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  • 20.05.2024 20:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    November 22, 2024

    MS Teams


    Continuing our research meetings focused on specific issues of mediatization research chaired by eminent experts (Göran Bolin (2017), Johan Fornäs (2018), Andreas Hepp (2019), Mark Deuze (2020) André Jansson (2021), Andrew Hoskins (2022), Kirsten Frandsen (2023), this year the workshop will take place online on the 22 November 2024 and it will be led by Professor Carlos A. Scolari, Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University. We invite all mediatization researchers who wish to discuss their own research projects in a narrow and closed group of media scholars under the guidance of an expert. 


  • 16.05.2024 09:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fribourg, Switzerland

    The Chair in Communication and Media Studies (Prof. Thilo von Pape) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) offers a fully funded 5 year PhD position for graduates with at least intermediate skills in French.

    You are a creative and autonomous person, and you enjoy the theories and methods of social research. You can work both independently and as part of a team. You are interested in the following areas:

    - uses, effects, and social issues of media innovations: equal access, everyday appropriation, well-being, privacy, sustainability,

    - digital communication: mobile media, social networks, human-machine communication, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, internet of things

    You are proficient in qualitative or quantitative methods of data collection and analysis applied in the social sciences.

    Percentage of employment: 100%

    Application deadline: June 8

    Start of employment: September 1.

    Complete job ad:

    Questions to:

  • 15.05.2024 10:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Anna Zsubori

    Since the creation of the franchise in 2000, Disney Princesses have become a ‘phenomenon’ receiving international attention, admiration as well as criticism from both consumers and scholars. Although audience research has seen growing recognition recently, the investigation of audiences in Central and Eastern Europe and those of Disney animated features is greatly neglected by academics. Within the framework of audience research and by employing Disney Princess animations as the object of study, Anna Zsubori’s book examines the verbal and visual identity constructions of tweens in illiberal Hungary.

    Through Hungarian tweens’ ambivalent and sometimes even contradictory ideas of identity, this research reveals the heterogeneity of both the ‘Princess Phenomenon’, by highlighting that its local negotiation is profoundly impacted by cultural and societal characteristics, and of the diverse audiences, who are multifarious in their understandings that often incorporate antithetical and dynamic discourses. Combining textual, thematic and semiotic, analyses of the conversations, tweens’ drawings and building blocks, and broader contextual examinations of the sessions with Hungarian children, this book offers original contributions on both theoretical and methodological levels. Its findings demonstrate the novelty of this project, and its relevance to audience, communication, cultural, feminist media, film and tweenhood studies, and sociology.


    “In this absorbing and thought-provoking text, Zsubori deftly explores the complex position that Disney Princesses inhabit within the lives of Central and Eastern European tweens. Exploring the inbetweenness of age, geography, and culture, this book offers a nuanced reading of Hungarian tweens as intelligent and critical viewers of Disney media, drawing on rich empirical data to give voice to this under-researched group. Through its interdisciplinary approach Zsubori contributes to our understanding of the limits of Western theories in non-Western contexts, and what it means to do gender-specific field work in an anti-gender environment.”

    — Victoria Cann, University of East Anglia

    “The Walt Disney Company is one of the oldest and most complex global entertainment empires today, engaging with and influencing our lives in various ways regardless of age, race, gender, or geographical location. This book provides a powerful lens inviting the reader to look at Disney not only at the global, macro level, but also the micro-level: in our daily lives, around the family dinner table, in the classroom setting and elsewhere. While the focus is on the Disney Princess phenomenon, and tweens negotiating self-representation and identity in the small Central European nation of Hungary, the insights and conclusions are, in many ways, rather universal, often surprising and paradoxical. The reader will not only see the Disney Princess Franchise but the Disney Company from a more nuanced and informed perspective after reading this influential and well-researched book.”

    — Katalin Lustyik, Ithaca College

    “What unfolds when a Princess from the West claims her throne in Eastern and Central Europe? Is she a colonial ruler or a feminist icon? Anna Zsubori's insightful book explores the interpretation of Disney Princesses by Hungarian tweens, examining reception of their gender roles and racial identities within the context of Hungary's increasingly patriarchal, racially intolerant, and illiberal society. This exploration delves into the "in-betweenness" of Hungarian tweens, a concept that captures not just their transitional age but also Hungary's delicate balance between East and West.”

    — Irena Reifová, Charles University

    About the Author:

    Anna Zsubori is a media sociologist and film studies scholar, presently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Loughborough University. She specialises in conducting audience research with marginalised and vulnerable participants in Central and Eastern Europe. Her research explores the heterogeneity of Hungarian tween audiences through the participants’ ambivalent and sometimes even contradictory ideas about their identity, while her latest project, funded by the British Academy, examines social media usage among Hungarian LGBTQ+ citizens. Dr Zsubori’s articles have been published in prestigious journals such as the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Children and Media and Studies in Eastern European Cinema.

    Module Reading Lists:

    Please do consider requesting a copy of Disney Princesses and Tween Identity: The Franchise in Illiberal Hungary for your university library. It should be relevant to reading lists for various gender, media and film modules/studies, including:

    • Audiences, Users and Producers
    • Children, Culture and Cinema
    • Culture and Media
    • Cultural Studies
    • Disney Studies
    • Feminist Approaches to Media Analysis
    • Feminist Media Studies
    • Film Studies
    • Gender and Representation
    • Gender, Identity and Media
    • Global Audiences
    • Media Audiences
    • Media, Identity and Diversity
    • Popular Media
    • Researching the Audience
    • Society and Representation
    • Texts and Audiences
    • Tweenhood Studies
    • Youth Culture and the Media


    Disney Princesses and Tween Identity: The Franchise in Illiberal Hungary is now from Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) for £92 (Hardcover) and £38 (Ebook). For more information, please visit:

  • 15.05.2024 10:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 4-7, 2024

    Como, Italy

    Deadline: May 24, 2024

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    The TCS organising group is pleased to announce the third edition of its summer school.

    Applications are now open!

    The spectre of digital capitalism is haunting the world.

    The so-called “AI boom” of the past few years has now taken centre stage in the public debate, scientific research, and in the political agendas of international institutions.

    As the Global North seems to have embarked on a relentless journey towards the digital restructuring of our societies, the digital transition has given rise to new problems regarding the societal and political implications of new technologies.

    Is a new form of digital capitalism emerging from the interplay of digital technology and pre-existing social relations? What is the direct impact of digital technology on human labour? How does this affect our life as a whole? And how is it revolutionising the public sphere? More urgently, what is the role of emancipatory politics in this scenario?

    These are some of the questions that tech enthusiasts and technophobes alike are ill-prepared to address.

    The third edition of the Lake Como Summer School in Critical Theory of Society will gather scholars of renowned reputation to discuss these issues from different perspectives.

    Application deadline: Friday, 24 May 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CET (UTC + 01:00)

    Keynote speakers

    Gavin Mueller

    Rachel O’Dwyer

    Tiziano Bonini

    Emiliano Treré


    Philip Di Salvo 

    Gala Hernández López

  • 15.05.2024 10:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August 18-25, 2024

    Jönköping University Sweden

    Deadline: May 17, 2024

    Democracy depends on engaged citizens. And yet, the most powerful discourses surrounding engagement are strategically designed to drive commercial markets. As a counterpoint to this horizon, the main purpose of this PhD residential course is to understand theories and methods of media engagement not as a metric but as a marker of power relations.

    This 7.5 credit course offers an international platform for PhD researchers to write, present and receive feedback on work in progress from global experts on theories and methods for media engagement. The course will cover key concepts for engagement, including political and public spheres, digital media and AI related technologies, social movements and mobilisation, transmedia engagement, and cultural citizenship and popular culture.

    Key Highlights: Mentoring and networking with world leading scholars and international doctoral researchers; slow thinking, with time to write thesis chapters and peer reviewed journal articles; residential setting of Gränna Campus, overlooking the great lake of Vättern, with easy access to local food and crafts, clear water swimming, nature walks and mountain views; social events, including trips to the historical island of Visingsö.

    Teaching Team: course leader Annette Hill (co author with Dahlgren of Media Engagement Routledge 2023), and Peter Dahlgren (author of Media and Political Engagement 2009), Renira Rampazzo Gambarato (co-author of Theory, Strategy, and Development in Transmedia Storytelling 2020), and Joke Hermes (author of Cultural Citizenship and Popular Culture 2023).

    Website and application: for information on the course, application process, fees, and key dates (deadline soon!) see Contact Annette Hill (

  • 10.05.2024 08:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 26-28, 2024

    Piedmont (Italy)

    Deadline: May 18, 2024

    This is to let you know that we are now accepting abstract proposals for the stream on Food Media and Communication in the congress of the International Society for Gastronomic Sciences and Studies (ISGSS) titled Shaping Gastronomy: Regenerating Food Systems and Societies. The deadline is the 18th of May. If you wish you can associate your abstract to the panel Taste Experience and Media in Contemporary Society or send it as an independent oral contribution. Here is the link to the call:

    The congress takes place in Piedmont (Italy) between the 26th and the 28th of September 2024. For details on our organization, on the congress and its beautiful locations, please follow this link:

    Contact (stream): Luca Antoniazzi,

  • 08.05.2024 13:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Media and Communication researchers, please consider taking part in the study “Affecting research in media and communication”, which aims to map and quantify emotional risks and emotional labour of conducting research in our disciplines, its impact on job stress, burnout and satisfaction, as well as best practice in supporting researchers’ well-being.

