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  • 17.05.2022 14:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Series Editors Göran Bolin, John Downey, Christina Holtz-Bacha and Simone Tosoni invite the submission of open access book proposals for the Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education Series.

    The Book Series aims to provide a diverse overview of the work of ECREA members and working groups, showcasing a diversity of topics and areas within the field of contemporary media and communication research, and addressing this diversity from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, and through promoting collaborative research of our members, either within or between ECREA Sections, Networks and Temporary Working Groups (S/N/TWGs).

    The selection procedure consists of two steps:

    Step 1: Editors propose a topic for the volume. The proposals should contain: the names, affiliation, and a brief CV (maximum of 1 page of A4) for each of the editors, the title of the proposed volume, and a rationale (maximum of 1000 words).

    The ECREA Book Series Committee evaluates the proposals, decides on the acceptance for Step 2, and provides recommendations for the structure of the book.

    Step 2: If selected, the editors launch a call for abstracts and then select abstracts and submit an extended book proposal. The ECREA Book Series Committee evaluates the proposal, and, if necessary, provides recommendations for additional authors and perspectives for the chapters. Step 2 is competitive; at the end of the process, the ECREA Book Series Committee selects the proposal to be published as an open access book.

    WHAT are we seeking?

    ECREA Book Series Publications need to have a clear theme or focus.

    We are looking for timely and cutting-edge topics from the field of communication, as covered by ECREA.

    ECREA Book Series Publications aim to promote European media and communication research. We are seeking proposals that have a strong European dimension either by virtue of inclusion of regionally and ethnically diverse voices and cases, or by virtue of comparative research. Proposals should attempt to bridge the divides between regional and linguistic academic communities and strive to secure regional (East/West/North/South) balance of contributors and/or analysed cases. Proposals can include a limited number of authors who are not ECREA members and provide insights beyond European perspective (see details below).

    ECREA Book Series Publications aim to promote collaborative research. The series publishes edited volumes; single author monographs or monographs from a limited number of authors or authors based at the same institution will not be considered for publication. Proposals resulting from work within ECREA S/N/TWGs as well as those resulting from collaboration between ECREA S/N/TWGs are particularly encouraged. Proposals resulting from S/N/TWGs events or international projects are welcomed if the thematic coherence and the European dimension of the topic are apparent. Proposals where the work comes from members of one institution or predominantly form one national academic community are not considered for publication.

    We are seeking original, previously unpublished work. Inclusion of previously published work is accepted under condition that the work has previously not been published in English or was published in now mainly inaccessible outlets. In such cases, editors of accepted proposals will be required to acquire permissions to translate or republish the work (without any extra costs to the Book Series).

    WHO is invited to submit?

    The book series primarily promotes the work of ECREA members although a degree of openness towards non-ECREA members is also considered if the added value to the Book Series is evident.

    At least 50% of the chapters need to originate from ECREA members (individual members, or members through an institutional membership). At least one of the editors needs to be an ECREA member. These conditions need to be met at the latest when the proposal is accepted.

    Please note that ECREA Executive Board members cannot be editors of the books in ECREA book series but can serve as authors of the chapters. The Book Series editors cannot contribute to the content of the books in the ECREA book series in any way.

    What is the DEADLINE for submissions?

    Deadline for proposals in the first step are to be sent to the series editors by email to info@ecrea.eu by 15 July 2022.

    HOW to submit the proposal?

    The proposals in step 1 should contain: the names, affiliation, and a brief CV (maximum of 1 page of A4) for each of the editors, the topic and the title of the proposed volume, and a rationale (maximum of 1000 words).

    Proposals in step 2 include extended abstracts for all contributions, introductory and concluding chapter.

    QUESTIONS and queries?

    Should you have any further questions concerning the Book Series call, please email the Book Series Editors at info@ecrea.eu.

  • 17.05.2022 08:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is happy to announce two workshops that are part of the series of pre-conferences organised within 9th European Communication Conference (ECC) in Aarhus. Both will take place on October 18, 2022. The aim of these full-day meetings of ECREA members is to discuss various ways how to do research. The workshops consist 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.

    These workshops are intended for ECREA members and are free.

