CFP IAMCR 2021 (Kenya and Online)

ConferencesCall for papers: Rethinking Borders and Boundaries, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 July 2021 (both online and a regional hub in Nairobi). Deadline: 9 February 2021.

Proposals submitted to sections and working groups can be centred on an aspect of the main conference theme, Rethinking borders and boundaries, as it relates to the central concerns of the section or working group, or they may address additional themes identified by the section or working group.

CFP IAMCR 2020: Reimagining the Digital Future (China)

ConferencesCall for Proposals: IAMCR, Reimagining the Digital Future: Building Inclusiveness, Respect and Reciprocity,  12-16 July 2020, Beijing, China *now moved to Tampere, Finland on the same dates. Extended Deadline: 2 March 2020.

NOTE: Due to Covid-19, the conference has been moved from China to Finland, the call for papers has been re-issued, and IAMCR will hold its 2022 meeting in China.

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for the 2020 Congress of the Association, which will be held from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

At the critical juncture of the second decade of the 21st century, the world is facing tremendous challenges. The past three decades of cultural, economic and communication globalisation have created sharp income and wealth inequities, a divisive international community, dysfunctional media, an increasingly fragmented digital culture and an accelerating environmental crisis. We witness growing populism and protectionism and a dissolving consensus on global engagement and international collaboration. We see deepening technological contestation in digital media and artificial intelligence between the world’s two economic powerhouses. We also witness a sharp decline of the quality of national and international information flows as a result of widespread misinformation facilitated by social media.

These developments pose urgent questions and challenges for media and communications scholars. What are the reasons for the division, gaps and fragmentation we now see? What roles have digital media communication played in these developments at both the local and global levels? What values should inform our proposals for addressing them?

This year’s conference aims to respond to those challenges by re-examining the roles and patterns of global communication while including local voices, seeking critical reflections on the relationship between them, and exploring feasible agendas for a shared digital future based on inclusiveness, respect and reciprocity.


CFP IAMCR 2019 (Spain)

ConferencesCall for Papers – IAMCR:  Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths, Madrid, Spain, 7 – 11 July 2019. Deadline: 8 February 2019.

The International Association for Media and Communication Research –IAMCR– invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for IAMCR 2019, to be held from 7 to 11 July, 2019 at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. This year’s theme is Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths / Comunicación, Tecnologías y Dignidad humana: derechos controvertidos y verdades contestadas.

In addition to the general theme, IAMCR conferences address a wide diversity of topics defined by our 32 thematic sections and working groups, each of which has issued its own thematic call for proposals. See the list of the section and working group calls for proposals.

The 2019 conference also features a Joint Call for Video Presentations. Issued by 5 of our sections and working groups, the video presentations offer a chance to experiment with virtual conference participation and with the creative opportunities offered by alternative forms of presentation. The participating sections and working groups are the Participatory Communication Research Section, the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section, the Popular Culture Working Group, the Media and Sport Section and the Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group.

IAMCR 2017 (Colombia)

IAMCR 2017
Cartagena, Colombia

On Friday 20 May 2016 IAMCR president, Janet Wasko, and Uniminuto Rector, Leonidas López Herrán signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see IAMCR’s 2017 conference taking place in Cartagena, Colombia from 16-20 July.

The theme of the conference will be New Discourses and New Territorialities: Cultural and political mutations and communication. The local organising committee, chaired by longtime IAMCR member Amparo Cadavid, Dean of Uniminuto’s Faculty of Communication, is preparing an exciting academic and social programme what will, among other things, expose participants to some of the new communication work emanating from Latin America, Colombia and the beautiful Caribbean city of Cartagena.

The host Institution is Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios – UNIMINUTO, School of Communications, in cooperation with other Colombian and Latin American universities and institutions such as CIESPAL (Centro Internacional de Estudios Superiores en Comunicación para América Latina – International Centre for Advanced Studies in Communication in Latin America), FESCOL (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Colombia), la Universidad Javeriana, the Universidad del Norte, the Universidad de Cartagena, the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolivar and the Fundacion para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (the foundation that was established by Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a longtime resident of Cartagena).

CFP The Communication Histories Project (France and England)

The Communication Histories Project

Call for Papers
SFSIC Congress: 8th-10th June 2016, Metz, France
IAMCR/AIECS/AIERI Conference: 27th-31st July 2016, Leicester, England

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and the Société Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication (SFSIC) will organize a series of events to encourage the building of international bridges between researchers across different communities.

The first workshop in this series will be dedicated to research in the histories of communication studies.

We invite contributions which are concerned with the ways in which contemporary social problems are addressed by our research into communication, information, and media.

We call for original historical analyses of the concepts, paradigms, methods, institutions, educational programmes, features and figures which have structured communication studies, and which are firmly located in the many contexts which have produced them.

Our aim is to gather a diversity of perspectives on the history of our field, that together will demonstrate its complexity and interdisciplinarity, as well as historical contestations and counter-narratives.

It is anticipated that there will be publications emerging from this project.

