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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, Muhammad.ittefaq@maine.edu

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: beebeeboateng@gmail.com or beebeeboateng@yahoo.comm

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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!

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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 (http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/go-go-washington-dc).  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.

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New Hotel Procedure

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

NEW PROCEDURE: Hotel Accommodations 69th Annual ICA Conference Communication Beyond Boundaries

Hotel Block Link Will Be Released 4 March 2019 to Registered Attendees

In past years, the link to book hotel accommodations has been released in mid-January when paper and panel acceptances is announced, with the conference schedule released in early March. This has caused several issues which have inconvenienced attendees. Without knowing their actual schedule, attendees were in the habit of booking full-week stays and then going back and adjusting down to 3 or 4 days once the actual schedule was released. The full-week booking scenario often caused our room block to "sell out" in the first 24 hours, despite the fact that 50% of those room nights would later be canceled (once the schedule was released) and given to those on the waiting list. This has caused unnecessary stress for our attendees, both at the front end when trying to scramble for rooms on day one, and on the back end when sitting for months on the waitlist.  


This year, we are adopting a new hotel block rollout schedule that will decrease stress for attendees, ensure that reservations made in the block are accurate to the needs of attendees, and eliminate unnecessary steps. The schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, 16 January:

ICA headquarters releases acceptances; conference registration opens


ICA Executive Director & President-Elect build the schedule

Thursday, 28 February:

Friday, 1 March:

Last day to register for conference to obtain early housing link

Full conference schedule is released

2-3 March:

Attendees take the weekend to decide travel plans, shop flights

Monday, 4 March:

Hotel block booking link and access code is sent only to those who registered prior to 1 March

Tuesday, 5 March:

Hotel block booking link is publicly available, no code required

As in previous years, attendees will still be able to adjust the reservation afterward if needed. Please note that the headquarters hotel (Washington Hilton) will require a four-night minimum stay to maximize capacity (for example, someone booking a room just for Saturday night blocks that room from being used for someone who would have stayed Thursday through Monday, so the main hotel will be reserved for those booking for longer stays).

For 2019, we have contracted more hotel rooms than in any other year in ICA’s history, with the goal of making sure that everyone’s needs are met. The headquarters hotel this year is the newly renovated Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue, with a large overflow block at the nearby Omni Shoreham Hotel, with conference rates of just US$175 per night plus taxes at both. Our additional overflow hotels are charming boutique hotels: the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel with a rate of US$179 per night plus taxes and the Churchill Hotel with a rate of US$199 per night plus taxes. While these hotels are within easy walking distance of each other, shuttles will run at regular intervals between the Kimpton Carlyle, the Washington Hilton and the Omni Shoreham for attendees staying at these hotels. The Churchill is across the street from the Hilton.

A quick FAQ about room blocks:

  • How do I get these rates? You may NOT call the hotels directly to get these rates; they will not book rooms with attendees directly. You MUST book through the ICA link to be released in March.

  • Can’t I get a better rate through Expedia? ICA’s Executive Director contracts room blocks more than five years out in order to secure the best rates for ICA attendees, and we have a “best rate clause” in our contract so that our attendees receive the best rate available for our dates. You will be staying in a US$300+ hotel room for a US$175 rate.

  • Why should I stay inside the block? Associations guarantee a certain amount of income to the hotel in room block stays in exchange for complimentary meeting space. When attendees go outside the block for their rooms, they harm the association’s ability to negotiate for meeting space and competitive room rates. Over time, this leads to the association having to pay for meeting space which, in turn, leads to the association having to raise registration fees for the conference itself in order to cover expenses.

  • Why can’t I just use Airbnb? You are welcome to do so. However, please note that in the past five years, we have had over ten instances where attendees had to be “rescued” from Airbnb situations when they arrived in town only to find situations such as a lack of running water, being locked out with no key, someone else already staying in the apartment, or feeling unsafe. We have found hotel placement for these attendees at the last minute via cancellations, but this may not always be possible. The best way for us to ensure your safety and comfort is for you to stay in facilities where we have contact with, and clout to negotiate with, the management and can advocate on your behalf when something goes wrong.

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Registration Now Open!

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

69th Annual ICA Conference

Registration - Now Open!

The International Communication Association (ICA) is the premier academic association for scholars engaged in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication internationally.

We are pleased to announce registration for ICA’s 69th Annual Conference “Communication Beyond Boundaries” is now open! Explore a multitude of networking opportunities with your peers, stay abreast of current research in your area, all the while enjoying the rich culture and beautiful architecture offered in Washington, District of Columbia USA. Join your colleagues in pursuing excellence in the communication field - register today!!


  • The 69th Annual ICA Conference: “Communication Beyond Boundaries” will include both traditional research papers and panels.

  • Theme: Communication Beyond Boundaries aims for an understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society, and encourages research that crosses the boundaries of research domains, of particular fields of research interest, and of academia and the outside world.

  • Dates: 24-28 May, 2019 | Please remember that the conference is one day off the regular schedule this year: the pre-conferences and opening reception are on Friday instead of Thursday, and the final day of the conference is a Tuesday.

  • Conference Headquarters Location: Washington Hilton - 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW - Washington, District of Columbia, 20009, USA

  • Pre/postconference Registrations: All pre/postconference registration links are separate from the main conference registration. To register for a pre or postconference, visit this link: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

  • ICA Travel Grant: http://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant


  • Please ensure your membership is current to avoid being charged the non-member rate during the conference registration process. Please note: sustaining and life members must still complete the registration form to confirm attendance.


ICA conference attendees have always had the ability to save money on registration by registering early. Traditionally, following the early registration period, online registration has remained open for a short window of time, however the prices have increased substantially to onsite pricing. New this year, ICA is pleased to share we’ve extended the online period following early registration and discounted the pricing for this option called Standard Registration.

  • EARLY REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 17 April
    Early registration begins on 16 January, 2019 and will close at 16:00 UTC on 17 April, 2019.

  • STANDARD REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 3 May
    Standard Registration will be available starting 16:01 UTC on 17 April 2019 until 16:00 UTC on 3 May. Following the standard registration period, registration online will close; registration will only be available in person, onsite.

    Attendees who have not completed an early or standard registration by 16:00 UTC on 3 May are welcome and encouraged to attend, but will be required to register onsite in Washington, DC USA, at the onsite conference rates. Hours will be posted at the registration desk.

  • Prices: View and compare Early, Standard and Onsite registration rates: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019ConfPrices

Save on your conference registration - Join ICA today! If you are not currently a member, ICA highly recommends that you join as a member before registering for conference to take advantage of reduced member conference prices. The total cost of membership plus the discounted member conference rate is more affordable than the nonmember rate. To join ICA, click here.



  1. Renew or Join ICA to take advantage of member discounts on conference rates

  2. If you are a member, sign in to your account

  3. Select your tier.

  4. Enter in your contact information (this will automatically populate over from your data if you are already a member and have signed in); It must match the tier you selected

  5. Select the Main Conference Registration associated with your tier, and any miscellaneous items you wish to purchase

  6. Select "Save and Finalize Registration"

  7. Confirm your Recipient Information and enter your Payment Information

  8. Select "Proceed to Confirmation"

  9. Verify your information

  10. Select "Complete Order"

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

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Call for ICA Officer Nominations

Posted By Katie Wolfe, Friday, February 1, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The International Communication Association’s annual call for ICA Officer Nominations is now open. Nomination submissions will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for consideration for inclusion in the September 2019 ICA Elections.

Please take this opportunity to help guide ICA’s future by submitting qualified nominees for consideration.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINEE SUBMISSION: Thursday, 28 February 2019 at 16:00 UTC

ELIGIBILITY: Any ICA member may nominate themselves or any other ICA member for office. Only Active Members shall be eligible for nomination, election, or appointment to office in the Association.

ICA OFFICER POSITIONS: Members may nominate candidates to be reviewed by the Nominating Committee for president, board member-at-large, and student board member.

PRESIDENT: The member selected as president makes a 5 1/2-year commitment to the Executive Committee (six months as president-elect select; one year as president-elect/conference program chair; one year as ICA President; three years as past president). The final year on the Executive Committee, the past president serves as General Secretary and chair of the Regional Conferences Committee.  The President-Elect Select selected in the 2019 election will begin service on the Executive Committee immediately upon announcement of the results.

BOARD MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Board members-at-large serve one three-year term; there are three BMAL at any given time. The purpose of member-at-large positions is to grow the Board of Directors representation from underrepresented regions. Board member-at-large positions are no longer tied to specific area openings, and anyone can be considered, but the nominating committee will typically identify one region for the two candidates selected. The BMAL selected in the 2019 election will begin service at the end of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference in Australia. View the Board Member-at-Large job description.

STUDENT BOARD MEMBER: Student board members serve in pairs, with one nominated each year for overlapping two-year terms. The Student Board Member selected in the 2019 election will begin service at the end of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference in Australia. View the Student Board Member description.

NOMINATION PROCESS: Members wishing to submit nominations for office to stand in ICA's September 2019 elections must do so by 16:00 UTC on 28 February 2019, the deadline for receipt of all nominations.  Names are then forwarded to the Nominating Committee, who will review all materials and qualifications and determine a short list of two candidates for each position. Nominations must be submitted through the form on the ICA Officer Nomination page linked to below; all fields are required including details about the candidate's qualifications, record of service to ICA, and the attachment of the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae.

ELECTIONS: Online balloting for ICA  elections is open annually from 1 September through 15 October. Results are typically announced on ICA social media channels and published in the November newsletter.


  1. Log into your ICA account;

  2. Go to the ICA Officer Nomination page;

  3. Complete the form at the bottom of the page; all fields are required.

QUESTIONS: Questions on the nominating process may be directed to Laura Sawyer, Executive Director, or to Peter Vorderer (U of Mannheim), 2019 Nominating Committee Chair.

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Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Friday, February 1, 2019

Reviewing for a conference is not an easy task. You sign up when your schedule seems fairly open—it seems like a great idea at the time, doesn’t it?—but the actual work inevitably shows up in your inbox at precisely the worst, busiest time. You feel yourself pulled between needing to get reviews DONE and off your desk, and the responsibility of providing substantive and useful feedback to your colleagues. Perhaps you curse your months-ago self for having agreed to do such a thing.

We recognize this struggle, and understand why so many reviewers (at so many associations, not just ICA) often succumb to submitting only numerical ratings and leave off the qualitative commentary, just to cross the task off their lists. That qualitative commentary, though, is crucial to the improvement not only of papers who ultimately are rejected, but also to those who are accepted, so that they may come to conference months later with the best version of their work.

In 2017, in an effort to put an emphasis on qualitative reviewing for our conference in San Diego, ICA instituted a process whereby each division and interest group may nominate one “rock star reviewer,” defined is someone who may have taken on a high number of last-minute reviews when others failed to fulfil their obligations, or who has provided especially helpful, detailed, or astute commentary to submitters to help them truly improve their work. The Rock Star Reviewer is nominated by the planner from each division, and then all “rock stars” are entered into a randomized drawing to receive a complimentary conference registration.

This year’s rock star reviewer WINNER, chosen at random from all nominees to receive the complimentary main conference registration, is Nithila Kanagasabi (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai), nominated by the Feminist Scholarship Division. Nithila will receive complimentary main conference registration for the 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC. Thank you, Nithila!

Although they don’t all receive free registration, we also extend our gratitude to all of the other top reviewers submitted by each* division/interest group, as follows (in alpha order by Division/Interest Group name):

Peter Flemish (Activism, Communication & Social Justice), Brigitte Nadener (Children, Adolescents & the Media), Danielle Barb (Communication and Technology), Annie Rudd (Communication History), Christin Scholz and Jacob Fisher (Communication Science & Biology), Andrew Prahl (Environmental Communication), Lauren DelCalvalho (Ethnicity & Race in Communication), Christine Cook (Game Studies), David Keatina (Health Communication), Nancy Rhodes (Information Systems), Tobias Rohrbach (Intergroup Communication), Brandon Walling (Interpersonal Communication), Rachel Mourao (Journalism Studies), Jack Joyce (Language and Social Interaction), Traci Gillig (LGBTQ Studies), Marisa Ashley Smith (Mass Communication), Roei Davidson (Media Industry Studies), Brenda Berkelaar (Organizational Communication), Jack Bratich (Philosophy, Theory & Critique), Christian Baden (Political Communication), Sharonna Pearl (Popular Communication), Efe Zevin (Public Diplomacy), Ansgar Zerfass (Public Relations), and Allison Kewsall (Visual Communication Studies).

