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Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Travel Grant Applications for Accepted Paper Submitters Due 1 March

Participants from developing/ transitional countries and students who have been accepted to present papers can apply between 16 January and 1 March for travel grants to attend the ICA conference in Washington, DC. The travel-grant application is available online at http://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant.

Developing/transitional countries are identified annually by the United Nations. Potential applicants should check the country tier chart on the travel grant application to determine whether they are eligible to receive a travel grant. Countries that appear in Tiers B and C qualify as developing/transitional countries. Note that ICA determines eligibility based on country of residence, not of origin. You must be an ICA member to apply.

Potential applicants should also contact their Division or Interest Group Chair for possible funding from the divisional Annenberg travel grant. Conference Program Chair Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) and Executive Director Laura Sawyer (ICA) will review the applications provided through the online application form. They will use their discretion (considering the general distance of travel to the conference, etc.) in providing up to US$500 for qualifying applicants. Applicants will be notified by 1 April.

Additionally, each Division and Interest Group may award travel grants to students selected for top paper or other honors. Applicants will receive notification of the results by 1 April.

New this year: In previous years, travel grant awardees could pick up travel grants on-site at the conference. In an effort to meet financial auditing standards, we will no longer have travel grants available for pick-up on-site. Awardees will receive their travel grants post conference in the mail after submitting the appropriate materials mentioned above. Divisional paper awards will be delivered in the awarding Division or Interest Group business meeting.

To be eligible for an ICA travel grant, you must:

  • Have an accepted individual submission or session proposal for presentation

  • Maintain current ICA membership through the date of the conference for which you are receiving travel grant funding.

  • Reside more than 50 miles from the conference location. You are not eligible for a travel grant if you live within 50 miles of the conference site.

  • Submit the appropriate proof of attendance after the conference:

    • an ICA travel reimbursement form

    • a photo of your conference badge as proof of attendance

    • receipt of your travel transportation (i.e. air flight receipt, train receipt, bus receipt, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns about travel grants, please email conference@icahdq.org.


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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Katie Wolfe, Friday, February 1, 2019

ICA 2019 Preconference:

Leaving the Ivory Tower: The Promises and Perils of Public Engagement

Call for Papers

Several years after Gamergate revealed the perils that the digital age poses for academics whose work speaks to and engages with the broader public, we now have an opportunity to look back and reflect on what we have learned. Indeed, the need for reflection and reappraisal is perhaps now more urgent than ever, as we have seen the tactics deployed against academics expand and effectively become institutionalized within the hybrid media system. However, we also want to balance our reflections about these perils with considerations of the promises that public engagement can offer. This half-day pre-conference workshop therefore aims to bring together a diverse group of communication scholars to discuss both the potential benefits and pitfalls of stepping outside of the ivory tower.

The workshop will comprise two parts: one session of paper presentations with Q&A and one broader round-table discussion of best practices. 

Both sessions are open to all registrants. However, for the first session, we invite paper proposals on any topic that fits within the broad theme of the workshop. We plan to organize a journal special issue or edited volume on the basis of the workshop.

Possible paper topics and approaches include: 

  • Empirical case studies of the benefits of public engagement 

  • Empirical case studies of the perils of engagement 

  • Empirical work examining dynamics involving race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and/or sexual orientation 

  • Reflection essays on institutional support needs 

  • Reflection essays on best practices for early-career scholars 

  • International perspectives on any of these, or related, topics 

The deadline for proposals is 1 March 2019.

Please send paper titles and abstracts of up to 300 words to r.k.tromble@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. 

Decisions will be made by 15 March 2019.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, and Queer Interest Group; Ethnicity & Race in Communication Division; Feminist Scholarship Division; and Political Communication Division.


Call for Proposals Environmental Communication Without Boundaries: Second Annual Environmental Communication Graduate Student Pre-conference

ICA 2019 - Washington DC, USA 24 May, 2019; 9am-12pm

Offsite Location: George Mason U – Arlington Campus

Graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, environmental disasters, and sustainability are encouraged to submit their work to this year’s environmental communication division graduate student preconference. Following the theme of the 2019 ICA Conference – Communication Beyond Boundaries - the Environmental Communication Division encourages students to submit their research at any stage in their development with no boundaries on topic, method, or approach. Students who are able to submit a full paper prior to the conference will receive feedback from mentors on their paper. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum for connection with other early-career 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 Second Annual Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2019 ICA conference.

Preconference format: The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers, colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, participants will gain insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research from the invited scholars themselves.

Faculty Mentors and Participants:

•  Edward Maibach, George Mason U

• Jonathan Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)

• Lauren Feldman, Rutgers U

• James Painter, Reuters Institute

• Xinghua Li, Babson College

• Shirley Ho, Nanyang Technological U
• Franzisca Weder, U of Klagenfurt

• Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State U

Registration: US$20 Participants must register for the pre-conference through the ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference.
Applications for oral or poster presentation:

• Please submit all materials on this page

• Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable, empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference.

• Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles (abeles@stanford.edu) or Adam M. Rainear (adam.rainear@uconn.edu).

Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2019

Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2019

Sponsorship: This preconference is sponsored through  generous support by:

• Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Cornell U
• Department of Communication, Uof Connecticut

• George Mason U, Center for Climate Change Communication

Co-organizers: This preconference has been planned and conducted with help from the ICA, Environmental Communication Division leadership, and our preconference organizers:

• Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, U of Connecticut

• Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford U

• Faculty advisor: Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice Chair, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)


Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries


24 MAY 2019


Hosted and sponsored by the Internet Governance Lab at the American U.

Co-sponsored by ICA Communication and Technology Division, ICA Communication Law and Policy Division, and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

Extended abstract due: 11 February 2019

Full papers due: 25 April 2019 S



Contemporary questions about the information society are inseparable from questions of governance of the underlying infrastructures, the logic of information flows, and its uses at the edges. The scope of questions under the general umbrella of internet governance is thus extremely broad, but at the same time vaguely defined. In the spirit of this year’s ICA conference theme, this event will discuss the issue of boundaries in internet governance both as a substantive topic of research and as a reflexive exercise for internet governance as a research domain.

 Substantively, within internet governance, boundaries have been traditionally an important area of research starting with question of sovereignty and jurisdiction in cyberspace, reaching to the exploration of boundaries of the technical, legal, social, and political decision-making with constitutive effects on the internet. As a field of study, internet governance has been debating its disciplinary boundaries as well as the scope of research questions that can come under this broad label.

To facilitate this debate, we are inviting proposals that cover a broad scope of topics relating to internet governance and communication, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Power structures in internet governance, their sustainability and change;

  • Nationalization of internet governance and possible threats of internet fragmentation;

  • Privatization of internet governance and its impact on individual freedoms and human rights;

  • Technical, legal and policy initiatives for cybersecurity and their impact on global internet governance;

  • Emerging forms of governance such as trade agreements or user-driven change;

  • Technological disruption and emerging governance questions in areas such as artificial intelligence and human augmentics;

  • The respective powers of the users, technology designers and regulators in distributed systems;

  • Public awareness of internet governance and communication of internet policy;

  • Visions and metaphors of information technology in internet policy discourse;

We are particularly interested in proposals that offer a reflection on Internet Governance as a field of research. Those may address, but again, are not limited to, the following topics:

  • How does one research Internet Governance?

  • Epistemological and practical challenges of Internet Governance research;

  • The (multi)disciplinary, topical, and epistemological boundaries of Internet Governance research;

  • Exploration of the boundary between research and activism in Internet Governance.

The preconference is organized by the Internet Governance Lab at the American U and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). It is co-sponsored by the ICA Communication Law and Policy and Communication and Technology divisions, but it touches upon the fields of many more ICA divisions and interest groups. We aim to bring together ICA participants interested in questions of governance, GigaNet members from other disciplines, and the Washington, DC community of practitioners and policymakers. Our goal is to have a mutual learning process and exchange of ideas and challenges for the further development of Internet Governance research. For further inquiries, please contact Kenneth Merrill (kmerrill@american.edu) or Dmitry Epstein (dima.e@mail.huji.ac.il).

Submission details

At this time we invite authors to submit extended abstracts (800-1,000 words) that describe the main thesis, research goals, and to the extent possible, the methodological background and findings of their paper. All extended abstracts must be uploaded through EasyChair by 11 February 2019, with all identifying information removed. All contributions will be peer-reviewed.


Authors of the accepted abstracts will be asked to submit a full original manuscript of approximately 4,000 to 8,000 words, which have not been published elsewhere, by 25 April 2019. Based on the volume and the quality of submissions we intend to explore a potential thematic publication of preconference materials.


2019 ICA Organizational Communication Doctoral Consortium

Theme: The Practice of Studying Communication Practice

Friday, May 24, 2019 (9 AM – 5 PM): Washington Hilton Hotel


This doctoral consortium is open to doctoral students at all levels of study. It offers an interactive forum where "seasoned" faculty share insights with young scholars seeking to maximize the potential impact of their research and teaching in organizational communication; it is also a venue for discussing professional and career issues relevant to doctoral students. The goal is to have participants leave with valuable advice and direction as they begin productive careers in organizational communication.






Over the history of the organizational communication field, the status of its central notion--communication--has generated significant debate. Though many acknowledge that communication is best understood as a complex and dynamic practice, our studies have frequently studied fairly conventional units of analysis: individuals, groups, organizations, links, messages, and the like. As the "practice turn" and the "ontological turn" gain steam among organizational communication scholars, analysts are increasingly challenged to relinquish their dependence on entities and their attributes and, instead, to re-imagine working and organizing such that our gaze remains always on communicative practice.

There are, of course, a wide array of approaches to studying and representing practice, but communication scholars still encounter significant challenges when they argue for the constitutive power of distinctly communicative practices. These challenges arise as we gather data and produce interpretations of those data, but they also influence numerous other scholarly activities. Specifically, they infuse our interactions with university colleagues (not to mention interviewers during the job search process), affect the accessibility of our pedagogy, and shape our stakeholder engagements in research and applied settings.

This day-long consortium will address these challenges, bringing together senior scholars who have spent the better part of their careers working through the complications involved in pursuing practice-based scholarship.


They will offer advice and insights on topics including:

1. Methodological challenges of practice-based approaches to working and organizing

2. How to help others make sense of practice-based scholarship in the job search process

3. Making engaged scholarship both practice-based and practical

4. Imagining undergraduate teaching as a sociomaterial process

5. Publishing: Explaining the relevance of communicative practice outside the field


Faculty Mentors:

o   Oana Albu, Southern Denmark U

o   Joshua Barbour, U of Texas

o   Kevin Barge, Texas A&M

o   Will Barley, Illinois

o   Patrice Buzzanell, USF

o   Francois Cooren, U of Montreal

o   Joelle Cruz, U. of Colorado Boulder

o   Shiv Ganesh, U of Texas at Austin

o   Jennifer Gibbs, U of California, Santa Barbara

o   Paul Leonardi, U of California, Santa Barbara

o   Kate Lockwood Harris, U of Minnesota

o   Laurie Lewis, Rutgers U

o   Rebecca Meisenbach, U of Missouri

o   Connie Yuan, Cornell U



Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Washington D.C.

Place: TBA

Half-day ICA Preconference PhD Workshop

in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Date: 24 May, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Venue: TBA

Sponsored by the ICA PR Division

Organizers: Flora Hung-Baesecke, Grazia Murtarelli, Katerina Tsetsura, Sophia Charlotte Volk

Senior Faculty Mentors who confirmed participation in the workshop to date:

Jim Macnamara (U of Technology Sydney)

Dean Kruckeberg (U of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Betteke van Ruler, ICA Fellow (U of Amsterdam)The aim of the workshop is to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to discuss their dissertation research in a constructive atmosphere. The workshop is relevant for PhD students within the research field of Strategic Communication, Public Relations and Organizational Communication, at different stages of their dissertation process.

Students will receive feedback on their projects, theoretical frameworks, methodologies and research designs from senior scholars and fellow students, who review the proposals. By reviewing other students' papers, students learn also more about the reviewing process as well as improving their skills on how to write, submit and revise papers for top journals. Senior scholars will give more insights and advice on questions related to the PhD projects with a focus on:

  • Theoretical developments: Emerging perspectives, theories and concepts in the field of strategic communication and public relations (e.g., excellence theory, institutional theory, CCO, dialogic theory, critical theory, qualitative and quantitative methods etc.) and in specific fields (e.g., relationship/reputation management, crisis communication, CSR, ethics, social media, leadership communication, evaluation, measurement, etc.)

  • Methodological developments: Qualitative and quantitative methodologies, empirical challenges and solutions are discussed and evaluated with regard to the field of strategic communication

The workshop also serves as a platform for students working in these areas to establish a valuable network and discuss a variety of issues besides the dissertation projects, which are important for academic careers. To allow for a focused discussion, participants are required to indicate their interest in different issues in their application email; these include: publication strategies, mentoring & networking, international outreach & collaboration, funding/grants, job market, other (please specify).

This is a competitive workshop. Only a selected number of students will be granted the possibility to attend it. After completing the workshop, a certificate of attendance will be presented to all students who have actively participated by submitting a full paper and reviewing a fellow student’s paper as well as attending the workshop.

Application and submission

  • Students apply with a short proposal (max. 3 pages excl. figures, tables, references) that describes the (planned) research by outlining the research problem and research gap, core theories or perspectives, the methodology or even empirical results. The proposal needs to outline core challenges and questions the student has at this stage of his project. By submitting a proposal a student confirms his/her intention to participate in the workshop.

  • Once accepted, students need to hand in a short paper of ca. 6,000 words, no later than March 20, 2019 via email to organizers. This paper can be focused on the core aspects the student would like to discuss (theories, empirical part, etc.).

  • After submission of the short papers, every student will review a fellow student’s paper and write a short peer review (ab. 1,000 words), which is due 1 May, 2019 via email to organizers. At the seminar, students will present their peer review of a fellow student’s paper.

The number of participants at this workshop is limited to 15 to allow for discussion. Only those students whose proposals are accepted will be able to attend.


  • Deadline for short proposal (3 pages max): 20 January, 2019. Please email your entry to flora.hung@gmail.com AND indicate which of the following issues you are interested to discuss (publication strategies, mentoring & networking, international outreach & collaboration, funding/grants, job market, other: please specify).

  • The proposals will be reviewed and acceptance provided by: 4 February, 2019

  • Deadline for short paper submission (6,000 words): 20 March, 2019

  • Deadline for short peer review (1,000 words): 1 May, 2019 (email to organizers and be ready to distribute at the workshop)

Participation fee: Participation is free to all students whose papers are accepted. Each participant’s fee will be covered by the Public Relations Division of ICA. However, you must be a current ICA PRD member, at the time of the conference, in order to participate. Please register via the ICA website.

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Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Avoid the line, Save money and time by registering in advance!

ICA conference attendees have always had the ability to save money on registration by registering early.  Traditionally, following the early registration period, online registration has remained open for a short window of time, however the prices have increased substantially to onsite pricing.  New this year, ICA is pleased to share we’ve extended the online period following early registration and discounted the pricing for this option called Standard Registration.  

  • EARLY REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 17 April
    Early registration begins on 16 January 2019 and will close at 16:00 UTC on 17 April 2019.

  • STANDARD REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 3 May
    Standard Registration will be available starting 16:01 UTC on 17 April 2019 until 16:00 UTC on 3 May 2019. Following the standard registration period, registration online will close; registration will only be available in person, onsite.

    Attendees who have not completed an early or standard registration by 16:00 UTC on 3 May 2019 are welcome and encouraged to attend, but will be required to register onsite in Washington, DC USA, at the onsite conference rates. Hours will be posted at the registration desk.

  • PricesView and compare Early, Standard and Onsite registration rates: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019ConfPrices

Save on your conference registration - Join ICA today! If you are not currently a member, ICA highly recommends that you join as a member before registering for conference to take advantage of reduced member conference prices. The total cost of membership plus the discounted member conference rate is more affordable than the non-member rate. To join ICA, click here.

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ICA KIDS 2019: Childcare in Washington DC

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

ICA is pleased to present ICA Kids 2019 for parents in need of childcare during conference hours.

ICA has again partnered with KiddieCorp, a professional agency in its 33rd year of providing high-quality children’s programs and youth services to conventions, trade shows and special events. KiddieCorp team members are selected according to their integrity, experience, education and enthusiasm. KiddieCorp was the provider ICA worked with in San Diego, having had such a positive experience in 2017, we are delighted to collaborate with them again. As space is at a premium, we highly recommend you sign up early to reserve your child's space in the program. Learn more about ICA Kids 2019


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Call for Papers: Special Issue in Studies in Communication and Media issue 4/2019

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Countering Misinformation in an Era of Post‐Truth

Guest Editors: Christina Peter (LMU Munich) & Thomas Koch (JGU Mainz)

Misinformation has always been an inevitable part in human communication. Yet for several reasons, it has become increasingly problematic for democratic societies in recent years: First, the Internet and social media, in particular, make it easy to spread misinformation of any kind, be it deliberately or accidentally. Second, especially with the rise of right‐wing populism in many places, political actors have never been so forward in calling the news “fake” (while oftentimes not taking the truth too seriously themselves), which results in uncertainty among the public as to which sources and information can still be trusted. Related to this, third, an increasing polarization of positions in society seems to make it almost impossible to share a common truth. In consequence, misinformation is more visible these days, and people seem to be more susceptive to it than ever before, which led scholars and journalists to declare an “era of post‐truth.”

For communication scholars, these developments touch on the very basis of our discipline. Consequently, researchers all over the world have concerned themselves with the magnitude of misinformation and its manifestations such as “fake news,” conspiracy theories, or disinformation. Some have put forward conceptualizations of these different forms of misinformation and tried to detangle the multiple meanings of “fake news” (e.g., Egelhofer & Lecheler, 2018; McNair, 2017). Empirically, research has mostly focused on the spread of misinformation in the course of specific events, such as election campaigns (e.g., Allcott & Gentzkow, 2017).

Less attention has been paid to the question of how fake news and other forms of misinformation can be effectively countered. Although most studies on debunking misinformation has concentrated on scientific or health myths (Chan et al., 2017), some authors have also explored counter‐strategies to politically motivated misinformation (Southwell, Thorson & Sheble, 2018). Research on the subject has shown that correcting misinformation is a difficult task indeed, as some approaches seem to be not only ineffective but even detrimental (e.g., Peter & Koch, 2016). Especially strong partisanship provides a challenge for countering political misinformation. We therefore argue that the current situation calls for a closer look at the interaction between the type of misinformation (e.g., fake news, mis‐/disinformation, conspiracy theories), its sources (political, media, and societal actors, including citizens), and recipient characteristics (e.g., preexisting attitudes, media literacy) in order to answer the question how misinformation can be effectively countered. The aim of the planned special issue thus is to shed light on the effectiveness of debunking strategies in the context of misinformation and its various forms. We welcome conceptual and empirical, quantitative and qualitative submissions, and single‐country studies as well as cross‐national research advancing our understanding of countering misinformation. Individual submissions can address, but are not limited to, the following aspects:

▪ Theoretical contributions advancing our understanding of countering misinformation

▪ Application and extension of existing debunking research to communication science, for instance research on backfire effect or continued influence

▪ The role of recipient characteristics for correcting misinformation, such as preexisting attitudes, partisanship, populist attitudes, trust in media

▪ The role of cognition and processing, for example motivated reasoning, online vs. memory‐based processing, compatibility with preexisting beliefs, role of emotions

▪ The relevance of communicative context and source characteristics, such as social media and aligned social information (likes, shares, comments), source proximity

▪ The effects of debunking strategies for different kinds of misinformation: fact checking, counter‐arguing, retraction, journalistic debunking, etc.

▪ Prevention approaches to raise awareness of misinformation, for example through media literacy programs or social media guidelines

 We welcome submissions that fit any of the SCM formats: Extended Paper (50‐60  pages),

 Full Paper (15‐20 pages), and Research‐in‐brief (5‐10 pages). Manuscripts should be prepared   in accordance with the SCM guidelines:

https://www.scm.nomos.de/fileadmin/scm/doc/Autorenhinweise_und_Checkliste.p df (German)

https://www.scm.nomos.de/fileadmin/scm/doc/Autorenhinweise_Checkliste_englis h_.pdf (English)

 Manuscripts should be submitted to peter@ifkw.lmu.de and


 Deadline for submissions will be April 1st, 2019. The special issue will be published  in December 2019(SCM issue 4/2019).


   Allcott, H., & Gentzkow, M. (2017). Social media and fake news in the 2016 election. Journal

of Economic Perspectives, 31, 211–236.

 Chan, M. P. S., Jones, C. R., Hall Jamieson, K., & Albarracín, D. (2017). Debunking: A meta‐   analysis of the psychological efficacy of messages countering misinformation. Psychological       Science, 28, 15311546.

 Egelhofer, J. & Lecheler, S. (May, 2018).  Systematizing fake news as a two‐dimensional     Phenomenon: A framework and research agenda. Conference paper at the annual conference of    the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague.

 McNair, B. (2017). Fake news: Falsehood, fabrication and fantasy in journalism. New York:   Routledge.

 Peter, C., & Koch, T. (2016). When debunking scientific myths fails (and when it does not): The   backfire effect in the context of journalistic coverage and immediate judgments as prevention   strategy. Science Communication, 38, 3–25.

 Southwell, B. G., Thorson, E. A., & Sheble, L. (Eds.). (2018). Misinformation and mass   audiences. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.

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Student Column

Posted By Joy Kibarabara (Stockholm U), Friday, February 1, 2019

Graduate Student and Early Career Plenary Offers Practical Tips on Increasing Visibility at Conferences and Journals


By Joy Kibarabara (Stockholm U)

How can scholars from the Global South strengthen their visibility and research output at top tier academic conferences and journals? This was the central focus of the graduate student and early career scholar plenary at the recently concluded ICAfrica 2nd Biennial Conference in Accra, Ghana. The plenary was part of the three-day conference held on November 7-9, 2018 at the U of Ghana. The ICA Students and Early-Career Scholars committee (ICA-SECAC) jointly with the African Communication Research Network (ACRN) organized the plenary bringing together graduate students and early career scholars from academic institutions in Africa and around the world. Panelists included Professor Kehbuma Langmia (Howard U), Mel Bunce, Senior Lecturer (City U, London), Leah Komen, Senior Lecturer (Daystar U), Joy Kibarabara (PhD Student and author of this article, Stockholm U) and Assistant Professor Dani Madrid-Morales (U of Houston). The plenary offered practical tips on issues such as using digital technologies to increase an online presence, maximizing academic service and leadership opportunities at conferences, crafting successful conference abstracts, turning conference cycles into publishing cycles, and funding opportunities, among others. These topics were aligned to the conference’s overall theme: African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations.

The conference speakers emphasized the critical contribution that African scholars bring to the field of communication. ICA past President Paula Gardner (McMaster U) highlighted the importance of the unique research perspectives that African scholarship offers especially as a way of levelling North-South imbalances in academia. Speaking to the conference theme, Paula Gardner said “we are eager to learn of your findings, perspectives and insights into digital media, technologies, and cultures that are distinctive to African ecosystems and dynamics.” Gardner added that these scholarly interactions are “exciting and energizing and they are crucial to building communication as a truly international body of research”.  This need to close the North-South research gap was also echoed by ICAfrica President Sr. Professor Agnes Lando (Daystar U). “The good that ICA offers ‘out there’ can also be experienced by communication scholars and researchers in Africa who for one reason or another are unable to travel to different parts of the world for the annual ICA or other reputable conferences,” Lando said. Adding to this discussion, Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia noted that digital technologies are rapidly changing how people in Africa communicate and academic research can find out what ways the continent can better leverage on existing technologies. Keynote speakers Janet Kwami (Furman U) and Francis Nyamnjoh (U of Cape Town) provided more insight on understanding of the proliferation of digital technologies in Africa. In her remarks, Professor Kwami addressed digital inequalities and emphasized the need to close gender ICT gaps in Africa. “Media in Africa should adopt more positive and inclusive narratives as a way of responding to digital inequalities,” she said. Professor Nyamnjoh likened the rapid proliferation of digital and mobile technologies in Africa to the “juju” (charm, magic) metaphor.

Other perspectives came from the 184 conference delegates representing 13 countries from Africa and around the world. Conference chair Audrey Gadzekpo (U of Ghana) said the conference received more than 200 paper submissions, that were spread across various themed sessions, as well as five panels, a policy lab and one workshop. This Biennial Conference marks the third ICA research activity in Africa. The first was the historic ICAfrica Regional Conference at Daystar U, Nairobi Kenya held in October 19-21, 2016. The conference was themed Growing Communication Scholarship: Looking to the Past with Gratitude, the Present with Passion, the Future with Hope. A year later in Entebbe Uganda, ICAfrica held a three-day academic training workshop hosted by Uganda Martyrs U. The goal was to train graduate students and early academic scholars on writing abstracts, research papers for international conferences and publishing. ICAfrica hosts these events in collaboration with the larger ICA organization as well as other regional bodies. In the 2018 conference, well known regional academic organizations such as the East African Communication Association (EACA) and the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) were represented.

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Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Friday, February 1, 2019



This year’s conference hotel is situated within the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, centrally located and within walking distance of a vast array of DC must-sees: the Georgetown waterfront and shopping along the Potomac River to the west; the National Zoo, Cleveland Park dining and the natural beauty of Rock Creek Park to the north; and the National Mall/White House/museums to the south. DC is an extremely walkable city, much more compact than most major metropolitan areas around the globe. Dupont is also home to ICA’s headquarters office, and our DC staff are excited to welcome you to our home!


A few highlights of local interest nearby:


DC Food Trucks: Washington is known for its vibrant food truck scene, featuring food from all over the world, from pupusas to samosas, to barbecue to creole to pho. The best places to check out food trucks are lunch time at Farragut Square, or at the corner of 19th and L Street (at lunchtime on a weekday, of course!). Most trucks take credit cards.

Embassy Row: Pay a visit to your home country’s embassy while you’re in town! DC’s embassies showcase a vast array of architectural styles, and a walk around the shady streets of embassy row is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of conference. Massachusetts Ave NW, between Scott Circle and the north side of the US Naval Observatory.

Potomac River: Rent a canoe at the Thompson Boat Center, or sign up for a river cruise on a motorized ferry. Cruises show off DC landmarks with great views of the Washington monument, the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Union Market: At 1309 5th Street NE, Union Market is a great place to pick up spices or local artisanal goods, or just sit down for a nice meal and a craft beer!  

