The Visual Culture (VIC) 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.

VIC will also accept themes that are related to the WG´s scope, with emphasis on memory studies, VR and AR, digital age, new technologies, photography, interactive cinema/audiovisual, art media, digital platforms, and similar themes.  

VIC focuses on artistic and cultural studies in visual media and communication from a critical viewpoint. Cinema, Audiovisual and Arts, as well as Sociocultural and Technological Studies, will be welcome. Analysis of cultural aspects of diverse communities in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America would contribute to diversifying the field of communication studies. Studies about the evolution of visual aspects and of digital media are relevant to emphasize history and memory.  Cultural research on visual media including film, audiovisual, television, and multimedia would contribute to taking into consideration many points of view that represent our contemporary world. 

Since the VIC CineClub is one of the WG´s key activities, work related to films that were discussed is especially welcome. 

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstracts are requested for the Online Conference Papers component. Abstracts submitted to the Visual Culture 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 Visual Culture 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.


The Visual Culture Working Group accepts abstracts in English, French, and Spanish. 

For further information about the conference contact

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

Chair: Denize Araujo

Vice-Chair: Thomas Wiedemann