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Get to know the four keynote speakers for the ECREA Conference 2022

The four keynote speakers for the ECREA Conference 2022 have been announced, and the Local Organising Committee at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies is proud of the lineup. Read on to get an introduction of the speakers, and to find information about their work.

The ECREA Conference is going to have a broad lineup of speakers, and now the four keynote speakers have been announced. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of ECREA has confirmed Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics), Gary Younge (University of Manchester), Eli Skogerbø (University of Oslo) and Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Utrecht University) as the keynote speakers for the event. The LOC at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies is proud to introduce the four keynote speakers for ECREA 2022.

Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone, DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a professor in the  Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Taking a comparative, critical and contextualised approach, her research examines how changing conditions of mediation reshape everyday practices and possibilities for action. She has published 20 books on media audiences, children and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy and rights in the digital environment, including Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives (OUP 2020). 

Since founding the EC-funded 33 country  “EU Kids Online” research network, and Global Kids Online (with UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti), she has advised the Council of Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OECD, ITU and UNICEF. She chaired LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission and is currently leading the Digital Futures Commission with the 5Rights Foundation. 
See  www.sonialivingstone.net 


Gary Younge

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester in England. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian, he is an editorial board member of the Nation magazine and the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media. He has written five books, most recently Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Award in 2017.  

He has also written for The London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books. Granta, The New York Times, The Financial Times, GQ and The New Statesman, among others, and made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.   His journalism has won him several prizes most recently in 2018, when he received  (Broadsheet) Feature Writer of the Year at the Society of Editors Press Awards Feature of the Year from the Amnesty Media Awards.   In 2015 he was awarded the David Nyhan Prize for political journalism from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. “It’s the powerless on whose behalf he writes,” said the Center’s director.  His other books include: The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century;Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South.  


Eli Skogerbø

Eli Skogerbø is Professor at the Department of Media and Communication and Co-director of  POLKOM - Center for the Study of Political Communication at the University of Oslo. Skogerbø researches political communication In Norway and internationally and has recently co-edited (with Øyvind Ihlen, Nete Nørgaard Kristensen & Lars Nord)  Power, Communication & Politics in the Nordic Countries,  NORDICOM 2021. She  currently  works with different but related topics in political communication and leads and participates in several national and international research projects addressing elections and election campaign communication;  the COVID-19 crisis and crisis communication; and minority and Indigenous political communication. 

Mirko Tobias Schäfer

Mirko Tobias Schäfer is Associate Professor at Utrecht University's research area Governing the Digital Society. He is co-founder and project leader of the  Utrecht Data School. Mirko's research interest revolves around the socio-political impact of (media) technology. With the Utrecht Data School, he investigates how algorithmization and datafication affect citizenship and democracy. Working closely with extra-university partners from government organisations, media, NGO's and corporations, Utrecht Data School does not only investigate the datafied society but takes part in building it. 

Mirko is author of the  book  Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production (Amsterdam University Press 2011), and co-editor (together with Karin van Es) of the  volume  The Datafied Society. Studying Culture through Data (Amsterdam University Press 2017). Together with Tracey Lauriault he is editing the forthcoming volume Making a Difference. Novel Research Methods in the Datafied Society  (Amsterdam University Press 2023). 

Further information about speakers will follow

This year the team behind ECREA have received a record number of submissions responding to the call for papers. Prospective panellists and speakers will receive the results from the peer review process on the 26th of April. The team behind ECREA is working hard to create an exciting and interesting event, and we cannot wait to bring you more information. 

Until then, find more details at the ECREA website: conferences.au.dk/ecrea2022