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[Commlist] Workshop: The legacy of comparying media systems

Wed Feb 20 23:58:06 GMT 2019

The Legacy of "Comparing Media Systems. Three Models of Media and Politics"

Perugia (Italy)- April 13,2019
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche
Area di Studi Sociali, Via Elce di sotto

9.30 – 17.00

“Comparing Media Systems. Three Models of Media and Politics” (Cambridge, 2004) has been widely discussed by the scientific community of media scholars. Some of those who have reflected on the book will meet in Perugia to discuss what has been accomplished after the publication of the book and which are the next possible steps in comparative research in political communication. The attendance to the event is open and free of charge.

A number of scholars have operationalized the interpretative framework suggested by "Comparying media systems" and have arrived at slightly different results; others have criticized particular parts of the book; others have used the proposed models for selecting cases to be investigated. More recently, scholars have suggested going beyond the approach based on the idea of “system” and using different parameters in comparative analysis while others have used the book to look at the internal evolution of national media systems.
Some questions seem worthy of further discussion:

- Comparing Media Systems was focused essentially on legacy media. What kind of adaptation is necessary when looking at the new media? - Do nation-based systems still exist in face of the increased tendency towards globalization? - A frequent question regards the possible adaptation of the book to cases beyond the western world. What has been accomplished at this regard? What about the idea of hybridization and including the possible development of hybrids between the polarized pluralist and liberal models? - What major changes have taken place in particular national media systems after the publication of the book? - As suggested by some recent books and papers, is it possible to look towards an approach for comparative research that is not based on the notion of “media system”? - What is a system, exactly, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of different methods for studying systems? - Are there sufficient data available for empirical comparative studies of media systems? - Have the recent political changes in some countries (populism, USA polarization, UK Brexit, etc.,) and the emergence of new topics (e.g. immigration) affected the relationship between media and politics? - Does data journalism represent a new, universal form of professional journalism? - In the very last few years it seems that comparative studies have decreased in number: would you agree with this statement?

After two short introductions by Hallin and Mancini, the invited participants are invited to react with interventions of five to ten minutes. Discussion will follow.

Participants: Sigurd Allern (University of Oslo), Sara Bentivegna (Università di Roma, La Sapienza), Michael Brueggemann (University of Hamburg), Alessio Cornia (Dublin City University), Frank Esser (University of Zurich), Dan Hallin (University of California, San Diego), Paolo Mancini (Università di Perugia), Rita Marchetti (Università di Perugia), Rolando Marini (Università per Stranieri, Perugia), Marco Mazzoni (Università di Perugia), Gianpietro Mazzoleni (Università di Milano), Sabina Mihelj (Loghborough University), Efrat Nechusthai (Columbia University, New York), Lars Nord (Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall), Ester Pollack (Stockholm University), Susana Salgado (University of Lisbon), Carlo Sorrentino (Università di Firenze), Sergio Splendore (Università di Milano), Elena Vartanova (Lomonosov University, Moscow), Katrin Voltmer (University of Leeds), Jan Zielonka (University of Oxford).

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