Braga 2010 - Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section Call for Papers

braga_2010The Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR that will be held in Braga (Portugal) 2010 from July 18-22. The overall conference theme is "Communication and Citizenship. Rethinking Crisis and Change".

The role of mediated communication in the creation and presentation of Public Opinion became a central issue in the actualization of Citizenship and how to cope with crisis and change in democratic and non democratic societies and communication research in the last decades did not ignore it significance. Our section will endorse the general theme and encourage our members to submit research papers around this issue.

We wish to continue our well established tradition the section is interested to promote the further theoretical discussions in general around the contribution of prominent thinkers on the field of communication research.. In the last years we organized panels that discussed the contribution of the works of Goffman, Habermas, Schutz, Bourdieu, Foucault and McLuhan. Following that tradition we would like to organize for the Braga conference at least one session centred on the contribution of the works of Walter Benjamin to the theory and research in the field of communication.

The section intends also to make space for a session about Family and Mediatization. Despite the social and cultural changes it seems that the family is still the main place of media domestication and media use, and they are the place where children learn to operate with media and start their lifelong media career. The main question we would like to discuss is:  how this takes place today in the different cultures, different classes and with reference to the different possibilities to deal with media.

Finally, we would like to continue what we started successfully in Paris and continued in Stockholm, as a joint effort in cooperation with Claudia Padovani: to become an open space for the discussion and development and critical assessment of the methodologies we use and we need for communication research and especially for  international and cross cultural research projects, both quantitative and qualitative.

Abstracts should be sent to the MCPOS Section Heads only through the conference website, and should be 500 words long in English. Each abstract must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address of author(s) and a short (up to 100 words) bio-data.

It is also possible to propose a full panel of no more than four participants, which should come from at least three different countries. In this case we expect the four abstracts of the participants and their short bio-data and in addition a framing text about the idea and the goal of the full panel.  

IAMCR accepts presentations in English, French and Spanish. However, it is requested that abstracts, if at all possible, be submitted in English.

Papers and panels proposals will be reviewed by the two heads of section and by further specialists, named by the heads.

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Submission of abstracts: January 31, 2010 (papers will be assessed and provisionally accepted on the basis of the abstracts).
  • Announcement of acceptances: March 15, 2010.
  • Full papers due: April 30, 2010.

Some future information on the rules and practices of IAMCR  on submission of papers and panels.

You may not submit the same abstract or paper to more than one section or working group. You may submit different papers to different sections or working groups or, as the case may be, different papers to the same section.  

If a proposal is accepted, the sender must fulfil two preconditions to be included in the final program of the section. She or he must send a full paper until the 30th April 2010, register for participation at the Conference and mail a copy of the registration to the heads of section.   

Non members of IAMCR are welcome to submit and present in accepted following the same procedure as described above.  

All submissions should follow the instructions and information to be found on this website and the conference website.

Further questions and necessary information should be addressed to the section heads.

Looking forward to seeing you in Braga, Portugal!

Hillel Nossek
College of Management Academic Studies, Israel


Friedrich Krotz
University of Erfurt, Germany