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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.

Organised in collaboration with an academic partner institution, ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School is an annual event, typically held in July each year. 

ECREA 2020 Braga

8th European Communication Conference (ECC) October 2 - October 5 2020

Braga, Portugal

CONFERENCE WEBSITE will be launched in second half of 2019

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Seminars and conferences

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



ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School brings together over 40 PhD students and 20 lecturers each year.

  • You do not have to be an ECREA member to attend the Summer School.
  • ECREA members are eligible for grants.
  • Deadline for application 15 March 2019


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Upcoming events

    • 19.09.2019
    • 20.09.2019
    • Salamanca, Spain

    Conference organised in cooperation with the Salamanca University, Spain.

    • 19.09.2019
    • 21.09.2019
    • Siena, Italy

    Call for papers

    ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019: Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.

    19-21 September 2019

    University of Siena (Italy)

    The next conference of the Radio Research Section of ECREA will be held at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, from 19 to 21 September 2019. The 2019 theme is: Radio as a Social/Convivial Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.

    The topic

    In the age of platformization of culture (Nieborg & Poell 2018) every media is being turned into a digital platform and every audience is being datafied and commodified. What is the role of radio within this new media ecosystem? Tim Wu (2011) showed how radio broadcasting too was eventually colonized by the ethos of profit, but along its history the radio medium has been able to partially escape its commodification and it has carved out a social role as a public service media and as a community/civic media, more open to audience interaction and participation than television and print media used to be.

    In a media ecosystem increasingly shaped by algorithms, radio is the only medium that still has a relevant analogue component, especially in non-western areas of the world. The relevance of analogue broadcasting is not only a residual practice but could be also framed as a space of freedom, a practice of resistance to the process of platformization.

    “Radio as a social media” is the theme of the 2019 ECREA Radio conference. What does it mean to be a “social media” in the era of digital “social media”?

    Our proposal is that radio, in order to be “social”, needs to be “convivial”, in the sense proposed by Ivan Illich in its work “Tools for Conviviality” (1973), which also inspired the first hackers and makers of home computer’s history.

    Conviviality is a concept that was introduced by Ivan Illich (1973). He imagined a world where people had an open relationship with the material world surrounding them, including the technologies they used: ‘I choose the term ‘conviviality’ to designate the opposite of industrial productivity. I intend it to mean autonomous and creative intercourse among persons, and the intercourse of persons with their environment’ (1973, p. 11). Conviviality is about being vigorously engaged in relationships, conscious of values and meanings. For Illich, a convivial technology was a tool that people could manipulate, transform, adapt and control. Convivial tools are ‘those which gave each person who uses them the greatest opportunity to enrich the environment with the fruits of his or her vision’ (1973, p. 21). Conviviality according to Illich revolves around the idea of free and equal access to empowering tools.

    Conviviality, as David Gauntlett noted, “is therefore about having the power to shape one’s own world. Illich makes it clear that individuals must retain this power – society must not seek to drain it from them” (2011, p. 168).

    Is it still possible a social/convivial use of radio in the age of proprietary algorithms-driven journalism and music consumption?

    This conference aims at gathering together all the scholars that are currently exploring, from different and/or interdisciplinary perspectives, the complex entanglement between radio/audio/digital media and society.

    The conference will try to situate radio studies within the broader contemporary media ecosystem and aims at starting a dialogue with and accepting contributions from Internet Studies, Platform studies, Social Media studies, critical political economy of the media, Media History, digital media management, Cultural Studies, production studies, ethnography, sound studies, social sciences.

    ECREA Radio Research 2019 is not only a conference, it wants to be also a festival. A festival for the community of scholars with an interest in radio.

    • 03.10.2019
    • 05.10.2019
    • Leeds, UK

    2019 Conference Theme: Innovations in the Field of Risk & Crisis Communication

    The deadline for abstract submission is 15 April, 2019 with notifications sent on or about 15 May, 2019.

    We are looking for an exploration of new approaches to theory, methodology, education and training, practice, as well as the intersection of technology in the context of risk and crisis. We are looking for cross-disciplinary work with communication, journalism, business, marketing, health, law politics, policing, cross-cultural research, education and training. We are inviting you to think about where the field has been and where it is can and should go. We would especially invite our practitioners to share their own experiences and best practices so that we can all learn from each other.

    Traditional research presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations, and theme discussions will all be welcome. We will provide additional details and guidelines over the next several months.

    For more information see

    • 14.10.2019
    • 16.10.2019
    • Tilburg, Netherlands

    The ICSI Regional Conference is the 6th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section (ICSI). This year’s conference is hosted by Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, and will be held in Tilburg, the Netherlands. 

    The conference theme this year is "Re-Connecting". We want to connect scholars from the different sub-disciplines of interpersonal communication and social interaction, for example workplace interaction, communication in interpersonal relationship, impression management, interpersonal health communication. Connecting our insights from different fields may inform our own research, provide creative ideas for future research, and help theory development. Moreover, the theme reflects the fact that our mediated and unmediated interactions are increasingly connected and integrated. As advanced communication technologies increasingly become part of our everyday experience, we are forced to revisit and connect theories of online and offline social interaction.

    The ICSI Regional Conference 2019 provides an opportunity to share our ideas, theories and research about interpersonal communication and social interaction across our different specializations. We call for paper and panel proposals from any communication or communication-related discipline and methodology that address the section's themes.

    Submission deadline: June 9, 2019 (midnight CET).

    More information and submission website:

    • 18.10.2019
    • 19.10.2019
    • Ghent, Belgium

    Film Studies Section conference. For more information go to

    • 21.10.2019
    • 22.10.2019
    • Helsinki, Finland

    Infrastructures and Inequalities: Media industries, digital cultures and politics

    Joint Conference of three ECREA Sections: Communication and Democracy; Digital Culture and Communication; and Media Industries and Cultural Production

    Abstract Deadline 1 June 2019

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    * Lisa Parks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    * Kaarina Nikunen, University of Tampere

    In a turn to ‘infrastructuralism’ (Peters 2015), media and communication scholars are increasingly attentive to the materialities and politics of the technological, organisational and cultural infrastructures that underpin media today. Platforms, data centres, software, but also new forms of organising cultural production and labour, shape the politics of digital cultures and transform the media industries. Digital and media infrastructures have become elemental to everyday life. They are significant in reproducing existing social and cultural inequalities, as well as creating new power struggles. As digital/media infrastructures unfold in everyday life, they bring challenges across multiple domains, from the foundations of social justice to the industrial structures underpinning our everyday interactions with media and communication systems. This conference aims to address the politics and inequalities that emerge, as technological and media industries adopt, dismantle and transform infrastructures to channel and process communication flows. Media infrastructures (broadly) operate under different and uneven conditions that configure media labour, media production, and the politics of communication and access (Starosielski and Parks 2015). This conference seeks to examine digital/media infrastructures and inequalities from an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective, inviting papers to interrogate the significance of the ‘infrastructural turn’ in media and communication studies to our understanding of media industries, democracy and digital cultures.

    During this joint-ECREA section conference, we aim to engage with questions concerning inequalities and the infrastructures of digital culture, media industries and (digital) democracy through addressing topics such as (but not limited to):

    * The value, significance and relevance of infrastructure studies to media industry studies, the study of media and democracy, as well as digital culture

    * The industries and labour that operate and control specific technological media infrastructures, such as data centres, cloud computing, cable/satellite networks, content delivery networks

    * The politics and power dynamics of digital/media infrastructures

    * The significance of digital/media infrastructures in everyday life, especially related to the reproduction of social inequalities

    * The impact of digital/media infrastructures on culture, society, politics and democracy

    *The impact of digital/media infrastructures on media labour and cultural production

    * The organisational and cultural infrastructures of the media industries

    * Experiences and affective relationships that emerge in connection with media infrastructures

    * Forms of logistical media

    * Temporalities of media infrastructures

    * Emerging questions for the foundations of social justice in the digital media infrastructural turn

    Submission details

    Please submit a 300-word abstract for individual proposals.

    Panel proposals should include a 300-word panel rationale plus individual 200 word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers.

    All abstracts for individual as well as panel proposals should be submitted through EasyChair:

    Deadline for submission is 1 June 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by 30 June 2019.

