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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Dear ICA,


I am teaching a weekend seminar on social media. Through my own research, I’ve developed a collection that now allows for some historical comparison. I want my students to use this collection in their class assignments. Is it safe to put this material on our course site? Our library is rather strict about copyright.




Dear Teacher,


In terms of the copyright status of your own collection, you might look at the ICA’s  Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, and particularly at Section Four, “Storing Copyrighted Material In Collections and Archives,” which describes both why this kind of archiving activity falls under fair use, and also under what limitations.

In terms of your classroom practice, the communication scholars who developed the Code decided not to define fair use in this environment, because film scholars had already done so and their code was entirely applicable for communication. So take a look at  the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use for Film and Media Educators .

In terms of your librarians, not all librarians are as familiar with fair use, or the best practices of particular fields, as others. You may be able to help yours by sharing the Code.



Patricia Aufderheide for ICA


Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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Student Column

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Heartfelt Goodbye

By Julie Escurignan

At the end of the DC Conference, I will be stepping down as Board Member and Chair of the SECAC to let Sarah Cho and Myrene Magabo lead the Student and Early Career Community.

The past two years have been an incredibly fulfilling challenge. I am extremely grateful to have been entrusted by the members of ICA, and I have done my best to increase the voice and presence of Early Career scholars within ICA.


I know raising one’s voice as an Early Career is not always an easy task – especially when one is surrounded by such renowned academics as ICA members are. However, this is what I would like all of you to keep doing. Indeed, academia needs to hear from its Early Career scholars! During my term, I have spoken up, argued, debated, pleaded, presented and fought for more presence and more opportunities for Early Career academics – and especially for the ones we hear less of, such as our members from the Global South. I have put myself forward, ready to find resistance, but instead have found people ready to push young scholars to the fore. ICA is full of opportunities for Early Career academics. No matter one’s origin, research topic or ambition, this organization is a place to grow and blossom for the ones who dare, speak up and get engaged. Don’t sit back waiting for people to give you the opportunity to speak, take this opportunity! Don’t wait to be introduced, go introduce yourself! Don’t wait for someone to push you up, climb the ladder! Get engaged as a Division or Interest Group Student Representative, join the SECAC or become a Board Member: there are plenty of possibilities to get engaged within ICA, serve the Early Career Community and gain priceless experience. Serving ICA comes with responsibilities and work, but it gives you the chance to do something that matters. You will have the opportunity to change things and be a part of ICA’s evolution. You will shape the organization and bring the change you want to see in the (academic) world! What better contribution could there be than helping shape the future of one of the greatest Communication Associations?

I am proud to have served ICA and the Early Career Community during the past two years. I hope I have represented you and brought you what you needed and wanted from ICA. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the invaluable help of our past chair, Tamar Lazar, and of our current vice-chair Sarah Cho, nor without the members of the SECAC and the Divisions and Interest Groups Student Representatives who have carried out our initiatives to the wider ICA community. I could not have done it either without the continuous support of ICA’s past and present Presidents, its Executive Committee and the members of the Board. And of course, I couldn’t have done without you – dear members of the Student and Early Career Community. Thank you all for your trust and your support, it has truly meant the world to me!

There will be plenty of events for the Student and Early Career Community in DC this May and I hope to see you all there. Do not hesitate to come say hello during the conference – and to send Sarah and I an email if you have any question. As usual, we’re here to help and we’re here to serve – Valar Dohaeris.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019


New book announcement: Neoliberalism and the Media, edited by Marian Meyers, Routledge, published February 2019

About the book:

This book examines the multiple ways that popular media mainstream and reinforce neoliberal ideology, exposing how they promote neoliberalism’s underlying ideas, values and beliefs so as to naturalize inequality, undercut democracy and contribute to the collapse of social notions of community and the common good.

Covering a wide range of media and genres, and adopting a variety of qualitative textual methodologies and theoretical frameworks, the chapters examine diverse topics, from news coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to the NBC show Superstore (an atypical instance in which a TV show challenged the central tenets of neoliberalism) to “kitchen porn.”

The book also takes an intersectional approach, as contributors explore how gender, race, class and other aspects of social identity are inextricably tied to each other within media representation.

Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Neoliberalism-and-the-Media/Meyers/p/book/9781138094437

Chapters and contributors include:

PART I Where We Are and How We Got Here

1. Neoliberalism and the Media: History and Context - Marian Meyers

PART II Corporations and Markets

2. Reality TV "Gets Real": Hypercommercialism and Post-truth in CNN’s Coverage of the 2016 Election Campaign - Liane Tanguay

3. The Girl Effect: Philanthrocapitalism and the Branded Marketplace of Philanthropic Governance - Dana Schowalter

4. Neoliberalism and Women’s Right to Communicate: The Politics of Ownership and Voice in Media - Carolyn M. Byerly

PART III Responsibility and Choice

5. Numinous Fortune and Holy Money: Dave Ramsey’s Cruel Optimism - John Sewell

6. From Homo Economicus to Homo Sacer: Neoliberalism and the Thanatopolitics of The Meth Project - Michael F. Walker

7. As American as Capitalist Exploitation: Neoliberalism in The Men Who Built America - Christopher M. Duerringer

PART IV: Consumers and Advertising

8. Affirmative Advertising and the Mediated Feeling Rules of Neoliberalism - Rosalind Gill & Akane Kanai

9. Kitchen Porn: Of Consumerist Fantasies and Desires - C. Wesley Buerkle

PART V: Identity and Representation

10. "I Deserved to Get Knocked Up": Sex, Class and Latinidad in Jane the Virgin - John S. Quinn-Puerta

11. An Intersectional Analysis of Controlling Images and Neoliberal Meritocracy on Scandal and Empire - Cheryl Thompson

12. Doing Whiteness "Right": Playing by the Rules of Neoliberalism for Television’s Working Class - Holly Holladay

13. Negotiating Identity and Working Class Struggles in NBC’s Superstore - Lauren Bratslavsky



Book Announcement: Coping with Illness Digitally

Title: Coping with Illness Digitally (MIT Press)

By: Steve Rains, U of Arizona

Overview: Communication technologies have become a valuable resource for responding to the profound challenges posed by illness. Medical websites make it possible to find information about specific health conditions, e-mail provides a means to communicate with health care providers, social network sites can be used to solidify existing relationships, online communities provide opportunities for expanding support networks, and blogs offer a forum for articulating illness-related experiences.

In this book, Stephen Rains examines this kind of “digital coping” involving the use of communication technologies, particularly social media, in responding to illness. Synthesizing a diverse body of existing empirical research, Rains offers the first book-length exploration of what it means to cope with illness digitally.

Rains examines the implications of digital communication technologies on a series of specific challenges raised by illness and discusses the unique affordances of these technologies as coping resources. He considers patients' motivations for forging relationships online and the structure of those networks; the exchange of social support and the outcomes of sharing illness experiences; online health information searches by patients and surrogates; the effects of Internet use on patient-provider communication; and digital coping mechanisms for end-of-life and bereavement, including telehospice, social media memorials, and online grief support.

Finally, Rains presents an original model of digital coping that builds on issues discussed to summarize how and with what effects patients use communication technologies to cope with illness.

Purchase Options: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/coping-illness-digitally



New Book Released on Relationships, Health, and Wellness

By Jennifer Theiss and Kathryn Greene

Announcing the release of "Contemporary Studies on Relationships, Health, and Wellness," edited by Jennifer A. Theiss and Kathryn Greene, published by Cambridge University Press. Close relationships are a vital part of people's daily lives; thus family members, friends, romantic partners and caregivers play an integral role in people's health and well-being. Understanding the ways in which close relationships both shape and reflect people's health and wellness is an important area of inquiry. Showcasing studies from various disciplines that are on the cutting-edge of research exploring the interdependence between health and relationships, this collection highlights several relationship processes that are instrumental in the maintenance of health and the management of illness, including interpersonal influence, information management, uncertainty, social support, and communication.

Although the existing health literature is rich with knowledge about individual and ecological factors that are influential in promoting certain health behaviors, the relationship scholars featured in this volume have much to contribute in terms of documenting the interpersonal dynamics that are involved in experiences of health and illness. To read more about the contents of the book and order a copy visit: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/contemporary-studies-on-relationships-health-and-wellness/6EC60A2ED1A799CA4C6BBEBB74F00595#fndtn-information.



New Book Announcement - Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle

Edited by CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (Dominican U) and Christopher J. Olson (UW-Milwaukee)

Series: The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture

This book explores the ways in which professional wrestling has been affected by the current era of convergence, combining a range of genres, character types, business

practices and narratives, all in one spectacle.

20% Discount Available: enter the code FLR40 at checkout via Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Convergent-Wrestling-Participatory-Culture-Transmedia-Storytelling-and/Reinhard-Olson/p/book/9780815377641.

Also available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Target, and Google Play.

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Dear CAM members,

My favorite email of the year - I have the distinct privilege to announce the 2019 CAM award winners. For the past few weeks, I have been working with awards committee to review the submitted dossiers for numerous CAM awards as well as review the top papers in our division. As you might imagine, with a division as productive, passionate, and rigorous as ours, this is not an easy task. Award committee members felt that all nominees were highly deserving, noting scholarly rigor and a clear passion for the field. And, as you can see from the award list below, this year’s list of award-winning scholars is richly deserving of these acknowledgements.  

For those of you attending ICA in May, I do hope that you can attend the CAM Business Meeting where we will set aside time to personally acknowledge each of these award recipients.


Brigitte Naderer


Ines Spielvogel, Jörg Matthes, & Brigitte Naderer

Again and Again: Exploring the Influence of Disclosure Repetition on Children’s Cognitive Processing of Brand Placements


James Alex Bonus

The impact of pictorial realism in educational science television on children’s learning and transfer of biological facts


Nilam Ram, Xiao Yang, Mu-Jung Cho, Miriam Brinberg, Fiona Muirhead, Byron Reeves, & Thomas Robinson

Teen Screenomes: Describing and Interpreting Adolescents’ Day-to-Day Digital Lives


Lisa Hurwitz

Were They Ready To Learn?


Edmund W J Lee, Shirley S Ho, and May O Lwin

Explicating problematic social network sites use: A review of concepts, theoretical frameworks, and future directions for communication theorizing


Monique Ward

For now, let me be the first to thank our award recipients for their contribution to our field and congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition. I look forward to seeing each of you at the business meeting in Washington, DC to formally acknowledge your awards. I also want to take a moment and recognize the numerous CAM members that participated in the awards committees. As with so much of our CAM work, efforts such as this would not be possible without you.

Best wishes, also on behalf of your CAM officers,

Jessica Piotrowski




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

1. CfP: Call for papers: Fifth Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics

2. Call for Participation: Interdisciplinary Conference on Privacy Online: What Have We Learned So Far? May 16 - 17, 2019, University of Hohenheim, Germany  (Organisation by Sabine Trepte & Tobias Dienlin)

1. Call for papers: Fifth Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics

September 16-17, 2019, the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough U (United Kingdom) will host the fifth conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics, focused on academic research on the relation between media and political processes around the world. Professor Stuart Soroka from the U of Michigan will deliver a keynote lecture.

A selection of the best full papers presented at the conference will be published in the journal after peer review. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 May, 2019. Attendees will be notified of acceptance by 7 June, 2019. Full papers based on accepted abstracts will be due 2 September, 2019.

The conference brings together scholars conducting internationally-oriented or comparative research on the intersection between news media and politics around the world. It aims to provide a forum for academics from a wide range of disciplines, countries, and methodological approaches to advance research in this area.

Examples of relevant topics include the political implications of current changes in media systems, including the increasing role of digital platforms; the importance of digital media for engaging with news and politics; analysis of the factors affecting the quality of political information and public discourse; studies of the role of entertainment and popular culture in how people engage with current affairs; studies of relations between political actors and journalists; analyses of the role of visuals and emotion in the production and processing of public information; and research on political communication during and beyond elections by government, political parties, interest groups, and social movements. The journal and the conference have a particular interest in studies that adopt comparative approaches, represent substantial theoretical or methodological advances, or focus on parts of the world that are under-researched in the international English language academic literature.

Titles and abstracts for papers (maximum 300 words) are invited by 10 May, 2019. The abstract should clearly describe the key question, the theoretical and methodological approach, the evidence the argument is based on, as well as its wider implications and the extent to which they are of international relevance.

Please send submissions via the online form available at http://bit.ly/IJPP2019.

The conference is organized by Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough U, Editor-in-Chief of IJPP). Please contact Dr Vaccari with questions at c.vaccari@lboro.ac.uk.

More about the journal, the keynote speaker, the University, and the Centre:

The International Journal of Press/Politics (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/hijb)
IJPP is an interdisciplinary journal for the analysis and discussion of the role of the media and politics in a globalized world. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical research which analyzes the linkages between the news media and political processes and actors around the world, emphasizes international and comparative work, and links research in the fields of political communication and journalism studies, and the disciplines of political science and media and communication. The journal is ranked 4th by Scopus (SJR) and 12th by Journal Citation Reports in Communication.

Professor Stuart Soroka, U of Michigan (http://www.snsoroka.com/)
Stuart Soroka is the Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science, and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, U of Michigan. His research focuses on political communication, the sources and/or structure of public preferences for policy, and the relationships between public policy, public opinion, and mass media.  His most recent book is Negativity in Democratic Politics: Causes and Consequences (2014, Cambridge University Press). Soroka is currently collaborating on a project focused on cross-national psychophysiological reactions to news content, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and a large-scale content-analytic project on media coverage of US public policy, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Loughborough U (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/)
Based on a 440-acre, single-site campus at the heart of the UK, Loughborough University is ranked top 10 in every British university league table. Voted University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019) and awarded Gold in the National Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Loughborough provides a unique student experience that is ranked first in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018. Loughborough University has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. It is a short distance away from Loughborough Train station, a 15-minute drive from East Midlands Airport (near Nottingham), an hour drive from Birmingham Airport, and an hour and 15 minutes from London via train.

The Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crcc/)
Since our establishment in 1991, we have developed into the largest research centre of our kind in the UK. We are an interdisciplinary centre, crossing over social science and humanities disciplines to draw on theories and methods in social psychology, sociology, politics, history and geography. Renowned for the breadth of our research, we range across interpersonal and small-group communication, social media, political communication, media education, mainstream communications—including digital and online and the analysis of communicative work, such as political campaigning, popular music and memory. Our core research themes are all regarded as world-leading by our peers. We use a diversity of methods for data gathering and analysis and work with a variety of partners, including the BBC, the police, NSPCC and the Electoral Commission as well as our international collaborators, to deliver fundamental and applied research of exceptional quality.

2. Call for Participation: Interdisciplinary Conference on Privacy Online: What Have We Learned So Far? May 16 - 17, 2019, U of Hohenheim, Germany
(Organisation by Sabine Trepte & Tobias Dienlin)

The Internet, social media, and smartphones have first created and then changed privacy online. Since approximately 20 years now, users all around the world have to decide whether to buy technological devices, to use particular services, or to disclose personal information.

During the same time, research on privacy online spawned, addressing several important research questions, such as: How can we understand human behavior online? Do we need new legal frameworks to better support people? Is it possible to develop devices that offer both compelling features and effective privacy protection?

For this conference, we invite scholars from all disciplines to present an overview over the most relevant insights of both their own research and their respective fields. During the two days, there will be an explicit focus on discussion. In sum, with this conference we aim to answer the following question: Privacy online, what have we learned so far?

Keynote Speakers:
Sonia Livingstone
Colin Bennett
Woodrow Hartzog
Christoph Sorge

More information: https://strukturwandeldesprivaten.wordpress.com/veranstaltungen-konferenzen/privacy-online-2/



Interest Group Members:

Greetings! This newsletter from the ICA Computational Methods Interest Group is designed to provide you with a brief preview of the upcoming 69th Annual ICA Conference being held in Washington DC from 24 May -28 May. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

ICA Overview. We received 115 individual submissions and one panel proposal this year. Many thanks to all submitters and especially the reviewers for all of their hard work! In order to make the most of our scheduling, we focused on scheduling 6 presentations per session. As a result, we were able to create a great lineup of 72 papers (including 6 posters). See our website for an overview of panels: http://ica-cm.org/ica-2019/

Top Paper Awards. Many thanks to our best paper committee: Winson Peng (chair), Deen Freelon, Robert Bond, and Sandra González-Bailón. The committee had the pleasure of reviewing an excellent slate of papers, and chose four papers for the top paper award (in no particular order):

The Network Dynamics of Conventions

Joshua Aaron Becker

The Dynamic Relationship between News Frames and Real-World Events: A Hidden Markov Model Approach

Frederic Rene Hopp, Jacob T Fisher, Rene Weber

The Temporal Turn in Communication Research: Time-Series Analyses Using Computational Approaches

Chris Wells, Dhavan V. Shah, Jon C. Pevehouse, Jordan M. Foley, Ayellet Pelled, JungHwan Yang

The Electoral Dimension of Disinformation: Political Astroturfing on Twitter

JungHwan Yang, Franziska Keller, David Schoch, Sebastian Stier

Congratulations to all winners! Note that there isn’t a top paper session; the above papers will be presented in their respective thematic sessions instead.

Preconference. There are two preconferences organized by our members this year: Expanding Computational Communication: Towards a Pipeline for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars (organized by Josephine Lukito, Nate TeBlunthuis, and Frederic Hopp), and Deep Learning for Automated Image Content Analysis (organized by Yair Fogel-Dror and Andreu Casas). More information: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

Travel grant and fee waivers. This year CM has offered limited travel support to our members. We have notified the awardees individually. Checks will be distributed during the CM business meeting at Washington DC.  

Business meeting and reception. Our business meeting will be held on Saturday May 25th, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM; DuPont (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level). On Sunday May 26th, there will be a joint reception in the Mad Hatter (www.madhatterdc.com) from 6pm to 8pm. Note that due to scheduling issues the reception will happen the next day (instead of immediately following the business meeting, as in the past). Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Upcoming election for vice-chair. Per ICA’s rotation rules, Wouter van Atteveldt will step down as chair after ICA 2020, and Cindy Shen will take over the position of chair. We will be holding an election for vice-chair in September and are currently seeking nominations (due in July). Details of the nomination procedure will be forthcoming.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment and follow @ica_cm on Twitter. You can also find us on Facebook by searching “Computational Methods Interest Group.” Job postings and other relevant announcements are often shared via the above social media channels, and it is a great way to stay in touch with the group.

See you in DC.


Wouter van Atteveldt


Cindy Shen

Vice Chair

Matthew Weber






Dear members,

Two updates:

First, during the ICA conference in DC, we will organize mentoring meet-ups, which are coordinated by our Student and Early Career Representative, Sam Chan. Please, see below the message from Sam for details. You can also find there some information about the events during the conference directed specifically at students and early career researchers.

Second, we would like to share with you a Call for Papers for 'Queer TV in Post-2010 China' panel at MLA 2020 conference in Seattle. Again, see below for details.

Best wishes,

Lukasz Szulc & Eve Ng

Co-chairs of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group



Dear ICA LGBTQ IG members,

Since 2017, the LGBTQ Interest Group has been organizing informal mentoring meet-ups between junior scholars and senior scholars at the ICA annual conference. Our mentoring meet-ups are coming again this May in Washington, DC!  

Mentoring meet-ups are informal meetings between a senior scholar (mentor) and a junior scholar (mentee). Matched mentor and mentee, based on their scholarly interests, will arrange a meeting during the conference. We will provide the pair the contact information of each other.

This year, mentees will email their mentors issues/concerns/questions they have before their meet-ups. Some mentors may prefer their mentees to provide specific questions. We understand time during the conference is very precious, so we hope both the mentees and mentors are prepared to make the best use of the meet-ups!

A successful mentoring meet-ups scheme requires a large pool of mentors and mentees, so please consider this opportunity to share, network, and get to know other members of our LGBTQ interest group!

Sign up by Apr 19 using this link (https://goo.gl/forms/Gt7AWnyjMdzMaA5k2) for our human brain-driven matching algorithm to work.

For any questions about the meet-ups, please contact Sam Chan, our group Student and Early Career Representative at sam.chan@asc.upenn.edu.

Also, there are three events at the ICA conference specifically for Student and Early Career Members. They are all on May 25:

9:30am – 10:45am: ICA Annual Member Meeting and New Member/Student and Early Career Orientation; Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

11:00am – 12:15pm: Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) Business Meeting; Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

8:00pm – 10:00pm: Student and Early Career Reception; OFFSITE: Exiles Bar



Lik Sam CHAN, Ph.D.

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

International Communication Association LGBTQ Studies Student and Early Career Representative

Pronouns: he/him/his

liksamchan.com | @liksamchan | upenn.academia.edu/LikSamChan



Theme: Queer TV in Post-2010 China

Chair: Jamie J. Zhao

email: jingjamiezhao@gmail.com

Please email me to express interest and/or submit a 250 word abstract and 150-word bio by 20 March, 2019

Brief description:

The years since 2010 have seen a burgeoning of ‘queer TV’, that is, a proliferation of non-normatively gendered and/or sexualised images, desires, narratives and media discourses in China. This recent queer TV culture has been facilitated by and actively mediating China’s media and cultural globalization, hybridization and digitisation. This panel recognizes and problematizes queerness on and about contemporary China’s TV entertainment. It refuses to simplify China’s queer TV culture as a capitalist exploitation and stereotyping of LGBTQ identities, lives and politics. Rather, connecting global TV studies and global queering theories, it explores the inherently entwined queer and global features of Chinese TV as a mass medium. It challenges the dichotomy of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ televisual representations of gender and sexual minorities by studying the queer promise and peril of televisual-cultural production, distribution and consumption in China in a globalist age. By so doing, it highlights the co-implicative nature of queer and TV cultures in post-2010 China.

Potential topics include but not limited to:

1. The queer aspect of digital/online TV

2. TV censorship and LGBTQ representations/realities

3. Queer TV images that navigates the intertwined concepts of heteronormativity, patriarchy, and (ethnic-Han) Chineseness (e.g., queer TV images of non-Chinese/non-Han women)

4. Female masculinity and/or male femininity proliferating on Chinese TV

5. The queer potential of certain Chinese TV genres and formats (e.g., time-traveling drama, gender-reversal/cross-dressing shows)

6. China's adaptation/airing of foreign queer TV shows



Dear members and colleagues,

ECREA Crisis Communication conference will be held at Lees Business School. Here's the conference and CFPs information: https://leedstalkspr.com/crisis6-2019/

If you have any question, please contact Professor Ralph Tench (r.tench@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)

Kind regards,

Flora Hung-Baesecke

Vice Chair

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tisch College of Civic Life
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science

Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life will award a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science for the 2019-20 academic year (June 1, 2019-May 31, 2020). This postdoctoral fellowship is offered in partnership with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, OH and involves some work at Kettering’s offices in Dayton as well as full-time employment at Tufts in the Boston area.

