Multimedia and Distance Learning System
6th International LAB Meeting - Summer Session 2006
12th International Summer School
Social Representations in Action and Construction in Media and Society
"Applying Dialogical Approaches and Conversational Analysis via Focus Groups to Research on Social Representations"
with joint sessions with the concurrent integrated event
"8th International Conference on Social Representations"
From 28th August to 6th September 2006
The European PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings, successor to the decade of International Summer Schools, provides an important opportunity for young researchers to obtain advanced academic and technical skills needed to conduct state-of-the-art research. Twelve ten days-long courses are organised around the theme of Social Representations in Action and Construction in Media and Society and focus on advanced practical training for 25 participants. The first two events each year integrate virtual and face-to-face sessions, aimed at training doctoral students in meta-theoretical analysis of the literature. The following one is face-to-face intensive training courses requiring the physical mobility of participants and open to long-term dissemination via web. These events share common objectives and have a didactic structure with multiple training opportunities for critical analysis of the link between multi-media communication systems and social representations. The methods, techniques, software packages and related method theory guiding applications in research design, will provide the unifying theme for each event of the proposed advanced courses. The topics developed in the participants' research projects presented and discussed during the workshops will provide a variety of societal issues mediated and constructed via traditional and new media. The program's originality is in its training methods, integrating face-to-face interaction (workshops, lectures, presentations) with mediated virtual interaction (Internet forum discussion, web-videoconferencing, streaming videos). Key lectures expand the horizon to other communication fields (semiotics, linguistics, sociology, mass communications, media studies etc.). The phenomena we cover (information society, new socialization and communication strategies and applications for politics, health, the environment, social minorities, gender, etc.) are clearly relevant to EU policy.
Compared to that successfully used in the past ten years of the International Summer Schools, the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings will offer a slightly different formula for advanced training. The originality of this program is found in its innovative training methods, combining face to face interaction in a variety of training situations (workshops, lectures, presentations) with mediated virtual interaction (internet forum discussion, web-videoconferencing, streaming videos on the web) for training purposes, especially long term dissemination of the scientific events. Our intention is to continue the International Summer School's tradition of achieving "steps forward" by addressing state of the art scientific problems through valuable research training methods and innovative applications.
The formula adopted for this new series of events is even more innovative compared previous ones for the following reasons:
The draft agenda for the first three sessions of the Advanced Research Training Courses to be organised on the first year (2005) in winter, spring and summer is as follows.
The teaching staff will include internationally recognised experts in the field of communication and social Representations, most of them partners in the SoReCom Thematic Network of excellence.
Keynote speakers will be chosen from among leading scientists in various disciplines (anthropology, sociology, social psychology, psychology of art, media studies, science communication, etc.) with different research traditions in the area of communication. The aim is not only to present state-of-the-art of research and theory from various fields, but also to stimulate the cross-fertilization of ideas in a multidisciplinary arena.
Depending on the technical conditions of the speed connection available across the online participant’s network and the accomplished technical requirements, the magisterial lectures, produced during the scientific events, are transmitted simultaneously in real time to all the participants and/or transmitted in streaming videos on the web for a post event connection.
Following the three 2005 sessions the fourth International lab meeting (the 12th edition of the European Ph.D. International Summer Schools on S.R. & C.) will be held in Rome (August 28 - September 6, 2006) as concurrent event integrated with the 8th Bi-Annual International Conference on Social Representations
(August 28 - September 1, 2006: http://www.europhd.net/8thICSR).
During the conference the restricted number of selected doctoral research trainees and experienced researchers will be exposed to the state of the art of the literature on Social Representations research field.
During the following days of the 6th International Lab Meeting, theoretical issues on research methods from the wider perspective of the relations between Social Representations and Language will be discussed and in particular from the perspective which inspires research designs guided by the Dialogical and Conversational Approach in Focus Groups.
The application of DiscAn (Discourse Analysis) statistical package to research designs on Social Representations will be presented during intensive computer mediated training sessions.
The sixth meeting (the 12th edition of the International Summer Schools), unlike the two previous 2006 events (winter and spring sessions), will imply a face-to-face interaction among all the participants requiring international physical mobility of both professors and research trainees in order to attend the advanced training courses.
The meeting will be chaired by Prof. Annamaria Silvana de Rosa (La Sapienza University of Rome Italy), Scientific Co-ordinator of the European Ph.D. program.
The meeting will also include:
ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS’ CONTRIBUTION
The whole series of practical courses will involve substantial hands-on laboratory and/or field experience for the participants, who will be asked to bring their research data files, if available.
The various topics developed in the participants' research projects presented and discussed during the workshops will provide a variety of societal issues mediated and constructed via different traditional and new media. The methods, techniques, software packages and related method theory guiding applications in research design, will provide the unifying theme for each event of the proposed advanced training courses.
The European PhD on S.R. & C. International Lab Meetings will be led by qualified academic experts, who will commit for the entire ten days-long event, assisted by one or two doctoral or post-doctoral candidate research assistants who are already familiar with the specific technique and software.
The 12 sub-programmes are related to each other by:
Target participants include the following:
Priority in the selection procedure will be given to the regularly enrolled European PhD on S.R. & C. research trainees, by taking into account that the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings is a crucial didactic stage in their training, for which 10 credits per year are awarded under the Euro PhD system. Each young researcher has a national tutor and a foreign tutor, possibly present at least in one of the three per year European PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings or connected via web-auditorium.
If places will be still available, young researchers not enrolled in the Euro PhD programme will be selected. For them the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings provide an opportunity to broaden their specialised knowledge in the subject area.
The European PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings deal with “Communication” as it relates to Social Representations, an area of study which originated in and spread out from Europe. Past International Summer Schools, particularly through their link with the European PhD, have reinforced the European origin of the research area and helped to re-establish the world wide intellectual leadership of European Social Psychology. The European PhD on Social Representations and Communication is now well established as a permanent European forum for disseminating state of the art research in this area. Continuation of the Euro PhD Summer School experience in future years is crucial if Europe is to maintain its role as the leading “voice” in what has now become a multilingual worldwide research field which is closely tied to social policy-making processes including immigration and minority groups, quality of life, health, environment, and information technology . There is also European added value in training researchers who can pool the knowledge gained from academic research and expertise acquired by the private sector and political institutions to conduct future comparative studies in social sciences in areas of importance for EU citizens. Continuing to offer these advantages, now via the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings that have a consistent ethos and format (didactic and administrative structure, monitoring system) will help to set and maintain European standards for both research and teaching. In this respect the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication International Lab Meetings will be yet another step towards the construction of a "Virtual University of Europe".
APPLICATION FOR MSCF-CT-2004-013264 FUNDING
The eligible candidates may apply for MSCF-CT-2004-013264 funding (including scientific participation fees, travel expenses at the lowest fare, accommodation and lunches according to the arrangement provided by the organiser). Eligible applicants are:
Those who do not fulfill the eligibility criteria, - if admitted are requested to pay the amount of 1000 Euro for the scientific participation fee (not including travel, accommodation, and living expenses) as soon they receive the letter of acceptance. The deadline and method of payment will be communicated with the letter of acceptance