10th celebration of the International History of Public Relations Conference
June 26-28, 2019
Bournemouth University, England
Thank you to all of you who have submitted abstracts in order to present your research at the 10th IHPRC Anniversary! The committee is processing the abstracts and seems that we may have a record of submissions this year!
Panel member opportunities
Given the significance of the anniversary we have identified that there is also space to host a couple of panels on History of PR which would be led by some great colleagues who have been working very close with the IHPRC over the last years. This is an excellent opportunity if you missed the deadline and still want to attend and actively participate. We have two panels currently planned to take place during the conference:
“Future of PR History” led by Associate Professor Dustin Supa. This panel will explore where we are going next in the study of the history of public relations – what new topics and approaches will be at the forefront of the next decade of PR history research
“Teaching PR History” led by Assistant Professor Jessalynn Strauss. Participants in this panel will share their ideas for teaching PR history. Possible topics might include but are not limited to relating PR history to today’s college students; teaching diverse histories in public relations; encouraging students to participate in PR history research, and more.
Individuals wishing to participate on either of the panels should create a 200 word (maximum) abstract of their contribution to the panel’s concept. That abstract should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Name of panel” no later than Monday, March 11th, 2019. Final participants will be selected and notified by April 5th 2019.
Accepted panellists will have 12-15 minutes for presentation. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion.
We are writing PR History – don’t miss out! For any questions or queries please contact: email@example.com
Call for papers now closed. Please expect feedback on your submissions by early March 2019.
The call for papers for IHPRC 2019 IHPRC 2019 – CALL FOR PAPERS
Organised by the Public Relations Research Group of the Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University, UK
Academics, practitioners and research students are again invited to submit competitive abstracts and papers for presentation at the tenth running of the International History of Public Relations Conference (IHPRC) to be held on June 26-28, 2019 at Bournemouth University.
The first nine IHPRCs have been very successful and have made an important contribution to public relations and communications history scholarship. Proceedings, presentations and keynote presentations will be available at http://historyofpr.com.
Among the themes IHPRC continues to promote are:
- The historiography of public relations and the application of historical theories and
interpretations to the history of PR; alternative and unheard histories and herstories;
archaeological methodologies and theoretical analyses
- Seminal personalities or events that shaped the formation of public relations
as a discipline (This can also include challenges to the “Great Man” or “Great Woman”
- History of the PR/Communication departments of organisations (companies,
associations, political organisations, NGOs, etc.)
- History of PR instruments (press releases, press conferences, campaigns, social
- Alternative approaches to the history of public relations, e.g. on the basis of
culture (personal networks and influence) or via definitions of public relations
- The evolution of public relations in nations, government and industry
- The history of public relations in specific sectors (for example, consultancy,
education, health, and politics)
- The public relations of dissent and activism; historical analysis of public relations
in activist and non-profit campaigns
- The evolution of public relations theory(ies) over time; the history of schools of
thinking in public relations
- The formation of industry and professional bodies and their impact on public
relations practice and education; professionalisation of public relations
- The ethics of public relations and its discussion over time
- Oral histories of public relations; discussion of this methodology
|For 2019, in addition to the traditional themes on the history of PR, we would also welcome proposals for a discussion panel on the history of PR education and the teaching of PR history. Research around this area may offer insight on the links between PR education, PR history and how the practice of the discipline has evolved historically.|
Papers for presentation at IHPRC 2019 will be selected, after peer review, on the basis of abstracts, of no more than two pages total length, including any references. The abstract should express the purpose, methodology, findings, implications/limitations and originality of the study. Author and affiliation details are to be printed on a separate sheet and the author(s) should not be identified in the abstract.
Abstracts must be presented in Word format, 12 point font size, single spacing with 1-inch (25mm) margins on A4 page size. For presentation examples, please see: Abstracts_2017 IHPRC
Manuscripts have been sought for submission to the most established journals of the PR discipline. Papers from the conference have mostly been published in Special Issues in Public Relations Review. Specifically:
Journal of Communication Management (2011), 15(3)
Public Relations Review (2012), 38(3)
Public Relations Review (2013), 39(2)
Public Relations Review (2014), 40(4)
Journal of Public Relations Research (2015), 27(3)
Public Relations Review (2016), 42(5)
Journal of Public Relations Research (2017), 29(1)
The next special issue will be in Public Relations Review, which will be published in 2018 (guest editors: Dr Tasos Theofilou and Professor Tom Watson).
- Submission of abstracts: Monday, February 1, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Acceptance notification (by email): w/c March 4, 2019
Conference Venue and Registration
All accepted abstracts will be published online prior to the conference.
IHPRC will be held at Bournemouth University’s Executive Business Centre. Conference Registration is arranged via http://historyofpr.com. Please go to the ‘registration’ tab from March 2019 onwards.
Keep in touch You can follow IHPRC through its Facebook group and on Twitter, @historyofpr
About Our Research
As its name suggests, the Public Relations Research Center is focused on research into the history, practice and theory of public relations and adjacent fields of communication activity.
The annual International History of Public Relations Conference commenced on July 2010.