Boguslawa Dobek-Ostrowska, PhD, is Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Wroclaw and chair of the Department of Social Communication and Journalism. Dobek-Ostrowska engages in Polish as well as international scientific associations, e.g. as founder and former president of the Polish Communication Association or member of the International Communication Association, as the former vice-president of the Polish Society of Political Sciences.
Her research focuses on political communication, election media coverage, the development of media in Central and Eastern Europe, comparative media systems and the professionalisation of journalism in Poland. She is a member of the International Communication Association. Dobek-Ostrowska co-publishes the Central European Journal of Communication magazine, and she is the co- editor of the series Studies in Communication and Politics of Peter Lang Edition, the editor of the Communication and Mass Media Communication Sciences collection of Wroclaw University and the Adam Marszałek publishing house collection.
Patrice Flichy is Professor of Sociology at Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, researcher at the laboratory “Techniques, territoires et sociétés” (LATTS) at the same institute. A former student at the École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (HEC), Flichy also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology (1969) and a postgraduate doctorate in sociology (ÉPHÉ, Université de Paris I, 1971).
After joining the Institut national de l‘audiovisuel (1977-1982) and the Centre national d’études des télécommunications (CNET, now France Telecom Research & Development, 1982-1997) as a researcher, in 1998 he was Visiting Professor at Stanford University. He has been teaching at the University of Marne-la-Vallée since then.
His research has focused on the study of telecommunication techniques by articulating design and uses in a theory of innovation. In devoting part of his work to the Internet, Flichy highlighted the role of the imaginaire in the design of techniques.
His current research focuses on amateur, and digital platforms.
He is the co-founder and director of Réseaux - Communication, Technologie et Société, a bi-monthly journal of social sciences devoted to the relationship between technology, communication and society.
Peter Golding is Emeritus Professor at Northumbria University, where until 2014 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). He is also Visiting Professor in the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University. Golding moved to Northumbria in 2010 having previously been Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, where, from 1990-2006, he was the Head of the Department of Social Sciences, and from 2006-2009 Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research). He is an editor of the European Journal of Communication, Hon. Chair of the European Sociological Association Media Research Network and was Co-Chair of the European Science Foundation Programme ‘Changing Media, Changing Europe’.
In addition to his current role at Newcastle University, Professor Golding has been a Visiting Professor at universities in Switzerland, New Zealand, Japan, and Brazil and has lectured and taught in over 20 countries. Author of several books, his research interests are in media sociology generally, journalism, media political economy, social inequality, international communications, new media, and media constructs of public and social policy.
Daniel Hallin is Distinguished Professor of Communication at the University of California San Diego. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Hallin’s research centers on journalism, political communication and the comparative analysis of media systems. In recent years, he has turned his attention to the comparative analysis of media systems, focusing on Western Europe and on Latin America, and trying to bring into political communication and media studies the tradition of comparative historical and institutional analysis that can be found in sociology and comparative politics. Most recently, Hallin has been doing research on health and medical reporting and the mediatization of health and medicine. Hallin has written on the media and war, on television coverage of elections, and on the rise and decline of journalist professionalism in the United States.
His book Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics, co-authored with Paolo Mancini, has won the Outstanding Book awards of the International Communication and National Communication Associations, and the Goldsmith Book Award of the Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics at Harvard. He was awarded the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award by the Political Communication Division of the American Political Science Association and Fellowships at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
Joke Hermes is Professor of Inclusion and the Creative Industries at the Creative Business research group of Inholland University of Applied Sciences since 2004. In addition to her appointment as professor, Hermes is affiliated with the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam and is also founding editor of the academic journal European Journal of Cultural Studies. Joke Hermes studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, where she also earned her PhD doctorate.
Through her research, she investigates how the creative industry can contribute to addressing social issues and problems. Other focusses of her research are diversity and the ever-changing dividing line between creators and users of creative products and services, how stakeholders can be involved and participative design (a method in which the end users of the design are involved in the design process). The results of Hermes’ research are published in trade journals and academic journals. Outside Inholland, Hermes maintains contacts with governmental and non-governmental organizations that deal with communication, media and young people. She currently works with Movisie, Diversity Media and Textgain.
Danielle Hipkins is currently Professor of Italian Studies and Film at the University of Exeter. She started teaching Italian language and culture upon graduation from Oxford in 1996, working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Warwick whilst studying for a PhD on contemporary Italian Women Writers until 2000. In 2001 she took up her first lecturing post at the University of Leeds, where she worked until joining Exeter in 2006.
Her research areas include Italian cinema, cinema audiences, gender representation, girlhood and postfeminism. Hipkins has written widely on gender representation including: Italy’s Other Women: Gender and prostitution in postwar Italian cinema, 1940-1965 (2016) and Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema: New takes on fallen women (2017). With Daniela Treveri Gennari, Catherine O’Rawe, Silvia Dibeltulo and Sarah Culhane she co-authored Italian Cinema Audiences: Histories and Memories of Cinema-going in Post-war Italy (Bloomsbury, 2020). She is now leading the AHRC-funded project A Girls’ Eye-view: Girlhood on the Italian screen since the 1950s (2021-2024) together with Romana Andò (Sapienza Università di Roma).
André Lange is a researcher and independent expert in the field of European economics and audiovisual policy and history of early television.
He received his Doctorate in Communications Studies from the University of Liège (1986). He has taught at various universities, worked for different research institutes and European institutions and published numerous books, reports, articles and presentations.
Lange worked as university lecturer and researcher at the University of Liège, the European Institute for the Media in Manchester, the University of Paris-Dauphine and the Free University of Brussels, and held a lecturer traineeship (1988-89) with the Directorate of Human Rights at the Council of Europe. He headed the Audiovisual and Cultural Industries Department of the French research institute IDATE from 1989 to 1993. From 1993 to 2015 he was an Expert and then Head of Department for Information on Markets and Financing at the European Audiovisual Observatory (Council of Europe), where he was the editor and co-author of 20 editions of the Yearbook and he designed the initial versions of the databases LUMIERE and MAVISE.
Lange is currently Collaborateur scientifique at the University of Liège and is the editor of the website "Histoire de la télévision" (https://www.histv.net). He is Member of the Académie André Delvaux and of the European Film Academy.
Paolo Mancini is Full Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at Universita degli Studi di Perugia. His research focuses on the relationship between mass communication systems and the political system, and on the study of electoral campaigns. He is author of several publications: his 2004 book Comparing Media Systems won the Goldsmith Award from Harvard and the Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association, and in 2006 the Outstanding Book Award from the NCA. His articles have been published in Theory and Society, European Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics and in various other collections.
Mancini has been several times Visiting Professor at University of California, San Diego, as well as fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University, at the Erik Brost Institute, University of Dortmund and at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. In 2019 Mancini was appointed Fellow of International Communication Association (ICA) and was awarded the Murray Edelman Career Achievement Award from the Political Communication division of the American Political Science Association. In the same year he was named Honorary Doctor from Midsweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
Zizi Papacharissi completed a double BA in Economics and Media Studies at Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies at Kent State University. In 2000 she received her PhD in New Media Technologies and Political Communication at the University of Texas of Austin.
Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Communication Department, Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and University Scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published ten books and serves on the editorial board of fifteen journals. Papacharissi is the founding and current Editor of the open access journal Social Media & Society. She has collaborated with Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Oculus 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 Americas. Her 10th book, After Democracy, has recently been published with Yale University Press.
Zrinjka Peruško is professor of media sociology at the University of Zagreb. She holds PhD and B.A. degrees in sociology, and an M.Sc. in communication and information sciences, from the same university. Peruško is engaged in comparative analysis of transformations of media systems, media cultures and audience dynamics, often with a historical perspective and with a focus on CEE. Her current interest centers on the double hybridity of de-democratized media systems and the authoritarian/illiberal turn. She leads the Croatian team in the EU HORIZON 2020 funded project MEDIADELCOM.
