‘Communication, and material and discursive power dynamics’

Two-day colloquium Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University 28 - 29 October 2016

The colloquium is co-organised by the Department of Informatics and Media, of Uppsala University, and DESIRE, the Centre for the study of Democracy, Signification and Resistance.

Any communication practice is realised in specific environments and contexts, being produced through particular material and discursive performativities, producing specific material and discursive outcomes. Communication praxes are also effected through the participatory practices of the involved actors, and the power dynamics that are being developed, in specific historical, political, cultural and social settings. This colloquium aims at examining the interconnections between communication practices, their environments, actors, audiences and products, and the power dynamics at work, both at the discursive and material level. Loci of study could be, print, broadcast and digital media, social media, civil society organisations, museums, art and public spaces, where practices of self-expression, participation, empowerment, civic engagement, are studied. At the same time, the colloquium is interested in looking, using multidisciplinary perspectives, into the ways in which these practices are mediated, represented, supported, facilitated, contested, transformed or destroyed, through the involved actors’ and networks’ interplays of power.


Organising Committee:

Vaia Doudaki

Nico Carpentier

Jakob Svensson

Ylva Ekström




Day 1, Friday 28 October


Registration – Coffee, 8.30-9.00


Presentation title

Panel 1: Journalism and power, 9.00-10.30

Chair: Vaia Doudaki, Uppsala University, Sweden


Barbie Zelizer

University of Pennsylvania, USA

When the Wrong Kind of Authority Neutralizes Journalism: The Cold War, Journalism and the US Presidential Race

Göran Svensson

Uppsala University, Sweden

Using a critical institutional approach in the analysis of power struggles over media and journalism

Saba Bebawi

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Forces of discursive power: Developing a culture of Arab investigative journalism

Coffee break, 10.30-11.00

Panel 2: Power, institutions and organisations, 11.00-12.30

Chair: Pär Ågerfalk, Uppsala University, Sweden


Jason Glynos

University of Essex, UK

On the politics and ideology of evaluation research. Cooptation, contestation and performance

Mathieu Berger, Benjamin De Cleen

Catholic University of Leuven (UCL), Belgium - Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium

The Interpellated Citizen: Subject positions and subjects’ positioning in a ‘Citizen Lab’ on healthcare reimbursement

Therese Monstad

Uppsala University, Sweden

Communication and practices of authority in organisations

Lunch break, 12.30-13.30

Panel 3: Media, power, politics, 13.30-15.30

Chair: Mats Edenius, Uppsala University, Sweden


Charlotte Knorr

Leipzig University, Germany

On polarization and attribution – Discursive power dynamics across different online-constellations

Jernej Amon Prodnik

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

O power, where art thou? Mediatization and the shifting power relations between politics and media

Anu Kantola

University of Helsinki, Finland

In the Mood for Power:  Mediated Emotional Styles of Power, Finland 1950 – 2015

Dawn Wheatley

Dublin City University, Ireland

Power, politics and press releases: journalism practice and trade union agendas

Coffee break, 15.30-16.00


Panel 4: Conflict, memory and trauma, 16.00-17.30

Chair: Annika Waern, Uppsala University, Sweden


Sanchari De

Lund University, Sweden

Blogosphere, memory and new social movement: A thinking through the Shahbag movement in Bangladesh

Yiannis Mylonas

Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Witnessing absences: social media as archives and public spheres

Nico Carpentier, Vaia Doudaki, Yiannis Christidis, Fatma Nazli Köksal


Visual sociology as a tool to de‐naturalize nationalism: A case study on Greek Cypriot memorials


Dinner, 20.00

Day 2, Saturday 29 October

Coffee, 8.30-9.00

Panel 5: Social movements and change, 9.00-10.30

Chair: Nico Carpentier, Uppsala University, Sweden


Bart Cammaerts

London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Self-mediation practices of the anti-austerity movement. A dialectic between the symbolic and the material

Juho Turpeinen

University of Helsinki, Finland

Does social media reveal a crisis of democracy? What Utah and the 2013 federal closure of national parks can tell us

Ylva Ekström

Uppsala University, Sweden

Social media and everyday initiatives for social change among youths in East Africa

Coffee break, 10.30-11.00

Panel 6: Power, aesthetics and design, 11.00-12.30

Chair: Jenny Eriksson Lundström, Uppsala University, Sweden


 Felicity Colman

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Informatic aesthetics in the era of algorithmic conditions

Annika Waern

Uppsala University, Sweden

Players as co-designers: Agency and control in the design of live role-playing games

Lunch break, 12.30-14.00

Panel 7: Fans, gamers, lurkers and non-users, 14.00-16.00

Chair: Andreas Hamfelt, Uppsala University, Sweden


 Claes Thorén, Mats Edenius

Uppsala University, Sweden

Beyond the digital divide: Investigating non-use in the age of post-digital society

Jakob Svensson

Uppsala University, Sweden

Lurkers, posters and power in an online cultural public sphere

Patrick Prax

Uppsala University, Sweden

Between global competition, marketing, deviant play and cheating: High-end raiding in World of Warcraft