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Engaging with ICA beyond 1 November

Posted By Patricia Moy, ICA President Elect (U of Washington), Friday, November 3, 2017

 The  vitality  of  a professional association  depends in large part on  its  members’ engagement with  the organization’s  various  enterprises, and  ICA is no different. Over the past several weeks, scores of authors  around the world  have been  steadfastly  writing and finishing their  papers and panels. Now that the 1 November submission  deadline has passed, many are  undoubtedly  looking forward to  a respite  from writing, however brief it may be


While many equate  ICA  involvement with paper submissions, engagement  extends far beyond presenting one’s  research  at  the annual conference. Below are some common and easy ways to get involved. ICA needs you!


Submit to a pre/postconference. ICA will be offering 42 onsite and offsite pre/postconferences this year, most of which will be issuing a call for papers. These half-, one-, and two-day meetings cut a broad swath across our membership’s intellectual interests, so you’re likely to find another home for your research outside of the main conference. More details about the pre/postconferences and registration information will be available in January 2018.


Volunteer to serve as a reviewer. Across numerous formats, ICA received more than 5,200 submissions this year – a record high! Each of these submissions will undergo peer review by multiple referees, a process that will determine what content will populate 600-plus research sessions in Prague. To ensure that the strongest submissions are accepted, ICA needs your help as a reviewer. If you’ve not  yet  responded to various calls for reviewers,  I encourage you to  take a few moments this week to log on to the paper management system and volunteer to review  a few submissions. In doing so, you’ll be devoting time in November to the enterprise, sharing your expertise, providing invaluable feedback, and helping shape the discipline. 


Propose a Blue Sky Workshop. The overwhelming majority of ICA sessions in Prague will be devoted to scholarship,  but we have allocated  a small number of  sessions for Blue Sky Workshops. Involving typically 15-25 people, these workshops offer conference attendees an opportunity to engage with contemporary concerns within our discipline. Workshops can be proposed  by individuals and/or sponsored by Divisions and  Interest  Groups. Whether they focus on issues of pedagogy, open access, the academic job market, or international collaborations, Blue Sky Workshop proposals  of all stripes  are welcome. The online application form will be posted  online  22 November, and  all proposals  are  due  Friday,  22 December at 16:00 UTC.


Sign up to be a moderator or discussant.  Decisions on ICA submissions will be announced mid-January, at which point program planners will immediately begin searching for session moderators and/or discussants. While Divisions and Interest Groups vary in their policy about scheduling discussants, all sessions need a moderator. ICA members interested in serving in such a capacity should reach out to their program planners as soon as possible; these slots are often filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Get involved with your Division or Interest Group.  For many ICA members, their primary  Division  or Interest Group constitutes their intellectual home. Engagement with this smaller intellectual community is an excellent way for members, particularly younger scholars alike, to contribute to their respective part of the discipline and meet like minded others in the process. Divisions and Interest Groups  need volunteers each year to populate award committees, bolster the  unit’s website and social media presence, or serve on ad-hoc committees. As well, all groups now have a student and early-career representative whose primary responsibility is to foster the integration of young scholars into ICA and the discipline.  Involvement with ICA at this level may start out short-term, but can move to a deeper level if so desired.  In short, I encourage you to reach out to the current and newly elected leadership if you’re interested in becoming more engaged. Like many other professional associations, ICA is only as strong as its members make it.  

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