Panels, papers and posters are encouraged but not restricted to this theme and will be selected by the ECREA’s thematic sections:

* Audience and reception studies
* Communication and democracy
* Communication history
* Communication law and policy
* Diaspora, migration and the media
* Digital culture and communication
* Film studies
* Gender and communication
* International and intercultural communication
* Interpersonal communication and social interaction
* Journalism studies
* Organisational and strategic communication
* Philosophy of communication
* Political communication
* Radio research
* Science and environment communication
* Television studies

Audience and reception studies

Programme chair:
Pille Prullman Vengerfeldt
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).(up)

Communication and democracy

Programme chair:
Inaki Garcia Blanco
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 being defined here in a broad sense. It is therefore not merely limited to institutional practices, and papers and panels on non-institutional democratic practices are encouraged too. 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 theme for the 2014 conference in Lisbon is "Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations", but papers outside of this general theme will also be accepted. Abstracts and panel proposals should ideally address one of these sub-themes: democracy, participation and citizenship; critical approaches, theoretical challenges and methodological innovations; public spheres, counter-public spheres and beyond; media and political mobilisations, activism and protest cultures; the future of community media and (local) journalism (in a digital age) and their impact on (local) democracy; EU and/or national media & communication policies; civic engagement and media literacies; (new) forms of mediated political participation (ideally beyond techno-utopian and/or celebratory discourses).(up)

Communication history

Programme chair:
Susanne Kinnebrock
The Communication History section provides a forum for scholars from different European countries who approach communication with a historical perspective. The section invites contributions dealing with: 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); the history of communication in general (e.g., history of interpersonal or group communication); memory studies (e.g., mass media and social memory); the history of ideas related to the field of communication (the history of theories concerning public or mediated communication or the history of communication as a scientific field); the methodology and theory of communication history.(up)
Communication law and policy

Programme chair:
Manuel Puppis
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.(up)

Diaspora, migration and the  media

Programme chair:
Gavan Titley
Transnational and diasporic communications have brought a number of theoretical and methodological challenges for European communication research, such as those relating to the significance of the national public spheres, national broadcasting, multicultural media and the cultural and communication practices of people living in culturally diverse societies. The section invites and encourages theoretical and empirical explorations of European communications and diversity from across Europe and beyond. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and innovative studies in all areas of media and communication research (media production; media texts; consumption of media and communications technologies; national and transnational policy; media ethics and the representation of difference).(<a href="#up">up)

Digital culture and communication

Programme chair:
Gemma San Cornelio
The Digital Culture and Communication section aims at sharing and developing research connected with the European context in the emergent field of digital media, culture transformations, social change and innovation. We welcome work that crosses disciplines and that operates at the boundaries of what might generally be allowed to constitute media/communication systems. The section actively seeks both empirically grounded and theoretical critical work. It therefore welcomes debates, approaches and frameworks that question the general specificity of 'the digital' and/or uses 'the digital' to rethink existing media and communication theories as well as advances in digital research methods.(up)

Film studies

Programme chair:
Laura Rascaroli (TEMP)
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 also a field 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 symbolic field of cultural production, and as a mediating technology. We strive towards methodological and theoretical 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.(up)

Gender and communication

Programme chair:
Iolanda Tortajada
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, or 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.(up)

International and intercultural communication

Programme chair:
Daniele Canedo
The International and Intercultural Communication section welcomes contributions that observe different forms of cross-border dialogue, exchange and flows between and/or within nations, regions, cultures, communities and individuals. We define our section's field of interest very broadly by referring to all types of cross-border or global communication as we focus on mediated and (inter)personal forms of communication from the perspective of production, distribution, content and reception. The section also invites papers on the social, economic, political and cultural characteristics and consequences of globalisation and international and intercultural communication processes.(up)

Interpersonal communication and social interaction

Programme chair:
Peter J. Schulz
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, relationship formation, development and termination, group and team communication, conversational organisation, verbal and nonverbal communication, public speaking, radio and television performance, 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).(up)

Journalism studies

Programme chair:
Thomas Hanitzsch
The Journalism Studies section is concerned with cultural, political, economic, social and professional aspects of journalism and news work. The section accordingly invites for consideration papers of high quality across the range of journalism studies, focussing on occupational, participatory, regulatory, ethical, social, technological, political, commercial, cultural, educational, historical and other dimensions, with particular reference to the European and/or global context.(up)

Organisational and strategic communication

Programme chair:
Gisela Gonçalves
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 communication, 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 communications by mapping out and theorising the conceptual and methodological background 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.(up)

Philosophy of communication

Programme chair:
Mats Bergman
The philosophy of communication encompasses a broad variety of topics including theoretical, analytical, normative, ethical, and historical questions relating to communication as a phenomenon, a social reality, a form of expression, a dialectical process, or a theoretical construct. The Philosophy of Communication section especially invites contributions that deal with fundamental questions regarding theory formation and methodology in communication scholarship, key concepts in media and communication studies, vital issues concerning the place of communication and the media in human existence, and philosophical problems that emerge from communication inquiry and practice. The Philosophy of Communication section aims to establish an inclusive European forum for the philosophy of communication; it welcomes contributions from philosophers and communication scholars representing different philosophical and communication-theoretical traditions and schools.(up)

Political communication

Programme chair:
Frank Esser
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.(up)

Radio research

Programme chair:
Guy Starkey
Following our successful conference at the University of Sunderland London Campus in September 2013, the Radio Research Section invites proposals for ECC2014. Abstracts are welcome from across as wide a range of interests related to radio as possible. We do not wish to limit the focus and scope of members' research in the medium, and the panels will be organized thematically once abstracts have been peer-reviewed and accepted. Relevance to the conference theme will enhance prospects of acceptance. Whole panel proposals are also welcome, although please note that there will inevitably be pressure on the available timeslots in the programme. Panels and papers could be situated in the following fields as they relate to radio: audience studies; community radio; audio content (programming and genre); audio narratives; radio identities; parallel web and mobile platform content; digitisation; new or revised research methodologies; social networking and user-generated radio.(up)

Science and environment communication

Programme chair:
Annika Egan Sjölander
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; 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.(up)

Television studies

Programme chair:
Manuel José Damásio
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 and its relation to different forms of participatory media and new forms of interactive solutions such as over-the-top television. Another focus could be fan-like activities and television.(up)




The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA <> ) is the learned society for communication scholars across Europe and beyond. Individuals, institutions and associations have chosen to become members of ECREA to join a large community devoted to the development and the quality of communication research and higher education in Europe.

ECREA hosts three networks (Central and East-European (CEE) Network, Women's Network and Young Scholars Network (YECREA), ten temporary working groups (two of which recently established), as well as 17 thematic sections, each developing their own sets of activities. Every year, dozens of Ph.D students gather together with leading scholars during the ECREA Summer School. ECREA also manages its own Book Series which publishes at least one volume of original and innovative academic year every year.
All activities within ECREA are developed and organised to serve the community, enhance the quality of communication research and higher education, provide opportunities to exchange, share and collaborate, and to promote the interests of communication scholars. More importantly, ECREA is a bottom up organisation where various projects and ideas are emerging and materialising, driven by the energy and enthusiasm of the members.

Conference Host: Universidade Lusófona

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias <>  is the largest non-public 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 well equipped campus, is situated in the centre of Lisbon “University City” just a few minutes away from all the city main areas.

ECATI -School of Communication, Arts 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 Phd 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.

International Organization Committee members

Claudia Alvares (ECREA President)
Ilija Tomanic-Trivundza (ECREA Vice-President and Conference Programme Coordinator)
Katrin Voltmer (ECREA Treasurer)
Alenka Jelen (ECREA General Secretary and Conference Coordinator)
Miguel Vicente (ECREA Conference Coordinator)

Local Organization Committee members

Manuel José Damásio (Conference Chair)
Célia Quico (General Coordinator)
Joana Bicacro
José Pinto
Iolanda Veríssimo
Isabel Canhoto
Manuela Brito
Ricardo Valente
Sandra Abrantes
Sara Henriques
Timóteo Rodrigues
Valter de Matos

Professional Conference Organiser:

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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.

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