EUMEPLAT team at international events

In the last weeks, the EUMEPLAT researchers had several occasions to present the project and its main findings during international peer-reviewed conferences and other high-level events all around Europe.

Here-below you will find more details, relevant links and some pictures.

PANCOPOP Symposium 2023

“Pandemic Communication and Populism”

Loughborough University, UK

12-13 June 2023

At the PANCOPOP Symposium 2023, Elisabetta Risi and Sara Cannizzaro from IULM IULM University had the opportunity to present the article News Platformisation and the Dimensions of Europeanization: the Italian case during the Covid-19 Pandemic, exploring the extent to which the platformisation of news offers the conditions to understand how public opinion concerning Europeanisation can be formed, particularly during moments of crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

Their presentation, besides introducing the EUMEPLAT project main features, focused on the concepts of Europeanity and Europeanisation, populism and the use and differencies among the media platforms to spread specific contents.

The PANCOPOP Symposium 2023 on “Pandemic Communication and Populism” took place at the Loughborough University, UK, on the 12 and 13 June,

The presentation by the IULM team is available here.

The programme and the abstract of the article presented by the IULM team are available here.

Global Cooperation and Training Framework event

“Defending Democracy through Countering Disinformation”

Italian Senate, Rome

13 June 2023

On June 13, 2023, EUMEPLAT principal investigator, Professor Andrea Miconi from IULM University, was invited at the event “Defending Democracy through Countering Disinformation”, organised at the Italian Senate by the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, set up in 2015 after the signature of a MoU between the United States and Taiwan.

In its intervention, Professor Miconi presented some technical solutions to face the spreading of fake news and disinformation, such as the fact-checking, the most common in Europe, and the debunking, which however, and for different reasons, are not working effectively, and the political solution, which is related to the need for a stronger and more efficient regulation of the digital space (web, social media, big data, digital services).

Among the other speakers of the event, Maria Chiara Zannini, Information and Communication Officer in Stratcom, Joe Holliday, Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Digital Threat Analysis Center and Po-yu Tseng, Co-Founder of Kuma Academy and Ex Deputy CEO of Doublethink Lab, who shared the experiences of the European Union, Italy, the United States and Taiwan in combating disinformation and effective countermeasure mechanisms.

The closing remarks were delivered by Giulio Terzi, Chairman of the European Affairs of the Italian Senate and President of the Global Committee for the Rule of Law.

The recording of the event (in Italian) is available here.

Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference 2023

“Threats, Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Central and

Eastern European Media Environments”

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

29-30 June 2023

On June 30th, 2023 the Charles University team – Vaia Doudaki, Nico Carpentier, Sandra Abdulhaková, Miloš Hroch and Klára Odstrčilová – took part in the CEECOM Conference at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

During the panel Media in Europe, chaired by the expert Lukáš Slavík, the team discussed about The Discursive Construction of Europe in Czech Social Media, exploring the concepts of Europe, European Union and the relations with Czech Republic.

The theme of the 14th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media (CEECOM) Conference, organised on the 29 and 30 June 2023, was “Threats, Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Central and Eastern European Media Environments”.

The full programme is available here.

EuromediApp Conference

“Societal Implications of Media Platformisation – Opportunities and Pitfalls for Policy and Governance in the Digital Age”

University Foundation, Brussels, Belgium

6-7 July 2023

Professor Andrea Miconi from IULM University, EUMEPLAT principal investigator, and Professor Daniël Biltereyst from Ghent University, took part in the EuromediApp Conference hosted by the University Foundation in Brussels on 6 and 7 July 2023.

In the session on European Identity, Public Values and Public Service Media in the Age of Platforms, they presented some of the main findings of the EUMEPLAT project with regard to the most debated topics on social media at European level and to the circulation of European movies on VOD platforms. Tim Raats from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, Jo Pierson from Hasselt University, Belgium and Karen Donders, Director of Public Value at the Flemish public broadcaster VRT took the floor in the same session, chaired by Helena Sousa from the University of Minho, Portugal, and member of the Euromedia Research Group.

This year, the Jean Monnet Network on European Media and Platform Policies (EuromediApp) devoted the conference to “Societal Implications of Media Platformisation – Opportunities and Pitfalls for Policy and Governance in the Digital Age”.

The presentation of Professor Miconi and Professor Biltereyst is available here.

IAMCR Conference 2023

“Inhabiting the planet: Challenges for media, communication and beyond”

Sciences Po Lyon, France

9-13 July 2023

During the IAMCR 2023 conference, which took place in Lyon from 9 to 13 July and devoted this year to “Inhabiting the planet: Challenges for media, communication and beyond”, several EUMEPLAT researchers had the occasion to present some of the project outcomes.

A session entirely devoted to EUMEPLAT took place on Monday 10 July: Andrea Miconi from IULM University, EUMEPLAT principal investigator, chaired the panel of the IAMCR International Communication section INC – Video-on-Demand in Europe: Audiovisual Platforms, Scenes and Imaginaries Vis-à-Vis Europeanization. Besides the presentation by Professor Miconi on VOD Consumption and Cultural Europeanization, the NKUA team (Achilleas Karadimitriou, Ioanna Archontaki, Iliana Giannouli and Stylianos Papathanassopoulos) had a presentation on Consumption patterns on mainstream VOD platforms across ten EU countries, the Bilkent team (Lutz Peschke, Yasemin Gümüş Ağca and Irmak Dündar) on Turkey and the European identity from the perspective of Turkish TV Shows and the UOC team (Judith Clares-Gavilán, Valentina Latronico, Jim Ingebretsen and Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva) on The impact of the transposition of the 2018/1808 directive on audio-visual communications services in Spain: The VOD portal Filmin as case study.

On the same day, Sofie Van Bauwel and Femke de Sutter from the Ghent University delivered a presentation on Revealing Gendered Ageism in Popular Culture: A Quantitative Content Analysis of Ageing Femininities in Hollywood Romantic Comedies (2000-2021) during the session of the IAMCR working group Popular Culture POP – Representations: Challenging the norm I, while Nico Carpentier and Vaia Doudaki from Charles University discussed about A discourse-theoretical analysis of the discursive assemblage of ecocentrism and its ethics in the Swedish television series Jordskott during the session of the IAMCR working group on Environment, Science & Risk Communication ESR – Visual Communication.

On Wednesday 12 July, Vaia Doudaki, Miloš Hroch, Nico Carpentier, Klára Odstrčilová and Sandra Abdulhaková from Charles University, took part in the session of the IAMCR section on Political Communication Research POL – Political discourse: Cases around the globe, with a presentation around Articulations of the institutional and the popular in the construction of Europe: A discourse-theoretical analysis of Czech social media content.

The full programme is available here.