Gender and Communication Section – CfP
Sección de Género y comunicación
The Gender and Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for its open sessions at next year’s conference, to be held at Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios (UNIMINUTO), School of Communications in Cartagena, Colombia, from 16 – 20 July 2017.
Conference theme: “Transforming culture & politics: New media, new territories, new discourses”
The Gender and Communication section seeks research that balances theory and practice, and explores the relationship between gender, media and communication. In recent years, sessions have included papers on the Internet, television, film, journalism, magazines, violence, queer theory, media production, reception, advertising, representation, the Global Media Monitoring Project, human rights, discrimination, elections, the body, HIV/AIDS, development, pop culture, virtual identity, social change, social media, and consumption (and more). In keeping with our philosophy of inclusivity, we welcome contributions without regard to empirical, theoretical, disciplinary or philosophical perspectives.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 9 February 2017. This deadline will not be extended.
Although we welcome submissions on any topic involving gender, media and communication, we encourage and will give special consideration to papers and panel proposals that examine connections to the conference theme: Transforming culture & politics: New Media, new territories, new discourses. More information can be found in the general CfP: http://iamcr.org/cartagena2017/cfp.
We would therefore also like to encourage early career scholars to tackle the intersections of gender, identity and sexuality with media and communication processes. Themes suggested, which seem more consonant with our current section include (but are not limited to):
- Gender in conflict transformation
- Gender as a category for cultural transformation
- Gender and development
- The role of the third sector communication in gender development
- Resistance: from victims to empowered subjects
- Sisterhood: gender as an intersectional category
- Online social movements related to gender and sexuality
- Media discourses on trafficking and prostitution
- Media discourses on sexual assault
- The body as a discourse: a tool for cultural transformation
We encourage the submission of individual papers and complete panel proposals in any of the three official association languages (English, French, Spanish).
All proposals must be submitted through the online IAMCR Open Conference System at http://iamcr-ocs.org from 1 December 2016 – 9 February 2017. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.
Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words, and should:
- Have a clear title
- Include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher, graduate student, student, etc.)
- Outline the research objectives/questions/hypothesis
- Outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant
- Make clear the main argument proposed
- Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.
It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant 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 for consideration to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association, after an initial submission. 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.
Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.
Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is encouraged that a completed paper will be submitted to Section, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.
The Gender and Communication section encourages its members to take part in their moderation and chairing sessions so please let us know if you are interested.
Furthermore, we are looking for volunteers to take part in the blind peer review system, especially from members fluent in French and Spanish. If interested, please contact the chairs, Wajiha Raza Rizvi (wajiharaza(at)fulbrightmail.org) or Mehita Iqani (Mehita.Iqani(at)wits.ac.za). Success in organizing the conference relies on the assistance from our members.
Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by a section chair no later than 3 April 2017.
Participants will be asked to confirm their attendance by 28 April 2017. If you do not confirm your attendance, you will be removed from the conference programme. The early bird registration period finishes on 20 May 2017. The draft conference programme will be known by 27 May 2017. The deadline for full paper submission is 26 June 2017.
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Gender and Communication Section
Wajiha Raza Rizvi