The University of Gothenburg is organising a conference entitled “Communicative democracy. Protecting, promoting and developing free speech in the digital era”, to be held in the Swedish city from October 6-7.
On the opening day, Katharine is invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Andrew Kenyon (Melbourne Law School) and Justin Lewis (Cardiff University). Furthermore, she will participate in a panel entitled ‘Structuring Democratic Engagement’ and add her expertise on “Communication and Control: Freedom of speech in crisis Europe”.
The conference programme can be accessed here.
Katharine will be Rapporteur at the “Freedom of Expression: still a precondition for democracy?” conference, organised by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France) on October 13-14.
She will be part of the session “Free and pluralist public debate, a precondition for democracy; how to create an enabling environment?”.
The 5th Asian Forum on Global Governance entitled “End of liberal internationalism?
Debating seventy years of the post-war world order” will take place in New-Delhi (India) from October 25 to November 3, 2015. The conference will be hosted by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Zeit-Stiftung.
Katharine is invited as a panelist discussing “New domains of security challenges”.
The draft conference programme can be accessed here.
This year the ‘Medien, Öffentlichkeit und Gender’ division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) is holding its annual conference in Salzburg, Austria, from October 2-3. Katharine will deliver a keynote on “The ‘organic intellectual’: Critical scholarship in media and communication”.
Katharine will play a major part at the Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship conference, organised and hosted by the Webster Vienna Private University.
She is invited to participate in an Oxford-Style Debate (Debate motion: Public ownership of the media must be expanded in order to counter state, private and/or corporate interference) alongside Brooke Gladstone (WNYC), Andreas Rudas (RTL Group) and Alexander Wrabetz (ORF). The debate will be moderated by Bradley Wiggings (Webster Vienna Private University).
Time and Location: Thursday, September 10, 06:00-07:30 pm, Atrium
On Friday (9:00 am) Katharine will present her work on “Political disobedience and the fourth model of public service media in Europe” during the panel Public Media: Convergence, Confrontation and Crisis.
The full conference programme is available here.
Katharine is invited as a speaker to the 17th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held at the University of Oxford (UK) from June 29 to July 10. She will participate in the panel Media Policy Institutions and Actors. The panel will be moderated by Krisztina Rozgonyi, who is a member of Katharine’s Media Goverance and Industries Research group.
Full Programme [PDF]
The International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) holds a conference every two years. The IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015 is the first conference of that kind. It is organised under the guidance of the current president of ISIS, Wolfgang Hofkirchner. The conference will take place at the Vienna University of Technology from June 3-7, 2015.
As part of the IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015, Katharine is organising a panel entitled The governance of information freedom in crisis: Democracy, resistance and control. The panel is scheduled for June 5 at 2pm at the Freihaus building (2nd floor, room number FH3) of the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).
Programme overview (June 5)
This panel is debating the nexus of Information freedom and multifaceted crisis through the prism of governance processes. Crisis is many, involving not merely a financial malfunctioning of the European economies but ultimately a breakdown of the contract between State and citizens, a multiple crisis of a political as well as social dimension. Not necessarily always intertwined, economic-driven crisis has given rise to an exacerbation of distrust and crisis in the legitimacy of political architectures within national boundaries, i.e. distrust in national parliaments for example, but also other core institutions, such as the media, as well as in supranational institutions, in particular the EU polity. The panel aims to discuss on an empirical and theoretical level, the ways in which these dynamics have led to a complex reality of the governance of information freedom, whereby important struggles for control over ‘communicative spaces’ are taking place. These struggles involve civil society actors, in the form of social movements, collectivities and other forms of associative politics that aim to construct, protect and sustain spaces for free information flow amidst severe restrictions of an economic and political nature. The panel explores specific national contexts (Turkey, Greece, Spain, Romania, Hungary) to argue that these not only do not constitute isolated, ‘bizarre’ or ‘exceptional’ cases but actually pivotal cases in the current governance of freedom of expression.
Further information can be accessed here.
The National Information Society Agency (NIA) of the Republic of Korea is hosting the Conference on Digital Accessibility, to be held in Seoul from May 20. Katharine is invited to give a keynote talk on “Challenges to promoting accessibility to digital communications: The role of regulation and institutional frameworks”.
The Panteion University of Athens (Greece) is organising the conference Media, Communication System and Sustainable Development, which will be held between May 6-8.
As part of the organising committee, Katharine will organise a panel on ‘The role of mass media in sustainable democracy in times of crisis’. Furthermore, she is invited to present her work on ‘Institutional and legal frameworks for sustainable protection of human rights in communication’.
Katharine is invited to give a keynote speech at the ComLoc 2015. XIII Congress of Local Communication, to be held at the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, Spain. Her talk is entitled ‘Public Media in Europe: Model diversity and common challenges in public service for citizens’.
The conference will be a three day-event from April 15-17. The full conference programme is available on the ComLoc website.