Call for applications for the postgraduate course ‘Platformisation of cultural and audio-visual sectors in the European Union: new policies for new stakeholders’, that will be held from 9-14th of May 2022, at the Interuniversity Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia is now open.
Valerija Barada, University of Zadar, Croatia
Paško Bilić, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Croatia
Lilian Hanania, Hanania Consulting and Sciences Po Paris, France (via Zoom)
Ole Marius Hylland, Telemark Research Institute, Norway
Kylie Jarrett, Maynooth University, Ireland
David Nieborg, University of Toronto, Canada
Jaka Primorac, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Croatia
Aleksandra Uzelac, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Croatia
Bjarki Valtysson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
About the course:
Regulation of digital technologies is high on the EU policy agenda. Platforms capture the attention of policy makers due to their dependence on user data, impacts on traditional cultural and audio-visual supply and demand, transnational reach, and excessive concentration of power. Academic approaches focusing on different facets of platforms have been many (e.g. Gillespie, 2010; Jin, 2015; Mansell, 2015; Srnicek, 2017; Rochet and Tirole, 2003) with selected authors speaking of the rise of platform society (van Dijck et al, 2018) and platformisation of cultural production (Poell et al, 2021). The main focus of this course will be on the role of EU policies on online platforms that affect supply and demand of cultural and audio-visual production. Attention will be given to unpacking social, political and economic dimensions of platformisation, moving beyond deterministic usage of term.
Questions that the course will tackle are: How can we interpret changes in EU policies relating to online platforms and cultural and audio-visual sectors? How are they balancing market competition with cultural diversity and pluralism? Can we talk about European digital cultural policies and what are they entailing? What new stakeholders are emerging and what new policies are created? What new types of creative labour practices are brought about by the online platforms? What theoretical frameworks would be best suited to interpret these changes?
We welcome PhD candidate submissions from a wide variety of theoretical and/or empirical approaches (e.g. sociology, cultural studies, economy) to the study of the impact of platforms on (policy) developments of cultural and audio-visual sectors.
The course is offering 2+2 ECTS points (2 for participation and 2 for presentation).
Limited number of partial scholarships available.
Deadline for applications: 10th of April 2022
Decision on acceptance: 18th of April 2022
Application form is available at the following link