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Student Column-How Does It Feel to Be an International “and” Graduate Instructor?

Posted By Cecilia Zhou & Muhammad Ittefaq, SECAC Members, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Two of our SECAC members, Cecilia and Muhammad, just finished their very first semester toward Ph.D. This is a very accomplishment we need to celebrate, since like many of the student and early career members of ICA they did the hard work with all of the assignments of coursework as well as covering the teaching load as a graduate employee of the institute out of their home countries, China and Pakistan. Here Cecilia and Muhammad tell you about their struggles and hopes as a new Ph.D. instructor:

“Having been a Teaching Assistant (TA) and a Teaching Associate (TO) at two different institutions in the U.S, I can say that so far I’m really enjoying the experience. I did one year of TO for video production course when I was doing my master’s degree at Syracuse University, and currently, I’m TAing for 2 classes at UMass Amherst. 

One of the most enjoyable things is having the opportunity to experiment with different ways of teaching. When I was teaching video shooting and editing at Syracuse University during lab sessions, it can be quite technical and boring. So in order to engage students, I tried implementing fun class activities such as shoot a short video of a person stepping on a banana peel and fall, try some creative ways of doing so without letting the actor/actress really falling. Students had a lot of fun learning about video shooting and editing skills while being creative. Coming up with creative ideas of teaching and also seeing students’ enjoying the learning process is very rewarding. 

Another great thing is having the opportunity to help students learn better and give them advice on their personal development. This doesn’t happen very often, but it feels amazing when some students come and when you can answer some of their questions or help them to make their work better. Some of my students sent me emails at the end of the semester saying that they really enjoyed my teaching and they felt that they learned something, which made all of my work worthwhile. 

This being said, there are also some frustrations. It doesn’t happen very often but I’m yet to figure out how to deal with some challenges. For instance, I feel frustrated when students show inappropriate attitude with working on their assignments or communicating with me (I find some of them are still learning basic email etiquette). Also, I am struggling to learn how to deal with (especially male) students when they challenge my teaching in class. Sometimes I feel that some of my students expect me easy-going because of their own anticipations on my gender and racial background. I’m keeping everything professional, but I also visit faculty members to get some advice when I find a question about teaching.”

- Cecilia Zhou, U of Massachusetts Amherst (ceciliazhou79@gmail.com)

“For the last two years, I have been a TA for two different schools in the U.S.; the University of Maine and the University of Kansas. At the University of Maine, I taught Public Speaking and at the University of Kansas, I am teaching Business Writing. In terms of the location, class setting, demography of students, and colleagues both experiences are very different and brought a great opportunity for me as a Ph.D. student, TA, and international student.

At the University of Maine, in my master’s, I had wonderful colleagues, and as a TA I learned a lot about teaching. In the class of my TA, we had fun activities with our students such as civil dialogue which was students’ favorite. It was enjoyable but also meaningful since it gave us an opportunity to think and talk about controversial issues in a civil way: Students realized that civil dialogue is a way forward in our polarized society. Also, the most important aspect of that class was a variety of speeches and they got exposed to new methods, organizing material and presented it in an organized way. As an international TA, it fascinated me to see my students learning and sharing their valuable thoughts about various issues. During those three semesters, I did learn, unlearn, relearn many concepts regarding Public Speaking. I received thank you emails from my students when they tell me how much they embrace cultural diversity and were curious to know about my culture. 

I am now in the Midwest for my Ph.D. The University of Kansas is another wonderful place and I feel at home from day one I came here. My school is very diverse in terms of the demography of students and faculty which does not give me the feeling that I am away from home. Being a graduate instructor here is a great learning experience. My colleagues are always checking in and asking if I want to discuss any issue. In my class, I make jokes to make it a more friendly, open, and engaging classroom which I think is very important. I always tell my students that I am international and can speak four different languages and If I mispronounce a word please correct me and I personally feel it is very helpful for me. I am also thankful to my students that they are accommodative, patient, and cooperative.

I tell my students I am a brother, a teacher, and a student but above all, I am a human being who like everyone else make mistakes. Everyone learns from his or her mistakes.  We have more common traits and tendencies as human beings, and we must focus more on that rather than our differences. Humanism in the classroom is very important for international students like me. Learning is a never-ending process and we should keep our hearts and minds open to learning. The relationship and get to know their names is an important aspect as well to create a learning environment in class. Yes, it is not easy but it is fun to learn names sometimes I mispronounce their names which is always go in a good way that they appreciate that I am trying to learn and make connections. 

After all, as a Ph.D. student, my journey is long but I believe that with good people around me, my journey will be pleasant and fun.

- Muhammad Ittefaq, U of Kansas (ittefaqmuhammad1@gmail.com)

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Spotlight on Pre/postconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

In each Newsletter leading up to the conference, we will highlight different pre/ postpostconference calls for papers that have been planned for the Gold Coast, Australia. To learn more about all the different pre/postconferences offered at the conference, visit here.


ICA 2020 Post-conference Call For Papers:   

Digital Inequalities and Emerging Technologies: Regimes, Spaces, and Imaginaries 


Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm


Location: S226, Lvl 2, John Woolley Building (A20), University of Sydney, Sydney


Sponsoring ICA Divisions: Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group; Communication and Technology Division



 Sharon Strover, U of Texas-Austin, sharon.strover@austin.utexas.edu

Justine Humphry, U of Sydney, justine.humphry@sydney.edu.au

Sora Park, U of Canberra, sora.park@canberra.edu.au

Teresa Swist, Western Sydney U, t.swist@westernsydney.edu.au

Danielle Wyatt, U of Melbourne, danielle.wyatt@unimelb.edu.au


Keynote speakers:

Professor Esther Hargittai, U of Zurich

Others TBD



Problems of digital exclusion have traditionally been associated with lack of access to technology. Increasingly digital exclusion also emerges with the active agency of state and corporate institutions using AI, smart city infrastructures, surveillance systems and even robotics. The aim of this post-conference is to make connections between a diverse range of disciplinary areas that have studied digital inequalities including digital inclusion research, data justice, critical race and digital media studies, data sovereignty and digital rights.

Inequalities occur along multiple fronts including  geography, social class, race, gender, age, and institutional systems and policies. They also can be shaped by powerful imaginaries of digitally-enabled futures promising efficiency, safety and economic prosperity. Data-driven and algorithmic processes related to smart technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), facial-recognition and robotics demand an extension from traditional concerns around digital exclusion to account for the potential to produce systemic abuses and extenuate disadvantage.


The post-conference is an opportunity to examine the ways in which new technologies, including those that link digital networks and data via tracking tools and algorithms, add to the unequal distribution of digital benefits and perpetuate and even worsen inequalities in the expansion of the Digital Welfare State and other kinds of neoliberal, policing and techno-centric systems.  It also examines the kinds of civic, open and public institutions – such as libraries, local governments, community media, and justice movements – that are increasingly important for ameliorating digital inequalities and countering imaginaries premised upon techno-centric fixes. 


Co-organised by the University of Sydney, University of Canberra, the University of Texas at Austin, Western Sydney University and the University of Melbourne, this Digital Inequalities Post-ICA Conference recontextualizes digital inequalities within the context of emerging technologies and their affiliated social and political regimes, spaces and imaginaries.

We seek to bring together researchers from multiple disciplinary perspectives to discuss the impact of digital inequalities in multiple sites.  We welcome submissions from theoretical and empirical inquiries that examine the following areas:

  • Digital inclusion practices in social institutions

  • Inequalities and algorithmic governance in data driven society

  • Market logics and digital inequalities

  • The lived experience of digital exclusion 

  • Alternative imaginaries for social justice and activism

  • Bias in algorithms, interface and design

  • Big data, smart technologies and surveillance 

  • Intersectionality and digital inequalities

  • Digital media and algorithmic literacies in platform capitalism


Submitting your abstract: Please submit abstracts for 15 minute paper presentations through this Form no later than Feb 15, 2020. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words).


Contributors will be selected by peer-review and will be notified of decisions on or before March 1, 2020. Authors are expected to attend the post-conference and present in person.


We will explore the potential of a thematic publication of post-conference materials as a special

issue in a journal or as an edited volume.


All participants must register for the post-conference. Registration costs will be $50.00 USD  or $75 AU which covers coffee breaks and lunch. To register, participants should follow the instructions on: www.icahdq.org


Key dates:

  • 15 Feb 2020: Deadline for abstract submission

  • 1 March 2020: Corresponding authors notified of decisions

  • 1 May 2020: Post-Conference registrations close

  • 21-25 May ICA Conference, Gold Coast

  • 27 May 2020: Post-conference in Sydney


Location: Please note that this event will take place off-site at the University of Sydney in room S226, Level 2, John Woolley (A20) at Camperdown campus. The post-conference will conclude at 5:00pm on May 27 with a cocktail reception following.  Recommendations for nearby hotels will follow.  


Contact: If you have any questions regarding the submission, please contact Sora Park at sora.park@canberra.edu.au


Call for papers: Rethinking the Relationship between Migration, Media, and Technology in Times of Crises within and beyond the West

The 21st century has been defined by a series of crises. The 2008-9 financial crisis, the 2014-15 Syrian refugee “crisis”, and crisis in Europe post-Brexit. This period of crisis is profoundly mediated, represented through media technologies and imagined through the spectre of the migrant. In many ways, contemporary migratory movements and digital media technologies are uniquely emergent processes and structures. However, they are indelibly informed by histories of colonization; ecological degradation, political instability, and economic marginalization resulting from histories of colonialism underscore current population displacements. Alternatively, (neo)colonial regimes have facilitated the production and proliferation of digital tools and technologies, which in turn have brought significant changes to migrant mobility and integration processes.

Migration is mediated through digital technologies, media structures, and assemblages. The nexus of media and migration is thus a critical lens to think through themes of representation, nationalism, citizenship, governance, communication, and identity in the 21st century. With this backdrop, this pre-conference examines the dynamics of migration, media, and technology in diverse contexts- multiple temporalities, different spaces, varied subject positions. Questions and themes to consider therefore include:

• The historical relationship between media, technology, and migration. How have new digital technologies and media forms affected experiences of displacement? Historically, how have both states and migrants utilized media technologies to achieve their aims? What is the genealogy of contemporary and historical representations of migration and migrants?

• The relationship between media texts, technologies, and migrants in the Global South. How are networks and migration engaging in (dis)similar ways in the Global South and the Global North?

• How are media technologies utilized by migrants in historical and emergent cultural, civic, political, and economic contexts? What roles do media and media technologies play in the integration framework?

• How have states co-opted media technologies to enact new migration and asylum regimes? What are the legacies of historic forms of technological surveillance and how are media technologies deployed to manage and construct new racial and religious divides between citizens and migrants?

• What is the relationship between data and migration regimes? How is migration and asylum managed by non-state actors and institutions using digital tools and technologies?

• How do media technologies enable the creation of new subjectivities and communities by migrants? What are the intersections between race, gender, sexual orientation, (im)mobility, digital space and identity and community?

• To what extent and in which ways are media technologies shaping livelihoods among different migrant and refugee groups in both developed and developing regions worldwide?

• How can media, migration and technology scholars contribute to enhancing open communication with and better understanding of global migration issues among the wider public?

The main purpose of this conference is to provide a space for open dialogue about the ways media technologies are shaping and are shaped by migratory movements and processes, and with the goal to set guidelines for collaborative research on a variety of issues and axes related to migration, media and technologies. Furthermore, it aims to advance our understanding of the role researchers play in promoting open communication strategies and platforms to bridge academic and popular debates on these timely and contentious issues.

Submission process

The organizers invite interested participants to submit abstracts of 500 words (including a selection of references) describing the purpose, theory, method(s), results, and conclusions of the scientific study or social intervention project. We also welcome critical, reflexive and creative submissions that provide an insightful perspective on the topics highlighted in this call.

Please submit 1) a separate title page including the paper's title and author's details (name, title, and institutional affiliation) and 2) an anonymized abstract.

The deadline for submission is 21 February 2020.

Acceptance decisions will be announced by 24 February 2020.

Please submit your proposals as a PDF file to the following email: pazalencar@eshcc.eur.nl

Expected outcome

A selection of papers presented at this pre-conference will be included in a special issue proposal to a leading Media and Communication Research journal.

Registration Fee

15 USD (the pre-conference will offer food and hot beverages)

Conference venue

ON-SITE - Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre(room: to be announced)

Date and time

21st May 2020

From 13:00 to 17:00 (Half-day)

More information will be available once the programme is finalized.

Organizing Committee – Contact information

Amanda Alencar, Assistant Professor of Media and Migration and Intercultural Communication, Erasmus U Rotterdam (Netherlands). E-mail: pazalencar@eshcc.eur.nl

Soumia Bardhan, Assistant Professor of Intercultural/International Communication, U of Colorado Denver, USA.

E-mail: soumia.bardhan@ucdenver.edu

Lukasz Szulc, Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, Sociological Studies, U of Sheffield.

E-mail: l.szulc@sheffield.ac.uk

Radhika Gajjala, Professor, American Culture Studies Program, School of Cultural and Critical Studies and Professor, School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State U, Ohio, USA.

E-mail: radhik@bgsu.edu

Emily Edwards, Graduate Assistant CCS, American Cultural Studies, PhD Student, Bowling Green State U. E-mail: eledwar@bgsu.edu


Visual Politics:

Image Production, Perception, and Influence


ICA 2020 Preconference Call for Papers


Date: 21 May 2020, 9am-4pm

Location: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, Australia

Sponsoring ICA Divisions: Visual Communication, Political Communication


Organizers: Prof. Erik Bucy (Texas Tech U), Prof. Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough U)


Images are ubiquitous in contemporary politics. From television coverage of campaigns and elections to visual memes and images of leaders circulated on social media, visual portrayals shape perceptions of the political world. As efficient carriers of social and symbolic information, they are quickly assessed, rapidly judged, and readily remembered—even when manipulated or released as deepfakes. When used strategically, visual portrayals hold the capacity to frame issues, candidates, and causes in a particular light and affect the acceptance or rejection of social policies. Images and audiovisual content are also ubiquitous on social media and digital platforms, and they tend to spread more easily and quickly than text-only content. Despite growing potential for and evidence of influence, visuals remain understudied within media politics. This preconference brings together visual scholars from different research traditions and international perspectives to present state of the art studies of image production, perception, and influence in the contemporary political landscape.


Political visuals are potent in part because they do not require conventional literacy to apprehend and operate at both an individual and cultural level. From an information processing perspective, political images are highly efficient carriers of social and symbolic information that is quickly assessed, rapidly judged, and readily remembered. In news coverage, candidate portrayals and event depictions may crystallize sentiment among the viewing public and alternately inspire increased involvement or disenchantment with politics. Culturally, images can act as icons of social solidarity or political isolation, serving to mainstream or marginalize individuals, groups, and causes. On social media, images are one of the key ingredients of political memes that convey complex messages often laden with irony and emotions. The polysemic quality of images opens them to diverse interpretation, depending on the viewer’s orientation.


The aim of this preconference is twofold: to map and coalesce the growing, but as-yet disorganized, area of research on visuals and politics; and, to foster conversations across methodological and disciplinary divides. This represents a big task because the field is so diverse in terms of methods, emphasis, and approach. We therefore welcome the broadest range of submissions, both quantitative and qualitative, to highlight new possibilities for theory development, methodological innovation, and cross-national approaches to advance the study of visual political communication. We also welcome international and comparative contributions that can broaden our understanding of these topics outside of Western liberal democracies.




·   The influence of political images in digital campaigns, including comparisons between online messaging, social media strategies, and more traditional forms of political advertising

·   The role of visual messaging in disinformation efforts, whether used to confuse, mislead, incite resentment, or demotivate potential voter or citizen involvement

·   Computational analysis of large-scale visual datasets to detect patterns of coverage or behavior not evident in smaller, hand-coded projects

·   Integrated or comparative analysis of multimodal cues in political messages and their synergistic or differential impacts on viewer perceptions

·   Visual analysis of protest and collection action, including visual framing of activism or demonstrations as well as visual memes circulated on social media

·   Cross-national comparisons of visual news framing of politics or protest and its reception by audiences

·   Viewer reception of newer visual technologies such as 360-degree video cameras to depict campaign events, demonstrations, marches, or other forms of collective action

·   Visual depictions of populist and fringe political actors, including signature gestures and nonverbal displays, expressive range, or performative repertoires, and their role in conveying relevant policy and identity signals

·   Effects of nonverbal aggression, norm violations, and other transgressive candidate behavior on viewers of audiovisual political content

·   Visual measures of negative advertising, incivility, “in your face”-style of candidate interaction, or other normatively fraught political communication styles

·   Visual analysis of hate speech and white nationalism, including identifiable signs and symbols as identified by the Anti-Defamation League and other watchdogs

·   The role of viewer orientations (e.g., ideology, partisanship, political interest, age cohort, moral outlook, geographical situatedness, issue attitudes) in shaping political image interpretations and message efficacy

·   The role of visual content in explaining patterns of news sharing and engagement on social media

·   The use of visuals in emerging genres of political campaign communication, whether mini-documentaries, mash-up advertising, candidate-generated videos, memes, or political selfies.




Please submit your abstracts for 15-minute paper presentations through this Google Form (http://bit.ly/VisualPoliticsICA2020) no later than 14 February 2020. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words).


Contributors to the preconference will be selected by a panel review process and will be notified of decisions by 21 February 2020. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to write full papers based on their abstracts (submission deadline 11 May 2020) and attend the preconference and present in person. All participants, whether presenting or not, must register for the preconference and pay the associated fee. Registration costs for the preconference will be approximately $50 USD and will include coffee breaks and lunch. To register, participants should visit www.icahdq.org and register as part of their main ICA conference registration, or as a stand-alone registration. As space is limited, priority will be given to those accepted for presentation.




·      14 February 2020: Deadline for abstract submission

·      21 February 2020: Corresponding authors notified of decisions

·      1 May 2020: Conference registration closes

·      11 May 2020: Submission of completed papers

·      21 May 2020: Visual Politics Preconference held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, Australia




Erik Bucy: erik.bucy@ttu.edu

Cristian Vaccari: c.vaccari@lboro.ac.uk



2019 ICA Preconference Tuesday 19 May 2020 Green Brain, Bldg 17 Level 7 Rooms 7 and 8 RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Open Communication: A Trans-disciplinary Approach to Strategic Communication in the 21st Century 

A UNESCO speaker at the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) conference postulated, "Communication has already ceded its power to data engineers and technology specialists." The purpose of this pre-conference is to interrogate that statement from a strategic communication education-practice perspective. This pre-conference will address questions, such as: 

1) What are the challenges of global strategic communication education in the 21st Century? 2) In what ways is strategic communication practice shaped by artificial intelligence and highly sophisticated technology? 3) What is the nature of trust and transparency in strategic communication between humans and machines? 4) What are the limits of machine-driven strategic communication? 5) How do we develop relationships with machines and bots? 6) Is all communication strategic between humans and machines? 7) How can artificial intelligence and automation ensure ethical and responsible strategic communication? 

The pre-conference will address the challenges and opportunities for trans-disciplinary education and practice in communication, specifically strategic communication that is complicated by the contemporary rise of highly sophisticated technology and artificial intelligence. Communication scholars as well as scholars from other disciplines are invited to interrogate these questions from the perspective of 21st Century trans-disciplinary education and global, outcomes-based practice. 

Extended abstracts of 1500 words that respond to the above questions and themes must be submitted by 14 FEBRUARY 2020 to tsetsura@ou.edu. Spaces are limited to enable a robust discussion. 

Please note the following due dates: 

Abstract submission 14 February 2020 (extended due  date) Notification of outcome 1 March 2020 Full paper due (6000 words) 1 April 2020 

Members of all divisions and interest groups are invited to submit abstracts, and we particularly encourage submissions from members of Instructional and Developmental Communication, Public Relations, Communication and Technology, and Human-machine Communication. 

Cost: US$60. The budget for this pre-conference is based on a minimum of 25 paid registrations of US$60.00. The registration fee will pay for coffee, tea, breaks and lunch. 

Organises :Katerina Tsetsura, Ph.D. Past Chair, ICA PR Division Gaylord Family Professor of Strategic Communication/Public Relations Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication U of Oklahoma, USA Email: tsetsura@ou.edu 

Marianne D. Sison, Ph.D., FPRIA Senior Lecturer; Program Manager, Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) School of Media and Communication RMIT U Melbourne, Australia Email: marianne.sison@rmit.edu.au 

Jenny Robinson, Ph.D., MPRIA Senior Lecturer; Program Manager, Master of Communication School of Media and Communication RMIT U Melbourne, Australia Email: jenny.robinson@rmit.edu.au 

For more information, please contact Katerina Tsetsura (tsetsura@ou.edu) or Marianne Sison (marianne.sison@rmit.edu.au). 


Call for Papers

“Opportunities, Tensions, and Challenges of Global Higher Education”

New submission deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020 by 16:00 UTC

Global higher education has not only welcomed international students to study overseas but found fertile ground for the burgeoning of international campuses and other forms of culturally hybrid institutions. These changes open the quest for new pedagogies able to effectively combine Western, in particular Anglo-Saxon, pedagogical traditions with the expectations and sensitivities of students from Asia.

What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for global higher education? How will global higher educational institutions be able to manage growth? How will they recruit and train a new generation of instructors who are expert in new pedagogies? How will global educators face the challenges of the global classroom? How will global higher education effectively deliver the promise of contributing to sustainable development and social change in countries around the world?

ICA Instructional and Developmental Communication Division and Bond University are excited to invite higher education leaders, administrators, researchers, educators, experts of practice, graduate students and all other interested parties to submit their contributions to the “Opportunities, Tensions, and Challenges of Global Higher Education” pre-conference. The pre-conference will take place at the beautiful main campus of Bond University in 14 University Dr, Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on May 21 2020.

Topics of interest range from micro-analysis of classroom dynamics to macro-analysis at the institutional level. Specific topics of interest include:

  • Higher Education Leadership and Administration in Global Institutions (responsible leadership, intercultural leadership, etc.);

  • Scholarship and Public Engagement;

  • Policy Practices in Global Higher Education;

  • Training Programs and HR Practices for Developing Global Educators;

  • Curriculum, Course Design, and Adaptation for the Global Learner;

  • Liberal Arts, STEM, and STEAM and Global Higher Education;

  • Innovative Assessment Practices (authentic assessment, etc.);

  • Innovative Teaching Techniques for Global Educational Settings (flipped classroom, project-based, etc.);

  • Technology in the Global Classroom (e-learning, distance education, digital pedagogy, etc.);

  • Critical Approaches to Global Higher Education: from Critical Voices to Classroom Dissent.

We welcome submissions based on a variety of methodologies (quantitative and qualitative methods, including rhetorical methods, case studies and auto-ethnographies) and theoretical paradigms,as long as they provide a meaningful contribution to the theme and topics of interest of the pre-conference. Cross-institutional affiliation and cross-disciplinary collaborations are particularly welcomed.

The organizing committee seeks five types of submissions:

1. Full Papers (submit as an individual submission). Completed papers that deal with any of the topics of interest are highly encouraged. Please include 200-word abstract. Papers should be a maximum of 8,000 words (excluding abstract, including tables, references, and appendixes). Include a title page with NO identifying information;

2. Great Ideas for Teaching (and Assessing) Students in Global Contexts (GLOBAL GIFTS; submit as an individual submission). Scholars may submit instructor- and student-tested ideas for effectively teaching and assessing a wide variety of concepts in global contexts. GLOBAL GIFTS may cover: a) original single teaching activities that can be implemented in the global classroom; b) original teaching units that span several days or weeks; c) original teaching semester-long projects or approaches to an entire course; d) systematic data-driven reflection of assessment practices that allow educators to monitor student learning as well as improve the quality of specific courses or overall programs. Accepted GLOBAL GIFTS will be presented in high-density panels, which will consist of 2-3 minute oral previews of the GLOBAL GIFT and then groups will break out for discussion with presenters. To submit a GLOBAL GIFT, please include a) title of teaching or assessment activity, b) intended course, c) learning goal/objectives, d) description of teaching activity/teaching unit/course/assessment activity, and e) evaluation. The submission should be a maximum of 2,500 words (including tables, references, and appendixes; abstract not needed). **Place “GLOBAL GIFTS” in the title (e.g., GLOBAL GIFTS: Teaching Communication Theory to Chinese EFL Students Using Social Media);

3. Great Training Ideas in Global Context (GLOBAL TRAINING; submit as an individual submission). Scholars may submit tried-and-tested ideas for effectively training educators to prepare them for the global classroom. Accepted GLOBAL TRAINING will be presented in high-density panels, which will consist of 2-3minute oral previews of the GLOBAL TRAINING and then groups will break out for discussion with presenters. To submit a GLOBAL TRAINING, please include a) title of the training activity, b) goal/objectives, c) description of the training activity, and d) evaluation. The submission should be a maximum of 2,500 words (including tables, references, and appendixes; abstract not needed). **Place “GLOBAL TRAINING” in the title (e.g., GLOBAL TRAINING: On-boarding program to increase intercultural intelligence);

4. Experiences and Lessons Learned in Global Higher Education (GLOBAL REFLECTIONS submit as an individual submission). Reflective contributions (e.g., auto ethnography, case studies, critical analyses) are intended to provide program-, institutional- or cultural-level insights, such as (but not limited to) a historical overview developing an international branch campus, challenges in establishing trans-national educational institutions, teaching as someone from outside the host culture. The submission should be a maximum of 2,500 words (including tables, references, and appendixes; abstract not needed). **Place “GLOBAL REFLECTION” in the title;

5. Panels (Submit as a session). A group of presenters organized around a topic may submit a panel proposal. In this panel proposal, include a) 75 word program description, b) 400 word panel rationale, c) names and affiliations of presenters, d) title and a 150-word abstract for each presenter/paper. Panel submissions should include contributions from at least two different countries; not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department, or school; and generally be mindful to consider panelist diversity.

Style Guidelines

Please use APA style (6th ed.) when preparing your paper (double-spaced paragraphs; standard 1-inch/2.54-cm margins; 12-point Times New Roman font) and American spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.

Submission Guidelines

Preparing the file: Have your submission ready to upload as a single document in PDF format. All tables, graphs, and pictures associated with your submission must be included with the main text in a single document.

Author identification: Names must be removed for anonymous reviews of submissions. Before uploading your paper, remove all author identification from the document including any file properties. (For example, in MS Word, in the “File” menu, select “Properties,” delete any identifying information, click “OK,” and save the document.). Not following the guidelines may disqualify your submission for review.

Submissions: Please submit 2 copies of the manuscript (one with identifying information, one fully anonymized) to iddbondpreconference2020@gmail.com.

Peer-reviewed process

All submissions will be anonymously peer-reviewed by 2 reviewers. Submissions with identifying information and those not meeting the submission criteria for content and formatting will NOT be reviewed. Please note that if you submit, you may be invited to the reviewer pool. 

Presentation formats

Registered participants will have the opportunity to present their accepted works using a wide range of presentation formats, from the traditional, lecture-type format, to alternative formats (e.g. academic documentary film, practice-based workshops/demonstrations, etc.), to videoconference (Skype or Zoom).


Completed full research papers of publishable quality requiring only minor editing will be considered for immediate inclusion in the second volume of  Stagnancy Issues and Change Initiatives for Global Education in the Digital Age (Main editors: Theresa Neimann, Oregon State University; Jonathan Felix, RMIT University Vietnam; Elena Shliakhovchuk, University of Southern Mississippi; and Stacy Reeves, Polytechnic University of Valencia/Universitat Politècnica de València) to be published for IGI Global (exp. 2020). For additional details, see https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/4298

For indexing details, see https://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/abstracting-and-indexing/

Completed GLOBAL GIFTS, GLOBAL TRAINING, and GLOBAL REFLECTIONS of publishable quality requiring only minor editing, in addition to completed full research papers of publishable quality requiring more substantial edits, will also be considered for publication. These papers would be part of a corresponding volume by the same editorial team as above published at a later date (exp. 2021).

Deadline and contact person

All proposals must be submitted to iddbondpreconference2020@gmail.com by Friday, February 21, 2020 by 16:00 UTC. Accepted papers will be notified by Friday, April 10, 2020. For more information, please contact iddbondpreconference2020@gmail.com

Registration fees

Registration fees are 60USD for presenters, virtual or in person, and non-presenters. The fees include 2 coffee breaks and lunch buffet.

Organizing committee

  • Marilyn Mitchell*, Bond U (Australia) *primary contact

  • Christopher Claus, California State U Stanislaus (USA)

  • Stephen Croucher, Massey U (New Zealand)

  • Jonathan Felix, RMIT Vietnam (Vietnam)

  • Davide Girardelli, Free U of Bozen (Italy)

  • Stephanie Kelly, North Carolina A&T State U (USA)

  • Jihyun Kim, U of Central Florida (USA)

  • Paromita Pain, U of Nevada, Reno (USA)

  • Michelle Violanti, U of Tennessee (USA)


The “Opportunities, Tensions, and Challenges of Global Higher Education” pre-conference has received the generous support of Bond University.


If the pre-conference does not have enough registrations by 1 April 2020, ICA reserves the right to cancel the pre-conference. Anyone who has registered by that point will be refunded.


A Call for Papers for the ICA post-conference on 

Strengthening Communication for Social Justice through Education and Research

26 May 2020

Date: 26 May 2020


  • Pradip Thomas, U of Queensland

  • Elske van de Fliert, U of Queensland

  • Karin Wilkins, U of Miami

  • Silvio Waisbord, George Washington U

Venue: The Women’s College of The U of Queensland

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2020

Abstract word limit: 250

Following the 70th International Communication Association Conference (ICA), 21-25 May 2020, leading academics who work in the area Communication for Social Change and Social Justice plan to organise a post-conference event on the theme of Strengthening Communication for Social Justice through Education and Research on 26 May 2020 at the University of Queensland. 

The main aim of this event is to build a network of associates with existing and emerging academic programmes and to strengthen educational and scholarly initiatives. 

This event seeks to explore the pedagogic relevance of key themes associated with Communication for Social Justice and to explore the extent to which they have been incorporated into formal academic teaching and research programmes. The conference will discuss emerging trends and shifts in the dynamics in the teaching and research of Communications for Social Justice. The discussion will also explore emerging and innovative trends in communication for social justice, considering the role of digital and other mediated technologies. 

The following topics are identified as the main themes of the discussion and dialogue during the post-conference under the general theme of Communication for Social Justice. We invite communication scholars and researchers to address the following themes: 

Communication for social justice as an overarching theme

Social justice is described as a movement toward equal access to resources, opportunities and privileges for all. Social injustices however are global in scope, affecting the lives of many people. The gap between those who have access to information, knowledge and opportunities and those who have not is growing wider. Communication for Social Justice explores communication processes, as well as appropriate media and channels that leverage social justice and bring about positive changes in the society. Communication scholars, academics, practitioners are seeking ways to strengthen communication theories, methods and practices for enabling marginalised and oppressed people across the globe to engage on behalf of just and fair opportunities for themselves. 

  1. Media plurality and media movements 

The role of media in the promotion of social justice is important, remaining a valuable channel to create awareness of injustices and to motivate and mobilize to demand justice. Media reform movements worldwide have played their part in the democratisation of media and lobbying for the provisioning of public space for deliberation and the critical questioning of governance and public affairs (Segura & Waisbord, 2016). Media movements also may provide an inclusive space for marginalised and underrepresented strata of society to exercise their communication rights to demand for social equality and equity. Further and deeper critical analysis would need to look at areas of digital communication along with other means, in considering how they may enhance social justice endeavours. 

 2. Digitalisation of media infrastructure 

Innovations in digital technologies have impacted the media, offering a radical shift in communication. While further strengthening the practices of media and journalism, digital media have also enabled more people to become active producers and disseminators of images and meanings (Couldry et al., 2018). Digital media have provided an enabling platform for marginalised, unheard and underrepresented voices that have been neglected by the mainstream media. Thus, empowered citizens that make best use of digital affordances, appropriating technologies such as mobile phones and social networking sites may add a new dimension of digitalisation of a public sphere for social justice (Uldam & Vestergaard, 2015).

While we acknowledge the benefits and opportunities offered by digital development to close the digital divide, we should also recognise that socio-economic inequalities have widened due to inequitable access to information, knowledge, power and resources in the digital arena. This has had a negative effect on meaningful participation in the digital public sphere (Couldry et al., 2018)3.


3. Access to information – Open access 

Appropriation of digital space is associated with open access to knowledge and information in digital age. Open movements, in particular open access and access to information movements have gained a momentum in the 21st century, becoming a tool serve for social justice. Access and utilisation of open knowledge in the digital domain and transparent and open communication contribute to informed public participation in social and governance affairs. On the other hand, unequal access to knowledge and information in the public digital sphere poses a threat of widening inequalities (Couldry et al., 2018).


4.Internet and digital surveillance in digital era

Issues related to communications and the digital surveillance of personal and individual data have become a part of political debate and discussion. A large amount of data can now be gathered through the use of algorithms and governments and commercial entities are posing threats to human rights of personal privacy and security (Digitalrightswatch.org.au). Digitally illiterate strata of the society are at risk of coming under greater surveillance, posing concerns for their privacy (Gangadharan, 2017). 


5.Roles and impact of social media for social change and social justice

New forms of media in a digital arena contribute to bringing social justice, enabling people to speak out on social injustices in their context. In contexts where mainstream media is influenced by political and commercial bias, the rise of independent and citizen-created media contribute to the production of public knowledge, thus contribute to mobilisations of voices of informed citizens and collective actions for social justice (Couldry et al., 2018).

Questions for further exploration:

  • How has contemporary scholarship conceptualized and studied communication for social justice? 

  • What has been the role of digital media in this research? 

  • What are the opportunities and threats in relations to digitalisation and ICTs advancement in the discipline of communication and social justice? 

  • What are the ways and approaches to strengthen open communication for social justice? 

  • How may our academic programs contribute to this work?

Invitation to submit abstracts:

Abstracts of approximately 250 words (one-page Word document excluding references) should be emailed to ccsc@uq.edu.au by 1 March 2020. The abstracts shall include full contact details, including name, department, institutional affiliation and e-mail address. One person can send a maximum of two abstracts. In the case of co-authors, one of the authors shall be responsible for correspondence. Selected abstracts will be requested to submit a max of 750 words of an extended concept paper no later than by 1 May 2020.


Couldry, N., Rodriguez, C., Bolin, G., Cohen, J., Goggin, G., Kraidy, M., . . . Thomas, P. (2018). Media and Communications*. In Ipsp (Ed.), Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel on Social Progress: Volume 2: Political Regulation, Governance, and Societal Transformations (Vol. 2, pp. 523-562). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gangadharan, S. P. (2017). The downside of digital inclusion: Expectations and experiences of privacy and surveillance among marginal Internet users. New Media & Society, 19(4), 597-615. doi:10.1177/1461444815614053

Segura, M. S., & Waisbord, S. R. (2016). Media movements : civil society and media policy reform in Latin America. London: Zed Books.

Uldam, J., & Vestergaard, A. (2015). Civic Engagement and Social Media Political Participation Beyond Protest. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Member News

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Democracy without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society

by Victor Pickard

Press Link: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/democracy-without-journalism-9780190946760

Amazon Link: amzn.com/0190946768/


In Democracy Without Journalism? Victor Pickard argues that we’re overlooking the core roots of the crisis. By uncovering degradations caused by run-amok commercialism, he brings into focus the historical antecedents, market failures, and policy inaction that led to the implosion of commercial journalism and the proliferation of misinformation through both social media

and mainstream news. The problem isn’t just the loss of journalism or irresponsibility of Facebook, but the very structure upon which our profit-driven media system is built. The rise of a “misinformation society” is symptomatic of historical and endemic weaknesses in the American media system tracing back to the early commercialization of the press in the 1800s. While professionalization was meant to resolve tensions between journalism’s public

service and profit imperatives, Pickard argues that it merely camouflaged deeper structural maladies. Journalism has always been in crisis. The market never supported the levels

of journalism—especially local, international, policy, and investigative reporting—that a healthy democracy requires. Today these long-term defects have metastasized.






Book announcement: Alexandra C. Klaren's On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers


Currently on sale for a reduced price on Amazon


I'm very happy to share my new book on the communication ethics and rhetorics of Mister Rogers:


On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers


The book, which sits at the intersections of communication, media and culture studies, religious studies, and rhetoric, was published this past October by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Details are available on the Press' website here (https://upittpress.org/books/9780822945901/), and the book is currently on sale for a nice reduced price on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Neighbors-Communication-Composition-Literacy/dp/0822945908).


Take a look, and I hope you might buy a copy, consider it for your courses, or even just pass it along to others who might also be interested.







Elaine Wittenberg, ewitten2@calstatela.edu


Book Announcement: Communication in Palliative Nursing


Communication in Palliative Nursing: The COMFORT Model.


Written by: Elaine Wittenberg, Joy V. Goldsmith, Sandra L. Ragan, and Terri Ann Parnell. Available now from Oxford University Press.




Heralded by renowned physician and author of “Dying Well”, Dr. Ira Byock praises the book as a ‘trove of resources’ for educators and researchers in health communication and health literacy. Built on over a decade of communication research with patients, families, and interdisciplinary providers, and reworked based on feedback from hundreds of nurses nationwide, the chapters outline a revised COMFORT curriculum: Connect, Options, Making Meaning, Family caregivers, Openings, Relating, and Team communication. The book provides detailed and practical application of communication theory for graduate study in health communication alongside a translational toolkit for practicing healthcare providers and communication faculty teaching in medical or nursing schools. This edition provides practice examples representing a variety of palliative care settings and communication competencies for evaluating communication skills in simulation lab activities.


Numerous journal articles and research studies have been produced to highlight the principle components of the COMFORT model and test its effectiveness among healthcare audiences across a variety of clinical and educational settings.






Book Announcement: Social Support and Health in the Digital Age


Social Support and Health in the Digital Age discusses how the information age has revolutionized nearly every facet of human communication—from the ways in which people purchase products to how they meet and fall in love. These exciting new communication technologies can both unite and divide us. People who are separated by great distances can now communicate with each other in real time, whereas parents often find themselves competing with smartphones and tablets for their children’s attention. This book explores the many ways that digital communication media, such as online forums, social networking sites, and mobile applications, enhance and constrain social support in health-related contexts. We already know a great deal about how the Internet has altered how people search for health information, but less about how people seek and receive social support in this new age of information, which is critical for maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional well being.


Edited by Nichole Egbert and Kevin B. Wright


Contributions by Bryan Abendschein, Tammy Bosley, Emily M. Buehler, Nichole Egbert, Bo Feng, Jesse Fox, Andrew C. High, Heewon Kim, Siyue Li, Jennifer Ohs, Wenjing Pan, Karlee Posteher, Stephen A. Rains, Laura D. Russell, Shawn C. Starcher, Christopher Tietsort, Kevin B. Wright, Sonja Uta, Jill Yamasaki, Lucas Youngvorst, and Guanjin Zhang.




Award Winner

The press release announcing distinguished science and political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson as the recipient of the 2020 NAS Public Welfare Medal is now live and posted at http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/2020-Kathleen-Hall-Jamieson-PWM.html.  She is being honored for her “non-partisan crusade to ensure the integrity of facts in public discourse and development of the science of scientific communication to promote public understanding of complex issues.”  The Public Welfare Medal is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.

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Division and Interest Group News

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The notifications of acceptances have been sent out and we are looking forward to an excellent program that our program chair Todd Wolfson is currently putting together (in case you are interested in chairing please get in touch). Of course the acceptance rate was tough as always and a lot of excellent contributions had to be rejected. Please consider joining the conference anyway and apply for one of the pre- or post-conference that our interest group is co-sponsoring. The full list can be found here: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020PrePostconf

We would also like to remind you of our interest group awards. The nomination deadline is 2 March 2020:

ACSJ Outstanding Book Award

The ACSJ interest group is soliciting nominations for its Outstanding Book Award. The book award honors the best book (sole or jointly authored, excluding edited volumes) on themes central to the mission of ACSJ published in the past two years. Unfortunately, nominations have to be limited to English-language publications due to our limited language resources.

A full nomination package should comprise (1) a signed rationale from the nominator (who shall not be the person nominated) (2) a signed, supporting statement and rationale from one other person (who shall not be the person nominated), (3) the resume of the person (or persons) whose book has been nominated including a complete list of his or her publications, and (4) a summary of the book and copies of at least two chapters from it. All submissions are electronic (including copies of book chapters), and should be sent electronically to Anne Kaun at anne.kaun@sh.se by 5 pm Eastern Standard Time on March 2, 2020. All nomination packages should be prepared by one person, and may come from the author, the nominator, or the publisher. The author must be a member of the ACSJ interest group. ACSJ’s book award committee will evaluate the nominations and select the award winner.

Committee Members: Anne Kaun (chair); Emiliano Treré (winner 2019), Guobin Yang, Kate Prendella

ACSJ Outstanding Dissertation Award

The dissertation award is given to the best dissertation on themes central to the mission of ACSJ completed in the past two years.

Unfortunately, nominations have to be limited to English-language dissertations due to our limited language resources. Nominations should be made by the dissertation advisor or committee member. The nomination package should include two nomination letters and a pdf copy of the dissertation and should be sent with the subject line “ACSJ Award Nomination” to Todd Wolfson at wolfsont@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 2, 2020. The dissertation author must be a member of the ICA ACSJ interest group. ACSJ’s dissertation award committee will evaluate the nominations and select the award winner.

Committee Members: Todd Wolfson (chair); Gino Canella (winner 2019), Liisa Sömersalu, Adrienne Russell



1.      Results of our survey

2.      Current conferences and calls

3.      Travel grants and funding

4.      Access to publications

5.      Networking

6.      Publication from one of our members

1.      Results of our survey

First of all, thank you to everyone who participated in our survey. A brief overview of emerging themes can be found below with some steps we will take going forward:

The highest percentage of respondents were from the USA (41%); followed by members from Asia and Europe (29% and 21% respectively). Only 4% of respondents indicated African origin and were also based in Africa; as it was the case for Latin America (Mexico, precisely). Similarly, the majority of our members who responded are based in the US and Canada, accounting for a total of 54%; 25% of participants are based in Asia, 13% in the EU, and 4% in Australia and Africa.

We can proudly say that our members speak at least 16 additional languages, on the top of English. Sadly, it seems that ICA divisions are lacking in equal representation internationally, culturally and geographically. Correspondingly, many of you encourage the division to raise awareness about research conducted outside of the US, and to attract scholars from non-Western communities, particularly novice and minority scholars to increase the association’s and divisions’ diversity.

2.      Current conferences and calls

Based on the associations you noted in the survey, we compiled upcoming conferences, funding and scholarships. We also searched for more non-western based associations. In some cases, there was no information available in English, but we tried our best to cover all continents.

You can access the table here:


3.      Travel grants and funding

For ICA conferences, our division offers travel grants to graduate students, contingent or part-time faculty, and early career faculty between jobs. Once your paper is accepted to ICA conference, please send an email to the LSI Chair, Dr. David Boromisza-Habashi at dbh@colorado.edu, with a statement of interest.

4.      Access to publications

We realize that while all ICA members get online access to journals as benefit, some scholars cannot afford to pay for membership on a regular basis. As the ICA Associate Executive Director, J. P. Gutierrez, informed us, “if a scholar in the developing world isn't a member, Oxford University Press, ICA’s publishing partner, will work with institutions for deeply discounted or gratis access to journals.” If you are interested, please do not hesitate to reach out to the association or to us to help you with discounted or free access to journals.

For members who are not aware or are not yet publishing Open Access, please get in touch with your funder, institution, and/or the association to help you with OA to facilitate and further our internationalization efforts. Open access is free of cost or other access barriers for readers; the annual processing charge for the ICA members wishing to publish OA is US$2,772, but in most cases, this is covered on behalf of authors by their institution or funding body and in some cases, the fee can be waived.

5.      Networking

As we want to keep the interaction alive, we created a document for our members to connect with colleagues with the same and/or similar research interests. You can add your information and/or search for a mentor or collaboration in this document.

The document can be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GMN_JZ8DoEk_d6HRULXUkQwmQFQDAyHpVU5K5spaedY/edit

6.      From our members

Last but not least, we want to share a recent publication about de-westernization in the communication discipline by Professor Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. You may access the article here https://doi.org/10.1080/17447143.2019.1695806

We would like to encourage you to email us with any concerns and/or ideas you may have around skill advancement and engagement with wider membership; particularly those of you who feel underrepresented within the ICA and LSI or those who cannot use social media, please reach out using contact details below.

Yours Sincerely,

Lucia and Martha




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If you have any news to be included in the February 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.


Call for Nominations for the Division's Innovation Award

This year's contest will focus on theory. Please see the details below and the attached document. 


2020 Honoree to Receive Award at ICA Annual Meeting in Australia (May 2020)

Background. The Mass Communication Division membership approved the creation of a new award, the ICA MCD Innovation Award, at the 2016 ICA annual meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. This award will honor mass communication theory innovations in even-numbered years and method innovations in odd-numbered years. Innovation in theory development can manifest itself in many ways – the presentation of a new theory, the articulation of weaknesses of existing theory and how a research effort addresses those weaknesses, approaching a mass communication phenomenon from a new explanatory principle that undergirds theory, or arguing for a paradigm shift. Innovation in method could reflect the creation of new analytical tools and/or procedures, the offering of an improved design to address a long-standing mass communication phenomenon, the creation of novel stimuli to address a mass communication question, the presentation of an advancement in comparative research methodology, or the use of mixed methods in a novel, but productive manner. An innovation is often defined as something “new”, but we all know that our theory and method advancements build on the work of others. Nevertheless, there are those instances when a particular work signals not just a step, but a leap forward that is worthy of being defined as an “innovation”. It is those works that represent a unique advancement that the division is seeking to identify for this award.

The 2020 ICA MCD Innovation Award for Theory.

Call for Nominations. All nominations will focus on a single work of innovation, whether it be a peer-reviewed journal article, invited journal article, book chapter, or book. Both self- nominations and nominations by others are welcome. Only those individuals who are current members of the International Communication Association (ICA) can put forward a nomination or offer a letter of support. A nominated work can be by one or more author(s) and published anytime within fifteen years prior to the nomination deadline. For the 2020 award (and its March 2020 nomination deadline), this would include works published from March 2005 to

the present. A nomination packet will include the following: (1) a primary nomination letter arguing why this piece of research represents a true methodological innovation and a summary of the scope and impact of the innovation on mass communication research; (2) a copy of the peer-reviewed journal article, invited journal article, book chapter, or up to two chapters of the book being nominated; (3) the Curriculum Vitae of the sole- or lead-author of the work being considered for the award; and, (4) as many as two additional letters of support for the nomination may be included in the packet, but are not necessary for award consideration.

Directions for Nomination Submission. All nomination materials should be included in a single Adobe Acrobat PDF attachment sent to InnovationAward2020 @gmail.com by 23:59 GMT, March 2, 2020. Any questions concerning the ICA MCD Innovation Award for Theory should be

directed to Robin Nabi, Ph.D., Award Committee Chair, nabi@ucsb.edu.

Innovation Award Committee:  Robin Nabi (Chair, UC Santa Barabara), Anne Bartsch (LMU), Shawnika Hull (GWU), Jochen Peter (ASCoR).



First, please consider submitting a proposal for the PRE-CONFERENCES VCS is organizing and co-sponsoring this year. More information can be found further below, on our Facebook page, and at https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020PrePostconf

Second, VCS is seeking nominations for the inaugural edition of a divisional TOP DISSERTATION AWARD. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must be a member of the division, and dissertations must be defended within the two calendar years preceding the award year (2018 or 2019 for the 2020 award).

The nomination packet should be submitted to jelle.mast@vub.be no later than 1 March 2020. More info can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/rtfqghc

Also: in addition to the ICA travel grants, student members of the division who are presenting a paper or poster in the VCS program, can apply for divisional travel funding by writing a letter of inquiry stipulating the conditions of their request (including country tier, (estimated) travel expenses and budget (other funding applied for or obtained)) and sending a C.V. to jelle.mast@vub.be by Friday, 21 February 2020. There is no set amount to this grant and its allocation depends on the funds available and on how many apply and with what kind of needs.

Any announcements for the next VCS Newsletter (February) should be sent to jelle.mast@vub.be by 14 February.


The VCS Division is organizing a pre-conference on May 21, 2020, in Gold Coast, Australia, on “VISUAL REPRESENTATION AND MARGINALITY,” which will be headlined by ICA Fellow Barbie Zelizer. She will present a keynote on invisibility and the news.

The pre-conference is being supported by the QUT Digital Media Research Centre as principal sponsor with additional support and sponsorships by the following ICA Divisions and Interest Groups:

• The LGBTQ Studies Interest Group

• The Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group

• The Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division

Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors, we’re able to host this pre-conference without a registration fee for participants.

We’ve also teamed up with our colleagues at Visual Communication Quarterly to publish a special issue on our pre-conference theme, “Visual Representation and Marginality,” guest edited by VCS Division Vice Chair Mary Angela Bock, that is slated for issue 27.4 (December 2020) of the journal. Also included in the special issue will be a curated selection of relevant images from the Pictures of the Year and/or College Photographer of the Year Archives selected by the directors of those programs.

Extended abstracts of no more than 1,000 words are due by 1 February 2020, and limited spaces are available. Additional details and a submission form are available via this Google Form: https://forms.gle/cXefFTQuvBe8fBDH9 

We're planning to have an even mix of junior and senior scholars present and each group's submissions will be assessed separately to ensure an even playing field and to ensure our emerging scholars can learn from more senior ones and vice versa.

Please contact pre-conference organizer, T.J. Thomson (tj.thomson@qut.edu.au), with any questions.


In addition, the VCS Division is cosponsoring another pre-conference on 21 May, in the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, on “VISUAL POLITICS: IMAGE PRODUCTION, PERCEPTION, AND INFLUENCE”, organized by Prof. Erik Bucy (Texas Tech University) and Prof. Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University).

The deadline for abstract submissions (maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words)) is 14 February 2020.

Please submit your abstracts through this Google Form: http://bit.ly/VisualPoliticsICA2020. Contributors to the preconference will be selected by a panel review process and will be notified of decisions by 21 February 2020.

Registration costs for the preconference will be approximately $50 USD and will include coffee breaks and lunch. The call for abstracts can be found at:




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Calls for Paper

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Call for Abstracts

International Conference: „Communicating Memory Matters: Next Steps in the Study of Media Remembering and Communicative Commemoration“

University of Salzburg, Austria

16–17 September 2020.

