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Posted By Administration, Monday, July 6, 2020



Outstanding Dissertation 2020

Abdul Rohman (RMIT Vietnam)

The title: Framing, Fiction and the Continuity of Social Movements: The Case of the Ambonese Peace Movement in Indonesia


The committee really enjoyed this dissertation. We found the project to be rigorous, well-written and innovative as Dr. Rohman examined why and how social movements are sustained over time. We also found the topic of the Ambonese Peace Movement to be unique, and Dr. Rohman to be thoughtfully engaged.




Dear ACSJ interest group members,


Before the summer, we would like to say thank you to you and everybody who has supported us during the last, in all respects very challenging year.


The past months not only have meant crucial changes in the ways we teach, research and conference, but also have brought to the fore (again) how important the research of our members is contributing to better understand the ways in which oppression, discrimination, structural violence and institutional racism unfortunately still imbue our academic and civic communities. BLM has also re-actualized the question of how academic research and teaching could and should contribute to social, political, economic and racial justice. We have all witnessed how activist-researchers in many countries have come forth to contribute with their scholarly knowledge and organization skills in order to mobilize communities and share relevant information. We hope that our interest group will continue to work as the vital platform that it is to further these kinds of questions. Do not hesitate in reaching out to our community to discuss, educate, organize and share knowledge, practices and resources.


In this newsletter, we would like to highlight some information that we shared during the virtual business meeting:


ICA submissions and panels

¥       63 submitted papers

¥       13 submitted panels

¥       32 accepted papers (acceptance rate 51%)

¥       5 accepted panels (acceptance rate 39%)

¥       93 reviewers doing a total of 161 reviews (THANK YOU SO MUCH!)


Big thank you to

Dr. Todd Wolfson

ACSJ Vice-Chair and program planner

for managing the review process, selecting submissions, organizing panels, roundtables, poster sessions, & selecting best paper awards


Building Communication Channels

Thanks to Dr. Rosemary Clark-Parsons, ACSJ’s Secretary, for starting an ACSJ e-newsletter and building an ACSJ mailing list.

She has been sending out information to ACSJ members using the e-newsletter and/or mailing list.

Dr. Clark-Parsons also runs ACSJ’s Twitter account.

Please join mailinglist, follow ACSJ on Facebook and Twitter https://twitter.com/AcsjIca


Internationalisation Officer

Dr Paola Sartoretto,

Jönköping University – School of Education and Communication


Outstanding Book Award

Jen Schradie, The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives (Harvard University Press, 2019)


Outstanding Dissertation Award

Abdul Rohman (RMIT Vietnam), Framing, Fiction and the Continuity of Social Movements: The Case of the Ambonese Peace Movement in Indonesia


Best Paper Award

Elisabetta Ferrari, “Visual Focus Groups: Stimulating Reflexive Conversations With Collective Drawing”


Best Student Paper Award

Nomy Bitman, “Reconceptualizing 'Subaltern-Researcher': Interviews as a Conflictual Methodology for a Communication Research D/Deaf Researcher and Participants”






Dear CAM Division Members,

It is hard to believe, but it is that time of year to start thinking about elections for ICA.  We will have 2 items on the ballot this year:  1) CAM Vice Chair, and 2) Proposal to add a new CAM award.

1) Vice Chair candidates.  In order to run for this position, I will need your submission by FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020.  Your submission should contain your name, affiliation, and a statement describing your interests, qualifications, and what you hope to bring to the division.

Candidate statements are limited to one paragraph with 2000 characters (approximately 300 words) and should be submitted in plain text with no special formatting (i.e. no bold, underline, bulleted items) to me by FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020, via email:  Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu

For more details about the role of the Vice Chair, please refer to the division’s by-laws:  https://icacamsite.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bylaws_cam_updated_2017july.pdf

2)  Proposal for a new CAM award.  In addition, the leadership team has discussed some options regarding awards.  We would like to add an award for CAM.  As such, a proposal for a new award will appear on the ballot this fall to amend the bylaws in order to add a new award.  As a preview, please review the following proposal for a CAM ENGAGED RESEARCH AWARD:

Engaged Research Award Proposal

The Engaged Research Award honors a scholar who has made significant contributions in the area of children, adolescents and media through community engaged scholarship.  The successful nomination will have made clear, coherent, and sustained contributions in the areas of community engaged research, teaching and/or service.  Engaged research is associated with discovery of new knowledge and insights in collaboration with community and/or industry partners.  Engaged teaching involves the sharing and transmission of research-based knowledge with audiences through formal or informal activities.  Engaged service is associated with use of research-based expertise to address specific issues or concerns identified by individuals, organizations or communities.  The Award is open to scholars from different backgrounds and disciplinary orientations and who are informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches. The Award is open to ICA members, with preference given to those who have been ICA members for a minimum of 3 years. Membership in the CAM division is encouraged but not required. Members of the Awards Committee may nominate, but nominees cannot serve on the Awards Committee.

A full nomination package should comprise:

1.      A letter of nomination, not to exceed two pages. The letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of engaged work and contributions made in the field of Children, Adolescents, and Media; (b) demonstrate and argue for the influence and impact of the engaged scholarship on the community and/or industry (to that end, a brief statement addressing citation impact is suggested);

2.      Up to three (3) representative examples of the engaged scholarship, but at least one (1) example;

3.      An up-to-date CV for the individual nominated

Please send me any feedback regarding this proposal and, of course, your nominations for the next CAM Vice Chair by Friday, July 24, 2020.

Take care,

Nancy Jennings

Chair, CAM



Hi all,

Hope this email finds you well, healthy, and safe.

This fall, the Communication Law and Policy Division will be electing a new Vice Chair to succeed Christopher Ali, who will move up to chair of our division following ICA in Denver 2021.

The Vice Chair will serve in the role for two years commencing after Denver 2021. After ICA 2023, the Vice Chair will assume the Chair position, and will serve as a representative on the ICA Board of Directors. In total, this position will involve four years of service, from June 2021 until May 2025.

Candidates for the VC position must be active members of ICA.

If you are interested in running for the position of Vice Chair (and getting to work with Chris on ICA 2022 and 2023!) please send a short bio and expression of interest for the office to Christopher Ali (cali@virginia.edu) by Saturday July 26 at 12:00 (NOON) EST. The bio and expression of interest should be no more than 300words or 2000 characters.

Of course, both myself and Jasmine are available should you have any questions about the position, the roles and responsibilities, or the statement of interest.

Sincerely yours,

Christopher Ali

Vice Chair, Communication Law and Policy Division, ICA




Dear CAT members,

We are excited to welcome you to a new ICA CAT term and to introduce ourselves as the new incoming division leadership team! We hope that—despite these difficult times—you are well and had a rewarding experience with this year’s virtual conference. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will be able to meet in person at the next annual conference in Denver, CO: May 27-31, 2021. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions, suggestions, or requests related to the business of our division.

We are very much looking forward to working with you to keep our division as strong as it is! CAT is currently one of the largest and most active divisions at ICA, and we appreciate your trust in us to manage such a complex organization.

With that, we would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to the outgoing CAT leadership team:

Nicole Ellison (Outgoing Chair)

German Neubaum (Outgoing Secretary)

Hsin-yi Sandy Tsai (Outgoing International Liaison)

Chrissy Cook (Outgoing Student Representative)

Homero Gil de Zúñiga (Outgoing Awards Committee Chair)

On behalf of all CAT members, we thank you for your excellent work and continuous dedication to our division. Your tireless commitment and inclusive leadership have made all the activities around CAT rewarding and distinctive in the last years—thank you!

We look forward to connecting with you all over the next years.

Best wishes,

Ran Wei (Chair), Caleb T. Carr (Vice Chair), Anna Sophie Kümpel (Secretary), Natalie Bazarova (International Liaison), Bingjie Liu (Student Representative) & Katy Pearce (Doctoral Consortium Program Director)



Call for Applications: Max Gressly & Florian Fleck Scholarship 2021 at the University of Fribourg

The University of Fribourg’s Department of Communication and Media Research DCM is dedicated to research and teaching in the field of communication and media studies that adheres to the highest international standards. Researchers at the department cover research fields ranging from political communication, journalism, communication management, to communication history, business communication and new media, media systems and media effects. A fund raised by the department’s founding fathers Dr. Max Gressly and Dr. Florian Fleck allows the DCM to offer an International Visiting Scholarship or post-doctoral researchers and non-tenured professors. As a trilingual institution (French, German, English) the University of Fribourg provides a truly international research environment with plenty of opportunities to share ideas. Moreover, visiting scholars can benefit from enriching research opportunities in Switzerland. The remuneration consists of CHF 5.000, permitting a stay of two to three months. Visiting scholars will have the chance to collaborate with established scholars and to contribute to academic discussions at the department.

The scholarship addresses young internationally-orientated scholars who are on a research or a sabbatical leave. The quality of the applicants should be demonstrated by publications in international peer-reviewed journals or by promising ongoing research projects. Priority will be given to applicants from outside of Switzerland focusing on research projects which correspond to the research interests at the DCM.

Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, a statement outlining their research plans and their motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted), copies of degree certificate(s) and an academic letter of recommendation.

Deadline for applications: September 30, 2020

Please send applications by email to: nadege.rives@unifr.ch

For additional information, please contact the Head of the Department of Communication and Media Research, Prof. Dr. Regula Hänggli (regula.haenggli@unifr.ch) or Nadège Rives, administrative assistant (nadege.rives@unifr.ch).



Dear CM Members,

First of all, let me introduce the incoming social media representative, Dr Weiai Wayne Xu, from UMass Amherst. Wayne will be managing CM’s Twitter and Facebook pages. He succeeds Dr Dani Madrid-Morales, who has done a terrific job managing CM social media accounts in the past two years. A heartfelt thank you to Dani and Wayne!

If you missed the social media rep gig, no worries - there are even more opportunities to serve the CM division! The Computational Methods Division is soliciting nominations for (1) Secretary and (2) Student and Early Career (SEC) Representative. Both positions are for a two-year term, beginning in May 2021 (after the Denver conference) and ending in May 2023.


The Secretary prepares and distributes minutes of business meetings to members, acts as editor of the Division’s newsletter, oversees the Division’s website, and communicates with members via the Division’s listserv as needed. The Secretary also assists the Chair and the Vice-Chair in administering business meetings and other division programs.


The SEC Rep represents the Student and Early Career scholars of the Division and must be a student at the time of appointment (May 2021). The SEC Rep participates in the planning and organization of events dedicated to Students and Early Career Scholars during the annual conference, as well as other related activities.

Fine Prints:

-Only active members of both ICA and the Computational Methods Division are eligible for nomination and election.

-Candidates may only run for just ONE elected position across all ICA Divisions and Interest Groups.

-Self-nominations are welcome!

-If you nominate other members, please confirm with the potential nominees they are willing to serve in this role.

-All nominations must include the candidate’s name, email address, and a candidate statement limited to one paragraph with no more than 2000 characters (approximately 300 words).

Please send nominations to Cindy Shen (cuishen@ucdavis.edu), by July 20th 2020.  If you have any questions about these roles and/or the nomination process, please feel free to contact Cindy Shen (chair), Josephine Lukito (jlukito@wisc.edu, current SEC rep), and Matthew Weber (msw@umn.edu, current secretary). 

Thank you for your service to the CM division! I hope everyone is staying safe and well.




ICA ERIC statement of support for our Black colleagues and siblings - June 2020

We write this statement to acknowledge the struggles, challenges and difficulties faced by our Black and Brown colleagues and siblings around the world on an everyday basis. We especially acknowledge with outrage and sorrow the discriminatory practices and instances of injustice they face resulting in humiliation, loss of respect, and ultimately, death, as has been witnessed in the most recent cases of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd in the US. Since its inception, ERIC has sustained its mission of providing a platform for scholarship on, about, and by scholars and activists of color and members of other marginalized and disenfranchised communities. In the face of the tough and tragic realities of social injustice against our Black colleagues, friends and marginalized voices beyond academia, ERIC is even more determined to unequivocally support practices and movements of resistance towards any form of such discrimination and injustice. We will help sustain the conversations about such injustices through promotion of resources that fight such injustice, robustly support anti-racist scholarship and literature, provide meaningful allyship to and diligently promote works of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) colleagues. We will continue to work towards dismantling racism in all forms in the academy that affect BIPOC and other marginalized voices of students, faculty and staff, and expand the conversations to incorporate activism in different forms that support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

In sincere and heartfelt solidarity, 

Sudeshna Roy - Chair

Jason Vincent Cabanes - Vice-Chair

Jordan Stalker - Secretary

Miriam Hernandez - International Liaison

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed - Student & Early Career Representative



Dear FSD members,

I hope this email finds you well and healthy amidst the unfolding global crisis.

FSD member Carolyn Byerly has shared with us a message from the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG). They are trying to raise visibility for Maria Ressa's case and pressure the UNHCR to take action and collecting signatures for a petition.

See detailes below.


Solidarity with journalist Maria Ressa

The Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) joins other press freedom organizations around the world to condemn the convictions of Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr and to affirm the rights of these and other journalists in the Philippines to report freely on the situation of violence, corruption and deteriorating civil liberties in their nation.

GAMAG stands in solidarity with calls for the Philippine courts to abandon these wrongful convictions and to restore these journalists to their professional status, enabling them to work as reporters.

GAMAG appeals to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to exercise necessary pressure on the Government of the Philippines to follow the UN Human Rights Council’s recent recommendation enshrined in the  Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the Philippines, in various context of humans rights violations and in particular in the context of civic space to:

“i. Take confidence-building measures to foster trust with civil society organizations and facilitate their engagement with State institutions mandated to respond to human rights concerns, without reprisal; Halt – and condemn – incitement to hatred and violence and other harmful, threatening and misogynistic rhetoric against human rights defenders and other Government critics – offline and online;

ii. Ensure that the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are respected and protected; Drop politically-motivated charges against human rights defenders, political opponents, journalists and media organizations, legal and judicial officials, trade unionists, church workers, and others; Take legal measures to ensure their protection, particularly following threats, including of gender-based violence; Ensure there are no reprisals against those persons and entities which have engaged with OHCHR for the present report” (p. 17).

GAMAG is a global alliance of individuals and organizations that advocate for gender equality in and through the media, and stands for the democratic freedom of expression for all. 

To sign the petition, go to https://gamag.net/2020/06/25/act-now-for-maria-ressa/



Call for nomination for vice-chair of the Intercultural Communication division of the International Communication Association.

This is a two-year term starting Monday, 31 May 2021 (the last day of the 71st annual conference in Denver, Colorado, U.S.) and ending with the conclusion of the 2023 conference in Toronto, Canada.  The Vice Chair will continue to serve two additional years as Chair (beginning with the end of the Toronto conference and ending with the 2025 conference). 

Vice-chair duties include-

•       Planning the Division program for the annual ICA conference

•       Preparing the Division’s call for the Call for Papers (in consultation with President-Elect Select and Executive Director)

•       Attending the planning meeting at the preceding annual ICA conference

•       Overseeing the process of paper reading and selection, according to the Program Planning Guide

•       Selecting Top Papers, Top Panels, Top Student Papers, Outstanding Reviewer, and prizes, as specified in the Division bylaws and procedures

•       Allocating student travel grants

•       Preparing the Division program according to the planning guide (in conjunction with President-Elect and Executive Director)

•       Awarding conference registration fee waiver/s

•       Overseeing the planning and submission of pre-conference and post-conference activities sponsored by the Division (in conjunction with President-Elect and Executive Director)

•       Planning and convening the social activities of the Division at the annual ICA conference (in concert with the Division chair and Executive Director)

•       Promoting the activities of the Division

•       Actively recruiting members to the Division

If interested in nominating yourself or someone, please send the following information to Soumia Bardhan, Chair, Intercultural Communication Division (soumia.bardhan@ucdenver.edu) by July 21, 2020.

Name, affiliation, email, and candidate statement limited to one paragraph with 2,000 characters (approximately 300 words) - characters in the ICA system means letters, spaces, and punctuation.

Eligibility: Please note that nominees must be a member the Intercultural Communication division; current officers cannot run for their current position; and a candidate can run for only 1 elected position.



Dear Intergroup Interest Group Members:

The Journal of Language and Social Psychology (JLSP) is organizing a special issue that may be of interest to you and your colleagues. The following message is from Howie Giles, the journal's Editor:

Announcing a Special Issue of JLSP


Language, Communication, and Social Psychological Perspectives toward CHANGE and SOCIAL JUSTICE” (preliminary title)

In just the last few weeks, almost the entire world has been rocked, shocked, and saddened by the nature of the passing of George Floyd. Arguably and subsequently, it has brought out both the best in some, and the worst in others. People talk of the death of Mr. Floyd and the aftermath as being the “tipping point” after hundreds of years of social injustice. While some are pessimistic that any significant changes will emerge in the wake of similar events in the past, there are, gratifyingly, some significant and immediate signs of the seeds of change in police reform as well as in addressing institutional racism. The JLSP, IALSP [International Association of Language and Social Psychology], and SAGE wish to foster academic contributions to, and a forum for, the latter.

Hence, I invite nominations (self- or from others) for one or two scholars who would be committed to working with me as Co-Guest Editors on developing the above, including the crafting of a Call for Papers for widespread distribution. In addition, I invite scholars who would be willing to work with us as Members of a Guest Editorial Board not only in reviewing submitted papers, but also assisting in creating our collaborative vision for this enterprise.

If interested, contact: Howie Giles, Editor, Journal of Language & Social Psychology

at: HowieGiles@cox.net



Hi Interpersonal Communication Division members,

We will elect our new vice chair during the annual end-of-summer ICA elections this year! We’re looking for nominations to run for this important office. You must hold a PhD and be a member of the division to run for this position. Interested parties should fill out this quick online form: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d40XuKNW8YN1Wip

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Dear members,

It’s election time at ICA and our LGBTQ Interest Group is looking for new officers to join our team. This year we have openings for the following positions:

-       Co-chair, 4-year post between mid-2021 and mid-2025

-       Secretary, 3-year post between mid-2021 and mid-2024

-       Award Committee members, 2-year posts between mid-2021 and mid-2023 (two openings)

All officers are elected by our members in the popular vote. To candidate, you will have to send your candidate statement to our current co-chairs, Shinsuke Eguchi (seguchi@unm.edu) and Lukasz Szulc (l.szulc@sheffield.ac.uk) by 24 July 2020. The statement should be one paragraph with 2,000 characters, spaces and punctuation included (about 300 words).

Your statement for any of the positions should be not so much a bio but a first-person account of your own career, relationship with ICA, and any plan for what you hope to accomplish if elected. Additionally, we ask you to address how you will contribute to diversify the group in terms of representation, participation, and scholarship. In your statement you should talk about how you would contribute to the group's diversity in terms of:

- the various components of your identity (this does not refer only to gender and sexuality, but could also include things like race, ethnicity, national origin, and other relevant aspects)

- the kinds of research and teaching that you do, and any other relevant activities (e.g. if your scholarship is tied to participation in LGBTQ activism, that's worth mentioning, but it's not a requirement to have that on your resume!)

You can find more information about the positions and eligibility criteria below. You can learn more about our interest group here:  https://www.icahdq.org/group/glbtstudies and you are welcome to email Shinsuke and Lukasz with any questions you have. Current officers are not eligible for their current position.

All the best,

Shinsuke Eguchi and Lukasz Szulc

ICA LGBTQ IG Co-chairs


1 position for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2025

Co-chairing ICA LGBTQ Interest Group is a major leadership position, which involves a variety of tasks, shared between the two chairs, including:

-       oversighting of all ICA LGBTQ IG functions and officers

-       annual conference programming (sessions, business meetings, receptions, etc.)

-       seating on the ICA Board of Directors (BoD) and attending BoD meetings 

-       submitting ICA LGBTQ annual reports

Eligibility criteria:

-       you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)

-       you need to have a PhD

-       you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)


1 position for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2024

The tasks of the ICA LGBTQ Secretary include:

-       assisting co-chairs in administering business meetings

-       preparing and distributing minutes of business meetings to members

-       acting as an editor of the ICA LGBTQ IG’s newsletter

-       overseeing the ICA LGBTQ IG’s website and social media

Eligibility criteria:

-       you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)

-       you DO NOT need to have a PhD (students and early career researchers are welcome!)

-       you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)


2 positions for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2023

ICA LGBTQ Award Committee members are responsible for:

-       deciding about ICA LGBTQ Top Faculty and Top Student Papers

-       deciding about ICA LGBTQ travel grants and conference registration waivers

-       nominating LGBTQ scholarship for ICA-wide awards

Eligibility criteria:

-       you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)

-       you need to have a PhD and be at a more advanced stage of your career

-       you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)



Dear Mass Communication Division Members,

Please access this month's edition of All Things Media by visiting https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/group/7ebb7aea-5c3b-4838-bb35-a1927dc38be3/mass_comm_division_/newsletter_archive/2020/all_things_media_-_jun20.pdf

If you have any news to be included in the July 2020 issue, please email me at meghnaa.tallapragada@temple.edu.

All past editions of the newsletter are available in the archive on the Mass Communication Division site.


Meghnaa Tallapragada



Dear members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group,

We are currently soliciting nominations and self-nominations for the position of Vice-Chair of the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group. This is a key leadership position that provides the individual with the opportunity to help shape and advance the group, the sub-discipline, as well as enable our growing interest group to continue to thrive. The term of the Vice-Chair would begin on the last day of the ICA Annual Conference in Denver, USA, in 2021 and is a four-year commitment serving two years as Vice-Chair and then assuming the position of Chair for two years.

Description and Duties of the Vice-Chair

The Vice-Chair is a member of the interest group’s executive committee. As stated in the Mobile Communication Interest Group ByLaws:

The Vice-Chair shall assist the Chair in administering Section business meetings; participate with the Chair in evaluating the quality of Section convention programs; administer the selection of competitive and noncompetitive papers/programs for conventions and notify contributors and the Association of papers/programs that are selected. The Vice-Chair shall also assist the Chair when requested, and assume the duties of Chair in the event of the latter’s absence, disability, or request.

Perhaps the main task of the Vice-Chair is the planning of the Mobile Communication pre-conference in Paris (2022) and Toronto (2023). Subsequently, as Chair, the individual would have the primary responsibility to plan the Interest Group program for the 2024 (TBD) and 2025 (Honolulu) conferences. 

Desired candidates are active members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group. Candidates must be able to attend the Mobile Communication business meetings at the ICA annual meetings in Denver, USA (2021); Paris, France (2022); Toronto, Canada (2023); TBD (2024); and Honolulu (2025).

Submitting Nominations

Please send your nomination to Lynne Kelly, Chair of the Nominating Committee, by July 10, 2020. Your nomination needs to include the candidate’s CV and a brief statement (no more than 2,000 characters or about 300 words) in support of yourself/the candidate for the position. The  other members of the Nominating Committee are Rich Ling (riseling@gmail.com), Keri Stephens (keri.stephens@austin.utexas.edu), and Jakob Ohme (j.ohme@uva.nl). The committee will review the nominations and select those to put forward in the election process. Only the candidate’s statement is submitted to ICA to be included in the election process. ICA Elections begin on September 1, 2020. If you have further questions about the position or the nomination process, please contact Lynne Kelly (kelly@hartford.edu) or other Nominating Committee members before July 10th.



Dear fellow VCS Division members,

I hope this message finds you all well and healthy. I'm writing you to draw your attention to the election for the new VCS Vice Chair coming up this Fall.

The Vice Chair position is a four year commitment, beginning?with the end of the ICA21 conference (Denver), and ending with the conclusion of the?ICA25 conference (Hawaii). After serving for two years as Vice Chair, the elected candidate will automatically become the Chair for an additional two-year term. The new Vice Chair will be responsible for the VCS Division’s Program Planning for the ICA23 and ICA24 (as Chair) conferences. In addition, the Vice Chair assists the Chair as needed, and assumes the duties of Chair in the event the Chair is unable to fill that role.

We are, then, seeking nominations or self-nominations, accompanied by a 2000-character (letters, spaces and punctuation) - or approximately 300-word - candidate statement including a short bio, and outlining past involvement in the ICA and/or VCS Division, and vision for the Division. Please send (self-)nominations to jelle.mast@vub.be by SUNDAY 26 JULY (hard deadline, no extensions can be granted!).

Statements should be submitted in plain text with no special formatting (i.e. no bold, underline, bulleted items) and should be carefully proofread before submitting.

Please note that only ACTIVE Division members are eligible for nomination/election, and that candidates may ONLY RUN FOR OR HOLD ONE elected position at a time.

The election polls open 1 September and close mid-October. The successful candidate does not officially take office until the last day of the Denver conference in May 2021.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

And stay tuned for the next VCS Newsletter, which will be sent out later this month.

All best,

Jelle Mast

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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 6, 2020

Canadian Communication Policy and Law

With a uniquely Canadian perspective on telecommunications policy, broadcasting, internet regulation, freedom of expression, censorship, defamation, privacy, and more, Sara Bannerman discusses key theories for analysis of law and policy issues—such as pluralist, libertarian, critical political economy, Marxist, feminist, queer, critical race, critical disability, postcolonial, and intersectional theories. From critical and theoretical analysis to legal research and citation, this text encourages deep analytic engagement. To read more, click here.


Call for Contribution Proposals to be considered for the edited volume, Queer TV China

Editor: Dr. Jamie J. Zhao , Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Paper proposal due by July 30, 2020 (500 words with working bibliography and a CV to the editor)

Acceptance notification by August 20, 2020

Final submission due November 30, 2020 (6,000-8,500 words)

For more information, see



The Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition (http://www.gmj.uottawa.ca/) 

Guest Editors 

Faiza Hirji (McMaster University), Sikata Banerjee (University of Victoria), and Rina Verma Williams (University of Cincinnati) 

Special Issue on Bollywood, Power, & Politics





on behalf of Howie Giles, Editor,

Journal of Language & Social Psychology

“THE LEGACY OF GEORGE FLOYD: Language, Communication, and Social Psychological Perspectives toward CHANGE and SOCIAL JUSTICE” (preliminary title)

In just the last few weeks, almost the entire world has been rocked, shocked, and saddened by the nature of the passing of George Floyd. Arguably and subsequently, it has brought out both the best in some, and the worst in others.  People talk of the death of Mr. Floyd and the aftermath as being the “tipping point” after hundreds of years of social injustice.  While some are pessimistic that any significant changes will emerge in the wake of similar events in the past, there are, gratifyingly, some significant and immediate signs of the seeds of change in police reform as well as in addressing institutional racism.  The JLSP, IALSP, and SAGE wish to foster academic contributions to, and a forum for, the latter.

Hence, I invite nominations (self- or from others) for one or two scholars who would be committed to working with me as Co-Guest Editors on developing the above (& have some editorial experiences), including the crafting of a Call for Papers for widespread distribution.  In addition, I invite scholars who would be willing to work with us as Members of a Guest Editorial Board not only in reviewing submitted papers, but also assisting in creating our collaborative vision for this enterprise.  In both cases, we especially welcome the participation of our African American colleagues.

If interested, contact Howie Giles at: HowieGiles@cox.net


Friday, October 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm (EST)




Evolving norms for communication research: The costs and benefits of a culture of transparency




The knowledge that we generate about human communication is always evolving. Yet, this implicit evolution is not always reflected in the ways in which we train for and engage in human communication scholarship. Advances in communication technology have paired with concerns over the veracity of what we "know" about communication in recent calls to amend, update, and extend what we publish and share with each other.


For example, communication conferences and journals are already encouraging open science practices designed to make scholarship more transparent by asking scholars to share research materials and even study data with the broader community. In his keynote, Dr. Bowman will discuss and explain these emerging open science practices broadly and discuss their implications for communication scholarship. Best practices and key concerns will be explored, and the session will conclude with an interactive question and answer session for how we can integrate open science practices into our teaching, research, and service practices.


Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm (EST)


Dr. Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University




Spatial debilities: Slow life and carceral capitalism in Palestine




There has been much written on the forms of control enacted in the splintering occupation of Palestine, in particular regarding mobility, identity, and spatiality, yet this vast scholarship has presumed the prominence of the abled-body that is hindered through the infrastructures of occupation. In this lecture I examine the splintering occupation in relation to disability and the spatial distribution of debilitation, highlighting the logistics of border crossings and movement in the West Bank in relation to disability rights frameworks. I argue two things: one, that the creation of what Celeste Langan terms "mobility disabilities" through both corporeal assault and infrastructural and bureaucratic means are not only central to the calculus of the occupation, but importantly, linked logics of debilitation; and two, that these calibrations of various types of movement are forms of  carceral containment and enclosure that render specific stretchings of space and time, what we could call slow life.


Conference fees are waived for undergraduate, graduate, and adjunct faculty. Also, our unique program at the virtual conference of NYSCA 2020 includes Dr. Nicholas David Bowman's free short course titled “Updating the Undergraduate Mass Communication Curriculum with an Entertainment Media Course”, sponsored by Kendall Hunt (KH) for graduate students and adjunct faculty, and without any additional cost to faculty membership at our early-bird price in the amount of $50 : http://www.nyscanet.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/POS_AU_Presentation_Final.pdf 


 For further inquiries about submissions, contact NYSCA VP and Conference Planner, Noura Ahmad Hajjaj (SUNY New Paltz) at nysca2020@gmail.com






Mobile Technology and Advertising

Deadline: May 20, 2021

Guest Editors:

Stefan Bernritter, Shintaro Okazaki, Douglas West
King’s Business School, King’s College London, UK

Manuscripts are currently being solicited for an upcoming Special Section of the Journal of Advertising (JA) dedicated to Mobile Technology and Advertising. 


The evidence suggests that around 5 billion people worldwide have mobile devices and that close to 80% of all adults in advanced economies own a smartphone (Pew Research Center 2019). Not surprisingly, the evidence suggests more than 50% of all global internet traffic is accounted for by mobile phones (Statista 2019) and advertisers spend about two-thirds of their digital advertising budget on mobile advertising (eMarketer 2019). 

Mobile technology offers advertisers not only an ever-growing global audience of "always- on" smartphone, wearable, or smart speaker users, but also instantaneous access to their contextual information, e.g., location, environmental, and behavioral data. This information is increasingly being used to apply novel targeting and creative strategies and to develop new forecasting models. The available evidence suggests there is widespread dissemination and broad acceptance of mobile technology in the marketplace, as well as very promising opportunities for advertisers to engage with their customers in novel ways. Nevertheless, the topic of mobile technology’s impact on the advertising business remains largely under researched. For example, in the past, JA has published only a handful of papers that have touched on the topic (e.g., Baek and Yoo 2018; Okazaki, Li, and Hirose 2009; Peters, Amato, and Hollenbeck 2007). 

Academics and practitioners suggest that exposure to mobile advertising and the creation of user generated content work differently than in nonmobile online media (e.g., Grewal and Stephen 2019; Melumad et al. 2019). Yet, our understanding of the workings and limits of advertising is still very much grounded in theory from the Web 2.0 era given publishing time-lags, without fully accounting for the complexities of the mobile advertising landscape. This is also reflected by comments from industry, indicating that new contextual insights such as location data are among the most misunderstood areas in marketing (Adweek 2018) with advertisers still struggling to harness insights effectively (Forbes 2019). Additionally, past special issues in major advertising journals were mainly situated in the pre-smartphone era (e.g., Okazaki 2007; Precourt 2009) or limited their scope to mobile media (e.g., Ford 2017). 

The aim of this Special Section is to address gaps and extend this body of knowledge by taking a broader and more current approach to these newly emerged complexities. 


The special section seeks high quality submissions that will be of lasting use to the discipline. In light of the breadth of these complexities, we encourage submissions that take a multidisciplinary perspective on mobile technologies in advertising as well as collaborations between academia and practice. We welcome a broad variety of paper types, including empirical work, methodological papers, and thought-leading conceptual work. The list of possible topics for this Special Section includes, but is not limited to: 

  • App adoption and promotion 

  • Augmented reality in mobile advertising 

  • Avoidance of mobile advertising 

  • Brand safety and mobile advertising 

  • Creativity in mobile advertising 

  • Cultural differences in mobile advertising efficacy 

  • Engagement with mobile advertising 

  • Ethical considerations in mobile advertising 

  • Hyper targeting 

  • Mobile advertising and the Internet of Things 

  • Mobile gaming and advertising 

  • Location targeting 

  • New contextual factors affecting advertising efficacy 

  • Media multitasking in a mobile context

  • New personalization strategies in mobile advertising

  • Smart mobile assistants 

  • The role of 5G for mobile advertising

  • The role of advertising for in-app purchases and app subscription models

  • The workings and limits of mobile advertising

  • Spill over effects of mobile advertising into other channels 


Please follow submission and format guidelines for the Journal of Advertising found at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujoa20/current. Original Research Articles and Literature Reviews are 12,000 words and Research Notes are 6,000 words maximum (including references, tables, figures, and appendices). 

The submission deadline is: May 20, 2021 

Submit manuscripts through ScholarOne, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ujoa, during May 1-20, 2021. Be sure to select "SPECIAL SECTION: Mobile Technology and Advertising,” and indicate submission type in the cover letter, whether an Original Research Article, Literature Review or Research Note. Also note that: 

  • All articles will undergo blind peer review by at least two reviewers. 

  • Authors will be notified no later than August 2021 on the preliminary decision over their manuscript for the next round of review. 

  • The anticipated date for publication of the Special Section is Summer 2022 

For additional information regarding the Special Section, please contact the guest editors at: jamobilespecialissue@gmail.com 


Adweek (2018), “How Brands Are Getting More Sophisticated at Using Location Data,” https://www.adweek.com/digital/how-brands-are-getting- more-sophisticated-at-using-location-data/. Baek, Tae Hyun, and Chan Yun Yoo (2018), "Branded App Usability: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Prediction of Consumer Loyalty," Journal of Advertising, 47 (1), 70-82.
eMarketer (2019), “Breaking Down Mobile Video Ad Spending: Video Remains the Only Digital Ad Format that Isn't Majority Mobile,” https://www.emarketer.com/content/breaking-down-us-digital-video-ad-spending.
Forbes (2019), “How Marketing Teams Unlock the Value of Location Data,” https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultalbot/2019/11/15/how-marketing-teams-unlock-the-value-of-location-data/.
Ford, John B. (2017), “What do we Know About Mobile Media and Marketing?,” Journal of Advertising Research, 57 (3), 237-38.
Grewal, Lauren, and Andrew T. Stephen (2019), "In Mobile We Trust: The Effects of Mobile Versus Nonmobile Reviews on Consumer Purchase Intentions," Journal of Marketing Research, 56 (5), 791-808.
Melumad, Shiri, J. Jeffrey Inman, and Michel Tuan Pham (2019), "Selectively Emotional: How Smartphone Use Changes User-Generated Content," Journal of Marketing Research, 56 (2), 259-75. Okazaki, Shintaro (2007), “From the Guest Editor: Special Issue on Mobile Advertising Issues and Challenges,” Journal of Interactive Advertising, 7 (2), 1-2.
Okazaki, Shintaro, Hairong Li, and Morikazu Hirose (2009), "A Study of Mobile Advertising in Japan," Journal of Advertising, 38 (4), 63-77.
Peters, Cara, Christie H. Amato, and Candice R. Hollenbeck (2007), "An Exploratory Investigation of Consumers' Perceptions of Wireless Advertising," Journal of Advertising, 36 (4), 129-45.
Pew Research Center (2019), “Smartphone Ownership Is Growing Rapidly Around the World, but Not Always Equally,” https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2019/02/05/smartphone-ownership-is-growing-rapidly-around-the-world-but-not-always-equally/.
Precourt, Geoffrey (2009), “The Promise of Mobile,” Journal of Advertising Research, 49 (1), 1-2.
Statista (2019), “Mobile Internet Traffic as Percentage of Total Web Traffic in August 2019, by Region,” https://www.statista.com/statistics/306528/share-of-mobile-internet-traffic-in-global-regions/

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Congratulations ICA Award Winners!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Updated: Monday, May 25, 2020

The 70th Annual ICA Conference, though held virtually, nonetheless provided the Association and its members with an opportunity to celebrate excellence in the field by granting various awards. Congratulations to all the winners and our sincere gratitude to all the members of the various ICA awards committees, who do tremendous work each year to select each of these recipients. A special thank you to our Research Awards Committee Chair, Thomas Hanitzsch (LMU Munich), for his hard work pulling all of these awards together during a challenging time.



Fellows Book Award

Awarded to: Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass (posthumous) (Stanford U, USA)

Reeves, Byron & Nass, Clifford (1996). The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


"The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places," by Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass is a groundbreaking book that is still extremely relevant today, 24 years after its publication. If this volume had an immediate impact on thinking about human computer interaction, this impact has grown over the years as younger scholars have been influenced by the arguments and engaged with them for purposes of modification and critique. It has been cited recently by researchers working on subjects as diverse as the ethical issues surrounding social robots, digital games for health, virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, smartphone health interventions, gender and social computing, children and smartphones, autonomous driving, augmented reality, technology-assisted collaborations, susceptibility to fake news and social impact of artificial intelligence. What the book is doing, most essentially, is to challenge the idea that humans respond to the mediations produced by computers differently from the way they respond to physical human presence. The authors’ emphasis on emotion and the centrality of social roles to human interaction is particularly interesting. A quarter of a century later, it is time to recognize this very influential book, which keeps having a tremendous influence on our field.

(Committee: Chair: Francois Cooren, Members: Jan Radway, Sharon Dunwoody, Maria "Betsi" Grabe,Gianpietro Mazzoleni)


Outstanding Book Award

Awarded to: Lilly Irani (U of California San Diego, USA)

Irani, Lilly (2019). Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


This book is a richly detailed, multi-year ethnography of the ways in which social entrepreneurship, design, and innovation work underscore national and global chains of value and power. The book marshals history and political economy around stories of everyday people who invested in impossible dreams that if they are more creative, they will achieve upward social mobility. Instead, innovation and human-centered design projects most benefited those already with social and economic capital. Precarious Indian citizens remained so despite their passionate aspirations. Deconstructing these rationalities and identities of entrepreneurialism in the context of development and governance in India, the book charts a new theoretical frame for understanding the entrepreneur as a figure of exploitation and a tool of nation-building. Dr. Irani asks critically “Who modernizes whom, and towards what horizon?” As such, the book de-Westernizes the figure of entrepreneur as a hero of teleological progress

(Committee: Chair:Vicki Mayer, Members:Lilie Chouliaraki, Hendrik Bodker, Akira Miyahara, Ralina Joseph)




Applied/Public Policy Research Award:

Awarded to: Moya Bailey (Northeastern U), Brooke Foucault Welles (Northeastern U) and Sarah Jackson (U of Pennsylvania)


These highly engaged scholars have produced outstanding and impactful research on the ways in which marginalized groups have reappropriated social media as a tool for shaping mainstream media and public discourse about issues of race and gender. Their work has been published in leading journals and presented in several ICA divisions and interest groups. Their recent book #Hashtag Activism, published by MIT Press, is an exemplary manifestation of rigorous mix-method scholarship that incorporates the lived experiences of practitioners in an innovative and fascinating way. Bailey, Welles, and Jackson exemplify a new generation of scholars who are redefining what public impact scholarship looks like and how communication researchers can engage diverse audiences. Their research has demonstrated measurable impact outside academia in reports to leading organizations, such as the Knight Foundation; through wide coverage in leading media, including the New York Times, BBC, NPR, the Boston Globe; and in many public lectures in community and professional venues, including keynote talks given in prominent international conferences. To quote from their recommendation letters: “They epitomize the values that the ICA Applied Research Award seeks to recognize and amplify, “their timely and fascinating line of work promises to continue to generate impact in the near future.”

(Committee: Chair: Idit Manosevitch, Members: Jung-Hyun Kim, Trisha Lin, Aaron Shaw, Michelle Violanti)


Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award

Awarded to: Steven R. Wilson (U of South Florida, USA)


Dr. Wilson’s current and former students overflow with praise for and appreciation of his careful feedback, his integrity, and his guidance. They describe him as encouraging, humble, attentive, and inspiring. His students understand and appreciate that he has rigorous standards for quality scholarship, but that he accompanies these standards by being patient, helpful, and “genuinely kind.” One former student described Dr. Wilson’s response when she tried to express her gratitude for his mentorship: “Just pay it forward,” he said. This advice, in turn, resonates with his own students’ mentorship of the many young scholars in our discipline. “Steve has spent his entire career supporting the success of students, and he never asks for anything in return. Empowering students with the abilities, experiences, and skills to reach their goals is the reward. I know that I will spend the rest of my career trying to ‘pay it forward’ by mentoring and advising students.”

(Committee: Chair: Mary Beth Oliver, Members: Maram Khazen, Oliver Quiring, Dietram Scheufele, Jessica Taylor Piotrowski)


Early Career Scholar Award

Awarded to: Laura Vandenbosch (U Leuven, Belgium)


The contributions of Dr. Laura Vandenbosch to our discipline are of such scale and depth it is hard to believe she is still early in her career—having grown into an outstanding researcher, an influential author, a caring mentor and a true leader in just a few short years. A prolific scholar, yet one concerned with real challenges in our technologically-driven world, Laura Vandenbosch has published an impressive oeuvre in the major outlets of our field—driven by a passion to understand thoroughly the role of mediated narratives in the lives of the young. As one of her recommendation letters noted, “Her work on media and youth is sharp, revealing, and theoretically ambitious. She is a careful and insightful scholar, testing models with longitudinal survey designs and pressing for theoretical advancement with discerning vision.” The large number of awards and grants she has earned are further evidence of the quality of her work. As another letter writer concluded, “Since her first publications nearly a decade ago, Laura Vandenbosch has established herself as one of the leading experts in research on adolescents and the media. Without her contributions, we would know considerably less about what the ever-changing media landscape means to those [adolescents] who use it most frequently and enthusiastically.”


(Committee: Chair: Craig Scott, Members: Kathleen Beullens,  Isabel Molina-Guzman, Amy Nathanson, Chaim Noy)

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President Elect Column-#ica20 Virtual Conference Experience

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Monday, May 4, 2020

Dear ICA members and #ica20 participants. Soon we embark on our first virtual ICA conference. It will be an experiment. Some things will work, some will not. Some will be able to participate full blown in the online space, others will not. Some will find it rewarding, some will find it disappointing.  Some will see more things from different divisions than normally, others might only see a few highlights from their ‘home division’.

No matter how ‘your’ virtual #ica20 experience goes, here is what I hope for (as conference planner):

  • Be open-minded, take the conference as a learning experience, as a presenter, discussant, participant, question asker. It is new for all of us.

  • Be constructive, we want #ica20 to be a safe and supportive environment for sharing ideas and moving our research forward. Yes, we should be critical (we are scholars!) but also constructive and mindful of how comments online can come across harder than face to face.

  • Be kind, we are in this together. Our participants will not only be in different physical locations but also in different places, mentally.  

  • Be patient, we are working asynchronously and sometimes an answer might be delayed.

  • Be curious, the online version of our conference will actually allow us to ‘check out’ research and presentations in divisions and sub-fields that we normally cannot go to or where sessions are double-booked. Yes, you can actually #BingeICA.

Judging from the past months, I believe there is a lot of support and community feeling in the ICA membership. Let’s galvanize this to make #ica20 the best possible experience under hard and unique circumstances. In doing so, let me make a plea for a special group: our grad students and early career researchers. Many of them are still developing ideas, dissertations, grant proposals, and application packages. Let’s be particularly generous with feedback for this group as they miss out the possibility to meet, greet, and have their ideas discussed.

I look forward to seeing many of you online soon.

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President’s Message

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Monday, May 4, 2020

The 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association is almost upon us. Writing from here in South-east Queensland, I can tell you that the weather on the Gold Coast would have been great. Warm days, clear nights, the opportunity to go to the beach or the pool … but for COVID-19.

The year 2020 has been one of the most tumultuous most of us have experienced, and ICA has borne the impact just as our health workers, our educational institutions, our artists, our students, our restaurants and nightclubs, our shops, our airlines, and much, much more. Social distancing and working from home have become the norm, and this may remain the case for some time to come. Thoughts of travel and staying in hotels are seemingly distant memories, as we gear up for days of Zoom meetings, for writing at home, or for long-delayed domestic projects (mine was clearing out the garage!). 

In the face of all of this tumult, there is a need to acknowledge the extraordinary work of our ICA team. Laura Sawyer as Executive Director, Jennifer Le, Kristine Rosa, Julie Arnold, Katie Wolfe and our new Director of Publications, Tom Mankowski. They have done an amazing job in keeping the show on the road, and enabling the ICA to be pioneers in what is likely to be a wave of virtual conferences that we will be seeing for some time to come. 

You will by now have received an email from the ICA Global Headquarters about how you will be participating in the ICA Virtual Conference. In some cases, you will be recording the presentation to upload personally, while in others there will be a panel conducted via Zoom or an equivalent platform. But all presentations will be uploaded to a secure site, and viewed and engaged with asynchronously.

