[Air-L] cfp, Law Section, IAMCR

Sandra Braman braman at uwm.edu
Fri Feb 3 05:14:05 PST 2012

   Folks --
   The CFP for the Law Section of the International Association of Media
   and Communication Research, meeting this July in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal,
   South Africa, follows.  Deadline is Feb. 14.  Let me know if you have
   any questions.  This is typically an extraordinarily international

                  IAMCR 2012:  Law Section Call for Papers

   The Law Section of the International Association for Media and
   Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for the IAMCR 2012
   conference to be held from July 15-19, 2012 at the Howard College
   Campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in Durban (South
   Africa). The deadline for submissions of abstracts and panel proposals
   is February 14, 2012.

   The Law Section focuses on communication laws and regulations, policies
   and policy-making principles, and decision-making processes and
   institutions, and on the social, cultural, economic, and political
   dimensions of law-state-society relations.  Legal and policy issues of
   interest to the Section may arise at the infra-state, state,
   supra-state, international or global levels, or out of interactions and
   policy transfers within and across levels.  The span of issues of
   concern ranges from traditional and enduring problems of free speech
   and access to information to new problems generated by technological
   change.  The Section is open to all theoretical and methodological

   In addition to the open call for papers on any topics of interest, the
   Law Section also welcomes papers specific to the conference theme,
   'South-North Conversations.'  This theme emphasizes the two-way nature
   of flows between those who are at the center of power and those who are
   marginalized within and across societies.  Research illuminating how
   those in the North are affected by, or learn from, those in the South
   or the margins is of particular interest.  Any papers dealing with the
   conference theme from a legal or policy perspective are welcome.
   Topical areas suggested by the theme that are appropriate for this
   section include but are not limited to:

               - Flows of legal concepts, institutions, texts, and
   practices across national


               - Global equity and intellectual property rights

               - International trade and free speech

               - Patent wars and power

               - International arbitrage in speech and privacy rights

               - Technologies as global tools for implementing and for
   evading the law

   Submissions for program collaborations with other sections are also

               - Emerging scholars are encouraged to submit papers to the

               - For a joint panel with the Political Communication
   Research Section on "Electoral Law and Political Communication" (see
   the [1]Joint Session  specific CFP), proposals can be submitted to
   either section and should be accompanied by a note to the pertinent
   section chair regarding your interest in this panel.

               - For joint panels with the Communication Policy and
   Technology Section on legal issues raised by the Occupy movements and
   on developments in European privacy law, proposals can be submitted to
   either section and should be accompanied by a note to the pertinent
   sectio nchair regarding your interest in these panels.

   Finally, the Law Section will be continuing the tradition of offering a
   "state of the law" panel with succinct country reports on significant
   legal developments from around the world.  Please contact Sandra Braman
   if you are interested in being a part of this panel.

   Submission information

   To propose a paper for the Law Section, submit an abstract of 300-500
   words.  Abstracts should state the title, the methods or approach used,
   and briefly introduce the theoretical framework and empirical research
   on which the paper will be based. The scholarly presentation of
   accepted submissions can take place in several types of sessions: Paper
   presentation sessions (i.e. 4-5 presenters each with 12-15 minutes,
   requiring full paper submitted on time) and High intensity sessions
   (i.e. 6-8 presenters each with 5-7 minutes). While IAMCR accepts
   presentations and papers in English, French and Spanish, it is
   requested that abstracts and panel proposals, if at all possible, be
   submitted in English to facilitate the reviewing process.

   Proposals for panels are also welcome. A proposal should have four to
   five papers and should provide: (1) a panel title, (2) a framing text
   and (3) short abstracts for all the papers with paper titles and
   authors. The framing text (maximum 500 words) should contain the
   overall idea and goal of the panel as well as how it responds to the
   Law Section CFP.  A panel chair and a discussant should also be
   proposed. The 500 word panel framing text and the individual paper
   abstracts need to be submitted separately. They will be reviewed and
   based on this review we will accept, accept with revisions, or decline
   the panel.

   Submission of abstracts, panel proposals and (once accepted) full
   papers can only be done online through [2]IAMCR Open Conference System
   (OCS). The OCS system at will open on 1 December 2011 and close on 14
   February 2012. Submissions via e-mail will not be reviewed.

   It is expected that, normally, only one abstract will be submitted per
   person for consideration by the Conference. However, under no
   circumstances should there be more than three abstracts bearing the
   name of the same proposer either individually or as part of any group
   of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version
   with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to
   other IAMCR Sections or Working Groups for consideration, after an
   initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of
   the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the
   Open Conference System (OCS), by the Head of the Section or by the
   Conference Programme Referee. Applicants submitting multiple abstracts
   for papers risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

   The deadlines are:
     * February 14, 2012: Submission of abstracts via OCS (papers and
       panel proposals will be assessed by double blind review).
     * March 12, 2012: Announcement of acceptances and start of conference
     * June 10, 2012: Full papers due via OCS (around 7,500 words,
       excluding notes and references). There is no second round of
       reviewing for acceptance.

   If a proposal is accepted, the presenter must also register for
   conference participation in order to be included in the final
   conference programme of the Section.

   For additional information about the Law Section in general or Law
   Section sessions for the IAMCR 2012 conference, contact Chair Sandra
   Braman ([3]braman at uwm.edu).

   For further information on the conference (registration, theme,
   location, etc.), please contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) or
   consult the Conference Organizers via the website at:
   [4]http://www.iamcr2012.ukzn.ac.za or by email at


   1. http://iamcr.org/s-wg/cctmc/pco/834-iamcr2012pcocfp#js
   2. http://iamcr-ocs.org/
   3. mailto:braman at uwm.edu
   4. http://www.iamcr2012.ukzn.ac.za/

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