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Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) Research Studentships in the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster
£16,000 annual stipend plus fee waiver

A number of full-time University of Westminster Studentships are available to candidates with either Home or Overseas fee status in any area of Media and Communication starting in September 2015.

CAMRI (the Communication and Media Research Institute) is one of the leading research groups in media and communication, its work rated by the UK Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework, as 52% 4* (world leading), and 35% 3* (internationally excellent). We have over 25 staff and 70 PhD students. We have a wide and expanding range of research interests, centered on three main research groups in social media, media policy and industries and media history. We have established centres for the study of the media in China, India, the Arab world and Africa. In the broadest sense we are interested in the social, economic, political and cultural significance of the media, and welcome proposals from prospective students on these or any other topic related to media and communication.

Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours degree and a Master’s degree. Candidates whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as 6.5 in IELTS (with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake some teaching duties.

Prospective candidates wishing to informally discuss an application should contact Dr Anthony McNicholas,

The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 13 February 2015

For further information, including how to apply, please visit,-arts-and-design/research-studentships
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A Manifesto for Cyborgs thirty-years on: Gender, Technology and Feminist-Technoscience in the twenty-first century
Platform: Journal of Media and Communication
An interdisciplinary journal for early career researchers and graduate students
Abstracts due: Friday 27th of February, 2015
Volume Editor: Thao Phan

In her iconic essay A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the 1980s, Donna Haraway introduced the metaphor of the cyborg as an “ironic political myth” to critique the so far troubling narratives of the West. Published in the Socialist Review in 1985, it brings together a broad spectrum of literacies—from socialist-feminism, to cybernetics and biopolitics—to proffer a cutting criticism of Enlightenment humanism, gender essentialism, and military technoscience. Her provocations created a useful framework to destabilise rigid boundaries and make fluid the borderlines between human and animal, organism and machine, natural and artificial, semiotic and material. Today the Manifesto sits comfortably as part of the canon of feminist-technoscience and postmodern theory. Although as an oppositional figure the cyborg is bounded by a historical specificity, it has certainly found new significance and politics in the contemporary age of ubiquitous media.
To mark the 30th anniversary since its publication, Platform invites authors whose work resonates or responds to themes expounded in this seminal essay. With the benefit of thirty years’ hindsight, what new observations or critical assessments can be made in regards to the cyborg as a feminist, tropic figure? Did the cyborg fulfill its promise of an “historical transformation”? Is the figure of the cyborg still as useful today, given contemporary technological developments? Or, conversely, do we need myths like Haraway’s now more than ever? We encourage the submission of theoretical or empirical work engaging with applications of, or criticisms of, frameworks used by Haraway, and are particularly interested in critical papers that provide novel insights into the relation between gender and technoscience.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
· Cyborg subjectivities in the 21st century
· Gendered tropes in technology
· Novel readings of gender and technoscience
· Trans/queer studies of technology
· Feminist science and/or feminist science and technology studies
· Posthuman subjectivities
· Postgender politics and subjectivities of “affinity”
· Multiple or fractured readings of the cyborg
· Technologies of sex and gender
· Technologies of race and identity
· Critical studies of the body/embodiment
· Feminist histories/historiographies of media, technology or computation
· The informatics of domination
· Biotechnologies and Artificial Intelligence
· Feminism and accelerationist politics
· Feminism and new materialisms

In addition to this special section, we also welcome submissions that more broadly deal with issues relating to the areas of media, technology, and communication in theoretical or critical terms.

Please send all enquiries and submissions to Abstracts must be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae and biographical note, and should not exceed 350 words.

We recommend that prospective authors submit abstracts well before the abstract deadline of the 27th of February 2015, in order to allow for feedback and suggestions from the editors. All submissions should be from early career researchers (defined as being within a few years of completing their PhD) or current graduate students undertaking their Masters, PhD, or international equivalent.

All eligible submissions will be sent for double-blind peer-review. Early submission is highly encouraged, as the review process will commence on submission.

Platform: Journal of Media and Communication is a fully refereed, open-access online graduate journal. Founded and published by the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne (Australia), Platform was launched in November 2008. Platform is refereed by an international board of established and emerging scholars working across diverse fields in media and communication studies, and is edited by graduate students at the University of Melbourne.

For more information visit:
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Media and Communication (open access journal)
Special issue on Central and Eastern European media

Title: Turbulences of the Central and Eastern European Media: Perspectives of the Past, Present and Future

Guest Editor:
Professor Epp Lauk
Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; E-Mail:

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 March 2015
Deadline for Submissions: 31 May 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: December 2015

Information: Since the collapse of communism in Europe, 18 countries in Central and Eastern Europe have been going through the turmoil of societal changes that coincided with the digital revolution and the overall globalization of the media in the 1990s. They have experienced the acceleration of mediatization of society and politics, commercialization of media and journalism and a change of professional values and the emergence and rapid spread of the social media in the 2000s and 2010s. Earlier research both in the CEE countries and elsewhere has brought forth various ‘deviances’ in the development of their media and journalisms compared to the western normative models. These have often been interpreted as failures of western concepts of democratization and professionalization of media in the region. These phenomena can, however, be also seen as specificities of the democratization process in these countries, induced by particular cultural and historical circumstances. The special issue is looking for contributions focusing on the pivotal (problematic, controversial) issues and moments in the development of the CEE media and societies, and what messages they carry for the rest of Europe.

We especially welcome contributions discussing (from a comparative perspective):
- the practices of media ethics and accountability within the context of social media powered news ecosystem;
- the role of cultural and historical phenomena in forming particular patterns of media environment and behavior of media professionals;
- the trajectories of media policy and regulation;
- the prospects of social media as an emerging ‘Fifth Estate’ within the power structures of CEE societies;
- the current state and the potential of media literacy;
- the promising paths of future research on media and journalism in the region;
- the reappraisal of the normative professional model of journalism and openings of new theoretical approaches.

Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe; CEE media; culture; history; journalism; media ethics; media policy and regulation; media professionals

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper to this Special Issue are kindly asked to carefully read the Instructions for Authors of the journal and send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 1 March 2015.
(info atualizada em 28/01/2015)


Comparing Children’s Media Around the World: Policies, Texts and Audiences
Conference organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)
University of Westminster, with support from the Arts & Humanities Research Council
Date: Friday 4 September, 2015
Venue: University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus,
35 Marylebone Road London NW1 5LS

Preceded on Thursday 3 September by:
· Half-day workshop in association with the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Temporary Working Group on Children, Youth and Media
· Evening event in association with the Children’s Media Foundation and Voice of the Listener & Viewer

Conference themes and questions
Where in the world are children best served by media available to them, and who judges the meaning of ‘best’? In March 2015 it will be 20 years since advocates from around the world agreed the first Children’s Television Charter calling for adequately funded, well produced content that both affirms children’s sense of self, community and place and promotes their appreciation of other cultures. In today’s multiplatform environment, where children’s use of individualised social media challenges the status of professional players, and the expansion of US and other transnational networks fuels concerns about the viability of domestic production, the same calls for quality, representation and diversity persist. That much was clear at the 7th World Summit on Media for Children in Malaysia in 2014.

Yet opinions divide over the levels of regulation and intervention required to improve media provision for children, and over the most urgently needed improvements, such as reducing access to harmful content or ensuring that public policy and discourse are informed by ample and rigorous research.

Meanwhile, researching children’s media use remains challenging and, like local media production for children, costs more than some industry players are ready to afford. Children often know how to navigate into unregulated transnational media arenas, accessing horror movies and graphic reporting of wars and catastrophes, with or without dubbing or subtitling. Can analysts hope to conduct a child-informed and child-centred analysis that grasps the multiplicity of children’s everyday media practices?

This one-day conference will seek to take a fully international approach to all forms of children’s media irrespective of delivery platform. The comparative dimension applies to the conference as a whole, as a prompt for discussion; individual papers are not required to be comparative, although comparative studies are encouraged.

We welcome papers and pre-constituted panels from scholars and media practitioners that engage critically with children’s media in different countries. Themes may include, but are not in any way limited to, the following:
· Definitions of childhood and media segmentation of child audiences
· Media implications of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child
· Content generated by children
· Development of child-friendly media policies
· Defining cultural value in children’s media
· Aspects of positive regulation: e.g. quotas, incentives, educational requirements
· Aspects of negative regulation: e.g. restrictions on advertising, scheduling, access
· Performance of public service media in generating children’s content
· Production issues and producing for multiple platforms
· Prizes, festivals and other systems for evaluating children’s media
· Genre issues in children’s media
· Gender issues in children’s media
· Methodological issues in research with child media users
· Media literacy among children

This is a one-day conference, taking place on Friday, 4th September 2015. It will include a keynote address, plenary sessions and parallel workshops. The fee for registration for all participants, including presenters, will be £50, to cover conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in May 2015, at which point participants will be asked to indicate whether they wish to attend either or both the pre-conference events. Participants fund their own travel and accommodation expenses. Lower cost University Accommodation is available at our Baker Street Campus.

The deadline for abstracts is Monday, February 9th, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified early in mid-February 2015. Abstracts should be 300 words. They must be accompanied by the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 100-word biographical note on the presenter. Please send all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and give the file and message the title ‘Children & Media Conference’ followed by your surname. The file should be sent by email to the Events Administrator, Helen Cohen, at
(info atualizada em 28/01/2015)


ANZCA 2015 call for papers | Queenstown, New Zealand
The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association warmly welcomes papers and panel proposals for its forthcoming conference in Queenstown, New Zealand, on 8-10 July, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference is Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity.

Confirmed keynote speakers (more to come):
* Prof François Cooren (Montreal)
* Prof Steven Livingston (George Washington)
* Prof Caroline Haythornthwaite (British Columbia)

The conference will be preceded by a Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium. Details of this will be announced separately.

Conference theme
The challenge to re-imagine concepts that are fundamental to how we relate, make sense of our symbolic and physical surroundings, and form selves describes the broad focus of ANZCA 2015. As James Carey once poignantly observed, we make maps of and for reality and then live in them. However, the question for all those interested in the power of communication, how do we free ourselves from the tyranny of past models to imagine new maps of and for reality…again?

Despite the so-called converging properties of global digital media and markets, the physical distances remain the same, and material disparities have grown considerably. Changing material and symbolic contexts and phenomena have brought new tensions and opportunities. To pluralise and paraphrase the wisdom of ancient Maori observation, people never fish a river twice. They are not the same people, and it is not the same river. The arrest and detainment of three Al Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, in Egypt in the wake of military reasserting their power following the overthrow of the democratically elected Islamic government, reinforces doubt in the emancipatory effects of online social media. How much of the old is there in new communication modes?

No one will ever know the extent of the role of cyber-bullying in the tragic death of New Zealand-born, Australian media personality Charlotte Dawson. However, there is sufficient anecdotal evidence to suggest hers is the public face of a phenomenon that terrorizes the lives of many youth struggling to negotiate the hazardous boundaries between public and private spaces, and identity experimentation. How can communication research serve the vulnerable?

The continuing revelations of the extent of surveillance and spying by media, corporate and government institutions blur the boundaries between the legal and legitimate. Just how different are Andy Gould’s actions from the NSA’s? Is it simply a matter of scale and hegemonic claims to legitimacy? Where are the boundaries between national security and imperial expansion and/or maintenance? How do we begin to disentangle power, propaganda and ethics in communication?

There are no simple answers, but how we conceptualise communication, space and identity has much to contribute to these conversations. We invite papers for a conference to help us rethink communication and our role as communication scholars. We welcome in particular papers that explore how the three interrelated concepts of communication, space and identity in all their forms and practices, are imagined and theorized, and how they might enable and emancipate.

You are invited to submit a full paper, abstract or panel proposal for inclusion in the 2015 ANZCA conference. Papers that reflect on the conference theme of Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity are particularly encouraged. Papers should be submitted by Friday 27 February for presentation in one of the following streams:
Communication Theory
Community Media
Cross-cultural, interpersonal and intrapersonal communication
Cultural Politics (including ethnicity, multiculturalism, religion, etc.)
Cultural Studies
Environment and science
Ethics and law
Global media and development
Media Arts
Media History
Media Studies
Mobile or locative media
New media (including games, mobile media, social media, digital media)
Open stream
Organisational communication (business, corporate, advertising)
Pedagogy (media education, approaches, etc.)
Political and Government
Public Relations

Key dates
Friday 27 February: abstracts, panel proposals and papers due
Friday 20 March: notification of acceptance for conference
Wed 29 April: reviews of full papers sent to authors
Friday 1 May: registration due (early bird rate)
Friday 5 June: final registration date for postgrad and early career symposium
Friday 5 June: revised full papers due
Wed-Fri 8-10 July: conference dates; late registrations for full conference welcome

If you are submitting a full paper, please note that acceptance for the conference will be decided in March. Acceptance for the conference proceedings will be decided in June on the basis of successful completion of revisions. Those reviews will be sent out before the earlybird deadline of 1 May, with revised papers due in June. Any papers rejected after review may, at the organisers’ discretion, be presented as oral-only papers.

The conference is kindly supported by a number of organisations, including the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, Ako Aotearoa,
Internet NZ, the Otago University Centre for Science Communication and the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand.

Costs and bursaries
Early bird registration: $400
Full registration: $470
Early bird student/unwaged: $250
Full student/unwaged: $320

Note: these figures do not include the conference dinner or the postgraduate and early career researcher symposium, which are costed separately.

The conference organisers have secured 100 rooms at the conference hotel, Rydges Queenstown, at $149 (+ breakfast).

A small number of bursaries will be available. More details to follow on these.

The conference website will be open for submissions and registration in October.

Further information
A full call for papers is available at the conference blog at Please follow the blog and the like our Facebook page ( for more speaker announcements and further details on the conference. Please note the deadline of Friday, 27 February for the submission of full papers, abstracts for oral-only presentations and panel proposals.

All enquiries should be sent through the web page or to
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Spying on Spies: Popular Representations of Spies and Espionage
3-5 September 2015, Warwick Business School at The Shard, London
Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Phyllis Lassner (Northwestern University) and Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University)

2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps, one of the spy genre’s most influential novels. With its roots in the 19th century, the genre evolved and diversified throughout the 20th century, providing, as Michael Denning writes, a ‘cover story’ that has rendered ‘the political and cultural transformations of the twentieth century into the intrigues of a shadow world of secret agents’. Capturing the ever-evolving zeitgeist of cultural and political anxieties, the genre has encompassed (and exploited) ‘hot’ wars and ‘cold’, and most recently a global War on Terror.

In the same year that Buchan introduced Richard Hannay to the world, writers from William le Queux to Henry Aumonier were also fine-tuning an already-established tradition. Over the last hundred years, the heroic spy has undergone a series of re-inventions as an action-adventure hero for the modern age across all forms of popular media. While in the 30s and 40s, Graham Greene and Eric Ambler reintroduced literary realism, ‘Sapper’ maintained the heroic tradition; in radio, Dick Barton: Special Agent thrilled over 20 million daily BBC listeners with stories of international derring-do. Amid the existential paranoia of the 1960s, the secret agent became one of the dominant pop culture icons of the 1960s, from books (John le Carre´; Len Deighton) to television (The Avengers; The Man from UNCLE) and film (Dr No; The Quiller Memorandum) combining terror and absurdity. Since 9/11, the ‘War on Terror’ has introduced a new range of explosive anxieties, from 24 to Bourne to Homeland. But recently these too have given way to a more psychological and reflective tone. Moreover, as the strictures of the Official Secrets Act begin to wane, scholars are increasingly able to explore the degree to which fact merges with fiction in these texts.

