IAMCR 2013 - Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group - Call for Proposals

altThe Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group invites submissions for the 2013 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to be held at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland from 25-29 June, 2013. The overall conference theme is "Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders".

The working group is concerned with ethical and deontological problems and challenges of the communicators and the communication media. We want to take into consideration how values help to improve the practice of communication in three main areas: information, entertainment and persuasion. We also want to point out the importance of critical reception. Research and contribution from the practical and theoretical point of view are always welcome. Works related to new media are particularly relevant to us.

The Working Group welcomes submissions on all areas of interest to the broad designator of Ethics, and it is especially interested in research on the topics regarding the general Theme of the Conference: "Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders". A list of possible topics has been suggested by conference organizers and can be found in the general call on the IAMCR website. These are the topics which seem most consonant with our working group:

  • Truth and objectivity; ethical challenges in the global society
  • Information, freedom and Human Rights in the emergent media
  • Peace and war journalism in a World in crisis
  • Ethical values in the major entertaining industries.
  • “The Hero's Journey”: the importance of inspiring stories in a period of crisis.
  • The Global power of values and how to promote them.
  • Advertising campaigns and their Social Responsibility
  • Creativity: a tool to overcome crisis

We encourage the submission of individual papers and complete panel proposals in any of the three official association languages (English, French, Spanish).
Individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) per Section or Working Group as lead author, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to a single IAMCR conference in general. Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to Section, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words, and should:

  • have a clear title
  • include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher, graduate student, student, etc.)
  • outline the research objectives/questions/hypothesis
  • outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant
  • make clear the main argument proposed
  • Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.

The Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group encourages its members to take part in their moderation and chairing sessions so please let us know if you are interested. Furthermore, we are looking for volunteers to take part in the blind peer review system. If interested, please contact the Chairs, Teresa Nicolas (mnicolas [at] up.edu.mx) or Manuel Pares (manuel.pares [at] uab.cat). Success in organizing the conference relies on the assistance from its members.

All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 28, 2013. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS system at will open on November 15, 2012, and will close on January 28, 2013. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by a section chair no later than February 28, 2013.

Submission of completed papers via IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) no later than May 28, 2013.