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  • 29.04.2022 13:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

    The Science Communication Division (Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer) at the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich invites applications for a doctoral position (60%). Start of employment: August 15 or September 1, 2022.

    About the position

    • 3-year doctoral position (60%, paid according to cantonal salary scheme)
    • Contract can be extended by an additional 3 years
    • Workplace is Zurich

    What would be your main tasks?

    • Conduct high-quality research on science communication
    • Collaborate in team projects
    • Attend conferences and publish in leading communication journals
    • Pursue your PhD within the period of appointment
    • Teach one class per semester relevant to your research interests in our BA/MA programs
    • Some organizational or administrative tasks

    What should you bring to the team?

    • Master’s degree in communication science or a related subject (certificate required at start of employment)
    • Interest in research on science communication, preferably also on climate change communication
    • Experience with computational methods of social/communication science would be welcome
    • Proficiency in English and ideally also in German
    • Interest in/ability to work in a team, but also to work independently on your PhD project

    What can we offer you?

    • Dynamic and research-oriented team
    • Collegial and inspiring working atmosphere
    • Excellent resources
    • Track record of successful PhD supervision

    How to apply

    Your application should include a motivation letter, your CV, copies of degrees and relevant transcripts, and a list of scientific publications (if applicable) in one PDF file.

    Further information and application details: https://www.ikmz.uzh.ch/dam/jcr:9922060a-bcba-49ff-a251-9aae305b03da/CfA2022.pdf

  • 29.04.2022 13:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event takes place: Monday, 17 October 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: mmroslyng@ikp.aau.dk

    Participation in the event is free of charge.

  • 29.04.2022 06:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 8-9, 2022

    Halifax Hall, Sheffield, UK

    Deadline (extended): May 9, 2022

    Drones are an increasingly important social phenomenon. Their use has the potential to change the way people see the world in the same way other technologies have, like smartphones and the internet. Generating questions that go beyond safety and security issues, their widespread use opens new debates on the relationship between media and mobility (Hildebrand, 2021), material practice (Howley, 2017), and vertical power (Kaplan, 2018). Drones are the latest technological advancement to have a significant impact in the world we live in, offering opportunities for new forms of visual communication, culture and practices.

    We invite the submission of proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on these topics, ‘Drones in Society: New Visual Aesthetics’, which will be held on 8th and 9th September at Halifax Hall in Sheffield, UK. This 2-day conference will be hosted by the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. The updated deadline for submission is May 9 2022.

    The conference is concerned with the role of drones in society and the way in which they are contributing to new visual aesthetics.

    The conference invites interdisciplinary research, reflection and critique on topics including (but not limited to) the following:

    • People’s perspectives on drones (and their data): surveillance, ethics and privacy issues in domestic and commercial uses.
    • New visual perspectives: the creation of new visual content (drone art and amateur uses).
    • Drone regulations: potential gaps in regulating domestic and commercial drones, future perspectives.
    • Current uses and future applications: the implementation of drones in society.
    • Drones and vertical power: the uses of drones in war zones, activism and humanitarian activities.

    Proposed formats:

    • Individually submitted papers (organised into panels by the DiS committee)
    • Panels (3-4 individual papers)
    • Roundtable discussions (led by one of the presenters)
    • Visual posters

    Abstracts between 300-500 words in Word format must be submitted to e.serafinelli@sheffield.ac.uk by May 9 2022.

    You will be notified of the decision by June 13 2022.

    Conference proceedings and selected papers will be published in a section of the forthcoming book Vision and Verticality (Palgrave), edited by Gary Bratchford and Dennis Zuev.

    Confirmed keynote speaker: Julia M. Hildebrand, Assistant Professor of Communication at Eckerd College

    Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to visit a drone visuals exhibition held on the evening of 8th September and participate in a workshop with two drone artists on 9th September.

    Conference organised by Elisa Serafinelli and Lauren Alex O’Hagan, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield

    For more information, contact e.serafinelli@sheffield.ac.uk or visit www.visualsociety.net

    References

    Hildebrand J. (2021): Aerial Play: Drone Medium, Mobility, Communication, and Culture. Singapore: Palgrave Mcmillan

    Howley K. (2017): Drones: Media Discourse and the Public Imagination. New York: Peter Lang.

    Kaplan C. (2018): Aerial Aftermaths: Wartime from Above. Durham: Duke University Press.

  • 28.04.2022 08:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alongside great destruction and human suffering, the war in Ukraine has brought governments, regulators and platform services to combat disinformation and incitement or to control the message, depending on one’s perspective. The role of public interest media has been foregrounded, not just of the big public service broadcasters, but also of small independent media and journalists’ collectives. In response to ECREA’s invitation to sections to hold virtual pre-conference events around the 9th European Communications Conference, the Communications Law and Policy section is planning three two-hour long sessions on themes that are now more urgent than ever.

    The format is designed to enable a dynamic exchange of ideas and recent research findings among scholars and stakeholders that address some of the most pressing issues in the field. After opening comments by invited speakers from both media and communication policymaking and policy research, 5 section members will present insights from their research or their cutting-edge ideas in 4-minute elevator pitches to kick off discussion. We welcome exploratory research findings, yet to be tested hypothesis, innovative policy ideas, calls to action in new research directions.

    • Tuesday, 11 October 14:00 – 16:00 CET Regulation of content: risks of harms from online content; freedom of expression and media diversity online

    o Chair: Sally Broughton Micova

    o Ofcom or European Commission (TBC)

    o Facebook (TBC)

    o Mark Cole, University of Luxembourg

    • Wednesday, 12 October 14:00 -16:00 CET The future of the public interest: prioritization and prominence; cultural and political aims, and public service media

    o Chair: Manuel Puppis, University of Fribourg

    o Florence Hartman EBU

    o Netflix (TBC)

    o Eleonora Mazzoli, LSE

    • Thursday, 13 October 14:00 -16:00 CET Standards vs Abusers: new developments in governance; the interaction between standardization and illiberalism; threats to media freedom

    o Chair: Hilde van den Bulck, Drexel University

    o Flutura Kusari, ECPMF

    o Urska Umek (CoE)

    o Marko Milosavljević, University of Ljubljana

    Interested in delivering one of these short pitches? Please send your 300 words abstract to the section chair (s.broughton-micova@uea.ac.uk) by 29 April, 2022, indicating for which of the three online events your input is intended in the subject line. Two slots per session will be ringfenced for early career researchers, pending sufficient applications.

    Participation will be free and open to all CLP members. So, mark your calendars now! More information will be shared closer to the events.

  • 28.04.2022 08:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce that the European Journal of Cultural Studies have kindly agreed to establish a best paper award for early career scholars presenting their research at the ECC in Aarhus in October 2022. The award has a financial value of 1500 euros and includes publication of the winning paper in the journal. It will be presented at the Aarhus conference.

    The award is open to early career researchers who are either doctoral researchers or who have received their doctorate recently. Please submit papers that share the journal’s broad conception of cultural studies as rooted in lived experience and present well-theorized empirical research (https://journals.sagepub.com/description/ECS). The award will be given to the best paper which demonstrates critically-engaged and empirically-driven cultural studies in keeping with the aims of the European journal of Cultural Studies. Entrants must be presenting their paper at the ECC and must be a member of ECREA. Applicants should either be single or first authors and the papers should not have been already published in a scholarly journal.

    The submission date for entries is Friday September 9th 4pm CEST.

    All entries must follow the guidelines for submission to the European Journal of Cultural Studies (https://journals.sagepub.com/author-instructions/ECS). Entrants should also submit a short biography (no more than 10 lines).

    We are looking forward to reading your submissions! Please send your papers to info@ecrea.eu.

    If you have further questions, please contact us at info@ecrea.eu.

    The award will be judged by a committee comprising of:

    • Joke Hermes (ECS founding co-editor)
    • Goran Bolin
    • Despina Chronaki
    • John Downey
  • 28.04.2022 08:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Edited by: Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech, Mateusz Sobiech

    This volume brings together an international team of authors to investigate a wide range of issues concerning the fundamental role of media technologies in shaping contemporary emotional life. Chapters explore key aspects of the mediatisation of emotional life, feelings and interpersonal relations: love, intimacy, loneliness, friendship, family relations, erotic, sexual and romantic experiences.

    The authors explain the key aspects of strong user–media relationships and human relationships based on media use and investigate problems such as the formation of identity based on social media, the role of communication applications and the effects of mobile and locative media on our relationships, as well as artificial intelligence, on our perception of our emotions. With a focus on new media, the book also draws on the scope of traditional media that express and shape emotions, taking into account the classic approaches to emotionality of messages from the perspective of film creators and recipients.

    This cutting-edge collection will be of interest to scholars and students of media and communication studies, especially digital media and new technologies, psychology, pedagogy, sociology of everyday life and cultural studies.

    Chapter 5 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003254287-8/love-jono-van-belle?context=ubx&refId=0deb9108-cd9e-4d98-b0b8-4f4ce1cce4c0

    Chapter 10 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003254287-13/family-relations-tiina-r%C3%A4is%C3%A4?context=ubx&refId=2dec0bcd-cbba-493c-bbec-8cb5c6bd0086

    Check the book here: https://www.routledge.com/Mediatisation-of-Emotional-Life/Kopecka-Piech-Sobiech/p/book/9781032181066

  • 28.04.2022 08:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Victoria University of Wellington - Political Science and International Relations (PSIR)

    Location: Wellington - New Zealand

    Salary: Not Specified

    Hours: Full Time

    Contract Type: Permanent

    Placed On: 21st April 2022

    Closes: 14th June 2022

    Job Ref: 3773

    About the role

    The Political Science and International Relations programme in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington seeks to appoint a permanent Lecturer in Political Communication (equivalent to tenured assistant professor). The starting date is 11 January 2023 (negotiable).

    About you

    The Lecturer in Political Communication will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Political Party Communication and Elections; Digital Media and Political Communication; and/or Interest Groups, Social Movements and Civil Society. In addition to teaching courses in one or more of these areas, an ability to teach a course on research methods will be useful but all strong candidates are encouraged to apply. A PhD must be in hand prior to taking up the appointment as Lecturer.

    This role will require preparation and delivery of graduate and undergraduate courses in Political Communication; an active research profile; and other teaching or administrative duties as agreed with the Head of School.

    Why you should join our team

    The Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) Programme in the School is New Zealand's largest and oldest department of politics. It is in the top 100 in the world in the QS rankings. The programme has 24 academic staff and is responsible for teaching two majors within the Bachelor of Arts and one major within the Bachelor of Communications. The programme also offers four taught Master's degrees, and attracts a significant number of research Master's students and PhD students. Many of our staff are involved in international research collaborations and are on externally funded research projects. The diversity of our Programme's research, teaching, engagement and leadership activities make it a dynamic and stimulating place to work and study.

    Role Description

    From 31 January 2022, a COVID-19 vaccine mandate will apply to all University staff, students, contractors and visitors. For more information see: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/covid-19/vaccine-mandate

    Contact details for vacancy

    For further information about the role, please contact Dr Manjeet Pardesi, Head of Programme, Political Science and International Relations: manjeet.pardesi@vuw.ac.nz or Prof Aeron Davis for information on the Political Communication major: aeron.davis@vuw.ac.nz

    But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

    Important - Application steps and information

    For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19

    Download and complete the University Application Form

    Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you're a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to erecruit@vuw.ac.nz stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

  • 28.04.2022 08:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), Germany

    Are you studying the social, political, economic, media-related or cultural effects of digitalization? Do you want to concentrate exclusively on a project and are interested in interdisciplinary exchange?

    The Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany, supports innovative projects that deal with the social opportunities and challenges of the digital transformation. Experts from academia and practice can apply for Fellowships and Working Groups.

    The funding program is open to experts of all career stages, to all disciplines and areas of investigation, as well as to pure research and to projects that are more applied in orientation.

    The funding program is continuous. Apply by 31 May 2022 for Fellowships starting from April 2023 and for Working Groups starting from 15 May 2023.

    For more information go to: www.cais.nrw/en/callforapplications/.

    If you have any questions, please contact esther.laufer@cais.nrw.

  • 28.04.2022 08:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 9, 2022 (4-6pm BST) on Microsoft Teams

    Online Roundtable

    This two-hour event brings together researchers approaching the phenomenon of influencers and the question of influence from a media aesthetics point of view.

    Each contribution, in the first hour, taps into a particular dimension of influencer aesthetics. Grant Bollmer (NCSU) and Katherine Guinness (QU) look into issues of excess that characterise social media performances. Rachel O’Neill (LSE) draws on her research into wellness as a cultural practice and industry. Mari Lehto (Turku) puts the question of ordinariness into discussion in reference to Finnish lifestyle influencers. Finally, Yiğit Soncul (Winchester) examines the sensations associated with ASMR and discusses how its aesthetics extend from the visual to auditory and haptic. The second hour is designed as a moderated discussion open to all the contributors and attendants.

    Please click here and fill the registration form to receive a link to the event.

    If you have any questions about the roundtable, please send an email to yigit.soncul@winchester.ac.uk

    The event is hosted by the Culture-Media-Text Research Centre at the University of Winchester.

  • 28.04.2022 08:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special issue of Mobile Media & Communication, Vol. 12, No. 1 (January 2024)

    Deadline: May 30, 2022

    Editors: Maren Hartmann, Justine Humphry, David Lowis & Will Marler

    Advances in mobile communication research have often come from studying middle-class populations, white-collar professionals, and groups with relatively stable social and living status (Ling, 2004; Fortunati, 2002; Goggin & Hjorth, 2014). Alternative perspectives such as from the Global South are increasingly common and help enrich our understanding of mobile communication (Donner, 2015; Ling & Horst 2011). Yet we’ve only begun to examine the different ways that social exclusion may shape mobile media practices.

    What happens when we approach the study of mobile media and communication from the perspectives of those who are homeless? In this Special Issue of Mobile Media and Communication, we draw attention to homelessness as a set of diverse experiences with significant consequences for wellbeing and unique connections to mobile media. We want to challenge the taken-for-granted focus on the stably-housed, by studying those without the same privilege or lifestyle.

    We invite submissions that address the implications of homelessness—in its myriad forms— for our understanding of mobile communication. Homelessness and housing exclusion, of course, are not monolithic categories, and they may entail different meanings and experiences across different geographical, cultural, and historical contexts, from the “van life” of modern nomads in the United States (Smith & Davis, 2020), to rough-sleepers in South East England (Stevenson & Neale, 2012), to Syrian refugees in rural ghettos in Southern Turkey (Pelek, 2022).

    What is the role of mobile communication in contemporary experiences of homelessness? What does it mean when one’s physical and media (im)mobility stem from the dispossession of shelter or status? In this special issue, we are interested in contributions from intersecting fields of research such as studies of media, mobilities, migration, inequalities, health, disability, and development. We particularly welcome papers that either open up definitions of ‘homelessness’, center the voices of people who are homeless and/or challenge established representations (Speer, 2021).

    While much early research on homelessness and mobile communication originated in the United States with a focus on health issues (e.g., Rice & Barman-Adhikari, 2014; Calvo, Carbonell & Johnsen, 2019), in recent years, research on homelessness and mobile communication has begun to spread, both in terms of the focus as well as its geographical reach (Marler, 2021; Humphry, 2014; Hartmann, 2018). This special issue aims to build on these beginnings and expand the field further conceptually and methodologically through making new disciplinary connections.

    Submitted projects could approach the question of homelessness and mobile communication from a range of perspectives and frameworks. Mobile and digital media are at once tools of survival for many who are unstably housed as well as avenues for entertainment, community-building, and selfexpression (Marler, 2021). Digital and mobile media can function as multipliers of inequality. Indeed, insufficient digital access, skills, and motivation, put people at an increased risk of falling behind in the social and economic sphere. Technologies of the state—from algorithmic decision-making in welfare and policing to urban surveillance regimes—may be levied against those who are unstably housed or simply ‘on the move’. In some countries, where a digital COVID-pass is now becoming the norm, access to a smartphone, and consequently ways to keep it charged and functioning (as well as to keep it per se), have become vital. Lack of a smartphone is giving rise to potentially new types of exclusion. More research is needed to understand how the conditions of homelessness interact with the promise and liabilities of mobile communication in these and other contexts.

    Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    - The role of involuntary mobility (e.g., forced migration, housing insecurity) in shaping mobile communication meanings and practices.

    - Digital divides in mobile access, uses, skills, and benefits for people experiencing homelessness.

    - Potentials and challenges of digital inclusion programs and mobile-based interventions for health, safety, and social service delivery for people experiencing homelessness.

    - Surveillance and privacy concerns around mobile use while unstably housed.

    - The role of mobile/digital media among those pursuing "homelessness” as a lifestyle/choice (e.g., #vanlife or digital nomads).

    - The relationship between mobile devices and the safety of people when homeless in public spaces.

    - The interaction and construction of public and private categories and spaces by people experiencing homelessness through mobile media.

    - The role of mobile communication in identity construction and curation for how people negotiate the experience and label/category of homelessness.

    - The role of mobiles in digital storytelling and narration of experiences of homelessness.

    - Experiences and practices of mobile connectivity vs. going “off the grid”.

    Important dates:

    - Abstract submission date – up to 500 words for abstracts 30 May, 2022

    - Acceptances / rejections (and comments) returned to authors by 15 July, 2022

    - Authors submit full papers by 30 November, 2022

    - Peer Reviews completed/resubmissions in April, 2023

    - Final acceptance by 30 September, 2023

    - Special issue published in January 2024

    Guidelines:

    Please submit an extended abstract of 500 words (including references) that states the paper’s main argument, contribution, and takeaway. The abstract should clearly explain how the full submission will contribute to the aims of this special issue. Please email abstracts to homelessmedia2024@gmail.com by 30/05/2022. Abstracts should be accompanied by a short biography for each author (approx. 200 words). Also, include the names, titles, and contact information for 2-3 suggested reviewers.

    Positively reviewed abstracts will be invited to submit full articles through http://mmc.sagepub.com. Invited submissions will undergo a blind peer-review process following the usual procedures of Mobile Media & Communication. The special section will be published in Volume 12, no. 1 of Mobile Media & Communication in 2024. Please note that manuscripts must conform to the guidelines for Mobile Media & Communication. In case of further questions, please contact the guest editors.

    References:

    Calvo, F., X. Carbonell and S. Johnsen (2019). Information and communication technologies, e-Health and homelessness: A bibliometric review, Cogent Psychology, 6:1, 1631583, DOI: 10.1080/23311908.2019.1631583

    Donner, Jonathan. 2015. After Access: Inclusion, Development, and a More Mobile Internet. MIT Press. Fortunati, Leopoldina. 2002. “The Mobile Phone: Towards New Categories and Social Relations.” Information, Communication & Society 5 (4): 513–28.

    Goggin, Gerard, and Larissa Hjorth, eds. 2014. The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. Routledge.

    Hartmann, M. (2018): Mobilism in translation: Putting a new research paradigm to the test. In: Fast, Karin; Jansson, Andre; Lindell, Johan (eds.): Geomedia Studies: Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds. London: Routledge, pp. 173-194.

    Humphry, J. (2014). The Importance of Circumstance: Digital Access and Affordability for People Experiencing Homelessness. Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 2(3), 55-1-55-15. http://doi.org/10.7790/ajtde.v2n3.55.

    Ling, Rich. 2004. The Mobile Connection: The Cell Phone’s Impact on Society. Elsevier. Ling, Rich, and Heather A Horst. 2011. “Mobile Communication in the Global South.” New Media & Society 13 (3): 363–74.

    Marler, W. (2021). ‘You Can’t Talk at the Library’: The Leisure Divide and Public Internet Access for People Experiencing Homelessness. Information, Communication & Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2021.2006742.

    Rice, E. & Barman-Adhikari, A. (2014). Internet and Social Media Use as a Resource Among Homeless Youth. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19, 232–247.

    Pelek, D. (2022). Ethnic residential segregation among seasonal migrant workers: From temporary tents to new rural ghettos in southern Turkey. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 49(1), 54–77. https://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2020.1767077

    Smith, E. G., & Davis, J. M. (2020). Van Life: A Creative Exploration of Contemporary Nomadism [Thesis]. https://doi.org/10.26153/tsw/11121

    Speer, J. (2021). Subalternity as displacement: Memoirs of homelessness and the struggle to be heard. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 39(4), 627–644. https://doi.org/10.1177/02637758211028241

    Stevenson, C., & Neale, J. (2012). ‘We did more rough sleeping just to be together’ – Homeless drug users’ romantic relationships in hostel accommodation. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 19(3), 234–243.

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