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ECREA 2016 in Prague: Submit now!

The call for papers for ECREA’s forthcoming “European Communication Conference” 2016 is out. The conference will take place from November 9-12, 2016,  in Prague.

Our section invites a broad range of paper proposals:

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.

ecrea2016You may submit proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 500 words. Panel proposals combine a panel rationale with five panel paper abstracts, each of which shall be a maximum length of 500 words.

Proposals can be submitted on the conference website until the end of February. The website also provides all the relevant information (registration, accommodation, etc.).


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ECREA-CLP Workshop 2015 in Ljubljana: Call for Papers

2015 Workshop of the ECREA’s “Communication Law and Policy” Section

Policy Challenges in the Austerity & Surveillance Environment

The “Communication Law and Policy” Section of ECREA (ECREA-CLP) invites abstracts for theoretical and empirical papers on the topic of Policy Challenges in the Austerity & Surveillance Environment. The division’s 2015 workshop takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on November 6-7, 2015. It is hosted and organized by the Department of Communication at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be submitted in Word-format directly to the organizers of the conference by May 15, 2015 (Marko Milosavljevic,

ECREA-CLP Workshop 2015 – Call for Papers

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ECREA-CLP Workshop 2013: Call for Papers

The 2013 workshop of ECREA-CLP on “Communication & Media Policy in Europe: Assessing the Past, Setting Agendas for the Future” will take place in Manchester, UK, on October 25-26, 2013. It is hosted and organized by the University of Salford. The workshop will start on Friday, October 25 after lunch and end on Saturday, October 26 in the early evening.
Download the Call for Papers and see below for more details.

As part of the workshop, ECREA-CLP organizes an exclusive round table discussion with representatives of EPRA, the platform of European broadcasting regulators.

Moreover, for the first time, YECREA is organizing a pre-workshop event for young CLP-scholars which takes play on the morning of Friday, October 25, 2013. Please see below for more details.

Together with Seamus Simpson, the organizer of the 2013 ECREA-CLP workshop, we are looking forward to your submissions and to meeting you all at the exciting MediaCityUK campus.

CLP-Workshop Theme

This year’s ECREA-CLP workshop “Communication & Media Policy in Europe: Assessing the Past, Setting Agendas for the Future” (October 25-26, 2013) has two interrelated objectives. The first is to undertake an exploration of a range of the main conceptual and practical issues which have framed the academic analysis of communication and media policies in Europe over the course of at least the last decade. Second, the workshop will draw on this experience to explore key issues that can set the agenda for the short to medium term in communication and media policy in Europe.

Overall, the workshop aims to draw together policy lessons from the past and, in so doing, frame an agenda for the future. Themes which may be addressed include the role of regulation, infrastructures, convergence, Europeanization, commercialization and ownership as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches.

Abstracts for the CLP-Workshop of no more than 400 words should be submitted in Word document format directly to the conference organizer Seamus Simpson ( by May 22, 2013. It is the intention of the organizer to put together an edited volume of the conference contributions. The Registration fee for the workshop is £25.

Download the Call for Papers containing all details.

EPRA Round Table

As part of the workshop, ECREA-CLP is organizing an exclusive round table discussion with representatives of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) on the research needs of broadcasting regulators in Europe. It aims at discussing the questions of what kind of research regulators are interested in, whether academia is failing in providing that research and what can be done by scholars and regulators to facilitate exchange.

YECREA Pre-Workshop Event

On the morning of Friday, October 25, 2013, YECREA organizes a pre-workshop event for young scholars in the research field of communication law and policy: “Challenges and Crossroads of Communication Law & Policy Research for Young Scholars”. This mini-workshop aims at discussing the question of how to pursue an academic career in this research field and gives young scholars the opportunity to gain some insight into the situation of professionals at different stages of their careers.

For questions and registration for the YECREA pre-workshop event, please contact Sarah Ganter (

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CFP: Exporting the Public Value Test (Brussels, 25 May 2010)

Dear colleagues,

Within ECREA’s Communications Law and Policy Section, IBBT‐SMIT (Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology-Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and the IES (Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) have the pleasure to invite you to a one‐day conference on ‘Exporting the Public Value Test: assessing EU Member States’ evaluation of public broadcasters’ new media services’. This conference will take place on 25 May 2010 (08.30‐18.30h) at the IBBT‐SMIT offices in Brussels (Pleinlaan 9, Floor 2).

The aim of this one‐day conference is to reflect about the introduction of different ex ante evaluation instruments to assess both the public value and market impact of public broadcasters new offers. As public broadcasters are expanding activities to new media markets and, as such, a public service media project is gradually replacing the traditional public service broadcasting policy project, a discussion of this highly topical issue is very relevant. The conference will address the use of ex ante evaluations in several EU Member States. Each session is devoted to one selected Member State (Member States that are certainly included in the programme are the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium, but other Member States will be added to this list) and consists of a paper presentation (approx. 20 minutes) and a sector representative’s comments (approx. 10 minutes). The remainder of the time is reserved for discussion.

