Media Power:
People – Organisations – Technologies
Warsaw, 19–21.09.2019
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Call for papers
The 5th Congress of the Polish Communication Association, entitled “Media Power: People – Organisations – Technologies”, aims at discussing the notion of media power, from the internal (organizational) and external (media ecology) perspective. Through a reference to work by Des Freedman – one the conference keynote speakers – we argue that:
“We need a definition of media power that is both sufficiently clear to capture the dangers it can pose for democracy and sufficiently complex in order to fully evaluate its channels, networks, participants and implications” ( “Contradictions of Media Power”, 2014, p. 3).
- Des Freedman
The salient questions to be addressed are:

What is the current state of media power in contemporary societies?

How powerful are journalistic standards and values?

What is the power of new media technologies (Big Data, algorithms)?

What are the potential ways to extend the notion of media power in communications/media studies?

Do we experience new power struggles between the media, state/politics and the publics?

What is missing in studies on media power in the fast-changing information society?

We therefore welcome both paper proposals that address the specific conference theme as well as paper proposals that address more general issues with regard to power struggles and their dynamics in three main areas:
I. People
- media values and functions,
- media accountability and transparency,
- journalism culture,
- media audiences,
- media literacy,
- intercultural communication,
- societal and political polarization,
- contribution of media to local communities
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II. Organisations
- media ownership and management,
- organizational cultures and structures,
- models of media systems,
- interplay between the media and politics,
- business models,
- media strategies,
- international communication,
- new forms of media and journalism (startup communities, SMEs)
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III. Technologies
- information and communication technologies,
- multimedia platforms,
- social media,
- visual communication,
- smart city,
- Big Data,
- Internet of Things,
- new forms of PR and advertising,
- user-generated content
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Paper submission
Submissions for the conference are invited as paper proposals in the form of abstracts (max 500 words) in Polish or English. Abstracts shall be uploaded to the conference website by March 15, 2019. Proposals shall address the following evaluation criteria:

Relevance to the academic field and the main conference theme

Theoretical background and methodology

Originality and contribution to the field’s knowledge

Practical implications (for business, media and/or policy)

All submissions will go through the process of double peer review by experts nominated to the conference’s Scientific Committee.

It is possible to submit panel proposals (in Polish or in English) taking into account the thematic structure of the event. A panel application requires sending an e-mail to the Organizers' address (kongresptks2019@uw.edu.pl) and enclosing the panel abstract (max 500 words), in which the following elements will be indicated: moderator, topic and the idea of the panel and 3-5 keywords.
Keynote Speakers
Let's meet our special guests.

Des Freedman Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London

Biogram:
Des Freedman is Professor Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Contradictions of Media Powerand The Politics of Media Policyand co-author (with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) of Misunderstanding the Internet. He has edited a number of volumes on broadcasting, media reform, liberalism, terrorism and the politics of higher education and was one of the founders of the Media Reform Coalition.

Keynote speech: The Resistable Rise of Media Power
Deregulation, marketization, hypercommercialization, corporate capture and commodification are component features of a neoliberalism that has destabilized media landscapes and eviscerated public communication. Embedded forms of inequality that shaped legacy media have been intensified in a digital environment in which algorithms and big data are fetishized and financialized. Power has been increasingly consolidated by oligopolistic digital intermediaries like Facebook and Google while the state has, all too often, corrupted public media which, far from scrutinising elites, are more likely to articulate their interests. This talk identifies the abuses of an evolving media power that is seen to be the source of some of the key problems we face today – a crisis of disinformation, a collapse of the ‘centre ground’ and declining levels of trust – and argues that media reform has to be a central part of contemporary democratic movements.



Karen Donders Professor at the Faculty of Economic and Social Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Biogram:
She is the head of SMIT’s smart media unit, supervising business, policy and researchers on media mediated communication.

Keynote speech: Public service media in Europe: The mismatch between theory, the law and practice
Public service media concerns the provision of services by public broadcasters that contribute to the democratic, cultural and social wellbeing of society and this across devices and various technologies. Citizens are primarily being addressed as citizens and the institutions in charge should operate as independently as possible from market forces and government control. That is, summarizing and simplifying to a large extent, the theory underling one of the most studied concepts and institutions in Europe. But is theory corresponding with reality? Karen Donders researched the state of play of public service media across Europe, critically confronting the theory, the law and practice. She carried out case studies on Belgium, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and several other countries. She will present the main findings of her new book on this topic.

Mark Deuze Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Biogram:
Mark Deuze is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities, and currently serves as its Director of Graduate Studies. Before that he worked as a journalist and academic in the United States, Germany and South Africa. He is also the bass player and singer of Skinflower.

Keynote speech: Beyond Journalism: Challenging Media Power from within
The ‘Beyond Journalism’ research project and book (forthcoming late 2019 with Polity Press) examines the fragmented, networked and richly diverse field that journalism has become around the world. Through fieldwork at more than twenty media startups in 11 countries (The Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Uganda, South Africa, Italy, France, Denmark, Nepal, Iran, and Colombia) we focus on what it takes to make it work, what drives and motivates these professionals, and how all of this can be seen as transforming the definition of journalism, as well as the role journalism plays in different societies.

New journalistic ventures tend to define themselves deliberately as against traditional institutions and legacy media. However, in our research we find that their values and ideals are neither radically different nor necessarily new. Through telling stories of startups the authors aim to provide insight into the variety of actors, the multitude of forms, content and audiences that make up contemporary journalism, doing justice to both the excitement as well as challenges present in media entrepreneurship.

Svetlana S. Bodrunova Professor of Political Communication, St.Petersburg State University, Russia

Biogram:
Svetlana S. Bodrunova is Professor at the Department of Mass Media Management, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, St.Petersburg State University, Russia. She is currently the leader of the Center for International Media Research at her School. Her research interests include media and public spheres in various socio-political contexts, digital publics and discussions on social media, and Russian media and social communication.

Keynote speech: Zombies, vegetables, cosmonauts: The role of context in studying public discussions
In our 2016-2020 research project where we have studied discussions on inter-ethnic conflicts on social media, we have found out that the role of local political divisions was crucial in interpreting the nature of the conflict. Also, we have found that the group structures of the discussions did not at all reflect the Tajfel&Turner’s (1979) classic grouping of minority, pro-minority majority, and anti-minority majority. What we have found instead was the opening-up of the local political divisions via a conflict, and in each case the constellation of discourses was highly context-dependent.

The Russian, German, and American examples made me further reflect on how to introduce national context into comparative studies of social media. While the research community has already established rigorous procedures for literature review, elaboration of methodology, and discussion of the research results, endorsement of local contexts into communication studies remains intuitive and non-systemic. I argue that there may be compulsory elements of contextual knowledge that need to be examined before practically any study of social media and invite the research community to further dialogue on this matter.

Guest Lecturer

Xianhong Hu Program Specialist at Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO

Biogram:
Dr Xianhong Hu is UNESCO’s program specialist at the Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development. Her main responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression online and offline, Internet privacy, media development and Internet governance. She has also conducted UNESCO Series Publication on investigative journalism including “Story-Based Enquiry: A Training Manual for Investigative Journalism” and “Global Casebook of Investigative Journalism”.

Open lecture:: To Assess Internet Policies in your country: UNESCO presentation of Internet Universality ROAM-X Indicators
Have you ever wanted to gain a deeper understanding of your digital environment? To have a map of the Internet measuring its compliance with Rights, Openness and Accessibility, and assessing Multistakeholder involvement in its governance? If so, UNESCO’s ROAM-X Indicators are for you. As developed via a two-year global multi-stakeholder consultation process including with European community, the tool is a unique resource to make a diagnosis of national digital environments and address structural inequalities. It aims to:

  • - Present a comprehensive and substantive understanding of the national Internet environment and policies;
  • - Assess alignment of the environment and policies to UNESCO’s R.O.A.M. principles and their contribution to sustainable development;
  • - Develop policy recommendations and practical initiatives that will enable the country to improve their Internet ecosystem as advanced ICTs evolve.


