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20/06/2007

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Dear EUPRERA Member:
The June round up for you: ... focus on conferences ... call for papers ... focus on education ... member news ...
The 9th Annual EUPRERA Congress September 27-30, 2007
This year's EUPRERA Congress is organised with LOKE (the Nordic research network on organisational legitimacy) and will focus on Legitimacy in a changing world'. The Congress is hosted by Roskilde and Lund universities and for a full description of keynote speakers, themes, congress programme, and registration please go to: www.ruc.dk/pr/LOKE/ .
Keynote speakers include:
Zygmunt Bauman, one of our great late modern social theorists, will present his view of "Organisation and society from the perspective of the liquid society".
Claus Sørensen, Director-General, EU Commission's Communication, presents reflections on the White Paper and communication policies to further democratic processes.
Peder Tuborgh, CEO, and Astrid Gade-Nielsen, Com. Dir. of Arla Foods will reflect on different conflicts of legitimacy after Mohammed cartoons in a Danish newspaper. 
Helga Baagøe, Com. Dir.,STV, and Bo Reimer, professor at Malmö Högskola, will discuss the legitimacy of public service in modern societies now and in the future.
It's not too late to benefit from the early bird' registration which is open until the 24th June, 2007!
Focus on Conferences, Calls for Papers, and Events.........................................................................
ECREA Section for the Philosophy of Communication
First Bi-Annual Conference
LANDMARKS 2007
THEME:
25 YEARS OF UNIVERSAL PRAGMATICS FACTS and FICTIONS
08-09 NOVEMBER 2007 | UNIVERSITY OF SURREY | GUILDFORD
CALL FOR PAPERS
Rethinking communication theory seems to be in vogue again. Even though
it is dangerous to seek to predict future theoretical trends, the field of communication theory seems likely to continue to generate much attention. And yet, this field still disguises what might be uncovered: its analytical background and the constraints resulting from an implicit incorporation of philosophical thinking into current communication theory in its various manifestations.
This first conference of the Philosophy of Communication Section sets out to create an environment in which to discuss the analytical and philosophical determinants of communication theory. Theories in the rich field of communication and media studies sometimes appear numbed by their own belief in a phenomenology grounded in technical-instrumental analyses.
Terms like media and medium are held to refer unquestioningly to an Ontological foundation. And whilst several sciences focus on aspects of uncertainty and risk in communication and information processing, communication and media studies pursue their crusade in the name of an approximate measurement of medial effects. Socio-political and ethical interpretations of communication and media need to be linked to recent advances in communication theory, and to epistemological accounts of communication and media. A critical interrogation of the potential for the self-reflection of communication theory is therefore opportune.
This conference is the first of ECREA's Philosophy of Communication Section biannual conference series. It tries to uncover new pathways deriving from a renewed examination of communication theories' philosophical axioms and fundamentals.
CONTRIBUTION / SUBMISSION
The organizers invite contributors to submit an abstract of 400 words (approx.) with a brief biography including contact information on a separate cover sheet before July 1st 2007 for the reviewing process.
The objectives of the Philosophy of Communication Section emphasize support of early career researchers. On this note, the section encourages PhD-students' contributions and offers a dual review process for those contributions whose first submission might need some revision.
To participate in this process, papers should be submitted before July 1st, 2007. The section is planning a collection of essays entitled Beyond Universal Pragmatics and will select the best contributions for inclusion in the book series Interdisciplinary Communication Studies.
Contributions should be written and presented in English.
SUBMIT TO:
papersubmission@philosophy-of-communication.eu
For more information and the conference website please go to:
http://www.landmarks.philosophy-of-communication.eu/landmarks_index.php.........................................................................................................
EUPRERA 2008 Congress Call for Papers Institutionalizing Public Relations and Corporate Communication in cooperation with FERPI and IULM University
October 16-18, 2008
IULM University, Milan, Italy
The European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA), Federazione Relazioni Pubbliche Italiana (FERPI) and IULM University invite all interested colleagues to our joint conference at IULM University Campus in Milan, Italy, October 16-18, 2008.
Theme of the congress :
Institutionalizing Public Relations and Corporate Communication Public Relations and Corporate Communication have been, and are, rapidly evolving and
expanding their influence within complex organizations. This process is forceful and pervasive, and has initiated an "institutionalization" of the professional practice which modifies the theory of the firm and where both the management of stakeholder relationships and communication have reached a pivotal position. This process needs to be carefully analyzed in its operational, managerial and strategic components.
Sub-themes :
1. Trends of Communication Roles and Functions
- technical and operational (e.g. financial, environmental, internal)
- managerial and entrepreneurial
- consultant (towards other departments)
- strategic (educational, reflective/reflexive)
2. Organizing the Management of Relationships and Communication
- operational and interfunctional coordination
- relationship and/or reputation management
- PR in the "executive suite"
3. Developing Corporate Academic Public Relations and Communication Education
- educational curricula and accreditation
- integration of corporate and academic education
- evolution in different European contexts
4. Public Relations, Communication and the Theory of the Firm
- the influence of Public Relations on corporate governance
- sociological and managerial approaches
- present and future research perspectives and directions
Academics and practitioners are invited to submit papers relating to the general theme and with one or more of the sub-themes. All relevant academic, and interdisciplinary, approaches are welcomed, such as sociology, psychology, business theory, organizational theory, media sciences and communication sciences.
Special sessions
Papers for the following special sessions are invited from practitioners, scholars and doctoral students.
1) Professional best practices. Papers from practitioners should contribute to the
theme of the conference from a practice perspective and comply with the general
requirements for papers. In any case papers should give a new important
conceptual contribution, not just a professional experience presentation.
2) Open session on innovative developments on PR Research in Europe. Papers
about innovative research contributions, also if not consistent with the congress
theme, are welcomed. The open session will take on a workshop format aimed at
stimulating thinking and exchanging ideas.
3) Doctoral session. A session dedicated to the presentation of PhD Students
research projects on Public Relations.
Papers submitted for a special session must indicate the session title on the front page.
Submission
All who are interested in presenting a paper on the above and related topics are invited to submit a paper for consideration. Every paper will be submitted to a two-person double-blind reviewing process by representatives from EUPRERA and the local organizers.
Deadline for abstracts: December 1, 2007
Abstracts and papers :
Abstracts should be maximum 500 words, excluding tables and figures. The required format of submission is electronic (MSWord for Windows or for Mac).
Full papers should be maximum 7,000 words, excluding tables, figures, and references. See abstracts and full papers format requirements for details.
Language for both abstracts and full papers: English
Address for both abstracts and full papers: euprera2008@iulm.it
For more information please e-mail: euprera2008@iulm.it..................................................................................
Focus on Education...........................
CIPR (UK) goes global - 15 countries now delivering its PR qualifications
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations' Diploma and Advanced Certificate professional qualifications can now be studied at centres in 14 countries overseas, plus the UK*.  Enrolment is now open for the September intake.
Overseas centres include Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Nigeria, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria and the Ukraine.
Both qualifications are industry-recognised.  The Advanced Certificate is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career in public relations or those who have been working in the business, at fairly junior levels, for a couple of years.  It provides a solid grounding in all aspects of PR theory and practice, as well as professional development. 
The postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations is for more experienced professionals or those without an industry specific qualification and provides advanced capability in management and practice.  And for those who may have difficulty attending a centre, the Diploma can also be studied online.
Further details are available at www.cipr.co.uk/qualifications  or go to: http://www.euprera.org/cms/details/?a=318&z=133.....................................................................................................
Global Alliance' makes four scholarships for the Executive
MScom Program available
Lugano, Switzerland, June 7, 2007 The Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management has announced the sponsorship of four scholarships to assist international participants at the University of Lugano's Master of Science in Communication Management (MScom) program for the second year in a row. The scholarships are part of the Global Alliance's commitment to educational programs that support its institutional goals.
"The Alliance recognizes that communication professionals today need to be thoroughly international in their outlook and training," said Colin Farrington, newly elected Chairman of the Global Alliance.
"These scholarships will make it possible for more participants from outside Switzerland to benefit from MScom's excellent and highly reputed international program contents and its multinational faculty. At the same time, it will enrich the program for Swiss-based participants by increasing their exposure to different cultural contexts in public relations and communication."
For more information please visit:
http://www.euprera.org/cms/details/members_news_details.aspx?articleid=319&zoneid=7...........................................................................................................................
 
Focus on Members ...........................
New chairman of the Global Alliance for Public Relations
Colin Farrington, director general of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (UK) (CIPR), has taken up the chairmanship of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management from Sej Motau of the Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA). The announcement, made at the close of the very successful 4th World Public Relations Festival hosted by PRISA in Cape Town, also unveiled CIPR plans to host the next World Public relations Festival in London in June 2008.
For more information please go to: http://www.euprera.org/cms/details/members_news_details.aspx?articleid=317&zoneid=7..........................................................................................................................
New dimensions of PR and CSR -  formation of a Public Relations Confederation of Islamic Countries (PRCIC) and a Kuwait Conference on CSR. 
- by Richard Linning  Fellow CIPR, Board Member IPRA. EUPRERA Member
The Stable House Partnership, UK
(Full article on the EUPRERA member news area)
That CSR is firmly on the agenda is without doubt.  For many it is the new image maker: for those set on exposing corporate ills it is the new reputation breaker.  And for many legislators in the European Union where this issue is currently being debated it is also the new way to link responsibility, liability and culpability, corporate and individual.  All of these issues were thoroughly aired at the recent second Conference and Working Sessions on Corporate Social Responsibility in Kuwait.  But what made this conference different was the introduction of a new dimension: religion, specifically discussion of some of the Islamic approaches to giving: Hadith on Ihtetab, Takaful and Waqf.
As presented at the conference Hadith on Ihtetab refers to the need to "give to enrich", Takaful to mutual support and finally Waqf to faith based philanthropy.  These concepts - very much related to CSR objectives and actions - have much in common with the sentiments of that brass plate in the Oval Office and little to do with the image making or image breaking approach to CSR
How do they translate into practice?  Well clearly the announcement from Teheran of the formation of the Public Relations Confederation of Islamic Countries (PRCIC) indicates that there are those who think they imply a different approach to the whole concept of public relations and CSR. Supporters of the think-global-act-local-concept can have no argument with that.
For the full article please go to: http://www.euprera.org/cms/details/members_news_details.aspx?articleid=320&zoneid=7...........................................................................................................................
Thank you for your news and information items!
Julia Jahansoozi
Email: JJahansoozi@uclan.ac.uk

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