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CfP: Mediated (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures

Conference theme: ‘Mediated (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures’

Discontinuity is the far side of change. Late modernity – as the unstoppable flow of permanent changes – is haunted by the disparity of its various histories, geographies, ontologies and technologies. How are media and communication practices engaged in communicating across these divides?

The theme heralding European Communication Conference 2016 derives from the political history of the post-socialist region of which Prague as the conference host is a symbolic memento. After the collapse of communist totalitarianism, the countries in post-socialist Europe have been undergoing a crisis of continuity in the realms of political values, historical consciousness, moral sense of the self and the memory of the past.

The conference theme, however, reaches far beyond the post-totalitarian context and encourages its participants to reflect upon the question of how media and communication practices are involved in communicating over many other dislocations in political, cultural, temporal or spatial realms in all European countries. Acceleration in all aspects of social life generates pasts we cannot return to, territories we cannot access and selves we do not recognize any more. Are media capable of navigating through the related feelings of nostalgia, cultural trauma, guilt, shame or (be)longing? Does communication help to make sense of them?

Can a sense of home be mediated for those who are expelled from their countries or displaced by war, the paramount discontinuity? How is communication entangled in commemoration and remembering? What are the communicative means of identity building in the age of digitised archives which are not static storehouses of memories? Should we consider the media as an actor in economic discontinuities such as crisis and recession?

We cordially invite media and communication scholars to submit papers addressing these questions – together with other ramifications of the conference theme – and to share their ideas with the wide community of colleagues from Europe and beyond.

Submission and deadline

Proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters can be submitted to one of the 21 ECREA sections through the ECC conference website (http://www.ecrea2016prague.eu) from 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016. Please see section descriptions and calls below. For section overviews, please see http://www.ecrea.eu/divisions/section.

Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, the theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 500 words. Panel proposals, which should consist of five individual contributions, combine a panel rationale with five panel paper abstracts, each of which shall be a maximum length of 500 words.

Participants may submit more than one proposal, but only one paper or poster by the same presenting author will be accepted. Participants can still present in one extra session as second (or third, etc.) author of other papers or posters and can still act as chair or respondent of a panel.. All proposals should be submitted through the conference website from 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Please note that this submission deadline will not be extended.
Abstracts will be published in a PDF Abstract Book. Full papers (optional) will be published via the conference submission system and available to the registered attendants after logging into the system.

Timeline
Submission of paper and panel abstracts and posters: 29 February 2016
Notification of Acceptance: 30 April 2016
End of Early Bird Registration Fee: 31 August 2016
Presenters’ registration deadline: 1 October 2016
Deadline for submission of the full papers (optional): 15 October 2016

We are looking forward to your contribution. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the ECREA 2016 Conference Secretariat at abstracts@ecrea2016prague.eu.

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