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Student Column: Student Reps Report Back From the Midyear Board Meeting in San Diego

Posted By Charlotte Löb, U of Mannheim, Thursday, February 2, 2017

The New Year has arrived surprisingly fast – as it always seems to – and with it the midyear board meeting, which was held this year in San Diego instead of Washington DC. As your two elected Student and Early Career Representatives (and as such members of the board), Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa) and I took part in this extensive meeting over two days. We participated in discussions deciding ICA’s future course of action and raised student and early career issues whenever it was necessary. It was a great experience for both of us to attend this meeting and an opportunity to learn more about the mechanisms and politics of this unique organization.

During the meeting we discussed two important issues concerning the work of the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) and all student and early career members, which I would like to tell you about in this column.

Student Representation Strengthened Within the Organization
One significant issue to which I’ve dedicated my term as a Student and Early Career Representative is the student representation within ICA. Within the organization two strands of student/early career representation have recently evolved: (A) the Student and Early Career Representatives who are elected by ICA members and who work together with a designated SECAC in order to organize ICA annual conference events such as the Student and Early Career Reception, Blue Sky Workshops addressing questions and issues relevant to students and early career scholars, etc. (B) Many Divisions and Interest Groups (IG) have elected or nominated Student and Early Career Division Representatives who serve the individual needs of the young researchers within their divisions/IGs, provide the officers with feedback, and support their own initiatives for their academic offspring.

During the 2016 annual conference at Fukuoka, Japan the SECAC held its first business meeting, inviting all Student and Early Career Division Representatives to the meeting as well. Thus we finally combined these two strands of student representation within ICA. A second milestone was the restructuring of the SECAC. Starting with the 67th annual conference of ICA in San Diego the SECAC members rotating off the committee will be replaced by Student and Early Career Division Representatives. With this rule in place the two strands of student representation will remain connected in the future.

The last step towards consolidating the development of student representation for now was decided on during the midyear board meeting in San Diego. Thanks to the groundbreaking work of my predecessor François Allard-Huver, who raised the issue a couple of times during his term, we succeeded in promoting this effort: During the midyear board meeting Tamar and I proposed to change ICA’s organizational bylaws in order to make it obligatory for each division and IG to have a Student and Early Career Division Representative. Our proposition was accepted and we are very happy that ICA takes the role of students and early careers within the organization very seriously.

SECAC Takes a More Active Role in Integrating “First Timers”
Another issue raised during the meeting was the question of how the feeling of ‘community’ within ICA could be strengthened. Integrating new members and first time attendees to the annual conference is an important part of this issue. The task force that addressed this issue during the last months suggested that the SECAC is taking the lead on integrating student and early career scholars into ICA. As this is a central aspect of our work we will enthusiastically take on this responsibility.

Currently we are discussing various routes: One proposal that came up during the midyear board meeting is a so-called conference “buddy system.” The idea is that every first-time student/early career attendee could sign up for the program and be assigned to a more experienced student/early career member “buddy” who serves as a contact person for the new attendee and who mentors him or her so that he or she can make the best out of the conference. Another idea the SECAC discussed during our recent Skype meeting was holding a “first-timers” breakfast during the conference. To us this seems a perfect opportunity for first-time attendees who are not coming from big institutions and are not accompanied by various more experienced scholars from their home institution to get in touch with other students and early career members in an informal way. Of course, this is also a good way of conveying your wishes and needs to the SECAC and the representatives from your divisions/IGs.

As you can see, we are currently jugging with different ideas and concepts of how to approach this issue. If you have any ideas or are aware of such programs in your own division/IG or from other organizations we would be very happy if you could let us know! Please contact Tamar Lazar (tamar@tamarlazar.co.il) or me (charlotte.loeb@gmail.com).

Preview on the Conference Location – San Diego
Besides attending the meeting, Tamar and I took the chance to take a look around downtown San Diego. We are very happy to report back that the Gaslamp Quarter – the oldest part of downtown San Diego – is only a few minutes away from the Hilton Bayfront hotel and easily accessible by foot. There you can find all kinds of restaurants, bars, and breweries serving drinks, coffee, and food from all around the world to reasonable prices, especially during lunch time.

