Diaspora and Media Working Group - CFP 2018

The Diaspora and Media Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2018 IAMCR conference to be held from 20-24 June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America. The deadline for abstract submission is 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018. All proposals must be submitted via the IAMCR Open Conference System at https://iamcr-ocs.org



Conference theme: Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World

Immigration, migration and internal displacements are becoming a regular feature in a world full of political tensions and volatility of global powers. These mass movements of people across the world generate questions of contested identities, national and cultural belonging and political legitimacy of newly formed communities. In the midst of chaos, diaspora communities and ethnic groups find ways to sustain their culture and identities while forging new cultures and identities in their host environments. Ethnic groups and diasporas can sustain and transport their traditions without formal political recognition of their existence. The linkages sustaining diasporas include family, history, literature, occupation, and traditions in dress, music, art, and cuisine. In the context of migration, minorities and social integration scholars have emphasized the multifold role of the media: media inform the public in a modern democracy and decide on the visibility of issues and groups. Various aspects of media function to either bolster the connection between diaspora groups and their original place of cultural belonging or challenge the very idea of diaspora formation in particular geographic locations. Research also shows that media represent social groups, their issues and arguments in a specific way and accordingly shape individuals’ perceptions as well as the political discourse in their homelands, new as well as old.

Based on these realities, the IAMCR 2018 Diaspora and Media (DIM) Working Group is seeking papers and panels that address how social interactions, mediated or otherwise, are sustaining diaspora communities across the world; creating and shaping meaning specific to diasporic identities; how are new media empowering diasporic communities through their online productions; how are media being used to subvert the institutional and structural restrictions in and oppressions from the host cultures; how are media portrayals disrupting/challenging the sustainability of diaspora communities as well; how are diasporic communities and media intersecting and in what ways; how is marginalization and power coming together in mediated spaces for diasporic communities; how are media’s transformational powers through public opinion actively or passively hybridizing spaces and ways for diasporic identity production; how are media connected to diaspora community’s ethos of participation in their homeland and their host cultures; in what ways are media being used to articulate the multiplicities of diasporic identities in the negotiation of their own sustainability; and what are the roles of media in the context of displacement and migration resulting in diasporic communities in today’s volatile world. The DIM CFP has been crafted keeping in mind the 2018 IAMCR Conference theme, Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. 


Abstracts are welcome in both English and Spanish languages.

Abstract submission

Submitted abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length. Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted via the Open Conference System at https://iamcr-ocs.org from November 9, 2017 – January 31, 2018. Early submission is strongly encouraged. 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.

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.

Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to Section, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.

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

For enquiries or further information, please contact:

Diaspora and the Media Working Group

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(Questions in English)

Dr. Sudeshna Roy,
Stephen F. Austin State University,

(Questions in Spanish)

Dr. Sofia Cavalcanti Zanforlin
Universidade Católica de Brasília