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Posted By Camella Rising (George Mason U) and Julie Escurignan (U of Roehampton), Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Social Media for Academics: A Personal Perspective, by SECAC member Camella Rising

On Sunday 27 May I had the pleasure of co-chairing with Raul Ferrer, Karlstad U, (and with the tremendous help and participation of David Cheruiyot, Karlstad U) at a joint SECAC and YECREA Blue Sky Workshop entitled “Social media for academics: Self-promotion and career development for early-career scholars.” The intent of the workshop was to provide a forum to discuss both the opportunities and challenges associated with social media as a practical tool for career development and/or self-promotion. During the workshop, we heard diverse perspectives and uses of social media from speakers Karin Fikkers (U of Amsterdam), Veronika Karnowski (Ludwig-Maximilians-U of Munich), and Valerie Belair-Gagnon (U of Minnesota).

A key outcome from our rich discussion was that when it comes to the utility of social media for career development or self-promotion…it depends! Among the several factors mentioned, social media was described as useful (or not) depending on the specific area of communication studied, the social media platform, personal preferences, and personal goals. Having an open forum to talk about this topic made me realize that I am not alone; many of us are struggling to navigate the opportunities and challenges of social media for professional use. Even if I didn’t walk away knowing precisely what my next move should be on social media, it’s reassuring to know that there are a multitude of ways to/not to incorporate social media into my professional life. I hope that conversations on this topic as well as other practical challenges SECAC members confront will continue to be explored in future Blue Sky workshops and conversations.

I would like to thank all the participants and speakers of this Blue Sky Workshop for this rich and fruitful discussion!

News from ICA Prague 2018, by Board Member Julie Escurignan

It has been a month since ICA Annual Conference was held in Prague, and for this July newsletter, I would like to come back to a few majors points that were discussed during the Board of Directors and the SECAC Business Meeting.

The first item I would like to highlight is the creation of an Ethics Task Force, chaired by Lee Humphreys (Cornell U). The Ethics Task Force has drafted an Ethics Code for ICA and will be gathering feedback all year long in order to propose a Code of Ethics to be voted during the Washington, DC 2019 Board of Directors.

In addition, a task force on the five-authorship rule has been set up to discuss the five-authorship rule in place at ICA: should ICA keep this rule or replace it by a limit on first authorships but unlimited second authorship? And would this reduce diversity or on the contrary increase the diversity in presenters, especially in student and early career scholars presenters? The Task Force will be gathering feedback and discussing this topic all year, so please feel free to express your opinion on the matter (you can send me an email, as I am part of the task force, at: escurigj@roehampton.ac.uk).

This year again, the SECAC Business Meeting has been a great place for discussing these questions and more. Following the exchanges, the SECAC has defined five goals for the year to come:

  • Enhancing the role of Student and Early Career Division and Interest Group Representatives

  • Developing the collaboration between Representatives and the SECAC for a better representation of ICA Student and Early Career Members

  • Redefine what the expression “Early Career Scholar” covers

  • Enhancing Social Media Participation from Student and Early Career Members

  • Enhancing the representation of Global South Students and Early Career Scholars, especially through the creation of a Global South Student and Early Career Representative position at the SECAC

Finally, as the new Chair of the SECAC, I would like to thank you for making this ICA Annual Conference another success! I would also like to thank those of you who participated to the SECAC events: your involvement and voice are necessary, and to represent you the best way possible, we need to hear from you. We could not do our representative job to the Board correctly without the Divisions and Interest Groups’ Student and Early Career Representatives, so thanks to them for their amazing job and for being so present and active during the conference.

Last, but not least, I would like to extend special thanks to the outgoing Student Board Member Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa) and SECAC members David Cheruiyot and Omar Al Ghazzi (London School of Economics and Political Science) for their tremendous service over the past 2 years.

The SECAC is looking forward to working with and for you this year and to seeing you all next year in Washington DC!

