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ICA Regional Conference in Bali: Prof. Löffelholz analysed structural change in the public sphere

At the invitation of the Indonesian Association for Communication Science (ASPIKOM), Prof. Martin Löffelholz gave a plenary lecture at the ICA Regional Conference in Bali on 17 October 2019 on the reflectivity of the structural change of the public sphere in the age of hybrid and increasingly automated communication.

Prof. Löffelholz at his plenary speech on the reflexive hybridization and algorithmization of the public sphere (foto:ASPIKOM)

ICA President Terry Flow (3rd from left) with the former ICA Presidents Ang Peng Hwa (far left) and Peter Monge (5th from right) in the circle of the organizers of the ICA Regional Conference (foto:ASPIKOM)

More than 250 scientists took part in the ICA Regional Conference in Bali (Indonesia) from 15 to 18 October 2019 (foto:ASPIKOM)

Based on the work of the sociologists Jürgen Habermas and Ulrich Beck, Prof. Löffelholz explained how the hybridization and algorithmization of communication reflexively changes the structures of the public sphere. In addition to a comparison of the core dimensions of media, hybrid and computerized public spheres, Löffelholz also discussed the consequences of this structural change for communication research and teaching.

The regional conference was organized in cooperation with the International Communication Association (ICA), the world's most important communication science association. The current ICA President, Prof. Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology), encouraged the more than 250 Indonesian participants in his opening speech to intensify their international commitment.

In addition to Prof. Flew, two former ICA presidents spoke at the regional conference in Bali: Prof. Peter Monge from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and Prof. Ang Peng Hwa from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore addressed network theories and the ethics of artificial intelligence in their lectures.

The next ICA Main Conference will be held in Gold Coast, Australia, May 21-25, 2020. Further information can be found in Prof. Terry Flew's invitation address: