Keynote speakers – University of Copenhagen

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Peter Dahlgren is Emeritus Professor of media and  communication studies at Lund University, Sweden.  His current research interests involve redefining the political in the context of the Internet and new communication technologies, the evolution of the media, and contemporary socio-cultural processes, including identity formation. He has published several books and many articles in the fields of journalism and political communication, dealing particularly with television journalism, democracy, citizenship and the public sphere.

Jan A.G.M. van Dijk is Professor of communication sciences and the sociology of information society, as well as chair of the Department of Media, Communication and Organization, and of the Center for eGovernment Studies, at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. His research focuses on the social, political and cultural aspects of communication technologies. He teaches courses in general introduction to communication theories and models, and social or policy aspects of the new media or ICTs, among others. He is also an advisory of the European Commission on issues related to ICT.

Anders Henten is Professor at the centre for Communication, Media and Information technologies (CMI) at Aalborg University in Copenhagen. His main areas of research are regulation of telecommunications, political economy of ICTs, and ICT based business models. He teaches courses in telecommunication markets, regulation of telecommunication, and standardization in telecommunication at the Technical University of Denmark and the IT University in Copenhagen. He has participated in various research projects for international organizations and institutions, such as the Nordic Council of Ministers and the World Bank.

Zizi Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research addresses the fields of political communication and new media, with a focus on citizenship, democracy and the public sphere in the digital context. She has published extensively on the social and cultural aspects of online media, such as virtual communities, self presentation online, identity and culture on social media. She teaches courses in Digital Democracy, New Media Theory, and Communication Research Methods, among other topics.

Hans-Jörg Trenz is Professor for Modern European Studies at the University of Copenhagen and Professor at ARENA Centre for European Studies at University of Oslo, Norway. He has a background in media and communication and sociology of European integration, with previous positions held in Norway, Germany and Italy. A major part of his published work deals with aspects of (new) media and political communication in Europe, from a public sphere perspective. His research interests also include European civilization and identity, migration and ethnic minorities, cultural and political sociology, political theory and democracy.