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2018 Pre and Postconferences

Preconferences for ICA's 2018 Annual Conference will be held from Tuesday 22 to Thursday, 24 May 2018. And postconferences will be held on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. There will be 42 different pre- and postconferences. Call for papers will be updated on this page as soon as they are finalized. More information on how to register for these pre- and postconferences will be available in January 2018.


PRECONFERENCES


TUE
22 MAY

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WED
23 MAY

16th Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC)

OFF-SITE | Kamerlingh Onnes Building at Leiden University (Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, The Netherlands). Plenary sessions will take place in lecture theatre A144; panels will be convened in rooms A002, A008, A028, and B016

10:00 - 13:00

There will be a call for papers.

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

Contact: f.a.schneider@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Description: The field of China internet research has fruitfully tracked communication patterns across the Chinese speaking world, generating lively discussion about different discourses, voices, and media types in Chinese society. The themes of this preconference will augment these efforts by asking how media and communication are bolted to the world. The internet has rapidly become more than a venue for the exchange of information. It is closely intertwined with social interactions, economic exchanges, and the practice of governance. Simultaneously, concerns surrounding the internet are no longer merely confined to free expression and access to information, they have come to include the impact of the internet on the integrity of political systems, personal data protection, terrorist use of ICTs, and cybercrime. There is now much greater complexity in the nature of connectivity that ICTs permit, and therefore the social, economic, and political questions they generate, which CIRC 16 will aim to explore.


TUE
22 MAY

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WED
23 MAY

Screen Industries in East-Central Europe

OFF-SITE | National Film Archive, Prague

10:30 - 18:00

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Transportation: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Petr Szczepanik

Contact: petrszczepanik@gmail.com

Description: The Screen Industries in East-Central Europe Conference (SIECE) investigates the historical and contemporary dimensions of the region’s audiovisual media industries from all angles – local, transnational, economic, cultural, social, and political – and through a broad range of original scholarship delivered in the form of conceptual papers and empirical case-studies.


TUE
22 MAY

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WED
23 MAY

Global Perspectives on Populism and the Media

OFF-SITE | Central European University, Budapest, HUNGARY

16:00 - 17:30

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Transportation: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Julia Sonnevend (The New School for Social Research, USA), Emily Keightley, James Stanyer, Vaclav Stetka (Loughborough U, UK), Aswin Punathambekar (U of Michigan, USA), Marius Dragomir, Eva Bognar (Central European U, Hungary)

Contact: jsonnevend@newschool.edu

Description: The study of populism has never been more important in light of the recent social, political and economic tumult, and developments in transnational media cultures. Across the world there have been numerous populist backlashes against elected governments and their policies. The emergent concerns of citizens about, for example, immigration and economic austerity have been exploited by a range of political opportunists, many with access to media resources. A proliferation of digital and social media is in some countries providing new cultural spaces for these actors to disseminate their messages and gain mainstream media attention. In addition, established political communicators are not immune to the populist impulse. Some mainstream political parties and politicians, for example, have adopted populist rhetoric in order to ensure electoral support, and some mainstream media organizations, facing increasing commercial competition, have pandered to populist political agendas. While populist politics is a well-documented feature of modern political culture, the communicative aspects of populism have been underexplored or ignored. Moreover, populist movements are often analyzed with a particular focus on European and American right-wing movements. But populist movements and upheavals have appeared from the Philippines to India to Turkey to Russia. At the same time, variations of populism have arisen on both the right and the left (and in-between) and surfaced in a variety of political systems and traditions. This pre-conference aims to introduce global perspectives on the study of media, communication and populism, welcoming conceptually innovative submissions that examine populist communication and culture from all around the world. Recognizing the location of the preconference, the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the conference will also dedicate an open-to-the public panel to the rise of populism in East-Central Europe. The panel will feature both academics and practicing journalists from the region. The venue of the conference, Central European University, is also rich in symbolism, as this university has recently been attacked by the populist government of Hungary. The symbolism of this venue will hopefully add to the liveliness of the discussions, which we expect to be relevant to academics in a diverse set of disciplines and fields (communication studies, sociology, political science, cultural studies, history, among others) and to non-academics as well. The pre-conference also aims to be inclusive in perspectives and methodologies. As John B. Judis, author of The Populist Explosion, recently argued, political scientists often make the mistake of focusing on a restrictive definition of populism. In contrast, our aim is to analyze populisms manifestations and connections to media and communication in the broadest possible sense. Relevant communicative processes of populism may include studies of populist symbols, music, political advertising campaigns, social media groups, protest cultures, the narration of political myths, traditional mass media attitudes, media ownership cultures, among others. We particularly welcome unorthodox approaches, ambitious social theories, and debunking of popular myths in relations to populism and communication.


WED
23 MAY

Media Literacy as Intergenerational Project: Skills, Norms, and Mediation

OFF-SITE | Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich or Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation Munich

9:00 - 16:00

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Transportation: Self-organized transportation from Munich to Prague via multiple ways (plane (1h), bus (5h), train (5h), rental car (4,5h)). Munich’s international airport offers direct flights to various destinations worldwide.

Organizers: Claudia Riesmeyer, Ruth Festl, Thorsten Naab

Contact: riesmeyer@ifkw.lmu.de

Description: Media literacy is one of the key concepts within modern information and communication societies and a prerequisite for societal, political, and civic participation. The preconference aims to bring together international scholars that conceptualize and investigate media literacy as a lifelong intergenerational project, describing and explaining similarities and differences of generation specific media skills, norms as well as reciprocal mediation processes and practices.


WED
23 MAY

From Voice to: The 15th Annual ICA Mobile Preconference 2018

OFF-SITE | the National Technical Museum Kostelní 1320/42, 170 78 Praha 7, Czechia

8:30 - 17:00

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Transportation: Within walking distance of the conference hotel (1.5 km from the Hilton Prague Old Town)

Division: Mobile Communication Interest Group

Organizers: Chair: Rich Ling, Nanyang Technological U, Vice Chairs: Brett Oppegaard, Mariek Vanden Abeele, Scott Campbell, Gerard Goggin

Contact: rili@ntu.edu.sg

Description: For 15 years, the ICA Mobile Pre-Conference has been an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, researchers, and practitioners who focus on mobile communication research. In recent years the mobile pre-conference has been organized in the form of several interactive Blue Sky workshops. These provide a venue where scholars can present, learn and discuss their latest ideas, research and skills around a limited number of themes related to mobile communication and mobile media. In this year’s workshop, we particularly wish to provide an opportunity for graduate students and new faculty to interact with more experienced mobile researchers, thereby cultivating a supportive and integrated community of mobile scholars. Ideas discussed and presented at the mobile pre-conference have consistently nourished the theoretical and methodological foundations of mobile research, started joint research projects and eventually lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the Blue Sky workshops, the pre-conference features a conference lunch and dinner where scholars will interact in an informal and social atmosphere.


WED
23 MAY

Trust, Control, and Privacy: Mediatization of Childhood and Adolescence in the Digital Age

OFF-SITE | Institute for Communication at Charles University Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Transportation: public transport (venue is in the city centre and is well connected to public transport)

Division(s): Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Organizers: ECREA TWG Children Youth and Media, ECREA Section Mediatization

Contact: christine.trueltzsch@gmail.com

Description: The pre-conference addresses all members of the ECREA TWG Children, Youth and Media, the ECREA Section Mediatization, and the ICA Division Children Adolescents and Media as well as all scholars interested in the concept of trust, control, and privacy in relation to children, adolescents, and media research. Various empirical, methodological and theoretical contributions that pertain to different academic disciplines and methodologies which are in some way related to the concept of trust and privacy are welcome. The pre-conference is focused on the following topics but is not limited to: • The theorization and conceptualization of trust in relation to privacy and control • The mediatization of family life the digital world - how do families deal with the new options for control? • A reflection on who and what to trust with respect to phenomena related to children, youth, and media. Are there, for examples, new ‘digital heroes’? • A discussion of the role of the mediatization of trust and control in inter-human relations in respect of the decreasing awareness of privacy issues • Platform related trust and control – how do children and youth act on social media activities in relation to interpersonal trust and privacy control • Trust, control, and privacy as issues for media literacy • Trust and/or distrust in the media and information online (e.g. with respect to the role of the public broadcaster, fake news) • Trust in the context of the (rationale underlying) methodological choices made when doing research with and on children, youth and media • Security, privacy and trust in media • Social media and (dis)trust • New machines and Internet of things (IoT): how to trust and control new technologies.


WED
23 MAY

Refugees, Religious Threats, and Political Radicalization: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Political Communication

Organizers: Sophie Lecheler, Jorg Matthes, Hajo Boomgaarden

Contact: sophie.lecheler@univie.ac.at

Description: This preconference aims to shed light on the role of mass media as well as social media for the European refugee crisis. The ongoing flow of refugees seeking shelter within the borders of Europe has fueled the development of increasingly polarized societies within Europe, with political actors stressing humanitarian values on the one hand, and others stirring fears of religious threats and rising terror on the other. The media play a central role in this development; they set the agenda for public discourse, and are able to provide solutions that may lead to the peaceful integration of refugees in European countries. The refugee crisis has also shown, just how central digital and social media communication has become in many European citizens’ lives, with Facebook and Twitter functioning as first sources of (perhaps untruthful) information, as well as potential platforms for political radicalization.


WED
23 MAY

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THU
24 MAY

Global Media and Human Rights

OFF-SITE | Autoklub ČR
Opletalova 29, 110 00, Praha 1
Rooms: First Republic Hall, Smetana Hall & Eliska Junkova Hall

13:00 - 17:00 on 23rd, all day event on 24th

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Transportation: Walking or public transport

Division(s) Affiliation(s): Ethnicity and Race in Communication; Global Communication and Social Change

Organizers: Journalism, Media & Communication Department of Media Studies Stockholm U
Contact: Christian Christensen, Miyase Christensen, Anna Roosvall, Kristina Riegert

Contact: christian.christensen@ims.su.se

Description: Media and communication studies, with a history of linking human and communication rights at crucial 20th century junctions, has a central role in promoting rights in the 21st century. The media are not only able to boost human rights consciousness by exposing violations, but can inform civic action on unprecedented scales and mobilize humanitarian intervention. Inversely, media can and do injure human rights through politicized reportage and desensitization, where viewers are turned into voyeurs of exotic victimization. Even more ubiquitous bruising of rights is sustained through the pervasive use of surveillant technologies which bring with them social and historical contingencies. Against this backdrop, the proposed pre-conference is broadly based upon the question of how media and communication studies has addressed and can better address questions of justice, inequality and human rights in the current conjuncture of contested flows and forces? To what extent has the potential inherent in the multi-disciplinarity of media and communication studies toward this goal been utilized or exhausted? We consider civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights in relation to media and communications, and intend to bring in fresh perspectives on dynamics that underlie production, consumption as well as reception ends on a historically and spatially expansive continuum. Rights conflicts” constitute a key node here: are certain human rights positionings used as arguments for the violation of others and Others? This pertains, for instance, to conflicts between the media and communications-centered right to freedom of expression on the one hand, and cultural/religious rights on the other. Linked to this is a rift between, on the one side, populist media, populist-nationalist parties and an increasingly visible fight against the grounds upon which humanitarianism has been premised, and the fostering of a sense of duty of care by way of largely (if not exclusively) engaging with distant sufferers through technological mediations on the other.


WED
23 MAY

Design as Object, Design as Method: Making Critical Communication Future(s)

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 16:00

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Division(s) Affiliation: Communication and Technology Division

Organizers: Samantha Shorey (Communication, U of Washington); Laura Forlano (Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology); Gina Neff (Oxford Internet Institute, U of Oxford); Mike Ananny (Communication, U of Southern California); Molly Wright Steenson (School of Design, Carnegie Mellon)

Contact: sshorey@uw.edu

Description: Design, making and intervening in the world have captured the attention of communication scholars in recent years. From explaining algorithmic bias on social media to the creation of online storytelling platforms, contemporary questions of communication require an understanding of the affordances, biases and constraints of communication devices, interfaces and systems—as well as an understanding the work of designers that create these technologies. Furthermore, there is also growing interest in using design as an inventive method in order inquire about the world and build theory through the making of media, things and prototypes. Finally, communication scholars are also being drawn from different academic disciplines and professional practices, collaborating with a wider range of fields, and forming new identities themselves as they move into new areas that engage with the field of design. This pre-conference explores the conceptual, methodological and pedagogical possibilities of design research in the field of communication. What are the material and social arrangements that produce the artifacts that exist in nearly every aspect of our everyday life? How might we understand these artifacts better if we engage with them using design research methods? How might design help communication researchers better address the materiality of information? This inaugural meeting will bring together scholars from a variety of communication subfields to begin outlining the core contributions of design research and identify conceptual bridges between the fields of design and communication. We aim to engage scholars working in a variety of formats who take design as an object of study, those who integrate design as a method of embodied knowledge making, and those who are forming new scholarly and professional identities through collaboration and participation in design research and practice. We expect to draw from communication scholarship about a range of topics including: visual communication (e.g. graphic design), technology studies (e.g. software coding), rhetoric of material culture (e.g. architecture), media studies, infrastructure studies, and social histories of technology. We pay special attention to the ways in which design and designers play an important role in the making of communication technologies, as well as considering their values, ethics, justice and equality. We anticipate the inclusion of projects that go beyond traditional academic texts and explore the use of multimedia, video, interfaces and prototypes. As a result of the pre-conference, we will collaboratively produce a list of “Design Keywords" for critical considerations of design within the field of communication.


WED
23 MAY

Examining the Construction of Roma Identity, Voice, and Representation

OFF-SITE | Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

HALF-DAY | 8:00 - 12:00

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Organizers: Azeta Hatef, C. Michael Elavsky, Jakub Macek

Contact: azeta@psu.edu

Description: Romani experiences are a significant topic of discussion in the Czech Republic and with the conference taking place in Prague this year, the panel aims to include local discussions to the international conference. This panel will bring together scholars and activists who work alongside minority communities and invites those interested in Roma rights, and more generally, minority rights, to discuss identity creation, media representation, and the challenges that these groups experience.


THU
24 MAY

Diverse Voices: Authentic Communication, Trust, Dialogue, and Society

OFF-SITE | Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

8:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation: Public Relations, Global Communication and Social Change, Organizational Communication

Organizers: Public Relations Society of China (PRSC), the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA), and the Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Contact: vincenthuanglei@gmail.com

Description: This preconference invites participants from different disciplines to discuss trust building, authentic communication, and dialogue in a diverse society. Topics include but not limited to: What is (constructive) dialogue in the organization-public context? What are the processes, principles, and conditions of dialogue in the East and the West? What are the role and impact of authenticity in dialogue and trust building? Whether social media and communication technology undermine or facilitate dialogue and trust?


THU
24 MAY

From Fragmentation to Integration: Addressing the Role of Communication in Refugee Crises and Resettlement Processes

OFF-SITE |

8:00 - 17:00

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Organizers: Miguel Vicente; Amanda Paz Alencar; Carlos Arcila Calderon; Felix Ortega Mohedano, Noemí Mena Montes

Contact: mvicentem@yahoo.es

Description: This pre-conference emerges from the ongoing refugee crisis at the Mediterranean Sea, but is open to cover different humanitarian crises worldwide, calling for dialogue between scholars and practitioners interested in the roles played by Communication regarding this multifaceted challenge. The urgency and relevance of this topic appeals to the scholarly commitment to propose applied solutions to decision-making bodies and involved organizations. Discussing the role of mass and social media, and intercultural communication in this context turns into a must for our research community.


THU
24 MAY

9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division, co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group

OFF-SITE | Skautsky Institut, Prague, Czech Republic

8:30 - 17:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Division(s) Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division, Mobile Communication Interest Group

Organizers: Marjolijn Antheunis*, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Director) Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig Maximillian U, Germany (Steering Committee member) Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Steering Committee member) Marjolijn Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Director) Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig Maximillian U, Germany (Steering Committee member) Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Steering Committee member) Marjolijn Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Director) Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig Maximillian U, Germany (Steering Committee member) Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Steering Committee member)

Contact: m.l.antheunis@uvt.nl

Description: The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the doctoral consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics. During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into groups of 5-8 people, determined by the thematic nature of the research. One group will be dedicated to mobile communication, the remaining groups to the broader area of communication and technology. In each group, students will be invited to present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium (DC). Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from two to three faculty participants. There will also be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates. In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. The topics will include positioning one’s work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships, finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic.


THU
24 MAY

Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium

OFF-SITE | Charles University Prague

8:45 - 16:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Journalism Studies

Organizers: Henrik Ornebring; Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt; Natacha Yazbeck

Contact: henrik.ornebring@kau.se

Description: The format of this day-long colloquium follows that of previous years, including San Diego in 2017 and Fukuoka in 2016. Students will break into two groups, based on the focus of their research, and will each present work that has been submitted beforehand to a senior scholar, with whom they have been matched. The reviewer will then provide feedback and open the floor for questions from attendees. Students will then convene in one room for the closing session, a panel session featuring established researchers which would ideally be tailored to participants’ research or publishing needs. This format was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from student attendees in both San Diego and Fukuoka.


THU
24 MAY

Games Everywhere, Gaming Everywhere: On the Edge of Ubiquity, From Mobile to Virtual and Augmented Reality Games and Beyond

OFF-SITE |

9:00 - 16:45

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Organizers: Daniel Pietschmann

Contact: daniel.pietschmann@phil.tu-chemnitz.de

Description: Games are relocating themselves from ‘traditional’ locations towards formerly exclusive private (e.g., bedroom, bathroom) and public spots (e.g., public transportation, classrooms). This emergence of additional gaming contexts goes hand in hand with technological innovation resulting in novel experiences for both players and their surroundings. This preconference focuses on gaming beyond the prototypical desktop and TV to explore evolving player demographics, new gaming practices, and psychological consequences arising from the near-ubiquity of games in everyday life.


THU
24 MAY

Media, Gender and Sexuality in Europe

OFF-SITE |

9:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): LGBTQ Studies Interest Group

Organizers: Lukasz Szulc, Alexander Dhoest, Lynn Comella

Contact: l.szulc@lse.ac.uk

Description: Media are gendered and sexualized while gender and sexuality are heavily mediated. At this pre-conference, we will examine the intersections between media, gender and sexuality from a European perspective, particularly from the perspective of underrepresented contexts such as Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. How do European contexts matter for those intersections? How are those intersections manifested in Europe? What are the legacies and the futures of European gender, feminist, sexuality and LGBTQ media studies?


THU
24 MAY

Theories in Public Relations: Reflections and Future Directions

OFF-SITE | Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

9:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Public Relations Division

Organizers: Chiara Valentini* (Aarhus U, Denmark) and Lee Edwards (London School of Economics and Social Sciences, UK)

Contact: c.valentini@mgmt.au.dk, l.edwards2@lse.ac.uk

Description: The field of public relations has grown in the last thirty years both academically and professionally. As a result, the theoretical landscape of public relations has expanded beyond its organisational origins. The aim of this pre-conference is to discuss and reflect on what might be considered as current theories of public relations and theories for public relations, as well as emerging bodies of work that are changing the shape of the field.


THU
24 MAY

Making Sense of Election Reporting: New Directions, New Challenges

OFF-SITE | Velka zasedaci sin (room), Karolinum, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

9:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Journalism Studies, Political Communication

Organizers: Dr. Stephen Cushion (Cardiff U, UK), Dr. Daniel Jackson (Bournemouth U, UK)

Contact: cushionsa@cardiff.ac.uk

Description: Elections reporting is one of the most studied areas of journalism studies and political communication. From longstanding debates about agenda setting to more recent inquiries about the mediatization of politics, the theory and practice of much scholarship is guided by how the media report elections. But in an increasingly fragmented news environment, where people rely on an ever-expanding range of media to understand what is happening in the world, election reporting is changing across new content platforms and providers. As the Reuters 2017 Digital News Report established, many democracies now rely to a greater extent on online rather than broadcast news, with new social media platforms playing a greater role in disseminating information than newspapers. In the 2017 UK election campaign, for example, the rise of alt-left online media was considered critical to enhancing the Labour Party's popularity, while Conservative-supporting newspapers were viewed as having less agenda setting power.


THU
24 MAY

Environmental Communication Graduate Student Preconference

Hilton Prague

HALF-DAY | 8:00 - 12:00

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Division: Environmental Communication Division

Organizers: Organizing Committee: Adina Tamar Abeles, Stanford U (abeles@stanford.edu); Adam Rainear, U of Connecticut (adam.rainear@uconn.edu)

Contact: abeles@stanford.edu

Description: This will be the first graduate student pre-conference of the Environmental Communication division, which the division plans to do every year thereafter. The pre-conference will bring together a group of graduate students working on environmental communication projects and provide them with the opportunity to present and discuss their projects in a constructive environment. It will also allow students to receive feedback from senior scholars and to establish collaborations with peers. The event will provide an additional venue outside of the main conference for students to present their work, especially for advanced Masterâ's students and new Ph. D students who are new to ICA.


THU
24 MAY

Embracing the Network Paradigm: New Directions in Strategic Communication Research

Hilton Prague

HALF-DAY | 9:00 - 12:30

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Division: Public Relations Division

Organizers: Aimei Yang & Adam J. Saffer

Contact: aimei.yang@usc.edu; adam.saffer@unc.edu

Description:Across the social sciences, scholars are increasingly applying a network perspective to examine a range of phenomena. A network perspective reasons that relationships are the basic building blocks of societies and it helps us to answer questions about the connections among individuals, groups, organizations, as well as nonhuman actors. Contemporary communication and media systems have amplified the significance of networks (van Dijk, 2006) and have led scholars to theorize how and why networks at the micro, meso and maco levels influence the processes of production, experience, power, and culture (Castells, 2009). Previous communication network research has predominantly focused on studying the structure or potential effects of networks. But few have treated networks as dependent variables that can be strategically shaped by communication practitioners. This existing gap is why strategic communication has considerable potential to advance network research. Likewise, the strategic communication fields stand to benefit from the innovative network theories and methodologies that can capture the complexities of modern communication phenomena. Strategic communication scholarship has witnessed considerable growth in the number of network-based studies over the past decade. Drawing from the management literature (Rowley, 1997), scholars have long called for strategic communication research to move away from a dyadic, organizational-centric orientation (Monge & Contractor, 2003; Yang & Taylor, 2015), to a network-based purview that encompasses the complexity and interconnectedness of communicators (Shumate & O’Connor, 2010; Taylor & Doerfel, 2005). We believe that the network perspective can offer a sophisticated theoretical explanation of how complex relationships affect many aspects of strategic communication. Therefore, we invite quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method studies that use the range of network analytic techniques (i.e. whole and ego-network approaches). Studies may include, but are not limited to, data from hyperlinks, semantic texts, social media, “big” data, secondary sources, and offline interaction patterns among individuals, groups, and/or organizations. In an effort to advance the adoption and development of network theory and research in strategic communication scholarship and practice, we propose this preconference.


THU
24 MAY

ICA PhD Workshop - Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Hilton Prague

HALF-DAY | 9:00 - 13:00

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Division(s): Public Relations Division

Organizers: Katerina Tsetsura, Flora Hung-Baescke, Dean Kruckeberg

Contact: tsetsura@ou.edu;flora.hung@gmail.com; dean.kruckeberg@uncc.edu

Description: This seminar is relevant for PhD students within the research field of Public Relations and Strategic Communication at different stages of their dissertation process. The aim of the seminar is to provide doctoral students in the field of Public Relations and Strategic Communication with an opportunity to discuss their dissertation research in a constructive atmosphere. Students receive feedback and advice on their projects, theoretical frameworks, methodologies and research designs from senior scholars and other students, who review the proposals.


