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Call for Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Call for Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops

What are Blue Sky Workshops?

Blue Sky Workshops aim to engage participants in critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline; exploration of theories, concepts, or methods; or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a particular subfield of communication. These are not didactic presentations, but rather are meant to be opportunities for dialogue. Blue Skies can also be created around issues of professional development, such as writing and submitting grant proposals, developing a social media presence, or designing effective assignments.

How do I submit a proposal for a Blue Sky Workshop?

Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions or the regular submission system, but are managed by a separate work team. Each proposal should contain:

  • a session title;
  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair;
  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 120-word abstract for the conference program); as well as
  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 500 words, to be published on the ICA website).
    • This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).

In order to enable as many fruitful discussions as possible, proposals will not be peer-reviewed; they will instead simply be assigned a room and timeslot by the work team. In case the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected randomly for room assignment. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.

Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop?

Anyone may propose a BSW, and anyone may attend a BSW. Those who plan to attend a workshop should work with the workshop chair to discuss their potential role and/or contribution. Organizers' names will appear in the online, printed, and app for the program.

When are proposals due?

Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted until 30 December 2016 to Paula Gardner, ICA President-Elect (gardnerp@mcmaster.ca), with CC to Laura Sawyer, Executive Director (lsawyer@icahdq.org) and Jennifer Le, Manager of Conference Services (jle@icahdq.org).

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