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Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Children, Adolescent, and the Media Division


Members of CAM have been staying very busy these past few weeks – with so many individuals serving as members on our annual awards committees.  Thank you to EVERYONE that helped out! The results of these awards have just been announced, and we proud to congratulate so many of our CAM members on their scholarly accomplishments. Below is a listing of the 2018 CAM award recipients.


ICA-CAM TOP REVIEWER AWARD [PLANNER SELECTION]

Kathleen Beullens (U of Leuven - School for Mass Communication Research)


TOP STUDENT PAPER AWARD [COMMITTEE SELECTION]

Amber van der Wal, Karin M. Fikkers, & Patti M. Valkenburg (U of Amsterdam)

What’s in it for them? Teens’ Differential Preferences for Types and Contexts of Televised Aggression


TOP PAPER AWARD [COMMITTEE SELECTION]

Heather Kirkorian, Koeun Choi, Seung Heon Yoo & Roxanna Etta (U of Wisconsin-Madison)

Child characteristics, media characteristics, and selective attention moderate toddlers’ learning from screen media


TOP PAPER AWARD [COMMITTEE SELECTION]

Amy Nathanson (Ohio State U) & Ine Beyens (U of Amsterdam)

Associations between Television Exposure and Executive Function among 12-18-month-old Infants


TOP DISSERTATION AWARD [COMMITTEE SELECTION]

Brigitte Naderer (U of Vienna)

The Impact of Product Placements in Children’s Movies: Content, Effects, and Protective Measures


BEST PUBLISHED ARTICLE AWARD [COMMITTEE SELECTION]

Eric E. Rasmussen (Texas Tech U), Autumn Shafer (U of Oregon), Malinda J. Colwell (Texas Tech U), Shawna White (no affiliation), Narissra Punyanunt-Carter (no affiliation), Rebecca L. Densley (Texas Tech U), and Holly Wright (Texas Tech U)

Relation between active mediation, exposure to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and US preschoolers’ social and emotional development


SENIOR SCHOLAR AWARD [COMMITTEE SELECTION]

Marie-Louise Mares (U of Wisconsin-Madison)


All recipients will be acknowledged at the CAM business meeting in Prague, so please do make sure to attend the meeting to congratulate our members on their accomplishments! And, as always, be sure to stay for the CAM reception afterwards. Taylor & Francis (the publisher of the Journal of Children & Media) has once again agreed to help support our CAM reception – thank you T&F!


One last thing: are you following CAM’s digital presence? You should be! Our website (https://ica-cam.org/) is frequently updated and our Twitter feed (

@icacamdivision #ica_cam) is keeping us busy. Join the fun!


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Communication and Technology Division


2018 Call for CAT Award Nominations


The ICA Communication and Technology Division is seeking nominations for the Frederick Williams Prize for Contribution to the Study of Communication and Technology and the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award.


Please submit the nominations and address any questions to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, at mzyao@illinois.edu.


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Organizational Communication Division


LINDA L. PUTNAM EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR AWARD


The ICA Organizational Communication Division is seeking nominations for the Linda L. Putnam Early Career Scholar Award. This award recognizes the contributions of an early career scholar to organizational communication research.


Specifically, this award honors a scholar no more than six years past receipt of the doctoral degree for a body of work that has made a significant contribution to the field of organizational communication and shows promise for continued development. The selection committee judges the contributions and promise of an early career scholar based on the strength of her or his published work, including, but not limited to, its conceptual foundation, argumentative clarity, and rigor; its influence on the field (e.g., as judged by positive citations); the scholar’s productivity at a given career stage; and the promise of existing work serving as a springboard for continuing organizational communication scholarship.


Please submit nominations no later than March 15, 2018 to Bart van den Hooff, Org Comm Division Chair, at b.j.vanden.hooff@vu.nl. This is also where you can address any questions you might have.


ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION SECRETARY AND DIVISION STUDENT REPS


The Organizational Communication Division will hold elections for the positions of Division Secretary and Division Student Representative this year. The nominating committee consists of Keri Stephens, Vernon Miller, Chih-Hui Lai, and Millie Harrison. For each position, the committee is planning to bring a slate of two persons who have agreed to run for election to the Division’s business meeting in Prague.


Any division member is free to send nominations for consideration by the nominating committee. To nominate yourself or another active member of the division, please send the following information to keristephens@austin.utexas.edu by April 6, 2018: (1) the nominee’s name and institutional affiliation; (2) an email from the nominee stating that he or she is willing to be considered; and (3) his or her curriculum vitae.


The division secretary role is a 2-year commitment. The Secretary is in charge of 1) maintaining, distributing, and obtaining Division approval of minutes for Division business meetings; 2) administering the annual W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award Program and making the award presentation at the annual meeting of the Association; 3) assisting the Chairperson in administering business meetings; and 4) participating with the chairperson in evaluating the quality of Division programs.


The division student representative is also a 2-year commitment. This representative is in charge of 1) representing students (and to some extent, any early-career scholars) to division leadership, 2) serving as part of the division leadership team (along with secretary, vice-chair, and chair), and 3) assisting with social media activities for the division and on certain nominating committees.


We are looking forward to receiving your nominations for these key positions! We especially encourage candidates with non-North American affiliations. It goes without saying that the nominees need to be ICA members.


Kind regards,

Bart van den Hooff


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Mobile Communication Interest Group


15th annual ICA mobile pre-conference.


For the 15th time, scholars will be meeting for the ICA mobile pre-conference. This has become an annual fixture at ICA where mobile communication scholars meet to discuss research, examine coming trends, and perhaps most importantly to catch up with colleagues.  


Playing off the general ICA theme of “Voices” this year’s theme for the mobile pre-conference is “From Voice to ...?” This theme recognizes that in its early life, mobile communication was ONLY voice. Now, of course, it is a plethora of other communication and mediation forms among a broad set of publics. As such, it is a fitting theme for the gathering.


The pre-conference will include four 90 minute sessions that focus on 1) the voice of the elderly in mobile communication, 2) voices from the margins in the Global South, 3) voicing concerns about the framing of research around the metaphor of addiction, and 4) “Polyvocal” analysis of location-based narratives. The pre-conference will be held at the National Technical Museum near to the main conference site. All are welcome to register for the event. You can register at: http://www.icahdq.org/event/id/1052151/From-voice-to-the-15th-annual-ICA-Mobile-Pre-conference-2018.html


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Public Diplomacy Interest Group


The Doctoral and Post-Doctoral ICA Pre-Conference “Emerging Research and Trends in Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding” will take place at Hilton Prague on May 24, 2018, starting with 9:00.


This pre-conference aims to be a forum for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to present and discuss their ongoing work on public diplomacy and nation branding, as well as to receive feedback and mentoring from established scholars. We received over 30 submissions, covering a variety of topics ranging from digital diplomacy, evaluation & measurement of public diplomacy, theory building in public diplomacy, and countries soft power, to the role of cities, nation branding or non-state public diplomacy. The list of accepted papers, as well as the final program is to be published on our IG website - http://www.icahdq.org/group/diplomacy.


It is for the first time since the establishment of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group in 2016 that ICA takes place in Central Europe. Therefore, ICA18 in Prague is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and established scholars from all over the world to meet and discuss the further development and growth potential of this interdisciplinary field of study. Facilitating debates on current state of the art, theories and methodologies in public diplomacy, as well as transferring knowledge and mentoring are the best ways to ensure its future.


The pre-conference will take place onsite, at Hilton Prague. The participation fee is US $80 for presenters and non-presenters and includes the coffee breaks and the lunch buffet. Registration for this pre-conference is to be made online at http://www.icahdq.org/event/Preconference37. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Rhonda Zaharna and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, authors of accepted papers will receive a fee waiver for the pre-conference. You may find details here: http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/story/rs-zaharna-cpd-sponsor-doctoral-post-doctoral-ica-presenters.


