Special Events

Special Workshop 01

"Communicating Diversity (People with disabilities, migrants, the poor)"

The workshop aims to present and discuss the communication of diversity with particular reference to narratives and representations in digital media and perceptions of people with disabilities, migrants and refugees and people with mental health problems.

Duration- 01 hour


Prof. Andrea Volterrani 
Researcher of Sociology of Cultural and Communication Processes Director of Master in Social Communication Director of Master in Social Farming University of Rome Tor Vergata Italy

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Dr. Andrea Volterrani is a Sociologist of Cultural and Communication Processes at Department of Enterprise Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata. After graduating from the Faculty of Political Science Cesare Alfieri of the University of Florence, she is a fellow student at the Italian Foundation for Volunteering.

He was then assigned research from 1999 to 2005 at the Department of Sociology and Political Science of the University of Florence. From 1997 to 2003 he is also a professor of sociology of cultural processes, theory and technique of social communication, territorial communication and marketing at the Faculty of Political Science Cesare Alfieri of Florence.

From 2005 to 2008 he is a contractor and research grant at the Department of Historical, Legal and Political Sciences and Social Sciences at Siena University and a social contractor and family sociology lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Siena . At the same time he is a professor of social studies contract at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of La Sapienza University of Rome (2004-2008) and of sociology of communication at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Florence (2004-2006).Since 2008 is a researcher at Department of Enterprise Engineering, Tor Vergata University, Rome.

Volterrani is engaged in research, teaching and consulting on social communication, the third sector, integrated social politics and assessment processes, resilience community and prevention communication related on natural disaster

Associate Professor Gaia Peruzzi 
Sociology of cultural processes and communication Department of Communication and Social Research Sapienza University of Rome Italy

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Gaia Peruzzi is Associate Professor in Sociology of cultural processes and communication (SPS / 08) at the Department of Communication and Social Research of Sapienza University of Rome. She teaches Sociology of cultural processes in the three-year degree course in "Communication, technologies and cultures digital (Faculty of Political Sciences, Sociology, Communication), Sociology of fashion and communication in the three-year degree course in "Sciences of fashion and costume" (Faculty of Literature and Philosophy) and Humanitarian Communication in the Master's Degree Course in “Cooperation and development (Faculty of Political Sciences, Sociology, Communication). She has held courses and modules in the Universities of Lyon 2 Lumière (FR), USP Sao Paulo (BRA), Rennes 2 (FR), Paris VIII (FR), Florence, Sassari, Rome 2 Tor Vergata.

She is a member of the Board of the Doctorate in "Communication, social research and marketing". She is responsible for the Coris of two European projects: Codes - Communication, Diversity, Solidarity (2017-2020) and Beyond: Counter-narratives on migration (208-2020).

She has numerous experiences in research, training and planning in the cultural and social sectors. Her main interests of research include Media and diversity, Media and migration, Gender questions, social journalism, Communication for no profit organizations, Mixed couples in the Italian province (FrancoAngeli 2008), Fundamentals of social communication, Rights, media, solidarity (Carocci 2011), Social communication, Manual for non-profit organizations (with A. Volterrani) (Laterza 2016). 

Associate Professor Marco BRUNO 
Department of Communication and Social Research Sapienza University of Rome Italy

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Marco Bruno (PhD) is Associate Professor at Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Communication and Social Research. His research focuses on journalism, mass-media and cultural diversity (with particular reference to Islam and migratory processes), communication and political phenomena.

He carries out teaching and research activities at the Department of Communication and Social Research and the Faculty of Political Sciences, Sociology, Communication of the Sapienza University of Rome. Currently he teaches "Sociology of Communication" in the cdl in Communication, public and business and "History and models of journalism - Press Office Laboratory" in the master's degree in Media, digital communication, journalism. He deals with the analysis of journalism and information, media and diversity (with particular reference to Islam and migration processes), political and electoral communication, political phenomena and participatory practices.

He was among the coordinators or member of several observatories and research groups including Mediamonitorpolitica, "Carta di Roma" Observatory, “MiSTER-Media Minorities Sthereotypes on Media”, Immigration Archive / Communicating differences. Member of the scientific committee of the “Ithaca. Paths of politics, society, culture”, Edizioni Nuova Cultura and the editorial committees of the series" Theory and social and political research "(Edizioni Altravista Pavia) and" Sconfinando "(Edizioni Guerini e Associati Milano), and of the magazines Comunicazionepuntodoc and Metis. 

In July 2017, he obtained the National Scientific Qualification as a 2nd level Professor in the sector Sps-08 - Sociology of cultural and communicative processes. He is a delegate for the Department and the Faculty for Guidance and Tutoring. Since October 2018 he is Vice President of the degree course in Public and Corporate Communication.

Special Workshop 02

“Digital Journalism Under the Shadow of Industry 4.0”

The most important benefit that digitalization brought into journalism is its creation of new avenues for “watchdog reporting,” which ensures the sustainability of democracy for citizens. Journalism is now married to digitalization, but for this marriage to prosper in a healthy fashion, those who create news stories have to be increasingly more careful regarding the trustworthiness of their sources and information.

New media is viewed as an alternative to traditional media outlets that prevailing powers wish to keep under control; however, the fact that the question “Would you like to share with us which hotel you stayed in last night?” remained unanswered when the American Senate asked it of Mark Zuckerberg showcases the truth of the monopoly of digitalization. This is where the individual’s awareness must interfere.

People can only grow into informed citizens with high awareness if a wholistic education is available to them within their culture. We can affirm that technology is developing and allowing a much quicker spread of information among communities, however, we cannot say for certain that it has brought prosperity into our lives or eradicated environmental disasters.”   

Duration- 01 hour


Dr. Tülây Atay 
Hatay Mustafa Kemal University Tayfur Sokmen Campus Turkey

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Dr Tülây ATAY currently teaches at Hatay Mustafa Kemal University (HMKU), Antakya, Hatay, Faculty of Communication, Department of Journalism as a faculty member (Assistant Professor) and a researcher. She is a Turkish Citizen. She was born and bred in Istanbul, Turkey and graduated from Istanbul University. She holds a BA degree in Mass-Media Communication & Journalism & PR. She has her Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Gender & Women’s Studies. 

She is a co-author of the book called “Gender & Sex and Taboo in the Contemporary Primitive & Traditional Societies” in the Turkish Language based on her MA thesis. The book is written from the perspective of women’s and gender studies. She was one of the co-founders of the Centre for Women’s Studies of Mustafa Kemal University. She served and was in charge as one of the deputy directors of the Centre for Women’s Studies of Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Hatay, Turkey.

She previously worked as a “business developer” for many SMEs in various fields such as automotive, textile etc. She worked as an Assistant Producer for Turkish Radio Television State Company (TRT) between 1995-1996. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Agriculture Economics and Extensions at Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey in October 2013. She produced her Ph.D. thesis on the division of labour amongst ethnically different two villages near Hatay province in the context of changing social life and Women’s & Gender Studies.

Tülay’s areas of interests are women empowerment and women’s studies using the other disciplines. She is holding a sociology BA degree obtained from Open Faculty, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey. She is a Ph.D. in Journalism, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey. She was a temporary National Gender Consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She lived in the UK and USA for a while. She has been in Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, Scotland, Romania, Holland, Italy, Spain, Estonia, UAE, Malaysia, Poland, Czeck Republic and France for academic purposes."   

Special Workshop 03

“How 5G combined with A.I. will transform our world?”

The Global IOT, Internet of Things has radically changed the world.  Even more disruptive changes are on the horizon regardless of geography, socio-economic status, business types and politics.  While 5-G is unfolding and being integrated into many developed and less developed nations, in less than 10-years there will be challenges posed by the commercial roll-outs of 6-G.  
The infrastructure of IOT will become ubiquitous when Artificial Intelligence systems are embedded with advanced wireless, like 5-G and eventually 6-G.  Less developed nations may benefit from combining wireless and A.I., while at the same time the less developed nations may still trail in the applications of the latest, most sophisticated wireless and A.I. systems.  Communications along with news and information distribution will evolve as quickly as the technologies supporting them.  The globe digital divide may expand as A.I. and wireless become common components in industry, medicine, communications and education.

The workshop will discuss about how 5G combined with A.I. will transform our world with an overview to the above aspects.   

Duration- 01 hour


Assoc. Prof. Benjamin A. Davis 
  Broadcast & Digital Journalism California State University, Northridge

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Benjamin A. Davis is an Associate Professor of Broadcast & Digital Journalism at California State University Northridge.  He is a board member emeritus on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations at Princeton University. Ben served on the launch team for MSNBC.com as an Interactive Producer/editor. He was the Washington Editor for NPR and a former Executive Producer for NPR’s Special Projects department.     

He also served on the Assignment Desk for ABC News in New York. He was a CBS reporter at WBTV News in Charlotte, N.C.. In 1992 he was the inaugural Burton R. Benjamin Fellow at the University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellowship in Journalism.     

Ben has won numerous awards for journalism, including two Alfred I. duPont awards for broadcast – one for reporting and the other as Executive Producer. He created a writing model, that builds on the century-old analog-based Inverted Pyramid, called the Digital Media Pyramid about which he wrote the e-book, “The Digital Media Pyramid: A Guide for 21st Century Bloggers, Reporters and Citizen Journalists.” He graduated from Whittier College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and studied international relations at the University of Copenhagen. He taught journalism for 10-years at Rutgers University and three-years at Florida A&M University.