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Posted By Administration, Friday, September 4, 2020

CALL FOR ARTICLES

 

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

ISSUE ON:

The Social and Political Impact of COVID-19 in the United States

Edited by

Beth Redbird, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University;

Laurel Harbridge-Yong, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University;

Rachel Davis Mersey, Associate Dean for Research and Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor, University of Texas at Austin

 

Note: This will be the first of three COVID-19 related calls. The second call, in spring 2021, will focus on socio-economic impacts and will be edited by Steven Raphael (University of California, Berkeley) and Daniel Schneider (John F. Kennedy School). The third call, in fall 2021, will focus on educational impacts and will be edited by Dominique Baker (Southern Methodist University), Michal Kurlaender (University of California, Davis), Susanna Loeb (Brown University), and Ruth N. López Turley (Rice University).

The COVID-19 pandemic is quickly leading to broad changes in society and upending ways of life across the globe. It is important to begin to understand the social and political factors that shape the response to the pandemic, as well as how the pandemic alters subsequent political and social dynamics for individuals, groups, communities, and institutions. While the COVID-19 pandemic is a clear public health challenge, it also has social, political, and economic problems of interest to social scientists. We recognize that we are at the beginning of a full and deep understanding of the relationships between COVID-19 and U.S. society, but it is evident that immediate issues are emerging. For example, public adoption of advised health behaviors relies on a successful interplay of public policy, personal and mass communication, and public attitudes toward government and fellow citizens. For a pandemic response to be effective, policy makers must devise strategies, information must be conveyed to the public, and individual attitudes and behaviors must change. The rise of diseases such as SARS, MERS, H1N1, and COVID-19 underlines the need to understand these phenomena—not just epidemiologically, but as socially and politically important events. Social and political factors impact government and individual responses to the pandemic, and the pandemic also alters the political and social fabric of the country. That means issues of power, status, resources, culture, politics, and social structures play center stage as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, unfolded and continues.

The magnitude of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the governmental responses that follow, have sweeping political and social consequences, which we are just beginning to study. Additionally, citizens' experiences with the pandemic may shape subsequent behaviors, such as strategies for collecting and processing of information, trust in government, voting behavior, and civic engagement. Likewise, the pandemic and related governmental responses have important consequences on existing social and political inequalities, including race, class, and region of residence.

In this issue, we invite theoretical and empirical papers which enhance our initial understanding of the social and political impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our aim is to highlight outstanding early research on: (1) how social and political dynamics shape responses to the pandemic; and (2) how the pandemic itself alters social and political dynamics for individuals, communities and institutions. This includes research exemplifying the interplay among politics and policy; information exchange; economics; psychology; social structures, including networks and institutions; power and status; and public behavior in the United States. We welcome research from across the social sciences, including communications, economics, education, organizational behavior, political science, psychology, and sociology. Papers may employ a variety of methods and data, including both quantitative and qualitative. We are particularly interested in studies that deepen our understanding of social institutions in times of crisis and change. In the United States, the decentralized nature of the pandemic response created cleavages between regions, urban and rural areas, demographic populations, and other groups leading to significant power and status differentials. Papers that analyze geographic, racial, socioeconomic, political, or other status and power inequalities are welcome, as are papers that leverage key events, geographic variation, or temporal differences. Papers with an international focus will be considered only if they have clear comparison with, or direct implications for, the United States.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on November 3, 2020, to:

rsf.fluxx.io

(NOTE that if you wish to submit an abstract and do not yet have an account with us, it can take up to 48 hours to get credentials, so please start your application at least two days before the deadline.)

All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to rsf.fluxx.io will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journal@rsage.org and not to the email addresses of the editors of the issue.

A conference will take place at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on June 11, 2021 (with a dinner the night before). The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due a month prior to the conference on 5/11/21) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors. Travel costs, food, and lodging for one author per paper will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their revised drafts by 9/30/21. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for formal peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers by 3/10/22. The full and final issue will be published in the fall of 2022. Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

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Call for Chapter Proposals: True Crime in American Media

 

 

George S. Larke-Walsh, george.larke-walsh@unt.edu

 

A new edited collection on true crime in 21st century American visual and audio media invites proposals for chapters.  

 

This new book seeks to present original scholarship on the structure, themes and consumption of true crime in today’s visual/audio media landscape.  

 

From sober documentary film through ‘binge-worthy’ streaming of podcasts and television series, true crime appears in a wide variety of styles and attracts an equally varied array of responses. This book hopes to reflect as many approaches as possible.  

 

While the central focus will be on American films and series of the 21st century, the collection would also benefit from discussions on the global reach and/or influences of such media, so proposals on such topics are welcomed.  

 

The following list is a guide to the variety of true crime content the book will consider:

 

- Legal Procedures (including police procedural, courtroom practices, appeals, probation services)

 

- Injustice Narratives (including false confessions, wrongful imprisonment as well as general criticisms of the American justice system)

 

- Organized Crime (history of the mafia, political corruption, gangster celebrities)  

 

- Interviews with Convicts (including high profile cases, serial killers)

 

- Victims (including support and reconciliation programs)

 

- Unsolved crime (including missing persons, ongoing investigations)

 

- Crimes made sensational (including property violations, neighbor disputes, traffic stops)

 

A list of possible approaches: 

 

- Documentary styles and aesthetics (including re-enactment, docudrama) 

 

- Character creation and/or sensationalist narrative practices including:

 

A. The presentation of law enforcement, prosecutors, defense teams and/or the 

 

B. Legal system in general

 

C. The presentation of crime victims and their families

 

D. The presentations of race, gender and sexualities

 

- The social purpose of true crime documentaries

 

- Transmedial and /or transglobal responses to American true crime narratives

 

- Production practices and ethics

 

- Finance, marketing and/or distribution practices and experiences  

 

Routledge has expressed interest in the project (Approx. 12 chapters of 6-8,000 words each).

 

Please send a 300-400 word abstract of your proposed chapter and a 100-word author bio statement to George S. Larke-Walsh at george.larke-walsh@unt.edu by September 30th 2020. 

 

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ALL FOR ABSTRACTS

 

The 3rd International Workshop HATE SPEECH IN ASIA AND EUROPE

 

Pandemic, Fear, and Hate

 

May 20 (THU) – 21 (FRI), 2021

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

 

Convener:

Center for Korean Studies, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

 

Co-organizers:

Institute of Communication Research, Seoul National University, South Korea

LCAO-CCJ, Université de Paris, France

 

Supporter:

Resona Foundation

 

This project began in 2017 as a way to bring scholars across the continents together to discuss national, regional, and global dynamics of hate speech from diverse viewpoints that include the political, legal, historical, ideological and cultural perspectives. Through the 1st and 2nd workshop, held respectively in Kyoto and Paris, we explored the contours of hate speech in different Asian and European countries. And some of the papers from the two workshops were published via a journal special issue and an edited volume.

(You can find more information on the edited volume from the 1st workshop at here: https://www.routledge.com/Hate-Speech-in-Asia-and-Europe-Beyond-Hate-and-Fear/Kang-Rive-Lasan-Kim-Hall/p/book/9780367209001)

 

Next year, the workshop will continue and expand this conversation by considering acute tensions surrounding hate speech issues in the age of pandemic and including research on other continents, not strictly confined to Asia and Europe.

 

Although the COVID-19 was of natural origin, its impact on society is more a matter of a social crisis than a natural disaster. Pandemic is shaking the society to its very foundation. This workshop pays attention to the fear, discrimination, and hatred between nations, communities, and individuals within the context of the anxiety and inequality brought by the pandemic. COVID-19 has spurred hate speeches across continents, from the conflict between the U.S. and China to discriminatory acts targeting at the ‘other(s)’. The profile of victims varies from country to country, and diverse civil societies and nations have responded to this phenomenon in different manners. While no one can predict how this pandemic is going to shape the world after all, through this workshop, we expect to explore hate speech fueled by the pandemic crisis and seek philosophical, ethical and theoretical perspectives that illuminate how to overcome the fear and the hate in this pandemic era.

 

We invite you to submit paper abstracts adopting different approaches such as media studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, legal studies, religious studies that examine, but are not restricted to, the following questions:

 

● What are the current contours of hate speech in this/the pandemic crisis?

● How can we better prevent and address social stigma associated with the COVID-19?

● What are the differences and similarities in the manifestations of hate speech across countries in the pandemic crisis?

● What are the legal and discursive characteristics of individual societies in dealing with hate speech in the pandemic crisis?

● What frailties and inequalities does the COVID-19 expose?

● How are different media platforms exploited to express and spread hatred against various minorities in the pandemic period?

● Why do ethnicity, sexuality and religion often act as flashpoints in the pandemic crisis?

● Who are the scapegoats stigmatized by hate speeches linked to this health crisis?

 

We are pleased to provide selected presenters with partial subsidies for accommodation and travel expenses, depending on funding availability and the participant’s needs. We intend to publish selected papers from the workshop as a journal special issue and/or an edited volume with a reputable academic press.

 

This is an in-person workshop, but we are considering converting it to a virtual or hybrid event.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

Please email your proposal with a title, an abstract of not more than 500 words in MS Word to hatespeechworkshop@gmail.com, together with your name, position, institutional affiliation and email address by October 31, 2020. (Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance by November 20, 2020). Selected authors will be requested to submit full papers by April 20, 2021.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us(hatespeechworkshop@gmail.com) for any questions regarding this workshop.

 

 

Organizing Committee

Myungkoo KANG, Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University, Korea

Marie-Orange RIVÉ, Associate Professor, Université de Paris, France

Wooja KIM, Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Sojeong PARK, Postdoctoral Researcher, Seoul National University, Korea

 

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 4, 2020

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT



Book Announcement: Open Educational Resource Interpersonal Communication Textbook


Jason S. Wrench, wrenchj@newpaltz.edu


We are proud to announce the publication of a new Open Educational Resource interpersonal communication textbook available for fall adoption:


http://www.jasonswrench.com/pdf/IC2020.pdf

 

In addition to the OER book, there are is also an OER workbook for students, a complete Instructor's Manual, and PowerPoint slide deck. You can email me at wrenchj@newpaltz.edu to get access to these materials if would like to adopt the book. Again, this is an OER book so it is 100% free to use.

 

Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships approaches interpersonal communication using a mindfulness perspective. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


 

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT


Book Summary

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has expanded the online world of work at home to record levels. Our most personal and confidential data is being collected from multiple digital devices and stored, disseminated, and sold to governments and commercial organizations, often without our knowledge, consent, or control. We are all now in privacy’s perfect storm, which includes recent efforts by the European Union and in the United States to set new legal boundaries. Stuart N. Brotman offers a thoughtful guide to achieving better digital privacy protection in these turbulent times.

 

ISBN: 978-1-939282-48-4

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939282489

 


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ICA21 in DENVER COLORADO: HYBRID FORMAT FAQ

Posted By Laura Sawyer MA, CAE - ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Coming on the heels of ICA’s first-ever virtual conference, with a long list of what worked (and what needs to be improved!), we are pleased to announce that the 2021 ICA Annual Conference, 27-31 May 2021 in Denver, Colorado, USA, will be planned from the start as a hybrid (dual online/in-person) conference. Participants will have the option to choose whether to attend either as an in-person attendee (with simultaneous access to the virtual space) or as a “virtual only” attendee using the online platform. While we hope that most participants will choose to join us in-person in Denver, we understand that access issues (health-related risks and financial strains lingering from the global pandemic among them) may lead many to be unable to attend. Offering an online option is a means of preserving access, equity, and inclusion.


COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: Obviously, if the pandemic continues/gets worse to the point where the conference cannot occur in person at all, at any time a similar process as 2020 could be utilized whereby hotel block reservations would be automatically purged and everyone could be converted to an online-only registration. The conference could then possibly move forward in an online-only capacity as it did in 2020 (with decision points for all involved to be established at a future date). For now, we are cautiously optimistic that we will go forward with a hybrid option.


This hybrid, dual-track plan of course requires extra work from the conference organizers, staff, and planners, as well as slightly more work from all presenters. 


Thank you to those of you who participated in the virtual #ica20 conference and allowed us to see what could be accomplished--and what can’t!--with very little lead time. We are working to ensure that the critiques, ideas, and positive feedback from the conference survey can be implemented as well as possible in any future online iterations. 


As promised, some more robust details are shared below. We still don’t have all the answers, but will continue to release information as it comes to light and as decisions (such as the conference’s virtual rate and the platform we will be using) are made. 


HOW DO SUBMISSIONS WORK? 

Submissions will occur, as is typical, via the ScholarOne Abstracts system, with the same basic timeline as is usual. Planners will assign reviewers as per usual, and sessions will be awarded, as usual, based on the percentage each division/interest group garners of the total number of submissions. However, five things will change here:

  1. ICA will encourage the Divisions and IGs to consider formats beyond the full paper. This can be extended abstracts (of studies that have been conducted) or pre-registered submissions (of studies to be conducted before 6 November 2020 and the conference paper re-submission in April). By encouraging these shorter formats we hope to address some of the downsides of the pandemic for researchers, which have hit parents, particularly mothers and other caregiving colleagues, disproportionately). 

  2. We will include a few additional requirements having to do with equity and inclusion, such as asking submitters to take a moment of reflection prior to hitting “submit” to examine whether they have a diverse works cited list and have considered positive and negative societal outcomes of their work.

  3. We will offer an opt-in opportunity for designating research as ‘open scholarship’.  It will not be its own category, it will simply be a way of designating one’s work as preregistered in case that is helpful to the planners.

  4. We will include a check box wherein presenters acknowledge that submitting their work comes with an acceptance of the responsibility to serve as a reviewer as well. 

  5. The submission deadline will move 5 days later, to 6 November, so that those waiting for the results of the US election on 3 November to make their decision about whether to submit may do so, given that the conference will take place this year in the US. 


HOW DOES ONE REGISTER FOR THE HYBRID CONFERENCE?

Those who wish to attend the conference (in either capacity) will be able to follow the usual process, with registrations opening on 13 January concurrent with the news of acceptances. Every attendee will be able to select to attend in person or virtually at that time based on their preference. No letter or permission will be required. The in-person registration will INCLUDE virtual access to encourage everyone’s participation in the virtual aspect as well so that the virtual conference is robust. 


WILL THERE BE A VIRTUAL OPTION REGISTRATION DISCOUNT? 

The fees for the two options have not yet been decided. The in-person conference fee will be no more than the registration fee for the conference in Washington, DC. The virtual conference will likely be at a discount, but that will be determined after we have determined our platform and we know the costs. Attendees may anticipate a decision on this by the time submissions open in September. 


WILL THERE BE A HOTEL ROOM BLOCK? 

As we book ICA hotel blocks five or more years in advance, we have a block of hotel rooms available at two conference hotels in downtown Denver: the larger Hyatt Regency and smaller Grand Hyatt, less than ten minutes’ walk from each other (similar to #ICA18 in Prague, but a shorter walk and no cobblestones, so it’s easier for those with mobility issues to get between venues).  The procedure for booking will remain the same as in recent years (ie, the link will go out first to those who have registered). It will be more important than ever to stay in the block if possible, as an unfilled block due to virtual attendees will result in attrition paid by the association to the hotel for underperformance, meaning the association must raise rates in the future. Our “free” meeting space is always contingent upon our providing sleeping rooms for the hotel, full of our attendees. We appreciate attendees helping us meet those contractual obligations so that we can keep conference registration fees from increasing. The room rate for Denver is US$169 per night for single/double occupancy. The hotels are not allowed to sell rooms at a lower rate than our contracted rate for those dates. 


IF I WANT TO ATTEND IN PERSON, HOW WOULD A VIRTUAL ATTENDEE SEE MY TALK? 

Our goal is to make the virtual conference track as robust as possible without it having the in-person element. To that end, a major difference for the dual track will be that we will ask even those who are attending in person to do a recording of their talk for those who are attending virtually to watch. This is extra work, yes, but hopefully by then all of us will have become quite used to doing recordings of full lectures, so a seven- to 15-minute talk is not too big an imposition. We will ask you to upload these approximately one month prior to the conference to give our platform enough time to get everything in the right place (to avoid some of the issues we had leading up to #ICA20). We will also build reminders into the day for in-person attendees to take a moment to engage with the chat rooms, twitter feeds, etc of the online track. 


IF I CHOOSE TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? 

Those who choose to attend only virtually will be asked to record and upload their talk in advance, as well as using a video platform (Skype, Zoom, BlueJeans) to connect to the live session into which they have been scheduled. As we have done since the 2017 conference in San Diego and the so-called “Muslim ban” imposed by the Trump administration that year, we will ask that presenters who choose to attend/present virtually contact their session chair/moderator to come to a mutually agreeable video platform solution, test it out in advance of the conference, and make the connection in real time during the conference. You will be able to access in-person attendees’ presentations either via the live-stream of certain rooms (see below), via their pre-recorded videos of their individual talks, or via live-streamed recordings that are then uploaded. In-person attendees will receive reminders via the app to “tune in” to the virtual conference to check in and converse with the online attendees. 


HOW SHOULD I CHOOSE WHICH WAY TO ATTEND? 

An almost universal comment from the #ICA20 virtual conference survey was that while attendees were grateful that we preserved the opportunity to convene--especially for early-career scholars who need to build their CVs and get feedback from senior scholars--a virtual conference is never going to measure up to an in-person event in terms of engagement, social interaction, and networking. The in-person conference is your best choice if you’re healthy, have the ability to travel to Denver, and really value that social interaction and networking aspect. 


If instead you have health concerns (such as immune compromise) that are still a concern by the time you have to register--keeping in mind that you can decide as late as April--or you are concerned about the environmental impact of your travel, or you have limited funds that cannot be ameliorated by travel grants, then perhaps the virtual option will appeal to you. Please keep in mind, however, that as we found in the #ICA20 conference no amount of virtual chat rooms, avatar-based networking events, and sidebar chat Q&A are going to replicate the in-person conference experience. Those who were on Twitter had the best experience during #ICA20 and felt connected to their peers, so we do recommend plugging into social media and following the conference hashtags if you do opt to go virtual. 


HOW WILL THE TECHNOLOGY HANDLE ALL OF THIS? 

We will “max out” the wifi and wired (if necessary) internet capabilities at the conference venue to ensure that there are minimal technical difficulties in both information going out to, and coming in from, virtual attendees. More on this later. 


HOW WILL LIVE STREAMING WORK? WILL IT BE EVERY SESSION? 

As mentioned earlier, we cannot possibly live stream the contents of 27 concurrent sessions for four days, this would be an impossible and brutally expensive task for a nonprofit to undertake because it requires onsite audiovisual assistants and equipment in all 27 rooms, from 8 to 6:15pm, for five days. To some extent, those who choose to attend virtually of their own accord will have to accept that they will not be able to view 100% of the content they want to, live: however, as mentioned above, all attendees (in-person and virtual) are expected to upload videos of their presentations as well. 


