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Posted By Administration, Friday, April 3, 2020

Deadline for submission for Comunicação e Sociedade extended until April 15

The deadline for submitting articles to Comunicação e Sociedade on “Discourses on migrants, refugees and minorities in the public sphere”, edited by Moisés de Lemos Martins (CECS-UM, Portugal), Maria Aldina Marques (ILCH-UM, Portugal) and Rui Ramos (IE-UM, Portugal), was extended until April 15, 2020.

For the next volume of Comunicação e Sociedade, we are challenging researchers to reflect on the different discursive-textual strategies used in political, press and social media discourses on migrants, refugees and minorities since the early 21st century.

Over the last decade, Europe has recorded the highest influx of refugees and migrants since World War II. In the American continent, migrant flows have also been subject to major political and media attention. The exodus has become more acute, creating a new social problem for states and obliging citizens to take a position on these matters. In the public space (in particular, media and social networks) there are conflicts between discourses that focus on national security concerns and those that highlight humanitarian concerns, wherein the latter propose effective reception of migrants, on the basis of ethical and civilisation values. The arguments between these different viewpoints revolve around fears, reactions to differences and cultural confrontations (including linguistic, religious, identity, ethnic-racial factors, etc.), and the constructed images of “us” and “the other”.

As with so many other aspects of our collective life, this volume is highly conditioned by the public discourses that we encounter. It is important to analyse them, deconstruct them, and provide citizens with tools and skills for conscious and informed interpretation.

The theoretical foundations and analytical instruments of discourse studies enable such an approach. This is the primary task underpinning this call for papers from researchers working in this field.



Full article submission deadline: March 31, 2020 April 15, 2020

Editor’s decision on full articles: May 31, 2020

Deadline for sending the full version and translated version: July 15, 2020

Publication date: December, 2020



Articles can be submitted in English or Portuguese. After the peer review process, the authors of the selected articles should ensure translation of the respective article, and the editors shall have the final decision on publication of the article.



Comunicação e Sociedade is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a double blind review process. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers, previously invited to evaluate it, in terms of its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme chosen for the journal’s current issue.

Originals must be submitted via the journal’s website. If you are accessing Comunicação e Sociedade for the first time, you must register in order to submit your article (indications to register here).

The guidelines for authors can be consulted here.

For further information, please contact: comunicacaoesociedade@ics.uminho.pt



Call for Papers for a Special Issue of The International Journal of Press/Politics 

“Media, Accountability and DIssent in the Middle East and North Africa”

Manuscript submission deadline: 15 June 2020



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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 3, 2020

Department of Advertising and Public Relations
Full-time, Non-Tenure Track, Assistant Professor of Instruction in Public Relations

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University invites applications for the position of a full-time, non-tenure-track assistant professor of instruction in public relations to join the Department of Advertising and Public Relations beginning Fall of 2020.

The department seeks an outstanding public relations professional or scholar to become a fulltime faculty member in the public relations major. The successful candidate will be able to teach public relations theory, strategic planning, and public relations skills courses; will have a technology-driven focus as well as experience in traditional public relations; and will contribute significantly to the public relations major, which embraces multidisciplinary approaches to strategic communication. Expertise in big data and analytics, crisis communication, public relations theory, or public relations law, ethics, and diversity is desirable. Significant professional experience in public relations is strongly preferred, as is an advanced degree in a related discipline.

This non-tenure-track position carries an expectation of excellent teaching. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to the department and to Klein through service, which may include developing curriculum, serving on committees, and advising students and student organizations.

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations includes two undergraduate majors—one in public relations and one in advertising—and minors in both areas. The department supports the oldest PRSSA chapter in the region, a nationally affiliated student-run public relations firm—PRowl Public Relations—and Temple Ad Club (a division of AAF). The department’s student organizations garner numerous awards each year. The major in public relations is CEPR (Certified Educator in Public Relations) qualified, one of approximately 36 such programs in the nation.

