Opportunities: Conferences and Manuscripts

Below, you will find the titles of the calls for papers that will be found below.

  1. World Journalism Education Congress
  2. Call for Manuscripts- Teaching from the Heart
  3. Call for Chapters: Book about journalists’ beliefs and work
  4. International Association for Media and Communication Research  
  5. Call for Papers gamevironments. games, religion, and stuff 

World Journalism Education Congress

Identity and Integrity in Journalism Education
July 14-16, 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

Call for Abstracts

The fourth World Journalism Education Congress will be held at the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand between July 14 and 16, 2016. It follows the successful third congress held in Mechelen, Belgium, in July 2013. (For details see www.wjec.aut.ac.nz and http://wjec.ou.edu/congress.php)

With the support of journalism education organizations worldwide,* the Congress is designed to provide a discussion forum on common issues and interests and a foundation for supporting the continuing development of journalism and journalism education around the globe.

The WJEC is inviting academic paper abstracts related to the wider issue of journalism education for presentation as refereed research papers at the conference.

Abstracts will be accepted on any topics related to mass communication but submitters are encouraged to focus their submissions on the broader conference theme, “Identity and Integrity in Journalism Education” and to specifically relate their work to:

Mobile/Social/User-generated Media and Journalism

Research Trends in Journalism

Utilizing the Professional Connection in Journalism Education

21st Century Ethical Issues in Journalism

Journalism Education and an Informed Citizenry

Journalism Programs Offered by the Industry

Journalism Education in the South Pacific

Journalism Education in Asia

Abstract submission guidelines: WJEC invites interested presenters to electronically submit abstracts only (minimum 500 words; maximum 800 words) by December 1, 2015.

The abstracts should give a clear sense of the scope of the research, research objectives and method of inquiry. If researchers have completed their projects by the submission deadline, paper abstracts should also include research results and conclusions/discussion. Full papers are due June 1, 2016 to be eligible for publication in the online conference proceedings.

Submission process: To submit a paper abstract, go to www.wjec.aut.ac.nz and follow the directions. Note the following:

Ensure that the document you upload does NOT include ANY information that identifies you or your affiliation/institution. Abstracts submitted with author identifiable information will automatically be removed from the pool of submissions and will neither be considered for review nor possible inclusion in the conference program;

Ensure that you add ALL required information in the form you fill out before uploading your paper abstract. This enables the conference organizers to keep track of individual authors and their abstracts. Ensure the email address you include is the one you want the organizers to communicate with you about your submission and where you will receive a confirmation once you have successfully submitted your abstract.

Review process: A panel of international judges will blind-review all submissions. Paper selections will be finalized by the end of January 2016 and presenters will be informed accordingly.

For more information about the 2016 WJEC in Auckland please contact the Steering Committee Chair, Verica Rupar (Verica.rupar@aut.ac.nz)

For more information about the call for paper abstracts please contact the Paper Competition Chair, Elanie Steyn (elanie@ou.edu).

*The World Journalism Education Council (WJEC) is a coalition of 32 academic associations worldwide that are involved in journalism and mass communication at the university level. They include: African Council on Communication Education (ACCE), Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Association for Journalism Education (U.K.), Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC), Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies on Communication (Intercom Brazil), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Canadian Committee for Education in Journalism (CCEJ), Chinese Journalism Education Association, Chinese Communication Association (CCA), European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), Global Network for Professional Education in Journalism and Media (JourNet), Israel Communication Association, Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication (JSSJMC), Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA), Journalism Education Association of New Zealand, Journalism Research and Education Section International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Journalism Studies Section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies, Latin American Association of Communication Researchers (ALAIC), Latin American Federation of Social Communication Schools (FELAFACS), Nigerian Association of Journalism and Mass Communication Teachers, Nordic Journalism Training Association, Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), Russian Association for Education in Journalism, Russian Association for Film & Media Education, Saudi Association for Media & Communication, Scientific and Methodological Communication in Journalism and Information, South African Communication Association, and Theophraste Network.

Call for Manuscripts- Teaching from the Heart

We are pleased to announce that we are soliciting teaching activities for our new book entitled, “Teaching from the Heart & Learning to Make a Difference: Teaching the Introductory Communication Course through Critical Communication Pedagogy” to be published in 2016 through Cognella. We are looking for classroom activities that have an explicit social-justice focus. Please submit format the submission according to CSCA’s GIFTS format:

– Title of the activity
– Course(s) for which this activity is intended
– Objective(s) of the activity
– Rationale for conducting the activity
– Description of the activity, including any preparation/preliminary steps and materials needed
– Debriefing of the activity, including typical results
– Appraisal of the activity, including any limitations or variations
– References and/or Suggested Readings

Submissions should be no more than 1,200 words excluding references/title information, completely original, and not under consideration at another outlet (e.g., Communication Teacher).
Submissions will be reviewed by the author team. Please submit your manuscript by December 1st 2015. Please send submissions and/or questions to ckylerudick@gmail.com.

Call for Chapters: Book about journalists’ beliefs and work

Professors Eric Freedman (Michigan State University), Robyn Goodman (Alfred University) and Elanie Steyn (University of Oklahoma) are developing a proposal for a research-grounded book about global perspectives on how professional journalists do their jobs and what they believe.

We are looking for proposals for chapters of about 3,000 words based on your latest research and insights that fit such themes as:

  1. Journalists’ attitudes toward their jobs, including economics, professional standards, contribution to society.
    2. Impact of industry changes on professionals.
    3.      Professional ethics.
    4.      Gender and minority issues in the newsroom and in the profession.
    5.      Impact on journalists of censorship, self-censorship and other constraints on press freedom.
    6.      Training for professional journalists.
    7.      Adaptation to rapidly changing technologies.
    8.      Physical safety in conflict and war zones.
    9.      Unionization and professional organizations.
    10.  Coping with psychological pressures.
    11.  Use of user-generated content.

We are looking for a broad geographic range of chapters. Our primary focus is on journalists themselves, not their news organizations and not journalism students or faculty.

If you are interested in our reviewing a chapter proposal, please email us:

  • A working title of your chapter
    • An abstract of 100-200 words
    •         The names and affiliations of the chapter authors
    •         The CVs of the chapter authors
    •         If your chapter would be based on a recently presented paper or published article, please attach a copy.

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Email submissions to all three editors: freedma5[at]msu[dot]edu, fgoodman[at]alfred[dot]edu and elanie[at]ou[dot]edu.

International Association for Media and Communication Research  

The IAMCR Emerging Scholars Network Section (ESN) welcomes submissions for the 2016

Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to be held from 27 to 31 July, 2016 at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Conference theme: “Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016

We invite you to submit abstracts (250-300 words) of your research papers. We welcome submissions on a variety of topics pertinent to communication and media studies research. We also encourage submissions that address this year’s conference theme “Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward”. For more information on this year’s conference theme, please refer to the general conference CfP available here.

The deadline for abstracts submission is 15 February 2016 via the Open Conference System (OCS). Submissions must include author name(s), affiliation, address, e-mail address, and paper title. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted through the OCS from 1 December 2015 to 15 February 2016. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

An author can submit a maximum of two (2) abstracts to two (2) separate sections or working groups. 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 also note that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration. 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.

Unlike other sections of IAMCR, if you are submitting a work in progress, ESN welcomes your submission! Please state that it is a work in progress in your abstract. Please bear in mind, however, that presenters are expected to bring to the conference work that has reached some degree of development. Prior to the conference, each presenter needs to upload a completed paper to the OCS. Discussant feedback has a special place in ESN and is often provided by Chairs of other sections or working groups that ESN members may wish to join. Therefore, a timely submission of the full paper ensures comments and questions by esteemed senior scholars in the field.

This year, ESN will host two co-sponsored sessions. We welcome submissions that tackle the intersections of gender, identity and sexuality with media and communication processes for our joint panel with the Gender and Communication Section. We also welcome submissions that examine regulatory and legal frameworks for media and communication from a wide range of conceptual and methodological perspectives for a joint panel with IAMCR’s Law Section entitled “Emerging Scholars’ Panel on Communication Law.” Please indicate in your abstract if you would like to be considered for any of these joint sessions.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual authors by the Section co-chairs on 8 April 2016. For those whose abstracts are accepted, conference papers are to be submitted by June 30, 2015.

Conference registration will be open in March 2016. Please make sure to inform ESN co-chairs if you are unable to present your paper at the conference by April 28, 2016 at the latest.  Failure to do so disrupts the flow of the conference and is disrespectful to fellow presenters. It may also result in a suspension to present at the following IAMCR conference.

