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2019 ICA Awards

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington D.C. provided the Association and its members with an opportunity to celebrate excellence in the field by granting various awards. Congratulations to all the winners and sincere gratitude to all the members of the various ICA awards committees, who do tremendous work to select each of these recipients.

The 2019 ICA Fellows Book Award was awarded to Power without responsibility: Press, broadcasting and the internet in Britain (8th ed.). Routledge, by James Curran and Jean Seaton. The 2019 recipient, Power Without Responsibility by James Curran and Jean Seaton, was first published in 1981 (nearly 40 years ago), and has become the gold standard for serious historic and rigorous analyses of the relationship between journalism and society in the evolution of media studies. In its 8th edition, it has sold over 90,000 copies, has been translated into 6 languages, and remains replete with important analytical insights from its early work on the British press to current critical analyses of digital and social media. As a book that has stood the test of time, it is widely interdisciplinary, international in reach, and has shaped the landscape of both scholarship and public deliberations.

(Committee: Chair: Linda Putnam, Members: Jan Radway, John Hartley, Sharon Dunwoody, Liz Bird)

The 2019 Outstanding Book Award went to Ralina L. Joseph, U of Washington for her book Postracial resistance: Black women, media, and the uses of strategic ambiguity, published by NYU Press.  From the committee: “This is a brilliant analysis of postracial performativity in terms of strategic ambiguity. Through impeccable theorization and innovative methods, Joseph traces how Black women perform and negotiate race. Interviews with media writers, producers, and executives; audience ethnographies of young women viewers; and deep textual readings inform Joseph’s account, as she traces and presents the black perspective towards how people negotiate their identities in the process of watching. Ralina Joseph eloquently captures both a political sensibility and a mood that defines the contemporary moment. We have not seen such a deep analysis of Black women’s multiple relationships with media texts since Jacqueline Bobo’s seminal work on Black Women as Cultural Readers, and we consider this book worthy of similar forms of recognition and impact. The book’s relevance reaches beyond our field into neighboring disciplines and renders an invaluable contribution to our understanding of media

representations of class, gender, and race. Ralina Joseph has gifted our discipline with a work that will define, advance, and reinvent how we examine the question of race at this critical juncture.

(Committee: Chair: Zizi Papacharissi,  Members: Lilie Chouliaraki, John Erni, Vicky Mayer)

The 2019 Applied/Public Policy Research Award was given to May O. Lwin, Nanyang Technological U. As the committee reports, “Dr. Lwin led a team addressing dengue prevention in Sri Lanka. She successfully mobilized the use of social media to combat this disease, in the process getting the attention of local and global media. This in turn led to the Skoll Global Threats Fund – of social entrepreneurship fame – to invite her to continue and deepen the research. Her team developed the “Mo-Buzz” prototype tool to surveille and provide evidence of the disease vector, building on mobile phone and social media use in the country. The app’s data-gathering ability helped public health authorities to make faster, more accurate decisions about where to focus their attention.” 

(Committee: Chair: Sharon Strover,  Members: Idit Manosevitch, Aaron Shaw, Jonathan Corpus Ong, Melanie Wakefield)


The Outstanding Article Award of 2019 was awarded to: Joelle M. Cruz, U of Colorado-Boulder, for the article Invisibility and visibility in alternative organizing: A communicative and cultural model. Published in Management Communication Quarterly, 31, 614-639.

From the committee: “Dr. Cruz conducted an ethnographic study of a grassroots organization of market women in post-conflict Liberia, Africa. This grounded theory project draws on months of fieldwork for which Cruz even had to learn a new dialect. Using culture as the central anchor, she traces actual organizing practices that illustrate how organizing happens along shifting modalities of visibility and invisibility. Her results successfully challenge Western assumptions about communication practices in organizations, especially the often unquestioned preference for transparency. The article promises to be influential in the long term because of its fundamental extension of the notion of organizations as communication processes and products. Along the way, the study demonstrates impressively what "deWesternization" of communication research as a whole can look like.” 

(Committee: Chair: Elfriede Fursich, Members:Eike Rinke, Harsh Taneja, Leslie Steeves, Angharad Valdivia)

The 2019 Young Scholar Award was awarded to: Leticia Bode, Georgetown U.

The committee was impressed with the depth and breadth reflected in the scholarship of Associate Professor Leticia Bode. An award-winning researcher, Bode explores an area of communication, digital media, and political participation, that has significant theoretical and societal impact. Having been

recognized with a stellar collection of awards, including the Walter Lippman Best Published Article in Political Communication Award (2016) and the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Fellowship from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2015), Bode’s scholarship is at the forefront of theorizing the role of new communication technologies in politics and society. In the words of her nominator, Natalie Stroud, “The work is even more impressive because it changed practices. I have been to several internal meetings at Facebook where they directly cite this research as informing the platform’s change to using related articles to correct misinformation. To be at this stage in Dr. Bode’s career and have published research that not only is theoretically important, but that also influenced one of the most important social media platforms in the world, is impressive.” The committee agreed.

(Committee: Chair: Mohan Dutta, Members: Amy Nathanson, Frank Esser, Craig Scott, Isabel Molina- Guzman)

The 2019 ICA Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award is awarded to: Barbie Zelizer, U of Pennsylvania.  From the committee: “The influence of Barbie’s mentorship can be seen in all aspects of the discipline and has reach throughout the world. Her former students and mentees consistently go on to do great things and are recognized for their work, including in many, many awards for their papers and their books, and in their roles in leadership positions throughout the field. She sets high standards, yet she simultaneously guides her students and encourages them to cultivate their own voice and pursue

their passions. Her mentorship includes not only her students; we feel her influence throughout the entire discipline, as she has served in a multitude of leadership positions herself, including as former president

of ICA. Her nomination letters characterize her as thorough, responsive, inspiring, supportive, and exceptional. Her students characterize themselves as grateful, as privileged to have worked with her, and, indeed, as blessed to have been the recipient of her guidance. As one of her letters stated, "…there is such a thing as a Zelizer student, in the same way that there was a Schramm student or a Carey student or a Katz student. Like these others, a Zelizer student is not so much characterized by the imitation of one's mentor as by a unique voice participating in a shared conversation." We celebrate

Barbie’s role in enriching the lives of her students and of the discipline.” 

(Committee: Chair: Mary Beth Oliver, Members: Oliver Quiring, Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, Jennifer Bartlett, Dietram Scheufele)

The 2019 Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award, which honors a scholar for a sustained contribution to theoretical development or empirical research related to communication studies over an extended period, was granted to Michael D. Slater, The Ohio State U. 


From the committee: “Michael D. Slater is the ideal candidate for the Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award. He has produced truly exceptional scholarship, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, much of which is considered ground-breaking and paradigm-shifting. His work has advanced the field in terms of theoretical development, most notably through the extended elaboration likelihood model, reinforcing spiral  model, and the concept of narrative persuasion. In addition, he has spearheaded methodological advancement in the discipline among others but not limited to the area of advanced methods of longitudinal data analysis. Dr. Slater’s scholarship has significantly influenced core areas of the field (such as persuasion, media psychology, mass communication, health communication), and it has influenced communication scholarship across sub-disciplinary boundaries. Overall, he has made a sustained contribution to communication scholarship over almost 30 years, and his work has been a source of inspiration for multiple generations of scholars. 

(Committee: Chair: Thomas Hanitzsch, Members: Natalie Stroud, Sonia Livingstone, Radha Hegde, Sebastian Valenzuela)  

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Student Column: A Recap of the BlueSky Workshop in DC and a Farewell to Outgoing Members

Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University) & Sarah Cho (UMass Amherst), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In DC, the SECAC organized the Blue Sky Workshop titled “Can There Be a Life Beyond Academia? - Achieving Work-Life Balance as Young Scholars.” A very productive conversation followed after the highly motivating talks from the three resource speakers: (from left of the photo) Camella Rising (National Cancer Institute, SECAC 2017-2019), Tanja Bosch (Cape Town U.), and Mari Castañeda (U of Massachusetts, Amherst).



The Blue Sky Workshop hosted by SECAC provided an opportunity for graduate students and early career scholars to listen to the panelists and share their own work-life balance experiences, or the lack thereof, and discuss the challenges they face and the strategies they use to overcome these challenges. Some techniques that were highlighted in the discussion include:


 1.        Keep in mind that progress is not perfection (perfection leads to procrastination, which       leads to paralysis). 

2.        Seek out and connect with support networks. 

3.        Do not to hesitate to seek help from others. Talk to someone you trust. 

4.        If, necessary, get help from a therapist or psychologist. 

5.        Take time off for self-reflection and relaxation. 

6.        Practice mindfulness. 

7.        Take power naps and nature walks.

8.        Exercise, eat well, and strive to get enough sleep. 

9.        Place boundaries on checking emails. 

10.      Learn to say, “No.” 

11.      Use the institutional conditions to your benefit, and be strategic.

12.      When possible, push back against structural expectations. 

13.      Consider other non-academic jobs, which can be just as fulfilling. 

14.      Do what brings joy and fulfillment. Don’t force yourself to do what you don’t want to do. 

15.      Check out David Martin’s book, Dare to be Average.

Most importantly, in addition to outlining some strategies for achieving work-life balance, the workshop concluded with the unanimous idea from the panelists and attendees to have a continuing larger conversation on the topic, both virtually and in another face-to-face session.  Another major output from the discussion was the need to address institutional, systemic, and cultural factors that add pressure to the challenges of graduate students and early career scholars. 


The panelists were all beaming after sharing personal stories of how they coped with the challenges and the strategies they have used to achieve the much-needed life balance. We have received many positive responses regarding the topic and the content of the workshop, and SECAC is planning to continue the discussion about work-life balance of graduate students through its Facebook group page as well as a virtual workshop with Student & Early Career Representatives of divisions/interest groups in January 2020.


After the conference in DC, four SECAC members retired after serving two years in ICA. We appreciate the time and effort they have devoted to the ICA student and early career community, and we will try to adhere to and develop their perspective focusing on the “engagement and motivation” within young scholar networks. Thank you very much, Julie, Ido, Cam, and Sophia! Our outgoing members offer the following warm farewell to ICA:

It has been a great privilege to serve in SECAC and getting to see a little bit of the great work done “behind the scenes” by ICA officers and leadership. We are thankful for this opportunity and experience. We congratulate the new SECAC team, and we wish them the best of luck in continuing this important work of representing the student and early career members of ICA. We would like to encourage all early career scholars to get involved in our thriving community and participate in future SECAC activities. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new colleagues driven by similar interests and make new friends across the globe.

If you are interested in SECAC or want to learn more about what the committee does, please feel free to contact: Sarah Cho (Chair of SECAC) sarahcho@umass.edu, Myrene Magabo (Vice-chair of SECAC) mmagabo07@live.com.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Matt Guardino (Providence College) has published a new book, entitled Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in U.S. Public Policy (Oxford University Press). Framing Inequality focuses on how corporate news media have shaped public attitudes during pivotal policy debates across the neoliberal period. Drawing on a wide range of empirical evidence from the early Reagan era into the Trump administration, the book explains how profit pressures and commercial imperatives have distorted public policy coverage, with important implications for public opinion on issues related to rising economic inequality. In connecting this analysis to theoretical and historical insights from political communication and political economy, Framing Inequality highlights how the political-economic structure of popular news media can elevate some political messages over others. The book sheds light on how neoliberalism succeeded as a political project, as well as how Americans might begin to build a more democratic and egalitarian media system. 

To learn more about the book or to purchase a copy, please see: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/framing-inequality-9780190888190?lang=en&cc=us#





CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 30, 2019) – Karin Gwinn Wilkins, a leading scholar on global media who focuses on global communication and political engagement, as well as media and social change, has been named the new dean at the University of Miami School of Communication.


Currently associate dean for faculty advancement and strategic initiatives at the Moody College of Communication and professor of media studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Wilkins has held the John T. Jones Jr. Centennial Professorship in Communication at UT Austin since 2018. She also serves as editor-in-chief of Communication Theory.


She will begin her new role Sept. 1, 2019 as the fourth dean of the School of Communication, succeeding Dean Gregory J. Shepherd, who will continue to work on special projects for the University. Wilkins’ appointment was announced by Jeffrey Duerk, UM’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.


“Dr. Wilkins is an accomplished scholar, and an expert on the dynamic landscape of global media who will lead the School of Communication during these challenging and exciting times on how the world communicates,” said Duerk. “We are thrilled to have her join the University of Miami.”


Wilkins previously held the John P. McGovern Regents Professorship in Health and Medical Science Communication, was director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and chair of the Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program from 2010-2015. Prior to her tenure at UT Austin, Wilkins was a lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


“I’m delighted to join the University of Miami team. I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues at the School of Communication, and continuing our mission of preparing students for success and active engagement in our global society,” Wilkins said. “It will be exciting to continue to build on the strong foundation created by Dean Shepherd.”


Wilkins received both her master’s degree and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication. She received her bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, including a year’s study at the University of Edinburgh and a subsequent year with the American University in Cairo. 


The author of 13 books and nearly 25 book chapters, Wilkins is also co-editor of two book series and has published more than 30 journal articles. She is the recipient of more than $1 million in grant funding from various institutions, including the U.S. Department of Education.


Wilkins is an International Communication Association fellow, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and serves on the advisory boards for the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators, and Global Media and Communication. She also serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Popular Communication, the International Journal of Media and Mass Communication,the Journal of Communication, and the International Communication Gazette, of which she is also associate editor.

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

CFP: "Composing Climate Change: Atmosphere, Affect, Attention"

Departures in Critical Qualitative Research

Special Issue Call for Papers: Composing Climate Change: Atmosphere, Affect, Attention

Guest Editor: Joshua Trey Barnett (barnettj@d.umn.edu)

How to write of that which escapes linguistic capture? How to form into words and images precisely what slips the shackles of representational thought? How to describe what cannot, strictly speaking, be perceived? How to change climates in and through the activity of composition? How to compose climate change?

In some significant sense, such questions have become perennial. Of climate change, writers routinely ask and are asked, What can we do? Will it be enough? 

Such inquiries are all too often launched in the shadow of an unannounced instrumentalism aimed at somehow overcoming the challenges of composing climate change—its quality as both actual and virtual; the speculative and incomplete understandings of the phenomenon offered by modern science; the massive temporal and spatial scales on which climatic changes play out; and the feelings of guilt, indifference, and apathy that often infuse any mention of the anthropogenic causes of climate change and their parallel proposals for a technological “fix.” It is presumed that the task of writing is not simply to tell us of climate change, but to do so in ways that move us—to feel and think differently, perhaps, but primarily to act otherwise.

This special issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research seeks to hit the pause button to create a delay within which we might dwell on the ways that writing as both practice and product engenders heterogenous modes of feeling and thinking with and in and of and through climate change. How might halting the jump to evaluation, judgement, and representation help us to focus on atmospheres, affects, and modes of attention? How might experimental, aesthetic, creative, innovative, situated, grounded, poetic, formally rigorous, and reflexive writing generate and shift atmospheres and their attendant moods; stoke and stimulate affective sensibilities; and hone habits of attention that enable us to apprehend changes in and to the climate?

When we hit the pause button, when we refuse to reduce writing to its instrumentality, interesting projects pull into focus. Contributions to this special issue might, for instance:

- Describe rigorously the affective and atmospheric “feel” of climate change in high-definition prose that attends to the acute

- Grapple with the representational and writerly challenges of composing climate change

- Explore modes of writing as so many ways of cultivating forms of attention and awareness (in)appropriate to the Anthropocene 

- Evoke and consider the feelings of indifference, carelessness, pleasure, and apathy that are pervasive in everyday lived experience, but are all too frequently deleted or derided in scholarly accounts of climate change 

- Investigate how shifts in climate, often registered as shifts in the weather, portend shifts in attention 

- Articulate the interrelationships among weather, atmosphere, and mood through close and careful consideration of diverse bodily experiences of climatic shifts 

- Reflect on the limits of conventional climate change discourse while contemplating the risks and promises of other ways of composing climate change 

- Speak to and from the margins, from positions of induced precarity, to bring into focus the dangerously unequal distribution of the impacts of climate change and a warming planet

These are just a few ideas, though they suggest the general thrust of this special issue.

Part of what is at stake in the assembling of this issue is the open question of which genres, which modes and styles of scholarly discourse, might pull climate change and its attendant atmospheres, affects, and attentions into focus in novel, innovative, interesting, thought- and feeling-provoking, formally rigorous and reflexive ways. Thus, following the journal’s aims and scope, “performative writing, performance texts, fictocriticism, creative nonfiction, photo essays, short stories, poetry, personal narrative, autoethnography, and other arts-based critical research” are welcomed.

Submission Deadline and Guidelines

Deadline: 15 November 2019

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ucpress-departures

In the Cover Letter section, please indicate that the submission is intended for this special issue. 

Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, and between 4,000 to 5,000 words (including endnotes). 

If you wish to submit a manuscript that is significantly shorter or longer, please contact the Guest Editor in advance. 

Please refer to and follow the journal’s manuscript preparations instruction for authors: http://dcqr.ucpress.edu/content/submit

Review Process

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

Please direct inquiries about this special issue to:

Joshua Trey Barnett, PhD 

Department of Communication

University of Minnesota Duluth




Call for Papers | Women & Language

Editor: Leland G. Spencer, PhD | Miami University

Women & Language, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal publishes original scholarly articles and creative work covering all aspects of communication, language, and gender. Contributions to

Women & Language may be empirical, rhetorical-critical, interpretive, theoretical, or artistic. All appropriate research methodologies are welcome.

Affiliated with the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the journal espouses an explicitly feminist positionality, though articles need not necessarily engage or advance feminist theory to be appropriate fits for the journal, and articles that critically examine feminisms are welcome. Other potential topics include but are not limited to studies of human communication in dyads, families, groups, organizations, and social movements; analyses of public address, media texts, literature, activism, and other cultural phenomena; the role of gender in verbal and nonverbal communication, intercultural exchanges, listening, relationship building, and public advocacy; linguistic analysis; and many others. The journal operates from a nuanced and expansive understanding of gender, so contributions about sexuality, gender identity, and the complexity and limitations of gender as a concept are especially appropriate. Contributions that center intersectional perspectives are particularly encouraged, as are those that explore gender and language from non-Western or global perspectives. Articles published in Women

 & Language need not come from a communication perspective, but should reflect thoughtful engagement with language and/or communication processes or theory.

Submissions are welcome from scholars, students, activists, and practitioners at any stage of their careers. All submissions undergo rigorous peer review in a mentorship-centered process committed to developing excellent scholarship.

To submit, email Leland G. Spencer at


All submissions to Women & Language should be electronically submitted in a Word file. 

Articles should be prepared in standard American written English.

Preferred length for scholarly research and theory manuscripts is 6,000-10,000 words including endnotes and references; a 150-word abstract and 4-5 keywords should accompany submissions. Creative submissions may be shorter.

Preferred font is Times New Roman; following these guidelines will help in the retention of formatting.

Any accompanying graphic needs to be at least 500kb file size with a resolution of at least 150 pixels per inch. Authors are responsible for securing permission to reprint images, lengthy quotations, and other copyrighted material.

Prepare materials with no author identification on the manuscript itself, including in the Word metadata; otherwise, submissions should adhere to the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual. Please note that APA style requires DOI numbers for all digital references.

Articles for general issues are accepted on a rolling basis, with initial decisions typically issued in about 3 months.

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Dear ACSJ members,

I stepped down as ACSJ chair after this year's ICA conference and am sending this last email as ex-chair to announce the ACSJ new leadership and the ACSJ awards given out at our business meeting.

You'll see the new leadership listed on the ICA ACSJ webpage, as follows:

Anne Kaun, Chair

Media and Communication Studies

Södertörn U

Alfred-Nobels allé 13, 14189 Huddinge, Sweden


Todd Wolfson, Vice-Chair

Department of Journalism and Media Studies

Rutgers U

4 Huntington St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA


Rosemary Clark-Parsons, Secretary

Annenberg School for Communication

U of Pennsylvania

3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA


Liisa Sömersalu, Student/Early Career Representative

Media and Communication Studies

Södertörn U

Alfred-Nobels allé 13, 14189 Huddinge, Sweden


The following is a list of the ACSJ awards given out at the DC conference:

1. Outstanding Dissertation Award

Rosemary Clark-Parsons,

Doing It Ourselves: The Networked Practices of Feminist Media Activism


Gino Canella, 

Activist Media: Radical Filmmaking and the Networked Social Movements

This Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee consisted of Anne Kaun (chair); Tanja Thomas, 

U of Tübingen; Kevin Carragee, 

Suffolk University; and Liisa Somersalu (student representative), Södertörn University.

Below are the committee's remarks about the two winning dissertations:

Gino Canella’s dissertation entitled Activist media: radical filmmaking and networked social movements is based on in-depth ethnographic inquiries into the political struggles of the Black lives matter movement as well as a local labor rights movement. Canella became part of these struggles and contributed with his media productions to their work. His dissertation is a vivid example of how excellent public anthropology and engaged scholarship is contributing to the theoretical development of the field of media activism. 

Rosemary Clark-Parsons’ dissertation entitled Doing it ourselves: the networked practices of feminist media activism presents a sophisticated analysis of current feminist media activism in the USA while contextualizing contemporary forms of media activism historically and situating it in the long history of feminist organizing. The dissertation presents a well-grounded engagement with complex theoretical and empirical questions and is an important empirical contribution to the field of media activism studies. It is also a vivid example of the importance and depth of engaged scholarship that is considering itself as part of a political struggle towards social change.

2. Outstanding Book Award

Emiliano Treré, Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms (Routledge, 2018)

The Outstanding Book Award Committee consisted of Maria Petrova Bakardjieva, U of Calgary, Canada; Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths, U of London; Matt Reichel (student representative)

Rutgers U; and  Guobin Yang (chair).

