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[ecrea] CfA Communication Studies Spring School 2017 - *“Media, Culture and Power*”

Fri Jan 13 15:41:54 GMT 2017


Call for Applications: *4^th Communication Studies Spring School *

Deadline for Applications is*January 21st 2017*

*“Media, Culture and Power*”

April 3^rd – 7^th 2017, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal

Applicants are invited to submit a *400-word abstract* on a suggested topic of presentation at the Spring School, and a *200-word rationale for how participation in the Spring School will benefit their PhD studies*. Submissions should include paper title, name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation and a brief biography (max. 50 words). *Send applications to (springschool.fch /at/ no later than January 21st, 2017.*

Media, culture and the dynamics of power are central to media and communication research. Understanding the various ways to research power across media structures and processes is crucial. Throughout history, the degree to which media’s power has been theorized has varied, from cultural imperialism, or the uses and gratifications perspectives of limited power, to powerful and creative audiences and participants. The place of media power has been ascribed to technology itself, such as platform power, to organizational and financial conditions, such as systemic power, in representations, genres and narratives, such as symbolic power, or in the very act of communication or political participation, including the power of voice and the power of voting. The media, as technologies, institutions and textual or symbolic structures, affect the economic, political, and cultural spheres in society, often in contradictory ways, and in complex patterns of influence.

A strong line of research on media and power includes the media-politics relationship. Political control of the media, by different means, is a common feature in non-democratic regimes; under democratic settings the media-politics relationship can be characterized by high levels of complicity, tension and ambivalence, highlighting the contradictory nature of systemic power within institutions, policy and political economic spheres. The idea of soft power connects with the power to represent social reality, or the performance of power in fiction and factuality, or social interaction. Increasingly, we see the rise of technological forms of power, through algorithms or social media platforms. There are also forms of power that relate to diffuse and transnational audiences, whose actions are monitored by the media industries, and through behaviour can affect production practices, but also can voice opinion and raise criticism as fans and activists.

This spring school 2017 will thematise these different forms of power during an intense week, combining a mixture of lectures and seminars from leading researchers in the field, with student presentations of ongoing research. Lecturers will include Professors Annette Hill, Göran Bolin and Rita Figueiras.

Topics will include (but are not restricted to):

  * -  media, power and politics
  * -  performing power/cultural participation
  * -  the power of genre and narration
  * -  symbolic power and everyday life
  * -  the power dynamics of audiences
  * -  the power of technology / algorithmic power
  * -  media and alternative political participation

For ore details about the conference and the submission guidelines, please visit the event’s website:

or contact the Organizing Committee: (springschool.fch /at/ <mailto:(springschool.fch /at/>

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