Events affiliated to the COST Action

European Media Literacy Forium 2014

EMEDUS Final Conference: Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy, May 27 and 28, 2014.

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

The First European Media Literacy Forum will be held on May 27 and 28, 2014 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This conference is funded by the European Commission and UNESCO into the Media LiteracyAction, and co-organized by the EMEDUS Project and the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación (UAB), within the frame of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL). The Forum will bring together governments, audio-visual authorities, institutions, experts, teachers, media professionals, industry, researchers, NGOs, and foundations with the aim of promoting media and information literacy in Europe, discussing MIL policies at a European level and fostering cooperation and initiatives at national and European levels.


Poster in attachment to this webpage.



Research line “Media, Technology, Contexts”
CECC|FCH – Catholic University of Portugal - Lisbon
3 and 4 April 2014

The International conference ‘(New) Audience Practices’ is organized by the research line “Media, Technology, Contexts” of the Research Center for Communication and Culture (CECC), at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal, in collaboration with the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action IS0906 ‘Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies’ and with the worldwide market research organization GfK.
This international conference seeks to assert itself as a multidisciplinary event, looking for contributions from all areas of audience research and different disciplinary and methodological traditions. Theoretical and critical audience studies regarding practices and applications that encompass the market and the industry are especially welcome. The bridging of the research developed within the academia with the know-how of market research representatives is valuable to better understand contemporary audience’s dynamics.
The conference intends to be a space for discussing audience’s uses and practices, audience research methods and the adaptation of procedures in audience research in order to also include new media usage. Original and high quality submissions are expected, from both the academic community and the market stakeholders. The diversity of approaches is also welcome; papers may address both the transformations and permanencies inherent to audience’s practices.

Papers and panel proposals are welcome on the topics listed below, amongst others:
− Measuring (new) audience;
− Generational media practices;
− Second-screens;
− Recording habits;
− Multi-tasking audience;
− Interactive audience;
− Creativity and produsage;
− Audience methodologies.

Submission of proposals should be done via EasyChair – Paper proposals, please submit a 250-word abstract (references not included), as well as a brief biographical note (100 words). Panel proposals should include a 200-word abstract and a brief biographical note for each presentation, plus a 250-word panel presentation. All proposals should be submitted by January 15, 2014. The conference official language is English.
All proposals will undergo a double blind peer review process.
Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by February 15, 2014.

Rita Figueiras
Catarina Duff Burnay
Cátia Ferreira
Geoffroy Patriarche
Göran Bolin

Joelma Garcia
Fernando Cruz

Sónia Pereira

You can visit the conference website at
The programme is provided in attachment to this webpage.


Public policies in media and information literacy in Europe. Training and capacity building in the digital age

Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, 13-14 December 2013

Just as many stakeholders in the political, economical, social and civic sphere are asking themselves how to manage the transition to the digital environment in the schools, the members of the French National Research Agency project TRANSLIT (convergence between computer, media and information literacies), in association with the European network COST “Transforming Audiences/Transforming Societies,” organize an international conference on this issue, at the Grand Amphi of Sorbonne Nouvelle University, 5 rue de l’école de médecine, Friday, 13th and Saturday, 14th, December 2013.

The international conference is entitled “Public Policies in Media and Information Literacy in Europe: Training and Capacity-Building in the Digital Age”. It will assess the current situation in Media and Information literacy (MIL) in all the countries of the European Union on the basis of national reports established along three dimensions: the existing public policies, the human and financial resources, the actors in the schools and in other sectors (business, civil society). The programme will consists of a synthesis of the results and of panels on specific themes (the scope of MIL, the new deal of digital convergence, the evaluation of MIL and the emerging trends. A roundtable with some major multistakeholders (UNESCO, European Union, Council of Europe, decision-makers in business and civil society) will also share experiences and viewpoints. A final session of exchanges will elaborate a number of recommendations for policy-makers and propose a number of joint initiatives for multistakeholder process.

The international conference benefits from the support of Commission Nationale Française pour l’UNESCO (CNFU), the UNESCO UNITWIN Chair « savoir-devenir à l’ère du développement numérique durable » and VIVENDI.

The programme and poster (in English and French) can be downloaded at the website:

Contact: or

See the programme of the conference in attachment to this webpage.