Breweries: DC has a thriving craft brewery scene. If that’s your thing, be sure to check out our tours page and sign up for the brewery tour which will hit three of the best in our region, including snacks!

Tours: Check out our tours page from our official tour provider, Just Right, for guided and behind the scenes tours of some of DC’s top highlights.


Neighborhoods to visit:

Dupont Circle: Dupont Circle itself is a beautiful residential neighborhood buried behind the façade of a bustling dining and shops scene. Packed with embassies, mansions, small but incredible museums like the Phillips Collection, and tons of shopping and nightlife along Connecticut Avenue, you could fill an entire week even if you never left this one neighborhood.

Georgetown: Spreading out with genteel mansions around the Georgetown University campus, the Georgetown neighborhood boasts everything from A-list international fashion retailers to quirky hookah shops and everything in between. Georgetown is also home to “Georgetown Cupcake,” which often has lines around the block because of its television fame (but ICA staff pro-tip: the cupcakes at Sprinkles, a few blocks east, are better). Georgetown is also, for better or worse, home to the infamous “Exorcist Steps” from the famous horror movie.

Foggy Bottom: Home to George Washington University, the Kennedy Center, and the Corcoran Gallery, this affluent neighborhood is deceptively named for the fog that used to roll in off the Potomac.

Penn Quarter: Chock full of museums, theaters, shops, parks and plazas, a Thursday Farmer’s Market and the home of the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals hockey team, Penn Quarter is one of the city’s most revitalized and youthful neighborhoods, and home to a vibrant Chinatown.

U Street: This stretch of DC runs from Dupont Circle to Shaw, and is a showcase to many of the city’s best jazz clubs, interspersed with well-preserved Victorian homes, the Lincoln Theatre, and Duke Ellington’s childhood home. Local favorite Busboys & Poets (named for a quote from Langston Hughes) is also located in this thriving and diverse community, rich with African American history.  


Getting around

Between hotels: ICA has contracted with several hotels for the conference, and shuttles will run at regular intervals between the headquarters (Washington Hilton) and the other hotels in our block during conference hours. Shuttles will be accessible using your conference badge at no charge. A schedule will be published on the app and online prior to conference, along with signage in the lobbies of the hotels.

The DC metro is easy to use and access. From the headquarters hotel (Washington Hilton), the Dupont Circle Station is a 9 minute walk. In the other direction, a 20-minute walk takes you to the Woodley Park/Zoo Station, which incidentally is across the street from the Omni Hotel, also in our room block.

Bikes and scooters: Scooters and bikes are available for rental by the hour via app. Please see www.capitalbikeshare.com and https://www.li.me/electric-scooter. Those who enjoying biking can rent a bicycle from a street corner by the hotel and bike all the way down to the tidal basin/National Mall, it’s all very close.




“The majority of the capital city's sidewalks are well cared for, smooth and even. Due to the harsh winters, some sidewalks will show cracks or contain rough segments. In general, though, sidewalks in Washington, D.C. are very accessible to wheelchair users. Curb cuts are present at all intersections.

Wheelchair users will encounter hilly or steep terrain in certain parts of the city. The areas in the center of the district, near the National Mall, monuments and museums is largely flat and easy to navigate. Utilizing a city bus route to get past a hill or difficult area is always an option as buses are plentiful and fully accessible.” Added note from the ICA office: the business-district streets in the Georgetown neighborhood are particularly step, narrow, and cobblestoned, and can be quite congested with pedestrians, leading to a stressful experience if your mobility is impaired, so please exercise caution if planning an excursion to this area.


Super-personalized restaurant recommendations from ICA’s Executive Director

If you’re looking for…..

Groceries: The Hilton has a lobby café/market that is actually pretty well-stocked and has a lot of variety (and even some healthy options). In addition, I highly recommend Glen’s Garden Market, a few minutes’ walk away, a locally-owned organic market with a fresh deli counter, great kale salads, and all the fresh and pre-packaged hipster snacks your heart desires.

A super-casual hipster bar for board games and uncomplicated drinks: THE BOARD ROOM

Pizza: Comet PingPong or Pizzeria Paradiso (two locations: Georgetown or Dupont)

Indian upscale: RASIKA (a truly amazing culinary experience)


British pub food and pints: DUKE’S GROCERY

Spanish tapas: ESTADIO DC (6) and Jose Andres’ Jaleo

European bakery/café: BREAD & CHOCOLATE on M Street or Paul in Georgetown

Wine bar: ENO

The fast food DC is known for: get a chili dog from BEN’S CHILI BOWL

A sports bar (near Omni and the Zoo): CLEVELAND PARK BAR AND GRILL

A relaxed brunch place (near Omni): OPEN CITY

A hidden speakeasy-type bar down a back alley with the most amazing cocktails ever: COLUMBIA ROOM

The Executive Director’s favorite restaurant, serving farm to table continental fare and the best burger on earth: The Partisan DC

The Executive Director’s second-favorite restaurant: The Blue Duck Tavern, in the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Great Balkan food for brunch, lunch, or dinner (and vegan options!): Ambar

Vegan: Busboys & Poets, Bad Saint, and for fast-casual vegan takeout near the Hilton, Beefsteak (don’t be fooled by the name, it refers to the beefsteak tomato)

Sushi: Sushi Taro/Omakase Counter

French brasserie (steak frites!): Le Diplomate


Great museums that aren’t the usual Air & Space/Natural History offerings:

(of the list below, the African American History museum and the Renwick Gallery are the only ones affected by the shutdown, along with all other Smithsonian museums. Of course we anticipate the shutdown ending long before conference, but it does affect your ability to secure tickets for those venues at the moment)

International Spy Museum (great fun for kids approx. age 8 to 15)

Newseum – an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, while tracing the evolution of communication.

The Renwick Gallery

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The Phillips Collection – ten minutes’ walk from the Hilton, tucked away on a residential street near ICA headquarters

National Museum of African American History & Culture – this museum is relatively new and IN DEMAND, one of DC’s hottest tickets, so do not forget to plan ahead and buy your tickets well in advance. Timed entry passes are released for purchase on the first Wednesday of each month. Our tour company is attempting to secure group passes to do an official tour offering, but because of demand the museum has, for now, stopped offering large-group bookings. If this changes, a tour option will appear on the ICA tour website.

The ICA staff can’t wait to welcome 3,000 or so of our closest friends and colleagues to our beautiful home town. We look forward to seeing you in May!

