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2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Special journal issue on Histories of media(ted) participation

This special issue takes on the challenge to combine historical research with the study of participatory media, and participation in/through the media. The attention spent on the notion of participation has oscillated over time and within different academic disciplines and societal fields. In recent years, we can see a hopeful celebration of the capacities on online technologies to facilitate (or even embody) participatory practices. Reflections on these ‘new’ technologies in many cases have led to formulations of strong claims to novelty and uniqueness, in combination with processes of amnesia in relation to the societal roles of old media technologies. As Ekström et al. (2011: 4) write: “by overstating the newness of participatory media, the history of audience activity [and media participation] is made invisible and the present elusively vague.” Apart from the need for historical research for its own sake, and the need to show the complexities and differences over time by going back to periods “when old technologies where new” – to quote Marvin’s (1988) book title – historical research is also very necessary to compensate for the mythologies of novelty that characterize contemporary reflections about ‘new’ – or better: online – media. Today’s digital media landscape is of course in constant evolution, and it is important to understand how its patterns of development, not least in regard to its political economy, technical architecture, and socio-cultural usage, embody built-in contingencies that both engender and delimit its efficacy for democratic participation. This special issue contains 6 articles that, each in their own ways, demonstrate the complexities, fluidities and limitations of specific participatory practices, located in the past and present, and the interconnections between different societal fields, such as the technological, the cultural, the political and the journalistic.

Table of Contents

Histories of media(ted) participation: An introduction (p. 7–14)
Nico Carpentier, Peter Dahlgren

Fighting for a regime change through active listening (p. 15–34)
Nelson Ribeiro

For an archeology of online participatory literary writing: Hypertext and hyperfiction (p. 35–54)
Francesca Pasquali

Wrong turns towards revolution? Grassroots media and political participation in Italy (1967-2012) (p. 55–78)
Fausto Colombo

Propaganda, critical media literacy and participation: Tracing memories of the Soviet media (p. 79–104)
Natalija Mažeikiene, Kristina Juraite

The tales of the three digital cities of Amsterdam: The application of ICT for social and political participation (p. 105–130)
Dennis Beckers, Peter van den Besselaar

Historicising the journalist–audience relationships in the internet era: A case study of the Slovenian newspaper Delo (p. 131–156)
Igor Vobic

2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Building Bridges: Pathways to a Greater Societal Significance for Audience Research

The report Building Bridges adresses the questions why, how and for whom academic audience research has public value, from the different points of view of the four working groups in the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies – “New Media Genres, Media Literacy and Trust in the Media”, “Audience Interactivity and Participation”, “The Role of Media and ICT Use for Evolving Social Relationships” and “Audience Transformations and Social Integration”.
Building Bridges is the result of an ongoing dialogue between the Action and non-academic stakeholders in the field of audience research. Altogether, the 14 contributions in the report provide insights and feed the debate on the stakeholders’ respective “inhabited worlds” (the academia being one stakeholder among others), the different modes of researcher-stakeholder interaction, and possible (and desirable) areas of joint interest and collaboration.

Edited by
Geoffroy Patriarche, Helena Bilandzic, Nico Carpentier, Cristina Ponte, Kim C. Schrøder and Frauke Zeller
With contributions by
Jakob Bjur, Mélanie Bourdaa, Göran Bolin, Nico Carpentier, Paula Cordeiro, Peter Dahlgren, Alexander Dhoest, Manuel José Damasio, J. Ignacio Gallego, Dafna Lemish, Jakob Linaa Jensen, Peter Lunt, Maria Francesca Murru, Francesca Pasquali, José-Manuel Noguera Vivo, Lars Nyre, Brian O’Neill, Andra Siibak, Sascha Trültzsch-Wijnen, Nicoletta Vittadini, Igor Vobič and Frauke Zeller
Stakeholder feedback from
Michelle Arlotta (DeAgostini), Andreea M. Costache (Association of Consumers of Audiovisual Media in Catalonia/TAC), Francesco Diasio (AMARC Europe), Marius Dragomir (Open Society Foundations), Sara Elias (BBC Media Action), Dragan Kremer (Open Society Foundations), Muriel Hanot (High Authority for Audiovisual Media/CSA Belgium), Stefan Lazarević (Serbian Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications), Karol Małcużyński (TVP), Jadranka Milanović (UNICEF Belgrade), Leo Pekkala (Finnish Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Media/MEKU), Julie Uldam (Network on Civic Engagement and Social Innovation) and Gabriella Velics (Community Media Forum Europe)

