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European Communication Conferences are large-scale international conferences, which bring together activities of all ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks. ECC conferences are organised biennially. They are typically held in October or November every even year, with call for papers being released in December in the year before the conference.

All ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks also organise their smaller-scale and thematically focused conferences or seminars on biennial basis in the year when ECC conference is not held.

ECREA also supports annual European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School. 

ECREA 2018 Lugano

7th European Communication Conference (ECC)

October 31 - November 3 2018
Lugano, Switzerland



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ECREA supports European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School, which brings together over 40 PhD students and 20 lecturers each year.



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Upcoming events

    • 23.05.2018
    • 09:00 - 17:00
    • Prague, Czech Republic

    Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age


    • ECREA TWG Children Youth and Media
    • ECREA Section Mediatization
    • ICA Children Adolescents and Media Division
    • Charles University, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism
    • Masaryk University, Department of Media Studies and Journalism & Institute for Research of Children, Youth and FamilyMedia Education Lab


    Call for Papers

    Young people of today are born in a digital environment and are used to observing their parents interacting with digital devices from their earliest days. In a mediatized society all fields of society are increasingly shaped by media and particularly digital media have gained ever more importance with regards to the socialisation of children and adolescents: On the one hand they see other family members using and interacting with digital media and on the other hand they start to use them at a more and more early stage of life. Burke and Marsh (2014; Marsh et al. 2016) stress that this does not only lead to diverse activities and online practices but also that in these experiences the online domain cannot be separated from the offline domain anymore – both are seamlessly merging in children’s play and interaction. As Livingstone & Lunt (2014) point out mediatization means that not only the media are changing, but also their effects on institutions and practices across society. Amongst other societal and cultural changes the mediatization of childhood and adolescence challenges concepts of trust, control and privacy as well as their interrelation. Much of this discourse advocates for children and young people’s privacy, at the same time the control parents are seeking might jeopardise their privacy as well. Behind all these processes and meaning-making, on both individual and collective levels, can however be found a more fundamental question of “trust”.

    Therefore this pre-conference looks at trust, how it is constructed, negotiated and practised in context of children and young people’s public and private media and digital lives. We want to discuss the various concepts of trust, control and privacy with regards to children, adolescents and their families. Besides we are interested to relate this to questions of media literacy and its significance in a mediatized society.

    The pre-conference is focused on the following topics but is not limited to:

    The theorization and conceptualization of trust in relation to privacy and control

    The mediatization of family life in the digital world – how do families deal with the new options for control?

    A reflection on who and what to trust with respect to phenomena related to children, youth, and media. Are there, for example, new ‘digital heroes’?

    A discussion of the role of the mediatization of trust and control in inter-human relations in respect of the decreasing awareness of privacy issues

    Platform related trust and control – how do children and youth act on social media activities in relation to interpersonal trust and privacy control?

    Trust, control, and privacy as issues for media literacy

    Trust and/or distrust in the media and information online (e.g. with respect to the role of the public broadcaster, fake news etc.)

    Trust in the context of the (rationale underlying) methodological choices made when doing research with and on children, youth and media

    Security, privacy and trust in media

    Social media and (dis)trust

    New machines and Internet of things (IoT) – how to trust and control new technologies?

    The pre-conference addresses all members of the ECREA TWG Children, Youth and Media, the ECREA Section Mediatization, and the ICA Division Children Adolescents and Media as well as all scholars interested in the concept of trust, control, and privacy in relation to children, adolescents, and media research. Various empirical, methodological and theoretical contributions that pertain to different academic disciplines and methodologies which are in some way related to the concept of trust and privacy are welcome.

    Date and venue

    May 23th 2018 (09:00-17:00)

    Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism

    Charles University Prague

    • 01.06.2018
    • Ghent University, Belgium

    Remaking European Cinema

    A symposium on the theory and practice of the film remake in a European context

    1 June 2018, Ghent University, Belgium

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    • Professor Thomas Leitch, University of Delaware
    • Professor Lucy Mazdon, University of Southampton
    • Dr. Iain R. Smith, King’s College London

    The film remake, whether as a practice or a concept, has been around since the very beginnings of cinema. While the earliest studies of the remake provided general overviews trying to sketch patterns and localize differing practices, this was followed by substantial attempts to define the remake as both a textual and cultural artefact and as a commercial business. Building on adaptation theories, scholars eventually pinpointed the intertextual properties that are inherent to (the relationship between) a source film and its remake(s). These evolutions in the research field spurred the idea of the remake as a kind of prism, which can be used to examine a variety of aesthetic, cultural, economic and social questions. For quite some time, most studies in the field were confined to the Hollywood practice of remaking non-Hollywood films, or, vice versa, non-Hollywood film industries remaking Hollywood films.

    More recently, attempts are being made to look beyond Hollywood, inquiring into other nations or regions that, for example, remake their own films or the films of neighbouring countries. Notwithstanding these promising evolutions, there is still a lack of sustained research analysing the specific context(s) of European cinema. As a continent, Europe is known for its fragmentation and diversity due to the multitude of different languages and cultures existing next to and through each other within a relatively small geographical area. Although attempts to pinpoint the characteristics of European cinema are always questionable given that ‘Europe’ is as much a social, contingent and dynamic construction as other geopolitical entities, various cultural, economic and political dynamics grant the concept of European cinema analytical value. Accordingly, the purpose of the symposium is to bring together scholars with expertise in the currently vibrant field of remake studies for a discussion of the dynamics and particularities of the film remake in a European context.

