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[Commlist] CfP - ECREA Radio Research section conference

Sun Jan 27 21:35:18 GMT 2019

*CALL FOR PAPERS – Extended deadline approaching: Wednesday 30 January 2019***

*ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019: *

*Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.

Conference website: <>

19-21 September 2019*
University of Siena (Italy)

The next conference of the Radio Research Section of ECREA will be held at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, from 19 to 21 September 2019.

*The topic*
In the age of platformization of culture (Nieborg & Poell 2018) every media is being turned into a digital platform and every audience is being datafied and commodified. What is the role of radio within this new media ecosystem? Tim Wu (2011) showed how radio broadcasting too was eventually colonized by the ethos of profit, but along its history the radio medium has been able to partially escape its commodification and it has carved out a social role as a public service media and as a community/civic media, more open to audience interaction and participation than television and print media used to be.

In a media ecosystem increasingly shaped by algorithms, radio is the only medium that still has a relevant analogue component, especially in non-western areas of the world. The relevance of analogue broadcasting is not only a residual practice but could be also framed as a space of freedom, a practice of resistance to the process of platformization.

“Radio as a social media” is the theme of the 2019 ECREA Radio conference. What does it mean to be a “social media” in the era of digital “social media”? Our proposal is that radio, in order to be “social”, needs to be “convivial”, in the sense proposed by Ivan Illich in its work “Tools for Conviviality” (1973), which also inspired the first hackers and makers of home computer’s history.

Conviviality is a concept that was introduced by Ivan Illich (1973). He imagined a world where people had an open relationship with the material world surrounding them, including the technologies they used: ‘I choose the term ‘conviviality’ to designate the opposite of industrial productivity. I intend it to mean autonomous and creative intercourse among persons, and the intercourse of persons with their environment’ (1973, p. 11). Conviviality is about being vigorously engaged in relationships, conscious of values and meanings. For Illich, a convivial technology was a tool that people could manipulate, transform, adapt and control. Convivial tools are ‘those which gave each person who uses them the greatest opportunity to enrich the environment with the fruits of his or her vision’ (1973, p. 21). Conviviality according to Illich revolves around the idea of free and equal access to empowering tools. Conviviality, as David Gauntlett noted, “is therefore about having the power to shape one’s own world. Illich makes it clear that individuals must retain this power – society must not seek to drain it from them” (2011, p. 168).

Is it still possible a social/convivial use of radio in the age of proprietary algorithms-driven journalism and music consumption?

*Keynote speakers:*
- Nico Carpentier, Uppsala University (Sweden) in conversation with Caroline Mitchell, Sunderland University, UK – Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) Keynote
- Elena Razlogova, Concordia University (Canada);
- Christina Dunbar Hester, University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (USA),
- David Hendy, University of Sussex (UK)
- Enrico Menduni, Università Roma Tre (Italy)
- David Fernandez Quijada, Media Intelligence Service, EBU

This conference aims at gathering together all the scholars that are currently exploring, from different and/or interdisciplinary perspectives, the complex entanglement between radio/audio/digital media and society.

The conference will try to situate radio studies within the broader contemporary media ecosystem and aims at starting a dialogue with and accepting contributions from Internet Studies, Platform studies, Social Media studies, critical political economy of the media, Media History, digital media management, Cultural Studies, production studies, ethnography, sound studies, social sciences.

ECREA Radio Research 2019 is not only a conference, it wants to be also a festival. A festival for the community of scholars with an interest in radio.

*EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstract submissions: 30 January 2019*

The Scientific Committee of the conference will select the proposals that could deal with the following topics:

Radio AS a social media
Community/civic/free/pirate/alternative/radical/DIY not for profit radio
radio and conviviality (Illich)
radio audiences, empowerment, participation
radio and the diaspora
radio and migration
Migration, identity, radio
copyright, copyleft and radio creation

Radio AND social media
Doing radio in the age of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat…)
Datafication of listening
radio and music streaming platforms
radio curation vs. algorithmic curation
music radio programming vs. music platforms programming
radio, music platforms and the listener’s agency
networked listeners
Access, Interaction, Participation (Carpentier)
social media for radio: between exploitation and participation
radio as an app
“haptically-mediated” radio listening

Radio AS public media
Who care for…Public service radio?
Public service radio and innovation
radio and cultural diversity
Radio and the public sphere(s)

Radio (retro)Futurism
radio innovation and multi-platform delivery
radio and Artificial Intelligence
Smart speakers and audio/radio listening
Transnational radio
Analog stories
the second age of podcasting: a new digital mass media
repurposing radio content on new platforms distribution technologies
hybrid radio/hybrid future
DAB, streaming or LTE broadcasting?
Streaming kill the digital (DAB) star
What’s the frequency, Kenneth (frequencies and transmission studies)

Radio as a Research field
Political economy of the radio
Radio and gender studies
Radio genres
Radio art
Politics of listening
Poetics of listening
Philosophy of listening
History of listening
Audio vs. Radio
Radio audiences and commodification
Production practices/studies
Reception/Production ethnographies
Digital ethnography
Digital Methods
Network analysis
Radio history
Radio journalism
Radio and the music industry
Ownership, regulation and governance of radio


We invite delegates of the conference to submit their full papers no later than October 30, 2019 to be selected for a special issue of The Radio Journal, edited by the ECREA Radio Research board, to be published in the second issue of 2020.

Tiziano Bonini, University of Siena, Italy
Marta Perrotta, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy
Enrico Menduni, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy
Magdalena Oliveira, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
Grazyna Stachyra, Lublin University, Poland
Belén Monclus, Autonoma University, Barcelona, Spain
Salvatore Scifo, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

Conference website: <>**


Extended Paper and Panel Submission Deadline:
January 30, 2019

Final decisions on accepted papers and panels: March 10, 2019

Early registration deadline:
May 31, 2019

Late registration deadline:
July 15, 2019

Full paper submissions for The Radio Journal Special Issue:
October 30, 2019

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