Intergroup Communication Interest Group


Jessica Gasiorek, Ph.D.
Department of Communicology
U of Hawai’i at Manoa
2560 Campus Road, George Hall 321
Honolulu, HI 96822

The Intergroup Communication Interest Group seeks submissions on the ways in which communication within and between identity groups affects social relations. Intergroup encounters occur when social, rather than personal, identity forms the basis for communication. Intergroup communication is often characterized by power inequality, bias, competition or conflict manifested through prejudice and discrimination (e.g., ageism, racism, sexism), aggression, violence, and genocide. However, intergroup communication can be equally characterized by positive communication found in identity expansion, cooperation, altruism, negotiation, and collaboration. Intergroup research informs many communicative contexts, including interactions among members of different cultures, nationalities, genders, generations,
as well as groups embedded in the workplace and health contexts.  Proposals are welcome on any topic related to the study of intergroup communication.

2018 Submission Guidelines:
The Intergroup Communication Interest Group provides a home for interdisciplinary, quantitative, and
qualitative approaches to intergroup communication phenomena. We are accepting two categories of
submissions for presentation at the 2018 conference:

(a) Extended abstracts of completed projects (empirical, methodological, theoretical, or critical) between no more than 1500 words in length, not including title page, references, charts, or tables. Extended abstracts or papers longer than 1500 words will not be reviewed. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted. Abstracts will be considered for traditional panel programming, high-density paper sessions, or interactive paper/poster sessions. Paper authors are expected to take efforts to conceal their identity from reviewers; authors’ names should NOT appear anywhere in the files submitted. The cover page should include a title along with key words to help facilitate the review process. Papers first- or sole-authored by a student should indicate their status when submitting it through the ICA submission system in order to be considered for the top student paper award or travel grant.

(b) Panel proposals featuring debates or spotlights on current issues, bodies of scholarly work, or methodologies. Panel proposals should include participants’ names, abstracts of papers (100-200 words each), background information on participants, and a justification for the panel (400-500 words). This justification should explain the importance of the topic and why it is of interest to interest group members. Preference will be given to panels that bring together participants from various universities as well as diverse geographical regions. If the panel addresses ethnopolitical issues or other group-based conflicts, we encourage the panel to include participants from multiple perspectives and/or representation. If you are interested in having your panel co-sponsored with another division or interest group, please indicate this as a separate note on the justification for the panel (not included as part of word count) and notify the program planner via email at the time of submission. 

The division is also interested in submissions related to the conference theme Voices. Please note on a cover page if your submission relates to the conferences theme.

Submission through the ICA Conference website opens 1 September 2017. To reach the conference website, go to the ICA home page at and follow the link for 2018 Conference Submission.

At least one author on each submission must be a member of the Intergroup Communication Interest Group at the time of submission for consideration. All submissions must be completed online no later than 16:00 UTC, 1 November 2017. To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. Please direct any questions about the call for submissions to the 2018 program planner, Jessica Gasiorek, at
Interpersonal Communication