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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 2022

9th European Communication Conference (ECC) 

Aarhus (Denmark), 19-22 October 2022


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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.


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Upcoming events

    • 24.07.2022
    • 30.07.2022
    • Cádiz, Spain


    The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2022 brings together members of the European research community 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 is open to the full variety of academic work in the broad field of communication and media studies. All PhD projects within the field of communication and media studies are welcomed. We especially encourage PhD students in the middle of their studies to apply, as in our experience, participation in this phase of the study has yielded best support for the participants.

    The working language of the summer school will be English; therefore a sufficient understanding and ability to express oneself in this language is expected.

    Registration fee at the summer school will be:

    -       915 Euros for the ECREA members and

    -       990 Euros for the non-members of ECREA.

    • 06.10.2022
    • 07.10.2022
    • Online

    Deadline: June 1, 2022

    ECREA pre-conference workshop

    War streaming on Instagram, propaganda in press photography, refugee activism on TikTok? - Recent European crises have shown images and videos as essential tools of communication in politics and protest, a trend mirrored in the increasing use of visuals in research methodologies. Visual data can capture practices of visual, performative or non-verbal communication, text-image relationships, the development of visual formats, notions of aesthetics, as well as underlying meanings of symbols and codes. Extant research has since captured different elements of visual politics and protest, including: social history (e.g. protest photography), political commentary or alignment (e.g. through memes or overlays), social cues in political communication (e.g. GIFs, filters, or emoji), visual activism practices (e.g. culture-jamming, sousveillance video coverage, flesh-witnessing), and visual forms of information documentation and distribution (e.g. infographics).

    Even so, new creative practices have at times challenged research practices, for example with regards to image authenticity and appropriation in mis- and disinformation campaigns (e.g. deepfakes), platform affordances in new visual formats and spaces (e.g. short videos on TikTok), (mis)interpretation and visual (il)literacy in communications, trust in image data as factual evidence, and opaqueness in the production of visual materials. These critical debates have been particularly contentious in the arena of politics and protest, where visuals have been seen to shape political opinion and discourse, electoral campaigns, war coverage, and Covid-19 data visualisations.

    In response to these trends, the ECREA Visual Cultures section is inviting submissions to the online pre-conference on “Visual Politics & Protest” with a focus on epistemological and methodological challenges, taking place on 6th and 7th October 2022 (= 2 weeks prior to ECREA 2022). The pre-conference workshop will include a keynote by Dr. Jing Zeng (University of Zurich), a series of lightning talks, a panel discussion (including speakers Dr. Stefania Vicari, Dr. Shana MacDonald, & Dr. Jing Zeng), and hands-on discussion rounds with a specific focus on epistemological challenges in research on visual politics and protest.

    Topics of interest

    We are looking for lightning talks on challenges encountered in research on visual politics and/or protest, which will be allocated to thematic panels. Towards encouraging lively discussions, we are not looking for entire paper proposals, but focussed submissions that outline the challenge along with examples (in written, visual, or other creative forms).

    On a broad level this may include (but is not limited to):

    • New methodological challenges in visual or multimodal data collection or analysis
    • Platform- or format-specific challenges in conducting visual research on politics and protest
    • Methodological approaches for capturing visuality or visual cultures surrounding politics and protest
    • Challenges in embedding visuals or visuality with textual, audio, or sensory materials
    • Issues in interpreting and/or quantifying visual data
    • Emerging approaches to visualising image or video data
    • Suggestions for the ethical treatment of visuality in politics or protest
    • Approaches in analysing specific political visual practices and/or phenomena
    • Epistemological discussions of the role of the visual in politics, protest, or social movements
    • Theorizing visual issues (example: visibility through aesthetics and visuality)

    Submissions should ideally either discuss new challenges, present in-depth illustrations/ examples of specific challenges, or introduce new approaches or nuances.


    Please submit a 200 word description of your challenge in researching visual cultures or materials, along with your contact details on this Google Form link (200 is the maximum incl. references). Proposals can be submitted until 1st June 2022 at 23.59 CEST. Descriptions should be written in English and contain a summary of the challenge that will be presented, as well as a notion of the reflections or approaches that are taken or recommended. The description may follow a conventional abstract structure, but is not bound to it. We encourage creative, unconventional, and work-in-progress submissions, particularly from early-career scholars. The addition of supplementary visual data such as a poster or data excerpt is optional. The submissions should represent a specific issue or challenge encountered in the participant’s visual research.

    We are aware that not everyone will be able to use Google services due to regional restrictions or privacy concerns. In those cases we invite participants to submit directly by email The email should contain following information: paper title, participant first and last name, country of affiliation, affiliation, career stage, email contact, names of co-authors, a 200-word description of the challenge, 1-2 visual materials (PDF, Word, or jpg) if applicable (this is optional), and indicate if you would like to be considered for the special issue.

    During the workshop, these challenges should be presented as short presentations (7-10 minutes) in panel groups with an adjoining discussion. These presentations do not need to follow conventional presentation formats (creative and purely visual presentations are encouraged). Please note that multi-author submissions are very much welcome, but due to the short nature of lightning talks we ask that only one person (i.e. the submitting author) presents.

    Details on the presentation format and full programme will be released in due time.

    Workshop follow-up

    Post-workshop, a summary (e.g. in the form of a co-authored “living syllabus on visual politics and protest research'') will be created and circulated amongst the participants and the wider public.

    Participants will also be invited to join an informal follow-up meeting at ECREA in Aarhus: “visual politics & protest coffee hour”.

    Participants will have the opportunity to submit their full papers to a special issue in Journal of Digital Social Research ( Extended abstracts of 500 words are due 1st December 2022. Interest in submitting to the special issue should be indicated in the submission form. More information on the special issue will follow in due course.

    Further details

    The pre-conference workshop is organised by the ECREA Visual Cultures section (see and will take place online.


    Pre-conference website:

    Email contact:

    Link to profile of keynote speaker:

    Key dates 2022

    • 1st June: pre-conference submission deadline
    • 15th August: communication of acceptance
    • 6th & 7th October: ECREA pre-conference on Visual Politics & Protest (online)
    • 19th to 22nd October: ECREA general conference
    • 1st December 2022: special issue abstract deadline

    Pre-conference team

    Maria Schreiber, University of Salzburg

    Suay Melisa Özkula, University of Trento

    Tom Divon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    Danka Ninković Slavnić, University of Belgrade

    Doron Altaratz, The Hadassah Academic College

    Hadas Schlussel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    • 07.10.2022

    Deadline: June 1, 2022

    Open to submissions by academics, activists, creative and media practitioners

    How can we challenge norms on gender and sexuality? How can we disrupt the status quo and propose alternative, more inclusive narratives? Forms of unruliness, dissent, and going against the grain are expressed in various ways and transcend boundaries between research, activism, artistic and media practices.

    Resistance exists in individual subversive acts and forms of collective action. For example, challenging systems of oppression in media production, representations going beyond stereotypes, and audiences engaging in oppositional reading practices. In Europe, resistance takes on additional meaning in the current context of the war in Ukraine, the horrible violations of human rights and the ongoing struggle against attacks on the press and disinformation.

    In order to foster change, it is important to have opportunities for exchanging ideas and connecting with each other. As feminist scholar Sara Ahmed notes: collective movements are created by how we are moved in dialogue with others. This online pre-conference aims to create a space for sharing knowledge and having these constructive interactions.


    The program will consist of roundtable sessions exploring different aspects of resistance to norms on sexuality and gender in media. Speakers will be asked to prepare a 7-10-minute presentation. After the presentations, there will be plenty of time to discuss, share insights, and explore ways to collaborate.

    Presentations can be inspired by research, creative, media, activist, and interdisciplinary practices. We are open to contributions by academics, activists, creative and media practitioners (e.g., journalists, filmmakers, podcasters, zine makers, slam poets, bloggers, artists, …). Submissions can cover diverse geographical areas and explore the intersection of gender and sexuality with other social categories such as age, ethnicity, class and (dis)ability.

    Participation in the event is free.

    We look forward to submissions on (but not limited to) the following topics:

    ·       Collaborations between researchers, activists, artists, and media producers to resist norms on gender and sexuality

    ·       Counter-hegemonic media and artistic practices (e.g., zine-making, podcasting, crafting, feminist and queer media, slam poetry)

    ·       Challenging norms on ageing, gender and sexuality, subversive portrayals of older women, queer ageing in media and art

    ·       Expressions of revolt by older women in media and art, tackling the intersection of ageing and sexism

    ·       Resistance strategies in digital spaces and online articulations of feminist, queer, anti-racist, anti-ageist, anti-ableist activism

    ·       Queer resistance in popular culture, expressions of unruly (queer) intimacies and sexualities in art, film, television, and literature

    ·       Strategies for countering (online) attacks on women and minority journalists

    ·       Feminist acts of mediated resistance during military conflicts

    ·       Protests, activism and acts aimed at challenging gender inequality and intersecting systems of oppression in media production and journalism



    Please email a proposal (max. 250 words) that highlights how your work relates to the pre-conference topic, methods used, and perspectives you would like to bring to the discussion to Proposals may include video, audio, images, text, hyperlinks and multimedia that illustrate your reflections in the proposal.

    Individual submissions will be arranged in roundtables by the organizing team. If you would like to submit a pre-constituted roundtable (four or five presentations), please send a maximum 800-word proposal with the overall theme and the contribution of each speaker.


    The ECREA pre-conference is organized by the ECREA Gender, Sexuality and Communication section in collaboration with the ERC-funded Later-in-Life Intimacy: Women’s Unruly Practices, Representations and Places research project (LiLI).

    The ECREA Women’s network is a supporting partner of this event.

    For questions, please send an email to


    ·       The deadline for submissions is the 1st of June 2022.

    ·       We will notify all contributors by the 15th of June 2022.

    ·       The event will take place on the 7th of October 2022.

    • 10.10.2022
    • Online

    Deadline: June 10, 2022

    Joint event of ECREA Central and Eastern European Network and IPSA RC 22 – Political Communication


    • Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of Szeged, Hungary
    • Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
    • Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

    In the post-socialist Central and Eastern European region the first democratic election campaigns took place more than 30 years ago. In parallel with this, political communication as a field of research emerged in the region’s scientific community. Since then, phenomena such as the changes in voters’ levels of volatility (Blumler 2016; Blumler and Kavanagh 1999; Swanson 2004), the shift of communication and in news consumption (Thomassen 2005), the appearance of ‘modern’ political marketing (Maarek 2011), and long-term relationship between political actors and electorate as a strategy (Wring 1996) shaped the directions of research in political communication. Although these symptoms are widely studied in Western democracies, the situation is different in the CEE region. However, the processes mentioned above have also conquered political campaigns in the region (Eibl and Gregor 2019). Seeing that their voters live their everyday lives on social media, political actors have ‘moved up’ to the leading platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and nowadays Instagram and TikTok. This process has to be reflected in research on political communication. The new platforms demand different communication techniques. The significance of personalized politics has increased too (Bennett 2012). The basics of political communication have not changed in response to new platforms. However, the density of communication means of interaction and a constant race for attention have resulted in a significant turnaround. Populist-illiberal parties, the decline in media freedom in the region, and – inevitably – the heightened public opposition to the governmental decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is sometimes interspersed with fake news and conspiracy theories caused by the epidemic and vaccinations have further contributed to the changes in political communication.


    The event’s focal point is the conceptual and practical overview of political communication scholarship in Central and Eastern Europe. The organizers look forward to presentations in (but not limited to) the following areas of interest:

    - patterns of political communication research in the region,

    - features of the communication patterns,

    - digital communication,

    - personalisation of the content,

    - challenges to political marketing in the region

    - illiberal/anti-liberal tendencies in the user-generated content

    - polarization of public discourses in the region

    - future of political communication in the CEE region.

    Abstracts (with maximum length of 350 words) will be evaluated by members of the Scientific

    Committee. Please include the name, affiliation and email address of author(s).

    Upload your abstract here:

    Deadline: June 10, 2022

    Organizing Committee:

    • Norbert Merkovity (University of Szeged, Hungary)
    • Magdalena Musiał-Karg (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)
    • Lenka Vochocová (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
    • Małgorzata Winiarska-Brodowska (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)

    • 10.10.2022
    • Online

    Online pre-conference

    As some countries begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and while some countries are still experiencing significant levels of transmission and deaths, the field of crisis and risk communication has the opportunity to learn from the experiences of the last two years to consider:

    • What impact in crisis and risk communication means across the field of communication?
    • Is pandemic communication fundamentally different from crisis and risk communication?
    • What are critical pedagogical, research, theoretical, amplification, and collaboration lessons have been learned through the pandemic?
    • What critical themes of research and practice should be addressed in the short, medium, and long-term?
    • What can be learned with a view to the communicative challenges that come with imminent wicked problems like climate change, mass migration, immigration, and other potential pandemics?
    • In moving forward from 2022, how can our field meet crisis and risk communication needs across sectors?
    • We welcome abstract-based submissions addressing these themes as we begin to "Rethink Impact" for the European Communication Conference.

    Moving ahead, we explicitly also invite presentations on topics that are not related to the pandemic but touch other topical themes, as well as methodological and theoretical issues et cetera.

    Questions/submissions should be directed to the Head of the Crisis Communication Section, Audra Diers-Lawson (

    • 11.10.2022
    • Online

    Deadline (EXTENDED): May 22, 2022

    As part of our online activities related to the ECREA 2022 pre-conference, we would like to invite all young scholars to apply for our PhD Workshop jointly held by ECREA’s Crisis Communication Section and the Young Scholars Network (YECREA).

    Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

    The workshop aims to provide an online forum with individual feedback for doctoral students whose PhD and research interest is related to the wide and interdisciplinary field of Risk and Crisis Communication.

    Note that this year we launch a new workshop format. For this reason, you will receive two kinds of feedback - senior scholars and peers feedback - and you will be asked not only to present your own project but also to comment on other two projects. The inclusion of peers feedback intends to engage attendees in discussions among themselves, increase participation and develop critical analysis skills.

    The PhD Workshop will take place online on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Further information on the schedules as well as on the respondents (senior scholars and peers) will be announced later.

    Some of our confirmed senior scholars respondents are Prof. Dr. Albena Björck (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland), Prof. Dr. Deanna Sellnow (University of Central Florida, USA), Prof. Dr. Yan Jin (University of Georgia, USA) and Prof. Dr. Yijing Wang (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands).