This conference aims to provide a timely forum for a retrospective discussion of the genre’s development and evolution across multiple media, exploring neglected and under-discussed areas of its long history, along with a consideration of where it is today and potential future developments.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited from scholars in fields such as literature, film studies, television studies, history, politics and international relations, and security and intelligence studies, on any of the following (or related) topics:
* Genre origins and definitions
* Romance’ and ‘realism’: Relevant distinctions?
* Pre-Edwardian espionage romance
* Surveillance, civil liberties and voyeurism
* Single white, male? Deconstructing expectations
* Spy hero/spy villain: Beyond cliche´ and caricature
* History and politics
* World Wars, Cold War, War on Terror – generic continuity and change
* Politics and propaganda
* National identity and the espionage genre
* Psychoanalytical approaches: Spying on the self/spying on the other
* Disguise, pretence, deception
* Conspiracy and dystopian genres – alternative forms of spy fiction?
* Marginalised authors
* Stage representations
* Aesthetics of espionage – visuals, music, locations, pop, noir, ‘reality effects’
* The infiltrations of espionage into non-genre contexts (Charles Dickens, Ian McEwan, Mary Braddon, etc.)

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by 15 February 2015, along with your name, university, contact information, plus a brief biographical paragraph about your academic interests. Submissions and enquiries can be sent to

Organisers: Toby Manning (Open University), Joseph Oldham (University of Warwick) and Emma Grundy Haigh (independent)

The conference blog can be found at:

This event is sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Warwick.
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Archive Based Productions
Vol. 4, Issue 8, Fall 2015

In 1927, when Esfir Schub released her commissioned film The fall of the Romanov Dynasty to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution, she hardly knew that her extensive use of film footage and newsreels of the event would mark the invention of a new ‘genre’: the archive based production or compilation genre. Television has adopted this genre, but audiovisual archives have fuelled a wide array of programmes and genres beyond compilation productions.

Government, business, broadcast and film archives as well as amateur collections and home videos are commonly used to spark memories and re-enact events from the past in various contexts. They are made widely accessible and re-used in traditional broadcast productions or given a second life in digital environments through online circulation.

This issue of VIEW invites scholars, archivists, producers and other practitioners to consider, highlight and elaborate on the use and re-use of moving image archives in media productions (for cinema, television, web, etc.). Contributions are welcome in the form of (short) articles or video essays.

Proposals are invited to explore (but not limited to) the following topics and questions:
- Has the digital environment created a paradigm shift in the use of audiovisual archival materials?
- The authenticity of audiovisual archives in the digital environment;
- In what ways can audiovisual archives transform our relationship to the past? What is the role of archives in helping us reconnect with or understand the past? How do national/organisational archive policies impact or limit the histories that are informed by these archives?
- The audio-visual archive as proof, testimony or document of reality, as shared heritage or collective memory;
- Case studies using moving images as historical sources;
- The use of archives in creative productions;
- Ahistoricism in the use of audiovisual archival materials;
- Found footage in moving image productions;
- Compilation programmes studied through issues of representation, distribution, production, reception, etc;
- Various formats and subgenres of compilation programmes: biographies, historical productions, art forms, etc;
- Comparative studies of the compilation genre;
- The search for identity in audiovisual archive collections;
- The use of national audiovisual collections in a European or international context.

- Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in television and media history.
- Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on January 31st, 2015.
- Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata ( A notice of acceptance will be sent to authors in the 3rd week of February
- Articles (2 – 4,000 words) will be due on May 15th 2015.
- The VIEW Archive Based Productions Vol. 4, Issue 8, is planned for Fall 2015
- For further information or questions about the issue, please contact the co-editors: Mette Charis Buchman ( and Claude Mussou (

See for the current and back issues. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are made findable through the DOAJ and EBSCO databases.
(info atualizada em 26/01/2015)


Media Mutations 7, Space Invaders: games and contemporary media ecosystems
You can also read the CfP here:
For more information about the Media Mutations project and previous editions:
Please direct any queries about the conference and the CfP to

Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti, Salone Marescotti, May 26th and 27th 2015

Confirmed keynote speaker: Tanya Krzywinska (Falmouth University)

Organized by: Paolo Noto (Università di Bologna), Riccardo Fassone (Università di Torino), Claudio Pires Franco (University of Bedfordshire)

In the past years digital games have progressively become more visible in the media ecosystem, and now occupy a prominent position, economically and culturally, in the mediascape.

As a consequence, scholars in TV and Film Studies have been incorporating the study of video games into their field of interests, working in particular on the aesthetic and narrative relationship between digital games and other media. Scholarly production has extensively focused, on the one hand, on issues such as intermediality, narrative aspects in digital games as well as on modes of representation and enunciation and, on the other hand, on playful aspects of the cinematic and televisual narration.

What seems to be nearly absent in this field of analysis is a more structured reflection on the impact of digital games in the contemporary media ecosystem. In particular, we would like to foster a further exploration of the spaces traditionally occupied by cinema and television that have been significantly
modified, both by the pervasiveness of digital games and by the design of gameful products. Moreover, we encourage an exploration of current and potential technological developments that determine interactions and convergences in the different aspects of production between video games and other media.

Coherently with its previous editions, Media Mutations 7 encourages ecosystemic analyses, encompassing games and play and their role within the wider space of media, of the aspects listed below. We accept proposals for 20 minute papers on:
* Space of creation and production: What kind of unprecedented products emerge from the coexistence between games and other creative objects? What types of products have been subject to mutations triggered by the increasing presence of digital games in the media ecosystem? How might models of production and creative work migrate between games and other media?
How does the increasing importance of games affect the organization of contemporary media franchises? To what extent the need to engage viewers through playful elements influences the styles of writing and filmmaking? How has this changed the professional routines as well as the geography of workplaces? What are the potential educational applications of video games and how do they relate to the use of other media in the same context?

* Space of delivery and consumption: How are games showcased and sold in physical as well as digital stores, in competition (or in collaboration) with other items, such as films and TV series? What are the forms of monetization and the marketing strategies they adopt in the competition for the limited resources of users’ money and time? How are promotional practices and discourses of games affected by other media, and vice versa? How are forms of interactive technology and distribution contributing to the development of new cross-media experiences, such as second screens, mobile media, augmented reality and the like?

* Space of discussion: How have games achieved a culturally legitimate status? How are games brought into traditional spaces of exhibition? What is the meaning of buzzwords, such as interactive, immersive, gamification and transmedia according to the contexts in which they are employed (in
academia, marketing, industry, etc.)?

We will also consider proposals on the following subjects: serious games, advergames, interactive Web-docs, educational games, amusement parks, gamification of blockbuster movies and TV, Alternate Reality Games (ARG), casual games.

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian. Extended abstracts of up to 1.000 words (for 20-minute talks) should be sent to by February 15th 2015.
Please attach a brief biography (maximum 150 words) and an optional selected bibliography (up to ten titles) relevant to the conference theme.

A registration fee will be requested after notification of paper acceptance (€40 for speakers; admission to the conference is free for students). For more information on the previous editions of Media Mutations, please check the conference's website,
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Job posting - Two research assistants for political communication in Zurich
The division of political communication (Prof. Dr. Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw) at the IPMZ – Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, is looking for 2 research assistants (60%)

Starting date: March/April 2015. Both positions are for doctoral students, the contracts run for three years, but extensions are possible.

* Diploma/master’s degree in communication science or a related field
* Excellent knowledge of quantitative research methods and their applications, in particular standardized (if possible automated) content analysis (position 1) OR methods of media reception and effects research (position 2)
* Experience with statistical software, position 1: interest in/knowledge of computer programming useful
* Knowledge of the Swiss media and political system useful
* Very good proficiency in German and English, German non-native speakers are welcome to apply
* Ability to work in teams
* Diligent and reliable

Job description
* Phd project related to research and teaching focus of the division, i.e., either with a focus on the content of political communication (position 1) OR on reception and effects of political communication (position 2)
* Contribution to publications, participation in research projects and international conferences
* Participation in research, teaching and administration

We offer
* An attractive research environment, a competitive salary
* Funding for conference travel available

Applications including a letter of motivation should be submitted no later than January 31th, 2015, as a single pdf-file to

The University of Zurich is committed to gender equality in academic positions and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.
(info atualizada em 26/01/2015)


Conference "Shaping the Future of News Media"
Proposals for papers for "Shaping the Future of News Media, the International Conference on Integrated Journalism Education, Research and Innovation", to be held in Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona from June 17th to 19th 2015 can now be presented.

The three-day event organized by the Integrated Journalism in Europe Consortium will include communications delivered by researchers from the international community, offering presentations by keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures. It will provide demonstrations in the field of newsroom software innovation along with new trends through Journalism teaching workshops.

This conference welcomes papers on these following thematic areas:
1. Challenges on new practices of news production
? Integrated newsroom: potentialities and experimentations.
? The socio-economic stakes linked to media convergence.
? Successful partnerships between journalism and IT.
? Ethical and deontological issues in digital news environment.
? The evolution of journalistic principles brought by technological change.
? Open source journalism, citizen journalism, participatory journalism... When the audience becomes active.

2. Challenges in new formats
? Transmedia and crossmedia reporting.
? Data analysis, storytelling and new genres in digital media.
? Social media as news platform.
? Software showcase: the latest tools and software in development.
? Methods and techniques for the study of new media.
? Best features using new formats.

3. Challenges on J-Education
? Schools as media labs.
? How universities face the challenge of the changing media market.
? J-Education trends and best practices.
? Social media in journalism education.
? Teaching with smartphones.
? Internationalization: programs and examples.

All the registered papers will be included in the proceedings of the conference. In addition, the better valued selection of papers will be published in a compilation book, provided that the authors are willing to make the necessary major improvements and meet the time frame set by the conference once his/her paper has been approved by the chief editor.

The deadline for ABSTRACTS submission has been extended: February 15th 2015
Abstract proposals should be between 450 and 500 words in length. The preferred format for all submissions is Microsoft Word. Please send your proposal as attachment to and insert the title “Shaping the future of news media abstract” as subject of the message.

The information should also contain the following:
? Title
? Author (s)
? Affiliation: University / research centre / media institution
? E-mail
? 4-6 keywords
? Thematic section of the conference

Review Process
Following the review process, the corresponding authors will be notified by e-mail about the result. In case of acceptance, and after sending the whole paper and suggesting changes, the authors will have to follow these recommendations and submit the final version of the paper before the deadline. The Organizing Committee cannot be held responsible for not publishing the paper if they do not follow the instructions recommended by the referees.

The papers will be published in one of the following forms:
? Book (with ISBN),
? Conference proceedings (with ISSN).

Important dates
The conference dates to remember are as follows:
February 15th 2015: Deadline for abstract submission
March 15th 2015: Abstract acceptance notification
March 23rd 2015: Registration opening
May 15th 2015:Registration deadline
May 25th 2015: Deadline for paper submission
June 17th 2015: Start of Conference

The official language of the conference is English.

Carrer de Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona (SPAIN)

For more information regarding the conference or the CFP, please visit the conference website at:

(info atualizada em 26/01/2015)


Third Annual International CCCS Conference 2015: "Identity and Culture"
Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies (CCCS)
September 3-5, 2015, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Deadline for submitting abstracts: February 15, 2015
Deadline for submitting full papers: December 15, 2015
Call for papers:

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals
The Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies organizes the 3rd Annual International Conference of the CCCS 2015: "Identity and Culture".

The concepts of culture and identity have insofar been argued from various perspectives. However, due to our rapidly changing world, these two concepts, in their 21st century-situatedness require new considerations and academic approaches. The two terms, in and of themselves, are rather vast and complex. Namely, they carry across, oftentimes, opposing views and meanings. Along those lines, this conference aims at: 1) unearthing a better framework for the processes of identity-formation, be it individual or collective; 2) evaluating the interactions existing between culture and identity; 3) examining the role culture plays in identity-formation, i.e., its development, integration and assimilation, whilst creating an interdisciplinary form for the presentation of the new advances and research results in the respective fields of Identity and Culture. Particular emphasis will be placed on examining the depth and complexity of said identity processes and domains, when viewed from the perspectives of several different disciplines, theoretical schools and empirical approaches.

We thus welcome research that helps shed light on the role/s played by linguistic, social, psychological, political, artistic, religious and economic factors in the processes of identity-formation, particularly when set against historical contexts. We also welcome papers that engage with the more theoretical aspects of identity-formation as well as papers that focus on case studies or help discern an interpretative evaluation of the cultural products involved in identity-formation.

Indeed, culture acts as the defining marker of individual identity, as it ushers the process of self-formation and identification with Others. Since culture does not always act consciously, sometimes the ways in which it shapes our individual and collective identities remain unseen. However, when reading and examining culture, we begin to identify the aspects that help shape our beliefs and behaviors. Individual characteristics and markers, such as biological sex, age, intellectual stamina, etc., when juxtaposed to cultural and subcultural constructs such as class, education, religion, professional affiliation, etc., help form (produce) our identity. On the other hand, a national identity is of particular value, as it can be evidenced through a steadfast commitment by many to die for their respective nation. The same applies to religious beliefs, so people are ready to sacrifice themselves, even discriminate others due to their religious identities. Europe’s identity (or better: the European identity) rests on one such long-standing debate, which had originated with the EU’s identity-formation. In multi-lingual societies, the safekeeping and safeguarding of the languages belonging to different cultural and ethnic groups is of paramount importance for the safeguarding and safekeeping of their cultural legacy, i.e., their respective identity. Losing a language implies a loss of the culture surrounding that identity. The term identity is oftentimes marked by stereotypes and sadly the exclusion of those whose identity differs from the central one.

No matter the approach, we seem to arrive at the same question: why does identity (identification) matter? Or: what does identity mean (entail)? What is the relationship between culture and identity? How does culture shape identity? Does identity affect culture? What informs individual and collective identities? How do identity-processes function? Is identity biologically determined or is it constructed? Is identity stable, fixed and constant, or can it be only temporarily stabilized? Why do we encounter identities (the plural form) more so than identity (in the singular)? What are the inner and outer factors that shape identity? How do ethnic groups keep their identity unchanged? What is the role of media? In turn, this Conference aims at investigating the interactions present between culture and identity, whilst unearthing the numerous factors that affect the formation of individual and collective identities. Henceforth, the Conference welcomes researchers from various disciplines and conceptualizations of identity and culture.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Culture and personal identity: Identity and self-construction; Psychology and identity; Personal characteristics and identity; Manners of construction of personal identity; Emotions and behaviour; Behaviour and identity; Identity processes in interpersonal relations; Gender and identity; Trans-gender experience and identity; The human body and identity; Disability and identity;

Culture and collective identity: Static vs. Dynamic identity; Identity and national/ethnic belonging; Identity and nationalism; Identity and social inclusion/exclusion; Identity, xenophobia, genocide; Identity and group violence; Identity and national symbols; laws and regulations; identity and the existence/relevance of communal organizations/clubs/groups; Identity and tradition; Identity and religion; Sources of religious authority; Identity and theology;

Identity and Memory: Narrative identities; Identity and autobiographies; Identity and cultural heritage; Identity and the museum; Identity and archives; Identity and politics of memory; Ethnography and cultural identity; Identity and rituals; Identity and cult;

Identity and globalisation: Identity and migrations; Migrants and flexible identities; Identity and diaspora; Transnational identities; Diaspora and creation of subject; Identity and relationships with the homeland; Identity and cultural assimilation; Identity and cultural hybridization; Identity and multinationalism; Identity and cosmopolitanism, diversity and hybrids; Borders and the negotiation of identities; Challenges and perspective of the return; Narrative of imaginary vs. actual return;

Identity and politics: Political identity and ethnic belonging; Nation branding; Identity and diplomacy; Political/state structures and their effect on identity; Political parties and identity; Political culture and factors on identity formation: remaking and re-inventing identities; Multiculturalism and minority rights; The European identity; Transnational identities;

Identity and knowledge: Educational institutions and creation of identity; Identity and teaching; Education and identity conflicts;

Identity and philosophy: Identity and critical theory; Marxist views of identity; Identity and post-colonial theory; "Ours" and "Theirs"; Prejudices;

Identity and history: Historical background of current problems; Historical methodology and identity debate; History, legitimacy, identity; Identity and historical narrative;

Identity, space, place: Space, place and discursive practices; Identity, cultural and ritual artefacts; Anchored identities; Meaning of geographic spaces in creation of identities; Identity and tourisms; Imagining the nation through the urban-rural distinction; Identity transformations and transformations of the city;

Identity and linguistics: Language as identity formation; Language in multicultural societies; Linguistic imperialism and identity; Linguistic diversity;

Identity and literature: The role of literature in the identity-formation; Narratives and weaving of identities; National images used in literature; The Other in literature; Traditions and cliches;

Identity, art and architecture: Representations and identity-formation in arts: theatre, film, paining; Identity and (ethnic) music; Identity and architecture; Monuments and symbols in identity-formation; Identity and place brending

Identity and media: Identity-formation in societies over-saturated with media; Identity, media, conflict; Identity, media, tolerance; Representations of culture and identity in the media; Identity and new technologies; Identity and virtual reality; Identity and cyber-culture; Identity and the Internet; Institutional and corporate identity; Identity, morals, ethics;

Identity and popular culture: Identity and folk culture; Consumer identity and shopping behavior; Fashion and design in identity-formation; Food, culture and identity; Social media and popular culture; Subcultures and identity; Queer identity and popular culture; Identity and lifestyles;

The 3rd Annual International Conference of CCCS 2015: “Identity and Culture” welcomes the participation of all researchers of culture, literature, history, philosophy, arts, religion, sociology, media, as well as those from the general public interested in the topic. We welcome reports and creative projects that study the questions related to the Conference's subject matter.

Conference calendar
February 15, 2015: Deadline for submission of abstracts
First half of March 2015: Acceptance info
August 15, 2015: Final programme of the Conference
September 3-5, 2015: Conference dates
September 6-8, 2015: Visit to Ohrid (optional post-conference event)
December 15, 2015: Final paper submission deadline
April 1, 2016: Results from the review of submitted papers
Until the end of 2016: Publication of accepted and reviewed papers

Papers proposals
Submissions of abstracts (up to 250 words), short bios (up to 100 words) may be made online, by filling the form

Or, you can send paper proposals offline. Please, download the form (MS WORD document), fill it in and send it by e-mail to You can download the form from here:

The abstracts should not be longer than 250 words (1720 characters).

Panel proposals
We welcome proposals for panel discussions, especially panels organized by internationally recognized experts that aim to gather a group of researchers around one topic or subject. That will achieve interaction between the panelists and the other participants in the conference. The panels are an important segment of the Conference.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 250 words), short bios (up to 100 words) may be made online, by filling the form

Also, you can send panel proposals offline. Please, download the form (MS WORD document), fill it in and send it by e-mail to You can download the form from here:

The abstracts should not be longer than 250 words (1720 characters).

Abstracts can be submitted in English, Russian or Macedonian language, depending on the language of presentation of the paper.

Selection and publishing of papers

The participants shall have 15 minutes to present his/her report. Five minutes Q&A session shall be reserved for every presentation.

The papers have to be original and to not have been published previously or presented at an earlier conference.

The abstracts shall be reviewed by the organization committee of the Conference, in accordance with international standards for scientific publications.

The papers that will receive positive reviews shall be published in the online peer-reviewed journal Investing Culture during 2016.

Selected full text papers with high-impact shall be published in the international peer-reviewed journal ???????/Culture (in both the print and online editions). The paper selection will be carried out during the peer review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. The final decision for paper selection will be made based on peer review reports by the editorial board and conference board jointly.

Participation Fees

Early registration: till May 1st, 2015: €40

Registration: May 2nd – June 15, 2015: €60

Late registration: On-site registration (or after June 15, 2015): €80

If presentations have multiple authors, participation fee is needed for each author, to cover the cost of materials.

The conference fee include conference materials, use of presentation equipment, refreshments, the welcome party, online Book of Abstracts, the review of the submitted papers and the publication of accepted full text papers

The participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs.

For additional information please contact Dr Mishel Pavlovski or Dr Loreta Georgievska – Jakovleva on email

For more information, visit the website of the Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies
(info atualizada em 26/01/2015)


Drawing Together: Solidarities, Pictures, and Politics
10th Visual and Cultural Studies Graduate Conference
University of Rochester
April 17-18, 2015

Keynote speaker:
Jared Sexton, African American Studies and Film & Media Studies, University of California, Irvine

“Solidarity” recalls notions of inclusivity, activism, and movement. Adopted from the French solidarité in the early 19th century, the word continues to indicate the communal union of interests or aspirations, as well as collective responsibility. From its use by labor unions to its association with socialism and communism, solidarity has historically been made to bear a sense of the political. We recognize in the powerful images of recent events a renewed need to assess strategies of togetherness, both historical and contemporary. We propose this topic with the aim of critically engaging pictures and their power to mobilize both differences and commonalities. Can we envision solidarity outside the pursuit of common political aims? Can we find common ground amidst different struggles?

We invite scholars, artists, and activists to draw upon our understanding of solidarity and the visual dimensions in which solidarity is organized in social movements, represented in art and activism, and studied in and out of the academy. Possible topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
· Artistic practice in political movements (labor, civil rights, climate change)
· Tactics and strategies of historical and contemporary grassroots movements
· Media images, hashtag #solidarity, spectacle
· Protest songs, union anthems, “The Internationale,” “Solidarity Forever”
· Armchair activism, “slacktivism,” and the ethics of involvement
· Documentation of collectivity, alternative journalism
· The politics of love and kinship

We invite individual submissions as well as pre-constituted panels (of 3-4 presenters) in the form of 300 word abstracts (for 20-minute paper presentations) and 100 word bios for each presenter, to be sent to by February 15, 2015. Please see our website for the most up-to-date information:

Select presenters may be invited to revise presentations for publication at InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal of Visual Culture (
About the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester:
(info atualizada em 26/01/2015)


Media in Transition conference: Mediating Audiences
May 1-3, 2015
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Audiences now include readers and viewers (of exhibits, websites, film, television), players and users (of software and libraries) and people as busy conversing, writing, and photographing as they are listening or viewing and reading. Produced, regulated, contested, surveilled, disaggregated, and of course, studied, audiences remain central to our understanding of media and culture.

As at previous conferences, we invite proposals from teachers and scholars in many fields as well as artists, media makers, journalists and industry professionals. This mix of voices across disciplines, professions and generations has always been a signature feature of these conferences. We hope for the same diversity and energy in 2015. As has been the case in the past, there are no conference fees.

Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2015
(info atualizada em 26/01/2015)


III RIOS Conference
Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Várzea – 4, 5 e 6 de Outubro de 2013

Somos cinéfilos incorrigíveis! Adoramos o cinema, investigamos sobre ele e sonhamos em passar muito tempo a falar sobre ele. Sem espartilhos temporais, sem constrangimentos espaciais, olhando para o ecrã, falando com os criadores, debatendo com os nossos colegas investigadores.

Por isso, numa estreita colaboração com a Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid), a equipa do II RIOS CONFERENCE (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro) organiza um fim de semana especial à volta da nossa paixão pelo cinema.

Um fim de semana, numa maravilhosa quinta do Douro, o Hotel Rural Viscondes da Várzea, um “retiro espiritual cinematográfico” , numa paisagem deslumbrante. Apresentaremos as comunicações e os debates à lareira (se estiver frio), em recantos do jardim (se os dias forem solarengos) durante a sobremesa, no serão à volta de um chá.

A participação será limitada a 30 palestrantes.

Apresente-nos a sua pesquisa, mostre-nos o seu work in progress, partilhe connosco o seu ponto de vista, mostre-nos o filme que está a fazer ou algum filme inédito e raro que quer analisar! As comunicações podem ser apresentadas através de vários formatos : tradicional (30 minutos), um desafio para debate, um filme para analisar em conjunto, um percurso interativo.

Os autores estão convidados a submeter comunicações nos seguintes tópicos:
1. Cinema Documental
2. Cinema e Outras Artes
As línguas de apresentação são o português e o espanhol.

