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Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019


Dear CAM members

We’re excited to let you know that we have a new CAMmer in the Spotlight: Giovanna Mascheroni.

Interested to read more about her work and her new co-edited book on The Internet of Toys? Check out our website: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/giovanna-mascheroni/

Special thanks to our wonderful CAM secretary, Ine Beyens, for coordinating yet another great edition of our In the Spotlight series!

Best wishes,

Jessica Piotrowski




Dear CAT members and friends,

Greetings! Spring is in full spring, and the 2019 conference in Washington, D.C. is right around the corner.

With the D.C. conference being so close, now is a great time to get in touch with you, providing updates on the CAT’s planning and preparations, and announcing major CAT scheduled events for your time in D.C.

At the 2019 conference, CAT will have a big showing with 52 paper sessions, 5 panels, 2 high-density sessions, and a heavy presence in poster sessions. Along with your presentations and the fantastic panels you will be attending, CAT has multiple events planned during the conference that we would love for you all to attend. Also, there are a number of excellent pre

and postconferences this year, some of which have rolling deadlines if you're interested in attending, here is the link: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

CAT’s big day is on Saturday, May 26. We have a packed schedule with the two top paper panels (Student Top Papers - May 26, 2019 at 14:00; CAT Top Papers - May 26, 2019 at 15:30), the CAT business meeting (May 26, 2019 at 17:00), and the CAT reception (May 26, 2019 at 18:30). Everyone is welcome at these events. Come listen to some great scholarship and learn more about CAT has in the works. We are currently finalizing CAT awards and travel funding, and will be announcing these at the business meeting.

A reminder: the conference schedule is constantly updated, so please check the online schedule before you go to your scheduled session. For more information on the complete list of events, visit: https://www.icahdq.org/.

As the planning for the 2019 conference winds down, I also want to take a moment to thank everyone who worked with me through this challenging year as ICA implemented a new submission system. The new system caused several challenges for all of us. While there were some issues that will have to be worked out for next year, we have taken the feedback that many of you have provided and have sent it to ICA headquarters to help make the system more user-friendly next year.

Nicole, German and I are looking forward to seeing a strong CAT contingency in Washington.


Ran Wei

Vice Chair/2019 Planner




•       Become a member/renew your membership!

•       Pre-Conference: “The Long History of Modern Surveillance”

•       Full Conference Program

Dear members of the ICA Communication History Division,

Following up on our email from last week, we have three quick announcements. We promise they will be brief, but also helpful in accessing important information about this year's May conference in Washington DC.

1.      Membership. This is the time to register for the May meeting as well as renew your membership, if you haven’t already done so. Membership is important to the Division for a number of reasons. Beyond building our community of scholars, becoming a member of CHD provides us with more programming possibility for the annual conference as well as funds to support the excellent work of the CHD community. Follow this link to join us or renew your membership: https://www.icahdq.org/page/join_renew

2.      Full Conference Program. Again, a fantastic program is planned! The full conference schedule can be viewed from the Communication History Division website https://communicationhistory.org/chd-in-washington/ We kindly request that presenters share copies of their papers with discussants no less than two weeks before the conference.

As always, please be in touch with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC!

The CHD Exec Team

Nicole Maurantonio (chair), Derek Vaillant (vice-chair), and Lars Lundgren (secretary)



2019 Teresa Award Recipient:

Radha S. Hegde, New York U

The Feminist Scholarship Division is delighted to announce that Radha S. Hegde has been chosen to be the recipient of the 2019 Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship. It will be awarded during a ceremony and reception at the ICA conference in Washington,


The Teresa Award recognizes work from established feminist scholars who have made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of feminist scholarship in communication and/or media studies.

In presenting this award, the Teresa Committee recognizes the impact of Radha’s scholarship, which connects globalization, post-colonialism, culture, and media. The deliberations noted the value of her activist role and advocacy on gender justice and feminist initiatives beyond academia. Radha’s strongest impact is in exploring power through post-colonial lens and engaging feminist theory through globalization and transnationalism.  

All members of FSD, along with friends and family, are encouraged to attend the Teresa Award Ceremony and Reception honoring Radha Hegde, which will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m, right after the Feminist Scholarship Division Business Meeting, in the Washington

Hilton Hotel, Shaw, First Floor.

Congratulations to Radha Hedge!



Congratulations to Our Division Award Winners! We hope to see you all at the top 4 panel and our business meeting to celebrate these outstanding scholars!

The celebration begins on May 25th at 3:30; Morgan (Washington Hilton, Lobby Level)

See you then!


Top Papers:

Jimmie Manning, University of Nevada, Reno & Katherine Denker, Ball State University: “Justifications of ‘ghosting out’ of developing or ongoing relationships: Young adult anxieties regarding digitally-mediated interaction.”

Wenjing Pan, Renmin University of China, Bo Feng, University of California, Davis, & Cuihua Shen, University of California, Davis: “Social capital, social support, and language use in an online depression forum.”

Tamara D. Afifi, Kathryn Harrison, & Nicole zamanzadeh, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Parents’ relationship maintenance as a ‘booster shot’ for families with type I diabetes.”

Jeffrey Hall, University of Kansas & Andrew Merolla, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Connecting everyday talk and time alone to global well-being.”

Top Student Paper:

Hannah K. Delemeester & Dacheng Zhang, San Diego State University: “Is it simply a matter of saying ‘no’? An ethnographic investigation into the negotiation of unwanted sexual advances among women taking public transportation.”

2019 Outstanding Thesis Award Winner :

Heath A. Howard, University of Alabama: “Deception, trust, and credibility: A Gricean exploration.”

2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner:  

Kellie St.Cyr Brisini, The University of Pennsylvania: “Relational Turbulence and Marital Communication when Children with Autism Start School.”

Travel Awards:

Kathryn Harrison, University of California, Santa Barbara

Jian Jiao, University of Arizona

Yachao Li, University of Georgia

Qin Yuren, National University of Singapore

Registration Waivers:  

Davide Cino

Bingjie Liu

Chiara Dalledonne Vandini

Smrithi Vijayakumar

Lichen Zhen



Dear LSI Member:

We're looking forward to seeing you all in Washington DC for the 2019 ICA Conference in May. This year, we're continuing the Mentorship Program we started in 2013 to build and strengthen our Language and Social Interaction community. Here's how it works: people can sign up to be mentors if they feel ready to do so -- for example, do you present/attend LSI events regularly and do you have experience worth sharing with less experienced members of the division? If you are new to the LSI division, a graduate student, brand new professor, or otherwise wishing you had some advice or a person to ask questions of, sign up to be a mentee. Once we get all the people signed up, we'll match you up and let you know with whom you're paired. You can meet at the LSI social or some other mutually agreed upon time/place.

If you are going to be in DC and are interested in serving as a Mentor OR interested in meeting with a Mentor, please email Jessica Robles (j.j.robles@lboro.ac.uk) with the following information by May 8, 2019:

1) Your name, title, affiliation

2) Your email

3) If you would be willing to serve as a mentor OR if you would like to meet with a mentor?

4) What are your areas of interest/specialty

If you’ve participated in the past, it might also be helpful to let us know with whom you’ve already met.


Jessica Robles

LSI Chair

Ad-Hoc Mentorship Committee



Dear PopComm Membership:

Welcome to our spring update. We are now just a little over four weeks away from the start of the 2019 conference. Read on for information about DC and conference highlights:


“Buddy system”: ICA is a giant conference, and it can be confusing for newcomers to navigate. For this reason, this year Popular Communication will be piloting a “buddy system” to match new attendees with veteran conference goers. We are asking buddies to trade contact info before the conference and meet at least once during the conference, preferably early on. If this system works well, ICA may adopt it across other divisions.

If you’re interested in signing up as a “veteran” or a “newcomer,” please fill out this link:


Panel Chairing: If you are chairing a panel, please be sure to reach out to the participants of your panel soon to discuss the logistics. ICA panel sessions are 75 minutes, and it is the responsibility of chairs to manage time and moderate the question and answer period. If you need help getting the contact info of the people on your panel, please ask me.

Business Meeting: Our division’s business meeting will be taking place Saturday, May 25 from 1700 - 1815 in Holmead (Washington Hilton). Please make every effort to attend!

Reception: Immediately following our business meeting, we will head to our joint reception, hosted with  Visual Communication; LGBTQ; Feminist Studies; Activism, Communication and Social Justice; Philosophy, Theory and Critique; and Ethnicity and Race in Communication. It begins Saturday,  May 25 at 6:30PM. There will be drink tickets (given out at the business meeting) and snacks.

Social Media: Please follow @ICAPopComm on Twitter and join https://www.facebook.com/groups/popcomm/ on Facebook for conference teasers and updates during the event.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Devon Powers

Chair, Popular Communication Division




Dear Members of the ICA PRD,

We are just over a month away from the ICA Conference in Washington, DC!

Please be sure to read the April newsletter of the PRD for important information about the conference and the division's activities.

The newsletter can be accessed by copy/pasting this link into your web browser, or on the division's website.


Looking forward to seeing you all in DC!



Dear fellow members,

As ICA 2019 is approaching fast, I would like to draw your attention to the VCS program in DC and provide some context about the paper competition.

Once again, our schedule looks very promising, with a Young Scholars preconference on Friday 24 May (at American University, more info can be found at https://www.visualcommunicationstudies.net/ica-preconference-2019/), organized by Student Representative Rebecca Venema, and a total of 60 presentations at the main conference, which together reflect the rich and vibrant research community that is visual communication studies. In this regard, I am also happy to announce that besides the Joint Reception, several VCS sessions at ICA 2019 are co-sponsored by fellow Divisions and Interest Groups as diverse as Journalism Studies, Game Studies, and Activism, Communication and Social Justice, which - in line with the 2019 general conference theme - could only further a dialogue ‘across boundaries’, while helping visual scholarship gain visibility in the larger ICA community. So, make sure to check out the VCS program (available online since 1 March) when creating your personal itinerary!

As program planner, I would like to express my gratitude, on behalf of the VCS Division, to everyone who submitted their work and to the many of you who volunteered to review, as well as to the session chairs and discussants, and, especially, to Rebecca Venema for taking the lead on this year's preconference. My sincere thanks to all of you for your commitment and support!

In terms of numbers, the VCS Division received a total of 101 individual submissions - 63 papers, 2 posters, and 36 extended abstracts - and 3 panel proposals. Based on these figures plus membership numbers, VCS was allotted 12 session slots and 6 posters in the DC schedule. After careful consideration of the reviews and given the available space, we were able to accept 30 papers, 2 posters proposals, 18 extended abstracts, and 2 panels, resulting in an overall acceptance rate of 50%. Congratulations to those whose work has been accepted! Unfortunately, these numbers also imply that we had to disappoint just as many. We hope you find the feedback you received valuable, and we encourage you to rework or further develop your research and consider resubmitting it for the 2020 conference in Brisbane, Australia.

As always, the VCS Division also recognizes excellence by granting awards to top-ranked paper and poster submissions. There are separate competitions for faculty, student, and posters/interactive papers. Each awardee is recognized in the conference program and at the VCS Division Business Meeting (on Saturday 25 May, 5:00 to 6:15 pm), and receives a 150$ award. The laureates for the 2019 conference are as follows:

Top faculty paper

“People only share videos they find entertaining or funny.” Right­wing populism, humor and the fictionalization of politics. A case study on the Austrian Freedom Party’s 2017 online election campaign videos -- Cornelia Brantner, Daniel Pfurtscheller, and Katharina Lobinger (IWAF ­Institute for Knowledge Communication and Applied Research)

Top poster

Film Aesthetics of Circular Frame: A Case Study of Film “I am not Madame Bovary” -- Yu Ma (University of Copenhagen)

Top student papers

Aesthetic Disruptions in Everyday Life: Resolving the Contradictions of a Cosmopolitan Ideal in Contemporary Berlin -- Hanna Morris (University of Pennsylvania)

Spectator Multitude: The Epitomization of Reddit Place -- Xuelian He (Georgia State University)

Visuals and visibility in networked public spheres: The 2017 G20­protests, new avenues of policing and implications for visual communication research -- Rebecca Venema

(UniversitaÌ della Svizzera italiana)

In addition, the VCS Division also granted a 'top reviewer' award to Allison Kwesell (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) as a token of our appreciation for her qualitative feedback, hard work, and last-minute help.

Congratulations to all awardees!

On a final note, please make sure to mark your calendar for the Joint Reception on Saturday 25 May, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, immediately following the Business Meeting. The reception takes place offsite, at The Big Hunt Bar (http://thebighunt.net/).

I hope to see many of you in DC! Very much looking forward to it.

All the best,

Jelle Mast

VCS Division Vice Chair & Program Planner

Dear fellow members,

As a follow-up to the information you received yesterday, we want to provide some details regarding the VCS preconference.

The preconference “Crossing boundaries in visual communication research” will draw attention to how interpersonal and social, cultural, national, linguistic, or moral boundaries are established, eliminated, crossed or transgressed with and in visual communication.

The preconference brings together young researchers (current Ph.D. students and early career postdoctoral researchers) and advanced scholars. It aims to be an opportunity especially for young scholars to discuss their work and the role of visuals for defining/crossing boundaries in society and to receive substantial feedback by peers and expert respondents. Moreover, it is meant to be a forum to jointly discuss current challenges and future directions regarding methodological, theoretical, and ethical boundary crossings in the interdisciplinary field of visual communication research.

The preconference will consist of several formats: an opening keynote by Luc Pauwels (University of Antwerp), a presentation session, workshop groups and a closing plenary. Expert discussants are Prof. Dr. Shahira Fahmy (University of Arizona) and Prof. Dr. Katharina Lobinger (USI – Università della Svizzera italiana). My sincere thanks to the three of them for this commitment and support!

You can find the tentative program here: https://www.visualcommunicationstudies.net/ica-preconference-2019/

I hope to see many of you in DC! I am very much looking forward to it.

Best regards,

Rebecca Venema

VCS Division Student Representative

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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019

October 14 - October 16, 2019

Tilburg, the Netherlands

The ICSI Regional Conference is the 6th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). This year’s conference is hosted by Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, and will be held in Tilburg, the Netherlands. http://www.icsi2019.nl

The conference theme this year is "Re-Connecting". We want to connect scholars from the different sub-disciplines of interpersonal communication and social interaction, for example workplace interaction, communication in interpersonal relationship, impression management, interpersonal and health communication. Connecting our insights from different fields may inform our own research, provide creative ideas for future research, and help theory development. Moreover, the theme reflects the fact that our mediated and unmediated interactions are increasingly connected and integrated. As advanced communication technologies increasingly become part of our everyday experience, we are forced to revisit and connect theories of online and offline social interaction.

The ICSI Regional Conference 2019 provides an opportunity to share our ideas, theories and research about interpersonal communication and social interaction across our different specializations. We call for paper and panel proposals from any communication or communication-related discipline and methodology that address the section's themes.

Submission deadline: June 09 (midnight CET).




Guest Editors: Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (Seoul National University)

With the rapid growth and development of the field of Communication, it has also become increasingly fragmented, while its subfields – as represented by ICA’s various divisions and interest groups – have become increasingly self-contained. Researchers within the different subfields speak to each other in numerous forums and publications and in ever-growing levels of precision and sophistication, but are often oblivious to related developments in other subfields. Similarly, conceptual, analytical and empirical contributions are discussed in relation to the state-of-the-art within a specific subfield, but often fail to be developed into broader theoretical frameworks. The result is a multiplicity of theoretical, conceptual and empirical fragments, whose interrelationships and relevance for a range of communication processes remain to be established.

In this special issue, we look for rigorous, original and creative contributions that speak across multiple subfields of communication. All theoretical approaches as well as methods of scholarly inquiry are welcome, and we are open to various formats and foci: The papers can be based on an empirical study, integrate a series of empirical pieces, thereby proposing a new theory or model, or be primarily theoretical. Their focus can be a specific theory, a specific concept or a set of related concepts, a communication phenomenon that can be better accounted for using a cross-disciplinary perspective, or any other focus that fits the purpose of the special issue. In all forms, the papers should make substantial, original contributions to theoretical consolidation and explicitly discuss the relevance and implications of their research to different subfields.

Deadline for full paper submissions is July 15, 2019. The special issue is scheduled for Issue 3, 2020.

Submissions should be made through the JOC submission site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcom). Please make sure you click "yes" to the question "is this work being submitted for special issue consideration?" and clearly state in the cover letter that the paper is submitted to the special issue. Manuscripts should strictly adhere to the new JOC submission guidelines. These guidelines will be available on the journal’s website in early January 2019. Before that, they are available upon request from Editor-in-Chief, Lance Holbert, r.lance.holbert@gmail.com.

Questions and comments about the special issue should be addressed to Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (keren.tw@mail.huji.ac.il) and Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (chales96@snu.ac.kr).


Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication

Growing anti-immigration attitudes, rising nationalist tendencies, landslide victories of populist figures as well as the dissolution of national and supranational entities – these are just some of the multiple political and societal challenges western democracies are facing nowadays. These challenges have been said to affect the way citizens, the media and political actors communicate among and with each other. More specifically, concerns about the deliberative quality of these communications have been put forward. While this observation has so far been corroborated by a series of isolated studies, which produced not more than a few islands of analysis, an integrative and comprehensive perspective on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication is yet missing.

The special issue Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication thus addresses this gap in the literature by systematically bringing together different strands of research on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication. The special issue thus aims at providing an integrative and comprehensive picture on modern political communication in times western democracies are facing a multitude of disruptive challenges. Theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions focusing on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication are welcome. Topics and questions of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. The deliberative quality of political debates: To which extent do political debates come close to the genuine benchmarks of deliberation? How deliberative is political communication transmitted via different channels (e.g., media types, media formats) as well as by different actors (e.g., journalists, politicians)? How is the deliberative quality of these debates perceived by the public?

  2. Determinants and consequences of citizens’ deliberation: Which role do arguments and scientific evidence play in promoting the quality of citizens’ deliberation? Does civic deliberation indeed result in “better” outcomes? To which extent is civic deliberation positively related to political participation?

  3. Uncivil online communication and deliberative interventions: To what degree does the deliberative quality of user comments reflect the deliberative quality of the news coverage? How does online deliberation via user comments develop over time? How do users interact when encountering dissonant viewpoints? To which extent are online civic interventions a panacea for disruptive and uncivil online behavior?

Submission Guidelines

Submissions need to speak to the deliberative democracy and democratic innovations literature.

When preparing your submission, please check the JPD website for guidelines on style and paper length: https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/author_instructions.html

Please submit your manuscript to the following email address: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

Questions about the special issue shall be directed to the guest editors Christiane Grill and Anne Schäfer under the email address: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for the special issue is July 31, 2019. Manuscripts will be peer reviewed and a decision rendered until November 2019 with a target publication of the issue in 2020.

For more information see: https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/call_for_papers.pdf

Editorial Information

Guest Editor: Christiane Grill

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Email: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

Guest Editor: Anne Schäfer

Department of Political Science, University of Mannheim

Email: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de



CFP: Digital Feminist Activisms: The Performances and Practices of Online Public Assemblies

Due: May 30, 2019


Editors: Dr. Shana MacDonald (University of Waterloo), Dr. Milena Radzikowska (Mount Royal University), Dr. Michelle MacArthur (University of Windsor), Brianna I. Wiens (York University)

With the rise of what Jessalyn Keller and Maureen Ryan have called “emergent feminism,” we are witnessing a moment marked by the “sudden reappearance” of strident critiques of gendered inequalities within popular discourse (2018, 2). More often than not, emergent feminisms are amplified online through social media by popular feminism and celebrity endorsements (Banet-Weiser 2018, McRobbie 2009), which can problematically promote neoliberal values of individual consumer practices and competitive self-improvement as a forms of empowerment.

And yet, access to social media has produced important and critical forms of feminist politics. In Notes Towards a Theory of Performative Assembly, Judith Butler (2015) advances the importance of bodies assembling in space as a form of protest that performatively asserts both “the right to appear” and demands “a livable life” for those in positions of precarity.

While feminist visibility in the broader public eye has produced important dialogues, this politics of assembly simultaneously begs the question: “What about those who prefer not to appear, who engage in their democratic activism in another way?” (Butler 2015, 55). There are many valid and powerful reasons as to why feminist activists may want, or be able, to not appear given the dangerous climate of online spaces, rife with the violent misogyny of trolling culture. These forms of publicness and erasure are equally important to consider within current considerations of emergent feminist practices online.

This book seeks to gather provocations, analyses, creative explorations, and/or cases studies of digital feminist practices from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to, media studies, communication studies, critical and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, digital humanities, feminist HCI, and feminist STS.

The book frames digital feminisms as forms of public assembly that are performative and theatrical; that is, performative in that they can offer, “a process, a praxis, an episteme, a mode of transmission, an accomplishment, and a means of intervening in the world” (Diana Taylor 2003, 15), and theatrical in that they are events that may include characters, plot, the invocation of an audience, and the collective labour of multiple collaborators.

In this way, digital feminist practices foster counterpublics––communities that enable “exchanges...distinct from authority” that “have a critical relation to power” (Michael Warner 2002, 56). This book seeks to consider how digital feminist activism uses conventions of assembly, performativity, theatricality, and design to counter the individualizing forces of postfeminist neoliberalism while foregrounding the types of systemic change so greatly needed, but often overlooked, in this climate.

List of possible topics:

- Feminist hashtag activism; feminist, anti-racist, decolonial, LGBTQ+ hashtag movements

- Closed virtual feminist communities and safe(r) spaces

- Feminist and post-feminist forms of digital culture

- Intersectional feminism online

- LGBTQ+ digital cultures

- Black, indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) digital cultures

- Transnational digital feminism

- Popular and celebrity feminism online

- Feminist responses to online misogyny

- Feminism and post-feminism on Instagram and/or Twitter

- Feminist, queer, and BIPOC meme

- Feminist, queer, and BIPOC design

- Gamergate and implications of online misogyny in game culture

- Methodological and/or theoretical approaches to feminist digital culture

Please submit a 250-350 word abstract, a brief author bio, and any questions to Brianna I. Wiens (bwiens@yorku.ca) by May 30th, 2019. Accepted submissions should be 6000-7000 words and will be due to the editors by November 1, 2019.


Banet-Weiser, Sarah. 2018.  Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny. Duke University Press.

Butler, Judith. 2015. Notes Toward a Theory of Performative Assembly. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard University Press.

Keller, Jessalynn and Maureen E. Ryan (eds). 2018. Emergent Feminisms: Complicating a Postfeminist Media Culture. Routledge.

McRobbie, Angela. 2008. The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change. Sage.

Taylor, Diana. 2003. The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Warner, Michael. 2002. “Publics and Counterpublics.” Public Culture 14(1): 49-90.


Special Issue Paper Call for Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Special Issue: Uses and Effects of Smart Media: How AI Impacts User Experience

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2019

The increasing integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into digital media technologies has provided additional affordances and altered the nature of user experience, providing new audience engagement and gratification opportunities that meet human needs for information, communication and entertainment in a variety of innovative ways.

These AI-driven smart media have helped usher in a new media environment where social bots are used to spread false information, a 360-degree view provides a panoramic look of a natural disaster event – and augmented reality is used to aid strategic communication objectives – including both commercial and prosocial campaigns. Likewise, from personalized movie offerings on Amazon and Netflix to digital virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa, a number of new AI-based tools, mobile apps and devices have changed the nature of our media consumption and habits.

To date, the social and psychological effects of these developments have yet to be fully understood. Therefore, we have dedicated a special issue of the journal to probe into cognitive, affective and behavioral aspects of user engagement with AI-enabled media technologies.

For this special issue, we invite submissions that empirically investigate the uses and effects of AI-based media from communication, psychology, marketing, computer science, information science, and other fields. Interdisciplinary research is particularly welcome.

For questions, please contact:

Special Issue Editor: S. Shyam Sundar (sss12@psu.edu), Pennsylvania State University

To submit a manuscript to this special issue call, please visit: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hbem20/current.


Call for Extended Abstracts

Comparative Approaches to Disinformation:

Workshop at Harvard University & Special Journal Issues

From misleading news stories around the 2018 Brazil elections to a lynching linked to false social media messages in India in 2019, the deluge of digital disinformation is affecting communications in many countries around the world. The situation is particularly concerning in emerging democracies, where availability and affordability of digital communication technologies have facilitated production and distribution of false or misleading digital content among populations with low levels of media and digital literacy. At the same time, we are witnessing false narratives spreading across countries and across platforms often orchestrated by networks of operatives coordinating attacks internationally.

While several academic workshops have been organized on the topic of disinformation, little attention has been paid to the examination of disinformation from comparative and international perspectives. The Workshop on Disinformation to be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on October 4, 2019 will feature scholars from around the world discussing their research on the prevalence, impact, and diffusion of disinformation.

