The Rural Communication Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites academic scholars and professionals in the field of rural communication to submit abstracts and proposals for panels for IAMCR 2023 to be held in Lyon, France, from 9 to 13 July (Lyon23), with an Online Conference Papers (OCP23) component from 26 June to 5 July. This year’s conference theme is “Inhabiting the planet: Challenges for media, communication and beyond,” with five sub-themes, namely: humanity and progress; democracy; media, information and communication; cities and territories; and environmental accountability.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 9 February 2023 at 23h59 UTC.
Rural Communication Services Research Award
In cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), IAMCR is offering four awards of 2,500 USD to authors of papers that advance our understanding of applications of “rural communication services” particularly in the areas of agriculture, family farming, natural resource management, climate change adaptation, food security, and disaster risk reduction and management. Special attention will be given to papers that consider elements such as participatory design of communication services in rural areas; appropriation of media by family farmers; institutionalization of communication services for rural communities; and evidence-based approaches for inclusive rural communication services.
Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for the award you must be a PhD student or early-career researcher/scholar and reside in a low or middle-income country in Asia, Africa, or the Latin America/Caribbean region (list of eligible countries).
The 2,500 USD is to be used to defray the cost of presenting the work at a special panel at IAMCR’s 2023 conference.
Interested authors must submit abstracts of their papers by the 9 February 2023 deadline, indicating that they wish to be considered for the FAO/IAMCR award in step 5 of the submission process, “Topics”. Authors of selected abstracts will be informed by 17 March and required to submit final papers by 5 May. The FAO/IAMCR Award selection committee will evaluate the eligible papers and announce the award winners no later than 5 June.
To know more about the call, visit the IAMCR Rural Communication Working Group conference page.