Datas Importantes:
Submissão de Resumos: até 25 de julho de 2013
Comunicação de aceitação de resumos: 29 de julho de 2013
Prazo limite de inscrição sem penalização: 5 de agosto de 2013
Prazo limite de inscrição com penalização: 15 de setembro de 2013 (limitado à vagas existentes)

Apresentação do Espaço:
Informações detalhadas em

Inscrição no colóquio até 5 de agosto de 2013: 100 euros
Inscrição no colóquio de 6 a 30 de agosto de 2013: 120 euros
Inscrição no colóquio de 30 de agosto a 15 de setembro de 2013: 150 euros

O retiro contempla sessões com alojamento e pequeno-almoço (duas noites) + refeições (quatro refeições – jantar de sexta, almoço e jantar de sábado e almoço de domingo) + coffee-break de sábado.
- Quarto Single: 72,00€ por quarto e por noite com pequeno-almoço incluído
- Quarto duplo: 85,00€ por quarto e por noite com pequeno-almoço incluído
3º pessoa no quarto: grátis até 3 anos; 20 euros dos 4 aos 12 anos; 35 euros a partir dos 12.

Almoços e Jantares: 20,00€ por refeição e por pessoa com bebidas incluídas. Grátis para crianças até aos 3 anos; 50% de desconto dos 4 aos 8.
Coffee Break: 6,00€ por pessoa.
Total por pessoa (quarto single - estadia+inscrição): 330 €
Total por pessoa (quarto duplo - estadia+inscrição): 343 €
(info atualizada em 23/01/2015)


PhD Fellowship at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
The Groupe de Recherche en Médiation des Savoirs (GReMS, UCLouvain) is currently looking for outstanding candidates (m/f) for a four-year PhD fellowship on “digital media uses and competences in new work practices” as part of LITME@WORK, a larger, multi-university research project (see below for description).

Candidates should send a complete CV and a cover letter highlighting their skills and motivation to join the project to Pierre Fastrez ( and Thierry De Smedt ( before February 6th, 2015.

Master in Information and Communication,
Option: media literacy, or sociology of uses and innovations, or human-computer interaction
Otherwise, close academic profile, confirmed by studies and final thesis in the above areas.
Academic grade: "magna cum laude" or higher.
Experienced in research methods related to case study analysis and qualitative data collection and analysis.
Trilingual: *Dutch (native level)*, English and French.
Driver’s licence.

Duration of commitment: 4 years, most probably from March 2015 to February 2019.
Nature of the contract: Doctoral fellowship, full time.
Primary location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Research Project: LITME@WORK
Digital and media literacy in teamwork and distance work environments

LITME@WORK is a four-year research project funded by Belspo, coordinated by the Université de Namur, with the Université catholique de Louvain, the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Research area: Digital and media literacy, Science and technology studies, Sociology of ICT uses, Organization theory

Keywords: Teamwork, Work at a distance, Competences, Digital and media literacy, ICT uses

Digital technology has become ubiquitous in the workplace, especially for office workers. New ways of working individually and collectively gradually emerge, supported by both technological and social evolutions. For example, workers have to deal with increasing quantities of information and need to develop strategies to avoid information overload, teleworking becomes more and more common over the years, coordination between several people through (synchronous and asynchronous) computer-mediated communication has become commonplace, and workers equipped with mobile technologies may be required to perform part of their professional activities in mobile contexts. All these situations raise questions regarding the evolution of the infrastructures provided by organizations, the changing ways through which work is achieved by individuals, the new set of competences that they need to have, and the now complex relationships between one’s professional activity and private life. LITME@WORK will explore those questions in relation to office work practices, from clerical work to managerial tasks, focusing on ICT-supported teamwork and work at a distance.

Specifically, LITME@WORK will investigate the digital and media literacy (DML) competences called for by today’s evolving, technology-supported environment of work. These interrelated informational, technical and social competences are indeed required for practicing teamwork and work at a distance, as visible in activities such as distance collaboration, different types of teamwork, personal and shared information management, re-creating and maintaining one’s personal work environment throughout contexts of work, or managing a team at a distance. As main research questions, LITME@WORK will ask (1) how is DML addressed and practiced in today’s office work and (2) how can DML be further integrated in emerging team/distance work structures and practices in order to support efficient, stimulating and meaningful ways of working. Starting from these questions, LITME@WORK will pursue four objectives: (i) understanding changing work environments and their DML requirements, (ii) developing a systemic approach to DML in team/distance office work, (iii) providing resources for societal and policy stakeholders, and (iv) contributing to research efforts in relevant fields of research (DML studies, science and technology studies (STS), sociology of innovation, sociology of ICT uses, human-computer interaction studies, organisation theory, research on job quality and learning at work).

Relying mainly on qualitative analyses, LITME@WORK will investigate DML from three different but complementary perspectives, each corresponding to one work package: the social configuration and appropriation of (DML) competence frames within and across organizations, the relationship between work organization, workplace design and structural conditions for (DML) competence utilization and learning, and *the relationship between digital media uses and competences in employees’ new work practices* (see below). Each approach will use its specific methods, related to its focus and theoretical framework, but the overall methodological structure will be the same across the work packages, the case studies will be tightly coordinated and the final results will be integrated.

The project intends to provide an up-to-date, encompassing knowledge of DML in teamwork and work at a distance, which will enhance stakeholders’ understanding of DML and their capacity to take action. Specifically, LITME@WORK will deliver as main research results: a research framework for analysing the many aspects of DML in teamwork/distance work practices and environments, ranging from the broader context of organization structures to the point of view of individual workers themselves; an in-depth analysis of the ways in which organizations understand and negotiate the “(digitally) competent worker”; an up-to-date description of the changing office work competences, practices and structures, with a focus on teamwork and distance work trends; and a conceptual map and set of measurable indicators for DML competences aimed at serving as a resource for societal and policy stakeholders in terms of defining, evaluating, monitoring, recognizing and supporting DML in office work.

Digital Media Uses and Competences In New Work Practices

In order to study the competences called for and developed by ICT-supported teamwork and distance work practices, the proposed research will veer away from tool-oriented approaches that reduce digital competences to technology-related operational skills. Such approaches define their unit of analysis based on the use of specific software or hardware tools by workers. Instead, we consider the new work-related competences under its scrutiny as sets of interrelated informational, technical and social competences that form a subset of the individual’s digital and media literacy. Hence, the candidate will collect and analyse data based on categories of activities involved in emerging work practices. Unlike the majority of research works dedicated to DML competences, which define such competences a priori before attempting to validate their definition, the objective pursued in this project is the very definition of these competences, from the perspective of workers, based on field observation, along with the definition of indicators for these competence.
(info atualizada em 23/01/2015)


2nd CFP CEE Media and Communication Conference "The Digital Media Challenge"
Deadline extended to 31 January 2015.
CEECOM2015 – The Central and Eastern European Media and Communication Conference, Zagreb, Croatia
Theme: The Digital Media Challenge
12-14 June 2015

Conference organized by the University of Zagreb, the CEECOM Consortium & ECREA CEE Network, and co-sponsored by the ICA

In this years’ CEECOM we wish to refocus on the challenges to media industries, media audiences, and media regulators posed by the digital transition in the Central and Eastern European region and beyond. Since today’s media have an increasingly global dimension that is manifesting together with the digital technology, we aim to discuss the manifestations of these global developments and their challenges in a regional setting.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Amy Jordan, ICA President Elect
Paolo Mancini, University of Perugia
Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on freedom of the media
Slavko Splichal, University of Ljubljana
Václav Štetka, ECREA CEE Network Chair

Some of the topics for which we invite contributions include, but are not limited to:
1. Mediatized cultures - production, audiences and social practices
2. Digital democracy – mediatized political communication, digital citizenship, participation and the digital public sphere
3. Redefining the legacy journalism paradigm
4. Digital skills for the new approach to journalism education
5. Children in the mediatized world
6. Media and information literacy
7. The past and present of media and communication studies in CEE – comparing socialist and post-socialist disciplinary developments

Click this link to access the paper submission site:

Abstract & panel submission site will close on 31 January 2014 23:59 CET. The reviews will be completed and notifications sent by 1 March 2015.

The abstract submission is open at and the link is available also at the conference page where you can find the full call for papers and other information about the conference, its organizers, and all the important dates.

Individual paper proposals addressed to one of the proposed topics should mention this in the proposal (other topics on CEE issues are welcome as well). Abstracts (of max. 300 words) will be evaluated by at least two members of the Scientific Committee.

