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:


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