April 17-19, 2018
School of Journalism and Mass Communications, St. Petersburg State University
The sixth International Conference ‘Comparative media studies in today's world’ took place as part of the Annual Forum ‘Media in the Modern World’, one of the largest events in journalism and mass communications in Russia.
In 2018, the Conference topic was ‘Emotions and Rationality in Mediated Discussions’. The Conference gathered world-leading experts on media psychology, online communication, media linguistics, sociology of communication, and the theory of journalistic text. Keynote speakers of the Conference were Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois in Chicago, an author of numerous popular works on the basics of forming social groups in online discussions, and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, University of Cardiff, the author of the book ‘Emotions, Media and Policy’ (2017). Margreth Lünenborg, Free University of Berlin chaired a session on the study of emotions in the public sphere, where scholars discussed the ‘Affective publics’ project and books on its results.
In total, the Conference featured over 50 presentations by 67 scientists from 12 countries. The podium discussion about the cross-cultural perspectives of the emotionalization of communications brought together experts from Germany, the USA, Hong Kong, and Russia.
The Conference laid a basis for the development of relations between St. Petersburg State University and leading media scientists. In 2019, Professor Papacharissi proposed to publish a special issue of the journal ‘Social Media and Society’ (Scopus SJR Q1) featuring papers of the Conference.