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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Katie Wolfe, Friday, February 1, 2019

ICA 2019 Preconference:

Leaving the Ivory Tower: The Promises and Perils of Public Engagement

Call for Papers

Several years after Gamergate revealed the perils that the digital age poses for academics whose work speaks to and engages with the broader public, we now have an opportunity to look back and reflect on what we have learned. Indeed, the need for reflection and reappraisal is perhaps now more urgent than ever, as we have seen the tactics deployed against academics expand and effectively become institutionalized within the hybrid media system. However, we also want to balance our reflections about these perils with considerations of the promises that public engagement can offer. This half-day pre-conference workshop therefore aims to bring together a diverse group of communication scholars to discuss both the potential benefits and pitfalls of stepping outside of the ivory tower.

The workshop will comprise two parts: one session of paper presentations with Q&A and one broader round-table discussion of best practices. 

Both sessions are open to all registrants. However, for the first session, we invite paper proposals on any topic that fits within the broad theme of the workshop. We plan to organize a journal special issue or edited volume on the basis of the workshop.

Possible paper topics and approaches include: 

  • Empirical case studies of the benefits of public engagement 

  • Empirical case studies of the perils of engagement 

  • Empirical work examining dynamics involving race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and/or sexual orientation 

  • Reflection essays on institutional support needs 

  • Reflection essays on best practices for early-career scholars 

  • International perspectives on any of these, or related, topics 

The deadline for proposals is 1 March 2019.

Please send paper titles and abstracts of up to 300 words to 

Decisions will be made by 15 March 2019.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, and Queer Interest Group; Ethnicity & Race in Communication Division; Feminist Scholarship Division; and Political Communication Division.


Call for Proposals Environmental Communication Without Boundaries: Second Annual Environmental Communication Graduate Student Pre-conference

ICA 2019 - Washington DC, USA 24 May, 2019; 9am-12pm

Offsite Location: George Mason U – Arlington Campus

Graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, environmental disasters, and sustainability are encouraged to submit their work to this year’s environmental communication division graduate student preconference. Following the theme of the 2019 ICA Conference – Communication Beyond Boundaries - the Environmental Communication Division encourages students to submit their research at any stage in their development with no boundaries on topic, method, or approach. Students who are able to submit a full paper prior to the conference will receive feedback from mentors on their paper. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum for connection with other early-career scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field. We hope you’ll join us for the Second Annual Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2019 ICA conference.

Preconference format: The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers, colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, participants will gain insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research from the invited scholars themselves.

Faculty Mentors and Participants:

•  Edward Maibach, George Mason U

• Jonathan Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)

• Lauren Feldman, Rutgers U

• James Painter, Reuters Institute

• Xinghua Li, Babson College

• Shirley Ho, Nanyang Technological U
• Franzisca Weder, U of Klagenfurt

• Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State U

Registration: US$20 Participants must register for the pre-conference through the ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference.
Applications for oral or poster presentation:

• Please submit all materials on this page

• Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable, empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference.

• Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles ( or Adam M. Rainear (

Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2019

Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2019

Sponsorship: This preconference is sponsored through  generous support by:

• Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Cornell U
• Department of Communication, Uof Connecticut

• George Mason U, Center for Climate Change Communication

Co-organizers: This preconference has been planned and conducted with help from the ICA, Environmental Communication Division leadership, and our preconference organizers:

• Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, U of Connecticut

• Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford U

• Faculty advisor: Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice Chair, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)


Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries


24 MAY 2019


Hosted and sponsored by the Internet Governance Lab at the American U.

Co-sponsored by ICA Communication and Technology Division, ICA Communication Law and Policy Division, and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

Extended abstract due: 11 February 2019

Full papers due: 25 April 2019 S



Contemporary questions about the information society are inseparable from questions of governance of the underlying infrastructures, the logic of information flows, and its uses at the edges. The scope of questions under the general umbrella of internet governance is thus extremely broad, but at the same time vaguely defined. In the spirit of this year’s ICA conference theme, this event will discuss the issue of boundaries in internet governance both as a substantive topic of research and as a reflexive exercise for internet governance as a research domain.

 Substantively, within internet governance, boundaries have been traditionally an important area of research starting with question of sovereignty and jurisdiction in cyberspace, reaching to the exploration of boundaries of the technical, legal, social, and political decision-making with constitutive effects on the internet. As a field of study, internet governance has been debating its disciplinary boundaries as well as the scope of research questions that can come under this broad label.

To facilitate this debate, we are inviting proposals that cover a broad scope of topics relating to internet governance and communication, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Power structures in internet governance, their sustainability and change;

  • Nationalization of internet governance and possible threats of internet fragmentation;

  • Privatization of internet governance and its impact on individual freedoms and human rights;

  • Technical, legal and policy initiatives for cybersecurity and their impact on global internet governance;

  • Emerging forms of governance such as trade agreements or user-driven change;

  • Technological disruption and emerging governance questions in areas such as artificial intelligence and human augmentics;

  • The respective powers of the users, technology designers and regulators in distributed systems;

  • Public awareness of internet governance and communication of internet policy;

  • Visions and metaphors of information technology in internet policy discourse;

We are particularly interested in proposals that offer a reflection on Internet Governance as a field of research. Those may address, but again, are not limited to, the following topics:

  • How does one research Internet Governance?

  • Epistemological and practical challenges of Internet Governance research;

  • The (multi)disciplinary, topical, and epistemological boundaries of Internet Governance research;

  • Exploration of the boundary between research and activism in Internet Governance.

The preconference is organized by the Internet Governance Lab at the American U and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). It is co-sponsored by the ICA Communication Law and Policy and Communication and Technology divisions, but it touches upon the fields of many more ICA divisions and interest groups. We aim to bring together ICA participants interested in questions of governance, GigaNet members from other disciplines, and the Washington, DC community of practitioners and policymakers. Our goal is to have a mutual learning process and exchange of ideas and challenges for the further development of Internet Governance research. For further inquiries, please contact Kenneth Merrill ( or Dmitry Epstein (

Submission details

At this time we invite authors to submit extended abstracts (800-1,000 words) that describe the main thesis, research goals, and to the extent possible, the methodological background and findings of their paper. All extended abstracts must be uploaded through EasyChair by 11 February 2019, with all identifying information removed. All contributions will be peer-reviewed.


Authors of the accepted abstracts will be asked to submit a full original manuscript of approximately 4,000 to 8,000 words, which have not been published elsewhere, by 25 April 2019. Based on the volume and the quality of submissions we intend to explore a potential thematic publication of preconference materials.


2019 ICA Organizational Communication Doctoral Consortium

Theme: The Practice of Studying Communication Practice

Friday, May 24, 2019 (9 AM – 5 PM): Washington Hilton Hotel


This doctoral consortium is open to doctoral students at all levels of study. It offers an interactive forum where "seasoned" faculty share insights with young scholars seeking to maximize the potential impact of their research and teaching in organizational communication; it is also a venue for discussing professional and career issues relevant to doctoral students. The goal is to have participants leave with valuable advice and direction as they begin productive careers in organizational communication.






Over the history of the organizational communication field, the status of its central notion--communication--has generated significant debate. Though many acknowledge that communication is best understood as a complex and dynamic practice, our studies have frequently studied fairly conventional units of analysis: individuals, groups, organizations, links, messages, and the like. As the "practice turn" and the "ontological turn" gain steam among organizational communication scholars, analysts are increasingly challenged to relinquish their dependence on entities and their attributes and, instead, to re-imagine working and organizing such that our gaze remains always on communicative practice.

There are, of course, a wide array of approaches to studying and representing practice, but communication scholars still encounter significant challenges when they argue for the constitutive power of distinctly communicative practices. These challenges arise as we gather data and produce interpretations of those data, but they also influence numerous other scholarly activities. Specifically, they infuse our interactions with university colleagues (not to mention interviewers during the job search process), affect the accessibility of our pedagogy, and shape our stakeholder engagements in research and applied settings.

This day-long consortium will address these challenges, bringing together senior scholars who have spent the better part of their careers working through the complications involved in pursuing practice-based scholarship.


They will offer advice and insights on topics including:

1. Methodological challenges of practice-based approaches to working and organizing

2. How to help others make sense of practice-based scholarship in the job search process

3. Making engaged scholarship both practice-based and practical

4. Imagining undergraduate teaching as a sociomaterial process

5. Publishing: Explaining the relevance of communicative practice outside the field


Faculty Mentors:

o   Oana Albu, Southern Denmark U

o   Joshua Barbour, U of Texas

o   Kevin Barge, Texas A&M

o   Will Barley, Illinois

o   Patrice Buzzanell, USF

o   Francois Cooren, U of Montreal

o   Joelle Cruz, U. of Colorado Boulder

o   Shiv Ganesh, U of Texas at Austin

o   Jennifer Gibbs, U of California, Santa Barbara

o   Paul Leonardi, U of California, Santa Barbara

o   Kate Lockwood Harris, U of Minnesota

o   Laurie Lewis, Rutgers U

o   Rebecca Meisenbach, U of Missouri

o   Connie Yuan, Cornell U



Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Washington D.C.

Place: TBA

Half-day ICA Preconference PhD Workshop

in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Date: 24 May, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Venue: TBA

Sponsored by the ICA PR Division

Organizers: Flora Hung-Baesecke, Grazia Murtarelli, Katerina Tsetsura, Sophia Charlotte Volk

Senior Faculty Mentors who confirmed participation in the workshop to date:

Jim Macnamara (U of Technology Sydney)

Dean Kruckeberg (U of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Betteke van Ruler, ICA Fellow (U of Amsterdam)The aim of the workshop is to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to discuss their dissertation research in a constructive atmosphere. The workshop is relevant for PhD students within the research field of Strategic Communication, Public Relations and Organizational Communication, at different stages of their dissertation process.

Students will receive feedback on their projects, theoretical frameworks, methodologies and research designs from senior scholars and fellow students, who review the proposals. By reviewing other students' papers, students learn also more about the reviewing process as well as improving their skills on how to write, submit and revise papers for top journals. Senior scholars will give more insights and advice on questions related to the PhD projects with a focus on:

  • Theoretical developments: Emerging perspectives, theories and concepts in the field of strategic communication and public relations (e.g., excellence theory, institutional theory, CCO, dialogic theory, critical theory, qualitative and quantitative methods etc.) and in specific fields (e.g., relationship/reputation management, crisis communication, CSR, ethics, social media, leadership communication, evaluation, measurement, etc.)

  • Methodological developments: Qualitative and quantitative methodologies, empirical challenges and solutions are discussed and evaluated with regard to the field of strategic communication

The workshop also serves as a platform for students working in these areas to establish a valuable network and discuss a variety of issues besides the dissertation projects, which are important for academic careers. To allow for a focused discussion, participants are required to indicate their interest in different issues in their application email; these include: publication strategies, mentoring & networking, international outreach & collaboration, funding/grants, job market, other (please specify).

This is a competitive workshop. Only a selected number of students will be granted the possibility to attend it. After completing the workshop, a certificate of attendance will be presented to all students who have actively participated by submitting a full paper and reviewing a fellow student’s paper as well as attending the workshop.

Application and submission

  • Students apply with a short proposal (max. 3 pages excl. figures, tables, references) that describes the (planned) research by outlining the research problem and research gap, core theories or perspectives, the methodology or even empirical results. The proposal needs to outline core challenges and questions the student has at this stage of his project. By submitting a proposal a student confirms his/her intention to participate in the workshop.

  • Once accepted, students need to hand in a short paper of ca. 6,000 words, no later than March 20, 2019 via email to organizers. This paper can be focused on the core aspects the student would like to discuss (theories, empirical part, etc.).

  • After submission of the short papers, every student will review a fellow student’s paper and write a short peer review (ab. 1,000 words), which is due 1 May, 2019 via email to organizers. At the seminar, students will present their peer review of a fellow student’s paper.

The number of participants at this workshop is limited to 15 to allow for discussion. Only those students whose proposals are accepted will be able to attend.


  • Deadline for short proposal (3 pages max): 20 January, 2019. Please email your entry to AND indicate which of the following issues you are interested to discuss (publication strategies, mentoring & networking, international outreach & collaboration, funding/grants, job market, other: please specify).

  • The proposals will be reviewed and acceptance provided by: 4 February, 2019

  • Deadline for short paper submission (6,000 words): 20 March, 2019

  • Deadline for short peer review (1,000 words): 1 May, 2019 (email to organizers and be ready to distribute at the workshop)

Participation fee: Participation is free to all students whose papers are accepted. Each participant’s fee will be covered by the Public Relations Division of ICA. However, you must be a current ICA PRD member, at the time of the conference, in order to participate. Please register via the ICA website.

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