18,240 CFP Moscow Readings conference, 18-19 November 2021

Dear colleagues,
On 18-19 November 2021, the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University will hold its annual Moscow Readings conference. The topic is ‘Mediating Digital Society and Individuals: Journalism and Communication in the Times of Uncertainty’. The conference will be organized as a virtual event, with all sessions taking place online.
 Moscow Readings conferences is co-sposored by the International Association for Media and Communication Research – IAMCR, and organized in partnership with IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group, IAMCR Communication in Post- and Neo-Authoritarian Societies Working Group, IAMCR Journalism Research and Education Section, UNESCO chair in communication, European Journalism Training Association, the Global Risk Journalism Hub, and National Association of Mass Media Researchers. Confirmed keynote speakers:

Victor Pickard, Annenberg School for Communication
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University
Mark Deuze, Amsterdam University
Claudia Mellado, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso

Elena Vartanova, Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityCall for papers:Today, historical transformations affecting media industries and production such as digitalization, consolidation, deregulation and related trends identified by scholars long ago (Hamelink, 1998) amplify and accelerate due to new disruptive processes

influencing media work on a global scale. This includes the rapid growth of platform power and platform convergence, the emergence of telecommunications giants as competitors in the content market, and growing concerns about sustainability of the news industry and journalism as a profession in this context (Deuze, & Prenger, 2019; Meese, 2021).

It is not just media practitioners who are facing a rapidly and profoundly changing context: people’s lives around the world have become agitated by the compounding effects of digital shifts and social upheaval, especially considering deepening digital inequalities and algorithmic divides (Ragnedda, 2020). An increasing dependence on Internet and computing technologies became evident during the global coronavirus crisis and triggered a discussion about the stability of the world around us.

At this year’s conference we welcome discussions about uncertainty as a new challenge for journalism and the society, and the new opportunities uncertain/liquid modernity can offer to people, media, institutions, and industries. We will discuss the impact Covid-19 pandemic had upon all spheres of our life – social, economic, cultural, political, academic and others, looking at how journalism in different countries reacted and adapted to these new challenges and risks. We will also discuss new digital gaps and inequalities that arose in the pandemic and post-pandemic world in terms of journalism education, unequal access to information, digital/social inclusion, information security, among other things. Theoretical and empirical papers are both welcome, with preference during selection process being given to papers with solid methodological base and original approach.

Questions for discussion:

  • Communication in the times of uncertainty: practices and tendencies
  • Journalism and the Covid-19 pandemic: new challenges and risks
  • Digital individuals, groups and organizations
  • The rise of new digital cultures
  • New players and actors in digital communication
  • New journalistic roles in the times of uncertainty and change
  • Media and communication policies in the digital age
  • Liquid journalism and liquid modernity
  • Risk journalism in the times of the global crises
  • Digital inclusion / social inclusion: correlations and interdependencies
  • Digital journalism: new practices, forms, methods, audiences
  • Information security in the digital age
  • Mediating conflicts: the role of mass media

Abstracts (between 300 and 500 words) in .doc or .docx in English or Russian, including author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s) should be sent to moscow.readings@mail.ru before 18 October 2021

More details available at http://www.moscowreadings.com/Thank you,Best regards,
Anna Gladkova (on behalf of the Moscow Readings conference team)

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