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Student Column: Meet the SECAC 2017-2018 Team!

Posted By Tamar Lazar, U of Haifa and Julie Escurignan, U of Roehampton, Friday, September 1, 2017

Now is that time of the year when the ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) starts its annual activities. While you are always invited to learn about what we do from our SECAC website, we dedicate our September column to tell you more about who we are. Please, meet the 2017-2018 team: 

Tamar Lazar, Student Board Member and SECAC Chair  
I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Haifa, Israel, with 25 years of professional career in Organizational Communication management and consulting, working with leading local and global companies. My research is focused on the organizational discourse surrounding recent workers’ unionization efforts in Israel. This is a significant trend where communication in general and particularly mobile social media play a most important role.  

I believe that throughout our personal stages in life and the career paths we chose, we, as early-career scholars, should ask challenging questions and lead an ongoing multidisciplinary conversation– trying to bridge the gaps between theory and practice.  

E-mail:  Web Site: Tamar Lazar 

Julie Escurignan, Student Board Member and SECAC Vice-Chair 
I am a doctoral researcher in Film and Television Studies at the University of Roehampton, London. My research focuses on questions of cross-media, cross-border and cross-cultural adaptations in television series in association with the AHRC-funded network Media Across Borders. My PhD, for which I conduct the ‘Game of Thrones Fans Project’, looks at the transmedia experience of Game of Thrones’ transnational fans.  

As students and early-career scholars, we sometimes tend to stay by ourselves and forget that we are not alone, but a community constituted of other likeminded individuals. I hope we can strengthen this community so that wherever you are in the world, whenever you need it, you find support in our community. 

E-mail: Twitter: @JulieEscurignan  
Website: Julie Escurignan  

David Cheruiyot, Member of SECAC  
I am a PhD student and lecturer at Karlstad University in Sweden. I study media/press criticism and journalistic accountability in Kenya and South Africa. I was born and raised in Kenya. I previously worked as a journalist, between 2004 and 2014.

I have served as a representative of ICA-SECAC since 2016. It has been exciting to meet and interact with students and early-career scholars from different parts of the world at ICA events. I am passionate about internationalization – increasing/diversifying participation of young scholars in ICA, especially those from regions that are understudied in various media and communication fields.  

E-mail: Twitter: @DavidCheruiyot  
Website: David – Karlstad University 

Omar Al Ghazzi, Member of SECAC 
When nominated by (former) ICA President Amy Jordan, I looked forward to the opportunity to serve on SECAC. By then, I had completed my PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication, the University of Pennsylvania, and started as a Lecturer (Assistant Prof) at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Journalism Studies. I am now joining the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) as an Assistant Professor. Navigating the job market on both sides of the Atlantic, I am keen to share my experiences about that challenging period in a scholar’s career. 

Twitter: @omar_alghazzi

Camella Rising, Member of the SECAC and Health Communication Division SEC representative 
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at George Mason University in Virginia, U.S.A. and have 15 years of experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). My research is focused on health, family, and lifespan communication in the context of prostate and breast cancer. The way families navigate and integrate offline and online information and social support into family communication about cancer is a strong research interest.  

As students and early-career professionals it’s easy to forget about the connection between our health and the quality of our work. Even though I’m an RDN there are times when I’ve forgotten too! I’ve found that good sleep, eating well, exercising, and mindfulness meditation help tremendously. 

E-mail:  Twitter: @Camunicates  

Ido Ramati, Member of the SECAC and Philosophy, Theory, Critique Division SEC representative
I am a PhD candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. I am interested in the history and philosophy of media. Exploring the connection between technology, language, and users, I focus on the role of media technologies in the revitalization of Modern Hebrew and examine how processes that started at the 19th century still shape lingual and social reality today. In the last ICA annual conference, I started my two-year membership in SECAC. My tip for early-career scholars is: during the annual ICA conferences try attending various sessions of different divisions to enrich your experience! 



We hope that getting to know us a little more will make all of you more comfortable with coming to us if you have any queries or questions. This year more than ever we want to foster communication between students and early-career scholars from around the world on our social media platforms. The latter will be enhanced and enriched with more content dedicated to you. But of course, these platforms cannot exist without you. So please exchange, share, discuss! Use our Facebook page to connect with other likeminded individuals, ask questions, share opportunities, collaborate with other researchers and, most importantly, make friends! 

We are a community. Let’s not forget to act like one!

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