We've put our heads together and selected 5 Media Literacy Events for you that are undoubtedly worth visiting this year. Many of them are to be held in the pre-pandemic, offline format, which is great news, as we're sure meeting others face-to-face, after 2 years of being locked in the online world will be a fabulous prospect for all of us!

So, have a scroll and choose the events you find the most interesting or useful. We hope to see you there!

  1. 1. Ars Electronica Festival

Date: 7-11 September 2022

Place: Linz, Austria

Ars Electronica is a festival for art, technology and society. Every September hundreds of creatives from the fields of art, science, technology and business from all over the world gather to exchange ideas and newest thoughts from their realm. The program for this year’s edition is still in preparation, so follow the FB event for the latest updates. See you in Linz!

2. ReThink Impact

Date: 19 - 22 October 2022

Place: Aarhus, Denmark

ECREA 2022 9th European Communication Conference.

The conference is mostly organized around topics on how research, academic education, and training interact with, impact on and reflect society. The unique part and mission of this event is to translate research insight into tangible outcomes for society, policy and business. ReThink Impact also suggests that such outcomes can be quantified and validated, whereas activities, such as: education and teaching, community building and outreach typically evade the short-term measurements of departments and universities.

The detailed conference programme for this year’s edition will be announced soon, in Spring. To get a feel of what's in store for you this year, you can check out this spot showcasing the conference main topics.

  1. 3. Re:publika

Date: 8 - 10 June 2022

Place: Arena Berlin & Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

Re:publica Berlin is Europe's largest digital society festival. Every year professionals from fields such as: media, journalism, economics, NGO, business, activism, art, and technology gather together in Berlin and participate in the variety of formats that Re:publica has to offer. It’s a very colourful and vivid festival, such as Berlin itself.

If you'd like to apply to become a speaker on Re:publica, the Call for Participation for the Off-Stage Programme ends on 06 March 2022 (23:59 CET).

  1. 4. RightsCon

Date: 6-10 June 2022

Place: Online

RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. This year’s edition of RightsCon will take place entirely online, which gives the chance for people from all over the world to attend this amazing event.

The festival's main mission is as they say: “We met with the intention to create something different: a civil society-led space where all stakeholders – from tech companies to government representatives, to human rights defenders – could come together to build a rights-respecting digital future.”

For more information, please visit the webpage or the FB event.

5. Media and the Illiberal Turn: Challenges to democracy and public communication in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Date: 28-29 April 2022

Place: Loughborough University, London, UK // Hybrid format

This is a university conference that will mark the closure of the project: “The Illiberal Turn: News Consumption, Polarization and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe”.

During this conference speakers and attendees will take a closer look at recent political developments across both old and new democracies. In Middle and Eastern Europe we could observe the the rise of populist leaders and dwindling support for democratic rule. Many of this trends are closely connected to disinformation and changes in the information environment, and specifically to the growth of social media and digital platforms. Although the conference programme hasn't been published yet, the topics of the meeting will touch upon issues, such as: immigration policies, abortion and LGBTQ+ rights, the climate change, and public health measures.

For more information, please visit this page.