IAMCR 2012 CfP - Post-Socialist and Post-Authoritarian Communication

altThe Working Group on Post-Socialist and Post-Authoritarian Media and Intercultural Communication invites submissions for the IAMCR Conference that will be held from July 15-19, 2012 at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.

The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2012.

The conference will be held under the general theme, “South-North Conversation”. This Working Group is dedicated to the studies of the post-socialist and post-authoritarian media systems and political landscapes in different countries in transition as well as communication process between South and North.  Intercultural communication research is necessary to understand and explain the emerging new systems and models, and the differences between these numerous regional and national ways of overcoming authoritarian heritage in these countries.

Members of the working Group also have an interest in comparative (multi-language) discourse analyses, the visualization of international journalism and the role of globalization and critical global justice movements in this process, also in coverage of elections. This Working Group is particularly interested in the many processes in media and journalism of  so-called “transitional societies” or “new democracies”.  The Working Group also examines new journalistic formats and ideas, as well as functions of popular culture in different national contexts.

Selected Issues

The Working Group on Post-Socialist and Post-Authoritarian Media and Intercultural Communication welcomes papers and panels related to the conference theme, including such topics as:

  • Civil Society and Journalism Values in Post-Authoritarian Countries
  • Media Systems and Models: Ways of Transformation
  • Media Role in Building National Identities and Differences
  • National and Foreign Policy Coverage and Images
  • New Media and Media Strategies in Intercultural Communication
  • Citizen media and citizen journalism
  • Media-communication model in condition of mobile society

The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 14, 2012
. This deadline will not be extended.
The OCS system at http://iamcr-ocs.org will close on February 14, 2012.
Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by their Section or Working Group Head no later than March 12, 2012.
On the same day, March 12, 2012, conference registration will open for bookings by participants.
For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted via the IAMCR OCS by June 10, 2012.

Guidelines for Abstracts: Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.

Abstract submissions: All abstract submissions must be made centrally only via the 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 three 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 Referee. 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 contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) or consult the Conference Organizers via the website at:  http://www.iamcr2012.ukzn.ac.za/ or by email at IAMCR2012@ukzn.ac.za

The Post-Socialist, Post-Authoritarian Media and Intercultural Communication Working Group Chair:
Yassen Zassoursky
Moscow State University, Faculty of Journalism 
Mokhovaya, 9, Moscow, Russia, 125009.
Tel:+7 495 629 74 35

Co-chair of the Post-Socialist, Post-Authoritarian Media and Intercultural Communication Working Group:
Dr. Anastasia V. Grusha