CfP ECREA Crisis Communication TWG: Crossing Boundaries in Crisis Communication

Call for Papers: Crossing Boundaries in Crisis Communication
Erfurt (Germany), October 2-5, 2013

Hurricane Sandy, the earthquake and the following nuclear catastrophe in Japan 2011, the Arab Spring or the ongoing Euro crisis have all shown that crises are increasingly crossing institutional, national and cultural boundaries and affect all important areas of society, ranging from politics to economics, religion and civil society.  These developments underline the significance of research-based knowledge on the characteristics, the societal impact, and the management of both societal and organizational crises.

Entitled Crossing Boundaries in Crisis Communication, the Third International Conference on Crisis Communication at the Beginning of the 21st Century will broaden the perspectives on crisis communication by discussing the theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of crises as well as the development of crisis communication as an interdisciplinary and international field of study. The conference is hosted by the Ilmenau University of Technology and the International Research Group on Crisis Communication. The organizers are pleased to announce the Temporary Working Group on Crisis Communication of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) as a strong partner of this conference. The Temporary Working Group on Crisis Communication provides a platform for international scholars to stimulate, conduct and advance research on crisis communication. Founded in 2011, it is headed by the conference chair Dr. Andreas Schwarz. Winni Johansen from
Aarhus University and Alessandra Mazzei from the IULM University Milan co-chair the working group.

The Third International Conference on Crisis Communication at the Beginning of the 21st Century is an exciting academic event that brings together leading crisis communication scholars, junior scholars as well as practitioners from all over the world. The conference team looks forward to welcoming you in Erfurt in October 2013.

Date: October 2-5, 2013
Venue: ComCenter Brühl in Erfurt, Germany

Call for Papers:
The organizers of the conference call for contributions that present innovative perspectives on international and/or cross-cultural crisis communication. In addition, papers should offer conceptual and/or empirical approaches to crisis communication that cross institutional, disciplinary, or epistemological ‘boundaries’. All theoretical perspectives and methodologies are welcome. However, special consideration will be given to cross-national/cross-cultural comparative research. The entire call for paper can be accessed here:

Extended abstracts (max. 500 words, references excluded). Abstracts should state the title of the presentation, purpose, theoretical approach, methodology, (expected) findings, implications, relevance, and originality of the study. Author and affiliation details are to be included separately in the paper submission system. Abstracts have to be submitted until April 15, 2013.
To submit an abstract, please go to the conference website:

Conference fee:
Before July 16: 195 Euro (Early Bird Rate)
After July 16: 245 Euro

For any questions, please contact: Claudia Auer, Coordinator
You can find details about the conference on our website:

CFP: “Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century”

Call for papers “Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century”

September 19-21, 2013, Université Paris-Sorbonne

6th Tensions of Europe Plenary Conference *

Colloque international du projet ANR Resendem **

Deadline paper abstracts: February 25, 2013

Overall Theme of the Conference:  The conference will be devoted to the complex relationship between democracy and technology from a European and transnational perspective. The core of this reflection will be the complementarities and cross-fertilization that arise in the interaction of technology and democracy, but also the frictions, tensions, and paradoxes that emerge in the discourses, representations and interplay of actors. The assumption that technology poses a threat to the liberal democratic political order rooted in the public debate, has fueled a critical approach to technology in humanities and social sciences. This also fueled various shared Europe-wide initiatives of technology assessment. Within the Soviet bloc, on the other hand, technology was promoted as a tool for building socialism.

More recently, calls for the democratization of decision-making related to controversial technical changes made the two terms meet in a dynamic no longer of opposition but of mutual construction: “technical democracy” would be an expansion of democracy, defined primarily as a continuously evolving process rather than a fixed form, open to new questions and new ways to find answers.

This historical conference is open to a wide range of interdisciplinary inquiry. It invites proposals for papers addressing an issue that up to now has mainly been investigated on a national basis. Focusing on circulations and appropriations of technology in a European and transnational perspective, the conference should open new ways to think and talk about the history of Europe.

While European spaces are privileged, papers on the themes of the conference but covering other geographical areas will also be considered.

General areas to be explored are:

Technical democracy: serving the citizen or the consumer?

• The concept of technical democracy, its uses, its meanings, its realities and imaginary through technologies, spaces, periods; • The role of groups of stakeholders such as consumer associations and civil society in the design, ownership, development, or resistance and rejection of technology.

Technology and democracy: a co-construction?

• Democratic regimes facing technological challenges in their economic, political, industrial, ethical, social and/or cultural dimensions;• Technology in political discourses (comparative approaches are welcome); • Technology as vector of democracy: history of voting technologies; • “Democracy by design”: how aspects related to the values of democracy (privacy, transparency, openness, etc.) are considered in the invention of artifacts.

Regulating and governing technology: which models, what practices?

• The evolution, composition, role, challenges and limitations of the regulatory authorities; • The evolution of governance in the field of technology; • Soft and hard power of technology in democracy; • The transition of national and regional governance logics to global governance.

Agoras: spaces for dialogue and debate about technology in democracy

• Public areas of debate around technology and large sociotechnical controversies; • Sites and actors involved in mediating between citizens and technologies; • The relationship between media and technology in a democratic context; • Challenging technology in a democratic context.

Technology against democracy

• Technocracy: confiscated expertise? • Threats to democracy from uses of technology (surveillance, intelligence, propaganda, databases, etc.); • Democracies at war and the technical armaments choices (gas, napalm, nuclear bomb, mines, etc.).

 Session formats

The Program Committee welcomes proposals that address the overall conference themes in the following three formats:

• Individual paper proposals.

• Research sessions with three papers based on original research, and an invited commentator. Because the conference encourages debate, appropriate time for discussion should be allocated to the commentators as well as the members of the audience. The papers will be pre-circulated to all conference participants.

• Research collaboration sessions which are meant to present results of a specific project. The session could be paper based, but could also focus on a discussion of the framing and wider implications of the specific project connected to the future of Tensions of Europe network.

Please note that paper and/or session proposals not directly related to the conference theme but relevant for the TOE network will also be considered. For more information on the TOE intellectual agenda see and

 Deadlines and Time-line

The deadline for proposals is February 25, 2013.

For paper proposals, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 500 words. Authors are invited to submit their titles and abstracts electronically on the homepage of the with a copy sent by email to toe2013paris AT

For session proposals, please submit a brief abstract of the session (maximum 600 words) along with a one-page abstract for each participant. The organizer(s) are invited to submit their session abstracts electronically on the homepage of the conference with a copy sent by email to toe2013paris AT Please note that on the website, for technical reasons, each abstract, even of a research session, has to be submitted individually.

The Program Committee will inform about its decisions no later than April 20, 2013.

Since the conference papers will be made available before the conference on our website, we will ask you to send them as PDF file to toe2013paris AT before July 15th 2013.

We are seeking to provide a contribution towards travel, fees and/or accommodation costs for those who have no opportunity to participate otherwise.

 Program Committee :

Pr Maria Paula Diogo, Chair, Universidade Nova de Lisboa,  Pr Pascal Griset, Université Paris-Sorbonne,  Pr Martin Kohlrausch, K.U. Leuven,  Dr Léonard Laborie, CNRS,  Dr Larissa Zakharova, EHESS.

Please direct queries to Arielle Haakenstad, conference secretary (toe2013paris AT

* Tensions of Europe (TOE) is an international scientific network consisting of almost 300 scientists from all over Europe and the United States. TOE explores the role of technology as an agent of change in European history by organizing inspiring conferences and summer schools as well as by stimulating international research collaboration and disseminating research results to various audiences.

** “Large technical networks and democracy: innovations, practices and groups involved in the long term, from 1880 to the present day (France and Europe)”. Resendem project is supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche. It revisits the history of the fields of mobility, communications and energy, in terms of community involvement in their construction and management.

CFP: Branding in a digital world

Extended Deadline: 1st of March 2013

Branding in a digital world
Advertising Research TWG
ECREA Symposium 4th-5th of July 2013 | Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona


In western media systems that have become increasingly complex brands play a pivotal role in advertising communication – be it in advertising for commodities, political parties or for the media themselves. Brands reduce complexity, they are a common point of reference for suppliers and consumers, they integrate multi-channel campaigns, put lifestyles in a nutshell, attract attention, and effect sales. The symposium addresses research areas, ranging from advertising communicators, media, messages, to audiences, and effects. What are the challenges of branding communication in the 21st century? What might be the USP of communication and media scholars’ advertising research? How do brands affect the self-perception of consumers (e.g. their body image and attractiveness)? What are appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches to analyse semiotically thick and emotionally charged brands? What are effect-interrelations in multichannel branding campaigns? In order to give an overview over the wide variety of advertising research in Europe the TWG welcomes contributions from many different perspectives. Empirical and theoretical work is welcome as well as methodological, historical or critical approaches to advertising research.

Guidelines for Contributions

This symposium will consider papers in form of abstracts for double blind peer reviews. The conference also welcomes panel proposals consisting of 4 presentations.

Authors should provide a 500-words abstract for a single paper proposal. Please note the author names and affiliations on an extra cover sheet followed by an anonymised abstract page.

In all cases the panel proposals should consist of a panel abstract (500 words), in combination with abstracts for each of the individual presentations (500 words). Complete panel proposals only – consisting of 4 papers and a panel abstract – are considered for presentation. No more or less than 4 presentations should form a panel proposal. The proposals should indicate a panel chair or respondent.

All contributions should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or PDF format to:

Submitted abstracts preferably conform to APA 6th reference style. The conference language is English.

Important Dates

Extended submission deadline for abstracts (paper and panel proposals): 1st of March 2013, 24.00 CET

Notification of acceptance (paper and panel proposals): 22nd of March 2013

Registration and Reception 3rd of July 2013 Conference Days: 4th -5th of July 2013

CfP Digital Transformers Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University


SYMPOSIUM FOR EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS AND POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS: Digital Transformers Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, Thursday 23rd May 2013

The AHRC funded Digital Transformers Symposium ( is a one day event aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers in the Humanities on the methodological and conceptual approaches and techniques required for the study of digital data and digitally mediated environments. The event will combine presentations and workshops, giving participants hands on experience of new techniques for working with digital data and space for discussion about the methodological, conceptual and disciplinary challenges these emerging techniques and practices are generating.

Ways of understanding and analysing digital data and digitally mediated environments are varied and complex. The skills required are increasingly specialised and do not necessarily conform to any particular theoretical or epistemological perspective. At the same time, an expanding set of broadly applicable concepts, techniques and methods are emerging that can be used across, and tailored to, the needs of multiple disciplines in the Humanities. Examples include data visualisation techniques, text and data mining, and network analysis, and theories and concepts around the socio-cultural, socio-political and cognitive processes that affect the use and interpretation of digital data and digitally mediated environments.

Key symposium themes to be explored therefore include:

* Concepts and theories that inform the study of digital data and digitally mediated environments.
* The wider socio-political, philosophical and cultural concepts/issues surrounding these.
* Methodological approaches to the study of digital data and digitally mediated environments.
* Particular techniques and tools that can be used to study, analyse, and represent digital data and digitally mediated environments.

The symposium organisers invite papers from research students and early career researchers in the Humanities that explore these, and related, themes.


Abstracts (maximum 300 words) for 15 minute research and position papers related to the symposium themes are requested by the deadline of 28 February 2013 to digitaltransformersnetwork@gmail.c …

Proposals for panels of 3-4 speakers are also welcome. A proposal should have three to four papers and should consist of a panel title and short framing text, and abstracts for all the papers with paper titles and authors. Proposals are requested by the deadline of 28 February 2013 to digitaltransformersnetwork@gmail.c …

Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2013

A small amount of funding is available on a competitive basis to cover travel and subsistence costs for participants unable to source funding from elsewhere. Applications for funding will open in March 2013.


The Digital Transformers Symposium is funded by a Collaborative Skills Development training grant awarded by the AHRC. It is being co-organised by postgraduate students and early career researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Information and Communications and the University of Sheffield’s Information School.

CFP: Children’s Media Conference, Sheffield 4-5 July

Children’s Media Conference, Sheffield 4-5 July




The Research Strand of the Children’s Media Conference (CMC) is a crucially important and popular part of this annual event, which attracts over 800 children’s media professionals to Sheffield every year.  The Conference takes place from the 3rd to the 5th July in 2013.
The content shared during the research sessions is always eagerly anticipated by delegates and the research strand’s role is to provide valuable insights and thought provoking research to the children’s media community.  The research presented may also be incorporated into other conference sessions as appropriate, to disseminate it more widely, and to inform discussions on a variety of topics.
The wide variety of topics discussed and the range of types of presentation at the Conference can be seen in last year’s
The CMC Research Advisory Sub-Committee is delighted to announce this year’s call for papers to be presented at the 2013 Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield on the 4th and 5th July.

