Call for Papers (online) Etmaal 2021

Call for Papers (online) Etmaal 2021

Update: Research Master students may also submit to the Etmaal 2021 conference

Submit your paper at: Submission is now closed

After careful consideration between the NeFCA board and the Etmaal 2021 organizing committee at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), we had to make the sad decision to cancel the Etmaal 2021 in Brussels. It is unlikely that COVID-19 related measures will be relieved to such an extent to be able to hold a physical on site Etmaal.

However, there will be an online ‘Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap 2021’ on the same dates: 4 and 5 February 2021.

The virtual Etmaal will be in a smaller configuration than our regular Etmaal. We want to focus on PhD students, as for them, it is most important to be able to present their work at academic conferences. Thus, for this Etmaal, only PhD students can submit an abstract. If they are the first author, supervisors and others can be co-authors.

Deadline for abstracts was Monday 16 November, at 5pm (17:00 hours). Submissions are limited to a 250-words abstract. The abstract should consist of a brief description of background, method, findings and conclusions. When submitting the abstract, one specific division or TWG needs to be chosen. The full list of NeFCA divisions and TWGs can be found here:

The online Etmaal will have a plenary session on Friday, 5 February, at 10am. This plenary session will consist of a welcome by the NeFCA board, the annual award ceremony (in which the NeFCA Senior Career Award 2021 and the NeFCA Dissertation Award 2019 will be awarded), and NeFA’s General Assembly. This is followed by the keynote and panel at 11am by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on ‘Diversity, Democracy and Communication’.

On Thursday or Friday (4 or 5 February), each division will organize one or more online sessions in which the PhD students who submitted to the specific division can present their work. The divisions have the freedom to set up their session(s) in a way that fits their submissions best. The review process will also be coordinated per division.

We highly apprecriate the role of the steering committees of the divisions and of our Young Scholars Network and our Educational Network in organizing sessions. Since the online Etmaal 2021 does not have a local organizing committee, we are very appreciative of these steering commitees stepping in, so we can all make this online Etmaal into a success.

More specific information about the sessions will follow later. For further information regarding the online Etmaal, please send an e-mail to the NeFCA Board: