Conference and Spring School: Comparative Media Systems — 100 Years of Media Systems in Southeast Europe
8th Graduate Spring School & Research conference on
Comparative Media Systems
100 Years of Media Systems in Southeast Europe – the legacy of Yugoslavia
Inter University Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 15-20 April 2019
In cooperation with the ECREA CEE Network and EU COST Action New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent (NEP4DISSENT)
In October/December 2018 the 100 year anniversary of the first Yugoslavia passed with hardly any examination of its impact in its successor countries. In this research conference and graduate spring school we wish to examine the legacy of Yugoslavia in the present day media systems in the countries of the region. How can we explain their divergent media systems trajectories in the countries which spent 70-ish years in a shared state? Why is it that the freedom of expression, independence and autonomy of the media in the countries in the region exhibit consistently lower scores then in the countries of Central Europe, almost 30 years after the beginning of post-communist democratic transition? How do these post-communist media systems compare to media systems in western democracies, and can commonalities be found in sufficient degree so that they might be included in the same typology? Or, are these media systems so marked by their communist antecedents that they merit the special type of “post-communist media system”?
The course & research conference will explore the issue from a historical institutionalist perspective (Peruško 2016). Present day media systems in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia will be analyzed with this comparative longitudinal optics.
A special focus will be put on the socialist experience with the media in Yugoslavia, the differences or similarities of media agendas and strategies within different republics. The examples and cases of dissent in the media and popular culture will also be examined. The course will examine comparative examples from other European regions that at one time in the past 100 years were at the periphery of Europe, especially the Mediterranean countries.
The course includes a one day hands-on methodological workshop on the design and implementation of fuzzy set QCA and the accompanying statistical analysis.
This eight “slow science” IUC-CMS is an interdisciplinary research conference & post-graduate course open to academics, doctoral and post-doctoral students in media, communication and related fields engaged with the issue of media and media systems, that wish to discuss their current work with established and emerging scholars and get relevant feedback.
To enroll in the course and for more information go to https://www.iuc.hr/course-details.php?id=1161. For further information about academic matters please contact the organizing course director: professor Zrinjka Peruško firstname.lastname@example.org, Centre for Media and Communication Research (www.cim.fpzg.unizg.hr), Department of Media and Communication, Faculty of Political Science (www.fpzg.unizg.hr), University of Zagreb (www.unizg.hr).