IAMCR 2012 - Emerging Scholars Network Call for Papers

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The Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) invites you to participate in the 2012 International Congress of the IAMCR to be held on July 15-19, 2012 at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.

This year's theme is South North Conversations. We call for general academic papers in Communication and Media Studies as well as papers addressing the concrete conference theme.

See below the special call ESN in Spanish.

Diverging from traditional world systems implications, this theme reflects the asymmetry of global communication flows, without suggesting the negatives that usually accompany discussions of the 'digital divide' within the context of the 'Global South'.

The term 'Global South' refers to countries, territories and communities that have been excluded from the mainstream of economic, social and communication development. In much of the discourse around global geo-politics, these countries and communities are still regarded as the recipients of economic and technical largesse from more developed sources. It is the theme of this conference to interrogate this assumption, and to emphasize the communicative empowerment and the positive potential of media and communication in and from the 'Global South'.  For more information on this year's conference theme please see the general call for papers.

The ESN is a section dedicated to the work and careers of emerging scholars in the field of media and communication. Hence, we especially look for works in progress from graduate students and new university instructors/professors who are interested in substantial feedback and comments intended to advance their projects.

The ESN organizes emerging scholar panels and joint panels with other sections. Our emerging scholar panels provide a comfortable environment for the presentation of theses and works in progress, where emerging scholars can receive feedback from colleagues also at the beginning of their careers and from senior scholars who act as respondents to individual papers.

The joint panels with other sections allow for the exchange of ideas with senior scholars in the field and networking. Should there be enough submissions we are planning to co-sponsor panels together with the following IAMCR Sections and Working Groups: Law Section; Gender and Communication Section; Political Communication Section; Health, Communication and Change Working Group; and the Task Force on Media Policies.

In line with the purpose of our section, the ESN also organizes panels about issues affecting emerging scholars, such as:

  • Publishing research results;
  • Mentoring and the Student-mentor relationship;
  • Academic work and academic jobs;
  • Neoliberalism in the academy;
  • Language barriers in academia.

Scholars who wish to organize or contribute to an issue-related panel are welcome to contact Sara Bannerman at Sara.Bannerman [at] gmail.com and Stefania Milan at stefania.milan [at] eui.eu


The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 14, 2012. Please note that this deadline will not be extended.

The OCS system opened on December 1, 2012, and 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.

Questions may be addressed to the section co-chairs Stefania Milan (stefania.milan[at]eui.eu) and Sara Bannerman (sara.bannerman[at]gmail.com).

Submissions must include author name(s), affiliation, address, e-mail address, and paper title.

If you are submitting a work in progress, we welcome your submission! Please state that it is a work in progress in your abstract.

Abstracts should be 250-300 words.

Please also take a look at our suggestions on how to write an abstract.

New ! Special Call ESN in Spanish / ESN Hispanohablante

El grupo de estudios ESN Hispanohablante y Comunicación Latinoamericana abre una convocatoria para presentar trabajos en idioma español en la Conferencia IAMCR 2012. Para el grupo ESN Hispanohablante y Comunicación Latinoamericana es especialmente pertinente el tema de la conferencia en Durban, "Conversaciones Norte-Sur", que vincula los problemas sociales, las propuestas de desarrollo sostenible, y los contextos interculturales de América Latina con varias perspectivas de comunicación ciudadana, estudios de recepción, comunicación para el desarrollo y metodologías participativas de la comunicación.

Invitamos investigadores emergentes a presentar propuestas de ponencia en idioma español y con un enfoque latinoamericano de la comunicación, que pone énfasis en comunicaciones y contextos socioculturales diferentes; reflexiona en lo intercultural e interdisciplinar, adecuando epistemologías, definiciones y metodologías de la comunicación a la realidad social. Los planteamientos de la comunicación en América Latina incluyen la diversidad de sujetos múltiples, negociando identidades y significados ante la modernidad y procesos de urbanización, mestizaje sociocultural, nuevas narrativas, medios, lugares y espacios de la comunicación.

Las propuestas a ESN Hispanohablante deberán ser enviadas a ESN a través del Open Conference System (OCS). El OCS está abierto a la recepción de propuestas desde el 1ero. de Diciembre y cerrará el 14 de Febrero de 2012.

Por dudas o preguntas antes de enviar la propuesta, se puede escribir a:

Franklin Cornejo
Coordinador de ESN-Hispanohablante y Comunicación Latinoamericana

y a:

Francesca Musiani
Coordinadora de Comunicación de ESN

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