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Travel Grant Applications for Accepted Paper Submitters Due 1 March

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

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 Prague between 17 January and 1 March 2018. 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 US$20,000 allocated by ICA for student travel grants, US$6,000 will be held aside for Divisions/Interest Groups. Up to US$300 for each Division/Interest Group will be available from the US$6,000 to match travel allocations to their student members. Conference Program Chair Patricia Moy (U ofWashington) and Executive Director Laura Sawyer (ICA) will review the applications provided through the online application form. From the remaining US$14,000, they will use their discretion(considering the general distance of travel to the conference,etc.) in providing up to US$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 2 April.

ICA travel grants will be available at the conference registration desk on Friday, 24 May 2018. 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 US$5 surcharge on each conference registration and other available funds finance these grants.

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Exploring the Future of Communication in India and Beyond: ICA’s Regional Conference in Mumbai

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Thursday, February 1, 2018
Updated: Monday, February 5, 2018

Colin Agur (U ofMinnesota)

Chair of the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group

For three days in mid-December, Mumbai was the site of an ICA regional conference that brought together scholars from across India and other regions of the world, and highlighted the importance of India as a site for research about media and communication.

Hosted by S.N.D.T. Women’s University, this conference marked ICA’s first major gathering on the Indian Subcontinent. Befitting the significance of the event, three former ICA Presidents Ang Peng Hwa, Peter Vorderer, and Francois Heinderyckx attended and played active roles throughout the conference. Participants came from universities across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas, making this event both distinctly Indian and international. The Mumbai conference followed recent ICA regional conferences in Entebbe (2017), Nairobi (2016), and Kuala Lumpur (2016).

The goal of this conference was threefold: to highlight the significance of media and communication research in India and, to promote new engagement among scholars in attendance, and to continue ICA efforts to build a worldwide community of communication scholars.


The host city provided an exciting backdrop for the gathering. In her welcome message, Prof. Shashikala Wanjari, Vice Chancellor of S.N.D.T. Women’s University, drew attention to Mumbai’s status as a powerhouse of finance, media, film, and fashion. This was further highlighted by a letter sent to the conference by actor Amitabh Bachchan, emphasizing the changes he has witnessed in media and technology, and the social questions that researchers must consider in the years to come.

The conference program offered a wide-ranging set of discussions about media and communication research in India. For specialists in Indian media and communication, there were sessions discussing the ways different age groups participate on social media, the development of new digital audiences, how children use digital media, public opinion and digital activism, institutional formation and evolution, the changing landscape of media companies, political rhetoric and social change, and changes in the political economy in Indian media.

For scholars interested in comparisons with other countries and regions, there were presentations on topics as varied as Korean pop music, regional identity and representation on mass media, gender in different social and developmental contexts, digital methods in communication and media studies, and future directions in the digital media ecology.

One theme running through these conference sessions was the importance of mobile communication, both as an inescapable feature of contemporary life and as a set of questions for researchers. When researchers discussed social media, digital activism, and interpersonal relations, mobile communication played an outsized role. Questions of norms, ethics, data, user rights, and regulation all inevitably touched on mobile devices, which now number more than a billion in India alone. India has emerged as of the world’s largest markets, a center for innovation in technology and related services, and the site of significant research in how people use mobile phones in their daily lives.

And for scholars of many other communication subfields, India has much to offer as a place to study, learn, and conduct research. It is home to a thriving multilingual media sector, a complex set of social, cultural, and linguistic forces shaping communication norms, and contemporary questions of media governance, access, control, ethics, and transparency. For those who have followed India for some years, this conference provided a welcome update on all manner of communication phenomena and research in the country. For others making their first trip to the country, the ICA regional conference in Mumbai served as an introduction to the rich and lively communication discourse that exists in India, and to the warm welcome that its universities offer visiting scholars.

Thanks to Mira Desai and her organizing team, and to S.N.D.T Women’s University and the conference volunteers for making this event happen.







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President's Message

Posted By Paula Gardner , Thursday, February 1, 2018

ICA newsletter February 2018

 Paula Gardner

 As a digital media scholar, I am always interested in how we can use digital media to engage in rigorous dialogue and communication across our organization, taking on the span time/space restrictions and other limitations of virtual communication platforms.  We have taken on this challenge recently, as the ICA BOD voted to migrate our annual face-to-face January board meeting to other structures and processes in order to save expenses. Incidentally, we moved some of these savings directly to division and interest group budgets so that members benefit directly.  We have put in place a range of communication and participatory mechanisms by which the EC and Board can engage in enhanced exchange, dialogue and team work, throughout the year, rather than situating engagement primarily on two annual face to face meetings. As well, we have migrated our January board meeting to other venues and made our meetings more frequent; this includes the option of an online virtual meeting every other month with the EC for intensive conversation, or where board members can field ideas, share comments and make recommendations.  In addition, our face to face meeting has been migrated to extra hours appended onto our board meeting at the annual conference.  Finally, our superlative ICA staff is writing our first ever “on boarding” manual explaining the role and objective of various ICA organizational positions, including Division positions, as a material, sustaining information resource.  We have also added special meet and greet sessions at the Prague conference so that ICA representatives can make personal, social connections and networks, and share best practices with newcomer reps.


There is much work being done particularly by divisions and ICA leaders in a range of working groups and task forces, which is being supported by some of these new practices. The work of these task forces is worth looking into, as the recommended changes could alter the organizations practices in a number of ways.  I mentioned in a post San Diego column, for example, that we had launched a Task Force on Ethical Considerations to review and consider altering our Mission statement, which houses our ethics statement.  As well, the Sponsorship Task Force has been working the past two years to scratch out a policy on sponsorship guidelines.  A professional development Task Force was created to meet increasingly needs voiced by ICA members, particularly from less represented regions and our emerging scholars; those members seek training in research and publication, mentorship, leadership and more.   The Task Force on Divisions and Interest Groups became a standing committee, looking after your interests and sharing best practices for conducting your work. These reports from our hard-working, expert teams, will be issued in April to Division Chairs; you, as members, are welcome to review and provide feedback to your Chair on these reports. 


Meeting face to face has a range of benefits that can’t be disputed- they help us to forge trust and social bonds and build community. We will look forward to that face time in Prague. In the meantime, we are hoping that we will enhance deliberation and dialogue between the Board and EC, and across ICA by utilizing a range of tools- teleconferencing, monthly newsletters, extra face to face opportunities at the annual meeting, digital document sharing, and more.  Sometimes too we go analogue and just pick up the phone and call members seeking input and advisement. So don’t be surprised if you hear from someone at some point— via old or new tools— in this effort to keep us all engaged in our ICA’s important work.  


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President's Message

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA Presdient (McMaster U), Monday, December 4, 2017

We have just completed our annual ICA elections and you will note a great number of new members taking positions in ICA as Division Chairs and Vice Chairs, Divisional Secretaries, Student Representatives, and of course a new ICA President-Elect-Select. Congratulations to all members who threw their hats in the ring and to those who were elected.  We would not be a vibrant organization without the commitment and engagement of those willing to run for leadership positions out of a shared conviction that ICA should be a strong, diverse and collaborative organization. We appreciate your willingness to offer your candidacy in support of ICA, regardless of the outcome. 


I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage more of you to consider running for office or becoming more involved in ICAOpportunities have been expanding over the past years.  Many divisions havefor example, added divisional leadership positions including student or early career representative to complement existing positions of Chairs, Vice Chairs and Secretary or in some cases Secretary/Historian.  Some divisions have added less formal positions including Treasurer, Cybermistress/master or Social Media Coordinator.  All of these positions provide opportunities to better engage with ICA’s existing work, to initiate proposals to meet other needs, and to initiate new activities divisionally. 


Most of us holding leadership positions in ICA, myself included, did not begin engaging with ICA with a view to holding such a position.  We became invested as student representatives, active in division events or in aboard level working group or task force. From that engagement, we discovered the great benefit this work brought--expanding our understanding of the organization but also increasing our knowledge of other areas of communication research beyond our usual pathways. 


There are other opportunities to engage in ICA too. Many ICA membershave elected to attend our regional conferences and found new opportunities assist in supporting communication scholarship in areas of the world lesser represented in ICA. Last yearas you recallwe held regional conferences in Nairobi, Kenya and Malaysia, this year a research workshop in Entebbe, Uganda and this month our first regional conference in Mumbai, India!  Each of these events has identified a range of ICA activities that require member support, including opportunities to support conference planning or execution, to offer training workshops,to mentor early career faculty, and more.  These events of course have benefited all participants by inspiring new research networks and collaborations.  


How do you get more involved? Find the organizer of a regional conference, or ICA conference or research event and just reach out—drop an email. You will find that invitations to share your labor and expertise are likely to be met with great enthusiasm. Engagement by members in our broad ICA activities as well as through elected position is crucial to our continuing to diversify, enliven and enrich ICA as a truly international organization. 

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Call for Proposals: Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017


What are Blue Sky Workshops? 


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


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


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

  • a session title,  

  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair,  

  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 120-word abstract for the conference program) as well as  

  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 500 words, to be published on the ICA website).  

  • This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).  


 If the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected by the Conference Planner and President-Elect, Patricia Moy. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.  


*Please make note that ICA cannot guarantee a particular room set (u-shape, classroom, etc.), and that audiovisual equipment WILL NOT be available in the Blue Sky rooms. 


Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop? 


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


When are proposals due? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted until 22 December 2017, 16:00 UTC to the online submission form here ( 


If you have any questions, please contact 

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Membership Column

Posted By Julie Randolph & Kristine Rosa, ICA Membership Team, Monday, December 4, 2017

Membership Column: Congratulating the winning renewals!   


Earlier this fall, ICA encouraged members to renew early by 30 September for the chance to win FREE registration for the 2018 Annual Conference in Prague. Members who renewed by 30 September automatically had their names entered for a chance to win. 


We are delighted to share the three winners, randomly selected, one from each Tier*. 


Winnie N. Mbatha
Daystar U, KENYA

Maria Teresa Nicolas
U of Panamericana, MEXICO

Joseph Wasserman
West Virginia U, USA



We wish to thank every member who participated by renewing prior to the contest deadline.  As members continue to complete renewals, please know we are thrilled to have you and thankful for your ongoing commitment to the ICA community!

Thank you for being a valued ICA member and best wishes for the coming New Year.

*ICA has a triple-tiered dues structure following the UN model for A, B, and C countries, based on the World Bank's indicators of Gross National Income. Residents of B-tier countries pay 75% of the A-tier price and residents of C-tier countries pay 50% of the A-tier price.


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Student Column: Calling for Student and Early Career Division and Interest Group Representatives

Posted By Julie Escurignan, U of Roehampton, Monday, December 4, 2017

Since the beginning of the academic year, the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) has been working to put together an up-to-date list of all Student and Early-Career Division & Interest Group Representatives (SECDR). Our goal is to make it available on our website so each and everyone of you can contact your Division(s)/Interest Group(s) representative(s) whenever you need to. The SECAC also plans on better involving all Student and Early Career Representatives into its processes, from decision making to writing in the newsletter.


SECDRs are students or early career scholars [i.e. who submitted their dissertation within the past two years] and members of the Division/Interest group. During their two-year term they participate in their Division/Interest group meetings and activities, all year long as well as during ICA annual conference. They focus on needs and opportunities related to SEC members, participate in organizing summer schools, preconferences, Blue Sky workshops, mentoring programs etc., and disseminate information to SEC members on behalf of the Division/Interest group


If our efforts have been successful most of the Student and Early Career Division and Interest Group Representatives are now known (See the list below).


If  a Division/IG isn't  represented or if you know about an error in the SECDR list, please contact us at:


From this year onward, it is required for every Division and Interest Group to have a Student and Early Career Representative. If your Division/Interest Group does not have a representative yet and you would like to apply, please email the Chair of your Division/Interest Group! 


It is compulsory for Students and Early Career Scholars to be represented in every Division/Interest Group. If you would like to serve your fellow Students and Early Career Scholars as well as ICA, do not hesitate to volunteer for the next election! 


SECDR list 


Student and Early Career Representative(s)

Children, Adolescents and the Media

ShinaAladeand Cecelia Zhou

Communication & Technology

Christine Cook

Communication History

Samantha Oliver

Environmental Communication

Adina Tamar Abeles and Jeff Hoffman

Ethnicity & Race in Communication

Tara Pixley

Feminist Scholarship

Rosemary Clark-Parsons

Game Studies

Elizabeth Newbury and Joe Wasserman

Global Communication & Social Change

Ju-Oak Kim

Health Communication


2016-18: Yen-I Lee;Zexin(Marsha) Ma andCamellaRising

2017-19: Mackenzie Greenwell, Samantha Stanley and SydneyO'ShayWallace

Information Systems

Alex Hedstrom and Anthony Almond

Instructional & Developmental Communication

Paromita Pain

Intercultural Communication

Yu Lu

Interpersonal Communication

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall

Journalism Studies

AllaRybinaand NatachaYazbeck

Language & Social Interaction

Sarah Cho

Organizational Communication

Millie Harrison

Philosophy, Theory & Critique


Political Communication

Shannon McGregor

Popular Communication

Jennifer Carlberg

Public Relations

Phuong Hoan Le


Interest Group

Student and Early Career Representative

Activism, Communication & Social Justice


Communication Science & Biology

Clare Grall

Intergroup Communication



LukaszSzulcandLik Sam Chan

Mobile Communication


Sports Communication


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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017

Dear ICA,  


I’m comparing the framing of news in various venues, and want to publish my results with an online journal where I can use different media (e.g. radio, podcasts, TV, newspapers, magazines). What are the rules about how much I can use for free? I’m a grad student, and my university won’t pay for any licensing, even if I can get in touch with the outlet’s licensing arm. 





Dear Yi,  


Sounds like a great project! If you’re in the U.S., you can consider whether you have access to fair use. As you make your decisions, your best friend is ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Communication Research. Read the introduction and the first category!  

As the Code makes clear (but you should verify), it seems you do have a strong argument for employment of fair use, the robust doctrine in U.S. copyright policy that allows free use of copyrighted material under some circumstances. There are no fixed rules or numbers for how much you should take, but there are general “rules of reason.” Judges these days—and for a couple of decades now—pay great attention to whether your use is transformative. That means using something differently than its market purpose. A radio news spot is designed to inform people at the time. You are doing something different—analyzing its news frame. Once the transformative purpose is established, judges look closely at appropriateness—how much you took in relation to the transformative purpose. Sometimes taking 100% (like with photographs) is entirely appropriate. But often you only need a short example from the work you are analyzing.  


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA 


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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, December 4, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

68th Annual International Communication Association 
Preconference Call for Papers


To read all the 68th Annual ICA Preconference and  Postconference Call for Papers, visit here: 


The call for papers for "Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?" is now open.


An ICA preconference, Data and Publics will be held on May 24, 2018 in Prague.

The preconference is sponsored by Communication and the Public. 

Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?


Despite the growing interest in data and society, relatively little attention has been paid to the implications of a data society for the forms and dynamics of publicity, publics, and public communication. If the institution of the modern public sphere has always aspired to a degree of autonomy vis-à-vis its critical targets, what happens when its targets – be they government or business entities – begin to actively incite the production of public discourse and then harvest it as data for profit or surveillance? What new issues are raised when private individuals willingly surrender personal information to the public sphere in their daily communication routines? Or when citizens’ communication routines are channeled and shaped by the algorithms of corporate strategists? How may the advent of a data society lead to changing forms and practices of public communication, ranging from journalism, policy debates, and public advocacy, to political campaigns and analysis and depictions of public opinion?


We invite scholars to submit detailed abstracts (500-1,000 words) of theoretical and empirical research papers or proposals of thematic panels with multiple papers that critically rethink the meaning and practices of publics and public communication in this new data society. In addition to the questions raised above, scholars might explore:


1) how the practices of tracking, trolling, data-mining, bots, hacking, social media algorithms, and data analytics shape the conditions and outcomes of publicity and public communication; 
2) whether the concept of the public sphere is still adequate for analyzing contemporary social and political developments; 
3) whether public spheres are becoming private spheres and private spheres becoming public, and with what consequences; 
4) how the advent of data technologies is re-shaping journalism, complicating further not only its relationships with political operations, but also its credibility and viability as a public institution; and 
5) how new conditions of networked connectivity and circulation, and the data they generate, affect a host of concepts related to publics and publicity – such as strangerhood, anonymity, privacy, openness, transparency, intersubjectivity, dialogue, participation, speech freedom, identity, personhood, authoritarianism, democracy, and more. 


Other possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  •         transparency of public data 

  •         privacy of personal data 

  •         data activism and politics 

  •         data collection and protection 

  •         data and governance 

  •         data and surveillance 

  •         algorithms and publics 

  •         algorithms in journalism 

  •         data as discursive formation 

  •         data journalism and publics    

  •         data visualization and public communication 

  •         big data and deceptions in politics 

  •         data and the global public sphere 


Submission Process 

The submissions should be emailed to sends e-mail)by December 10, 2017. Authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection decisions no later than January 15, 2018. Accepted abstracts will be posted to the preconference website in advance of the event.


Please direct questions on submissions or any aspect of the preconference to any of the following organizers:



Special Note 

This preconference will be the fourth annual conference for Communication and the Public (CAP), an international refereed journal jointly published by Zhejiang University and SAGE, launched in 2016. The first two annual conferences, co-organized by Zhejiang University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, were held in 2015 at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and in 2016 at Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing. The third annual CAP conference was held as an ICA preconference on Varieties of Publics and Counterpublics on May 25, 2017 in San Diego. For more information about the journal, please visit is external).


With full financial support from Zhejiang University, all events of the preconference are free to participants. Registration is also free and will be limited to 60 persons. After accepted presenters and panelists have registered, registration will be open to anyone until the cap of 60 is reached.  

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Calls For Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017


Check out more calls for papers in the Resources section of the ICA website. 



Video Competition: What does Intercultural Dialogue Look Like?


The Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) has organized its first ever video competition, open to students enrolled in any college or university during the 2017-2018 academic year. To enter, participants must submit a video no longer than 2 minutes that highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue, responding to the question: “What does intercultural dialogue look like?” Entries will be accepted April 15-May 31, 2018.


One winner will receive a US$200 prize. The top 20 entries will be posted to the CID YouTube channel, and be highlighted on the CID website, along with posts describing the creators and highlighting each of their videos, throughout the rest of 2018.


Submissions will be evaluated based on originality, clarity, cultural message, effective use of technology, and overall impact. Students can work independently or in groups. Please encourage your students to get creative, show off their skills and have fun with this topic. 



Contact Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, CID Director, with any questions:  



Call for Manuscripts and Book Reviews: Southern Communication Journal  


The  Southern Communication Journal publishes original scholarship that makes significant contributions to understanding the processes and consequences of human communication. The journal is not limited with regard to topic, methodological approach, or theoretical perspective, although authors must establish the significance of the research, soundness of methodological choices, and appropriateness of theoretical perspectives.  We seek to publish articles and book reviews that will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and practitioners of communication. 

SCJ employs a process of blind review, although the editor reserves the right to return without benefit of review manuscripts that are outside of the mission of the journal, are deeply flawed, or do not conform to the guidelines listed below.  Authors should submit their work electronically to the Manuscript Central website for SCJ:


All manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words and a list of key words that clearly indicate the scholarly conversation to which the essay contributes. Submissions may be in either APA or Chicago, and must be original research not under review elsewhere.


Manuscripts should not normally exceed 25 double-spaced pages, including text, references, notes, tables, and figures.  Writing must be free of sexist and discriminatory language. Upon notification of acceptance of a manuscript, the author must provide a copy of the completed manuscript as well as camera-ready copy of any artwork and figures, and must assign copyright to the Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


-Inquiries may be made to the Editor, Jennifer  Samp, U of Georgia, at 

-Books for review and book review ideas should be submitted to Mary Beth Asbury, Middle Tennessee State U, 




CFP: Refugee Socialities and the Media special issue for Popular Communication 


A Special Issue for the journal Popular Communication


Issue Editors: Jonathan Corpus Ong (U of Massachusetts) and Maria Rovisco (U of Leicester) 

This special issue explores the ways in which diverse media and artistic genres cultivate social relationships with and among refugees and internally displaced populations. Building on political-economic studies of forced migration and critiques of humanitarian securitization in the European ‘refugee crisis’ response, this collection draws attention to the role of media and popular communication in shaping the affective dimension of the refugee experience and citizen response.


While this collection engages with the dominant discourses that amalgamate fears about diverse migrant communities in Europe and North America, it invites deeper reflection on the social arrangements and emotional expressions afforded by a broader range of: popular communication genres, technological interventions, artistic spaces, and everyday media practices. The theme ‘Refugee Socialities and the Media’ thus redirects focus onto how popular media forms and mediated interactions materialize and visualize processes of inclusion and exclusion and create possibilities for coping and healing for refugees.


The special issue invites submissions engaging with a broad range of mediated socialities–from hospitality to conviviality to hostility–that are experienced by refugees in global context. It also adopts a broad notion of refugee and asylum-seeker; we thus aim to consider environmental refugees such as those in the Caribbean, economic refugees such as those in Hong Kong, and political refugees such as the Rohingya in Myanmar.


We welcome papers that address areas including but not limited to:


-     Everyday media practices among refugees 

-     Imaginaries of refugees in popular culture and their creative interruptions 

-     Artistic, entertainment and technological interventions in the borderlands (i.e., refugee camps) 

-     Media events, sports rituals, fandoms in contexts of displacement 

-     Affective dimension of digital humanitarianism, volunteerism, and fundraising for refugees 

-     Celebrities, influencers, and hashtag communities in the refugee response 

-     Participatory media projects with refugees 

-     Inter-migrant interactions, perceptions, and organizations 

-     Media and (open-)home-making and emergent forms of hospitality 

-     Mobile and geolocating media including refugee apps and dating apps in processes of resettlement and acculturation 



-     15 January, 2018: Extended abstracts due (500-800 words) 

-     30 January: Decisions announced 

-     15 April: Papers due (6,000 words)


The editors are open to discuss proposals and welcome inquiries at (Jonathan) or (Maria).