UNESCO will take the opportunity to launch the new publication “UNESCO’s Internet Universality Indicators: A Framework for Assessing Internet Development” and the related implementation process at national levels across all continents including Europe. The publication includes the implementation guide is available online in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, with hard copies for distribution. UNESCO will encourage synergies among the multi-stakeholder community (including governments, civil society, the private sector, technical community academia, the journalism community) to support national assessments of Internet development using the indicators. It is hoped that the session will foster partnerships to conduct national assessments in more countries and trigger policy debates for bridging the digital gap and improving Internet development at national and global levels.

Important dates

Till 31.03.2019

Deadline for abstract submissions

20.04.2019

Notification of acceptance

APPROX. 15.06.2019

Publishing the Congress program

TILL 15.08.2019

Deadline for registration of participation (without paper)

TILL 1.09.2019

Conference fee registration

19–21.09.2019

The 5th Congress of the Polish Communication Association: “Media Power: People – Organisations – Technologies”

Conference fees
Conference fees include conference materials, meals and two conference dinners.

Discounts for members of the Polish Communication Association: 50 zł (Polish Zloty).
For foreign participants
130 €
/ person
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  • conference materials
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  • two official dinners
  • accompanying events
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For foreign PhD students
80 €
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Bank account details
POLSKIE TOWARZYSTWO KOMUNIKACJI SPOŁECZNEJ
(POLISH COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION)
ul. Koszarowa 3, 51-149 Wrocław, Poland

Bank: PKO Bank Polski
SWIFT CODE: BPKOPLPW
Account no: 74 1440 1156 0000 0000 0673 0094

Titled: Kongres + Name and Surename of Conference Participant

The texts presented during the Congress and then submitted by the authors for publication, after qualifying in the review process, will be published in the quarterly "Media Studies" (editorial requirements are available on the journal website).
Polish Communication Association
Polish Communication Association is one of the largest academic networks of media and communications in Poland. The congresses of the Polish Communication Association gather more than 300 researchers and practitioners specialising in media, journalism, policy and management.

Website: ptks.pl
Invoices

If you are interested in receiving an invoice confirming the payment of the conference fee, we ask you kindly to:
- fill out an online form
- send confirmation of payment to the Secretariat's email address: kongresptks2019@uw.edu.pl


Invoices will be ready to collect during the Congress.

Venues & recommended hotels
Venues & transport

Venues

UW Main Campus (Kampus Główny UW; Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa):

  • the Old Library (Stara Biblioteka) venue for registration, opening and closing sessions, plenary sessions, round tables, open lecture and parallel sessions, as well as lunches and coffee breaks on September 19-21, 2019
  • CIUW – venue for parallel sessions on September 20-21, 2019
  • Collegium Politicum (Faculty of Political Science and International Studies – Wydział Nauk Politycznych i Studiów Międzynarodowych) – venue for parallel sessions on September 20-21, 2019
  • the Column Hall at the Faculty of History (the Former Museum Building) – venue for Conference Dinner on September 20, 2019
  • the UW Main Gate (Brama Główna UW) – meeting point for the Old Town sightseeing on September 21, 2019

Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki; plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warszawa)

  • the Marble Hall (Sala Marmurowa) - venue for Dinner hosted by the Mayor of the City of Warsaw on September 19, 2019

Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies (Wydział Dziennikarstwa, Informacji i Bibliologii; Bednarska 2/4, 00-310 Warszawa)

Map of conference venues

Public transport

UW Main Campus

  • buses:
    • lines 102, 105, 111, 116, 128, 175, 178, 180, 222, 503, 518, E-2; stop: Uniwersytet
  • underground:
    • metro M2 line; stop: Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet

Palace of Culture and Science

  • buses:
    • lines 117, 127, 128, 131, 158, 171, 175, 501, 507, 517, 519, 520, 521, 522, 525; stop: Centrum
  • trams:
    • lines 4, 7, 9, 15, 18, 24, 25, 35, 36, 73; stop: Centrum
  • underground:
    • metro M1 line; stop: Centrum

    Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies

    • buses:
      • lines 118, 127; stop: Mariensztat
    • Information about travelling by public transport is available in English also at http://jakdojade.pl/warszawa/

Recommended hotels
The organizers do not cover the cost of accommodation and (except for the Hera Guest house) do not take part in the booking process.

