The ECREA Communication and Democracy Section invites contributions to an off-year workshop on the political implications of privacy. Questions related to the individual and organizational management of information boundaries spread across the field of communication and media studies. Herein, politics, in a narrow and broader sense, play a role in myriad ways: How can one conceive of privacy as realized within mediated societal and communicative relations? How can we explore the management of privacy affecting processes of institutionalized and practice-based joint decision-making? How is privacy imprinted in technology? Which notions of privacy play a role across policies and media?

This workshop explores contemporary and future directions of commu­ni­ca­tion and media research perspectives on political implications of privacy. Beyond well-established fields of media related privacy research, such as media psychology or privacy activism, we seek for debates across the disci­pline. Political dimensions of privacy emerge in diverse communication and media subfields, such as political commun­ication, journalism, media management or visual communication. We invite diverse contributions, irrespective of whether relational, rational, contextual, differential concepts of privacy or even approaches beyond privacy, such as data justice, are applied.

We look forward to a productive work­shop setting with lively, cross-disciplinary academic exchange that encourages future academic networks. Limited travel grants can eventually made available for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers (decision pending). The eve­ning program includes visiting the beautiful Mainz old town Christmas Market.

Please submit a 500 words abstract until 15 July 2019 to Notification of acceptance will be issued by 31 August 2019.