Media Production Analysis Working Group

The Media Production Analysis Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for its open sessions at IAMCR 2019 conference, to be held at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain from 7-11 July 2019. The theme of the conference is “Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths”.

This Working Group provides a venue for researchers of media production, with a focus on different professional roles and norms, technologies, organizational contexts and genres to grasp the internal and external dynamics of media production processes.

We invite empirical studies of media production as well as methodological reflections and analyses of the processes of media production research. These media might include but are not limited to film, television, radio, and new media productions, and the whole range of genres and media forms available today, including journalism, fiction, non-fiction, culture and entertainment. In addition, we welcome studies on a micro, meso, and macro level as well as studies of the professional use of social media.

The group is open to all theoretical inspirations from, for instance, media studies, journalism studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, and management studies.
We explicitly welcome work on methodological aspects of media production research: production ethnography in general, challenges and strategies of access and publication, challenges and strategies of interdisciplinary research, and the theoretical grounding of methods. As our focus is on media production and the challenges of researching it, papers based entirely or mainly on the analysis of media texts, content or reception will not be accepted.

Papers addressing the 2019 conference theme ”Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths” are most welcome. We intend to arrange a special session dedicated to accommodate papers dealing with issues related to this theme from the perspective of media production.


Abstracts in each of IAMCR’s official languages (English, French and Spanish) are welcome for submission. Presentations can be made in each of these languages, but as most members of our group are English speaking, we expect presentation slides and/or handouts to be in English. We also expect the abstract to be provided in English after acceptance.

Submission guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted from 3 December 2018 through 8 February 2019. Both individual abstracts and panel presentations are welcome and early submission is strongly encouraged. We ask you to kindly submit proposals in good time at the abstract submission site –

The deadline to submit abstracts is 8 February 2019, at 23.59 UTC and will not be extended.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by the Section Head no later than 28 March 2019.

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words. All abstracts must be submitted through the IAMCR Open Conference System. Abstracts sent by email will not be accepted.

It is expected that each person will submit only one (1) abstract. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author, 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 more than one Section or Working Group. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.


For further enquiries please email the co-chairs: Willemien Sanders <> or Fawad Shah <>.

Deadlines and important dates

    • 3 December 2018 - Abstract submission system opens at
    • 8 February 2019 - Deadline to submit abstracts
    • 28 March 2019 - Abstract decisions announced by sections and working groups
    • 7 April 2019 - Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards
    • 11 April 2019 - Deadline to confirm participation
    • 7 May 2019 - Draft conference programme schedule released
    • 14 May 2019 - Last day for Early bird registration
    • 7 June 2019 - Deadline for full paper submission
    • 17 June 2019 - Last day for changes to be made in the print version of the programme
    • 7-11 July 2019 - IAMCR Conference