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How to Write a Peer Review Report (without Being a Jerk)

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

By  Adrienne Shaw, Temple U

Peer review is at the core of what defines scholarship and thus academia itself. Yet for the most part, no one ever teaches scholars how to write a helpful peer review report for journals, publishers, or conference programming committees. Often our only insight into what a review should be are the reviews we ourselves get. And if we never get positive or helpful reviews, we tend to think of the review process as combative, idiosyncratic, and a practice in gatekeeping. But not all critical reviews are the product of the nefarious Reviewer 2, out to sabotage our careers and make us feel bad.

We can use reviewing to push our anonymous colleagues to present the best versions of their work. Doing so requires we approach reviewing with respect and care, recognizing there is a human behind the work.

So how can you produce critical but non-jerky reviews? Read on.

Check the Existing Review Criteria

If the journal, publisher, or conference committee didn’t send any criteria, ask if they have a standard list of what they want you to focus on. If they don’t, make a list of things you will assess. Like a grading rubric, this criteria will keep you focused, make your feedback easier to comprehend, and allow you to go back at the end and honestly weigh the merits and weaknesses of the submission.

Get a Sense of the Paper on Its Own Terms

Next, skim the paper to get a general sense of what it is about. Read the abstract and review the section subheads. Get a sense of the shape of the paper. Then read through and make notes under each of the review criteria on your list.

What to Actually Evaluate in Your Peer Review Report

Below is my go-to criteria for conference papers and journal articles, but the specific categories you use may differ based on your field and the specific manuscript.

Introduction (topic/significance)

What is this project about? Is it an original contribution to the field? A new take on a problem? What will be the big takeaway from this paper? All of these are questions the author should be answering clearly in the introduction. The introduction should make the case that this text offers something new, and you are judging how well the author supports that claim in the manuscript.

If you know based on other reading you’ve done that the text you’re reviewing is not very original or significant, then you should say that as it is something the author should look into. If you are not aware of existing work that has dealt with the text’s problem in this specific way though, don’t assume that research exists somewhere and the author missed it. That is a jerky Reviewer 2 move and best avoided.


What big, overarching point is this text trying to make? Both the abstract and the introduction should state this clearly. If you can’t discern an argument from either, that’s a bad sign. If after reading the whole manuscript you still don’t know their argument, that’s an even worse sign. Texts without arguments should not be published—they’re not ready yet. If you can identify the argument, does the evidence provided support it? Depending on the paper’s field(s), such evidence might be provided via data, analysis, or theory.

Each section of the paper should have internally supported claims: Does the literature review support the research questions and hypotheses? Does the discussion of methods support the choices made, the archive/data source selected, and the approach to analysis? Does the analysis seem logical and supported with data, and do the conclusions follow from that analysis?

Literature review and theoretical soundness

Depending on the manuscript’s field(s), theory and the literature review may play different roles and appear in different sections. Does the literature cited support the author’s topic, argument, stakes, methodology, analysis, and conclusions? Has the author done their due diligence in citing and engaging relevant literature for the topic? Is there work they should have cited or that you think would benefit their analysis? Does the lit review situate the paper in a specific field or subfield, or make interdisciplinary connections? Does the author adequately explain the literature cited? Do you think they misinterpreted anything from the work they are citing? (If they cited you, did they misinterpret you? It’s more common than you might think.)

Your level of knowledge of a topic of a manuscript assigned to you will vary, so focus first on what the author thinks is significant and if that seems convincing to you. Then, generously, suggest other texts and fields they might bring into conversation with their project. It is not a failed project if they have not read everything you have, but it might need major revision if they are not engaging with specific scholarly conversations that you know are relevant. And sometimes, yes, they should have cited you. But if you don’t want to be “that reviewer,” also suggest other people who do work like yours if they failed to cite them as well.

Methods and methodological soundness

Did what the author do seem like a good way to address their topic or research questions? Note that this question does not mean Is this the best or only way to study that topic? Nor does it mean How would you—the reviewer—have done the study differently? Instead, consider if the author proceeded with their project in a way that could actually answer what they were trying to answer. Each method can only answer certain questions. Are their methods and research questions aligned?

Also, does the author explain and support their chosen method—within the norm of their discipline(s) or interdisciplines?

There is little an author can do if their project design is fundamentally flawed, except go do a different project. If an author’s research is not sound or is unethical, it is important that you point that out to them and the journal editors, publishers, or conference program committee.

Findings and analysis

Does the analysis follow from the data collected? Are the author’s conclusions supported by that data and analysis? Does the author make a case for what their findings contribute to the bodies of literature they used to frame their manuscript? These are all things their text should do, so take care to include this evaluation in your review.


Does the author’s conclusion follow from their findings and analysis? Do they connect their argument back to the broader theory/literature? Do they acknowledge any limitations or do they overstate their findings? Do they make a convincing claim for the significance of those findings in terms of contributing to what is known about their topic?

Structure and writing

The final thing you’ll evaluate the text on is writing. It is important that you do not copyedit the text—it’s not your job, it takes way longer than you should be spending reviewing an article, and the manuscript will get a professional copyedit anyway later if it gets published. However, if there are common or glaring errors, indicate that and cite a few examples so they can be fixed later. Also, don’t worry about the citation style (that’s the job of the publisher, journal editor, or conference program committee).

You do want to focus on the overarching clarity and structure of the manuscript (a very light version of what professional editors call developmental editing). Does it build logically? Does it have proper sign posting for how each section relates to the whole? Can you understand what the author is trying to say in every paragraph?

And finally, never assume the language the paper is written in is not the authors’ own (another jerky Reviewer 2 move).

Concluding Thoughts

When conducting a peer review report, whether on a book, article, or conference paper, always remember that you are assessing the manuscript on the grounds of what the author was trying to do. Avoid judging out of hand the soundness of the topic, methods, and theory they chose. If you think their topic is not worthy of study, you should decline to do the review. If you would have studied it a different way, then go study it that way. You instead should focus on how well the author supports their argument, methods, analysis, and findings. That’s the basis of a great peer review report.

Originally published at Ideas on Fire on 27 March, 2018


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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Call for Papers: International Association for Dialogue Analysis Conference, Milwaukee, July 2019

The 2019

IADA conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 24-27. The deadline for extended abstracts and panel proposals is February 15, 2019. For additional information, please see: https://www.uwp.edu/learn/departments/communication/iada-2019.cfm

The conference

theme is “Dialogic Matters: Social and Material Challenges for Dialogue in the 21st Century.” IADA 2019 invites presentations and panels that explore the various interconnections of dialogue, matter, matters of concern, and materiality. What are the specific

social and material conditions which actually permit or facilitate dialogue? The conference will explore issues including the relevance and potential impact of various forms of dialogue on agency and action, the role of dialogue in addressing societal, political,

cultural, medical, environmental, scientific, and technological 'matters of concern'. Proposals from any academic discipline addressing questions related to dialogue and dialogue studies are welcome.


Dear WERA Colleague

We hope you are well?

