The Digital Media Challenge
8th Central and Eastern European Media and Communication Conference
Zagreb, 12-14 June 2015
Conference organized by the University of Zagreb in cooperation with the ECREA CEE Network and cosponsored by ICA
The transition of communication media to digital is a worldwide phenomenon. In Central and Eastern Europe the term “transition” is naturally assumed to mean democratic transition in the postsocialist period starting in 1990. For the past 25 years, many in these countries struggled to establish independent media industries with new democratic expectations and in a capitalist market environment. The focus was very much on the political and economic postsocialist transition, including in research in media and communication studies.
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.
The journalistic profession is having a hard time facing the challenges of the digital revolution and global economy, but also the pressures of commercial interests and the need for new competences of young journalists. As a result of that process, the trust citizens have in state institutions and mass media has been significantly declining. Some warn that the corruption of basic journalistic values – through infotainment, the imperative of speed and the use of digital technologies to raise the popularity instead of quality – has been undermining the very foundations of democracy. The citizens, paradoxically, are surrounded with media offer that has never been wider, while they have never been less involved. New possibilities for participation in the digital public sphere are being used in different ways by different people, are there patterns here that we can uncover?
While digital technology defines today’s media, the key to their understanding is beyond a technological utopia or dystopia, in the new social practices that media afford – in media production and use, in changing public communication, media organization and production, journalism practice and the role of audiences. Social media, user-generated content, crowdsourcing, rise of alternative media, networked distribution and promotion of content and participatory agenda setting characterize today’s media landscapes that comprise both the legacy and the digital media. Today’s mediatized cultures can no longer be observed outside of the media that facilitate them, but need to be investigated in their articulations of everyday lifeworlds.
In our attempt to understand the present manifestations of digital mediascapes, we might also examine how the socialist economic and political settings and normative assumptions of the role of media influence contemporary post-socialist institutional settings and the development of digital media cultures.
Some of the topics for which we invite contributions include, but are not limited to:
*Mediatized cultures – production, audiences and social practices
*Self-construction and self-expression, identity performance and experimentation
*Education, knowledge and learning, play and entertainment
*Sociality – social spaces created around and through use of communication technology, belonging – foundation of social bonds and social integration, communities they create, how they engage in politics or civic activities
*Privacy, security, control and surveillance (interveillance)
*Digital democracy – mediatized political communication, digital citizenship, participation and the digital public sphere
*Redefining the legacy journalism paradigm
*At the organizational level: the role of newsroom in digital media environment; newsroom adjustments to media convergence.
*At the professional level: changing practice of journalists; multi-platform reporting; role of social media in daily reporting, especially in stories and sources identification and interaction; new relations with audiences, participatory and collaborative journalism.
*At the media output level: pluralism and quality of content, its availability and usability and, in general, public interest
*Digital Skills for the New Approach to Journalism Education
*Development of the new digital skills and the basis for the new journalism education curricula – new forms of reporting, new genres in digital media, data analysis and storytelling
*Children in the mediatized world
*media literacy – privacy and young media consumers,
*role of family in media literacy & media use
*digital generation and media
*Media and information literacy – libraries, copyright issues and open access, education for media and information literacy, regulation for media and information literacy, media literacy and social inclusion
*The past and present of media and communication studies in CEE – comparing socialist and post-socialist disciplinary developments
The conference will work in plenary (keynote and special panels) and parallel/paper sessions. Abstracts will be double blind reviewed by members of the Scientific Committee.
The conference aims to promote academic cooperation in the field of media and communication studies, broadly defined in a way to include trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches to media and communication, within the Central and Eastern European region and beyond. While the primary focus of the conference is on sharing and discussing new research, the conference takes a multi-stakeholder approach to underline the importance of dialogue between scholars of media, political science, sociology, regulators and policy makers, international and national experts, practitioners, as well as representatives of regulatory authorities and civil society organizations.
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.
Submission, Registration and Important Dates
Conference language: English. 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. Abstract & panel submission site will open on November 20, and individual paper and panel proposal can be uploaded until 20 December, 23:59 CET. The reviews will be completed and notifications sent by 31 January 2015.
Please contact the conference organizers if you have any questions!
Conference registration will open on 1 February 2015. Early bird registration ends 1 April 2015.
Summary of important dates:
20 November 2014: Abstract Submission Site Opens
20 December 2014: Deadline for submissions of abstracts and panel proposals
31 January 2015: Notification of acceptance
1 February 2015: Registration & fee site opens
1 April 2015: Early bird registration ends
1 May 2015: Deadline for full papers to be delivered to Chair of the working group
12 June 2015: Opening ceremony of CEECOM 2015 conference
Full papers should be sent to the panel chairs by 1 May 2015. An edited collection of the most successful papers will be published with an international publisher.
150 EUR conference participants
100 EUR doctoral students
Early bird: until 1 April 2015
100 EUR conference participants
75 EUR doctoral students
The fee covers lunches & coffe & refreshments breakes, and conference materials.
CONFERENCE CHAIR: Zrinjka Peruško, University of Zagreb, Croatia
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE (MEMBERS OF CEECOM CONSORTIUM):
Auks? Bal?ytien? (Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania)
Boguslawa Dobek-Ostrowska (University of Wroclaw, Poland)
Micha? G?owacki (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Epp Lauk (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Zrinjka Peruško (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Irena Reifova (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
Ilija Tomani?-Trivundža (Ljubljana University, Slovenia)
Tomáš Trampota (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Mihaela Banek Zorica (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Domagoj Bebi? (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Antonija ?uvalo (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Hrvoje Jakopovi? (University of Zagreb, Croatia) Iva Nenadi? (University of J.J. Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia)
Krešimir Pavlina (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Tena Perišin (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Sonja Špiranec (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Dina Vozab (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Nada Zagrablji? Rotar (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Centre for Media and Communication Research
Faculty of Political Science
University of Zagreb
Lepuši?eva 6, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
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