Call for proposals
The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Turkish Communication Research Association (ILAD), together with Istanbul Bilgi University, welcome the submission of abstracts for presentation at the 4th European Communication Conference to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from 24 to 27 October 2012.
The general theme of the conference is ‘Social Media-Global Voices’. The organisers call for proposals in all fields of communication and media studies, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on social media and global communication phenomena and/or on comparative research.
ECREA is pleased to accept proposals for individual papers, panels as well as poster presentations. All proposals must be submitted through this conference website and will be reviewed by the 17 ECREA thematic sections. The descriptions of the sections are listed at the bottom of this page below.
Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, the theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The preferred length of the individual abstracts is between 400 and 500 words (the maximum is 500 words). Panel proposals --which should consist of five individual contributions--, combine a panel abstract with five individual abstracts, each of which are between 400 and 500 words.
Participants may submit more than one proposal, but only one paper or poster by the same first author might be accepted. First authors can still be second (or third, etc.) author of other papers or posters, and can still act as chair or respondent of a panel.
All proposals should be submitted through the conference website from 1 December 2011 to 28 February 2012. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Please note that this submission deadline will not be extended.
1 December 2011: Online submission system open
28 February 2012: Deadline for online submission
30 April 2012: Notification of the acceptance
15 August 2012: End of early bird registration fee
1 October 2012: Deadline for online registration
ECC12 - Section descriptions
Audience and Reception Studies
The Audience and Reception Studies section invites contributions that focus on how people use and make sense of old and new media and with what consequences for individuals, groups, communities and societies. The section welcomes various approaches (theoretical/critical works, empirical studies, methodological discussions) and methods (quantitative or qualitative research, or both), and encourages submissions that cross disciplines (e.g. social sciences, political sciences, education sciences, humanities and arts, psychology) and traditional boundaries (e.g. between old and new media, between mass and group communication, between content/production and audience/ reception/effects).
Communication and Democracy
The Communication and Democracy section invites you to send in abstracts for papers as well as panel proposals focusing on the relationship between media, communication and democracy. Democracy is being defined here in a broad sense and is not merely limited to the procedural aspect of political systems, but also includes civic cultures. Equally, democracy does not only refer to (Western) models of liberal democracy, and media and communication relates to both more traditional (mass) media as well as the internet and newer forms of (digital) media and communication opportunities. The section-theme for 2012 Istanbul conference is "Social Media and Global Voices", but papers outside of this general theme will also be accepted. Abstracts and panel proposals should ideally address one of these sub-themes: democracy, participation and citizenship; critical approaches, theoretical challenges and methodological innovations; public spheres, counter-public spheres and beyond; media and political mobilizations, activism and protest cultures; the future of community media and (local) journalism (in a digital age) and their impact on (local) democracy; EU and/or national media & communication policies; civic engagement and media literacies.
The Communication History section provides a forum for scholars from different European countries who approach communication with a historical perspective. The section invites contributions dealing with: the history of socially relevant and mass communication (e.g., the history of media production and institutions, history of journalism, public relations and advertising, new media histories, historical audiences); the history of communication in general (e.g., history of interpersonal or group communication); memory studies (e.g., mass media and social memory); the history of ideas related to the field of communication (the history of theories concerning public or mediated communication or the history of communication as a scientific field); the methodology and theory of communication history.
Communication Law and Policy
The Communication Law and Policy section provides a forum for the debate and analysis of past and current national and EU legal, regulatory and policy directions in the field of European media and communication. The field is interpreted broadly to include political, social, cultural, anthropological and economic questions. The section invites contributions (proposals for papers, posters or panels) in any area of (broadly understood) European media and communication law, regulation and policy, including historical, comparative and philosophical approaches to this domain. We welcome critical methodologies and analyses, as well as discussions on new ways of thinking about policy and law in the media, communication and cultural industries. We also welcome works that are situated at the intersection of macro-level and micro-level analysis, that use interdisciplinary approaches and works that push the boundaries of established work.