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

    1) QUALITATIVE METHODS WORKSHOP: Doing research creatively

    • CREATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (Maria Murumaa-Mengel)
    • AUTOETHNOGRAPHY (Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt)
    • THROUGH THE LENSES OF THE CAMERA: AN INTRODUCTION TO ETHNOGRAPHY FOR URBAN MEDIA STUDIES (Simone Tosoni)
    • THE LETTER AS METHOD: RESEARCHING EXPERIENCE AND EMOTIONS THROUGH A PERSONAL LENS (Tamara Witschge)

    Register here: https://ecrea.eu/event-4827875

    2)  WORKSHOP: An Intro to the Digital Research Methods

    • A first look into web scraping (Janne Nielsen, Aarhus University)
    • Automated Content Analysis with R (Cornelius Puschmann, Bremen University)
    • Social Media Analytics: From Raw Data to Engagement Metrics (Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology)
    • Research imagination for digital mixed-method research (Salla-Maaria Laaksonen University of Helsinki)

    Register here: https://ecrea.eu/event-4827881

  • 05.05.2022 09:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    European Journal of Communication (EJC) and ECREA invite Ph.D. candidates who are members of ECREA and its YECREA to apply for the EJC-funded grant supporting the PhD candidate´s attendance at the 9th European Communication Conference in Aarhus, 19-22 October 2022.

    The amount of the grant is 1500 EUR. It covers conference fee, travel and accommodation costs and daily allowance to support excellent Ph.D. candidates with limited opportunities to participate in international academic events. The applications will be judged by Peter Golding (one of EJC Editors) and ECREA representatives Christina Holtz-Bacha, Félix Ortega and Irena Reifová. The committee will evaluate the applications according to the following criteria: originality, methodological rigour, and significance to the field of media and communication studies.

    The grant holder will be invited by the European Journal of Communication to develop the paper proposal into a full paper, which will be considered for publication in the European Journal of Communication (no guarantees of publication).

    The Ph.D. candidates who want to apply for the EJC-funded grant must meet the following conditions:

    • must be selected for the program of 9th ECC in Aarhus
    • must be ECREA/YECREA member at the time of the conference
    • must submit short CV
    • must submit extended abstract of the accepted paper up to 1000 words (no bibliography)
    • must submit letter from his/her supervisor (confirming that the applicant has no other or very limited opportunities to get funding from other sources)

    The deadline of the applications is 3 June, 2022. All the requested documents must be submitted in PDF format to the email: info@ecrea.eu.

  • 01.05.2022 09:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce that the European Journal of Cultural Studies have kindly agreed to establish a best paper award for early career scholars presenting their research at the ECC in Aarhus in October 2022. The award has a financial value of 1500 euros and will be presented at the Aarhus conference.

    The award is open to early career researchers who are either doctoral researchers or who have received their doctorate recently. Papers should share the journal’s broad conception of cultural studies as being rooted in lived experience. Entrants must be presenting their paper at the ECC and must be a member of ECREA. Applicants should either be single or first authors and the papers should not have been already published in a scholarly journal.

    The submission date for entries is Friday September 9th 4pm CET.

    All entries must follow the guidelines for submission to the European Journal of Cultural Studies. Entrants should submit a short biography (no more than 10 lines).

    Please send your papers to info@ecrea.eu.

    If you have further questions please contact us at info@ecrea.eu.

    The award will be judged by a committee comprising of:

    • Joke Hermes (Editor of EJCS)
    • Goran Bolin
    • Despina Chronaki
    • John Downey
  • 19.04.2022 08:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2022 ordinary General Assembly of ECREA opens on Monday 20 June (6:45 CEST) and will close on Friday 24 June (23:45 CEST) 2021. 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 2021.

    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 Office Manager 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.

  • 24.03.2022 17:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is planning to start its monthly podcast series and is launching a call for the position of the host of the podcast series.

    The ECREA podcast series would explore current scholarship, emerging new topics and developments in the realm of media studies, journalism and communication science. There will be 1-2 episodes per month.

    In each episode the host of the series engages in inspiring discussions with leading scholars on the field. The sub-committee consisting of different ECREA Executive Board members will help the podcast host in planning each episode e.g. choosing the topics for discussion, finding guests for each episode, etc.

    ECREA is opening a call to invite interested scholars to apply for a position to become a host for the ECREA podcast series. This is a paid position.

    We encourage scholars with previous podcast hosting experience, and relevant technical skills to apply for the position. We also envision the host to have access to a studio as well as all the necessary technical resources needed for running a good-quality podcast.

    We ask the interested parties to send a motivation letter consisting of 1) a description of their previous experiences and background and 2) their general vision about the ECREA podcast series; together with a draft financial plan (salary, studio rent, etc.) by 8 April 2022. The proposals must be sent by e-mail (attachment in MS Word or .pdf format) to ECREA's General Secretary Andra Siibak (andra.siibak@ut.ee).

    The timeline for the selection process:

    8 April 2022: the call is closed. ECREA Bureau in collaboration with the sub-committee members from the Executive Board considers applications and selects candidates to be interviewed. Interviews with the best candidates will be organized to clarify all the details.

    6 May 2022: The host for the ECREA podcast series will be announced in Digest. The host will then start working together with the ECREA sub-committee to plan the first episodes for the podcast.

    End of May 2022: the first episode of the podcast will be made available. 

  • 23.03.2022 15:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Information War: communication and the Russian invasion of Ukraine
    ECREA webinar

    Recorded on Wednesday 9 March 2022

    Link to the recording: https://youtu.be/56mpn4iUE34

    Speakers:

    Precious Chatterje-Doody (The Open University)
    Tanya Lokot (Dublin City University)
    Lyubov Naydonova (Institute for social and political psychology of National Academy of Educational Science of Ukraine)
    Elisabeth Schimpfoessl (Aston University)
    Joanna Szostek (University of Glasgow)

    Moderated by ECREA President, John Downey (Loughborough University)

    Precious Chatterje-Doody

    Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody is a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University. She taught previously at the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, and worked for two years as a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: from Cold War to 'Information War'?

    Her research interests centre on questions of communication, perception and security, with a particular focus on Russia. Her work engages with the role of historical memory and identity in international relations; soft power, political communication and global media (particularly Russia's international broadcaster, RT); and critical approaches to security, including emotions and war.

    Tanya Lokot

    Tanya (Tetyana) Lokot is Associate Professor in Digital Media and Society at the School of Communications, Dublin City University. She researches threats to digital rights, networked authoritarianism, internet freedom, and internet governance in Eastern Europe. She is the author of Beyond the Protest Square: Digital Media and Augmented Dissent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), an in-depth study of protest and digital media in Ukraine and Russia.

    Tanya has worked as a journalist, non-profit consultant, and media trainer in Ukraine, Belarus, and Georgia, and speaks fluent English, Russian, and Ukrainian. From 2014 to 2016 she was contributing editor for the RuNet Echo project at Global Voices. Previously, she was Assistant Professor and Head of New Media Sequence at Mohyla School of Journalism (NaUKMA, Kyiv, Ukraine). Tanya received her PhD from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Among other things, she chairs the ECREA Media, Cities and Space Section.

    Lyubov Naydonova

    Lyubov is a deputy director for research at the Institute for social and political psychology of National Academy of Educational Science of Ukraine (in Kyiv), Member of Public Council of National broadcasting regulator, President of Ukrainian association of media psychologists and media educators, doctor of psychology and ECREA member.

    Elisabeth Schimpfoessl

    Elisabeth Schimpfoessl is a senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Aston University Birmingham. In recent years she has focused on two research topics. First is research into the sociology of elites, power and social inequality, and, second, comparative research into media and journalism in post-communist Europe.

    Her book Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie (Oxford University Press 2018) looks at the top 0.1 percent in Putin's Russia. In a follow-up project, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, Elisabeth compared the practices of British and Russian philanthropists. The second strand of her research deals with post-communist journalism, which she carries out together with Ilya Yablokov from the University of Leeds. This research started in Russia and then expanded to Eastern Europe.

    Joanna Szostek

    Joanna Szostek is a lecturer in Political Communication at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests centre on the role of mass media in relations between states, particularly in the post-Soviet region. Before moving to Glasgow she completed a three-year research project to investigate and explain the reception of competing political narratives among audiences in Ukraine. The project was funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship from the European Commission. It included an 18-month secondment to Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and a five-month secondment to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Results from that project are published in leading international journals, including Perspectives on Politics and The International Journal of Press/Politics.

    From 2019 Joanna works on a new research project investigating why levels of engagement with local, national and foreign/transnational media vary within and across ‘peripheral’ regions of Ukraine. The project, which is funded by the British Academy, is intended to shed light on how media use among ‘peripheral’ audiences can undermine and/or benefit state security, broadly defined. She holds a doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford. Her professional experience includes several years at the BBC and many years of living and working in Russia and Ukraine. She is currently an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

  • 03.03.2022 19:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Information War: communication and the Russian invasion of Ukraine
    ECREA webinar
    Wednesday 9 March 2022, 14:00 – 16:00 CET (Brussels time)

    Link to the event: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88205256966

    ECREA has organised a free and open online webinar event on communication aspects of war against Ukraine to take place on Wednesday 9th March 14.00 -16.00 Central European Time. The event will have a roundtable format with each speaker talking for 10-15 minutes in the first instance followed by an opportunity for questions and comments. 

    Speakers:

    Precious Chatterje-Doody (The Open University)
    Tanya Lokot (Dublin City University)
    Lyubov Naydonova (Institute for social and political psychology of National Academy of Educational Science of Ukraine)
    Elisabeth Schimpfoessl (Aston University)
    Joanna Szostek (University of Glasgow)

    Moderated by ECREA President, John Downey (Loughborough University)

    Precious Chatterje-Doody

    Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody is a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University. She taught previously at the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, and worked for two years as a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: from Cold War to 'Information War'?

    Her research interests centre on questions of communication, perception and security, with a particular focus on Russia. Her work engages with the role of historical memory and identity in international relations; soft power, political communication and global media (particularly Russia's international broadcaster, RT); and critical approaches to security, including emotions and war.

    Tanya Lokot

    Tanya (Tetyana) Lokot is Associate Professor in Digital Media and Society at the School of Communications, Dublin City University. She researches threats to digital rights, networked authoritarianism, internet freedom, and internet governance in Eastern Europe. She is the author of Beyond the Protest Square: Digital Media and Augmented Dissent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), an in-depth study of protest and digital media in Ukraine and Russia.

    Tanya has worked as a journalist, non-profit consultant, and media trainer in Ukraine, Belarus, and Georgia, and speaks fluent English, Russian, and Ukrainian. From 2014 to 2016 she was contributing editor for the RuNet Echo project at Global Voices. Previously, she was Assistant Professor and Head of New Media Sequence at Mohyla School of Journalism (NaUKMA, Kyiv, Ukraine). Tanya received her PhD from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Among other things, she chairs the ECREA Media, Cities and Space Section.

    Lyubov Naydonova

    Lyubov is a director of the Institute for social and political psychology of National Academy of Educational Science of Ukraine (in Kyiv), Member of Public Council of National broadcasting regulator, President of Ukrainian association of media psychologists and media educators, doctor of psychology and ECREA member.

    Elisabeth Schimpfoessl

    Elisabeth Schimpfoessl is a senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Aston University Birmingham. In recent years she has focused on two research topics. First is research into the sociology of elites, power and social inequality, and, second, comparative research into media and journalism in post-communist Europe.

    Her book Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie (Oxford University Press 2018) looks at the top 0.1 percent in Putin's Russia. In a follow-up project, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, Elisabeth compared the practices of British and Russian philanthropists. The second strand of her research deals with post-communist journalism, which she carries out together with Ilya Yablokov from the University of Leeds. This research started in Russia and then expanded to Eastern Europe.

    Joanna Szostek

    Joanna Szostek is a lecturer in Political Communication at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests centre on the role of mass media in relations between states, particularly in the post-Soviet region. Before moving to Glasgow she completed a three-year research project to investigate and explain the reception of competing political narratives among audiences in Ukraine. The project was funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship from the European Commission. It included an 18-month secondment to Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and a five-month secondment to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Results from that project are published in leading international journals, including Perspectives on Politics and The International Journal of Press/Politics.

    From 2019 Joanna works on a new research project investigating why levels of engagement with local, national and foreign/transnational media vary within and across ‘peripheral’ regions of Ukraine. The project, which is funded by the British Academy, is intended to shed light on how media use among ‘peripheral’ audiences can undermine and/or benefit state security, broadly defined. She holds a doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford. Her professional experience includes several years at the BBC and many years of living and working in Russia and Ukraine. She is currently an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

  • 26.02.2022 21:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a pan-European organisation, ECREA is appalled by the aggression of one European nation against another. ECREA strongly condemns this senseless act of violence and stands firmly behind our Ukrainian colleagues, and we encourage all members to use available platforms to influence political leaders in all European countries to find solutions to end the human catastrophe that we can now see unfolding in front of us.

    ECREA Public Statement Committee

  • 18.02.2022 15:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The deadline for submission of abstracts for the Aarhus conference has now passed and we are delighted to announce that ECREA 2022 in Aarhus (19-22 October 2022) has received 2021 abstracts in total, a new record for ECREA.

    This is a cause for celebration both as an indication of the rude health of the field in Europe and as a collective expression of optimism. The process of abstract review now beings in earnest.

    In total, 2021 submissions have been received - 1711 individual submissions and 62 panels (each with five participants) to Sections, Temporary working groups and Networks. Prague, in 2016, had attracted 1986 submissions, Lugano, in 2018, had reached 1913 submissions, for 2020/2021 conference, the number was 2020 submissions.

    Even though  the deadline for abstracts was extended to take account of the disruption of the omicron wave, we will endeavour to keep to the date of April 26th to inform all prospective participants of the outcome of the review process. Many thanks to the many ECREAns involved in the review process from programme chairs to individual reviewers for making this happen. 

    The participation confirmation deadline is May 19th.

    Conference website: https://conferences.au.dk/ecrea2022/
    Register to the conference here: https://conferences.au.dk/ecrea2022/registration


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