Global Media Policy Working Group – CfP
Grupo de trabajo Políticas globales de comunicación
The 2017 IAMCR conference will be held under the general theme “Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses”
The IAMCR Global Media Policy Working Group invites submissions of abstracts for papers to be presented at the 2017 IAMCR conference to be held 16-20 July 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia.
The deadline for abstract submissions is February 9, 2017.
The Global Media Policy (GMP) Working Group explores new forms of governance that transect classic political spaces and involve a variety of actors. It examines international media and communications trends, focusing on complex interactions across national, regional and international levels. The theme of the 2017 conference addresses key areas of the Group’s interest: new and overlapping territories of the political; the emergence and interaction of new social, political and economic actors; transforming power relations; and the role of technological development.
In particular, we are planning to discuss the following topics:
Political space between globalization and new nationalisms
Global communication governance has been, for a long time, marked by increasingly permeable political borders and transnational interactions between political and economic actors as well as cultures. However in times of Trump, Brexit, and a rightwing resurgence in many parts of the world, both international and multistakeholder collaboration are challenged. We invite papers that address these current contestations and explore the future of transnational governance. What do events like the election of Trump, the government changes in countries like Brazil and Argentina, and government interventions in internet governance mean for global media policy? Do we see a re-emergence of national territorial control?
The private sector as a policy actor
The growing (multinational) private sector sometimes serves and sometimes challenges the nation-state. In addition to continuing policy interventions though, e.g., lobbying and revolving doors, the commercial sector is putting its mark on global media policy by developing its own policies, for example content restrictions through the terms of service of internet platforms. What is the role of infrastructure providers in political decisions? How do online platforms and applications regulate user behavior? How should the ‘sharing economy’ be regulated? What happens in the vacuum where policy has not developed viable solutions yet?
New forms of governance
How does all this questions established orders of policy-making? Do we need to re-think the interactions between public, private and technological policy-making? What is the role for citizens and civil society in this? What new forms of media and communication governance are emerging?
To develop these discussions further, the GMP Working Group welcomes paper proposals that focus specifically on these questions. We are interested in regulatory analyses, discursive approaches, and forward-looking pieces on future trajectories and the social implications of global media policy.
This Working Group accepts abstract submissions and presentations in English and Spanish.
The Working Group shall only consider proposals that respond to the themes of this specific call.
All proposals must include a title, author/coordinator name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and full contact information (mailing address, email address, and telephone number).
Applicants must submit a 300-500 word abstract. The abstract should describe:
- the main question or research problem
- its significance
- the theoretical framework
- the research method
- expected outcomes
- relation with the specific topics addressed in this call.
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of their theoretical and/or research contribution, originality and significance, sound methodology, quality of writing, relevance to the work of the section.
We also encourage proposals for innovative formats such as workshops, video screenings, or field trips. If you are interested in submitting such contributions, please get in touch with us before the deadline as we cannot guarantee that all formats are feasible. The submission will entail a well-defined 300-500 word statement of purpose and a detailed description of activities, as well as any infrastructure requirements (space, projectors, etc.).
All proposals must be submitted through the online IAMCR’s Open Conference System at http://iamcr-ocs.org between 1 December 2016 and 9 February 2017. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Email submission of abstracts is not accepted.
Individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) per Section or Working Group, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to the overall conference altogether. Under no circumstances should there be more than 2 abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors. Submitting the same or very similar abstract to more than one section or working group is not allowed. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.
Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to the Section. Deadline for full papers: 26 June 2017.
IAMCR accepts submissions in its official languages of English, Spanish, and French, though an English translation (even a brief summary) of your abstract will be much appreciated. For conference presentations, we encourage presenters who wish to talk in a language other than English to prepare slides or print-outs in English to facilitate understanding, interaction and debate.
Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by April 3, 2017.
For questions about conference logistics, including fees, visas, conference venues, etc., please consult the conference website or contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) by email at [email protected]
For any questions about the Global Media Policy Working Group and the content of its upcoming conference sessions, please get in touch with the WG head (details below).
Global Media Policy Working Group