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Spotlight on #ICA17 Preconferences

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services ​, Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Each month, we’ll highlight different pre and postconferences that are open to all at conference this year. Click here to learn more about all the pre and postconferences offered at ICA San Diego 2017.

PRECONFERENCE Mobile Media as (Tools for) Interventions

Division Affiliation: Mobile Communication Interest group

Time: Wed, 24 May; 8:30 – 20:30

Location: U of California – San Diego

Transportation: carpool from Hilton using Uber, about 45 minutes of travel

Limit: 30 min, 60 max

Cost: US$75 (lunch is included)

*Registration is open to everyone.

Organizer(s): Colin Agur, Mariek Vanden Abeele, Katine Cumiskey, Max Foxman, Veronika Karnowski, Christine Linke, Shin Mizukoshi, Didem Ozkul-McGeoch

Description: The 14th annual ICA Mobile preconference aims to reflect upon the influence of mobile technologies on everyday practices through the theme “Mobile Media as (tools for) Interventions.” The preconference will be organized into interactive Blue Sky Workshops. These workshops will provide a forum where graduate students, new faculty, and more experienced scholars can discuss their research, ideas, and work in progress, thus creating an opportunity to cultivate a supportive and integrated community of thinkers.

Contact: Colin Agur,

PRECONFERENCE Narrative Persuasion: From Research to Practice

Division Affiliation: Mass Communication Division

Time: Wed, May 24; 9:00 – 17:00

Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

Transportation: Optional: Bus immediately following conference to San Diego Hilton ($25).

Prior registration with required, limited seats are available for the bus and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.

Limit: 20 min, 50 max

Cost: US$50 (lunch is included)

*Registration is open to everyone.

Organizer(s): Sheila Murphy and Nathan Walter, Annenberg/USC, Jonathan Cohen, Haifa U, Hollywood, Health & Society (Director Kate Folb and Erica Rosenthal)

Sponsor(s): Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S)

Description: Narrative persuasion has become a burgeoning area of research offering new theoretical and empirical discoveries regarding the underlying processes that enhance or attenuate the persuasive efficacy of stories. But while interest in and use of narratives has grown exponentially, there seems to be a substantial divide between the study of narrative persuasion and the practical use of stories to sway knowledge, attitudes and behavior in health, social and other contexts. The goal of this preconference is to bridge this gap by bringing together scholars who study narrative persuasion with entertainment industry representatives who produce narrative content, as well as practitioners who increasing apply narrative interventions to health and social problems. Contact: Sheila Murphy,

PRECONFERENCE Prospective Mexican Organizational Communication

Division Affiliation: Organizational Communication Division

Time: Wed, 24 May; 9:00 – 20:00

Location: U of San Diego

Transportation: participants are responsible for their own travel.

Limit: 25 min, 50 max

Cost: US$80

Registration is open to everyone.

Organizer(s): Griselda Guillen Ojeda

Sponsor(s): Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

Description: We will have an open call papers. The participants will be organized by discussion tables about research, teaching and practice the OC in Mexico and it’s prospective. This preconference will be

also the second edition of Organizational Communication National Conference, organize with the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla and Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. Contact: Griselda Guillen Ojeda,

PRECONFERENCE Tryst With Democracy: 70 Years of Media in Independent India - Successes, Challenges, Interventions

Division: Global Communication and Social Change, Communication and Technology, Communication Law and Policy, Journalism Studies, Mass Communication, Media Industry Studies, Mobile Communication, Popular Communication

Time: Thurs, 25 May; 8:30 – 16:00

Location: U of California - San Diego

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own travel.

Limit: 40 min, 50 max

Cost: US$40 (regular), US$30 (student) (lunch is included)

*Registration is open to all.

Organizer(s): Sudeshna Roy, Daya Thussu, Vipul Mudgal

Description: August 15, 2017, marks 70 years of India’s functioning as the world’s largest democracy post-independence. Indian media have come a long way in operating in a country of such depth and complexity. One of the great achievements of India is its free and vibrant press. Yet, the drawbacks are many. In the intersections of such accomplishments and seemingly insurmountable challenges of the Indian media, lie spaces for interventions. This preconference focuses on theses spaces.

Contact: Sudeshna Roy,

PRECONFERENCE Media Justice: Race, Borders, Disability, and Data

Division Affiliation: Communication and Technology

Time: Thurs, 25 May; 9:00 – 17:00

Location: Sherman Heights Community Centre

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own travel.

Limit: 20 min, 150 max

Cost: US$50 USD (lunch is included)

*Registration is open to everyone.

Organizer(s): Tanja Dreher, Gerard Goggin, Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sponsor(s): U of Sydney

Description: This preconference brings together established activists and advocates in media justice campaigns with scholars interested in developing theories and analyses focused on race, borders, disability, and data. Media justice is understood very broadly, and includes questions of justice in regards to media and communications practices, infrastructures and representation – as well as the many ways in which media are vital to wider processes of social justice and transformation. Contact: Tanja Dreher,

PRECONFERENCE My So-Called “Gamified” Life

Division Affiliation: Game Studies

Time: Thurs, 25 May; 9:00 – 15:00

Location: Barra Barra Saloon - 4016 Wallace Street, Old Town San Diego, CA 92110

Transportation: No transportation provided. Cost of the Trolley (Green Route) from the conference hotel to Old Town is US$5 round trip.

Limit: 40 min, 60 max

Cost: US$25 USD faculty, US$10 USD student, (lunch is included) *Registration is open to everyone.

Organizer(s): Chad Wertley, John Velez, Tine Vyvey, Robby Ratan, Aubrie Adams

Sponsor(s): Texas Tech U, Zynga, University of York

Description: Gaming should no longer be seen as a separate space, or “magic circle,” from real life. Games and game mechanics have been implemented into nongame situations in order to engage and motivate people. This process of gamification has become increasingly popular in organizational, social, and health care practices. This session explores how gamification is being used in various contexts; the effectiveness of using specific game mechanics; and the social consequences of gamifying everyday life.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Sebastian Deterding - Senior Research Fellow, Digital Creativity Labs, University of York, Anna Huerta - Senior Game Designer, Zynga

Contact: Chad Wertley,

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