Islam and Media Working Group - CFP 2018

The Islam and Media Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2018 conference to be held  20-24 June at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The deadline to submit abstracts is 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018. Proposals for consideration by Islam and Media Working Group must be submitted via the IAMCR Open Conference System at

The theme of the 2018 conference is: Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World

Islam and Media Call for Papers

The media plays a pivotal role in educating and making individuals, communities, and society conscious about the importance of sustainable development, the need for more sustainable techniques, models and patterns of production and consumption, and encouraging them to constantly strive for change and a more sustainable future. How can we empower people through media? How media can facilitate good and effective governance? Moreover, how can media contribute to peace and dialogue? What Roles traditional and new media play in sustainable development, social and political transformation in the Muslim World? Sustainable development strives to achieve economic development that can be maintained well into the future and for all human beings. The world community is facing many challenges namely: threats to and conservation of species and ecosystems; energy use and depletion of energy sources; industrial development; growing populations; securing food security; increasing urbanization; and the relationship between poverty and environmental degradation and inequality between the developed and developing world. The goal of sustainable development has been generally described as to achieve a sustainable society. This means a society in which economy and population size are managed in such a way that they do not do irreparable harm to the environment by overloading the planet’s ability to absorb waste and pollution, replenish its resources, and sustain human and other forms of life over a specified period of time. From an Islamic perspective states and individuals are responsible for the preservation of the environment, and the wellbeing of the community, the people and future generations, which means that the media of all kinds have to promote the values, ethics and behaviors to reach such goals.  A sustainable society works towards satisfying the needs of people without depleting natural resources and thereby reducing the prospects of current and future generations of humans and other species. The objectives of sustainable development are often stated as: ensuring a sustainable level of population; conserving and enhancing the resource base; reorienting technology and managing risk; reviving growth; changing the quality of growth; meeting essential needs for jobs, food, energy, water, and sanitation; and merging environment and economics in decision-making.

Environmental education was first used in the Belgrade Chapter (UNESCO-UNEP 1976) with the goal of “a world population aware and concerned about the environment and associated problems and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions for current problems and prevention of new ones”. The Tbilisi Declaration that followed in 1978 (UNESCO 1978) stressed the Role of the Media in achieving a sustainable society. 

Given the above analysis, Islam and Media Working Group invites submissions that critically engage with these issues. In addition, the group welcomes papers and panel proposals addressing the following more general themes that fit in the general call for papers and are relevant to the group:

  1. The Role of Mass media in sustainable development and social and political transformation in the Muslim World.
  2. Mass Media and environmental issues in an Islamic context.
  3. Social media and environmental protection.
  4. Social media and social inclusion.
  5. The politics of new media and revival of Islamic culture concerning sustainable development and environmental protection.
  6. Mass Media and economic growth.
  7. Social media and the promotion of social justice from an Islamic perspective.
  8. Use of social networks and digital media in the Islamic context to eradicate poverty.
  9. Media, political activism and democracy: Examples from the Islamic World.
  10. New Media and sustainable management of natural resources.
  11. Revisiting Mass Communication Theories of sustainable development.
  12. Tolerance, justice, equality, freedom of expression and rationality  as fundamental pillars of sustainable development
  13. An Islamic perspective of public relations, environmental protection, and natural resources preservation.
  14. Strategic Communication and economic growth.
  15. Corporate Social Responsibility and engagement in sustainable development.

Islam and Media Working Group welcomes interdisciplinary scholarly works that relate political, social and cultural dimensions in the analysis of sustainable development, the protection of environment, social inclusion, social justice, democracy and political participation in the context of the Islamic world, and that apply multi- methodological approaches in the analysis.

The group welcomes theoretical, interdisciplinary works that deal with the above-mentioned controversial issues. All papers should be based on sound and comprehensive theoretical background. Historical and comparative studies and papers are highly appreciated.

Submission information   

Islam and Media Working Group invites proposals for papers bearing on the above or related issues by submitting an abstract.

Individual submissions:

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length. Abstracts should include title, main question or research problem, theoretical framework, method(s) used, and the expected empirical outcomes, if applicable.  Abstracts will be evaluated by a double blind review on the basis of: (1) theoretical contribution, (2) significance of the work, (3) methods, (4) quality of writing, (4) paper organization, (5) literature review, and (6) relevance of submitted  work to Islam and Media Group and to the overall theme of the conference.


Proposals for panels of 90 minutes are also welcome. A panel proposal must have 4 to 5 papers. 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 exclusively through the OCS.


Based ion IAMCR guidelines, in most cases only one (1) abstract is to 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, 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 program reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference program.

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.


This working group accepts abstracts in English only, to facilitate the international peer review process. In addition, this working group will arrange for presentations in English only.

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's OCS at No email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

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

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Dr. Mahmoud M. Galander
Associate Professor,
Head, Department of Mass Communication, Qatar University
[email 1]
[email 2]
[email 3]


Dr. Mohamed Kirat
Professor of Communication,
Department of Mass Communication, Qatar University

Dr. Bushra H Rahman
Associate Professor of Journalism
Institute of Communication Studies
University of the Punjab, Pakistan.