The Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section

The Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR annual conference that will be held from 7 – 11 July, 2019 in Madrid, Spain on the conference theme: “Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Right, Contested Truths

Abstracts must be submitted only via IAMCR's Open Conference System (OCS) at from 8 December 2018 – 8 February 2019.

First and foremost, we invite papers and panels submissions that relate to the overall conference theme (see the general conference CfP) and to the aims of the section in general. Topics addressing the central theme could include the following, among others:
    • Theoretical and empirical research in communication, technology and human dignity
    • Fake news and social network bots
    • Machines and robots in audiovisiual imagination
    • Under-age and young audiences and new mediations
    • How technology threatens and enables communication
    • How communication and technology challenge copyright and intellectual property

We secondly wish also to continue our well-established tradition to promote theoretical discussions in the field of communication research. In the last years, we organized panels that discussed the contribution of the works of Goffman, Habermas, Schutz, Bourdieu, Foucault, McLuhan, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Antonio Gramsci among others. From this year on, we would like to encourage debates on theoretical concepts and facilitate at least one session centred on the development, status quo and future of the spiral of silence theory.

In addition, we would like to continue our long-standing interest in the discussion, development and critical assessment of methodologies for communication research and here especially for international, cross cultural, and transnational research projects, both quantitative and qualitative.

Abstracts are to be sent to the MCPOS Section Heads via the Conference website, and must be no longer than 500 words long in English. Each abstract must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address of author(s) and a short (up to 100 words) bio-data.

We also invite full panel proposals of no more than four participants. Please send in a panel abstract in addition to the individual abstracts and name a panel chair and a discussant. In case that all panellists are affiliated within an institution of the same country, please ensure that the panel chair is affiliated to an institution from a different country.

Non members of IAMCR and/or of the section are welcome to submit and present if accepted, following the same procedure as described above and if accepted also the procedure as described below.

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's Open Conference System. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Guidelines for Abstracts

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 program.

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.


This section will receive and evaluate abstracts in English only. Oral presentations are accepted in English, French or Spanish on the condition that the presentation slides are in English.

Review process and Criteria for Evaluation

According to IAMCR rules abstract and panels will be peer reviewed. 

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:
    1. theoretical contribution
    2. methods
    3. quality of writing
    4. literature review
    5. relevance of the submission to the work of the Section or Working Group
    6. originality and/or significance of the work


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 8 February 2019. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS system at will close at 23:59 GMT on 8 February 2019.

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

Presenters are expected to confirm their participation upon receipt of acceptance letter, to register to the conference and to upload their full paper.


Questions for further information should be addressed to the section heads.

Head: Corinna Lüthje, (University of Rostock, Germany)
Vice Head: Susanne Eichner, (Aarhus University, Denmark)