Emerging Scholars Network - CFP 2018

The Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) welcomes submissions for the 2018 Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to be held from 20-24 June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

We invite you to submit abstracts (250-300 words) of your research papers. We welcome submissions on a variety of topics pertinent to communication and media studies research. We also encourage submissions that address this year’s conference theme Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World. For more information on this year’s conference theme, please refer to the general conference CFP.

This year, ESN will host two co-sponsored sessions:

  • The Joint ESN-Law session welcomes submissions related to communication law, policy, and governance;
  • The Joint ESN-Communication Policy & Technology session welcomes submission related to communication policy and technology

If you wish to be considered for one of these exciting joint sessions, please indicate this in your conference abstract.

How to submit your abstract

Please submit your abstracts by 31 January 2018 via the Open Conference System (OCS) at https://iamcr-ocs.org. Submissions must include author name(s), affiliation, address, e-mail address, and paper title. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. We accept both individual submissions and panel proposals. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

An author can submit a maximum of two (2) abstracts to two (2) separate sections or working groups. It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please also note that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants 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.

Prior to the conference, each presenter is required to upload a completed paper. Discussant feedback has a special place in ESN and is often provided by Chairs of other sections or working groups that ESN members may wish to join. Therefore, a timely submission of the full paper ensures comments and questions by esteemed senior scholars in the field.

The ESN welcomes works-in-progress. Please state that it is a work in progress in your abstract. Please bear in mind, however, that presenters are expected to bring to the conference work that has reached a high degree of development.

Conference registration will be open in March 2018. Please make sure to inform ESN co-chairs if you are unable to present your paper at the conference as soon as possible.  Failure to do so disrupts the flow of the conference and is disrespectful to fellow presenters. It may also result in a suspension to present at the following IAMCR conference.

Language policy

We strive to be as inclusive as possible of the ESN's official languages (English, Spanish, and French). We do ask that members correspond with the Chairs in either English or French, whenever possible.

  • Language for abstracts: English is preferred because we have a limited number of reviewers who can evaluate abstracts in other languages. However, we will accept abstracts in all three of IAMCR's official languages.
  • Language for presentations: English is preferred if possible, but we strive to be as inclusive as possible. We request -- but do not require -- that those presenting in a language other than English consider providing accompanying slides in English to help facilitate participation by non-speakers.

About the Emerging Scholars’ Network

ESN (https://iamcr.org/s-wg/section/emerging-scholars-network-section/home) is a section dedicated to the work and careers of emerging scholars in the field of media studies and communication. Therefore, we especially look for works in progress from graduate students and new university instructors/professors who are interested in substantial feedback and comments intended to advance their projects.

The ESN organizes emerging scholar panels and joint panels with other sections. Our emerging scholar panels provide a comfortable environment for the presentation of theses and works in progress, where emerging scholars can receive feedback from colleagues also at the beginning of their careers and from senior scholars who act as respondents to individual papers.

In line with the purpose of our section, the ESN also organizes panels and special sessions about issues affecting emerging scholars, such as:

  • Publishing research results;
  • Mentoring and the Student-mentor relationship;
  • Academic work and academic jobs;
  • Neoliberalism in the academy;
  • Innovative research methodologies;
  • Language barriers in academia.

These panels often feature conversations between senior scholars, emerging scholars, and/or practitioners of media and communication professions.

Further announcements on panels and events on such topics, and practical information on the ESN mentorship programme, will follow over the coming months. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the section co-chairs Ksenia Ermoshina [email] and Sylvia Blake [email]

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

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Ksenia Ermoshina

Sylvia Blake