YECREA seminar on “Alternative scholarly communication for young scholars”

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YECREA seminar on “Alternative scholarly communication for young scholars”

at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

The Young Scholars Network of ECREA (YECREA) is happy to invite all young scholars – doctoral students, post-docs, junior scholars, and other early-career scholars – to participate in two seminar sessions, organised as part of the joint conference on ‘Infrastructures and Inequalities: Media industries, digital cultures and politics’ in Helsinki.

This is a joint initiative of three YECREA Sections: Communication and Democracy; Digital Culture and Communication; and Media Industries and Cultural Production.

Details:

  • Date: 21-22 October 2019
  • Location: Metsätalo, University of Helsinki
  • Two parallel sessions (1.5 hours each)
  • The deadline for applications is 15 June 2019

Topics this workshop will cover:

  • Strategies for building researchers networks – exploring research communities, the potential of digital platforms
  • Broadening scholarly communication – engaging with social media

 

Seminar description:

Scholarly communication is undergoing significant changes and evolutions, particularly in today’s shifting media landscape. For young scholars and early career researchers in particular, issues of disseminating our research on social media platforms, creating alternative communication forms, and establishing sustainable researcher communities are particularly relevant.

 

The shift towards a more diverse array of scholarly communication has already begun. Scholars now share their research and connect with each other on platforms such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate and LinkedIn. As well as these outlets, the traditional article format is being altered by including blog posts, interactive graphics and video. And perhaps most significantly, scholarly conversations are now taking place on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.

 

These seminars aim to help young scholars navigate the process of sharing their research within this digital media environment.

 

21 October 2019

The first seminar, facilitated by Professor Kirsi Pyhältö, explores the issue of “How to build and sustain researcher networks”.

This workshop, intended for PhD students and young career scholars, aims to facilitate use of researcher communities as a resource for doctoral research and career development, by analyzing the potential of these communities, exploring one’s own communities, and discussing them with peers. The workshop addresses the function of researcher communities in early career researchers’ daily lives, and their role as a central resource for their careers after a doctoral degree.

22 October 2019

The second seminar, facilitated by Dr. Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, explores the topic “Why bother? Expert communication on social media”.

This seminar addresses the issue of the growing diversity of digital platforms for research dissemination, scholarly conversation, and alternative academic networking. It explores how early career researchers can engage with social media, the opportunities and also the pressures that these digital platforms afford, inquiring how young scholars and researchers can benefit from them.

Please submit a brief expression of interest (max. 200 words) providing a short description of your research interests and why you are interested in attending the seminars.

Additionally, please provide a short bionote stating your name, email, affiliation and position, and country.

Please be aware that participants commit to attending both seminars.

Please send in your expressions of interests and personal information, no later than 15 June 2019, to:

Ally.Mccrowyoung@hum.ku.dk

AnaSofia.PereiraCaldeira@ugent.be

Giulia.Manica@nottingham.ac.uk

Selected participants will be notified by the 15th of July 2019

Participation in these seminar sessions is free of charge.

The organising team:

Ally McCrow-Young (YECREA representative of Communication and Democracy Section)

Giulia Manica (YECREA representative of Media Industries and Cultural Production Section)

Sofia Caldeira (YECREA representative of Digital Culture and Communication Section)

We encourage workshop participants to also submit a proposal for the main

conference. Please submit your abstract also by 1 June 2019 (300-word

abstract for individual proposals; or 300-word panel rationale plus individual 200

word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers for panel proposals). All abstracts for individual as well as panel proposals should be submitted through EasyChair:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=infrastructuresandin

For more information, please consult the conference

website: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/infrastructures-and-inequalities

 

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CfP mid-year conference: Infrastructures and Inequalities: Media industries, digital cultures and politics

21-22 October 2019, University of Helsinki, Finland

Joint Conference of three ECREA Sections:
Communication and Democracy; Digital Culture and Communication; and Media Industries and Cultural Production

Abstract Deadline 1 June 2019

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Lisa Parks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kaarina Nikunen, University of Tampere

In a turn to ‘infrastructuralism’ (Peters 2015), media and communication scholars are increasingly attentive to the materialities and politics of the technological, organisational and cultural infrastructures that underpin media today. Platforms, data centres, software, but also new forms of organising cultural production and labour, shape the politics of digital cultures and transform the media industries. Digital and media infrastructures have become elemental to everyday life. They are significant in reproducing existing social and cultural inequalities, as well as creating new power struggles. As digital/media infrastructures unfold in everyday life, they bring challenges across multiple domains, from the foundations of social justice to the industrial structures underpinning our everyday interactions with media and communication systems. This conference aims to address the politics and inequalities that emerge, as technological and media industries adopt, dismantle and transform infrastructures to channel and process communication flows. Media infrastructures (broadly) operate under different and uneven conditions that configure media labour, media production, and the politics of communication and access (Starosielski and Parks 2015). This conference seeks to examine digital/media infrastructures and inequalities from an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective, inviting papers to interrogate the significance of the ‘infrastructural turn’ in media and communication studies to our understanding of media industries, democracy and digital cultures.

During this joint-ECREA section conference, we aim to engage with questions concerning inequalities and the infrastructures of digital culture, media industries and (digital) democracy through addressing topics such as (but not limited to):

 

  • The value, significance and relevance of infrastructure studies to media industry studies, the study of media and democracy, as well as digital culture
  • The industries and labour that operate and control specific technological media infrastructures, such as data centres, cloud computing, cable/satellite networks, content delivery networks
  • The politics and power dynamics of digital/media infrastructures
  • The significance of digital/media infrastructures in everyday life, especially related to the reproduction of social inequalities
  • The impact of digital/media infrastructures on culture, society, politics and democracy
  • The impact of digital/media infrastructures on media labour and cultural production
  • The organisational and cultural infrastructures of the media industries
  • Experiences and affective relationships that emerge in connection with media infrastructures
  • Forms of logistical media
  • Temporalities of media infrastructures
  • Emerging questions for the foundations of social justice in the digital media infrastructural turn

 

Submission details

Please submit a 300-word abstract for individual proposals.

Panel proposals should include a 300-word panel rationale plus individual 200 word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers.

All abstracts for individual as well as panel proposals should be submitted through EasyChair:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=infrastructuresandin

 

Deadline for submission is 1 June 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by 30 June 2019.

 

Registration and Fees

Early bird registration €100 (until 12th August)

Early bird reduced student fee €50 (until 12 August)

Full fees €120  (to be paid until the 15th of September)

Reduced student fee €60 (to be paid until the 15th of September)

 

For more information and enquiries, contact:

Julia Velkova, University of Helsinki at julia.velkova@helsinki.fi

Anne Kaun, Södertörn University at anne.kaun@sh.se

Sander de Rieder, University of Ghent at sander.deridder@ugent.be

 

Scientific Committee:

 

Ysabel Gerrard, University of Sheffield

Catherine Johnson, University of Huddersfield

Ana Jorge, Research Centre for Communication and Culture, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Anne Kaun, Södertörn University

Maria Michalis, University of Westminster

Christina Neumayer, IT-University of Copenhagen

Sander de Rieder, University of Ghent

Emiliano Treré, University of Cardiff

Julia Velkova, Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki

 

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YECREA workshop on Digital methods for studying algorithms: complicating the socio-technical relation

Södertörn University, Stockholm
organised by ECREA’s Communication and Democracy, and Media Industries and Cultural Production Sections
We would like to invite all young scholars – doctoral students, post-docs and junior scholars – to the YECREA workshop organised as part of the upcoming conference on Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data on 10-11 November 2017 in Stockholm at Södertörn University.

The workshop will take the form of a half-day pre-conference session on the afternoon of 9 November, and will be facilitated by Annette Markham, Professor of Information Studies at Aarhus University.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a platform for young scholars to raise and discuss questions and projects concerning methods for studying algorithms and algorithmic cultures. The workshop aims to gather a multiplicity of perspectives, frames, and questions that can extend our understanding of how to deal with algorithms in research.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a brief expression of interest (ca 300 words) in which you provide a short description of your project. Additionally, please provide a bionote stating your name, affiliation and position, as well as the stage of your project.

Please submit your expressions of interest to julia.velkova@sh.se by 1 June 2017.

The workshop is free of charge.

We encourage workshop participants to also submit a proposal for the main conference. Please submit your abstract also by 1 June 2017 (300-word abstract for individual proposals; or 300-word panel rationale plus individual 200 word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers for panel proposals).  All abstracts for individual and panel proposals for the main conference should be submitted through: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecreadigdem2017
For more information, please consult the conference website: http://www.sh.se/bigdata

Workshop organizers:

  • Julia Velkova (YECREA representative Media Industries and Cultural Production Sections)
  • Jenny Sundén (Professor in Gender Studies, Södertörn University)
  • Anne Kaun (Vice-chair Communication and Democracy Section)

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Call for Papers ECREA Symposium Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data

10-11 November 2017, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

Joint Conference of two ECREA Sections: Communication and Democracy; and Media Industries and Cultural Production

Abstract Deadline 1 June 2017

Keynote speakers

  • Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield)
  • Joseph Turow (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Mikkel Flyverbom (Copenhagen Business School)

The coordinates of democracy, civic engagement and political participation are being fundamentally reconfigured in the context of digital media, Big Data and algorithmic culture, and so too are the media industries. This joint conference of the ECREA Communication and Democracy and Media Industries and Cultural Production Sections provides the opportunity to analyse and assess these changes.

The constant need to measure and capture our behavior and attitudes has consequences for our political agency and subjectivities. What do big data and algorithmic culture mean in the context of democratic participation and engagement? What are the consequences of ubiquitous surveillance, preemptive policing and social bots for our understanding of democracy and exercise of civic rights? How do current discussions of political agency in the digital age compare to previous moments of disruption in terms of the introduction of media technologies?

Big data and issues related to algorithmic governance have become a major topic of enquiry in the context of media industries as well. ‘Legacy media’ are trying to respond by integrating new digital services with their existing ones and new data-driven journalistic and media production practices emerge. This presents policy challenges, as, for example, public service media need to adapt to a situation in which data is increasingly commercialized. There are implications too for media workers in this new moment. In this context, we wish to explore issues related to the integration of Big Data and the media industries as well as online production, creativity and digital labour.

During this section conference, we aim to engage with questions concerning datafication, media industries and (digital) democracy through addressing topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Political subjectivities and political agency in the age of Big Data
  • Political consequences of storing, processing and organizing of data
  • Civic engagement and political participation in times of Big Data
  • Surveillance and preemptive policing
  • Materiality and environmental issues of Big Data and algorithmic culture
  • New actors and discourses in the context of datafication
  • Democratic potential of Big Data and algorithmic culture
  • Algorithmic taste management in the media industries
  • Archives and archiving of cultural production and civic engagement
  • Media work and labour in datafied media industries
  • Data Journalism

A YECREA workshop for PhD candidates and junior researchers will be organised. Details are going to be announced in early spring 2017.

Submission details

Please submit a 300-word abstract for individual proposals

Panel proposals should include a 300-word panel rationale plus individual 200 word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers.

All abstracts for individual as well as panel proposals should be submitted through: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecreadigdem2017

Deadline for submission is 1 June 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by 15 August 2017.

Registration and Fees

Early bird registration €50 (until 1 September 2017)

Early bird reduced student fee €30 (until 1 September)

Full fees €75

Reduced student fee €40

Organising Committee:

Göran Bolin, Hanne Bruun, David Hesmondhalgh, Anne Kaun, Maria Michalis, Maria Kyriakidou, Fredrik Stiernstedt, Julie Uldam, Julia Velkova

 

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CfP Special Issue of Media and Communication (Guest Editors: Anne Kaun, Julie Uldam, Maria Kyriakidou)

 

Political Agency in the Digital Age: Media, Participation and Democracy)

Based on the successful conference Political Agency in the Digital Age (9-10 October 2015), we are pleased to invite submissions from the conference participants for a special issue publication in the open-access journal Media and Communication.

Theme

Research on media and politics has traditionally tended towards separating the sphere of politics from political processes in other societal spheres, focusing on parliamentarian politics and formal, institutionalised interest group politics (e.g. unions). At the same time, there has been a tendency to focus on elites, whether political, corporate, media or cultural. With the emergence of digital media, the research agenda within the field of media and politics research is shifting towards exploring interrelations between institutionalised politics and political processes in other societal spheres, and moving beyond elites to also include “ordinary” people. The personalization of digital media and the rise of user-generated content have led to an increased interest in personal self-expression of citizens at an individual level as a political act. While this represents an important development, it also warrants fundamental questions about what counts as politics and who count as political actors. At the same time euphoric accounts of the potential of digital media for political agency are questioned critically both in terms of actual potential and the wider structures in which they are embedded. The conference aims to gather papers that provide a differentiated analysis of political agency in the digital age.

The special issue gathers contributions that address questions of shifting agency in connection with changing media technologies, while considering a dialectical relationship between social and media-related change.

We invite contributions from the Political Agency in the Digital Age conference that address the  following topics:

  • Social movement/radical/alternative media
  • Activism and digital media
  • Materiality of media participation
  • Civic resilience in times of crisis
  • Everyday life and civic culture
  • Media and struggles over independence and recognition
  • Organising (for) political agency
  • The political economy of participatory digital media
  • Social movements and political subjectivities
  • Political agency and civic cultures

Please submit full papers containing original research results that have not been published in English elsewhere. Articles shall have a maximum length of 8,000 words (the word count limit includes title, abstract, and references list. The anonymized manuscript should be submitted to ecreacommdem@gmail.com. Please submit an accompanying letter of submission stating your affiliation and the suggestions of three reviewers (including their emails) who:

– are recognized experts in the field
– hold a PhD degree
– not have worked with the author(s) for the last 5 years
– not be affiliated with the same institution as the author(s).

Please follow the author guidelines closely: http://cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/mediaandcommunication/pages/view/forauthors

Submission deadline (full papers): 15 January 2016.

The publication of the special issue is planned for August 2016.

Journal: Media and Communication

Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183-2439) is an international open access journal dedicated to a wide variety of basic and applied research in communication and its related fields. It aims at providing a research forum on the social and cultural relevance of media and communication processes.

Editor: Bradley Greenberg, Michigan State University, USA

http://cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/mediaandcommunication/index

The guest editors have raised funding to cover the processing fee for all articles that go to publication.

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Communication & Democracy business meeting

The section business meeting will be held Friday 9th at 12.30pm in room 114.

We hope to see many of you there – please feel free to bring your lunch from the buffet:)

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Political Agency in the Digital Age – keynote room updates

Anastasia Kavada’s keynote speech Friday at 5pm has been moved to room S16.

Goubin Yang’s keynote speech Saturday at 9:15 has been moved to room s10.

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