IAMCR 2016 - Crisis Communication Working Group - CfP

The Crisis Communication Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for the 2016 IAMCR Conference to be held from 27-30 July 2016 in Leicester, UK. The deadline to submit your abstract is midnight GMT 15 February 2016.

Conference theme: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward"

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016

The Crisis Communication Working Group aims to provide a forum for scholars researching the mediation and communication in connection to political, social and economic crisis, including wars, conflicts, disasters, risks and acts of terrorism, combining global and local perspectives. As can be read above, we adopt a broad understanding of crisis communication with theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions from a range of perspectives and disciplines. The aim is to stimulate diverse and fruitful discussions across disciplines and specialisation. To do so, we adopt an interactive approach where we ensure that each submitted paper will have an assigned discussant.

Key themes include

  • Media and Communication related to Conflicts, Wars and Security.
  • Media and Communication related to Economic and Financial Crisis.
  • Media and Communication related to Disasters, Pandemics, and Climate Change.
  • Media and Communication related to Political Crisis.
  • Media and Communication related to Immigration, Mobility, Ethnicity and Race.

In addition to individual papers, we would like to encourage research panels aimed at exploring crisis communication in different areas and regions across cultural boundaries. 

The Working Group encourages senior scholars to take part in the moderation of panels and the chairing of sessions. Please let us know if you are interested. We may also contact you.

Submission information

Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System from 1 December 2015 to 15 February 2016. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

The Crisis Communication Working Group accepts abstracts in English only, and will arrange for presentations in English only.

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 two (2) 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 Reviewer. 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. Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to Section, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts and panel proposals (300-500 words) is 15 February 2016.

Full papers (around 7,500 words excluding notes and references) must be submitted by 30 June 2016.

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 1 December 2015 Open Computer System (OCS) available for abstract submission
  • 15 February 2016 Deadline for submissions
  • 1 April 2016 Notification of acceptances of abstracts
  • 15 April 2016 Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards
  • 28 April 2016 Deadline to confirm your participation
  • 20 May 2016 Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee
  • 30 June 2016 Deadline for full paper submission
  • 7 July 2016 Final conference programme published on the website
  • 27-31 July 2016 IAMCR 2016 Conference

Crisis Communication Working Group


Rikke Bjerg Jensen
Royal Holloway University of London, UK
School of Law/Department of Geography


Eva-Karin Olsson
National Defence College, Sweden
Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016