*Some groups did not submit a rock star reviewer name by the deadline

Thank you to ALL of you who review each year for ICA. If you haven’t reviewed before, please consider reviewing next year for the conference in Gold Coast, Australia. The success and quality of the ICA conference—and of individual submitters’ work—depends on rigorous review and guidance from colleagues and mentors.

We look forward to seeing you all in Washington, DC!  

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Travel Grants

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Travel Grant Applications for Accepted Paper Submitters Due 1 March

Participants from developing/ transitional countries and students who have been accepted to present papers can apply between 16 January and 1 March for travel grants to attend the ICA conference in Washington, DC. The travel-grant application is available online at http://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant.

Developing/transitional countries are identified annually by the United Nations. Potential applicants should check the country tier chart on the travel grant application to determine whether they are eligible to receive a travel grant. Countries that appear in Tiers B and C qualify as developing/transitional countries. Note that ICA determines eligibility based on country of residence, not of origin. You must be an ICA member to apply.

Potential applicants should also contact their Division or Interest Group Chair for possible funding from the divisional Annenberg travel grant. Conference Program Chair Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) and Executive Director Laura Sawyer (ICA) will review the applications provided through the online application form. They will use their discretion (considering the general distance of travel to the conference, etc.) in providing up to US$500 for qualifying applicants. Applicants will be notified by 1 April.

Additionally, each Division and Interest Group may award travel grants to students selected for top paper or other honors. Applicants will receive notification of the results by 1 April.

New this year: In previous years, travel grant awardees could pick up travel grants on-site at the conference. In an effort to meet financial auditing standards, we will no longer have travel grants available for pick-up on-site. Awardees will receive their travel grants post conference in the mail after submitting the appropriate materials mentioned above. Divisional paper awards will be delivered in the awarding Division or Interest Group business meeting.

To be eligible for an ICA travel grant, you must:

  • Have an accepted individual submission or session proposal for presentation

  • Maintain current ICA membership through the date of the conference for which you are receiving travel grant funding.

  • Reside more than 50 miles from the conference location. You are not eligible for a travel grant if you live within 50 miles of the conference site.

  • Submit the appropriate proof of attendance after the conference:

    • an ICA travel reimbursement form

    • a photo of your conference badge as proof of attendance

    • receipt of your travel transportation (i.e. air flight receipt, train receipt, bus receipt, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns about travel grants, please email conference@icahdq.org.


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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Katie Wolfe, Friday, February 1, 2019

ICA 2019 Preconference:

Leaving the Ivory Tower: The Promises and Perils of Public Engagement

Call for Papers

Several years after Gamergate revealed the perils that the digital age poses for academics whose work speaks to and engages with the broader public, we now have an opportunity to look back and reflect on what we have learned. Indeed, the need for reflection and reappraisal is perhaps now more urgent than ever, as we have seen the tactics deployed against academics expand and effectively become institutionalized within the hybrid media system. However, we also want to balance our reflections about these perils with considerations of the promises that public engagement can offer. This half-day pre-conference workshop therefore aims to bring together a diverse group of communication scholars to discuss both the potential benefits and pitfalls of stepping outside of the ivory tower.

The workshop will comprise two parts: one session of paper presentations with Q&A and one broader round-table discussion of best practices. 

Both sessions are open to all registrants. However, for the first session, we invite paper proposals on any topic that fits within the broad theme of the workshop. We plan to organize a journal special issue or edited volume on the basis of the workshop.

Possible paper topics and approaches include: 

  • Empirical case studies of the benefits of public engagement 

  • Empirical case studies of the perils of engagement 

  • Empirical work examining dynamics involving race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and/or sexual orientation 

  • Reflection essays on institutional support needs 

  • Reflection essays on best practices for early-career scholars 

  • International perspectives on any of these, or related, topics 

The deadline for proposals is 1 March 2019.

Please send paper titles and abstracts of up to 300 words to r.k.tromble@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. 

Decisions will be made by 15 March 2019.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, and Queer Interest Group; Ethnicity & Race in Communication Division; Feminist Scholarship Division; and Political Communication Division.


