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  • 15.05.2019 17:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2019 ordinary General Assembly of ECREA will open on Monday 20 May (6:45 CEST) and will close on Friday 24 May (23:45 CEST) 2019. We invite all the members, who are eligible to vote, to participate and cast their votes online.

    The Assembly deals with a number of important issues, such as Approval of ECREA Executive Board Report for 2018 and the Budget Plan for 2019.

    WHO CAN VOTE

    Please note that only individual members and institutional coordinators are entitled to vote. If you are a member through an institution, you do not have the right to vote but need to communicate to your institutional coordinator. If you do not know who your institutional coordinator is, please ask ECREA’s Administrator at info@ecrea.eu. In line with ECREA Statutes, each individual member has one vote and each coordinator of an institutional member holds five votes.

    All members, who are eligible to vote will receive a separate email with voting credentials and a link to dedicated online area when the General Assembly opens on 20 May 2019.


  • 13.03.2019 19:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2019 will take place at the University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, from 8-17 July, 2019.

    ECREA will be giving 10 grants for participation at the summer school, do not forget to attach the grant application.

    Deadline for application is 15 March 2019.

    Read more HERE.


  • 07.03.2019 12:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA declares interest in establishing 2 new Task Forces on critical issues in contemporary academia: one on Practices of Academic Publishing in Communication, and one on Working Conditions in Neoliberal Academia (please, scroll down to see the second call for participants).

    Call for participation in ECREA Task Force on Practices of Academic Publishing in Communication

    ECREA hereby declares its utmost interest in establishing a Task Force on Practices of Academic Publishing in Communication. ECREA Task Forces are expert working bodies which aid ECREA Bureau and Executive Board in pursuit of specific strategic tasks. Mandated by Executive Board, Task Forces are typically established for the duration of two years.

    We look for dedicated members who wish to analyse the situation in in academic publishing, monitor developments, engage in debate on publishing ethics and standards in the field, and develop clear recommendations for its members.

    (Please, find the more detailed rationale for the Task Force here.)

    If you are interested in serving on “Practices of Academic Publishing in Communication Task Force”, please do not hesitate to self-nominate yourself. Please, email:
    1) expression of interest and
    2) short position statement (100 words)
    to ECREA General Secretary Irena Reifová: generalsecretary@ecrea.eu.

    Deadline for applications: 4 April 2019.

    Call for participation in ECREA Task Force on Working Conditions in Neoliberal Academia

    ECREA hereby declares its utmost interest in establishing a Task Force on Working Conditions in Neoliberal Academia. ECREA Task Forces are expert working bodies which aid ECREA Bureau and Executive Board in pursuit of specific strategic tasks. Mandated by Executive Board, Task Forces are typically established for the duration of two years.

    We look for dedicated members who wish to monitor and analyse working conditions of the academics in media and communications, produce documents which could serve as a starting point for policy transformations, and develop clear recommendations for ECREA members. We are especially interested in Task Force members who have personal experience of being exposed to precarious conditions in positions of young scholars, academic parents, female academics, etc.

    (Please, find the more detailed rationale for the Task Force here.)

    If you are interested in serving on “Working Conditions in Neoliberal Academia Task Force”, please do not hesitate to self-nominate yourself. Please, email:
    1) expression of interest and
    2) short position statement (100 words)
    to ECREA General Secretary Irena Reifová: generalsecretary@ecrea.eu.

    Deadline for applications: 4 April 2019.


  • 15.02.2019 14:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for ECREA European Media and Communication Summer School is now open. Deadline for application is 15 March 2019.

    ECREA will be giving 10 grants for participation at the summer school, do not forget to attach the grant application.

    ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2019 will take place at the University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, from 8-17 July, 2019.  

    Read more HERE.

  • 07.02.2019 14:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is happy to launch the call for  participants for 2019 ECREA European Media and Communication Summer School, which will take place at University of Tartu, Estonia from 8 to 17 July 2019.

    ECRAE will be giving 10 grants for participation at the summer school.
    Deadline for applications 15 March 2019.
    Read the full call here
    .

    More information on the summer school is available here.

  • 14.01.2019 16:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ECREA Temporary Working Groups (TWGs) are fora for discussing topics and disseminating knowledge in sub-fields of media and communication research. TWGs have the same remit as ECREA sections, but TWGs will only be established for a term of 4 years. After the end of the term and upon request of the Chair of the TWG, they can be renewed by the Executive Board for a maximum of 4 more years, or they can be granted the status of a Section.

