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IAMCR 2013 - History Section - Call For Papers

altThe IAMCR annual conference 2013 will be held in Dublin, Ireland on June 25-29, 2013.
The History Section invites submissions of individual research papers, complete panel and workshop proposals, which intersect the main topic of the conference – “Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Order”.

Relating to the themes suggested in the general call for the Conference, the History Section seeks for submissions on following topics, examined from a historical perspective:

Major economic (financial) crises of the past and their reflections on the news media:

  • the role of journalism and news media in the unfolding of crises and attendant     processes of ‘creative destruction’;
  • how did the news media reflect the tensions between the globalizing scope of     the economic and financial relations and the ‘national prism’ framing political     cultures and media discourses concerning past economic crises;
  • how the economic crises have challenged, changed or redefined the ‘public     service’ role of the news media;
  • what are the key features of 'history-friendly' accounts of the evolving role of     journalism and news media in the unfolding of major economic (financial)     crises and attendant processes of ‘creative destruction’;
  • how does the current crisis compare to prior crises of media/journalism business     models, and the changes in journalism discourses engaged with the coverage of     crises nationally and internationally;
  • consequences and impacts of past global economic crises on the development     of journalistic profession;
  • consequences and impacts of past global economic crises on the development     of public relations profession.

Along with these topics, the History Section also proposes specific sessions for papers around the following themes:

  1. Historical roots and sources of investigative journalism (early examples of journalistic investigations; role of investigative journalism/journalists in times of (economic) crises; development of investigative journalism in the national contexts).
  2. Media representations of history (constructing collective memories; anniversary journalism; how do journalism’s processes and editorial practices relate to history, etc.).
  3. Profession of journalism and its value structures in different historical periods (journalists’ value attitudes and their relationship with the social-political context of their time; what kinds of value conflicts emerge when the societal contexts change; how professional education influences the values journalists adhere to, and how they change over time).
  4. Methodological approaches to media history (journalism and communication history research in different countries; historical research on new media; theoretical perspectives on the relationship of journalism and history; how digital archives advance research on media history; what are the features of ‘history-friendly’ accounts.
  5. Historical development of forms of public communication other than the news media and journalism (public relations, crisis communication, business communication etc.)

The range of topics is not limited to those listed above; indeed, papers on other themes relevant to the main topic are also welcomed.

Abstracts (between 300 and 500 words) for individual papers and panel proposals should be submitted via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) at http://iamcr-ocs.org from 15 November 2012 to 28 January 2013. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Abstracts should have a clear title and the main argument proposed, clearly defined research objectives/questions, an outline of theoretical framework and methodology. Each abstract must also include name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address(es) of author(s).

IAMCR accepts presentations in English, French and Spanish. However, it is requested that abstracts, if at all possible, be submitted in English. 

Panel proposals should include a title, description of the central theme and subthemes, number of panellists (max 5), and the name and e-mail adress of the person responsible for the panel.

Individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) as a leading author, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to a single IAMCR conference in general. Submitting panel proposals for the History Section is strongly encouraged. It is expected that prior to the conference, a completed paper will be submitted to the Chairs and discussants by 28 May 2013.

The History Section encourages its members to volunteer for moderating and chairing sessions and to serve as discussants to the papers. We are also looking for voluntary reviewers (in the blind review system). Please, inform the Section Chairs of your interest to contribute: Epp Lauk epp.lauk [at] jyu.fi or Chandrika Kaul ck24 [at] st-andrews.ac.uk.

The deadlines:

  • November 15, 2012– January 28, 2013 submission of abstracts, poster presentations and panel proposals.
  • February 28, 2013 decisions of acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to the applicants by a section chair.
  • 28 May, 2013 submission of completed papers via OSC.

Section Heads
Epp Lauk
epp.lauk [at] jyu.fi

Chandrika Kaul
ck24 [at] st-andrews.ac.uk