ECREA – European Communication Research and Education Association
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European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) is a scholarly association centred on the study of "media, (tele)communications and informatics research, including relevant approaches of human and social sciences". It strives to promote quality of communication research and teaching in higher education across Europe. It counts more than 2700 individuals as members. At present, ECREA’s legal seat is located at Université Libre de Bruxelles. ECREA is similar in nature with other learned societies like the International Communication Association (ICA) and the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).
The General Assembly is the governing body of ECREA that exercises the ultimate authority over the implementation of the association’s decisions. The General Assembly is composed of all active institutional and individual members. With simple majority every four years the General Assembly elects the Executive Board which, in turn, appoints from its members (at least 3 and maximum 15) the President, the Vice President, the General-Secretary, the Treasurer and (potentially) the Secretary of the Bureau. Together they form the Bureau, which decides on day-to-day management and organisational matters and acts on behalf of the associations in legal cases. In addition, the Forum of Section, Temporary Working Groups and Networks, and the Advisory Board that can be consulted by the Executive Board and the Bureau.
Conferences and Doctoral Summer School
Every other year, ECREA organizes and sponsors a large-scale international conference, dubbed the Communication Conference (ECC). Each conference features keynote speeches, alongside parallel sessions organised by the Sections as well as panel discussions revolving around pre-set topics.
The venue of the conference is usually a big European city. These are the conference locations and dates;
- first ECC: Amsterdam (24–26 November 2005),
- second ECC: Barcelona (25–28 November 2008),
- third ECC Hamburg (12–15 October 2010)
- fourth ECC: Istanbul (24–27 October 2012),
- fifth ECC: Lisbon (12–15 November 2014).
In the uneven years, ECREA’s Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks each organize a smaller event.
Every year, a Doctoral Summer School is organised, during which leading experts and junior scholars discuss the PhD projects of the participating junior scholars. These so-called student feedback workshops are combined with lectures, presentations, workshops and seminars. The ECREA Doctoral Summer School represents a supportive environment for up-and-coming European researchers which, it is thought, boosts their early career development. The Doctoral Summer School has a long history, even before ECREA became involved, and was organised in the following locations:
- Grenoble, France (1992–1996)
- Madrid, Spain (1997)
- Lund, Sweden (1998)
- London, UK (1999–2003)
- Helsinki, Finland (2004)
- Tartu, Estonia (2005–2009)
- Ljubljana, Slovenia (2010-2012)
- Bremen, Germany (from 2013 onwards)
ECREA manages two book series. The "ECREA Book Series" was published by Intellect until 2012. A new book series, the "Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education" was started in 2013. Since July 2013, six edited collections have been published in this series, and three more titles will be published later in 2015. Current series editors are Claudia Alvares (Lusófona University), Ilija Tomanić Trivundža (University of Ljubljana) and Fausto Colombo (Catholic University, Milan).
All books published in both series feature original work by ECREA members.
The intellectual work of the Doctoral Summer School is traditionally published in The Researching and Teaching Communication Series. An edited volume, usually edited by senior scholars, includes what is deemed the best student work alongside the bulk of lectures given by established scholars. These edited volumes are accessible free of charge at the website of the series.
The following books have so far been published:
The European Information Society: A Reality Check (2003) edited by Jan Servaes (Intellect)
Towards a Sustainable Information Society. Deconstructing WSIS (2005) edited by Jan Servaes and Nico Carpentier (Intellect)
Reclaiming the media: communication rights and democratic media roles (2006) edited by Bart Cammaerts and Nico Carpentier (Intellect)
Finding the Right Place on the Map: Central and Eastern European Media Change in a Global Perspective (2008) edited by Karol Jakubowicz and Miklós Sükösd (Intellect)
Press Freedom and Pluralism in Europe. Concepts and Conditions (2009), edited by Andrea Czepek, Melanie Hellwig, and Eva Nowak (Intellect)
Gendered Transformations. Theory and Practices on Gender and Media (2010), edited by Tonny Krijnen, Claudia Alvares and Sofie Van Bauwel (Intellect)
Trends in Communication Policy Research. New Theories, Methods & Subjects (2012), edited by Natascha Just and Manuel Puppis (Intellect)
From NWICO to WSIS: 30 Years of Communication Geopolitics Actors and Flows, Structures and Divides (2012), edited by Divina Frau-Meigs, Jérémie Nicey, Patricio Tupper, Michael Palmer and Julia Pohle (Intellect)
The Social Use of Media. Cultural and Social Scientific Perspectives on Audience Research (2012), edited by Helena Bilandzic and Geoffroy Patriarche and Paul Traudt (Intellect)
Citizen Voices. Performing Public Participation in Science and Environment Communication (2012), edited by Louise Phillips, Anabela Carvalho and Julie Doyle. (Intellect)
Selling War. The Role of the Mass Media in Hostile Conflicts form World War I to the ‘War on Terror’ (2012), edited by Josef Seethaler, Matthias Karmasin, Gabriele Melischek and Romy Wöhlert (Intellect)
The Independence of the Media and its Regulatory Agencies. Shedding New Light on Formal and Actual Independence against the National Context (June 2013), edited by Wolfgang Schulz, Kristina Irion and Peggy Valcke (Intellect)
Audience Research Methodologies. Between Innovation and Consolidation (July 2013), edited by Geoffroy Patriarche, Helena Bilandzic, Jakob Linaa Jensen and Jelena Jurišić (Routledge)
Audience Transformations.Shifting Audience Positions in Late Modernity (July 2013), edited by Nico Carpentier, Kim Christian Schrøder and Lawrie Hallett (Routledge)
Revitalising Audience Research (November 2014), edited by Frauke Zeller, Cristina Ponte, Brian O'Neill (Routledge)
Mapping Foreign Correspondence in European Countries (November 2014), edited by Georgios Terzis (Routledge)
Radio Audiences and Participation in the Age of Network Society (December 2014), edited by Tiziano Bonini and Belén Monclús (Routledge)
- "ECREA Objectives".
- "ECREA Events". ECREA Events.
- Pares i Maicas, Manuel (2008). The European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 1992-2007. Tartu: Tartu University Press. pp. 21–47. ISBN 978-9949-11-971-4.
- "ECREA Working Group Events". ECREA Working Group Events.
- PRUULMANN-VENGERFELDT, CARPENTIER, PILLE, NICO (2008). The European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School, in Looking at the Wider Picture: ERASMUS Intensive Programmes. Selected Contributions, Alexandra Angress and Britta Schmidt (eds.). Bonn: DAAD. pp. 20–24.
- Pares i Maicas, Manuel (2008). The European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 1992-2007. Tartu: Tartu University Press. pp. 30–41. ISBN 978-9949-11-971-4.
- The Book Series' description stresses the academic position and its openness: "The ECREA series makes a major contribution to the theory, research, practice and/or policy literature in the field of Communication and Media Studies. The ECREA series is European in scope and represents a diversity of paradigms, perspectives, and cultures. Each book is edited by one or more acknowledged authorities in the field and the contributors have been selected to provide a broad overview and breadth of understanding of the concerns in question. Book proposals are refereed. Although the ECREA series is clearly embedded in the ECREA membership, a degree of openness towards non- ECREA members is considered to add value to the series. " See http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Series,id=7/
- See http://www.routledge.com/books/series/ECREA/