Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group - CFP 2018

The Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for the 2018 IAMCR Conference to be held from 20-24 June 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The deadline to submit your abstract is 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018.

The overarching theme of the 2018 conference is Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World

The Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group provides a forum for scholars researching the ways in which political, social and economic crises, wars and conflicts, security matters, disasters and emergencies, risks and acts of terrorism are communicated, represented and mediated, combining global and local perspectives. We therefore adopt a broad understanding of communication in the context of crisis, security and conflict with theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions from a range of perspectives and disciplines. The aim is to stimulate diverse and fruitful discussions across disciplines and specialisation. To do so, we adopt an interactive approach where we ensure that each submitted paper will have an assigned discussant.

Key themes include:

  • Media and Communication related to Conflicts and Wars.
  • Media and Communication related to Security.
  • Media and Communication related to Economic and Financial Crisis.
  • Media and Communication related to Disasters, Pandemics, and Climate Change.
  • Media and Communication related to Political Crisis.
  • Media and Communication related to Immigration, Mobility, Ethnicity and Race.

In addition to individual papers, we would like to encourage research panels aimed at exploring the communication of crisis, security and conflict in different areas and regions across cultural and disciplinary boundaries. A proposal for a panel should provide a panel title, a panel summary text (with the overall idea of the panel in maximum 500 words), and short abstracts for each paper in the panel, with titles and authors. A panel chair and a discussant can also be proposed. The panel summary text and the individual paper abstracts need to be submitted separately by the panel coordinator.

The Working Group encourages senior scholars to take part in the moderation of panels and the chairing of sessions. Please let us know if you are interested. We may also contact you.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted from 9 November 2017 through 31 January 2018. Both individual and panel submissions are welcome. Early submission is strongly encouraged.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2018. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants no later than 15 March 2018.

For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted by early June 2018 to allow paper discussants to engage with the paper beforehand.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.


The Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group can only accepts abstracts in English, and can only arrange for presentations in English.

All abstract submissions must be made via the IAMCR’s Open Conference System at There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person. 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. 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. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

For further information, please consult the conference website or contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) by email at

Criteria for Evaluation

Abstracts submitted to the Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • theoretical contribution
  • methods
  • quality of writing
  • literature review
  • relevance of the submission to the work of the Working Group
  • originality and/or significance

Please contact Rikke Bjerg Jensen, Head of the Crisis, Security and Conflict Working Group (details below), if you have any questions.


Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 9 November 2017 – Abstract submission system (OCS) opens

  • 31 January 2018 – Deadline for submissions

  • 8 March 2018 – Registration opens

  • 15 March 2018 – Notification of decisions of abstracts

  • 20 March 2018 – Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards

  • 3 April 2018 – Deadline to confirm your participation

  • 7 May 2018 – Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee

  • 28 May 2018 – Deadline for full paper submission

  • 1 June 2018 – Final conference programme published on the website

  • 20–24 June 2018 – IAMCR 2018 Conference

Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group

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Rikke Bjerg Jensen
Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Information Security Group


Eva-Karin Olsson
National Defence College, Sweden
Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership