Media, Communication and Sport Section - Call for Papers 2020

The Media, Communication and Sport Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2020 conference to be held 12-16 July at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. The deadline to submit abstracts is 10 February 2020, at 23.59 UTC.

IAMCR conferences address many diverse topics defined by our 32 thematic sections and working groups. We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives in plenary sessions and in some of the sessions of the sections and working groups. The general conference theme for 2020 is “Reimagining the Digital Future: Building Inclusiveness, Respect and Reciprocity”.

See the IAMCR 2020 general call for proposals.

The Media, Communication and Sport section has traditionally been a platform for inter/trans/multi-disciplinary inspired work and we encourage such papers and panel sessions again. We invite submissions of individual research papers and complete panels. We welcome submissions from all theoretical and methodological perspectives.

In 2020, we particularly welcome contributions that bridge the study of media, communication and sport and the conference’s theme “Reimagining the Digital Future: Building Inclusiveness, Respect and Reciprocity”.

Authors should consider any of the ideas listed below as relevant to the Media, Communication and Sport Section. This list does not exhaust the potential categories of submissions. Some of the topics that may be addressed are:

  • Diversity, inclusiveness and respect in sports communication: Gender and Sport, Sporting masculinities/femininities, Minority sports, Disability sport, Sexual diversity, Sport and social inclusion
  • Producing, covering and consuming sporting mega-events
  • Media, sport and cultural citizenship
  • Evolution of the sports media rights market in the age of media portals
  • The role of emerging technologies in sport communication: digital and mobile media, eSports, virtual reality and beyond
  • Social networking sites and their use by athletes, fans, media and professional sports organizations
  • Ethics and accountability in sports journalism
  • Crisis communication and image repair in sport
  • Horizons for club-owned media
  • Sport and the environment, sustainability and sporting legacies
  • Fans and the performativity of fandom
  • Sporting personalities and celebrities
  • Economic development and sport

All papers, from the full range of perspectives on the study of Media, Communication and Sport will be considered.

The Media, Communication and Sort Section also welcomes abstracts for video presentations, as part of an initiative to allow for remote participation. If you wish to submit an abstract for a video presentation, please carefully read the call for video presentations, and follow the procedures explained there.


The Media, Communication and Sport section accepts abstracts and programmes sessions in English.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts must be submitted from 1 December 2019 through 10 February 2020. Both individual abstracts and panel presentations are welcome and early submission is strongly encouraged. We ask you to kindly submit proposals in good time at the abstract submission site.


The deadline to submit abstracts is 10 February 2020, at 23.59 UTC and will not be extended.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by the section co-chairs no later than 27 March 2020.

Requirements for the submission of abstracts

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words. All abstracts must be submitted at Abstracts sent by email 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. No more than one (1) abstract can be submitted to any section or working group. 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. Any such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Evaluation Criteria

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 proposal to the work of the Media, Communication and Sport Section
  6. Originality and/or significance

The results of peer reviews of submitted abstracts will be announced by 27 March 2020. For other important dates and deadlines, please see IAMCR 2020 key dates on the conference website. For any further inquiries, please contact the co-chairs of the Media, Communication and Sport Section:

Alina Bernstein, PhD
School of media studies, College of management academic studies (COMAS)
The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Xavier Ramon, PhD
Department of Communication, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain