IAMCR 2020 Plenaries


Opening Plenary
Sunday 12 July 15:00 EEST / 12:00 UTC/GMT

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Moderator: Kaarle Nordenstreng, Tampere University

- Welcoming words - IAMCR President Janet Wasko, City of Tampere Mayor Lauri Lyly, Tampere University President Mari Walls
- IAMCR Awards - announced by President Wasko
- Keynotes on conference themeReimagining the Digital Future: Building inclusiveness, respect and reciprocity: Changfeng Chen, Tsinghua University, Executive Dean of School of Journalism and Communication |Klaus Bruhn Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Professor of Communication |Kari Enqvist, University of Helsinki, Professor Emeritus of Cosmology
- Organising teams and introduction to programme


Plenary 1: "Global Communication in the Digital Age" - Monday 13 July 15:00 EEST (12:00 UTC)

  • Chair Kaarina Nikunen, Tampere University 
  • Yuezhi Zhao, Simon Fraser University
  • Maja Mikula, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Gayathry Venkiteswaran, University of Nottingham
  • Gholam Khiabany, University of London


Plenary 2: "The Future of Internet Governance: UN Roadmap for Digital Cooperation" - Tuesday 14 July 15:00 EEST (12:00 UTC)

  • Chair Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Tampere University 
  • Laura de Nardis, American University 
  • Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change
  • Helen Kennedy, University of Sheffield 
  • Xiaodong Lee, Tshinghua University


Plenary 3: "Communication in the post-Covid-19 world" - Wednesday 15 July 15:00 EEST / 12:00 UTC

  • Chair Sinikka Torkkola, Tampere University 
  • Simon Cottle, Cardiff University
  • Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana 
  • Claudia Lago, University of Sao Paulo
  • Wai Han Lo, Hong Kong Baptist University


Plenary 4: "The role of science in global crises" (audio) - Thursday 16 July 15:00 EEST (12:00 UTC)

  • Chair Thomas Tufte, Loughborough University, London
  • Vandana Shiva, India
  • Julieta Fierro, Mexico
  • Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni, South Africa
  • Cees Hamelink, The Netherlands

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The Unclosing: "Continuity and Change in Eras of Risk and Uncertainty" - Friday 17 July 16:30 EEST/ 13:30 UTC

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Moderator: Kaarle Nordenstreng, Tampere University

- Reviewing IAMCR history and launch of Basics of IAMCR history  by Cees Hamelink and Kaarle Nordenstreng.
- Recalling the MacBride Commission (1977-80) and subsequent developments with Juan Somavia, Commission member and former Director General of ILO 
- Highlighting McQuail's Media & Mass Communication Theory 7th ed. with Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam 
- Reflecting on the future of media and communication research - two dialogues 
  * Usha Raman, University of Hyderabad / Trine Syvertsen, University of Oslo
  * Laura Ahva, Tampere University / Leonardo Custodio, Åbo Akademi University
- Welcome to Nairobi 2021 
- Concluding thoughts: Outgoing president, Janet Wasko and incoming president, Nico Carpentier