Gender and Communication Section – CFP 2018

The Gender and Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for its open sessions at IAMCR 2018 conference, to be held at University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA from 20-24 June 2018.

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

The Gender and Communication section seeks research that balances theory and practice, and explores the relationship between gender, media and communication. In recent years, sessions have included papers on the body, the queer theory, pop culture, social change, HIV/AIDS, violence, human rights, discrimination, film, television, print media, social media, advertising, media production, reception, representation, global media monitoring, elections, Internet, virtual identity, development, and consumption. In keeping with our philosophy of inclusivity, we welcome contributions without regard to empirical, theoretical, disciplinary or philosophical perspectives.

The deadline to submit abstracts is 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018. This deadline will not be extended.

Although we welcome submissions on any topic involving gender, media and communication, we encourage and will give special consideration to papers and panel proposals that examine connections to the conference theme: Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World. More information can be found in the general CFP:

Proposals for consideration by IAMCR’s thematic sections and working groups must be submitted via the Open Conference System at

We would like to encourage early career scholars to tackle the intersections of gender, identity and sexuality with media and communication processes. Themes suggested, which seem more consonant with our current section include (but are not limited to):

  • Gender and sustainability (openness, transparency, accessibility, and the recomposition of power)
  • Gender and innovative research (Reflections on Eco-feminism, etc.)
  • Gender and social equity, economic prosperity, and environmental health
  • Gender and climate change
  • Gender and environment
  • Gender resistance for social transformation: Women in eco-territorial conflicts
  • Gender and the implementation of environmentally and sustainability focused curriculum
  • Social movements related to gender and environmental sustainability
  • Women’s social media campaigns on eco-territorial conflicts
  • Media discourses on women’s resistance in eco-territorial conflicts
  • Gender and development
  • The role of the third sector communication in gender development


We encourage the submission of individual papers and complete panel proposals in any of the three official association languages (English, Spanish, French).

Submission information

All proposals must be submitted through the online IAMCR Open Conference System at from 9 November 2017 – 31 January 2018. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length, and should:

  • Have a clear title.
  • Include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher, graduate student, student, etc.).
  • Outline the research objectives/questions/hypothesis.
  • Outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant.
  • Clearly propose the main argument.
  • Not include bibliographies and author profiles.
  • Make theoretical contribution.
  • Be original and/or significant
  • Be free of jargons and language errors.
  • Be relevant to the work of the GEC.

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.

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 for consideration to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association, 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 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 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. They are encouraged to submit a completed paper to Section, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants prior to the conference.

The Gender and Communication section encourages its members to take part in their moderation and chairing sessions so please let us know if you are interested.

Furthermore, we are looking for volunteers to take part in the blind peer review system, especially from members fluent in Spanish and French. If interested, please contact the chairs, Wajiha Raza Rizvi [email] or Mehita Iqani [email]. Success in organizing the conference relies on the assistance from our members.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by a section chair no later than 15 March 2018.

Participants will be asked to confirm their attendance by 3 April 2018. If you do not confirm your attendance, you will be removed from the conference programme.

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

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

Gender and Communication Section

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Wajiha Raza Rizvi

Mehita Iqani

Vice chairs:

Shweta Sharma

Laura Castillo