THU
24 MAY

Audience Analytics

Hilton Prague

HALF-DAY | 12:00 - 17:00

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Division(s): Journalism Studies Division

Organizers: Mario Haim * (LMU Munich), Edson C. Tandoc Jr. (Nanyang Technological U Singapore), Patrick Ferrucci (U of Colorado Boulder), Folker Hanusch (U of Vienna), Rodrigo Zamith (Uy of Massachusetts Amherst)

Contact: haim@ifkw.lmu.de

Description: Online communication and audience analytics go hand in hand these days. Analytical software packages such as Chartbeat and Parse.ly offer live observational data about website visitors, their preferences, and their usage behaviors. In light of this flood of information, one might expect audience analytics to influence communicators. This preconference aims to unite researchers from multiple countries to report and discuss potential influences and outcomes at the intersection of online communication and audience analytics.


THU
24 MAY

Crowdsourcing as a Content Analysis Tool: Presentations and a Hands-on Workshop

Hilton Prague

HALF-DAY | 13:00 - 17:00

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Organizers: Lei Guo, Magrit Betke

Contact: guolei@bu.edu

Description: The preconference aims to introduce an emerging content analysis method “crowdcoding” to communication researchers through research presentations and a hands-on workshop. Instead of relying on a few human coders to conduct analysis, this approach outsources “coding” tasks to numerous people online and applies an aggregation policy to make decisions. The method is popular in computer science and has just begun to attract scholarly attention in social science.


THU
24 MAY

Data & Communication by CCA & Shanghai Jiatong University

Hilton Prague

HALF-DAY | 13:00 - 17:00

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Organizers: Chinese Communication Association; Shuhua Zhou

Contact: szhou@ua.edu

Description: Human communication gravitates increasingly toward digital and data technology. This trend is rather salient in many countries. In China, for example, 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 our society has been transformed by digital technology and data.


THU
24 MAY

Promises and Perils of Feminist Theory: Common and Uncommon Ground

Hilton Prague

HALF-DAY | 13:00 - 17:00

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Division(s): Feminist Scholarship Division

Organizers: Diana Nastasia, U of North Dakota; Lana Rakow, U of North Dakota; Stine Eckert, Wayne State U

Contact: dinastasia@yahoo.co.uk

Description: Feminist theory issues and positions about feminist communication theory 14:30-15:30 Panel of Invited Speakers Discussion key theories used by feminist media and communication scholars and their applicability, or not, across paradigms, politics, identities, countries and cultures 15:30-15:45 Coffee Break 15:45-17:00 Interactive Break-Out Period Discussion of theories and topics of interest with facilitator and note-taker


THU
24 MAY

Articulating Voice. The Expressivity and Performativity of Media Practices

Hilton Prague

8:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Philosophy, Theory and Critique

Organizer: Kenzie Burchell, U of Toronto, Canada Olivier Driessens, U of Cambridge, U.K. Alice Mattoni, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy Christian Pentzold*, U of Bremen, Germany John Postill, RMIT U, Australia Cara Wallis, Texas A&M U, U.S.A.

Contact: christian.pentzold@uni-bremen.de

Description: The pre-conference reviews the performative and expressive dimension of our routine engagement with media. It brings together scholars from communication, anthropology, and sociology in order to scrutinize the kind of agency necessary to articulate voices and it considers how voices are expressed, represented, or muted. With that, the pre-conference strives for an explanation and critical appreciation of media-related practices as a perennial issue and a pervasive exercise in which we find ourselves immersed.


THU
24 MAY

Network(ed) Histories

Hilton Prague

8:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Communication History Divison

Organizers: Lars Lundgren & Christine Evans

Contact: lars.lundgren@sh.se

Description: In contemporary communication research the network has become an almost ubiquitous concept, albeit to a very large degree dominated by a contemporary understanding of networks in relation to the social and the digital. Yet this omnipresent, contemporary usage of “networks” in reference to social media is rarely contextualized in terms of the many other kinds of communications networks that have existed in the past as well as the present. Given the obvious significance of social media in transforming social, cultural and political life, communications scholars have made the impacts and uses of networks their chief object of inquiry, rather than focusing on questions of origin, change over time, or historical precedent. Yet historical research into communications networks may help us to both reassess the significance of communications networks in the present and broaden our understanding of their role in the past.
This preconference takes as its starting point the premise that the history of networks is fundamental to the history of communication itself. Investigating networks naturally raises historical questions, since networks evolve and develop over time. To take but one example, material media infrastructures frequently outlive the media for which they were constructed; new media networks often retrace their institutional and infrastructural footprints. The social, institutional, and intellectual networks of communication studies have likewise shaped the research field over time. Historical research into the origins, evolution, impacts, and legacies of communication networks thus offers an opportunity to understand how they have historically shaped mass media content, institutions, patterns of control, censorship, and surveillance, audiences and reception, temporal and spatial imaginations and more.
This preconference also aims to reassess the significance of networks in communication history by bringing together historical research into both social and material networks, exploring how these networks have evolved over time, and with what implications. Like any theoretical construction, the distinction between the social and material in relation to networks is to some degree a false dichotomy. Papers that problematize, and/or bridge, this distinction are therefore particularly welcome.


THU
24 MAY

Voices and Voices: Exploring Tensions Between Plurivocity and Univocity

Hilton Prague

8:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Environmental Communication, Language and Social Interaction, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, Philosophy, Theory and Critique, and Public Relations

Organizers: François Cooren (U of Montréal, Canada), Chantal Benoit-Barné (U of Montréal, Canada), Laurence Kaufmann (U of Lausanne, Switzerland) and Thomas Martine (Audencia Business School, France)

Contact: f.cooren@umontreal.ca

Description: As pointed by Robichaud et al. (2004), any (individual or collective) actor, in order to exist and be recognized as such, has at some point to be able to speak in one voice. Given the multivocity that always characterizes persons and collectives, these passages from polyphony to monophony and from monophony to polyphony are not without creating tensions between what Bakhtin (1981) identified as centripetal vs. centrifugal forces. In this preconference, we encourage scholars and researchers from many divisions to explore the nature, dynamics and regulation of these tensions by focusing on communicational events, whether in the context of organizations, political parties, governments, public debates, tribunals, psychiatric treatments or mundane conversations. We particularly encourage participants to theorize and analyze the mobilization, articulation and conciliation of alternative voices, such as the voices of facts, absent or dead persons, ecosystems, spirits, or texts, among others.


THU
24 MAY

Communicating with Machines: Theory and Practice

Hilton Prague

8:30 - 16:30

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Organizer: Primary Contacts: Patric Spence, Communication and Social Robotics Labs, U of Central Florida
Co-Organizers: Autumn Edwards, Communication and Social Robotics Labs, Western Michigan U; Chad Edwards, Communication and Social Robotics Labs, Western Michigan U; David J. Gunkel, Northern Illinois U; Andrea L. Guzman, Northern Illinois U; Steve Jones, U of Illinois at Chicago,Austin Lee, Communication and Influence Technology Lab, Northern Kentucky U; Seth C. Lewis, U of Oregon

Contact: spence@ucf.edu

Description: ICA Rationale: The ability of machines to interact with humans in human-like ways has increased tremendously since the introduction of personal computers. In the past few years alone, a whole host of robotic and digital technologies, from Apple's Siri to Amazon's Echo, have been made available to the average consumer. Human-Machine Communication is a developing area of research within the study of communication. At ICA's 2015 Conference in Puerto Rico, several scholars (led by Dr. Andrea Guzman) convened a BlueSky Workshop regarding HMC that brought together approximately 25 researchers from throughout the discipline. Participants agreed that an in-depth forum was needed to showcase the different ways scholars from across ICA were engaging in HMC research and to allow these scholars to address shared theoretical and methodological questions. At the 2016 meeting of ICA, the first post-conference regarding this topic was held (led by Dr. Andrea Guzman). This meeting had 25 scholars present papers and discuss the future of human-machine communication as a potential area of scholarship at ICA. The 2017 meeting of ICA in San Diego built upon this success where over 32 presentations by over 50 scholars created a memorably an impactful event. The hashtag #hmc17 was the 4 most used hashtag for the 2017 conference. Over the past two years participants indicated a strong desire to continue with this format of an ICA pre-conference and we believe attendance will increase.


THU
24 MAY

Data and Publics

Hilton Prague

8:30 - 16:30

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Organizers: Zhongdang Pan, U of Wisconsin-Madison; Guobin Yang, U of Pennsylvania; Lu Wei, Zhejiang U, China

Contact: zhongdangpan@wisc.edu

Description: 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 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? Does the advent of a data society lead to a new structural transformation of the public sphere? This preconference invites scholars to rethink the meaning and practices of publics and public communication in this new data society. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: transparency of public data privacy of personal data data activism 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.


THU
24 MAY

Deliberative Pedagogy: Theory and Practice

Hilton Prague

8:30 - 16:30

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Political Communication Divison

Organizers: Sara A. Mehltretter Drury, Idit Manosevitch, Carmen Greab

Contact: Drurys@wabash.edu

Description: This preconference will focus on pedagogical innovations using deliberative pedagogy, a method of teaching recently publicized in the Michigan State University Press 2017 book, Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement. Participants will engage the theory of deliberative pedagogy and think about it for their particular institutional and pedagogical contexts. Three faculty (from the United States, Israel, and Romania) will co-lead this pre-conference.


THU
24 MAY

The Visual Expression of Voice - Young Scholars Pre-conference

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 16:00

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Organizers: Pinar Istek; David L. Morris II

Contact: pinaristek@gmail.com

Description: Voices have capacity take on many different forms. For a start, research questions aimed at examining voices provide an entry point into addressing societal and philosophical problems. Scholarly conferences and the implications of visuals in association to voices are a necessity within the halls of academia and the practice of contemporary research. This pre-conference attempts to encompasses all of the definitions of voices and particularly how these voices are visually represented or not, in the still-growing field of visual communication. We bring together a critical mass of young and senior scholars to discuss, reflect, and challenge each other on the complexity of voices as a concept and its relationship to the world of visual communication.


THU
24 MAY

Applying the Capabilities Approach to Media and Communications

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Organizer: Amit Schejter, David Hesmondhalgh, Robin Mansell, Heather Ford, Jonathan Corpus Ong and the Penn State Institute for Information Policy

Contact: schejter@gmail.com

Description: Recent years have seen a growing interest in the concept of justice in media and communication studies. In the more general literature on social justice, an important contribution has come from the capabilities approach developed by Indian economist Amartya Sen and US philosopher Martha Nussbaum. The theory challenges utilitarian narratives and liberal notions of redistributive justice and has become the cornerstone of the United Nations’ Human Development Index. Despite its potentially great relevance for media industries and production studies, information and communication for development, telecommunications and media policy, and digital media research, there has been limited use of the capabilities approach across the media, communication and cultural studies field.
By bringing together for the first time scholars engaged in applying the capabilities approach to media and communications, this ICA preconference advances an agenda to create a new interdisciplinary focus in the field. It aims to build conceptual bridges across emerging frameworks for studying communicative capabilities, media practice, and digital literacies and to engage with normative debates about media justice, creative justice, and data justice. The preconference directly engages with the central theme of the ICA Annual Conference on “Voices” by inviting reflection on the ways we can address inequalities and enhance communicative opportunities for media workers and users in a global context.


THU
24 MAY

Conceptualizing New Silk Roads as Communication: Towards A New International Order?

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Global Communication and Social Change

Organizers: Yu Hong (Zhejiang U, China); Daya Thussu (U of Westminster, UK)

Contact: yuhonguiuc@gmail.com

Description: One Belt, One Road (OBOR), known as new silk roads in the West, is China’s ambitious developmental and foreign policy initiative unveiled in 2013. It is aimed at creating dense connectivity of capital, goods, and people across the Eurasian surface, with a possible effect of rewiring global economic networks while further centralizing China in the global economy as a regional and even global power. As a foreign policy, OBOR signals not only China’s willingness to participate in global economic governance but also its vision and maneuver to decenter the post-war US liberal hegemonic system in Asia and beyond. The rise of parochial and anti-globalization tendencies on the international scene, exemplified by Brexit, Trump’s presidency, and the ascent of terrorism, are complicating OBOR but also giving China an unprecedented opportunity to redefine the territoriality, power formation, and political economy of globalization. Experts from area studies and International Relations have begun to engage with OBOR as a crucial and grandiose China-centric project. They ask, will OBOR facilitate a new international order or buttress the existing capitalist world order? With China’s rise, OBOR as a state-led global intervention extends traditional inquiry about globalization and, just as important, encourages closer attention to contestation, international order, transformation of states, and new requirements of global capitalism.


THU
24 MAY

Digital Asia: Social Change, Engagement, and Voices

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Organizers: Nojin Kwak, Marko Skoric, Natalie Pang, Baohua Zhou, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Muneo Kaigo, Scott Campbell, Junho Choi

Contact: DigitalAsiaICA2018@umich.edu

Description: The idea of the Digital Asia preconference series was borne in 2012 of collaborative thinking between two academic units: the Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A., and the WKW School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. One of this preconference’s main goals is to extend the ICA’s already wide international reach by bringing together COMM scholars whose research concerns Asia—whether it deals with a particular country or some comparative questions.


THU
24 MAY

Emerging Research and Trends in Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding - Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Conference

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Division Affiliation: Public Diplomacy Interest Group

Organizers: Diana Ingenhoff & Alina Dolea

Contact: diana.ingenhoff@unifr.ch; alinadolea@gmail.com

Description: This preconference aims to be a forum for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to present and discuss their ongoing work on public diplomacy and nation branding. We welcome any topics, including digital diplomacy, evaluation & measurement of public diplomacy, theory building in public diplomacy, countries soft power, the role of cities, nation branding, etc. Established scholars will mentor and give feedback to each participant.


THU
24 MAY

Long-Term Effects in Narrative Communication Research

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Division Affiliation: Health Communication, Information Systems, Mass Communication

Organizers: Corinna Oschatz* (primary contact); Katharina Emde-Lachmund; Christoph Klimmt

Contact: corinna.oschatz@uni-mainz.de

Description: Narratives have been attracting the interest of scholars in various fields of communication. While much research effort has been dedicated to short-term effects, substantially less is known about long-term effects of narrative forms of communication. This preconference will shed light on this understudied aspect and (1) discuss theoretical approaches to long-term effects of narrative communication, (2) reflect on capabilities of narratives to involve audiences (3) present current empirical research on long-term effects.
For any further information please see the preconference website: https://www.zen.ifp.uni-mainz.de/corinna-oschatz/ica-precon-long-term-effects-in-narrative-communication-research/call-for-papers/.


THU
24 MAY

Media and Governance in Latin America: Towards a Plurality of Voices

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Division(s) Affiliation(s): Journalism Studies Division

Organizers: Jairo Lugo-Ocando (University of Leeds, United Kingdom, J.Lugo-Ocando@leeds.ac.uk), J.A. Brambila (University of Leeds, United Kingdom, mejabr@leeds.ac.uk), Ximena Orchard (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile, morchard@uahurtado.cl) and Sara Garcia Santamaria (University of Pennsylvania, United States, garcias.sara@gmail.com)

Contact: corinna.oschatz@uni-mainz.de

Description: The purpose of this pre-conference is to promote an intellectual exchange regarding the way the news media interacts with social, political, symbolic and technological changes in Latin America. Building on the core themes of the conference, we encourage submissions that analyze the role of the media in enabling or constraining a plurality of voices in the region. The expression of this plurality of voices is conditioned by existing communicational and structural legacies; by naturalized interactions between social political actors and institutions; by media policies and journalistic routines, as well as by the impact of digital and technological developments. We welcome submissions that explore innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to the role of the media in promoting pluralism. The conference will explore the relationship between media and governance from a range of fields in social sciences and humanities, such as journalism studies, political communication, global communication, digital media, LGBT studies, political science, of discourse analysis, among others. We are interested in presentations that address, but are not limited to, the following topics: Theories and Methods: How can current debates in Latin America contribute to theoretical and methodological debates on media and governance beyond the region? How can we analyze media and governance in Latin America and in the light of current debates in the Global South? How can the Latin American scholarship contribute to the de-westernize media studies? How can scholars build stronger theoretical and methdological tools for overcoming the “case study” fixation? To which extent can comparative studies reinvigorate academic debates in the region? Media Structures, Pluralism, and Good Governance: Are current media structures in the region fostering or inhibiting the expression of a plurality of voices? What is the relationship between media governance and the promotion of a plural debate? How are the news media interacting with the state, the private sector, civil society and the public for the promotion of a plural debate? What is the role of the media in overcoming pervasive phenomena that hinder good governance, such as censorship, clientelism, populism, or the concentration of media ownership? Media and Political Representation: What journalistic practices and organizational dynamics favor the inclusion of a plurality of voices in Latin America? How are the news media addressing topics that affect good governance in the region, such as violence, inequality, or corruption? To which extend are digital communication platforms incorporating previously marginalized themes (such as racial, gender and class-based inequality) and actors (indigenous communities, women, LGBT minorities)? Whose voices are more visible when it comes to on-going debates on pluralist media policy? Communication for Social Change: What impact are agents of change, such as civil society groups, having in the media visibility of a range of voices and issues? How are online and offline digital platforms being used for giving voice and empowering previously marginalized communities? What is the impact of digital technologies and Internet access on social inequality, and how is the informational gap being addressed in the region? Papers will be accepted in English and Spanish. However, authors must provide a title and abstract in English for the conference proceedings.


THU
24 MAY

Methods for Communication Policy Research

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 17:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Division(s) Affiliation(s): Communication Law and Policy Division

Organizers: Sandra Braman (Texas A&M, US), Manuel Puppis (U of Fribourg, Switzerland), Hilde van den Bulck (U of Antwerp, Belgium)

Contact: braman@tamu.edu

Description: The field of communication policy research is characterized by regular disussions of its status and progress, discussions that take on a more critical edge and urgency in the current disruptive times. Yet research designs and methods for policy research are rarely discussed. This is all the more surprising given that the media and communication -- and communication research -- environments are changing in ways that alter not just the relationships between the governing and those they govern, but also the policy tools available. We need to look critically at existing methods that require re-evaluation and retuning, while we must familiarize ourselves and take a critical look at innovative tools for studying policy problems, policy-making processes, and the effects of laws and regulations once put in place. Each panel will include well-prepared opening presentations chosen competitively will be followed by a respective response by an invited scholar, after which the floor is open for an exchange of ideas.


THU
24 MAY

The Participatory Turn Ten Years Later: Trust/Distrust and Engagement/Disengagement

Hilton Prague

9:00 - 16:00

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Division(s) Affiliation(s): Journalism Studies; Philosophy, Theory and Critique; Political Communication, and Popular Communication

Organizer: Trine Syvertsen (Uof Oslo), Gunn Enli (U of Oslo) , Karoline Ihlebæk (U of Oslo) and Ignacio Bergillos (Comillas Pontifical U, Palma de Mallorca)

Contact: trine.syvertsen@media.uio.no

Description: This ICA preconference marks the anniversary of ‘the participatory turn’: a decade ago, there was widespread optimism about the creative, economic and democratic potential of audience participation in the media. In the passing decade, both positive and negative implications of ‘the participatory turn’ have come to the forefront of media debate and scholarship. ‘The participatory turn’ has led not only to increased engagement and involvement, but also to participatory fatigue, disengagement and resistance. This preconference explores how participation as a concept, strategy and practice has developed over the last decade, and engages participants in a dialogue concerning contradictions and dilemmas. Keynote speaker is Marke Deuze (University of Amsterdam).


THU
24 MAY

Inclusivity and Family Communication Research: Advances and Innovations from Across the Discipline

Hilton Prague

10:00 - 17:00

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Division Affiliation: Interpersonal Communication

Organizer: Jimmie Manning (primary organizer) & Jennifer Samp (division chair)

Contact: jman@niu.edu

Description: Scholarship related to family communication continues to be of interest to many scholars across the communication discipline. Although the flagship publication for family communication scholarship, Journal of Family Communication, tends to publish research in interpersonal and relational contexts, it is not unusual to see families studied in a variety of other contexts including health communication, media studies, organizational communication, communication law and policy, and cultural studies, to name only a few. Despite a large volume of research related to communication and families, seldom do these various contexts have the opportunity to put their theories, assumptions, approaches, and research findings in conversation. Often family communication studies draw from literature in one contextual area; and, similarly, those research studies are presented back to people within that same sub-area of the field. Although valuable scholarship is undoubtedly generated in these silos, one has to wonder how much family communication scholars from across the field can benefit from each other's work. With this possibility in mind, we propose this preconference to allow family communication scholars to come together and embrace what we have to offer each other and how we might work together to advance family communication studies across the field.


POSTCONFERENCES


TUE
29 MAY

Lobbying and Democracy: The Voice of Communication

OFF-SITE | the Department of Marketing Communication and PR, Charles University in Prague; room 215

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Oyvind Ihlen (U of Oslo), Anna Shavit (Charles U in Prague), Chiara Valentini (U of Aarhus), Scott Davidson (U of Leicester)

Contact: oyvind.ihlen@media.uio.no

Description: This post-conference invites papers that focus on the role communication plays for lobbying and democracy. All theoretical and methodological approaches that help shed light on this are welcome. Topics include, but are not, limited to, a focus on evaluation of communication strategies in light of democratic ideals, the use of particular argument types, as well as communicative attempts to fuse private and public interests.


TUE
29 MAY

Voices of Chinese Scholars Over the Last 40 Years

Hilton Prague

8:30 - 17:00

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Organizers: ZHANG Guoliang (Dean of Global Communication Research Institute ,Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China;Primary Contact, zhanggl@sjtu.edu.cn); Patrice M. Buzzanell (University of South Florida, USA; ICA Fellow and Past President; buzzanel@purdue.edu; pmbuzzanell@usf.edu); WEI Ran (University of South Carolina, Past President of the Chinese Communication Association (CCA), an ICA affiliated association; wei2@sc.edu); WANG Haoqing (Dean of Center for Cooperation and Education Development of ICCI, SJTU-USC Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, a collaboration between SJTU and the University of Southern California; pearlwang@sjtu.edu.cn)

Contact: zhanggl@sjtu.edu.cn; buzzanel@purdue.edu

; wei2@sc.edu

 

Description: Building on the growing interest in scholarship about and in China by ICA members and communications scholars worldwide, we propose a preconference that honors the voices of past and emerging Chinese scholars. Now that the 40th anniversary of Chinese Communication Scholarship is approaching, we invite scholars to participate in the ICA Preconference combined with the 8th Global Communication Forum. In 1978, two independent publications from Fudan University in Shanghai and People’s University in Beijing revealed contemporary thinking about public relations, mass communication, and journalism from Western perspectives. Over the course of the ensuing 40 years, the prominence of these areas has endured, yet new areas and methodologies have produced more sophisticated, nuanced, and Chinese-centered scholarship in these and other communication contexts. Using this 40 year landmark, this preconference celebrates past accomplishments while tracing themes and insights into the present as a foundation for innovative Chinese scholarship in the upcoming decade(s). Since the birth and development of China's Communication scholarship, there has always been dialogues and cooperation between East and West, between Chinese and international scholars. This is also a process of interaction and integration between globalization and localization of Communication theories and practices. The Chinese Communication scholarship has its own power and influence in political, economic, technological, cultural and other aspects of the country’s development in the past four decades. After forty years of efforts, China’s Communication discipline has reached a mature stage.We look forward to reviewing the past forty years’ dissemination of the discipline with scholars from China and overseas through dialogues and reflections. We will examine and discuss the past achievement, existing problems, as well as different voices in the context of globalization and localization. We also look into the future for the next ten years and beyond. A crucial question is “How can we facilitate more productive collaborations among and incorporate the different voices of International Communication Association and Chinese communication scholars?” Communication researchers have the responsibility to seek answers; against the background of globalization, China and the rest of the world cannot be separated. Therefore, this combined ICA Preconference and Eighth Global Communication Forum opens a platform for researchers interested in the Voices of Chinese Scholars Over the Last 40 years. We cordially invite people and scholars from all over the world to share their findings, exchange insights, and make efforts to promote communication research.

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