International researchers discuss comparative media studies

August 28, 2013

Untitled Conference «Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World: East meets West» (Working language: English, April 17th, with simultaneous translation into Russian 2013)

We invite you to take part in the English-language pre-conference to our 52nd International conference “Mass Media In The Modern World”. The pre-conference will focus on comparative media studies and in particular on the challenges in analyzing the media systems of transitive democracies such as Russia.

The conference is held in cooperation with German House of Science and Innovation in Moscow, Centre for Germany and European Studies, Consulate Generale of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg and French Insitute in St. Petersburg.

The Annual conference of our School is one of the biggest scientific events in the field of journalism and communication studies in Russia, with more than 200 researchers from different countries coming each year to Saint Petersburg to present their research and to participate in expert discussions on current issues of their scientific field.

Here you can find the program of the pre-conference and also the link to the program of the conference in Russian. We would like to draw your attention to the English-speaking discussion on new media and politics in the frame of the conference on 18th April (please see the information below).



Conference «Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World: East meets West»


April 17

09.00 – 09.30 – Registration

09.30 – 10.00 – Welcome speeches

10.00 – 11.30 – Podium discussion ‘Comparing Media Systems in Internet times: towards a generally applicable methodology?’

Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia, Italy), KatrinVoltmer (University of Leeds, UK), Elena Vartanova (Moscow State University, Russia) Sergey Korkonosenko (St.Petersburg State University, Russia)

Moderation: Svetlana Bodrunova, St.Petersburg State University, Russia

11.30 – 12.00 – Coffee break

12.00 – 13.00 – Panel 1 ‘Explaining and Widening Comparative Media Research’

Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia, Italy) Introduction to the panel

KatrinVoltmer (University of Leeds, UK) Mediated transitions and hybrid regimes: Democratisation in the digital age

Horst Poettker (University of Dortmund, Germany) Public Opinion and Social Control: A Classic Media Theory and its Methodological Preconditions/Implications for Democracy in East and West

Steffen Burkhardt (University of Hamburg, Germany) Media Scandals: A Comparative Research Perspective

Moderation: Sergey Korkonosenko, St.Petersburg State University

13.00 – 13.10 – Break

13.10 – 13.30 – Book presentations

KatrinVoltmer ‘The Media in Transitional Democracies (Contemporary Political Communication)’, John Wiley & Sons, 2013

Anatoly Puyu & Svetlana Bodrunova (eds) ‘Mediacracy: Modern Theories and Practices’, SPbSU Press, 2013

13.30 – 14.30 – Panel 2 ‘Results of Current Comparative Research Projects’

Dmitry Gavra (St. Petersburg State University, Russia) BRICS countries media systems: methodology of comparative study for the 2012-2015 combined research project

Jean-Jacques Cheval (Bordeaux University, France) Necessity of international researches for radio studies: experience of IREN network and beyond

Svetlana Bodrunova (St. Petersburg State University, Russia) Empirical comparative research in media and politics: ‘Mapping Mediacracies’ project

Swenja Kopp (Hamburg University, Germany), Journalism in hybrid regimes in sub-Saharan Africa. Comparing the cases of Kenya, Malawi and Zambia

Moderation: Anna Litvinenko, St.Petersburg State University

14.30 – 15.30 – Dinner

15.30 – 17.00 – Panel 3 ‘Researching Upon the Russian Media System in New Social Circumstances: Methods and Findings’

Elena Vartanova (Moscow State University, Russia) The Russian media model in post-Soviet context

Florian Toepfl (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) Researching New Media Audiences in a Hybrid Regime: How Young Russians Decode State TV and Oppositional Blogs

Svetlana Bodrunova & Anna Litvinenko (St. Petersburg State University, Russia) Russian hybrid media system: Mechanism of online-to-offline spill-over on the example of the ‘For fair elections’ movement

Dmitry Gavra (St. Petersburg State University, Russia) Russian journalists’ professional cultures: the first findings from the BRICS countries media research project

Olessia Koltsova (National Research University – Higher School of economics in St.Petersburg, Laboratory for Internet Studies (LINIS)) Social Media and the Rise of Protest Movements: Lessons from Russia in a Globalized World

Moderation: Marina Berezhnaya, St.Petersburg State University

April 18-19

52th Annual conference ‘Mass Media in the Modern World. St.Petersburg Readings’

April 18

The main working language is Russian. Evens in other languages include:

10.15 Keynote speech. Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia, Italy) Media fragmentation: technology, market segmentation and pluralism (in English)

16.00 – 18.00 Round table ‚Neue Medien und Politik in Deutschland und in Russland‘ (in German, with simultaneous translation into Russian)

Moderators: Steffen Burkhardt (University of Hamburg, Germany), Anna Litvinenko (St.Petersburg State University, Russia)

Statements within the round table:

Horst Poettker (University of Dortmund, Germany) Quo vadis Journalism? Perspectives of an Old Media Profession in the Digital World

Florian Toepfl (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) The Making of Representative Claims: Internet Elections, Mass Media and the Struggle for Power in Contemporary Russia

Angelina Davydova (St.Petersburg State University – Kommersant newspaper, Russia), When social media fail: the case of political mobilization in Russia.


KatrinVoltmer (University of Leeds, UK), Swenja Kopp (University of Hamburg, Germany), Svetlana Bodrunova (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), Anna Smolyarova (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), Pauline Tillmann (freelance journalist, Germany), Katsiaryna Artsiomenka (University of Hamburg, Germany – Belarus), Anna Litvinenko (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), Kirill Artemenko (editor-in-chief, Bumaga online newspaper, Russia).

More information on the conference «Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World: East meets West» you will find here:

More information regarding the 52nd Annual conference “Mass Media In The Modern World” is available in Russian:

Address: School of Journalism and Mass Communications, St. Petersburg State University,

1 Linia 26, Room 603


Svetlana Bodrunova spasibo-tebe (at)

Anna Litvinenko litvinanna (at)

Anna Smolyarova anna.smolyarova (at)

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