Below are the committee's remarks about the book:

In giving this award to Hybrid Media Activism, the committee recognizes its strong contributions to the mission of the ICA Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group. The book is theoretically innovative and empirically rich. Covering social movements, activist collectives and political parties in Spain, Italy, and Mexico, the empirical analysis is based on 145 individual semi-structured interviews, 10 group interviews, 8 months of participant observation, as well as discourse analysis and qualitative content analysis. The book’s empirical focus on “Latin” specifications of activism represents a crucial step forward in the study of activism “from the South.”  Theoretically, Hybrid Media Activism offers a much-needed new conceptual vocabulary based on ecologies, imaginaries and algorithms that powerfully captures the communicative complexities of contemporary social movements.

3. Best Paper Award

Dan Mercea, “Cuing Collective Outcomes on Twitter: A Qualitative Reading of Movement Social Learning”

4. Best Student Paper Award

Yoav Reuven Halperin, “Reclaiming the People: Counter-Populist Online Activism in Israel”

5. Best Student Paper Runner-up

Terrell Jake Dionne, “Touring decolonial futures: Scripting toxic tours as a unit-length activity”

6. Best Poster

Minkyu Sung, “Balloon Warriors for North Korean Human Rights Activism: North Korean Defectors’ Dissenting Voices in Liberal Democratic Citizenship”

Congratulations to all award winners! 

It was an extraordinary honor to serve the ACSJ interest group. Thank you all for your support of ASCJ. I look forward to seeing you at next year's conference in Australia.


Guobin Yang



Dear CAM members,

I am sending this note on behalf of our beloved Dafna Lemish. If you attended the CAM business meeting at ICA, you know that we presented a gift to Dafna - on behalf of the division - at the editorial board meeting of JOCAM to thank her for everything she has done for the journal and our field. 

The gift, an artistic expression of Dafna's farewell column "A Room of Our Own", was beautifully received by Dafna. (You can see a copy of the gift on our Twitter account.) 

Dafna has asked if I can share the following with our division: "Thank you to my @icacamdivision colleagues and friends, my scholarly family, for all your kind words and amazing artistic expression of “A room of our own”. I am so proud and humbled to have had a role in building a scholarly community. Thank you for such an overwhelming acknowledgement."

If you haven't already, you can read Dafna's open access farewell column here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17482798.2019.1557813

Dafna - thank you for all you have done for us. 

With best wishes, 

Jessica Piotrowski




CFP Conference "Digital Communication" (German Communication Association's section on digital communication // Berlin, 6-8 November, 2019)

A defining—yet understudied—feature of digital communication is automation: the production of content, the distribution of information and messages, the curation of media use and the governance of content are all increasingly shaped and influenced by automated processes and automated actors.

Algorithms automate the production of content, algorithms operate the selection and filtering of information in news, news feeds and search engines, they attribute relevance and popularity, perform content moderation and fact-checking. Automated actors such as social bots participate both in organizational communication such as customer service and, as a potential force of manipulation, in election campaigns. While communication scholars have focused their attention on algorithms in diverse areas of the field, they can be studied as a means of the broader process of automating social relations and public communication.

Because automation takes place in hybrid media systems, automation is not restrained to social media platforms or apps, but also plays a role in journalism and legacy media, as well as in interpersonal communication. Algorithms write simple news articles, rank most read articles, and shape what journalists find relevant or newsworthy. Networked societies rely on permanent connectedness, all of which takes place in strongly automated, curated environments of data gathering, sharing, liking, commenting: monitoring complex actor-networks, self mass communication, or organizing protest through connective action.

The story of automating communication has two sides: the few who are shaping, designing, programming and implementing algorithms and other technologies, and the many who are using and are impacted by automated communication. In this regard, automation raises questions of power and power relations. Automating core features of democracy such as the assignment of relevance and legitimacy to issues, actors, and specific content, based on data and algorithms controlled and operated by a few private companies, challenges notions of transparency, due process, and legitimacy. What are the regulatory measures to curb this power? And are automation, algorithms, and artificial intelligence really meaningful answers to social problems?

Submissions may cover one or several aspects, please see: https://www.digikomm2019.de


Extended abstracts (4,000 to 5,000 characters, exclusive bibliography and any appendices) can be submitted by 16 June 2019 in electronic form (*.docx, *.rtf or *.odt; not *.pdf) as email attachments to submissions@digikomm2019.de The abstracts must be made anonymous by means of a separate cover page and the removal of all identifying information from the text and document settings.

All submissions will be evaluated in a peer review according to the following criteria customary in the German Communication Association: theoretical foundation, relevance of research questions, method/procedure, novelty/originality, clarity and conciseness of presentation. The results of the review process will be announced by mid-August 2019.


The conference will take place from 6-8 November, 2019 in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (FU Berlin) and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. More information will be added on the website, such as location, program, and social events: www.digikomm2019.de

Hosts and contact

German Communication Association, Digital Communication Division

Christian Katzenbach, katzenbach@hiig.de

Christian Pentzold, christian.pentzold@uni-bremen.de

Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society/FU Berlin and Alexander von Humboldt

Institute for Internet and Society

Ulrike Klinger, ulrike.klinger@fu-berlin.de

Christian Katzenbach, katzenbach@hiig.de

More information: https://www.digikomm2019.de

Dear CAT members,

We hope you enjoyed our annual conference in Washington, D.C. as much as we did. 

As noted during our business meeting, we need a few new CAT leaders!  Please consider this important service to the division.

This fall, ICA will hold elections across all the divisions, and CAT members will have vote on individuals who volunteer to fill the following positions. Please consider running for:


The Vice Chair position is a two-year term, which will involve division planning for the 2021 conference in Denver and the 2022 conference in Paris. After two years, the Vice Chair will automatically assume the Chair position in addition to serving as a representative on the ICA Board of Directors. In total, this position will involve four years of service, from June 2020 until May 2024. 


The Secretary position is a two-year term, which begins June 2020 and ends May 2022. Responsibilities include keeping and disseminating minutes of the division business meeting held during the annual conference, maintaining the division web pages within the ICA website, managing communication within the division, and working with the Vice Chair and Chair to handle division matters.


The International Liaison (a two-year position) should be a member of the CAT Division and will serve as a liaison between the CAT Division and the ICA Board to help further internationalize and diversify the Association as well as the CAT division. The CAT International Liaison will also serve on the Division’s awards committee.


This position is limited to students (or those who have obtained a diploma within the past five years) who are members of the CAT Division. The SECAC will assist the Director of the Doctoral Consortium with some planning activities and work with the officers in the business of the Division. The CAT SECAC will help the officers to enhance the graduate student experience within CAT and will be a contact person for graduate students within the Division to come to with issues, concerns, or ideas. This is a two-year term.

The commitment for all two-year positions will be from June 2020 – May 2022 (starting after the 2020 Australia conference and ending after the 2022 Paris conference). Attendance at the annual conference is expected while holding a division office. 

Self-nomination and nominations are welcome. If you are interested in running for either position, please send your name, current title/affiliation, the CAT position you would like to run for, and a 300-word (max) statement to German Neubaum (german.neubaum@uni-due.de) by 20 JULY 2019. Please put “CAT ELECTIONS” in the subject line. We are especially interested in hearing from active members from all geographical regions.

If you have any questions about the positions, feel free to reach out to us. If you’re a little hesitant and just need a nudge before self-nominating, shoot us an email. We will happily convince you that this is a tremendous opportunity not only to give back to the division but also to help shape its future. Given the recent events in our discipline, the next few years will be critical for shaping the future of the discipline and we encourage people with great ideas and vision to step forward and step up. 

Best wishes,

Nicole Ellison, CAT Chair

Ran Wei, CAT Vice Chair

German Neubaum, CAT Secretary





•       Call for nominations

•       CFPs

Dear members of the ICA Communication History Division,

I hope you are settling into the summer post-conference. We have a few quick announcements and reminders for you:

Call for nominations: CHD will be holding elections for two positions later this summer: 1) Vice Chair and 2) Student and Early Career Representative. If you have any questions and/or would like to express interest in a position (or nominate another member), please be in touch. 

Calls for Papers. Please see below for a call for papers from Heloisa Pait for the Emerald Book Series volume, “Media, Development and Democracy: historical and current connections.” 

“Media, Development and Democracy: historical and current connections.”

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Editor: Heloisa Pait

Connections between the emergence of national democracies, economic development, and the introduction of mass media have been studied for many decades, but there are still missing links in this complex web. In 1949, Daniel Lerner suggested the existence of a relationship between new media and the modern mentality in the Third World. Although much criticized, his insights influenced optimistic views of the impact of television and the internet around the globe. Here we ask a different question: what is the impact of State censorship and material restrictions on the press, in countries that have been witnessing continuous economic development?

Do restrictions on the functioning of the media in the formative period of a nation have long-term impacts on economic development? Looking from a different angle, can a limited labor market, with few formal vacancies in competitive firms, make literacy less rewarding, discouraging private investment in education? How do low literacy rates influence political culture and the nature of the public sphere in a modern society? In this volume, we would like to examine the multiple relationships between economic development, adoption of new media, literacy and education, and democratic culture.

We are interested in studies of so-called developing countries, and in particular those where there have been restrictions on the printing press, such as colonial Brazil and the Ottoman Empire, or which somehow differ from the Northern European and North American model of media development. We welcome papers using a variety of methods, particularly those bridging interdisciplinary gaps. Our goal is to point to new paths in the understanding of the challenges to achieving a free and just society.

We welcome papers that discuss public policy regarding educational or economic reforms within that larger investigative framework, as well as research on the experience of particular groups, such as women, people of African descent, or Marranos. The article “Liberalism Without a Press: 18th Century Minas Geraes and the Roots of Brazilian Development”, by the editor, which appeared on volume 18 of Studies in Media and Communications, further elaborates on the possible relations between media, development and the public sphere. Please send your inquiries to Dr. Heloisa Pait, heloisa.pait@fulbrightmail.org with the subject “Emerald Book Series”. Submissions should be sent before November 1, 2019.

Editor: Heloisa Pait is a tenured professor of sociology at the São Paulo State University Julio de Mesquita Filho. She has written on Brazilian telenovelas, on the role of new media in political action and on higher education in Brazil and in the United States. Heloisa Pait is an active participant of public debates; she has recently launched Revista Pasmas, an online women’s magazine. Her published articles are listed in the Lattes platform at www.bit.ly/helopaitLattes.

Contributing editor: Renata Nagamine is a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate Program in International Relations at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. She received her PhD in international law from the University of São Paulo Law School. Nagamine has worked as a researcher at the Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) and was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow with the Laureate Program in International Law at the University of Melbourne in 2018. Her areas of interest are international humanitarian law, human rights, and political theory.Her published articles are listed in the Lattes platform at http://lattes.cnpq.br

Thank you for working with us and sharing your feedback,

For Derek Vaillant (vice-chair) and Travers Scott (secretary), 

Nicole Maurantonio

Chair, ICA Communication History Division



Hello All, 

Thank you to all of you who made #ICA19 successful! From reviewing, submitting, presenting, and moderating, the Communication Law & Policy Division truly appreciates all of you labor. It was great seeing returning members and meeting new colleagues. Thank you also for making the CL&P business meeting and happy hour reception a success.