    To apply for the workshop, please prepare and submit the following two documents:

    1. An extended abstract of up to 500 words outlining your project (references excluded). Please think of key elements such as your research problem, theoretical foundation, research question(s), methodology and (preliminary) findings.

    2. A short letter of motivation stating why you would like to participate, and which questions you would like to see addressed in the feedback session. This letter should also mention the name of your doctoral advisor, the year of PhD you are in, and whether your project will turn into a monograph or (nb. of) papers.

    The documents must be submitted to Bianca Persici Toniolo ( by May 15, 2022.

    A jury will select the applications according to standards of academic quality like theoretical foundation, stringency and originality. You will receive their decision by July 15, 2022.

    There is no need to be a member of the Crisis Communication Section to apply, but please note that the capacity of the workshop is limited.

    Key Dates:

    • May 22 – Deadline for submission
    • July 22 – Notification of decisions
    • September 15 – If your proposal was accepted, you will receive information about the projects on which you are required to provide feedback
    • October 11 – PhD Workshop

    Please do not hesitate to ask questions if you have any doubt by contacting the Crisis Communication

    Section YECREA’s representative, Bianca Persici Toniolo, at

    • 11.10.2022
    • 12.10.2022
    • Online

    Virtual workshop

    Deadline: May 15, 2022

    European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

    2 day-ECREA Early Career Scholars Workshop in Political Communication

    Sponsored by: ECREA Political Communication Section

    Organizers: Cristina Monzer, Emilija Gagrčin (YECREA representatives in the Political Communication Section), Melanie Magin, Agnieszka Stępińska, and Jakob Ohme (Political Communication Section Management Team)

    Interesting and influential scholarship challenges our preconceptions in some way. Particularly early-career scholars (PhD students, postdoc-level) are often endeavoured to contribute to conceptual or methodological development as a means of positioning themselves in a research field. However, we rarely get insights into how scholars generate and develop ideas that end up challenging and advancing the field.

    In this spirit, the pre-conference aims to offer insights into how innovation and problematization in the field of political communication can be done. More so, the pre-conference seeks to contribute to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their innovative research in a constructive and international atmosphere.

    The workshop is relevant for early-career scholars in the field of political communication, who seek to discuss their work from the perspective of conceptual and methodological innovation within the field.

    Format & program

    The pre-conference will take place digitally, with keynote talks and presentation sessions in a synchronous format that enable direct feedback rounds between participants and senior scholars.

    The program for the two days will include two types of sessions:

    a. In their keynote speeches, Prof. Ulrike Klinger (European University Viadrina FrankfurtOder) and Assoc. Prof. Christian Baden (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) will provide input on conceptual development and methodological innovation in the field of political communication.

    b. Participants will present their work in small groups (3-5 participants) and receive in-depth feedback from invited senior scholars and peers. This means that you will both give and receive feedback. By reviewing other early career scholars’ work, participants will learn more about the peer review process as well as improve skills on how to revise papers and draft reviewer responses for top journals.

    Submission guidelines

    We invite early career scholars to submit their work in the field of political communication exploring the changing nature of the relationship between citizens, political actors, and the media. Membership in ECREA’s Political Communication Section is not a prerequisite of application. Applicants should submit an abstract of 500 words (excluding references) that outlines the topic, rationale, theoretical approach, and, if applicable, empirical application of the respective project. The abstract should clearly indicate how you believe that your approach is contributing to the field of political communication. Conceptual, empirical, and methodological manuscripts are welcome.

    If the work is part of your PhD dissertation, please indicate whether the submitted piece is part of a compilation dissertation (article-based dissertation) or of a monograph (chapter, overview). Include your name, affiliation and name of your supervisor in the abstract.

    Deadlines for submission

    Abstracts should be submitted no later than 23:59 CET on Sunday, 15 May 2022. Submissions should be sent via email to

    Acceptance letters will be sent in mid-June.

    If accepted, participants will need to submit a manuscript of up to 8000 words by 16 September 2022, 23:59 CET. The manuscripts will serve as a basis for feedback and discussion in small groups.

    If you have any questions or remarks, please contact us at

    • 12.10.2022
    • Online

    Online pre-conference before the 9th European Communication Conference

    Since its inception, mediatization has been a contested term within media and communication research that includes different perspectives on the interrelation between technological and sociocultural change. While it can be argued that mediatization as a meta-process is an omnipresent part of human history, mediatization research is primarily a response to the progressing digitization and datafication of society and its consequences for human interaction and sense-making. The mediatization approach is characterized by different perspectives: constructivist, institutional, material and cultural as well as critical giving academics the possibility to discuss theoretically and methodologically socio-technological change. Where traditional communication research focused on media as independent entities, mediatization research contributed by highlighting interrelations and the interweaving of media and practices within different fields of human interaction.

    However, as technology and society change, many of the claims that set early mediatization research apart have become self-evident in the light of the ubiquity of technical gadgets, social networks, and a sprawling digital infrastructure. As computers of different shapes and forms have not only become part of all symbolic operations, they have also evolved into “smart” infrastructures that act as gatekeepers between humans and the reality they live in, affecting us on a deeper level. What was once theorized and studied within specific communities and practices is now a widely accepted fait accompli that touches every aspect of everyday life.

    Through all of this, mediatization has remained a useful yet broad concept that offers various points of contact for researchers from different disciplines. At the same time, mediatization has become an all-encompassing umbrella term for studying social and technological change. Its proponents find themselves targeting and discussing their research within more specialized, thematically relevant contexts. With core issues of mediatization research being widely discussed in various contexts, the boundaries and benefits of mediatization research are at risk of becoming diluted, raising the question of what makes this approach unique and compelling for future research?

    Mediatization approach, theory and field have met with many critical objections over the past years, to which valuable answers have been formulated. At the same time, however, the dynamics of change in the media environment have accelerated further; giving way to datafication, algorithmization, platformization, and the growing influence of artificial intelligence. This raises questions about the status of the research field of mediatization; the relationship between processes and meta-processes; and fundamental definitional issues about what media and communication are now in the context of complex technological processes (the importance of big data and the analysis of users’ data and behaviour), new economic conditions (data capitalism, forecasting and surveillance) and new socio-cultural conditions, including pandemic and post-pandemic reality.

    We want to invite researchers to discuss the past and the future of mediatization research as a broad yet unifying approach. Hence, this call addresses both established mediatization theorists, senior researchers, and early-career academics, from different backgrounds utilizing the concept of mediatization. We hope for theoretical and empirical ideas of how mediatization is currently understood and how the concept inspires future research.

    We suggest the following topics:

    - main objections to mediatization research, responses and defenses

    - research challenges related to contemporary technological processes (platformization, datafication, algorithmization, artificial intelligence)

    - necessary methodological, phenomenological and ethical transformations concerning the research field

    - possible and needed new directions of development of the research field

    - existing and potential threats related to the near future of mediatization research

    - desirable transformations of particular research areas and topics (stabilized and emerging)

    Planned conference day schedule

    To discuss these issues, we plan a one-day online pre-conference in the week leading up to the main conference in Aarhus. First, we would like to kick off the event by allowing researchers to present their recent work on mediatization, with particular attention to the status of the field, its challenges, problems, and possible directions for development, subsequently, we would like to open up the discussion, , inviting senior scholars, including Göran Bolin, Nick Couldry, Kirsten Frandsen, Andreas Hepp, Stig Hjarvard, Knut Lundby, Friedrich Krotz, Carlos A. Scolari and other guests to provide responses, comments, and to discuss and explore the future of mediatization research.

    Please fill the form to submit your abstract: by 30.06.2022.

    The conference is free of charge.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing team:

    - Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech,

    - Rita Figueiras,

    - Jakob Hörtnagl,

    - Jeannine Teichert,

    - Mateusz Sobiech,

    • 14.10.2022
    • Online

    PhD workshop (online)

    Deadline: April 1, 2022

    We invite PhD students to send us a proposal on the theme of Rethinking positionality in media and migration research, to be considered for an online workshop we are organising ahead of the ECREA 2022 9th European Communication Conference.

    The workshop aims to provide support to doctoral students by connecting them with junior and senior researchers with experience in the field of media and migration research. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their works and receive detailed feedback as well as guidance.

    We welcome theoretical and empirical proposals from PhD candidates at the beginning or in the middle of their research projects, focusing specifically on the following themes:

    - Ethical challenges in media and migration research;

    - The contribution of intersectional approaches, post-colonial and de-colonial perspectives, and the challenges they pose;

    - Moving beyond Euro-centrism in media and migration studies;

    - Alternative approaches to the study of diasporic communities and imaginaries;

    - Re-addressing and re-thinking positionality and relationality in migration research.

    Interested applicants should submit an abstract of 800 words outlining the topic of their PhD project, its objectives, theoretical and methodological approaches. They should also specify at what stage of their doctoral study they are, and what are the specific challenges they are encountering whilst doing their research. This is to allow for a more structured support during the workshop.

    Please send your abstract via this link

    The deadline for the online submission of abstracts is April 1st, 2022. The online workshop will take place on the 14th of October 2022 (all day). Speakers tbc.

    For further questions please email

    • 15.10.2022
    • Online

    Deadline: 30 June 2022


    Online workshop before the 9th European Communication Conference

    The pandemic has put lots of restraints on audience research making it harder to conduct and pushing scholars to adjust their research methodology to suitable ways of data collection. With the Audience and Reception Studies pre-conference workshop we will look at how audience research has changed, increasingly shifting to a digital methodology, and what are the methodological challenges faced by researchers given Covid restrictions.

    Join us to discuss your experiences of how to do audience research during these times, to share your thoughts of what is methodologically “feasible” and what is not, to address your concerns on how audience research is changing or your ideas about new innovative tools and methods that can be used.

    You can review the specific methodology used in your current project and how this adapts to the (post) Covid era, or discuss the difficulties you are facing in applying your methods of data collection, or address wider matters of interest regarding methodology (e.g. how is qualitative research taking place during the pandemic? Are we increasingly moving to quantitative methods of audience research? What are the losses and what are the gains of such changes? and more).

    Rather than the usual format, this online event will consist of workshops made up of 15-20-minute methodological reflections designed to generate debate and discussion.

    The workshop will take place online on Friday, 14 October 2022.

    Fill in the registration form no later than 30 June 2022 and give us an indication of the method/topic you would like to present or discuss.

    No attendance fee required.

    More detailed program to follow soon after the registration is closed.

    For questions regarding the workshop, please email

    Alessandro Nani, Tallinn University,

    Vivi Theodoropoulou,

    Jelena Kleut, University of Novi Sad,

    • 17.10.2022
    • Online

    Abstract deadline: 15 June, 2022

    ECREA online pre-conference: Science and Environment Communication Section

    Misinformation is high on the public agenda, not least in the area of science, environment and climate communication following the current pandemic, climate, and environmental crises. With this pre-conference the ECREA Science and Environment Communication Section puts a focus on how we can understand and analyse misinformation, as well as disinformation, in relation to science and environment conflicts and how we can perceive the roles of citizens that are facing different levels of misinformation in public debates. Misinformation is sometimes linked to science populism which emerges in opposition to what is perceived as elite representations of scientific and environmental dilemmas and problems. The complex and contested dichotomy between expert and lay discourses is therefore central to understanding both misinformation and science populism in science and environment conflicts.

    The event furthermore encourages the exploration of the multifarious role of citizens facing mis- and disinformation as either media audiences and users or as active producers or contesters of misinformation in public spheres. The development of a hybrid media environment particularly allows citizens to play an active role in relation to misinformation and science populism. This leaves public authorities and established media institutions with several dilemmas relating to the limits and possibilities of democratic debate and public engagement in science and environment conflicts.

    Topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Misinformation and disinformation in science and climate communication
    • Conceptualisations of science populism
    • The role of digital and traditional media in the spread and/or containment of mis- and disinformation
    • The complex role of citizens in science populism: activism, protest, and resistance, on- and off-line.
    • Affect, misinformation, and science populism
    • Case studies of misinformation and science populism: e.g. anti-Covid regulation protests, climate change denialism, anti-vaccination movements
    • Public authorities’ and journalistic strategies and measures against mis- and disinformation
    • Media representations of misinformation and science populism as social phenomena.

    We encourage work-in-progress and alternative (visual, video, interactive) formats as well as traditional presentations.

    Please send a 200-300-word abstract to:

    Mette Marie Roslyng:

    Participation in the event is free of charge.

    • 18.10.2022
    • Aarhus (Denmark)

    This workshop is part of the series of pre-conferences organised within 9th European Communication Conference (ECC) in Aarhus on 19-22 October 2022. The aim of the full-day meeting of ECREA members is to discuss various ways how to do research. The workshop consists of four sessions, each is dedicated to one particular method and run by a different speaker. However, we kindly ask you to participate in all four parts.

    This workshop is intended for ECREA members and is free.

    Please register as soon as possible, the number of places is limited.

    9.00-11.00 CREATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (Maria Murumaa-Mengel)

    The creative research methods approach is located within a broader framework, often referred to as visual research methods. Participants are asked to produce artefacts such as drawings, videos, collages, Lego-constructions, or clay figures and hence, “to spend time applying their playful or creative attention to the act of making something symbolic or metaphorical, and then reflecting on it” (Gauntlett, 2007: 3). Linear creative research design (create first, talk later) gives time for reflective thought processes, parallel creative process (create and explain simultaneously) allows the researcher to explore the thought process and creation, too. Creative research methods allow an abstract topic to become more clear to participants of studies (Murumaa & Siibak, 2012), or to zoom in to tiny details on a specific phenomenon (Murumaa-Mengel, 2015).

    11.00-11.15 coffee break

    11.15-13.15 AUTOETHNOGRAPHY by Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt

    Autoethnography as a method can focus on the sense-making of individual experiences or be used to collaborate with others. This workshop will discuss the way in which autoethnography can be used to study media-related experiences. As an audience researcher, Pille’s work with autoethnography has started with audiencing – taking my personal experiences as a starting point to challenge often paternalistic approaches to audiences. However, as with many open research approaches, with autoethnography, one does not always know where the knowledge explorations can take you. In the workshop, she will give a brief introduction to the key points of autoethnography and what to do with it. She will then invite three moments of collaborative autoethnography in the classroom using three different styles of autoethnographic prompts. And we will close the session with reflection – what kind of knowledge creation becomes possible when we are ourselves subjects of our inquiries with the help of different techniques.

    13.15-14.00 Lunch (self-serving)


    In this workshop, researchers will directly engage with creative methods both as research methods in their own rights, and as a way to achieve a basic understanding of the main methodological and epistemological tenets of urban ethnography for urban media studies. In particular, they will experiment with the production of visual (photographic) materials and with the related adoption of a “photographic gaze” to gain an understanding of the reflexive and de-naturalizing observation perspective of urban ethnography. The approach, described in details in Tosoni-Stiernsted 2016 - entails 3 steps: first, researchers will be introduced to the main theoretical issues within urban media studies that are today addressed through the ethnographic approach, so to allow them to structure their observation of urban space and of urban daily life around e defined set of research question; second, they will be asked to produce photographic materials that could help improving our understanding of the theoretical issue behind these research questions; Finally, these visual materials will be collectively discussed, so to make explicit their meaning for the theoretical issues at stake. This final discussion will also be the occasion to reflect on the limitations, and of the possible ways to overcome them, of the adoption of visual creative methods in urban ethnography for urban media studies.

    16.00-16.15 cofee break


    In this workshop we explore how and when “writing a letter” can be used to gain unique insight into the experiences and emotions of people. Inviting research participants to share their experiences and emotions in this form allows people reflect in their own language of the participants, giving insight into what matters to the participants. In the workshop, we will practice with this method, by writing letters ourselves, and reflecting on the process and the outcome. Also, we consider when letters may be a good method, and what the limitations are. We also collectively explore how we can share the research insights in a way that does justice to the personal nature of the data collection process. For examples of this method, see Witschge, Willemsen and Deuze (2019).

    Lecturer Bios

    Maria Murumaa-Mengel is working as an Associate Professor of Media Studies at the Institute of Social Studies. She is involved in research focusing mainly on young people’s use (and non-use, going “off the grid”) of social media, different literacies (e.g. digital, MIL, social media, information resilience) and various online risks (e.g. information disorders; gendered online hate, online shaming, online child sexual abuse and grooming). Furthermore, Maria is interested in the methodological aspects of collaborative creative research methods and the ethical considerations in studying sensitive topics. Maria Murumaa-Mengel’s main strengths lie in teaching activities and connections with the educational field. She teaches and designs courses in Estonian and in English and has taught over 75 different courses over a decade in higher education. She is the recipient of 2020 National award for the Teacher of the Year (in the category of higher education). Since Maria’s doctoral studies she has been interested in the methodological opportunities and pitfalls of qualitative visual and creative research methods, leading to the publication of several study materials and chapters in handbooks (Murumaa-Mengel, 2014; Murumaa-Mengel & Siibak, 2017; Murumaa-Mengel, 2020).

    Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt is a professor in media and communication at Malmö University since November 2016 and has previously worked at the University of Tartu as a professor in media studies (2014-2016). She is a member of Academia Europaea Film, Media and Visual studies. Her research interests have focused on cultural citizenship and participation and engagement in museums, libraries and public broadcasting. She has also worked on the topic of internet users and the social applications of new technologies. Methods like autoethnography, action research and collaborative and co-creation methods have been increasingly at the core of her research. She has been an active member in the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and in NordMedia networks. Pille is currently the international director of the European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School. She has been the project leader on different local projects and international projects. These projects have had her working on new and emerging technologies, youth participation and museum engagement questions. She has published over a hundred articles both in journals and as book chapters and has been in the team of editors for more than ten books. She is currently co-leading the Digital Culture stream at the Data Society research programme focusing on the questions of museums and audiences.

    Simone Tosoni is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Performing Arts at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Milano, Italy, where he also obtained his PhD in Sociology. He teaches courses on sociology of cultural process and on digital media, and his main research interests span across the field of urban media studies, with a special focus on media engagement out of home, in mobility and in urban space; in subcultural studies, with a particular focus on virtual scenes; and on social practices. He is currently working on media-machines and social robotics, and on the production and circulation of knowledge rejected by the scientific communities on social media. Within ECREA, he has co-founded and chaired or co-chaired the Temporary Working Group Media & the City, until its acceptance as a permanent session. He has also lectured at the ECREA Summer School, contributing to the organization of its Milanese editions (2016-2018).

    Tamara Witschge is professor of Creative Media for Social Change at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Until 2021 she held a chair in Media and Cultural Industries at the University of Groningen, and before that worked at Cardiff University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work highlights the importance of wonder, doubt, and empathy in understanding current social issues and explores how we can facilitate more inclusive and sustainable societies through creative media and creative research methods.

    • 18.10.2022
    • Aarhus (Denmark)

    This workshop is part of the series of pre-conferences organised within 9th European Communication Conference (ECC) in Aarhus on 19-22 October 2022. The aim of the full-day meeting of ECREA members is to discuss various ways how to do research. The workshop consists of four sessions, each is dedicated to one particular method and run by a different speaker. However, we kindly ask you to participate in all four parts.

    This workshop is intended for ECREA members and is free.

    Please register as soon as possible, the number of places is limited.

    9.00-11.00 A first look into web scraping (Janne Nielsen, Aarhus University)

    This workshop offers an introduction to web scraping, i.e. data extraction from websites. Starting with a brief introduction to the fundamental characteristics of websites, we will talk about the basic principles of web scraping and how the source code and the structure of a webpage frame the possibilities for scraping web content. The workshop will present a few different ways of extracting data from the web, from scraping a few specific elements from a web page to harvesting entire websites. We will talk about common challenges and how different approaches and tools are suitable for different purposes. The participants will be able to try their hand at using some simple tools, focusing mostly on extracting text. No specific skills or previous experience with web scraping or programming is needed - just curiosity about the method! The workshop is meant as an inspiration, offering a first look at web scraping as a method as well as useful insights into the challenges and benefits of web scraping.

    11.00-11.15 coffee break

    11.15-13.15 Automated Content Analysis with R (Cornelius Puschmann, Bremen University)

    How do politically charged concepts change over time? What topics are covered in press articles on the financial crisis? What attitudes do users express on right-wing populist Facebook pages? How emotional are political discourses on Twitter? Computer-assisted methods for the analysis of text data are increasingly gaining importance within the social sciences. Techniques such as dictionary analysis, but also sentiment analysis, and the support of quantitative content analysis with machine learning methods, are useful tools for the investigation of research questions within communication and media research, but also in political science and sociology. Large data sets can be systematically evaluated with these and other methods, but this requires a combination of different skills, ranging from adequate sampling of data and its storage, to the selection of meaningful analysis methods and the appropriate interpretation of the results. Aims: This workshop provides an brief hands-on overview of key methods in automatic text analysis procedures based on the statistical open source programming environment R ( and the R package quanteda ( The course combines a condensed methodological introduction to text analysis (For which questions are computer-aided procedures suitable? How to develop a research project?) with a demonstration of central applications to datasets provided by the instructor. Programming knowledge is not strictly required, knowledge of R will make it easier to get started. Basic knowledge of empirical data collection and statistics are assumed as well. Organization: The class will provide brief presentations on key concepts with a code sprint in which two key methods (sentiment analysis and topic modeling) will be demonstrated and applied to different example data sets.