Call for Abstracts 

Public Relations in a Global Context 

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) 

16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies, May 14-17, 2018 


The Academic Committee of the Athens Institute for Education and research invites scholars to submit paper abstracts for presentation and the 16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies in Athens, Greece, May 14-17, 2018. The research stream, Public Relations in a Global Context, will allow professors from around the world to address the status of public relations on a global scale by discussing contemporary tops. Specific topic areas may include corporate social responsibility, cross-cultural collaboration, reputation management, crisis communications, citizen diplomacy, global public relations measurement, global media management, technological innovations, freedom of information, professional ethics, and the evolution of the professional on a global scale. The conference is organized by the Mass Media & Communications Unit of ATINER. Prior to January 15, submit 400-word abstracts using form found at 




CFP: Special issue of Social Media + Society on Alternative Social Media 

After Social Media: Alternatives, New Beginnings, and Socialized Media ***Call for Proposals*** 

Editors: Fenwick McKelvey, Sean Lawson, and Robert W. Gehl


The editors seeks 500 word abstracts for proposed articles for a special issue of Social Media + Society on "alternative social media." The editors welcome proposals from scholars, practitioners, and activists from across disciplinary boundaries so long as the work is critical and empirically rich. 

Our call starts with a question: what comes after social media? It is hard to imagine something other than the current configuration of social media – of Facebook and Twitter – but signs of discontent abound. Social media companies have become deputized to police and moderate whilst being accused of poisoning civil discourse. Their integration of advertising and targeting signals a new epoch of promotional culture, but no one trusts the media anymore. As Brooke Duffy argues in (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love, everyone can create, so long as they don’t mind growing broke doing so. In sum, today’s social media is broken... but what’s next?


For the past several years, one answer to "what's next?" has been "alternative social media." Alternative social media encompasses a wide range of systems, from diaspora* to Ello to Tokumei. In contrast to what Robert Gehl calls "corporate social media," such as Facebook, Twitter, 

Google+, and Pinterest, alternative social media (ASM) "allows for users 

to share content and connect with one another but also denies the commercialization of speech, allows users more access to shape the underlying technical infrastructure, and radically experiments with surveillance regimes" (see


Thus, alternative social media may be understood in relation to larger histories of alternative media, documented by scholars such as Megan Boler, Nick Couldry, Chris Atton, and Clemencia Rodriguez, and carried through into social media alternatives by collectives such as Unlike Us (


Earlier instances of ASM included diaspora*, built as a critical response to the growing dominance of Facebook in the late 2000s, with a goal of decentralizing social media data and allowing end users more control over their personal information. Later, decentralized systems, such as Twister and GNU social, came online as alternatives to Twitter.


The Pinterest alternative Ello gained a lot of attention, especially due to its manifesto with the opening provocation: "Your social network is owned by advertisers." Alternatives to Facebook and Twitter have even appeared on the Dark Web (see for examples).


As they have developed over the past several years, alternatives decried the censorship and manipulation of content found in corporate social media. Building on this, new alternatives dedicated to "free speech" arose during and after the contentious elections in Western countries in 2016 and 2017, including the Twitter alternative Gab. Proclaiming its defense of free speech – especially against the perceived liberal bias of Silicon Valley-based corporate sites – Gab promises freedom for everyone, including the "alt right" and white supremacists, to speak.


But other networks, such as the federated system Mastodon, have been built to allow for powerful moderation of discourse, with Codes of Conduct that often prohibit hate, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or racist speech. Indeed, while they are wildly divergent in their politics, both Gab and Mastodon have positioned themselves as antidotes to corporate social media. These debates over speech in ASM echo the longstanding tension identified by alternative media scholars, where many alternative media developers seek to socialize media and bring it in line with leftist politics, but see their discourses appropriated by right-wing media organizations.


Regardless of whether they are right or left, alternative social media face a simply reality: they just aren't popular. Compared to the billions of Twitter and Facebook users, alternative sites' user bases are tiny. Whether or not their goal ought to be massive scale, the powerful network effects of corporate social media – as well as the bewildering array of alternatives – certainly have stifled the growth of the alternatives. Still, the alternatives deserve critical attention, because they force us to rethink what we mean by "social media." What tethers so many people to so few corporate sites? And what actual "alternatives" to corporate social media do the current slate of alternative social media platforms propose?


Topics that may be explored in this special issue of Social Media + Society might include  

* ethnographic or participant observation engagements with alternative social media communities 

* software studies analysis of shifts in underlying ASM technologies 

* narratives from practitioners who have built, moderated, or extensively participated in ASM 

* comparative analysis of two or more ASM platforms 

* studies of ASM as political, technical or cultural discourses or desires 

* regulatory and policy discussion regarding controversies involving ASM 

* speculative proposals or fictions about new ASM that address existing problems 

* analysis of appropriation of ASM innovations by corporate social media system 


***Timeline/Important Dates [subject to change] DECEMBER 20 2017: 500 word abstracts and CVs/resumes may be sent to JANUARY 20 2018: Acceptance notifications sent to authors MAY 15 2018: Full drafts due to JULY 15 2018: Comments sent to authors by editors SEPTEMBER 15 2018: Final drafts submitted to Social Media + Society for peer review FEBRUARY 2019: Special Issue Publication




Call for Journal Editor


The Northwest Communication Association (NWCA) is accepting nominations for the position of Editor of the  Northwest Journal of Communication (NWJC). Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for three years and begins in Spring 2018. The new editor will work with the current editor during a transition period.  The new editor will be responsible for the 2019-2021 editions of the journal.


The  NWJC  is a peer reviewed, EBSCO listed journal, publishing one issue per year of quality scholarship on a variety of communication topics.  The editor need not be a resident of the Pacific Northwest, but will be expected to attend our annual conference every April in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Submissions to the journal are not limited to residents of the Northwest or members of the NWCA. The editorial board may include scholars from across the United States, and can be composed of members of the editor’s choosing, in consultation with the NWCA Executive Council (EC). The EC will also work with the editor to find a suitable list of reviewers for each edition of the  NWJC, ensuring a timely and thorough review of potential submissions.


A complete nomination includes: (1) a letter of application from the candidate that includes the candidate's experience for the task of journal editing; (2) the candidate's curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for two references who can speak to the candidate's qualifications for the position. Please send your nomination to Kevin T. Jones, NWCA President ( 


Review of nominations begins on 1 February, 2018, and continues until the position is filled.  The goal is to present the new editor at the 2018 NWCA annual conference in April 2018.  For questions or queries, please feel free to contact Kevin Jones (




Call for Abstracts 

Special Issue of Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 

Stretching the Boundaries of International and Intercultural Communication Scholarship


This is a call for abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication with the theme, “Stretching the boundaries of international and intercultural communication (IIC) scholarship.” This special issue invites studies that reexamine assumptions about what counts as communication in general, and IIC in particular. For example, given the current globalized, transnational, and technology driven context, has IIC changed at all? If so, how? In what new ways has it shifted given our current times of change and discord? What is the significance of these changes? 


We call for studies that address the above questions using approaches that fall under the umbrella of “language and social interaction” (LSI). LSI approaches are distinctive in that they highlight how everyday forms of communication such as text, talk, language use, and other forms of social interaction play an important role in constituting identities, relationships, cultures, and communities. We seek LSI studies that analyze IIC as situated in local cultural contexts and illustrate how participants’ use of new forms of IIC create, recreate, and are formative of current states of social institutions such as education, law, medicine, economics, religion, and politics. 


IIC can be “new” in the sense that it occurs via social media or other recently available technology, stems directly from and/or is being shaped by current social and political contexts, or is simply a form of communication from communities that have not thus far been studied or featured in IIC scholarship. 


Submissions could take theoretical approaches that highlight shared cultural dimensions of communication that constitute and organize social life, and/or approaches that highlight variation in ways community members orient to or negotiate cultural norms in their everyday interactions. Studies could also take a comparative approach and provide systematic, cross-cultural comparisons between communication means and meanings in different local contexts. The specific approaches we call for include, but are not limited to: ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, sociocultural linguistics, discourse analysis, socio-pragmatic discourse approaches, and narrative analysis.


Possible focuses include:   

-Digital communication 

-Changes in communication shaped by current social and political contexts  

-Communication forms in understudied communities  


This special issue will be co-edited by Sunny Lie (Assistant Professor, Communication, California State Polytechnic U, Pomona, USA) and Natasha Shrikant (Assistant Professor, Communication, U of Colorado-Boulder, USA). We are currently accepting abstracts for potential articles to be included in this special issue. Abstracts should be maximum 300 words. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11 December, 2017. Abstracts should be sent as an attachment via email to Sunny Lie at or Natasha Shrikant at Authors whose abstract have been selected for the next stage of submission will be contacted via email and invited to submit full manuscripts by  5  March, 2018. The manuscripts will undergo further review and be considered for publication, coming out in 2019. Feel free to contact the co-editors with questions via the abovementioned email addresses. General information about the journal may be found at: 




What is Universe? Communication • Complexity • Coherence 

U of Oregon in Portland 

19-21 April, 2018 


The What is Universe? (2018) conference-experience examines communication, complexity/simplicity, coherence/incoherence and, how they may or may not contribute to “a pluralistic universe.” This conference marks the third collaboration among scholars from the natural and social sciences, communication, media, law, design, and art. We invite proposals for scholarly papers, panels, exhibits and installations on a wide variety of issues and topics. Please see for more details.


Participants will explore universes—from reality bubbles, immersive virtual environments, and alternate histories, to agential realism, media genealogy and archaeology, to bio-inspired, urban and ecological design, to universal rights, disabilities studies, multicultural communities, networks, and cosmologies.


Proposals may address the following questions (as well as others):  

• What are communication, science, media, design, and philosophy universes today, and how are they syncretizing? How can universities and disciplines be understood as universes? 
• How are citizens increasingly being drawn into alternate, fictional, cinematic, and comic book universes, social networks, immersive worlds, and augmented realities?  

• In an age of increasing communicative complexities and oversimplifications, what is truth and what is reality?  How do real/virtual and analogue/digital universes overlap/separate? 
• How is journalism overcoming vernaculars of real/fake news in a “post-truth” era, while still actively seeking solutions?  

• What constitute material universes in antiquity and contemporary culture?  
• How do technological and cosmological universes transform theory-practice?  
• In this context, what is posthumanism and how are speculative futures already integrating into (re)generative medicine, music, law & other disciplines?  
• How are emerging systems, environments, architectures, the sciences and the arts converging/diverging into societies and universes? What are universes of values?


With the definitions of “universe” continuing to multiply, important questions abound as we address a sweeping range of issues next April in Portland, Oregon. 


Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)   

Send 100–150 word abstracts or installations by 31 DECEMBER, 2017 to: Janet Wasko, School of Journalism and Communication, U of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA




Review of Communication Special Issue CFP -- Literature as Philosophy of Communication  

Guest Editor: Donovan Irven, Midwestern State University ( 

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018


The possibility that literature is capable of disclosing ontological insights has occupied philosophy at least since Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics. That philosophy exists as a literary tradition intended to convey certain arguments and insights is often overlooked, and the manifold communicative praxes that enable the expression of philosophical insights in literature are treated merely as accidents in the history of literary movements that are themselves considered to have little or no philosophical import. This special issue looks at the relationship between philosophy and literature at the intersection of communicative praxis, particularly where the insights are ontological ones concerning the nature of existence, human or otherwise, as fundamentally communicative.


How are ontological insights expressed? In what ways has the philosophy of communication been shaped by literature, or vice versa, particularly in the realm of ontology? Generally, what does it mean to “express” ontological insights, and how might philosophical essays, or more artistic literary genres be specially suited or unsuited to express such ontological insights? This special issue is interested in submissions that reflect on the relationship between the philosophy of communication and literature, or philosophically informed meditations on literature that give rise to ontological insights. Rather than manuscripts on literary texts that are presented as philosophical “readings” of said text (i.e., Heideggerian/Deleuzean/Nietzschean interpretations of x novel/poem/story), this special issue seeks explorations of the unique ways literature communicates its own ontological insights; that is, how literature can be philosophical in its own right. 


With the above questions in mind, the journal invites submissions on, but not limited to, the following themes:  

-               Philosophy of communication as ontology: how literature itself can be or not be ontological, and how literature communicates this ontology through implicit or explicit communicative praxes that are informed by the philosophical tradition. 

-               Philosophy as literature: how philosophy has developed techniques as a communicative praxis that allow it to disclose unique ontological insights, and how such inquiry may or may not be informed by an implicit philosophy of communication. 

-               The intersection of philosophy of communication and literature: the ways in which philosophy and literature overlap, particularly when this facilitates insights into the philosophy of communication, ontology, communicative praxis. 

-               The relationship between historical movements in philosophy and literature: how philosophy and literature engage in a creative dialogue with one another and influence each other in domains such as writing technique, style, conceptual apparatuses and permutations, and foundational questions. 

-               Conceptualization of existence in philosophy and literature: specific ontological insights expressed in philosophy and/or literature and how each domain may or may not be suited to expressing particular ontologies, especially where such ontologies figure into the nature of communication itself, or even the nature of existence as fundamentally communicative 


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