At the business meeting we discussed next year's annual conference to be held in Gold Coast, Australia, as well as other issues important to ICA and the Division. You can review the meeting notes here:http://tiny.cc/qr9h7y.

A few of the important actions I would like for you to consider include your participation as CL&P officer or part of 3 tasks forces that we are establishing. We will be holding elections   for the following officer positions:

°Vice Chair


°Internationalization Liaison

°Student and Early Career Liaison

We will also be establishing the following task forces:

°Law & Policy journal task force

°Mentorship program task force

°Annual conference CFP task force

If you are interested in participating in running for the officer positions, please send a short bio and expression interest for the office. Those interested in participating on a task force should also contact me as soon as possible.


Jasmine McNealy



Dear Environmental Communication Division members,

Time flies and it has been one month since our D.C. conference! If you are already missing everybody, don't forget that there are many photos of our panels, poster sessions, pre-conferences, and conviviality on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/290772487977547/

(“ICA Environmental Communication Division” group on Facebook). More photos are posted on our Twitter account at @ICAEnviroComm and hash tag #ica_env. 

At the 2019 conference season has drawn to a close, we want to get in touch about the events for 2020. The following items ask for your active participation and volunteerism. So please get in touch with us—we need you!

1)      Officer Elections (4 Positions) 

2)      2020 Gold Coast Preconference Planning 

3)      2020 Gold Coast Main Conference Planning

4)      2020 Dissertation Award

5)      Other CFPs

1) Officer Elections (Vice Chair, Secretary, Student Rep, International Liaison)

It is time to elect our next generation of officers! We are calling for nominations and self-nomination on four positions:

A.      Vice Chair (plan the conference program; miscellaneous duties; serve on the ECD leadership team; rotate to chair after a 2-year term)

B.      Secretary (take minutes during business meetings; miscellaneous duties; serve on the ECD leadership team)

C.      Student Representative (organize and gather feedback from students and early career scholar members; help organize ECD’s annual Graduate Student Pre-Conference; serve on the ECD leadership team)

D.      International Liaison (organize and gather feedback from members of less represented countries and cultures; liaise with ICA’s internationalization platform; serve on the ECD leadership team)

All four are formal ICA officer positions to be elected by all ECD members and will serve two-year terms (June 2020-May 2022). If you are interested or have already expressed your interest to me, please email your personal info (Name, Email, Institution, Position) and 200-word candidate statement (Why you want to serve; Your capacity to serve; How do you plan to serve) to xli8@babson.edu by July 14, 2019. The ICA-wide election period begins on September 1, 2019 and ends in mid October. 

2)      2020 Gold Coast Pre-Conference Planning

Next year’s ICA will be held at Gold Coast, Australia on 21-25 May, 2020. Interested in hosting a preconference on a topic of great significance to environmental Communication? We already have two potential sponsors offering to provide the funding and venue you might need:

A.      Griffith U: GU has a major campus on the Gold Coast; its Griffith Center for Social and Cultural Research has a strong focus on environmental communication issues and is very interested in working with ECD on any pre-conferences on their campus.

B.      Southern Cross U: SCU has a large campus close to the Gold Coast Airport, and would be very interested in hosting a workshop day with ECD to broadly look at the geology of media technologies, unpack and communicate about the resource extraction and environmental implications of media technologies and data storage.

If interested, please email me at xli8@babson.edu and I will put you in touch with Professor Susan Forde (from GU) or Professor Grayson Cooke and Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brusett (from SCU) to discuss further details. Or if you have other pre-conference ideas, don’t hesitate to contact me either. All pre-conference proposals are due to ICA on September 1, 2019. 

3)      2020 Gold Coast Main Conference Planning 

In the spirit of early planning, ECD reminds everyone that:

•       Please send ideas for innovative conference formats (e.g. research escalators, flashlight sessions) to help us draft next year’s CFP

•       After CFP is sent, *please* volunteer as a reviewer to help us with our reviewer shortage

•       When reviewing, please submit *qualitative* as well as quantitative comments— extremely important for improving the fairness of the review process

Also, the ICA headquarters asks us to send along these notices:

•       Stay at the hotel block – otherwise ICA needs to pay penalty to the conference hotel, which will lead to higher registration fees next year

•       Opt in for carbon offsets when you register for the conference, if you can

•       Book airlines as early as possible 

•       Apply visas ahead of time

•       Invite more members in Asian Pacific region to join and attend 

•       Stay longer after the conference! Have fun in Australia! 

4) 2020 Dissertation Award

ECD’s biannual dissertation award recognizes the best in doctoral research and dissertation writing in environmental communication. The winner will be awarded with a certificate and cash stipend during the annual business meeting. Candidates in any programs and institutions granting a Ph.D. in any aspect of environmental communication or related fields (e.g. environmental studies, political science, sociology) are invited to apply. 

A.      For this competition, dissertations completed AND successfully defended between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019 are eligible. 

B.      Dissertation advisor, dissertation committee member, graduate program director, faculty colleague, or the nominee may make nominations. Nominations have to be made with a cover letter indicating the scholarly strengths of the work. In the case of a self-nomination, a cover letter from the advisor must accompany the nomination.

C.      A manuscript that summarizes the key elements of the dissertation must be submitted with all nominations. The summary must:

a.      Not exceed 30 pages of text (double spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins) plus references, tables, appendix, etc.

b.      Clearly identify and include the rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, relevant literature, methods, results, and conclusions.

c.      Include a cover sheet that contains only the title and the abstract. All identifying information has to be removed from the text of the paper and the file properties.

d.      Be submitted as a single PDF document

e.      Full dissertations or chapters of dissertations will not be accepted for review.

f.      Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be returned without undergoing review.

D.      All materials must be received by March 1, 2020 and should be submitted via email to ECD Chair Xinghua Li (xli8@babson.edu).

***All of the items above have been announced at this year’s business meeting at D.C. If you weren’t able to attend, I am attaching the 2019 Meeting Minutes to keep you up to date: 


5) Other CFPs

•       ECD member Magdalena Klingler (U Augsburg) invites you to check out this international conference in Munich, Germany on February 19-21, 2020: “Practicing Evidence - Evidencing Practice How is (Scientific) Knowledge Validated, Valued and Contested?” Deadline for submission: September 15, 2019. CFP to be found here: https://www.evidenzpraktiken-dfg.tum.de/call-for-papers-practicing-evidence-evidencing-practice-how-is-scientific-knowledge-validated-valued-and-contested-munich-19-21st-february-2020/

•       Lyn Uhl, Editor of U of California Press wants to share with you a Call for Manuscript for their new book series—“Environmental Communication, Power, and Culture.” Please consider submitting a proposal. Details here: https://www.ucpress.edu/series/ecpc/environmental-communication-power-and-culture

Finally, thank you for being a member of our community. We look forward to starting the new cycle of 2020 with you! 

All the best,

Xinghua Li, Jon Schuldt & Franzisca Weder

Chair, Vice Chair & Secretary

Environmental Communication Division

International Communication Association 



Hi all ,

I am the incoming Chair of the Global Communication and Social Change Division. I want to thank all presenters, reviewers, moderators, respondents, chairs, well-wishers and so many more of you for your hard work for the division over the last two years as Planner and Vice Chair of division.

I want to thank Shiv Ganesh for his excellent leadership and mentorship during his time as Chair of the division. I hope I can live up to some of the expectations he's raised through his excellent work. As he moves on to be lead the Internationalization efforts of the larger ICA organization. 

Thanks also to all those who attended the GCSC business meeting yesterday and I hope several of you enjoyed the reception at Mission Dupont as well. 

At the business meeting there were several very productive suggestions - I look forward to working with all of you in making some of those suggestions materialize into action items. As I noted I am looking to work on mentoring issues - with a focus on emerging scholars from the global south but inclusive of students internationally. 

In addition I want to work on the social media issue - and increase our visibility while also considering various online/digital networked forms to increase division participation in ICA next year. 

To begin both the mentoring discussions and the social media work - I asked for volunteers to work with me. I have had some of you email me already. I'll sort through the emails over the next few weeks and will be in touch.

Regarding the social media presence - it looks like previous officers have set up at least TWO twitter accounts - none of which the current officers have access to. Problem of transfer of power here:) - Can those of you who have access to the various social media accounts for the division email me - at radhik@bgsu.edu - so I can resolve this issue? 

thanks all.

Enjoy the rest of the conference and I hope to see you all next year at ICA!

Radhika Gajjala



Greetings everyone, 

Thanks so much for all your support of the LSI division of ICA, and especially to those of you who were able to come to the conference in Washington, DC this year. Here’s a little(?) report about the conference, including an item I forgot to announce at the business meeting (arg! Every year!) and some important announcements. 


(thanks to David Boromisza-Habashi, program planner for DC’s conference, for this information)

We had 69 submissions this year and 40 acceptances across seven panels. Our acceptance rate was a bit higher than most recent years due to a high-density style “roundtable” for doctoral researchers’ works-in-progress (the “research escalator”). HUGE thanks to our 73 reviewers! 


Our top paper, top poster, and top student paper award winners can be found on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ICA.LSI.Division/). 


We are taking nominations for secretary. This is a great position for early-career faculty to get involved in ICA. If you are interested, please throw your hat into the ring! Also, start thinking about vice-chair/chair nominations, which are about a year away. It’s a longer commitment (four years rather than two) but thrilling to get a peek behind the curtain of what goes on in our division…


Our international liaisons are restarting a newsletter, which apparently was a past feature of our division and is even enshrined in our division bylaws. Another such item is a tribute panel meant to honor an outstanding intellectual contribution by a member of the LSI division. Please start thinking of people to put forward--we would vote on this at the next conference’s business meeting (May 2020). 


We had a successful post-conference co-sponsored by Georgetown University. Huge thanks to my co-organizers David Boromisza-Habashi and Cynthia Gordon. Everyone, start thinking of pre or post conferences for next year!


Various changes have come through via the Board of Directors, including a new association logo...but more importantly, I forgot to mention at the business meeting one of the motions approved, which relates to submissions. The old rule was that a person could ONLY be listed as an author on five submissions across all divisions. The new rule is that you can now be listed on an indefinite number of submissions, but can only be a solo or first author on THREE submissions (again, across all divisions).


Next year’s conference is in Gold Coast, Australia. We aim to:

*continue to focus on topical (rather than methodological) panels

*continue the “research escalator” panel

*work on getting more co-sponsored sessions

*work on having fewer papers per panel? easier to do if we have more panels, which require more active memberships when the association counts us: so renew your membership before August 1, please!

This is not a full report, which will be available in our business meeting minutes. As minutes are usually not circulated until shortly before the next business meeting, just let us know if you have questions or suggestions about anything. 

This is my last act as division chair: to welcome David Boromisza-Habashi, who will be chair through the 2021 conference; and Gonen Dori-Hacohen, who is the new vice-chair and who will become chair in 2022. A huge thanks also to secretary Natasha Shrikant and graduate student/early career representative Sarah Cho, both of whom have finished their terms--please welcome Kellie Brownlee, who is our new graduate student/early career representative. A complete list of the current ICA LSI officers can be found on our page at the ICA website (https://www.icahdq.org/group/language).

