ARS 2023: Disrupted or disruptive audiences? From reception to participation in a post-truth era

The ECREA Audience and Reception Studies Section, in cooperation with SOPCOM Portugal, Lusófona University/CICANT and NOVA University/ICNOVA, is inviting you to the conference in Porto (Lusófona University), 12-14 September 2023. 

Conference call

Unpredicted events have profoundly affected the lives of citizens around the world. The pandemic disrupted everyday routines and brought about rapid mediatization of numerous practices, from education and theatre-going, to therapy and fitness to name a few. After the first period of heightened orientation towards official information audiences developed different strategies and tactics for navigating the social and media environment – reaching personal networks, looking for alternative sources of news, creating their own content, campaigning or disconnecting from news flows. As we struggled to understand these varied responses to the pandemic, new crises entered the lives of citizens – war in Ukraine, energy and financial crisis, climate crisis, and political upheaval. These created different imagery, sources and relations to be woven into audience practices.