Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section - Call for Papers 2020

The call for papers below is an extraordinary reopening of the original Beijing call for papers for authors who did not submit to the Beijing conference but want their work considered for Tampere. 

The Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for the 2020 Congress of the Association, which will be held from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tampere University in Tampere. Submissions for this extraordinary reopening will be accepted from Monday 17 February, 2020 until Monday 2 March 2020 at 23:59 UTC

IAMCR conferences address many diverse topics defined by our 33 thematic sections and working groups. We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives in plenary sessions and in some of the sessions of the sections and working groups. The general conference theme for 2020 is “Reimagining the Digital Future: Building Inclusiveness, Respect and Reciprocity”.

First and foremost, we invite papers and panels submissions that relate to the overall conference theme and to the aims of the section in general. See the IAMCR 2020 general call for proposals.

Secondly we invite submissions to one special topic:

Mediated science communication

We thirdly wish also to continue our well-established tradition to promote theoretical discussions in the field of communication research. In the last years, we organized panels that discussed the contribution of the works of Goffman, Habermas, Schutz, Bourdieu, Foucault, McLuhan, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Antonio Gramsci among others. Now, we would like to encourage debates on theoretical concepts and facilitate at least one session centred on the development, status quo and future of persuasion theory and media credibility.

In addition, we would like to continue our long-standing interest in the discussion, development and critical assessment of methodologies for communication research and here especially for international, cross cultural, and transnational research projects, both quantitative and qualitative.

Abstracts are to be sent to the Section Heads via the Conference website, and must be no longer than 500 words long in English. Each abstract must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address of author(s) and a short (up to 100 words) bio-data.

We also invite full panel proposals of no more than four participants. Please check carefully the IAMCR guidelines for panel proposals. In case that all panellists are affiliated within an institution of the same country, please ensure that the panel chair is affiliated to an institution from a different country.

Non members of IAMCR and/or of the section are welcome to submit and present if accepted, following the same procedure as described above and if accepted also the procedure as described below.

All abstracts must be submitted at Abstracts sent by email will not be accepted.


This section will receive and evaluate abstracts in English only. Oral presentations are accepted in English, French or Spanish on the condition that the presentation slides are in English.

Guidelines for Abstracts

It is expected that authors will submit only one (1) abstract. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author, either individually or as part of any group of authors. No more than one (1) abstract can be submitted to any section or working group. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to more than one section or working group. Any such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.

Review process and Criteria for Evaluation

According to IAMCR rules abstract and panels will be peer reviewed.

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. theoretical contribution
  2. methods
  3. quality of writing
  4. literature review
  5. relevance of the submission to the work of the Section or Working Group
  6. originality and/or significance of the work


The deadline to submit abstracts is 23:59 GMT on 2 March 2020.  

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by the Section Head no later than 7 April 2020

See important dates and deadlines to keep in mind

Presenters are expected to confirm their participation upon receipt of acceptance letter, to register to the conference and to upload their full paper.

Requests for further information should be addressed to the section heads.

Looking forward to seeing you in Madrid!

Chair: Corinna Lüthje, (University of Rostock, Germany) 
corinna.luethje [at]

Vice Chair: Susanne Eichner, (Aarhus University, Denmark) 
seichner [at]