Braga 2010 - Popular Culture Working Group Call for Papers

braga_2010The Working Group for Popular Culture of the International Association for Media and Communication Research invites submissions for the IAMCR Congress in Braga, Portugal (July 18-22, 2008). The theme of the 2010 conference is 'Communication and Citizenship: Rethinking Crisis and Change'.

The Working Group provides a forum for researchers into the manifold relationships between popular cultural practices and the media. Working from a broadly conceived production of culture perspective, the analytical focus of the working group is on the ways in which the symbolic elements of culture are shaped by the systems within which they are created, distributed, evaluated, taught, and preserved. (Peterson).

Papers that engage the concept of citizenship directly are welcome.  The working group is also interested in considering papers that address the role of media in constructing and framing discourses of identity and cultural values. To this end, papers that seek to reconceptualise the relationship between specific media and audiences, theorisations of impact and effect, discourses of the subject and processes of value formation are equally welcome.

Web details for the conference are available at the conference website and IAMCR website.

Abstracts should be sent to the Section Chair only through the conference website and should be a maximum of 400 words. They should outline the proposed topic and give a clear indication of the general perspective and theoretical orientation of the paper. Please include your name and title (as you would like it to appear on the programme), job title, department, university, and full contact details. Email will be the normal form of communication with you.

In order to be considered abstracts must be received by January 31st 2010. After consultation with the Working Group advisory committee, The Working Group for Popular Culture will let you know whether your proposed paper can be included in the programme by March 15th March 2010. The deadline for submitting of full papers via the conference website is 30 April 2010.

NB: Please note that as a policy, IAMCR does not permit the submission of the same abstract to more than one section.

Questions specifically about the Popular Culture Working Group should be addressed Barry King at For general information about the conference, visit IAMCR website or the conference website.  The Working Group for Popular Culture has no responsibility for conference registration fees and cannot comment on your eligibility for reduced rates.

Professor Barry King
Centre for Performance Studies,
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies,
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand