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Travel Grant Applications for Accepted Paper Submitters Due 1 March

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services ​, Thursday, February 2, 2017
Participants from developing/ transitional countries and students from U.S. ethnic minority groups who have been accepted to present papers can apply for travel grants to the ICA Conference in San Diego, CA between 17 January and 1 March 2017. The travel-grant application is available online at

Developing/transitional countries are identified annually by the United Nations. Potential applicants should check the country tier chart on the travel grant application to determine whether they are eligible to receive a travel grant. Countries that appear in Tiers B and C qualify as developing/transitional countries. Note that ICA determines eligibility based on country of residence, not of origin. You must be an ICA member to apply.

Potential applicants should also contact their Division or Interest Group Chair for possible funding from the divisional Annenberg travel grant. Of the $20,000 allocated by ICA for student travel grants, $6,000 will be held aside for Divisions/Interest Groups. Up to $300 for each Division/Interest Group will be available from the $6,000 to match travel allocations to their student members. Conference Program Chair Paula Gardner (McMaster U) and Executive Director Laura Sawyer (ICA) will review the applications provided through the online application form. From the remaining $14,000, they will use their discretion (considering the general distance of travel to the conference, etc.) in providing up to $500 for qualifying applicants. Applicants will be notified by 1 April.

Additionally, each Division and Interest Group may award travel grants to students selected for top paper or other honors. Applicants will receive notification of the results by 1 April. ICA travel grants will be available at the conference registration desk on Friday, 26 May 2017. Divisional paper awards and Annenberg travel grant awards will be delivered in the awarding Division or Interest Group business meeting.

Recipients must pick up their checks at conference registration with a form of identification. Any unused funds will be added to the amount available for 2018.

While the amount of the grants depends on actual travel costs, the overall availability of funds is limited. A $5 surcharge on each conference registration and other available funds finance these grants.

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ICA-Wide Award Nominations Deadline Extended to 15 February

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services ​, Thursday, February 2, 2017
We have delayed the award nominations from the normal dates 1 November – 15 January to 1 January – 15 February. The extended deadline of 15 February, is the uniform deadline for all seven association wide research awards: Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award, James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant, Outstanding Book Award, Applied Research Award, Outstanding Article Award, Young Scholar Award, the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award, and the Fellows Book Award, as well as ICA Fellows. All nominations, except those for ICA Fellows, must be submitted through the ICA website between 1 January and 15 February. On 15 February 2017 at 23:00 GMT, the award nomination website will close. ICA Fellow nominations should be submitted to Jennifer Le ( at ICA’s Washington D.C. office by the 15 February 2017 deadline. Submitters are asked to submit all nomination materials in a single PDF file. For more information about ICA Fellows, click here.

ICA members are invited to review the guidelines that follow to make a nomination. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony of the 2017 ICA Annual Conference in San Diego, USA.

Details on the selection processes for the various awards and fellowships, as well as contact information for submission of nominees are as follows:

Research Awards

General Nomination Guidelines

The Research Awards Committee will use a system of independently selected referees fluent in the language of the nominated publication(s) to assess work in languages other than those represented on the committee. For nominations made in a language other than English, nominators should provide a list of at least three referees with superior content expertise and language proficiency, but the committee will choose referees autonomously.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

All nominees must be ICA members with the exception of those nominated for the:

* Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award
* James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant

Members of the ICA Research Awards Committee and its subcommittees may also make nominations, but no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated for an award can serve on the committee judging the nomination.

Supporting materials should be sent to the person making the nomination. All nominators must submit one PDF containing all of the following:

Letter(s) of nomination, not to exceed two pages apiece, speaking directly to each of the award criteria from the description.
Publication(s) relevant to the award (If the publication is a book, arrangements should be made with the publisher to ship 5 copies to Jennifer Le at ICA, 1500 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA).
Additional required material(s) specified for the award, and CV(s) of the nominee(s). To find out more information about each award, visit our awards page.

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San Diego Conference Site: Old Town San Diego

Posted By Michael J. West, ICA Director of Publications, Thursday, February 2, 2017

In 1769, Gaspar de Portolá, the founder of the territory that became California, established the first Spanish fort in the new territory. Junípero Serra, a Franciscan friar who was associated with Portolá’s expedition, founded its first mission nearby. Those two institutions, founded on the south bank of the San Diego River, would become the nucleus of the Spanish settlement that took the river’s name. The settlement became a town; the town, a city; the city, a metropolis that is now the eighth largest in the United States. But the original settlement of San Diego still stands on the riverside—today it’s known as Old Town San Diego, a historical neighborhood of the modern city and one of its most important centers of tourism.

The fort—the Presidio de San Diego—was built at the top of what is appropriately called Presidio Hill, with the misson nearby (though it later moved a few miles away). The town of San Diego developed at the bottom of Presidio Hill in the 1820s. Although the Presidio itself was for a few years the residence of José María de Echeandía, the governor of the Mexican territory of Alta California, by 1835 it had been abandoned and the regional settlement shifted to the town of San Diego.

The new town’s population fluctuated over the years, after the United States acquired Alta California in the 1840s and admitted California as a state in 1850. But in the 1860s, real estate developer Alonzo Horton proposed to extend San Diego’s boundaries to the shore of San Diego Bay. It worked…but it also caused the original boundary to lose its status as the core of the town. In 1872 the shift became complete when the city moved its records and administrative offices out of what was already known as “Old San Diego” to a new courthouse in what is now Downtown San Diego. Old San Diego became something like a suburb, albeit one that was connected to the new downtown via streetcar tracks in 1915.

In 1968, however, the state of California created the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to re-create and preserve Old Town in its prime Mexican and Early American eras, from 1821 to 1872. By 2005, it had become the most visited park in California.

Much of the area designated as the State Historic Park consists of San Diego’s original central plaza, Old Town Plaza or Washington Square. It was here, in July 1846, that U.S. Navy Lieutenant Stephen C. Rowan raised the first American flag in California—a replica of that flagpole stands at the plaza’s entrance.

Old San Diego still contains at least two houses from the earliest days of the town. Alvarado House is an adobe that was built in 1824 by Francisco Maria Alvarado. (His wife, Tomasa Pico, was the sister of Pío Pico, the last Mexican governor of Alta California.) After 1850, they rented their house to American businessmen who ran it as a grocery and provision store. (That sign is still on the front façade.) At the far end of the Plaza is Casa de Estudillo, built in 1827 and now both a national and state historical landmark. The Estudillo family were important public officials in Mexican and early American California, and their large adobe home was an important center of social life: Their rooftop balcony allowed them and their guests to view bullfights, horce races and fiestas in the plaza; during the American occupation of the 1840s the house became a sanctuary for women and children (its rooms include a schoolroom and a chapel).

There are also two period hotels on the plaza. The Cosmopolitan Hotel, built in 1830 as the home of rancher Juan Bandini, had a second story added in 1869, when it became a hotel. It served several other purposes over the years (including an olive cannery in the 1900s) before a 21st-century restoration to its 1870s-era hotel design. It also includes the Cosmopolitan Restaurant, serving Mexican and American favorites.

Colorado House is not, technically, a hotel any longer. It’s the San Diego outpost of the Wells Fargo History Museum, which inside features a 19th-century stage shop and telegraph office. But it retains the exterior architecture and signage from its original 1860 incarnation. It’s an Old West gem, complete with timber façade and Victorian false front.

The most prominent house in the Park, however, is the Robinson-Rose House, better known as the visitor’s center. When James Robinson built this two-story house in 1853, he moved in not just his own family, but the offices of the San Diego Herald newspaper and the San Diego and Gila Railroad offices. It was badly damaged by a fire in 1874, after Old San Diego had fallen into neglect, but has been fully restored. Inside, for the curious, is a replica model of San Diego as it appeared in 1872.

There are more historical buildings than these in the Park—and more still outside of it. Among the most picturesque is the Church of the Immaculate Conception—which also has an odd history. Father Antonio D. Ubach initiated its construction in 1868…just as Old Town’s residents were leaving for “New San Diego.” With no parishioners nearby to either attend or fund the church, it sat unfinished for the next half-century, finally completed in 1919 (to the original 1860s design).

On the next block of San Diego Avenue stands Whaley House, which according to one historian “has witnessed more history than any other building in the city.” The first two-story brick house (and regarded in its time as the finest) in Southern California, it was built in 1856 by New York-born Thomas Whaley when he moved to cash in on the California Gold Rush. (He wasn’t a prospector—he built general stores that sold to prospectors, the only surefire way to make money in a gold rush.) In the 1860s, while still living there, he rented out some of its rooms; tenants included a granary, San Diego’s first commercial theater, and, from 1869 to 1871, the County Courthouse. Today it has been restored to that period in which it was both Whaley’s home and the Courthouse—and, for those with an interest, has been called the most haunted house in America.

There are also two other historical parks in Old Town.  San Diego County maintains Heritage Park. It’s a 7.8-acre stretch that features seven buildings of historic Victorian architecture; none were originally built in the vicinity of the park, but have been moved there from their initial locations as part of the preservation effort. Six of the structures are houses, ranging from the elaborate Sherman-Gilbert House to the smaller Italianate Burton House to the working-class Senlis Cottage (the lattermost a house museum; the other houses are not open to the public).

The seventh Heritage Park building is the Temple Beth Israel, built downtown in 1889 as San Diego’s first synagogue and often used as temporary space for other congregations before it was moved to Heritage Park. It is now a popular rental facility for weddings, receptions, and Bar Mitzvahs.

The other Old Town park is Presidio Park—the site of the 18th century fort that once served as the Spanish defense of San Diego. It must be noted, however, that none of the original structure now exists (it fell into ruins after the fort was abandoned in the 1820s). Only the earthworks survive to mark its location. Instead, Presidio Park comprises the outdoor grounds of Presidio Hill—including the spot where Junípero Serra planted a palm tree to mark his arrival in 1769, and the Serra Museum, which documents the city’s founding and the denizens of Old Town San Diego from its early Native American population to the present day.

This article only covers the most important and prominent of the historical sites in Old Town San Diego. There are many, many more, from its original cemetery to old chapels and stables. In addition, there are hotels, theaters, and nearly three dozen restaurants. Plenty, in short, to see and do and eat. 

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Preconference Calls for Paper

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services ​, Thursday, February 2, 2017

Read about all the pre and postconferences offered at ICA San Diego 2017. And see below for the preconferences who are still accepting call for papers.


May 25, 2017, San Diego Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, California (USA)

Co-sponsored by the Pacific ICTD Collaborative, the School of Communications (U of Hawaii at Manoa), and the Institute for Information Policy (Penn State U)



A growing number of ordinary objects are being redesigned to include digital sensors, computing power, and communication capabilities – and new objects, and processes, are becoming part of the Internet. This emerging Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem – networks of physical objects embedded with the ability to sense, and sometimes act upon, their environment, as well as related communication, applications, and data analysis, enables data to be collected from billions of everyday objects. The emerging datasphere made possible by these developments offers immense potential to serve the public good by fostering government transparency, energy conservation, participatory governance, and substantial advances in medical research and care. On the other hand, a growing body of research addresses emerging privacy and civil liberties concerns related to big data, including unjust discrimination and unequal access to data and the tools needed to make use of it.


