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CFP: “Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century”

Call for papers “Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century”

September 19-21, 2013, Université Paris-Sorbonne

6th Tensions of Europe Plenary Conference *

Colloque international du projet ANR Resendem **

Deadline paper abstracts: February 25, 2013

Overall Theme of the Conference:  The conference will be devoted to the complex relationship between democracy and technology from a European and transnational perspective. The core of this reflection will be the complementarities and cross-fertilization that arise in the interaction of technology and democracy, but also the frictions, tensions, and paradoxes that emerge in the discourses, representations and interplay of actors. The assumption that technology poses a threat to the liberal democratic political order rooted in the public debate, has fueled a critical approach to technology in humanities and social sciences. This also fueled various shared Europe-wide initiatives of technology assessment. Within the Soviet bloc, on the other hand, technology was promoted as a tool for building socialism.

More recently, calls for the democratization of decision-making related to controversial technical changes made the two terms meet in a dynamic no longer of opposition but of mutual construction: “technical democracy” would be an expansion of democracy, defined primarily as a continuously evolving process rather than a fixed form, open to new questions and new ways to find answers.

This historical conference is open to a wide range of interdisciplinary inquiry. It invites proposals for papers addressing an issue that up to now has mainly been investigated on a national basis. Focusing on circulations and appropriations of technology in a European and transnational perspective, the conference should open new ways to think and talk about the history of Europe.

While European spaces are privileged, papers on the themes of the conference but covering other geographical areas will also be considered.

General areas to be explored are:

Technical democracy: serving the citizen or the consumer?

• The concept of technical democracy, its uses, its meanings, its realities and imaginary through technologies, spaces, periods; • The role of groups of stakeholders such as consumer associations and civil society in the design, ownership, development, or resistance and rejection of technology.

Technology and democracy: a co-construction?

• Democratic regimes facing technological challenges in their economic, political, industrial, ethical, social and/or cultural dimensions;• Technology in political discourses (comparative approaches are welcome); • Technology as vector of democracy: history of voting technologies; • “Democracy by design”: how aspects related to the values of democracy (privacy, transparency, openness, etc.) are considered in the invention of artifacts.

Regulating and governing technology: which models, what practices?

• The evolution, composition, role, challenges and limitations of the regulatory authorities; • The evolution of governance in the field of technology; • Soft and hard power of technology in democracy; • The transition of national and regional governance logics to global governance.

Agoras: spaces for dialogue and debate about technology in democracy

• Public areas of debate around technology and large sociotechnical controversies; • Sites and actors involved in mediating between citizens and technologies; • The relationship between media and technology in a democratic context; • Challenging technology in a democratic context.

Technology against democracy

• Technocracy: confiscated expertise? • Threats to democracy from uses of technology (surveillance, intelligence, propaganda, databases, etc.); • Democracies at war and the technical armaments choices (gas, napalm, nuclear bomb, mines, etc.).

 Session formats

The Program Committee welcomes proposals that address the overall conference themes in the following three formats:

• Individual paper proposals.

• Research sessions with three papers based on original research, and an invited commentator. Because the conference encourages debate, appropriate time for discussion should be allocated to the commentators as well as the members of the audience. The papers will be pre-circulated to all conference participants.

• Research collaboration sessions which are meant to present results of a specific project. The session could be paper based, but could also focus on a discussion of the framing and wider implications of the specific project connected to the future of Tensions of Europe network.

Please note that paper and/or session proposals not directly related to the conference theme but relevant for the TOE network will also be considered. For more information on the TOE intellectual agenda see and

 Deadlines and Time-line

The deadline for proposals is February 25, 2013.

For paper proposals, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 500 words. Authors are invited to submit their titles and abstracts electronically on the homepage of the with a copy sent by email to toe2013paris AT

For session proposals, please submit a brief abstract of the session (maximum 600 words) along with a one-page abstract for each participant. The organizer(s) are invited to submit their session abstracts electronically on the homepage of the conference with a copy sent by email to toe2013paris AT Please note that on the website, for technical reasons, each abstract, even of a research session, has to be submitted individually.

The Program Committee will inform about its decisions no later than April 20, 2013.

Since the conference papers will be made available before the conference on our website, we will ask you to send them as PDF file to toe2013paris AT before July 15th 2013.

We are seeking to provide a contribution towards travel, fees and/or accommodation costs for those who have no opportunity to participate otherwise.

