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2015-01-15 | Call for papers for the Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 24 de nov. de 2014 2:27 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 12 de feb. de 2015 7:10 ]

  • The Materiality of the Immaterial: ICTs and the Digital Commons

  • Call for papers for the Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique


    Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2015

    Guest editors: Vasilis Kostakis, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), P2P Lab (Greece); Andreas Roos, Human Ecology Division, Lund University (Sweden)

    With an escalating environmental crisis and an unprecedented increase of Information and communications technology (ICT) diversity and use, it is more crucial than ever to understand the underlying material aspects of the ICT infrastructure.  This special issue therefore asks the question: What are the true material and socio-environmental costs of the global ICT infrastructure?

    In a recent paper (Fuchs 2013) as well as in the book Digital Labour and Karl Marx (Fuchs 2014), Christian Fuchs examined the complex web of production relations and the new division of digital labour that makes possible the vast and cheap ICT infrastructure as we know it. The analysis partly revealed that ICT products and infrastructure can be said to embody slave-like and other extremely harsh conditions that perpetually force mine and assembly workers into conditions of dependency. Expanding this argument, the WWF reported (Reed and Miranda 2007) that mining in the Congo basin poses considerable threats to the local environment in the form of pollution, the loss of biodiversity, and an increased presence of business-as-usual made possible by roads and railways.  Thus ICTs can be said to be not at all immaterial because the ICT infrastructure under the given economic conditions can be said to embody as its material foundations slave-like working conditions, various class relations and undesirable environmental consequences.

    At the same time, the emerging digital commons provide a new and promising platform for social developments, arguably enabled by the progressive dynamics of ICT development. These are predominantly manifested as commons-based peer production, i.e., a new mode of collaborative, social production (Benkler 2006); and grassroots digital fabrication or community-driven makerspaces, i.e., forms of bottom-up, distributed manufacturing. The most well known examples of commons-based peer production are the free/open source software projects and the free encyclopaedia Wikipedia. While these new forms of social organisation are immanent in capitalism, they also have the features to challenge these conditions in a way that might in turn transcend the dominant system (Kostakis and Bauwens 2014).

    Following this dialectical framing, we would like to call for papers for a special issue of tripleC that will investigate how we can understand and balance the perils and promises of ICTs in order to make way for a just and sustainable paradigm. We seek scholarly articles and commentaries that address any of the following themes and beyond. We also welcome experimental formats, especially photo essays, which address the special issue's theme.

    Suggested themes

    • Papers that track, measure and/or theorise the scope of the socio-environmental impact of the ICT infrastructure.
    • Papers that track, measure and/or theorise surplus value as both ecological (land), social (labour) and intellectual (patent) in the context of ICTs.
    • Understanding the human organisation of nature in commons-based peer production.
    • Studies of the environmental dimensions of desktop manufacturing technologies (for example, 3D printing or CNC machines) in non-industrial modes of subsistence, e.g. eco-villages or traditional agriculture, as well as in modern towns and mega-cities.
    • Suggestions for and insights into bridging understandings of the socio-economic organisation of the natural commons with the socio-economic organisation of the digital commons drawing on types of organisations in the past and the present that are grounded in theories of the commons.
    • Elaboration of which theoretical approaches can be used for overcoming the conceptual separation of the categories immaterial/material in the digital commons.


    Benkler, Yochai. 2006. The wealth of networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom. New Haven: Yale University Press.

    Fuchs, Christian. 2014. Digital labour and Karl Marx. New York: Routledge.

    Fuchs, Christian. 2013. Theorising and analysing digital labour: From global value chains to modes of production. The Political Economy of Communication 1 (2): 3-27. http://www.polecom.org/index.php/polecom/article/view/19.

    Kostakis, Vasilis and Michel Bauwens. 2014. Network society and future scenarios for a collaborative economy. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Reed, Erik and Marta Miranda. 2007. Assessment of the mining sector and infrastructure development in the congo basin region. Washington DC: World Wildlife Fund, Macroeconomics for Sustainable Development Program Office, 27. http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/congobasinmining.pdf


    - Submission of abstracts (250-300 words) by 15 January 2015 via email to vasileios.kostakis@ttu.ee
    - Responses about acceptance/rejection to authors: 15 February 2015.
    - Selected authors will be expected to submit their full documents to tripleC via the online submission system by 15 May 2015:
    - Expected publication date of the special issue: 1 October 2015.