    Potential subjects to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

    • Historical and contemporary approaches to film remakes in Europe
    • The industrial, financial and production-related dynamics of European remake practices
    • (Regional, national and transnational) public film policies towards remakes
    • Cultural aspects of the European film remake (banal nationalism, cross-cultural comparison, cultural proximity, cultural identity …)
    • Textual aspects of the European film remake (narration, aesthetics …)
    • The distribution, programming, exhibition and reception of European remakes
    • Remakes within European national/regional cinemas (including Western, Northern, Southern, and Central and Eastern European cinemas)
    • Transnational or cross-cultural European remakes
    • European art cinema remakes
    • European popular cinema remakes
    • European remakes of non-European films
    • The European remake and theories of intertextuality, genre, seriality, repetition …
    • European remakes and questions of adaptation, ‘originality’, authenticity, authorship, ownership, copyright …

    Paper proposals should include the title of the presentation, a 300-word abstract, and a short autobiographical statement.

    Submission deadline: March 10th 2018.

    Proposal acceptance notification: March 30th 2018.

    Please send your proposals to:

    More information on the symposium website:

    Following the symposium, authors of selected papers will be invited to contribute their work to an edited volume on this subject with an internationally renowned academic publisher and/or a special issue of an international academic journal.

    This symposium is organized by Gertjan Willems, Eduard Cuelenaere and Stijn Joye, Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS) at Ghent University. The symposium is funded by the FWO research project ‘Lost in Translation? A multi-methodological research project on same-language film remakes between Flanders and The Netherlands’ and sponsored by the Film Studies section of ECREA and the Popular Communication division of NeFCA.

    • 19.07.2018
    • 27.07.2018
    • Milan, Italy

    ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2018 will take place at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, from July 19 to July 27, 2018.

    The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2018 brings together members of the European research community to this summer school in order to debate contemporary issues in media, communication and cultural studies. The main emphasis of this summer school is not on a particular theme, but on providing structural and individuated PhD-support for young European scholars, through a variety of working forms, including feedback seminars, workshops, and lectures. The summer school aims to provide a supportive international setting where doctoral students can present their ongoing work, receive feedback on their PhD-projects from international experts and meet students and academics from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the future.

    The deadline for all the applications (both consortium and non-consortium) for the summer school is April 15, 2018.

    All applicants will be informed about the selection of participants before the end of April.

    ECREA will be awarding grants for participation at the Summer School. More information on the grants will be available at the ECREA website ( This grant programme will be managed by ECREA and not by the summer school organisers.

    For more information, see full Call for participants.

    • International director: Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt
    • Programme directors: Fausto Colombo, Simone Tosoni
    • Summer School coordinators: Maria Francesca Murru, Laura Peja


    • For accommodation, logistic and financial issues:
    • For issues related to the programme:
    • For issues related to the website:

    • 31.10.2018
    • Lugano, Switzerland

    Pre-conference to ECREA’s seventh European Communication Conference, ECC 2018, Lugano, Switzerland: “Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World”

    Event organized by the Institute of Communication and Health, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the ECREA TWG: Children, Youth and Media

    Chair: Anne-Linda Camerini, PhD, ICH, USI

    Keynote: Patti Valkenburg, PhD, University distinguished professor, University of Amsterdam

    Deadline: Abstracts of 500 words to be submitted by 30 April 2018.

    Date: 31 October 2018, Lugano

    Contact: Teresa Cafaro (organisation matters); Anne-Linda Camerini (scientific matters)

    • 31.10.2018
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 03.11.2018
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Palazzodei Congressi, Lugano, Switzerland


    Conference topic
    Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation

    • 14.02.2019
    • 15.02.2019
    • Vienna, Austria

Past events

15.03.2018 Science and Environment Communication Section webinar
22.11.2017 Political Communication in Times of Crisis: New Challenges, Trends & Possibilities
15.11.2017 The Future of European Television: Between Transnationalism and Euroscepticism
13.11.2017 PR and society: The generative power of history in the present and future
10.11.2017 Multivoicedness and European Cinema: Representation, Industry, Politics
10.11.2017 Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data
10.11.2017 Media, Religion, Popular Culture
09.11.2017 The Digital Turn in Science and Environment Communication
07.11.2017 Branded Content Research Network conference
06.11.2017 Digital Culture meets data: Critical approaches
02.11.2017 Migration and communication flows: rethinking borders, conflict and identity through the digital
23.10.2017 ICSI PhD Workshop/Seminar
23.10.2017 (Mediated) Social Interaction in Groups, Networks and Organizations
19.10.2017 5th International Crisis Communication Conference
13.10.2017 Communication and Arts: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives
06.10.2017 Mediatization in a global perspective: Comparing theoretical approaches in a digitised world
04.10.2017 Why Europe? Narratives and Counter-narratives of European Integration
28.09.2017 Career in the making: identity, voice, and place in academia
28.09.2017 Audiences2030: Imagining a Future for Audiences
15.09.2017 The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era
12.09.2017 Radio Research Conference 2017
07.09.2017 Our Group First! – Historical perspectives on Minorities/Majorities, Inclusion/Exclusion, Centre/Periphery in Media and Communication History
07.09.2017 The development potential of the European Public Sphere
16.08.2017 IVMC get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures
19.06.2017 IVSA get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures
15.06.2017 Seminar on Comparative and Collaborative Research into Branded Content
15.06.2017 CEECOM 2017: Critique of/at/on periphery?
26.05.2017 Sexualities and Digital Culture in Europe: a joint ECREA Symposium
25.05.2017 ICA get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures



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