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President’s Column

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Updated: Monday, August 3, 2020

I am devoting this month’s Presidential column to issues of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. The events of the past months, ranging from the global action to end anti-Black racism to the inequalities emanating from the global Covid-19 pandemic, have made these issues even more important. These issues are not divorced from the academy or from ICA generally. I therefore want to take stock of the Association’s ongoing commitment to address injustices and inequities. This includes introducing a range of new initiatives and setting a path forward.  

Our starting point is that the International Communication Association is an international association, comprising members from 87 countries. In 2019, the Executive Committee of ICA issued a statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. As noted in that statement, we are always cognizant that questions of inclusion and exclusion, and of diversity and equity, manifest themselves in different ways in particular national contexts, and disparities in power dynamics differ from region to region. In our June 2019 statement we summarized the then-current actions regarding IDEA issues, such as the newly adopted Code of Ethics, the changes in the ICA Fellows composition, the efforts at ICA’s central offices, and the changes to the conference. Details on additional conference efforts can be found on our accessibility and inclusion page, noting that many of the typical inclusion efforts became moot—and moved aside for other methods of inclusion--with the advent 2020 online-only conference.

One of the May 2019 actions was the establishment by the Executive Committee of a Task Force on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA). The IDEA Task Force got to work in Fall 2019 under the leadership of Jasmine McNealy (U of Florida) and Maria Len-Rios (U of Georgia). We are thankful to the committed members who have joined this task force.  In their initial meeting the task force asked for, and received, several reports regarding the areas of interest for IDEA. They also formed subgroups to facilitate the analysis of this information. These are: Definitions + Membership, Journals + Awards, Conferences + Reviewing. IDEA was scheduled to hold a day-long in-person meeting at #ica20 which sadly could not take place due to the change to the online conference format. 


However, to reinforce the importance of IDEA to the success of the association as a whole, the 2020 ICA Board of Directors Meeting voted to make the temporary task force a permanent Standing Committee in the association. 


What has happened since May? We have worked with the leadership of the IDEA committee to identify a number of actions that could be implemented in the short term, and we have together assembled a forward-looking action plan. Immediate actions, that have been fully endorsed by the Executive Committee, include:


  1. MEMBERSHIP: we will add more demographic information to membership renewals to gauge the (changing) composition of ICA membership. 


  1. SURVEY: we will develop a survey to gauge perceptions regarding diversity vis-à-vis the conference, journals, etc. This work will be supported financially by the ICA and developed with the IDEA Committee. 


  1. CENTRALITY OF IDEA ISSUES: The #ica21 theme developed by conference chair and President Elect, Mary-Beth Oliver (Penn State U), and the theme committee speaks directly to many IDEA issues. We have stressed in the call that IDEA issues do not only pertain to the theme call but are important to ICA, across all interest groups and divisions. 

  1. ACCESSIBILITY: We have announced the Hybrid Format for #ica21. We will work with our virtual platform provider to ensure subtitles to increase accessibility. Despite strong encouragement from headquarters that everyone should have captions/subtitles for their uploads, this had suboptimal participation in the 2020 conference due to the short lead time and lack of ease to accomplish.

  1. REGIONAL (TRAVEL) GRANTS: For those not in the position to participate in the physical conference and who are in a disadvantaged location with for example poor internet infrastructure, we will experiment with a call for regional grants for local travel to a self-organized “hub" where folks can meet with local members and get good wifi and online conference access. This initiative is in addition to our expanded regular travel grants. More details about this soon.

  1. IDEA IN CONFERENCE AND JOURNAL SUBMISSIONS: We will add requirements for submissions to the conference and ICA journals to explicitly answer questions about

a. whether you have considered and cited relevant and diverse (e.g., gender, minority and/or POC) works,

b. whether you have considered the potential broader impact of your work, including its ethical aspects and future societal consequences. 


This will put IDEA issues more central in our work and ensure better representation in our citation patterns.


  1. JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARDS: We will draft guidelines, in addition to the current Editor Search guidelines, addressing the need for Associate Editor teams and editorial boards to have geographic, gender, and ethnic diversity. 


The actions are steps that ICA will implement immediately. We are working on other initiatives and we are in dialogue with the IDEA Committee about other ideas around fellowships or grants and mentorship and team matchmaking. 


We are an international association. We strive to improve our diversity, accessibility, and inclusivity. We are not there yet. Please reach out to us or the IDEA Committee co-chairs if you have ideas for how to make our organization and field a better, more equitable, place.


Claes de Vreese 

ICA President

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President-Elect's Column

Posted By Mary Beth Oliver (Pennsylvania State U), Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Updated: Monday, August 3, 2020

During this turbulent time, many of us begin our emails to friends and colleagues with some variant of the phrase “I hope you are okay.” As I write my first newsletter entry as President Elect, I will begin by sincerely saying that I hope that everyone is safe and healthy. These current times bring worry, despair, and hardship for so many people. Yet, given my own research focus is on positive media psychology, I also try hard to look for the silver linings as well. Many of us may have forged new connections in our zoom-related interactions, we have discovered our inner artists, we have become experts at baking bread, and we seem to be more open about our feelings of vulnerability.

Throughout this time, we have also seen how the pandemic shines light on inequalities and injustices. Simultaneously, however, we have witnessed people across the world linking arms to protest abuse and to call loudly for social justice. In short, like most things in life, this time is tragic, but the displays of human connectedness that have resulted are also beautiful and inspiring. It is in this context that we plan for the 71 st Annual ICA Conference in Denver, Colorado in 2021.

The theme for the #ica21 conference is “Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice.” I have the great privilege of working wit h some wonderful scholars who are co-chairing the theme committee: Walid Afifi ( U of California at Santa Barbara) , Mohan Dutta ( Massey U) , Chenjerai Kumanyika (Rutgers U) , Srividya Ramasubramanian (Texas A&M University) , Meghan Sanders (Louisiana State U) , and Anamik Saha (Goldsmith, U of London) . Together we have had open and heartfelt discussions of the multitude of issues and concepts that are now so very salient. In deciding to focus on “care,” we hope to encourage members in divisions throughout ICA to grapple with how this concept functions in our interactions, politics, health and environmental communication, media, technologies, families, and communities. Though we certainly do not all focus on this concept specifically, we believe that it touches on the motivations that many of us have for our work and that it is an understated but essential part of many of the theories that we employ and issues that we examine. We hope that this theme opens an important space for us to have dialogues about the multitude of ways that the concept of care is employed, understood, and even exploited at times. We also hope that it serves to emphasize our connectedness and commitment to social justice, both within society and within our organization.

We very much look forward to the submissions for #ica21, both on the theme and throughout all our divisions and interest groups. As you may know, we are planning for our first hybrid conference, realizing that although most all of us want to see each other in person, our current realities may make that impossible for some people. I am so fortunate to work with the amazing staff at #icahdq and with Claes De Vreese in navigating this format in ways that we hope will work for us all! 

If you have not done so already, please visit the call for papers, both for the theme of the 2021 conference and for all the divisions/interest groups. https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA21CFP   

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Executive Director’s Report - The State of the Association 2020

Posted By Laura Sawyer MA, CAE - ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Updated: Monday, August 3, 2020


The International Communication Association officially emerged on 1 January 1950 as the National Society for the Study of Communication (NSSC), but didn’t become “ICA” until 1969, in recognition of its growing international reach (now at a membership of over 5,000 scholars in 87 countries!). As we close out fiscal year 2020, we are stronger than ever, in spite of some significant global challenges.


I wrote this from my kitchen counter at home; I have an official home office area but the light is better upstairs, so that is where I have spent the majority of my days during the “Shelter in Place” order (and now Phase 3) imposed by what was in March declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. The ICA office in Washington, DC, has been closed since early March, the day after the Executive Committee and I made the difficult decision on 6 March to cancel the in-person version of our 70th Annual Conference and make a meeting for almost 3,000 scholars entirely virtual. It was not without its challenges, but the staff and I were up to the task, and found ways to see it as an opportunity for innovation rather than a stumbling block. I believe a good bit of the feedback we received from those who filled out the survey was “it was amazing that you all pulled this off, and thank you so much, but I never want to do that again.” Still others, however, were grateful for the opportunity to attend their first-ever ICA, having been precluded from attendance in the past due to either disability, geography, or lack of funding.


Though I was (and am still) stuck mostly indoors with my family, I have never felt more connected to our members. We commiserate over the difficulties of getting work done with children at home, laugh together about our “quarantine hair” and hidden pyjama bottoms from the waist down (and recycling containers brimming with empty wine bottles, in some cases), and lend each other support as we take turns feeling bereft of hope, pessimistic about ever returning to “normal” (whatever that means for each of us). Some of us have stayed busier than ever as a means of dealing with the anxiety, while others experienced lethargy and “brain fog,” frustrating efforts to get any real research done. The days have felt like an endless series of Zoom and BlueJeans and Skype and Slack calls: when there is no delineation between work and home, work is always there, and you have no plausible deniability to keep you from being available 24/7.  It has become clear that in spite of this chaos, our members are a resilient and funny and fantastically creative group who will find a way to thrive in spite of enormous obstacles. The work you do—the work I am honored to help you do, in my small way—is so important to our understanding of the world, and the implications of this virus on society is no exception. 


ICA continues to thrive, finding new avenues of influence and new ways to expand our community. That said, there is always more that can be done to strengthen and diversify the organization going forward.


Fiscal Health

ICA’s fiscal health remains strong. We were able to renegotiate with Australian partners for 2024 and in so doing, have avoided many of the significant expenses that would typically come with cancelling a physical conference of this size. ICA thankfully also has reserves to bolster us in the event that we had not been able to. While ICA’s conference used to only break even and the association was carried by the publications revenue, that formula has flipped with the impending move towards Open Access (not just for ICA but as a field), with the conference now representing a larger piece of the revenue “pie.”



The Annual Conference

Our annual conference is the “crown jewel” of our activities, and while the last two years have been extremely successful (over 3,500 attendees for both Prague and DC), Australia was already going to be smaller, and now that we switched to virtual prior to 50% of the attendees registering, it became a “mini-ICA”, with only approximately 2,317 attendees. What we do know is that we have picked up hundreds of NEW attendees who couldn’t attend physically in Australia but are now newly involved in ICA now that they’ve attended a virtual ICA conference, and that is a good thing!

When the 70th Annual ICA Conference was cancelled as an in-person event on 6 March and converted to a virtual format, ICA staff worked overtime for weeks to not only tie up loose ends from the cancelled physical conference but to create brand-new procedures for the now-virtual conference. Because we have been using a housing provider for a few years now, we saved ICA attendees from being caught out on hotel reservations; their credit card information was never turned over to the hotels and therefore was simply purged with no fees. Subsequent to our decision to cancel the physical conference, flights to Australia were cancelled entirely, mass gatherings were banned, and hotels were shuttered. While the decision to cancel was a difficult one, it was the only right decision to protect our members’ health and safety, and we very much appreciate the overwhelming support the decision received from the membership .A comprehensive FAQ on how the virtual conference worked helped keep us all organized and calm (as calm as can be expected in these times).


As we said in our 24 March letter, we are all dealing with this issue on different time frames (we have members in 87 countries, after all, each of which has handled--or not handled--this pandemic in its own way), so there was no “one size fits all” approach. What seemed to resonate the most with our members throughout the process was my statement that “no one will judge you if you give your presentation with a partner walking across the background, a small child on your hip, or in pyjamas. We will meet you where you are.” That phrase became the unofficial motto of the conference from that day forward and indeed, perhaps it should be the motto for the year as a whole.


We did receive pushback from a limited number of attendees about being “forced” to continue on with a virtual presentation. We have no interest in forcing anyone to do anything, but we did try to make our case thusly:


There were several compelling reasons we did this conference despite the need for completely reimagining it as a virtual event:

1.     Students and early-career scholars needed you. Especially those who are building their CVs for an imminent or already-under-way job search. They NEEDED US to have this conference. They needed ICA to stay the course and provide them with a place to present their work not only so it can be listed on their CV but so that they could have access to FEEDBACK FROM YOU. They needed your input to make their work stronger.  

2.     Your colleagues needed you. This was ICA’s 70th Annual Conference, as we had just celebrated the 50th anniversary of our identity as the International Communication Association. We saw how readily our members banded together to provide help to each other, whether it was expressed through universities and individuals funding the Hardship Fund; scholars tweeting each other with #protips on how to move your classes online; or our members rallying behind ICA as we became one of the first groups to cancel our physical conference for the sake of our attendees’ health and safety.

