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[ecrea] Cfp: ESA Conference Athens 2017, RN18 Communications and Media Research

Sat Jan 07 14:02:44 GMT 2017

Cfp: ESA Conference Athens 2017, RN18 Communications and Media Research

*Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2017*

*(Un)Making Europe:  Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities*

13th Conference of the European Sociological Association

29 August – 1 September 2017, Athens, Greece


Conference website:

*RN18 - Sociology of Communications and Media Research *

Coordinators: Roy Panagiotopoulou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, (rpanag /at/

Romina Surugiu, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, (romina.surugiu /at/

The ongoing financial crisis in Europe is not only challenging the established economic, political, social and cultural structures and practices, but has also caused new inequalities, uncertainties and fears for people across Europe and beyond. The premise of a united Europe is at stake while euroscepticism is constantly gaining power. The well-known democratic deficit that characterized EU policies, is keeping member states and citizens from standing behind a united Europe.

Media enterprises have witnessed radical changes due to technological advances and new communication practices. There is an increasing radical right populist movement – mostly in Northern Europe – that has been growing in parallel to left wing resistance movements – especially in Southern Europe. Mainstream media are divided trying to profit from the contradictions. At the same time on social media, the fragmented voices of the public struggle to be heard. In such critical times, it is crucial to analyse the forms of communication and media practices that reinforce, contest and challenge the (un)making of Europe.

1) *Theorizing Media and Capitalism: European and global perspectives*

- Critical Social Theory and Media

- Political economy of the Media

2) *Communicating the new era*

- European public sphere, mainstream media and social media: From Grexit to Brexit and vice versa?

- Building bonds or rising fences? Populism, racism, ethnocentrism, migration and the refugee crisis

3) *Crisis, uncertainty, challenges*

- Public service media: Threats and opportunities

- Legacy media and social media

  4) *Activism: Solidarity as resistance*

- The challenge of solidarity

- Alternative projects: Cultural co-operatives, radical media, community media, commons-based media, peer production projects, online platforms

- Activism in the new ethnocentric European landscape

5) *Power and subjectivity*

- Social media and political expression

- New subjectivities, fragmented identities, social inequalities, asymmetries

6) *Labouring in communication industries*

- The global division of digital labour, value creation, knowledge labour

- Working conditions in communication industries, higher education and journalism

- Exploitation, unremunerated labour

*RN18_a: Sociology of Communications and Media Research* (General Session)

*RN18_b: Theatricalization of Politics in Contemporary Media and Arts* (Joint Session with ISA RC14, Christiana Constantopoulou, Panteion University, Athens; (christiana.constantopoulou /at/

Theatricalization is an important aspect of social life in general, of political life in particular. Aspects of the political scene and action are given in mass and new media discourse as well as in mass cultural productions (as “narratives” of the contemporary society). Given that people understand reality first of all on the symbolic level, the analysis of these narratives is an ideal approach of the meaning given to politics and communication nowadays: images of the economic crisis, of the migrants and/or refugees, of identities (given by media discourse or by mass cultural productions), constitute a basic imprint of the expressions of the current “social myths”. In this sense we invite papers based on the analysis of emblematic media events or on the political “stories” narrated in TV serials and cinema.

  Specific sessions will be created from the general RN pool of abstracts.

*RN18_KS: Academic labour, digital media and capitalism* (Arranged RN Keynote Session)

Digital education and the neoliberal university: How do the working conditions within higher education look like? What problems do academics face who are confronted by state control and the violation of freedom of academic speech?




Please consult the Conference website: <>

*Important Notes and Instructions *

*Notes for Authors *

We DO NOT REQUIRE you to send us a full copy of your paper (neither before nor after the conference)! Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to a Research Network (RN), a Research Stream (RS) and/or a Semi-Plenary (SP). You can submit a maximum of two abstracts to the ESA 2017 conference, but only one submission per RN or RS is allowed. At the entire conference, each participant can only present one paper as first author (in case that two abstracts are accepted, s/he will have to decide which one to cancel). After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed *250 words* (for semi-plenaries: 500 words). Most paper sessions will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers (15 minutes presentation time per paper) and discussion.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the RN or RS coordinators. The notification of acceptance will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2017.

Abstract submission deadline: *1^st February 2017*

Conference website*:*

*Abstract Submission *

Just as at the previous conference in Prague, ESA’s 13th conference in Athens 2017 will also be managed via the online conference software tool called “ConfTool”.

Here, you will be able to submit your abstract, and Research Network/Stream coordinators and reviewers will be able to evaluate these abstracts and select them for presentation at the conference. Through the same online platform, all of you will be able to register to the conference as participants (from March/April 2017 onward).

STEP 1) In order to do so, you will have to create a user account in ConfTool. You will find the link to ConfTool at the conference website

ConfTool will be activated in December 2016. When registering to ConfTool, please provide a *valid name and email address*, since these will be used later for sending you relevant information about your submission and the conference!

Please also note that that the user name and the password are both case sensitive! This means that for example “peter” and “Peter” are two different user names and/or passwords. Furthermore consider that some letters and numbers look quite similar, for example the capital letter “O” and the number zero “0” look alike but are different symbols.

STEP 2) After you will have created a user account in ConfTool, you will be able to submit your abstract online to a specific RN, RS, or SP.

*Timeline 2017 *

1^st   February       Abstract submission deadline

(for RN/RS coordinators: 15 March – peer-review end date in ConfTool)

1^st   April                 Notification of acceptance

(sent to abstract submitters via ConfTool in early April)

1^st   May                Early-bird registration deadline

1^st   June                Paper givers registration deadline

1^st August            Printing of the programme

29 Aug. to 1 Sep.  13th ESA conference in Athens

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