The History 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 History Section invites submissions of individual research papers and multi-paper sessions for the IAMCR 2022 Conference. This year’s theme is “Communication Research in the Era of Neo-Globalisation: Reorientations, Challenges and Changing Contexts”. Therefore, the Section especially welcomes proposals dealing with globalisation and soft power in a historical perspective. Some of the topics that may be addressed are:

  • Histories of international/global communication 
  • Histories of international or transnational media outlets
  • Soft power and the media
  • Media and colonialism 
  • Media representations of minorities and unprivileged social groups
  • Histories of activist communication
  • “New” histories of the field 
  • Media histories from the Global South
  • Media in/and crisis

Papers and multi-paper sessions dealing with other historical dimensions of media and communication research are also welcomed, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • National and international histories of the press, broadcasting, film, and digital media
  • History of professional and citizen journalism (including alternative types of journalism)
  • History of health communication
  • Communicating pandemics and other health threats in different historical contexts
  • Media in post-colonial contexts
  • Media and populism in different historical contexts
  • Histories of technologies of surveillance and control
  • Hate speech against groups and individuals
  • Misinformation, disinformation, fake news, and propaganda
  • National identities and the media (including how the media are used by the State and other political actors to promote nationalism and separatism)
  • Collective memory of political, social, and cultural transformations and events
  • Media and communication research and digital archives
  • Biographical research of media executives, producers, and journalists
  • Methodologies for research in communication history
  • History of communication theory
  • Media and collective memory 
  • Media archaeology

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstracts are requested for the Online Conference Papers component. Abstracts submitted to the History Section 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 History 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. You can find the detailed procedures when submitting your abstract online in the abstract submission system.


The History Section accepts paper and multi-paper sessions proposals submitted either in English or Spanish.

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

For further information about the History Section, its themes, submissions, and panels please contact:

Section Chair
Nelson Ribeiro