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[ecrea] cfp reminder: Channels of Transition: 2nd Czech-Polish-Slovak Communication Conference

Tue Jan 06 14:29:00 GMT 2009


The conference ?Channels of Transition: 2nd Czech-Polish-Slovak Communication Conference? ? submissions deadline approaching soon!
7-9 May, 2009
Brno ? Telc, Czech Republic
Abstract submissions deadline: January 31, 2009
Please submit abstracts not longer than 400 words via <mailto:(info /at/>(info /at/

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Ann Gray (University of Lincoln, Great Britain)
Karol Jakubowicz (Chair of the Information for All Programme of UNESCO)
Kaarle Nordenstreng, (University of Tampere, Finland)

For more details please see the full version of CFP below or visit <>


Channels of Transition: 2nd Czech-Polish-Slovak Communication Conference
Brno ? Tel , Czech Republic
7 ? 9 May 2009

Confirmed Keynotes

Ann Gray (University of Lincoln, Great Britain)
Karol Jakubowicz (Chair of the Information for All Programme of UNESCO)
Kaarle Nordenstreng, (University of Tampere, Finland)

The conference will bring together media and communication scholars from the three neighbouring Central-Eastern European countries and other experts on the region to discuss various aspects of media systems transition in the last two decades. Proposed as a platform for sharing communication research outcomes within the region, the event will provide an opportunity to compare particular national perspectives and to help answer the question as to whether it is possible to consider transformation of the so-called post-communist media systems a finished process and what the roles of and challenges for the media in the region twenty years after 1989 are.

Organizing committee

Prof. Bogus awa Dobek-Ostrowska (University of Wroclaw, Pl), honorary chairman
Mgr. Ing. Jan Puncochar (Czech Syndicate of Journalists), conference secretary
PhDr. Irena Reifova, Ph.D. (Charles University, Prague, CR)
PhDr. Vaclav Stetka, Ph.D. (Masaryk University, Brno, CR)
PhDr. Tomas Trampota, Ph.D. (Charles University, Prague, CR)
PhDr. Peter Val ek (Commenius University, Bratislava, SR)
PhDr. Jaromir Volek, Ph.D. (Masaryk University, Brno, CR)

Organizing institutions
The Czech Syndicate of Journalists
Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Wroc aw
Department of Media Studies and Journalism, Masaryk University
Department of Media Studies, Charles University
Department of Journalism, Commenius University

We invite contributions elaborating on one of the conference?s main thematic sections, which are as follow:

1. Historical roots and development of CEE media systems.

The documentation of developmental tendencies and diachronic approach towards the analysis of media institutions has a long tradition in CEE media studies. Given the turbulent political and cultural history of this region, which had experienced recurring periods of totalitarianism and democracy in the course of the 20th century, it is legitimate to ask to what extent and in what way these historical processes have shaped the contours of contemporary media systems in CEE countries. This section welcomes contributions aimed at a broad range of issues related to the historical role of mass media under totalitarian regimes, especially during the periods of transition and regime change, as well as papers which examine historical ?legacies? of current CEE media environment.

2. From centralized media to decentralization ? and back? Ownership, regulation and production.

The section will cover all reflections on the merging of contemporary media systems and economic and political powers, with special attention given to the issue of media ownership, diversity and pluralism, which are all tightly linked to the quality of public sphere. The following questions will be of particular interest for this section: How is the public sphere affected by the position of media on the scale between regimentation of their functioning and a libertarian approach? Are there attempts to reclaim the notion of responsible media behaviour? And is the question of politically contested media role still worth resuscitating in user-oriented digital media environment with its promise to fortify elements of direct democracies?

3. The power of nostalgia? Popular culture and its consumers in the age of post-totalitarian commercialisation.

The section on popular culture will unravel both the structural preferred meanings and cultural pleasures encoded/decoded, produced/consumed or simply enjoyed within the fuzzy borders of the post-communist cultural space. The focus will be on the ?triple articulation? of post-communist popular culture to the former practices of rigid ideology, contemporary practices of consensus-negotiating hegemony and popular tactics potentially subverting or transforming both of them. What were the ideological patterns of totalitarian popular culture narratives in press, film, radio and television? How can the passion for the 1970s and 1980s cultural products be explained? Is contemporary popular culture consumption sanctioned by a high-brow perspective of moral hierarchies? How do the media or the audiences in their collective memory relate to the state-socialist past?

4. Old questions under new conditions? New media, new participations, new divides.

Contents and uses of new media, together with critical reflections of their taken-for-granted position in contemporary society, will be the main focus of this section, framed by the following questions: How have the new media been incorporated into CEE public and private spheres? Are there any regional actors/activities able to compete with global ventures? What is the relationship between the ?traditional? mass media and the new media? What are the regional features of global digital divide and access to new technologies? Have the new media activities, carried out through Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, file sharing tools and social network sites, had any considerable importance for processes of European integration and globalization?

5. From the ?cynical collaboration? to professional cynicism? Professionalization of journalism and political communication.

The last two decades have been characterized by growing tendency towards professionalization of media organizations in CEE countries. However, this process is far from being completed, and even though certain standards of media conduct and self-regulation principles have been adopted and emphasized, journalism is still largely lacking an established identity as a profession. At the same time, other actors in the socio-political space have been turning to ever more sophisticated strategies and means of political communication in order to shape the public agenda. This section accepts papers reflecting these trends, as well as the dilemmas and challenges facing present-day journalism, which is being increasingly influenced by public relations practices. Particularly welcomed are papers examining journalists? professional values and attitudes, routines of news production or the place of traditional normative concepts such as ?objectivity? and ?neutrality? in the contemporary media discourse.

6. Media literacy and competent media consumption: opportunities and limits.

This section will discuss the role of media education for enhancing the ability of audiences and users to critically engage the media and their messages in the information society and the digital media environment. Welcomed are both theoretical approaches, particularly those situating the media literacy endeavors within the general framework of building participatory democracy and civil society in CEE countries, as well as papers reviewing and/or comparing practical examples of media literacy curricula, programs and projects, and offering innovative strategies for the future media educators.

7. Alternative and community media.

This section is oriented toward exploring the broad territory of non-mainstream media within the CEE region. Largely avoided by the CEE media researchers in the past, this sector is now being recognized as a fully-fledged part of a wider media system. We call for papers investigating, among other issues, the development, extent and current state of alternative/community/minority media in CEE countries, problems they are facing, as well as their specific roles and functions, particularly their potential for civic/political participation, public engagement and minority empowerment, or the role of ?civic journalism? for community building and construction of local identity.

Submission guidelines

Deadline for abstracts submissions: January 31, 2009
Acceptance information delivery: February 28, 2009

Deadline for paper submissions: April 30, 2009

Abstract not longer than 400 words accompanied by a brief bio (one paragraph) should be sent to the conference assistant Radim Hladik, Charles University, Prague: ((info /at/ Please include your name and title (as you would like it to appear on the program and nametags), department, university, and full contact details.

Visit the conference website at for further details on the organization of the event and the proposed topics.

Conference papers will be considered for publishing in a special issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal ?Media Studies ? Czech and Slovak Quarterly for Critical Media Reflection? (

Important Information

Conference language: English
Conference fee:
Full participation ? 150 EUR
Accommodation (2 nights)
Conference registration
Conference Program
Lunches and coffee breaks (2 days)
Welcome banquet and conference dinner

Observer status ? FREE of charge
Conference registration
Conference Program
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