Information, Medium & Society: Eighteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies - Virtual Conference

  • 2020 Special Focus–The Role of Scholarly Communication in a Post-Truth Era: Lessons Learned, Futures Gained?
  • 3 July 2020
  • Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy

2020 Special Focus–The Role of Scholarly Communication in a Post-Truth Era: Lessons Learned, Futures Gained?

The dissemination of misleading or biased information is not a new phenomenon. Nor is it new for politically motivated forces to drive public misinformation. But, in the era of the internet, the intensity, scale, and global flow of rhetorically skewed messages raises new challenges with real implications. In the fields of scientific knowledge there are planetary implications for the future of human life. In the fields of social or cultural knowledge, the cohesion of peoples and societies is at stake. We are experiencing a fragmentation and polarization of a social life, in part media driven. A move away from principles of mutual trust and shared assumptions about the empirical verifiability of reality are at the very base of existing knowledge structures.

This year’s special focus seeks to ask: what is the role of scholarly communication in this ‘truth’ landscape? What is the role of the scholar in public discourse, and the responsibilities of the scholarly publishing system? Are there qualities that make this domain of information production uniquely suited as a mechanism for intervention? If ‘mainstream media’ and the ‘digital sphere’ are caught up in the battle for the ‘truth’ landscape what role can the scholarly author, funder, librarian and publisher play in building trust? What is the role of their systems for assessing validity, ensuing accessibility, and guaranteeing public discoverability of scholarly work?

Plenary Session

Plenary Session

"What does Publishing Have to Do with Post-truth?"

Jayson Harsin, Associate Professor, Department Chair - Global Communications, The American University of Paris, Paris, France

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Introduction: Publishing as a Social Practice: Considering Publishing Studies

Dr. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope, Research Network Chair, Chief Social Scientist of Common Ground Research Networks

With the rise of Publishing Studies programs in universities, there has been a “search for a discipline” (Murray 2007, 2–35). But why consider Publishing Studies in and of itself? Does the social practice of publishing need its own disciplinary frame? Or do conceptual models adequately live in other disciplines, from Information and Library Sciences, to the Sociology of Culture or Literary Sociology, or Communication and Media Studies? Or is Publishing Studies more suited as vocational training, rather than an academic, disciplinary practice, where training of professional practice is subsequently siloed and normalized into sub-categories, genres, and dynamics of practice? With this journal, and the larger Research Network, we seek to offer a framework to approach the question of what makes this domain of social practice unique. We have a twofold aim. On the one hand, we set out to consider the conceptual frames—a social theory of publishing. On other hand, we are equally concerned with considerations of practice—how Publishing Studies shapes the development of a professional community that “lives” in cultures, and societies.

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards re given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2020 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

  • Alba García Martínez, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Annie Jansen, Penn State Brandywine, United States
  • Atefeh Salemi, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd Branch, Iran
  • Daniel Chukwuemeka, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Jenna Walmer, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, United States
  • Paul Venzo, Deakin University, Australia

Virtual Presentations

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Virtual Presentations
Transmedia Origin Stories: Feral, Emergent, and Native Transmedia Storyworlds

Kevin Moloney, Assistant Professor, Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, Ball State University, Indiana, United States

The Comparability of the Independent Variables of Typographic and Substrate Factors in Legibility and Readability Studies: An Integrative Review

Helen Hendaria Kamandhari, Educational Quality Coordinator and Educational Research Specialist, CE2A (Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning), Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), Lima, Peru

New Critical Perspectives - Ethics in Design

Andréa Poshar, Visual Communication Researcher, Turin, Italy

Laura Scherling, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

Solvitur Ambulando: Walking as a Research Method for Creativity

Sandra Cowan, Librarian, Library, University of Lethbridge, Canada

Content Curation in the Digital Age: Using Artificial Intelligence to Visualize and Understand the Knowledge in Your Institutional Repository

Manisha Bolina, Channel Partner Manager - UK and Europe, Business Development, Yewno, United Kingdom

Paolo Sirito, Biblioteca d’Ateneo, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Lost Voices Now Heard: Women, Literature, and Memoir

Janet Crosier, Springfield Technical Community College, United States

Participants, Exam Results and Linguistic Study of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi Carried Out in Granada and Malaga During the Last 10 Years

Chiara Uliana, PhD Candidate, University of Granada, Spain

The Interdisciplinary Dynamics of Post-Phenomenology and Transmedia Storytelling Within a Contextt of Digital Media Design

Randa Aljohani, Assistant Professor, The Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia

Orchida Fayez Ismail, Director of Department, University Level English Department, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia

Digital Literary Studies

Richard Změlík, Assistant Professor, Department of Czech Studies, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

About the Writer's Provisional Beliefs

Carla Luciane, Doctoral Student, Letters, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Writing Semblance and Difference

Hala Ghoneim, Associate Professor, Languages & Literature, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin, United States

Remapping the Castaway Novel: Spatial Adaptation and Identity Formation in Umberto Eco's 'The Island of the Day Before'

Susan Marais, Senior Lecturer, Languages / Academic Literacy, North West University, North-West, South Africa

Academic Librarians' Practices and Perceptions on Web-Based Instruction: Academic Library Patrons as Adult Learners

Deborah M Taylor, Information Consultant, TWI, United States

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Presentations are grouped by general themes. Each presenter's formal, written paper will be available to participants if accepted to the journal.