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69th Annual ICA Conference Tours

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States. It is of course known for politics, but the assortment of museums, history, and culture should not be overlooked. ICA has partnered with a local tour company to curate various tours at discounted prices for ICA attendees. Those interested in booking a tour can book online via the ICA tours website. As always, we recommend interested parties book online in advance.

Newseum Tour

Get an exclusive experience of the Newseum’s collection and mission! A tour guide will take you through the Newseum's galleries and studios, highlighting the power of the First Amendment & free expression to change the world. 90-minute private tour.

Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

Situated conveniently off the metro stop and less than six miles from downtown Washington DC, Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront historical sites and cobblestone streets are a must-visit. The group will enjoy a progressive meal and historic landmarks. Three hours with private tour guide.

National Archives Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

The National Archives will introduce you to the original paperwork that formed the United States of America. This 1.5 to 2-hour tour will bring you face to face with the seemingly humble documentation that gave birth to the USA.

Arlington Cemetery and Museum

Discover Arlington Cemetery with a US Military Veteran guide, trained in military history. Observe the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit each of the Kennedy graves. Discover Robert E. Lee’s mansion, confiscated from him after the war. 3 1/2 hours outdoors. Includes transportation.

Civil War in Washington

Visit Fort Stevens where President Lincoln came under fire from General Jubal Early’s Confederate forces. Next, it’s onto The Lincoln Cottage, The Camp David of its day. Lunch will be provided. 4-hour tour. Includes transportation.

Private Brewery Tour

Our expert DC beer gurus will guide you through an all-inclusive and entertaining beer-focused tour and tasting experience. Ride our Luxury Brew Bus as you soak in some serious beer knowledge. 3.5 hours with complimentary pretzels. Includes transportation.

Capitol Hill & Eastern Market Food Tour

Located within earshot of the US Capitol and the National Mall, Capitol Hill is one of the earliest, historically diverse, and most beautiful areas in Washington DC. This tour will expose the group to local history, culture, & local food/drink. 3 hours.

DC National Gallery of Art

At the DC National Gallery of Art, you’ll find an eclectic mix of art from Renaissance artists, the French Impressionists, and great American painters all under one roof. 2 to 2.5 hours with a private guide.

Memorials by Moonlight

Memorials by Moonlight visits the National World War II Memorial, District War Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Abraham Lincoln Memorial. In addition, the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial are seen and discussed from a distance. These memorials are truly breathtaking at night. 2-hour tour.

Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour

Explore Capitol Hill, the epicenter of activity in Washington DC, on a 2.5-hour private guided walking tour, pairing you with your own personal guide. Our knowledgeable local will show you the buildings and institution that have made DC so iconic.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Tour

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum covers everything from the early history of flight to the Space Race and moon landings. Learn what it takes to be an astronaut with one of our expert guides on this 2.5-hour tour.

Book your tour today!


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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

Language and Social Interaction

Hi folks,

Please see below about submitting to IADA!

Natasha Shrikant, PhD

ICA LSI Secretary

The deadline for submission to the International Association for Dialogue Analysis conference has been extended to MARCH 15.

Call for Papers: International Association for Dialogue Analysis Conference, Milwaukee, July 2019

The 2019 IADA conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 24-27. The deadline for extended abstracts  and panel proposals is March 15, 2019. For additional information, please see:

The conference theme is “Dialogic Matters: Social and Material Challenges for Dialogue in the 21st Century.” IADA 2019 invites presentations and panels that explore the various interconnections of dialogue, matter, matters of concern, and materiality. What are the specific social and material conditions which actually permit or facilitate dialogue?

The conference will explore issues including the relevance and potential impact of various forms of dialogue on agency and action, the role of dialogue in addressing societal, political, cultural, medical, environmental, scientific, and technological 'matters of concern'. Proposals from any academic discipline addressing questions related to dialogue and dialogue studies are welcome.

Questions regarding the conference may be directed to Theresa Castor,


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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

CFP: General call for papers for QED journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking

QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking (published 3 times/yr.) brings together scholars, activists, public intellectuals, artists, and policy and culture makers to discuss and mobilize issues and initiatives that matter to the diverse lived experience, struggle, and transformation of LGBTQ peoples and communities wherever they may be. With an emphasis on worldmaking praxis, QED welcomes theory, criticism, history, policy analysis, public argument, and creative exhibition, seeking to foster intellectual and activist work through essays, commentaries, interviews, roundtable discussions, and book and event reviews.