We call for interested colleagues to submit a 1,000-word proposal for presentation in a specific workshop at the SFSIC Congress (June 8-10th, 2016, in Metz, France) and/or IAMCR/AIECS/AIERI conference (July 27th-31st, 2016, in Leicester, UK). As these are separate workshop, the resulting papers will not be included in the conference proceedings.

Proposals will be accepted in English, French and Spanish, and should be sent for review by February 29th, 2016. Please make sure to specify if you are making a proposal for the SFSIC Congress, the IAMCR/AIECS/AIERI Conference, or for both events.

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Media & Governance in Latin America – an IAMCR 2016 pre-conference

Media & Governance in Latin America: Past, present and future of communication in the region
An International Association for Media and Communication Research IAMCR 2016 pre-conference

Description: The pre-conference will explore the connections between the media and models of governance in Latin America and the Caribbean, from both a comparative and an interdisciplinary perspective, paying particular attention to changes in the communication patterns of governments, interest groups, journalists and news organizations, NGOs and civil society. We are interested in paper presentations exploring empirical, theoretical and methodological issues connected to research on media and communications in the region, and raising issues about how Latin American scholarly traditions, approaches and cases can better dialogue and inform academic debates of global relevance.

Location: School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Date and time: 25-26 July 2016


Organisers: Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Antonio Brambila (University of Leeds), and Ximena Orchard and Sara Garcia Santamaria (University of Sheffield)

CFP IAMCR (Leicester, UK)

Call for Proposals
2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communications
27 -31 July 2016
Leicester, UK
The deadline to submit abstracts is midnight GMT on 15 February 2016.

Conference theme:
Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward

This year’s conference theme seeks to explore the relationship between memory, commemoration and communication. This theme anticipates the 60th anniversary, in 2017, of IAMCR, which has played a strong role in the development of media and communication studies.

Although scholars have long been interested in memory and culture, advancements in technologies are providing new and innovative opportunities to think about how memory is created, preserved, passed on, and archived. Within academia, we have witnessed increased interest in cultural memory studies from media representations of the past to oral history projects – and growing interest in digitizing data leading to the history of everything. Various public bodies are also engaged in this work. In the UK, for example, the BBC launched a Public Space Project in 2011, which saw the corporation link up with various other cultural institutions including libraries, galleries, museums, archives, schools, colleges and universities to make cultural material publicly and freely available to all. The following year, BBC’s Radio 4 launched the Listening Project, which seeks to broadcast intimate conversations on topics such as living with Alzheimers and falling in love, in order to help to build a unique picture of our lives today which will be preserved for future generations. Across the globe, there are numerous examples of oral history projects, associations, and commemorative organisations and websites on topics such as the Holocaust, the Armenian and Rwandan genocides, World Wars One and Two, immigration, oral literature, and popular memory.

As a result, the growing interest in (mediations of) cultural memory provides a timely opportunity not only to look back at which memories are preserved and which forgotten, but also to look forward to how cultural memories might be archived, remembered, (re)produced, storied, erased, modified and re-told across time and space. The theme also opens up space to commemorate IAMCR’s history and contribution to the field of media and communication research.

This year’s conference welcomes paper and panel proposals that engage with the concepts of memory and commemoration, and with the ways the past is (re)mediated, historicised, documented, archived, remembered, forgotten and (re)told. It also welcomes submissions which commemorate IAMCR as an organisation as well as the contributions its members have made over the years. Looking forward, papers might also address where the field is heading. Submissions might also focus on areas such as: memory and colonialism; commemoration of historic events; the reproduction of culture through story-telling; the media’s role in (re)producing cultural narratives and commemorations. We welcome submissions from early career researchers and veteran scholars alike.

Questions asked might include: Why and how do people/cultures/organisations/families share or hide memories? What strategies are used to share memories, either collectively or individually? What role does privilege/inequality play in the creation, sharing, or preserving of memory? How do individuals, groups, or cultures learn memories? How are events remembered, retold, preserved or erased differently in different locations, historic periods, spaces and cultures? How is storytelling conceived of as a form of cultural memory? When looking to the future, what is the relationship between forms of memory and ideas about technologies moving towards the “post-human”? We welcome contributions ranging from the empirical to the theoretical and methodological in focus.

Submission of Abstracts
Each Section and Working Group of IAMCR will issue its own Call for Papers, based on the general thematic outline above. Abstracts should be submitted from 1 December 201515 February 2016. Both individual and panel submissions are welcome. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 February 2016. Please note that this deadline will not be extended.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by their Section or Working Group Head no later than 8 April 2016.
For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted by 30 June 2016.

Guidelines for Abstracts
Unless otherwise stated by a Section or Working Group, abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR’s Open Conference System. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to more than one Section or Working Group. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Technical guidelines, if any, are defined by the individual Sections and Working Groups. If you have questions, consult the Section or Working Group’s specific CfP or contact the head of the Section and Working Group that interests you.

