Speakers

Lectures:

Des Freedman

Des Freedman is a Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Politics of Media Policy, co-author (with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) of Misunderstanding the Internet, co-editor (with Michael Bailey) of The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance and co-editor (with Daya Thussu) of Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. He is particularly interested in issues of media power and media reform and his new book, The Contradictions of Media Power, is coming out this autumn with Bloomsbury. He is the chair of the UK Media Reform Coalition and on the national council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. He is an editor of the journal Global Media and Communication and a member of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre.

New Media, Old Contradictions – Power in a Changing Media Environment
For many theorists we are witnessing a transformation in power relations that is partly fuelled by the decentralising and disintermediating properties of social media technologies. In this talk, I will attempt to cast a critical eye over these claims and argue instead that the development of a digital media environment is predicated on many of the same tensions and contradictions that dominated its analogue predecessor. This does not mean that nothing is changing but that the only way fully to evaluate these changes is to consider them in the light of the social system from which they emerged and which they continue to shape.

 

Leopoldina Fortunati

Leopoldina Fortunati is the director of the PhD programme in Multimedia Communication at the University of Udine where she teaches Sociology of Communication and Culture. She has conducted several studies in the field of gender studies, cultural processes and communication and information technologies. She is also active at cross-European level, and especially in COST networks. Recently she published in Social Science Research, Mobile Media and Communication, The Information Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, The European Journal of Communication. Her works have been published in eleven languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Slovenian, and Spanish.

Labour and Technology: two open questions for Feminism
In this presentation I will discuss three key questions for the future of feminism: one is the question of labour understood both as housework and its still unequal gender division and as labour for the market, where still too many women continue to be in the lower positions. Another important question is technology: after the domestic appliances turn, information and communication technologies entered the home with complex consequences and now domestic robotics and social robots are arriving. The adoption and diffusion of technology is always pushed by precise motivations: in this case what are they?

 

Robert W. McChesney

Robert W. McChesney is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. His work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. McChesney has a particular interest in the state of journalism, and the relationship of media systems and structures to effective self-governance. He is the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization.

The Internet and Post-Capitalist Democracy
Under corporate auspices, the Internet has become central to global capitalism but has lost much of the democratic potential that once seemed all but inevitable. This talk argues that efforts to reshape the Internet must be understood as part of a broader movement to build post-capitalist democracy.

 

Panel 1: Researching the Croatian Media Landscape

Milan Živković

Milan F. Živković is a director and political activists, advisor in the Croatian Ministry of Culture, primarily in charge of media policy.

Nada Švob-Đokić

Nada Švob-Đokić, PhD, is scientific advisor, Culture and Communications Department, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb. Her main research interests include cultural, media, science and technology development and transition public policies, regional Southeast European cooperation and multicultural relations. The research projects she has coordinated include: The Creative and Knowledge Industries in the Countries in Transition (2001-2006); Global Influences and Local Cultural Change (2007-2013) and Questioning Transitional Dynamics in Re-defining Cultural Identities in Southeastern Europe (2010-2011). As leading Croatian researcher she participated in the EU FP7 project MEDIADEM-European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems (2010 -2013). Her bibliography registers 330 published (in Zagreb, Paris, New York, Prague, Moscow, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Rome, Athens and Skopje) articles, studies, monographs, research reports, authored and edited books in Croatian, English, French or other languages.

Helena Popović

Helena Popović graduated from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sicences, University of Zagreb, received her MA from the Department for Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central Europan University (CEU) in Budapest, and defended her PhD Audience, Text, Context: Television Comedy and Social Critique at the Department for Media and Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. In the period 2004-2007 she was working as a junior researcher at the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb, Culture and Communication Department, and since 2007 she is lecturer and researcher in the Department of Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. She teaches classes on communication theory, media research methods and popular culture. Her academic interests include reseach, media audiences, text, production media and gender representation in media.

 

Panel 2: Economic Transformation of the Global Internet

Marisol Sandoval

Marisol Sandoval is a Lecturer at the Department of Culture and Creative Industries at City University London. Her research critically deals with questions of power, inequality, responsibility, exploitation, ideology and resistance in the global culture industries. Marisol is author of From Corporate to Social Media. Critical Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility in Media and Communication Industries (Routledge 2014), and managing editor of the open access journal tripleC – Communication, Capitalism and Critique.