 Program Committee :

Pr Maria Paula Diogo, Chair, Universidade Nova de Lisboa,  Pr Pascal Griset, Université Paris-Sorbonne,  Pr Martin Kohlrausch, K.U. Leuven,  Dr Léonard Laborie, CNRS,  Dr Larissa Zakharova, EHESS.

Please direct queries to Arielle Haakenstad, conference secretary (toe2013paris AT

* Tensions of Europe (TOE) is an international scientific network consisting of almost 300 scientists from all over Europe and the United States. TOE explores the role of technology as an agent of change in European history by organizing inspiring conferences and summer schools as well as by stimulating international research collaboration and disseminating research results to various audiences.

** “Large technical networks and democracy: innovations, practices and groups involved in the long term, from 1880 to the present day (France and Europe)”. Resendem project is supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche. It revisits the history of the fields of mobility, communications and energy, in terms of community involvement in their construction and management.


CFP: Branding in a digital world

Extended Deadline: 1st of March 2013

Branding in a digital world
Advertising Research TWG
ECREA Symposium 4th-5th of July 2013 | Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona


In western media systems that have become increasingly complex brands play a pivotal role in advertising communication – be it in advertising for commodities, political parties or for the media themselves. Brands reduce complexity, they are a common point of reference for suppliers and consumers, they integrate multi-channel campaigns, put lifestyles in a nutshell, attract attention, and effect sales. The symposium addresses research areas, ranging from advertising communicators, media, messages, to audiences, and effects. What are the challenges of branding communication in the 21st century? What might be the USP of communication and media scholars’ advertising research? How do brands affect the self-perception of consumers (e.g. their body image and attractiveness)? What are appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches to analyse semiotically thick and emotionally charged brands? What are effect-interrelations in multichannel branding campaigns? In order to give an overview over the wide variety of advertising research in Europe the TWG welcomes contributions from many different perspectives. Empirical and theoretical work is welcome as well as methodological, historical or critical approaches to advertising research.

Guidelines for Contributions

This symposium will consider papers in form of abstracts for double blind peer reviews. The conference also welcomes panel proposals consisting of 4 presentations.

Authors should provide a 500-words abstract for a single paper proposal. Please note the author names and affiliations on an extra cover sheet followed by an anonymised abstract page.

In all cases the panel proposals should consist of a panel abstract (500 words), in combination with abstracts for each of the individual presentations (500 words). Complete panel proposals only – consisting of 4 papers and a panel abstract – are considered for presentation. No more or less than 4 presentations should form a panel proposal. The proposals should indicate a panel chair or respondent.

All contributions should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or PDF format to:

Submitted abstracts preferably conform to APA 6th reference style. The conference language is English.

Important Dates

Extended submission deadline for abstracts (paper and panel proposals): 1st of March 2013, 24.00 CET

Notification of acceptance (paper and panel proposals): 22nd of March 2013

Registration and Reception 3rd of July 2013 Conference Days: 4th -5th of July 2013

CFP: Children’s Media Conference, Sheffield 4-5 July

Children’s Media Conference, Sheffield 4-5 July




The Research Strand of the Children’s Media Conference (CMC) is a crucially important and popular part of this annual event, which attracts over 800 children’s media professionals to Sheffield every year.  The Conference takes place from the 3rd to the 5th July in 2013.
The content shared during the research sessions is always eagerly anticipated by delegates and the research strand’s role is to provide valuable insights and thought provoking research to the children’s media community.  The research presented may also be incorporated into other conference sessions as appropriate, to disseminate it more widely, and to inform discussions on a variety of topics.
The wide variety of topics discussed and the range of types of presentation at the Conference can be seen in last year’s
The CMC Research Advisory Sub-Committee is delighted to announce this year’s call for papers to be presented at the 2013 Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield on the 4th and 5th July.