Please submit abstracts via email (memorymatters2020@gmail.com) by 1 March 2020 (for further information go to https://www.memoryandmedia.net).

Organized by

Memory and Media Research Network

Professor Christian Pentzold and Professor Christine Lohmeier



International Conference

Communicating Memory Matters: Next Steps in the Study of Media Remembering and Communicative Commemoration

University of Salzburg, 16–17 September 2020

Funded by the German Research Foundation, Memory and Media Network Grant

Confirmed keynote speakers: Karina Horsti (Finnish Academy & University of Jyväskylä), Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow), Carolyn Kitch (Temple University), Randi Marselis (Roskilde University), & Anna Reading (King’s College London)


Memory is a communicative affair. Media and the forms of interaction and sensemaking they enable shape the ways people come to connect to a collective past, store personal reminiscences, and return to bygone moments. As such, every new wave of information and communication technology has brought about shifts in mnemonic culture.


The practices and processes of media remembering and communicative commemoration receive an increasing academic attention across disciplines. Our conference addresses this nascent area of inquiry. It calls for contributions that explore the fundaments of communication memory studies in different academic traditions, map corresponding fields of research, and scrutinize analytical perspectives.


The event brings together theoretical and empirical approaches toward the capacity of communication processes and media environments for memory making. Due to the variety of paradigms, we believe that it is necessary to work across disciplines and embrace an international perspective.


The conference is open to research related to questions of memory, media, and communication. And it invites senior as well as emerging scholars to contemplate the future of communication memory studies.

Contributions can address, but are not limited to, the following aspects:

  • Journalism and the role of journalistic memory agents

  • Memory and visual communication

  • Remembering and forgetting in academia, most notably communication studies

  • Media nostalgia in networked communication

  • Media witnessing and digital media

  • New media and shifting forms of memory making

  • Data, archives, and information retrieval

  • Memory work in-between the past, the present, and the future

  • Cosmopolitan and transnational media memory

The conference will be hosted by the Memory and Media Network. It is funded by the German Research Foundation.


Submission Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted via email (memorymatters2020@gmail.com) by 1 March 2020. Submissions must contain a front page with all information about the author(s) as well as an anonymized extended abstract (max. 500 words excl. front page and bibliographical references).


General Information

The conference will begin on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, with a Get-Together and end on Thursday, 17 September 2020, with an afternoon session. For updated information concerning the programme, registration, accommodation, and travel, please visit our website www.memoryandmedia.net


Key Dates

1 March 2020: deadline for abstract submissions

8 April 2020: notification of acceptance

1 May 2020: publication of conference programme

15 to 17 September 2020: conference


Organizers and Contact

Memory and Media Research Network

Professor Christian Pentzold and Professor Christine Lohmeier

Email: memorymatters2020@gmail.com

Web: https://www.memoryandmedia.net


Conference Venue

Department of Communication Studies, University of Salzburg, Rudolfskai 42, 5020 Salzburg, Austria


Media, Polis, Agora

Journalism, Communication and Humanities in the New Technology Era

Nicosia, Cyprus – September 17-19, 2020


Call for Papers: submit by April 1st, 2020

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming international conference entitled “Media, Polis, Agora: Journalism, Communication and Humanities in the New Technology Era”. The conference is organized by the Advanced Media Institute, the Open University of Cyprus theCyprus University of Technology and the University of Nicosiaand will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece.


The multi-disciplinary conference aims to bring together academics and professionals, especially from the fields of media studies, journalism, communication, politics, law, sociology, governance, humanities, cultural analysis and technologies, to elaborate, discuss and advance ideas on the inter-relationship, synergies, conflict, policy and future directions of humanities, journalism, and communications in a new era dominated by technology. It will address areas related to the dynamic interplay between the media, the polis (politics) and the public sphere (agora). Some of the main themes that will be covered in this conference include advances in digital journalism, the future of humanities as a discipline in a technology-dominated era, the regulatory framework of the media in the new technological era, the challenges and ethical considerations of content creation in the new media, and the examination of how technological advances can promote research in humanities. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical submissions on these issues.

Moreover, and perhaps more importantly, the conference seeks to build bridges between academia and the profession, between the humanities and the new technologies, and between the media actors and experts of their regulation. Thus, we welcome laboratories, workshops and seminars to demonstrate innovative practices, discuss ideas and share best practices regarding the themes of the conference.

Submission process

We call for potential speakers to submit an abstract ranging from 250 - 500 words in English by April 1st, 2020.

Submissions shall be uploaded at the Easy Chair Platform, by clickinghere. For further assistance, please contact us by email to info@advancedmediainstitute.com

The detailed Call for Papers is attached, and available on http://amiretreat2020.advancedmediainstitute.com/

Conference website

Keynote speakers, location of the event and other activities will be announced on our website. For more info and registration, please visit the conference’s website:



A Special Issue: A Call for Paper Submissions 

Global Queer and Trans* Studies

A Special Issue Editor, Shinsuke Eguchi

Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 

Call for Submissions:

In recent years there has been an increasing visibility of queer and trans* studies in International and Intercultural Communication. For example, Karma R. Chávez (2013) advocated for the field of inquiry called, Queer Intercultural Communication, to examine nuanced connections among queer and trans* identities, cultures, politics, and globalization. With scholars such as C. Riley Snorton, Megan Morrisey, Julia Johnson, and Gust A. Yep, Chávez (2013) called to push the boundaries of international and intercultural communication that maintain the logics of cisheteronormativity working with whiteness, patriarchy, ableism, and capitalism. Since then, Shinsuke Eguchi and Godfried Asante (2016) and Shinsuke Eguchi and Bernadette Marie Calafell (2020) have also expanded the circumference of Queer Intercultural Communication by emphasizing on the intersectional queer and trans* politics of belonging. However, such collection of queer intercultural scholarships yet struggles to fully locate global perspectives on queer and trans* identities, performances, and spaces.

Thus, this special issue calls to further expand the current state of Queer Intercultural Communication. Accordingly, Global Queer and Trans* Studies welcome submissions that examine, question, and/or critique the following topics including but not limited to:

Intersections with Asian Studies Arab/Middle-Eastern Studies, Black/African/Caribbean Studies, Latinix Studies, and Mixed Race and Ethnic Studies

Sexual Desire, Intimacy, and Relationality

Transnationalism, Migration, and Diasporas

Citizenships, Border Crossings, and Borderlands

Indigenous Genders, Sexualities, and Sexual Practices

Cultural Politics of Third Gender and Sex

Discourses around Gender Affirmation Processes

Religion and Sexuality

Futurism and Temporalities

Gay Modernity and Empire

Toxic Gay Masculinities and Cosmopolitanism

Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Settler Colonialism

Military, Occupation, and Imperialism

National/Global LGBT organizations and campaigns

Transnational/Global South Feminism

Cisgenderism, Ableism, and Healthism

Transnational Coalitional Politics and Praxis 

Digital Media and Platforms

Pornography and Cultural Industry

Sexual Technologies

Theater, Film, and Performance

In order to clearly articulate the topical directions mentioned above, Global Queer and Trans* Studies seek submissions that methodologically centralize critical/cultural, interpretive, and/or performative approaches.

To accommodate more contributors, this issue will only accept essays that should be no more than 6,000–7,000 words inclusive of references, figure captions, endnotes. To format your essay, please follow the styling requirement for Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. See the details for https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjii20/current

To be considered for publication in this special issue, please submit your completed essay by September 1, 2020 through https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rjii When you do so, make sure to choose a special issue “Global Queer and Trans* Studies.” If you have any questions regarding this special issue, please contact Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi (University of New Mexico) at seguchi@unm.edu.

Proposed Timeline:

September 1, 2020

Contributors submit their essays

November 1, 2020

Peer-reviews will be sent back to contributors

January 1, 2021

Contributors resubmit revised essays

March 1, 2021

If needed, peer-reviewed will be sent back to the contributors. 

May 1, 2021

Contributors will finalize their essays.

Fall 2021 or Winter 2021 - Publication


Chávez, K. R. (2013). Pushing boundaries: Queer intercultural communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 6(2), 83-95.

Eguchi, S., & Asante, G. (2016). Disidentifications revisited: Queer(y)ing intercultural communication theory. Communication Theory, 26(2), 171-189.

Eguchi, S. & Calafell, B. M. (Eds.). (2020). Queer intercultural communication: The intersectional politics of belonging in and across differences. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Department of English
Assistant/Associate Professor in Communication Studies (with tenure)


Tsuda University (Department of English) in Tokyo, Japan, is seeking to hire an Assistant/Associate Professor in Communication Studies (with tenure) starting on April 1, 2021 (application deadline March 17th, 2020)

For further information, please find the full job announcement at: https://www.tsuda.ac.jp/en/news/20191216_employment.html.. For inquiries, please contact comjinji@tsuda.ac.jp.



Department of Communication Sciences
Academic Position in Digital Media Effects

The fulltime professor position will be held within the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research (SMCR), a research unit within the Department of Communication Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium). KU Leuven represents a leading academic institution in Europe that is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure. Within KU Leuven, SMCR represents a pioneering institution for media effects research Website unit.

We welcome excellent scholars who complement SMCR research lines in terms of (1) themes (e.g., (but not limited to) health communication, emotion and cognition, science & environmental communication), and/or (2) quantitative methods (e.g., (but not limited to) computational and digital social science methods, statistical modelling, data visualization, or psychophysiological research), and/or (3) audiences (e.g., (but not limited to) minorities, people with addictions).

Teaching will contain several courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level and will include theoretical and methodological courses on communication science in general and digital media in particular. You can apply for this job no later than February 20, 2020 via the online application tool For more information see https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55325409?hl=en&lang=en


College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Assistant Professor & Executive Director of the Program for Public Discourse

The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor who will also serve as the Executive Director of the new Program for Public Discourse. The Program for Public Discourse seeks to build a culture of robust debate and civic engagement at UNC while upholding our core principles of freedom of expression and academic inquiry. The program supports the development or enhancement of courses and campus life experiences that explicitly engage the full range of structured techniques, practices, habits, and processes for discussion, deliberation, and debate. The program will bring speakers to campus for moderated events that explore a broad range of contemporary topics and will support Polis student fellows who will build skills in public discourse and civic engagement as well as contribute to a quarterly publication.

The position will begin July 1, 2020 and is a non-tenure-track, renewable, twelve-month position with a three-year initial appointment. The faculty member will hold a fixed-term appointment in an appropriate academic department.

The successful candidate will teach one course per semester and be responsible for managing programming in the Program for Public Discourse. This includes hiring and supervising one intern, mentoring the Polis Fellows, recruiting speakers, and working with the Center for Faculty Excellence, The Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and other campus centers to support civic engagement and the wider use of structured argumentation, advocacy, or debate in the classroom.

Educational Requirements
PhD or other terminal degree in any field represented by Arts & Sciences.

Qualifications and Experience
Previous teaching experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience using deliberation, debate, or structured argumentation in the classroom and/or research on civil discourse and deliberation.

Special Instructions
Applications are open to candidates from any field represented by the 44 departments of the College of Arts & Sciences (see https://college.unc.edu/news-and-features/departments-curricula-centers-institutes/). We are especially interested in applicants from the fields of Communications, History, Philosophy, Political Science, or Public Policy, and those who may have expertise or experience in debate-centered instruction.

The application package should a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a statement of teaching interest and experience that includes strategies for inclusive teaching, two sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation. At the time of application, candidates will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of professional references (three are required). The recommenders that candidates identify will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their recommendation letters. Application materials and letters of recommendation must be submitted in electronic form only.

We will begin considering candidates after February 6, 2020, and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please submit an online application for vacancy ID FAC0003106 at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/175540

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


School of Human Sciences and Technology

Tenure Track Faculty Positions – Digital Media and UX/XR

IE University’s School of Human Sciences and Technology HST invites qualified applicants for full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in Digital Media and UX/XR (User Experience and Extended Reality) beginning September 2020, in Madrid. 

Candidates should have training and active research agendas that make contact with one or more core areas of Digital Media and UX/XR such as: 

  • Interactive Narratives

  • Visual Storytelling

  • User Experience (UX)

  • User Interface (UI)

  • Extended Reality (XR) and Content Design 

  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

  • Branded Content Creativity and Business Models

Our faculty are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present in international venues, teach courses at the Bachelor and/or Master level, and provide intellectual leadership within HST in their areas of expertise (and more broadly, across IE University). Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants will have earned a Ph.D. from a recognized school in a relevant discipline. 


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statement and three confidential recommendation letters.

Please submit your application by March 10th, 2020 via Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/73119

For general enquiries about the application, contact Sara Flores, Recruitment Coordinator Sara.flores@ie.edu , specific enquiries can be made to Prof. Begoña González-Cuesta Begona.Gonzalez@ie.edu

IE University is an internationally recognized institution originally founded as a business school. The university is comprised of schools of Business, Human Sciences & Technology, Law, Global and Public Affairs, and Architecture & Design. We consider ourselves the most international institution of higher education with approximately 85% of our students coming from outside Spain and typically over 120 countries represented on campus. Our Madrid campus is situated in the financial district of this vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of over 5 million people. In 2020, we will open the doors to our new undergraduate Learning Tower – a vertical campus which will be one of the 5 towers occupying the skyline of Madrid. Our Segovia campus is located in the historic quarter of this World-Heritage city, 30 minutes by high-speed train from Madrid.   


School of Human Sciences and Technology

Tenure Track Faculty Positions – Experience Design and UX

IE University’s School of Human Sciences and Technology HST invites qualified applicants for full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in Experience Design and UX (User Experience) beginning September 2020 in Madrid. 

Candidates should have training and active research agendas that make contact with one or more core areas of Experience Design and UX such as: 

  • Experience Design 

  • Service Design

  • Customer Experience (CX)

  • Human-centered Design

  • Innovation Methodologies 

  • Design Thinking

  • User Experience (UX)

  • User Interface (UI)

  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

Our faculty are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present in international venues, teach courses at the Bachelor and/or Master level, and provide intellectual leadership within HST in their areas of expertise (and more broadly, across IE University. Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants will have earned a Ph.D. from a recognized school in a relevant discipline. 


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statement and three confidential recommendation letters.

Please submit your application by March 10th, 2020 via Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/73120

For general enquiries about the application, contact Sara Flores, Recruitment Coordinator Sara.flores@ie.edu , specific enquiries can be made to Prof. Begoña González-Cuesta Begona.Gonzalez@ie.edu

IE University is an internationally recognized institution originally founded as a business school. The university is comprised of schools of Business, Human Sciences & Technology, Law, Global and Public Affairs, and Architecture & Design. We consider ourselves the most international institution of higher education with approximately 85% of our students coming from outside Spain and typically over 120 countries represented on campus. Our Madrid campus is situated in the financial district of this vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of over 5 million people. In 2020, we will open the doors to our new undergraduate Learning Tower – a vertical campus which will be one of the 5 towers occupying the skyline of Madrid. Our Segovia campus is located in the historic quarter of this World-Heritage city, 30 minutes by high-speed train from Madrid.


School of Journalism

Director of Research, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Associate or Full Professor

The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism is seeking an outstanding individual who straddles the worlds of academia and professional practice to conduct and coordinate research for an audience of journalism practitioners and citizens who rely on robust news media.

This faculty member should be committed to understanding the role of journalism in communities, engaging audiences, measuring their interests and supporting content strategies based on the latest technologies, data streams and storytelling approaches. The successful applicant will also teach one course during the spring and fall semesters.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct academically rigorous research to test hypotheses that emerge from direct newsroom experience.

  • Create real-time experiments and other research projects.

  • Publish research results in academically rigorous journals.

  • Communicate research results on a regular basis with journalists and the general public via online stories, videos, social media posts, podcasts, presentations at national industry conferences and RJI-sponsored seminars.

  • Pursue grant funding to support applied journalism and strategic communication research.

  • Launch strategic research partnerships with news and community organizations, scholars and practitioners.

  • Serve as a member of the RJI leadership team.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in journalism, communications, political science, or another relevant field.

  • A minimum of three years of professional work experience in mass media.

Applications must include a letter of interest, a C.V. or resume and list of professional references. Please visit https://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/ to access the online application system and reference job opening 31107.

An equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer

Denison U

Department of Communication

Visiting Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and/or Relational Communication


The Department of Communication at Denison University invites applications for a two-year, full time, visiting (non-tenure track) assistant professor position in the areas of Rhetoric and/or Relational Communication with an emphasis in critical, cultural, and/or qualitative approaches. A PhD is required, a degree in Communication is preferred, and prior teaching experience in Rhetoric and/or Relational Communication is ideal.

We seek a teacher-scholar whose background prepares them to offer a range of courses at upper and lower undergraduate levels. Please see the full job ad at https://employment.denison.edu

Review of application materials will begin February 19th, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.


Denison U

Department of Communication

Visiting Assistant Professor in Media Studies

The Department of Communication at Denison University invites applications for a two-year, full time, visiting (non-tenure track) assistant professor position in the area of Media Studies with an emphasis in critical, cultural, and/or qualitative approaches. A PhD is required, a degree in Communication is preferred, and prior teaching experience in Media Studies is ideal.

We seek a teacher-scholar whose background prepares them to offer a range of courses at upper and lower undergraduate levels. Please see the full job ad at https://employment.denison.edu

Review of application materials will begin February 19th, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. 

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Michael Haley - In Memoriam

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 22, 2020

It is with great sadness that the ICA leadership announce that Michael L. Haley, who served as Executive Director of ICA from 2000 until his retirement in 2016, passed away from complications after an extended battle with cancer on 2 January, 2020 at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where he had recently relocated with his husband, Edward. Michael was 70. We consider ourselves extremely lucky, proud, and grateful to have worked with him. On behalf of ICA’s Board of Directors, staff, and members, we extend our deepest sympathies to Edward and their family.  

Michael came to ICA in 2000, after an extensive search for a new Executive Director. He was hired shortly after the Association’s 50th Annual Conference in Acapulco, Mexico, with two major objectives given to him by the Executive Committee: move the headquarters to a major metropolitan area (from its then home in Austin, Texas), and focus on making the organization more international in both composition and scope.


With gusto Michael accomplished the first objective within his first year as Executive Director, moving ICA’s office in Austin to Washington, D.C. in late 2001. In 2006 he entrenched the association’s location in the U.S. capitol by shepherding the purchase of the current office on 21st Street NW, which ICA has called its home for the last 15 years.


In pursuing the second objective, Michael saw ICA’s enormous global potential as a learned society, and he channeled efforts in that direction that still echo today. The establishment of regional conferences, international liaisons, and board members-at-large all evolved under Michael’s leadership. He personally spearheaded getting ICA accepted as a UN-designated NGO. From 1964-2000 the Annual Conference was held just three times outside of North America; in Michael’s 16 years as Executive Director he closed deals that put the Annual Conference outside of North America six times. These efforts form the essential foundation that Michael laid out as the architect of ICA’s future.


However, all of this is academic. What Michael brought to ICA went far beyond any policy or quantitative accomplishment. He lent the association a vision of diplomacy and kindness. He saw ICA’s members and leaders as true gifts to the community and treated them as such. A site visit, conference planning, a mid-year meeting: these weren’t just thankless obligations for board members, but celebrations of the volunteers, their time, and the impact that both would have on ICA’s mission. 


Michael was a firm believer in ICA’s culture of informality and parity. Himself a PhD, Michael nonetheless took pride in being relatable. He addressed ICA’s most distinguished scholars and its youngest graduate students on equal terms, asking that they do the same.


Michael didn’t just apply this nature to the members. His patience and kindness guided ICA’s staff through many iterations. As personnel came and went, what stayed static were the relationships he fostered with them: a leader to be looked up to, even a father figure to some. Michael never shied away from this role, even (perhaps especially) in the hardest times. He made sure everyone was heard and that each person with whom he interacted--from staff to student members to the president--were treated with equal respect. He was deeply involved , as well, in the selection of his successor to the Executive Director role, insisting on someone who shared his sense of humor, and including a generous six months of overlap in which he effected something of a “Vulcan mind meld” to pass along his sixteen years of ICA-specific institutional wisdom, ensuring that ICA would be left in the care of someone who would take the same care he had taken in ensuring its success, and in creating an association to which members and staff alike truly enjoyed belonging. 


