I recently had the pleasure of attending the 3rd ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) conference, a huge event bringing over 1,000 participants to the beautiful Hanseatic city of Hamburg. From 12-15 November, scholars from a range of disciplinary and national homes discussed their research under the overarching focus of ‘transcultural communication – intercultural comparisons.’
I then had the added pleasure of writing a report on this conference for Critical Studies in Television. You can read the report here, in which I reflect on the conceptual idea of ‘the universal,’ which I saw emerging from a range of papers and discussions – interestingly enough, especially from those papers and discussions exploring issues of (trans)national specificity and the significance of particular national, socio-cultural and/or institutional contexts.
You will notice that the report makes no mention of the many delicious pastries I ate while in Hamburg, but that is a pleasure that defies written discourse. If you’ve eaten a freshly baked Teilchen before, you’ll understand.