Call for participants ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2011 (closed)

We are happy to invite you to participate in the ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2011 that will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 14 – 27 August 2011.

The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2011 brings together members of the European research community to this summer school in order to debate contemporary issues in media, communication and cultural studies.

The main emphasis of this summer school is on providing structural and individuated PhD-support for young European scholars, through a variety of working forms, including feedback seminars, workshops, and lectures.

The summer school aims to provide a supportive international setting where doctoral students can present their ongoing work, receive feedback on their PhD-projects from international experts and meet students and academics from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the future.

The summer school is open to the full variety of academic work in the broad field of communication and media studies. The overall theme for the programme - New democratic cultures in a globalised European mediasphere provides just one of the many topical focal points of the summer school. The theme will not be used as a criterion for participant selection. All PhD projects within the field of communication and media studies are welcomed. 

There are two options to attend the Summer School:

For students whose universities are a member of the organizing consortium the Summer School will provide:

- Summer School materials (including 2 books),
- accommodation, breakfast, coffee and  lunches,
- travel refund*

Payment of a membership contribution of 450 Euros for a series of supplementary activities (research seminars, round table and social events) organised by the Slovene Communication Association is required.


* The full refund is valid for the (cheapest possible) travel costs to the summer school location (Ljubljana) taking into account the maximum eligible costs set by Erasmus IP. In order to get the refund after the end of the summer school, the students will have to send in their original boarding passes and tickets, travel agent invoices and receipts to the summer school coordinator no later than September 5 2011 (date of stamp). Otherwise no refund will be provided.

For students whose universities are not a member of the organizing consortium but are either individual or institutional members of ECREA, the Summer School will provide:

- Summer School materials (including 2 books),
- accommodation, breakfast, coffee and lunches.

Payment of a membership contribution of 550 Euros for a series of supplementary activities (research seminars, round table and social events) organised by the Slovene    Communication Association is required.


The summer school gives full recognition to the activities of participating students who are awarded 10 ECTS credits for their participation in the full programme (including the supplementary activities). Six of the best student presentations and all abstracts of student projects will be published in the Summer School Book. The total number of students will be limited to 45, up to 35 from consortium members and 10 students through ECREA.

There will be 1 grant provided to students who are unable to otherwise raise registration and travel fee. There is a separate application and selection procedure in order to apply for these grants. The application will be available through the summer school website after March 1, 2011.

The deadline for applications for the summer school is April 15, 2011.
 A wide range of student papers is sought for, and it is not necessary to fit into the yearly theme of the doctoral summer school. The working language of the summer school will be English; therefore a sufficient understanding and ability to express oneself in this language is expected.

Stage One
When applying, each interested student is expected fill out a form on the Summer School website ( Prior registration on the website is necessary (the approval of the website account is not automatic and may take up to 3 days.) Uncompleted applications will not be eligible. Applications can only be submitted via the summer school website.
This application form will include:
1. a short CV according to the provided forms
2. a 400 word abstract of the PhD project
The deadline for submitting the application is April 15, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be sent during the first week of May 2011.

Stage Two

Students whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to provide the following documents and information in the second phase:

  1. A 10-page (3000 words) paper on their PhD project as a whole. The 10 page paper should be a report of the student’s ongoing doctoral research and not a conventional conference paper or a report of findings. Rather, it is expected that the student will briefly present the focus of the research and then take up aspects of the research process: methodological, theoretical and practical issues on which he/she would like to receive feedback. (Deadline: June 15)
  2. A set of questions (maximum 1 page) with questions or problems that students would like to be discussed during the workshops. This one page needs to be part of the same Word/PDF file that also contains the 10-page paper. (Deadline: June 15)
  3. Based on the abstracts and titles of other student papers, everyone is expected to choose up to 3 papers they would be interested in being a respondent. This preference will be taken into consideration while setting up student working groups. (Deadline June 20)
  4. By the start of the Summer School, each student has to prepare a 10-minute seminar presentation covering the main points of their work. Each student is also expected to actively participate in the discussions of their own and other people’s work. In order to ensure maximum benefits of the seminars, everyone will have to read other participants papers before the Summer School begins.