Section/Working Groups/Emerging Themes Policies

Audience

This Section encourages new thinking and approaches to audience research and aims to inspire greater interest in exploring and understanding audiences in diverse settings. Critiques of popular market research strategies and opinion polls and analyses of the profitable sale of audiences to sponsors and owners are welcome. This section is also enthused by investigations of the appropriateness of ‘Western’ theories and methods in ‘other’ settings.

 

Directors
  • Nico Carpentier
  • Brian O'Neill, Dublin Institute of Technology
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Communication Policy and Technology

The CP&T Section’s focus is on communication policy, with a keen interest in the socio-economic aspects of technological change. The Section welcomes research that bridges between theory and practice, and theoretical and empirical studies, by offering scientific reflection as well as guidelines for political action. The CP&T Section does not adhere to any single philosophical or theoretical school but encourages research that is critical and counter-intuitive.

 

Directors
  • Vice-chair: Bart Cammaerts
  • Co-chair: Hopeton Dunn
  • Vice-chair: Maria Michalis
  • Jo Pierson, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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Community Communication

The Community Communication Section focuses on communication that originates, circulates and resonates with communities, broadly defined. It seeks to advance research on the objectives, practices and dynamics of community communication expressed across all types of media and symbol systems and formed around locality, politics, socio-economics, language, ethnicity, gender, or other interests and intersections. This Section welcomes both theoretical and applied research, as well as research conducted at both micro and macro levels of analysis.

 

Directors
  • Vice-chair: Ellie Rennie
  • Vice-chair: Gabriele Hadl
  • Chair: Per Jauert
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Emerging Scholars Network

The aims of the Emerging Scholars Network are to bring young-at-heart scholars together, to create and maintain lines of communication with researchers internationally, to promote universal values of solidarity, peace, equality and respect, to work on new ideas for research and teaching and to create an umbrella for future projects that are related to the study and analysis of communication.

Section Website: http://esn.colostate.edu/

The Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) invites you to participate in the 2010 International Congress of the IAMCR to be held in Braga, Portugal, from July 18 to 22 2010. This year's theme is “Communication and Citizenship: Rethinking Crisis and Change". We call for general academic papers in Communication and Media Studies as well as papers addressing communication, citizenship, crisis, and change.

ESN is a section dedicated to the work and careers of emerging scholars. We especially look for works in progress from graduate students and new university instructors/professors who are interested in substantial feedback and comments intended to advance their projects. We seek academic work on any topic in the field of communication.

The ESN organizes emerging scholar panels and joint panels with other sections. Our emerging scholar panels provide a comfortable environment for the presentation of theses and works in progress, where emerging scholars can receive feedback from colleagues also at the beginning of their careers and from senior scholars who act as respondents to individual papers. We also organize joint panels with other sections, which allow for the exchange of ideas with senior scholars in the field and networking.

In particular, this year the ESN anticipates one joint panel with the Global Media Policy Working Group. Title of joint panel:
RETHINKING CITIZENSHIP IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD: lessons from the field

The goal of this panel, jointly organized by the Emerging Scholars Network section and the Global Media Policy Working group, is to articulate reflections, based on empirical evidence, with a view to understand where, how and by what subjects visions and practices of post-national citizenship are developed and framed.

We invite submissions that, based on the Conference theme, will look into concrete case studies that relate to the nexus between participation and crisis, broadly understood: from the recent financial crisis and its worldwide consequences, to other crises and challenges that characterize today's world: environmental, economic, social crises. We invite emerging scholars to present reflections based on empirical work concerning local, national or transnational activism and participatory dynamics focused on promoting/strengthening the exercise of citizenship. These case studies could be dealing with the most diversified issues (from gender to climate change, from local struggles over land resources to transnational campaigns for net neutrality): the common feature being a focus on the interplay between different levels of activism as a way to prompt new visions of citizenship.

Theoretical interpretation of research results should be exposed in to articulate concepts such as post-national citizenship, global citizenship, trans-national citizenship.

The ESN invites submissions to this joint panel as well as general submissions. Submissions to the joint panel should be clearly indicated as such by including the statement "SUBMISSION TO JOINT PANEL" as a part of the abstract, and should be submitted to the ESN on the conference website.

The ESN operates a mentorship program for emerging scholars who would benefit from linkages with senior scholars. This program addresses publication techniques, teaching opportunities, professional involvement, and other issues. If you are interested in connecting with a mentor, please contact the section co-chair, Stefania Milan at stefania.Milan[AT]eui.eu.

Directors
  • Sara Bannerman, George Washington University
  • Outgoing Chair: Rosa Mikeal Martey
  • Vice Chair: Stefania Milan
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Gender and Communication

The mission of the Gender and Communication Section is to foster and encourage any and all aspects of scholarship relating to the nexus of gender and communication. This Section aims to encourage the conduct and dissemination of research that uses gender as a primary thematic in work around media, culture and communication; to encourage and nurture younger scholars and those from developing countries interested in aspects of gender-media to participate in the academic community via attendance at conferences.

Section Website: http://www.intcul.tohoku.ac.jp/~holden/iamcr/Gender_index.html

Directors
  • Co-Chair: Ellen Riordan
  • Vice-Chair: Margaretha Geertsema
  • Vice-Chair: Maria Edström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Co-Chair: Todd J.M. Holden
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History

The History Section aims to encourage and support historical research on media and communication.

This Section emphasises media history and the historical relations between the media and politics and a variety of perspectives on the globalisation of communication since the 19th century. Members are interested in work that foregrounds the role of communication technologies and applications in social formation and historical change, including critiques of perspectives that see today’s information societies as emerging out of a clear break with the past.

Directors
  • Chair: Carlos Barrera
  • Co-Chair: Chandrika Kaul
  • Co-Chair: Epp Lauk
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International Communication

The mission of this Section is to provide a space for dialogue among all those who are interested in the broadest issues and problems of global communication. The limitations to communication across distances have been displaced, but in their place new challenges and opportunities have arisen. Colleagues in the International Communication Section continue to be interested in the intersection of globalisation and media, including, for example, issues of information flow, freedom of expression, various dimensions of media and development, global media ethics, the media's role in foreign policy-making, media and diaspora, global literature and other arts, science communication, etc. This section also considers the role of the media in constructing a sense of community across borders, including the development of virtual communities and the uses of new media, their implications for organisations and employment, and the construction of audiences. Active participation is invited from academics and professionals who seek to associate with a community of researchers intersted in these and related subjects.

 

Directors
  • Tania Rosas-Moreno, Loyola University Maryland
  • Chair: Sujatha Sosale
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Journalism Research and Education

The Journalism Research & Education section is IAMCR’s home for critical engagement with journalism. Its principal task is to promote the conduct and dissemination of research into all facets of journalism and journalism education. This ranges from journalism theories to journalism practice as it shapes and is shaped by emerging technologies, markets, and industries. In journalism education the emphasis of inquiry continues to be on teaching, professionalism, journalistic ethics and changes imposed on professional education through changes in technology.

Section website: http://isaleh.uct.ac.za
Section Blog: http://jre09.blogspot.com

Directors
  • Vice-Chair: Joaquim Fidalgo
  • Chair: Dr. Ibrahim Saleh, University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Law

The Law Section aims to encourage research on freedom of the press and the war on terrorism and various legal controversies; media interventions in conflict societies; access to information laws and redefining media law through the Internet.

 

Section Website: http://www.medialaw.ru/iamcr/

Directors
  • Andrei Richter, Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University
  • Mohammad Ullah, Dept of Communication and Journalism, Chittagong University, Chittagong-4331, Bangladesh
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Media and Sport

The Media and Sport Section seeks to promote a range of scholarly perspectives on the study of media and sport, especially in the area of the relations between the media, sport and concepts of nationhood as well as identity, politics and the development of the sports industry.

Directors
  • Chair: Alina Bernstein
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Media Education Research

The primary goal and mission of the Media Education Research Section is to encourage and promote research in the theory and practice of Media Education at the school, college and university levels of education.