The World Education Research Association (WERA) invites proposals to establish International Research Networks (IRNs). The purpose of WERA-IRNs is to advance education research worldwide on specific scholarly topics. IRNs are collaborative groups of scholars working on a specific research topic primarily through virtual communication or other channels. IRNs synthesize knowledge, examine the state of research, and stimulate collaborations or otherwise identify promising directions in research areas of worldwide significance.

IRNs are required to produce a substantive report that sets forth the state of knowledge worldwide and promising research directions on the topic of the IRN. All IRNs are expected to prepare such a research synthesis report as the first task of their work. Other research activities or initiatives may vary, but an examination of the research worldwide on a topic is the initial contribution.  Also, WERA-IRNs are expected to present their work at WERA symposia or keynote sessions or to meet at a WERA Focal Meeting held in cooperation with a WERA member association.


IRN members must be individual members of WERA or members of a WERA member association. IRN members who are individual members of a member association of the European Educational Research Association also qualify as eligible IRN members. Individuals are encouraged to become WERA individual members, whether or not it is a requirement of eligibility.

To join WERA as an individual member visit www.weraonline.org<http://www.weraonline.org>

Submissions and Questions

WERA-IRN proposals must be submitted electronically via e-mail to wera@aera.net<mailto:wera@aera.net>. Please include the surname(s) of the organizer(s) in the subject line of the e-mail in the format “WERA-IRN Proposal – SURNAME(S).”

Questions to the WERA Committee on International Research Networks should also be directed to wera@aera.net<mailto:wera@aera.net>.

DEADLINE: 15 February 2019

Kind regards

WERA Secretariat



Nancy Jennings, jenninna, jenninna@ucmail.uc.edu

Call for Proposals:   Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture: Critical Perspectives on the Marketing of Children’s Play

Edited by Rebecca C. Hains and Nancy A. Jennings

Toy marketing warrants a sustained scholarly critique because of toys’ cultural significance and their roles in children’s lives, as well as the industry’s economic importance and ideological influence. According to the International Council of Toy Industries, in the first half of 2018 alone, the toy industry reached $18.4 billion in sales, with Mexico, Brazil, and the USA boasting the fastest growth rates. LEGO and Disney — two companies that specialize in producing transmedia texts and children’s toys — regularly top Brand Finance’s lists of the world’s strongest brands, alongside brands like Apple, Twitter, and Ferrari. (Both LEGO and Disney made the top 10 list in 2018.) Meanwhile, discourses surrounding toys — including who certain toys are meant for and what various toys and brands can signify about their owners’ identities — have implications for our understandings of adults’ expectations of children and of broader societal norms into which chi!

ldren are being socialized.

In the proposed volume, we will apply cultural studies perspectives informed by critical theory to the marketing of a variety of toys and toy companies. Drawing upon diverse disciplinary backgrounds to critique the commodification of children’s play, we will examine the history of the marketing of children’s toys and play; analyze contemporary issues, examples, and trends in the industry; and consider audience reception of and cultural discourse surrounding children’s toys and play.

Scholars are invited to submit proposals consisting of a 350-word abstract and a 150-word bio by March 1, 2019 to the editors at rhains@salemstate.edu and jenninna@ucmail.uc.edu with the subject line “Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture." The editors will notify prospective authors of their decisions by April 1, 2019. Full chapters will be due by December 1, 2019, with revisions and final drafts to be scheduled for Spring 2020. Ideas for possible chapter topics are listed below.


-The rise of gender marketing in children’s toys

-The history of children’s television deregulation and the shift from education to sales in children’s programming

-Children’s toys and moral panics

-The history of children as consumers

-Toy advertising in the golden age of radio / Toy catalogs / “Big Book of Toys”

-Evolution of some/all of the five major players in the toy industry (Mattel, Namco Bandai, Lego, Hasbro, and/or Jakks Pacific)

-Toy industry advertising regulations (e.g., the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU); differences in advertising policies internationally).

-Toy industry regulations / legal concerns

Analysis of contemporary issues, examples, trends:

-How ability/disability is conveyed in children's toys

-Toys in relation to television programming / films (Toy Story) / web content / various media franchises

-The social construction of race and gender in children’s toys

-Smart toys and the Internet of Toys / Digital play

-The role of toys in perpetuating cultural hegemony

-Hierarchies of children’s toy categories

-Implications of the rise and demise of Toys R Us / FAO Schwartz

-Corporate social responsibility in the toy industry

-“Pinkwashing,” “Greenwashing,” and/or “Goodwashing” as toy marketing techniques

-Interviews with members of toy/media industry

-Analysis of Toy Industry of America and/or its Toy of the Year awards

-Political economy of the children’s toy industry / the toy retail ecosystem

-Gatekeeping in the toy industry (who makes decisions, who has power)

-Toy guns and weapon play

-Rise of retro toys / Collectible toys / specific toy trends (Cabbage Patch Dolls, My Little Pony, Furbies, Tickle-me-Elmo)

Audience reception and cultural discourse:

-Children’s negotiations of issues of representation/inclusivity (gender, race, ability, etc.) in their toys and/or the toy marketing they encounter

-Children’s parasocial relationships with media characters and the desire for toys based on those characters

-Children’s perspectives on the toy industry and what makes “good” toys

-Discussion/analysis of grassroots efforts to change the marketing and/or content of children’s toys (e.g., Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, Let Toys Be Toys, No Gender December)

-Independent brand toys launched as a response to the types of toys on the market (e.g., Emmy, Lottie, Wonder Crew, GoldieBlox) - role of indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms

-The minimalist toy movement

-Toy fandom / community user groups / toy collectors

-Culture of parenthood and toys / parenting roles and play


Black Panther Special Issue Call



Black Panther in Widescreen: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on a Pioneering, Paradoxical Film

GUEST EDITORS: Rachel Alicia Griffin and Jonathan P. Rossing

Marvel’s Black Panther (2018) is the 10th highest grossing film in U.S. American history and hailed as a celebratory cinematic response to decades of both injustice and advocacy. Released amid oppositional cultural forces including the Trump Administration and movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, the film accents and participates in a wealth of contemporary and historical conversations to which communication scholars are well-prepared to contribute from our various disciplinary vantage points.

Thus, interested in Black Panther as both pioneering and paradoxical, this themed issue offers an opportunity to articulate both the scholarly implications and pedagogical utility of the film.

Black Panther also coincides with important historical moments and developments—both for our discipline and nation. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of key civil rights turning points within and beyond communication studies. For instance, 1968 saw the founding of the National Communication Association’s Black Caucus during an era rife with resistance, Dr. King’s assassination, and Smith and Carlos’s Black Power salute at the Mexico City Olympics.

Just two years earlier in 1966, Black Panther made his graphic novel debut in Fantastic Four No. 52. Over 50 years later, both our discipline and nation have elected Black leadership, sustained continued protest in favor of equity, and witnessed more humanizing mediated representations of blackness. As such, this special issue seeks to highlight how our discipline theorizes progress toward and struggle over racial and social justice.

We envision this themed issue as an inclusive scholarly space that includes voices from myriad communication studies areas and paradigms. We also envision this issue as a space to disrupt whiteness within scholarly representation, theory, and citational practices through an intentionally intersectional space that reflects multiple, overlapping, and contradictory voices across the discipline.

Therefore, we invite nuanced interpretations of Black Panther and its vibrant utility in communicative contexts from disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to: interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, rhetoric, performance studies, political communication, science and technology, health communication, strategic communication, and mass media. In the interest of offering a wide range of perspectives on the film, we invite shorter submissions of 3,000 to 4,000 words (including endnotes).  

We are especially interested in essays that:

-Bridge different areas of communication, including scholarship and pedagogical practice

-Blend voices, theoretical perspectives, and methods, especially through co-authored work

-Place the film in historically significant milieus (e.g., state sanctioned racism, resistance movements, geopolitics, diaspora, etc.)

-Link the film with real world phenomena and conflicts (e.g., diversity, neoliberalism, capitalism, surveillance, globalization, militarization, the U.S. presidency, etc.)   

-Focus on science, technology, and/or new media  

-Examine interpersonal and critical interpersonal relational and family dynamics  

-Attend to the political economy of media and popular culture (e.g., Disney, Marvel, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Age of Comic Books, Netflix, etc.)  

-Theorize the reproduction of dominant logics in marginalized contexts (e.g., the reproduction of cisgender and heterosexual normativity in representations of blackness)

-Scrutinize considerably undertheorized intersections and contexts of black identity (e.g., undertheorized intersections may be race/religion/nationality or race/ability whereas undertheorized contexts may be black culture as a site of global power)  

-Identify mediated and/or real world linkages between blackness and other racially or ethnically marginalized communities (e.g., Latinx, Middle Eastern, Asian, etc.)

-Deconstruct the presence of whiteness as an identity, discourse, and/or ideology



Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Review of Communication: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rroc

Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, and between 3,000 to 4,000 words (including endnotes).

Please refer to and follow the journal’s manuscript preparations instruction for authors: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rroc20

Authors should identify which themed call their paper is responding to by selecting the relevant drop down option in ScholarOne.


In keeping with the journal’s current practice, submissions will undergo rigorous peer review, including screening by the guest editors and review by at least two anonymous referees.

Please direct inquires about the Black Panther themed issue to:

Rachel Alicia Griffin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Communication

U of Utah






CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS: New Histories of Women in the Entertainment Industry

New Histories of Women in the Entertainment Industry is a new series from Peter Lang Publishing focused on excavating, articulating, theorizing, and positioning new histories of women working ‘behind the screens’ in the entertainment industries from 1960 to the present.

We actively invite book proposals for monographs or edited collections—desired manuscript length of 250-300 pages—on women’s labor in the entertainment industries from 1960 on. The series conceptualizes ‘entertainment industries’ broadly, and is inclusive of film, television, support industries, gaming, streaming platforms, digital content, etc. Similarly, although the series title singles out women and women-identified workers, projects that focus on trans and non-binary labor histories are very welcome.

Please be aware that the scope of the series does not include histories of laborers who work(ed) in front of the screen, nor does it include histories whose primarily chronology is pre-1960.

Please contact series editor, Alicia Kozma (akozma2@washcoll.edu) with questions and/or for proposal guidelines.



CALL FOR PAPERS: Professional and Peripheral News Workers and the Shifting Importance of Platforms

Inaugural symposium on Media, Professions and Society in Volda, Norway, June 17-20, 2019

Key dates:

* Deadline for extended abstracts: Monday, February 20, 2019.

* Notification on submitted abstracts (following peer-review): Tuesday March 11, 2019.

* Deadline submission full paper (5000-7000 words): Monday June 3, 2019.

For detailed information please visit:


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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

New Book Announcement

Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law

By Eric P. Robinson


In the years following the landmark United States Supreme Court decision on libel law in New York Times v. Sullivan, the court ruled on a number of additional cases that continued to shape the standards of protected speech. As part of this key series of judgments, the justices explored the contours of the Sullivan ruling and established the definition of “reckless disregard” as it pertains to “actual malice” in the case of St. Amant v. Thompson. While an array of scholarly and legal literature examines Sullivan and some subsequent cases, the St. Amant case—once called “the most important of the recent Supreme Court libel decisions”—has not received the attention it warrants. Eric P. Robinson’s Reckless Disregard corrects this omission with a thorough analysis of the case and its ramifications.

The history of St. Amant v. Thompson begins with the contentious 1962 U.S. Senate primary election in Louisiana, between incumbent Russell Long and businessman Philemon “Phil” A. St. Amant. The initial lawsuit stemmed from a televised campaign address in which St. Amant attempted to demonstrate Long’s alleged connections with organized crime and corrupt union officials. Although St. Amant’s claims had no effect on the outcome of the election, a little-noticed statement he made during the address—that money had “passed hands” between Baton Rouge Teamsters leader Ed Partin and East Baton Rouge Parish deputy sheriff Herman A. Thompson—led to a defamation lawsuit that ultimately passed through the legal system to the Supreme Court.

A decisive step in the journey toward the robust protections that American courts provide to comments about public officials, public figures, and matters of public interest, St. Amant v. Thompson serves as a significant development in modern American defamation law. Robinson’s study deftly examines the background of the legal proceedings as well as their social and political context. His analysis of how the Supreme Court ruled in this case reveals the justices’ internal deliberations, shedding new light on a judgment that forever changed American libel law.



Communication: A Post-Discipline

Silvio Waisbord



Communication studies is a fragmented field. As a result of its roots in various disciplinary traditions, it is built on fluid intellectual boundaries with no theoretical or analytical center. Should we worry about this state of dispersion or be concerned that the discipline does not meet the basic conditions that define an academic field of inquiry?

Silvio Waisbord argues that communication studies is a post-discipline and that it is impossible to transcend fragmentation and specialization through a single project of intellectual unity. What brings communication studies together is an institutional architecture of academic units, professional associations, and journals, rather than a shared commitment to a common body of knowledge, questions, and debates. This should not, Waisbord argues, be a matter of concern. Communication studies is better served by recognizing dispersion, embracing pluralism, fostering cross-cutting lines of inquiry, and tackling real-world problems, rather than hoping to meet conditions which would qualify it as a discipline.

Communication: A Post-Discipline is important reading for scholars and advanced students of communication studies, as well as anyone interested in the state of this fascinating and vital academic field.

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