    13.15-14.00 lunch (self-serving)

    14.00-16.00 Social Media Analytics: From Raw Data to Engagement Metrics

    (Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology)

    This data analytics and visualisation workshop introduces a number of standard tools and methods for large-scale data analytics, using Twitter data to illustrate these approaches. The workshop introduces participants to the open-source Twitter Capture and Analysis Toolkit (TCAT) as a capable and reliable tool for data gathering from the Twitter API, and to the high-end data analytics software Tableau as a powerful means of processing and visualising large datasets. The skills gained in the workshop are also transferrable to working with other large datasets from social media and other sources. The workshop is suitable for participants new to working with social media datasets, and as a refresher for more experienced users.

    16.00-16.15 cofee break

    16.15-18.15 Research imagination for digital mixed-method research (Salla-Maaria Laaksonen University of Helsinki)

    This workshop introduces different strategies for incorporating digital and computational methods in mixed-method settings. A mixed-methods strategy can harness the strengths of each method while offsetting their respective weaknesses. During the workshop, we will use examples from existing research projects to discuss the possibilities and risks of different method combinations, covering for example digital ethnography, network analysis, and computational content analysis. Most importantly, the workshop aims to develop the participants’ digital research imagination and mixed-method thinking to create meaningful and feasible research strategies for digital communication research. The workshop includes practical and speculative exercises to help participants to explore the potential method combinations for their own research topics. Previous experience with digital methods is not required, but attending the other workshops in this session will be highly useful.


    Janne Nielsen is Associate Professor of Digital Media History at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University (AU). She is on the board of the Centre for Internet Studies (AU), a member of The Centre for Digital Methods and Media (AU) and the Center for Digital History Aarhus (AU), and part of DIGHUMLAB (AU), where she is head of (a community and research infrastructure for the study of radio and television and related materials) and part of NetLab (a community and research infrastructure for the study of internet materials). She is engaged in the international research networks RESAW and WARCnet, which focuses on studies of archived web. Her research interests include media history, web historiography, web archiving, web tracking and issues related to privacy and consent online, cross media, and public service media.

    Cornelius Puschmann is Professor of Communication and Media Studies with a focus on Digital Communication at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Bremen and an affiliate researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research in Hamburg. In 2012, Cornelius was awarded a four-year personal grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for the project „Networking, visibility, information: a study of digital genres of scholarly communication and the motives of their users“ at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (BSLIS). From 2015 to 2016 he also served as visiting professor of digital communication at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. From March to October 2016 served as a project leader at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin as part of the project “Networks of Outrage”, funded by the VolkswagenStiftung under its data journalism funding scheme. From 2016 to 2019 he was a senior researcher and coordinator of the postdoc research group Algorithmed Public Spheres (APS) at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research in Hamburg. Cornelius has been a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute, a faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Media Studies. His interests include digital media usage, online aggression, the role of algorithms for the selection of media content, and automated content analysis. He has written a popular German-language introduction to content analysis with R which sorely needs updating.

    Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. His books include Are Filter Bubbles Real? (2019) and Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism, Social Media, and the Public Sphere (2018), and the edited collections Digitizing Democracy (2019), the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), and Twitter and Society (2014). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere, drawing especially on innovative new methods for analysing 'big social data'. He served as President of the Association of Internet Researchers in 2017–19. His research blog is at,. and he tweets at snurb_dot_info.

    Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, (D.Soc.Sc. Docent) is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Consumer Society Research, University of Helsinki. Her research areas are technology, organizations, and new media, including social evaluation of organizations in the hybrid media system, the organizing of online social movements, and the use of data and algorithms in organizations. She is also an expert in digital and computational research methods and social media research.

    • 18.10.2022
    • Aarhus (Denmark)

    Deadline: May 31, 2022

    KEYNOTE: Sophie H. Bishop: “Young People and the Influencer Culture in the UK”.

    FORMAT: One-day physical event, free of charge.

    Entertainment media play a vital role in the media lives of teenagers and youth, as do social, digital and global platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat and Netflix. Today’s youth entertainment culture thus includes not only entertainment produced by legacy mass media producers, but also content creators, influencers and ‘new media’ players. Many of these content creators make entertainment to be spread across platforms to strengthen brands and income and create fictional and non-fictional cross-media storylines. The prominent position of global entertainment platforms among teenagers also impacts viewing communities by reconstructing place and locality and by extending the production and modes of cultural reproduction that inform and shape how people perceive themselves and others. All this raises the stakes for national media industries to retain younger segments and for media policymakers, who traditionally have fulfilled policy goals by regulating national media institutions.

    This pre-conference invites contributions that further theories about industry notions, practices and strategies of conducive production and distribution practices related to young people as audiences. Contributions can deal with questions concerning all aspects of genre and all aspects of entertainment made for or consumed by youth—from policy and production perspectives to textual analysis and reception studies. Addressing such questions, we are especially interested in papers that shed new light on one or more of the following themes:

    • Case studies of youth productions and/or youth content.
    • Studies investigating how youth consume or use entertainment media.
    • Studies investigating how screenwriters, producers and commissioners conceive and produce content aimed for and consumed by youth.
    • Studies investigating how emerging producers, content creators or influencers conceive and produce content aimed for and consumed by youth and teenagers.
    • Studies investigating the role of public service media and other national institutions in serving and engaging young people.
    • Studies investigating why young people seek out non-domestic/global entertainment.
    • Studies investigating the role that language plays in the consumption of global entertainment.
    • Studies investigating the role of policymakers, policies and funding schemes in facilitating high ‘quality’ content needed by young people.
    • Research and theoretical reflections on the ways in which transnational cultural encounters via screen impact opinions and behaviour towards the Other.
    • Studies of different genres, aesthetics and modes of address in current content targeting young audiences.
    • Conceptual and critical interventions into the production and consumption of youth media content, including perspectives on cross-media storytelling, youth fiction, social media entertainment, content creators and influencers.
    • Methodological interventions that address the challenges in researching young audiences, youth productions and/or youth content.

    We particularly encourage PhD students and young scholars to submit their research.


    Andrea Esser, Pia Majbritt Jensen, Marika Lüders, Eva Novrup Redvall, Jeanette Steemers, and Vilde Schanke Sundet.

    The following research projects co-organise this pre-conference: “Reaching young audiences: serial fiction and cross-media storyworlds for children and young audiences”, “Global natives? Serving young audiences on global media platforms”, and “Screen Encounters with Britain: What do young Europeans make of Britain and its digital screen culture?”


    This conference is supported by the ECREA Media Industries and Cultural Production Section and the ECREA Television Studies Section.


    To apply, submit a 300-500-word abstract (excluding references) and a 100-word bio for each speaker (including email address and affiliation). Please send your proposal (PDF) to Vilde Schanke Sundet ( and Eva Novrup Redvall ( Be sure that your proposal clearly articulates:

    · The main issue or research questions to be discussed

    · Key theoretical approach or concept

    · The critical or methodological framework

    · Main argument or expected findings and conclusions


    Deadline for proposal: May 31. Decisions will be communicated to the authors by June 20.


    • 18.10.2022
    • Online

    Deadline: March 18, 2022

    Organised by the ECREA Media Industries and Cultural Production Section

    Streaming media content, live or recorded, has experienced exponential growth during the COVID19 pandemic. Streaming, understood as the digital transmission and reception of files over the Internet, refers to text, audio and video content. It has impacted upon both content distribution and consumption in a variety of sectors such as film, television, games, publishing, music, and radio/podcasts. The multiple forms and commercial models through which streaming services are organized -- from transnational streaming services, to such that target specific geographical markets or audiences, and from commercial to indie and public service streaming -- transform cultural production in manifold ways. With streaming, consumption has become more on demand and personalised.

    This conference on the impact of streaming on the media industries and cultural production is particularly interested in bringing together scholars examining the impact of streaming on different media industry sectors and/or in different countries and production contexts. It especially welcomes contributions that explore the impact of streaming along different parts of the media supply-chain, from the front-end distribution and delivery of content, through content delivery networks and physical infrastructure operations.

    Rather than the usual format, this online conference will consist of workshops made up of 5-10-minute provocations/statements designed to generate debate and discussion.

    We also welcome pre-constituted workshops of four or five 5-10-minute provocations/statements, as well as workshops that include industry participants.

    Two slots per session will be ringfenced for early career researchers, pending sufficient applications. Please indicate if you are an early career researcher in the Abstract.

    For 5-10-minute provocations/statements, please submit an abstract of maximum 150 words, and a biography of maximum 100 words. Individually submitted provocations will be formed by the selection committee into workshops consisting of 4-5 provocations.

    For pre-constituted workshops of four or five 5-10-minute provocations/statements, please submit a maximum 800 word abstract summarising the overall theme for the workshop and the contribution of each participant, and a maximum 100 word biography for each participant.

    The deadline for submissions is 18 March 2022. Submission link:

    We will notify all authors of acceptance/ rejection by 26 April 2022.

    For questions regarding the pre-conference and/or abstract submission, please email Maria Michalis, University of Westminster

    The authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers or short provocations/statements online on Monday 17th October.

    This is a free conference. There are NO registration fees.

    • 18.10.2022
    • University of Copenhagen and online (hybrid format)

    Call for abstracts for ECREA pre-conference

    Time and place: October 18th, 2022, 9-17 (CEST), at University of Copenhagen and online (hybrid format). Abstract deadline: May 13, 2022. 

    Keynote speaker: Professor Anne Kaun, Södertörn University

    Data logging and processing have been fundamental for the development and maintenance of welfare states since the 20th century. Exemplified by key functions such as the assignment of social security numbers, the reporting of tax statements, or the registration of criminal records, state authorities have always been dependent on collecting and organising significant amounts of citizen data. With the digitization of welfare sectors and institutions and the rise of computerised big data, these processes have accelerated, leading to new and comprehensive modes of datafication (Cukier & Mayer-Schoenberger 2013; Kitchin 2014; Mejias & Couldry 2019). 

    Following this “paradigm shift” in the provision of public services and social welfare (Dencik & Kaun 2020), the pre-conference discusses the growing reliance on data-driven and algorithmic systems across sectors and institutions (Yeung 2018; Eubanks 2018). We are particularly interested in the extensive use of commercially supplied services and in the growing reliance on big tech companies who provide the underlying infrastructure for a wide range of societal functions. Amazon and Microsoft are, for instance, dominant actors in the provision of cloud solutions to public databases and services, while entire app ecologies rely on Google’s third-party services and developer tools. Focusing on the consequences of this inherent and hidden commercialization, the pre-conference welcomes contributions that enquire into the potential conflicts of interests and clashes between market logics and welfare ideologies. 

    The pre-conference, in other words, seeks to understand the nature of emergent data welfare states (Andreasen et al. 2021) and to critically assess how and why mechanisms of datafication and commodification are being built into the architecture of contemporary welfare states and democracies. It enquires into technical, ethical, and political choices that are made when digital technologies are implemented; the degrees and possibilities of citizen surveillance and data governance; the market structures and political economies around datafied welfare services and sectors; and the material infrastructures that undergird the datafication of the welfare state. 

    The pre-conference welcomes contributions on, but not limited to:

    - Datafication processes and challenges in key welfare sectors (e.g., healthcare, education, social services, policing, media, etc.)

    - Conflicts and clashes between welfare ideologies and commercial logics of big tech

    - Historical analyses of public datafication processes

    - Theoretical discussions on datafication and democracy

    - Case studies of e.g., Covid-19 strategies

    - Digital public infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships

    The ECREA pre-conference is arranged by the Communication & Democracy section, the ERC-funded Datafied Living project and the Data Publics project, funded by the Velux Foundation. The pre-conference is in hybrid format and both speakers and listeners can choose to participate in person or online. Participation is free of charge, but seats are limited, and registration is mandatory. Authors must indicate if they plan to present online or in person. Abstracts of 300-500 words excluding references must be sent to no later than April 1st, 2022.


    • Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 13, 2022
    • Notification of acceptance: June 1st, 2022
    • Deadline for registrations: September 1st, 2022
    • Pre-conference: October 18th, 2022, 9-17 (CEST) 
    • 19.10.2022
    • 22.10.2022
    • Aarhus University, Denmark
    Under the theme ‘Rethink Impact’, ECC 2022 will aim to draw attention to the questions how research insight is translated into tangible outcomes for society, how it can be quantified and validated, and how teaching, community building and outreach as core academic practices are assessed.

    • 19.10.2022
    • Hybrid Conference

    Deadline: May 15, 2022

    ECREA Pre-conference: Communication History section & International and Intercultural communication section

    Venue: two offline sites at Aarhus University (Denmark) and Beijing Foreign Studies University (China) with joint online panels via ZOOM.

    Language: English

    General information

    The growth and influence of emerging transnational media and technology corporations are transforming global communication. Various international scholars have developed different analytical instruments in order to account for the rise of these companies, focusing especially on the powerful home governments of these firms, the country-specific-advantages, media system models, and the transcultural implication for such business expansion and content distribution (e.g. Thussu, 2000; Halin & Mancini, 2012; Nordenstreng & Thussu, 2015; Panibratov, 2015; Teer-Tomaselli et al., 2019; Tang, 2020; Thussu & Nordenstreng, 2020).

    In global media history, the term of “emerging” embodies both relativist and transformative implications as the opposition to the dominant powers. From early Japanese companies’ digital disruption in the United States on manufacturing specialized devices (like digital cameras) to Chinese and South Korean telecommunication companies’ competence in mobile devices and network services worldwide; from the Bollywood and Brazilian media conglomerates’ competition with predominant media counterparts in the region to the Korean Wave impact in global entertainment consumption; from Russian and Chinese internet companies’ alternative growth in the domestic and regional markets to the South African Naspers Group becoming the parent company of Europe’s largest consumer internet firm, the fast development, business relocation and strategic capital move of emerging transnational companies is changing—visibly and invisibly—the landscape and infrastructure base of global media and communication industry.

    On the one hand, such changes nourished business and cultural diversity and further transcend national and cultural boundaries. On the other hand, it also raised critical questions towards intercultural conflicts and the fragility and resilience of the global cultural ecosystem. The technology competition between the United States and China, for example, signals the “securitization” trend of policymaking in the communication industry and rising concerns over risks in data protection, information security and democracy. It also illustrates fundamental constraints of emerging companies to challenge US hegemony in the field of media and communication and extends discussions about cultural imperialism following the technology and culture decoupling in related societies. A new dimension of transcultural communication is in great need to understand the characteristics and ambitions of transnational media and technology corporations: their rising influence on the global (commercial) media system, their future move in the global race to dominate information technology, their impact on international and intercultural communication and relations, and their promises for the responsibilities to the nature, community, and world society for the next generations.

    This conference welcomes research papers that try to understand the rise of emerging media-technology power from interdisciplinary perspectives, with a special focus on the trans-nationalization process of these media and technology firms and the transcultural communication challenges they have been facing in their business development, expansion, concentration, implementation, legitimization, and related (organizational, institutional, and societal) discourses. Topics include but are not limited to:

    · The politics, economy and culture of emerging media and tech companies.

    · The transnational growth & influence of emerging media and tech companies in the regional markets, mature markets, and third-party markets.

    · Transcultural implications of the rise of emerging media and tech companies (e.g., their impact on transcultural protest movements, or on everyday communication)

    · The relevance, roles, and implications of alternative movements and/or counter-movements in media and tech industries.

    · Transcultural communication formats and content by emerging media and tech companies.

    · Global public discourse around emerging media and tech companies, and their business strategies applied for brand building or rebuilding.

    · The technology and culture decoupling amid the US-China power competition, and its impact on (lessons to) transnational corporations in other countries.

    · Theoretical reflections on the changing paradigm of cultural imperialism, transcultural communication, technology diffusion and soft power in the case of media and tech companies (e.g., their role in cultural homogenization, uni-channelization, and monopolization processes).

    Keynote roundtable discussion (confirmed speakers):

    · Daya Thussu, Hong Kong Baptist University

    · Dwayne Winseck, Carleton University

    · Stephen Croucher, Massey University

    · Delia Dumitrica, Erasmus University Rotterdam

    · Fei JIANG, Beijing Foreign Studies University

    · Gabriele Balbi, Università della Svizzera italiana

    Submission Guidelines:

    This conference accepts abstracts and panel proposals. All submissions should be written in English and should be submitted by 15 May 2022 to EasyChair platform.

    Abstract: Individual or co-authored abstracts should be between 300-500 words (excluding the title page and references). The title page should include the title of the paper and authors’ names, academic/professional affiliations, and email address.

    Panel proposal: Panel proposals are up to 4 papers and limited to 1,200 words (excluding the title page, references, and appendices).

    The organizing committee will inform applicants of its decision by 1 June 2022. An extended abstract for the special-issue publication (between 1500-2000 words, excluding the title page and references) is invited to submit by 30 September 2022.

    Additional Information:


    China Media Observatory, Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland)

    Journal of Transcultural Communication (De Gruyter)


    School of International Journalism and Communication, Beijing Foreign Studies University

    Institute for a Community with Shared Future, Communication University of China

    Organizer Committee:

    Gabriele Balbi, Università della Svizzera italiana

    Zhan Zhang, Università della Svizzera italiana

    Romy Woehlert, Kindervereinigung Leipzig e.V.

    Fei Jiang, Beijing Foreign Studies University

    Deqiang Ji, Communication University of China

    Conference contact:


    Hallin, D. & Mancini, P. (2011, eds) Comparing Media Systems Beyond the Western World. Cambridge University Press.

    Nordenstreng, K. & Thussu, D. (2015, eds) Mapping BRICS Media, Routledge.

    Panibratov, A. (2015) Liability of Foreignness of Emerging Market Firms: The Country of Origin Effect on Russian IT Companies. Journal of East-West Business, Vol 21, issue 1.

    Tang, M. (2020) Huawei Versus the United States? The Geopolitics of Exterritorial Internet Infrastructure. International Journal of Communication 14:4556-4577.

    Teer-Tomaselli, R., Tomaselli, K. & Dludla, M. (2019) Peripheral capital goes global: Naspers, globalization and global media contraflow. Media, Culture & Society, Vol.4 (8) 1142-1159.

    Thussu, D. (2000) International Communication: Continuity and Change. Bloomsbury Publishing.

    Thussu, D. & Nordenstreng,K (2020, eds) BRICS Media: Reshaping the Global Communication Order? Routledge.


Past events

12.05.2022 Alternatives in Communication Theory & Education
09.03.2022 The Information War: communication and the Russian invasion of Ukraine - open webinar
03.03.2022 Journalism studies meets practice
09.02.2022 2022 ECREA OSC Online Conference: A new era of (digital) teaching? Theory, Creativity and Responsibility in Communication Education
04.11.2021 European Conference on Health Communication
20.09.2021 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2021 (online)
10.09.2021 Old media persistence
10.09.2021 Disinformation studies: perspectives to an emerging research field
06.09.2021 Advancing Digital Disconnection Research
06.09.2021 Children, Youth and Media Section Pre-conference: Ethics and Children’s Digital Rights
06.09.2021 Improving publics participation through strategic communication
06.09.2021 8th European Communication Conference 2021 (online)
05.09.2021 Doing gender, making change
03.09.2021 TransArts, expanded art and new languages
03.09.2021 YECREA Pre-Conference
09.07.2021 ECREA Executive Board - General Elections
13.05.2021 Journalism & Communication Education 6th annual conference on "Rethinking digital native communicators training”
21.04.2021 ECC 2021 online - Young scholars grants
21.04.2021 Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday (virtual conference)
10.01.2021 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2020 - Winter edition (postponed to 2021)
02.10.2020 European Conference on Health Communication 2020
02.10.2020 ECC Braga - Young scholars grant
14.05.2020 Cancelled - 6th Annual Conference of the ECREA Journalism & Communication Education TWG
08.01.2020 Constructed facts, contested truths: Science and environment controversies in media and public spaces
05.12.2019 Communication and Democracy Section Workshop: The politics of privacy
22.11.2019 Public Service Media’s Online Strategies: Industry Concepts And Critical Investigations
16.11.2019 Gender and knowledge production in contemporary academia
15.11.2019 Media, gender and sexuality in contemporary Europe
13.11.2019 YECREA Round Table “The responsible conduct of research: The ethical challenges and considerations in health communication studies"
13.11.2019 European Conference on Health Communication
07.11.2019 Games, Media and Communication: Quo Vadis?
01.11.2019 Datafication, Mediatization, and the Machine Age
30.10.2019 Digital Fortress Europe: Exploring Boundaries between Media, Migration and Technology
24.10.2019 The Youthification of Television in the age of Screen Culture
24.10.2019 ECREA CLP Section annual event: Communication Rights in the Digital Age
21.10.2019 Infrastructures and Inequalities: Media industries, digital cultures and politics
18.10.2019 Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities
14.10.2019 Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Section Regional Conference
03.10.2019 6th International Crisis Communication Conference
19.09.2019 Children and Adolescents in the era of Smartscreens, risks, threats and opportunities reloaded
19.09.2019 ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019: Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society
12.09.2019 Political communication section interim conference
11.09.2019 Jeopardizing Democracy throughout History
04.09.2019 Visual Cultures & Communication: Images and Practices on the Move
21.08.2019 Innovative methods in Audience Research
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: Audiences, datafication and the everyday: Challenges, ambitions and priorities for audience studies in datafied societies
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Three Young Scholar Workshops - Methods, Writing and Activism
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Mobile (in)visibilities
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference “Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World”
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Lugano
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 (Mediated) Social Interaction in Groups, Networks and Organizations
23.10.2017 ICSI PhD Workshop/Seminar
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 Audiences2030: Imagining a Future for Audiences
28.09.2017 Career in the making: identity, voice, and place in academia
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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