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Posted By Administrator, Monday, November 21, 2016

Lifestyles o Lifeworlds o Lifeworks: What is Life?
University of Oregon in Portland o April 6-8, 2017

Today, media constitute and permeate all avenues and forms of life - scale, pace, and pattern interact in private, public, and organic systems. As technology encompasses more and more practices and agents, and becomes evermore malleable and fungible - What is Life? And, how is life mediated?

In 2017 the seventh annual "What is...?" conference-experience investigates, imagines, and enacts everyday lifestyles and lifeworks by emphasizing the lifeworlds we inhabit. Our aim is to build bridges through multidisciplinary networks along with discovering how communication is instrumental in and for living systems.

The event will bring together scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni and students, as well as scientists, artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public. It will feature plenary speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, installations, and special events.

Presentations/panels/installations may include the following topics (as well as others):

Communication and Media

  • What is media life? How is life mediated? How is life a medium? How do media shape everyday life's habits?
  • How do science communication and ecology inform each other? What is public and/or solutions journalism?
  • What are approaches to civic media, engagement, and action for the environment? What is ecosophy?
  • How do media draw attention to and motivate certain lifestyles and livelihoods (e.g. crowdsourcing)?
  • What ways do technology/media act as life-support/sustaining systems? What is life in an "always-on culture"?
  • How do apps, games, and immersive worlds help us to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of mediated life?
  • Where are boundaries (dis)integrating between databases and life (e.g. social media and/or bioinformatics)?
  • How are language, meaning, mind, and thought grounded in life processes? What is new materialism?
  • What are relationships between media archaeology and nature (Geologies of Media and Insect Media)?
  • Is life an algorithm (materially and/or symbolically) in big data and data visualization?
  • Media and The Environment

  • How are ecological education and media related (e.g. ecomedia, ecocriticsm, ecodesign, and/or ecoliteracy)?
  • How are communication/media and the natural and life sciences coming together (e.g. ecosystem analysis)?
  • How is media metabolized (e.g. e-waste)? How can we repair the world (e.g. bio-remediation)?
  • What are emerging issues in environmental humanities research? What is biomedia and/or bioart?
  • How are place and space (environments) related to media and life? What is life enhancement (H+)?
  • How does an embodied (material) account of media and science/art contribute to integrative thinking?
  • What are indigenous peoples' rights and issues (e.g. natural resources, autonomy, environmental degradation)?
  • Sustainability, Responsibility, and Beyond

  • What are sustainable cities and livability? What is biourbanism? What is social ecology?
  • How do sustainable housing and/or placemaking foster habitats? What are DIY (design) & SLOW (e.g. food)?
  • How can sustainability cultivate more diversity and inclusivity (e.g. gender, race, age, socioeconomic class)?
  • How are sustainable business and systems thinking intertwined (e.g. triple bottom line, biomimicry)?
  • What is corporate social responsibility in public relations? What is social entrepreneurship (e.g. L3C, B-corp)?
  • How does advertising enhance/obsolesce sustainability trends (e.g. life-cycle assessment, greenwashing)?
  • What are incubators for social, economic, and political change? What is an evolutionary political economy?
  • How are collaborative and cooperative projects facilitating ecological praxis (e.g. open source ecology)?
  • Are there accounts of aesthetics and ethics that can assist in our understanding of life processes?
  • What comes after sustainability? How do we differentiate sustaining from thriving (communities of practice)?
  • Emergence, Synergy, and Regeneration

  • What is biodiversity? What is biocommunication, biosemiotics, bioculture, or bioethics?
  • What is biopower, biopolitics, bioeconomics, and/or biosecurity? What is ecofeminism and/or ecospirituality?
  • What is artificial life/intelligence and/or synthetic biology? How is life being incorporated?
  • How do microbes change our conception of life? How does microbial health relate to the built environment?
  • What are black swan events? Who controls life, death, birth and aging? What is integrative medicine?
  • Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko (U of Oregon) and Jeremy Swartz (U of Oregon)

    Send 100-150 word abstracts/proposals by 21 November 2016, to: Janet Wasko o
    School of Journalism and Communication o University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 97405-1275, USA

    Media in the Circumpolar Region - A Comparative Perspective

    The media is a significant player in shaping popular understandings of the Arctic region. With new stakeholders involved in circumpolar affairs, a "global Arctic" scene also translates into a growing interest from the media in many languages, whether from Arctic states (English, French, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Russian) or non-Arctic states (Chinese, Korean, Japanese to name only a few). Few studies, however, seek to empirically demonstrate when and how media influences understandings of the Arctic region and, by extension, political decision-making.

    To address this research and analytical gap, we hope to initiate comparative discussion and enhance collaboration across different national communities of scholars about how the Arctic is represented in the media. Our call for paper solicits theoretical as well as empirical contributions, and we will welcome both quantitative and qualitative studies.

    Areas of focus include but are not limited to:

  • Media influence on public opinion
  • Historical cases of media perceptions on Arctic crises, events, realities, or actors
  • Agenda-setting function of the media on Arctic issues
  • Studies of metaphorical images occurring in the media
  • Coverage of the Arctic region on social media
  • Framing of Arctic actors and events
  • Visual representations of the Arctic (documentaries, cartoons, etc.)
  • Diffusion of expert opinions in different media venues
  • Special attention will be given to diversity of languages and national contexts, in order to maximize comparative insights. All communications must be submitted in English. The objective is to publish an edited book by early 2018.

    For more information or to submit a brief abstract about your potential contribution, please contact Dr. Mathieu Landriault ( and/or Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer ( Abstracts need to be submitted before 15 January 2017 in order to be considered for the edited volume. Final papers are expected for early June 2017.

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    Division & Interest Groups News

    Posted By Administrator, Monday, November 21, 2016

    Please remember to sign-up to be a reviewer for your Division and Interest Groups.

    Intergroup Communication Interest Group

    Hello Intergroup Communication Interest Group Members:

    As many of you probably know, ICA has had some major issues with their website the last few weeks causing problems with the submission process and our ability to email interest group members. Hopefully, you are aware that ICA has extended the deadline to November 5th and you can find more information about this and the website issues on the main webpage. If the website goes down again, please check social media (e.g., #ICA17 on Twitter) and our blog ( for updates.

    Meanwhile, one favor to ask of you. As you know, you are usually asked if you will review for the interest group when you submit manuscripts. However, because of the website issues, there's a concern about receiving this information. Therefore, if you are able to review (and even if you have already indicated your willingness to do so when you submitted), please follow this link and provide the appropriate information:

    Thank you and please email me at with any questions.

    Jordan Soliz

    Mass Communication Division

    Dear Members:

    #ICA17 deadline has been extended to Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 11:55:00 PM (UTC) due to the technical issues occurred last week.

    It is time to fill out our reviewer survey and become a reviewer of the Mass Communication Division. If you have not filled out our reviewer survey yet, please take the survey now. It takes only one or two minutes and can be found here:


    As the largest division of the ICA, we expect a high volume of submissions this year. Especially this year, we accept extended abstracts, panel proposals, as well as full papers. The Mass Communication Division needs all your help with the review process. Reviewing submissions is one of the greatest ways to intellectually engage with other members and make a contribution to our scholarly community.

    Graduate students, postdoc researchers, young scholars, and new members are especially encouraged to volunteer to review our submissions. .

    If you have already filled out the survey, simply discard this message. I greatly appreciate your service.

    Young Mie Kim
    2017 Program Planner
    Mass Communication Division

    Please find the November edition of All Things Media here. The November issue and all previous issues are archived here on the Division website.

    Send any news to be included in the December issue to me at

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    Member News

    Posted By Administrator, Monday, November 21, 2016

    This article includes new postings with the latest ICA member news, as well as updates on outside conferences and publications. All ICA members are encouraged to submit their latest professional news for inclusion in the Newsletter by e-mailing Jennifer Le at

    Dr. Bryan E. Denham Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Clemson University, United States, is author of the new text Categorical Statistics for Communication Research, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Information about the text is available at

    Donald Ellis of the University of Hartford delivered the "Josephine Jones" lecture at the University of Colorado. The lecture was titled "The Civilization of Clashes: Difficult Conversations and Sacred Values."

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    Student Column: IcAfrica: A Call to Meet African (Intellectual) Ancestors

    Posted By Joy Kibarabara (Daystar U) and David Cheruiyot (Karlstad U) , Monday, November 21, 2016

    "You should know your (intellectual) ancestors! You need to know these people and the conditions in which they are writing."

    That was the call made to young African scholars at the historic ICA Regional Conference at Daystar University in Nairobi held on 19-21 October.

    Wandia Njoya from Daystar University in Kenya and fellow panelists, at a forum for graduate students and early-career scholars, asked young researchers in Africa to interrogate Western theories while at the same time exploring the rich works of African scholars in the social and human sciences.

    The forum was part of events organized for students and early-career scholars at the ICA Regional with the support of the Local Organizing Committee led by Sr. Prof Lando, the ICA Executive Board, the Student and Early-Career Advisory Committee of the ICA (SECAC) as well as Daystar University.

    The aim of the forum was to offer chance to early-career scholars and graduate students to learn from the experiences of senior researchers on the question of dewesternization of media and communication studies.

    The issues discussed included, how to grapple with the challenge of applying western disciplinary traditions and theories in research about Africa as well as ways to make the most from international collaborations.

    The panel consisted Njoya, Jessica Gustafsson from Aarhus University in Denmark, Wendy Willems from London School of Economics and Prof Peter Vorderer from the University of Mannheim in Germany, who is also a former ICA President. Nanna Schneidermann, from Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences, chaired the session held on the second day of the conference (October 20).

    The panelists and the participants were in agreement that researchers in the Global South as well as those in the 'dominant North' need to constantly engage on the question of dewesternization.

    Willems urged African scholars to be "a little less modest" about their contribution to research while at the same time interrogating their choice of citations.

    "Citing is a political act. Think about who you are citing and whose ideas you are promoting," Willems told the participants.

    On the previous day (19 October), another forum for students and early-career scholars, whose focus was on practical advice for post-graduate students, was held at Daystar University.

    Leah Komen from the host university and Peter Kimani from Aga Khan University in Kenya were panelists at the session chaired by Leslie Steeves of the University of Oregon.

    The panelists tackled subjects such as, how to make most of a PhD program in preparation for an academic career and how to navigate challenges of teaching (or practicing communication) while researching, as well as finding the balance between social life and a fruitful academic career.

    Apart from the forums, more than 50 students attending the ICA Regional Conference made presentations at Research Escalator Sessions where they had a chance to find mentors from among a pool of senior scholars from different parts of the world.

    At the closing ceremony on the last day of the conference, there was opportunity for two students - Dani Madrid-Morales of City University of Hong Kong and David Cheruiyot of Karlstad University in Sweden (co-author of this article) - to give short speeches about the future of ICA Regional Conference in Africa.

    Madrid-Morales and Cheruiyot emphasized the need for a future regional conference in Africa, especially for the purpose of building a network of the next generation of African scholars eager to make a contribution to media and communication research.

    At the close of the conference students and early-career scholars had informal meetings to discuss how to continue with discussions started at the conference and how to build research networks in media and communication in Africa and beyond.

    The participants at the meeting agreed to create and sustain a new African Communication Researchers' Network, which will be an online community of students and scholars at different stages of their career with interest in research in Africa.

    About 250 participants from more than 30 different countries attended the regional conference, the first to be held in Africa.

    The conference program can be found here.

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    Membership Column: Divisions and Interest Groups

    Posted By Julie Randolph, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services and Governance , Monday, November 21, 2016


    Julie Randolph,
    ICA Senior Manager of
    Member Services
    and Governance

    Our goal is to make this association your most valuable professional asset.
    I welcome your feedback and encourage you to contact me directly should there be anything I can do to enhance your membership experience. I would be delighted to hear from you!


    Divisions and Interest Groups are a nice way to customize your membership experience based on your personal topic area(s) of interest. Joining a Division or Interest Group affords you increased potential to network with colleagues of similar interest. You will receive field-specific calls for papers, newsletters or special announcements disseminated by section leaders. Each function autonomously and conduct business meetings in conjunction with our annual conference. Most offer awards for various scholastic achievements such as best paper, or best research by a young scholar. We recommend joining at least one section to augment your ICA membership.

