✰ Book talks – autumn 2019 ✰

18 October – Fordham University, McGannon Center. Read more.
21 October – Brown University, Brown Journal of World Affairs. Read more.
22 October – University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, Center on Digital Culture and Society. Read more and register,
23 October – Rutgers University, Department of Communication.
24 October – Temple University, Klein College of Media and Communication. Read more.

15 November – Malmö University, School of Arts and Communication. Free talk + reception. Read more.

Past conference presentations (peer-reviewed)

Bastos, M. & Farkas, J. (2019). “Donald Trump is my President!” The Internet Research Agency Propaganda Machine. 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference: Communication Beyond Boundaries, Washington DC, USA, 24 – 28 May 2019.

Farkas, J. & Matamoros Fernández, A. (2019). Racism on Social Media: A Critical Review of Methodological Challenges. Critical Digital and Social Media Research Conference, Umeå, Sweden, 6– 8 March 2019.

Farkas, J. & Bastos, M. (2018b). State propaganda in the age of social media: Examining strategies of the Internet Research Agency. 7th European Communication Conference (ECC, ECREA), Lugano, Switzerland, 31 October – 3 November 2018.

Farkas, J. & Matamoros Fernandez, A. (2018). The implications of social media disinformation in reproducing systemic forms of oppression like racism. Locked out of Social Platforms: An iCS Symposium on Challenges to Studying Disinformation, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 27-28 October 2018.

Farkas, J. & Bastos, M. (2018a). IRA Propaganda on Twitter: Stoking Antagonism and Tweeting Local News. 9th Annual International Conference on Social Media and SocietyCopenhagen Business School, Denmark,18-20 July 2018.

Farkas, J. (2018b). Multi-sited online ethnography and critical discourse studies: Exploring disguised propaganda on social media. 7th Biannual Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines, Aalborg University, Denmark, 4-6 July 2018.

Farkas, J. (2018a). Fact-based democracy or agonistic pluralism? A critical examination of the idea of a post-truth era. Media Freedom Symposium, Lund University, Sweden, 15 March 2018.

Farkas, J. & Neumayer, C.  (2017). Clickbait Propaganda: How Far-right Readers’ Letters Became Headline News in Social Media. AoIR 2017: Networked Publics,, University of Tartu, Estonia, 18-21 Oct 2017.

Farkas, J. (2017) Disguised as News: Exploring Fear-mongering Online Commentaries Camouflaged as Journalism. Media and Fear – International Symposium, Lund University, Sweden, 16 March 2017.

Farkas, J. & Schou, J. (2016). Cloaked Facebook Pages and Xenophobic Propaganda: Exploring the Computational Architecture of Fake-Information. AoIR 2016 – Internet Rules!, Humbold-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 5-8 October 2016.

Schou, J. & Farkas, J. (2015b). Inside or in sight? Cloaking Strategies of Political Activists on Facebook. Spaces and tactics of politics: Transnational connections, neoliberalisation and the reshaping of civil society, University of Turku, Finland, 11-12 December 2015.

Schou, J. & Farkas, J. (2015a). Disguised as Islamists: Cloaked Facebook Pages and Danish Right-wing Groups. ECREA Communication and Democracy Conference 2015: Political Agency in the Digital Age: Media, Participation and Democracy. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 9-10 October 2015.

Farkas, J. & Hjelholt, M. (2015). Moderating Participation: Utilizing Social Network Sites in the 2015 Danish Election, ECREA Political Communication Conference 2015: Changing political communication, changing Europe?, University of Southern Denmark, 27-28 August 2015.

Farkas, J., Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M. (2015). The Historical Shaping of Public Service Television and Digitalization. NordMedia 2015: Media Presence – Mobile Modernities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 13-15 August 2015.

Schou, J. & Farkas, J. (2015). “Take Action Now and Share This”: Mapping the Micro-dynamics of Political Participation through Facebook. NordMedia 2015: Media Presence – Mobile Modernities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 13-15 August 2015.

Farkas, J., Schou, J. & Klastrup, L. (2015). Riding the Algorithms? Exploring the Socio-material Practices and Tactics of Mundane Danish Activists on Facebook. Protest Participation in Variable Communication Ecologies, Alghero University, Italy, 24-26 June 2015.

Research stays

Cornell University
Department of Information Science
September-October 2019
Hosted by Professor Steven J. Jackson

Past invited talks

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination’.
Syracuse University, School of Information Studies.
Syracuse, USA, 25 September 2019.

Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination’.
Cornell University, Department of Information Science
Ithaca, USA, 12 September 2019.

‘Assessing the Threat of Disinformation’
Copenhagen, Denmark, 3 June 2019.

‘Disguised propaganda on social media’
University of Gothenburg, Brännpunkt Europa
Gothenburg, Sweden, 22 January 2019.

‘Disguised propaganda in the digital era’
Deep Cuts #1: Copy/Truth Fake/Original, OBRA Gallery
Malmö, Sweden, 19 November 2018.

‘Hitting the wall: How social media companies inhibit the struggle against political deception’
University of Gothenburg, Centrum för Europaforskning
Gothenburg, Sweden, 12 October 2018.

‘Disguised Propaganda on Social Media: Addressing Democratic Dangers and Solutions’
University of Gothenburg, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Gothenburg, Sweden,12 October 2018.

‘Fake News Literacy? Understanding the potentials and challenges of spotting, classifying and contesting ‘fake news’
TechFestival 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark, 5 September 2018.

Other past activities

Co-organizer, Workshop on threats, doxing and online harassment against media scholars and media professionals, NordMedia, Malmö University, August 2019.

Participant, Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019, The Royal Danish Playhouse, Copenhagen. June 2019.

Participant, Datafication, Digital Inequalities and Data Justice, Network conference in Copenhagen, June 2019.

Discussant, TRAIN Conference, Örebro, April 2019.,

Participant, Network Meeting on the Risk of Foreign Interference in the Danish National Elections, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 2019.

Discussant, Keynote by Professor Jay David Bolter, Augmented and Virtual Reality-enhancing our understanding of cultural heritage, Malmö University, November 2018.

Chair, Panel on discursive struggles in national and European media, 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) , Lugano, Switzerland, October 2018.

Co-organiser, Three Young Scholar Workshops: Methods, Writing and Activism, Pre-conference event to the 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) in Lugano, Switzerland, October 2018.

Participant, Cph150 – a two-day think tank, TechFestival, Copenhagen, September 2018.

Participant, Datafication, Digital Inequalities and Data Justice, Workshop at Tampere University, Finland, August 2018.

Contributor, Research exhibition, Förnuft eller känsla? Fakta, forskning och föreställningarMalmö University Library, April-October 2018.

Discussant, Keynote by Professor Pille Pruulmann Vengerfeldt, Digital parenting: How social media helps push the boundaries of being normal, Malmö University, April 2018.

Presenter and discussant, TRAIN Conference, Kristinehamn, April 2018.

Chair, Panel on civic engagement and civic experiences in datafied societies, Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data, ECREA Communication and Democracy conference, Stockholm, November 2017.

Chair, Panel on digital activism, Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data, ECREA Communication and Democracy conference, Stockholm, November 2017.

Co-organizer, Open Lecture on Racist Propaganda in the Digital Age, w. Professor Jessie Daniels, IT University of Copenhagen, May 2017.

Co-organizer, Conference on Digital Social Inclusion, IT University of Copenhagen, April 2017.

Memberships and representation

Chair of YECREA (Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association – since October 2018)

Member of Datafication, Digital Inequalities and Data Injustice (Nordic research network – since March 2018).

Member of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Network on Disinformation (since March 2019).

Member of FSMK (Association of Swedish Media and Communication Research – since January 2018)

PhD Representative in the Supervisor Collegium, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University (March 2018- June 2019)

YECREA Representative in the Communication and Democracy section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association – August 2017 to October 2018)

Member of DECIDIS (Democracy and Citizenship in Digital Society), Strategic research initiative at the IT University of Copenhagen (2016 – 2018)

Peer review

I have done peer reviews for the following academic journals:
New Media & Society
Political Communication
Digital Culture and Education
First Monday


Travel grant, 2018 – 58 000 SEK, Reidar Peters Internationaliseringsfond

Travel grant, 2018 – 2000 SEK, Swedish Association for Media and Communication Research (FSMK

Travel grant, 2018 – 1000 DKK, Carlsberg Foundation

Travel grant, 2015 – 2000 DKK, IT University of Copenhagen, August 2015

Travel grant, 2011 – 20 000 DKK, Erasmus+