Peruško is the founding chair of the Centre for Media and Communication Research at the University of Zagreb, and founding co-director of the Comparative Media Systems post graduate spring course at the Interuniversity Centre (Dubrovnik). She lectured in the European Regional Master’s Program in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (Sarajevo), at the University Carlos III Madrid, and was Fulbright visiting professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. She was Visiting research fellow at the Department for Media and Communication Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm (in Spring 2022).
Her latest book Comparing Post-socialist Media Systems: the Case of Southeast Europe (Routledge 2021, with Dina Vozab and Antonija Čuvalo) received the Croatian yearly science prize for 2021. Peruško is member of the Academia Europaea Section for Film, Media and Visual studies.
Walter Quattrociocchi is Associate Professor at La Sapienza University in Rome. Previously he was heading the Laboratory of Data Science and Complexity at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
His research interests include data science, cognitive science, and dynamic processes on complex networks. His research focuses on the information and misinformation diffusion, and the emergence of collective narratives in online social media. His work has appeared extensively in peer reviewed conferences and journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. His results on misinformation spreading served to inform the Global Risk Report of the World Economic Forum (2016 and 2017) and have been intensively covered by the media (The Economist, The Guardian, Washington Posts, New Scientist, Bloomberg, New York Times).
Since 2018 he has been a Scientific Advisor of the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM). Quattrociocchi is regularly invited for keynote speeches and guest lectures at major academic and other organizations, having presented among others at CERN, European Commission, the University of Cambridge, Network Science Institute, Global Security Forum.
Giuseppe Richeri, Professor Emeritus at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) and former Dean of the USI Faculty of Communication Sciences in 2004-2006 and 2006-2008, has dedicated his career to the study of the history and theory of Communication, to the analysis of media politics and economics, as well as to the in-depth study of new media strategies and markets. At USI, he created the Institute for Media and Journalism and the China Media Observatory (CMO), of which he is Honorary President. In this context, he has collaborated with Chinese universities including the Communication University of China in Beijing (where he is a PhD supervisor) and the Fudan University in Shanghai.
After earning a degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Pavia in 1971 he carried out research and consultancy in the field of communications for Italian and international institutions including UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union. He taught at several universities in France, Spain and later in Italy, and has held conferences, seminars and scientific presentations at universities in more than twenty different countries. In 2018 he was appointed a Member of the International Academic Committee of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication of Shanghai University.
Donald Sassoon is Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary University of London. Educated in Paris, Milan, London and the USA, he obtained his first degree in 1969 from University College London, his MA from the Pennsylvania State University and his PhD from Birkbeck under Eric Hobsbawm’s supervision. He taught at Queen Mary, University of London until his retirement in 2012. He was visiting professor at Trento, Padua, and Brisbane. He has lectured at universities throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, spoken at conferences in over thirty countries and is frequently interviewed by the international media. He is currently writing a comparative analysis of revolutions (England, USA, France, Russia, and China).
Donald Sassoon is author of over 100 articles and many books, which have been translated into 15 languages: among them One Hundred Years of Socialism, The Culture of the Europeans, Mona Lisa, The Anxious Triumph. A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914 (Penguin), and Morbid Symptoms: An Anatomy of a World in Crisis.
Tiziana Terranova has been Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Digital Media at Università L‘Orientale, Naples. After graduating at the same University, she obtained a MA in Communications and Technology at Brunel University and a PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. Her research focuses on media and digital cultures and post-colonial cultural studies.
From 1997 to 2000 she was Lecturer A in Media Studies, Department of Cultural Studies at the University of East London, from 2000 to 2006 she was Lecturer B in Media, Culture and Film, Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, while from 2013 to 2014 Terranova was Visiting Professor at the Centre for Cultural Studies of Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2017 she was appointed Fulbright Lecture Chair in Italian Studies at Northwestern University.
Since 2007, Terranova has been involved as member and/or coordinator in a number of national and international research projects, funded by the EU, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), or by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.