Political Communication Research Section - CFP 2018

The Political Communication Research Section invites submissions for the IAMCR conference to be held in Eugene, Oregon/USA June 20-24, 2018. Papers should refer to the general conference theme Reimagining sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World or the general interests of the section.

The section focuses on the interplay and interdependencies of media and politics. Papers are welcome that deal with political socialization, political campaigning, public opinion and political participation and interactions between the media and intermediary organizations such as interest groups and political parties. Studies of the uses of the media in campaigns and elections as well as in political marketing processes in government and the role that media play in formal and informal forms of governance are of interest. Comparative research across countries is strongly encouraged.


We encourage the submission of individual papers or complete panel proposals in any of the three official association languages (English, French, Spanish). However, presentations at the conference are preferably done in English or bilingual (with slides in English).

Individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) per Section or Working Group as lead author, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to a single IAMCR conference in general. Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to the Section and Session Chairs.

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words, and should

  • have a clear title
  • include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher, graduate student, student, etc.)
  • outline the research objectives/questions/hypotheses
  • outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant
  • make clear the main argument proposed and
  • summarize the findings.

Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.

In the interest of scientific discussion and interaction, the section expects authors of accepted papers to participate in the conference in person and present the papers themselves. Paper presentations by others than the authors will not be accepted.

The Political Communication Research Section encourages its members to take part in chairing sessions. In case you are interested in this activity, please contact the Chairs Christina Holtz-Bacha at [email] or María José Canel at [email]. All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) at https://iamcr-ocs.org

The OCS system will open on November 9, 2017, and will close on January 31, 2018 (23:59 GMT). Please note that this deadline will not be extended. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the section chairs no later than March 15, 2018.

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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Christina Holtz-Bacha

María José Canel