Klein is one of the largest comprehensive colleges of media and communication in the nation. The college is home to four departments: Advertising and Public Relations, Communication and Social Influence, Journalism, and Media Studies and Production. Graduate degrees across the college include an MA in Media Studies and Production, an MA in Journalism, an online MS in Communication Management, an MS in Communication for Development and Social Change, and an M.S. in Strategic Advertising and Marketing, which is offered in partnership with Temple’s Fox School of Business. The college also offers a Ph.D. in Media and Communication. The college enrolls nearly 3,000 undergraduate students and more than 100 graduate students. The university community at large includes over 40,000 students in the region and at several international campuses. Temple is a Carnegie Research University (highest research activity). Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access affirmative action employer, committed to achieving a diverse community.

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating interest and relevant professional and academic background, including experience working with diverse populations and/or covering urban issues;

  2. A curriculum vitae;

  3. Statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and

  4. Names and contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will begin in mid-March 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Electronic submissions are welcome. Please submit materials electronically at gregg.feistman@temple.edu or by mail to:

Gregg Feistman, Search Committee Chair
c/o Department of Advertising & Public Relations
300 Annenberg Hall
Temple University
2020 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-0532



U of Missouri
School of Journalism
Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor in Public Relations

The Missouri School of Journalism is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Public Relations.

Qualifications and responsibilities: A Ph.D. in journalism, communication or related fields is required by the start of appointment.

We seek a candidate with an established research program including high impact publications with primary focus in public relations or related fields. Additionally, we seek well-rounded candidates with professional work experience, such as agency, non-profit, government or corporate sector. The new faculty member should be committed to interdisciplinary teaching, have a demonstrated ability to mentor students and help to create a climate that attracts students of diverse backgrounds, and bring an enthusiastic desire and demonstrated ability to help expand the public relations course offerings within strategic communication and graduate curricula in areas such as crisis communication, internal/corporate communication and/or political communication, and demonstrate a willingness to seek out extramural grant funding.

For a full description and to apply, visit https://hrs.missouri.edujob # 33011.

Review of applications will begin March 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled and Veteran Employer



Texas A&M U
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
Tenured/Tenure-Track: Open Rank

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications has an open agricultural communications position with a 60% research appointment focused on building/maintaining a funded research program. The position remains open until filled. For full position description, visit apply.interfolio.com/71701.




Department of Media and Communication

Worldwide Search for Talent

City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education.  As a publicly funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement. 

Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor

Department of Media and Communication [Ref. B/361/09]

The Department of Media and Communication invites applications and nominations for faculty appointments at the rank of Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor beginning in January 2021.  Specialization sought is open, with preferred areas including Mass Communication, Digital and Social Media, Visual Communication, and Marketing and Strategic Communication.

The application deadline is 31 May 2020.  For further details, please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/hro/en/job/current/academic.asp?ref=uac-b361.

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity.  Personal data provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.

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New Staff Member: Tom Mankowski

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 16, 2020

Please join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Tom Mankowski, ICA Director of Publishing Operations. Tom comes to us from 14 years at SAGE Publishing, where he served as the Associate Director of Social Science Journals.


1. Tell us about yourself:


I’m originally from Long Island New York, but I’ve lived in Los Angeles for about 15 years. The weather is better, the mass transportation is worse. I enjoy travel, and try to visit record stores and coffee shops in any city I’m in. I have two nephews (Thomas and Enzo) and a niece (Susanna)  back in New York, and I’m lucky to be able to get back regularly to ensure they are listening to the Ramones. As the ICA staff points out, I have no pets; the neighborhood tortoise (Henry) apparently doesn’t count! Before ICA, I worked for SAGE Publishing for about 14 years in Journals Editorial managing staff and journals in the Social Science department and overseeing key Association accounts. It’s also where I first met the folks at ICA and I’m extremely excited to join their team. ICA really is the ideal fit for my skill set and (more importantly?!?) my personality.


2. What is your position within ICA?


I am the Director of Publishing Operations and I have been with ICA for one week. My main responsibilities include overseeing all journal and publication related activities.


3. What is your main challenge right now?


My career thus far has been on the ‘other side’ of publishing.  I’ll be spending the next few weeks getting up to speed with the nuances of the Association side, as well as working with staff and publishers. There are a lot of potential changes on the horizon for academic publishing. Navigating, digesting and distributing the influx of information quickly and coherently I think will continue to be of great importance to the association and to members.


