[csaa-forum] CFP - IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section - 20-24 June 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA

nico carpentier nico.carpentier at vub.ac.be
Tue Jan 16 00:27:34 ACST 2018

(Apologies for cross-posting)

Reminder - DL 31 January
CFP 2018
IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section

The Participatory Communication Research Section of the International 
Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites 
submissions for the 2018 IAMCR Conference to be held from 20-24 June 
2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The deadline to submit your abstract is 
23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018.

Proposals for consideration by IAMCR’s thematic sections and working 
groups must be submitted via the Open Conference System at 

The Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR) explores the 
theory and practice of participatory communication, and has played an 
important role as a platform for new thinking. The PCR section addresses 
issues related to communication processes within the local, regional, 
national or international spheres and the ways in which communication, 
information and/or media foster social change through participation. 
While the PCR section has traditionally accommodated creative approaches 
to participatory communication, it has over recent years, intentionally 
encouraged interdisciplinary methods marked by critique and innovation.

This year’s conference theme -Reimagining Sustainability: Communication 
and Media Research in a Changing World- allows the section an 
opportunity to highlight research that relates participatory 
communication and social change to sustainability. The PCR section calls 
for work that engages with participation and the many ways it 
interconnects with sustainability, in its variety of meanings. This 
includes 1) the sustainability of participatory processes themselves, 2) 
the sustainability of democracy in a threatening context of 
authoritarian, violent, populist, nationalist, racist, misogynist (and 
many other) voices, 3) the role of participatory processes in ecological 
sustainability, but also in economic, cultural and social sustainability.

In addition to submissions related to the conference theme the section 
also welcomes contributions that discuss theoretical or methodological 
perspectives on a variety of participatory communication research issues 
and specific case studies. In particular, the section invites proposals 
for paper presentations and panels sessions that engage with any of the 
following themes:

1. Participatory theory

The section calls for presentations that develop a deeper understanding 
of the theoretical backbones of participatory practices. Proposals that 
ground participatory practices in social, political and/or cultural 
theory, or that provide a philosophical reflection on participatory 
practices are most welcome. Also conceptual discussions about the nature 
of participation, and its related concepts, as, for instance, power, 
empowerment, interaction and engagement, are welcomed.

2. Transcontinental dialogues about participation

The section invites colleagues working in the field of participatory 
communication research to submit panel proposals (and, if possible, 
individual papers) that bring together scholars from different regions, 
continents and territories to discuss particular aspects of 
participatory communication (social phenomena, theoretical and 
paradigmatic approaches, methods, …). Also comparative research and 
multi-regional case studies that are discussed in individual papers, is 
called for. The section believes that an intellectual exchange between 
different parts of the world would strengthen our work on participatory 

3. Regional-communicative perspectives on participation and CDSC 
(communication for development and social change)

The section invites practitioners as well as academics working in the 
field Communication for Development and/or Social Change (CDSC) to 
critically reflect on the role of regional communication, and on its 
participatory dimensions. What are the similarities and differences in 
how CDSC is conceived and practiced across the globe? Who are the 
changemakers, what are their goals and challenges, and how do they 
articulate and enact processes of change? What is the role of 
participation in these contexts? And how does the transformation of 
social, cultural and political territories influence and/or function as 
a pretext for their work? The section welcomes presentations and studies 
of a broad spectrum of initiatives, ranging from institutionalised 
actors such as governments, NGOs, or INGOs, to civil society-driven 
platforms and social movements.

4. Civil society participation: Critical voices

The increased democratic deficit in our host country (USA) has raised 
crucial questions about the role of civil society, in the US, and in all 
other countries in the world. The PCR Section wants to tackle these 
issues head-on. Is there still space for critical civil societies with 
its alternative forms of participation in the economic, social and 
political systems, within the USA and beyond? Whether in sparse and 
spontaneous events, or embedded in more organized and strategically 
designed movements, alternative forms of democratic participation have 
not disappeared, but have in many cases and places even gained 
prominence. How do they relate and react towards the local and global 
threats of authoritarianism? Are they part of an empowering, 
awareness-driven, critical discourse, are they part of a media-staged 
scenario, or do they have material consequences in the daily lives of 
communities? Can they be truly critical? How to they emerge, survive, or 
disappear in the vortex of contemporary existence? What powers do they 
subvert or create? How do they relate to the state? What are issues for 
academic research and why are they relevant?

5. Methodological challenges in participatory communication research

The section calls for presentations that focus on the methodological 
challenges that we meet as researchers in participatory communication, 
with specific regard to the sustainability concept. Relevant questions 
are here: How do we as participatory researchers work towards 
sustainability? What do we do to ensure sustainability, if anything, in 
the ways we conduct participatory communication research? Is sustainable 
action required for doing participatory communication research? How do 
we construct our identities as researchers, and negotiate our positions 
towards research participants and other stakeholders in a sustainable 
fashion? How do we design the analytical process, and implement criteria 
for validating our findings? How can we present and implement our work 
in more interactive, participatory and sustainable ways? Submissions to 
this subsection are preferably grounded in concrete research experiences 
within participatory communication. All research traditions are welcome, 
including quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic, arts-based, 
action-oriented, etc.

6. Participation and the private sphere

The section calls for theoretical or research-based individual paper and 
panel proposals, from researchers or media practitioners working on 
participatory communication projects dealing with thematics that 
challenge the traditional split between public and private spheres. It 
welcomes innovative proposals that emphasise the importance of 
discourses of participation and power in areas of social life which are 
traditionally considered private; or free from political or 
institutional interference. The section is interested in proposals 
dealing with participation in the economic sphere (including 
advertising, branding, etc.), but also in proposals that extend the 
discourses of the political beyond performativities of gender, sexuality 
and moral behaviours socially defined as ‘conventional’ and ‘normal’.

Submission of Abstracts:

Abstracts should be submitted from 9 November 2017 through 31 January 2018.

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's Open Conference System 
at https://iamcr-ocs.org. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts.

Both individual and panel submissions are welcome and early submission 
is strongly encouraged.

Deadline for submissions:

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 their Section or Working Group Heads no later than 15 March 2018.

Guidelines for Abstracts:

Both panel and individual abstracts are welcomed.

Individual Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.

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

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's Open Conference System 
at https://iamcr-ocs.org. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts.

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.

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
27 March 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

Visit the Participatory Communication Research Section's webpage:


Professor Nico Carpentier
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