A one day-conference on diverse humanities and social science approaches arranged by Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden, November 24, 2020
We live in a time of increasing calls for academics to collaborate with each other and society to create a better future. This conference, taking place through zoom, offers an arena for various intellectual and practical approaches to academic freedom and social change within and between the humanities, social sciences, and arts.
Four keynote speakers open the conference by presenting their particular take on how to contribute to social improvements through the action space that the academic position allows for:
- Tamara Witschge, Professor Cross media, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Professor Media and Cultural Industries, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Title contribution: “Living journalism, living research”.“What does it mean to be engaged as researcher, to be involved? Or, to speak with Donna Haraway: “to become-with” with those who / that which we research? In this talk, I reflect on my own academic journey, which has taken me from a positivistic understanding of knowledge at the start of my studies to the joy of collaborating with artists, journalists and others to develop new conceptualisations and practices of journalism in my current work, some 20 years later. I explore what it means to research together with practitioners and what doubts I have encountered (my own and those of others) in employing a set of creative methods in my research.”
- From Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities:
- Cornelius Holtorf, UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures.
Title contribution: “What academic freedom can mean in the humanities”.“I will discuss, with examples, what academic freedom can mean in the humanities. Sometimes used to justify research that has few apparent benefits for larger constituencies, I argue that freedom comes with responsibility. Academic freedom should be used to build research collaborations and explore research agendas that are based on innovative approaches, bold reasoning and critical thinking. Free research should be challenging and riskfull; it may not always succeed with its original ambitions, but it may also generate unexpected benefits.”
- Renaud de la Brosse, professor at the Department of Media and Journalism.
Title contribution: “The dangers of compartmentalization of knowledge/disciplines: of seating between two chairs (or more)”.“I intend to recall that academic freedom, which should be defined, is a good that wears out when it is not used and that it is not defended. The attacks on these are of various kinds, as we will have to show. I will also speak of the non sens the compartmentalization of knowledge/disciplines represents from my personal background/experience".
- Åsa Ståhl, senior lecturer Design.
Title contribution: “Caring about sustainable future-making through public engagement and feminist technoscience”.“As a design researcher who observes many challenges in society, I’ll give account of how I, in different collaborations, have been trying to imagine other futures. Design has a strong future-orientation and seems to answer with something ”new”, regardless of what the challenge is. But what can the academic freedom allow us to answer if we’re aligned with methods such as participatory and speculative design & participatory action research and concepts such as care stemming from feminist technoscience? My answers include composting done by common mealworms in domestic environments, plant-pollinator relationships out of sync and a Tiny House on Wheels.”
- Cornelius Holtorf, UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures.
You are welcome to meet and discuss the keynotes in a panel conversation. Those who wish are kindly invited to express interest in being part of a network application on academic freedom and social change from a humanistic and social science perspective focusing on methods/applications as social solidarity, intellectual diversity, responsibility toward society, and what that could and should mean.
The afternoon session is a joint exploration of how academic freedom and social change can be practiced in media and journalism. To create an inclusive approach to this, you can participate by presenting your idea/project/call for cooperation.
The one-day conference is free of charge and for all interested, taking place online via zoom.
The conference is co-financed by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Media and Journalism and The Knowledge Environment A Questioned Democracy.
Please note that all times are local Swedish time CET (Central European Time)
Links to the conference room (using the Zoom platform) will be provided in the morning the same day the conference starts.
Tuesday 24 November
Part 1 (in English)
9.00 Registration and questions
9.30 Introduction Pernilla Severson, Associate Professor, Lena Kulmala, University coordinator for the membership in Scholars at Risk and Camilla Andersson Lundqvist, Senior Internationalisation Officer
9.45-10.00 Keynote 1: Tamara Witschge
10.05-10.20 Keynote 2: Cornelius Holtorf
10.25-10.40 Keynote 3: Renaud de la Brosse
10.45-11.00 Keynote 4: Åsa Ståhl
11.05-11.20 All conference participants in breakout rooms for group discussions, providing comments and questions for panel conversation
11.25-11.55 Panel conversation
11.55-12.00 Summarizing and closing part 1
12.00-13.15 Lunch break
Part 2 (in Swedish)
13.15-13.30 Introduction Pernilla Severson
Project/Idea presentations for researchers and practitioners on action research for media and journalism.
13.30-13.45 Idea presentation 1: Nina Hjelmgren, Journalistfonden
"Stereotypes in journalism, effects on media consumers and media researchers"
13-45-14.00 Idea presentation 2: Annelie Frank, Fojo
"Communicative strategies against society´s information disruption"
14.00-14.15 Idea presentation 3: Pernilla Severson and guests, Linnéuniversitetet
"Media and journalistm action research as future challenges in the Nordic countries: peopole, culture and technology"
14.15-14.35 Breakout room sessions
Participants will be assigned to breakout room based on interest for specific idea presentation.
14.35-14.50 Group presentations
14.50-15.00 Summarizing and closing of the conference
Call for project ideas and presentations
Academia for media and journalism development
In today’s society, it is important not to separate research from journalism practice. They complement each other and in that sense it is relevant to bridge the gaps between the academics and practitioners. Media related research should not be far from the society’s needs. On the contrary, it has to evolve from those needs and help in the change process.
Media scholars and media professionals are cordially invited to participate in a collaborative arena during the afternoon session. Come and present, discuss and get support for your ideas on the main issues and challenges in the field today.
The main themes cover the following issues, but are not limited to them. All innovative ideas are welcomed.
- AI in today’s newsroom: how can it influence the newsroom culture?
- Newsroom challenges
- Covering migrants-Can stereotypical representations in media end?
- Problems in covering marginalised areas
- Transmedia story telling- Challenges and solutions
- Fake news in a digital era. Questioning the validity of information disseminated on different media platforms
- Branding journalists on social media
Contribute with your project idea presentation in the registration system. Contact Mahitab Ezz El Din, firstname.lastname@example.org, Senior Lecturer, if you have any comments and queries regarding your interest in presenting project ideas in part 2 of the conference. Please note that it is possible to take part in the afternoon session also for interested participants that are not presenting project ideas.
All projects will have time to present and to be discussed.
The latest date for registering interest is 19 November (please click registration link under section Registration for details).
A "digital conference" - how does that work?
Connecting to Zoom
If you do not already have the Zoom client installed on your computer, you will need to make the following steps to install and configure Zoom:
- Download the Zoom.us software on the device which you will use for the video conference (Windows, macOS, Android or iOS)
- Test the internet connection and the audio system (microphone + headphones/ speakers) and video (webcam). You can click here to test a Zoom conference meeting.
Steps for the actual video conference:
- Accessing the video conferencing link, in the form of https://zoom.us/j/xxxxxxxxxx, which you will find for each session. This will open the already installed application.
- The authentication in the video conference is done with the email and password previously received from the conference administration.
General recommendations for using Zoom
- Write your name and institution - eg. John Doe - University of Everywhere. In order to see how to do this please read this.
- Keep the microphone turned off when you are not speaking, since background noise can be very distracting.
- In order to talk with the moderators and other speakers try using the chat. Find instructions here.
- In order to share your screen watch this short tutorial.
- During a zoom conference you can give more non-verbal feedback - by raising your hand to ask for permission to speak, or by answering yes / no, etc. To see where you can access them, look at the explanatory images here.
For presenters (key notes & project/idea presentations) - some tips for better technical quality in recordings
- Set your video resolution to 1920x1080. If you use a mobile phone to record, record in landscape (horizontal) format.
- Use a neutral background and record in good light.
- Place yourself slightly to the left or right of the centre of the frame, and make sure not to have too much air above your head.
- Place your camera at the same level as your head.
- Preferably, use a wired lavalier microphone plugged into your computer or phone. In case you do not have access to a lavalier, use a high-quality USB microphone or a high-quality phone headset. Try to avoid large headsets, as these do not look good on video.
- Avoid using a room witch echo or other disturbing sounds.
- Preferably, do not use a virtual background. In case you record in Zoom with a lit green screen behind you, it is ok to use a virtual background.
- Choose mp4 as your file format