Since 2009, the Faculty of Journalism organizes the annual International Media Readings in Moscow “Mass Media and Communications”, also known as the Moscow Readings conference. The event takes place in October each year. At the moment, Moscow Readings conference is the biggest international academic conference organized and hosted by the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University. In previous years, it was co-organized jointly with European Media Management Association (2011), International Media Management Academic Association (2015), European Journalism Training Association (2017), and International Association for Media and Communication Research (2019, 2020).
Each year the conference brings media scholars, researchers, lecturers and PhD students from diverse Russian and international institutions to Moscow. In 2020, Moscow Readings conference theme was ‘De-Westernizing Media and Cultural Studies: New Discourse Practices in the Digital World’. The conference was attended by 200 scholars from 30 countries around the world who presented their papers here.
The conference normally includes a pre-conference public talk (in previous years it was given by Profs. Terry Flew, Daniel C. Hallin, Paolo Mancini, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Mark Deuze), two plenary sessions, thematic sessions and round table discussions. The conference runs for two days (Thursday and Friday). The main working language is English, although we also organize a number of sessions in Russian too. Plenary sessions are in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.