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[Commlist] 10th Celebration: International History of Public Relations - cfp

Wed Jan 23 09:33:05 GMT 2019



26-28 June 2019, Bournemouth, UK

Academics, practitioners and research students are invited to submit competitive abstracts for the 10 year celebration of the IHPRC. For 2019, we would also welcome "works-in-progress", as well as completed papers. While considering Public Relations History and related subjects, we will also reflect on the growth of the conference and celebrate at a gala dinner.


· Submission of abstracts: Monday, February 01, 2019 to (prhistory /at/ <mailto:(prhistory /at/>

· Acceptance notification (by email): w/c March 04th, 2019


Among the themes IHPRC continues to promote are:

· The history of public relations and its developing or diverging relationships with other disciplines such as marketing, HR, legal and corporate governance

· 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” approach)

· History of the PR/Communication departments of organisations (companies, associations, political organisations, NGOs, etc.)

· History of PR instruments (press releases, press conferences, campaigns, social media, etc.)

· 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 evolving naming of the field from propaganda and press agentry to corporate and strategic communications

· 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


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 presentational examples, please see:


Manuscripts have been sought for submission to the most established journals of the PR discipline. 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)

Public Relations Review (2018) in press

The next special issue will be announced shortly.


IHPRC will be held at Bournemouth University’s Executive Business Centre.

Conference Registration is arranged via <>. Please go to the ‘registration’ tab from April 2019 onwards.


You can follow IHPRC through its Facebook group and on Twitter, @historyofpr

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