4. What would you like to say to our members?


I’ve come on board at an interesting time, and I’m already (not surprisingly) so impressed with the ICA staff; their work ethic, drive, and professionalism at this time has been nothing short of inspiring. For members specifically, I’m really excited to dive into the publication work, and please don’t hesitate to send me any questions.

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President's Message

Posted By Terry Flew, ICA President and Claes de Vreese, ICA President-Elect, Monday, March 16, 2020
Updated: Monday, March 16, 2020

As all ICA members would now be aware, the ICA Executive Committee concluded that, in the wake of the plethora of issues concerning travel in light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19), the ICA 2020 conference would be held in a virtual format, rather than at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

This was not an easy decision to make. The reasoning behind the decision is provided in the 6 March statement circulated online to all members and conference registrants. At its simplest, we had to put the health concerns of our members first, even if it meant bearing significant financial losses for the association. We know, too, that those who planned to attend will incur losses as well, and we are working on developing a hardship fund sponsored by several large universities in order to help bear the burden of early-career scholars especially. More on that to come. 

While we had been exploring the possibility of a “mixed” conference in light of travel bans to Australia in some parts of the world (China, Iran, parts of Italy, and South Korea), events accelerated quickly in late February and early March and forced us to make a decision. Any further delays would have created greater costs for attendees.

At a personal level, I had been engaged in discussions about hosting the ICA annual conference on the Gold Coast for a decade, so it obviously was a disappointment for me. I am hopeful that the ICA will return at a later date, not least because of the very active participation of people in the Asia-Pacific region – including Australians and New Zealanders – in the Association. The amount of pre-conference and post-conference activity planned has been a testament to this engagement. 

We are, at the same time, very excited about the virtual format. It will not be people presenting Skyped talks into a void! The platform that we will use allows for both real-time and asynchronous engagement, and the vast bulk of presentations will be pre-recorded, with online Q&A sessions enabled through the program. It also allows for a variety of other forms of online interaction, possibly including a virtual ICA Dance Party!

There has been a lot of discussion of the pros and cons of virtual conferences as compared to large-scale face-to-face events. I think there is little doubt we will be returning to these conversations, not least because several would-be attendees expressed concern about the carbon footprint generated by international travel in a time of potentially catastrophic climate change. 

In circumstances not necessarily of our own choosing, we can nonetheless identify some benefits of the virtual format:

  1. Participants will not be subject to the tyranny of scheduling. In real-time conference programs, you may not be able to attend a Political Communication session of interest as you are presenting in a Mass Communication panel. In the asynchronous format, you can participate in both;

  2. More generally, it is more like Netflix than broadcast TV. By this I mean that you can binge on as many, or as few, sessions as you wish. This could allow people to explore areas that they have an interest in, but cannot be a part of when there are time-conflicted events;

  3. You can engage in ongoing interaction with speakers. As online Q&A sessions are far more flexible than 75 minute, four speakers and a Chair formats, everyone can ask a question, and not run out of time because someone “made a statement” and then the session had to close.

  4. You might actually have time to eat something!

There will be a lot learnt from the 2020 ICA annual conference. I see it as being akin to the wholesale movement of courses to an online format that has taken place in 2020, in response to travel bans and COVID-19. Attendees would be aware that there is a one-off 25% discount for registration for the ICA 2020 conference. This is not because online events are cheaper (they aren’t!), but it is in recognition of the change in circumstances that led to this decision. 

There are a few other points to note. You will have to be registered for the conference to participate on the platform. Deciding not to register will not enable participation in other activities, such as Division and Interest Group Business Meetings. The platform is also only open to registrants and not to the general public. All participants will be able to add involvement in the ICA 2020 conference to their academic CV; conversely, if you were accepted but choose not to participate, there is a digital record that you did not participate. 

We know that people are facing situations where they cannot get airfares refunded without penalty. We are working on ways to ensure that early career scholars and graduate students do not find themselves out of pocket, and will advise on that shortly. For established ICA participants, we really urge you to get involved in what the ICA 2020 virtual format will enable. One reason for not cancelling the event was recognition of its importance to junior scholars in particular, and this format will enable an unprecedented opportunity to meaningfully engage with a vast range of papers and panels in depth.

We are very thankful for the support throughout the planning of ICA2020 of Destination Gold Coast, and all of those venues and vendors who were offering their services for the May conference. It is a tough time for the tourism and events industry, both in Australia and internationally, and it was with a heavy heart that we withdrew from meeting at the beautiful Gold Coast. A shout out to Norma Swain from Destination Gold Coast, who has been a tireless supporter of the event throughout.

Finally, I note that one of the great champions of hosting an ICA conference on the Gold Coast was the former ICA Executive Director, the late Michael Haley. A commemorative event was planned for Michael, whose death in January meant shock and sadness for many in the ICA community. We will have a virtual event for Michael, will postpone the live memorial in his honour to the Denver #ica21 meeting, and will ensure that his legacy to the Association is recognized in an ongoing way.

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COVID-19 and our decision on the 70th Annual ICA Conference in Australia

Posted By Terry Flew, ICA President, Claes de Vreese, ICA President-Elect, and Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Dir, Tuesday, March 10, 2020

70th Annual ICA Conference

COVID-19 and our decision on the 70th Annual ICA Conference in Australia

Friday, 6 March 2020

Click to read the pdf version of this letter.

It is with great disappointment and a heavy heart that we announce that the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, scheduled for 21-25 May, 2020, will not be taking place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre as a physical event. In light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the considerable uncertainties and difficulties that many delegates face in coming to Australia, we will instead be convening the ICA conference, with its theme of Open Communication, in May as an entirely virtual conference.

This has been a very difficult decision for the ICA Executive Committee to make. The health and safety of our attendees and their families, colleagues, and students are of the utmost priority to us. There have been deliberations ongoing on the options available since January, when restrictions were first applied to travel from China in light of the initial coronavirus outbreak in Hubei Province. On 17 February, we announced that videoconferencing facilities would be made available to registrants from those countries where travel to Australia was restricted, including China, Iran, parts of Italy and, most recently, South Korea. We were already feeling the loss of just these few countries’ representation in our community. One of the positive aspects of doing a conference in Australia was the convenience for our colleagues in Asia who often travel long distances to see the rest of us, this year we were eager to return the favour.

We then added allowances for virtual presentations for those with potential health risks (respiratory conditions, pregnancy, immune suppression, etc). We estimated that these two groups would account for about 15-20 percent of all delegates, and we had been working through the logistics of a “mixed” conference, involving both in-person and virtual presentations.

The situation continued to deteriorate internationally, however, when during late February and early March, virus outbreaks in Europe and North America have seriously threatened the overall viability of the conference, with many countries banning mass gatherings. There is considerable anxiety about long distance travel and mass gatherings, and we have listened to the voices of our members via email, on phone calls, on social media, and in hallway conversations at our universities.

Taken together, the slump in international travel, the travel bans, the scaling back of flights and visas, and the cancellation of many other conferences and events globally are indicative of the atmosphere worldwide. We had noted that, while overall registrations for the Gold Coast conference were within the lower range of expectations in January, members were – understandably – increasingly adopting a wait-and-see approach so as to avoid the risk of financial penalties.

Most recently and most significantly, a growing number of universities have either placed outright bans on international travel, or have told academic staff that their trips are not covered by the university’s travel insurance, cautioning that if they contract coronavirus while traveling to a conference they would have to deal with the expenses of quarantine, evacuation, and medical treatment themselves. This is happening from North America to Asia, to Europe and New Zealand. This has meant that many of those who still planned to attend no longer find themselves being able to risk the journey.

Of the many scenarios we have worked through, one would have been to hold a much-scaled-down conference on the Gold Coast, with a large number of virtual presentations. The experience for those who did come in person would likely have been poor: sparsely attended events, no social events to speak of, and sessions convened in nearly-empty meeting rooms, dominated by virtual (realtime or not) presentations. Most importantly, we had to account for the risk of COVID-19 being transmitted/contracted at the event itself, or by those travelling to or from the event on any number of connecting international flights from the 80-plus countries ICA members live in. This weighed heavily upon us in our decision-making process. We do not wish to put our attendees’ health at risk, nor to become “part of the problem” globally.

As well, we could have chosen to continue on, but the risk would exist of the Australian government suspending more or even all international travel or banning large gatherings, up to and including the day our conference starts—after the deadline had passed for you to cancel your hotel reservations, or even after some of you had already begun travel. Waiting to make this decision would have put your fates in the hands of an outside entity, rather than our making the difficult decision to do this when some of our attendees’ costs might be recouped.

What we have decided, then, is to host an entirely virtual conference. Other conferences are doing this (even domestic ones in the US that do not have 80+ countries’ worth of participants as we do), and we are hopeful about the possibilities.

We truly regret any inconvenience you may experience as a result of this decision. Again, we did not take this lightly, and it is not the decision that would have been the easiest for us to accomplish, nor the most affordable for the organization. We have chosen to make our lives more difficult in favour of doing what we believe is the right thing.

ICA will incur stiff financial penalties from the convention center and the Star hotel for pulling out of this contract; though the reasons are sound and not limited to ICA. In addition, the virtual conference itself requires a contracted platform and numerous other expenses that are not normally part of our conference expenditures. We must conclude that all of this is worth the expense, given the circumstances.

A few will no doubt see this as an overreaction. Time will tell—as it does with any such crisis situation—whether we will look back and see that we did the right thing or if we should have gone ahead with the physical conference, but the health risks of choosing to conduct the conference in spite of concerns are more dire than the merely financial risks of cancelling, and so we are making, to our view, the responsible choice.

We thank you for being part of the ICA community, and for your ongoing dedication to our mission and to the success of each year’s meeting. It is only because of the strength of this scholarly community that we may rest assured that we will not suffer a loss of commitment or loyalty as a result of such a decision. We remain indebted to those of you who do everything you can each year to come to any part of the world where ICA takes you.

Below this letter is a list of various information points regarding aspects of cancellation practicalities, including hotel, flights, registration fees, and division/IG-level activities.

We send our heartfelt sympathy and best wishes for good health to those among us who are dealing with the effects of this global crisis. Be well.


Terry, Claes, and Laura

Terry Flew, ICA President (Queensland U of Technology, Brisbane)
Claes de Vreese, ICA President-Elect & 2020 Conference Planner (U of Amsterdam)
Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Global Headquarters (Washington DC)



Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - The Frequently Asked Questions list at the end of this document has been updated, please click here.

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ICA Launches Conference Code of Conduct

Posted By Eve Ng (Ohio U), Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Conference participants will notice upon online registration that ICA has included a new “Conference Code of Conduct,” stemming from the Code of Ethics the Board approved last year.  This Code includes guidelines intended to ensure that at this large and diverse gathering, “all participants have the opportunity to learn, network, and have fun in a safe, vibrant environment” during the various conference sessions and events. The Code draws from the existing ICA Code of Ethics (see https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/resmgr/governance_documents/ica.code.of.ethics.may2019.pdf), and acknowledges that productive scholarly exchange is crucial, while also recognizing various kinds of power imbalance between participants. ICA asks participants to be mindful of inequalities on the basis of gender; sexuality; race; ethnicity; religious affiliation; ability; status; age; marital, domestic, or parental status; gender identity or expression; caste; social class; nationality; or immigration status; and to engage with each other with professionalism, civility, and respect. NOTE: The parameters for ethical behavior change somewhat now that we are doing a virtual conference, but the importance of treating each other with respect, even if only interacting online, is important.

In this vein, during the final step of online registration, you will be asked to affirm the following statement:

By registering for the ICA conference, I assent to and agree to abide by the rules above and to treat attendees, colleagues, and staff with dignity and respect while in attendance at the ICA conference and at all related events. 

NOTE: The parameters for ethical behavior change somewhat now that we are doing a virtual conference, but the importance of treating each other with respect, even if only interacting online, is important.”

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Student Column: “So What Can We Do for ICA?” The First Virtual Meeting with ICA Student & Early Career Representatives (SECRs)

Posted By Sarah Cho and Myrene Magabo, Co-chairs of the ICA Student and Early Career Scholar Advisory Committe, Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Updated: Monday, March 16, 2020

On 23 February, SECAC invited SECRs from all ICA divisions and interest groups to join our first virtual meeting. We had a wonderful time learning about the roles, expectations, and conference resources. This was not an official ICA meeting, but rather a friendly gathering organized by SECAC to welcome our current and incoming SECRs. Julie Arnold, Senior Manager of Governance from ICA headquarters, also joined and provided a great overview of the overall structure of ICA and expectations for our newly elected SECRs. We had a productive open forum to discuss student and early career members’ participation in ICA. This meeting was recorded with attendees’ consent and shared with the SECRs who were unable to attend. Below are some of the ideas shared during the get-together:

First, we addressed the support system for ICA’s student and early career members. Student members represent approximately 25% of overall ICA membership. Many members have finished their terminal degrees within the last five years and are in the early stages of their careers. To support the needs and interests of these members, each division and interest group has a SECR, formally elected through the official ICA election process. SECRs can organize events for the student and early career members with the chair/vice-chair of the groups they represent. Two elected Board Student and Early Career Representatives (BSECRs) hold seats on ICA’s Board of Directors representing the SEC population at the leadership level. The BSECRs also co-chair SECAC, an ICA standing committee, comprising the co-chairs and up to four members, appointed by the ICA President. SECAC support SECRs serving within and across the ICA divisions and interest groups. During the virtual meeting, the attendees shared their experiences organizing Blue Sky workshops, communicating via social media, and coordinating inter-division/interest group events with other SECRs.

We also asked attending SECRs to share about topics such as work-life balance, the internationalization of ICA, and collaboration among SECRs across divisions/interest groups. Our discussion of work-life balance for SECRs led to a question about the ideal way to communicate with SECRs worldwide while respecting their time for studies and their personal lives. The attendees shared great ideas, such as opening an SECR bulletin board on the ICA website, offering SECAC virtual office hours for SECRs, providing a shared folder to put ideas, and shifting meeting times to accommodate more SECRs worldwide. In terms of respecting diversity and internationalization, we raised another important question: What can ICA do to support non-English speaking early career scholars in getting their work presented at the conference? Suggestions included asking ICA to offer a language-editing service for non-English speaking students and early career members, providing virtual presentation option for members from the global south, and inquiring about the diversity of the reviewer pool. SECAC will share SECRs’ needs and interests regarding diversity and internationalization with the ICA task force for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. We’re waiting for more student and early career members’ ideas to continue this discussion. Please join our Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/386119558234727) and follow our Twitter account (@ICASECAC).

(NOTE: the meeting being reviewed was held prior to the decision that the 70th Annual ICA conference would be held virtually due to COVID-19, the following information is now outdated, but left for preservation of what was discussed during the SECAC hosted meeting on 23 February) Lastly, we discussed the upcoming annual ICA conference on the Gold Coast. We reviewed the ICA travel-funding opportunities including the available support for student members from each division and interest group and accommodations. Also, we invited SECRs to SECAC events during the upcoming conference, specifically the reception, business meeting, and Blue Sky workshop, which are open to all ICA members. For more information about conference resources, please visit https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA2020.

Previously SECRs could be elected or appointed at the discretion of the division/interest group chair. Last year, during the annual conference in DC, the ICA Board of Directors voted in favor of all SECRs being determined through the official election system, a meaningful step for supporting our student and early career scholar community. SECAC will continue to actively communicate with our student and early career members using multiple channels. To access the content shared in the meeting, feel free to contact us at sarahcho@umass.edu.

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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Dear ICA, 

I’m conducting focus groups on political advertising, and I want to show several ads prepared for local and state candidates in another state, which ran in the last election. Do you think I have any copyright problems with using this material? I assumed it was in the public domain, because it was electoral, but a colleague says it’s copyrighted.



Dear Confused,

We generally assume that all work is copyrighted, since most of it is. Very little work is now created that falls into the public domain. U.S. federal government work produced entirely by a full-time employee is in the public domain, for instance, but most state and local government work is not. News and advertisements are copyrighted. After having been created, work typically does not fall into the public domain for 70 years after the death of the creator. 

But your uses probably fall under fair use. Check by reading the ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication. Refer to section three, which addresses the use of copyrighted material to obtain a response during and for your research. Make sure that your uses conform to the limitations described. And be able to explain your reasoning to someone else; that will make it easier for you to apply the reasoning the next time.


