History Section - CFP 2018

The IAMCR's History Section invites submissions of individual research papers, and complete panels for the IAMCR 2018 Conference.

This year’s theme is Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World. Therefore, the section specially welcomes proposals dealing with the relation between the media, environmental protection, economic development and social inclusion. Some of the topics that may be addressed are:

  • Media and social development
  • Communication and cultural and social change
  • Minority and community media
  • Media framing of migration in different historical periods
  • Media representations of minorities and unprivileged social groups
  • Representation of nature on the media
  • Technologies and sustainability
  • Media and the dissemination of science and knowledge

Papers and panels dealing with other historical dimensions of media and communication research are also welcomed, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • National and international histories of the press, broadcasting and digital media
  • History of professional and citizen journalism (including alternative types of journalism)
  • Media in imperial and in post-colonial contexts
  • Media and populism in different historical contexts
  • National identities and the media (including how the media are used by the State and other political actors to promote nationalism and separatism)
  • Critical historical approaches to cultural and media industries
  • Collective memory of political, social and cultural transformations and events
  • Media and communication research and digital archives
  • Methodologies for research in communication history
  • History of communication theory

Important indications about paper and panel proposals

Paper proposals should be of 450 to 500 words long, and should list the paper’s title, author's name, university affiliations, and contact e-mail. 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


Paper and panel proposals can be submitted either in English or Spanish. Authors submitting abstracts in English are expected to present their papers in English; those submitting in Spanish are expected to present their papers in Spanish. The Section will organize sessions in both English and Spanish at the Oregon conference.

Submission of abstracts is to be done online through the IAMCR's OCS (Open Conference System), using this link: https://iamcr-ocs.org. 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.

Proposals will be peer reviewed and supervised by a selected team of the History section.

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 to Section Chairs.

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 section head, Nelson Ribeiro  [email] Consider also to visit IAMCR website: https://iamcr.org/.

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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