Currently, we are also looking into the option of having our famous Student and Early Career Reception in one of those bars – at the moment we cannot promise anything, but we will definitely try!

For all of you who had a great time at the baseball stadium in Fukuoka last year – you will have the opportunity to repeat this experience in San Diego.Within five minutes’ walk you will reach the Petco Park – the home of the famous San Diego Padres.

As you can see, San Diego looks like a wonderful place to have a conference. I hope to meet many of you during our various events dedicated to student/early career members. Be sure to mark them in your personal conference program!

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Our Vision: Statement From the New Editors of Communication, Culture and Critique

Posted By Laurie Ouellette, U of Minnesota & Sarah Banet-Weiser, U of Southern California, Thursday, February 2, 2017
We are thrilled to serve as the new editors of Communication, Culture and Critique. Our aim is to provide an international forum for critical research in communication, media, and cultural studies. We welcome high-quality research and analyses that place questions of power, inequality, and justice at the center of empirical and theoretical inquiry. CCC seeks to bring a diversity of critical approaches (political economy, feminist analysis, critical race theory, postcolonial critique, cultural studies, queer theory) to bear on the role of communication, media, and culture in power dynamics on a global scale. 

CCC is especially interested in critical scholarship that engages with emerging lines of inquiry across the humanities and social sciences. We seek to explore the place of mediated communication in current topics of theorization and cross-disciplinary research (including affect, branding, posthumanism, labor, temporality, ordinariness, and networked everyday life, to name just a few examples). In the coming years, we anticipate publishing special issues on these themes. 

Questions and concerns of globalization and transnationalism grow even more urgent in an age of the global digital network society. CCC welcomes international scholarship that theorizes mediated communication as part of a series of migratory and mobile circuits, markets, cultures, and connections that complicate conventional maps of state boundaries and the geography of disciplines. This includes scholarship on global marketing and cultural dynamics, and the extent to which these dynamics are increasingly unsettled by shifting flows of culture and capital. 

CCC seeks to understand and interrogate the changing mediascape and its place in global societies. However, we are less interested in the rhetorical analysis of singular texts or the properties of any particular medium than we are in the complex role of media culture in wider historical, economic, cultural, and political dynamics. At the same time, digital media convergence and emerging practices (such as the rise of #blacklivesmatter and other forms of hashtag activism) present a crucial context for scholars to evaluate and historicize the present moment. Such developments often require us to re-evaluate and retheorize media as objects and agents of political change, and CCC welcomes innovative scholarship and commentary in this vein.

Currently, we have a large backlog of accepted manuscripts. However, we are looking forward to reviewing new work and plan to intersperse this with material accepted by the previous editor in the coming year.

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 2, 2017



2017 will be the inaugural year for the JS Division Book Award. This award honors a book published in the previous five calendar years (between January 1 and December 31). The selection committee judges each nominated book on several criteria: 1) the importance of the problem it addresses to the journalism studies division; 2) the relevance of the topic to the field of communication as a whole; 3) the quality of writing and argument; 4) the strength of evidence it presents.

The committee, consisting of Thomas Hanitzsch, Chris Peters, David Ryfe, and Barbie Zelizer (Chair), will consider all nominated books, available book reviews, reputation of the publisher, and any other submitted evidence regarding the book's quality from independent sources, along with nominating letters and its own assessment of the nominated books. Authors must be current members of ICA and the Journalism Studies Division. Most award-winning books address a scholarly audience, but books aimed at a general readership while satisfying the criteria for the prize are also eligible. Textbooks, handbooks and edited collections are not eligible, and books may be nominated only once. Self-nominations are not accepted.