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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Patricia Aufderheide (American U), Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Dear ICA,

I’ve been preparing for a collaborative project with colleagues in a different department, as well as one independent scholar who used to be my grad student. We’re collecting examples of video and images we want to analyze, and we’re a little unsure about our rights to share and store this information for our joint access. It’s all current popular culture so for sure it’s all copyrighted. We’d also like to store copies of some academic and journalistic articles for easy reference among the researchers. Some of these are easily available from our university library, but the independent researcher no longer has access to it, and it’s also a nuisance to keep looking these references up. Do you think we have the right to make those copies and share them with each other? And if so, I need to check with the library about whether it’s OK with them to copy them?

Best wishes,



Dear Deonte,

Collaborative work is increasingly common, so it’s great to understand the copyright issues around it. If you’re working in the U.S., fair use--the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment, if the use you are making of that material is different from the market purpose, and you are using an amount appropriate to the re-use—may apply in various ways. For more information on what types of uses are covered by fair use, take a look at CMSI’s Codes of Best Practices for Fair Use, and look particularly at category four.

If you find that your uses match both the descriptions and the appropriate limitations on fair use in the Code, you can confidently proceed to store and share (within a passworded, reasonably secure shared site) your working material, for as long as you all believe it is relevant to your joint research. This application of the right of fair use applies to all kinds of material, whether it is scholarly, commercial, amateur or anything else.

The same logic applies to a personal archive you may want to create of copyrighted material.

Fair use is your right to use responsibly, without asking permission of copyright holders. In some cases, however, libraries sign commercial licensing agreements with the companies that provide access to scholarly and other material, which might override some kinds of employment of fair use. This is an unfortunate consequence of librarians not always realizing that they can negotiate contracts and that the scholarly requirements of their patrons should be defended and protected. Typically, libraries and the companies they license from have no issue with copying and saving for scholarly research individual articles. In some cases, however, there may be restrictions on “non-consumptive” or “big data” uses that would involve scanning major portions of or even the entire database. Since this kind of research is more and more common, it’s important for scholars to let librarians know that they want their scholarly research interests protected when the libraries enter into contracts.


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA


Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough U) has just been appointed Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Press/Politics, a journal that is central to ICA members in Political Communication and Journalism. For more information please visit here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2018/may/academic-named-as-editor-in-chief-of-international/



Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in Higher Education Environments

Part of the Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development Book Series

Web Information: https://www.igi-global.com/book/handbook-research-media-literacy-higher/182424

Jayne Cubbage, Editor (Bowie State U)

Release Date: May, 2018 Copyright: IGI Global, 2018 Pages: 400


Media is rapidly evolving, from social media to news channels, individuals are being bombarded with headlines, new technologies, and varying opinions. Teaching the next generation of communication professionals how to interact with varying forms of media is paramount as they will be the future distributors of news and information.

The Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in Higher Education Environments provides emerging research on the role of journalism and mass communication education in the digital era. While highlighting topics such as community media labs, political cognition, and public engagement, this publication explores the impact of globalization and a changing and diversified world within the realm of higher education. This publication is an important resource for educators, academicians, professionals, and researchers seeking current research on applications and strategies in promoting media and digital studies in higher education.

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Division & Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 3, 2018


CAMmers in the Spotlight!

First, we have the unmatched Renee Hobbs discussing her scholarship and work motto – you can read all about it here: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/renee-hobbs/

Then, we have incredibly fascinating Shobha Avadhani discussing her scholarship in Singapore. Great stuff. Learn more here: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/shobha-avadhani/

Special thanks to your new ICA-CAM Secretary, Ine Beyens, for these lovely spotlights!

Best wishes,

Jessica Piotrowski





Dear LGBTQ members,

We are calling for nominations for one of our Co-chair positions as well as a new Secretary position (15 July, 2018 deadline).  Please see below for details, as well as for information about a couple of requests for member feedback.

Eve Ng and Lukasz Szulc

LGBTQ Studies co-chairs

Nominations for Co-Chair

Eve’s co-chair term will end after the 2019 conference, so we will hold elections for a co-chair during the ICA Fall elections. The new co-chair will serve a four-year term (the first two years with our other current co-chair Lukasz).  

If you are interested, feel free to email Eve and Lukasz to discuss (evecng@hotmail.com, L.Szulc@lse.ac.uk).  Or go ahead and send us a self-nomination by ** Monday, 15 July **, identifying yourself and including a 2,000-character statement (~300 words, but you should do an actual count, since ICA is switching to the ScholarOne system, which only counts characters). In your candidate statement, please address the following:

“The LGBTQ IG needs diversity of representation, participation, and scholarship. All candidates running for election as Co-chair must describe their prospective contributions to each of these diversity dimensions in their platform statements.”

Nominations for Secretary

We would like to establish a new Secretary position, as follows:

“The Secretary is elected for a two-year term. Their duties include posting on the interest group’s social media accounts (currently Twitter and Facebook) during the annual conference and throughout the year when appropriate (e.g. ICA’s calls for papers; occasional job postings); maintaining the interest group’s records (such as business meeting minutes); and assisting the Co-chairs in other ways as necessary.”

We are seeking self-nominations for a two-year term beginning after the 2019 annual conference. Again, if you are interested, you can contact us with questions, or just send us a self-nomination by ** Monday, 15 July **, identifying yourself and including a 2,000-character statement (characters, not words!).  

Awards and Nominations Committee

We are also establishing an Awards and Nominations Committee, primarily to deliberate on awards, but also responsible, together with the co-chairs, for any nominations that LGBTQ Studies may decide to pursue for our members (e.g. for a ICA Fellows nomination; Best Book nomination).  If you’re interested in this committee, please let us know. The proviso is that if you are deliberating about an award, you would not be eligible for it.

Requests for Feedback: Ethics Statement Draft

The ICA Ethics Taskforce (which Eve is on, and chaired by Lee Humphreys, Chair of the Communication and Technology Division) has been working on a new statement of ethics. We’re interested in getting member feedback on the current draft here: http://blogs.cornell.edu/humphreys/ica-ethics-task-force/.  Please let us know by ** Wednesday, 31 July** if you have suggestions about changes or additions.

Requests for Feedback: Conference Submission Limitations

Currently, authors are allowed to be listed on up to five paper submissions to the ICA conference (across all divisions/interest groups), and this “five Authorship limit” applies to any one individual regardless if they are first author or non-first author.  There has been a proposal to change this to a limitation on first authorships (possibly to something below five), but to remove limits on the number of non-first author submissions, particularly since the conference submission software apparently cannot count non-first authors.  If you have thoughts about whether to change the current policy, and if so, in what ways, please let us know by ** Wednesday, 31 July **.



Dear members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group,

If you want to expand your service activities, we are currently searching for candidates who wish to stand for election to the Vice Chair office of the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group. From now until 20 July, Mobile Communication is accepting self-nominations and nominations of other interested individuals.

The Vice Chair responsibilities include:

1) Planning the Mobile Communication preconferences for 2020 and 2021.

2) Assisting the Chair in program planning (to learn the process).

3) Representing the Chair as needed at ICA functions.

It is important to know that, after two years, the Vice Chair position transitions into the Chair position and holds that office for two years. The responsibilities of the Chair include:

1) Planning the Mobile Communication programming for the ICA conferences in 2022 and 2023.

2) Representing the division at ICA functions.

3) Attending the Board of Directors meetings as the representative of the Interest Group/Division.

Thus candidates should expect to attend the Mobile Communication business meetings for the next five ICA annual meetings:

2019 in Washington, D.C., USA

2020 in Gold Coast, Australia

2021 in Denver, USA

2022 in Paris, France

2023 in Toronto, Canada

Candidates must be current members of the Mobile Communications Interest Group and should be an active participant in the ‘mobile scholars’ community at ICA. The ideal candidate should have a global perspective on mobile communication; a strong international, interpersonal network of scholars who are supportive of assisting with conference planning and reviewing manuscripts; and the skills to be an organized, effective and responsive leader for a worldwide network of several hundred mobile communication scholars.

If you wish to submit your own nomination or nominate another individual, please send your nomination to Mariek Vanden Abeele (M.M.P.VandenAbeele@uvt.nl) and Lynne Kelly (kelly@hartford.edu) before 20 July. Your nomination needs to include a brief (no more than 300-word) statement in support of yourself or for another individual willing to serve as Vice Chair. Elections will begin with the September 2018 ICA newsletter. If you have further questions about the Vice Chair position or the nomination process, please contact Mariek Vanden Abeele before 10 July.

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019: Practicing New Standards in Transparency and Reproducibility


This conference is a forum for practicing and discussing credibility, transparency and replicability in the social sciences. About a decade ago, John Ioannidis claimed that “most published research findings are false”. While seeming outrageous at the time, a growing body of meta-science research in the behavioral and social sciences substantiated this claim, causing uncertainty about the trustworthiness of published scientific findings. We believe that threats to the validity of published findings in the social sciences are widespread and systemic. Therefore, this conference promotes introspection about the current state of social science research and exchange on the opportunities for institutional and methodological improvement in the future. The conference is supported by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) and will take place from 25-27 January 2019 in Mannheim, Germany.


Conference Website - twitter

Keynote speakers:

Jeremy Freese (Stanford U)

Thomas König (APSR, U of Mannheim)

Arthur Lupia (OSF, U of Michigan)

Julia Rohrer (100% CI, Leipzig U)


Participate in the conference:


  • Give a talk: We call for researchers to advance discussion, debate, literature synthesis, or methods in open social science. We welcome methodological advances, e.g., p-curve analysis, systematic reviews, pre-analysis planning, and replication. We welcome general research findings that apply best practices of open science while conducting the research - Abstract submission DL: 22 August 2018  Read more

  • MZES-GESIS Pre-Registration Challenge: We call for researchers to participate in a competition to win funding or survey time for the most innovative and rigorous pre-registration plan for a social science study. - Abstract submission DL: 22 August 2018  Read more

  • OSSC19 Crowdsourced Replication Initiative: We call for researchers to replicate and expand a previously published cross-national macro-comparative study. The goal is to explore and develop crowdsourcing methods and generate research surpassing what a single researcher could achieve. The replication comes from the field of immigration and social policy, but we encourage social science researchers of all disciplines and levels to participate. All full participants will be co-authors on the final paper. - Registration DL: 27 July 2018   Read more

  • Participate as a guest in Mannheim during the conference or during the subsequent Open Science Workshop, offered in collaboration with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). Or use the live stream online.

Organizing Committee

Nate Breznau (MZES, U of Mannheim)

Eike Mark Rinke (MZES, U of Mannheim)

Alexander Wuttke (MZES, U of Mannheim)

Conference website: http://www.open-socsci.org/  

Twitter: @opensocsci




The Visual Communication Division of the National Communication Association is accepting nominations for its annual Visual Communication Research Excellence Awards, to be presented at the Division meeting at the 2018 NCA convention in Salt Lake City, UT. An award for an outstanding essay or book chapter, outstanding book, and an outstanding dissertation will be presented this November. Eligible works must have been published (or in the case of a dissertation, completed) between September 2017 and August 2018, and must be authored by a member of the NCA Visual Communication Division. At least one author must be a division member if multiple authors contributed to the work.

Nominated research must directly address issues of concern to the study of visual communication in a critical, historical, cultural, pedagogical, applied, or theoretical sense. We welcome submissions from various perspectives, including but not limited to rhetorical, media studies, visual literacy, critical cultural studies, ethnographic, and nonverbal communication perspectives. A selected panel of scholars of visual communication will jury the submissions. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nominees for the essay/chapter or dissertation awards should submit an electronic copy of the submission as well as a letter of recommendation to the committee. Nominees for the book award should mail 3 hard copies of the book and a letter of recommendation to the committee. (Book nominees may send an electronic copy of the recommendation letter, if preferred.) Please send submission materials to Damien Smith Pfister, chair of the Research Committee. Electronic submissions should be emailed to dsp@umd.edu, and hard copies of books should be mailed to Damien Smith Pfister, 2116 Skinner Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7635.

Please direct any queries to dsp@umd.edu.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.


89th Annual Convention of the Southern States Communication Association

The 89th Annual Convention of the Southern States Communication Association will be held April 3-7 in historic Montgomery, Alabama.  The conference theme is Conflict & Crisis at the Crossroads of Change. The call for papers may be found at


The submission deadline for nearly all divisions and interest groups is September 7, 2018.  Please submit your work and join us in Montgomery!

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

BNU-HKBU-United International College
Advertising/Public Relations Faculty Positions all ranks - Fall 2018
English language instruction

Globally competitive salary, healthcare benefits, housing allowance, support for research activities. Learn about the college www.uic.edu.hk. Apply for positions http://web.uic.edu.hk/en/hr/job-opportunities/job-vacancy.



Moody College of Communication
Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow position within the Technology and Information Policy Institute in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin


To apply for this position, you will need to get an identification name and number which will be immediately available upon clicking on the above link

Monthly salary $4,833
Hours per week 40.00 Flexible from 700AM to 700PM
Posting number 18-04-30-01-0712
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1

General Notes
Direct and participate in research projects within the Technology and Information Policy Institute (TIPI). TIPI provides world-class expertise in immersive and social media, virtual reality, and digital games. We drive innovative approaches and research on Big Data Visualization, the Digital Divide, Broadband for All, and Smart Technology Transfer locally, regionally and internationally.

Required Application Materials
A Resume is required in order to apply
A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Note: The following additional materials are also required for consideration: Titles and publication names of recently published papers Instructions for submission of these materials will be provided at the time the online application has been completed.

1 year position to direct and participate in organized research focused on communication technology as it relates to social, community institutional and democratic issues.

Essential Functions
To work with faculty affiliated with TIPI to conduct research and develop research proposals. In consultation with the director, to further the TIPI research mission and liaise with related communities locally, nationally and internationally. To supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

Marginal/Incidental functions
Update web content and TIPI publication. Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications
Completion of a Ph.D. in communication with solid research experience. Ph.D. must have been earned within the past 3 years. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
Ability to work with students and navigate a public university environment.



Department of Communication
Tenure-Track, Assistant or Associate Professor

The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank focusing on the social implications of digital media. Successful candidates will be appointed to the John Derby Evans Development Chair in Communication Studies.

The Department of Communication Studies emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of mass media and digital media. We welcome applications from scholars in the social or behavioral sciences, computer science, or critical humanities traditions working on a range of topics and employing diverse methods. We are interested in qualified applicants whose research addresses important social problems, opportunities, and questions associated with digital media. Topical areas include computer-mediated communication, social media, mobile media, media industries, politics and public policy, socio-technical systems, distribution and access, and other important and innovative areas of research. We are particularly interested in scholars focused on (a) critical-cultural and/or political economy approaches to studying digital media technologies and industries, or (b) media effects approaches to studying new media technology. We are also highly interested in candidates whose research on digital media concerns race and ethnicity in varied social and cultural contexts.

Job duties include research activity, teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, and service to the department, school, university, and profession. The anticipated starting date for this university-year appointment is September 1, 2019. All applicants should send a cover letter, a vita, two representative publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of current and future research plans, and a statement of contributions to diversity. Candidates for this position will have at least three years’ experience at the tenure-track assistant professor rank or equivalent experience. All applicants should provide names of three references.

Information on our research initiatives and scholarly interest of currently faculty can be found on the Department’s website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/comm. All applications must be submitted electronically to: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1128

For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by August 27, 2018.

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights of each individual, without regard to race, color, national original, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

For questions about potential fit and your application please email: evans.professorship@umich.edu




Department of Communication Studies

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Media Psychology

The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank focusing on media psychology. The department emphasizes interdisciplinary study of mass media and digital media, and we seek top scholars to complement current faculty interests and strengths. In particular we seek a quantitative social scientist whose work falls in the area of media psychology (i.e., media uses, processes, and effects), and whose methods include experiments, surveys, longitudinal studies, content analysis, meta-analysis, or other social scientific techniques.  While all areas of media psychology will be considered, areas of particular interest are the psychological antecedents and consequences of media use; representations of gender and/or sexuality and their consequences; representations of race and ethnicity and their consequences; media uses and effects

among members of understudied and/or marginalized groups; media uses and effects through the lifecourse; media effects on health, risk, and environmental behavior; media effects on cognitive processing and learning; and strategic communication (i.e., public relations, advertising, and/or other communication aimed at meeting an organizational mission, approached from a theoretical perspective).

Job duties include research activity, teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, and service to the department, school, university, and profession. The anticipated starting date for this university-year appointment is September 1, 2019. All applicants should send a cover letter, a vita, two representative publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of current and future research plans, and a statement of contributions to diversity. All applicants should provide names and contact information for three references. 

Information on our research initiatives and scholarly interests of current faculty can be found on the Department’s website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/comm. All applications must be submitted electronically to: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1129

For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by September 10, 2018.

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights of each individual, without regard to race, color, national original, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

For questions about potential fit and your application please email: mediapsychology@umich.edu



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Countdown to Prague

Posted By Patricia Moy, President-Elect (U of Washington), Thursday, May 3, 2018

With less than three weeks to go, our annual conference in Prague promises numerous opportunities to celebrate our discipline. While several hundred sessions will reflect intellectual traditions, illuminate debates, and offer insight into the trajectory of our 32 divisions and interest groups, please keep in mind some longstanding ICA highlights:

Thursday evening plenary

ICA Prague opens Thursday evening (18:00-19:30) with a plenary, “Communication and the Evolution of Voice,” featuring Peter Baumgartner (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), Sheila Coronel (Columbia U), Philip Howard (Oxford U), and Guobin Yang (U of Pennsylvania). The panel will discuss not only how citizens’ voices have changed over time and space, but also how our discipline can avail itself of opportunities and address challenges associated with these ongoing shifts.

Monday plenary

On Monday (12:30-13:45), Elihu Katz (U of Pennsylvania) will trace the intellectual legacy of Paul Lazarsfeld in a discipline where networks and the nature of voice have been transformed. His talk, titled “His Master’s Voice,” will be published in the conference theme volume, Voices, that Donald Matheson (U of Canterbury) and I are overseeing.

ICA Fellows panels

In two roundtable discussions, recently inducted ICA Fellows will reflect on the field and its future. The first panel, scheduled for Friday (12:30-13:45), will feature François Heinderyckx (U libre de Bruxelles), Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), Karen Ross (U of Newscastle), Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara), Denise Solomon (Pennsylvania State U), and Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam).

In the second session, on Sunday (12:30-13:45), Nick Couldry (London School of Economics), Sharon Dunwoody (U of Wisconsin), Edward Fink (Temple U), Tamar Katriel (U of Haifa), Zizi Papacharissi (U of Illinois at Chicago), Shyam Sundar (Pennsylvania State U), Karin Wilkins (U of Texas), and Liesbet van Zoonen (Erasmus U Rotterdam) will share their thoughts about the discipline.

Interactive paper/poster sessions

The Prague program includes three interactive paper/poster sessions in which all divisions and interest groups participate. These sessions are great opportunities to engage at length with individual authors, and they are scheduled for Friday 12:30-13:45, Saturday 17:00-18:15, and Sunday 12:30-13:45.

Annual awards ceremony and presidential address

This Saturday afternoon session (15:30-16:45) will celebrate the best of ICA, with awards recognizing publications, research accomplishments, mentorship, and career achievement. The ceremony will include the induction of another cohort of ICA Fellows and will close with Paula Gardner (McMaster U) delivering her presidential address.

The Prague program also includes a few dozen preconferences (for which registration remains open), Blue Sky Workshops, panels organized by affiliate organizations, and special sessions and events sponsored by divisions and interest groups. These are all alongside the traditional research sessions that make up the overwhelming majority of ICA sessions.

The Prague conference is the product of months of hard work by authors and organizers and program planners, as well as the Herculean efforts put forth week after week by the ICA Executive Office. We’re all excited about Prague, and I look forward to seeing you there.

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What to Expect at #ICA18

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Senior Manager of Conference Services, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018


Thanks to the Prague Convention & Visitors Bureau for giving our conference attendees reusable public transportation passes! Attendees will receive their passes to use during the entire conference. To learn more about when and where you can use these passes, read here.


ICA will be bringing back childcare services during conference hours this year. What’s different this year is that ICA will be providing "ICA Kids 2018" free of charge (on a "first come first serve" basis) for parents in need of childcare. Registration is now closed for ICA Kids 2018. But, if you would like to learn more about what we are offering this year, read this past article.


Another popular activity that started last year and will be continuing again this year is morning yoga! Start your day off right with sun salutations. Join ICA every morning for a free hatha yoga flow session. This class is all levels, from beginner to advanced. *There will not be any mats provided, so please Bring Your Own Mat and/or towel (BYOM). Yoga sessions will be offered Friday through Sunday, from 7:00 to 8:00 on the Summer Terrace in the Hilton Prague Hotel. Thank you to our volunteer ICA member for teaching this year’s yoga sessions!


Back by popular demand, ICA’s three conference poster sessions will be within the exhibit hall this year (Congress Hall II). Like last year, there will be a poster session on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday, 25 May and Sunday, 27 May will have afternoon sessions from 12:30 – 13:45. Saturday, 26 May will have a late session from 17:00 – 18:15. Each poster session will be 75 minutes long. If you are participating in one of these three poster sessions, please make note of the correct date and time you are assigned to.

The ICA staff are working hard to make sure ICA’s 68th Annual Conference will be another memorable year for our members and attendees!

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President's Message

Posted By Paula Gardner, President (McMaster U), Thursday, May 3, 2018

This is my last Presidential column, as the fabulous Patricia Moy (U of Washington) will take over as ICA President in May 2018. As you know, former Presidents remain on the Executive Committee for three years following our presidential terms. I am, therefore, looking forward to continuing to work on a number of important ICA initiatives. These include our ongoing work with the ICA Task Force on Sponsorship, to articulate the types of contributions that ICA will accept.  As well, the Task Force on Ethics is working to articulate key ICA values and to strengthen our mission statement. These efforts will enable us to continue to probe and perhaps re-evaluate the ICA Political Engagement Policy, refreshing our understanding of how ICA can (and already does) engage in work that is politically effective for our members, including those in more precarious environments. This type of work is well underway—we continue to bolster regional communication scholarship and networking by supporting regional conferences in areas of the world lesser represented in ICA. We continue to support the work of regional groups, and our Board Members at Large in regions such as Africa, where we expand membership, support training and academic program development, and assist in networking, and work to disseminate African communication scholarship.  This type of on the ground work enables us to fulfil our mandate and obligations as an “international” organization. But more than that, it spoils us, granting us access to bodies of rich, diverse scholarship that complement and expand our current strengths.

It has been profoundly enriching to me, both personally and professionally, to support regional ICA development and to engage with scholars in those areas. Meeting these scholars and taking in this rich research terrain has been illuminating and inspiring. We have much to learn, and to gain, in continuing to diversify ICA in tangible, meaningful ways—not only by adding members but by reading and citing their scholarship, and coming together in inclusive research networks.  

It has been an honor to serve as the ICA president the past year. I have learned much, gained many new colleagues and friends, and feel inspired by the good will and commitment of our members. Thank you for your collegiality, your spirited work, and your generous engagement with ICA.  See you all next month in Prague!

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Student Column: Farewell from Outgoing SEC Representative

Posted By Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa), Thursday, May 3, 2018

Summarizing my two-year term as the Student and Early Career (SEC) representative to the ICA board is easy: I am grateful for the special opportunity to have met and collaborated with people from all around the world and from various communication research fields, who all share a great passion for the development and success of this international organization.

This includes the ICA board members, the ICA executive team and, most of all, the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC). I was fortunate to work with two dedicated fellow representatives – Charlotte Löb (U of Mannheim) during the first year and Julie Escurignan (U of Roehampton) during the second year – together with the devoted committee members Holli Seitz (Mississippi State U), Karin Fikkers (U of Amsterdam), David Cheruiyot (Karlstad U), Omar al-Ghazzi (London School of Economics and Political Science), Ido Ramati (Hebrew U of Jerusalem) and Camella Rising (George Mason U).

We – past, present, and future SEC representatives and committee members – belong to a continually expanding network of people who contribute their talent, effort, and time in addressing the needs of early career communication scholars and promoting our engagement within ICA. I value this shared experience and the unique connections it created.

Finally, I wish the 2018-2019 SEC Chair Julie Escurignan and Vice Chair Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts, Amherst) all the best in further realizing this important mission.

Looking forward to the SECAC events during the upcoming ICA conference in Prague and hoping to see you all there,

Tamar Lazar, U of Haifa, Israel

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