AMCAP | Association of Media and Communication Academic Professionals

Doctoral Spring School 2023

Host: Beaconhouse National University, Tarogil Campus, Lahore, Pakistan

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

Dates: Feb 11 - Feb 19, 2023


The 2023 4th AMCAP Doctoral Spring School, hosted by Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan, aimed to improve the quality and rigor of Communication and Media Studies Ph.D. research projects in the country. The program spanned nine days and offered Ph.D. candidates and M-Phil students the opportunity to enhance their research skills with the mentorship of faculty members from various international backgrounds, such as Czech Republic, Nigeria, Sweden, Russia, USA and Germany. Renowned scholars from Pakistani universities also delivered lectures and facilitated workshops. The program comprised more than 40 sessions, covering lectures, workshops, media dialogues, panel discussions, presentations, one-on-one sessions, and guidance on scholarships and funding. Five particpants won merit scholarships for this school.



Lectures and Workshops



Prof. Dr. Nico Carpentier


  • Poster Workshop
  • Discourse Theory
  • Participation Theory
  • Arts-based Research & Communication Studies
  • Abstract Writing for International Conference
  • One-on-One Sessions




Dr. Jeffery Wimmer


  • Qualitative interviews: implementation & interpretation
  • Qualitative Long term studies
  • Digital Stress: How to overcome & research it




Prof. Umaru Pate


  • Initiating and executing your doctoral research project




Prof. Dr. Pille Pruulmann


  • Developing a Scholarly Argument
  • Outlining as a strategy for Academic writing
  • Auto-ethnograhy
  • Action Research
  • One-on-One Sessions




Dr. Svetlana Bordrunova


  • Contextual knowledge in research design 
  • Contextual knowledge in research design 
  • Linking Journal’s scope to the research question




Dr. Francois Heinderyckx


  • Experts in news media in times of Crisis
  • Opinion Polls: Enduring against all odds
  • Fundamentals of data visualization
  • One-on-One Sessions




Mr. Kamal Siddiqui


  • Challenges for Pakistani Journalism in the digital era




Prof. Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman


  • Iqbal’s world view




Dr. Ahmad Usman


  • The Qualitative Debate: Philosophical Foundations, Planning, & Designing, Data Collection & Analysis




Dr. Shafiq Kamboh


  • Sources of science communication research in South Asia




Farahat Ali


  • Introduction to SPSS & Artificial Intelligence in Research