The conference is sponsored by the ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group together with Lund University, Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, Syracuse University and USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Organizers and members of scientific committee are: Alina Dolea (Bournemouth U), Diana Ingenhoff (U of Fribourg), Rhonda Zaharna (American U), James Pamment (Lund U), Corneliu Bjola (U of Oxford), Jay Wang (USC Center on Public Diplomacy), and Steven Pike (Syracuse U).


For more info about the preconference, please contact Alina Dolea, edolea@bournemouth.ac.uk.


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Interpersonal Communication Division


The Interpersonal Communication Division is thrilled to report our top paper award winners for the 2018 conference:


1. Discrepancies between husbands’ and wives’ emotional support provision following a miscarriage: Implications for relational satisfaction and mental health


Haley Horstman; U of Missouri


Amanda Holman; Creighton U


Andrew High; The U of Iowa


Christine Luckasen; U of Missouri

                                                                            

2. Factors Influencing the Quality of Social Support Messages Produced Online: The Role of Responsibility for Distress and Others’ Support Attempts


Steve Rains; U of Arizona


Eric Tsetsi; U of Arizona


Corey Pavlich; U of Arizona


Chelsie Akers; U of Arizona


Michael Appelbaum; U of Arizona

                                                                                 

3. Relationship Maintenance as Stress Management in Fast Paced Families


Tamara Afifi; U of California Santa Barbara


Kathryn Harrison; The U of California, Santa Barbara


Nicole Zamanzadeh; U of California, Santa Barbara


Michelle Acevedo Callejas; U of Iowa

                                                                                

4. Forgive and Forget: A Typology of Hurtful Events and the Use of Forgiveness Strategies in Marital and Dating Relationships


Pavica Sheldon; U of Alabama - Huntsville


Mary Grace Antony; Western Washington U


Top Student Paper:


Examining Theories of Communication – How do Communication Trainers use and Evaluate Scientific Theories of Communication?


Halina Bause; Heinrich-Heine U Duesseldorf                                                                                  

                                                                                  

We look forward to seeing you at our business meeting in Prague!


Jennifer A. Samp

Chair, Interpersonal Communication Division                                                         



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Visual Communication Studies Division


Congratulations to those whose research was accepted for presentation at the 68th Annual ICA Conference. Visual Communication Studies papers and panel proposals were very competitive this year and we were able to accept only about 46%. The Association received a record number of submissions for the Prague Conference and had a similar acceptance rate.


Many thanks to all of you who reviewed papers and panels for the Division! As a result, we are offering a very exciting program, and I will work hard to promote  all of our panels at the conference. I’ve received emails from several authors whose work was accepted, as well as those whose work was not, thanking reviewers for their rich and comprehensive comments. I strongly encourage those whose work was not accepted to submit again next year for the Conference in Washington, D.C. And remember that, as the CFP notes, full papers stand a better chance of acceptance than extended abstracts.


Those of you planning to travel to Prague and attend the Conference should book your room and air travel ASAP, if you have not already done so.


Finally, keep your eyes open for another announcement of the VCS Prague Preconference. Graduate students, young scholars, please seriously consider attending. It is an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback on  your current research projects from established scholars in the field. In addition to the larger Conference, it is an event that has proven to be a useful occasion for professional networking. I’m asking other, more senior, members to please encourage those who might benefit, to attend.


I’ll send more about the program in a future email around mid-March.

See you in Prague!


Catherine.


Catherine L. Preston, PhD

Chair, Visual Communication Studies Division, International Communication Association, 2017-2019.







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ICA SCHOLARS CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL PANEL ON SOCIAL PROGRESS

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

 


In October 2017 the 22 chapter report of the International Panel on Social Progress was published online. The IPSP is modelled on the International Panel on Climate Change and has brought together 250 critical social scientists from around the world since summer 2015. Most importantly for ICA readers, this is the first time in such policy settings that media and communications scholars have been invited to the table, joining economists, philosophers, political scientists and sociologists. The report as a whole will be published in book form by Cambridge University Press in 2018. As the joint coordinators of the report’s chapter on Media and Communications, we would like to let you know the background to this exciting initiative and to explain how you might contribute to the ongoing debate on our findings.

At a time when the cracks in the edifice of neoliberal thinking are evident, the concept of social progress remains a key term for introducing alternative perspectives to mainstream policy debates. But where exactly do media and communications fall within these debates, especially at the time of increasingly anxious public debate in the US, UK and elsewhere about ‘fake news’ and the incipient social responsibilities of digital platforms?


Our 37,000 word chapter had a huge task. First, to introduce non-specialists to what is happening in media, communications and information technologies today: how often do we hear people treat as banal or ‘common knowledge’ the difficult questions that our field seeks to address? But that was only the start to our second, and more important task, which was to evaluate on a global scale the possibilities and constraints in media’s contribution to social progress at a time of increasing conflict and uncertainty.


The chapter brings together 17 authors from 6 continents and foregrounds narratives from the Global South, many of them ICA members. Some early audiences have compared our chapter to the 1980 MacBride report for UNESCO. Certainly this is a time of huge challenge for rethinking the structures that underlie the media environment, as well as new hopes comparable to the time in which MacBride was published. But can we find a way forward?


That at least was the goal of our work over the past two and a half years. We were determined throughout to avoid falling into the common trap of telling ‘universalist’ narratives dominated by the perspectives and interests of one part of the planet. We were determined also to avoid assuming that only ‘new media’, and only media produced by the dominant media industries matter. Local communities have a vital role to play in forging a different media environment, as many examples in the report from around the world show.


What specific themes, in brief, did we cover? Developments in digital technologies over the last thirty years have expanded massively human beings’ capacity to communicate and connect. Media infrastructures have acquired great complexity as a result of rapid technological change and the uneven spread of access. So there is no doubt this is a good time to think critically about “connection” and its potential contribution to social progress.


Our chapter first explores some key developments in media infrastructures and communication flows across the world, bringing out salient differences in the local evolution of, and inequalities in media access. We include case studies from China, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, and South Africa.


Second, we examine how media – as infrastructures of connection – contribute to public knowledge (including through, but not limited to, journalism). More broadly, we discuss how media platforms enable new types of encounter between people on various scales, while also enabling counter-movements for social progress.


Third, drawing on a major contribution from legal theorist Julie Cohen of Georgetown School of Law, we examine the changing governance of media infrastructures, the issues of social justice that such infrastructures raise and the counter-movements to which they give rise. The chapter includes small case studies on Brazil’s Marco Civil and Facebook’s failed and highly contested attempt to introduce Facebook Free Basics into India.


Fourth, and crucially, we consider media as a specific site of struggle for social progress, arguing that measures of social progress themselves need to be expanded to take account of the human needs (such as voice) that media serve.


The result overall, we hope, is to offer some balanced reflections on how media and communications flows and infrastructures both maintain and challenge asymmetries of power.  The implications of media and communications for social progress are certainly complex, but there is no way they can be ignored. Nor can the dangers of the current moment be ignored, even as we continue to look for hope and recognize the many positive struggles for a better media under way today.


So where next? First of all, if we have whetted your appetite to read the full chapter, it is in English here and in Spanish here. Some people are starting to use it as teaching material too: it is written in accessible non-specialist language that assumes no advanced knowledge of media, so do please consider this.


Most important, however, is to start a field-wide debate about the policy questions our chapter raises and, if possible, to take that debate beyond the field and into other academic fields (such as economics, philosophy and political science) and, above all, into the wider public and policy domain.


That means hearing from you with your critiques and additional perspectives on our chapter and the report generally. That discussion has already started in sessions at the ICA in San Diego and also in the IAMCR (2016 and 2017), but there is much further to go. We are open to whatever ideas you have not just on specific issues, but on how best to take the debate forward.


A special issue later this year of the journal Global Media and Communication will bring together debates on the chapter, with commentators from Brazil, India and Canada. Meanwhile, an Arabic translation of the chapter is planned, and possibly more. A small book version of the final draft of our chapter will also be printed for teaching purposes by CARGC at the University of Pennsylvania, with the kind support of Marwan Kraidy, one of the chapter’s authors; a parallel Spanish book version will, thanks to Omar Rincón, be published by FES Comunicación (Friedrich Ebert Foundation).


We and the other authors of the report are happy to do talks about the report and engage with faculty, students and civil society interested in what media institutions could do for social progress around the world. If that interests you, just let us know at ipspchapter13@gmail.com  


We hope there will be many more opportunities to extend the arguments and the policy proposals of our chapter. All our work so far in writing the chapter is just the start of a much longer process of debate and collaboration to which we now look forward: thanks in advance for your interest!



NICK COULDRY, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE, UK


CLEMENCIA RODRIGUEZ, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, USA


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Available Positions and Job Opportunities 1 March

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MEDIASCIENCE
Research Project Manager

MediaScience® is looking for a Research Project Manager responsible for managing media research studies. A Master’s degree or PhD in psychology (or related field) is required. Pay is commensurate with experience. If interested, please email CV to: careers@mediasciencelabs.com.

 


 

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, STEINHARDT
Visiting Assistant Professor, Non-Tenure Track
Media, Culture, and Communication

New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development invites applications for a non- tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor position in Media, Culture, and Communication to begin September 2018. This is a one-year non-tenure track appointment that is renewable for an additional two years, depending upon department need and satisfactory performance. We are committed to substantially increasing the proportion of our faculty from historically underrepresented groups as we strive to create the most intellectually diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution that we can, and especially encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Position Description: The field of specialization for this position is open, however we are particularly interested in candidates whose work focuses on one or more of the following areas: digital technology theory and practice, the business of media, privacy and surveillance, political communication, and social media networking.

Responsibilities: Teach and advise undergraduate students and participate in departmental activities.

Qualifications: An earned doctorate media studies or related fields by the position start date and demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate courses.

Applications: Please apply online with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement (describing how you address diversity and inclusion in the scope of your teaching and broader work), and names and contact information for three referees to upload confidential letters.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, materials should be submitted no later than March 15, 2018. Additional information about the position can be obtained from Professor Aurora Wallace at aurora.wallace@nyu.edu

Visit the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

https://apply.interfolio.com/48846

NYU Steinhardt: Our mission is to advance knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crossroads of culture, education, and human development. We have award-winning faculty and alumni engaged in ground-breaking research and artistic creation, at the cutting edge of their professions. The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication engages contemporary mediated communication and is organized around the following cutting-edge themes: visual culture and sound studies, digital media and technology, globalization and transcultural studies, and media institutions and politics.

NYU's dynamic Global Network University includes NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and international programs and academic centers around the world. NYU Steinhardt faculty may have the opportunity to engage in research and teaching at these global study and research sites.

NYU is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer.

 


 

CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
Department of Media and Communication

Worldwide Search for Talent

City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education. As a publicly-funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement. The University has seven Colleges/Schools. As part of its pursuit of excellence, the University aims to recruit outstanding scholars from all over the world in various disciplines, including business, creative media, energy and environment, science and engineering, humanities and social sciences, law, veterinary medicine and life sciences.

Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor
Department of Media and Communication [Ref. C/460/49]

The Department of Media and Communication invites applications and nominations for faculty appointments at the rank of Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2018.

Duties: The appointees will work in one of the following areas: Mass Communication, Digital and Social Media, and Graphic Communication; and are expected to conduct quality research, teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses, develop curriculum, supervise students, and undertake administrative and service-related activities.

Requirements: A PhD in Communication or closely-related disciplines from a globally accredited institution. Candidates for Chair Professor/Professor should command a superb record of scholarly achievements and exert leadership in the field of media and communication. Candidates for Associate Professor should have an outstanding record of scholarly achievements in both teaching and research; a strong record in research grant coordination and/or academic management expertise. Candidates for Assistant Professor should have a solid record of, or evidence of high promise for, scholarly achievements in both teaching and research. Preference will be given to those who are willing to teach skills-oriented courses; and possess industry experience/particular expertise in Journalism, TV Production, Graphic Design, Digital Media Planning, or Social Media Management.

Salary and Conditions of Service
Remuneration package will be driven by market competitiveness and individual performance. Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable). Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract.

Information and Application
Further information on the posts and the University is available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : hrojob@cityu.edu.hk/Fax : (852) 2788 1154 or (852) 3442 0311].

To apply, please submit an online application at http://jobs.cityu.edu.hk, and include a current curriculum vitae. Nominations can be sent directly to the Department [Email : com@cityu.edu.hk].

Your curriculum vitae should include the following:

  • Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Chronological Employment History

  • Teaching Record

  • Research/Applied Work Achievements

  • Publication List

  • Community and Professional Service

  • Three to five copies of the most recent papers or papers that contain most significant work (preferred)

The Department accepts applications and nominations on a continuing basis until the positions are filled. The University will give full consideration to all applications and nominations. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted; and those shortlisted for the post of Assistant Professor will be requested to arrange for at least 3 reference reports sent directly by the referees to the Department [Email : com@cityu.edu.hk], specifying the position applied for. The University's privacy policy is available on the homepage.

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

Worldwide recognition ranking 49th, and 4th among top 50 universities under age 50 (QS survey 2018); 1st in Engineering/Technology/Computer Sciences in Hong Kong (ARWU survey 2016); and 2nd Business School in Asia-Pacific region (UT Dallas survey 2016).


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CALLS FOR PAPERS

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Call for papers: Special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

What is research on computer-mediated communication today (and what should it be tomorrow)? A special issue examining the state of the field

Guest editors:

Mike Yao, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Rich Ling, Nanyang Technological U

Intro

What is computer-mediated communication (CMC)? Further, what is the nature of the social and psychological processes vis-a-vis such digitally-mediated communication? In the quarter-century since the founding of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (emphasis added), there have been significant changes in the object of study, the theories, and methods used to examine the phenomenon. This special issue of JCMC provides an opportunity to take stock of this dynamic situation.

The topic of our research -- technology, the concept and processes of mediation, and our sense of what constitutes communication, as well as the theories and methods used to examine these -- have all been in flux. In 1994, the internet was only finding its purchase in society; Usenet and Internet Relay Chat or “IRC” were common platforms; email was considered cutting-edge communication; and Web 2.0 was still in the distant future. Additionally, SMS was just debuting as a digitally mediated form of interpersonal communication. Simultaneously, fundamental social and communicative processes were evolving both as the result of, and the catalyst to, these technological innovations. Such constant tension between technological developments, and related social processes, raises the question of how we should conceive of, theoritize and study computers, mediation, and communication?

In the time since the founding of this journal by Peggy McLaughlin and Sheizaf Rafaeli, the notion of a “computer” has morphed from being bulky, stationary terminals into a variety of devices. Early forms of networking gave us mediation of information, but these mediation forms were positively clunky seen from today’s perspective. The digital devices with which we communicate today include personal computers, smartphones, smartwatches, home appliances, beacons, and even robots. The channels that carry and transmit our words and thoughts range from emails, social media, instant messaging apps, to any number of other programs. Developments in artificial intelligence allow computers to autonomously and selectively filter communication messages and information. The disciplinary boundary between computer-mediated human-to-human communication and human-to-computer interactions are also blurring as seen with digital assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Bixby, that can be information sources, communication media, or indeed communicators themselves?

The very notion of “mediation” has taken on unexpected dimensions. Digitally-mediated information can be displayed in text, sound, moving images, virtual reality, or holographic projections. The recipient of our digital communication can be an individual interlocutor, a small group of our friends, or a large community of “Facebook friends.” Computer-mediated one-to-one communication has been supplemented with a variety of alternative configurations. The rise of ubiquitous computing and

ambient intelligence make computer interfaces, once the central focus of mediated-communication, less noticeable. How will such a sense of “non-mediation” impact CMC? Is being likened to face-to-face communication the ultimate end-point of computer-mediated communication? Or will augmented and mixed reality technologies push human communication into a new realm that blends the physical and digital worlds?

Further, how do we conceptualize “communication” in CMC? Are conventional divisions between interpersonal, intergroup, organization, and mass communication still relevant? At what point does an interpersonal exchange on Twitter become broadcast communication? How valid is the outcome of a democratic election if it is influenced by false information generated and disseminated by digital agents with fake human identities? Most importantly, how do we observe, think about, theorize and reconcile the complex communication and social phenomena resulting from interactions between humans and the multiple versions of our digital representations in a networked society?

Beyond the morphing of the object of study, and the eventual social consequences of this transition, there are theoretical and methodological issues at hand. The community of scholars has developed many theoretical approaches that are not necessarily tied to any particular technology. How are these holding up? Not to be overly prescriptive but, for example, what is an affordance; how does one conceptualize influence theory; what are the boundaries between warranting and credibility; etc.? In the area of methods and we are seeing the applications of data analytics to large databases, sophisticated social network analysis and various forms of artificial intelligence to this domain. What are the potentials and the threats of these approaches?


In sum, what is “new” and “not new” in contemporary CMC? Facing these challenges, questions and considerations, we invite scholars to consider these issues in this special issue of JCMC. It is our hope that addressing this question will contribute to the development of this research community.

The Special Issue

The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication invites abstracts for a dedicated issue to consider the issues outlined above. In the case of a special issue, we will suspend the criteria of requiring papers to have a primarily empirical focus. We invite articles that will help frame the future direction of research into digitally-mediated communication.

We will first seek extended abstracts of 1000-1500 words that outline the domain of the paper, the main argument, the literature upon which the paper is built, and the proposed contribution to the specific domain and to the sub-discipline. Submit papers to mzyao@illinois.edu and mark the subject line with “JCMC Special issue.” The submission should be accompanied by a brief biography (approx. 100-150 words) of the authors. Abstracts should be submitted by 31 March 2018.

Notification of commissioned papers will be made by the end of May 2018. Full articles will be due by 1Oct 2018, through https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcmc. The manuscripts must conform to the formatting standards of JCMC.

Time Table

Extended abstracts (1000-1500 words) due: 31 March 2018

Notification: 30 May 2018

Full submission (3-5000 word articles) due: 1 Oct 2018

Provisional publication in issue 4 2019

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Media, Polis, Agora

Journalism & Communication in the Digital Era

Thessaloniki, Greece – September 27-29, 2018

Call for Papers: submit by April 10, 2018

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming international conference entitled “Media, Polis, Agora: Journalism & Communication in the Digital Era”. The conference is organized by the Advanced Media Institute, the MA “Communication and New Journalism” Program of Open University of Cyprus and the Laboratoire d’ Études et de Recherches Appliquées en Sciences Socialesof of  L’  Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier and will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece.

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars, professionals and practitioners from diverse fields -- including journalism studies, media and communication studies, political communication, sociology, critical humanities, policy and governance studies, technology studies, and cultural analysis-- to discuss the dynamic and continuous pivotal interplay of politics (polis), journalism and communication (media) and the public sphere (agora). The conference will further discuss the challenges that the advancement in digital journalism, ethics and content creation, mediated public discourse, new media and positions, as well as mediated political, public and civic action bring to those three spheres. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical submissions, case studies, and comparative work from all over the world.

Equally important, the conference seeks to build bridges between academia and the world of journalistic, media and political practices. Thus, we welcome Laboratories, Workshops and Seminars to demonstrate innovative projects, discuss ideas, and share best-practices regarding the themes of the conference.

Submission process

We call for potential speakers to submit a 500-word abstract in English, by April 10th 2018.

For further assistance, please contact us by email to info@advancedmediainstitute.com

The detailed Call for Papers is attached, and available on http://amiretreat2018.advancedmediainstitute.com/

Conference website

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

amiretreat2018.advancedmediainstitute.com

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2018 Texas Speech Communication Association Convention – Call for Submissions

Combating Truthiness: Teaching in a Post Truth Era

Instructional Development, College and University – Call for Submissions

Date: October 4-6, 2018

Location: Omni Hotel, Corpus Christi, TX

Deadline for Proposals: March 23, 2018

The theme of the 2018 TSCA Convention is “Combating Truthiness.” As educators, researchers, and administrators, we face new challenges in the information age. These challenges include how to incorporate media literacy, information literacy, ethical communication, critical thinking, identifying cognitive biases, etc. into communication education to create employees/employers/citizens that can successfully navigate this “Post-Truth” era.

The TSCA Instructional Development, College and University interest group committee would like to invite submissions for presentations at the 2018 TSCA Convention. Proposals for papers, panels, or roundtables must be submitted to Dale Anderson at danderson4@delmar.edu by March 23, 2018. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Fact-based Decisions for Instructional Development

-Utilizing Internships to Provide Experiential Learning

-Assessing Critical Thinking in Communication Courses

-Course Level/Program Level Assessment

-Great Ideas for Teaching Students about Critical Thinking


-Incorporating Information and Media Literacy into Communication Courses

-Business and Professional Communication in the “Post-Truth” era

-Creating Global Citizens in the “Post-Truth” era.

-Tribalization of Truth

-Teaching Cognitive Bias

-Preparing Communication Centers’ Staff to “Combat Truthiness” in Student Speech Construction

Paper Submission: Full paper and abstracts for works in progress will be accepted for submission. Full papers should be no more than 7000 words. Abstracts of works in progress should not exceed 200 words. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf

Panel Submission: For a panel submission, the Chair/Coordinator of the panel should submit the proposal by providing a description of the panel (not exceeding 200 words) and a list of at least 3 panel participants. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf

Roundtable Submission: For roundtable submission, the Chair/Coordinator of the roundtable should submit the proposal by providing a description of the roundtable (not exceeding 200 words) and a list of at least 3 panel participants. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf

Note: For all submissions, please include all authors/participants and institutional affiliations.

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SCFP: Submissions for Volume 31 of the JCSTAND

From its beginning, the Journal of the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota has provided an outlet for a variety of scholarship, from traditional to action research. This volume continues to provide this mission. JCSTAND is a refereed scholarly journal designed to provide a forum for cross disciplinary research. The editor welcomes a wide range of material that enhances secondary and higher education curriculum and material that is devoted to basic or applied research in human communication, mass communication, theatre arts, or performance studies. Submissions may be quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, or critical in nature.

Volume 31 will consist of three sections: Research Forum, Teaching Forum, and Undergraduate Papers. The Research Forum is devoted to publishing original research in the investigation of research questions or hypotheses. Any methodology (quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, or critical) is welcome. The Teaching Forum features ideas and in-class activities related to communication and theatre education, forensic coaching, or dramatic arts. This section will also include action research papers on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Undergraduate Papers will feature top papers selected to be presented at the CSTAND convention and other papers whose authors designate themselves as undergraduates.

All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). To facilitate the submission process, JCSTAND will accept manuscripts electronically. Three separate files should be attached: File 1 should include a title page including the author(s) contact information and credits, if necessary. File 2 should include a 100-word or less biographical statement about the author(s). File 3 should begin with an abstract of no more than 100 words, five key words for indexing, and the body of the text (including references). All references to the author(s) should be removed from the body of the text.

All manuscripts should be received on or before MAY 15, 2018, to be considered for Volume 31, which will be published around November, 2018.

E-mail manuscripts to: Christina Paxman, Editor, at christina.paxman@minotstateu.edu. For more information, contact the editor by telephone at (701) 858-4238, or by email, at christina.paxman@minotstateu.edu

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Call for papers, Religion and Media Interest Group of AEJMC

The Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) invites submission of research papers on topics that incorporate themes related to religion and media. RMIG’s goal is to enhance theoretical development in the study of the interface between media and religion through the production of rigorous, high-quality research that fosters understanding. The interest group promotes the study of media and religion within the context of the overall mission of AEJMC, which emphasizes scholarship, teaching, and professional freedom and responsibility.

Possible areas of research focus include (but are not limited to): studies of religious group members and uses of religious or secular media; exploration of media coverage of religious issues and groups; analysis of audiences for religious news; media strategies of religious organizations; religious advertising; religious and spiritual content in popular culture; etc. Papers focusing on historically underrepresented religions, denominations and/or groups as well as religious contexts outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged. Please note that essays, commentaries, or simple literature reviews will not be considered.

Papers will be considered for presentation as traditional research panels and poster sessions. RMIG will consider papers using quantitative, qualitative or historical research methods and accepts any recognized citation style (although APA is preferred). The maximum length for research papers is 25 pages (excluding endnotes and tables).

The Religion and Media Interest Group sponsors a Top Paper competition for both student and faculty papers. The top student and faculty papers will be awarded $100 each, with the second-place student and faculty papers receiving $50 each. Co-authors will split the monetary awards, but each will receive a plaque. The awards will not be given if the selected papers are not presented at the conference. In order to be considered for the Top Paper competition, please specify either a student submission or a faculty submission on the cover page of the paper. Student papers that are not clearly identified as student submissions will not be considered for the student Top Paper Competition. Student papers may not have a faculty co-author.

All paper submissions must follow formatting and procedures in the 2018 AEJMC Uniform Paper Call. Please pay particular attention to the following section of that call:

Papers uploaded with author’s identifying information WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR REVIEW AND WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE COMPETITION. ALL AEJMC DIVISIONS, INTEREST GROUPS AND COMMISSION PAPER SUBMISSIONS WILL ABIDE BY THIS RULE WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

All authors should carefully check their manuscripts for self-identifying information of any kind prior to submission. Paper submitters should try to submit at least 48 hours before the deadline so they can check to make sure that the uploaded document does not contain any self-identifying information in its properties. This can happen sometimes, mysteriously, via “save as pdf” or as a result of some other technical issue. An early submission will allow individuals to fully check submissions as they are entered into the system so that a resubmission prior to the deadline is possible.

Questions should be submitted to the RMIG Research Chair Brian J. Bowe at brianj.bowe@wwu.edu. Type “RMIG Research Paper” in the subject line when communicating via e-mail. For more about RMIG and its mission, please see http://www.religionandmedia.org/our-mission-and-goals/

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NCA 2018 CFP: Playing with Perception, Toying with Intelligence: re-crafting human communication, cognition and consciousness.

Call for Papers, Panelists, Participants:

No longer restricted to specialized groups or applications, ‘high-tech’ is everywhere. For example, incorporating many of the components and capacities previously only built into special industrial equipment, law enforcement and military technology, many consumer-grade items, including home security systems, domestic appliances, even children’s toys, now come equipped with 4G connectivity, high resolution infrared/night vision, two-way communication, and audio-visual recording capability.

Considering another set of examples, from those mundane ‘conversations’ with Google Now, Alexa, Cortina and Siri, to some of the most sophisticated and convincing interactions with digital constructs of various kinds, every day more people either choose to live with or find themselves by default living among ‘intelligent machines’ and/or artificial intelligences featuring the impressive satisficing abilities of heuristic algorithms. We are in the midst of a culture-wide Turing Test as these systems continue to push the envelope toward convincingly simulating the experience of talking and/or interacting with other humans.

As the technological augmentation and digital bootstrapping of our species continues to unfold, what specific changes to the human sensorium are in the offing?  How are vision, hearing, memory and other components of perception and cognition being altered along the way?  What does the future hold for the kind of communication, being and seeing in the world afforded by these everyday artifacts?  Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological approach and McLuhan’s general ‘prosthesis thesis’ provide some of the theoretical underpinning for what promises to be a collection of intimate analyses of recent consumer-level developments incorporating systems built around (or, designed primarily to facilitate) artificial intelligence and machine learning. What’s becoming clear is that many of the attendant devices and systems play with perception and fiddle with the phenomenological aspects of human experience in unprecedented ways.

Contributors to this panel should focus on the present moment and emerging future of automated systems, AI, machine learning, augmented sensory apparatuses, remote communication and control systems, and the like.

For full consideration send papers, working drafts, outlines or abstracts no later than March 15th to robert_macdougall@curry.edu . Those interested in serving as moderator or respondent should send updated CV by same deadline.

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CFP: Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society

Conference Venue:

Santa Barbara City College | Santa Barbara, United States

Details

The Lighthearted Philosophers Society (LPS) is an organization for philosophers who approach their work with a sense of humor. We strive to create a venue for professional philosophy that is welcoming, and engaging, and most importantly funny. Please join us in our merry ruminations!

Our conference attracts philosophers from all over the nation and around the world. We are interested in both the philosophy of humor and humorous philosophy from any field. We welcome witty papers from any area of philosophy, and we’d especially enjoy papers on philosophical questions about humor. This year’s conference will also feature a stand-up comedy night, so if you’re in attendance you’re welcome to join us onstage!

Submission Requirements:

All materials should be prepared for blind review; contact information, affiliation, whether you would like to volunteer as a heckler (see below), etc. should be included on a separate cover sheet. We will accept submissions in the following forms:

1) Full paper submissions: Please prepare papers with limited time for presentation in mind (2,500-3,000 words is preferable).

2) Panel proposal: Panel description should be 350-500 words, which should specify what each panelist will contribute.


3) Individual Short Performances: Submissions should include a 350-500 word rationale describing the theoretical contribution of the performance piece as well as a 350-500 word abstract describing the nature of the performance itself. Please include any audio-visual requests in the abstract.

4) Abstract submissions: Abstracts should be 350-500 words, and should be accompanied by a references/work cited page. Please note that we give preference to full papers.

Hecklers (commentators) will accompany each accepted submission. If you are interested in volunteering to comment and are not submitting a paper, please email the conference organizer with your areas of specialization, contact information, affiliation, and indicate you would like to volunteer as a heckler. Otherwise, if you would be interested in providing a commentary, please indicate this on your submission cover sheet.

Selected papers will be considered for the Joseph S. Ellin Memorial Essay Prize ($100)

Selected hecklers will be considered for the Richard C. Richards Almost Memorial Prize ($50)

Those selected will be notified by July 15th.

Please submit your papers electronically to the following email address: lighthearted.philosophers@gmail.com.  Questions can be directed to the email address above.

https://www.lightheartedphilosophers.com/

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Understanding and Examining the Digital Advocacy Pioneers (September 6–7, 2018)

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Location: University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Convenors: Dr. James Dennis (U of Portsmouth) and Dr. Nina Hall (Johns Hopkins U)

Sponsored by the Transnational Civil Society Project at the University of Portsmouth and the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group.

Description and Objective

A new generation of digital advocacy organizations have emerged around the world including: 38 Degrees in the UK, MoveOn in the US; GetUp! in Australia and Amandla.Mobi in South Africa. These organizations all share the same basic organizational form: they are progressive, multi-issue, and membership-driven. These organizations are at the forefront of digital campaigning. They are pioneering the use of new technologies — be it WhatAapp, analytics, or Facebook — to rapidly mobilise people online and offline. The activism fostered by these groups has fundamentally changed how groups mobilise and organize citizens for political engagement.

While research has been conducted on these campaigning groups independently within a national context (Chadwick and Dennis, 2017; Karpf, 2012; Vromen, 2017), there has been little research on the global network within which they operate: the Online Progresive Engagement Network (OPEN). Spanning six continents and mobilising over 17 million citizens, this workshop will bring together scholars researching these groups at the forefront of innovations in online campaigning. From established netroots organisations like Campact (Germany) and Leadnow (Canada), to newer groups such as Uplift (Ireland), amandla.mobi (South Africa), ActionStation(New Zealand), Skiftet (Sweden), #aufstehn (Austria), and Campax(Switzerland), this workshop seeks to document the evolution of online organising and digital campaigning across the world. This workshop marks the first gathering of scholars working in this area.

We are delighted to host Andrew Chadwick (The Hybrid Media System), David Karpf (The MoveOn Effect) and Ariadne Vromen (Digital Citizenship and Political Engagement) for the workshop, three leading scholars in this area.

We are keen to attract new theoretical and empirical inquiries that examine:


·         How these groups are shaping contemporary political participation (e.g. the influence on campaigning tactics adopted by other political organisations).

·         The origins and evolution of new OPEN organisations, such as #aufstehn, ActionStation, Uplift, and Campax.

·         The OPEN Movement, and how these campaigning groups operate at the global level.

·         Case studies of particular campaigns, illustrating the working practices of these activist groups.

·         How and why citizens engage with these organisations, and what this means for broader questions about democratic citizenship.

·         How these organisations contribute to debates surrounding slacktivism/clicktivism.

·         The relationships formed between netroots organisations and political parties, professional media, and legacy interest groups.

·         What counts as “success” and “impact” for these organisations.

·         The role of affect, emotion, and personal identity within campaigns.

Please email your proposals to james.dennis@port.ac.uk and nhall@jhu.edu. Proposals should include the following: title and name, institutional affiliation, and email address, together with a paper title and abstract of not more than 500 words. Proposers should also indicate whether or not they are current postgraduate students. No fees will be required for this workshop.

Key dates

● March 30, 2018: 500-word paper proposals due. Please email your proposals to james.dennis@port.ac.uk and nhall@jhu.edu

● April 27, 2018: Authors informed of selection and invitations issued.

● May 18, 2018: Send confirmation of willingness to participate.

● August 3, 2018: Full workshop papers emailed to James and Nina.

● September 6–7, 2018: Workshop

● December 2018: Request for revised papers for special issue.

Outputs from the workshop

We are in discussion with relevant journals for a special issue. If successful, submissions for the workshop will be considered and full papers invited in December 2018.


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MEMBER NEWS

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book announcement:

Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing


Hello everyone,


I’m very excited to announce the publication of my book Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing (University of Minnesota Press). In the book, I tease out a history of touch’s formulation as a communicative sense, showing how its reconstruction through technical media involved mobilizing a new imagination around touch, as touch was re-thought through communication media. I hope that it will be of interest to members of this list.


Full description follows below.


ARCHAEOLOGIES OF TOUCH: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing


A material history of haptic technology that raises new questions about the relationship between touch and media


University of Minnesota Press | 472 pages | February 2018


ISBN 978-1-5179-0059-5 | paper | US$28.00


ISBN 978-1-5179-0058-8 | cloth | US$112.00


David Parisi offers the first full history of new computing technologies known as haptic interfaces—which use electricity, vibration, and force feedback to stimulate the sense of touch—showing how the efforts of scientists and engineers over the past 300 years have gradually remade and redefined our sense of touch. Archaeologies of Touch offers a timely and provocative engagement with the long history of touch technology that helps us confront and question the power relations underpinning the project of giving touch its own set of technical media.


For more information, please visit the book’s webpage: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/archaeologies-of-touch, or feel free to contact me (use code MN82600 for 30% off).


Thanks very much for you time and attention,

David


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Preconference Spotlight

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

15th annual ICA mobile pre-conference.


For the 15th time, scholars will be meeting for the ICA mobile pre-conference. This has become an annual fixture at ICA where mobile communication scholars meet to discuss research, examine coming trends, and perhaps most importantly to catch up with colleagues.  


Playing off the general ICA theme of “Voices” this year’s theme for the mobile pre-conference is “From Voice to ...?” This theme recognizes that in its early life, mobile communication was ONLY voice. Now, of course, it is a plethora of other communication and mediation forms among a broad set of publics. As such, it is a fitting theme for the gathering.


The pre-conference will include four 90 minute sessions that focus on 1) the voice of the elderly in mobile communication, 2) voices from the margins in the Global South, 3) voicing concerns about the framing of research around the metaphor of addiction, and 4) “Polyvocal” analysis of location-based narratives. The pre-conference will be held at the National Technical Museum near to the main conference site. All are welcome to register for the event. You can register at: http://www.icahdq.org/event/id/1052151/From-voice-to-the-15th-annual-ICA-Mobile-Pre-conference-2018.htm


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The Doctoral and Post-Doctoral ICA Pre-Conference “Emerging Research and Trends in Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding” will take place at Hilton Prague on May 24, 2018, starting with 9:00.


This pre-conference aims to be a forum for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to present and discuss their ongoing work on public diplomacy and nation branding, as well as to receive feedback and mentoring from established scholars. We received over 30 submissions, covering a variety of topics ranging from digital diplomacy, evaluation & measurement of public diplomacy, theory building in public diplomacy, and countries soft power, to the role of cities, nation branding or non-state public diplomacy. The list of accepted papers, as well as the final program is to be published on our IG website - http://www.icahdq.org/group/diplomacy.


It is for the first time since the establishment of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group in 2016 that ICA takes place in Central Europe. Therefore, ICA18 in Prague is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and established scholars from all over the world to meet and discuss the further development and growth potential of this interdisciplinary field of study. Facilitating debates on current state of the art, theories and methodologies in public diplomacy, as well as transferring knowledge and mentoring are the best ways to ensure its future.


The pre-conference will take place onsite, at Hilton Prague. The participation fee is US $80 for presenters and non-presenters and includes the coffee breaks and the lunch buffet. Registration for this pre-conference is to be made online at http://www.icahdq.org/event/Preconference37. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Rhonda Zaharna and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, authors of accepted papers will receive a fee waiver for the pre-conference. You may find details here: http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/story/rs-zaharna-cpd-sponsor-doctoral-post-doctoral-ica-presenters.


The conference is sponsored by the ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group together with Lund U., Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, Syracuse U. and USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Organizers and members of scientific committee are: Alina Dolea (Bournemouth U), Diana Ingenhoff (U of Fribourg), Rhonda Zaharna (American U), James Pamment (Lund U), Corneliu Bjola (U of Oxford), Jay Wang (USC Center on Public Diplomacy), and Steven Pike (Syracuse U).


For more info about the preconference, please contact Alina Dolea, edolea@bournemouth.ac.uk.



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Call for SECDR: Write in the ICA Newsletter!

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The SECAC is glad to announce that the list of SECDR – Student and Early Career Division and Interest Group Representatives (cf. the ICA Newsletter of December) – is now ready! It will be available on the ICA SECAC webpage. Every Student and Early Career member is now able to see and contact his/her Division and Interest Group Representative.


In addition, your SECDR will be more closely associated with SECAC business and decisional processes. They will be encouraged to be creative forces and propose new ideas for motions and improvement of the organization. Therefore, if you, as a Student or Early Career member, have ideas you would like to relay to the SECAC and the Board Member Representatives, do not hesitate to get in touch with your Division/Interest Group Representative who will convey your request/question/idea!


Finally, Student and Early Career Division and Interest Group Representatives will now be included in the ICA Newsletter. They will each be given the opportunity to write a piece for the newsletter in order to convey news from their divisions/interest groups but also relay questions and requests, and share ideas and tips. This system will be set up starting in September 2018.


Until then, the SECAC has decided to open its April Newsletter to Division and Interest Group Student and Early Career Representatives on a voluntary basis:


If you are a SECDR and would like to write an article (between 200 and 500 words) for the April Newsletter, on any topic (related to academia or life as a Graduate Student/Early Career scholar), please get in touch with us before March 10th at: escurigj@roehampton.ac.uk

 

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Update on the United States Travel Ban.

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director, Wednesday, February 28, 2018
ICA members in the US for work or study may have concerns about reentry after attending ICA in Prague.

 

Currently the travel ban is stayed in the United States Court System and attendees should not have a problem returning to the US as US Immigration is only restricting entry to travelers who are seeking a visa moving forward, and not those who already hold valid visas. 
 
However, nationals of the following eight countries are subject to various travel restrictions: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. 
 
Attendees from these countries who are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents should consult with legal counsel regarding the advisability of travel outside the US to attend the conference. This is especially true if you are presently in the US on a visa which is currently expired and would need to be renewed on your trip overseas.  
 
Because of the unpredictability of the ban through the court system it is important to consider when traveling:
 
Search of Electronic Devices
 
•Travel with a temporary or travel laptop or mobile phone without local documents
•Use of Cloud storage for retrieval of documents while traveling
•Back up any locally stored data before traveling
•Use of encryption or different user accounts to protect privileged or confidential information
•Clean your laptop or phone when returned after a search
•Be warned that border agents may examine your social media use
 
Other Considerations
 
The following items may lead to potential issues: 
 
•Convictions or stayed/deferred prosecution for non-violent crimes including DUI/DWI.
•Changes in employment, including promotions or changes of employer
•Status violations including unauthorized employment
•Pending applications for an immigration benefit
 
If you are a national from one of the eight countries above or not a US citizen or permanent resident, and any of these cases apply to you, it is strongly recommended that you consult with your legal counsel before departing the US. It is also advisable that prior to returning to the US you make arrangements with someone in your home city or port of entry in case you encounter issues with customs. 
 
