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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 5, 2018






ICA 2019 Preconference

Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium

Washington, DC

24 May 2019, 9am – 4pm

Call for Papers

The Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium brings together PhD candidates working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. The Colloquium is part of the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship and will be held as a preconference in conjunction with the ICA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington D.C., USA. Its goal is to contribute actively to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. Participating graduate students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.

The Colloquium will be based on thesis-related work submitted by the participant PhD candidates. Each participating graduate student will have an experienced scholar responding to her or his paper. In addition, the Colloquium will feature a discussion with senior scholars about one of the topics related to publishing in international journals and career strategies, grant applications and career development.

The Colloquium is open to PhD candidates working on topics concerned with theory, research, and professional education in journalism. The organizers encourage the submission of scholarly work that advances our understanding of how journalism works within individual regions or comparatively across regions. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, the functions of journalism in society, the structural and cultural influences on journalism, the attitudes and characteristics of journalists, features of news content and their effects on consumers. Of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic standards, economic pressures, technological change, and (academic) critique. Conceptual, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Submission guidelines

PhD students should submit an abstract of 500 words (excluding references) that outlines the topic, rationale, theoretical approach and, if applicable, empirical application. Every abstract should include the name, affiliation, and expected graduation date of the PhD candidate.

Deadline for abstract submission: no later than 16:00 UTC, 21 January 2019.

Submissions should be sent via email to Alla Rybina

Format: submit an abstract in PDF-format labelled “Last Name_JS Colloquium 2019

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2019.

If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words by 16:00 UTC, May 6, 2019. The colloquium will be held on 24 May 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a coffee break and a light snack.

More information about the previous JS Graduate Student Colloquiums and its participants can be found here







69th Annual ICA Conference

PRECONFRENCE: The Long History of Modern Surveillance

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.

The full CFP is available at

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. Send abstracts to: Josh Lauer at

Please direct any questions to Josh Lauer ( or Nicole Maurantonio (


Call for Papers

ICA 2019 Preconference: “Digital Journalism in Latin America”

Organizers: Pablo J. Boczkowski (Northwestern University, USA) & Eugenia Mitchelstein (Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina)

Preconference Date and Time: May 23th, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2018

Research on digital journalism has by now a solid tradition that spans more than two decades (Barnhurst, 2012; Boczkowski, 2002; Reich, 2018; Steensen, 2011). For the most part, this scholarship has focused on industrialized nations in North America and Europe (Mitchelstein and Boczkowski, 2009) and has paid comparatively less attention to other regions such as Latin America (for some notable exceptions, see Bachmann & Harlow, 2011; Boczkowski, 2010; González de Bustamante and Relly, 2014; Harlow and Salaverría, 2016; Vimiero, 2017). This relative scarcity contrasts with the prominent role of digital journalism in the news diets of Latin Americans: around 9 out of 10 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico access news online (Newman, et al, 2017). The growth in online audiences has been paralleled by the expansion of digital news operations, either as the internet operations of print media (Bachmann & Harlow, 2011) or as new online enterprises (Harlow and Salaverria, 2016; Requejo Alemán and Lugo Ocando, 2014).

As both digital news production and consumption have featured increasingly more prominently in the information landscape of Latin America, it is worth inquiring into whether the specificity of Latin America and its culture and institutions might entail differences with digital journalism as it is practiced and appropriated in other parts of the world. For instance, Latin American journalism has been described as less professionalized and less independent than in more stable democracies (de Albuquerque, 2005; Hallin and Papathanassopoulos, 2002; Hughes, 2006). How have these two long-standing features affected the practices of online news production and the self-perception of reporters? Has the development of online journalism allowed for the emergence digital start-ups and fact-checking organizations that compete with traditional news organizations with long-standing links with politicians and corporations? Have online news operations conducted mostly partisan journalism, due to their dependence on government advertising? Moreover, Latin American audiences tend to show high levels of skepticism towards news (Newman, et al, 2017). Has this lower level of credibility been tied to differences in willingness to pay for digital news, information acquisition online, and uptake of alternative media sources, among other activities?

The ICA pre-conference on Digital Journalism in Latin America invites scholars to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital journalism in Latin America. Both empirical and theoretical conference presentations; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches; single-country and comparative research (with a major focus on Latin America); and historical and contemporary inquiries are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical developments.

  • Innovation and technological change in newsrooms.

  • Business models.

  • Modifications in work practices.

  • Relationships with governmental, business, and nonprofit actors in the production and distribution of news.

  • Differences and similarities in the emergence and development of digital journalism across and within Latin American countries.

  • Occupational matters, including appearance of new roles such as engagement coordinator.

  • The role of users in the creation of journalistic content.

  • The influence of content intermediaries such as social media platforms, and the engagement with and by users on those platforms.

  • The dynamics of digital news consumption on websites and apps.

  • The role of gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the uptake, reception, and re-circulation of digital news.

  • The relationship between digital journalism and civil society, including indigenous populations, social movements, and human rights organizations.

  • Issues of news credibility, including interpretations and practices related to fake news and misinformation, including partisan news organization and fact-checking operations.

Information about submission:

Authors should submit an extended abstract of no more than 750 words (excluding references). Abstracts should be submitted no later than 16:00 UTC, December 15th, 2018. Please email your submission to the preconference organizers ( and  Authors will be notified about whether their abstract has been selected on January 15th, 2019. Presenters will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript for the pre-conference. Full manuscripts should be sent to both of the pre-conference organizers via email by May 15th, 2019, for presentation and discussion during the pre-conference. Papers should be between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length. Attendance to the preconference has a USD 25.00 fee. Please contact the organizers ( and if you have any questions and/or need any additional information.


This pre-conference is possible in part due to the generous support of the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, and the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO).



ICA 2019 Post-Conference


DATE:  Wednesday, May 29

TIME: 9am-6pm


Stuart Cunningham, Queensland University of Technology

Patricia Aufderheide, American University

Tarleton Gillespie, Microsoft Research

Colin Maclay, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

David Craig, USC Annenberg


Members of ICA Divisions and Interest Groups (with particular reference to Media Industries interest group and Communication Law and Policy and Popular Communication divisions) are invited to submit 400 word statements outlining the contribution they could make to this workshop. Acceptance will be based on relevance to the themes of the workshop. If your contribution is accepted, you will be placed in a panel or roundtable and may be expected to make a very short presentation of your contribution, respond in an Q&A style format, and contribute generally across the day. You may also be expected to prepare a longer version of your contribution for subsequent publication.

Submit statements in WORD clearly labelled “Last Name-ICA 2019-Creator Conference”

Email to

Deadline to submit: 15 Dec 2019

Responses will be send: 15 Jan  2019

Confirm participation: 15 Feb 2019 (to secure placement in conference program)


Variously termed influencers, Youtubers, vloggers, or livestreamers, online creators operate centrally within social media entertainment (SME), a term coined by Cunningham & Craig (2019) to describe an emerging industry that communicates at scale beyond boundaries.  SME creators are native social media entrepreneurs hacking the commercial and network affordances of platforms to aggregate participatory and engaged fan communities for cultural and commercial value. As alternative forms of creative labor, creators disrupt the industrial norms of legacy media.  With varying levels of agency, creators represent diverse forms of expression that offer an alternative to 20th century mass media hegemony while often seeming to hyper-inscribe consumption-based capitalism. Creator culture can comprise nodes within a precarious gig economy fostering new artisanal business often outside of “media capitals” (Curtin 2007) and agglomerative media capitalism.

In the wake of the “Techlash” (The Economist 2018), the clarion call for improved platform governance has raised vital concerns around hate speech and fake news, platform surveillance, data breaches and privacy violations.  In response, platform self-regulation has left creator careers in its wake, with demonetization due to the “Adpocalypse” affecting marginalized and civic-minded creators. Scholars have recently identified creators as stakeholders in these concerns, including Gillespie (2018), who calls for platforms to treat content moderation as a “defining service” rather than a “necessary evil”.  Children’s social media policies and activists collapse distinctions between creators, advertisers, and naïve users. FTC rules on disclosure have placed more onerous burdens on creators than their counterparts in legacy media or advertising. There is an Atlantic faultline between European and US media and platform policies that exposes deep differences over principle and practice. The EU’s Amendment 13 would not only have challenged US provisions of Fair Use and the DMCA, but also threatened creator viability.

This ICA post-conference workshop will explore the range of policy, governance, and regulatory concerns that most directly impact creators operating with social media entertainment.  The workshop will convene scholars, creators, activists, bureaucrats, and platform executives. Organizations and individuals to be invited include the FCC and FTC, prominent creators like Hank Green, the Internet Creators Guild, and Freedom of Music Coalition.   The program will feature panels, working lunches, and roundtable debates; curated content will appear in a white paper along with other publication opportunities. The event is hosted by Communication Studies, School of Communication, American University with sponsoring support from USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab and QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre.

This is an invitation-only event.

FEE:    Scholars are to pay US$25 fee to contribute to catering and venue costs.

VENUE: American University/ School of Communication

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016


Call for Papers

Digital Asia: Social Change, Engagement, and Communication Beyond Boundaries

2019 International Communication Association (ICA) Preconference

May 24, 2019 / Washington D.C., USA


Priority deadline: January 5, 2019


Regular deadline: February 1 , 2019

The role of new communication technologies—such as the internet, social media, and mobile phones—in political and civic engagement has generated significant interest not only from scholars, but also organizations, politicians, and ordinary citizens. While recent events in parts of the world, such as the Umbrella movement in Hong Kong and prominent roles of social media in elections, help recognize the potential of new communication media as an agent contributing to macro-level political changes, these new communication tools are also actively utilized in more traditional political processes, such as electoral campaigns. Also important is everyday use of new communication technologies, which provides individuals with an opportunity to encounter public affairs news and discourse, enhance understanding of issues, and get involved in civic and political opportunities. One of critical elements that we should pay attention to when appreciating the role of new media—perhaps underlying all of these processes and practices—would be values, traditions, and history that define each Asian country and the region.

This preconference aims to showcase innovative scholarly work examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in the formation of democratic citizenship writ large—in Asia. The preference seeks studies that address relevant topics in a particular Asian county, and comparative research on Asian countries or Asian and non-Asian countries is also welcome. In particular, the preconference encourages a theory-driven analysis of the role of new media in real-world, offline civic and political action, including recent elections and civic mobilization for sustainable development in environmental, economic, and social well-being. In addition, scholars whose research concerns the overall ICA conference theme, Communication Beyond Boundaries, in an Asian-context are encouraged to submit a paper.  

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted via the online submission form ( by either the priority or the regular deadline. For each author, please include name, institutional affiliation, and department, title/position, and contact information. For problems with submission or questions, please email

Modest travel grants will be available by competitive application to participants, particularly graduate students who are from developing/transitional countries that appear in Tiers B and C on the ICA country tier chart (country of residence, not of origin).

Preconference Chairs

Nojin Kwak, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Marko Skoric, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Terry Flew, Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Natalie Pang, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Baohua Zhou, Professor, Journalism School at Fudan University, China


Tetsuro Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Muneo Kaigo, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Scott Campbell, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Junho Choi, Professor, Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University, Korea




Are We Moving Towards Convergence? Revisiting communication disciplines, theories, models and concepts.



  • Helle K. Aggerholm, Birte Asmuß, Finn Frandsen, Winni Johansen, Anne E. Nielsen & Christa Thomsen, Aarhus University, Denmark  (contact:;

  • Cynthia Stohl, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

  • Maureen Taylor, University of Tennesee Knoxville, USA


Within the past two decades, communication scholars have been preoccupied with debating the intellectual boundaries between disciplines, theories, models and concepts, as well as the institutional legitimacy of the field as such. Some researchers have talked about ‘convergence’ (Zorn, 2002). Other researchers have talked about ‘bridging’ (Cornelissen & Christensen, 2011). Others again take an alternative approach promoting a new ‘interdisciplinary paradigm’; see (Nothaft, Werder, Vercic, & Zerfass, 2018). The new thing about this debate is that it seems to take place both inside each discipline and across disciplines.

The purpose of this pre-conference is not only to study this debate, but also to contribute to it. We therefore invite junior and senior scholars representing one or more of the following disciplines - organizational communication, public relations, business communication, corporate communication, and strategic communication – to submit an abstract.