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Call For Papers

Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies | Call for papers on “Colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial museums, collections and exhibitions”

Editors: Moisés de Lemos Martins (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal), João Sarmento (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal) & Alda Costa (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique)

The encounter between audiences and art objects, in a specific space, has a long and complex history. It is a hermeneutical challenge, which changes over time, in accordance with the needs of the epoch and the objectives of each society and culture. In this encounter between art, time and audiences – which is both complex and fleeting – museums, collections and exhibitions project different representations of the world and narratives of the lives of human communities, which observe the standards of a wide array of different, and often conflicting, curatorial strategies.

Museums, collections and exhibitions are always regulated by political and programmatic objectives and are therefore open to multiple interpretations. Museums, collections and exhibitions always observe a regime of truth, regardless of whether they are founded by nation states, or by revolutionary or counter-revolutionary forces, and whether they are in support of the established regimes, or aim to alter the established order. This regime of truth is the core condition for the possibility of representations that a specific community makes of itself and its epoch, while also formulating possibilities of meaning in order to help us understand what it means to be human.

In the case of exhibitions, which are organised for pre-defined periods of time and which generate more or less strong memories, of pacification and connection, or of rupture and withdrawal, the study of surviving materials – whether memories, artefacts, catalogues, news or posters – although unable to reproduce the actual experience of the exhibitions, make it possible to create records of their underlying discourses.

This issue of the Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais / Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies aims to explore all these dimensions of museums, collections and exhibitions – their representations, narratives and memories, how they intersect with colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial dimensions, i.e. related to the retrieval, denunciation and representation of the subordinate status, and also with the legitimation of social movements.

We aim to present studies that take into account the analysis of museums, and also of collections and exhibitions of colonial states, which also extends to contemporary post-colonial museums and exhibitions. We thereby seek to analyse both large-scale state projects, in important official sites, as well as more or less obscure exhibition in small private galleries, involving a highly diversified range of public, private or non-governmental agents.

For this issue of the Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais / Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies we will accept contributions on museums, collections and exhibitions that question colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial identities and memories. Possible topics of analysis include the following:

The politics of memory

What role do museums play in political change? How can museums address the legacy of colonialism, dictatorships, genocide, war, and forced migrations?

Museums are able to deconstruct established memory-based narratives and build new narratives. How can museums relate to activism? How are museums inserted in the global culture of memory?

Collection, curating and representation policies

How can we analyse collections and exhibitions in today’s societies? How can we represent inconvenient or conflictual backgrounds? How is it possible for museums to use collections of the past in order to trace the history of the future? What limitations and relevance do museum collections have today? What challenges do curators currently face? How can curatorial practices influence the public’s educational process?

The challenges of participation and collaboration

How can museums relate to distinct and plural groups, while also discussing complex issues with audiences? What are the main characteristics of public involvement with the museum? How can museums foster debate and find new ways of involving communities and audiences?

Other topics:

– The visual culture of colonialism in museums and exhibitions

– The representation of the self and the other in museums and exhibitions

– Travel, tourism and museums

– Museums and Eurocentric exhibitions and narratives

– Slavery museums

– Museums and exhibitions and the redemption of African cultures and history

– Museums dedicated to liberation and independence movements

– Exhibitions and memorialisation processes


Full article submission deadline: May 6, 2020

Editor’s decision on full articles: July 27, 2020

Deadline for sending the full version and translated version: September 21, 2020

Issue publication date: December 2020


Articles can be submitted in English or Portuguese. After the peer review process, the authors of the selected articles should ensure translation of the respective article, and the editors shall have the final decision on publication of the article.


Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais/Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a double blind review process. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers, previously invited to evaluate it, in terms of its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme chosen for the journal’s current issue.

Originals must be submitted via the journal’s website. If you are accessing Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais/Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies for the first time, you must register in order to submit your article (here).

The guidelines for authors can be consulted here.

