Call for Papers: 3rd International Conference on Crisis Communication in the 21st Century: Crossing Boundaries in Crisis Communication, 2-5 October 2013, Erfurt, Germany

Hosted by Ilmenau University of Technology and the International Research Group on Crisis Communication (IRGoCC). Partner: Temporary Working Group on Crisis Communication (@ECREA)

Recent crisis events such as hurricane Sandy, the earthquake and the following nuclear catastrophe in Japan 2011, the oil spill crisis of BP in the Gulf of Mexico 2010, the Arab Spring or the Euro crisis all show that crises are increasingly crossing institutional, national and cultural boundaries and affect all important areas of society, such as politics, economics, religion or civil society. The increasing relevance of international crises also raises the importance of research-based knowledge on their characteristics, societal impact, and management.

The Third International Conference on Crisis Communication at the Beginning of the 21st Century therefore intends to offer an integrative and truly international perspective. Entitled Crossing Boundaries in Crisis Communication, the conference will broaden the perspectives on crisis communication by discussing the theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of domestic and transnational crises. In addition, it aims at giving a comprehensive overview on how scholarship in crisis communication has developed in different disciplines and in different countries around the world.

Conference topics

The organizers of the conference call for contributions that present innovative perspectives on international and/or cross-cultural crisis communication. In addition, papers offering conceptual and/or empirical approaches to crisis communication that cross institutional, disciplinary, or epistemological ‘boundaries’ are welcome.

All theoretical perspectives and methodologies are welcome. However, special consideration will be given to cross-national/cross-cultural comparative research. Desirable are also submissions with a focus on methods for analyzing cross-cultural crisis communication.

Furthermore, the following aspects are of special interest, including but not limited to research on:

  • different crisis types such as organizational crisis, war and conflicts, terrorism, natural disasters/pandemia, societal/political crisis,
  • different communication perspectives such as the role of institutions and communicators in crises, media representations of crises as well as audien- ces and/or stake holders of crisis communication,
  • contextual factors of crisis communication (e.g., theoretical approaches and findings of crisis communication research in different regions and countries around the world, analyses of context variables such as culture, national infrastructure, and media systems on crisis communication),
  • theoretical approaches and findings in different fields of the social sciences besides communication which are relevant to understanding crisis communication (e.g., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, political science, economics, management, etc.)
  • crisis communication as an integrative and interdisciplinary field of study,
  • current developments or trends in crisis communication (e.g., the role of technology, educational aspects, leadership in crises, tc.) as well as future challenges in terms of theory and methodology.


Presentation proposals (20 min) in English language are to be submitted as meaningful extended abstracts (max. 5000 characters). Abstracts should state the title of the presentation, purpose, theoretical approach, methodology, (expected) findings, implications, relevance, and originality of the study. Author and affiliation details are to be included separately in the paper submission system. The abstracts have to be submitted until April 15th 2013 via the paper submission system which can be accessed via the conference website:

Notifications of acceptance will be sent through an e-mail by June 1st 2013.

Please note: Authors should submit only one abstract as main author and not more than one further abstract as co-author. This applies to papers submitted for review as well as invited papers.

Inquiries to the conference chairs should be directed to Claudia Auer (

For more information, please visit the conference website.


  • April 15, 2013 : abstract submission due
  • June 01, 2013 : acceptance notification (sent via e-mail)
  • July 17, 2013 : end of early bird registration

Conference fees

  • Early bird rate: 195 Euro (registration before July 17, 2013)
  • After July 17, 2013: 245 Euro

Scientific committee

Robert Chandler, Timothy Coombs, Finn Frandsen, Amiso George, Michel Haigh, Sherry Holladay, Winni Johansen, Alessandra Mazzei, Timothy Sellnow, Patric Spence, Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Robert Ulmer, Marita Vos, N.N.

Conference chair

Dr. Andreas Schwarz
Phone: +49 3677-694703

Organization team

Claudia Auer (coordinator)
Alice Srugies, Kathrin Schleicher,
Ines Birnschein, Kersten Hoppe

Further information about the conference


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