Directors
  • Divina Frau-Meigs, University Sorbonne nouvelle
  • Vice-chair: Tania Ribeiro Soares
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Mediated Communication Public Opinion and Society

The Mediated Communication, Public Opinion, and Society Section section fosters research emphasising socio-psychological and cognitive-psychological processes at work in the production and consumption of standardised media content, mediated interpersonal communication by mobile phone or chat and interactive media such as computer games and robots. It places considerable emphasis on phenomenological approaches to the media and the role of communication and media in families and households.

 

Section Website: http://www2.colman.ac.il/iamcr_mcpos/

Directors
  • Co-chair: Friedrich Krotz
  • Co-chair: Hillel Nossek
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Participatory Communication Research

The work that is presented in the Participatory Communication Research Section is not based on any specific definition of participation. Rather, participation is a term used to refer to a number of social and planning processes occurring in many different places and in many different contexts. The Section addresses issues related to communication between community members and other stakeholders that are engaged in processes of social change. The sessions that the Section organizes at the IAMCR conferences are meant to work toward theoretical and methodological clarification. Therefore, both papers and statements discussing theoretical or methodological perspectives and/or documenting specific case studies are welcomed.

Topics cover a wide variety of issues that relate to research in relation to processes of communication that incorporate participation in an intrinsic way. This includes subjects and processes of democratisation, communication and information rights, ICTs for sustainable development, health communication, environmental communication, agricultural extension services, folk media and social movements, communication planning activities and interventions, national and cultural identities, community studies and the relationship between participation, empowerment and gender, community radio and participatory video production, non-formal participatory forms of education, participatory rapid appraisals, participatory action research, and so on.

Directors
  • Vice-Chair: Pradip Thomas
  • Chair: Rico Lie
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Political Communication Research

The Political Communication Research Section aims to promote comparative research in political communication including the changes in political communication processes induced by new media and their influence at all levels. Particular attention is given to the media and political socialisation, political campaigning, public opinion and political participation, and interactions between the media and intermediary organisations 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 the media play in local and informal forms of governance are of interest here.

 

Directors
  • Vice-Chair: Dominic Wring
  • Vice-Chair: Maria Jose Canel
  • Chair: Philippe J Maarek
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Political Economy

The Political Economy Section examines the role of power in the production, distribution and exchange of mediated communication. Drawing from the rich history of political economic theory, Section members study social relations in their totality, consider how they have developed historically, evaluate them according to standards of social justice, and intervene to bring about a more just and democratic world.

 

Section Website: http://jcomm.uoregon.edu/~IAMCR-PolEcon/index.html

Directors
  • Vice-chair: Helena Sousa
  • Chair: Janet Wasko
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[WG] Comic Art

This Working Group aims to examine the development of comic art – including animation, comic books and strips, political and gag cartoons - world-wide in terms of its political sophistication, role in educational and conscientization initiatives, within and outside the mainstream and in terms of the implications of the corporatisation of the media.

 

Directors
  • Chair: John Lent
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[WG] Communication and HIV/AIDS

This Working Group aims to develop an overview of existing and completed work in this area to identify gaps and to determine what work exists, worldwide and across agencies; to analyse this information and to draw up an IAMCR research agenda. This group is working towards research completion, publishing and distribution of findings. The purpose is to examine different perspectives from around the world on the enormous challenge HIV/AIDS presents to the field of communication—in terms of programmes, research, ethics, and many other cultural issues.

 

Directors
  • Sarah Cardey
  • Nancy Muturi
  • Joseph Muyangata
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[WG] Diaspora and Media

This Working Group is concerned with the production and consumption of the media by globally dispersed diasporic communities. The changing relationship between diasporas and globalisation is examined in the light of the transnationalisation of the media and the reconfigurations of place, space and culture that affect everyday life for diasporic communities. Areas of interest include the interplay of the transnational and the local in diasporic communications, diasporic communications and identities, audiences and diasporic cultural politics, diasporic cultural production and consumption, and the tension between integration, cultural separatism and hybridity. This Working Group is also associated with Media Production and Consumption theme.

 

Directors
  • Chair: Roza Tsagarousianou
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[WG] Digital Divide

The aims of this Working Group are to contribute to theoretical understanding of inequality in access to information and media in the new digital environment; trace the development of new media through the concept of digital divide; identify gaps and inconsistencies in the digital media world, their origins and development; specify problems for media and communication systems brought about by ICT progress in local, national and global environments; promote better communication between researchers from different countries and continents; support innovative research in the field; and support young researchers.

Directors
  • Chair: Elena Vartanova
  • Co-Chair Olga Smirnova
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[WG] Environment, Science and Risk Communication

The objective of this Working Group is to provide a forum at IAMCR conferences for scholars researching in the field of media and communication on ‘Environmental Issues, Science and Risk’ to present and discuss their research. A second objective is to provide a focal point - through the visibility afforded via IAMCR for contact and networking among scholars interested in this sub-field of media and communication research.

Directors
  • Chair: Anders Hansen
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[WG] European Public Broadcasting Policies

The aim of this Working Group is to examine and make inventories of new performance practices and accountability mechanisms for public broadcasters in different countries, inside and outside Europe and to investigate how they work and what can be learned from them.

This Working Group is concerned with the performance practices and accountability mechanisms for public broadcasters and the extent to which governments need to intervene in the media market to correct market failures and to guarantee broadcasting as a public merit good. Its members are interested in whether there is a need for a new policy paradigm for public service broadcasting and alternative ways of assessing and measuring public service broadcasting’s value to the public.

 

Directors
  • Chair: Jo Bardoel
  • Co-Chair: Leen Leen d´Haenens, University of Leuven
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[WG] Ethics of Society and Communication

The aim of this Working Group is to devote the greatest attention to the ethical and deontological problems and issues of the communication media in an epoch where, unfortunately, ethics is often neglected, ignored or simply misconceived or worse. Investigations of lying as a main activity for many people in the messages diffused through the mass media are a central focus. This Working Group is concerned with ethical and deontological problems and issues of the communication media. It focuses particularly on the crisis of the relationship between ethics and politics; political developments in different areas of the world; the actors in the different modalities of political communication; the sources of political information and their risks from an ethical point of view; political news and public relations; and the roles played by propaganda and disinformation in political news.

 

Directors
  • Chair: Manuel Pares i Maicas
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[WG] Health Communication and Change

Health Communication as a scientific discipline has grown significantly in the past years, establishing itself institutionally with academic courses and programmes worldwide. Traditionally. its focus was on individual behaviour change, with behaviour change communication as a central approach. The theoretical emphasis has primarily been on psychological and social-psychological issues rather than on communication issues.

Directors
  • Marjan de Bruin
  • Thomas Tufte
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[WG] Islam and Media

The Islam and Media Working Group looks at the communication phenomenon such as human interaction with a view to contributing toward mutual understanding and peace with justice. It seeks to engage in research and organisational development efforts geared toward strengthening the global societal structures based on personal responsibility and mutual cooperation in social, political, and economic relations. The goal of this Working Group is to contribute to the advancement of research and evaluation in the media and communication related fields from an Islamic point of view (the Tawhidi perspective).

 

Directors
  • Chair: Basyouni Hamada
  • Vice-Chair: Muhammad Ayish
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[WG] Media Production Analysis

This Working Group provides a venue for researchers of media production in different genres and across different media. It focuses on different media technologies, organisational contexts and genres to grasp the internal and external dynamics of media production processes.

It considers media production in different genres and across different media. It focuses on different media technologies, organisational contexts and genres to grasp the internal and external dynamics of media production processes. Its members are especially interested in production ethnography, the problems and strategies of access to the media, changes in production practice resulting from globalisation, decreasing numbers of public media outlets, and the economics of production as well as studies of the convergence and the challenges of ‘new media’.