Online journalism and its publics

December 4-6, 2013, Brussels

Official languages of the conference: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese

Conference website:

This international and interdisciplinary conference aims at fostering the debate on audience consumption, production and participation in the journalistic sphere. Discussion forums, comment spaces, fact checking, crowdsourcing, blogs and social networks have expanded the opportunities for the participation of Internet users in the news production process. The relationship between journalism and its publics has become more complex, with multiple levels of interaction that are not always easy to fit into professional practices.

Organised by:

ReSIC: Centre de Recherche en Information et Communication (Université Libre de Bruxelles) & PReCoM : Pôle de Recherches sur la Communication et les Médias (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles).

Presented in partnership with:

Action COST IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies
DigiLab, Facultat de Comunicació Blanquerna (Universitat Ramon Lull, Barcelona)

International Women Symposium and Art Workshop 2013

The International Women Symposium and Art Workshop titled as “Government Policies and Civil Responsibility for Preventing Gender Discrimination and Violence against Women” will be held on 6th-7th May, 2013 by Giresun University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences International Relations Department and Giresun University Women Studies Center.

The symposium will broadly be held under these six main titles:
1. Government’s Role: Political, Civil and Legal Responsibility
2. International Contracts and Legal Regulations
3. International Policies and Domestic Law Regulations
4. Women Security and Women Rights in Political Area
5. The Function of Women’s Shelters for Providing Women Security and Shelters Responsibility the Social State
6. Child Victimhood
7. Gender Discrimination with the Language of Art and Violence against Women


Full programme in attachment to this webpage.


Fandom, economy and networking Fanitutkimusseminaari 2013
University of Tampere, 17 April 2013

Keynote speakers: professor Saara Taalas (Lund), and Iron Sky communty chief Jarmo Puskala (Tampere)

The 5th Fandom research seminar - 17th April 2013, on "Fandom, economy and networking" will gather the Finnish researchers and students of all levels to present their ideas and questions about meaningful relationships and culture economy around it, about the productivity of fans and their intelligent networking that changes the dynamics of production and markets with converging media and multimodality.

- Kaarina Nikunen: Placing the Experience: Geographies of engagements in transnational fandom
- Mikko Hautakangas: Trans-Audiencehood of Big Brother: Discourses of Fans, Participants and Producer
- Katja Valaskivi: Transnational social imaginaries in circulation
- Janne Poikolainen: Fandom of popular music and music media in 1950’s and 1960’s in Finland
- Irma Hirsjärvi: Through language barriers! Fandom in global comparative Youth Media Participation project

Discussion: The fandom research in Finland: updates and plans

Info and registration: irma.hirsjarvi @


"New Media, New Audiences" workshop & discussion forum

When: 13 April, 2013 (Saturday), 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: University of Lodz Conference Centre, Kopcińskiego 16/18, Łódź, Poland

NO conference FEE

Linguists from the Institute of English Studies of Lodz University, active in the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies, are pleased to invite you to a workshop and a discussion forum on New Media, New Audiences to discuss language-related issues with media users and audiences within a changing media and communication environment in the contemporary world. Corpus and web-based tools will also be presented, which handle the parsing of web-site specific comment and user discussion structures for efficient retrieval and processing.

Lunch at the conference centre and tea/coffee can be purchased for 60 PLN (ca 15 Euros). If interested, please send us an email (indicating if you'll have lunch). Those who would like to present results of their study or work in progress, please forward the title and a short (up to 300 word) abstract of your contribution asap but not later than Monday 8 April 2013.

Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk: blt @
Piotr Pęzik: pezik @

University of Lodz team members: Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (co-ordinator), Mikołaj Deckert, Łukasz Dróżdż, Monika Kopytowska, Piotr Pęzik, Jerzy Tomaszczyk, Jacek Waliński

See programme and abstracts in attachment to this webpage.


Comparative Media Systems: Audience Transformations

Postgraduate course & research conference, Inter University Center, Dubrovnik, April 8-12, 2013

Course directors:

Zrinjka Peruško, University of Zagreb and COST IS0906 member
Slavko Splichal, University of Ljubljana and COST IS0906 member
Snjezana Milivojević, University of Belgrade
Carmen Ciller, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Kim Christian Schrøder, Roskilde University and COST IS0906 member
Klaus Bruhn Jensen, University of Copenhagen and COST IS0906 member

Course description:

In recent years the interest in comparative study of media systems has perked up within the field of media/mass communication studies. The course aims to contribute to this growing interest in understanding what shapes media systems and how they in turn shape societies. The course will address media systems in Europe and the world in relation to technological, economic, political, social and cultural changes that influence their development. The course will analyze these changes in a comparative way, engaging with recent methods of comparative analyses of media systems.

In 2013 the course will be focusing on changes in audience practices related to the changes in the media environment, technologies and contents, which in turn transform media systems. We will examine the results of recent and on-going pan-European comparative research projects on media audiences across different platforms, content (especially information), environments, and social uses, developed and discussed within the EU COST network action “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”. The course will also host a methodological workshop with new insights into novel media audience research methods.

Each year the topic of the course will focus on one, or a combination, of areas which define media systems: media markets (including aspects of ownership structures, concentration, audience behavior and media use, etc.), media and state (including media policy and regulation), political parallelism (or the relationship of the media, journalists, and the political sphere, including political communication and political culture), and professionalization of the journalists and the media.

The Inter-University Centre was founded in Dubrovnik in 1972 as an independent, autonomous academic institution with the aim of promoting international co-operation between academic institutions throughout the world. Courses are held in all scientific disciplines around the year, with participation of member and affiliated universities.

A limited number of HESP/OSI scholarships are available for doctoral (PhD) students from selected eastern European countries.

To apply to this course and the scholarships go to:

For further academic information contact the organizing director professor Zrinjka Peruško, Centre for Media and Communication Research, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb,;;

Programme available in attachment to this webpage below.


Composite narratives, politics, and (social) media participation

14 March 2013

A workshop on Media, democracy and participation from the social movements of the Sixties to social media. With the presence of 3 COST Action members: Nico Carpentier (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Peter Dahlgren (Lund University), and Fausto Colombo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore).

9.30-10.00 Introduction
 / 10.00-12.30 and
 14.30-18.30 papers presentation and discussions.

Local event organized by Centro ORA (Osservatorio sui Segni del Tempo) – Università degli Studi di Bergamo & Prin 2009 “Relazioni sociali e identità in Rete: vissuti e narrazioni degli italiani nei siti di social network”.

Local Organiser:
Francesca Pasquali

Università degli Studi di Bergamo ( Rosate 2, Bergamo)
Fondazione Bergamo nella Storia ( Mercato del fieno, 6/a Bergamo)

Programme available in attachment to this webpage below.


Media industries and grassroots cultural production in the digital era.
Meeting between young Italian researchers and European scholars

20 September 2012

Local event organized by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in collaboration with PIC AIS (Italian Association of Sociologist of Communication and Culture)

With the participation of 4 COST discussants: Nico Carpentier (Loughborough University, UK, & Free University of Brussels), Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics), Peter Lunt (University of Leicester), and Kim C. Schrøder (Roskilde University)

09.00-9.30 Introduction
09.30-12.30 Papers Discussions
12.30-12.45 Conclusions

Local Organiser:
Fausto Colombo

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Via Carducci 28/30 – 20123 Milan

Programme available in attachment to this webpage below.


Post-socialist media audiences
Prague, 25 May 2012

The project ‘Post-socialist media audiences’, a national partner of COST Action IS0906 ‘Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies’, would like to invite submissions of abstracts for papers to be presented at a day workshop on post-socialist audiences and audience research. It will deal with aspects of, and reflections on political and economic transformation in media consumption in post-socialist cultures and the research about it.

CfP available here:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 March, 2012

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, 25 May 212
Accommodation costs in Prague will be covered by the organizers.
The papers will be published in the peer-reviewed journal.

The past two decades of political and economic transformation in the region of Central and Eastern Europe have been reflected in media and communication studies mainly through research projects and questions focusing on the political and economic transformation of the media landscape and its functioning: issues of legislation, de-regulation, democratization, commercialization, the role of public service media, and importantly dealing with the history of media institutions of the region and propaganda. The transformation, however, is also cultural. It was not only the institutions and their mechanisms that have undergone a transformation, but also the everyday, and within that the use and consumption of media and the role that media play in people’s lives.

This workshop is intended as a platform for researchers dealing with the audiences of the post-socialist region to meet their counterparts from other CEE countries, where the participants will share and discuss research findings from the field of audience research within the region and debate how the media and societal transformation is reflected in the use and consumption of media, and how are media and various (political as well as non-political) media contents incorporated into everyday life and used for making sense of it. How do the post-socialist audiences make sense of media and whether and how are they critical? Have the freedom of expression and speech, democratization and the liberalization of the political system created a space for people to ask more questions of the society they live in? How is the transformation of media consumption performed across the different countries across the region? What are the main questions that audience research of the post-socialist region need to deal with?

We invite abstracts from all academics, whose research is concerned primarily with audiences of the CEE countries and the political change of the last twenty years.
The call for papers is not restricted to research on a particular media content or media technology or channels. More broadly, we are interested to see and discuss how audience research is approached and practiced in the CEE countries as we are interested in whether and how the political and economical changes of the region were reflected in the audiences’ consumption and use of media.

Organizers will provide accommodation for the accepted participants for two nights, however travel expenses are not covered.

For more details visit:
Or contact Irena Carpentier Reifova at reifova @ or Tereza Pavlickova at tereez @

The programme and the book of abstracts are available in attachment to this webpage below.


II Finnish Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies Conference
6.-7.6.2011, Aalto University, Helsinki
Venue: TUAS-talo, Otaniementie 17, Espoo

From Audience to Users and Beyond

Why and in what ways do people use different media? How are experiences and meanings in the daily uses of media evolving? Do individual media users add up to collective subjects called audiences? Or do people rather constantly shift back and forth between audiencing and acting in various other media-related roles? How are audiences constructed, by whom and for what purposes? What is happening to practices of use along with digitalization and the increasing popularity of personalized, networked and mobile media forms?

Welcome to a multidisciplinary conference in Aalto University where we will discuss people’s media relations, user experience and the methods of empirical audience research. Conference is part of the European audience research network ‘Transforming audiences, transforming societies’ (COST Action IS0906).

From Audience to Users and Beyond is the second Finnish COST Action-seminar.
The first conference was organized in Tampere University 3.11.2010

The organizer of the second conference is Aalto TAIK, Department of Media in cooperation with Aalto University Media Factory, Aalto SCI and Aalto ECON, Tampere University and University of Helsinki. Conference attendance is free.

We invite short papers (see CFP for conference working groups) on your ongoing research or plan for future research dealing with the themes of the conference. Submissions are reviewed and selected papers will be discussed in thematic working groups led by the panelists.

If you attend the keynote speeches and panels without submitting a paper, please send an email to; state in your mail which day you will be attending.

Programme available at:

For more information, contact Professor Maija Töyry (maija.toyry @

Poster in attachment to this webpage.


Media Audience Research in Croatia: Industry and Academia Synergies with Policy Implications

Round Table, University of Zagreb, April 7, 2011

The round table will discuss the synergies and common agendas for contemporary media audience research in Croatia, focusing on the new challenges for research as well as policy. The focus will be on analyzing media audiences in terms of transmediality, media literacy, and content quality from the user perspective. The round table will bring together media audience research stakeholders from universities and public research institutes, commercial media and audience research companies, in-house media audience research units in media organizations, regulatory bodies and relevant funding agencies and ministries.

The round table is organized by the Centre for Media and Communication Research, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb ( and the Working group 1 of the COST Action IS0906: Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies. The Round Table will be held from 9-13 on April 7, 2011.

Prof. dr. Zrinjka Peruško
Centre for Media and Communication Research
Faculty of Political Science
University of Zagreb
Lepusiceva 6
10 000 Zagreb
zperusko @


Users, consumers, citizens… Audience activities and their frontiers in the age of digital media

Research seminar, University of Tampere, Finland, November 3, 2010

The purpose of the seminar is to outline the current state of Finnish research in the study of people’s relations to media and the perspectives from which they are examined. By comparing the diverse concepts used and their implications, the aim is to lay a foundation for new forms of collaboration and research initiatives.

A central question that the seminar will ask is what has happened to audiencehood in the wake of web- and mobile-based forms of communication. Is the notion of ‘audience’ even relevant in the contexts of social media, peer-to-peer (P2P), and digital production? If it is, how should the particularity of audience activities be understood in relation to, for example, how people act as users, consumers or producers of media?

More information at:

Poster Media Literacy Forum.pdf327.36 KB
New_Audience_Practices_cfp_final.pdf308.53 KB
Lisbon 2014_final_programme.pdf153.91 KB
Public policies in media and information literacy.pdf6.89 MB
International Woman Symposium 2013.pdf349.54 KB
New_Media_New_Audiences 2013_Programme & Abstracts.pdf259.85 KB
Comparative Media Systems - IUC, Dubrovnik 2013.pdf109.37 KB
Bergamo_composite narratives.pdf95.06 KB
Milan Young Scholars Event 2012.pdf147.73 KB
Prague_workshop_2012_programme.pdf91.51 KB
Prague_workshop_2012_abstracts.pdf729.91 KB
COST_poster_Aalto_2011.pdf74.97 KB