pursue as a dissertation topic; and a copy of the Master's Degree or a note indicating completion plans. Applicants must have completed a Master's Degree before Sept. 1st, 2019.

    Applicants must be able to obtain a visa in case they are offered a position, please see visa requirements on the Federal Foreign Office website for more details.

    Applications should be submitted as one combined Adobe pdf document no later than March 15, 2019 to

    Interviews will take place in April or May. Candidates from far away can interview via internet video conferencing if necessary.

    For any other job-related inquiries please contact Nate Breznau, the PI, at

    The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its diversity policies and offers a family-friendly working environment as well as an international atmosphere.

    The University is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for both men and women alike, and therefore encourages particularly women to apply for the position offered. Persons with disabilities will be considered preferentially in case of equal qualifications and aptitudes.

    The University of Bremen explicitly invites persons with migration background to apply.

    Mailing address:

    SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik

    Universität Bremen / Bremen University

    Postfach 33 04 40

    The cost of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.


  • 29.01.2019 07:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Deadline: February 28, 2019

    Edited by Audrey Bélanger and Stéfany Boisvert


    Not unlike other media, television is undergoing major changes. The Internet, as well as the possibilities of digitisation and storage, has contributed to the transnational circulation of content and, most importantly, the development of over-the-top (OTT) media services. These new digital portals (Lotz 2017), or streaming services, offer a library of audio-visual productions online without the intermediary of a distribution or broadcasting company. OTT services therefore act as gateways to a wide range of audio-visual content, without having to rely on a schedule (Lotz 2017; Wayne 2017; Johnson, 2018), which changes our perception of the medium and deeply influences the modes of production, distribution and reception of /television/ itself.

    In the new industry of Internet-distributed television (Lotz 2017), it goes without saying that the multinational company Netflix currently occupies the most enviable position. Even though contents offered by this streaming company are not only “televisual”, Netflix’s influence on contemporary TV productions is undeniable, and has even been documented by a significant number of scholars. Several topics have already been addressed, such as the question of algorithms and Netflix’s system of recommendations (Gomez-Uribe et Hunt 2015); Netflix’s role in the broader history of television (Jenner 2014, 2018); the multinational company’s production/distribution strategies and their impact on viewing habits (Matrix 2014); or the brand image and branding strategies of streaming platforms (Wayne 2018). Whole books are dedicated to the study of Netflix and its history (Keating 2012), its specific modes of production and distribution, its users’ viewing patterns (Barker et Wiatrowski 2017), or its impact on the television industry (McDonald et Smith-Rowsey 2016, Jenner 2018, Johnson 2018).

    However, this centrality of Netflix within academic publications conveys a rather restrictive view of our media ecosystem, almost as if Netflix was the /only/ platform available. Indeed, publications on new forms of Internet-distributed television mostly focus on Netflix, even when they are published outside the United States. This situation leads us to ask: what about other OTT media services or streaming platforms? What about local media industries? What is the situation of other portals, whether they originate from the United States or elsewhere, and how do they manage — or not — to secure a position in the new industry? On the flipside, how do traditional broadcasters –– which, it must be reminded, are still in operation today – are influenced by streaming services and their in-house productions, and how do they try to secure (or preserve) a position for their own company? Also, in this era of multi-platform viewing practices, what are the various consumption and viewing habits adopted by viewers?

    This issue of Kinephanos seeks to better understand the advent of OTT media services (portals) and the new ways of viewing/distributing TV productions, by trying to look beyond (or beneath) Netflix in order to provide a more complete picture of our current TV industry. By deliberately putting aside the most popular platform, trying to think “outside the box”, this issue wants to encourage reflection on other streaming services and topics related to OTT, and, by doing so, to promote diversity (whether geographic, cultural, or generic). This issue of Kinephanos is multi-disciplinary, and therefore open to many different forms of analysis and approaches (institutional, aesthetic, sociological, narratological, political, cultural, feminist, queer, reception-based, etc.).

    Articles may cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

    • Other streaming platforms and websites, their economics, operations, catalog, etc.,
    • The state of national televisions in the context of increasing competition with streaming services;
    • The regulations in different territories regarding streaming services;
    • The state of linear/traditional television (broadcasting, cable industry). The viewing habits related to linear television, and/or those adopted for streaming services and websites;
    • The circulation of contents on different platforms and websites;
    • Economic, political, or social issues related to new forms of over-the-top television
    • Thematic, aesthetic, narrative (etc.) analyses of TV shows developed for portals other than Netflix, and/or their influence on other media;
    • The development of original content for streaming services, that is,
    • TV shows commissioned and/or produced by those companies in order to be distributed exclusively (or primarily) on their platform
    • Since “failure studies” can also help us better understand our media industry, we are also interested in articles documenting cases of streaming services that failed or went bankrupt –in other words, that did not find their audience.

    How to submit?

    Please send an abstract, between 300 and 500 words (excluding references), in English or French, by February 28, 2019, to and

    The abstract must specify the topic and the object(s) of study, along with the preferred methodology. Don’t forget to indicate key bibliographical references, your name, email address, and you institutional affiliation.

    Selected contributors will be advised by email. Full papers will be submitted by summer 2019, and the exact calendar will be communicated to the accepted authors. The issue will be released at the beginning of 2020.

  • 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. 

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  • 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.




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