Time is flying and in the global north, summer is coming to an end, semesters are starting, students are coming back. But no matter where you are, it is really time to get into that ‘ICA mood’. Our submission site for #ica20 is open and we are excited about your submissions. Both in the divisions and interest groups with a great variety of formats and foci (be sure to check the CfP before submitting), and for the conference’s general theme of Open Communication.
We will soon be reviewing the proposals for pre and post conferences. These initiatives have become a much valued add-on experience for many ICA attendees. We already know of a number of exciting initiatives which are planned for both the vicinity of the main conference and beyond. Keep eyes and ears open as communication about these come your way and let them weigh into your travel plans.
On a personal note, I spent a longer period of our break Down Under. This was my third visit to Australia and I truly love the place. If anyone wants advice on diving at the Reef, visits to the rain forest or secluded islands off the coast with a mind blowing marine and wildlife, I am happy to share. It is truly awesome and I hope that many attendees will have a chance to see some of this.
Other parts of the summer were spent working on a strategy for the social sciences and humanities in the Netherlands to break the current government’s relentless cutbacks in one of its most vital and successful higher education sectors. Challenging … The rest involved thinking about the future of social media platform research, finalizing grant proposals, reviewing, developing papers, writing a book chapter, finalizing our big European election project, and editing Political Communication (last year of my tenure). In addition, and on a very exciting note, we are also getting started with work in the Task Force for the ICA which will make recommendations about the future of our journals in the light of open access and open science developments. More about this at a later stage. For now, get the ICA energy flowing: we are open for submissions!