 

Directors
  • Chair: Chris Paterson
  • Co-Chair: Ida Schultz
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[WG] Media, Religion and Culture

This Working Group has a special interest in religious aspects of communication. It tries to foster international cooperation in the field, discussion and exchange of ideas, and common research projects.

This Working Group considers important topics around the interaction between religion and the media, including the way religious groups are brought into political alliances as pressure groups and their uses of the media, the complexities of religious agencies with regard to public opinion; and in community building to proclamation, art to expression of faith, apologetic and propagandistic media usage and reception.

Directors
  • Co-Chair: Frank D. Coffey
  • Chair: P. Johannes Ehrat
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[WG] Popular Culture

This Working Group aims to encourage studies of the relationship between media production and consumption and popular culture from a range of perspectives that are theoretically informed and empirically grounded.

Directors
  • Barry King, AUT University of Technology
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[WG] Post-Socialist, Post-Authoritarian

This Working Group is dedicated to the studies of the post-socialist and post-authoritarian media systems and political landscapes in different countries in transition. Intercultural communication research is necessary to explain the differences between these numerous and distinct countries.

This Working Group is particularly interested in the many different and changing roles of media and journalism in so-called ‘transitional societies’ or ‘new democracies’. This includes work on national adaptation to new journalistic genres and TV formats, ideas about the ‘CNN effect’, and the political functions of popular culture in different national contexts. Members also have an interest in comparative (multi-language) discourse analyses, the visualization of international journalism and the role of globalisation and critical global justice movements in this process.

Directors
  • Chair: Yassen N. Zassoursky
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[ET] Crisis Communication

The aim of the emerging theme on crisis communication is to provide a forum at IAMCR conferences for scholars researching the mediation of political and economic crisis and ‘scandals’, wars and catastrophes, disasters and risks, combining global and local perspectives. The aim is to be a meeting point for communication scholars working both with journalism studies and communication management. Today studies on the field are conducted in many different disciplines, media- and communication studies and journalism studies being among them. Within the IAMCR the academic debate about these topics has been going on in many different sections and working groups. We think the field of crises communication will benefit from having a common meeting point. As an emerging theme we hope to stimulate fruitful discussions about threat-image constructions and the consequences for democracy and civil rights.

 

Directors
  • Sigurd Allern
  • Ester Pollack
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[ET] Visual Culture

We suspect that research with a cultural studies focus is proliferating in the communication field, yet it is weakly represented in international conferences. This emergent theme focuses on cultural studies in visual media research from the critical view point, particularly on visual culture. Particularly, this theme emphasizes the importance of cultural studies in non-western contexts including Asia, Africa and Latin America. Cultural researchers working in the media and communications field may encourage the building up of an international community focusing on media flows in these regions, rather than on the dominance of global (Western) media. Analysis of the cultural aspects of diverse regional communities including Asia, Africa, Latin America as well as Europe, would contribute to diversifying the field of communication studies. A comparative study of cultural identity in the European community, which is resisting mainstream global media flows (i.e. Hollywood), would be particularly supportive for Asian scholars who are searching for cultural identity in their region. The insights arising from such work may also be applied to other regions such as the Latin American and African communities. Cultural research on visual media including film, television and multimedia would contribute to elaborating upon theories of cultural power and empirical research on identity issues in each region.

Directors
  • Sunny Yoon
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[JS] Policies for Community Communication

The 'Community Communication Section' and the 'Global Media Policy Working Group' invite paper proposals for a roundtable on "Policies for Community Communication".

The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss the policy situation for diverse types of grassroots-based, civil society-oriented and self-organised media, from community radio to blogs, and to distill a policy agenda. Papers should focus on a certain platform (radio, print, TV, internet), a certain theme (e.g., digital broadcasting, privacy and surveillance, copyright), or a certain type of grassroots media. They should identify recent policy developments, threats and opportunities, and policy demands.

We encourage comparative analyses which consider the global context of localized and/or community-oriented media policy.

Presentations at the roundtable will be short, and participants will try to develop key points of a policy agenda during a common discussion.

Directors
  • Chair Arne Hintz
  • Chair: Per Jauert
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