IAMCR 2013: CfP - Deadline 28 January


Call for Papers

IAMCR 2013: CfP - Deadline 28 January

IAMCR invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2013 IAMCR conference to be held from 25 -29 June, 2013 at Dublin City University, Ireland. The deadline to submit your abstract is midnight GMT on 28 January 2013. This deadline will not be extended.

List of CfPs of individual Sections and Working Groups

Submit an abstract via IAMCR's Open Conference System »

Conference theme: Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders

The conference theme centres on whether and how the current economic crisis and its attendant gales of "creative destruction" may serve to reshape the geo-political and communication orders. Will this crisis prompt or enable multi-dimensional change in the prevailing forms and modes of mediated communication on the one hand, and in global power structures and control processes on the other?

Much of the 'Western' core of the international system is now experiencing the deepest economic and financial crisis since the 1930s, manifest in a sustained period of austerity and low economic growth. Amidst the 1930s Dublin 2013crisis and depression context, Schumpeter invoked the image of the gales of "creative destruction" to refer to the multiple forms of struggles, innovations and restructuring involved in the search for sustainable solutions to such deep crises. Such historically-rare crises and depressions tend to prompt multi-dimensional change - social, organisational, political as well as techno-economic innovations. They are not only financial or economic in scope, as such deep crises also engender struggles over causes and solutions which link to differing political, social and economic interests as well as cultural and value systems. Furthermore, such deep crises in the global north also articulate with crises in the global south in complex ways (e.g. the former may provide opportunities for development in the south, as occurred in many areas during the 1930s).

The overall conference theme lends itself to panels and papers dealing with a wide range of specific sub-themes and topics. These may include:

Whether and how the current crisis and associated restructuring processes may serve to further amplify the role of new/digital communication networks, services and functions or even accelerate the long-run processes of ‘mediatisation’? What does the current crisis imply for the evolving role and relations between ‘new’ and ‘mature’ media? What, if any, is the relation between the broader economic crisis and the specifics of ‘crisis’ (or ‘creative destruction’) within the news media and journalism sectors? In what ways will ‘new media’ developments further extend the long-run expansion of the role of successive media and communication networks, services, and functions across all key spheres of social, political and economic life?

Will the current crisis amplify strategic shifts in geo-political orders and/or in the forms and operations of global power and influence, and if so, how? How can we best define the role of media networks and public communication as increasingly important features of the geo-political order and the global operation of power and influence?

How has the current economic crisis served to challenge, change or re-affirm the ‘public interest’ or ’public service’ roles and orientations of the media? What are the implications of the financial and economic crisis for the prevailing theories and practices of professional journalism, news media or other media of public communication? What does the current crisis and emerging shifts imply for the ‘watchdog’ role of news media or the established patterns of professional practices, routines, regulations and policy structures and/or the related corpus of theories, concepts or models across communication studies fields?

How have the media served to define, characterise or represent the current crisis or to identify its implications for political, economic and social relations and the geo-political order? Does this crisis highlight tensions between the increasingly global scope of economic and financial relations and the ‘national prism’ framing political cultures and media discourses? Can we talk meaningfully of a singular crisis or of crises in the plural, each varying by specific global region or by sector? Does the current crisis and its attendant ‘creative destruction’ point to major shifts in the mediation of political processes or in the structures of power across different areas or sectors?

In what ways is the current economic crisis likely to generate ‘new combinations’ of technological and political-economic, social or institutional innovations to enable a sustainable new period of social and economic development? What’s new and special about the role of mediated communication in enabling such a new phase of development – especially one that delivers enhanced welfare and social justice for the great majority of citizens whilst also addressing pressing environmental issues? In an era of pervasive and social media, how can we redefine the role, forms and potential of mediated communication in efforts to design and deliver a sustainable new paradigm or regime of social and economic development?

Submission of Abstracts

Each Section and Working Group of the IAMCR will issue its own Call for Papers, based on the general thematic outline above. The list of Sections and Working Groups and links to their respective Calls may be found below.

Abstracts should be submitted only via IAMCR's Open Conference System (OCS) at http://iamcr-ocs.org from 15 November 2012 to 28 January 2013.

Early submission is strongly encouraged.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 January 2013. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS system at http://iamcr-ocs.org will close at midnight GMT on 28 January 2013.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by their Section or Working Group Head no later than 28 February 2013.

Conference registration will be open for bookings by participants in January 2013.

For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted via the IAMCR OCS by 28 May 2013.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Unless otherwise stated by a Section or Working Group, abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's OCS at http://iamcr-ocs.org. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors. 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.

For further information, please consult the conference website at: http://iamcr2013dublin.com/ or contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) by email: info (at) iamcr2013dublin.com

Sections and Working Groups

The individual CfPs of IAMCR's 31 Sections and Working Groups can be accessed via the links below.


Working Groups

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