European Communication Research
and Education Association
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Edited by Gilda Seddighi and Sara Tafakori
Recent years have seen a renewed interest in exploring motherhood and mothering as political and emotional resources for digital activism. Although the intertwinement of mothering and politics predates the digital context, feminist debates around the politicization of mothering, from protests against state killings and disappearances, via the role of the mother in nation-building, to advocacy for right wing populisms, need addressing all the more urgently as we endeavour to understand the ways in which mothering is not only mediatised, but agentively deployed across social media platforms. The political role and significance of the mother, the uneasy relation between motherhood as gendered identity and mothering as daily practice, continue to be contentious issues for feminists (Rich 1976, DiQuinzio 1999, Gumbs, Martens and Williams 2016, Naber 2021). Mother-activists have historically constructed public issues from their personal experiences of suffering and loss within family structures (Reiger 2000), utilizing the symbolic power of motherhood in order to motivate others to join their causes (LogsdonConradsen 2011). Notwithstanding, campaigns such those of the Argentinian Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo have been cast as ‘trapped by a bad script’ (Taylor 1997), that is as reproducing the same narratives of familialism and heteropatriarchal bloodline that underpin the narrative of the state. Conversely, many feminist scholars have argued that the political mobilisation of the trope of the mother has the potential to challenge the ‘official’ frameworks of national, ethnic or other group loyalty and to undermine or to radically reframe these very narratives (Kim 2020, Athanasiou 2017, Carreon and Moghadam 2015, ). For example, the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo have raised the slogan ‘One child, all the children’ (Sosa 2014), taking the campaign beyond limits of blood kinship.
A key debate to address is the relation between individual and collective in mothers’ digital activism, and how this relation shapes the politics of mothering. On the one hand, digital activism is often celebrated as connecting ‘private’ individual and personal experiences and emotions with the public realm (Bennett and Segerberg 2013, Papacharissi 2010, Vivienne 2016), something which has perhaps favoured ‘popular feminism’ in the shape of MeToo and other mobilisations (Baer 2016, Banet-Weiser 2018). On the other hand, this perspective is often criticised as downplaying the potential of digital activism both for building collective identifications and projects (Gerbaudo 2012, Dean 2016, Nunes 2015) and for creating new forms of exclusion and hierarchy (Seddighi 2014). In light of discussions around datafication (Lomborg, Dencik, & Moe 2020) and disinformation (Bennett & Livingstone 2018), the question of how mother-activists utilise digital media affordances to shape modalities of political intervention, has become even more important.
The proposed edited volume aims to bring together contributions from a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives with a focus around mothering and the uses of social media for social and political change. We aim to include conceptual papers as well as empirical studies from a broad range of contexts across the global South and global North.
Papers may address one or more of the following topics but are not limited to these:
- The relation between digital affordances and mother-activism
- Creating digital political spaces beyond the binary of horizontalism vs hierarchy
- Intersectional and decolonial approaches to mediating mother-activism
- Mediating queer mothering
- How to build spaces and practices of solidarity
- Centre-periphery narratives and mothers at the margins: how hierarchies and mechanisms of social exclusion are reproduced and/or challenged/interrupted
- The mediation of/relations between local, national and transnational spaces of mothering
- Temporalities of mothering: memory work; futurities
- Mediated affects and affective practices of mother-activism
- The visual mediation of mothering; tropes, repertoires, disruptions
- Mobilising motherhood and mothering under authoritarian governments
- The deployment of motherhood tropes in right-wing movements; the mother figure and racism or nativism
- Mediating motherhood during economic or political crises
- Interrelations and tensions between online and offline activism
Abstract submission deadline: September 15, 2021. Please submit a title and an abstract of around 500 words with a short bio (150 words) to both email accounts: Gilda Seddighi email@example.com and Sara Tafakori firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts should reference 3-4 works in the relevant literature. The accepted abstracts will serve as chapter summaries in the book proposal.
Notification of abstract acceptance: October 1, 2021
Full paper submission: March 6, 2022 (between 6500 and 7500 words)
Please note: Our initial book proposal received interest from the editor of the Palgrave
MacMillan Gender Studies list. The full proposal with chapter summaries will go out by
November 8, 2021 with the intention of getting a book contract early in 2022.
The ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany, is offering two Phd-Posts with the following profiles:
three-year doctoral position – under the condition of job release – in the Lab "Audio-visual Media and Historiography", which will be co-supervised by the Lab "Communication History and Media Change" as soon as possible:
Doctoral student (f/m/d)
Remuneration group 13 TV-L
with 50% of the regular working time
for a period of three years
in the field of "Dictatorship and Unequal Memory in Digital Society: Historical Images in Feature Films and their Communicative Appropriation Using the Example of the Last Argentine Military Dictatorship (1976-1983)".
The time limitation is based on § 2 (1) WissZeitVG (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, i.e. temporary science employment act). Therefore, candidates may only be considered who dispose of the respective scope of qualification periods according to § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.
The doctoral student (f/m/d) will work on the above-mentioned topic with the lab leaders Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels and Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz. The aim is to write a qualification thesis and to work on the project of the ZeMKI research focus "Audiovisual Cultures and Communicative Appropriations of Historical Images: New Inequalities in Digital Society".
A) The interdisciplinary study of images of history and traumatic historical experience in contemporary Argentine feature films and their social discussion, taking into account the disciplines of history as well as communication and media studies and the highlighted importance of social media for current media practice in everyday life.
B) Writing a dissertation with a focus on one of the research areas of the participating labs on the topic of "Dictatorship and Unequal Memory in Digital Society: Images of History in Feature Films and Their Communicative Appropriation Using the Example of the Last Argentine Military Dictatorship (1976-1983)".
C) Conducting courses amounting to 2 SCH (semester contact hours per week) in the degree programmes of Communication and Media Studies as well as participation in the conduct of examinations in the degree programmes supported by the ZeMKI.
- Testing new methodological approaches for combining historical research on contemporary feature films on the traumatic history of the last Argentinean military dictatorship with subject-centred and actor-based media research.
- Participation in the further development of the research profile of the ZeMKI through collaboration in the aforementioned research focus "Audiovisual Cultures and Communicative Appropriations of Images of History: New Inequalities in the Digital Society".
- Above-average Master's degree in history and communication and/or media studies or comparable degrees that indicate an aptitude for working on a doctorate in the aforementioned field.
- Knowledge of historical analysis as well as social-empirical qualitative methods and/or the willingness to develop this knowledge further.
- Knowledge in the field of Latin American history and knowledge of the Spanish language at level B 2.2 (Common European reference framework for languages).
- Interdisciplinary research interest or interest in the scientific analysis of audiovisual cultures and communicative appropriations of historical images as well as in the topic of inequality in the digital society.
- Experience in the field of social media data analysis is desirable.
- Enjoy organisational tasks and working in a team
The University of Bremen is committed to increasing the proportion of women in academia and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Severely disabled applicants will be given priority if they have essentially the same professional and personal qualifications. Applications from people with a migration background are welcome.
Questions should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels at email@example.com or to Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should include the following documents:
- A two-page letter of motivation: On the first page, please outline your interests in terms of content and methodology and explain how your work will contribute to the research focus "Audiovisual Cultures and Communicative Appropriations of Historical Images: New Inequalities in Digital Society".
- Curriculum vitae with the usual information about your career.
- A copy of your certificates (university entrance qualification, degrees).
- A writing sample (a research paper, publication or your Master's thesis).
- The names of two reviewers who will be able to comment on your previous work and your suitability for participation in the project.
Please send your application, quoting the reference number A162/21, by September 9th, 2021 to
Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels
or as PDF by e-mail (single file to): email@example.com
Lab "Audio-visual Media and Historiography"
The Lab researches AV media - especially film and television - as historical sources or documents of the history of modernity. It focuses on the role of these media for the memory and construction of historical processes and looks at films of all kinds, sound recordings and of photographs, which are to be systematically lifted and made accessible for historical research. The approaches and theoretical approaches developed by historians for text sources can only be transferred to audio-visual sources to a limited extent, which results in a methodological problem for historians that the Lab would like to help solve. One focus is therefore on the discussion of methods, another on exploring the significance of audio-visual media, such as films and images, for historical research. It is currently concentrating on the fields of Latin American population and development policy after 1945 as well as coming to terms with and overcoming the Latin American military dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s.
Lab "Communication History and Media Change
The Lab sees itself as an inter/transdisciplinary platform for research in the history of media and communication: The change in social communication, media dispositives and appropriations are researched and described from different perspectives and with a variety of methods and sources. The subject of research on mediatisation in the history of communication is in particular the emergence and development of the various media and their interplay with each other, the history of communication and the social change of the public sphere, also from the perspective of communication and media ethics as well as in inter/transnational comparison. The study of communication and media change is linked with the history of ideas on communication, media and the public sphere, or the history of the subject and theory of newspaper, journalism and communication studies. Also relevant is methodological research on the history of communication and media, e.g. on (qualitative) content analysis, historical document analysis and digital methods.
Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research
The Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) is one of nine central academic institutions at the University of Bremen and is one of the most important European institutions for research into questions of media and communication change at the interface of cultural and social sciences on the one hand and technical sciences on the other. A special focus of the research is the emerging digital society with regard to existing inequalities, both in terms of historical questions of their genesis and current challenges of algorithms, automation and data. The ZeMKI carries the research focus "Audiovisual Cultures and Communicative Appropriations of Historical Images: New Inequalities in Digital Society".
The Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen offers – under the condition of job release – a three-year doctoral position to be based in the Lab "Media and Religion" and co-supervised by the Lab "Film, Media Art and Popular Culture as soon as possible:
in the field of "Colonialism in Video Gaming: Audiovisual Histospheres and Communicative Appropriations of Historical Images as Processes of Othering".
The employment relationship is fixed-term and serves to attain academic advancement as regulated by the act on academic fixed-term contracts, §2 (1) (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). Therefore, applicants can only be considered for the position if they still dispose of the relevant qualification periods according to §2 (1) WissZeitVG.
The doctoral student will work on the above-mentioned topic with the lab leaders Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler and Prof. Dr. Winfried Pauleit. The project is part of the ZeMKI research focus "Audiovisual Cultures and Communicative Appropriations of Historical Images: New Inequalities in Digital Society".
- Research in the field of colonialism in video gaming under two perspectives:
A) media-centred investigation of colonial aesthetics through audio-visual modelling of immersive historical space-time structures (audio-visual histospheres) and/or
B) actor-centred communication about colonial historical images from the perspective of communicative figuration with regard to attribution and negotiation processes as well as the appropriation of colonial stereotypes by players.
- Writing a dissertation with a focus on one of the research areas of the participating labs on the topic of "Colonialism in Video Gaming: Audiovisual Histospheres and Communicative Appropriations of Historical Images as Processes of Othering".
- Testing new methodological approaches for combining object-centred media research and actor-centred media research
- Research interest in the analysis of audiovisual cultures and communicative appropriations of historical images as well as in the topic of inequality in digital society.
- Conducting courses in the amount of 2 SCH (semester contact hours per week) in the Communication and Media Studies programmes, participation in the conduct of examinations.
- Above-average Master's degree in communication and/or media studies or comparable degree that indicates an aptitude for working on a doctorate in the aforementioned field
- Knowledge of media-aesthetic analysis and/or socio-empirical qualitative methods
- Knowledge in the field of video gaming / game studies
- Interdisciplinary research interest
- Experience with data analysis of social media is desirable
- Good command of English
- Ability to organise and work in a team
- Participation in the ZeMKI doctoral programme
Questions should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. Dr. Winfried Pauleit email@example.com.
- A two-page letter of motivation. Page 1 should describe your interests in terms of content and methodology and explain why you believe your profile fits the research focus "Audiovisual Cultures and Communicative Appropriations of Images of History: New Inequalities in Digital Society"
- Curriculum vitae
- A copy of your academic transcripts
- A writing sample (research paper, publication or master's thesis)
- Names of two reviewers who can assess your previous academic expertise
Please send applications with the reference number A163/21 by September 9th, 2021 to
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler
or as PDF by e-mail (single file) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lab "Media and Religion
The Lab Media and Religion deals with the connection between media and religions and their change. The perspective is twofold: on the one hand, current and historical religious discourses and their authorities are shaped by the media. On the other hand, religious practices are always media practices, and religious identities are always media identities. Thus, actors or groups present, discuss and organise their religious ideas by means of diverse media (books, images, video, virtual worlds, etc.). In this sense, religion is also a mediatised phenomenon that needs to be analysed with regard to questions of media communication.
Lab "Film, Media Art and Popular Culture
The Lab "Film, Media Art and Popular Culture" deals with visual and audio-visual media, their aesthetics and history, as well as their change in the context of digitalisation and globalisation. A special focus of the research is on the specific forms and dispositives of film, media art and popular culture, their production, distribution, broadcasting, exhibition, mediation and appropriation, as well as their storage and collection in archives. In addition to media products and media artworks, their aesthetic experience through communal and individual use, as well as the discourses and cultural interactions that flank them, are also examined.
As an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Bremen, the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) deals with questions of media and communication change at the interface of cultural and social sciences on the one hand and technical sciences on the other. The special feature here is the interdisciplinary orientation of the research institute: it involves researchers from film studies and media aesthetics, history, information management, communication and media studies, cultural and religious studies and media education. The ZeMKI carries the research focus "Audiovisual cultures and communicative appropriations of historical images: New Inequalities in Digital Society." The aim of the ZeMKI doctoral programme at the University of Bremen is to provide cooperative and collegial supervision for its doctoral students. Participants must be registered as doctoral students at the University of Bremen and be supervised by professors working at the ZeMKI. The doctoral programme is based on a binding doctoral agreement, separates supervision from peer review and gives doctoral candidates broad opportunities to develop and complete their dissertation projects in a constructive environment.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Noah Mozes Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites outstanding candidates to apply for a tenure-track position starting July, 2022.
Excellent candidates in all areas of communications are invited to apply.
The successful applicant will join a dynamic research-oriented faculty offering innovative undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. For more information about our faculty and research please visit: https://scholars.huji.ac.il/smart/faculty
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree at the time of hire, and demonstrate an active research program, indicating the potential for outstanding scholarship. The person hired will teach introductory and advanced courses in communications in their areas of specialization. They will also be expected to supervise Masters and Ph.D. students and to contribute to departmental and university service.
Applications should include the following documents in a single PDF file. Documents should be in English in the order described below.
Applicants will compete with candidates of other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences for academic positions.
Appointment procedures will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Hebrew University and are subject to the approval of the university authorities. The university is not obliged to appoint any of the candidates who apply for the position.
PLEASE SEND THESE DOCUMENTS IN ONE SINGLE PDF ATTACHED FILE TO: email@example.com
Inquiries should be directed to:
Professor Paul Frosh
Head, Department of Communication and Journalism,
Deadline for applications: September 30th, 2021.
Please inform your referees that their letters should also arrive by the deadline.
Sharable link to this Job Ad: https://communication.huji.ac.il/מידע-למתעניינים/מידע-למועמדים-לסגל-המחלקה
Special issue in Tourism Geographies
Deadline: October 15, 2021
This special issue examines practices, meanings and impacts of emerging media technologies: digital, mobile, geo/locative and augmented reality technologies within tourism geographies. The special issue aims to situate emerging media technologies within processes of the production and transformation of space, spatial knowledge and social relations within the tourist encounter. We ask contributors to the special issue to consider: What are the configurations of different technologies involved with tourist experiences? In what ways do emerging media technologies shape tourism imaginaries and experiences? What are the particular cultural inflections in the relationship between digital and tourist practices? How do broader infrastructural and economic conditions shape the relationships between digital and tourist practices?
Papers in this special issue will explore the unfolding contexts of media, digital and emerging technologies in tourism geographies across breadth and depth and may include the following topics:
-Culturally and geographically situated explorations of digital practices in tourist sites (including empirical investigations into travel photography, virtual reality headsets, online travel writing, and travel vlogs)
-The role of emerging media technologies for wayfinding and placemaking
-Digital practices and infrastructures in relationship to tourism work and livelihoods
-Specific studies of social and digital media platforms and apps and tourist practices (eg. Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp)
-Specific studies of geo/locative and augmented reality technologies and tourist practices (eg. GoPro, WallaMe)
-Non-use and non-digital environments such as sacred and religious sites
-In-depth qualitative or ethnographic studies of emerging media technologies in literary tourism, film tourism, theme parks, fan tourism, music tourism, food tourism, heritage tourism, or roots tourism in comparative contexts (we particularly welcome studies situated in countries in the Global South)
-Tourism locations and technologies and of visual cultures
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract submission: 15 Oct 2021
Full publication timeline: https://www.tgjournal.com/emerging-technologies.html
(No payments are required from authors of accepted articles.)
We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.
University of Salzburg, Austria
The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria, is pleased to be able to staff a Full Professorship in Journalism Studies as of October 1st, 2022. The deadline for applications is October 13th, 2021.
The Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) is an up-and-coming Austrian university with outstanding achievements in research and teaching in the fields of (digital) humanities, life sciences, sustainable (social) development and interconnections of art and science. With its four guiding principles “Art in Context”, “Development and Sustainability”, “Digital Life”, and “Health and Mind”, the PLUS offers researchers excellent inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration opportunities.
As of 1st October 2022, the permanent position of a full professorship in “journalism studies” at the department of communication studies at the PLUS is to be staffed.
This professorship covers communication studies in general, with a research and teaching focus on journalism studies. This focus covers in particular critical inquiry of the social role of journalism in times of political, socio-cultural, economic and media-technological change. This includes also digital and non-editorial forms of journalism. Internationally-oriented candidates familiar and consistent with the department’s mission statement are given priority. The future professor will contribute to the Bachelor-, Master- and PhD programmes at the department, in particular with regard to journalism theories and empirical methods, as well as projects in cooperation with the professional field. Solid knowledge of the Austrian media landscape is an asset. The professor is expected to cooperate closely with all other divisions of the department in Salzburg, and the department aims at increasing the number of female professors.
General requirements include:
1. appropriate PhD / disseration;
2. appropriate „Habilitation“ (venia docendi) in communication, media or journalism studies, or equivalent scientific qualification;
3. excellent scientific (publication) record;
4. excellent teaching record;
5. leadership skills in the academic context;
6. strong international scientific network;
7. very good command of English and German language.
1. research and teaching on the digital transformation of journalism from a societyoriented perspective, and engagement with the professional field;
2. experience and knowledge in applying qualitative and quantitative methods to empirical journalism studies, skills in digital methods;
3. experience in conducting basic research and in third-party funded research projects;
4. participation in academic administrative self-governance;
5. experience in up-to-date knowledge management;
6. social skills, cooperation and interdisciplinarity;
7. leadership skills;
8. teaching in English and German, including exams.
The Paris Lodron University Salzburg appoints professors full-time on a tenured contract according to the regulations of the Austrian Universities Act, the Law on Employees (Angestelltengesetz), and the collective contractual agreement (Kollektivvertrag) for university employees (group A1 / https://www.plus.ac.at/personalabteilung-amt-der-universitaet/rechtliche-grundlagen/kollektivvertrag-2/). The legal minimum of salary negotiations is € 5,321.70 before taxes (in 14 monthly payments). A higher salary may be subject of contract negotiations.
The Paris Lodron University Salzburg seeks to increase the proportion of women on its staff and therefore especially welcomes applications from suitably qualified female candidates. In cases where successful candidates possess equal qualifications, priority will be given to women.
Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are expressly invited to apply.
Unfortunately, any travel and accommodation expenses incurred during the admission procedure cannot be reimbursed.
Applications have to include teaching and research objectives as well as the usual documents such as curriculum vitae, list of academic publications, conference contributions and courses held, teaching evaluations, didactical certificates, record of research projects and external funding, activities in academic self-governance and other relevant activities. Applications are to be adressed to the president of the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hendrik Lehnert. They have to be submitted by 13th October 2021 per email to email@example.com, stating the reference number of the vacancy GZ B0010/1-2021.
June 24-25, 2022
Deadline: October 20, 2021
A conference exploring the intersections of history, culture, digital technology and journalism.
Although the shared past of digitization and journalism stretches back at least to a half-century, digital journalism history is a field still in formation. Building on the momentum of the recent ‘historical turn’ in digital media and internet studies, the aim of the conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary network of scholars to interrogate digital journalism histories and to start a global critical exchange on various approaches to and aspects of historicising digital journalism.
As digital journalism has been re-configured by socio-historical contradictions of communication and complexities of its technological innovations, journalism scholarship should continuously strive for enhancing critical exchange to advance studies that intersect with numerous disciplines, theoretical approaches and methodological traditions. Emphasis of the conference is on the plurality of histories instead of one single digital journalism history, acknowledging diachronic as well as synchronic complexities of social relations, political contingencies, cultural traditions and power configurations between journalism and digitisation. Instead of enforcing one great master narrative, the conference aims to offer a space to embrace the co-existence of parallel, sometimes complementing, often conflicting historical investigations and narratives.
By aiming to explore the intersections of history, culture, digital technology and journalism, the conference welcomes papers and panels that are grounded on diachronic or synchronic explorations of digital journalism ‘pasts’, while elaborating the relevance of its historical findings for digital journalism ‘futures’. The conference invites theoretical and methodological reflections on historicising digital journalism as well as original single case studies or comparative inquiries into the phenomena from the decades of the long digital revolution of journalism. The conference welcomes papers that examine the digital journalism histories of the global ‘centers’ and we especially encourage inquiries from the ‘peripheries’ of digital journalism development and scholarship.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Mythologies of technology: reconsidering ‘dead’ and ‘new’ technologies in journalism
- Transforming social control in the digitized newsroom: investigating separation and integration tendencies
- Re-configuring the labour process in digital journalism: between standardisation and creativity of digital news production
- Digital platforms, tools and practices in journalism: from Teletext, CD-ROMS and Minitel to www, smartphones and social media
- Changing skillsets in digital journalism: deskilling, reskilling, upskilling newsworkers
- (Dis)continuities of forms and genres in journalism
- Labour relations of digital journalism: standardisation, precarisation, entrepreneurialism
- Liquefied identities of digital journalism: boundary work between ‘online’ and ‘offline’ journalists, ‘professional’ and ‘citizen’ journalists, journalists and ‘technologists’, ‘journalists’ vs ‘bloggers’
- Re-inventing journalistic profiles: from ‘mouse monkeys’, ‘meta journalists’ to ‘robot journalists’
- Digitized audiences between participation and commodification
- Business models of digital journalism: from legacy media ecosystem to platform capitalism
- Ethical, legal and regulatory issues of digital journalism: from www to automation
- Particular online journalistic genres moving online: digital music, sport, food journalism
*echnical details and important dates
Deadline for submitting abstracts and panel proposals is October 20, 2021 (CET).
Please submit all submissions via this online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLTg4do6bMlFrDrcxL6MJJJqudnWJtR9rrRxrRSgtUoo0qiA/viewform
Panel proposals should consist of 3 or 4 papers, and all the paper abstracts belonging to a proposed panel should be submitted individually through the form. The maximum length for panel and paper abstracts is 400 words.
Conference talks will be 15 minutes long followed by 5 minute long discussions.
Further information will be found on the constantly updated conference website: https://sites.google.com/view/hodj2022/news
Organizers and contact information
The conference will be held at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), and is jointly organised by the Department of Sociology and Communications, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, BME and the Social Communication Research Centre, University of Ljubljana (UL).
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organizers:
Dr. Tamas Tofalvy, Associate Professor (BME): firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Igor Vobič, Associate Professor (UL): email@example.com
DOI 10.48541/dcr.v7.0 (SSOAR) | ISBN 978-3-945681-07-0
The value of online user comments is a much-debated issue. In journalism, the newly arising possibility for readers and viewers to easily and instantaneously share their views on journalistic output was welcomed at first. Compared to the conventional letter to the editor it represented a democratized form of audience feedback. News organizations increased their presence in the social web and gained more and more experience with user comments. Over time, however, discontent towards the quality of online user comments seemed to grow. But what is the responsibility of journalism in this respect? How do news organizations use the social web? How do they handle online user comments? To what extent do they tap the dialogical potential of the social web for facilitating exchange and understanding between different viewpoints? This study pursues these questions by investigating the case of Germany’s international public service broadcaster Deutsche Welle with its explicit dialogical mandate. It provides an in-depth examination of a transition period in which the news organization is grappling with its self-conception as a serious news provider in the casual social web environment, in which social media editors struggle for recognition from their established colleagues, and in which “stepping back and letting the discussion unfold on its own” serves as a strategy to avoid censorship accusations from users. Based on a specially developed analytical grid the study offers a democracy-theoretical evaluation of the user comments and their handling by Deutsche Welle.
November 24-29, 2021
Deadline: September 24, 2021
The Media Literacy and Civic Cultures (MeLCi Lab) Autumn School “Science bootcamp to improve research hands-on skills”, to be held 24th to 29th November 2021, aims to capacitate PhD students with a set of hands-on research skills that help them in their projects, supporting their professional development. By adopting an integrative and multidisciplinary approach, the School will bring together several scholars for a set of workshops and communications to foster research skills related to scientific writing and innovative methodologies. We will address topics about civic engagement, arts-based research, participation, citizen science, datafication, and ethics research. Moreover, the school also intends to be a space for the production of tangible outcomes, through its “72h Paper Development Marathon”. MeLCi Autumn School intends to be an inclusive space, and three equity grants will be available for students from underrepresented communities.
MeLCi Lab is currently looking for proposals of PhD students who want to apply for the Autumn School. These applications can be submitted until the 24th of September.
More information and application: https://cicant.ulusofona.pt/agenda-news/news-events/396-melci-lab-autumn-school
Editors: Irena Reifová, Martin Hájek
The key concepts of the book are media, class, poverty, and shaming. The contributors to this book examine how certain social relations and their cultural meanings in the media, namely class and poverty, are transformed into factual or moral attributes of people and situations. Class and poverty are not understood as certain things and actions, or concepts and numbers; both class and poverty are assumed to be, above all, particular social relationships or a set of relations between people, things and symbols.
Without denying that contempt for the destitute Other is an affect found throughout history and in various socioeconomic contexts, the chapters in this book – through their concern with the mediated gaze on class – narrate predominantly the challenges brought about by the media’s spectacular take on poverty and low status as they (at least) coincide with the neoliberal era.
This volume will be essential reading for the scholars specialising in the study of media and social inequalities form the vantage points of Media Studies, Sociology, Anthropology or European Studies.
University of Bern
At the Institute of Communication and Media Studies (ikmb) of the University of Bern, a position is available as a Phd-Student / Post-doc researcher(80-100%).
The position will be available from October 1st, 2021 (or by appointment) for an initial period of three years. It is intended to serve the purpose of scientific qualification.
An attractive working environment awaits you at the Institute for Communication and Media Science at the University of Bern: a collegial team, cooperation and exchange, as well as the freedom to develop your own ideas. Employment adheres to the regulations of the Canton of Berne.
The University of Bern strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified female candidates to apply.
Applications (letter of motivation including research interests / ideas, CV, publication list, certificates; for Phds: one central chapter of the MA-thesis or another publication; for Post-docs: 1-2 central articles) should be mailed as a pdf file by September 2nd, 2021 to Prof. Dr. Silke Adam (firstname.lastname@example.org). For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Silke Adam. The job interviews will take place on the 10th / 13th of September.
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