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Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam) and Mary Beth Oliver (Pennsylvania State U), Monday, October 5, 2020

What are the most rewarding, informative, and enjoyable parts of face-to-face conferences for many people? Obviously, learning about other’s research, sharing our own work, and seeing innovative and cutting-edge scholarship is central. Networking and making contacts are also crucial, particularly for young scholars and new members. But there are a host of additional “intangibles'' that also play important roles in making our conferences so gratifying. Among them are the opportunities to connect or re-connect with former colleagues to talk about our research, our teaching, our current interests, or just our lives and our personal situations. We also often enjoy “skipping out” at times to explore the locale, to visit attractions, and to sample from new restaurants. And, of course, the many new colleagues we meet and connections we make serve to make our conferences exciting by expanding our networks, giving us new ideas for scholarship, and affording potential collaborations.


Many of the intangibles that make our conferences gratifying depend on how the conference setting allows for interactions. For example, chance encounters with old friends in the hotel lobby are met with smiles and hugs. Grabbing a meal with a friend in the conference restaurant between panels allows us to catch up and to make plans for a longer visit. And, of course, the hotel bar is often a meeting place for more informal (and fun!) interactions.


With COVID-19 as a continuing crisis, it is now essential for us to consider how these intangibles may work with safety measures in place. Will local attractions be available? Will the hotel continue to provide a restaurant and bar? Will local eating establishments be open? Will any receptions or social gathering be possible? These questions come in addition to possible restrictions vis-à-vis number of people in a room (oh, the nostalgia of a crowded session standing with 10 people in the door opening), the distance between chairs, the number of people in lifts, walking routes from conference rooms,  expanded time required to disinfect rooms between sessions, possible mandatory testing and temperature checks. All of these, and probably more considerations, next to the ever present public and participant health concerns, are facing us as we plan for #ica21 in a hybrid format.


We will be completely honest with you as an ICA community. We really, really would love to meet in person, at least partially, in Denver in May. But as things look now (October 2020) we also have to seriously consider the option that the hybrid #ica21 ends up being virtual #ica21. Much of this may be out of our control, as universities impose restrictions on travel  and/or reimbursements, and many may not be able to get visas due to COVID restrictions. We will keep that fallback option very present as we continue to plan. And we will take a decision on whether to go ahead with hybrid or move to online fully as soon as we can, in the light of the many moving parts, keeping it in the forefront of our minds that the sooner we are able to make a clear determination, the better for everyone involved. 


No matter which direction we end up heading, we are in this together. No matter whether hybrid or online, we really need each other as an association and as individual scholars. No matter the format we will do our best to create a sense of belonging, a sense of community, and venues for connecting, networking and being ‘in touch’. Whether the online portion of the conference ends up being just part of a hybrid offering or 100% of the interaction, we are confident that we have selected an amazing platform for the virtual (part of the) conference. Our new platform is easily searchable down to exact phrases in presentations, can house presentations indefinitely if desired so they can be cited later, and has built-in captioning and transcription, with an opportunity for authors to make corrections. Best of all, the platform “plugs in” to ScholarOne, meaning that NO VIDEOS WILL BE LOST; you will log in to ScholarOne and upload your video directly to your accepted presentation slot, and it will automatically go right where it belongs. More on all of this later, but whether the virtual portion ends up being the entire conference or just a part of it, we guarantee that the experience will be smoother and less stressful than ICA20. This is no longer “our first rodeo”!


This is where we stand today. We hope that many of you are able to submit work by the November deadline. We see that many Interest Groups and Divisions engaged with the recommendation to also consider work in progress. For many of us, research is something that has been, at best, very sporadic since March 2020. 


We will keep updating you as we move along towards #ica21. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with ideas, concerns or suggestions. We are all in unchartered territory.



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Student Column: Election Time and The Cultural Tradition of Online Collaboration

Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University) and Lara Schreurs (KU Leuven), Friday, October 2, 2020

Drumbeat rolls! 

Election time! We are right in the middle of ICA-elections, and all SECAC members have already cast their votes for both the association-wide officers as well as the officers for the specific Division and Interest Groups they belong to, respectively. Not sure about you, but we are always very excited about the prospective candidates for the new leadership of ICA. 

For SECAC specifically, the ICA-election comes with an opportunity to get to know the new faces we will cooperate with. A new president will be elected, and regardless of whom it will be, we envision a close and fruitful collaboration with this new leader. Good leaders can inspire their people to have faith in them, but only great leaders can inspire their people to have that same faith in themselves (McCallum, 2011). We are convinced that both candidates will make great leaders who will help us grow as we perform our roles of serving all students and early career members of ICA. 

We are also very excited to meet the upcoming SECAC Co-Chair, Christine Cook, who works at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. As Christine is running uncontested for this role as the opposing candidate withdrew, she will most likely be elected as our new co-chair and begin her service at the close of the 2021 conference. Welcome, Christine! 

As everyone anticipates the would-be elected ICA President, Treasurer, and a new Board Member at Large, the excitement roars like drumbeats of hopes on the horizon. 

The Tradition for Online Collaboration Lives On

SECAC has continued to maintain its tradition of productive online collaboration, which provides all its team members the opportunities for enhancing our online collaboration skills (the need for which is increasingly apparent). Allan Jay (2014) recalls how online collaboration began to take shape in the 1960s. The vision of people working together through computer communication without them being together in one physical space had materialized and went on for decades now. Today, a massive increase in the utilization of online technology for work, collaboration, and learning was inevitable. 

Online Team Collaboration that Reaps Success

Open, honest, timely, and meaningful online communication exchanges (through email or social media collaboration tools) often deliver and result in successful projects. Dr. Sardool Singh, Chief Global Strategist of the Global Listening Center, notes that “organizational members who reply back quickly to online communication messages show a great deal of leadership. It is easier to know who deserves the recognition of collaborative efforts and leadership by how individuals pay attention to organizational actions and communications online.” Experience proves how communication immediacy, as part of open and honest communication, contribute to successful coordination and productive online collaboration. 

 

Tom Vander Ark and Emily Liebtag (2018) contend that collaboration is brought about by “…intentional design of culture, structure, and tools, and the cultivation of individual mindsets and skillsets" (pp. 1-2). The authors also emphasized the importance of "structure" that enables team members to understand “their roles and relationships,” including “organizational routines” (p. 2), which are all suggestive of the need for good communication and interactions among team members. Referencing a Google Study, the authors further added that team norms “were key to performance” (p. 2). Norms and team values can be created and maintained through the help of written working guidelines (which SECAC currently works on). 

SECAC Co-Chairs Leadership Partnership 

Distinguishing the difference between cooperation and collaboration, Charles Lines (2013) offers a two-step strategy successful collaborative partnership. This strategy applies well to the ICA-SECAC Co-Chairs shared leadership roles. The first step is to coordinate, identify resources, and the people who shall perform the specific roles or tasks of SECAC.  The second step is creating procedures and guidelines for efficient cooperative work, which again supports the need for written team guidelines or working principles. Cognizant of the increasing need for online collaboration skills. ICA – SECAC looks forward to strengthening its norms based on values of respect, openness, honesty, and mindfulness of what each of us can genuinely contribute to our association, the International Communication Association. With its strengthened norms and structure, the SECAC teamwork experience shall continue to be enriching and memorable. 


References

Allan, J. (2014). History of Collaboration Software: The Evolution & Journey Towards Web 2.0 - Financesonline.com. https://collaboration-software.financesonline.com/history-of-collaboration-software-the-evolution-journey-towards-web-2-0/

Lines, C. (2013, June 19). The 3 C's of partnership working.   http://cuttingedgepartnerships.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-3-cs-of-partnership-working-co.html

McCallum, J. (2011). Election time means taking responsibility. Column. Retrieved from https://ammsa.com/publications/saskatchewan-sage/election-time-means-taking-responsibility-column

Singh, S. (2020, August 12). Conversation with Dr. Sardool Singh, Chief Global Strategist of Global Listening Center. 

Stoner, J. L. (2016, December 29). What Is Collaboration and Where Does It Begin?:  Jesse Lyn Stoner. Retrieved from https://seapointcenter.com/what-is-collaboration/

Vander Ark, T. and Liebtag, E.  (2018, February 13).  Collaboration: Key to Successful Teams and Projects https://www.gettingsmart.com/2018/02/collaboration-key-to-successful-teams-and-projects/


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Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Katie Wolfe, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Monday, October 5, 2020

Call for Blue Sky Workshops

 

Blue Sky Workshops aim to engage participants in critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline; exploration of theories, concepts, or methods; or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a particular subfield of communication. These are not didactic presentations, but rather are meant to be opportunities for dialogue. Blue Skies can also be created around issues of professional development, such as writing and submitting grant proposals, developing a social media presence, or designing effective assignments.  

 

How do I submit a proposal for a Blue Sky Workshop? 

 

Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions. We will accept Blue Sky Workshops through the paper submission website (https://ica2021.abstractcentral.com/). The proposal timeline will coincide with the conference papers from 4 September - 6 November. 


Each (session) proposal should contain: 

  • a session title,  

  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair,  

  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 75-word abstract for the conference program) as well as  

  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 400 words, to be published on the ICA website).  

  • This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).  

 

 

Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop? 

 

Anyone may propose a Blue Sky Workshop, and anyone may attend a Blue Sky Workshop. Those who plan to attend a workshop should work with the workshop chair to discuss their potential role and/or contribution. Organizers' names will appear in the online, printed, and app versions of the program. 

 

When are proposals due? 

 

Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted through the paper submission website (https://ica2021.abstractcentral.com/) until 6 November 2020, 12:00 Noon ICA Office Time (EDT).

