International Communication Association conference, Prague

Joined by several of my Cardiff colleagues, we’re looking forward to meeting up with friends – old and new – in Prague for what promises to be a lively set of discussions. Please say “hello,” if you happen to be there too.

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The Mediated Visibility of Conflicts

I am very pleased to be participating in this conference organised by Anne Gjelsvik and Mette Mortensen:

PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen

Mediated visibility has become central to the way political and social conflicts are represented and carried out. From activism, to war, to terrorist attacks, mediated visibility is key for actors and institutions involved in conflicts to inform the public, propagate their cause, mobilize support, etc. Mediated visibility is often described as a contested field in today’s commercialized and fragmented media landscape of easier access to – and therefore also harder competition for – presence or recognition through media. Actors on opposed sides of a conflict use visual media to create competing narratives and counter-narratives. While the visibility of conflicts was traditionally determined by the interplay between mainstream news media and political elites, the emergence of digital media has enabled more actors to take part in rendering conflict visible. Notably, citizens and activists have over the past years played a decisive role in shaping the mediated visibility of conflicts by producing, disseminating, and mobilizing images via mobile media and social media.  This course aims to explore mediated visibility from interdisciplinary perspectives to shed light on the use of and understanding of visual media in conflict, and how we might best investigate the concepts of visibility, invisibility or overvisibility in the media.

PhD-students with relevant projects and backgrounds in scholarly fields such as media studies, film studies, art history, visual culture, sociology, and political science are invited to take part in this course, which is co-organized by the research groups Face of Terror (NTNU Trondheim) and Images of Conflict, Conflicting Images (University of Copenhagen). We invite PhD-students to propose papers investigating questions such as: What is the role performed by images in conflicts; what does it mean for actors in conflicts to be visible or invisible; which new positions for witnessing and rendering conflict visible are made available by mobile media; and through which methods and theories might we investigate the visualization of conflicts in different media (e.g., news photography, images on social media, documentary films, fiction films).

Keynote speakers:

  • Stuart Allan is Professor and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK. Much of his research revolves around the visual dimensions of war, conflict and crisis reporting, including both professional and citizen photojournalism. His books include Citizen Witnessing: Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis (Polity Press, 2013), and the edited collection, Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism: Co-operation, Collaboration and Connectivity (Routledge, 2017). He is currently co-writing a book on the history of war photography, amongst other projects.
  • Jennifer Good is a writer and Senior lecturer in History and Theory of Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. She is the author of Photography and September 11th: Spectacle, Memory, Trauma (Bloomsbury 2015), co-author of Understanding Photojournalism (Bloomsbury 2017), co-editor of Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual Culture and Mediated Memory (CSP 2014) and writes regularly for photography magazines and journals. As well as photography, conflict, psychoanalysis and memory, her research interests also include pedagogies of reading, writing and power.

The course combines lectures, discussions and workshops with presentation of student papers. Students are expected to read course literature in advance.

ECTS: 3,2 for participation with paper presentation.

Maximum number of participants: 12.

Registration and course requirements: Please register in the box on the right and send a title with a 300 words abstract and a short bio to no later than February 15, 2018.

Further information: If you have any other questions, please contact Professor Anne Gjelsvik and Associate Professor Mette Mortensen

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Major conference to discuss Journalism in a “Post-Truth” Age

From Cardiff University News:

A woman holds a red bag with journalism studies written on it.
The Sir Martin Evans building will host this year’s conference.

This month’s Future of Journalism conference, hosted by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), will focus on the topic ‘Journalism in a Post-Truth Age’.

It will take place next week on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2017.

Over the two days, the School will welcome two hundred leading journalism scholars and practitioners from around the world to present their latest research findings across a range of subjects, including “fake news”, fact-checking, social media, election coverage, citizen journalism, crisis reporting, data journalism, global media and digital strategies.

Due to this year’s level of interest only delegates who have had their abstract accepted for the conference will be able to attend.

The conference will feature four distinguished keynote speakers. On day one Professor Silvio Waisbord of George Washington University and Claire Wardle of First Draft will open proceedings, followed later in the day by Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO. Professor Linda Steiner of the University of Maryland will deliver the conference’s closing plenary.

Professor Stuart Allan, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, said: “In the aftermath of events such as the UK’s European Union membership referendum and the election of Donald Trump, the challenges for journalism demand urgent attention.

“The threat posed by “fake news” throws into sharp relief the importance of rethinking how best to ensure adequate scrutiny, transparency and accountability for news reporting in what some are calling a “post-factual” era.

“We look forward to providing an exciting forum for lively discussion and debate from an outstanding array of international scholars and practitioners.”

A selection of the papers will be published in special issues of three peer-reviewed journals, namely Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice, and Journalism Studies, respectively.

The conference will take place at the Sir Martin Evans building on the Cardiff University campus and is sponsored by Routledge, Taylor and Francis and the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Please consult the School’s Future of Journalism website for further information or alternatively contact

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Call for papers: ‘Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises’

Call for papers: V International Conference Translating Voices Translating Regions ‘Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises’ Dates: 13-15 December 2017 Venue: Europe House, London Times: 9:30-16:30 Website:

The Centre for Translation Studies announces the V International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions, convened by Dr Christophe Declercq and Dr Federico M. Federici.

Deadline to submit panel proposals: 15 February 2017 Deadline to submit abstracts for individual papers: 28 March 2017

The fifth International conference aims to address questions focused on the role of professional and non- professional translators and interpreters as mediators during crises. Communication in disasters, emergencies, and in the different phases of developing crises is crucial and is normally an intercultural interaction. Yet the area of remains under-explored with very few exceptions. The need for more efficient intercultural communication among international humanitarian field operators begins to be acknowledged in those reports that focus on the consequences of inefficient communication in responding to international crises. In the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster and Risk Reduction 2015-2030’ (2015) shows that new attention, though only in nuce, emerges on the crucial role of communicating over all the different phases of a crises. This conference intends to engage with the complexity of multilingual communication in crises, especially but not exclusively in those contexts in which rare or minority languages represent a substantial obstacle to rescue or humanitarian operations. The conference will welcome papers, reflections, reports, and accounts focusing on the people involved and the procedures adopted, on the training needed and the training available, and on the technologies and infrastructures that support or could support in the foreseeable future intercultural interactions and communication during crises.

Confirmed Keynote speakers Prof Stuart Allan, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK Prof David Alexander, Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, UK Prof Vicent Montalt, Dep. Traducción e InterpretaciónUniversitat Jaume I, Spain

Key themes of the conference  Translation technologies and humanitarian needs  Use of multimedia translation for crises  Open-source translation technologies and regional languages  Audiovisual translation and the representation of emergencies and crises  Reporting international, multilingual crises  Minority languages and lack of translation technologies  Constrained subtitles and the issue of minority languages  Refugees interpreting and translation for lesser spoken languages  Tools and resources for interpreting in extreme conditions  Medical crises in multilingual contexts  Accessing evidence, news, information, and sources of crisis in minority languages

The conference convenors Dr Christophe Declercq and Dr Federico M. Federici, University College University, welcome proposals exploring these themes. The conference aims to address these issues from a range of pragmatic and theoretical perspectives and welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers followed by 10 minutes for discussion or for 3-paper panel.

To submit a panel proposal or an individual paper, please fill this form: pKgn78WsjQMtJXvKnBg2TqWOFu6asBMv19tC4/viewform

CONFERENCE FEES £60 – The fees cover all catering costs at the event. Places are limited and attendance will be guaranteed only by early registration.

Deadlines 15 February 2016: Submission of panel proposals

PTO 28 March 2017: Individual Abstracts 20 April 2017: Notification of acceptance 25 April 2017: Provisional programme online 25 April 2017: Early-Bird Registration opens 15 July 2017: Final programme online 1 September 2017: Standard Registration opens 30 October 2017: Registration closes

30 November 2017: Submission of papers to be considered for publication – peer-reviewed, edited volume. Details of publishers to be confirmed at a later date.

Please feel free to circulate this call for papers to colleagues who may be interested.

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Call for Papers – “The Future of Journalism: Journalism in a Post-Truth Age?”

Call for Papers – “The Future of Journalism: Journalism in a Post-Truth Age?”
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th September 2017
Cardiff University, UK

We are delighted to announce the sixth biennial conference – The Future of Journalism – to be hosted by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK. This call for papers invites contributions from those interested in the study, practice, regulation or reform of journalism.

Submissions on all aspects of journalism are welcomed, but we particularly encourage contributions addressing the theme of “Journalism in a post-truth age?” This includes, but is not limited to, papers addressing issues such as:

• Challenges to the authority of legacy news institutions and the ideals of objectivity
• The increasing role of social media in shaping news consumption, and the associated emergence of “filter bubbles” and “echo chambers”
• The emergence of “fake news”
• The role of political satire as a form of news critique
• The increased automation of journalism through algorithms, bots and robots
• The changing patterns of sourcing and roles of expertise in journalism
• Watching the watchdog: Ensuring scrutiny, transparency and accountability of journalism in a “post-factual” era
• The implications for improving journalism education associated with these developments

A selection of the research-based papers presented at the conference will be published in special issues of the international peer-reviewed journals Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies.

Titles and abstracts for papers (250 words max) are invited by January 31st, 2017 and should be submitted online via the email address:

Please submit no more than one abstract as first author, with no more than two abstracts in total (kindly include an email address for each co-author), please.

The conference fee will be £250, which includes tea and coffee breaks, lunch on both days, and the conference dinner on September 14th.

We are delighted to confirm our Keynote speakers: Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, US) and Claire Wardle (First Draft).

Bios for Keynote Speakers

Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication and former Editor-in-Chief of the 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). He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, published 13 books, and written more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and newspaper columns. He serves in 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.

Claire Wardle is the Executive Director of First Draft, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age. She was previously the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.

Thank you, and with best wishes

Stuart Allan
on behalf of “The Future of Journalism” organising committee
Cardiff University, UK

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‘Everyday imagery: Users’ reflections on smartphone cameras and communication’

Chris Peters and I are pleased to see our article, ‘Everyday imagery: Users’ reflections on smartphone cameras and communication,’ appear in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Here’s the abstract and link to the pre-publication version:

User-based research into the lived experiences associated with smartphone camera practices – in particular, the taking, storing, curating and sharing of personal imagery in the digital media sphere – remains scarce, especially in contrast to its increasing ubiquity. Accordingly, this article’s detailed analysis of open-ended questionnaires from ‘millennial’ smartphone users elucidates the varied experiential, compositional and technological aspects associated with smartphone imagery in everyday life. It argues that the associated changes do more than just update previous technologies but rather open space up for emergent forms of visual communication. Specifically, our close interpretive reading indicates four key factors underlying the moments privileged when using smartphone cameras, namely: they deviate from the mundane, are related to ‘positive’ emotions, evince strong social bonds and encompass a future-oriented perspective. Relatedly, in terms of photographic composition, visual content tends to circulate around: the social presence of others, boundedness of event, perceived aesthetic value and intended shareability. Our findings question certain formulations about the gradual disappearance of media from personal consciousness in a digital age. If ceaselessness is a defining characteristic of the current era, our analysis reveals that the use of smartphone cameras is indicative of people affectively and self-consciously deploying the technology to try to arrest the ephemerality of daily life, however fleetingly. This article thus pinpoints the theoretical and methodological value of research approaches moving beyond a narrow focus on the usage patterns to uncover the spatio-temporal specificities shaping (and being shaped by) smartphone imagery and its communicative resonances.

Peters, C. and Allan, S. (2016) ‘Everyday imagery: Users’ reflections on smartphone cameras and communication,’ Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 1-17. OnlineFirst. DOI: 10.1177/1354856516678395

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Rethinking Journalism Again

Congratulations to Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma, and their contributors, on today’s publication of the edited collection Rethinking Journalism Again: Societal Role and Public Relevance in a Digital Age. I was very pleased to provide one of two ‘Afterwords,’ the other by Silvio Waisbord.


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Special Issues: The Future of Journalism: Risks, threats and opportunities

Three special issues drawn from the international conference, “The Future of Journalism: Risks, threats and opportunities” (held at Cardiff University, 10-11 September, 2015), are now available online.

Digital Journalism 4(7) Guest edited by Cindy Carter, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and Andrew Williams

Journalism Practice 10(7) Guest edited by Stephen Cushion, Janet Harris and Richard Sambrook

Journalism Studies 17(7) Guest edited by Stuart Allan, Lina Dencik and Iñaki Garcia-Blanco

Shared across all three issues is Bob Franklin’s ‘Preface‘ as well as the introductory essay, ‘The Future of Journalism,’ by Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Andrew Williams, Richard Sambrook, Janet Harris, Iñaki Garcia-Blanco, Lina Dencik, Stephen Cushion, Cynthia Carter and Stuart Allan.

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Peace photography

Very kind of Nanni Salio and Silvia De Michelis to include my chapter, ‘Documentare la guerra, visualizzare la pace: Verso una fotografia di pace,’ in Giornalismo di Pace (Torino: Edizioni GruppoAbele, 2016). The English-language version, ‘Documenting war, visualising peace: Towards peace photography,’ appeared in I. Shaw, R. Hackett and J. Lynch (eds) Expanding Peace Journalism. Sydney: University of Sydney Press, 147-167.

G di pace


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Citizen Media and Public Spaces

Co-edited by Mona Baker and Bolette B. Blaagaard, Citizen Media and Public Spaces is hot off the Routledge press. Bolette and I co-authored a chapter, titled ‘Citizen mediations of connectivity: Narrowing the “culture of distance” in television news.’

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