The annual conference of the DGPuK division Journalism Studies will be organized this year by the HBI led by Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen
. It will address the topic "Interdisziplinäre Journalismusforschung – Journalismus interdisziplinär [Interdisciplinary Journalism Research - Journalism Interdisciplinary]." A workshop for doctoral students will take place on the evening before the conference. However, it has not yet been decided whether everything can actually take place in Hamburg as originally planned.
Call for Papers (pdf)
"Interdisziplinäre Journalismusforschung – Journalismus interdisziplinär"
Annual Conference of the Division
24/25 September 2020
Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institute (HBI)
Doctoral students workshop on 23 September 2020
Due to the media changes of the last twenty years, journalism research has increasingly broadened its field of vision and has also taken a look at non-journalistic actors, objects, fields and technological developments in and around journalism. As a result, journalism research is becoming more and more open to other disciplines. Examples of this are the significantly intensified examination of the "size of the audience", its data-driven measurement and forms of participation, the examination of the role of so-called "peripheral actors" such as developers, designers or data scientists in and outside (established) editorial offices, forms of automation in the creation of journalistic statements, as well as algorithms and their role in selection and distribution routines.
Moreover, the examination of phenomena such as media scepticism, constructive journalism or media offerings from the right-wing spectrum does not make sense without interdisciplinary references, for example to political science, sociology, psychology or linguistics.
At the core of all this is the transformation process of media-mediated communication in the digital society triggered by the digitalization of media production, distribution and use. Not only journalism research but also other disciplines are interested in this fundamental question.
In course of these developments, a "new interdisciplinarity" in and around journalism research and its subject has developed in the last few years - according to the observation that led decisively to the idea for this conference topic. Some are interested, for example, in understanding how (public) communication and journalism are re-adjusting themselves in society; others are interested in how journalistic statements are transformed. Still others are interested in how journalism can still be sensibly distinguished from other communication offerings and continue to fulfil its normatively secured role. And then again, journalistic content and associated user comments are more likely to be used as material for the development of various automated analysis procedures for different purposes. Gradually, what we as (non-)journalism, (non-)journalistic actors, (non-)journalistic practices and content are looking at and have to take into account seems to be gradually expanding. This is because old boundaries between journalism/non-journalism are losing their distinctiveness, while new ones are emerging. And in the same way, the research questions that are considered meaningful to necessary and the theoretical and methodological approaches required to answer them appears to be multiplying.
All these are developments that are becoming visible in research practice: e.g. in the increasing number of interdisciplinary projects between journalism research and computer science, law, research on the use of media, (technical) sociology, etc. In journalism research, we are used to understand ourselves as an "integration discipline"(Hanitzsch/Engesser 2014), to describe ourselves, and to position ourselves more or less explicitly. At the same time, however, we are always moving in a field of tension. On the one hand, intradisciplinary contexts repeatedly lead to debates on how we see ourselves, in which a clear (disciplinary) outline is required in order to be able to compete with other disciplines. On the other hand, the call for more and better, i.e. integrative interdisciplinary research is one of the regularly formulated demands in academic expectations of self and others.
The conference aims to create a framework in which we can engage in interdisciplinary journalism research, interdisciplinary questions on journalism, and the increasing interdisciplinarity of the field itself in all its facets and with colleagues from as many other disciplines as possible, and learn from each other: in theoretical, methodological, subject-related, and research-practical respects, as well as in terms of training and teaching. Our "mother discipline", communication science, is itself already interdisciplinary and integrates different perspectives, which are sometimes more strongly oriented towards sociology, psychology, politics, culture, education or economics. Therefore, this call would also like to address the "internal environment of the subject", for example other DGPuK divisions. In particular, however, it is also directed outwards, i.e. to disciplines that deal with journalism in one form or another: e.g. sociology, political science, computer science, cultural studies or law.
We would like you to submit contributions that
- are based on interdisciplinary research on journalism or studies involving journalism researchers;
- come from other disciplines and, in one form or another, deal with the objects or issues of journalism research or the adaptation of journalistic forms and concepts in other areas of society - for example, in so-called "brand journalism";
- are concerned with the interdisciplinary nature of journalism itself, e.g. with the increasing differentiation and expansion of roles and tasks in the field itself, which we would not traditionally always describe as "journalistic", but which are increasingly relevant to the development of journalistic statements;
- deal with the regulatory safeguarding of the functionality of journalism as an institution or social task;
- are interdisciplinary in the sense of a theory/practice cooperation;
- deal with questions of "interdisciplinary theories and theory development" within the framework of journalism theories;
- deal with questions of journalism research by means of "method imports" from other disciplines, such as computer science, anthropology, design or art studies;
- deal with questions of interdisciplinarity in training, e.g. with regard to necessary interdisciplinary skills and working in multi-professional teams.
In the spirit of the conference topic, it is desired that all contributions reflect their respective form of interdisciplinarity and, if applicable, its limits, thus making it the topic of the lecture.
During the conference we would like to experiment with new forms of presentation: world cafés, interdisciplinary dialogues or debates, show-and-tell presentations etc. Therefore, in addition to classical lectures and panels, suggestions for such other conference formats are explicitly desired. If you already have an idea for your contribution in this respect, please indicate this in your abstract. In addition, we will contact authors of accepted papers to discuss possibilities for alternative presentation formats.
Formalities and Organisation
Contributions for the conference were to be submitted in the form of extended abstracts of a maximum of 8,000 characters (including bibliography, presentations, etc.) or as applications in another format (see above) by April 15, 2020.
Submissions are only possible in electronic form (.doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt, but not as .pdf) and should be sent to the conference organizer on site, Wiebke Loosen (email@example.com) and to the division spokesperson Nina Springer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The guidelines for double submissions of the division apply (Richtlinien zu Doppeleinreichungen der Fachgruppe
). In particular, submitters must confirm on the cover page that the contribution in this form has not already been published in a publication or presented at a scientific conference.
The proposals will be reviewed in an anonymous review process. Therefore, we ask that abstracts be provided with a separate cover sheet on which the title of the paper as well as the name and contact details of the submitter are indicated. Please make the abstracts anonymous by removing all author identifying information from the text and document settings.
Submissions will be judged according to five criteria: Contribution to the conference topic, plausibility of the analytical/theoretical foundation, appropriateness of the method/procedure, clarity and conciseness of the presentation, and relevance/originality. Submissions that represent "work in progress" and where, for example, data collection and evaluation will not be completed until the conference in September are also welcome. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two reviewers.
The result of the review will be available by 31 May 2020. This result is the primary selection criterion for a paper. However, the conference management reserves the right to consider the overall concept of the conference when selecting the papers and to contact individual colleagues with the request for papers (e.g. for impulse presentations, food for thought).
We are looking forward to your submissions!
On the day before the conference (23 September 2020) a workshop for doctoral students will be held again. Please note the separate call.
The deadline for submissions was 30 April 2020.
For the Division Journalism Studies:
Nina Springer, Stockholm
Petra Werner, Cologne
Daniel Nölleke, Vienna
Organisation on Site:
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to send it to:
Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen
Leibniz Institue for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Tel: +49(0)40 45 02 17 - 91