 

If you have any questions, please contact conference@icahdq.org



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ICA Book Award Nominations Open!

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2020

ICA is now accepting book nominations towards the Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award! Please make note that the nomination period for the book awards is from 3 September - 14 December. If you would like to nominate a book for either the Outstanding Book Award or Fellows Book Award for 2021, please visit our award page for the nomination links: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards


Please provide publisher contact information as requested on the nomination form, so that the ICA Conference team can reach out and coordinate book deliveries to the committee members. We will no longer accept book nominations sent to headquarters in Washington D.C. 


All other ICA Awards open 2 November and close 29 January. For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards



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Attract More Applicants

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2020

On average, online applications have increased for jobs posted on the International Communication Association Career Center. A key component of attracting niche talent to your job opportunity is understanding your audience's preferences. Did you know online applicants prefer applying to a direct email address? The International Communication Association Career Center allows you to select how you will receive applications during the posting process. You can choose to accept applications through the job board, an external applicant tracking system (ATS), or direct email.

Reach qualified professionals with core industry skills when you post on the International Communication Association. Use the "Direct Email Apply" option when posting your next job and appeal to more leading industry candidates.

Post a job today: https://careers.icahdq.org/employer/pricing/



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Welcome to the new ICA membership term!

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2020

The International Communication Association (ICA) is pleased to welcome you to the new membership term! We hope our efforts to provide you with networking opportunities and venues to share your research have exceeded your expectations.

ICA membership is working hard to bring about great changes and additional benefits to you in the very near future. In the meantime, you can enjoy many of our current benefits which include:

Looking ahead at the upcoming 2020 – 2021 membership term

Membership: ICA student members who graduated this year and are experiencing hardship due to the impact of COVID-19, can now apply for the Early Career membership type instead of going straight into the more expensive “Regular Member” status. The Early Career Membership is a temporary 1-year membership type (which will begin 1 October 2020 and end 30 September 2021) will allow members who graduated this year, or who may not have secured a permanent position, renew at a reduced rate.

For more information, contact Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, at membership@icahdq.org.

Conference: The Theme of ICA 2021 is Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice. The theme calls for our examination of how care forms the fabric of our social and interconnected lives. From the moment that we enter this world we are completely dependent on the care of others, and as we move through our lives, the care of our teachers, doctors, leaders, and artists shape us into the adults that we are today.

71st Annual ICA Conference

27 - 31 May 2021

Hybrid Conference

Thank you for being a valued ICA member and best wishes for the coming year!



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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2020

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT


Neurodiversity Studies: A New Critical Paradigm

https://www.routledge.com/Neurodiversity-Studies-A-New-Critical-Paradigm/Rosqvist-Chown-Stenning/p/book/9780367338312

Book Description:

Building on work in feminist studies, queer studies and critical race theory, this volume challenges the universality of propositions about human nature, by questioning the boundaries between predominant neurotypes and ‘others’, including dyslexics, autistics and ADHDers.


This is the first work of its kind to bring cutting-edge research across disciplines to the concept of neurodiversity. It offers in-depth explorations of the themes of cure/prevention/eugenics; neurodivergent wellbeing; cross-neurotype communication; neurodiversity at work; and challenging brain-bound cognition. It analyses the role of neuro-normativity in theorising agency, and a proposal for a new alliance between the Hearing Voices Movement and neurodiversity. In doing so, we contribute to a cultural imperative to redefine what it means to be human. To this end, we propose a new field of enquiry that finds ways to support the inclusion of neurodivergent perspectives in knowledge production, and which questions the theoretical and mythological assumptions that produce the idea of the neurotypical.


Working at the crossroads between sociology, critical psychology, medical humanities, critical disability studies, and critical autism studies, and sharing theoretical ground with critical race studies and critical queer studies, the proposed new field – neurodiversity studies – will be of interest to people working in all these areas.


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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT


The Palgrave Handbook of Auto/Biography

https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030319731

 

Book Description

In a neo-liberal era concerned with discourses of responsible individualism and the ‘selfie’, there is an increased interest in personal lives and experiences. In contemporary life, the personal is understood to be political and these ideas cut across both the social sciences and humanities.

 

This handbook is specifically concerned with auto/biography, which sits within the field of narrative, complementing biographical and life history research. Some of the contributors emphasise the place of narrative in the construction of auto/biography, whilst others disrupt the perceived boundaries between the individual and the social, the self and the other. The collection has nine sections: creativity and collaboration; families and relationships; epistolary lives; geography; madness; prison lives; professional lives; ‘race’; and social justice and disability. They illustrate the inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of auto/biography as a field. Each section features an introduction from a section editor, many of whom are established researchers and/or members of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Auto/Biography study group.

The handbook provides the reader with cutting-edge research from authors at different stages in their careers, and will appeal to those with an interest in auto/biography, auto-ethnography, epistolary traditions, lived experiences, narrative analysis, the arts, education, politics, philosophy, history, personal life, reflexivity, research in practice and the sociology of the everyday.


