Keynote speakers
Zizi Papacharissi
University of Illinois in Chicago, USA
Professor of Political Science; Professor of Communication, Head of Communication Department

Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. Her books include Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010), A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010), and Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas (Taylor & Francis, 2009). She serves on the editorial board of fifteen journals, including Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, and New Media and Society.

She is the editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and the founding and current editor of the new open access Sage journal Social Media and Society. She has collaborated with Apple, Microsoft, and has participated in closed consultations with the Obama 2012 election campaign. She has been invited to lecture about her work on social media in several Universities and Research Institutes in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US.

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Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
University of Cardiff, UK
Professor; Director of Research Development and Environment, School of Journalism, Cardiff University

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen's research focuses on journalism and citizenship, and she has authored or edited nine books, including, Emotions, Media Politics (Polity, in press), Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (Polity, in press, with Arne Hintz and Lina Dencik), Disasters and the Media (Peter Lang, 2012, with Mervi Pantti and Simon Cottle), and Handbook of Journalism Studies (Routledge, 2009, co-edited with Thomas Hanitzsch). She has published close to 100 journal articles and book chapters.

She has served as associate editor of Communication Theory and is currently Chair of the Outstanding Article of the Year Award in the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association. Since 2012, she been subject chair for the indexing and abstracting database SCOPUS, in the areas of Languages, Linguistics, Communication, Media, and Journalism, and serves on the SCOPUS Content Selection Advisory Board.

She has received research funding from agencies including the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Invited guests
Margreth Lünenborg
Freie Universitaet Berlin
Institute of Media and Communication Studies

Margreth Lünenborg is a Professor at the Institute of Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin. She is a member of the editorial board of Feminist Media Studies and Media & Communication, and editor of the series Critical Studies in Media and Communication. She is also a member of the German society for journalism and communication science, European Communication Research Education Association and the International Association of Mass Communication Research.

She is a liaison of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. Her current research interests include hybrid formats of journalism, media and migration, gender media studies, as well as affects and emotions in transcultural communication.

Her works include Migrants in the media: representations in the press and its reception (with Katharina Fritsche, Annika Bach, Critical media studies, 2011), Unequally powerful: The Gendering of leaders from politics, business and science in the media communication (with Jutta Röser, Critical media studies, 2012), Gender Media Studies: An introduction (with Tanja Maier, 2013).

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Katrin Voltmer
University of Leeds
School of Media & Communication

Katrin Voltmer is Professor of Communication and Democracy at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds. Her research interests focus on the role of the media in emerging democracies in a comparative perspective.

She has also widely published on the changing relationship between politics and the media in established western democracies, the interplay between the media and public policymaking and media influences on citizens' political orientations. Recent publications include The Media in Transitional Democracies (2013), Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy: Challenging the Primacy of Politics (with Kees Brants, 2011) and Public Policy and the Mass Media. The Interplay of Mass Communication and Political Decision Making (with Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten, 2008).

She is Scientific Coordinator of Media, Conflict and Democratisation (MeCoDem). Katrin Voltmer is member of the governing body (Bureau) and Treasurer of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and Associate Editor of Communications. European Journal of Communication Research.

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Federico Subervi
University of Leeds
School of Media & Communication

Federico Subervi is currently Visiting Leverhulme Professor at the School of Media & Communication within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures of the University of Leeds, where he is conducting research about the media system and politics in Puerto Rico.

He has analyzed how Latinos and Latino issues, as well as labor and labor issues were covered by national TV network news (ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN) from 2008-2014, with support from the Communications Workers of America and the Newspaper Guild. Among other recent projects, in 2011 with funding from the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, he completed a study on the research methodologies utilized to study Hispanic consumers by national consumer research companies.

He is the editor and an author of the book The Mass Media and Latino Politics. Studies of U.S. Media Content, Campaign Strategies and Survey Research: 1984-2004 (2008). In 2015, with the assistance of Vinicio Sinta, he completed the study titled: "Latinos in TV network news 2008-2014: Still mostly invisible and problematic."

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Latino Public Radio Consortium, various research projects, and serving on the editorial boards for Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Educator, and The Howard Journal of Communications.