We invite submissions that make new theoretical or empirical contributions to existing bodies of knowledge in this area. A submission could focus on one country or offer comparative perspectives involving multiple countries. It could also examine other areas of research such as cross-platform analysis and recommendation systems. We welcome different theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches, and encourage interdisciplinary approaches.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

What existing or new theoretical frameworks or methodological approaches might help us better analyze evolving information ecosystems increasingly affected by disinformation and misinformation?

How can we empirically identify and track disinformation or measure effects of disinformation campaigns?

What are the key cultural, political, social, or technological characteristics contributing to the generation and spread of disinformation/misinformation?

What are similarities and differences between countries in terms of the production (media manipulation tactics), spread, and impact of disinformation?

What are major challenges in developing countermeasures (e.g., content moderation and freedom of speech)?  

Those interested in participating in the workshop should submit an extended abstract (between 1,000 and 1,500 words) with brief biographical notes to disinfoworkshop2019@cyber.harvard.edu by May 31, 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their papers to the workshop by July 1, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to present their research at the Workshop at Harvard University on October 4, 2019.

A selection of presenters at the Workshop will be invited to submit full manuscripts of up to 8,900 words to be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Communication. The International Journal of Communication, listed in leading indexing sources including SSCI, is an interdisciplinary journal offering scholarly analyses and discussions of key communication and related topics.  

Workshop participants are also invited to submit to the Harvard Shorenstein Center’s new fast-review journal, the Misinformation Review. These short essays (up to 3,000 words) should focus on practical implications for understanding and combating disinformation. They will be peer-reviewed and published on the Misinformation Review about a month after submission (essays will be submitted and published on a rolling basis).

Below are key dates.

Workshop abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2019 (disinfoworkshop2019@cyber.harvard.edu)

Workshop abstract acceptance notice: July 1, 2019

Workshop at Harvard University: October 4, 2019

[Optional] Full paper submission deadline (International Journal of Communication special issue): February 1, 2020

[Optional] Essay submission deadline (Harvard Shorenstein Misinformation Review journal): Essays will be accepted and published on a rolling basis

If you have any questions, please email the workshop organizers and special issue editors:

Hyunjin Seo, University of Kansas (hseo@ku.edu); Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (hseo@cyber.harvard.edu) [Workshop/International Journal of Communication]

Rob Faris, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (rfaris@cyber.harvard.edu) [Workshop/International Journal of Communication]

Joan Donavan, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University (joan_donovan@hks.harvard.edu) [Workshop/Misinformation Review]

Irene Pasquetto, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University (irene_pasquetto@hks.harvard.edu) [Workshop/Misinformation Review]

More information: https://cyber.harvard.edu/story/2019-04/comparative-approaches-disinformation-call-extended-abstracts


Call for Contributions

We want to hear from students, activists, educators and others interested in contributing to a feminist conversation about free speech and safe spaces, both inside and outside traditional classrooms.

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive zine that thinks through some of the following topics:

Trigger warnings

Feminist community/classroom standards

Call out culture


Managing difficult conversations

These topics are just starting points, we welcome your thoughts and experiences of balancing open discussions with protecting each other from harm. As a feminist collective, we are interested in creating a feminist dialogue on these topics.

We are open to many formats, including short first-hand accounts, poetry, drawings and recordings. Contributions will be incorporated into a zine, intended for a wide audience, with the goal of being accessible and intersectional.

Details for submissions can be found on our website:https://mailchi.mp/a19d846cbeee/free-speech-safe-space-zine-accepting-contributions-until-517?e=f02745fe02

Submissions will be accepted until May 17th.

Questions? Contact: gsws-apc@sas.upenn.edu

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019

United International College (Zhuhai, China)
Public Relations and Advertising
Ref: DHSS190309

Join our global faculty in Public Relations and Advertising in September 2019 English language instruction. Globally competitive remuneration package. Learn about the college www.uic.edu.hk and the program https://dhss.uic.edu.hk//en/pra Apply for positions http://web.uic.edu.hk/en/hr/job-opportunities/job-vacancy



Annenberg School of Journalism
Professor of Professional Practice (Open Rank Non-Tenure Track) - Public Relations

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism seeks applicants for a Professor of Professional Practice in Public Relations faculty appointment. The is an open rank non-tenure track position. We seek a dynamic, forward-looking public relations professional who will join our faculty as we revise both undergraduate and graduate public relations programs.

Candidates should have a deep understanding of current trends in the field of public relations, its related disciplines of strategic communication, marketing and advertising and a fluency in contemporary skills such as content strategy, content marketing, influencer outreach, data analytics, media relations, and crisis management. Outstanding candidates will also have substantial experience designing and implementing campaigns for diverse communities.

Applicants are asked to submit their credentials including a letter describing their background, interests and areas of expertise, their curriculum vita or resume, three letters of reference, and samples of their recent scholarly or professional work through USC’s job site, https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/professor-of-professional-practice-public-relations-open-rank-non-tenure-track/1209/11220919.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.



Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk (LRFI)
Full-time Research Positions

LRFI is a university-level research institute at NUS which carries out research on the public perception and communication of risk, with a focus on public health, emerging technologies and climate and environment in Asia. Applications for Deputy Director, Associate Professor (Research), and Research Fellow/open rank positions are invited from scholars in the fields of communication, psychology, public health and other relevant domains with demonstrable interest in risk communication. More details can be found at https://lrfi.nus.edu.sg/opportunities/internships-and-careers/


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Spotlight on Preconferences

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Are We Moving Towards Convergence? Revisiting Communication Disciplines, Theories and Concepts

Washington Hilton, Fairchild | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

The past two decades, communication scholars have been preoccupied with debating the intellectual boundaries between disciplines, theories, models and concepts, as well as the institutional legitimacy of the field as such. Topics such as ‘convergence’, ‘bridging’, ‘interdisciplinary paradigm’ have emerged. The debate takes place inside and across disciplines. The purpose of this pre-conference is to study and contribute to this debate. Scholars within organizational, business, corporate, strategic communication, and/or public relations are invited to participate.




Mediated Recognition: Identity, Justice, and Activism

Washington Hilton, Cardozo | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

Recognition plays a crucial role in cross-boundary identity formation of individuals and groups and it is a central feature in social struggles. What social theories of recognition overlook though is the role of media, technology and communication. Therefore, this pre-conference aims to (1) update social theories of recognition by acknowledging its mediated and datafied nature and (2) to advance post-disciplinary debates on identity formation and (mis)representation, metricised and datafied recognition, social justice and politics.




Crafting Theory. Methods of Theory Building in Communication

Washington Hilton, Piscataway | 24 May; 9:30 - 17:00

The state of theory building in communication has been the object of lamentation, disappointment, caricature, even ridicule, but also appeals and aspiration throughout the history of our field. Rather than restating deficiencies in our field’s theory building in comparison with our neighboring disciplines or reiterating the reasons for or consequences of these deficits time and again, this preconference aims at collecting and advancing our field’s methodological tools and practices for theory building. We are interested in a methodological discussion of cognitive operations, individual and social practices, and empirical approaches researchers use in this process of theory building.




Global Populism: Its Roots in Media and Religion

Washington Hilton, Kalorama | 24 May; 10:00 - 17:00

The “new era” of politics following the Brexit vote in Britain, the Trump election in the U.S., and political upheavals elsewhere in Europe and recently in Brazil challenge settled ideas about media, politics, and culture. Media are at the center as populist movements’ and politicians use symbols and tropes of remembered, repressed, contested, implicit and explicit valences of “the religious.” This preconference will consider this and the broader challenge religion poses to critical media scholarship.




Organizing Resistance Beyond the Boundaries of Neoliberal Capitalism

Washington Hilton, Georgetown West | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This preconference aims at exploring how resistance displaces the boundaries established by neoliberalism, by focusing on how resistance is being (re)organized? We will share studies and practices of resistance to reveal the communicative dynamics that expand and/or disrupt the boundaries of neoliberal normativity. The following questions could be addressed: which practises/discourses shape resistance and with what effects? How do alternative modes of organizing redefine boundaries of neoliberalism? What can communication do to reorganize resistance?




A Media Welfare State? The Relevance of Welfare State Perspectives on Media Transformation and Regulation

Washington Hilton, Cabinet Room | 24 May; 9:00 - 16:30

This ICA preconference discusses the relevance of a welfare-state perspective for media transformation and regulation. The concept of a “media welfare state” has been used to characterize Nordic media, but this preconference brings together contributors from different societies and media systems to discuss whether the concept has a wider relevance. The preconference is organised as a series of panels addressing conceptual, theoretical and empirical issues, and will engage participants in discussions over contradictions and dilemmas.




Expanding Computational Communication: Towards a Pipeline for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars

OFF-SITE | American U - Constitutional Hall, Room 3 | 24 May; 8:30 - 16:30

This preconference receives and discusses various perspectives for expanding the opportunities of graduate and early career scholars to become familiar with computational communication science. We invite experienced computational communication scholars from diverse backgrounds to share their origin stories and discuss commonly faced challenges, provide a roadmap for addressing numerous communication phenomena from a computational perspective, discuss ongoing attempts to develop in-house training programs, and create ample opportunities to network in interactive breakout and escalator sessions.




Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Integrated Social & Behavior Change Communication Programs in Low & Middle Income Countries: A Hands-on Implementation Science Skills Building Workshop

Washington Hilton, Tenleytown East | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This workshop will build participants’ understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of integrated social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs, and provide hands-on skills-building in the strategic and creative design and evaluation of effective integrated programs. The morning session will focus on conceptualization and strategic design focusing on different approaches to integration. The afternoon session will focus on research methods for monitoring and evaluation of integrated programs.




Difficult Conversations in Healthcare

Washington Hilton, Tenleytown West | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

This pre-conference will bring together leading scholars to discuss difficult conversations in healthcare from multiple applied and theoretical vantage points, with the aim being to advance the science and practice of difficult healthcare conversations by building collaborations and partnerships across academic disciplines, industry settings, and healthcare delivery systems. The pre-conference will include plenary presentations, panels, and a poster session. Registration will be open. A call for papers will be posted in January 2019.




Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Preconference

OFF-SITE | George Mason University - Arlington Campus | 24 May; 9:00 - 12:00 (half-day)

The 2nd Annual Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum to connect with other scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field. We hope you’ll join us for the inaugural Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2018 ICA conference.




Activist/Engaged Scholars: Engaging Issues in Scholarly Career Development

OFF-SITE | American U | 24 May; 9:00 - 14:00 (half-day)

Though civic engagement is proclaimed important by many academic institutions/departments, activist/engaged scholars report confronting difficulties-challenges in promotion-tenure procedures, publishing. Facilitated by members of Activist/Engaged Scholar Career Development Working Group of ICA's Activism, Communication, & Social Justice [ACSJ/SIG], this WORKING preconference will focus on developing action-options for: (1) activist/engaged scholars, from appointment through promotion; (2) faculty serving as mentors, members hiring/promotion/tenure committees; (3) administrators/faculty interested in developing academic cultures supportive of activist/engaged scholars. Co-sponsors: ACSJ, Global Communication-Social Change; Philosophy, Theory, Critique.




Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice

OFF-SITE | Arizona State U Barbara Barrett and Sandra Day O'Connor Washington Center. The Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center is metro accessible. |
24 May; 12:00 - 16:30 (half-day)

As journalists across the globe continue to face distrustful audiences and uncertain economics, many have begun experimenting with novel forms of news production with the hope of solving the news industry’s ails. Although many scholars research these innovations, few have found ways to make that research impactful outside of the academic community. This pre-conference bridges this divide, by bringing together journalism innovators and researchers to discuss best practices for collaborations between the two.



Environmental Communication Beyond Boundaries: Transnational, International, and Comparative Approaches to Understanding Environmental Issues

OFF-SITE | George Washington U‚ School of Public Health (Room TBD) | 24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

The aim of this pre-conference is to bring together scholars from around the world to share research related to transnational and international aspects of environmental communication. While environmental issues are often fundamentally global in that causes and effects of environmental risk can be separated by thousands of miles and connected by the forces of globalization, most research related to environmental communication has focused on individual nations as the site of inquiry. In addition, environmental communication research has primarily featured nations in the Global North. Therefore, this pre-conference especially welcomes research related to and/or produced in the Global South.




Riding or Lashing the Waves: Regulating Media for Diversity in a Time of Uncertainty

OFF-SITE | National Press Club, 13th floor | 24 May; 8:00 - 16:30

The event focuses on the regulatory and policy changes needed to stabilize the path from traditional to future forms of media. We will explore the current and future choices for regulating or deregulating media to ensure media pluralism and diversity. The umbrella question is "What legal frameworks, organizational innovations, self-regulation ideas or technologies can be or should not be used to maintain diversity and sustainability?"

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President’s Message: A Report from Spring Break

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Let’s face it, some weeks are simply better than others, and March had its share of ups and downs.

As spring break descended in North America, and as colleagues and students found themselves taking a much-needed break, I found myself on a forced break -- bedridden for longer than I wanted, living off antibiotics and over-the-counter drugs. I slept a lot, and my initial efforts to walk outdoors were felled by a high pollen count. Finding myself somewhat housebound, I turned to friends for streaming recommendations – content that was sufficiently engaging and, more important, didn’t require thinking or a keen eye for foreshadowing. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel garnered the most votes, followed by The Good Place.

As it turned out, severe headaches precluded spending any time in front of a screen, so I inched my way through a broad swath of hard-copy materials instead: manuscripts accepted at Public Opinion Quarterly that needed to be line-edited; a few books nominated for the AAPOR Book Award; applications for the editorship of Communication Theory; the first set of proofs for Voices, the ICA conference theme book Donald Matheson (U of Canterbury) and I coedited; and a growing pile of newspapers.

Focusing on print for any sustained period of time initially was physically difficult, but fortunately was offset by the heartening fact that everything I was reading reflected excellence. The scholars I read were crisp in thought, masterful in their methods, and revisionist in their findings. Equally important, they were oriented toward making a difference – not only in their respective corners of academia, but also in those parts of the nonacademic world that inform and are informed by their research. For the theme book, Donald and I are delighted to have secured contributions from junior scholars alongside works by senior scholars, including Guobin Yang and Elihu Katz (both of U of Pennsylvania).

As much as I enjoyed the relatively solitary work of reading and editing, I was really looking forward to my committee work and deliberating with colleagues. Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara) has shepherded the Publications Committee through a series of discussions involving editorial policies, open-data badges, copyright, and potential new journals, to name but a few. The search for a new Communication Theory editor – indeed, any editor – requires quite a bit of heavy lifting; it involves not only crafting a call for applications and identifying a set of metrics by which to evaluate applicants, but also identifying and reaching out to potentially interested parties.

I was excited to see the very different applications we received, and eager to hear how my committee colleagues – Arul Chib (Nanyang Technological U), Radhika Parameswaran (Indiana U), and Sabine Trepte (U of Hohenheim), with ICA’s associate executive director JP Gutierrez as ex officio – would evaluate them. Our collective research areas – spanning technology in healthcare, marginalization, media psychology, feminist cultural studies, media effects, media globalization, persuasion, and political communication – have allowed us to bring different perspectives to the virtual table, examine an issue from all angles, and reach a considered decision. By the standards of deliberative democracy, this committee has been ideal, and I look forward to our continued deliberation of the CT editorship, the decision for which will be ratified by the Board of Directors in Washington, DC this May.

Just as the Publications Committee spent March focusing on the CT editorship, 40 of our ICA colleagues deliberated this month on nominations submitted for eight different awards. David Tewksbury (U of Illinois), as chair of the Research Awards Committee, will have the honor of announcing the award recipients this May, just as François Cooren (U of Montreal), this year’s Fellows Chair, will be introducing this year’s inductees.

As well, under the leadership of executive director Laura Sawyer, ICA headquarters is abuzz with activity as staff members continue to work nonstop on conference logistics: finalizing the print program; tending to hotel reservations, conference registration, exhibitor relations, and conference supplies; and a sea of other details to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch this May. Conference attendees this year once again can avail themselves of subsidized childcare, a nursing mothers’ room, free yoga every morning, and gender-neutral bathrooms. We’ll have more receptions than any one person could possibly ever attend, a free shuttle between ICA hotels (the Hilton and the Omni Shoreham), and a closing toast on the final day. Over 200 hotel room nights are still available, the majority of them at the Omni Shoreham. You can read more about conference developments in this newsletter and on the ICA website’s conference page.

Happy April!

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ICA President-Elect Article

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The stage is set for an exciting set of plenaries and major events at the 69th annual ICA Conference at the Washington Hilton, DC. A number of delegates will be in Washington for preconferences and/or the ICA Executive Board meeting from Thursday 23 May.

The conference proper will commence on Friday 24 May at 6pm with four keynote presentations that will challenge the theme of ‘Communication Beyond Boundaries’, by pointing to the challenges and contradictions presented by transnationality, interdisciplinarity, global inequalities and the digital divide, and the digital turn towards automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. The speakers will be Rania El-Issawi (UNICEF), Yu Hong (Zhejiang U), Steven Livingston (George Washington U) and Gina Neff (Oxford Internet Institute).

We will be trialing a digital Q&A session in 2019, so you are encouraged to download the ICA conference app in advance of the Plenary. The Plenary will be held in a subdivided anteroom of the enormous International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton, and the Opening Reception that follows the Plenary will take place in the central part of the ballroom.

On Saturday 25 May, we are excited to host Naomi Klein, internationally renowned author and activist and the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers U. Naomi Klein will be in conversation with ICA Executive Committee member and ICA Past President Amy Jordan (Rutgers U) about Klein’s new book The Corporate Self, and will be available for book signings in conjunction with the event, which commences at 5pm. A number of receptions are taking place both onsite and offsite that evening, and we recommend checking your program for details. There will also be a special event celebrating Washington DC music, politics and culture at the Bossa Bistro and Lounge, organized by Nikki Usher (George Washington U) and Aram Sinnreich (American U) on behalf of the Urban Communication Issues Committee.

The ICA Annual Awards and Presidential Address will take place at 3:30pm on Sunday, 26 May in the International Ballroom. This is a flagship event of the Association, with the awarding of a number of prestigious honors and the endorsement of new ICA Fellows. It will culminate in a keynote presentation by ICA President Patricia Moy (U of Washington).

A number of receptions will be taking place both onsite and offsite - including at the Omni Hotel – on Monday 27 May. Again, we recommend that you check your conference program for details.

The Closing Plenary of the conference on Tuesday 28 May will focus on the future of news media. Hosted by Conference Theme Planner Hilde van den Bulck, it will involve the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, Lydia Polgreen and Executive Director of First Draft Claire Wardle in conversation with ICA President-Elect-Select Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam) and ICA Past President, Barbie Zelizer (U of Pennsylvania). After a few remaining sessions, the conference will have its official “Closing Toast” with refreshments served outdoors to all remaining attendees, along with the ICA Board and staff, in the Heights Courtyard. Please join us!

For most of you, that will mark the end of the ICA Conference. But there are a great collection of postconferences taking place at various locations around DC on Wednesday, 29 May should you still be around. If you are interested in attending any of those, be sure to advise the event organisers directly from the information that is on the ICA conference website (these events have their own registration fees).

We are very excited to have you here with us for the 69th annual conference of the International Communications Association.

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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Dear ICA,


I am teaching a weekend seminar on social media. Through my own research, I’ve developed a collection that now allows for some historical comparison. I want my students to use this collection in their class assignments. Is it safe to put this material on our course site? Our library is rather strict about copyright.




Dear Teacher,


In terms of the copyright status of your own collection, you might look at the ICA’s  Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, and particularly at Section Four, “Storing Copyrighted Material In Collections and Archives,” which describes both why this kind of archiving activity falls under fair use, and also under what limitations.

In terms of your classroom practice, the communication scholars who developed the Code decided not to define fair use in this environment, because film scholars had already done so and their code was entirely applicable for communication. So take a look at  the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use for Film and Media Educators .

In terms of your librarians, not all librarians are as familiar with fair use, or the best practices of particular fields, as others. You may be able to help yours by sharing the Code.



Patricia Aufderheide for ICA


Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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Student Column

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Heartfelt Goodbye

By Julie Escurignan

At the end of the DC Conference, I will be stepping down as Board Member and Chair of the SECAC to let Sarah Cho and Myrene Magabo lead the Student and Early Career Community.

The past two years have been an incredibly fulfilling challenge. I am extremely grateful to have been entrusted by the members of ICA, and I have done my best to increase the voice and presence of Early Career scholars within ICA.


I know raising one’s voice as an Early Career is not always an easy task – especially when one is surrounded by such renowned academics as ICA members are. However, this is what I would like all of you to keep doing. Indeed, academia needs to hear from its Early Career scholars! During my term, I have spoken up, argued, debated, pleaded, presented and fought for more presence and more opportunities for Early Career academics – and especially for the ones we hear less of, such as our members from the Global South. I have put myself forward, ready to find resistance, but instead have found people ready to push young scholars to the fore. ICA is full of opportunities for Early Career academics. No matter one’s origin, research topic or ambition, this organization is a place to grow and blossom for the ones who dare, speak up and get engaged. Don’t sit back waiting for people to give you the opportunity to speak, take this opportunity! Don’t wait to be introduced, go introduce yourself! Don’t wait for someone to push you up, climb the ladder! Get engaged as a Division or Interest Group Student Representative, join the SECAC or become a Board Member: there are plenty of possibilities to get engaged within ICA, serve the Early Career Community and gain priceless experience. Serving ICA comes with responsibilities and work, but it gives you the chance to do something that matters. You will have the opportunity to change things and be a part of ICA’s evolution. You will shape the organization and bring the change you want to see in the (academic) world! What better contribution could there be than helping shape the future of one of the greatest Communication Associations?

I am proud to have served ICA and the Early Career Community during the past two years. I hope I have represented you and brought you what you needed and wanted from ICA. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the invaluable help of our past chair, Tamar Lazar, and of our current vice-chair Sarah Cho, nor without the members of the SECAC and the Divisions and Interest Groups Student Representatives who have carried out our initiatives to the wider ICA community. I could not have done it either without the continuous support of ICA’s past and present Presidents, its Executive Committee and the members of the Board. And of course, I couldn’t have done without you – dear members of the Student and Early Career Community. Thank you all for your trust and your support, it has truly meant the world to me!

There will be plenty of events for the Student and Early Career Community in DC this May and I hope to see you all there. Do not hesitate to come say hello during the conference – and to send Sarah and I an email if you have any question. As usual, we’re here to help and we’re here to serve – Valar Dohaeris.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019


New book announcement: Neoliberalism and the Media, edited by Marian Meyers, Routledge, published February 2019

About the book:

This book examines the multiple ways that popular media mainstream and reinforce neoliberal ideology, exposing how they promote neoliberalism’s underlying ideas, values and beliefs so as to naturalize inequality, undercut democracy and contribute to the collapse of social notions of community and the common good.

Covering a wide range of media and genres, and adopting a variety of qualitative textual methodologies and theoretical frameworks, the chapters examine diverse topics, from news coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to the NBC show Superstore (an atypical instance in which a TV show challenged the central tenets of neoliberalism) to “kitchen porn.”

The book also takes an intersectional approach, as contributors explore how gender, race, class and other aspects of social identity are inextricably tied to each other within media representation.

Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Neoliberalism-and-the-Media/Meyers/p/book/9781138094437

Chapters and contributors include:

PART I Where We Are and How We Got Here

1. Neoliberalism and the Media: History and Context - Marian Meyers

PART II Corporations and Markets

2. Reality TV "Gets Real": Hypercommercialism and Post-truth in CNN’s Coverage of the 2016 Election Campaign - Liane Tanguay

3. The Girl Effect: Philanthrocapitalism and the Branded Marketplace of Philanthropic Governance - Dana Schowalter

4. Neoliberalism and Women’s Right to Communicate: The Politics of Ownership and Voice in Media - Carolyn M. Byerly

PART III Responsibility and Choice

5. Numinous Fortune and Holy Money: Dave Ramsey’s Cruel Optimism - John Sewell

6. From Homo Economicus to Homo Sacer: Neoliberalism and the Thanatopolitics of The Meth Project - Michael F. Walker

7. As American as Capitalist Exploitation: Neoliberalism in The Men Who Built America - Christopher M. Duerringer

PART IV: Consumers and Advertising

8. Affirmative Advertising and the Mediated Feeling Rules of Neoliberalism - Rosalind Gill & Akane Kanai

9. Kitchen Porn: Of Consumerist Fantasies and Desires - C. Wesley Buerkle

PART V: Identity and Representation

10. "I Deserved to Get Knocked Up": Sex, Class and Latinidad in Jane the Virgin - John S. Quinn-Puerta

11. An Intersectional Analysis of Controlling Images and Neoliberal Meritocracy on Scandal and Empire - Cheryl Thompson

12. Doing Whiteness "Right": Playing by the Rules of Neoliberalism for Television’s Working Class - Holly Holladay

13. Negotiating Identity and Working Class Struggles in NBC’s Superstore - Lauren Bratslavsky



Book Announcement: Coping with Illness Digitally

Title: Coping with Illness Digitally (MIT Press)

By: Steve Rains, U of Arizona

Overview: Communication technologies have become a valuable resource for responding to the profound challenges posed by illness. Medical websites make it possible to find information about specific health conditions, e-mail provides a means to communicate with health care providers, social network sites can be used to solidify existing relationships, online communities provide opportunities for expanding support networks, and blogs offer a forum for articulating illness-related experiences.

In this book, Stephen Rains examines this kind of “digital coping” involving the use of communication technologies, particularly social media, in responding to illness. Synthesizing a diverse body of existing empirical research, Rains offers the first book-length exploration of what it means to cope with illness digitally.

Rains examines the implications of digital communication technologies on a series of specific challenges raised by illness and discusses the unique affordances of these technologies as coping resources. He considers patients' motivations for forging relationships online and the structure of those networks; the exchange of social support and the outcomes of sharing illness experiences; online health information searches by patients and surrogates; the effects of Internet use on patient-provider communication; and digital coping mechanisms for end-of-life and bereavement, including telehospice, social media memorials, and online grief support.

Finally, Rains presents an original model of digital coping that builds on issues discussed to summarize how and with what effects patients use communication technologies to cope with illness.

Purchase Options: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/coping-illness-digitally



New Book Released on Relationships, Health, and Wellness

By Jennifer Theiss and Kathryn Greene

Announcing the release of "Contemporary Studies on Relationships, Health, and Wellness," edited by Jennifer A. Theiss and Kathryn Greene, published by Cambridge University Press. Close relationships are a vital part of people's daily lives; thus family members, friends, romantic partners and caregivers play an integral role in people's health and well-being. Understanding the ways in which close relationships both shape and reflect people's health and wellness is an important area of inquiry. Showcasing studies from various disciplines that are on the cutting-edge of research exploring the interdependence between health and relationships, this collection highlights several relationship processes that are instrumental in the maintenance of health and the management of illness, including interpersonal influence, information management, uncertainty, social support, and communication.

Although the existing health literature is rich with knowledge about individual and ecological factors that are influential in promoting certain health behaviors, the relationship scholars featured in this volume have much to contribute in terms of documenting the interpersonal dynamics that are involved in experiences of health and illness. To read more about the contents of the book and order a copy visit: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/contemporary-studies-on-relationships-health-and-wellness/6EC60A2ED1A799CA4C6BBEBB74F00595#fndtn-information.



New Book Announcement - Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle

Edited by CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (Dominican U) and Christopher J. Olson (UW-Milwaukee)

Series: The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture

This book explores the ways in which professional wrestling has been affected by the current era of convergence, combining a range of genres, character types, business

practices and narratives, all in one spectacle.

20% Discount Available: enter the code FLR40 at checkout via Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Convergent-Wrestling-Participatory-Culture-Transmedia-Storytelling-and/Reinhard-Olson/p/book/9780815377641.

Also available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Target, and Google Play.

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Dear CAM members,

My favorite email of the year - I have the distinct privilege to announce the 2019 CAM award winners. For the past few weeks, I have been working with awards committee to review the submitted dossiers for numerous CAM awards as well as review the top papers in our division. As you might imagine, with a division as productive, passionate, and rigorous as ours, this is not an easy task. Award committee members felt that all nominees were highly deserving, noting scholarly rigor and a clear passion for the field. And, as you can see from the award list below, this year’s list of award-winning scholars is richly deserving of these acknowledgements.  

For those of you attending ICA in May, I do hope that you can attend the CAM Business Meeting where we will set aside time to personally acknowledge each of these award recipients.


Brigitte Naderer


Ines Spielvogel, Jörg Matthes, & Brigitte Naderer

Again and Again: Exploring the Influence of Disclosure Repetition on Children’s Cognitive Processing of Brand Placements


James Alex Bonus

The impact of pictorial realism in educational science television on children’s learning and transfer of biological facts


Nilam Ram, Xiao Yang, Mu-Jung Cho, Miriam Brinberg, Fiona Muirhead, Byron Reeves, & Thomas Robinson

Teen Screenomes: Describing and Interpreting Adolescents’ Day-to-Day Digital Lives


Lisa Hurwitz

Were They Ready To Learn?


Edmund W J Lee, Shirley S Ho, and May O Lwin

Explicating problematic social network sites use: A review of concepts, theoretical frameworks, and future directions for communication theorizing


Monique Ward

For now, let me be the first to thank our award recipients for their contribution to our field and congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition. I look forward to seeing each of you at the business meeting in Washington, DC to formally acknowledge your awards. I also want to take a moment and recognize the numerous CAM members that participated in the awards committees. As with so much of our CAM work, efforts such as this would not be possible without you.

Best wishes, also on behalf of your CAM officers,

Jessica Piotrowski




The roundup will include call for papers and information about conferences/symposia that are relevant for the CAT community.

1. CfP: Call for papers: Fifth Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics

2. Call for Participation: Interdisciplinary Conference on Privacy Online: What Have We Learned So Far? May 16 - 17, 2019, University of Hohenheim, Germany  (Organisation by Sabine Trepte & Tobias Dienlin)

1. Call for papers: Fifth Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics

September 16-17, 2019, the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough U (United Kingdom) will host the fifth conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics, focused on academic research on the relation between media and political processes around the world. Professor Stuart Soroka from the U of Michigan will deliver a keynote lecture.

A selection of the best full papers presented at the conference will be published in the journal after peer review. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 May, 2019. Attendees will be notified of acceptance by 7 June, 2019. Full papers based on accepted abstracts will be due 2 September, 2019.

The conference brings together scholars conducting internationally-oriented or comparative research on the intersection between news media and politics around the world. It aims to provide a forum for academics from a wide range of disciplines, countries, and methodological approaches to advance research in this area.

Examples of relevant topics include the political implications of current changes in media systems, including the increasing role of digital platforms; the importance of digital media for engaging with news and politics; analysis of the factors affecting the quality of political information and public discourse; studies of the role of entertainment and popular culture in how people engage with current affairs; studies of relations between political actors and journalists; analyses of the role of visuals and emotion in the production and processing of public information; and research on political communication during and beyond elections by government, political parties, interest groups, and social movements. The journal and the conference have a particular interest in studies that adopt comparative approaches, represent substantial theoretical or methodological advances, or focus on parts of the world that are under-researched in the international English language academic literature.

Titles and abstracts for papers (maximum 300 words) are invited by 10 May, 2019. The abstract should clearly describe the key question, the theoretical and methodological approach, the evidence the argument is based on, as well as its wider implications and the extent to which they are of international relevance.

Please send submissions via the online form available at http://bit.ly/IJPP2019.

The conference is organized by Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough U, Editor-in-Chief of IJPP). Please contact Dr Vaccari with questions at c.vaccari@lboro.ac.uk.

More about the journal, the keynote speaker, the University, and the Centre:

The International Journal of Press/Politics (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/hijb)
IJPP is an interdisciplinary journal for the analysis and discussion of the role of the media and politics in a globalized world. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical research which analyzes the linkages between the news media and political processes and actors around the world, emphasizes international and comparative work, and links research in the fields of political communication and journalism studies, and the disciplines of political science and media and communication. The journal is ranked 4th by Scopus (SJR) and 12th by Journal Citation Reports in Communication.

Professor Stuart Soroka, U of Michigan (http://www.snsoroka.com/)
Stuart Soroka is the Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science, and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, U of Michigan. His research focuses on political communication, the sources and/or structure of public preferences for policy, and the relationships between public policy, public opinion, and mass media.  His most recent book is Negativity in Democratic Politics: Causes and Consequences (2014, Cambridge University Press). Soroka is currently collaborating on a project focused on cross-national psychophysiological reactions to news content, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and a large-scale content-analytic project on media coverage of US public policy, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Loughborough U (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/)
Based on a 440-acre, single-site campus at the heart of the UK, Loughborough University is ranked top 10 in every British university league table. Voted University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019) and awarded Gold in the National Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Loughborough provides a unique student experience that is ranked first in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018. Loughborough University has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. It is a short distance away from Loughborough Train station, a 15-minute drive from East Midlands Airport (near Nottingham), an hour drive from Birmingham Airport, and an hour and 15 minutes from London via train.

The Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crcc/)
Since our establishment in 1991, we have developed into the largest research centre of our kind in the UK. We are an interdisciplinary centre, crossing over social science and humanities disciplines to draw on theories and methods in social psychology, sociology, politics, history and geography. Renowned for the breadth of our research, we range across interpersonal and small-group communication, social media, political communication, media education, mainstream communications—including digital and online and the analysis of communicative work, such as political campaigning, popular music and memory. Our core research themes are all regarded as world-leading by our peers. We use a diversity of methods for data gathering and analysis and work with a variety of partners, including the BBC, the police, NSPCC and the Electoral Commission as well as our international collaborators, to deliver fundamental and applied research of exceptional quality.