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines of the ICA (http://www.icahdq.org/about_ica/awards/generalnomination.asp). The following requirements also apply to this award: 1) Nominating letters must specify why the book should receive the award, assess the importance of the book to both the Journalism Studies Division and to ICA, and demonstrate the quality of its writing, argument and evidence; 2) The packet should include copies of all available evidence of the book's quality from independent sources, such as reviews.

Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for five copies to be shipped to ICA Headquarters (see address on web page, please ensure the packet is marked “ICA Journalism Studies Division Book Award Nomination”). The deadline for nomination is 15 March 2017.


The Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) announces its 2017 Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Journal Article of the Year Award. The award competition is open to authors whose articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals in the year 2016. The winner will be announced during the division’s business meeting at the ICA conference in San Diego in May 2017.

To qualify for the award, articles must have been published in English language peer-reviewed journals and have made a substantial contribution to our under-standing of the ever-changing role of journalism in societies. Articles must be nominated by a third person. The Award Committee does not accept self-nominations. The Committee particularly encourages journal editors to nominate articles that they deem outstanding. At least one author must be an ICA member (but needs not be a member of the Journalism Studies Division). Nominated articles must have been published in English language in peer-reviewed journals. If the journal is not listed in ISI, evidence of the peer-review system must be supplied by the nominator.

The nominated article must have been published in a 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal. Final electronic versions of accepted articles that are produced by the publisher will be accepted only in cases where the last issue of the year has not yet been printed or delivered. Articles published ahead of print are not eligible. The nominator must supply a pdf version of the published article and an explanation, no more than 250 words, of why the article deserves the Award. The deadline for nomination is 1 February 2017. Submissions should be sent to the Award Committee Chair, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, wahl-jorgensenk@cardiff.ac.uk.



This annual prize recognizes and rewards doctoral dissertation research that explains, enlightens, inspires, and improves the practice and study of journalism and communication. The winning dissertation should seek and reveal new insights, and reinforce the Journalism Studies Division’s stated aims for “scholarly effort that advances our understanding of how journalism works; and helps clarify, define and question core ideas in our field, such as news, media and journalism.” The award is named after Gene Burd, Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas, who endowed it to help reinforce the Journalism Studies Division’s purpose in supporting scholarly work that advances our understanding of journalism. The award is open to a diversity of methods and topics within journalism studies.

Amount of prize: $1,000, made possible through the generous support of Gene Burd and the Urban Communication Foundation.

The nominated work must have been completed and defended within the two years prior to the award year (e.g., 2015/2016 for the award in 2017). All application materials must be in English. Each nomination should include: 1) an 8-10 page summary of the dissertation with no author-identifying information, addressing a) the problem addressed by the work; (b) its theoretical framework; (c) the method used; (d) key findings; (e) and a statement explaining its contribution to journalism studies; 2) a copy of the full doctoral dissertation (author-identifying information should be included); and 3) two supporting letters from faculty mentors. One of these letters must be a nomination from the graduate student’s degree advisor that includes a statement articulating the impact of the nominated dissertation and its contribution to the field of journalism studies. All materials must be submitted as PDF files.

The nomination period closes 15 February 2017. Please send PDF nomination materials via email to the chair of the selection committee, Adrienne Russell (adrienne.russell09@gmail.com).


The International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award honors internationally-oriented books that advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the linkages between news media and politics in a globalized world in a significant way. It is given annually by the International Journal of Press/Politics and sponsored by SAGE Publications.

The award committee will judge each nominated book on several criteria, including the extent to which the book goes beyond analyzing a single case country to present a broader and internationally-oriented argument, the significance of the problems addressed, the strength of the evidence the book relies on, conceptual innovation, the clarity of writing, and the book’s ability to link journalism studies, political communication research, and other relevant intellectual fields.

Books published within the last ten years will be considered. Monographs as well as edited volumes of exceptional quality and coherence will be considered for the award. (Books by current members of the award committee are ineligible and committee members will recuse themselves from discussion of books by members of their own department, works published in series that they edit, etc.). The nomination must specify why the book should receive the award by outlining the importance of the book to the study of news media and politics and by identifying its international contribution and relevance. Please include links to or copies of relevant reviews in scholarly journals. Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for three hard copies to be sent by February 15 to the Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 13 Norham Gardens, OX2 6PS, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Nominations including a rationale of no more than 350 words should be emailed by February 15 to Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at rasmus.nielsen@politics.ox.ac.uk.



Dear Members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group,

We are thrilled to publish the call for applications for our new Emerging Scholars Research Grant!

You find all the details below or in a pdf version through this link: https://goo.gl/cVpK9P
Please share this with emerging scholars who might be interested!




Emerging Scholars Research Grant

Applications are welcomed for the inaugural ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group Emerging Scholar Research Grant. The MCIG Research Grant Committee will review applications and select a winner of a $500 grant to support a specific research project. The winner will be announced at the MCIG business meeting at the ICA annual conference in San Diego in May 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

·         The project should be relevant to the field of Mobile Communication and to the MCIG of ICA.

·         Only one proposal per person will be considered. If you submit as part of a team, that is the only proposal you may submit.

·         The competition is limited to submitters whose ICA and MCIG memberships are current.

·         The committee seeks proposals from a diverse set of emerging scholars, which we define to include advanced graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other early-career scholars and professors.

Submission Contents

A Project Summary should total no more than 3 pages, single-spaced. It should provide 1) author’s contact information; 2) an overview of the study, stressing the importance of the topic and the fit within MCIG. This section should include the research questions and hypotheses, and description of where the project is situated with mobile communication literature; 3) description of proposed methods; 4) summary of anticipated contribution of the project to the field; and 5) explanation of how the $500 grant will be used to accomplish the goals of the project (The committee recommends that applicants link the use of the grant funds toward data collection and related needs).

Also include a 2-page summary of current Curriculum Vita (emphasizing research accomplishments, academic rank/experience, and progress in your education or career as applicable) and a 1-page Recommendation Letter from a supervisor or colleague that supports the submitter’s project.

Submission Deadline

Submit the Project Summary, CV, and Recommendation Letter together as attachments in a single email by 29 April, 2017, 23:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC, GMT).

PDF files should be submitted electronically to the Research Grant Committee Chair, Jason Martin (jmart181@depaul.edu). Please place "MCIG Emerging Scholar Research Grant" in the email subject field.

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 2, 2017

CFP ASAP/9: The Arts of the Present Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
26-28 October 2017
Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley at the Oakland Marriott City Center

ASAP/9 invites proposals from scholars and artists addressing the contemporary arts in all their forms since the 1960s—literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, and digital. We are interested in work across disciplines and media that examine the formal, cultural, social, and political dimensions of the arts today. 

  • What roles can we imagine for the arts in relation to forms of social action and political resistance now? 
  •  What conditions of risk and precarity inform contemporary artistic practice, reception, and community?
  •  What sense of the world at various scales—global, local, national, and more—can we discover in the particular sites and wider networks that define the arts today?
  •  What defines the environments and ecologies of the present, and how do we understand the duration and futurity of human action over time?
  •  What flows of people, capital, and power shape the arts today, and how do experiences of migration and displacement register in national and transnational contexts?
  •  What technologies, genres, platforms, or systems distinguish the contemporary arts, and what media archaeologies do we discover in the material histories of the present?
  •  What performances of affect, attention, and fandom characterize the arts of the present, and how do different modes of distribution (serial, streaming, viral) address their audiences?

Proposals assessing the current place and past legacies of the Bay Area in the arts are especially welcome, as well as those considering comparative, hemispheric or transpacific figures, movements, and formations with Bay Area connections. The program committee is interested in sessions that explore the recent histories of activism, protest, innovation, and change that have long distinguished the communities of Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, California, and the Pacific Rim.

Participants are encouraged to think as broadly and imaginatively as possible about the intersections between and among the contemporary arts and their institutions, economies, policies, and traditions. Proposals may focus on individual artists, writers, designers, composers, or performers; they may consider artistic movements, collectives, and local scenes, including those online, or underground; they may discuss any theoretical, intellectual, or aesthetic formation that figures in the world of the arts as we know them now.

SESSION FORMATS: We welcome and encourage creative and alternative presentational styles, alongside traditional papers and panels. Seminars, workshops, panel debates, artist discussions, films, installations, visual displays, and PechaKucha sessions will all be considered.

Seminar leaders are asked to propose topics by the deadline and to submit the full roster of participants by April 22, 2017. Seminars normally meet for a single session, and papers are circulated among participants in advance of the conference.



QUESTIONS AND HELP: asap9berkeley@gmail.com


NEW: MA/MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) – for entry in September 2017 

Applications are now open for a new and unique two-year programme which enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK’s media capital, and one year at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – the top-ranked university on the African continent with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.

The Ma/MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and the University of Cape Town) aims to provide:

  • critical exploration of mediation in the global context, examining processes of globalisation in relation to organisation, production, consumption and representation in media and communications;

  • the opportunity to study a range of courses, flexibly tailoring the programme to develop specialist interests, culminating in an independent research project on a topic in global media and communications at LSE and a further dissertation or creative media production at UCT;

  • preparation for high-level employment in media and communications related professions anywhere in the world;

  • the opportunity to carry out an internship in Cape Town.

Students on this degree will be trained to examine the intersection of media and globalisation from an African vantage point. They will gain an understanding of global media and communications in an African context and African media and communications in a global context. 

General information about the new programme:


Detailed course information about Year One at LSE:


Detailed course information about Year Two at UCT:


How to apply:


Financial support for all students:


Financial support for African students:

Two LSE Master’s Awards (LMA’s) are earmarked for African offer holders on the MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT). Offer holders should be African residents and preference is given to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The awards cover the first year of study at LSE, are means tested and up to the value of full fees and living costs at £1,200 per month. Please note that further announcements on financial support may be made, including regarding students’ second year in Cape Town:


Other financial support for African students:


For general enquiries about the admissions process, please email: media@lse.ac.uk

For further details about LSE programme content, please contact Dr Wendy Willems, (w.willems@lse.ac.uk)

For further details about UCT programme content, please contact Dr Wallace Chuma (wallace.chuma@uct.ac.za) 

The Faculty of the International and Intercultural Communication Doctoral Program at the University of North Dakota invite graduate applicants for Fall 2017.

The intent of the Ph.D. program is to graduate students with scholarly competencies enabling them to assume roles as intellectual leaders in international and intercultural communication as well as public intellectuals stimulating discussion of significant communication issues.

Program is accepting applications from those with master’s or bachelor’s degrees with interest in advanced study in communication. Submit complete applications by January 15, 2017 for priority review. Applications will be reviewed until April 15, 2017 for our Fall 2017 graduate cohort.

For more information about the program go to http://arts-sciences.und.edu/communication/

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A Message About the New Website

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, January 9, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2017

If you have navigated to www.icahdq.org you’ll see a brand-new look for our site! Over the holidays, ICA staff diligently worked to migrate member data and content over to a new vendor. With the new look comes some new features and new ways to access information. Here’s a rundown and some things to look out for.

My Profile

Once logged into the site (at the top or bottom of the homepage) you can manage your profile in the My Profile and Manage Profile sections (essentially replacing taking over for what was called My ICA). Here you’ll be able to edit your bio, see what Divisions you belong to, select what kind of correspondence you wish to receive, and choose set what information you wish to set as private or active in the member directory.

If you are not an active member you will not be able to access all information until you renew. If you believe your membership is active and it does not reflect that when logging in, contact membership@icahdq.org.

Division and Interest Group Pages

You’ll find that the section pages have changed significantly. Once on a group page that can be navigated from the homepage dropdown Groups>Divisions or Groups>Interest Groups, you’ll see the navigation is not across the top like the old site. You’ll have to select the green + sign for Directory and Features. This will show you all the pages and features that each respective section contains.



The journals page remains the same. However, we are still in the process of connecting our data for access to the journals.We ask for your patience as each publisher updates our script for access.

Paper Management System

The All Academic site is closed until 17 January when paper acceptance notifications have gone out. If you are not an administrator on the account, you will not be able to log in now.


Once the site is open, you will see that things are a bit different. On the old site the link would automatically log you in to All Academic; the API no longer allows for this feature. Clicking on the Paper Management System link will get you to ICA’s All Academic site, where you then will have to log in again using your ICA credentials to enter the site. If you have forgotten your password, click Sign In>Forgot your password? on the ICA site. Updating your password on our site will update it on All Academic as well.


Please be sure that you are using the smaller log-in field on the right-hand side of the screen, not the larger "Guest Log-In" field on the left.

Once the site reopens on 17 January, it should not matter if you are a member or a paper submitter to log into the ICA All Academic site. If you do have credential problems, contact membership@icahdq.org.

Registering for the Annual Conference

We will have a new store for conference registration going live on 17 January. This store is different from our old site and has some extra steps that might seem cumbersome at first. There is a three-step selection process for registration. You will:

  1. Select your tier
  2. Enter in your contact information (this will automatically populate over from your data if you are already a member). It must match the tier you selected.
  3. Select the events you wish to attend from a list that includes Main Conference Registration, Special Events and Excursions, and Pre/Postconferences.

As always, we are here to help you in any way we can to make this transition easier. There are some bumps we will encounter as we find data flaws or broken links, but please bear with us as we work to streamline the site.

Kind regards,

John Paul Gutierrez

Associate Executive Director


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Listening as Method

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President-Elect, McMaster U, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


In my work as a scholar, I engage in a lot of community-based and network projects, and attend many conferences in which there is much diversity of peoples and difference of opinion. The recent U.S. election and our attempts to make sense of it have brought me to value, more than ever, the principle of listening, to aid me in framing my research and scholarship. It also seems to me a useful guiding principle as we head toward ICA San Diego 2017.

Conferences can be exhausting and travel to and fro can become a chore. Last weekend however, I rallied my energy to attend the National Women's Studies Association, in Montreal. At NWSA, we are largely indigenous, women of colour, and queer (LGBTQ) and our leadership and our plenaries reflect that diversity. Meeting only 2 days after the U.S. election, as you might expect, the NWSA panels and plenaries were full of speakers with strong assessments of where we are in North America and globally-- politically, culturally, sociologically.

As academics, we are trained to be quick to assess, comprehend and respond to our fellow colleagues with agility, incisiveness and care. Perhaps we are less well trained to listen. At NWSA last weekend, I made a concerted decision to talk less and listen more. I attended panels hosted by indigenous women and learned new methods for employing indigenous concepts, for example, framing the land, itself, as method. I learned there was a method for capturing and reading data known as indigenous statistics. Elsewhere I learned that one necessarily works in collaboration with the fishing community when doing environmental scholarship in Newfoundland-- because fishing people will approach you, assuming their knowledge is needed. This kind of listening can productively flip our assumptions of what constitutes knowledge and what makes for discursive exchange.

This week, in a planning meeting with antiviolence research partners, the question of how to talk about "community" was raised. My collaborator noted that academics often position ourselves in binaries-working "with" a community, to which we do not assume we belong. Community is the whole group, for this leader, engaging in discussions that are sometimes fraught, and always benefit from pausing and self-reflexivity. Simple concept- not always easy to manifest when many of us are accustomed to being "positioned" in the university.

"Positioning," as we know, can cut us off from rigorous dialogue with people whom we read as different. Placing one's self within expansive communities of difference challenges any of us. Pausing offers the opportunity to consider where we stand, and how we are listening. At ICA San Diego, this could mean attending sessions at other divisions or even a preconference that is of interest, but not necessarily within one's research expertise. In the coming year, and especially through our ICA research, division, and conference meetings, I am thinking hard about the crucial method of listening and how it might productively, and radically, alter our usual practices.

