European Communication Research
and Education Association
Special issue of Journal of Communication Management
Deadline for full papers: June 1, 2019
Edited by Mike S. Schäfer (University of Zurich) and Birte Fähnrich (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Science and Humanities).
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We announce the Call for Papers for Issue No 15 of The International Journal of Public Relations (Revista Internacional de Relaciones Públicas). The forthcoming issue is about Public Relations in its wider scope. The deadline for full papers is open until March 31, 2019. We remind that the proposals (articles and book reviews) shall be presented via the Journal’s application placed under the following link: http://revistarelacionespublicas.uma.es/index.php/revrrpp/index.
We provide a model that authors can use to prepare articles and reviews. With this work we aim to facilitate the preparation and editing. The model is available here.
Science is central for contemporary knowledge societies. Scientific results and science-based technological innovations are crucial to address societal challenges. Accordingly, science communication – the public communication about science, its findings, methods and processes (cf. Davies & Horst 2016) – has become more important in recent years (e.g. Hall Jamieson et al. 2017; Schäfer 2012).
Science communication has also gained importance in organizational contexts. Scientific and higher education organizations have expanded and professionalized their strategic communication efforts with regard to media relations (e.g. Bauer & Gregory 2008), to brand building and reputation management (e.g. Chapleo et al. 2011) etc. The growing public and political attention towards universities poses new challenges for organizational legitimacy, not only but also in the context of organizational crises (Fähnrich, Janssen Danyi & Nothhaft, 2015). These developments have resulted in an active and growing community of science communication practitioners, the emergence of professional associations and the appearance of specialized study programs etc. (Gascoigne et al. 2010; Trench 2017).
Organizations such as companies, political parties, think tanks or NGOs increasingly communicate about science as well (e.g. Fähnrich 2018a). They may use science-related information in advertising to promote new products, refer to experts to justify political decisions, use scientific expertise to appear trustworthy in the eyes of stakeholders or emphasize their use of the latest scientific and technological developments to create a favorable public image. They may also publicly question science, point towards conflicting evidence, highlight potential risks or even promote misinformation, pseudo- or anti-science.
In spite of these pervasive trends, however, the communication of science in organizational contexts has not received much scholarly attention yet. Neither have many scholars from the field of communication management and strategic communication taken up the issue of science (cf. Fähnrich 2018b) nor has the growing field of science communication paid much attention to the role of organizations yet (cf. Horst 2013).
This special issue on "Communicating Science in Organizational Contexts" will contribute to closing this gap. It invites contributions from scholars of communication management, strategic communication, organizational communication and organizational sociology, as well as from science communication, science and technology studies, the sociology of science and other related fields and disciplines. In doing so, it brings together researchers that have not had many interchanges in the past in order to develop a comprehensive perspective on the organizational (meso) level of science communication.
We invite scholars to submit research papers – welcoming both theoretical/conceptual work as well as empirical analyses – on a variety of aspects:
1. analyses of the (strategic) communication of organizations from science and higher education, such as universities, research institutes etc. These analyses may focus on public/media/stakeholder relations, public affairs management, crisis communication, reputation management, marketing or branding. They may concentrate on organizational communication strategies, on the institutional embedding of strategic communication within these organizations, the involved actors, communication formats, media and content, as well as on the use of this communication among different target groups and its effects.
2. analyses of the communication of non-scientific organizations (e.g. political parties, corporations, NGOs, think tanks etc.) on science-related issues, e.g. regarding health and nutrition, sustainability and environmental issues etc. They may also include organizations promoting science denial or anti- and pseudo-science. Again, such analyses could focus on these organizations' communication strategies, the organizational embedding of science-related communication, the chosen formats and media, the involved actors, or on the use of such communication among different target groups and its effects.
3. public communication about science with an organizational focus. This includes, e.g., analyses focusing on the role of organizations in public/media/online discourses on science-related issues, analyses of public communication efforts by members of such organizations (such as individual scientists), or analyses of the public perception of/trust in organizations in the field of science communication.
4. the importance and role of the organizational mediators of science communication. Such analyses may focus on 'traditional' mediators like news/legacy media organizations, but also on 'new' intermediaries like scientific publishing houses and libraries, social media platforms, or search engines.
5. contributions developing theoretical and/or normative frameworks for the analysis and evaluation of science communication in organizational contexts, e.g. focusing on professional and/or regulatory frameworks, or on ethical reflections and concerns.
The CfP welcomes papers focusing on one or more of these topics, but also on other aspects if they are related to the overall rationale of the special issue. Authors are requested to ensure the originality of their contributions, and to outline implications for research and practice.
Submission Guidelines for Quick Reference
Full papers will receive one double-blind external expert review as well as one review by the guest editors. A maximum of 8 articles will be published in JCM Volume 24, Issue 3 in July 2020.
Questions should be directed to the Guest Editors
September 12-13, 2019
Deadline: February 15, 2019
The Political Communication Section of ECREA welcomes the submission of abstracts for presentation at the next Interim Conference to be held in Poznań on 12 to 13 September 2019. Local host will be Agnieszka Stępińska from the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.
The organizers call for proposals in all sub-fields of political communication research but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on changes, shifts, and developments in political communication and their consequences. Experience of transformation in the Central and Eastern European countries as well as the current situation in other parts of Europe clearly stress the important role of communication in the fall of old borders as well as in creating new ones. Undoubtedly, communication was and still is used to overcome borders within and between countries in Europe (e.g., in the context of the peaceful revolution in East Germany and Roundtable negotiations in Poland in the past, or with regards to establishing and strengthening European integration and a European Public Sphere). The most recent digital transformation of the media has resulted in an environment where political actors, journalists, and citizens may easily and quickly disseminate messages across borders in order to achieve their goals. Undoubtedly, these new communication channels are often used to intensify communication accross borders, to solve problems and to fight for demoractic values. At the same time, however, communication is used to build new borders between (e.g., in the European debate on refugees) or within countries (e.g., when populist parties and politicians aim at mobilizing support for their goals at the expense of polarizing and dividing society). Communication clearly can cause problems when it is used to spread misinformation and hate speech or when it is used to discriminate against certain groups in society, thereby contributing to new borders.
How can the mechanisms of using political communication for building or tearing down borders be described theoretically and empirically, referring to examples from the present and the past? Which kinds of communicative tools and strategies do different political actors use to build or tear down borders? Which transnational, cross-border patterns of such forms of political communication do we find around the world? Which contextual conditions favor or hinder the use of political communication for building or tearing down borders? Which methods do we need to investigate questions like these?
The conference will feature both individual research papers and thematic panels. Paper submissions will be grouped in sessions of 4-5 papers by the conference program chair. A limited number of slots will be available for coherent panels where one topic is addressed in four to five presentations, followed by a respondent. Preference will be given to panels with presenters from diverse backgrounds and affiliations.
Submissions should be sent by registration form no later than 15 February 2019.
Paper submissions: Please include in the email (a) the title of your paper, (b) an abstract of no more than 400 words, and (c) names and affiliations of the authors.
Panel submissions: To submit a panel proposal, a 300 words rationale should be sent alongside a 150 words explanation per presentation (up to 5 presentations), as well as the names and affiliations of presenters.
Submission will undergo scholarly peer-review.
Only one proposal per first author can be accepted.
Notifications of acceptance will be issued at the earliest appropriate time.
Agnieszka Stępińska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)
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October 23-25, 2019
School of Media, Faculty of Media, Communication and Design, National Research University HSE, Moscow
Deadline: March 31, 2019
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:
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: email@example.com
Participants will be notified about acceptance by April 31, 2019
For any further information, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, email@example.com.
Deadline: March 13, 2019 although we welcome applications before that date.
For more information see: https://www.usi.ch/en/job-opportunities-usi
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:
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: Mmhfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
Proposals of no more than 300 words, in Italian or English, and accompanied by an essential bibliography should be submitted to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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:
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 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.
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before March 21, 2019.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Prof. dr. Diederik Oostdijk
Position: Chair of Department
Telephone: 020 59 82044
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Wytske Siegersma
Position: Relocation Advisor
Telephone: +31 (20) 59 85037
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.
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:
email@example.com (Tarek Krohn & Willem Strank)
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.
3800 NOK (including lunch Tuesday - Thursday and dinner Monday - Wednesday), bus transport and gondola trip.
3000 NOK (breakfast included), three nights Monday – Thursday
More information about the symposium and submission of paper, please follow the link.
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
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