IAMCR 2016: International Communication Section - CfP

The International Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2016 conference to be held in Leicester, UK, from 27th to 31st July 2016. The deadline for proposal submissions is 15 February 2016.  See bottom of the page for timeline and other important dates.

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

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016

While proposals on any topic within the area of International Communication will be considered, proposals relating to the Conference theme will receive priority.  Such papers would engage with the way the concepts of memory and commemoration, and the different ways in which the past is (re)mediated, historicised, documented, archived, remembered, forgotten and (re)told. We are especially interested in proposals that examine questions of memory and commemoration within the globalized media landscape, the shifting geopolitics away from the metropolitan centres of the Global North to nations and regions of the ‘Rest’, and the media practices that emerge in these new transnational spaces.  Comparative papers are also of special interest.

The International Communication Section aims to provide a space for researchers to discuss questions around memory, commemoration and communication in international communication, through the presentation of empirical and theoretical papers.  Questions asked might include:

  • What strategies are used to share memories, either collectively or individually? How does this occur translaterally? Transborder? 
  • What role does privilege/inequality play in the creation, sharing, or preserving of memory?
  • How do individuals, groups, or cultures transmit memories (inter)nationally?
  • 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 global cultural memory? How does this occur (inter)nationally?
  • When looking to the future, what is the relationship between the forms of memory and ideas about media and technologies moving towards societies?
  • How shifting geopolitics and formations like BRICS influence memory and communication practices
  • Ethical challenges in the mediation of memory, commemoration and communication
  • Contested norms and practices in memory, commemoration and communication

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts of 300-500 words should be submitted from 1 December 2015 – 15 February 2016, with the deadline to submit abstracts being midnight GMT on 15 February 2016. Both individual and panel submissions are welcome. ALL proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System via the conference website at http://iamcr.org/leicester2016. There are to be NO email submissions of abstracts addressed to the Section Heads directly. Early submission is strongly encouraged. See bottom of the page for timeline and other important dates.

Submissions Format: All proposals must include title, author/coordinator name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and full contact information (mailing address, email address, and telephone number).

For individual or co-authored papers, applicants must submit a 300-500 word abstract and should

  1. have a clear title
  2. include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher, graduate student, student, etc.)
  3. outline the research objectives/questions/hypotheses
  4. outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant
  5. make clear the main argument proposed and
  6. summarise the findings.

Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.

For panel proposals, please follow the OCS submission guidelines.
For all applicants: Please indicate if you would be willing to chair a session.

Please, note: It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. And, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant 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 other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.

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

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 1 December 2015 Open Computer System (OCS) available for abstract submission
  • 15 February 2016 Deadline for submissions
  • 1 April 2016 Notification of acceptances of abstracts
  • 15 April 2016 Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards
  • 28 April 2016 Deadline to confirm your participation
  • 20 May 2016 Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee
  • 30 June 2016 Deadline for full paper submission
  • 7 July 2016 Final conference programme published on the website
  • 27-31 July 2016 IAMCR 2016 Conference

International Communication Section


Herman Wasserman

Co- Vice Chairs:

Karen Arriaza Ibarra

Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016