Section Head Election 2020 - Call for candidates and statements

Islam and Media Working Group

The IAMCR Islam and Media (ISM) Working Group will hold online elections in 2020 for the positions of One Chair and two Vice-chairs.

  • Dr. Mahmoud Galander will step down from the position of Chair.
  • Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman will stand for Chair and will step down from the position of Vice-chair after having served for the last two terms.
  • For Vice-chair Dr. Mohammad Kirat will stand for re-election for the second term.

Other IAMCR members in good standing, who are also members of the Working Group are welcome to put forward their candidacy. They can do so by writing to the current co-chairs Dr. Bushra Hameedur Rahman (bushrajk [at] and Dr. Mohammad Kirat (mkirat [at], with a copy to IAMCR General Secretary Gerard Goggin (gerard.goggin [at] and to the IAMCR secretariat (membership [at], by 10 June 2020, indicating: their name, institutional position, a statement of no more than 400 words and, optionally, a photograph.

All candidates must be current members of IAMCR, and of the ISM Working Group.

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 ISM Working Group at the time the voting lists are generated will be sent ballots. Members who join the working group after the voting list has been generated will not be able to vote.

You can find the election rules at:


For Vice-chair:


Dr. Abida Ashraf (University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)

I take IAMCR as a great international forum for incessant inspiration and I would like to offer my services as vice-chair to Islam and Media Working Group of IAMCR for the upcoming mandate period. I participated in IAMCR as a paper presenter in 2010 and have been contributing in the Islam and Media group since then. Now I want to work more closely with the group as my research interests are entwined with it. My PhD dissertation, “Depiction of religions in Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning documentary films” is an analysis of media treatment to religions which corresponds to the group’s interests. Working as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Media Studies (JMS), I will be able to work for the promotion of local and global discourses. JMS is a biannual journal indexed in international databases. I am also working as an Editor of a new journal Journal of Media and Communication Studies (JMCS) to promote excellence in the field of media studies. 

It is because of the inspiration from IAMCR that we have successfully organized ECREA style Doctoral Spring School in Pakistan for the very first time in 2020 and received an overwhelming appreciation. Following the footsteps of IAMCR, we established the very first association in the discipline of media studies in Pakistan, now known as Association of Media and Communication Academic Practitioners (AMCAP). Being one of the founder members and Vice-President of AMCAP, I can benefit my association from this learning opportunity, if elected. Provided with this opportunity to serve as a vice-chair, I believe that I can bring more collaboration and coordination for the promotion of deliberations and dialogue between local and international academic circles.

Dr. Fatma Elzahraa Elsayed (Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University, Egypt) 

I have been a media and communication educator for 20 years and a member of IAMCR since 2006. I am an Associate Professor at Cairo University and have published 14 papers in peer-reviewed journals. I was the editor in chief of the Journalism Research Journal (2013-2015) and have been awarded as “Best Researcher” in the international conference of Mass Communication Faculty in 2008 and 2012.

I headed the journalism department at Ahram Canadian University (2015-2016) and had the honour to represent Egypt in the Department of State’s grant to study the US media institutes hosted by Ohio University in 2016 and since then I am a regular member and reviewer of the AEJMC. In addition to serving as a liaison of International Communication Department of the Middle East and North Africa. This grant offered me a valuable opportunity to build bridges and share experiences with media scholars around the globe.

Although my interest of the Islamic issues is an early attitude, I decided to reinforce my research engagement with the Islamic affairs by studying Master of New Media at Leeds University (2017) to focus on the humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya and how social platforms and mobile applications can contribute in relieving the crisis. The Master thesis has been published recently as a research paper in NMMCJ My enthusiasm to be a proactive member of Islam and Media WG is an organic part of my research interest and my plans are devoted to boosting the academic attention of Islam and Media through employing my worldwide scholarly network.

Launching the initiative of “Best Paper” award is just a primary step to actualize my vision to see I&MWG one of the most vibrant departments of IAMCR. Steps ahead are to attract and preserve a higher volume of ISM Working Group proactive members, hosting interdisciplinary panels that invite professionals and industry operators, publish a seasonal bulletin includes ISM Working Group activities, and setting up an annual agenda and conduct at least one virtual meeting to follow up.

I believe that the Vice-Chair position will sustain my ambitious visions toward ISM Working Group and keep it always on the top of my academic responsibilities.