The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in partnership with USI Università della Svizzera italiana call for proposals to be presented at the 7th European Communication Conference, to be held in Lugano, Switzerland, from 31 October to 3 November 2018.

ECREA and USI are delighted to host the 7th European Communication Conference (ECC). The Conference has chosen the key theme of “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation”. Organisers call for proposals that address the main conference theme and which relate to each ECREA Section, Network or Temporary Working Group.

Conference theme

This conference aims to analyse and to address the theme “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation” in communication from a multiplicity of perspectives.

First, the conference examines the issues of “core” and “margins”, inviting scholars to stretch the boundaries of media and communication research as an academic discipline. We welcome presentation of research that seeks to take communication and media studies to new territories and new fields of application.

“Stretching” media and communication research means bringing attention to underdeveloped fields of research and bringing theories, approaches and methods from other academic fields and disciplines into view. Academic subjects previously not concerned with aspects of mediated communication now acknowledge the role of media and communication processes for their discipline. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for the future role and socio-cultural impact of media and communication research.

Second, the key conference theme of centres and peripheries means reconsidering geographical, cultural and linguistic borders or boundaries. Many areas of media and communication research have been dominated by American and European scholarship, but these traditions can learn methodological and theoretical insights coming, for example, from Asian, South American and African research. In this regard, as the subtitle of the conference emphasizing “translation” suggests, this also requires re-examination in the continual dominance of the English language in academic affairs. There is no doubt that the English language has become the lingua franca in the scientific community, allowing scholars from different countries to communicate and to access each other’s work. Nevertheless, the English language-centrality needs to be questioned and discussed in a plurilingual setting such as the Swiss context and, in particular, when findings in other languages are marginalized, considered peripheral or less important. This is why special panels addressing this topic will be organised during the conference.

Reconsidering borders, however, goes beyond mere reflection and deals with the materiality of communication flows. In the present global context of migration and mobility, and where terms such as flow, mobility, multi-cultural, multi-perspective, transcultural, hybrid and fragmented are ubiquitous, the issue of what we consider as communicative centres and peripheries is highly important. We thus also invite contributions that focus on the stability and fragility of the concepts of “centre” and “periphery”. This topic addresses historical and spatial instability, understanding and explaining how certain physical or immaterial entities become centres – or peripheries – for certain issues in critical times (e.g., the Silicon Valley for technological innovation related to the Internet, online communication and network societies).

Third, the key concepts of centres and peripheries in communication are associated with economic and political power. Communication flows often go from rich (central) countries to poor (peripheral) ones. Within single countries distribution of resources are often unequal in terms of information and connectedness between privileged and unprivileged areas (e.g., urban peripheries and rural areas). People in disadvantaged areas are often excluded by flows, forms and practices of communication that are taken-for-granted in richer regions. In this regard, we also welcome contributions addressing European “divides”, exclusions or fights for inclusion from a communication perspective.

Submission and deadline

Proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters can be submitted to one of ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks through the ECREA 2018 submission platform until 28 February 2018. (Important update: Deadline is extended until 2 March 2018). Submission opens on 11 December 2017.

Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 500 words. Panel proposals, which should consist of five individual contributions, combine a panel rationale with five panel paper abstracts, each of which shall be no more than 500 words.

Please note that participants can be nominated as the first (presenting) author in one accepted submission only. If more than one contribution with the same first (presenting) author is accepted, the participant stated as the first (presenting) author will be asked to decide which paper he/she wants to present. There is no restriction on the number of presentations where a conference participant is listed as co-author and participants can still act as chair or respondent of a panel.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference website until 28 February 2018 (Important update: Deadline is extended until 2 March 2018). Early submission is strongly encouraged. Please note that this submission deadline will not be extended.

Abstracts will be published in a PDF Abstract Book. Full papers (optional) will be published via the conference submission system and available to registered attendants after logging into the system.

Please consult our guidelines for submission.


  • Submission system opens: 11 December 2017
  • Submission of paper and panel abstracts and posters: 28 February 2018 (Important update: Deadline is extended until 2 March 2018)
  • Notification of Acceptance: 7 May 2018
  • End of Early Bird Registration Fee: 31 August 2018
  • Presenters’ registration deadline: 15 September 2018
  • Deadline for submission of the full papers (optional): 20 October 2018


Sections, networks and temporary working groups – Descriptions and calls 


Audience and reception studies
SPC: David Mathieu –

The Audience and Reception Studies section invites contributions that focus on how people use and make sense of old and new media and with what consequences for individuals, groups, communities and societies. The section welcomes various approaches (theoretical/critical works, empirical studies, methodological discussions) and methods (quantitative or qualitative research, or both), and encourages submissions that cross disciplines (e.g. social sciences, political sciences, education sciences, humanities and arts, psychology) and traditional boundaries (e.g. between old and new media, between mass and group communication, between content/production and audience/ reception/effects).

Communication and democracy
SPC: Maria Kyriakidou –

The Communication and Democracy section invites you to send in abstracts for papers and panel proposals focusing on the relationship between media, communication and democracy. Democracy is defined here in a broad sense. It is therefore not merely limited to institutional politics and practices, and papers and panels on non-institutional democratic practices (including social movements and NGOs) are also encouraged. Equally, democracy does not only refer to (Western) models of liberal democracy, and ‘media and communications’ relates to both more traditional (mass) media as well as to the internet and newer (digital) platforms, such as social media. The section invites papers outside of the general conference theme. Abstracts and panel proposals should ideally address one of these sub-themes: Social movement/radical/alternative media, Activism and media, Media participation, Civic resilience in times of crisis, Everyday life and civic culture, Media and struggles over independence and recognition, Organising (for) political Agency, The political economy of participatory media, Social movements and political subjectivities, Political agency and civic cultures, Digital democracy. The Section encourages a non-media centric approach and welcomes contributions from young scholars.

Communication history
SPC: Nelson Ribeiro –

The Communication History section provides a forum for scholars who approach communication with a historical perspective. The section invites contributions dealing with
a) the history of socially relevant and mass communication (e.g., the history of media production and institutions, history of journalism, public relations and advertising, new media histories, historical audiences); as well as the history of communication in general (e.g., history of interpersonal or group communication);
b) memory studies (e.g., mass media and social memory);
c) the history of ideas related to the field of communication (this includes not only the history of theories concerning public or mediated communication and the history of communication as a scientific field, but also the methodology and theory of communication history).

Communication, law and policy
SPC: Van den Bulck Hilde –

The Communication Law and Policy section provides a forum for the debate and analysis of past and current national and EU legal, regulatory and policy directions in the field of European media and communication. The field is interpreted broadly to include political, social, cultural, anthropological and economic questions. The section invites contributions (proposals for papers, posters or panels) in any area of (broadly understood) European media and communication law, regulation and policy, including historical, comparative and philosophical approaches to this domain. We welcome critical methodologies and analyses, as well as discussions on new ways of thinking about policy and law in the media, communication and cultural industries. We also welcome empirical studies of policy or the policy making process as well as evidence aimed at contributing to debates on current policy issues, especially those that use interdisciplinary approaches and push the boundaries of established work.

Crisis communication
SPC: Audra Diers-Lawson –

The Crisis Communication Section invites contributions that focus on communication in the context of crises including precrisis, crisis, and postcrisis stages. This also includes abstracts and panel proposals on risk communication as well as a broad range of crisis types such as organizational crisis, natural disasters, terrorism attacks, war, public health crisis, political crisis, etc. The section invites contributions that analyse and discuss the theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of crises in domestic as well as international contexts. We explicitly invite scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds exploring risk and crisis communication in different fields such as politics, business, media, and civil society from different disciplinary angles (e.g., journalism, public relations, organizational communication, audience research, media psychology, political communication, management, health communication, and international/intercultural communication). All theoretical lenses and methodological approaches are welcome.

