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Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 1, 2018

COMMUNICATION HISTORY DIVISION

Topics:

•       Vote for CHD Secretary.

•       Call for papers. ICA Washington, DC

•       Call for papers. CHD preconference.


Dear Colleagues,


We generally try to keep the number of emails from the Communication History Division to a minimum, but there is a lot going on at the moment, so we want to make sure all are aware of some important upcoming deadlines. We have three items for your attention:


1.      Vote for CHD Secretary. If you have not already done so, please cast your ballot for the next Communication History Division secretary. You can access quick instructions on how to vote at https://www.icahdq.org/page/election2018. The deadline for voting is 15 October 2018.


2.      Call for papers: ICA 2019 in Washington, DC. Please submit individual papers and panel submissions by 1 November 2018, 16:00 UTC. The guidelines for submission can be found here: https://www.icahdq.org/mpage/COMMHIST2018 The deadline is rapidly approaching!


3.      Call for papers: ICA 2019 pre-conference. It's official! Continuing our division’s tradition, we will be holding a preconference immediately prior to the start of ICA 2019. This year’s theme is “The Long History of Modern Surveillance: Excavating the Past, Contextualizing the Present,” organized by Josh Lauer and Nicole Maurantonio. See below for the call for abstracts. The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2018. All submissions should be sent directly to Josh Lauer, josh.lauer@unh.edu.


We look forward to receiving your work! Please be in touch with any questions.


Thank you for your time and continued work with us,

The CHD Exec Team

Nicole Maurantonio (chair), Derek Vaillant (vice-chair), and Lars Lundgren (secretary)



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The Long History of Modern Surveillance: Excavating the Past, Contextualizing the Present


ICA Preconference Washington, DC, USA, 24 May 2019


Sponsor: ICA Communication History Division

Organizers: Josh Lauer, Nicole Maurantonio


Surveillance is a key feature of modernity and a well-established topic of communication research. Since the 1980s communication scholars have studied a broad range of surveillance-related technologies, from databases and CCTV to biometrics and big data, highlighting their implications for the future of privacy and civil society. This research, however, has focused almost exclusively on “new” media. Such presentism is understandable given the speed and stakes of recent developments, but it has also limited our understanding of larger historical forces and global historical perspectives. In short, the study of surveillance needs a history to understand where we are, how we got here, and where we might be headed.  


This ICA preconference is dedicated to bringing together communication scholars from diverse research traditions and from around the world to illuminate the long history of modern surveillance. Submissions are invited to consider the full breadth of past surveillance techniques and regimes, in any geographic or national context, prior to the current moment. The scope includes empirical research and comparative studies, historically-informed theory, intellectual histories of the field, and methodological reflections. We especially welcome submissions that address histories of surveillance from transnational and/or de-Westernized perspectives.


(1)     Past surveillance practices and technologies:


Case studies and comparative histories of surveillance from a variety of perspectives are invited to shed light on the diversity of surveillance practices across time and around the globe. These studies may include embodied forms of individual or social surveillance; technologies of inscription, recordkeeping, archiving, and communication; examples of social sorting and classification; and organized efforts to record, track, or monitor individuals and populations. Submissions might address issues of power, privacy, recognition, and rights; gender, race, class, and sexuality (and their intersections); nationalism, empire, and colonialism; risk, security, and policing; the social construction of populations and conceptualizations of health, normality, deviance, markets, and audiences; reputation, celebrity, and shame; and the political economy of information and its commodification.  


(2)     Theorizing surveillance history:


Historical accounts of surveillance have been heavily influenced by Foucault’s theories of panopticism, governmentality, and biopolitics. Additionally, Giddens’ sociology of modernity and Scott’s concept of legibility have shaped understandings of surveillance as an historical phenomenon associated with the state and bureaucracy. Subsequent contributions by Deleuze, Haggerty and Ericson, Poster, Gandy, Andrejevic, and others have sought to connect Foucauldian theories to late 20th-century technologies, especially databases and digital media. We welcome submissions that review, critique, revise, or synthesize these existing theories of surveillance history. We also encourage efforts to develop new theories of surveillance history that address the limitations of dominant models, particularly their Western European perspective, early modern chronology, and generalizations about the social and psychological effects of surveillance. Is surveillance always a tool of power and disciplinary control, or can surveillance also produce positive forms of visibility, recognition, and participation?


(3)     Intellectual histories of surveillance studies and communication research:


Communication scholars have long been concerned with issues of surveillance and privacy, though often in different forms and under the banner of democratizing agendas. For example, early efforts to study audiences, public opinion, and journalism addressed problems of mass surveillance, classification, and social influence. Submissions that interrogate the intellectual, philosophical, or disciplinary origins of surveillance scholarship within the field of communication are welcome. This might include genealogies of surveillance research among communication scholars, including roots in sociology, administrative research, and Marxist critical theory; contributions of communication scholars to late 20th-century surveillance theory and privacy policy, including political economic and information society critiques; the development of surveillance scholarship in global and/or non-Western contexts; the institutionalization of surveillance studies within communication programs; and the marginalization of historical scholarship – and surveillance history in particular – within the field of communication.


(4)     Doing surveillance history:


Amid a welter of rapidly evolving technologies, communication scholars have struggled to keep up with new developments and to make sense of their implications. What can the study of the past contribute to such urgent contemporary issues? Unlike historians, whose scholarship is unselfconsciously backward looking, communication scholars are often compelled to justify the current relevance of historical inquiry to their peers. We invite submissions that address the value of surveillance history for understanding new and emerging social problems. This might include contributions to theories of modernity and technological change in a global context; the social construction of identity, privacy, and risk; and insight into the age-old problem of identifying, naming, and controlling bodies and populations. We also welcome submissions that consider the challenge of writing of surveillance history, including problems of periodization, geography, and sources (especially inaccessible institutional archives and ephemeral electronic evidence); inadequate theoretical models; and bridging interdisciplinary audiences.


Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should be submitted no later than 30 November 2018. Proposals for full panels are also welcome: these should include a 250-word abstract for each individual presentation, and a 200-word rationale for the panel. Each abstract should be accompanied by a brief (no longer than 50-word) author bio. Panel proposals should include bios for all panelists. Send abstracts to: Josh Lauer at josh.lauer@unh.edu.


Authors will be informed regarding acceptance/rejection for the preconference no later than 15 January 2019. Full papers will need to be submitted no later than 1 May 2019 as these will be posted online and made available to all those participating in the preconference. Early career scholars and graduate students are highly encouraged to submit their work, as are scholars exploring the above issues from transnational and/or non-Western perspectives. Please indicate if the research submitted is part of your thesis or dissertation project. The organizers will aim to arrange for discussants to provide an intensive response for graduate student projects.


Please direct any questions to either Josh Lauer (josh.lauer@unh.edu) or Nicole Maurantonio

(nmaurant@richmond.edu).


-Proposed award from the list above, and

Rationale for the nomination (about 100-150 words)


The committee will consider the candidates and will choose a few to create a formal nomination for the ICA consideration.


Contact Natalia Rybas, Immediate Past Chair of the ICA Feminist Scholarship Division to discuss the process of nomination or to ask questions natrybas@gmail.com.


Details and the submission form are available at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ErfaK7e0c2DZs5yWe_E-_VBHNwzt9it7naVziUXF0ZE/edit#

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COMPUTATIONAL METHODS INTEREST GROUP


Dear CM members,


The Taylor & Francis journal Communication Methods and Measures (CMM) invites submissions for a special issue on "Agent-Based Modeling for Communication Research". See call for papers below or follow this link: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/ah/hcms-si-agent-based-modeling


Please consider submitting a paper if you work with agent-based models in your research. Submission deadline: 15 March, 2019.


Note: For CMM, the methodological perspective is key. So authors should highlight the methodological contribution of their submissions and not merely apply ABM to research questions in communication.


Cindy Shen, your vice chair



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CALL FOR PAPERS


Agent-Based Modeling for Communication Research


A major concern of communication researchers is to explain emergent, collective social phenomena such as the dynamics of public opinion, collective attention, and collective action. This goal requires bridging different levels of analysis, from individual actions to group interactions and aggregate dynamics. Many long-standing theories in communication, such as the spiral of silence or cultivation theory, offer intuitions of how those levels of analysis can be integrated, but precisely for that reason such theories are difficult to test empirically – at least using conventional, inferential methods.


Agent-based modelling (ABM) offers an analytical approach to hypothesize about and understand the mechanisms bringing about emergent patterns at the levels of groups and populations. Explaining social phenomena in terms of ABM means letting heterogeneous actors – or agents – interact in a simulated environment according to simple rules. The purpose of the models is to assess how those interactions generate, from the bottom up, the regularities that we can observe at the collective level. The approach offers a powerful tool to model complex systems, with clear applications in the social sciences and, in particular, in communication, with its emphasis on the dynamic and complex nature of social influence and media effects.


This special issue aims to publish research that demonstrates the analytical potential and methodological contribution of ABM for media and communication research. We particularly welcome submissions that use ABM to make substantive contributions to long-standing research problems of the field. This includes research that aims to:


develop communication theories;

model empirical communication phenomena such as opinion trends, polarization, or information diffusion;

predict future scenarios of communication dynamics,

assess the (unintended) consequences of interventions, and

solve theoretical and methodological problems associated to more conventional methods.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions may originate from any subfield of communication and should highlight the methodological innovation and substantive contribution of the work, addressing as appropriately questions of rigor, validation, reproducibility, and limitations.


The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for the special issue is March 15, 2019. Authors should include a statement in the cover letter that the manuscript is being submitted for the special issue on Agent-Based Modeling. Manuscripts will be peer reviewed and a final decision rendered until September 2019, with a target publication of the issue in late 2019.


Instructions for authors and a description of the online submission process can be found on the journal’s home page.


Questions about this special issue can be directed to the guest editors Annie Waldherr, Martin Hilbert, and Sandra González-Bailón.


Editorial information

Guest Editor: Annie Waldherr (annie.waldherr@uni-muenster.de)

Guest Editor: Martin Hilbert (hilbert@ucdavis.edu)

Guest Editor: Sandra González-Bailón (sandra.gonzalez.bailon@asc.upenn.edu)

 

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FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP DIVISION


Dear Members


Our Nominations Office Natalia Rybas has again done a fantastic job and put together a call for nominations and an easy form to fill out to put feminist scholars into the 2019 ICA Awards competition. Please contribute your ideas by  November 12, 2018.


-Stine


FSD seeks candidates for 2019 ICA awards nominations

Dear members and friends of Feminist Scholarship Division of ICA -


The FSD award nomination committee plans to intentionally work to nominate feminist scholars for ICA awards. The awards are described on the ICA web site. Specifically, this year we would like to consider:

Steven H. Chafee Career Achievement award

Outstanding Article award

Young Scholar award

B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship award

Applied Research award


The committee seeks candidates for nominations. The candidates will meet the following criteria:

Must be ICA members, and

Must be recognized feminist scholars with wide appeal across divisions and internationally.


If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the ICA awards, please complete the form and provide the following information by November 12, 2018:

Candidate’s name, contact information, ICA and academic affiliations,

Proposed award from the list above, and

Rationale for the nomination (about 100-150 words)


The committee will consider the candidates and will choose a few to create a formal nomination for the ICA consideration.


Contact Natalia Rybas, Immediate Past Chair of the ICA Feminist Scholarship Division to discuss the process of nomination or to ask questions natrybas@gmail.com.


Details and the submission form are available at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ErfaK7e0c2DZs5yWe_E-_VBHNwzt9it7naVziUXF0ZE/edit#

 

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HEALTH COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Hi Everyone,



To read online: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S126Qnh77DKkWqmhmOLqNCKXT2kgk3bC1gi8zWEF5BM/edit?usp=sharing


Congratulations once again to 2018's thesis and dissertation award winners! The Amanda Kundrat Thesis of the Year went to Erendira Estrada, University of California Merced, “Development of a participatory health communication intervention: An ecological approach to reducing rural information inequality and health disparities” Advisor: Dr. Susana Ramirez and the Abby Prestin Dissertation of the Year: Dr. Kristen Farris, U of Texas Austin, “The Impacts of Recurring Supportive Interactions on Couples’ Psychological, Relational, and Health outcomes in the Context of Rheumatic Diseases” Advisor: Dr. Erin Donovan.


The 2019 ICA/NCA Amanda L. Kundrat Thesis of the Year and Abby Prestin Dissertation Awards:


ICA and NCA are pleased to release a call for outstanding master's theses and doctoral dissertations in the area of health communication. A cash award is given in the amount of US$500 each for the top dissertation and top thesis.


Each year, a committee composed of leaders from the Health Communication Divisions of the ICA and NCA reviews Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations submitted for consideration. Authors of the top-rated thesis and top-rated dissertation (and their faculty advisors) are recognized at the Annual Divisional Business Meeting during ICA’s conference with the presentation of a plaque and cash award.


In 2010, the Thesis of the Year Award was renamed the Amanda L. Kundrat Health Communication Thesis of the Year thanks to an endowment created by the Kundrat family for that award. Amanda passed away on January 21st, 2003 while a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences. Her passion for health communication was rooted in both her personal and academic understanding of the healthcare system. Amanda’s MA thesis previously won the Thesis of the Year Award.


The dissertation award is given in honor of the late Abby Prestin, an exemplary health communication scholar and person, who tragically passed away on September 3, 2014 at the age of 34 after a year-long battle with lymphoma. Both her MA Thesis and PhD Dissertations won these awards and the Award is endowed by her family and friends.


For more information about these endowments and ways for you to contribute to this fund, please go to http://www.icahdq.org/fundraising/index.asp and look for the two funds alphabetized under the name “Health Communication”


REQUIREMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS

To be considered for the 2019 awards, theses and dissertations must have been completed (defended) between 1 September 2017 and 31 December 2018. If the completion date was in the last four months of 2017, the thesis or dissertation cannot have been submitted for last year’s (2018) competition. Individuals may nominate themselves, but advisors must be notified of the nomination. Thesis and dissertation nominations will be evaluated by a panel of officers and members of the ICA and NCA Health Communication Divisions, with the ICA Chair serving as the award coordinator.


The nomination packet should include (a) a cover letter with the name, postal address, telephone number and email address of the nominee and his or her advisor(s) and completion date of the thesis or dissertation, and (b) a summary (excluding title page and references) of the thesis or dissertation not exceeding 5 pages (8 ½ x 11” page, Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, and in English; not counting title page and references). The 5-page summary should describe clearly and concisely the study’s rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, methods, results, and conclusions. Care should be taken to mask the identity of the author within the text of the summary. The summary should include a title page that contains only the title of the thesis or dissertation. Complete theses or dissertations or chapters of same will not be accepted for review. Reviewers will be instructed not to read beyond the first 5 pages of text. PLEASE SUBMIT PACKET AS A MS WORD DOCUMENT—NOT AS A PDF.


On or before March 10th, a slate of up to 3 finalists for each award will be selected by the evaluation committee. Finalists will be invited to submit an extended integrated summary of the thesis or dissertation not exceeding 30 pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, and in English). These summaries will be reviewed by the committee and the award winners will be selected from among the finalists.


Send an electronic copy of the nomination packet including cover letter and 5-page summary to:

Jeff Niederdeppe Chair, ICA Health Communication Division Email: jdn56@cornell.edu

The deadline for receipt of the nomination packets is January 31, 2019. Nomination packets received after that date will not be reviewed


Reminder, we now have an ICA Health Communication Division Official Group Page on Facebook. If you are on Facebook and would like to receive more timely announcements and updates from your colleagues in the field, please join the group and add other health communication scholars: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1754132684876713/


You can post job announcements or other things of interest for the division on the Facebook page. I will continue to gather announcements to send out to the division at the beginning of each month.


Please have announcements you’d like to be included in the newsletter to me by the 27th of the month prior.


Thank you!


Best,


Holley Wilkin, PhD

ICA Health Communication Division Secretary

Associate Professor of Communication and Public Health

Graduate Director, Department of Communication

Georgia State University

hwilkin@gsu.edu


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INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION INTEREST GROUP


Hi Intergroup Communication Interest Group members:


1. Elections

Another reminder about elections. Everyone should have received an email from ICA. In addition to electing officers, members also have an opportunity to vote on by-law changes. Most of the changes simply put our by-laws in line with the manner in which our interest group has operated the last 10 years or so. However, one change reflects our discussion and support at the last business meeting for renaming our annual student award. Elections are open until October 15th.


For those who love 'intergroup' competition, we currently have the highest voter "turnout" for divisions and interest groups! Keep it up. :)


2. Survey on Challenges in Race and Ethnicity-Related Research.


Please assist David in this very important inquiry with the ultimate goal of improving our processes for research related to race and ethnicity.

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Research projects that involve race and ethnicity face unique challenges due to the conflictual nature of these group categories. We aim to produce guidelines on challenges and best practices for race- and ethnicity-related empirical research that involves human subjects.


To inform our guidelines, we need your valuable experiences from the field! Please share your experience if you came across race or ethnicity in your work - as a researcher, supervisor or committee member. Participation will take less than 10 minutes. Your knowledge will greatly help future researchers in implementing ethical and robust research!


To the survey: https://ww3.unipark.de/uc/challenges_research_race_ethnicity


Among all participants, we raffle 3 x US$30 book vouchers. Your participation is highly appreciated!


In the name of project team, many thanks!


David (Dr. David Schieferdecker // Free U Berlin // d.schieferdecker@fu-berlin.de)

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Dear Intergroup Communication Interest Group Members:


Mark your calendars for this conference in Australia on Intergroup Contact. The conference is aimed at junior and senior scholars in Social Psychology, Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, and Sociology (among others) with an interest in multiple perspectives on intergroup contact’s effects. The following has initial information, with more to come soon!


https://sasp.org.au/2018/09/sasp-spssi-group-meeting-on-intergroup-contact-to-be-held-in-newcastle-australia-29-april-1-may-2019/


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INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Hello Interpersonal Communication Division Members!


Please remember to register to review for the upcoming conference in Washington DC, May 2019. The volunteer process for reviewing is online at ScholarOne and can be done when you submit your paper/proposal.  You may also also volunteer to review if you do not plan to submit to the conference - just follow the same steps below. The only requirements are that you must be an ICA member and ABD.


Here are the steps to take to review.   


•       Go to the ICA website (www.icahdq.org) and login. Then click on “Paper Management System.” We are using a new submission site this year, ScholarOne. You’ll be directed there and will need to create a username and password for this site.


•       When you log into ScholarOne, you will be asked to complete a "general information" section.


•       In the middle of the first page of the general information section, you will be asked if you want to review submissions based on your area of expertise. CLICK YES!


•       Then, make sure to choose the Interpersonal Communication Division from the list of divisions and click "add expertise." Note: you may choose up to 2 divisions for which to review.



•       You will also need to select your keywords, which will help us to distribute submissions to reviewers. You can select up to 3 keywords.


•       Then, make sure to save changes before moving to the next page of the general information section!


Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions – holmstr6@msu.edu.  As a reminder, here’s our call for papers: https://www.icahdq.org/mpage/INTERP_CFP


Mandy Holmstrom

Vice Chair


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LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION DIVISION


Dear colleagues,  


The University of Helsinki cordially invites scholars working on or interested in Ethnography of Communication to Helsinki, Finland for a conference to be held June 11-14, 2019. The conference is titled Ethnography of Communication and Interdisciplinary Moves. This is the fourth conference devoted to Ethnography of Communication approaches; other conferences have gathered in the US, in Washington, Omaha, and most recently in New York. The submission for abstracts opens November 1, and closes December 3, 2018 here:

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/ethnography-of-communication-and-interdisciplinary-moves



The theoretical-methodological approach of Ethnography of Communication is a particular way to study culture, communication and interaction. It lives in and nourishes multiple languages and countries and pulls on different academic communities such as linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology, anthropological linguistics, folklore studies, media studies, conversation analysis, etc.


The June 2019 conference has a two-fold structure designed to benefit local and international researchers. First, invited workshops and paper presentations will explore the ways in which Ethnography of Communication relates in particular with language ideology, folklore studies, and media ethnography. All three approaches or disciplines are alive and strong at the University of Helsinki, and they are closely related to Ethnography of Communication. Second, individual papers and panels will present recent research and other works on the Ethnography of Communication.


Professor Emeritus Robert Craig (U of Colorado, Boulder) will present the keynote.


The organization committee invites individual abstracts and panel proposals that apply Ethnography of Communication, report on research in Ethnography of Communication, or present recent developments in Ethnography of Communication. All submissions are competitively selected.


Submissions should address and answer any of the following questions and/or themes:

- How might we combine research on language ideologies with Ethnography of Communication?

- How might we combine research on folklore studies with Ethnography of Communication?

- In what ways are methods in media ethnography in anthropology and methods applied in Ethnography of Communication shared or not? How do the methods used in media ethnography compare to those used in Ethnography of Communication?

- Presentations that consider Ethnography of Communication research as it crosses disciplinary borders.  

- Recent questions, concerns, and research in Ethnography of Communication.    


Important dates

Abstract submission opens by November 1, 2018.

Abstract submission closes December 3, 2018.

Acceptance of abstracts, evaluated by the academic review board, will be announced by January 15, 2019.

Registration for the conference opens by January 15, 2019.

Conference begins Tuesday afternoon, June 11. Conference closes Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019.


Venue and costs

The conference fee is designed to include three lunches and the conference dinner. The conference fees will be around 80 euros for graduate students, and 150 euros for others. The conference will take place in down town Helsinki, on the main campus of the University of Helsinki. The local organizing committee is Saila Poutiainen (chair), Eeva Sippola, Eija Stark, and Johanna Sumiala.


Tervetuloa kesäkuussa Helsinkiin!


With kind regards,

Saila Poutiainen



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Saila Poutiainen, Ph.D.

Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters, Director

Yliopistonlehtori/University Lecturer

Humanistinen tiedekunta/Faculty of Arts

Helsingin yliopisto/University of Helsinki

+358 (0)2941 29345, +358 (0)50 504154666

saila.poutiainen@helsinki.fi


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PHILOSOPHY, THEORY AND CRITIQUE DIVISION


Dear PTC friends,


First, thanks to all of you who through reviewing, presenting, responding, chairing, karaoking, etc made possible a great ICA in Prague last May! Three quick reminders.


First, ICA has switched to the ScholarOne platform for submissions (link provided later in message). That means you'll have to go there and create a new account (yes, annoying). Best to do that asap, no? Once there, you will select research interests, etc., which will help with the distribution of reviewing assignments, speaking of which...


Second: review! Please, Please, pretty please give back to the division by reviewing a couple of submissions for us. It should go without saying, but alas: the conference can't take place without some reciprocity between submitting/presenting and reviewing. I'll be pestering you next month about this again.


Third, please submit and encourage colleagues to join our division and do so, too. As many of you know, the number of panel slots ICA gives us depends on the number of submissions we have. Last year was, I'm told, the most difficult year ever to get accepted, and we had slightly fewer submissions last yea (Apologies, again, to any of you who had papers/panels rejected; I did my best to expand panels, reducing presentation times, but it was clearly less than ideal). Hopefully the prospect of protesting Trump on site will motivate more submissions this year!


Here's the CFP again, followed by the link to register on the new ScholarOne platform. Best wishes, Jayson Harsin


The Philosophy, Theory and Critique (PTC) Division invites the submission of papers and/or panels for the 2019 conference in Washington D.C. The PTC Division is broadly concerned with the critical theoretical, analytical and political issues that cut across the various boundaries that are often taken for granted within the study of communication. Its primary goal is to provide a forum in which scholars can explore the relations and intersections between the study of communication and the range of contemporary theoretical and philosophical concerns, arguments and positions, especially those concerned with social, political, or cultural critique. It is also committed to providing a space for those emergent interests, as well as empirical research, which challenge the common sense assumptions currently guiding our understanding of the practice of communication. Work presented in PTC is wide-ranging including research on the nature of communication, media, mediation and (digital) technology; questions of power, subjectivity and experience; critical theories of data, surveillance and digital labour; the social production of knowledge; philosophy and ethics of communication; issues of citizenship, participation, recognition and the public sphere(s); and nationalism, cosmopolitanism and power in various forms (symbolic, institutional, economic, technological, etc.). Members bring different theoretical and philosophical orientations to bear upon these topics, including phenomenology and hermeneutics, Marxism, feminism, critical theory, media theory, pragmatism, social theory and cultural critique. We welcome the submission of empirically informed work that engages with, and makes a contribution to critical theoretical or philosophical debates.


The PTC Division will accept submissions in three formats this year:



1. Full paper submissions of up to 25-30 pages (double spaced, about 7000-8000 words) excluding references and illustrative material). Papers must be original to ICA, i.e., you should not submit work already published elsewhere. In preparing your submission please remove all author information from the manuscript, including metadata, to facilitate the process of blind peer review.



2. Panel submissions. Panels provide a good forum for the discussion of new approaches and innovative ideas. Panel proposals should include 4-5 paper presenters (if a designated respondent is required, then 4 presenters only please). Please consider forgoing a respondent in favour of an additional presenter. Panel submissions should include the following:


   Panel Theme or Title


   A 75-word description of the panel for the conference program


   A 400-word rationale, providing justification for the panel’s theme and participating panelists


   350-word (max) abstract of each panelist


   Names of panel participants (4-5 presenters, if a designated respondent is required, then 4 presenters only please)


   Name of panel chair/organizer (usually the same person)


Please note that the ICA’s online conference submission system may offer different word length limits but the limits stated above take precedence.


3. Roundtable submissions. Roundtables provide an opportunity for a larger panel (maximum 6 participants) to offer short position statements on a topic of major interest or controversy. If you plan to submit a roundtable proposal, please submit the same details as for a panel, except that abstracts from each panelist should be 100-150 words in length and no respondent is required.


Full papers, panel and roundtable proposals can be on any aspect, theme or approach that fits the PTC remit.


If you have any questions concerning these formats or general enquiries regarding your individual submission, please contact the 2019 conference planner and PTC vice-chair, Jayson Harsin (jharsin@aup.edu). All submissions will go through a process of blind peer review and ICA will notify you if your paper has been accepted in mid-January.


Please Volunteer to Review Papers and Panels!


Given the usual high number of papers/panels/roundtable proposals, we encourage you to review papers and panels for PTC. If you are interested and have not already volunteered for the coming year, please e-mail Jayson Harsin, providing some details about your expertise and contact information. You can also nominate yourself on the ICA website.

Register here: https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com


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PUBLIC DIPLOMACY INTEREST GROUP


Dear Public Diplomacy Friends,


Apologies for the earlier technical problems with the Reviewer form.  They’re fixed now. As they say in the movies, “take two”.


The correct link for the form that will allow you to enter your information is here:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15cTjUPjqQw-kEIK4ZtQXeKwGuQHVEgWJ6vk8KDcROQU/edit?usp=sharing


Please make sure to hit “SUBMIT” at the bottom of the form.


Preparations for ICA 2019 are underway and we need your help.


We need everyone to volunteer to review papers being submitted for presentation in May.  Our strong and growing division saw a 50% increase in submissions from 2017 to 2018. We expect a large number of submissions for 2019 and a very competitive process.  It is up to all of us to ensure a robust review that produces high-quality presentations.


If you are submitting a paper, we ask you to agree to review at least two or three papers.  Even if you are not submitting a paper, please volunteer. You have a valuable opportunity to serve your colleagues, support their scholarship, and advance the public diplomacy field as a whole.  What you read may spark some interesting conversations and even nourish your own thinking and learning. We will also award a certificate for ICA PD IG Best Reviewer.


To volunteer, click this link, give us your information, and hit the “SUBMIT” button at the bottom.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15cTjUPjqQw-kEIK4ZtQXeKwGuQHVEgWJ6vk8KDcROQU/edit?usp=sharing


Thank you in advance!

Alina, James, and Steve


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