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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019

Dear ICA,

My research team analyzed public media in the United States, Mexico and Canada, for a comparative analysis. I understand we have a fair use right to collect and also to reproduce for analysis and illustration in the U.S. But I also know fair use is a U.S. law. Did we violate Mexican and Canadian copyright by collecting this material? Also, do we need permission from copyright holders to use illustrative material in international journals?

Thank you,


Dear International,

You’re entirely right that fair use doctrine exists in U.S. law, and all copyright law is limited in its jurisdiction to the nation where it was written. Fair use also exists in a few other countries, including Israel, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and Korea. Canada’s fair dealing acts, for scholarly purposes, very much like fair use.

In terms of copyright and research, the relevant copyright law for you is where you are doing the research. So if you do the research in the U.S., no matter where the copyrighted material originates, you are subject to U.S. law in using it.

In terms of publishing, international journals are subject to the law of the country where they are published. It is interesting that in practice, many international journals follow a basic fair use logic. This may be because in their nations, copyright policy includes exemptions that permit scholarly uses.

But we have also seen again and again that journals in the U.S. have editorial practices that demand permissions. This is an old-fashioned and out-of-date approach to publishing, but you may have to do some ground-level education of your editor and your editor’s superior to convince them. Sharing the ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication is a good place to begin; the best practices of a field provide very solid ground for making a fair use decision.


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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Student Column- Come and Join Our Student and Early Career Networking Events!

Posted By Sarah Cho (UMass Amherst), Monday, May 6, 2019

Come and Join Our Student and Early Career Networking Events!

By Sarah Cho (UMass Amherst), Vice-Chair of the ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC)

Yes, finally, it is May! This means that you have to be ready for your presentation in DC while also wrapping up hundreds of tasks such as grading, final project submission, applying for grants, and maybe even defending your thesis before you head to DC. For many young scholars, this is the season of overworking, with countless cups of coffee. Let me ask you, when was the last time you slept well? Do you already feel exhausted and unsure if this is the life you dreamt of when you applied for this program? What about your financial status? Have you found a summer job? Do you have a support group? (I’m not talking about your writing group.) And if so, do you have time to talk to your support group? I know, back in January you were super excited that your paper was accepted to your favorite conference, and DC is well-known for its beautiful atmosphere in May. However, now, at the end of the semester, attending a conference can feel like no more than an addition to the burdens you already have.

We know you, and this is our story too. This year, the ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) thoughtfully planned our Blue Sky Workshop under the title of “Can there be a life beyond academia? Achieving Work-Life Balance as Young Scholars.” We expect this event will provide a place for you to safely share your experiences and learn about others’ thoughts on work-life balance and the mental health of young scholars. We invited three tremendous speakers—Mari Castaneda (UMass Amherst), Tanja Bosch (Cape Town Univ.), and Camella Rising (George Mason Univ. and Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch)—to have a conversation with you in this BSW. We might not be able to solve our work-life balance issues there, but we can discuss and raise awareness on this important issue through this event.

We warmly invite you to our BSW in DC on Monday morning: come meet our panel and share your experience!

If you are a first-timer at the ICA conference, don’t miss the New Member/Student and Early Career Orientation session. The SECAC will be there to welcome you and answer your questions. You may find that this conference is too big to locate yourself in, but you are not alone. This orientation session will be the perfect first step for you to build a friendly network with other young scholars.

If you would like to hear the latest news of the Student Community, if you are an SECDR—Student and Early Career Division and Interest Group Representative—or if you found any issue to raise your voice, join our business meeting on Saturday! In the meeting, you will be able to meet the SECAC members—Ido Ramati (Bauhaus Univ.), Camella Rising (George Mason Univ.), Sophia Volk (U of Leipzig), and Clare Grall (Michigan State Univ.). The chair, Julie Escurignan (Roehampton Univ.), and vice-chair, Sarah Cho (UMass Amherst), will be leading the meeting. We are especially glad to introduce our first Global South Student and Early Career Representatives (GSSECRs) at this occasion. Muhammad Ittefaq (Kansas Univ.) and Akwasi Bosompem Boateng (U of KwaZulu-Natal) will begin their two-year term after this conference to serve the network of students and early career scholars from the Global South and to foster exchanges between them and the ICA. If you are interested in networking with young scholars from the Global South, please join the “ICA Global South Student Representative” Facebook page.

And, of course, ICA wouldn’t be ICA without the exceptional SECAC Reception! This year, it will take place on Saturday 25th May from 8 to 10pm at the Exiles Bar (1610 U St NW, Washington DC) . On Saturday night come brighten our party! You deserve to have a relaxed conversation outside of the conference rooms and a cold beer after the long week.

To summarize, here are the events organized by the SECAC during the DC Conference:

  • SECAC Business Meeting – Saturday 25th May, 11-12:30 (Columbia 6, Hilton)

  • SECAC Reception – Saturday 25th May, 8-10pm (Exiles Bar)

  • “Can there be a life beyond academia? Achieving Work-Life Balance as Young Scholars” Blue Sky Workshop – Monday 27th May, 9:30-10:45 (Van Less, Hilton)

If you’d like more information about events dedicated to Student and Early Career Scholars during the DC Conference, please join the “ICA early-career scholars network” Facebook page.

The SECAC looks forward to having you in DC!

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Congratulating the Winners!

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019

At the start of the current membership term ICA launched a Membership Survey. We encouraged members of ICA to complete the survey by December 2019 for a chance to win a luggage set from AWAY, or win a complimentary conference registration to 69th Annual ICA Conference.

We are delighted to share the grand prize winner of the AWAY luggage set:

Fashina Aladé, Michigan State U

The complimentary conference registration prize winners are:

Sam Lehman-Wilzig, Bar-Ilan U, and

Pamela Custodio, U of the Philippines

We thank everyone who participated in the survey. By sharing your thoughts, it will help us serve your needs better!


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Member News

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019


Movements in Organizational Communication Research (Routledge)

Jamie McDonald (U of Texas San Antonio) and Rahul Mitra (Wayne State U) are excited to announce the release of our new edited volume, titled "Movements in Organizational Communication Research: Current Issues and Future Directions," published by Routledge. The book is recommended as the anchor text for introductory graduate-level courses and upper-level undergraduate courses in organizational communication. It is also an excellent supplementary text for advanced doctoral-level courses in organizational communication, and courses in related fields such as organization studies, organizational behavior, and management.

Key features of the book include:

1. A review of current issues and future directions in 13 topical areas of organizational communication research.

2. Intergenerational dialogue and collaboration between both established and emerging scholars in their specialty areas.

3. Reflections by the authors on their scholarly trajectories and how they became a part of the field.

4. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter that prompt reflections and debate.

5. Online resources for instructors include sample course syllabus and suggested case studies from the book "Cases in Organization and Managerial Communication" (also from Routledge) to align with this book's chapters

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction to the Field and to the Volume, by Jamie McDonald and Rahul Mitra

2. Organizational Structures, Processes, and Agency, by Timothy R. Kuhn and Jared Kopczynski

3. Organizing Power and Resistance, by Dennis K. Mumby and Mie Plotnikof

4. Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability, by Steven K. May, Jeremy Fyke, and Katharine E. Miller

5. Identity, Identification, and Branding, by George Cheney and Katie Sullivan

6. Organizational Culture and Socialization, by Michael W. Kramer and Stephanie L. Dailey

7. Gender and Sexuality, by Jessica A. Pauly and Patrice M. Buzzanell

8. Difference, Diversity, and Inclusion, by Patricia S. Parker and Jamie McDonald

9. Emotion and Relationships in the Workplace, by Sarah J. Tracy and Shawna Malvini Redden

10. Group Decision Making and Collaboration, by Jennifer Ervin and Joann Keyton

11. Leadership, by Guowei Jian and Gail T. Fairhurst

12. Change and Change Management, by Laurie Lewis and Surabhi Sahay

13. Networks and Technology, by William C. Barley and Marshall Scott Poole

14. Crisis and Resilience, by Matthew W. Seeger and Rahul Mitra

15. Moving Forward: Future Directions in Organizational Communication, by Rahul Mitra and Jamie McDonald

To learn more about the book and to purchase a copy (or request one for inspection), please see https://www.routledge.com/Movements-in-Organizational-Communication-Research-Current-Issues-and/McDonald-Mitra/p/book/9781138304468.



Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and Sexual Violence on US Campuses

by Kate Lockwood Harris

Oxford University Press, 2019

available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce the publication of a new title. In Beyond the Rapist, Kate Lockwood Harris considers how the relationships among organization, communication, and violence inform university responses to sexual assault. Drawing upon feminist new materialist theory and method, Harris shows how complex physical and symbolic components of rape are embedded in organizations and applies this thinking to mandated reporting policies at a university known for its Title IX processes.

In so doing, she suggests that combatting the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses requires linking sexual violence to systemic injustices and refining definitions of violence to encompass far more than individual, physical injuries.

The book is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in communication, management, feminist studies, and higher education policy. It will also be useful for scholars engaging with new materialisms.

For additional information and to order: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/beyond-the-rapist-9780190876937?lang=en&cc=us




Popular Culture Studies Journal (Vol 7 No 1)

The editors of the Popular Culture Studies Journal are happy to announce the release of Vol. 7 No. 1 that features editorials on "why popular culture matters," seven original research articles, and an plethora of reviews that includes movies, television shows, games, and theatrical performances.

The original research considers live TV, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Rufus Wainwright's fans, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hamilton, and Sin City. One editorial collections reasons why popular culture matters while another counters with the need to remove hierarchies in academic studies.

All of this and more is free online at http://mpcaaca.org/the-popular-culture-studies-journal/current-issue/vol7-no1.

Questions about the publication can be addressed to the journal's Editor, CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, at pcsj@mpcaaca.org.

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019


Dear CAM members

We’re excited to let you know that we have a new CAMmer in the Spotlight: Giovanna Mascheroni.

Interested to read more about her work and her new co-edited book on The Internet of Toys? Check out our website: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/giovanna-mascheroni/

Special thanks to our wonderful CAM secretary, Ine Beyens, for coordinating yet another great edition of our In the Spotlight series!

Best wishes,

Jessica Piotrowski




Dear CAT members and friends,

Greetings! Spring is in full spring, and the 2019 conference in Washington, D.C. is right around the corner.

With the D.C. conference being so close, now is a great time to get in touch with you, providing updates on the CAT’s planning and preparations, and announcing major CAT scheduled events for your time in D.C.

At the 2019 conference, CAT will have a big showing with 52 paper sessions, 5 panels, 2 high-density sessions, and a heavy presence in poster sessions. Along with your presentations and the fantastic panels you will be attending, CAT has multiple events planned during the conference that we would love for you all to attend. Also, there are a number of excellent pre

and postconferences this year, some of which have rolling deadlines if you're interested in attending, here is the link: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

CAT’s big day is on Saturday, May 26. We have a packed schedule with the two top paper panels (Student Top Papers - May 26, 2019 at 14:00; CAT Top Papers - May 26, 2019 at 15:30), the CAT business meeting (May 26, 2019 at 17:00), and the CAT reception (May 26, 2019 at 18:30). Everyone is welcome at these events. Come listen to some great scholarship and learn more about CAT has in the works. We are currently finalizing CAT awards and travel funding, and will be announcing these at the business meeting.

A reminder: the conference schedule is constantly updated, so please check the online schedule before you go to your scheduled session. For more information on the complete list of events, visit: https://www.icahdq.org/.

As the planning for the 2019 conference winds down, I also want to take a moment to thank everyone who worked with me through this challenging year as ICA implemented a new submission system. The new system caused several challenges for all of us. While there were some issues that will have to be worked out for next year, we have taken the feedback that many of you have provided and have sent it to ICA headquarters to help make the system more user-friendly next year.

Nicole, German and I are looking forward to seeing a strong CAT contingency in Washington.


Ran Wei

Vice Chair/2019 Planner




•       Become a member/renew your membership!

•       Pre-Conference: “The Long History of Modern Surveillance”

•       Full Conference Program

Dear members of the ICA Communication History Division,

Following up on our email from last week, we have three quick announcements. We promise they will be brief, but also helpful in accessing important information about this year's May conference in Washington DC.

1.      Membership. This is the time to register for the May meeting as well as renew your membership, if you haven’t already done so. Membership is important to the Division for a number of reasons. Beyond building our community of scholars, becoming a member of CHD provides us with more programming possibility for the annual conference as well as funds to support the excellent work of the CHD community. Follow this link to join us or renew your membership: https://www.icahdq.org/page/join_renew

2.      Full Conference Program. Again, a fantastic program is planned! The full conference schedule can be viewed from the Communication History Division website https://communicationhistory.org/chd-in-washington/ We kindly request that presenters share copies of their papers with discussants no less than two weeks before the conference.

As always, please be in touch with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC!

The CHD Exec Team

Nicole Maurantonio (chair), Derek Vaillant (vice-chair), and Lars Lundgren (secretary)



2019 Teresa Award Recipient:

Radha S. Hegde, New York U

The Feminist Scholarship Division is delighted to announce that Radha S. Hegde has been chosen to be the recipient of the 2019 Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship. It will be awarded during a ceremony and reception at the ICA conference in Washington,


The Teresa Award recognizes work from established feminist scholars who have made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of feminist scholarship in communication and/or media studies.

In presenting this award, the Teresa Committee recognizes the impact of Radha’s scholarship, which connects globalization, post-colonialism, culture, and media. The deliberations noted the value of her activist role and advocacy on gender justice and feminist initiatives beyond academia. Radha’s strongest impact is in exploring power through post-colonial lens and engaging feminist theory through globalization and transnationalism.  

All members of FSD, along with friends and family, are encouraged to attend the Teresa Award Ceremony and Reception honoring Radha Hegde, which will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m, right after the Feminist Scholarship Division Business Meeting, in the Washington

Hilton Hotel, Shaw, First Floor.

Congratulations to Radha Hedge!



Congratulations to Our Division Award Winners! We hope to see you all at the top 4 panel and our business meeting to celebrate these outstanding scholars!

The celebration begins on May 25th at 3:30; Morgan (Washington Hilton, Lobby Level)

See you then!


Top Papers:

Jimmie Manning, University of Nevada, Reno & Katherine Denker, Ball State University: “Justifications of ‘ghosting out’ of developing or ongoing relationships: Young adult anxieties regarding digitally-mediated interaction.”

Wenjing Pan, Renmin University of China, Bo Feng, University of California, Davis, & Cuihua Shen, University of California, Davis: “Social capital, social support, and language use in an online depression forum.”

Tamara D. Afifi, Kathryn Harrison, & Nicole zamanzadeh, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Parents’ relationship maintenance as a ‘booster shot’ for families with type I diabetes.”

Jeffrey Hall, University of Kansas & Andrew Merolla, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Connecting everyday talk and time alone to global well-being.”

Top Student Paper:

Hannah K. Delemeester & Dacheng Zhang, San Diego State University: “Is it simply a matter of saying ‘no’? An ethnographic investigation into the negotiation of unwanted sexual advances among women taking public transportation.”

2019 Outstanding Thesis Award Winner :

Heath A. Howard, University of Alabama: “Deception, trust, and credibility: A Gricean exploration.”

2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner:  

Kellie St.Cyr Brisini, The University of Pennsylvania: “Relational Turbulence and Marital Communication when Children with Autism Start School.”

Travel Awards:

Kathryn Harrison, University of California, Santa Barbara

Jian Jiao, University of Arizona

Yachao Li, University of Georgia

Qin Yuren, National University of Singapore

Registration Waivers:  

Davide Cino

Bingjie Liu

Chiara Dalledonne Vandini

Smrithi Vijayakumar

Lichen Zhen



Dear LSI Member:

We're looking forward to seeing you all in Washington DC for the 2019 ICA Conference in May. 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 DC and are interested in serving as a Mentor OR interested in meeting with a Mentor, please email Jessica Robles (j.j.robles@lboro.ac.uk) with the following information by May 8, 2019:

1) Your name, title, affiliation

2) Your email

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.


Jessica Robles

LSI Chair

Ad-Hoc Mentorship Committee



Dear PopComm Membership:

Welcome to our spring update. We are now just a little over four weeks away from the start of the 2019 conference. Read on for information about DC and conference highlights:


“Buddy system”: ICA is a giant conference, and it can be confusing for newcomers to navigate. For this reason, this year Popular Communication will be piloting a “buddy system” to match new attendees with veteran conference goers. We are asking buddies to trade contact info before the conference and meet at least once during the conference, preferably early on. If this system works well, ICA may adopt it across other divisions.

If you’re interested in signing up as a “veteran” or a “newcomer,” please fill out this link:


Panel Chairing: If you are chairing a panel, please be sure to reach out to the participants of your panel soon to discuss the logistics. ICA panel sessions are 75 minutes, and it is the responsibility of chairs to manage time and moderate the question and answer period. If you need help getting the contact info of the people on your panel, please ask me.

Business Meeting: Our division’s business meeting will be taking place Saturday, May 25 from 1700 - 1815 in Holmead (Washington Hilton). Please make every effort to attend!

Reception: Immediately following our business meeting, we will head to our joint reception, hosted with  Visual Communication; LGBTQ; Feminist Studies; Activism, Communication and Social Justice; Philosophy, Theory and Critique; and Ethnicity and Race in Communication. It begins Saturday,  May 25 at 6:30PM. There will be drink tickets (given out at the business meeting) and snacks.

Social Media: Please follow @ICAPopComm on Twitter and join https://www.facebook.com/groups/popcomm/ on Facebook for conference teasers and updates during the event.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Devon Powers

Chair, Popular Communication Division




Dear Members of the ICA PRD,

We are just over a month away from the ICA Conference in Washington, DC!

Please be sure to read the April newsletter of the PRD for important information about the conference and the division's activities.

The newsletter can be accessed by copy/pasting this link into your web browser, or on the division's website.


Looking forward to seeing you all in DC!



Dear fellow members,

As ICA 2019 is approaching fast, I would like to draw your attention to the VCS program in DC and provide some context about the paper competition.

Once again, our schedule looks very promising, with a Young Scholars preconference on Friday 24 May (at American University, more info can be found at https://www.visualcommunicationstudies.net/ica-preconference-2019/), organized by Student Representative Rebecca Venema, and a total of 60 presentations at the main conference, which together reflect the rich and vibrant research community that is visual communication studies. In this regard, I am also happy to announce that besides the Joint Reception, several VCS sessions at ICA 2019 are co-sponsored by fellow Divisions and Interest Groups as diverse as Journalism Studies, Game Studies, and Activism, Communication and Social Justice, which - in line with the 2019 general conference theme - could only further a dialogue ‘across boundaries’, while helping visual scholarship gain visibility in the larger ICA community. So, make sure to check out the VCS program (available online since 1 March) when creating your personal itinerary!

As program planner, I would like to express my gratitude, on behalf of the VCS Division, to everyone who submitted their work and to the many of you who volunteered to review, as well as to the session chairs and discussants, and, especially, to Rebecca Venema for taking the lead on this year's preconference. My sincere thanks to all of you for your commitment and support!