Call for Proposals Environmental Communication Without Boundaries: Second Annual Environmental Communication Graduate Student Pre-conference

ICA 2019 - Washington DC, USA 24 May, 2019; 9am-12pm

Offsite Location: George Mason U – Arlington Campus

Graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, environmental disasters, and sustainability are encouraged to submit their work to this year’s environmental communication division graduate student preconference. Following the theme of the 2019 ICA Conference – Communication Beyond Boundaries - the Environmental Communication Division encourages students to submit their research at any stage in their development with no boundaries on topic, method, or approach. Students who are able to submit a full paper prior to the conference will receive feedback from mentors on their paper. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum for connection with other early-career 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 Second Annual Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2019 ICA conference.

Preconference format: The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers, colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, participants will gain insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research from the invited scholars themselves.

Faculty Mentors and Participants:

•  Edward Maibach, George Mason U

• Jonathan Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)

• Lauren Feldman, Rutgers U

• James Painter, Reuters Institute

• Xinghua Li, Babson College

• Shirley Ho, Nanyang Technological U
• Franzisca Weder, U of Klagenfurt

• Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State U

Registration: US$20 Participants must register for the pre-conference through the ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference.
Applications for oral or poster presentation:

• Please submit all materials on this page

• Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable, empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference.

• Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles (abeles@stanford.edu) or Adam M. Rainear (adam.rainear@uconn.edu).

Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2019

Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2019

Sponsorship: This preconference is sponsored through  generous support by:

• Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Cornell U
• Department of Communication, Uof Connecticut

• George Mason U, Center for Climate Change Communication

Co-organizers: This preconference has been planned and conducted with help from the ICA, Environmental Communication Division leadership, and our preconference organizers:

• Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, U of Connecticut

• Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford U

• Faculty advisor: Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice Chair, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)


Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries


24 MAY 2019


Hosted and sponsored by the Internet Governance Lab at the American U.

Co-sponsored by ICA Communication and Technology Division, ICA Communication Law and Policy Division, and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

Extended abstract due: 11 February 2019

Full papers due: 25 April 2019 S



Contemporary questions about the information society are inseparable from questions of governance of the underlying infrastructures, the logic of information flows, and its uses at the edges. The scope of questions under the general umbrella of internet governance is thus extremely broad, but at the same time vaguely defined. In the spirit of this year’s ICA conference theme, this event will discuss the issue of boundaries in internet governance both as a substantive topic of research and as a reflexive exercise for internet governance as a research domain.

 Substantively, within internet governance, boundaries have been traditionally an important area of research starting with question of sovereignty and jurisdiction in cyberspace, reaching to the exploration of boundaries of the technical, legal, social, and political decision-making with constitutive effects on the internet. As a field of study, internet governance has been debating its disciplinary boundaries as well as the scope of research questions that can come under this broad label.

To facilitate this debate, we are inviting proposals that cover a broad scope of topics relating to internet governance and communication, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Power structures in internet governance, their sustainability and change;

  • Nationalization of internet governance and possible threats of internet fragmentation;

  • Privatization of internet governance and its impact on individual freedoms and human rights;

  • Technical, legal and policy initiatives for cybersecurity and their impact on global internet governance;

  • Emerging forms of governance such as trade agreements or user-driven change;

  • Technological disruption and emerging governance questions in areas such as artificial intelligence and human augmentics;

  • The respective powers of the users, technology designers and regulators in distributed systems;

  • Public awareness of internet governance and communication of internet policy;

  • Visions and metaphors of information technology in internet policy discourse;

We are particularly interested in proposals that offer a reflection on Internet Governance as a field of research. Those may address, but again, are not limited to, the following topics:

  • How does one research Internet Governance?

  • Epistemological and practical challenges of Internet Governance research;

  • The (multi)disciplinary, topical, and epistemological boundaries of Internet Governance research;

  • Exploration of the boundary between research and activism in Internet Governance.

The preconference is organized by the Internet Governance Lab at the American U and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). It is co-sponsored by the ICA Communication Law and Policy and Communication and Technology divisions, but it touches upon the fields of many more ICA divisions and interest groups. We aim to bring together ICA participants interested in questions of governance, GigaNet members from other disciplines, and the Washington, DC community of practitioners and policymakers. Our goal is to have a mutual learning process and exchange of ideas and challenges for the further development of Internet Governance research. For further inquiries, please contact Kenneth Merrill (kmerrill@american.edu) or Dmitry Epstein (dima.e@mail.huji.ac.il).

Submission details

At this time we invite authors to submit extended abstracts (800-1,000 words) that describe the main thesis, research goals, and to the extent possible, the methodological background and findings of their paper. All extended abstracts must be uploaded through EasyChair by 11 February 2019, with all identifying information removed. All contributions will be peer-reviewed.


Authors of the accepted abstracts will be asked to submit a full original manuscript of approximately 4,000 to 8,000 words, which have not been published elsewhere, by 25 April 2019. Based on the volume and the quality of submissions we intend to explore a potential thematic publication of preconference materials.


2019 ICA Organizational Communication Doctoral Consortium

Theme: The Practice of Studying Communication Practice

Friday, May 24, 2019 (9 AM – 5 PM): Washington Hilton Hotel


This doctoral consortium is open to doctoral students at all levels of study. It offers an interactive forum where "seasoned" faculty share insights with young scholars seeking to maximize the potential impact of their research and teaching in organizational communication; it is also a venue for discussing professional and career issues relevant to doctoral students. The goal is to have participants leave with valuable advice and direction as they begin productive careers in organizational communication.






Over the history of the organizational communication field, the status of its central notion--communication--has generated significant debate. Though many acknowledge that communication is best understood as a complex and dynamic practice, our studies have frequently studied fairly conventional units of analysis: individuals, groups, organizations, links, messages, and the like. As the "practice turn" and the "ontological turn" gain steam among organizational communication scholars, analysts are increasingly challenged to relinquish their dependence on entities and their attributes and, instead, to re-imagine working and organizing such that our gaze remains always on communicative practice.

There are, of course, a wide array of approaches to studying and representing practice, but communication scholars still encounter significant challenges when they argue for the constitutive power of distinctly communicative practices. These challenges arise as we gather data and produce interpretations of those data, but they also influence numerous other scholarly activities. Specifically, they infuse our interactions with university colleagues (not to mention interviewers during the job search process), affect the accessibility of our pedagogy, and shape our stakeholder engagements in research and applied settings.

This day-long consortium will address these challenges, bringing together senior scholars who have spent the better part of their careers working through the complications involved in pursuing practice-based scholarship.


They will offer advice and insights on topics including:

1. Methodological challenges of practice-based approaches to working and organizing

2. How to help others make sense of practice-based scholarship in the job search process

3. Making engaged scholarship both practice-based and practical

4. Imagining undergraduate teaching as a sociomaterial process

5. Publishing: Explaining the relevance of communicative practice outside the field


Faculty Mentors:

o   Oana Albu, Southern Denmark U

o   Joshua Barbour, U of Texas

o   Kevin Barge, Texas A&M

o   Will Barley, Illinois

o   Patrice Buzzanell, USF

o   Francois Cooren, U of Montreal

o   Joelle Cruz, U. of Colorado Boulder

o   Shiv Ganesh, U of Texas at Austin

o   Jennifer Gibbs, U of California, Santa Barbara

o   Paul Leonardi, U of California, Santa Barbara

o   Kate Lockwood Harris, U of Minnesota

o   Laurie Lewis, Rutgers U

o   Rebecca Meisenbach, U of Missouri

o   Connie Yuan, Cornell U



Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Washington D.C.

Place: TBA

Half-day ICA Preconference PhD Workshop

in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Date: 24 May, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Venue: TBA

Sponsored by the ICA PR Division

Organizers: Flora Hung-Baesecke, Grazia Murtarelli, Katerina Tsetsura, Sophia Charlotte Volk

Senior Faculty Mentors who confirmed participation in the workshop to date:

Jim Macnamara (U of Technology Sydney)

Dean Kruckeberg (U of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Betteke van Ruler, ICA Fellow (U of Amsterdam)The aim of the workshop is to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to discuss their dissertation research in a constructive atmosphere. The workshop is relevant for PhD students within the research field of Strategic Communication, Public Relations and Organizational Communication, at different stages of their dissertation process.

