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  • 19.09.2017 11:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for book chapters for the European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School Book 2017

    Since the early 1990s, the Doctoral Summer School (http://comsummerschool.org/) has brought together a group of highly qualified doctoral students as well as senior researchers and professors from a diversity of European countries and beyond. Over the course of nearly two and a half decades, more than 500 doctoral students received valuable feedback on their doctoral research projects by experienced lecturers. Since 2006, the Doctoral Summer School consortium has also been producing a yearly peer-reviewed edited volume, as part of the Researching and Teaching Communication book series, ISSN 1736-3918 (print) & ISSN 1736-4752 (online) - see http://www.researchingcommunication.eu/.

    In 2018, the thirteenth book will be published, comprising up-to-date chapters by the Doctoral Summer School lecturers and doctoral students of the year 2017. It will be edited by Laura Peja, Simone Tosoni, Maria Francesca Murru, Nico Carpentier, Fausto Colombo, Richard Kilborn, Leif Kramp, Risto Kunelius, Hannu Nieminen, Tobias Olsson, Ilija Tomanic Trivundza and Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt.

    As our calls for Alumni chapters were very successful in recent years, it is our pleasure to announce that we will again include three chapters of former Doctoral Summer School participants in this edited book. Doctoral Summer School Alumni of all previous ECREA Summer Schools are now invited to submit abstracts for proposed chapters, to be reviewed and considered for publication in the 2017 SuSo book.

    Invited are chapter proposals by scholars who have participated as PhD student in one of the annual European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer Schools at the University Stendahl, Grenoble (1992-96), Complutense University of Madrid (1997), University of Lund (1998), Westminster University (1999-2003), University of Tampere in cooperation with University of Helsinki (2004), University of Tartu (2005-2009), University of Ljubljana (2010-2012), University of Bremen (2013-2015) or at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (2016).

    We are accepting submissions of abstracts for chapters to be included in the volume until October 10, 2017. Your *extended abstract* should provide a clear outline of the chapter and not exceed 1,000 words. The submission also has to include:

    • your current affiliation, address and contact information
    • the year and location of the Doctoral Summer School you attended
    • the title of your doctoral research project that was discussed at that summer school.

    Please send your abstract to Dr. Leif Kramp, kramp@uni-bremen.de

    The extended abstracts will be reviewed, and three of them will be selected. Chapters are up to 4,000 words (including references). Collaborative work is encouraged.

    Time-line:

    • Abstract submissions before October 15, 2017
    • Notification of acceptance and feedback from the editors before October 22, 2017
    • Submission of first full draft of the chapters before December 15, 2017
    • Feedback on the draft chapters before December 20, 2017
    • Submission of revised chapters before January 20, 2018
  • 13.07.2017 17:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is opening a call for proposals for the hosting and organisation of the 2020 edition of the European Communication Conferences.

    The first European Communication Conference took place in Amsterdam in 2005; the second in Barcelona in 2008; the third in Hamburg in 2010; the fourth in Istanbul in 2012; the fifth in Lisbon in 2014; the sixth in Prague 2016 and the 7th will be held in Lugano in 2018.
    These conferences are major opportunities to show the know-how and the activities of the organising institution(s) and to foster the energy and creativity of the organisers around a large international project.

    The Executive Board of ECREA has developed a framework document – Terms of Reference to define the format and give guidelines for the organisation of such a conference. Terms of Reference document is available here.

    Interested members are asked to submit proposals for hosting the 2020 European Communication Conference. The institution hosting the Conference has to be active in the field of communication research and/or education and have sufficient experience and sufficient capacity (staff and support) to prepare and run the event.

    The proposal for hosting the 2020 European Communication Conference must take the form of a document where candidate host institutions will: 1) Describe their general vision of the event (including the location, timing, duration and their organisational capacity). 2) Explicitly engage themselves to meet ECREA's requirements described in the Terms of Reference for Organising ECREA’s 8th European Communication Conference 2020 and provide the basic information regarding the way their proposal will meet ECREA's requirements. 3) Propose a draft financial plan. 4) Sketch out the strengths and weaknesses associated with the proposal. Please note that more than one institution can join forces and present a conjoint proposal, as long as they are in the same geographical area.


    Deadline and submission
    Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, 15 November, 2017. The proposals must be sent by e-mail (attachment in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format) to ECREA's General Secretary Irena Reifová (generalsecretary@ecrea.eu).

    The ECREA Executive Board will then select one institution to act as local host, and possibly one runner-up to step in, in case the selected host encounters unforeseen difficulties.

