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  • 05.05.2022 19:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 15, 2022


    Deadline: 30 June 2022

    Online workshop before the 9th European Communication Conference

    The pandemic has put lots of restraints on audience research making it harder to conduct and pushing scholars to adjust their research methodology to suitable ways of data collection. With the Audience and Reception Studies pre-conference workshop we will look at how audience research has changed, increasingly shifting to a digital methodology, and what are the methodological challenges faced by researchers given Covid restrictions.

    Join us to discuss your experiences of how to do audience research during these times, to share your thoughts of what is methodologically “feasible” and what is not, to address your concerns on how audience research is changing or your ideas about new innovative tools and methods that can be used.

    You can review the specific methodology used in your current project and how this adapts to the (post) Covid era, or discuss the difficulties you are facing in applying your methods of data collection, or address wider matters of interest regarding methodology (e.g. how is qualitative research taking place during the pandemic? Are we increasingly moving to quantitative methods of audience research? What are the losses and what are the gains of such changes? and more).

    Rather than the usual format, this online event will consist of workshops made up of 15-20-minute methodological reflections designed to generate debate and discussion.

    The workshop will take place online on Friday, 14 October 2022.

    Fill in the registration form no later than 30 June 2022 and give us an indication of the method/topic you would like to present or discuss.

    No attendance fee required.

    More detailed program to follow soon after the registration is closed.

    For questions regarding the workshop, please email

    Alessandro Nani, Tallinn University,

    Vivi Theodoropoulou,

    Jelena Kleut, University of Novi Sad,

  • 05.05.2022 19:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 17, 2022

    Online conference (Zoom)

    Abstract deadline: 15 June, 2022

    ECREA online pre-conference: Science and Environment Communication Section

    Misinformation is high on the public agenda, not least in the area of science, environment and climate communication following the current pandemic, climate, and environmental crises. With this pre-conference the ECREA Science and Environment Communication Section puts a focus on how we can understand and analyse misinformation, as well as disinformation, in relation to science and environment conflicts and how we can perceive the roles of citizens that are facing different levels of misinformation in public debates. Misinformation is sometimes linked to science populism which emerges in opposition to what is perceived as elite representations of scientific and environmental dilemmas and problems. The complex and contested dichotomy between expert and lay discourses is therefore central to understanding both misinformation and science populism in science and environment conflicts.

    The event furthermore encourages the exploration of the multifarious role of citizens facing mis- and disinformation as either media audiences and users or as active producers or contesters of misinformation in public spheres. The development of a hybrid media environment particularly allows citizens to play an active role in relation to misinformation and science populism. This leaves public authorities and established media institutions with several dilemmas relating to the limits and possibilities of democratic debate and public engagement in science and environment conflicts.

    Topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Misinformation and disinformation in science and climate communication
    • Conceptualisations of science populism
    • The role of digital and traditional media in the spread and/or containment of mis- and disinformation
    • The complex role of citizens in science populism: activism, protest, and resistance, on- and off-line.
    • Affect, misinformation, and science populism
    • Case studies of misinformation and science populism: e.g. anti-Covid regulation protests, climate change denialism, anti-vaccination movements
    • Public authorities’ and journalistic strategies and measures against mis- and disinformation
    • Media representations of misinformation and science populism as social phenomena.

    We encourage work-in-progress and alternative (visual, video, interactive) formats as well as traditional presentations.

    Please send a 200-300-word abstract to:

    Mette Marie Roslyng:

    Participation in the event is free of charge.

  • 05.05.2022 19:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 6-7, 2022

    Deadline: June 1, 2022

    ECREA pre-conference workshop

    War streaming on Instagram, propaganda in press photography, refugee activism on TikTok? - Recent European crises have shown images and videos as essential tools of communication in politics and protest, a trend mirrored in the increasing use of visuals in research methodologies. Visual data can capture practices of visual, performative or non-verbal communication, text-image relationships, the development of visual formats, notions of aesthetics, as well as underlying meanings of symbols and codes. Extant research has since captured different elements of visual politics and protest, including: social history (e.g. protest photography), political commentary or alignment (e.g. through memes or overlays), social cues in political communication (e.g. GIFs, filters, or emoji), visual activism practices (e.g. culture-jamming, sousveillance video coverage, flesh-witnessing), and visual forms of information documentation and distribution (e.g. infographics).

    Even so, new creative practices have at times challenged research practices, for example with regards to image authenticity and appropriation in mis- and disinformation campaigns (e.g. deepfakes), platform affordances in new visual formats and spaces (e.g. short videos on TikTok), (mis)interpretation and visual (il)literacy in communications, trust in image data as factual evidence, and opaqueness in the production of visual materials. These critical debates have been particularly contentious in the arena of politics and protest, where visuals have been seen to shape political opinion and discourse, electoral campaigns, war coverage, and Covid-19 data visualisations.

    In response to these trends, the ECREA Visual Cultures section is inviting submissions to the online pre-conference on “Visual Politics & Protest” with a focus on epistemological and methodological challenges, taking place on 6th and 7th October 2022 (= 2 weeks prior to ECREA 2022). The pre-conference workshop will include a keynote by Dr. Jing Zeng (University of Zurich), a series of lightning talks, a panel discussion (including speakers Dr. Stefania Vicari, Dr. Shana MacDonald, & Dr. Jing Zeng), and hands-on discussion rounds with a specific focus on epistemological challenges in research on visual politics and protest.

    Topics of interest

    We are looking for lightning talks on challenges encountered in research on visual politics and/or protest, which will be allocated to thematic panels. Towards encouraging lively discussions, we are not looking for entire paper proposals, but focussed submissions that outline the challenge along with examples (in written, visual, or other creative forms).

    On a broad level this may include (but is not limited to):

    • New methodological challenges in visual or multimodal data collection or analysis
    • Platform- or format-specific challenges in conducting visual research on politics and protest
    • Methodological approaches for capturing visuality or visual cultures surrounding politics and protest
    • Challenges in embedding visuals or visuality with textual, audio, or sensory materials
    • Issues in interpreting and/or quantifying visual data
    • Emerging approaches to visualising image or video data
    • Suggestions for the ethical treatment of visuality in politics or protest
    • Approaches in analysing specific political visual practices and/or phenomena
    • Epistemological discussions of the role of the visual in politics, protest, or social movements
    • Theorizing visual issues (example: visibility through aesthetics and visuality)

    Submissions should ideally either discuss new challenges, present in-depth illustrations/ examples of specific challenges, or introduce new approaches or nuances.


    Please submit a 200 word description of your challenge in researching visual cultures or materials, along with your contact details on this Google Form link (200 is the maximum incl. references). Proposals can be submitted until 1st June 2022 at 23.59 CEST. Descriptions should be written in English and contain a summary of the challenge that will be presented, as well as a notion of the reflections or approaches that are taken or recommended. The description may follow a conventional abstract structure, but is not bound to it. We encourage creative, unconventional, and work-in-progress submissions, particularly from early-career scholars. The addition of supplementary visual data such as a poster or data excerpt is optional. The submissions should represent a specific issue or challenge encountered in the participant’s visual research.

    We are aware that not everyone will be able to use Google services due to regional restrictions or privacy concerns. In those cases we invite participants to submit directly by email The email should contain following information: paper title, participant first and last name, country of affiliation, affiliation, career stage, email contact, names of co-authors, a 200-word description of the challenge, 1-2 visual materials (PDF, Word, or jpg) if applicable (this is optional), and indicate if you would like to be considered for the special issue.

    During the workshop, these challenges should be presented as short presentations (7-10 minutes) in panel groups with an adjoining discussion. These presentations do not need to follow conventional presentation formats (creative and purely visual presentations are encouraged). Please note that multi-author submissions are very much welcome, but due to the short nature of lightning talks we ask that only one person (i.e. the submitting author) presents.

    Details on the presentation format and full programme will be released in due time.

    Workshop follow-up

    Post-workshop, a summary (e.g. in the form of a co-authored “living syllabus on visual politics and protest research'') will be created and circulated amongst the participants and the wider public.

    Participants will also be invited to join an informal follow-up meeting at ECREA in Aarhus: “visual politics & protest coffee hour”.

    Participants will have the opportunity to submit their full papers to a special issue in Journal of Digital Social Research ( Extended abstracts of 500 words are due 1st December 2022. Interest in submitting to the special issue should be indicated in the submission form. More information on the special issue will follow in due course.

    Further details

    The pre-conference workshop is organised by the ECREA Visual Cultures section (see and will take place online.


    Pre-conference website:

    Email contact:

    Link to profile of keynote speaker:

    Key dates 2022

    • 1st June: pre-conference submission deadline
    • 15th August: communication of acceptance
    • 6th & 7th October: ECREA pre-conference on Visual Politics & Protest (online)
    • 19th to 22nd October: ECREA general conference
    • 1st December 2022: special issue abstract deadline

    Pre-conference team

    Maria Schreiber, University of Salzburg

    Suay Melisa Özkula, University of Trento

    Tom Divon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    Danka Ninković Slavnić, University of Belgrade

    Doron Altaratz, The Hadassah Academic College

    Hadas Schlussel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 05.05.2022 19:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 15-16, 2022

    Milan, Italy

    Deadline: June 1, 2022

    Facoltà di Scienze Politiche e Sociali

    Facoltà di Scienze Linguistiche e Letterature Straniere

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    Scientific Committee: Gabriele Balbi (USI - Università della Svizzera Italiana), Giovanni Boccia Artieri (Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”), Arturo Cattaneo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Luca Castellin (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Fausto Colombo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Chiara Continisio (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Ruggero Eugeni (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Guido Gili (Università degli Studi del Molise), Giacomo Manzoli (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna), Alberto Marinelli (Sapienza Università di Roma), Andrea Minuz (Sapienza Università di Roma), Federica Missaglia (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Damiano Palano (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Francesca Pasquali (Università degli Studi di Bergamo), Enrico Reggiani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Massimo Scaglioni (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Nicoletta Vittadini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Maria Teresa Zanola (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

    Conference Organized by: Valerio Alfonso Bruno, Antonio Campati, Paolo Carelli, Anna Sfardini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

    Local Organizing Committee: Edoardo Maria Castelli, Maria Grazia Contu, Mattia Galli, Stefano Guerini Rocco, Joyce Faelli.

    Conference Venue: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano.

    In the last two decades, media and cultural production has been characterized by an increasing representation of dystopian worlds and alternative and “possible universes”, as narrative tools to describe fears and contradictions of human beings face to the uncertainty of the future as well as the reworkings of the past and the memory. The pandemic emergence has accentuated this particular creative process, not only in the direction of health and epidemiological topics, but – more in general – towards a reconfiguration of new imageries about catastrophes and other social, cultural and technological upheavals.

    As part of a wider project on the so-called “clash of narratives” and its media representation and political use and mobilization, carried out by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore also through the project of an “Atlas of dystopian storytelling” (, the International Conference aims to focus, from a strong multidisciplinary perspective - including media, political, literary, linguistic, sociological and cultural studies - on the various ways the theme of dystopia has become relevant and massive in contemporary popular culture, both in traditional and digital forms, highlighting how it has changed across different languages and formats, also in the direction of a strong transmediality (novels, comics, movies, TV series, videogames, digital and social platforms, political discourses and so on).

    Dystopic societies have always been present in literature, film and media studies, but there is no doubt that they heavily emerged in recent cultural production as the result of deep social and political transformations that occurred in Western and non-Western societies after the collapse of twentieth-century ideologies and traumatic events – such as the attack on the Twin Towers or the current pandemic crisis. Thus, new narratives have emerged, often representing neo-populist or conspiracy theories on one hand, and apocalyptic future or “parallel present” on the other. The scenario of popular culture products reflects and also forges contemporary fears and anxieties within a society characterized by the domain of the technique, migrations and nomadic processes, democratic and environmental crisis, health emergencies; all aspects that underline the fragility of our societies and reconfigure concepts of space (production and representation of places, both real and fictional) and time (the role of past, present and future in dystopic media narratives), providing a cartography of complex trajectories and hybridizations of media, genres, and discourses of dystopias in popular culture and social practices.

    Possible topics for proposals may include (but are not limited to):

    • Digital dystopias and dystopias within the digital eco-system;
    • Technological dystopias in past and present narratives;
    • Health emergencies and pandemic;
    • Environmental catastrophes as critical rethorics against current ecological and economic models and in favour of sustainable and green policies;
    • Relationship between human beings and technology and role and representation of AI;
    • Crisis of democratic societies and consequences for geopolitical balances in light of the emergence of conspiracy theories;
    • Conflicts and splits in contemporary societies and struggles for power;
    • Migrations and allegorical use of diversity and new forms of cohabitation;
    • Integration of dystopic dynamics and narrative pipe within conventional media products;
    • Ucronic stories, “what if” mechanisms and the reinvention of the past;
    • Geographical references in dystopic media products: places, imaginaries, architectures, symbols, but also markets, production hubs and industry locative elements that help specific types of dystopic stories;
    • Time as narrative mechanism to strenghten apocalyptic and disturbing disquiets;
    • Transmediality and adaptation of literature and media contents and the creation of “dystopic” media franchises;
    • Soundscapes and the description of dystopic worlds through digital and popular music.

    We invite abstract submissions for 20-minute papers. Abstracts should be between 150-200 words in length and should be accompanied by a brief biographical note of the speaker/s. The deadline for submissions is 1st June. Accepted papers will be confirmed by 20th June. The language of the conference will be English. Please send abstracts to

  • 05.05.2022 19:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 2-3, 2022

    University of Padova, Italy

    Deadline: May 22, 2022

    We invite doctoral researchers and early career scholars who are working in the following fields to participate in the Digital Intimacies and Emerging Adults two-day workshop which will take place in the University of Padova (Italy) on 02 and 03 September 2022 (ISRF project 2021-2022- Digital Intimacies and Emerging Adults in Southern Europe: Crisis, Pandemics and Resistances):

    • Sexual content production and consumption
    • Sex workers and digital platforms
    • Discourses about platformed sex labour
    • Sex industry and representations of the sexual body
    • Intersections of age, gender, race and sexuality
    • Sex work as aesthetic labour
    • Intimacy repertoires in public and private spaces
    • Social movement organizations around sex work and / or digital platforms
    • Debates about labour precarity and digital forms of work
    • Digital / online harassment connected to sex work
    • Censorship and regulation of the sex industry
    • The impact of mainstream financial companies in the pursuit of self-managed sex work
    • The multiple meanings of pornography, post-pornography and diversity in sexuality representation
    • The roles of physical media in a digital, networked, society
    • Porn literacies and intimate citizenship

    Keynote speakers:

    Katrin Tiidenberg, Professor of participatory culture, Tallinn University

    Dr. Jamie Hakim, Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College London

    For this Call, please kindly submit, in no more than 1000 (a thousand) words:

    • A short overview of the area of work you’re developing or plan to develop
    • A short overview of the type of data that you are collecting, and that you would like to discuss and present during the Workshop
    • A few ideas about the type of feedback that you would like to receive during this Workshop by the research specialists that will be attending
    • A short rationale about why you think this workshop will considerably develop your research skills and how it aligns with the topics and framework(s) you are currently working on, or intend to work on.

    We also ask you to include your current academic status (e.g., postdoctoral research fellow, PhD student), your host institution(s), country of origin, and whether you have any specific accessibility requirements that might impact your participation in this event.

    Please send your submissions by 22nd May 2022 using the form that you can find here:

    The team:

    Daniel Cardoso - Universidade Lusófona, Portugal; Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal (

    Despina Chronaki - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (

    Cosimo Marco Scarcelli - University of Padova, Italy (

  • 05.05.2022 19:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eds. Gaëlle Ouvrein, Ana Jorge, & Hilde Van den Bulck

    Deadline: May 15, 2022


    This book aims to offer an interdisciplinary approach of a number of key topics related with celebrities and their audience: mental health, race and LGBTQ, celebrity scandals/cancel culture and influencers in non-profit sector. It does this by approaching these topics from less common perspectives. How can we analyze para-social relationships from a critical or persuasive approach? Or how can we increase our insights on celebrity commercialism from a cultural/critical perspective? Throughout the book, special attention will be paid to the disciplines of social psychology, critical/cultural studies and persuasion/marketing perspective. By concentrating on 4 main topics on celebrities and their audience, we aim to bring knowledge from different fields together to encourage academic cross-fertilization.


    We welcome original contributions of both empirical and theoretical nature. Commissioned chapters will be max. 8,000 words (including references). Style, general structure and referencing guides will be provided to authors whose chapter proposals are accepted. The editors reserve the right to negotiate chapter contents to avoid content crossover, duplication and gaps.


    Proposals Submission Deadline: May 15, 2022

    Notification of acceptance: May 30, 2022

    Full Chapters Due: October 1, 2022

    Questions and proposals:

    More information can be found here:

  • 05.05.2022 19:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for chapters

    Deadline: June 10, 2022

    What does automation do with us, our environment, and our imaginaries? What do we do, conversely, with automation, its environments, and its imaginative worlds? In addition to grand narratives and technology-driven design visions about the future, what else can automation offer? The growing prevalence of automated and algorithmic systems geared towards transforming humankind’s future has raised critical questions for scholars in the social sciences and humanities.

    The De Gruyter Handbook of Automated Futures addresses these questions while complicating the techno-solutionist narratives that frame automation discourse in industry and policy circles. The handbook will be a comprehensive guide to imaginaries and interactions with automation technologies that cuts across different fields and disciplines, along with critical explorations of their potential impact. Importantly, it is grounded in a pedagogy that integrates perspectives at both philosophical and practical levels – from the understanding of automated futures to the development of skills and value judgments.

    My colleague Vaike Fors and I are editing this handbook, and we are inviting you to submit an abstract!

    Deadline for abstracts is June 10, 2022. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions! The full call can be accessed on:

    Please consider submitting an abstract and sharing this call in your networks!

  • 05.05.2022 19:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sanem Şahin

    The book studies journalism in Cyprus to understand how journalists negotiate their roles and responsibilities in conflict-affected societies. In Cyprus, journalism has navigated through the pressures and challenges of intercommunal and political tensions. The book outlines a historical context of the conflict, also known as the Cyprus problem and discusses the news media's involvement in it. However, the primary concern is journalists' perceptions of their professional roles and external forces affecting their work. It examines the impact of political, economic and organisational influences, media ownership and technological developments on their work through interviews conducted with journalists. It studies professional and ethical challenges journalists experience, especially when reporting intercommunal relations. Finally, it explores the impact of digital media on journalism and the public debate on the Cyprus problem.


    Understanding Journalism

    News Media and the Conflict in Cyprus

    Journalistic Roles in Cyprus

    The Peace Process and Journalism in Cyprus

    Digital Journalism in Cyprus

    Sanem Şahin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln, UK. Her research interests include peace and conflict reporting, journalistic roles, national identity and marginalised communities.

  • 05.05.2022 19:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sue Curry Jansen is a scholar-led, nonprofit, no-fee open access publisher in the media, film, and communication studies fields. We are excited to announce the publication of our latest book, Sue Curry Jansen’s What Was Artificial Intelligence?.

    When it was originally published in 2002, Sue Curry Jansen’s “What Was Artificial Intelligence?” attracted little notice. The long essay was published as a chapter in Jansen’s Critical Communication Theory, a book whose wisdom and erudition failed to register across the many fields it addressed. One explanation for the neglect, ironic and telling, is that Jansen’s sheer scope as an intellectual had few competent readers in the communication studies discipline into which she published the book. “What Was Artificial Intelligence?” was buried treasure. In this edition, Jansen’s prescient autopsy of AI self-selling—the rhetoric of the masculinist sublime—is reprinted with a new introduction. Now an open access book, What Was Artificial Intelligence? is a message in a bottle, addressed to Musk, Bezos, and the latest generation of AI myth-makers.

    The book is available online, and as a free download in PDF, ePub, and Mobi. The book is also available as a $5 paperback.

    What Was Artificial Intelligence? appears in the Media Manifold series. Scholars interested in proposing volumes in this or other series are encouraged to reach out with a query.

  • 29.04.2022 13:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    27 June – 1 July 2022

    Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Deadline: May 1, 2022


    Session: Environmental Resilience Communication: Institutions, Media, Citizens

    Session coordination: Dr. Enric Castelló, Universitat Rovira i Virgili,

    As human societies, we have entered a point of no return in terms of the consequences of climate change. Global warming is at the root of more and worse floods, wildfires, and extreme weather events. The discursive paradigm of "the fight against climate change" and its consequences is turning towards the need for parallel communicative action to promoting the management of change. Nature has resilience mechanisms that we must understand and accompany. For this, we need better Environmental Resilience Communication (ERC), an interpretive frame recently reactivated that interacts with the need to take urgent decisions to slow down global warming. ERC includes communicating and circulating knowledge of the mechanisms required to attenuate the consequences of climate change on the environment and nature: these include vegetation recovery, soil transformation, physical and chemical processes, species adaptation, and all sorts of reorganization in response to the changes. ERC also includes understanding and communicating how human societies can help foster environmental resilience. This requires joint efforts from policy makers, educational agents, institutions, media, organizations and citizens. This section welcomes proposals in the following areas.

    • Analysis of ERC policies and management by all sorts of stakeholders (governments, educational agents, institutions, political parties, media, organizations, local communities, citizens).
    • Discourse and frame analyses on media, political statements, organizational communication, scientific output, etc.
    • Analytical and critical approaches to the relationship between ERC and Global North/South dynamics.
    • Studies on the media production of ERC and people’s awareness of resilient systems, including social media, journalism, film and TV.
    • Other research-based studies that consider communication complexities among stakeholders and ERC.

    Abstracts must be submitted following the guidelines given by the TERRAenVISION congress. DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS 1 MAY 2022.





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