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Silvio Waisbord
THEORY co-chair
George Washington University, USA
Professor; Associate Director, School of Media and Public Affairs

Silvio Waisbord is a professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication and former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His recent books include News of Baltimore: Race, Rage and the City (edited with Linda Steiner, Routledge, 2017), Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights (edited with Howard Tumber, Routledge, 2017), and Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America (with Soledad Segura, Zed, 2016).

He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, published 13 books and written over 100 journal articles, book chapters and newspaper columns. He serves on the advisory board of the Latin American program of Open Society Foundations. He holds a Licenciatura in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.


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Florian Toepfl
THEORY co-chair
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Leader, Emmy Noether Junior Research Group of DFG project 'Mediating (semi-)Authoritarianism. The Power of the Internet in the post-Soviet World'

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Svetlana S. Bodrunova
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL co-chair
St.Petersburg University, Russia
Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

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Anna Litvinenko
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL co-chair
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Researcher, Emmy Noether Junior Research Group of DFG project 'Mediating (semi-)Authoritarianism. The Power of the Internet in the post-Soviet World'

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Federico Subervi
MEDIA INDUSTRY AND JOURNALISM chair
University of Leeds, UK
Visiting Professor, School of Media and Communication


Federico Subervi is currently Visiting Leverhulme Professor at the School of Media & Communication within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures of the University of Leeds, where he is conducting research about the media system and politics in Puerto Rico.

He has analyzed how Latinos and Latino issues, as well as labor and labor issues were covered by national TV network news (ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN) from 2008-2014, with support from the Communications Workers of America and the Newspaper Guild. Among other recent projects, in 2011 with funding from the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, he completed a study on the research methodologies utilized to study Hispanic consumers by national consumer research companies.

He is the editor and an author of the book The Mass Media and Latino Politics. Studies of U.S. Media Content, Campaign Strategies and Survey Research: 1984-2004 (2008). In 2015, with the assistance of Vinicio Sinta, he completed the study titled: "Latinos in TV network news 2008-2014: Still mostly invisible and problematic."

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Latino Public Radio Consortium, various research projects, and serving on the editorial boards for Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Educator, and
The Howard Journal of Communications.

Olessia Koltsova
TECH AND METHODS chair
National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Russia
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences; Head of Laboratory for Internet Studies (LINIS)


Olessia (Elena) Koltsova is an academic commited to interdicplinary data driven research and respective task-oriented teaching. As the director of Laboratory for Internet Studies, she leads various collective projects in the sphere of Internet and society, as well as in methods of large-scale automatic Internet data analysis for social science. In recent years, she has published on online community structure, user content topical composition and sentiment, relation of Internet to protests, electoral preferences, entrepreneurial success, and other topics. Her works have appeared in Internet & Policy, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Information Science and other leading journals. She is also the author of News Media and Power in Russia, Routledge, 2006.

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