Etmaal 2015

The program of the Etmaal 2015 is now available online. Go to 'Program' and click on the PDF file for the detailed version.





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THE ETMAAL VAN DE COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP (24 Hours of Communication Sciences) is an annual conference organised under the patronage of NeFCA, the Netherlands Flanders Communication Association, which brings together communication scholars from Flanders, the Netherlands and beyond. The objective is to exchange research findings and discuss emerging topics.


The theme of the 2015 conference is THE INTERDISCIPLINARY TURN IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES. Communication sciences has gained enough maturity and self-confidence to embrace other disciplines in tackling issues. On the one hand, typical communication sciences subjects such as ‘media effects’ can no longer be understood without insights from (developmental and social) psychology, educational science and neuroscience. Conversely, in today’s mediated world, important societal challenges including health and wellbeing, climate action, privacy, democracy, protection of minors and minorities, require an interdisciplinary approach and must, by necessity, include communication sciences. As such, interdisciplinarity seems a self-evident topic of this conference.

Starting from the strengths and knowledge basis of communication sciences, we aim to exchange conceptual ideas, methodological challenges and other experiences relating to conducting interdisciplinary research. 


Following on from this interdisciplinary topic, the KEYNOTE SPEAKERS at this year’s event are  

  • Prof. RACHEL GIBSON (The University of Manchester) talking about ‘Tracing the Development of Web Campaigning in Western Democracies: From Experimentation to Mobilization
  • Prof. DAVID GILES (University of Winchester) talking about ‘Parasocial relationships and how to research them in the social media age


The 2015 edition of the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap is organised by the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp. The Antwerp department studies communications in the context of both media & culture and organizations & society. Research topics include societal challenges such as cyber bullying, the contribution of media(ted) discourses to democratic debate and citizenship, online journalism, participatory journalism, representation and media use related to social identity, celebrity culture, online privacy risks, online advertising & marketing, interpersonal relations and prosocial behaviour, political communication and media policy, amongst others.

The CFP and instructions for abstract submission can be found by clicking on the ‘call for abstracts’ button.

Information on location, registration and accommodation is provided behind the ‘location’ and ‘registration’ buttons and will be updated closer to the date.


We look forward to host the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap 2015 and to welcome our (inter)national colleagues at the University of Antwerp.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Karolien Poels, Charlotte De Backer, Hilde Van den Bulck, Lara Hallam, Marleen te Walvaart.

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