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Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

NEW PROCEDURE: Hotel Accommodations 69th Annual ICA Conference Communication Beyond Boundaries

Hotel Block Link Will Be Released 4 March 2019 to Registered Attendees

In past years, the link to book hotel accommodations has been released in mid-January when paper and panel acceptances is announced, with the conference schedule released in early March. This has caused several issues which have inconvenienced attendees. Without knowing their actual schedule, attendees were in the habit of booking full-week stays and then going back and adjusting down to 3 or 4 days once the actual schedule was released. The full-week booking scenario often caused our room block to "sell out" in the first 24 hours, despite the fact that 50% of those room nights would later be canceled (once the schedule was released) and given to those on the waiting list. This has caused unnecessary stress for our attendees, both at the front end when trying to scramble for rooms on day one, and on the back end when sitting for months on the waitlist.  


This year, we are adopting a new hotel block rollout schedule that will decrease stress for attendees, ensure that reservations made in the block are accurate to the needs of attendees, and eliminate unnecessary steps. The schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, 16 January:

ICA headquarters releases acceptances; conference registration opens


ICA Executive Director & President-Elect build the schedule

Thursday, 28 February:

Friday, 1 March:

Last day to register for conference to obtain early housing link

Full conference schedule is released

2-3 March:

Attendees take the weekend to decide travel plans, shop flights

Monday, 4 March:

Hotel block booking link and access code is sent only to those who registered prior to 1 March

Tuesday, 5 March:

Hotel block booking link is publicly available, no code required

As in previous years, attendees will still be able to adjust the reservation afterward if needed. Please note that the headquarters hotel (Washington Hilton) will require a four-night minimum stay to maximize capacity (for example, someone booking a room just for Saturday night blocks that room from being used for someone who would have stayed Thursday through Monday, so the main hotel will be reserved for those booking for longer stays).

For 2019, we have contracted more hotel rooms than in any other year in ICA’s history, with the goal of making sure that everyone’s needs are met. The headquarters hotel this year is the newly renovated Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue, with a large overflow block at the nearby Omni Shoreham Hotel, with conference rates of just US$175 per night plus taxes at both. Our additional overflow hotels are charming boutique hotels: the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel with a rate of US$179 per night plus taxes and the Churchill Hotel with a rate of US$199 per night plus taxes. While these hotels are within easy walking distance of each other, shuttles will run at regular intervals between the Kimpton Carlyle, the Washington Hilton and the Omni Shoreham for attendees staying at these hotels. The Churchill is across the street from the Hilton.

A quick FAQ about room blocks:

  • How do I get these rates? You may NOT call the hotels directly to get these rates; they will not book rooms with attendees directly. You MUST book through the ICA link to be released in March.

  • Can’t I get a better rate through Expedia? ICA’s Executive Director contracts room blocks more than five years out in order to secure the best rates for ICA attendees, and we have a “best rate clause” in our contract so that our attendees receive the best rate available for our dates. You will be staying in a US$300+ hotel room for a US$175 rate.

  • Why should I stay inside the block? Associations guarantee a certain amount of income to the hotel in room block stays in exchange for complimentary meeting space. When attendees go outside the block for their rooms, they harm the association’s ability to negotiate for meeting space and competitive room rates. Over time, this leads to the association having to pay for meeting space which, in turn, leads to the association having to raise registration fees for the conference itself in order to cover expenses.

  • Why can’t I just use Airbnb? You are welcome to do so. However, please note that in the past five years, we have had over ten instances where attendees had to be “rescued” from Airbnb situations when they arrived in town only to find situations such as a lack of running water, being locked out with no key, someone else already staying in the apartment, or feeling unsafe. We have found hotel placement for these attendees at the last minute via cancellations, but this may not always be possible. The best way for us to ensure your safety and comfort is for you to stay in facilities where we have contact with, and clout to negotiate with, the management and can advocate on your behalf when something goes wrong.

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Registration Now Open!

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

69th Annual ICA Conference

Registration - Now Open!

The International Communication Association (ICA) is the premier academic association for scholars engaged in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication internationally.

We are pleased to announce registration for ICA’s 69th Annual Conference “Communication Beyond Boundaries” is now open! Explore a multitude of networking opportunities with your peers, stay abreast of current research in your area, all the while enjoying the rich culture and beautiful architecture offered in Washington, District of Columbia USA. Join your colleagues in pursuing excellence in the communication field - register today!!


  • The 69th Annual ICA Conference: “Communication Beyond Boundaries” will include both traditional research papers and panels.

  • Theme: Communication Beyond Boundaries aims for an understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society, and encourages research that crosses the boundaries of research domains, of particular fields of research interest, and of academia and the outside world.

  • Dates: 24-28 May, 2019 | Please remember that the conference is one day off the regular schedule this year: the pre-conferences and opening reception are on Friday instead of Thursday, and the final day of the conference is a Tuesday.

  • Conference Headquarters Location: Washington Hilton - 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW - Washington, District of Columbia, 20009, USA

  • Pre/postconference Registrations: All pre/postconference registration links are separate from the main conference registration. To register for a pre or postconference, visit this link: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

  • ICA Travel Grant: http://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant


  • Please ensure your membership is current to avoid being charged the non-member rate during the conference registration process. Please note: sustaining and life members must still complete the registration form to confirm attendance.


ICA conference attendees have always had the ability to save money on registration by registering early. Traditionally, following the early registration period, online registration has remained open for a short window of time, however the prices have increased substantially to onsite pricing. New this year, ICA is pleased to share we’ve extended the online period following early registration and discounted the pricing for this option called Standard Registration.

  • EARLY REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 17 April
    Early registration begins on 16 January, 2019 and will close at 16:00 UTC on 17 April, 2019.

  • STANDARD REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 3 May
    Standard Registration will be available starting 16:01 UTC on 17 April 2019 until 16:00 UTC on 3 May. Following the standard registration period, registration online will close; registration will only be available in person, onsite.

    Attendees who have not completed an early or standard registration by 16:00 UTC on 3 May are welcome and encouraged to attend, but will be required to register onsite in Washington, DC USA, at the onsite conference rates. Hours will be posted at the registration desk.

  • Prices: View and compare Early, Standard and Onsite registration rates: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019ConfPrices

Save on your conference registration - Join ICA today! If you are not currently a member, ICA highly recommends that you join as a member before registering for conference to take advantage of reduced member conference prices. The total cost of membership plus the discounted member conference rate is more affordable than the nonmember rate. To join ICA, click here.



  1. Renew or Join ICA to take advantage of member discounts on conference rates

  2. If you are a member, sign in to your account

  3. Select your tier.

  4. Enter in your contact information (this will automatically populate over from your data if you are already a member and have signed in); It must match the tier you selected

  5. Select the Main Conference Registration associated with your tier, and any miscellaneous items you wish to purchase

  6. Select "Save and Finalize Registration"

  7. Confirm your Recipient Information and enter your Payment Information

  8. Select "Proceed to Confirmation"

  9. Verify your information

  10. Select "Complete Order"

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

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Call for ICA Officer Nominations

Posted By Katie Wolfe, Friday, February 1, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The International Communication Association’s annual call for ICA Officer Nominations is now open. Nomination submissions will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for consideration for inclusion in the September 2019 ICA Elections.

Please take this opportunity to help guide ICA’s future by submitting qualified nominees for consideration.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINEE SUBMISSION: Thursday, 28 February 2019 at 16:00 UTC

ELIGIBILITY: Any ICA member may nominate themselves or any other ICA member for office. Only Active Members shall be eligible for nomination, election, or appointment to office in the Association.

ICA OFFICER POSITIONS: Members may nominate candidates to be reviewed by the Nominating Committee for president, board member-at-large, and student board member.

PRESIDENT: The member selected as president makes a 5 1/2-year commitment to the Executive Committee (six months as president-elect select; one year as president-elect/conference program chair; one year as ICA President; three years as past president). The final year on the Executive Committee, the past president serves as General Secretary and chair of the Regional Conferences Committee.  The President-Elect Select selected in the 2019 election will begin service on the Executive Committee immediately upon announcement of the results.

BOARD MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Board members-at-large serve one three-year term; there are three BMAL at any given time. The purpose of member-at-large positions is to grow the Board of Directors representation from underrepresented regions. Board member-at-large positions are no longer tied to specific area openings, and anyone can be considered, but the nominating committee will typically identify one region for the two candidates selected. The BMAL selected in the 2019 election will begin service at the end of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference in Australia. View the Board Member-at-Large job description.

STUDENT BOARD MEMBER: Student board members serve in pairs, with one nominated each year for overlapping two-year terms. The Student Board Member selected in the 2019 election will begin service at the end of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference in Australia. View the Student Board Member description.

NOMINATION PROCESS: Members wishing to submit nominations for office to stand in ICA's September 2019 elections must do so by 16:00 UTC on 28 February 2019, the deadline for receipt of all nominations.  Names are then forwarded to the Nominating Committee, who will review all materials and qualifications and determine a short list of two candidates for each position. Nominations must be submitted through the form on the ICA Officer Nomination page linked to below; all fields are required including details about the candidate's qualifications, record of service to ICA, and the attachment of the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae.

ELECTIONS: Online balloting for ICA  elections is open annually from 1 September through 15 October. Results are typically announced on ICA social media channels and published in the November newsletter.


  1. Log into your ICA account;

  2. Go to the ICA Officer Nomination page;

  3. Complete the form at the bottom of the page; all fields are required.

QUESTIONS: Questions on the nominating process may be directed to Laura Sawyer, Executive Director, or to Peter Vorderer (U of Mannheim), 2019 Nominating Committee Chair.

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Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Friday, February 1, 2019

Reviewing for a conference is not an easy task. You sign up when your schedule seems fairly open—it seems like a great idea at the time, doesn’t it?—but the actual work inevitably shows up in your inbox at precisely the worst, busiest time. You feel yourself pulled between needing to get reviews DONE and off your desk, and the responsibility of providing substantive and useful feedback to your colleagues. Perhaps you curse your months-ago self for having agreed to do such a thing.

We recognize this struggle, and understand why so many reviewers (at so many associations, not just ICA) often succumb to submitting only numerical ratings and leave off the qualitative commentary, just to cross the task off their lists. That qualitative commentary, though, is crucial to the improvement not only of papers who ultimately are rejected, but also to those who are accepted, so that they may come to conference months later with the best version of their work.

In 2017, in an effort to put an emphasis on qualitative reviewing for our conference in San Diego, ICA instituted a process whereby each division and interest group may nominate one “rock star reviewer,” defined is someone who may have taken on a high number of last-minute reviews when others failed to fulfil their obligations, or who has provided especially helpful, detailed, or astute commentary to submitters to help them truly improve their work. The Rock Star Reviewer is nominated by the planner from each division, and then all “rock stars” are entered into a randomized drawing to receive a complimentary conference registration.

This year’s rock star reviewer WINNER, chosen at random from all nominees to receive the complimentary main conference registration, is Nithila Kanagasabi (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai), nominated by the Feminist Scholarship Division. Nithila will receive complimentary main conference registration for the 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC. Thank you, Nithila!

Although they don’t all receive free registration, we also extend our gratitude to all of the other top reviewers submitted by each* division/interest group, as follows (in alpha order by Division/Interest Group name):

Peter Flemish (Activism, Communication & Social Justice), Brigitte Nadener (Children, Adolescents & the Media), Danielle Barb (Communication and Technology), Annie Rudd (Communication History), Christin Scholz and Jacob Fisher (Communication Science & Biology), Andrew Prahl (Environmental Communication), Lauren DelCalvalho (Ethnicity & Race in Communication), Christine Cook (Game Studies), David Keatina (Health Communication), Nancy Rhodes (Information Systems), Tobias Rohrbach (Intergroup Communication), Brandon Walling (Interpersonal Communication), Rachel Mourao (Journalism Studies), Jack Joyce (Language and Social Interaction), Traci Gillig (LGBTQ Studies), Marisa Ashley Smith (Mass Communication), Roei Davidson (Media Industry Studies), Brenda Berkelaar (Organizational Communication), Jack Bratich (Philosophy, Theory & Critique), Christian Baden (Political Communication), Sharonna Pearl (Popular Communication), Efe Zevin (Public Diplomacy), Ansgar Zerfass (Public Relations), and Allison Kewsall (Visual Communication Studies).

*Some groups did not submit a rock star reviewer name by the deadline

Thank you to ALL of you who review each year for ICA. If you haven’t reviewed before, please consider reviewing next year for the conference in Gold Coast, Australia. The success and quality of the ICA conference—and of individual submitters’ work—depends on rigorous review and guidance from colleagues and mentors.

We look forward to seeing you all in Washington, DC!  

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Travel Grants

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Travel Grant Applications for Accepted Paper Submitters Due 1 March

Participants from developing/ transitional countries and students who have been accepted to present papers can apply between 16 January and 1 March for travel grants to attend the ICA conference in Washington, DC. The travel-grant application is available online at http://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant.

Developing/transitional countries are identified annually by the United Nations. Potential applicants should check the country tier chart on the travel grant application to determine whether they are eligible to receive a travel grant. Countries that appear in Tiers B and C qualify as developing/transitional countries. Note that ICA determines eligibility based on country of residence, not of origin. You must be an ICA member to apply.

Potential applicants should also contact their Division or Interest Group Chair for possible funding from the divisional Annenberg travel grant. Conference Program Chair Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) and Executive Director Laura Sawyer (ICA) will review the applications provided through the online application form. They will use their discretion (considering the general distance of travel to the conference, etc.) in providing up to US$500 for qualifying applicants. Applicants will be notified by 1 April.

Additionally, each Division and Interest Group may award travel grants to students selected for top paper or other honors. Applicants will receive notification of the results by 1 April.

New this year: In previous years, travel grant awardees could pick up travel grants on-site at the conference. In an effort to meet financial auditing standards, we will no longer have travel grants available for pick-up on-site. Awardees will receive their travel grants post conference in the mail after submitting the appropriate materials mentioned above. Divisional paper awards will be delivered in the awarding Division or Interest Group business meeting.

To be eligible for an ICA travel grant, you must:

  • Have an accepted individual submission or session proposal for presentation

  • Maintain current ICA membership through the date of the conference for which you are receiving travel grant funding.

  • Reside more than 50 miles from the conference location. You are not eligible for a travel grant if you live within 50 miles of the conference site.

  • Submit the appropriate proof of attendance after the conference:

    • an ICA travel reimbursement form

    • a photo of your conference badge as proof of attendance

    • receipt of your travel transportation (i.e. air flight receipt, train receipt, bus receipt, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns about travel grants, please email conference@icahdq.org.


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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Katie Wolfe, Friday, February 1, 2019

ICA 2019 Preconference:

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

Call for Papers

Several years after Gamergate revealed the perils that the digital age poses for academics whose work speaks to and engages with the broader public, we now have an opportunity to look back and reflect on what we have learned. Indeed, the need for reflection and reappraisal is perhaps now more urgent than ever, as we have seen the tactics deployed against academics expand and effectively become institutionalized within the hybrid media system. However, we also want to balance our reflections about these perils with considerations of the promises that public engagement can offer. This half-day pre-conference workshop therefore aims to bring together a diverse group of communication scholars to discuss both the potential benefits and pitfalls of stepping outside of the ivory tower.

The workshop will comprise two parts: one session of paper presentations with Q&A and one broader round-table discussion of best practices. 

Both sessions are open to all registrants. However, for the first session, we invite paper proposals on any topic that fits within the broad theme of the workshop. We plan to organize a journal special issue or edited volume on the basis of the workshop.

Possible paper topics and approaches include: 

  • Empirical case studies of the benefits of public engagement 

  • Empirical case studies of the perils of engagement 

  • Empirical work examining dynamics involving race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and/or sexual orientation 

  • Reflection essays on institutional support needs 

  • Reflection essays on best practices for early-career scholars 

  • International perspectives on any of these, or related, topics 

The deadline for proposals is 1 March 2019.

Please send paper titles and abstracts of up to 300 words to r.k.tromble@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. 

Decisions will be made by 15 March 2019.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, and Queer Interest Group; Ethnicity & Race in Communication Division; Feminist Scholarship Division; and Political Communication Division.


Call for Proposals Environmental Communication Without Boundaries: Second Annual Environmental Communication Graduate Student Pre-conference

ICA 2019 - Washington DC, USA 24 May, 2019; 9am-12pm

Offsite Location: George Mason U – Arlington Campus

Graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, environmental disasters, and sustainability are encouraged to submit their work to this year’s environmental communication division graduate student preconference. Following the theme of the 2019 ICA Conference – Communication Beyond Boundaries - the Environmental Communication Division encourages students to submit their research at any stage in their development with no boundaries on topic, method, or approach. Students who are able to submit a full paper prior to the conference will receive feedback from mentors on their paper. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum for connection with other early-career 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 Second Annual Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2019 ICA conference.

Preconference format: The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers, colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, participants will gain insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research from the invited scholars themselves.

Faculty Mentors and Participants:

•  Edward Maibach, George Mason U

• Jonathan Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)

• Lauren Feldman, Rutgers U

• James Painter, Reuters Institute

• Xinghua Li, Babson College

• Shirley Ho, Nanyang Technological U
• Franzisca Weder, U of Klagenfurt

• Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State U

Registration: US$20 Participants must register for the pre-conference through the ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference.
Applications for oral or poster presentation:

• Please submit all materials on this page

• Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable, empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference.

• Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles (abeles@stanford.edu) or Adam M. Rainear (adam.rainear@uconn.edu).

Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2019

Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2019

Sponsorship: This preconference is sponsored through  generous support by:

• Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Cornell U
• Department of Communication, Uof Connecticut

• George Mason U, Center for Climate Change Communication

Co-organizers: This preconference has been planned and conducted with help from the ICA, Environmental Communication Division leadership, and our preconference organizers:

• Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, U of Connecticut

• Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford U

• Faculty advisor: Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice Chair, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)


Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries


24 MAY 2019


Hosted and sponsored by the Internet Governance Lab at the American U.

Co-sponsored by ICA Communication and Technology Division, ICA Communication Law and Policy Division, and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

Extended abstract due: 11 February 2019

Full papers due: 25 April 2019 S



Contemporary questions about the information society are inseparable from questions of governance of the underlying infrastructures, the logic of information flows, and its uses at the edges. The scope of questions under the general umbrella of internet governance is thus extremely broad, but at the same time vaguely defined. In the spirit of this year’s ICA conference theme, this event will discuss the issue of boundaries in internet governance both as a substantive topic of research and as a reflexive exercise for internet governance as a research domain.

 Substantively, within internet governance, boundaries have been traditionally an important area of research starting with question of sovereignty and jurisdiction in cyberspace, reaching to the exploration of boundaries of the technical, legal, social, and political decision-making with constitutive effects on the internet. As a field of study, internet governance has been debating its disciplinary boundaries as well as the scope of research questions that can come under this broad label.

To facilitate this debate, we are inviting proposals that cover a broad scope of topics relating to internet governance and communication, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Power structures in internet governance, their sustainability and change;

  • Nationalization of internet governance and possible threats of internet fragmentation;

  • Privatization of internet governance and its impact on individual freedoms and human rights;

  • Technical, legal and policy initiatives for cybersecurity and their impact on global internet governance;

  • Emerging forms of governance such as trade agreements or user-driven change;

  • Technological disruption and emerging governance questions in areas such as artificial intelligence and human augmentics;

  • The respective powers of the users, technology designers and regulators in distributed systems;

  • Public awareness of internet governance and communication of internet policy;

  • Visions and metaphors of information technology in internet policy discourse;

We are particularly interested in proposals that offer a reflection on Internet Governance as a field of research. Those may address, but again, are not limited to, the following topics:

  • How does one research Internet Governance?

  • Epistemological and practical challenges of Internet Governance research;

  • The (multi)disciplinary, topical, and epistemological boundaries of Internet Governance research;

  • Exploration of the boundary between research and activism in Internet Governance.

The preconference is organized by the Internet Governance Lab at the American U and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). It is co-sponsored by the ICA Communication Law and Policy and Communication and Technology divisions, but it touches upon the fields of many more ICA divisions and interest groups. We aim to bring together ICA participants interested in questions of governance, GigaNet members from other disciplines, and the Washington, DC community of practitioners and policymakers. Our goal is to have a mutual learning process and exchange of ideas and challenges for the further development of Internet Governance research. For further inquiries, please contact Kenneth Merrill (kmerrill@american.edu) or Dmitry Epstein (dima.e@mail.huji.ac.il).

Submission details

At this time we invite authors to submit extended abstracts (800-1,000 words) that describe the main thesis, research goals, and to the extent possible, the methodological background and findings of their paper. All extended abstracts must be uploaded through EasyChair by 11 February 2019, with all identifying information removed. All contributions will be peer-reviewed.


Authors of the accepted abstracts will be asked to submit a full original manuscript of approximately 4,000 to 8,000 words, which have not been published elsewhere, by 25 April 2019. Based on the volume and the quality of submissions we intend to explore a potential thematic publication of preconference materials.


2019 ICA Organizational Communication Doctoral Consortium

Theme: The Practice of Studying Communication Practice

Friday, May 24, 2019 (9 AM – 5 PM): Washington Hilton Hotel


This doctoral consortium is open to doctoral students at all levels of study. It offers an interactive forum where "seasoned" faculty share insights with young scholars seeking to maximize the potential impact of their research and teaching in organizational communication; it is also a venue for discussing professional and career issues relevant to doctoral students. The goal is to have participants leave with valuable advice and direction as they begin productive careers in organizational communication.






Over the history of the organizational communication field, the status of its central notion--communication--has generated significant debate. Though many acknowledge that communication is best understood as a complex and dynamic practice, our studies have frequently studied fairly conventional units of analysis: individuals, groups, organizations, links, messages, and the like. As the "practice turn" and the "ontological turn" gain steam among organizational communication scholars, analysts are increasingly challenged to relinquish their dependence on entities and their attributes and, instead, to re-imagine working and organizing such that our gaze remains always on communicative practice.

There are, of course, a wide array of approaches to studying and representing practice, but communication scholars still encounter significant challenges when they argue for the constitutive power of distinctly communicative practices. These challenges arise as we gather data and produce interpretations of those data, but they also influence numerous other scholarly activities. Specifically, they infuse our interactions with university colleagues (not to mention interviewers during the job search process), affect the accessibility of our pedagogy, and shape our stakeholder engagements in research and applied settings.

This day-long consortium will address these challenges, bringing together senior scholars who have spent the better part of their careers working through the complications involved in pursuing practice-based scholarship.


They will offer advice and insights on topics including:

1. Methodological challenges of practice-based approaches to working and organizing

2. How to help others make sense of practice-based scholarship in the job search process

3. Making engaged scholarship both practice-based and practical

4. Imagining undergraduate teaching as a sociomaterial process

5. Publishing: Explaining the relevance of communicative practice outside the field


Faculty Mentors:

o   Oana Albu, Southern Denmark U

o   Joshua Barbour, U of Texas

o   Kevin Barge, Texas A&M

o   Will Barley, Illinois

o   Patrice Buzzanell, USF

o   Francois Cooren, U of Montreal

o   Joelle Cruz, U. of Colorado Boulder

o   Shiv Ganesh, U of Texas at Austin

o   Jennifer Gibbs, U of California, Santa Barbara

o   Paul Leonardi, U of California, Santa Barbara

o   Kate Lockwood Harris, U of Minnesota

o   Laurie Lewis, Rutgers U

o   Rebecca Meisenbach, U of Missouri

o   Connie Yuan, Cornell U



Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Washington D.C.

Place: TBA

Half-day ICA Preconference PhD Workshop

in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Date: 24 May, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Venue: TBA

Sponsored by the ICA PR Division

Organizers: Flora Hung-Baesecke, Grazia Murtarelli, Katerina Tsetsura, Sophia Charlotte Volk

Senior Faculty Mentors who confirmed participation in the workshop to date:

Jim Macnamara (U of Technology Sydney)

Dean Kruckeberg (U of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Betteke van Ruler, ICA Fellow (U of Amsterdam)The aim of the workshop is to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to discuss their dissertation research in a constructive atmosphere. The workshop is relevant for PhD students within the research field of Strategic Communication, Public Relations and Organizational Communication, at different stages of their dissertation process.

Students will receive feedback on their projects, theoretical frameworks, methodologies and research designs from senior scholars and fellow students, who review the proposals. By reviewing other students' papers, students learn also more about the reviewing process as well as improving their skills on how to write, submit and revise papers for top journals. Senior scholars will give more insights and advice on questions related to the PhD projects with a focus on:

  • Theoretical developments: Emerging perspectives, theories and concepts in the field of strategic communication and public relations (e.g., excellence theory, institutional theory, CCO, dialogic theory, critical theory, qualitative and quantitative methods etc.) and in specific fields (e.g., relationship/reputation management, crisis communication, CSR, ethics, social media, leadership communication, evaluation, measurement, etc.)

  • Methodological developments: Qualitative and quantitative methodologies, empirical challenges and solutions are discussed and evaluated with regard to the field of strategic communication

The workshop also serves as a platform for students working in these areas to establish a valuable network and discuss a variety of issues besides the dissertation projects, which are important for academic careers. To allow for a focused discussion, participants are required to indicate their interest in different issues in their application email; these include: publication strategies, mentoring & networking, international outreach & collaboration, funding/grants, job market, other (please specify).

This is a competitive workshop. Only a selected number of students will be granted the possibility to attend it. After completing the workshop, a certificate of attendance will be presented to all students who have actively participated by submitting a full paper and reviewing a fellow student’s paper as well as attending the workshop.

Application and submission

  • Students apply with a short proposal (max. 3 pages excl. figures, tables, references) that describes the (planned) research by outlining the research problem and research gap, core theories or perspectives, the methodology or even empirical results. The proposal needs to outline core challenges and questions the student has at this stage of his project. By submitting a proposal a student confirms his/her intention to participate in the workshop.

  • Once accepted, students need to hand in a short paper of ca. 6,000 words, no later than March 20, 2019 via email to organizers. This paper can be focused on the core aspects the student would like to discuss (theories, empirical part, etc.).

  • After submission of the short papers, every student will review a fellow student’s paper and write a short peer review (ab. 1,000 words), which is due 1 May, 2019 via email to organizers. At the seminar, students will present their peer review of a fellow student’s paper.

The number of participants at this workshop is limited to 15 to allow for discussion. Only those students whose proposals are accepted will be able to attend.


  • Deadline for short proposal (3 pages max): 20 January, 2019. Please email your entry to flora.hung@gmail.com AND indicate which of the following issues you are interested to discuss (publication strategies, mentoring & networking, international outreach & collaboration, funding/grants, job market, other: please specify).

  • The proposals will be reviewed and acceptance provided by: 4 February, 2019

  • Deadline for short paper submission (6,000 words): 20 March, 2019

  • Deadline for short peer review (1,000 words): 1 May, 2019 (email to organizers and be ready to distribute at the workshop)

Participation fee: Participation is free to all students whose papers are accepted. Each participant’s fee will be covered by the Public Relations Division of ICA. However, you must be a current ICA PRD member, at the time of the conference, in order to participate. Please register via the ICA website.

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Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Avoid the line, Save money and time by registering in advance!

ICA conference attendees have always had the ability to save money on registration by registering early.  Traditionally, following the early registration period, online registration has remained open for a short window of time, however the prices have increased substantially to onsite pricing.  New this year, ICA is pleased to share we’ve extended the online period following early registration and discounted the pricing for this option called Standard Registration.  

  • EARLY REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 17 April
    Early registration begins on 16 January 2019 and will close at 16:00 UTC on 17 April 2019.

  • STANDARD REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 3 May
    Standard Registration will be available starting 16:01 UTC on 17 April 2019 until 16:00 UTC on 3 May 2019. Following the standard registration period, registration online will close; registration will only be available in person, onsite.

    Attendees who have not completed an early or standard registration by 16:00 UTC on 3 May 2019 are welcome and encouraged to attend, but will be required to register onsite in Washington, DC USA, at the onsite conference rates. Hours will be posted at the registration desk.

  • PricesView and compare Early, Standard and Onsite registration rates: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019ConfPrices

Save on your conference registration - Join ICA today! If you are not currently a member, ICA highly recommends that you join as a member before registering for conference to take advantage of reduced member conference prices. The total cost of membership plus the discounted member conference rate is more affordable than the non-member rate. To join ICA, click here.

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ICA KIDS 2019: Childcare in Washington DC

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

ICA is pleased to present ICA Kids 2019 for parents in need of childcare during conference hours.

ICA has again partnered with KiddieCorp, a professional agency in its 33rd year of providing high-quality children’s programs and youth services to conventions, trade shows and special events. KiddieCorp team members are selected according to their integrity, experience, education and enthusiasm. KiddieCorp was the provider ICA worked with in San Diego, having had such a positive experience in 2017, we are delighted to collaborate with them again. As space is at a premium, we highly recommend you sign up early to reserve your child's space in the program. Learn more about ICA Kids 2019


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Call for Papers: Special Issue in Studies in Communication and Media issue 4/2019

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Countering Misinformation in an Era of Post‐Truth

Guest Editors: Christina Peter (LMU Munich) & Thomas Koch (JGU Mainz)

Misinformation has always been an inevitable part in human communication. Yet for several reasons, it has become increasingly problematic for democratic societies in recent years: First, the Internet and social media, in particular, make it easy to spread misinformation of any kind, be it deliberately or accidentally. Second, especially with the rise of right‐wing populism in many places, political actors have never been so forward in calling the news “fake” (while oftentimes not taking the truth too seriously themselves), which results in uncertainty among the public as to which sources and information can still be trusted. Related to this, third, an increasing polarization of positions in society seems to make it almost impossible to share a common truth. In consequence, misinformation is more visible these days, and people seem to be more susceptive to it than ever before, which led scholars and journalists to declare an “era of post‐truth.”

For communication scholars, these developments touch on the very basis of our discipline. Consequently, researchers all over the world have concerned themselves with the magnitude of misinformation and its manifestations such as “fake news,” conspiracy theories, or disinformation. Some have put forward conceptualizations of these different forms of misinformation and tried to detangle the multiple meanings of “fake news” (e.g., Egelhofer & Lecheler, 2018; McNair, 2017). Empirically, research has mostly focused on the spread of misinformation in the course of specific events, such as election campaigns (e.g., Allcott & Gentzkow, 2017).

Less attention has been paid to the question of how fake news and other forms of misinformation can be effectively countered. Although most studies on debunking misinformation has concentrated on scientific or health myths (Chan et al., 2017), some authors have also explored counter‐strategies to politically motivated misinformation (Southwell, Thorson & Sheble, 2018). Research on the subject has shown that correcting misinformation is a difficult task indeed, as some approaches seem to be not only ineffective but even detrimental (e.g., Peter & Koch, 2016). Especially strong partisanship provides a challenge for countering political misinformation. We therefore argue that the current situation calls for a closer look at the interaction between the type of misinformation (e.g., fake news, mis‐/disinformation, conspiracy theories), its sources (political, media, and societal actors, including citizens), and recipient characteristics (e.g., preexisting attitudes, media literacy) in order to answer the question how misinformation can be effectively countered. The aim of the planned special issue thus is to shed light on the effectiveness of debunking strategies in the context of misinformation and its various forms. We welcome conceptual and empirical, quantitative and qualitative submissions, and single‐country studies as well as cross‐national research advancing our understanding of countering misinformation. Individual submissions can address, but are not limited to, the following aspects:

▪ Theoretical contributions advancing our understanding of countering misinformation

▪ Application and extension of existing debunking research to communication science, for instance research on backfire effect or continued influence

▪ The role of recipient characteristics for correcting misinformation, such as preexisting attitudes, partisanship, populist attitudes, trust in media

▪ The role of cognition and processing, for example motivated reasoning, online vs. memory‐based processing, compatibility with preexisting beliefs, role of emotions

▪ The relevance of communicative context and source characteristics, such as social media and aligned social information (likes, shares, comments), source proximity

▪ The effects of debunking strategies for different kinds of misinformation: fact checking, counter‐arguing, retraction, journalistic debunking, etc.

▪ Prevention approaches to raise awareness of misinformation, for example through media literacy programs or social media guidelines

 We welcome submissions that fit any of the SCM formats: Extended Paper (50‐60  pages),

 Full Paper (15‐20 pages), and Research‐in‐brief (5‐10 pages). Manuscripts should be prepared   in accordance with the SCM guidelines:

https://www.scm.nomos.de/fileadmin/scm/doc/Autorenhinweise_und_Checkliste.p df (German)

https://www.scm.nomos.de/fileadmin/scm/doc/Autorenhinweise_Checkliste_englis h_.pdf (English)

 Manuscripts should be submitted to peter@ifkw.lmu.de and


 Deadline for submissions will be April 1st, 2019. The special issue will be published  in December 2019(SCM issue 4/2019).


   Allcott, H., & Gentzkow, M. (2017). Social media and fake news in the 2016 election. Journal

of Economic Perspectives, 31, 211–236.

 Chan, M. P. S., Jones, C. R., Hall Jamieson, K., & Albarracín, D. (2017). Debunking: A meta‐   analysis of the psychological efficacy of messages countering misinformation. Psychological       Science, 28, 15311546.

 Egelhofer, J. & Lecheler, S. (May, 2018).  Systematizing fake news as a two‐dimensional     Phenomenon: A framework and research agenda. Conference paper at the annual conference of    the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague.

 McNair, B. (2017). Fake news: Falsehood, fabrication and fantasy in journalism. New York:   Routledge.

 Peter, C., & Koch, T. (2016). When debunking scientific myths fails (and when it does not): The   backfire effect in the context of journalistic coverage and immediate judgments as prevention   strategy. Science Communication, 38, 3–25.

 Southwell, B. G., Thorson, E. A., & Sheble, L. (Eds.). (2018). Misinformation and mass   audiences. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.

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Student Column

Posted By Joy Kibarabara (Stockholm U), Friday, February 1, 2019

Graduate Student and Early Career Plenary Offers Practical Tips on Increasing Visibility at Conferences and Journals


By Joy Kibarabara (Stockholm U)

How can scholars from the Global South strengthen their visibility and research output at top tier academic conferences and journals? This was the central focus of the graduate student and early career scholar plenary at the recently concluded ICAfrica 2nd Biennial Conference in Accra, Ghana. The plenary was part of the three-day conference held on November 7-9, 2018 at the U of Ghana. The ICA Students and Early-Career Scholars committee (ICA-SECAC) jointly with the African Communication Research Network (ACRN) organized the plenary bringing together graduate students and early career scholars from academic institutions in Africa and around the world. Panelists included Professor Kehbuma Langmia (Howard U), Mel Bunce, Senior Lecturer (City U, London), Leah Komen, Senior Lecturer (Daystar U), Joy Kibarabara (PhD Student and author of this article, Stockholm U) and Assistant Professor Dani Madrid-Morales (U of Houston). The plenary offered practical tips on issues such as using digital technologies to increase an online presence, maximizing academic service and leadership opportunities at conferences, crafting successful conference abstracts, turning conference cycles into publishing cycles, and funding opportunities, among others. These topics were aligned to the conference’s overall theme: African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations.

The conference speakers emphasized the critical contribution that African scholars bring to the field of communication. ICA past President Paula Gardner (McMaster U) highlighted the importance of the unique research perspectives that African scholarship offers especially as a way of levelling North-South imbalances in academia. Speaking to the conference theme, Paula Gardner said “we are eager to learn of your findings, perspectives and insights into digital media, technologies, and cultures that are distinctive to African ecosystems and dynamics.” Gardner added that these scholarly interactions are “exciting and energizing and they are crucial to building communication as a truly international body of research”.  This need to close the North-South research gap was also echoed by ICAfrica President Sr. Professor Agnes Lando (Daystar U). “The good that ICA offers ‘out there’ can also be experienced by communication scholars and researchers in Africa who for one reason or another are unable to travel to different parts of the world for the annual ICA or other reputable conferences,” Lando said. Adding to this discussion, Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia noted that digital technologies are rapidly changing how people in Africa communicate and academic research can find out what ways the continent can better leverage on existing technologies. Keynote speakers Janet Kwami (Furman U) and Francis Nyamnjoh (U of Cape Town) provided more insight on understanding of the proliferation of digital technologies in Africa. In her remarks, Professor Kwami addressed digital inequalities and emphasized the need to close gender ICT gaps in Africa. “Media in Africa should adopt more positive and inclusive narratives as a way of responding to digital inequalities,” she said. Professor Nyamnjoh likened the rapid proliferation of digital and mobile technologies in Africa to the “juju” (charm, magic) metaphor.

Other perspectives came from the 184 conference delegates representing 13 countries from Africa and around the world. Conference chair Audrey Gadzekpo (U of Ghana) said the conference received more than 200 paper submissions, that were spread across various themed sessions, as well as five panels, a policy lab and one workshop. This Biennial Conference marks the third ICA research activity in Africa. The first was the historic ICAfrica Regional Conference at Daystar U, Nairobi Kenya held in October 19-21, 2016. The conference was themed Growing Communication Scholarship: Looking to the Past with Gratitude, the Present with Passion, the Future with Hope. A year later in Entebbe Uganda, ICAfrica held a three-day academic training workshop hosted by Uganda Martyrs U. The goal was to train graduate students and early academic scholars on writing abstracts, research papers for international conferences and publishing. ICAfrica hosts these events in collaboration with the larger ICA organization as well as other regional bodies. In the 2018 conference, well known regional academic organizations such as the East African Communication Association (EACA) and the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) were represented.

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