IAMCR Newsletter - November 2023

In this issue...

Letter from the President

Nico Carpentier, President, IAMCR

In this letter to the members, Nico Carpentier provides a thoughtful reflection on the Lyon 2023 conference, sharing insights about both its successes and challenges. He emphasizes the valuable lessons we've gained as we turn the page and prepare for future conferences. Read it here >

Ōtautahi Christchurch 2024

The University of Canterbury will host IAMCR's 2024 conference from 30 June to 4 July in Christchurch, New Zealand. The conference will explore the theme: "Whiria te tāngata / Weaving People Together: Communicative projects of decolonising, listening and engaging". Watch a video prepared by the Local Organising Committee, introducing the conference theme and the host city.

The call for proposals has been launched, and submissions will be received from 4 December 2023 through 7 February 2024, at 23.59 UTC.

Go to the conference website.

Welcome from the LOC Chair

Donald Matheson, University of Canterbury

IAMCR 2024 will be held in Aotearoa New Zealand, from 30 June to 4 July, in a 3-year-old conference centre by the river in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch. We look forward to welcoming you to our city for the first conference in this corner of the world in 28 years. Read more >


IAMCR 2024 offers opportunities for IAMCR members and partners to organise conferences, seminars and workshops prior to the main IAMCR conference in Christchurch. These events can be organised by individual or institutional IAMCR members alone or in partnership with others. Two application periods are open with the following deadlines: 9 January and 9 February 2024Read more >


Many Voices, One Forum

Launched at the 2023 conference in Lyon, Reflections on the International Association for Media and Communication Research: Many Voices, One Forum is a compelling testament to IAMCR's contributions to the field. Edited by Jörg Becker and Robin Mansell, the book’s 34 chapters provide insights into the role of IAMCR and its members in shaping scholarly traditions and political debates since its founding in 1957, and how the association has in turn been shaped by national and regional perspectives and by leading individuals. Read more >

New memorial award for 2024

In the spirit of honoring the legacy of Annabelle Sreberny, a distinguished scholar and former president of IAMCR, we are pleased to announce the creation of a Memorial Award in her name. This award joins the three existing Memorial Awards and will be granted for the first time in 2024 to outstanding papers accepted for presentation at the Christchurch conference.
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2023 Grants and Awards recipients

Four awards were granted at the Lyon 2023 conference to papers accepted for presentation at our sections and working groups sessions.

Please join us in congratulating the awardees. They are:

  • Prize in Memory of Dallas W. Smythe: Tianyang Fu (University of Chicago, US), Christopher Petersen (Lakehead University Orillia, Canada) and Guo Xiaoxin (School of Culture and Media, Central University of Finance and Economics, China). 
  • Urban Communication Award: Sandra Jeppesen (Lakehead University Orillia, Canada), Mingjun Zhao and Yongliang Liu (Tsinghua University, China), María Isabel Norena Wiswell (UNIMINUTO, Colombia) and Maria Helena Botero Ospina (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia).
  • Climate Change Communication Award: Manoj Kumar Das (Central University of Sikkim, India) and Subha Das Mollick (Aliah University, India), Joseph Gotte (Ceditec - Universite Paris-Est- Creteil, France), and Julia Cope (Annenberg School of Communication - University of Pennsylvania, US)
  • IAMCR/FAO Research Award: Nurul Hilmiati (Indonesia), Nurdahalia Lairing (Indonesia) and Ma. Theresa Rivera (Philippines).

Click on the links above to read more about the winners and download their papers.

In addition, 23 Travel Grants were awarded to early-stage scholars who are also members of IAMCR from low and middle-income countries. The grants provided them with the opportunity to participate in and present their work at the Lyon conference. Read their testimonies >

Call for new working groups

IAMCR is calling for new thematic Working Groups. We aim to add up to three new Working Groups to our current 15. This expansion will foster collaboration and exploration of fresh topics in media and communication. The deadline to submit applications for new working groups is 15 February 2024.  Read all the details here >


Call for IAMCR Peace Fellowships

With the goal of fostering academic dialogue and collaboration across conflict zones, we have established IAMCR Peace Fellowships, two-year fellowships that aim to unite scholars from regions or communities involved in antagonistic conflicts. The deadline for application is 15 December 2023More >

PhD Research Webinar

The IAMCR webinar series will continue in 2024. Since its inception in March 2021, this initiative has successfully conducted 15 webinars, all of which are available for viewing on the IAMCR webinar channel in Vimeo. Webinars can be proposed by any section or working group, or by IAMCR committees and task forces. If you are interested in putting one on, contact your section or working group.

Clearinghouse for Public Statements

IAMCR’s Clearinghouse for Public Statements issued a position statement on the role of information and communication sciences in the governance of artificial intelligence (AI) to the 18th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum that was held from 8-12 October 2023 in Kyoto, Japan. 

The Clearinghouse processes statements and/or manages the process of signing statements generated by others, that are principally concerned with issues relating to media/communications and where IAMCR members have substantive scientific expertise that provides a basis for seeking to influence discursive or material practice.

Find out more about Clearinghouse activities here >

Open science roundtables

The IAMCR Publications Committee hosted a series of roundtables exploring the politics of knowledge and its dissemination. The first one, titled “What does the Open Science Movement mean for the future of the field of media and communication?,” was held online, and the recording is available here. The second roundtable in the series, titled “Finding Pathways to Open Access,” was held during the 2023 Lyon conference. Stay tuned for the next edition in the series!

Section and Working Group news

Leadership changes

Several of IAMCR’s thematic sections and working groups held online elections for new heads this year. Please join us in thanking the outgoing heads of sections and working groups and welcoming the new ones. For a list of the fifteen sections and working groups that held elections, and the election results, see the Section & Working Group election results

ESN workshop on research methods

The Emerging Scholars Network hosted a workshop for early career media and communication scholars focused on research methods. The event, entitled “Reflections on Research Methods for Media and Communication Scholars,” was the latest in the ESN’s professionalization workshop series, which aims to share knowledge with emerging scholars globally and address existing inequities in access to professionalization resources by hosting events with established scholars in accessible formats. Watch the recording here>

Political Economy Journal

Volume 10 Issue 1 of the Political Economy of Communication is now available. The peer-reviewed and open access journal is published under the auspices of the IAMCR Political Economy Section. IAMCR colleagues that presented papers at the IAMCR 2023 conference are encouraged to submit their work to the journal.


New Wiley/IAMCR books

The Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research series co-published by Wiley and IAMCR, recently published three new titles: 

IAMCR members are eligible for a 30% discount on these or any other title in the series. To access the discount send an email to GlobalHandbooks@iamcr.org.

Members' books

IAMCR members are invited to announce their recently published books and book chapters to the IAMCR community and website visitors. Click here to see the most recent ones.