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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 3, 2018


CAMmers in the Spotlight!

First, we have the unmatched Renee Hobbs discussing her scholarship and work motto – you can read all about it here: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/renee-hobbs/

Then, we have incredibly fascinating Shobha Avadhani discussing her scholarship in Singapore. Great stuff. Learn more here: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/shobha-avadhani/

Special thanks to your new ICA-CAM Secretary, Ine Beyens, for these lovely spotlights!

Best wishes,

Jessica Piotrowski





Dear LGBTQ members,

We are calling for nominations for one of our Co-chair positions as well as a new Secretary position (15 July, 2018 deadline).  Please see below for details, as well as for information about a couple of requests for member feedback.

Eve Ng and Lukasz Szulc

LGBTQ Studies co-chairs

Nominations for Co-Chair

Eve’s co-chair term will end after the 2019 conference, so we will hold elections for a co-chair during the ICA Fall elections. The new co-chair will serve a four-year term (the first two years with our other current co-chair Lukasz).  

If you are interested, feel free to email Eve and Lukasz to discuss (evecng@hotmail.com, L.Szulc@lse.ac.uk).  Or go ahead and send us a self-nomination by ** Monday, 15 July **, identifying yourself and including a 2,000-character statement (~300 words, but you should do an actual count, since ICA is switching to the ScholarOne system, which only counts characters). In your candidate statement, please address the following:

“The LGBTQ IG needs diversity of representation, participation, and scholarship. All candidates running for election as Co-chair must describe their prospective contributions to each of these diversity dimensions in their platform statements.”

Nominations for Secretary

We would like to establish a new Secretary position, as follows:

“The Secretary is elected for a two-year term. Their duties include posting on the interest group’s social media accounts (currently Twitter and Facebook) during the annual conference and throughout the year when appropriate (e.g. ICA’s calls for papers; occasional job postings); maintaining the interest group’s records (such as business meeting minutes); and assisting the Co-chairs in other ways as necessary.”

We are seeking self-nominations for a two-year term beginning after the 2019 annual conference. Again, if you are interested, you can contact us with questions, or just send us a self-nomination by ** Monday, 15 July **, identifying yourself and including a 2,000-character statement (characters, not words!).  

Awards and Nominations Committee

We are also establishing an Awards and Nominations Committee, primarily to deliberate on awards, but also responsible, together with the co-chairs, for any nominations that LGBTQ Studies may decide to pursue for our members (e.g. for a ICA Fellows nomination; Best Book nomination).  If you’re interested in this committee, please let us know. The proviso is that if you are deliberating about an award, you would not be eligible for it.

Requests for Feedback: Ethics Statement Draft

The ICA Ethics Taskforce (which Eve is on, and chaired by Lee Humphreys, Chair of the Communication and Technology Division) has been working on a new statement of ethics. We’re interested in getting member feedback on the current draft here: http://blogs.cornell.edu/humphreys/ica-ethics-task-force/.  Please let us know by ** Wednesday, 31 July** if you have suggestions about changes or additions.

Requests for Feedback: Conference Submission Limitations

Currently, authors are allowed to be listed on up to five paper submissions to the ICA conference (across all divisions/interest groups), and this “five Authorship limit” applies to any one individual regardless if they are first author or non-first author.  There has been a proposal to change this to a limitation on first authorships (possibly to something below five), but to remove limits on the number of non-first author submissions, particularly since the conference submission software apparently cannot count non-first authors.  If you have thoughts about whether to change the current policy, and if so, in what ways, please let us know by ** Wednesday, 31 July **.



Dear members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group,

If you want to expand your service activities, we are currently searching for candidates who wish to stand for election to the Vice Chair office of the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group. From now until 20 July, Mobile Communication is accepting self-nominations and nominations of other interested individuals.

The Vice Chair responsibilities include:

1) Planning the Mobile Communication preconferences for 2020 and 2021.

2) Assisting the Chair in program planning (to learn the process).

3) Representing the Chair as needed at ICA functions.

It is important to know that, after two years, the Vice Chair position transitions into the Chair position and holds that office for two years. The responsibilities of the Chair include:

1) Planning the Mobile Communication programming for the ICA conferences in 2022 and 2023.

2) Representing the division at ICA functions.

3) Attending the Board of Directors meetings as the representative of the Interest Group/Division.

Thus candidates should expect to attend the Mobile Communication business meetings for the next five ICA annual meetings:

2019 in Washington, D.C., USA

2020 in Gold Coast, Australia

2021 in Denver, USA

2022 in Paris, France

2023 in Toronto, Canada

Candidates must be current members of the Mobile Communications Interest Group and should be an active participant in the ‘mobile scholars’ community at ICA. The ideal candidate should have a global perspective on mobile communication; a strong international, interpersonal network of scholars who are supportive of assisting with conference planning and reviewing manuscripts; and the skills to be an organized, effective and responsive leader for a worldwide network of several hundred mobile communication scholars.

If you wish to submit your own nomination or nominate another individual, please send your nomination to Mariek Vanden Abeele (M.M.P.VandenAbeele@uvt.nl) and Lynne Kelly (kelly@hartford.edu) before 20 July. Your nomination needs to include a brief (no more than 300-word) statement in support of yourself or for another individual willing to serve as Vice Chair. Elections will begin with the September 2018 ICA newsletter. If you have further questions about the Vice Chair position or the nomination process, please contact Mariek Vanden Abeele before 10 July.

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