International History of Public Relations Conference

Dear IHPRC Friends,

IHPRC Board has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s International History of Public Relations Conference in Boston. While we understand the conference will not be occurring until June, given the uncertainties surrounding both the global pandemic and also university-sponsored travel, the board felt it was best to take this action now.

Given our very global nature, we have decided to not attempt a virtual conference, and are offering two options for our delegates whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation. We are releasing your abstracts back to all submitters, meaning that you should feel free to submit your paper to another conference. The Public Relations Division of AEJMC hosts a competition for the top paper in PR History each year, you may want to consider that as a venue for your paper.

You may also elect to have your accepted paper transferred to next year’s conference, which will be held in Boston, June 22-24, 2021. Please let us know if you would like to transfer your acceptance by emailing

Of course, we will be refunding all registration fees for the conference.

Additionally, we will be working on putting together some resources to share with each of you via our conference site – more information will be coming on that soon.

We truly appreciate all of the efforts that each of you has put forward in planning to attend this year’s conference, and are grateful for your understanding as we all work through this situation. We are hopeful that you will be able to join us again in June of 2021 to make PR History.

Many thanks,

Workshop Info

June 22 to 22, 2021
Scholars, historians and interested practitioners
Tuition + Fees

Conference Schedule

About Our Research

As its name suggests, the Public Relations Research Center focuses on research into the history, practice, and theory of public relations and adjacent fields of communication activity. The first annual International History of Public Relations Conference was held in 2010.