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ICA 2018 - LGBTQ Studies sessions and events

Posted By Eve Ng, Saturday, March 24, 2018
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2018

Here is a list of LGBTQ Studies sessions and events for ICA's 2018 annual conference, May 24-28, in chronological order.  This will be updated as we have additional information.


Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm

Cafe Kampus, Naprstkova 272/10, Prague, Czech Republic

Organizers: Lukasz Szulc, Alexander Dhoest, Lynn Comella

Contact: l.szulc@lse.ac.uk

            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?

** There are still a few places available for interested attendees.  Please email Lukasz Szulc at l.szulc@lse.ac.uk to receive a link for registering for the preconference.  Registration is USD25 for early registration (by 30 April 2018) and USD35 for late registration (by 4 May 2018).





~ Queer Alternative Media as Counterpublics and Safe Spaces ~

Fri May 25 2018, 9:30-10:45am

Hilton Old Town, M - Mozart I

CO-SPONSOR: Popular Communication


The Impact of Social Media on Non-Monosexuals’ Responses to Discrimination: A Co-Cultural Approach

Michele Meyer, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill


“An Army of Lovers”: Fag Rag and the Proto-Queer Print Counterpublic

Ryan Tsapatsaris, Annenberg School for Communication / University of Pennsylvania


Reportage about Craigslist Sex Forums in Mainstream Newspapers and LGBTQ and Feminist Magazines

Chelsea Reynolds, Cal State University Fullerton



Fan Voices Together in Resistance to the Misrepresentation of Queer Women on TV: Online Protest Campaigns against the Dead Lesbian Syndrome

Rafael Ventura, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Mar Guerrero, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

María-José Establés, Universitat Pompeu Fabra



~ Suppression and Empowerment: Media, LGBTQ Rights, and Activism ~

Fri May 25 2018, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Old Town, M - Mozart I

CO-SPONSOR: Activism, Communication and Social Justice


Underlying Tensions Between Utopian Ideals: Human Rights Agendas Stifled in a Neoliberal World

Kelsey Husnick, Wayne State University


“They just need to empower themselves”: Reproducing Queer Liberalism in Discourses of Representatives of Human Rights NGOs in Ghana

Godfried Asante, Drake University



The Indian LGBT Activist on Social Media

Paromita Pain, University of Texas at Austin


From Pride to Passion to Enervation: Affective Labor in the Seoul Pride Parade

Woori Han, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Mobilizing Social Capital to Legalize the Same-Sex Marriage as a Social Movement in Taiwan: A Case Study Approach

Kenneth Yang, National University of Singapore

Yowei Kang, Kainan University



~ Homophobia, Homonationalism, and Geopolitics ~

Fri May 25 2018, 2:00-3:15pm

Hilton Old Town, M - Mozart I

CO-SPONSOR: Activism, Communication and Social Justice


Nationalism and Queerness in the UK and US: A Comparative Analysis of Homonationalism in Brexit and Trump

Nathian Rodriguez, San Diego State University

Lindsey Blumell, City University London


The Anti-Ecstasy of Human Rights: A Foray into Queer Cinema on “Homophobic Africa”

John Erni, Hong Kong Baptist University


Queering the Refugee: Discourse, Policy, and Deviant Sexuality in a Danish Migration Event

Morten Stinus Kristensen, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Hillary's Hellcats and the Dykes Taking over the White House

Cynthia Cooper, Towson University



~ LGBTQ History Walking Tour ~

Fri May 25 2018, 4:30pm

Meeting point: the red heart-shaped monument of Václav Havel at the Václav Havel Square, beside the National Theatre (see https://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/1631/vaclav-havel-square-national-theatre-piazzetta). The tour has been organized for us by a historian, Jan Seidl, in cooperation with the local Society for Queer Memory, and will take about 2 hours. You’re encouraged (but not required) to make a voluntary donation at the end of the walk. 


~ EXTENDED SESSION (3 fast sessions): (A) Reception of LGBTQ Representations, (B) Social Media Use, (C) Sexual Health ~

Sat May 26 2018, 11:00am-1:45pm

Hilton Prague, L - Amsterdam

CO-SPONSOR: Health Communication

CO-SPONSOR: Mobile Communication


Fast Session A. Reception of LGBTQ Representations in Mainstream Media and Beyond



Mediating LGBT in Vietnam

Jason Zingsheim, Governors State University

Dustin Goltz, DePaul University

Alexandra Murphy, DePaul University

Teresa Mastin, DePaul University

Chris Green, cgreen1@depaul.edu DePaul University


The Character Attributes Influencing Heterosexual Audiences’ Liking of Gay Television Characters

Bradley Bond, University of San Diego



Homophobia and Morality in Lesbian’s Narratives Reception

Adriana Ibiti, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

María T. Soto-Sanfiel, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona


The Influence of Pornography Viewing on Attitudes toward Transgender People among Men Who Are Attracted to Transgender Women

Thomas Billard, University of Southern California


(De)Centering Heteronormativity in the U.S. Military: How Military Service Members Reinforce and/or Destabilize Dominant Discourses in Talk

Bobbi Van Gilder, Northeastern University


Fast Session B. Social Media Use by LGBTQs: Twitter, Instagram, and Dating Sites



Myself in Different Places: Needs, Uses, and Self-Perception Changes in the Homosexual Dating App Ecology

Lei Vincent Huang, Hong Kong Baptist University

Runze Ding, University of Leeds


Public Homoeroticism and Mimetic Desire on Instagram

Tyler Quick, University of Southern California


Grinding their Gears? Effects of 'Grindr Tourism' in Tel Aviv on LGBT+ Spatial Practices

Rachel Katz, University of Manchester, U.K.


Transgressing Boundaries in Trans Discourse: Analyzing First-Person Transgender Perspectives on Twitter

Kelsey Whipple, The University of Texas at Austin



Fast Session C. Sexual Health, HIV/AIDS, and PrEP



Sexperts Online: Affective Pedagogies of Gay Men’s Digital Sexual Health Outreach

Kath Albury, Swinburne University of Technology



Locating Communication in a Metasynthesis of Research on Transgender Women, Sex Work, and HIV

Nivethitha Ketheeswran, University of South Florida

Ambar Basu, University of South Florida


PrEP Online: Advice and Knowledge-Sharing on Queer Social Media

Greg Niedt, Drexel University



** LGBTQ Studies Business Meeting **

Sun, May 27, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, L, Amsterdam

On the agenda: Reports about relevant business from the ICA board meeting, LGBTQ Studies-specific items, and an invitation to consider serving as one of the group’s co-chairs (Eve’s term ends after the 2019 conference).




Sun May 27 2018, 12:30-1:45pm

Hilton Prague, LL - Congress Hall II - Exhibit Hall/Posters


A Content Analytic Study of Media Indexing in the Context of Transgender Rights

Anna Loup, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication

Thomas Billard, University of Southern California


‘Girls Don’t Play with Boys’: Online Homosexuality Advocacy in India

Somrita Ganchoudhuri, National University of Singapore


Together on the Construction of LGBTQ Identity Online Using Memes

Bradley Wiggins, Webster University Vienna

Jerrica Rowlett, Florida State University

Michael Tristano, Arizona State University


“Tranny Surprise” vs. “Tranny Chaser”: How TV Trans Characters Remain a Joke

Traci Abbott, Bentley University


LGBTQ Studies reception

Sun, May 27, 6:30pm

Location: Q Café (Prague 1, Nové Město, Opatovická 166/12, Post Code 110 00), see: https://www.facebook.com/pg/qcafe.cz/about/ ). We invite LGBTQ members to come network with scholars working on gender, sexuality and media in a venue conducive to conversation! The Q Café has drinks and light food options (e.g. soups, snacks, munchies, dessert), and we will purchase some of these for attendees to share for free. 


