YECREA Representative

YECREA, the young scholars network of ECREA, is calling for early-career communication researchers across Europe to apply for the vacant position as YECREA representative in the Film Studies section of ECREA.

Deadline for application: 2 September 2019

You can find all information here.

Media Mutations Programme

The ECREA Film Studies section sponsors the conference Media, Diplomacy and Soft Power, which will explore how media (with special attention to film) are used as soft power tools in relations between emerging markets and western countries. The conference programme is now online.

The conference takes place on 20 and 21 May 2019 at the University of Bologna. The conference is organized by Marco Cucco (Università di Bologna), in co-operation with Gertjan Willems (University of Antwerp) and Zhan Zhang (Università della Svizzera italiana).

Poster Media Mutations

CFP: Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities

On 18 and 19 October, the ECREA Film Studies section will organise its biannual conference in Ghent! The conference topic is Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities. You can find the full call for papers below.

Conference website: 

CFP: Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities
18-19 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium

Keynote speakers:
Catherine Grant (Birkbeck, University of London)
Barbara Flueckiger (Zurich University)
Richard Dyer (King’s College London)

The academic study of film has involved looking at generic conventions, authorial features, and the use and function of different aspects of film language, including mise-en-scène, narrative, editing and sound. Film Studies has also examined the relationship between film and society, by contemplating issues such as race and gender, the on- and off-screen construction of stardom, the association between cinema, ideology and propaganda, and the way in which films mirror and shape national and transnational identities. The industrial features of film, film policy and legislation, as well as matters of film reception, distribution and exhibition, venues and audiences (cf. the New Cinema History Movement) have also been extensively considered by scholars, within and beyond the discipline.

Research questions and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences have often been used in conjunction in the analysis of this multitude of topics. The history of Film Studies is thus one of transdisciplinarity. As the discipline moves forward, and its future is called into question – both in relation to debates about the post-cinematic era (Denson and Leyda 2016) and the changing academic context (Fairfax 2017) – methodological considerations have been given greater attention in academic discussions. This is at least partly connected to the rise of the Digital Humanities, which has afforded the study of film with a variety of new digital sources, tools and methods, as well as a growing interest in quantitative data, which allows for new forms of analysis of film texts, industries, audiences and cultures. At the same time, more traditional methods, such as the multiple approaches to textual analysis, the use of interviews and surveys, as well as archival research, retain their important place within Film Studies. The wide variety of methodologies adopted by researchers of film across the globe have meant the discipline is now faced with a series of challenges and opportunities.

Aiming to explore a wide range of approaches, this conference invites contributions that engage with current methodological challenges and opportunities in Film Studies. We welcome theoretical contributions on methodological issues in Film Studies, papers or workshop sessions on specific methods, as well as research papers paying considerable attention to the methodological framework at stake.

Abstracts are invited on topics related to research methods in Film Studies, including but not limited to:

  • Statistical methods for textual analysis
  • Film Studies and big data
  • Text mining in Film Studies
  • CAQDAS and Film Studies
  • Cinema and social network analysis
  • Audience research
  • Methods in New Cinema History
  • Production analysis and film policy research
  • Film and video as methodological tools
  • Narrative analysis
  • Archival research
  • Neurocinematics and neuroscience of film
  • Methodological issues in specific schools of film analysis (e.g. feminism, phenomenology, neoformalism, auteurism, post-structuralism, critical theory, cultural studies, political economy …)

The conference will also host a special panel organized by the ECREA Television Studies section. The section invites paper proposals devoted to new methodologies in the research of television fiction and non-fiction content. The section welcomes submissions that explore comparisons, international approaches and examples of concrete and innovative case studies, in order to shed light on the future of TV Studies in the new digital context.

Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) along with key references, institutional affiliation and a short bio (max 150 words) or a panel proposal, including a panel presentation (max 300 words) along with minimum 3, maximum 4 individual abstracts.

Submission deadline: 12 May 2019.

Proposal acceptance notification: 21 June  2019.

Please send your abstract/panel proposals to the conference email address:

ECREA membership is not required to participate in the conference. The conference fee will not exceed 70 EUR and will include coffee breaks, lunches and receptions.

The conference takes place in Ghent and is hosted by Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. The conference is organised by the ECREA Film Studies Section in co-operation with DICIS (Digital Cinema Studies network), the Research Center for Visual Poetics at the University of Antwerp, the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies at Ghent University, the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center at the University of Antwerp, and the Popular Communication division of NeFCA.

Conference organisers: Gertjan Willems (University of Antwerp/Ghent University), Sergio Villanueva Baselga (Universitat de Barcelona), Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon)

CFP ‘Media, Diplomacy and Soft Power’

The ECREA Film Studies section is proud to sponsor the conference Media, Diplomacy and Soft Power, which will explore how media (with special attention to film) are used as soft power tools in relations between emerging markets and western countries. The conference will take place on 20 and 21 May 2019 at the University of Bologna. Here’s the call for papers:

Media, Diplomacy and Soft Power:

Exploring the Relations Between Emerging Markets and Western Countries

Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti, May 20th-21st, 2019

Confirmed keynote speakerStanley Rosen (University of Southern California)

A second keynote speaker will be soon announced

Organized by Marco Cucco (Università di Bologna), Gertjan Willems (University of Antwerp) and Zhan Zhang (Università della Svizzera italiana)

Media products, in particular audiovisual works, have always been used both as soft power tools for shaping or branding the image and reputation of their producing countries, and as a diplomatic platform for facilitating international relations and trade. Soft power strategies involve public and private stakeholders working in different areas within a wide, complex and well-orchestrated plan. However, due to the fundamental role of culture, media always play a crucial role in any plan of soft power and strategic marketing.

The conference aims at understanding how media products serve for diplomatic and soft power purposes, with a focus on emerging markets. While traditional flows of communication moved from the Western world to other regions (as in the case of Hollywood films), nowadays the most sophisticated and innovative soft power plans are going in the opposite direction: from developing countries to Western Europe and the United States. Not only do countries like China, India, South Korea and Mexico have more and more skillful and powerful media companies and professionals, they are also intensively working and negotiating to spread their media products and brands abroad and to create international co-productions and new media ventures. Within these collaborations and expansion strategies, Western Europe and the United States also became their targeted markets.

Investigating these dynamics is very challenging for scholars. Soft power strategies are often based on “unwritten” political decisions; they usually aim at reaching intangible goals, and their analysis requires expertise from several research areas (political sciences, economics, media studies, etc.). In light of these challenges, the conference aims at a better understanding of the role played by media products in international diplomacy and as soft power tools of developing countries favoring a dialogue between scholars from different research fields and geographic areas. In line with its founding purposes, the Media Mutations conference series aims to serve as a platform for discussing methodologies, sharing expertise and promoting a multi-disciplinary approach.

The 11th edition of Media Mutations encourages submissions that cover the following subjects and topics:

  • Mapping of public and private stakeholders involved in soft power strategies of emerging markets, with a focus on creative industries;
  • The role of media within soft power strategies of emerging markets;
  • Case studies of single countries (economic and cultural goals; policies; international agreements; development and performance of media products, etc.);
  • Case studies of particular media companies/organizations for their success/failure (corporate strategy, output, markets, economic results, etc.);
  • Case studies of particular media products for their success/failure (content design; financing; international distribution/circulation; reception in the national market and in foreign markets);
  • Soft power and national branding;
  • The implementation of soft power into media practices;
  • The places of networking for diplomatic and soft power purposes (fairs, markets at festivals, etc.);
  • Relations between developing countries and international organizations (e.g. European Union, World Trade Organization, etc.) in the field of media;
  • Methodological approaches for investigating soft power strategies and their tangible/intangible results.

The official language of the conference is English. Abstracts (300-500 words for 20-minute talks) should be sent to by January 20th, 2019. Please attach a brief biography (maximum 150 words) and an optional selected bibliography (up to five references). Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 18 th. A registration fee will be requested after notification of paper acceptance (€60 for speakers and professional attendants; free conference admission for students).

This Conference is financially supported by Centro Dipartimentale La Soffitta and Dipartimento delle Arti, Università di Bologna, and sponsored by the ECREA Film Studies Section.

Lugano conference & new management team

A big thank you to all delegates for your enthusiastic participation in the Film Studies Section of the ECREA conference in Lugano! We very much enjoyed meeting you and discussing our film research efforts together.


At the conference, a new management team for the ECREA Film Studies Section was elected. Gertjan Willems (University of Antwerp/Ghent University) and Sergio Villanueva Baselga (University of Barcelona) are happy to continue their work as chairs for another two years, while they welcome Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon) to join the team! More information on our planned activities will follow soon. A big thank you to Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork), who’s stepping down after six years of much appreciated work for the Film Studies section!

ECREA conference Lugano & elections

The preliminary conference programme for the 2018 ECREA conference in Lugano (Oct. 31 – Nov. 3) was recently published: As you will see, all the Film Studies panels are scheduled in the same room (EX-ASILO Room 7) and on the same day: Thurday, November 1.

At the Lugano conference, a new management team (a chair and two vice-chairs) has to be elected.

Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork) has reached the maximum term of six years in the section’s management team, so she has to step down. A big thank you to Laura for all your great work, such as the organization of the great 2017 ECREA Film Studies conference in Cork!

Gertjan Willems (Ghent University/University of Antwerp; candidate for chair) and Sergio Villanueva Baselga (University of Barcelona; candidate for vice-chair), expressed their interest to continue their engagement in the section’s management team. They propose to form a team with Mariana Liz (University of Lisboa; candidate for vice-chair).

The candidacy of this team should not prevent you from putting yourself forward. Candidates can express their interest in running for the position of chair or vice-chair by sending an email to the current chair ( We should also point out that ECREA strongly encourages its Sections to respect regional and gender balance in the constitution of its management teams. We sincerely welcome your interest in this!

The election will take place during our business meeting in Lugano (November 1; 13:30-14:30h at EX-ASILO Room 7). I would like to ask you to send me expressions of interest not later than October 1.

Looking forward to meeting you in Lugano!

All the best,

Gertjan, Laura and Sergio

CFP: ECREA 2018 conference Lugano

We warmly invite you to submit your abstract to the Film Studies section of the ECREA 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) to be held in Lugano, Switzerland, 31 October – 3 November 2018. The overarching conference theme is “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation”. The Film Studies section invites contributions that deal with film from a variety of perspectives.

For submissions and further information, we refer to:

Central conference theme

This conference aims to analyse and to address the theme “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation” in communication from a multiplicity of perspectives.

First, the conference examines the issues of “core” and “margins”, inviting scholars to stretch the boundaries of media and communication research as an academic discipline. We welcome presentation of research that seeks to take communication and media studies to new territories and new fields of application.

“Stretching” media and communication research means bringing attention to underdeveloped fields of research and bringing theories, approaches and methods from other academic fields and disciplines into view. Academic subjects previously not concerned with aspects of mediated communication now acknowledge the role of media and communication processes for their discipline. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for the future role and socio-cultural impact of media and communication research.

Second, the key conference theme of centres and peripheries means reconsidering geographical, cultural and linguistic borders or boundaries. Many areas of media and communication research have been dominated by American and European scholarship, but these traditions can learn methodological and theoretical insights coming, for example, from Asian, South American and African research. In this regard, as the subtitle of the conference emphasizing “translation” suggests, this also requires re-examination in the continual dominance of the English language in academic affairs. There is no doubt that the English language has become the lingua franca in the scientific community, allowing scholars from different countries to communicate and to access each other’s work. Nevertheless, the English language-centrality needs to be questioned and discussed in a plurilingual setting such as the Swiss context and, in particular, when findings in other languages are marginalized, considered peripheral or less important. This is why special panels addressing this topic will be organised during the conference.

Reconsidering borders, however, goes beyond mere reflection and deals with the materiality of communication flows. In the present global context of migration and mobility, and where terms such as flow, mobility, multi-cultural, multi-perspective, transcultural, hybrid and fragmented are ubiquitous, the issue of what we consider as communicative centres and peripheries is highly important. We thus also invite contributions that focus on the stability and fragility of the concepts of “centre” and “periphery”. This topic addresses historical and spatial instability, understanding and explaining how certain physical or immaterial entities become centres – or peripheries – for certain issues in critical times (e.g., the Silicon Valley for technological innovation related to the Internet, online communication and network societies).

Third, the key concepts of centres and peripheries in communication are associated with economic and political power. Communication flows often go from rich (central) countries to poor (peripheral) ones. Within single countries distribution of resources are often unequal in terms of information and connectedness between privileged and unprivileged areas (e.g., urban peripheries and rural areas). People in disadvantaged areas are often excluded by flows, forms and practices of communication that are taken-for-granted in richer regions. In this regard, we also welcome contributions addressing European “divides”, exclusions or fights for inclusion from a communication perspective.


Submission and deadline

Proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters can be submitted to one of ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks through ECREA 2018 submission platform until 28 February 2018. Submission opens on 11 December 2017 on

Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, 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 no more than 500 words.

Please note that participants can be nominated as the first (presenting) author in one accepted submission only. If more than one contribution with the same first (presenting) author is accepted, the participant stated as the first (presenting) author will be asked to decide which paper he/she wants to present. There is no restriction on the number of presentations where a conference participant is listed as co-author and participants can still act as chair or respondent of a panel.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference website until 28 February 2018. 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 registered attendants after logging into the system.

Please consult the guidelines for your submission on the conference website.



Submission system opens: 11 December 2017 Submission of paper and panel abstracts and posters: 28 February 2018 Notification of Acceptance: 7 May 2018 End of Early Bird Registration Fee: 31 August 2018 Presenters’ registration deadline: 15 September 2018 Deadline for submission of the full papers (optional): 1 October 2018

We are looking forward to your contribution. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the ECREA 2018 Conference Secretariat at