Post-Socialist and Post-Authoritarian Communication Working Group - CFP

The Post-Socialist and Post-Authoritarian Communication Working Group looks forward to the next IAMCR Conference and invites submissions (both individual proposals and collective panels)  for the IAMCR 2018 conference to be held 20-24 June 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The deadline to submit abstracts is 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018.

The conference will be held under the general theme Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World.

As suggested by the central overall theme of the conference  addressing the issue of sustainability defined by UN as harmonizing three core elements: environmental protection, social inclusion, and economic growth. Sustainability can be observed in relation to both prevailing systems of communication and the systems now emerging around the application of artificial intelligence, the rise of automation and robotics, and the internet of things. Also welcomed is analysis that reassesses and reimagines sustainability in relation to openness, transparency, accessibility, and the recomposition of power, as we continue to explore the implications of media and communication in an interconnected world.

The working group on Post-Socialist and Post-Authoritarian Communication welcomes papers and panels both related to the conference theme and beyond, including such topics as:

  • What kind of new political and media actors emerged in post-socialist societies, post-authoritarian societies or in transitional societies in general?
  • What are their communication strategies and what media do they prefer to use in the world in strong need for sustainable development?
  • How often the issues of entrenched power, social justice,  democracy, and and the need to eradicate poverty, raise basic living standards, and address the present climate crisis are the topics for election/political campaigns in transitional societies?
  • What ideas of politics and political and its interaction with the media are formulated by academics in  post-socialist societies, post-authoritarian societies or in transitional societies in general?
  • Media structures, media systems and journalism cultures in transition
  • Mass media, journalism and politics in transitional/conflict/post-conflict societies

Contributions may include empirical research from a wide variety of terrains, or methodological and theoretical papers from a large scope of epistemological perspectives. The Working Group welcomes also contributions that cover other transitional societies than post-socialist or post-authoritarian societies (conflict and post-conflict, for example). A joint session with another Section or Working Group might be organized in case of a relevant proposal of abstracts or panel.

Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted online through Open Conference System at from 9 November 2017 through 31 January 2018. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

Abstracts - in English only - should be 300-500 words in length including the research objectives, theoretical framework and methodology and they will be peer-reviewed. Panel proposals include: (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.

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, and 6) originality and/or significance of the work.

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

Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference.

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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Anastasia Grusha


Katja Lehtisaari

Michael Meyen