Thanks again and happy summer,

Jessica Robles

Past ICA LSI Chair

Dear ICA LSI members,

This will be a short email, to introduce myself. But, first I want to thank our outgoing chair, Jessica Robles for the wonderful job she did. 

If you do not know me, so my name is Gonen Dori-Hacohen (you can take the Dori out and find a couple of other older papers I wrote). I was born in Israel, have advanced degrees from Hebrew U, UCLA, and the U of Haifa, and now I am @ UMass Amherst. In all these organizations I worked with many leading LSI scholars. I have one wife, one daughter, and no pets (the number of pets and wives will probably not change in the future). My goals for the next few years is to run 10k under 45 minutes, publish a book (or three), and continue the strong tradition of LSI @ ICA.

I have a few ideas for the division, but first and foremost, I would work with the other officers on our internationalization. Our division is remarkably international, and we would like to expand that even further. So usually, I will be at IPrA right now, but I have a couple of other conferences in Helsinki this week, so I will only be represented in Hong Kong.  BUT if you are attending IPrA, please mention that our next meeting is in Australia to the people you talk with there. Chances are, some of the “local” people to Hong Kong may be happy to join us in Australia when the conference is closer to them (and since we are nice, maybe beyond!). This mentioning and efforts to get them to come to Australia will help our division grow.

Enjoy your summer or winter (in preparation for Australia),

Gonen Dori-Hacohen (Vice-Chair)



Greetings, members!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make the Washington DC conference a success. We greatly appreciate everyone who submitted, reviewed, presented, attended, and chaired. For those who couldn’t attend, we hope to see you in Gold Coast next year.

Below is information about:


- A summary of the Washington DC conference

- Notes about the upcoming 2020 conference in Gold Coast, Australia

- Notes about the upcoming 2019 regional conference in Bali, Indonesia 


Highlights from ICA 2019’s Board of Directors meeting, including the following items:

- ICA Code of Ethics 

- New editors for ICA journals wanted


Key points from our group’s business meeting at ICA 2019, including:

- New governance structure

- Join LGBTQ Interest Group team

- Awards


- Women & Language Journal 

All the best,

Lukasz Szulc, Eve Ng & Shinsuke Eguchi


* 2019 Washington DC conference *

- Washington DC was the biggest ICA conference to date, with 3,681 pre-registered attendees. The overall acceptance rate was 39,4% and our ICA LGBTQ Interest Group acceptance rate was 56%.

- LGBTQ Studies had four regular sessions, one extended session consisting of three “fast” sessions, and three posters. 

- Eve Ng co-organized the preconference, #CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media with Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division and co-sponsored by a number of other divisions and interest groups.

Social gatherings:

- We held a well-attended joint reception. There was a consensus among our members that in the following years we should try to organize our own receptions in queer venues.

- Greg Niedt organized an LGBTQ history walking tour, brilliantly combining historical facts with personal stories. Please, contact Lukasz or Shinsuke if would like to help us organize a similar walking tour in Gold Coast! 

- Lik Sam Chan, our Student and Early Career Representative, organized a number of one-to-one mentoring meetings. Please, consider to join our mentoring programme next year (either as mentor or mentee).  

* 2020 ICA conference, Gold Coast, Australia *

- Conference will take place in a conference center, rather than a large hotel

- There will be many accommodation options, including both traditional hotels and “condo hotels”

- ICA is preparing a travel cheat sheet with information about booking airfares & visa requirements


- ICA Board of Directors adopted new ICA-wide submission rules. For the next conference, you will be allowed to submit up to three first author papers across divisions and interest groups (including regular paper sessions, panels, roundtables, etc.) as well as unlimited number of papers where you are not the first author. 

- ICA LGBTQ Interest Group has its own submission rules: you can only submit one paper where you are the first author and one additional paper where you are not the first author to our interest group. We will keep our current format of extended abstracts (1,500-3,000 words) only. Please do NOT submit full papers; these will be automatically disqualified on the account of length. Both works-in-progress and completed projects are welcome, but please remember to indicate IN THE TITLE of your submission if it is a work in progress. We will send more detailed instructions soon. 


- If you are interested in proposing a preconference or postconference, there will be a call for proposals in the next month or two. 

- We have a number of people expressed interest in organized a preconference with us and we will be very happy to support those initiatives. Please, let us know if you would like to be involved in any of those preconferences:

o       Lik Sam Han would like to organize a preconference on Queer Digital Cultures in Asia Pacific 

o       Radhika Gajjala from the division of Global Communication and Social Change, reached out to us to co-organize a preconference on media and migration

o       Jelle Mast, from Visual Communication Studies division, would like to co-organize a preconference on visual communication and marginalized groups

* 2019 ICA regional conference, Bali, Indonesia *

ICA is organizing a regional conference in Bali, Indonesia, between 16 and 18 October 2019. The theme of the conference is “Searching for the Next Level of Human Communication:

Human, Social, and Neuro (Society 5.0)”. Deadline for submissions: 21 June 2019. You can find more information about the conference here: http://ic.aspikom.org/wp/

* Future conferences *

2020 – Gold Coast (AUSTRALIA)

2021 – Denver, CO (USA)

2022 – Paris (FRANCE)

2023 – Toronto (CANADA)


We discussed a number of financial, administrative, and governance issues.  Two items that may be of most interest to members are:

* ICA Code of Ethics * 

ICA Board of Directors voted to adopt a Code of Ethics, which you can find here: https://www.icahdq.org/page/EthicsTaskForce. The Code of Ethics is a result of many years of deliberation led by ICA Ethics Task Force, where our former co-chair, Eve Ng, played a key role. Thank you, Eve!   

* New editors for ICA journal wanted *

Three ICA journals are looking for new editors next year:

- Human Communication Research

- Communication Culture & Critique

- The Annals of ICA

If interested, please contact Robin Nabi (nabi@ucsb.edu), the chair of the ICA Publications Committee, for criteria and more information.


* New governance structure *

We have continually broadened the governing team of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group, which currently include:

- Two co-chairs: Lukasz Szulc (U of Sheffield, UK) and Shinsuke Eguchi (University of New Mexico, US)

- Secretary: Paromita Pain (U of Nevada, Reno, US)

- Student and Early Career Representative: Sam Lik Chan (U of Pennsylvania, US)

- Award and Nominations Committee: Alexander Dhoest (U of Antwerp, Belgium) and Eve Ng (Ohio U, US)

Special thanks to Eve Ng for all her A-M-A-Z-I-N-G work during the last four years serving as our co-chair. <3 We’re very happy that Eve will continue to work with us as a member of the Award and Nominations Committee.  

* Join LGBTQ Interest Group team *

This year we will hold elections for two positions:

- Student and Early Career Representative, which is a 2-year position for a student or an early career scholar who has obtained a diploma within the past five years

- Internationalization Liaison Officer, which is a 2-year position for anyone interested in helping ICA to become a truly international association

We will be sending more information about elections soon but please do contact Lukasz or Shinsuke in case you have any questions about those positions.

* Awards *

Conference waivers:

Of our five conference registration waivers, we gave one each to our top paper awardees, but our faculty awardee declined her waiver, so we were able to give it to our graduate student recipient of the Larry Gross travel grant. We also gave one waiver to our Outstanding Reviewer awardee, one to a scholar in a non-Tier A country (Eser Selen, in Turkey), and one to a graduate student (Runze Ding, a Chinese citizen studying at the U of Wisconsin).

Conference registration waiver – non-Tier A scholar:

Eser Selen, Kadir Has U Cibali Campus, Turkey

Conference registration waiver – student:

Steven (Yidong) Wang, U of Wisconsin, USA

We awarded LGBTQ Studies travel grants for the first time, splitting $1,000 between 3 attendees from outside the U.S. Travel grants are determined based on information about need and usefulness to professional development supplied in solicited applications.

Runze Ding, U of Leeds, UK $400

Woori Han, U of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA $300

Zhenchao Hu, Communication U of China, China $300 

Another travel award, from funds external to LGBTQ Studies, Larry Gross award:

Jessica Rauchberg, U of South Florida, USA $250 (plus a conference registration waiver originally awarded to Jessa Lingel for Top Faculty Paper)

Reviewer awards. Top reviewer awards determined by the co-chairs on the basis of detail and helpfulness of reviews.  

Excellent Reviewer award ($100 prize, awardee waived the cash award, added to Runze Ding’s travel grant):

Vincent Doyle, IE U, Spain 

Outstanding Reviewer award ($100 prize, conference registration waiver):

Traci Gillig, U of Southern California, USA

Top paper awards

Currently determined by average reviewer scores.  

Top Student Paper ($100 prize, conference registration waiver): 

Woori Han, U of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

“Networked Affect, Queer Sociality, and Cultural Production in the Korea Queer Culture Festival”

Top Faculty Paper ($100 prize, conference registration waiver, but awardee waived her waiver): 

Jessa Lingel, Uof Pennsylvania, USA

“Dazzle Camouflage as Queer Counter Conduct”


Call for Papers | Women & Language

Editor: Leland G. Spencer, PhD | Miami U

Women & Language, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal publishes original scholarly articles and creative work covering all aspects of communication, language, and gender. Contributions to Women & Language may be empirical, rhetorical-critical, interpretive, theoretical, or artistic. All appropriate research methodologies are welcome. 

Affiliated with the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the journal espouses an explicitly feminist positionality, though articles need not necessarily engage or advance feminist theory to be appropriate fits for the journal, and articles that critically examine feminisms are welcome. Other potential topics include but are not limited to studies of human communication in dyads, families, groups, organizations, and social movements; analyses of public address, media texts, literature, activism, and other cultural phenomena; the role of gender in verbal and nonverbal communication, intercultural exchanges, listening, relationship building, and public advocacy; linguistic analysis; and many others. The journal operates from a nuanced and expansive understanding of gender, so contributions about sexuality, gender identity, and the complexity and limitations of gender as a concept are especially appropriate. Contributions that center intersectional perspectives are particularly encouraged, as are those that explore gender and language from non-Western or global perspectives. Articles published in Women & Language need not come from a communication perspective, but should reflect thoughtful engagement with language and/or communication processes or theory.

Submissions are welcome from scholars, students, activists, and practitioners at any stage of their careers. All submissions undergo rigorous peer review in a mentorship-centered process committed to developing excellent scholarship.

To submit, email Leland G. Spencer at editorwomenandlanguage@gmail.com.   

- All submissions to Women & Language should be electronically submitted in a Word file. 

- Articles should be prepared in standard American written English.

- Preferred length for scholarly research and theory manuscripts is 6,000-10,000 words including endnotes and references; a 150-word abstract and 4-5 keywords should accompany submissions. Creative submissions may be shorter.

- Preferred font is Times New Roman; following these guidelines will help in the retention of formatting.

- Any accompanying graphic needs to be at least 500kb file size with a resolution of at least 150 pixels per inch. Authors are responsible for securing permission to reprint images, lengthy quotations, and other copyrighted material.

- Prepare materials with no author identification on the manuscript itself, including in the Word metadata; otherwise, submissions should adhere to the sixth edition of the American

Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual. Please note that APA style requires DOI numbers for all digital references.

- Articles for general issues are accepted on a rolling basis, with initial decisions typically issued in about 3 months.



Dear ICAMIS members,

Please find below a link to the minutes from the 2019 MIS business meeting, held at our recent conference in Washington.


See you next year on the Gold Coast.


Ramon Lobato (vice-chair) and Sora Park (chair)



Dear PopComm Membership:

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed safe and friction-free travels back from ICA. Thank you for a great conference!  Included in this message are a few important announcements as well as post-conference updates and highlights. Also, in case you missed the Business Meeting in Washington, you may read about the meeting here: 



Popular Communication gave out the following awards during the conference:

Top Paper:  Yupei Zhao and Jiayin Lu, “Positive energy vs. keeping it real: Political imperative and authenticity in the mainstreaming of a Chinese subculture” 

Top Student Paper: Kristin Fitzsimmons: "Gender Rolls: Women's Early Experiences in Tabletop Roleplaying"

Top Poster: Carrielyn Reinhard, “Eating Fandom: Investigating the Connections between Food Culture and Fandom”

Top Reviewer: Sharonna Pearl

Early Career Scholar Award: Elizabeth Ellcessor (UVA)

The division is also changing its process for award nominations. Please use the new form (linked below) to submit nominations for division and ICA-wide awards (book award, early career award, article award). 

Awards Form Link: https://forms.gle/jvwXbbGytt7udHWE7

Self-nominations are welcome. PopComm’s nomination deadline to the division is 1 November 2019. If you are unable to access Google Forms, please contact devon.powers@temple.edu for a PDF version of the form. 


Elections for Popular Communication Vice-Chair and International Liaison will be held this fall. If you are interested in either of these positions, please send an expression of interest to me at devon.powers@temple.edu no later than 1 August 2019.


All preconference proposals should be submitted via the online form on the ICA website by Friday 30 August 2019. Do not email your proposal. Preconference guidelines and a proposal form will be made available on the ICA website about upcoming deadlines.

Note that there will be 30 max preconferences accepted in 2020 (in 2019 there were 40-50). This is to ease the administrative burden on ICA.


Have an announcement? Want to share a CFP, grant award, or publication? Please use the following form to submit the information to us. If you are unable to access Google Forms, please contact devon.powers@temple.edu for a PDF version of the form. 

Publicity Form Link: https://forms.gle/dHj8qbAWC2wbVvZV9


Beginning with the 2020 conference, ICA will enforce a new policy limiting all attendees to three first-authored papers. This is a change from the previous policy of five submissions total. There is no official limit on second-authored papers, although the division’s goal is to get as many people to the conference as possible. 


Women and Language: https://www.womenandlanguage.org/submissions


1 August: Expressions of interest for officers

30 August: Preconference proposals

1 November: Awards nomination

Ongoing: Publicity 

Also, a  very special thanks to our dynamite officers, Melissa Aronczyk (Vice-Chair, Unit Planner 2020), Sriram Mohan (Secretary and Form Builder Extraordinaire) and Evie Psarras (Student/Early Career Rep and Social Media Expert). 

Thank you! As always, ask me if you have any questions. 


Devon Powers



Dear members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group,

We are currently soliciting nominations and self-nominations to run for the following positions for the Mobile Communication Interest Group: (1) Secretary, (2) Early Career Representative, and (3) Internationalization Liaison. This opportunity is an excellent chance to expand your disciplinary service and help our growing interest group continue to thrive.

Desired candidates are active members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group. Candidates must be able to attend the Mobile Communication business meetings at the ICA annual meetings in Gold Coast, Australia (2020); Denver, USA (2021), and Paris, France (2022).


The Secretary, along with the Chair, Vice Chair, and Past Chair, comprise the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will:

A. Assist in the conduct of business related to the Section.

B. Recommend members of the Section to serve on designated Association committees.

C. Recommend members of the Section for ICA awards.

As stated in the ByLaws,

(c) The Secretary shall maintain, distribute, and obtain Section approval of minutes for Section business meetings; manage the Section space on the ICA website and other external communication; distribute messages via the Section listserv as appropriate; assist the Chair in administering business meetings; and participate with the Chair in evaluating the quality of Section programs.

The secretary is a central position in the interest group, helping to contribute to building the membership and the general position of mobile communication within the ICA. The individual, along with other members of the Executive Committee, will be asked to attend sessions at the annual meeting to help work out logistical issues. 

Early Career Representative

As stated in the ByLaws,

The Early Career Representative shall assist the Executive Committee with planning Section activities and initiatives, and shall seek new Section members especially among scholars at an early stage of their careers.

This is an ideal position for a late-stage Ph.D. candidate or post-doc. The Early Career Representative should help circulate calls for proposals, take on ad hoc tasks, and encourage prospective members. The individual will work with the Mobile Communication Executive Committee members to develop programming and consider new projects that will strengthen the interest group and build the scholarly community. The position offers the incumbent visibility and the opportunity to network. The individual, along with members of the Executive Committee, will be asked to attend sessions at the annual meeting to help work out logistical issues.

The desired candidate is an early career researcher (pre-tenure) with research and teaching interests in mobile communication.

Internationalization Liaison

As stated in the ByLaws,

The International Liaison shall advise the Executive Committee on matters of geographical inclusivity, and shall seek new Section members especially in under-represented parts of the world.

Although Mobile Communication is one of the most global sections of ICA, the Internationalization Liaison is still important in a number of respects. Like nearly every other ICA unit, Mobile Communication would be well-served by more members from the Global South. It is also important to stimulate and highlight scholarship from/about these regions. In recent years, ICA has made a strong push in Africa and the results are promising. The Internationalization Liaison, along with members of the Executive Committee, will be asked to attend sessions at the annual meeting to help work out logistical issues.

Submitting Nominations

If you wish to submit your nomination, please send your nomination to Lynne Kelly, Chair of the Nomination Committee, before July 11. Your nomination needs to include a brief (no more than 300-word) statement in support of yourself or another person for the position to which you are submitting a nomination. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please also provide contact information for the candidate. Elections will begin with the September 1st ICA newsletter. If you have further questions about any of the positions or the nomination process, please contact Lynne Kelly (kelly@hartford.edu) before July 11th.



Greetings, fellow PD IG members & friends of public diplomacy –

It was a pleasure to see everyone again at ICA Washington, and to hear about the creative, interesting, and provocative work that’s being done in our field.  Thank you to all of the participants, authors, reviewers, panelists, and scholars who made this year’s PD IG a logistical and intellectual success. We’re excited about our continued growth as an interest group and looking forward to continuing to build momentum in the years ahead.  We’re also looking forward to seeing each other again, whether at ISA in Honolulu, ICA in Brisbane, or in the other ways and places to which our various collaborations bring us.

We have two announcements of calls for papers below.  We will also be sending to you shortly information on upcoming PD IG elections.  We are accepting nominations or self-nominations for the positions of Vice-chair, Student and Early Career Representative, and International Liaison.  We must have at least two nominees for each position, according to ICA By-Laws and we encourage all interested to step forward. If you wish to nominate yourself, please send a short bio and statement of interest (150-200 words total) to the PD IG Secretary, Steve Pike (slpike@syr.edu).  If someone nominates you, Steve will get in touch with you to ask whether you accept and request your bio/statement.  

The due date for all nominations and bios is July 12, 2019.

These are the functions of each position:

-- The Vice-Chairperson shall administer the selection of competitive and non-competitive papers/programs for conventions, including forming panel sessions, recruiting reviewers and notifying contributors and the Association of papers/programs that are selected; provide recommendations for maintaining the quality of convention programs; take care of the conference social events for the members (e.g., annual dinner and reception); and assist the Chairperson when requested, and assume the duties of Chairperson in the event the Chair is unable to fill that role.

-- The Student and Early-Career Representative (SECR) shall take care of the needs of student and early career members by communicating their needs and interests to the Chair and working with the other officers to develop initiatives that support the needs of the future generation of scholars; stimulate communication and exchange between these and senior scholars, and among graduate student and early career members; cooperate with SECRs of other ICA Divisions; assist the Secretary with the Division’s newsletter, website and other communication forums; and generally assist the Division officers when requested.

-- The International Liaison shall gather opinions and feedback from members of less represented cultures; liaise across the divisions and interest groups on general issues that go beyond any given unit of ICA, using in particular the online internationalization-platform or i-Platform;

assist in the planning of ICA annual conferences, helping the chair and vice-chair to pay attention to participants from ethnic-minority communities and the developing world who may need extra help; identify the needs of young scholars, especially those from non-English-speaking countries, who may need the training of particular skills (e.g., writing, data analysis); participate in and facilitate other ICA internationalization activities such as regional conferences, mentorship programs; and take initiatives to suggest new ideas for improving ICA’s overall internationalization endeavors.

Good luck with all your summer endeavors, enjoy your vacations, and warm regards from your PD IG leadership team.

Alina Dolea, Chair

James Pamment, Vice-Chair

Steve Pike, Secretary

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Fourth Annual Conference of the International Place Branding Association

Submission Deadline


This is a reminder that the final full-paper (or abstract without full-paper) submission deadline for contributions to the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Place Branding Association (IPBA): Hosted by the University of Thessaly Department of Planning and Regional Developmentis fast approaching. Feedback on abstracts submitted on May 5 will be sent soon.

Registration is open at: http://www.placemarketingbranding.gr/4thannualconference/fees-registration/


Please find the pdf with themes, publication plan, submission guidelines and key dates here(http://www.placemarketingbranding.gr/4thannualconference/call-for-papers/).


We invite research papers, doctoral colloquium posters, practitioner case-studies and artwork. The conference aims to bring together scholars, practitioners and students of place branding and related fields (nation branding, public diplomacy, city branding, country branding, destination branding). The conference will host a valuable discussion around this fascinating cutting edge intersection of marketing, tourism, economic development, events organisation, heritage management, spatial design, public diplomacy and human geography.


Volos (Greece): 27-29 November 2019       

Venue: U of Thessaly Department of Planning and Regional Development


Stay informed:

Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/IPBApage/

Indicate your intention to join the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2442801219125833/

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/IPBA_Conf

IPBA website: www.placebranding.org  

Conference Website: http://www.placemarketingbranding.gr



Submission of abstracts closes: May 5

Submission of full papers / abstracts without full papers / cases /posters / artwork closes: July 5

Feedback to authors: September 5

Resubmission of papers / cases / artwork: October 5

Early Bird Registration closes: October 5

Registration closes: November 5

Conference: November 27-29

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Call for Papers | Women & Language

Editor: Leland G. Spencer, PhD | Miami U

Women & Language, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal publishes original scholarly articles and creative work covering all aspects of communication, language, and gender. Contributions to Women & Language may be empirical, rhetorical-critical, interpretive, theoretical, or artistic. All appropriate research methodologies are welcome. 

Affiliated with the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the journal espouses an explicitly feminist positionality, though articles need not necessarily engage or advance feminist theory to be appropriate fits for the journal, and articles that critically examine feminisms are welcome. Other potential topics include but are not limited to studies of human communication in dyads, families, groups, organizations, and social movements; analyses of public address, media texts, literature, activism, and other cultural phenomena; the role of gender in verbal and nonverbal communication, intercultural exchanges, listening, relationship building, and public advocacy; linguistic analysis; and many others. The journal operates from a nuanced and expansive understanding of gender, so contributions about sexuality, gender identity, and the complexity and limitations of gender as a concept are especially appropriate. Contributions that center intersectional perspectives are particularly encouraged, as are those that explore gender and language from non-Western or global perspectives. Articles published in Women & Language need not come from a communication perspective, but should reflect thoughtful engagement with language and/or communication processes or theory.

Submissions are welcome from scholars, students, activists, and practitioners at any stage of their careers. All submissions undergo rigorous peer review in a mentorship-centered process committed to developing excellent scholarship.

To submit, email Leland G. Spencer at: 


Submission Guidelines: 

•       All submissions to Women & Language should be electronically submitted in a Word file. 

•       Articles should be prepared in standard American written English.

•       Preferred length for scholarly research and theory manuscripts is 6,000-10,000 words including endnotes and references; a 150-word abstract and 4-5 keywords should accompany submissions. Creative submissions may be shorter.

•       Preferred font is Times New Roman; following these guidelines will help in the retention of formatting.

•       Any accompanying graphic needs to be at least 500kb file size with a resolution of at least 150 pixels per inch. Authors are responsible for securing permission to reprint images, lengthy quotations, and other copyrighted material.

•       Prepare materials with no author identification on the manuscript itself, including in the Word metadata; otherwise, submissions should adhere to the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual. Please note that APA style requires DOI numbers for all digital references.

•       Articles for general issues are accepted on a rolling basis, with initial decisions typically issued in about 3 months.



Dear friends, colleagues, and PRD members,

Greetings from the Division’s new leadership team! It was wonderful to see many of you at the DC conference. As I recently took on the role of Public Relations Division Chair, I would like to thank all presenters, reviewers, chairs, discussants, well-wishers and a lot of you for your service for the division over the last two years when I was the Vice Chair and Program Planner.

First of all, we would like to show our appreciation to Katerina Tsetsura, the immediate past division chair, for her contributions to the division as the division chair for the past two years. We also want to thank Sophia Charlotte Volk, who did a great job organizing the ICA 2019 PRD PhD Workshop before stepping down as the Student & Early Career Representative. 

We now welcome Ansgar Zerfass (Vice Chair) and Grazia Murtarelli (Student & Early Career Representative), joining Erich Sommerfeldt (Secretary) and yours truly (Chair) for the ICA PRD Leadership Team, 2019 – 2020. We are all ready to do our best to serve the members and the division.

Very soon, we will start forming a couple of ad-hoc committees (for example, mentorship committee), and will call for participation on joining these committees. Detailed information will be provided in due course. Membership in these committees is reserved to division members. 

We will continue and consolidate the effort of nominating ICA Fellows from our division. If you have any name you would like to nominate, please contact me in this matter. 

For my term as the Division Chair, one of the goals is to enhance the division’s visibility across the globe. Following ICA’s plan, we especially hope to engage members and friends in Latin America and Africa. As a result, with this email, I also would like to call for nominations for the new Internationalization Liaison representative to be elected in September/October. We planned to have two nominations. During the business meeting in Washington DC, we actually had two nominations for this role. As some members were not at the business meeting, we are happy to continue the call for nomination via this email. Any interested candidates please send your name, affiliation, and contact information to me (flora.hung@gmail.com) by 25 June, 2019, EST. Please kindly note that your nomination will be considered when you receive my reply. ?  If you have any question regarding this role, you are more than welcome to contact me. 

Wish you all a peaceful summer/winter!!

Kind regards,

Flora Hung-Baesecke

ICA Public Relations Division Chair

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Department of Life Sciences Communication
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Visual Communication

UW-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication is searching for a tenure-track assistant professor in visual communication. The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record in science communication with a focus on visual communication. This might include but is not limited to data visualization, data journalism, (visual) information processing, visual literacy, and/or visual aspects of communication campaigns. Ideally, the candidate’s work will be relevant to one or more of the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) key strategic areas (health, food, bioenergy, climate change, community development, ecosystems; https://cals.wisc.edu/about-cals/strategic-planning-a-progress-report/priority-themes/) as context of inquiry.

The candidate will teach cutting-edge courses in science (and visual) communication in one of the college’s fastest-growing undergraduate majors. The successful candidate will also advise Masters and Ph.D. students and teach graduate level courses in LSC’s M.S. programs and in our Ph.D. program (jointly administered with UW’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication), one of the most highly-ranked graduate programs in communication internationally.

The position carries a commitment to the three functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach/service, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank.

The ability to work in interdisciplinary settings and willingness to work with units across CALS will make this new colleague a perfect addition to our faculty.

UW-Madison is an AA/EEO employer. For more information or to apply: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/501670/assistant-professor-science-communication


Department of Journalism and Creative Media

Assistant Professor in Media Law

The Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the area of media law. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach courses that focus on the First Amendment and/or other media-focused law. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in mass communication and/or a J.D. before the start date of Aug. 16, 2020. Candidates should demonstrate strong potential for successful undergraduate and graduate teaching in media law courses, and for developing a program of scholarship suitable for tenure consideration in an accredited program. The ability to teach in another area, such as ethics or investigative journalism classes, is desirable. Salary is competitive.

Screening of applications begins September 1, but applications will be accepted until the search is completed. UA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

The Department of Journalism and Creative Media is home to 900-plus undergraduate and master’s students. It is part of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, whose 3,000-plus students include more than 50 doctoral students. Additional information about the Department, the College and the University is available at www.cis.ua.edu

Address questions to search committee chair Dr. Chris Roberts at croberts@ua.edu. To apply, visit https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Attach an application letter, vita/resume and names, addresses and contact information for at least three references.



Annenberg Public Policy Center

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Political Communication

As part of its Annenberg Center for the Advanced Study of Communication, the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania’s postdoctoral fellowship program is accepting applications for a 1.5-year appointment from January 15, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Fellows in the program will work closely with APPC researchers and distinguished research fellows on a 2020 election/Institutions of Democracy (IOD) study examining the effects of communication on susceptible voters.

More information about APPC and its Political Communication research can be found at: https://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/political-communication/.

Applicants should submit a letter of nomination from a dissertation adviser as well as a curriculum vitae, a letter describing the applicant’s scholarly interests, and contact info for the dissertation advisor and at least one additional reference. Fellows will receive a stipend of $65,000 per year (or $5,417 per month) and serve in a 17.5-month appointment, beginning January 15, 2020.  Health insurance will be covered by APPC. A taxable allowance of up to $1,500 will be provided to offset pre-approved, receipt-documented relocation expenses, and APPC will reimburse up to $2,000 in travel to high-level conferences to present APPC research.  

We are seeking fellows with strong statistical and methodological skills.  Experience working with panel studies and GIS mapping is desirable. A Ph.D. degree completed within the last five years is required. 

Please send the letter of interest, CV, and names of two references to Lena Buford at lena.buford@appc.upenn.edu. The letter of nomination should be sent to the same email address by the dissertation adviser. 

Deadline for submission is August 15, 2019.  Earlier submission is encouraged.


Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication (Open Rank)

Health Communication

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication who is a quantitative social scientist in the area of health communication. We seek a colleague whose work will expand our theoretical and empirical knowledge of health communication and whose teaching will enlighten and inspire our undergraduate and graduate students. We place high value on work that addresses important societal issues with the potential for broad social impact, that is attuned to and responsive to social and cultural disparities in the health domain, and that ideally does or could leverage existing (e.g., TV, radio) and emerging technologies (e.g., games, artificial intelligence, sensor and smartphone technologies, social media technologies, innovative tool/app development/use; web-based interventions).   

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field and demonstrate excellence in at least one programmatic line of research that addresses important societal issues and practical real-world applications. Candidates should ideally also have expertise in a range of media and emerging technologies and relevant content domains (e.g. persuasion, intra/interpersonal communication; media effects).  In addition, candidates should have robust quantitative analysis skills and be prepared to and willing to teach courses in statistics and methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A background and an interest in grant writing are also desired. 

The Annenberg School is committed to fostering a culture and climate of tolerance, diversity and inclusion, as is evident in the Schools' various centers and initiatives (https://annenberg.usc.edu/research). Consequently, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in accordance with the University's mission to ensure equal opportunity (see below). 


To be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Employee Recruitment Services website at the following link https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/assistant-or-associate-professor-of-communication-open-rank/1209/12223829. Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, samples of recent refereed publications and the names of three references. Final candidates will be requested to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search, attention Lynn Miller, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281. Applicants may direct questions to Billie Shotlow: (shotlow@usc.edu) or (213-821-2718) regarding the search process. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

Review of applications will commence on July 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed: We intend to move quickly, therefore, applying early is highly encouraged. Questions or concerns about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Lynn Miller at lmiller@usc.edu.


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

U of Michigan

Department of Communication Studies

Faculty Opening Beginning Fall 2020

Media, Culture, and Society, Open Rank

The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan invites applicants for one tenure-track or tenured position to complement and expand our strengths in media studies, media history, and critical-cultural studies.

We welcome applications from scholars working on contemporary or historical processes of mediated communication, including media content, forms, and technologies; transnational flows of media and information; the impact of media and communication technologies on culture and society; and the relationship between media and collective memory, including class, gender, ethnicity, race, and sexuality. We are especially interested in scholars studying television and the televisual, particularly TV's content, practices, and evolution in the digital era. We seek a scholar whose research methods include one or more of the following: textual/visual/aural/discursive analysis, archival research, close analysis of industry records, trade press, and government documents, or ethnographic methods including participant-observation, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. The candidate will play an important role in further strengthening our qualitative and critical study of media, culture, and society. 

Job duties include research activity, teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, and service to the department, school, university, and profession. The anticipated starting date for this university-year appointment is September 1, 2020. 

All applicants should send a cover letter, a vita, a representative publication, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of current and future research plans, and a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Preference will be given to candidates with Ph.D. in hand at time of application. Ideal candidates will have taught at the college/university level for at least two years. Junior applicants should provide names of three references. 

Information on our research initiatives and scholarly interest of current faculty can be found on the Department’s website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/comm. All applications must be submitted electronically to: webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1218 

For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by August 26, 2019.

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights of each individual, without regard to race, color, national original, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

For questions about potential fit and your application please email UM.MediaStudies@umich.edu.

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President’s Message: ICA: Looking back, looking forward

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Monday, May 6, 2019

With the ICA annual conference a few weeks away, I’m delighted to share with you a final set of updates and reflections on this year’s efforts and initiatives (and a sneak peek as to what is on the horizon).

International partnerships, conferences, and growth

Last year, during ICA’s annual conference in Prague, I met with Rafael Obregon and Charlotte Lapsansky, two colleagues from UNICEF, as well as Radhika Gajjala of Bowling Green State University, who is also affiliated with the Global Alliance for Social and Behavioural Change. Our conversation that afternoon revolved around possible collaborations between UNICEF and ICA– perhaps a student fellowship or a faculty sabbatical of sorts. How could each organization benefit from such formal ties? What could each bring to the table?

Conversations about developing such institutional linkages were not the first between representatives of our respective associations – nor will they be the last (ICA president-elect Terry Flew is continuing these discussions). Regardless of who sits at the table, potential initiatives can emerge organically as organizations find natural allies in a given arena, and sometimes they stem from a happenstance meeting of individual minds or interests. With members who are geographically dispersed and engaged with communication phenomena from all corners of life, ICA is fortunate to be able to leverage resources that allow for growth – especially in parts of the world where the communication discipline has a less visible footprint.

This past year is a testament to that. In October 2018, the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies at Universiti Teknologi MARA in Selangor, Malaysia, hosted an ICA regional conference, “Media Transformation: Shifting Paradigms and Global Challenges.” The following month saw another regional conference in Accra, Ghana. Organized by the School of Information and Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, this meeting focused on African digital cultures, with an eye toward emerging research, practices, and innovations. ICA also lent its name to an affiliated conference held in Germany, the Open Social Science Conference (OSSC19), held in January 2019 and organized by the Mannheim Center for European Social Research.

On the near horizon, scheduled for October 2019 in Bali, Indonesia, is our next regional conference, titled “Searching for the Next Level of Human Communication: Human, Social, and Neuro (Society 5.0).” And another ICA-affiliated conference, the International Conference on Trends in Media and Message, will convene this November 2019 in Dubai, UAE. We are grateful for the efforts of individuals both within and outside of ICA who have taken the initiative to spearhead such intellectual efforts.

ICA is also taking steps to strengthen ties with its association members, institutions that have some intellectual kinship with us – for instance, the Chinese Communication Association, Media Ecology Association, and the International Environmental Communication Association, to name but a few. As part of their membership fee, association members are invited to host one panel session during the annual conference, and we will have nearly 20 such sponsored panels this year. In Washington DC, the Executive Committee will be meeting with representatives from these associations to identify common interests and build stronger ties and partnerships that will allow ICA to grow its disciplinary and geographic presence.

Enhanced visibility and impact of journals

If a professional association can be anthropomorphized, the heart of ICA’s intellectual being is the scholarship that appears in its journals. ICA’s six journals span the broad swath of theories, methods, and approaches embodied in communication scholarship, and the five-year impact factors for the ranked publications range from a robust 3.3 to nearly 6.5. Though some eschew impact factors (indeed, they are only one – and increasingly less frequently deployed – way of assessing visibility and impact), these figures point to the longstanding desire to get research “out there.”

With open access at our collective doorstep, ICA’s task force on this issue will delve into how our members and publications will be impacted. Given how Plan S will require publicly funded European research to be published in open-access journals as early as 2020, the task force will be collecting data to map the terrain and identify how publication constraints vary across funding agencies, institutions, and countries. The task force’s remit also includes reviewing business models, the viability of specific levels of article-processing charges, potential open-access initiatives, and how open-science practices can tie into open access.

Amidst these shifts in the publishing landscape, ICA journals remain in capable hands. This past year saw an editorial transition at Journal of Communication, from Silvio Waisbord (George Washington U) to R. Lance Holbert (Temple U). Lance joins an impressive team of ICA journal editors: Sarah Banet-Weiser (London School of Economics) and Laurie Ouellette (U of Minnesota), who are at the helm of Communication, Culture, & Critique; David Ewoldsen (Michigan State U, Annals of the ICA); Eun-Ju Lee (Seoul National U, Human Communication Research); Rich Ling (Nanyang Technological U, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication); and Karin Wilkins (U of Texas, Austin, Communication Theory). Karin’s term ends next year, and the Publications Committee, chaired by Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara), has selected her replacement; this decision will be announced in Washington, DC.

Bolstering ICA, Supporting its Members

Behind the scenes this past year at ICA were key efforts to further strengthen the association. After all, the health of any organization should never be taken for granted; hence ICA’s call for engagement this spring. With an online mechanism by which members can express an interest in serving on a committee or task force. we now have a larger pool of volunteers – one with ostensibly greater intellectual, institutional, and geographic breadth – from which the incoming president can draw when filling committee vacancies. This call for engagement worked extremely well and we are eager to see even more names come over the transom in the years to come.

ICA’s standing committees work on a host of areas, including awards, publications, membership and internationalization, and others. Alongside these committees are task forces constituted around specific charges. The Visual Identity Task Force, chaired by Anthony Fung (City U of Hong Kong), has been working with a design company to create a consistent, globally recognized visual identity for ICA. In addition, the sustained efforts of the Task Force on Ethical Considerations, cochaired by Lee Humphreys (Cornell U) and Eve Ng (Ohio U), have been revising ICA’s Code of Ethics. Integrating input from numerous stakeholders, this team has grappled with sensitive issues ranging from codes of conduct to ethical considerations for social-media use. The newly formed Strategic Planning Task Force, cochaired by Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barbara) and Karin Wilkins (U of Texas, Austin), will start its work this year to determine how ICA can best move forward given its multiple spheres of activity, its growing membership, and a continuously evolving discipline.

We are heartened by the professional-development opportunities that await conference attendees in Washington, DC. The program boasts eight preconferences devoted to graduate-student research as well as Blue Sky Workshops on topics as varied as work-life balance for young scholars, multimodal research, and preregistration. ICA appreciates the integration of workshops in regional and affiliated conferences: The Accra regional conference included a student mentorship session, while the OSSC19 conference ended with a workshop on research transparency and reproducibility.

ICA’s successes do not rest on the efforts of a single individual, and our accomplishments are the result of effective teamwork. This past year, I have witnessed the Board of Directors, committees, and task forces keeping the trains moving, sharing creative ideas, and raising trenchant questions, all of which have been instrumental in strengthening ICA. Similarly, I’ve had the immense pleasure of partnering this past year with an Executive Committee that appreciates diversity of thought, carefully assesses benefits and risks, and thinks strategically. Alongside ICA executive director Laura Sawyer, past presidents Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), Peng Hwa Ang (Nanyang Technological U), and Paula Gardner (McMaster U), president-elect Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), president-elect-select Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), and treasurer Peter Monge (U of Southern California) have been invaluable partners at the table.

Whether through their own research and/or volunteer efforts, ICA members have evinced great commitment to the larger enterprise. The advancement and sustaining of any community must come from within, so these individual and collective efforts are vital.

Thank you all, and see you in Washington, DC!

Tags:  May 2019 

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ICA President-Elect- Q&A app for ICA19

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Monday, May 6, 2019

The ICA19 Conference in Washington, DC will, for the first time, make use of a Q&A app for the opening and closing plenaries. In order to allow for the widest range of questions to come from the floor, the “Session Q&A” section will allow for questions to be submitted form the app, which will then be put to the panellists by the moderator. The Session Q&A software will be included in the ICA19 conference app, which will be downloadable shortly from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The closing plenary will be on the theme of ‘The future is bright, the future is… news media beyond its current boundaries’, from 12:30 - 13:45 on Tuesday, 28 May. We are excited to announce that Judy Woodruff, the anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, will be joining the panel, along with Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen and Executive Director of First Draft News, Claire Wardle. They will be participating in a discussion with the incoming ICA President Claes de Vreese and former ICA President Barbie Zelizer, chaired by Hilde van den Bulck. Particular thinks go to Barbie Zelizer for her work in securing the plenary speakers.

For those of you staying to the end of the Conference, we are pleased to say that there will for the first time be a #ica19 Closing Toast/Celebration from 16:45 to 17:30 on Tuesday, 28 May.  If you're a die-hard ICA fan still standing at the end of the conference, and not already at Reagan or Dulles airports, please join the Executive Committee, Board, and ICA staff in the Heights Courtyard after the final session to toast a successful conference! Champagne, wine, and non-alcoholic summer refreshments will be served. It is a particularly good opportunity to say thank you to the ICA staff who ensure the event’s success.

Tags:  May 2019 

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What to Expect at ICA2019

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Senior Manager of Conference Services, Monday, May 6, 2019
The conference in Washington, D.C. will not have any big changes but rather continuations of popular events and services.


We will provide shuttle buses that will run at regular intervals between the headquarters (Washington Hilton) and the Omni Shoreham. Shuttles will be accessible using your conference badge at no charge. A schedule will be published on the app and online prior to conference, along with signage in the lobbies of the hotels.


Just like the past three years, ICA will provide childcare services during conference hours this year. Registration is now closed for ICA Kids 2019. But, if you would like to learn more about what we are offering this year, read this past article.


Another popular activity that started two years ago and will be continuing again this year is morning yoga! Start your day off right with sun salutations and downward dogs. Join ICA every morning for a free Power Vinyasa style session. This class is all levels, from beginner to advanced. Mats will be provided. Outdoor class will be canceled in case of rain. Instructor: Asrat de Gaga, certified yoga and martial arts instructor for Hilton’s spa. Yoga sessions will be offered Saturday to Tuesday, from 7:00 to 8:00 on the Heights Courtyard West (Washington Hilton, Lobby Level (near McClellan's Sports Bar).


Back by popular demand, ICA’s three conference poster sessions will be within the exhibit hall this year (International Terrace (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)). There will be a poster session on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Saturday, 25 May and Monday, 27 May will have afternoon sessions from 12:30–13:45. Sunday, 26 May will have a late session from 17:00–18:15. Each poster session will be 75 minutes long. If you are participating in one of these three poster sessions, please make note of the correct date and time you are assigned to.



This year, there will not be just two Fellows panels, but three! Each year ICA honors its newly inducted Fellows from the prior year with a special panel. This year our new Fellows panels will be a roundtable discussion on each Fellow’s career contributions and their reflections on our past and the future of communication studies. All three panels will take place in Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level) on Saturday, 25 May, Sunday, 26 May, and Monday, 27 May. Fellows panel I and III will be afternoon panels from 12:30–13:45, and Fellows panel II will be a late panel from 17:00–18:15.

The ICA staff are working hard to make sure ICA’s 69th Annual Conference will be another memorable year for our members and attendees!

Tags:  May 2019 

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Do You Need a New Professional Photo?

Posted By Julie Arnold, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services and Governance , Monday, May 6, 2019

Who: ICA Members

What: 10 Minute Portrait Sessions with Professional Photographer Jake Gillespie

When: By appointment ONLY - Saturday 25 May; 10 minute appointments available from 14:00-18:00 (EDT)

Where: Washington Hilton Hotel (Room information will be shared upon confirmation of your appointment with Jake)

Why: This offer is right for me if:

  • My current professional photos are really ______________ {non-existent/outdated/terrible/boring/ugly /I simply like to have options}

  • I am an ICA member with a current membership for the 2018-2019 term

  • I can bring cash payment with me, in US Dollars (US$50) or make payment via PayPal

How: Space is limited and requires advance reservation. To inquire please email Jake Gillespie at jake.gillespie@gmail.com AND cc Julie Arnold at jarnold@icahdq.org. Julie will verify your active membership, once membership has been verified, Jake will coordinate your appointment and give you location information.

Cost:  US$50

Payment forms accepted: Payment accepted onsite, in cash (US$) or via PayPal

*This is an exclusive ICA Member Benefit*

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