2019 Conference Athens

Conference on Children’s Online Worlds, Digital Media and Digital Literacy

24-25 May 2019, Athens, Greece

[update!] Deadline for abstract submission: 20 January 2019Please send abstracts (500 words max) to athenskidsyouthmedia@gmail.com for blind review.

Notification date is 15 February 2019.

Conference Website

Host: Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of Economics and Political Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA),

Organizers: Liza Tsaliki  etsaliki@media.uoa.gr  & Despina Chronaki despinachronaki@gmail.com

Call for papers: Digital media is not just part of children’s cultures but is inherently part of their everyday practices through which they explore and construct the world. Within this context, children develop a large range of literacy skills and practices related to education, consumption of media and cultural texts, lifestyle, sexuality. Young people use digital media for school work, communication, flirting, news consumption, political engagement, activism or for interaction with their favourite celebrities (on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms). As such, digital media serve as a multipurpose platform of self-performance, identity construction and self-projection, enriching children’s lived experiences and everyday culture. Considering such skills and practices as agentic claims to citizenship and claims to broader participation in different aspects of the public discourse, we invite contributions from researchers working within media studies, cultural studies, education, psychology and sociology, looking at how children develop or engage with literacy practices through the use of digital media and cultural consumption.

More specifically we welcome research from (though not exclusively) the following topics:

  • Children’s digital media uses for self-performance and identity construction
  • Children’s approaches to risk, safety and literacy
  • Social media practices, self-regulation and mediation in the context of media literacy
  • Celebrity culture as media literacy
  • Literacy skills as part of children’s citizenship rights
  • The role of popular culture in developing children’s literacy skills
  • Innovative methodologies in researching children’s media literacy
  • Children’s online worlds and cultural consumption

Please send abstracts (500 words max) to athenskidsyouthmedia@gmail.com for blind review.

Keynote speaker– David Buckingham. Friday 24 May 2019 (morning session) @  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 30 Panepistimiou Street, Amphitheatre Argiriadis.

Location: 1 Sofokleous and Aristidou, Athens 10559, 3rdfloor.

We estimate for 35- 40 presenters. Participation fees are set at 70 euros per person. Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and dinner expenses. Participation fees will cover registration (Thursday 23 May 2019, 18.00- 20.00, Department of Communication and Media Studies, 1 Sofokleous street, 1stfloor; registration will be completed on Friday morning, for those arriving later on Thursday); and coffee/snacks/lunch for the duration of the TWG on Friday and Saturday. Successful participants will be given a NKUA bank account to send their fees.

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