Media Education Research Section - CFP 2018

The Media Education Research Section (MER) of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2018 IAMCR conference to be held 20-24 June at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2018 and will not be extended.

For IAMCR 2018, the central theme is Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World.

The Media Education Research (MER) section calls for proposals reflecting on the central theme as well on other relevant dimensions of media education research. Some possible themes are:

  • Intersecting and diverging discourses: media and information literacies, ICT literacies, multiliteracies, transliteracies
  • Comparative perspectives and pedagogies
  • Innovations in research methodologies
  • Media and information literacies for equitable and sustainable global development (MIL4D)

We welcome contributions ranging from the empirical and methodological to the theoretical in focus. The Call for Papers is also open to ongoing work in Media Education Research.

Individual papers and panels, as well as suggestions for round table discussions are welcome. We especially encourage proposals for collaborative sessions or panels with other sections, networks in the field, and actors/stakeholders in a society.

All proposals must be submitted through the online IAMCR’s Open Conference System at Abstracts may be submitted from 9 November, 2017 to 31 January, 2018. This deadline will not be extended. Early submission is strongly encouraged.


We evaluate abstracts written in English, Spanish and French. In presentations the language should be English: spoken OR in the presentation slides.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 january 2018. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants no later than 15 March 2018.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author 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 more than one Section or Working Group. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Criteria for Evaluation

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. theoretical contribution
  2. methods
  3. quality of writing
  4. literature review
  5. relevance of the submission to the work of the Section or Working Group
  6. originality and/or significance

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

Media Education Research Section

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Sirkku Kotilainen, Ph.D.
Professor Faculty of Communication, COMS University of Tampere, Finland


Manisha Pathak-Shelat, Ph.D.
Professor, Communication & Digital Platforms and Strategies

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