Tracks
 
Conference tracks
In 2019, the conference will have four tracks that feature various aspects of the questions posed above. The submissions might orient to but are not limited to the following sub-topics:

THEORY track


Chairs:
Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University, USA
Florian Toepfl, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

  • (Re)defining communities, audiences, publics: academic vs. industrial definitions of communicative groupings
  • Today's grounds of formation of audiences and publics: towards multi-dimensional assessment of group communication
  • Group communication and its role in social change: national to regional to global
  • New types of democratic and authoritarian publics and their social and political roles
  • Public sphere(s): old, new, (non)existent
  • Communicative affordances and their roles in community building
  • Media effects in fragmented communication

POLITICAL AND SOCIAL track

Chairs:
Svetlana S. Bodrunova, St.Petersburg State University, Russia
Anna Litvinenko, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany – St.Petersburg State University, Russia


  • New socio-economic order and communication in the post-recession world
  • Personal vs. group communication: the borders of the social in public discussions
  • Social gaps and political publics
  • Communicating ideology in today's world
  • The state and co-optation of platforms: free speech, communicative authoritarianism, and computational propaganda
  • Communities communicating: practices in comparative perspective
  • Minority, ethnicity, and migration as communicative triggers

MEDIA INDUSTRY AND JOURNALISM track

Chair: Federico Subervi, University of Leeds, UK

  • Communication as belonging: media consumption as community builder/destroyer
  • Business models for newspapers and beyond: is there an audience?
  • Group interests and media content: new rituals of audience involvement
  • Online journalism and the blurred borders of media consumption
  • Personalized or mass journalism? Decisions for today's fragmentation of media use
  • Community media and their resources for survival
  • Measuring audiences: media metric industries of today
  • The visual: representing communities and creating audience involvement

TECH AND METHODS track

Chair:
Olessia Koltsova, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Russia


  • Platform affordances and community formation
  • Media and their audiences on social networks
  • Communities and computationals: bots, trolls, and their real impact tested
  • Detection of communities and publics: automated and semi-automated methods
  • Measuring publics: conceptualization and instruments
Approaches to comparisons in online community detection


!!! When submitting, please start your title with naming the track,
e.g. 'THEORY A new definition of community building on Twitter'.

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