The conference will be hosted by the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. The Faculty is located at Ivana Lučića 3, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia. The event is co-organized by the Croatian Sociological Association (HSD), Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) and the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (FFZG).
The ESA RN18 organising committee is led by
Dr Roy Panagiotopoulou, Coordinator of ESA RN-18, University of Athens
Dr Romina Surugiu, Coordinator of ESA RN-18, University of Bucharest
Dr Thomas Allmer, Co-coordinator of ESA RN-18, University of Stirling
Dr Marisol Sandoval, Co-coordinator of ESA RN-18, City University of London
The local organising committee includes:
Dr Paško Bilić, Chair of the organisational board, Department for Culture and Communication, Institute for Development and International Relations
Dr Kruno Kardov, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Zagreb
Dr Jasminka Lažnjak, President, Croatian Sociological Association
Dr Helena Popović, Department of Journalism, Faculty of Political Science. University of Zagreb
Dr Jaka Primorac, Department for Culture and Communication, Institute for Development and International Relations
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 mediatized 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.
HSD – Croatian Sociological Association is the professional non-profit association of sociologists of around 300 members, founded in 1959 as Sociological Association of Croatia. The association’s current name dates from 1992, when the association became a member of the International Sociological Association. It is also a member of the European Sociological Association. Currently, the Croatian Sociological Association has eleven specialised sections covering broad areas and social domains and has been publishing the scientific journal Sociological Review since 1971. Sociology as an academic discipline has a long tradition in Zagreb. The first chair for criminal studies and sociology was established in 1906 at the Faculty of Law as the first sociology chair in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In 2018 the Association celebrates the centenary of the first Sociological Society Zagreb that was founded in 1918 and active until 1932.
IRMO – Institute for Development and International Relations was founded by the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in 1963 as the Africa Research Institute. Its research focus evolved from the study of post-colonial Africa, through the developing countries of Asia and Latin America and finally towards the global development processes. Currently, the Institute is organized into four departments: Department for International Economic and Political Relations, Department for European Integration, Department for Resource Economics, Environmental Protection and Regional Development, and the Department for Culture and Communication. Within its interdisciplinary approach, the Department for Culture and Communication studies social, political and economic underpinnings of digital culture, digital networks, cultural and media industries, cultural and media policies, and other areas.
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb was founded on the initiative of Rudi Supek in 1963. Today the Department of Sociology is one of the leading institutions in Croatia in development and transmission of evidence-based knowledge of Croatian society and social processes in the region. The Department consists of eleven subject area divisions with a strong research tradition in the areas of sociology of sexuality, military and war, quantitative methodology, and urban and migration studies. Current research orientation of the Department covers the area of inequality, socio-demography, security and digital transformation.