Broad Themes:
The Conference theme for 2013 is “Are we there yet?” The theme reflects the dramatic pace of evolution within the industry and children’s lives over the conferences’ 10 year history and, especially, asks us to consider evolution still to come. Although not all sessions may address this theme, all presenters and producers will be asked to consider how they can make their content relevant to it.
We are open to submissions relating to children aged 0-14 years of age. Some areas which could be considered are;
–       Up- to- date findings regarding children’s behaviour, media consumption, opinions, interests and aspirations, connected with media use.
–       Exploration of how the media forms children’s opinions
–       The role of the media in children’s lives and current trends in kid’s behaviour and use of media
–       Future Projections regarding children’s media, technology usage and consumption
–       Looking ahead and exploring what we have to consider around co-viewing across any media platform and how it might be changing in the       future
–       Exploration of second screen activity by children and young people
–       Exploration of habits and preference in the VOD sphere, especially on YouTube
–       Exploration of accessing video, social activity and gaming on mobile devices
–       Commercial data which can be shared is highly valued at the conference as few delegates have easy access to it –
–  What does success look like in the business of content production or distribution?
–  What are the market shares amongst the key brands?
–  How are sectors growing or changing?
–  What categories of content are trending?
–  Which age groups are well served, commercially important, or underserved?
Note these are merely ideas and suggestions.  The list is not meant to be prescriptive and we are keen to hear your thoughts of suitable, relevant and thought-provoking content which can be shared.

Submission Criteria
Over the years we have been able to identify the types of sessions which achieve the most success with the audience at the conference. Below is an outline of the submissions considerations we ask of our research agencies and academics and where possible your submissions should reflect the following;

  • Relevance to the audience (please look at the delegate guide from last year to give you an impression of the wide range of delegates who attend CMC): <>
  • An emphasis on findings, not methodology (this is the key to a successful presentation).  Each research session last only 30 minutes, presentations need to move directly to “value added”
  • Clear and concise action points for the audience to take away and be able to use from the research
  • Long-term research which enables us to understand the past better and explore and project the future better
  • Wide research which brings good statistical evidence to bear and provides a good basis for market understanding
  • Fresh insights which are relevant to today’s children’s media landscape
  • A unique angle/area which has not yet been explored

For the purposes of contrast please see all the sessions headed “Research” in last year’s programme: <>
NB Research sessions on Conference Day 1 (Thursday) were repeated on Day 2 (Friday)

Submission Process and Deadlines:

  1. Please submit a 600-word abstract detailing your proposed research topic including where appropriate objectives, methods and potential outcomes.
  2. Submit your entry to Jacqui Wells, CMC Administrator, at the following email address <> by Friday 15th March 2013.
  3. Submissions will be reviewed by the CMC Research Advisory Sub-Committee. The committee members are from a variety of backgrounds; Research industry, academia, client-side and agencies.Successful applicants will be notified by 15th April 2013.
  4. If you are selected, your final presentation will be required by Friday 24th May. This is to allow the producers to identify any other sessions that the research content may be further utilised. This will increase the coverage your research session will have across the conference.
  5. Research sessions will take place on Thursday 4th July – through the day, and will all be repeated to maximise their potential audience, on Friday 5th July.

Key Dates – 2013
                  Proposals to be received by                                         Friday 15th March
Successful Applicants notified by                                Friday 15th April
Final Presentations submitted                                      Friday 24th May
Presentations at Conference                                         Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July

If possible, given commercial constraints, we will seek to publish the presentations and associated video etc. on the CMC website immediately after the conference.  Please indicate in your proposal if elements, or all of, your planned presentation will not be suitable for this.
The CMC PR agency Franklin Rae will be seeking new research which stimulates press interest in the run-up to the Conference.  Again it is important for us to know if your research is embargoed or should not be featured in this way.
It is your responsibility to clear with research subjects and partners your right to present the research at the conference (and if possible online) and to clear all content in your presentation fordisplay at the conference to a live audience.

For further clarification please email:
Shazia Ali (Producer, CMC Research Strand 2013) <>
Btisam Belola (Producer, CMC Research Strand 2013) <>

Call for participants ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2012

Call for participants ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral
Summer School 2012

We are happy to invite you to participate in the ECREA European Media
and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2012 that will take place in
Ljubljana, Slovenia from 12 – 25 August 2012.

The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2012
brings together members of the European research community to this
summer school in order to debate contemporary issues in media,
communication and cultural studies.
The main emphasis of this summer school is on providing structural and
individuated PhD-support for young European scholars, through a variety
of working forms, including feedback seminars, workshops, and lectures.
The summer school aims to provide a supportive international setting
where doctoral students can present their ongoing work, receive feedback
on their PhD-projects from international experts and meet students and
academics from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the

The topic of this year’s summer school is Media in/and society – present
trends and developments. The summer school is open to the full variety
of academic work from the field of communication and media studies. The
overall theme for the programme provides just one of the many topical
focal points of the summer school and will not be used as a main
criterion for participant selection. All PhD projects within the field
of communication and media studies are welcomed.


There are two options to attend the Summer School:

For students whose universities are a member of the organizing
consortium (see the list below) the Summer School will provide:
– Summer School materials (including 2 books),
– accommodation, breakfast, coffee and lunches,
– travel refund (see summer school website for details)
Payment of a membership contribution of 450 Euros for a series of
supplementary activities (research seminars, round table and social
events) organised by the Slovene Communication Association is required.
For students whose universities are not a member of the organizing
consortium but are either individual or institutional members of ECREA,
the Summer School will provide:
– Summer School materials (including 2 books),
– accommodation, breakfast, coffee and lunches.
Payment of a membership contribution of 550 Euros for a series of
supplementary activities (research seminars, round table and social
events) organised by the Slovene Communication Association is required.

The total number of students will be limited to 45, up to 35 from
consortium members and 10 students through ECREA.

The summer school gives full recognition to the activities of
participating students who are awarded 10 ECTS credits for their
participation in the full programme (including the supplementary
activities). Six of the best student presentations and all abstracts of
student projects will be published in the Summer School Book.

There will be 1 grant provided to students who are unable to otherwise
raise the membership contribution. There is a separate application and
selection procedure in order to apply for these grants. The application
will be available through the summer school website after April 25, 2012.

The deadline for applications for the summer school is April 5, 2012.
Applicants from consortium universities and affiliated partners of the
summer school should coordinate their application with institutional
coordinators (see the list at the summer school website).
A wide range of student papers is sought for, and it is not necessary to
fit into the yearly theme of the doctoral summer school. The working
language of the summer school will be English; therefore a sufficient
understanding and ability to express oneself in this language is expected.

Stage One
When applying, each interested student is expected fill out a form on
the Summer School website ( Prior
registration on the website is necessary (the approval of the website
account is not automatic and may take up to 3 days.) Uncompleted
applications will not be eligible. Applications can only be submitted
via the summer school website.
This application form will include:
1. a 400 word abstract of the PhD project
2. a short CV according to the provided forms
The deadline for submitting the application is April 5, 2012.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 25.

Stage Two
Students whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to provide the
following documents and information in the second phase:
1. A 10-page (3000 words) paper on their PhD project as a whole. The 10
page paper should be a report of the student’s ongoing doctoral research
and not a conventional conference paper or a report of findings. Rather,
it is expected that the student will briefly present the focus of the
research and then take up aspects of the research process:
methodological, theoretical and practical issues on which he/she would
like to receive feedback. (Deadline: May 25)
2. A set of questions (maximum 1 page) with questions or problems that
students would like to be discussed during the workshops. This one page
needs to be part of the same Word/PDF file that also contains the
10-page paper. (Deadline: May 25)
3. Based on the abstracts and titles of other student papers, everyone
is expected to choose up to 3 papers they would be interested in being a
respondent. This preference will be taken into consideration while
setting up student working groups. (Deadline: June 1)
4. By the start of the Summer School, each student has to prepare a
10-minute seminar presentation covering the main points of their work.
Each student is also expected to actively participate in the discussions
of their own and other people’s work. In order to ensure maximum
benefits of the seminars, everyone will have to read other participants
papers before the Summer School begins.

List of Consortium member universities and affiliated partners
The summer school is supported by Socrates Erasmus Lifelong Learning
Programme project grant and is organised by a consortium of 22 partners
o University of Ljubljana, SI
o University of Bremen DE,
o Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) HU,
o University of Roskilde DK,
o University of Tampere FI,
o Lund University SE,
o Loughborough University GB,
o Charles University CZ,
o University of Ankara TR,
o University of Tartu EE,
o Vrije Universiteit Brussel BE,
o University of Stirling UK,
o University of Erfurt DE,
o University of Bergen NO,
o Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) LT,
o Jönköping University SE,
o University of Sacred Heart Milano IT,
o University on Helsinki FI,
o University Stendhal, Grenoble 3 FR,
o London School of Economics & Political Science UK,
o University of Westminster UK,
o Autonomous University of Barcelona ES.

Affiliated partners of the summer school are:
o European Communication Research and Education Association,
o Finnish national research school,
o COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies,
o Slovene Communication Association.

Mediatization: media, power and change

Mediatization: media, power and change

Call for the panel of the
ECREA TWG Mediatization
at the ECREA 2012 conference SOCIAL MEDIA&  GLOBAL VOICES,
24 to 27 October 2012 in Istanbul

Chairs: Andreas Hepp, Stig Hjarvard, Sonia Livingstone

We live in times in which ‘media’ have become part of nearly everything: our work, our leisure time, politics, organizations, economy and other parts of culture and society rely more and more on media communication. To grasp this increasing media saturation, ‘mediatization’ has become a core concept for analyses and critical reflection. Mediatization does not refer to a closed theory of media change, but rather it invites an open investigation of the interplay of media communicative change, on the one hand, and other processes of social and cultural change on the other. In this way, mediatization seeks to understand the role of media developments in relation to other processes of modernity such as, most notably, globalization, individualization and commercialisation.

Within the such an overall understanding of mediatization the aim of the panel “Mediatization: media, power and change” is to discuss how far processes of mediatization are related to questions of power as part of media and communicative change. Both empirical as well as theoretical papers are invited, focusing especially on following topics:

• In which way are processes of mediatization related to ‘empowerment’ and ‘disempowerment’?
• How can we integrate ‘questions of power’ into theories of mediatization?
• How far does the present or historical mediatization support certain ‘forms of authority’?

Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, the theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The preferred length of the individual abstracts is between 400 and 500 words (the maximum is 500 words). All abstracts should be submitted by e-mail not later than 28 February 2012 to the ECREA TWG chair ( The panel “Mediatization: media, power and change” itself can consist out of up to 5 papers.

For further information on the ECREA TWG Mediatization please visit .

Conference on the Role of Media in the Arab World’s Transformation Process


The University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, the Cologne University of Applied
Sciences and DW-AKADEMIE cordially invite you to take part in the
Third Deutsche Welle Media Dialogue.
The Role of Media in the Arab World’s Transformation Process
May 16, 2012
Deutsche Welle | Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3 | 53113 Bonn

Prof. Dr. Michael Krzeminski (University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt (DW-AKADEMIE)
Prof. Dr. Rolf Schwartmann (Cologne Media Law Research Department,
Cologne University of Applied Sciences)

Since the “Arab Spring” uprisings beginning in December 2010, social media and its influence on the transformation process in the Arab world has often been praised as being the core medium in times of revolution. In some countries, in fact, it appears to have played an important role.
But has social media been more effective than traditional media? Which other factors spurred these revolutions? Why have some uprisings been successful and others suppressed? And what role does media development play?
The conference aims to analyze the diverse structural, economic, legal and political dimensions of the media market in the Arab world and their influence on political developments.

Two panels will explore the following topics:
Panel 1 Regulation versus liberty: Media landscape transformation
The focus will be on the state and development of the media market in the Arab world,
the legal and economic situation, and future perspectives for the media there.
Panel 2 social media revolution and freedom of expression
The focus will be on the impact of social media on political mobilization, and on social
media’s possibilities and obstacles regarding the recent social processes in the Arab world.

The conference will be held in English. We invite international media academics and political scientists, economists, academic lawyers and journalists to participate.

Please send your proposal for a 15-minute presentation to DW-AKADEMIE (see e-Mail below) as a pdf or doc. file. The abstract should contain no more than 6,000 characters (including blank spaces) and should be assigned to one of the panels.

Submissions should be made in English. Please include a title page with your proposal containing the presentation title and name(s) and address(es) of the presenter(s). Please also include a short abstract which – should your proposal be accepted – will be used for the program.
Papers will be subject to review. Submitters will be informed by February 29, 2012. All accepted proposals will be published in full length in the conference transcript.

Authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts/papers for consideration as posters. Posters can be presented during the conference breaks. The above conditions regarding the selection process for papers also apply to the poster session.

Submission date: Submissions are now being accepted
Submission deadline: February 06, 2012.
Submitters will be informed by February 29, 2012.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt
International Media Studies
T +49. 228. 429- 2031
F +49. 228. 429- 3520<

CFP: Creating publics creating democracies

This two-day workshop is a collaboration organised by The Publics Research
Programme at the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance at The
Open University; The Centre for Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths
College; and, The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of
Westminster. Details and a Call for Papers are attached. The event will
take place in central London, 18 & 19 June 2012.

We invite abstracts of up to 250 words to be submitted to Sarah Batt
(<>) by 16 March 2012.
For further information or if you have questions, please contact Sue Pell
(<>). The workshop programme
will be announced in May.

This attached is also available from the CCIG website:-