Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division


Anamik Saha, Chair
Department of Media and Communications
Goldsmiths, U of London
SE14 6NW
Direct line: + 44 2017 717 3258

Sudeshna Roy, Vice Chair
Communication Studies Program
Department of Languages, Cultures and
Stephen F. Austin State University
Direct line: +1-936-468-1033

The Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division (ERIC) is concerned with methodological approaches and research that apply, extend or develop communication theory and analysis through an examination of race and ethnicity within local, international and transnational contexts. The Division is dedicated to hosting examples of interdisciplinary research at the intersections of race, ethnicity, diaspora, transnationalism, class, gender, and sexuality. ERIC also works to advocate for the improved status, representation and opportunities for underrepresented scholars in communication.

We invite interdisciplinary papers that engage with a diverse variety of questions on ethnicity/race on their own or in combination with other topics such as national identity, diaspora, transnationalism, sexuality, and/or gender.  Ethnicity/race must be an integral part of papers that include these or other related topics. Both theoretical and empirical approaches and submissions that address shifts on cultural, social, economic, political as well as technological fronts are welcome.

Submission Formats 

Exclusive Submission

The papers or panel proposals submitted to ERIC may not be submitted to any other ICA Division or Interest Group. Submitters are welcome, however, to submit as many as three different papers and/ or panel proposals to ERIC. Please note that the paper, at the time of submission, should not have been published in the public domain (e.g. in a journal or edited collection). If you have any questions about this please contact Anamik Saha, the ERIC Division chair at


The 2018 submission website will be available as of 1 September 2017. All submissions are due online no later than 16:00 UTC on 1 November 2017. This deadline is strictly enforced. To reach the conference website, go to the ICA home page at and follow the link for 2018 Conference Submission section, which includes the general guidelines and instructions. It is essential that you read those guidelines and instructions carefully and prepare your submission prior to logging on to prevent being timed-out or related glitches. To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. Acceptance/rejection notices will be sent directly by ICA to submitters by mid-January 2018.

Preconferences Proposals

We seek suggestions for pre-conferences that the submitter will organize. Pre-conferences typically are workshops on a specific issue, topic, or method of about 4 to 6 hours in length. Please submit your pre-conference ideas to the ERIC Chair Anamik Saha for further discussion of your idea by 15 August 2017. All pre-conference proposals for 2018 are due for submission to ICA by 1 September 2017.

Volunteer for Reviewer

As the ERIC Division continues to receive an increasing number of submissions, we need a large number of volunteer reviewers. We encourage all faculty members and Ph.D students to volunteer to review submissions. Once the ERIC Division approves you as a reviewer, we assign you papers based on your research areas. If you want to be a reviewer for the ERIC Division, please register in the ICA submission site at the time of submission. Be sure to review and update your research interests in your ICA member profile, and most importantly, carefully select 3-5 keywords that best describe your subfield and your methodological and theoretical orientations. The ERIC Division makes reviewer assignments based on this information and the keywords from the paper submissions.

Awards For Top Papers, Travel

Based on submission ranks as yielded through the review process, ERIC will confer “top paper” awards for the three highest ranked papers. There are separate awards for faculty and student papers. The Division will also offer student travel awards based on ranking and financial need. In order to be considered for any award, the recipient must be a member of the ERIC Division. Details on how to apply for these awards will be sent to all members once the decisions on papers/panels have been released by the ICA.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the ICA 2018 ERIC submission process, please contact Anamik Saha, the ERIC Division chair at