Keynote lecture: Patrick McCurdy

Patrick McCurdy (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Ottawa. His research draws from environmental communication, media theory and social movement studies to examine media as a site and source of social struggle and contestation. Since 2014 his research has focussed on the media practices of tar sands/oil sands stakeholders in the context of a highly polarized and mediatized debate over Canada’s energy resources and its energy future. In 2018 Patrick published the graphic novel The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet (Ad Astra & The Digital Press  at the University of North Dakota  ) which was developed and produced in partnership with Hugh Goldring (writer) and Nicole Burton (illustrator) and sought to communicate the bifurcated nature of Canada’s oil/tar sands debate to a larger, non-academic, audience.
Patrick’s work has been published in several academic journals and he is the co-author of Protest Camps (with Anna Feigenbaum and Fabian Frenzel; Zed, 2013) and the co-editor of three books: Protest Camps in International Context: Spaces, Infrastructures and Media of Resistance (eds with Gavin Brown, Anna Feigenbaum and Fabian Frenzel; Policy Press, 2017), Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society (eds with Arne Hintz and Benedetta Brevini, Palgrave, 2013) and Mediation and Protest Movements (eds with Bart Cammaerts and Alice Mattoni, Intellect, 2013).
Patrick is currently under contract with McGill Queen’s University Press for a manuscript provisionally titled A Tar Sands Tale: The holding power of fossil fuels over the social imagination. He is also working on a documentary film as a companion to the book.
Patrick is a Core Member of the University of Ottawa's Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and is also a member of Sustainable Canada Dialogues (SCD), a network of Canadian scholars working towards Canada’s transition to a low-carbon energy economy.


Keynote lecture: Anja Bechman

Anja Bechmann is Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark where she serves as chair of the research program in Media, Communication and Society and as Director of DATALAB – Center for Digital Social Research. She conducts multidisciplinary research at the intersection between algorithms and media sociology entangling how meaning is created and subsequent action is pushed forward from large-scale digital human communication and behavioral data, and the challenge in doing so both theoretically, methodologically, regulatory and ethically.
DATALAB – Center for Digital Social Research (LINK) consists of researchers from a variety of fields such as economics, cognitive science, linguistics, information studies, media studies, engineering and computer science. All research projects and activities of the center are focusing on contemporary challenges facing the digital society such as 1. To research how we preserve conditions for privacy, autonomy and trust among individuals and groups, 2. To research if and how we can sustain the provision of and access to (high-quality?) content online to safeguard democracy; and 3. To research how we create a suitable and meaningful balance between algorithmic and human control in connection with automation.
Bechmann is a member of the Danish Academy for Technical Sciences, co-chair of the Association of Internet Researchers’ ethics working group, and member of the EU Commission HLEG on fake news and disinformation. Her work has been published in journals such as New Media and Society, Information Society, Information, Communication and Society, Big Data & Society, Digital Journalism and various edited volumes at Routledge and MIT Press. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript with the working title ‘Social AI: The Acting Machine’. Her research has been funded among others by the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences in Denmark, Independent Research Fund Denmark, Swedish Research Council, the European Horizon 2020 ICT program and Aarhus University Research Foundation.


Moderator: Lars Mogensen
Keynote Panel, Challenging the Field: Leonardo Custodio, Raul Ferrer Conill, Bente Kalsnes, Kristian Møller.

Raul Ferrer Conill

Raul Ferrer-Conill is a lecturer and researcher in media and communications at Karlstad University. His doctoral dissertation investigated the use of gamification in digital news production. His research interests cover journalism, digital forms of engagement, and processes of datafication. He has published his work in journals such as Journalism Studies, Digital Journalism, and Television and New Media.

Leonardo Custodio

Leonardo Custodio is a Brazilian post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) at Tampere University. He is also the co-coordinator of the Anti-Racism Media Activism Alliance (ARMA), a three-year project (2018-2020) funded by the Kone Foundation. Previously, Custodio researched media activism in favelas of Rio de Janeiro. His current research and project focus on how people who suffer from racism use media technologies available to raise their voices and act against racism in Finland and Brazil. This  research came out as a book "Favela Media Activism: Counterpublics for Human Rights in Brazil" (Lexington Books, 2017) LINK

Bente Kalsnes

Bente Kalsnes is Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. Her main research areas are media innovation, social media, political communication and information disorder. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oslo with the dissertation:  "The power of likes: Social media logic and political communication" (2016).

Maria Murumaa-Mengel

Maria Murumaa-Mengel (PhD in media and communication) is a social media lecturer and the program manager of journalism and communication at the Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu. She is involved in research focusing mainly on young people’s use (and non-use, going “off the grid”) of social media, digital literacies (social media literacies and porn literacies) and the transformation of private and public in online spaces. More specifically, her most recent research has looked into how young people construct and navigate the online-intimate (e.g. Tinder and online-pornography), how online risks (e.g. “online perverts”, e-bile) and opportunities (e.g.  microcelebrity) are changing everyday practices of youth. Maria is interested in the methodological aspects of creative research methods and has explored the possibilities of these methods in studies about imagined audiences and online risks. She has published work in Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, International Review of Information Ethics and First Monday, is a member of AoIR, ECREA, IAMCR, ICA and EU Kids Online network. She has also written study materials and textbook chapters on (social) media literacies for Estonian schools, worked extensively with students, parents, teachers, sexual health professionals and youth workers. 

Kristian Møller

Kristian Møller is a postdoc at the IT University of Copenhagen studying the intersection of media technology and LGBTQ sexuality and culture. His Ph.D. The mediatization of intimacy details the role of dating/hook-up apps in gay men’s everyday lives, intertwining media theory with critical concepts of affect and intimacy. In the methodological strand of his work, he contributes to the development of a digital ethnography and ethics attuned to the many kinds of mobility occurring in, on and around digital media. Current work centers on drug and media use in queer male sex practices typically referred to as “chemsex”. Through new materialist and assemblage theories he approaches the complex circulation and modulation of action and affect in the chemsex event, specifically in regards to HIV/AIDS virality, medicine, and imaginaries. His work is embedded in the research project Medicine Man: Media assemblages of medicalized masculinity, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, with additional support from the AIDS Foundation of Denmark.

Lars Mogensen

Lars Mogensen s a free lance journalist, mainly working with programs about current affairs and philosophy for Swedish Public Radio (SR).