For example, big data analytics may reveal patterns that were previously not detectable. Data about a variety of daily tasks that seem trivial is increasingly being federated and used to reveal associations or behaviors, and these analyses and the decisions made based on them pose potential harms to individuals or groups. Many transactions that seemed innocuous can now be used to discriminate – one’s movement throughout the day, items purchased at the store, television programs watched, “friends” added or looked at on social networks, or individuals communicated with or who were in close proximity to the subject at various times, can all be used to make judgements that affect an individual and his or her life chances. With the advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning, we are increasingly moving to a world where many decisions around us are shaped by these calculations rather than traditional human judgement. For example, sensitive personal information or behaviors (e.g., political or health‐related) may be used to discriminate when individuals seek housing, immigration eligibility, medical care, education, bank loans or other financial services, insurance, or employment. At the same time, individuals, groups, or regions may also be disadvantaged due to a lack of access to data (or related skills and tools) to make use of big data in ways that benefit their lives and communities.

This preconference session seeks to advance understanding of digital inequalities and discrimination related to big data and big data analytics. Papers between 5,000‐8,000 words and position papers between 1,000‐2,000 words are welcomed.


We welcome scholarly and applied research on, but not limited to, the following:

·         Social, economic, and ethical implications of big data analytics in a variety of contexts (e.g., access to housing, immigration, medical care, education, bank loans or other financial services, insurance, or employment).

·         Perspectives on big data from scholars from emerging economies or traditionally marginalized groups.

·         Predictive analytics, algorithmic discrimination, and artificial‐intelligence‐based decision making.

·         Digital inequalities, such as unequal access to big data sets, skills, or tools.

·         Emerging data literacies.

·         Use of big data to counter social and economic inequality (e.g., promoting civil rights and social justice).

·         Disclosure of algorithms, algorithmic transparency, and the public good.

·            Big data, security and encryption (potential for hacking, theft, third‐party abuse). Government and corporate surveillance.

·            Big data brokers and sale of personal data (is privacy a commodity or a right?)

·            International norms and standards for big data.

·            Policy/legal analysis related to big data and the preconference theme (e.g., standards of liability for injury and defective work products (algorithms/burden of proof), the challenge of Notice and Consent, liability for bad or false or slanted or insufficient data collection, government regimes for supervision of big data policies).

·            Consumer bill of rights for big data.

·            Big data and anonymity, re‐identification of anonymous data.

·            Big data vs. privacy as an essential condition for safeguarding free speech, intellectual property (i.e., how IP laws impact big data), or Constitutional rights of freedom of assembly and association.

Papers may include empirical research as well as policy analyses, new methodological approaches, or position papers addressing the preconference theme. Submissions by graduate students working in this area are welcomed.


The costs of the workshop are heavily subsidized by the participating Institutes, to keep fees for participants at a nominal level.



Abstracts due: 10 February 2017

Notifications to submitters: 27 February 2017

Full papers due: 12 May 2017


Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be emailed to by 10 February 2017. Please include “Digital Inequalities ICA 2017” in the subject line.


Full papers accepted for presentation at the preconference will, with the consent of the authors, be submitted to the Journal of Information Policy ( for consideration for a Special Issue curated by guest editors from the field. The papers will be blind peer‐ reviewed, to assure their academic value to both authors (for academic credit) and readers.


Media Justice: Race, Borders, Disability and Data
sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique and Communication and Technology

25 May 2017 at Sherman Heights Community Centre, San Diego

Deadline for proposals: 15 February, 2017 (200 words abstract)

Organizers: Prof Gerard Goggin (U of Sydney), Dr Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT), Dr Tanja Dreher (U of Wollongong), Prof Ricardo Dominguez (UCSD), Maegan Ortiz (Institute of Popular Education of Southern California)

In the United States, there is an active media justice movement, yet the concept is rarely used in international academic, activist or advocacy work. Media justice organizing is based in the realization that social, racial, gender, disability, cultural, economic, and other forms of justice require changes in the distribution and control over media and communications technology (Gregg 2011; Cyril 2005). The Center for Media Justice explains: “we organize under-represented constituencies for media rights, access and representation to win social and economic justice” ( Media justice campaigns have focused on media representation, network neutrality, phone and broadband access, the communication rights of incarcerated people, policing and surveillance technology, community media, and public interest cable franchising agreements, among other areas. Media justice advocates emphasise the struggle against thebroader matrix of domination (Hill Collins, 1990) and links with social justice movements outside the media field. Given the location of ICA 2017 in San Diego, and the role of the media in the stunning victory for the Trump campaign’s open appeal to racism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, xenophobia, islamophobia, ableism, and anti-Blackness, this is the ideal time and place for a preconference on Media Justice.

Hackett describes media activism as ‘the movement of movements,’ and argues that all social justice movements have an interest in the transformation of media representations, production processes, platforms, and policies. Media are addressed as a site of intervention, rather than merely providing publicity for social justice movements. In contrast to liberal media reformers, media justice advocates call for significant structural and institutional changes beyond the tightly focused field of media policy (Hackett 2011). Media justice advocates further stress the importance of power redistribution in order to address past injustices:

Media justice is more than an oppositional framework or simple effort at political contrast. It is a multi-layered, emerging analysis that draws on civil and human rights, globalization struggles, corporate accountability and cultural studies. It starts with a structural analysis but it doesn’t stop there because media doesn’t stop there. Who owns it, what’s on it and how it makes us feel are all spheres we must address simultaneously. Where we go from here has to take into account where we’ve been and who has been advantages and who has been hurt. And it is this analysis that separates media justice from the fight for media democracy, because without a vision that seeks to repair the impact of the past and the privilege, we’ll have the same old oppression with better, high-speed resolution. (Makani Themba-Nixon, n.d., cited in Cyril, 2005: 97).

While some notion of media justice has always been implicit within media and cultural studies (e.g. the tradition of work on alternative, citizens,’ and community media), and grassroots organizers have been developing a praxis of media justice for more than a decade, relatively little has been published on media justice in either academic or popular venues.

This pre-conference considers the ways in which recent attention to race, borders, disability, and data might offer productive resources for research and practice aimed at media justice. The program brings together researchers, scholars, activists, and advocates in media justice organizing in order to advance shared development of theory and practice. We will discuss questions of justice in regards to media and communications practices, infrastructures, and representation, as well as the many ways in which media are vital to wider processes of social justice and transformation.

We welcome contributions on the following topics (for example):

* Media justice in the time of Trump, Brexit, and resurgent authoritarian power

* What have we learned from media justice organizing around race and borders?

* How does thinking from disability challenge and transform ideas of media justice, communication rights, voice, and listening?

* What are the key challenges for media justice in the age of ‘Big Data?’

* What are the implications of current developments in the communications infrastructure (especially the internet, including 'privatised' networks, the ever expanding surveillance apparatus, the likely end of net neutrality, etc) - for the above issues?

* How can we further develop a research and advocacy agenda around media justice?

In order to encourage productive dialogues between communication rights researchers and practitioners, the program will include invited speakers from a range of advocacy and activist organisations, and researchers working on media justice. The program will be facilitated to identify points of connection, possibilities for ongoing collaborations, and further development of engaged research and practice.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 February 2017

To submit a proposal, please prepare a title, list of presenters, and 200 word abstract; submit your proposal via this form:

Please direct any questions to: Prof. Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney), Dr. Tanja Dreher (University of Wollongong), or Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT)

The Sherman Heights Community Centre is approximately 1.5 miles from the San Diego Hilton. Participants will have the option of taking a local bus, a short taxi ride, or walking (approx. 30 mins); we will also organize transportation at attendee request.


The Challenges and Promises of Participatory Policy-Making

The challenges and promises of participatory policy-making: Communication practices, design considerations and socio-technical processes.


Hosted by: CalIT2, UC San Diego


Supported by

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley

Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago


Co-sponsored by

ICA Communication and Technology Division

ICA Communication Law and Policy Division

Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)


May 25, 2017 | San Diego, CA

Room 5302, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Extended abstracts due: February 10, 2017

Final manuscripts due: May 1, 2017

Submit at:


Tied to the ICA ’17 conference theme of interventions, this pre-conference asks to unpack how the socio-technical design of online civic engagement in policy-making may “alter and disrupt” democratic processes, practices, and occurrences. As such it explicitly deals with “communication practices that engage with a political event, social phenomena, industrial or socio-cultural practice.”


The growth of online tools for civic engagement has ignited the imagination of researchers and practitioners of democratic participation. The internet harbored great promise for cheaper, broader and more inclusive public engagement in politics through self-organization, dissemination of information, and transparency. It has also harbored a promise to disrupt the ways government interacts with its citizens through open data, provision of services or engagement of citizens in policy deliberation and crowdsourcing. Interactive, informed, and meaningful civic engagement in government decision-making processes has been viewed as the pinnacle of participatory government efforts. In the US, on his second day in the office, President Obama addressed senior staff and cabinet secretaries, urging them to “find new ways of tapping the knowledge and experience of ordinary Americans.” In Iceland, the government used crowdsourcing in drafting a new constitution. Locally, municipalities experiment with combining both online and offline methods to engage members of the public in participatory budgeting exercises. In the area of internet governance, remote participation has been an important component in efforts to develop effective arrangements for multistakeholder deliberations and decision-making.


There is a variety of activities that fit under the broad umbrella of civic engagement or e-participation in policy-making. Those range from purely consultative engagements such as virtual town halls, through policy ideation and crowdsourcing, to binding decision making such as participatory budgeting, rulemaking or the development of internet standards. While significant focus has been placed (in both research and practice) on technological solutions involved in effective online civic engagement in participatory and direct democracy activities, less attention has been paid to the systemic understanding of how these technological solutions interact with the social, political, institutional, and educational arrangements of such engagements and their potential to disrupt and alter traditional democratic practices. This pre-conference focuses on unpacking the black box of online civic engagement for planning and policy-making activities from a systemic perspective.


We invite competitive submissions of empirical analysis, case studies, and conceptual work that review the continuum of offline and online participation arrangements through a socio-technical systems lens—an interaction between human participants, institutional arrangements, and affordances of online participatory tools. We envision this workshop as a boundary searching—or boundary expanding—exercise that will tackle three major aspects of research of online civic engagement: (a) conceptual and theoretical work for describing and analyzing the socio-technical nature of online participatory policy-making tools, (b) methodological approaches to studying those phenomena with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and system design, and (c) cases and datasets that invite and enable systemic analysis of both tools and social, political, institutional, and educational arrangements as they traverse both online and offline environments. Our goal is to engage with scholarship on digital divide, online cooperation, informed participation, psychology, internet governance, and computer mediated communication, in order to inform research on civic engagement that goes beyond the analysis of solely technical aspects of platform design and data mining.


Theoretical areas and empirical contexts may include but are not limited to:

§  Conceptual and empirical work on participatory and crowdsourced policy-making.

§  Empirical case studies of the use of online ideation and participatory tools in rulemaking, participatory budgeting or internet governance deliberation.

§  Studies of controversies, successes, and failures in technology-driven participatory civic engagement.

§  Conceptual and empirical explorations of socio-technical considerations in the design of participatory platforms.

§  Analysis of interactions between offline and online processes and practices of policy-making.

§  Unpacking of tensions between expert and citizen knowledge and authority in policy deliberation.

§  Discussions of contextual factors that influence online civic engagement in policy-making (e.g., digital divide, literacy, motivation, political efficacy).


Submission details
At this time we invite authors to submit extended abstracts (800-1000 words) that describe the main thesis, research goals, and to the extent possible, the methodological background and findings of their paper. All extended abstracts must be uploaded through EasyChair at by 10 February 2017, with all identifying information removed. All contributions will be blindly peer-reviewed, and acceptance notifications will be sent out before the end of February 2015.

Authors of the accepted abstracts will be asked to submit a full original manuscript of approximately 4000 to 8000 words, which has not been published elsewhere, by 1 May 2016.

Pre-conference logistics
The preconference will take place on Thursday, 25 May 2017 in Room 5302, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego. Presenters are expected to register for the pre-conference, but registration is open to both presenters and non-presenters. At the moment, the registration fees stand at 25 USD.


§  Extended abstracts due by February 10 (via EasyChair)

§  Notifications sent by Mar. 10

§  Full paper drafts due by May 1


Organizing Committee

§  Brandie Nonnecke, PhD, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley

§  Dmitry Epstein, PhD, U of Illinois at Chicago

§  Tanja Aitamurto, PhD, Stanford U


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Student Column: Student Reps Report Back From the Midyear Board Meeting in San Diego

Posted By Charlotte Löb, U of Mannheim, Thursday, February 2, 2017

The New Year has arrived surprisingly fast – as it always seems to – and with it the midyear board meeting, which was held this year in San Diego instead of Washington DC. As your two elected Student and Early Career Representatives (and as such members of the board), Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa) and I took part in this extensive meeting over two days. We participated in discussions deciding ICA’s future course of action and raised student and early career issues whenever it was necessary. It was a great experience for both of us to attend this meeting and an opportunity to learn more about the mechanisms and politics of this unique organization.

During the meeting we discussed two important issues concerning the work of the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) and all student and early career members, which I would like to tell you about in this column.

Student Representation Strengthened Within the Organization
One significant issue to which I’ve dedicated my term as a Student and Early Career Representative is the student representation within ICA. Within the organization two strands of student/early career representation have recently evolved: (A) the Student and Early Career Representatives who are elected by ICA members and who work together with a designated SECAC in order to organize ICA annual conference events such as the Student and Early Career Reception, Blue Sky Workshops addressing questions and issues relevant to students and early career scholars, etc. (B) Many Divisions and Interest Groups (IG) have elected or nominated Student and Early Career Division Representatives who serve the individual needs of the young researchers within their divisions/IGs, provide the officers with feedback, and support their own initiatives for their academic offspring.

During the 2016 annual conference at Fukuoka, Japan the SECAC held its first business meeting, inviting all Student and Early Career Division Representatives to the meeting as well. Thus we finally combined these two strands of student representation within ICA. A second milestone was the restructuring of the SECAC. Starting with the 67th annual conference of ICA in San Diego the SECAC members rotating off the committee will be replaced by Student and Early Career Division Representatives. With this rule in place the two strands of student representation will remain connected in the future.

The last step towards consolidating the development of student representation for now was decided on during the midyear board meeting in San Diego. Thanks to the groundbreaking work of my predecessor François Allard-Huver, who raised the issue a couple of times during his term, we succeeded in promoting this effort: During the midyear board meeting Tamar and I proposed to change ICA’s organizational bylaws in order to make it obligatory for each division and IG to have a Student and Early Career Division Representative. Our proposition was accepted and we are very happy that ICA takes the role of students and early careers within the organization very seriously.

SECAC Takes a More Active Role in Integrating “First Timers”
Another issue raised during the meeting was the question of how the feeling of ‘community’ within ICA could be strengthened. Integrating new members and first time attendees to the annual conference is an important part of this issue. The task force that addressed this issue during the last months suggested that the SECAC is taking the lead on integrating student and early career scholars into ICA. As this is a central aspect of our work we will enthusiastically take on this responsibility.

Currently we are discussing various routes: One proposal that came up during the midyear board meeting is a so-called conference “buddy system.” The idea is that every first-time student/early career attendee could sign up for the program and be assigned to a more experienced student/early career member “buddy” who serves as a contact person for the new attendee and who mentors him or her so that he or she can make the best out of the conference. Another idea the SECAC discussed during our recent Skype meeting was holding a “first-timers” breakfast during the conference. To us this seems a perfect opportunity for first-time attendees who are not coming from big institutions and are not accompanied by various more experienced scholars from their home institution to get in touch with other students and early career members in an informal way. Of course, this is also a good way of conveying your wishes and needs to the SECAC and the representatives from your divisions/IGs.

As you can see, we are currently jugging with different ideas and concepts of how to approach this issue. If you have any ideas or are aware of such programs in your own division/IG or from other organizations we would be very happy if you could let us know! Please contact Tamar Lazar ( or me (

Preview on the Conference Location – San Diego
Besides attending the meeting, Tamar and I took the chance to take a look around downtown San Diego. We are very happy to report back that the Gaslamp Quarter – the oldest part of downtown San Diego – is only a few minutes away from the Hilton Bayfront hotel and easily accessible by foot. There you can find all kinds of restaurants, bars, and breweries serving drinks, coffee, and food from all around the world to reasonable prices, especially during lunch time.

Currently, we are also looking into the option of having our famous Student and Early Career Reception in one of those bars – at the moment we cannot promise anything, but we will definitely try!

For all of you who had a great time at the baseball stadium in Fukuoka last year – you will have the opportunity to repeat this experience in San Diego.Within five minutes’ walk you will reach the Petco Park – the home of the famous San Diego Padres.

As you can see, San Diego looks like a wonderful place to have a conference. I hope to meet many of you during our various events dedicated to student/early career members. Be sure to mark them in your personal conference program!

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Our Vision: Statement From the New Editors of Communication, Culture and Critique

Posted By Laurie Ouellette, U of Minnesota & Sarah Banet-Weiser, U of Southern California, Thursday, February 2, 2017
We are thrilled to serve as the new editors of Communication, Culture and Critique. Our aim is to provide an international forum for critical research in communication, media, and cultural studies. We welcome high-quality research and analyses that place questions of power, inequality, and justice at the center of empirical and theoretical inquiry. CCC seeks to bring a diversity of critical approaches (political economy, feminist analysis, critical race theory, postcolonial critique, cultural studies, queer theory) to bear on the role of communication, media, and culture in power dynamics on a global scale. 

CCC is especially interested in critical scholarship that engages with emerging lines of inquiry across the humanities and social sciences. We seek to explore the place of mediated communication in current topics of theorization and cross-disciplinary research (including affect, branding, posthumanism, labor, temporality, ordinariness, and networked everyday life, to name just a few examples). In the coming years, we anticipate publishing special issues on these themes. 

Questions and concerns of globalization and transnationalism grow even more urgent in an age of the global digital network society. CCC welcomes international scholarship that theorizes mediated communication as part of a series of migratory and mobile circuits, markets, cultures, and connections that complicate conventional maps of state boundaries and the geography of disciplines. This includes scholarship on global marketing and cultural dynamics, and the extent to which these dynamics are increasingly unsettled by shifting flows of culture and capital. 

CCC seeks to understand and interrogate the changing mediascape and its place in global societies. However, we are less interested in the rhetorical analysis of singular texts or the properties of any particular medium than we are in the complex role of media culture in wider historical, economic, cultural, and political dynamics. At the same time, digital media convergence and emerging practices (such as the rise of #blacklivesmatter and other forms of hashtag activism) present a crucial context for scholars to evaluate and historicize the present moment. Such developments often require us to re-evaluate and retheorize media as objects and agents of political change, and CCC welcomes innovative scholarship and commentary in this vein.

Currently, we have a large backlog of accepted manuscripts. However, we are looking forward to reviewing new work and plan to intersperse this with material accepted by the previous editor in the coming year.

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 2, 2017



2017 will be the inaugural year for the JS Division Book Award. This award honors a book published in the previous five calendar years (between January 1 and December 31). The selection committee judges each nominated book on several criteria: 1) the importance of the problem it addresses to the journalism studies division; 2) the relevance of the topic to the field of communication as a whole; 3) the quality of writing and argument; 4) the strength of evidence it presents.

The committee, consisting of Thomas Hanitzsch, Chris Peters, David Ryfe, and Barbie Zelizer (Chair), will consider all nominated books, available book reviews, reputation of the publisher, and any other submitted evidence regarding the book's quality from independent sources, along with nominating letters and its own assessment of the nominated books. Authors must be current members of ICA and the Journalism Studies Division. Most award-winning books address a scholarly audience, but books aimed at a general readership while satisfying the criteria for the prize are also eligible. Textbooks, handbooks and edited collections are not eligible, and books may be nominated only once. Self-nominations are not accepted.

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines of the ICA ( The following requirements also apply to this award: 1) Nominating letters must specify why the book should receive the award, assess the importance of the book to both the Journalism Studies Division and to ICA, and demonstrate the quality of its writing, argument and evidence; 2) The packet should include copies of all available evidence of the book's quality from independent sources, such as reviews.

Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for five copies to be shipped to ICA Headquarters (see address on web page, please ensure the packet is marked “ICA Journalism Studies Division Book Award Nomination”). The deadline for nomination is 15 March 2017.


The Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) announces its 2017 Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Journal Article of the Year Award. The award competition is open to authors whose articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals in the year 2016. The winner will be announced during the division’s business meeting at the ICA conference in San Diego in May 2017.

To qualify for the award, articles must have been published in English language peer-reviewed journals and have made a substantial contribution to our under-standing of the ever-changing role of journalism in societies. Articles must be nominated by a third person. The Award Committee does not accept self-nominations. The Committee particularly encourages journal editors to nominate articles that they deem outstanding. At least one author must be an ICA member (but needs not be a member of the Journalism Studies Division). Nominated articles must have been published in English language in peer-reviewed journals. If the journal is not listed in ISI, evidence of the peer-review system must be supplied by the nominator.

The nominated article must have been published in a 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal. Final electronic versions of accepted articles that are produced by the publisher will be accepted only in cases where the last issue of the year has not yet been printed or delivered. Articles published ahead of print are not eligible. The nominator must supply a pdf version of the published article and an explanation, no more than 250 words, of why the article deserves the Award. The deadline for nomination is 1 February 2017. Submissions should be sent to the Award Committee Chair, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen,



This annual prize recognizes and rewards doctoral dissertation research that explains, enlightens, inspires, and improves the practice and study of journalism and communication. The winning dissertation should seek and reveal new insights, and reinforce the Journalism Studies Division’s stated aims for “scholarly effort that advances our understanding of how journalism works; and helps clarify, define and question core ideas in our field, such as news, media and journalism.” The award is named after Gene Burd, Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas, who endowed it to help reinforce the Journalism Studies Division’s purpose in supporting scholarly work that advances our understanding of journalism. The award is open to a diversity of methods and topics within journalism studies.

Amount of prize: $1,000, made possible through the generous support of Gene Burd and the Urban Communication Foundation.

The nominated work must have been completed and defended within the two years prior to the award year (e.g., 2015/2016 for the award in 2017). All application materials must be in English. Each nomination should include: 1) an 8-10 page summary of the dissertation with no author-identifying information, addressing a) the problem addressed by the work; (b) its theoretical framework; (c) the method used; (d) key findings; (e) and a statement explaining its contribution to journalism studies; 2) a copy of the full doctoral dissertation (author-identifying information should be included); and 3) two supporting letters from faculty mentors. One of these letters must be a nomination from the graduate student’s degree advisor that includes a statement articulating the impact of the nominated dissertation and its contribution to the field of journalism studies. All materials must be submitted as PDF files.

The nomination period closes 15 February 2017. Please send PDF nomination materials via email to the chair of the selection committee, Adrienne Russell (


The International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award honors internationally-oriented books that advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the linkages between news media and politics in a globalized world in a significant way. It is given annually by the International Journal of Press/Politics and sponsored by SAGE Publications.

The award committee will judge each nominated book on several criteria, including the extent to which the book goes beyond analyzing a single case country to present a broader and internationally-oriented argument, the significance of the problems addressed, the strength of the evidence the book relies on, conceptual innovation, the clarity of writing, and the book’s ability to link journalism studies, political communication research, and other relevant intellectual fields.

Books published within the last ten years will be considered. Monographs as well as edited volumes of exceptional quality and coherence will be considered for the award. (Books by current members of the award committee are ineligible and committee members will recuse themselves from discussion of books by members of their own department, works published in series that they edit, etc.). The nomination must specify why the book should receive the award by outlining the importance of the book to the study of news media and politics and by identifying its international contribution and relevance. Please include links to or copies of relevant reviews in scholarly journals. Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for three hard copies to be sent by February 15 to the Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 13 Norham Gardens, OX2 6PS, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Nominations including a rationale of no more than 350 words should be emailed by February 15 to Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at



Dear Members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group,

We are thrilled to publish the call for applications for our new Emerging Scholars Research Grant!

You find all the details below or in a pdf version through this link:
Please share this with emerging scholars who might be interested!




Emerging Scholars Research Grant

Applications are welcomed for the inaugural ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group Emerging Scholar Research Grant. The MCIG Research Grant Committee will review applications and select a winner of a $500 grant to support a specific research project. The winner will be announced at the MCIG business meeting at the ICA annual conference in San Diego in May 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

·         The project should be relevant to the field of Mobile Communication and to the MCIG of ICA.

·         Only one proposal per person will be considered. If you submit as part of a team, that is the only proposal you may submit.

·         The competition is limited to submitters whose ICA and MCIG memberships are current.

·         The committee seeks proposals from a diverse set of emerging scholars, which we define to include advanced graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other early-career scholars and professors.

Submission Contents

A Project Summary should total no more than 3 pages, single-spaced. It should provide 1) author’s contact information; 2) an overview of the study, stressing the importance of the topic and the fit within MCIG. This section should include the research questions and hypotheses, and description of where the project is situated with mobile communication literature; 3) description of proposed methods; 4) summary of anticipated contribution of the project to the field; and 5) explanation of how the $500 grant will be used to accomplish the goals of the project (The committee recommends that applicants link the use of the grant funds toward data collection and related needs).

Also include a 2-page summary of current Curriculum Vita (emphasizing research accomplishments, academic rank/experience, and progress in your education or career as applicable) and a 1-page Recommendation Letter from a supervisor or colleague that supports the submitter’s project.

Submission Deadline

Submit the Project Summary, CV, and Recommendation Letter together as attachments in a single email by 29 April, 2017, 23:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC, GMT).

PDF files should be submitted electronically to the Research Grant Committee Chair, Jason Martin ( Please place "MCIG Emerging Scholar Research Grant" in the email subject field.

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 2, 2017

CFP ASAP/9: The Arts of the Present Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
26-28 October 2017
Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley at the Oakland Marriott City Center

ASAP/9 invites proposals from scholars and artists addressing the contemporary arts in all their forms since the 1960s—literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, and digital. We are interested in work across disciplines and media that examine the formal, cultural, social, and political dimensions of the arts today. 

  • What roles can we imagine for the arts in relation to forms of social action and political resistance now? 
  •  What conditions of risk and precarity inform contemporary artistic practice, reception, and community?
  •  What sense of the world at various scales—global, local, national, and more—can we discover in the particular sites and wider networks that define the arts today?
  •  What defines the environments and ecologies of the present, and how do we understand the duration and futurity of human action over time?
  •  What flows of people, capital, and power shape the arts today, and how do experiences of migration and displacement register in national and transnational contexts?
  •  What technologies, genres, platforms, or systems distinguish the contemporary arts, and what media archaeologies do we discover in the material histories of the present?
  •  What performances of affect, attention, and fandom characterize the arts of the present, and how do different modes of distribution (serial, streaming, viral) address their audiences?

Proposals assessing the current place and past legacies of the Bay Area in the arts are especially welcome, as well as those considering comparative, hemispheric or transpacific figures, movements, and formations with Bay Area connections. The program committee is interested in sessions that explore the recent histories of activism, protest, innovation, and change that have long distinguished the communities of Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, California, and the Pacific Rim.

Participants are encouraged to think as broadly and imaginatively as possible about the intersections between and among the contemporary arts and their institutions, economies, policies, and traditions. Proposals may focus on individual artists, writers, designers, composers, or performers; they may consider artistic movements, collectives, and local scenes, including those online, or underground; they may discuss any theoretical, intellectual, or aesthetic formation that figures in the world of the arts as we know them now.

SESSION FORMATS: We welcome and encourage creative and alternative presentational styles, alongside traditional papers and panels. Seminars, workshops, panel debates, artist discussions, films, installations, visual displays, and PechaKucha sessions will all be considered.

Seminar leaders are asked to propose topics by the deadline and to submit the full roster of participants by April 22, 2017. Seminars normally meet for a single session, and papers are circulated among participants in advance of the conference.





NEW: MA/MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) – for entry in September 2017 

Applications are now open for a new and unique two-year programme which enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK’s media capital, and one year at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – the top-ranked university on the African continent with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.

The Ma/MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and the University of Cape Town) aims to provide:

  • critical exploration of mediation in the global context, examining processes of globalisation in relation to organisation, production, consumption and representation in media and communications;

  • the opportunity to study a range of courses, flexibly tailoring the programme to develop specialist interests, culminating in an independent research project on a topic in global media and communications at LSE and a further dissertation or creative media production at UCT;

  • preparation for high-level employment in media and communications related professions anywhere in the world;

  • the opportunity to carry out an internship in Cape Town.

Students on this degree will be trained to examine the intersection of media and globalisation from an African vantage point. They will gain an understanding of global media and communications in an African context and African media and communications in a global context. 

