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[Commlist] Call for papers: Cultural Journalism: Its Global, Democratic and Transformative Dimensions
Thu Sep 26 20:32:48 GMT 2019
Cultural Journalism: Its Global, Democratic and Transformative Dimensions
International symposium, Stockholm University, February 13-14, 2020
***Call for papers***
In an era when culture itself has become central to political debates,
when boundaries between hard and soft news, facts and opinion are
dissolving, cultural journalism in mainstream media contributes to
democratic discourses on vital issues of our time. European and Nordic
research has shown the steady expansion of cultural journalism, from new
forms of aesthetic expression to news, to harbouring debates and
reflection on such issues as freedom of expression, ethnicity and
national identity. Cultural journalism is furthermore indicative of
questions of journalistic autonomy and specialisation within media
organisations, and of the relationship between the cultural and
political public spheres.
This symposium brings together international researchers to compare and
contrast research on cultural journalism from diverse geopolitical
contexts, focusing specifically on transnational and democratic aspects.
The symposium will showcase and discuss prominent research in the field,
and identify future research agendas on cultural journalism. To this
end, it aims to create opportunities for collaboration across
geographical, disciplinary and subject-specific contexts. The symposium
also constitutes an opportunity to interact with practitioners of
cultural journalism, and to discuss the particularities of cultural
journalism as well as the challenges that concern the entire
journalistic field, such as the economic and democratic crisis of
journalism, professionalization, populism, and the importance of digital
platforms and social media.
Cultural journalism’s expansion of content coincides with the increased
blurring of the boundaries in relation to lifestyle and celebrity on the
one hand, and news journalism and political debate, on the other.
Cultural journalism’s engagement in themes such as migration, #Metoo,
terrorism and climate change, have inspired some scholars to go beyond
the boundaries of the field, and connect it to political communication.
Research has also pointed to the fact that the topics and discourses of
cultural journalism are becoming more difficult to distinguish from
lifestyle journalism, especially since the adoption of a more
“service-oriented” journalism, which sets itself up as a guide to
personal cultural consumption. At the same time, scholars report a
greater international, or even transnational orientation of cultural
journalism. This may portend a greater homogenization of content, as
well as more cosmopolitan and transnational perspectives in content.
Although several large comparative studies have linked the field of
cultural journalism to globalization in this sense, studies of cultural
journalism have in themselves still mainly been undertaken in national
The symposium will provide a forum for presenting in its final stages
the project “The Worlds of Cultural Journalism: Politics and Culture
under Globalization and Digitalization”, which explores content,
production and consumption of Swedish cultural journalism over the last
four decades. The symposium will provide the opportunity for the
cultural journalism research field to summon and direct its attention to
transformations related to democracy, politics and globalization,
including issues such as citizen participation, reach, digitalization,
professionalization and the blurring of genres in view of new media
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
* Geographical, spatial and scalar dimensions of cultural journalism
* Cultural journalism, politics and democracy
* Cultural journalism and cultural conflicts
* Multiculturalism and hybridity in cultural journalism
* Cultural journalism and professionalization
* Cultural journalism and its relation to the cultural industries
* The sources and actors of cultural journalism
* Cultural journalism beyond legacy media
* Local, national or global audiences of cultural journalism
* Cultural journalism and digital content circulation in social media
* Genre and style developments in cultural journalism
* Representations of “culture” in other subfields of journalism (e.g.
news, economy, editorials, sports journalism etc.)
* Critics and public intellectuals in the digital media • Entertainment,
celebrity and cultural influencers
We plan to draw on the symposium contributions to put together a
comparative international anthology that contributes to the current
literature on the subject.
The program includes:
* Confirmed keynotes: Professor Nete Nørgaard Kristensen (University of
Copenhagen) and Professor David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds)
* Presentation of results from “The Worlds of Cultural Journalism”
project by Kristina Riegert, Anna Roosvall and Andreas Widholm.
* A concluding keynote panel with researchers and cultural journalists
discussing the future of cultural journalism.
Participation is free of charge and includes two lunches and one dinner.
Please e-mail your abstract to*: *(cjsymposium /at/ jmk.su.se)
<mailto:(cjsymposium /at/ jmk.su.se)?subject=Cultural%20Journalism%3A%20Its%20Global%2C%20Democratic%20and%20Transformative%20Dimensions> no
later than 5 November. Notification of acceptance will go out 15
November. If you have any questions about the symposium, don’t hesitate
to ask (kristina.riegert /at/ ims.su.se)
<mailto:(kristina.riegert /at/ ims.su.se)?subject=Cultural%20Journalism%3A%20Its%20Global%2C%20Democratic%20and%20Transformative%20Dimensions>.
Read more about the symposium on our project website:
Kristina Riegert, Professor of Media and Communication Studies
Anna Roosvall, Professor of Media and Communication Studies
Andreas Widholm, Associate Professor of Journalism
Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University
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