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Title: "European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School".
Target participants: PhD Students
Venue: Tartu, Estonia
Date: Jul 27 - Aug 09, 2008
Contact: Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt
Call for papers:

We are happy to invite you to participate in the European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2008 in Tartu, Estonia from the 27th of July till the 8th of August 2008.

The European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2008 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 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 summer school also generates a clear picture of the international landscape of communication and media research, and its diversity of academic cultures, allowing PhD-students to situate themselves within this academic field.

The overall theme for the programme: "Democracy, journalism and technology: new developments in an enlarged Europe" provides one of the structures of the summer school. As this summer school is open to the full variety of academic work in the field of communication and media studies, the summer school theme will not be used as a criterion for participant selection. The theme is to be understood through wide range of contemporary media and communication related research. The enlargement of Europe has generated vast number of societal changes. At the level of media and communication, the enlargement has brought even more media organizations, journalistic practices and cultures, formats, traditions and media styles. The thrust towards the knowledge society has various effects on the everyday life of European citizens, their participation in societal activities and media consumption and production. To facilitate the successful, continuous and democratic European integration, media have a vital role to play.

The summer school will take place in the premises of University of Tartu, at the Institute of Journalism and Communication.
There are three options possible to attend the summer school:
1. For students whose universities are a member of the organizing consortium the fee for the summer school will be 390 euros. The (cheapest possible) travel costs to the summer school location (Tartu) will also be refunded to the participating students.
2. For individual or institutional ECREA members (see, the fee will also be 390 euros. This fee will not cover the travel costs.
3. Non-consortium and non-ECREA members can become an ECREA member at a highly reduced fee. The ECREA membership application (see can be submitted simultaneously with the summer school application. The summer school fee will be 390 euros. This fee will not cover the travel costs.

1 grant for non-consortium members (covers fee and travel money)
2 grants for consortium members (covers fee and travel money on condition that there is and other applicant from the same university paying the full fee). More information can be found at (

Summer school materials (including 2 books), accommodation, breakfast, coffee and lunches are included in all three options.

Applications will be submitted only via summer school website (, where interested students are expected to register. The deadline for the application is the 14th of April. A wide range of student papers is sought for, and it is not necessary to fit into the yearly theme of the doctoral summer school. The working language of the summer school will be English; therefore sufficient understanding and ability to express oneself in this language is expected.

When applying, each interested student will be expected fill out a form on the summer school website (prior registration on the website is necessary). This will include 1/a short CV according to the provided forms, 2/information on their academic profile, 3/an abstract of their PhD project (no more than 400 words, with a structure and contents of their choosing) and 4/short answers on the following five questions concerning their PhD project:
1. What's your main paradigm?
2. What's your theoretical framework?
3. What are the objects and methods of your analysis?
4. What's your main objective/hypothesis?
5. How much time have you used, how much time have you left?

The abstracts from all successful applicants will also be published in the summer school book (see the summer school website for an online version of the 2006 and 2007 books Students are therefore requested to pay close attention to the correctness of all details. Students will have possibility to update their information during the application procedure, thus early submission is encouraged.

Notification of the accepted students will come after 28th of April. Details of the summer school programme will be updated regularly based on the draft programme available on the web. The 2007 progamme can be regarded as an example of the lecturers that will possibly attend.

Students whose abstracts are accepted will then (in a second phase) be expected to provide the following documents and information by the:
1. A 10-page (3000 words) paper on their PhD project as a whole. The 10 page paper should be a report of the student's ongoing doctoral research and not a conventional conference paper or a report of findings. Rather, it is expected that the student will briefly present the focus of the research and then take up aspects of the research process: methodological, theoretical and practical issues on which he/she would like to receive feedback. (Deadline16th of June)
2. A set of questions (maximum 1 page) with questions or problems that students would like to be discussed during the workshops. This one page needs to be part of the same Word/PDF file that also contains the 10-page paper. (Deadline 16th of June)
3. Based on the abstracts and titles of other student papers, everyone is expected to choose up to 3 papers they would be interested in being a respondent. This preference will be taken into consideration while setting up student working groups. (1st of July)

By the time of the summer school, each student has to prepare a 10-minute seminar presentation covering the main points of their work. Each student is also expected to actively participate in the discussions of their own and other people's work. As mentioned above, they will act as a respondent of someone else's paper (which they have to have read beforehand).

The total number of students will be limited to 54, up to 47 from consortium members and additional students through ECREA.

All questions concerning the application procedure and other information can be directed to the Co-ordinator of the Summer School Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt from the University of Tartu by e-mail ( or via the website:

The Programme Committee members are: Prof. Nico Carpentier, Prof. Maren Hartmann, Prof. Kaarle Nordenstreng, Dr. Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Prof. Slavko Splichal and Prof. Peeter Vihalemm

The Intensive Programme is supported by Socrates Erasmus IP project contract number: 69935-IC-1-2007-EE-ERASMUS-EUC-1, the European Communication Research and Education Association (, the University of Tartu, the Institute of Journalism and Communication ( and a consortium of 21 universities.

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