Broad Themes:
The Conference theme for 2013 is “Are we there yet?” The theme reflects the dramatic pace of evolution within the industry and children’s lives over the conferences’ 10 year history and, especially, asks us to consider evolution still to come. Although not all sessions may address this theme, all presenters and producers will be asked to consider how they can make their content relevant to it.
We are open to submissions relating to children aged 0-14 years of age. Some areas which could be considered are;
–       Up- to- date findings regarding children’s behaviour, media consumption, opinions, interests and aspirations, connected with media use.
–       Exploration of how the media forms children’s opinions
–       The role of the media in children’s lives and current trends in kid’s behaviour and use of media
–       Future Projections regarding children’s media, technology usage and consumption
–       Looking ahead and exploring what we have to consider around co-viewing across any media platform and how it might be changing in the       future
–       Exploration of second screen activity by children and young people
–       Exploration of habits and preference in the VOD sphere, especially on YouTube
–       Exploration of accessing video, social activity and gaming on mobile devices
–       Commercial data which can be shared is highly valued at the conference as few delegates have easy access to it –
–  What does success look like in the business of content production or distribution?
–  What are the market shares amongst the key brands?
–  How are sectors growing or changing?
–  What categories of content are trending?
–  Which age groups are well served, commercially important, or underserved?
Note these are merely ideas and suggestions.  The list is not meant to be prescriptive and we are keen to hear your thoughts of suitable, relevant and thought-provoking content which can be shared.

Submission Criteria
Over the years we have been able to identify the types of sessions which achieve the most success with the audience at the conference. Below is an outline of the submissions considerations we ask of our research agencies and academics and where possible your submissions should reflect the following;

  • Relevance to the audience (please look at the delegate guide from last year to give you an impression of the wide range of delegates who attend CMC): <>
  • An emphasis on findings, not methodology (this is the key to a successful presentation).  Each research session last only 30 minutes, presentations need to move directly to “value added”
  • Clear and concise action points for the audience to take away and be able to use from the research
  • Long-term research which enables us to understand the past better and explore and project the future better
  • Wide research which brings good statistical evidence to bear and provides a good basis for market understanding
  • Fresh insights which are relevant to today’s children’s media landscape
  • A unique angle/area which has not yet been explored

For the purposes of contrast please see all the sessions headed “Research” in last year’s programme: <>
NB Research sessions on Conference Day 1 (Thursday) were repeated on Day 2 (Friday)

Submission Process and Deadlines:

  1. Please submit a 600-word abstract detailing your proposed research topic including where appropriate objectives, methods and potential outcomes.
  2. Submit your entry to Jacqui Wells, CMC Administrator, at the following email address <> by Friday 15th March 2013.
  3. Submissions will be reviewed by the CMC Research Advisory Sub-Committee. The committee members are from a variety of backgrounds; Research industry, academia, client-side and agencies.Successful applicants will be notified by 15th April 2013.
  4. If you are selected, your final presentation will be required by Friday 24th May. This is to allow the producers to identify any other sessions that the research content may be further utilised. This will increase the coverage your research session will have across the conference.
  5. Research sessions will take place on Thursday 4th July – through the day, and will all be repeated to maximise their potential audience, on Friday 5th July.

Key Dates – 2013
                  Proposals to be received by                                         Friday 15th March
Successful Applicants notified by                                Friday 15th April
Final Presentations submitted                                      Friday 24th May
Presentations at Conference                                         Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July

If possible, given commercial constraints, we will seek to publish the presentations and associated video etc. on the CMC website immediately after the conference.  Please indicate in your proposal if elements, or all of, your planned presentation will not be suitable for this.
The CMC PR agency Franklin Rae will be seeking new research which stimulates press interest in the run-up to the Conference.  Again it is important for us to know if your research is embargoed or should not be featured in this way.
It is your responsibility to clear with research subjects and partners your right to present the research at the conference (and if possible online) and to clear all content in your presentation fordisplay at the conference to a live audience.

For further clarification please email:
Shazia Ali (Producer, CMC Research Strand 2013) <>
Btisam Belola (Producer, CMC Research Strand 2013) <>

Two International Communication Experts DCAF in Geneva

The Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Ministry of the Interior of Serbia are jointly implementing a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) entitled “Introduction of a Modern Human Resources Management Concept to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia”.

The project will be implemented over a period of 30 months with the overall outcome to prepare the Serbian Ministry of Interior for the introduction of a modern Human Resources Management (HRM) system through developing an HRM strategic framework. This will be achieved through a series of activities covering awareness raising, expert capacity development, development of strategic policy framework and capacity development related to international standards in the area of HRM.
In this context, we would like to advertise the following short-term consultancy vacancies. The consultants will be required to travel occasionally to Serbia to assist and advise in implementing activities.

Two (2) international Communication Experts who will be required to assist the development of a comprehensive internal communications process, including a Ministry intranet.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience working on communications issues (both external and internal) within the public (government) sector;
  • Experience working at the strategy level and on internal communications reform efforts would be desirable;
  • Preference will be given to experts with direct working experience with law enforcement agencies;
  • Experience working in the Western Balkan countries, especially in Serbia, would be desirable.

Deadline for submission of applications will be end of working hours (GMT) 20 March 2012. Interested candidates should send their CVs and cover letters to the Project Manager Amb. Gregor Zore,

Any question can be addressed to National Project Manager Mr. Nemanja Milosevic,

Communications Assistant at Publish What You Pay

Publish What You Pay seeks a Communications Assistant to provide support to the PWYP MENA office in facilitating regular communications and information exchanges with/between affiliated national members and the wider PWYP international network.

Applicants must be enthusiastic and well-organised with excellent communications skills and an ability to write with flair and accuracy. Excellent bi-lingual (English/Arabic) capabilities are essential for this position, given that Arabic is the principal working-language of these countries. French is a plus.

The PWYP MENA Communications Assistant will report to the PWYP MENA/Iraq Coordinator, but will also need to work in close cooperation with the PWYP international secretariat based in London.


Ensuring effective communications

• Set up and maintain a regional PWYP MENA list-serve to ensure dissemination of PWYP members’ news and achievements
• Facilitate regular contributions from Arab-speaking coalition members to the fortnightly PWYP international news update (in English); distribute translated summaries (digests) of relevant articles to MENA members
• Maintain and update the PWYP-MENA website with news of coalitions’ activities and achievements;
• Media monitoring, maintaining social media presence and news round ups in the MENA region;
• Promote more regular exchanges with members by developing the range of communications tools and modalities available (e.g. via PWYP intranet and online communities, use of social media, etc.)
• Amplify the work of national coalition members in the MENA region by documenting and publishing stories of grassroots activism, advocacy successes and coalition best practices

Support to Coalition-building and outreach in the MENA region

• Lend support to the PWYP MENA/Iraq Coordinator in responding to new members and disseminating relevant tools and resources so that they are fully involved in the campaign
• Set up and maintain a PWYP MENA region coalition contacts database;
• Facilitate ongoing learning for national coalitions and members through supporting the documentation of best practices and promoting peer-to-peer exchange

Integration with the international PWYP campaign

• Coordinate closely with the PWYP Communications team in London to ensure that the MENA country/regional pages on the main PWYP website remain regularly updated
• Support the organization of international/regional meetings organised in the framework of international PWYP or EITI-related events

Qualifications and Skills:

• Bachelors degree in a related field
• Excellent spoken and written English and Arabic;
• Ability to write with flair and accuracy;
• Excellent eye for detail;
• Interest in web design and social media;
• Highly organised team player, and ability to work under pressure;
• Interest in the global natural resource revenue transparency movement;
• Experience of using Content Management Systems (desirable);
• Editing experience (desirable)


One-year consultancy contract (renewable, subject to funding)

This position is a local hire, and will be based at the RWI MENA Regional Office in Beirut, Lebanon.

To apply:
Please email a CV and cover letter outlining why you meet the criteria for this post, to: Please include in subject line: PWYP MENA Communications Assistant.

Closing date: As soon as possible