Concretely, this means that we invite interested scholars to submit an abstract concerning the ex ante evaluation of new media services in a specific Member State before 15 February 2010 (please send to Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and address the research question, method and structure of the paper. Before the end of February, we communicate on the list of selected papers. Finalised papers have to be submitted to the conference organisors before 17 May 2010. Papers should focus on: the legal aspects of the ex ante evaluation, the main procedural aspects of the instrument, the services subject to an evaluation, the role of different stakeholders in conducting the ex ante evaluation, a status quaestionis of the test (potentially addressing the results of already conducted tests) and the problems that arise when performing an ex ante evaluation.

In order to ensure vivid and interactive debates, the number of participants will be limited to 40. An early registration is therefore advisable. You can register once the papers for the conference are selected (from 1 March 2010 onwards). Registration is free of charge. Travel costs and other costs are to be taken care for by the participants themselves.

Best regards,
Prof. Dr. Caroline Pauwels, IBBT‐SMIT
Dr. Jan Loisen, IBBT‐SMIT and Steunpunt Buitenlands Beleid
Karen Donders, IES

Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, part of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT).

The Institute for European Studies,Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

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CFP: Public interest under threat? (London, October 2009)


Is the public interest under threat?
Media policy responses to the private sector recession in Europe

Symposium jointly organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster, and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

Date: 2 October, 2009

Deadline for abstracts: 6 July 2009

Venue: University of Westminster, Regent Str Campus, 309 Regent Str, London W1B 2UW


In virtually every European country, the private media sector is suffering intense economic pressure from the cyclical downturn in advertising and the structural shift of advertising revenue to the web. As a result, corporations are pursuing every avenue to exploit new and existing means of generating revenue, and of maximising the potential of digitalisation. This is having a direct impact on the policy making process at both national and supranational levels as governments and regulatory agencies are coming under increasing pressure to restrict new initiatives in the public sector, to apply the strictest possible criteria to publicly funded media organizations, and to relax overall regulatory oversight of the private sector.

This symposium will seek to bring together scholars and regulators from around Europe to discuss the nature of new policy initiatives being canvassed or implemented, and their repercussions for promoting (or foreclosing) the public interest. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

.         Means of exploiting the “public” to alleviate pressures on the “private” (partnership deals, sharing proceeds of public funding etc.)

.         Limits on expansion or interpretation of public service broadcaster remits

.         Circumscribing funding opportunities for Public Service Media (PSM)

.         Proposals to change or reduce advertising controls or restrictions

.         Relaxing restrictions on concentration of ownership

.         Proposals to change or relax cross-ownership regimes at local, regional or national levels

.         Initiatives and responses at the EU level

There will be three themed sessions and one plenary session consisting of two keynote speakers. The precise themes will depend on abstracts received, but are provisionally designated as

i.                     relaxation of regulatory regimes and potential consequences

ii.                   pressures on PSBs and regimes of public funding

iii.                  ownership, consolidation and threats to pluralism

The model for this symposium will be short position papers of no more than 10 minutes in length designed to prompt cross-national discussion and debate. Our objective is to promote a better understanding of how governments and regulators within Europe are responding to the inevitable pressure to accommodate the private sector, and perhaps to anticipate some of the consequences. The emphasis will therefore be on discussion and exchange.

Our intention is then to select around 10 papers to be written up for an edited collection arising out of the symposium.


The symposium will take place from 9.30 to 5.30 on Friday, October 2nd. There will be three sessions consisting of concurrent panels and one plenary session. Online registration will open in September 2009.


Abstracts (between 300 and 500 words) addressing one or more of the above topics, and including a brief set of questions posed by the proposed paper, should be emailed in Word-format to by Monday July 6th, 2009. Each abstract must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper and a brief biographical note on the presenter.

The selection committee will comprise members of CAMRI’s Policy Group and ECREA’s Communication Law & Policy Group.  Applicants will be advised by the end of July 2009 of the outcome of their submissions.

More information will be available in due time on the conference websites:

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cfp: Media Governance: New Policies for Changing Media Landscapes

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Communciation, Culture and Critique to be published in 2010


Topic:   Media Governance: New Policies for Changing Media Landscapes


This call invites submissions for a special issue of Communication, Culture & Critique on Media Governance. This special issue strives to deepen our understanding of media governance, admittedly a somewhat elusive concept, but one that has gained importance over the recent years. Having witnessed a shift from vertical (sector-specific) to horizontal media regulation as well as a transition from national to supra- and international policy(ing), it became clear that (national) legislation is not the only way to protect citizens and the public interest. Used to describe those changing polities, politics and policies, media governance can serve as a tool to analyze media policy from a more inclusive approach.  Due to rapidly changing societal and technological contexts, there are good grounds for introducing more flexibility in the regulatory mechanisms aimed at preventing excessive industry control and ensuring pluralism and diversity in converged media platforms. Moreover, the constitutional reasons for a distance between politics and the media, as well as the fact that goals of pluralism and diversity are difficult to enshrine into effective laws, make the change from the State to co-regulation and self-regulation necessary. Therefore, finding the right balance is of paramount importance. Additionally, media governance is sometimes understood as a normative demand for involving civic and professional groups in the process of media regulation and adopting inclusive mechanisms like public hearings.


In this special issue we welcome theoretical and empirical submissions which explore the contours of the multifaceted concept of media governance from different perspectives (economical, societal, political, organizational, journalistic, civil society) and in different geographical and cultural contexts, preferably also with the goal to compare. In this issue it is our intention to redefine the role of media governance as a set of new ways to come to terms with regulatory aspects of issues such as the internet becoming the essential medium encompassing television, information and entertainment, the growing concentration of ownership within and between media at national and global levels or the question whether global public service media are needed as a counterweight to commercial transnational media. Media governance should also be approached as a future-proof tool for the analysis of changing media policy in a changing media landscape, looking at critical issues such as conditions for connecting citizens and ensuring their communication rights beyond business model solutions.


Expressions of interest should be submitted to all guest editors as an e-mail attachment by no later than Friday 17 April, 2009.  This should include a 300-500 word abstract, full contact information, and a biographical note (up to 75 words) on each of the authors.  Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by Friday 29 May 2009 and will then be invited to submit a full paper to the guest editors.  Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words, including notes and references, should conform to APA style, and be submitted by October 31, 2009.  All papers will be subject to double-blind peer review following submission with no guarantee of eventual publication.


Guest editors: 

Leen D’Haenens –

Robin Mansell –

Katharine Sarikakis –

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Global Internet Governance – Brussels 11 May 2009

Second International Workshop on

Global Internet Governance: An Interdisciplinary Research Field in Construction

Organized by GigaNet, in cooperation with ECREA IIC, CD and CLP Sections Brussels, Belgium — 11 May 2009


Preliminary Announcement and Call for Contributions


The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) invites you to participate in a scholarly workshop to be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 11 May 2009. This full day workshop is organized in cooperation with three thematic sections of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA): International and Intercultural Communication (IIC), Communication and Democracy (CD), Communication, Law and Policy (CLP) sections.


Building on the success of its first edition in Paris, France, in June 2008, the purpose of this workshop is the presentation and discussion of work-in-progress in Internet Governance-related research with the aim to identify emerging research themes and design a research agenda. We are interested in exchanging information and ideas about national and regional projects and networks currently pursuing research on global Internet governance, but also in identifying academic syllabi or other education programs dedicated to these issues, in order to share ideas and forge possible collaborations. Scholars from various academic disciplines and all regions of the world are welcome to contribute to this reflexive exercise, with the long-term objective of collectively building this interdisciplinary research field.


Rather than featuring academic paper presentations, the workshop aims at providing a survey of current academic activities in the field of global Internet governance. Submissions may address, but are not limited to, the following topics: involved actors and their interactions; Internet governance institutions and regimes; legal, socio-economical, behavioral and technical regulation means; Internet governance policy issues.


Submissions should be sent by 20 March 2009 to Meryem Marzouki ( They should include the name, affiliation, e-mail address and short bio of author(s), along with no more than 500 words of research work description. The program committee will notify applicants by 15 April 2009. To encourage knowledge dissemination, all relevant submissions will be published on the workshop website. Authors of selected submissions will participate at the workshop panel discussions.


Program Committee

Bart Cammaerts (ECREA-CD), London School of Economics, UK; Raquel Gatto (GigaNet), Pontifícia U. Católica de São Paulo, Brazil; Nanette S. Levinson (GigaNet), American U., USA; Meryem Marzouki (GigaNet), CNRS & U. Pierre et Marie Curie, France; Luciano Morganti (GigaNet & ECREA-IIC), Vrije U. Brussel, Belgium; Katharine Sarikakis (ECREA-CLP), U. of Leeds, UK; JP Singh (GigaNet), Georgetown U., USA; Leo Van Audenhove (GigaNet & ECREA-IIC) , Vrije U. Brussel, Belgium.


There is no registration fee for this event. A registration form will be circulated with the program. Practical information on accommodation and low cost travel to Brussels are available on the workshop website:

About GigaNet: — About ECREA:

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