[csaa-forum] Extraordinary CfP for IAMCR 2020 in Tampere. Beijing conference postponed

nico CARPENTIER nico.carpentier at vub.ac.be
Sun Feb 16 21:57:12 ACST 2020

((apologies for crossposting))

IAMCR’s Beijing conference postponed; IAMCR 2020 to take place in Finland

The International Association for Media and Communication Research 
(IAMCR) and our partners in China, Tsinghua University in Beijing and 
XJTLU in Suzhou, have been working for more than a year to prepare IAMCR 
2020 in Beijing in July 2020. The unfortunate and difficult situation 
resulting from the coronavirus Covid-19 has forced us to reconsider our 
plans and we have jointly agreed not to hold IAMCR 2020 in Beijing.

Nevertheless, given the effort that has already been expended to prepare 
the conference, the significant opportunity and milestone that holding 
IAMCR in China represents for both IAMCR and our Chinese partners, and 
as a way of reinforcing our solidarity with Chinese scholars, IAMCR’s 
Executive Board and International Council have invited Tsinghua and 
XJTLU to host our conference in 2022.

IAMCR’s Executive Board and International Council have also accepted a 
highly suitable offer to host the conference at Tampere University in 
Tampere, Finland, for the same dates, 12-16 July 2020. Professor Kaarle 
Nordenstreng, an IAMCR member since the 1960s, and his colleagues have 
been able to move quickly to establish support for hosting the 
conference and we thank them for their efforts. Tampere is well 
established with excellent facilities and a good track record for 
holding conferences.

The Tampere conference will maintain the same dates, the same theme, 
even the same logo and many other elements already prepared for Beijing, 
including for example, some of the plenary themes and speakers. Authors 
who have submitted abstracts for the Beijing conference easily will be 
able to have them considered for Tampere, and an extraordinary reopening 
of the CfP will allow a brief window for authors who chose not to submit 
for Beijing, to send abstracts for consideration for Tampere. Tampere 
has also committed to ensuring that technical facilities are in place to 
facilitate internet streaming of key sessions and video presentations 
for authors unable to attend the conference.

       Extraordinary reopening of IAMCR 2020 call for papers

The change of venue from Beijing to Tampere is accompanied with an 
extraordinary reopening of the IAMCR 2020 call for papers for authors 
who did not submit to the Beijing conference but want their work 
considered for Tampere.

IAMCR invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for 
panels for the 2020 conference of the association, which will be held 
from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tampere University in Tampere. Submissions 
for this extraordinary reopening will be accepted from Monday 17 
February, 2020 until Monday 2 March 2020 at 23:59 UTC. Several of 
IAMCR’s thematic sections and working groups also welcome submissions 
for video presentations <https://tampere2020.iamcr.org/video>.

See the extraordinary call for papers on the conference website at 

IAMCR Executive Board
Local Organizing Committee, IAMCR Beijing
Local Organizing Committee, IAMCR Tampere

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