The ESA RN18 organising committee is led by:

  • Dr Thomas Allmer, Coordinator of ESA RN18, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Dr Paško Bilić, Vice-Coordinator of ESA RN18, Institute for Development and International Relations, Croatia
  • Dr Tatiana Mazali, Vice-Coordinator of ESA RN18, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy

European Sociological Association (ESA) ‐ Research Network 18: Sociology of Communications and Media Research provides a platform for critical research and debate on questions of power, inequality, identity and social change in increasingly mediatised societies. Key research areas include but are not limited to the Internet, digital and social media, alternative media, media and protest, journalism, media and capitalism, media work, ideology and media discourse, media and gender, global media, public sphere, political communication, theories of media and communication, media policy, media industries, ownership and power.

Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) is the point of reference in Politecnico and Università di Torino for the areas of knowledge that study the processes of territorial transformation and government, both on a local and on a global scale. These processes are analysed from a sustainability perspective in their physical, economic, social, political and cultural aspects, as well as in their interrelationships. DIST promotes, coordinates and manages basic and applied research, training, technology transfer and services for the local community with regard to urban and regional sciences and policies, as well as to spatial, urban and environmental-landscape planning.

Italian National Sociological Association (AIS) was founded in 1983. The AIS has approximately 600 members, it is composed of thematic sections, all of which are a landmark for theoretical reflection and research. The AIS is responsible for maintaining the existing relationships between national and international associations, such as ISA and ESA. The thematic section “Cultural Processes and Institutions” (PIC) of AIS goes back to 1983. Since then, its members have dealt with topics such as communication, art, literature and media (mass media and digital media), material culture, consumption and cultural production. Also because of its composite identity, the PIC section is one of the most numerous of the Italian Association of Sociology.

Italian Scientific Society of Sociology, Culture, Communication (SISCC), established in 2017, includes Full Professors of the Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes. The SISCC works for the advancement of studies in the sociological, social sciences, culture and communication fields. To this end, SISCC promotes collaboration between all scholars interested in these issues, enhancing their relevance both in the scientific-educational field and in the public debate, nationally and internationally, promoting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary discussion.

Fondazione Istituto piemontese Antonio Gramsci (The Antonio Gramsci Piedmont Institute Foundation), since 1974 has been an important point of reference for the production of culture in the city of Turin, a meeting and mediation point for various left-wing cultures and an observatory of the socio-economic development of the city. In recent years the Foundation has gradually specialized in the history of the workers’ movement, associating this vocation with an ever-increasing attention to the critical issues of contemporary society (work, young people, flexibility) and to the new cultural policy trends for local development.

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