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[ecrea] cfp - 2019 ECREA Journalism Studies conference
Wed Jun 13 20:27:47 GMT 2018
The Journalism Studies Center at the University of Vienna is hosting the
2019 conference of the ECREA Journalism Studies Section (14-15 Feb
2019), as well as a PhD Workshop (13 Feb 2019). Please see calls below
and/or go to https://ecreajournalism2019.univie.ac.at/
CALL FOR PAPERS
ECREA Journalism Studies Section Conference
Vienna, Austria, February 14-15, 2019.
Hosted by the Journalism Studies Center, Department of Communication,
University of Vienna
Exploring the Diverse Meanings of Journalism in Contemporary Societies
The field of journalism is undergoing some dramatic transformations in
the early 21st century, a development which is widely discussed among
scholars. These transformations, which are to varying degrees of
political, economic, social, cultural and technological nature, have
increasingly drawn into question some long-held assumptions and
expectations of journalistic work. In response, journalism studies
scholars have begun to question some established truths of their own.
Slowly, these efforts are resulting in far more complex visions of what
journalism is, what audiences expect it to be and also what it perhaps
should be from a normative point of view.
To address the transformations of a more complex and dynamic
journalistic field, this conference invites in particular theoretical
and empirical research to address the breaking up of long-established
dichotomies, or binaries, in journalism studies. For example, it seems
much harder to differentiate between soft and hard news in a time of a
burgeoning variety of journalistic formats. Similarly, boundaries
between amateur and professional journalistic work are being eroded, and
established definitions of journalism and who counts as a journalist are
questioned. Further, the old divide between online and off-line is no
longer tenable in light of the increasing platformization of journalism.
In addition, the re-emergence of the relevance of the audience in both
journalistic work and journalism studies calls for work that goes beyond
simplistic distinctions of issues such as trust or distrust.
Journalism’s relevance in society is also increasingly challenged, with
public stakeholders and audiences questioning the legitimacy of
journalism. Here, it appears important to examine how audiences and
public stakeholders define journalism, what they expect from it, and how
they distinguish between legitimate (good) and illegitimate (bad)
journalism. While we may see an overall quantification of methodologies
of journalism studies due to the availability of unprecedented amounts
of data, there is also an increasing need to break up the often
still-entrenched binary between qualitative and quantitative
methodologies. Further, in an increasingly globalized environment,
binaries of 'the West' and 'beyond the West' may no longer be adequate.
The organizers therefore call for papers to address how journalism
studies can help to address the increasingly complex journalistic field,
and to propose theoretical and empirical ways that go beyond previous,
simplistic binaries that have at times defined the field. In addition to
papers dealing with the conference theme, we invite papers which study
cultural, political, economic, social, technological and professional
aspects of journalism and news work in a broad sense. We welcome
submissions from all theoretical, epistemological and methodological
The conference will feature traditional paper presentations, high
density sessions and coherent panels.
*Traditional paper presentations: Traditional paper presentations will
take place in panels consisting of four to five papers.
*High density sessions: Participants present their research on a poster,
which will be put up in the hall way. The session starts with an
introduction round, where each presenter introduces her poster in a
brief talk. After these talks the audience is invited to visit the
posters and discuss the work with the researchers.
*Coherent panels: A limited number of slots will be available for
coherent panels where one topic is addressed in four to five
presentations, followed by a respondent. Preference will be given to
panels with presenters from diverse backgrounds and affiliations.
How to submit:
Submissions can be sent to (ecreajournalism2019 /at/ univie.ac.at) no later
than September 28, 2018. Please include in the email (1) the title of
your paper, (2) an abstract of no more than 400 words, (3) names and
affiliations of the authors, (4) an indication whether you want your
paper to be considered for a high density session.
To submit a panel proposal, a 300-word rationale should be sent
alongside a 150 word explanation per presentation, as well as the names
and affiliations of presenters and respondent.
• All submissions will undergo scholarly peer-review.
• Only one proposal per first author can be accepted.
• Notifications of acceptance will be issued in late October.
More information can be found on our website:
Please contact the conference organizing committee with questions at
(ecreajournalism2019 /at/ univie.ac.at).
ECREA 2019 – 2ND JOURNALISM STUDIES SECTION PhD-WORKSHOP
Call for Proposals
Vienna, 13th of February 2019
Submission deadline for abstracts: 28th of September 2018
This workshop brings together up-and-coming journalism scholars with
experienced colleagues in the field. The goal of this colloquium is to
provide mentorship to members of the Journalism Studies Section.
All selected participants will get the opportunity to present their
PhD-projects and receive detailed feedback from experts working on
related topics. Options and issues will be discussed in a constructive
We welcome theoretical and empirical PhD-projects focusing on journalism
studies with no further limitation in terms of topic. We strongly
support submissions from PhD-candidates, who are rather at the beginning
or in the middle of their project as they benefit from feedback the most.
PhD-students should submit an abstract of 500 words outlining the 1)
topic, 2) rationale, 3) theoretical approach and 4), if applicable,
empirical application. Name, affiliation, expected graduation date and
supervisor should be indicated separately. Applicants are also asked to
supply a ranked list of five potential respondents (Please try to choose
scholars that are likely to attend a section conference in the European
Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Corinna Lauerer
((lauerer /at/ ifkw.lmu.de) <mailto:(lauerer /at/ ifkw.lmu.de)>) no later than by 28th
of September 2018. A notice of acceptance will be sent until November
2018. There will be no fee for attendance as the workshop is kindly
supported by the Journalism Studies Center in the Department of
Communication at the University of Vienna and the Worlds of Journalism
Participants whose abstracts are successful in the blind review process
will be asked to submit a full paper of up to 6000 words by 13th of
January 2019 (mandatory for participation). It will be sent to the
selected respondents to provide them with a comprehensive picture of the
The colloquium will be held on 13th of February 2019 at the Department
of Communication, University of Vienna.
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