Call for presenters for PhD webinar

IAMCR Presidential PhD Research Webinar

"Media Literacy: A Critical Pedagogy in Difficult Times of War, Pandemic and Beyond"

IAMCR invites applications from members for the Presidential PhD Research Webinar on "Media Literacy: A Critical Pedagogy in Difficult Times of War, Pandemic and Beyond", co-convened by Dr Priyanka Sachdeva from the University of Delhi, India, and Atashi Bhattacharya from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, India.

The webinar will take place on 09 January 2023 at 08:00 UTC.

This webinar intends to bring together doctoral scholars to promote a global dialogue highlighting the role of digital media and media literacy during the difficult times the world faces and to identify the tools and techniques for combating these issues and challenges. 

Media literacy is a human right established by UNESCO and is a growing and diverse field of study. In recent years, we have witnessed several world-shaking phenomena that changed our lives profoundly, put democratic values to the test, and even transformed how people communicate. In this context, media literacy gains even more importance to be discussed, and it gets increasingly important to develop literacy for citizenship, participation, and democracy.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be detrimental in terms of financial, health and emotional well-being and the mis- and disinformation on social media has led to an Infodemic. While globally, people barely managed to claw back to normalcy, the conventional war between Russia and Ukraine further deteriorated the global equation. It is imperative to understand digital journalism and news literacy, identify the various discourses circulating, and be aware of manipulating information. 

We encourage a wide range of topics from doctoral students interested in the subjects of the Digital Divide, Media Literacy, Democratic decision-making, and Digital citizenship, among others. 

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Misinformation and information literacy
  • Digital divide, teaching, and media literacy
  • Public policies and media literacy
  • Media literacy, citizenship, and democracy
  • Political literacy and civic participation
  • Digital journalism and news literacy 
  • Technology, literacy, and digital citizenship
  • Ethical issues to access and use of information 

To submit your paper to present in the webinar, download and complete the application form and send it to priyankasachdeva2711 [at] (Priyanka Sachdeva) and atashibhattacharya22 [at] (Atashi Bhattacharya), the co-convenors of the webinar, and mazlum [at] (Mazlum Kemal Dağdelen), the assistant of the IAMCR President, Nico Carpentier, with the subject "IAMCR Presidential PhD Research Webinar: {title of your paper proposal}" by 25 November 2022. If there are several presenters, each should fill in an individual application form and send all the documents in one email.

Only IAMCR members are eligible to present in the Presidential PhD Research Webinar. Applicants who are not members of IAMCR must begin the membership application process before submitting their application. Join IAMCR

Acceptance of an application is based on the proposed presentation's academic quality, relevance to the field and the main topic of the webinar, and originality.

Key Dates: 

  • Date of the webinar: 09 January 2023, 08:00 UTC
  • Deadline for applications: 25 November 2022 
  • Announcement of the decisions: 01 December 2022 
  • Final submission of presentations: 02 January 2023