IAMCR Newsletter | October 2015

Letter from the President

Janet Wasko, President, IAMCR

As we put the 2015 Montreal conference behind us and look forward to the 2016 gathering in Leicester, United Kingdom, it may be a good time to reflect upon some of the issues related to IAMCR's conferences.

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Leicester Highlights

IAMCR's 2016 conference will be held at the University of Leicester (UK) from July 27-31, 2016. Kaitlyn Mendes, Chair of the IAMCR 2016 Academic Committee, provides us with a look at a few of the planned highlights.

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Statement on the future of the BBC

On 7 September IAMCR issued a public statement on the future of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The statement was agreed by the IAMCR Clearinghouse on Public Statements and issued by IAMCR's president, Janet Wasko. At the request of the Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications IAMCR is preparing a written submission for its current inquiry into the BBC Charter Renewal. A response received from the office of the Prime Minister on 15 September said the "correspondence is currently under consideration."

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ambassadorsIAMCR Ambassadors Network

IAMCR is establishing a worldwide network of Ambassadors to promote and represent the Association in various countries and regions. Ambassadors are tasked with creatively promoting the mandate and distinctiveness of IAMCR as an international association of media and communication scholars in the country and/or region where she/he is located and to explore opportunities to expand IAMCR's footprint in their country or region through publicity, events, and other strategies.

The first Ambassadors have been named from Bangladesh, India, Portugal and Southern Africa. See their profiles and read about their plans 

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador or nominating someone else, visit http://iamcr.org/ambassadors/be-an-ambassador

Improved member directorydirectories

The IAMCR membership directory havs been improved, making it easier to find and contact members of the association. The directory is a simple and useful tool for facilitating engagement and interaction among media and communication researchers.

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Looking for contributions for new Handbookhandbook

The editors of The Handbook of Diasporas, Media and Culture, have issued a call for book chapters. The handbook will be the fifth volume in the Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research Series, co-published by Wiley-Blackwell and IAMCR.

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Read about the Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research Series and the previous for volumes: The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy, The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications, The Handbook of Media Audiences and The Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change.

IAMCR Feature: Peggy Gray

Peggy Gray, Olga Linne, Cees Hamelink

The IAMCR Feature highlights the contributions made by those who have been closely associated with IAMCR over the years, both office bearers and friends. It includes a write up by the person being featured along with short appreciations from friends.In this issue we profile Peggy Gray.

Peggy was a researcher at the University of Leicester and for eighteen years volunteered as IAMCR's administrative assistant and conference organiser. She is retired but still lives in the Leicester region and will be attending IAMCR's conference at University of Leicester next July.

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Montreal plenaries, programme and photos

IAMCR 2015's plenary sessions can be watched online in their original languages. Visit Plenary sessions online to see a brief description of each session and links to the pages with more detailed information and complete video recordings.

The 2015 conference page on the IAMCR site also has photos from the event, short articles by some of the travel grant recipients, the downloadable programme, a link to the IAMCR 2015 Facebook page, and more.

Profiling prize winners: Faith Kibereprize

IAMCR hosts a number of awards and grants. At the Montreal conference we awarded IAMCR Prize in Memory of Stuart Hall, the New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship, and the UCF/IAMCR Urban Communication Research Grant.

This regular feature in the newsletter highlights past winners and their contributions beginning with Faith Kibere, winner of the inaugural IAMCR Prize in Memory of Stuart Hall, 2015.

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IAMCR 2015 survey resultsabacus

Pradip Thomas

Following each annual conference, IAMCR conducts an online survey of the conference participants with the aim of learning how to make future conferences better. Six hundred and thirty-seven people answered this year's survey, a 50% response rate. Seventy-two percent of respondents (457) are members of IAMCR. Of those who are not members, 50% reported they are considering joining. We are looking forward to welcoming them.

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News from regional associations

AMIC gears up for 2016 International Conference

Ramon R. Tuazon, Acting Secretary-General

During its 24th International Conference (10th-13th June) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a new chairman of the Board of Directors was elected.
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ANZCA - The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association

Donald Matheson, President

The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association has a new journal, Communication Research and Practice, published by Taylor and Francis and edited by Prof. Terry Flew of the Queensland University of Technology.
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ALAIC - XIII Conference in Mexico, 2016

ALAIC hereby calls for its XIII Conference Society of knowledge and communication. Critical Reflections from Latin America ("Sociedad del conocimiento y comunicación. Reflexiones críticas desde América Latina") to be held in Mexico City, October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2016.
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Noticias de las asociaciones regionales

ALAIC - XIII Congreso en México en 2016

ALAIC anuncia por este medio la convocatoria a su XIII Congreso, Sociedad del conocimiento y la comunicación. Reflexiones críticas desde América Latina, a realizarse en la ciudad de México entre el 5 y el 7 de octubre de 2016.
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booksNew books by IAMCR Members

IAMCR members are invited to announce their recently published books and book chapters to the IAMCR community and website visitors. Information is published in the Members' Books section of the website and highlighted books appear on the front page.

A selection of the most recent appears by clicking here.
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