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[ecrea] 2nd Spring School CECC-FCH-UCP Lisbon, 2-6 April 2013

Tue Feb 05 17:53:09 GMT 2013

Studying Media Systems:

Anglo-Saxon, Lusophone and Asian Models

Spring School on the intersection of Political Economy of the Media and Journalism Studies

2nd Spring School CECC-FCH-UCP

Lisbon, 2-6 april 2013


Rasmus Kleis Nielsen – University of Oxford

Jonathan Hardy – University of East London

Anthony Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Silvio Waisbord – George Washington University

Rita Figueiras and Nelson Ribeiro, Catholic University of Portugal


Rita Figueiras ? Verónica Policarpo ? Nelson Ribeiro

Call for Applications

In the last three decades, European integration has led to major changes in media systems with the harmonization of legislation among member states. Under this context, besides dismantling state intervention, liberalization, deregulation and marketization of the sector has been witnessed along with increasing concentration and the transnationalization of the forms of ownership.

The mostly English-speaking multi-sectorial and transnational conglomerates (Tunstall, 2008) have taken a dominant role in the production and distribution of content (Hardy, 2008), which has blurred the specific nuances of national media systems and led to the reduction of the heterogeneity of international media supply. However, as emphasized by Albarran and Chan-Olmsted (1998: 15), despite the trend towards the greater homogenization of Western media systems, there are political, economic, geographical and cultural specificities that must be addressed in the analysis of media markets. Dan Hallin and Paolo Mancini, in their seminal study of 2004, proposed media models structured on similar political-historical standards, which simultaneously provided homogeneity among a set of countries and heterogeneity to Western media geography. And more recently, the same authors have both expanded and nuanced their argument by analyzing non-Western media systems (Hallin and Mancini, 2012).

However, in the post-crisis global context of present time, the United States and the European countries are losing terrain where their traditional political, economic, and symbolic supremacy is concerned, whereas other countries outside the Western geography, such as China and Brazil, are increasing their importance in the international arena. These countries possess large economies and are becoming global leaders. At the same time, regional dominant nations are also acquiring economic supremacy in different areas of the world, e.g. Angola in Africa or South Korea in the Pacific.

Strong non-Western economies are affirming themselves in the globalized world which has opened the way for them to buy strategic companies in several countries. Media companies are being considered strategic assets in the global affirmation of emerging countries with autocratic political regimes and this trend is introducing questions regarding how illiberal views on media articulate with Western culture’s founding prerogatives of journalism.

This is the motto that inspires the core concept of the 2nd Spring School on Studying Media Systems: Anglo-Saxon, Lusophone and Asian Models, organized by the research line ‘Media, Technology, Contexts’ of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC), Catholic University of Portugal. The 2nd Spring School is founded on the intersection between Political Economy of the Media and Journalism Studies and it intends to address theoretical perspectives and empirical methodologies to research in an articulated fashion media ownership with news media production. Identifying how the different components of the media articulate as a financial business and a news media project, understood as simultaneously a reflection and a promoter of a particular political culture, will contribute to a more in-depth knowledge and also add complexity to the scientific debate on media and cultural systems.

Thematic sessions:

Day 1 (April 2nd)

The Impact of the Internet and Global Recession on Media Systems

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen – University of Oxford

Day 2 (April 3rd)

Western Media Systems

Jonathan Hardy – University of East London

Day 3 (April 4th):

Transnational Media Corporations in China and Asia

Anthony Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Day 4 (April 5th)

Media Systems in Latin America

Silvio Waisbord – George Washington University

Day 5 (April 6th)

The Lusophone Media Systems: Alterations following the 2008 World Economic Crisis

Rita Figueiras and Nelson Ribeiro, Catholic University of Portugal

For Whom? The School is open to 20 PhD and Master students, post-docs and junior researchers from Communication Studies, and related areas, as well as all social scientists interested in the Political Economy of the Media or Communication Studies.

Where? In Lisbon, at the facilities of the Research Centre of Communication and Culture (CECC). CECC aims to bring together international key scholars in these fields of inquiry. Recent guests at our events include Barbie Zelizer, Lawrence Grossberg, François Jost, Michael Schudson, Michael Delli Carpini, Richard Grusin, Daniel Dayan, Charles Ess, Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Nick Couldry, James Curran, Göran Bolin. As in previous initiatives, CECC will provide an inspiring venue for fresh intellectual discussion during the upcoming Spring School on Media Systems: Anglo-Saxon, Lusophone and Asian Models. CECC is located at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal, in Lisbon. Elected by the British Academy of Urbanism The European City of the Year 2012, Lisbon is a vibrant place:

When? April 2012, from the 2nd to the 6th of April 2013. Participants are requested to arrive at 1st of April. Over 5 full days (Tuesday-Saturday) they will attend lectures and take part in discussion groups where they will present their research projects. The working language is English. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be awarded 3 ECTS.

How and when to apply? Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, a one-page cover letter of intentions, and a draft of their work in progress paper (7 000 characters maximum, references included) by email to Sonia Pereira, (sonia.pereira /at/, until February 18th 2013. Candidates will be selected on the basis of the letter stating their motivations to take part in the Spring School, the paper outlining their research projects and their CV. The organizing committee will notify all applicants until February 28th 2013.

Fee: The enrolment fee is 200 €, to be paid only on acceptance of the application. Registration is due by March 19th 2013. Late registrations: 300€ (after March 19th 2013). The Spring School will offer lunches and coffee breaks.

Contacts & Infos


E-mail: (methodologiescommunication /at/

Address: Palma de Cima 1649-023, Lisbon (Portugal)

Fax: +351 21 727 17 00

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