We have worked with the Canadian company vFairs on developing the conference platform for #ICA20. We have found them to be very amenable to our requirements, particularly around honouring the programming and scheduling arrangements that the Divisions and Interest Groups worked hard to develop before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While one can never be sure what will happen in practice, the signs so far have been good, and there has been considerable flexibility in tailoring the product to our requirements. 

We wish you all the very best with your experience of the 70th Annual ICA Conference. We acknowledge all of those who have been involved with ICA for many years, as well as those for whom it is your first ICA conference. We look forward to seeing you, and to meeting you wherever you are. 

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Introducing the Open Communication Theme Program at ICA20

Posted By Eike Mark Rinke (U of Leeds), Monday, May 4, 2020

Without any doubt, the year 2020 will go down in history as “extraordinary” for most any country, institution and individual person living through it. ICA is no exception, and the move from the familiar physical to the new virtual conference format is only the most obvious aspect of the extraordinary 2020 ICA experience. This year, our annual conference will also be extraordinary in another way: This will be the year in which Open Science or, more broadly, Open Scholarship comes to ICA!

The conference theme this year is Open Communication. In our Theme Call for Papers, Conference Program Chair Claes de Vreese and I invited the communication community to join us this year in facilitating and deepening the conversation about Open Science and Open Scholarship in the field of communication. 

In our call, we wrote that this conversation should push us to reflect on how we could and should advance our field through greater openness in at least three senses. Through

  • openness as transparency,

  • openness as collaboration, and

  • openness as focus on the creation of public goods.

With the conference only a few weeks away, I am glad to share with you that the response from the ICA community to our call was overwhelming. We had some hard decisions to make in the review process, as we were working with an acceptance rate similar to that of some divisions and interest groups. In the end, the theme program we have arrived is expressive of this response and exceeds my most optimistic expectations.

Here are the basic Open Communication theme program facts: It includes

  • 10 full-length sessions,

  • 22 papers, and

  • 103 ICA scholars who are involved as paper (co-)author, presenter, session chair, and/or discussant.

More important than these bare numbers, the theme program will be very much aligned with the key premise of our Call for Papers: That Open Scholarship in communication is not a one-size-fits-all

The theme sessions will cover many different aspects of open scholarship, from its philosophical and epistemological assumptions to its social and practical implications for us as the communication community.

In addition to the Opening Plenary, which will also be dedicated to the theme and feature a stellar lineup, we will kick-off the theme program with the #OpenComm Roundtable”. This roundtable will discuss the Agenda for Open Science in Communication and feature several of its authors as well as R. Lance Holbert, Editor of ICA’s Journal of Communication, which recently published it. The Agenda is a bold proposal to move our entire field towards greater openness (around which a fully JoC special issue on “Open Communication Research” will follow, see the CfP here) and should be of interest to anyone working in it.

But this will only be the first of three roundtables in the theme program. In another, a panel of “publication veterans” from our field will discuss the issues facing the struggle for open access in communication (“Open Access and the Field of Communication”) and yet another one will discuss what open scholarship and transparency could mean for work with marginalized groups or entities that wish to harm researchers (“Open Science and Additional Concerns when Working with Marginalized Populations”).

If the theme roundtables will further the conversation on three very different dimensions of Open Communication, the five paper sessions will include an even more diverse set of original research and discussion papers. These sessions will

  1. critically interrogate the assumptions, limitations and undiscovered potentials of open science from different epistemological points of view,

  2. showcase method innovations that open communication research in very different ways, and

  3. explore how we can become more open towards the societies we study and are part of as communication scholars.

Together, the 22 papers that will be presented in these sessions will move forward our collective conversation about what “being open” could and should mean for us from an epistemological, methodological, and societal point of view.

The paper session on Critical Perspectives on Open Science will critically explore open science from critical and interpretive perspectives, drawing on qualitative, feminist, design, historical, and community-based work.

A session on Innovations in Open Research Methods will show how innovative methods can open up communication research in very different ways: by opening up the process through which we form our most foundational concepts; by reconciling open sharing of data from modern data collection methods with privacy concerns; and by offering easy-to-use tools for making the entire process of computational research projects transparent and fully reproducible.

The Open Science meets Digital Methods session will deepen the discussion about the particular trade-offs, and even dilemmas, in balancing openness and privacy concerns in “big data” research projects: What are the unique challenges in making computational communication research more open?

The societal dimension of Open Communication will be the subject of two sessions. The papers in Open Data Meets Open Scholarship will reflect on how “open data” in communication may help us collaborate more and more deeply with various communities to contribute towards positive social change. The paper session on Open Scholarship as Collaborative Scholarship will engage with the social aspects of open scholarship: how socially open is communication to different disciplines and ethnicities and how could we become more open by engaging in more collaborative forms of research?

Last but not least, it was important to me that the Open Communication theme program would have a pedagogical component. Clearly, a productive change towards a more open academic field of communication will be possible only if we challenge how we do our research ourselves and – perhaps more importantly – how we educate the next generations of communication scholars. I am therefore particularly pleased that the theme program will include two Learning Labs, kindly supported by Oxford University Press, which will offer conference attendees workshop-style training in doing and teaching open scholarship.

The first Learning Lab, onRevolutionizing (Open) Methods Pedagogy in Communication”, will introduce the Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (FORRT), a  community-driven platform that supports methods instructors with integrating open and reproducible research practices into their research methods classes. In the second Learning Lab, How to Do Open Science, attendees will have a chance to learn how they themselves can begin to engage in one of the most important open research practices for anyone seeking to test a hypothesis: registering your study before actually conducting it! After the Lab session, you will know how to preregister your next study online, on the Open Science Framework (OSF).

This theme program is an open invitation. An invitation to all members of our ICA community and communication scholars, regardless of their ontological, epistemological, and methodological commitments, to come together this year to think about how we all can become “more open” as scholars and as an academic field, and what that could and should mean for each of us.

Please feel very invited to join us in the Open Communication conversation at ICA20. I look forward to meeting you there.

Conference Theme Chair
Eike Mark Rinke
U of Leeds

Theme program hashtag: #OpenComm

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Virtual Conference Positives

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Senior Manager of Conference Services, Monday, May 4, 2020

The first ever ICA virtual conference is only days away! Of course, it won’t be the same conference experience. But, besides the excitement of new unknown territory there are still many other things to look forward to. 


Sure, you’ll miss running into those friendly familiar faces at registration. But, what about those times where you did run into someone you vaguely recognized, but could not place their name? You’d think, “Let me take a quick glance at their name badge,” but oh no it was conveniently blocked by a folder, long luscious hair, or heaven forbid the badge for some reason was flipped even though the lanyard had two bulldog clips to prevent twisting! Well, you’d just be in a pickle trying to tiptoe through conversation while mentally going through your brain’s rolodex. Luckily, this situation should not be an issue in the virtual conference where everyone’s name is in their profile (hopefully they decided to add a profile photo!) Nightmare social situation averted! 


Did you ever feel there was just not enough time in between sessions for you to travel from one end of the conference venue to the next? Don’t even get us started when the conference is split between two venues! The steps are just not even worth it at that point. Well, do not worry! You do not need to walk anywhere for this year’s conference. Now you can explore the whole conference from the convenience of your own home. Forget about rushing in between sessions, you can now rush to your refrigerator for a quick snack whenever you want, for however long you want. Or honestly you could probably enjoy that snack during the session! Another bonus! No one is there to judge you for eating when your tummy calls. 


The conference is asynchronous, meaning nothing is tied to a time or schedule. Feel free to sleep in for that extra hour and watch the presentations at your leisure on your own time (maybe even in bed??). 


Before, maybe two sessions you wanted to attend were at the same time and you just had to pick. Not anymore! Get your comfy pants ready, because now you can binge all the sessions you could ever want! Same television binging rules apply: don’t forget to eat something, drink some water, use the restroom, open the blinds for some sunlight, and wait... where did your dog go? 


Don’t forget there are other ways to make #ica20 just as memorable as the in-person conferences from the days of yore. We have other opportunities to make things just as fun for not only ourselves but fellow attendees. If you haven’t already recorded and uploaded your video presentation then you still have a chance to get creative and participate in the #ica20flair contest. There will be three categories and each winner will receive a free conference registration for Denver #ica21.

Category 1: Best background

Category 2: Best Slide featuring a throwback photo of you

Category 3: Best pet/child/plant cameo

ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer herself will choose the winner. Please remember to tweet with the hashtag so that your presentation can be considered!


We have also mobilized a DREAM TEAM of “local hosts” (The Internet is now our locale, so who better to host us than Nick Bowman (Texas Tech U), Robby Ratan (Michigan State U), Sun Joo Ahn (U of Georgia), and Allison Eden (Michigan State U), who are putting together a few amazing virtual happy hours and hangouts--and maybe even a virtual dance party!--for everyone to enjoy. 

Even in a different format, #ica20 will hopefully still be another time for you to catch up with old colleagues or network with others and expand your research. I hope it will be a nice break or change of pace from your quarantine woes. Just remember, #WeWillMeetYouWhereYouAre. 


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New ICA Career Center Website is Now Live!

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Monday, May 4, 2020

You spoke, we listened. ICA is proud to announce the launch of the new and improved career center. Click to explore the benefits: https://careers.icahdq.org/. 

In the 2018 membership survey, we asked our members what changes they would like to see, and many said an improved career center. ICA has invested in YM Careers to bring to our community a new online job search experience, which include:

  1. Ability to easily search and apply to jobs at institutions that value your credentials

  2. Upload your resume so employers can contact you. You remain anonymous until you choose to release your contact information.

  3. Create Job Alerts and receive an email each time a job matching your specified criteria becomes available

Click to search for a position today: https://careers.icahdq.org/jobs/.

This time of year, positions in academia tend to be low as the academic year comes to an end for many institutions. Please check back regularly for job postings and consider signing up for job alerts.

The International Communication Association is the premier academic association for scholars engaged in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication internationally. We have approximately 5,000 members across 82 different countries.

Some of the benefits of advertising with ICA are:

  1. Email your job directly to ICA job seekers via the exclusive Job Flash email

  2. Search the Resume Bank using robust filters to narrow your candidate search

Advertise with us today and reach many of the most qualified scholars from around the world: https://careers.icahdq.org/employer/pricing/.

The new ICA career center is now managed by YM Careers. If you need assistance with the website please contact them directly at: clientserv@yourmembership.com.

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New Affinity Program Postponed

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Monday, May 4, 2020

The new member benefit which was due to launch this year has been postponed. You might remember ICA advertising the new affinity program with Postersmith. PosterSmith has been printing easy to carry posters on foldable fabric since 2011. The company has provided services to over 7,000 institutes, organizations, and companies around the world.


To kick start this new member benefit, PosterSmith was offering to print posters for free between 30 March – 23 April for active ICA members. After 23 April, active members would’ve then received a 15% discount when purchasing a poster through our special links. However, due to the change from an in-person conference to a virtual conference this year, it was decided to postpone this member benefit.


We want to ensure that active ICA members could actually use this new member  benefit. The 15% discount is great and all, but we want members to take full advantage of the free promotion. Thus, it was decided that we will postpone this year’s offer and work with PosterSmith to provide this member benefit for the 71st Annual ICA Conference in Denver, USA. More information will be provided in early 2021.


In the meantime, please check out the available member discounts on the ICA website: https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA-Member-Discounts.


The ICA membership department is working to improve member benefits and the member experience at ICA. The upcoming improvements are all based on the feedback provided in the 2018 membership survey. We greatly appreciate all those that participated by taking the survey.


If you ever wish to express your gratitude, or to provide suggestions and comments on your member experience, please do not hesitate to contact Kristine Rosa, ICA Manager of Member Services & Marketing, at membership@icahdq.org. We greatly appreciate any and all feedback as our goal at ICA is to continue to be your most valuable professional asset.


Thank you for choosing ICA as your professional society home.

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Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University), Monday, May 4, 2020

Everyone is invited to join the virtual



Internationalizing Academic Standards

                          Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, And Accessibility For Early Career Scholars


(By Myrene A. Magabo, ICA Board Student and Early Career Representative and SECAC Co-Chair 2019-2021)

Students and early career scholars across the globe. Internationalization Liaisons. Representatives of Divisions/Interest Groups. Those interested in I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity, and access). Don’t miss the  #ICA20 SECAC Blue Sky Workshop! This session is titled “Internationalizing Academic Standards: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, And Access For Early-Career Scholars.”


For the past two years (as per a personal experience and observation), the SECAC Blue Sky Workshops have been delivered as an open forum with invited speakers to talk on the topic of interest, and an open forum follows after the talk. The format in 2019 continues for this year’s #ICA20 SECAC Blue Sky Workshop. The only difference is that this year, this session is virtual. In her planning and proposal for the Blue Sky Workshop, Sarah Cho, ICA-SECAC Co-Chair (2018-2020) noted that:


This Blue Sky Workshop will provide an open forum for discussion about ICA’s core value, the inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessability (I.D.E.A.), especially among the young scholars in the Communication discipline. This session aims to invite student/early career members to better understanding of the ICA’s recent statement of the I.D.E.A., and encourage a discussion of this topic within ICA’s Student and Early Career Community.



Students and Early Career Scholars, LEARN, and ENGAGE!  Be sure to attend the #ICA20 Virtual Conference and the ICA-SECAC Blue Sky Workshop!


There shall be no exaggeration (only a possible understatement) to say that the three speakers are excellent, highly knowledgeable, with profound ideas on I.D.E.A.  Gain more understanding about ICA’s internationalization efforts from Dr. Shiv Ganesh, the Chair of Membership and Internationalization Committee, ICA.  Travel back in time from ICA’s past to present with Dr. Ganesh as he speaks from the socio-cultural and historical perspectives on how ICA strives its best to bring inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across the globe. Indulge yourself in the eloquence of Dr. Jasmine McNealy and Dr. Maria Len Rios, Co-chairs of ICA-I.D.E.A. Task Force.  Dr. Jasmine McNealy provided critical perspectives on what inclusion, diversity, equity, and access mean. Dr. Maria Len Rios shared the ongoing discussions and initiatives around I.D.E.A. in ICA and the role of the task force.


As you listen to the speakers, you are strongly encouraged to write down your questions, your suggestions, and initiative ideas. SECAC hopes to be able to gather more voices from more students and early career scholars across the globe, given the asynchronous format of this year’s session. As part of the outcomes of your participation,  SECAC could continue to design ways of providing affordances for conversations and dialogues that could further bolster your engagement with the association.



Kudos, commendations, and gratitude to:

·       Muhammad Ittefaq for his outstanding role in taking charge of social communications and media live streaming of the session;

·       Grazia Murtarelli for an excellent way of opening the session, introducing the speakers, and closing the session;

·       Cecilia Zhou for her superb execution of the Questions and Answer portion of the session; 

·       Sarah Cho for her brilliant planning and for delegating of the roles to SECAC members so that pre-recording session goes exceptionally well; and,

·       All students who stepped up and submitted their questions to SECAC. These questions helped in the formation of this session’s forum.

·       Last but not least, to our three Panel Speakers:  

o   Dr. Shiv Ganesh, Professor of the University of Texas –Austin 

o   Dr. Jasmine McNealy, Associate Professor of the University of Florida

o   Dr. Maria Len Rios, Professor of the University of Georgia




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