Diaspora, Migration and the Media
Transnational and diasporic communications have brought a number of theoretical and methodological challenges for European communication research, such as those relating to the significance of the national public spheres, national broadcasting, multicultural media and the cultural and communication practices of people living in culturally diverse societies. The section invites and encourages theoretical and empirical explorations of European communications and diversity from across Europe and beyond. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and innovative studies in all areas of media and communication research (media production; media texts; consumption of media and communications technologies; national and transnational policy; media ethics and the representation of difference).
Digital Culture and Communication
The Digital Culture and Communication section aims at exchanging and developing research at the European level in the developing field of digital media and informational culture as this is broadly defined. We welcome work that crosses disciplines and that operates at the boundaries of what might generally be allowed to constitute media/communication systems. The section actively seeks both empirical and theoretical/critical work. It therefore welcomes work that questions the general specificity of 'the digital' and/or uses 'the digital' to rethink existing media and communication theories and approaches (as well as research methods).
Ranging from early cinema experiences in European metropolis, to the contemporary blockbuster multiplexes, film has always been at the forefront of European popular culture. The Film Studies section invites for contributions that deal with film in a broad variety of aspects: film as content, as cultural artefact, as commercial product, as lived experience, as cultural and economic institution, as symbolic field of cultural production, as media technology, etc. We strive towards methodological openness and multilevel approaches on the study of historical and contemporary cinema: film text, context, production, representation and reception. Cultural studies perspectives, historical approaches, political economy, textual analysis, audience research all find their place within the section.
Gender and Communication
The Gender and Communication section invites empirical and/or theoretical contributions to the field of communication with a specific interest in gender and its intersections. Gender is conceptualised in a broad sense, aiming for inclusivity and multivocality within the field. Contributions can therefore address gender or gender-related issues’ intersection with concepts such as ethnicity, identity politics, age, or queer studies. As with gender, the concept of media is equally open. Contributions might therefore adopt an interdisciplinary approach, for example using insights from feminist media studies, popular culture studies, and post-structural theory or posing philosophical questions. Aiming to bridge the gap between communication and gender studies, this section welcomes approaches that combine a focus on gender with media research, namely media production, content analysis of media texts and media use and/or reception.
International and Intercultural Communication
The field of International and Intercultural Communication has changed considerably over the last years. Globalisation and its consequences have forced the field to broaden its scope. Furthermore the field is challenged from the outside by other disciplines engaging in the debate on the role of communication in globalisation processes. In this section we welcome contributions that take a broad view on cross-border communication in all its forms. We define cross-border communication in terms of communication crossing national or/and cultural borders and we focus on both mediated and personal forms of communication.
Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction
The Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section welcomes contributions that focus on the study of human interaction and human communicative behaviour. The core is constituted of contacts and bonds between people, whether in private or public contexts, whether face-to-face or through various communication technologies. The research fields and theory development areas of interpersonal communication and social interaction are wide-ranging. They include interpersonal relationships, relationship formation, development and termination, group and team communication, conversational organisation, verbal and nonverbal communication, public speaking, radio and television performance, rhetoric, argumentation, persuasion and mutual influence, communicative competence and interpersonal skills, ethnography of speaking, and other related approaches to human social interaction. All kinds of contexts are welcome (e.g., family, work, instructional, political, health), as are all methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed).
The Journalism Studies section is concerned with cultural, political, economic, social and professional aspects of journalism and news work. The section accordingly invites for consideration papers of high quality across the range of journalism studies, focussing on occupational, participatory, regulatory, ethical, social, technological, political, commercial, cultural, educational, historical and other dimensions, with particular reference to the European and/or global context.
Organisational and Strategic Communication
The section for Organizational and Strategic Communication promotes an active and critical dialogue among scholars in view of consolidating an interdisciplinary field of debate, applications and complex projects. Its aim is to approach and to debate on the fundamentals of corporate communication, and to encourage the development of research topics and input concepts by different scholars in various European countries or elsewhere. The overall objective of the section is therefore to enhance the European research within the field of organizational and strategic communications as well as to refine the conceptual and methodological background of the correlated practice. The participation rules of the section allow contributions from researchers, professors, master and doctoral students, as well from corporate representatives whose aim is to develop the internal research portfolios of their own organizations. The section also allows for contributions of independent specialists and consultants in marketing, public communication or related fields, as the very field of organizational communication is difficult to observe unless part of the organizational systems.
Philosophy of Communication
The Philosophy of Communication section in particular sets out to consolidate a European forum for the philosophy of communication. Guided by the ideal of a free, rational, diverse, engaged and socially just Europe, the section is explicitly oriented to reflect the cultural variety and the variety of traditions in the history of thought, scholarship and science. The philosophy of communication encompasses a variety of concerns including reflective, theoretical, analytical, normative and historical questions relating to communication as a phenomenon, a dialectical process, a social reality, a form of expression, a theoretical construct or last but not at least a paradox. What distinguishes Philosophy of Communication from other approaches is the foundational dimension embodied by the section. The Philosophy of Communication section welcomes contributions that deal with questions regarding theory formation and methodology in communication scholarship, and with fundamental questions regarding the place of communication in human existence.
The Political Communication section invites empirical and/or theoretical contributions on the changing nature of the relationship between citizens, political actors and the media, old and new. We welcome papers that address issues such as: the implications of mediated and mediatized politics on the quality of modern democracy; the European political communication deficit; the link between political communication and media policy, new journalistic practices, but also rising antagonistic civic communicative inputs, practices and processes of the mediation and mediatization of politics. Similarly, we invite papers on communication strategies and news management of political elites; campaign communication; citizenship and public sphere; media effects on political orientations and participation; as well as interpersonal and online political communication. In line with the general theme of the 2012 ECC we are particularly interested in papers that take a comparative view on political communication in Europe. The section aims to bring together, and encourage critical and interdisciplinary approaches while creating dialogue between, a broad diversity of methodological and theoretical approaches.
Following its successful conference at the University of Minho in September 2011, the Radio Research Section invites proposals for ECC12. Abstracts are welcome from across as wide a range of interests related to radio as possible. We do not wish to limit the focus and scope of members' research in the medium, and the panels will be organized thematically once abstracts have been peer-reviewed and accepted. Whole panel proposals are also welcome, although please note that there will inevitably be pressure on the available timeslots in the programme. Panels and papers could be situated in the following fields as they relate to radio: audience studies; community radio; audio content (programming and genre); audio narratives; radio identities; parallel web and mobile platform content; digitisation; new or revised research methodologies; social networking and user-generated radio. Papers in languages other than English are very welcome, but in the absence of funding for translation services, paper proposers are encouraged to consider ways of communicating their research to as wide a range of participants as possible. This may involve showing a PowerPoint in English or another of the widely-used European languages.
Science and Environment Communication
The 21st century faces unprecedented challenges in the environment and science fields. The Science and Environment Communication section seeks to foster a strong and dynamic research network and welcomes work that crosses a range of disciplinary and methodological boundaries. Examples of topic areas include - but are far from restricted to: media representations of science and the environment; political and commercial discourse on the environment; dialogic, participatory approaches to the communication of research-based knowledge; communication, democracy and research governance; public engagement with science and the environment.
The Television Studies section aims to facilitate strong cooperation for European research and education in the field of television studies. In the face of technological and cultural changes to television 'as we know it', the section provides a network for TV researchers from a wide range of disciplines focussing on all aspects of television, both addressing the 'post-broadcast era' and television's history and multiple futures. The phenomenon of television in its broadest sense is the topic of the section: TV as programme, TV as aesthetic form, TV as lived experience, TV as cultural and economic institution, TV as part of legal and political actions, TV as symbolic field of cultural production, TV as popular entertainment, TV as media technology, TV as commodity, TV as part of convergence culture, etc. The section welcomes various approaches (theoretical, analytical, historical, empirical, critical, methodological) and encourages inter- and transdisciplinary work on television. For this conference, we would particularly but not only like to hear from researchers working on television and its relation to different forms of participatory media and new forms of interactive solutions such as over-the-top television. Another focus could be fan-like activities and television.
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