Data and Communication

Call for Papers

Organizers:

            Chinese Communication Association (szhou@ua.edu)

            Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Media & Design (kxue@sjtu.edu.cn)

Date & Time: 13:00pm-17:00pm May 24th, 2018

Location: ICA Conference Hotel

Estimated Attendance: 50

Registration fee: $10.00 USD

Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2017

            Human communication gravitates increasingly toward digital and data technology. This trend is rather salient in developing countries like China. Up to June 2017, 751 million (54.3%) of the Chinese population use the Internet, and a majority of them (96.3%) access the Internet through their mobile devices. It is common for users – especially the young generations – to handle every aspect of life and work on smartphones, including reading news, paying bills, ordering meals and getting entertained. It is safe to say the Chinese society has been transformed by digital technology and data.

            In concert with the ICA conference theme of “Voices,” our pre-conference focuses on the communication processed reshaped by digital technology and data. We want to focus on the theme whether digital media bring us more voices or divide us into different segmented society? We invite scholars from across ICA’s divisions to discuss their work related to data and communication from various epistemological and methodological backgrounds. We welcome discussions at the individual, group, organizational and societal levels. Please submit full paper or extended abstracts to Dr. Zhou at szhou@ua.edu by December 31st, 2017.

The following are themes we want to focus on: