Keynote speakers
Noshir Contractor
Northwestern University, the USA
Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Director - SONIC Research Group
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Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University.

Professor Contractor has been at the forefront of three emerging interdisciplines: network science, computational social science and web science. He is investigating how social and knowledge networks form – and perform – in contexts including business, scientific communities, healthcare and space travel. His book Theories of Communication Networks (co-authored with Peter Monge) received the 2003 Book of the Year award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Recipient of numerous other prizes and awards, including the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association and the Lifetime Service Award from the US Academy of Management, he is now ICA President-Elect-Select for the term of 2021-2022.

Barbie Zelizer
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Raymond Williams Professor of Communication,
Associate Dean for Research, Director of Center for Media at Risk
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A former journalist, Barbie Zelizer is known worldwide for her work on journalism, culture, memory and images, particularly in times of crisis. She has authored or edited fourteen books, including the award-winning About To Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford, 2010) and Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory Through the Camera's Eye (Chicago, 1998), and over 150 articles, book chapters and essays.

In 2009-2010, she served as ICA President. In 2020, Zelizer was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She is also a recipient of a large number of research fellowships and awards, including those by National Communication Association, Harvard University, Stanford University, Fulbright, and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Barbie Zelizer is also a media critic, whose work has appeared in The Nation, PBS News Hour, CNN, The Huffington Post, Newsday, Liberation and other media organs, as well as a former Judge of the Peabody Awards for Excellence in Electronic Media. Her work has been translated into French, Korean, Turkish, Romanian, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, and Portuguese.
Thorsten Quandt
Professor of Communication Studies, University of Münster
Director, Center for Digitized Public Spheres Research (ZEDOE)
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Thorsten Quandt is today Head of Chair of Online Communication at University of Münster and Director of ZEDOE, a leading research center on dititized public spheres.

Professor Quandt was holding the Chair of Online Communication and Interactive Media at the University of Hohenheim from 2009-2012, where he also served as the Director of the Institute of Communication Studies in 2012. From 2007-2008, he was an Assistant Professor of journalism research at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, where he also served as a Guest Professor in 2006. Furthermore, he has been working as a lecturer and researcher at various other universities, including LMU Munich, Berlin University of the Arts, and Technical University Ilmenau. He was also a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Oxford, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a visiting scholar at the Indiana University, Bloomington.

He (co-)published more than 100 scientific articles and several books. His work was awarded with several scientific prizes, including various top paper awards. He's currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Communication, and an Executive Board Member of ECREA. His research and teaching fields include online communication, media innovation research, digital games and journalism. In 2021, he has edited a special issue in Media and Communication on dark participation, the umbrella concept he has suggested for desctructive user behaviors online.

Oscar T. Westlund
Professor at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Editor-in-chief, Digital Journalism
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Oscar Westlund (PhD) is Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University, where he leads the OsloMet Digital Journalism Research Group. He holds secondary appointments of associate professorship level at Volda University College and University of Gothenburg (Norway).

Professor Westlund specializes in journalism, media management, and news media consumption for proprietary news media platforms such as news sites and mobile applications, as well as with regards to social media platforms non-proprietary to the news media. His recent research focus has also been on epistemologies of digital news production and disinformation practices, on which he currently leads a research project funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. His four most recent books were all co-authored/co-edited and published with Routledge in 2020: What is Digital Journalism Studies?, Critical Incidents in Journalism, Definitions of Digital Journalism (Studies), and Mobile News. For his work, he has been awarded a number of international prizes, including the prestigious ICA Journalism Studies Division Outstanding Journal Article of the Year award (shared with Seth Lewis).

Oscar Westlund is the Editor-in-Chief of Digital Journalism, and has also guest edited special issues for a handful other leading international journals. He also hosts a program of international visitorship at OsloMet.
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