By convergence and bridging, we understand the process whereby we consciously or unconsciously move disciplines, theories, models and concepts towards each other. In his article “Converging within divergence: Overcoming the disciplinary fragmentation in business communication, organizational communication, and public relations” (2002), Ted Zorn warned us against the fragmentation of disciplines. It will turn us into ignorants when it comes to the world outside our own specialties. In their article “Bridging corporate and organizational communication: Review, development, and a look to the future” (2011), Lars T. Christensen and Joep Cornelissen suggest in detail how bridging can take place between two disciplines. It is important to understand that the criteria of success for convergence and bridging is not necessarily integration. It is more the academic quality of the process: the debate as such.

Questions addressed are among others:

  • What boundaries do we see in communication disciplines today?

  • Would it be fruitful to overcome the disciplinary fragmentation?

  • Is it true that “communication research has sacrificed intellectual vitality on the altar of institutional autonomy” (Durham Peters, 1986/2008).

  • How do we understand ‘communication’ within the various perspectives and traditions?

  • Do we overstate the differences between disciplines, theories, models and concepts in our research?

  • Which boundaries or cross-overs do we see in communication disciplines today?

  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of ‘bridging’ for example corporate and organizational communication, or public relations and corporate communication?

  • What can more ‘local’ debates, such as the debate about communication vs action, reputation vs relationship, and publics vs stakeholders, tell us about the development of our field?

  • How does convergence in communication disciplines contribute to shape how contemporary organizations come to see, manage, and evaluate their communication activities?

  • Can convergence help to solve one of the major concerns of modern organizations, i.e. that “without coherence, integration, and consistency, messages can be misunderstood, and their audiences get conflicting or inconsistent meanings which, in the end, may cause confusion and distrust in what the organization offers or stands for” (Christensen & Cornelissen, 2011)?

Topics can be but are not restricted to:

  • Processes and practices of the convergence of communication disciplines

  • Practice approaches across communication disciplines

  • The risk of black-boxing

  • Constitutive approaches across and within communication disciplines

  • Methodological convergence or divergence across and between communication disciplines

  • The impact of social media on the boundaries and cross-overs between communication disciplines

  • The convergence of disciplines and stakeholder relationship management

  • Organizing communication activities in contemporary organizations

  • Convergence of communication disciplines in different contextual settings: cultural, organizational, global

  • Limits and future perspectives of convergence on communication research

Conceptual, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Submission guidelines

Abstract submissions to the pre-conference (500-1000 words, not including tables and references) are invited from across divisions of the communication field, and will be evaluated competitively by anonymous referees. All submissions must be completed online no later than 16:00 UTC, 15 January 2019


Zorn, Ted (2002). Converging within divergence: overcoming disciplinary fragmentation in business communication. Business Communication Quarterly, 65(2), 44-53

Christensen, L.T. & Cornelissen, J. (2011). Bridging orporate and organizational communication: Review, development and a look to the future. Management Communication Quarterly, 25(3), 383-414.

Nothaft, H., Werder, K., Vercic, D. & Zerfass, A. (Eds.) (2018). Future Directions of Strategic Communication. Special Issue, International Journal of Strategic Communication, 12(4).


Call for Extended Abstracts

Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice

ICA 2019 Pre-conference, May 24, Washington, D.C.

As journalists across the globe continue to face distrustful audiences and uncertain economics, many have begun experimenting with novel forms of news production and community engagement with the hope of solving the news industry’s ails. Although a growing number of scholars research these innovations, few have found ways to make that research impactful outside of the academic community. This half-day pre-conference bridges this divide, by bringing together journalism innovators, funders, and researchers to share new findings and discuss best practices for research collaborations.

During this pre-conference, scholars will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners about organizations practicing or supporting engaged journalism in the U.S. and internationally, such as City Bureau, Free Press, Hearken, Outlier Media, and the News Integrity Initiative. The pre-conference will be structured to include opportunities for small group interaction between researchers and journalists, presentations of new papers, and a plenary panel discussion connecting leading journalism innovators with journalism and communication scholars.

In addition to creating a setting for researchers to hear from practitioners, we also want to expose practitioners to scholarly work. We therefore encourage scholars interested in presenting to submit extended abstracts that focus on engaged approaches to news production. These topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • The changing relationship between journalists and communities/audiences (e.g., audience engagement, trust building initiatives, membership and crowd-sourced revenue models, etc.)

  • Participatory journalism, public-powered journalism, citizen journalism

  • Service journalism and movement journalism

  • Innovations in measuring the impacts of engagement on communities and on news organizations

  • Efforts to increase representation of diverse race, gender, class, and ideological perspectives in news production

We invite those interested in participating to submit extended abstracts with a maximum length of 1500 words, including references. Please delete any identifying information before submitting your proposal as it will be subject to a blinded peer review. In keeping with the theme of the pre-conference, submissions will be blind reviewed by two scholars as well as one news industry stakeholder.

Send your submission in an editable format (e.g., Microsoft Word) to by January 21, 2019. We will send notifications of acceptance by February 11. All authors of accepted submissions will be expected to submit a full paper with a maximum length of 8,000 words by May 6, 2018.


Call for Proposals for the ICA 2019 Preconference

Crafting Theory. Methods of theory building in communication

Friday, 24 May, 2019, 9 a.m. – 17 p.m. approx.

Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.

The state of theory building in communication has been the object of lamentation, disappointment, caricature, even ridicule, but also appeals and aspiration throughout the history of our field. Rather than restating deficiencies in our field’s theory building in comparison with our neighboring disciplines or reiterating the reasons for or consequences of these deficits time and again, this preconference aims at collecting and advancing our field’s methodological tools and practices for theory building.

“Theory building” or “theory development” can be characterized as a creative problem solving process of generating novel or modifying existing conceptual structures (statements about concepts and their relations) with the aim of describing and explaining phenomena better than before (Hagen, Frey, & Koch, 2015; Weick 1989). This preconference is interested in a methodological discussion of cognitive operations, individual and social practices, and empirical approaches researchers use in this process of theory building.

In stark contrast to the great importance theory building is attributed by the scientific community in general and in our field, the collection, development and dissemination of methodological knowledge about how to develop both original and well-crafted theory only forms small part of our methodological research and teaching. For example, there is a scarcity of textbooks that cover more than the formal requirements and logical principles of “theory construction” (Blalock, 1969; Dubin, 1969; Freese, 1980) and accommodate the specifics of our field (but see, as one prime exception, Shoemaker, Tankard & Lasorsa, 2004). Also, inspiring and instructive collections of individual experiences with and approaches to theory building have been published, e.g., in psychology (Kruglanski & Higgins, 2004), human resource development (Turnbull, 2002) and management (van de Ven, 1989), but not in communication.

This preconference aims at stimulating the scholarly reflection and discourse about methods and methodology of theory building across all subfields of communication and ICA divisions by inviting participants to share their thoughts, experiences, and insights in an open, interactive and interdisciplinary exchange. We invite proposals for theoretical, empirical or historical contributions including but not limited to:

  • case studies about the practice of theory building in your own work or in the work of other scholars

  • empirical or literature-based overviews of methods used for theory building in communication

  • collections and discussions of heuristics, tools, practices and approaches in every phase of theory development

  • examinations of methodological challenges and potentials specific to theory building the field of communication

  • analyses of social, situational, and individual factors conducive (or detrimental) to creative and well-crafted theory building

  • experiences in teaching theory building.

We are interested in submissions covering one or several of the above aspects or related questions. We encourage submissions with a broad variety of approaches and from diverse perspectives. Scholars at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply.

Submission and selection process

Extended Abstracts (800 to 1,200 words plus references) should be sent as a PDF file to Benjamin Krämer ( Please remove any kind of information that would identify the authors. The deadline for submission is 25 January 2019. Submissions will be peer-reviewed (please volunteer to review!) and decisions will be sent out by mid-February 2019.

Dates, conference fee, registration

This preconference is approved by the ICA 2019 organizing committee and is part of the official ICA 2019 conference program. The preconference will take place on 24 May 2018 (9 a.m. to 17 p.m. approx.) onsite in the conference hotel in Washington, D.C. The registration fee will be $60 for presenters and non-presenters, covering the expenses for facilities, coffee breaks (lunch not included) and administrative overhead. Registration will be open to anyone wishing to attend.


If you have any questions and/or would like to volunteer as a reviewer, please feel free to approach the organizers Felix Frey ( and Benjamin Krämer (

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