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IAMCR 2015: Media Production Analysis Working Group - CfP - Deadline 9 February

The Media Production Analysis Working Group invites submissions of individual research papers as well as proposals for complete panels in the field of media production studies for the 2015 IAMCR conference, which will take place in Montreal, Canada, 12-16 July, 2015.

Conference theme: “Hegemony or Resistance? The Ambiguous Power of Communication

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This Working Group provides a venue for researchers of media production. The Working Group focuses on different professional roles and norms, technologies, organizational contexts and genres to grasp the internal and external dynamics of media production processes.

We invite empirical studies of media production as well as analyses of the processes of media production research. These media might include but are not limited to film, television, radio, and new media productions, and the whole range of genres and media forms available today, including journalism, fiction, non-fiction, culture and entertainment. In addition, we welcome studies on a micro, meso, as well as on a macro level.  The group deals mainly with mass media, but in our era of convergence and media integration we also include social media within a mass media context.

The group is open to all theoretical inspirations from, for instance, media studies, journalism studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, and management studies.

We explicitly welcome work on methodological aspects of media production research: production ethnography in general, challenges and strategies of access and publication, and the theoretical grounding of methods. As our focus is on media production and the challenges of researching it, papers based entirely or mainly on content analysis will not be accepted.

Papers addressing the 2015 conference theme: Hegemony or Resistance? On the Ambiguous Power of Communication are most welcome. We intend to arrange a special session dedicated to accommodate papers dealing with issues related to this theme from the perspective of media production.


Abstracts should range between 300 and 500 words in length including the research objectives, theoretical framework and methodology. Each proposal must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email addresses of the author(s). All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) available for abstract submission at

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be accepted per person in the research paper proposals in the MPA working group program. But the author could also submit a panel proposal. 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.

The MPA working group will accept abstracts in English, French or Spanish, but English is strongly preferred to facilitate the international peer review process. We will arrange for presentations in English, French or Spanish. However, sessions in languages other than English are possible only if the number of qualified proposals warrants it and complete sessions can be put together in the same language. Please indicate if you would be willing to make your presentation in English if we are unable to accommodate your first choice.

The MPA working group encourages its members to take part in their moderation and chairing sessions so please let us know, if you are interested (roel.puijk[at]

Referee criteria

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. theoretical contribution,
  2. methods,
  3. quality of writing,
  4. relevance of the submission to the work of the section or working group.

Media Production Analysis Working Group


Roel Puijk


Chris Paterson

Willemien Sanders

See the conference key dates and deadlines:

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2015:

Visit the conference website: