Digital culture and communication is a thematic section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Our section’s aim is to exchange and develop research and to build a research culture at the European level in the developing field of digital media and informational culture understood in a broad sense. We welcome work that crosses disciplines and that operates at the boundaries of what might generally be allowed to constitute media/communication systems. The section actively seeks both empirical and theoretical/critical work. Since digital culture and communication is one of the newest topics within the realm of media and communication research, it is (and should be) an important part of the European research agendas and deserves our full academic attention. These are our main premises:
- Provide a forum for researchers who work on digital culture and communication in the broad sense.
- Develop further research in the field.
- Build a basis for collaboration at all levels through our workshops, events and network.
- Encourage junior researchers.
- Communicate existing work in the section to the broader academic world and to the public.
- Connect with other sections within ECREA where possible.
- Strengthen collaboration among European researchers and further the European research area.
Digital media technologies allow us – indeed force us – to rethink existing media and communication theories and approaches (as well as research methods). They also force us to redefine traditional boundaries – for instance those between traditional broadcast media and interpersonal communication – and to explore new forms of interaction. Developments in this field have repercussions for the field of media and communication research as a whole. Exchange with others in the wider field is therefore crucial. The management team of the Digital Culture and Communication section currently consists of the following members.
- Section Chair: Ysabel Gerrard (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
- Vice-chair: Elena Pilipets (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
- Vice-chair: Sofia P. Caldeira (CICANT, Lusófona University, Portugal)
- YECREA Representative: Yunyi Liao (Loughborough University, UK)