From Oregon to Madrid
Thank you to those who participated in IAMCR 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, where hundreds of scholars from all over the world presented their research, engaged in lively debate, and joined together for dining, dancing and goodwill. To those of you who are members of IAMCR but weren't able to join this year, check out what you missed on the conference website, including the programme and more than 1,200 abstracts of presented papers.
For those who were there, we hope that the experience was productive and you returned home full of inspiration, energy and new ideas. We also hope that you were able to share work with colleagues, gain new insights, and make plans for future collaborations.
Our theme, “Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research,” provided the opportunity for a wide array of events and discussions around this important issue. Many participants noted the efforts to design the conference to adhere as much as possible to this theme. Lively discussions took place across the conference on these issues and we expect that such conversations will continue.
Organizing our conferences involves a great deal of work by Local Organizing Committees and volunteers, as well as the Section and Working Group heads and other officers of the association. Thanks to all who contributed to IAMCR 2018!
We are now looking forward to our next conference, which takes place July 7-11, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. We will meet at Universidad Complutense Madrid, where members of the Local Organizing Committee are making plans for our plenaries, panels and parties. The website is being prepared at http://madrid2019.iamcr.org. You can visit it now to see a short video that was presented at the closing of the Oregon conference.
The conference theme in Madrid will be "Communication, Technology and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths,” and will provide the opportunity for IAMCR members to share a wide range of research and work. A call for proposals for the Madrid conference will be announced in October.
The organization is moving ahead with some exciting projects for the next year, so look for more details in the coming months — in letters like this one, on our website and social media, and on the announcements list.