With 15 research papers accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) to be held in Lyon, France, between July 9 and 13 this year, the UoH Department of Communication will have a significant presence in one of the discipline’s major conferences. The papers collectively represent the work of 10 research scholars and 5 faculty members, and range across a specialization, from community media, popular culture, and internet governance, to environmental journalism, media history, and identity formation on social media.

The conference this year will take place in both online and face-to-face modes, with 8 of these papers being part of the in-person event at Lyon and the remaining 5 presented as online papers.

IAMCR 2023 is expected to draw over 1200 scholars from across the globe, meeting in person after a three-year gap due to the pandemic, during which time the conference took place online. The Department hosted the conference in 2014, and while faculty and research scholars always presented at IAMCR, this year represents the largest number of accepted papers from the department, and particularly so from the doctoral students.

Department of Communication Representation at IAMCR 2023, Lyon, France

No Name of scholar/faculty member Title of Paper IAMCR Section/Working Group Online or In-Person
1 Anuja Premika & Prof Usha Raman

Never Have I Ever Been Super Indian: Constructing Indian Femininity and recasting the “other” Popular Culture In person
2 Abdul Rahiman & Prof. Usha Raman

Gendered histories and oralities in Arabi Malayalam: How the Mariyakutty Kathupatt (‘letter song’) foregrounds women’s voices in Kerala Mapilla history History Online
3 Dr Madhavi Ravikumar Construction of religious identity on Instagram: Hinduism as a case study Religion and Communication Online
4 Dr Madhavi Ravikumar Green struggle: An analysis of the way the Indian pressframes environmental issues using frame analysis Environment, Science and Risk Communication Online
5 Dr Aniruddha Jena (alumnus, 2022), Profs Vinod Pavarala & Vasuki Belavadi

Countering the global and consolidating the local: The case of Radio Dhimsa in Koraput, Odisha Community Communication and Alternative Media Section (CAM) In-Person
6 Dr Aniruddha Jena & Bikram Keshori Jena Media and The Politics of Social Movements: A Critical Study on Odisha Emerging Scholars Network Section (ESN) In-Person
7 Manas K Kanjilal

Disaster, Women’s Vulnerabilities and Collective Action for Disaster Response: Reflections from the Indian state of Odisha Rural Communication Working Group (RUC) In-Person
8 Manisha Madapathi

Digital Barricades and Blackouts: Internet Shutdowns in Idia Communication Policy and Technology (CPT) In-Person
9 Nisha Singh

Communication Tactics adopted by the Chandil Cage Fish Farmers of Jharkhand, India Rural Communication Working Group (RUC) OCP
10 Vamsi Krishna Pothuru & Prof Kanchan K. Malik

Digital Media Literacy, Stakeholder Engagement, and Connective Democracy: Combating Misinformation in India Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group (ETH) In-Person
11 Vamsi Krishna Pothuru Fake News, Violence and WhatsApp: Grassroot awareness efforts to empower rural citizens in India Emerging Scholars Network Section (ESN) In-Person
12 Naznin Sultana

Borders and Boundaries in culinary identities: Discursive content of Bengali Foodka Series YouTube channel Popular Culture Working group (POP) In-Person
13 Dr Ram Awtar Yadav (alunus, 2022) & Prof Kanchan K. Malik

Environmental Journalism and Social Justice: Media coverage of Water Issues in India Environment, Science & Risk Communication OCP
14 Dr Annapurna Sinha (alumna 2021)

Participatory Approach to Women’s Literacy and Empowerment: Deliberations Between Civil Society and Grassroots Communities Gender and Communication Section (GEN) In-Person
15. Prof Kanchan K. Malik and Prof. Vinod Pavarala Community Radio in South Asia: Reclaiming the Airwaves Community Communication and Alternative Media Section (CAM) In-person