CFP: Conference “The European Public Sphere: from critical thinking to responsible action”
Brussels, Committee of the Regions, 1st week of February 2012

The Conference is organized by the International and Intercultural Communication Section of ECREA (IIC), supported by ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association), by ECREA Sections on Journalism Studies and Communication Law & Policy and by the Committee of the Regions.

In order for the European Integration Project to develop further and beyond its economic rationale, European citizens need a well-functioning European Public Sphere (EPS) where they can discuss Europe and participate in European debates and policymaking.

After years of debate on how the EU could and should better communicate Europe to its citizens, the EPS is still essentially a topic for academics and researchers rather than a critical informed Public European space where citizens can fully contribute to debate about the EU, its role, its politics and its present and future challenges.

The conference will gather academics, policy makers, and practitioners with the aim to generate a truly multi-stakeholders and multilevel debate on the EPS. Within the scope of the Conference, the EPS will be approached from its essential dimensions of 1) citizenship building, 2) intercultural dialogue and 3) multi level governance.

Conference’s Topics

The conference is a one day event structured along 3 parallel thematic sessions in the morning and 1 plenary session in the afternoon that will discuss and further elaborate the topics treated in the parallel sessions.

The 3 parallel morning sessions will analyze and reflect upon the EPS from the perspectives of:
1) Identity Building and Citizenship Building,
2) Communication and Information Strategies, and
3) Policies and Multiple Governance Structures and Actors. 

More details about the CFP en the deadlines.

Contact: Luciano Morganti

Created by Evelien Rooms on 4/08/2011