Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group - CFP 2018

The Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group invites submissions of individual research papers and panels for the IAMCR 2018 Conference.

This year’s theme is Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World and the ETH Working Group call for proposals, accordingly, raises questions regarding the ethics of development and sustainability in society and the media in a broad sense that addresses environmental and social inclusion issues as well as ethical questions regarding the dynamic of change, values and principles such as:

  • Media self-regulation and social inclusion
  • Marginal contents, producers and consumers
  • Media Ecology and politics
  • Advertising ecology and nature
  • Journalism and technology
  • Diversity in mass media production
  • Media & content predators
  • Social inclusion in the newsroom
  • A changing world: opportunities for coverage
  • Development paradoxes
  • Sustainability in social relations
  • The narrative of natural disasters: fiction and reality
  • Communicating risks: challenges
  • Economic growth and society
  • Ethical frames for sustainability

Important indications about paper and panel proposals

  • Paper proposals should be of 450 to 500 words long plus references. The abstract should specify the subject, main question, aims, theoretical framework, methodology and indicate some of the findings, if pertinent.
  • A complete panel proposal includes: (i) a panel description (panel title, details of the moderator and optional discussant, and a framing text) and; (ii) an abstract for each presentation. The panel coordinator must submit the complete proposal. Panels include 4-5 papers.
  • Submission of abstracts is to be done online through the IAMCR's OCS (Open Conference System) at
  • The OCS system will be available to receive abstract submissions from November 9, 2017 to January 31, 2018 (deadline). Early submission is strongly encouraged.
  • 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.
  • Languages: Paper and panel proposals can be submitted either in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. Authors submitting and presenting their research in languages other than English are expected to accompany their presentations with a PPT in English to help global understanding and promote the discussion.
  • Proposals will be submitted to a blinded peer review process by experts appointed by the Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group.  
  • Criteria for evaluation: 1) Theoretical contribution, 2) Methods, 3) Quality of writing, 4) Literature review, 5) Relevance of the submission to the work of the section, and 6) Originality and/or significance of the work.
  • 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 note also 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, after an initial submission. 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 Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.
  • 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.
  • The results of peer reviews of submitted abstracts will be announced by the section heads by March 15, 2018. For any further information, please contact the ETH Working Group heads (see below)

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

Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group

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María Teresa Nicolás


Elvira García de Torres

Yanick Farmer

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