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Media as public good and a lever of sustainability

Date:  12 December 2018, 2.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Venue: Wroclaw, Poland

Open, AE High-level conference accompanying the Film, Media and Visual Studies Section Meeting in Wrocław, coorganized jointly by FMVS Section, Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub and Institute of Journalism and Social Communication of the University of Wrocław.

Media as public good and a lever of sustainability

Conference rationale:

At a time when fake news, data fraud and trolls take up public attention, it is important to hold on to media and communication scholarship for provision of a balanced, and well-documented, understanding of media practices. It is well-known that complex constellations of media practices act as catalysts of coherence, coordination and interaction both for individuals, groups and larger societal networks. But how do these mediated practices foster cultures of communication that serve as enablers of sustainability? How does mediated sustainability play out at individual, group and wider networked levels? Which are the constraints of current media cultures for the development of sustainability? Can we draw on particular European traditions when developing media as practices of public good? This high-level conference will address these questions and illuminate their answers by insights drawn from cutting-edge research.




Institute of Journalism and Social Communication
University of Wrocław, ul. Joliot-Curie 15, Wrocław
Sala Kameralna Zachodnia (1st floor)

14:00-14:30 Welcome Addresses

  • Professor Arkadiusz Lewicki, Director of the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication, University of Wroclaw
  • Professor Arkadiusz Wójs, Dean of Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, Wrocław University of Science and Technology
  • Professor Kirsten Drotner, Chair of the Film, Media and Visual Studies Section of the Academia Europaea


14:30-16:00 Chair: Professor Kirsten Drotner

  • Professor emeritus Graham Murdock, Loughborough University, Minutes to Midnight: Communication and Climate Crisis
  • Professor Göran Bolin, Södertörn University, Infrastructures for a common life together: Media as a resource for social progress
  • Professor Johan Fornäs, Södertörn University, Media and cultural resilience

16:00-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:45 Chair: Professor Göran Bolin

  • Professor Iwona Hofman, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Serious journalism values
  • Professor Beata Katarzyna Ociepka, University of Wrocław, Public service broadcasters – Lessons from implementing the PSBs’ model in (former) transition countries
  • Professor Mirosław Filiciak, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Whose good? Calculated publics, data extraction and socialized risk

17:45-18:00 Coffee break


18:00-19:30 Chair: Professor Beata Katarzyna Ociepka

  • Professor Kirsten Drotner, University of Southern Denmark, Media as means and ends of sustainability
  • Professor Maren Hartmann, University of the Arts Berlin, Media and temporalities: The short-lived nature of long-term developments
  • Professor Dorota Piontek, Adam Mickiewicz University, The need to study media populism
  • Professor Ewa Nowak, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Mediatization of everyday life. The structure of mediatized time
  • Professor Ilya Kiriya, HSE University in Moscow, Population and paternalism: The social tradition of state oriented media

Organizers: Film, Media and Visual Studies Section, Academia Europaea, Academia Europaea Wroclaw Knowledge Hub, Institute of Journalism and Social Communication, University of Wroclaw.

The conference is financed from the grant provided by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.