European Communication Research
and Education Association
The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney is seeking to appoint two senior academic leaders at the level of Professor/Associate Professor in Media an Communications (1 x Journalism and 1 x Digital Cultures Specialisation). The advertisements are live on the University of Sydney website for these roles (see links below). The closing date for applications is Sunday 2 August 2020.
Professor or Associate Professor in Media and Communications (Digital Cultures Specialisation)
Professor or Associate Professor in Media and Communications (Journalism Specialisation)
A candidate information brochure is available via download from these pages. Please consider applying to join us in the Department of Media and Communications. We are a great collegial team of researchers and teachers and our department is going through a period of expansion. We have a particular focus on digital media and digital cultures scholarship.
March 26-27, 2021
Deadline: September 30, 2020
ECREA’s Political Communication Section Interim Conference
The Political Communication Section of ECREA invites abstracts of papers for the next Interim Conference to be held in Bucharest, March 26th-27th , 2021. For self-explanatory reasons, the theme of the conference is “Communicating crisis: Political communication in the age of uncertainty”. The organizers call for proposals in all sub-fields of political communication research, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals reflecting on the ‘plague year’ we are living in, or comparable crisis events, and the role of media and/or communication therein. The conference will reflect both empirically, and conceptually and methodologically focused work.
This is a timely and rich topic, and not only due to the tragic circumstances around Covid 19. The last 20 years have brought or aggravated several challenges to humanity: rapid population increase, climate change, war and conflict, humanitarian catastrophes, economic crises, growing inequalities, population ageing, and the uncertain future of work among them. These ongoing crises are now the background of a pandemic of proportions unseen in at least a century. In such turbulent times, communication in general and political communication in particular play a significant role in helping the public at large as well as volatile groups in society in particular to understand unfolding events, and in developing constructive attitudes and resilient behaviors regarding the crisis. Perspectives can even be adjusted or corrected, e.g. in reorienting audiences to reliable information outlets and away from possibly “polluted information” from untrustworthy sources.
The digital information ecosystem comes with further challenges to effective communication in times of crisis. Among them, the large variety of sources of information, the partisan bias of media organizations and outlets, the relatively high incidence of “polluted information” (i.e., dis-, mis-, and mal-information), the potential of each message to go viral due to the constant use of social networking sites and instant messaging platforms, the rapid circulation of conspiracy theories, the high potential of exposure to contradictory information, the almost instant access to interpersonal communication which might fuel various rumors, and so on. All these trends contribute to making people more vulnerable to accept and to disseminate various pieces of ideologically-driven, highly polarized information. Against this backdrop, communication is no longer used as a strategy to keep people well informed, but as an engine responsible for generalized skepticism and emotionally-driven attitudes. Addressing (political) communication changes and challenges during crises is of high relevance not only for scholars, policy-makers, and journalists, but also for citizens, as co-creators of content within the communication flow.
Papers & panels
The conference will feature both presentations of individual research papers, and thematic panels.
Paper submissions will be grouped in sessions of 4-5 papers by the conference program chair. A limited number of slots will be available for coherent panels where one topic is addressed in four to five presentations, followed by responses. Preference will be given to panels with presenters from diverse backgrounds and affiliations.
Nicoleta Corbu (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania), E-mail: nicoleta.corbu[at]comunicare[dot]ro
Section Management Team
Special Issue of the Journal of Digital Media & Policy
Deadline: November 20, 2020
ISSN 2516-3523 | Online ISSN 2516-3531
3 issues per volume | First published in 2010
Call for papers
It becomes pertinent to understand how these policies are influenced by the hyper-nationalistic and protectionist rhetoric currently sweeping different parts of the world, further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. At the same time, the rapidly growing presence and consequent influence of global digital media networks further confound this relationship, as they are greatly interested in the expansion of media infrastructure in the region to tap into the potential of new markets. Additionally, the changing geopolitics of the region with an increasing presence of the Chinese state and private investments in all sector including digital media, present a new stakeholder in the media policie of the region.
We identify South Asia not just as a geographic region, but one with cultural and socio-economic continuities. Thus, we also focus on the pressures and pulls of the countries on each other. While initiatives like the People’s South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are useful in delineating the region as a separate block, various issues have repeatedly highlighted the limits of these strategic regional markers. This was witnessed in the Rohingya refugee crisis of Myanmar, which is officially not a part of SAARC, but one that inevitably involves both India and Bangladesh. The Indian media’s hyper-nationalist response to this crisis reflected the heightening protectionist rhetoric that has become commonplace, while also seeing an increasing amount of foreign investments flowing into its media sectors.
Meanwhile, the influence of Indian broadcast media in Nepalese media markets seek to problematize its conceptions of sovereignty (Raghunath, 2020). Bangladesh’s politicocommercial nexus has brought to the fore the practice of informal networks (Rahman, 2020). Sri Lanka has been a pioneer in communitybased broadcasting and internet-based community experiments, even as neoliberal policies and the end of the civil war have transformed the media landscape. Pakistan’s trysts with military rule and now, a civilian government has shaped the media in the country. Afghanistan’s war has meant that international media development agencies have been involved in media training and development in the country.
Myanmar’s tryst with authoritarian majoritarianism and Bhutan’s monarchy have their own influences on the media landscape in the countries. What are the effects of these ongoing political and economic shifts on media policy in South Asia? Will these changes reflect differently on the media content and infrastructure markets? Given that the nature of relationships between South Asian countries have been rapidly changing due to the influence of China, how does this reflect on the media policies? In this special issue, we seek to explore empirical and theoretical aspects of media policies in South Asia. We seek to engage with works that analyze media policies in the region, or contribute to pedagogy pertaining to the study of media policy with a focus on South Asia. The scholarship on media policy in South Asia currently draws primarily on ideas and methodologies from the Global North, especially in terms of regulatory systems. We especially look forward to decolonial approaches and theoretical perspectives to the study of media policies in the region. We welcome submissions that go beyond the study of India as synonymous with the idea of South Asia, for adequate regional rumination.
Therefore, contributors are invited to address issues such as
To download the full Call for Papers, click here: https://www.intellectbooks.com/…pdf
November 11-13, 2020
Deadline: July 25, 2020
CFP Mediaflows Conference
In order to present a paper, 250-word proposals should be sent through the specific section form to which it is addressed until July 25, 2020.
The conference accepts papers in Spanish and English.
Considering the health circumstances facing Covid-19, the conference will have a semi-virtual character.
The conference includes six sections, whose specific cfp can be accessed on the website http://mediaflows.es/…rs/
1. Institutional crisis, democratic representation and media coverage.
2. Media consumption, and audiences in hybrid media systems.
3. Democratic values in times of populism and emotion: communication and leadership.
4. Strategy and democratic game: Surveys, pacts and political majority.
5. Research on hate discourse and disinformation.
6. Nuts and bolts of the power: Reality and fiction.
A selection of the accepted proposals will be published in a special edition of the Dígitos journal (www.revistadigitos.es), whose deadline for submission ends on December 15, 2020. Other publishing options will be shortly announced on the conference website.
Queen’s University Belfast
Arts, English and Languages
The school of Arts, English and Languages seeks to appoint a Lecturer (Education) to teach at undergraduate level covering modules in the Subject Area of Film Studies and Production. The successful candidate will deliver all material on core module Introduction to Film Studies (level 1), and optional modules British Cinema (level 2) and British Film (level 3). It is anticipated that the appointee will cover a first year introductory module and offer subject level expertise for the higher level modules. On appointment, you will design and deliver teaching and assessment activities for three modules within Film Studies including lectures, setting/marking coursework, practice workshops, and fieldwork to undergraduates and postgraduates and will contribute to Area and School administration/outreach activity.
This post is available for a period of six months.
For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website: https://hrwebapp.qub.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=691522DUSP&WVID=6273090Lgx&LANG=USA____
Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the
first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.
The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.
ECREA´S 8th European Communication Conference
University of Minho
We would like to inform you that in consultation with the Local Organising Committee, the ECREA Executive Board has approved new dates for the 8th European Communication Conference: 6-9 September 2021.
The conference was scheduled for 2-5 October 2020 but we had to make the uneasy decision to postpone. The different timelines and strategies of gradual withdrawal of pandemic prevention measures adopted by individual European countries have made it impossible to organise the event according to our standards of academic quality and hospitality.
Planning of the postponed event will protect all the work already done in the creation of the conference's scientific programme. The review process has been concluded and the acceptance of papers and panels remains in place for the postponed conference. Over the next months, the organization department will contact all authors to confirm the approved status of previous submissions. The conference calendar will be revised and new important dates will be announced on the conference website.
