IAMCR 2013 - Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section - Call for Papers


The Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society section invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR annual conference that will be held in Dublin, Ireland, June 25-29, 2013. The overall conference theme is ”Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders”.

The deadline for submissions is January 28, 2013. (For more information on submissions and decisions, see below).

The role of mediated communication in the creation and presentation of public opinion (and also destruction) became a central issue in the discussion on how to cope with crises in national, transnational and global perspectives. Our section firstly encourages submissions that relate theoretical and empirical work to the overall theme of the conference.

We secondly wish also to continue our well established tradition to promote the further theoretical discussions on the contribution of prominent thinkers on the field of communication research. In the last years we organized panels that discussed the contribution of the works of Goffman, Habermas, Schutz, Bourdieu, Foucault, McLuhan, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Antonio Gramsci. Following that tradition we would like to organize for the Dublin conference at least one session centred on the contribution of the works of Susan Sontag to the theory and research in the field of communication. In addition, we plan a panel to promote the dialog and exchange of theoretical approaches concerning media research on transnational and global crises – abstracts for that panel are also welcome.

Thirdly, we would like to continue to make space for the presentation and discussion of theoretical and empirical papers about Family and Mediatization.  Despite the social and cultural changes it seems that the family is still the main place of media domestication and media use, and it is the place where children learn to operate with media and start their lifelong media career. The main question we would like to discuss is:  how this takes place today in the different cultures, different classes and with reference to the different possibilities to deal with media.

Finally, we would like to continue our long standing interest in the discussion, development and critical assessment of the methodologies we use and we need for communication research and especially for international and cross cultural research projects, both quantitative and qualitative. 

Abstracts should be sent to the MCPOS Section Heads only through the Conference website, and should be 500 words long in English. Each abstract must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address of author(s) and a short (up to 100 words) bio-data.

It is also possible to propose a full panel of no more than four participants, or if the panellist are from the same country to have a chair or discussant From a different country.  In this case we expect the four abstracts of the participants and their short bio-data and in addition a framing text about the idea and the goal of the full panel.  It would also be recommended to name a panel chair and a discussant.

IAMCR accepts presentations in English, French and Spanish. However, it is requested that abstracts will be submitted in English.

Non members of IAMCR and/or of the section are welcome to submit and present if accepted, following the same procedure as described above and if accepted also the procedure as described below.

Papers and panels proposals will be reviewed by the two heads of section and by further specialists, named by the heads.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the Section Heads no later than February 28, 2013.

If a proposal is accepted, the sender must fulfil two preconditions to be included in the final program of the section. She or he must confirm the participation by March 28, 2013, upload a full paper by May 28, 2013 via the IAMCR OCS, register for participation at the Conference and mail a copy of the registration to the heads of section.  

For more information on the submission of abstracts, registration, theme, location, etc., please go to the IAMCR institutional website, at http://iamcr.org/congress/dublin2013 or to the Dublin 2013 Conference website http://iamcr2013dublin.com.

All Abstracts, although to be identified for specific Sections or Working Groups, should be submitted only via the central Open Conference System (OCS) at www.iamcr-ocs.org

Questions for further information should be addressed to the section heads.

Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin!

Section Head
Hillel Nossek, College of Management Academic Studies, Israel
hnossek [at] colman.ac.il

Section Vice Head
Corinna Lüthje, University of Hamburg, Germany
corinna.luethje [at] uni-hamburg.de


The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 28, 2013. Please note that this deadline will not be extended.

The OCS system at http://iamcr-ocs.org will open on November 15, 2012, and will close on January 28, 2013.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the Section Heads no later than February 28, 2013.

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

General Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be 500 words in length.

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

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. 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 Program Referee. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference program.

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.