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30 years of higher education in journalism and communication in Eastern Europe after 1989:
From conquering the freedom of expression to embracing digital communication

May 20-21, 2021

Between 1989 and 1990, in Eastern Europe emerged the first signs of a new social and political reality in which print and audiovisual media played a fundamental role in achieving the freedom of speech. The first years were dedicated to a fervent construction. Thousands of newspapers and magazines, dozens of television and radio stations were founded, contributing to an effervescent context, in contrast to the censorship of the authoritarian regimes in Central and Eastern Europe. In tandem came the interest for studying the impact of media, as well as the increasing need to train future journalists, equipped to undertake their role in a climate free of ideological constraints, and marked by freedom of expression. The post-communist journalism schools chose as models the Western European and American journalism, understood as practice of democracy (Gross, 2001).

Beyond the Paradigm:
Communism and The Cold War, 30 Years After

20 December 2019, 9.00am - 6.00pm
Conference / Symposium
University of Bucharest
FJSC/ University of Bucharest, “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History

How to think beyond the Cold War paradigm, 30 years after the fall of communist regimes?
One question may explore the way the Cold War shaped representations, accounts and narratives for more than half of the past century. Another may seek into the structures of a thought pattern, a worldview configured, in the absence of a direct conflict, by the dynamics of a geopolitical tension. Moreover, it may investigate how a specific ideological dispute was translated into an implicit theoretical model: one that still informs the way local histories of communism are considered, one that still provides a conceptual framework for various topics related to the communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe.  


Appel à Communications


Impact de la digitalisation des formes d'engagement et de débat public

XXIVème colloque franco-roumain en SIC
Bucarest, 31 octobre-2 novembre 2019 

Depuis l’apparition en France du terme d’« intellectuel » au moment de l’Affaire Dreyfus, la
relation d’interdépendance entre intellectuels et médias a préoccupé des historiens, sociologues, politistes, mais aussi nombre de chercheurs en SIC. Sans avoir accès à l’espace public via la presse écrite, l’Affaire Dreyfus n’aurait pas existé : « les défenseurs du capitaine Dreyfus n’auraient probablement pas rencontré un tel écho dans l’opinion au tournant de ce siècle » (Rieffel, 1992). Certains auteurs ont remarqué, au fil du temps, une relation de double contrainte entre intellectuels et médias. D’une
part, ceux-ci ont parfois menacé le statut des intellectuels ; d’autre part, ils ont représenté un canal nécessaire
pour que ces intellectuels s’affirment (Charle, 1990 ; Ory&Sirinelli, 1992 ; Eck, 2003). 


Understanding Transition VII

Voices of the voiceless: New challenges of mobilization and citizen engagement
Bucharest, September 11-12, 2019

The shift from the Habermasian rational dialogue to Bakhtin’s participatory dialogue focuses on convergent or divergent multiple voices. Nowadays the social formations specific to the Habermasian public space have changed. They have been greatly influenced by the technological paradigm (Castells, 2010). The evolution of mass-media and the internet-based technologies have held “the promise of reviving the public sphere” (Papacharissi, 2002). The erosion of the traditional public space has led to “a network society” defined as “a social formation with an infrastructure of social and media networks enabling its prime mode of organization at all levels (individual, group/organizational and societal)” (van Dijk, 2006, p. 20).

Understanding Transition VI

Mediatizing memory: History and its mediatic construction
Bucharest, 11-12 May 2018

The “Mediatizing memory: History and its mediatic construction” international conference is one of the events carried out by FJSC and the University of Bucharest for the celebration of the Great Union Centennial in 2018 in Romania.

the Third International Conference MEDIA and RELIGION

Bucharest, 10-12 November 2017

MEDIA, RELIGION and POPULAR CULTURE: from extraordinary to extra-ordinary

Our conference is addressing religion, the construction of con-sacrated icons and media/popular culture - three fundamental concepts that have become important throughout recent debates on religious and media studies.  It is well known the fact that media, through informative or entertaining content, brings extraordinary events, people, actions or stories to the forefront. These attract the public and allow mass-media messages to pendulate between news and eternal stories that give meaning to our daily lives...


Politique et religion au défi de la communication numérique

22e Colloque bilatéral Franco-Roumain en Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication

Université de l’Ouest de Timişoara, 8-10 Juin 2017

L’intérêt manifesté des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication pour l’impact actuel des nouvelles technologies numériques dans les domaines individuel et social recouvre un certain nombre de problématiques majeures dont celles concernant le politique et le religieux qui revoient à des bouleversements surprenants non seulement en plan symbolique et fonctionnel, mais aussi en termes de structuration et action sociales.


Understanding Transition V

Developing Dialogic Communication
Bucharest, 16-17 March 2017

Philosophy, linguistics, rhetoric, psychology, or relational communication are just four disciplines which lay a great emphasis on dialogue. Involving an effort to recognize the value of the other (Buber, 1970), the concept of dialogue provides a framework for thinking about ethical relationship building in relational communication (Kent, Taylor, 2002).


Discourse, Knowledge and Practice in Society
DiscourseNet 19 Conference

University of Bucharest,
Central University Library of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania
July, 7-8 2017

Keynote Speaker: Isabela Fairclough (University of Central Lancashire)
Distinguished Guest: Norman Fairclough (University of Lancaster)

Discourse Net together with the University of Bucharest, the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies, AFCOM will organize the 19th edition of the Discourse Net (supported by the European Research Council - DISCONEX project).