Panel proposals of 300 - 500 words should include the rationale and title of proposed panel, and name & affiliation of the Chair/Moderator and up to five members of the panel, and brief abstracts (150 words) for each participant’s contribution. Please enter the panel submissions the same way as paper submissions, include all the above, but start the title with the word PANEL. Please include names, emails and affiliations of panel participants in the same entry with their contributions, and the name & contact of the panel chair in the authors' information in the Easychair system. The automatic email reply will go only to the panel chairs, so please forward the email to your panelists and put in the cc for our easier reference.

Co-authored proposals are accepted, including those written by master students and their academic supervisors. The participants are invited to register and to submit original papers and panels. No more than two submissions by one author can be accepted (including combinations of panels and individual papers).

Participants do not need to be members of any of the sponsoring academic associations. The event is also open to participants who do not plan to submit research proposals. All accepted attendees are asked to register for the Conference.

Zrinjka Peruško, CEECOM2015 Conference chair
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Contributions to an Effective Understanding of Changes
Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies (LJCL)
Nº 5
Communication and Society Research Centre, University of Minho
University of Aveiro, Portugal

Submission deadline: February 16, 2015

Gender relations and the way they are experienced, represented and embodied in practices have undergone radical transformations over the past 20 years, a process whose meanings and social and cultural significance urges a more profound and effective understanding, particularly regarding the dynamics of power and control involved, and with the respect to Portuguese-speaking countries.
Against the backdrop of these reconfigurations and interests, the Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies, is now accepting submissions for number 5 to be published in July 2015. The journal invites the submission of papers that, from an inter- or trans-disciplinary logic, contribute to a critical discussion of issues related to gender, power, ideology, imagination, identity, subjectivity, discourse and representation in different political and socio-cultural contexts (e.g. media, advertising, film, music, photography, arts, literature, fashion, education, science, health, daily practices).
This fifth issue welcomes both essays and empirically grounded papers. Priority will be given to those papers addressing one of these sub-themes:
- Intersectionality (e.g. ethnicity, class, sexuality, generation, age, nationality, religion)
- Diaspora and transnational migration
- Maternity and choice
- Aging or ageism
- Leisure and idleness
- Invisibility and hyper visibility
- Hybridity and fragmentation of the postcolonial female subject
- Construction of the human-animal boundary
- Bodies, sexualities and desires
- Perfect body (in) perfect
- Human body transformations
- Space and spatiality
- Place, experiences of belonging and sense of community
- Work cultures
- Visual culture and performance
- Celebrities culture
- Normality and deviance
- Poetics and aesthetics of otherness
- Constructions of hierarchies
- Empowerment and control

All submitted papers are graded by two anonymous reviewers, and ranked for academic quality, originality, and relevance to the objectives and thematic scope of this issue.
Articles may be submitted in English or Portuguese until February 15, 2015, on the journal website, according to the following guidelines:

Accepted languages: Portuguese and English
Authors of accepted papers submitted in English must provide a translation to Portuguese by the deadline we inform below. Likewise, authors of accepted papers submitted in Portuguese, must provide an English version. The final decision to accept or reject for publication the revised manuscripts in English or Portuguese is made by the journals editors.

Submission deadline: February 16, 2015
Notification of acceptance: April 6, 2015
Submission of revised manuscripts: April 30, 2015
Submission of revised manuscripts in English or Portuguese: May 25, 2015.

For further information, please write
(info atualizada em 22/01/2015)


Media and Communication lecturer positions at Swinburne University, Melbourne
Swinburne University is currently advertising two new lecturer positions in media and communication. For a position description, please see

Applications close at 5pm on 2nd February 2015. Please note that, while some possible teaching/research focus areas are listed in the position description, these are indicative rather than exhaustive.

Key details are as follows:
* Lecturers in Media and Communication (position numbers: 31220, 31221)
* Faculty of Health, Arts and Design (FHAD), Department of Media and Communication
* Academic Level B: $81,290-$ 96,435 17% superannuation
* Full-time, ongoing positions based at the Hawthorn campus, Melbourne, Australia
(info atualizada em 22/01/2015)


Media and power: Theoretical perspectives on analytical practicalities
Roskilde University, 24.-27 . February 2015

Key note presentations by international experts: Sigurd Allern, Oslo University, Rens Vliegenthart, University of Amsterdam, Tim Markham, Birkbeck University of London, and Rodney Benson, New York University.

Participation is free of charge.

The Centre for Power, Media and Communication at Roskilde University works on the basis of a broad multi-dimensional understanding of power in relation to media, covering “power over”, “power to” and “power through”. The purpose of this PhD course is to pull together theoretical perspectives in empirical analysis of media and power in the three – still often separated – fields of empirical research on media and power; production of media, media content, and media use. The media development towards e.g. more mobility and interaction is commonly used to argue for suggesting the necessity of making more subtle or even breaking down the categories and distinctions about media-production, content and use. However, how this might be done in empirical analysis is dependent upon the theoretical perspective taken. The focus in this PhD course is to connect the theoretical perspective of the researcher with the ways in which empirical design and analysis is formed, and the applied theoretical categories work.

The PhD course runs for four days, 24.-27 . February 2015, is co-arranged with the PhD programme in Communication, Journalism and Perfomance Design, and located at the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University.

The course is organised as a mix of three basic elements:

• Key note presentations by international experts (confirmed are Sigurd Allern, Oslo University, Rens Vliegenthart, University of Amsterdam, Tim Markham Birkbeck University of London and Rodney Benson, New York University).

• Participant presentation of papers, receiving and giving feed back on each others’ papers, together with an international expert and the organisers.

• Summing up workshop on participants projects the last day with the organisers.

The theme of the paper (10 pages maximum) for the PhD course is “How does your theoretical perspective on power, media and communication inform your empirical data?”

Deadline for application to participate is 31. January 2015 to PhD administrator Signe Berri, Everybody will be notified hereafter, and reading material will be sent out to the participants. Deadline for sending the paper to will be announced.

Participants are selected by application (1 page maximum) which must contain a short description of the PhD project and an argumentation for why and how the theme of the course is relevant for the project.

Please contact: Professor Bente Halkier,
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Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University-Bloomington
Application deadline extension: Friday, February 6.

The Indiana University Center for Law, Society, and Culture will appoint two post-doctoral fellows for the 2015-16 academic year. We invite applications from scholars of law, the humanities, or social sciences working in the field of sociolegal studies. Pre-tenure scholars, recently awarded PhDs, and those with equivalent professional degrees are encouraged to apply. Advanced graduate students may also apply, but evidence of completion of the doctoral degree or its equivalent is required before beginning the fellowship.
Fellows will devote a full academic year to research and writing in furtherance of a major scholarly project, and will receive a stipend plus a research allowance, health insurance, other benefits, and workspace at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. They will conduct research at Indiana University and participate in the activities of the Center, which include an annual symposium, a colloquia series, and regular workshops and lectures. (The term of the appointment will be 10 to 12 months, beginning August 1, 2015. The amount of the stipend will be the same regardless of the duration of the appointment.)
For more information about how to apply, please visit:

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MediaChange - serialization landscapes: series and serialization from literature to the web
Three-day conference that will take place from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th July 2015 at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Polo Didattico Volponi, Via Saffi 15 – 61029 Urbino (Italy).
The conference is organised by the Department of Communication Studies and Humanities, University of Urbino Carlo Bo in partnership with the Institute for Screen Industries Research – University of Nottingham and the
Second cycle degree in Cinema, Television and Multimedia Production – University of Bologna.

The deadline for abstracts is Saturday 28th February 2015.

Please email a 300-word abstract (stating your name, email address and institutional affiliation, maximum 4 keywords) to:

Possible themes include:
– the experimentation of the serial form in theater’s scripts, comics, literature, videogames, videoclips, video art and advertising;
– the relationship between the serial form and the serialization on the web, blogs, tumblr and social networks more in general (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.);
– the television serialization as an organization mechanism of the narrative ecosystem experience;
– production and consumption: serialization form, ways of production and user generated seriality;
– serialization and the movies. Reboot or re-franchise? Chapters, series or sequels?
– steps and processes of the serial product construction and fruition on the web: from series to web series.

A dedicated edition of “Mediascapes Journal”, a double blind peer review journal.

Additional information is available on the website:
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Transformative Practice and Theory: Where We Stand Today
Call for Papers – MeCCSA PGN Conference 2015
Department of Media, Coventry University
2nd – 3rd of July 2015
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 2nd of March 2015

Confirmed speakers: Dr. Clare Birchall (King’s College London), Dr. Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths University), Prof. Gary Hall (Coventry University).

The multidisciplinary fields of media, communication and culture face the challenge of constantly responding to the changing landscape which they study. In recent years, these fields have shifted considerably due to the rise in digital and open media, which have opened up new spaces for debate. Our negotiation with, and use of, theory has been transformed through the turn to affect, and the ways in which we are now articulating the relationship between bodies, images and environments as permeable and interconnected. Practice has also been transformed, as engagement with what were traditionally more “static” objects has been effected due to the disrupted power relations between producer and consumer, allowing for further engagement beyond production.

In response to these changes our conference focuses on unique approaches to review the way pre-existing notions, ideas and practices in research can be reimagined. We want to promote how the use of creative and original ways of research enables the reframing of traditional ideas to fit with the needs of today. Invited speakers will contribute by sharing how their own work pushes the potentials of theory and practice in the contexts of visual and sensory culture, data subjects and open access scholarship.

We invite early career academics, Masters and PhD students to share their work and contribute to the MeCCSA PGN 2015 conference. All contributions which fall within the theme of ‘Transformative Practice and Theory’ will be considered; topics for presentations might include (but are not limited to):
· Race, Gender and Sexuality in Networked Societies
· Material/Virtual Embodiment
· Open Media
· Rethinking Space, Place and Time
· Open Pedagogies
· Digital Cultures/Communities
· Digital Films and Visual Cultures
· Immersive, Mobile & Interactive Communications
· Evolving Methods and Methodologies
· Digital Research Ethics
· Gaming/Game Culture
· Posthumanism
· Disrupted Privacy and Transparency
· Visual and Sensory Cultures

Abstracts of up to 250 words, plus the title of your paper and up to four key words, should be submitted by 2nd March 2015 to Alternatively, you may submit a link to a publicly accessible video abstract of no more than 1 minute in length. Please also include your name, contact details, and institutional affiliation.

The fee for the conference will be £40 with an early bird price of £30. We are able to provide a limited number of bursaries. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance please provide a personal statement and a letter from your department indicating their inability to fund your participation when submitting your abstract.

For further information about the conference please visit and follow us on twitter @MeCCSAPGN2015 or contact the organising committee at
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Theatre and Television: Adaptation, Production, Performance
A University of Westminster conference, marking the end of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television’,

Alexandra Palace, Thursday 19 and Friday 20 February 2015

This conference is the culminating event of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television’. It will be held at Alexandra Palace on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 February 2015.

The programme is packed with a rich variety of talks from leading scholars in the field, including a keynote lecture from Professor Stephen Lacey of the University of South Wales and a special event in which Greg Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks about Shakespearean productions on television and the cinema screen. In addition, the public version of the Screen Plays database will be launched and a walking tour of Alexandra Palace as the birthplace of television will enable the topic to be grounded in its earliest production contexts.

The £40 conference fee includes all refreshments, a wine reception and lunch on the second day of the conference. Prompt booking is advised: numbers are strictly limited to 50 seats; there are currently 15 places left. To register, please contact Dr Amanda Wrigley on

Further information will be posted on the conference website at

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Workshop on the Role of Soc Media Companies in Responding to Violent Online Extremism
March 5, 2015 – March 6, 2015
Central European University, Budapest

On March 5-6, 2015, the VOX-Pol network will convene a workshop at Central European University in Budapest on the role of social media and internet companies in responding to violent online political extremism and the impacts on freedom of expression.

This CfP is especially timely given the Joint Statement of EU Ministers for Interior and Justice issued in the wake of the attacks in Paris which expressed ’ concern at the “increasingly frequent use of the Internet to fuel hatred and violence.” It further stated that “the partnership of the major Internet providers is essential to create the conditions of a swift reporting of material that aims to incite hatred and terror and the condition of its removing, where appropriate/possible.”

In response, concerns over freedom of expression and privacy have been expressed, especially over the potential for increased surveillance. In order to respond to the complexities of violent online extremism in ways that respect freedom of expression, privacy and security, there needs to be a better understanding of the ways in which the internet is governed, the role of technology companies as political intermediaries as well as the meaning and scope of relevant human rights, particularly freedom of expression.

The workshop itself will be a participatory gathering with short introductory remarks from invited experts followed by discussion and debate. If you wish to participate, please submit an extended abstract of 300 – 500 words. The workshop will feature invited participants from civil society, industry, policy making, and academia in addition to this open call.

The workshop will feature, amongst others, Rebecca MacKinnon, former CNN Bureau Chief, blogger, and co-founder of Global Voices Online. She is on the Board of Directors of the Global Network Initiative and the Committee to Protect Journalists and is currently director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. McKinnon is the author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (2012)

VOX-Pol welcomes submissions (policy analyses, case studies, thematic overviews, etc.) on the following topics:

- Online extremism and intermediary liability;
- Balancing security, privacy and freedom of expression online in addressing violent extremism;
- Policy and practice of take-down requests, blocking, surveillance, and filtering of extremist content;
- Violent online extremism and the politics and sociology of algorithms;
- Ethics of policing online content;
- Methods for assessing social media and online extremism policy and practice;
Terms of service agreements of social media and internet companies;
- Human rights and freedom of expression online;
- Corporate responsibility, social media, and online content;
- State security and online privacy.

Extended abstracts should be submitted to by January 27, 2015, with ‘Budapest Workshop’ in the subject line. Those selected for participation will be notified by February 1, 2015.

A report will be published following the event by Central European University’s Center for Media, Data and Society, and will include updated extended abstracts.

Travel grants are available for a limited number of selected participants. This funding will aim to reimburse the costs of two nights’ accommodation (including breakfast) at the workshop hotel and transportation (economy class flight booked at least three weeks in advance of travel, second class train, public transportation to/from airports). Accepted participants are eligible to apply for this funding and should detail their estimated travel costs in their submission. Those awarded funding will need to submit original receipts, along with boarding cards, etc., for subsequent reimbursement.

Tea/coffee and meals will be provided for all participants, during the event, including a workshop dinner on the evening of Thursday March 6.

For workshop-related queries, please e-mail with ‘Budapest Workshop’ in the subject line.
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Audio-Visual Archives
New Deadline: Monday 2 February 2015

The School of Music at the University of Leeds and the British Library are co-hosting a conference at the British Library on Audio-Visual Archives on 18-19 July 2015, as part of the AHRC-funded project The Professional Career and Output of Trevor Jones. Collections of materials relating to audio-visual processes and products take various forms ranging from the multitrack reels of film-score recording sessions in the Trevor Jones Archive at the University of Leeds to the Muir Mathieson papers and other film-related manuscripts at the British Library to the scores and other documents in the Warner Brothers' Archive in California. This two-day conference will bring together scholars and students working with audio-visual archives to address some of the fundamental issues surrounding the use of such collections, and to explore current research in screen music that draws on archival resources.

The conference committee welcomes and encourages submissions relating to all aspects of audio-visual archives and research involving archival materials. Indicative areas might include:
* Using audio-visual archival materials in research
* Research methods and audio-visual archives
* Archives and creative practice
* Archival materials and the processes of screen music
* Issues of access and availability of audio-visual archives and materials
* Copyright and intellectual property
* Audio-visual archive management and preservation

Proposals with brief abstracts (250 words) for papers of 20 minutes' duration should be submitted by Monday 2 February 2015. The conference website will be updated as details are confirmed, and a full programme will appear here following the closing date for proposals.

It is anticipated that this will be a free event for delegates who book places in advance. Information on how to book will be made available in due course.

If you have any questions regarding the conference please do not hesitate to contact me, and for regular updates please follow the Trevor Jones Project on twitter, @TJFilm.
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