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"Mediating the #MeToo Movement: Intersectional Approach"

Journal of Communication Inquiry

Call for Papers: “Mediating the #MeToo Movement: Intersectional Approach”

The Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) invites submissions that adopt critical-cultural approaches to exploring the #MeToo movement from an intersectional perspective for its October 2019 theme issue, “Mediating the #MeToo Movement: Intersectional Approach.”

As the #MeToo hashtag resonated with thousands of women, empowering them to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, it also prompted a national conversation about the systems of oppression and privilege that both enable and operate through sexual victimization. Having originated in African American activist Tarana Burke’s work with marginalized communities, the two words that came to symbolize the movement put no rhetorical boundaries on survivors’ race, class, or gender, providing a welcoming space for them to tell their stories. Yet, as the movement gained prominence, the mainstream media centered its coverage on experiences of White, upper-middle class women victimized by White men. By doing so, it effectively echoed Burke’s words that “Sexual violence knows no race, class, or gender, but the response to it does,” and emphasized the need for an intersectional approach to understanding the origins and ramifications of the movement that would illuminate the ways in which race, class, and gender work together to reinforce and preserve the structures of disadvantage and discrimination. As the movement received global attention, and in some countries, such as Russia and France, experienced discursive pushback that evoked cultural specificity argumentation, it also became clear that the survivors’ experiences, and the cultural conversation surrounding them, are not only racialized, gendered, and classed, but can be complicated by an interplay of other identities, such as nationality, ethnicity, religion, and others that need to be brought into discussion.

This call for papers invites submissions that problematize the ongoing cultural conversation around sexual hostility, harassment, and assault by critically examining the intersectionality of the #MeToo movement and the complex role of the media, broadly defined, in shaping the movement’s potentialities and consequences for social change. Studies that display theoretical and methodological innovation are particularly encouraged, as are submissions that bring into analysis international contexts and other social categorizations beyond race, gender, and class.

As an interdisciplinary journal, JCI is inviting submissions from scholars in different fields who can explore the topic in various geographical, cultural and political contexts and make a clear original contribution to critical cultural scholarship. The deadline for submitting the manuscripts is 15 January, 2019. A maximum 7,000-word paper (including references, tables, etc.) will be considered for publication, subject to double blind peer-review. Please contact Managing Editor Volha Kananovich (jci@uiowa.edu) with questions.

Contact Info:

Volha Kananovich

Managing Editor, Journal of Communication Inquiry

E327, Adler Journalism Bldg.

Iowa City, IA, USA - 52242

Email: jci@uiowa.edu

Web: http://jci.sagepub.com/


Ahmet Atay, aatay@wooster.edu

Media, Technology and New Generations: Representing Millennial Generation and Generation Z

Editors: Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster) and Mary Z. Ashlock (U of Louisville)

Even though the millennial generation, and now Generation Z, are two of the most educated and technologically savvy generations in U.S. history, compared with other generations, how they are, particularly millennials, are depicted in the media has not been widely studied (see, among others, Rose Kundanis and Paula Poindexter). For example, unlike previous generations, millennials are widely criticized for being self-centered, lacking curiosity and involvement in politics, mindlessly following cultural and fashion trends, and being victims of the consumer culture, as perpetuated by media outlets. We argue that while millennials are technologically savvy, capable of using different electronic devices and digital platforms, they often do not critically examine either the social and economic impact of these technologies or the ways they are individually affected by them. Furthermore, we argue that they do not critically examine the political and cultural implications of their heavy media and technology usage and how various cultural groups are represented in mediated texts. As a result, they often lack critical media analysis techniques to evaluate their media usage and the messages embedded in mediated texts. These characteristics of millennials are often depicted in various television shows, films, and news, and other aspect of popular culture, advertising and fashion. Therefore, the ways in which millennials are represented in media can determine how they are perceived by the previous generations. These representations can also shape the nature of the future generations, because millennials can function as role models for them. Therefore, studying these representations is crucial. Similarly, as technological “natives,” members of the Generation Z are also born into digital (and consumer) culture where most of their experiences, including education, dating, and shopping are digitalized.  

Hence, the main goal of this book is to examine millennials and the members of Generation Z in the context of media and visual culture. In order to do so, we have to consider three interrelated areas: the ways millennials and Generation Z are presented in media, media and popular culture forms products designed for these two generations, and also media and popular culture forms products designed by millennials. The examination of millennial generation and Generation Z and their cultures would be incomplete without understanding these areas.

This book has several interrelated goals:

1.      Examining representations of millennial generation and Generation Z in media and visual culture.     

2.      Examining media and visual culture texts produced by the members of the Generation Z and millennial generation.

3.      Theorizing media in the context of millennial culture and Generation Z.

4.      Bridging the gap between media and youth/generations studies by looking at mediated representation of the millennial culture as well as the culture of Generation Z.

5.      Taking a cultural studies perspective to explore the mediated and visual aspects of the millennial culture and the culture of Generation Z.

Topics may include but not limited to:

1.      Millennial and Generation Z generations and the role and issues of new media

2.      Different ways of understanding the mediated millennial culture and Generation Z whose members are culturally diverse and complicated

3.      Media and films about Generation Z and millennials

4.      Media and films about Generation Z and millennials

5.      Digitalization of millennials and Generation Z

6.      The political economy of generations

7.      Culturally diverse mediated and digitalized millennial and Generation Z experiences

Abstracts are due by 20 November, 2018, with a word length of no more than 500 words, along with pertinent references, contact information, and a short biographical blurb of 300 words. Full-length manuscripts are due on 15 March, 2019, with a word length of no more than 5,000-7,000 words and in APA style, including references, endnotes, and so forth. The project is currently under contract with Lexington Books. Please mail your abstracts as Word documents to Ahmet Atay (aatay@wooster.edu) for an initial review.



Megan Dillow, Megan.Dillow@mail.wvu.edu

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Personal Relationships

Theme and Overall Goals:  Both the quantity and quality of personal relationships have important associations with physical health from the cradle to the grave. Greater social integration is linked with lower susceptibility to ailments ranging from the common cold to cancer (Cohen, 2004; Uchino, 2006), and a meta-analysis of 148 studies demonstrated that individuals who have more supportive relationships have a 50% lower risk of premature death (Holt-Lunstad, Smith, & Layton, 2010). Relationship quality also has unique associations with health and longevity (Robles, Slatcher, Trombello, & McGinn, 2014). Specifically, positive aspects of relationship quality (e.g., responsiveness) are associated with better health outcomes and buffer against poor health outcomes, whereas negative aspects of relationship quality (e.g., hostility) predict worse health outcomes and may exacerbate health problems (Slatcher & Selcuk, 2017). However, researchers are just beginning to identify the psychological, biological, and behavioral mechanisms underlying links between relationship processes, physical health, and disease outcomes. How do social experiences “get under the skin” to affect biological functioning, both concurrently and/or decades later? To highlight these important mechanisms and their implications for intervention development and implementation, Personal Relationships is devoting a special issue to this topic to be published in 2020. Papers in the special issue must align with Personal Relationships’ goals of examining relationships of all types, including those between romantic partners, spouses, parents and children, siblings, classmates, coworkers, neighbors, and friends. We are particularly interested in papers that address the role of psychological mediators (e.g., affective processes, anxiety and depressive symptoms, attachment, self-control, self-esteem, stress appraisal), biological mediators (e.g., cardiovascular, endocrine, [epi]genomic, immunological, metabolic, neurological), and/or behavioral mediators (e.g., communication, diet, exercise, hygiene, sexual behaviors, sleep, substance [ab]use) in explaining relationship-health associations either immediately and/or over time. A major theme of the special issue is the potential of findings to inform interventions. Only by understanding the specific mechanisms that link relationships and health can we effectively intervene to promote better health. Thus, papers submitted to the special issue should also provide useful insights into the specific aspects of relationship functioning that should be targeted and/or when during the lifespan different interventions are likely to be most effective.

Types of Submissions:  Empirical articles composed of one or more studies will be considered for publication in the special issue.

Submission Process:  Manuscripts should be submitted through ScholarOne Manuscripts and should follow the Personal Relationships author guidelines. Interested authors should submit a brief abstract (4000 characters including spaces) for their article by 15 January, 2019 using the form provided here. Authors whose papers make important contributions to the relationships-health literature and most effectively align with the goals of the special issue will be invited to submit a full version of their manuscript by 15 July, 2019. Authors who are invited to revise their manuscript must complete their revision by 15 November, 2019.

Important Dates:  

15 January, 2019: Submission of empirical article abstracts (4,000 characters including spaces)

1 February, 2019: Abstract editorial decisions made and authors notified of manuscript status (i.e., whether a full version of the empirical article is invited for submission)

1 July, 2019: Initial submission of full empirical articles

1 September, 2019: Initial editorial decisions made and authors notified of manuscript status

15 November, 2019: Resubmission of full empirical articles

15 December, 2019: Final editorial decisions made

Questions, clarifications, and general inquiries can be sent to any of the special issue Editors:

Allison K. Farrell, allison.farrell@wayne.edu

Sarah C. E. Stanton, sarah.stanton@ed.ac.uk

Jeffry A. Simpson, simps108@umn.edu



Media and Misogyny: CALL FOR CHAPTERS

Misogyny and power inequities are at the root of sexual assault, harassment and bullying. Media stories have proliferated and have been amplified by social media in the United States in the case of the Ford-Kavanaugh allegations and the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Trumpism and the sexual harassment allegations against incumbent President Donald J. Trump, and by the #MeToo movement. Other countries, too, have had stories rooted in misogyny and power inequities.

This call for chapters to be included in a proposed book on Media and Misogyny is to examine misogyny and to capture media representations of misogyny, for example, in:

  • Media industries

  • Academia

  • Politics

  • Sport

  • Business

  • High Tech/Silicon Valley

  • Law

  • Hollywood and Bollywood

  • Radio and Television (e.g., the return of “Murphy Brown”)

  • Religious and Non-profit Institutions

Contributors should examine misogyny and power inequities from the perspective of critical/cultural studies; political communication; feminism; race, gender and class; and other relevant perspectives. Papers (chapters) should be 25 double-spaced typed pages with citations in APA style.


Abstracts of no more than 400 words, outlining the theme(s) of the proposed chapter, key literature, and the method of exploration, should be submitted to the editor of the proposed volume no later than 31 January, 2019. The deadline for chapters will be 30 June, 2019.


Abstracts should be submitted via email to Dr. Maria Marron, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, U of Nebraska-Lincoln, at mmarron2@unl.edu.


Misogyny, Media and the Clash of Cultures: CALL FOR CHAPTERS

Misogyny and power inequities are at the root of sexual assault, harassment and bullying. Media stories have proliferated and have been amplified by social media in the United States in the case of the Ford-Kavanaugh allegations and the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Trumpism and the sexual harassment allegations against incumbent President Donald J. Trump, and by the #MeToo movement. Other countries, too, have had stories rooted in misogyny and power inequities.

This proposed book aims to devote chapters to explore issues such as the following:

1. Mediated Misogyny and the Clash of Cultures (Androcentrism/Gynocentrism; The creation of meaning and epistemic ways of looking at the world; Conservative, liberal; US/Western-Eastern)

2. Misogyny in the Media Industries

3. Misogyny’s Roots in Religion

4. Issues of Feminism (a new wave); Toxic Masculinity, the INCEL Movement?

5. Demographics and Misogyny: Boomers, Millennials, Gen. Z

6. Misogyny in relation to race, ethnicity, other (e.g., trans, gays)?

7. Mediated Misogyny in the Age of Trump and the Rise of Nationalism worldwide

8. Misogyny and Activism: The #MeToo Movement

9. Conclusions

Contributors should examine misogyny and power inequities from the perspective of critical/cultural studies; political communication; feminism; race, gender and class; and other relevant perspectives. Papers (chapters) should be 25 double-spaced typed pages with citations in APA style.


Abstracts of no more than 400 words, outlining the theme(s) of the proposed chapter, key literature, and the method of exploration, should be submitted to the editor of the proposed volume no later than 31 January, 2019. The deadline for chapters will be 30 June, 2019.


Abstracts should be submitted via email to Dr. Maria Marron, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, U of Nebraska-Lincoln, at mmarron2@unl.edu.



CFP: The Long History of Modern Surveillance, ICA Preconference 2019

Call for Papers: The Long History of Modern Surveillance: Excavating the Past, Contextualizing the Present

ICA Preconference, 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).


Seeking Participants: Understanding the Experiences of Trans* Working Adults

I am currently conducting a study to explore trans* working adults experiences of dignity in and at work. Participants should be at least 18-years old, currently employed, and identify as trans*. Participation consists of a one-hour interview. The goal of this study is to advocate for workplaces that are respectful and inclusive regarding gender identity and expression. If you are interested in participating, have questions, or would like additional information please reach out to Sara Baker Bailey at bakers21@southernct.edu or (203) 592-5596.


CFP: Pedagogies of Post Truth

Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster) and David H. Kahl, Jr. (Penn State Behrend)

In the aftermath of the latest national and international political developments, such as Brexit referendum and the 2016 Presidential election, Western societies, including the U.S., began to live in what has been called a post-truth society. Specifically, during the last two years in the U.S., the U.K., and other parts of the world, conservative groups have targeted media outlets claiming that they fabricate news and that the veracity of evidence-based reporting should be questioned. As the discussion on the post-truth became impassioned, scholars began examining the role of “truth,” “accuracy,” and “voice” in mainstream politics. These discussions also changed the discourse of higher education and the ways in which we approach current issues in the classroom. As an extension of the political and cultural milieu, higher education institutions have also been targeted and critiqued for promoting liberal agendas, which are increasingly equated with untruthfulness.

Hence, the ways in which we talk about issues pertaining to marginalized lived experiences has shifted—in some cases surveilled. This project stems from a curiosity to create a scholarly dialogue about teaching in the era of post-truth in which research-based findings that do not align with political viewpoints are judged, criticized, and often described as “not real.” Thus, this project focuses on one microcosm of our society, the classroom. Although the classroom is inherently a political environment in which instructors make statements based on research, those ascribing to the post-truth movement often argue that the classroom should be devoid of political dialogue, something that is central to the Communication discipline. This eradication of dialogue deprives students of discussion, from multiple perspectives, of issues that challenge them to become more articulate and creative.

Additionally, because of the “post-truth” discourse, our students are encouraged to question the truth and validity of the information that they are given, including personal stories that are shared in the classroom or through class readings. Therefore, in this project, our goal is to create a dialogue around these issues, highlight some of the challenges, offer critical insights and pedagogical techniques to discuss the issues around the “post truth,” the role of the educator, the role of media, and the role of other story-makers of our society.   

The book aims to answer the following questions:

1) What is post-truth in higher education?

2) What are challenges that instructors face with/in the current post-truth movement?

3) How does critical (communication) pedagogy (and related theories/approaches) inform classroom dialogue about these issues?

Topics may include but not limited to:

1- What is “post truth?” What does it look like in the classroom settings?

2- Challenges involved in teaching politically charged topics.

3- The role of dialogue in the context of “post-truth.”

4- Pedagogical techniques to discuss the issues relating to “post truth.”

5- Theories relating to critical (communication) pedagogy that would unpack the idea of “post-truth.”

6- How do instructors interact with students who view the study of critically focused subject matter as “fake?”

7- What role does critical (communication) pedagogy play in a post-truth classroom?

Abstracts are due by 15 December, 2018, with a word length of no more than 500 words, along with pertinent references, contact information, and a short biographical blurb of no more 300 words. Full-length manuscripts are due on 1 June, 2019, with a word length of no more than 5,000-7,000 words and in APA style, including references and endnotes. Please email your abstracts as Word documents to both Ahmet Atay (aatay@wooster.edu) and David H. Kahl, Jr. (dhk10@psu.edu) for an initial review.



Value • Velocity • Vortex


April 11-13, 2019

What is Technology? (2019) will examine the vortices of interaction among practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, moral knowledge and imagination to navigate our everchanging media/life/universe. In a broad sense, technology can be understood as methods of intelligent inquiry and problem-solving in all domains of human life. The conference-experience will enact a collaborative network of transdisciplinary research by cultivating communication as the heart of science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, and environments.


The ninth annual What is…? will bring together natural and social scientists, scholars, government officials, industry professionals, artists and designers, as well as alumni, students, community organizations, and the public. We invite proposals for scholarly papers, panels, and installations on a wide variety of issues and topics. Please see whatis.uoregon.edu for additional details.


Proposals may address the following questions (as well as others):

• How are technologies and values related? What are velocities of technology (e.g., acceleration studies)?

• What are the forces of technology? Is there only one form of technology or different kinds?

• What are current approaches to the study of technologies? How is technology interpreted through various lenses (e.g. critical theory, cultural studies, eco-phenomenology, feminism, globalization, intersectionality, journalism, media studies, metamodernism, new materialism, political economy, posthumanism, rhetoric, semiotics, etc.)?

• What are philosophies of technology? Where do technology and ethics interface/interact?

• What is Science and Technology Studies (STS)? What are the Digital Humanities (DH)? What is the relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and communication/media/film studies, or other disciplines in the humanities (e.g. anthropology, archaeology, comparative literature, curatorial studies, library studies, psychology, sociology)? What is STEM+C (Computing), E-STEM (Environmental), or STEMM (Medicine)?

• How does technology relate to—or converge—music, art, design, architecture, and/or craft, e.g. STEAM (Arts)?

• How do technologies’ scale, pace, and pattern transform/limit their impact? What are techné and/or technics?

• What are immersive technologies (e.g. apps, Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Realities, IoT, gamification, etc.)?

• What are the implications of emerging technologies (e.g. AGI, creative coding, holography, information literacy, nano-bio-info-cogno, predictive analytics, regenerative medicine, risk analysis, robotics, 3D bio-printing, etc.)?

• How are the natural sciences and technology coming together (e.g. artificial biology, bioinspired design, biomimicry, data science, ecological system analysis, environmental analysis, etc.)? Is biology itself technology?

• How do technologies obscure and/or highlight issues of gender, race, class, and/or indigeneity? What are indigenous knowledge and technologies? What is emerging research on equity, access, and learning?

• What are the positive/negative consequences of media technologies for the public interest?

• What relationships are there between technology and warfare, innovation and defense, etc.? What are emerging discourses of cyberinfrastructure, cyberlearning, cybertraining, or cybersecurity, etc.?

• How is technology related to disability studies, accessibility/alter-abled education, accessible/assistive technologies, and mobility? How does technology relate to birth/life/aging/death, and/or contemplation/well-being?

• What are technological determinism, technological realism, and technological humanism? technophilia versus technophobia, technological utopianism versus dystopianism, and/or technological singularity versus multiplicity?

• How is collective intelligence, and/or collective wisdom, engaging and/or changing our lives?

• How might technologies contribute to socio-technical community resilience and/or thriving communities?

Send 150–200 word abstracts for papers, panels, or installations by 21 DECEMBER, 2018, to:

Janet Wasko • jwasko@uoregon.edu

U of Oregon • Eugene, Oregon • 97403-1275 • USA


Dear ECREA members,

You are kindly invited to submit book proposals for the Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education Series.

The detailed call is available below.

Please also check free chapter preview of recent publications in the series (more details in the call).

You are also invited to check permanent and temporary member-only discounts on books and magazines, which you will find at “Member-only offers” page of ECREA Intranet.


CALL for EDITED BOOK PROPOSALS for Wave 16 of the Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education Series

The Series Editors Ilija Tomanić Trivundža, Christina Holtz-Bacha and Galina Miazhevich invite the submission of book proposals for the Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education Series.


The Book Series aims to provide a diverse overview of the work of ECREA members and working groups, showcasing

- diversity of topics and areas within the field of contemporary media and communication research, and

- addressing this diversity from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, and

- promoting collaborative research of our members, either within or between ECREA Sections, Networks and Temporary Working Groups (S/N/TWGs).

Free chapter preview of recent publications is available here: https://www.routledge.com/collections/13080?utm_source=Routledge&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=180112828


WHAT are we seeking?


ECREA Book Series Publications need to have a clear theme or focus. Authors are strongly advised to outline the focus of the book and its framework in the abstract of the introductory chapter (see our submission form). The structure of the book (division of sections and chapters) should be in line with the proposed framework. Although the series is open to a wide diversity of disciplines and subjects, editors will consider the potential audience of a proposed book and previous publications on the topic within the Book Series.

ECREA Book Series Publications aim to promote European media and communication research. We are, therefore, seeking proposals, which have a strong European dimension either by virtue of inclusion of regionally and ethnically diverse voices and cases, or by virtue of comparative research. Proposals should attempt to bridge the divides between regional and linguistic academic communities and strive to secure regional (East/West/North/South) balance of contributors or analysed cases. Proposals can include a limited number of authors who are not ECREA members provide insights beyond European perspective (see details below).


ECREA Book Series Publications aim to promote collaborative research. The series publishes edited volumes, single author monographs or monographs from a limited number of authors or authors based at the same institution will not be considered for publication. Proposals resulting from work within ECREA S/N/TWGs as well as those resulting from collaboration between ECREA S/N/TWGs are particularly encouraged. Proposals resulting from S/N/TWGs events or international projects are welcomed if thematic coherence and European dimension of the topic are implemented. Proposals where the work comes from members of one institution or predominantly form one national academic community are not considered for publication.


We are seeking original, previously unpublished work. Inclusion of previously published work is accepted under condition that the work has previously not been published in English or was published in now mainly inaccessible outlets. In such cases, editors of accepted proposals will be required to acquire permissions to translate or republish the work (without any extra costs to the Book Series).


WHO is invited to submit?

The book series primarily promotes the work of ECREA members although a degree of openness towards non-ECREA members is also considered to add value to the Book Series.

At least 50% of the chapters need to originate from ECREA members (individual members, or members through an institutional membership). At least one of the editors needs to be an ECREA member. These conditions need to be met at the latest when the proposal is accepted.


Please note that ECREA Executive Board members cannot be editors of the books in ECREA book series, but can serve as authors of the chapters. The Book Series editors cannot contribute to the content of the books in the ECREA book series in any way.


What is the DEADLINE for submissions?

Proposals are to be sent to the series editors by email to info@ecrea.eu by 15 January 2019.


HOW to submit the proposal?

Proposals are submitted using Book Series form. Only this form can be used for submitting a book proposal; applications that do not use this form will not be considered. Please note that the proposal should include a detailed abstract of each chapter including introductory and potential closing chapters.

Download the form here.


QUESTIONS and queries?

Should you have any further questions concerning the Book Series call, please email Wave 16 Series Editor Christina Holtz-Bacha at info@ecrea.eu.

Please check the free chapter preview of recently published volumes in the series before submitting the proposal:




If you have problems accessing the documents, please email us at info@ecrea.eu.


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Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 1, 2018


Joshua Braun, jabraun@journ.umass.edu

New book series with The MIT Press, Distribution Matters

We are pleased to announce a new book series with The MIT Press, Distribution Matters.

We welcome proposals and inquiries from scholars on this list and hope you will spread the word. For further information, please contact the series editors, Josh Braun and Ramon Lobato (details below and at https://distributionmatters.net).

Many Thanks,

Josh and Ramon


A new MIT Press book series

Distribution Matters explores how media content, ideas, and information move through the world — and to what effect.

Distribution networks — from postal services to social media platforms — affect in essential ways who has access to cultural resources, and on what terms. The Distribution Matters book series explores the impact of strategies, business models, and infrastructures for distribution across the media industries, including screen, print, broadcast, and digital media. It seeks to publish cutting-edge, critical scholarship that offers new ways to understand the movement of media through time and space.

The series is open to media scholars within a range of humanities and social science fields, including media studies, communication history, anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, internet studies, and cultural studies. We welcome proposals from scholars whose work explores how access to cultural resources is variously enabled, constrained, choreographed, and contested in and through distribution. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

* the histories of media distribution networks, their path dependencies, and  social consequences

* distribution dynamics within particular sectors, such as games, video,  publishing, and advertising

* logics of digital distribution (platformization, aggregation, recommendation,

 filtering, blocking, etc.)

* governance and regulation of distribution networks

* theoretical debates about circulation, networks, mobility, virality, and other issues everyday working practices and cultures of distribution

* informal distribution and piracy

For further information, please contact the editors:

Dr. Joshua Braun (U of Massachusetts Amherst) - jabraun@journ.umass.edu Dr. Ramon Lobato (RMIT U, Australia) - ramon.lobato@rmit.edu.au

More information and a printable version of this flyer are available at <https://distributionmatters.net/>


Issue Announcement: Intersectionalities and Media Archaeologies

communication +1 is proud to announce our latest issue:

Intersectionalities and Media Archaeologies

Edited by Zachary J. McDowell and Nathanael Bassett

The emerging field of media archaeology has opened up new avenues of research across fields and provided a way to challenge accepted historical layers of social and technical arrangements. Drawing from a variety of entangled theories and methodologies, bringing in German media theory, new materialism, digital humanities, software studies, cultural studies, Foucauldian frameworks, and others, media archaeology interrogates dead media, alternative technological schema, the composition of infrastructures, everyday objects, and other phenomena, providing new insights and recontextualization for scholars from an array of backgrounds. However, despite the interconnected promise of Media Archaeology, the practices and theories remain limited in their engagement with much of critical cultural communication and media studies.

In the introduction to “What is Media Archaeology,” Jussi Parikka notes that “we need to be prepared to refresh media archaeology itself.” This collection is meant to continue exactly that - to highlight and connect ways to theorize and “refresh” the concepts related to media archaeology in connection with the study of communication. We have gathered an array of intersectional engagements with and applications of media archaeological practices as they function theoretically, methodologically, spatially, institutionally, and in relation to the study of communication.

With this issue, the first of two in this collection, we hope to begin providing scholars a space in which to explore the promise of media archaeology as a critical set of lenses.


Introduction: Currents in Communication and the Media Archaeological Zachary McDowell and Nathanael Bassett

Constructing the invisible - Computer graphics and the end of Optical Media Ricardo Cedeño Montaña and Christina Vagt

Sticky Media. Encounters with Oil through Imaginary Media Archaeology Naomie Gramlich

In History, the Future: Determinism in the Early History of Photography in France Emily Doucet

Cultural Techniques of Mirroring from Lecanomancy to Lacan George C. Vollrath

From Book To Bookish: Repurposing the Book in the Digital Era Nicola Rodger

What is Feminist Media Archaeology?

Jörgen Skågeby and Lina Rahm

An (An)Archive of Communication: Interactive Toys as Interlocutors Nikita Braguinski


Dialogues: Dylan Trigg

communication +1 is a peer reviewed open access journal, part of Open Humanities Press and is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

More info and access the issue at www.communicationplusone.org


Book Announcement: "Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports"

We are pleased to announce the release of Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports (Peter Lang, 2018). Abstract is below and more purchase information can be found at: https://www.peterlang.com/view/9781433156038/fm_copyright.xhtml

Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports (Peter Lang, 2018)

Andrew C. Billings, U of Alabama

Leigh M. Moscowitz, U of South Carolina

Series information: https://www.peterlang.com/view/serial/CSS

Never before have we lived in a time in which sport and gay identity are more visible, discussed, debated—and even celebrated. However, in an era in which the sports closet is heralded as the last remaining stronghold of heterosexuality, the terrain for the gay athlete remains contradictory at best. Gay athletes in American team sports are thus living a paradox: told that sport represents the "final closet" in American culture while at the same time feeling ostracized, labeled a "distraction" for teams, dubbed locker room "problems," and experiencing careers which are halted or cut short altogether.

Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports is the first of its kind, building upon the narratives of athletes and how their coming out experiences are shaped, transmitted and received through pervasive, powerful, albeit imperfect commercial media. Featuring in-depth interviews with out-athletes such as Jason Collins, Dave Kopay, Billy Bean and John Amaechi; media gatekeepers from outlets like ESPN and USA Today; and league representatives from Major League Baseball and the National Football League, this book explores one of the starkest juxtapositions in athletics: there are no active out players in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL, yet the number of athletes coming out at virtually every other level of sport is unprecedented. Interviews are fused with qualitative media analysis of coming out stories and informed by decades of literature on the unique intersection of sport, media, and sexual identity.

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Introducing the new and Improved Institutional Membership at ICA

Posted By Julie Randolph, Monday, October 1, 2018

The option to have an institutional membership is not new at ICA, however we're pleased to share a few enhancements to the membership type approved by the Board of Directors in Prague. Beginning with the 2018-2019 membership term, Institutional Memberships are now available to join or renew online and there is a discount associated with the number of Additional Institutional Members seats purchased.

What's new?

Previously, to join or renew as an Institutional Member it required a hard copy application with tedious steps for the Point of Contact to renew annually. The online process will be a streamlined experience for existing institutional members, they will simply be able to renew online and easily update their sub-accounts. In order to make this membership type (and corresponding discounts) available online, Additional Institutional Members may now be added in groups of five, 10 or 15 (which include a 5%, 10% or 15% discount respectively).

For those who have an existing individual membership type (for example as a "Regular Member") and are choosing to add to, or replace, their individual membership with an institutional one, there's an added step of creating a new profile in our system. Some members choose to have both individual memberships and Institutional memberships, others replace one with the other depending on their individual circumstances.

Previously, it actually cost an institution more for this membership type than it would to pay for faculty individually. By transitioning the processing to our online system, we are able to offer a discount making it a more economical membership type for institutions. To learn more about Institutional Membership and pricing, click here.

Institutional Membership with ICA

A university department can join ICA as an Institutional Member (please note that libraries are ineligible for membership). The membership consists of one primary "Point of Contact" (typically the department chair) and additional institutional members in groups of five, ten or fifteen Additional Institutional Members.   Universities that do not pay or reimburse for individual faculty association memberships may take advantage of the Institutional Membership as a group membership. The Point of Contact is responsible for maintaining additional faculty to be associated with the membership through the online system. The department is billed for all members on one combined invoice. Each Additional Institutional Member is treated as a full member of ICA with individual privileges and their own unique member ID# and password. All receive their own online journal access including past issues, gain access to the members-only section of the website and enjoy a reduced rate for our annual conference.  We highly recommend Additional Institutional Members be limited to department faculty and should not include any students. Any student listed on an institutional membership will be subject to the institutional member rates for membership dues and conference registration (which are substantially higher than the individual student membership type rates).

Questions? As always, your ICA membership team are happy to help! Please contact us at membership@icahdq.org for assistance.

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President’s Column

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 1, 2018

“Where do we go from here?”

Such was the wrap-up question posed at the “Rethinking Theories and Concepts of Mediated Communication” conference held last month in Barcelona. Cosponsored by the U of Missouri, Ludwig Maximilian U of Munich, and Nanyang Technological U, the conference was a two-day meeting of theorizing and conceptualizing. Paper presenters had been instructed to avoid data, so what emerged were much-needed higher-level discussions about… theories and concepts.

In his opening remarks, conference organizer Tim Vos (U of Missouri) articulated a few tensions that arise from our conceptualization and theorization. He spoke about the role that specific vs. middle range vs. general theories play in growing our discipline. He discussed how our scholarship is defined by local vs. global, timely vs. timeless, and literal vs. metaphorical theories and concepts. And he addressed how the is vs. ought tension reflects our study of the world as it exists as well as our interest in addressing the normative. Altogether, his remarks provided a strong leitmotif for the conference as discussants responded to a broad swath of papers.

Tim’s remarks revolved around theorizing at large, and it was easy to extrapolate from concepts to our discipline and professional associations. After all, our field comprises scholars and practitioners who fall into all camps, and ICA’s 32 Divisions and Interest Groups are a testament to that. Many faculty work in broad-spectrum units with colleagues whose articles include phrases like “(the data) reveal,” “(the data) indicate,” “(the data) show,” and “(the data) find,” as well as colleagues whose articles include verbs such as “rupture,” “interrogate,” “coopt,” and “complicate.” A cursory look at ICA’s journals points easily to such differences. These vocabularies, articles, and essays reflect our field’s numerous epistemologies, theoretical orientations, and methodological approaches, and they make the field – and ICA – an exciting place to be.

Most of us have a specific intellectual milieu and gravitate toward one of the above camps. As individual scholars, our work is generally well-delineated by intellectual interests, skill sets, and resources. But establishing oneself in an area as a junior scholar is not always easy; nor is the transition from one research domain to another always smooth, regardless of how advanced one might be in one’s career.

ICA’s annual conference already boasts a number of preconferences oriented around graduate-student research, with senior scholars offering feedback on works in progress. Similarly, several Divisions and Interest Groups offer “elevator sessions” or mentoring sessions that connect junior with senior scholars. Such conference sessions certainly have been well-received. As you can see from President-Elect Terry Flew’s (Queensland U of Technology) column this month, some respondents to the post-conference survey offered suggestions as to what activities and sessions in Washington, DC they would find useful.

But ICA is more than its annual conference.

How can ICA help you as a scholar? How can the organization help you get where you want to go? What can we bring to you outside of the annual conference?

Your feedback is critical as the Executive Committee discusses the crafting of a strategic plan and thinking more broadly about how to best support individual scholars and the discipline more generally. With increased membership and geographical diversity as well as broadening areas of inquiry, we need to ask ourselves, “Where do we go from here?”

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President Elect Conference Update

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Monday, October 1, 2018

Participant Survey on ICA 2018 Annual Conference in Prague, Czech Republic

We have received 996 responses to the participant survey on the ICA Annual Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24-28 May, 2018. Almost half (48%) of respondents identified as students or junior faculty, and 32.8% of responses were from graduate student members of ICA. As an sign that we are in a time of membership flux, with a considerable number of new conference attendees, 28% of respondents indicated that this was their first ICA conference.

The overall conference experience was considered very good or excellent by 73.7% of respondents, and there was a 3.95 weighted average on a 5-point scale. Paper and panel sessions were the most highly regarded activities, with strong positive feedback towards theme sessions, roundtables and extended sessions among those who attended. The provision of childcare facilities and morning yoga classes were also welcomed by those who participated. Attendance at the Opening Plenary was lower among respondents than might be expected.

Looking forward to the ICA 2019 Conference in Washington, DC, a majority of respondents (75%) would definitely attend or were likely to attend this conference who were in Prague in May. Of the 15.43% (146 respondents) who were not likely to attend, or who would definitely not attend, the following responses were given (see pie chart).


About 40 respondents (2.5%) identified Location and/or Trump as reasons for not attending an ICA conference in Washington. These are a mix of responses specifically related to the city (AEJMC being hosted there in 2018, been there before, “not a fan of the city” etc.), and reasons specifically related to the political climate in the United States and/or concerns about immigration restrictions and travel visas.


The conference organizing team intends to the 2019 ICA conference to engage strongly with political questions relating to the Trump Administration at the conference. The opening plenary will be engaged with the changing global geopolitical climate, the rise of populist nationalism in the US, Europe and elsewhere, and its implications for international institutions. The closing plenary will specifically address the challenges facing the media in the current US political climate. We will advise on keynote speakers shortly.

The 2018-2019 Urban Issues Planning Committee is strongly focused upon promoting awareness of the diversity of voices and activist initiatives taking place in Washington DC itself. Nikki Layser Usher (George Washington U) and Aram Sinnreich (American U) have been engaged with initiatives around bringing activists and those engaged with community media and organizing to the conference. We note that Washington is itself a diverse and relatively liberal city, which faces challenges from its popular association with being the seat of Federal power in the United States.

The ICA headquarters plans to engage with attendees on a number of levels surrounding visa issues and any difficulties associated with egress into the United States. As with every ICA conference, you will be able to download a visa invitation letter mentioning your specific paper acceptances on the program as soon as you receive word of acceptance (modifications to this letter or special circumstances will be handled on a case by case basis by the ICA office). If needed due to the situation on the ground at the time of travel, we will implement our "ICA travel buddy" program again, we will offer alternative presentation arrangements for visa holders from any nations determined at the time of travel to be on the "travel advisory" list by the current administration, and we will once again, as with the San Diego conference, offer free consultation with ICA's retained visa-expertise legal counsel via our Executive Director. Please note that the vast majority of those who wanted to go to San Diego made it there, and we anticipate the situation will be no different for Washington, DC, although we are alert to any sudden policy changes.

People were asked what conference programming activities did they want from the ICA 2019 Washington DC conference, and the question received 160 responses. The largest set of answers related to politics (34), followed by tours (19), intensive workshops (9), more student-oriented sessions (8), mentoring sessions (6), activities involving ICA Fellows (3), and job fairs (3).


A sample of responses is provided below:

Perhaps something related to teaching & activism - how to help our students engage with politics and make their voices heard - both from the perspective that some are apathetic, to the other end of the spectrum where some could create movements. We are their mentors, their teachers - we need to take action to help guide this generation to take responsibility and get involved.

More roundtable discussions, more visibility for international/ global scholarship and also scholarship on race, gender & LGBTQ issues, more discussion of academic culture and labor.

We need a session focused on the impact of communication studies upon our society and politics. How can communication studies researchers become better influencers beyond the academic context?

Hope to have some DC-specific programming events. Visiting media/research organizations. Visiting advertising agencies and/or public relations firms.

It would be great if there were any events for younger students or undergraduates like myself. I think the experience of learning research techniques from the researchers would be an excellent opportunity.

Guest speakers from policy/government organizations and/or think tanks who work in DC

Workshops on digital methods would be so helpful to us doctoral students!

Offsite tours to visit places of interest that tie into divisions' interests

Panels that engage policy and policy makers

Two possible areas come to mind: a) something related to nationalism and authoritarianism being on the rise, maybe including resistance to these forces? and b) some things highlighting or capitalizing on the international, multicultural aspects of DC as a city.

I would like to see ICA encourage more senior scholars to engage in professional development and networking with early career and student scholars (eg attending student panels and poster sessions).

Meet the Fellows Reception

Any event that offers mentorship to early career scholars.

Group walks, runs, or yoga

You may wish to incorporate site visits into the plans you develop for the conference. The headquarters office is currently planning to offer yoga and childcare once again (more information on that to come) and is putting together a curated tours package that includes, above and beyond the basic sightseeing one often encounters, specially-curated behind-the-scenes tours of facilities like the Library of Congress, the Newseum, the Smithsonian Museums, and the Supreme Court. Over and above the usual suspects and the iconic architecture, Washington, DC, lovingly referred to as "The District" by its inhabitants, has a vibrant food and arts culture, with hundreds of distinct neighborhoods, each known for certain cuisines. DC is not only one of the most international cities in the world, it is also the home of the ICA headquarters, just a short walk from the conference hotel (more information to come on a headquarters "open house" for those who arrive early to the conference!). For more information on DC's culinary and cultural highlights, visit https://washington.org/.

We are looking forward to seeing you in May.

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New ICA Staff Member

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018

Please join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Katie Wolfe, ICA Manager of Conference Services! Katie has a certification in Exhibition Management and comes from a background with experience in conference management. In the March 2017 issue of the ICA Newsletter, Student Board Member Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa) wrote an article interviewing each staff member. Following the same questionnaire template, I have interviewed Katie, so that everyone can get to know her as well.


1. Tell us about yourself:


 I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from The Pennsylvania State U with a degree in Meteorology. How did I get from Meteorology to here? I met my husband, Dan, at Penn State my senior year and life took off from there. We relocated to the DC area in 2008. Coming from State College, PA we weren’t sure how we would like the city life, but we fell in love with this area. We have two dogs, McBain and Zula both are German Shepard mixes we adopted from a local shelter. We love to travel, we have been all over the world from Australia to Barcelona and our most recent trip, we drove from DC to Yellowstone National Park. Before coming to ICA I worked at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association for 10 years. I managed over 550 exhibitors as well as assisted with organizing their annual trade show, which was one of the top 100 trade shows in the USA. I decided it was time for a change and found this opportunity with ICA and I am excited to be apart of this amazing team. When I am not traveling or hanging out with my dogs, you can find me cheering on the Steelers American football team, the Penn State Nittany Lions, or baking up a new recipe!


2. What is your position within ICA?


 I am the Manager of Conference Services and I have been with ICA for one month. My main responsibilities include overseeing conference exhibitors, advertisements, sponsorships, and awards.


3. What is your main challenge right now?


 I have the benefit of having worked for an association before coming to ICA, so I know how beneficial for the industry they can be. Now I have the challenge of learning the association and all the different Divisions and Interest Groups ICA has to offer. 


4. What would you like to say to our members?


 I would say use the association and all the benefits it has to offer. Especially by attending the annual conference. Conferences are a great place to learn and network with colleagues. I look forward to meeting a lot of you in May!

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Charles R. Berger (1939-2018)

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018


ICA Past President and Fellow, Charles R. Berger, passed away on 25 September, 2018.

Dr. Berger was Professor Emeritus at the U of California, Davis. He was one of the creators of the influential Uncertainty Reduction Theory (1975), and was an integral part of the field with his focus on theory and studies on message production processes and the processing of threat-related messages.


Berger authored more than 100 articles and book chapters and was co-editor on the Handbook of Communication Science. In addition to his prolific contribution to the literature, Berger was editor of the ICA journal, Human Communication Research (1983-1986), and co-editor of Communication Research (1994-1999).


Elected as an ICA Fellow in 1987, Berger continued his service to ICA as President in 1995. He was the recipient of the ICA Fellows Book Award in 2002 for Language and Social Knowledge: Uncertainty in Interpersonal Relationships, and received the National Communication Association’s Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication in 2008.


“Chuck Berger was a wonderful scholar, a creative thinker, an important and highly influential figure in our field, a delightful guy, and a supportive colleague. His intellectual and service contributions to ICA and our discipline span many decades,” said Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barabara), ICA Fellow and Past President, “From his award-winning work on uncertainty reduction in the 1970s, his editorship of HCR in the 1980s, serving as ICA President in the 1990s, being recipient of the ICA Fellows Book Award in the 2000s, to his most recent panel participation on the future of our field at Yonsei U on 20 August, 2018, Chuck was always a part of the central conversations and debates in our field. He will be sorely missed.”

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Update on Books Sent to Africa

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018

This is to inform you that the books were finally received at the University on 3 September, 2018 and released to get to the library on 7 September, 2018.

We then held a mini event to officially receive the books on 13 September, 2018. https://www.umu.ac.ug/institute-of-languages-receives-a-donation-of-books/


The books were received in the presence of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (Assoc. Prof. Michael Mawa), the Head of Department Journalism Communciations Studies (Dr. Sr. Dennis Samanya), and the Librarian Ms. Judith Nannozi.

Dr. Samanya expressed gratitude for the generous donation:

I am extremely excited about the number of books that were parked and sent purposely for journalism and communication studies. A quick look at them indicates tDr. Carolyn Byerly, the communications culture and media studies department chair at Howard U really understands our departmental needs and made the rightful selection of the books.

- Head of Department Rev. Sr. Dr Dennis Samanya

We are grateful to Carolyn Byerly the communications culture and media studies department chair at Howard University, who initiated contact with Dr. Agnes Lucy Lando, African Regional Representative to the Board of International Communication Association (ICA) to discuss possible placement for the books, Dr. Lando for thinking about Uganda Martyrs U (Institute of Languages and Communication Studies) as a potential recipient of the books and making possible the shipping arrangements, and Dr Dominique Harrison, Senior Project Manager, of The Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. for initiating the donation. We are sincerely grateful for the role that you each played to ensure that the books get to Archbishop Kiwanuka Memorial Library.

Not forgetting Ms. Toledo for the good work (big job) of compiling a list of the books and the team that packed the books.

Thank you all very much. Blessings

Kind regards,

Judith Nannozi


Uganda Martyrs University

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Social Media + Society: Marginality and Social Media - reminder

Social media and the internet have opened up new forms of empowerment and oppression that may particularly affect the lives of the marginalized. Marginality, as we are defining it, following Gatzweiler and Baumüller (2013), can be understood as the experience of disadvantaged (typically involuntarily) people or groups who are excluded from the resources and opportunities they need to participate as full and equal members of society. Marginality influences what people can achieve and limits their abilities to take advantage of the resources and opportunities afforded to non-marginalized peers. Further, marginalized individuals and groups are often politically, economically, and/or socially vulnerable, as their susceptibility to harm is greater, often due to to their exclusion from critical resources.

Sometimes social media are a means for marginalized individuals or groups to address insufficient resources and barriers to participation. For example, social media have been implicated in new opportunities for building social capital (Gonzales, 2017), finding like-minded others (Blackwell et al., 2016; Clark-Parsons, 2017; Dhoest & Szulc, 2016; Gray, 2009; Jackson, Bailey, & Foucault-Welles, 2017; Pearce & Vitak, 2016; Pearce, Vitak, & Barta, 2018), providing social support (Gonzales, Kwon, Lynch, & Fritz, 2016; Hanasono & Yang, 2016; Rho, Haimson, Andalibi, Mazmanian, & Hayes, 2017), and engagement in advocacy (Blackwell et al., 2016; Fritz & Gonzales, 2018; Jackson et al., 2017).

At the same time, other research highlights the shortcomings of social media use for the marginalized as well, including harassment and discrimination (Duguay, 2016; Eckert, 2018; Fritz & Gonzales, 2018; Lawson, 2018; Marwick & Caplan, 2018; Nakamura, 2015), doxxing (Wood, Rose, & Thompson, 2018), surveillance (Manning & Stern, 2018; Marwick, Fontaine, & boyd, 2017; Megarry, 2017; Pitcan, Marwick, & boyd, 2018; Vickery, 2014), and the use of social media by people in power to further isolate the marginalized (Flores-Yeffal, Vidales, & Martinez, 2017; Linabary & Corple, 2018; Pearce, 2015; Woods, 2014).

These opportunities and risks affect marginalized people’s use of social media at all stages: access, skills, optimization, privacy, backlash, and development of features, applications, platforms, and tools to deal with unanticipated outcomes, etc. This call seeks manuscripts that consider either or both the strengths and the weaknesses of internet and social media communication for individuals from marginalized groups with the hope of building theory in this area that can ground and foster continued research and understanding.

We seek manuscripts that include a novel analysis of data and meaningfully engage with theory on marginalization. We follow Linabary and Corple's (2018) call to "study up" - start research from the lived experience of such groups for understanding. “Meaningful engagement” includes (but is not limited to): emphasizing the links between marginalization theory and communication research; testing the validity of communication theory not typically applied to marginalized populations; proposing new theoretical constructs that are relevant to marginalization in digital communication; and/or recognizing the need for theoretically interdisciplinary approaches to marginalization in communication. We also welcome manuscripts that engage with methodological approaches to marginality and social media (e.g., Brock, 2016; Linabary and Corple, 2018), as these are important building blocks for successful and ethical research. Finally, we also seek manuscripts that engage stakeholders out!

side of the academic sphere as collaborators, including policy makers, activists, non-profit representatives, as well as, of course, representatives from marginalized communities being investigated. Projects with a public outreach component that benefits marginalized communities or groups as a function of their investigation (e.g. community workshops, media engagement, etc.) are especially encouraged. All authors must follow basic precepts of ethical research at all research stages, and take into consideration community norms related to privacy.

Basic precepts include: respect for privacy, secure storage of sensitive data, voluntary and informed consent when appropriate, avoiding deceptive practices when not essential, beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), and risk mitigation. Members of marginalized groups may require additional safeguards to ensure ethical and responsible treatment during research. Authors are encouraged to discuss these issues, and include a section on ethical considerations in their final manuscripts.

We seek submissions relating to social media and marginalization, broadly construed. Possible topics include:

-Social media as a non-traditional way of accessing power

-Barriers to social media use (tied to marginality)

-Effects of social media use (tied to marginality)

-Marginalized identities/groups’ use of social media for social support

-Use of social media for advocacy or awareness-building

-Use of social media to work around traditional gatekeepers

-Privacy calculus or risk-benefits for marginalized online

-Harassment of marginalized people or groups online

-Self-presentation of marginalized online

-Ethics/methods of studying marginalized people online or engaging with technology

Guest editors

Katy Pearce, University of Washington

Brooke Foucault Welles, Northeastern University

Amy Gonzales, University of California, Santa Barbara

Authors should initially submit an extended abstract of 800-1000 words (not including references). The extended abstract should contain the key elements of the manuscript, research questions, methodology and the primary contribution of the manuscript.

The form will also ask for author contact information and abbreviated biography statements for each author describing their main research interests and background.

Tentative timeline:

Extended abstracts 800-1000 words (not including references) due November 28, 2018, 12noon Eastern Time - upload here: https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fsites.google.com%2Fview%2Fmarginalityandsocialmedia%2Fhome&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGrzLCNGwA0tCqSM0UlJhEaNVLt3w

Extended abstract authors notified of acceptance ~February 15, 2019

Full manuscript (~8000 words) due May 20, 2019, 12 noon Eastern Time

-- Reviews given to authors --

Revised manuscript due November 15, 2019, 12 noon Eastern Time

Contact: marginsocialmedia@gmail.com




Democracy and Disinformation in the Era of Trump

University College Dublin, 10-11 December 2018

Are we in the end-times of liberal democracy in the United States? For some years, Americans have been losing faith in institutions, civil norms, and perhaps the idea of America itself. The question has been dramatically sharpened by the election and presidency of Donald Trump.

Is it possible that liberal democracy – and by extension the liberal world order that the United States guided and gained from – was a short moment in American history, a seventy-year period of relative democratic stability at home and global leadership abroad. Is an epochal shift taking place? If so, to what? Illiberal democracy? What are we to call and how are we to understand the emerging order?

These questions have been complicated by the radical disruption of political culture and communication by new digital technologies and the prevalence of disinformation in place of a reliable and consensual ground of information and understanding. And by the distracting “reality show” of the Trump presidency that blurs entertainment and political life as never before. This overstimulation is disorienting, and damaging to basic perceptions about what constitutes politics or diplomacy.

How can Americans reconnect with or reinvent democratic traditions and institutions? How can journalism regain public trust and attention and help to shape a functioning democracy? What is the future of dissent and free speech in the digital era? Can social media be a source for democratic good?

This conference brings together journalists, scholars and activists to converse about American political realities and unrealities today, and to share insights on reimagining and rebuilding a democratic polity.

Topics may include (but are not confined to):  

-     the resilience of the public sphere

-     discourses and narratives of American decline

-      delegitimisation of knowledge and expertise

-      populist media politics

-      effects of digital technologies on political communications

-      media literacy

-      media concentration

-      the civil impact of social media

-      the Trump effect on news consumption

-      conservative media ecology

-      effects of Russia’s disinformation campaigns

-      emerging forms of dissent and activism

-      the erosion of democratic norms

-      the rise of tribalism and intolerant communities

-      culture wars and cultural nationalism

-      online echo chambers and subcultures

Plenary speakers include:

Siva Vaidhyanathan (University of Virginia, author of Antisocial Media)

Angela Nagel (writer, author of Kill All Normies)

Gary Younge (The Guardian)

We invite proposals from all academic disciplines and from activists and writers beyond academia. Please submit the paper title, an abstract of 300 words, a short bio and contact details. We also welcome applications for full panels of 3-4 papers. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is 1st October 2018. (Note – we will make decisions on paper/panel submissions on a rolling basis to help facilitate participant’s planning for conference attendance).

For further details, please contact Catherine Carey at UCD Clinton Institute: Catherine.Carey@ucd.ie; tel. ++353 1 716 1560





Perspectives on Extreme Speech Online

December 2018

The House of Artists, Munich, Germany


Udupa, U of Munich (LMU), Germany

Hervik, Aalborg U, Denmark

Gagliardone, U of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

abstract deadline: 1 November 2018

Full papers due: 3 December 2018

cultures of political aggression and hateful speech have come to the center of public debate and concern, as right-wing nationalist and populist waves have swept political cultures with a new lexicon of exclusionary moral discourse aimed against minoritized groups. In North America and Europe, the rise of the “far-right” and “neonationalist” movements in the last two decades have triggered and relied on online belligerence of racialized joking, intimidation and “fact-filled” untruths (Banks & Gingrich, 2006; Hervik 2016). In countries like Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and South Africa, major social media services such as Facebook and Whatsapp have not only offered an easy platform to revive vitriol against religious minorities and ethnic “others”, but they
have also led to a “subterranean” flow of rumor and fear mongering, injecting a new velocity to mob lynching and targeted physical violence (Gagliardone et al. 2017; Lee, 2019; Udupa, 2018). Digital expressions have pushed back liberal modulations of “civility”, drawing strength from locally approved cultural idioms, globally shared formats of humor and historically sanctioned structures of animosity (Udupa & Pohjonen, 2019). While huge numbers of dispersed, unorganized “ordinary” online users are participating in online extreme speech practices, regimes have also engaged organized production of disinformation by making use of the very infrastructure of globalization around flexible, precarious and outsourced labour (Ong and Cabanes, 2018). We capture these digitally mediated  moral outrage and vitriol for overt and implicit political goals as online “extreme speech”. By defining online vitriol of political exclusion as “extreme speech”, we depart from the regulatory-normative debates of “hate speech”. We instead draw attention to media practices and how and why online actors engage in forms of speech that are disapproved in other contexts of interaction.

In this international workshop, we extend our effort to place the vitriolic face of the Internet in a critical global conversation backed with ethnographic sensibility – studies that are attuned to the understanding of lived practices and narratives of online actors, historically shaped political structures, and online affordances in situated contexts. We consider online actors to include i. dispersed yet ideologically active individual producers of exclusionary extreme speech, ii. semi-organized groups of volunteers and organized groups for right wing movements and ethnic/racial hatred, iii. minoritized groups targeted by extreme speech (refugees, immigrants, “liberals”, humanists, religious/ethnic groups), iv. politically “agnostic” paid trolls, v. business minded digital
influencers, as well as vi. civil society groups, individuals and community associations engaged in creative resistance to online extreme speech.

Recognizing the global spread of online extreme speech, we invite submissions that can take the debate beyond the Euro-American concerns around “fake news” and “echo chambers”. We invite submissions that are especially attentive to local idioms, media practices and tensions
that have made online extreme speech a daily reality of everyday politics, with profound implications for how belonging is imagined, enacted and brutally enforced in different parts of the world.

Attendance to this closed workshop is fully funded. Organizers will cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Submissions will contribute to a planned co-edited volume, and should therefore not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Please send your extended abstracts (1200 words) to
extremespeechworkshop2018@gmail.com  before 1 November 2018. Selected participants will be notified by 10 November 2018. Abstracts should contain a clear outline of the argument, theoretical framework, methodology, ethnographic material (findings if applicable), and a brief note on how your research links to the overall theme of the workshop. Please also include 3-5 keywords that describe your work, and a short bio (max 100 words, stating affiliation). Full papers (6000 words) of selected submissions are due on 3 December 2018.

Topics include

Field based media practice research and ethnographic explorations of

online users and political aggression

production of trolls and vitriol

rumor, virality and mob violence

memes, jokes and exclusion

of online extreme speech

6..  Resistance to online extreme speech

New mixed methods using ethnography and data analysis of extreme speech

Field based explorations of regulating online extreme speech with fine grained analysis of the tussles among Internet service providers, social networking sites, state regulators, civil society groups and individual activists.  

workshop is hosted by Project ONLINERPOL (www.fordigitaldignity.com) funded by the European Research Council (Grant Agreement Number 714285) at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Germany.



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Call for Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Administrator , Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2018

What are Blue Sky Workshops?


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


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


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions. New this year, we will accept Blue Sky Workshops through the paper submission website (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/).


The proposal timeline will coincide with the conference papers from 1 September - 1 November, 2018.

Each (session) proposal should contain:

  • a session title,  

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

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

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

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


If the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected by the Conference Planner and President-Elect, Terry Flew. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.


*Please make note that ICA cannot guarantee a particular room set (u-shape, classroom, etc.), and that audiovisual equipment WILL NOT be available in the Blue Sky rooms.


Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop?


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


When are proposals due?


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted through the paper submission website (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/) until 1 November 2018, 16:00 UTC.


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

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