Posted By Michael J. West,
Monday, April 3, 2017
You might be the most dedicated and conscientious of communication scholars, but if you’re coming to San Diego for this year’s 67th Annual ICA Conference, chances are you’re not planning to spend your whole trip indoors. Why would you, in a city that has some of the world’s greatest beaches?
There are those who see the beach as a roughly monochromatic thing—one beach is as good as another, they’re all the same anyway. The San Diego coastline proves that presumption wrong. These beaches vary greatly: Some are better for riding the waves, others for riding the dunes. Some are more romantic, others ideal for family picnics and dog walks. And some are inside the city limits, others just outside. This article will take you on a brief tour of some of the most popular and acclaimed beaches in the San Diego area.
Closest to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront—a 10- to 15-minute walk—is Coronado Beach, which is across the bay (and the famous Coronado Bridge) in the town of Coronado. Film lovers may recognize it from the 1959 movie Some Like It Hot (ditto the adjacent luxury Hotel Del Coronado, and the posh mansions that also line the beach); visitors will immediately recognize it from the word CORONADO, which rises out of the sand at its streetside edge. But Coronado Beach would be visually distinctive even without these icons; it sparkles—literally. Flecks of the mineral mica are part of the sand on the 1.5-mile expanse, giving it a silvery, shimmery quality. The beach itself is very flat, making it a popular spot for long walks and for beachcombing. It’s also popular with surfers. In addition, at low tide, there are tide pools to explore. For all these reasons, in 2012 Coronado Beach was ranked as the best in the United States.
Mission Beach lies north of Coronado Beach, past San Diego Bay. The contrast is stark: This is perhaps the most active beach in San Diego County. A two-mile-long boardwalk populates the edge of the beach featuring eateries, shops, equipment rental stalls, an arcade, and bars aplenty. (This last also makes Mission Bay one of the most popular nightlife scenes in San Diego, especially with people in their 20s. Student members, take note.) Sports are extremely widespread at Mission Beach, with not only surfing but bicycling, skateboarding, softball, and volleyball taking place at various points. However, the real hub of Mission Beach is Belmont Park, a historic amusement park whose most famous attractions are The Plunge, an indoor swimming pool, and the Giant Dipper, a 70-foot wooden rollercoaster that’s been restored to its original 1925 design.
Pacific Beach, directly adjacent to Mission Beach, is also a heavy nightlife district—although the young people who have long frequented “PB” have frequently been priced out and replaced by a more established, more affluent population. Still, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area, and at night it’s a favorite site for bonfires and parties. Two prominent landmarks at Pacific Beach are Crystal Pier, a large public pier that’s attached to a hotel, and, at the north end of the beach, the Tourmaline Surfing Park, whose slow waves make it an ideal spot for beginning surfers and longboarders.
The expanse of sandy beach ends at Tourmaline—it’s cut off by the rocky promontory at La Jolla. But after a lengthy stretch, the cliffs peel away from the shoreline just enough to reveal Windansea Beach, a legendary surfing beach. It also attracts swimmers and bodyboarders at its south end, and its numerous tide pools make it a popular family attraction as well.
Separated from Windansea by another cliff, Marine Street Beach is of a very different nature. Its wave currents are very choppy, making it a poor choice for surfing and for swimming. For this reason—and because of fiercely protective neighbors—Marine Street Beach is known as a locals-only beach. (There’s even a prominent graffiti scrawl of “LOCALS ONLY” on a center wall.) It’s obviously a little daunting (and is intended to be) for visitors…but to the intrepid, that simply means there aren’t a lot of tourist families to fight for space on the sand.
Children’s Pool Beach is neither a pool, nor specifically designated for children…although it started out that way in the 1930s, when the construction of a sea wall made it a safe spot for kids to play and swim. But most of the walled area has filled with sand…and, now, with seals. The sea animals began occupying the Children’s Pool in the mid 1990s, eventually forcing the state to close the beach to swimming. Instead, though, the seals themselves became its draw for both locals and tourists. These days there are approximately 200 seals and sea lions, parents and their young, using the beach. (Since 2013 the state of California has employed barrier rope to separate them from human visitors; the bipeds among us can also use an elevated walkway that rests on the small cliff known as Seal Rock.)
A short distance from Children’s Pool is the very small and secluded La Jolla Cove. The waters are tame, so no surfers to speak of, but the rich marine life at the cove makes it a destination for snorkelers and scuba divers who want to catch a glimpse at some of the protected sea animals who live there. (Most common and best known of these is the brilliant orange Garibaldi fish.) Kayaking is also a big pastime at La Jolla Cove, because of the seven sea caves nearby that beg to be explored. (They are also, depending on the tide, accessible on foot.) Note that the protected status of the animals at the cove means that even collecting seashells there is prohibited by law.
On the other side of the cove, however, is La Jolla Shores, a one-mile stretch of beach that is among the most beloved and popular in all of southern California. It hosts just about every activity one associates with the beach: kayaking (it’s the only boat launch within San Diego city limits), stand-up paddling, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, surfing, picnicking, bonfires. It is anchored by the Scripps Institution of Oceonography Pier and abuts the famous San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park, an ecological reserve and sea life refuge that contains two artificial reefs.
A little farther north, and the community of La Jolla is behind us.
The northernmost beach inside the city limits is Torrey Pines State Beach, another of the prides of southern California. Swimmers and visitors with children tend toward the lagoon on the south side of the beach; to the north is the favorite spot for surfing and bodyboarding. This is a rocky, hilly beach. But in the case of Torrey Pines, that’s actually one of its advantages. It’s a favorite spot for hiking; there is a large expanse of high sand dunes, for those who like to hit the shores in a dune buggy; and, at the top of the cliff that embraces the beach, Torrey Pines has a hang glider port that is a gateway to the best possible views of San Diego.
As mentioned above, this is the northern limit of the beaches in San Diego city. Just outside is Del Mar, a seaside village with two miles of coastline. The two primary beaches in Del Mar are Del Mar City Beach and Dog Beach. The former is essentially divided in two: its southern half is lined with bluffs—but low, navigable ones, with trails to the water and a jogging path along the top. The bluffs ease off at the northern end, providing easy access from the village to the beach; good surfing and swimming can be found there, as well as two coastal parks (Powerhouse and Seagrove) that provide great picnic and sunbathing spots. A small wedge between the bluffs and the highway, Dog Beach isn’t a good spot for swimming or surfing; the currents are unpredictable, the waters fairly shallow. It is, however, a prime spot for volleyball, horseshoes, and beachcombing—and as the name implies, for dogs.
There are many more beaches as you travel further up the coast in San Diego County—far too many to detail in a single Newsletter article. But trips to the shores at Solana Beach, at Encinitas, and at Carlsbad are all as rewarding for beach lovers as the ones within the city of San Diego.
One important note, however: the waters of Southern California are often chilly, even in summer hovering somewhere around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 Celsius). Even the beaches here listed as good for swimming may really be more like quick dips for some would-be swimmers.
Posted By Dafna Lemish, Rutgers U and Edward L. Fink, Temple U,
Monday, April 3, 2017
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Administrators’ Breakfast: Leading Communication Programs in Higher Education
Are you a Department Chair, Director, Associate Dean, Dean - or aspiring to become one? This is our third year of hosting a forum for members of ICA who are administrators. Some 25 of us meet for breakfast each conference to discuss the similar challenges we face as we aspire to develop units for which we are responsible, interact with higher administration officials and alums, facilitate the professional growth of our faculty and staff, and prepare our students for the changing world of media organizations, contents, and audiences. Constant technological developments, the dynamic nature of media industries, and the global breadth and complexities of our disciplines are ever-more challenging. At the same time, higher education institutions are expanding expectations from academic administrators to act as CEOs of their units, to develop and demonstrate financial and entrepreneurship skills in addition to the leadership, scholarship and pedagogical qualities that have been part of these challenging roles. We share our experiences and our challenges: How do we engage all these demands, develop the skills needed, and travel these new terrains with expertise? How can we lead and design curricula for an unknown future? What do we do to maintain our integrity, enthusiasm, and personal stamina?
We are getting together again this year in San Diego, informally over breakfast, to brainstorm about these issues, share experiences, and continue with our efforts to launch a support network within ICA. Each year we also focus on the main theme of the conference – so this year, we will discuss our challenges in facilitating interventions in communication research and practice, issues related to community engagement, balancing research and praxis in workload and promotion processes and the like.
Join us for this informal networking, Sunday, 28 May at 7:30 a.m., in the conference hotel (Colbalt 501C). Seating is limited to 25, so hurry up and register on the conference registration site! (Price to cover the private breakfast room is US$40, and preregistration is required. If you already registered online, you can use the PDF to fax this additional registration). Registration closes 28 April 2017. For queries, please contact the facilitator, Dafna Lemish email@example.com.
A Celebration of the Life of Timothy M. Edgar
Friday 26 May, 15:30 – 16:45 in Aqua 300AB
Over his 30-year career, Professor Timothy Edgar developed an international reputation as a scholar, practitioner, and educator in health communication. After completing his Ph.D. in Communication at Purdue University (1986), he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland (1986-1993), a researcher at Westat (a research consulting corporation, Rockville, MD; 1993-2002), a faculty member at Emerson College (2002-2016), and professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (2016). Professor Edgar was admired for his breadth of scholarship, talents as a mentor and educator, and dedication to the developing area of health communication. He was committed
to work that could make the world a better place. This past November he received the Everett M. Rogers Award from the American Public Health Association’s Health Education and Health Promotion Section. Sadly, Tim died on 2 January 2017 from injuries sustained from a car accident in India, where he had gone to work with Unite for Sight, an international program promoting high-quality eye care for all. We invite Tim’s colleagues and friends to join us for tributes to and recollections of Tim.
Posted By Kristine Rosa, ICA Member Services and Fundraising Coordinator,
Monday, April 3, 2017
In November 2016, the ICA office in Washington DC received a shipment of 20 boxes, varying in size, on their way to their next home: Africa. As ICA staff organized the boxes in the lobby, unraveling each of the boxes, they were struck by the depth of the collection and the impact it would have on its recipient. Through a connection made by ICA’s Executive Director, Laura Sawyer, Federico Subervi (Emeritus) was able to make this generous donation to Sister Agnes Lucy Lando (Daystar U) and, in turn, 17 universities in Africa.
After completing his work at Kent State U in the fall of 2015, Federico began his search for a place to donate his collection of ICA journals, books, and other valuable research materials. “You have to be generous and recycle your books and journals,” said Federico. “Don’t just throw away anything for which you can try to find someone or some place that can make use of them.” As the ICA office already has a complete collection of our journals, Laura Sawyer asked Federico if he would be interested in donating them to Sister Lando for distribution among communication scholars in Africa. Due to unreliable internet connectivity, African students, professors, and researchers prefer the use of paper resources.
The 20 boxes donated by Federico contained the ICA journals Journal of Communication and Communication Culture & Critique; along with other journals like The Howard Journal of Communication, Communication Research, and Communication Inquiry. Federico’s donation to Lando allowed her to distribute the books to 17 universities in Africa, each of which received no less than 30 books.
Sr. Lando was excited to accept the donation from Federico, who was equally thrilled. “I’ll be delighted to know that some students, professors and scholars from the African continent are able to make good use of the journals and books to enhance their learning, education, and teaching about Communication,” he said.
As one of Sr. Lando’s objectives is to bring ICA to Africa—and Africa to ICA--she utilized the ICAfrica: Regional Conference mailing list to see if anyone would be interested in the books and journals. “Responses began flowing in!” said Sr. Lando. “People were not just in need of the books, but were very appreciative that ICA could think of supporting the continent in that manner.”
As universities accepted the collection, responses of gratitude came pouring through to Sr. Lando’s inbox.
“Uganda Marytrs University (UMU) is very grateful to ICA and ICAfrica for these valuable books and journals on communication. Since we are just about to launch communication programs, these are great assets for the university! We look forward to further support and collaboration in the areas of research, training on (communication) scholarly writing for emerging scholars and postgraduate students, as well as in teaching. This is especially important for UMU as we make our contribution to the betterment of communication scholarship in Africa and beyond,” says Professor John C. Maviiri.
Newton M. Banda, a Librarian at Malawi Institute of Management said “We at Malawi Institute of Management are so much grateful for your kind gesture and we believe these reading resources will go long way to assist us.”
If you are interested in making a donation, Federico and Sr. Lando have put together a few tips to follow:
1. Reach out to ICA. The staff will be able to assist you in your regional search for potential recipients of your donation.
2. Prepare a detailed inventory of all items, including the volume and year. This will help the recipient know what books are within the boxes.
3. Pack the books in smaller boxes, This will help facilitate the lifting and handling processes.
Federico is the Chair of ICA’s Ethnicity & Race in Communication (ERIC) Division, and has been an ICA member since the late 1970s when he was a doctoral student at the U of Wisconsin. He has since submitted, reviewed, and presented at ICA conferences, and has served as a member of task forces and committees.
Sr. Lando was the 2016 ICAfrica Conference convener. She is also an incoming ICA Board Member-at-Large, making her the first African to hold this position. Sr. Lando is the Internationalization Liaison for the Children, Adolescents, and the Media Division.
Posted By Administration,
Monday, April 3, 2017
This year, ICA booked 400 more rooms for our conference than we ever have before. Nevertheless, all four hotels are now sold out. If you do not have a room within our block, we do have a wait list being managed by our Executive Director in conjunction with the hotels. As rooms become available through cancellations, ICA will contact those on the list in chronological order of request received. We will assign you a room and you will then be responsible for calling with the confirmation number to make payment.
NOTE: We recommend that everyone on the wait list reserves a backup room as backup in case you do not receive a room through the list. There are numerous hotels in the area that are not under our block and have varying rates. You usually must only pay for one night to reserve and you can generally cancel with no penalties up to 48 hours before arrival.
Also note that it is highly unlikely that you will find a room for the night of 23 May, so if that night is part of your request we recommend that you wait to make flight reservations until you know you have a sleeping room. Similarly, rooms on 24 May are also hard to come by (though not quite as unlikely as the 23rd).
If you would like to be added to the wait list for a room based on cancellations that come in, please e-mail Laura Sawyer
, Executive Director of ICA, with the following information:
Check In (Arrival) Date
Check Out (Departure) Date
Preference for Room Type (two beds or one)
(note: room type is not guaranteed; it is based on what is available at check in)
Hotel Preference (first available, Hilton, Marriott, Omni, or Hyatt; all rooms at are the discounted conference rate of $149)
Your e-mail address
Your phone number
Posted By Charlotte Loeb, U of Mannheim and Tamar Lazar, U of Mannheim,
Monday, April 3, 2017
This month’s column from the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee provides a glimpse into the postdoctoral lives of three committee members. Each reflects on his or her transition from graduate school and provides advice to current graduate students and early career scholars.
Karin Fikkers, Postdoctoral Researcher, Amsterdam School of Communication Research (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands):
My transition from PhD student to postdoctoral researcher was a smooth one. I completed my PhD project about adolescents’ media violence exposure and aggressive behavior at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), and was very fortunate to obtain a postdoctoral position at the same institution. In the Netherlands, there is no policy requiring you to leave your alma mater upon graduating, which means I get to continue working with my amazing (former) supervisors Patti Valkenburg and Jessica Piotrowski.
I must admit that initially, I was a little concerned that staying at the same institution would mean that I would soon grow tired of doing the same things, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In my experience, staying at ASCoR opened up new and challenging opportunities that I don’t think would have been offered to me had I started at a new place. For example, I am now myself the proud (co)supervisor of a wonderful PhD student who is elaborating on the dataset I used for my PhD project. It’s a joy to work with her and to be able transfer your own experience in research (and doing a PhD project) to the next generation. Related to teaching, after having taught smaller (25-person) tutorial sessions for our course “Introduction to Communication Science” in the past 5 years, I now got the opportunity to teach large (150-person) lectures for this course in both our Dutch and English bachelor track. This was a very exciting opportunity and, as it turns out, a great fit for me! I think that both of these opportunities presented themselves because people at my home institution were already familiar with my work. So, my fears of not being able to develop proved unwarranted.
In fact, 2 years into my postdoc position have me convinced that you never stop learning or developing after obtaining your PhD (I’m sure the more senior scholars will be smiling knowingly here). You can push your academic boundaries in so many different ways. There are new research skills to learn – theoretical, methodological, analytical — and so, so many ways to further develop your teaching skills.
The most difficult part, I think, is choosing what to focus on and when. When I look around me, I see so many other skilled academics who all thrive in one or more parts of academic life – whether it’s teaching, publishing, obtaining grants, valorization, receiving awards and recognitions, etcetera. It’s extremely easy to get caught up in this rat race and try to keep up by doing more and working harder.
Personally, my way of staying sane in the rat race is to remind myself often about what my personal goals are as an academic, rather than letting others’ achievements dictate my goals for me. One easy way to do this is to write a post-it with your personal goal (mine is “Quality”) and stick it to your computer screen, where you can see this reminder every day. And whenever I fail at focusing on my own goals and try to join in the rat race, I’m happy to say that I have a group of great colleagues (who are also friends) around me that help me put my feet on the ground again. Talking to others in academia about your experiences is a great help!
So, in conclusion, my advice for current (graduate) students is to make sure you know what your goals are as an academic and to let them guide your decisions. Don’t let what (you think) other people are doing make you crazy. But do chat with peers about your experiences and listen to theirs too (you may even discover that others think YOU are doing great!).
Holli Seitz, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University (United States):
Like Karin, I found myself in a familiar place after graduation. My first faculty position actually involved a return “home” to my undergraduate institution. I am a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University and am also affiliated with the Social Science Research Center, where I direct the Messaging Laboratory.
I feel incredibly fortunate that this job brought me back to a welcoming place, with a network of people that I know and respect. There is no doubt that this familiarity has made my transition smoother. Instead of adjusting to a new community and a new position, I had to tackle only one of those. Even so, I’ve been surprised by the challenges that the transition has presented and by the things that have helped me in my new role.
As I was preparing to transition into my new life as a professor, I did the only thing I knew to do—my research. (To give you some background, this is how I cope with the unknown. For my dissertation, I depended on Destination Dissertation by Sonja K. Foss and William Waters; for the job search, I devoured The Academic Job Search Handbook by Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong; and, for pregnancy and new motherhood, I triangulated advice from no fewer than 12 volumes on the topic.) I came to enjoy books by James M. Lang, including Small Teaching (which I have recommended so often that I should probably be getting a share of his royalties) and On Course, a book designed for one’s first semester of teaching. I also took part in a faculty learning community through our Center for Teaching and Learning, in which a group of faculty members at different career stages came together to read and discuss Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do. Finally, having just gone through my first annual review, I have David D. Perlmutter’s Promotion and Tenure Confidential on my nightstand. This reading has been immensely helpful, and my growing awareness of my knowledge gaps has led to an ever-expanding reading list.
Despite all of that reading, however, I was surprised by the one thing that has been most essential to my transition: the development of social support. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to self-isolate, making academia feel like a lonely place. Intellectually, I know that social support enhances health and well-being, but I never expected that developing friendships with other new faculty members would have such a buoying effect on my career enjoyment and fulfillment. On a whim, I signed up to be a part of faculty writing group. This group has unexpectedly enhanced my productivity, produced new research ideas, and led to the development of great working relationships with faculty across the university. I’ve started having lunch occasionally with one new faculty member in a different department who has overlapping research interests and a daughter about my daughter’s age (having “mom friends” is important), and I have coffee every few weeks with yet another new faculty member. In addition, I’ve been warmly supported by faculty members in my home department. Each of these relationships has contributed to a sense of community, and each is making me a better teacher, scholar, and colleague.
Depending on your personality and situation, my experience may or may not resonate with you, but I firmly believe that (academic) life is better and richer when we can draw on the wisdom of others and develop authentic relationships.
Omar Al-Ghazzi, lecturer (assistant professor), University of Sheffield
After finishing my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, I immediately moved to the United Kingdom to start as a lecturer (assistant prof) at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Journalism Studies. Two years on, I am now in the process of making another move. Starting September 2017, I will be joining the Department of Media and Communications at the London School for Economics and Political Science (LSE) as an assistant professor. While the shift from student researcher to academic staff is not easy, it is also not Winston Churchill’s “blood, toil, tears and sweat”— despite what the more dramatic amongst us may warn. Looking back at my experience, these are some thoughts I would want to go back in time to tell my graduate student self.
You are not simply a student. Though it is important to experiment with different ideas as a student, and to enjoy graduate student life, you would benefit from realizing that your career has already started. The research you are conducting will be the research profile that defines your career for years to come. The contacts that you make as a PhD student, whether fellow graduate students or professors, will be very important into the future. And that senior scholar you met once may end up being the head of your department. Your notes, class papers, lectures, and presentations will be material that you will use and revisit for many years.
Accordingly, it is important to make decisions with an eye onto the future. You do not start from scratch when you begin in a new position. You build and enhance what you already have, whether in terms of research, teaching experience, or access to networks. And, of course, the most important lesson: Your dissertation is not the final product. You will be thinking about it, revising it, and rewriting it well into the future—whether one decides to publish it as a book or a series of articles.
As a new assistant professor, you will be busy. The one aspect to which you will have to quickly adapt as you make the shift is balancing the different and new demands on your time. In your first year, you will have to manage a workload of service and administration, in addition to teaching and advising, on top of your research. While I realize that one is lucky in this market to find a permanent and stable position immediately after finishing the PhD, there is also a case to be made for going for the postdoc route, which will give you more time to publish your work without the new time-consuming tasks.
Finally, remember that you love what you do. Transitioning from graduate student to academic faculty member, and in my case from one country to another, is difficult and can be overwhelming. The immediate pressures may make you lose sight of the big picture— which is that you are in this profession because you love teaching, researching, and learning. So avoid worrying and think of new opportunities as just that: opportunities to do what you are good at and what you love.
I think it is always good to remember that the core of our labor as academics should be the exchange of ideas, the search for truths, and the opening of minds. It is these ideals that can positively fuel our ambitions and make our transitions from one role to another smoother.
Posted By Administration,
Monday, April 3, 2017
Trudy Milburn, who was began as Director of Academic Programs in the School of Liberal Studies at Purchase College/SUNY in July 2017 has just been promoted to Assistant Dean for the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, effective April 2017.
Patti M. Valkenburg and Jessica Piotrowski have a new book out, Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth, and are preparing for their book tour! Check them out at a city near you!
21-Apr-17 Friday Philadelphia Knowledge @ Wharton Interview AND University of Pennsylvania Bookstore Presentation (supported by Annenberg School for Communication)
24-Apr-17 Monday Amherst Presentation at UMass Amherst
25-Apr-17 Tuesday Lansing Presentation at Michigan State University
27-Apr-17 Thursday Madison Presentation at University of Wisconsin-Madison
3-May-17 Wednesday Boston Presentation at Harvard University
4-May-17 Thursday Washington, DC Presentation at Georgetown University
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Monday, April 3, 2017
DIVISION & INTEREST GROUP NEWS
Feminist Scholarship Division
This year FSD sponsors a Blue Sky Workshop to provide graduate students and early-career scholars across ICA with advice for finding, landing, and navigating academic jobs.
Date & Time: Monday, 29 May 2017 , 9:30 - 10.45 am
Location: Hilton Bayfront, 5, Cobalt 500
The workshop will take the form of five concurrent small group discussions, each focused on challenges to different stages of the job search.
Two discussion topics – finding universities and positions that fit one’s strengths and presenting one’s academic narrative through CVs, cover letters, and professional websites – deal with questions and concerns related to the earliest stages of the job search, while a third topic, crafting effective job talks, will focus on later stages.
Two additional topics address the challenges that arise after one has been offered an academic job – negotiating contracts effectively and making the transition from doctoral candidate to junior faculty.
Senior or newly appointed scholars will lead each group discussion, but ultimately, this workshop is intended to be a collective learning process. We invite all ICA members to participate in multiple discussions and share their own experiences and expertise.
Journalism Studies Division
Dear fellow members, by now I hope that you have had a chance to look through the programme for the San Diego conference and I think you will agree that we have a very good programme for our Division! Keren and I are particularly happy with the submissions for our themed panel strand “Reinvigorating Theory in Journalism Studies”. We are also quite pleased that we have a very good mix of sessions this year: several sessions presenting research tackling burning contemporary issues on the one hand, many strong sessions on classical concepts in Journalism Studies, and several innovative sessions that we co-sponsor with other divisions, highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of the field.
