The Journalism Research & Education 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.

Two years into the global pandemic of COVID-19, the world is facing unprecedented challenges from a brand-new media and cultural topography in a post-pandemic era of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, including but not limited to issues related to public health, climate change, and sustainability. With more than three decades of cultural, economic, and communication globalisation, we now enter an all-encompassing post-pandemic world of neo-globalisation. In the wake of long waves of colonisation, and establishment of new kinds of economic and cultural hegemony in the second half of the 20th century, the ruptures of the pandemic give rise to the agenda of what might be called a neo-globalisation dispensation. This turns on trade exchange and intercultural communication, accenting soft power and patterns of interdependent cultural harmony -- reorganizing world orders. In the age of neo-globalisation, international economic, political, and cultural exchanges are based on measures of institutional innovation, disruptive technology, and political empathy.

This contemporary world, and its central tenet of globalisation, poses urgent questions and challenges for media and communications scholars. What are cultural identities and identification processes in this era of neo-globalisation? What are the roles of media and communication in the construction of a global public health community? How do data and digital science shape and influence intercultural communication? What are the essential “Global” media ethics in the digital age? How do we communicate for sustainability? How do we design digital platforms and content and provide public service to better advance science and technology?

The theme is open for a wide range of ideas dealing with, but not limited to, the following specific areas:

  • Journalism practice and research in the era of Neo-globalization;
  • Artificial Intelligence and Journalism Practice: Prospects and Challenges; 
  • Journalism ethics in the digital age;
  • Communicating Sustainability: Journalists’ practices and media discourses in the Global South and the Global North; 
  • Role of media in responding to global health risks;
  • The role of social media in activating cultural identity and identification of marginalized groups in the era of Neo-globalization; 
  • News media discourses and representation of contemporary issues of the environment and climate change, health information systems and education and sustainable social transformation; 
  • The role of media and digital platforms in communicating science, technology, and sustainability;  
  • Role of new media technologies and data/digital science in facilitating intercultural communication; 
  • Journalism practice, research, and education in the post-pandemic world. 

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstracts are requested for the Online Conference Papers component. Abstracts submitted to the Journalism Research & Education Section should have between 300 and 500 words and must be submitted online at Abstracts submitted by email will not be accepted.

All abstracts shall be assessed based on: 

  • Clarity of research problem; 
  • Conceptual soundness of study;
  • Theoretical and methodological strength; 
  • Contribution and impact of the study;
  • Quality of writing and clarity of arguments. 

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 Journalism Research & Education 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 Journalism Research & Education Section accepts abstracts in English, French, and Spanish

For further information about the conference contact

For further information about the Journalism Research & Education Section, its themes, submissions, and panels please contact the heads of the section:

Section’s Chair: 

Dr. Sadia Jamil


Professor Abiodun Salawu

Dr.Ruhan Zhao