IAMCR 2014: Political Economy Section - CfP - Deadline 10 February

IAMCR Hyderabad 2014
Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research
Hyderabad, India, July 15-19, 2014

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

Political Economy Section Call for Papers

The Political Economy Section looks forward to the next IAMCR Conference and invites submissions (both individual proposals and collective panels) for the 2014 conference to be held at Hyderabad,  India, 15-19 July 2014.

The conference will be held under the general theme, ”Region as Frame: Politics, presence, practice”. The conference theme seeks to explore the dynamics of media systems, communication patterns and organizational relationships within this new “framing” of region as a physical and conceptual category.

The breaking down of some the world’s walls has created an uncertainty about the geographies and substantive nature of the regions they had once defined. This includes physical boundaries such as the Berlin wall, ideological ones such as those in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, economic ones such as those that had once separated India and other socialist economies from the capitalist West, and cultural ones such as those that had hidden the lives of people in the Middle Eastern and Soviet bloc.

Mobility, migration and disembodied interactions by cyberspace further complicate the notion of region as a conceptual and experiential category. New regional hierarchies, such as the economic power of emerging economies (BRICS) are taking shape, serving to decentre traditional loci of power, while different forms of identity politics are creating fissures in the modern nation state. Corporations have acquired the power to dictate politics through their ownership of forms and channels of expression, and this has created a new urgency to re-think old political economy arguments around media control and dispersal in a regional rather than global framework.

The general conference theme is therefore highly relevant for a cross-cutting sections such as Political Economy and the following conference general sub-themes seem particularly relevant for the section:

  • What are the politics that drive media discourse, organization and economics?

  • What kind of presence is at all possible in this redefined regional space, and how does region become a real and imagined construct across new media presences?

  • What sorts of practices then become key to media and communication spaces enclosed in or defined by this new frame?

In addition to and/or in articulation with the conference sub-themes, the Political Economy Section also welcomes submissions on:

  • Political economy of the Internet, social media, telecommunications and mobile communications

  • Political economy of audiences,

  • Political economy of journalism,

  • Political economy of personal information,

  • Political economy and gender,

  • Political economy and surveillance,

  • Moral economies, gift economies and free culture/free economy

  • Media capital and financialization of corporate media,

  • Public interest and public goods,

  • Power, media policy and re-regulation,

  • Tracking and analyzing processes of de-commodification or de-marketization in Communications and cultural policies,

  • Media, citizenship and democracy,

  • Cultural Industries and diversity,

  • Cultural and creative labor in the context of digitization and global capitalism,

  • Continuing crisis (financial, moral, others),

  • Communication experiences of the OccupyWallStreet, Arab Spring and Indignados around the world (Brazil, Colombia,Greece, Mexico, Spain, Turkey etc.) as counter hegemonic social agents.

Aiming to reflect the state of the art, the Section is particularly open to new theoretical approaches and empirical developments.


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

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be 300-500 words in length.

All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the OCS at http://iamcr-ocs.org

The Political Economy Section accepts only one paper per author. Proposals should only be proposed to one section or working group.


General info on the conference:

For further information on the conference, please contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) at info@iamcr2014.org or consult the Conference Organizers via the website at:  http://iamcr2014.org/

Info on the Political Economy Section

For more information about the Political Economy Section and its plans for the Hyderabad conference, please contact the coordinating team:

Helena Sousa, University of Minho, Portugal

Rodrigo Gómez, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico