CHAIR OF THE CONFERENCE:
Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska (University of Wrocław, Poland) – Head of the Department of Social Communication and Journalism at the University of Wrocław, Poland. She is General Editor of Series in Media and Communication published by the University of Wrocław Press. She is a founder and former President of the Polish Communication Association. She is editor of “The Central European Journal of Communication”. Her research interests are mass media in Poland and postcommunist countries, political communication with particular attention to the role of media in politics, journalism and journalists in Poland.
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE (MEMBERS OF CEECOM CONSORTIUM):
CHAIR: Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw, Poland) – Ph.D. in political science, Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw, Poland; Vice-Chair of the ECREA CEE Network. In 2010 he was a programme advisor to the Ad hoc Advisory Group on Public Service Media Governance (MC-S-PG) at the Council of Europe. Her has been awarded scholarships by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and innovation, the Swedish Institute, the Research Council of Norway and the Polish-American Fulbright Commission. His research interests are media policy, media accountability, innovation culture and media governance.
Auksė Balčytienė (Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania) – professor of journalism and communications at VMU in Kaunas and currently Vice-Rector for Public Communication. She is also a core founding person of the school of media and communications. She is/has been teaching in international journalism programs, working in international projects funded through the EC 6th FP, COST program projects, and in different research initiatives as well as academic, PhD students’ and professional media networks organized within Nordic and Baltic funding schemes. She is Chair of CEE Network of ECREA, member of the EuroMedia Research Group. In Fall 2012, she is also a Visiting Fellow in Oxford University (UK). Her scholarly interests lie in media and modernization theories, media’s responses to democratization, comparative journalisms and communication cultures, political communication and the European public sphere, Central European studies.
Irena Carpentier Reifová (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic) – lecturer and researcher at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Media Studies. She is a Vice-Chair of the ECREA CEE Network. She teaches courses on critical media theories, cultural studies and media audiences. Her major scholar interests are in televisual popular culture, focusing especially on Czechoslovak and Czech serial television fiction, theories of popular culture and convergence of popular culture and ‘the political’. Between 2006 and 2009 she was a member of Editorial Board of Czech and Slovak journal Media Studies, in 2009-2010 she was an editor of the journal Media Studies and a member of Editorial Board of Iluminace journal. Currently she is a research coordinator in the Institute of Communication Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.
Epp Lauk (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) – professor of Journalism at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has also worked at the University of Tartu, as Guest Professor at the Universities of Oslo and Stockholm, and as visiting fellow at Oxford University. Her publications include over 90 articles and book chapters and five edited or co-edited books on media and journalism in post-communist countries, journalism cultures and history, and media accountability issues. She is Chairperson of the Estonian Press Council, Co-Chair of the History Section of IAMCR and Board member of ECREA and former Vice-Chair of ECREA CEE Network.
Zrinjka Peruško (University of Zagreb, Croatia) – Ph.D. in sociology, is full professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia and founder and Chair of its Centre for Media and Communication Research. She teaches courses on media systems, media communication theory, and media and popular culture at undergraduate and graduate levels and on media and democracy at doctoral level. Her research interests include media systems dynamics, audiences, cultures and media reform in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ilija Tomanić-Trivundža (Ljubljana University, Slovenia) – assistant professor at Department of Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. In October 2012, he was elected as a Vice-President of ECREA. His primary research interest spans across the field of visual communication, particularly photography and film. His published articles focus on visual representation of the Other and collective identifications in photojournalism and feature films. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School, is a president of the Slovene Communication Association and a co-editor of Fotografija magazine.
Tomáš Trampota (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic) – Director of Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. He has taught courses on Trends of Media Development, Sociology of News and Media Systems Comparison. He has been chair of CEE Network of European Communication Research and Education Association. He earned his Ph.D. degree in media studies. Trampota regularly publishes on Czech media in the Czech press and has co-authored and authored books Media Research Methods (2010) and The News (2006, with Martina Vojtechovska) and several academic studies and analyses.
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
CHAIR: Michal Kuś (University of Wrocław, Poland) – Ph.D. in political science, Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Communication. His research focus on media systems, especially in aspect of media control, ownership and deregulation, relations between media and politics as well as political communication. He is a co-founder and former Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Polish Communication Association.
Bartłomiej Łódzki (University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław, Poland) – Ph.D. in political science, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Journalism and Communication. He is a chair of Department of Methodology and Social Research. His research focus on media systems, especially in agenda setting, and political communication.