IAMCR 2016: Diaspora and Media Working Group - CfP

The Diaspora and Media Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research invites interdisciplinary papers (abstracts) and panel proposals (including abstracts) that engage with a diverse variety of questions on diasporic communities and their experiences with media, for the 2016 IAMCR conference to be held from 27 -31 July, 2016 in Leicester, UK. These experiences could, and most often do, intersect with issues of race, ethnicity, transnationalism, sexuality, gender, marginalization, discrimination, national identity, etc., within local, national, and international contexts.

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 2016 IAMCR Conference theme, Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward, provides an opportunity to also analyze and reflect on historic causes and effects of diaspora engagement with host cultures and how that has affected media representation, production, and involvement in the host culture and across the world. The Group encourages submissions that take into consideration the impact of the immigration crisis unfolding as a result of the civil war in Syria and the chaos in the countries and cultures in the Middle East post 9/11. What are the consequences for the new diasporic communities forming in different countries as direct fallout of war and unrest in the Middle East? How are these diasporic communities represented in the media? What lessons have we learned from our previous experiences of diaspora formation and in what ways are media connected to those formations? How do media challenge/sustain/create memories about particular diasporas and what are possibilities of media engagement in the future? How are the relationships between migration, migrants and information and communication technologies (ICT) changing with the change of times? What new representations are being revealed and counter-discourses formed? All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.

Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System from 1 December 2015 – 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.

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.

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

For enquiries or further information, please contact:

Diaspora and Media Working Group


Sudeshna Roy,


Sofía Cavalcanti Zanforlin

Umi Khattab

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