From September 11th to 15th 2023, the Political Economies of the Media summer school was held at the Inter-University Centre (IUC) in Dubrovnik, jointly organised by the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) and the University of Ljubljana.
The aim was to explore traditional (e.g. ownership, production, content, consumption, operation, regulation) and contemporary (e.g. algorithms, platforms, data, artificial intelligence) approaches to media. It questioned how capital and states control, regulate and shape media (from traditional print to algorithms and software) in societies shaped by social inequalities. Geopolitical, transnational, national and institutional processes, structures of the public sphere and conditions that shape the use of media and software in everyday life were analysed.
Presentations were held by eight lecturers: Christian Fuchs and Thomas Allmer from the University of Paderborn in Germany, Benjamin Birkinbine from the University of Nevada in the USA, Toni Prug from the University of Rijeka, Kylie Jarrett from the University of Maynooth in Ireland, Jaka Primorac from IRMO, Jernej Amon Prodnik and Sašo Slaček Brlek from the University of Ljubljana and Paško Bilić from IRMO. Twelve PhD students from different countries participated in the summer school, including the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia and Greece.
More information is available on the website of the summer school: http://poleconmed.net/