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Mexico 2009 - History Section Call for Papers

Mexico 2009 - History Section Call for PapersThe 2009 IAMCR Conference will be held in Mexico City from July 21 to 24. The overall conference theme is “Human Rights and Communication”. Along with this topic, which is closely related to our interest as researchers, the History Section also proposes specific sessions for papers devoted to other topics.

This notice is to call for submissions for the History Section of the
IAMCR Program. Papers of historical perspectives, national studies and
international comparisons are particularly sought around the following
related themes:

1. The Fight for the Right to Communicate

Throughout the history of peoples and nations the fight for human
rights has usually formed part of their own development process and
even of their way to independence. Journalists, political and social
leaders and other persons have used the press and other media to
achieve those goals. More specifically, the right to communicate
(including freedom of expression, the right to information, and
universal access to information and knowledge) has been essential in
order to reach further aims related to other civil rights.

An essential impediment for the right to communicate has always been
censorship. Authoritarian and totalitarian regimes have created the
most penetrating censorship mechanisms for controlling and manipulating
the public word and mind. Journalists, authors and publishers have
fought against censorship ever since Milton’s ‘Areopagitica’, and
developed sophisticated ways of ‘sneaking the message past’ the
authorities to their audience.

2. Media and Rebellion or Revolution

The media has played a significant role in the overthrow of regimes, of
anti-colonial struggles, of political change from below. This has taken
many forms: murals have been a feature of revolution in many places,
most obviously in the context of the location for this year’s
conference, of the Mexican Revolution of the early years of the
twentieth century. There is a myriad of examples of the use of radio to
effect political change. Pamphlets and newspapers forming an
alternative or dissident media (samizdat) as a means of expressing
opposition voices have been central to revolutions in all parts of the

3. The “ New Journalism” in the late 19th and early 20th century

The news paradigm had already changed before the so-called “New
Journalism” renowned in the 1960s by Tom Wolfe. Actually that term was
used to describe the new style appeared in some American newspapers,
especially from New York, and later exported to other countries, which
meant an important breakthrough. Maybe the inverted pyramid became the
most prominent but not the only one of journalistic story structures
that defined that new style. Contributions exploring the factors that
influenced the progressive change of paradigm, according to the
different national traditions in journalism, are welcome.

4. Journalism Work in Times of Political and Social Change since World War II

In 2009, two decades will have passed since the major political change
which took place in 1989; many socio-economic events have happened
since the fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of bi-polar world of
the Cold War. Media systems have changed in all post-Soviet countries,
including transition/transformation of journalistic work, traditions
and education. Transformations of media system after such a fundamental
change have been described and analyzed not only in post-communist
countries, but also in Germany, Norway, Spain, Portugal and other
countries and continents as well. But the analysis is usually focused
on media and media systems, not on the work, traditions and education
of journalism. The importance of journalism education in the
development of journalism as an independent profession has with foreign
capital investments into national media become increasingly important.

Abstracts should be sent to the Section Chair through the Conference
, and should have between 300-500 words. Each abstract must
include title, name(s), and institutional address and email address of

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Submission of abstracts:  February 16, 2009 (papers will be
    assessed and provisionally accepted on the basis of the abstracts).
  • Announcement of acceptances:  March 29, 2009.
  • Full papers due:  July 1, 2009.

IAMCR accepts presentations in English, French and Spanish.  However,
it is requested that abstracts, if at all possible, be submitted in

Further information about IAMCR and this conference is available on the
respective websites:

Contact address for questions regarding the Section:

Carlos Barrera
Chair, IAMCR History Section
Department of Public Communication
School of Communication
University of Navarra
31080 Pamplona

Email: cbarrera [AT]