General information about the new programme:

Detailed course information about Year One at LSE:

Detailed course information about Year Two at UCT:

How to apply:

Financial support for all students:

Financial support for African students:

Two LSE Master’s Awards (LMA’s) are earmarked for African offer holders on the MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT). Offer holders should be African residents and preference is given to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The awards cover the first year of study at LSE, are means tested and up to the value of full fees and living costs at £1,200 per month. Please note that further announcements on financial support may be made, including regarding students’ second year in Cape Town:

Other financial support for African students:

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please email:

For further details about LSE programme content, please contact Dr Wendy Willems, (

For further details about UCT programme content, please contact Dr Wallace Chuma ( 

The Faculty of the International and Intercultural Communication Doctoral Program at the University of North Dakota invite graduate applicants for Fall 2017.

The intent of the Ph.D. program is to graduate students with scholarly competencies enabling them to assume roles as intellectual leaders in international and intercultural communication as well as public intellectuals stimulating discussion of significant communication issues.

Program is accepting applications from those with master’s or bachelor’s degrees with interest in advanced study in communication. Submit complete applications by January 15, 2017 for priority review. Applications will be reviewed until April 15, 2017 for our Fall 2017 graduate cohort.

For more information about the program go to

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A Message About the New Website

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, January 9, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2017

If you have navigated to you’ll see a brand-new look for our site! Over the holidays, ICA staff diligently worked to migrate member data and content over to a new vendor. With the new look comes some new features and new ways to access information. Here’s a rundown and some things to look out for.

My Profile

Once logged into the site (at the top or bottom of the homepage) you can manage your profile in the My Profile and Manage Profile sections (essentially replacing taking over for what was called My ICA). Here you’ll be able to edit your bio, see what Divisions you belong to, select what kind of correspondence you wish to receive, and choose set what information you wish to set as private or active in the member directory.

If you are not an active member you will not be able to access all information until you renew. If you believe your membership is active and it does not reflect that when logging in, contact

Division and Interest Group Pages

You’ll find that the section pages have changed significantly. Once on a group page that can be navigated from the homepage dropdown Groups>Divisions or Groups>Interest Groups, you’ll see the navigation is not across the top like the old site. You’ll have to select the green + sign for Directory and Features. This will show you all the pages and features that each respective section contains.



The journals page remains the same. However, we are still in the process of connecting our data for access to the journals.We ask for your patience as each publisher updates our script for access.

Paper Management System

The All Academic site is closed until 17 January when paper acceptance notifications have gone out. If you are not an administrator on the account, you will not be able to log in now.


Once the site is open, you will see that things are a bit different. On the old site the link would automatically log you in to All Academic; the API no longer allows for this feature. Clicking on the Paper Management System link will get you to ICA’s All Academic site, where you then will have to log in again using your ICA credentials to enter the site. If you have forgotten your password, click Sign In>Forgot your password? on the ICA site. Updating your password on our site will update it on All Academic as well.


Please be sure that you are using the smaller log-in field on the right-hand side of the screen, not the larger "Guest Log-In" field on the left.

Once the site reopens on 17 January, it should not matter if you are a member or a paper submitter to log into the ICA All Academic site. If you do have credential problems, contact

Registering for the Annual Conference

We will have a new store for conference registration going live on 17 January. This store is different from our old site and has some extra steps that might seem cumbersome at first. There is a three-step selection process for registration. You will:

  1. Select your tier
  2. Enter in your contact information (this will automatically populate over from your data if you are already a member). It must match the tier you selected.
  3. Select the events you wish to attend from a list that includes Main Conference Registration, Special Events and Excursions, and Pre/Postconferences.

As always, we are here to help you in any way we can to make this transition easier. There are some bumps we will encounter as we find data flaws or broken links, but please bear with us as we work to streamline the site.

Kind regards,

John Paul Gutierrez

Associate Executive Director


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Listening as Method

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President-Elect, McMaster U, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


In my work as a scholar, I engage in a lot of community-based and network projects, and attend many conferences in which there is much diversity of peoples and difference of opinion. The recent U.S. election and our attempts to make sense of it have brought me to value, more than ever, the principle of listening, to aid me in framing my research and scholarship. It also seems to me a useful guiding principle as we head toward ICA San Diego 2017.

Conferences can be exhausting and travel to and fro can become a chore. Last weekend however, I rallied my energy to attend the National Women's Studies Association, in Montreal. At NWSA, we are largely indigenous, women of colour, and queer (LGBTQ) and our leadership and our plenaries reflect that diversity. Meeting only 2 days after the U.S. election, as you might expect, the NWSA panels and plenaries were full of speakers with strong assessments of where we are in North America and globally-- politically, culturally, sociologically.

As academics, we are trained to be quick to assess, comprehend and respond to our fellow colleagues with agility, incisiveness and care. Perhaps we are less well trained to listen. At NWSA last weekend, I made a concerted decision to talk less and listen more. I attended panels hosted by indigenous women and learned new methods for employing indigenous concepts, for example, framing the land, itself, as method. I learned there was a method for capturing and reading data known as indigenous statistics. Elsewhere I learned that one necessarily works in collaboration with the fishing community when doing environmental scholarship in Newfoundland-- because fishing people will approach you, assuming their knowledge is needed. This kind of listening can productively flip our assumptions of what constitutes knowledge and what makes for discursive exchange.

This week, in a planning meeting with antiviolence research partners, the question of how to talk about "community" was raised. My collaborator noted that academics often position ourselves in binaries-working "with" a community, to which we do not assume we belong. Community is the whole group, for this leader, engaging in discussions that are sometimes fraught, and always benefit from pausing and self-reflexivity. Simple concept- not always easy to manifest when many of us are accustomed to being "positioned" in the university.

"Positioning," as we know, can cut us off from rigorous dialogue with people whom we read as different. Placing one's self within expansive communities of difference challenges any of us. Pausing offers the opportunity to consider where we stand, and how we are listening. At ICA San Diego, this could mean attending sessions at other divisions or even a preconference that is of interest, but not necessarily within one's research expertise. In the coming year, and especially through our ICA research, division, and conference meetings, I am thinking hard about the crucial method of listening and how it might productively, and radically, alter our usual practices.

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