Media Production Analysis Working Group - CFP 2018

The Media Production Analysis 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.

This Working Group provides a venue for researchers of media production. The Media Production Analysis Working Group focuses on different professional roles and norms, technologies, organizational contexts and genres to grasp the internal and external dynamics of media production processes.

We invite empirical studies of media production as well as analyses of the processes of media production research. These media might include but are not limited to film, television, radio, and new media productions, and the whole range of genres and media forms available today, including journalism, fiction, non-fiction, culture and entertainment. In addition, we welcome studies on a micro, meso, and macro level as well as studies of the professional use of social media.

The group is open to all theoretical inspirations from, for instance, media studies, journalism studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, and management studies.
We explicitly welcome work on methodological aspects of media production research: production ethnography in general, challenges and strategies of access and publication, challenges and strategies of interdisciplinary research, and the theoretical grounding of methods. As our focus is on media production and the challenges of researching it, papers based entirely or mainly on media textual, content or reception analysis will not be accepted.

Papers addressing the 2018 conference theme Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World are most welcome. We intend to arrange a special session dedicated to accommodate papers dealing with issues related to this theme from the perspective of media production.


Abstracts in each of IAMCR’s official languages (English, French and Spanish) are welcome. Presentations can be made in each of these languages, but as we expect that as most members of our group are English speaking, presentation slides and/or handouts should be in English.

Submission of Abstracts

Proposals for consideration by the Media Production Analysis Working Group must be submitted via the Open Conference System at Abstracts can 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 the Working Group Head no later than 15 March 2018.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's Open Conference System. Submissions emailed to any of the Working Groups Heads will not be accepted.

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.

For further information, please consult the conference website or contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) by email at

Criteria for Evaluation

Abstracts submitted to the Media Production Analysis Working Group will generally be evaluated on the basis of:

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

Abstracts that fall outside the remit of the working group will not be accepted, so please consider the appropriate section or working group carefully. If you are in doubt, contact the head of the Media Production Analysis Working Group, Roel Puijk [email] in advance for advice.

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