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Pre and Postconference Call for Papers

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services ​, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Preconferences for ICA's 2017 Annual Conference will be held from Wednesday 24 to Thursday 25 May 2017. And postconferences will be held on Tuesday 30 May. See below a couple of the upcoming deadlines for preconferences/postconferences call for papers.

Registrations for pre and postconferences open 15 January 2017.

Preconference: Future Directions of Strategic Communication: Towards the Second Decade of an Emerging Field
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Deadline: 9 December 2016

Strategic communication has emerged as a global field of communication research during the last decade. Scholars from public relations, corporate communication, organizational and internal communication, public diplomacy, political communication, advertising, marketing, health and intercultural communication have merged efforts to build a body of knowledge that focuses on the deliberate and purposive use of communication to support the overarching goals of entities (companies, nonprofits, states, etc.). Universities have introduced programs that combine insights from some of these fields with specific knowledge on strategic thinking, planning, and alignment. Academic conferences have been arranged around the world, handbooks and textbooks published, and the International Journal of Strategic Communication, now in its 10th year of publication, serves as a platform for discussion and debate. Moreover, large-scale surveys like the Communication Monitor series across 80 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America, and numerous other studies have provided empirical insights into the field.

Despite these forms of institutionalization, there is still no universal understanding of the pillars on which the field rests. What are the core perspectives and benefits of strategic communication? How does it differ from traditional disciplines? What is the extra value of an integrated view? Are we using appropriate conceptualizations of communication and strategy? What can we learn from recent debates in strategic management and strategic alignment? What are the methodological challenges of researching the link between communication and organizational goals? How can empirical studies inform the debate? What are specific challenges of international and comparative research in strategic communication? How is the field developing in different parts of the world? What are the experiences from building strategic communication programs at universities in different countries? What do we know about the job market, and how can educators prepare students for the occupational field?

This preconference will incorporate an interactive format to address these questions and build ground for the next decade of strategic communication research. First, panel discussions with proponents of the field, e.g. authors of the seminal article "Defining Strategic Communication" (IJSC, 2007) and editors of key handbooks and textbooks, will stimulate the debate. Second, contributors of conference papers are invited to analyze the current and past debate in the field, bring in new perspectives, and propose new directions. The focus will be on conceptual papers building a big picture; however, insights based on empirical data are suitable as well. Finally, all participants will engage in a moderated session to identify common ground and future directions for the field.

This preconference is approved by the ICA 2017 organizing committee and is part of the official ICA 2017 conference program. It continues a series of successful ICA preconferences on strategic communication held in 2011 (Boston) and 2014 (Seattle). Each of these forums included participants from more than 20 countries, which facilitated a global perspective and contributed to the development of strategic communication as a unique discipline. We invite scholars across the globe to continue to build the strategic communication body of knowledge by taking part in this preconference.

Preconference: The Consequences of the Internet for Authoritarian Politics: Comparative Perspectives
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Deadline: 11 December 2016

The majority of extant studies on the consequences of the Internet for authoritarian politics has focused on phenomena of political communication in one authoritarian regime only. Against this backdrop, this preconference aims at providing a forum for scholars from across the globe to discuss, and develop, comparative perspectives.

Preconference: How to Quantify the Unquantifiable the Methodology of Gender and Intersecting Dimensions of Identity
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Deadline: 15 December 2016

Mass communication research is tasked with reducing complex constructs like gender to quantifiable categories. Similarly, research on media representations applies categorical systematics to dimensions of identity. Both standardized and deconstructivist approaches have struggled with these. The pre-conference brings together scholars from different backgrounds to inspire alternative approaches. We will elaborate on and think about ways to critically appraise intersecting dimensions of identity within the quantitative paradigm. 
Keynote: Prof. Dr. Susanne Kinnebrock (University of Augsburg, Germany)

Preconference: Research, Intervention and Exchange Across the U.S./Mexican Border
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Deadline: 15 December 2016

The purpose of this pre-conference is to promote cooperation and intellectual exchange between scholars in the United States and Mexico. The preconference will feature research papers and media projects in progress along with a discussion in the latter part of the day for ongoing cooperation among those present at the preconference.

Preconference: Innovations in Narrative-Based Intervention Design, Development, and Evaluation
Read Call for Papers Deadline: 19 December 2016

This preconference aims to highlight and discuss selected innovative approaches in designing, developing, monitoring, and evaluating narrative-based interventions to address complex issues in public health and social justice in today's societies. We also hope to bring together both scholars and practitioners to share the state-of-art projects in thinking and action as well as brainstorming on strategies to overcome the challenges in research and practice.

Preconference: My So-Called "Gamified" Life
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Deadline: 31 December 2016

The Game Studies Division would like to welcome submissions to our 2017 Preconference, "My So-Called 'Gamified' Life." This theme explores the increasing use of games and game mechanics within our everyday, non-game lives (e.g., using Pokemon Go to make walking fun). We invite research submissions exploring how games have been applied in non-game contexts, their design features, and the social/psychological effects of gamification. We also welcome game demonstrations for those who have created or incorporated games into their work, classroom, or other settings. The pre-conference will take place on May 25, 2017 in the Barra Barra Saloon in Old Town San Diego, and will feature two prominent guest speakers: Dr. Sebastian Deterding, Senior Research Fellow at the University of York, and Anna Huerta, Senior Game Designer at Zynga. For more information, please view our Call for Papers (Also at http://game.icahdq.org/ohana/website/?p=58381739)

Preconference: Populism, Post-Truth Politics and Participatory Culture: Interventions in the Intersection of Popular and Political Communication Read Call for Papers
Deadline: 31 December 2016

The preconference will foster a dialogue between scholars working within different conceptual and methodological traditions in order to advance interdisciplinary debates and approaches to the study of contemporary popular and populist politics; building on this analysis the preconference concludes with reflections on how this analysis can and ought to translate into interventions on behalf of communication scholars in the political process and its communicative infrastructure.

Preconference: ICA Young Scholars Preconference on Interventions in the Practice of Visual Communication Research 
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Deadline: 1 January 2017

Intervention comes in different forms. Research questions aim to intervene in societal and philosophical problems, scholarly conferences and initiatives intervene within the halls of academia and the practice of contemporary research, and publication intervenes in both scholarly and public debate.

As society becomes increasingly mediatized through both digital technologies and nostalgic returns to traditional folk arts, it is essential to analyze the specifically visual aspects of communicating in the social world. And yet, because of this same cultural and technological upsurge in visual communication, scholars who focus on the visual are often spread across ICA divisions based on the non-visual content of their work, from health communication to popular communication to rhetoric to technology and beyond. Scholarship is also increasingly presented using visual images, to both public and academic audiences. This raises challenges in communication and publication, particularly for young scholars.

We aim to bring together a critical mass of emerging and senior scholars to discuss, reflect, and challenge each other on our interventions into the visual. In this way, the preconference is also an intervention into scholarly careers in the still-growing field of visual communication studies.

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