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[Commlist] AMCAP Doctoral Spring School 2020 in Pakistan - call for participants

Thu Oct 10 13:06:10 GMT 2019

AMCAP Doctoral Spring School 2020
Supported by ECREA SuSo staff
(Feb 28 - March 8, 2020)

AMCAP (the Association of Media & Communication Academic Professionals) announces a call for participation in the 10-days ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) style Summer School. AMCAP Doctoral Spring School 2020 aims to strengthen the structure and content of Communication and Media Studies PhD research projects in Pakistan. ECREA Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School’s experts, for the first time, will join hands with the AMCAP Doctoral Spring School.

Venue: University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.


Abstract Submission: November 1, 2019
Abstract Acceptance Notification:  November 15, 2019
Research Paper Submission: January 2, 2020
Research Paper Acceptance Notification: 	January 10, 2020

Program Director:
Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman
Spring School Coordinators:
Dr. Abida Ashraf & Dr. Saadia Ishtiaq
Spring School Co-coordinators:
Dr. Zaeem Yasin, Mr. Fahad Mehmood, Dr. Shazia Saeed
Spring School Facilitators:
Dr. Sameera Batool, Dr. Ayesha Ashfaq, Dr. Zahid Bilal, Ms. Sabahat Afsheen
International Advisor:
Dr. Nico Carpentier

The AMCAP Doctoral Spring School 2020 brings together prominent European and Pakistani academics to provide structural and individuated support to young Pakistani and other Asian scholars in their PhD projects. The AMCAP Spring School is a PhD-student centered school, that will give participants unique opportunities to polish their scientific research skills in the emerging digital environment through PhD feedback panels, workshops, and lectures along with panel discussions. In the age of digital humanities and emerging ecosystem, the School will provide opportunities of learning pedagogies in digital ecosystems. The AMCAP Spring School aims to provide a supportive international setting where doctoral students can present their ongoing work, receive one to one feedback on their PhD projects from European and Pakistani academicians. It will also be an opportunity to establish valuable networking with academia of different countries.

Participants of AMCAP Spring School can apply under following two categories: 1. As PhD scholars (Those who are currently enrolled in any University for PhD Degree) 2. As Observers (Any aspiring PhD scholar, PhD Scholar awaiting viva, Faculty Member, and Early Career Media Professional) The ‘AMCAP Spring School 2020’ has limited seats and will select only 21 PhD scholars and 15 observers.

 The AMCAP Spring School includes:

1. Student Feedback Panels: At the beginning of the Spring School, each participant will be guided to draft a poster and presentation on his/her research project, which will then be used during their presentations in the student feedback panels. In the student feedback panels, participants will present their research projects and will receive structured, multi-voiced and constructive feedback on their work from AMCAP Spring School staff and fellow participants. The guidance from eminent professors will enable participants to identify problems in their research, improve the quality of their academic work, and stimulate further research interest.

2. Keynote Lectures: Special seminars by leading scholars in different fields of communication and media studies will be delivered. The keynote lectures aim to demonstrate the state-of-the-art scholarship on how to understand and produce ‘Media and Communication Theories’. The lectures will include, ‘Theoretical formulations in Discourse Theory’, ‘Participation Theory’, ‘Audiences in the age of Datafication’, ‘Autoethnography: Digital Parenting’, ‘Fake News’, ‘Data Journalism’ and ‘Challenges of Journalism in Digital Age.’

3. Workshops on Research Skills: More than eight hands-on workshops are designed to provide examples and guidance in real research settings. Topics will include: How to Write an Abstract for International Conferences; Formulate/Define Research Questions from the Literature Review; Quantitative Research Methods vs. Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences Research, Critical Discourse Analysis, Semiotic Analysis, Data Analysis, Oral Presentation Skills; Academic Writing; Key Steps of Publishing Academic Papers, How to Write a Proposal for Funded Projects in Social Sciences, etc.

4. Student Group Projects: Participants will be grouped into small teams, based on their research areas and methodological background. Professors will be assigned to the student teams on the basis of their best fit in terms of topics and methods. Both in-class and off-class group work will not only help the participants to understand how to collaborate in an academic environment but also give them more opportunities to engage with professors. One task will be assigned to the team at the beginning of the program, and the results of teamwork will be presented at the end of Spring School.

5. Media Dialogues: Dialogues with media experts from media organizations will be arranged during the AMCAP Spring School. The dialogue sessions will be held on the site of the media organization itself, whenever possible. This will allow the participant/observer to personally observe the media work in practice.

6. Panel Discussion on International Careers: The participants/observers will also get the opportunity to engage in discussions with the international team of professors on academic careers in international universities. They will brief participants about the challenges and prospects of teaching and researching at European universities. They will explain the procedures and provide the detailed insight into the European academic environment.

7. Networking and Publishing Opportunity: The AMCAP Spring School aims to provide a supportive international setting for Pakistani PhD students. The participants can receive the feedback from international experts from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the future. The students will also be given the opportunity to publish with AMCAP journals after peer-reviewing of their research work.

Observers will benefit from keynote lectures, workshops, media dialogues, networking, and publishing opportunities except for the student feedback panels.

International Faculty:

1. Dr. Nico Carpentier, Docent at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic).

2. Dr. Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Professor in Media and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden.

3. Dr. Eddy Borges Rey, Associate Professor in Journalism and Strategic Communication Programme, Northwestern University in Qatar, Education City, Qatar.