For further information, please contact: rlec@ics.uminho.pt






Call for Chapters 

Women and Activism in the Digital Age (temporary name, edited collection)

Edited by Carmit Wiesslitz, PhD

Deadline for Abstracts: March 31, 2020


The #MeToo movement has been mentioned in academic discourse as an effective online campaign that became widely spread and was covered extensively in the news media worldwide. When referring to this campaign, Internet researchers highlight the powerful role of social media platforms in activism in the digital age and many scholars talk about this campaign in this context. However, there is a very limited discourse about the fact that women are the leading figures behind this successful campaign or about their distinctive use of and related experience in the online public sphere. In fact, academic discourse has rarely put forward the topic of women activists and their use of social media. Why is it so important to place this issue at the focus of research? First of all, because the field of politics and extra-parliamentary politics is known as an extremely male-oriented/dominated sphere in which women are forced to struggle to successfully promote themselves and their agendas. Secondly, women’s organizations have unique features, specifically related to the way they run their organizations and operations, which often are more democratic and egalitarian. Thirdly, saliency and reliable representation in public discourse is a challenge, not only for women’s groups but also for all minority groups. The Internet may constitute an alternative, possibly more egalitarian, communications platform.


This leads us to the following questions; Does the Internet provides women activists with a new platform to voice their agenda? Is the Internet perceived and used as a tool of empowerment? The contribution of research on these questions is related not only to the Internet and new digital platforms, but also to its focus on women, an important minority group, and its acknowledgement of women’s activism in the virtual world.


This collection will hopefully open a window into the role and status of women’s groups that aspire to join forces to organize collective action using the Internet, and furthermore to gain an understanding of the discourse that women create on social media and other digital platforms. Hence, this book will present various case studies of women from around the world who use the Internet to facilitate social change on topics, including, but not limited to, the following:


- Women’s groups and social change organizations and their on-going online


- Case studies of ad hoc campaigns and spontaneous viral collective action, such as

  the #MeToo campaign. 

- Distinct dimensions of Internet activism, from organizing offline/online protests and

  mobilizing for collective action, to producing and distributing memes, videos, and


- The Internet as a safe space: women’s discourse and online conversations of

   activists or non-activists (features, uses, and perceptions of value)


The book is intended to be multidisciplinary volume that embraces a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to, media studies, civil society and democracy, social movements, alternative media, feminisms, Marxism/neo-Marxism, globalization, structural/post-structural, and others.  Furthermore, this book may offer empirical multidisciplinary perspectives and a wide array of methodologies for researching digital activism using various online platforms and apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, What's Up App, and others.


Interested authors should send an abstract of 500 words, 3-5 references, and an up-to-date bio to Carmit Wiesslitz (carmitwi@hac.ac.il) no later than March 31, 2020, with “Women and activism in the digital age” in the subject line.


Acceptance notices will be sent by May 31, 2020


Full papers of 6,000 to 8,000 words (including all references) will be due November 30, 2020.


I intend to submit a proposal to Palgrave Macmillan (which already expressed its initial interest in this project and is awaiting the submission of a full proposal) after I have a confirmed table of contents and list of contributing authors.


About the editor: Carmit Wiesslitz, PhD, is the author of Internet Democracy and Social Change: The Case of Israel (2019), published by Lexington Books. Her research areas include civil society, democracy and the Internet, media and social change, alternative media, women's organizations and new media. She is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Communications at Hadassah Academic College, Israel.




Student Training Resources   February 2020

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Communicating & Relating: Constituting Face in Everyday Interacting

by Robert B. Arundale

Communicating & Relating offers an account of how relating with one another is accomplished in everyday interacting. Prior work has indicated that relationships arise through human communication and some studies have made arguments for why that is the case. Communicating & Relating moves beyond this work, offering an account of how both relating and face emerge in everyday talk and conduct: what comprises human communicating, what defines human social systems, how the social and the individual are linked in human life, and what comprises human relating and face. Part 1 develops the Conjoint Co-constituting Model of Communicating to address the question of how participants constitute turns, actions, and meanings in everyday interacting. Part 2 both argues that the processes of constituting what is known cross-culturally as “face” are the processes through which persons constitute relating with one another, and develops Face Constituting Theory to address the question of how participants constitute relating in everyday interacting.

Communicating & Relating is available from Oxford University Press  (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/communicating-and-relating-9780190210199?q=9780190210199&cc=us&lang=en) and from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=9780190210199)

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