Media, Power and Empowerment: Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference CEECOM Prague 2012
This collection brings together 71 papers by 83 authors from 20 countries presented at the 5th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference, titled “Media, Power and Empowerment”, in Prague, Czech Republic, in April 2012. It maps out trends in CEE media research across the entire region and provides insight into the broad span of relevant topics. The contributors to the volume successfully voice the multiple, yet specific, questions relevant to the CEE countries; the papers offer original research results to the reader, and invite them to participate in further debate on CEE media and communications research.
To date, there have not been many publications dedicated to outlining the media and communications research interests across the region. This collection shows that the countries of the region indeed have a lot in common – historically, politically, and socially – while also discussing the differences among them, including the multiple political particularities within the unifying label “the East”, and variations in the transformation process and the consequences for concerned societies and their media scenes, as well as the individual lived experiences of the people of the CEE countries.
Tereza Pavlíčková is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. Her research is primarily concerned with media audiences and their interpretation and use of media. She is also interested in exploring the relevance of philosophical hermeneutics and the theory of paratext for audience research. She is currently writing her thesis on audiences’ understanding of the author and its role in the process of interpretation. She has contributed to various edited monographs and international journals, including New Media and Society and The Communication Review.
Irena Reifová is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. She works as a Research Coordinator at the department and teaches courses on critical media theories, cultural studies and media audiences. Her major scholarly interests are in television and popular culture, focusing especially on Czechoslovak and Czech serial television fiction. She is a vice-chair of the ECREA CEE Network and a member of the editorial board of the Communication Management Quarterly (Serbia). She reviews for various scholarly journals in the field of media and communication, including the European Journal of Communication, Communication, Culture and Critique, and Critical Studies in Television.
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