Section Head Election 2020 - Call for candidates and statements

Gender and Communication Section

The Gender and Communication Section has two Chairs, Mehita Iqani, University of the Witwatersrand, and Wajiha Raza Rizvi, Film Museum Society | Beaconhouse National University, and two Vice-Chairs, Laura Castillo-Mateu and Shweta Arpit Srivastava to the management team.

Feeling conditions are not ripe to hold elections for four seats, the Section has opted to dissolve two seats and retain two to help in continuity until 2021.

The Section will hold online elections for the positions of one Chair and one Vice Chair previous to the upcoming conference, as the Section's current Mehita Iqani and Laura Castillo-Mateu will step down.

We invite candidates for two positions of a Chair and a Vice-Chair to the management team of the Gender and Communication Section. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. All candidates must be current members of IAMCR and of the GEN section.

The terms run for four years and re-elections for a second term are valid.

Responsibilities include all phases of conference programming for the Section as well as participation in association-wide decision-making, both during face to face meetings before and sometimes after the annual conference and, between conferences, online. 

Interested candidates should send their name, institutional position and a statement (400 words at most), and, optionally, a photograph, to Dr Mehita Iqani <mehita.iqani [at]>, Wajiha Raza Rizvi <wajiharaza [at]>, Laura Castillo-Mateu <laura.castillo [at]>, Shweta Arpit Srivastava <ssrivastava [at]> with a copy to IAMCR General Secretary Gerard Goggin <gerard.goggin [at]> and to the IAMCR Executive Secretariat <membership [at]>.

The deadline for submitting candidacies is June 10.

The elections will be held online from 6 to 12 July 2020 using the SurveyMonkey platform. Voting lists will be generated on 10 June. Individual members and representatives of institutional members who are also registered as members of the GEN Section at the time the voting lists are generated will be sent ballots. Members who join the Section after the voting list has been generated will not be able to vote.

You can find the the special procedures for the 2020 online election at: