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Spotlight on Pre/postconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 8, 2019

In each Newsletter leading up to the conference, we will highlight different pre/postpostconference calls for papers that have been planned for the Gold Coast, Australia. 



Pre/postconference Calls for Papers with a December Deadline

Preconference: Conceptualizing a ‘Post-American’ Internet: Technology, Governance, and Geopolitics

Date & Time: 9:00 am to 5.00 pm, 21 May 2020

Location: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), Gold Coast, Australia

Division Affiliation: Global Communication and Social Change

CFP Deadline: 1 December 2019


Yu Hong, Zhejiang U, China, hong1@zju.edu.cn

Philipp Staab, Humboldt U, Germany, philipp.s.staab@hu-berlin.de

Daya Thussu, Hong Kong Baptist U, Hong Kong SAR, dayathussu@hkbu.edu.hk

Description and Objective 

The global internet is entering a ‘post-American’ era in a dialectic sense. Dominant ideas, interests, and arrangements emanating from the US continue to matter. They mingle, align, and delink with states, capitals, and social actors in various parts of the world. In a largely asymmetric fashion, they are assembled into the global internet comprising supranational entities, corporate infrastructures, production chains, and networked publics. 

Nonetheless, global economic crises, and accompanying power shifts, have complicated the continuity and discontinuity of political economies, shaping and being shaped by the global internet. The rise of conservative nationalism and xenophobes in the global North has also exposed the fragmented nature of the existing order and provoked counter proposals, alternative narratives, and new arrangements. Indeed, the topography of the global internet and its governing landscape look very different today. For example, under the pressure from China and the US, many European countries have made increased efforts to build national ICT infrastructures. Questions also arise regarding both technological dependence and initiatives of the global South during their integration into global trade and communication networks. The debates about data localization are increasingly taking a nationalist turn in India, home to the world’s second largest internet users after China.

Digital transformation enabled by 5G networks drives another vector of change. New networked applications, such as the Internet of Things, smart city systems, and the Internet of Bodies, cross many boundaries, be they spatial, material, temporal, or social.  They draw much innovative energy from non-Western socio-economic contexts and are likely to extend commodification and surveillance of body, land, labor, information, and communication. Again, this happens against a backdrop of heightened geopolitical struggle over technology and renewed debates over governance. 

In the ‘post-American’ era, internet technologies connect populations and things amidst unfixed values, contesting relations, and changing contexts. Thus, conceptualizing a ‘post-American’ internet encourages scholars to delve into formative disagreement spaces, emergent geopolitical processes, and dynamic political-economic structures. This also draws attention to a range of actors, whose collaboration and contestation re-work, and sometimes transcend, conventional protocols, procedures, and typologies, which include but are not limited to states and capitals, subnational and transnational regions, interstate relations and social formation, master narratives and social imaginations. 

This preconference is intended to encourage focused discussion of socio-technical transformations, geopolitical reconfigurations in the emerging context of a digital ‘Cold War’, and institutional reactions and normative debates surrounding ICT-related governance and development in a ‘post-American’ era. We welcome theoretical and empirical studies from multiple conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and scales of analysis. 

Keynote speakers (TBD) 

How to participate

If you wish to present a paper at this event, please send an abstract of 300-400 words. This must be submitted to dyzxlxt@163.com by 1 December 2019. The organizers will consider these submissions and advise on acceptance by 20 January 2020.

With financial support from the College of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University, registration fees will be waived for paper presenters (including two tea-coffee breaks and lunch). For other participants, it will be US$90 for ICA full members and US$45 for students.

Note: it is assumed that presenters will be available to attend the event for the full day. If you are coming from overseas, we recommend that you arrive 20 May 2020, and make appropriate accommodation arrangements for that night. 

