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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 2, 2018

Media, Polis, Agora

Journalism & Communication in the Digital Era

Thessaloniki, Greece – 27-29 September 2018


The call for papers for the forthcoming international conference entitled “Media, Polis, Agora: Journalism & Communication in the Digital Era” is open and you are invited to submit your abstract by 10 April!

The conference is organized by the Advanced Media Institute, the Open University of Cyprus and the Laboratoire d’ Études et de Recherches Appliquées en Sciences Sociales of the L’ Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, and will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece.


This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars, professionals and practitioners from diverse fields -- including journalism studies, media and communication studies, political communication, sociology, critical humanities, policy and governance studies, technology studies, and cultural analysis-- to discuss the dynamic and continuous pivotal interplay of politics (polis), journalism and communication (media) and the public sphere (agora). The conference will further discuss the challenges that the advancement in digital journalism, ethics and content creation, mediated public discourse, new media and positions, as well as mediated political, public and civic action bring to those three spheres. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical submissions, case studies, and comparative work from all over the world.

Equally important, the conference seeks to build bridges between academia and the world of journalistic, media and political practice. Thus, we welcome Laboratories, Workshops and Seminars to demonstrate innovative projects, discuss ideas and share best-practices regarding the themes of the Conference.


Submission process

We call for potential speakers to submit a 500-word abstract in English, by 10 April 2018.

Submissions shall be uploaded at the Easy Chair Platform, by clicking here. For further assistance, please contact us by email to

The detailed Call for Papers is attached, and available on


Conference website

Keynote speakers, location of the event and other activities will be announced on our website. For more info and registration, please visit the conference’s website:


News: Mobiles, Mobilities, and their Meeting Points

Much research on digital journalism has focused on “online”, and thus has failed to distinguish between platforms and devices. This is surprising since digital journalism and news, once associated with fixed desktop computers, has become entrenched in mobility and closely connected to mobile devices. Trending research topics such as data journalism, social media, audience analytics cannot be treated as if separate from mobile devices and mobility, but should study their role, significance and peculiarities in all these topics. This special issue will address this, publishing a variety of articles on mobiles, mobilities and their meeting points in the salient case of news.

The mobile device is a “miniaturized mobility” par excellence, tailored to fit with contemporary patterns of mobility (Elliott & Urry, 2010). Within the broader realm of digital journalism, we find news produced by mobile journalists (MoJos) as well as citizens using their networked smartphone (e.g. Burum & Quinn, 2015; Westlund, 2013), news distributed via mobile networks and platforms (e.g. Villi & Matikainen, 2015), and news consumed by mobile audiences on mobile devices in diverse spaces and times of the day (e.g. Wolf & Schnauber, 2015). Newsrooms have adapted to accommodate new technologies of mobility: smartphones and related technology (smart watches and augmented-reality glasses), and novel forms of newsrooms have sprung up. Practically, what impact has this had on how reporters source newsmakers and stories, how they report on them, and how they construct news packages? What role do mobile devices have in different forms of journalism, and how is news for mobile devices brought alive and consumed in the form of text, audio and video?

Commercially, the move from print to website was long foretold; news’s move onto social media accessed via smartphones was less expected, and has resulted in news organisations struggling to maintain control over the distribution of their content. This has impacted on the advertising revenue model which has supported news production for the past century. Conceptually, too, news has moved from being fixed to fluid, a flow of updateable information rather than a regularly issued product. Changes in production are also affected by changes in how, where and when news is consumed in the niches of life (Struckmann & Karnowski, 2017) as smartphones also change news consumption. A recent U.S. based study suggests people turn to their mobile devices for news snacking (Molyneux, 2017). Are such patterns found also elsewhere in the world, and how does it correspond to number of occasions people turn to their mobile devices for news, and via other platforms and news media? If so, what effect does that have on news journalism’s presumed civic informational role?

This special issue of Digital Journalism invites scholars to explore the intersection of news and mobility as it concerns production and distribution of news the one hand, and consumption on the other. The news/mobility intersection also raises issues for scholars in how to study such a rapidly evolving target. What epistemologies and methods are best suited to understanding specific aspects of this changeable industry? Both well-argued conceptual pieces, and theoretically informed empirical contributions are welcomed using all research methods, and from scholars working in journalism studies, media, mobilities and related areas. As mobile news is a global phenomenon, we encourage submissions from scholars working in all parts of the world. We invite extended abstracts under these two broad areas, but with an emphasis on digital journalism and the news/mobility nexus:

News production and distribution

   Newsroom adaptation to accommodate the new news mobilities.

   Para-journalism and independent practitioners bypassing traditional news channels (including partisan news, misinformation, fake news, and issues of verification).

   Alternative newsroom approaches and shifts to reconfigure to mobile first

   Studies into the business of mobile media services (m-commerce, payments, advertisements) for news media

   Emerging narrative formats of news reporting afforded by mobile technologies.

   Mobile infrastructure’s impact on news production and distribution.

   Personalising the mobile news experience: customized content and/or delivery

   Mobile devices in diverse forms of citizen journalism (and relating to witnessing, emotions, authenticity, live reporting, social media)

News consumption

   Impact of mobile news channels on other forms of news consumption behaviour

   The impact of mobile news on civic engagement and political decision making.

   How smart phones, smart watches and augmented-reality glasses weave news consumption and sharing into everyday life

   New literacy skills required to navigate and interpret mobile news.

   New conceptualisations of news as fluid rather than fixed.

   New affordances of mobile news technologies

   Preferences for mobile news (applications, sites, notifications, social media etc.)

   Mobile news consumption in space and time

   Multi-method analyses of mobile news consumption (e.g. mixing survey, interviews or diaries with passive trace data)

Information about Submission

Proposals should include the following: an abstract of 500-750 words (not including references) as well as background information on the author(s), including an abbreviated bio that describes previous and current research that relates to the special issue theme. Please submit your proposal as one file (PDF) with your names clearly stated in the file name and the first page. Send your proposal to  by the deadline of 1 May. The submission timeline is outlined below. Then on May 18th authors will be notified whether their abstract has been selected, and consequently if they will be encouraged to develop and submit an article for peer review. Finally, full articles will be due November 9th for full blind review, in accordance with the journal's peer-review procedure. Submissions should be between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length. Guidelines for manuscripts can be found here.

Submission timeline:

   Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, 1 May 2018

   Notification on submitted abstracts: Friday, 18 May 2018

   Article submission deadline: Friday, 9 November 2018

   Accepted articles will be published immediately as Online First. The entire special issue will come out in 2019.


International Association for Dialogue Analysis

2018 IADA Call for Paper

Dialogue and Becoming: Technologies, Agencies, and Ways of Relating

International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) Conference

Chinese Culture University, Taipei, TAIWAN

Sept. 25th – 28th, 2018

New deadline for proposals: April 16th, 2018

The 2018 International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) conference will be held from September 25-28, 2018 at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan.

We now live in an environment where many of our dialogues and interactions are facilitated, actualized, virtualized, augmented, or completed by and through communication technologies and online platforms. Humans go online not only to interact with other human beings, but also to interact with information and data. In many contexts, we now achieve dialogical communication by integrating technologies and information, using or creatively appropriating various platforms (e.g. Castells, 2007; Dahlberg, 2007; Fuchs & Obrist, 2010, Papacharissi, 2015).

We also come to a gradual realization that environments and technologies, be they digital or analog, biological or mechanical, material or immaterial, serve more than as surroundings or facilitating arrangements, but also as participants in social-making activities when we pay attentions to their agencies. Information and data are never neutral accumulation or mechanical calculation but modern forms of storytelling with specific utterance positions (Papacharissi, 2015). Contradictions and conflicts between technologies and humans can thus be observed and documented throughout modern history from a critical perspective (e.g. Fuchs & Obrist, 2010).

