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Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018


Laura Sawyer, Executive Director

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

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

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

This year’s rock star reviewer WINNER, chosen at random from all nominees to receive the complimentary main conference registration is Alena Vasilyeva (U of Massachusetts Amherst). In her nomination, Language and Social Interaction Planner Jessica Robles writes of Alena, “Not only does she consistently do her reviews early, she also always offers to take more if needed; responds quickly when I need emergency reviewers and takes on the reviews, turning them around swiftly; AND (this is what really sets her apart from other stellar reviewers) she still manages to give useful feedback to the best of her ability in the time frame.” Thank you, Alena! Alena will receive complimentary main conference registration for the 68th Annual ICA Conference in Prague.

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

Paola Sartoretto (Activism, Communication & Social Justice), Kathleen Beullens (Children, Adolescents & the Media), Caleb Carr (Communication & Technology), John Nerone (Communication History), Eric Robinson (Communication Law & Policy), Chance York (Communication Science & Biology), Mingxiao Sui (Ethnicity & Race in Communication, Joe Wasserman (Game Studies), Melanie LeForestier (nominated by both Global Communication & Social Change and Intercultural Communication), Andy King (Health Communication), Justin R. Keen (Information Systems), Michelle Violanti (Instructional & Developmental Communication), Jingwen Liang (Intergroup Communication), Christian Baden (Journalism Studies), Alena Vasilyeva (Language & Social Interaction), Kathryn Leslie (LGBTQ Studies), Hyun Suk Kim (Mass Communication), Roei Davidson (Media Industry Studies), Kate Lockwood Harris (Organizational Communication), Jack Bratich (Philosophy, Theory & Critique), Claes deVreese (Political Communication), Nicole Strobel (Popular Communication), R.S. Zaharna (Public Diplomacy), Michael Kent and Lisa Tam (Public Relations), and Chuka A. Onwumechili (Sports Communication).

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

We look forward to seeing you all in Prague!  

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Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

Call for Papers: The 16th Chinese Internet Research Conference – Modes of Connection



The Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden U Institute for Area Studies, and Leiden Law School welcome scholars from the area studies,social sciences, law, humanities, computer sciences, and from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to the 16th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC16), to be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, on 22-23 May 2018. CIRC16 will explore the theme‘modes of connection’, across social, economic, and political fields. General Theme: Modes of Connection The field of China internet research has fruitfully tracked communication patterns across different media types in the Chinese speaking world, generating a lively discussion about the role that different discourses and media types play in Chinese society. The themes of this year’s conference will augment these efforts by asking how media and communication are bolted to the world. The internet has rapidly become much more than avenue for the exchange of information. It is closely intertwined with social interactions, economic exchanges, and the practice of governance. At the same time, concerns surrounding the internet are no longer merely confined to free expression and access to information, they have come to include the impact of the internet on the integrity of political systems, personal data protection, terrorist use of ICTs, and cyber crime. While the notion is now much greater complexity in the nature of connectivity that ICTs permit, and therefore the social, economic, and political questions they generate. Consequently, CIRC 16 will ask how different actors deploy novel ICT to transform the modes through which people connect. The conference will ill into this broad topic by focusing on three sub-themes:

Sub-Theme 1: Modes of Community CIRC16-community-theme Information and communication technologies like the internet are frequently singled out as harbingers of social change, in China as much as elsewhere. Yet there has not been a sustained scholarly effort to explore how contemporary ICT affect social groups in China, how they change interpersonal dynamics, to what extent they shape our sense of community, and how such communities become politicized through ICT usage. This sub-theme of the conference will explore how media and communication are anchored in modes of communal interaction, how they transform those modes, and how specific Chinese contexts influence these processes. Do digital technologies extend and accelerate the established logics of social interactions and group affiliations, or do they change the rationale behind our relations? What happens to friendships,family ties, work relations, and political interactions once they are‘upgraded’ to Web 2.0? What does it take to bring users together and turn them into political subjects like ‘netizens’? Can there ever be such a thing as a ‘digital community’, and if so: what would make such a community sustainable as a viable political group? Finally, what changes do digital media networks introduce to traditional ‘imagined communities’, that is: to large-scale associations like nations, religious orders, or political movements,but also consumer groups or fan communities, in which members do not personally know all other members and yet feel connected through shared practices? Questions like these go to the heart of how we conceptualize digital media and their relevance today.Applicants interested in this theme may consider addressing one or several of the following topics in Chinese contexts:Construction of community sentiments through network technologies and digital media practices, for instance nationalism, localism, fandom, religion, attachments to hobbies and collective activities, or support for activist ideologies that ive groups like hacker. Everyday use of technologies such as mobile devices and computers by different groups, in different social contexts, and for different purposes.Digital discourse and communication power within Chinese community networks.Community-building through internet and digital media usage in different parts of the Chinese speaking world, e.g. mainland China, Taiwan,Hong Kong, or overseas diaspora.

Sub-Theme 2: Modes of Production CIRC16-production-theme

The internet is far more than a set of communication networks;it is also a radically new mode of economic production. Whether in the form of digital finance(online banking, crypto currency speculation,etc.), digital commerce (retail and wholesale),or digital and digitally-enabled services (online entertainment, transportation services, digital gift economies), ICT are thoroughly revamping the relations between production and consumption,between capital and labour, in the Chinese economy. What are the implications of these processes? Who stands to win, and who are the losers? How do these processes alter and influence traditional economic structures, perhaps disrupting existing (political-)economic interests? With more and more people relying on digital conveniences such as bike rentals or group coupon offers, how powerful do certain platforms become?How strongly are they reshaping existing markets for goods and services? Contributors to this theme may consider the following areas of interest:Interaction between work and leisure on the internet, as well as issues related to digital commerce and commercialization (e.g.when play and labour fuse into ‘playbour’),Changing production and distribution modes enabled by new constellations of capital and labour, for instance in so-called Taobao Villages or in Maker Spaces.Convergence and interaction between different digital media technologies, entertainment formats, advertising strategies, and commercial services on digital platforms, for instance on digital video channels.The changes in China’s economy (and their political impact)brought about by ubiquitous microblogging and social chat services (Weibo and Weixin), digital payment platforms (Alipay),and cryptocurrencies. The broader changes in China’s political-economic structure wrought through digitalization, for instance efforts to open up immigration opportunities for talented specialists.

Sub-Theme 3: Modes of Organization CIRC16-Organization-theme

The internet is not an exogenous phenomenon, it is an artefact. It is recreated and reformed on a daily basis, primarily through the efforts of governmental and private sector actors, who are attempting to reconfigure the internet in pursuit of their strategic objectives. However, even in China, these actors need to be responsive to the demands,complaints, and requirements of end users, who therefore are not unimportant in the question of how the internet is organized.This sub-theme will explore how different stakeholder categories attempt to influence the way that the internet itself is organized,how connections are enabled or disabled, and how this affects the continuous reconfiguration of the online environment.Internet politics and policies in the Chinese-speaking world,including e-governance and cyber-security, as well as the interaction of various nodes of regulatory or organizational power.Social and political participation in Chinese digital networks,as well as limitations to such participation (e.g. access, digital divides, etc.)

The evolution of legitimizing or challenging narratives to particular forms of ICT organization (for instance the use of security, etc.)Transformation of political legitimacy in the wake of novel digital civic services, as well as novel forms of governance (such as the social credit system).Digitally enabled political activism and its limits.Paper and Panel Proposals The organising committee invites proposals for paper presentations or panels that adess one or more of the three themes related to the modes of connection in China, through both critical, theoretically minded research and innovative empirical methods.Proposals should be written in English and should not exceed 400 words for individual papers, or 1000 words for panel proposals. Please also include a brief bio and any relevant contact details. Proposals and enquiries should be sent to . Florian  Schneider: f.a.schneider@hum.leidenuniv.nl 


Proposals should be submitted by 1 February 2018. The organising committee will inform applicants of its decision by the end of that month. Full versions of the accepted papers are to be submitted by 1 May 2018. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words, including notes and references, and should be sent to the organising committee via email. Organization and Location CIRC16_LeidenLawCIRC16 is organized by. Florian Schneider(Leiden Institute for Area Studies) and . Rogier Creemers (LeidenLaw School). The conference will take place at the Kamerlingh OnnesBuilding at Leiden U’s Faculty of Law (Steenschuur 25, 2311 ESLeiden, The Netherlands).Plenary sessions will be scheduled in lecture theatre A144;panels will be convened in rooms A002, A008, A028, and B016.



