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CFP: ICA2019 Pre-conference #CommunicationSoWhite, Washington DC

Posted By Eve Ng, Monday, November 26, 2018

Call for Submissions:

International Communication Association 2019 Pre-conference

 #CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media

 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Washington D.C., USA

 

DESCRIPTION

As part of an ongoing movement to decenter white masculinity as the normative core of scholarly inquiry, the recent article, “#CommunicationSoWhite” by Chakravartty et al. (2018) in the Journal of Communication examined racial disparities within citational practices to make a broader intervention on ways current Communication scholarship reproduces institutional racism and sexism. The underrepresentation of scholars of color within the field in regards to citations, editorial positions, and publications and ongoing exclusion of nonwhite, feminist, queer, post-colonial, and Indigenous voices is a persistent and systemic problem in the production of disciplinary knowledge. ICA President Paula Gardner echoed similar sentiments in her 2018 presidential address, calling for steps for inclusion and diversity within the International Communication Association as well as the larger field.

This pre-conference aims to highlight, consider, and intervene in these issues. We seek submissions that address areas such as:

·       The marginalization of communication scholarship in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other axes of exclusion are central;

·       Communication scholarship in the context of the global rise of white supremacy and right-wing ethno-nationalism movements;

·       Communication scholarship from postcolonial and decolonial perspectives;

·       Who tends to be hired and who serves as leaders/gatekeepers in the field;

·       The politics of citation and publication;

·       How #CommunicationSoWhite can function as an intervention within communication studies organizations, departments, and scholarship. 

We anticipate many submissions will center on the U.S. and other Western contexts; we also hope the pre-conference will provide a discussion that spans both global North and South, and we encourage participation by submitters from outside North America and the U.K.

Please submit either an EXTENDED ABSTRACT or a PANEL PROPOSAL. 

Extended abstracts should be 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references.  We encourage different types of submissions including position papers, case studies, and more conventional research papers that tackle any issue relating to the preconference themes.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of four participants.  We will accept panels following a traditional format where presenters each speak for 10-15 minutes before a Q-and-A period.  We also encourage panel proposals that do not follow such a format; e.g. consider high-density panels, which have six or more participants who each speak for 6 minutes or less, or panels where panelists circulate their papers to each other ahead of time to generate a more engaged discussion during the presentation session.  Provide a 400-word rationale describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a list of participants’ names, affiliations, and contact information. 

Travel grants: Depending on funding availability, we may have the ability to offer one or two modest travel grants (maximum $400).  If you are a graduate student and/or a scholar resident in a non-Tier A country (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers for a list), please note this status in your submission and indicate that you would like to be considered for a travel grant.

Exclusions: Submissions should not consist primarily of previously published or in-press scholarship. 

Deadline: Please submit by Thursday, February 7, 2019, 16:00 UTC, by emailing BOTH Eve Ng at nge@ohio.edu and Khadijah Costley White at klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

Attendance by non-presenters: Those who are not presenting are also welcome to register for attendance. (Registration information to come shortly.)

If you have questions, please contact both of the following pre-conference organizers:

Eve Ng: nge@ohio.edu

Khadijah Costley White: klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

DATE AND LOCATION 

The pre-conference will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Washington D.C., USA, at a venue close to the ICA conference hotel.  Exact location will be announced when it is finalized.  The pre-conference will end in time for participants to attend the opening plenary in the evening at the Washington Hilton.

 

Organizers

Eve Ng, Ohio University, USA

Khadijah Costley White, Rutgers University, USA

Alfred L. Martin, Jr., University of Iowa, USA

Anamik Saha, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

 

Organizing Groups

Ethnicity and Race in Communication division

LGBTQ Studies interest group

 

Co-Sponsors

Activism, Communication and Social Justice interest group

Feminist Scholarship division

Global Communication and Social Change division

Mass Communication division

Popular Communication division

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Call for book chapters: Why Are We All Gagging? The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

 

*(Book) Why Are We All Gagging? The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race*

Editor: Cameron Crookston

Publisher: Intellect Ltd.

 

*Aims & Scope*

 

Since its premier in 2009, RuPaul’s Drag Race has grown in both its popularity and its influence. In recent years the show has displayed signs of increasing mainstream attention, including a move to a major network, VH1, twenty Emmy nominations and four wins, and two incarnations of DragCon, an annual convention held in New York and Los Angeles drawing upwards of 40,000. In addition to its individual successes, Drag Race has had a significant impact on drag as a queer cultural art form. Drag Race has transmitted what was once a niche, subcultural performance into millions of living rooms across the globe, drastically amplifying drag audiences. As a result, the popular reality show has become the yardstick against which these new audiences measure drag in all its forms. Similarly, the show’s popularity has lead to what season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen (Christopher Caldwell) refers to as ‘the drag race baby boom’, in which the numbers of aspiring queens around the world has skyrocketed since Drag Race hit the airwaves.

 

In addition to more covert influences on local drag culture, RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a visible spectre in bars and villages around the world. From private viewing parties to ‘live’ screenings hosted by local queens in neighbourhood bars, communal viewing of drag race has become a shared cultural practice, from Toronto to Berlin, akin to Super Bowl parties or World Cup gathering at local pubs.

 

This CFP invites scholars to contribute book chapters that analyze the relationship between RuPaul’s Drag Race and local and global drag culture, both with respect to audience and performers. While several publications have emerged in recent years that analyze Drag Race in and of itself, we seek to pay particular critical attention to the cultural impact that RuPaul’s Drag Race has had, and continues to have, on the world of drag.

 

Topics may include but are not limited to:

 

   * The fan culture of RuPaul’s Drag Race

   * DragCon

   * The ‘Drag Baby Boom’

   * The impact on drag race on local/regional drag communities

   * Interaction between fans and queens on social media

   * Drag Race’s engagement with and performance of LGBT+ history and

     politics

   * Mainstream popularity and the growing fanbase of straight, female teens

   * Live viewing parties of Drag Race at local drag bars

   * Drag Race as a platform for public debate (particularly racism and

     transphobia)

   * ‘Drag Voice’: circulation of queer subcultural language and

     vocabulary on Drag Race

 

*To Apply*

 

Please submit the following toCameron.crookston@mail.utoronto.ca

<mailto:Cameron.crookston@mail.utoronto.ca>by September 30 2018.

 

   * Title

   * An abstract of up to 500 words

   * A brief bio of up to 200 words. Please include contact information:

     name(s), institutional affiliation(s), email

   * 3-5 keywords/phrases

 

Please submit using MS Word and save your file as .doc file for compatibility.

 

*Papers*

 

Final papers should be approximately 6000-9000 words, including references.

 

Contributors will be sent chapter format and guidelines upon acceptance.

Full manuscripts will be sent out for blind peer review.

 

*Production Schedule (subject to change)*

 

   * September 30, 2018 - Chapter Abstracts Due

   * October 21, 2018- Acceptance emails sent out to successful applicants

   * March 21, 2019: Chapter Submissions Due

   * August 21, 2019: Revised Papers Due

   * September 21, 2019: Manuscript submitted to publisher (Intellect Ltd.)

 

Please address any questions to:

 

   * Cameron.crookston@mail.utoronto.ca

     <mailto:Cameron.crookston@mail.utoronto.ca>

   * Cameron Crookston, PhD Candidate, The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and

     Performance Studies, The University of Toronto

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Call for nominations for ICA LGBTQ co-chair, secretary & awards committee

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Thursday, July 5, 2018

Nominations for Co-Chair


Eve’s co-chair term will end after the 2019 conference, so we will hold elections for a co-chair during the ICA Fall elections. The new co-chair will serve a four-year term (the first two years with our other current co-chair Lukasz).  


If you are interested, feel free to email Eve and Lukasz to discuss (evecng@hotmail.comL.Szulc@lse.ac.uk). Or go ahead and send us a self-nomination by ** Monday, 15 July **, identifying yourself and including a 2,000-character statement (~300 words, but you should do an actual count, since ICA is switching to the ScholarOne system, which only counts characters). In your candidate statement, please address the following:


“The LGBTQ IG needs diversity of representation, participation, and scholarship. All candidates running for election as Co-chair must describe their prospective contributions to each of these diversity dimensions in their platform statements.”


Nominations for Secretary


We would like to establish a new Secretary position, as follows:


“The Secretary is elected for a two-year term. Their duties include posting on the interest group’s social media accounts (currently Twitter and Facebook) during the annual conference and throughout the year when appropriate (e.g. ICA’s calls for papers; occasional job postings); maintaining the interest group’s records (such as business meeting minutes); and assisting the Co-chairs in other ways as necessary.”


We are seeking self-nominations for a two-year term beginning after the 2019 annual conference. Again, if you are interested, you can contact us with questions, or just send us a self-nomination by ** Monday, 15 July **, identifying yourself and including a 2,000-character statement (characters, not words!).  


Awards and Nominations Committee


We are also establishing an Awards and Nominations Committee, primarily to deliberate on awards, but also responsible, together with the co-chairs, for any nominations that LGBTQ Studies may decide to pursue for our members (e.g. for a ICA Fellows nomination; Best Book nomination).  If you’re interested in this committee, please let us know. The proviso is that if you are deliberating about an award, you would not be eligible for it.


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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.

PRECONFERENCE: MEDIA, GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN EUROPE

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).

 

 

ICA 2018 LGBTQ STUDIES SESSIONS

 

~ 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

CHAIR

 

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

CHAIR

 

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

CHAIR

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

11:00-11:55am

 

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

CHAIR

 

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

12:00-12:50pm

 

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

CHAIR

 

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

12:55-1:45pm

 

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

Kath Albury, Swinburne University of Technology

CHAIR

 

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).

 

 

~ INTERACTIVE PAPER (POSTER) SESSION ~

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

CHAIR

 

Music in Queer Intimate Relationships

Marion Wasserbauer, Universiteit Antwerpen

 

SESSIONS WE ARE CO-SPONSORING

 

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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ICA 2018 Conference Call for Submissions

Posted By Eve Ng, Saturday, September 2, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

ICA 2018 Conference Call for Submissions

Deadline: November 1, 2017, 16:00 UTC

(Note that 16:00 UTC corresponds to a time several hours earlier than 4:00pm in the U.S.)

 

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions from scholars, activists and communication professionals of any sexual/romantic orientation whose work addresses the lives of LGBTQ persons and/or applies queer theory to various topics. We encourage a diversity of methods and theoretical approaches.

We are particularly interested in the analysis and critique of gender and sexual systems, discourses, and representations, particularly those that animate, inform, and impinge upon the lives and understandings of LGBTQ persons. This is a transdisciplinary perspective because such systems and discourses occur across institutional, community, domestic, and intimate contexts; are closely connected to other social, cultural, and political practices (such as nationalism, education, or popular entertainment); and play a critical role in the formation and communication of individual and group identity. As mentioned, we are also interested in work that uses queer theory and queerness as a method of analyzing social relations, communication, and systems of power. We encourage work that engages LGBTQ issues as part of collaborative research and/or community projects aimed toward broader efforts in social justice.                                                       

FORMATS

The Interest Group welcomes quality research in these areas, using any methodological approach. We only accept EXTENDED ABSTRACTS and PANEL PROPOSALS - please ** do not submit full papers **, as they will be rejected. (For an example of an extended abstract, please contact group co-chair Eve Ng at evecng@hotmail.com.)

