About Moscow Readings 2020

Note: The abstracts submisssion is over. The links to the conference sessions will be avaliable soon

Back in early 2000s, scholars drew their attention to the phenomenon that was metaphorically called the rise of ‘the rest’ (Amsden, 2001). After World War II the world changed significantly, with a select number of countries (China, India, Korea and others) becoming economic powers by the end of the 20th century. The rise of ‘the rest’ however was not limited to the economic growth only. Very soon a tendency for de-Westernization of culture, media and communication fields, together with an increasing presence of Russia, Brazil, India, China, South Africa and other countries (Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and others) became evident. As a result, scholars started to discuss de-Westernization and further internationalization of communication research and media studies (Park & Curran, 2000; Takahashi, 2007; Thussu, 2009; Wang, 2010), cultural and discourse studies (Shi-xu, 2014), comparative media system studies (Hallin & Mancini, 2012) and many other areas. 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 (Norris, 2001; Hargittai, 2002; van Dijk, 2006); development of new communication and media policy aimed at supporting offline and online activities of cultural, linguistic and ethnic groups (Matsaganis, Katz, & Ball-Rokeach, 2011; Nordenstreng, & Thussu, 2015; Vartanova, 2015); the influence of social, political, economic, technological and cultural transformations upon cross-cultural communication and people’s identities (Shi-xu, 2016); digital communication and the role of media as a ‘soft power’ (Thussu, 2013; Wasserman, Zhang, & Mano, 2016); appearance of new journalistic practices in the digital age (Westlund, 2019); digital inclusion of various ‘vulnerable groups’ in the society including ethnic and cultural minorities (Choudrie, Kurnia, & Tsatsou, 2017), 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.

Questions for discussion

  • De-Westernizing media and communication studies: theoretical approaches and empirical case studies
  • Communication in the digital age: practices, tendencies, challenges
  • Digital journalism: new practices, forms, methods, audiences
  • Media and communication policies in the digital age
  • Media as a ‘soft power’: lessons from the West and the East
  • The rise of the new digital cultures in the 21st century
  • Digital natives: media consumption and media production practices
  • Media literacy in the digital age
  • New players and actors in digital communication
  • Digital inclusion / social inclusion: correlations and interdependencies
  • Ethnic/community/diaspora media in the digital age
  • Information security in the digital age
  • Cultural Discourse Studies as a new theoretical paradigm

Special sections:

  •  ‘Digital, social and cultural divides: interrelations and interdependencies’ organized by IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group;
  • ‘Media and communication in post- and neo-authoritarian societies: global trends, local formats’ organized by IAMCR Post-Socialist and Post-Authoritarian Communication Working Group;
  • ‘Digital Safety of Journalists in the Global South’
  • ‘Ethnic Journalism in the Global South’

Submissions to the special sections should be sent as regular submissions. Please add a note in your abstract saying that this submission should be considered by a particular special section (title).