A few weeks ago we attended the 3th Conference of the ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) in Hamburg. During the conference a new management team of the Digital culture and Communication section was constituted; currently it is composed by Elisenda Ardevol, Chair and Caroline Bassett and Gemma San Cornelio, Vice-chairs. We are very pleased that two members of our research group mediaccions are getting involve in the coordination of this ECREA section, but we are also aware of the responsibility involved in the dynamics and organization tasks.
One of these tasks implies the organization of the biannual workshop of the DC section in Barcelona next year and we are dealing with a main subjects such as creative practices and participation in digital culture, that would join together the different research interests in our section, especially stressing questions of theoretical frameworks and methodologies. In fact, these two topics -amongst others, such as digital literacies and virtual worlds engagement- were discussed by the participants of the our section members in the ECREA meeting in Hamburg.
While Digital Culture is more and more present in other ECREA sections (questions of user generated content, new media consumption, social media and activism, etc.), one of the issues that characterize our section is precisely the opportunity to be an open floor for the discussion of particular issues regarding the development of new methodologies and theoretical approaches in relation to the digital aspects that are present in almost every media research today.