The Tisch College Civic Science initiative, led by Dr. Jonathan Garlick, aims to reframe how key participants—scientists, the public, the media, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders—can engage the national dialogue. Civic Science is interdisciplinary, and this fellowship is open to a PhD in any relevant field.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will attend and participate in the Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tisch College from June 20-28, 2019. He or she will conduct research related to Civic Science, both independently and in collaboration with Prof. Garlick and the Kettering Foundation. He or she will teach one course to undergraduates in the Civic Studies Major. The Fellow will attend orientation and research meetings at the Kettering Foundation as requested.

Non-Discrimination Statement
Our institution does not discriminate against job candidates on the basis of actual or perceived gender, gender identity, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or religion.

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617.627.3298 or at Johny.Laine@tufts.edu. Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at http://oeo.tufts.edu.

A scholar with a Ph.D. in any relevant discipline who is not yet tenured.
Application Instructions
Please apply here https://apply.interfolio.com/59747

Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter which includes a description of your research goals during the fellowship year and the courses you would like to offer;

  2. your CV;

  3. one writing sample;

  4. three letters of recommendation which should be uploaded by your recommenders to Interfolio directly; and

  5. teaching course evaluations, if available.

Opens February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled
Questions about the position should be addressed to Tisch College Academic Dean at Peter.Levine@tufts.edu.



California State University, San Bernardino
Department of Communication Studies
Full-time Lecturer in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

The Department of Communication Studies at California State University, San Bernardino announces a full time lecturer in public relations and strategic communication position that begins in September 2019.

Minimum qualifications: M.A. or Ph.D. degree in Communication, Public Relations, Strategic Communication, or related field by time of appointment. Record of professional work in public relations and/or strategic communication. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty and staff.

Preferred qualifications: A record of excellent tertiary teaching of public relations or related. Record of scholarship or professional work which focuses on underrepresented groups.

Applications are due April 15, 2019.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/csusb/jobs/2377125



Digital Democracies Group, School of Communication
Postdoctoral Fellows

The Digital Democracies Group at SFU seeks 2 Postdoctoral Fellows for a full academic year to work with Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, starting September 2019.

Candidates must have their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline—within the humanities, social sciences, or physical sciences—a demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research, strong written and oral communications skills, and expertise in critical data studies, media studies, theatre and performance studies, urban studies, critical ethnic studies, digital methods and/or network science, depending on the position applied for. Please learn more about the positions at http://www.sfu.ca/digital-democracies/about/employment-opportunities.html.

Annual stipend: CA$55,000, renewable up to 3 years. Please email CV, summary of research interests, and contact details of two references to mark_campbell@sfu.ca. Review of applications begins March 31 and continues until the positions are filled.




Department of Media Studies

Scholar-In-Residence in Media Studies

The Department of Media Studies (MDST) in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks a scholar-in-residence in media studies with a particular emphasis in critical environmental studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in research and a commitment to contributing to our interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs. The position is expected to begin in August 2019. 

We will consider applicants with various research interests in critical media studies, although preference will be given to the following areas:

+ The material and ethical implications of media practice/technology/consumption for  environmental sustainability.

+  The role of digital culture, emergent media forms, art and design in shaping current debates about the ecological crisis and disaster relief.

+  Relationship between intersectionality (race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.) and ecomedia research.

A PhD in Media Studies is required; a terminal degree (JD or MFA) in another discipline will also be considered. Qualified candidates will have an active research agenda, a proven record of teaching excellence, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations. The selected candidate will teach two courses each semester in a variety of media-related topics with a possibility to develop a course in the candidate’s own area of research expertise.

The Department of Media Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder offers a dynamic program of study that emphasizes the creative and analytical skills needed to operate in a complex media environment and to gain a deep understanding of the history and development of various means and forms of communication. We teach courses in media history; media activism; globalization and culture; Postcolonialism and decoloniality; media and religion; disruptive media entrepreneurship; media and human rights; popular culture, gender, race, class, and sexuality; media and food politics; audience studies, among many others. We offer an exciting Master’s degree in Media and Public Engagement and a well-ranked PhD program in media studies which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019.  

The College of Media Communication and Information, established in 2015, is the first new college on the CU-Boulder campus in 53 years. CMCI prides itself on offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and creativity. The College prepares students to be leaders in our ever-changing information society. Our students and faculty think across boundaries, innovate around emerging problems and create culture that transcends convention. CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome applications from racial and ethnic minorities, ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of marginalization.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to building a diverse workforce. Benefits include domestic partners and health insurance coverage for hormone replacement therapy (for more, see http://www.colorado.edu/ glbtqrc/resources/cu-and-state-policies). Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ADA@colorado.edu.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates must submit the following:

  1. Cover letter outlining interest in the position and research and teaching interests

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  1. An example of scholarly and/or creative work. 

  1. Three letters of reference

Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all materials by April 10, 2019.

Application page: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=16540

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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Call for Proposals, Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication

The 2019 Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication Scholarship will focus on how communication scholars and scholarship might help in “building bridges in polarized times.” As the political, economic, cultural, and racial divisions in our world appear to be ever widening, this year’s conference invites participants to engage theories, methodologies, and practices that foster connection, understanding, and mutual respect.

Leading scholars and practitioners will examine the communicative roots of polarization and division and help us imagine how our scholarship may productively disrupt polarized positions and groups. Key questions that will inform the conference include:

- What kinds of communicative practices invite and sustain polarization within organizations and communities?

- How can we intervene into polarized conversations and facilitate health and well-being within organizations and communities?

- How can institutions be created that help bridge divisions within organizations and communities?

Call for Proposals

The conference organizers are currently welcoming proposals for “Projects in Process” presentations. This is a call for two-page proposals from scholars describing engaged work that is recently completed or in progress. The term “engaged work” is meant to be inclusive of all types of projects and methodologies. The selection committee will prioritize those proposals that most closely align to the conference theme and address the above questions.

At the Conference, selected projects will be presented in a highly interactive discussion format in small table settings with a variety of senior scholars who support engaged work. These proposals should raise problems, questions, dilemmas, and tensions that we can wrestle with together, and need not be presentations of completed work.

In previous conferences, the most interesting conversations have seemed to center on problems that people have encountered or are encountering in their work. The two-page proposals should be submitted to http://www.aspenengaged.org/details by April 15, 2019.  We expect to notify submitters in the first weeks of May.  

About the Conference

The 2019 conference will introduce a case study to be more deeply examined in 2020 when the Aspen Conference will temporarily relocate in order to take a “field trip” to the site of the case. Colorado’s counter-human trafficking efforts will be the focal case for Aspen Engaged in 2019 as the conference centers on how communication scholars and scholarship might help in building bridges in polarized times.

A number of communication scholars, including Laurie Lewis (author of the just released the 2nd edition of Organizational Change: Creating Change through Strategic Communication) and Kirsten Foot (author of Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices), will offer presentations which lay the theoretical groundwork to help us engage with the case.  

Then, a team of four Coloradans whose professional duties center on countering human trafficking at state and local levels will provide an overview of their multisector, collaborative efforts and some of the challenges therein. Conference attendees will be invited to interact with the case presenters and each other regarding theories and methods that can help illuminate both the successes and setbacks encountered by counter-trafficking practitioners, and practices that foster connection, understanding, and mutual respect in such work—as these are applicable to other complex societal problems as well.

Scholars and practitioners will co-examine the communicative roots of polarization regarding HT, and bridge-building in some counter-HT initiatives in CO. Doing so will spark conference participants to further envision how scholarship may productively disrupt polarized positions and groups.

In 2020, the Aspen Engaged conference will be held in Pueblo, CO, as counter-HT leaders from Pueblo interact with conference attendees to co-develop analyses of pioneering counter-HT initiatives in that city which are bridging polarizing debates and common gaps in coordination between state agencies and local actors.

For more information, please visit: http://www.aspenengaged.org/



Guest Editors: Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (Hebrew U of Jerusalem) & Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (Seoul National U)

With the rapid growth and development of the field of Communication, it has also become increasingly fragmented, while its subfields – as represented by ICA’s various divisions and interest groups – have become increasingly self-contained. Researchers within the different subfields speak to each other in numerous forums and publications and in ever-growing levels of precision and sophistication, but are often oblivious to related developments in other subfields. Similarly, conceptual, analytical and empirical contributions are discussed in relation to the state-of-the-art within a specific subfield, but often fail to be developed into broader theoretical frameworks. The result is a multiplicity of theoretical, conceptual and empirical fragments, whose interrelationships and relevance for a range of communication processes remain to be established.

In this special issue, we look for rigorous, original and creative contributions that speak across multiple subfields of communication. All theoretical approaches as well as methods of scholarly inquiry are welcome, and we are open to various formats and foci: The papers can be based on an empirical study, integrate a series of empirical pieces, thereby proposing a new theory or model, or be primarily theoretical. Their focus can be a specific theory, a specific concept or a set of related concepts, a communication phenomenon that can be better accounted for using a cross-disciplinary perspective, or any other focus that fits the purpose of the special issue. In all forms, the papers should make substantial, original contributions to theoretical consolidation and explicitly discuss the relevance and implications of their research to different subfields.

Deadline for full paper submissions is 15 July, 2019. The special issue is scheduled for Issue 3, 2020.

Submissions should be made through the JOC submission site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcom). Please make sure you click "yes" to the question "is this work being submitted for special issue consideration?" and clearly state in the cover letter that the paper is submitted to the special issue. Manuscripts should strictly adhere to the new JOC submission guidelines. These guidelines will be available on the journal’s website in early January 2019. Before that, they are available upon request from Editor-in-Chief, Lance Holbert, r.lance.holbert@gmail.com.

Questions and comments about the special issue should be addressed to Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (keren.tw@mail.huji.ac.il) and Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (chales96@snu.ac.kr).


Call for Panelists on quantitative methods at ICA 2020

My name is James Stein, and I am looking to put together a panel for ICA 2020 that focuses on contemporary, evolving, or underutilized methods of quantitative analyses in communication studies. Many of the folks with expertise in quantitative methods are "chasing" other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology. As scholars, we often lean on analyses for extended periods of time - for a while it was multiple regressions, and now it appears to but SEM and HLM techniques.

At the same time there are many scholars, young and old, who employ methods of data collection and analysis that are overlooked, underutilized, or simply not discussed enough to be made popular in our discipline.

I hope to put together a panel of 5-8 people that can discuss either a) the contemporary methods of data collection/analyses that they are currently making use of, b) methods that they have observed or read about from non-communication areas of study, or c) the discussion of a study using quantitative methods that they have completed and believe could benefit the field of communication studies.

If anyone is interested, please send me an email at jbstein1@asu.edu. I would hope to have the panelists gathered by the end of the summer so that we may start putting the proposal sheet together by the early November deadline. Thank you, I hope to hear from some folks!



CFP: Sexuality, Security and Surveillance in Digital Spaces

Co-organizers: Yossi David, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Godfried Asante, Drake University.

5th Geographies of Sexualities Conference

Prague, Czech Republic, September 26th – 28th 2019.

Networked platforms have become fully integrated in almost every aspect of everyday life in the digital age. In particular, notions of digital activism through digital mobilization have become deeply intertwined in civil society groups, non-profit and LGBTIQ+ organizations. These platforms are used, particularly, by marginalized groups to make visible various human rights abuses and also create safe spaces outside of, but in relation to the daily varied forms of hetero/homonormativities.

Conversely, state officials and moral entrepreneurs are continuously stretching their communications to networked platforms in order to voice their discontent with emerging voices against “traditional” and nativist’s discourses. Their tactics involves state funded surveillance of marginalized virtual communities and individual social media accounts. Nonetheless, the nation-state is a heterogeneous actor and in this global neoliberal times, the relationship between the nation-state and “sexual dissidents” is increasingly becoming more complex.

As such, this panel aims to upend and make visible, the various forms of state regulation and surveillance ranging from the commodification of sexual difference to the forms of queer modes of being, relating and belonging that have emerged to resist, transform and subvert such regulatory regimes, especially in non-western contexts (middle-east, Africa, Asia, south and central America).

While the focus of this panel is on non-western contexts, we are also aware that the boundaries between the west and the non-west is malleable and sometimes blurred as bodies migrate or seek refuge in other nations, thereby creating a complex system of transnational regulatory regimes and surveillance.

This panel focuses on aspects of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc.) by elucidating, analyzing and examining the blurred boundaries of safety and security in digital spaces by incorporating analysis of opportunities and challenges associated with sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces. Each essay investigates different aspects of security and safety, and how its complexities manifest in social media platforms.

The essays will also explore the construction of social, digital and physical borderlands through candid and nuanced narratives that are both distinctively personal and contextually diverse. We thereby, focus on non-western contexts in order to contribute to the theoretical discussion concerning digital spaces and its implications on civil societies in places where the local and global tend to have uneasy tensions.

This session will explore the role of sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces in various scales, contexts, places and spaces.

We seek submissions that critically investigate, but are not limited to:

- Paradoxes in the practice or discourses around sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.

- The politics of sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces

- The boundary work and policing work around sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces

- The ways in which sexuality, security and surveillance is framed, produced and negotiated within social movements and grassroots (digital) activism groups.

- Transgender identities, security and surveillance in digital spaces

- Intersections of race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, body and nation, and its relation to security and surveillance in digital spaces.

- Disability, sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.

- Diaspora, sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.

- Transnational coalitional possibilities under surveillance and security.


Teaching Media Quarterly CFP: Teaching with Reality Television

Teaching Media Quarterly is an open access journal dedicated to sharing approaches to media topics and concepts. Please consider submitting a lesson plan to our current call, Teaching with Reality Television. We also have an ongoing open call for lesson plans.

You can access our journal HERE (https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/tmq/index). Information about the call is below. Please share with friends, colleagues, and grad students who teach media classes!

Call for Lesson Plans: Teaching with Reality Television

From The Real World to The Bachelor, the reality TV genre provides unique insight into how television is changing, while also drawing on familiar generic conventions and modes of address. Scholars continue to trace its effects on marketing and advertisers, above and below-the-line labor practices, multi-platform storytelling, fan labor, and questions of governmentality and surveillance, among many others.

Teaching with reality television allows instructors to discuss the rise of convergence culture and the role of new media, making for a case study likely to resonate with students through their engagement with television and related social media. Teaching Media Quarterly is interested in learning and sharing how instructors teach with reality television and why.

Contributors are welcome to consider the following questions:

- How do you historicize reality television in the classroom?

- Which scholarly texts do you assign in conjunction with particular reality television programs?

- If you ask students to create their own reality programming, what does the assignment look like?

- How do you attend to questions of difference in reality television - gender, sexuality, race, ability, class, etc.?

- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and neoliberalism?

- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and feminized media?

- How does reality television lend itself to political economy analyses?

- What is the relationship between streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) and reality television?

- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and other forms of media (social media, new media, etc.)?

The deadline for submissions is 1 June.

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Do You Need a New Professional Photo?

Posted By Julie Arnold, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services and Governance , Monday, March 4, 2019

DO YOU NEED A NEW PROFESSIONAL PHOTO? Exclusive offer for ICA Members only!


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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Spotlight on Preconferences

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

In each Newsletter leading up to the conference, we will highlight different pre/postpostconferences (in no particular order) that have been planned for Washington, D.C.. For more information about each pre/postconference, please visit this webpage


Digital Journalism in Latin America

OFF-SITE | George Washington U, Media and Public Affairs Building; Rooms 306-308

Thursday, 23 May 2019; 8:10 - 17:00

Organizers: Pablo J. Boczkowski, Ph.D.* Professor, Northwestern U, USA. Eugenia Mitchelstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

Contact: pjb9@northwestern.edu; emitchelstein@udesa.edu.ar

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Journalism Studies Division

This preconference aims to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital journalism in Latin America. The keynote speaker will be Silvio Waisbord, Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, and ICA Fellow.



Boundary Conditions in Mobile Communication: 16th Annual ICA Mobile Preconference

OFF-SITE | Tentatively Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Alternative: National Press Club);

Thursday, 23 May 2019; 8:30 - 17:00

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Mobile Communication Interest Group

Contact: mobilepreconf@gmail.com

For 15 years, the ICA Mobile Pre-Conference has been an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, researchers, and practitioners who focus on mobile communication research. In recent years, the mobile pre-conference has been organized in the form of several interactive Blue Sky workshops. These provide a venue where scholars can present, learn and discuss their latest ideas, research, and skills around a limited number of themes related to mobile communication and mobile media. The pre-conference has been recently refocused to support the development of graduate students, junior scholars as well as scholars from the Global South. The pre-conference is seen as an opportunity to bring together a collection of colleagues with whom one can work out a common research vision. It is the ambition of the organizers that panels can result in, for example, writing a common paper on their theme of choice, or the publication of a special issue in a journal. The pre-conference is an opportunity for graduate students and new faculty to interact with more experienced mobile researchers to cultivate a supportive and integrated community of mobile scholars. Ideas discussed and presented at the mobile pre-conference have consistently nourished the theoretical and methodological foundations of mobile research, started joint research projects and eventually lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the Blue Sky workshops, the pre-conference features a conference lunch and dinner where scholars will interact in an informal and social atmosphere.



Beyond Germany: German Media Theory in a Global Context

OFF-SITE | Goethe Institute, 1990 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Thursday, 23 May 2019; 10:00 - 18:00

Organizers: Andreas Ströhl, Wolfgang Suetzl, Bernhard Debatin

Contact: suetzl@ohio.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Philosophy Theory and Critique Division and Intercultural Communication Division

Beyond Germany: German Media Theory in a Global Context  Pre-conference proposal for the 2019 ICA annual conference, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Goethe Institute, Washington, D.C., and Ohio University Just as “French Theory” became a catchphrase (and the source of controversy) in American critical theory in the 1980s, “German media theory” has come to signify a specific way of understanding and theorizing the media that draws on a rich heritage of continental literary studies and philosophy. Over the past decade, German media studies—Medienwissenschaft— has experienced a rapid growth. Currently, more than fifty media studies programs are being offered at German universities. This growth has been accompanied by reflective enquiries regarding specific methodological and philosophical identity, including the question, “what’s German about German media theory?” asked by philosopher Claus Pias in his 2015 essay. Is there a German Sonderweg, others asked, a way of studying the media that is particular to German-speaking theorists?  As part of this development, the relationship between a German approach to media studies, and approaches more common in North America and the Anglophone parts of the world, has been studied in greater detail. The history of German intellectual emigration to America from the 1930s on, in many cases forced by the Nazi persecution of Jewish and Marxist writers, stood at the outset of a complex and fecund intellectual exchange. While German-speaking émigrés such Paul Lazarsfeld and Edward Bernays had a significant impact on the evolution of American mass communication scholarship, the exiled Frankfurt School scholars, having witnessed the Nazi use of the mass media for propaganda, were developing a radical criticism of media as technologies of power: Adorno’s culture industry and Günther Anders’ criticism of television are cases in point. They were at the basis of a widespread media pessimism among Germans, who today retain a more cautious and skeptical approach to social and emerging media, as well as placing a greater importance on privacy protection.  Today, names such as media studies pioneer Friedrich Kittler, or contemporary scholars such as Siegfried Zielinski or Sybille Krämer still stand for a way of doing pursuing an approach to media studies that continues to engage with literary studies and philosophy, and considers itself distinct from mass communication studies, and more as a discursive strategy than a discipline (Pias). But the boundaries around “German” are no longer a simple matter of language and nationality. Many works of theorists writing in German and/or working in Germany are available in translation in dozens of languages, including Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, etc., These writings have become easily accessible to scholars beyond the established transatlantic trading route of ideas. Other German-language theorists, for instance, Vilém Flusser in the 1980s and currently, Byung-Chul Han, have completely done away with of the adjective “German,” pluralizing it and making its meaning a matter of translation theory and cultural hybridity. Against this background, this conference invites international communication scholars to offer perspectives on the ways in which German-language media theories have communicated beyond the boundaries of both Germany and North America.  How is German media theory being read, adopted, and translated by scholars in other parts of the world? How is this translational context influencing whatever “Germanness” remains in German media theory? What is the significance of such theorizing in the context of transnational theory debates? What is the contribution of a German way of media studies in a critical understanding of emerging media and of current issues in social media, artificial intelligence, etc.? What kind of contributions to media ethics and policy making are emerging from such a transcultural and translational view on German media theory?



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

Washington Hilton

24 May; 13:00 - 17:00 (half-day)

Organizers: Rebekah Tromble

Contact: rktromble@gmail.com

Several years after Gamergate revealed the perils that the digital age poses for academics whose work speaks to and engages with the broader public, we now have an opportunity to look back and reflect on what we have learned. Indeed, the need for reflection and reappraisal is perhaps now more urgent than ever, as we have seen the tactics deployed against academics expand and effectively become institutionalized within the hybrid media system. However, we also want to balance our reflections about these perils with considerations of the promises that public engagement can also offer. This half-day pre-conference workshop therefore aims to bring together a diverse group of communication scholars to discuss both the potential benefits and pitfalls of stepping outside of the ivory tower. The workshop will comprise two parts: one session of paper presentations with Q&A and one broader round-table discussion of best practices. For the first session, we invite paper proposals on any topic that fits within this broad theme. We plan to organize a journal special issue or edited volume on the basis of the workshop. Possible paper topics and approaches include: - Empirical case studies of the benefits of public engagement - Empirical case studies of the perils of engagement - Empirical work examining dynamics involving race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and/or sexual orientation - Reflection essays on institutional support needs - Reflection essays on best practices for early-career scholars - International perspectives on any of these, or related, topics



Critical Incidents in Journalism

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 13:00 - 17:00 (half-day)

Organizers: Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Nanyang Technological U, Joy Jenkins, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Ryan J. Thomas, University of Missouri Oscar Westlund, Oslo Metropolitan U

Contact: edson@ntu.edu.sg; thomasrj@missouri.edu; joy.jenkins@politics.ox.ac.uk; oscarwestlund@gmail.com

Journalism‚ ongoing metamorphosis around the world has been marked by numerous critical incidents that have led journalists to publicly reflect on the practices and principles that dominate their profession. From the Gulf War in the 1990s, when journalists were forced to examine the implications of real-time reporting on journalistic autonomy and verification (Zelizer, 1992), to the gruesome attack on the editorial offices of the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo in 2015 when news organizations invoked safety and solidary in determining how to cover the events (Jenkins & Tandoc, 2017a), critical incidents have provided an opportunity to examine how journalists construct the boundaries of appropriate practice and discern their public service roles in a continually changing field. Critical incidents refer to events or developments that lead journalists to reconsider ,the hows and whys of journalistic practice‚(Zelizer, 1992, p. 67). These events or developments serve as discursive opportunities for journalists to ensure the wellbeing of their interpretive community by reconsidering, rearticulating, and reinforcing their boundaries and authority. Critical incidents are important for interpretive communities such as journalism, as they force communities to reflect on their practices and values (Zelizer, 1993). Such critical incidents as the negotiation of journalistic identities, roles, and responsibilities in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US (Parameswaran, 2006); the phone hacking scandal that rocked the UK news media in 2011 (Thomas, 2012); the entry of BuzzFeed as a legitimate journalistic organization among legacy media (Tandoc & Jenkins, 2017); and Rolling Stones magazine‚ decision to feature a photo of the Boston Marathon bomber on its cover (Jenkins & Tandoc, 2017b) have led journalistic communities around the world to reflect on the boundaries of acceptable journalistic practice. By analysing journalistic discourse during such critical incidents, we begin to understand how journalists navigate the challenges to, and the contours of, their professional practice. These events have also engaged non-journalist stakeholders, most notably audience members, who have shared their perspectives on what they perceive as appropriate approaches to journalistic practice.



Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:00 - 12:00 (half-day)

Since public interest communications is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, we invite submissions for this half-day preconference to reflect on the theme of public interest communications in the global context. Submissions can address theoretical and conceptual advancements, current challenges, or any other contemporary topic that explores the societal importance and impact of public interest communications in all its various forms.

Public interest communications is distinguished by a commitment to communication that advances the human condition. Public interest communications embraces the vision of ethicists who make explicit the priority of shared human values and rights over vested interests that deliberately seek to obfuscate or have as their goal the denial of any person or group of people the fundamental human rights of dignity, freedom, equality and quality of life including health and safety.

This preconference call encourages research that advances our understanding of what public interest communications is and the role of public interest communications in our global society. We welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies. Our goal is to ensure a vibrant program that includes both senior and junior scholars, expressing a wide range of opinions and who are representative of different institutional types from around the world.

Some questions, which might be addressed (but are not limited to) include:

How does public interest communications construct or breakdown boundaries?

How does public interest communications promote and improve understanding across and beyond borders?

How can public interest communications span borders in often arbitrary and political notions of boundaries of academic disciplines?

What is public interest communications and what are the key questions needing to be addressed?

What is the relationship between scholarship and practice within the realm of public interest communications?

Other topics related to understanding public interest communications and global society.

This 2019 ICA half-day preconference allows scholars to contribute to the development of the theory of public interest communications by clarifying, defining, and questioning the core concepts of this emerging field. We welcome submissions that seek to reflect on what public interest communications can contribute to organizations and global society by pushing through boundaries and encouraging dialogue and engagement.

Papers submitted for this preconference will be considered for a special issue of the Journal of Public Interest Communications, “Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context”.



Organizational Communication Division Doctoral Consortium: The Practice of Studying Communication Practice

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:00 - 17:00

Organizers: Timothy Kuhn

Contact: tim.kuhn@colorado.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Organizational Communication Division

This consortium will revolve around a simple theme: Pursuing a deeply practice-based approach to organizational communication scholarship carries significant reward and risk. Over the history of the organizational communication field, the status of its central notion--communication--has generated significant debate. Though many acknowledge that communication is best understood as a complex and dynamic process, our studies have frequently studied fairly conventional units of analysis: individuals, groups, organizations, links, messages, and the like. As the ‚practice turn‚ and the ‚ontological turn‚ gain steam among organizational communication scholars, analysts are increasingly challenged to relinquish their dependence on entities and their attributes and, instead, to re-imagine practices of working and organizing, such that our gaze remains always on communicative practice (and nowhere else). There are, of course, a wide array of approaches to studying and representing practice, but communication scholars still encounter significant challenges when they argue for the constitutive power of communicative practices. These challenges arise as we gather data and produce interpretations of those data, but they also influence numerous other scholarly practices. Specifically, they infuse our interactions with university colleagues (not to mention interviewers during the job search process), affect the accessibility of our pedagogy, and shape our stakeholder engagements in research settings. This day-long consortium will address these challenges, bringing together senior scholars who have spent the better part of their careers working through the complications involved in pursuing practice-based scholarship. They will offer advice and insights on topics including the following session themes: 1. Methodological challenges of practice-based approaches to working and organizing 2. How to help others make sense of practice-based scholarship in the job search process 3. Making engaged scholarship both practice-based and practical 4. Imagining undergraduate teaching as a sociomaterial process 5. Publishing: Explaining the relevance of communicative practice outside the field



Taming and Nurturing the Wild Child: Government and Corporate Policies for Social Media

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:00 - 17:00

Registration by invite only.

Organizers: * Dr. Krishna Jayakar, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, Penn State U, 214 James Building, Bellisario College of Communications, University Park, PA 16802. kpj1@psu.edu, 814 863 6416 Dr. Johannes Bauer, Director, Quello Center, Michigan State U Dr. Amit Schejter, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy/Penn State, Ben Gurion U of the Negev, Israel Dr. Carleen Maitland, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, Penn State U.

Contact: kpj1@psu.edu

We invite 500-word abstracts of papers that examine both government and corporate policy responses to the concerns social media raise. Topics may include the impact of policy on free speech, democratic discourse, activism, network security, national security, surveillance, commercial speech, privacy, and transborder data flows. Papers presented will be considered for publication in the Journal of Information Policy, an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, published by the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State U.



North Korea and Communication

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:30 - 17:00

Organizers: Soomin Seo*; Seungahn Nah; Dal Yong Jin; Yong-Chan Kim

Contact: soomin.seo@temple.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Journalism Studies Division, and Political Communication Division

North Korea remains an under-explored country in communication research. In recent years, however, there are signs that the regime is moving to end its decades-long isolation, from the introduction of cellular phones to fast-paced diplomacy with the US. Are these changes leading to a new era in communication about, within and around North Korea? This preconference will bring together theoretically and methodologically sound scholarship that register the shift in North Korea and examine causes, components, and civic consequences.



Communicating with Machines: Boundless Imagination

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:30 - 16:30

Organizers: Primary Contacts: S. Austin Lee, Chapman U Co-Organizers (in an alphabetical order): Autumn Edwards, Western Michigan U Chad Edwards, Western Michigan U David J. Gunkel, Northern Illinois U Andrea Guzman, Northern Illinois U Steve Jones, U of Illinois ‚Chicago Seth C. Lewis, U of Oregon Patric Spence, U of Central Florida

Contact: seulee@chapman.edu; autumn.edwards@wmich.edu; chad.edwards@wmich.edu; dgunkel@niu.edu; alguzman@niu.edu

In concert with the conference theme of ‚beyond boundaries,our preconference focuses on communication between humans and digital interlocutors that has the potential to cross social, political and cultural boundaries. We invite scholars from across divisions and various epistemological and methodological backgrounds to discuss their work related to human-machine communication, encompassing Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, and Human-Agent Interaction. We seek to raise awareness of and further develop HMC research and the scholarly community surrounding it.



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

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 9:00 - 17:00

Organizers: Joseph N. Cappella; Seth Noar

Contact: Joseph.CAPPELLA@ASC.UPENN.EDU; noar@email.unc.edu

Invited and submitted papers on the topic of message testing aimed at improving its conceptualization and empirical underpinnings while moving forward to next generation measures and procedures.  Invited presenters include James Dillard, Marco Yzer, Lucy Popova, Xiaoquan Zhao, Daniel O’Keefe, Melanie Wakefield, and the organizers Cappella and Noar.

Graduate students may apply for a registration waiver through joseph.cappella@asc.upenn.edu and noar@unc.edu.




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

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 9:00 - 17:00

Organizers: Nojin Kwak (U of Michigan); Marko Skoric (City U of Hong Kong); Natalie Pang (National U of Singapore); Baohua Zhou (Fudan U); Tetsuro Kobayashi (City U of Hong Kong); Muneo Kaigo (U of Tsukuba); Scott Campbell (U of Michigan); Junho Choi (Yonsei U)

Contact: DigitalAsiaICA2019@umich.edu

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




Deep Learning for Automated Image Content Analysis

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 9:00 - 17:00

Organizers: Yair Fogel-Dror (primary contact); Andreu Casas

Contact: yair.fogel-dror@mail.huji.ac.il

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Computational Methods Interest Group

As volume and accessibility of media content have been increasing throughout recent years, computational methods for content analysis at scale have gained their popularity and proved their importance for current communication studies. Until recently, these studies limited their use of computational methods to text analysis. As a result, current innovations and developments in the field of deep learning for computer vision, or automated image content analysis, remained unfamiliar and inaccessible for most communication researchers. This preconference workshop is aimed to bridge this gap, by providing a brief theoretical background along with a hands-on experience deep learning for computer vision methods. Specifically, and in line with the common use-case in computational text analysis, the focus of the workshop would be on feature extraction and image classification.




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

Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 9:00 - 16:30

Organizers: Josh Lauer, Nicole Maurantonio

Contact: josh.lauer@unh.edu, nmaurant@richmond.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Communication History Division

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

This ICA Communication History Division preconference is dedicated to bringing together communication scholars from diverse research traditions and from around the world to illuminate the long history of modern surveillance. This event considers the full breadth of past surveillance practices, technologies, and regimes, in multiple geographic, national, and cultural contexts, prior to the current moment. The scope includes empirical research and comparative studies, historically-informed theory, intellectual histories of the field, and methodological reflections.


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President’s Message: "Questions Graduate Students (and Faculty) Ask"

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Monday, March 4, 2019

Early winter term in the United States brings with it graduate-recruitment season, which means admissions committees find themselves in the throes of reading and rereading packets, calling references, and hosting campus visits for their short-listed applicants. My department hosted a two-day campus visit for prospective graduate students earlier this month, and like last year, the group that arrived, equally nervous and excited, was a clear reminder of the expansiveness of our field.

Though the dozen or so prospective students were all looking to enter a graduate program, they were at different life stages and brought with them varying intellectual and nonacademic experiences. Some had finished their Bachelor’s only last year, while others were working on their Master’s thesis. A number of them had worked for a few years outside of academia, many in far-flung places, while others had remained in school. The group collectively hailed from Washington state, across the United States, and around the globe. Some had lived in one region their entire life, while others had been third-culture kids. Understandably, the diversity of this set of applicants brought to the table markedly different academic interests.

In my one-on-one meetings with these prospective students, I was struck by their questions – not only those about specific research topics, but about graduate school in general. In many respects, those latter questions spoke to issues that traverse one’s academic career.

For instance, I have so many disparate interests. How do I choose which one to focus on for graduate school? Many of us have been blessed with a plethora of choices when it comes to research interests. Even those who are interested in what they perceive to be a single communication phenomenon are given options: In which social contexts does this phenomenon emerge? What texts do I want to analyze? Which method(s) can I use?

In answering this question about foci – whether it comes from prospective students or students who are juggling dissertation ideas – I inevitably talk about the accordion (an instrument with which I have no direct experience): The first year or two of graduate school exposes you to a breadth of theories and methods, then you find yourself fully absorbed with one theory or method, then realize that single theory or method will not sustain an entire dissertation, which forces you to expand intellectually again. That middle ground will emerge naturally, I assure them.

Of course, this is not to say those with PhDs in hand have complete control over the breadth of their research. For better or worse, many times that decision is taken out of our hands. Given institutional constraints such as tenure and time clocks, expectations that a record for tenure must reflect a coherent body of research, and the time commitment required of delving into, becoming sufficiently proficient, and publishing in a new research area, junior scholars are often encouraged to be conservative in their research breadth. “Wait until after tenure,” they’re told, “when you have some luxury of time.”

Who would serve on my committee? Who can I work with? Dangling preposition aside, this question cuts across much of academia (and life in general). Some graduate students pose this question as a way of asking whether the breadth of their research interests or thesis or dissertation is appropriate or viable. Others ask it as a way of trying to discern personalities and working styles – what’s pragmatic and what’s not. Indeed, personalities and working styles, alongside skill sets, are critical, and often make or break collaborations.

Will I get the support I need? For graduate students and faculty members alike, support comes in many guises – an intellectual community in which one can thrive, even if temporarily; resources for research; emotional support from family, friends, and/or colleagues; and so forth. Our intellectual communities and professional networks have been redefined by social media and communication technologies, and they offer support as we wish to draw on them.

Of course, professional conferences offer a wealth of intellectual and emotional support for all types of constituents: graduate students who find validation for their own research when listening to other presentations in their area; freshly minted PhDs who are eager to reconnect with their graduate-school colleagues; scholars who wish to connect with their former students, embark on new projects, or merely stay their intellectual course.

The questions posed by prospective graduate students are ones we hear regularly. Indeed, many of us have asked those same questions – and many of us ask those same questions today, merely in different contexts.

ICA’s long-awaited conference schedule went live Friday. It’s a preview of the latest research in all corners of our discipline, an exciting document that hopefully will shape the ideas and intellectual communities of many, not merely graduate students.

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An Accessible and Inclusive #ICA19

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Monday, March 4, 2019

The purpose of the ICA Newsletter is not to engage in hubris or self-congratulation. But it is appropriate on this occasion to note the important work that Laura Sawyer has done as ICA Executive Director to make the ICA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, DC as accessible and inclusive as possible for those with diverse needs. In doing so, she has worked closely with Associate Professor Meryl Alper from Northeastern U, who is a leading scholar and advocate around disability and communication, as well as working with guidelines from comparable organizations, such as the American Sociological Association.

The ICA Conference Inclusion and Accessibility Guidelines can be found at https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019Accessibility. It is noted that the ICA is committed to creating an inclusive, accessible environment for all conference attendees, and that due nto the lead times for accommodating all requests, information needs to be provided no later than 1 April 2019. There are two ways to let us know of your needs: indicate your needs via the “accessibility” question on the registration form, or contact Laura Sawyer directly. Attendees who have not made advance arrangements for services or equipment can inquire at the ICA Registration Desk onsite, but ICA may not be able to provide all services or equipment requested onsite due to availability or the time required to obtain them.

Some of the major provisions for the 2019 ICA Conference are:

  • ADA-accessible sleeping rooms in both hotels;

  • Ensuring that non-alcoholic beverage options are available at all ICA events;

  • Provision of captioning and transcription services subject to sufficient advance notice;

  • Availability of childcare through ‘KiddieCorps’ during conference hours;

  • Provision of a ‘Quiet Room’ at the Washington Hilton throughout the conference;

  • Promotion of a fragrance-free environment for the benefit of attendees with multiple chemical sensitivities;

  • Gender-neutral restrooms at each level of the Washington Hilton;

  • Every area of the Hilton being accessible by both elevator and stairwell as well as escalator;

  • A private ‘family room’ for attendees with parenting needs;

  • Yoga classes each morning to help with combatting stress and promoting mindfulness.

We also note that all presentations or sessions should be designed and conducted with the full participation of all in mind. ICA suggests that all presenters review the Accessibility Guidelines for Presentations from the Society for Disability Studies and take the steps necessary to make all programming accessible to their respective audiences.

ICA takes its attendees’ and members’ safety seriously. If you experience harassment of any kind during the ICA conference, please contact Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, immediately with your concerns so that ICA staff may assist you. You may also feel free to enlist the aid of hotel staff or security, who will coordinate with ICA staff in addressing the issue.

If you have any problem or negative experience related to accessibility, including issues with housing, meeting sessions, or any other accessibility-related issue, please email Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, at lsawyer@icahdq.org. In addition to meeting these needs, we keep a record of all requests and our ability to meet them in order to improve each year. We also provide feedback on accessibility issues to our hotel partners and the cities in which we meet.

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