What are Blue Sky Workshops?
Blue Sky Workshops aim to engage participants in critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline; exploration of theories, concepts, or methods; or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a particular subfield of communication. These are not didactic presentations, but rather are meant to be opportunities for dialogue. Blue Skies can also be created around issues of professional development, such as writing and submitting grant proposals, developing a social media presence, or designing effective assignments.
How do I submit a proposal for a Blue Sky Workshop?
Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions. New this year, we will accept Blue Sky Workshops through the paper submission website (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/).
The proposal timeline will coincide with the conference papers from 1 September - 1 November, 2018.
Each (session) proposal should contain:
the name and contact information of the proposing session chair,
a brief summary of the workshop (a 75-word abstract for the conference program) as well as
a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 400 words, to be published on the ICA website).
This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).
If the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected by the Conference Planner and President-Elect, Terry Flew. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.
*Please make note that ICA cannot guarantee a particular room set (u-shape, classroom, etc.), and that audiovisual equipment WILL NOT be available in the Blue Sky rooms.
Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop?
Anyone may propose a Blue Sky Workshop, and anyone may attend a Blue Sky Workshop. Those who plan to attend a workshop should work with the workshop chair to discuss their potential role and/or contribution. Organizers' names will appear in the online, printed, and app versions of the program.
When are proposals due?
Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted through the paper submission website (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/) until 1 November 2018, 16:00 UTC.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.