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 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
Participatory Communication Research (PCR) section for the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association’s Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA PGN) and the Centre for Digital Media Cultures, University of Brighton invites postgraduate students, early-career researchers, filmmakers, civil society members and activists to submit proposals for our joint one-day conference at University of Brighton.
The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section successfully conducted its programme at the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)  held from 20th to 24th June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon USA.
Noted American activist and author, Tom Atlee opened the PCR section programme at IAMCR 2018 in Eugene, Oregon with a keynote titled, Catalyzing a society’s empowered common sense: Three instructive examples.
The PCR section requests motivated individuals to volunteer as Language Facilitators for the PCR section’s panels during the annual conference of IAMCR to be held from 20-24 June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
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 20th to 24th June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon USA. The PCR section has selected in total 64 proposals that have now been invited to be present their work during the conference.