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In alignment with the possibilities offered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the conference’s main theme, "Communication Research in the Era of Neo-Globalisation: Reorientations, Challenges and Changing Contexts", IAMCR's 2022 conference will be held online.

Registration is free for all IAMCR members and includes access to the full online conference. This includes the Conference opening, closing, and thematic plenary sessions; Online Conference Papers; Section and Working Group Online Video Sessions; Special and Partner Sessions; Flow34 Virtual Cinema and Podcasts; Pre-conferences; interactive fora, section, and working group business meetings, and the IAMCR General Assembly.

Plenaries, special and partner sessions will be open to members and non-members.

There was an additional US$ 25 fee for authors submitting papers. The fee contributed to the cost of running the online conference.

Conference components 

  • Plenary sessions
  • Online Conference Papers (OCP)
  • OCP Presentations
  • Section and Working Group Online Video Sessions
  • Section and Working Group OCP interactive sessions and business meetings
  • Special and Partner Sessions
  • Flow34 Virtual Cinema and Podcasts
  • "No travel" events
  • Pre-conferences
  • IAMCR General Assembly

Join the Conference plenary sessions (11- 15 July 2022)

See Plenary Sessions for more details.

IAMCR 2022 will feature five plenary sessions which include the opening and closing plenaries and three thematic plenary sessions during the conference week. Plenary sessions will be freely accessible online to all. 

  • Opening Plenary (11 July 2022) - Keynote speaker: Manuel Castells (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, University of Southern California)
  • Plenary Session 1 (12 July 2022) - Communication and Media Research in the Era of Neo-Globalisation: Asian Perspectives
  • Plenary Session 2 (13 July 2022) - Talking with Technology: Global Dialogues and Diverse Civilizations
  • Plenary Session 3 (14 July 2022) - Research (Ex)tensions: When Academia Meets Policy
  • Closing Plenary (15 July 2022) - From IAMCR 2022 to the Future of Conferencing 

Be part of Online Conference Papers (OCP)

See Online Conference Papers for more details.

Online Conference Papers (OCP) is a space for IAMCR members to present and get feedback on their work and to get a certification of their presentation of a conference paper.

Papers will be arranged thematically, in "panels" of 4 to 10 papers, by the sections and working groups, who will also allocate one chair and one respondent to each panel. The panels open before the conference starts so that the authors/panelists can read each other’s papers beforehand, and provide feedback on each other’s work.

During the conference, the website will provide access to the full programme of Online Conference Papers. Participants will be able to follow the panels (i.e. read the papers and comments and leave their own comments) of one or more thematic sections and working groups, browse all panels by panel title, or search all papers by author's name, affiliation, or title of the paper. The respondent will provide feedback to the panel papers and each author will be expected to provide feedback to at least one other paper in the panel. The panel chair stimulates more feedback and discussion, especially during the first days of the conference.

The papers and the discussion platform will remain online until 12 September 2022.

Watch OCP Presentations

OCP is based on papers and written comments but authors can optionally make slides or a video presentation available. See Submit a Presentation of your Conference Paper.

Watch Section and Working Group Online Video Sessions 

Section and Working Group Online Video Sessions will be a series of sessions, one for each section and working group. They may include presentations based on a selection of papers submitted to OCP, a panel around a single theme of relevance, or a panel made up of 4 or 5 experts who are asked to talk about emerging research in different areas covered by the section or working group. The final programme of these sessions will be posted on 23 June 2022.

The sessions will be released according to the timing announced in the conference programming. Following the initial release, they will remain online and accessible to all IAMCR members until 12 September.

Watch the Special and Partner Sessions 

Similar to Section and Working Group Online Sessions, Special and Partner Video Sessions will be released according to the schedule in the conference programme, and available to all IAMCR members until 12 September. Selected Special and Partner Sessions will be accessible to non-members.

  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) - Communication rights, access to information, and culture. Agenda and debates towards the future
  • Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) - Engendering national mechanisms for the safety of Women Journalists
  • International Communication Association (ICA) - Global Regionalization of Communication Scholarship
  • Latin American Association of Communication Researchers (ALAIC) - Decolonize and Add: Communication, Dialogues, and Cooperation of Researchers and Associations
  • Tsinghua University Special Sessions 
    • Communication Research in Asian-Pacific Regions: Culture, Connection, and Collaboration [Hosted in collaboration with the Asian-Pacific Communication Alliance (APCA) and the Asian Network for Public Opinion Research (ANPOR)]
    • Connecting Global and Asian Academic Journals in Journalism and Communication: Trends and Future Directions [Hosted in collaboration with the Global Journal of Media Studies and the Asian Journal for Public Opinion Research]
    • Collaborating for the Internationalization of Journalism & Communication Education 
    • Concepts of Journalism and Historical Roots [Hosted by the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication]
    • Emerging New World Order: Perspectives from BRICS
    • New Era of Intelligent Communication: Data Science, Smart Computing, and Metaverse [In collaboration with non-academic partner organizations: ByteDance, Tencent, Alibaba]
    • Digital Ethics in the Era of Ubiquitous Media: Communication Rights, Information Access, and Digital Inclusion [In collaboration with non-academic partner organization: Beijing Institute of Big Data Research]
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - 10th Anniversary of the UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) - Communication, Cultural Heritage, and Community Building 

Innovate with the Flow34 Virtual Cinema and Podcasts

Flow 34 is a stream of the conference that aims to stimulate the use of a broader range of modes for the communication of academic knowledge, complementing conference papers and panels with audio and/or visual work. In particular, it seeks to highlight podcasts and videos that integrate academic and aesthetic dimensions, and that use sound and/or image creatively to communicate academic knowledge. 

Organise a "No Travel" Event

IAMCR has a long tradition of offering travel grants to support members who would otherwise be unable to attend our annual conferences. With the global pandemic restricting travel to China and obliging IAMCR to hold its conference online, we can’t offer members a chance to travel to IAMCR 2022, but maybe we can help IAMCR go to you... Learn more >>

Participate in Pre-conference Events (8-10 July 2022) 

Update: On 16 May Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou,host of the hybrid pre-conferences, announced that due to a recent outbreak of COVID 19 in the city, all the pre-conferences initially planned to be held in hybrid mode will now be online only.

IAMCR 2022 offers possibilities of participating in hybrid pre-conferences (hosted in Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)) and others held online. See more information about the preconference events here>>

Be at IAMCR’s General Assembly (16 July 2022)

The General Assembly is IAMCR’s main decision-making body and takes place biennially. The meeting is open to all IAMCR members and will be held online after the IAMCR 2022 conference on 16 July 2022. 

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