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Preparing Submissions for the Prague Conference

Posted By Patricia Moy, U of Washington, Friday, September 1, 2017
ICA’s conference submission system is now live, so if you’re planning to submit work for our Prague conference, here are a few key pieces of information to keep in mind.

Deadline: Same date, new time
ICA’s paper submission deadline for the Prague conference is 1 November 2017 at 16:00 UTC (or 12:00 EST). As always, ICA staff are available to address any last-minute issues authors might have in uploading their submissions. And as always, we encourage early submissions.

Submission formats
ICA submissions that are accepted for presentation in Prague will appear in all guises – as full papers, extended abstracts, panel proposals, works in progress, interactive paper presentations, high-density sessions, hybrid high-density sessions, and special extended sessions. This breadth of submissions formats reflects the creativity of Division and Interest Group planners to accommodate more quality submissions. Planners regularly implement novel formats, so be sure to check the guidelines  issued by the Division or Interest Group in which you hope to present your research. 

Theme submissions
This year’s conference theme, “Voices,” invites a closer examination of how voice is conceptualized and plays out – not only in today’s complex and multidimensional world, but also in the numerous microcosms we inhabit. If your scholarship examines any aspect of voice – e.g., how it is created, represented, extinguished, or coopted; how it is expressed across various settings; how it can impact relationships or policies -- consider submitting your work as a theme paper or panel. The contexts, conceptualizations, and manifestations of voice are myriad; you can find examples in the call for papers .

Some Divisions and Interest Groups have included in their call for papers a request for theme-specific submissions. However, if your work fits under the purview of multiple Divisions and Interest Groups, it is better suited as a conference-theme submission. Donald Matheson (U of Canterbury), our conference theme chair, and I encourage submissions that collectively examine voice(s) from multiple epistemologies and methodologies – not too difficult with 32 Divisions and Interest Groups! A subset of these works will populate an edited volume, so please consider contributing to the Prague conference theme. 

Volunteering as a reviewer
ICA conference submissions have grown steadily over the years, which has made for a more robust set of intellectual exchanges. However, this means we need additional reviewers to provide feedback on these submissions. On behalf of the many, many program planners who strive each year to find a sufficient number of qualified reviewers without overwhelming each one, I hope that you will volunteer to review submissions – through the online system, in response to a call for reviewers issued by your Division, or via some other mechanism. It is only through your time and intellectual largesse – as an author and a reviewer – that ICA can continue to thrive.

Blue skies ahead…

With pre- and postconference proposals due 1 September and papers and panels due 1 November, what’s left? Blue Sky Workshops! A recent innovation at ICA, these workshops offer conference attendees an opportunity to engage with current concerns within our discipline – for instance, professional development, internationalization, and open access (to name but a few). The call for proposals for Blue Sky Workshops will be posted later this year. 

I welcome your engagement with the conference on all fronts. If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me at

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