Discourse Studies comprise a growing body of research which focuses on meaning making as a key activity in society: from a discourse perspective, social phenomena are meaningful phenomena. While discourse researchers insist on the role of ‘language’ (i.e. verbal and nonverbal signs) for the social production of meaning, they commonly point out the social, political, historical contexts in which it is used. Discourse Studies have dealt with objects as diverse as public controversies and classroom interactions, the social web, bodily gestures and urban landscapes. In these studies, discourse is never seen as a pure linguistic activity. Rather, it is intertwined with what people know and with what they do in society. Discourse, in other words, raises the question how language is related to knowledges and practices in society.

Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies
SPARTA Research Center
Doctoral School in Communication Sciences
the international workshop


Bucharest, October 14, 2016
European Public Space, 31 Vasile Lascăr Street, Bucharest

This workshop is supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, CNCS-UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-0599.

  In the European Communication Monitor (2012), it was highlighted that communication management in organizations has changed from an operational practice of preparing, producing and disseminating communication materials into a full strategic management function, which includes speaking as well as listening and consulting. Since this shift is mainly focused on decentralization, European organizations have less control over their message, have more touchstone points with their publics, and the organizational voice is created by all organizational members interacting with stakeholders (Zerfass et al., 2012, pp. 43-44). Throughout these four years since the ECM (2012) was published, the influence of stakeholders has become more and more visible in the online participatory activities.


Understanding Transition IV

Ways and Challenges to Responsibility
Bucharest, 2-3 June 2016
Casa Universitarilor,
46 Dionisie Lupu Street, Bucharest

Nowadays responsibility is a moral imperative. While reading a daily paper, a news section, an editorial page or an organization’s PR and advertising texts, we are confronted with issues related to responsibility and accountability which may range from credit granting to blame shifting. Being responsible (as a citizen, as an organization, or as a professional body) covers at least three types of duties: legal, social and moral.


Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies
SPARTA Research Center
Doctoral School in Communication Sciences
the international workshop


Bucharest, December 4-5, 2015

This workshop is supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, CNCS-UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-0599.

The democratic, symbolic and communication deficits related to the European Union are pervasive both in the scientific literature and in the official documents issued by EU institutions. Throughout the years, attempts have been made to bridge the gap between EU organizations and European citizens: the European Capital of Culture, the European Years, or EU's online platforms. The main aims of these attempts have been to adopt a ‘bottom-up’ strategy of communication where subsidiarity and decentralization prevail (Pütz, 2002). This approach has focused on listening to, communicating and connecting with citizens by "going local".

Colloque international
3ème édition

"Les sciences et l’incertitude : déterminismes, déterminations, normes, discours"
Bucarest, les 20 et 21 novembre 2015
Villa Noël (6, Rue Emile Zola, Bucarest)


On a vu se multiplier dernièrement les ouvrages, produits dans différentes disciplines, faisant de l’incertitude une des principales caractéristiques du monde dans lequel nous vivons. Les certitudes s’effondrant les unes après les autres, il nous faudrait admettre que nous vivons dans un monde « incertain » et qu’un des défis contemporains serait de penser nos actions, nos décisions, notre épanouissement dans ces temps risqués de l’incertitude. L’objectif de ce colloque est d’interroger ce que ce discours de l’incertitude doit aux sciences et ce qu’il fait aux sciences. La mise
en évidence de relations universellement valables ou probables entre des causes et des effets étant au centre de toute démarche scientifique, on peut en effet s’interroger sur ce qu’induisent les discours invitant à la remise en cause ou à la relativisation de ce postulat. Plusieurs ensembles de questionnements seront explorés.

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Media, Religion and Politics – from sacralization to profanation

Bucharest, 19-22 November 2015

The recent events taking place in France attracted once again the attention on the complex relationship between religion, politics, and mass media. The tragedy of these events and the political and media mobilization that followed run the risk to project them into a singularity cone. However, periodically, the old tension between religion and politics, now inter-mediate by the cultural industries and mass media, reappears in forms more or less obvious.

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3rd ESTIDIA Conference
Dialogue as Global Action:
Interacting Voices and Visions across Cultures

Constanţa, 25-26 September 2015

Due to its engaging, emulating and exploratory nature, dialogue is an essential form of human communication, action and interaction. According to Vygotsky (1978), any true understanding is dialogic in nature. As social human beings, we participate in a wide range of dialogues in various contexts and at different levels, in a shared search for increased understanding of issues and phenomena, for questioning ideas and actions, for joint problem-solving. These multi-layered dialogues have dramatically increased with the widespread use of social media, which now enable members of any social, gender, ethnic, racial or cultural group to raise and make their voices heard while articulating current concerns and addressing critical issues of inequality, discrimination, socio-political underrepresentation and misrepresentation.

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Understanding Transition III

Bucharest, 1-3 July 2015

The last fifty years have brought more technical innovations than the centenarian that preceded the Industrial Revolution. Since technological advances proposed by researchers such as A. Turing, V. Cerf, T. Bern-Lee, S. Brin and L. Page, socially transmitted individual or collective actions are part of a trend that seems perpetual. The differences in perception, generations hold, seem to be obvious, and this is true also for the mastery of technology. This phenomenon is accentuated and its existence was acknowledged with the "digital natives" and the gradual appearance of "the digital immigrants" (the label for all previous generations), as they were identified by Marc Prensky, which tends to point to the cultural and behavioral differences.

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