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Posted By Administration, Monday, December 3, 2018

CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS & MEDIA


Dear CAMmers,


In between reviewing ICA submissions, take a break, make some hot chocolate, and read this month's delightful CAMmer in the Spotlight interview.


This time we are putting the spotlight on Charu Uppal. Learn all about her research and teaching experiences on our website: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/charu-uppal


Thanks, as always, to Ine Beyens for her hard work in producing a new column for us every month!


Best wishes,

Jessica Piotrowski

ICA-CAM Chair


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COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY


The roundup will include call for papers and information about conferences/symposia that are relevant for the CAT community.


CfP “Digital Threats to Democracy: Comparative Lessons and Possible Remedies” workshop (Social Science Research Council in New York City on 13-14 June, 2019)


The Media & Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the “Digital Threats to Democracy: Comparative Lessons and Possible Remedies” workshop. This workshop will bring together social science and humanities scholars to present comparative research on how countries adapt and respond to digital threats to democracy.


The workshop, organized in collaboration with Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University), will be held at the Social Science Research Council in New York City on 13-14 June, 2019. Accepted participants’ travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers.


We welcome applications from both junior and senior scholars across all disciplines. However, the focused nature of the workshop demands that we limit participation to 10–12 authors. Thus, our selection will be determined not only by the quality of submissions, but also by their thematic fit and complementarity.


A selection of the papers presented at the workshop will be invited to submit full manuscripts of up to 8,000 words for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics, subject to peer-review.


To apply, please submit a current C.V. and an abstract of up to 500 words to mdapplications@ssrc.org by 3 February, 2019.


For more information, please visit: https://www.ssrc.org/programs/component/media-democracy/call-for-proposals-digital-threats-to-democracy/



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FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP DIVISION


Dear FSD Members


Wayne State University's annual Summer Doctoral Seminar 2019 is led by long-time FSD member Dr. Linda Steiner. Please spread the word to all doctoral students who may be interested in participating in this three-day intensive seminar. The deadline to submit applications is 1 February, 2019.  Please see the details below.


-Stine


Stine Eckert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Chair, Feminist Scholarship Division, International Communication Association (ICA)

Department of Communication

Wayne State U

Detroit, MI 48201


Wayne State U

Summer Doctoral Seminar 2019


Transgressive Feminisms

Detroit, MI – June 4-6, 2019


Guest Scholar: Linda Steiner, Ph.D.


Linda Steiner is Professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the U of Maryland. Her work uses feminist theories and ethics to address a broad range of interdisciplinary issues, including how and when gender matters in news and newsrooms; how feminists use media, both historically and in the contemporary moment; war reporting; media ethics; and citizen journalism. She has published three books, co-edited five books (with a sixth forthcoming), and has authored dozens of refereed articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, reports, and opinion pieces. She was recognized in 2011 with the James Carey Award for her co-edited book Key Concepts in Critical-Cultural Studies (2010). Her pioneering work has advanced feminist scholarship through the associations and journals. She was among the founders of the Feminist Scholarship Interest Group of the International Communication Association (ICA) and has remained a stalwart of its successor, the Feminist Scholarship Division, winning its Teresa Award for feminist research in 2018. She served in leadership roles in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), including as its president 2011-2012. She served as editor of Critical Studies in Media and Communication and is presently the editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs. Her concern for complicated relationships among issues of violence, gender, race and other inequalities is a central theme in most of her work, as evidenced in a recent co-edited book, News of Baltimore: Race, Rage and the City (2017).


Seminar Description:


With the changing media landscapes, feminist communication and media scholars are using a critical theoretical lens to examine a plethora of new problems, platforms, and questions. This seminar will focus on transgressive feminisms: We will discuss and analyze old and new representations in media (self-representations and media representations) and social media affordances, emphasizing opportunities for critiquing and resisting misogyny and backlash. The goal of the seminar is to take stock of the currents in feminist media and communications scholarship and produce written documents that underscore trends and issues on these aspects that will be productive for subsequent research and collaboration.


Travel, meals, and lodging are paid for by the Department of Communication. To apply, submit the following to stine.eckert@wayne.edu by February 1, 2019:

•       C.V.

•       Letter of support from your Ph.D. advisor

•       Statement of interest (500 words)


ALL DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED AS ONE PDF.


Dear FSD Members


This CFP for a post-conference at ICA 2019 may be of your interest. See the details below.


-Stine

 

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LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION DIVISION


Dear ICA LSI members,


Just a quick note to remind everyone to nominate LSI members for ICA awards. We all do such interesting and important work that should be recognized by the field!


There are 8 different awards. See link below for descriptions of each award/instructions for nomination - I also paste brief descriptions of awards at the end of this email. There are two awards for books with a nomination deadline of Dec 15. The other 6 awards have a nomination deadline of Jan 31.


https://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards


Happy Thursday (and happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating that today!)


Natasha


Natasha Shrikant, PhD

Secretary, ICA LSI

Department of Communication

University of Colorado, Boulder


ICA BOOK AWARDS (Dec 15)


Outstanding Book Award: The award honors a book published in the previous two calendar years (between January 1 and December 31), (i.e., if the award is to be presented in 2019, the book must have been available from 2017-2018).


ICA Fellows Book Award: Open to all ICA members, this award recognizes those books that have made a substantial contribution to the scholarship of the communication field as well as the broader rubric of the social sciences and have stood some test of time.


ICA AWARDS (Jan 31)


Applied Research Award: The Applied Research Award honors a scholar or group of scholars who has or have produced a systematic and outstanding body of research that addresses a significant communication problem of relevance to a public representing one or more groups of stakeholders relevant to a division(s) or interest group(s) of ICA. Individual or collaborative applied research programs which include community engagement, group and organizational interventions, or advocacy and/or political policy work at the local, national, international and/or global levels are all appropriate candidates for this award.


B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award: This award honors outstanding scholars, teachers, and advisors who serve as role models in those capacities and who have had a major impact on the field of communication. Most importantly, recipients of this award have influenced the discipline through their former students, who themselves are important figures in the communication discipline.


Outstanding Article Award: The award honors an article published in a refereed journal during the previous two calendar years (between 1 January and 31 December).


Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award: The award honors a scholar (or small group of collaborating scholars) for a sustained contribution to theoretical development or empirical research related to communication studies over an extended period.


Young Scholar Award: The award honors a scholar no more than seven years past receipt of the Ph.D. (for example, if the award is to be presented in 2018, the nominee should have received their Ph.D. degree no earlier than 2011) for a body of work that has contributed to knowledge of the field of communication and shows promise for continued development.


James W Carey Urban Communication Grant: This annual prize supports communication research that enhances urban social interaction and civic engagement in an age of global communication. It encourages applied research on the role of city and community at a time when communication technology alters the parameters of the urban landscape.



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MASS COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Greetings ICA Mass Communication Division Members,


This is a friendly reminder to submit your news for the December edition of All Things Media, our newsletter. ATM will be circulated monthly on the first of the month. Any news that is of interest to the Division is welcome, including promotions, faculty searches, moves, CFPs, conferences, new books, awards, etc.


If you are excited about it, we want to hear about it!


Please send me your news at sjhull@gwu.edu.


Sincerely,


Shawnika Hull


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MOBILE COMMUNICATION INTEREST GROUP


Hello members of Mobile Communication at ICA,


The Journal of Business Research has an upcoming special issue focused on mobile applications. I imagine that this could be of interest to many people on this list.


Here's the CfP:

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-business-research/call-for-papers/mobile-applications-special-issue


Applications are open now and close on Dec 15.


Yours in mobility,

Colin



Colin Agur, PhD

Assistant Professor

Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

cpagur@umn.edu

www.colinagur.com


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PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVISION


Dear ICA PRD Members:


Happy Fall! And, congratulations on submitting your papers for the 2019 conference in Washington, DC!


Please copy/paste the link  below to see the ICA PRD Fall 2018 newsletter, or visit the ICA website to learn more about the public relations division.


https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/group/2685e8c1-3662-4c08-a9f1-ef6c326093ea/fall_2018_prd_newsletter_fin.pdf




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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 3, 2018

Calling Participants for Study on Social Support for Confidants Post-Sexual Assault Disclosure


Hello! I am writing to introduce myself, explain a research project that I am conducting, and invite your participation in this study. My name is Danielle Biss; I’m a master's student in the School of Communication at San Diego State U with research interests in feminist rhetorics, embodiment and communication, and critical organizational communication.


My current research project seeks to better understand the challenges of a confidant providing social support when navigating conversations related to a survivor’s disclosure of sexual assault. Importantly, I focus my study on the social support from a confidant's perspective. If a female you know shared with you face-to-face their story of a sexual assault, you may qualify for this study. In the age of #MeToo, these types of conversations are becoming more common. I am interested in learning how people navigate the challenges in providing social support when told face-to-face of a sexual assault from a female peer. The study may have the practical benefit in discovering the communicative strategies that help individuals (usually friends and family members) provide social support when navigating conversations related to a survivor’s disclosure of sexual assault. My advisor for this project is Dr. Patricia Geist-Martin (pgeist@sdsu.edu). This study is approved by San Diego State U’s Institutional Review Board.


Furthermore, I am very interested in hearing the experiences of any individuals who self-identify as confidants of sexual assault disclosure within the last three years. I seek to hear testimony from a diverse sampling of people, and connecting with individuals across the discipline will underscore the diversity of experiences of sexual assault and sexual violence. If you are interested in being interviewed or have any questions, please email me at dbiss3342@sdsu.edu. Of course, if you have further questions or concerns, I am happy to respond. All interviews will be conducted in a private location or via Skype. Thank you for considering participation in this research. I look forward to hearing from you.


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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

WERA FOCAL MEETING A Tenth Year Anniversary 5-8 August 2019 The University of Tokyo, Japan

Deadline for Submission: January 31, 2019; 23:59 Tokyo Time (GMT +9)

The World Education Research Association (WERA) invites submissions for papers, symposia, and posters for the WERA Focal Meeting to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 5 to 8 August, 2019. WERA is an association of major national, regional, and specialty education research associations dedicated to sharing scholarship, developing networks, and mutually supporting capacity building. The WERA 2019 Focal Meeting is an integral part of the annual conference of the Japanese Educational Research Association (JERA) and consists of a program of paper, symposia, and poster sessions on topics of world-wide emphases and significance. WERA Focal Meetings are embedded in the conference of a WERA member association.

In general, the WERA Focal Meeting seeks to feature research that includes more than one country or is comparative, cross-cultural, international, or transnational in conceptualization, scope, or design. Paper and poster submissions need to meet these criteria; symposia submissions can include papers from single sites or countries as long as the presentations combined are from different countries and the aims of the symposium are anchored in worldwide or global issues. Duplicate submission through the JERA and WERA online submission systems is not allowed.

Founded in 2009, WERA is celebrating its tenth anniversary at the Focal Meeting in Tokyo. Papers and session submissions are encouraged that aim to synthesize knowledge worldwide over the last decade and anticipate future research trends and directions. Scholarly papers and symposia with that goal in mind will be featured at the 2019 meeting.

Who Should Submit?

Scholars and advanced graduate students worldwide whose research extends beyond a single-country site are encouraged to submit to the WERA Focal Meeting. Papers may be submitted to be presented at paper sessions or poster sessions. Scholars wishing to organize symposia that feature research paper presentations from multiple countries or parts of the world are also encouraged to submit.

Scope of the Focal Meeting

The scope of the Focal Meeting is wide in its reach to include studies across the life span from early learning to workforce and adult education and that take place in formal and informal contexts of education and learning.

The emphasis of the Focal Meeting is on papers, posters, and symposia with a lens that is worldwide in perspective. Otherwise there is no restriction on the education research topics appropriate for consideration, although priority will be given to submissions that focus on research and findings addressed to significant trends, issues, and challenges worldwide.

WERA | Call for submissions: WERA Focal Meeting, 5-8 August 2019, Tokyo 1

Guidelines for Submission to WERA Focal Meeting

Paper, poster, and symposia submissions must be submitted through the online portal on the WERA-JERA 2019 conference website at http://wera-tokyo.com.

The deadline to submit is 31 January, 2019; 23:59 Tokyo Time (GMT +9).

Paper Submissions: Paper summaries are a maximum of 750 words on: a.) “Proposal Information/Research/Questions and Theoretical Approach” (350 words); b.) “Methods” (150 words); and c.) “Conclusion & Findings, Scientific Significance” (250 words) in addition to the paper title, information on the authors, and so forth. Up to ten references may be included in the summary, and must be set forth in the reference list. Also, a 250-word abstract suitable for publication must be submitted. For multiply-authored papers, the first author of the paper is responsible for submission, even if that individual is not the paper presenter.

Please follow the link to submit a paper submission. Paper Submission: https://www.conftool.org/wera2019/index.php?page=submissions&y=500.

Symposium Submissions: A symposium provides opportunities, not afforded by a single paper, to examine a specific education research problem or topic through an international, comparative, or worldwide lens and to bring to bear diverse perspectives, intensive discussion, or a wide range of expertise. Symposium abstracts are a maximum of 250 words. Submissions also include 150-word summaries for each presentation/paper in a symposium, and allow for up to ten references for each presentation. References cited in the summaries must be set forth in the reference list. Symposium proposals are submitted by an organizer who may or may not be a chair, presenter, or discussant. A WERA symposium can include a minimum of three and maximum of five participants in addition to the chair and discussant. Participants include all presenters and any discussants.

Please follow the link to submit a symposium submission. Symposium Submission: https://www.conftool.org/wera2019/index.php?page=submissions&y=500.

Poster Submissions: Poster sessions are visual displays of research findings, which provide the presenter with an opportunity for discussion of the research and findings. Submissions for poster sessions parallel the requirements for paper submissions, including a summary of up to 750 words that additionally addresses any unique elements particularly appropriate for a poster. Poster summaries are a maximum of 750 words on: a.) “Proposal Information/Research/Questions and Theoretical Approach” (350 words); b.) “Methods” (150 words); and c.) “Conclusion & Findings, Scientific Significance” (250 words) in addition to the poster title, information on the authors, and so forth. Up to ten references may be included in the summary, and must be set forth in the reference list. Also, a 250-word abstract suitable for publication must be included. Work with initial findings or in early stages of development and studies that are best conveyed with data analytic methods or pictorial or hands-on displays might be especially appropriate for a poster.

Please follow the link to submit a poster submission. Poster Submission: https://www.conftool.org/wera2019/index.php?page=submissions&y=500.

If you would like to submit to the WERA Focal Meeting: Submissions are accepted online at http://wera-tokyo.com. Click ‘WERA Focal Meeting Submission’. Once you enter the submission portal from the main conference page, you will have separate options for paper, poster, and symposium submissions.

WERA | Call for submissions: WERA Focal Meeting, 5-8 August 2019, Tokyo 2

Peer Review of Submissions

All submissions are peer reviewed by the WERA Review Committee. Criteria include the worldwide significance of the research questions, the soundness of the methodology, the appropriateness of the methods to the research questions, the importance of the findings, and the overall logic and clarity of the conclusions and implications of the research.

Guidelines for Accepted Submissions

Notification of acceptance decisions will be provided by March 31, 2019. Presenting authors of accepted papers, posters AND all participants in accepted symposia are expected to attend and register for the JERA Conference 2019—site of the WERA 2019 Focal Meeting.

Registration

Registration is available online on the WERA-JERA 2019 conference website at http://wera-tokyo.com.

Combined WERA and JERA Conference registration will open for Early Bird registrants on 1 October, 2018 and end on 30 April, 2019. Discounted rates will apply. Regular registration at full conference rates will start on 1 May, 2019 and end on 31 July, 2019 (http://wera-tokyo.com).

Final Paper

Final full papers must be submitted by Monday, 1 July,, 2019. Acceptance letters will include instructions for submitting final papers. Final papers will be eligible for consideration for publication in Global Perspectives on Education Research, a book series of scholarly articles from WERA-related meetings and events published by Routledge on behalf of WERA.

Important Dates

1 October, 2018 Submission starts 31 January, 2019 Submission ends 31 March, 2019 Decisions announced 1 October, 2018 – 30 April, 2019 Early bird registration 1 May, 2019 – 31 July, 2019 Registration 1 July, 2019 Submission of final papers to WERA 5-8 August, 2019 WERA-JERA conference

Co-Chairs

Liesel Ebersöhn, WERA Secretary General Ingrid Gogolin, WERA President

For submission questions, please email the general WERA inbox at wera@aera.net

WERA | Call for submissions: WERA Focal Meeting, 5-8 August 2019, Tokyo 3


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National Cancer Institutes

Special-Edition BRP Newsletter:

Focus on Fellows 2018

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National Cancer Institutes

Fall 2018


INSIDE: Foreword // Featured Fellows // Recent Fellow-led Publications and Resources // Fellows in the News // Awards and Recognitions // Current Opportunities // Other Career and Training Opportunities and Contacts

National Cancer Institutes

Current and recent Behavioral Research Program (BRP) fellows and Associate Director William Klein at the 2018 Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) Fellows Symposium, where five BRP fellows gave oral presentations on their research and 13 participated in a poster session

Foreword

National Cancer Institutes


A few words from DCCPS Training Director Rick Moser

It’s an exciting time in cancer research, given the amount of attention and associated funding currently being put into the area. Programs like the Cancer MoonshotSM and the Precision Medicine Initiative, which includes the NIH-funded All of Us program, spur research and create optimism about making inroads in reducing cancer morbidity and mortality. These initiatives address multiple determinants of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, including genetic, biological, and, most important for our work here, behavioral factors, such as lifestyle, environmental, and policy effects. Given that approximately 50% of all cancer cases could be prevented by eliminating risky behavioral factors like smoking, sedentary lifestyles, and poor nutrition, it’s more important than ever to train the next generation of cancer researchers to have expertise in behavioral research.

There are many benefits to joining the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) as a fellow. Our fellows are mentored by experts in cancer research; meet and network with other NCI and NIH fellows and staff; attend and present at scientific conferences, workshops, and symposia; learn about the grants process; and receive training in their areas of cancer-related behavioral interest. Fellows perform research, complete literature reviews and data analyses, give presentations, write manuscripts, and contribute to applied communication and project-management efforts, among other activities. Our program’s interest areas include health communication; cancer-related behaviors such as tobacco use, physical activity, diet/nutrition, sun safety, and alcohol use; and understanding the role of basic psychological processes such as affect and cognition on cancer control. READ MORE >>

Featured Fellows

National Cancer Institutes

Jamie Cordova, M.P.H.

Cancer Research Training Award fellow, Tobacco Control Research Branch

A native of the Boston area, Jamie Cordova received her Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in epidemiology and biostatistics from Tufts University School of Medicine. READ MORE >>

Melinda (Mindy) Krakow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Cancer Prevention Fellow, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch

As a graduate student, Mindy Krakow “butchered” an analysis of data from the BRP-developed Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Now, she’s the fellows liaison to the HINTS management team. READ MORE >>

Melissa Trevino, Ph.D., M.A.

CRTA fellow, Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Research Branch

Melissa Trevino never imagined that so much of her research would involve advocacy. READ MORE >>

Kara Wiseman, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Cancer Prevention Fellow, Tobacco Control Research Branch

At the beginning, Kara Wiseman’s population health and cancer prevention research career was shaped by colorectal cancer screening. READ MORE >>


Recent Fellow-led Publications and Resources

National Cancer Institutes


“Don’t know” survey response option brings mixed results

Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch CRTA fellow Emily Peterson led a recent paper on the development and performance of tobacco product and regulation perception items for two tobacco-focused cycles of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). READ MORE >>

Study of life-course factors can inform supportive care for lesbian, heterosexual women

Christopher Wheldon and Megan Roberts, a current and a recent fellow in the Office of the Associate Director, respectively, and a collaborator found that despite evidence of gaps in care and supportive services, lesbian women with breast cancer demonstrate adaptive coping. READ MORE >>

Early-life adversity brings brain changes linked to risky health behaviors

Korrina Duffy, a CRTA fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch, and collaborators made the case that early-life adversity influences brain development in ways that increase the likelihood of engaging in health-risk behaviors. READ MORE >>

Appalachians may regard behavioral prevention differently

Recent Health Behaviors Research Branch CRTA fellows Elise Rice andMinal Patel and collaborators used Health Information National Trends Survey (2011-2014) data to explore health beliefs and obesity in Appalachia.READ MORE >>

Smokefree Women tobacco cessation website gets redesign

Annie Beach, a CRTA fellow in the Tobacco Control Research Branch, was among the leaders of a recently-launched refresh of Smokefree Women(SFW), a public-facing tobacco cessation website designed to address the unique challenges that some women face as they quit smoking cigarettes.READ MORE >>

Fellows in the News

National Cancer Institutes


“Don’t Fry Day” campaign needs wider reach

Reuters interviewed recent Health Behaviors Research Branch fellowJennifer Nguyen about her analysis of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention’s 2017 “Don’t Fry Day” Twitter campaign, which was meant to encourage sun safety awareness and proper sun protection behaviors. READ MORE >>

Sunscreen not enough to protect from sunburn

Reuters interviewed recent Health Behaviors Research Branch fellow Kasey Morris about her analysis of how various sun-protective behaviors affect sunburn risk, which was done with an innovative decision-tree-model approach. READ MORE >>

Collaboration required to tackle ‘chemobrain’

Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch fellow Melissa Trevino was among the BRP researchers who issued an appeal for collaboration between neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology to better understand and address cancer-related cognitive impairment, sometimes referred to as “chemobrain.” READ MORE >>

Research review of cascade screening for hereditary conditions

Recent Cancer Prevention Fellow Megan Roberts was a panel presenter at a Health Affairs briefing on precision medicine at the National Press Club in May 2018. READ MORE >>

Awards and Recognitions

National Cancer Institutes

Camella Rising, a Cancer Research Training Award fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the National Communication Association’s Communication and Aging Division (CAD). READ MORE >>

Current Opportunities

National Cancer Institutes


In the Behavioral Research Program

Cancer Research Training Award fellowship, Health Behaviors Research Branch

The program invites applications from qualified candidates with a Ph.D. or master’s degree for a full-time fellowship position in innovative, interdisciplinary health behavior research. READ MORE >>

Cancer Research Training Award fellowship, Health Behaviors Research Branch

The program invites applications from qualified candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree for a fellowship position in health policy and quantitative methods. READ MORE >>

Cancer Research Training Award fellowship, Behavioral Research Program

The program invites applications from postdoctoral candidates with interest and expertise in dyadic relationships and social processes. READ MORE >>

Cancer Research Training Award fellowship, Office of the Associate Director

The program invites applications from qualified candidates with a master’s degree or equivalent to work on communication projects to support four program branches. READ MORE >>


In the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Cancer Research Training Award fellowship, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Cancer Research Training Award fellowship, Biomedical and Health Informatics for Cancer Surveillance, Surveillance Research Program

Cancer Research Training Award fellowship, Cancer Surveillance Data Quality, Surveillance Research Program

Other Career and Training Opportunities and Contacts

National Cancer Institutes

NCI Communications Fellowship (NCF, formerly known as the Health Communications Internship Program, HCIP)

Open to recent advanced-degree graduates and current graduate students who have communications experience/education, this program offers one-year communications fellowships in various NCI offices. READ MORE >>

Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)

This program includes support for up to four years and the opportunity to earn an MPH sponsored by NCI. READ MORE >>

NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE)

This office oversees all NIH training. It provides programs and services for current trainees and resources and information for prospective trainees.READ MORE >>

Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

Open to recent advanced-degree graduates and current graduate students, this program offers two-year paid internships at federal agencies and 160 hours of formal interactive training on leadership, management, policy and other topics. READ MORE >>

 


 

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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 5, 2018

69TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION  

PRECONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

 

 
 

Crossing Boundaries in Visual Communication Research

ICA Young Scholars Preconference

24 May 2019

Visuals are an integral part of everyday interactions, political communication and news coverage. They can evoke strong emotions, frame information or even become powerful icons. Visual communication practices, visual representations and visual rhetorics are thus central components for understanding how boundaries in politics, culture and society are defined, transgressed or shifted.

In recent years, for example the role of visuals for (re)defining boundaries of solidarity (Mortensen & Trenz, 2016) or of in- and outgroups in political protests or far-right transnational publics has been explored (Doerr, Mattoni, & Teune, 2013; Doerr, 2017). Visuals also create new challenges and opportunities to transgress boundaries of what can and what should be expressed. They can be used to articulate critique and to fool and bypass censorship (Mina, 2014). But the vagueness and polysemy of visuals can also be used as a defense strategy political actors employ against reproaches of having transgressed boundaries of acceptable political campaign communication (Brantner & Lobinger, 2014). Allan and Peters (2015) addressed boundaries from a different point of view; they discussed questions of visual truth in citizen reportage and interstices of professional-amateur boundaries.

Given the ubiquity of visuals and visual practices in contemporary societies it is timely to bring together these approaches and to further discuss how interpersonal and social, cultural, national, linguistic, or moral boundaries are established, eliminated, crossed or transgressed with visual communication. This involves various questions such as:

  • boundary crossings with/through visual practices: What do different actors do with visuals (be it photographs, GIFs, memes or video)? What kind of symbolical and material uses of visual media are employed for/in boundary crossings?

  • visual representations: Which visual representations of social, cultural, political boundary crossings do we encounter in different media environments? How can we characterize these visuals? How are they produced and how are they perceived by which audiences?

  • historical perspectives: What can we learn from historical perspectives and the role of visual communication in boundary crossings in the past?

  • the role of visuals in re-defining the boundaries between fact and misinformation, in politics of knowledge: What can visual communication research contribute to the current debates about “alternative facts”, misinformation and disinformation?


Visual communication studies is a field of research interest that by tradition has always crossed the boundaries of research fields and disciplines. Hence, thinking about aspects of boundaries and boundary crossings in the field also relates to questions of

  • crossing methodological, theoretical and conceptual boundaries:  How can visual communication research inform, provide specific expertise and be informed, both theoretically and methodologically, by other disciplines and fields? Where are potentials, where are possible pitfalls for visual communication research?

  • ethical boundaries: Which ethical challenges do occur with new techniques of data collection, analysis, storage and publication? How do we have to (re)define boundaries of good ethical research practice?

Possible topics of submissions can include but are of course not limited to the listed research topics and desiderata.

The preconference brings together young researchers (current Ph.D. students and early career postdoctoral researchers) and senior scholars. It is open to participants from all different sub-fields in media and communication studies, ICA divisions and interest groups who focus on mediated images and visual practices in their completed or ongoing research projects. It aims to be an opportunity especially for young scholars to discuss their work and the role of visuals for defining/crossing boundaries in society and to receive substantial feedback by peers and senior experts. Moreover, it is meant to be a forum to jointly discuss current challenges and future directions regarding methodological, theoretical, and ethical boundary crossings in the interdisciplinary field of visual communication research. In this regard, the preconference also seeks to stimulate exchange on ways of overcoming divisional and disciplinary boundaries and to further provide “visual expertise” to other disciplines, fields and also actors beyond academia.


Formats

The preconference will consist of several formats: an opening keynote, a presentation session, workshop groups and a closing plenary.

First, in the opening keynote, Luc Pauwels will address aspects and challenges of crossing boundaries in visual communication research. Second, in a presentation session that combines brief oral and poster presentations, young scholars will present their research projects. Individually assigned senior experts and peer respondents will then give in-depth feedback on the presentations and projects. Moreover, participants will have the possibility to network and to discuss challenges and best-practice options. Third, young scholars and senior experts split into smaller workshop groups. In these parallel sessions, young scholars and senior scholars with thematically and/or methodologically related research projects will be grouped together. The small groups will then further discuss research projects as well as current challenges and future directions for visual communication research. Finally, in a closing plenary with all participants, key insights and findings of the workshops will be summarized. Moreover, we will discuss ideas and plans for future networking, collaboration and research events.


Submissions

We invite young scholars (current Ph.D. students and early career postdoctoral researchers) from all ICA divisions and interest groups to submit extended abstracts on both completed or ongoing projects which focus on mediated images and visual practices. We welcome submissions on all aspects of the visual communication process and research methods.

Extended abstracts should be limited to a maximum of 1,000 words (double-spaced; illustrations, tables and references excluded). Please submit your abstract as pdf-file and remove all identifying information from the document. A separate title page indicating the name(s) of the author(s), the affiliation(s) of the author(s), the title of the project, and the status of the project (e.g. completed project, work in progress) must be included.

Send your submissions no later than 1 February 2019 via e-mail to rebecca.venema@usi.ch. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in the 3rd week of February 2019.

Participants will be selected based on the quality of their extended abstracts. In the review process, we will also ensure that a manageable range of topics is included, in order to enable the creation of working groups of participants with thematically and/or methodologically related research projects.
In the run-up of the conference participants will be matched as peer respondents; participants will thus be asked to read a colleague´s extended abstract and prepare feedback.

We are looking forward to your submission!


Organizers & Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions regarding the preconference.

primary contact:

Rebecca Venema, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, rebecca.venema@usi.ch

Contact for the division:

Catherine Preston, U of Kansas, cpreston@ku.edu

Jelle Mast, Free University of Brussels, jelle.mast@vub.be


Organization & Fee

The preconference will be held on 24 May 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm, with a coffee break and a lunch snack.
There will be a fee for preconference participants to cover room and equipment rental, and catering costs.

Please visit the accompanying website https://www.visualcommunicationstudies.net for any updates and further information on the preconference. Information regarding the conference venue will be published on the website and send out via e-mail.


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CFPs – ICA Preconference 2019

North Korea and Communication – ICA Washington DC Preconference CFPs

CALL FOR PAPERS

North Korea and Communication

ICA Pre-Conference at Hilton Washington DC

May 24, 2019

North Korea has been an under-explored area in communication research. Limitations on movement and communication, as well as physical isolation of the country in the global arena, has made it difficult for scholars to produce meaningful research about North Korea. In recent years, however, there have been major developments in the communication infrastructure, with the introduction of cellular phones to the general public, resulting in over 70% of Pyongyang citizens having access. Foreign correspondents from the US, Europe and South Korea have been allowed to set up permanent foreign bureaus. In 2018, the North Korean leader has engaged in fast-paced diplomacy with the US, South Korea and China. Taken together, these changes are leading to a new era in communication about, within and around North Korea.

Considering the historical and geopolitical significance of such developments, it is therefore crucial for scholars to pursue theoretically and methodologically sound research on North Korea. This one-day ICA preconference, supported by the Political Communication and Journalism Studies divisions, aims to bring together leading and emerging scholars around the world to register this shift and examine causes, components and civic consequences of a uniquely isolated – but rapidly changing – country.

The pre-conference also aims to bring scholars together with practitioners including diplomats, journalists, policy makers and those from international organizations, NGOs, and business sectors for constructive dialogue. We encourage submissions from scholars from other disciplines such as political science, international relations, sociology and East Asian studies. Discussions are currently underway to publish presented works in a journal or edited volume.

While we are open-ended about potential topics, we would welcome research in the following areas:

• Works conceptualizing and theorizing changes in the media in and about North Korea in both historical and contemporary contexts

• Works exploring the roles of communication and rhetoric, looking factors related to media (new or traditional), messages (symbolism, keywords), context, or speakers or audiences in a changing North Korea

• Works analyzing emerging norms, practices and routines with regards to the production and consumption of new and traditional media, as well as formal/underground media

• Works looking into Hallyu and popular culture in North Korea

• Works related to intercultural communication and migration

• Works seeking to understand changes in journalism impacting diverse communities — regional, class, gender — within North Korea and its neighbors

Submission Process

We invite scholars to submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) of theoretical and empirical research papers.

The submission should be emailed to the pre-conference organizers at nkpreconference@gmail.com no later than January 30, 2018.

Authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection decisions no later than February 15, 2019.

Accepted abstracts will be posted to the pre-conference website in advance of the event.

Registration

All speakers and attendees must register and pay the pre-conference fee. Participation fee (including coffee break and lunch buffet) is $50 for presenters and non-presenters.

To register for this pre-conference, participants need to go to www.icahdq.org and register online as part of their main ICA conference registration, or as a stand-alone registration.

Organizers

Seungahn Nah (University of Oregon), Soomin Seo (Temple University), Yong-Chan Kim (Yonsei University), Dal Yong Jin (Simon Fraser University). The pre-conference is co-sponsored by the Political Communication and Journalism divisions of the International Communication Association.


 

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ICA Preconference: New Conceptualizations and Research to Inform Message Testing: Perceived Message Effectiveness and Its Alternatives

WHEN:           9 AM to 5 PM; May 24, 2019

WHERE:         Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.

 

DESCRIPTION:   Invited and submitted  papers on the topic of  message testing aimed at improving  its conceptualization and empirical underpinnings  while moving forward to next generation measures and procedures.

 

OBJECTIVE:  Message testing is central to message evaluation and use whether for theory testing or campaign design. Perceived message effectiveness is one type of message  testing measure concerned with target audience perceptions of the impact of messages. Its use has grown rapidly in the field, and yet the existing literature fails to provide clear guidance on best practices for conceptualization and measurement. A recent article in the Journal of Communication (2018, Volume 68(1)) by Dan O’Keefe on the weaknesses of perceived message effectiveness spurred considerable dialogue in the message testing and persuasion sub-disciplines.  A panel at the University of Kentucky health communication conference (April 2018) produced strong audience turnout and involvement eventuating in a series of commentaries in JOC (2018, Volume 68(5), https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy048.)  This pre-conference will allow increased input from interested audiences to describe and evaluate the  conceptual and empirical strengths and weaknesses of perceived message effectiveness, related measures and approaches, and alternatives. The preconference is a one day meeting (with lunch on your own). Participation is open to everyone with an interest in the topic. No single point of view, procedure, scaling method, or methodology will be privileged.

 

INVITED  PRESENTATIONS: The morning session will consist primarily of invited  papers -- conceptual and empirical -- from researchers who have been deeply involved in message testing. The  pre-conference organizers -- Joseph Cappella (University of Pennsylvania) and Seth Noar (University of North Carolina) – have secured  invited presentations from Daniel O’Keefe (Northwestern), Marco Yzer (University of Minnesota), Lyudmila (Lucy) Popova (Georgia State  University), James Dillard (Penn State University), Xiaoquan Zhao (George Mason), and Melanie Wakefield (Cancer Council of Victoria).

 

SUBMITTED  PRESENTATIONS:    The organizers are soliciting additional  presentations for the afternoon session. These will consist of papers selected for presentation from contributors as long as the paper focuses on message testing.  Empirical and conceptual approaches are welcome. Innovation, practicality, and rigor will guide the selection of papers submitted for consideration.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT:  Send an extended abstract of your proposed presentation. The body of the abstract is limited to 600 words (reference list, tables, and figures do NOT count against this total). Tables and figures are strongly encouraged (maximum of one each) especially for empirical work. Send your abstract no later than December 14, 2018 to joseph.cappella@asc.upenn.edu  and noar@unc.edu. Those accepted will be notified on or about January 16, 2019 which is the same date as ICA acceptances.

 

ATTEND WITHOUT SUBMITTING:  The pre-conference is open to everyone with an interest in the topic. There is a $50 registration fee for the pre-conference but a limited number of “scholarships” for students (that is, waivers of  the fee) are available. Register to attend through the ICA website. Graduate students may apply for a registration waiver through joseph.cappella@asc.upenn.edu and noar@unc.edu.

The pre-conference will employ a lecture-discussion style that is open, frank, stimulating, and civil.

 

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Post-Conference at the 2019 ICA, Washington DC

Co-sponsored by the ICA Political Communication Division & Department of Communication Science of the University of Vienna & Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam & Research Group on Political Communication of the University of Vienna & the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research through Daphne van der Pas’ Veni-grant


Politics, Gender and Communication: Theoretical Insights and Empirical Evidence

Loes Aaldering (University of Vienna)

Daphne van der Pas (University of Amsterdam)


Women are almost universally underrepresented in politics. Although the norm of gender equality has been widely supported in Western societies for decades, this has not translated into gender-equal politics: while there has been a wide range of female governors, legislators, (prime) ministers and party leaders, a large majority of the higher offices and governing positions are still filled by men. This post-conference focusses on two possible explanations of the underrepresentation of women in political life:


1) The campaign strategies of candidates. As politicians have to deal with different stereotypes that exist in the electorate, male and female politicians are likely to highlight different issues, character traits, aspects of their background and ambitions for the future in their communication to the public. This post-conference invites papers that study gender differences in political campaign strategies and the controlled communication of the candidate (for instance on social media), and/or the differences in the impact of these political messages for male and female politicians on voters.


2) Coverage of politicians by the media. Not only the behavior of politicians is relevant in current-day political reality: Politicians operate in a strongly mediatized political environment where the media are citizens’ primary source of political information. Thus, a systematic gender bias in the media coverage of politicians is likely to contribute to the underrepresentation of women in politics. This post-conference welcomes papers that study the differences in the portrayal of males and females in political life in the media or online, whether it be the quantity of the media attention or the content of the coverage.


The goal of this post-conference is to discuss relevant and interesting research on the intersection of gender, politics and communication, that helps us understand gender differences in media coverage and candidate communication in the political world. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers and we aspire to bring together qualitative and quantitative researchers, who use experimental designs, interviews, content analysis, survey studies or other relevant methods. Papers that explicitly aim to strengthen our understanding of the causality involved gender differences or communication effects are encouraged. In addition, we are also particularly interested in papers that employ cutting edge research methods to study political communication in an automated fashion. We believe this post-conference is especially relevant for researchers in the Political Communication Division, and we plan to publish selected contributions in a special issue of a ranked journal.


How to apply:

Please submit an extended abstract of a maximum of five pages (including tables, figures and references) to Loes Aaldering (loes.aaldering@univie.ac.at) by January 23, 2019. The extended abstract should include the research question, the theoretical framework, the methodology and the (preliminary) results in case of empirical work. All applicants will be notified by February 16, 2019 the latest whether their contribution is accepted. The post-conference is a full-day conference (9 am to 6 pm), held at the ICA conference hotel in Washington DC on Wednesday May 29, 2019. The cost will be $35 and lunch is included.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Loes Aaldering (loes.aaldering@univie.ac.at) or Daphne van der Pas (d.j.vanderpas@uva.nl).

 

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PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP

May 24, 2019

 

Taming and Nurturing the Wild Child:

Government and Corporate Policies for Social Media

 

Call for Papers

 

 

The impact social media have had on social networking, political information, advertising and corporate communications make it hard to imagine that platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are less than a decade and a half old. In this short time frame, they have proven their potential time and again both for good and bad: while catalyzing pro-democracy movements worldwide, and promoting activism against sexual harassment, they have also become pre-eminent forums for the dissemination of misinformation and “fake news,” and for racist, xenophobic and misogynistic propaganda. While connecting people through building (and buttressing) social, business and political networks, they have also raised concerns regarding privacy and misuse of personal information.

 

Due to this explosive growth and the ensuing concerns, societies are struggling to fashion policy responses that will preserve social media’s vibrancy as spaces for unencumbered speech, while minimizing the potential harms from privacy violations, hate speech and the diffusion of misinformation into political discourse. Indeed, in some countries governments and civil society organizations have called for steps to address these abuses, yet in others, social media policy has become a pretext for governments to curb freedom of expression and muzzle critical voices.

 

We invite papers that examine policy responses to these developments. How can policy be developed, while protecting societal values such as freedom of speech and information? Policy is defined broadly, including government policies, regulations and laws and the policies of corporations including algorithmic screening of content and emergent norms (in the spirit of North/Williamson, who define governance as formal and non-formal rules of the game). We are also interested in analyses that address how the business model of social media (e.g., for profit, not-for-profit) interacts with alternative policy approaches. We particularly encourage international comparisons, including contrasting approaches to social media policy adopted by national governments. For example, what impact do the EU’s GDPR and the Chinese 2016 Cybersecurity Law, both which came into effect in 2018, have on social media? 

 

Potential papers may address the impact of these policies on issues including but not limited to freedom of speech, democratic discourse, political activism, network security, national security and surveillance, commercial speech, privacy protections and transborder data flows.

This preconference workshop is jointly organized by the Institute for Information Policy (IIP) at Penn State University and the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center at Michigan State University. Papers presented in the workshop will be considered for publication in the IIP’s Journal of Information Policy. The Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, published by Penn State University Press and archived on JSTOR.

Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be submitted to pennstateiip@psu.edu by 15 December, 2018. Please write IIP_SOCIALMEDIAPOLICY: YOUR NAME in the subject line. Presenters will be notified by 12 January, 2019 regarding acceptance. Accepted papers will need to be submitted by 1 May, 2019.


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CFP: #ICA19 postconference - Essential Scholarship on Technology and

Marginalization: A Discussion


Scholars are invited to submit a position abstract for an #ica19 postconference discussion on technology and marginalization, to be

held 28 May in the morning. Please register by the 1 Feb deadline. Through discussion of theorizing around marginality and technology/social media, the goal of this postconference is to build a

reading list and create networking opportunities for scholars working on similar topics.


Details here:

https://sites.google.com/view/ica19marginalization/home


We thank SAGE Publishers for their sponsorship.


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Building Bridges Between Scholarship and Advocacy for Digital Media Policy

Call for policy interventions


Digital communication has produced extraordinary changes around the globe. Whether for our personal communication, the operation of media industries, or countless daily tasks, internet access and the rules by which companies providing internet service and those that that rely on the internet to provide services, structure daily activities for billions of people. This situation has also led to a number of new policy issues and exacerbated old ones. New issues like network neutrality and global internet governance compete for regulatory and popular attention with enduring issues such as ownership concentration and universal service. Lastly, this scenario has introduced new policy actors and stakeholders into the regulatory process and allowed scholars, policymakers, and activists to contemplate multistakeholder governance in ways not possible in an era of analog regulation.


These developments, and many others, have often times stymied national regulators and hampered global policy conversations. Multistakeholderism has been difficult to actualize in communication policy. Regulators have struggled with how to apply regulations made for broadcasting to over the top services like Netflix. Countries around the world have failed to achieve universal broadband; and many of these same countries are grappling with how to apply existing competition policies to the digital behemoths of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.  


Taking note of the many outstanding policy issues - both new and old - that come to the fore in the digital age, and the importance of multistakeholderism in digital communication policy making, this preconference focuses on some of the major policy issues surrounding internet communication and brings together experts on these topics from the ranks of both scholars and policy activists.


Rather than the traditional working paper, this open call invites applicants to submit brief policy proposals oriented around particular themes. Accepted proposals will be circulated to attendees in advance of the postconference so that the day can focus on engaged discussion and provide ample opportunity for attendees who are not presenting briefs to also participate in the day’s events.


We invite 3-5 page policy proposals related to one of these three topics

  1. Broadband access/universal service

  2. Antitrust/competition policy for media industries

  3. Audiovisual/broadcast policy in an age of internet-distributed video


Policy proposals should be no more than 5 double spaced pages (approximately 1000-1500 words) and may be directed towards any local, national, regional or transnational jurisdiction. They should explain the policy issue at stake, offer a concrete intervention, and justify this intervention vis-à-vis relevant legislation, regulation, and markets. Please also indicate to which of the three topics above, your proposal is best suited.


Panels will be comprised of selected proposals, an invited established scholar in the field, and an invited member of the advocacy community for a day of discussion and planning. Those selected will be asked to present their policy intervention in a 5 minute talk and expect responses from the invited scholars, advocacy member, and the audience.


Deadline for proposal submissions: 17:00 EST, 18 January 2019.

Submissions should be sent via email to cfa2z@virginia.edu

Please submit your proposal as a PDF-format labeled “Last Name Digital Policy Postcon 2019”

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early February 2019.


The event will be held at American University on Wednesday, May 29 from 9am to 4:45pm.

A registration fee to cover coffee, lunch, and room fees will be required of presenters and non-presenters.


Confirmed Participants (more to be added)

Eleonora Mazzoli, London School of Economics, formerly European Broadcasting Union

Sally Broughton-Micova, University of East Anglia

Sharon Strover, University of Texas at Austin

Representative from Free Press


ICA Division Endorsers:

Communication Law and Policy

Media Industry Studies

Activism, Communication and Social Justice

Communication and Technology


For questions please contact one of the post-conference organizers:

Christopher Ali, University of Virginia, cfa2z@virginia.edu

Amanda Lotz, Queensland University of Technology, amanda.lotz@qut.edu.au

Philip Napoli, Duke University, philip.napoli@duke.edu



 

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#CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media

 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Washington D.C., USA

 


DESCRIPTION


As part of an ongoing movement to decenter white masculinity as the normative core of scholarly inquiry, the recent article, “#CommunicationSoWhite” by Chakravartty et al. (2018) in the Journal of Communication examined racial disparities within citational practices to make a broader intervention on ways current Communication scholarship reproduces institutional racism and sexism. The underrepresentation of scholars of color within the field in regards to citations, editorial positions, and publications and ongoing exclusion of nonwhite, feminist, queer, post-colonial, and Indigenous voices is a persistent and systemic problem in the production of disciplinary knowledge. ICA President Paula Gardner echoed similar sentiments in her 2018 presidential address, calling for steps for inclusion and diversity within the International Communication Association as well as the larger field.


This pre-conference aims to highlight, consider, and intervene in these issues. We seek submissions that address areas such as:

  • The marginalization of communication scholarship in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other axes of exclusion are central;

  • Communication scholarship in the context of the global rise of white supremacy and right-wing ethno-nationalism movements;

  • Communication scholarship from postcolonial and decolonial perspectives;

  • Who tends to be hired and who serves as leaders/gatekeepers in the field;

  • The politics of citation and publication;

  • How #CommunicationSoWhite can function as an intervention within communication studies organizations, departments, and scholarship. 


We anticipate many submissions will center on the U.S. and other Western contexts; we also hope the pre-conference will provide a discussion that spans both global North and South, and we encourage participation by submitters from outside North America and the U.K.


Please submit either an EXTENDED ABSTRACT or a PANEL PROPOSAL.  


Extended abstracts should be 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references.  We encourage different types of submissions including position papers, case studies, and more conventional research papers that tackle any issue relating to the preconference themes.


Panel proposals should include a minimum of four participants.  We will accept panels following a traditional format where presenters each speak for 10-15 minutes before a Q-and-A period.  We also encourage panel proposals that do not follow such a format; e.g. consider high-density panels, which have six or more participants who each speak for 6 minutes or less, or panels where panelists circulate their papers to each other ahead of time to generate a more engaged discussion during the presentation session.  Provide a 400-word rationale describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a list of participants’ names, affiliations, and contact information.  


Travel grants: Depending on funding availability, we may have the ability to offer one or two modest travel grants (maximum $400).  If you are a graduate student and/or a scholar resident in a non-Tier A country (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers for a list), please note this status in your submission and indicate that you would like to be considered for a travel grant.


Exclusions: Submissions should not consist primarily of previously published or in-press scholarship.  


Deadline: Please submit by Thursday, February 7, 2019, 16:00 UTC, by emailing BOTH Eve Ng at nge@ohio.edu and Khadijah Costley White at klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu


If you have questions, please contact both of the following pre-conference organizers:

Eve Ng: nge@ohio.edu

Khadijah Costley White: klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

 

 

DATE AND LOCATION


The pre-conference will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Washington D.C., USA, at a venue close to the ICA conference hotel.  Exact location will be announced when it is finalized. The pre-conference will end in time for participants to attend the opening plenary in the evening at the Washington Hilton.

 

Organizers

Eve Ng, Ohio University, USA

Khadijah Costley White, Rutgers University, USA

Alfred L. Martin, Jr., University of Iowa, USA

Anamik Saha, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

 

Organizing Groups

Ethnicity and Race in Communication division

LGBTQ Studies interest group

 

Co-Sponsors

Activism, Communication and Social Justice interest group

Feminist Scholarship division

Global Communication and Social Change division

Mass Communication division

Popular Communication division

 

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Boundary conditions in mobile communication:
16th annual ICA Mobile Pre-conference 2019
 
Deadline for workshop proposals: Friday, December 31, 2018 
Date & Time of the pre-conference: May 23, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tentative venue: The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.
 
Overview
The theme of borders (national, political, social, personal) and transiting them, has become a central issue in society. Borders as the theme of his year’s ICA conference is a timely issue. The personal nature of mobile communication means that this form of mediation is increasingly central to these transitions. Migrants use mobile phones to orient themselves in transit and after they settle in new countries. Political movements use mobile communication to, in some cases break down and in other cases to develop borders. Mobile communication allows us to reach across social boundaries. Thus, there is an obvious connection between borders and our use of mobile communication to deal with them.  
 
At the 16th annual ICA Mobile pre-conference, we invite younger scholars (PhDs, postdocs and junior faculty), scholars from the Global South, along with their more established colleagues to consider these issues at the 16th annual Mobile Communication Pre-Conference. 
 
The pre-conference will be organized around several interactive Blue-Sky workshop sessions where we invite scholars to present ideas that are at various levels of gestation. Research ideas that are just being formed, ideas for mobile pedagogy, and notions of mobile applications used by practitioners in the field are welcome. This forum is designed to cultivate a supportive and integrated community of thinkers.  
 
Workshop themes can focus on any of the dimensions of mobile communication ranging from mobiles and social cohesion, mobile theory/methods, mobile communication and the news, mobile learning, entertainment, gaming and/or photography. They can look into mobile communication in organizations, mobile communication and development, mobile communication for social good and mobile communication as a means for threats to privacy, cyberbullying and/or robotification. Workshops could look into mobile romance, parenting mobiles, locative gaming, mHealth, and the relationships of mobile technologies to the elderly or children. They could focus on mobile communication in the Global South, mobile communication and migration, mobile journalism, etc. In short, we are open to a wide variety of themes associated with the use of mobile communication and mobile media in society. 
 
Workshop proposals are particularly welcomed from mobile-oriented scholars in the early stages of their careers. We also welcome established scholars to partner with younger colleagues in the development of proposals. Each workshop will be allocated a time slot of approximately 90 minutes. We are particularly interested to see proposals that include “hands-on” or interactive types of interaction. 
 
The workshop sessions should focus on the discussion of new ideas, theory and empirical results, but can also be more practical or industry oriented. A workshop will typically be organized around a consortium of four or five main participants who present and discuss their work but will also engage the audience. Pre-conference attendees can attend multiple workshops.
 
Submissions should include a workshop summary of 500-800 words (excluding title and references). This summary should describe:
1. the topic and its relation to the pre-conference theme,
2. the goal of the workshop
3. the scheduled activity, detailing how participants and audience members will be involved, and
4. the participants and their relationship/contribution to the workshop.
 
Proposals can be submitted via email tomobilepreconf@gmail.com. The workshop summaries will be published online and in the printed program. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of scholars. Proposals will be selected based on criteria of relevance, originality, composition of the group, theoretical/practical contribution, the degree of interactivity with the audience, clarity of presentation, as well as fit with the conference theme. The review will be non-blind due to the interactive workshop nature. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed to contributors in January 2019. 

 

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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION ICA 2019 PRECONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

Beyond Germany: German Media Theory in a Global Context

Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC 23 May 2019, 10am – 6pm Submission deadline: January 31, 2019

Sponsors

ICA division of Intercultural Communication ICA division of Philosophy, Theory and Critique

Organizers

Wolfgang Suetzl, School of Media Arts & Studies, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio Andreas Ströhl, Goethe-Institut, Washington, D.C. Bernhard Debatin, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Thematic background

 ‘German media theory’ has come to signify a specific way of understanding and theorizing the media that draws on a rich heritage of continental literary studies and philosophy. With its roots extending back to writers such as Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin, it has also been defined as the ‘other’ of the classical mass communication approach common in Anglophone scholarship.

The recent rapid growth of Medienwissenschaft in German-speaking Europe has been accompanied by recurring enquiries regarding its specific methodological and philosophical identity, including the question, “what’s German about German media theory?” asked by philosopher Claus Pias in a 2015 essay. Is there a “German Sonderweg,” others asked, a way of studying the media that is particular to German-speaking theorists?

Some of these debates took place in a dialogue with North American scholars of mediated communication, continuing an exchange that may have originated in Horkheimer and Adorno’s criticism of the empirical methods applied to mass communication research. German media theory still stands for a way of pursuing an approach to media studies that continues to engage with literary studies and philosophy, and considers itself distinct from mass communication studies.

But the boundaries around any ‘German-ness’ of such media theories are no longer a simple matter of language or nationality. Many works of theorists writing in German and/or working in Germany are translated into many languages, including Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, English, Japanese, French, Russian, etc. These writings have become easily accessible to scholars beyond the established transatlantic trading route of ideas. Other German-language theorists, for instance Vilém Flusser in the 1980s and currently Byung-Chul Han, have given translational and hybrid meanings to the adjective ‘German.’

Against this background, this conference invites international communication scholars to offer perspectives on the ways in which German-language media theories have communicated beyond the boundaries of the German-speaking part of the world.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to

• Readings, adoptions, translations of German media theory outside of the German- speaking Europe

• ‘German-ness’ of German media theory in translational context

• German media theory in the context of cultural studies and mass communication theory

• Philosophical, cross-cultural and postcolonial readings of German media theory

• Positions of German media theory with regard to current issues in social media, artificial intelligence, etc., and to ethics, policy-making, and the public sphere

• German media theory in diaspora studies and non-German influences on German media theory

• Media ecology, media archeology, and new materialism in German media theory

• German Media theory with regard to media analytics, big data, and privacy

We invite all scholars with an interest in these and related questions to submit their contributions for this one-day pre-conference hosted by the Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC.

Submission process

Please send your submissions and enquiries to suetzl@ohio.edu no later than January 31, 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by February 15, 2019.

Submission formats

• extended paper abstracts (1000 words)

• panel proposals (including panelists and rationale, 500 words)

• round table proposals (including participants and rationale, 500 words)

• fishbowl proposals (including starting participants and rationale, 500 words)

Full papers are also welcome, but are not required for extended abstract submissions.

Registration Participation is free, and open to everyone with in interest in the conference theme. Please register via the ICA preconferences website.

Venue Goethe-Institut, 990 K St NW (entrance 20th street), Washington, DC 20006


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ICA 2019 Preconference

Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium

Washington, DC

24 May 2019, 9am – 4pm


Call for Papers


The Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium brings together PhD candidates working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. The Colloquium is part of the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship and will be held as a preconference in conjunction with the ICA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington D.C., USA. Its goal is to contribute actively to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. Participating graduate students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.

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

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


Submission guidelines

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


Deadline for abstract submission: no later than 16:00 UTC, 21 January 2019.

Submissions should be sent via email to Alla Rybina alla.rybina@jmg.gu.se

Format: submit an abstract in PDF-format labelled “Last Name_JS Colloquium 2019

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2019.


If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words by 16:00 UTC, May 6, 2019. The colloquium will be held on 24 May 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a coffee break and a light snack.


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

 

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS

69th Annual ICA Conference

PRECONFRENCE: The Long History of Modern Surveillance

Washington, DC, USA

24 May 2019


Sponsor: ICA Communication History Division

Organizers: Josh Lauer, Nicole Maurantonio


Surveillance is a key feature of modernity and a well-established topic of communication research. Since the 1980s communication scholars have studied a broad range of surveillance-related technologies, from databases and CCTV to biometrics and big data, highlighting their implications for the future of privacy and civil society. This research, however, has focused almost exclusively on “new” media. Such presentism is understandable given the speed and stakes of recent developments, but it has also limited our understanding of larger historical forces and global historical perspectives. In short, the study of surveillance needs a history to understand where we are, how we got here, and where we might be headed.  


This ICA preconference is dedicated to bringing together communication scholars from diverse research traditions and from around the world to illuminate the long history of modern surveillance. Submissions are invited to consider the full breadth of past surveillance techniques and regimes, in any geographic or national context, prior to the current moment. The scope includes empirical research and comparative studies, historically-informed theory, intellectual histories of the field, and methodological reflections. We especially welcome submissions that address histories of surveillance from transnational and/or de-Westernized perspectives.


The full CFP is available at https://communicationhistory.org/preconference/.


Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should be submitted no later than 30 November 2018. Proposals for full panels are also welcome: these should include a 250-word abstract for each individual presentation, and a 200-word rationale for the panel. Send abstracts to: Josh Lauer at josh.lauer@unh.edu.


Please direct any questions to Josh Lauer (josh.lauer@unh.edu) or Nicole Maurantonio (nmaurant@richmond.edu).


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Call for Papers

ICA 2019 Preconference: “Digital Journalism in Latin America”

Organizers: Pablo J. Boczkowski (Northwestern University, USA) & Eugenia Mitchelstein (Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina)

Preconference Date and Time: May 23th, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2018

Research on digital journalism has by now a solid tradition that spans more than two decades (Barnhurst, 2012; Boczkowski, 2002; Reich, 2018; Steensen, 2011). For the most part, this scholarship has focused on industrialized nations in North America and Europe (Mitchelstein and Boczkowski, 2009) and has paid comparatively less attention to other regions such as Latin America (for some notable exceptions, see Bachmann & Harlow, 2011; Boczkowski, 2010; González de Bustamante and Relly, 2014; Harlow and Salaverría, 2016; Vimiero, 2017). This relative scarcity contrasts with the prominent role of digital journalism in the news diets of Latin Americans: around 9 out of 10 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico access news online (Newman, et al, 2017). The growth in online audiences has been paralleled by the expansion of digital news operations, either as the internet operations of print media (Bachmann & Harlow, 2011) or as new online enterprises (Harlow and Salaverria, 2016; Requejo Alemán and Lugo Ocando, 2014).

As both digital news production and consumption have featured increasingly more prominently in the information landscape of Latin America, it is worth inquiring into whether the specificity of Latin America and its culture and institutions might entail differences with digital journalism as it is practiced and appropriated in other parts of the world. For instance, Latin American journalism has been described as less professionalized and less independent than in more stable democracies (de Albuquerque, 2005; Hallin and Papathanassopoulos, 2002; Hughes, 2006). How have these two long-standing features affected the practices of online news production and the self-perception of reporters? Has the development of online journalism allowed for the emergence digital start-ups and fact-checking organizations that compete with traditional news organizations with long-standing links with politicians and corporations? Have online news operations conducted mostly partisan journalism, due to their dependence on government advertising? Moreover, Latin American audiences tend to show high levels of skepticism towards news (Newman, et al, 2017). Has this lower level of credibility been tied to differences in willingness to pay for digital news, information acquisition online, and uptake of alternative media sources, among other activities?

The ICA pre-conference on Digital Journalism in Latin America invites scholars to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital journalism in Latin America. Both empirical and theoretical conference presentations; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches; single-country and comparative research (with a major focus on Latin America); and historical and contemporary inquiries are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical developments.

  • Innovation and technological change in newsrooms.

  • Business models.

  • Modifications in work practices.

  • Relationships with governmental, business, and nonprofit actors in the production and distribution of news.

  • Differences and similarities in the emergence and development of digital journalism across and within Latin American countries.

  • Occupational matters, including appearance of new roles such as engagement coordinator.

  • The role of users in the creation of journalistic content.

  • The influence of content intermediaries such as social media platforms, and the engagement with and by users on those platforms.

  • The dynamics of digital news consumption on websites and apps.

  • The role of gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the uptake, reception, and re-circulation of digital news.

  • The relationship between digital journalism and civil society, including indigenous populations, social movements, and human rights organizations.

  • Issues of news credibility, including interpretations and practices related to fake news and misinformation, including partisan news organization and fact-checking operations.

