International Communication Section - CFP 2018

The International Communication Section (ICS) 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 in Eugene, Oregon, USA, from the 20th – 24th  June 2018.  The deadline for proposal submissions is 31 January 2018, and this deadline will not be extended. See bottom of the page for timeline and other important dates.

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

This year’s Conference theme focuses on the new possibilities that the concept of Sustainability has to offer.  In general terms, and as part of its Sustainable Development Agenda, the United Nations defines ‘sustainability’ as “(…) the harmonization of three core elements: environmental protection, social inclusion, and economic growth, so as to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It calls for concerted efforts towards building an equitable and resilient future for the people and our planet (…)”.  There is an immediate need to promote responsible and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems that incorporate local and global reflection and action. This inevitable raises urgent issues of entrenched power, social justice, democracy, and the need to eradicate poverty, raise basic living standards, and address the present climate crisis. We must therefore expand and extend our understanding of current and emerging models of sustainability, the struggles that surround them, and their multiple relationships with communication and media.

At the International Communication Section we encourage proposals that address these intersections by revising and remixing theories, practices, and institutions that move beyond merely sustaining – towards thriving societies and cultures.

We encourage our fellow colleagues to propose abstracts and panels that address these issues, in relation to both prevailing systems of communication and the systems now emerging around the application of artificial intelligence, the rise of automation and robotics, and the internet. We also welcome any analysis that reassesses and reimagines sustainability in relation to openness, transparency, accessibility, and the new degrees of power, as we continue to explore the implications of media and communication in an interconnected world and ask ourselves: How are communication and media research contributing in all these senses, in a world that doesn’t – and will not – stop changing? Have all these changes contributed in some way to a better sustainability of communication or to a better comprehension and understanding of the media? Has media become a concept closer or more distant to the concept of sustainability?

At the ICS we welcome these and other related questions in the form of abstract and panel proposals. The International Communication Section aims to provide a space for researchers to discuss questions around the sustainability of communication and media research in all its forms. Possible themes may also include:

  • Changes in culture and politics and their influence on media and societies
  • Sustainability of media discourses due to these and other recent changes.
  • Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, and the way they are becoming ‘sustainable’ due to recent cultural and political transformations.
  • The ethical challenges that the concept of ‘sustainability’ implies in different media and media societies
  • The political and social changes that affect ‘sustainability’ in the media and / or the culture
  • Comparative studies referring to ‘sustainability’ and media research, and the changes they have gone through, are also encouraged.

While proposals on any topic within the area of International Communication will be considered, proposals relating to the Conference theme will receive priority.

Language Policy

The International Communication Section will receive and evaluate abstracts in English, French or Spanish. Presentations can also be made in any of the three languages.

Abstract submission

As a reminder, all proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System at from 9 November 2017 through 31 January 2018. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submission of abstracts addressed to the Section Heads directly.

It is expected that for the most part only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as a part of any group of authors. Please also note that the same abstract or another version, with minor variations in the 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 relevant Head of the Section 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 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.

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, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.

Submissions Format

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

For individual or co-authored papers, applicants must submit a 300-500 word abstract.

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

For all applicants: Please indicate if you would be willing to chair a sessions.

Mode of submission:  Online 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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