Our use of the term “worldmaking” is much more deliberate in its derivation. Since our first encounter 15 years ago with its conceptualization by queer theorists Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner in their influential essay, “Sex in Public,” we have been inspired and challenged by the still generative and demanding implications of their idea of “queer worldmaking”—creative, performative, intimate, public, disruptive, utopian, and more. Of such a “world-making project,” they wrote: “The queer world is a space of entrances, exits, unsystematized lines of acquaintance, projected horizons, typifying examples, alternate routes, blockages, incommensurate geographies.”

Among its key assumptions and commitments are belonging, transformation, memory, mobility, “the inventiveness of the queer world making and of the queer world’s fragility.” LGBTQ people, through complex theory, artful exhibition, street activism, and practices of everyday life, have richly embodied, interrogated, and extended this concept. Our appropriation of it is dedicatory and aspirational.

QED is seeking submissions for several upcoming issues. We accept a wide variety of works, so long as they are relevant to the theme of Queer worldmaking. Please see our webpage for submission guidelines.



CFP: AI and ubiquitous smart technologies

Evental Aesthetics CFP: AI and ubiquitous smart technologies

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Evental Aesthetics is an independent, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to philosophical and aesthetic intersections. The journal is open-access, and there are no publication fees. The Editors seek submissions for a themed issue in the summer of 2019.

Traditional conceptual distinctions between online and offline worlds are losing their explanatory grip. For half of the global population, being connected on a range of smart portable devices is part and parcel of everyday experience and practices. So much so that it seems no longer appropriate to ask how the Internet mediates and represents the ‘real’ world but rather, how virtually all of experience and practice is now, in some shape or form, mediated by the Internet – at least for those who can plug in and log on.

The growing pervasiveness of AI and neural networks, the ubiquity of smart devices, the increasing appification of social worlds and the Internet of Things pose unique challenges, but also opportunities for philosophy, art and cultural criticism. How do ubiquitous network technologies enable new forms of interaction and experience but perhaps compromise others? We seek submissions that reflect on the complex relationships between contemporary technologies of connectivity and experience, the aesthetics of the everyday, expression, social practices and utopias of the future.

Topics may address (but are not limited to):

- Aesthetics of place: smart homes in smart cities

- The Internet of Things in everyday practices

- Appification & social interaction

- AI, creativity and artistic production

- Extended minds & entangled bodies

- Gendered virtual assistants and chat bots

- Tracking, surveillance and social control

- Algorithmic bias & the digital divide

Topics may be freely interpreted. However, all submissions must address philosophical matters, broadly construed. We welcome articles (4,000-8,000 words) and Collisions (1,000-2,500 words). Collisions are brief responses to aesthetic experiences that raise philosophical questions, pointing the way towards suggestive discussions.

Submission and formatting requirements, along with further information on Collisions, are available at Submissions that do not meet our requirements will not be considered. With questions not addressed by the EA website, please contact the Editors.


CFP: Kaleidoscope Deadline Extended to March 15

The submission deadline for volume 15 of Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research has been extended to March 15, 2019.

Please see the call below, alternatively a downloadable PDF of this call can be found at <>.

Kaleidoscope is a refereed, annually published print and electronic journal devoted to graduate students who develop philosophical, theoretical, and/or practical applications of qualitative, interpretive, and critical/cultural communication research. We welcome scholarship from current graduate students in Communication Studies and related cognate areas/disciplines. We especially encourage contributions that rigorously expand scholars’ understanding of a diverse range of communication phenomena.

In addition to our ongoing commitment to written scholarship, we are interested in ways scholars are exploring the possibilities of new technologies and media to present their research. Kaleidoscope welcomes scholarship forms such as video/audio/ photos of staged performance, experimental performance art, or web-based artistic representations of scholarly research. Web-based scholarship should be accompanied by a word-processed artist’s statement of no more than five pages. We invite web-based content that is supplemental to manuscript-based scholarship (e.g., a manuscript discussing a staged performance could be supplemented by video footage from said performance).

Regardless of form, all submissions should represent a strong commitment to academic rigor and should advance salient scholarly discussions. Each submission deemed by the editor to be appropriate to the style and content of Kaleidoscope will receive, at minimum, anonymous assessments by two outside reviewers: (1) a faculty member and (2) an advanced Ph.D. student. For works presented in video/audio/photo form, we may not be able to guarantee author anonymity. The editor of Kaleidoscope will take reasonable action to ensure all authors receive an unbiased review. Reviewers have the option of remaining anonymous or disclosing their identities to the author via the editor.

Submissions must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages (double-spaced) or 7,000 words (including notes and references) and can be prepared following MLA, APA, or Chicago style. All submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and have a detached title page listing the author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact information. Authors should remove all identifying references from the manuscript. To be hosted on the Kaleidoscope website, media files should not exceed 220 MB in size. Larger files can be streamed within the Kaleidoscope website but must be hosted externally. Authors must hold rights to any content published in Kaleidoscope, and permission must be granted and documented from all participants in any performance or presentation.

Special Call:

Mystery and Methodology

In addition to our regular submissions that utilize a broad range of qualitative approaches, this year’s special call invites inquiries into those methodologies themselves. While book chapters or conference presentations often include extended methodological discussions, most journals impose a required word count that results in a shortened methods section and limits an essay’s ability to deeply engage methodology. Thus, the proposal, debate, complication, and nuancing of methodological approaches can sometimes be lost as journals place more value on reviewing literature, constructing theory, and offering conclusive ideas.

In the opening article of the first issue of Communication Methods and Measures, Roskos-Ewoldsen, Aakhus, Hayes, Heider, and Levine (2007) offer an amendment to Kurt Lewin’s assertion of the practicality of theory, forwarding that “assessing the soundness of a theory requires a sound method” (p. 1). Without dismissing its importance, they argue that an emphasis on theory at the expense of method has the potential to hinder disciplinary development and rigor, and sacrifices the potential for clearer understanding. Yet Eisenberg (2001) reminds us that understanding and mystery exist in a dialectic relationship. Rather than valuing one always over the other he forwards: “reframing certainty as failed mystery casts uncertainty as a potentially positive state, as a source of possibility and potential action” (p. 540).

This year’s special call is an invitation to work within that relationship, examining method as a mode for not only for generating understanding, but also revealing mystery. How do new technologies change traditional methodologies in ways that create possibility for new research? How can critique be applied to extant methodologies to aid in their development and use? What methodologies have been left behind, and what potentials might they still hold? What specific insights emerge and accumulate when using a method? What methods are possible and emerging, but not yet fully realized?

The editor welcomes discussion on diverse communication research methodologies for submission, including critical cultural analysis, autoethnography, artistic inquiry, web-based research, social scientific methodologies, and other qualitative methods. Authors should clearly mark in their manuscripts that their submissions are for this special call. Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding references) and be prepared in accordance with the current MLA, APA, or Chicago Style manuals. Web-based/multimedia submissions should follow regular submission guidelines, but be marked as a special call submission.

To submit a manuscript, please visit Inquiries should be emailed to


Eisenberg, E. M. (2001). Building a mystery: Toward a new theory of communication and identity. Journal of Communication, 51(3), 534–552. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2001.tb02895.x

Roskos-Ewoldsen, D., Aakhus, M., Hayes, A. F., Heider, D., Levine, T. (2007). It’s about time: The need for a journal devoted to communication research methodologies. Communication Methods and Measures, 1(1), 1–5. doi: 10.1080/19312450709336657


WFI Research Grant Applications for 2019/2020 due Monday June 3

In our current global and national moment, questions of social justice are as vital to Communication scholars and students as they have ever been. For this reason, we at Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) are pleased to announce the call for faculty/doctoral student research grant applications for 2019/2020.

The WFI—endowed by Mr. Lawrence Waterhouse, Jr., and housed within Villanova University’s Department of Communication—was founded on the principle that scholars, activists, and practitioners of communication have an important role to play in the creation of a socially just world. One of the ways that we enact this mission is through the annual funding of research grants.

These grants support the work of Communication scholars across the world, work examining communication, its impact on the world around us, and its ability to create social change and social justice. For more, please follow us @Waterhouseinst, or check out our Facebook page!

Our next application deadline for WFI Research Grants is now in place. Applications for 2019/20 WFI Research Grants will be due Monday, June 3, 2019, at 11:59pm EST. Submissions are only accepted online, using our portal at

WFI Research Grants are available to faculty at any institution of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, and other doctoral-level scholars. However, eligibility to apply for the WFI grant program is limited to those in Communication or a closely related discipline. Although we do not limit our grants to a specific methodological orientation or subdisciplinary focus, all projects supported by the WFI have two things in common: they make communication the primary, and not secondary, focus, and they engage communication in terms of its impact on the world around us, its ability to create social change.

WFI Research Grants are awarded selectively on the basis of academic peer review of all submitted proposals; in recent years, our acceptance rate has typically been 13-15%. Awards for research grants are typically in the range of $5,000-$10,000, though larger amounts may be awarded for projects that are deemed especially meritorious. The total number of grants awarded will vary, based upon budgetary constraints; however, in recent years, we have awarded 5-8 WFI Research Grants each year.

Funds granted by the WFI and Villanova University (as an educational institution) may be applied to the hiring of graduate assistants, acquisition of resources or equipment, travel, and/or any other appropriate research related expenses. However, these funds may not be used to provide or supplement salaries. In addition, the WFI and Villanova (as an educational institution) do not provide funds for indirect costs associated with any grant.

Each submitted proposal should include a budget that clearly indicates how granted funds will be used, and that these funds will not be construed as salary or as indirect costs assessed by the awardee’s home institution.

For more details on the WFI and this research grant process—including specific information on previous recipients of WFI Research Grants, as well as the instructions for application—please visit

Questions concerning eligibility, or the nature of projects supported, please contact the Director of the WFI, Dr. Bryan Crable,



CFP Iowa Journal of Communication

The deadline for the Iowa Journal of Communication is coming soon – March 22. If you are considering submitting to our award-winning journal, now is the time to do so.

The Journal is seeking manuscripts for a special issue (Number 1 of Volume 51) open to any topic related to “Partisanship, Provocation, Protest, and Pugnacity: Communication in a Context of Conflict.” We also seek submissions for a general issue (Number 2 of Volume 51) open to any topic in communication.    

The Iowa Journal of Communication, an award-winning state journal, publishes the highest quality scholarship on a variety of communication topics. Manuscripts may be theoretical, critical, applied, pedagogical, or empirical in nature. Submissions from all geographic areas are encouraged, and one need not be a member of the Iowa Communication Association to submit a piece.

Submissions will be accepted from now through the deadline for both issues: March 22, 2019.

For full details and submission guidelines, please see our website at


The 11th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society Chemnitz, September 4-6, 2019


The 11th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society will take place from September 4th to 6th, 2019, at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

Both the division and the local organizers (Peter Ohler & Günter Daniel Rey) sincerely invite all of you to come to Chemnitz to join the discussion.

National and international Researchers from all areas of media psychology as well as associated disciplines are invited. We welcome contributions on a broad range of topics that demonstrate the importance and impact of ‘the media’ in its various forms.

The conference will be held in English. The program will include keynote presentations, roundtable discussions, thematic panels and sessions and poster sessions. The division will also give out the Best Paper Award 2019 at the conference. In cooperation with the Journal of Media Psychology, the conference will also host a special pre-registered reports panel of JMP with a separate Call for Papers, which is already available online:

The conference will be part of a thematic week on Digitization at TU Chemnitz with several ancillary academic and public events. More information on all the events will be available on the conference website in winter 2018. The full program of all events will be available in spring 2019.


The conference invites several types of submissions:  

  • Position papers/Theoretical Papers (extended abstract of 1000 words)  

  • Research Reports (abstract of 500 words)  

  • Posters (abstract of 500 words)  

  • Panel session proposal (3 to 4 contributors plus a discussant; panel session proposals require a 500-word rationale for the panel as well as 500 word abstracts for each contribution)

Submitted proposals should provide (1) a brief description of the theoretical background, (2) research questions, and (3) a summary of the methodological approach. Please do not include any results of your study in the submission. Submissions will be judged on quality of theory and methods, not results. However, participants are expected to present their results at the conference. 2

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Conference Committee. Each author may submit and present only one contribution as first author; additional contributions as coauthor are welcome. The submission system will be available from January 1 st to April 1 st , 2019 via the conference website.


The conference will be preceded by a Workshop for PhD students of media psychology, jointly organized by Leonard Reinecke, Özen Odağ and Diana Rieger. The workshop will take place on first day of the conference (4 th September, 2019). A maximum of 12 doctoral students will be accepted. The application deadline is May 15, 2019. More information on the workshop will be available on the conference website in Spring 2019.


Chemnitz University of Technology – Campus Reichenhainer Straße Reichenhainer Straße 90 – D-09126 Chemnitz Central Lecture Hall Building

More information on accommodations and travel to Chemnitz will be available on the conference website in winter 2018.


Please contact us:


January 1st, 2019 Registration and online submission system is open

April 1 st, 2019 Submission deadline

May 1st, 2019 Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2019 Application deadline for the PhD workshop

June 15, 2019 Deadline for Early Bird registration

September 4-6, 2019 Conference

September 4, 2019 PhD workshop and get together

September 5, 2019 Business meeting and Conference dinner


Peter Ohler, Media Psychology

Günter Daniel Rey, Psychology of Learning with Digital Media

Daniel Pietschmann, Media Psychology

Sascha Schneider, Psychology of Learning with Digital Media

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019


New Book Announcement: Promoting Mental Health Through Imagery and Imagined Interactions

New Book: Promoting Mental Health Through Imagery and Imagined Interactions edited by James M. Honeycutt, Peter Lang Publishers

This is the third book in the series on imagined interactions and part of the health communication series, edited by Gary Kreps. Imagined interactions can be used as a type of self-therapy when dealing with stress and trauma. We often have imagined interactions in terms of flashbacks as portrayed in movies. It is hoped that this volume will inspire some people to use IIs as a type of self-therapy and to realize that having imagined interactions in everyday life is a normal part of daydreaming and mental imagery. Mental imagery can be used productively as well as dysfunctionally.  The book is divided into three sections. Section 1 discusses how imagined interactions can deal with teasing, bullying, abuse, and conflict. Section 2 covers physical, emotional, and material loss. Section 3 is concerned with policy concerns including hurricane evacuations, environmental concerns, police encounters, and presidential politics.

