IAMCR 2014: CfP - Deadline 10 February


IAMCR invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2014 IAMCR conference to be held from 15 -19 July, 2014 at Hyderabad, India. The deadline to submit your abstract is midnight GMT on 10 February 2014. This deadline will not be extended.

See the individual CfPs of Sections and Working Groups

Conference theme: Region as a Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice

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

  • 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?

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 1 December 2013 – 10 February 2014.

Early submission is strongly encouraged.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 February 2014. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS system at http://iamcr-ocs.org will close at midnight GMT on 10 February 2014.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by their Section or Working Group Head no later than 24 March 2014.

Conference registration will be open for bookings by participants in January 2014.

For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted via the IAMCR OCS by 20 June 2014.

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://iamcr2014.org/ or contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) by email: info@iamcr2014.org.

Sections and Working Groups

The individual CfPs of IAMCR's Sections and Working Groups are accessible via the links below.


Working Groups