Section Head Election 2020 - Call for candidates and statements

International Communication Section

The International Communication (INC) Section of IAMCR will hold online elections to vote for their leading team for the period 2020-2024.

The leading team of the INC Section consists of one Chair and two Vice-Chairs: 

  • Current Chair, Karen Arriaza Ibarra, and one of the Vice-Chairs, Deqiang Ji, would like to continue serving in the leading team for four more years. 
  • Vice-Chair Viola Milton will not run for another period and steps down in July 2020. Therefore, at least one Vice-Chair position needs to be filled this year.

Candidates must send their name, institutional position, a statement of no more than 400 words, and, optionally, a photograph, to the INC Section’s Chair (arriazaibarra [at], with a copy to the IAMCR General Secretary Gerard Goggin (gerard.goggin [at], and the Executive Secretariat (membership [at] no later than 10 June. All candidates must be current members of IAMCR, and of the INC section.

Elected officials will lead the INC Section in a variety of ways and will have the opportunity to shape the Section’s thematic descriptions for the time of their tenure. The main responsibilities of these positions refer to planning for the annual IAMCR conference, from the Call for Papers stage to finalizing the Section’s Program, but elected members are expected to be available to serve the section all year long. Conference locations are international, and the attendance for the elected officers is mandatory during the conferences.  INC Section heads may decide to pursue other tasks and projects that they may see fit for the benefit of all Section’s members. 

The International Communication Section is one of the largest and oldest sections in the IAMCR. It draws sizeable membership both in terms of geographical areas as well as a range of ranks in academia and the international development industry. The section has a roster of senior and distinguished scholars who, besides holding leadership positions in their respective academic institutions, have served in various consultative capacities in several intergovernmental organizations. Annual conference programs for the INC Section reflect a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive research program and often carry at least one distinguished panel and presentations by authors from both academic and non-academic backgrounds. 

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 INC 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 election rules at:


For Vice-chair:


Kateryna Kasianenko (Sydney, Australia)

My name is Kateryna Kasianeko, I have been an enthusiast collaborator of the International Communication Section of IAMCR, and I have done it with my best intentions. In my research, I have been trying to answer the question about the possibility of cosmopolitanism in the current inter-media environment, and I truly believe that the international aspect of the phenomenon of communication needs to be in the center of scholarly investigation and collaboration.

I would like to continue my involvement with the section in the future, and I wanted to present myself as a candidate for Vice-Chair of the International Communication Section this year. I would be thrilled if I could serve the Section for the period 2020-2024. In that sense please consider this email as a formal request to become a member of the leading team of the International Communication Section. I believe that my strong interest in the field of international communication, and my intercultural experience gained through conducting academic research in Ukraine and Japan, could be an asset to the section.

I have started my research in the field of media studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, investigating the use of metaphors in Japanese political news. I went on to continue my studies at the University of Tokyo, studying the intermedia image of the Ukraine crisis in Japan and evaluating the modern media environment's cosmopolitan potential. During my time at the University of Tokyo, I also undertook the roles of a teaching assistant and a research assistant for a large-scale international project on news consumption, and have delivered 2 presentations at IAMCR and one publication, related to my side project on the framing of sexual harassment in Russian and Japanese news.

Currently, I am based in Sydney, Australia, I am looking at the possibilities to continue my studies as a Ph.D. at one of the country's universities next year, and I will update the association as soon as I gain enrollment.

Preeti Raghunath (Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication [SIMC], Symbiosis International [Deemed University], Pune, India)

I’m Preeti Raghunath, an Assistant Professor at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. I have worked on media policies in South Asia, and my current work is on non-personal data in India. I have a dual Masters in International Relations and Politics, and Communication and Journalism. 

I have been a member of the IAMCR since 2013.  The International Communication section is an amalgamation of my background in international relations, as well as, communication. Having worked on a regional ethnography of media policymaking in South Asia, I am well equipped to present academic and networking efforts focused on the Global South. I believe that it is time we push the boundaries of the Section in terms of exploring methodologies, geographies and thematic areas of focus. Towards this end, I believe that as someone who has worked with a distinct methodology and theoretical premise for media policy research, I have much to contribute academically. Besides that, as someone who understands precarity of early career researchers, and the need to be a truly international Section, I believe that I can contribute towards these ends. I also feel certain that I can work with the leadership to provide continuity in terms of previous work that the Section has managed to achieve. Therefore, I put forth this statement as a contender for the position of a Vice Chair of the International Communication section, with the hope that it speaks to your interests and concerns for research and networking.