Media and Sport Section - CFP 2018

The Media and Sport Section 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.

The Media and Sport section has traditionally been a platform for inter/trans/multi-disciplinary inspired work and we encourage such papers and panel sessions again. We invite submissions of individual research papers and complete panels.

In 2018, we particularly welcome contributions that bridge the study of mediated sport and the conference’s theme Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World.

Authors should consider any of the ideas listed below as relevant to the Media and Sport Section. This list does not exhaust the potential categories of submissions, for instance; papers dealing with the relation between the media & sport, sporting contexts, environmental issues arising from mega events and the like, sport for good in terms of economic development, and modes of governance, and social inclusion.

Some of the topics that may be addressed are:

  • Sporting legacies,
  • E-Sport,
  • Gender and Sport,
  • Sporting masculinities/femininities,
  • Minority sports,
  • Equality and diversity
  • Sports journalism,
  • Sport and nationalism,
  • Sporting personalities and celebrities,
  • Fans and the performativity of fandom,
  • Media technology and sport
  • Sport and social inclusion,
  • Economic development and sport,
  • Sport and the environment,
  • Sport and sustainability.

All papers, from the full range of perspectives on the study of Media and Sport will be considered.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted from 9 November 2017 through 31 January 2018. Both individual and panel submissions are welcome and early submission is strongly encouraged.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2018 and will not be extended.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by their Section or Working Group Heads no later than 15 March 2018.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Unless otherwise stated by a Section or Working Group, abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's Open Conference System. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

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

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 Deirdre Hynes [email]

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

Proposals for consideration by sections and working groups must be submitted via the IAMCR Open Conference System at

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