Students will receive feedback on their projects, theoretical frameworks, methodologies and research designs from senior scholars and fellow students, who review the proposals. By reviewing other students' papers, students learn also more about the reviewing process as well as improving their skills on how to write, submit and revise papers for top journals. Senior scholars will give more insights and advice on questions related to the PhD projects with a focus on:

  • Theoretical developments: Emerging perspectives, theories and concepts in the field of strategic communication and public relations (e.g., excellence theory, institutional theory, CCO, dialogic theory, critical theory, qualitative and quantitative methods etc.) and in specific fields (e.g., relationship/reputation management, crisis communication, CSR, ethics, social media, leadership communication, evaluation, measurement, etc.)

  • Methodological developments: Qualitative and quantitative methodologies, empirical challenges and solutions are discussed and evaluated with regard to the field of strategic communication

The workshop also serves as a platform for students working in these areas to establish a valuable network and discuss a variety of issues besides the dissertation projects, which are important for academic careers. To allow for a focused discussion, participants are required to indicate their interest in different issues in their application email; these include: publication strategies, mentoring & networking, international outreach & collaboration, funding/grants, job market, other (please specify).

This is a competitive workshop. Only a selected number of students will be granted the possibility to attend it. After completing the workshop, a certificate of attendance will be presented to all students who have actively participated by submitting a full paper and reviewing a fellow student’s paper as well as attending the workshop.

Application and submission

  • Students apply with a short proposal (max. 3 pages excl. figures, tables, references) that describes the (planned) research by outlining the research problem and research gap, core theories or perspectives, the methodology or even empirical results. The proposal needs to outline core challenges and questions the student has at this stage of his project. By submitting a proposal a student confirms his/her intention to participate in the workshop.

  • Once accepted, students need to hand in a short paper of ca. 6,000 words, no later than March 20, 2019 via email to organizers. This paper can be focused on the core aspects the student would like to discuss (theories, empirical part, etc.).

  • After submission of the short papers, every student will review a fellow student’s paper and write a short peer review (ab. 1,000 words), which is due 1 May, 2019 via email to organizers. At the seminar, students will present their peer review of a fellow student’s paper.

The number of participants at this workshop is limited to 15 to allow for discussion. Only those students whose proposals are accepted will be able to attend.


  • Deadline for short proposal (3 pages max): 20 January, 2019. Please email your entry to flora.hung@gmail.com AND indicate which of the following issues you are interested to discuss (publication strategies, mentoring & networking, international outreach & collaboration, funding/grants, job market, other: please specify).

  • The proposals will be reviewed and acceptance provided by: 4 February, 2019

  • Deadline for short paper submission (6,000 words): 20 March, 2019

  • Deadline for short peer review (1,000 words): 1 May, 2019 (email to organizers and be ready to distribute at the workshop)

Participation fee: Participation is free to all students whose papers are accepted. Each participant’s fee will be covered by the Public Relations Division of ICA. However, you must be a current ICA PRD member, at the time of the conference, in order to participate. Please register via the ICA website.

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Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Avoid the line, Save money and time by registering in advance!

ICA conference attendees have always had the ability to save money on registration by registering early.  Traditionally, following the early registration period, online registration has remained open for a short window of time, however the prices have increased substantially to onsite pricing.  New this year, ICA is pleased to share we’ve extended the online period following early registration and discounted the pricing for this option called Standard Registration.  

  • EARLY REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 17 April
    Early registration begins on 16 January 2019 and will close at 16:00 UTC on 17 April 2019.

  • STANDARD REGISTRATION: Deadline: 16:00 UTC on 3 May
    Standard Registration will be available starting 16:01 UTC on 17 April 2019 until 16:00 UTC on 3 May 2019. Following the standard registration period, registration online will close; registration will only be available in person, onsite.

    Attendees who have not completed an early or standard registration by 16:00 UTC on 3 May 2019 are welcome and encouraged to attend, but will be required to register onsite in Washington, DC USA, at the onsite conference rates. Hours will be posted at the registration desk.

  • PricesView and compare Early, Standard and Onsite registration rates: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019ConfPrices

Save on your conference registration - Join ICA today! If you are not currently a member, ICA highly recommends that you join as a member before registering for conference to take advantage of reduced member conference prices. The total cost of membership plus the discounted member conference rate is more affordable than the non-member rate. To join ICA, click here.

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