Plenary sessions

IAMCR 2021 will have 5 online plenary sessions, one for each day of the conference. See them here.

All interested members of the media and communication research community are invited to enjoy the plenaries. Registration is not required.

Plenary sessions will be first released at noon (UTC) on each day and will remain online until 11 September.

Opening Plenary | Rethinking borders and boundaries: Beyond the global/local dichotomy in communication studies | 11 July


  • Dorothy Njoroge, Chair, IAMCR 2021 Local Organising Committee (USIU-Africa – Kenya)

Welcoming words

  • Nico Carpentier, President IAMCR
  • Usha Raman, VP IAMCR
  • Andrea Medrado, VP IAMCR
  • Paul Zeleza, USIU-Africa Vice Chancellor

Keynote - We need to disrupt ourselves and reimagine media and communication studies in a changing world

  • Tawana Kupe (University of Pretoria – South Africa)


  • Wilson Ugangu, President EACA (MultiMedia University – Kenya)
  • Faith Nguru (Daystar University – Kenya) TBC

Plenary – The Rebirth of Populist Discourses | 12 July


  • Ruth Wodak (University of Vienna – Austria)


  • David Katiambo (Technical University – Kenya)


  • Goretti Nassanga (Makerere University – Uganda)
  • Ferruh Yilmaz (Tulane University – USA)
  • Silvio Waisbord (The George Washington University – USA)
  • Howard Tumber (City, University of London – UK)

Plenary – Media Scholarship as Resistance | 13 July


  • Usha Raman (University of Hyderabad – India)


  • Sarah Burton (City University of London – UK)
  • Tanja Bosch (University of Cape Town – South Africa)
  • Leo Custodio (Abo Akademi University – Finland)
  • Cherian George (Hong Kong Baptist University – Hong Kong)
  • Sasha Constanza-Chock (MIT – USA)

Plenary – Decolonizing Communication | 14 July


  • Bruce Mutsvairo (Auburn University – USA)


  • Dorothy Njoroge (United States International University-Africa – Kenya)


  • Kehbuma Langmia (Howard University – USA)
  • Radhika Parameswaran (Indiana University – USA)
  • Winston Mano (University of Westminster – UK)
  • viola milton (University of South Africa – South Africa)

Closing Plenary | Identity & Intersectionality | 15 July


  • Yemisi Akinbobola (Birmingham City University – UK), Creating an enabling environment for African women in media


  • Joseph Nyanoti, Vice chair, IAMCR 2021 Local Organising Committee (USIU-Africa – Kenya)


  • Peter Kareithi (Pennsylvania State University – USA)
  • Audrey Gadzekpo (University of Ghana – Ghana)
  • Yasmin Jiwani (Concordia University – Canada)


  • IAMCR Executive Board
  • Nairobi Local Organising Committee
  • Beijing Local Organising Committee, host of IAMCR 2022

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Online plenary sessions at IAMCR2021