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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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Seminars, workshops and conferences organised by thematic Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks.  



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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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    • 15.03.2018
    • Online

    The Science and Environment Communication Section organizes a webinar on 15 March 2018. This is a travel-free meeting with paper presentations and discussants. The title of the event is "When the Local meets the Digital: Implications and Consequences for Environmental Communication". It is connected to a call for papers for an edited volume with the same title. The edited volume and the webinar are a joint initiative with the Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group of IAMCR.

    Contact persons with email address:

    Annika Egan Sjölander (SEC Chair):

    Pieter Maeseele (SEC Vice-Chair):

    • 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.

    • 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

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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