The 11th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference CEECOM 2018,
Szeged, Hungary, May 30 - June 1, 2018
The 11th CEECOM Conference took three days to discuss the main conference topic: the diverse issues and relations between the ‘communicative space and political space’, and to present the whole range of concepts and findings which describe the current state of research on the CEE media and communication issues. The relatively dense program left not so much time for discovering the enchantment of the town of Szeged (although the organizers planned some sightseeing attractions as the night baths, a wine tour, or visit to the salami Pick Museum).
By picking the central topic set as ‘a broad spectrum of ideas related to on-going changes and transformations of the concept of space’, the conference organizers aimed at highlighting such perspectives as those of the ‘physical political spaces as communicative spaces’, ‘mediatized spaces’, ‘social and control issues in politics and media’, ‘online / digital spaces’, and ‘the regulatory nature of politics and media’.
Epp Lauk, an Estonian representing the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, Jérôme Monnet from the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Sabina Mihelj from Loughborough University, and András Bozóki from the Central European University in Budapest were the keynote speeches. Apart from keynote presentations, the program of the CEECOM conference included 34 thematic sessions and more than 140 presentations. The panelist split into two groups: of these who followed the central theme, and of those who remained consistent with their traditional topics. Related to this issue, there were nine thematic sessions oriented to the ‘communicative and political space’. For a duty of a chronicler, let’s recall the titles: ‘Political Space of Entertainment in Late Night Talk Shows and Prison Radios’, ‘Secular and Sacred Public spheres’, ‘Spaces of the nation: constructing spaces, memories and rituals’, ‘Politics, Music and a Diva: Spaces of Entertainment, ‘Spatial Experience and Mediated Places in Central and Eastern European Television Fiction’, ‘Discursive sense of place: time-space (de)compressions in the times of uncertainty’, ‘Activism, Communication and Locality’, ‘The Politics of Space and Contemporary Media’, and ‘Understanding digital space beyond web analysis’. Further on, there were twenty five thematic sessions which provided the whole spectrum of the research and expert knowledge on media and communication in the Central and Eastern Europe. Also from this point of view the 11th CEECOM conference was a great success.
Text: Jacek H. Kołodziej email@example.com