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Human Rights and Development in the New Millenium

  • Author(s): Paul Gready and Wouther Vandenhole
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-415-52729-3

In recent years human rights have assumed a central position in the discourse surrounding international development, while human rights agencies have begun to more systematically address economic and social rights. This edited volume brings together distinguished scholars to explore the merging of human rights and development agendas at local, national and international level. They examine how this merging affects organizational change, operational change, and role of relevant actors in bringing about change. With a focus on practice and policy rather than pure theory, the volume also addresses broader questions such as what human rights and development can learn from one another, and whatever the connections between the two fields are increasing or declining.

2014 | Action Number: TU0905

Challenging Glass 4- Structural Glass-Novel design methods and next generation products

  • Author(s): Christian Louter, Freek Bos, Jan Belis, Jean-Paul Lebet
  • Publisher(s): Taylor&Francis
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-138-00164-0

This proceedings volume of the Challenging Glass 4 & COST Action TU0905 Final Conference held 6-7 February 2014 at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, represents the final Action Publication of the European Research Network COST Action TU0905 "Structural Glass-Novel design methods and next generation products." It contains nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers-published by more than 180 authors from 22 different countries- that focus on the architectural and structural applications of glass in structures and facades. As such, it provides a profound state-of-the-art of structural glass design and engineering. A must-read for all architects, engineers, scientist, industry partners and other enthusiasts interested in this rapidly evolving and challenging domain.

2013 | Action Number: CM1103

Xjenza Online - Journal of Malta Chamber of Scientists

2013 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory P3T3 - 2013 Discussion Papers - PART I: Country Profiles

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2013 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory (P3T3) - 2013 Discussion Papers PART II: Case Studies

  • Pages: 243
  • Author(s): Roumboutsos, A., Farrell, S., Liyanage, C.L., Macario, R. (Eds.)

Part II of the 2013 P3T3 Discussion Papers includes 24 cases originating from 13 countries in Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The largest group, nine cases in total, are road and motorway projects: one of the best known application areas for PPPs. Cases presented range from conventional toll motorways in Greece through a road tunnel in the Netherlands financed by availability payments, to an airport access road built by the Flemish Government using a public sector corporate entity and a “shadow” DBFM agreement. 

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2013 | Action Number: IC0801

Agreement Technologies

More and more transactions, whether in business or related to leisure activities, are mediated automatically by computers and computer networks, and this trend is having a significant impact on the conception and design of new computer applications. The next generation of these applications will be based on software agents to which increasingly complex tasks can be delegated, and which interact with each other in sophisticated ways so as to forge agreements in the interest of their human users. The wide variety of technologies supporting this vision is the subject of this volume. It summarises the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action project on Agreement Technologies (AT), during which approximately 200 researchers from 25 European countries, along with eight institutions from non-COST countries, cooperated as part of a number of working groups. The book is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging field of Agreement Technologies, written and coordinated by the leading researchers in the field. The results set out here are due for wide dissemination beyond the computer technology sector, involving law and social science as well.

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2013 | Action Number: IC0804

Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems

This book constitutes revised selected papers from the Conference on Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems, EE-LSDS, held in Vienna, Austria, in April 2013. It served as the final event of the COST Action IC0804 which started in May 2009. The 15 full papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 31 contributions. In addition, 7 short papers and 3 demo papers are included in this book. The papers are organized in sections named: modeling and monitoring of power consumption; distributed, mobile and cloud computing; HPC computing; wired and wireless networking; and standardization issues.