9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division

co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group ofthe 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 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 ofthis 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 atveronika.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 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.Registration Participation is only by invitation. Once a proposal is accepted, students can register through the ICA website.

Cost for participation is US 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 (Programcommittee)Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, DenmarkBenjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, SingaporeJordan Frith, U of North Texas, USAJesse Fox, Ohio State U, USARoselyn Lee-Won, Ohio State U, USA


Call for Papers

International Communication Association

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group


24 May 2018, 09:00-17:00 Cafe Kampus, Naprstkova 272/10Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract Deadline: 1 February 2018


Media are gendered and sexualized while gender and sexuality are heavily mediated. Gender and sexuality figure prominently in many aspects of media production, representation, consumption and use. At this preconference, we will build on a vast body of research in this area to examine the intersections between media,gender and sexuality as well as age, ability, class, religion, race,ethnicity and nationality. Inspired by the fact that the International Communication Association will for the first time in history hold its annual conference in Central Europe, we would like to think about those intersections from a European perspective, particularly from the perspective of underrepresented contexts such as Central,Eastern and Southern Europe.How do European contexts matter for the intersections of media,gender and sexuality? How are those intersections manifested in Europe at different historical moments and at different geographical scales (such as cities, countries and regions)? What can we learn about those intersections thinking through Europe-specific issues such as larger geopolitical challenges(e.g. Brexit, austerity measures, ‘refugee crisis’, post communist transitions and the rise of the far right) as well as challenges specifically related to gender and sexuality (e.g. homonationalism in Western Europe, ‘gay propaganda’ laws in Russia and Lithuania, and anti-gender campaigns across the continent)?Also, more theoretically, what can such Europe-specific research contribute to mainstream, largely Anglo-American, studies of media, gender and sexuality? What are the legacies and the futures of European gender, feminist, sexuality and LGBTQ media studies?

Submission process

The preconference will provide a space for getting feedback on research in progress, exchanging ideas and networking. We invite scholars at all stages of their careers, across multiple disciplines as well as employing diverse methods and theories to submit abstracts of 300 to 500 words along with their short bio notes to Lukasz Szulc (L.Szulc@lse.ac.uk) by 1 February 2018.

We are open to works adessing a wide spectrum of mainstream and alternative media (including but not limited to press,radio, television, cinema, digital and mobile media) and a diversity of genres and platforms(such as journalism, advertising, TV ama, porn, films, games, social media and dating sites). However, we ask that all submissions reflect on the importance of the European context. The preconference will consist of short individual presentations (10-12 min),allowing participants to have in-depth discussions and produce broader insights. Authors will be informed of their acceptance or rejection by 1 March 2018.We will consider to publish selected contributions in a special issue in a peer reviewed journal. Registration Participation is only by invitation. Authors of the accepted abstracts will need to register through the ICA website (www.icahdq.org). Cost for participation is 25USD for early registration (by 1 April 2018) and 35USD for late registration.


Lukasz Szulc (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) Alexander Dhoest (U of Antwerp, Belgium) Lynn Comella (U of Nevada, Las Vegas,US) Sponsor.

The preconference is generously sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies at the U of Antwerp, Belgium.


Call for Proposals

Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference

ICA 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

Date: May 24, 2018 | Time: 9am-12pm | Location: TBA

The Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum to connect with other scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field.We hope you’ll join us for the inaugural Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2018 ICA conference. Pre-conference format:The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers,colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, the invited scholars will share insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research.

Confirmed Faculty Participants:

●Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern U (Editor in-chief, Environmental Communication)

● Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)

● Lauren Feldman, Rutgers U

● More TBA!!

Registration: US$20 Participants have to register to the pre conference through ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference.

Applications for oral or poster presentation:


Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable,empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference.Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles (abeles@stanford.edu) or Adam M. Rainear( adam.rainear@uconn.edu).

Deadline for submissions: 14 February 2018

Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2018


The pre-conference is sponsored by:

● Department of Communication, U of Connecticut

● Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford U

● Department of Communication, Michigan State U Co-organizers:

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

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

● Faculty advisor: . Bruno Takahashi ,Michigan State U (Chair,Environmental Communication Division -ICA)


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Czech Value Added Tax (VAT): What you need to know for ICA’s 68th Annual Conference in Prague

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 2, 2018

Question:  Why does ICA’s conference pricing seem higher this year?

Answer:  Conference pricing was unchanged from 2017; the prices of conference registration are exactly the same as they were for San Diego.  That said, because the conference is located in an EU member country -  it is subject to a Czech Value-Added Tax (VAT), an added fee in 2018. ICA does not receive any of this money; it is paid to the Czech government.

It’s the law in the European Union (EU). All Registration fees are subject to 21% Czech Value Added Tax (VAT) according to article §10b of Act No. 235/2004 Coll. A Value-Added Tax (VAT) is required by the laws and regulations of the European Union (EU) and its member states. They establish that VAT must be paid on the fees in the country where the meeting is held.

Do I submit my ICA issued invoice or receipt to recover VAT?  No! The proforma invoice and emailed receipt ICA issues to confirm your conference registration are NOT a valid VAT receipt, they should not be submitted.

How do I get a VAT receipt to apply to recover VAT?   To provide this service, ICA has partnered with a VAT consultant company, VMC, that specializes in managing and recovering VAT for association events hosted by organizations hosting conferences in the EU. The VAT invoice for your participation will be sent from VMC to you directly, via email, after you receive your ICA proforma invoice. It will be issued by the company: VMC, 1 Rond-point de l’Europe, 92250 LA GARENNE COLOMBES, France; French VAT Number: FR75523098614; Czech VAT Number: CZ682761770.

VAT exempted in France under article 259 A 5° a. of the French CGI. Subject to Czech VAT according to article §10b of Act No. 235/2004 Coll.

When will I receive my VAT invoice? 

ICA will report to VMC monthly, they will use our report to generate and send VAT invoices directly to you, via email.  The anticipated turnaround is quick, generally 2-4 days after we send VMC our report.  Depending on when you register, and where we are in our monthly reporting cycle, it could take up to approximately 30 days to receive your invoice; however in most cases it should be delivered more quickly.


FAQs about VAT:  Frequently Asked Questions about Czech Value-Added Tax:

  1. Why am I paying a VAT on the Meeting Registration Fee? You are paying a Value-Added Tax (VAT) on the registration fee because it is required by the laws and regulations of the EU and its member states. They establish that VAT must be paid on fees in the country where the meeting is held. 
  2. Can the VAT be recovered? Possibly. Only companies from the European Union and from Switzerland, Norway, and Macedonia can claim back the Czech VAT. To recover the VAT you must provide the details of your company - name, address, VAT number or Tax ID - for all expense invoices and submit all original documentation to your company for its processing.  Pay attention that the VAT refund on certain expenses like travel expenses, accommodation, meals or goods and services for personal consumption are not accepted by the Czech Tax Administration. 
  3. Does “company” include “university”?  Possibly.  If the university has the status of taxable person, then yes, it is considered as a company. Most universities in Europe choose to have the status of taxable person.
  4. What process should companies follow to recover the VAT?
  • EU Companies: EU companies must contact the Tax Administration of their own country for instructions regarding the conditions and process to follow for reclaiming the Czech VAT. There are also minimum VAT amounts that must be met.

For the refund applications for one to three quarters by an EU company the minimum amount is €400. If the refund application relates to a refund period of a calendar year or the remainder of a calendar year, the amount of VAT may not be less than €50. For conversion of EURO currency into the CZK currency it must be used the exchange rate mentioned by the Czech National Bank for the first working day in January of the year for which the application is submitted. Please note that these amounts refer to ALL the VAT from the expenses incurred FROM ALL ITS EMPLOYEES in the Czech Republic for this meeting and any other business-related VAT incurred in the Czech Republic.


  • Non-European Companies: The Non-European companies must send the VAT refund application directly to Finanční úřad pro Prahu 1 (Local Tax Office for Prague 1) at the address below and make sure their application is received at the latest by 30 June of the following year.  There are also minimum VAT amounts that must be met.

Finanční úřad pro hlavní město Praha
Územní pracoviště pro Prahu 1
Štěpánská 28
112 33, Praha 1
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 224 041 111
Fax: +420 224 043 198
e-mail: podatelna2001@fs.mfcr.cz


Additional details about VAT: The VAT refund must be at least CZK 7,000, unless the refund period is the calendar year or the last period of the calendar year. The refund for these refund periods must be at least CZK 1,000. Please note that these amounts refer to ALL the VAT from the expenses incurred FROM ALL ITS EMPLOYEES in the Czech Republic for this meeting and any other business-related VAT incurred in the Czech Republic.


You can find the form here, that must be completed and presented with the application. The application for VAT refund must be supported by the relevant invoices and a Certification that the applicant is a taxable person registered for VAT or similar taxes issued by the tax authority from the country of his establishment.

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​Take in the History and Architecture of Prague: special curated communication-field tours offered this year

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

Laura Sawyer, Executive Director

ICA members have been excited about the Prague 2018 conference ever since the location was selected over seven years ago. The capital city of the Czech Republic (also known as Czechia, still a point of controversy among some), Prague is bisected by the Vltava River. Known for its castles and Gothic churches among other breathtaking architectural artifacts, its Old Town Square, and the Astronomical Clock*, Prague also doesn’t shy away from being known as a great place to have a beer or two.


How to book:

As always, ICA has contracted with a local-expert tour company to curate a collection of ICA-specific tours for our attendees, along with the usual tourism fare. ICA no longer serves as a middleman for booking the tours, so attendees can book directly with the tour agency either online via the ICA tours website or, during the conference, by talking to the ITC tours representative who will be available at a desk in the lower lobby of the Prague Hilton, near the ICA registration desk. Please note that we expect many of these tours to sell out, so if there’s something you’re set on, we recommend you book online in advance.

Curated tours: Radio Free Europe, Parliament, Czech press agency, and more

Curated tours related to the field of communication and created just for ICA include visits to the Czech press agency; to a movie dubbing studio where western films are dubbed into Czech; to a newspaper publisher; to Radio Free Europe; to an historic theatre; to the Czech Parliament; and a presentation in the Václav Havel library on Havel’s rise “from dissident to president.”

Standard tours: Castles, Concerts, and (of course) Beer!

We also will offer standard tours that you could theoretically get elsewhere, with the added benefit that ours will pick you up right at the Hilton Prague hotel and return you at the end, and you will be among your colleagues (you might see this as a good or bad thing depending on the day!). Standard tours include visits to a Silver Mining Town, The Pilsen Pilsner Urquell brewery, a river cruise, Karlstejn Castle, Prague Castle, the Strahov Library with a mini concert, a Soprano & Tenor concert followed by a ‘beer party’ at a brewery, and a glass blowing studio. Most of these tours include meals and guides.

Holocaust Remembrance

We are honored to offer two very special tours highlighting Prague’s history relative to the second World War. On Friday, a morning tour will visit the Prague Jewish Quarter and the Old Town, with a tour guide knowledgeable in the area. On Monday, 28th May, we will host a tour to Terezin Concentration Camp, with a survivor of the holocaust who will provide commentary and, our guide tells us, is always happy to entertain questions from the group.

Multi-Day Trips in the Region

Lastly, ITC will offer three multi-day tours including lodging and transport and some meals. A tour to South Bohemia and Salzburg focuses on Mozart and Medieval Smuggling Routes. Tour 2 to Vienna and South Moravia includes several castles and gardens and the birthplace of Sigmund Freud. Finally, the Via Carolina tour includes Prague, Pilsen, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Basel, and Zurich.

Please make a point of booking early, especially for the multi-day tours, as some tours may be canceled if they haven’t met their minimums by mid-April.

*The Astronomical Clock is being taken down for restorations and will not be on view during our conference dates! Our ICA 2018 conference logo is an homage to the missing clock.


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Travel Grant Applications for Accepted Paper Submitters Due 1 March

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

Participants from developing/transitional countries and students from U.S. ethnic minority groups who have been accepted to present papers can apply for travel grants to the ICA Conference in Prague between 17 January and 1 March 2018. The travel-grant application is available online at http://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant.

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

Potential applicants should also contact their Division or Interest Group Chair for possible funding from the divisional Annenberg travel grant. Of the US$20,000 allocated by ICA for student travel grants, US$6,000 will be held aside for Divisions/Interest Groups. Up to US$300 for each Division/Interest Group will be available from the US$6,000 to match travel allocations to their student members. Conference Program Chair Patricia Moy (U ofWashington) and Executive Director Laura Sawyer (ICA) will review the applications provided through the online application form. From the remaining US$14,000, they will use their discretion(considering the general distance of travel to the conference,etc.) in providing up to US$500 for qualifying applicants. Applicants will be notified by 1 April. Additionally, each Division and Interest Group may award travel grants to students selected for top paper or other honors. Applicants will receive notification of the results by 2 April.

ICA travel grants will be available at the conference registration desk on Friday, 24 May 2018. Divisional paper awards and Annenberg travel grant awards will be delivered in the awarding Division or Interest Group business meeting.

Recipients must pick up their checks at conference registration with a form of identification. Any unused funds will be added to the amount available for 2018.

While the amount of the grants depends on actual travel costs,the overall availability of funds is limited. A US$5 surcharge on each conference registration and other available funds finance these grants.

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Exploring the Future of Communication in India and Beyond: ICA’s Regional Conference in Mumbai

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Thursday, February 1, 2018
Updated: Monday, February 5, 2018

Colin Agur (U ofMinnesota)

Chair of the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group

For three days in mid-December, Mumbai was the site of an ICA regional conference that brought together scholars from across India and other regions of the world, and highlighted the importance of India as a site for research about media and communication.

Hosted by S.N.D.T. Women’s University, this conference marked ICA’s first major gathering on the Indian Subcontinent. Befitting the significance of the event, three former ICA Presidents Ang Peng Hwa, Peter Vorderer, and Francois Heinderyckx attended and played active roles throughout the conference. Participants came from universities across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas, making this event both distinctly Indian and international. The Mumbai conference followed recent ICA regional conferences in Entebbe (2017), Nairobi (2016), and Kuala Lumpur (2016).

The goal of this conference was threefold: to highlight the significance of media and communication research in India and, to promote new engagement among scholars in attendance, and to continue ICA efforts to build a worldwide community of communication scholars.


The host city provided an exciting backdrop for the gathering. In her welcome message, Prof. Shashikala Wanjari, Vice Chancellor of S.N.D.T. Women’s University, drew attention to Mumbai’s status as a powerhouse of finance, media, film, and fashion. This was further highlighted by a letter sent to the conference by actor Amitabh Bachchan, emphasizing the changes he has witnessed in media and technology, and the social questions that researchers must consider in the years to come.

The conference program offered a wide-ranging set of discussions about media and communication research in India. For specialists in Indian media and communication, there were sessions discussing the ways different age groups participate on social media, the development of new digital audiences, how children use digital media, public opinion and digital activism, institutional formation and evolution, the changing landscape of media companies, political rhetoric and social change, and changes in the political economy in Indian media.

For scholars interested in comparisons with other countries and regions, there were presentations on topics as varied as Korean pop music, regional identity and representation on mass media, gender in different social and developmental contexts, digital methods in communication and media studies, and future directions in the digital media ecology.

One theme running through these conference sessions was the importance of mobile communication, both as an inescapable feature of contemporary life and as a set of questions for researchers. When researchers discussed social media, digital activism, and interpersonal relations, mobile communication played an outsized role. Questions of norms, ethics, data, user rights, and regulation all inevitably touched on mobile devices, which now number more than a billion in India alone. India has emerged as of the world’s largest markets, a center for innovation in technology and related services, and the site of significant research in how people use mobile phones in their daily lives.

And for scholars of many other communication subfields, India has much to offer as a place to study, learn, and conduct research. It is home to a thriving multilingual media sector, a complex set of social, cultural, and linguistic forces shaping communication norms, and contemporary questions of media governance, access, control, ethics, and transparency. For those who have followed India for some years, this conference provided a welcome update on all manner of communication phenomena and research in the country. For others making their first trip to the country, the ICA regional conference in Mumbai served as an introduction to the rich and lively communication discourse that exists in India, and to the warm welcome that its universities offer visiting scholars.

Thanks to Mira Desai and her organizing team, and to S.N.D.T Women’s University and the conference volunteers for making this event happen.







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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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