Katharine at News XChange Annual Conference in Berlin

Katharine is invited to participate in NEWS Xchange’s annual conference, to be held in Berlin, Germany from October 28-30. News Xchange is an annual gathering of approximately 500 senior media executives from around the world. This year’s conference is hosted by ZDF, the German public service media company.

She will be an expert panelist in a discussion on the topic of hate speech entitled “Hate Speech – Can we control it? Should we try?“. The session will explore the key question: As social media’s importance in news and its integration with the news business grows, will differing attitudes to Free Speech across all media affect how news is presented or perceived – is the quality of news being diminished by opinion’s evil cousin, hate speech?

Katharine’s profile for the conference can be found here. The website of the conference, incl. the programme, can be accessed here.

Katharine invited to conference in Gothenburg, Sweden

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.

Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship

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 Europeduring the panel Public Media: Convergence, Confrontation and Crisis.

The full conference programme is available here.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

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]

Katharine organises panel at IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015

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).

Venue overview
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.

Katharine part of organising committee at the ‘Media, Communication System and Sustainable Development’ conference

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’.