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Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018


In this newsletter:

* Prague, here we come! Program Planner Report

* Call for nominations: Best Article Award + David Swanson Award

* Other up-coming events: Summer School Milan

* Apply for a travel grant for Prague

* Call for nominations: IJPP Book Award



The political communication division received a record number of submissions this year – 367 individual paper submissions and 22 panel submissions.  Congratulations to those whose papers and panels were accepted for the Prague conference. There will be 43 excellent political communication panels at the conference along with a great poster session!

As you are aware ICA is a very competitive conference and this year was no exception. We had an 8% increase in paper submissions and a 46% increase in full panel submissions over last year.  Space in Prague is very tight – they signed the contract when the conference was much smaller.  Fortunately, our record number of submissions meant that the division was allocated a couple of additional panel slots over what we had in San Diego (other divisions lost panel slots).  Because of this – and by creating many five paper panels and fully utilizing a large poster session allocation – I was able to keep our acceptance rate at 49% for individual paper submissions.  The acceptance rate for full panels was lower than in the past.  That said, there were a number of worthy papers that simply could not be accepted due to space constraints. 

A very special THANK YOU to all who reviewed for the division.  We had over 350 reviewers with the average number of reviews at 3 papers per person.  Particular thanks to those who took on additional reviews, responded to my personal pleas for additional reviewers or did last minute reviews.

The Prague conference will feature many excellent papers and we hope to see everyone there.  As a reminder,  our business meeting and reception should be on Friday this year.  The meetings rooms for the conference are spread across two separate hotels in Prague but all panels for the divisions will be in the same hotel on a given day. The program should be available by 1 March.

Registration for the conference is open.  We are also co-sponsoring a number of interesting pre- and post-conferences.  Registration and details on these can be found at: In addition there is a pre-conference on Media and Governance in Latin America. Call for papers is still open:

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Prague!

Kimberly Gross, Program Planner and Vice Chair


* Call for Nominations:  AWARDS

 Every year we give the Kaid-Sanders award the best article published in 2017 in our field. Please nominate the BEST (innovative, advanced, relevant, …) that you read and send it to Extended Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Every two years we give the David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship. Nominate an excellent  senior colleague that you think deserves this award for his/her service to our community. Please send your suggestions to the committee chair (, by March 1, 2018.

More info on these awards on our website:


* Other up-coming events: International SUMMER SCHOOL: "Political Communication and Electoral Behaviour" (Milan, 9 - 14 July 2018)

Every two years our division organizes together with the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Italy) an international summer school. The 6th edition will be held 9-14 July 2018 in Milan.

The “Milan Summer School” addresses theoretical and empirical questions in political communication, with a special focus on the relationship between political communication, media coverage, and political participation and democracy.   This year’s themes will include classic subjects such as public opinion and effects of election campaigns, but also some current ‘hot topics’ such as social media and populism.

Confirmed speakers include internationally renowned academics such as Patricia Moy , Peter Van Aelst, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck ,Frank Esser, Cristian Vaccari, Hanspeter Kriesi, Lilach Nir, Pablo Barberá, Luigi Curini, Andrea Ceron  and Kate Kenski.

Participants of the previous editions came from around the world, making it a truly international event. The summer school offers a unique opportunity for 30 PhD candidates and early career academics in Communication, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science to attend an intensive, 6-day-long program that consists of lectures, master classes, paper presentations and workshops on big data research methods and on writing for scholarly journals.

If you are interested to join, check out the website and learn how to apply. EXTENDED Application deadline:  15 February 2018



The political communication division offers travel grants for the Prague conference. To apply for a division travel grant, complete the following form by February 20, 2018 (late submissions not accepted). Notice of awards will go out by mid-March. The awards are for the paper, and so those with more than one author require a completed application by each author that wants a travel grant. To expand the pool of funds, the ICA matches division funding, but each applicant must apply to both ICA and the Division. Please apply first to ICA ( Because the deadline for the entire ICA process is March 1, the Political Communication Division has set an earlier deadline, which leaves time for divisional decisions.

Please fill in the form below and return it by email to our secretary Thomas Zerback. If you have any questions, please also direct them to:

Answers marked with a * are required.?

1. I am an ICA Member. Note: You must be an ICA Member to apply for travel funds.*?

Yes? No??

2. I have completed the on-line travel grant application at the ICA website. Note: You must fill out the travel grant application at the ICA before you submit this survey.?

Yes ?No??

About You Please provide the following personal information.??

3. Name (Last, First) *??

4. E-Mail Address *??

5. University *??

6. Status *?

In Coursework?

In Dissertation?

PhD Holder?

Other (Please Specify)??

7. Country Tier of Current Residence (To find the country tier, go to *?



8. Title of accepted paper or panel *?(+ co-authors)??

9. Distance from conference venue (hours of travel from your city to Prague) *?

1-5?       5-10?     10-15?   more than 15??

10. Estimated cost of transportation only (in US$) *???

11. Other Sources of Funding (in US$) *?



Other Agency (Government or Grant)???

12. Do you confirm the above information is complete and accurate and that if awarded a travel grant you will attend the convention and deliver the paper yourself? *?


Call for Nominations: International Journal of Press/Politics Best BOOK AWARD


The International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award honors internationally-oriented books that advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the linkages between news media and politics in a globalized world in a significant way. Nominations are invited, to be sent to IJPP editor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen by email no later than February 16. Books published within the last ten years will be considered. The award committee consists of Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (the editor of the International Journal of Press/Politics), Peter Van Aelst (chair of the Political Communication Division of ICA), and Henrik Örnebring (chair of the Journalism Studies Division of ICA). It will judge each nominated book on several criteria, including the extent to which the book goes beyond analyzing a single case country to present a broader and internationally-oriented argument, the significance of the problems addressed, the strength of the evidence the book relies on, conceptual innovation, the clarity of writing, and the book’s ability to link journalism studies, political communication research, and other relevant intellectual fields.Nominations including a rationale of no more than 350 words should be emailed by February 16 to Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at The award will be presented at the 2018 ICA Annual Meeting and will be announced on the IJPP website. More information here:


Dear ICA PRD members,

Great news: the deadline for submissions to participate in the 2018 ICA PRD Ph.D. Student Workshop has been extended until January 29, 2018! The workshop is a fantastic opportunity to hear from world's leading PR scholars and get one-on-one and small group coaching to help take one's dissertation to the next level. We hope to top the success of last year's workshop, which brought together seven Ph.D. students and four professors from six countries.

The call for papers can be found here:

Please share this link with your students and encourage them to submit their work.

Thank you. See you in Prague!



Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies

The deadline for submitting abstracts to our ICA18 preconference on ‘Media, Gender and Sexuality in Europe’ is approaching!Submit your max. 500-word abstracts to by 1 February 2018.

For more information, please see:


Take part in a survey by our former co-chair D. Travers Scott on the experience of college athletes coming out. You don’t have to be LGBTQ, you could simply have an experience with a team where someone came out. The  survey is anticipated to take less than 10 minutes and by completing it you will be entered into araffle to win one of five US$100 Amazon gift cards. Here’s the link to the survey:

All the best,

Lukasz and Eve

Lukasz Szulc, PhDMarie Curie Research Fellow Department of Media & Communications London School of Economics and Political Science TW2.7.01M Houghton Street London UNITED KINGDOM


Szulc, L. (2017) Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines.Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at:


Computational Methods members,

As the acceptance notices have gone out and the dust has settled, we thought it would be a good opportunity to thank everyone for submitting and reviewing!

We again had a fantastic year, with over 100 abstract/paper submissions and 4 excellent panel proposals. As you have no doubt heard from ICA, space in Prague was exceptionally tight so we had to make difficult decisions about which papers to accept or reject. Given the experiences last year, we decided to focus on high-density sessions to make sure as many of you as possible are able to attend and contribute to the discussion and community. This means we were able to accept just over 60% of submissions, but of course it also means speaking time will be limited. However, we were impressed in San Diego by the amount of information that can be presented in 10-15 minutes, so we hope that you all agree that this was the right decision. Of course, we can discuss this during the upcoming business meeting in Prague.




We would also like to thank the reviewers for their fantastic participation. Due to the new organization of the review process, we had an astounding 150 (!) reviewers, meaning that each reviewer should have been assigned only 2 or 3 papers of his or her liking. We were very satisfied with this process, and we hope that allowing you to pick which papers to review meant that you mostly got interesting papers and abstracts to review. Of course, many improvements can still be made, and we would love to hear your feedback at the next business meeting.

Finally, we would like the opportunity to present Josephine Lukito from the U. of Wisconsin-Madison as our student and early career representative. She has agreed to take on the position until at least the Prague conference, where we can hold an election during the business meeting. We look forward to working with her to make sure that our interesting group is as welcoming and useful to student and junior members as possible.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Prague!

Thanks, also on behalf of Cindy Shen (vice-chair) and Frederik de Grove (secretary),




Preconference Call for Panelists Inclusivity and Family Communication Research: Advances and Innovations from across the Discipline

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:00-17:00

Scholarship related to family communication continues to be of interest to many scholars across the communication discipline. Although the flagship publication for family communication scholarship, Journal of Family Communication, tends to publish research in interpersonal and relational contexts, it is not unusual to see families studied in a variety of other communication contexts including health, media,organizations and organizing, law and policy, and cultural studies, to name only a few.Often, family communication studies aw from literature in only one contextual area;and, similarly, those research studies are presented back to people within that same sub-area of the field. Although valuable scholarship is undoubtedly generated in these silos, one has to wonder how much family communication scholars from across the field can benefit from each other’s work.This preconference brings together scholars from all backgrounds who study both families and communication. In doing so, we will consider how to advance family communication studies in relevant,informed, and innovative ways. In addition to a keynote speech and opportunities for discussion, the preconference will also feature competitively-selected research.Possible topic areas for competitive papers or high-density presentations include the following:

• Relational communication in families

• Family health concerns

• Family use of traditional and new media

• How laws and policies continue to shape families

• Representations of family in media

• Families and work-life balance

• Communication theory as it relates to families

• Inventive approaches to studying family communication

• Diversity and inclusion issues regarding families

As this topic list indicates, even though this preconference is being sponsored by the Interpersonal Communication Division, we strongly encourage participation across the many divisions and interest groups that are involved with family communication studies. Additionally, and embracing yet another facet of inclusivity, at least one panel or session within the preconference will be dedicated to non-normative families.Submitting to the Family Communication Preconference Abstract submissions should be sent as a Microsoft word document to jman@niu.eduby Monday, 22 January 2018. To assist in organizing abstract review, please include your last name as part of the file, and in the subject line of your submission email include


'Abstracts should include a title, 5-7 keywords, a body of up to 500 words, and references. Review and Notification of Decision

We anticipate a fast peer-review process,and authors will be notified of their acceptance before 1 February 2018.

Submission of a full paper is expected by 1 May 2018. Authors of accepted abstracts will be expected to register for and attend the pre-conference that is held on Thursday, 24 May 2018, from 10:00-17:00.The full 2018 ICA meeting will begin that night with the opening reception.Authors presenting at the preconference may be considered for an edited collection to be published in 2019. More details will be provided with acceptance notifications




9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Skautsky Institut, Prague, Czech Republic



The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the Doctoral Consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.

During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into small groups, determined by the thematic nature of the research. In each group, students will present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from three faculty participants. There will be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates.

In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Of course, this process differs widely across different nations and academic traditions. Bearing these differences in mind, we will discuss positioning one’s work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships, finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic.

Submission Process

Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic previously approved by their committee or supervisor. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research.

Submissions must be related to one of the working areas of the Communication and Technology Division (CAT) or the Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) of the International Communication Association (ICA). A description of the respective research areas can be found in the last section of this call. In your submission, please identify whether you’re submitting to MCIG or CAT.

Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in a relevant field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested. Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding references and appendices), and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate.

Applications need to be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium.

The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to Veronika Karnowski at The deadline for submission is 1 February 2018. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research, specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback.

To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs of its members, limited financial assistance is made possible by the CAT Division and the MCIG. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the $75 participation fee and not travel to the conference).

About the Communication and Technology Division The CAT Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural) and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics.


About the Mobile Communication Interest Group The MCIG focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed on the intersection of mobility, technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Interest Group is state of the art theorizing on mobile communication as well as the discussion of adequate methodology to do so.



Participation is only by invitation. Once a proposal is accepted, students can register through the ICA website. Cost for participation is US$75 per person.


Program Committee (faculty mentors)

Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Program Director) Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Program committee) Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany (Program committee) Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, Denmark Benjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore Jordan Frith, U of North Texas, USA Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA Richard S. Ling, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore Malcolm Parks, U of Washington, USA Lidwien van de Wijngaert, Radboud University, Netherlands Mike Yao, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

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