The theme of this year's International Assosiation of Communication is "Reclaiming Authenticity in Communication". The conference invites communication scholars to explore how authenticity has become a variable rather than a constant in public discourse and popular culture around the world, and the relational, social, political and cultural implications of this.
Several members of the ZeMKI are also travelling to Toronto to participate in the international discourse and exchange through their research and various presentations.
Here is a summary of the contributions of the ZeMKI (most of the presentations have been made in cooperation with scientists from other institutes to see the full list of presenters here is the programm of the ICA):
Wednesday 24. 05.
Vertr. Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger: “Alternative authenticity?“ How users of alternative media negotiate authenticity
Thursday 25. 05
Vertr. Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger: Avoid, resist, turn elsewhere: Alternative media use as a form of news avoidance and media resistance
Vertr. Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger: “Find me on Mastodon!” – The politics, aesthetics, and genre of (not) disconnecting from Twitter.
Friday 26. 05
Panel: "Activism, Communication and Social Justice" moderiert von Vertr. Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger
Dr. Philip Sinner: Authentic Organizational Communication in Challenging Times: Long-Term Communicative Practices of Grassroots Sports Clubs in Germany and Austria
Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp: From Human-Machine Interaction to Communicative AI: The Automation of Communication 83 as an Object of Media and Communication Research
Anne Schmitz: “Technically Speaking We Are Ready: Now We Are Waiting for the Newsroom to Move”: A Media Ethnography on the Development Processes around Journalistic Software Tools
Prof. Dr Stephanie Geise: Catch Me If You Can: How Episodic and Thematic Multimodal News Frames Shape Policy Support by Stimulating Visual Attention and Responsibility Attributions
Dr. Jens Pohlmann: The Threat of “Overblocking” Due to Platform Regulation: Insights from the Discourse about the German Network Enforcement Act on IT-Blogs and in Nationwide Newspapers
Dr. Philip Sinner: Club-Owned Media and Authentic Communication in Professional Sports: A Challenge for Clubs, Fans, and Followers of German Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga
Hannah-Marie Büttner: Among Anti-Vaxxers, Esoterics and Right-Wing Radicals: Anti-Covid Communities’ Social Media Activism on Telegram
Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp: Experimenting with the Future: The Life Cycle of Pioneer Communities
Panel: "Climate Activism and Protest der Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group" moderiert von Vertr. Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger
Dr. Philip Sinner: Ban Hate: Actor Constellation and Communicative Practices of the No Hate Speech Committee in Austria from a Figuration-Theoretical Perspective
Panel: Communication and Technology moderiert von Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp
Panel: Visual Communication Studies moderiert von Prof. Dr. Stephanie Geise
Vertr. Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger: Disconnecting for Sustainability: Soft Activism Shaping Digitization and Datafication in a More Sustainable Way
Prof. Dr. Cornelius Puschmann: Hate Speech, Incivility and Related Concepts of Disrespectful Language on the Internet: A Scoping Review
Link to the Website of the ICA