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Preconference Spotlight

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

15th annual ICA mobile pre-conference.

For the 15th time, scholars will be meeting for the ICA mobile pre-conference. This has become an annual fixture at ICA where mobile communication scholars meet to discuss research, examine coming trends, and perhaps most importantly to catch up with colleagues.  

Playing off the general ICA theme of “Voices” this year’s theme for the mobile pre-conference is “From Voice to ...?” This theme recognizes that in its early life, mobile communication was ONLY voice. Now, of course, it is a plethora of other communication and mediation forms among a broad set of publics. As such, it is a fitting theme for the gathering.

The pre-conference will include four 90 minute sessions that focus on 1) the voice of the elderly in mobile communication, 2) voices from the margins in the Global South, 3) voicing concerns about the framing of research around the metaphor of addiction, and 4) “Polyvocal” analysis of location-based narratives. The pre-conference will be held at the National Technical Museum near to the main conference site. All are welcome to register for the event. You can register at:


The Doctoral and Post-Doctoral ICA Pre-Conference “Emerging Research and Trends in Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding” will take place at Hilton Prague on May 24, 2018, starting with 9:00.

This pre-conference aims to be a forum for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to present and discuss their ongoing work on public diplomacy and nation branding, as well as to receive feedback and mentoring from established scholars. We received over 30 submissions, covering a variety of topics ranging from digital diplomacy, evaluation & measurement of public diplomacy, theory building in public diplomacy, and countries soft power, to the role of cities, nation branding or non-state public diplomacy. The list of accepted papers, as well as the final program is to be published on our IG website -

It is for the first time since the establishment of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group in 2016 that ICA takes place in Central Europe. Therefore, ICA18 in Prague is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and established scholars from all over the world to meet and discuss the further development and growth potential of this interdisciplinary field of study. Facilitating debates on current state of the art, theories and methodologies in public diplomacy, as well as transferring knowledge and mentoring are the best ways to ensure its future.

The pre-conference will take place onsite, at Hilton Prague. The participation fee is US $80 for presenters and non-presenters and includes the coffee breaks and the lunch buffet. Registration for this pre-conference is to be made online at Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Rhonda Zaharna and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, authors of accepted papers will receive a fee waiver for the pre-conference. You may find details here:

The conference is sponsored by the ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group together with Lund U., Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, Syracuse U. and USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Organizers and members of scientific committee are: Alina Dolea (Bournemouth U), Diana Ingenhoff (U of Fribourg), Rhonda Zaharna (American U), James Pamment (Lund U), Corneliu Bjola (U of Oxford), Jay Wang (USC Center on Public Diplomacy), and Steven Pike (Syracuse U).

For more info about the preconference, please contact Alina Dolea,

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