    About the journal

    tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique is an academic open access online journal using a non-commercial Creative Commons license. It is a journal that focuses on information society studies and studies of media, digital media, information and communication in society with a special interest in critical studies in these thematic areas. The journal has a special interest in disseminating articles that focus on the role of information in contemporary capitalist societies. For this task, articles should employ critical theories and/or empirical research inspired by critical theories and/or philosophy and ethics guided by critical thinking as well as relate the analysis to power structures and inequalities of capitalism, especially forms of stratification such as class, racist and other ideologies and capitalist patriarchy.
    Papers should reflect on how the presented findings contribute to the illumination of conditions that foster or hinder the advancement of a global sustainable and participatory information society. TripleC was founded in 2003 and is edited by Christian Fuchs and Marisol Sandoval.

  • & Critique

    2015-01-15 | 13th conference “Culture and Computer Science 2015-Cross Media"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 11 de nov. de 2014 2:52 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 12 de feb. de 2015 7:10 ]

    13th conference “Culture and Computer Science 2015-Cross Media"
    will take place at the Bode Museum
    in Berlin on May 28 & 29.

    Key aspects of the conference are:

    • Cross Media technology
    • Best practice Cross Media examples
    • Interdependence between culture and computer science
    • Influence of art and culture on future developments
    • The media-compatible treatment and enhancement of information
    • Intuitive usage of media systems
    • Cross Media tools and applications
    • Digitalisation in the cultural and creative industries
    • Visualisation and interaction technologies
    • Systems of modelling information, visualisation and communication in
    urban spaces
    • Interactive multimedia solutions for museums, theatres, concert halls,
    exhibitions etc.
    • Interactive systems in cultural and creative industries
    • Municipal and touristic information systems
    • Digital exhibitions, science centres, museums and galleries
    • Virtual reconstructions
    • Augmented reality
    • Media architecture, digital extensions of buildings and urban
    • Navigation systems
    • Position- and context-sensitive services
    • Documentation, visualisation and interaction in museums and archives
    • Digital storytelling
    • Multimedia guides
    • Social and ethical issues in computer science
    • Ethics in culture and computer science
    • Ethical issues concerning the use of virtual and augmented reality

    Deadline for the submission of abstracts is the 10 January, 2015. Please
    submit your abstract to:
    inka@htw-berlin.de .

    For all further details please visit the website of the conference:

    2015-01-31 | Call for papers "III International Conference on Media Ethics"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 20 de oct. de 2014 4:40 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 12 de feb. de 2015 7:11 ]


    We invite you to present your abstract to the III International Conference on Media Ethics, that will take place at the School of Communication of the University of Seville on the 24th, 25th and 26th of March 2015

    The abstract should be 500 words máximum and the deadline to submit ends on 15th January 2015 (it has been extended until the 31st January). And the deadline to submit the full paper is 28th Februrary 2015.

    This international conference is organized by the University of Seville and the Autonoma University of the Mexican State (UAEM). The conference will have parallel session in English and Spanish.

    For further information about sub-themes, criteria and process visit  www.congreso.us.es/mediaethics


    Abierto el plazo para la presentación de propuestas de comunicación  (abstracts) al III International Conference on Media Ethics, que se celebrará en la Facultad de Comunicación de la Universidad de Sevilla los días 24, 25 y 26 de marzo de 2015

    El abstract tendrá un máximo de 500 palabras y se podrá remitir hasta el día 15 de enero de 2015 (ha sido extendido hasta el 31 de enero). La fecha para enviar el texto completo de la comunicación es el 28 de febrero de 2015.

    Este congreso, organizado por la Universidad de Sevilla (US) y la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Méjico (UAEM). El congreso se realizará en sesiones paralelas en español e inglés.

    Toda la información sobre los ejes temáticos, criterios y procedimientos en  www.congreso.us.es/mediaethics

    2014-10-22 | Framing the Poor: Media Illiteracy, Stereotyping and Contextual Fallacy to Spin the Crisis

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 15 de oct. de 2014 2:21 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 11 de nov. de 2014 2:51 ]

    Framing the Poor: Media Illiteracy, Stereotyping and Contextual Fallacy to Spin the Crisis
    CAMRI Research Seminar
    Wed, October 22, 14:00-16:00
    University of Westminster
    Harrow Campus
    Room A7.01

    Registration is possible at latest until Mon, Oct 20, per e-mail to christian.fuchs@uti.at


    The title of this talk is of course a play-on-words: the media’s deliberate stereotypical framing of the poorest section of society, many of whom are claimants of one kind or another, as being the internal social ‘other’ - ‘not like us’, but also literally attributing - usually indirectly - substantial blame for the ongoing crisis of capitalism to this same group, since it requires very minimal social entitlements for material survival and does not apparently create value.

    The media framing of this ‘common sense’ simplified account of complex social problems and apportioning of blame, depends on thoroughgoing media illiteracy on the part of the readership and/or audience, more or less willfully ignorant of the highly selective presentation of information and the use of contextual fallacy that is cynically at work.

    Indeed, the war on what is actually a very significant percentage of the general population that can be seen enacted in policy and legislative form, finds a (post-political) ideological expression in text and image to ‘explain’ the everyday ‘reality’ of one unlikely to be immediately recognizable to those it spins this account for. Such an account individualizes what is a social, societal problem, using the ‘personalization’ of stereotypes and victimology to ‘give a human face’ to the Department for Work and Pension (DWP)’s own very misleading selective use of statistics.

    Whilst media manipulation of a passive and inert readership and/or audience has plenty of critics, this talk will contend that a Marxist understanding that also uses aspects of Chomsky’s original propaganda model, provides the best resources available for making sense of the mass media’s disingenuous framing and spin of social and political issues such as this in the contemporary UK.

    Christian Garland writes and publishes – broadly speaking – in the tradition of Critical Theory, the Frankfurt School kind, but has interests beyond that, including protest and social movements informed by autonomist Marxism and anarchism. He has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh formerly ECA - Warwick, Bedfordshire, and most recently, at Middlesex.

    2014-11-17 | Call for papers "Summit Viena 2015"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 22 de sept. de 2014 5:29 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 12 de ene. de 2015 4:39 ]

    Summit IS4IS

    The ISIS Summit 2015 will be held in Vienna from June 3 to 7, 2015 under the motto "Information Society at the crossroads". By the self-concept of ISIS as an umbrella organization, the conference is desigend as a joint conference inviting other organizations, working in the field, to participate the event by holding their own regular meetings under the umbrella of ISIS´s summit. This gains the profit to address a wider audience, which enables a deepened transdisciplinary exchange of the presented ideas. Furthermore the participating organizations and networks can use synergies of a pooled conference organization, which reduces efforts and relieves stressed budgets. The broad variety of significant topics and high level reviewed contributions shall increase the attractivitiy for the attendees.

    The website for the conference is now online :  http://summit.is4is.org

    2014-10-31 | Workshop "Trust in the Age of Data (big or small)"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 25 de ago. de 2014 4:24 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 19 de nov. de 2014 4:53 ]

    "Trust in the Age of Data (big or small)"



    Date: October 31, 2014 (Friday)

    Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA, USA



    We plan this workshop as an interactive event focused around the scholarship of trust. This is an opportunity for scholars to fine-tune position papers and works-in-progress as they are informed via the workshop discussions and activities, and brainstorm about methodological approaches to studying trust in the context of government and corporate use of big data, emerging technologies, and globalized infrastructures. Participants who do not present a work-in-progress or position paper, but are in attendance as a general workshop participant, will have the opportunity to further develop ideas and interests that are related to information policy, ethics, and trust.


    This workshop will enable participants to engage, challenge, support, and encourage each other on questions such as: the importance of trust; theorizing the concept of trust; conceptualizing trust around a set of relationships; understanding trust in the relationship between citizens and the state; reconciling trust with NSA (and other agency) surveillance; trust in international or intra-national state to state relationships; and trust in other communities, including between and among dominant and underrepresented groups in society.


    We will address questions such as:

           How are researchers conceptualizing trust in the age of data? 

           How can scholars investigate infrastructures of trust?

           Are understandings of trust shifting? If so, with what consequences, in which contexts?

           When is trust justified? When is it not justified? Should decision-makers focus on and build trustworthiness rather than (mere) trust?

           What are the economic, political and legal implications of trust in the age of data (big and small)?

           How does policy design build/undermine trust?

           What are the ethics of trust in the age of data?


    This workshop aims to bring together scholars from across the information science fields (LIS, Archives, Museums, HCI, Law, Policy) to lend their respective lens’s to a critical exploration of trust.


    All interested researchers, graduate students, and information professionals are invited to submit a proposal for:

    1) works-in-progress research papers,

    2) short position statements and/or short information policy/trust scenarios (e.g., critical reflection on policies already in place or developing new policy),

    3) abstracts describing possible existing or novel methodological approaches to researching the relationships between data and trust in a range of contexts.


    September 1, 2014: Submission due date for extended abstracts or position papers

    September 20, 2014: Notification of acceptance

    October 15, 2014: Submit presentations (drafts, outlines, slides, etc.)




    Early-bird:  SIG/IFP or SIG/III Members $190, Members $200, Non-members $220

    Regular:  SIG/IFP or SIG/III Members $210, Members $220, Non-members $240


    The registration fee will cover workshop costs, wireless Internet access, lunch and coffee breaks.



