International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to Friday, May 30, 2014 - 6:00pm


Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities


is inviting paper/panel proposals for


International Conference on Media and Popular culture to be held in

Vienna, Austria, 30-31.05.2014.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Ambassador Vienna, A-1010 Wien, Kärntner Straße 22 / Neuer Markt 5, Austria,


It is an unobjectionable fact that media participate in formation of our daily lives by creating identities, images, and by generally influencing our views. This applies not only to politics (i.e. political campaigns), but also to the formation on how we see ourselves and others. Popular culture, on the other hand, also affects our daily lives by fostering images and ideologies, and by selling way of life that is presented as acceptable or non-acceptable.

Sociological theories presented five models of audiences (hypodermic model, normative model, model of satisfying needs, interpretative model, structural interpretative model), and scholars still debate usability of each model due to the influence of media and popular culture over current issues.

These and other issues will be discussed at our conference.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:


Media and identity


Media and political campaigns


Media and discrimination


Media and war


War reporting


Women in the media


Objectivity of media


Media and democracy


Media and human rights


Popular culture


TV shows and identity


Film and identity


TV shows and everyday lives


Film and everyday lives


Media and memory


Media and history


History of media and popular culture


Media and diplomacy


Media and the Collapse of Eastern Europe


Audience studies


Media and the war in Yugoslavia


Media and religion


Media audience models


Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels.


Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), short bios (up to 100 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić

( by 15th April 2014. Decisions will be made by 20th April 2014, and payment of the conference fee has to be made by 4th May 2014. Panel proposals should be sent by 15th March 2014. When we receive enough papers for hosting a panel, we will send notification of acceptance earlier.


Finalised Conference programme will be available 15th May 2014. Early decisions are available for participants with EU visa requirements, and for panel proposals.


Participants should indicate in their applications whether they would like to chair one of the existing panels (if not proposing their own panel) and whether they plan to submit a paper for publication.


The Centre plans to establish a peer review journal, as well as publish working papers and edited volumes. Conference papers will be considered for publication.


We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.


Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes


The registration fee


Conference bag and folder with materials


Conference publication


Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre


Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing proceedings)


Discount towards participation fee for future conferences


Conference drinks (mineral water and fruit juice)


Coffee-break morning with drinks and pastries


Buffet Lunch


Coffee-break afternoon with drinks and pastries


Buffet Dinner


WLAN during the conference


Conference rate for rooms at Hotel Ambassador


Certificate of attendance


Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU).

We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to Austria’s favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for conference participants with EU Visa requirements.


Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.


The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.


Conference drinks, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners are covered for both days of the conference.


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