Participatory Communication Research Section

The work that is presented in the Participatory Communication Research Section is not based on any specific definition of participation. Rather, participation is a term used to refer to a number of social and planning processes occurring in many different places and in many different contexts. The Section addresses issues related to communication between community members and other stakeholders that are engaged in processes of social change. The sessions that the Section organizes at the IAMCR conferences are meant to work toward theoretical and methodological clarification. Therefore, both papers and statements discussing theoretical or methodological perspectives and/or documenting specific case studies are welcomed.

Topics cover a wide variety of issues that relate to research in relation to processes of communication that incorporate participation in an intrinsic way. This includes subjects and processes of democratisation, communication and information rights, ICTs for sustainable development, health communication, environmental communication, agricultural extension services, folk media and social movements, communication planning activities and interventions, national and cultural identities, community studies and the relationship between participation, empowerment and gender, community radio and participatory video production, non-formal participatory forms of education, participatory rapid appraisals, participatory action research, and so on.

Chair: Nico Carpentier [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Ana Duarte Melo [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Jonas Agerbæk [Contact]

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NEWS FROM THE
IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
January 2019 PCR Section newsletter
As the Chair of the PCR Section, Nico Carpentier, will take up on 1 March 2019 a full-time position at the Department of Media Studies of Charles University in Prague, the secretariat of the PCR Section has moved on 1 January 2019 from Uppsala University (Sweden) to Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic).
ParticipAD, a PCR ebook, is ready and available here:
ParticipAD, un ebook de PCR, está listo y disponible aquí:
http://lasics.uminho.pt/ojs/index.php/cecs_ebooks/issue/view/244
The Respublika! catalogue is out. It is open access, and you can download the 361-page book from here: http://nicocarpentier.net/respublika/
The conference “Post-Representative Participations” was a one-day event, which took place on November 16th 2018, and was hosted by MeCCSA Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA PGN), the Participatory Communication Research section of IAMCR (IAMCR’s PCR), and the Centre for Digital Media Cultures (CDMC) at the University of Brighton.
The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section had a project accepted for funding by the Section and Working Group Project Fund.
The Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR) of the IAMCR is pleased to annouce a call for video presentations for the IAMCR 2019 conference. 
The Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR) of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for IAMCR 2019, to be held from 7 to 11 July, 2019 at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. The deadline for submission is 8 February 2019.
In the July 2018 edition of the Chinese Journal of Journalism & Communication, a 14-page long interview with Nico Carpentier on participatory communication has been published. The interviewers were Piyu Gong, Jinsheng Zhang, Yanglong Zhan, and Haonan Chi.
This themed issue of Comunicação e Sociedade wants to discuss why we want and need participation in our contemporary societies. It aims to raise questions about which participatory intensities are considered necessary and sufficient, and why? Why do we, as societies and/or as academics, desire increased levels of participation? What are its societal benefits? Why is participation so important to us? Deadline for abstracts - 30th September 2018