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CFP ECREA conference 2017

Joint conference of ‘Diaspora, migration and the media’ and ‘International and Intercultural Communication’ sections of ECREA

2-3 November 2017, University of Basque Country, Bilbao (Spain)


We are faced with a crisis of humanity, and the only exit from this crisis is to recognize our growing interdependence as a species and to find new ways to live together in solidarity and cooperation, amidst strangers who may hold opinions and preferences different from our own.” Zygmunt Bauman, Strangers at our door (Polity, 2016)

Migration, cultural diversity and the media are increasingly problematized. Europe appears to be crumbling down in the current moment as a result of the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump and the so-called ‘European Refugee Crisis’. This is illustrated by hoaxes and fake news messages on these themes that serve as popular clickbait on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As media outlets seek to address these ‘post-Truth’ conditions, populist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, racist and neo-nationalist rhetoric and sentiments have grown excessively across social media. Meanwhile, the number of internal and external European borders proliferates, and digital data are used for surveillance and migration management. Therefore, mediated encounters with diversity, the humanitarianism-securitization nexus and the role of communication flows urgently deserve further academic exploration to advance understanding of some of the major societal challenges of our time. The continuous re-appropriation of Anas Modamani’s selfie with the German chancellor Angela Merkel on Facebook is an illustrative case in point. He took his selfie in September 2015, when Merkel visited the Berlin shelter where he was then living. Modamani is a Syrian refugee who fled from Darayya. After posting the selfie online, he has repeatedly been falsely linked to terrorism. On the basis of physically resemblance, he was for example wrongly accused to be involved in the bombings in Brussel (March 2016) and the recent attack at a Berlin Christmas market (December 2016).

The conference aims to cover a broad range of conflict-related themes such as media production and regulation of information on forced migrants in a ‘post-Truth’ era; fake news; the humanitarianism-securitization nexus, migration management, social and political conflicts related to migrant and diaspora communities, radicalization and online counter-terrorism, hate speech and racism, but also solidarities, activism and protest. Digital technologies and innovations constantly offer new ways to approach these issues, both theoretically and methodologically. The organizers invite papers that explore the complexity of migration and communication flows through conceptual interventions as well as qualitative and quantitative studies.


The conference will include keynote lectures by Marie Gillespie (Professor of Sociology, The Open University) and Pedro Oiarzabal (expert on Internet and Basque studies, migration and diaspora); a roundtable to establish bridges of dialogue between academics studying the coverage of migrants and journalists reporting on various conflicts in Europe, addressing methodological and ethical challenges; a YECREA event dedicated to young scholars (PhD and postdoc level); a joint panel to broaden the empirical, conceptual and methodological scope of the conference and to explore future collaborations; and an elaborate social programme, including a conference dinner and boat tour, allowing participants to enjoy the city of Bilbao.


To explore the issue of migration and communication flows in an informal and stimulating atmosphere, we invite participants to submit paper and panel proposals. We particularly welcome proposals on the following topics:

  • International news coverage of migration, refugees, diaspora, …
  • Rethinking the category of the migrant: forced migrants, guest-laborers, postsocialist, postcolonial, expatriates
  • Bottom-up digitally mediated processes, such as transnational and local networking and connectivity, diaspora organizations, identity construction, urban communications
  • Top down digitally mediated processes of migrant management: border control, surveillance & control systems for population movements, migrant detention centres, express flights, arrests at the street, lack of public information
  • The humanitarianism-securitization nexus, human/communication rights, political economy of NGOs, humanitarian communication on suffering related to migration
  • Migrants, media and language: the impact of migrants on linguistic dynamics (particularly in the context of natively bilingual societies), building resilience for new and local minority media structures
  • Intersectional analyses of migration and communication flows: how do axes of difference, including race, gender, sexuality, nation, location, generation religion, class together co-constitute subordination and identity
  • Methodological considerations in international and intercultural media and migration studie


  • Abstract deadline: April 16, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: May 16, 2017
  • Full-paper submission: October 1, 2017
  • Registration deadline: October 1, 2017


Please send 200-300 word abstracts and a short biography (max 100 words) by 16 April 2017. Submit your abstract + bio to, indicate in your email header: [Submission last name + paper title]. Please make sure to clearly mention in your abstract whether your paper should be part of the panels by the ‘International and intercultural communication’ or the ‘Diaspora, migration and the media’ section.


New management team

During our Business Meeting at the 6th European Communication Conference in Prague (9-12 November 2016), a new Management Team was elected. It consists of:

  • Chair: Stijn Joye (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Vice-chair: Romy Wöhlert (University of Leipzig, Germany)
  • Vice-chair: Ricardo Carniel Bugs (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
  • YECREA representative: Estibaliz Ortega Miranda (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our previous chair Teresa Vélazquez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)and vice-chair Daniele Canedo (Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia) for all their excellent work, efforts and support in the last years!

CfP ECREA 2016 conference (Prague)

We warmly invite you to submit your abstract to the 6th European Communication Conference (ECC) of ECREA, to be held in Prague 9 – 12 November 2016. The overarching conference theme is Mediating (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures.

The International and Intercultural Communication section welcomes contributions that explore different forms of cross-border dialogue, exchange and flows between and/or within nations, regions, cultures, communities and individuals. We explicitly define our section’s field of interest very broadly by referring to all types of cross-border, transnational or global communication as we focus on mediated and (inter)personal forms of communication and do so from the perspective of production, distribution, content and reception. The section also invites papers on the social, economic, political and cultural characteristics and consequences of globalization, power imbalances and international and intercultural communication processes.

Submission and deadline

Proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters can be submitted to the IIC section through the ECC conference website ( from 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016.

Updated conference programme

Due to some cancellations from conference participants in the last few days, we have updated the programme for ‘Communication, Development and Human Rights: Social change and media flows’ (19-20 November 2015). You can download it here: ECREA IIC conference programme 2015 (Final)

Presenters are kindly requested to prepare a presentation of about 15 to max. 18 minutes, preferably supported by a Powerpoint presentation which can be uploaded before the session.

See you in Barcelona!

Conference programme online

The programme for ‘Communication, Development and Human Rights: Social change and media flows’ (19-20 November 2015) is now online and can be downloaded here: ECREA IIC conference programme 2015!

Please note that the reduced registration fee will be available until 2 November 2015. You can register for the conference by using the following tool:

See you in Barcelona!

Registration form is online!

You can now register for the upcoming November conference of ECREA’s IIC section by using the following tool:

Please note that we have extended the registration deadline and that the reduced fee will be available until 2 November 2015.

ECREA-IIC 2015 conference: Practical information

The International and Intercultural Communication Section of ECREA presents its international Conference on Communication, Development and Human Rights: social change and media flows. The two-days conference will discuss the role of media in international (news) media flows, intercultural communication and communication for development and social change. With only two months separating us from what looks to be a very interesting conference with international participants, please find below some useful information.


The final programme will be posted online in due time. The conference starts on 19 November with a keynote lecture by Dr. Chris Paterson (University of Leeds), followed by two full days of paper sessions.

Conference fee

Your registration is only valid after we have received your payment of the conference fee. Please pay 50 EURO (for PhD Students) or 100 EURO (for all other participants) at least two weeks in advance of the conference.

Letter of invitation

Participants requiring an official letter of invitation to obtain their visa, please contact the section’s chair Teresa Velazquez ( with all necessary information (e.g. passport number, full names, country of residence, …).

Full paper

Full papers can be sent to before 1 November 2015 with a maximum word count of 7500 words (including references). Papers will be made available to all registered conference participants.


Barcelona is a very popular tourist destination and it hosts a large number of hotels from all different price ranges. The local conference committee has selected a list of hotels that are close by the conference venue and/or offer special discount rates for conference participants. For an overview, please download the following document: ACCOMMODATION IICS ECREA NOV15.

Travel information

The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Communication Studies of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). The UAB Campus is located in Bellaterra (around 35 minutes from Barcelona). The address of the conference venue is Faculty of Communication Studies – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB Campus – Building I, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona – Spain. How to get there?

– From the airport to Barcelona: there are different options of transport from the Airport El Prat –Barcelona to the city (

– From Barcelona to the UAB Campus: Take the public train (Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat – FGC), lines S2 or S55, to the station “Universitat Autònoma” ( Or take a cab from Barcelona to the campus, with a cost around 35 EURO. If you are staying at the Hotel SERHS Campus (, this hotel is a 10 minute walk from the conference venue. A taxi from the Airport directly to this Hotel in the UAB campus could cost around 50 EURO.