AMCAP | Association of Media & Communication Professionals - Lahore

Doctoral Spring School 2020

AMCAP Doctoral Spring School 2020

Supported by ECREA SuSo staff (Feb 28 - March 8, 2020)


AMCAP (the Association of Media & Communication Academic Professionals) announces a call for participation in the 10-day ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) style Summer School.

AMCAP Doctoral Spring School 2020 aims to strengthen the structure and content of Communication and Media Studies Ph.D. research projects in Pakistan. ECREA Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School’s experts, for the first time, will join hands with the AMCAP Doctoral Spring School.


Venue: University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

Organizers: Association of Media & Communication Academic Professionals (AMCAP)

Sponsors: University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.


Program Director:

Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman

Spring School Coordinators:

Dr. Abida Ashraf & Dr. Saadia Ishtiaq

Spring School Co-coordinators:  Dr. Zaeem Yasin, Mr. Fahad Mehmood, Dr. Shazia Saeed
Spring School Facilitators: Dr. Sameera Batool, Dr. Ayesha Ashfaq, Dr. Zahid Bilal, Ms. Sabahat Afsheen
International Advisor: Dr. Nico Carpentier


The AMCAP Doctoral Spring School 2020 brings together prominent European and Pakistani academics to provide structural and individuated support to young Pakistani and other Asian scholars in their Ph.D. projects. The AMCAP Spring School is a PhD-student centered school, that will give participants unique opportunities to polish their scientific research skills in the emerging digital environment through Ph.D. feedback panels, workshops, and lectures along with panel discussions. In the age of digital humanities and emerging ecosystem, the School will provide opportunities for learning pedagogies in digital ecosystems. The AMCAP Spring School aims to provide a supportive international setting where doctoral students can present their ongoing work, and receive one to one feedback on their Ph.D. projects from European and Pakistani academicians.


It will also be an opportunity to establish valuable networking with the academia of different countries.


Participants of AMCAP Spring School can apply under the following two categories:

1.      As Ph.D. scholars (Those who are currently enrolled in any University for Ph.D. Degree)

2.      As Observers (Any aspiring Ph.D. scholar, Ph.D. Scholar awaiting viva, Faculty Member, and Early Career Media Professional)


The ‘AMCAP Spring School 2020’ has limited seats and will select only 21 Ph.D. scholars and 15 observers.


  The AMCAP Spring School includes:


 Student Feedback Panels:

  At the beginning of the Spring School, each participant will be guided to draft a poster and presentation on his/her research project, which will then be used during their presentations in the student feedback panels. In the student feedback panels, participants will present their research projects and will receive structured, multi-voiced and constructive feedback on their work from AMCAP Spring School staff and fellow participants. The guidance from eminent professors will enable participants to identify problems in their research, improve the quality of their academic work, and stimulate further research interest.
2 Keynote Lectures:
   Special seminars by leading scholars in different fields of communication and media studies will be delivered. The keynote lectures aim to demonstrate the state-of-the-art cholarship on how to understand and produce ‘Media and Communication Theories’. The lectures will include, ‘Theoretical formulations in Discourse Theory’, ‘Participation Theory’, ‘Audiences in the age of Datafication’, ‘Autoethnography: Digital Parenting’, ‘Fake News’, ‘Data Journalism’ and ‘Challenges of Journalism in Digital Age.’
3  Workshops on Research Skills: 
  More than eight hands-on workshops are designed to provide examples and guidance in real research settings. Topics will include: How to Write an Abstract for International Conferences; Formulate/Define Research Questions from the Literature Review; Quantitative Research Methods vs. Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences Research, Critical Discourse Analysis, Semiotic Analysis, Data Analysis, Oral Presentation Skills; Academic Writing; Key Steps of Publishing Academic Papers, How to Write a Proposal for Funded Projects in Social Sciences, etc.
4 Student Group Projects: 
  Participants will be grouped into small teams, based on their research areas and methodological background. Professors will be assigned to the student teams on the basis of their best fit in terms of topics and methods. Both in-class and off-class group work will not only help the participants to understand how to collaborate in an academic environment but also give them more opportunities to engage with professors. One task will be assigned to the team at the beginning of the program, and the results of teamwork will be presented at the end of Spring School.
5 Media Dialogues: 
  Dialogues with media experts from media organizations will be arranged during the AMCAP Spring School. The dialogue sessions will be held on the site of the media organization itself, whenever possible. This will allow the participant/observer to personally observe the media work in practice.
6 Panel Discussion on International Careers: 
  The participants/observers will also get the opportunity to engage in discussions with the international team of professors on academic careers in international universities. They will brief participants about the challenges and prospects of teaching and researching at European universities. They will explain the procedures and provide the detailed insight into the European academic environment.
7 Networking and Publishing Opportunity: 
  The AMCAP Spring School aims to provide a supportive international setting for Pakistani PhD students. The participants can receive the feedback from international experts from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the future. The students will also be given the opportunity to publish with AMCAP journals after peer-reviewing of their research work.


Observers will benefit from keynote lectures, workshops, media dialogues, networking, and publishing opportunities except for the student feedback panels.


International Faculty:


Dr. Nico Carpentier

Dr. Nico Carpentier

Docent at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)

Nico Carpentier is Docent at Charles University in Prague; he also holds part-time positions at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB – Free University of Brussels), as Associate Professor, and at Uppsala University, as Senior Researcher. Moreover, he is a Research Fellow at the Cyprus University of Technology and Loughborough University.


Earlier, he was ECREA Treasurer (2005-2012) and Vice-President (2008-2012), and IAMCR Treasurer (2012-2016). Currently, he is Chair of the Participatory Communication Research Section at IAMCR. His latest books are The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation (2017, Peter Lang, New York); Cyprus and its Conflicts. Representations, Materialities, and Cultures (2018, co-edited), Critical Perspectives on Media, Power and Change (2018, co-edited), Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy (2019, edited), and Communication and Discourse Theory (2019, co-edited).

Dr. Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt

Dr. Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt

Professor in Media and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden

Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt is a Professor in Media and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden, since November 2016 and has previously worked in University of Tartu as a Professor in Media Studies (2014-2015).

Her research interests have focused around cultural citizenship and participation and engagement in museums, libraries and public broadcasting. She has also worked internet users and social applications of new technologies. She has been an active member in European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and is currently the International Director of European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School.


She has been project leader on different local projects, among them: “Developing museum communication in the 21st century information environment” (2009-2013) and country coordinator for international projects like “Hub Websites for Youth Participation” (2009-2011), "Nordic Research Network on Learning Across Contexts (NordLAC) (2011-2014)" and FET-open, FP7 research project partner in “UaESMC - Usable and Efficient Secure Multiparty Computation” (2012-2015). These projects have had her working on new and emerging technologies, youth participation and museum engagement questions. She has published over hundred articles both in journals and as book chapters and has been in the team of editors for more than ten books.