Call for papers – Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice & Theory

Organised by the C²DH, the conference ‘Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice & Theory’ will take place from 7 to 9 September 2022 in Esch-sur-Alzette and Differdange. 

The conference is organised within the context of the project “Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice & Theory” (DEMA), funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

7 September 2022, Kulturfabrik, Esch-sur-Alzette

8-9 September 2022, Science Centre Differdange

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CfP: ECREA Pre-conference (October 6-7, 2022)

The Transformation of Public Dissent: From Counter-Public Spheres and Alternative Media to Disinformation Ecologies?

Counter-public spheres are commonly regarded as discursive arenas that allow members of subordinated or marginalized social groups to incent counter discourses, circulate alternate narratives and to promote oppositional interpretations of social realities against a hegemony constituted by dominant publics. As such, counter-publics allow social actors to actively and autonomously bring visibility to their experiences, interests, and identities, to mobilize for their causes and not least to publicly voice dissent. In this regard, counter-publics help to reflect the societal status quo and can become indicative of existing social inequalities as well as the logics of inclusion and exclusion prevalent in dominant public spheres and to criticize their shortcomings. Counter-public spheres are of paramount importance both in liberal-democratic as well as in authoritarian societies. As a radicalization of normative theories of the bourgeois public sphere, the concept of counter-publics challenges liberal democracies by demanding the full realization of their constitutive ideals. While actors of counter-publics in democratic societies can refer to the ability to publicly voice a dissenting opinion and participate in public debate without fear of persecution as a fundamental norm, in non-democratic societies, these are often the only seeds in which the fragile blossoms of criticism and political defiance can take root. 

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New publication: The Modem World by K. Driscoll

PostDoc Position in Media Studies and Journalism at USI Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland)

The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) at Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland) invites applications for a 75% per annum pro rata research and teaching PostDoc position (available for *two years*, subject to a positive evaluation at the end of year one).

*The PostDoc Position*

The PostDoc candidate will work under the scientific supervision of Prof. Gabriele Balbi ( <>). The successful candidate will have shared responsibilities in the design and implementation of research projects in the fields of media and journalism studies. The Institute plans to submit research projects to funding institutions in one or more of the following areas: media history, digital journalism, digital cultures and climate change communications. Therefore, expertise in one or more of these fields is important as well as qualitative and/or quantitative methods experience.

The successful candidate will prepare and teach courses at both the Bachelor and Master level, including supervising dissertation students. Specifically, the candidate will teach a Bachelor-level course of 6 ECTS (56 hours of lectures) in the field of Sociology of Communications (in Italian) from Spring 2023.

The successful PostDoc candidate is expected to present papers at scientific conferences and produce publications in high-impact journals.

*Candidates’ profile*

 * Ideal candidates should satisfy the following requirements:
 * A PhD in media or communication studies, or related disciplines.
 * High personal interest in collaborative work in both teaching and
 * Expertise in the field of media and journalism studies. The
   Institute particularly welcomes candidates in one or more of the
   following areas: media history, digital journalism, digital cultures
   and climate change communications.
 * Skills in qualitative and/or quantitative methods are desirable.
 * Excellent command of English and Italian, both written and spoken.
 * A strong desire for research and publishing at high-level conferences.
 * Ability to work independently and to plan and direct one’s own work.
 * Ability to work in a team and autonomy in scheduling research steps.
   Interest for teaching and tutoring students and availability to
   collaborate with colleagues (engage in scientific dialogue, listen
   and think critically) are required.

*The Application*

Applications should contain: (1) a letter in which the applicants describe their research interests and the motivation to apply, (2) a complete CV, (3) copies of relevant diplomas, certificates as well as the full transcript of records, (4) a complete list of publications with details on the candidate’s contributions, (5) two reference letters, (6) the candidate’s three strongest publications, (7) a short description of no more than 300 words for a course entitled “Sociology of Communication” to be taught in Italian from Spring 2023.

Please send your application in electronic form or requests for further information to Gabriele Balbi ( <>)

Applications received before 25 April 2022, will be given priority. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The starting date for this position is from the 1 September 2022. The position will be kept open until a suitable candidate has been found.