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[ecrea] ECREA Pre-Conference: Information Diversity and Media Pluralism in the Age of Algorithms

Tue Feb 13 11:47:32 GMT 2018

ECREA Pre-Conference: Information Diversity and Media Pluralism in the Age of Algorithms

The concept of information diversity has gained attention in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election as social divides manifested themselves. This discussion renewed the interest in pluralism and diversity in the media as a crucial part of democracy. Algorithmic news selection (“filter bubbles”) and social media “echo chamber” challenge the idea of free access to a broad range of opinions and topics. Against this background, the question arises how sufficient information plurality for citizens can be ensured in order to enable informed political participation.

The aim of this preconference is to bring together researchers interested in new perspectives on information diversity and media pluralism. Submissions may investigate following questions:

−             What is diversity beyond political ideology?

−             How much diversity is needed for a functioning democracy?

−             How can diversity and pluralism be measured?

−             How can we insure sufficient pluralism in the current media landscape?

−             How does information diversity und media pluralism differ across countries?

We are interested in submissions covering one or several of the above questions. Submissions may investigate information diversity and media pluralism from all relevant perspectives (citizens, political actors, journalists, and other groups; media regulation, media production, media content, media use and reception, and effects), both on a theoretical and empirical level; internationally comparative studies are appreciated. We encourage submissions with a broad variety of approaches and from diverse perspectives, such as political communication, communication policy and law, media use, journalism, or another relevant background and from all parts of the world. Scholars at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply.

Abstract submissions: Please include (a) the title of your paper, (b) an abstract of no more than 400 words, and (c) names and affiliations of the authors.

Date of the pre-conference: 31 October 2018
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2018
Acceptance letters: 15 June 2018

Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

Edda Humprecht, University of Zurich

Judith Möller, University of Amsterdam

Natali Helberger, University of Amsterdam

Submissions until April 30, 2018 to: (diversity.ecrea18 /at/ <mailto:(diversity.ecrea18 /at/>


Non-members: 75 CHF

ECREA members: 30 CHF

PhD students: free

Contact for questions: (edda.humprecht /at/

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