Participatory Communication Research Section

The work that is presented in the Participatory Communication Research Section is not based on any specific definition of participation. Rather, participation is a term used to refer to a number of social and planning processes occurring in many different places and in many different contexts. The Section addresses issues related to communication between community members and other stakeholders that are engaged in processes of social change. The sessions that the Section organizes at the IAMCR conferences are meant to work toward theoretical and methodological clarification. Therefore, both papers and statements discussing theoretical or methodological perspectives and/or documenting specific case studies are welcomed.

Topics cover a wide variety of issues that relate to research in relation to processes of communication that incorporate participation in an intrinsic way. This includes subjects and processes of democratisation, communication and information rights, ICTs for sustainable development, health communication, environmental communication, agricultural extension services, folk media and social movements, communication planning activities and interventions, national and cultural identities, community studies and the relationship between participation, empowerment and gender, community radio and participatory video production, non-formal participatory forms of education, participatory rapid appraisals, participatory action research, and so on.

Co chair: Ana Duarte Melo (University of Minho / CECS, Portugal) [Contact]
Co chair: Dorismilda Flores-Márquez (Universidad De La Salle Bajío, México) [Contact]
Vice chair: Piyu Gong (Jinan University, China) [Contact]
Vice chair: Arun John (University of Hyderabad, India) [Contact]
Vice chair: Ana Lúcia Nunes de Sousa (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) [Contact]

PCR Section contact email: iamcr.pcr [at]

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The PCR section also requests motivated individuals to volunteer as Language Facilitators for the PCR Section’s panels during the Madrid conference.
The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section is pleased to announce that it has finalized its reviewing process for the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to be held from 7th to 11th July 2019 in Madrid, Spain. In response to its open call for proposals exploring the theory an
The PCR Section welcomes its new secretary, Kateřina Turková, who will assist the Section management in running the PCR Section.
Kateřina is doing her PhD at Charles University in Prague, at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism. She is also a Junior Research Executive at Nielsen Admosphere, a.s.
The review of the paper, video and panel submissions has begun. The PCR Section is pleased to report that it received 138 individual paper proposals, 6 video presentation proposals and 4 panel proposals (good for another 19 papers).
ParticipAD – - Editado por Ana Duarte Melo y Marcela Duque, esta publicación surge de un evento previo a la Conferencia de IAMCR de Cartagena 2017. Es el resultado de muchas contribuciones de investigadores, profesionales de la publicidad y activistas. Puede ser descargado online sin costo.
ParticipAD – Participatory advertising: A global perspective with a Latin American focus - Edited by Ana Duarte Melo & Marcela Duque, this book arose from a pre-conference event held in Bogota prior to IAMCR’s 2017 Cartagena Conference. With contributions from researchers, advertising professionals and activists. Free eBook download is available.
IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
January 2019 PCR Section newsletter
As the Chair of the PCR Section, Nico Carpentier, will take up on 1 March 2019 a full-time position at the Department of Media Studies of Charles University in Prague, the secretariat of the PCR Section has moved on 1 January 2019 from Uppsala University (Sweden) to Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic).
ParticipAD, a PCR ebook, is ready and available here:
ParticipAD, un ebook de PCR, está listo y disponible aquí:
The Respublika! catalogue is out. It is open access, and you can download the 361-page book from here:
The conference “Post-Representative Participations” was a one-day event, which took place on November 16th 2018, and was hosted by MeCCSA Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA PGN), the Participatory Communication Research section of IAMCR (IAMCR’s PCR), and the Centre for Digital Media Cultures (CDMC) at the University of Brighton.
The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section had a project accepted for funding by the Section and Working Group Project Fund.
The Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR) of the IAMCR is pleased to annouce a call for video presentations for the IAMCR 2019 conference. 
The Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR) of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for IAMCR 2019, to be held from 7 to 11 July, 2019 at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. The deadline for submission is 8 February 2019.
In the July 2018 edition of the Chinese Journal of Journalism & Communication, a 14-page long interview with Nico Carpentier on participatory communication has been published. The interviewers were Piyu Gong, Jinsheng Zhang, Yanglong Zhan, and Haonan Chi.
This themed issue of Comunicação e Sociedade wants to discuss why we want and need participation in our contemporary societies. It aims to raise questions about which participatory intensities are considered necessary and sufficient, and why? Why do we, as societies and/or as academics, desire increased levels of participation? What are its societal benefits? Why is participation so important to us? Deadline for abstracts - 30th September 2018
Participatory Communication Research (PCR) section for the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association’s Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA PGN) and the Centre for Digital Media Cultures, University of Brighton invites postgraduate students, early-career researchers, filmmakers, civil society members and activists to submit proposals for our joint one-day conference at University of Brighton.
The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section successfully conducted its programme at the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)  held from 20th to 24th June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon USA.
Noted American activist and author, Tom Atlee opened the PCR section programme at IAMCR 2018 in Eugene, Oregon with a keynote titled, Catalyzing a society’s empowered common sense: Three instructive examples.
The PCR section requests motivated individuals to volunteer as Language Facilitators for the PCR section’s panels during the annual conference of IAMCR to be held from 20-24 June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA.