The Emerging Scholars Network Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites the submission of proposals for papers and panels for IAMCR 2022, which will be held online from 11 to 15 July 2022. The conference will also have a national hub at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The deadline for submission is 9 February 2022, at 23.59 UTC.

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Conference Themes

IAMCR conferences have a main conference theme (with several sub-themes) that is explored from multiple perspectives throughout the conference in plenaries, in the programmes of our sections and working groups, and in the Flow34 virtual cinema and podcasts stream. They also have many themes defined by our 33 thematic sections and working groups. Proposals submitted to sections and working groups may be centered on an aspect of the main conference theme as it relates to the central concerns of the section or working group, or they may address the additional themes identified by the section or working group in their individual calls for proposals.

The main theme for IAMCR 2022, “Communication Research in the Era of Neo-Globalisation: Reorientations, Challenges and Changing Contexts,” is concerned with possibilities for rethinking communication research agendas in the post-pandemic world, which has seen dramatic shifts in the way we interact and understand our physical, social, cultural, political and material environments.

Eight sub-themes of this central theme have been identified: Reorienting Media and Communication Research in the Era of Neo-Globalisation; Artificial Intelligence in Global Communication Contexts; Cultural Identities and Dis-Identities in the Era of Neo-Globalisation; Communication for Sustainability: Climate Change, Environment, and Health; Media Ethics and Principles in the Digital Age; Media, Communication, and the Construction of Global Public Health; Data/Digital Science and Intercultural Communication; Digital Platforms and Public Service: Science, Technology and Sustainability. See the complete theme description and rationale here.

The Emerging Scholars Network Section welcomes proposals that address the section’s interests in communication research that promotes universal values of solidarity, equality, and respect. As a section dedicated to the support and development of emerging scholarship, our section welcomes works in progress, work that creates frameworks for new ideas in research and teaching, and panels and special sections addressing publishing, mentoring, academic work and academic jobs, innovative research methodologies, and language barriers in academia.

Authors are encouraged to submit proposals related to the conference’s central theme, Communication Research in the Era of Neo-Globalisation: Reorientations, Challenges and Changing Contexts, or the sub-themes outlined above, as well as to topics of interest to the ESN, including community media; media, protest, and activism; media and education; media and identity (including gender, LGBTQ2+, ethnic and racial identity; and indigenous media); and communication policy and governance.

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstracts are requested for the Online Conference Papers component. Abstracts submitted to the Emerging Scholars Network Section should address the paper’s theoretical framework, methods, findings, and contribution to the field. Abstracts should have between 300 and 500 words and must be submitted online at https://iamcr2022.exordo.com. Abstracts submitted by email will not be accepted.

The deadline to submit abstracts is 9 February 2022 at 23h59 UTC.

See important dates and deadlines to keep in mind

It is expected that authors will submit only one (1) abstract. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author, either individually or as first author. No more than one 1 abstract can be submitted by an author to the Emerging Scholars Network Section. 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. Any such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected.

Proposals are accepted for both single Papers and for Panels with several papers (in which you propose multiple papers that address a single theme). Please note that there are special procedures for submitting panel proposals. 


The Emerging Scholars Network Section accepts abstracts in English, French, and Spanish. However, English is preferred because we have a limited number of reviewers who can evaluate abstracts in other languages. We do ask that members correspond with the chairs in English or French, where possible. 

For further information about the conference contact beijing2022@iamcr.org

For further information about the Emerging Scholars Network Section, its themes, submissions, and panels please contact: 

Sibo Chen 


Steph Hill