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President's Message

Posted By Paula Gardner , Thursday, February 1, 2018

ICA newsletter February 2018

 Paula Gardner

 As a digital media scholar, I am always interested in how we can use digital media to engage in rigorous dialogue and communication across our organization, taking on the span time/space restrictions and other limitations of virtual communication platforms.  We have taken on this challenge recently, as the ICA BOD voted to migrate our annual face-to-face January board meeting to other structures and processes in order to save expenses. Incidentally, we moved some of these savings directly to division and interest group budgets so that members benefit directly.  We have put in place a range of communication and participatory mechanisms by which the EC and Board can engage in enhanced exchange, dialogue and team work, throughout the year, rather than situating engagement primarily on two annual face to face meetings. As well, we have migrated our January board meeting to other venues and made our meetings more frequent; this includes the option of an online virtual meeting every other month with the EC for intensive conversation, or where board members can field ideas, share comments and make recommendations.  In addition, our face to face meeting has been migrated to extra hours appended onto our board meeting at the annual conference.  Finally, our superlative ICA staff is writing our first ever “on boarding” manual explaining the role and objective of various ICA organizational positions, including Division positions, as a material, sustaining information resource.  We have also added special meet and greet sessions at the Prague conference so that ICA representatives can make personal, social connections and networks, and share best practices with newcomer reps.


There is much work being done particularly by divisions and ICA leaders in a range of working groups and task forces, which is being supported by some of these new practices. The work of these task forces is worth looking into, as the recommended changes could alter the organizations practices in a number of ways.  I mentioned in a post San Diego column, for example, that we had launched a Task Force on Ethical Considerations to review and consider altering our Mission statement, which houses our ethics statement.  As well, the Sponsorship Task Force has been working the past two years to scratch out a policy on sponsorship guidelines.  A professional development Task Force was created to meet increasingly needs voiced by ICA members, particularly from less represented regions and our emerging scholars; those members seek training in research and publication, mentorship, leadership and more.   The Task Force on Divisions and Interest Groups became a standing committee, looking after your interests and sharing best practices for conducting your work. These reports from our hard-working, expert teams, will be issued in April to Division Chairs; you, as members, are welcome to review and provide feedback to your Chair on these reports. 


Meeting face to face has a range of benefits that can’t be disputed- they help us to forge trust and social bonds and build community. We will look forward to that face time in Prague. In the meantime, we are hoping that we will enhance deliberation and dialogue between the Board and EC, and across ICA by utilizing a range of tools- teleconferencing, monthly newsletters, extra face to face opportunities at the annual meeting, digital document sharing, and more.  Sometimes too we go analogue and just pick up the phone and call members seeking input and advisement. So don’t be surprised if you hear from someone at some point— via old or new tools— in this effort to keep us all engaged in our ICA’s important work.  


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President's Message

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA Presdient (McMaster U), Monday, December 4, 2017

We have just completed our annual ICA elections and you will note a great number of new members taking positions in ICA as Division Chairs and Vice Chairs, Divisional Secretaries, Student Representatives, and of course a new ICA President-Elect-Select. Congratulations to all members who threw their hats in the ring and to those who were elected.  We would not be a vibrant organization without the commitment and engagement of those willing to run for leadership positions out of a shared conviction that ICA should be a strong, diverse and collaborative organization. We appreciate your willingness to offer your candidacy in support of ICA, regardless of the outcome. 


I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage more of you to consider running for office or becoming more involved in ICAOpportunities have been expanding over the past years.  Many divisions havefor example, added divisional leadership positions including student or early career representative to complement existing positions of Chairs, Vice Chairs and Secretary or in some cases Secretary/Historian.  Some divisions have added less formal positions including Treasurer, Cybermistress/master or Social Media Coordinator.  All of these positions provide opportunities to better engage with ICA’s existing work, to initiate proposals to meet other needs, and to initiate new activities divisionally. 


Most of us holding leadership positions in ICA, myself included, did not begin engaging with ICA with a view to holding such a position.  We became invested as student representatives, active in division events or in aboard level working group or task force. From that engagement, we discovered the great benefit this work brought--expanding our understanding of the organization but also increasing our knowledge of other areas of communication research beyond our usual pathways. 


There are other opportunities to engage in ICA too. Many ICA membershave elected to attend our regional conferences and found new opportunities assist in supporting communication scholarship in areas of the world lesser represented in ICA. Last yearas you recallwe held regional conferences in Nairobi, Kenya and Malaysia, this year a research workshop in Entebbe, Uganda and this month our first regional conference in Mumbai, India!  Each of these events has identified a range of ICA activities that require member support, including opportunities to support conference planning or execution, to offer training workshops,to mentor early career faculty, and more.  These events of course have benefited all participants by inspiring new research networks and collaborations.  


How do you get more involved? Find the organizer of a regional conference, or ICA conference or research event and just reach out—drop an email. You will find that invitations to share your labor and expertise are likely to be met with great enthusiasm. Engagement by members in our broad ICA activities as well as through elected position is crucial to our continuing to diversify, enliven and enrich ICA as a truly international organization. 

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Call for Proposals: Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017


What are Blue Sky Workshops? 


Blue Sky Workshops aim to engage participants in critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline; exploration of theories, concepts, or methods; or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a particular subfield of communication. These are not didactic presentations, but rather are meant to be opportunities for dialogue. Blue Skies can also be created around issues of professional development, such as writing and submitting grant proposals, developing a social media presence, or designing effective assignments.  


How do I submit a proposal for a Blue Sky Workshop? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions or the regular submission system, but are managed by a separate work team. Each proposal should contain: 

  • a session title,  

  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair,  

  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 120-word abstract for the conference program) as well as  

  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 500 words, to be published on the ICA website).  

  • This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).  


 If the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected by the Conference Planner and President-Elect, Patricia Moy. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.  


*Please make note that ICA cannot guarantee a particular room set (u-shape, classroom, etc.), and that audiovisual equipment WILL NOT be available in the Blue Sky rooms. 


Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop? 


Anyone may propose a Blue Sky Workshop, and anyone may attend a Blue Sky Workshop. Those who plan to attend a workshop should work with the workshop chair to discuss their potential role and/or contribution. Organizers' names will appear in the online, printed, and app versions of the program. 


When are proposals due? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted until 22 December 2017, 16:00 UTC to the online submission form here (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2018BlueSky). 


If you have any questions, please contact conference@icahdq.org. 

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Membership Column

Posted By Julie Randolph & Kristine Rosa, ICA Membership Team, Monday, December 4, 2017

Membership Column: Congratulating the winning renewals!   


Earlier this fall, ICA encouraged members to renew early by 30 September for the chance to win FREE registration for the 2018 Annual Conference in Prague. Members who renewed by 30 September automatically had their names entered for a chance to win. 


