Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society Section - CFP 2018

The Mediated Communication, Public Opinion & Society section invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR annual conference that will be held from 20 - 24 June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA on the conference theme: Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World. Abstracts must be submitted only via IAMCR's Open Conference System (OCS) at from 9 November 2017 – 31 January 2018. (For more information on submissions and decisions, see below)

First and foremost, we invite papers and panels submissions that relate to the overall conference theme and to the aims of the section in general.

We secondly wish also to continue our well-established tradition to promote theoretical discussions in the field of communication research. In the last years, we organized panels that discussed the contribution of the works of Goffman, Habermas, Schutz, Bourdieu, Foucault, McLuhan, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Antonio Gramsci among others. From this year on, we would like to encourage debates on theoretical concepts and facilitate at least one session centred on the development, status quo and future of the theory of mediatization/medialization/mediation.

In addition, we would like to continue our long-standing interest in the discussion, development and critical assessment of methodologies for communication research and here especially for international, cross cultural, and transnational research projects, both quantitative and qualitative.

Abstracts are to be sent to the MPS Section Heads via the IAMCR's Open Conference System (OCS) at, and must be no longer than 500 words long in English. Each abstract must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address of author(s) and a short (up to 100 words) bio-data.

We also invite full panel proposals of no more than four participants. 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. In case that all panellists are affiliated within an institution of the same country, please ensure that the panel chair is affiliated to an institution from a different country.

Non members of IAMCR and/or of the section are welcome to submit and present if accepted, following the same procedure as described above and if accepted also the procedure as described below.

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

Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Guidelines for Abstracts

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will 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 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 or by the Conference Programme 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 section will receive and evaluate abstracts in English only. Oral presentations are accepted in English, French or Spanish on the condition that the presentation slides are in English.

Review process and Criteria for Evaluation

According to IAMCR rules abstract and panels will be peer reviewed. 

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 of the work


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2018. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS system at will close at 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018.

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

Presenters are expected to confirm their participation upon receipt of acceptance letter, to register to the conference and to upload their full paper.

Questions for further information should be addressed to the section heads (see below).

Looking forward to seeing you in Eugene/Oregon!

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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Corinna Lüthje
University of Rostock, Germany


Susanne Eichner
Aarhus University, Denmark