The Communication Policy and Technology (CP&T) Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites papers and panels for the IAMCR 2019 Conference, which will be held from 12 to 16 July 2019 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 February 2020, at 23.59 UTC.
General theme of the conference
The central theme for 2020 is “Reimagining the Digital Future: Building Inclusiveness, Respect and Reciprocity”. At the critical juncture of the second decade of the 21st century, the world is facing tremendous challenges, such as sharp income and wealth inequities, a divisive international community, dysfunctional media, an increasingly fragmented digital culture and an accelerating environmental crisis. We witness growing populism and protectionism and a dissolving consensus on global engagement and international collaboration, as well as deepening technological
These developments pose urgent questions and challenges for media and communications scholars. What are the reasons for the division, gaps and fragmentation we now see? What roles
The Communication Policy and Technology Section focuses on the role of policy (broadly defined) in the development of media and communication technologies, both analogue and digital, in past, current and future societies.
For the IAMCR 2020 conference in
The CP&T section therefore invites submissions that critically engage with these issues from a policy and technology perspective.
We welcome both papers and panel proposals addressing the following themes that fit in the general call for papers and are relevant to our section:
- Big Data and its implications for privacy, inclusiveness, respect etc.;
- Policies and debates around artificial intelligence and its ethical and social implications, including bias, discrimination, transparency and responsibility in different contexts;
- The increasing levels of automation, algorithms and quantification in different social domains (e.g.
health, social welfare, finance, news and entertainment production) and its ethical and social implications;
- The use of (predictive and punitive) control systems in political and legal decision making;
- Digital sovereignty and the challenges for global internet governance;
- Policies and research into the digital divide, media literacy, access and inclusion
- Global and national media and communication governance and their role in promoting pluralism and diversity;
- International policies (e.g.
tradepolicies and the resulting tensions between countries such as China and the US) and their implications for communication and media practices
- Historical development of communication and media policies in diverse regions and countries;
- Comparative analysis of different policy regimes, their implementations and implications;
- The effectiveness of international policies and laws related to ICTs and the Internet in different regions of the world;
- The roles played by citizens, communities and organizations (both locally and globally) in shaping communication and media policies;
- Media and online governance regarding "fake news", social network bots, online harassment, hate speech, and
cyberbullying, particularly as it relates to gender, race, class, ethnicity, nationality etc.;
- Policies and policy debates around recent and future communication technologies, including
blockchain, 5G, IPv6, etc.;
- Policies related to online advertising and its implications for consumers and their privacy;
- Policies and debates around public service obligations, pluralism and diversity, convergence and net neutrality in broadcasting and internet/telecommunications services;
- National and regional policy initiatives, e.g. China's Belt and Road Initiative, ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) etc.
In addition, we warmly invite submissions for a joint session with the Emerging Scholars Network Section. Emerging scholars who are current or recent PhDs, and are tackling issues within the scope of the CP&T section, are welcome to submit their research. Individual submissions for this joint session should be submitted to the Emerging Scholars Network Section, including ESN/CPT in the title field.
The CP&T section may also sponsor a session with the Global Media Policy Working Group if enough abstracts of themes relevant to both our sections are submitted. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for a joint CPT/GMP session.
Please note that the CPT section does not cover all the spectrum of communication technology-related research. As such, it is not meant to be the primary submission venue for proposals which focus only on the role of technology for political communication (e.g.
Submission of Abstracts
Accepted CPT submissions will take place in two types of sessions: individual paper sessions (i.e. 4-5 presenters with 12-15 minutes each followed by a discussant) and panel sessions (4-5 papers on a single theme). All submissions must be made at https://beijing2020.iamcr.org/submit
Individual paper submissions
The CP&T section welcomes abstract proposals of between 300 and 500 words for papers in line with the conference and CP&T themes.
Abstracts should contain a title, main question or research problem, your theoretical framework, the method(s) used, and
Panel proposals must include a panel proposal plus 4-5 paper abstracts of 300-500 words.
Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words. All abstracts must be submitted through IAMCR’s submission platform https://beijing2020.iamcr.org/submit. Abstracts sent to the section chairs will not be accepted.
It is expected that authors will submit only one (1) abstract. 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
After a first review by the section chairs, submitted abstracts fitting the scope on the section and fulfilling the necessary requirements will be evaluated by a double-blind review 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 CP&T section and communication/technology/media policy, and (6) originality and/or significance of the work.
If a proposal is accepted, the presenter must also register for the conference. Only registered participants will be included in the final conference programme.
Prior to the conference a completed paper should be submitted to Session Chairs and uploaded to the IAMCR’s submission platform.
As in previous years, a CP&T best paper award prize may be awarded. Only full papers submitted in advance of the conference, and by the full paper deadline (to be announced) qualify for consideration.
We welcome papers and presentations in English, French and Spanish.
Please note that if you wish to present in French or Spanish, we will ask you to prepare English language slides to facilitate communication. The chairs can provide further information.
Deadlines and important dates
The deadline to submit abstracts is 10 February 2020, at 23.59 UTC.
- 1 December 2019 - Abstract submission system opens at https://beijing2020.iamcr.org/submit
- 10 February 2020 - Deadline to submit abstracts
- 27 March 2020 - Abstract decisions announced by sections and working groups
- 12-16 July 2020 - IAMCR Conference
For other important dates and deadlines, please see IAMCR 2020 key dates on the conference website.
For further information on the CPT themes, submissions, panels and on the CP&T section please contact:
- Co-Chair: Francesca Musiani (email@example.com), CNRS, France.
- Co-Chair: Julia Pohle (firstname.lastname@example.org), WZB, Germany.
- Vice-Chair: Weiyu Zhang (email@example.com), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
- Vice-Chair: Jeremy Shtern (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ryerson University, Canada.