We are delighted to share the three winners, randomly selected, one from each Tier*. 


Winnie N. Mbatha
Daystar U, KENYA

Maria Teresa Nicolas
U of Panamericana, MEXICO

Joseph Wasserman
West Virginia U, USA



We wish to thank every member who participated by renewing prior to the contest deadline.  As members continue to complete renewals, please know we are thrilled to have you and thankful for your ongoing commitment to the ICA community!

Thank you for being a valued ICA member and best wishes for the coming New Year.

*ICA has a triple-tiered dues structure following the UN model for A, B, and C countries, based on the World Bank's indicators of Gross National Income. Residents of B-tier countries pay 75% of the A-tier price and residents of C-tier countries pay 50% of the A-tier price.


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Student Column: Calling for Student and Early Career Division and Interest Group Representatives

Posted By Julie Escurignan, U of Roehampton, Monday, December 4, 2017

Since the beginning of the academic year, the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) has been working to put together an up-to-date list of all Student and Early-Career Division & Interest Group Representatives (SECDR). Our goal is to make it available on our website so each and everyone of you can contact your Division(s)/Interest Group(s) representative(s) whenever you need to. The SECAC also plans on better involving all Student and Early Career Representatives into its processes, from decision making to writing in the newsletter.


SECDRs are students or early career scholars [i.e. who submitted their dissertation within the past two years] and members of the Division/Interest group. During their two-year term they participate in their Division/Interest group meetings and activities, all year long as well as during ICA annual conference. They focus on needs and opportunities related to SEC members, participate in organizing summer schools, preconferences, Blue Sky workshops, mentoring programs etc., and disseminate information to SEC members on behalf of the Division/Interest group


If our efforts have been successful most of the Student and Early Career Division and Interest Group Representatives are now known (See the list below).


If  a Division/IG isn't  represented or if you know about an error in the SECDR list, please contact us at: escurigj@roehampton.ac.uk


From this year onward, it is required for every Division and Interest Group to have a Student and Early Career Representative. If your Division/Interest Group does not have a representative yet and you would like to apply, please email the Chair of your Division/Interest Group! 


It is compulsory for Students and Early Career Scholars to be represented in every Division/Interest Group. If you would like to serve your fellow Students and Early Career Scholars as well as ICA, do not hesitate to volunteer for the next election! 


SECDR list 


Student and Early Career Representative(s)

Children, Adolescents and the Media

ShinaAladeand Cecelia Zhou

Communication & Technology

Christine Cook

Communication History

Samantha Oliver

Environmental Communication

Adina Tamar Abeles and Jeff Hoffman

Ethnicity & Race in Communication

Tara Pixley

Feminist Scholarship

Rosemary Clark-Parsons

Game Studies

Elizabeth Newbury and Joe Wasserman

Global Communication & Social Change

Ju-Oak Kim

Health Communication


2016-18: Yen-I Lee;Zexin(Marsha) Ma andCamellaRising

2017-19: Mackenzie Greenwell, Samantha Stanley and SydneyO'ShayWallace

Information Systems

Alex Hedstrom and Anthony Almond

Instructional & Developmental Communication

Paromita Pain

Intercultural Communication

Yu Lu

Interpersonal Communication

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall

Journalism Studies

AllaRybinaand NatachaYazbeck

Language & Social Interaction

Sarah Cho

Organizational Communication

Millie Harrison

Philosophy, Theory & Critique


Political Communication

Shannon McGregor

Popular Communication

Jennifer Carlberg

Public Relations

Phuong Hoan Le


Interest Group

Student and Early Career Representative

Activism, Communication & Social Justice


Communication Science & Biology

Clare Grall

Intergroup Communication



LukaszSzulcandLik Sam Chan

Mobile Communication


Sports Communication


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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017

Dear ICA,  


I’m comparing the framing of news in various venues, and want to publish my results with an online journal where I can use different media (e.g. radio, podcasts, TV, newspapers, magazines). What are the rules about how much I can use for free? I’m a grad student, and my university won’t pay for any licensing, even if I can get in touch with the outlet’s licensing arm. 





Dear Yi,  


Sounds like a great project! If you’re in the U.S., you can consider whether you have access to fair use. As you make your decisions, your best friend is ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Communication Research. Read the introduction and the first category!  

As the Code makes clear (but you should verify), it seems you do have a strong argument for employment of fair use, the robust doctrine in U.S. copyright policy that allows free use of copyrighted material under some circumstances. There are no fixed rules or numbers for how much you should take, but there are general “rules of reason.” Judges these days—and for a couple of decades now—pay great attention to whether your use is transformative. That means using something differently than its market purpose. A radio news spot is designed to inform people at the time. You are doing something different—analyzing its news frame. Once the transformative purpose is established, judges look closely at appropriateness—how much you took in relation to the transformative purpose. Sometimes taking 100% (like with photographs) is entirely appropriate. But often you only need a short example from the work you are analyzing.  


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA 


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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, December 4, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

68th Annual International Communication Association 
Preconference Call for Papers


To read all the 68th Annual ICA Preconference and  Postconference Call for Papers, visit here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=2018PrePostconf. 


The call for papers for "Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?" is now open.


An ICA preconference, Data and Publics will be held on May 24, 2018 in Prague.

The preconference is sponsored by Communication and the Public. 

Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?


Despite the growing interest in data and society, relatively little attention has been paid to the implications of a data society for the forms and dynamics of publicity, publics, and public communication. If the institution of the modern public sphere has always aspired to a degree of autonomy vis-à-vis its critical targets, what happens when its targets – be they government or business entities – begin to actively incite the production of public discourse and then harvest it as data for profit or surveillance? What new issues are raised when private individuals willingly surrender personal information to the public sphere in their daily communication routines? Or when citizens’ communication routines are channeled and shaped by the algorithms of corporate strategists? How may the advent of a data society lead to changing forms and practices of public communication, ranging from journalism, policy debates, and public advocacy, to political campaigns and analysis and depictions of public opinion?


We invite scholars to submit detailed abstracts (500-1,000 words) of theoretical and empirical research papers or proposals of thematic panels with multiple papers that critically rethink the meaning and practices of publics and public communication in this new data society. In addition to the questions raised above, scholars might explore:


1) how the practices of tracking, trolling, data-mining, bots, hacking, social media algorithms, and data analytics shape the conditions and outcomes of publicity and public communication; 
2) whether the concept of the public sphere is still adequate for analyzing contemporary social and political developments; 
3) whether public spheres are becoming private spheres and private spheres becoming public, and with what consequences; 
4) how the advent of data technologies is re-shaping journalism, complicating further not only its relationships with political operations, but also its credibility and viability as a public institution; and 
5) how new conditions of networked connectivity and circulation, and the data they generate, affect a host of concepts related to publics and publicity – such as strangerhood, anonymity, privacy, openness, transparency, intersubjectivity, dialogue, participation, speech freedom, identity, personhood, authoritarianism, democracy, and more. 


Other possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  •         transparency of public data 

  •         privacy of personal data 

  •         data activism and politics 

  •         data collection and protection 

  •         data and governance 

  •         data and surveillance 

  •         algorithms and publics 

  •         algorithms in journalism 

  •         data as discursive formation 

  •         data journalism and publics    

  •         data visualization and public communication 

  •         big data and deceptions in politics 

  •         data and the global public sphere 


Submission Process 

The submissions should be emailed to communication-public@asc.upenn.edu(link sends e-mail)by December 10, 2017. Authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection decisions no later than January 15, 2018. Accepted abstracts will be posted to the preconference website in advance of the event.


Please direct questions on submissions or any aspect of the preconference to any of the following organizers:



Special Note 

This preconference will be the fourth annual conference for Communication and the Public (CAP), an international refereed journal jointly published by Zhejiang University and SAGE, launched in 2016. The first two annual conferences, co-organized by Zhejiang University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, were held in 2015 at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and in 2016 at Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing. The third annual CAP conference was held as an ICA preconference on Varieties of Publics and Counterpublics on May 25, 2017 in San Diego. For more information about the journal, please visit http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ctp(link is external).


With full financial support from Zhejiang University, all events of the preconference are free to participants. Registration is also free and will be limited to 60 persons. After accepted presenters and panelists have registered, registration will be open to anyone until the cap of 60 is reached.  

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Calls For Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017


Check out more calls for papers in the Resources section of the ICA website. 



Video Competition: What does Intercultural Dialogue Look Like?


The Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) has organized its first ever video competition, open to students enrolled in any college or university during the 2017-2018 academic year. To enter, participants must submit a video no longer than 2 minutes that highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue, responding to the question: “What does intercultural dialogue look like?” Entries will be accepted April 15-May 31, 2018.


One winner will receive a US$200 prize. The top 20 entries will be posted to the CID YouTube channel, and be highlighted on the CID website, along with posts describing the creators and highlighting each of their videos, throughout the rest of 2018.


Submissions will be evaluated based on originality, clarity, cultural message, effective use of technology, and overall impact. Students can work independently or in groups. Please encourage your students to get creative, show off their skills and have fun with this topic. 



Contact Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, CID Director, with any questions:  



Call for Manuscripts and Book Reviews: Southern Communication Journal  


The  Southern Communication Journal publishes original scholarship that makes significant contributions to understanding the processes and consequences of human communication. The journal is not limited with regard to topic, methodological approach, or theoretical perspective, although authors must establish the significance of the research, soundness of methodological choices, and appropriateness of theoretical perspectives.  We seek to publish articles and book reviews that will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and practitioners of communication. 

SCJ employs a process of blind review, although the editor reserves the right to return without benefit of review manuscripts that are outside of the mission of the journal, are deeply flawed, or do not conform to the guidelines listed below.  Authors should submit their work electronically to the Manuscript Central website for SCJ: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rsjc


All manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words and a list of key words that clearly indicate the scholarly conversation to which the essay contributes. Submissions may be in either APA or Chicago, and must be original research not under review elsewhere.


Manuscripts should not normally exceed 25 double-spaced pages, including text, references, notes, tables, and figures.  Writing must be free of sexist and discriminatory language. Upon notification of acceptance of a manuscript, the author must provide a copy of the completed manuscript as well as camera-ready copy of any artwork and figures, and must assign copyright to the Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


-Inquiries may be made to the Editor, Jennifer  Samp, U of Georgia, at jasamp@uga.edu. 

-Books for review and book review ideas should be submitted to Mary Beth Asbury, Middle Tennessee State U, marybeth.asbury@mtsu.edu 




CFP: Refugee Socialities and the Media special issue for Popular Communication 


A Special Issue for the journal Popular Communication


Issue Editors: Jonathan Corpus Ong (U of Massachusetts) and Maria Rovisco (U of Leicester) 

This special issue explores the ways in which diverse media and artistic genres cultivate social relationships with and among refugees and internally displaced populations. Building on political-economic studies of forced migration and critiques of humanitarian securitization in the European ‘refugee crisis’ response, this collection draws attention to the role of media and popular communication in shaping the affective dimension of the refugee experience and citizen response.


While this collection engages with the dominant discourses that amalgamate fears about diverse migrant communities in Europe and North America, it invites deeper reflection on the social arrangements and emotional expressions afforded by a broader range of: popular communication genres, technological interventions, artistic spaces, and everyday media practices. The theme ‘Refugee Socialities and the Media’ thus redirects focus onto how popular media forms and mediated interactions materialize and visualize processes of inclusion and exclusion and create possibilities for coping and healing for refugees.


The special issue invites submissions engaging with a broad range of mediated socialities–from hospitality to conviviality to hostility–that are experienced by refugees in global context. It also adopts a broad notion of refugee and asylum-seeker; we thus aim to consider environmental refugees such as those in the Caribbean, economic refugees such as those in Hong Kong, and political refugees such as the Rohingya in Myanmar.


We welcome papers that address areas including but not limited to:


-     Everyday media practices among refugees 

-     Imaginaries of refugees in popular culture and their creative interruptions 

-     Artistic, entertainment and technological interventions in the borderlands (i.e., refugee camps) 

-     Media events, sports rituals, fandoms in contexts of displacement 

-     Affective dimension of digital humanitarianism, volunteerism, and fundraising for refugees 

-     Celebrities, influencers, and hashtag communities in the refugee response 

-     Participatory media projects with refugees 

-     Inter-migrant interactions, perceptions, and organizations 

-     Media and (open-)home-making and emergent forms of hospitality 

-     Mobile and geolocating media including refugee apps and dating apps in processes of resettlement and acculturation 



-     15 January, 2018: Extended abstracts due (500-800 words) 

-     30 January: Decisions announced 

-     15 April: Papers due (6,000 words)


The editors are open to discuss proposals and welcome inquiries at jcong@umass.edu (Jonathan) or mr268@leicester.ac.uk (Maria).




Call for Abstracts 

Public Relations in a Global Context 

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) 

16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies, May 14-17, 2018 


The Academic Committee of the Athens Institute for Education and research invites scholars to submit paper abstracts for presentation and the 16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies in Athens, Greece, May 14-17, 2018. The research stream, Public Relations in a Global Context, will allow professors from around the world to address the status of public relations on a global scale by discussing contemporary tops. Specific topic areas may include corporate social responsibility, cross-cultural collaboration, reputation management, crisis communications, citizen diplomacy, global public relations measurement, global media management, technological innovations, freedom of information, professional ethics, and the evolution of the professional on a global scale. The conference is organized by the Mass Media & Communications Unit of ATINER. Prior to January 15, submit 400-word abstracts using form found at https://www.atiner.gr/med-streams 




CFP: Special issue of Social Media + Society on Alternative Social Media 

After Social Media: Alternatives, New Beginnings, and Socialized Media ***Call for Proposals*** 

Editors: Fenwick McKelvey, Sean Lawson, and Robert W. Gehl


The editors seeks 500 word abstracts for proposed articles for a special issue of Social Media + Society on "alternative social media." The editors welcome proposals from scholars, practitioners, and activists from across disciplinary boundaries so long as the work is critical and empirically rich. 

Our call starts with a question: what comes after social media? It is hard to imagine something other than the current configuration of social media – of Facebook and Twitter – but signs of discontent abound. Social media companies have become deputized to police and moderate whilst being accused of poisoning civil discourse. Their integration of advertising and targeting signals a new epoch of promotional culture, but no one trusts the media anymore. As Brooke Duffy argues in (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love, everyone can create, so long as they don’t mind growing broke doing so. In sum, today’s social media is broken... but what’s next?


For the past several years, one answer to "what's next?" has been "alternative social media." Alternative social media encompasses a wide range of systems, from diaspora* to Ello to Tokumei. In contrast to what Robert Gehl calls "corporate social media," such as Facebook, Twitter, 

Google+, and Pinterest, alternative social media (ASM) "allows for users 

to share content and connect with one another but also denies the commercialization of speech, allows users more access to shape the underlying technical infrastructure, and radically experiments with surveillance regimes" (see http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2056305115604338).


Thus, alternative social media may be understood in relation to larger histories of alternative media, documented by scholars such as Megan Boler, Nick Couldry, Chris Atton, and Clemencia Rodriguez, and carried through into social media alternatives by collectives such as Unlike Us (http://networkcultures.org/unlikeus/).


Earlier instances of ASM included diaspora*, built as a critical response to the growing dominance of Facebook in the late 2000s, with a goal of decentralizing social media data and allowing end users more control over their personal information. Later, decentralized systems, such as Twister and GNU social, came online as alternatives to Twitter.


The Pinterest alternative Ello gained a lot of attention, especially due to its manifesto with the opening provocation: "Your social network is owned by advertisers." Alternatives to Facebook and Twitter have even appeared on the Dark Web (see https://socialmediaalternatives.org/archive/items/browse?tags=dark+web for examples).


As they have developed over the past several years, alternatives decried the censorship and manipulation of content found in corporate social media. Building on this, new alternatives dedicated to "free speech" arose during and after the contentious elections in Western countries in 2016 and 2017, including the Twitter alternative Gab. Proclaiming its defense of free speech – especially against the perceived liberal bias of Silicon Valley-based corporate sites – Gab promises freedom for everyone, including the "alt right" and white supremacists, to speak.


But other networks, such as the federated system Mastodon, have been built to allow for powerful moderation of discourse, with Codes of Conduct that often prohibit hate, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or racist speech. Indeed, while they are wildly divergent in their politics, both Gab and Mastodon have positioned themselves as antidotes to corporate social media. These debates over speech in ASM echo the longstanding tension identified by alternative media scholars, where many alternative media developers seek to socialize media and bring it in line with leftist politics, but see their discourses appropriated by right-wing media organizations.


Regardless of whether they are right or left, alternative social media face a simply reality: they just aren't popular. Compared to the billions of Twitter and Facebook users, alternative sites' user bases are tiny. Whether or not their goal ought to be massive scale, the powerful network effects of corporate social media – as well as the bewildering array of alternatives – certainly have stifled the growth of the alternatives. Still, the alternatives deserve critical attention, because they force us to rethink what we mean by "social media." What tethers so many people to so few corporate sites? And what actual "alternatives" to corporate social media do the current slate of alternative social media platforms propose?


Topics that may be explored in this special issue of Social Media + Society might include  

* ethnographic or participant observation engagements with alternative social media communities 

* software studies analysis of shifts in underlying ASM technologies 

* narratives from practitioners who have built, moderated, or extensively participated in ASM 

* comparative analysis of two or more ASM platforms 

* studies of ASM as political, technical or cultural discourses or desires 

* regulatory and policy discussion regarding controversies involving ASM 

* speculative proposals or fictions about new ASM that address existing problems 

* analysis of appropriation of ASM innovations by corporate social media system 


***Timeline/Important Dates [subject to change] DECEMBER 20 2017: 500 word abstracts and CVs/resumes may be sent to asm@robertwgehl.org JANUARY 20 2018: Acceptance notifications sent to authors MAY 15 2018: Full drafts due to asm@robertwgehl.org JULY 15 2018: Comments sent to authors by editors SEPTEMBER 15 2018: Final drafts submitted to Social Media + Society for peer review FEBRUARY 2019: Special Issue Publication




Call for Journal Editor


The Northwest Communication Association (NWCA) is accepting nominations for the position of Editor of the  Northwest Journal of Communication (NWJC). Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for three years and begins in Spring 2018. The new editor will work with the current editor during a transition period.  The new editor will be responsible for the 2019-2021 editions of the journal.


The  NWJC  is a peer reviewed, EBSCO listed journal, publishing one issue per year of quality scholarship on a variety of communication topics.  The editor need not be a resident of the Pacific Northwest, but will be expected to attend our annual conference every April in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Submissions to the journal are not limited to residents of the Northwest or members of the NWCA. The editorial board may include scholars from across the United States, and can be composed of members of the editor’s choosing, in consultation with the NWCA Executive Council (EC). The EC will also work with the editor to find a suitable list of reviewers for each edition of the  NWJC, ensuring a timely and thorough review of potential submissions.


A complete nomination includes: (1) a letter of application from the candidate that includes the candidate's experience for the task of journal editing; (2) the candidate's curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for two references who can speak to the candidate's qualifications for the position. Please send your nomination to Kevin T. Jones, NWCA President (kevinj@georgefox.edu). 


Review of nominations begins on 1 February, 2018, and continues until the position is filled.  The goal is to present the new editor at the 2018 NWCA annual conference in April 2018.  For questions or queries, please feel free to contact Kevin Jones (kevinj@georgefox.edu).




Call for Abstracts 

Special Issue of Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 

Stretching the Boundaries of International and Intercultural Communication Scholarship


This is a call for abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication with the theme, “Stretching the boundaries of international and intercultural communication (IIC) scholarship.” This special issue invites studies that reexamine assumptions about what counts as communication in general, and IIC in particular. For example, given the current globalized, transnational, and technology driven context, has IIC changed at all? If so, how? In what new ways has it shifted given our current times of change and discord? What is the significance of these changes? 