Diaspora, migration and the media
SPC: Koen Leurs –

Transnational and diasporic communications have for decades posed a number of theoretical and methodological challenges for European communication research, and the integration of digital media to these mediascapes has added further complexity to the field. Four headings summarize the focus of the section: 1) The political question: How might we think of the role of the media in culturally diverse democracies? 2) The cultural question: What types of links and connections between diasporic and migrant populations develop through the media and how do they relate to imagination, belonging and identity? 3) The social question: What are the mediated links between diasporic and the so-called host societies 4) The question of the medium: how does materiality, affectivity and embodiment feature in user practices and in technologies of border control, social sorting and surveillance. We welcome theoretical, interdisciplinary, qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches in all areas of media and communication research, focusing on transnational media formations and practices, migration and the media worlds of people who migrate, (anti)racism in media practice, securitization, border studies, political economy, the politics of difference and identity, media in urban spaces and convivial cultures. In line with the conference theme, we also invite scholars to reflect on the ways in which diaspora, migration and media research can challenge dominant notions of centres and peripheries.

Digital culture and communication
SPC: Sander De Ridder –

The Digital Culture and Communication section aims at sharing and developing research connected with the European context in the field of digital media, cultural transformations, and social change, including emerging processes of communication and mediation related to recent advances in computing and data-based technologies (e.g. AI, IoT). The section welcomes cross-disciplinary contributions developing critical understandings and/or creative engagements with emerging media, including those focusing on matters of production/consumption, regulation, identity and representation. We invite empirically grounded work, as well as theoretical and critical debates on urgent ethical and political questions, novel methodological approaches, as well as approaches that attempt to rethink existing media and communication theories.

Digital games research
SPC: Marko Siitonen –

The Digital Games Research section invites contributions dealing with digital games as cultural objects and digital gaming as a social practice and related topics. Particular interest goes to understanding the cultural, psychological and sociological implications of digital gaming as a pastime and of digital games as cultural objects and mass-market products. Thereby we employ an inclusive definition of digital games as any game played on any digital device and explicitly do not limit the scope for submissions in view of the relative youth of the domain within the field of communication studies and the dynamic nature of the field. Moreover, we welcome contributions dealing with topics traditionally associated with specific subfields such as communication, but also humanities, media psychology, education science, economics and others. Finally, we deliberately aim for both qualitative and quantitative work in the belief that both deserve equal attention and are able to reinforce one another.

Film studies
SPC: Gertjan Willems –

Ranging from early cinema experiences in European metropolises to contemporary blockbusters and multiplexes, film has always been at the forefront of European popular culture and of vital artistic creation. The Film Studies section invites contributions that deal with film from a broad variety of perspectives: film as cultural artefact and commercial product, as embodied and social experience, as a symbolic field of cultural production, and as a mediating technology. We strive towards theoretical and empirical engagement in studies of both historical and contemporary cinema. Thus, cultural studies perspectives, historical and theoretical approaches, textual as well as institutional analysis, and audience research all find their place within the Film Studies section.

Gender and communication
SPC: Frederik Dhaenens –

The Gender and Communication section invites empirical and/or theoretical contributions to the field of communication with a specific interest in gender and its intersections. Gender is conceptualised in a broad sense, aiming for inclusivity and multivocality within the field. Contributions can therefore address gender or the intersecting of gender-related issues with concepts such as ethnicity, identity politics, age, masculinities, sexuality and queer studies. As with gender, the concept of media is equally open. Contributions might therefore adopt an interdisciplinary approach, for example using insights from feminist media studies and popular culture studies — or posing philosophical questions. Aiming to bridge the gap between communication and gender studies, this section welcomes approaches that combine a focus on gender with media research, namely media production, media analysis (diverse approaches) and media uses and/or reception studies.

International and intercultural communication
SPC: Romy Wöhlert –

The International and Intercultural Communication section welcomes contributions that explore different forms of cross-border dialogue, exchange and flows between and/or within nations, regions, cultures, communities and individuals. We explicitly define our section’s field of interest very broadly by referring to all types of cross-border, transnational or global communication as we focus on mediated and (inter)personal forms of communication and do so from the perspective of production, distribution, content and reception. The section further invites papers on the social, economic, political and cultural characteristics and consequences of globalization, power imbalances and international and intercultural communication processes. Finally, we are also interested in papers/contributions that focus on the improvement of comparative analytical designs and the methodological aspect of intercultural/international comparative research.