We are also on track to have a great JS Division Reception this year. The date and time, as announced in the previous letter, is after the Business Meeting on Friday, May 26, 18.30 – 23.00, and the Reception will be held at Half Door Brewing, 903 Island Avenue, a mere 12-minute walk from the main conference hotel, just one block behind Petco Park (see http://www.halfdoorbrewing.com/). Maps and directions will be provided at the Business Meeting – please do note that if you look for directions on Google Maps it will look like it takes longer than 12 minutes to get there, since Google Maps does not know that the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge has been finished!
Looking forward to seeing you all in San Diego! --
Language and Social Interaction Division
We're looking forward to seeing you all in San Diego for the 2017 ICA Conference. This year, we're continuing the Mentorship Program we started in 2013 to build and strengthen our Language and Social Interaction community. Here's how it works: people can sign up to be mentors if they feel ready to do so -- for example, do you present/attend LSI events regularly and do you have experience worth sharing with less experienced members of the division? If you are new to the LSI division, a graduate student, brand new professor, or otherwise wishing you had some advice or a person to ask questions of, sign up to be a mentee. Once we get all the people signed up, we'll match you up and let you know with whom you're paired. You can meet at the LSI social or some other mutually agreed upon time/place.
If you are going to be in San Diego and are interested in serving as a Mentor OR interested in meeting with a Mentor, please email Alena Vasilyeva (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information by May 1, 2017:
1) Your name, title, affiliation
3) If you would be willing to serve as a mentor OR if you would like to meet with a mentor?
4) What are your areas of interest/specialty
If you’ve participated in the past, it might also be helpful to let us know with whom you’ve already met.
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Monday, April 3, 2017
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Digital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / Casa de América (Madrid) International Film Conference (IV TECMERIN Academic Meeting)
Over the past 20 years, digital technology has become the standard in the film production, circulation, and consumption processes. Within this context, Hispanic cinemas have undergone deep changes, both within the countries with an established cinematic tradition, as well as in those that, due to several reasons, had not developed a robust cinematography throughout the 20th century. The analogue paradigm became deeply contested and a new digital framework, which was widely discussed by institutions, film critics, and academics, emerged. This moment coincides with the widespread generalization of national and transnational neoliberal policies that, far from backing diversity, have increased the gap between those “connected” and those “disconnected” (to draw upon Néstor García Canclini’s term); a gap also experienced by those that, even if connected, still occupy subaltern positions.
The speeding of these processes has resulted in an increase of mobility, at work both in the geographical displacement of film professionals and in the emergence of new narratives models that deal with questions of belonging and uprooting, springing precisely from these experiences of displacement. The cinemas of the Global South, and, most specifically, Hispanic cinemas, have actively taken part in these processes, ultimately playing a relevant role in terms of narrative and aesthetic models, and the production, circulation and consumption of film.
Following the main research axes of the R+D project “Transnational relations in Hispanic digital cinemas: the axes of Spain, Mexico, and Argentina” (CSO2014-52750- P), the International Conference Digital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas welcomes proposals across the following lines of inquiry:
The representation of migrations, displacements, exile, and diaspora.
Transnational flows of cultural, economic, and human capital in the production and circulation of cinema.
The reconfiguration of the regional, national, and transnational Hispanic interactions within the new century.
Public discourses and film policies within the region.
Hybridization and identity in the narratives on colonization, decolonization, and revolutionary processes.
Activism and digital praxis.
Genres, authors, stars.
Film cultures and cinephilia: festivals, publications, and digital platforms.
Minor cinemas: indigenismo, experimental, and/or militant cinemas.
Historiographic, theoretical, and methodological problems of so-called Hispanic, Iberian, and Latin American cinemas.
Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes and may be in Spanish, Portuguese or English. Those interested in participating in the conference should send a title and an abstract proposal of 250 words to email@example.com, before 28 May 2017. Please send the abstract as an attachment to your e-mail. The file must include the title, name of the presenter (and co-presenters if any), institutional affiliation, and e- mail. Proposals for panels (4 papers or 3 presentations plus respondent) are welcome and must include a title for the panel itself and the different papers, the names of the participants and a brief summary of both the panel and the individual proposals.
2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition: Awards in Communications
· Swaziland: Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism
· India: Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair (All Disciplines)
· Zambia: Journalism and Broadcasting
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on 1 August 2017.
This notice serves as the call for papers for the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) annual conference for 2017
The SACOMM conference will be hosted by the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown on 31 August – 1 September 2017.
Abstracts are hereby invited for the SACOMM 2017 conference.
SACOMM 2017 CONFERENCE THEME
Locating the power of communication in a time of radical change
The post-truth, and decidedly digital, world is rapidly shifting the way we understand ourselves as media producers and consumers. We see billions of people now with communicative power in their hands actively shaping our world, its politics, its societies, its beliefs and ideas. We see people making their own audiences and speaking directly to them without recourse to the institutions of communication. We see the president of the world’s most powerful nation speak his thoughts and feelings directly to his followers via social media with no filter. Communication institutions of all kinds are being forced to prove their worth and usefulness and account for their methods, particularly when these methods are of the fact-based, verification variety. But media institutions of all kinds are compelled to adjust their social role, to work with and alongside new platforms and to think of their audiences as active and capable of speaking back, or even as competitors. At SACOMM 2017 we shall use the ‘post-truth’ moment as a backdrop against which to explore the idea of the power of communication at this moment in South Africa’s history. As global and local political, cultural and economic antagonisms and modes of resistance are ever-more visibly and quickly processed via the media.
The following questions are suggestive of topics to provoke presentations and conversations:
· What is truth? In what ways is truth under assault? Have we lost the power to appeal to fact-based reasoning as a ground for our public, social and political deliberations?
· Communication in its multiple forms is a significant power in our world. But is communication devoid of power in some circumstances?
· How do we think about the full spectrum of communication in this moment? Those who talk, those who transmit, those who listen, the many platforms, the high number of channels, the many forms of consumption and production.
· How do we rethink, in this moment, the ethical dimensions of communicative power? How do we reframe or reimagine the power of the audience to reject, disdain messages, the power to refuse to listen and alter one’s position. How do such questions matter in an era in which freedom of expression is often used as a weapon to force through speech that takes little account of truth and of the values and needs of audiences?
· The power of communication is not just simply the power of making messages, it is also a power to persuade, to grip the imagination, to provoke, to unsettle, to disrupt, to redirect. How do we come to terms with this invisible and often unacknowledged form of this power?
· The communication landscape/environment is very complex now. Minefields open up where different communication paths and social roles overlap/intersect.
· The power to resist change, the reactionary and the resulting messages. What about those who opt out and go into echo chambers? Complicated question: exposure and choice.
· Anger, emotion and outrage: which outrage is legitimate when everything is presented as a cause demanding a response?
· The personal is public and political in volatile and sometimes diabolical ways. The collapse between personal and political.
· In all this manic busy-ness, how do we open up spaces for listening, changing minds, adjusting positions?
· How do we think about the future of the communications professions? How do we continue to educate practitioners and theorists for the future?
Category 1: Full 20 minute conference paper presentations
Category 2: Poster presentations
Category 3: Panel discussion sessions and/or roundtable/workshop proposals
Academics and practitioners can submit abstracts for categories 1 – 3.
Emerging scholars (Honours, M.A. and Ph.D. students) can submit abstracts for categories 1 and 2.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORMS
All abstracts must be submitted on the correct abstract submission form. Submissions which are not submitted on the correct form will not be accepted. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
Submission deadline: 15 May 2017.
Deadline for electronic submission of all abstracts for peer review and other proposals: 15 May 2017. The conference organisers will notify authors about the status of their contributions via e-mail by end of June 2017.
A call for registration with further details about the conference will be released in July.
Conference theme: The conference theme gives an indication of the topic of discussions during plenary sessions at the SACOMM annual conference. Individual abstract submissions are not required to adhere to the conference theme.
SACOMM has six different streams. Please indicate which stream your abstract submission should be allocated to on your abstract submission form.
Media Studies and Journalism
Communication education and curriculum development (CECD)
Communications advocacy and activism (CAA)
Ewha Womans University, Division of Communication and Media (EWHA) and The Korean American Communication Association (KACA) jointly award outstanding research proposals focusing on Korea-related communication and/or media studies. A total of $3,500 will be awarded to the winning recipient(s). Ideally, one or two faculty-led projects (faculty as a PI) will be competitively selected to receive up to $3,500. The half of the award will be distributed at the beginning of the award cycle (August 2017) and the remaining half will be distributed at the completion of the study within two years (August 2019). The research findings should be presented at one of the KACA research sessions at NCA, ICA, or AEJMC in 2018 or 2019.
All material must be submitted electronically to the Award Committee Chair, Dr. Joonghwa Lee(firstname.lastname@example.org), by April 15, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
Any topic that advances Korea-related communication and/or media research is eligible for the award. Proposals must emphasize contributions to relevant research streams and the Korean society in general. All methods, whether qualitative or quantitative, are welcomed.
The proposal should be submitted in a word document with the .doc extension, 12 points, Times New Roman, double-spaced with page numbers, 1-inch margin on each side. Otherwise, the proposal will be disqualified. Hard copies will not be accepted. The proposal should be no more than five pages excluding references, timeline, and other additional materials. It should include the following sections:
1) An overview of the study, stressing the importance of the topic and the fit with Korea related communication and/or media research.
2) A brief literature review citing the most relevant articles and describing where the project fits with past research; This section should include the research questions and/or hypotheses, if applicable;
3) Proposed methods, with as much detail as possible;
4) A proposed timeline from inception of the project to presentation at one of the KACA research sessions at NCA, ICA, or AEJMC in 2018 or 2019. Note: The project must be completed within two years from the date of the business meeting in which the first half of the award is granted.
Include a current curriculum vita for PI and Co-PIs and a detailed project budget. The proposed budget should be within $3,500, showing how the research funds would be used. Indirect costs, personal memberships, and subscriptions to software or journals will not be funded. If matching funds are promised by another source, please include a letter (or e-mail) of support from the department chair or other administrators responsible for those funds.
Any full-time faculty member who is currently teaching, researching or studying communication or media in North America, Korea, or elsewhere is eligible to apply. To be considered for the award, the PI should be a KACA member as of April 15, 2017. In other words, an applicant should be a KACA member at the time of a proposal submission. Members of the KACA Executive Committee (2015-2017) are not eligible to apply. NOTE: EACH SUBMITTER/AUTHOR IS LIMITED TO ONE PROPOSAL.
Half of the awarded funds will be distributed at the start of the project, and the other half will be awarded when the project is completed and presented at one of the KACA research sessions at NCA, ICA, or AEJMC within the two-year deadline. Recipient(s) are required to submit an annual short progress report. Those who do not complete the project in two years from the date of award become ineligible for the additional funding. Proposals will be blindly reviewed by the selected reviewers, KACA Award Committee, and KACA Executive Committee. The committees reserve the right not to present the award.
Call for Interviewees @ 67th Annual ICA Conference
In pursuance of my research interest, I’m looking for political communication researchers who have engaged with this platform in their research projects, and who would be willing to spare 40-45 minutes at the upcoming ICA conference (May, 24-29 in San Diego).
If you are interested please contact me under email@example.com and I will send you an email with more details and a link to an online calendar where you can choose the time slot that works best for you.
Thank you for your interest!
PARTNERSHIP FOR PROGRESS ON THE DIGITAL DIVIDE (PPDD)
2017 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
San Diego, California USA
In conjunction with the 67th International Communication Association Annual Conference
Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) is the only academic professional organization in the world focused solely on the digital divide and on connecting research to policymaking and practice to strategize actions and catalyze solutions to this pressing societal concern. The academic research and practitioner community represented by PPDD stands ready to advance the agenda on broadband and the digital divide, to address the many challenges and opportunities presented by the digital world, and to further evidence-based policymaking and practice so that all citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age.
The interdisciplinary Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2017 International Conference brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners for an extended, in-depth dialogue about key issues that inform information and communication technologies and the digital divide around the world. The Conference works to identify new areas of necessary, productive focus, foster greater understanding, advance research, and enlighten policy and practice going forward. Confirmed speakers include leaders from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and The French Digital Agency within the Government of France Ministry for the Economy and Finance.
In addition, an optional 23 May 4-Hour Field Trip to our Local Digital Inclusion Program Hosts’ sites offers the opportunity to learn firsthand about innovative initiatives to bridge the digital divide in San Diego. As a major outcome of PPDD 2017, we plan to produce an edited volume of the top papers as well as special issues of our Publishing Partners' journals on specific themes within the digital divide area.
If you would like to present and discuss your work during PPDD 2017 and have it included in the online PPDD 2017 Conference Proceedings and/or if you would like to provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2017 E-Book, please see the Call for Participation (http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2017/cfp/) for instructions on how to submit your work for consideration.
If you would like to just attend PPDD 2017 to explore the issues and grow your knowledge and network of connections, please know that you are very welcome and valued in the PPDD Conference Community.
Please join PPDD, our Local Digital Inclusion Program Hosts, and an unprecedented broad multi-disciplinary coalition of co-sponsoring organizations from academic and practitioner communities to share your insights and expertise. Together, we will enrich the dialogue, connect research, policy and practice, and advance the agenda on the digital divide.
Please contact conference [at] ppdd [dot] org with any questions.
If you would like to 1) present and discuss your work during PPDD 2017 and have it included in the online PPDD 2017 Conference Proceedings, and/or if you would like to 2) provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2017 E-Book, we look forward with enthusiasm to your contribution and ask that you please follow the instructions provided at http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2017/cfp/ to submit your work. Submissions are welcome from researchers, policymakers, and practitioners at all stages of their careers, from any theoretical and methodological approach, and across multiple disciplines.
1) Deadline to Submit Your 250-Word-Maximum Abstract for Consideration for Presentation: 20 March 2017 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 31 March 2017
If you have visa or other time-sensitive concerns, please submit your work as quickly as possible and email conference [at] ppdd [dot] org to request an expedited review so you can receive notification shortly after submission.
Before we can address the digital divide, we must first understand the nature of life in the digital age, the many challenges and opportunities it presents, and the interplay of influence between technological and social change. Then, in turn, we can fully understand digital inequality; its place alongside other long-standing, persistent issues of social equity, social justice, and media justice; and what it means to be disconnected from the most important technological advancement in communication in a generation and the myriad possibilities it facilitates. Thus, PPDD 2017 invites work that informs issues related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the digital divide broadly defined, including but not limited to:
- gaps in access and connectivity
- digital (dis)engagement
- challenges and opportunities
- social and cultural aspects of the divide
- the skills and digital/information literacy needed to interpret, understand, and navigate information presented online and the requisite curriculum
- effective use by individuals and communities
- the impact of socioeconomic factors on user behavior
- the role of motivation, attitudes, and interests
- differences in patterns of usage
- characteristics and conceptualizations of non-users
- the ways in which people use the Internet to create content
- content creation and inequality
- different forms of capital and power relationships, including in terms of content creation, labor, and ownership
- the role of theory in understanding ICTs and digital inequality
- the impact of new and evolving technologies
- the interplay of influence with mobile technologies
- human-computer interaction, human factors, and usability
- socioeconomic and cultural effects
- social equity, social and economic justice, and democracy
- the ethics of digital inequality
- urban and regional planning
- international development
- disability and accessibility
- politics, digital government, digital citizenship, smart cities/citizens/government, civic engagement, adoption issues, and (in)equality
- law and policy and its impacts, including information/telecommunications policy, net neutrality, open access, open source, copyright, Internet filtering software, and censorship
- the digital security divide
- the digital privacy divide
- big data and inequality
- public access initiatives
- practitioner-oriented topics considering aspects of design, management, implementation, assessment, collaboration, challenges, problem solution, and opportunities
- architectural challenges and deployment experiences
- Internet access cost analyses
- the application of research to communities, practice, and public and private sector initiatives
2) Deadline to Submit a Position Paper for the PPDD 2017 Conference E-Book: 17 April 2017 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time
Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies
Call for papers for a special issue on: Participatory Art & Digital Culture
Guest editor: Kris Rutten
Editorial consultant: Leora Farber
In this special issue of Critical Arts we aim to explore participatory art practices that specifically engage with technology and digital media. There has been a growing body of art that focuses on social practices, networks and processes as constituting the artwork itself. This implies that the events that facilitate social interaction and cultural encounter are variously seen as the actual art practice (Siegenthaler 2013). However, because contemporary media culture is characterized by participation, interaction, immersion and collaboration, art practices are challenged to move beyond a “mere” adoption of new technologies. There is a need to explore how technologies are also changing our experience of place, conceptions of intimacy, co-presence and interaction, and to generate new understandings of technological mediation as a feature of social relations (Beaulieu, 2010; Hjorth and Sharp 2014).
We invite papers from researchers, theorists and artists to engage critically with how technology, media and networks open up new avenues to develop practices that examine place and locality, community and communication, interaction and intimacy, proximity and distance, creation and co-creation. Papers can also focus more broadly on the impact of digital technologies on art today, for example by exploring the creative and participatory practices that are made possible by artists working with technology or by collaborations between artists, scientists and technological experts, focusing for example on robotics, virtual/ augmented reality, immersive media or game technology (Gardiner and Gere 2010, Gronlund 2016). Next to full research papers we also invite contributions that can serve as vignettes - short statements and reflections by artists about their practice.
- Deadline for abstracts: Please send your abstracts of 300 words by April 15th 2017 to Kris.Rutten@UGent.be.
- Notification of selected abstracts by: May 15th 2017.
- Deadline for article submission: based on the selection of the abstracts full papers will need to be submitted by: August 15th 2017.
- Information and instructions for authors: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/RCRC
All completed manuscripts MUST be uploaded onto the online manuscript portal Scholar One. Go to Critical Arts on the Taylor and Francis site. There is an option on the top left pane of the screen that says ‘submit’, select this then click ‘submit online’ and follow the prompts.
Further inquiries about the special issue: Kris.Rutten@UGent.be
Alternatively, contact the Critical Arts editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org or the editor-in-chief, Keyan Tomaselli at email@example.com
Critical Arts prides itself in publishing original, readable, and theoretically cutting edge articles. For more information on the history and the orientation of the journal, as well as guidelines for authors, and legal and editorial procedures, please visit: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/rcrcauth.asp Critical Arts is now published six times annually and is indexed in the International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS) and the ISI Social Science Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index and other indexes.
The Graduate Caucus at SFU, School of Communication is pleased to announce the 2017 Critical Studies Conference at SFU / CSC 2017:
(Re)conceptualizing the “margins”: Alterity and resistance in critical and communication theory
April 28-29 | Vancouver, BC
“To be in the margin,” wrote bell hooks in 1984, “is to be part of the whole but outside the main body.” For decades, communication studies has been concerned with trying to define itself as a field of study. Though it is fueled by its wide ranging and diverse scholarship, there is a long history of drawing, and re-drawing, the contours of what is central to communication studies. In the continuous struggle to define our field, an ongoing self-reflexivity is needed. As communication scholars, we need to ask ourselves frank questions about how knowledge is produced and reproduced within the field, and by whom. Power and knowledge are intrinsically intertwined. How does this play out in our discipline? What impact does it have on what we are taught and what we research?
The conference invites presentations that explore various conceptualizations and dialogues of the “margins” and “centre” of communication theory. Re-examining the contours of past, present, and future scholarship within communication theory offers an opportunity to conceptualize, and re-conceptualize, the relationship between dominant and subaltern discourses and illustrate how dialogues within the margins can be mobilized to resist dominant groups. Whose voices are privileged in communication theory? Whose voices go unheard?
This year, CSC 2017 will feature two keynote speakers:
- Janet Wasko, Knight Chair of Communication Research (University of Oregon), IAMCR President.
We welcome a broad range of submissions, from theoretical contemplation to pragmatic considerations of specific cases that explore, critique, or extend issues related to the conference’s general theme. The conference offers a chance to share ideas and receive feedback on current work from researchers of diverse disciplinary backgrounds and institutions. There will also be publication opportunities for presenters who wish to submit revised manuscripts to Stream: Inspiring Critical Thought, the School of Communication’s graduate journal. The conference will take place at SFU Vancouver, situated on un-ceded Coast Salish Territory - the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Please submit your abstracts to the conference coordinators, Alicia Massie and Benjamin Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2017. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words (excluding references).
Posted By Administration,
Monday, April 3, 2017
Darden School of Business
The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position in Management Communication beginning in the fall of 2017.
As a non-tenure track faculty member in the Management Communication area, this position includes teaching, course development, and service. A primary expectation of this position is working with and contributing to the First-Year MC teaching team, which delivers the required MC course in the First-Year Residential MBA Program. Other teaching may include the required MC course in the Executive MBA program and/or electives in either residential or executive MBA formats. Opportunities for teaching in Executive Education may be available.
The Darden MC area seeks talented teachers who will develop and deliver high-quality offerings in a school that values collaborative and inter-disciplinary teaching. Topics of special interest include: advanced writing and speaking, interpersonal communication, strategic communication, and corporate communication. Candidates with special expertise in visualization of data, social media, or other communication technology applications are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related discipline and evidence of teaching excellence. Applicants with a master's degree and significant work experience in corporate communication also will be considered. This position is preferably at the assistant professor rank and open to considering other ranks depending upon qualifications and experience.
Review of applications will begin after February 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled. For more information about the Darden School and the University of Virginia, see http://www.darden.virginia.edu/.
To apply, go to https://jobs.virginia.edu, search for posting number 0619932 and complete a Candidate Profile on-line and attach a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.
Under separate cover, please send examples of professional work and/or recent research papers to the following e-mail address: MCapply@darden.virginia.edu. For questions about the position contact June West, email@example.com.
The Darden School of Business is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups under-represented in academia. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
School of Journalism and Communication
Professors/ Associate Professors/ Assistant Professors
Applications are invited for:-
Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in communication or a related field (by the time reporting for duty); (ii) strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and (iii) a track record of research and publication. Applicants with expertise in digital culture and interests in globalization and communication are preferred.
Appointments will normally be made on contract basis for up to three years initially commencing as soon as possible, which, subject to mutual agreement, may lead to longer-term appointment or substantiation later.
Applications will be accepted until the posts are filled.
The University only accepts and considers applications submitted online for the posts above. For more information and to apply online, please visit http://career.cuhk.edu.hk.
Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President Elect, McMaster U,
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I spent a recent weekend in Washington, DC laying out the conference programme and working with our ICA staff to avoid double-booking any of you (overcommitted!) people at our May conference. This is dizzying work, as you might imagine, but the payoff came on Saturday morning when the computer programme assured us that all conference events were booked into rooms—without conflicts! We can now see the May schedule clearly and it, too, is dizzying in its scope.
The programming that our Divisions have created is diverse, challenging, and affirms the logic in ICA’s efforts to become more international and to encourage cross-divisional scholarship. The conference theme organizers—thank you Adrienne Shaw (Temple U) and Travers Scott (Clemson U)!—have put together an engaging array of scholars, topics, and approaches to our conference theme of “Interventions: Communication Research and Practice.” You will not want to miss any of these theme-based panels! For the first time, ICA is hosting a Making and Doing exhibition of art, media, design, and research creation work in our field; the exhibition has been organized by Lisa Henderson (U of Massachusetts – Amherst) and a team of hard-working referees. They had the difficult task of sorting through over 75 proposals and curating this 2-hour opening night event. The exhibition features an expansive range of mediums, topics, and presentation formats ranging from performances to interactive work from students, junior, and senior internationally representative scholars. It will open alongside our opening reception—so be prepared to meander these mediated communications as you enjoy your beverage of choice and connect with old friends and colleagues on Thursday night!
Finally, members of our Games Studies Division (Jaime Banks (West Virginia U), Robby Ratan, and Allison Eden (Michigan State U)), along with Andy Opel (Florida State U) and myself, have been having a lot of fun creating our first ever ICA conference game. We don’t want to give too much away... but if you choose to play, be prepared to adjust your usual conference flow. The gameplay will take place through the ICA conference app and the objective is to encourage members to step out of their divisional comfort zones. You will get points for attending cross-divisional events, such as the Making and Doing session or the “Intervention” theme sessions.
There is much more but we can’t reveal it — just yet. Stay tuned!