Media and Freedom of Speech. Controversies and Social Clashes

Call for Papers
Vilnius, 24-25th October 2013
Communication Faculty, Institute of Journalism, Vilnius University

The current economic crisis and austerity measures that were introduced during the period accelerated major structural, technological, professional and economic changes of mainstream media landscape. It also challenged practices of journalism, public and political communication and puts into question methodologies of media freedom measurement as well as adequacy of current communication policies in securing Freedom of Speech for all. The questions of how public communication has been affected and what are consequences of the current changes for broader social context and working democracies remain under-theorized.

We welcome submissions from media practitioners and scholars working in media, communication, journalism and other social reserch fields. Presentations based on empirical research and insights and on various theoretical approaches are invited on topics such as:
- Media Economy and Freedom of Speech.
- Media self-regulation: does it work?
- Communication policy in Changing Media Landscape.
- Media Ideologies.
- Media and Public Policy Making.
- Measuring Media‘s Freedom. Critiques of Methodologies.
- Freedom of Speech and Self-Censorship.
- Limits of Freedom of Speech.
- Impact of Social Media on Changing Mainstream Discourses.
- Social Media, Freedom of Speech and Bullying.
- Media, Freedom of Speech and Whistleblowing.
- Freedom of Speech, Media and Propaganda.

Conference's languages are English and Lithuanian. To register, please send presentation title and an abstract of up to 500 words to the following address:   by the 15th of September. No registration or participation fee is required. Conference‘s programme will be published on 10th October.

Looking forward for your papers!

The Conference's Organising Committee:
Assoc. prof. Deimantas Jastramskis (Chair, Lithuania)
Prof. Žygintas Pečiulis (Lithuania)
Assoc. prof. Andrius Vaišnys (Lithuania)
Assoc. prof. Zrinjka Peruško (Croatia)
Assoc. prof. Andrzej Adamski (Poland)
Assoc. prof. Øyvind Økland (Norway)
Assoc. prof. Mantas Martišius (Lithuania)
Assist. prof. Aurelija Juodytė (Lithuania)
Džina Donauskaitė, PhD. Student (Commitee‘s Secretary, Lithuania)


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