The CLP program in Aarhus

Next week, we will finally have the opportunity to meet again in Aarhus for the next European Communication Conference. The ECREA-CLP section management team was able to put together an exciting program thanks to all your wonderful submissions. This time, we have

  • 8 sessions with presentations
  • a special panel session on the state of CLP research in Europe (unfortunately in parallel to one of our other sessions)
  • and, of course, the always exciting business meeting of our section where we will also elect a new section management team.

Below, you find the full CLP program. Please click on the links for details about the respective sessions. We look forward to seeing you in Aarhus very soon!

Thursday, October 20th

1325-220 / 09:00 – 10:30 / Parallel Session – EAST Building: Public Service Media & Public Investment in Media

1325-220 / 11:00 – 12:30 / Parallel Session – EAST Building: Processes and Discourses in Media Policy Making

1333-101 A1 / 11:00 – 12:30 / Special Session: Special panel: Essential yet Endangered – The State of CLP Research in Europe

1325-220 / 16:15 – 17:45 / Parallel Session – EAST Building: The cutting edge of content issues

1325-220 / 18:00 – 19:30 / Parallel Session – EAST Building: European audiovisual policy in transition: the 2018 audiovisual media services directive setting the stage for media policy innovation?

Friday, October 21st

1325-220 / 09:00 – 10:30 / Parallel Session – EAST Building: Resisting disinfodemic: social, political, and technological insights from Lithuania

1325-220 / 11:00 – 12:30 / Parallel Session – EAST Building: Governance for fundamental rights: speech, privacy, & IP

1325-220 / 13:30-14:30 / Business Meeting – Communication Law and Policy

1325-220 / 14:30 – 16:00 / Parallel Session – EAST Building: Policy concepts for a digitized media world

Saturday, October 22nd

1325-220 / 09:00 – 10:30 / Parallel Session – EAST Building: EU, US, and Australia’s Approach to Regulating Online Platforms

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Register now for the ECREA-CLP virtual sessions on October 12 & 13 (it’s free!)

The Communications Law and Policy section’s virtual sessions in the run-up to the ECREA conference in Aarhus will take place on Wednesday, 12 October 2022, and Thursday, 13 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET via Zoom. All ECREA members are invited to attend free of charge.

Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: The future of the public interest: Prominence and PSM

Opening Comments: Florence Hartman (EBU), Netflix (TBC) & Eleonora Mazzoli (LSE)

Elevator Pitches:

  • Courtney Radsch: Making Tech Pay for the News They Use
  • Krisztina Rozgonyi: Due prominence online: internet intermediaries’ accountability regimes in Europe for the prioritisation of public service media content
  • Tania Calleja Reina: Should information about health emergencies or catastrophes be free in the media?
  • Thomas Chivers: Up to the task? Prominence, purpose and public service ideals in the UK government’s broadcasting White Paper

Chair: Manuel Puppis (U of Fribourg)

Registration is FREE but please do register here so we can send the link.

Thursday, 13 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: Harms and standards in content platform governance

Opening Comments: Neus Vidal (ECPMF), Urska Umek (Council of Europe) & Marko Milosavljević (U of Ljubljana)

Elevator Ptiches:

  • Judit Bayer: Can human rights theory and practice reflect and adapt to the realities of the information society
  • Kaylea Champion; Structuring of Search – longitudinal study results
  • Anna Ryzhova: How misinformation, as accessed through Google, varies with input language and geolocation
  • Liora Cohen: Your Honor, the Algorithm: Futuristic Legal Litigation Perspectives

Chair: Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel U)

Registration is FREE but please do register here so we can send the link.

Leadership elections- Call for candidates

We will be holding elections for the three section leadership positions during the CLP business meeting on Friday 21 October 13:30-14:30 at the ECREA Conference in Aarhus (a hybrid option will be available for those who want to join but can’t be there).

While our current chair Sally will stand for re-election, vice chairs Manuel and Hilde are stepping down, and therefore will serve as election officers.

So, we are launching this call for candidates to stand for the position of chair (1 position) and vice chair (2 positions) of our section for two years starting from after the conference.  

We welcome candidates for any of the posts (don’t be afraid to run against the incumbent!). Early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Only one of the vice-chairs must have a PhD, so if you haven’t finished yet, you can still serve in that role.

If you feel compelled to help guide this wonderful section into an even brighter future in the next two years, please submit your cv and a short position statement (500 words max) to hdv26@drexel.edu by September 13 before midnight CET (extended) .

You can find information on whether you are eligible for (re-)election here: https://ecrea.eu/Bylaws.

Submit your Full Paper to qualify for the CLP Best Student Paper Award 2022

The ECC in Aarhus is less than two months away and we cannot wait to meet you all again in person.

This is a quick reminder that the CLP section will again award a Best Student Paper Award this year 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 2022 is September 18, 2022 (one month ahead of the conference). Please submit your full papers via e-mail to the chair of the CLP section, Sally Broughton Micova (S.Broughton-Micova@uea.ac.uk).

The award committee (Marko Milosavljević (Chair), Natascha Just & Tim Raats) will then review all submitted papers.

For more information please see https://commlawpolicy.files.wordpress.com/2022/08/ecrea-clp-best-student-paper-award-2022.pdf.

Good luck and see you in Aarhus!

ECREA-CLP Virtual Sessions 2022

Our section’s virtual sessions in the run-up to the ECREA conference in Aarhus will take place on Wednesday, 12 October 2022, and Thursday, 13 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET via Zoom. All ECREA-CLP members are invited to attend free of charge.

Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: The future of the public interest: Prominence and PSM

Opening Comments:

  • Florence Hartman (EBU)
  • Netflix (TBC)
  • Eleonora Mazzoli (LSE)

Elevator Pitches:

  • Courtney Radsch: Making Tech Pay for the News They Use
  • Krisztina Rozgonyi: Due prominence online: internet intermediaries’ accountability regimes in Europe for the prioritisation of public service media content
  • Tania Calleja Reina: Should information about health emergencies or catastrophes be free in the media?
  • Thomas Chivers: Up to the task? Prominence, purpose and public service ideals in the UK government’s broadcasting White Paper

Chair: Manuel Puppis (U of Fribourg)

Registration is FREE but please do register here so we can send the link.

Thursday, 13 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: Harms and standards in content platform governance

Opening Comments:

  • Neus Vidal (ECPMF)
  • Urška Umek (Council of Europe)
  • Marko Milosavljević (U of Ljubljana)

Elevator Ptiches:

  • Judit Bayer: Can human rights theory and practice reflect and adapt to the realities of the information society
  • Kaylea Champion; Structuring of Search – longitudinal study results
  • Anna Ryzhova: How misinformation, as accessed through Google, varies with input language and geolocation
  • Liora Cohen: Your Honor, the Algorithm: Futuristic Legal Litigation Perspectives

Chair: Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel U)

Registration is FREE but please do register here so we can send the link.

Mark your calendars today to join these sessions and participate in the discussion now! Information on how to participate will be sent to CLP members in due time. Not a member yet? Join us today!

Extended Deadline for virtual pre-conference: 15 June 2022

In response to ECREA’s invitation to sections to hold virtual pre-conference events around the 9th European Communications Conference, the Communications Law and Policy section is planning three two-hour long sessions in the run up to the Aarhus conference.

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After opening comments by invited speakers from both media and communication policymaking and policy research, up to five section members will have the chance to present insights from their research or their cutting-edge ideas in 4-minute elevator pitches to kick off discussion. We welcome exploratory research findings, yet to be tested hypothesis, innovative policy ideas, calls to action in new research directions.

While we received already some very promising submissions, we decided to extend the deadline for submitting elevator pitches for these virtual sessions to 15 June 2022.

Please send your 300 words abstract to the section chair (s.broughton-micova@uea.ac.uk), indicating for which of the three sessions (detailed below) your input is intended in the subject line. Two slots per session will be ringfenced for early career researchers, pending sufficient applications.

  • Tuesday, 11 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: Regulation of content: risks of harms from online content; freedom of expression and media diversity online
    Chair: Sally Broughton Micova (University of East Anglia)
    Invited speakers: Ofcom or European Commission (TBC), Facebook (TBC), Mark Cole (University of Luxembourg)
  • Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: The future of the public interest: prioritization and prominence; cultural and political aims, and public service media
    Chair: Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg)
    Invited speakers: Florence Hartmann (EBU), Netflix (TBC), Eleonora Mazzoli (LSE)
  • Thursday, 13 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: Standards vs Abusers: new developments in governance; the interaction between standardization and illiberalism; threats to media freedom
    Chair: Hilde van den Bulck (Drexel University)
    Invited speakers: Flutura Kusari (ECPMF), Urška Umek (Council of Europe), Marko Milosavljević (University of Ljubljana)

Participation will be free and open to all CLP members. So, mark your calendars now! More information will be shared closer to the events.

Call for Discussants: ECREA-CLP Virtual Pre-Conference Sessions

Alongside great destruction and human suffering, the war in Ukraine has brought governments, regulators, and platform services to combat disinformation and incitement or to control the message, depending on one’s perspective. The role of public interest media has been foregrounded, not just of the big public service broadcasters, but also of small independent media and journalists’ collectives.

In response to ECREA’s invitation to sections to hold virtual pre-conference events around the 9th European Communications Conference, the Communications Law and Policy section is planning three two-hour long sessions on themes that are now more urgent than ever.

The format is designed to enable a dynamic exchange of ideas and recent research findings among scholars and stakeholders that address some of the most pressing issues in the field. After opening comments by invited speakers from both media and communication policymaking and policy research, up to five section members will present insights from their research or their cutting-edge ideas in 4-minute elevator pitches to kick off discussion. We welcome exploratory research findings, yet to be tested hypothesis, innovative policy ideas, calls to action in new research directions.

  • Tuesday, 11 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: Regulation of content: risks of harms from online content; freedom of expression and media diversity online
    Chair: Sally Broughton Micova (University of East Anglia)
    Invited speakers: Ofcom or European Commission (TBC), Facebook (TBC), Mark Cole (University of Luxembourg)
  • Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: The future of the public interest: prioritization and prominence; cultural and political aims, and public service media
    Chair: Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg)
    Invited speakers: Florence Hartmann (EBU), Netflix (TBC), Eleonora Mazzoli (LSE)
  • Thursday, 13 October 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET: Standards vs Abusers: new developments in governance; the interaction between standardization and illiberalism; threats to media freedom
    Chair: Hilde van den Bulck (Drexel University)
    Invited speakers: Flutura Kusari (ECPMF), Urška Umek (Council of Europe), Marko Milosavljević (University of Ljubljana)

Interested in delivering one of these short pitches? Please send your 300 words abstract to the section chair (s.broughton-micova@uea.ac.uk) by 29 April 2022, indicating for which of the three online events your input is intended in the subject line. Two slots per session will be ringfenced for early career researchers, pending sufficient applications.

Participation will be free and open to all CLP members. So, mark your calendars now! More information will be shared closer to the events.

ECC 2022 Aarhus, CLP online events, Best Student Paper Award & Section News

A very Happy New Year from your recently elected section management team!

Important note: CLP section members have received the information included in this blog post directly from ECREA via e-mail on January 31. If you didn’t receive this e-mail, please make sure that you are (still) a section member! Checking your membership status and/or joining the ECREA-CLP section is very easy!

ECC 2022 Aarhus

As you know, the next European Communication Conference will take place in Aarhus/Denmark on October 19-22, 2022. No, you haven’t missed the deadline. It’s 17 February 2022.   

Our section invites a broad range of proposals: individual papers, panel sessions, and posters. For details and the submission point see the conference website https://conferences.au.dk/ecrea2022/.

CLP Online Events

The CLP section will organize three two-hours long thematically focused discussions in the week leading up to ECC Aarhus.

  • Tuesday, 11 October 14:00-16:00 CET Regulation of content: risks of harms from online content; ensuring freedom of expression and media diversity online
  • Wednesday, 12 October 14:00-16:00 CET The future of the public interest: prioritization and prominence; cultural and political aims, and public service media
  • Thursday, 13 October 14:00-16:00 CET Standards vs Abusers: new developments in governance; the interaction between standardization and illiberalism; threats to media freedom

After opening comments by invited speakers from both media and communication policymaking and policy research, five section members will present insights from their research or their cutting-edge ideas in 4 minutes long elevator pitches to facilitate discussion.

Interested in delivering one of these short pitches? Please send your 300 words abstract to the section chair (s.broughton-micova@uea.ac.uk) by March 13, 2022, indicating for which of the three online events your input is intended. Two slots per session will be ringfenced for early career researchers, pending sufficient applications.

Participation will be free and open to all CLP members. So mark your calendars now! More information will be shared closer to the events.

CLP Best Student Paper Award

After a short break, the CLP section is bringing back its best student paper award. All students whose abstract is accepted for the ECC conference and wish to be considered, will have to submit a full paper by September 18, 2022.

The award committee is made up of Marko Milosavljević (University of Ljubljana, chair of the committee), Natascha Just (University of Zurich) and Tim Raats (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

For more details, please download the ECREA-CLP Best Student Paper Award information.

Section News

ECREA-CLP has a new section management team. In an online election in late November 2021, Sally Broughton Micova (University of East Anglia) was elected as chair; Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel University) and Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg) were elected as vice chairs. Sally served as a vice chair from 2012-2018 and welcomed the opportunity to run for chair now. Hilde and Manuel both served as section chairs and vice chairs in the past and volunteered to step back into leadership until the 2022 Aarhus conference, to enable a smooth start for the next management team.

And, last but not least, our section has a new YECREA representative: Marina Rossato Fernandes, PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, applied for the position and we are very excited to have her aboard. Welcome Marina! She will serve as an important liaison between YECREA, the CLP section and our early career members.

And, as a reminder, if you are not a CLP section member, it’s easy to join. So please do so now!

Holidays, joining ECREA-CLP and submitting for the next conference

In time for the holidays, we would like to thank all our members for being part of the CLP section and making it the beautiful place it is!

If you are not sure whether you (still) are an ECREA-CLP section member or if you would like to join, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit https://ecrea.eu/Sys/Profile and login with your e-mail address and password. If you do not remember your password, you can reset it and have a new one sent to your e-mail address.
  2. Click on “Edit Profile”.
  3. Scroll down and select “S: Communication Law and Policy” (and all the other sections, networks, and temporary working groups that you would like to join).
  4. Scroll down and click on “Save”.

For legal reasons, section management has no access to a full list of members and cannot check membership status for you.

Now you’re all set!

Also, please remember that the deadline for submitting an abstract for the next European Communication Conference in Aarhus in already on January 17, 2022. We are looking forward to your submissions (and to see you in Denmark)!

For now, happy holidays & all the best from your section management team.

Submit an abstract for ECC 2022 in Aarhus

The next ECC will take place from October 19-22, 2022, in Aarhus, Denmark. Abstracts to the CLP section can both address the conference theme “Rethink Impact” and on any other relevant CLP topic.

Here is our section’s call for papers:

Communications policy scholars have a complex relationship with the notion of ‘impact’. We are often concerned with the pressing policy problems of the moment and can be both examining and engaged in ongoing policy processes. Our field has established normative traditions, rooted in understandings of fundamental rights and theories about the function of media and communications forms and institutions in society. These frameworks make for critical scholarship that overtly aims to change policy. Other scholarship works to produce evidence that will be accepted by policymakers as valid so that it has the chance of being used to inform policy making. 
This is not for the sake of ‘impact’, but because our normative frameworks lead us to believe that such evidence is needed to make better policy. Some of us attempt to step back and look at processes, at how policy is made. Even then, our research often turns to questions around power, whose voices dominate and what are the policy silences. 
We invite scholars to “rethink impact” from specific CLP perspective, and to submit work that not only fits with any of these aims, but also reflects on the work’s relationship with impact and its driving normative frameworks.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 17, 2022. Please visit the conference website for more information.

The CLP section will also organize a virtual event (free of charge) in the week leading up to ECC. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.