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Title: "ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2010".
Target participants: Ph.D. students
Venue: Department of Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
Date: Aug 15 - Aug 27, 2010
Contact: ilija.tomanic@fdv.uni-lj.si
Website: http://www.comsummerschool.org/

The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2010 will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 15 – 27 August.

The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2010 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 summer school will take place in the premises of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The summer school is open to the full variety of academic work in the broad field of communication and media studies. The overall theme for the programme - Cultural and technological challenges of media globalisation and convergence in Europe provides just one of the many topical focal points of the summer school. The theme will not be used as a criterion for participant selection. All PhD projects within the field of communication and media studies are welcomed.

There are two options to attend the summer school:

1. For students whose universities are a member of the organizing consortium (see list below) the summer school will provide:
- summer school materials (including 2 books),
- accommodation, breakfast, coffee and lunches,
- partial travel refund – up to 75% of (cheapest possible) travel costs to the summer school location (Ljubljana) taking into account the maximum eligible costs set by Erasmus IP (table is available at Summer school website). In order to get the refund, students will have to send in their original boarding passes and tickets, travel agent invoices and receipts to the summer school coordinator no later than September 3 (date of stamp). Otherwise no refund will be provided.

Payment of a membership contribution of 450 Euros for a series of supplementary activities (research seminars, round table and social events) organised by the Slovene Communication Association is required.
The Summer school gives full recognition to the activities of participating students who are awarded 10 ECTS credits for their participation in the full programme (including the supplementary activities).
The total number of students will be limited to 45, up to 35 from consortium members and 10 students through ECREA.

2. For students whose universities are not a member of the organizing consortium (see list below) but are individual members of ECREA or whose institution is an institutional member of members, the summer school will provide:
- summer school materials (including 2 books),
- accommodation, breakfast, coffee and lunches.

Payment of a membership contribution of 550 Euros for the supplementary activities (research seminars, round table and social events) organised by the Slovene Communication Association is required.
The Summer school gives full recognition to the activities of participating students who are awarded 10 ECTS credits for their participation in the full programme (including the supplementary activities).
The total number of students will be limited to 45, up to 35 from consortium members and 10 students through ECREA.

The deadline for applications for the summer school is April 9. 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 a sufficient understanding and ability to express oneself in this language is expected.

Application procedure - stage 1
When applying, each interested student is expected fill out a form (the link can be found in the left hand menu) on the summer school website. Prior registration on the website is necessary. (The approval of the website account may take up to 2-3 days.) Uncompleted applications will not be eligible. Applications can only be submitted via the summer school website.

This application form will include:
1. a short CV according to the provided forms
2. an abstract of their PhD project (no more than 400 words, with a structure and contents of their choosing)
The abstracts of all successful applicants will also be published in the summer school book (see the summer school website for an online version of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 books).

Students are therefore requested to pay close attention that all details of their abstracts are correct and that proper English is used. Students will have possibility to update their information during the application procedure, thus early submission is encouraged.

Notification of acceptance will come during the first week of May. Accepted students should start making their travel arrangements as soon as possible to ensure the lowest price.

Details of the summer school programme will be updated regularly based on the draft programme available on the web. The 2009 progamme can be regarded as an example of structure of the summer school, the type of activities and the lecturers of the summer school.

Application procedure - stage 2
Students whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to provide the following documents and information in the second phase:

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. (Deadline: June 14)

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: June 14)

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. (Deadline June 20)

4. 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. In order to ensure maximum benefits of the seminars, everyone will have to read other participants papers before the summer school.

All questions concerning the application procedure and other information can be directed to the Co-ordinator of the Summer School:Ilija T. Tomanić

The Intensive Programme is supported by Socrates Erasmus IP project (2009-6557), the European Communication Research and Education Association, the Department of Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, a consortium of 22 partners universities
· University of Bremen DE,
· Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) HU,
· University of Roskilde DK,
· University of Tampere FI,
· Lund University SE,
· University of Arts Berlin DE,
· Charles University CZ,
· University of Ankara TR,
· University of Tartu EE,
· Vrije Universiteit Brussel BE,
· University of Stirling UK,
· University of Erfurt DE,
· University of Bergen NO,
· Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) LT,
· Jönköping University SE,
· University of Sacred Heart Milano IT,
· University on Helsinki FI,
· University Stendhal, Grenoble 3 FR,
· London School of Economics & Political Science UK,
· University of Amsterdam (UvA) NL,
· University of Westminster UK,
· Autonomous University of Barcelona ES
and 2 national research schools - Danish National Research School and Finnish national research school.

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