Marcell Mars

Marcell Mars is one of the founders of Multimedia Institute – MI2 and net.culture club MaMa in Zagreb. He initiated Public Library, GNU GPL publishing label EGOBOO.bits, started Skill sharing in mama + Skill sharing’s satellites g33koskop and ‘Nothing will happen’. Marcell participated in curating/producing mi2 yearly exhibitions: I’m still alive (2001), re:Con and Freedom to creativity! (2005, 2006, 2007) and in conceptual exhibition System.hack() (2006). When in Zagreb Marcell hangs out in Hacklab in mama, in Belgrade runs Wonder of technology, Hackers lenses and Programming for non-programmers at Faculty of Media and Communication. Through 2011-2012 did a research Ruling Class Studies at Jan Van Eyck in Maastricht in 2013. at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

 

Panel 3: Control of the Infospace – Democratic Failures of Social Media

Sebastian Sevignani

Sebastian studied communication, philosophy, and theology at the university of Salzburg, Austria. His PhD thesis engaged with discursive and economic-practical commodification processes of privacy and personal data in informational capitalism and alternatives to these processes. He holds a postdoc position at the Friedrich Schiller University’s Institute of Sociology in Jena, Germany. Sebastian is member of the editorial board of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Further information at sevignani.uti.at

Rasmus Fleischer

Rasmus Fleischer is a Swedish historian and writer with a background in Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy), a collective that questioned copyright and worked closely together with The Pirate Bay, 2003-2010. Today he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Economic History, Stockholm University. His most recent book, Tapirskrift, is a collection of essays of which many touches on the very recent history of the internet, while other essays takes on larger issues about the current crisis of capitalism.

 

Panel 4: Reforming the Media

Des Freedman

Des Freedman is a Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Politics of Media Policy, co-author (with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) of Misunderstanding the Internet, co-editor (with Michael Bailey) of The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance and co-editor (with Daya Thussu) of Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. He is particularly interested in issues of media power and media reform and his new book, The Contradictions of Media Power, is coming out this autumn with Bloomsbury. He is the chair of the UK Media Reform Coalition and on the national council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. He is an editor of the journal Global Media and Communication and a member of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre.

Mirjana Rakić

Mirjana Rakić graduated in Zagreb from the Faculty of Political Sciences in 1970 and afterwards obtained a Master’s degree in international relations. From 1972 to the end of 2013 she had worked as a journalist, anchor and editor for the News and Current Affairs Programme of the Zagreb TV, later the Croatian Radio Television (HTV). Most of her professional career was dedicated to the Foreign Policy Newsroom where she reported from numerous international conferences and events. In the course of her career she was the Newsroom Editor, an anchor to many political programmes including the Central News Programme (DNEVNIK), the Chief Editor of Informative Documentary Programmes as well as the Acting Director of the HTV. She has participated in the realisation of many significant HTV projects. For her work as a journalist she has received a number of awards including the Croatian Journalists Association (HND) Life Achievement Award „Otokar Keršovani“. In February 2014, she was appointed President of the Council for Electronic Media and Director of the Agency by the Croatian Parliament.

Milan Žiković

Milan F. Živković is a director and political activists, advisor in the Croatian Ministry of Culture, primarily in charge of media policy.

 

Panel 5: Transformations of Traditional Media

Rüdiger Rossig

Rüdiger Rossig, studied Balkanology and history of South-East-Europe and has been a journalist for more than 25 years. Currently, he is one of the editors responsible for the first four pages of the daily “taz. die tageszeitung” from Berlin. Besides, he edits “The German Times”, the only regular print media title from Germany in English language and contributes to various print, electronic and web-media all over Europe. Rossig has a (zamir.zg) email address since 1993 and has used the Internet ever since it exists.

Ladislav Tomičić

I was born in Zenica in Bosnia and Hercegovina, where I went to school until I was eighteen. I continued with my education in Zagreb at the Faculty of Political Sciences. I entered journalism in 2001, when I started working as a contributing journalist for the daily newspaper Novi list. To this very day I continue to work for this newspaper. In the Zagreb bureau of Novi list I learned every step of the journalist ladder – from the city pages to the investigative journalism. In 2006 I’ve spent several weeks in London at the Reuters Journalism School, i.e. in the school of crisis reporting. Following an invitation by the State Department, I’ve spent several weeks in the US, where I’ve participated in the proceedings of an international conference on research journalism. In my research journalism work I focused mostly on crime and mismanagement in urban planning and public services, but also on numerous other areas. Today I write commentary and other news texts for Novi list. I’ve worked with a number of other media in Croatia and abroad. I’m one of the founders and editors of Lupiga portal. I like whatever young people like. I’m not particularly keen on conferences, but I’m always happy to take part if they are organized by the people I respect. Conference can and are useful.

Vesna Kesić

Vesna Kesić graduated psychology and sociology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb and earned her MA from the New School for Social Research. She was a professional journalist until 1991, publishing in Croatian and Yugoslav print media (Start, Nedjeljna Dalmacija, Danas, Mladina, NIN…). In the 90s she was sick of journalism in the context of war and decided to commit herself to activism ‘pure’, turning a free lance (or as one would say today ‘precarious’) ever since. In the 90s she started and co-founded a number of women, media and peace initiatives, such as Civil Initiative for Freedom of Speech, AIM, Akrzin, Center for Women Vicitims of War, Group for Women’s Human Rights, B.a.B.e. and various other initiatives. In the period 2009-2011 she was the president of GONG’s Council. Alongside activism, she has conducted research, policy analysis, education. As a journalist she is nowadays active only in online journals (H-alter, Libela, portal of Banka journal, Queer.hr, STav.hr). To this very day she’s not quite clear what her public identity is: journalist, essayist, activist or researcher? But she is increasingly convinced that those are inseparable.

