Political Communication Research Section

The Political Communication Research Section invites submissions for the IAMCR conference to be held in Madrid/Spain, July 7-11, 2019. Papers should refer to the general conference theme Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths or the general interests of the section. The general theme offers manifold references to the interests of political communication research, such as fake news and political bots, big data, or post-truths.

In addition, papers on all aspects of political communication are welcome as for instance papers that deal with the interplay and interdependencies of media and politics, political socialization, political campaigning, public opinion, political participation, and interactions between the media and intermediary organizations such as interest groups and political parties. Studies of the uses of the media in campaigns and elections as well as in political marketing processes in government and the role that media play in formal and informal forms of governance are equally of interest. Comparative research across countries is strongly encouraged.


The Political Communication Research Section invites the submission of individual papers or complete panel proposals in any of the three official association languages (English, French, Spanish). However, presentations at the conference are preferably done in English or bilingual (with slides in English).

Submission guidelines

Individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) per Section or Working Group as lead author, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to a single IAMCR conference in general. 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 via the IAMCR website to be made available to the Section and Session Chairs.

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/hypotheses
    • outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant
    • make clear the main argument proposed and
    • summarize the findings and thus indicate whether the study has been completed or when it is going to be completed.

Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.

In the interest of scientific discussion and interaction, the section expects authors of accepted papers to participate in the conference in person and present the papers themselves. Paper presentations by anyone other than the authors will not be accepted.

The Political Communication Research Section encourages its members to take part in chairing sessions. In case you are interested in this activity, please contact the section chairs Christina Holtz-Bacha at christina.holtz-bacha@fau.de or María José Canel at mjcanel@ucm.es. All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) at http://www.iamcr-ocs.org

The OCS system will open on December 3, 2018 and will close on February 8, 2019 (23:59 GMT). Please note that this deadline will not be extended. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the section chairs no later than March 28, 2019.