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Stefania Milan <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 6 Feb 2009 11:18:52 +0100
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** apologies for cross posting**

International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
27th Annual Research Conference, July 21-24, 2009
National Autonomous University Of Mexico, Mexico-City, Mexico
Theme: Human Rights & Communication


*“Communication as a human right:*

*policy challenges, public interest narratives and visions for the future"*

Jointly organized by the Working Group on Global Media Policy and the
Emerging Scholars Network

* *

Jean d’Arcy, the father of the right to communicate, said some three
decades ago that we need about 100 years until the right to communicate
is fully realized and studied globally. In order to contribute to this
debate, and adopting an inter-disciplinary as well as inter-generational
approach to the study of communication as a human right, the Emerging
Scholars Network and the Working Group on Global Media Policy of the
IAMCR invite interested scholars and advocates to submit abstracts for a
jointly organized round table on: “Communication and human rights:
policy challenges, public interest narratives and visions for the future”.

The idea of communication as a human right is intertwined with multiple
threads of research and advocacy, such as but not limited to: legal and
juridical studies, social work and equality, identity and inter-group
communication, globalization and development studies, colonial and
post-colonial studies, feminist studies, political sciences,
deliberative democracy, and social movement studies. Taking into
consideration this rich disciplinary landscape, but with a special focus
on the promotion of human rights through communication and the
recognition of communication as a fundamental right, we invite
contributions that address one (or more) of the following themes:  

a)      Historical investigations addressing the nexus between
communication and human rights in past and contemporary policy
narratives and practices;

b)      Comparative analyses of different policy trends towards the
framing, recognition and promotion of communication as a fundamental
human right;

c)      Case studies and examples proving/refuting the treatment of
communication as a human right in media policies and communication

d)      Possible solutions/attempts to reconcile such debates and
address contemporary challenges: visionary proposals for carrying
forward the one hundred years of debate foreseen by D’Arcy.

The Emerging Scholars Network and the Working Group on Global Media
Policy of the IAMCR are particularly interested in fostering theoretical
as well as empirical work by emerging scholars on the theme, and intend
to do this by establishing ongoing and interactive debates across
generations of scholars. For this reason, the roundtable will feature
six emerging scholars, each addressing one of the above mentioned topics
through short interventions; two senior discussants will respond to
these contributions involving the audience.

Interested contributors are invited to submit a proposal of no more than
500-word stating clearly in which way, and on what ground (theoretical
and methodological), they intend to tackle the nexus between
communication as a human right and policy challenges. **

**Submissions should include your name, affiliation, and email address,
and should be sent by January 31, 2009 to Stefania Milan
(stefania.milan[AT]eui.eu <mailto:[log in to unmask]>). The final
list of panellists will be announced by the end of April 2009.

Stefania Milan
Ph.D. Candidate/Researcher
European University Institute
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Via dei Roccettini 9
I-50014 - San Domenico di Fiesole (FI)