A Media Welfare State? The Relevance of Welfare State Perspectives on Media Transformation
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When: 05/24/2019
9:00 AM
Where: Washington Hilton Hotel
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Trine Syvertsen

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OrganizersTrine Syvertsen, Professor, U of Oslo * Gunn Enli, Professor, U of Oslo both: Department of Media and Communication, P.O. Box 1093, 0317 Blindern, Oslo, Norway Aske Kammer, Assistant professor, IT U of Copenhagen IT U of Copenhagen Rued Langgaards Vej 7 DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark

Contacttrine.syvertsen@media.uio.no *, gunn.enli@media.uio.noaska@itu.dk

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Communication Law and Policy Division and Political Communication Division 

DescriptionThis ICA preconference discusses the relevance of a welfare-state perspective in media transformation and regulation. The concept of the media welfare state (Syvertsen, Enli, Moe, Mjøs 2014) has been used to describe and discuss media structures and developments in the Nordic countries, but may have a wider relevance for the research community as well as for policy-makers in other national and media-systemic contexts. This preconference brings together scholars from different countries and media systems to explore implications and discuss media developments in a welfare-state perspective as well as engaging participants in a dialogue concerning transformations and contradictions.Type of issues to be discussed include:- Historical trajectories: To what degree is a media welfare state relevant as a historical description of Western media systems in different phases?

  • Current disruptions: To what degree is a welfare state perspective relevant in analyses of today's media disruptions, and which elements of a media system are most relevant in this context?
  • Concepts, theories, approaches: To what degree are conceptual formations of this kind fruitful for the development of media studies in general, and specifically in the comparative tradition evolving from Hallin and Mancini (2004).
  • Policy and regulation: How are welfare state perspectives in mass media and social, networked media understood and conceptualized within various approaches?
  • Industry, economy, ownership: What characterizes welfare state provisions in media industry? Are they sustainable?
  • Disappointment, distrust, opposition, withdrawal, fragmentation, populism:
  •  How have missed opportunities and disappointment with the implications of the welfare state impacted on media structure, institutions, and policies? 

The preconference will be organized as a series of panels of highly qualified academics addressing crucial issues in media and welfare state developments. Confirmed list of speakers include (in alphabetical order): 

  • Benson, Rodney (New York U, US)
  • Enli, Gunn (U of Oslo, Norway)
  • Flensburg Sofie (U of Copenhagen)
  • Freedman, Des (Goldsmiths U, UK)
  • Ganter, Sarah Anne (Simon Fraser U, Vancouver, Canada) 
  • Kammer, Aske (IT U Copenhagen, Denmark) 
  • Karppinen, Kari (U of Helsinki, Finland)
  • McKelvey, Fenwick (Concordia U, Canada)
  • Micova, Sally Broughton (U of East Anglia, UK)
  • Mjøs, Ole (U of Bergen, Norway)
  • Moe, Hallvard, (U of Bergen, Norway)
  • Pickard, Victor (Annenberg School for Communication, USA)
  • Puppis, Manuel (U of Fribourg, Switzerland)
  • Schweizer, Corinne (U of Zürich, Switzerland) Syvertsen, Trine (U of Oslo, Norway)
  • Tambini, Damian (London School of Economics, UK)