IAMCR 2014: Journalism Research and Education Section - CfP - Deadline 10 February

CfP Journalism Research & Education (JRE) Section 2014

The Journalism Research & Education Section invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR conference will take place in Hyderabad from 15th to 19th July 2014. The theme of the conference is "Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice."

There is an increasing sense of profound changes in both society and the media that certainly lead to a new form of political journalism that is becoming more diverse, fragmented, and complex.

Social geography is being reshaped as a result of the connectivity provided innovative news media practices and values, though the nature and extent of these changes are neither uniform nor equally distributed in different regions

The Journalism research and Education section focuses this year on the idea that we do not live with media, but in media.  Our online/offline lives are becoming integrated in terms of our social and cultural contexts of use because they tend to break down and redraw the boundaries between the private and the public.

Our mediatised societies experience deeper levels, changing power relations among key message providers, while receivers are being rearranged; which makes the whole field of journalism research and education culture is being transformed. This redefinition of conventional meanings of "democracy" and "citizenship" are being questioned and rethought.

Journalism research and education is subject to politics of convergence at all levels, though it is more felt on the regional one causing a new territory for politics, though it also raises questions about the national boundaries within which the political realm has traditionally been cast.

  • Within the general theme, some difficult questions must be raised:

  • How have the privatization and commercialization inherent in (digital) media convergence altered the relation between the state and civil society at regional levels?

  • What modes of political participation, or expression/exertion of power have become (im) possible?

  • What new literacies are needed in order to be able to access, and possibly criticize, a political discourse and public sphere steeped in franchising, entertainment and "Regional convergence culture"?

The Journalism Research & Education Section is opened for panel proposals, workshop sessions and research papers proposals to address the issues related to exploring the dynamics of media systems, communication patterns and organizational relationships within this new "framing" of region as a physical and conceptual category.

The JRE section considers this general idea through the lens of the five JRE themes:

  1. International Collaborative Research in Journalism Research: New Challenges and Emergent Perspectives

  2. Innovations in Journalism

  3. The Professional Journalism

  4. Methods for Quantifying Professional Journalism

  5. Generic Studies of Journalism

Abstracts should range between 300 and 500 words in length including the research objectives, theoretical framework and methodology. Each proposal must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email addresses of the author(s). All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) available for abstract submission at http://iamcr-ocs.org.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be accepted per person in the research paper proposals in the JRE section Program. But the author could also submit a panel proposal. 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.

The JRE section encourages its members to take part in their moderation and chairing sessions so please let us know, if you are interested (jre09is[at]gmail.com)

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

Paper Submission

Early submission is strongly encouraged. 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.

Panel Submission

Panels are for 90 minutes. A complete panel proposal will include:

  1. The panel description, including, the panel title, a framing text, the names of the panellists and the titles of their papers. The framing text (maximum 350 words) should contain the overall idea and goal of the panel. A panel chair and a discussant should also be proposed.

  2. An abstract for each paper, including title and author(s).

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

Further information about IAMCR and this conference is available on the respective websites:

IAMCR Website: www.iamcr.org

Conference website: http://iamcr2014.org/

Please refer to the Journalism Research and Education Section website for guidelines

Ibrahim Saleh
jre09is [at] gmail.com
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