Responding to member interest, IAMCR invites proposals for new thematic Working Groups. This invitation provides an opportunity for members to identify, encourage and shape specialized areas of research and collaboration. Read on for details and to seize this chance to actively contribute to the IAMCR community.

As technological advancements in AI redefine research and practice in various domains, they also pose ethical and security challenges. The statement emphasises the need for equitable access, AI literacy, open-source systems, and more, in ensuring an ethical and inclusive digital future. See IAMCR's statement on the role of information and communication sciences in the governance of artificial intelligence.

With the goal of fostering academic dialogue and collaboration across conflict zones, we have established IAMCR Peace Fellowships, two-year fellowships that aim to unite scholars from regions or communities involved in antagonistic conflicts. By offering travel grants, membership benefits, and platforms for academic discourse, we seek to create collaborative contact zones that contribute to peace-building and mutual understanding.

Launched during a special session of IAMCR's recent conference in Lyon, the 34 chapters of "Reflections on the International Association for Media and Communication Research: Many Voices, One Forum" offer numerous reflections on the Association's first 65 years.

The University of Canterbury will host IAMCR's 2024 conference from 30 June to 4 July in Christchurch, New Zealand. Speaking at the closing plenary of IAMCR 2023 in Lyon, Donald Matheson, chair of the Christchurch local organising committee, introduced Christchurch and extended a warm invitation to all IAMCR members.

Featuring fifteen papers by authors from nine countries, including South Africa, Chile, China, and India, the "Media - History - Social Inequalities" pre-conference was held in Lyon, jointly organized by the Communication in Post- and Neo-Authoritarian Societies Working Group and the History Section of IAMCR.

IAMCR books

Edited by Margaret Gallagher and Aimee Vega Montiel, the ninth title in the Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research series engages contemporary debates on women’s rights, democracy, and neoliberalism through the lens of feminist communication scholarship.

Edited by Joe F. Khalil, Gholam Khiabany, Tourya Guaaybess and Bilge Yesil, The Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East is the eight title in the Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research series, co-published by Wiley and IAMCR. The volume was launched at a special session in Lyon 2023.

Members' books

Questioning what it means to ‘grow up digital’ in twenty-first century India, "Childscape, Mediascape: Children and Media in India" explores a variety of themes relating to children and the media landscape. Edited by IAMCR co-Vice president Usha Raman, and Sumana Kasturi.

Edited by Lee Artz, this book brings together leading scholars from multiple perspectives, in a serious dialogue about continuity and change in global media production and content. Featuring contributions by IAMCR members.

By Jonathon Hutchinson, this book draws on empirical and theoretical research to carefully identify and describe a number of unseen digital infrastructures that contribute to a predictive media production process through technologies, institutions and automation.

Edited by Maarit Jaakkola, this handbook aims to inspire and empower so that journalism educators can help both journalism students and working journalists do justice to one of the major issues of our times. Available as open access.