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[eccr] !!! CFP: for ECCR 'New media technologies' section panel @ First European Communication Conference !!!

Sun Apr 17 12:54:17 GMT 2005

Call for papers
for a panel of the ECCR New media technologies section
@ The First European Communication Conference
KIT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 24-26, 2005

We would like to invite abstracts for contributions to a panel of the New 
media technologies section of the ECCR, the European Consortium for 
Communications Research ( at the First European 
Communication Conference ( in Amsterdam in November.

The ECCR aims to strengthen the European research area in media and 
communication research. Joining forces with the ECA (the European 
Communication Association ­ for this conference, the 
ECCR is currently expanding its scope. Its links with the IAMCR are still 
strong, but the emphasis is on facilitating a consolidation of European 
networking seen as here as additional to, not exclusive from, other networks.

Within the existing CfP of the overall conference (to which we have to send 
the panel applications), we would like to concentrate on the second set of 
topics: State-of-the-art research and theory building which 
includes  Assessments of the theories and methods developed in the field 
during the past half century as well as analytical work on lessons learned; 
Critical summaries of research findings in the various (sub)fields of 
European communication research; Comparative intra-European communication 
research; Innovative methodologies, pedagogies and theories; 
State-of-the-art research findings; Future studies in communication and 
mediation: issues and methods.

The New media technologies section shares the aim of strengthening the 
European networking efforts. It aims to be a forum that brings together 
researchers in the field from a variety of backgrounds. The emphasis of the 
current leadership team is on media and communications studies, cultural 
studies as well as the representation and sociology of technology. The 
first emphasis within the section will be on technology and its particular 
role in relation to both everyday life and cultural theory. This applies to 
technological and cultural forms and their intersections and 
crystallisations.   Recognising the importance of new media and 
technologies within the conduct of everyday lives around the world, but 
also emphasising the limitations of possible changes, this panel aims 
to  concentrate on the axes of new media and technologies as they move 
across communicational and interactional fields. Possible contributions 
could cover fields such as the aesthetics and form of new media; digital 
illiteracy; the domestication of technologies; metaphors of new media; 
political economies; and cultural theories of technology. Abstracts of no 
more than 800 words should be sent by April 27th to Maren Hartmann 
((Maren.Hartmann /at/

The section was only recently founded and is currently in its formation 
phase. Thus any contribution made now can help to define what this 
sections role within the ECCR shall be. The conference will be the 
official inauguration of this newly formed section. A section meeting will 
take place in Amsterdam. Here, new members will be welcomed and asked to 
contribute to the content-formation of the section. Thus a draft of the 
letter of intent of the section will be open to discussion.

Maren Hartmann (Erfurt, D)
Kate ORiordan (Lancaster/Sussex, UK)
Caroline Bassett (Sussex, UK)

Dr. Maren Hartmann ­ Universitaet Erfurt
Seminar fuer Medien und Kommunikation
Postfach 900 221 ­ D-99105 Erfurt
Phone/Fon: +49 361 737 4186 ­ Fax: +49 361 737 4179

Carpentier Nico (Phd)
Katholieke Universiteit Brussel - Catholic University of Brussels
Vrijheidslaan 17 - B-1081 Brussel - Belgium
T: ++ 32 (0)2-412.42.78
F: ++ 32 (0)2/412.42.00
Office: 4/0/18
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Media Sociology (CeMeSO)
Pleinlaan 2 - B-1050 Brussels - Belgium
T: ++ 32 (0)2-629.18.30
F: ++ 32 (0)2-629.28.61
Office: 5B.401a
European Consortium for Communication Research
E-mail: (Nico.Carpentier /at/

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