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]
Secretary: Filip Šourek [pcr.secretariat [at] (Contact)]

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The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section is pleased to announce that it has finalized its reviewing process for the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to be held from 7th to 11th July 2019 in Madrid, Spain. In response to its open call for proposals exploring the theory an
The PCR Section welcomes its new secretary, Kateřina Turková, who will assist the Section management in running the PCR Section.
Kateřina is doing her PhD at Charles University in Prague, at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism. She is also a Junior Research Executive at Nielsen Admosphere, a.s.
The review of the paper, video and panel submissions has begun. The PCR Section is pleased to report that it received 138 individual paper proposals, 6 video presentation proposals and 4 panel proposals (good for another 19 papers).
ParticipAD – - Editado por Ana Duarte Melo y Marcela Duque, esta publicación surge de un evento previo a la Conferencia de IAMCR de Cartagena 2017. Es el resultado de muchas contribuciones de investigadores, profesionales de la publicidad y activistas. Puede ser descargado online sin costo.
ParticipAD – Participatory advertising: A global perspective with a Latin American focus - Edited by Ana Duarte Melo & Marcela Duque, this book arose from a pre-conference event held in Bogota prior to IAMCR’s 2017 Cartagena Conference. With contributions from researchers, advertising professionals and activists. Free eBook download is available.
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:
The Respublika! catalogue is out. It is open access, and you can download the 361-page book from here:
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.