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ICA President-Elect Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Friday, February 1, 2019

By now you will have received confirmation of your acceptance for Communication Beyond Boundaries, the 69th annual ICA conference to be held in Washington, DC from Friday 24 May to Tuesday 29 May. The ICA received 4,676 individual submissions, and 378 panel submissions, and there was a 39.6% acceptance rate for 2019. If your paper or panel proposal was accepted, we look forward to seeing you. If your paper or panel proposal was not accepted and you will not be coming to Washington, thank you for your work, and we hope to see you again at an ICA event soon.

There are a very exciting range of preconferences and postconferences taking place this year, across a very diverse range of fields. If you are registered to attend one of these events, be sure to check if it is being held at the Washington Hilton or at an off-site location, such as one of the university campuses. Note also that the details of these events are managed by the event organizers, rather than the ICA Office.

There will be a fantastic event on Saturday night (25 May) to celebrate the music and culture of Washington DC. Through the Urban Issues Planning Committee, there will be a night of local music and discussion with musician activists at Bossa, a very well-known music, art and entertainment spot that is a 10-minute walk from the conference hotel, in the Adams Morgan District. ICA luminaries may even do some jamming. Thanks very much to Nikki Usher (George Washington U) and Aram Sinnreich (American U) for getting this event together. If you are a musician and are planning to attend, please contact Nikki or Aram about being part of a jam session.

In going with live music at an off-site venue, rather than the more convention format of a panel discussion, the aim has been not only to make it a fun night, but to foreground the importance of music in the city’s politics. Nikki Usher spoke eloquently about this in our email discussions about the event:

Urban communication in Washington is traditionally overshadowed by the oppressive power the federal government has over our lives (Hamilton made a devil's bargain for the people who would actually live here). There is little news coverage that reflects the true breadth of the DC community (take a look at the Post's local coverage or the anemic state of our wonderful but weak alt-weekly).  As such, activism and communication about issues that matter to DC residents often takes up more organic and indy forms, with music being a primary way historically and at present that DC's culture and DC's residents needs have been communicated … This is a pretty decent historical explanation of how music becomes an expression of the city's culture via the birth of GoGo music (  DC institutions enabled the underlying talent and the networks of people enabled the growth of the music. DC punk represented the only reaction possible to Reagan (granted that may be overstated), and if there is one actual way that the diversity of voices in the city gets articulated in any meaningful way in the city, it is through music.

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