About Zhejiang University as the co-host

Zhejiang University was founded in 1897 and is one of the earliest modern academies of higher education in China. Its College of Media and International Culture was established in 2006, of which the Department of Journalism was set up in 1958 and is one of the oldest journalism schools in China. Currently, the College has four departments and several research institutes, covering a wide range of research programs in communication studies, journalism studies, new media and critical theory, and international culture. The College is also home for Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication Research Center, Zhejiang University. 



Preconference: Emerging Media and Social Change: The Asian-Pacific Experiences in the Global Context

(The 9th Global Communication Forum) 

20 May, 2020 UNSW Sydney Australia 

Organized by the University of New South Wales and Shanghai Jiaotong University, this ICA 2020 pre-conference focuses on emerging media and social change in the Asia Pacific. The pre-conference will be held at UNSW Kensington Campus in Sydney, on 20 May, 2020. 

Development of information and communication technologies give rise to new modes of communication, introduce changes in cultural production, distribution and consumption, disrupts industry boundaries, and raise significant questions about their societal impacts and governance challenges. The diversity and dynamism of these ongoing developments, particularly in the Asia Pacific, are yet to be fully explored. 

This pre-conference seeks to contribute to the ongoing repositioning of media and cultural studies outside the Euro-American axis. It aims to bring both established and emerging scholars including higher-degree students to intellectual dialogues around cultural changes, industry transformations, societal impacts, and governance challenges brought by emerging media in societies across the Asia Pacific. It seeks contributions with a theoretical, empirical or applied focus, welcomes research with comparative or historical perspectives, and encourages reflection on power dynamics on local, regional and global levels. 

To this end, we welcome paper and panel proposals on, but not limited to, the following areas: 

• Emerging media technologies (e.g. algorithms, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, 5G, VR/AR, block chain) and cultural, social and political impacts in the Asia-Pacific and Australasian region 

• Intra-regional, transnational and global dynamics: Developments in the Asian-Pacific and Australasian regions on the restructuring of global media industries, division of labor, and power structure 

• The processes and impacts of platformization in different societies in the region 

• Values and ethics of the internet 

• Internet regulation and governance 

• Emerging media in the post-truth era 

• Methodological and conceptual challenges and innovations in researching emerging media and cultural, social and political change 

• Proposals reflecting the general theme of the ICA 2020 in the Asia-Pacific context 

Submission Categories (for English submissions): 

• Full papers: up to 8000 words, including references. Full paper submission is NOT required except those who wish to be considered for the Top Paper Awards. 

• Extended abstracts: 500-1000 words, excluding references (only key references should be included) 

• Preconstituted Panel with 3-4 papers: 1000-1500 words in total, excluding references (only key references should be included). Please submit up to 5 keywords identifying your focus. Panels are particularly welcome. 

Submission Guidelines: 

• Please send proposals, abstracts or enquiries to 2020ica@unsw.edu.au and 2020ica@sjtu.edu.cn 

• Please prepare two files (in PDFs or Word format) for submission: 

o One file should be anonymized for blind review. o The other file should contain a cover page, which should include the following 

(1) paper title; (2) For each author, include name, title and institutional affiliation; and (3) contact information including email address, postal address, phone number, etc. o Chinese-language submissions accepted. If you are submitting in Chinese, please 

provide your cover page information in both English and Chinese. At the same time, please refer to the Call for Paper in Chinese version as there are different word-length requirements. 

• Formats: In the case of full paper submissions, please follow APA format. 

• Publication opportunities: Authors of accepted full papers may be invited to 

contribute to an edited book at a later date. 

• Top Paper awards: One paper will be selected for the Best Faculty Paper Award and one for the Best Student Paper Award. Winners will receive the certificates in the closing ceremony. 

Important Dates: 

• 1 December, 2019: Abstract and panel proposal submissions due 

• 15 January, 2020: Full paper submissions due 

• 15 February, 2020: Notification of acceptance 

• 10 March, 2020: Early bird registration closes 

• 1 May, 2020: Regular registration closes 

Registration Fee: 

• AUD 100 for regular participants (Early bird AUD80) 

• AUD 50 for students (Early bird AUD40) The registration fee covers conference attendance and materials, one lunch and two refreshments during coffee/tea breaks. 

Pre-Conference Organizers, Co-organizers and Committees: 

Organizers: School of the Arts & Media, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia Media Futures Hub, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia School of Media and Communication, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China Global Communication Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 

Co-organizers: Communication and Technology Section (CAT), International Communication Association USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI), China Department of Communication, University of South Florida, USA School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Société Française des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication, France Department of Communication and Technology, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan Department of New Media and Communication, National University of Singapore, Singapore Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 

Organizing Committee: Guoliang Zhang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) Elaine Jing Zhao (University of New South Wales, Australia) 

Ramaswami Harindranath (University of New South Wales, Australia) Benqian Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) Patrice Buzzanell (University of South Florida, USA) Ran Wei (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) 

Executive Committee: Liangwen Kuo (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) Elaine Jing Zhao (University of New South Wales, Australia) Pearl Wang Haoqing (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) Qian Wang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) Lutong Zhang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) 

Travel Information: 

• Between Sydney Airport and UNSW: The pre-conference venue is located on UNSW campus -- Sydney’s Kensington and Randwick areas. It is close to Sydney Airport (7 km). 

• Accommodations: There are numerous hotels near Airport areas and in the City Center. Some smaller hotels and lodges are also available in the Randwick area with a short stroll to UNSW campus. 

• Airlines Flying to Gold Coast: Four airlines flying direct from Sydney to ICA 2020 Conference Venue (Gold Coast, 80 minutes) offer affordable airfares. There are 19 direct flights on 21 May 2020. Participants will have enough time to travel to the Gold Coast.


Postconference: International Cultures of Journalism Conference ICJ2020

Date: 27-28 May 2020

Location: Sydney, Australia 

Deadline: 1 December 2019


ICJ2020 is an ICA post-conference. It aims to spur an engaged scholarly debate on how different cultures of journalism become distinctly visible across the world. Though journalism is usually taught and practiced through a traditional model developed in the West, the routines and conventions of journalism have distinctive meanings in the non-Western context.


Pre/postconference Calls for Papers with a January Deadline

Preconference Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium 

Gold Coast, Australia 21 May 2020, 9am – 4pm 

The Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium brings together PhD candidates working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. The Colloquium is part of the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship and will be held as a preconference in conjunction with the ICA 2020 Annual Conference in Gold Coast, Australia. Its goal is to contribute actively to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. Participating graduate students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics. 

The Colloquium will be based on thesis-related work submitted by the participant PhD candidates. Each participating graduate student will have an experienced scholar responding to her or his paper. In addition, the Colloquium will feature a discussion with senior scholars about one of the topics related to publishing in international journals and career strategies, grant applications and career development. 

The Colloquium is open to PhD candidates working on topics concerned with theory, research, and professional education in journalism. The organizers encourage the submission of scholarly work that advances our understanding of how journalism works within individual regions or comparatively across regions. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, the functions of journalism in society, the structural and cultural influences on journalism, the attitudes and characteristics of journalists, features of news content and their effects on consumers. Of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic standards, economic pressures, technological change, and (academic) critique. Conceptual, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome. 

Submission guidelines 

PhD students should submit an abstract of 500 words (excluding references) that outlines the topic, rationale, theoretical approach and, if applicable, empirical application. Every abstract should include the name, affiliation, and expected graduation date of the PhD candidate. 

Deadline for abstract submission: no later than 16:00 UTC, 20 January 2020. Submissions should be sent via email to Joy Kibarabara at joy.kibarabara@ims.su.se Format: submit an abstract in PDF-format labelled “Last Name_JS Colloquium 2020” Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2020. 

If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words by 16:00 UTC, May 4, 2020. The colloquium will be held on 21 May 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a coffee break and a light snack. 

More information about the previous JS Graduate Student Colloquiums and its participants can be found here http://www.ica-phd-colloquium.news/call/ 



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