IAMCR 2014: Emerging Scholars Network Section - CfP - Deadline 10 February

The Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) welcomes submissions for the Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC) on July 15-19, 2014 in Hyderabad, India.

We invite you to submit abstracts (250- 300 words) of your research papers. We welcome submissions on a variety of topics pertinent to communication and media studies research. We also encourage submissions that address this year’s conference theme Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice.  For more information on this year’s conference theme, please refer to the conference theme webpage at http://iamcr2014.org/conference-theme/. If you are submitting a work in progress, we welcome your submission! Please state that it is a work in progress in your abstract.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 10, 2014 via the Open Conference System (OSC) at http://iamcr-ocs.org. Submissions must include author name(s), affiliation, address, e-mail address, and paper title. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS opens on December 1st, 2013 and closes on February 10, 2014. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Please note that 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. Please be aware that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to ESN and other Section or Working Group for consideration. 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 Program Reviewer. Such applicants also risk being entirely removed from the conference program.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the Section co-chairs on March 24, 2014. For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted via the IAMCR OCS by June 20, 2014.

Please also take a look at our suggestions on how to write an abstract at http://www.iamcr.org/src-home-about/633-src-home-about.

About ESN

ESN is a section dedicated to the work and careers of emerging scholars in the field of media studies and communication. Therefore, we especially look for works in progress from graduate students and new university instructors/professors who are interested in substantial feedback and comments intended to advance their projects.

The ESN organizes emerging scholar panels and joint panels with other sections. Our emerging scholar panels provide a comfortable environment for the presentation of theses and works in progress, where emerging scholars can receive feedback from colleagues also at the beginning of their careers and from senior scholars who act as respondents to individual papers.

In line with the purpose of our section, the ESN also organizes panels and special sessions about issues affecting emerging scholars, such as:

  • Publishing research results;

  • Mentoring and the Student-mentor relationship;

  • Academic work and academic jobs;

  • Neoliberalism in the academy;

  • Language barriers in academia.

These panels often feature conversations between senior scholars, emerging scholars, and/or practitioners of media and communication professions.

Further announcements on panels and events on such topics, and practical information on the ESN mentorship programme, will follow over the coming months. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the section co-chairs Francesca Musiani (francesca.musiani@gmail.com) and Sandra Ristovska (sristovska@asc.upenn.edu).

Special Call:

As part of a joint IAMCR effort to engage with international debates around communication and social transformations in the digital age, ESN welcomes papers that are related to the World Summit on the Information Society +10. ESN and IAMCR Communication Policy Task Force organized a successful session on WSIS+10 at the annual meeting in Dublin last year. Therefore, the section provides another platform for emerging scholars to present on WSIS related topics.These may include

  1. thematic assessments of what has been achieved in the past 10 years in specific areas mentioned in the official WSIS documents;

  2. critical analysis of controversial aspects of information societies expected to inform the WSIS+10 debates;

  3. research outlining either core concepts, such as sustainable knowledge societies, or methodological aspects, such as indicators.

The selected papers may be profiled and included (upon the authors' approval) in a global database - www.globalmediapolicy.net - as a contribution of the IAMCR scholarly community to the WSIS+10 process and debate.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the section co-chairs Francesca Musiani (francesca.musiani[at]gmail.com) and Sandra Ristovska (sristovska[at]asc.upenn.edu).

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

Emerging Scholars Network Section:

Francesca Musiani

Sandra Ristovska