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Faculty of Communication SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculty of Communication Sciences

Division 4: Media, Globalization and Social Change

Chair: Jessica Gustafsson
jessica.gustafsson [at]

Co-Chair: Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius
kinga.polynczuk [at]

Abstracts for individual papers, download here (pdf)

Abstracts for panels, download here (pdf)

Programme for Division 4: Media, Globalization and Social Change 

Thursday, 17 August 

Room A05

15.30-18.00 Panel: Stig HjarvardContentious Discourses on Immigration in the Nordic countries: Culture, Islam, Nation, and Affect 
Discussant: Anna Roosvall / Heike Graf 

Kristina Riegert & Jonathan Norström, Stockholm University
Cultural Values in Swedish Press Coverage of Immigration 2007-2016

Stig Hjarvard, University of Copenhagen
Fearing Muslim immigration: Perceptions of Islam, value politics and the role of media

Jostein Gripsrud, University of Bergen
"Nation" and "nationalism" revisited

Kaarina Nikunen, University of Tampere, Mervi Pantti, University of Helsinki, Gaven Titley, Maynooth University
Affective racisms: The Finnish Immigration debate in the hybrid media system

Friday, 18 August

Room D13

9.00-10.00 Individual papers: Media representations of the ‘refugee crisis’ 
Chair: Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius

Tuija ParikkaFemale Bodies Adrift: Undoing Western Media in the Becoming of Refugee Subjectivities 
Discussant: Karin Fast 

Anja Aaheim NaperBorder control in Scandinavian news media during the refugee crisis
Discussant: Kristina Riegert


Room D13

10.15-12.00 Individual papers: Business initiatives and consumerism for social change? 
Chair: Jessica Gustafsson

Florencia EnghelYour attention can save lives? Digitally-driven human rights intervention as business development 
Discussant: Norbert Wildermuth 

Trine Kvidal-Røvik#grabyourwallet. Purchase with a purchase and the potential for “real” resistance? 
Discussant: Markus Ojala

Kinga Polynczuk-AleniusUniversalistic moral discourses, situated moralities: Communicating ethical trade in Poland and Finland 
Discussant: Tuija Parikka 


Room D13

14.15-15.15 Panel: Norbert WildermuthDiscursive online constructions of collective identity: On the uses of Twitter during general elections in Kenya (2017) and Uganda (2016)
Discussant: Teke Ngomba

Jessica Gustafsson, Aarhus University; David Cheruiyot, Karlstad University
Gender and elections: Female journalists’ Twitter use in Kenya

Norbert Wildermuth, Roskilde University
Social media monitoring for election transparency: A critical take on the Uchaguzi and Umati initiatives during Kenyan General Elections in 2013 and 2017

Cecilia Strand, Uppsala University
Homophobia as political strategy during the 2016 Ugandan general election


Room D13

15.45-17.15 Individual papers: Communication for development and social change 
Chair: Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius

Mari MaasiltaListening to ethnic minority youth in Namibia  
Discussant: Abraham Kiprop Mulwo 

Anna RoosvallClimate justice activism, agonism, and agency: Indigenous peoples, media witnessing, and the political game of climate summits 
Discussant: Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius

Leonardo CustódioMedia Activist Tactics for Counterpublics Formation in Favelas of Rio de Janeiro  
Discussant: Jessica Gustafsson

Per Ståhlberg, Indian imaginaries in world literature and domestic popular culture
Discussant: Sol Agin


Saturday, 19 August 

Room A3

9.00-10.00 Individual papers: News and journlism in the globalizing world
Chair: Jessica Gustafsson  

Markus Ojala and Reeta PöyhtäriNegotiating professionalism with personal ethics: The emotional labor of Finnish journalists reporting on the ‘refugee crisis’ in 2015-16
Discussant: Anja Aaheim Naper

Teke NgombaBungled Connections: What the Reinhart-Rogoff Controversy Tells Us about Austerity, Academia and the News Media
Discussant: Leonardo Custódio


Room A21

10.15-12.00 Panel: Poul Erik NielsenCritical Perspectives on the Interrelations between New Media and Processes of Socio-cultural and Political Changes in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa (I) 
Discussant: Florencia Enghel 


Room A3

10.15-12.00 Individual papers: Media and communication technologies in the globalizing world 
Chair: Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius

Anna Roosvall, Cultural journalism in Sweden 1985-2015: Outlooks and introspection in the global era
Discussant: Elham Atashi

Camilla HaavistoFrom affective encounters towards a politics of listening: The role of social media in anti-deportation protest 
Discussant: Per Ståhlberg

Karin FastWhose “Mobility Revolution”?: The Social Construction of Mobile Media by Telecom Companies 
Discussant: Trine Kvidal-Røvik 


Room A21

14.30-16.15 PanelPoul Erik NielsenCritical Perspectives on the interrelations between New Media and Processes of Socio-cultural and Political Changes in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa (II) 
Discussant: Stig Hjarvard 


Room A3

14.30-16.15 Individual papers: Media technologies and migration 
Chair: Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius

Sol AginCommunication knows no borders—For media literate mobile elites there is no such thing as distance 
Discussant: Mari Maasilta

Elham AtashiDiaspora Media Networks, Reality TV and Social Transformation
Discussant: Camilla Haavisto

Heike Graf, “I trust only this 100 percent”: Trust-building in forced migration
Discussant: Reeta Pöyhtäri

Call for abstracts and panels

Media are amongst the critical forces driving contemporary processes of globalization. Not only do they offer a window into faraway places and the lives of people who are otherwise inaccessible, they also influence the distant realities in two primary ways. Firstly, media re-construct the world through representational practices, thus promoting certain perceptions, attitudes and dispositions among their local audiences. Secondly, with the proliferation of publicly accessible communication technologies, such as alternative and social media, media become tools for societies and communities to impact upon their lived realities. The Media, Globalization and Social Change division encompasses a wide range of theoretical approaches and empirical areas of study to investigate communication, media cultures, media institutions, ideologies, texts or individuals from an international, transnational or global perspective.

The division welcomes contributions that critically examine the relation between media and areas such as freedom of expression, migration, democracy, development, social change, governance, gender and health. We encourage both empirical and theoretical contributions that critically discuss the various themes of this division. We accept micro and macro studies, single-country studies and cross-cultural comparisons.

This division accepts both panel proposals and abstracts for individual papers.

Panel proposals must contain a description of the panel theme, the abstracts of the contributing papers, as well as contact information of the panel chair and authors.
Please see more guidelines for panels.

Abstracts of individual papers must contain the author’s contact information.
Please see more guidelines for abstracts, papers and presentations.

A discussant will be assigned to each accepted paper in order to provide quality feedback, consequently everyone presenting in the division might be asked to act as a discussant.
Please see more guidelines for discussants.


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