    Kristene Unsworth, Drexel University; Lisa P. Nathan, University of British Columbia; Alan Rubel, University of Wisconsin; Bryce Clayton Newell, University of Washington; Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto; Elizabeth Shaffer, University of British Columbia; Adam D. Moore, University of Washington; Heather MacNeil, University of Toronto


    Please forward any questions that you have to Kris Unsworth (unsworth@drexel.edu) or Bryce Newell (bcnewell@uw.edu).

    Kristene Unsworth

    2014 SIG-IFP chair

    2014-08-31 | Call for Papers for Vol. 22 (02/2015) "Ethics for the Internet of Things"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 25 de ago. de 2014 4:20 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 22 de sept. de 2014 5:28 ]

    Call for Papers

    Ethics for the Internet of Things

    Call for Papers for Vol. 22 (02/2015)

    • Deadline for extended abstracts: August 31, 2014
    • Notification of acceptance to authors: September 30, 2014
    • Deadline for full articles: November 30, 2014
    • Deadline for revised articles: January 31, 2015
    • Publication: February, 2015

    Guest Editors:

    Hektor Haarkötter, PhD
    Professor, Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft (HMKW), Köln Professor, University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Business, Cologne

    Felix Weil, PhD
    ICIE - Information Center for Information Ethics, Stuttgart

    For further information, especially on how to submit a paper, please refer to: Call for Papers - Issue 22

    Global Citizenship

    Call for Papers for Vol. 23 (06/2015)

    • Deadline for extended abstracts: December 31, 2014
    • Notification of acceptance to authors: February 1, 2015
    • Deadline for full articles: May 15, 2015
    • Deadline for revised articles: June 30, 2015
    • Publication: July 2015

    Guest Editors:

    Jared Bielby, MA/MLIS
    Humanities Computing / School of Library and Information Studies
    University of Alberta


    For further information, especially on how to submit a paper, please refer to: Call for Papers - Issue 23

    2014-08-15 | Submissão de trabalhos "V Encontro Nacional da ULEPICC Brasil"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 14 de jul. de 2014 0:23 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 22 de sept. de 2014 5:28 ]

    V Encontro Nacional da ULEPICC Brasil 

    (Capítulo Brasil da União Latina de Economia Política da Informação, da Comunicação e da Cultura) será realizado no período de 26 a 28 de novembro de 2014, na cidade do Rio de Janeiro. O evento, realizado com a parceria do Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT) e a Escola de Comunicação da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), tem como tema “Comunicação, Cultura, Informação e democracia: tensões e contradições”.
    Professores, pesquisadores e estudantes de pós-graduação podem enviar artigos científicos para o Grupo de Trabalho (GT) do seu interesse, conforme orientações disponibilizadas no sitehttp://www.ulepicc.org.br/ulepiccbrasil5/ , que dá todas as informações sobre a programação, as formas e valores de pagamento das inscrições e o modelo de submissão dos trabalhos. É admitida a inscrição de apenas um (01) artigo científico por autor(a) ou coautor(a).

    Veja o GT6 – Ética, política e epistemologia da informação
    Email: gt6ulepiccbr2014@gmail.com
    Coordenação nacional: Prof. Dr. Marco Schneider (PPGCI-IBICT/UFRJ e PPGMC-UFF) / Coordenação local: Prof. Dr. Gustavo Saldanha (PPGCI-IBICT/UFRJ e UNIRIO)
    Ementa: O objetivo geral do GT é fortalecer a presença da Ciência da Informação no âmbito da Economia Política da Informação, da Comunicação e da Cultura, com ênfase no debate em torno das questões éticas, políticas e epistemológicas correlatas, bem como em suas interconexões teóricas e aplicadas.

    Confira o Cronograma
    Submissão de trabalhos - Até 15/08/2014
    Divulgação dos aceites dos trabalhos - 15/09/2014
    Versão final dos trabalhos (observados os comentários e sugestões dos pareceristas) - até o dia 20/10/2014.


    GT1 – Políticas de comunicação
    Email: gt1ulepiccbr2014@gmail.com
    Coordenação nacional: Profª. Drª. Eula Cabral (IBICT) / Coordenação local: Prof. Dr. Sérgio Denicoli (UFF)
    Ementa: Objetiva estudar as ações de agentes públicos e privados relativas ao processo de regulamentação da mídia em suas diversas fases. Envolve a definição do conjunto de normas, princípios, deliberações e práticas lociais relacionadas com a administração, organização e funcionamento do conjunto do sistema comunicacional. Analisa os processos e estratégias locais, regionais e internacionais dos conglomerados de comunicação e seu impacto e influência nos governos e na sociedade. Além disso, a concentração das comunicações e telecomunicações no Brasil.

    GT2 – Comunicação pública, popular ou alternativa
    Email: gt2ulepiccbr2014@gmail.com
    Coordenação nacional: Prof. Dr. Fernando Paulino (UnB) / Coordenação local: Prof. Dr. Arthur Coelho Bezerra (IBICT)
    Ementa: Contempla investigações sobre a comunicação desenvolvida no âmbito dos movimentos sociais, etnoculturais, dos sindicatos e organizações populares em geral, bem como aquela ligada ao serviço público. Aborda todo tipo de comunicação movida por objetivos sociais e de promoção da cidadania, atuantes em oposição à acentuada mercantilização da mídia.

    GT3 – Indústrias midiáticas
    Email: gt3ulepiccbr2014@gmail.com
    Coordenação nacional: Prof. Dr. Marcos Dantas (UFRJ) / Coordenação local: Prof. Dr. Ivan Capeller (ECO-UFRJ)
    Ementa: Enfoca a rede institucional dos produtos comunicacionais que ligam a criação, produção, circulação, organização e comercialização de conteúdos de natureza cultural, informativa e de entretenimento. Engloba os processos industriais que envolvem televisão, cinema, rádio, internet, publicidade, produção editorial, indústria fonográfica, design, artes e espetáculos.

    GT4 – Políticas culturais e economia política da cultura
    Email: gt4ulepiccbr2014@gmail.com
    Coordenação nacional: Profª. Dra. Lia Calabre (Fundação Casa Rui Barbosa) / Coordenação local: Prof. Dr. Micael Herschmann (UFRJ)
    Ementa: Abriga pesquisas que retratam o papel econômico, político e sociológico que o campo da cultura e das artes assume na sociedade contemporânea. De um lado, engloba discussões sobre a atuação do Estado, da participação da sociedade e do mercado nesta relação, bem como os mecanismos de financeirização da cultura e das artes. De outro, debate a industrialização e mercantilização da cultura e sua implicação na dinâmica atual do capitalismo.

    GT5 – Teorias e temas emergentes
    Email: gt5ulepiccbr2014@gmail.com
    Coordenação nacional: Profª. Dra. Patrícia Bandeira de Melo (FUNDAJ) / Coordenação local: Prof. Dr. Ricardo Pimenta (IBICT)
    Ementa: Acolhe os trabalhos de fundamentação a partir da matriz teórica da Economia Política da Comunicação e da Cultura, suas distintas vertentes e perspectivas metodológicas bem como os estudos comparativos e relacionais entre a Economia Política da Comunicação e outras correntes teóricas da comunicação e de outras disciplinas.

    GT6 – Ética, política e epistemologia da informação
    Email: gt6ulepiccbr2014@gmail.com
    Coordenação nacional: Prof. Dr. Marco Schneider (PPGCI-IBICT/UFRJ e PPGMC-UFF) / Coordenação local: Prof. Dr. Gustavo Saldanha (PPGCI-IBICT/UFRJ e UNIRIO)
    Ementa: O objetivo geral do GT é fortalecer a presença da Ciência da Informação no âmbito da Economia Política da Informação, da Comunicação e da Cultura, com ênfase no debate em torno das questões éticas, políticas e epistemolgicas correlatas, bem como em suas interconexões teóricas e aplicadas.


    ATÉ 19/9
    Estudantes de mestrado e doutorado (sócio / não sócio) – R$ 70,00 / R$ 250,00
    Profissionais, professores e pesquisadores (sócio / não sócio) – R$ 100,00 / R$ 280,00.
    Estudantes de graduação e especialização: R$ 40,00

    Após 19/9
    Estudantes de mestrado e doutorado (sócio / não sócio) – R$ 85,00 / R$ 300,00
    Profissionais, professores e pesquisadores (sócio / não sócio) – R$ 120,00 / R$ 335,00
    Estudantes de graduação e especialização: R$ 50,00

    A anuidade na Ulepicc custa R$ 150,00 para professores, profissionais e pesquisadores (mestrandos e doutorandos) e R$ 75,00 para estudantes de graduação. Vale lembrar que, mais importante do que a vantagem financeira de se associar, é o fortalecimento da entidade científica.
    Mais informações: Tesouraria Ulepicc-BR (tesouraria.ulepiccbr@gmail.com)

    Faça o pagamento de sua inscrição através de depositado identificado.
    Banco do Brasil
    AG. 2234-9
    C/C 31.759-4

    Mais informações
    ULEPICC Brasil – http://www.ulepicc.org.br/ulepiccbrasil5/
    Evento no Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/647455862011375/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

    2014-10-17/18 | Conference of the European Sociological Association's Media Sociology Research Network

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 30 de jun. de 2014 4:58 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 11 de nov. de 2014 2:51 ]

    Conference of the European Sociological Association's Media Sociology Research Network


