IAMCR 2013 - Media, Religion and Culture Working Group - Call for Papers

IAMCR 2013 - Media, Religion & Culture Working Group - Call for Papers

altThe Media, Religion & Culture Working Group invites proposals for papers to be presented at the annual conference for the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland from 25th-29th of June 2013. The website address of the Dublin conference is: http://iamcr2013dublin.com.

The IAMCR conference will be held under the general 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?

There is hardly an established canon of research in this wide field of media, religion and culture, although some nuclei in the current research agenda can be identified. While the Media and Religion working group will certainly welcome papers which address the media-religion aspects of the conference theme Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders, papers across the broad spectrum of research on the relationship of media, religion and culture are equally encouraged. These include images of religion in mass media; news coverage of religion; religious communities and the media; impact of media on religious practices whether personal or institutional; theological approaches to the mass media; new media and religion; the emergences of the religious according to new mediatic conditions; film and religion; religious media; religious public relations; the specificity of communication practices in religions given their singular content and claims; religious communication processes; media expression of faith and spirituality etc.

All approaches are welcome for proposed papers, provided they offer good quality and interesting, novel perspectives in their respective methodological nature.

Send your 300 to 500 words abstract by January 28, 2013. In accord with the instructions of the IAMCR organisers, all abstracts should be identified for the specific working group (in this case, Media, Religion & Culture) and must be submitted via the central Open Conference System (OCS) at http://iamcr-ocs.org. Submissions should not be sent directly to us at the working group.

The OCS system will open on November 15 2012, and will close on January 28 2013. 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. Early submission is strongly advised.

It is intended that decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the Media and Religion working group no later than February 28th 2013.

The full text of accepted papers must be submitted via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) no later than May 28 2013.

We look forward to seeing old and new participants in the working group in Dublin.

Pleased share this notice with other academic researchers on media and religion.


Frank Coffey
David Bauer Quest program
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
fdcoffey [at] yahoo.com

(Professor) Yoel Cohen
School of Communication
Ariel University Center
Ariel, Israel
ysrcohen [at] netvision.net.il

(Professor) Dominica Dipio
School of Languages, Literature & Communication
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda
dodipio [at] yahoo.com