Faculty from Pakistan:

1.      Dr. Altaf Khan, Professor, Forman Christian College, Lahore
2. Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman, Associate Professor, University of the Punjab.
3.      Dr. Abida Ashraf, Assistant Professor, University of the Punjab.
4. Dr. Sadia Ishtiaq, Assistant Professor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, RWP 5. Dr. Firasat Jabeen, Assistant Professor, Forman Christian College, Lahore

How to Apply:

As Participants: All participants are required to send an abstract (up to 500 words), a letter of motivation (up to 1000 words) to (amcap92ss /at/ by November 1, 2019. The abstract should include:
1. Title
2. Research questions
3. Theoretical framework
4. Research design and methodology

All participants will be notified about the decision on their abstract by November 15, 2019. Only successful candidates shall be asked to submit a full research paper (4000 words) by January 02, 2020.

Submission of the full research paper is a requirement for participation in the Spring School and the formal acceptance confirmation for AMCAP Spring School 2020 shall be sent by January 10, 2020. • The 4000-word research paper on the PhD research should provide a good and full academic overview of candidate’s ongoing doctoral research, and not a conventional conference paper or a report of findings. • It is expected that the research paper will briefly present the focus of the research and then describe the key components of the research project, namely (1) research questions, relevance and rationale, (2) theoretical framework, (3) research design and methodology and (4) the time plan. • In addition, a participant may also add an appendix with a set of questions or problems that he would like to be discussed during the workshops (maximum 1 page). This one page needs to be part of the same Word/PDF file that also contains the research paper. • Based on the abstracts and titles of other participants’ papers, every participant is expected to reflect on three papers of other participant before the commencement of the workshop. • Each participant will bring to the AMCAP Spring School a pre-prepared 10-minute seminar presentation, covering the main points of his/her work. Each participant is also expected to actively participate in discussions of his/her own and other participant’s work.

Observers: Observers are not required to submit any 500 words PhD research proposal. However, they will be asked to submit a one-page document briefly introducing themselves and their field(s) of interest, and describing their reasons for applying for this AMCAP Spring School. This document needs to be emailed to (amcap92ss /at/ by November 1, 2019. The observers may be asked to submit the revised portfolio if some information is missing.

Abstract Submission: November 1, 2019
Abstract Acceptance: November 15, 2019
Research Paper Submission: January 2, 2020
Research Paper Acceptance: January 10, 2020
Registration Fee payment: January 5, 2020

Fee and Payment:

Fee for summer school participant is Rs.15, 000/-, which must be paid at the time of submission of research paper i.e. January 2, 2020. It includes participation in the whole program on-site (lunch and tea included), media organizations’ visit(s) and Welcome and Farewell Dinners.

Fee for the foreign participants is 350 USD which includes participation in the whole program.

Fee for summer school observers is Rs. 10,000/- which includes participation in the whole program (lunch and tea included), except the student feedback panels, and the media organizations visit(s).

Registration fee is non-refundable. Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. If a Spring School Participant or Observer needs help with finding accommodation near the campus, he/she must inform the organizers at least one month before the start of AMCAP Spring School 2020.

Additional facilities provided by Spring School: Both participants and observers will be provided following free facilities during the Spring School.

•	Free WiFi
•	Tea during breaks
•	Certificates of Participation
•	Recommendation letters if and when required

More information can be found at AMCAP website:

Association of Media & Communication Academic Professionals (AMCAP)

University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

Contact for Queries:
Dr. Saadia Ishtiaq.
Email: (saadia_nauman /at/

Bios of the International Speakers:

Dr. Nico Carpentier
Nico Carpentier is Docent at Charles University in Prague; he also holds part-time positions at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB – Free University of Brussels), as Associate Professor, and at Uppsala University, as Senior Researcher. Moreover, he is a Research Fellow at the Cyprus University of Technology and Loughborough University. Earlier, he was ECREA Treasurer (2005-2012) and Vice-President (2008-2012), and IAMCR Treasurer (2012-2016). Currently, he is Chair of the Participatory Communication Research Section at IAMCR. His latest books are The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation (2017, Peter Lang, New York); Cyprus and its Conflicts. Representations, Materialities, and Cultures (2018, co-edited), Critical Perspectives on Media, Power and Change (2018, co-edited), Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy (2019, edited), and Communication and Discourse Theory (2019, co-edited).

Dr. Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt
Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt is a Professor in Media and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden, since November 2016 and has previously worked in University of Tartu as a Professor in Media Studies (2014-2015). Her research interests have focused around cultural citizenship and participation and engagement in museums, libraries and public broadcasting. She has also worked internet users and social applications of new technologies. She has been an active member in European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and is currently the International Director of European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School. She has been project leader on different local projects, among them: “Developing museum communication in the 21st century information environment” (2009-2013) and country coordinator for international projects like “Hub Websites for Youth Participation” (2009-2011), "Nordic Research Network on Learning Across Contexts (NordLAC) (2011-2014)" and FET-open, FP7 research project partner in “UaESMC - Usable and Efficient Secure Multiparty Computation” (2012-2015). These projects have had her working on new and emerging technologies, youth participation and museum engagement questions. She has published over hundred articles both in journals and as book chapters and has been in the team of editors for more than ten books.

Dr. Eddy Borges-Rey
Eddy Borges-Rey is an Associate Professor in Digital Journalism and Emerging Media at Northwestern University in Qatar, and co-director of the Life in Data project. He is co-editor of the forthcoming edited collection Data Journalism in the Global South (Palgrave), and the book series Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South. He holds an MA and PhD in Media and Communication from the University of Malaga in Spain. Overall, his research looks at the interplay between media, technology and power, particularly around issues in Data Journalism, Open Data, Social Computation, Critical Data, Code and Algorithm Studies, AI and automation, Freedom of Information, Mobile Journalism, Innovation, Photojournalism, and Data Literacy. He has taught Journalism Studies, Production and Media Studies in Venezuela, Spain, Vietnam and the UK, and as professional he has worked as a journalist, a broadcast producer and PR practitioner for almost 15 years.

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