IAMCR 2016 - Gender and Communication Section - CFP

The Gender and Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for its open session at next year’s conference, to be held in Leicester, UK, from 27 - 31 July 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 section seeks research that balances theory and practice, and explores the relationship between gender, media and communication. In recent years sessions have included papers on the Internet, television, film, journalism, magazines, violence, queer theory, media production, reception, advertising, representation, the Global Media Monitoring Project, human rights, discrimination, elections, the body, HIV/AIDS, development, pop culture, virtual identity, social change, social media, and consumption. In keeping with our philosophy of inclusivity, we welcome contributions without regard to empirical, theoretical, disciplinary or philosophical perspectives.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is midnight GMT on 15 February 2016. This deadline will not be extended.

Although we welcome submissions on any topic involving gender, media and communication, we encourage and will give special consideration to papers and panel proposals that examine connections to the conference theme: Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward. More information can be found in the general CfP: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp.

Furthermore, this year, our section will host a co-sponsored session with the Emerging Scholars Network Section. We thus welcome submissions for this panel from early career scholars which tackle the intersections of gender, identity and sexuality with media and communication processes.

We encourage the submission of individual papers and complete panel proposals in any of the three official association languages (English, French, Spanish).

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.

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words, and should:

  • Have a clear title
  • Include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher, graduate student, student, etc.)
  • Outline the research objectives/questions/hypothesis
  • Outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant
  • Make clear the main argument proposed
  • Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.

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 Gender and Communication section encourages its members to take part in their moderation and chairing sessions so please let us know if you are interested. Furthermore, we are looking for volunteers to take part in the blind peer review system. If interested, please contact the chairs, Kaitlynn Mendes (km350(at)le.ac.uk) or Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh (mgeertse(at)butler.edu). Success in organizing the conference relies on the assistance from our members.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by a section chair no later than 1 April 2016.

Participants will be asked to confirm their attendance by 28 April 2016. If you do not confirm your attendance, we will remove you from the conference programme.

The early bird registration period finishes on 20 May 2016.

The draft conference programme will be known by 27 May 2016.

The deadline for full paper submission is 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

Gender and Communication Section


Kaitlynn Mendes

Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh


Mehita Iqani

Wajiha Rizvi

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