While we are still determining what will be live-streamed via the synchronous channel, the obvious choices for live streaming will be the opening plenary, closing plenary, presidential address & awards ceremony, Fellows sessions, Theme sessions, the new member orientation, the SECAC meeting, and special sessions (in the past these have included the First Nations panel, the Greening of the Academy panel, the African diaspora panel, etc). Again, this is not an exhaustive list (nor do we guarantee all of the above) and we will be working with the Future of ICA Conferences task force as well as looking at the feedback on the ICA conference survey to determine other sessions that are a good fit for live streaming. It is important to note that, even if the live stream isn’t at a convenient time for you (as a virtual attendee) to watch in real time from your home, the streamed content will be made available as an asynchronous recording later, to be viewed at any time. Only one or two rooms will be equipped for streaming and we want to ensure that we choose sessions in those rooms that will appeal to the largest numbers of both virtual and in-person attendees. This means that, in the interest of fairness, individual divisions/IGs’ business meetings and top papers sessions will NOT be eligible to be live streamed in the main rooms (because there are 33 divisions/IGs, this is 66 sessions which typically all occur during the same two time slots). 


HOW *WILL* WE HANDLE BUSINESS MEETINGS, THEN? 

We will encourage division/IG officers to utilize “live blogging”, Twitter hashtags, and even perhaps a Slack channel to incorporate the input of virtual attendees in the business meeting, or to have them participate via a Zoom call that is connected to the live meeting, facilitated by the officers. Virtual attendees could submit questions through the Zoom chat function. How this works will be left to each division/IG’s officers to choose from a menu of ideas we will provide. 


HOW MANY DAYS WILL THE CONFERENCE LAST?

The 2020 conference was virtual-only and therefore was able to stay open for a longer period of time than a typical four-day in-person ICA conference. We cannot, however, extend the length of our in-person conference due to the physical constraints in our contract (a different conference is immediately before us and another one is coming in right after us). Therefore, the days and duration of the virtual conference will mirror exactly the dates of the in-person conference, but we will likely (once again) leave online content up for viewing (not interaction) for all attendees (virtual and in-person) for at least a day or so after the in-person conference has come to a close, as this was a much appreciated perk during the 2020 conference. The conference will run from 27-31 May 2021 and will follow the usual pattern for ICA: Wednesday and Thursday preconferences, Thursday evening opening plenary and reception, four full days Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon, post conferences on Tuesday. 


WHAT ABOUT THE HOURS OF OPERATION? 

The hours of the in-person conference will remain 8:00am to 6:15pm in the local (Denver) time zone (US Mountain Daylight Time aka MDT, which is UTC -6).  All headline sessions (like the presidential address) and timing of business meetings will follow their usual timing. Unfortunately, we cannot make sessions in Denver occur at 2:00am Denver time in order to comply with other time zones (the hotel wouldn’t allow people on the premises in the middle of the night, due to security measures), so any live streamed sessions will have to occur at the time they occur in the regular program, which may be inconvenient for you to watch in real time depending on your time zone (though they will be made available later as recordings). Please take this inconvenience into account when deciding whether to register as a virtual or in-person attendee. 


WILL THERE STILL BE TRAVEL GRANTS? 

Yes! We will have a surplus of travel funding to offer for 2021 to help attendees get to the in-person conference. In addition to the US$75,000 typically offered by ICA for travel grants, we have a surplus of funds from the Hardship Fund (all HF donors agreed that the overage would go to the travel grants fund) to add to this. We encourage you to apply if you meet the criteria for travel grant funding, which will remain the same as in prior years. The application will go live on 13 January, the same day we announce acceptances. 


NEW THIS YEAR: REGIONAL HUB GRANTS (PILOT PROGRAM)

In addition, new this year we will also make available ICA funds for local travel and technology grants in order to enable additional participants to attend virtually. For instance, if a cohort of attendees in one city find themselves unable to travel to Colorado due to distance, funding, or any other reason, they could choose to all gather at a local university to have a local “watch party” and attend the conference virtually-but-together. We will make funds available to the host institution if needed for making this possible. We want to be clear, however, that this is not meant to encourage people to stay home! We would prefer to welcome everyone to the conference in person if they are able and are comfortable to do so. We simply want to ensure that no one is unable to access the conference if they can’t travel and their home internet capabilities are inadequate to live streaming. The application to serve as a virtual hub will go live on 13 January (the day we announce acceptances). 


WHAT WILL ICA CHANGE FOR THE VIRTUAL OPTION IN 2021? 

While we are proud of what we accomplished with very little lead time in 2020, with more time to plan for the hybrid option, we have a few “must haves” on our list for the next iteration of our virtual conference option to be a success. This may necessitate changing platforms to find something more user-friendly, so headquarters staff have initiated an RFP process for that. 


Our must-haves: 

  • we MUST have at least three weeks between the deadline for uploading videos and the beginning of the conference

  • the video upload system MUST send a confirmation email (not just a pop-up confirmation) to submitters of videos to eliminate duplicates (many videos were uploaded twice or three times because people weren’t sure they had gone through)

  • the video recording system MUST have a mechanism for captioning/subtitles, this is an access issue. Our efforts to strongly encourage captioning in 2020 were not as successful as we would have liked and we must do better at making it easy to comply with this. 

  • the platform MUST allow for searching by title, topic, author, and just be easier to navigate generally

  • the platform MUST notify authors/commenters when they receive new comments on their videos, or replies to comments they’ve made, for the online Q&A to actually work

  • The ICA conference staff MUST have the ability to be in the backend with the programmers in order to troubleshoot problems


This FAQ will continue to be updated as we know more, and will be located here. Questions you would like to see answered here can be sent to conference@icahdq.org. Thank you! 



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Student Column

Posted By Robyn Adams (ICA Student Member), Tuesday, August 4, 2020

For this month’s student column, the SECAC would like to feature the voice of one of ICA's student members, Robyn Adams .


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Despite the substantial "likes" and supportive comments I received upon posting my experience as a Black woman in higher education, I can't help but to think about the word: politics. These are the same politics that place the experiences of other Black scholars into a hashtag for consumption, commodification, and, of course, content. Politics created a 20-year divide between the last Black woman in our department's doctoral program and me. 


The politics that I’m referring to are the activities related to making decisions or other forms of power relations between people. These politics within academic institutions actively (even if unintentionally) discourage the diversity of knowledge and encourage racial/ethnic homogeneity within our graduate programs. If we want to improve this institutional disparity, we must abolish the politics that gatekeep marginalized scholars from starting and finishing their graduate programs. One of these activities include GRE requirements for graduate applicants. Makers of the GRE, ETS, reports that "disparities in performance among underrepresented groups still exist." Most graduate programs still utilize an applicants' GRE scores to make acceptance decisions, despite research findings of bias between test-takers of dominant and non-dominant racial/ethnic and class groups, and the lack of correlations between the test's scores and graduate school success (Hall, O'Connell, and Cook 2017; Moneta-Koehler et al., 2017).


Second, there is a long epistemological battle that exists within the history of our field. I was told early on in my graduate training about the career protection of quantitative research over qualitative. However, these epistemological suggestions and confinements promote further knowledge disparities within our graduate programs, and activities such as this suggest a dominant epistemological approach that is more valuable than the other. Thus, the production and circulation of knowledge is political. Chakravartty, Kuo, Grubbs, and Mcllwain (2018) tackled these exact politics in #CommunicationSoWhite, highlighting the pervasive racial and epistemological inequities within communication. For example, only 14% of articles in the top communication journals were first-authored by non-White scholars in 30 years. 


Last, Chakravartty and colleagues addressed a question posed by an anonymous reviewer: "why would White scholars listen?" They responded with years' worth of historical reasons for why White scholars should listen, yet I find myself scrolling through countless #BlackInTheIvory tweets that show otherwise. However, as the communication scholars and creators of #BlackInTheIvory, Joy Melody Woods and Shardé M. Davis, mentioned, "we want radical, structural change.” This radical, structural change starts with improving the racial compositions of our educational programs and the experiences of non-White scholars in these programs.

Thus, we should check and challenge our politics at all levels of academia. The politics that prevent non-White scholars from advancing within these programs are the same politics that keep non-White scholars from being granted tenure. These politics don't stop the day we receive our doctoral degrees but are present within our programs' institutional fabrics. I refuse to let the politics within our institutions cause another 20-year divide between me and the next Black woman in my department. 




Robyn 

Also, fed up.


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ICA Statement on Metrics and Annual Journal Impact Factors

Posted By Tom Mankowski, ICA Director of Publishing Operations, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The International Communication Association is grateful to the authors, editors, reviewers, and our community. We are proud of the journals and the scholarship we help disseminate and their impact. ICA also shares the community’s reservations about the system of impact factors. In the past, we have promoted the 2-year impact factors of ICA journals on our website and through social media as both an education tool and to provide authors and researchers an insight into the citation patterns of scholarship.  


However, ICA strongly recommends caution when assessing annual impact factors and welcomes additional measurements, particularly those endorsed by DORA, when ‘evaluating’ the performance of a journal. ICA calls upon publishers in our field to de-emphasize the annual updates, to stress the importance of viewing all metrics, and providing the 5-year IF over the 2-year IF when necessary. ICA furthermore supports the need to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics in funding, appointment, and promotion considerations.


DORA suggests publishers: 


  • “Greatly reduce emphasis on the journal impact factor as a promotional tool, ideally by ceasing to promote the impact factor or by presenting the metric in the context of a variety of journal-based metrics (e.g., 5-year impact factor, EigenFactor [8], SCImago [9], h-index, editorial and publication times, etc.) that provide a richer view of journal performance." 

  • "Make available a range of article-level metrics to encourage a shift toward assessment based on the scientific content of an article rather than publication metrics of the journal in which it was published.”

 

As such, we have updated our journal webpages to show the following:

 

Previous webpage:

  • 2-Year Impact Factor 

  • 5-Year Impact Factors 

  • ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking

Updated webpage:


ICA endorses DORA and the need to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment, and promotion considerations; (https://sfdora.org/read/). 


ICA recommends these metrics be used only for the assessment of a journal. 

  • 5-Year Impact Factors

  • 2-Year Impact Factor

  • ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking

  • Immediacy index 

  • Article influence score 

  • Cited half-life

  • Eigenfactor score  

  • H index 

  • SJR indicator

ICA has engaged with our journal publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) to follow this path in its communication and promotion of the ICA portfolio of journals, and we hold ourselves to this motion moving forward.  


Signed by


ICA Executive Committee

ICA Publication Committee


3 August, 2020


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Membership Reflection & Looking Ahead

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The current 2019 – 2020 ICA membership term will surely go down in ICA history as a year of many first experiences for ICA members and staff alike. As we begin to bid farewell to the current membership term, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights this year.

Although there are certainly more prominent first experience (such as the ICA virtual conference), some of the new and exciting events that occurred within membership are:

We hope that you’ve all had the chance to learn about the divisions/IGs at this past 70th Annual ICA Conference, and have had a chance to use your member discounts and explore the new career website. If you haven’t done so, then wait no longer! Click the links above or visit the ICA website for more exploration: https://www.icahdq.org/

Looking ahead at upcoming 2020 - 2021 membership term

We know that these are--as every email from every company has told us ad nauseam in the past four months--”unprecedented times.” We know that many of you who graduated into this environment may be struggling financially and/or not yet settled into--or even connected with-- your first jobs out of school. 

Here’s how we can help: 

ICA student members who graduated this year experiencing hardship due to the impact of COVID-19, can now apply for the Early Career membership type instead of going straight into the more expensive “Regular Member” status. 

The Early Career Membership is a temporary 1-year membership type (which will begin 1 October 2020 and end 30 September 2021) which will allow members who graduated this year, or who may not have secured a permanent position, renew at a reduced rate.

This temporary membership type will save recent graduates approximately 50%. Rather than paying the price of a Regular Member (US$195+), you will be billed roughly US$98 depending on how many divisions you select upon renewing. Again, this is a temporary program in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, not a permanent program. 

If you fit the description above, and are interested in learning more about this membership type please contact ICA’s Manager of Members Services & Marketing, Kristine Rosa, at membership@icahdq.org for more information.

The new membership type is available during the renewal process. No letter of explanation is required. However, if you do not see it as an option then please contact Kristine to assist with your renewal.


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Member News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT


Relating Through Technology


Part of the Advances in Personal Relationships Series

 

https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/psychology/social-psychology/relating-through-technology-everyday-social-interaction?format=HB&isbn=9781108483308

 

This book answers one of the most critical questions of our time, does the vast connectivity afforded by mobile and social media lead to more personal connection with one another? It offers an evidence-based account of the role of technology in close relationships that confronts such pressing questions as where face-to-face communication belongs in this digital age, whether social media is harmful to our well-being, and how online communication spills-over into our offline communication and relationships.

 

Each chapter explores the positive and negative influences of media on relationships, coalescing into a balanced assessment of how technological advancement has altered our connections with each other. By zeroing in on communication with the most important people in our lives and tracing the changes in computer-mediated communication over time, Relating Through Technology focuses the conversation about media on its use in our everyday lives and relationships.

 

"We have been given an accessible, grounded view on how new media does and does not change the fundamentals of relating. Hall’s survey of the field provides the most thorough analysis to date and will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the science of contemporary personal connection." - Nancy Baym, Senior Principal Researcher, Microsoft

 

"This is a thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of the nexus between relationships and technology. Jeffrey Hall integrates seemingly unrelated threads in an easy-to-understand manner. The result is a breath of fresh air and should be read by academics as well as those new to the topic." - Artemio Ramirez, Professor, Assistant Director, and Director of Graduate Studies, University of South Florida

 

"Jeffrey Hall expertly reviews classic and emerging theories alongside cutting-edge research on relationships in the digital age. The result is a brilliant perspective on the complexities of personal media in everyday interactions. This book is a must read for anyone interested in how technology facilitates human connection." - Liesel Sharabi, Assistant Professor of Communication, West Virginia University 

 

"The book is a must read for students and scholars of interpersonal communication and technology. The author provides an essential guide for the burgeoning research literature on technology and personal relationships that will inspire and advise new studies for years to come." - Scott Caplan, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Undergraduate Program, University of Delaware

 

"This volume integrates and balances the important areas of relational and mediated communication. It reflects a growing aspect of communication scholarship and the way many relational partners interact today. The writing style is informative for scholars and approachable for those new to the topic, which is no small feat." - Jennifer L. Bevan, Professor of Communication, Chapman University

 

"Here is a comprehensive study of technology use in relationships that is both novel and timely. This book offers insight into the fundamental relational concepts that ground communication technology use. It has superb, heuristic value and is sure to inspire researchers now and in the future." - Erin Ruppel, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

 

During the first half of the twentieth century commercial radio broadcasting connected people in the same way the internet does today -instantly, across political borders and vast distances and for a number of reasons. Mexican Waves studies northern Mexican commercial stations that courted Spanish-language listeners in the U.S. Southwest and local Mexican audiences between 1930 and 1950. The book explains how Mexican radio entrepreneurs targeted the Mexican immigrant population in the United States decades before U.S. advertising agencies realized the value of the Spanish-language market.


Dr. Sonia Robles, Assistant Professor of History, University of Delaware, srobles@udel.edu

 

https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/mexican-waves

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION


Dear CAT members,


Here’s a chance to engage in CAT leadership and contribute to the division’s success!


Over the past few years, CAT has made an effort to award academic excellence thanks to the help of volunteer leaders in these areas. We would like to express our gratitude to Homero Gil de Zúñiga for his service and commitment to our division as Awards Committee Chair during the 2018-2020 term.


For the upcoming two-year term, the CAT leadership is seeking new applications for the position of CAT Awards Committee Chair. Both self-nominations and nominations are welcome. This is a great chance to get involved in academic leadership on an international level and to contribute to our division. Please see the description of the position below:


*Awards Committee Chair*

This two-year position is appointed by the Officers of CAT. The Awards Committee Chair should be a member of the CAT Division and will lead the CAT Awards Committee for two years. He or she will select and organize a team of CAT faculty members (2-3) to make up the Awards Committee to select the recipients of the annual Dordick Dissertation Award and the Frederick Williams Prize. The year’s previous Dordick Dissertation awardee(s) will also be invited to sit on the committee for one year following their award. Responsibilities also include working with the CAT secretary to distribute calls and the social media officer regarding social media distribution.


Deadline for applications: September 15, 2020


If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to contact us. Please send your application (i.e., cover letter and CV) to ranwei@cuhk.edu.hk and kuempel@ifkw.lmu.de.


Best wishes on behalf of the whole CAT team,

Ran Wei (Chair) & Anna Sophie Kümpel (Secretary)


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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Dear ICA Environmental Communication Division colleagues,


We hope that this message from your ECD leadership team finds you well! We are writing to share some of our division’s highlights from last month’s virtual 2020 ICA conference, and to thank each of you for your continued involvement in the division during this unusual and challenging time.


This email contains a number of announcements that we would typically share at our division’s business meeting, which was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.


**First, changes to the ECD leadership team**


The time has come for us to bid farewell to Xinghua Li, who has served as Chair of our division for the past two years, following two years of service as our Vice-Chair. As many of you know, Xinghua has been an exemplary Chair, working hard to promote greater methodological diversity and increased international participation in our division. Her efforts on the leadership team will leave a lasting mark on the division. Thank you for everything, Xinghua!!


Other changes to the leadership team include Jonathon Schuldt transitioning from Vice-Chair to Chair; Silje Kristiansen beginning her tenure as Vice-Chair (Chair-Elect); Franzisca Weder continuing to serve as Secretary; Christine Gilbert serving as our new Student & Early Career Representative; and Luye Bao serving as our new International Liaison. Please check out the links at the end of this email for brief messages from Silje, Christine, and Luye, so you can get to know the newest members of our leadership team.


**Second, please congratulate our award winners!**


The Environmental Communication Division is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the 2020 Top Paper and Top Posters Awards. They are:


The *Top Student Paper Awards* go to Paul Koomson (for the paper: Assessing Women’s Involvement in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Project Planning and Implementation in Ghana) and to Hanna E. Morris (for the paper: Fearing the Millennial Other: United States Press Coverage of the Green New Deal).


The *Top Faculty Paper Awards* go to Chris Paterson, Lee Edwards, Jacinta Mwende Maweu, Lata Narayanaswamy, and Silas O. Oriaso (for the paper: Gender and Climate Change Communications Practices: Pilot Research in Two Communities in Rural Kenya) and to Nina Wicke, Katharina Willems, and Monika Taddicken (for the paper: Comprehensible vs. Competent? A Real-Time Analysis of How Experts Are Perceived and Evaluated During Science Communication).


And the *Top Poster Award* goes to Rolien Hoyng and Murat Es (for the paper: Material Publics Becoming Breath: Speculation, Infrastructure and Ecology).


Congratulations to all of the winners on their exceptional work!!


**Third, the state of our division (is strong)**


Here, we summarize key facts and figures about the state of our division. For the 2020 conference, we received 98 paper submission and were able to accept 54, for an acceptance rate of 55% (compared to 60% in 2019). Based on your feedback from the 2019 business meeting, we made it a priority to accept a greater percentage of panel submissions: we received and accepted 2 excellent panel submissions this year (compared to accepting 1 out of 4 panel submission last year). Individual papers were organized into 10 conference sessions (8 standard sessions and 2 high-density sessions), plus one interactive poster session. THANK YOU to all of the reviewers and session chairs who made the division’s virtual conference a success!


By country of institution, 52 papers had an author or co-author from an institution located in North America, 24 papers had an author or co-author from an institution located in Asia, 24 papers had an author or co-author from an institution located in Europe, 7 papers had an author or co-author from an institution located in Oceana (Australia or New Zealand), 3 papers had an author or co-author from an institution located in Africa, and 1 paper had an author or co-author from an institution located in South America. Our division continues to be committed to maintaining and increasing participation from scholars around the world, especially from regions that remain underrepresented in our division, including Africa and South America.


Last but not least, our sincere thanks to each of you for your continued support of the Environmental Communication Division! We are wishing you all the best for the coming year, and we very much look forward to seeing you (in person or virtually) at ICA in 2021!


Best,

Your ECD leadership team (Jonathon Schuldt, Silje Kristiansen, Franzisca Weder, Christine Gilbert, and Luye Bao)



p.s. Don’t forget to check out the urls below to get to know our newest leadership team members Silje, Christine, and Luye!


Luye Bao: https://uwmadison.box.com/s/20fhq6mvnhxqk2ayrwp7y26rnqmisvpk


Silje Kristiansen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1GbIn6sGzs


Christine Gilbert:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lCqe8pSaGdMWcQgbAOpyOslNd6XkpVwf


Jonathon P. Schuldt

Associate Professor of Communication

Chair, ICA Environmental Communication Division

Cornell University

jps56@cornell.edu



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PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVISION


Dear Members of the ICA PR Division,

Please see below for information items that may be interest to you.

1.      Call for Papers: Towards a Latin American perspective in PR theory and practice, Public Relations Inquiry


1. Call for Papers: Towards a Latin American perspective in PR theory and practice, Public Relations Inquiry


North American and European conceptualizations and trends have dominated public relations theory and practice (L’Etang 2008; Culbertson & Chen, 2013). On the one hand, major academic conferences take place in the Global North, while most of the leading journals of the discipline are edited in the United States or Europe, with scarce presence of Latin American authors or themes. Indeed, few studies focus on theoretical advances in the region (Ferrari & Franca 2011), which contributes even more to widen the gap. On the other hand, PR multinationals operate in Latin American countries mostly based on these ethnocentric frameworks, which may limit the understanding of local cultures, and therefore their effectiveness (Botan, 1992).


Thus, in professional and academic contexts, foreign models are applied to Latin America not necessarily taking into account economic, political, and sociological contexts that may result in native theoretical propositions. Moreover, it has been said that there is a colonialist influence in the Latin American public relations body of knowledge (Molleda et al., 2017).


Despite some advances such as the personal influence model and cultural translation model (Grunig et al., 1995) that may be applied to local Latin American contexts, there is still scarce Latin American research with global academic and professional impact. However, Vásquez et al. (2018) have shed some light over the current state of Latin American scholarship. According to them, it is dominated by two concerns that could be shaping its identity: a practical orientation of research and a predominance of documenting local realities.

With this in mind, this special issue seeks papers that provide an in-depth reflection on the current state of the art of the public relations discipline in Latin America. The aim is to discuss novel and native theoretical frameworks, case studies as well as emerging works that can contribute to the discipline globally.

Examples of topics and questions that are of relevance to the special issue are:

•       Is there a Latin American perspective for the public relations discipline?

•       What are the emergent theories/themes in Latin American public relations discipline?

•       What is the state of the art of Latin American academic work on PR?

•       What is the actual impact of local vs. global public relations theories in the region?

•       How is the particular context of Latin American countries shaping the local academic and practitioner perspectives?

•       What types of challenges do Latin American countries face in the PR field?

•       Do US and European PR models apply to local Latin American realities?

•       Which case studies may shed light to understanding local realities on PR state of the art in the region?

•       How globalization has impacted academic work in the region?

We welcome both conceptual and empirical papers that contribute to building a broader picture of the current state of the art of the public relations discipline in the region. In line with the interdisciplinary nature of the journal, we welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives representing the whole spectrum of opinions in the field. All submissions must be sent in English. They will be blind reviewed in line with the standard practice of the journal. If you have any questions regarding the special issue, please contact the editors Claudia Labarca (claudialabarca@uc.cl) or Gabriel Sadi (G.Sadi@hud.ac.uk).


Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2020


Submission guidelines: https://journals.sagepub.com/author-instructions/PRI


Please visit this website for full submission instructions, including information about word length, format and referencing style. Papers should be submitted via the journal’s manuscript central submissions system and should adhere to the guidelines. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. The target publication date for the special issue is May 2021.


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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Endlessly connected? Agentic perspectives on mobile media (non-)use


Guest editors: Dr. Kathrin Karsay (kathrin.karsay@kuleuven.be) and Dr. Laura Vandenbosch (KU Leuven, Belgium)


The ubiquity of mobile media devices provides an abundance of new challenges and opportunities relevant to the field of mass communication research. In an ever-connected and "always-on" society, it seems as if the users have become an inseparable entity with their mobile devices, leading to novel online/offline social norms dynamics (e.g., phubbing), demands for disconnecting (e.g., digital detox), and changed media literacy skills. Although extant research has been devoted to the (primarily negative) consequences of mobile media use, no conclusive answer can be drawn regarding the question of whether mobile media are harmful or beneficial for an individual’s social relationships and overall well-being. The empirical findings suggest a rather complex relationship, with differential susceptibility factors that predispose the selection and responsiveness to mobile media and its affordances.


This special issue invites research addressing agentic perspectives on the ubiquity of mobile media (non-)use. Instead of focusing solely on compulsive, problematic, or even addictive use of the smartphone and social media, empirical and theoretical contributions with regards to users’ agency have been insufficiently addressed. Such perspectives are subject to the characteristics or implementation of self-regulation, self-reflection, executive function, mindfulness, and self-control in relation to mobile media use.


Contributors are invited to submit theoretical and empirical research that aims at answering research questions related to, but not limited to, the following subtopics—including their interplays and intersections:


• New online/offline social norms. Given that the mobile phone and social media are readily available, new online/offline social norms arise. Further research investigating how users deal with media-induced distractions leading to technoference and phubbing is needed. When is it appropriate to check the smartphone? How does the smartphone interfere or enhance social relationships in face-to-face interactions? What are the consequences and antecedents of the use of mobile devices in the presence of others and during face-to-face interactions?

• Disconnecting and Unplugging. On the one hand, unplugging bears the opportunity to enhance situational awareness and improve daily experiences. On the other hand, disconnecting from the smartphone and social media might induce negative feelings, such as stress or anxiety. What are the underlying motivations, individual predispositions (e.g., with regards to age, gender, race), antecedents, and possible consequences of disconnecting?

• Media literacy skills. What media literacy skills are required in times of permanent connectivity? With apps specially dedicated to digital wellbeing and apps that track screen time and phone usage, users have new possibilities to monitor their smartphone behavior. Do such tools represent new forms of media literacy skills?


Studies can encompass a diversity of methodological approaches, including content analyses, focus group interviews, traditional and online surveys, experience sampling methods, diary methods, or experimental research. Studies should focus on theory advancement and explanatory contributions.


Deadline for submissions: Manuscripts are to be submitted by October 1, 2020, via the Mass Communication and Society online system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mcas following the standard journal submission procedures. Authors should note in their cover letters that the submission is for the special issue devoted to “Agentic Perspectives on mobile media.” The final publication will be an issue in late 2021. Any questions concerning this call for papers may be directed to Kathrin Karsay, kathrin.karsay@kuleuven.be


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Quarantined Across Borders is a collection of stories from people around the world who are writing about their experiences and observations while in quarantine. Media Rise has curated this collection of uplifting and thought-provoking stories on quarantine experiences across the globe, which should be useful to those teaching about intercultural communication and related topics. The collection includes personal stories, essays, and poems on borderlands, immigrant life, coping, community, faith, and connectedness during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the website, these stories are being posted by @mediarisenow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with three new stories every day in June, for a total of 80+ stories from 30+ countries. More information available at: www.mediarisenow.org. Contact: Dr.Srividya “Srivi” Ramasubramanian, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Media Rise at mediarisenow@gmail.com.



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The International Journal of Bullying Prevention (IJBP), special issue:


The Use of Artificial Intelligence to Address Online Bullying and AbuseNew Content Item


Special Issue Editors:

Dr. Tijana Milosevic, The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University

Dr. Kathleen Van Royen, Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp

Dr. Brian Davis, School of Computing, Dublin City University and ADAPT Research Centre


Cyberbullying or online bullying, harassment and abuse pose significant challenges for online platforms. The use of natural language processing (NLP), various forms of machine learning (such as supervised machine learning, deep learning) and artificial intelligence (AI), is becoming more prevalent in moderating these behaviours on social media platforms and various content sharing apps. A number of social media companies refer to their increasing reliance on AI to moderate various forms of abusive behaviour, indicating their relative success in identifying these proactively. Nonetheless, companies reveal little information about how such moderation is applied in practice, about the details behind the algorithm design; and they infrequently release datasets that would allow scientists who do not work in the social media industry to understand this process. While some industry experts and scholars place significant hopes in deep learning to solve the problem of online abuse, others identify the limitations of this approach, including a relative lack of training datasets; the misinterpretation of contextual cues and relational history, and the danger of systematic bias that can inadvertently slip into such modelling. Furthermore, there is a relative lack of insight from the perspectives of sociology and psychology and other social science disciplines about how users (adults and children) perceive such interventions and about their desirability. For instance, how do users understand the balance of rights to safety on the one hand and privacy and freedom of expression on the other, when it comes to the application of proactive moderation tools?


For this special issue, we are looking for a variety of submissions from a range of disciplines that examine various aspects of AI applications to address abuse. This includes but it is not limited to: communication, education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, computer science and engineering, human computer interaction, science and technology studies, among others.


The goals of this special issue are:


•Outline various approaches in the application of NLP, machine learning and AI to addressing cyberbullying, harassment, and various specific forms of cyberaggression

•Outline the state of the field today, assessing the strengths and limitations of the solutions currently available

•Find articles that not only report on current approaches to the use of AI in moderation, but also critique current methods applied by social media platforms

•Find insights from technical sciences and social science research that would inform the design and deployment of tools for computational scholars

•Facilitate interdisciplinarity by translating some of the work undertaken in the fields of computer science and engineering into a language that is more accessible to scholars in social sciences and humanities

•Drawing attention of the scholars in technical fields to the work being done in social sciences and humanities on this topic that can further inform their research


Abstracts (max 500 words) should be submitted by September 15, 2020 to Tijana Milosevic at tijana.milosevic@dcu.ie. Full manuscripts (typical length between 6,000 and 9,000 words-please seek permission in advance if you need to submit a shorter or longer manuscript) to be submitted by December 1st, 2020. The issue is planned for June 2021. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


NB: We are interested in a wide range of topics and we would also consider submissions that address the moderation of issues that do not necessarily fall under online bullying, such as online grooming, for instance. Nonetheless, please note that if you are contemplating such a topic that is a bit outside the scope of the special issue, it is really important to tie the discussion with cyberbullying in some way—e.g. by contextualising cybergrooming as a form of online bullying.


We thank you in advance for considering our special issue for publishing your work.


Sincerely,


Tijana Milosevic, Kathleen Van Royen, and Brian Davis


Guest Editors


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ICA2021 Pre- and Postconference

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Now Accepting Proposal Form Submissions


Before and after each annual conference, ICA hosts pre- and postconferences. These sessions are either all-day or half-day miniconferences, intended as an extension of the main ICA conference, but separate in terms of budget, programming, and administration. Preconferences can be held on either Wednesday, 26 May or Thursday, 27 May. All postconferences can either be on Tuesday, 1 June or Wednesday, 2 June. If you choose to have an off-site conference, you may either propose a location you have already obtained in advance or you may mark on your proposal form that you wish to speak with our local host for help in determining a location. In all cases, please think carefully about your own break-even budget (the form has a formula for determining this) and whether you will need more than one room (if you might need a breakout room, for instance). If you are interested in planning and submitting a preconference or postconference proposal please fill out the proposal form by Friday, 28 August. More detailed instructions are available within the application form. If you have questions after reading the form, please contact the Conference team (conference@icahdq.org).

Submit here (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2021PREPOSTFORM)

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