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
Daniela Stockmann
Professor, Hertie School, Germany
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Daniela Stockmann is Professor of Digital Governance at the Hertie School. Her current research focuses on the impact of digitalisation and its challenges for policymakers and citizens. Her most recent research project, funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council, explores the impact of the technological design of social media platforms on user behaviour regarding politics. She holds degrees from the University of Rochester, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2007). Before joining the Hertie School faculty, she was Associate Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. Her book, Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China (Cambridge University Press, 2013), received the 2015 Goldsmith Book Prize awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.
Carola Richter
Professor, Institut fuer Publizistik- und Kommuikationswissenschaft
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
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Carola Richter is Professor of International Communication at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. She is an expert in Oriental media and communication and the editor of Global Media Journal (German Edition). She has organized several international conferences and workshops, including those sponsored by DAAD.
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.
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