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2013 | Action Number: IS0702

National Human Rights Institutions in Europe - Comparative, European and international perspective

This book, the result of a COST conference held in Leuven in April 2012, focuses on the functioning and role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Europe in a comparative, European and international perspective. At a time when the European Union is looking for a more coherent and strategic human rights policy, it is important that policy makers and academics pay more attention to the potential role of NHRIs. By bringing together contributions from academics and practitioners, this volume offers insights into the opportunities and challenges that accompany the increasing emergence of NHRIs in Europe and their proliferation on the multiple levels of human rights promotion and protection. Accordingly, this volume aims to inform and further trigger the NHRI debate in Europe.

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2013 | Action Number: A35

Rural societies and environments at risk - Ecology, property rights and social organisation in fragile areas (Middle Ages-Twentieth century)

This book discusses the relationship between ecology and rural society in fragile environments from the Middle Ages until the 20th century, and questions how societies organised land use by property rights.

This book discusses the relationship between ecology and rural society in fragile environments of the past. Rural land use in these areas entailed an inherent vulnerability, for instance because of their poor soils, aridity or their location in mountain areas, near the sea or in severe climatic conditions. The various chapters analyse how societies coped with this vulnerability by way of the organization of property rights to land. These rights formed the framework which shaped the use of the land and were a main constituent of the relationship between mankind and ecology in these fragile areas. To a large extent, therefore, they determined – and still determine - the success or failure of rural societies to cope with the challenges posed by their environment. In their turn, however, these property rights were shaped within a wider social and political context, in which political and ideological considerations, and special interests, also played their part. As a result, the organization of these rights was not always geared towards sustainability, as demonstrated in these chapters, which discuss and analyse long-term developments in several parts of Northwestern, Central and Southern Europe.

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2013 | Action Number: TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar: Proceedings of the First Action's General Meeting

This publication offers an overview of the Action's first meeting, held on 22-24 July 2013 in Rome, Italy. The meeting mainly addressed the state of the art, advancements and ongoing studies and open problems, in the fields of GPR technologies and methodologies. Participants also discussed inspection strategies and practices, electromagnetic methods for the modelling of GPR scenarios, and numerical algorithms for the processing of GPR data. The meeting also emphasised the importance of the relations between the discussed scientific-technological issues and the social and economical concerns.  

Building on these proceedings, the Action also published a comprehensive assessment of the state of the art in the field of the civil engineering applications of GPR (April 2015).

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Property Rights, Land Markets, and Economic Growth in the European Countryside (Thirteenth-Twentieth Centuries)

  • Pages: 535
  • Author(s): Gérard Béaur, Phillipp R. Schofield, Jean-Michel Chevet & Maria Teresa Perez Picazo
  • Publisher(s): Brepols
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By exploring the fundamental issues of property rights and markets in land, this book will offer important insights into long-term economic change in Europe. The essays gathered here provide a major consideration of the institutional constraints which can be employed by historians and other commentators in order to explain both the slowness or even absence of growth in certain areas of the European economy between the thirteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the discrete experiences of countries within Europe in this broad period.

This is an issue of current interest not least because discussion of 'institutional determinism' has become a standard of explanations of historical and economic change; that said, those promoting such approach have sometimes been criticised for generalising from an 'institutional' perspective rather than taking full account of the variety of potential causative explanations within particular historical contexts.

The present collection of essays will therefore explore the conditions which permitted the progress of agriculture in Europe and the emergence of capitalism in the countryside. The research presented in this volume helps to demonstrate that changes in the market (demand, relative prices...) encouraged changes in property rights but certainly did not do so in ways that were consistent or that led inexorably towards individual and exclusive rights of the kind described by the nineteenth-century liberal paradigm.

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2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Inkception - The Participatory Turn in the Publishing Sphere

The video, produced by the students at the University of Salford in 2012-13, contains five selected projects that turned two academic journal papers on participatory media and digital publishing.

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2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Media, technology and the migrant family: Media uses, appropriations and articulations in a culturally diverse Europe.

Research report of Working Group 4 Audience transformations and social integration, available online

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