Conference Call for Proposals

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.

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