On the other hand, human agencies can also participate in and change the identities of machines/technologies. To achieve higher (artificial) intelligence, uncertainty, as one of the distinctive human traits, can be incorporated into probability models, so that machines can acquire self-learning abilities through interactions, allowing themselves to change and evolve dialogically (Russell, 2014; Russel & Novig, 2014). Different agencies with their different capabilities and structural positions create different ways of relating and dialoguing, which leads to different degrees and scopes of reflexivity and connectedness. By speaking to/through/with/for other things and beings, we also allow ourselves to cross boundaries and (re)establish dialectical continuities, historically and politically.

This conference encourages scholars to study what happens when we expand the interlocutors of dialogue to non-humans (e.g. Butler, 2015; Caronia & Cooren, 2014; Haraway, 1991; Latour, 1987, 2005; Tannen, 2004) and more immaterial forms of agency (Derrida, 1994) to see how our human existence, cultures, and histories are/can be transformed when we relate to these participants. While transformations and changes are inherent in the dia/logos process among speaking subjects (e.g., Bohm, 1996), the heterogeneous interlocutors of our (post-)modern days can provide and reveal greater possibilities, creativities, and realized responsibilities once they are legitimized and included into dialogues.

We welcome papers, proposals, and panels to theoretically and empirically explore these possibilities through, but not limited to, the following subthemes:

 *  Dialogue and technology: dialogue through technologies, technologies through dialogues, how dialogue (can) serve(s) as a mechanism in technologies (e.g., chatbot, AI), social media and mass self-communication;

 *  Dialogue and memories: texts vs. oral culture, identities/histories/bodies vs. documentation;

 *  Dialogue and virtualities: interfaces/interactions between material and immmaterial entities;

 *  Dialogue and visibility: interaction and modes of seeing, performativity, data visualization;

 *  Dialogue as/with/for the others: animals and plants, things, the dead, the unqualified, outside the boundaries;

 *  Dialogue and hauntology: The detailed study of what or who is haunting dialogues.

Deadline extension: April 16th, 2018


We invite abstracts (500 to 700 words) or extended abstracts (1, 000 to 1,500 words), including references. Any citation style is permitted (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago).

Each abstract should clearly indicate: how the contribution relates to the theme of the conference; the specific phenomenon the contribution focuses on; the theoretical framework, the research method(s), the empirical bases of the study or the empirical illustration of the theoretical point(s).

Each submission should also provide the following information at the end of the abstract:

1) 5-7 keywords of your study; and

2) specify one to two subthemes to which your abstract most fit (dialogue and technology, dialogue and memories, dialogue and virtualities, dialogue and visibility, dialogue as/with/for the others, dialogue and hauntology)

All the abstracts please submit to:

Submission opens on Oct 25th 2017, and closes on April 16th 2018 at 23:59 Taipei Time (GMT +8).

Notification of acceptance: End of April, 2018.

For details and instructions see the conference website page:

We look forward to your contributions!


Würzburg Summer School on Reading and Learning in the Digital World (READI) 2018

Location: Würzburg, Germany

Timeframe: July 8-13, 2018

In postindustrial societies, the use of written texts for communication, driven by the rapid development of digital information and communication technologies, has grown strongly. Children, adolescents, and adults of all ages are spending more and more time reading texts on the Internet for personal, educational, or professional purposes. These activities not only require good reading skills in the traditional sense, but also present readers with new challenges. Relevant information must be found efficiently, and information must be compared and integrated across various sources or forms of media presentation (e.g., text, images, and videos). Readers must be able to critically evaluate the quality of written information in order to protect themselves against misinformation, rumors, and propaganda. The digital revolution has also fertilized the development of new research methods. These include methods for capturing psychological processes and competencies involved in reading and learning with texts and multimedia. They also include advanced statistical methods for analyzing reading processes and learning outcomes.

The Würzburg Summer School of Reading and Learning in the Digital World (READI) 2018 will offer focused, in depth courses that advance participants' knowledge and skills. It will bring together renowned experts with doctoral students working in the field. It will take place from July 8th to July 13th, 2018; all courses will be taught in English.

For more information and how to apply:

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