EUMEPLAT work packages meeting

Ghent University, Ghent

14th – 16th December 2022

The EUMEPLAT partners will be hosted by the Ghent University from 14th to 16th December to discuss the state-of-the-art and next steps to be undertaken in some of the project work packages.

Two open sessions have also been organised: a round table on the movie sector, with the participation on different stakeholders, and a key-note speech by Eugenia Siapera on Europeanisation and platformisation.

The full agenda is available here.

To attend the two open sessions, please register here.

Focus on

December 14, 2022

2:00 – 4:00 pm CET

Round table on the movie sector, followed by Q&A with:

  • Guillaume Branders, Senior Industry Relations Manager UNIC/International Union of Cinemas
  • Christine Eloy, Managing Director, Europa Distribution
  • Juliette Prissard, Delegate General, Eurocinema
  • Prof. Tim Raats, Head of Media Economics and Policy, imec-SMIT-VUB
  • Chair: Daniel Biltereyst, UGent


December 15, 2022

10:15 – 11:15 am CET

Europeanisation and Platformisation: three views from below

  • Keynote: Eugenia Siapera, University College Dublin
  • Chair: Sofie Van Bauwel, UGent

This talk will focus on three provocations for standard understandings of Europeanisation and platformisation from the  point of view of marginalized/vulnerabilized groups.

The first is  the emergence of a form of Europeanisation coming from the actions and organizing of migrants; this does not take the  ethnocultural form that is typical but a political form of rights claims (example: migrant women’s groups).

Secondly, while  platformisation is typically understood as the extraction of data  by corporations, its value as an infrastructure for organizing from below and for mutual benefit should not be underestimated  (example: data and platform cooperatives).

Finally, digitalization  is often seen negatively as a replacement of social life but experience from marginalized communities, for example the  trans community, shows that digitalization enables them to  create safe spaces.

Taken together these views from below provide an alternative imaginary to top down efforts to diffuse an ethnocultural version of European identity and to technophobic  critiques of platforms and digital media. At the same time  however these views show the difficulties and struggles involved  in reclaiming or (re)socializing technologies developed by  corporations for profit.