EUMEPLAT Second Mid-Term meeting
Charles University, Prague
4th – 6th May 2022
The second Mid-Term meeting, in a blended format, gathered all the EUMEPLAT partners to discuss the state-of-the-art of the different Work Packages after more than one year of implementation.
An open conference on Democracy, Media, and Affective Publics with Zizi Papacharissi [University of Illinois and member of EUMEPLAT Scientific Board] as keynote speaker took place on May 5th in the morning, while at the end of the day Charles University organised a Delphi+ wokshop (by invitation only).
On May 3rd, an ad hoc meeting of the WP4 on Platformization of Media Representations was also organised.
May 5, 2022
9:45 – 11:00 am CEST
Open Conference on Democracy, Media, and Affective Publics
Keynote Speaker: Zizi Papacharissi [University of Illinois and member of EUMEPLAT Scientific Board]
Democracy has long offered an idealized form of governance. What if it is not the final stop on our civic journey, but a transition stage to something more advanced? Can technology help us evolve out of dated patterns of civic participation? This talk draws on original interviews conducted with citizens of more than thirty countries, to explore what democracy is, what it means to be a citizen, and what might follow democracy. The place of technology and journalism in contemporary democracies is further clarified in the context of vibrant populism and affective modes of participation.
Listen to the keynote speech by Zizi Papacharissi!
May 5, 2022
5:00 – 8:00 pm CEST
Work Package 5 on Power: People and Platforms: Delphi+ Workshop
The Charles University team has developed the format of the Delphi+ Workshops, held during Plenary Meetings, which allows inviting stakeholders from different fields to participate in these meetings – this expansion will help to ignite the imagination beyond academic circles and help us to bring more diversity into the building of future scenarios for Europe. For the Prague meeting, we invited European Press Prize-nominated journalist Apolena Rychlíková from A2arm.cz, a biochemist Jan Trnka, sci-fi writer Klára Vlasáková, interdisciplinary artist Jakub Jansa, feminist activist Johana Nejedlová from Konsent.cz, environmental philosopher Lukáš Likavčan and more.
Each of the invited participants will each bring the angle from their field and valuable insight to the discussions about European media platforms, issues of surveillance and resistance, destructive technologies, toxic debates and possible evolution of European media landscape.