IAMCR 2014: Crisis Communication Working Group - CfP - Deadline 10 February

Crisis Communication Working Group - Call for Proposals - IAMCR 2014

Theme: “Region as Frame: Politics, presence, practice”

The Crisis Communication Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for the IAMCR 2014 conference to be held in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, July 15-19, 2014. The conference will be held at the Hyderabad International Covention Centre (HICC).

An article on the local organising committee's website describes this overall theme more in detail at

Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals (300-500 words) is February 10, 2014.

Announcement of acceptances and start of conference registration is March 24, 2014.

Full papers (around 7 500 words excluding notes and references) must be uploaded via IAMCR OCS http://www.iamcr-ocs.org by June 20, 2014.

The Crisis Communication Working Group aims at providing a forum for scholars researching the mediation of political and economic crisis, wars and terrorism, disasters, catastrophes and risks, combining global and local perspectives. We adopt a broad understanding of crisis communication with theoretical contributions from different perspectives and disciplines and hope to stimulate fruitful discussions about threat-image constructions and the consequences for democracy and civil rights. This means that we want to avoid a more narrow-eyed public relations perspective concerned with offering “best practice” advice for commercial corporations.

Key themes will include:

  • War, Terrorism, Regional Conflicts and Crisis Communication

  • Economic and Financial Crisis Communication

  • Crisis Communication related to Disasters, Pandemics, Environmental problems and Climate Changes

  • Crisis Communication related to Political Scandals

  • Crisis Communication related to Immigration, Mobility, Ethnicity and Racial Discrimination

Therefore we want to encourage research panels aimed at comparing crisis communication in different areas and regions across cultural boundaries. A proposal for a panel should provide a panel title, a framing text (with the overall idea of the panel in maximum 500 words) and short abstracts for the included papers with titles and authors. A panel chair and a discussant can also be proposed. The panel framing text and the individual paper abstracts need to be submitted separately.

The Working Group encourages senior scholars to take part in moderation of panels and chairing sessions. Feel free to let us know if you are interested. We also might contact you.

Submission information

We welcome proposals for papers on the above or related issues by submitting an abstract of 300 to maximum 500 words. Abstracts should state the author(-s) name, address, university affiliations, telephone, and e-mail, followed by the title, the theoretical perspectives and methods used (in short), the questions asked and the empirical research presented. IAMCR accepts papers in English, French and Spanish, but it is requested that abstracts and panels proposals are submitted in English.

Submissions as well as full papers (once they are accepted) can only be done online by using the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS). The OCS system at http://iamcr-ocs.org is open from 1 December 2013 and closes on 10 February 2014. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

We normally expect only one (1) abstract per lead person for consideration – and under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the same name of a proposer either individually or as part of any group of authors to a single IAMCR conference. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.

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.

Papers and panel proposals will be reviewed by the two heads of the Working Group and by further specialists, named by the heads.

If a proposal is accepted, you also have to register for the conference in order to be included in the final conference program.

Very welcome with paper and panel proposals, we are looking forward to seeing you in Hyderabad!

The deadlines are as follows:

8 November 2013

 First call for abstracts (for papers and panels)

1 December 2013

Open Computer System (OCS) available for abstract submission at http://iamcr-ocs.org

10 February 2014

OCS closed

11- 20 February 2014

Initial technical review of submissions (review process by Sections and WGs will start after this)

24 March 2014

Notification of acceptances of abstracts

15 April 2014

Confirmation of participation deadline

30 April 2014

Deadline for early bird registration

15 May 2014

Final conference programme

13 June 2014

Conference programme to be published online

20 June 2014

Deadline for full paper submission

15-19 July 2014

IAMCR Conference

For general information on the program for the Crisis Communication Working Group, contact:

Working Group Chair:
Ester Pollack
Stockholm University, Sweden
Department of Media Studies

Working Group Vice-Chair:
Sigurd Allern
University of Oslo, Norway
Department of Media and Communication