In terms of numbers, the VCS Division received a total of 101 individual submissions - 63 papers, 2 posters, and 36 extended abstracts - and 3 panel proposals. Based on these figures plus membership numbers, VCS was allotted 12 session slots and 6 posters in the DC schedule. After careful consideration of the reviews and given the available space, we were able to accept 30 papers, 2 posters proposals, 18 extended abstracts, and 2 panels, resulting in an overall acceptance rate of 50%. Congratulations to those whose work has been accepted! Unfortunately, these numbers also imply that we had to disappoint just as many. We hope you find the feedback you received valuable, and we encourage you to rework or further develop your research and consider resubmitting it for the 2020 conference in Brisbane, Australia.

As always, the VCS Division also recognizes excellence by granting awards to top-ranked paper and poster submissions. There are separate competitions for faculty, student, and posters/interactive papers. Each awardee is recognized in the conference program and at the VCS Division Business Meeting (on Saturday 25 May, 5:00 to 6:15 pm), and receives a 150$ award. The laureates for the 2019 conference are as follows:

Top faculty paper

“People only share videos they find entertaining or funny.” Right­wing populism, humor and the fictionalization of politics. A case study on the Austrian Freedom Party’s 2017 online election campaign videos -- Cornelia Brantner, Daniel Pfurtscheller, and Katharina Lobinger (IWAF ­Institute for Knowledge Communication and Applied Research)

Top poster

Film Aesthetics of Circular Frame: A Case Study of Film “I am not Madame Bovary” -- Yu Ma (University of Copenhagen)

Top student papers

Aesthetic Disruptions in Everyday Life: Resolving the Contradictions of a Cosmopolitan Ideal in Contemporary Berlin -- Hanna Morris (University of Pennsylvania)

Spectator Multitude: The Epitomization of Reddit Place -- Xuelian He (Georgia State University)

Visuals and visibility in networked public spheres: The 2017 G20­protests, new avenues of policing and implications for visual communication research -- Rebecca Venema

(UniversitaÌ della Svizzera italiana)

In addition, the VCS Division also granted a 'top reviewer' award to Allison Kwesell (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) as a token of our appreciation for her qualitative feedback, hard work, and last-minute help.

Congratulations to all awardees!

On a final note, please make sure to mark your calendar for the Joint Reception on Saturday 25 May, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, immediately following the Business Meeting. The reception takes place offsite, at The Big Hunt Bar (http://thebighunt.net/).

I hope to see many of you in DC! Very much looking forward to it.

All the best,

Jelle Mast

VCS Division Vice Chair & Program Planner

Dear fellow members,

As a follow-up to the information you received yesterday, we want to provide some details regarding the VCS preconference.

The preconference “Crossing boundaries in visual communication research” will draw attention to how interpersonal and social, cultural, national, linguistic, or moral boundaries are established, eliminated, crossed or transgressed with and in visual communication.

The preconference brings together young researchers (current Ph.D. students and early career postdoctoral researchers) and advanced scholars. It aims to be an opportunity especially for young scholars to discuss their work and the role of visuals for defining/crossing boundaries in society and to receive substantial feedback by peers and expert respondents. Moreover, it is meant to be a forum to jointly discuss current challenges and future directions regarding methodological, theoretical, and ethical boundary crossings in the interdisciplinary field of visual communication research.

The preconference will consist of several formats: an opening keynote by Luc Pauwels (University of Antwerp), a presentation session, workshop groups and a closing plenary. Expert discussants are Prof. Dr. Shahira Fahmy (University of Arizona) and Prof. Dr. Katharina Lobinger (USI – Università della Svizzera italiana). My sincere thanks to the three of them for this commitment and support!

You can find the tentative program here: https://www.visualcommunicationstudies.net/ica-preconference-2019/

I hope to see many of you in DC! I am very much looking forward to it.

Best regards,

Rebecca Venema

VCS Division Student Representative

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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019

October 14 - October 16, 2019

Tilburg, the Netherlands

The ICSI Regional Conference is the 6th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). This year’s conference is hosted by Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, and will be held in Tilburg, the Netherlands. http://www.icsi2019.nl

The conference theme this year is "Re-Connecting". We want to connect scholars from the different sub-disciplines of interpersonal communication and social interaction, for example workplace interaction, communication in interpersonal relationship, impression management, interpersonal and health communication. Connecting our insights from different fields may inform our own research, provide creative ideas for future research, and help theory development. Moreover, the theme reflects the fact that our mediated and unmediated interactions are increasingly connected and integrated. As advanced communication technologies increasingly become part of our everyday experience, we are forced to revisit and connect theories of online and offline social interaction.

The ICSI Regional Conference 2019 provides an opportunity to share our ideas, theories and research about interpersonal communication and social interaction across our different specializations. We call for paper and panel proposals from any communication or communication-related discipline and methodology that address the section's themes.

Submission deadline: June 09 (midnight CET).




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

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 July 15, 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).


Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication

Growing anti-immigration attitudes, rising nationalist tendencies, landslide victories of populist figures as well as the dissolution of national and supranational entities – these are just some of the multiple political and societal challenges western democracies are facing nowadays. These challenges have been said to affect the way citizens, the media and political actors communicate among and with each other. More specifically, concerns about the deliberative quality of these communications have been put forward. While this observation has so far been corroborated by a series of isolated studies, which produced not more than a few islands of analysis, an integrative and comprehensive perspective on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication is yet missing.

The special issue Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication thus addresses this gap in the literature by systematically bringing together different strands of research on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication. The special issue thus aims at providing an integrative and comprehensive picture on modern political communication in times western democracies are facing a multitude of disruptive challenges. Theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions focusing on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication are welcome. Topics and questions of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. The deliberative quality of political debates: To which extent do political debates come close to the genuine benchmarks of deliberation? How deliberative is political communication transmitted via different channels (e.g., media types, media formats) as well as by different actors (e.g., journalists, politicians)? How is the deliberative quality of these debates perceived by the public?

  2. Determinants and consequences of citizens’ deliberation: Which role do arguments and scientific evidence play in promoting the quality of citizens’ deliberation? Does civic deliberation indeed result in “better” outcomes? To which extent is civic deliberation positively related to political participation?

  3. Uncivil online communication and deliberative interventions: To what degree does the deliberative quality of user comments reflect the deliberative quality of the news coverage? How does online deliberation via user comments develop over time? How do users interact when encountering dissonant viewpoints? To which extent are online civic interventions a panacea for disruptive and uncivil online behavior?

Submission Guidelines

Submissions need to speak to the deliberative democracy and democratic innovations literature.

When preparing your submission, please check the JPD website for guidelines on style and paper length: https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/author_instructions.html

Please submit your manuscript to the following email address: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

Questions about the special issue shall be directed to the guest editors Christiane Grill and Anne Schäfer under the email address: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for the special issue is July 31, 2019. Manuscripts will be peer reviewed and a decision rendered until November 2019 with a target publication of the issue in 2020.

For more information see: https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/call_for_papers.pdf

Editorial Information

Guest Editor: Christiane Grill

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Email: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

Guest Editor: Anne Schäfer

Department of Political Science, University of Mannheim

Email: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de



CFP: Digital Feminist Activisms: The Performances and Practices of Online Public Assemblies

Due: May 30, 2019


Editors: Dr. Shana MacDonald (University of Waterloo), Dr. Milena Radzikowska (Mount Royal University), Dr. Michelle MacArthur (University of Windsor), Brianna I. Wiens (York University)

With the rise of what Jessalyn Keller and Maureen Ryan have called “emergent feminism,” we are witnessing a moment marked by the “sudden reappearance” of strident critiques of gendered inequalities within popular discourse (2018, 2). More often than not, emergent feminisms are amplified online through social media by popular feminism and celebrity endorsements (Banet-Weiser 2018, McRobbie 2009), which can problematically promote neoliberal values of individual consumer practices and competitive self-improvement as a forms of empowerment.

And yet, access to social media has produced important and critical forms of feminist politics. In Notes Towards a Theory of Performative Assembly, Judith Butler (2015) advances the importance of bodies assembling in space as a form of protest that performatively asserts both “the right to appear” and demands “a livable life” for those in positions of precarity.

While feminist visibility in the broader public eye has produced important dialogues, this politics of assembly simultaneously begs the question: “What about those who prefer not to appear, who engage in their democratic activism in another way?” (Butler 2015, 55). There are many valid and powerful reasons as to why feminist activists may want, or be able, to not appear given the dangerous climate of online spaces, rife with the violent misogyny of trolling culture. These forms of publicness and erasure are equally important to consider within current considerations of emergent feminist practices online.

This book seeks to gather provocations, analyses, creative explorations, and/or cases studies of digital feminist practices from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to, media studies, communication studies, critical and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, digital humanities, feminist HCI, and feminist STS.

The book frames digital feminisms as forms of public assembly that are performative and theatrical; that is, performative in that they can offer, “a process, a praxis, an episteme, a mode of transmission, an accomplishment, and a means of intervening in the world” (Diana Taylor 2003, 15), and theatrical in that they are events that may include characters, plot, the invocation of an audience, and the collective labour of multiple collaborators.

In this way, digital feminist practices foster counterpublics––communities that enable “exchanges...distinct from authority” that “have a critical relation to power” (Michael Warner 2002, 56). This book seeks to consider how digital feminist activism uses conventions of assembly, performativity, theatricality, and design to counter the individualizing forces of postfeminist neoliberalism while foregrounding the types of systemic change so greatly needed, but often overlooked, in this climate.

List of possible topics:

- Feminist hashtag activism; feminist, anti-racist, decolonial, LGBTQ+ hashtag movements

- Closed virtual feminist communities and safe(r) spaces

- Feminist and post-feminist forms of digital culture

- Intersectional feminism online

- LGBTQ+ digital cultures

- Black, indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) digital cultures

- Transnational digital feminism

- Popular and celebrity feminism online

- Feminist responses to online misogyny

- Feminism and post-feminism on Instagram and/or Twitter

- Feminist, queer, and BIPOC meme

- Feminist, queer, and BIPOC design

- Gamergate and implications of online misogyny in game culture

- Methodological and/or theoretical approaches to feminist digital culture

Please submit a 250-350 word abstract, a brief author bio, and any questions to Brianna I. Wiens (bwiens@yorku.ca) by May 30th, 2019. Accepted submissions should be 6000-7000 words and will be due to the editors by November 1, 2019.


Banet-Weiser, Sarah. 2018.  Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny. Duke University Press.

Butler, Judith. 2015. Notes Toward a Theory of Performative Assembly. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard University Press.

Keller, Jessalynn and Maureen E. Ryan (eds). 2018. Emergent Feminisms: Complicating a Postfeminist Media Culture. Routledge.

McRobbie, Angela. 2008. The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change. Sage.

Taylor, Diana. 2003. The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Warner, Michael. 2002. “Publics and Counterpublics.” Public Culture 14(1): 49-90.


Special Issue Paper Call for Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Special Issue: Uses and Effects of Smart Media: How AI Impacts User Experience

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2019

The increasing integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into digital media technologies has provided additional affordances and altered the nature of user experience, providing new audience engagement and gratification opportunities that meet human needs for information, communication and entertainment in a variety of innovative ways.

These AI-driven smart media have helped usher in a new media environment where social bots are used to spread false information, a 360-degree view provides a panoramic look of a natural disaster event – and augmented reality is used to aid strategic communication objectives – including both commercial and prosocial campaigns. Likewise, from personalized movie offerings on Amazon and Netflix to digital virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa, a number of new AI-based tools, mobile apps and devices have changed the nature of our media consumption and habits.

To date, the social and psychological effects of these developments have yet to be fully understood. Therefore, we have dedicated a special issue of the journal to probe into cognitive, affective and behavioral aspects of user engagement with AI-enabled media technologies.

For this special issue, we invite submissions that empirically investigate the uses and effects of AI-based media from communication, psychology, marketing, computer science, information science, and other fields. Interdisciplinary research is particularly welcome.

For questions, please contact:

Special Issue Editor: S. Shyam Sundar (sss12@psu.edu), Pennsylvania State University

To submit a manuscript to this special issue call, please visit: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hbem20/current.


Call for Extended Abstracts

Comparative Approaches to Disinformation:

Workshop at Harvard University & Special Journal Issues

From misleading news stories around the 2018 Brazil elections to a lynching linked to false social media messages in India in 2019, the deluge of digital disinformation is affecting communications in many countries around the world. The situation is particularly concerning in emerging democracies, where availability and affordability of digital communication technologies have facilitated production and distribution of false or misleading digital content among populations with low levels of media and digital literacy. At the same time, we are witnessing false narratives spreading across countries and across platforms often orchestrated by networks of operatives coordinating attacks internationally.

