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  • 14.02.2019 11:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 23-25, 2019

    School of Media, Faculty of Media, Communication and Design, National Research University HSE, Moscow

    Deadline: March 31, 2019

    Keynote Speakers:

    • Vincent Mosco, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Queen's University (Canada)
    • Joe Karaganis, vice-president American Assembly, Columbia University, editor of the report “Media Piracy in Emerging Economies” (US)
    • Patrick Burkart, professor, Texas A&M University (US)
    • Tristan Mattelart, professor, French Institute of Press, University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas (France)
    • Göran Bolin, professor Södertorn University (Sweden)
    • Aleksandra Elbakyan, creator of Sci-Hub (platform of free scholar publications)

    Call for Papers

    This conference explores piracy as a figure navigating the conventions, norms and boundaries of legality in digital cultures and beyond. Offline and online piracies thrive on technological affordances yet they do so in opposition to corporate efforts -in music, film, publishing and academia- to label them as threatening for the economy and society. In turn, pirate activities frequently become themselves subject to economic exploitation, co-optation and spectacurilzation by market forces. During the last decades, while the copyrights industry lobbies for tighter IP laws on a global scale, social media corporations find productive ways to capture counter-hegemonic networks through the exploitation of free or leisure time and users’ data. Caught in the highly flexible and contingent context of digital networks, piracy allows for the probing of norms and boundaries, questioning the logics that define intellectual property laws, broadening the uses and perceptions of authored production and enabling new forms of technology usage surpassing corporate control. Moving beyond approaches that represent piracy in terms of illegality or supply and demand, we propose to explore pirate networked sociabilities working within and outside the fringes of market economy through the lens of institutional and discursive power and attempts to escape corporate control.

    The discourse on piracy can be seen as part of a broader set of discourses and practices shaping the figure of the threat in media and culture, that is to say the construction of borderline and contested practices, identities and phenomena that rest on the threshold of the legitimate and illegitimate, the legal and the illegal. We understand these boundaries to be highly contingent, historical and politically defined and subject to discursive contestation. To bring few examples beyond digital piracy, the figures of the ‘parasite’ in biology, the ‘virus’ in digital worlds or the ‘benefit scrounger’ in public discourse become likewise threats that have to be managed and confronted for the presumed progress of the community. We look for abstracts that explore the threat as a broader phenomenon related to issues of political economy, otherness, marginality, resistance, community, assimilation, camouflaging, gender, class, recognition and representation. We seek to address the power relations in designations of the threat (who, why, when and by whom is someone categorized as a threat) as well as explore the conditions under which authorities and legal entities decide who has the right to exist and how.

    We welcome contributions in the following topics:

    • Legality, Illegality and Sharing Economies
    • Political Economy of Othering
    • Disruption and the New Economy
    • Academic Publishing and Piracy
    • Art, Music and Piracy
    • Discourses on Disruption
    • Ecosystem and Disruption
    • Gender, Class, Sexual Others
    • Viruses and Parasites in Media
    • Human and Non-Human Worlds

    Submissions should include the name(s) and institutional affiliations of the applicant(s), email address and abstracts no longer than 500 words (including references) in English or in Russian.

    Abstracts must be submitted before March, 31, 2019 at: piracyandbeyond@gmail.com

    Participants will be notified about acceptance by April 31, 2019

    For any further information, please contact us at: piracyandbeyond@gmail.com

    Organizers

    • Ilya Kirya, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
    • Yiannis Mylonas, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
    • Panos Kompatsiaris, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
  • 14.02.2019 11:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lugano, Switzerland

    Deadline: March 13, 2019

    The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) in the Faculty of Communication Sciences at USI (Università della Svizzera italiana) invites applications for fully funded doctoral studies in Lugano, Switzerland, in the areas of

    • climate change communications
    • digital cultural memory.

    Job Description

    We offer an opportunity for doctoral research in an international team working in the areas of climate change communications or digital cultural memory. In the field of climate change communication, candidates should have an interest in promotional industries, communication theory and practice and environmental geopolitics. In the field of digital cultural memory, candidates should have interest in digital culture, political and economic dimension of archiving, digital media history, memory in the digital age. Selected candidate/s will pursue their PhD under the supervision of Professor Matthew Hibberd with additional co-supervision from Professor Gabriele Balbi or Professor Theo Mäusli. In addition to involvement in research, any appointee/s will support the Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) with its teaching, research and summer school activities and will have the possibility of working with an international network of scholars in the field of media and communications studies.

    Candidate’s Profile. Candidates will possess a master degree in communication related to the media studies, social studies of technology, sociology, history, geography and environment. Ideally, candidates will have an international outlook, experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, an academic curiosity for developing our understanding of climate change and digital cultural memory and publishing in high-ranking journals. The ideal candidates will be fluent in English and either Italian and/or German and will become a teaching assistant for Bachelor and Master courses. Candidates will be comfortable organising themselves independently while working at an Institute with multiple theoretical and methodological approaches.

    Funding of Doctoral Studies / Residence. Positions are for three years and subject to final university approval. In addition to a fee-waiver for the duration of the three‐year scholarship, a fully-funded PhD award at USI includes an annual student maintenance grant (currently CHF 40.000). PhD scholarships are subject to annual review and successful completion of a progress report. Research activities will be carried out predominantly in Lugano, Switzerland, where the appointees should take residence, but some international travel can be expected.

    How to Apply

    Please send your application consisting of 1) a detailed CV (including one reference), 2) university grade transcripts and certificates, and 3) a letter of motivation, all to be sent electronically to dr. Eleonora Benecchi, eleonora.benecchi@usi.ch.

    Deadline: March 13, 2019 although we welcome applications before that date.

    For more information see: https://www.usi.ch/en/job-opportunities-usi

  • 14.02.2019 11:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PGR Conference 2019

    June 13, 2019

    Loughborough London Campus

    Deadline: April 1, 2019

    In an age of global communication, the making of histories and memories is closely connected to diverse and moving media landscapes. The kaleidoscope of different media, memories and histories influences the remembering, forgetting and archiving of events and processes, and is therefore constantly shaping and reshaping individual and collective identities. This PGR conference will address the underlying power structures of the relationship between the three ever-evolving fields by foregrounding interdisciplinary research that crosses the boundaries separating them. New and more nuanced ways of understanding the past as well as the present can be discovered by including media technologies that are developing through time as well as different understandings of both memory and history, so that multiple realities can be explored. In this sense, this conference is interested in the moving character of media, memories and histories, which do not only travel with the subjects that inhabit them, but are further constantly transmitted through diverse forms of communication between humans, objects and technologies.

    This PGR conference aims to explore diverse methodological and theoretical approaches that discuss the constantly changing relationship between the three fields. We are interested in ideas and conceptualisations of migrating, traveling and transmitted memories, histories and media. There are no limitations in terms of methodological practices within the fields and we are particularly enthusiastic to receive applications from those who use critical and creative methods in their research.

    This one-day conference, held at the Loughborough University’s London campus, welcomes postgraduate and early career researchers. Loughborough University attempts at facilitating an environment where a fast-growing area of expertise is accessible to researchers at an early stage across the social sciences and humanities. This PGR conference will be a platform to connect scholars from different fields.

    Possible topics include, but are not restricted to the following:

    • Migrating and traveling memories and histories
    • Communication and transmission of memories and histories
    • Memories and histories of migration
    • Media representation and production of migration
    • Memories and histories in the arts
    • Creative methods in media, memory and history
    • Spatial traces of media, memory and history
    • Transnational media, memory and history
    • Technologies of moving media, memory and histories

    Interested postgraduate and early career scholars are asked to submit abstracts of 300 words by the of April 1, 2019 to the following email address: Mmh-conference@lboro.ac.uk.

    A limited number of travel grants is available for Loughborough students traveling from the main campus to London.

    Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

    1) Professor Andrew Hoskins' research connects multiple aspects of the emergent digital society: media, memory, war, conflict, security, and privacy, to explore holistically the interplay and impact of contemporary media and memory ecologies.

    2) Professor Avtar Brah recently retired as Professor of Sociology at Birkbeck as a specialist in race, gender and ethnic identity issues. She was awarded an MBE in 2001 in recognition of her research.

  • 14.02.2019 10:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Journal Schermi – Storie e culture del cinema e dei media in Italia (Anno III, N. 6, 2019)

    Deadline: March 10, 2019

    Edited by Giancarlo Grossi and Myriam Mereu

    Over the past twenty years the question of generations has played a central role in the academic and public debates in Italy, establishing itself as a research paradigm in several disciplinary domains. Generation and the approaches to its study are used especially to analyse collective, national and transnational identities (Bontempi, 2008); social and labour policies (Boldizzoni/Sala, 2009; Capeci, 2014), migratory flows (Leonini-Rebughini, 2010); microsocial and familial changes (Varriale, 2011); consumption and taste cultures (Capuzzo, 2003) and, above all, media experiences (Aroldi/Colombo, 2003; Scifo, 2005; Bontempi, 2008, Spaziante, 2010; Teti, 2011; Mascheroni, 2012).