    Registration and Fees

    • Early bird registration €100 (until 12th August)
    • Early bird reduced student fee €50 (until 12 August)
    • Full fees €120 (to be paid until the 15th of September)
    • Reduced student fee €60 (to be paid until the 15th of September)

    For more information and enquiries, contact:

    Julia Velkova, University of Helsinki at
    Anne Kaun, Södertörn University at
    Sander de Rieder, University of Ghent at

    Or consult the conference website:

    Scientific Committee:

    Ysabel Gerrard, University of Sheffield
    Catherine Johnson, University of Huddersfield
    Ana Jorge, Research Centre for Communication and Culture, Universidade
    Católica Portuguesa
    Anne Kaun, Södertörn University
    Maria Michalis, University of Westminster
    Christina Neumayer, IT-University of Copenhagen
    Sander de Rieder, University of Ghent
    Emiliano Treré, University of Cardiff
    Julia Velkova, Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki

    • 24.10.2019
    • 25.10.2019
    • Groningen, Netherlands

    ECREA Televison Studies Section Conference

    "The Youthification of Television in the age of Screen Culture” (Dates: 24-25 October 2019)

    • 24.10.2019
    • 25.10.2019
    • Helsinki, Finland

    As the role of communication has been magnified in the digital era, calls for the protection of citizens’ “digital rights,” have resulted in countless declarations by governments, international bodies and activist organizations. In addition to debates on the consequences of digital transformations for established rights, new rights have been envisioned, such as “the right to be forgotten” and the right to internet access. Due to the importance of communication rights to societies and democracy, it is imperative to understand how those rights are defined, manifested, regulated and monitored today. Therefore you are invited to submit your proposal of max. 500 words to our call for papers and participate in our conference in Helsinki, Finland held between the 24th and 25th of October focusing on Communication Rights in the Digital Age, where we will answer questions on definitions of communication rights, roles of policy and other actors defining these rights in national and international context and current core issues that pertain to communication rights.

    Conference website:

    • 30.10.2019
    • 31.10.2019
    • Brussels, Belgium

    Digital Fortress Europe: Exploring Boundaries between Media, Migration and Technology

    30 and 31 October 2019, Brussels, Belgium

    The two-day conference “Digital Fortress Europe” intends to be a forum to reflect on the relations between media, migration, and technology. These relations demand our fullest attention because they touch on the essence of what migration means in societies that are undergoing democratic challenges. Research shows that media and technologies play a vital role for people who migrate, but that the same media and technologies serve to spread xenophobia, increase societal polarization and enable elaborate surveillance possibilities. With its intensifying anti-migration populist discourses, humanitarian border crises and efforts to secure borders through technological solutions, the European context provides a pulsating scene to examine such deepening relations. Taking place in the heart of Europe’s political capital, this conference aims to critically reflect on what the much-debated notion of “Fortress Europe” means in the digital age and how it can guide our future thinking on media and migration. As such, scholars of media, communication, migration and technology will be stimulated to contribute to critical discussions on border politics and migration debates.

    The thematic focus of this conference is on media, migration and technology and all their possible linkages and intersections. While significant attention goes to digital technologies and social media, the organizers do aim for a broad focus that also includes traditional media, and aspects of media production, organization, consumption, representation and policy.

    The three confirmed keynote speakers will be:

    - Dr Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    - Professor Huub Dijstelbloem (University of Amsterdam)
    - Professor Myria Georgiou (London School of Economics)

    Besides the keynotes and parallel paper presentations the programme will also include a public event, a PhD masterclass and a book launch (details to be confirmed in the final programme).

    The conference takes place at the Palace of the Academies in the centre of Brussels (Hertogstraat 1, 1000 Brussel).

    The conference is organized by the European Communication Research & Education Association’s (ECREA) Diaspora, Migration & the Media (DMM) section in collaboration with the ECREA’s International & Intercultural Communication (IIC) section, the Young Scholars Network of ECREA (YECREA), the Netherlands-Flemish Communication Association (NeFCA), and has received support from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB).

    The organizers welcome submissions for paper presentations on the following three broad themes:

    - Borders and media technologies, particularly focusing on critical research on biometrics, algorithms, drones and cartography.

    - Producing and circulating meanings and media on migration, including work on discourse and representation, journalism, popular culture and policy.

    - Media uses and technologies by and for migrants and diasporas, including research on activism, identity, emotion/affect, education, well-being, language and mediated social relations.

    Especially welcome are submissions rooted in critical cultural studies, critical data studies, postcolonial studies, feminist research and from scholars who build bridges between academia, policy, activism, arts and public debate.


    Please submit a 500-word abstract in an anonymized MS Word file only (other formats or non-anonymized documents will not be considered) per e-mail to Please mention “Submission Brussels Conference” in your e-mail subject.

    A separate call for the related PhD masterclass will soon be circulated.

    After the evaluation of abstracts, accepted authors will be invited to submit full papers in order to be considered for the Best Paper Award (junior award and senior award) and for a possible publication in a Special Issue and/or a book. We refer to previous collaborations in the form of a special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage), Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture (Intellect), Communications: The European Journal for Communication Research (Mouton De Gruyter).


    - 17 December 2018: launch call for papers
    - 22 February 2019: deadline abstract submission
    - 15 April 2019: notification of acceptance
    - 10 May 2019: opening of registrations
    - 1 July 2019: publication of final programme
    - 15 September 2019: closing of registrations
    - 30-31 October 2019: conference

    Organizing team

    - Kevin Smets, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, ECREA DMM vice-chair (local organizing committee)
    - Yazan Badran, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (local organizing committee)
    - Paola Condemayta Soto, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (local organizing committee)
    - Koen Leurs, Utrecht University, ECREA DMM chair
    - Irati Agirreazkuenaga, University of the Basque Country, ECREA DMM vice-chair
    - Melis Mevsimler, Utrecht University, ECREA DMM young scholars representative
    - Leen d’Haenens, KU Leuven
    - Alexander Dhoest, University of Antwerp
    - Stijn Joye, Ghent University

    • 01.11.2019
    • 02.11.2019
    • Bonn, Germany

    ECREA Mediatization Section mid-term conference will be held at the University of Bonn, Germany, from November 1st to 2nd. This conference will be organized in cooperation with the “Philosophy of Communication” section. The main theme of this meeting will be "Datafication, Mediatization, and the Machine Age" . Apart from the regular presentations, a public round table with colleagues from the “Social Robot Lab” at the University of Bonn and a workshop for PhD students are planned.

    Call for papers - deadline extended to 15 July 2019

    • 07.11.2019
    • 08.11.2019
    • Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Games, Media and Communication: Quo Vadis?

    7.-8.11.2019, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

    • 13.11.2019
    • Zurich, Switzerland

    YECREA Round Table “The responsible conduct of research: The ethical challenges and considerations in health communication studies”

    13.11.2019 Zurich, Switzerland


    • 13.11.2019
    • 15.11.2019
    • Zurich, Switzerland

    Title: European Conference on Health Communication
    Date: 13-15 November 2019
    Location: University of Zurich
    Theme: Social Aspects of Health Communication
    Short description: The thematic focus of the European Conference on Health Communication (ECHC) lies on social aspects of health communication. It will provide a platform for discussing the interrelations between health, health communication, and people’s social contexts on various levels and from diverse perspectives. With the aim to represent the full scope of current health communication research, the ECHC also welcomes research on further issues of health communication.

    YECREA Round Table “The responsible conduct of research: The ethical challenges and considerations in health communication studies”


    • 05.12.2019
    • 06.12.2019
    • Mainz, Germany

    ECREA Communication and Democracy Section Workshop

    Date: 5-6 December 2019
    Venue: Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Department of Communication
    Organization: Johanna E. Möller, Jakub Nowak
    Travel: Excellent connections via central airport Frankfurt am Main, direct connections by train to Mainz (30 min.)
    Evening programme: Mainz christmas market

    Workshop theme: The politics of privacy

    The suggested workshop addresses emerging communication and media perspectives on political implications of privacy. Citizens constantly define and redefine information boundaries when acting with and on media. The way they “do privacy” is recursively related to surrounding infrastructures. Societal and technological infrastructures inform privacy practices and privacy practices transform political dimensions of social privacy order. We invite contributions on politically motivated media practices (micro and meso) as well as on political implications of privacy infrastructures and regulation (law, values, discourses and technology).

Past events

12.09.2019 Political communication section interim conference
04.09.2019 Visual Cultures & Communication: Images and Practices on the Move
08.07.2019 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2019
19.06.2019 CEECOM - 12th CEE Network's Conference
24.05.2019 Children's online worlds, digital media and digital literacy
17.05.2019 Journalism & Communication Education TWG Conference
14.02.2019 Journalism Studies Section Conference 2019
13.02.2019 2nd ECREA Journalism Studies Section PhD-Workshop
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Three Young Scholar Workshops - Methods, Writing and Activism
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Audiences, datafication and the everyday: Challenges, ambitions and priorities for audience studies in datafied societies
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Mobile (in)visibilities
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Lugano
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference “Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World”
19.07.2018 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2018
01.06.2018 Remaking European Cinema
23.05.2018 ICA 2018 Pre-Conference “Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age”
15.03.2018 Science and Environment Communication Section webinar
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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