Mexico 2009 – International Communication Section Call for Papers

Mexico 2009 – International Communication Section Call for PapersThe International Communicationn Section invites proposals for the 2009 IAMCR annual conference, to be held at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico and Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades in Mexico City, Mexico, July 21st to July 24th.

Papers on the conference theme of Communication and Human Rights as well as papers pertaining to the general areas of interest to the International Communication Section will be considered.

The International Communication Section of the IAMCR
invites proposals for the 2009 Congress of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, 21-24 July 2009, in Mexico City
Following the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, IAMCR’s 2009 Congress addresses an important and significant dimension to communication on the whole, and to the many areas of interest to the International Communication Section in particular. In keeping with the theme, the International Communication Section of the IAMCR invites proposals (individual or panel submissions) on the conference theme as well as the more general areas of interest to the Section.

Proposals related to the conference theme may include (but are not limited to):

  • The broad scope and remit of development and its relation to communication and human rights
  • Representations of development and human rights in international public affairs arenas such as global news media
  • Research methods and modes of inquiry used in global communication with a specific awareness of human rights and social justice issues
  • Treatment of international agreements on human rights in global media
  • Global coalitions of local efforts related to communication and human rights
  • Questions of social justice and advocacy in relation to global, local, and diasporic media

Additionally, proposals are invited for the general areas of interest to the International Communication Section, which include

  • Media, development and social change
  • Challenges and opportunities presented by the processes of globalization to media and communication (including technology, culture, mobility and migrations, etc.)
  • New media technologies and international communication
  • Information and communication flow
  • Freedom of expression
  • Global media ethics
  • Media and foreign policy
  • Theoretical and methodological concerns for studying global/international communication

More details about the general areas for this section are available at  Select the drop down menu for ‘Sections and Working Groups’, select ‘All Sections and Working Groups’, select ‘International Communication’ from the list.

For more information on the Congress theme, please visit

The International Communication Section encourages intellectual diversity and welcomes submissions from a variety of theoretical and methodological persuasions.

Guidelines for submission of paper and panel abstracts:

  1. Title: Each submission requires a title for the paper.

  2. Length: Abstract of up to 500 words. For panels, the panel organizer should provide an overarching abstract of up to 500 words, and should include an abstract of up to 500 words for each presentation proposed.
  3. Content: Individual paper abstracts should provide a clear idea of the following: what is the topic and why is it important to know about the study (significance of study), the main research question addressed, some form of conceptual framework or theory (theories) from which the author(s) will draw, methods used, anticipated analysis, and expected outcomes. If it is a theoretically oriented paper, the topic, rationale, significance, and what the paper intends to accomplish to contribute to the literature must be made clear in the abstract.

    For panel submissions, the overarching abstract from the panel organizer should include the topic, the significance of the study, and the contribution of each participant’s work to the panel being proposed, to provide a clear sense of coherence to the proposed panel.

    Please note that it is important to pay attention to the content and format details specified here to help with the review process.

  4. Author information: The name(s) of author(s) and title (professor, postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, etc.), institutional affiliation, e-mail address and contact postal address should be provided on a cover page. All identifying information should be kept separate from the abstract page itself. To ensure connection between the cover sheet and the abstract, include a title-similar running head on the abstract page.
  5. Number of submissions: Each abstract may be submitted to one section OR working group only. Please ensure that you select the International Communication Section only when using the online process. Multiple submissions of the same abstract to different Sections and Working Groups will result in removal of the duplicate abstract from consideration for the International Communication Section.
  6. Mode of submission: All submissions should be uploaded to the conference web site at

Although IAMCR accepts presentations in Spanish, English, and French, it is requested that abstracts be submitted in English, to facilitate timely completion of the reviews and selections for the conference.

Deadline for submission of paper and panel abstracts: 16 February 2009.

Announcements of acceptance: By 29 March 2009.

Deadline for full paper submission: 1 July 2009.

Please address questions, if any, to Sujatha Sosale at sujatha-sosale[AT]