About ESN

ESN (http://iamcr.org/s-wg/section/emerging-scholars-network-section/home) is a section dedicated to the work and careers of emerging scholars in the field of media studies and communication.

Therefore, we especially look for works in progress from graduate students and new university instructors/professors who are interested in substantial feedback and comments intended to advance their projects.

The ESN organizes emerging scholar panels and joint panels with other sections. Our emerging scholar panels provide a comfortable environment for the presentation of theses and works in progress, where emerging scholars can receive feedback from colleagues also at the beginning of their careers and from senior scholars who act as respondents to individual papers.

In line with the purpose of our section, the ESN also organizes panels and special sessions about issues affecting emerging scholars, such as:

Publishing research results;

Mentoring and the Student-mentor relationship;

Academic work and academic jobs;

Neoliberalism in the academy;

Language barriers in academia.

These panels often feature conversations between senior scholars, emerging scholars, and/or practitioners of media and communication professions.

Further announcements on panels and events on such topics, and practical information on the ESN mentorship programme, will follow over the coming months. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the section co-chairs Francesca Musiani <francesca.musiani(at)cnrs.fr> and Sandra Ristovska <sristovska(at)asc.upenn.edu>.

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

1 December 2015 Open Computer System (OCS) available for abstract submission
15 February 2016 Deadline for submissions
8 April 2016 Notification of acceptances of abstracts
15 April 2016 Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards
28 April 2016 Deadline to confirm your participation
20 May 2016 Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee
30 June 2016 Deadline for full paper submission
7 July 2016 Final conference programme published on the website
27-31 July 2016 IAMCR 2016 Conference



CALL FOR PAPERS: Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal/

Special Issue on Middle Eastern Media

Guest Editor: **Eylem Atakav

We invite proposals for a special issue of /Feminist Media Histories/ devoted to Middle Eastern Media.  Considerations of difference in religion, nationality, race and ethnicity remain crucial to interrogating feminist media histories across diverse social and political contexts.  This special issue will explore feminist media histories in the Middle East, through an examination of different media forms, practices, audiences, and institutions.  We are interested in articles that are historical in scope and that consider a range of media including film, television, radio, video, playable media, and digital technology.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

* women’s media production and pioneers
* feminist activism and/in the media
* women’s use of media
* gender politics, cultural identity and the media
* women as consumers of media


We are also interested in photo essays, oral history interviews, and reprints of notable original documents.

Interested contributors should *contact guest editor Eylem Atakav* directly, sending a 300-word proposal no later than *February 1, 2016: *E.Atakav [at] uea [dot] ac [dot] uk.**Contributors will be notified by March 1, 2016; articles will be due June 1, 2016.


Feminist Media Histories is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to feminist histories of film, video, audio, and digital technologies across a range of periods and global contexts. Inter-medial and trans-national in approach, Feminist Media Histories examines the historical role gender has played in varied media technologies, and documents women’s engagement with these media as audiences and users, creators and executives, critics and theorists, technicians and laborers, educators and activists. Feminist Media Histories is published by the University of California Press. More information is available here: http://fmh.ucpress.edu/content/submit



Call for Papers gamevironments. games, religion, and stuff Papers Due: 15.01.2016


The online journal gamevironments, http://www.gamevironments.org/, highlighting video gaming as related to religion, culture, and society, invites paper submissions for its next regular issue.

As the journal’s title suggests, researching video games by today is not limited to the established media-centered approaches. On the contrary, also the ‘games/gaming’ – ‘environments’ and actor-centered approaches need to be highlighted. Gamevironments consist of both, the technical environments of video games/gaming and the cultural environments of video games/gaming. The journal welcomes contributions applying all approaches and highlighting all fields of investigation related to video games/gaming and religion, culture, and society in the diverse global video game and gaming landscape.

We include different categories of texts in the journal: regular academic articles, interviews (f.e. with games designers), research reports, book reviews and game reviews. For more information, please see http://www.gamevironments.org/?page_id=61.

15.01.2016 Full Chapter Submission
28.02.2016 Review Results Returned
30.04.2016 Revised Chapter Submission
31.06.2016 Online Publication


If you have any questions, for instance if you want to discuss your paper idea or abstract prior to submission, don’t hesitate to contact us: radde [at] uni-bremen [dot] de.



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