Conference “Digital Matters”,  December 1 – 3, 2021 at Siegen University and online

Organizers: Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee & Siegen University),  Valérie Schafer (University of Luxembourg), Axel Volmar (Siegen University) & Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University). This event is part of projects A01 and A02 of the SFB 1187: Media of Cooperation.

Theme: In popular discussion digitality is increasingly equated with networked immateriality: disembodied algorithms float rhetorically in an ethereal cloud of big data. Think, for example, of the “digital edition” of the PlayStation 5 console, so called because it has no optical drive to read games, which must instead be downloaded. The implication is that the regular PS5 console is somehow not digital because its storage medium is visible to the unaided human eye. This presupposition of digital immateriality is not just a misconception to be corrected, but a productive site for interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry into media and data practices. In Digital Matters, historians, media theorists and information scholars come together for three days to examine the socio-material constituents of digital systems and artifacts. How and why did people come to deny the materiality of the digital? What can we learn by recovering it? What if we rethink digital materialities as ongoing cooperative accomplishments?

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CfP: Post-Truth and Affective Publics’ Challenges to Social Ties. Disinformation, Populism, Data-Driven Propaganda


Endorsed by the following ICA divisions: Journalism Studies, Political Communication. Deadline for Extended Abstracts: January 31, 2022, 23:59 GMT


The recent global resurgence of populism, most notably in countries with strong democratic traditions, has brought the issue of politics’ relationship to truth to the forefront of academic debates, firmly entrenching the notion that we have now entered an era of post-truth. As they effectively harness the affordances of unregulated social platforms and the potential of personal data commodification to advance their political agendas, populist leaders across the globe also exploit both the systemic flaws of media systems and the conditions that predispose part of the citizenry to believe in alternative narratives regardless of their factual accuracy. This preconference examines how the interplay between such dynamics severely challenges social ties and enables populism around the world.

The acceleration of innovation in communication technology and the increasing commodification of personal data have combined with the already hyper-segmented offer of legacy media to throw news media ecologies across the globe in a state of flux. Through selective exposure, users are provided with infinite opportunities to reinforce their pre- existing attitudes and engage with the political process affectively, a phenomenon further compounded by new challenges to journalistic authority that accelerate already existing trends and shake traditional informational hierarchies to their cores. The resulting audience polarization in turn jeopardizes the possibility of a common citizenship, as users are effectively barred from cultivating shared patterns of representation of the social world.

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Authors should submit an extended abstract of 1000-1500 words to:
by January 31, 2022.

Organizer Center for Research on Mediations (CREM), Université de Lorraine

Steering committee François Allard-Huber, Nicolas Hubé, Angeliki Monnier, Sebastien Mort, Jacques Walter, Sandrine D’Alimonte

Sponsorship This preconference has received endorsements from the ICA Journalism Studies Division, the ICA Political Communication Division, the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), the French Society of Information and Communication Sciences (SFSIC), as well as the Association for the Study of Journalism (GIS Journalism, France).This preconference is made possible in part thanks to the generous support from the French National Research Agency (ANR, project M-Phasis) and the European Commission (Erasmus+ project Fact-checking and Media Literacy)

Online book launch: “Deceitful Media: Artificial Intelligence and Social Life after the Turing Test”

Simone Natale is happy to invite you to the online launch of his latest book, Deceitful Media: Artificial Intelligence and Social Life after the Turing Test (Oxford University Press, 2021). The event, organized for the book’s release in Europe and the UK, brings the author in conversation with three leading scholars of AI and algorithmic culture:

Veronica Barassi, St. Gallen University, Switzerland
N. Katherine Hayles, University of California, USA
Christian Katzenbach, University of Bremen, Germany
Moderator: Paolo Bory, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

This online event takes place on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 5-6:30 BST on Zoom; registered participants will receive the link to join the Zoom session before the event. Participation is free upon registration, places are limited. A livestream will be provided for those who were not able to complete the registration.

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ECREA Communication History Section: our Panels at the ECREA 2021 Virtual conference

7 September 2021

Panel 1 (room 12): COH01 – Memories, narratives, and preservation in the media

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Panel 2 (room 12): COH02 – Contemporary (and apparently) digital effects in the analogue world

11:00 – 12:30 CEST

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Panel 3 (room 12): COH03 – Mass media historiography: theory and case studies in journalism and radio

17:00 – 18:30 CEST

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8 September 2021 

Panel 4 (room 12): COH04 – The (un)coverage of the 25 November 1975 military coup in Portugal. Constrained Media narratives on a polarized political environment

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Business meeting (room 9)

13:15-14:45 CEST

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9 September 2021

Panel 5 (room 26): COH05 – Trust, spread, and re-use of information after WWII

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Panel 6 (room 26): COH06 – Historicizing media and communication concepts of the digital age

11:00 – 12:30 CEST

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10 September 2021 

Post Conference “Old Media Persistence” 

9:00 – 16.30 CEST

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To register and join the virtual program through Webex, please send an email to until September 8, 2021.