The CMCS at the IAMCR 2013 Conference and OURMedia pre-conference

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CMCS Executive Director Kate Coyer and Coordinator/Researcher Eva Bognar are participating in the upcoming annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), as well as the OURMedia Pre-Conference to IAMCR 2013.

IAMCR 2013 takes place on 25-29 June in Dublin, this year with the theme "Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders". The more than 1,400 attendees will be participating in a range of plenary and special sessions and sessions organized by the 30-some thematically oriented sections and working groups. The conference will be opened with a keynote speech by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.

During IAMCR 2013, Eva Bognar will join in a session on Social Movements and Online Activism chaired by Arne Hintz, former Director of the CMCS and currently at Cardiff University, UK (26 June, 11-12:30). Together with Lina Dencik (former CMCS Research Fellow, now at Cardiff University) and Peter Wilkin (Brunel University, UK), she will give a presentation on "Social media, virtual politics and inclusion – the Case of Hungary’s ‘Milla’ group". Milla is the short name of the "One Million for Press Freedom in Hungary" civil society movement, which was launched after the introduction of the controversial new media laws of 2010.

OURMedia, a global network of academics, activists, practitioners and policy experts around alternative/community/citizens’ media, is organizing a Pre-Conference to IAMCR 2013, with the theme "Dealing with Crisis: Community, Alternative, Citizens’ and Social Media in Times of Change". The event, which will take place on 24-25 June, includes 13 sessions of presentations, which subjects ranging from "Watchdogging the Humanitarians through Alternative, Networked Journalism" to the state and role of community media in the Arab World, Cyprus and Dublin.

During the OURMedia pre-conference, Kate Coyer will take part in a session on "Media Power, Activism and Technology: Activist Practices in Digital Environments" (24 June, 1PM-2.30PM). She will present on "Feminist technology collectives and women's rights activism".

In the same session, Stefania Milan, who has also been a Research Fellow at the CMCS and is currently at Tilburg University and The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, will present on "Rethinking counter-hegemony in times of social media".

Stefania Milan and Arne Hintz play a significant role at the IAMCR conference. The conference will feature a book launch session for "Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Journalism, Communications & Society," co-authored by Arne with Benedetta Brevini and Patrick McCurdy (28 June, 17:45-19:00). Arne will also chair a panel discussion with Stefania and others on "‘Our Media’ in Times of Change: The Future of Community and Citizen Media in Ireland and Worldwide", and give a presentation on "Media Activism and Advocacy: Policy Interventions in a Global Context". Stefania will chair a session on "Internet Usage, Social Media and Virtual Communities"; co-chair a session on "IAMCR and WSIS+10: the way ahead"; serve as discussant for a session on "Blogging, interacting and public sphere"; and present during a special session on "Changes in Academia/IAMCR's Future: IAMCR President’s ‘Task Force’ Committee". 

IAMCR 2013 will also feature a presentation by two students of the CEU Department of Political Science, Ioana-Elena Oana and Yazmin Morlet Corti, who will present on "Internet as a catalyzer for civic and political involvement: Evidence from US and Europe" as part of a session on "Internet Use, Marginalized Communities and Democratic Engagement" (26 June, 14-15:30)