3.     ICA needed you, too. ICA is a non-profit organization, and over a third of our annual budget comes from the Annual Conference (grossly oversimplified, the other two thirds come from membership dues and royalties from our journals). While we avoided penalties by shifting our contract obligations to 2024, ICA did lose money on sunk costs for the in-person meeting we had to cancel, and those losses will be much exacerbated by the refunds we processed, including the 25% refund we gave to each attendee. Despite these expenses and this lost revenue, the Executive Board agreed that the health and safety of our attendees was the top consideration. But ICA still needs the support of its members, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. All non-profit membership associations to which you belong need you to support them with your participation, where applicable, in order to not only survive (so they will all still be here when the dust settles, to publish the journals and hold the conferences where you can present your research and interact with old friends), but also to preserve our sense of community. From ECREA to NAB/BEA, from IAMCR and AoIR to SFSIC and DGPuk, membership associations around the world have been here to help you grow your career, make new connections, and disseminate your research, and we want to continue to be here after we have collectively weathered this storm together.


As for the future, we are currently contracted through 2025:


YEAR       CITY                            COUNTRY                    REGION                       HOTEL BRAND           

2021         Denver, Colorado        USA                              North America              Hyatt

2022         Paris                            FRANCE                      Europe                          Le Meridien + Hyatt

2023         Toronto, Ontario          CANADA                      North America               Sheraton

2024         Gold Coast                  AUSTRALIA                 Asia/Oceania                Star + Sofitel

2025         Honolulu, Hawaii         USA                             North America               Hilton

2026         TBD                             TBD                             Europe                          TBD                


Regional Conferences

Our 2019 regional conference, “Searching for the Next Level of Human Communication: Human, Social, and Neuro” took place 16-18 October in Nusa Dua, Bali, to great success. ICA Executive Committee members past president PengHwa Ang, President Terry Flew, and treasurer Peter Monge attended as invited speakers. More information on the Bali conference can be found here.


Social Justice

ICA recently adopted a more expanded code of ethics solidifying our commitment to advancing the public good. Additionally, we subscribe to ethical contracting practices when choosing venues for our conferences, including a stipulation that “it is the policy of the International Communication Association to contract for its meetings in locations where its members would not be subject to discrimination on the basis of age, gender, marital status, national origin, physical ability, race, religion or sexual orientation under country, state or city laws. Language stipulating this as a non-negotiable, cancellable factor will be included in the final contracting.” We also have an anti-human trafficking stipulation in our boilerplate contract for host hotels.


In May 2019, the Board of Directors created an INclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Task Force, which has now been converted into a standing committee and which has a list of numerous recommendations that the Executive Committee are clearing for implementation. In Summer 2020, in concert with a global call for action, the ICA Executive Committee issued a Statement in Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement.As we said in the statement, “we have not always gotten this right, but we are committed to doing better.” This will be a long journey, but a worthwhile one I consider it my honor to facilitate.


Environmental Concerns

We continue to manage to do more and more with our resources while at the same time keeping sustainability and sound fiscal decisions at the fore. For years, ICA has produced both a smaller, “schedule at a glance” version and a much larger, heavier, phone-book-sized print program that includes descriptions for all sessions. ICA has been charging extra for this larger version for some time now in an effort to cut back on the number of people who request it and thus cut back on the paper used for such an undertaking, so that as of the DC conference those who bought the larger version constituted only about 10% of the overall attendance of the conference (90% of attendees opt to use the conference app in conjunction with the smaller schedule-at-a-glance version to navigate their options). In acknowledgment of the carbon footprint both of printing such a bulky program and of shipping multiple pallets of to the conference venue each year, ICA’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to discontinue the production of the larger version in 2020. The smaller version will be retained, and it will absorb a few advertising and informational pages from the discontinued version. The conference website will, once it goes live, have all of that information in a searchable format, online, and headquarters staff will continue to produce the content of the large version and make it available as a downloadable PDF on the conference website, as before.

There are numerous challenges associated with global climate change that affect the way academic conferences conduct themselves; in the past we have eliminated bottled water, plastic souvenir “freebies” at registration, tote bags, and numerous other items that simply get tossed out after the conference is over by the majority of participants. We give preference in contracting to LEED-certified (and equivalent) venues, we work with our venue partners to donate unused food and flowers, and we implemented a carbon offset option for attendees with an environmental nonprofit provider starting in 2020 as well. While there is more to be done, we hope that eliminating this one substantial element will begin to make a difference in the carbon footprint of the ICA conference. As well, the 2020 virtual conference—while undertaken as an emergency measure under duress—became an opportunity for us all to explore the possibilities and limitations of virtual conference formats.

Fellows, Honors, and Awards

Through the hard work of Fellows Chairs Larry Gross (2017), Cynthia Stohl (2018), and Francois Cooren (2019), who have led initiatives to increase candidacies from diverse prospective Fellows, as well as this year’s Fellows’ Chair Barbie Zelizer (2020), our Fellow demographics are becoming more and more diverse in terms of gender, geography, and ethnicity, and are beginning to reflect ICA’s truly global membership. We continue to have no shortage of talented and qualified candidates for elected offices within the association, and we have an abundance of deserving candidates for the ICA-wide awards each year. All of this points to an association that is thriving. In 2020, ICA inducted 31 new Fellows (though their ceremony and plaque distribution will not occur until Denver 2021).


Financial Aid

Typically, ICA gives over $60,000 in travel grants to students (and faculty with financial hardships), particularly those in Tier B & C countries and those who suffer from systemic inequities due to ethnic minority status. In 2020, we also created the ICA20 Hardship Fund, spearheaded by President-Elect Claes de Vreese, to reimburse these same demographics for non-refundable flights and visa fees as a result of the conference’s conversion to a virtual format. The more people in need we can assist, the better, for it is that personal contact with ICA as an organization, the conversations with colleagues and mentors, the “a-ha moments” they have listening to a talk, that keep people coming back year after year as we grow the “next generation” of ICA scholars. We express our sincere thanks to those individuals and institutions who gave to this important effort.


