Event - Masterclass Engaging Journalism’s Future (Brussels)
On Wednesday 8 May 2013 Prof. Barbie Zelizer will give a masterclass at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The master class consists of a short lecture by Prof. Zelizer and a workshop where Prof. Zelizer and a second respondent will give feedback on and discuss PhD students’ research.
- International PhD Master class ‘Engaging journalism’s future’ with Prof. Barbie ZELIZER
- Wednesday 8 May 2013
- Free University Brussels (VUB)
- Submission deadline: 4 March 2013
Barbie Zelizer is a Professor of Communication, and holds the Raymond Williams Chair of Communication and is Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. A former journalist, Prof. Zelizer's work focuses on the cultural dimensions of journalism, with a specific interest in journalistic authority, collective memory, and journalistic images in times of crisis and war. She also works on the impact of disciplinary knowledge on academic inquiry.
The master class will start with a short lecture by Prof. Zelizer that deals with the academic study of journalism as well as the relation between journalism and the academy.
After the lecture, a maximum of 6 PhD students will get the opportunity to present their research. Prof. Zelizer and a second respondent (depending on the topic of the research) will give feedback on each of the students individually. The masterclass provides an excellent opportunity to get feedback on research but also allows for more informal discussion of theoretical and methodological issues. To this end, PhD students are also expected to participate actively in discussion about each others’ research. Each student will have 15 minutes to present his or her research. This will be followed by 30 minutes of feedback and discussion per student.
The masterclass is interdisciplinary. Students working on journalism from disciplines such as communication studies, history, law, linguistics, political science, philosophy, and sociology are invited to submit. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following dimensions of journalism:
- Journalism and collective memory
- Journalism in times of crisis and war
- The place of images in journalism
- Journalism and everyday life
- Journalistic authority, journalism as a profession, journalistic identity, the ideology of journalism
- The academic study of journalism, journalism and the academy
Students working on other topics related to journalism will also be taken into consideration. Priority will be given to students who work on the above topics and on the cultural dimensions of journalism in general.
Interested PhD students should send their academic CV as well as a 300-word description of their research project to benjamin [dot] de [dot] cleen [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be by Monday 4 March 2013. A maximum of six PhD students will be selected by 11 March.
PhD students participating are expected to submit a short research paper (between 1500 and 2000 words) before 15 April 2013. This paper should include a short description of the research project including theoretical framework and methodology, as well as questions to be discussed with Prof. Zelizer.
A (small) budget is available for the (partial) refund of travel expenses for students studying abroad. If you are a student travelling to Brussels from abroad, please indicate your expected travel expenses in your application for the master class.
Selected doctoral students registered with the VUB doctoral school will receive 2 ECTS by submitting a paper in time, by presenting their research, and by active participation in the master class.
Students are expected to read the following text in preparation for the master class: Zelizer, Barbie (2009) Journalism and the Academy. In: Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin & Hanitsch, Thomas (eds.) Handbook of journalism studies. New York & London: Routledge, pp. 29-41 (the text will be provided to the participants by the organizers)
The master class is hosted by the VUB Doctoral School of Human Sciences and is organized by the department of Communication Studies of the VUB, the Brussels Platform for Journalism, and the research centres Cemeso and iMinds-SMIT. Barbie Zelizer visits the VUB as Corelio chair holder 2012-2013.