Media – History – Social Inequalities: An IAMCR pre-conference


The pre-conference “Media – History – Social Inequalities” aims to discuss historical and contemporary connections between media and social inequality. The pre-conference will focus on the conditions, causes, and characteristics of the relationship between media and social inequality and its consequences for the present and future. Research interests and analytical perspectives will be collected and explored. The scholarly contextualization of history, media, and inequality offers the opportunity to interweave different approaches and dimensions of analysis to trace time-related mechanisms of differentiation and distinction in the context of modern public formation.

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Date and time

Saturday, 8 July 2023 

The pre-conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Afterwards, participants are invited to a small reception.

Call for Papers

Download the Media – History – Social Inequalities call for papers


Room 2.01, 2nd floor of the pedagogical building, 14 avenue Berthelot, 69007 LYON.


The pre-conference is open to all media and communication scholars interested in the interplay between media and social inequality and who wish to engage in international exchange on this topic. Participants are encouraged to submit presentations for the pre-conference. However, attending the pre-conference without submitting a presentation is also possible. The pre-conference will be conducted in English.

Special issue

In addition to the exchange on the topic, the pre-conference will also offer participants the opportunity to submit their paper to a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal "Javnost - The Public" ( on the subject of media and inequality.


There is a registration fee to cover the costs of the venue and meals:

IAMCR members: 25 EUR
Non-IAMCR members: 30 EUR 

Register here

Submission guidelines

Authors should submit an extended abstract of 800 words (not including references, figures, and tables) to:  by 10 April 2023, 23h59 UTC
All abstracts submitted must include name, affiliation, and contact information
Abstracts should be written in English and include the main research question(s), research interest, theoretical framework, methodological approach, and key empirical findings (if applicable)
Decisions on the acceptance of extended abstracts will be made by 30 April 2023


Media – History – Social Inequalities is hosted by IAMCR’s Communication in Post- and Neo-Authoritarian Societies Working Group and its History Section in cooperation with the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at FU Berlin and the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research at the University of Bremen.

Key dates 

  • 10 April 2023, 23h59 (UTC) - Deadline to submit abstracts
  • 30 April 2023 - Abstract decisions announced 


  • Anke Fiedler:  Vice-Chair IAMCR Communication in Post- and Neo-Authoritarian Societies Working Group; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Department of Media and Communication
  • Nelson Ribeiro: Chair IAMCR History Section: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon
  • Maria Löblich:  Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for Media and Communication Studies
  • Erik Koenen:  University of Bremen, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research

Contact email


IAMCR History Section

Sciences po Lyon          IAMCR

in partnership with:

Congres Lyon 1     Only Lyon


with the support of:

Universite Lumiere      Jean Moulin      Elico logo