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Spotlight on Preconferences

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Are We Moving Towards Convergence? Revisiting Communication Disciplines, Theories and Concepts

Washington Hilton, Fairchild | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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. Topics such as ‘convergence’, ‘bridging’, ‘interdisciplinary paradigm’ have emerged. The debate takes place inside and across disciplines. The purpose of this pre-conference is to study and contribute to this debate. Scholars within organizational, business, corporate, strategic communication, and/or public relations are invited to participate.




Mediated Recognition: Identity, Justice, and Activism

Washington Hilton, Cardozo | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

Recognition plays a crucial role in cross-boundary identity formation of individuals and groups and it is a central feature in social struggles. What social theories of recognition overlook though is the role of media, technology and communication. Therefore, this pre-conference aims to (1) update social theories of recognition by acknowledging its mediated and datafied nature and (2) to advance post-disciplinary debates on identity formation and (mis)representation, metricised and datafied recognition, social justice and politics.




Crafting Theory. Methods of Theory Building in Communication

Washington Hilton, Piscataway | 24 May; 9:30 - 17:00

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. We are interested in a methodological discussion of cognitive operations, individual and social practices, and empirical approaches researchers use in this process of theory building.




Global Populism: Its Roots in Media and Religion

Washington Hilton, Kalorama | 24 May; 10:00 - 17:00

The “new era” of politics following the Brexit vote in Britain, the Trump election in the U.S., and political upheavals elsewhere in Europe and recently in Brazil challenge settled ideas about media, politics, and culture. Media are at the center as populist movements’ and politicians use symbols and tropes of remembered, repressed, contested, implicit and explicit valences of “the religious.” This preconference will consider this and the broader challenge religion poses to critical media scholarship.




Organizing Resistance Beyond the Boundaries of Neoliberal Capitalism

Washington Hilton, Georgetown West | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This preconference aims at exploring how resistance displaces the boundaries established by neoliberalism, by focusing on how resistance is being (re)organized? We will share studies and practices of resistance to reveal the communicative dynamics that expand and/or disrupt the boundaries of neoliberal normativity. The following questions could be addressed: which practises/discourses shape resistance and with what effects? How do alternative modes of organizing redefine boundaries of neoliberalism? What can communication do to reorganize resistance?




A Media Welfare State? The Relevance of Welfare State Perspectives on Media Transformation and Regulation

Washington Hilton, Cabinet Room | 24 May; 9:00 - 16:30

This ICA preconference discusses the relevance of a welfare-state perspective for media transformation and regulation. The concept of a “media welfare state” has been used to characterize Nordic media, but this preconference brings together contributors from different societies and media systems to discuss whether the concept has a wider relevance. The preconference is organised as a series of panels addressing conceptual, theoretical and empirical issues, and will engage participants in discussions over contradictions and dilemmas.




Expanding Computational Communication: Towards a Pipeline for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars

OFF-SITE | American U - Constitutional Hall, Room 3 | 24 May; 8:30 - 16:30

This preconference receives and discusses various perspectives for expanding the opportunities of graduate and early career scholars to become familiar with computational communication science. We invite experienced computational communication scholars from diverse backgrounds to share their origin stories and discuss commonly faced challenges, provide a roadmap for addressing numerous communication phenomena from a computational perspective, discuss ongoing attempts to develop in-house training programs, and create ample opportunities to network in interactive breakout and escalator sessions.




Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Integrated Social & Behavior Change Communication Programs in Low & Middle Income Countries: A Hands-on Implementation Science Skills Building Workshop

Washington Hilton, Tenleytown East | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This workshop will build participants’ understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of integrated social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs, and provide hands-on skills-building in the strategic and creative design and evaluation of effective integrated programs. The morning session will focus on conceptualization and strategic design focusing on different approaches to integration. The afternoon session will focus on research methods for monitoring and evaluation of integrated programs.




Difficult Conversations in Healthcare

Washington Hilton, Tenleytown West | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This pre-conference will bring together leading scholars to discuss difficult conversations in healthcare from multiple applied and theoretical vantage points, with the aim being to advance the science and practice of difficult healthcare conversations by building collaborations and partnerships across academic disciplines, industry settings, and healthcare delivery systems. The pre-conference will include plenary presentations, panels, and a poster session. Registration will be open. A call for papers will be posted in January 2019.




Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Preconference

OFF-SITE | George Mason University - Arlington Campus | 24 May; 9:00 - 12:00 (half-day)

The 2nd Annual Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum to connect with other 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 inaugural Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2018 ICA conference.




Activist/Engaged Scholars: Engaging Issues in Scholarly Career Development

OFF-SITE | American U | 24 May; 9:00 - 14:00 (half-day)

Though civic engagement is proclaimed important by many academic institutions/departments, activist/engaged scholars report confronting difficulties-challenges in promotion-tenure procedures, publishing. Facilitated by members of Activist/Engaged Scholar Career Development Working Group of ICA's Activism, Communication, & Social Justice [ACSJ/SIG], this WORKING preconference will focus on developing action-options for: (1) activist/engaged scholars, from appointment through promotion; (2) faculty serving as mentors, members hiring/promotion/tenure committees; (3) administrators/faculty interested in developing academic cultures supportive of activist/engaged scholars. Co-sponsors: ACSJ, Global Communication-Social Change; Philosophy, Theory, Critique.




Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice

OFF-SITE | Arizona State U Barbara Barrett and Sandra Day O'Connor Washington Center. The Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center is metro accessible. |
24 May; 12:00 - 16:30 (half-day)

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



Environmental Communication Beyond Boundaries: Transnational, International, and Comparative Approaches to Understanding Environmental Issues

OFF-SITE | George Washington U‚ School of Public Health (Room TBD) | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

The aim of this pre-conference is to bring together scholars from around the world to share research related to transnational and international aspects of environmental communication. While environmental issues are often fundamentally global in that causes and effects of environmental risk can be separated by thousands of miles and connected by the forces of globalization, most research related to environmental communication has focused on individual nations as the site of inquiry. In addition, environmental communication research has primarily featured nations in the Global North. Therefore, this pre-conference especially welcomes research related to and/or produced in the Global South.




Riding or Lashing the Waves: Regulating Media for Diversity in a Time of Uncertainty

OFF-SITE | National Press Club, 13th floor | 24 May; 8:00 - 16:30

The event focuses on the regulatory and policy changes needed to stabilize the path from traditional to future forms of media. We will explore the current and future choices for regulating or deregulating media to ensure media pluralism and diversity. The umbrella question is "What legal frameworks, organizational innovations, self-regulation ideas or technologies can be or should not be used to maintain diversity and sustainability?"

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