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ECREA Summer School 2017: Call for Participants

22.02.2017 14:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We are happy to invite you to participate in the ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2017 that will take place at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, from July 24 to August 4, 2016 (12 days).

The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2017 brings together members of the European research community to this summer school in order to debate contemporary issues in media, communication and cultural studies. The main emphasis of this summer school is not on a particular theme, but 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.

International director: Nico Carpentier
Programme director: Fausto Colombo
Summer School coordinators: Simone Tosoni, Maria Francesca Murru, Laura Peja


There are two options to attend the Summer School:

For students who have been selected by the members of the Summer School consortium (, the summer school will provide:

  • accommodation for the whole duration of the summer school, including breakfast
    -welcome and farewell dinner
  • WiFi access at the summer school venue
  • summer school materials (including 2 books)
  • coffee during the breaks
  • lunch from Mondays to Fridays
  • partial reimbursement of travel expenses (between 0 and 1999 KM: maximum 275 EUR per participant; 2000 and more KM: maximum 360 EUR per participant)

Payment of a registration fee of 560 Euros is required for consortium participants.

For all the other students, the summer school will provide:

  • accommodation for the whole duration of the summer school, including breakfast
  • welcome and farewell dinner
  • WiFi at the summer school venue
  • summer school materials (including 2 books)
  • coffee in the breaks
  • lunch from Mondays to Fridays

Payment of a registration fee of 660 Euros is required for non-consortium participants.

The total number of students will be limited to 44, half of them selected by the consortium members.

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


The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences) acknowledges the Summer School activities with 10 ECTS for the participation in the full programme (including the supplementary activities). Furthermore, six of the best students’ presentations and all abstracts of student projects will be published in the Summer School Book.


The deadline for applications for the summer school is April 1, 2017.

Applicants from consortium universities and from affiliated partners of the summer school must have their application approved by their institutional coordinators before submitting their application to the summer school. Also the applications from consortium university applicants must be received by the summer school before April 1, 2017.

All applicants will be informed about the selection of participants before the end of April.


ECREA will be awarding two grants for participation at the Summer School. More information on the grants will be available at the ECREA website ( after 20 February 2017. This grant programme will be managed by ECREA and not by the summer school organisers.


Apply for the Summer School


Stage One

When applying, each interested student is expected to fill out the application form on the Summer School website. Prior registration on the website is necessary ( Uncompleted applications will not be eligible for the selection process. Applications can only be submitted via this website.

The application form includes:
1. a 400 words abstract of the PhD project
2. a time table of the PhD project, indicating the present status of the project
3. a short CV according to the provided forms.

The deadline for submitting the application is April 1, 2017, 23:59 hours (UTC +1). Notifications of acceptance will be sent before the end of April.

Stage Two

In second phase, students whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to fulfil the following requirements:

1. To write 10-page (3000 words) paper on their PhD project as a whole and to upload it on the website. The 10-page paper should be a report of the student’s ongoing doctoral research and not a conventional conference paper or a report of findings. Rather, it is expected that the student will briefly present the focus of the research and then take up aspects of the research process: methodology, theory and practical issues on which he/she would like to receive feedback (deadline: May 28).
2. To write a set of questions (maximum 1 page) with questions or problems that students would like to be discussed during the workshops. This one page needs to be part of the same Word/PDF file that also contains the 10-page paper (deadline: May 28).
3. Based on the abstracts and titles of other student papers, everyone is expected to choose up to 3 papers they would be interested in being a respondent (deadline: June 15; further details will be provided after selection).
4. Additional registration at the Università Cattolica website and payment of the registration fee (deadline: 1 June; further details will be provided after selection).
5. At the start of the Summer School, students have to have a 10-minute seminar presentation ready, covering the main points of their work. Each student is also expected to actively participate in the discussions of their own and other people’s work. In order to ensure maximum benefits of the seminars, everyone will have to read all other participants' papers before the Summer School begins.


In respect of the selection of doctoral students from consortium universities, each one has appointed a summer school coordinator ( coordinators.html). The summer school coordinators are responsible for promoting the summer school within the consortium partner institution and to other academic institutions in their country. Consortium partner universities and departments are well-established and of best reputation in the field of media and communication, and have leading scholars in their faculties (see a list of previous lecturers All participating institutions of the summer school have experience in local, national and international cooperation. The departments have institutional contacts with higher education institutions within their own country and abroad, and well-established doctoral programmes. The consortium partner institutions and their summer school coordinators are fully autonomous in selecting their PhD student(s).

The selection of doctoral students from other institutions are based on a review process organised by the executive committee of the summer school. This process is open to all PhD students (including students from the consortium universities not selected by their institutional coordinators). As already specified, each candidate has to submit electronically a) a 400-words proposal of his/her PhD project, b) a time table of the PhD project, indicating the present status of the project, and c) a CV (work and study history). This application will be subjected to a double blind peer review, coordinated by the summer school local organisers. Based on this review, the executive committee of the summer school will select the participants.

For both pathways, the selection criteria are identical:

  • quality of the PhD project, assessed in relation to its i) theoretical approach, ii) methodological standards and iii) potential for innovation;
  • the progression of the PhD project (projects in a “middle phase” are strongly preferred);
  • the relevance of the aims and objectives of the PhD project within communication and media studies.


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