Young scholar (YECREA) seminars

The Young Scholars Network of ECREA (YECREA) is happy to invite all young scholars - doctoral students, post-docs, junior scholars, and other early-career scholars - to participate in two seminar sessions, organised as part of the joint conference on ‘Infrastructures and Inequalities: Media industries, digital cultures and politics’ in Helsinki.

Date: 21-22 October 2019

Location: Metsätalo, University of Helsinki

Two parallel sessions (1.5 hours each)

The deadline for applications/expressions of interest for participating in these special events is 15 June 2019 (in order for us to plan the size of rooms etc needed for these events).

YECREA seminars on “Alternative scholarly communication for young scholars”

Topics this workshop will cover:

  • Strategies for building researchers networks - exploring research communities, the potential of digital platforms
  • Broadening scholarly communication - engaging with social media

Seminar description:

Scholarly communication is undergoing significant changes and evolutions, particularly in today’s shifting media landscape. For young scholars and early career researchers in particular, issues of disseminating our research on social media platforms, creating alternative communication forms, and establishing sustainable researcher communities are particularly relevant.

The shift towards a more diverse array of scholarly communication has already begun. Scholars now share their research and connect with each other on platforms such as, ResearchGate and LinkedIn. As well as these outlets, the traditional article format is being altered by including blog posts, interactive graphics and video. And perhaps most significantly, scholarly conversations are now taking place on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.

These seminars aim to help young scholars navigate the process of sharing their research within this digital media environment.

21 October 2019 - "How to build and sustain researcher networks”.

The first seminar, facilitated by Professor Kirsi Pyhältö, explores the issue of "How to build and sustain researcher networks”. This workshop, intended for PhD students and young career scholars, aims to facilitate use of researcher communities as a resource for doctoral research and career development, by analyzing the potential of these communities, exploring one’s own communities, and discussing them with peers. The workshop addresses the function of researcher communities in early career researchers’ daily lives, and their role as a central resource for their careers after a doctoral degree.

22 October 2019 - “Why bother? Expert communication on social media”.

The second seminar, facilitated by Dr. Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, explores the topic “Why bother? Expert communication on social media”. This seminar addresses the issue of the growing diversity of digital platforms for research dissemination, scholarly conversation, and alternative academic networking. It explores how early career researchers can engage with social media, the opportunities and also the pressures that these digital platforms afford, inquiring how young scholars and researchers can benefit from them.


Please submit a brief expression of interest (max. 200 words) providing a short description of your research interests and why you are interested in attending the seminars. Additionally, please provide a short bionote stating your name, email, affiliation and position, and country.

Please be aware that participants commit to attending both seminars.

Please send in your expressions of interests and personal information, no

later than 15 June 2019, to:

Selected participants will be notified by the 15th of July 2019

* Participation in these seminar sessions is free of charge. *

The organising team:

  • Ally McCrow-Young (YECREA representative of Communication and Democracy Section)
  • Giulia Manica (YECREA representative of Media Industries and Cultural Production Section)
  • Sofia Caldeira (YECREA representative of Digital Culture and Communication Section)


We encourage workshop participants to also submit a proposal for the main


Please submit your abstract for the main conference by 1 June 2019 (300-word abstract for

individual proposals; or 300-word panel rationale plus individual 200 word

abstracts from a minimum of four speakers for panel proposals). All

abstracts for individual as well as panel proposals should be submitted

through EasyChair.

For more information, please consult the conference website.