Call for participation in the post-graduate course and research conference 12th Graduate Spring School & Research conference on Comparative Media Systems: Media and Trust

*12th Graduate Spring School & Research conference on Comparative Media Systems: Media and Trust*

co-organized with the ECREA CEE Network IUC, Dubrovnik, 8-12 April 2024

The cultures of trust are different across Europe, linked not only to the present day but also to different histories that shape the present. The broader issue of decreasing trust in institutions and how this impacts democratic governance is also coupled with interpersonal trust in the media. Similarly, trust in media organisations is shaped by different contextual factors in the media system and in different cultural settings, as well as by different practices among media audiences and users. Furthermore, citizens often rely on “trusted systems”, for shopping, banking, health, and everyday sociality. How does this technological trust relate to trust in organisations (governmental, corporate or civil society)?

In the era of automated systems, fake news and deep fakes, how do we understand trust in public communication? How is trust related to truth or fact? In which situations are the editorial, legacy media, the ones that citizens put their trust in? Or, do citizens in certain situations rely more on social media, because the legacy media have been undermined and distrusted alongside with governments, parliaments, and political parties? The situation varies when viewed in the international comparative perspective. What does trust mean for the citizens? How is trust studied methodologically across Europe?

The course will also include a hands-on methodological workshop focusing on comparative methods.

Lecturers include:

Stina Bengtsson, Södertörn University, Sweden

Göran Bolin, Södertörn University, Stockholm

Carmen Ciller, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Susanne Fengler, TU Dortmund, Germany

Anne Kaun, Södertörn University, Stockholm

Paolo Mancini, Università di Perugia, Italy

Antonija Čuvao, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Fredrik Stiernstedt,Södertörn University, Stockholm

Zrinjka Peruško, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dina Vozab, University of Zagreb, Croatia