Conference tracks
In 2022, the conference will have its four traditional tracks.
The submissions might orient to but are not limited to the following sub-topics:

!!! When submitting, please start your submission title with naming the track,
e.g. 'THEORY Rethinking media effects in the world of communication inequalities.'
This matters for allocation of awards.

THEORY track

Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University, USA

• Solidarity and division as grounds for efficient opinion formation
• Theory of deliberation vs. communication theory: Crossing roads
• 'Frozen hegemonies' or 'liquid polarization'? Reassembling dialogue in online milieus
• Patterns and effects in mediated public opinion
• Personality and communication
• Digital media inequalities as a concept
• Groups and their languages in public debates
• Irrationality of communication as a human right and a new challenge
• Online/offline vs. public/private: Levels of privacy and strategies of openness


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

• Discourses of war and peace in today's public communication
• Global communication vs. nation states
• COVID-19 inequalities and divisions: The new people's choice
• Political communities and their media
• Cumulative dissent and unity in condemnation: Mediated manifestations of negative
• Inequality mediated: Empowerment or acknolwdgement of weakness?
• Hopes and fears: Emotions in public affairs communication
• Ethnicity vs. inequality vs. communication
• Risk societies and risk journalism
• Does political journalism still matter? Direct user communication with politics and new
roles of media
• Public memory and media wars: Unequal representations of past


Chair: Katrin Voltmer, University of Leeds (Emeritus), UK

• Media and Internet technologies for equal communication and Internet use
• An inequality dimension: Access to media and media technologies
• Platform affordances and their patterns of privileging
• Rethinking journalistic roles for social media
• Irrationality vs. audience building: The dumbing-down debate revisited?
• 'Back to people': The rise of advocacy journalism as a response to failure of objective
• Regional perspectives on journalistic standards
• Media consumption as a factor of social stratification
• Creative industries and urban environments as unequal spaces of communication
• The rise of the local: Localities and their media
• Journalism and social trust: The consequences of the pandemic
• Algorithmic gatekeeping and selective exposure to news


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

• Detecting communities and their borders
• Measuring inequality in online and offline communication: From concepts to metrics
• Destruction of the utopia: Qualitative research on Internet and its histories
• Media ethnographies and how they capture diversity
• New concepts for digital journalism(s)
• Platforms as contexts - and platforms vs. contexts
• The researcher's self and personal biases in research designs in communication science
• Humanizing the machine: Studies of alhorithms and media intermediaries
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