Invited guests
Track chairs
Silvio Waisbord
THEORY chair
George Washington University, USA
Professor; Associate Director, School of Media and Public Affairs
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Silvio Waisbord is a professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication and former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His recent books include News of Baltimore: Race, Rage and the City (edited with Linda Steiner, Routledge, 2017), Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights (edited with Howard Tumber, Routledge, 2017), and Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America (with Soledad Segura, Zed, 2016).

He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, published 13 books and written over 100 journal articles, book chapters and newspaper columns. He serves on the advisory board of the Latin American program of Open Society Foundations. He holds a Licenciatura in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.

Svetlana S. Bodrunova
St.Petersburg University, Russia
Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
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Svetlana S. Bodrunova is habilitated Doctor of Political Science and Professor at School of Journalism and Mass Communications, St.Petersburg State University. She has authored and co-authored two books and over 90 chapters and papers published, i.a., by Journalism, International Journal of Communication, Journalism Practice, and publishing houses like Routledge, Springer, and Peter Lang. In 2015-2018, she was co-director of International double-degree Master Program 'Global Communication and International Journalism' with Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany). She ow leads the Center for International Media Research at her university and is a co-founder of CMSTW.
Anna Litvinenko
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Researcher, Emmy Noether Junior Research Group of DFG project 'Mediating (semi-)Authoritarianism. The Power of the Internet in the post-Soviet World'
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Anna Litvinenko is PhD in Letters and works as a researcher in the DFG-sponsored Emmy Noether Junior Research Group at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. In 2007 to 2015, she was lecturer and assistant professor in St.Petersburg State University. She has published over 40 chapters and academic papers in Russian, English, and German in New Media and Society, Journalism, Journalism Practice, Publizistik, Global Media Journal, as well as in books printed by Routledge and Peter Lang. She is also an award-winning journalist and a co-founder of CMSTW.
Michal Glowacki
Warsaw University, Poland
Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Information and Library Science
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Michal Glowacki is habilitated Doctor of Social Sciences in media science. In his academic research, he deals with media policy, public media, media responsibility systems, and the culture of innovation. In 2010, in the Department of Media and Information Society at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, he coordinated the work of an expert group in public media management (Ad hoc Advisory Group on Public Service Media Governance, MC-S-PG).

He took part in several major international research projects, including "Organizational culture of public media: people and values processes" (2015-2018,, "Media Accountability and Transparency in Europe" (within the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission) (2010-2013), "Journalism in Change: Professional Journalistic Cultures in Russia, Poland and Sweden" (supported by the Foundation on for Studies in the Baltic States and Eastern Europe) (2011-2014) and "Ukraine and Information War" (financed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) (2015).

In the years 2007–2014, he recived scholarships from the Danish Agency for International Education (CIRIUS), the Swedish Institute (Svenska Institutet), the Norwegian Research Council (Norges Forskningsråd) and the Polish-American Fulbright Commission - Senior Advanced Research Awards. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of "Central European Journal of Communication", "Journal of Media Management and Entrepreneurship", and "Global Media Journal: The Slovak Edition".
Olessia Koltsova
National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Russia
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences; Head of Laboratory for Internet Studies (LINIS)

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Olessia (Elena) Koltsova is an academic commited to interdicplinary data driven research and respective task-oriented teaching. As the director of Laboratory for Internet Studies, she leads various collective projects in the sphere of Internet and society, as well as in methods of large-scale automatic Internet data analysis for social science. In recent years, she has published on online community structure, user content topical composition and sentiment, relation of Internet to protests, electoral preferences, entrepreneurial success, and other topics. Her works have appeared in Internet & Policy, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Information Science and other leading journals. She is also the author of News Media and Power in Russia, Routledge, 2006.
Invited discussants
Daya Thussu
Professor, Department of Journalism
Hong Kong Baptist University, China
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Daya Kishan Thussu is Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, China. Before 2020, he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Disney Chair of Global Media at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University in Beijing and, for many years, Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of the India Media Centre at the University of Westminster in London, UK. He has lectured and researched across the world and was awarded the Distinguished Scholar in International Communication by the International Studies Association. Among his main publications are Electronic Empires (1998); International Communication – Continuity and Change, third edition (2019); War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7 (2003); Media on the Move – Global Flow and Contra-flow (2007); News as Entertainment (2007); Internationalizing Media Studies (2009); Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (2012) and Communicating India's Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (Palgrave, 2013); Mapping BRICS Media (Routledge, 2015, co-edited) and China's Media Go Global (Routledge, 2018, co-edited). He is also the editor of the Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies series.
Henriette Borg Reinholdt
Director of the Danish Cultural Institute in Russia
Henriette Borg Reinholdt is Director of the Danish Cultural Institute in Russia. She holds a Master degree in Russian language and culture specializing in Media Development in post-Soviet Russia from the University of Copenhagen and has so far worked at International Media Support. She is well versed in Russian civil society through her work for the Nordic Council of Ministers in Murmansk. She has also worked as a consultant for media projects in, among others, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.
Andrei Zavadski
Researcher, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dr. des. Andrei Zavadski is a Berlin-based multidisciplinary researcher and writer.

Born in Belarus in 1986, he holds a B.A. in regional studies from Moscow State University of International Relations / MGIMO-University (2009) and a dual M.A. in public history from Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and Manchester University (2014). In 2020, he defended a Ph.D. in media and communication studies at Freie Universität Berlin.

His research is situated at the intersection of memory studies, public history, and media studies. It focuses on memory in Eastern Europe, memory museums, and digital memories. He also works as an editor at The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums & Culture and regularly contributes to, openDemocracy Russia, and other publications.

Marielle Wijermars
Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Visiting researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland
Dr Mariëlle Wijermars is Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics. She conducts research on Internet governance with a focus on the impact of Internet policy on human rights, and on the framing of cyberthreats and policy responses. Her research is guided by an interest in the precarious balance between protecting citizens, infrastructures and institutions against cyberthreats and safeguarding rights and freedoms – from the right to privacy to the freedom of the press. Trained as a Russianist, her research draws upon Russia as its main empirical case study. In collaboration with Tetyana Lokot (Dublin City University), she is currently conducting a study on the politics of Internet freedom rankings.

Currently, Mariëlle is also a visiting researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki, where she acts as the Principle Investigator of the project Sustainable Journalism for the Algorithmic Future funded by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (2020-2022). She is involved in the Nordic workshop series 'Algorithmic Governance in Context: Towards a Comparative Agenda for Studies of Algorithmic Governance across Politics, Culture, and Economy', funded by NOS-HS (2019-2020), and is a member of the Expert Pool on Cyber and Expert Pool on Russia of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE).

Mariëlle is the editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies (with Daria Gritsenko and Mikhail Kopotev) forthcoming in the fall of 2020 with Palgrave Macmillan, and editor of Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere (with Katja Lehtisaari) published by Routledge (2020). She is the author of Memory Politics in Contemporary Russia: Television, Cinema and the State (Routledge 2019). Mariëlle is also an editor of the open access journal Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (

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