Hera – UW Guest House

Contact info:

 

Address: Belwederska Street 26/30, 00-594 Warsaw

Phone: +48225531000

WWW: http://hera.uw.edu.pl/

 

Hotel info:

 

"Hera" is located on the Royal Route, near the Łazienki Park and Belweder Palace. You can get here by buses: 116, 119, 131, 166, 167, 168, 180, 501, 503 and 519. Wi-Fi is available there.
Check-in from 12 a.m.
Check-out till 10 a.m.

 

Room / Prices:

 

• Single room with toillette and wash basin – 80 PLN/night
• Single room with bathroom – 140 PLN/night

 

How to book?

 

Booking via mail: herarezerw@adm.uw.edu.pl – please specify the date of accommodation, chosen room and password: PTKS.
The participant of the Congress is required to send the booking confirmation to the Congress’ e-mail address: kongresptks2019@uw.edu.pl

Hotel Ibis Styles Warszawa Centrum***

Contact info:

 

Address: Zagórna Street 1A, 00-441 Warsaw

Phone: +48222118400

WWW: https://www.accorhotels.com/pl/hotel-A1J0-ibis-styles-warszawa-centrum-otwarcie-grudzien-2018/index.shtml

 

Hotel info:

 

The Ibis Styles Warszawa Centrum Hotel is located on the banks of the Vistula River, next to the Ibis Budget Warszawa Centrum Hotel. The location of this facility guarantees easy access to the National Stadium, the Łazienki Park and to the city centre, the Warszawa Centralna railway station and the Warsaw Chopin Airport. Convenient communication: bus stop near the hotel – 2 min, railway station – 15 min.
Check-in from 2 p.m.
Check-out till 12 a.m.

 

Room / Prices:

 

• Single room with breakfast – 330 PLN/night
• Double room with breakfast – 370 PLN/night

 

How to book?

 

Booking via mail: HA1J0-RE@accor.com – please specify the date of accommodation, chosen room and password: Kongres PTKS 2019

Hotel Ibis Budget Warszawa Centrum*

Contact info:

 

Address: Zagórna Street 1, 00-441 Warsaw

Phone: +48227453660

WWW: https://www.accorhotels.com/pl/hotel-6401-ibis-budget-warszawa-centrum/index.shtml

 

Hotel info:

 

The Ibis Budget Warszawa Centrum Hotel is located on the banks of the Vistula River, next to the Ibis Styles Warszawa Centrum Hotel. The location of this facility guarantees easy access to the National Stadium, the Łazienki Park and to the city centre, the railway station and the Warsaw Chopin Airport.. Convenient communication: bus stop near the hotel – 2 min, railway station – 15 min.
Check-in from 12 a.m.
Check-out till 12 a.m.

 

Room / Prices:

 

• Single room with breakfast – 190 PLN/night
• Double room with breakfast – 210 PLN/night

 

How to book?

 

Booking via mail: H6401-RE@aacor.com
– please specify the date of accommodation, chosen room and password: Kongres PTKS 2019

Hotel Logos*

Contact info:

 

Address: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Street 31/33, 00-379 Warsaw

Phone: +48226225562

WWW:  https://www.hotellogos.pl/

 

Hotel info:

 

Hotel Logos is located in the centre of Warsaw, on the bank of the Vistula, opposite the National Stadium. The convenient location allows you to reach on foot in a few minutes to the Stadium, the “Copernicus Science Centre: subway station or the Ateneum Theatre. At only approx. 2 km there is the Warszawa Centralna railway station and approx. 9 km – the Warsaw Chopin Airport.
Check-in from 2 p.m.
Check-out till 12 a.m.

 

Room / Prices:

 

• Single room with breakfast – 207 PLN/night
• Double room with breakfast – 270 PLN/night

 

How to book?

 

Booking via mail: rezerwacja@hotellogos.pl – please specify the date of accommodation, chosen room and password: PTKS

Contact
Local organising team:
Dagmara Sidyk, MA
Marlena Sztyber, MA
kongresptks2019@uw.edu.pl

Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies
University of Warsaw
ul. Bednarska 2/4
00-310 Warsaw

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