Workshops archive


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Access to communication and democratic media infrastructures in the digital environment

The impact of convergence and digitisation on community media policy and practice

European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop, May 13-15, 2008

30 international experts on community media, radio and spectrum policy gathered at CEU for focused exchange on the issue of convergence and transition to digital spectrum and related social and democratic concerns. They identified key policy debates at the state and European level, developed policy proposals and established agendas for further research. The workshop was organized by the CMCS in collaboration with the European Science Foundation which funded the event as part of its 'Exploratory Workshops' program.

Program (pdf) / Participants (pdf)

Broadcasting Community: a Workshop on Policies in Europe

International Workshop, May 16-18, 2007

50 community media experts from 25 European countries gathered for a three day workshop to discuss the growing importance of community media at the state and European level. Organised by the Center for Media and Communication Studies at CEU, along with the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), and AMARC Europe (with additional funding from ORTT and the Austrian Cultural Forum), the event focussed on three key areas: the need for state and European-level policy and support for community broadcasting, especially for the newest EU member states; the role of community broadcasting in fostering minority rights and related cultural policies; and the impact of digitization on community broadcasting.

The workshop included a panel discussion about the prospects for European-level policy, featuring European MP Karin Resetarits from Austria; Representative on Freedom of the Media at the OSCE Miklós Haraszti; and Council of Europe Steering Committee on the Mass Media representative György Ocskó.

Program, description and participants (pdf) / Abstracts (pdf)

Non-linear Audiovisual Media Services' and the Draft Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMS)

International Workshop, December 1st, 2006

Co-organizers: OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS)

Workshop results

Legal Problems of Access in Network Industries

November 22nd, 2005


Divided Cities in Conflict Zones

International Workshop, October 10-12, 2004

As part of the ongoing effort to act as an interface between academic discourse, on the hand, and policy making, on the other, the CEU Humanities Center and CMCS organised a two-day workshop on Divided Cities in Conflict Zones in December 2004. On the first day, one whole session was devoted to Jerusalem/Al-Quds and another to divided cities in former Yugoslavia including Mostar, Mitrovica and Strpce. On the second day, the cases of Belfast, Nicosia and Berlin were presented. Delegates included not only academics, but also some mayors and politicians from these very cities as well as representatives of NGOs and international organisations (UN, OSCE).

Intellectual Property in Comparative Perspective: The Cultural Implications of Technological Change

Summer Seminar, August 2 - 12, 2004, CEU/CMCS, Budapest

The seminar was an inaugural effort of the CMCS and the product of collaboration among several institutions: the CEU, the Social Science Research Council, the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, the Stanhope Center for Communications Policy Research in London, the Cardozo School of Law, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, funding was provided by the Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom Program of the Ford Foundation, by Ford regional offices in Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, and by the Open Society Institute.

This seminar was intended to build stronger cross-disciplinary and transnational expertise on intellectual property (IP) issues, especially in relation to cultural production and technological change. The goal was to foster better understanding of the relationships between law, the politics of IP governance, and the social processes underlying innovation and creativity. Discussions paid particular attention to the transnational and national aspects of the debate over "protection" and "misuse," in recognition of the central place of this tension in current policy debates; in the organization of cultural creativity, education, and scientific innovation; and in the fabric of everyday cultural life. The seminar was designed to help law students, communications graduate students, young policy makers, advocates, lawyers and faculty deepen their understanding of these issues and engage with perspectives outside their fields of expertise. As intellectual property becomes the default framework for understanding innovation and access to knowledge in all aspects of social life, effective work in this area will increasingly require the ability to work across domains--bridging the legal and the social, the national and the global.