Global Media Policy Working Group - CFP 2018

The IAMCR's Global Media Policy Working Group invites submissions of abstracts for papers to be presented at the 2018 IAMCR conference to be held 20-24 June 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA, on the occasion of the Working Group’s 20th anniversary.

The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2018.

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

Since the birth of the IAMCR Global Media Policy Working Group, shortly before the start of the new millennium, media practices and industries as well as policy environments have evolved rapidly. Traditional media have faced significant challenges; digital networks, cultures and business models have emerged; and globalisation, marketisation and technological convergence have shifted the parameters of governance. Policy objectives of safeguarding pluralism and democracy have lost ground to economic imperatives; the notion of ‘the public’ has seen changes with the increased role of both ‘digital citizens’ and tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon; and the new platform industry has emerged in what is largely a regulatory vacuum.

Meanwhile, security concerns have challenged human and civic rights across the globe, and have been accompanied by the return of nationalism and the state as the main actor and regulator of media affairs. The rise of regressive populism is fueled by widespread inequality and challenges to classic identities. Yet digital communication has contributed to misinformation and societal divides, and the rise of automated and algorithmic processes has raised many questions regarding its consequences for public accountability, transparency and participation.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Working Group, we will review the state of global communication governance at this point in time and look towards its future. We ask, particularly, for visionary papers that explore trends and challenges of global media policy of the next 20 years. This goal relates closely to IAMCR 2018’s central theme: Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World. The theme focuses on both the current failings of media to support sustainable life on earth and the necessity of developing (and imagining) media models, infrastructures, contents, practices and policies that address the challenges of the future.

We invite works to reflect and critically investigate media and communications policies for the next two decades. Questions we would like to discuss include, among many others: How will (and should) rules for content exchanges in online networks change (e.g., regarding hate speech)? What are the policy challenges of datafication, and how should the internet of things, smart devices and artificial intelligence be regulated? How can policy enable digital citizenship? How will classic broadcast and press policy change? But we are also interested in the bigger questions of global media policy: What is the future of ‘network governance’ models? Will we see a retreat from global to national regulation? Does datafication lead to new governance models? And how can we reassess and reimagine sustainability in relation to media openness, transparency, accessibility, and the re-composition of media power.

We invite you to celebrate with us the 20th anniversary of the Working Group and take a look into the future of global media policy.



All proposals must include a title, author/coordinator name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and full contact information (mailing address, email address, and telephone number).

Applicants must submit a 300-500 word abstract. The abstract should describe:

  1. the main question or research problem
  2. its significance
  3. the theoretical framework
  4. the research method
  5. expected outcomes
  6. relation with the specific topics addressed in this call.

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of their theoretical and/or research contribution, originality and significance, sound methodology, quality of writing, relevance to the work of the section.

We encourage proposals for innovative formats such as workshops, video screenings, or field trips. If you are interested in submitting such contributions, please get in touch with us before the deadline as we cannot guarantee that all formats are feasible. The submission will entail a well-defined 300-500 word statement of purpose and a detailed description of activities, as well as any infrastructure requirements (space, projectors, etc.).


All proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System at between by 31 January 2018. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Email submission of abstracts is not accepted.

Individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) per Section or Working Group, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to the overall conference altogether. Under no circumstances should there be more than 2 abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors. Submitting the same or very similar abstract to more than one section or working group is not allowed. 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.

Paper Submission:

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 the Section.


IAMCR accepts submissions in its official languages of English, Spanish, and French, though an English translation (even a brief summary) of your abstract will be much appreciated. For conference presentations, we encourage presenters who wish to talk in a language other than English to prepare slides or print-outs in English to facilitate understanding, interaction and debate.

  • Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by March15, 2018.

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 questions about conference logistics, including fees, visas, conference venues, etc., please consult the conference website or contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) at

For any questions about the Global Media Policy Working Group and the content of its upcoming conference sessions, please get in touch with us:

Arne Hintz (Chair), [email]
Claudia Padovani (Chair), [email]
Petros Iosifidis (Vice-Chair), [email]
Veronique Wavre (Vice-Chair), [email]

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