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Call for Papers for the Conference "Interdisziplinäre Journalismusforschung – Journalismus interdisziplinär"

Call for Papers for the Conference "Interdisziplinäre Journalismusforschung – Journalismus interdisziplinär"

For the annual conference of the DGPuK division group journalism/journalism research on the topic "Interdisziplinäre Journalismusforschung – Journalismus interdisziplinär [Interdisciplinary Journalism Research - Journalism Interdisciplinary]", we are asking for numerous offers that are dedicated to the topic from various perspectives. The annual conference will take place in Hamburg on 24-25 September 2020 and will be hosted by Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen from the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI). A doctoral student workshop will take place on the evening before the conference.

Für die Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Journalistik/Journalismusforschung zum Thema "Interdisziplinäre Journalismusforschung – Journalismus interdisziplinär" bitten wir um zahlreiche Angebote, die sich dem Thema aus verschiedensten Perspektiven widmen. Die Jahrestagung findet statt in Hamburg am 24./25. September 2020 und wird ausgerichtet von  vom Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI). Am Vorabend findet ein Doktorand*innenworkshop statt.

Call for Papers

"Interdisziplinäre Journalismusforschung – Journalismus interdisziplinär [Interdisciplinary Journalism Research - Journalism Interdisciplinary]"

Annual Conference of the Division Group
24/25 September 2020
Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Doctoral students workshop on 23 September 2020

The current change in media over the last twenty years or so has led to journalism research increasingly broadening its field of vision and focusing on non-journalistic actors, objects, fields and technological developments in and around journalism. This is accompanied by the fact that journalism research is opening up more and more 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. Furthermore, 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. In addition, the examination of phenomena such as media scepticism, constructive journalism or media offerings from the right spectrum is hardly conceivable without interdisciplinary references, for example to political science, sociology, psychology or linguistics.
At the core of all this is the transformation processes of media-mediated communication in the digital society triggered by the digitalisation of media production, distribution and use - and other disciplines are also interested in this fundamental question in addition to journalism research.

In the course of these developments, a "new interdisciplinarity" has developed in and around journalism research and its subject in recent years - according to the observation, which significantly led 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 the formation of journalistic statements is transformed. And others are interested in how journalism can still be meaningfully distinguished from other communication offerings and continue to fulfil its normatively secured role. Then again, journalistic content and associated user comments are used more as material for the development of various automated analysis procedures for different purposes. 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, because old boundaries between journalism/non-journalism are losing their distinctiveness, while new ones are emerging. In addition, in the same way, the research questions considered useful or even necessary, as well as the theoretical and methodological approaches to answering them, seem 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, usage research, (technical) sociology, etc. It is true that in journalism research we are used to seeing ourselves as an "integration discipline" (Hanitzsch/Engesser 2014), to describing ourselves and positioning 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 clear disciplinary contours are 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 divisional 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. This includes theoretical, methodological, subject-related, and practical research as well as training and teaching. Our "mother discipline", communication science, is itself already interdisciplinary and integrates different perspectives, which may be more strongly oriented towards sociology, psychology, politics, culture, education or economics. Therefore, this call would also like to address the "internal environment", for example other DGPuK division groups. In particular, however, it is also directed outwardly, i.e. to disciplines that deal with journalism in one form or another, such as sociology, political science, computer science, cultural studies or law.

We would like contributions that
  • are based on interdisciplinary research on journalism or studies involving journalism researchers;
  • come from other disciplines and deal in one form or another with 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 always traditionally describe as "journalistic", but which are increasingly relevant for 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 presentation.

Conference Format

During the conference, we also want to experiment with new presentation formats such as world cafés, interdisciplinary dialogues or debates, show-and-tell presentations etc. Therefore, in addition to classical presentations and panels, suggestions for such other types of conference formats are explicitly welcome. 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 contributions to discuss possibilities for alternative presentation formats.

Formalities and Organisational Information

Papers for the section conference must 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 15 April 2020. Submissions are only possible in electronic form (.doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt, but not as .pdf) and should be sent to the conference organiser on site, Wiebke Loosen (w.loosen@leibniz-hbi.de) and to the division spokesperson Nina Springer (nina.springer@sh.se).
The guidelines for double submission of the division (in German) apply. In particular, submitters must confirm on the cover page that the contribution has not already been published in this form or presented at a scientific conference.
The proposals are evaluated in an anonymous review process. Therefore, we ask that abstracts be provided with a separate cover sheet on which the title of the contribution 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 evaluated according to the following five criteria: contribution to the conference topic, plausibility of the analytical/theoretical foundation, appropriateness of the method/procedure, clarity and conciseness of presentation, and relevance/originality. Submissions that represent "work in progress" and in which the 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 will be 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!

Doctoral Student Workshop

On the day before the conference (23 September 2020) a workshop for PhD students will take place. Please note the separate call. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2020.

For the Division of Journalism/Journalism Research:
Nina Springer, Stockholm
Petra Werner, Cologne
Daniel Nölleke, Vienna

Organisation on Site:

Wiebke Loosen, Hamburg

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions:

Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen
Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg
Tel: +49(0)40 45 02 17 - 91

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