[FoME] European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

Leo Van Audenhove Leo.Van.Audenhove at vub.ac.be
Fr Jun 9 20:30:53 CEST 2006

Lieber Herr Dietz,
Liebe Koleg(Inn)en,

ich möchte mich gerne an euch vorstellen. Ich bin als Dozent  
arbeitstätig an die Vrije Universiteit Brussel und unterrichte  
Fächer in Internationale Kommunikation und Globalisierung und  
Informationsgesellschaft. Ein teil meiner Forschung befinded sich im  
Bereich IKT und Entwicklungsproblematik, teilweise auf makro-ebene  
(policy level) und mit speziefischer fokus auf Sud-Afrika. Ich  
verfolge schon seit anfang die Fome liste und möchte euch gratulieren  
mit dieser Initiative.

By now you have noticed my German is not really fluent. I studied one  
year in Eichstätt in Bavaria, but never really learned to write your  
language. So forgive me for changing languages.

I would like to indicate that I am also chair of the Section on  
International Communication within ECREA (European Communication  
Research and Education Association). Our section was only recently  
established, but it might interest you to join both ECREA and more  
specifically our section (see our website http://www.ecrea.eu/). Part  
of the sections content is in line with the interests of the FOME  
group. ECREA gathers a large group of European scholars in the field  
of media and communication. It also runs an email distribution list  
covering the broad field of communication sciences. Over the last  
months I have submitted some of the FOME mails to this list. I hope  
you don't object to this. If you agree I will keep doing this. If I  
find (European and International) material on the ECREA lists, which  
might be of interest to FOME, I will start distributing it to FOME.

with kind regards

Leo Van Audenhove


Section Objectives - Mission Statements

The field of International and Intercultural Communication has  
changed considerably over the last years. Globalization and its  
consequences have forced the field to broaden its scope considerably.  
Furthermore the field is challenged from the outside by other  
disciplines engaging in the debate on the role of communication in  
globalization processes. In this section we take a broad view on  
cross border communication in all its forms. We define cross border  
communication in terms of communication crossing national or/and  
cultural borders. We will both focus on mediated and personal forms  
of communication.

The International and Intercultural Communication Section provides a  
platform for discussing critical research in the cross border fields  
of international communication and  intercultural communication. The  
focus of the section is on inter- multi-, and transdisciplinary  
approaches to cross border communications in professional fields as  
well as academic fields in all areas of social human change.

To structure the field we propose the following sub themes:

A. Policy and Production

This sub theme largely covers the traditional field of international  
communication. It focuses on policy related to cross border  
communication at the national, regional and international level. It  
furthermore looks at the production and production structures of  
cross border communication by local and transnational institutions  
e.g. national and transnational telecom and media conglomerates. It  
also entails the globalization processes in fields as journalism,  
marketing, etc. Comparative analysis of communication policy and  
production forms part of the field as we define it.

B. Cross Border Communication Products; Representations and Perceptions

This sub theme focuses on communication products, their  
representations and perceptions in cross border public spheres.  
Traditional media products and formats and their flows around the  
globe remain an important focus of analysis. Analysis of products  
distributed over the Internet is an important challenge. The Internet  
as a de factor global media is often seen as a major innovation  
challenging existing media and information flows.

C. Intercultural Communication

This sub theme addresses the complex relationships between  
communications (mass mediated and otherwise) and culture(s). The  
slipstream of globalization contains an increase in global forms of  
communication and culture, and intercultural communication is thus  
becoming a more important topic of research. With regard to this  
theme, the section gives a platform to theoretical explorations as  
well as to more practical transdisciplinary studies in the domain of  
cross border communications in a cultural perspective.

Main Topics of Interest:
International Communication Policy and Regulation
Transnational Media
The Global Internet
Cross Border Theories
Globalization / Localization
Cross Cultural Broadcasting
Development Policies
Appropriate Technology
Distance Learning
Local and Community Media


Communication researchers and scholars from all parts of Europe and  
beyond have decided to join forces and form the European  
Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). This new  
association results from the merger of the two main European  
associations of communication researchers namely: ECA (European  
Communication Association) and ECCR (European Consortium for  
Communications Research).

The announcement of the merger was made on 25 November 2005 during  
the opening of the memorable First European Communication Conference  
hosted by the University of Amsterdam's Ascor (co-organised by ECCR  
and ECA) in front of 550 participants. Their presence and active  
participation showed a pressing demand for such an initiative in the  
communication scholars' community.

Although ECREA is committed to organise conferences and workshops,  
its aims and ambitions reach far beyond. ECREA will provide  
opportunities to exchange information and collaborate with  
researchers active in different countries and/or in different  
disciplines within the field of communication. It will assist members  
in enriching their work and in finding partners and opportunities for  
international research projects. ECREA will provide its members with  
relevant information regarding scientific, institutional and  
practical aspects of their work and at the different stages of their  
career. Special attention will be given to the specific needs and  
expectations of the young scholars (summer schools, network).

ECREA will also become the link to and from the community of  
professors and researchers active in communication and information  
studies. This will include efforts to promote and develop high  
quality research as well as to encourage and foster the best  
standards in higher education in the field. All these activities and  
more will be undertaken with a systematic attention to respect the  
diversity of approaches, cultures and languages. Thematic sections  
and networks are already blooming within ECREA as a way to facilitate  
clustering of members active in a particular domain or sharing  

In order to allow as many scholars as possible to join, ECREA is  
offering a very flexible and affordable membership fee structure for  
individuals and institutions, with reduced fees for first year  
membership, for young scholars and for soft-currency countries.

Prof. dr. Leo Van Audenhove
Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT)
Interdisciplinary institute for BroadBand Technology(IBBT)
Vakgroep Communicatiewetenschap
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel, Belgium
Tel ++32/2/629 24 15
Mobile ++32/479/75 32 36
Fax ++32/2/629 28 61
e-Mail Leo.Van.Audenhove at vub.ac.be


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