IAMCR opens new secretariat based in Uruguay

By Philip Lee on November 13, 2014


The IAMCR logo.

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) has announced the opening of its new Executive Secretariat and the appointment of an Executive Director.

In a letter to membgers, IAMCR President, Janet Wasko, explained that for the past nine years Comunica and its director, Bruce Girard, have been providing IAMCR with communication and management services from their office in Montevideo, Uruguay. 
During this period, IAMCR's membership has increased, it has undertaken new activities, and its annual conference has grown to the point where it regularly attracts 1,000 or more participants.

However, "it has become increasingly clear that it is time for IAMCR to take an important step and establish a permanent secretariat, with more resources and with a mandate to strategically move the association forward," she said.

Recognising the accumulated knowledge and skill of the team that ran its “virtual secretariat” in Comunica, IAMCR's Executive Board has appointed Bruce Girard as Executive Director of the association and IAMCR's permanent secretariat has been established in Montevideo.

In addition to maintaining and expanding the services previously provided by Comunica, the secretariat will work to further increase membership, support the development of new member services, participate more fully in conference planning and organisation, contribute to fund-raising activities and help assure the overall efficient administration of the association.

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) is the preeminent worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research. Its members promote global inclusiveness and excellence within the best traditions of critical scholarship in the field.

IAMCR'S 2015 conference will be held 12-26 July in Montreal, Canada. Hosted by the Faculté de communication at the Université du Québec à Montréal, it will be the first IAMCR conference in North America. The conference theme is: "Hegemony or Resistance? On the Ambiguous Power of Communication."

About the Author

Philip Lee

Philip Lee

Currently WACC Deputy Director of Programmes and editor of the international journal Media Development. Recent publications include Communicating Peace: Entertaining Angels Unawares (ed.) (2008), and Public Memory, Public Media and the Politics of Justice (ed.) (2012).

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