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Public Relations is concerned with the theory and practice of communication between organizations and specified publics.

Members are concerned with developing a greater understanding of the theoretic basis for effective communication through both laboratory and practice of communication between organizations and specified publics. Members have research interests in such issues as target group analysis, internal/external communication integration, systems analysis and channel effectiveness. At the same time the Division is concerned with the application of theoretic advances for the solution of pragmatic public relations problems.

Members share communication techniques developed to accomplish specific Public Relations goals of consultant clients, or corporate employers. The Division goals include the development of a consulting network, a long range research program and investigation into the issues of public relations education accreditation and curriculum development.

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Call For Papers

International conference BCNmeetingPR#6 Barcelona International PR 2016 Conference Barcelona,

28 and 29 June 2016


We are pleased to announce that Barcelona International PR Meeting #6 will take place next 28 and 29 June 2016 in Barcelona. The sixth edition of the conference is entitled Developing Public Relations:

Entertainment, Ethics, Innovation, Teaching, and Territories and we warmly invite you to attend.

In a crowded promotional culture, although the e-word least mentioned is extinction, no field can rest on its laurels. Writers have proclaimed the death, or at least the end of, both Advertising and Marketing.

Neither has yet happened but to secure a future, PR must keep developing. Accordingly, we suggest four areas for consideration and add some questions and suggestions below, As usual, we stress these are NOT put forward as any kind of definitive list - but as prompts for a spread of responses: entertainment, ethics ,innovation ,teaching and territories.

In line with our consistent practice as conference organisers, we invite a wide range of contributions and welcome any proposals that help explore the spectrum of concerns of developing contemporary PR. We hope to offer publishing opportunities and will keep you in touch with our progress.

*****Deadline for abstracts*****

Abstract submission for an individual presentation (abstracts of between250-300 words) or a panel (3 presenters maximum and overall submission to have 250 word abstract and 3 shorter abstracts up to 200 words each):

15 February 2016

Acceptance notification (by email) will be no later than: 22 February 2016

Early bird payment: 26 March 2016

Submission of selected papers: before the conference

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We hope to welcome you ? or welcome you back ? to Barcelona in 2016,

Organizing Committee

Barcelona PR Meeting #6

International PR 2016 Conference

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Dear members,

Please find attached a call for papers for an ICA pre-conference, Powers of Promotion: Apprehending the Social and Political impacts of Promotional Culture, co-sponsored by the Public Relations division.

The conference aims to create a multidisciplinary approach to promotional activities and bring together researchers from cultural studies, political communication and public relations. The conference is sponsored by the ICA divisions of Popular Communication, Political Communication, and Public Relations, thus allowing for an interdisciplinary mix of approaches.

The conference is a one-day conference with two parallel sessions of panels (see attached outline) and one keynote, which we are in the process of confirming. We plan to have a maximum of 60 people attending, and aim to create an intimate atmosphere and lively discussions over the day with an in-house lunch and coffee breaks. The Finnish Institute in Japan is providing us the locale in downtown Tokyo, and there might be some extra curriculum activities already on the 7th.

I attach the conference CFP here (deadline for abstracts: 1 December), and you can find it also in the web:

Defence, Diplomacy & Development

(Re)Shaping Societies: Global Tasks for Public Relations in the 21st Century

Monday 4th July, 2016

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

The aim of this conference is to bring together strategic communicators working in civil society and academics to explore and discuss the role of public relations theory and practice in shaping emerging and existing societies. In recent years some public relations scholars have adopted a sociological perspective on strategic communication. This view sees the discipline as actively constructing and structuring the world in alignment with a number of structural forces - often corporate, governmental or state-based.

Such theories draw on a socially constructed epistemology (Heide, 2009; Ihlen and van Ruler, 2009) through which strategic communications practice ?produce[s] a common social reality? (Heide, 2009: 43).

Applications of these sociological analyses have tended to operate either at a theoretical level (Ihlen et al, 2009) or from a distinct critical perspective, employing concepts such as discourse theory or adopting readings of public relations as a cultural intermediary (Hodges, 2006).

The aim of this conference is to move beyond studies of what could be considered meso-level activities, such as marketing or corporate communication campaigns (Ihlen and van Ruler, 2009: 3) to focus scholarly attention on, arguably, macro-level communications activity and the ways it is responsible for shaping the values and norms of societies.  In particular we are interested in understanding how the increasingly professionalised and globalised discipline of public relations (Freitag and Stokes, 2009; Gannon and Pillai, 2013) shapes emerging societies in post-conflict or transitional environments. To advance such interests we have devised three thematic strands for the conference:

  • Defence: how are the military and intelligence agencies

using communication strategically to prepare for, manage and embed specific state-focused or governmental aims? For example, how are 'information ops' deployed to destabilise hostile regimes; how is public relations used to communicate with civilians in conflict or post-conflict zones; how can strategic communications be used for coalition-building among local stakeholders (politicians, tribal elders, aid agencies, etc)?

  • Diplomacy - what communication strategies adopted by

governments or inter-governmental organisations, such as the UN or NATO, are used to achieve opinion or behaviour change? This could include studies of inter-governmental lobbying for policy or regime change; the role of social media in engaging civilians as part of 'public diplomacy' campaigns; how can strategic communication - both interpersonal and external ? be used in negotiation situations, e.g. terrorism, back-channel diplomacy, peace negotiations, etc?

  • Development - how is public relations used by stakeholders

in supporting social development? This could include direct public-facing activity by NGOs and aid agencies, such as in-region public health awareness campaigns, the use of public relations in lobbying for aid budgets and aid programmes. Also, what role does PR play in higher ideas around progress, social integration, peace and social justice.

Although these themes lend themselves to the 'global tasks' facing public relations, we are also interested in receiving submissions about public relations' role in shaping established societal frameworks - providing they cover some of the main issues raised above.

Call for papers

We welcome submissions that adopt a critical as well as functional account of public relations in the above contexts. The overarching aim of the conference is to encourage collaboration and partnership between practitioners and academics to develop new thinking across the field. We encourage challenging and thought-provoking proposals from individuals, groups or organisations. The best papers will be selected to go for review by the Journal of Communication Management who will publish a Special Issue in support of the Conference.  To submit a paper for presentation at the conference, please email abstracts (300-500 words) to

The deadline for abstract submission is 15th February 2016.

Full details are available at

Gloria Walker, ABC, FRSA,CertGA

Consultant in Strategic Communication

52 Melbury Avenue

Southall, Middlesex  UB2 4HT

United Kingdom



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