Participation formats
Participation formats
Individual submissions

Full papers: 9 to 15 pages of pure text (without the abstract page, reference list, tables, figures, and other appendices), APA-formatted, anonymized

Short papers: 5 to 8 pages of pure text (without the abstract page, reference list, tables, figures, and other appendices), APA-formatted, anonymized

Extended abstracts: up to 300 words, free form (pdf), anonymized

All submissions must be uploaded via the conference EasyChair account (see Submission guidelines for formatting styles and the EasyChair link).

Full and short papers will be considered for publication in the post-conference collective volume of the Routledge Advances on Internationalizing Media Studies series.

The APA style guidelines are available here.

Group submissions

Panel submissions: a 300-word panel rationale plus 3 to 5 abstracts of max 200 words, free form (pdf), anonymized. Full and short papers may be submitted as parts of the panels to be included in the proceedings, but panels may also be accepted without full paper submission.

Workshops: 2 to 4 pages, free form (pdf), anonymized (for open workshops) or de-anonymized (for non-open workshops).

All submissions must be uploaded via the conference EasyChair account (see Submission guidelines for the EasyChair link).


Workshops are a special group form of participation in the conference. They are dedicated to detailed in-group discussion of a collection of papers (up to ten). Workshop proposals are submitted by the general conference deadline; workshop papers are submitted by a later deadline, but are subject to blind peer-review just as the conference submissions. Accepted papers will be published in special sections of the post-conference collective volume (subject to further consideration and publication agreements). The initial payment for the workshop includes all the papers by workshop organizers; also, external individual submissions may be included in a workshop. Workshop chairs organize the reviewing process together with the conference organizers.

In 2020, CMSTW will have two workshops:

Platform affordances, media content, national context: shaken not stirred
Organizer: Anna Smoliarova

Migration flows from the former Soviet Union after 1991 are described in literature either homogeneous or heterogeneous. Defining Russian-speaking transnational migrants through a "post-Soviet" lens, scholars rely on the explanation potential of this "historically-specific socio-cultural background" (Byford 2009). Other scholars perceive Russian-speaking population abroad in a framework of "the whole repertoire of migrant groups and identities" (Pechurina 2017). This paper aims to contribute to this discussion from the angle of the CMSTW'2020 theme. Is it enough, to focus on the migration background as a context? Or does it reproduce methodological nationalism and self-explanatory and therefore simplify our understanding of the consequences followed from migration? The workshop aims to provoke an in-group discussion these questions exploring media behavior of Russian-speaking migrants from several angles. The cases were collected by the research team of the funded project by Russian Presidential Grant for Young PhD Scientists (2018 – 2019, 2020 – 2021) and by the students who joined the semester research seminar organized as a part of this project.
Media consumption of Russian-speaking migrants attracted attention in several countries (Kissau 2008, Elias 2011, Davydova-Minguet 2019), the number of comparative studies, though, is limited (Elias & Shoren-Zeltser 2006, Juzefovičs 2019). This workshop brings together papers focusing on platform affordances and media content as contexts for the data from social media. We hope that the group discussion of papers from the initial group submission and individual submissions will provide insights into the understanding of multiple contexts influencing media behavior of migrants.

Today's media through the prism of the past: history as a model of interpretation
Organizers: Olga Kruglikova and Alexander Marchenko

The alternative to the "illusion of the unprecedented" and the "illusion of the unchanging", which Bourdieu identified for sociologists (Bourdieu, 1998), remains fully relevant for the history of media and media theory. "Not recognizing that novelty needs the familiar and already tried to contextualize what novelty means has created a fixation on the new that undermines the understanding of current events" (Zelizer, 2016). This demand on continuity has been revealed even in studies of news values (last revisited by Harcup, 2017), since news from an ongoing conflict have a special potential to attract journalists' attention (Segev, 2015). We find the same question on the edge of comparative media studies: should we perceive the current status of the media only as a replication of the "generative models" of the past, or should we analyze media system as the "frozen moment" (Hallin and Mancini, 2017), fully determined by the present. We invite scholars to adress these questions throuth the relational approach (Neray, 2016) and to discuss how the data that we can get about the present state of affairs is interconected with the context, underlying how the present and the memories about the past depend on each other.
Believing that the identification of the "current" is possible the more accurately and comprehensively, the more it is conceptualized through the prism of the past, this workshop seek to contribute to the discussion of further development of media studies.
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