If you have any questions regarding the travel ban contact Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, who established a partnership for these queries with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 
 
 
 

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Fair Use Q & As

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dear ICA,


I’m doing a conference presentation, showing different ways that visualizations can interpret, and misinterpret the same set of data. I would like to draw some examples from the real world to show the consequences of visual choices. Is it OK to copy visualizations and insert them into my slideshow? I’d have to take the whole thing—taking just part of them would defeat the purpose. Some of them are animated, and one has a soundtrack, so I also wonder about whether that changes anything. Thanks!


Sincerely, Francis


Dear Francis,


I’d like to go to that presentation! As I understand it, you want to use some material from other work (maybe academic? maybe journalistic?) as examples of an issue you want to discuss. If you’re presenting in the U.S., do investigate whether fair use will work for your case. As you make your decisions, your best friend is ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Communication Research. Read the introduction and the second category! Certainly, such a use, as you describe it, would be transformative (that is, using the original work for a different purpose), and you have a clear reason for taking the entire visualization. Fair use applies to all media and works on all platforms, so you are on solid ground using different media. But as fair use is always justified in context, you need to make your own judgment on each one. The ICA Code makes that easy.


Sincerely,


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA
Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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CALLS FOR PAPERS

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

Special call from the Journal of Media Ethics:“Methods of Inquiry across Media Cultures”

Keen interest among media ethics scholars to identify cross cultural,and possibly even universal principals for responsible media practice has highlighted the diversity of cultural lenses and contexts through which media are perceived and judged. While Western Enlightenment-based approaches of autonomy and rationality have predominated much media ethics theorizing, other paradigms rooted in an “ethic of community,” an “ethic of divinity,”or other value systems, as some researchers have suggested,provide very different – and equally legitimate – “readings” of media culture, Professionalism, and practice. Such paradigms are iving media ethics scholarship in several parts of the world, yet such work remains marginalized within the academic community.

A special issue of the Journal of Media Ethics is planned to show case scholarship from diverse media paradigms focused on news, marketing, public relations, or social media use.Both empirical studies and philosophical explications that explore media ethics questions from non-Western scientific and humanities traditions are encouraged. Also encouraged are examinations of culturally specific norms that define news work and other media practices, and essays that explore ethical challenges faced by media workers within a culture or community.Religious treatises or polemics are discouraged. Case studies are welcome if they provide relevance beyond local or national boundaries.

Manuscripts should be submitted by 30 April 2018 for consideration. All authors must prepare their work for blind review by following Journal submission guidelines, which can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hmme20/current

Contact Journal Editor Patrick Lee Plaisance at  plp22@psu.edu with any questions.

 

Communication as Engagement CFP:

National Association of Communication Centers Conference,

April 20-21, 2018,James Madison U

The 2018 National Association of Communication Center’s Excellence at the Center Conference theme is “Communication as Engagement.” Calls for more engagement from higher education are nothing new. The most recent engagement conversation intensified in 2001, after 9/11. The 2001 National Communication Association Presidential Address challenged communication scholars and practitioners to lead collegiate engagement efforts with vision, passion, and courage. In 2003, the Excellence at the Center Conference theme was “Engagement at the Center,”with participants discussing civility and community outreach. Administrators, policymakers, and others have been calling for increased engagement but what makes the recent round of interest in engagement different is the contemporary political and social climate. Communication Centers, alongside our colleagues in writing centers, tutoring programs, academic departments,other collegiate programs, are being asked to justify our areas in an environment where engagement and accountability drive decision-making. More than just places for engaged faculty,Centers are being asked to be vehicles for engaged and engaging students.

The theme “Communication as Engagement” offers an opportunity to reflect on how Communication Centers have already been contributing to the mission of higher education to engage.Moreover, the conference theme encourages participants to respond to these calls for engagement by pushing our understanding of what those mean in our current moment. At James Madison U, engagement has three facets; engaged learning, civic engagement, and community engagement. How is it that Communication Centers, or other peer-based learning centers, facilitate and participate in engaged learning, civic engagement, and community engagement?

Conference participants might consider best practices or processes at their home institutions that facilitate traditional engagement or enable new forms of engagement.

Framing questions can include but are not limited to:

-What role does communication play in engagement?

-How does your Center or Lab currently participate in practices of engagement?

-How do we encourage tutors, consultants, or peer educators to be engaged?

-How can we collaborate with other campus and community partners to be leaders in engagement?-Are there concerns with privileging engagement?

-How do we define or measure successful Center engagement?-What role can online or digital communication offer engagement?

In addition to traditional NACC conference attendees from communication centers and speaking labs, we encourage participants, entries, and attendance from writing centers,multi modal centers, supplemental instruction, science and math learning centers, other tutoring services, and other higher education or community professionals interested in engagement.Presenters can also prepare full manuscripts for submission to the 2019 special section of the Communication Center Journal focused on communication as engagement. The full call for papers will be available on the NACC website. Inquires can be sent to commcenterj@gmail.com.

Applegate, J. L. (2002). Communication as an engaged discipline:Seeing with new eyes and skating to where the puck will be.Spectra, 38, 7.

Hartelius, E. J., & Cherwitz, R. A. (2016). Engagement: rhetoric’stale from the field. Journal of Applied Communication Research,44(4), 453-457.

Hogan, J. M., Kurr, J. A., Johnson, J. D.,& Bergmaier, M. J. (2016). Speech anddebate as civic education. CommunicationEducation, 65(4), 377-381.

Please visit the conference websitefor details about submission processand deadlines, http://www.jmu.edu/commcenter/nacc2018/SubmitProposals.shtml+

 

 

Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division 2018 NCA CFP

 

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/15 2018 12:00 AM - Thu, 3/29 2018 3:00 AM EDT

Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division

2018 NCA Call for Submissions

Submissions Open: Monday, January 15, 2018

Submissions Close: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association invites submissions for the 104th Annual Convention to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 8-11, 2018. According to our mission statement, the Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division “fosters the study of communication issues and their attendant intersections with matters of concern for Latina/o communities throughout the Americas” (http://www.natcom.org/interestgroups/). We embrace a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, including quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, critical, and performance approaches, among others.

This year’s conference theme is “Communication at Play.” Imaginative, experimental, strategic, creative, and fun, the theme “Communication at Play” offers opportunities to discuss important aspects of communication, while also providing rich metaphorical resources for reconsidering the role and function of communication in breaking impasses, challenging cultural practice, providing perspective, and creating identifications through shared delight (http://www.natcom.org/convention/). “Communication at Play” can be perceived in a multitude of contexts surrounding discovery, interaction, and sense‐making: guidelines for deploying communication strategically (playbook); contexts for experiment and innovation (playground); rules, referees, and power disparities (playing field); script, stage, and performance appreciation and criticism (“the play’s the thing”); training and learning strategies (play pedagogy); subversion and resistance (playing the fool); and !so on.

We welcome submissions that address issues pertinent to and meaningful for our division, and especially those that combine a focus on our mission with a concern for the conference theme, “Communication at Play.”

 

We will accept four types of submissions: 1) competitive individual papers (referred to in the submission process as "individual papers"), 2) paper sessions, and 3) panel discussions 4) performance sessions. Please indicate on the submission if you will need AV equipment for the session.

1. Competitive Individual Papers: These are full papers submitted individually, which will be reviewed and, if accepted, paneled by the program planner alongside other competitively selected papers. These should NOT be merely abstracts or extended abstracts, but rather complete papers. When preparing a submission, please observe the following:

*On the first screen of the submission process, there will be a question that allows students to indicate that it is a student paper. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, please use this question to specify that this is a student paper.

*Include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and three keywords.

 

*Before submitting, be sure to remove all information from the paper upload that identifies the author(s) in order to facilitate the blind review process. In NCA Convention Central, you will enter the paper title, description, and author-related information as you are submitting.

*The paper should be no more than 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), excluding the abstract, keywords, and references.

2. Paper Sessions: In this type of submission, a group of papers are submitted as a complete session. Papers are reviewed and accepted as a group. Each author, if accepted, would then present her/his/their own paper. These papers should be centered on a common theme. When preparing a submission, please include:

*A session title, overall session description, and rationale for the paper session of no more than 250 words.

*A title and description of no more than 250 words for each individual paper, as well as the name and institutional affiliation of each author.

*A chair is required, and her/his/their name and institutional affiliation should be included. If the participants have secured a respondent, that information should also be included.

*Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

3. Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Panel discussion submissions should include:

*A panel title and general abstract of no more than 75 words for the discussion.

*A rationale for the discussion of no more than 250 words.

*The names and institutional affiliations of all participants.

*Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

*A chair is required, and should be listed, along with her/his/their institutional affiliation.

4. Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a completed panel of performances centered on the conference theme/issue. Performance submissions should include:

* A performance title and general abstract of no more than 250 words.

* The names of participants and institutional affiliations of each participant

*Full scripts of the proposed performances.

* Performances should be no longer than 15 minutes

* Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

For assistance with all stages of the submission process, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, please visit the Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). In particular, please be sure to review the “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” prior to submission. All submissions must be made online through NCA Central (https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca1801). Convention Central will be available starting Monday, January 15, 2018, and will close Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST. No late submissions will be accepted. Be sure to submit early to avoid any potential last-minute problems.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to and supporting the Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018!

Dr. Leandra H. Hernández

NCA 2018 Program Planner

Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division 

 

La Raza Caucus 2018 NCA CFP

La Raza Caucus

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/15 2018 12:00 AM - Thu, 3/29 2018 3:00 AM EDT

La Raza Caucus

2018 NCA Call for Submissions

Submissions Open: Monday, January 15, 2018

Submissions Close: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The La Raza Caucus of the National Communication Association invites submissions to the 104th Annual Convention to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, November 8-11, 2018. As per our mission, “The caucus embraces an intersectional approach to identity that considers the ways race, ethnicity, class, gender, nation, and sexuality converge to shape Latina/o experiences,” and “the goals of the caucus are educational advocacy, networking, recruitment and retention, and cultural promotion” (http://www.natcom.org/interestgroups/). We embrace a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, including quantitative, qualitative, critical, rhetorical, and performance approaches, among others.

This year’s conference theme is “Communication at Play.” Imaginative, experimental, strategic, creative, and fun, the theme “Communication at Play” offers opportunities to discuss important aspects of communication, while also providing rich metaphorical resources for reconsidering the role and function of communication in breaking impasses, challenging cultural practice, providing perspective, and creating identifications through shared delight (http://www.natcom.org/convention/). “Communication at Play” can be perceived in a multitude of contexts surrounding discovery, interaction, and sense‐making: guidelines for deploying communication strategically (playbook); contexts for experiment and innovation (playground); rules, referees, and power disparities (playing field); script, stage, and performance appreciation and criticism (“the play’s the thing”); training and learning strategies (play pedagogy); subversion and resistance (playing the fool); and !

 so on.

We welcome submissions that address issues pertinent to and meaningful for our caucus, and especially those that combine a focus on our mission with a concern for the conference theme, “Communication at Play.”

We will accept four types of submissions: 1) competitive individual papers (referred to in the submission process as "individual papers"), 2) paper sessions, and 3) panel discussions 4) performance sessions. Please indicate on the submission, if you will need AV equipment for the session.

1. Competitive Individual Papers: These are full papers submitted individually, which will be reviewed and, if accepted, paneled by the program planner alongside other competitively selected papers. These should NOT be merely abstracts or extended abstracts, but rather complete papers. When preparing a submission, please observe the following:

* On the first screen of the submission process, there will be a question that allows students to indicate that it is a student paper. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, please use this question to specify that this is a student paper.

*Please include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and three keywords.

*Before submitting, be sure to remove all information from the paper upload that identifies the author(s) in order to facilitate the blind review process. In NCA Convention Central, you will enter paper title, description, and author-related information as you are submitting.

*The paper should be no longer than 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), excluding the abstract, keywords, and references.

2. Paper Sessions: In this type of submission, a group of papers are submitted as a complete session. The papers submitted in a paper session are reviewed and accepted as a group. If accepted, each person would then present her/his own paper within the session. These papers should be centered on a common theme. When preparing a submission, please include:

*A title and rationale for the paper session of no more than 250 words.

*A title and abstract of no more than 250 words for each paper, as well as the name and institutional affiliation of each author.

*A chair is required, and her/his/their name and institutional affiliation should be included. If the participants have secured a respondent, that information should also be included.

*Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

3. Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Panel discussion submissions should include:

*A panel title and general abstract of no more than 75 words for the discussion.

*A rationale for the discussion of no more than 250 words.

*The names and institutional affiliations of all participants.

*Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

*A chair is required, and should be listed, along with her/his/their institutional affiliation.

4. Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a completed panel of performances centered on the conference theme/issue. Performance submissions should include:

* A performance title and general abstract of no more than 250 words.

* The names of participants and institutional affiliations of each participant

*Full scripts of the proposed performances.

* Each performance should be no longer than 15 minutes.

* Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

For assistance with all stages of the submission process, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, please visit the Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). In particular, please be sure to review the “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” prior to submission. All submissions must be made online through NCA Central (https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca1801). Convention Central will be available starting Monday, January 15, 2018, and will close Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST. No late submissions will be accepted. Be sure to submit early to avoid any potential last-minute problems.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to and supporting the La Raza Caucus. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018!

Dr. Leandra H. Hernández

NCA 2018 Program Planner

La Raza Caucus 

 

William Yousman, yousmanw@sacredheart.edu

CFP- Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference

The Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. The event is part of a network of media literacy conferences held around the U.S. The Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference invites K-12 educators, higher education faculty, librarians, school library media specialists, after school program directors, media professionals, researchers, cultural workers, and undergraduate and graduate college students to collaborate about the potential and challenges for media literacy and its essential role in education today.

CALL FOR PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS IS NOW OPEN

For more information and to submit a proposal please go to: https://mediaeducationlab.com/news/northeast-regional-media-literacy-conference-2018

 

Call for Proposals--Rhetoric Society Quarterly Special Issue

RSQ invites proposals for the 2019 special issue—a themed publication developed by a Guest Editor to help the journal set the intellectual agenda in rhetorical studies, to encourage focused statements on timely topics in rhetorical studies by scholars working in related areas, to attract participation by top scholars, and to stimulate scholarly activity within the RSA, such as pre-conference colloquia, convention sessions, or RSA workshops.

Proposals should identify the Guest Editor and provide a descriptive rationale of 500-1000 words, a list of authors, as well as a brief discussion (150-250 words) of each individual essay. The rationale should demonstrate the timeliness of the topic, discuss how the topic falls within the scope of RSQ as described in its general submission guidelines, and show how the issue as planned speaks to RSQ’s broad audience. In addition, the proposal should situate itself within relevant contemporary scholarship, including other similarly themed issues or edited collections, and note the qualifications of its guest editor and contributors to speak to the field on the topic’s behalf.

The special issue is allotted 104 pages, which will accommodate a guest editor’s introduction and 4-6 articles for a maximum of 40,000 words. Please keep this limitation in mind when proposing the number of potential contributors.

The special issue will be published in the summer of 2019.

Deadline for proposal submission: February 9, 2018

RSA will make available to the guest editor up to $1,000 reimbursement for expenses related to the special issue. First drafts of manuscripts for the selected proposal will be due in early fall 2018; this deadline allows time for blind review, revisions, and initial copyediting for publication. Final versions will be due March 1, 2019.

Please submit proposals electronically to:

Robin E. Jensen, RSQ Associate Editor for Special Issues, r.e.jensen@utah.edu

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