Too often, the modern health care system tends to focus primarily on the use of (often invasive) external biomedical therapeutic processes for addressing health problems, such as surgical and pharmacological interventions.  This book takes a unique self-directed approach to therapy, focusing on how intrapersonal and interpersonal communication can be harnessed to help address mental health issues, especially to reduce the debilitating influences of trauma on wellbeing.  The book vividly illustrates that we each have tremendous opportunities to influence our own health through directed application of intrapersonal communication processes such as the use of imagery and imagined interactions. -- Sample excerpt by Gary Kreps, Health Communication Series Preface

Table of Contents:

List of Tables


Series Editor's Preface

Introduction-- Types of Trauma and Overview of Imagined Interaction Theory (James M. Honeycutt)

Section 1: Using IIs to Deal with Abuse and Conflict

1. Using Imagined Interactions to Deal with Teasing and Bullying (James M. Honeycutt)

2. Rumination, Victimization and Abuse Detection (James M. Honeycutt)

3. Applying Imagined Interaction to an Evolutionary View of Jealousy and Trauma (Ryan D. Rasner)

Section 2: Dealing with Physical, Emotional, and Material Loss

4. The Role of Mental Imagery and Imagined Interactions in Coping with Bereavement and Loss (Jonathon K. Frost)

5. Using Music Therapy and Imagined Interactions to Cope with Stress (James M. Honeycutt and Jake Harwood)

6. The Role of Imagined Interactions in Body Image and Eating Disorders (Pavica Sheldon)

Section 3:  Attacks on Public Policy Concerns

7.  Fracking Out!: Using Imagined Interactions to Manage the Trauma of Environmental Degradation (Andrea J. Vickery, Michael F. Rold, Kayla F. Hastrup, and Stephanie Houston Grey)

8. Using Imagined Interactions to Deal with Hurricane Evacuations (Michael Navarro)

9. The Role of Imagined Interactions in Actual and Vicarious Experience with Police Officers (Laura B. Carper)

10.  Winners and Losers: Depression, Learned Helplessness and the Trauma of Losing Political Elections (T. Phillip Madison, James M. Honeycutt, Emily N. Covington, and Philip J. Auter)

11. Epilogue: Tips on Using IIs to Deal with Trauma (James M. Honeycutt)



New Textbook Available for Adoption: Argumentation in Everyday Life

Argumentation in Everyday Life, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury, SAGE Publications, ISBN: 9781506383590,   

This new textbook, ideal for undergraduate argumentation and debate classes, is now available through SAGE for Fall 2019 courses. Driven by contemporary real-world examples of argumentation, this book offers a beginner’s guide to constructing and contesting arguments in an accessible format for today’s student.

It enables students to apply the content to their personal, professional, and public lives and empowers them to find their voice and create positive change through argumentation. This book also offers a unique and adaptable approach to argument evaluation that merges the Toulmin model with the standards-based approach of acceptability, relevance, and sufficiency. List price is $85.        


Part I: A Framework for Argumentation and Debate

Chapter 1: Introduction to Argumentation and Debate

Chapter 2: The Debate Situation

Chapter 3: Argumentation Ethics & Stances

Part II: Constructing Arguments

Chapter 4: Understanding Arguments Structures

Chapter 5: Effectively Supporting Claims

Chapter 6: Common Argument Types

Chapter 7: Building Effective Cases

Part III: Contesting Arguments

Chapter 8: Generating Productive Clash

Chapter 9: Evaluating Arguments & Cases

Chapter 10: Evaluating Argument Types

Part IV: Applied Argumentation And Debate

Chapter 11: Crafting Verbal and Oral Arguments

Chapter 12: Formats for Everyday Public Argumentation

Appendix I: Formats for Academic and Competitive Debate

Appendix II: Build Your Skill Answers

Appendix III: Glossary of Terms

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Headshots Available for Members

Posted By Julie Arnold, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services and Governance , Monday, March 4, 2019

DO YOU NEED A NEW PROFESSIONAL PHOTO? Exclusive offer for ICA Members only!


Who: ICA Members

What: 10 Minute Portrait Sessions with Professional Photographer Jake Gillespie

When: By appointment ONLY - Saturday 25 May; 10 minute appointments available from 14:00-18:00 (EDT)

Where: Washington Hilton Hotel (Room information will be shared upon confirmation of your appointment with Jake)

Why: This offer is right for me if:

  • My current professional photos are really ______________ {non-existent/outdated/terrible/boring/ugly /I simlply like to have options}

  • I am an ICA member with a current membership for the 2018-2019 term

  • I can bring cash payment with me, in US Dollars (US$50) or make payment via PayPal

How: Space is limited and requires advance reservation. To inquire please email Jake Gillespie at AND cc Julie Arnold at Julie will verify your active membership, once membership has been verified, Jake will coordinate your appointment and give you location information.

Cost:  US$50

Payment forms accepted: Payment accepted onsite, in cash (US$) or via PayPal

*This is an exclusive ICA Member Benefit*

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Center for Intercultural Dialogue Video Competition

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue announces its second annual video competition, open to students enrolled in any college or university during spring 2019. As an organization devoted to intercultural dialogue, we view this as a good way to involve students in an international conversation by showcasing their work to an international audience.


What is intercultural dialogue (ICD)? It is “the art and science of understanding the Other.” ICD can include international, interracial, interethnic, and interfaith interactions, but it is always active (“a matter of what someone does”) rather than passive (“a matter of what someone knows”). Typically, people assume that ICD requires face-to-face interaction. This competition asks: “How do social media influence intercultural dialogue?” Entries must be between 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length and will be accepted May 1-31, 2019 at the URL to be posted to the CID website by May 1. Longer videos will be disqualified.


You are invited to discuss intercultural dialogue in a class, perhaps showing winning entries from 2018, and to suggest students produce videos as their responses. Please encourage students to be creative, show off their knowledge and skills, and have fun with this topic.


The top award winner will receive a $200 prize. All award-winning entries will be posted to the CID YouTube channel, and highlighted on the CID website, LinkedIn group, Facebook group, and Twitter feed, through posts describing the creators and highlighting each of their videos. Perhaps most important to student learning, all entries will be sent comments from the judges. Winning entries last year came from not only the USA, but also Italy, the UK, and Peru.


Please share this opportunity with your students, via email or through social media (especially appropriate given the topic this year). Suggested social media copy: How do social media influence intercultural dialogue? Enter the Center for Intercultural Dialogue’s video competition and join the conversation.

Contact Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, CID Director, with any questions:

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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Patricia Aufderheide, American U, Monday, March 4, 2019

Dear ICA,

I am a professor at a State University. A few students expressed interest in continuing the research I started for an academic research study. I collected material from a variety of sources on a university website, including entire copies of articles, some videos, and many archived web pages. I would like to give them access to this collection but I am wary of copyright issues. Can I do so without falling into copyright infringement?

Thank you,


Dear Saver,

Glad to hear your students want to continue your work! Fair use might be a useful tool in helping your students with access to the material. Take a look at the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication. Section Four, “Storing Copyrighted Material In Collections and Archives,” describes both why this kind of archiving activity falls under fair use, and also under what limitations. Note these limitations carefully, and make sure that your students and anyone who has access to your private collection understand them too.


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

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Student Column

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

ICA Global South Student and Early Career Representatives

Dear All,

About a year ago emerged in the SECAC the idea of creating a Global South Student and Early Career Representative (GSSECR) position to improve the representation of student and early career scholars from the Global South within ICA, but also to promote ICA to students of the Global South. A few months ago, we launched a call for volunteers which received an overwhelmingly positive response. The SECAC reviewed a great number of high quality applications from students and early career academics from all the Global South. In front of so much motivation for this project, we decided to nominate not one but two GSSECRs. Their mission will be to establish the boundaries of their new position while building a network of students and early career scholars from the Global South to foster exchanges between them and ICA. The task at hand is a crucial cornerstone for the ICA Student and Early Career Community. This is why we encourage you to warmly welcome ICA’s first Global South Student and Early Career Representatives: Muhammad Ittefaq and Akwasi Bosompem Boateng.

Here below are some words from Muhammad and Akwasi to the ICA Student and Early Career Community -  feel free to contact them with any questions, concerns or ideas you might have on young scholars in the Global South!

Muhammad Ittefaq

I am a MA student in the Department of Communication and Journalism,  of Maine.. I have attained my first MA from the Institute of Media and Communication Sciences, Technical U Ilmenau. I earned my undergraduate degree from the Institute of Communication Studies, U of the Punjab. I have rendered my services in various national and international organizations over a couple of years. I have worked for more than three years as a journalist in Pakistan’s print media industry. My research work has been published in Journal of Media Ethics, Digital Health Journal, and Journal of Media Studies. My opinion pieces have appeared on Center on Public Diplomacy, U of Southern California (USCCPD), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and The Educationist.

I was born in Narowal, Pakistan and lived and traveled in many countries. The first time I was exposed to international traveling was in 2014 when I got a DAAD scholarship for a cultural exchange program at Erfurt U. I lived in Germany for my first MA degree and I got a German state scholarship 2017-18. This was the first time when I learnt how to conduct empirical research in communication. The department sparked my interest in the communication field. My current research focus is on health communication and social media. I am particularly interested in communication and engagement through social networking sites.

Last year, I was a volunteer and attendee at the ICA conference in Prague, Czech Republic. I felt connected with a vibrant and unique international community. ICA is not only an inspirational association for me but also a path to professional development. As the first Global South Student and Early Career Representative, I would like to encourage other early career scholars and students to get engaged and involved with outstanding scholars through this platform.

I’m looking much more to connect and collaborate on research projects. I would like to connect with emerging scholars and students from South Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia. I am open to new ideas, opinions, and perspectives for the future of the ICA Global South Student and Early Career Community. I am looking forward to meeting old friends and new people at the 69th annual ICA conference in Washington D.C.

You can contact me through the following platforms:

Email: ittefaqmuhammad1@gmail.come,

Twitter: @IttefaqM

Akwasi Bosompem Boateng

I am an emerging scholar in communication, media and digital humanities with research interests in political communication and persuasion studies, digital and social media, public and international relations. For my PhD at the Centre for Communication, Media and Society, U of KwaZulu-Natal, I am investigating “Facebook usage in political communication in Ghana”. My thesis explores the appropriation of social media by political parties for communication, relationship management and advancement of political agenda.

I hold a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Banking and Finance, as well as a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from the U of Education, Winneba, Ghana. I also graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in International Studies from Rhodes U. Over the years I have participated in several academic and research conferences and workshops, and consulted for several institutions in communication, media, business development and international relations. I am published in peer reviewed academic journals, and currently working on accepted chapters in a number of books on political communication, social media and democracy in Africa.

My academic and research activities have enabled me to extend collaborations and networks. I am a Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), Nigeria, a Member of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR), Ghana, and of the Communication Educators Association of Ghana (CEAG). I have been selected for the panel on Technology and Democracy in Africa at the European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) to be held in U of Edinburgh, Scotland in June 2019.  In 2018, I was privileged to be selected as Emerging Scholar by the Common Ground Research Network, University of Illinois, USA. I was awarded a travel grant by ICA to participate in the ICAfrica Biennial Conference at University of Ghana in 2018. In 2017, I was also selected among thirty doctoral and early career researchers from Africa to participate in the Model African Union Summit organized by the African Centre for the Reconstructive Resolution of Dialogue (ACCORD) in South Africa.

I have a warm and friendly personality, am a team player, an avid reader, a player of snooker and a lover of adventure. I am privileged to be part of the ICA community, particularly as a Global South Student and Early Career Representative. This opportunity motivates me to bring my track record of hard work, organization and achievements to the activities of the Global South Community and ICA. I look forward to using my connections and relationships with students and early career researchers in Africa and other continents of the Global South to promote the visibility, representation, research collaborations and networking among members of the Global South Community in ICA. I am looking forward to working and hearing from you. Do feel free to reach me anytime at: or beebeeboateng@yahoo.comm

Tags:  March 2019 

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President’s Message

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Friday, February 1, 2019

How much sunlight does this plant need? When do various plants bloom? And what colors, textures, and heights work best in tandem?

Just as myriad considerations come into play when designing a garden, similarly numerous factors arise in orienting ICA toward a future of change. How do we best deal with expanding intellectual boundaries, a growing membership, and shifting publication practices, to name but a few changes?

In its mid-January meeting, the ICA Executive Committee convened in Washington, DC to address the present and future of the organization. With Executive Director Laura Sawyer, we discussed some of the more predictable (but never boring!) issues of finances, the activities undertaken by ICA standing committees and task forces, and regional and annual conferences. We also spent considerable time discussing ongoing areas of change that involve both challenges and opportunities.

Take, for instance, open access. This term is bandied about in markedly different ways. For many casual bystanders, it means being able to read and/or download an article from the web without having to pay for it. For some academics, open access is a hurdle that prevents their article from being freely available upon publication. For those who pursue grants, open access might be something they consider as they include article processing charges into their proposal. And now, for European grant-seekers, open access has become inextricably linked to Plan S, an initiative that requires, by 2020, research from public grants to be published in open-access journals. To what extent should ICA rethink its publishing and funding model – and how? A task force will be charged this month to anticipate the impact of these open-access changes on ICA members (including the 25.3% from Europe) and consider the viability of different models.

Take, as another instance, the issue of growth within ICA. Membership figures (currently more than 5,000) notwithstanding, the organization has grown significantly over the last dozen years. In 2006, ICA comprised two dozen divisions and interest groups. Today, after the creation of the Activism, Communication, and Social Justice interest group, ICA is home to 32 divisions and interest groups – a 33% increase! This growth is exciting, but it also can lead to intellectual siloing, the siphoning of membership from (and submissions to) extant divisions and interest groups, and the shifting of ICA’s traditional one-hotel conference venue to one involving multiple hotels or even a convention center.

Such implications aside, how can ICA best operationally support its numerous divisions and interest groups, each of which differs in size, budget, and activities? Thanks to Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), who as president charged a task force to look at mentorship and coordination of these groups, we now have a standing committee whose activities will help all groups employ best practices around common activities (e.g., reviewing conference submissions or serving as discussant) and engage in short- and long-term planning. The recently formed Division and Interest Group Coordination and Mentoring Committee, chaired by Matt Carlson (U of Minnesota), will be implementing a planning and development procedure designed to help ICA support its constituent sections.

While open access and growth appear to be relatively disparate issues, both have great implications for what ICA and its members do. And the challenges of open access and growth (and most other issues that institutions confront) continue to evolve, so ICA needs to remain nimble. Toward that end, a Strategic Planning Task Force, co-chaired by Cynthia Stohl (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Karin Gwinn Wilkins (University of Texas at Austin), will review what ICA currently does, what it should do, what it shouldn’t do, and what it should stop doing. The task force’s work will be informed by prior data-collection efforts and reports in multiple domains, including: conference attendance; the proliferation of divisions and interest groups; regional conferences; alternative formats for ICA journals; and political engagement. But related questions have begun to percolate, such as how ICA can most effectively communicate the impact of the discipline to broader publics. It doesn’t behoove any organization to spread itself too thin, and the work of this task force will allow ICA to strategize on multiple fronts, prioritize, and hold itself accountable.

The Executive Board meeting was, by all measures, extremely productive – and a review of ICA activities, spread out over a host of committees and task forces, was a clarion call for engagement. After all, the health of any professional association relies on the robustness of its volunteers. Later this month, ICA will be launching a page that allows members to express their interest in serving on specific committees. Because committee members serve staggered terms (so as to maximize institutional memory and stability), a handful of positions will become available each year. If you are interested in getting involved with ICA outside of your specific division or interest group, completing this form will be an excellent way to start!

Tags:  January-February 2019 

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ICA President-Elect Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Friday, February 1, 2019

By now you will have received confirmation of your acceptance for Communication Beyond Boundaries, the 69th annual ICA conference to be held in Washington, DC from Friday 24 May to Tuesday 29 May. The ICA received 4,676 individual submissions, and 378 panel submissions, and there was a 39.6% acceptance rate for 2019. If your paper or panel proposal was accepted, we look forward to seeing you. If your paper or panel proposal was not accepted and you will not be coming to Washington, thank you for your work, and we hope to see you again at an ICA event soon.

There are a very exciting range of preconferences and postconferences taking place this year, across a very diverse range of fields. If you are registered to attend one of these events, be sure to check if it is being held at the Washington Hilton or at an off-site location, such as one of the university campuses. Note also that the details of these events are managed by the event organizers, rather than the ICA Office.

There will be a fantastic event on Saturday night (25 May) to celebrate the music and culture of Washington DC. Through the Urban Issues Planning Committee, there will be a night of local music and discussion with musician activists at Bossa, a very well-known music, art and entertainment spot that is a 10-minute walk from the conference hotel, in the Adams Morgan District. ICA luminaries may even do some jamming. Thanks very much to Nikki Usher (George Washington U) and Aram Sinnreich (American U) for getting this event together. If you are a musician and are planning to attend, please contact Nikki or Aram about being part of a jam session.

In going with live music at an off-site venue, rather than the more convention format of a panel discussion, the aim has been not only to make it a fun night, but to foreground the importance of music in the city’s politics. Nikki Usher spoke eloquently about this in our email discussions about the event:

Urban communication in Washington is traditionally overshadowed by the oppressive power the federal government has over our lives (Hamilton made a devil's bargain for the people who would actually live here). There is little news coverage that reflects the true breadth of the DC community (take a look at the Post's local coverage or the anemic state of our wonderful but weak alt-weekly).  As such, activism and communication about issues that matter to DC residents often takes up more organic and indy forms, with music being a primary way historically and at present that DC's culture and DC's residents needs have been communicated … This is a pretty decent historical explanation of how music becomes an expression of the city's culture via the birth of GoGo music (  DC institutions enabled the underlying talent and the networks of people enabled the growth of the music. DC punk represented the only reaction possible to Reagan (granted that may be overstated), and if there is one actual way that the diversity of voices in the city gets articulated in any meaningful way in the city, it is through music.

Tags:  January-February 2019 

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