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  • 02.07.2020 21:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of East London 


    Location: Docklands Campus

    Salary: Starting from £46,487 per annum inclusive of London Weighting pro rata

    Post Type:  Part Time

    Hours per Week:  28.8

    Post Type:  Permanent

    Closing Date: Friday 24 July 2020

    Interview Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020

    Reference: 036A2020

    Do you have experience of working in the Media industry and are passionate about passing on your knowledge to students? Are you looking for a challenging role in an environment that is open, vibrant and welcomes new ideas? Then join the University of East London as a Senior Lecturer in Media and you could soon be developing and delivering high quality, innovative and engaging teaching in the Media area. At UEL we know the world of work is changing and that means our students will need to develop critical thinking, emotional intelligence and resilience to realise their potential, which is why we’ve embedded these future-proofed tools at the heart of every one of our degrees. We’re also looking for outstanding teachers who exude a love of teaching, inspire and motivate students and colleagues through their approach and are committed to achieving excellent outcomes for students.

    Your challenge? To design, develop and deliver innovative Media teaching across a range of modules and courses at undergraduate level. You’ll also collaborate with colleagues and management on the development of existing and new programmes with the view of continuous improvement.

    As well as a degree or equivalent in a related discipline, you’ll have a postgraduate qualification and/or significant professional experience in Media. You will have an understanding of relevant industry production, as well as experience of course development and collaboration with external stakeholders, including industry partners and a successful track record of research and/or consultancy.

    We are particularly looking for academics that have experience in one or more of the following areas taught at UEL:

    * Employability, enterprise and media industries

    * PR, Branding and Campaign Design

    * Digital and social media content design, production and post-production skills

    * Media and Marketing Communication

    Adept at conveying ideas to students from a range of backgrounds, you will also bring a deep commitment to closing the award gap, gender equality, and LGBTQIA awareness/visibility/empowerment. You will also enjoy developing professional relationships with students, colleagues, employers, and outside agencies alike.

    At UEL, we aim to attract and retain the best possible staff and offer a working environment at the heart of a dynamic region with excellent transport links. You can look forward to a warm, sincere welcome, genuine camaraderie and mobility in an institution led with passion, visibility and purpose. Your impact, resilience and sense of collegiality will directly contribute to UEL’s future and those of the students whose lives you will touch and change forever. We also offer a great range of benefits including the Teacher’s Pension Scheme, family friendly policies and an on-site nursery and gym at our Docklands Campus.

    If you would like an informal discussion about the role please email Dr Rosemary Stott, Head of Media Department,

    Further details:

    Email details to a friend:…020

    CVs without a completed application form will not be accepted.

    At UEL we are committed to working together to build a community which values diversity in both our staff and student populations, is representative and inclusive, enabling all to progress and thrive.

    Apply online:…2hM

  • 02.07.2020 20:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Deadline: July 27, 2020

    Membrana vol 5, no. 2 (The Master) investigates the dynamics of visual domination, visual presence, familiarity and iconicity of images in relation to the figure of the master.

    Even before the invention of the camera, the master has always been entwined with its image – in coinage, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and other media – but it seems that photography has both continued and complicated the master-image relation.

    As before, a master can stage portraits and public performances to secure domination through a public circulation of its image(s). But photography’s “contribution” to the master-image relation was not merely to enhance the intertwinement of the master with its image. At least since the beginning of the 20th century, it has become apparent that photography can simultaneously capture something else – the unexpected, the unwitting, the excess that eludes control. Moreover, the mass proliferation of image-making in the early 21st century and the changed information and communication ecosystems have made the control of one’s public image a precarious process, dictated to a large extent by an image-generating social apparatus and algorithmic logic.

    To a large extent, the age-old dialectic between the master and the servant seems to be flipped on its head – the master being evermore the servant of its own representation, of its most shareable common public visual denominator, be it likable, hated or reviled. Is the master becoming ever more the servant of its own representation? Is this representation being hollowed-out, becoming “merely” an abstract visualisation of power, detached from any of the master’s traits? Have we entered a new era of a master figure without any grandeur or charisma, a master lacking any sign of dignity – a master for which the denomination only holds true in terms of political power, lacking any “grand” visual signs of the historical personas of the past?

    What role do photographs play in the creation, strengthening, or subversion of (the images of) the master? Do photographs (un)wittingly legitimize the power, or do they recast power within the wider social network of signs? What is their role in the subject’s compliance with the authority, acceding to the rules of the master? Is domination via visual signs nowadays a necessary condition for social dominance or it is just a side spectacle?

    We invite textual and visual contributions that explore the master, domination, and subjugation in the relation to photographs, from contemporary and historical viewpoints, and through (but not limited to) the following perspectives:

    – authoritarian figures and photography

    – authority, subjugation, domination through photography

    – master-slave dialectics and the image

    – the master, white supremacy, right-wing nationalism and photography

    – the master and author (genius as the master)

    – photographer as a master

    – power, charisma and figures of the master

    – fine-art photography and subversion of figures of the master

    – visual propaganda

    – social media and figures of the master

    – image aesthetics and figures of the master

    – photographic presence as it stabilizes or destabilizes domination

    – celebrity and banality in constructions of power

    – hierarchy, networks, and mastery

    – masters made or undone by photography, post-truth and the master

    – icons and iconicity in constructions and deconstructions of authority

    – the master in relation to photography’s civil contract or democratic promise

    – the master and conditions of excess, abundance, or utopian potential

    – the master and the optical unconscious

    – the master and public spectatorship

    – the master in an ecology of images

    – master-slave dichotomy, computational technologies and photography

    – attracting the master’s attention: photography’s stance in contemporary art practice

    Format of contributions

    Essays, theoretical papers, overview articles, interviews (approx. 15,000–35,000 characters / 2,200–5,000 words), visuals encouraged.

    Short essays, columns (8,000–21,000 characters / 1,200–3,000 words), visuals encouraged.

    Photographic projects and artwork: proposals for non-commissioned work or samples of work.

    More information about the contributions can be found here. Contributions will be published in the English edition – magazine Membrana (ISSN 2463-8501. eISSN: 2712-4894) and/or in the Slovenian edition – magazine Fotografija (ISSN 1408-3566).

    Proposals and deadlines

    The deadline for contribution proposals (150-word abstracts and/or visuals) is July 27, 2020. The deadline for the finished contributions from accepted proposals is September 21, 2020. Please send proposals via the online form or contact us directly at editors(at)

    About Membrana / Fotografija

    Membrana is a contemporary photography journal dedicated to promoting a profound and theoretically grounded understanding of photography. Its aim is to encourage new, bold, and alternative conceptions of photography theory as well as new and bold approaches to photography in general. Positioning itself in the space between scholarly journal and popular publications, it offers an open forum for critical reflection on the medium, presenting both analytical texts and quality visuals. The journal is published biannually in summer and inwinter in English and in Slovenian (under the title Fotografija) by the Ljubljana-based non-profit institute Membrana.

  • 01.07.2020 23:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 1, 2020

    RMIT University, Melbourne

    Deadline: August 14, 2020

    Unless it is 100% safe to return to RMIT, this symposium will be held online. Even if we return to campus, those who aren’t able to present in-person are welcome to join us remotely.

    The Screen & Sound Cultures Research Group and the Critical Intimacies Reading Group at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, present eco_media II: Fire & Rain

    The first eco_media symposium was held at RMIT University in October 2019. Theorists, poets, researchers, filmmakers, recorders, and artists gathered to explore what it means to think and make in a time of climate catastrophe. See a summary of the day, along with the programme, at this page on the Screen & Sound Cultures website.

    The second symposium invites a similarly broad range of thinkers and makers to take the conversation further. In particular, we seek theoretical, empirical, philosophical or creative responses to the extreme weather events that have wreaked havoc all over Australia in the last six months: the devastating bushfires that engulfed Australia in late 2019 and early 2020, and the extreme flooding events along the eastern seaboard in late January and early February 2020. Media responses to the COVID-19 pandemic will doubtless be covered by other conferences, journals and institutions. However, we also welcome discussion of how our ideas, understandings, philosophies of climate change – as well as the response to the bushfires and flooding – have been affected by the pandemic.

    Academics and postgraduate researchers from humanities, communications, social sciences, media studies, environmental studies, and more, are invited to contribute.

    Topics to be covered can include -- but are not limited to:

    - analyses/discussion of media representations of these extreme events, or environmental issues in general

    - documentary/creative interventions into the climate catastrophe discourse

    - social media-based responses to the bushfires, including international

    celebrity attention

    -new media and environmental justice

    -discussion of (or contributions to) media responses (or lack thereof) to the impact of the bushfires/floods on animal life and Indigenous Australians and Country

    -how the climate debate – or responses to extreme Australian weather events – has been affected by COVID-19

    -the meeting places between the natural and the mediated

    -the impacts of media practice/research on the environment

    -media materialism (which can incorporate elements of the above)

    Presentations have a max duration of 20 mins (you will be timed), but within that 20 mins you can read or present a paper; screen or present work-in-progress; philosophise on the current media/environmental condition; live riff/performance along a theme; or any combo of these.

    Selected presentations concerning visual media will be invited for conversion into articles for a special issue of Senses of Cinema planned for publication in 2021.

    Please send a 200-word abstract and 50-word bio to by 5pm Friday 14 August.

  • 01.07.2020 22:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 12-19, 2020

    Deadline: September 30, 2020

    Theme: Global Punk

    A virtual, online, global conference spanning eight days is being brought together by the Punk Scholars Network – be a part of it. 

    Punk is a truly global phenomenon that manifests in myriad ways in different scenes, political regimes, cultural contexts and individual experiences. Punk is many things to many people and seldom remains static over a lifetime. Increased globalisation, changes in connectivity and technology, and shifts in both capitalism and populism have impacted punk for better and worse. International and intranational punk scenes and connections are growing and finding commonality and conflict through music, education, mutual aid, performance, political activism and human behaviours. The global Coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the differences people face accessing resources and how governments respond. How have, and how will, various local punk scenes respond to this crisis, and what does their response tell us about punk as a global phenomenon?

    The current Punk Scholars Network series /Global Punk/ has attempted to capture the spread and variance of punk across the world (Bestley, Dines, Gordon & Guerra 2019, 2020, 2021). Gabriel Kuhn’s (2019) work on Straight Edge punk experiences has been based upon interviews with straight edge punks around the world, exploring different aspects of their experiences, attitudes, and activism. The journal /Punk & Post-Punk/ regularly features contributions from punk scholars in a variety of geographical locations and settings. With these efforts, and others, serving as a base we are seeking to hold an entirely virtual conference that explores, examines and critically engages with punk scholars around the globe. Each PSN region will be responsible for one day over an eight day period and will include some academic papers or panels responding to this call for papers.

    Taking global punk seriously as a theme means considering the variety of experiences within local, national and international punk communities.

    This conference takes place against the backdrop of increased political authoritarianism and a noticeable rise in racial and religious intolerance across the world more generally, and under the guise of responses to the global pandemic more specifically. We must consider what impact these issues have – good and bad – on punk scenes and individuals. To do this together, we are asking to what extent is punk a helpful means or a hindrance in considering identity and ‘being’ within wider social problems, dynamics, and understandings?

    In line with the broad view being taken on the theme of global punk and in keeping with the PSN’s wide ranging academic reach, we are seeking contributions from a range of interdisciplinary areas, including, but not limited to: cultural studies, musicology, ethnography, art and design, humanities, performing arts, and the social sciences. Papers and panels could be on the following themes, (list is by no means exhaustive):

    * Globalisation of new media, communications, social networking, internet

    * Ethnographic considerations of scene/space and borders

    * Political appropriation: re-definitions of ‘anarchism’, ‘ecology’ and anti-authoritarianism

    * What role does exogenous and endogenous appropriation have in punk politics, resistance and allegiance around the world?

    * In what ways does gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality, disability, class, religious beliefs, and cultural norms shape punk around the world?

    * Notion of local/national/international ‘scene’, tribes, counterculture/subculture

    * Importation and exportation of punk as a commodity, statement, academic discourse

    * Music and the performer: creativity, authorship, identity, problems with definition, crossing musical boundaries.

    * Reception: DIY culture, activism.

    * Lifestyle: crustpunk, squatter, vegetarianism, animal rights, straight edge etc within different cultural contexts.

    * The art of punk: record covers and associated graphic styles.

    Punk Scholars Network events and conferences usually mix the conventionally "scholarly" with the more informal or "organic" intellectualism which punks often display. We therefore invite proposals of a non-standard type, including films, performances, Q and As with punks or punk performers and other creative mediums. In other words, you are welcomed and wanted to be a part of this global conference so please don't worry if you've never set foot in a university.

    It is intended that this will be an online conference spanning eight days, from December 12^th until December 19^th 2020 inclusive. Each region with a PSN affiliate is responsible for programming one day. The planned schedule is as follows:

    Saturday 12^th December: *PSN* *France*

    Sunday 13^th December:*PSN* *UK and rest of EU*

    Monday 14th December: *PSN* *Australia/**Aotearoa (NZ)*

    Tuesday 15th December: *PSN* *Indonesia*

    Wednesday 16th December: *PSN* *USA*

    Thursday 17th December: *PSN* *Iberia*​

    Friday 18th December: *PSN* *EU and UK*

    Saturday 19th December: *PSN* *Colombia*

    The affiliates will put together a mixed programme for their day based on a mixture of submissions and connections with local punk scenes. If you wish to take part, please submit your proposal to the relevant affiliate, if there is not one in your immediate geographical region then please submit it to the affiliate that aligns with your time zone for ease of inclusion. Proposals should be 350 words maximum (or equivalent, 3 minutes if a video clip for example) and do not have to be in English, please feel that you can use the language of your region if you wish. Proposals should be submitted to the following affiliated branches of the Punk Scholars Network:

    Australia and Aotearoa (NZ), proposals to Colombia, proposals to UK and the rest of Europe, proposals to (we can support proposals/presentations in French or German and will try to support other languages if we can) Iberia, proposals to Indonesia, proposals to USA and Canada, proposals to Brazil, proposals to by 30th September 2020 for consideration. Successful submissions will be notified by 15th October 2020, all submissions will be responded to by 28th October 2020.

  • 01.07.2020 22:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Bergen

    The University of Bergen, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Science and Media Studies is advertising a PhD position in media studies. The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results.

    This is an open call, and we invite you to relate to one or more of our four relevant research groups:

    -Research Group for Media Use and Audience Studies: Research on how people use media - as audiences, users and citizens, and how they relate to each other and to society through media.

    -Research Group for Rhetoric, Democracy and Public Culture: Research on communication as a tool for argumentation, assurance, and for the expressions of identity and identification - as individuals, in organizations and in society.

    -Journalism Studies Group: A broad approach to the role of journalism, news and the social media in the public sphere.

    -Media Aesthetics: Focus on media aesthetic expressions, broadly oriented towards contemporary and historical genres, media technology and forms of interaction.

    For more information about the research groups and the Department, see the website of the department:…dia . Do feel free to contact the leader of relevant research group(s).

    Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

    Head of Department, professor Leif Ove Larsen, e-mail: leif(dot)larsen(at)uib(dot)no.

    Practical questions about the application process should be directed to senior executive officer Bodil Hægland, e-mail: bodil(dot)hagland(at)uib(dot)no.

    Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Questions about the programme may be directed to Adviser-PhD: hanne(dot)Gravermoen(at)uib(dot)no.

    The complete announcement and application portal is available here:…ies

  • 01.07.2020 22:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special Issue of Revenant

    Deadline: October 5, 2020

    Guest Editors Dr Bethan Michael-Fox (@bethmichaelfox) and Dr Renske Visser (@Renske_Visser)

    Revenant is now accepting abstracts for critical articles, creative writing pieces, and book, film, music, or event reviews for a themed issue on Death and the Screen, examining how screens, in the broad sense of the word, have shaped and continue to shape the way we witness, experience and reflect on death and dying.

    Numerous and complex relationships between death and the screen have already been charted. The dead come back in film, on television and online. Screens let us not only see the dead but hear them too. As Penfold-Mounce has emphasised, in a technology saturated world of mass media, ‘the dead no longer remain silent as the grave’ (2018, p.36).

    Whilst relationships between screens and digital media more broadly have gained attention, so have the dynamics of death and individual screen media.While some argue that television is one way in which death is brought into the home, others have examined the ways in which the representation of dying on television might be problematic or harmful to audiences.

    In terms of ‘real’ death, it is possible to witness death, dying and trauma on mobile phones, tablets and laptops simply by scrolling through social media. Autoplay and ‘live’ features in apps have been critiqued for the ways they expose people to these images without warning. When George Floyd’s death at the hands of US police officers was recorded some people sought this video out, while others have shared their experiences of deciding not to watch it.

    Many people don’t shy away from death and the gory on screen. To what extent is this a form of escapism and to what extent is it an extension of their everyday life? And how can you ‘escape’ death on the screen when death and dying is at the center of the daily news and a theme in almost any film, television show and now also in advertisements? How do screen deaths relate to ‘real’ deaths in people’s lives and can such a distinction even be made?

    As screen media become more ubiquitous, these complex and multifaceted relationships continue to warrant further critical attention. In keeping with/Revenant/’s positioning as an inter-disciplinary journal encouraging discussion about the supernatural, uncanny or the weird, we welcome proposals for submissions that engage with these ideas. However,/Revenant/also emphasises that the ‘natural’ is part of the super-natural and as such academic and/or creative engagement with ‘natural’ death and/on the screen, or which complicates the notion of a ‘natural’ death, is also welcome.

    We believe a range of different methodological and theoretical approaches will enrich this special issue and as such urge you not to feel limited. We encourage proposals for academic articles or creative responses, which might be poetry, fiction, fanfiction, art, comics, audio or film that might stand alone or be accompanied by critical reflections, as well as autoethnographic and/or personal responses.

    Submissions that blur the boundaries of these categories are also welcomed.

    Topics or areas of focus might include: 

    • Making sense of death and dying through the screen
    • Haunting and/in screen cultures
    • Weird screen deaths
    • The ethics of screen deaths
    • Death and the supernatural on screen
    • Documentary engagement with death and dying
    • Adaptation of death (from literature or elsewhere) to the screen
    • Death and the uncanny in screen cultures
    • Death, social media and any of/Revenant’/s themes: the uncanny, the
    • supernatural, the weird or haunting
    • Personal and/or creative responses to death and the/on the screen
    • Crises (climate, pandemic, other crises), death and screens
    • Non-human death and/on the screen
    • Death in screen gaming

    Please submit extended abstracts of 500 words by 5 October 2020 with a short bio either via the Google Form here:…R19 Or

    For creative or innovative submissions please also feel welcome to get in touch via email to discuss your ideas or propose your work in a different way.

    Reviews of books, films, games, events, and art related to the death and the screen will be considered (800-1,000 words in length).

    If your abstract is accepted, the full submission will be due in April 2021 with a view to publish in late Winter 2021.

    Inquiries are welcome and should be directed

  • 01.07.2020 22:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Edited by Gabriele Balbi and Andreas Fickers

    This book focuses on the history of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), from its origins in the mid-19th century to nowadays. ITU was the first international organization ever and still plays a crucial role in managing global telecommunications today. Putting together some of the most relevant scholars in the field of transnational communications, the book covers the history of ITU from 1865 to digital times in a truly global perspective, taking into account several technologies like the telegraph, the telephone, cables, wireless, radio, television, satellites, mobile phone, the internet and others. The main goal is to identify the long-term strategies of regulation and the techno-diplomatic manoeuvres taken inside ITU, from convincing the majority of the nations to establish the official seat of the Telegraph Union bureau in Switzerland in the 1860s, to contrasting the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance (supported by US and ICANN).

    “History of the International Telecommunication Union” is a trans-disciplinary text and can be interesting for scholars and students in the fields of telecommunications, media, international organizations, transnational communication, diplomacy, political economy of communication, STS, and others. It has the ambition to become a reference point in the history of ITU and, at the same time, just the first comprehensive step towards a longer, inter-technological, political and cultural history of transnational communications to be written in the future.

    With contributions by: Christiane Berth, Simone Fari, Andrea Giuntini, Roxane Gray, Christian Henrich-Franke, Richard R. John, Léonard Laborie, Gianluigi Negro, Lisa Ruth Rand, Maria Rikitianskaia, Marie Sandoz, Valérie Schafer, Marsha Siefert, Adrian Stecher, Heidi Tworek, Anne-Katrin Weber, Dwayne Winseck, Nina Wormbs.