His diligence and devotion were offset by a notorious unflappable demeanor. As is the case with all the best Executive Directors, Michael kept a calm, steady hand even in moments of chaos and crisis; ICA leaders, members, and staff relied on him in equal measure to navigate troubled waters with an absolute minimum of turbulence. In addition, Michael was equipped with a dry wit and quirky sense of humor: both a chuckle and a quick, gentle rejoinder were always at the ready. His characteristic smirk is what many of us will remember most. 


Born November 6, 1949, Michael grew up in Colorado and surrounding areas in the northwestern United States. He was a proud graduate of U of Oregon (and rabid fan of the american football team the Oregon Ducks) and earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1974. He went into practice shortly after, gradually making his way to becoming the Executive Director of the California Psychological Association in 1994, which transitioned him into a career in association management. Michael was a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Certified Association Executive (CAE), as well as a life member of ICA.


Michael’s family held private services in January. We will have many opportunities these next months to remember Michael’s contributions to ICA, and there will be an evening memorial in Michael’s honor at the Annual Conference in May coordinated by ICA Past Presidents Cynthia Stohl and Barbie Zelizer.


Michael is survived by his husband Edward, his sister Beth, his niece Kimberly, his stepdaughters, Nicole and Amanda, and thousands of communication scholars, martinis in hand, smiling and talking at a joyous ICA conference. ICA’s humorous video dedication to Michael on the occasion of his 2016 retirement can be viewed here

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to GreySave, a Greyhound rescue about which Michael cared deeply. 

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A Message on the Australian Bushfires from ICA President Terry Flew

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Wednesday, January 8, 2020


There is currently a major bushfire crisis in Australia. It is centred around the south-east corner of the large continent, but there have been outbreaks in many parts of the country. This includes the south-east Queensland region, near where the 2020 ICA conference is located in May, which experienced bushfires in September and again in late November. 

The Australian bushfires have become a global media event. Images of a smoggy Sydney, dead animals, burnt-out homes and weary firefighters have been broadcast around the globe. It was a topic of discussion at the recent Golden Globe Awards. It has of course raised the issue of the relationship of adverse weather effects to human-induced climate change, as well as the inadequacy of responses of governments such as the Australian Federal Government to a looming global climate emergency.

In that light, ICA members are no doubt wondering what they can do to assist, and may be reconsidering their attendance at the 70th annual ICA conference on the Gold Coast from May 21-25. I can comment on whether to attend first, and how you can assist second. 

It is very important to be aware that it is now summer in south Australia, the bushfire season. Climate change may lead to longer bushfire seasons and has led to an impact in places that do not typically experience bushfires, such as the forest areas around South-East Queensland which usually experience more rainfall. At the same time, it is highly unlikely that there would be such issues lingering in May, leading up to our conference, which is late autumn leading into winter. 

It is hard to predict when a drought will break, but it is notable that the cyclone season is now being experienced in northern Australia. This generally leads to wet conditions in South-East Queensland, which is a subtropical region. It is notable that Jakarta, which is north of Australia, experienced severe flooding in January. So we do not expect the current January conditions to prevail until May.

People have also been concerned about smoke and haze levels in Australian cities such as Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Many of us have become more engaged with PM2.5 levels, as they are known, and readings in these cities have on some days been at, or above, the levels of cities such as Delhi and Karachi. Having been in Beijing in 2007, when smog levels were at their peak and flights were delayed due to poor visibility at the airport, I am very much aware of the potential adverse health impacts of prolonged exposure to bad air. 

Again, this is unlikely to be the case by May 2020. I am writing from Sydney, and it is not the case now. This could change, as fires will not be eliminated in a hurry. But given that the bad air is a consequence of bushfires and wind directions, we would not expect this to be an issue in May. These cities are heading into winter around our conference time, so it is important that you take some warm clothes if going to Sydney or Melbourne, as they are considerably cooler than the Gold Coast at that time of year.

There are a number of ways in which you can support bushfire relief. You can donate to the Australian Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate. A range of other ways in which you can donate, including assisting wildlife, can be found at https://www.news.com.au/national/bushfire-relief-donations-pass-100-million-as-celebrities-corporations-and-communities-dig-deep/news-story/88f1d4fbe4798191d6d317ec9f4088cc

At the same time, I am aware that Australia is a relatively affluent country, where governments can support disaster relief. The bushfires have also attracted a great deal of support from celebrities, philanthropists, sports people, companies and non-government organizations, and many others. It is a photogenic country, with unique wildlife and beautiful vistas, and so does attract considerable international interest. But the Federal government has already committed $2 billion, so there is not a shortage of funds being committed.

A different issue has been raised about visiting bushfire affected regions to help local economies through tourism. This is a good idea, but I would note that the most affected regions are not in the immediate vicinity of the Gold Coast venue. If you are wanting to go to a bushfire affected region, check closely how to get there: they are generally not close to the major coastal cities. 

There is considerable interest in indigenous land management techniques and the use of fire to manage country. If you want to educate yourself about these techniques, this resource provides a good place to start: https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/land/aboriginal-fire-management. The extent of the bushfire damage has been particularly traumatic for First Nations people, who have connections to country in many affected places that date back over thousands of years. A fundraising site dedicated to supporting Australian First Nations communities can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/fire-relief-fund-for-first-nations-communities?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet

An important way in which ICA scholars can assist is through their own research into the role of communication with regards to climate change and environmental issues. These issues are being addressed in papers and panels at the conference, as well as in pre- and post-conferences. We will advise on other activities that relate to these themes as the conference program is announced. 

It is also worth noting that ICA has recently approved a carbon offset program to be employed for all future conferences; after registering, you will have the option of clicking a link to pay a carbon offset fee directly to an organization working on climate change and various environmental projects around the world. 

We very much welcome your attendance in Australia at the May 2020 ICA conference, and would encourage you to make your travel plans once the acceptances are announced on 15 January. 

Terry Flew

ICA President

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President’s Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Tuesday, December 10, 2019

One of the great things about the ICA is the way in which so many of its members actively commit their time to working with others to address key challenges of our time. One of the ways in which this occurs – largely behind the scenes – is through the work of Task Forces.

We are very pleased to announce the formation of three new Task Forces, each of which is addressing a key issue that arose at the 2019 Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC. One that is of particular importance is the IDEA Task Force, addressing issues of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (hence, IDEA) within the ICA, and in how ICA engages with the wider world. The IDEA Task Force will be co-chaired by Jasmine McNealy (U of Florida) and Maria Len-Rios (U of Georgia). It is charged with:

  • Recommending an association-wide definition of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, that can recognize global diversity;

  • Identifying areas of activity on which ICA can be assessed in terms of IDEA principles, as outlined in the Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access circulated in July 2019;


  • Identifying areas of opportunity and recommend mechanisms by which ICA can improve on IDEA principles, including both short-term changes (e.g. allocation of Grants-in-Aid funding) and longer-term process changes or more large-scale changes.

At time of publication, the membership of the IDEA Task Force, in addition to co-chairs McNealy and Len-Rios, is: Walid Afifi (U of California, Santa Barbara), Meryl Alper (Northeastern U), Miriam Ayieko (Daystar U), Sarah Banet-Weiser (London School of Economics), Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts, Amherst), Stine Eckert (Wayne State U), David Ewoldsen (Michigan State U), Shiv Ganesh (U of Texas), and Kim Gross (George Washington U), with John Paul Gutierrez (ICA) as ex officio member. The Task Force will report on progress to the ICA Executive Board at the 2020 ICA Annual Conference in Gold Coast, Australia.

The second Task Force to be established is the Open Access Task Force. Chaired by ICA President-Elect Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), the Open Access Task Force will develop a strategy and policy for ICA regarding OA publishing, including developing an Open Science strategy and addressing financial and organizational implications of ICA moving towards open access models for its publications. Other members of this committee are: Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College), Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Meenakshi Gigi Durham (U of Iowa), Nick Bowman (Texas Tech U), Eike Rinke (U of Leeds), Eun Ju Lee (Seoul National U)  and Janice Krieger (U of Florida), with Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara), John Paul Gutierrez and Larry Gross (U of Southern California) as ex officio members. This Task Force will report on draft recommendations to the ICA Executive Board in May 2020. 

The final Task Force is the ICA-UNICEF Task Force, which I will chair. We are finalizing the Commitment to Cooperate between ICA and UNICEF, and will report further on this in the new year. 

I am also pleased to announce that ICA has increased its commitment to Grant-in-Aid funding to enable participation by scholars from lower and lower-middle income (World Bank defined Tier B and Tier C) countries, as well as those facing financial hardships from all parts of the world, to attend the Gold Coast conference. A total of $75,000 in funding has been approved for 2020. Further changes, if any, are subject to a wider review by and recommendation from the IDEA Task Force. The travel grant application will open in mid-January. 

We are also actively promoting the participation of First Nations scholars in the 2020  ICA Annual Conference, and a call for proposals has been widely circulated among First Nations scholarly communities, particularly in Australia.

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President-Elect Column

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Tuesday, December 10, 2019

With the reviews in, program planners are now entering the exciting (and intense) phase of composing panels, finding and forging coherence, and identify and label new developments in our sub-fields and groups. A wonderful process! At a later stage this is passed on to headquarters and me as overall conference planner for a grand finale of planning.

Meanwhile our theme chair, Eike Rinke (U of Leeds), is also working on composing the Open Communication theme program. We are excited that the call for the theme to reflect on, showcase, learn about, and discuss open scholarship yielded really interesting submissions.  We are also thrilled that one of the keynote plenaries at the conference will be devoted to this theme, featuring stellar scholars and thinkers. The #ica20 conference theme is part of a larger conversation within the Association about open scholarship, transparency, and best practices in research.

In ongoing Task Force work we are exploring options on how to maximize the impact of the theme on the conference by having tutorials, learning labs, and roundtables, at the Gold Coast venue. I will keep you updated on that process in the next newsletter(s). If you want to read more, sites like https://osf.io and https://cos.io offer easy introductions to some of the building blocks and also tools for registering studies and finding collaborators.

In the Task Force we are also discussing how ICA, through its conference submission, the conference itself, and its journals can provide a space to think about, develop, and encourage open scholarship practices.  These discussions will be part of recommendations to the ICA board in spring. This is truly exciting and will hopefully place ICA at the center of a much larger discussion in our field and beyond. 

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