While several academic workshops have been organized on the topic of disinformation, little attention has been paid to the examination of disinformation from comparative and international perspectives. The Workshop on Disinformation to be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on October 4, 2019 will feature scholars from around the world discussing their research on the prevalence, impact, and diffusion of disinformation.

We invite submissions that make new theoretical or empirical contributions to existing bodies of knowledge in this area. A submission could focus on one country or offer comparative perspectives involving multiple countries. It could also examine other areas of research such as cross-platform analysis and recommendation systems. We welcome different theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches, and encourage interdisciplinary approaches.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

What existing or new theoretical frameworks or methodological approaches might help us better analyze evolving information ecosystems increasingly affected by disinformation and misinformation?

How can we empirically identify and track disinformation or measure effects of disinformation campaigns?

What are the key cultural, political, social, or technological characteristics contributing to the generation and spread of disinformation/misinformation?

What are similarities and differences between countries in terms of the production (media manipulation tactics), spread, and impact of disinformation?

What are major challenges in developing countermeasures (e.g., content moderation and freedom of speech)?  

Those interested in participating in the workshop should submit an extended abstract (between 1,000 and 1,500 words) with brief biographical notes to disinfoworkshop2019@cyber.harvard.edu by May 31, 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their papers to the workshop by July 1, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to present their research at the Workshop at Harvard University on October 4, 2019.

A selection of presenters at the Workshop will be invited to submit full manuscripts of up to 8,900 words to be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Communication. The International Journal of Communication, listed in leading indexing sources including SSCI, is an interdisciplinary journal offering scholarly analyses and discussions of key communication and related topics.  

Workshop participants are also invited to submit to the Harvard Shorenstein Center’s new fast-review journal, the Misinformation Review. These short essays (up to 3,000 words) should focus on practical implications for understanding and combating disinformation. They will be peer-reviewed and published on the Misinformation Review about a month after submission (essays will be submitted and published on a rolling basis).

Below are key dates.

Workshop abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2019 (disinfoworkshop2019@cyber.harvard.edu)

Workshop abstract acceptance notice: July 1, 2019

Workshop at Harvard University: October 4, 2019

[Optional] Full paper submission deadline (International Journal of Communication special issue): February 1, 2020

[Optional] Essay submission deadline (Harvard Shorenstein Misinformation Review journal): Essays will be accepted and published on a rolling basis

If you have any questions, please email the workshop organizers and special issue editors:

Hyunjin Seo, University of Kansas (hseo@ku.edu); Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (hseo@cyber.harvard.edu) [Workshop/International Journal of Communication]

Rob Faris, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (rfaris@cyber.harvard.edu) [Workshop/International Journal of Communication]

Joan Donavan, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University (joan_donovan@hks.harvard.edu) [Workshop/Misinformation Review]

Irene Pasquetto, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University (irene_pasquetto@hks.harvard.edu) [Workshop/Misinformation Review]

More information: https://cyber.harvard.edu/story/2019-04/comparative-approaches-disinformation-call-extended-abstracts


Call for Contributions

We want to hear from students, activists, educators and others interested in contributing to a feminist conversation about free speech and safe spaces, both inside and outside traditional classrooms.

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive zine that thinks through some of the following topics:

Trigger warnings

Feminist community/classroom standards

Call out culture


Managing difficult conversations

These topics are just starting points, we welcome your thoughts and experiences of balancing open discussions with protecting each other from harm. As a feminist collective, we are interested in creating a feminist dialogue on these topics.

We are open to many formats, including short first-hand accounts, poetry, drawings and recordings. Contributions will be incorporated into a zine, intended for a wide audience, with the goal of being accessible and intersectional.

Details for submissions can be found on our website:https://mailchi.mp/a19d846cbeee/free-speech-safe-space-zine-accepting-contributions-until-517?e=f02745fe02

Submissions will be accepted until May 17th.

Questions? Contact: gsws-apc@sas.upenn.edu

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019

United International College (Zhuhai, China)
Public Relations and Advertising
Ref: DHSS190309

Join our global faculty in Public Relations and Advertising in September 2019 English language instruction. Globally competitive remuneration package. Learn about the college www.uic.edu.hk and the program https://dhss.uic.edu.hk//en/pra Apply for positions http://web.uic.edu.hk/en/hr/job-opportunities/job-vacancy



Annenberg School of Journalism
Professor of Professional Practice (Open Rank Non-Tenure Track) - Public Relations

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism seeks applicants for a Professor of Professional Practice in Public Relations faculty appointment. The is an open rank non-tenure track position. We seek a dynamic, forward-looking public relations professional who will join our faculty as we revise both undergraduate and graduate public relations programs.

Candidates should have a deep understanding of current trends in the field of public relations, its related disciplines of strategic communication, marketing and advertising and a fluency in contemporary skills such as content strategy, content marketing, influencer outreach, data analytics, media relations, and crisis management. Outstanding candidates will also have substantial experience designing and implementing campaigns for diverse communities.

Applicants are asked to submit their credentials including a letter describing their background, interests and areas of expertise, their curriculum vita or resume, three letters of reference, and samples of their recent scholarly or professional work through USC’s job site, https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/professor-of-professional-practice-public-relations-open-rank-non-tenure-track/1209/11220919.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.



Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk (LRFI)
Full-time Research Positions

LRFI is a university-level research institute at NUS which carries out research on the public perception and communication of risk, with a focus on public health, emerging technologies and climate and environment in Asia. Applications for Deputy Director, Associate Professor (Research), and Research Fellow/open rank positions are invited from scholars in the fields of communication, psychology, public health and other relevant domains with demonstrable interest in risk communication. More details can be found at https://lrfi.nus.edu.sg/opportunities/internships-and-careers/


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Spotlight on Preconferences

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Are We Moving Towards Convergence? Revisiting Communication Disciplines, Theories and Concepts

Washington Hilton, Fairchild | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

The past two decades, communication scholars have been preoccupied with debating the intellectual boundaries between disciplines, theories, models and concepts, as well as the institutional legitimacy of the field as such. Topics such as ‘convergence’, ‘bridging’, ‘interdisciplinary paradigm’ have emerged. The debate takes place inside and across disciplines. The purpose of this pre-conference is to study and contribute to this debate. Scholars within organizational, business, corporate, strategic communication, and/or public relations are invited to participate.




Mediated Recognition: Identity, Justice, and Activism

Washington Hilton, Cardozo | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

Recognition plays a crucial role in cross-boundary identity formation of individuals and groups and it is a central feature in social struggles. What social theories of recognition overlook though is the role of media, technology and communication. Therefore, this pre-conference aims to (1) update social theories of recognition by acknowledging its mediated and datafied nature and (2) to advance post-disciplinary debates on identity formation and (mis)representation, metricised and datafied recognition, social justice and politics.




Crafting Theory. Methods of Theory Building in Communication

Washington Hilton, Piscataway | 24 May; 9:30 - 17:00

The state of theory building in communication has been the object of lamentation, disappointment, caricature, even ridicule, but also appeals and aspiration throughout the history of our field. Rather than restating deficiencies in our field’s theory building in comparison with our neighboring disciplines or reiterating the reasons for or consequences of these deficits time and again, this preconference aims at collecting and advancing our field’s methodological tools and practices for theory building. We are interested in a methodological discussion of cognitive operations, individual and social practices, and empirical approaches researchers use in this process of theory building.




Global Populism: Its Roots in Media and Religion

Washington Hilton, Kalorama | 24 May; 10:00 - 17:00

The “new era” of politics following the Brexit vote in Britain, the Trump election in the U.S., and political upheavals elsewhere in Europe and recently in Brazil challenge settled ideas about media, politics, and culture. Media are at the center as populist movements’ and politicians use symbols and tropes of remembered, repressed, contested, implicit and explicit valences of “the religious.” This preconference will consider this and the broader challenge religion poses to critical media scholarship.




Organizing Resistance Beyond the Boundaries of Neoliberal Capitalism

Washington Hilton, Georgetown West | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This preconference aims at exploring how resistance displaces the boundaries established by neoliberalism, by focusing on how resistance is being (re)organized? We will share studies and practices of resistance to reveal the communicative dynamics that expand and/or disrupt the boundaries of neoliberal normativity. The following questions could be addressed: which practises/discourses shape resistance and with what effects? How do alternative modes of organizing redefine boundaries of neoliberalism? What can communication do to reorganize resistance?




A Media Welfare State? The Relevance of Welfare State Perspectives on Media Transformation and Regulation

Washington Hilton, Cabinet Room | 24 May; 9:00 - 16:30

This ICA preconference discusses the relevance of a welfare-state perspective for media transformation and regulation. The concept of a “media welfare state” has been used to characterize Nordic media, but this preconference brings together contributors from different societies and media systems to discuss whether the concept has a wider relevance. The preconference is organised as a series of panels addressing conceptual, theoretical and empirical issues, and will engage participants in discussions over contradictions and dilemmas.




Expanding Computational Communication: Towards a Pipeline for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars

OFF-SITE | American U - Constitutional Hall, Room 3 | 24 May; 8:30 - 16:30

This preconference receives and discusses various perspectives for expanding the opportunities of graduate and early career scholars to become familiar with computational communication science. We invite experienced computational communication scholars from diverse backgrounds to share their origin stories and discuss commonly faced challenges, provide a roadmap for addressing numerous communication phenomena from a computational perspective, discuss ongoing attempts to develop in-house training programs, and create ample opportunities to network in interactive breakout and escalator sessions.




Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Integrated Social & Behavior Change Communication Programs in Low & Middle Income Countries: A Hands-on Implementation Science Skills Building Workshop

Washington Hilton, Tenleytown East | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This workshop will build participants’ understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of integrated social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs, and provide hands-on skills-building in the strategic and creative design and evaluation of effective integrated programs. The morning session will focus on conceptualization and strategic design focusing on different approaches to integration. The afternoon session will focus on research methods for monitoring and evaluation of integrated programs.




Difficult Conversations in Healthcare

Washington Hilton, Tenleytown West | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This pre-conference will bring together leading scholars to discuss difficult conversations in healthcare from multiple applied and theoretical vantage points, with the aim being to advance the science and practice of difficult healthcare conversations by building collaborations and partnerships across academic disciplines, industry settings, and healthcare delivery systems. The pre-conference will include plenary presentations, panels, and a poster session. Registration will be open. A call for papers will be posted in January 2019.




Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Preconference

OFF-SITE | George Mason University - Arlington Campus | 24 May; 9:00 - 12:00 (half-day)

The 2nd Annual Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum to connect with other scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field. We hope you’ll join us for the inaugural Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2018 ICA conference.




Activist/Engaged Scholars: Engaging Issues in Scholarly Career Development

OFF-SITE | American U | 24 May; 9:00 - 14:00 (half-day)

Though civic engagement is proclaimed important by many academic institutions/departments, activist/engaged scholars report confronting difficulties-challenges in promotion-tenure procedures, publishing. Facilitated by members of Activist/Engaged Scholar Career Development Working Group of ICA's Activism, Communication, & Social Justice [ACSJ/SIG], this WORKING preconference will focus on developing action-options for: (1) activist/engaged scholars, from appointment through promotion; (2) faculty serving as mentors, members hiring/promotion/tenure committees; (3) administrators/faculty interested in developing academic cultures supportive of activist/engaged scholars. Co-sponsors: ACSJ, Global Communication-Social Change; Philosophy, Theory, Critique.




Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice

OFF-SITE | Arizona State U Barbara Barrett and Sandra Day O'Connor Washington Center. The Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center is metro accessible. |
24 May; 12:00 - 16:30 (half-day)

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



Environmental Communication Beyond Boundaries: Transnational, International, and Comparative Approaches to Understanding Environmental Issues

OFF-SITE | George Washington U‚ School of Public Health (Room TBD) | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

The aim of this pre-conference is to bring together scholars from around the world to share research related to transnational and international aspects of environmental communication. While environmental issues are often fundamentally global in that causes and effects of environmental risk can be separated by thousands of miles and connected by the forces of globalization, most research related to environmental communication has focused on individual nations as the site of inquiry. In addition, environmental communication research has primarily featured nations in the Global North. Therefore, this pre-conference especially welcomes research related to and/or produced in the Global South.




Riding or Lashing the Waves: Regulating Media for Diversity in a Time of Uncertainty

OFF-SITE | National Press Club, 13th floor | 24 May; 8:00 - 16:30

The event focuses on the regulatory and policy changes needed to stabilize the path from traditional to future forms of media. We will explore the current and future choices for regulating or deregulating media to ensure media pluralism and diversity. The umbrella question is "What legal frameworks, organizational innovations, self-regulation ideas or technologies can be or should not be used to maintain diversity and sustainability?"

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President’s Message: A Report from Spring Break

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Let’s face it, some weeks are simply better than others, and March had its share of ups and downs.

As spring break descended in North America, and as colleagues and students found themselves taking a much-needed break, I found myself on a forced break -- bedridden for longer than I wanted, living off antibiotics and over-the-counter drugs. I slept a lot, and my initial efforts to walk outdoors were felled by a high pollen count. Finding myself somewhat housebound, I turned to friends for streaming recommendations – content that was sufficiently engaging and, more important, didn’t require thinking or a keen eye for foreshadowing. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel garnered the most votes, followed by The Good Place.

As it turned out, severe headaches precluded spending any time in front of a screen, so I inched my way through a broad swath of hard-copy materials instead: manuscripts accepted at Public Opinion Quarterly that needed to be line-edited; a few books nominated for the AAPOR Book Award; applications for the editorship of Communication Theory; the first set of proofs for Voices, the ICA conference theme book Donald Matheson (U of Canterbury) and I coedited; and a growing pile of newspapers.

Focusing on print for any sustained period of time initially was physically difficult, but fortunately was offset by the heartening fact that everything I was reading reflected excellence. The scholars I read were crisp in thought, masterful in their methods, and revisionist in their findings. Equally important, they were oriented toward making a difference – not only in their respective corners of academia, but also in those parts of the nonacademic world that inform and are informed by their research. For the theme book, Donald and I are delighted to have secured contributions from junior scholars alongside works by senior scholars, including Guobin Yang and Elihu Katz (both of U of Pennsylvania).

As much as I enjoyed the relatively solitary work of reading and editing, I was really looking forward to my committee work and deliberating with colleagues. Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara) has shepherded the Publications Committee through a series of discussions involving editorial policies, open-data badges, copyright, and potential new journals, to name but a few. The search for a new Communication Theory editor – indeed, any editor – requires quite a bit of heavy lifting; it involves not only crafting a call for applications and identifying a set of metrics by which to evaluate applicants, but also identifying and reaching out to potentially interested parties.

I was excited to see the very different applications we received, and eager to hear how my committee colleagues – Arul Chib (Nanyang Technological U), Radhika Parameswaran (Indiana U), and Sabine Trepte (U of Hohenheim), with ICA’s associate executive director JP Gutierrez as ex officio – would evaluate them. Our collective research areas – spanning technology in healthcare, marginalization, media psychology, feminist cultural studies, media effects, media globalization, persuasion, and political communication – have allowed us to bring different perspectives to the virtual table, examine an issue from all angles, and reach a considered decision. By the standards of deliberative democracy, this committee has been ideal, and I look forward to our continued deliberation of the CT editorship, the decision for which will be ratified by the Board of Directors in Washington, DC this May.

Just as the Publications Committee spent March focusing on the CT editorship, 40 of our ICA colleagues deliberated this month on nominations submitted for eight different awards. David Tewksbury (U of Illinois), as chair of the Research Awards Committee, will have the honor of announcing the award recipients this May, just as François Cooren (U of Montreal), this year’s Fellows Chair, will be introducing this year’s inductees.

As well, under the leadership of executive director Laura Sawyer, ICA headquarters is abuzz with activity as staff members continue to work nonstop on conference logistics: finalizing the print program; tending to hotel reservations, conference registration, exhibitor relations, and conference supplies; and a sea of other details to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch this May. Conference attendees this year once again can avail themselves of subsidized childcare, a nursing mothers’ room, free yoga every morning, and gender-neutral bathrooms. We’ll have more receptions than any one person could possibly ever attend, a free shuttle between ICA hotels (the Hilton and the Omni Shoreham), and a closing toast on the final day. Over 200 hotel room nights are still available, the majority of them at the Omni Shoreham. You can read more about conference developments in this newsletter and on the ICA website’s conference page.

Happy April!

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ICA President-Elect Article

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The stage is set for an exciting set of plenaries and major events at the 69th annual ICA Conference at the Washington Hilton, DC. A number of delegates will be in Washington for preconferences and/or the ICA Executive Board meeting from Thursday 23 May.

The conference proper will commence on Friday 24 May at 6pm with four keynote presentations that will challenge the theme of ‘Communication Beyond Boundaries’, by pointing to the challenges and contradictions presented by transnationality, interdisciplinarity, global inequalities and the digital divide, and the digital turn towards automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. The speakers will be Rania El-Issawi (UNICEF), Yu Hong (Zhejiang U), Steven Livingston (George Washington U) and Gina Neff (Oxford Internet Institute).

We will be trialing a digital Q&A session in 2019, so you are encouraged to download the ICA conference app in advance of the Plenary. The Plenary will be held in a subdivided anteroom of the enormous International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton, and the Opening Reception that follows the Plenary will take place in the central part of the ballroom.

On Saturday 25 May, we are excited to host Naomi Klein, internationally renowned author and activist and the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers U. Naomi Klein will be in conversation with ICA Executive Committee member and ICA Past President Amy Jordan (Rutgers U) about Klein’s new book The Corporate Self, and will be available for book signings in conjunction with the event, which commences at 5pm. A number of receptions are taking place both onsite and offsite that evening, and we recommend checking your program for details. There will also be a special event celebrating Washington DC music, politics and culture at the Bossa Bistro and Lounge, organized by Nikki Usher (George Washington U) and Aram Sinnreich (American U) on behalf of the Urban Communication Issues Committee.

The ICA Annual Awards and Presidential Address will take place at 3:30pm on Sunday, 26 May in the International Ballroom. This is a flagship event of the Association, with the awarding of a number of prestigious honors and the endorsement of new ICA Fellows. It will culminate in a keynote presentation by ICA President Patricia Moy (U of Washington).

A number of receptions will be taking place both onsite and offsite - including at the Omni Hotel – on Monday 27 May. Again, we recommend that you check your conference program for details.

The Closing Plenary of the conference on Tuesday 28 May will focus on the future of news media. Hosted by Conference Theme Planner Hilde van den Bulck, it will involve the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, Lydia Polgreen and Executive Director of First Draft Claire Wardle in conversation with ICA President-Elect-Select Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam) and ICA Past President, Barbie Zelizer (U of Pennsylvania). After a few remaining sessions, the conference will have its official “Closing Toast” with refreshments served outdoors to all remaining attendees, along with the ICA Board and staff, in the Heights Courtyard. Please join us!

For most of you, that will mark the end of the ICA Conference. But there are a great collection of postconferences taking place at various locations around DC on Wednesday, 29 May should you still be around. If you are interested in attending any of those, be sure to advise the event organisers directly from the information that is on the ICA conference website (these events have their own registration fees).

We are very excited to have you here with us for the 69th annual conference of the International Communications Association.

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