Full Papers' submission closing date - new extension: 27 October 2014

Full Papers' submission closing date - new extension: 27 October 2014

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ECC ECREA 2014 – Pre-Conferences and Symposium, 11 November 2014

Games and society: From social interaction to social change?   
Organized by
TWG Digital Games Research (Torill Mortensen, IT University Copenhagen (Denmark), Jan Van Looy, IBBT MICT Ghent (Belgium), Thorsten Quandt, University Münster (Germany))
in cooperation with Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Filipe Costa Luz) and University of Minho (Nelson Zagalo)


Art and Photography in Media Environments
Organized by
Universidade Lusófona (José Gomes Pinto, Inês Gil)


Crisis management and communication
Organized by
Universidade Lusófona (Francisco Costa Pereira)


Theoretical Territories Revisited: Emerging challenges of media and migration research   
Organized by
TheoryNord Network and Diaspora, Migration and Media ECREA WG (Miyase Christensen (University of Stockholm, Sweden), Kaarina Nikunen (University of Tampere, Finland), Gavan Titley (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland) and Helga Ólafs (University of Iceland, Iceland))


Let's communicate our research!  (symposium)
Organized by
Erich Brost Institute for international journalism, TU Dortmund University (Susanne Fengler, Tina Bettels)


Universidade Lusófona: Conference Host

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias is the largest nonpublic University in Portugal. The University name comes from the word “Lusofonia” which names all the Portuguese speaking countries and their common linguistic and cultural background. The university assumes itself as the leading institution responsible for the development of this geographical and cultural space with more than 200 million inhabitants.

With a student body of more than 9.000 students and 1.000 teachers, the university offers a very rich environment, either in scientific as in social and cultural terms. The large amount of foreign students studying here, namely the ones from Brazil and Africa, adds a lot to the already very lively University ambient. The University big and wellequipped campus, is situated in the centre of Lisbon “University City” just a few minutes away from all the city main areas.

Escola de Comunicação, Arquitetura, Artes e Tecnologias da Informação (ECATI)

ECATI -School of Communication, Arts, Architecture and Information Technologies is an innovative project designed to develop training and research activities in an interdisciplinary manner around a confluent scientific, educational and experimental space. Currently ECATI offers honours, master and Ph.D degrees in the areas of:

   -  Communication
    - Architecture, Art & Design
    - Multimedia, Film and Video
    - Computer Science and Information Systems

The highly flexible, rigorous and integrated training and research strategy of ECATI aims to prepare students to respond creatively to the challenges of the information and knowledge society. The growing trend towards globalization discourages the artificial separation of technology and teaching, and encourages the integration of training activities in the various fields of Communication, Arts and Design, with training in Information Systems and Architecture, having the ultimate goal of creating a set of unique synergies and transversal competences.

Without losing sight of the specificity of each area of knowledge, ECATI constitutes a formative space where complementary knowledge is provided, both horizontally - between courses - or vertically - through the integration of training and research.

ECATI combines graduate and advanced training, research and services provision to the community, and also the promotion of cultural and scientific activities in connection with civil society.

To meet its objectives, ECATI integrates a team of highly qualified teachers, and is an active party in the larger research unit in the area of Communication in the country, CIC-Digital. ECATI distinguishes itself via its state of the art technical facilities and the highly applied nature of its teaching and knowledge transfer-oriented research activities.

Lisboa: Host City

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is located on the right edge of the river Tagus, and just around a 2 hour flight from all the other major European cities.

Lisbon enjoys a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate and it is known for its historic neighbourhoods, like Bairro Alto or Alfama, its great monuments - such as the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Castelo de São Jorge or the Padrão dos Descobrimentos - and its various theatres and museums like National Theatre of São Carlos, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Belém Cultural Centre and much more.

All the charm of the old town can be explored in the 28 tram, listening to the sound of Fado, the very expression of the Portuguese soul.

Although of an ancient style, this kind of music is still sung at Lisbon nights, mainly in Bairro Alto, one of the most attractive paradigmatic places to live in. Whoever walks along its lanes and alleys can find marks of the popular Portuguese culture combined with the modernity, such as clothes and design shops, restaurants, bookshops and many bars.

Going down to Chiado you will find a more sophisticated atmosphere, where emblematic cafés such as “A Brasileira” , art schools and theatres stand out.

Downtown, the commercial centre of the city, you discover the famous Rua Augusta, closed to the traffic, with stores for every taste, chestnuts sellers and independent artists. This street joins the Terreiro do Paço, open to the river, to the beautiful Rossio place (Praça D. Pedro V).

By the riverside, in Belém, there’s the Torre de Belém, a monument classified as world patrimony by UNESCO. Belém is very much related to the Discoveries, since it was from there that the Portuguese shipsleft to the unknown. Belém has now wide gardens and great monuments as the mentioned above: Mosteiro do Jerónimos, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Torre de Belém and the Cultural Centre.

The city is also crossed by great boulevards. Notable among these are the Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, Avenida Almirante Reis and Avenida da República.

The most famous museums in Lisbon are the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Coach Museum and the Museum of Orient.

As a symbol of the contemporary Lisbon, there’s the Parque das Nações, a place where Lisbon inhabitants enjoy themselves, go to shows, walk and do sports, and with a view over the river and the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest European bridge.

ECC ECREA 2014, Lisboa


The Conference, due to take place in Lisbon from 12 to 15 November 2014, has chosen as its overarching theme, 'Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations'. The organisers call for proposals in all fields of communication and media studies, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on inter- and transcultural communication phenomena and/or on comparative research. that link the general conference theme, as developed below, to the fields pertinent to each ECREA section.

Important Dates

  • Launch of CfP: 1 December 2013
  • Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2014 - SUBMISSION OVER
  • Notification of Acceptance: 30 April 2014
  • End of Early Bird Registration Fee: 31 August 2014
  • Deadline for Online Registration: 31 October 2014


CFP: 'Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations'

The ubiquitous presence of the media in contemporary society has led to the macro-institutions of society increasingly adapting themselves to (new) media logics , whereby there ceases to be a clear-cut separation between media and other social/cultural institutions. This situation begs for an analysis of how the fast-paced social and technological innovations of our media ecology alter various aspects of daily life, transforming national boundaries into transnational spaces, with resonance on markets and consumption. At the same time that the liberalization of content creation brought about by new media paves the way for innovations and the democratization of the creative economy through the production and distribution of user-generated content, we increasingly witness the prevalence of large economic groups in the design, control and filtering of information. Moreover, the interactive dimension of new technologies not only allows for the voluntary visibility of individuals and groups, but also acts as a means of disciplinary surveillance. As such, increasing cultural, economic and technological convergence implies the mastering of new literacies that allow for the use and critical understanding of both media form and media content. Reflection on the regulatory politics of the communication sector is thus paramount to facilitating both greater mobilization as well as political and cultural participation on the part of the common citizen in public space. Further, we should rethink the necessary balance between the public interest and the interests of the market, so as to ensure thepromotion of citizenship, social capital and social inclusion.