Keynote Speakers

Olivér Kovács

Senior Research Fellow

Oliver Kovacs is a senior research fellow at the University of Public Service, Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies, Department of Economics and International Economics, Budapest, Hungary, and ICEG European Center, Budapest, Hungary. His research embraces three broader fields: (i) grounding and shaping complexity economics; (ii) sustainable development through the lens of complexity science (i.e., qualitative structural change, the systems view of European integration, the complex nexuses of digital transformation and industry 4.0, inclusive European economic governance); and (iii) innovation and innovation policy in general. His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, e.g. Acta Oeconomica, Eastern Journal of European Studies, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Post-Communist Economies, Social Sciences, Technology in Society etc. He also authored two policy briefs for the European Commission focusing on policies for services innovation and public sector innovation, published at Routledge, at Finland Futures Research Centre and at the Columbia University, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. His first book, Stability and Dynamism – The Fundamentals of Innovative Fiscal Policy, was published in 2015, while his latest book entitled Complexity Economics: Economic Governance, Science and Policy was published in July 2022 by Routledge. He has been a member of public body of Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2015 and a member of the EuroMoney Expert Panel since 2010. Email:, Web:



Catherine Luther

School Director - Professor

Before returning to the academic world for her doctorate, Dr. Luther worked both in the United States and in Japan as a producer of television news. She is now the director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and also teaches in the areas of international journalism, audience analytics, media and diversity, communication and information science theories, and research methods.

Dr. Luther received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee. She has published in such journals as the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and Journalism History. She has had three books published. One entitled Press Images, National Identity, and Foreign Policy was published by Routledge in 2002. The others are two editions of her co-authored book, Diversity in U.S. Mass Media (2012; 2017) published by Wiley-Blackwell. A third edition of that book will be published in 2023.

Dr. Luther has received several awards including the University of Tennessee’s Chancellor's Award to attend HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellow Award, SECAC Academic Leadership Development Award, University of Tennessee Notable Woman Award recognizing excellence in administration, research and teaching, the American Press Institute, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Fellowship Award, the Radio Television News Directors Foundation/Knight Foundation's Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship Award, the International Radio and Television Society Faculty/Industry Award, the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information Bud Minkel International/Intercultural Award, and the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Dr. Luther has been selected as a Fulbright-Masaryk Distinguished Scholar and will be teaching and conducting research at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic in spring of 2023. This is the second Fulbright award for Dr. Luther. In 2007, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Japan.

Research Interests:

  • Digital Media and Disinformation/Misinformation
  • Global communication
  • Press-state relations
  • Intergroup conflict
  • Terrorism and the media
  • Issues involving media and social group representations



Important Dates

  • 03.10.2022 Registration Start
  • 01.12.2022 Session Proposals
  • 01.12.2022 Early Paper Submission
  • 12.12.2022 Early Acceptance
  • 21.12.2022 Early Payment
  • 19.01.2023 Standard Paper Submission
  • 26.01.2023 Standard Acceptance
  • 07.02.2023 Standard Payment
  • 23.- 24.3.2023 The Conference