Interpersonal communication and social interaction
SPC: Anu Sivunen –

The Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section welcomes contributions that focus on the study of human interaction and human communicative behaviour. The core is constituted of contacts and bonds between people, whether in private or public contexts, whether face-to-face or through various communication technologies. The research fields and theory development areas of interpersonal communication and social interaction are wide-ranging. They include interpersonal relationships, group and team communication, communicative constitution of organisations, verbal and nonverbal communication, public speaking and rhetoric, argumentation, persuasion and mutual influence, communicative competence and interpersonal skills, ethnography of speaking, and other related approaches to human social interaction. All kinds of contexts are welcome (e.g., family, work, instructional, political, health), as are all methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed).

Journalism studies
SPC: Arjen van Dalen –

The Journalism Studies Section is concerned with cultural, political, economic, social and professional aspects of journalism and news work. Accordingly, the section invites empirical and theoretical contributions of high quality dealing with occupational, regulatory, ethical, technological, political, commercial, cultural and educational factors in journalism and news work. We welcome submissions from all theoretical, epistemological and methodological perspectives. We especially welcome contributions with a cross-national comparative perspective on journalism in Europe. National case studies and studies from other contexts are also welcome, as long as the abstract defines why the contribution is relevant for an audience of European journalism researchers. A limited number of slots will be available for coherent panels where one topic is addressed in five presentations, followed by a respondent. Preference will be given to panels with presenters from diverse backgrounds and affiliations.

Media industries and cultural production
SPC: David Hesmondhalgh –

The Section welcomes panels and papers on all aspects of research on media and cultural production from anyone with an interest in these areas, regardless of rank or experience. The definition of cultural production we adopt includes ‘industrial’ forms, but also amateur and informal ones too. Panels and papers can be contemporary and/or historical, theoretical and/or empirical. We welcome contributions dealing with any medium or set of media, including web design, social media, and internet content production; entertainment fields such as film, music and various popular broadcasting genres, and ‘informational’ areas such as journalism, documentary and current affairs. We also welcome submissions about ‘non-media’ forms of cultural production such as theatre, dance, music, fine art. Media and cultural labour are key topics within the domain of the section, as are studies of how industries and producers seek to ‘know’ their audiences. Papers and panels that address notions of centres and peripheries, in line with the overall conference theme, are of course welcome – but other submissions are very welcome too.

SPC: Caja Thimm –

Mediatization may be understood both as a new agenda within media and communication studies and as a broad theoretical framework to understand the role of the media in culture and society. As an agenda it is concerned with the empirical study of the long-term processes where media change have consequences for social and cultural change and how these changes may provide new conditions for communication and social interaction in contemporary culture and society. As a theoretical framework it tries to develop concepts, models and methods to understand these interrelationships based on a constructive dialogue with existing theories of media and communication. We invite paper, panel and poster proposals on both theoretical and empirical questions. Proposals may for instance address: historical as well as contemporary aspects of mediatization, critical perspectives on interrelationships between communicative, social and cultural change, and the interplay between mediatization and other general processes such as globalization and personalization.

Organisational and strategic communication
SPC: Ian J. A. Somerville –

The section for Organizational and Strategic Communication promotes an active and critical dialogue among scholars with the aim of consolidating an interdisciplinary field which includes public relations, corporate communication, advertising, marketing, political communication, organizational communication and other specialized communication areas. The overall objective of the section is to enhance European research within the field of organizational and strategic communication by mapping out and theorising the conceptual and methodological background of contemporary practice. Therefore, the participation rules of the section allow contributions from researchers, professors, masters and doctoral students, as well as from practitioners in relevant fields.

Philosophy of communication
SPC: Mats Bergman –

The Philosophy of Communication section invites papers and panel proposals that deal with fundamental philosophical and theoretical issues in communication inquiry and practice, including questions of theory formation and methodology, old and new paradigms of communication research, key concepts in media and communication studies, new approaches to media philosophy, the contribution of specific philosophers to the field, epistemological and ethical problems of communication and media, and the role of the media in human existence. The section welcomes contributions from philosophers and communication scholars representing all philosophical and communication-theoretical perspectives and schools.

Political communication
SPC: Václav Štětka –

The Political Communication section invites empirical and/or theoretical contributions on the changing nature of the relationship between citizens, political actors and the media, old and new. We welcome papers that address issues such as: the implications of mediated and mediatized politics on the quality of modern democracy; the European political communication deficit; the link between political communication and media policy, new journalistic practices, but also rising antagonistic civic communicative inputs, practices and processes of the mediation and mediatization of politics. Similarly, we invite papers on communication strategies and news management of political elites; campaign communication; citizenship and public sphere; media effects on political orientations and participation; as well as interpersonal and online political communication. Papers that take a comparative view on political communication in Europe are very welcome. The section aims to bring together, and encourage critical and interdisciplinary approaches while creating dialogue between a broad diversity of methodological and theoretical approaches.

Radio research
SPC: Madalena Oliveira –

Radio has always been peripheral in Communication Studies. Despite of its social relevance, radio and sound languages were neglected for long time. So, aware of the necessity to recentre some attention on the acoustic experience, Radio Research Section welcomes proposals focused not only on radio productions but more widely on sound-based media content. In tune with the conference theme, the section invites researchers to submit proposals discussing how sound may shape the interpretation of social and cultural life. Thus, papers could be situated in the following fields as they relate to radio and audio media: audience studies; community radio; audio content (programming and genre); audio narratives and acoustic language; radio identities; web and mobile platform content; digitisation; research methodologies; social networking and user-generated radio; innovation; sound art. Whole panel proposals are also welcome, although there will inevitably be pressure on the available timeslots in the programme.

Science and environment communication
SPC: Pieter Maeseele –

The 21st century faces unprecedented challenges in the environment and science fields. The Science and Environment Communication section seeks to foster a strong, reflexive and dynamic research network and welcomes work that crosses a range of disciplinary and methodological boundaries. Examples of topic areas include – but are far from restricted to: media representations of science and the environment; science and environment reporting, alternative and citizen’s media; political and commercial discourse on the environment; dialogic, participatory approaches to the communication of research-based knowledge; communication, democracy and research governance; public engagement with science and the environment; Environmental and science activism; visualization and environment communication; the digital turn in science and environment communication; digital capitalism and the environment; sustainability and media; Southern/non-Western and Western approaches to science and environment communication; (de-)politicization of the environment; the environment and the political.

Television studies
SPC: Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Lozano –

The Television Studies section aims to facilitate strong cooperation for European research and education in the field of television studies. In the face of technological and cultural changes to television ‘as we know it’, the section provides a network for TV researchers from a wide range of disciplines focussing on all aspects of television, both addressing the ‘post-broadcast era’ and television’s history and multiple futures. The phenomenon of television in its broadest sense is the topic of the section: TV as programme, TV as aesthetic form, TV as lived experience, TV as cultural and economic institution, TV as part of legal and political actions, TV as symbolic field of cultural production, TV as popular entertainment, TV as media technology, TV as commodity, TV as part of convergence culture, etc. The section welcomes various approaches (theoretical, analytical, historical, empirical, critical, methodological) and encourages inter- and transdisciplinary work on television. For this conference, we would particularly but not only like to hear from researchers working on television as a medium of transition, on continuities and disruptions in television history, on changes in audience behaviour and the social relevance of television. All contributions should look at television in the broadest sense like mentioned above.


CEE Network
Invited panel (1 slot in final programme)
Contact: Zrinjka Perusko –

A main objective of the ECREA Central and East-European (CEE) Network aims at a more harmonious integration and proportionate representation of CEE scholarship and scholars within the field and ECREA structures and seeks to revitalize and strengthen regular cooperation and exchange links between the CEE scholars in the region, and their colleagues and institutions outside the region.

Women’s Network of ECREA
Open call: 
„Migrant children in the jungle of interpretations“ (1 slot in final programme)
Contact: Valerija Vendramin –

The theme of the panel is in line with the main theme of the conference which is »Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation«. We wish to concentrate on refugee children as the ones often at the “communicative margins”, their communication and communication between school and home considering the language barrier.  Classroom experiences with the refugee children might entail also wider analyses and examples of communication among teachers, children and their families. So, this issue also raises the question of the relations between centre and peripheries and opens up perspectives from various angles: educational, epistemological, political, ethical …
Please state your intention in a note to dr. Valerija Vendramin, chair of Women’s Network,  

YECREA Network
Invited panel (1 slot in final programme)
Contact: Anne Mollen –

The objective of the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA) is to give a voice and provide a network within ECREA specifically for the young generation of European Media and Communication scholars. YECREA provides a forum for the segment within ECREA that involves (but is not limited to) doctoral students and post doctoral researchers to inform, assist, share ideas, get peer support and peer review. A special emphasis is put on PhD-programme support. YECREA aims to provide a bridge between the young generation and the advanced members of ECREA, to stimulate both communication and collaboration between the two.

Temporary working groups

Advertising research
Invited panels (2 slots in final programme)
Contact: María José Estables –

The Advertising Research Temporary Working Group was established due to our firm belief that advertising is a particularly salient area of inquiry today. The democratic status of a society is essentially rated by the terms and conditions, among which the media produce and distribute content, and by the terms and conditions, among which this content is receipted and used by media’s audiences. Ever since, advertising is an integral part of these media societies.
On this account, advertising should also be a vital part of communication and media research. The Advertising Research Temporary Working Group of ECREA encompasses a variety of perspectives, including advertising as a salient part of mass media’s programme, as a professional industry, as an agent influencing everyday life, as an essential player and participant in debates concerning media effects, in regard of audience and reception research as well as in the sight of aspects of media convergence and changing consumer behaviour. The Advertising Research Temporary Working Group of ECREA traces media societies’ transitions: as a part of higher education, advertising research plays an increasingly role in communication and media departments, in educational programs and curricula. These developments need to be accompanied by a strong institutional body that fosters scientific exchange, supports collaborative research and allows for an intercultural understanding among scholars.
The Advertising Research Temporary Working Group sets out to strengthen theoretical reasoning, critical reflection and empirical exploration in advertising research as an inherent part of communication and media studies. As a distinct field, advertising research reflects the role and impact of advertising in view of the entirety of media societies and mass communication.

Children, youth and media
Open calls (2 slots in final programme)
Contact: Elisabeth Staksrud –

The Children, Youth and Media Temporary Working Group (TWG) serves as a Europe-wide network for researchers and educators interested in the analysis of all kinds of media- and communication-related activities undertaken by, for, and about children and young people. Children are people, and singular individuals and citizens. Despite this, even after decades of scholarly research, children are still in many cases treated as something exceptional,  either as ‘special’, or an afterthought, and even completely overlooked in wider analysis of media societies or media processes or ‘the population’. This leaves gaping holes of knowledge at both ends of the spectrum, by excluding a significant and large part of the population. This TWG aims to put a much needed spotlight on children and youth in a thoroughly mediated society, both drawing together and giving visibility to the array of existing theory, findings and perspectives and also stimulating new approaches and further research in this important area.

Communication and the European public sphere
Invited panel (1 slot in final programme)
Contact: Alina Bargaoanu –

The TWG aims to shed light on the impact of the European public sphere on the future of European integration. The constructive discussions and the collaborative work stimulated by this TWG will open up new directions in research in the field and will explore new theoretical frameworks that explain how current communication practices, including media visibility and framing, public discourse, citizens’ perceptions and participation, influence the development of a European arena of communication. The results of the discussions within the TWG will impact significantly on the analysis of EU Communication and the European public sphere. Furthermore, the conceptual and methodological framework for investigating the role of the media and opinion leaders in shaping people’s attitudes towards the European Union could be replicated and refined by similar research projects implemented in various countries of the EU. Data and results of future research in the field will set the ground for comparison within the EU counties with respect to the dynamics of public attitudes towards the EU and to the emergence of a European identity.

