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[ecrea] Doctoral Summer School on the Media & Nationalism

Thu Apr 03 08:53:45 GMT 2008

Doctoral Summer School on the Media & Nationalism
An international meeting, Vic (Barcelona, Spain), from 7th to 11th July 2008

We are pleased to extend to you an invitation to 
participate in the Media & Nationalism Doctoral 
Summer School 2008 in Vic, Barcelona (Spain), 
which will be held from 7th to 11th July 2008.

The Doctoral Summer School on the Media & 
Nationalism will bring together members of the 
Catalan, Basque, Northern Irish and Scottish 
research communities around a programme of 
discussions that will focus on the themes of the 
media, communication, nationalism, politics and conflict.

The main emphasis of this summer school is on 
providing structural and individuated PhD-support 
for European scholars, through a variety of 
working forms, including feedback seminar and 
lectures. The summer school aims to provide a 
supportive international setting where doctoral 
students can present their work, receive feedback 
on their PhD-projects from international experts, 
and meet students and academics from other countries.

Programme Content:
Stateless nations play an important role in the 
new comprehensive political system, which has 
enabled them to integrate into broader political institutions.

In a European framework that legitimises and 
reinforces the State as the sole political player 
with the ability to participate in the Union, 
those regions with nationalist claims are seeking 
to clarify their political future, satisfy their 
aspirations (sovereignty or greater autonomy) and 
become fully integrated in the supra-state structure.

Sometimes autonomous development is shaken by the 
outbreak of violence, mixed inevitably with 
anthropological, political, sociological and 
communicative issues. Therefore, it can be 
inferred that the study of these factors is of 
key importance in the treatment and possible 
resolution of violent or non-violent national conflict.

Taking four paradigmatic cases: Northern Ireland, 
Scotland, the Basque Country and Catalonia, we 
aim to share and discuss an experiential and methodological background.

The main aim of this Doctoral Summer School on 
the Media & Nationalism is to propose an initial 
approach to the realities of each of the 
participants, examining the similarities and 
differences from a multidisciplinary perspective and an academic standpoint.

Objectives and Thematic Areas (to be discussed in the lectures):
1.      To establish an experiential background 
through the description of the conflicts 
represented here, with multidisciplinary papers 
being presented by speakers from the participating universities
2.      To create a theoretical framework that 
will support the study of the four cases: 
Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Basque Country and Catalonia
3.      To establish a set of tools that might be 
useful in resolving these and other conflicts
4.      To discuss the role of the States 
involved in these national conflicts: the United Kingdom and Spain
5.      To evaluate the role of the media in the 
treatment, escalation and resolution of these conflicts
6.      To test the feasibility of implementing 
inter-university working groups, derived from 
common interests and divided according to subject areas

Workshop Issues: Call for Papers
The Summer School will take place at the 
University of Vic, in the Faculty of Business Studies and Communication (FEC).
Attendance for the summer school:
-       Postgraduate students
-       Doctoral students
-       Researchers interested in these issues
Tuition Fee for the Summer School: 190 euros (for 
information on general conditions and details of 
the fees, please see the Summer School website)

The Summer School application form can be found 
at This 
website also contains further information 
regarding the programme, lectures and accommodation links.

The working language of the Summer School will be English.

Procedure & Deadlines:
When applying, those interested in participating 
should send the coordinators a Brief CV and 
Academic Profile (maximum of 15 lines in length), 
as well as an Abstract of their PhD project (no 
more than 250 words), which should deal with one 
or more of the following issues:
-       The media and national conflict
-       The media and identity
-       The media and nationalism

Deadline for applications is 21th April 2008. 
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 28th 
April 2008. Intending participants should enrol 
between 28th April- 5nd May 2008 by completing 
and forwarding the 'application form' to be found 
on the Summer School website.

Students whose abstracts are accepted will be 
asked to send a 10-page (3000-word) paper on 
their PhD project as a whole. The paper should 
identify the methodological, theoretical and 
practical considerations on which he/she wishes 
to receive feedback. (Deadline 13th June 2008).

Based on the abstracts and titles of other 
student papers, participants will be asked to 
choose up to 3 papers they would be interested in 
responding to. These preferences will be taken 
into consideration when drawing up Workshop Groups.

By the time of the Summer School (8th July 2008), 
all participants will be expected to have 
prepared a presentation (no more than 15 minutes 
long) that describes the main points of their 
work or those aspects they require feedback on.

Workshop Description
The Workshop will run for 1½ hours (8th July). 
Papers will be divided by subject areas in such a 
way as to maximise the value of the discussions of the lectures.

The Seminar will begin with a 
discussion/theoretical debate covering the main 
lines of work of the participants. Thematic 
working groups will then be formed according to the content of each paper.

Each paper will be introduced by the Chairman. 
Then, each participant will make a 15-minute 
presentation of their research. Another 
participant will respond to the paper, adopting 
the role of 'opponent', discussing and/or 
criticising the paper and its contents. Guest 
academics and professors who are participating in 
the day-congress will also be called on to take 
part in the discussion of the paper.

Should you have any questions regarding the 
application procedure, or require any further 
information, please contact the Summer School on 
the Media & Nationalism Coordinators:
Cristina Perales (cristina.perales /at/
Iker Merodio (iker.merodio /at/

Organising Committee
Cristina Perales, Universitat de Vic (UVic)
(cristina.perales /at/

Iker Merodio, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV-EHU)
(iker.merodio /at/

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CeMeSO)
Pleinlaan 2 - B-1050 Brussels - Belgium
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