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Call for Paper Proposals: “Public Service Media’s Contribution to Society”

2020 Conference of the International Association of Public Media Researchers


October 28-30, 2020, in Geneva (Switzerland)


2020 is an exciting year for public media research: The RIPE initiative is transforming into the International Association of Public Media Researchers and the tenth biennial conference jointly organized by the University of Fribourg’s Department of Communication and Media Research (DCM) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will take place on the premises of EBU’s Geneva headquarters. The conference will offer an opportunity for celebrating RIPE’s legacy and the 70th anniversary of the EBU.


Conference Theme  

Public Service Media (PSM) organizations across Europe and beyond are increasingly under pressure.  Due to digitization, media use is changing rapidly, with streaming services and online platforms gaining in importance and making it harder for legacy media to hold their ground. This affects both public and private media. With users and advertising shifting to search engines and social networks, the business model of newspaper publishers is also under pressure, which, in turn, leads to disagreement about PSM’s online activities. In addition, many policy-makers are highly critical of PSM due to a belief in the efficiency of market solutions or – especially in the case of right-wing populist parties –  for political reasons. As a result, both PSM’s role in a digital environment and its funding  are under scrutiny. PSM seem to be constantly in the position of having to defend themselves. Following attempts at demonstrating the “public value” of PSM, the discussion is now turning towards the concept of PSM’s “contribution to society”. Communication and media scholars need to critically discuss the analytical value and the usefulness of new concepts that are circulated in industry and policy-making. The 2020 conference of the International Association of Public Media Researchers / RIPE@2020 thus focuses on the concept of contribution to society. 

Presumably, it is uncontroversial to claim that PSM need to make a particular contribution to society in order to have a continuous reason to exist in media landscapes characterized by competition and abundance. And it should also be self-evident that PSM’s contribution should be distinct and distinctive from what private media and online platforms (e.g. social media) offer. However, beyond these general statements the concept of contribution to society raises the important question of which contributions to which society. After all, society is changing. Research has focused on a number of trends like transnationalization, neo-liberalization, digitization or individualization that deeply affect modern societies. Audiences in different media systems are not only confronted with more media products than ever before and can become involved in production themselves but are also less homogenous or monolithic than they were in the past. These trends thus radically alter the relationship between professional media organizations and citizens. Moreover, they challenge the notion of an all-encompassing public sphere, nurturing new ideas like, for instance, of a network of public spaces.  

Consequently, it is necessary to rethink the role of media organizations in general and PSM in particular in a more fragmented society. On the one hand, this involves refining the societal contribution of public service. Starting from the notion that PSM should, as McQuail (2010, p. 178) put it, “serve the public interest by meeting the important communication needs of society and its citizens”, these needs (e.g., contribution to democratic governance and culture, production of information and knowledge, cohesion and integration, or progress) and the ways PSM can address these needs in unique ways other media cannot have to be identified. On the other hand, it is also necessary to modernize the ways in which PSM provide their contribution to society. Beyond producing content for all kinds of distribution channels, platforms and usage scenarios (ranging from the living room to mobile consumption), PSM have the chance to involve citizens in production and to evolve the ways in which their content reaches audiences (e.g., personalization based on algorithms). Moreover, it is necessary to discuss how the contribution of PSM to society can be measured. 

In order to be meaningful for society and to have an effect on PSM organizations, “contribution to society” needs to be more than just an instrument of legitimacy management by organizations under pressure. While communicating the many valuable contributions of PSM is important, the task at hand is not solving a communication problem. The concept is useless if it is limited to the question of how to better sell the contribution of PSM to citizens instead of guaranteeing that PSM actually serves the public interest and makes a contribution worth paying for and talking about. Seen in this light, critically analyzing the concept of “contribution to society” is not only a worthwhile task for communication and media scholars but also a meaningful undertaking for the future of PSM.  


Topics of Working Groups  

Scholars from various research fields of media and communication as well as from neighboring disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for both conceptual and empirical contributions addressing one or more of the following topics. The topics will comprise the working group structure for this conference. 

(1) Communication Needs of Changing Societies 

Starting from the idea that PSM should meet the communication needs of society and its citizens, societal change raises the question of which contributions are necessary today in order to meet these needs. Societies are more diverse than in the past; many democracies witness the ascent of populist parties and illiberal leaders; the amount of media content available to citizens is bigger than ever; the commercialization and concentration of media is uninhibited; platforms and streaming services gain in importance with respect to media use. In light of these changes, it is necessary to rethink the contribution of PSM. What role can PSM play in restoring the trustworthiness of media and institutions? How can PSM mediate between societal groups and integrate societies that are drifting apart? How do PSM contribute to political participation, culture life, and the realization of individuals’ full potential? And how can we measure the impact of PSM and its contribution to society? We invite paper proposals that deal with the contribution of PSM in changing societies, how this contribution needs to adapt, and how it differs from the performance of commercial media. 

(2) New Forms of Contribution and Distinctiveness 

In order to be able to make a contribution to society and generate positive externalities, the content produced by PSM need to reach citizens in the first place. In today’s media landscapes characterized by a plethora of broadcasting channels and online services this is not necessarily the case anymore. Hence, producing content for linear channels and offering these broadcasts on demand is not sufficient. Many PSM invest in web-only content that they also make available via third-party platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or TikTok. And gradually, there is an understanding that “the” internet is not simply an additional distribution channel but allows for a personalization of content using algorithms. However, private media show little enthusiasm for these new forms of content provision by PSM and worry about market distortion. Which possibilities exist for PSM to reach audiences in a digital environment? What could a public service algorithm look like? And how should public and private media co-exist and/or collaborate in the online world? We invite paper proposals that deal with new forms of contribution, the distinctiveness of PSM, its relationship to and possibilities for collaboration with private media and platforms, and the shift from broadcasting to a personalized streaming service. 

(3) Involving Citizens, Building Communities 

Digitization fundamentally alters the relationship between media organizations and citizens. This change poses a huge challenge for all media organizations. Whereas in the past audiences only mattered when measuring media use, now there is a need to adjust media production: journalism needs to become more dialogic in nature as instant feedback and criticism is now possible; and users can contribute to reporting in various ways, e.g. as informants or via crowdsourcing. Yet beyond media production, the changed relationship to their audience also offers an opportunity for PSM to really become a media organization of the people, by the people and for the people. What possibilities are there to involve citizens in decision-making within PSM or to engage in dialogue that informs decision-making? How can PSM build a community among their users that also strengthens their legitimacy? And how does PSM matter in individuals’ lives in ways that metrics of audience research cannot capture? We invite paper proposals that deal with the importance of audiences for PSM, the involvement of citizens within PSM, and ways to reinvigorate the rooting of PSM in society. 

(4) Governance, Communication and Legitimacy Management 

Recent reforms of media policy have also led to stricter regulation of PSM. On the one hand, in many countries the remit of PSM – especially with respect to online activities – has been defined more firmly  and new services require public value tests. On the other hand, while still having better conditions than private media struck by crisis, PSM are expected to be more efficient or confronted with considerable budget cuts. Like other media organizations PSM respond to regulatory pressure and try to influence policy-making in their own interest. Concepts like “contribution to society” thus also can be seen as a strategic instrument of legitimacy management to deal with expectations of stakeholders. Is the concept of contribution an empty PR tool or is it inducing real change within PSM organizations? How does the interplay between policy-makers and PSM work in practice? And what role can communication scholars play in critically accompanying the change of media policy, PSM organizations and their contribution to society? We invite paper proposals that scrutinize the concept of contribution, focus on the politics of media policy, and the role of communication in the governance of PSM. 


Submission Requirements  

Paper proposals may be submitted via “Easy Chair” at To do so, you need an “Easy Chair” login. If you do not have one yet, you can create one.  

Please enter the following information into the online submission form:  

  • the name(s), e-mail-address(es), location(s) and organization(s) of the author(s);  
  • the paper’s working title;
  • an extended abstract (max. 750 words) explaining the main messages of the paper and how it contributes to the conference theme;  
  • 3-5 keywords;
  • the two working group topics the paper is most closely related to.  

Additionally, the abstract needs to be uploaded as a Microsoft Word file. Please make sure that your Word file is anonymized and does not contain any indication of the author(s) either in the text or in meta data.  

All submissions will be peer-reviewed (double-blind) by a scientific committee. The evaluation criteria are:

  1. Relevance to the conference theme and fit with one of the working group topics.  
  2. Conceptual and analytic quality as well as theoretical foundation.  
  3. Clarification of methodology if the paper will report on empirical research.  
  4. Relevance to PSM management and practice.  
  5. Generalizability of insights and findings.  

Empirical research is highly valued, but we also welcome insightful philosophical, critical and theory-driven papers.  

RIPE conferences focus on substance, dialogue and results. We therefore limit acceptance to about 60 papers. Each paper is assigned to a working group. At best we assign 9-12 papers to each group so that every paper has sufficient time for presentation and, most importantly, discussion.  

Submissions are due February 29, 2020.  

Decisions on acceptance will be announced on April 15, 2020.  

Full papers need to be submitted by September 1, 2020 via “Easy Chair” at  

The conference takes place over two and a half days, starting late on a Wednesday morning and ending on Friday around noon. The conference language is English.  

The International Association of Public Media Researchers plans to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed book handled by NORDICOM publishers.  


Program Committee

Maria Michalis (Westminster University, London)
Marko Milosavljević (University of Ljubljana)
Julia Pohle (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)
Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg)
Roberto Suárez Candel (European Broadcasting Union)
Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel University, Philadelphia)

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Call for Papers: Communication Rights in the Digital Age

International Conference Organized by the Helsinki Media Policy Research Group, the University of Helsinki, the ECREA Communication Law and Policy Section and the Euromedia Research Group , and supported by the IAMCR Communication Policy & Technology Section.

24–25 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland

The rights-based perspective on ethical and political questions presented by the new digital media has recently regained attention in academic and political debates. The formulation of human rights in general is based on a communication right – freedom of expression – as well as a right to take part and be heard in a dialogue. In the digital era, the role of communication has been magnified.

Calls for the protection of citizens’ “digital rights,” for example, have resulted in countless reports and declarations by governments, international bodies and activist organizations over the past two decades. In addition to debates on the consequences of digital transformations for established rights, such as freedom of expression, new rights have been envisioned, such as “the right to be forgotten” and the right to internet access.

Thus far, there are more academic, public and policy debates than solid and sustainable legal and policy solutions. This is not surprising given the complexity of these rights, which have many context-based variations, operate on the cusp of theory and praxis, and are constantly evolving with technological advances. Communication rights refer not only to legal norms but also more broadly to the freedoms and norms that have special significance to societies and individuals.

Due to the importance of communication rights to societies and democracy, it is imperative to understand how those rights are defined, manifested, regulated and monitored today. The realization of communication rights is further shaped by economic, political and socio-cultural situations. What do we know about these contexts? How can we accumulate a better conceptual and empirical understanding of communication rights?

This conference will specifically address the interplay of national and global (universal and specific) characteristics of communication rights. Core questions include but are not limited to the following:

  • What are some definitions of communication rights?
    • What should be considered communication rights?
    • What is their relationship to human rights and/or natural rights?
    • How do communication rights differ from the classic reliance on speech rights as the basis for media regulation?
  • Who are the policy and other actors defining these rights in national and international contexts, and what are their roles in discursive and/or policy-making contexts?
    • How do different academic disciplines respond to the concept of communication rights?
    • How are rights interpreted in different empirical contexts?
      • For instance, communication rights and their position in national constitutions
  • What are current core issues or cases that pertain to communication rights? These may include but are not limited to
    • Market concentration, platforms and “big tech”: EU and national responses
      • For instance, platforms financing media and their influence on journalism
    • New policies for diversity; new tools and policies for media support and sustainability
      • For instance, media flows, cultural diversity and new policy tools, such as the Netflix tax, or old policy tools, such as quotas
    • The influence of party politics and populism (and the context of hate speech) on freedom of speech
    • Increasing state control of media outlets, including public broadcasters

We are especially interested in novel conceptual and theoretical interventions, but we also appreciate comparative empirical approaches.

Presenters will be invited to submit to a special issue of the Journal of Information Policy.


Confirmed keynote speaker:

Philip M. Napoli, James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor of the International Comparative Studies Program, Duke University, United States.



Please submit your proposal of max. 500 words, including your affiliation and contact information, by 15 May 2019 to

You will receive notification of acceptance by 15 June 2019.


Registration and fee:

Registration will be open 15 June through 15 October.

Registration fee: €100

Reduced student fee: €40

For more information and enquiries, please contact and and see:


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ECREA 2016: CLP Program

Wondering about the program of the Communication Law & Policy section at the forthcoming ECREA 2016 conference in Prague? Here it is!

