International Conference on Media and Popular culture

Event date
May 30-31, 2014
Hotel Ambassador, Vienna
Short description

The Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

 is inviting paper/panel proposals for the

International Conference on Media and Popular culture to be held in

Vienna, Austria, 30-31.05.2014.



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 May 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.



Dr Martina Topić

Research associate

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities

Viktora Kovačića 5

HR - 10 010 Zagreb



Geographical focus
  • General/no specific focus
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Entry created by Philipp Brugner on January 2, 2014
Modified on January 2, 2014