    The survey is in English, anonymous, takes around 10 minutes to complete, and is open to media and communication researchers from across the world.

    Survey link:

    As we are increasingly working in precarious environments, investigating the emotional toll of media and communication production and consumption, as well as studying distressing content, we should also be acknowledging our own experiences of working in these fields and ways in which we can be best supported.

    If you need any further information about participation in the study then please contact Dr Maja Simunjak (Middlesex University London) -

  • 08.05.2024 13:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator), the scholar-led and nonprofit OA publisher, is happy to announce our annual proposal window from 1 June to 30 July, 2024. During this date window, authors are encouraged to submit a proposal for review. welcomes submissions from scholars across media, communication, and film studies. We currently publish in four series:

    • Media Manifold series — monographs and other book-length works of contemporary media scholarship
    • Public Domain series — reprints of neglected classics, in new critical editions anchored by framing introductions
    • Open Reader series — themed collections of openly licensed, public domain, and linked materials curated and introduced by leading experts
    • History of Media Studies series — monographs and other original scholarly works centered on history of media, communication, and film studies

    We are small and artisanal by mission, and aim to publish just five books a year. Given the volume of proposals that we receive—and with our production schedule in mind—we maintain an annual proposal window (1 June to 30 July), for the review of manuscripts slated for publication in the following calendar year. You are welcome to send informal queries outside these dates, but our general practice is to only consider proposals within the annual window. Each year, we review proposals with an initial reply by August 15, with the aim to conduct peer review of proposals of expressed interest by the end of September. is an open-access publisher for the media and communication studies fields. The press is nonprofit and scholar-led. We publish living works, with iterative updates stitched into our process. And we encourage multi-modal submissions that reflect the mediated environments our authors study. 

    Publishing with is free on principle. Our aim is to demonstrate, on a small scale, an open-access publishing model supported by libraries rather than author fees, via the Open Book Collective. Open access for readers, we believe, should not be traded for new barriers to authorship. 

    All our published works are rigorously peer-reviewed, and receive unusual editorial attention. We prioritize discoverability through careful metadata, library records, and directory listings. As a scholar-run operation, our publicity outreach is uncommonly informed by the fields’ intellectual contours. 

    We kindly ask that proposals be submitted as a single PDF. Proposals should include the following elements, in addition to at least one draft chapter:

    1. Proposed title and subtitle
    2. A 500- to 1000-word narrative description of the book
    3. Short bios of author(s) and/or editor(s)
    4. Proposed series (see above)
    5. Tentative table of contents, preferably annotated
    6. Estimated word-length
    7. Multi-modal components, if any
    8. Status of the book (i.e., expectation of completion date, the portion now complete)
    9. At least one draft chapter

    To submit your work to please follow our submission link.

    If you have any questions at all about the proposal process for books, please contact us at

    Jeff Pooley, director of

    Dave Park, associate director of

  • 08.05.2024 13:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 23, 2024

    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    The registration for the ECREA preconference 'Exploring the Dynamics of Digital Disconnection - Disruption, Inequalities, and Norms' is now open.

    Date: September 23rd, 2024

    Full-day, in-person conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

    There is no registration fee. 

    To register, visit the conference website using the following link:

    Please note that acceptance notifications for presenters have already been sent out. This is invitation directed towards non-presenting attendees who may be interested in participating.

  • 07.05.2024 09:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 26-28, 2024

    Cairo, Egypt

    Deadline: May 30, 2024

    The Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference of the AUSACE-Arab-US Association for Communication Educators will be held at Ahram Canadian University (ACU) in Cairo, Egypt on October 26-28, 2024. 

    Theme: Media Coverage and its Effects in Times of Crisis

    Special topics panels are also available for submission

    Important Deadlines:

    1. Abstract Submission:

    Abstract submission deadline: May 30th, 2024.

    2. Acceptance Letter:

    Acceptance letters to be sent to participants: June 30th, 2024.

    3. Full Paper Submission:

    Full papers must be submitted by participants: September 30th, 2024.

    For the submission deadlines and other details, please check the updated call for papers in both English and Arabic:

    Send abstracts and questions to:

    A conference-designated email:




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