Invited guests
Track chairs
Silvio Waisbord
THEORY chair
George Washington University, USA
Professor; Director, School of Media and Public Affairs
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Silvio Waisbord is Professor at School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, its Director, and former editor-in-chief of Journal of Communication and 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). In 2021, Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism co-edited by Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord is to be published.

He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, published 15 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.

Svetlana S. Bodrunova
St.Petersburg University, Russia
Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
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Svetlana S. Bodrunova is habilitated Doctor of Political Science and Professor at School of Journalism and Mass Communications, St.Petersburg State University. She has authored and co-authored two books and over 130 chapters and papers published, i.a., by Journalism, International Journal of Communication, Journalism Practice, Media International Australia, Media and Communication, and publishing houses like Routledge, Springer, and Peter Lang. In 2015-2018, she was co-director of International double-degree Master Program 'Global Communication and International Journalism' with Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany). She now leads the Center for International Media Research (CIMRES) at her university and is a co-founder of CMSTW.
Anna Litvinenko
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Researcher, Institute of Media and Communication Studies
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Anna Litvinenko is PhD in Letters and works as a researcher at the Digitalization and Participation department of the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. In 2007 to 2015, she was lecturer and assistant professor in St.Petersburg State University. She has published over 40 chapters and academic papers in Russian, English, and German in New Media and Society, Journalism, Journalism Practice, Publizistik, Demokratizatsiya, Global Media Journal, as well as in books printed by Routledge and Peter Lang. Since the beginning of 2020, she has been hosting a podcast called 'Internet & Society', where scholars discuss different aspects of digitalization and its societal impact. She is also an award-winning journalist, and a co-founder of CMSTW.
Katrin Voltmer
University of Leeds, UK (Professor Emeritus)
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Katrin Voltmer is Professor Emeritus at the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds where she has for many years taught in the areas of political communication, public opinion, democratization, and political participation. She received her PhD in Political Science from Free University Berlin, Germany.

She has served on the Bureau of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in 2012–2016 and has been Chair and Vice-Chair of the ECREA Political Communication Section in 2008-2012. She is member of the Editorial Board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and Associate Editor of Communications. European Journal of Communication Research. She was appointed PRIO Global Fellow in 2017.

Her books include the award-winning Media in Transitional Democracies (2013, Polity) and the edited volumes Mass Media and Political Communication in New Democracies (2006, Routledge) and Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change. Case Studies on Contested Transitions (2019, Palgrave).
Olessia Koltsova
National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Russia
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences; Head of Laboratory for Internet Studies (LINIS)

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Olessia (Elena) Koltsova is a social scienist committed to interdisciplinary research in the sphere of computational communication science. As the director of Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics (formerly – 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, cognitive and psychological limits to online communication, ethnicity-targeted speech detection, user content topical composition and sentiment, and other topics. Her works have appeared in Internet & Policy, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Information Science, Media and Communication, and other leading journals. She is also the author of News Media and Power in Russia, Routledge, 2006.
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