Call for Papers: IAMHIST Conference 2022


International Association for Media and History Conference 2022, Kiel University of Applied Sciences (Kiel, Germany), 12-14 July (in-person)

Deadline for submissions: 

25 January 2022

Name of organisation: 

IAMHIST – Conference organizer: Professor Tobias Hochscherf (Kiel University of Applied Sciences)

Contact email:

IAMHIST is the International Association for Media and History, an organisation of scholars, filmmakers, broadcasters and archivists dedicated to historical enquiry into film, radio, TV and other related media. Its next biennial conference will take place in Kiel, northern Germany, from 12-14 July 2022.

The conference theme this year is CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND THE MEDIA. Scholars of media history, more other than not, have looked at the role of media in times of conflict, revolution, war, crisis, social and political upheaval. Yet, media has also played a decisive role in processes of conflict resolution. As such, media in one way or another affected nation building processes, the fight for civil rights, equalities, the reconciliation of former enemies, the democratisation of totalitarian states and peacekeeping missions around the world. Examples include European integration after the Cold War, the end of Apartheid in South Africa, democratisation processes after military dictatorships in South America or the empowerment of minorities.

The conference invites academics and practitioners from all relevant disciplines to take part in a timely conversation about the historical role of media in conflict and conflict resolution, from the film and broadcasting industries and the press, to new media, social media and advertising. In addition to presentations, the conference will include film screenings, events geared towards PhD and early-career scholars, social events, and a roundtable on the subject of the conference.

Proposals are welcome on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Media representations and examples of conflict resolution, consolation and reconciliation processes
  • Media reception and its positive impact upon social coexistence and the integration of society
  • The role of alternative or oppositional media and the challenging of power, injustice and inequality
  • Examples of how media circumvented censorship, regulation and offence
  • Media education and learning initiatives
  • The role of public service broadcasting in sustaining citizenship and civil society
  • Case studies of how media content has stimulated creativity and cultural excellence
  • The role of soft power: how media helped improving international relations through the means of public diplomacy and intervention

The deadline for proposals is 25 January 2022, you can submit proposals through the website:

Individual paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of 150 to 300 words and a short biography. Panel proposals (of three papers) are welcome; they need to be registered by the individual presenters who must flag up the title of the panel. We also appreciate proposals for archival, artistic or multimedia projects; you are welcome to discuss their suitability with the conference organisers in advance of the deadline.

Notifications of decisions will be sent alongside additional information on travel and accommodation by early February 2022; registration will be open by that day. Conference attendees are expected to be members of IAMHIST – there will be an opportunity to join at the time of registration.

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  1. Dr Abhisek Karmakar, Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Political Science, Galsi Mahavidyalaya, affiliated to the University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India

    Hi! Greetings from India!
    The theme of this forthcoming Conference is very relevant and I am really excited to attend the conference in person subject to the acceptance of my Paper Proposal.
    Media has played a crucial role in the process of democratization and peace building around the World. The case of India is not an exception as well. The historical rise and evolution of print media in the 19th century in India, specifically in Bengal has always been a centre of attraction to the scholars and academicians. Especially in the context of authoritarian colonial rule and hereditary monarchy the historical advent of print media had been very significant as it took remarkable role in the process of making a democratic ambience and political consciousness in India in 19th Century in the midst of colonial rule. Hence, I would like to submit my proposal if you find the topic/theme of the proposal interesting enough to be presented in your esteemed conference. Please let me know. If you think it is interesting enough so far the question of the role of media in the process of democratization is concerned, I would prepare the proposal and send you by the stipulated date.
    Please let me know. Looking forward to your kind response.

  2. I am intending to participate in the IAMHIST Conference of 2022 in Kiel together with my wife Helle Vallø, we intend to present a projekt by the Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights about strengthening media awareness and media resilience, in particular for young people in ex-communist countries, abstract will follow soon.

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