IAMCR pre-conference “Women and Digital Political Communication in Non-Western Societies”

Date and time

Friday 8 July 2022: 08:00 UTC to 16:00 UTC (09:00 to 17:00 London time)


This IAMCR 2022 online pre-conference is free of charge but pre-registration is required.

Register here by Wednesday 6 July at 23:59 UTC.


This one-day virtual symposium focuses upon the specific non-Western context of digital political communication and women. While much research has been undertaken and published upon the use and impact of social media, largely by male politicians and policymakers in the West, there has been a  paucity of similar investigations elsewhere in the world. Research has shown that political communication is shaped not only by cultural context (Shehata & Stromback, 2011) but also by gender (Osei-Appiah, 2021; Yarchi & Samuel-Azran, 2018). This symposium is predicated upon the contention that the study of digital political communications requires a recalibration of focus that produces both a more comprehensive international understanding and one that is sensitive to gendered relations of power and inequality.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • What kind of theoretical or methodological contributions might best be deployed to advance intersectional scholarship on women and political communication?
  • How do contextual factors like ethnicity, religion, socio-economic, post-colonialism influence cultural norms that might shape women politicians’ communication with voters?
  • What is the impact of contextual factors on voter evaluations of women politicians?
  • How do women politicians utilize digital and other communication technologies in their campaigning, political marketing, or self-branding?
  • What is the impact of political structures and cultures on women politicians’ campaign strategies?
  • Are there alternative channels of communication deployed by women politicians compared to men politicians?

A selection of papers presented at the symposium will be published in a special issue of the international journal Information, Communication & Society.

We invite 400-word abstracts outlining empirical, theoretical, or policy-orientated papers that address these or related questions. Abstracts should be accompanied by a 100-word biography of the presenter(s) together with contact details.

Further information

You can find more info on the pre-conference website here

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