While many scholars are working hard to get their paper and panel submissions ready for the regular submission deadline in November, one deadline has already come and gone: the submission of pre and postconference proposals for the 70th Annual ICA Conference.
It was delightful to see the wide range of proposals and the interaction with local and further-away (e.g. Sydney) academic communities and institutions. There will be a really interesting and diverse portfolio of events adjacent to the main conference. The initiatives are too many to list, but let me highlight a few.
Here are glimpses of what we can expect: As preconferences we will, for example, see one addressing ‘mobile communication and opportunities for open science’. This preconference ties in very well with the overall Open Communication theme of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference. On that note, there is also a pre conference on ‘Open data, open methods’ from the Computational group. Another preconference focuses on ‘Emerging Media and Social Change: The Asian-Pacific Experience in Global Context’. Indeed, several preconferences have a focus on digital media and cultures, across the globe. A very exciting preconference will be the ‘Opening Qualitative Methods Across Divisions: Collaborative Workshopping and Learning for Students, Faculty, and Teachers’ which is cosponsored by Feminist Scholarship Division, Intercultural Communication Division, Interpersonal Communication Division, Language & Social Interaction Division and Organizational Communication Division. There are many more to choose from as well, scattered among onsite, local to the Gold Coast, and in surrounding cities (Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne), beginning as early as 19 May.
Moving to postconferences, we have themes like ‘Digital platform regulation: Beyond transparency and openness’ which is obviously tackling one of our time's most pertinent societal and academic debates. Likewise, the ‘Digital inequalities and emerging technologies’ postconference is looking very timely.
It was a pleasure reviewing the many rich, creative, interdisciplinary proposal! The pre and postconference portfolio is giving you just one more reason to come to – and to stay longer in – Australia in May. Many of these events will have their own Calls for Papers becoming available soon.