IAMCR International Council member, Alina Bernstein, wrote us from Tel Aviv to tell us of the recent passing of Dov Shinar, renowned scholar and long-time member of the association. IAMCR extends its condolences to his family and friends. Read more to see Alina's message.

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.

02/10/2023 - 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.

IAMCR books

The Global Media Policy Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of Global Communication Governance at the Crossroads, the 20th title in the IAMCR/Palgrave series Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research. Edited by Claudia Padovani, Véronique Wavre, Arne Hintz, Gerard Goggin and Petros Iosifidis.

Edited by Margaret Gallagher and Aimee Vega Montiel (2023)

This book engages contemporary debates on women’s rights, democracy, and neoliberalism through the lens of feminist communication scholarship.

Members' books

By Yerkebulan Sairambay, "New Media and Political Participation in Russia and Kazakhstan: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Young People in Eurasia" confronts the sociological problem of the usage of new media by young people in political participation, particularly in Eurasian countries.

Edited By Paul Reilly and Virpi Salojärvi, heads of IAMCR's Crisis Security and Conflict Communication Working Group, the this book explores how both elite and non-elite actors frame societal threats such as the refugee crisis and COVID-19 using both digital and traditional media.

Centered around Mexico as a case study, this book explores the production of political entertainment in post-authoritarian legacy media and how political and economic conditions constrain the range and edge of discourse. By Martin Echeverría and Frida V. Rodelo.

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.