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.
Katharine will add her expertise to an interactive panel discussion on drugs and their use by young adults. The roundtable entitled “Drug Knowledge, Use, and Policy Changes” is organised by the ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office and UNODC and will take place at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) on January 13, 2015.
Katharine is invited to participate in a panel discussion dealing with privacy and freedom of information in the digital age (German title: Zwischen Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit – Wie politisch ist das Private im digitalen Zeitalter?). The panel discussion will be held at the TU Vienna on May 15, 2014.
Further details (in German) can be seen here.