Visual Communication Studies Division


Catherine L. Preston, Vice Chair
U of Kansas
Department of Film and Media Studies
Lawrence, Kansas

The Visual Communication Studies Division of ICA seeks to enhance the understanding of the visual in all its forms, from still and moving images in television, video, film and photography to layouts and displays in art and design, print and digital media, space and the built environment. The Division provides a unique forum for the discussion of theory and research in the creation, processing, function, meaning, and critical consequences of visual communication, encompassing diverse research traditions from the social sciences and the humanities. As an area that intersects with other communication fields and ICA Divisions, the Visual Communication Studies Division welcomes interdisciplinary
study as well as targeted analyses of all aspects of the visual communication experience, including perception, production, distribution, representation, circulation, reception, use, and interpretation.

The Visual Communication Studies Division invites paper and poster (interactive paper) submissions
as well as panel proposals and proposals for innovative presentational formats focusing on visual
communication in the broadest sense. All proposals are evaluated through a blind peer review process.
The Division strives to be inclusive. Empirical and theoretical submissions are encouraged.
However, proposals that only nominally concern visual media, without exploring or addressing issues
that are specifically visual in nature will be at a competitive disadvantage.

Completed papers and fully developed session proposals are preferred. Extended abstracts will be
considered. Extended abstracts should be substantial and represent well-developed or continuing research
projects. Incomplete or sketchy proposals for nascent or future work are considered inappropriate.

Submission formats:

All submissions (including panel proposals) should be accompanied by a file that is uploaded to the ICA Conference website. Please double-check to make sure that uploads are successful. To insure against technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. All paper and extended abstract submissions must be anonymized, or else they will be disqualified. Student submissions should be clearly identified as such so that they may be considered for the student paper competition. (Papers coauthored by students and faculty are not considered student papers.)

All submissions must be made online, no later than 16:00 UTC, 1 November 2017.