Braga 2010 - European Public Broadcasting Policies Working Group Call for Papers

braga_2010International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
Communication and Citizenship: Rethinking Crisis and Change
28th Annual Research Conference
Braga, Portugal - July 18-22, 2010

Serving the Citizen - Public Service Broadcasting and Civil Society

Call for Papers


Jo Bardoel
ASCoR, University of Amsterdam         
Radboud University Nijmegen
Leen d’Haenens
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

The topic of the 2010 working group on European broadcasting policies is closely related to the overall theme of the IAMCR conference in Braga. The 2010 IAMCR conference aims at “interrogating emergent models of communication, and opening up innovative debates on mechanisms for empowering citizenship and participation. Creative and alternative thinking on old and new dimensions of social participation is expected to shed light on contemporary uncertainties and deadlocks.”

Twenty years after the introduction of the first EU Directive Television without Frontiers and notwithstanding the fundamental technological and ideological transformations that accompanied it, the position of public service broadcasters is still quite prominent throughout European member states. At the same time, immense technological, socio-political and budgetary challenges lie ahead. Defining their future positions and roles in their respective societies will be dependent upon European PSB’s ability to serve the citizen in new ways on a variety of platforms.

In this context we suggest the following topics:

  • PSB beyond paternalism: how to relate to a new, more individualized and critical citizenry;
  • Public Service Media strategies: multi- and cross-media strategies in order to ‘follow the public wherever it is’;
  • European Broadcast Policies between market and culture: the new EU Broadcast Communication 2009;
  • Dealing with crisis and change: PSB strategies in response to technological changes and ideological transformations in society;
  • Rethinking/-vitalizing PSB as a concept and an institution: distinctiveness, accountability strategies, new modes of governing and funding public service content.

Although our Working Group is focused on European Public Broadcasting Policies, academics from non-European countries are explicitly invited to submit paper abstracts.

Abstracts should be sent to our Working Group through the conference website and should be between 300 and 500 words long. Each abstract must include name, affiliation, institutional address and the e-mail address of the author(s).

The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 31, 2010; by March, 15 we will communicate the outcome of the abstracts selection process. The deadline for the full text of accepted papers is April 30, 2010, to be submitted preferably in MS Word format.

Our adresses:

Jo Bardoel
ASCor/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
E-mail: j.l.h.bardoel[AT]  

Leen d’Haenens
Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium,
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
E-mail: leen.dhaenens[AT]