2. Call for Participation: Interdisciplinary Conference on Privacy Online: What Have We Learned So Far? May 16 - 17, 2019, U of Hohenheim, Germany
(Organisation by Sabine Trepte & Tobias Dienlin)

The Internet, social media, and smartphones have first created and then changed privacy online. Since approximately 20 years now, users all around the world have to decide whether to buy technological devices, to use particular services, or to disclose personal information.

During the same time, research on privacy online spawned, addressing several important research questions, such as: How can we understand human behavior online? Do we need new legal frameworks to better support people? Is it possible to develop devices that offer both compelling features and effective privacy protection?

For this conference, we invite scholars from all disciplines to present an overview over the most relevant insights of both their own research and their respective fields. During the two days, there will be an explicit focus on discussion. In sum, with this conference we aim to answer the following question: Privacy online, what have we learned so far?

Keynote Speakers:
Sonia Livingstone
Colin Bennett
Woodrow Hartzog
Christoph Sorge

More information: https://strukturwandeldesprivaten.wordpress.com/veranstaltungen-konferenzen/privacy-online-2/



Interest Group Members:

Greetings! This newsletter from the ICA Computational Methods Interest Group is designed to provide you with a brief preview of the upcoming 69th Annual ICA Conference being held in Washington DC from 24 May -28 May. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

ICA Overview. We received 115 individual submissions and one panel proposal this year. Many thanks to all submitters and especially the reviewers for all of their hard work! In order to make the most of our scheduling, we focused on scheduling 6 presentations per session. As a result, we were able to create a great lineup of 72 papers (including 6 posters). See our website for an overview of panels: http://ica-cm.org/ica-2019/

Top Paper Awards. Many thanks to our best paper committee: Winson Peng (chair), Deen Freelon, Robert Bond, and Sandra González-Bailón. The committee had the pleasure of reviewing an excellent slate of papers, and chose four papers for the top paper award (in no particular order):

The Network Dynamics of Conventions

Joshua Aaron Becker

The Dynamic Relationship between News Frames and Real-World Events: A Hidden Markov Model Approach

Frederic Rene Hopp, Jacob T Fisher, Rene Weber

The Temporal Turn in Communication Research: Time-Series Analyses Using Computational Approaches

Chris Wells, Dhavan V. Shah, Jon C. Pevehouse, Jordan M. Foley, Ayellet Pelled, JungHwan Yang

The Electoral Dimension of Disinformation: Political Astroturfing on Twitter

JungHwan Yang, Franziska Keller, David Schoch, Sebastian Stier

Congratulations to all winners! Note that there isn’t a top paper session; the above papers will be presented in their respective thematic sessions instead.

Preconference. There are two preconferences organized by our members this year: Expanding Computational Communication: Towards a Pipeline for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars (organized by Josephine Lukito, Nate TeBlunthuis, and Frederic Hopp), and Deep Learning for Automated Image Content Analysis (organized by Yair Fogel-Dror and Andreu Casas). More information: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

Travel grant and fee waivers. This year CM has offered limited travel support to our members. We have notified the awardees individually. Checks will be distributed during the CM business meeting at Washington DC.  

Business meeting and reception. Our business meeting will be held on Saturday May 25th, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM; DuPont (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level). On Sunday May 26th, there will be a joint reception in the Mad Hatter (www.madhatterdc.com) from 6pm to 8pm. Note that due to scheduling issues the reception will happen the next day (instead of immediately following the business meeting, as in the past). Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Upcoming election for vice-chair. Per ICA’s rotation rules, Wouter van Atteveldt will step down as chair after ICA 2020, and Cindy Shen will take over the position of chair. We will be holding an election for vice-chair in September and are currently seeking nominations (due in July). Details of the nomination procedure will be forthcoming.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment and follow @ica_cm on Twitter. You can also find us on Facebook by searching “Computational Methods Interest Group.” Job postings and other relevant announcements are often shared via the above social media channels, and it is a great way to stay in touch with the group.

See you in DC.


Wouter van Atteveldt


Cindy Shen

Vice Chair

Matthew Weber






Dear members,

Two updates:

First, during the ICA conference in DC, we will organize mentoring meet-ups, which are coordinated by our Student and Early Career Representative, Sam Chan. Please, see below the message from Sam for details. You can also find there some information about the events during the conference directed specifically at students and early career researchers.

Second, we would like to share with you a Call for Papers for 'Queer TV in Post-2010 China' panel at MLA 2020 conference in Seattle. Again, see below for details.

Best wishes,

Lukasz Szulc & Eve Ng

Co-chairs of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group



Dear ICA LGBTQ IG members,

Since 2017, the LGBTQ Interest Group has been organizing informal mentoring meet-ups between junior scholars and senior scholars at the ICA annual conference. Our mentoring meet-ups are coming again this May in Washington, DC!  

Mentoring meet-ups are informal meetings between a senior scholar (mentor) and a junior scholar (mentee). Matched mentor and mentee, based on their scholarly interests, will arrange a meeting during the conference. We will provide the pair the contact information of each other.

This year, mentees will email their mentors issues/concerns/questions they have before their meet-ups. Some mentors may prefer their mentees to provide specific questions. We understand time during the conference is very precious, so we hope both the mentees and mentors are prepared to make the best use of the meet-ups!

A successful mentoring meet-ups scheme requires a large pool of mentors and mentees, so please consider this opportunity to share, network, and get to know other members of our LGBTQ interest group!

Sign up by Apr 19 using this link (https://goo.gl/forms/Gt7AWnyjMdzMaA5k2) for our human brain-driven matching algorithm to work.

For any questions about the meet-ups, please contact Sam Chan, our group Student and Early Career Representative at sam.chan@asc.upenn.edu.

Also, there are three events at the ICA conference specifically for Student and Early Career Members. They are all on May 25:

9:30am – 10:45am: ICA Annual Member Meeting and New Member/Student and Early Career Orientation; Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

11:00am – 12:15pm: Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) Business Meeting; Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

8:00pm – 10:00pm: Student and Early Career Reception; OFFSITE: Exiles Bar



Lik Sam CHAN, Ph.D.

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

International Communication Association LGBTQ Studies Student and Early Career Representative

Pronouns: he/him/his

liksamchan.com | @liksamchan | upenn.academia.edu/LikSamChan



Theme: Queer TV in Post-2010 China

Chair: Jamie J. Zhao

email: jingjamiezhao@gmail.com

Please email me to express interest and/or submit a 250 word abstract and 150-word bio by 20 March, 2019

Brief description:

The years since 2010 have seen a burgeoning of ‘queer TV’, that is, a proliferation of non-normatively gendered and/or sexualised images, desires, narratives and media discourses in China. This recent queer TV culture has been facilitated by and actively mediating China’s media and cultural globalization, hybridization and digitisation. This panel recognizes and problematizes queerness on and about contemporary China’s TV entertainment. It refuses to simplify China’s queer TV culture as a capitalist exploitation and stereotyping of LGBTQ identities, lives and politics. Rather, connecting global TV studies and global queering theories, it explores the inherently entwined queer and global features of Chinese TV as a mass medium. It challenges the dichotomy of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ televisual representations of gender and sexual minorities by studying the queer promise and peril of televisual-cultural production, distribution and consumption in China in a globalist age. By so doing, it highlights the co-implicative nature of queer and TV cultures in post-2010 China.

Potential topics include but not limited to:

1. The queer aspect of digital/online TV

2. TV censorship and LGBTQ representations/realities

3. Queer TV images that navigates the intertwined concepts of heteronormativity, patriarchy, and (ethnic-Han) Chineseness (e.g., queer TV images of non-Chinese/non-Han women)

4. Female masculinity and/or male femininity proliferating on Chinese TV

5. The queer potential of certain Chinese TV genres and formats (e.g., time-traveling drama, gender-reversal/cross-dressing shows)

6. China's adaptation/airing of foreign queer TV shows



Dear members and colleagues,

ECREA Crisis Communication conference will be held at Lees Business School. Here's the conference and CFPs information: https://leedstalkspr.com/crisis6-2019/

If you have any question, please contact Professor Ralph Tench (r.tench@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)

Kind regards,

Flora Hung-Baesecke

Vice Chair

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