Media and Change - an informal lunchtime discussion series

The Center for Media and Communication Studies hosts a lunchtime "Media and Change Discussion Series" on a regularly (usually biweekly) basis. 

The aim of this series is to create a space for reflection and informal discussion about media policies, perils, potentials, and practices. We also view this as an opportunity for networking with each other and fellow CEU students, faculty, staff, and researchers interested in the media, communication and the technological transformations taking hold. Each discussion is moderated by one or two people, and we are open to  suggestions for topics.

Past and future "Media and Change" discussions and presentations include:

28 November 2013

Media Governance in Belarus: A Model of Illiberalism

Discussion leader: Miklos Haraszti, UN's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus and Research Fellow, CMCS

14 November 2013

Researching media ownership: Hungary and beyond

Discussion leader: Amy Brouillette, Research Fellow, CMCS

31 October 2013

Exclusive for CEU students, faculty and staff

An informal roundtable discussion with Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

24 October 2013

Professionalized Witnessing and Human Rights Video Activism

Discussion leader: Sandra Ristovska, Visiting Research Fellow

10 October 2013

Prezi: The social impact and national embeddedness of tech start-ups

Discussion leader: Gábor Vályi, Senior social researcher at

18 April 2013

The Leveson Report and the Future of Press Regulation

Discussion Leader: Sejal Parmar, Professor at Central European University's Department of Public Policy

4 April 2013

Crowdsourcing and Community Mapping Vacancy in Budapest

Discussion Leader: Levente Polyak, PhD Student at CEU's Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology Department

28 March 2013

Opinion Change as a Function of What You Have Not Heard Before

Discussion Leader: Gabor Toka, Professor at Central European University's Department of Political Science

14 March 2013

Open Access, Knowledge Sharing and Higher Education

Discussion Leaders: Jana Bacevic, Visiting Professor at CEU's Department of Public Policy and Rian Wanstreet, Research Fellow, CMCS

7 March 2013

Brainstorm: Roma Integration Issues and the Media

Discussion Leader: Ellen Hume, Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at CMCS

28 February 2013

Following Digital Footprints

Discussion Leader: Janos Kertesz, Professor at Central European University's Center for Network Science

21 November 2012

Responses to "Hate Speech"

With presentations by: Gavan Titley, Lecturer in Media Studies, NUI Maynooth, Ireland; Peter Molnar, Research Fellow, CMCS; and Kristof Varga, Director at the Open Society Foundations Central European University Liaison Office.

14 November 2012

Media and Impunity: Protecting Media around the World and the 2012 International Day to End Impunity

Discussion leader: Lidija Sabados, Visiting Fellow, CMCS, and Research Assistant at The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

31 October 2012 

Media and the U.S. Elections

Discussion leader: Markos Kounalakis, Senior Fellow, CMCS.

17 October 2012

Data and Information Activism

Presenter and discussion leader: Emma Prest, Project Coordinator, Tactical Technology Collective.

3 October 2012

When Here Sees There: What Happens when Media Goes Viral?

Facilitators: Ellen Hume, Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media, CMCS, and Kate Coyer, Director, CMCS.

14 May 2012

Set the Fox to Watch the Geese: Voluntary IP Regimes in File-sharing Communities

Moderator: Bodo Balazs, Assistant Professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

12 March 2012

The Changing Nature of Investigative Journalism and the Impact of Open Data 

Presentation and discussion leader: Mark Schoofs, Senior Editor, ProPublica.

27 February 2012

Our Site Is Our Castle: Minority Groups and New Media

Moderator: Eva Bognar, Coordinator/Researcher, CMCS.

6 February 2012

Home Made Photography: Between Memory and Imagination 

Moderators: Oksana Sarkisova (Visiting Professor, Department of Legal Studies, CEU, and Junior Research Fellow, Open Society Archives) and Olga Shevchenko (Marie Curie Fellow, CEU Institute for Advanced Study).

23 January 2012

Hungarian Media Laws in Europe: Assessing the Consistency of Hungary’s Media Laws with European Practices and Norms

Facilitator: Amy Brouillette, Research Fellow, CMCS.

5 December 2011

The Occupy Movement and the Media: How Do We Know What We Know and Why Does It Matter? 

Facilitators: Kate Coyer, Director, CMCS; Paolo Cavaliere, Visiting Professor, Department of Public Policy, CEU; Tamara Steger, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU.

21 November 2011

What Public Service Media Do You Want? Its Role, Mission and Remit in the Digital Age

Facilitator: Kristina Irion, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, CEU, and Research Director Public Policy, CMCS.