Information about submission:

Authors should submit an extended abstract of no more than 750 words (excluding references). Abstracts should be submitted no later than 16:00 UTC, December 15th, 2018. Please email your submission to the preconference organizers (pjb9@northwestern.edu and emitchelstein@udesa.edu.ar).  Authors will be notified about whether their abstract has been selected on January 15th, 2019. Presenters will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript for the pre-conference. Full manuscripts should be sent to both of the pre-conference organizers via email by May 15th, 2019, for presentation and discussion during the pre-conference. Papers should be between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length. Attendance to the preconference has a USD 25.00 fee. Please contact the organizers (pjb9@northwestern.edu and emitchelstein@udesa.edu.ar) if you have any questions and/or need any additional information.

Sponsorship:

This pre-conference is possible in part due to the generous support of the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, and the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO).


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CREATOR GOVERNANCE: PLATFORMS, POLICIES, RIGHTS, AND REGULATION

ICA 2019 Post-Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS


DATE:  Wednesday, May 29

TIME: 9am-6pm


ORGANIZERS

Stuart Cunningham, Queensland University of Technology

Patricia Aufderheide, American University

Tarleton Gillespie, Microsoft Research

Colin Maclay, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

David Craig, USC Annenberg


CALL FOR PAPERS


Members of ICA Divisions and Interest Groups (with particular reference to Media Industries interest group and Communication Law and Policy and Popular Communication divisions) are invited to submit 400 word statements outlining the contribution they could make to this workshop. Acceptance will be based on relevance to the themes of the workshop. If your contribution is accepted, you will be placed in a panel or roundtable and may be expected to make a very short presentation of your contribution, respond in an Q&A style format, and contribute generally across the day. You may also be expected to prepare a longer version of your contribution for subsequent publication.


Submit statements in WORD clearly labelled “Last Name-ICA 2019-Creator Conference”

Email to davidcra@usc.edu

Deadline to submit: 15 Dec 2019

Responses will be send: 15 Jan  2019

Confirm participation: 15 Feb 2019 (to secure placement in conference program)


CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION


Variously termed influencers, Youtubers, vloggers, or livestreamers, online creators operate centrally within social media entertainment (SME), a term coined by Cunningham & Craig (2019) to describe an emerging industry that communicates at scale beyond boundaries.  SME creators are native social media entrepreneurs hacking the commercial and network affordances of platforms to aggregate participatory and engaged fan communities for cultural and commercial value. As alternative forms of creative labor, creators disrupt the industrial norms of legacy media.  With varying levels of agency, creators represent diverse forms of expression that offer an alternative to 20th century mass media hegemony while often seeming to hyper-inscribe consumption-based capitalism. Creator culture can comprise nodes within a precarious gig economy fostering new artisanal business often outside of “media capitals” (Curtin 2007) and agglomerative media capitalism.


In the wake of the “Techlash” (The Economist 2018), the clarion call for improved platform governance has raised vital concerns around hate speech and fake news, platform surveillance, data breaches and privacy violations.  In response, platform self-regulation has left creator careers in its wake, with demonetization due to the “Adpocalypse” affecting marginalized and civic-minded creators. Scholars have recently identified creators as stakeholders in these concerns, including Gillespie (2018), who calls for platforms to treat content moderation as a “defining service” rather than a “necessary evil”.  Children’s social media policies and activists collapse distinctions between creators, advertisers, and naïve users. FTC rules on disclosure have placed more onerous burdens on creators than their counterparts in legacy media or advertising. There is an Atlantic faultline between European and US media and platform policies that exposes deep differences over principle and practice. The EU’s Amendment 13 would not only have challenged US provisions of Fair Use and the DMCA, but also threatened creator viability.

This ICA post-conference workshop will explore the range of policy, governance, and regulatory concerns that most directly impact creators operating with social media entertainment.  The workshop will convene scholars, creators, activists, bureaucrats, and platform executives. Organizations and individuals to be invited include the FCC and FTC, prominent creators like Hank Green, the Internet Creators Guild, and Freedom of Music Coalition.   The program will feature panels, working lunches, and roundtable debates; curated content will appear in a white paper along with other publication opportunities. The event is hosted by Communication Studies, School of Communication, American University with sponsoring support from USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab and QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre.


This is an invitation-only event.


FEE:    Scholars are to pay US$25 fee to contribute to catering and venue costs.


VENUE: American University/ School of Communication

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016


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Call for Papers


Digital Asia: Social Change, Engagement, and Communication Beyond Boundaries


2019 International Communication Association (ICA) Preconference

May 24, 2019 / Washington D.C., USA

 

Priority deadline: January 5, 2019

 

Regular deadline: February 1 , 2019



The role of new communication technologies—such as the internet, social media, and mobile phones—in political and civic engagement has generated significant interest not only from scholars, but also organizations, politicians, and ordinary citizens. While recent events in parts of the world, such as the Umbrella movement in Hong Kong and prominent roles of social media in elections, help recognize the potential of new communication media as an agent contributing to macro-level political changes, these new communication tools are also actively utilized in more traditional political processes, such as electoral campaigns. Also important is everyday use of new communication technologies, which provides individuals with an opportunity to encounter public affairs news and discourse, enhance understanding of issues, and get involved in civic and political opportunities. One of critical elements that we should pay attention to when appreciating the role of new media—perhaps underlying all of these processes and practices—would be values, traditions, and history that define each Asian country and the region.



This preconference aims to showcase innovative scholarly work examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in the formation of democratic citizenship writ large—in Asia. The preference seeks studies that address relevant topics in a particular Asian county, and comparative research on Asian countries or Asian and non-Asian countries is also welcome. In particular, the preconference encourages a theory-driven analysis of the role of new media in real-world, offline civic and political action, including recent elections and civic mobilization for sustainable development in environmental, economic, and social well-being. In addition, scholars whose research concerns the overall ICA conference theme, Communication Beyond Boundaries, in an Asian-context are encouraged to submit a paper.  



Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted via the online submission form (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=digitalasiaica2019) by either the priority or the regular deadline. For each author, please include name, institutional affiliation, and department, title/position, and contact information. For problems with submission or questions, please email DigitalAsiaICA2019@umich.edu.



Modest travel grants will be available by competitive application to participants, particularly graduate students who are from developing/transitional countries that appear in Tiers B and C on the ICA country tier chart (country of residence, not of origin).



Preconference Chairs


Nojin Kwak, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.


Marko Skoric, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Terry Flew, Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia


Natalie Pang, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

 

Baohua Zhou, Professor, Journalism School at Fudan University, China

 

Tetsuro Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Muneo Kaigo, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan


Scott Campbell, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.


Junho Choi, Professor, Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University, Korea



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PRECONFERENCE ICA 2019

Title:

Are We Moving Towards Convergence? Revisiting communication disciplines, theories, models and concepts.

 

Organizers:  

  • Helle K. Aggerholm, Birte Asmuß, Finn Frandsen, Winni Johansen, Anne E. Nielsen & Christa Thomsen, Aarhus University, Denmark  (contact: wj@mgmt.au.dk; aen@mgmt.au.dk)

  • Cynthia Stohl, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

  • Maureen Taylor, University of Tennesee Knoxville, USA

Description

Within the past two decades, communication scholars have been preoccupied with debating the intellectual boundaries between disciplines, theories, models and concepts, as well as the institutional legitimacy of the field as such. Some researchers have talked about ‘convergence’ (Zorn, 2002). Other researchers have talked about ‘bridging’ (Cornelissen & Christensen, 2011). Others again take an alternative approach promoting a new ‘interdisciplinary paradigm’; see (Nothaft, Werder, Vercic, & Zerfass, 2018). The new thing about this debate is that it seems to take place both inside each discipline and across disciplines.

The purpose of this pre-conference is not only to study this debate, but also to contribute to it. We therefore invite junior and senior scholars representing one or more of the following disciplines - organizational communication, public relations, business communication, corporate communication, and strategic communication – to submit an abstract.


By convergence and bridging, we understand the process whereby we consciously or unconsciously move disciplines, theories, models and concepts towards each other. In his article “Converging within divergence: Overcoming the disciplinary fragmentation in business communication, organizational communication, and public relations” (2002), Ted Zorn warned us against the fragmentation of disciplines. It will turn us into ignorants when it comes to the world outside our own specialties. In their article “Bridging corporate and organizational communication: Review, development, and a look to the future” (2011), Lars T. Christensen and Joep Cornelissen suggest in detail how bridging can take place between two disciplines. It is important to understand that the criteria of success for convergence and bridging is not necessarily integration. It is more the academic quality of the process: the debate as such.


Questions addressed are among others:

  • What boundaries do we see in communication disciplines today?

  • Would it be fruitful to overcome the disciplinary fragmentation?

  • Is it true that “communication research has sacrificed intellectual vitality on the altar of institutional autonomy” (Durham Peters, 1986/2008).

  • How do we understand ‘communication’ within the various perspectives and traditions?

  • Do we overstate the differences between disciplines, theories, models and concepts in our research?

  • Which boundaries or cross-overs do we see in communication disciplines today?

  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of ‘bridging’ for example corporate and organizational communication, or public relations and corporate communication?

  • What can more ‘local’ debates, such as the debate about communication vs action, reputation vs relationship, and publics vs stakeholders, tell us about the development of our field?

  • How does convergence in communication disciplines contribute to shape how contemporary organizations come to see, manage, and evaluate their communication activities?

  • Can convergence help to solve one of the major concerns of modern organizations, i.e. that “without coherence, integration, and consistency, messages can be misunderstood, and their audiences get conflicting or inconsistent meanings which, in the end, may cause confusion and distrust in what the organization offers or stands for” (Christensen & Cornelissen, 2011)?


Topics can be but are not restricted to:

  • Processes and practices of the convergence of communication disciplines

  • Practice approaches across communication disciplines

  • The risk of black-boxing

  • Constitutive approaches across and within communication disciplines

  • Methodological convergence or divergence across and between communication disciplines

  • The impact of social media on the boundaries and cross-overs between communication disciplines

  • The convergence of disciplines and stakeholder relationship management

  • Organizing communication activities in contemporary organizations

  • Convergence of communication disciplines in different contextual settings: cultural, organizational, global

  • Limits and future perspectives of convergence on communication research


Conceptual, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.


Submission guidelines

Abstract submissions to the pre-conference (500-1000 words, not including tables and references) are invited from across divisions of the communication field, and will be evaluated competitively by anonymous referees. All submissions must be completed online no later than 16:00 UTC, 15 January 2019


References

Zorn, Ted (2002). Converging within divergence: overcoming disciplinary fragmentation in business communication. Business Communication Quarterly, 65(2), 44-53

Christensen, L.T. & Cornelissen, J. (2011). Bridging orporate and organizational communication: Review, development and a look to the future. Management Communication Quarterly, 25(3), 383-414.

Nothaft, H., Werder, K., Vercic, D. & Zerfass, A. (Eds.) (2018). Future Directions of Strategic Communication. Special Issue, International Journal of Strategic Communication, 12(4).


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Call for Extended Abstracts

Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice

ICA 2019 Pre-conference, May 24, Washington, D.C.

As journalists across the globe continue to face distrustful audiences and uncertain economics, many have begun experimenting with novel forms of news production and community engagement with the hope of solving the news industry’s ails. Although a growing number of scholars research these innovations, few have found ways to make that research impactful outside of the academic community. This half-day pre-conference bridges this divide, by bringing together journalism innovators, funders, and researchers to share new findings and discuss best practices for research collaborations.

During this pre-conference, scholars will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners about organizations practicing or supporting engaged journalism in the U.S. and internationally, such as City Bureau, Free Press, Hearken, Outlier Media, and the News Integrity Initiative. The pre-conference will be structured to include opportunities for small group interaction between researchers and journalists, presentations of new papers, and a plenary panel discussion connecting leading journalism innovators with journalism and communication scholars.

In addition to creating a setting for researchers to hear from practitioners, we also want to expose practitioners to scholarly work. We therefore encourage scholars interested in presenting to submit extended abstracts that focus on engaged approaches to news production. These topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • The changing relationship between journalists and communities/audiences (e.g., audience engagement, trust building initiatives, membership and crowd-sourced revenue models, etc.)

  • Participatory journalism, public-powered journalism, citizen journalism

  • Service journalism and movement journalism

  • Innovations in measuring the impacts of engagement on communities and on news organizations

  • Efforts to increase representation of diverse race, gender, class, and ideological perspectives in news production

We invite those interested in participating to submit extended abstracts with a maximum length of 1500 words, including references. Please delete any identifying information before submitting your proposal as it will be subject to a blinded peer review. In keeping with the theme of the pre-conference, submissions will be blind reviewed by two scholars as well as one news industry stakeholder.


Send your submission in an editable format (e.g., Microsoft Word) to engagedjournalism@gmail.com by January 21, 2019. We will send notifications of acceptance by February 11. All authors of accepted submissions will be expected to submit a full paper with a maximum length of 8,000 words by May 6, 2018.


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Call for Proposals for the ICA 2019 Preconference

Crafting Theory. Methods of theory building in communication

Friday, 24 May, 2019, 9 a.m. – 17 p.m. approx.

Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.


The state of theory building in communication has been the object of lamentation, disappointment, caricature, even ridicule, but also appeals and aspiration throughout the history of our field. Rather than restating deficiencies in our field’s theory building in comparison with our neighboring disciplines or reiterating the reasons for or consequences of these deficits time and again, this preconference aims at collecting and advancing our field’s methodological tools and practices for theory building.

“Theory building” or “theory development” can be characterized as a creative problem solving process of generating novel or modifying existing conceptual structures (statements about concepts and their relations) with the aim of describing and explaining phenomena better than before (Hagen, Frey, & Koch, 2015; Weick 1989). This preconference is interested in a methodological discussion of cognitive operations, individual and social practices, and empirical approaches researchers use in this process of theory building.

In stark contrast to the great importance theory building is attributed by the scientific community in general and in our field, the collection, development and dissemination of methodological knowledge about how to develop both original and well-crafted theory only forms small part of our methodological research and teaching. For example, there is a scarcity of textbooks that cover more than the formal requirements and logical principles of “theory construction” (Blalock, 1969; Dubin, 1969; Freese, 1980) and accommodate the specifics of our field (but see, as one prime exception, Shoemaker, Tankard & Lasorsa, 2004). Also, inspiring and instructive collections of individual experiences with and approaches to theory building have been published, e.g., in psychology (Kruglanski & Higgins, 2004), human resource development (Turnbull, 2002) and management (van de Ven, 1989), but not in communication.

This preconference aims at stimulating the scholarly reflection and discourse about methods and methodology of theory building across all subfields of communication and ICA divisions by inviting participants to share their thoughts, experiences, and insights in an open, interactive and interdisciplinary exchange. We invite proposals for theoretical, empirical or historical contributions including but not limited to:

  • case studies about the practice of theory building in your own work or in the work of other scholars

  • empirical or literature-based overviews of methods used for theory building in communication

  • collections and discussions of heuristics, tools, practices and approaches in every phase of theory development

  • examinations of methodological challenges and potentials specific to theory building the field of communication

  • analyses of social, situational, and individual factors conducive (or detrimental) to creative and well-crafted theory building

  • experiences in teaching theory building.

We are interested in submissions covering one or several of the above aspects or related questions. We encourage submissions with a broad variety of approaches and from diverse perspectives. Scholars at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply.


Submission and selection process


Extended Abstracts (800 to 1,200 words plus references) should be sent as a PDF file to Benjamin Krämer (kraemer@ifkw.lmu.de). Please remove any kind of information that would identify the authors. The deadline for submission is 25 January 2019. Submissions will be peer-reviewed (please volunteer to review!) and decisions will be sent out by mid-February 2019.


Dates, conference fee, registration


This preconference is approved by the ICA 2019 organizing committee and is part of the official ICA 2019 conference program. The preconference will take place on 24 May 2018 (9 a.m. to 17 p.m. approx.) onsite in the conference hotel in Washington, D.C. The registration fee will be $60 for presenters and non-presenters, covering the expenses for facilities, coffee breaks (lunch not included) and administrative overhead. Registration will be open to anyone wishing to attend.


Organizers


If you have any questions and/or would like to volunteer as a reviewer, please feel free to approach the organizers Felix Frey (ffrey@uni-leipzig.de) and Benjamin Krämer (kraemer@ifkw.lmu.de).


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ICA Election Results: Claes de Vreese President-Elect Select

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018

The International Communication Association annual election has closed. The scope of the election included both association-wide votes (on both officers and bylaws changes) as well as votes specific to any divisions or interest groups.  


CERTIFICATION OF RESULTS: ICA's election results were certified by the Tellers Committee comprised of the Executive Director, the President and the Nominating Committee Chair.  The committee reviewed both the list below, prepared by ICA’s Senior Manager of Governance, and checked it against the actual submission system’s tallies to ensure accuracy.

 

TERMS: Unless otherwise indicated, the officers elected in the Fall of 2018 serve a two-year term beginning Monday, 27 May 2019 (the last day of the 69th Annual Conference in Washington, DC USA) and ending with the conclusion of the 2021 conference in Denver, Colorado, USA.  Vice Chairs elected continue to serve two additional years as Chair (2021-2023).

*ICA wide positions of Board Member at Large and Treasurer each serve a three year term.   

**A special note regarding the Secretary Election: ICA bylaws (Articles VI and VII, Section 3) mandate: "Each [Division/Interest Group] shall have a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a Student and Early Career Representative, who must be a student at the time he/she comes into office...The Vice-Chairperson and the Secretary shall be elected in alternate years, each for a term of two years." Some Division/Interest Groups had both positions slated for election in the same year. In effort to correct the election schedule, the secretary elected in the Fall of 2018 will serve a special three-year term, they are indicated with a double asterisks.

 

ICA WIDE RESULTS (17% VOTER TURNOUT)

President Elect:  Claes De Vreese, U of Amsterdam

Board Member at Large*:  John Erni, Hong Kong Baptist U

Student Board Member:  Myrene Magabo, U of the Philippines Open U

Treasurer*:  Peter Monge, U of Southern California

 

DIVISION & INTEREST GROUP RESULTS

 

ACTIVISM, COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL JUSTICE (13% VOTER TURNOUT)

Current Officer Ratification: Vote passed:  "I ratify the election of ACSJ's inaugural officers: Guobin Yang, Chair, Anne Kaun, Vice Chair and Todd Wolfson, Secretary "

Vice Chair:  Todd Wolfson, Rutgers U

Secretary**:    Rosemary Clark-Parsons, U of Pennsylvania

Student & Early Career Representative:  Liisa Sömersalu, Södertörn U

 

CHILDREN ADOLESCENTS & MEDIA (24% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair: Nicole Martins, U of Illinois, Champaign

 

COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY (12% VOTER TURNOUT)

Dues Increase:  Vote passed*: "I approve of the proposed dues increase."

*Please note, dues increases passed in the 2018 election do not go into effect until the following membership term (2019-2020).

 

COMMUNICATION HISTORY (17% VOTER TURNOUT)

Secretary:  Travers Scott, Clemson U

 

COMPUTATIONAL METHODS (22% VOTER TURNOUT)

Student & Early Career Representative:  Josephine Lukito, U of Wisconsin, Madison

 

ETHNICITY & RACE IN COMMUNICATION (13% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair:   Jason Vincent A. Cabanes, U of Leeds

 

FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP (14% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair:   Andrea Press, U of Virginia

Secretary**: Jaime Loke, Texas Christian U

Student & Early Career Representative: Palashi Vaghela, Cornell U

 

GAME STUDIES (18% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair:   Vivian Chen, Nanyang Technological U

 

GLOBAL COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL CHANGE (16% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair:  Chris Paterson, U of Leeds

 

HEALTH COMMUNICATION (18% VOTER TURNOUT)

Secretary:  Kai Kuang, Bloomsburg U of Pennsylvania

 

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (20% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair: Rachel Bailey, Washington State U

 

INSTRUCTIONAL & DEVELOPMENTAL COMMUNICATION (10% VOTER TURNOUT)

Secretary: Michelle E. Garland, U of Tennessee

 

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (12% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair: Amanda Alencar, Erasmus U, Rotterdam

 

INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION (26% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair: Marko Dragojevic, U of Kentucky

Secretary**: Rachyl Pines, U of California, Santa Barbara

Student & Early Career Representative:   Rachel Damiani, U of Florida  

Bylaws Revision: Vote Passes: " I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"

 

INTERPERSONAL (15% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair: Stephen Yoshimura, U of Montana

Secretary**:   Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, Michigan State U

Student & Early Career Representative: Rachel Lloyd, U of Texas, Austin

 

JOURNALISM STUDIES (18% VOTER TURNOUT)

Secretary:  Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Nanyang Technological U

Student & Early Career Representative:  Joy Kibarabara, Stockholm U  

 

LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACATION (15% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair:  Gonen Dori-Hacohen, U of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER & QUEER STUDIES (21% VOTER TURNOUT)

Co-Chair:  Shinsuke Eguchi, U of New Mexico

Secretary: Paromita Pain, U of Reno

Bylaws Revision (Re: secretary): Vote Passes: " I accept the proposed bylaws amendments"

Bylaws Revision (Re: student) Vote Passes: " I accept the proposed bylaws amendments"

 

MASS COMMUNICATION (15% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair:  Heather LaMarre, Temple U  

 

MEDIA INDUSTRY STUDIES (11% VOTER TURNOUT)

Secretary: Roger Cooper, Ohio U

Bylaws Revision: Vote Passes: " I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"

 

MOBILE COMMUNICATION (16% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair: Keri Stephens, U of Texas, Austin

 

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (14% VOTER TURNOUT)

Secretary:   Joelle M. Cruz, U of Colorado, Boulder

Student & Early Career Representative:   Emilly K. Martinez, Purdue U

 

PHILOSOPHY THEORY & CRITIQUE (16% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair:  Kaarina Nikunen, U of Tampere  

Secretary**:  Sandra Ristovska, U of Colorado, Boulder

Student & Early Career Representative: Andy Fitzgerald, Stanford U

 

POPULAR COMMUNICATION (14% VOTER TURNOUT)

Secretary:   Sriram Mohan, U of Michigan  

Student & Early Career Representative:   Evanthe Psarras, U of Illinois, Chicago

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS (16% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair:  Ansgar Zerfass , U of Leipzig

Student & Early Career Representative: Grazia Murtarelli, IULM U of Milan  

 

SPORTS COMMUNICATION (8% VOTER TURNOUT)

Secretary: Danielle Sarver Coombs, Kent State U  

 

VISUAL COMMUNICATION STUDIES (11% VOTER TURNOUT)

Vice Chair: Mary Angela Bock, U of Texas, Austin  

 

NO ITEMS UP FOR ELECTION IN 2018:

  • COMMUNICATION LAW & POLICY

  • COMMUNICATION SCIENCE & BIOLOGY

  • ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION

  • POLITICAL COMMUNICATION

  • PUBLIC DIPLOMACY

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President’s Column: Engagement in its Many Forms

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Friday, November 2, 2018

Engagement remains a longstanding concept for the communication discipline. As researchers, we might be interested in how individuals engage in myriad types of social interactions, how groups engage in and champion specific sociocultural or political causes, or how people express their opinions in markedly different contexts. From #MeToo to populist movements around the globe that have impacted citizens, government, and social, economic, and democratic life, there is no shortage of grist for our intellectual mill.

But as members of ICA, how do we engage with the organization and the discipline? For the vast majority of members, engagement comes in the context of its annual conference – writing papers for submission, reviewing papers, serving as a chair or discussant, and/or attending the meeting. A sizable number each year also will have engaged with ICA journals, as readers, authors, or anonymous reviewers (those unsung heros!).

Engagement is crucial to the short- and long-term health of any organization and fortunately, ICA members have regular, if not continuous, opportunities to engage with the association.

Consider, for instance, the ICA elections that ended mid-October. In figures that have remained somewhat stable in recent years, turnout stood at 17% for this year’s association-wide races and ranged from 8 to 26% (averaging 16%) for the 27 divisions and interest groups that held elections. While turnout can always be higher, it is always exciting to consider how the leadership of a division or interest group might spearhead new initiatives or advance current ones, whether they relate to student mentorship, conference travel, or research support. As well, that divisions and interest groups do not seem to lack for candidates is heartening; it signals the desire for members to engage with their intellectual community and support it institutionally.

Engagement also takes place behind the scenes. In a response to an open call for suggestions and concerns, Catrin Johannson (Mid Sweden U) wrote to share many positive aspects of ICA: the hospitality and collegiality of the Organizational Communication Division; her growing ties to other divisions – Public Relations, Language and Social Interaction, and more recently, Environmental Communication; and the great opportunities afforded by the annual conference to meet with and learn from other scholars through collaborative efforts.

Catrin’s reaching out, however, was motivated by Naomi Klein’s (2014) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In fact, Catrin was so inspired by that book that she led a grassroots movement at Mid Sweden U dealing with sustainable development. Her focus on sustainability prompted her to express her bifurcated feelings about submitting to next year’s conference: “One part of me wants to write as many papers as possible and go and see all my colleagues and friends in May next year, while the other part does not want to fly to Washington at all because of the negative impact that would have on the climate. Global warming is continuously accelerating. So: Where do I go, and where does ICA go from here?”

Catrin proceeded to offer a series of suggestions that she hopes ICA might consider trying out on a limited basis. She and ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer engaged in a set of communications about the organization’s current efforts and policies related to sustainability. ICA’s Sustainability Committee, which works each year to keep the organization green, will be reaching out to Catrin to further discuss some of her creative ideas.

As we gear up for next year’s conference, many members are undertaking efforts to engage the discipline in pressing issues. Paula Chakravartty and Charlton McIlwain, both of New York U, have secured from President-Elect and conference chair Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) an ICA-sponsored session dealing with race and representation in our field. A follow-up to “#CommunicationSoWhite,” a 2018 article in Journal of Communication, the panel will address a host of issues including: how to center racial inequality; racial analytics in publishing; mobility across borders; and professional socialization.

Engagement comes in many guises, and regardless of where you are in your career or which corner(s) of the discipline you inhabit, it’s always worthwhile to consider what it means to you.


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ICA President-Elect Conference Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Friday, November 2, 2018

There will be a record 45 pre and post conferences held at the 2019 ICA Conference in Washington, DC. There will be 37 preconferences, held both on-site at the Washington Hilton and off-site at universities and other locations. There are an exciting range of topics that have an international focus and, importantly, span disciplinary and Divisional boundaries. There are also eight post-conferences taking place. Details of these will be announced shortly, so keep an eye out for topics that are potentially of interest to you.


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ICA Wide Award Nominations Due 31 January, 2019

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018

CA has revised its deadline for book-related awards to allow the committees more time to read and evaluate the submissions. While in the past, all awards shared a universal deadline of 31 January, now that deadline only applies to these six awards: Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award, James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant, Applied Research Award, Outstanding Article Award, Young Scholar Award, and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award. These six awards have kept the traditional nomination period of 1 November – 31 January at 16:00 UTC. To nominate for one of the six ICA Awards, please go here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=AwardNomination


The two ICA Book Awards (Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award) have a separate nomination period and deadline: 1 September – 15 December at 16:00 UTC. Don’t forget to mail your book copies to Katie Wolfe at ICA headquarters in Washington D.C. by 15 December, 2018.  To nominate for one of the two ICA Book Awards, please go here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=BookAwardsNoms

All Fellows nominations should be submitted online by 31 January here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=FellowsNomination. Submitters are asked to submit all materials in a single PDF file. To learn more about ICA Fellows visit this link: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Fellows.

For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards.


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Change is in the Air: Financial Transparency

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Friday, November 2, 2018

Whether this time of year means moving from cold weather to warm, as in the southern hemisphere, or the start of a new school year, or the leaves falling from the trees--for many of us, change is in the air. And as many of you may have noticed, the past three years at ICA have brought with them numerous changes: a new Executive Director, for one, followed by a new CRM system, new website, new phone system, new publisher for our academic journals, a couple of new staff and, most recently, a new conference submission portal.


One big change, however, might not be so apparent to the casual observer. In the past three years, we have transitioned from an unusual system in which the Executive Director and Treasurer were the same person, reporting to a “Finance Committee,” to a more typical nonprofit structure in which the Treasurer is a distinct role filled by a volunteer (an unpaid member of the organization), working in concert with the Executive Director to manage the finances of the organization, and reporting to the Board of Directors. Peter Monge (U of Southern California) has filled this role for the past two-plus years as “Acting” Treasurer of the organization, as we worked out the kinks and phased out the “finance chair” role. (Instead of serving as finance chair, a past president’s last year on the Executive Committee is now spent as “General Secretary” and Chair of the Regional Conference Committee.) Our current model is the standard for most nonprofit associations and the model I am used to working with personally, so the transition has gone very smoothly, and I am pleased to announce that Peter was approved as the official ICA Treasurer for a three-year term in the 2018 annual election.


As Peter and I have been working together over the past three years or so, we have discussed the importance of transparency and want to convey to you three changes that are designed to improve our fiscal transparency.


We believe that a transparent association is a healthy organization and that members have a right to know how the association’s resources are used to advance the mission. If you’re not familiar with the way U.S. tax law works, I promise not to bore you with too much detail, but in a nutshell: there are a number of classifications for nonprofits that govern how their income is categorized, what kind of taxes they pay, and how they may behave in the public sphere. ICA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit association, and as such, is exempt from most federal taxes. The income ICA derives from its activities—membership fees, conference registrations, subscriptions to our academic journals—does not inure to the benefit of any one person or group, as it would in a privately held for-profit organization. Simply put, when income exceeds expenses and we have a surplus—like we do when a conference has record attendance, for example—we take the surplus and invest it back into the organization.


In the past, we have used surpluses to buy our headquarters building, pay off the mortgage, or invest in an experimental new conference format like San Diego’s Makers’ Hall. Other times a surplus, when we know we can sustain it, goes towards increasing our annual budget for an important item, like moving our headquarters from Texas to Washington, DC years ago, increasing stipends for the editors of our journals, adding money to support a regional conference in a geographic area that really needs more collaboration, ensuring subsidized ICA childcare at our conference to increase access for scholars with children, or finally taking the plunge and upgrading our submission system to ScholarOne Abstracts. Many, many nonprofits don’t have a surplus—some merely break even and others fairly consistently fall short—so while we are fortunate to have the resources to accomplish great things, at the same time, we have to financially prepare for years when things may be a little tighter as well. For example, as pressure is put on the publishing industry to move to Open Access, that transition could negatively impact our journal revenue. To that end, we use surpluses and the revenue from Life Memberships to also put money aside in reserves.


Our goal is to always be transparent about the decisions the ICA leadership have made and the ways in which your membership dollars are put to work to strengthen the communication field and provide more opportunities for collaboration. Everything we do is meant to be the best possible balance of money and mission—doing what is best for the members while at the same time making sure that the organization is financially healthy so that it can continue to exist…so it can keep serving the members and strengthening the communication field.


To further increase our transparency, there are three resources you should know to check if you have questions about ICA’s finances specifically:  


  • All members can now view the approved annual budget for the current Fiscal Year (FY2019), which goes from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019, on the reports page of the ICA website. You must be logged in as a member to view the PDF.

  • If you are the Trustee of an endowment or the chair of a division or interest group that “owns” an endowment or fund (e.g., your division is the one that gives out the award funded by that account), you will now begin to receive an annual report on the balance in your account, any transactions that took place in the past year, and the market performance on the account. As our fiscal year ended 30 September, these reports should be available soon. You will receive an email from me with your report when it is ready.

  • As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization ICA’s tax returns are a matter of public record. I have plans to add our past 990s to the ICA website, but in the meantime, you can view any of the tax returns (for ICA or any other nonprofit organization in the US) for past years at Guidestar.org. ICA is listed as “International Communication Assn.” Click the button marked “SHOW FORMS 990” and choose the year you would like to view.


In addition to those three resources, if you have questions, please feel free to contact both Peter and Laura. We are always happy to hear from the members of the ICA community, and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.


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ICA Participates in STEMM Society Meeting on Sexual Harassment

Posted By Administrator , Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2018

 

ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer joined leaders from some 70 professional societies in Washington, D.C., on 1 October to discuss the issue of harassment in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical (STEMM) fields. The meeting was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and EducationCounsel (EC). These societies came together to share concerns and needs, discuss policies and frameworks, and make plans to continue the discussion by developing a consortium of societies for professional conduct to prevent and address sexual harassment in STEMM. In the coming months, the consortium will work collectively to develop customizable model frameworks for systems, policies, and practices to combat sexual harassment and a toolkit of practical resource materials for use by societies and institutions.  The consortium can – and will – collectively respond to address sexual harassment, as recommended in the National Academies’ June 2018 consensus report.

 

Concurrent with the above actions, ICA's Ethics Task Force is working to refine ICA's ethics and other statements, as well as to strengthen policies and education for ICA members related to sexual and gender-based harassment in the communication field.


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Student Column

Posted By Julie Escurignan and Sarah Cho, Thursday, November 1, 2018

Student Column


CALL FOR VOLUNTEER – GLOBAL SOUTH STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE


The ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) has been working on several projects these past few months. We would like to introduce you to one of these projects, one which has particular importance to the development of our Student and Early Career Community: the creation of a Global South Student and Early Career Representative position within the SECAC.


According to the American University Center for the Global South, Global South is a term used to describe “the nations of Africa, Central and Latin America, and most of Asia.” Overall, ICA lacks representation of Global South scholars, and what is true for the whole of ICA is even truer for its Student and Early Career Community (see Bridging the North-South Gap for the Next Generation of Scholars). While Student and Early Career scholars from the Global South are present at ICA Regional Conferences, they are underrepresented at ICA Annual Conferences and within the Student and Early Career Leadership. In 2018, in a globalized world and in an international association, this is an unacceptable situation.


We have therefore decided to create a position dedicated to Student and Early Career scholars from the Global South specifically.


Are you a young scholar currently working in the Global South? If so, this position might be of great interest to you!


The aim of this position is to:

  • Better represent Global South Students and Early Career Scholars

  • Facilitate communication between Global South Student and Early Career Communities and SECAC Leadership to be inclusive of Global South Student and Early Career Scholar needs in the annual SECAC strategic plan

  • Foster the presence of Global South Student and Early Career scholars at ICA Regional and Annual Conferences


To this end, the Global South Representative will be expected to:

  • Have a wide network within his/her region and be willing to expand this network to reach Global South Student and Early Career scholars worldwide

  • Communicate with Global South Student and Early Career Communities, including answering enquiries about ICA and conveying news and information to increase the presence of Global South Student and Early Career Scholars at ICA Conferences

  • Eventually attend the ICA Regional Conference as ICA SECAC Representative [conditions to be determined]


The SECAC will propose an official installment of this position during the ICA Washington, D.C. Board Meeting so that the Global South Student and Early Career Representative can be elected during the 2019 ICA-wide elections.


In the meantime, the SECAC would like to call upon Global South Student and Early Career volunteers to work on the creation of this position and start building more links between the ICA Student and Early Career Community and the Global South Student and Early Career Communities. The SECAC will be appointing Global South Student and Early Career Representatives until the election process for the position is set up.


The conditions are as follows:

  • Be a Student or Early Career Scholar

  • Be from the Global South and/or studying in the Global South


If you would like to become the first Global South Student and Early Career Representative for a term going from January 2019 to May 2020, please send a CV and cover letter highlighting your motivation to fulfill this role to: julie.escurignan@roehampton.ac.uk and sarahcho@umass.edu by 1 January, 2019. Your CV and cover letter will be reviewed by the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee.


We hope you are as excited as we are at the prospect of a more diverse and more representative Student and Early Career Community within ICA!


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