Public Service Media Policies Working Group - CFP 2018

The Public Service Media Policies (PMP) Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of proposals for panels and individual presentations for its open sessions at the IAMCR 2018 conference to be held on 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.

In keeping with the overarching theme of the conference, Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World, we particularly welcome proposals that engage with the notion of sustainability in relation to public service media (PSM). What is the role of PSM in promoting sustainability? And from a different perspective – How to reimagine the sustainability of PSM in a changing world, and what are the policy implications of this? 

We encourage submissions seeking to advance global PSM policy scholarship from researchers based both in mature and emerging PSM contexts.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The role and purpose of PSM in a changing society;
  • The relationships between PSM and the State (issues of governance, political independence and pluralism);
  • PSM’s role in promoting citizens’ cultural entitlements and in fostering inclusiveness and social cohesion;
  • Funding issues facing PSM (budget cuts, reform of funding systems, PSM involvement in commercial activities);
  • Changes to PSM organizational forms;
  • PSM’s evolving relationships with private-sector media actors and Internet technology players (e.g., social networking websites, online video streaming services);
  • PSM, innovation and audience engagement (personalization, mobility, on-demand and social sharing);
  • PSM’s strategy, activities and performance in relation to specific areas of content provision (e.g., news and journalism; children’s; dramas and comedy; religious programming).

We equally welcome empirical studies and contributions that are normative in character or aiming at theoretical clarification and development.

Proposals can be about single national/organisational case-studies or be comparative and cross-national in scope.

As well as papers addressing contemporary issues around public service media (PSM) and engaging in policy analysis, we also encourage presentations of research that can inform policy-making (e.g., research on PSM audiences).

Historical studies that can contribute through the lens of the past to a critical understanding of contemporary issues facing PSM are also welcome.


This Working Group accepts abstract submissions and presentations in English only.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted via the IAMCR  Open Conference System at 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 PMP working group heads 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. 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.

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

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

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Alessandro D’Arma
University of Westminster

Yik Chan Chin
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University