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Posted By Administration, Monday, April 3, 2017


Feminist Scholarship Division 

This year FSD sponsors a Blue Sky Workshop to provide graduate students and early-career scholars across ICA with advice for finding, landing, and navigating academic jobs.  


Date & Time: Monday, 29 May 2017 , 9:30 - 10.45 am  

Location: Hilton Bayfront, 5, Cobalt 500 


Contact for questions: Rosemary Clark 


The workshop will take the form of five concurrent small group discussions, each focused on challenges to different stages of the job search.  


Two discussion topics – finding universities and positions that fit one’s strengths and presenting one’s academic narrative through CVs, cover letters, and professional websites – deal with questions and concerns related to the earliest stages of the job search, while a third topic, crafting effective job talks, will focus on later stages.  


Two additional topics address the challenges that arise after one has been offered an academic job – negotiating contracts effectively and making the transition from doctoral candidate to junior faculty.  


Senior or newly appointed scholars will lead each group discussion, but ultimately, this workshop is intended to be a collective learning process. We invite all ICA members to participate in multiple discussions and share their own experiences and expertise. 



Journalism Studies Division 



Dear fellow members, by now I hope that you have had a chance to look through the programme for the San Diego conference and I think you will agree that we have a very good programme for our Division! Keren and I are particularly happy with the submissions for our themed panel strand “Reinvigorating Theory in Journalism Studies”. We are also quite pleased that we have a very good mix of sessions this year: several sessions presenting research tackling burning contemporary issues on the one hand, many strong sessions on classical concepts in Journalism Studies, and several innovative sessions that we co-sponsor with other divisions, highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of the field. 


We are also on track to have a great JS Division Reception this year. The date and time, as announced in the previous letter, is after the Business Meeting on Friday, May 26, 18.30 – 23.00, and the Reception will be held at Half Door Brewing, 903 Island Avenue, a mere 12-minute walk from the main conference hotel, just one block behind Petco Park (see Maps and directions will be provided at the Business Meeting – please do note that if you look for directions on Google Maps it will look like it takes longer than 12 minutes to get there, since Google Maps does not know that the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge has been finished!  


Looking forward to seeing you all in San Diego! --  



Language and Social Interaction Division 

Dear LSI Member, 


We're looking forward to seeing you all in San Diego for the 2017 ICA Conference. This year, we're continuing the Mentorship Program we started in 2013 to build and strengthen our Language and Social Interaction community. Here's how it works: people can sign up to be mentors if they feel ready to do so -- for example, do you present/attend LSI events regularly and do you have experience worth sharing with less experienced members of the division? If you are new to the LSI division, a graduate student, brand new professor, or otherwise wishing you had some advice or a person to ask questions of, sign up to be a mentee. Once we get all the people signed up, we'll match you up and let you know with whom you're paired. You can meet at the LSI social or some other mutually agreed upon time/place.  


If you are going to be in San Diego and are interested in serving as a Mentor OR interested in meeting with a Mentor, please email Alena Vasilyeva ( with the following information by May 1, 2017:  


1) Your name, title, affiliation 

2) Your email 

3) If you would be willing to serve as a mentor OR if you would like to meet with a mentor?  

4) What are your areas of interest/specialty 


If you’ve participated in the past, it might also be helpful to let us know with whom you’ve already met. 



Alena Vasilyeva 


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