    Media and Communication in and after the Global Capitalist Crisis: Renewal,
    Reform or Revolution?
    European Sociological Association - Research Network 18 (Sociology of
    Communications and Media Research) 2014 Conference
    University of Bucharest, Romania
    October 17-18, 2014

    Submission deadline: July 1, 2014
    Submission per e-mail to christian.fuchs@uti.at (Abstracts as txt or doc
    file including a title, contact email, affiliation, 250-500 word abstract)

    RN18 covers the conference fee and accomodation in Bucharest for 6
    participants (3 nights each, single room). If you want to apply for such
    financial assistance (e.g. because you are a PhD student without travel
    funds or because your university does not provide assistance for conference
    attendance), then please indicate this circumstance in your submission.
    Please note that this support excludes travel costs.

    The world has experienced a global crisis of capitalism that started in 2008
    and is continuing until now. It has been accompanied by a crisis of the
    state and a general crisis of legitimation of dominant ideologies such as
    neoliberalism. Responses to the crisis have been variegated and have
    included austerity measures of the state that have hit the weakest, an
    increased presence of progressive protests, revolutions and strikes that
    have made use of digital, social and traditional media in various ways, the
    rise of far-right movements and parties in many parts of Europe and other
    parts of the world, the Greek state’s closing down of public service
    broadcaster ERT and increased commercial pressure on public service
    broadcasting in general, new debates about how to strengthen public service
    media, increased socio-economic and class inequality in many parts of the
    world and at a global level, precarious forms of work in general and in the
    media and cultural industries in particular, the emergence of new media
    reform movements, an extension and intensification of the crisis of
    newspapers and the print media, an increasing shift of advertising budgets
    to targeted ads on the Internet and along with this development the rise of
    commercial “social media” platforms, Edward Snowden’s revelations
    about the existence of a global surveillance-industrial complex that
    operates a communications surveillance system called “Prism” that
    involves the NSA and media companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft,
    Yahoo!, AOL, Skype, Apple and Paltalk; discussions about the power and
    freedom of the press in light of the Levenson inquiry, shifting geographies
    of the political and media landscape that have to do with the economic rise
    of countries such as China and India.

    Given this context, the main questions that ESA RN18’s 2014 conference
    asks and to which it invites contributions are:
    How has the crisis affected the media and communication landscape in Europe
    and globally and what perspectives for the future of media and
    communications are there?
    What suggestions for media reforms are there?
    How feasible are they?
    What kind of media policies and reforms do we need today?
    Which ones should be avoided? Are we in this context likely to experience a
    renewal of neoliberalism or something different?

    Plenary sessions:
    1) Keynote Talk: Prof. Peter Ludes (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany):
    Wanted: Critical Visual Theories!
    2) Special Session: Public Media and Alternative Journalism in Romania With
    Dr. Raluca Petre (‘Ovidius’ University Constanta, Romania): On the
    Distinction between State and Public Media: Re-Centering Public Options; Dr.
    Antonio Momoc (University of Bucharest, Romania): Alternative Media as
    Public Service Journalism; Costi Rogozanu (journalist and media activist,
    criticatac.ro) – Is Alternative Media an

    ESA RN18 welcomes submissions of abstracts for contributions. Questions that
    can for example be addressed include, but are not limited to the following

    * Media and capitalism:
    How have capitalism and the media changed in recent years? Are there
    perspectives beyond capitalism and capitalist media? How can we best use
    critical/Marxist political economy and other critical approaches for
    understanding the media and capitalism today? What is the role of media and
    communication technologies in the financialization, acceleration, and
    globalization of the capitalist economy? What are the conditions of working
    in the media, cultural and communication industries in the contemporary
    times? What is the role of Marx today for understanding crisis, change,
    capitalism, communication, and critique?

    * Media reform and media policy in times of crisis:
    How do the media need to be reformed and changed in order to contribute to
    the emergence
    of a good society? Which media reform movements are there and what are their
    goals? What have been policy ideas of how to overcome the crisis and deal
    with contemporary changes in relation to European media and communication
    industries? What can we learn from recent discussions about the media’s
    power and freedom, such as the Leveson inquiry? What are implications for
    media reforms?

    * Media and the public sphere:
    How should the concept of the public sphere best be conceived today and how
    does it relate to the media? How has the public sphere changed during the
    crisis in Europe and globally? What has been the relation between public and
    commercial broadcasting during and after the crisis? How have public service
    media changed, which threats and opportunities does it face? How can/should
    public service be renewed in the light of crisis, the Internet, and
    commercialisation? Can public service be extended from broadcasting to the
    online realm, digital and social media? What has been the role of public
    service media in Europe? How has this role transformed?

    * Media and activism:
    How can media scholars best cooperate with activists in order to contribute
    to a better media system and a better society? What are major trends in
    media activism today and how do activists use and confront the media and how
    do commercial, public and alternative
    media relate to contemporary social movements? What have been important
    experiences of media activists and media reform organisations in the past
    couple of years? What are the opportunities, risks, limits and possibilities
    of media activism today?
    For answering these questions, we also invite contributions and submissions
    by media activists, who want to talk about and share their experiences.

    * Media ownership:
    Who owns the media and ICTs? What are peculiar characteristics of knowledge
    and the media as property? What conflicts and contradictions are associated
    with it and how have they developed in times of crisis? How concentrated are
    the media and ICTs and how has this concentration changed since the start of
    the 2008 crisis? How has media and ICT ownership, convergence,
    de-convergence and concentration developed since the start of the 2008
    crisis? What reforms of media and ICT ownership are needed in light of the
    crisis of capitalism and the crisis of intellectual property rights?

    * Media and crisis:
    What have been the main consequences of the crisis for media and
    communication in various parts of the world and Europe from a comparative
    perspective? What role have the media played in the construction of the
    crisis? How have the media conveyed the social and economic crises of recent
    years to citizens and what are the consequences of this flow of ideas and
    explanations? What role can they play in overcoming the crisis? What is the
    relationship of the media and class during and after the crisis? What role
    have ideologies (such as racism, right-wing extremism, fascism,
    neoliberalism, anti-Semitism, etc) played in the media during the crisis and
    what can we learn from it for reforming the media? How have audiences
    interpreted media contents that focus on austerity, crisis, neoliberalism,
    protests, revolutions, or media reforms?

    * The globalisation of the media and society:
    What are major trends in the globalisation of capitalism, society and the
    media? Given the globalisation of media and society, what are challenges for
    media and society today? What can we learn from non-Western media scholars
    and media cultures outside of Europe? Are concepts such as cultural/media
    imperialism, transnational cultural domination or the new imperialism
    feasible today and if so, in which ways?

    * Digital and social media:
    What is digital labour and how has class changed in the context of social
    and digital media? What is the connection of value creation, knowledge
    labour and digital labour? How do the global dimension and the global
    division of digital labour look like, especially in respect to China, India,
    Asia and Africa? How do new forms of exploitation and unremunerated labour
    (“free labour”, “crowdsourcing”) look like in the media sector (e.g.
    in the context of Internet platforms such as Facebook or Google)? What is
    the relationship of the commons and commodification on digital and social
    media? How do capital accumulation and targeted advertising work on social
    media and what are their implications for users and citizens? What are
    alternatives to capitalist digital and social media? How can alternative
    social and digital media best look like and be organized? What can in this
    context be the roles of the digital commons, civil society media and public
    service media? Which ideologies of the Internet and social media are there?
    How can we best understand the surveillance-industrial Internet complex
    operated by the NSA together with Internet corporations such as Google and
    Facebook and what are the implications of Edward Snowden’s revelations?
    How do power and political economy work in the context of platforms such as
    Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WikiLeaks, Wikipedia, Weibo, LinkedIn,
    Blogspot/Blogger, Wordpress, VK, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, etc?
      * Media and Critical Social Theory:
    What can we learn and use from critical sociology and the sociology of
    critique when studying the media? What do critique and critical theory mean
    in contemporary times?
    What are critical sociology and the sociology of critique and what are its
    roles for studying media and communication’s role in society? Which social
    theories do we need today for adequately understanding media & society in a
    critical way? What is the role of political economy and Marx’s theory for
    understanding media & society today?

    * Communication and (Post-)Crisis:
    How has the crisis affected the communication landscape in Europe and
    globally and what perspectives for the future are there? How do the working
    conditions in communication industries look like after the crisis? What are
    the challenges for communication industries in the near future in the
    context of the crisis and post-crisis? What is the role of
    post-crisis-communication industries in a globalised economy?

    Conference Fee
    For members of ESA RN18: 40 Euros
    For non-members of ESA RN18: 60 Euros

    2014-04-30 | The 2014 Vienna Declaration on Freedom of Information and Expression

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 9 de abr. de 2014 0:51 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 30 de jun. de 2014 4:56 ]

    The 2014 Vienna Declaration on Freedom of Information and Expression

    This petition can be signed online at

    We, the speakers of the Vienna 2014 International Conference “Freedom of Information Under Pressure. Control – Crisis – Culture” (comprised of international academics, media practitioners, librarians, experts of open culture and public space, activists, critical citizens, lawyers and policy makers), sign the following Declaration on Freedom of Information and Expression:

    Having met in Vienna of Austria on 28 February and 1 March 2014 and having discussed the challenges of freedom of information in the light of the recent surveillance revelations and the increase in censorship and prosecutions of media, journalists and whistle-blowers in Europe and beyond, we express our deep concern and appeal for public vigilance to defend freedom of information and expression as key democratic rights.