We call for studies that address the above questions using approaches that fall under the umbrella of “language and social interaction” (LSI). LSI approaches are distinctive in that they highlight how everyday forms of communication such as text, talk, language use, and other forms of social interaction play an important role in constituting identities, relationships, cultures, and communities. We seek LSI studies that analyze IIC as situated in local cultural contexts and illustrate how participants’ use of new forms of IIC create, recreate, and are formative of current states of social institutions such as education, law, medicine, economics, religion, and politics. 


IIC can be “new” in the sense that it occurs via social media or other recently available technology, stems directly from and/or is being shaped by current social and political contexts, or is simply a form of communication from communities that have not thus far been studied or featured in IIC scholarship. 


Submissions could take theoretical approaches that highlight shared cultural dimensions of communication that constitute and organize social life, and/or approaches that highlight variation in ways community members orient to or negotiate cultural norms in their everyday interactions. Studies could also take a comparative approach and provide systematic, cross-cultural comparisons between communication means and meanings in different local contexts. The specific approaches we call for include, but are not limited to: ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, sociocultural linguistics, discourse analysis, socio-pragmatic discourse approaches, and narrative analysis.


Possible focuses include:   

-Digital communication 

-Changes in communication shaped by current social and political contexts  

-Communication forms in understudied communities  


This special issue will be co-edited by Sunny Lie (Assistant Professor, Communication, California State Polytechnic U, Pomona, USA) and Natasha Shrikant (Assistant Professor, Communication, U of Colorado-Boulder, USA). We are currently accepting abstracts for potential articles to be included in this special issue. Abstracts should be maximum 300 words. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11 December, 2017. Abstracts should be sent as an attachment via email to Sunny Lie at slie@cpp.edu or Natasha Shrikant at Natasha.Shrikant@colorado.edu. Authors whose abstract have been selected for the next stage of submission will be contacted via email and invited to submit full manuscripts by  5  March, 2018. The manuscripts will undergo further review and be considered for publication, coming out in 2019. Feel free to contact the co-editors with questions via the abovementioned email addresses. General information about the journal may be found at: 




What is Universe? Communication • Complexity • Coherence 

U of Oregon in Portland 

19-21 April, 2018 


The What is Universe? (2018) conference-experience examines communication, complexity/simplicity, coherence/incoherence and, how they may or may not contribute to “a pluralistic universe.” This conference marks the third collaboration among scholars from the natural and social sciences, communication, media, law, design, and art. We invite proposals for scholarly papers, panels, exhibits and installations on a wide variety of issues and topics. Please see whatis.uoregon.edu for more details.


Participants will explore universes—from reality bubbles, immersive virtual environments, and alternate histories, to agential realism, media genealogy and archaeology, to bio-inspired, urban and ecological design, to universal rights, disabilities studies, multicultural communities, networks, and cosmologies.


Proposals may address the following questions (as well as others):  

• What are communication, science, media, design, and philosophy universes today, and how are they syncretizing? How can universities and disciplines be understood as universes? 
• How are citizens increasingly being drawn into alternate, fictional, cinematic, and comic book universes, social networks, immersive worlds, and augmented realities?  

• In an age of increasing communicative complexities and oversimplifications, what is truth and what is reality?  How do real/virtual and analogue/digital universes overlap/separate? 
• How is journalism overcoming vernaculars of real/fake news in a “post-truth” era, while still actively seeking solutions?  

• What constitute material universes in antiquity and contemporary culture?  
• How do technological and cosmological universes transform theory-practice?  
• In this context, what is posthumanism and how are speculative futures already integrating into (re)generative medicine, music, law & other disciplines?  
• How are emerging systems, environments, architectures, the sciences and the arts converging/diverging into societies and universes? What are universes of values?


With the definitions of “universe” continuing to multiply, important questions abound as we address a sweeping range of issues next April in Portland, Oregon. 


Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)   

Send 100–150 word abstracts or installations by 31 DECEMBER, 2017 to: Janet Wasko, jwasko@uoregon.edu. School of Journalism and Communication, U of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA




Review of Communication Special Issue CFP -- Literature as Philosophy of Communication  

Guest Editor: Donovan Irven, Midwestern State University (donovan.irven@mwsu.edu) 

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018


The possibility that literature is capable of disclosing ontological insights has occupied philosophy at least since Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics. That philosophy exists as a literary tradition intended to convey certain arguments and insights is often overlooked, and the manifold communicative praxes that enable the expression of philosophical insights in literature are treated merely as accidents in the history of literary movements that are themselves considered to have little or no philosophical import. This special issue looks at the relationship between philosophy and literature at the intersection of communicative praxis, particularly where the insights are ontological ones concerning the nature of existence, human or otherwise, as fundamentally communicative.


How are ontological insights expressed? In what ways has the philosophy of communication been shaped by literature, or vice versa, particularly in the realm of ontology? Generally, what does it mean to “express” ontological insights, and how might philosophical essays, or more artistic literary genres be specially suited or unsuited to express such ontological insights? This special issue is interested in submissions that reflect on the relationship between the philosophy of communication and literature, or philosophically informed meditations on literature that give rise to ontological insights. Rather than manuscripts on literary texts that are presented as philosophical “readings” of said text (i.e., Heideggerian/Deleuzean/Nietzschean interpretations of x novel/poem/story), this special issue seeks explorations of the unique ways literature communicates its own ontological insights; that is, how literature can be philosophical in its own right. 


With the above questions in mind, the journal invites submissions on, but not limited to, the following themes:  

-               Philosophy of communication as ontology: how literature itself can be or not be ontological, and how literature communicates this ontology through implicit or explicit communicative praxes that are informed by the philosophical tradition. 

-               Philosophy as literature: how philosophy has developed techniques as a communicative praxis that allow it to disclose unique ontological insights, and how such inquiry may or may not be informed by an implicit philosophy of communication. 

-               The intersection of philosophy of communication and literature: the ways in which philosophy and literature overlap, particularly when this facilitates insights into the philosophy of communication, ontology, communicative praxis. 

-               The relationship between historical movements in philosophy and literature: how philosophy and literature engage in a creative dialogue with one another and influence each other in domains such as writing technique, style, conceptual apparatuses and permutations, and foundational questions. 

-               Conceptualization of existence in philosophy and literature: specific ontological insights expressed in philosophy and/or literature and how each domain may or may not be suited to expressing particular ontologies, especially where such ontologies figure into the nature of communication itself, or even the nature of existence as fundamentally communicative 


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Division & Interest Group News

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, December 4, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017





Dear CAT community,


I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself – hi! My name is Chrissy Cook, and I am both a Canadian PhD student at Tilburg U, and your division’s new Early Career and Graduate Student representative. My job is essentially to be our newest members’ gateway to the division board. If you are a student or postdoc (or a humble assistant professor) and you have an idea, concern, or question that you want to bring to the table, I am your ‘in’, so to speak. My other job is to make sure that you are all taken care of and have a great time at our events, and particularly our ever-famous doctoral consortium preconference. In the spirit of communication, therefore, I would like to start a dialogue with you about what you would like to see from CAT in the coming years in terms of graduate studies and early career. If you have an idea or something that you want to make happen, I encourage you to send me an e-mail at c.l.cook@uvt.nl so we can work together to make sure CAT is not just the biggest division, but also the best for you. 



Chrissy Cook


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Dear CAT members,


The ICA Communication and Technology Division (CAT) is seeking nominations the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award. The submission deadline award nomination is 12:00 am GMT, March 1, 2018. Any doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology, completed and defended between 1 January and 31 December of 2017, is eligible for consideration. 


This  Dordick Dissertation Award honors the memory of Herbert S. Dordick (1925-1998), a distinguished telecommunications engineer, public/urban policy researcher and intellectual, teacher and mentor. The  Dordick Dissertation Award recognizes the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology completed and defended in the preceding year, and is presented annually at the business meeting of the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association.


Dissertation authors need not be members of ICA or the CAT Division for their work to be considered, but Award recipients must be ICA members at the time the Award is given (i.e., the ICA annual conference in the year after completing the dissertation). Self-nominations are welcome. 

Nomination materials should include:


  1. Full contact information of the dissertation author, including name, surface mail address, email address, and phone number; 

  1. A cover letter or statement (1-2 pages) by the nominator describing the significance of the work and its merit/suitability for the Award; 

  1. A one-page abstract of the dissertation; 

  1. A representative chapter or selected sections of the dissertation, OR a paper summarizing the dissertation study, problem/hypothesis and rationale, methods, and findings, of up to 30 pages in length (double-spaced, excluding references and figures; approximately 7,500 words). 


Please submit the nominations and address any questions to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, mzyao@illinois.edu 


Best regards,  

Mike Yao, Ph.D. 

ICA CAT Awards Committee Chair 

Associate Professor of Digital Media, College of Media 

U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 





ICA Environmental Communication Division Dissertation Award 

DEADLINE:  1  March, 2018


The ICA Environmental Communication Division's dissertation award recognizes the best in doctoral research and dissertation writing in environmental communication. The 2018 award will be the inaugural competition of the division. The award will be given in even-numbered years thereafter. The winner will be recognized with a certificate and cash award during the division’s business meeting at the annual conference. 


Nominations for the award are invited from programs and institutions granting a Ph.D. in any aspect of communication or related fields (e.g. environmental studies, political science, sociology). The rules for the competition are as follows:


1) Dissertations completed between January 1 and December 31 (inclusive) for 2 years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. For this first competition, dissertations completed AND successfully defended between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 are eligible. 

2) The dissertation advisor, dissertation committee member, graduate program director, faculty colleague, or the nominee may make nominations. Nominations have to be made with a cover letter indicating the scholarly strengths of the work. In the case of a self-nomination, a cover letter from the advisor must accompany the nomination. 

3) A manuscript that summarizes the key elements of the dissertation must be submitted with all nominations. The summary must follow these guidelines:


•               The manuscript must not exceed 30 pages of text (double spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) plus references, tables, appendix, etc.  

•               The manuscript should clearly identify and include the rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, relevant literature, methods, results, and conclusions.  

•               The submitted manuscript must include a cover sheet that contains only the title and the abstract. All identifying information has to be removed from the text of the paper and the file properties. 

•               The manuscript and accompanying documents must be submitted as a single PDF document.  

•               Full dissertations or chapters of dissertations will not be accepted for review.  

•               Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be returned without undergoing review. 


4) All materials must be received by 1 March 2018 and should be submitted via email to the ICA Environmental Communication Division Chair:  

Bruno Takahashi 

Michigan State U 





2018 ICA/NCA Amanda L.  Kundrat Thesis of the Year and Abby Prestin Dissertation Awards 

Each year, a committee composed of leaders from the Health Communication Divisions of the ICA and NCA reviews Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations submitted for consideration. Authors of the top-rated thesis and top-rated dissertation (and their faculty advisors) are recognized at the annual division business meeting during ICA’s conference with the presentation of a certificate and cash award and are also acknowledged at the annual NCA division business meeting. 

In 2010, the Thesis of the Year Award was renamed the Amanda L. Kundrat Health Communication Thesis of the Year thanks to an endowment created by the  Kundrat family for that award. Amanda’s MA thesis previously won the Thesis of the Year Award. 


The dissertation award is given in honor of the late Abby  Prestin, an exemplary health communication scholar and person who tragically passed away on 3 September, 2014 at the age of 34 after a year-long battle with lymphoma. Both her MA Thesis and PhD Dissertations won these awards, and the Award is endowed by her family and friends.  


For more information about these endowments and ways for you to contribute to this fund, please go to http://www.icahdq.org/donations/default.asp? and look for the two funds alphabetized under the name “Health Communication.”  



ICA and NCA are pleased to release a call for outstanding masters theses and doctoral dissertations in the area of health communication. A cash award is given in the amount of US$500 each for the top dissertation and top thesis.


To be considered for the 2018 awards, theses and dissertations must have been completed (defended) between 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2017. If the completion date was in the last four months of 2016, the thesis or dissertation cannot have been submitted for last year’s (2017) competition. Individuals may nominate themselves, but advisors must be notified of the nomination. Thesis and dissertation nominations will be evaluated by a panel of officers and members of the ICA and NCA Health Communication Divisions, with the ICA Chair serving as the award coordinator.


The nomination packet should include (a) a cover letter with the name, postal address, telephone number and email address of the nominee and his or her advisor(s) and completion date of the thesis or dissertation, and (b) a summary (excluding title page and references) of the thesis or dissertation not exceeding 5 pages (8 ½ x 11” page, Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, and in English; not counting title page and references).  The 5-page summary should describe clearly and concisely the study’s rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, methods, results, and conclusions. Care should be taken to mask the identity of the author within the text of the summary. The summary should include a title page that contains only the title of the thesis or dissertation. Complete theses or dissertations or chapters of same will not be accepted for review.  Reviewers will be instructed not to read beyond the first 5 pages of text.  PLEASE SUBMIT PACKET AS A MS WORD DOCUMENT—NOT AS A PDF.


On or near Feb 23rd, a slate of up to 3 finalists for each award will be selected by the evaluation committee. Finalists will be invited to submit an extended integrated summary of the thesis or dissertation not exceeding 30 pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, and in English).  These summaries will be reviewed by the committee and the award winners will be selected from among the finalists. 