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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2020

INSTRUCTIONAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Dear IDD members,


We are pleased to share with you the following CfPs from the Journal of Communication Pedagogy.


For more info, please visit https://www.csca-net.org/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/publications_journal_pedagogy


Kind regards,

Davide


Davide Girardelli

University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

IDD Chair


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SPECIAL ISSUE: Pandemic Pedagogy: Challenges and Opportunities (Deadline October 15, 2020)


Call for Manuscripts


This special issue entitled "pandemic pedagogy" focuses on challenges and opportunities for instructional communication in myriad contexts from K-12 and college education to interpersonal and family communication contexts to healthcare, as well as business/industry and risk/crisis


Editor: Deanna D. Sellnow, University of Central Florida

Associate Editor: Renee Kaufmann, University of Kentucky

Editorial Assistant: America L. Edwards, University of Central Florida


Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

Objectives and Scope of the Special Issue:


When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a "public health emergency of international concern," this global pandemic launched a new normal for how we interact professionally and how we enact instruction. More specifically, the nature of the pandemic forced us to change how we communicate in business, industry, healthcare, interpersonal relationships, families, and classrooms as people around the world were required to work "remotely." For example, teachers found themselves redesigning lessons to be delivered online, parents/caregivers found themselves playing a primary role in homeschooling, and employers/employees found themselves developing means to communicate/instruct/assess workplace practices online cross the global marketplace.


This global pandemic exposes an exigence for transforming what effective communication pedagogy looks like across communication contexts. Thus, the goal of this special issue is to be a repository for conceptualizing the challenges for instructional communication as we embrace a new worldview. We invite reflective essays, original research studies, and best practices focused specifically on communication pedagogical challenges posed and addressed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as lessons learned through research toward building best communication pedagogy best practices going forward.


As always, the Journal of Communication Pedagogy (JCP) continues to be a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Central States Communication Association. The journal publishes only the highest quality articles that extend communication theory, research, and practice in meaningful ways. We seek manuscripts that focus on instructional communication research situated in a variety of contexts such as (but not limited to) health, business/industry, religious, risk/crisis, public relations, journalism, forensics, and nonprofits both within the borders of the United States and beyond them. We are particularly interested in the use of technology (including virtual reality and artificial intelligence) in instruction. We welcome manuscripts that focus on instructional communication research within the communication discipline and beyond it (e.g., education, agriculture, social work, legal studies, engineering and S.T.E.M., pharmacy, nursing, health sciences). In sum, we seek manuscripts that examine communication pedagogy as it occurs across subfields in the communication discipline, in disciplines throughout the academy, and in contexts beyond the walls of higher education.


All manuscripts must adhere to the guidelines of the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and must not have been published elsewhere or be under review for any other publication.


The JCP will publish three types of articles: original research studies, reflective essays, and communication training/development best practices.


Original Research Studies are theory based, methodologically sound, and data-driven empirical analyses of communication pedagogy as it occurs in any context including, but not limited to traditional face-to-face or online classrooms. We welcome all methods of scholarly inquiry. The discussion section must include (a) conclusions as they extend theory and research, (b) implications that inform instructional communication practices, and (c) suggestions for future research. Manuscripts should not exceed 8500 words, including title page, abstract, tables, notes, references, and appendices.


Reflective Essays are agenda-setting pieces focused on a thorny issue or problem inherent in communication pedagogy as it occurs in a particular context (e.g., health, business, risk, crisis, public relations, journalism, education). Each essay must clearly identify the thorny issue or problem and suggest means by which to address it. Reflective essays may be written in first person and should not typically exceed 3000 words, including title, abstract, tables, notes, references, and appendices.


Best Practices describe best practices for training practitioners in the field to improve communication skills (e.g., listening, empathy, civil discourse, formal presentations in face-to-face and online environments, conflict management and resolution, teamwork, gender, intercultural, leadership) as applied directly to their professions. These professions may range from health (e.g., doctor-patient relational communication) to business (e.g., employer-employee communication, customer service) to education, among others. Manuscripts must be grounded in research, and include best practice tips for successful implementation based on experience/assessment. Best practice articles may be written in first person and should typically not exceed 3500 words, including title, abstract, tables, notes, references, and appendices.


Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020


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General Submissions


Volume 4 (2021)


Editor: Deanna D. Sellnow, University of Central Florida

Associate Editor: Renee Kaufmann, University of Kentucky

Editorial Assistant: America L. Edwards, University of Central Florida


Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020


The Journal of Communication Pedagogy (JCP) continues to be a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Central States Communication Association. The journal publishes only the highest quality articles that extend communication theory, research, and practice in meaningful ways. We seek manuscripts that focus on instructional communication research situated in a variety of contexts such as (but not limited to) health, business/industry, religious, risk/crisis, public relations, journalism, forensics, and nonprofits both within the borders of the United States and beyond them. We are particularly interested in the use of technology (including virtual reality and artificial intelligence) in instruction. We welcome manuscripts that focus on instructional communication research within the communication discipline and beyond it (e.g., education, agriculture, social work, legal studies, engineering and S.T.E.M., pharmacy, nursing, health sciences). In sum, we seek manuscripts that examine communication pedagogy as it occurs across subfields in the communication discipline, in disciplines throughout the academy, and in contexts beyond the walls of higher education.


All manuscripts must adhere to the guidelines of the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and must not have been published elsewhere or be under review for any other publication.


The JCP will publish three types of articles: original research studies, reflective essays, and communication training/development best practices.


Original Research Studies are theory based, methodologically sound, and data-driven empirical analyses of communication pedagogy as it occurs in any context including, but not limited to traditional face-to-face or online classrooms. We welcome all methods of scholarly inquiry. The discussion section must include (a) conclusions as they extend theory and research, (b) implications that inform instructional communication practices, and (c) suggestions for future research. Manuscripts should not exceed 8500 words, including title page, abstract, tables, notes, references, and appendices.


Reflective Essays are agenda-setting pieces focused on a thorny issue or problem inherent in communication pedagogy as it occurs in a particular context (e.g., health, business, risk, crisis, public relations, journalism, education). Each essay must clearly identify the thorny issue or problem and suggest means by which to address it. Reflective essays may be written in first person and should not typically exceed 3000 words, including title, abstract, tables, notes, references, and appendices.


Best Practices describe best practices for training practitioners in the field to improve communication skills (e.g., listening, empathy, civil discourse, formal presentations in face-to-face and online environments, conflict management and resolution, teamwork, gender, intercultural, leadership) as applied directly to their professions. These professions may range from health (e.g., doctor-patient relational communication) to business (e.g., employer-employee communication, customer service) to education, among others. Manuscripts must be grounded in research, and include best practice tips for successful implementation based on experience/assessment. Best practice articles may be written in first person and should typically not exceed 3500 words, including title, abstract, tables, notes, references, and appendices.


Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020


For more info, please visit https://www.csca-net.org/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/publications_journal_pedagogy


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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Call for Chapter Proposals for an Edited Collection

Working Title: Governing Genealogies of Film Education


Editors:

Hadi Gharabaghi, Drew University

Terri Ginsberg, The American University in Cairo


Contributions are sought for an edited scholarly collection, the purpose of which is to introduce readers to a nascent, critical historiographic approach to the formal study and deployment of cinema based upon extensive archival research into the declassified governing paper trail located in government, university, and philanthropic foundation archives in the United States and other imperial locations, and of traces left behind in postcolonial and neocolonial state institutions. We invite research that dovetails investigation of production culture and the cinematic public sphere with exposure and analysis of governmental policy and bureaucratic processes. The primary objective of the volume is to shed light on the institution and institutionalization of film and, more broadly, audiovisual education as an international academic discipline, as well as of media governance through the governmentality of university and state programming at bureaucratic and aesthetic levels with complex and lasting implications for global cultures and subject positions. The volume’s secondary objective is to assess and reflect in this genealogical context on the precarious state of film studies today as an academic discipline, and hence on the crisis facing an increasingly disposable labor force of film scholars and teachers who have come of professional age at the very moment at which the serious study of cinematic and disciplinary articulations of race, colonialism, and transnationalism has achieved a certain institutional acceptance and legitimacy. We especially invite work that unearths previously unvisited collections and offers original research and theorization.


 The volume aims to excavate the margins of archival inquiry regarding the history of U.S. higher film education, revealing and applying findings not previously included in the scholarly literature—or in Foucault’s own Eurocentric works—in order to offer an immanent critique of the field, its history and discursive structuring, and the practices of cultural production in which it has concomitantly engaged—in unvarnished collaboration with U.S. and other imperial government agencies and with private philanthropic organizations working in close relationship with them. The volume will in turn offer an interdisciplinary scope that positions the genealogy of film and media research into much-needed dialogue with scholarship outside the field that historicizes post-WWII liberal education and educational institutions within the context of Cold War liberal nationalism and capitalist global citizenship. While the volume invites detailed genealogical investigation, it is framed theoretically by contemporary readings of postcolonial, decolonial, and critical race theories with and against poststructuralist theories of epistemology, Marxist theories of imperialism, and emerging theories of the archive in order to problematize prevailing ways in which the historicization of Cinema Studies has been narrativized, its central theoretical paradigms maintained, and its socio-cultural practices recognized and understood.


The proposed volume is conceived at a moment during which disciplinary interest in the history of Cinema Studies and governing investment in film has led to the publication of several scholarly books. It will therefore resonate with a range of theoretical methodologies associated with the fields of cinema and cultural studies. Furthermore, scholarly attention to the role of governments and governing entities in shaping the direction of art education domestically and through diplomatic policy has had a longer and more prolific history that sheds light on the Cold War foundations of higher film education in the U.S. and the international arena and its domestic and international functioning as a “soft diplomacy.” We are therefore interested in excavating archival traces of film diplomacy’s creation of certain labor opportunities, academic programming practices, and the growth of film scholarship. While we hope to generate a more dynamic dialogue with this evolving group of scholarship, our volume intends to address this thematic in a methodologically innovative way within contemporary film and media studies, making substantive use of archival findings to address critical and theoretical claims regarding the genealogies of Cinema Studies both domestically and internationally.


A reputable university press has already shown strong interest in this collection.

Please submit proposals, including affiliation and curriculum vitae, by October 15, 2020, to both:


Hadi Gharabaghi: hgharabaghi@drew.edu

Terri Ginsberg: terri.ginsberg@aucegypt.edu


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The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University is pleased to invite graduate students at all levels to submit applications for competitive selection for the 5th International Summer School for communication and media psychology scholars. For ISS@TTU, graduate students will be paired with leading scholars of emerging media technologies where students will have the opportunity for directed feedback on their own research programs while also being part of a provocative and future-forward series of panels and thematic workshops aimed at charting future research directions. This year's keynote speakers include:

  • Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interactions, with Dr. Astrid Rosenthal von der Pütten, U Aachen, Germany

  • Video Gaming and Game Streaming, with Dr. Vivian Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Progressive Embodiment and Virtual Worlds, with Dr. Sun Joo "Grace" Ahn, University of Georgia, USA

  • Media Entertainment and Technology, with Dr. Allison Eden, Michigan State University, USA -

  • Mobile Communication and Social Media, with Dr. Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany 

More details, including application procedures and deadlines, are available online at: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/techiss/. Please contact Dr. Nick Bowman for more details, at nick.bowman@ttu.edu


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Call for Papers: Human Machine Communication Special Issue: Diffusion of Human-Machine Communication During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic


David Kim, kimcomm@louisiana.edu

 

Special Issue Editors: 

 

- Do Kyun David Kim, Ph.D (kimcomm@louisiana.edu), Richard D’Aquin / BORSF Endowed Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 

 

- Rukhsana Ahmed, Ph.D (rahmed4@albany.edu), Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Department at the University at Albany, SUNY  

 

- Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D (gkreps@gmu.edu), University Distinguished Professor at George Mason University 

 

Human-machine communication (HMC) facilitated by artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be a significant part of the New Normal already emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Likely, HMC will be further routinized in the post-pandemic world, altering human lifestyles, offering an alternative to face-to-face communication between humans, meeting demands for independent or remote work, necessitating teaming with communicable devices or robots, and providing context for the development of human-like friendships with AI partners. In fact, not only has HMC complemented, but it has also, at present, substantially replaced human communication in many areas of personal and professional life.  

 

This special issue focuses on strategic human-machine communication that contributes to overcoming difficulties caused by a pandemic and addressing the HMC-based New Normal based on human-machine communication during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly, we welcome studies investigating the acceleration of the diffusion of human-machine communication as a communicative solution for current and future pandemics and implementation of HMC as a new normal.

 

Based on this general theme, this special issue aims to feature diverse circumstances of HMC related to pandemics, such as human-robot interaction, virtual and augmented realities (humans “in” the machine or machine environments), cyborg/augmentics (human-machine hybridity), human-machine teaming, and automation, and to be inclusive of multiple methodological, epistemic, and disciplinary approaches. This special issue strives to advance HMC scholarship internationally by encouraging excellence in academic research. 

 

For more information or questions, please contact the Special Issue Editor Dr. David Kim at kimcomm@louisiana.edu.  


Additional information available at:

 

https://stars.library.ucf.edu/hmc/callforpapers.html

 

Deadline: December 30, 2020.

 

All manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system (https://hmcjournal.com) with the remark, “Special Issue” in the cover letter. In the online submission system, there will be a drop-down menu under Document Type. Please choose “Special Issue Submission.” 




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Treasurer Report

Posted By Peter Monge (U of Southern California) , Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Proposed Budget, FY21 (October 1, 2020 – September 31, 2021)

The proposed budget is included with the other financial material that has been provided to you. Once it is approved, it will be posted on the ICA website (behind our firewall) so that all ICA members have access to it.

The budget has four financial columns with titles at the top:

Approved Budget for FY2019

Audited Actual Expenses for FY 2019 Approved Budget for FY 2020 (this year) Proposed budget for FY 2021 (2020 - 2021)

 

This enables you to compare the last two years’ budgets with the proposed budget for next fiscal year. Our budget is audited every year, which means that an outside licensed auditing firm has examined our books and fiscal resources and certified that we have handled our money in ways that meet professional accounting standards. By comparing the 2019 approved and actual columns, you can see how closely we adhered to budgeted amounts.

Notice that the Totals and Subtotals are at the top of the columns and the separate subsections within the columns. This may be different than what you are accustomed to seeing in a budget, but it makes it easier to see what the subsections are as well as the totals and subtotals. In the final column Laura and I have highlighted in green any proposed FY21 number that is either smaller or larger than that same line item in the FY20 budget (this year’s budget). So, in column 4, the proposed budget, remember that a green number is different from last year’s amount and a black number is the same as last year. We have also added in the final column of the budget some notes and/or comments on why the number has changed to help you understand our reasoning behind the change.

The “Section” totals are in Bold for budgeted income, expense, and Net Income.

The proposed Total Income for next year is $2,915,381 compared to $2,662,181 for this year.

The proposed Total Expenses for next year are $2,334,750 compared to $2,409,947 for this year.

The proposed Net Income (Total income minus total expenses) for FY21 is $474,176 compared to $208,234 for FY20 (this year).


This proposed budget comes to you as a motion requesting that you approve it as our operating budget for FY21.

Finances in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Planning the annual ICA conference involves a huge amount of work on the part of many people, as all of you who are a part of it know so well. It also involves the investment of a considerable amount of money, specifically for things like renting conference centers, paying for the opening and closing ceremonies, and renting audio-visual equipment and staff. For the Gold Coast conference we had nearly half a million dollars in contracted services. When we made the decision to substitute the virtual conference for the physical one, the people to whom we owed those funds demanded that we pay them the money despite the fact that we would not be receiving any of the services. Laura declined to pay, proposing instead that we postpone the conference until 2024 our next uncommitted year for a conference. After considerable negotiations, Laura was able to get all of the entities in Gold Coast to agree to this arrangement, to keep the deposits we had made for the 2020 conference and to wait for the major remaining payments until 2024. This is a huge financial achievement for us and is one of the reasons why our finances are not as desperate as they would otherwise be.

As you well know, the Executive Committee approved a 25% conference registration fee refund for those who were attending the virtual conference. That was a loss of approximately $175,000 of our budgeted conference registration amount of $700,000, a sizable loss of income. It is worth noting, as well, that the income for the 2020 conference was already going to be lower than it would be for a European or North American location, and we had budgeted for that, but while all is not yet said and done, it is likely that the attendance numbers will be further depressed by the conversion to virtual. When we made the decision to go virtual for the safety and health of our attendees, staff, and leadership, many members had not yet registered. Whereas our attendance in Prague and Washington, DC was above the 3,500 mark, we had anticipated a net of 2,700 or so attendees for Australia which will now likely end up around 2,100 total attendees virtually.

Laura and the EC recognized that converting the 2020 conference to virtual-only, while necessary, was likely to provide a financial hardship to many of our members, especially students, tier 2 and 3 members, and clinical and part time faculty who might not be able to receive reimbursement from their universities for unused but unrefundable airfare and visa expenses. So, we started the ICA Hardship Fund and invited members and universities to donate. The response was overwhelming. To date we have raised approximately $70,000. In early May our staff will be soliciting requests from members for this financial assistance via an online application form, and we will be distributing the funds after the close of the 2020 virtual conference (as with the physical conference, we do ensure that you attend the event prior to issuing reimbursement). This money is not included in the FY21 proposed budget because it was raised in FY20 and will be distributed within the FY20 budget year.

Review of Long Term Investment Accounts

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the world financial markets have been in deep trouble over the past four months. Many stock markets around the globe have lost considerable value since the beginning of the year. For example, roughly a month ago the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index had lost 33.8% of its value and the Dow Jones Industrial Average had lost 36%.

The primary function of the long term account is as a safety net, specifically, one year of funds to cover operating expenses in an emergency. If a year ever qualified as potentially needing emergency funds, this is it. As you can see from the total expense number listed for FY20 (Line 188), our operating expense for this year was $2,407,947. So, we do not have a year’s operating funds but we do have about 2/3 of that amount. Had Laura not been so successful in negotiating carrying over our obligations in Gold Coast to 2024, we might well have had to use a half million dollars to cover those costs.

Our long term investment account balance is $1,633,413 as of March 31. For the first quarter of 2020 (our second fiscal year quarter) our funds posted “a -.13.89 return” (that is, a loss), which compared to the S&P and The Dow Jones indexes is quite good. More important, however, is that we have not touched these funds so we have not realized any financial loss to date in this account. And, on a positive note, over the last month our long term fund had gained back about another 5% which means we now have paper losses in this fund of under 10%. Of course, there is a lot of volatility ahead and we do not know what the markets will do, but that is where we are as of April 30.

Review of Short Term Investment Accounts

The short term account contains operating funds and investment funds. Since our bank account makes almost no money at all, we use this account to generate income on whatever cash we have at hand and don’t need immediately. Early last year on the basis of a recommendation from ICA’s financial advisor, we rebalanced this portfolio into a conservative mix of funds highly likely to provide a reasonable interest return. This strategy paid off. On January 1, 2020 we had

$1,097,450 in this account. The balance on March 31 was $1,096,974, a loss of “-0.25 return” for the first quarter. And, again, in the good news department, our advisor has indicated that this number is no longer negative and has returned to the positive side so we are again making money on this account.

Investment Policies

ICA has a policy of investing in Socially Responsible Funds. This means that companies that engage in products or processes that are considered financially or socially irresponsible, like firearms, tobacco, fossil fuels, etc., are excluded. Last year our investment advisor discovered a new Vanguard Socially Responsible Fund, and we have been steadily transferring funds into this account. We now have more than 2/3 of our investments in these funds. Ironically, most socially responsible funds charge a large premium for their product, which makes it difficult to make money on the funds, which is what investing is all about. Interestingly, this fund charges .15 basis points per share, which provides us the kinds of funds we want to invest in and make money!

ICA has an overall investment policy which stipulates investment goals and strategies. Largely, this is focused on conservative investment principles and tries to minimize our losses while providing investment income. Our current policy was written many years ago and is rather out of date with how markets work in the digital age. Laura, our investment advisor Matthew Lanham (Royal Bank of Canada), and I have met several times to discuss, revise and update the policy. We are close to a finished draft, but when the pandemic hit, the final revision got put on the back burner. We will return to it this summer and will get it out to the board for review and approval.

Other Financial Matters

At its mid-year meeting the Executive Committee voted to commit $20,000 to convert JCMC to Open Access, pending approval of the Board.

As many of you know, our long-time tenant Starbucks broke its lease with us (and paid a cancellation fee). Laura found a replacement tenant in terms of an upscale tea shop. Shortly after the tenant moved in, the Mayor of Washington, DC closed all the restaurants in response to the global pandemic. The new tenant had no customers or way to generate funds. Laura worked out an arrangement whereby the tenant would pay half the rent and could use the money in escrow from the security deposit they provided until the government lifted the lock down. Then, they will repay the borrowed money from the security deposit over time. So, what looked like a potentially major financial loss by losing the tenant (in excess of $100,000) has been averted at least for now. And, it was the right thing to do for the new tenant who had no control over these events.

Our regional conferences have been very successful. We have one planned this year for South Africa, which we hope we will be able to hold. With the global pandemic, no one knows at this point. We have budgeted $15,000 for that event.

Those of you who attended 2018 ICA Conference in Prague will remember that we all paid a Value Add Tax, some to all of which we could recover after we left the country. ICA paid VAT as well, in fact, in excess of $100,000. Despite our best effort to get the entirety of our refund, including hiring a firm to intercede on our behalf, we have been unsuccessful in recovering the last US $57,000 or so. We are told that the government works slowly and mysteriously in the Czech Republic, and that enough time has not passed to consider this a final result, but we are not optimistic. Our auditors are recommending that if we do not get these funds soon we charge them off to bad debt. We are hoping not to have to do that.

It might come as a surprise that we have had a fairly large increase in Lifetime Memberships. Last year we received $58,000 in new Life Membership funds. Our auditors are recommending that we transfer this money to Designated Funds to sequester them for a fixed number of years and apportion the funds to our income stream on a yearly basis. That is good fiscal practice and we are beginning that process with our accountants.

Good News on Funding

As ICA is headquartered in the United States, it is eligible for certain benefits under recent legislation passed by the US Congress as a response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.


Immediately upon the application portals opening, Laura completed the onerous paperwork to apply for both an Economic Injury Grant of up to US $10,000, as well as for the Paycheck Protection Program. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by the CARES Act, is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury. This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits (funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities). The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. As of the first week of May 2020, we have had no answer about the $10,000 Economic Injury Grant, but I am delighted to report that Laura's application for the PPP was approved, and ICA has already received a deposit of US $140,000. This "loan" will be forgiven if ICA passes certain tests in the next 6 months, including not having laid off any staff. This does not negate the impact of decreased revenue from the conference, but it certainly helps our bottom line and will allow us to move forward into FY21 with less damage than we would otherwise. This money plus the mitigation of penalties from Laura's negotiations to move the Gold Coast meeting forward to 2024 will help ICA emerge from this global pandemic and financial crisis largely unscathed.

The Bottom Line

 

Overall, given the pandemic that has swept the globe over the past six months, the economic chaos that has hit many associations and businesses in most countries around the world, and especially our decision to substitute our virtual conference for our physical conference in Australia, our finances are remarkably healthy. We could have been in far worse shape. But our reserve accounts have held up well during the declines in the markets. We have largely avoided the loss of a half million dollars in contracts to venders in Gold Coast by transferring them to 2024. And, we are predicting a profitable conference in Denver next year and a stable  budget. Although things could change in the coming months, at least as of 1 May, ICA is a financially strong organization and well able to continue to do all the things that we do as scholars and teachers and as the premier communication association in the world.

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