Сall for students’ research paper abstracts for participation in the First Annual International Student Media Symposium 2014

Оновлено: 13.04.2014

The Ukrainian Catholic University School of Journalism with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the NIRAS Consulting Company are pleased to announce a call for students’ research paper abstracts for participation in the First Annual International Student Media Symposium (SMS) 2014 “TRANSMEDIA: Transformation, Transition, Transgression” that will be held in Lviv, Ukraine on March 21-22, 2014.

About SMS’2014


The Student Media Symposium (SMS) is intended to create a new academic platform for the exchange of ideas, projects and results of media research among young scholars and journalists and leading media researchers and media experts from Ukraine and abroad at the School of Journalism of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.


SMS’2014 includes three main foci: media studies, media criticism, and new media.


  • The Media Studies Laboratorium of SMS focuses on media and journalism recent researches, as well as on media transformations;
  • The Media Criticism Workshop, based on a discussion format, is aimed at finding new ways of critical analysis of contemporary cultural processes retranslated through media;
  • The Media Experimentarium unites practitioners involved in the development and promotion of innovative technologies and media projects.


The SMS organizational structure provides selection and review of the applications, individual work with discussants, and the presentation of research and creative projects within SMS’2014 platforms.


Cooperation with the applicants within the Media Studies Laboratorium will be based on three stages:


1) Reviewing proposals and individual work of the participants with their discussants during the month before the Symposium;

2) Presentations and reports; discussions involving discussants, moderators, and section guests during the Symposium;

3) All research papers will be published in the electronic journal SMS’2014 and placed on the Symposium web page. The best research papers according to the discussants’ and referees will be delivered to editors of Ukrainian and foreign scholarly journals and media outlets.


There are several additional events to be conducted during SMS’2014. These include: an opening lecture by the honorary keynote speaker of the Symposium; presentations on research and experimental media laboratories; round table discussions; presentations of international academic exchange programs; media and photo exhibits; etc.


A more detailed SMS’2014 program will be announced in February 2014.


Working languages: Ukrainian, Russian, and English


Participation in SMS’2014 is free of charge.


The organizers cover travel cost, accommodations and meals.


The Symposium will be held in Lviv, Ukraine on March 21-22, 2014.


Calls for papers for the Media Criticism Workshop and the Media Experimentarium will be announced in January 2014.

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                                                  Media Studies Laboratorium


The Aim of the Competition: to select the best proposals (projects) for future student articles for the participation in the Symposium.


Terms and Conditions: participants might be full-time or part-time students (bachelors, masters, postgraduates, doctoral students (PhD)) or young scholars of any humanitarian, socio-economic, and technical spheres from Ukraine or abroad.


Thematic areas of SMS’2014


  • Media and the Socio-political Transformation in Ukraine and Abroad: Media landscapes of the former Soviet Union; globalization, glocalization, colonization and decolonization; information security, the effects of participatory politics;
  •  Transformations in Journalism: reportage, document, experiment and tradition in New Age journalism; tabloidization, acceleration and fragmentation of news; erosion of professional identity; non-fiction and narrative journalism;
  • Audio-visual Communication: visual / audial practices and media technologies; (re)construction of the past on television; propaganda technology in today’s TV series; photography in the digital environment; city as an existential interface; media art and video art; niche art media projects; internet television and internet radio as new media paradigms;
  • Language and media: institutional censorship and ideological regulation of language use; media rhetoric and language tools of media propaganda; hate speech and the language of reconciliation; the new communicative strategies in digital media;
  • Media, Ethics and Morality: Information Wars; WikiLeaks and investigation ethics, trolling, “dzhynsa” (paid articles) and the problem of pathogenic texts; the public and private in social networks; media criticism and axiology of media; bioethics issues in the media;
  •  Media, Church and Religion: media as a field of religious and performative practices; Mediatization of religion; religion and media as a cultural technology, media as ritual and ritual models of communication; interfaith discourse in the media and issues of ecumenism;
  • Media and Gender: media gender policy; bodily practices and the privacy problem; representation of non-traditional femininity-masculinity on television, the feminization of politics and the media sector; discriminatory practices concerning the rights of different social and ethnic groups;
  • Media Anthropology:mass media in everyday-life-culture; forms of retransmission of collective memory; the representation of lifestyles variety in media; media environment and life on the screen in “reality” format; media ecology imbalance;
  • Media Innovations, Advertising and PR: Digital marketing and rebranding online; the promotion of terrorism online; PR-managers as key newsmakers; reputation management and online PR; viral marketing and its impact on the media sphere; the evolution of digital marketing and communications;
  •  Transgression of New Media Formats and Technologies: digitizing of media systems in Western and Eastern Europe; the economic crisis and innovation strategies in the media industry; cross media platforms storytelling technology; content of niche projects; social networking and prospects of Public Service Media.

The applicants should submit:


1) An abstract of a future research paper; this should not just be a summary for the oral presentation, but also should include plans for turning the paper into an article;

2) CV (should include information about the education and professional experience of the prospective participant, as well as any awards, scholarships, fellowships, publications, presentations, etc.; contact information, language skills (with a note about which additional languages ​​the applicant can write his/her article in and can speak at the symposium);

3) Letter of recommendation from a research consultant/adviser (if applicable).


Requirements for research paper abstract:


We accept student abstracts on the topics mentioned above. The application abstract should contain the object and the subject of the research work, as well as the goals and objectives of the paper, the relevance and novelty of the topic, and theoretical underpinnings. A list of key theses should be provided, an outline of methodology, and the practical and theoretical significance of the study. The project should have an original approach to the topic. Additional visual aids for projects (charts, tables, infographics, etc.) are encouraged.


The length of the abstract should be no more than 600 words (size 14, Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing); acceptable formats – Word doc, docx, rtf, or pdf.


Languages of Application Materials: Ukrainian and English; Russian and English; English.


The deadline for abstract submission: The abstract along with the author’s CV and letter of recommendation need to be sent in email form with attachments by January 20, 2014 to [email protected]


Attention! Compiled works and works that contain plagiarism will not be considered by the jury. Quotations should be in the appropriate bibliographical format and footnoted; information from the Internet should contain a link to sources.


The results will be announced at the end of January 2014. The distribution of sections and individual assignments of discussants for further cooperation with the authors will be announced in late January 2014. The deadline for final versions of student papers is March 10, 2014.




Andrei Gornykh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, European Humanities University, Lithuania;

Natalia Kutuzova, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Deputy Director of The Institute of Lifelong Education of the Belarusian State University;

Olga Shparaga, Ph.D., Associate Professor at European Humanities University, Lithuania; Editor of the Internet magazine “НоваяЕўропа” (New Europe); Expert at Belarusian Center of European Research;

Anzhela Zelenski,Ph.D., Associate Professor at the International Management Institute “IMI-NOVA,” Head of the Department of Business and Administration, Moldova;

Terézia Rončáková, Ph.D., Docent, Department of Journalism, Faculty of Arts and Letters, the Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia;

Mariya Tytarenko, Candidate of Sciences, Director of Master’s Degree Program in Media Communications, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communications, School of Journalism, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine;

Golodnikova Yuliya, Candidate of Sciences, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Communications, School of Journalism, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.


Curators of SMS’2014:

Mariya Tytarenko: [email protected]

Yuliya Golodnikova: [email protected]

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