Send an electronic copy of the nomination packet including cover letter and 5-page summary to: 


Evelyn Y. Ho 

Chair, ICA Health Communication Division 

Email: eyho@usfca.edu 


The deadline for receipt of the nomination packets is February 1, 2018.  Nomination packets received after that date will not be reviewed. 



ICA Interpersonal Communication Division  

Call for Submissions: Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis Awards 2018 


The Interpersonal Communication Division of the International Communication Association seeks nominations for the Division's annual Outstanding Dissertation and Outstanding Thesis Awards. Applicants should submit (a) a 25-35 abstract or paper-length version of the thesis or dissertation, and (b) a letter of nomination from the dissertation/thesis director explaining why the project should be recognized. Deadline for submission of materials is 30 January, 2018. Applicants must have defended the project between Jan. 1 and Dec 31 of 2017. Submit application materials electronically in a single .pdf to Jennifer A. Samp, Interpersonal Division Chair, at jasamp@uga.edu. 




Preconference Call for Panelists 

Inclusivity and Family Communication Research: 
Advances and Innovations from across the Discipline 

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:00-17:00


Scholarship related to family communication continues to be of interest to many scholars across the communication discipline. Although the flagship publication for family communication scholarship, Journal of Family Communication, tends to publish research in interpersonal and relational contexts, it is not unusual to see families studied in a variety of other communication contexts including health, media, organizations and organizing, law and policy, and cultural studies, to name only a few. 


Often, family communication studies draw from literature in only one contextual area; and, similarly, those research studies are presented back to people within that same sub-area of the field. Although valuable scholarship is undoubtedly generated in these silos, one has to wonder how much family communication scholars from across the field can benefit from each other’s work. 

This preconference brings together scholars from all backgrounds who study both families and communication. In doing so, we will consider how to advance family communication studies in relevant, informed, and innovative ways. In addition to a keynote speech and opportunities for discussion, the preconference will also feature competitively-selected research. 


Possible topic areas for competitive papers or high-density presentations include the following: 


  •       Relational communication in families 

  •       Family health concerns 

  •       Family use of traditional and new media 

  •       How laws and policies continue to shape families 

  •       Representations of family in media 

  •       Families and work-life balance 

  •       Communication theory as it relates to families 

  •       Inventive approaches to studying family communication 

  •       Diversity and inclusion issues regarding families 


As this topic list indicates, even though this preconference is being sponsored by the Interpersonal Communication Division, we strongly encourage participation across the many divisions and interest groups that are involved with family communication studies. Additionally, and embracing yet another facet of inclusivity, at least one panel or session within the preconference will be dedicated to non-normative families. 


Submitting to the Family Communication Preconference 


Abstract submissions should be sent as a Microsoft word document to jman@niu.edu by Monday, 22


January 2018. To assist in organizing abstract review, please include your last name as part of the file, and in the subject line of your submission email include FAMILY COMMUNICATION: LAST



Abstracts should include a title, 5-7 key words, a body of up to 500 words, and references. 

Review and Notification of Decision


We anticipate a fast peer-review process, and authors will be notified of their acceptance before 1 February 2018. Submission of a full paper is expected by 1 May 2018. Authors of accepted abstracts will be expected to register for and attend the pre-conference that is held on Thursday, 24 May 2018, from 10:00-17:00. The full 2018 ICA meeting will begin that night with the opening reception.  


Authors presenting at the preconference may be considered for an edited collection to be published in 2019. More details will be provided with acceptance notifications. 




9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division  
co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group of  
the International Communication Association (ICA) 
Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Skautsky Institut, Prague, Czech Republic 
The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the Doctoral Consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.  
During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into small groups, determined by the thematic nature of the research. In each group, students will present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from three faculty participants. There will be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates. 
In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Of course, this process differs widely across different nations and academic traditions. Bearing these differences in mind, we will discuss positioning one’s work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships, finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic.  
Submission Process 
Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic previously approved by their committee or supervisor. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research. 
Submissions must be related to one of the working areas of the Communication and Technology Division (CAT) or the Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) of the International Communication Association (ICA). A description of the respective research areas can be found in the last section of this call. In your submission, please identify whether you’re submitting to MCIG or CAT. 
Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in a relevant field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested. Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding references and appendices), and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate.  
Applications need to be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium. 
The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to Veronika Karnowski at veronika.karnowski@ifkw.lmu.de. The deadline for submission is 1 February 2018. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research, specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback. 
To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs of its members, limited financial assistance is made possible by the CAT Division and the MCIG. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the US$75 participation fee and not travel to the conference). 
About the Communication and Technology Division 
The CAT Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural) and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics.  
About the Mobile Communication Interest Group 
The MCIG focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed on the intersection of mobility, technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Interest Group is state of the art theorizing on mobile communication as well as the discussion of adequate methodology to do so. 
Participation is only by invitation. Once a proposal is accepted, students can register through the ICA website. Cost for participation is US$75 per person.  
Program Committee (faculty mentors) 
Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Program Director) 
Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Program committee) 
Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany (Program committee) 
Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, Denmark 
Benjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore 
Jordan Frith, U of North Texas, USA 
Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA 
Roselyn Lee-Won, Ohio State U, USA 
Richard S. Ling, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore 
Malcolm Parks, U of Washington, USA 
Lidwien van de Wijngaert, Radboud University, Netherlands   
Mike Yao, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 




Pre/PostConference Proposal Submissions 

At the 2018 ICA conference in Prague, the Public Relations Division will sponsor/co-sponsor the following pre- and post-conferences. Please check the 2018 ICA conference website for more information and calls for papers:


  1.        The Ph.D. Student Workshop, prepared by Katerina Tsetsura and Dean Kruckeberg, is sponsored by   the Public Relations Division. 


  1.        The Preconference proposal, Diverse Voices: Authentic Communication, Trust, Dialogue, and

  2.        Society, prepared by Flora Hung-Baesecke, Regina Chen from Public Relations Society of

  3.        China, Oyvind Ihlen from the European Public Relations Education and Research Association, and

  4.       Denisa Hejlová from Charles University in Prague, is sponsored by the Public Relations Division a   nd co-sponsored by the Global Communication and Social Change Division, and the Organizational

  5.       Communication Division.


  1.       The Preconference proposal, Theories in Public Relations: Reflections and Future Directions,

  2.  p     prepared by Chiara Valentini and Lee Edwards, is sponsored by the Public Relations Division. 


  1.       The postconference proposal, Lobbying and Democracy: The Voice of Communication, prepared by

  2.        Oyvind Ihlen, Anna Shavit, Chiara Valentini, Scott Davidson from the European Public Relations

  3.        Education and Research Association, is sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Interest Group and co-s     ponsored by the Public Relations Division.


  1.       Preconference proposal, Voice and Voices: Exploring the Tensions between Plurivocity and

  2.       Univocity (exact title to be confirmed), prepared by Professor François Cooren (Université de  

  3.       Montréal), is co-sponsored by the Public Relations Division and other ICA divisions. 

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Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017

Member News – December 2017 



Book Release November 30, 2017 
Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination  
By Kevin Howley (Peter Lang, 2018) 

ISBN-13: 978-1433126406 
ISBN-10: 1433126400 


Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination starts with a basic premise: technology shapes and is shaped by the stories we tell about it. Stories about drones – at once anxious and hopeful, fearful and awe-inspired – are emblematic of the profound ambivalence that frequently accompanies the introduction of new technologies. Through critical analysis of a variety of cultural forms – from newspaper headlines, nightly newscasts, and documentary films to advertising, entertainment media, and graphic arts — this book demonstrates the prevalence of drones in global battlefields and domestic airspace, public discourse and the popular imagination. Written in a lively, engaging and accessible style, Kevin Howley argues that media discourse plays a decisive role in shaping these new technologies, understanding their application in various spheres of human activity, and integrating them into everyday life. Doing so, Howley highlights the relationship between discursive and material practice in the social construction of technology. 


About the Author 

 Kevin Howley is Professor of Media Studies at DePauw University. His work has appeared in the Journal of Radio Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Social Movement Studies and Television and New Media. He is author of Community Media: People, Places, and Communication Technologies (2005), and editor of Understanding Community Media (2010) and Media Interventions (2013). 



Introduction: “Don’t Call Them Drones” 

Part I Perpetual War 

1. Technological Dreams and Killing Machines, or Drones and The Sublime 

2. A New Kind of War 

3. Murder Incorporated  

Part II Domesticating Drones  

4. Unmanned: Drones for Fun and Profit  

5. Eye in the Sky: Regimes of Surveillance  

6. Reporting the Drone Wars  

Part III Witnessing  

7. Survivors Speak 

8. Mr. Al-Muslimi Goes to Washington 

9. Distributed Intimacies: Robotic Warfare and Drone Whistleblowers 

Part IV Resistance 

10. Direct Action and Media Activism 

11. “I Have a Drone”: Internet Memes and Digital Dissent 

12. Think Locally, Bomb Globally: Satirizing Drones 

Conclusion: Twenty-First Century Empire and Communication 



“Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination is a timely publication that will contribute significant and even urgent perspectives to the burgeoning literature on drones. Locating itself at the intersection where scholarship from media, communication and technology studies enter into a productive interdisciplinary conversation, it is indispensable for its critical attention to a broad field of cultural expressions, demonstrating how media discourse not only shapes our understanding and application of drone technology, but also its very production.”  

 Øyvind Vågnes, University of Bergen 


“Kevin Howley has put together an impressive chronicle of what the media talks about when it talks about drones. This book will no doubt serve as a key resource for anybody hoping to better understand the complex and shifting dynamics of prevailing public sentiment about US military drone use.” 

– Arthur Holland Michel, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, Bard College 


Available in paperback, hardback and eBook editions at Peter Lang and wherever fine books are sold. 


New Book: Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender 

By Judith Rosenbaum, judith.rosenbaumandre@maine.edu  


Hello all, 

I’m very proud to announce the publication of my recent book by Lexington Books, “Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender”, which examines how Twitter serves as the intersection between popular culture and social identity.  

You can find more information on the book in the blurb below and on the publisher’s website: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498546911/Constructing-Digital-Cultures-Tweets-Trends-Race-and-Gender 


Twitter has become a space where ordinary citizens and world-leaders alike share their thoughts and ideas. As a result, some argue Twitter has leveled the playing field, while others reject this view as too optimistic. This has led to an ongoing debate about the platform’s democratizing potential and whether activity on Twitter engenders change or merely magnifies existing voices. Constructing Digital Cultures explores these issues and more through an in-depth examination of how Twitter users collaborate to create cultural understandings. Looking closely at how user-generated narratives renegotiate dominant ideas about gender and race, this volume provides insight into the nature of digital culture produced on Twitter and the platform’s potential as a virtual public sphere. Constructing Digital Cultures investigates arenas of discussion often seen on Twitter—from entertainment and popular culture to politics, social justice issues, and advertising—and looks into how members of ethnic minority groups use and relate to the platform. Through an in-depth examination of individual expressions, the different kinds of dialogue that characterize the platform, and various ways in which people connect, Constructing Digital Cultures provides a critical, empirically based consideration of Twitter’s potential as an inclusive, egalitarian public sphere for the modern age. 



Scripts and Communication for Relationships, Second Edition by James M. Honeycutt and Pavica Sheldon; Peter Lang Publishers    


Chapter 1. The Pursuit of Intimacy and Relational Scripts 

Chapter 2. Emotion and Cognition about Relationships 

Chapter 3. Generating and Maintaining Relationships through Imagined Interactions 

Chapter 4. Physiology and Relationships 

Chapter 5. Schemata, Scenes, and Scripts for Relationships 

Chapter 6. Development of Relationships: Stage Theories and Relational script Theory 

Chapter 7. Scripts for Romantic Development and Decline 

Chapter 8. Semantics of Break-ups 

Chapter 9. Online Communication and Relational Scripts 

Chapter 10. Scripts for Office Romance: Approved or Forbidden?  

Chapter 11. Dysfunctional Scripts for Abusive Relationships 

Chapter 12. The Dark Side of Social Media Communication   

Chapter 13. Scripts for Constructive Communication 


This book discusses the basis of relationship scripts, emotions, imagery, and physiology of relationships including romance, friendship, work associates, mentors, and social media friends. We argue that people’s expectations for relational development influence their communication, faith, and commitment in relationships. Misconstruing sexual or flirtatious intent, for example, is derived from having different scripts about attraction. We discuss abusive relationships including social media influences on relationships as well as abuse, stalking, verbal and physical aggression.  

This book is designed for classes in psychology, communication, sociology, family studies, and social work. It provides a comprehensive overview of how scripts and communication are used in relationships.  


Sample Endorsements:  

“The chapter on imagined interactions and relationships is enticing for those interested in cognition and imagery in terms of the mental creation and sustenance of relationships. The author and subject indices are very comprehensive.”  Robert Kunzendorf, U of Massachusetts, Department of Psychology 


“The second edition of this book is outstanding and contains new studies in the physiology of relationships, cognitive script violations, and reviews of online relationships.  The chapter on the dark side of social media is especially enticing with explanations of personality influences on cyberstalking. This is so vital given the bullying due to tweeting.“ Philipp Rauschnabel, U of Michigan, Department of Marketing    


“The discussion of cognitive script violations is pertinent to understanding sexual harassment and conflict from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.”  Cesare Cornoldi, Uof Padova, Department of Psychology 

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