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San Diego Bound!

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President Elect, McMaster U, Monday, May 1, 2017
We are less than one month away from our San Diego conference and already have record numbers of participants registered!  We are looking forward to a full, rigorous, and rewarding experience with you all.  In anticipation of the conference, I’ll share a few recent conference developments regarding issues of privacy and choice that are relevant to conferencing in the digital age.  
To Tweet or Not to Tweet 
You are likely to see Twitter symbols designating the presenter’s desire that you do or do *not* share their work. While many scholars appreciate and desire that you do share their work via social media, and associate it with their name, some ask that you refrain from doing so.  The reasons for this are varied.  “Trolls” tend to prey on scholars of Feminist, Queer, Postcolonial and Antioppression research; they often retweet this scholarship with derogatory and harassing commentary. Many scientists and others who display raw data at conferences often prefer it not to be shared on social media, since data introduced out of proper context can be misrepresented.  Many scholars, of course, appreciate you applauding or disseminating their work via Twitter and other social media channels.  

The Twitter logo at conferences has become a universal symbol demonstrating the author’s permission to share and *not* share their work via social media. Alternatively, some presenters might use a selection of social media logos (e.g. from Facebook, Flickr, etc.)
Please use and respect this type of messaging at the conference.  
Onsite “Guerrilla Reads” Exhibition 

The Making & Doing Exhibition, new this year and coinciding with the opening reception, will feature over 30 practice-based projects that invite us to experience research via experimental, embodied, aesthetic, and interactive practices. We are thrilled to be able to launch this exhibition of innovative, practice-based work.  A second interactive exhibition, Guerrilla Reads, will be offered on Friday at the conference. This live, interactive project invites participants to read and record their conference paper abstracts. Conference participants can witness the live readings; as well, videos of recordings will be posted to the GuerrillaReads site ( and Twitter account (@guerrillareads), and disseminated on social media using the hashtags such as #ResearchMatters, #CiteHer, and #ica17. If you miss the live filming event, you are also welcome to shoot and submit your video to Guerrilla Reads.  This is a great opportunity to disseminate your work beyond the San Diego conference site.  The project is entirely opt-in and the project messaging will clearly denote that your reading will be disseminated on social media and the Guerilla Reads website.  
This year a few ICA members have created the ICAPlay! conference game, whose mission is to break our usual migratory and networking habits at the conference. This game is entirely opt-in for all players. Conference attendees who have opted in as game players will wear a tag that clearly marks them as such. Some ICA members (e.g. some presenters, ICA fellows, etc.) will wear tags that players can “scan” to collect points. There is a general code of ethics associated with the game; players are asked, for example, to approach members to scan tags at times when they are free, to take the opportunity to introduce one’s self, etc.  Follow the status of players on the “Leaderboard,” which will be posted on the ICA digital screen located in the registration area.  We hope the game will serve as an example of research creation that employs a game approach to tackle an organizational issue (e.g. ICA divisional “silos”) with a creative interactive project. 
We are supporting members affected by the U.S. travel ban via teleconferencing, an airport buddy system, and other actions. We are looking forward to engaging with you in San Diego. Safe travels and see you soon!  

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