The 8th International Media Readings in Moscow "Mass Media and Communication - 2016"



On November 17-18, 2016 the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, is holding The 8th International Media Readings in Moscow "Mass Media and Communications – 2016".

The topic of the conference is "Expanding Media Frontiers in the XXI century: The Impact of Digitalization upon Media Environment".

The conference aims to discuss current transformations of media systems across the world, identify factors, which may lead to these transformations, outline possible outcomes of this ‘homogenization’ trend for national cultures and identities, and to discuss best ways to classify media systems in the current context, relying on fundamental works of Siebert, Peterson & Schramm (1956), McQuail (2000), Hallin & Mancini (2004) and other scholars.

General topics and questions for discussion:
  • How have media systems of different countries changed in the course of the XX-XXI centuries? What are the reasons for that?
  • What is the future of traditional print media (newspapers, magazines, books) in the age of digitalization?
  • How important is the role of social, political, cultural and technological influences in transforming media systems across the world?
  • Do media systems of European, Asian, African, American or Australian countries still retain their national specifics, and if so, to what extent? How are these specific features reflected in print media, broadcasting and online media?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the ‘homogenization’ trend for national cultures, identities, and subsequently for national media markets?
  • Is there a need for a new classification of media systems across the world? If so, what criteria should be used to describe current state of media systems (political regimes, culture values, role of the state, professionalization of journalism, etc.)?

Confirmed keynote speakers:
  • Professor François Heinderyckx, Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication, Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Professor Kaarle Nordenstreng, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere (Finland)
  • Professor Sonia Virginia Moreira, Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil)
  • Professor B. P. Sanjay, College of Integrated Studies, University of Hyderabad (India)
  • Dr. Jia Lerong, Associate Professor, Institute of Communication Studies, Communication University of China (China)

Local organizing and program committees are headed by Professor Elena Vartanova, Dean, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Deadline for submitting abstract (up to 1000 words) and registration is September 30, 2016.
The registration form and abstract should be sent by e-mail to

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at or by phone +7 (495) 629 52 76. 

The official website of the conference  

We encourage those of you who have not sent the papers yet, to do so, and we look forward to seeing many of you in Moscow soon!