The Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites the submission of paper abstracts for the panel entitled “Inequality, Crisis and Technology at a Crossroads”, to take place at the Second Helsinki Emotions Populism and Polarisation Conference, which will take place from 4 to 8 May 2021 and will accommodate only online presentations.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is Sunday, 31 January 2021 at 20.00 UTC.
With the theme “Inequality, Crisis and Technology at a Crossroads”, the panel invites proposals that engage with this and related topics in relation to crisis, privacy and security communication technologies and practices. Key questions include, but are not limited to: what role does communication play in disputing rights and contesting “truths” in times of crisis, uncertainty and insecurity? How might technological innovations and implementations challenge notions of security and privacy in times of crisis? How might different means of communication empower people and reinforce their rights and agency in crisis situations? What is the relationship between communication technology and human dignity during times of crisis, uncertainty and insecurity? How might technological innovations impact upon human dignity during times of crisis?
The papers may address the following and/or related themes:
- Media and communication related to past, current or on-going global and/or regional health, political, economic or climate-related crises.
- Media and communication related to security and privacy challenges and violations during a crisis.
- Media and communication technology, innovation and implementation during crisis, and implications for security and privacy (e.g., COVID-19 track-and-trace technology).
- Media and communication related to global pandemics (e.g., misinformation, conspiracy theories, media representations).
- Media and communication related to populist and democratic crises, and polarisation.
The Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group provides a forum for scholars researching the ways in which political, social and economic crises, wars and conflicts, security matters, disasters and emergencies, risks and acts of terrorism are communicated, represented and mediated, combining global and local perspectives. We therefore adopt a broad understanding of communication in the context of crisis, security and conflict with theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions from a range of perspectives and disciplines. The aim is to stimulate diverse and fruitful discussions across disciplines and specialisation.
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Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length. Abstracts must be submitted by Sunday, 31 January 2021 to rikke.jensen(at)rhul.ac.uk and virpi.salojarvi(at)univaasa.fi.
The conference fee will be 20€ for presenters and participants. Exemptions will be available on application.
The Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group can only accept abstracts in English or Spanish, and the presentations can only be arranged in English.
Deadlines and important dates
The deadline to submit abstracts is Sunday, 31 January 2021 at 20.00 UTC.
• 31 January 2021: Deadline to submit abstracts
• 5 February 2021: Abstract decisions communicated to authors
• 19 February 2021: Deadline to confirm participation
• 1 March 2021: Registration opens
• 4-8 May 2021: Conference