We are working to prepare a safe and rewarding conference for all participants. Conferences should be exceptional moments for greater integration into our rich and diverse field for scholars of all ages, groups and research interests.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Braga from the 6th to the 9th of September 2021.
ECREA and the Communication and Society Research Centre of University of Minho are delighted to host the 8th European Communication Conference (ECC). The Conference has chosen the key theme ‘Communication and trust: building safe, sustainable and promising futures. Organisers call for proposals addressing (but not limited to) the main conference theme and relating to ECREA Sections, Networks or Temporary Working Groups.
What futures are we building up? What is the role of media and communication in these processes? Considering the pace of technological change and the way it is reshaping economy and culture, what type of adaptations and commitments are being asked of citizens and to what extent are institutions and policy makers engaged in achieving solutions that are both progressive and sustainable? What type of social, political and cultural futures are media and communication inducing and modelling? What relations exist between them and what are their main normative cornerstones? These are questions of critical interest for the 2020 ECREA conference. Scholars are invited to question the relevance of communication studies in face of societal challenges today and for generations to come.
Acceleration, speed and technological development are present in all dimensions of life, everywhere and at every level. Global forms of culture and global market dynamics are intensely shaping the nature of citizens’ lives and altering the way they think and relate to institutions. Trust is being eroded; some of its building blocks, such as communication for freedom, empowerment, development, and democratization are being reconfigured and gaining multiple and often contradictory meanings. Thereby, creating new inequalities and vulnerabilities in Europe and around the world whilst institutions seem weaker, more ineffective or late in their reactions.
There is a general academic perception that citizens everywhere are now inhabiting spaces of higher suspicion, uncertainty and privacy invasion at different levels of their life, which make them easy prey for different types of power brokers. Many relevant questions in communication studies can be addressed regarding ways in which fear, uncertainty, and social isolation affect citizens according to structuring variables such as race, ethnicity, gender or age.
If citizens are experiencing this general state of ontological insecurity, politicians and institutions appear to hesitate in the face of emergent problems requiring systemic, determined and eventually global scale well-sought answers. Climate change and environment urgencies are obviously requiring new insights from the media and communication field with particular attention to medium and long-term effects of human actions. The proactive actions of citizens and social movements also deserve particular attention.
Scholars are defied to address emerging responsibilities of the media and communication field vis-à-vis new social and environmental asymmetries. The quality of public information is obviously key to this debate. What role should the media play deconstruing technological determinisms and finding paths to increase trust, confidence and safety? How to manage the relationships between the local and the global so that internet giants’ activities do not govern the common symbolic environment? How to improve transparency and the defence of the public interest, and what type of public interest is still possible to identify? By proposing the theme ‘Communication and trust: building safe, sustainable and promising futures’, the conference should provide an opportunity to diagnose, discuss and rethink the role and responsibilities of academics and professionals in the reading of present circumstances and in the anticipation of future challenges.
Please consult our guidelines for submission here: http://www.ecrea2020braga.eu/2019/10/09/http-www-ecrea2020braga-eu-call-for-papers/
Vol. 5 No. 1 (2020): Videogames and Culture: Design, Art and Education
Guest Editors: Filipe Costa Luz and Conceição Costa
The present issue of IJFMA results from a peer-review selection of papers from the MILT conference - Media Literacy for Living Together: the future of media and learning in participation, and from a specific call addressing studies in visual culture and games, games and learning and pedagogies of play.
The growing numbers of researchers in contemporary game studies from the fields of Design, Art, Media Studies, Computer Sciences, Psychology, Education and Business, IJFMA open up the discussion to different domains, enabling intertextuality and cross-fertilization in this rhizomatic borders of media and art genres.
University of East London
Location: Docklands Campus
Salary: Starting from £46,487 per annum inclusive of London Weighting pro rata
Post Type: Part Time
Hours per Week: 28.8
Post Type: Permanent
Closing Date: Friday 24 July 2020
Interview Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020
Do you have experience of working in the Media industry and are passionate about passing on your knowledge to students? Are you looking for a challenging role in an environment that is open, vibrant and welcomes new ideas? Then join the University of East London as a Senior Lecturer in Media and you could soon be developing and delivering high quality, innovative and engaging teaching in the Media area. At UEL we know the world of work is changing and that means our students will need to develop critical thinking, emotional intelligence and resilience to realise their potential, which is why we’ve embedded these future-proofed tools at the heart of every one of our degrees. We’re also looking for outstanding teachers who exude a love of teaching, inspire and motivate students and colleagues through their approach and are committed to achieving excellent outcomes for students.
Your challenge? To design, develop and deliver innovative Media teaching across a range of modules and courses at undergraduate level. You’ll also collaborate with colleagues and management on the development of existing and new programmes with the view of continuous improvement.
As well as a degree or equivalent in a related discipline, you’ll have a postgraduate qualification and/or significant professional experience in Media. You will have an understanding of relevant industry production, as well as experience of course development and collaboration with external stakeholders, including industry partners and a successful track record of research and/or consultancy.
We are particularly looking for academics that have experience in one or more of the following areas taught at UEL:
* Employability, enterprise and media industries
* PR, Branding and Campaign Design
* Digital and social media content design, production and post-production skills
* Media and Marketing Communication
Adept at conveying ideas to students from a range of backgrounds, you will also bring a deep commitment to closing the award gap, gender equality, and LGBTQIA awareness/visibility/empowerment. You will also enjoy developing professional relationships with students, colleagues, employers, and outside agencies alike.
At UEL, we aim to attract and retain the best possible staff and offer a working environment at the heart of a dynamic region with excellent transport links. You can look forward to a warm, sincere welcome, genuine camaraderie and mobility in an institution led with passion, visibility and purpose. Your impact, resilience and sense of collegiality will directly contribute to UEL’s future and those of the students whose lives you will touch and change forever. We also offer a great range of benefits including the Teacher’s Pension Scheme, family friendly policies and an on-site nursery and gym at our Docklands Campus.
If you would like an informal discussion about the role please email Dr Rosemary Stott, Head of Media Department, R.Stott@uel.ac.uk.
Further details: https://jobs.uel.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=036A2020
Email details to a friend: https://jobs.uel.ac.uk/…020
CVs without a completed application form will not be accepted.
At UEL we are committed to working together to build a community which values diversity in both our staff and student populations, is representative and inclusive, enabling all to progress and thrive.
Apply online: https://jobs.uel.ac.uk/…2hM
Deadline: July 27, 2020
Membrana vol 5, no. 2 (The Master) investigates the dynamics of visual domination, visual presence, familiarity and iconicity of images in relation to the figure of the master.
Even before the invention of the camera, the master has always been entwined with its image – in coinage, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and other media – but it seems that photography has both continued and complicated the master-image relation.
As before, a master can stage portraits and public performances to secure domination through a public circulation of its image(s). But photography’s “contribution” to the master-image relation was not merely to enhance the intertwinement of the master with its image. At least since the beginning of the 20th century, it has become apparent that photography can simultaneously capture something else – the unexpected, the unwitting, the excess that eludes control. Moreover, the mass proliferation of image-making in the early 21st century and the changed information and communication ecosystems have made the control of one’s public image a precarious process, dictated to a large extent by an image-generating social apparatus and algorithmic logic.
To a large extent, the age-old dialectic between the master and the servant seems to be flipped on its head – the master being evermore the servant of its own representation, of its most shareable common public visual denominator, be it likable, hated or reviled. Is the master becoming ever more the servant of its own representation? Is this representation being hollowed-out, becoming “merely” an abstract visualisation of power, detached from any of the master’s traits? Have we entered a new era of a master figure without any grandeur or charisma, a master lacking any sign of dignity – a master for which the denomination only holds true in terms of political power, lacking any “grand” visual signs of the historical personas of the past?
What role do photographs play in the creation, strengthening, or subversion of (the images of) the master? Do photographs (un)wittingly legitimize the power, or do they recast power within the wider social network of signs? What is their role in the subject’s compliance with the authority, acceding to the rules of the master? Is domination via visual signs nowadays a necessary condition for social dominance or it is just a side spectacle?
We invite textual and visual contributions that explore the master, domination, and subjugation in the relation to photographs, from contemporary and historical viewpoints, and through (but not limited to) the following perspectives:
– authoritarian figures and photography
– authority, subjugation, domination through photography
– master-slave dialectics and the image
– the master, white supremacy, right-wing nationalism and photography
– the master and author (genius as the master)
– photographer as a master
– power, charisma and figures of the master
– fine-art photography and subversion of figures of the master
– visual propaganda
– social media and figures of the master
– image aesthetics and figures of the master
– photographic presence as it stabilizes or destabilizes domination
– celebrity and banality in constructions of power
– hierarchy, networks, and mastery
– masters made or undone by photography, post-truth and the master
– icons and iconicity in constructions and deconstructions of authority
– the master in relation to photography’s civil contract or democratic promise
– the master and conditions of excess, abundance, or utopian potential
– the master and the optical unconscious
– the master and public spectatorship
– the master in an ecology of images
– master-slave dichotomy, computational technologies and photography
– attracting the master’s attention: photography’s stance in contemporary art practice
Format of contributions
Essays, theoretical papers, overview articles, interviews (approx. 15,000–35,000 characters / 2,200–5,000 words), visuals encouraged.
Short essays, columns (8,000–21,000 characters / 1,200–3,000 words), visuals encouraged.
Photographic projects and artwork: proposals for non-commissioned work or samples of work.
More information about the contributions can be found here. Contributions will be published in the English edition – magazine Membrana (ISSN 2463-8501. eISSN: 2712-4894) and/or in the Slovenian edition – magazine Fotografija (ISSN 1408-3566).
Proposals and deadlines
The deadline for contribution proposals (150-word abstracts and/or visuals) is July 27, 2020. The deadline for the finished contributions from accepted proposals is September 21, 2020. Please send proposals via the online form or contact us directly at editors(at)membrana.org.
About Membrana / Fotografija
Membrana is a contemporary photography journal dedicated to promoting a profound and theoretically grounded understanding of photography. Its aim is to encourage new, bold, and alternative conceptions of photography theory as well as new and bold approaches to photography in general. Positioning itself in the space between scholarly journal and popular publications, it offers an open forum for critical reflection on the medium, presenting both analytical texts and quality visuals. The journal is published biannually in summer and inwinter in English and in Slovenian (under the title Fotografija) by the Ljubljana-based non-profit institute Membrana.
September 1, 2020
RMIT University, Melbourne
Deadline: August 14, 2020
Unless it is 100% safe to return to RMIT, this symposium will be held online. Even if we return to campus, those who aren’t able to present in-person are welcome to join us remotely.
The Screen & Sound Cultures Research Group and the Critical Intimacies Reading Group at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, present eco_media II: Fire & Rain
The first eco_media symposium was held at RMIT University in October 2019. Theorists, poets, researchers, filmmakers, recorders, and artists gathered to explore what it means to think and make in a time of climate catastrophe. See a summary of the day, along with the programme, at this page on the Screen & Sound Cultures website.
The second symposium invites a similarly broad range of thinkers and makers to take the conversation further. In particular, we seek theoretical, empirical, philosophical or creative responses to the extreme weather events that have wreaked havoc all over Australia in the last six months: the devastating bushfires that engulfed Australia in late 2019 and early 2020, and the extreme flooding events along the eastern seaboard in late January and early February 2020. Media responses to the COVID-19 pandemic will doubtless be covered by other conferences, journals and institutions. However, we also welcome discussion of how our ideas, understandings, philosophies of climate change – as well as the response to the bushfires and flooding – have been affected by the pandemic.
Academics and postgraduate researchers from humanities, communications, social sciences, media studies, environmental studies, and more, are invited to contribute.
Topics to be covered can include -- but are not limited to:
- analyses/discussion of media representations of these extreme events, or environmental issues in general
- documentary/creative interventions into the climate catastrophe discourse
- social media-based responses to the bushfires, including international
-new media and environmental justice
-discussion of (or contributions to) media responses (or lack thereof) to the impact of the bushfires/floods on animal life and Indigenous Australians and Country
-how the climate debate – or responses to extreme Australian weather events – has been affected by COVID-19
-the meeting places between the natural and the mediated
-the impacts of media practice/research on the environment
-media materialism (which can incorporate elements of the above)
Presentations have a max duration of 20 mins (you will be timed), but within that 20 mins you can read or present a paper; screen or present work-in-progress; philosophise on the current media/environmental condition; live riff/performance along a theme; or any combo of these.
Selected presentations concerning visual media will be invited for conversion into articles for a special issue of Senses of Cinema planned for publication in 2021.
Please send a 200-word abstract and 50-word bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Friday 14 August.
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