Extended abstracts should be between 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references. We welcome both completed research and works in progress, but you must clearly indicate if a proposal is a work in progress in the title, and what material you expect to add by the time of the conference. An extended abstract must clearly include Background (information on your topic, plus a discussion of relevant literature), Theory (including theoretical concepts or key theorists), Method (data collection and analysis approaches), and Findings (can be preliminary, expected findings, or potential implications of findings). Submissions will be judged on: Theoretical/Conceptual Framework; Relevance/Adequacy of Literature Review; Methodological Soundness; Development of Overall Argument; Relevance of Topic/Discussion to LGBTQ Studies Interest Group.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of five participants. We also welcome high-density panels, which have six or more participants. Provide a 400-word abstract describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a 400-word rationale that explains a coherent logic for having these papers presented together. A panel will only be scheduled if, in sum, it presents more a compelling presentation than combining individual submissions in the same amount of available time. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: Theoretical/Conceptual Framework; Innovativeness of Panel; Cohesiveness of Panel; Relevance of Topic/Discussion to LGBTQ Studies Interest Group. If your panel is of particular relevance to the conference theme (“Interventions”), you may consider submitting it to the theme coordinators as a theme session instead.

EXCLUSIONS

We will not consider previously published or in-press submissions, or submissions from or including current LGBTQ Studies Interest Group Co-chairs. No proposal may be submitted simultaneously to any other ICA Division or Interest Group. You can submit no more than two different proposals to the LGBTQ Studies Interest Group.

TOP PAPERS/TRAVEL AWARDS 

Based on feedback from the review process, we may confer top paper awards for two papers, typically a top faculty and top student paper. Also, when available, we may offer travel awards based on the criteria of our financial donors. These typically are focused on students and scholars from non-Tier-1 countries. In order to be considered for any award, the recipient must be a member of the Interest Group. We will call for travel award applications in early 2018.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW

It is highly recommended that persons submitting proposals also offer their service as reviewers, which provides a great opportunity to access cutting-edge research in the field. As additional incentive, ICA will once again have a High Quality Reviewer Award, which comes with a free conference registration!  (The winner will be selected from reviewers nominated by each ICA group/division.)

Whether you are an author or not of a submission for the next ICA conference, you are welcome to review. Graduate students are also eligible to serve as reviewers, as are non-ICA members, although we encourage you to join or renew your membership! We generally assign no more than 2 or 3 submissions to review. To review, register yourself in the ICA submission site at the time of submission or contact the Co-chairs to express interest. Remember to list your specific areas of expertise in subject matter and method.

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How to join ICA and the LGBTQ Studies interest group

Posted By Travers Scott, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

To become a member of the International Communication Association, or renew your membership, you can find an application here.

To become a member of the LGBTQ Studies interest group:

  • Sign up when you become an ICA member or renew your ICA membership.

  • If you are already an ICA member, you can log onto your ICA profile and go to your membership page here, then click on the membership renewal link, which will allow you to add a division/interest group to your membership.

Remember, when you become a member of the LGBTQ Studies interest group, your $3 contribution to the LGBTQ Interest Group helps fund our top paper awards and travel funding for the conference.

 

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All About LGBTQ Studies Interest Group

Posted By Travers Scott, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

All methodologies of research studying sexuality and gender, whether by self-identified LGBTQ scholars or allies, are welcome in our interest group. Particularly of interest are measurements, histories, analyses, and critiques of sexual systems, discourses, and representations that impact, inform, and/or constitute LGBTQ lives and identities. These can occur in institutional, community, domestic, and intimate contexts; are closely connected to other social, cultural, and political practices (such as nationalism, education, or popular entertainment); and play a critical role in the formation and communication of individual and group identity. In addition, we welcome research that uses queer theory and queerness for analyzing systems of power. We encourage work from LGBTQ scholars working in collaborative research and/or community projects toward broader efforts in social justice. As LGBTQ people and issues traverse many research sites, we welcome diversity content and approaches.

Examples of recently accepted research topics include:

- Game design and content

- Public opinion on same-sex marriage 

- Sports, homophobia and coming out

- Health communication campaigns and representations regarding HIV and STIs 

- Social identity theory, gender and homophobia

- Analogy logics of the Holocaust, race, and LGBT rights

- Nontraditional family creation stories

- Digital activism, policies, and representations

- Contemporary and historic case studies of specific communities, nations, or cultures

- Corporate social responsibility

- College counseling efforts

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