The Media Education Research 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.

Education, in the broadest sense, may be the single most important factor in developing societies, cultures, and a global forum that are inclusive, respectful, and reciprocal. Educational spaces, whether formal (schools, universities, etc.) and informal (libraries, NGOs, community projects, DIY initiatives, journalism, and media productions), are intended as sites of empowerment that potentially address digital divides, economic inequities, and broader questions of social justice. Working in the seams of educational, cultural, and social spaces, educators, librarians, community activists, media makers, journalists, and communications researchers are positioned in a unique manner to address central, challenging global issues of the day, while also toiling alongside individuals and groups to help develop and nurture media competencies, conceptual frames, and ethical comportments.  

The Media Education Research Section (MER) is calling for papers related to the conference's main themes from the perspective of ongoing empirical research or theoretical developments.

The abstracts can follow a range of directions such as: 

  • How is media education changing to address new cultural, political, technological, and ethical challenges? 
  • How are neo-colonial and global South approaches contributing to media education? 
  • Has Media and Information Literacy impacted research and practices in media education?
  • How is media education research addressing the global health infodemic? 
  • How are algorithms, datafication, and platforming taken up in media education research?
  • What does media education offer the digital classroom? Has media education become absorbed into Ed Tech?
  • What critical media education research is needed today, locally and/or globally? 
  • What research are you working on and how does it fit into the conference themes?

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstracts are requested for the Online Conference Papers component. Abstracts submitted to the  Media Education Research Section 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  Media Education Research 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 Media Education Research Section accepts abstracts only in English. Full conference papers can be submitted in English or Spanish.

For further information about the conference contact

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

Sara Pereira 

Michael Hoechsmann