The Islam and Media Working Group 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 of modern society is a history of globalization and of the technological acceleration of transportation, reach and exchange that makes the world a smaller place with certain structural discriminations. In this perspective, the COVID-19 scenario created new as well as expedited existing ‘space of flows’ based on intense networked interactions in almost every domain of life across the globe with varying levels and speeds. In the backdrop of neo-globalisation, ‘the space of flows’ with increased complexities is functioning through institutional innovations, contested actors, populist voices, and political empathy; challenging global and transnational elite while facing an ever-increasing challenge and dysfunction in the form of disruptive technology.

Ideological aspects of globalization and neo-globalization thriving from interdependence of humanity, especially in the (post) pandemic era demand to set the communication radar to seek worldwide cooperation for the global realization of human rights, global justice, and global democracy from below through politics of solidarity and to denounce politics of difference which is close to the struggle of Islam. In the contemporary globalised and digitalised world, values and ethics are marginalised which will increase individuality and materialism. Islamic values, seek to protect family and social cohesion while recognizing the rights of poor and marginalised communities. 

In the changing context of neo-globalization, there is a growing need to investigate Islamic considerations for the practice of media and communication to promote solidarity and integration. The modern systems of communication facilitate Islam to distribute its global message and simultaneously pose a challenge of misinterpretation and misrepresentation. Islam and Media Working Group invites scholars to submit abstracts exploring and analysing media and communication changing concepts, contexts, processes, and practices in the era of neo-globalization.

Abstracts can be submitted dealing with, but definitely not limited to the following themes:

  • Reorienting research paradigms: Bringing Islamic considerations
  • Islamic Populism, social movements and neo-globalization
  • Cultural, religious, and trans-ethnic (Umma) identities in the cyberspace
  • Identity politics and identification processes in the era of (neo) globalization
  • Global media ethics and Islam in the digital age
  • Artificial intelligence and Islamic values
  • Algorithm’s bias and human rights violations
  • Mediated realities: Ethics of sustainability, human rights and Islam 
  • Fake news and post-reality threats to democracy
  • Metaverse and future of human communication from Islamic perspective
  • Marginalized groups and social media ethnography
  • Media literacy, Islamic values and countering fake news
  • The existential challenge of climate change from Estikhlaf concept

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstracts are requested for the Online Conference Papers component. Abstracts submitted to the Islam and Media Working Group should have between 300 and 500 words and must be submitted online at 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 Islam and Media Working Group. 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 Islam and Media Working Group accepts abstracts in English.

For further information about the conference contact beijing2022 [at]

For further information about the Islam and Media Working Group, its themes, submissions, and panels please contact:

Chair: Rahman Bushra
bushrajk [at]

Vice-chair: Ashraf Abida 
abida.ics [at]

Vice-chair: Elzahraa Elsayed Fatma
zahraafat [at]

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