Welcome to NeFCA, The Netherlands – Flanders Communication Association.

NeFCA aims to represent and maintain a Community of Communication Scholars from The Netherlands and Flanders.

Become a member so you:

  • Connect with peers and colleagues from the field of Communication Sciences in Flanders and The Netherlands
  • Take part in interesting seminars for PhD students and senior scholars
  • Stay abreast of the latest news in our discipline


March of Science

The NeFCA Board kindly invites you to join the March of Science, in Amsterdam or Brussels, on April 22.
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Etmaal 2017

Etmaal 2017

On 26-27 January 2017, Tilburg University organized the Etmaal 2017 conference. The report of the conference can be found here and the pictures here. NeFCA would like to thank the entire conference committee for organizing this wonderful Etmaal conference, with a special thanks to Alexander Schouten, Marjolijn Antheunis, and Mariek Vanden Abeele.


Four scholars received an award at the Etmaal 2017 conference: congratulations!

1. Hilde Van den Bulck received the NeFCA Senior Career Award
The NeFCA Senior Career Award honors a lifetime of scholarly achievement in communication studies. The jury was chaired by Keith Roe (University of Leuven and Fordham University, N.Y.). Other members were Ine Byens (University of Amsterdam), Alexander Dhoest (University of Antwerp), and Eva van Reijmersdal (University of Amsterdam).
2. Sara De Vuyst received the Flemish Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research in Communication Sciences

Her dissertation (Ghent University) is entitled “Hacking gender in journalism: A multi-method study on gender issues in the rapidly changing and digitalised field of news production”. The peer jury consisted of Lien Mostmans (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Brahim Zarouali (University of Antwerp), Marijke De Veirman (Ghent University), and Femke Geusens (University of Leuven).
3. Anika Batenburg received the NeSCoR Dissertation award 2015

Her dissertation (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is entitled “Being on-line together – The effects of peer-led online support community participation on breast cancer patients’ psychological well-being”. The peer jury consisted of Ruud Jacobs (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Amber Boeynaems (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Pieter Cornelissen (University of Twente), Niklas Johannes (Radboud University Nijmegen), and Verena Wottrich (University of Amsterdam).
4. Brahim Zarouali received the award for best article by a young scholar published in Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap

The article is entitled “Online reclamewijsheid bij kinderen: Herkennen en begrijpen van reclamebanners en de rol van need for cognition en reclamewijsheidslessen”, and was co-authored by Michel Walrave, Karolien Poels, Koen Ponnet, and Ini Vanwesenbeeck (University of Antwerp. The jury consisted of Marjolijn Antheunis (Tilburg University), Hilde Van den Bulck (University of Antwerp), and Alexander van Deursen (University of Twente).


The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture, Rotterdam is looking for qualified candidates for 5 PhD positions and one assistant professor position (Department Media & Communication).

Assistant Professor Media and Creative Industries (Universitair Docent) (f/m, 0,8fte -1.0 fte)

PhD-candidate “Imagining the City” (f/m, 1.0 fte)

PhD-candidate “The aesthetic dispositions of cultural audiences” (f/m, 1.0 fte)

PhD-candidate “Urban Media Engagement” (f/m, 1.0 fte)

PhD-candidate “Impact of cultural diversity on urban cultural organisations” (f/m, 1.0 fte)

PhD-candidate “Cultural Literacy in Everyday Urban Life” (f/m, 1.0 Fte)

NeFCA Division Events

Political Communication

A Master Class for PhD-Students and post-docs with Natalie Stroud (University of Texas at Austin) on media use and effects in a changing media landscape will be held in Amsterdam on April 19. Deadline for proposal submission: April 7.
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Persuasive Communication

NeFCA’s Persuasive Communication division invites its members to participate in the ICORIA 2017 doctoral colloquium that takes place at Ghent University on June 29.
PhD students who wish to participate need to send their application before May 6.
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Popular Communication

On April 5-7 2017, the conference "Locating Imagination: Popular Culture, Tourism, and Belonging" will be organized at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
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