Keynotes • Plenary Panelists • Program

Each year the Association of Internet Researchers brings individuals to our conference who focus on exciting and emerging areas of Internet research. We are very pleased for 2017 to present our members with two stirring keynote presentations by senior scholars in the field, and a plenary panel with four inspiring researchers.

The full #AoIR2017 Conference Program will be available mid-August 2017.

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Chadwick

Andrew Chadwick (PhD, London School of Economics) is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he founded the New Political Communication Unit in 2007. His latest book is The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013), which won the 2016 International Journal of Press/Politics Book Award for an outstanding book on media and politics published in the previous ten years, and the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Book Award, 2014. His book Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2006) won the American Sociological Association Best Book Award (Communication and Information Technologies Section) and is among the most widely-cited works in its field. Andrew is also Editor of the book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics, which currently features 20 titles. At Royal Holloway, by whom he has been awarded two Teaching Excellence Prizes, he teaches courses on the internet and politics, digital political communication, and the politics of democracy. Andrew is currently writing his next book, Social Media and the Future of Democracy (Oxford University Press). You can visit his website and follow him on Twitter.


Keynote Speaker: Marju Lauristin

Marju Lauristin is a Professor of Social Communication at the Institute of Social Studies at the University of Tartu (since 1995). Her main research interest covers social and cultural transformations on the way from post-communist to information society.

Prof. Lauristin was one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’ in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has since been Chair of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, and minister of Social Affairs of Estonia. Since 2014 she is a Member of European Parliament, where she is involved as a rapporteur in the area of data protection and development of European digital economy and society.


Plenary Panel: Social media and digital activism – #powerful or #meaningless?

Adi Kuntsman’s work explores formations and effects of violence in digital domains – its affective economy and its cultural imageries, its seductive power and its bargaining value. Adi’s work examined communal and political effects of living with violence as a perpetrator, a spectator, a bystander, or a complicit beneficiary. Recent publications include Selfie Citizenship; Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (with Rebecca L. Stein), and Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change (with Athina Karatzogianni).


Kaarina Nikunen is professor of Media and Communication Research at the University of Tampere. Her work explores the ways in which media structures, crafts and shapes participation and our roles as political subjects. Her recent research focuses on the refugee crisis and affectivity of migration debates. She has investigated formation and sensibilities of anti-immigrant movement as well as the emergence of new solidarity movements and refugee voice on social media. She is currently writing a book on media solidarities.


Eugenia Siapera is Deputy Director of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism, in Dublin City University. Eugenia is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Communications and researcher in the areas of social media, journalism, political theory, multiculturalism and cultural diversity and media. She is the author of Understanding New Media (Sage, second edition due 2017) and Global Media and Cultural Diversity (Wiley, 2010) and the co-editor of Radical Democracy and the Internet (with Lincoln Dahlberg, Palgrave 2007) and the Handbook of Global Online Journalism (with Andreas Veglis, Wiley, 2012). She is currently involved in two research projects, one examining racist hate speech in social media, and a second project tracing the changing patterns of media consumption through online streaming.

The full #AoIR2017 Conference Program will be available mid-August 2017.
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