Lastly, we continue to come together to move the association forward, even in the face of new challenges such as global nationalism, travel bans, censorship, the COVID-19 global pandemic, and even the struggle to adhere to the spirit of Open Access while remaining financially viable as an NPO. We live in an increasingly fragmented and combative world, but we are well positioned to meet every challenge. Through the evolution detailed above, we will make ICA an even stronger institution. With your input, participation, and support, we can be assured that the International Communication Association has a future as bright as its legacy. We have a talented and engaged team at the ICA headquarters in Washington, DC, and we are each focused on providing excellent service to our members. Feel free to reach out to any of us at any time; we are happy to hear from you!  


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President’s Column

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Monday, July 6, 2020

Our #ica20 conference was a unique experience. As the 70th conference of the ICA, it will go down in our Association’s history as the first online conference. COVID-19 dictated this change and the shift from our physical conference planned for the Gold Coast of Australia to the online environment was executed in just a few weeks. 

Many people have asked how the conference went. My standard answer is that I believe it “went as well as it could, under the circumstances we were all in.” In addition to great presentations, a few things stood out to me. Substantively, the conference theme #opencomm really came to life. Theme program chair Eike Rinke (Leeds U) had composed a wonderful and diverse program on this topic. Many of the theme presentations and the opening plenary, also devoted to Open Communication, are available on the ICA YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLfQ-LCjJMfiFCOEG7e6hkA/playlists. We look so much forward to continuing the conversations on this topic in the ICA. 

Other conference related highlights include the generous contributions of institutions, divisions, interest groups, and members to our Hardship Fund. With this we have been able to help individuals who were stuck with non-refundable conference costs. The conference also showed the community sense of ICA. The #ICAMentors hashtag evolved over the conference and many early stage researchers had conversations online with (senior) colleagues about their work, careers, and the current challenge we are in. Finally, one more ‘thank you’ is due to Laura Sawyer and the entire headquarters crew who worked 24/7 to pull this conference off. Thanks!

The ICA board meeting preceding the conference yielded a long list of outcomes which will be addressed in other newsletter entries and initiatives as we move forward. Just a few: 

  • the Computational Methods Interest Group met all requirements and is now a formal division. Congratulations! 

  • The Board voted to transition JCMC to a full open access journal and 

  • Approved increasing the opportunities for open scholarship acknowledgement in the ICA journals. More on that soon. 

  • The Board also agreed, in light of the global pandemic acting as a stressor on many workloads, to the proposal to keep all committees in the current composition for one more year to create continuity and to leverage current experience in a unique time. 

  • We also voted to transition both the Professional Standards Task Force and the IDEA Task Force to standing committees. Relatedly, in the aftermath of the conference we issued a joint statement as Executive Committee with IDEA in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Meanwhile, ICA President-Elect Mary Beth Oliver (Pennsylvania State U) and her theme group are rolling out the theme for the 2021 conference in this issue. This is a fantastic theme, timely and important. In the next months, we have much work to do as we consider how to organize the 2021 conference and beyond in times where the pandemic is still around, air travel and meetings potentially restricted, and economic hardship for many scholars and universities likely to increase.  As we embrace these challenges, I am so pleased to know what a strong community ICA is.

Claes de Vreese

ICA President

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Governance Corner: Board meeting decisions and preparation for ICA Election 2020

Posted By Julie Arnold, ICA Senior Manager of Governance , Monday, July 6, 2020

Large Slate of New Policies and Initiatives Approved at 2020 Board of Directors Meeting  

The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held virtually this year for a week leading up to the annual conference, taking action on numerous important issues. Some of the decisions have been or will be covered in depth in their own dedicated newsletter articles; however, a synopsis of most decisions is below.

On the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the board approved the candidates for the 2020 Election. The two Presidential candidates—Noshir Contractor (Northwestern U) and Katherine Sender (Cornell U)—will be featured, along with their candidate statements, in the September issue of this newsletter. The candidates for Treasurer, Board Student and Early Career Representative, and Board Member at Large were also ratified, and their statements will be embedded in the ballot. The election will conclude in mid-October 2020.

Major initiatives approved by the Board of Directors at this meeting include: 

  • approval of the new editor of Annals of ICA, Herman Wasserman (U of Cape Town)

  • approval of the new editor of Communication, Culture  & Critique, Melissa Click (Gonzaga U)

  • approval of the new editors of Human Communication Research, Jonathan Cohen (U of Haifa) & Yariv Tsfati (U of Haifa)

  • approval to elevate the Computational Methods Interest Group to a Division

  • establishment of Sage’s Communication and Sport as the official journal of the Sports Communication Interest Group

  • adoption of a policy whereby submitters must choose only one division/interest group to which they submit their dissertation for a division/interest group dissertation award

  • approval of three publications related items: to formalize JCMC as an open access journal, adoption of OUP policy option two and the introduction of OSF badges (to learn more, please see ICA’s Tom Mankowski’s publications,Open Scholarship/Open Science.

  • approval of additional criteria for the Outstanding Book Award (limiting submissions to English/English translation)

  • approval of the transition of both the Professional Standards and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) task forces to standing committees (as their work will extend beyond a temporary status).

In addition, the Board reviewed and approved many standard agenda items, including the 2020-21 committee rosters (due to the pandemic, this year only ex-officio committee roles changed, all other compositions were maintained); publishers' reports and reports from each of ICA’s journals; reports from each of ICA's standing committees and task forces; reports on membership efforts; the 2020 ICA awards and Fellows slate (congratulations award recipients and new Fellows!); the ICA investments report; and the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year (FY21).

This was a productive meeting covering a wide range of issues of importance to all ICA members, attendees, and partners. Many thanks to the 2020 board for participating despite unprecedented challenges and for taking time out of their extremely tight schedules to engage in the online discussions for the good of the association! 

Preparation for ICA Election 2020

Preparations are underway for the ICA Election 2020.  ICA wide candidates are working on submitting candidate statements and Division and Interest Group leadership are currently soliciting nominations for any division/interest group leadership roles slated for the upcoming election. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities for elected roles within your division/interest group, please contact the Chair.  

Division/Interest Group Candidate Eligibility

  • ONLY ACTIVE MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE: Per ICA bylaws: "Only Active Members shall enjoy voting privileges, or be eligible for nomination, election …"  Chairs are responsible for ensuring their candidates are active members of both the association and of the individual division/interest group for which they are running.

  • CURRENT OFFICERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THEIR CURRENT POSITION:  Officers may not succeed themselves in a particular office. 

  • CANDIDATES MAY ONLY RUN FOR, OR HOLD, 1 ELECTED POSITION AT A TIME:  In January 2020, the Executive Committee approved a rule that candidates may not run for, or hold, more than one elected office at a time. (Candidates may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple DIV/IGs - for example, a candidate may not run for Secretary of CAM and SEC Representative of Game Studies). Candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified

The election polls open 1 September and close mid-October. Candidates successfully elected in the Fall of 2020 do not officially take office until the last day of the Denver conference in May 2021, the commitment (unless otherwise noted) is End of Denver (2021) - End of Toronto (2023).

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Open Scholarship/Open Science Updates

Posted By Tom Mankowski, ICA Director of Publishing Operations, Monday, July 6, 2020

The Board of Directors approved three publications related items: to formalize the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) as an open access journal; adoption of OUP policy option two; and introduction of OSF badges. While the International Communication Association Journals welcome all types of research, open access or otherwise, these specific decisions speak directly to ICA’s goal of making research and open science more accessible. The badges, and, in particular, the processes behind their implementation, will be evaluated over a two-year period to ensure they remain in line with the Association's mission. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Thomas Mankowski (tmankowski@icahdq.org).

Formalize Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication as an open access journal

 The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) copyright license will change from a standard re-use license to a CC-BY license, effectively changing JCMC from a traditional online only journal to a Gold open access journal. Historically, JCMC has always been available to read for free, or ‘open,’ however, articles were open/ungated at time of publication for all to read. The journal did not carry the OA CC-BY license, which is the main change here. As such, moving forward, any reader, regardless of subscription, will be able to freely access JCMC research as well “copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format,” with proper citation. 

For more about the CC-BY license, please visit the Creative Commons website.

Adoption of OUP policy option two

 The policy states: The journal encourages all authors, where ethically possible, to publicly release all data underlying any published paper. Authors must include a Data Availability Statement in their published article.  The Data Availability Statement, while increasing transparency of the research, will also allow our journals to remain in compliance with international security regulations such as GDPR, as well as to adhere to global funder requirements. This policy encourages, but does not require the release of data, specifically where it may not be possible to share. If not possible, a statement as to why the data may not be shared is needed.

More information on the Data Availability Statement, as well as sample statements, can be found here.

Introduction of OSF badges 

In an effort to increase transparency and reproducibility, Open Science Framework (OSF) introduced three badges that can be added to articles to indicate to readers if the paper has (1) open data (2) open materials and (3) if the study was preregistered.  Authors can be ‘awarded’ any, or all, of the three badges as long as they meet set criteria. The badges, which acknowledge open science practices, are incentives for researchers to share data, materials, or to preregister.  The sharing of Data, and the badges themselves are encouraged, but not required. 

Once implemented, ICA authors will have the option to submit a disclosure form through ScholarOne in order to obtain an OSF badge. This will give the option to authors who are aware or who want to have an OSF badge/make the data more shareable, but again, does not require them. The badges will be visible at the beginning of the article as well as in the table of contents.  

In order to be ‘awarded’ a badge, the authors need to disclose (through ScholarOne) that they have met certain criteria as set out by OSF. 

  • Open Data: All digitally shareable data necessary to reproduce the reported results have been made available in a public, open access repository. 

  • Open Materials: All digitally shareable materials necessary to reproduce the reported methodology have been made available in a public, open-access repository.

  • Preregistered: The design and analysis plan for the reported research were preregistered in a public, open-access repository.


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71st Annual ICA 2021 Conference Theme CFP

Posted By Administrator, Monday, July 6, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The ICA 2021 conference theme of Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice calls for our examination of how care forms the fabric of our social and interconnected lives. From the moment that we enter this world we are completely dependent on the care of others, and as we move through our lives, the care of our teachers, doctors, leaders, and artists shape us into the adults that we are today. Even as we leave this earth, on our last days, we are comforted by the care of loved ones.

“Care” can be understood from a variety of perspectives relevant to communication. Namely, care can refer to: 

  • Providing Assistance for Others (She takes care of my aunt.)

  • Being Interested in a Topic/Issue/Idea (They care about the notion of compassion.)

  • Concern about Others’ Well-Being (He cares what will happen to his children.)

  • The Provision of Needed Attention or Resources (Do they provide care at the hospital?)

The concept of care can also be understood from at least two vantage points that intersect with those meanings: self-directed and community-centered. The relative priority of self and community care within a given community reflects deeply embedded cultural values, experiences of oppressions, access to resources, and histories of trust. 

The concept of “care” requires our thoughtful examination and reflection. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis of climate change, and militarized police brutality that continues to target, harass, and kill people of color, the urgency of care to address entrenched inequalities, an overarching climate of neglect, and a global political economy of individualized self-help has been rendered visible. Communication emerges in this backdrop as a transformative site for re-working care, anchoring it in relationships, communities, organizing processes, media systems, and social formations. Care is both constituted by and constitutive of communication, as a register for creating spaces of compassion and connectedness.

This theme invites scholars to consider a host of related questions and issues, including (but not limited to) the following: 

  • How do we cultivate and celebrate care? 

  • How is care communicated interpersonally, politically, economically, and via communication technologies? 

  • How can care be used to amplify diverse voices and provide courage to those who resist? 

  • How can care be the embodiment of healing, community, and solidarity? 

  • How is care enacted and experienced differently across communities and cultures? 

  • How is the concept of care relevant to issues of climate change and efforts to protect the humans, animals, and plants that inhabit our environment?

  • Why have those who provide us with care -- our teachers, our health-care workers, our refuse collectors -- been disparaged and economically neglected, only to now be deemed as “essential” and therefore expected to risk their lives to provide comfort to the most privileged? 

  • How has the concept of care been communicated in or executed in ways that work against social well-being or utilized to justify the continuation of inequities and oppression? 

  • In what way might structures and practices, such as transnational NGO programs, impose care in ways that instantiate neocolonial forms of power?  How can we probe the problematic ethics of care?

  • How and why is care “gendered,” and what impact does this have on labour and economic/political disparity?

  • How does the marketing of and profit from care by corporations, governments, or other entities use the same bodies in appeals that often get neglected in practice?

  • How can we use our scholarship to encourage and enhance care, and how can we ensure that our organization practices the ethic of care in our mentorship, our publications, our teaching, our research, our service, and our collaborations?


  • All submissions must focus on the concept of care; 

  • Work that debates, advances, critiques the concept of care can be submitted as papers so as to allow the theme committee to create panels that discuss and/or showcase open science practices; 

  • Panels for the theme should be cross-divisional (having broad appeal across all units of ICA) and adhere to the diversity considerations highlighted under the general guidelines below; 

  • Innovative (and interactive) and educational formats are encouraged. 

Submissions to theme sessions must follow all general guidelines put forward by ICA. Proposals for papers and panels on the conference theme are invited from all sectors of the field, and will be evaluated competitively by anonymous reviewers selected by the theme committee. Submissions deemed to fit only the interests of one division or interest group rather than the conference as a whole will be forwarded to that group for consideration. Papers or panels submitted to the theme must not be submitted simultaneously for consideration to any division or interest group. Panel proposals on the conference theme must include a 400-word rationale explaining how the panel fits the conference theme plus a separate 150-word summary of the rationale to appear in the conference program. 

GENERAL PROPOSALS As always: papers, posters, and panels that apply to general communication topics not having to do with theme are also welcome, though it should be noted that themes of inclusion, care, equity, justice, and diversity are not “niche issues”, and examining or addressing these topics even within seemingly unrelated papers (i.e., in both theme and non-theme submissions) is encouraged. New this year, questions will be added to the submission platform highlighting and asking authors to confirm that they have examined and addressed both the diversity of their works cited list as well as whether they have addressed the broader societal impact of their work. These calls are organized within the 33 ICA divisions and interest groups’ Calls for Papers, the submission guidelines for which will be enumerated on the ICA website in August. 

All panel submissions (general and theme) should include contributions from at least two different countries; not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department or school; and generally be mindful to consider panelist diversity.

Paper and panel submissions that involve direct collaboration with community partners, both in work and in authorship, are encouraged. 

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ICA Wide-Candidates

Posted By Julie Arnold, ICA Senior Manager of Governance , Monday, July 6, 2020

ICA is delighted to announce this year's ICA-wide candidates, slated to run in the upcoming 2020 ICA Annual Election beginning this September. The candidates were selected by the 2020 Nominating Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors.Learn more about the ICA officer nomination process...

ICA wide positions are Board level roles, representing the top level of our leadership. ICA wishes to thank the Nominating Committee for their diligent efforts to put forth a fantastic, experienced, and qualified slate.Presidential candidate statements will be published in the September 2020 newsletter.

Congratulations and best of luck to each of the 2020 ICA-wide candidates:




The member selected as president makes a 5 1/2-year commitment to the Executive Committee (six months as president elect select; one year as president-elect/conference program chair; one year as ICA President; three years as past president). The final year on the Executive Committee, the past president serves as General Secretary and chair of the Regional Conferences Committee. The President Elect Select selected in the 2020 election will begin service on the Executive Committee immediately upon announcement of the results.

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Noshir Contractor
Northwestern U

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Katherine Sender
Cornell U




The ICA Treasurer works closely with the Executive Director to oversee the budget, investments, endowments, reserves, and cash flow of the association. The Treasurer participates in a quarterly call to review investments, will attend monthly Executive Committee calls, and is a voting member of the Executive Committee for three years, preceded by an initial “Treasurer Elect” year in which the role is non-voting and observational. The Treasurer reviews monthly bank statements and approves the fiscal year budget as prepared by the Executive Director. As ICA’s accounts, investments, and financial procedures are conducted according to GAAP in the United States, the Treasurer should have a strong understanding of US tax rules and best practices. The ideal Treasurer will have past experience controlling a large budget and have had significant fiscal responsibility in university settings, federal granting agencies, large private foundations, private sector firms, or on large funded research grants and contracts, etc. Because of the complexity of this role, the slate is narrowed to one candidate, to be ratified in the election. The Treasurer selected in the 2020 election will begin service at the end of the 2021 annual ICA conference in Denver.

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Elisia Cohen
U of Minnesota




Board members-at-large serve one three-year term; there are three BMAL at any given time. The purpose of member-at-large positions is to grow the Board of Directors representation from underrepresented regions. The BMAL selected in the 2020 election will begin service at the end of the 2021 Annual ICA Conference in Denver.

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Michael Kent
U of New South Wales

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Daniel Raichvarg
Societe Francaise des Sciences
de l'Information et de la Communication




Board Student and Early Career Representatives serve in pairs, with one nominated each year for overlapping two-year terms. The Board Student and Early Career Representative selected in the 2020 election will begin service at the end of the 2021 Annual ICA Conference in Denver.

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Christine Cook
New Jersey Institute
of Technology

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Clare Grall
Michigan State U

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Student Column:When Virtual Became So Real: Reflections on #ICA20

Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University) and Lara Schreurs (KU Leuven), Monday, July 6, 2020

Especially in the light of the worldwide Black Lives Matter Movement, one of the most thought-provoking workshops of #ICA20 Virtual Conference is definitely the Blue Sky Workshop organized by SECAC on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) for young scholars. The three amazing panelists, Dr. Shiv Ganesh (U of Texas Austin), Dr. Jasmine McNealy (U of Florida) and Dr. María Len-Ríos (U of Georgia), shared their knowledge and insights on internationalization at ICA and the initiatives the organization is working on to advocate this throughout ICA’s existence. 

Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts, Amherst) did a splendid job of distributing the roles to SECAC Members. Muhammad was given charge to live-stream the session. Cecilia Zhou (U of Massachusetts - Amherst) was in-charge of giving out the student questions to the panelists. Grazia Murtarelli (U IULM) was assigned to host the session. The panelists discussed more specifically the history of internalization at ICA, how starting from this year 2019 each division has an international liaison, how power structure determines inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and how the task force that is put together at the end of 2019 tackles these issues. As SECAC-members could livestream the panel, an interesting and highly enriching discussion occurred as Cecilia Zhou dished out the questions about internalization issues to the panelists. Also during the conference, a stimulating conversation on these issues took place in the chat-box next to the presentation.


On the whole, the panel provided an open discussion on ICA’s core values and how students can contribute to the development of a more international culture in academia. We would like to thank the panelists again for their talks and insights that proved extremely valuable for all SECAC-members.  

The SECAC’s business meeting was also viewable during the #ICA20 virtual conference. During the SECAC Business meeting, Sarah provided members the role of SECR’s. Lara, on the other hand, shared important visions, and aspirations such as her drive to support interdisciplinary research as Myrene laid out the general plans for 2020-2021. It was also a moment of bidding goodbye to Sarah and thanked her for all the wonderful work she did, and welcomed Lara and wished her good luck as she would commence with her service to SECAC. Muhammad’s vision of supporting the student representative or liaison to regional conferences was noted to be given the best efforts and articulation in order to gain support from ICA leaders. 

Meet the 2020-2021 ICA-SECAC Power Duo 

Lara Schreurs and Myrene Magabo 

Board Student and Early Career Representatives, and Co-Chairs of ICA’s Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC)  


Officially after the week long #ICA20, Lara Schreurs took on her new role as SECAC Co-Chair (2020-2022) and joined Myrene Magabo who shall be in her last year as SECAC Co-Chair. Myrene served as SECAC Co-Chair with Sarah Cho in 2019 and ends her term by May 2021. Lara wasted no time getting acquainted with her new role and she joined at least two SECAC meetings, took part in the Diversity Talk pre-conference session with the panelists, and took active role in the #ICA20 SECAC Business Meeting. A happy end-of-term SECAC meeting for Sarah Cho and a welcome warm-hearted session for Lara Schreurs was rendered on the last day of the #ICA20 Virtual Conference (May 26th). 

One’s lack of knowledge about the working tasks can easily be augmented and enhanced through one’s natural leadership traits. Both Lara and Myrene are part of the generation of SECAC Leaders that did not have SECAC prior working knowledge. Nevertheless, the duo shall prove promising! Lara’s strong ethical work practices, her smart ideas, visions, collaborative spirit, focus, and communication skills will truly complement and strengthen what Myrene has to offer during her last year of service to SECAC. Joined and strengthened further by Claire Grall, Muhammad Ittefaq, Cecilia Zhou, and Grazia Murtarelli, SECAC can look through ahead for another productive year!  These four SECAC Members have been making waves as they actively engaged in many of the ICA-SECAC and ICA Division and Interest Groups’ undertakings. 

Meet the 2020-2021 SECAC Power Members


            Muhammad Ittefaq                                                                Grazia Murtarelli




                                                 Cecilia Zhou                                             Clare Grall

If you would like to know more about SECAC and what we do, please feel free to contact us! Send email communication to Myrene Magabo (co-chair of SECAC) at mmagabo07@live.com and to Lara Schreurs (co-chair of SECAC) at lara.schreurs@kuleuven.be.  

Join our conversations at facebook.com/groups/386119558234727  and on Twitter @ICA SECAC. We look forward to meeting you where you are (virtually) and discussing how SECAC could make use of those thoughts and ideas you have.


Sarah Cho, Lara Schreurs, Myrene Magabo, and Muhammad Ittefaq: all smiles during the May 26, 2020 Transition Meeting. This is Sarah’s last day as SECAC Co-Chair while Lara begins her first day as SECAC Co-Chair.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 6, 2020


Book Announcement: Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization

Kurt Braddock, braddock@american.edu

Cambridge University Press, available May 28, 2020

Strengthen your understanding of the persuasive mechanisms used by terrorist groups and how they are effective in order to defeat them. Weaponized Words applies existing theories of persuasion to domains unique to this digital era, such as social media, YouTube, websites, and message boards to name but a few. Terrorists deploy a range of communication methods and harness reliable communication theories to create strategic messages that persuade peaceful individuals to join their groups and engage in violence. While explaining how they accomplish this, the book lays out a blueprint for developing counter-messages perfectly designed to conquer such violent extremism and terrorism. Using this basis in persuasion theory, a socio-scientific approach is generated to fight terrorist propaganda and the damage it causes.

The book is currently available for pre-order through CUP's website (https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/psychology/social-psychology/weaponized-words-strategic-role-persuasion-violent-radicalization-and-counter-radicalization?format=PB) and major retailers like Amazon, The Book Repository, and others.



Book Announcement: Where Ideas Go to Die: The Fate of Intellect in American Journalism

Michael McDevitt, mike.mcdevitt@colorado.edu

Oxford University Press

Ideas die at the hands of journalists. This is the controversial thesis offered by Michael McDevitt in a sweeping examination of anti-intellectualism in American journalism. A murky presence, anti-intellectualism is not acknowledged by reporters and editors. It is not easily measured by scholars, as it entails opportunities not taken, context not provided, ideas not examined. Where Ideas Go to Die (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/where-ideas-go-to-die-9780190869953?cc=us&lang=en&#) will be the first book to document how journalism polices intellect at a time when thoughtful examination of our society's news media is arguably more important than ever.

Through analysis of media encounters with dissent since 9/11, McDevitt argues that journalism engages in a form of social control, routinely suppressing ideas that might offend audiences. McDevitt is not arguing that journalists are consciously or purposely controlling ideas, but rather that resentment of intellectuals and suspicion of intellect are latent in journalism and that such sentiment manifests in the stories journalists choose to tell, or not to tell. In their commodification of knowledge, journalists will, for example, "clarify" ideas to distill deviance; dismiss nuance as untranslatable; and funnel productive ideas into static, partisan binaries.

Anti-intellectualism is not unique to American media. Yet, McDevitt argues that it is intertwined with the nation's cultural history, and consequently baked into the professional training that occurs in classrooms and newsrooms. He offers both a critique of our nation's media system and a way forward, to a media landscape in which journalists recognize the prevalence of anti-intellectualism and take steps to avoid it, and in which journalism is considered an intellectual profession.



Today, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced that Sarah J. Jackson and Duncan Watts have each won a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, one of the most prestigious prizes in the social sciences and humanities, bringing with it a grant of $200,000.

Jackson and Watts are among the 27 scholars nationally to win the award, which supports scholarly research and writing aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order.

With this funding, Jackson will study the role of Black media-makers in the 21st century, and Watts' will research bias and misinformation in the media.

“Both Sarah and Duncan are extremely deserving of this fellowship,” said Annenberg School Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. “They are leaders in their fields, and their respective scholarly pursuits are crucial to our understanding of a fully functioning democracy.”

Read more about the projects Jackson and Watts will pursue.







Bryan Denham, a faculty member at Clemson University, has written the monograph “Magazine Journalism in the Golden Age of Muckraking: Patent Medicines Exposures Before and After the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.” An article about the monograph can be found at the Clemson Department of Communication website. The monograph itself can be found at Sage: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1522637920914979







Book Announcement: Trafficking: Narcoculture in Mexico and the United States


Hector Amaya, hectoram@usc.edu


In Trafficking Hector Amaya examines how the dramatic escalation of drug violence in Mexico in 2008 prompted new forms of participation in public culture in Mexico and the United States. He contends that, by becoming a site of national and transnational debate about the role of the state, this violence altered the modes publicness could take, transforming assumptions about freedom of expression and the rules of public participation.


Amaya examines the practices of narcocorrido musicians who take advantage of digital production and distribution technologies to escape Mexican censors and to share music across the US-Mexico border, as well as anonymous bloggers whose coverage of trafficking and violence from a place of relative safety made them public heroes. These new forms of being in the public sphere, Amaya demonstrates, evolved to exceed the bounds of the state and traditional media sources, signaling the inadequacy of democratic theories of freedom and publicness to understand how violence shapes public discourse.


To learn more about the book and to get a copy, go to: https://www.dukeupress.edu/trafficking







Book Announcement: Hybrid Play: Crossing boundaries in game design, players identities and play spaces


Adriana de Souza e Silva, adriana@souzaesilva.com


Editors: Adriana de Souza e Silva and Ragan Glover-Rijkse


This book explores hybrid play as a site of interdisciplinary activity, one that is capable of generating new forms of mobility, communication, subjects, and artistic expression as well as new ways of interacting with and understanding the world.


The chapters in this collection explore hybrid making, hybrid subjects, and hybrid spaces, generating interesting conversations about the past, current and future nature of hybrid play. Together, the authors offer important insights into how place and space are co-constructed through play; how, when, and for what reasons people occupy hybrid spaces; and how cultural practices shape elements of play and vice versa.


A diverse group of scholars and practitioners provides a rich interdisciplinary perspective, which will be of great interest to those working in the areas of games studies, media studies, communication, gender studies, and media arts.


For more information: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780367855055





Critical Media Effects, Social Science Theorizing, and Legitimizing the Voices of Women of Color

In the context of #ShutDownSTEM, #CommunicationSoWhite and #BlackintheIvory, we (Srividya Ramasubramanian and Omotayo Banjo) share about our new theory: Critical Media Effects Framework – that has been published recently in the Journal of Communication. As women immigrant scholar-moms of color in the U.S. academe, this theory is an offering and invitation to fellow BIPOC Communication social scientists to theorize about our lived experiences. To read the full blog post go to: https://www.drsrivi.com/post/critical-media-effects. To read our work, go to: Ramasubramanian, Srividya & Banjo, Omotayo O. (2020). Critical Media Effects Framework: Bridging Critical Cultural Communication and Media Effects through Power, Intersectionality, Context, and Agency, Journal of Communication, 70(3), 379–400, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqaa014. To access similar publications go to: https://www.drsrivi.com/publications







The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art by Larissa Hjorth, Adriana de Souza e Silva, and Klare Lanson


Adriana de Souza e Silva, aasilva@ncsu.edu


Release date: July 10, 2020


In this companion, a diverse, international and interdisciplinary group of contributors and editors examine the rapidly expanding, far-reaching field of mobile media as it intersects with art across a range of spaces—theoretical, practical and conceptual.


As a vehicle for—and of—the everyday, mobile media is recalibrating the relationship between art and digital networked media, and reshaping how creative practices such as writing, photography, video art and filmmaking are being conceptualized and practised. In exploring these innovations, The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art pulls together comprehensive, culturally nuanced and interdisciplinary approaches; considerations of broader media ecologies and histories and political, social and cultural dynamics; and critical and considered perspectives on the intersections between mobile media and art.


This book is the definitive publication for researchers, artists and students interested in comprehending all the various aspects of mobile media art, covering digital media and culture, internet studies, games studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, media and communication, cultural studies and design.


For more information, check: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Mobile-Media-Art/Hjorth-Silva-Lanson/p/book/9780367197162




Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth is a creative practitioner, digital ethnographer and Director of the Design & Creative Practice ECP Platform at RMIT University. Hjorth has published over 100 publications on mobile media studies—recent publications include Haunting Hands (with Cumiskey 2017), Understanding Social Media (with Hinton, 2nd Edition 2019), Creative Practice Ethnographies (with Harris, Jungnickel and Coombs 2020) and Ambient Play (with Richardson 2020).


Professor Adriana de Souza e Silva is the Director of the Mobile Gaming Research Lab at the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. de Souza e Silva is the co-editor and co-author of several books, including Net-Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (with Gordon 2011), Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces: Control, Privacy, and Urban Sociability (with Frith 2012), Mobility and Locative Media: Mobile Communication in Hybrid Spaces (with Sheller 2014) and Hybrid Play (with Glover-Rijkse 2020).


Klare Lanson is a performance poet and artist researcher. Recent collaborative and interdisciplinary art projects are #wanderingcloud (2012–2015), Commute (2013–2016) and mobile art ethnography TouchOn/TouchOff (2017). Publications include Digital Cultures & Society (2019), Min-a-rets Poetry Journal (2018), thephonebook.com (2002), Cordite Poetry Review, Overland Journal and Realtime Arts, and she was also co-editor of the 40-year-old Australian literary anthology Going Down Swinging.






Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando Appointed Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies of Daystar University

Daystar University has appointed ICA BMAL for Africa; the Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, with effect from 15th June 2020. Her vision for the Directorate is to steer Daystar into a research-oriented University.  This vision is embedded in her mission, namely, “to develop scholars through mentorship programs - for staff, faculty and postgraduate students - that demystify (scientific) research and publications.” She hopes that in the next three years, she will have managed to “adjust” the core functions of Daystar University to: research, teaching & Community service, in that order. The aim is to have research inform teaching and Community service. “Research makes a university active and visible. And that is my focus,” she notes. Lando acknowledges that she cannot manage to achieve this single-handedly, and so, she looks towards her ICA links. “As I seek external collaborations and partnerships, my focus is on ICA colleagues who are interested in collaborating with the global south in research and postgraduate studies.” Lando also thanks ICA for forming her, exposing her to new experiences in high-end conferences and networks that majorly contributed to her appointment. “I cannot forget or leave ICA!” She notes. 



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