    Reminders from Membership:

    Membership Renewal: The first of October marked the beginning of a new membership year at the International Communication Association. Renew today!

  • Renew your membership:
  • Recent doctoral graduates: First and foremost, congratulations on accomplishing such a giant undertaking and attaining your doctorate, kudos to you! Please be sure to upgrade your membership type to Active Member to maximize your membership benefits.
  • Join an ICA Division or Interest Group:
  • What is the difference between Divisions and Interest Groups?

    ICA Interest Groups demonstrate an emerging scholarly interest in their topic area. ICA Divisions originate as Interest Groups and demonstrate an ongoing scholarly interest in their topic area.

    How do I join?

    It is easy to join! Simply add your desired Division (s)/Interest Group(s) to your cart during the renewal process and pay the fee to join. Need help? Contact Kristine Rosa at

    What is the cost to join an ICA Division or Interest Group?

    Group dues generally range from US$3-$6.

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    Where We've Been, Where We're Going... A Primer on ICA's Annual Conference

    Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director , Monday, November 21, 2016


    Laura Sawyer,
    ICA Executive Director

    As every member knows, the ICA Annual Conference is almost always held over a 5-day span the last weekend of May. These meeting dates generally operate on a Thursday through Monday pattern, with Thursday serving as preconference day with the opening plenary and opening reception that evening. While at one time, ICA only ventured outside North America every third year, ICA now follows a general pattern of meeting outside North America every other year, with those years alternating between Europe and Asia/Oceania.

    Below is our history of the past two decades or so of ICA conferences:

    2016 Fukuoka, Japan 2009 Chicago, IL, USA 2001 Washington, D.C., USA
    2015 San Juan, PR 2008 Montreal, Canada 2000 Acapulco, Mexico
    2014 Seattle, WA, USA 2007 San Francisco, CA, USA 1999 San Francisco, CA, USA
    2013 London, England 2006 Dresden, Germany 1998 Jerusalem, Israel
    2012 Phoenix, AZ, USA 2005 New York, NY, USA 1997 Montreal, Canada
    2011 Boston, MA, USA 2004 New Orleans, LA, USA 1996 Chicago, IL, USA
    2010 Singapore 2003 San Diego, CA, USA 1995 Albuquerque, NM USA
    2002 Seoul, Korea 1994 Sydney, Australia

    There are a few overriding concerns that govern our selection of conference venue:

  • IS THERE ENOUGH SPACE? While ICA is not the largest conference in the association field, averaging about 2,700 attendees, we do have an unusually high number of breakouts making our room requirements sometimes difficult to accommodate, especially in Europe with its intimate hotels. As ICA grows, we are having to consider convention centers as part of our conference model.

  • IS IT AFFORDABLE TO STAY THERE? Room rates are the number one thing I negotiate for on behalf of our attendees. It is always our goal to keep room rates as low as possible, even at the detriment of the organizational budget itself (in a battle between venues that are affordable for ICA and venues that are affordable for our attendees, we will always choose the option that is most affordable for our attendees, even if it means we pay more for meeting space. To that end, I always also try to get perks for our attendees such as free wi-fi, breakfast included where possible, and other "little things" that help you feel at home. ICA has connections in the top international levels of management for all the major hotel chains, and we use those relationships to help get what our attendees need every year.

  • IS IT EASY & AFFORDABLE TO GET THERE? We try to pick sites that have good "lift" (convention planner lingo for the number of direct flights in/out), because this not only makes your travel easier and more pleasant, it also keeps your costs low.

  • CAN WE AFFORD THE FOOD & BEVERAGE & AUDIOVISUAL RATES? These costs escalate quickly not only for ICA as a whole but for our divisions planning receptions, so we always try to negotiate these rates down as much as possible.

  • IS IT GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? The International Communication Association supports its mission and values by practicing sustainable, responsible meeting management strategies. The green meeting strategies are a focus of the site selection and include, but are not limited to, air quality, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, and environmental purchasing. Preferences are given to sites with the highest number of policies and practices in place.

  • WILL EVERYONE BE SAFE AND RESPECTED THERE? Our conference RFP states clearly: "It is the policy of the International Communication Association to contract for its meetings in locations where its members would not be subject to discrimination on the basis of age, gender, marital status, national origin, physical ability, race, religion or sexual orientation under country, state or city laws." While we have always made this clear prior to signing, we haven't been able to put clauses in our contracts that allow us to cancel a city if something changes regarding human rights after we've signed the contract. We will change this going forward.

  • ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CULTURAL DIALOGUE & EXCHANGE? I want to make sure we go places you actually want to visit, where you can arrive early or stay late and experience all the local flavor, local customs, and cultural events that make a trip memorable. It's not JUST about the sessions! We know you care about connecting with your ICA community and exploring the culture of a place as well. I solicit input from the Board of Directors on this aspect of decision-making before sending our RFP to various locales. We try to keep it fresh, and as a general rule don't repeat a location more frequently than every ten years. This way, we continue to put the "I" in ICA!

  • IS THERE A LOCAL CHAMPION? We don't always have a local host, but when we do it makes things so much easier on both us as an organization (finding local officials for the urban session, arranging tours, helping with preconference venues, helping with Visa letters, even translating when needed) and on our members and attendees. Dan Hallin in San Diego, Akira Miyahara in Fukuoka, and Federico Subervi in Puerto Rico have all been amazing local hosts for ICA conferences. When we don't have that seasoned ICA member to be our "person on the ground," we feel the loss.

  • This is that "x-factor" that is harder to quantify, but has something to do with whether our members' eyes light up when we mention the location. We choose top-tier cities where we can, and places that are on many people's "bucket list." Surfer's Paradise in Australia, for instance, andreally all of Japan qualifies. We also make sure to stay, when we can, in the city center, in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood. It's not always possible to do so, of course, but we strive to make that happen whenever possible.

    The Executive Director makes site visits, reports findings, and makes the final recommendation to the ICA Executive Committee, who decide with significant input from the Board of Directors. Every year, we hone our RFP with the information we gained the previous year.


    As we move forward there are a few things I am keeping in mind based on recent past conferences:

    • Being in an isolated area doesn't work. All future contracts, with the exception of 2018 in Prague which was signed in 2013, are taking this into account. I know you don't like having to take a cab to get a bite to eat. I know you need accommodation close to the main hotel if you're not in it. And we always want to make sure that as many of you as possible are actually in that main building.
    • The headquarters hotel needs to have as many rooms as possible, and overflow hotels need to be very close (walking distance). Japan was an anomaly in that nonheadquarters hotels refused to give ICA any blocked rooms, so once the main hotel was full our members were scattered throughout the city. This issue was specific to Japan and should not happen again. We know that being in one place is part of what builds community, and that you don't want to spend half your conference in traffic.
    • You don't prefer to have lunch built in. Trust me: We don't like it either! Again, my goal in all future conferences is to get us in the city center where food and entertainment and cultural options abound. This will not always be possible. In Europe, especially, we will not fit in one hotel, and often the conference center will not be right next to dining options. But where we can, we will give preference to venues that are close to food and culture, right in the heart of the city.

    All that said, we sign contracts for our conference about 4 to 6 years out, so there are some conferences already set. The 2018 and 2019 conferences have been booked since long before I arrived, in early 2013.

    Since arriving at ICA in January 2016, I have signed contracts for Denver (Colorado, US) in 2021 and Toronto (Canada) in 2023. I am also delighted to announce our latest contract signing: Australia's Gold Coast in May 2020! We will be in the gorgeous Broadbeach area at a beautiful time of year. To whet your appetite, check out the photos at A good part of that beach area is called "Surfer's Paradise," and for good reason. This bid had the support of numerous universities nearby, so the content should be even better than the views.

    For 2022, we are committed to going to Europe, but the exact location is still being negotiated; I can promise you, though, that all the finalists are top notch!

    Here's a glimpse of what's in store for the next seven years:

    2017 San Diego, CA, USA
    2018 Prague, Czech Republic
    2019 Washington, D.C., USA
    2020 Gold Coast, Australia
    2021 Denver, CO, USA
    2022 Europe (TBD)
    2023 Toronto, Canada

    As you can see, we've got some great locations lined up!

    But it's important to remember, organizing these conferences isn't just a matter of logistics. My job is not only to create the perfect atmosphere for the conference to take place and keep it all organized, but to provide divisions with the right tools to come up with the best content. Putting together the program and working with divisions to make each conference the best one yet are at the heart of my work as Executive Director and the goal of every staff member here at ICA headquarters in DC. It's not just about the bling! High quality content and the sense of community shared among attendees at ICA are what really set this conference apart.

    I look forward to seeing all of you in San Diego, California in May 2017 for what promises to be our most popular ICA yet. For updates, don't forget to follow @icahdq on Twitter and check out our #ICA17 hashtag occasionally to see what your colleagues are buzzing about.

    See you in San Diego!

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    ICA Africa Regional Conference

    Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President-Elect, McMaster U, Monday, November 21, 2016
    Paula Gardner, ICA President-Elect,
    McMaster U

    Greetings from Nairobi, where I am writing this newsletter column from the first ever ICA regional conference in Africa! Like any revolutionary moment, it is made possible by the efforts of a few highly committed people--Professor Sister Anges Lando of Daystar University, her hard-working local organizing team, and efforts begun by Peter Vorderer (U of Mannheim) and finished by Amy Jordan (U of Pennsylvania). In a prescient moment, these individuals realized it was time to rectify the paltry participation of African scholars in ICA's conferences, journals, and networks.

    The view from ICA Nairobi is enlightening to Western eyes. Our African colleagues have gracefully schooled us in their struggles to access international audiences for their work and to participate in ICA. The scholarship we witness here is sorely needed by communication scholars. Today alone, we have heard papers critiquing global media reporting on terrorism in Kenya, analysing campaigns promoting alcohol and tobacco to Kenyan children and promotions to enhance breast cancer diagnosis, and numerous reports on innovative uses of mobile technologies to support agriculture, ICT innovation, educational initiatives and more. I find myself engrossed in these presentations that, with precision and vigor, bring deeply needed insights to key social and political problems across Africa. I am invigorated by the energy brought by each delegate and humbled by their perseverance to attain their intellectual and sociopolitical goals. They are teaching us with generosity and showering us with welcomes.

    Our African colleagues have requested mentorship from us, in turn. Many editors of ICA journals are here and held a standing room only event on our publishing processes. They reported unusually low publishing rates for African scholars in our journals; African scholars are often rejected due to the use of English and the need for further training in the ICA culture of publishing--for example, the need to cite existing literature, to use citation styles precisely, etc. As part of our contribution, many ICA members have served as mentors in "research escalation" sessions here in Nairobi, where we have provided close editorial readings to junior African scholars seeking to publish their work. These sessions have been deeply gratifying, enabling us to access their unique insights, and giving us a glimpse of the profound work that will come from Africa's future scholarly leaders.

    As we continue to develop ICA as a truly international organization, I hope we can be propelled by our learning here, particularly the benefits of dual mentorship practices. Look forward to forthcoming invitations to participate, yourself, as a mentor for interested scholars from Africa and other regions lesser represented in ICA, to assist in the development and dissemination of this scholarship and to obtain broad learning for yourself. Through this work, we can make individual, long-term, sustainable commitments to meet the generosity we have been shown by our African colleagues. Asante, African colleagues, for a remarkable experience in Nairobi!

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    Communication Theory Special Issue

    Posted By Administrator, Monday, November 21, 2016

    Communication Theory Special Issue

    "Latin American communication theory today: charting contemporary developments and their global relevance"

    Guest Editors: Florencia Enghel (Stockholm U, Sweden) & Martin Becerra (U Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina)

    This Special Issue aligns itself with Communication Theory's intention to encourage "authors and editors to highlight the historical, cultural, and political contexts in which theoretical approaches are articulated" (Wilkins, 2016)1. Its goal is to address the paucity of Latin American theorization in the journal2 with a focus on state-of-the-art theoretical contributions beyond the much referred-to "Latin American tradition"3. To this purpose, we invite contributions that provide an update of the outstanding theoretical developments produced by Latin American communication scholars in the past ten years (2005-2015) and examine their relevance to the global field of communication studies.


