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[Commlist] cfp: 9th Graduate Spring School & Research conference on Comparative Media Systems

Tue Feb 16 12:23:07 GMT 2021

Call for participation in the post-graduate course and research conference

*9th Graduate Spring School & Research conference on Comparative Media Systems*
co-organized with the ECREA CEE Network


*Comparing Post-socialist Media Systems*

IUC, Dubrovnik, 12-16 April 2021

In Central and Eastern Europe it is 30 years since the socialist regimes collapsed, and democracy was introduced. The theoretical framework of the “transition” is no longer employed, even the “consolidation” discourse and approach is over. Can we pronounce the media systems in this region of the world to have acquired a settled shape, a form/character that is durable and stable?

The thirty years of transformation have been diverse. The same original critical juncture of the fall of socialism has been differently used and shaped by different actors, countries or institutions, to produce different results. Not only is there a division of CEE into those who are now members of the EU and those who are not, but there is also a division between those who have consolidated some level of democracy and those who have consolidated some degree of authoritarian regimes.

The authoritarian backsliding is a fact that can no longer be treated as a phase in the consolidation of democracy, but must also be recognized as one type of result of the transformations. A new critical juncture will be necessary in order to re-start developments along the road to consolidated democracy.

What shaped these diverse developments? Why did some countries consolidate democracy, and others have hybrid or authoritarian regimes? How do these changes compare to the changes of other European media systems? Should we compare media systems or media cultures? We will in this course and research conference examine conditions and variables of media change from modernization to socialism, and from socialism to post-socialism. We will explore ways to study change in media systems, focusing both on the temporal and spatial frames, and will examine transformations necessary in the political, economic and cultural fields. And we will examine which combination of historical conditions from the longue durée or more recently, are responsible for certain types of outcomes of media systems.

The course includes a one day hands-on methodological workshop on the design and implementation of fuzzy set QCA and the accompanying statistical analysis, held by Dina Vozab and Antonija Čuvalo from the University of Zagreb.

The course is organized by course directors from 7 European universities:

Zrinjka Peruško, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Carmen Ciller, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Steffen Lepa, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Paolo Mancini, Università di Perugia, Italy
Snježana Milivojević, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Slavko Splichal, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Miklós Sükösd, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

This year’s lecturers include:

  * Carmen Ciller, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  * Steffen Lepa, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  * Paolo Mancini, Università di Perugia, Italy
  * Snježana Milivojević, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  * Helmut Scherer, Institut für Journalistik und
    Kommunikationsforschung of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und
    Medien Hannover
  * Zrinjka Peruško, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  * Miklós Sükösd, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
* Lenka Vochocová, Department of Media Studies, Charles University, Prague

This 9^th "slow science" IUC-CMS is an interdisciplinary research conference & post-graduate course open to academics, doctoral and post-doctoral students in media, communication and related fields engaged with the issue of media and media systems, that wish to discuss their current work with established and emerging scholars and get relevant feedback.

Invited research conference participants will deliver keynote lectures with ample discussion opportunities. In this unique academic format, student course attendees will have extended opportunity to present and discuss their current own work with the course directors and other lecturers and participants in seminar form (English language) and in further informal meetings around the beautiful old-town of Dubrovnik (UNESCO World Heritage) over 5 full working days (Monday to Saturday).

The working language is English.

Participation in the course for graduate (master and doctoral) students brings 3,5 ECTS credits, and for doctoral students who present their thesis research 6 ECTS. The course is accredited and the ECTS are awarded by the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb ( <>). All participants will also receive a certificate of attendance from the IUC.


To apply, send a CV and a motivation letter to (zrinjka.perusko /at/ Students who wish to present their research should also send a 300 word abstract. The course can accept 20 students, and the applications are received on a rolling basis. After notification of acceptance you need to register also on this web page <>

The IUC requires a small enrolment fee from student participants. Participants are responsible for organizing their own lodging and travel. Affordable housing is available for IUC participants. Stipends are available from IUC for eligible participants, further information at <>. For information on these matters please contact the IUC secretariat at (iuc /at/ <mailto:(iuc /at/>.

/Venue Information/

The Inter-University Centre was founded in Dubrovnik in 1972 as an independent, autonomous academic institution with the aim of promoting international co-operation between academic institutions throughout the world. Courses are held in all scientific disciplines around the year, with participation of member and affiliated universities.

/Additional Information/

For further information about academic matters please contact the organizing course director: professor Zrinjka Peruško (zrinjka.perusko /at/ <mailto:(zrinjka.perusko /at/>, Centre for Media and Communication Research ( <>), Department of Media and Communication, Faculty of Political Science ( <>), University of Zagreb ( <>).

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