Political Economies of the Media.

Theories and Methods.

Summer School at the IUC Dubrovnik

Starting in 2023

An Advanced Post-Graduate Course

First edition of this biennial summer school took place at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik (Croatia) between 11th and 15th of September 2023. Next edition is planned for 2025.

Supported by Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb. ECTS programme in cooperation with Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

This course is open to PhD and advanced MA students. Applications closed on 15th of April 2023.

Days Left for the Application
Applications are now closed. We will let you know of our future summer schools in due time.

Course description

The course aims to explore traditional (e.g. ownership, production, content, consumption, labour, regulation) and contemporary (e.g. algorithms, platforms, data, artificial intelligence) perspectives on the media from the lens of critical political economy. The course will explore how capital and the state(s) control, regulate and form the media (broadly conceived as ranging from traditional printed press to algorithms and software) in societies shaped by persistent social inequalities. The level of analysis can vary from macro phenomena of geopolitics, transnational, national and institutional dynamics, through mid-range phenomena of the structure(s) of the public sphere(s), to micro-phenomena of class-based conditions shaping inequalities of access and skill for using the media and software in everyday life and for work.

Keynote Speakers

Abstracts of the keynote talks are now available by clicking on the keynote speakers.

Course Directors

  • Submitting your CV (maximum two pages), title and an extended abstract of your presentation (maximum two pages with references) by 15 April 2023 to political.economies.of.the.media@gmail.com
  • Course directors will review applications, and final decisions on acceptance will be sent by 15 May 2023.
  • Accepted applicants will be invited to submit 6 to 9,000-word research papers by 1 September 2023, with an option of future publication of the paper.
  • Relevant information
  • Participants pay a registration fee of 50 EUR. A limited number of partial stipends and registration waivers will be available. If you are interested in participation support, please indicate in your application.
  • After the course, the applicants will be encouraged to submit their papers for review in an international peer-reviewed journal in the field of political economy.
  • Only PhD students can receive 10 ECTS points upon course completion, which entails a submitted research paper, paper presentation and full-week active participation in the course.
  • The summer school is supported by Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, Croatia.

    ECTS programme is carried out in cooperation with Faculty of Social Sciences (FDV), University of Ljubljana.