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ICA New Website and Database Update

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ICA is still building and prepping for our migration to a new site and database. This is a crucial time in making sure everything is ready to be migrated as accurately as possible. As mentioned in a previous newsletter article, make sure you take some proper steps to download past receipts and any information you want to enter into the new system that may be lost in the migration. We expect a smooth data upload, but want to make sure our bases are covered.

It is highly recommended that you renew your membership prior to the mid December migration in order to maintain an active status as a member, and update your username and password to reflect the security changes of having a username of at least four characters (and no longer your Member ID).

Now the fun part. The site is still a work in progress but the homepage will look very similar to this:

New Site

Other big changes will be the layout of the newsletter and Division pages (Groups in our new system) that will be laid out in more of a blog format. And your member portal (formerly My ICA) will look like this:


Your profile page will look like this:


Please be aware that some website info may be missing at the transition, access to the journals may be down for a bit, and the link to All Academic will be down for a few hours. Hold tight as we continue to migrate content over and iron out any unforeseen difficulties. If you are ever in need of information just send us an email at icahdq@icahdq.org.

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President's Column: Being Better, Doing Better

Posted By Peng Hwa Ang, ICA President, Nanyang Technological U, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This was not a column that I had originally intended to write. But events have since transpired so that thinking about the role of citizenship has made me think about how we as academic citizens might handle the issues that have arisen recently.

I refer to the populist wave across the world against globalization. It is maddening and saddening to see minorities verbally and physically intimidated and attacked. Such conduct, not just in the USA but in many parts of the world, runs against what from rigorous research and scholarship we know to be good for us all.

I am reminded of the book by Amy Chua (of theBattle Hymn of the Tiger Motherbook fame) who earlier wroteDay of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Dominance and Why They Fall(2009). In her study, she makes the case that empires on the rise are more tolerant of minorities, in fact using captives to rule over and lead their own people.

This value of diversity is one reason I am so enthusiastic for what we in the ICA are doing. We remain committed to going international and global.Morethan ever, notless. We have now held an ICA-linked conference in every continent save Antarctica. We are holding our flagship event, the annual conference, more frequently all over the globe. We seek exchange with others and find virtue in such contacts at the scholarly, social, and personal level; they make us better scholars and people. To me, this global outreach signals that our communication world is on the rise.

The message about globalization, however, is not immediately obvious or intuitive. It is in fact a difficult message to decipher.

What should we do?

I think that as media and communication scholars, we should continue doing what we are best at doing: teaching, research, and service in the area of media and communication. But we should not be naive.

The media tend to be blamed in such times of stress. It is difficult to find people to support the media. (Actually it is difficult to find people to support the media any time. When did you last hear: Look at the wonderful job the media are doing?)

We need to do it better.

We need to do research better-with theories more robust-so that we can understand the extent to which group or personal identity, or the "echo chamber effect" or the media may have played a part. Sessions are being planned to discuss these issues, highlighting the central role we as researchers can have in better understanding our world.

We need to teach our students that it is at such times that the right to freedom of expression, when severely tested globally, is even more important and precious. In our currently unpopular idea of globalization lie the seeds for our recovery and growth.

We need to serve our community better in being peacemakers and peacekeepers. After all, the goal of what we do-research, teaching and service-is to make our corner of the world a better place. The conference theme "Interventions: Communication Research and Practice" could not be more relevant.

No matter how daunting the challenges may loom before us, we should never feel powerless. In our Association are the mental firepower and prowess that can do much good.

We can and should aim to make our little corner of the world a little brighter.

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Call for Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Call for Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops

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).

In order to enable as many fruitful discussions as possible, proposals will not be peer-reviewed; they will instead simply be assigned a room and timeslot by the work team. In case the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected randomly for room assignment. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.

Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop?

Anyone may propose a BSW, and anyone may attend a BSW. 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 for the program.

When are proposals due?

Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted until 30 December 2016 to Paula Gardner, ICA President-Elect (gardnerp@mcmaster.ca), with CC to Laura Sawyer, Executive Director (lsawyer@icahdq.org) and Jennifer Le, Manager of Conference Services (jle@icahdq.org).

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ICA to Offer Childcare in San Diego

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Raising a child while juggling your education or your academic career can be difficult. Likewise, trying to find care for your child(ren) in order to attend conference can be expensive and stressful: Many of us have been in the "do I leave them home? Do I bring them but fly in a grandparent too? Do I just skip this year because it's too expensive to do anything else?" quandary. In order to preserve access for academic parents, ICA is pleased to announce that we will provide childcare for the children of attendees of the ICA 67th Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. We are partnering with KiddieCorp, a highly respected national company with a 31-year history of providing childcare for conferences and events.

"ICA Kids" will be available for 10 hours each day,Friday through Monday, from 8am to 6pm for children ages 6 months to 12 years. As space is at a premium, we recommend you sign up early in order to reserve your child's space in the program. ICA is subsidizing the cost of childcare for this meeting; childcare is available to attendees' children for US$5 per hour, per child(this is a suggested donation to offset costs, it is not required).

The childcare room will be located on one of the main floors being used for our conference at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, accessible for parents to check in at any time, but out of the way of the hustle and bustle of conference noise. The room is near bathrooms (to which toilet-trained children will be accompanied by a licensed caregiver) and has large (nonopenable) windows to let in natural light.

To preregister (highly recommended), or for more information, please visit:https://jotform.com/KiddieCorp/icakids

We look forward to seeing you-and your children!-in San Diego.

Laura Sawyer
ICA Executive Director


KiddieCorp is pleased to provide a children's program during the 2017 Annual Conference. KiddieCorp is in its thirty-first year of providing high-quality children's programs and youth services to conventions, trade shows and special events. We take caring for your children very seriously. KiddieCorp has enjoyed a long-time partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has helped to establish KiddieCorp as a premier provider of event children's program services.


Activities include exciting themes, arts & crafts, group games, music & movement, board games, story time, dramatic play, etc. We provide activities appropriate for each age group, using safe and sturdy equipment. Children can make their own choices within KiddieCorp's program.


Our goal is to provide your children with a comfortable, safe and happy experience. Our staff to child ratios are high to ensure that every child feels special (1:2 for children ages 6 months through 11 months old; 1:3 for children ages 1 through 2 years old; 1:5 for children ages 3 through 5 years old; 1:7 for children ages 6 through 12 years old). KiddieCorp team members are selected according to their integrity, experience, education and enthusiasm. They must be wonderful with kids! In addition to our selective and competitive hiring process, KiddieCorp remains at the top of the industry by carrying ample liability insurance.


The program is for children ages 6 months through 12 years old. The dates for the program are May 26-29, 2017 and will be located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California. Snacks and beverages will be provided and meals need to be supplied by parents each day. Please note: Medication (including sunscreen) will NOT be administered by KiddieCorp management or staff.


To utilize the International Communication Association children's program, a US $5.00 per hour, per child donation is suggested. A minimum registration of 4 hours, with payment of US $20.00 is required to secure your reservation. Children must be registered for a minimum of two consecutive hours per child for each day registered.

The advance registration deadline is April 28, 2017. Register early as availability is limited and handled on a first-come, first-served basis. KiddieCorp must receive both the registration form and payment to hold any advance reservations. You are also welcome to register on-site; however, there is no guarantee and it is not recommended.


  • KiddieCorp staff does not administer medication. To ensure a safe and fun-filled environment, any child who is ill will not be admitted to the children's program.
  • Please label your child's belongings. We will maintain a lost and found; however, KiddieCorp does not accept responsibility for the loss or theft of any toy, book, or other personal items.
  • For parents with infants, please bring diaper changing supplies, formula/baby food, and a change of clothes.

    KiddieCorp is always available to answer any questions. Feel free to contact KiddieCorp by phone at (858) 455-1718 or by e-mail atinfo@kiddiecorp.com.

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