 

Panel 6: The Future of Media Work

Leopoldina Fortunati

Leopoldina Fortunati is the director of the PhD programme in Multimedia Communication at the University of Udine where she teaches Sociology of Communication and Culture. She has conducted several studies in the field of gender studies, cultural processes and communication and information technologies. She is also active at cross-European level, and especially in COST networks. Recently she published in Social Science Research, Mobile Media and Communication, The Information Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, The European Journal of Communication. Her works have been published in eleven languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Slovenian, and Spanish.

Slavica Lukić

Slavica Lukić was born in 1963 in Gračac, Croatia. She lives in Zagreb and has been a professional journalist since January 1, 1991. She graduated Social pedagogy from the Faculty of Defectology in 1987. In 1990 she finished School of Journalism and she is currently finishing master course at the Faculty of Political Sciences.

In 1991-1992 she worked as a journalist in the information and political programme of the Croatian Radio and Television and as an editor and a presenter of daily news on Croatian Television. From 1992 to 2010 she worked as a journalist of the daily “Slobodna Dalmacija”, of the weekly “Tjednik” financed by Open Society and political weekly “Globus”. Since 2010 she has been a journalist for “Jutarnji list”. She also worked as a correspondent for Voice of America from 1995 through 2011. Her themes of interest are politics, judiciary and society, investigation of war crimes and corruption.

She received annual award given by the Croatian Journalist Association for the best interview in 2002 as well as annual award for investigative journalism in 2008 for a series of articles on political pressures on judiciary.

Since 2001 she has been the chairwoman of the Croatian Journalist Association and since 2013 a member of the parliamentary Committee on information, informatization and media.

Brankica Petković

Brankica Petković, a researcher and project manager at the Peace Institute Ljubljana – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies. Editor of the Media Watch book series and Media Watch journal. Her work is focused on research, advocacy and publishing activities in the field of media accountability, communication rights of citizens and minority groups, media ownership and media pluralism. She is author of number of articles and research reports, and co-author of books on the above mentioned topics. She has been a project leader of number of national and regional research and advocacy projects on the media and communication rights of citizens, including the 2004 project Media Ownership and Its Impact on Media Independence and Pluralism in 18 countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, and current regional project South East European Media Observatory – Building Capacities and Coalitions for Monitoring Media Integrity and Advancing Media Reforms (2012-2014).

She has been member of expert bodies working on development of media and freedom of information legislation in Slovenia.

 

Panel 7: The Future of Research Journalism

Sebastian Mondial

Sebastian Mondial is a german investigative Data-Journalist. He works as a freelancer for the german Newspapers like DIE ZEIT as well as for public television. He contributed data- and forensic skills for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to the global offshore-leaks tax-evasion investigation. He works and lives mainly in Hamburg, Germany.

Drago Hedl

Drago Hedl was born in 1950 in Osijek. Having graduated literature he worked as the editor of the literary magazine “Revija”. Since 1980 he has been a journalist and an editor in the newspapers Glas Slavonije, Slobodna Dalmacija, Novi list, Feral Tribune and Jutarnji list. He has collaborated with international newspapers and magazines such as Guardian and Private Eye in Great Britain, Time and Current History in the USA and Die Wochenzeitun in Switzerland. He worked in London (1995/96) as the editor in the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). As a journalist he worked on complex issues such as political affairs, corruption and organized crime and particularly war crimes.

He has been awarded several awards in Croatia and internationally for his investigative journalism most notably The Knight International Press Fellowships Award (2006), Joško Kulušić Award give by Croatian Helsinki Committee for media freedom (2006), Central European Initiative Award for investigative journalism (2008.), Austrain award Erhard Busek for extraordinary contribution to inter-ethnic communication and reconciliation (2011), and Serbian award Jug Grizelj (2012).

He has published 11 books: a novel, collections of short stories, essays and reportages, as well as several non-fiction books. The book “Glavaš, chronicle of a destruction” received Jutarnji list Award for best non-fiction book in 2010. His three plays  ”Otkačeni” directed by Radovan Grahovac (1982); “Aerobic Story” directed by Stevo Žigon (1984)  and “Žar na vodi” directed by Mirjana Ojdanić (1985) were staged in Ministeatar in Osijek. He authored severeal documentaries among which “Vukovar, the final cut” (2005), awarded at the Sarejevo Film Festival in 2006.

He lives  in Osijek and Zagreb and works as a professional journalist.