Thursday, November 10th, 09:00 – 10:30 , Club H
[CLP01] New Intermediares and Platforms: Challenges for Communication Policy and Research
Chair: Natascha Just
  • Intermediaries as Shapers of Our Information Environment (B. Stark, P. Jürgens, M. Magin)
  • Practices of Contestation and the Erosion of Regulatory Power in Multiplatform Environments (S.A. Ganter)
  • Putting the Canaries in the Data Mine. Some Suggestions for the Practical, Ethical, and Legal Challenges of Researching the ‘Black Box’ (B. Bodo, J. Moller, K. Irion, F. Zuiderveen Borgesius, N. Helberger, C. de Vreese)
  • Towards a Public Service Algorithm That Promotes News Diversity (P. Verdegem, E. Lievens)
  • From Contested to Shared Responsibility: Online Platforms and the Transformation of Publicness (T. Poell, J. Pierson, N. Helberger)
Thursday, November 10th, 11:00 – 12:30, Club H
[CLP02] Governance, Power and Language – Approaches for Analyzing Communication Policy
Chair: Kari Karppinen
  • Doing Governance in Figurations: Proposal of an Analytical Framework (M. Oermann, W. Schulz, T. Mast)
  • Regulations, Norms, Discourses and Technology: An Integrated Governance Perspective for Media and Communication Studies (C. Katzenbach)
  • Towards a Theory and Method of Communicative Power in Media Policymaking (C. Ali, M. Puppis)
  • Imagining the Internet: The Use of Metaphors, Images and Similes in the Argumentation Over the Future of Online Audiovisual Services (A. Schejter, N. Tirosh)
Thursday, November 10th, 14:30 – 16:00 , Club H
[CLP03] Public Service Media in the Digital Age
Chair: Hilde Van den Bulck
  • Public Service Media Governance in Europe and Overseas. A Comparison of Remit, Funding, and Offer in 18 Media Systems (C. Schweizer, M. Puppis)
  • Contribution to Society: A Citizen Oriented Approach to Public Service Media Accountability (R. Suárez Candel, D. Fernández Quijada)
  • How the Public Values Public Service Broadcasting (N. Just, M. Buechi, M. Latzer)
  • Public Service Media’s Own Social Network – Necessity or Utopia? (C. Wenzel, T. Steinmaurer)
Thursday, November 10th, 16:30 – 18:00 , Club H
[CLP04] Rethinking Data Protection and Privacy
Chair: Amit Schejter
  • Tracing Audience Behaviour for a Reason – A Matter of Paternalism? (E. Appelgren)
  • Shopping for Privacy: Exploring National Differences in Disclosure of Personal Data in Ecommerce (C. Robinson)
  • Online Privacy: Websites Managers’ Perspective and Policy Implications (A. Ginosar, Y. Ariel)
Friday, November 11th, 09:00 – 10:30 , Club H
[CLP05] The Interaction Between Media Policy and Media Markets: An Analysis of Small European Countries
Chair: Marko Milosavljevič
  • Does the Public Interest Matter for Companies in the Media Sector? A Comparative Analysis of Experiences in Flanders and Norway (K. Donders, T. Raats, T. Syvertsen, G. Enli)
  • The Politics of Media Policy in Scotland (P. Schlesinger)
  • Broadcasting, the Welfare State and Media Ecosystems: Changes and Challenges for Public Service Broadcasting (T. Syvertsen, V. Schanke Sundet)
  • Economic Austerity or Just More Market? A Critical Analysis of the Austerity Argument in Flemish Policy Making 2008-2015 (H. Van den Bulck, M. Van der Burg)
  • Liberalizing Advertising While Protecting Public Service Broadcasting: The Case of Switzerland (M. Künzler, M. Puppis)
Friday, November 11th, 13:30 – 14:30 , Club H
Business Meeting – Communication Law and Policy
  • CLP Business Meeting including
  • Elections of the new Section Management Team
Friday, November 11th, 14:30 – 16:00 , Poster Area
Poster Session
  • Right to Information and Communication between Government and Citizens (T. Asrak Hasdemir)
  • Trade, Culture and Diversity (M.T. Garcia Leiva)
  • Media Concentration in Lithuania and Latvia (D. Jastramskis; A. Rozukalne)
  • The Regulation of Media and their Contribution to the Quality of TV News (J.T. Oliveria Filho; I. Coutinho)
  • Communication Research Policy in Spain and the EU (F. Ortega)
Friday, November 11th, 16:00 – 17:30 , Club H
[CLP06] Media Change and Policy Responses
Chair: Manuel Puppis
  • The Media Welfare State in the Digital Age – Structural Changes in Danish Media Policy (S. Flensburg)
  • Subsidizing Media Innovation (A. Kammer, E. Hobel)
  • The Politics of Media Plurality: A Case Study of Political Expedience and Consolidation of Power (S. Barnett)
  • Does Media Ownership Really Matter? A Content Analysis Case Study from Ireland (R. Flynn)
  • Ancillary Copyright for Newspaper Publishers: Six Recommendations for Better Media Policy in Europe (C. Schäfer-Hock, T. Eberwein, M. Karmasin)
Friday, November 11th, 18:00 – 19:30 , Club H
[CLP07] Present and Future of Public Service Media in a Crisis Environment: Independence, Management, Programming and Participation
Chair: Ana Azurmendi
  • New Ways of Audiences Participation in European Public Regional Televisions: Institutional and Not Institutional Participation: Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany (A. Azurmendi, M. Muñoz)
  • Technocratic Policies in Southern Europe: Political Interference or Independence and Neutrality of Public Service Broadcasting? (A. Fernández Viso)
  • Managing Budgets and the Problem of Funding in Times of Crisis: The Mediterranean Case (A.I. Segovia, I. Fernández Alonso, A. Fernández Viso)
  • Outsourcing Content Production in the Autonomous Public Television in Spain (J. Sánchez Martínez, I. Sarabia)
  • European Union Media Policy and National and Regional Public Service Media: All Quiet on the European Front? (C. Llorens)
Saturday, November 12th, 09:00 – 10:30 , Club H
[CLP08] The Future of EU Media Policy
Chair: Sally Broughton Micova
  • Online Platforms, the Country of Origin Principle, and the Future of European Audiovisual Policy (M. Michalis)
  • Who’s Afraid of Pan-European Spectrum Policy? (M. Ala-Fossi, M. Bonet Bagant)
  • Disruptive Digitalization: Priority for Telecommunication over Broadcasting (S. Gadringer, R. Parrilla Guix, J. Trappel)
  • Alignments in Diversity: Factual Harmonisation in Protecting Minors from Harmful Media (S. Dreyer)
  • Continued Limitations of EU Media Policy: Notes on Media Developments in Eastern and Southern European Countries (M. Metykova)
Saturday, November 12th, 11:00 – 12:30 , Club H
[CLP09] International and European Issues of Media Regulation
Chair: Roddy Flynn
  • The Regulation of Electoral TV Advertising Across the World (C. Holtz-Bacha)
  • From Telecommunication Policy Towards Media Policy – Explaining the Increased Politicization of the International Telecommunication Union (S. Berghofer)
  • A Children’s Rights Perspective on Self-Regulation of New Advertising Formats (V. Verdoodt, E. Lievens)
  • Interrelation of Media, Telecomms and Inetgovernance Policies: Cases of EU Eastern Partnership Countries (A. Paziuk)
  • Free to Hate? A Comparative Analysis of British and Italian Ultra-Right Online Media: Characteristics and Policy Implications (C. Padovani)
Saturday, November 12th, 16:00 – 17:30 , Club H
[CLP10] Media Landscapes under Pressure: Regulatory Reform and Legal Challenges
Chair: Sarah Anne Ganter
  • The New Legislation for Media Regulation and Broadcasting Reform in Greece: Towards a Discontinuity in the Greek Audiovisual Landscape (K. Serafeim)
  • Portuguese Mechanisms of Media Accountability. The Journalists’ Perceptions, the Regulatory Powers and the Impacts of Non-Mandatory Deliberations (N. Moutinho, H. Lima, S. Cavaco, I. Reis)
  • Blurring the Lines Between Information Content and Commercial Communication. A Study from the Perspective of Radio Ownership Responsibility (C. Muela, S. Perelló, R. Berganza, G. Starkey, R. de Miguel)
  • Basic Problems of the Media System Regulation in the Post-Socialist Society – The Experience of the Republic of Serbia (I. Milutinovic)
  • Negotiating a Balance Between Protection of Reputation and Privacy and Free Expression in the Age of Mediated Crisis of Continuity. A Study of the Operation of Defamation Law in Slovakia (N. Belakova)

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ECREA-CLP Program for Prague

The program for the forthcoming ECREA conference in Prague is now available. Here are the CLP section’s sessions. And please also attend our business meeting on November 11 after lunch! See you soon.


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Soon we will meet for ECREA 2016 in Prague!

A lot is happening at your favorite ECREA section these days.

We are busy finalizing the CLP section’s program for the upcoming ECREA conference in Prague next November. We will have more sessions in our section than ever before, ten in total, a number of interesting poster presentations and an exhilarating business meeting (as always). If you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so as soon as possible in order to benefit from the early bird registration fee at

As communicated earlier, the CLP section will again award a Best Student Paper Award to acknowledge excellent contributions to our field from young scholars. All PhD students whose abstract was accepted for the European Communication Conference (ECC) and wish to be considered will have to submit a full paper by the specified deadline to be eligible for the ECREA-CLP Best Student Paper Award. The paper has to be single-authored by the student, or, in case the paper is co-authored, the PhD student has to be first author. The deadline for submission of full papers for the ECREA-CLP Best Student Paper Award 2016 is October 1, 2016.  For more information please see

Moreover, elections for section management for the appointment of a Chair and two Vice-Chairs for the period 2016-2018 are coming up. Two members of the current management team are willing to run again; the current chair will step down. However, other candidacies are welcome. We are inviting nominations by individuals for all positions. Please send your nomination accompanied by a 150 word (max) statement (if you so wish) to Manuel Puppis ( by July 31, 2016. Please note that ECREA’s bylaws stipulate that the Chair and at least one of the two Vice Chairs need to have a PhD. Moreover, disciplinary, regional, gender and age balance needs to be respected within the management team.

See you soon in Prague!


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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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After Ljubljana is before Prague

After an inspiring workshop in Ljubljana, we would like to thank the organizers once more for their hard work!

Ljubljana Workshop

And the next meeting of ECREA-CLP members is already on the horizon. The next European Communication Conference of ECREA will take place on November 9-12, 2016, in Prague. The conference website is already up and running:


The call for papers will be published in early December; submission of abstracts in possible until the end of February.

We look forward to your abstracts and to see you again next year!

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ECREA-CLP Workshop 2015 in Ljubljana: Program & Registration

On November 6 and 7 the 2015 workshop of ECREA-CLP will take place in Ljubljana. The topic of this year’s workshop is Communication & Media Policy in Europe: Policy Challenges in the Austerity & Surveillance Environment.

We hope to see as many of you in Ljubljana as possible.


The local organizers put together an exciting program (download PDF file).


Not presenting yourself? Of course it is possible to attend the workshop anyway. The registration fee is EUR 40. Just fill out the registration form (Word file), send it to by November 4 and transfer the fee.

In the form you can also indicate whether you would like to attend the dinner on Friday night (not included in the fee).


The workshop takes place at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Kardeljeva ploščad 5, Room 13. See a map.

Hotel recommendations

Hotel Cubo (center, design):
Hotel Adora (old part of town)
Hotel Union (grand old):
Grand Union Business (next to Union):
Hotel Slon (center):

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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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Looking back at ECC

Lisbon was another highlight for ECREA-CLP. We woud like to thank all our members for their contributions and great discussions.

Relive the Lisbon experience of our section on Storify:

And here are some of the highlights and most important decisions from the business meeting:

  • Hallvard Moe & Peter Humphreys announce the winner of the first ever CLP best student paper award. In general, the level of the contributions was very high. Sarah Ganter receives the award for her paper “What about Geographies? Border-Crossing Intertextuality in National Audiovisual Policy Documents”. Congratulations.
  • Kari Karppinen conducted the elections of a new CLP management team. Manuel Puppis (Chair), Hilde van den Bulck and Sarah Broughton-Micova (Vice Chairs) were reelected (30 votes in favor, zero votes against, no abstention).
  • Sally Broughton Micova informs members that the CLP workshop 2015 will take place in Ljubljana in October/November 2015. Exact dates and the workshop theme will be announced soon. The workshop will be organized by Marko Milosavljevic and a team of local colleagues. A big thank you to the organizers.

The full minutes of the Business Meeting are available as well.

As always, comments and suggestions are most welcome. Thank you all and see you in Ljubljana next year!

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