Intercultural Communication Division


Soumia Bardhan, Vice Chair
Communication Studies
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: +1 785-532-6845

The Intercultural Communication Division (ICD) welcomes submissions that focus on the dynamics of human communication in cultural/intercultural contexts. Three kinds of submissions will be considered this year: (1) individual papers, (2) paper panels, and (3) posters.

The International Communication Association’s 68th Annual Conference will advance the theme “Voices.” This theme highlights the importance of studying voice/s, illuminating the process by which it is fostered and/or constrained and the conditions under which it is expressed and/or stifled. The study of voice/s can shed light on the process by which it impacts various aspects of human communication and shapes the world in which we live. Thus, in keeping with the convention theme, the Intercultural Communication Division invites submissions that engage questions related to theorizing about voice, the creation and representation of voice, the expression of voice, and/or the impact of voice in cultural/intercultural contexts, from all theoretical and methodological approaches.  

The following are the specific requirements for each submission category:


1. INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: These types of submissions should present complete papers on previously unpublished work on a topic of clear interest to members of the Division. Research papers should be written in a style that is accessible to a varied and international academic audience. Works in which culture is not an object of investigation or part of the discussion, but is instead the context or backdrop for a communication study, should be directed to other ICA Divisions. Papers that do not have common themes with other papers will be assigned to the poster session. Submitters can also indicate their preference to present their scholarly paper as an interactive poster presentation (details below). In accordance with ICA guidelines, papers should not exceed 8,000 words (not counting tables and references) and include a complete list of references. All submissions must provide a title, a 150-word abstract summarizing the topic and scholarly significance of the paper, and two or three keywords that identify the thematic focus of the work. Papers should be in 12-point type, double-spaced, and with 1-inch margins. All information identifying the author(s), including name(s), institutional affiliation(s), etc. should be removed. 

2. PAPER PANELS: These proposals should include up to four papers organized around a coherent theme that will be of clear interest to members of the Division. If submitters wish to include a discussant for the panel, proposals should name the same person to serve as chair and/or discussant. Panels that bring together participants from various universities as well as from across geographical regions will be preferred. These submissions require a 400-word rationale for the panel (please use the required “Abstract” box in the submission site for this, not the “Rationale” box), a 75-word description (for the conference program) summarizing the topic and scholarly significance of the session, and two or three keywords that identify the thematic focus of the session. Proposals should include names and institutional affiliation for each participant, a title, and a 150-250-word abstract for each paper to be featured in the session. 

3. POSTER SESSION: All individual research papers submitted to the Division should indicate (please use the “Justification for Session Format” box when completing an Individual Paper submission for this) whether submitters are willing to have their papers included in the Division’s poster session for the 2018 conference. Submitters are strongly urged to propose papers that are particularly well suited to the visual/interactive format for the poster session and to select participants who will present their work making the best use of these formats.

Exclusive Submission

The papers or panel proposals submitted to ICD may not be submitted to any other ICA Division or Interest Group. 

The 2018 conference submission website will be available as of 1 September 2017. All submissions are due online no later than 16:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on 1 November 2017. This deadline is strictly enforced. To reach the conference website, please visit 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 in 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.


Acceptance of individual papers and/or paper panels obligates one to attend the conference where the work is to be presented. ICD participants on the program who do not arrange for a substitute in the event of an emergency may receive negative points during conference program preparation in future.

Volunteer for Reviewer

As the ICD 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 (please use the “Volunteer to be a Reviewer” link in the “Main Menu”). Once the ICD Division approves you as a reviewer, we assign papers based on your research areas. If you want to serve as reviewer for the ICD 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 ICD Division makes reviewer assignments based on this information and the keywords from the paper submissions.


Awards for Top Papers

Based on submission ranks as yielded through the review process, ICD will confer “top paper” awards for the four highest ranked papers. A cash award will be given to the top poster presentation. 


If you have any questions about the ICA 2018 ICD submission process, please contact Soumia Bardhan, the ICD Division vice chair at