    Timeline
    ECC conferences are normally held in October-November (unless the local host argues otherwise). The selection of the host for the conference will be decided upon at least two years prior to the event.

    The timetable will be as follows:
    - 30 June, 2017: the call for applications is open. Each candidate-host turns in a summary project describing how they see the event, where, how, etc.
    - 15 November, 2017 : the call is closed. The Board considers applications and selects one which complies with all criteria, including the strategic priorities of the Board. Contacts are made with candidates for further information where necessary.

    • 15 January, 2018: The Board announces the selected host institution to all institutional members that have applied. The selected institution is asked to develop a full organisational plan in close cooperation with ECREA’s Board. The full plan is to be ready by end of April 2018. If appropriate, the Board also selects a runner-up institution to host the conference should the selected institution be unable to deliver.
    • April, 2018: The Board examines the full proposal and decides on its approval. If the plan is approved, the announcement is made public. If not, organisers are given one more month to fine-tune the proposal (with assistance of the Executive Board).
    • 31 October–3 November, 2018: the ECC2020 conference host is announced at ECC2016 in Lugano.
    • October – November, 2020: ECC2020 takes place.

    For any inquiry, please contact ECREA's General Secretary, Irena Reifová at generalsecretary@ecrea.eu.

    We are looking forward to receiving your proposals!

  • 30.06.2017 12:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are sad to inform you that one of the major figures of our field and ECREA Advisory Board member and former ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School lecturer Denis McQuail has passed away on 25 June aged 82.

    D. McQuail at 2010 ECREA SuSoA tribute to Denis McQuail (1935-2017) by Peter Golding

    The news of Denis McQuail’s death on June 25th 2017 will have deeply saddened many scholars and colleagues in ECREA. It is a tribute to Denis’ influence and the respect in which he was held that so many people, young and old, and in so many countries, will feel his loss and have benefited from his many personal and professional qualities.

    Denis McQuail met the standards of that old cliché ‘founding father’ better than almost anyone. Trained as an Oxford historian, he was awarded a PhD in social studies from the University of Leeds in 1967 with a thesis entitled "Factors affecting public interest in television plays." His transition from social scientist to communications scholar was more or less complete. He was one of the first UK academics to move to a post in mainland Europe, and in 1977 he was appointed to the Chair in Communications at the University of Amsterdam, where he stayed until his early retirement in 1997. He then moved back to his home just outside Southampton and retained his academic links as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics at Southampton. Retirement for Denis was, of course, notional. As a note to his friends from his family pointed out “was still scribbling notes and thoughts on the back of envelopes and scraps of paper relating to academic theory right up to the end”.

    Denis McQuail’s achievements are legion. One signal example is ‘uses and gratifications’. It is now a platitude that we should examine what people do with media not what media do to them. This truism became the demarcating mantra of uses and gratifications research, but refining and operationalising the idea took a lot of work. Denis was perhaps not one of the originators of the concept, but his work was central in its refinement, constructive critique, and development.

    We now see political communication, and the role of television especially, in politics, as a familiar concern at the heart of our field. Denis McQuail's work with Jay Blumler and with Joseph Trenaman was seminal in this field. Television and the Political Image, which studied the 1959 general election in the UK, established many of the key tenets and insights for political communication research in the succeeding decades. When his study with Jay Blumler, Television in Politics, appeared in 1968 the Journal of Communication said that “the researcher interested in television and politics could hardly ask for more”.

    Denis McQuail was also one of the clearest and most helpful of guides. In Communication Models, first produced with Sven Windahl in 1982, page after page of lucid exegesis and explanation of the many competing models somehow dissolved the fog; as an example of how to generate a lot of insight in a short space it was, and is, invaluable. As a founding editor, with Karl-Erik Rosengren and Jay Blumler, of the European Journal of Communication, Denis launched what was to become, and still is, a key shop window for so much that is best in scholarship and research in our field. The EJC, however, is not Denis’ only legacy to the development of European media research. He was a key and founding member of the Euromedia Research Group for whom he wrote extensively and helped form debates about media policy in Europe and comparative analyses within Europe of questions of media concentration, commerce and politics.

    Denis is perhaps best known as a codifier of our field, providing generations of students and scholars alike with authoritative and phenomenally widely read overviews of writing and research in the field. This, as anyone who has written, rather than simply avoided writing, a text book will know, is an extraordinarily difficult task, and we are fortunate in being in a field where the best known text is the work of someone who is a master of the genre.
    Mass Communication Theory is now in its 6th edition, and is rightly titled ‘McQuail’s Mass Communication Theory’. It was first published in 1983, subtitled “an introduction”, and ran to a modest 245 pages, compared to the daunting 621 pages of the current edition. The book reigns supreme, and is almost certainly never to be paralleled, not just in our field but as a guiding and insightful text for any field in the social and human sciences.
    It is important to recall that even before Mass Communication Theory became the central and unique text that it is, Denis McQuail provided a number of original and defining texts which reviewed, codified, and summarised in a characteristically elegant and helpful way, the range of work in our field. His overview volume Towards a Sociology of Mass Communications, published in 1969 and the collection he put together in Sociology of Mass Communications which came out in 1972 were both seminal in forging the field, then so rudimentary, in the UK. At some distance now we can see not only how original these books were but also how what in retrospect looks easy to accomplish was achieved when no clear oversight of the field existed, and in that sense their originality and influence are immense.

    Denis McQuail was so very much more, however, than a summariser and text book master. He always readily put his scholarship and analytical skills to work in assessing media performance and conduct, and his involvement in normative analysis should not be overlooked. His analysis of press content conducted for the 1977 Royal Commission on the Press in the UK remains one of the most thorough and indicative of its kind. As a comprehensive and comprehensible, socially and politically relevant, empirically sound analysis of what the British press provides it remains foundational.

    But over the years and in a number of publications he further explored the many complexities of assessing media performance. Whether writing on media policy generally or the more profound questions of how we should assess the role of the media, he made insistently clear the need for analytical rigour in addressing questions of media power and influence.

    These are massively important contributions. In reviewing Media Performance Everett Dennis wrote that “When a short list of the most important books on communication media in the last half of the twentieth century is drawn up at some future date, I would not be surprised to see Dennis McQuail’s Media Performance at the top”. His analysis of the core dimensions of media performance remains unsurpassed. As he wrote, “Without accountability communication is simply one-way transmission, limited in purpose, lacking response, guidance, or even known effect”.

    But as important as these writings and contributions are, many in the field will remember Denis best for his personal qualities. He was the most charming and amusing of companions, and endlessly generous in support, advice and help to younger colleagues and peers alike. Denis was a great traveller. Many would recall, with frustration, the experience in coming down to breakfast at a conference hotel, to see Denis McQuail, thinking they had got one over on him by saying they’d discovered a wonderful and unexpected local beauty spot – only for Denis to say, as he always did, “yes I walked up there yesterday, it’s really good”.

    Denis’ importance in our field cannot be overstated. His loss is devastating for all who knew him and recall his many kindnesses, as well as those, who even if they never met him, have so benefitted from his outstanding scholarship and tireless analysis. Our field has lost a master of research and thought, and many of us within it have lost an irreplaceable friend and colleague.

  • 21.06.2017 12:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that the 2017 ordinary General Assembly of ECREA has closed. Between 12 and 16 June, 103 members and institutional coordinators participated in the online General Assembly, casting total of 203 votes.

    All items were confirmed, suggestions under Any other business will be put forward to ECREA Executive Board and addressed at the next General Assembly in November 2017.

    1. Approval of the minutes of the previous General Assembly (12 November 2016)
    Approve 188 votes; Do not approve 0 votes; Abstain 15 votes.
    2. Vote upon the candidate-representatives of S/TWG/N into Executive Board
    Approve 186 votes; Do not approve 0 votes; Abstain 17 votes.
    3. Approval of the ECREA accounts for 2016
    Approve 176 votes; Do not approve 5 votes; Abstain 22 votes.
    4. Approval of the ECREA budget for the budget year 2017
    Approve 182 votes; Do not approve 5 votes; Abstain 16 votes.
    5. Approval of the ECREA Executive Board Report 2016
    Approve 186 votes; Do not approve 0 votes; Abstain 17 votes.

  • 02.06.2017 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy anniversary to all current and former students, lectures and organisers of European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School.


    To read more about the Summer School, go to: http://www.ecreasummerschool.org/

  • 30.05.2017 10:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Klaus Arnold was the founder of ECREA's Communication History Section

    We are deeply sad to inform that Klaus Arnold, founder and first Chair of the Communication History Section, has passed away. In this very sad moment we would like to thank Klaus for the many good things he did in his life and for bringing us all together through the Communication History Section which is one of his many legacies.

    The Section Management Teams,
    Susanne Kinnebrock
    Paschal Preston
    Nelson Ribeiro
    Gabriele Balbi
    Christian Schwarzenegger

  • 05.04.2017 10:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA and its Central and Eastern European Network are truly concerned about the proposed legislation endangering the existence of Central European University in Budapest https://www.ceu.edu/. Read the full protest letter below.

    ECREA has addressed the following letter of protest to the Hungarian Prime Minister Orban and Minister of Human Resources Balog.
    ECREA's CEE Network has published its statement of protest on Network's Facebook page.

    Dear Prime Minister Orban,
    Dear Minister Balog,

    European Communication Research and Education Association ECREA is deeply agitated about the proposed legislative changes which may endanger the status and academic freedom of Central European University.

    During the last 25 years of the CEU´s presence in the region it has immensely contributed to the study of media and communication in Central and Eastern Europe. CEU has made substantial difference in building bridges between East and West and brought about principal internationalisation of social sciences and humanities in the region of Central and Eastern Europe without undermining its specificities.

    ECREA has a long tradition of endorsing equality for the disadvantaged groups of scholars in Europe with its Central and Eastern European Network being one of the conduits of this effort. We are deeply worried that stability and mission of the CEU as the institution pursuing the same goal may be threatened.

    We express our solidarity with the CEU and join the protest of the academic and other public in Hungary and abroad. We respectfully urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation and enter consultation with CEU. We urge the government to take the action and protect the teaching and research mission of the CEU.

    Ilija Tomanič Trivundža (on behalf of the ECREA Executive Board)
    ECREA President

  • 27.03.2017 10:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Section, Network and Temporary Working Group representatives have been elected to the ECREA Executive Board.

    It is with great pleasure that we announce the election of representatives of networks, sections and temporary working groups to the ECREA Executive Board.

    Networks’ Representative
    Tereza Pavlíčková is a PhD Candidate in Media Studies at Charles University in Prague and Vice-Chair of Young ECREA.

    Sections’ Representative
    Göran Bolin is Professor in Media & Communication Studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden and Vice-Chair of the Mediatization section.

    Temporary Working Groups’ Representative
    Michael Harnischmacher works at the Centre for Media and Communication at the University of Passau, Germany, and chair of the ECREA Journalism & Communication Education TWG.

  • 05.03.2017 10:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now available - UPDATED map of events taking place in 2017.

    We have prepared an overview of conferences and workshops, organized by ECREA Sections, Networks and Temporary Working Groups.
    Download NEW ECREA 2017 Event Map (PDF) here.

  • 22.02.2017 14:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ECREA Young Scholars Network (YECREA) and ECREA invites applications for two grants for doctoral students participating in the ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2017.

    The grants are intended to encourage and support PhD candidates with limited economic support and with limited opportunities to participate in international academic events. The grants will be awarded to two students who have applied and have been accepted to the summer school.

    Each grant is in the amount of 800€ and will cover:
    - participation fee
    - partial travel refund (up to 240€)*

    If selected students are not members of ECREA through their institutions, the grant will also include one year free individual ECREA membership.

    *Please note that students who receive ECREA grants will not be eligible for travel refund from the Summer School organisers.

    Application procedure
    1. Student needs to complete online application to Summer School through http://ecreasummerschool.org/ by 1 April 2017.
    2. Student need to submit a separate application for the grant by 1 April 2017.
    The grant application should include 1) application form and 2) motivation letter.

    Applicants are expected to complete and submit the application form in which they will be asked about their financial and institutional background as well as a motivation letter.

    You can download grant application here.

    In the motivation letter, students should especially specify the reasons for why they should be awarded a grant. The focus should be placed on the stability of the doctoral position (financial support, time given to complete the PhD, etc.), the academic support (in terms of supervision and opportunities for structured feedback), international academic exposure, and all other topics that might seem relevant to the applicant.

    To apply, please send the completed form and motivation letter to info@ecrea.eu by 1 April 2017. For further questions, please use the same contact address. The selected applicants will be notified by 15 May 2017. If no grants will be awarded, the call may be repeated for students that were accepted to Summer School in late May 2017.

    Selection criteria
    The grants will be awarded based on a number of criteria. The primary aim is to make it possible for young scholars to participate in the summer school, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in a similar event. Evaluations will especially assess applicants’ access to financial or institutional resources. Furthermore, it will be considered in how far an applicant has opportunities to received qualified feedback by high-profile researchers and peers in a way the summer school provides. A jury consisting of the YECREA management team and former Summer School students will carry out the selection process. Only applications of students, who were accepted to the Summer School will be processed. Incomplete applications will not be processed. The applicants will not be reviewed in terms of academic quality.

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