With less than three weeks to go, our annual conference in Prague promises numerous opportunities to celebrate our discipline. While several hundred sessions will reflect intellectual traditions, illuminate debates, and offer insight into the trajectory of our 32 divisions and interest groups, please keep in mind some longstanding ICA highlights:
Thursday evening plenary
ICA Prague opens Thursday evening (18:00-19:30) with a plenary, “Communication and the Evolution of Voice,” featuring Peter Baumgartner (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), Sheila Coronel (Columbia U), Philip Howard (Oxford U), and Guobin Yang (U of Pennsylvania). The panel will discuss not only how citizens’ voices have changed over time and space, but also how our discipline can avail itself of opportunities and address challenges associated with these ongoing shifts.
On Monday (12:30-13:45), Elihu Katz (U of Pennsylvania) will trace the intellectual legacy of Paul Lazarsfeld in a discipline where networks and the nature of voice have been transformed. His talk, titled “His Master’s Voice,” will be published in the conference theme volume, Voices, that Donald Matheson (U of Canterbury) and I are overseeing.
ICA Fellows panels
In two roundtable discussions, recently inducted ICA Fellows will reflect on the field and its future. The first panel, scheduled for Friday (12:30-13:45), will feature François Heinderyckx (U libre de Bruxelles), Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), Karen Ross (U of Newscastle), Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara), Denise Solomon (Pennsylvania State U), and Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam).
In the second session, on Sunday (12:30-13:45), Nick Couldry (London School of Economics), Sharon Dunwoody (U of Wisconsin), Edward Fink (Temple U), Tamar Katriel (U of Haifa), Zizi Papacharissi (U of Illinois at Chicago), Shyam Sundar (Pennsylvania State U), Karin Wilkins (U of Texas), and Liesbet van Zoonen (Erasmus U Rotterdam) will share their thoughts about the discipline.
Interactive paper/poster sessions
The Prague program includes three interactive paper/poster sessions in which all divisions and interest groups participate. These sessions are great opportunities to engage at length with individual authors, and they are scheduled for Friday 12:30-13:45, Saturday 17:00-18:15, and Sunday 12:30-13:45.
Annual awards ceremony and presidential address
This Saturday afternoon session (15:30-16:45) will celebrate the best of ICA, with awards recognizing publications, research accomplishments, mentorship, and career achievement. The ceremony will include the induction of another cohort of ICA Fellows and will close with Paula Gardner (McMaster U) delivering her presidential address.
The Prague program also includes a few dozen preconferences (for which registration remains open), Blue Sky Workshops, panels organized by affiliate organizations, and special sessions and events sponsored by divisions and interest groups. These are all alongside the traditional research sessions that make up the overwhelming majority of ICA sessions.
The Prague conference is the product of months of hard work by authors and organizers and program planners, as well as the Herculean efforts put forth week after week by the ICA Executive Office. We’re all excited about Prague, and I look forward to seeing you there.