Digital Media and Society Team well represented at ECREA

Colleagues and a PhD student in Digital Media and Society are attending the European Communications Research and Education Association conference this month in Denmark, giving a range of talks under the theme “Rethink Impact.”

Aarhus, Denmark

Several members from the Department of Sociological Studies will be travelling to Aarhus, Denmark in October to deliver talks and sessions for this year’s ECREA Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Rethink Impact” and invites speakers from a range of disciplines to participate in the debate, with a focus on how education and their research can impact society.

As somebody who more often attends sociology conferences, this will be my first time engaging with the European communications research community, and I'm really looking forward to sharing my work, and learning from others.

Dr Ros Williams

Lecturer in Digital Media and Society

How are our team participating?

  • Hannah Ditchfield is delivering a paper called "Spinning interactional plates: Exploring multi-communication in the pre-post space of Facebook".

  • Ysabel Gerrard has been working hard behind the scenes as Chair of the Digital Culture & Communication Section. She has organised the programme for this section and will be chairing some of the sessions.

  • Eva Giraud (with P. Bisht & S. Kidwai) is delivering a talk entitled "News narratives of air pollution in New Delhi: Silences & inequalities in environmental storytelling", based on her contributions to a GCRF-funded project.

  • Julin Huang, a PhD student in the Department, will be presenting their paper "Homesickness mediated by algorithms: Representations of rurality on Chinese short-video platforms".

  • Helen Kennedy, Hannah Ditchfield (& Susan Oman) will be presenting their paper "Finding the sweet spot & listening to tangents: How to understand people’s reflections on data uses".

  • Lianrui Jia will be delivering a session called "The Trajectory of Emerging Media & Technology Companies: Transnational Businesses, Transcultural Communications" (this will be a hybrid ECREA Post-conference event).

  • Stefania Vicari will be presenting a paper entitled "Digital health citizenship between the personal and the algorithm".

  • Ros Williams will be presenting a paper entitled "Improving the odds for everybody: Social media patient appeals, stem cell donor recruitments and the work to redress racial inequity' from her 3-year Wellcome Trust-funded project “Mix & Match”.

As a junior researcher, I really appreciate this opportunity as a milestone in my academic journey.

Julin Huang

PhD Student


The European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA) is the largest European association of media and communication scholars with well over 2,500 members. ECREA is organised into 24 thematic Sections, each developing a distinctive field of communication studies, 4 Temporary Working Groups which focus on emerging or underrepresented fields within media and communication studies, and 3 permanent Networks representing specific socio-demographic categories of scholars.

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