onsdag, november 22, 2006

CFP: IAMCR, 23-25 July, 2007, Paris

Paris 2007 - Call for Papers
Call for papers

23-25 July, 2007
UNESCO, Paris (France)

Media, Communication, Information:
Celebrating 50 Years of Theories and Practices

These last fifty years have seen a number of theoretical evolutions
and practical advances in the domains which relate media to the inter-
or multi-disciplinary field of information and communication. Some of
them have emanated from European and Western research centres, others
from diverse regions of the world scientific community. These various
bodies of research have supplied analytical tools that cover the
whole range of the field of media, information and communication, in
a global perspective: from the production and the international
circulation of news and data, images and texts, to their reception,
by a wide range of publics. They have critically examined such issues
as public space and democracy, actor networks and agency or
technological mediation and its modalities.
New theoretical spaces of development and applications are also
emerging, apparent in a number of pioneering works, with original and
innovative approaches. Issues such as internet governance and co-
regulation of the media resonate with questions on diasporic publics,
cultural and trans-cultural diversities. The theoretical
contributions of other fields, such as economics, cognition,
politics, or urban studies, to name a few, have been facilitating new
readings of semiotic processes and media representations, and
fostering a deeper understanding of the tensions between genres and
gender, minorities and communities, “youth” cultures and subcultures,
worldwide. The modifications of the market and the political economy
of the media in the context of globalization have cast in new
perspectives such issues as cultural goods and services, e-learning
industries and media literacies, not to mention sustainable
development alternatives via media and new technologies for
information and communication.

These developments, old and new, coincide with the areas of inquiry
and the directions for research that IAMCR has fully embraced over
the past fifty years. The abstracts and papers submitted to the
various sections of IAMCR for the 2007 conference will need to
reflect these tendencies while intersecting with their dominant
thematic strand such as media history, political communication,
political economy, participatory communication, media education,
information and ICT policy, etc. Working groups are encouraged to
organize joint sessions with the sections to better ensure that their
emerging trends and perspectives can be accommodated.

The abstracts and papers will also need to make innovative
connections between theory and practice, notably by underlining the
contribution of empirical work to research and by proposing original
methodologies, protocols and appropriate indicators. Perspectives and
trends for the future should also be delineated, so as to provide new
paths for investigation by IAMCR members in the next 50 years.

Rules for Paper Submission: You may submit the same abstract or paper
to ONE section only. You may submit different papers to different
sections or, as the case may be, different papers to the same
section. If we find the same paper submitted to different sections or
working groups, we will work with the organisers of the conference to
withdraw the paper so that it is (if accepted) presented in only ONE
section/working group. Abstracts (500 words at most) must be sent to
the section heads and working group chairs by January 15th 2007. The
final decisions will be notified by March 1st 2007.


Divina Frau-Meigs
Local Organization

Ole Prehn
IAMCR Secretariat

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