~ Love, Sex, Friendship: LGBTQ Relationships and Intimacies ~

Mon May 28 2018, 3:30-4:45pm

Hilton Old Town, M - Liszt

CO-SPONSOR: Interpersonal Communication


Lover(s), Partner(s), and Friends: Exploring Privacy Management Tactics of Consensual Non-Monogamists in Online Spaces

Jade Metzger, Wayne State University


Does Gender Matter? Exploring Friendship Patterns of LGBTQ Youth in a Gender-Neutral Environment

Traci Gillig, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication

Leila Bighash, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication


Hissing and Hollering: Performing Radical Queerness at Dinner

Greg Niedt, Drexel University



Music in Queer Intimate Relationships

Marion Wasserbauer, Universiteit Antwerpen




Radio Voices: Cultures, Networks, and Ideologies

Fri, May 25, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Old Town, M, Chopin

Division: Communication History

* This session includes the paper “Our Hearts Were Young and Gay: Gender Repair and the Lavender Tinge of Cold War-era U.S.–French Talk Radio” by Derek W. Vaillant, University of Michigan *


EXTENDED SESSION PART 1: Global Communication and Social Change in African Contexts

Fri, May 25, 2:00-3:15pm

Hilton Prague, M, Chez Louis Salon

Division: Global Communication and Social Change

* This session includes the paper “Enemy Collaborators: Social Imaginaries, Global Frictions, and a Gay Rights Music Video in Kenya” by Brian Ekdale, University of Iowa *


Alternative Media and Counter Narratives

Sat, May 26, 8:00-9:15am

Hilton Prague, LL, Congress Hall I

Division: Activism, Communication and Social Change

* This session includes the paper “Feminism and Queer Counterpublics in China: The Case of Activist Media ‘Queer Lala Times’” by Yang Yu, Temple University *


Sexual Nationalism and (Self-)Representations of LGBTQ Migrants in Europe

Sat, May 26, 8:00-9:15am

Hilton Old Town, M, Mozart I

Division: Ethnicity and Race in Communication


New Approaches to Popular Communication: Methods, Objects, and Questions

Sat, May 26, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, M, Karlin III

Division: Popular Communication

* This session includes the paper “Ir/retrievable voices: Dragging Queer Televisual Archives” by Kai Khiun Liew, Nanyang Technological University, and Natasha Ismail, Nanyang Technological University *


Ethical Dimension of Public Relations

Sat, May 26, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, M, Hercovka

Division: Public Relations

* This session includes the paper “Empowering the Voice of LGBT Research and Ethics in PR: Current Status and Avenues for Future Research” by Katie Place, Quinnipiac University, Shannon Bowen, University of South Carolina, and Lee Edwards, London School of Economics and Political Science *


Whose Voices Matter? Digital Media Spaces and the Formation of New Publics in the Global South

Sun, May 27, 9:30-10:45am

Hilton Prague, M, Palmovka

Division: Global Communication and Social Change

* This session includes the paper “Social Media and Censorship: the Queer Art Exhibition Case in Brazil” by Michel Nicolau Netto, State University of Campinas, and Olívia Bandeira, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro *


HIGH-DENSITY: Media Framing of Controversial Health Issues

Mon, May 28, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, LL, Roma

Division: Health Communication

* This session includes the paper “Public Health Framing of Intimate Partner Violence Media Portrayals in Heterosexual and Homosexual Contexts” by Matthew W Savage, San Diego State University, and Jennifer Ann Scarduzio, University of Kentucky *


Communicating Social Support Online and Offline

Mon, May 28, 2:00-3:15pm

Hilton Prague, LL, Vienna

Division: Health Communication

* This session includes the paper “Communal Coping With Individual Identity? Social Support, LGBTQ Identity, and Depressive Symptoms in Latino/a Teens” by Traci Gillig, University of Southern California - Annenberg, Thomas W. Valente, University of Southern California, and Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, University of Southern California *


Mapping Multiple Migrant Experiences: Voices of Solidarity, Support and Opposition in Media

Mon, May 28, 3:30-4:45pm

Hilton Old Town, M, Chopin

Division: Global Communication and Social Change

* This session includes the paper “Queer Hmong Voices Streaming in Diaspora” by Lori Kido Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison *

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