    The success of generation studies and theories is down to its ductility and its semantic potential, which includes at least four meanings (Boucier-Béquaert/de Banier, 2010). Firstly, generation can be considered as a cohort, that is, a group of people who were born at about the same time and have made choices and traced their biographical paths (personal and professional) in the same historical moment, sharing opportunities, limits and challenges. Secondly, we can assume the term generation as a phase of life: childhood, adulthood, seniority, with their specificities, their needs, the role and the meaning they play in society. Thirdly, generation can be understood as descent or affiliation, with a focus on microsystems, such as family or companies: in this case the focus is on legacies or changes, or rather on the conflicts that arise from the relationship among individuals characterised by different personal competencies and experiences. Finally – and this is the most popular meaning today – generation can be understood as a community, a group of people who, besides living in the same historical moment, share the same values, attitudes, trends, and tastes.

    This special issue assumes the term generation with all its meanings, and with its entire heritage of theories, approaches, models of interpretation. Its aim is to apply this concept to the history of cinema and audio-visual media in Italy.

    Possible topics for contributions may include:

    • Images, representations, narratives of generations;
    • Generational languages: slangs, aesthetics, styles;
    • Generational cults and intermediate dynamics;
    • Generations and production strategies: teen movies, grey-hair-pics
    • Generational products and technologies: culture, fandom phenomena, trends;
    • Meme generations and digital narratives;
    • Generation and nostalgia: remake, remaking, reboot;
    • Generations of spectators: consumption, tastes, preferences;
    • Cinema, audiovisual media and life cycles: childhood, seniority, adulthood;
    • Histories of ‘family’ cinema companies: legacies, conflicts, generational transitions;
    • Generational authors and generations of authors: plots, affiliations, common experiences;
    • Actors and generations: popularity, hero worship, processes of identification;
    • "My Generation": soundtracks and generational hymns;
    • Generation theories and cinema: paradigms and theoretical issues;
    • Methodologies and tools to study cinema through the theories of generation

    Proposals of no more than 300 words, in Italian or English, and accompanied by an essential bibliography should be submitted to my.mereu@gmail.com and giancarlo.grossi@unimi.it by 10/03/2019. Authors of the abstracts that are accepted for consideration will be invited, by 25/3/2019, to submit a complete essay (between 30,000 and 35,000 characters in length, including notes), accompanied by an abstract of 100 words, and five keywords, by 15/06/2019.

    LINK: https://riviste.unimi.it/public/journals/69/cfpn.6.pdf

  • 14.02.2019 10:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vrije Universitet Amsterdam

    Deadline:  March 21, 2019

    FTE: 0.8 - 1

    Would you welcome the challenge of leading a team of specialists in Language and Communication Studies? In that case, please consider applying for this position.

    Within the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication of the Faculty of Humanities (FGW), the chair of Language and Communication will play a vital role by studying the interplay between language, interaction and communication. The chair will investigate how the design of texts, images, and conversations, has particular consequences for participants involved, in their role of, e.g., customer, voter, or patient, and how organizations may improve communication designs tailored to relevant media platforms. The Department seeks to hire a candidate who stimulates cross-disciplinary research and has a proven expertise in adopting innovative approaches across methodologies in the domain of language and communication studies.

    Your duties

    • teach on the bachelor programme including the first year and on the (research) Master programmes
    • further develop the international bachelor specialization Language and Media
    • conduct research in the field of Language and Communication in relation to other disciplines
    • acquire external research funding and contribute to economic and societal valorization
    • supervise the chair group’s teaching and research staff, including Ph.D. scholars

    Requirements

    • an outstanding international reputation in terms of research, as shown by multiple and substantial publications in the field of language use (and social media)
    • methodological expertise and experience in conducting interdisciplinary research
    • ample managerial experience
    • a track record of acquiring research projects
    • demonstrable excellence in didactic skills

    What are we offering?

    A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,582 (H2)

    and a maximum €8,127 (H2), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

    The initial employment contract will affect a period of 2 years, with the prospect of a permanent contract.

    Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

    • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
    • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
    • solid pension scheme (ABP),
    • contribution to commuting allowance based on public transport

    About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

    Diversity

    Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

    Faculty of Humanities

    The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

    Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students.

    Application

    Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before March 21, 2019.

    Vacancy questions

    If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

    Name: Prof. dr. Diederik Oostdijk

    Position: Chair of Department

    E-mail: d.m.oostdijk@vu.nl

    Telephone: 020 59 82044

    Relocation support

    If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:

    Name: Wytske Siegersma

    Position: Relocation Advisor

    E-mail: relocations@vu.nl

    Telephone: +31 (20) 59 85037

  • 14.02.2019 10:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    XV Symposium for Film Music Research

    July 5-7, 2019

    Kiel University, Germany

    Deadline: April 30, 2019

    The fifteenth Symposium of the Kiel Society for Film Music Research will be dedicated to questions about music in documentary films. For this purpose, documentary films about music should not necessarily be the center of attention. Rather, our interest is focused on films, documentaries, docudramas, reports, etc., which use music in a field of tension ranging from so-called authenticity to applications of music that are barely different from those in feature films. Film music in documentary films undoubtedly contributes to the intensity, credibility, information, understanding and reflection of the events shown. But the manipulation of feelings and an impairment of the audience‘s ability for unbiased reflection can also be observed in many cases. In documentary (even semi-documentary) formats, sound design and music are affected by different preferences, ideals and conditions of production, which sometimes differ from those in feature films, but in many cases are comparable.

    A responsible approach to the film‘s topic and its protagonists is often perceived to be more crucial for documentary formats. But what does artistic and practical reality look like when filmmakers want to present a selected segment of reality? What can be learned from the use of music in the non-fictional film work on the significance of film music in general, on the attitude and goals of filmmakers and on the socio-political role of audiovisual media and formats? With which scientific methods and concepts can film music be examined in documentary film and its variants?

    The following key questions can be used for guidance if you‘d like to submit an abstract:

    A) History and aesthetics

    1. What is the role of music in cinematic narration about or over a selected section of reality?

    2. Which technical and aesthetic conditions have influenced the use of music as film music and as a subject in the history of documentary film?

    3. How can the boundaries between music and sound design be explored? Does the musicalization of the soundtrack replace the use of film music in documentary film?

    B) Reality reference and artistic practice

    4. Is a higher demand for an "authentic" presentation of subject and protagonist in documentary film fulfilled, if the music has solely been written, performed and recorded for the film or in the context of the film?

    5. What is the difference between narrative potentials of music in feature and documentary films?

    6. How does film music in documentary film influence the realism of cinematic means and the documentary story?

    7. Are there any other rules in the documentary film for music that, unlike images and referential sound, usually has no semantic implications?

    8. How does music in the documentary essay films differ from that used in more common documentary formats?

    C) Methods, function and effect

    9. Does the generalizing or emotionalizing effect of music in documentary film inevitably lead to the manipulation of the audience, or can film music be a didactic aid here for translating distant content or helping to close the gap to other cultures?

    10. What tendencies can be identified for film music in hybrid or ambivalent formats (eg docudrama, mockumentaries and forms that break with certain aesthetic premises and communicative contracts, etc.)?

    11. How do you deal with film music in documentary film, which highlights its socio-political aspects in particular?

    In addition, book presentations, practical reports, workshops or panels are welcome, which can be assigned to the general topic or individual questions and their scientific or artistic working methods. If your research interest is not mentioned in the CfP please don‘t hesitate to hand in an abstract regardless!

    The conference also serves as a platform for current research projects and discussions. It therefore contains an open block to which abstracts can and should be submitted independently of the main topic.

    Key Facts

    Music in documentary film - XV Symposium for Film Music Research

    Deadline for abstracts / short biographies: April 30, 2019 (max 300/100 words)

    Feedback on the acceptance of the abstracts: May 2019

    Presentations, lectures or book presentations should take no longer than 25 minutes. Panels may take up a longer time slot if possible. Conference languages are German and English. Travel and accommodation costs can not be reimbursed.

    Registration and contact:

    filmmusik@email.uni-kiel.de (Tarek Krohn & Willem Strank)

  • 14.02.2019 10:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Inaugural symposium on Media, Professions and Society in Volda, Norway

    June 17-20, 2019

    Volda and Olden, Norway

    Deadline for extended abstracts: February 20, 2019

    We invite you to submit your original and innovative research paper for a symposium that will take place in the heart of Norwegian nature. This symposium will focus on facilitating constructive discussions on research-in-progress. Participants will give short presentations that spark lengthier discussions in the panel sessions, and throughout a symposium program marked by social networking. The number of symposium presenters will deliberatively be limited to 30-35 participants, with the intention of creating an arena for symposium participants to get to know each other and ongoing research better. Group discussions and time for personal networking and reflection, with exceptional scenery, will be interwoven into the symposium program.

    All presenters will receive constructive feedback from at least two of the members of the symposium scientific panel, consisting of the three keynote speakers alongside the guest editors of a thematic issue of Media and Communication, developed in close connection to this symposium. The thematic issue is titled “Peripheral Actors in Journalism: Agents of Change in Journalism Culture and Practice” and is being guest edited by Avery Holton, Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Oscar Westlund.

    Keynotes Speakers:

    • Laura Ahva
    • Mark Deuze
    • Edson Tandoc Jr.

    Conference fee

    3800 NOK (including lunch Tuesday - Thursday and dinner Monday - Wednesday), bus transport and gondola trip.

    Hotel accommodation

    3000 NOK (breakfast included), three nights Monday – Thursday

    More information about the symposium and submission of paper, please follow the link.

    Timeline:

    • Deadline for extended abstracts: Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
    • Notification on submitted abstracts (following peer-review): Tuesday March 11, 2019.
    • Deadline submission full paper (5000-7000 words): Monday June 3, 2019.

    More here.

  • 14.02.2019 10:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Longitudinal Study of the Mediatization of Socialisation

    Authors: Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Jasmin Kulterer, Philip Sinner

    This book presents a qualitative longitudinal panel-study on child and adolescent socialisation in socially disadvantaged families. The

     study traces how children and their parents make sense of media within the context of their everyday life over twelve years (from 2005 to 2017) and provides a unique perspective on the role of different socialisation contexts, drawing on rich data from a broad range of qualitative methods. Using a theoretical framework and methodological approach that can be applied transnationally, it sheds light on the complex interplay of factors which shape children’s socialisa

    Table of contents:tion and media usage in multiple ways.

    • Front Matter
    • Framing the Study
    • Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media
    • The Role of Media Within Young People’s Socialisation: A Theoretical Approach
    • The Methodological Approach of the Long-Term Study
    • Family Descriptions
    • Socialisation in Different Socialisation Contexts
    • The Interplay Between Family and Media as Socialisation Contexts: Parents’ Mediation
    • The Typology of Socially Disadvantaged Families
    • Discussion and Conclusion
    • Back Matter

    Avalaible here.

  • 14.02.2019 10:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    Deadline: March 1, 2019

    Position for a minimum of 2 years, starting in fall 2019

    PROFECI focuses on the social dynamics of projecting possible futures and the role of the media in this process. It is an interdisciplinary, EU-funded ERC project headed by Prof. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The project focuses on several major political crossroads of recent (e.g., Brexit, the Trump campaign) and upcoming years. It aims to reconstruct how scenarios about the outcomes and implications of significant events are constructed, transformed, received, and acted upon, using a combination of computational text analysis and other social scientific methods. The key responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher will be to develop and implement, in close cooperation with Dr. Christian Baden (senior researcher in the project) and the other team members, an algorithmic strategy capable of extracting and classifying complex semantic contents in multilingual public discourse.

    Suitable candidates should

    • hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in the Social Sciences, Digital Humanities, Computational Linguistics or Computer Science
    • have experience in empirical research in the computational analysis of natural discourse, and the application of quantitative research methods and statistics more generally
    • possess working knowledge in computer programming (experience in Python and/or R)
    • show a profound interest in the development of novel computational strategies for text analysis in an interdisciplinary scientific context
    • possess excellent (written and spoken) English communication skills

    Applications should comprise a statement of motivation (1 page), CV including list of publications, the names and contact details of three referees, as well as one publication (published or under review) relevant to the required expertise. Applications should be sent as PDF to keren.tw@mail.huji.ac.il. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

    More here.

  • 07.02.2019 14:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    November 13-15, 2019

    Univesity of Zurich

    Deadline:  June 15, 2019

    Biannual Meeting of the Health Communication Temporary Working Group of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

    Annual Conference of the Health Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)

    University of Zurich (UZH), Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ)

    The Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (IKMZ) is delighted to host the European Conference on Health Communication (ECHC) 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland,. The conference of the Health Communication Temporary Working Group of the ECREA and the Health Communication Division of the DGPuK has a thematic focus on social aspects of health communication. It will provide a platform for discussing the interrelations between health, health communication, media, and people’s social contexts on various levels and from diverse perspectives. With the aim to represent the full scope of current health communication research in Europe, the ECHC also welcomes research on further issues of health communication.

    Thematic panels on social aspects of health communication

    Health and health-related behaviors are embedded in social contexts in various ways, which comprise both risks and opportunitiesfor individual’s health. Communicable (i.e., infectious) diseases, such as HIV or influenza, are spread through social contacts between persons, and unfavorable health behaviors (e.g., alcohol and drug abuse) might be reinforced by social influence. On the other hand, social support can ease the coping with diseases in everyday life (e.g., diabetes, depression), and social norms may promote favorable health behaviors (e.g., doing sports or eating healthily). Since social aspects—such as social influence, support, and norms—unfold their effect through communication, they deserve special attention by health communication scholars to protect, maintain, and improve individual and public health.

    The conference aims to address the complexity of individuals’ social contexts and the full breadth of communication—ranging from interpersonal communication to mass media, online to offline, intended to unintended etc. It therefore calls for proposals analyzing the interrelations between social aspects, different forms of health-related communication, and health at the individual, interpersonal, and societal level.

    To illustrate the conference’s scope, exemplary questions and concepts are provided in the following. Please note that these examples are not intended to limit the range of possible submissions. Proposals that do not explicitly address the following aspects but refer to social aspects of health communication in other ways are very welcome.

    Individual level:

    • Which health behaviors are especially susceptible to social influence (e.g., private vs. public health behavior) and what role do different means of communication play in these contexts?
    • How are individual social-related characteristics, such as traits (e.g., need to belong), cognitions (e.g., perceived norms), and motives (e.g., need for social integration) associated with health behavior and health-related communication?
    • How are media messages elaborated that address social aspects of health behavior (e.g., social frames)?

    Interpersonal level:

    • Which relevance do different settings have for health communication (e.g., family, colleagues, self-help groups)?
    • Which role do different actors (e.g., doctors, patients, bystanders) and social roles (e.g., opinion leaders, influencers, followers) play in the context of health communication?
    • How does health-related interpersonal communication differ depending on the channel and platform (e.g., face-to-face vs. mediated)?

    Societal level:

    • Which sociocultural aspects (e.g., collectivistic vs. individualistic societies) and characteristics of the media system are relevant regarding health and health communication?
    • What kind of divides related to health communication exist in societies and what are their consequences (e.g., digital divides)?
    • How can societal inequalities and health-related stigmatization be addressed by health communication and what guidelines are helpful for journalists to ease these issues?

    The conference calls for basic research describing and explaining these aspects but also refers to applied research seeking to solve practical health communication issues. It is interested in theories, methods, and study designs that allow studying social aspects of health communication at different levels as well as the integration of various levels within a single approach.

    Open panels

    Besides submissions that address the thematic focus, the conference invites proposals presenting research on current issues of health communication. Especially welcome are contributions presenting a European perspective. This may include case studies from European countries, comparative studies, and Pan-European initiatives.

    Submission format

    The ECHC invites empirical—quantitative or qualitative—, methodological, as well as theoretical contributions. In the case of empirical submissions, data collection should be completed, and (at least preliminary) results should be reported in the submission.

    Proposals can be submitted as presentation and poster proposals. Both—presentation and posters proposals—should be submitted in the form of extended abstracts with a maximum length of 8.000 characters (incl. space characters, excl. references, tables and figures). Abstracts must be written in English and have to be submitted via the ECHC 2019 submission platform until 15 June 2019. The submission system will open on 30 April 2019.

    Please note that you will have to specify whether the submission is a proposal for the thematic or the open panel when submitting your abstract. Additionally, you will be asked to indicate whether the proposal is to be presented as a presentation or a poster in the case of acceptance, or whether both options are equally suitable for your proposal.

    All submissions will be reviewed in an anonymous review process on the basis of the following criteria.

    • Fit to the conference’s theme (when submitted to the thematic panels)
    • Contribution to health communication research and practice
    • Quality of literature review and theoretical foundations
    • Quality and appropriateness of the research methods or quality and appropriateness of arguments for propositions in a theory/review piece
    •  Quality, clarity, and rigor of argumentation

    You will be informed about the acceptance of your submission by 31 August 2019.

    Conference

    The ECHC 2019 will take place at the City Campus of the University of Zurich, located in the center of Zurich. Further information on the conference venues, accommodation possibilities, and the program will be announced on the ECHC 2019 website in due time.

    Timeline

    • Submission system opens: 30 April 2019
    • Submission deadline: 15 June 2019
    • Notification of acceptance: 31 August 2019
    • Registration deadline: 20 October 2019
    • Conference: 13 to 15 November 2019

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