    For more information:

  • 01.07.2020 22:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Cambridge - Department of Sociology

    Location: Cambridge

    Salary: £41,526 - £52,559

    Hours: Full Time

    Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract

    Placed On: 17th June 2020

    Closes: 20th July 2020

    Job Ref: JM23273

    Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 21 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.

    Applications are invited for a fixed-Term University Lectureship in the Sociology of Gender and Reproduction from 1 September 2020, or as soon possible thereafter. The postholder will contribute to teaching and research in the Department of Sociology and will become a member of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) directed by Professor Sarah Franklin. The main areas of contribution required of the postholder are to assist in the organisation and delivery of the undergraduate Sociology of Gender paper and the MPhil pathway in the Sociology of Reproduction, and to contribute to the research activities of ReproSoc. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and thriving academic community in the Department of Sociology, where world-leading research and teaching on gender and reproduction is complemented by strengths in the areas of race and decolonising, science and technology, media and culture, health and biomedicine, class and political economy, social theory, social movements and environmental studies.

    Candidates for this post must have a doctorate and a proven record of teaching, research and publications in sociology or a related discipline. They must demonstrate an ability and willingness to teach and to conduct research in the sociology of gender and reproduction, and have excellent organisational as well as communication skills. The postholder will be involved in all aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate provision including course organisation and administration, lecturing, conversion to online delivery, supervision, assessment, admissions and outreach.

    Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

    • Good first degree and a doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) in sociology or a related discipline;
    • Evidence of ability to engage in internationally significant original research in their field;
    • Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career;
    • Ability to deliver teaching in the sociology of gender and the MPhil on the sociology of reproduction;
    • Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the department and faculty as a whole;
    • Ability to work co-operatively with colleagues;
    • Excellent communication and organisational skills.

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a full list of all publications, and the names and contact details of three referees. Application letters should include a statement of research interests and future research plans, and a summary of teaching experience and interests. Interviews for short-listed candidates will be conducted remotely on-line.

    Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Professor Sarah Franklin ( Enquiries about the application process should be made to

    We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

    The closing date for applications is 20 July 2020.

    Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

    The position is based in the Department of Sociology in central Cambridge, England.

    Further information about the Department of Sociology may be found on our website at

    Please quote JM23273 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

  • 01.07.2020 22:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special issue of Mediterranean Journal of Communication (January 2021)

    Deadline: September 1, 2020


    Coordinated by Dr. Miguel Vicente-Mariño (University of Valladolid, Spain) and Dr. Ilija Tomanič Trivundža (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

    Europe is one of the two key cultural actors and geopolitical areas to understand the historical evolution and current status of scientific knowledge in the Social Sciences. Communication Research is a scientific field and/or discipline experiencing an undeniable expansion since the 1990s, grounding part of its growth on works arising from the Old Continent, where big changes –ranging from the collapse of the geopolitical East-West division to the long-standing institutional efforts to build up a strong European Union- stand behind the rapid growth and consolidation of a European community of Communication Research scholars.

    The constitution of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), as a merging initiative between the European Consortium of Communication Research (ECCR) and the European Communication Association (ECA) in 2005 appears as an enriching initiative opening a forum for discussion and mutual recognition between and within a growing community of researchers facing similar challenges, topics of study, theoretical anchorages and methodological resources.

    This special issue of Revista Mediterránea de Communication/Mediterranean Journal of Communication aims to reflect on the origins, the processes and the outcomes of Communication Research on and from Europe. Therefore, Europe is considered here both as topic of study (Communication Research on Europe) and as a territory generating scientific evidence (Communication Research from Europe). Departing from a comparative perspective, these contents aspire to turn into a useful discussion platform about how European researchers have developed Communication Research during the last century, identifying the main findings achieved and posing open questions towards a near future.

    Research projects and scientific networks proving to be able to transcend borders and dealing with the challenges of identifying common or divergent patterns across Europe are also invited to present here their main arrival points, as this special issue expects to elaborate and deepen in the roots and horizons of Media Studies and Communication Research in Europe.

    An initial list of topics, open to any other suggestion coming from the readership, could be as follows:

    • History of European Communication Research;
    • European Media Audiences;
    • Media industries in Europe;
    • Journalism Studies on Europe;
    • Comparative Media Studies at a European scale;
    • European Social Movements and Activism;
    • European Public Opinion and the emergence of a common continental public sphere;
    • Academic Labour Conditions in European institutions devoted to Communication Research;
    • The role played by ECREA, and other scientific associations with a European scope, in shaping a research community at the continental level;
    • The role played by the European Communication Conference (ECC) as a meeting point for European Communication researchers;
    • The role played by European and national institutions active in the field of Social Sciences.

    Consequently, all ECREA sections, working groups and networks are especially addressed by this call, as the experience accumulated during the last fifteen years is a valuable resource to elaborate on the role played by Communication Research and Education in shaping up a common and updated notion of Europe. But this call is not limited to these actors, but open to any research project including the European territory and culture as a priority.

    This special issue will be co-edited Miguel Vicente-Mariño, University of Valladolid and Ilija Tomanič Trivundža, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Anyone willing to receive additional information about this call or to address any question about potential participation, can directly contact the invited editors at

  • 25.06.2020 21:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA Journalism studies Section Conference

    February 25-26, 2021

    Utrecht, the Netherlands

    Deadline: September 4, 2020

    Hosted by Research Centre Quality Journalism in Digital Transition at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

    Deadline for abstracts and submissions: September 4, 2020.

    The 2021 Section Conference of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on February 25-26, 2021.

    We welcome submissions focusing on journalism in digital transition.

    We especially welcome proposals for co-creative sessions – co-creation understood as collaboration between researchers and practitioners.

    We also want to make the regular sessions more collaborative by introducing active respondents. They will contact the participants before the session.


    The process of digitalization has challenged professional journalism in every way, not only in its organization but also in the way its products are made, sold, and consumed.

    For instance, while the newsroom is still often the core space of journalism, the place where the news-beat is felt, the transition to freelance practices and the collaboration with other professions in the creative industry have challenged both organizations and the identity of the journalistic profession. Also, moving away from traditional forms of consuming journalistic production, the public is offered information and entertainment via a multitude of, mostly online, channels. Technological innovation gives journalists and media organizations a range of opportunities. Algorithmic tools are increasingly used to uncover data and gather information. At the same time, artificial intelligence can provide a more personalized and tailor-made news experience. Technologies provide opportunities for storytelling in which the role of the user is more prominent – for example in interactive stories, immersive productions and podcasts.

    At the same time concerns have been voiced about the negative aspects of these changes. It might promote fragmentation, polarization of deliberative spaces and the spread of disinformation, to name just a few of these concerns.

    What is particularly fascinating in the process of digitalization is the question of how to study it. While the field of journalism studies is booming, the debate on methodological thinking is still surprisingly limited. Therefore, we also encourage submissions focusing on methods.

    The scholarly field of journalism studies has developed into a sophisticated field of research. The question often remains how much of this scholarly knowledge is translated into journalism practice. This conference therefore especially invites journalism scholars who work together with practitioners or can show how their research impacts the field. Therefore co-creative sessions will be organized in which we will invite prominent journalists to join the scholarly discussion.

    The journalism industry has always been dependent on technology. However, as scholars, we need to heighten our focus on the socio-cultural consequences of this dependence, more so because digital technology exponentially increases new theoretical, methodological, and ethical questions.

    In sum, we encourage submissions in three main areas:

    • Research on how the digital transition challenges the field of journalism in the way it is produced, sold and consumed.
    • Methodological discussions, challenging current scholarly methods or proposing innovative methods in journalism studies.
    • Best practices, especially on how scholarly research is embedded into journalistic practice.

    The conference will feature traditional paper presentations and co-creative sessions between academics and media professionals.

    Traditional paper presentations: Traditional paper presentations will take place in panels consisting of four to five papers. Each panel will be moderated by an active respondent.

    Co-creative sessions: A limited number of slots will be available for co-creative sessions in which one topic is addressed in four short presentations, followed by an organized debate between academics and invited media-professionals. We stimulate submissions for these sessions. We will also search for coherent papers to organize such sessions. Presenters will be informed beforehand.

    SUBMIT: Submissions can be sent to no later than 4 September 2020.

    Please include in the email (1) the title of your paper, (2) an abstract of no more than 750 words, (3) names and affiliations of the authors.

    Submission will undergo scholarly peer-review. Only one proposal per first author can be accepted. Notifications of acceptance will be issued early October 20.

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