Law Section – CfP
Can Communication Law respond to the Challenges of New and Old Media in a Transforming World?
The Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2017 IAMCR conference to be held from 16-20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. The deadline for abstract submission is 9 February 2017.
The overall theme of the 2017 conference is Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses. This theme seeks to explore how communication and media all over the world are being transformed by complex and often unpredictable dynamics, tendencies and trends.
Following the general theme, the Law Section invites contributions related to the topics described below and any other panels or proposals, whether related to the conference theme or not, in any area of communication law and policy, from any theoretical perspective and using any methodological approach that may be of interest to the Section.
While the Section welcomes submissions on any relevant topic, we especially encourage submissions related to the following:
Can communication law respond to the challenges of new and old media in a transforming world?
1) New Challenges for Media and Communication Law. What roles do, or could, media and communication laws play in facilitating democratization processes, democratic consolidation, the resolution of migratory and refugee crises, citizen participation, cross-border communication, and media and government transparency?
2) Communication Law’s Responses to New Scenarios. The concept of “networked governance” recognizes that governance is often undertaken not solely by states, but by a plurality of networked actors (states, corporations, and technologies) through a plurality of mechanisms (legal, market, and social) (Burris, Drahos and Shearing, 2005). What are the implications of rising networked governance in the contexts of emerging media regulation, media and communications self-regulation, “by-default” governance of ICTs, or the role of algorithms and code in digital media, journalism, copyright, and privacy? What are the implications of networked governance for law and democracy in general?
3) Teaching Communication Law and Emerging Media. How are academics and professors approaching emerging legal debates in their pedagogy? What are the best practices in teaching topics such as 3D printing and piracy, machine learning and copyright, algorithms, transparency and democracy, or ride shares, self-driving vehicles, and drones; among other examples?
4) Research Methods in Communication Law. How are communication law researchers approaching research methods? The section invites proposals to discuss and share innovative research methods and best practices in research.
Co-sponsored panels and pre-conferences
The Law Section will co-sponsor a panel with the Emerging Scholars Network entitled Emerging Scholars panel on Communication Law. Submissions from junior and emerging scholars that examine regulatory and legal frameworks for media and communication from a wide range of conceptual and methodological perspectives are welcome.
The Law Section will also co-sponsor a panel with the Communication Policy and Technology section. Submissions taking a critical approach to law and internet governance; broadcast and telecommunication policy; communication technologies’ relationships with citizens’ rights, privacy and justice; and related topics may be considered for this panel.
The Law section is seeking to co-sponsor a pre-Conference with the International Forum on Communication Law and Ethics (FIÉDI). The Forum takes over from the former CIÉDI, a well-known conference on Communication Law and Ethics in the Spanish speaking world. After two successful pre-conferences in Montreal and Leicester, we are hoping to announce soon that the 2017 conference will once again be celebrated, this time in a Spanish-speaking country. Details and confirmation will be announced soon.
This Section accepts abstract submissions and presentations in English and Spanish.
See Cfp in Spanish.
Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts should be submitted from 1 December 2016 – 9 February 2017. Both individual and panel submissions are welcome. Early submission is strongly encouraged.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 9 February 2017. Please note that this deadline will not be extended.
Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by the Head no later than 3 April 2017.
For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted by 26 June de 2017.
Guidelines for Abstracts
Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.
All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR’s Open Conference System. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to the Law Section.
It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person. 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 title or content must not be submitted to more than one Section or Working Group. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.
Technical guidelines, if any, are defined by the individual Sections and Working Groups. If you have questions, please contact the heads of the Law Section.
For further information, please consult the conference website or contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Evaluation
Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:
- theoretical contribution
- quality of writing
- literature review
- relevance of the submission to the work of the Section
- originality and/or significance
The Law Section may use additional criteria and may assign different weights to the above criteria. Refer to this CFP or contact the heads of the Law Section if you have questions.
To volunteer as a peer reviewer for the Law Section, please email sara.bannerman(at)gmail.com.
On behalf of Loreto Corredoira, Chair, and Sara Bannerman and Rodrigo Cetina Presuel, Co-Vice Chairs, we hope to see you in Cartagena, Colombia for IAMCR 2017.
Rodrigo Cetina Presuel