Criteria for Evaluation
Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:
1.      theoretical contribution
2.      methods
3.      quality of writing
4.      literature review
5.      relevance of the submission to the work of the Section or Working Group
6.      originality and/or significance

IAMCR: Hegemony or Resistance? The Ambiguous Power of Communication (Montreal)

IAMCR: Hegemony or Resistance? The Ambiguous Power of Communication
July 12-16, 2015, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada

This year’s International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference theme seeks to explore the ambiguous relationship of communication towards hegemony and resistance. It relates, for example, to the various ways in which communication has been described not only as a value of our times – echoing an ideal for social transparency and communality – but also as a threat in terms of global domination. This ambiguity has prompted debates in academia about communication being at the same time a value and a tool, a space of consent and one of struggle, and having (more authentic) local and global dimensions.

For example, recent demonstrations around the world, such as Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the chilean students’ protest, or the Los Indignados movement, as well as the Québec student’s strike and Idle no more in Canada, have triggered discussions and reflections about the utopia of communication. Massively supported by digital media and organised around the ideal of building more authentic forms of community, these mass movements of “global solidarity” have mobilized communication as a value that challenges authorities, financial or economic globalisation and dominant representations of the world-as-we-know-it. These movements draw on the argument that global corporate media and cultural industries have distanced us from more faithful forms of communication. In this sense, they echo what John Durham Peters has described as our obsession for communication as a “registry of modern longings,” whether based on democracy, social and economic justice, or “the mutual communion of souls.” While embracing these arguments, protest movements have a paradoxical relationship to communication, resisting its role in the domination of global cultural industries and capitalism while at the same time applauding its capacity to foster values and communality that would otherwise have been lost. They often do so through disruptive communication practices using communication technologies or cultural productions.

While multiple sites of resistance are spreading around the world, much of the debates about communication technologies mark an increasing suspicion towards the new media’s capability for empowerment. The crisis unveiled by the Edward Snowden case, the importance of Big data and the NSA’s large-scale espionage practices, just to name a few examples, reveal part of the ambiguous relationship that the public maintains with the media. Despite a general consensus over the past few years, which is critical of the use of communication technologies for surveillance and ideological purposes, few people have really changed their own use of communication devices. Political reform promises, as well as the social, economic and cultural prominence of new technologies seem to contribute to the maintenance of a negotiated status quo. Such situations are far from exceptional and examples abound of what Antonio Gramsci referred to as hegemonic domination by consent, where communication not only represents an instrument for control, but also a space for the expression of the majority – “organs of public opinions […] that are artificially multiplied” – that legitimate these practices.

Beyond these examples, this year’s conference theme concentrates on this ambiguous power of communication. What are the finalities of communication with regards to opposing forces acting at micro, meso and macro levels? To what extent can media and communication “change our living world”? How can communication contribute to the empowerment of individuals and groups in their local contexts? How do modern forms of communication interact with the ideal of democracy, considered as much an apparatus for manipulation as for freedom? If communication has power, what is the nature of this power? How do media represent hegemonic processes and acts of resistance? In what ways do entertainment, social media, journalism or public relations act as symbols of resistance or control for corporations and civil society? In what ways does media and communication research constitute in itself a site of hegemonic domination or of resistance? Contributions may include empirical research from a wide variety of terrains, or methodological and theoretical papers from a large scope of epistemological perspectives.

– Registration fees depend on your country of residence, when you register (earlybird, regular or late), and whether you are a member of IAMCR. Consult the registration fees.

– IAMCR members enjoy significantly discounted fees.

– All students -regardless of IAMCR membership status – can register with reduced fees. If you register as a student, you  will be required to show proof of your student status (a student card or a letter from your university) at the registration desk in Montreal.

IAMCR 2014 India CFP


Region as frame
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2014 IAMCR conference to be held from 15 -19 July, 2014 at Hyderabad, India. The deadline to submit your abstract is midnight GMT on 10 February 2014. This deadline will not be extended. For details about submissions, go to the IAMCR 2014 website. The conference is co-hosted by the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, and the School of Communication, English and Foreign Languages University, both in Hyderabad, India.

Conference Theme:
The breaking down of some the world’s walls has created an uncertainty about the geographies and substantive nature of the regions they had once defined. This includes physical boundaries such as the Berlin wall, ideological ones such as those in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, economic ones such as those that had once separated India and other socialist economies from the capitalist West, and cultural ones such as those that had hidden the lives of people in the Middle Eastern and Soviet bloc.

Mobility, migration and disembodied interactions by cyberspace further complicate the notion of region as a conceptual and experiential category. New regional hierarchies, such as the economic power of emerging economies (BRICS) are taking shape, serving to decentre traditional loci of power, while different forms of identity politics are creating fissures in the modern nation state. Corporations have acquired the power to dictate politics through their ownership of forms and channels of expression, and this has created a new urgency to re-think old political economy arguments around media control and dispersal in a regional rather than global framework.

The conference theme seeks to explore the dynamics of media systems, communication patterns and organizational relationships within this new “framing” of region as a physical and conceptual category. The theme thus lends itself to panels and papers dealing with a wide range of specific sub-themes and topics. These may include:

• What are the politics that drive media discourse, organization and economics?

• What kind of presence is at all possible in this redefined regional space, and how does region become a real and imagined construct across new media presences?

• What sorts of practices then become key to media and communication spaces enclosed in or defined by this new frame?

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