    WHAT NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSAL? 

    A proposal needs to have the following elements: 

    1/ an accompanying letter (2 pages), which explains why a new TWG is desirable. The following issues need to be addressed in this accompanying letter: 

    a/ the significance of the subfield covered by the proposed TWG for the field of communication and media studies; 

    b/ the indicators of the importance of the subfield (the existence of journals, courses, degrees, learned societies etc.); 

    c/ the expertise of the proposed chair and two vice-chairs within the subfield covered by the proposed TWG. 

    2/ the name of the proposed chair; 

    3/ the names and agreement of 2 proposed vice-chairs; 

    4/ an aims and objectives document, describing the formal objectives of the proposed TWG (examples can be found at the ECREA website in Thematic sections, TWGs and networks area); 

    5/ the modus operandi document, stipulating its internal rules (see also https://www.ecrea.eu/Sections for examples).

    Incomplete proposals will be rejected automatically.

    WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT? 

    The full list of requirements is available on the ECREA website, in the Bylaws.

    This is the summary of requirements:

    • a TWG needs to have one chair and two vice-chairs; 
    • the chair and at least one of the two vice chairs need to have a PhD; 
    • all need to be (or willing to become) ECREA members; 
    • regional and gender balance needs to be respected; 
    • they need to agree to organize as TWG, one panel at the ECC (from 2018 onwards) and another event in the years when there is no ECC; 
    • they need to agree to send in a yearly activity report to the ECREA section, TWG and network coordinator; 
    • they must agree to collaborate with other S/TWG/N and the Executive Board; 
    • they need to accept that TWGs are always an inseparable part of ECREA.

    WHAT TWGs AND SECTIONS ALREADY EXIST? 

    The overview of the Sections and TWGs can be found on the ECREA website: see Sections and TWGs.

    A significant overlap with existing Sections and TWGs needs to be avoided.

    WHAT ARE THE RULES TWGs MUST ABIDE BY? 

    An overview of ECREA’s rules on TWGs can be found in the ECREA Bylaws (especially Title IV), accessible online here.

    WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS? 

    Proposals for new TWGs need to be sent to the ECREA Section, TWG and Network coordinator (sections@ecrea.eu) and ECREA Administrator (info@ecrea.eu) before 15 April 2019.

    WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR APPROVAL? 

    The proposals will be evaluated by the ECREA Bureau and Executive Board, after consultation with the existing ECREA Sections, TWGs and Networks. The approval procedure is expected to last 6 months.

    TO WHOM SHOULD THE PROPOSAL BE SENT? 

    Proposals for new TWGs can be sent by e-mail (attachment in .rtf, .doc or .pdf format) to the ECREA Section, TWG and Network coordinator, John Downey, at sections@ecrea.eu and to ECREA Administrator, Marketa Stechova, at info@ecrea.eu in cc .

    Questions related to the call can be sent to John Downey at sections@ecrea.eu and j.w.downey@lboro.ac.uk and to Marketa Stechova at info@ecrea.eu.

  • 14.01.2019 15:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Series Editors Ilija Tomanic Trivundza, Christina Holtz-Bacha and Galina Miazhevich invite the submission of book proposals for the Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education Series. The new deadline for submitting your proposals is Tuesday 5 February 2019.

    See the call for Edited book proposals for Wave 16 of the Routledge studies in European Communication Research and Education Series here

  • 11.01.2019 20:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is happy to announce the launch of a new membership service - ECREA Weekly Digest.

    ECREA Weekly Digest has two objectives - to inform members about upcoming academic events that might be of interest to media and communication scholars and to support publication efforts of ECREA members either through promotion of their newly published books and journal special issues or through calls for articles and collaboration.

    Unlike the constant flow of information typical of mailing lists, ECREA Weekly Digest will offer a structured weekly summary of conference calls, calls for publications, job openings and member publications. It is designed as a curated service that goes against the cacophony and the constant bombardment with information, typical of contemporary information ecology and always-on lifestyle.

    Like ECREA Newsletter, the Weekly Digest is a membership-related service. As part of association’s official communication with members, it will be sent weekly on Fridays to all members with active membership.

    If you wish to promote academic events, job postings or your major new publications simply email ECREA Weekly Digest editor at mailinglist@ecrea.eu. Please read the content and format requirements here.

  • 21.12.2018 13:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are happy to announce that ECREA Women's Network members elected their new Management Team. The members of the newly elected team are:

    Chair: Ayşegül Kesirli (Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey)
    Vice-Chair: Arianna Mainardi (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
    Vice-Chair: Jolien Van Keulen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

    More details about the election can be found here.

    ECREA thanks all candidates for their enthusiasm and congratulates the elected new Management Team. 

  • 22.11.2018 17:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ECREA Executive welcomes nominations and self-nominations from individuals or from teams of three people to stand for election as the Management Committee of the Women’s Network (one chair, who must hold a PhD and two vice-chairs, one of whom must hold a PhD). Prospective teams should consider the regional and age balance of the prospective Management Committee. A candidate does not have to be an active ECREA member at the time of elections, but if elected, she/he must join the association or renew membership within two months following the election.

    Please could prospective candidates or teams of candidates send an email to John Downey sections@ecrea.eu and to info@ecrea.eu in copy by Friday December 7th indicating their willingness to stand for election? The email should include a brief statement of intentions for the network and brief biograph(y)ies of the candidate(s).

    Elections will take place online from December 14th to December 21st. Only members of the Women’s Network can vote. Link to online voting tool will be sent via email to all members of the Women’s Network with active membership. You can join the Women’s Network by updating your profile on the ECREA website (https://ecrea.eu/). In order to participate in the online elections, you need to join Women’s Network by December 13 at the latest.

    The objectives of the Women’s Network are below. I would be happy to discuss informally with potential candidates initially through contact at the above email address.

    The Women’s Network Objectives

    The objective of ECREA’s Women’s Network is to assess and develop the interdisciplinary and multicultural field of female scholarship in the context of European Communication and Media Studies. Furthermore, the Women’s Network aims to research the current situation of women in higher education and academic research in Europe, identifying differences, strengths, weaknesses and areas of good practice.

    The Women’s Network intends to stimulate the exchange of ideas, and the development of expertise and insights across national borders in order to promote effective discussions and comparisons of case studies, methodologies and materials on the condition of women within the academic frame. ECREA’s Women’s Network also intends to provide added value to ECREA by pooling the member’s expertise in their respective areas, allowing for the transfer of knowledge and good practices concerning equal opportunities. From this perspective, the Women's Network will function as a channel to disseminate information about ECREA’s activities to its members.

    The Women's Network will also work closely together with all ECREA sections, in order to render female scholarship more visible within the sections, and to strengthen it. At the same time, the Women's Network will refrain from developing proper research that transcends the above-mentioned focus on female scholarship in European academia.

    Thirdly, the Women’s Network will function as a lobby to promote the production of research and the distribution of information on the equality of work and research conditions for women in academia. Bearing in mind that the male vision is not the dominant one, nor the only one, and that the androcentric vision is always partial, the Women’s Network intends to offer a valid alternative to the male-white-western approach when discussing issues of gender in academia. Therefore, the Women’s Network will build on a plural vision of society, as the Network welcomes, includes and grants visibility to women, young and older scholars, from every social background, ethnicity, and orientation. While promoting an inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural approach to the issue of gender in academia, the Women’s Network will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and for comparative debates on the situation of women in academia in Europe’s diverse contexts.

    The Women’s Network is also committed to transcending the boundaries between the academic and the professional worlds, welcoming members from various backgrounds and institutional contexts. The Women's Network seeks to defend equal opportunity policies, in order to empower female scholars and to inform them about their rights within the European context.

    In order to support the work of female scholars, the Women’s Network needs to establish the actual situation of women within academia. Information will be provided by the members who take an active part in the discussion groups and in the publication area of the Network’s website. For this reason, the Network intends to coordinate and to publish, through its website, studies developed in different countries about the actual situation of women in the European academic context. These studies may generate recommendations for further research and for gender-fair evaluation criteria. Moreover, the Women’s Network aims to organise workshops at ECREA’s conferences and at other international conferences, on: how to publish on the web; how to submit works to journals; how to publish in English; how to work in a cooperative way; and the main problem areas discussed in our discussion groups and other network-generated topics. The results of these debates may also be published on-line, at the Women’s Network website.

    John Downey
    Vice-President ECREA

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