International Communication Section

The antecedents of the International Communication Section go back to the IAMCR Leicester conference in 1976, where it was one of the four main themes, then named ‘media and international understanding’. It was formalised as a Section at the Warsaw conference in 1978. At present (in 2018) it is one the largest Sections of the association.

In the International Communication Section we are proud of our diversity and the truly international character that motivates us. We welcome the participation of colleagues from all over the world who wish to present the results of their research on national, inter-regional and international issues that have to do with all subjects of communication, including journalism, political communication, globalisation and other inter-cultural forms of expression. The comparative analysis of the media is an instrument to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different countries and geo-political regions. In this sense, we welcome comparative studies of the media’s role in foreign policy-making, the (often complex) relationship between citizens and the media in different continents, media ethics and the relationship of media policies to political and governmental authorities – with a special focus on environmental problems and how they are presented by the media in different parts of the world.

This section also considers the role of the media in constructing a sense of community across borders, including the development of virtual communities and the uses of new media, their implications for citizens and societies and the objectives they pursue in order to achieve a better world. You are welcome to send your abstracts to our section in English, French, and Spanish.

Updated, September, 2018

Section Chair:  Karen Arriaza Ibarra [contact]
Section Vice-Head: Deqiang Ji [contact]
Section Vice-Head: Viola Milton [contact

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The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 20-24 June 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
IAMCR's International Communication Section invites proposals that reflect the section's interest. 
IAMCR's International Communication Section is organising a conference, Digital Services in the Audiovisual World: Markets, Boundaries and Policies, to be held 12 July at the Communication School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Campus Praia Vermelha in Brazil.
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 16-20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. IAMCR's International Communication Section invites proposals that reflect the the section's interest. 
Chair and vice-chair openings for the International Communication Section of the IAMCR. The voting will take place on Saturday, July 30th, at 11:00 am in Room L T 8.
Deadline for nominations: 13 July 2016, midnight Eastern Standard Time, US (05:00 GMT)
The International Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2016 conference to be held in Leicester, UK, from 27th to 31st July 2016.
The International Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2015 conference to be held in Montreal, Canada, from 12th to 16th July 2015.  The deadline for proposal submissions is 9 February 2015.
Call for Proposals - IAMCR 2014
The International Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2014 conference to be held from 15 to 19 July, 2014 in Hyderabad.
Conference website: http://...
altThe International Communication Section of the IAMCR invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the next annual IAMCR conference to be held from 25-29 June 2013 at Dublin City University, Ireland.
erythrina_caffraAnnual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research Durban, South Africa, July 2012
Theme: ‘SOUTH-NORTH CONVERSATIONS’

The International Communication Section of the IAMCR invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the next annual IAMCR conference to be held from...
istanbulThe International Communication Section of the IAMCR invites research proposals on the conference theme -Cities, Creativity, Connectivity- within and/or across national borders. In the heavily networked world of today, terms such as "international" and "global" have acquired renewed and new meanings, practices, status, and power relations in the media and communication...