Journalism & communication education
Invited panel (1 slot in final programme)
Contact: Michael Harnischmacher –

Today, ongoing changes in the media market demand that we constantly rethink education and training for media professionals.There is still a lack of theoretical concepts and empirical studies regarding the development, change and adaptiveness of education in this regard. Educational issues are being treated within the realm and focus of different fields (journalism studies, public relations, advertising research, educational science, …) but rarely as a topic in itself that integrates the diverse angles. The aim of the ECREA Journalism and Communication Education TWG is to foster the relationship between institutions, researchers and teachers in Europe in order to  advance communication and exchange in higher and continuing education  research and practice. We want to provide a platform for researchers and  educators interested in advancing the theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of education for media professionals working in today’s changing media markets.

Media and religion
Open calls (2 slots in final programme)
Contact: Johanna Sumiala –

The aim of this Temporary Working Group is to bring the study of media 
and religion into productive conversation with media and communication 
studies carried out in the European context. The goal is twofold. Firstly, to invite media and communication scholars interested in religion to a closer dialogue with each other, and secondly, to deepen the theoretical and empirical knowledge and understanding on “religious issues” as they relate to the media, particularly in the context of Europe.

Media & the city
Open calls (2 slots in final programme)
Contact: Simone Tosoni –

The Media & The City TWG is an international temporary working group operating since 2011 within the ECREA association. It gathers scholars from different backgrounds and disciplines interested in the manifold interconnections between media and urban environments and conducting research on the relationships between urban spaces and the technologies, infrastructures, languages and practices of communication. The work of the TWG’s members addresses the theoretical, empirical and methodological challenges that derive from the acknowledgment of the mutually constitutive nature of the present forms of urbanism and communication. In the light of centrality of urban and communicative phenomena, these challenges are in fact of essential relevance for a proper understanding of social processes ongoing in late modernity. In particular, the TWG works to foster systematic collaboration and debate across the borders of media and communication studies, and disciplines such as architecture, urban geography, urban studies, infrastructure studies, Science and Technology studies, and any other theoretical and empirical perspectives on historical and contemporary urbanisms. Under this point of view, the TWG welcomes scientific work of theoretical, empirical and methodological nature, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity.

Visual cultures
Invited panel (1 slot in final programme)
Contact: Asko Lehmuskallio –

The aim of the temporary working group is to provide a forum for discussing and developing work on visual cultures and material practices in a context of broadly understood media and communication scholarship. The objectives are simple: deepen theoretical and empirical understanding of ways in which visual cultures and material practices intertwine, and provide a platform for scholars at various stages in their academic career for constructive dialogue.

Health communication
Invited panel (1 slot in final programme)
Contact: Doreen Reifegerste –

The Health Communication Working Group of ECREA provides a forum to discuss issues and present cutting-edge research dedicated to analyzing the challenges of health communication. Topics covered include, media effects on information processing, knowledge and health related behavior, the representation of health-related topics in the media, the role of new communication technologies in health-related contexts, campaign strategies, doctorpatient interactions, health-related communication in social networks, and other related aspects of health communication. The Health Communication Working Group promotes innovative theoretical approaches alongside sound empirical research. The Working Groups pursues an open and inclusive policy that encompasses a broad range of theoretical perspectives from cultural to institutional approaches, qualitative as well as quantitative research, micro and macro-level investigations, single-case studies, interventions, and large-scale comparative research. The Health Communication Working Group is particularly interested in bringing together health communication scholars from different parts of Europe to better understand how different historical trajectories, national differences in cultural dimensions, health systems and policies shape health communication.

Ethics of mediated suffering
Invited panel (1 slot in final programme)
Contact: Maria Kyriakidou –

The Ethics of Mediated Suffering Temporary Working group aims at providing an open platform for European research and constructive dialogue around the implications of media representations of distant suffering. It welcomes members of different subfields with an interest in the problem of communicating human vulnerability and intends to establish a strong international network, which will address the various theoretical, empirical and methodological implications of the issue.