Tracks
 
Conference tracks
In 2020, the conference will have its four traditional tracks.
The submissions might orient to but are not limited to the following sub-topics:

!!! When submitting, please start your title with naming the track,
e.g. 'THEORY Rethinking media effects in the world of de-contextualized communication'.

THEORY track

Chair:
Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University, USA

• Media theories vs. context: friends or foes?
• Construction of meanings in media texts: how much of context is enough?
• Media life: the contextualizational function of the press?
• Hybridity, liquidity and other concepts of complexity and instability in media studies
• Media systems as contexts: traditional and social media as contexts for each other
• Contextualization and cross-country comparisons of media effects
• Grounded theory in media and communication research
• Critical approaches and neo-Marxism in media studies: context as basis, media as superstructures?
• Communicative cultures and their impact upon media practices
• Regional perspectives on communication: are there 'macro-contexts'?
• Public spheres: restructuring and re-contextualization

POLITICAL AND SOCIAL track

Chairs:
Svetlana S. Bodrunova, St.Petersburg State University, Russia
Anna Litvinenko, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

• 'Still bowling alone?' Social atomization and personal media worlds
• The fall of the national? Media systems and the challenge of platform giants
• From mediatization of politics to politicization of media: mutual conditionality of media and political life
• Media and social structure(s): hierarchies and hegemonies in inter-personal and inter-group communication
• Media and memory: mediated history and 'memories on demand'
• Communication and cross-cultural understanding
• Ethnic and migrant media inside host contexts
• 'Closed contexts': exploring communication beyond the 'great firewalls'
• 'Restrictive contexts' and their ambiguous impact upon democratic communication, journalism cultures, and survival of media
• Russia as context: media, social fragmentation, pseudo-politics, and cultural diversity

MEDIA INDUSTRY AND JOURNALISM track

Chair:
Michal Glowacki, Warsaw University, Poland

• Communicative capitalism and media life: platform policies and affordances as living conditions
• News personalization: pro et contra
• Context and content: reconstruction of reality in journalistic work and its constraints
• Debunking fakes: contextual knowledge as a weapon of media literacy
• De-professionalization of international journalism? 'Parachute' journalists, transnational broadcasters, and the Bellingcat in the struggle for interpretations
• Media corporations and glocalization of news
• Prosumer practices: self-produced communicative context?
• Communication as belonging: audiences in mediated contexts
• Web analytics and user tracking: the 'audience shift' in editorial decision-making

TECH AND METHODS track

Chair:
Olessia Koltsova, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Russia

• Communication as a post-discipline: embracing inter-disciplinarity and mixed methodologies?
• Data-oriented research designs and their proper contextualization
• From case studies to cross-context comparisons in big social data
• Field media research and big data studies: any links?
• Discursive borders in communication and methods of their detection
• Platform affordances as communicative contexts
• Exploring conflicts and their backgrounds in online discussions
• 'This is what people ask': recommender systems and search engines as context shapers
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