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ELECTIONS 2019: Join the team of ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group!

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Wednesday, July 3, 2019

ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group is dedicated to diversifying leadership and this year we hold elections for two positions:

  • Student and Early Career Representative
  • International Liaison

Joining our team will allow you to gain experience in leadership in the world’s biggest association of media and communications scholars, the International Communication Association (ICA).



For the term: end of ICA Australia conference 2020 – end of ICA Paris conference 2022


Job description:

  • represent student and early career scholars at the level of both our interest group and the ICA-wide Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC)
  • exchange information between SECAC and our interest group
  • organize ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest group meet-ups between senior and junior scholars at the ICA annual conference
  • participate in the organization of events dedicated to students and early career scholars during the conference
  • participate in the annual SECAC reception fundraising
  • contribute to ICA newsletter


  • be a member of ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group
  • be a student OR early career researcher who has obtained their diploma within the past five years



For the term: end of ICA Australia conference 2020 – end of ICA Paris conference 2022


Job description:

  • gather opinions and feedback from members of our interest group, especially new members from less represented cultures, for example, at times of the annual conference, and convey them to ICA LGBTQ co-chairs, or other relevant bodies at ICA, in order for them to receive more social support and feel more welcomed at the Association
  • liaise across the divisions and interest groups on general issues that go beyond any given unit of ICA
  • assist in the planning of ICA annual conferences, helping the co-chairs to pay attention to participants from ethnic-minority communities and the developing world who may need extra help
  • identify the needs of young scholars, especially those from non-English-speaking countries, who may need the training of particular skills (e.g., writing, data analysis), relay them to ICA Membership and Internationalization Committee or other relevant bodies, who will design ways to meet such needs
  • participate in and facilitate other ICA internationalization activities such as regional conferences, mentorship programs
  • take initiatives to suggest new ideas for improving ICA’s overall internationalization endeavors


  • be a member of ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group



For both positions, please send a max. 2000-character statement (about 300 words) to ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group co-chairs, Lukasz Szulc (l.szulc@sheffield.ac.uk) and Shinsuke Eguchi (seguchi@unm.edu) by 21 July 2019. In the candidate statement, you should explain how you would like to contribute to the role of your choice and what you would like to achieve during your term in office. We also recommend to address your prospective contributions to the diversity of our interest group in terms of representation, participation, and scholarship.


To find out more about our interest group, see: https://www.icahdq.org/group/glbtstudies. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our co-chairs for more information. 

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