DE-WESTERNIZING MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES
NEW DISCOURSE PRACTICES IN THE DIGITAL WORLD
At this year’s conference, we welcome discussion around challenges media, communication and culture fields – both in the East and in the West – are facing under the ongoing digitalization process. Among those are the rise of digital divide and digital exclusion; development of new communication and media policy aimed at supporting offline and online activities of cultural, linguistic and ethnic groups; the influence of social, political, economic, technological and cultural transformations upon cross-cultural communication and people’s identities; digital communication and the role of media as a soft; appearance of new journalistic practices in the digital age; digital inclusion of various ‘vulnerable groups’ in the society including ethnic and cultural minorities, and many other topics. We welcome case studies and contributions covering and/or contrasting various aspects of media, journalism, communication and culture studies both in the East and in the West. We particularly encourage a discussion around re-conceptualization and further internationalization of Eastern and Western paradigms of media and communication research, given new challenges and opportunities of the digital age. Theoretical and empirical papers are both welcome, with preference during selection process being given to papers with solid methodological base and original approach.