    Contributions from the Global South have been rather absent from communication journals published in English in recent years. Graham, Ojanpera and De Sabbata's (2015) analysis of "the geography of knowledge" reveals that most submissions to SAGE journals in 2014 came from the Global North, and that most countries in the Global South had very low acceptance rates for the small amount of articles submitted4. By presenting the region's recent theoretical production and unpacking its critical relevance to transnational debates, we expect that the Special Issue will contribute to de-westernizing communication studies (Waisbord & Mellado, 2014), and in the process expand Communication Theory's coverage to Latin American countries that have been absent from the journal in terms of their theoretical production and/or the affiliation of contributing authors.

    The Special Issue welcomes substantial updates of the Latin American contributions to the theorization of communication and media in recent years combining rich descriptions of conceptual advances well-grounded in the wider sociopolitical contexts in which they have developed, with critical analyses of their significance to global debates.

    The Special Issue invites papers that address the following questions:
    1. How has communication theory developed in specific Latin American countries in the past ten years (2005-2015)?
    2. Which lines of research have been in the foreground, and in which ways is their prominence linked to wider country and/or regional sociopolitical trends and events?
    3. To what extent have scholarly agendas been promoted by national research systems, distinct academic units, the private sector, civil society and/or social movements?
    4. To what extent have changes in media technologies impacted the development of new concepts and theories?
    5. What continuities and discontinuities can be observed in comparison with the region's theoretical production in the late twentieth century?
    6. How do theorizations originated in the region in recent years engage with theoretical developments in other parts of the world?

    We particularly encourage papers from communication and media scholars based in Latin America, as well as from Latin American scholars affiliated with institutions abroad.
    The deadline for submission of full paper proposals is 1 March 2017.

    For submission guidelines, see To submit, go to For queries regarding the Special Issue's theme, please contact Florencia Enghel ( and Martin Becerra ( 

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    ICA Award Nominations Delay

    Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services, Monday, November 21, 2016

    Usually around this time, we would have announced the award nominations website availability. But with our website transitioning to a new CMS provider (unrelated to our recent website issues, this is a planned upgrade happening in December, please see JP Gutierrez's article from last month's newsletter), we have decided to delay the awards nominations. We hope to start award nominations in December with an extension of the usual deadline from 31 January to 28 February. A separate announcement will be sent out regarding the new award nomination site.

    For now, please feel free to review the guidelines that follow to make an award nomination. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony and business meeting of the 2017 ICA Annual Conference in San Diego, USA.

    For more information on all the different awards available, please visit here:

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    President's Message: The Good Citizen and the Glue of the Academe

    Posted By Peng Hwa Ang, ICA President, Nanyang Technological U , Monday, November 21, 2016
    Peng Hwa Ang, ICA President,
    Nanyang Technological U

    Lately, I have been thinking about what it means to be a good citizen in the academic world. And I have yet to finish thinking.

    Perhaps it is because of my seniority or age; perhaps it is because of my role as president of the ICA. Whatever the reason, I find that when I discuss with junior colleagues on how to get ahead in their career, one area that is often overlooked is that of being a good academic citizen.

    Bruce Macfarlane of Hong Kong University says it more elegantly in The Academic Citizen: The Virtue of Service in University Life (2007) when he described academic citizenship as "the glue that keeps academe working." Macfarlane lists the following surprising and long list of service in the citizenship. The list is long when written out; surprisingly, I have many colleagues and friends who do all of them:

  • curriculum design
  • supporting junior colleagues
  • pastoral care and mentoring
  • organising conferences and seminars
  • evaluating for funding bodies; serving on editorial boards
  • participation in committee meetings and appointment panels
  • writing reference letters
  • serving on boards of academic associations, and
  • public engagement and outreach
  • What struck me about the above list is that we cannot succeed on our own. We do not publish in our own journals. We do not invite ourselves to our own conference. We cannot write our own reference letters for promotion and tenure.1

    A larger issue is that an association such as the ICA relies on members stepping up as good citizens.

    I will continue my incomplete thoughts in another column. For now, go forth and be a good citizen.

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