    We consider Edward Snowden’s revelations as a wake up call. His story is not about one man leaking classified information; rather it is about privacy, civil liberties, power and democracy. But also about the future of the Internet itself, the nature of democratic oversight - and much more.

    We condemn the existence of a surveillance-industrial complex, in which the American, British and other European states’ intelligence services conduct mass surveillance of the Internet, social media, mobile and landline telephones, in co-operation with communications corporations such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Skype, Yahoo!, Aol as well as private security firms.

    We express our solidarity and support to whistle-blowers, journalists and organisations, including Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian and others, for their efforts towards fostering transparency and public accountability. We denounce their oppression and prosecution that we consider as a major threat to freedom of information.

    We observe a great paradox of the media in the 21st century: although more people than ever have the means to express themselves freely, there are huge power asymmetries that favour corporate and state control of the media: journalists in Europe and many other regions face an alarming increase in violent attacks, intimidation, legal threats and other restrictions on their work. Among the important factors of this paradox are the growth of anti-terrorism laws and new nationalisms, the fusion of political, economic and media power, and the weakening of the authority of critical and high-quality media, including independent media, investigative journalism and public service media. Furthermore, the Internet and social media are largely controlled by corporations and there is not enough material support for alternative Internet and media projects. This mix seems to represent an existential challenge to critical media, independent journalism and to the established framework of international laws and safeguards for press freedom and the freedoms of expression, speech, information and opinion.

    We point out that the current crisis and austerity policies have a serious negative effect on important democratic freedoms. The official political reactions to the crisis have given grounds for the further centralisation of corporate, state and media power that undermine the freedom of information and further the prosecutions of citizens, activists, journalists and the media. We particularly condemn attempts to limit or close down critical, independent and public service media. The Greek government’s closure of the public service broadcaster ERT is in this respect a particularly alarming development.

    We stress that under the conditions of corporatisation and bureaucratisation, the potentials created by access to information and public knowledge are hampered. In many countries and at a transnational level we lack adequate laws for the transparency of corporate and state power and citizens’ access to information about it in order to hold those in power accountable.

    A particularly alarming development of the limitation of freedom of information can be found in the world of libraries: large corporate publishers tend to license access to academic and literary works only in expensive bundles and make the access to easy-to-use e-books difficult and expensive. The result is a limit of public access to cultural works so that people have more and more to rely on purchasing books and articles, which is a matter of purchasing power that disadvantages many citizens. The corporate power of publishing houses thereby limits the public’s right to inform itself.

    We consider that the right of access to information can promote citizens’ civic and political participation by raising their levels of trust in political and policy-making institutions, while it can fight phenomena such as lobbying and corruption. Open access to public and digitised knowledge and scholarly research is also crucial for the continuous education of the broader public and professionals, the promotion of cultural production and diversity and the preservation of the historic and collective memory. New social media, libraries and archives can and should play an important role in this field.

    We are convinced that freedom of information is a value worth struggling for and that the current framework and developments strongly threaten freedom, democracy and basic civil liberties.

    A free culture, a free economy of information and a free polity of information are possible!

    First signees:
    Antonis Broumas (Attorney at law, Digital Liberation Network, Greece)
    Arne Hintz (Lecturer, University of Cardiff, UK)
    Augustine Zenakos (Journalist, UNFOLLOW magazine, Greece)
    Barbara Trionfi (Press Freedom Manager, International Press Institute)
    Christian Fuchs (Professor of Social Media, University of Westminster, UK)
    Dimitris Tsapogas (Researcher, University of Vienna, Austria)
    Gerfried Sperl (Journalist, PHOENIX, Austria)
    Gill Phillips (Director of Editorial Legal Service, The Guardian, United Kingdom)
    Joachim Losehand (Scholar, VIBE!at, Austria)
    Kostas Arvanitis (Journalist and Director, Sto Kokkino Radio, Greece)
    Kostas Efimeros (Publisher, The Press Project, Greece)
    Lisa Schilhan (VÖB, University of Graz, Austria)
    Mariniki Alevizopoulou (Journalist, UNFOLLOW magazine, Greece)
    Minas Samatas (Professor, University of Crete, Greece)
    Miyase Christensen (Professor, Stockholm University, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, London School of Economics, UK)
    Nikolaus Hamann (Vienna Public Libraries, KRIBIBI, Austria)
    Paloma Fernández de la Hoz (Catholic Social Academy, Austria)

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