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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Tisch College of Civic Life
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science

Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life will award a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science for the 2019-20 academic year (June 1, 2019-May 31, 2020). This postdoctoral fellowship is offered in partnership with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, OH and involves some work at Kettering’s offices in Dayton as well as full-time employment at Tufts in the Boston area.

The Tisch College Civic Science initiative, led by Dr. Jonathan Garlick, aims to reframe how key participants—scientists, the public, the media, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders—can engage the national dialogue. Civic Science is interdisciplinary, and this fellowship is open to a PhD in any relevant field.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will attend and participate in the Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tisch College from June 20-28, 2019. He or she will conduct research related to Civic Science, both independently and in collaboration with Prof. Garlick and the Kettering Foundation. He or she will teach one course to undergraduates in the Civic Studies Major. The Fellow will attend orientation and research meetings at the Kettering Foundation as requested.

Non-Discrimination Statement
Our institution does not discriminate against job candidates on the basis of actual or perceived gender, gender identity, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or religion.

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617.627.3298 or at Johny.Laine@tufts.edu. Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at http://oeo.tufts.edu.

Qualifications
A scholar with a Ph.D. in any relevant discipline who is not yet tenured.
Application Instructions
Please apply here https://apply.interfolio.com/59747

Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter which includes a description of your research goals during the fellowship year and the courses you would like to offer;

  2. your CV;

  3. one writing sample;

  4. three letters of recommendation which should be uploaded by your recommenders to Interfolio directly; and

  5. teaching course evaluations, if available.

Opens February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled
Questions about the position should be addressed to Tisch College Academic Dean at Peter.Levine@tufts.edu.

 


 

California State University, San Bernardino
Department of Communication Studies
Full-time Lecturer in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

The Department of Communication Studies at California State University, San Bernardino announces a full time lecturer in public relations and strategic communication position that begins in September 2019.

Minimum qualifications: M.A. or Ph.D. degree in Communication, Public Relations, Strategic Communication, or related field by time of appointment. Record of professional work in public relations and/or strategic communication. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty and staff.

Preferred qualifications: A record of excellent tertiary teaching of public relations or related. Record of scholarship or professional work which focuses on underrepresented groups.

Applications are due April 15, 2019.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/csusb/jobs/2377125

 


 

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Digital Democracies Group, School of Communication
Postdoctoral Fellows

The Digital Democracies Group at SFU seeks 2 Postdoctoral Fellows for a full academic year to work with Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, starting September 2019.

Candidates must have their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline—within the humanities, social sciences, or physical sciences—a demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research, strong written and oral communications skills, and expertise in critical data studies, media studies, theatre and performance studies, urban studies, critical ethnic studies, digital methods and/or network science, depending on the position applied for. Please learn more about the positions at http://www.sfu.ca/digital-democracies/about/employment-opportunities.html.

Annual stipend: CA$55,000, renewable up to 3 years. Please email CV, summary of research interests, and contact details of two references to mark_campbell@sfu.ca. Review of applications begins March 31 and continues until the positions are filled.

 


 

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER

Department of Media Studies

Scholar-In-Residence in Media Studies

The Department of Media Studies (MDST) in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks a scholar-in-residence in media studies with a particular emphasis in critical environmental studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in research and a commitment to contributing to our interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs. The position is expected to begin in August 2019. 

We will consider applicants with various research interests in critical media studies, although preference will be given to the following areas:


+ The material and ethical implications of media practice/technology/consumption for  environmental sustainability.


+  The role of digital culture, emergent media forms, art and design in shaping current debates about the ecological crisis and disaster relief.


+  Relationship between intersectionality (race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.) and ecomedia research.


A PhD in Media Studies is required; a terminal degree (JD or MFA) in another discipline will also be considered. Qualified candidates will have an active research agenda, a proven record of teaching excellence, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations. The selected candidate will teach two courses each semester in a variety of media-related topics with a possibility to develop a course in the candidate’s own area of research expertise.


The Department of Media Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder offers a dynamic program of study that emphasizes the creative and analytical skills needed to operate in a complex media environment and to gain a deep understanding of the history and development of various means and forms of communication. We teach courses in media history; media activism; globalization and culture; Postcolonialism and decoloniality; media and religion; disruptive media entrepreneurship; media and human rights; popular culture, gender, race, class, and sexuality; media and food politics; audience studies, among many others. We offer an exciting Master’s degree in Media and Public Engagement and a well-ranked PhD program in media studies which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019.  


The College of Media Communication and Information, established in 2015, is the first new college on the CU-Boulder campus in 53 years. CMCI prides itself on offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and creativity. The College prepares students to be leaders in our ever-changing information society. Our students and faculty think across boundaries, innovate around emerging problems and create culture that transcends convention. CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome applications from racial and ethnic minorities, ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of marginalization.


The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to building a diverse workforce. Benefits include domestic partners and health insurance coverage for hormone replacement therapy (for more, see http://www.colorado.edu/ glbtqrc/resources/cu-and-state-policies). Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ADA@colorado.edu.



Special Instructions to Applicants:


Candidates must submit the following:


  1. Cover letter outlining interest in the position and research and teaching interests

  1. Curriculum Vitae


  1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy


  1. An example of scholarly and/or creative work. 


  1. Three letters of reference


Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all materials by April 10, 2019.


Application page: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=16540


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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Call for Proposals, Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication


The 2019 Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication Scholarship will focus on how communication scholars and scholarship might help in “building bridges in polarized times.” As the political, economic, cultural, and racial divisions in our world appear to be ever widening, this year’s conference invites participants to engage theories, methodologies, and practices that foster connection, understanding, and mutual respect.


Leading scholars and practitioners will examine the communicative roots of polarization and division and help us imagine how our scholarship may productively disrupt polarized positions and groups. Key questions that will inform the conference include:


- What kinds of communicative practices invite and sustain polarization within organizations and communities?


- How can we intervene into polarized conversations and facilitate health and well-being within organizations and communities?


- How can institutions be created that help bridge divisions within organizations and communities?


Call for Proposals


The conference organizers are currently welcoming proposals for “Projects in Process” presentations. This is a call for two-page proposals from scholars describing engaged work that is recently completed or in progress. The term “engaged work” is meant to be inclusive of all types of projects and methodologies. The selection committee will prioritize those proposals that most closely align to the conference theme and address the above questions.


At the Conference, selected projects will be presented in a highly interactive discussion format in small table settings with a variety of senior scholars who support engaged work. These proposals should raise problems, questions, dilemmas, and tensions that we can wrestle with together, and need not be presentations of completed work.


In previous conferences, the most interesting conversations have seemed to center on problems that people have encountered or are encountering in their work. The two-page proposals should be submitted to http://www.aspenengaged.org/details by April 15, 2019.  We expect to notify submitters in the first weeks of May.  


About the Conference


The 2019 conference will introduce a case study to be more deeply examined in 2020 when the Aspen Conference will temporarily relocate in order to take a “field trip” to the site of the case. Colorado’s counter-human trafficking efforts will be the focal case for Aspen Engaged in 2019 as the conference centers on how communication scholars and scholarship might help in building bridges in polarized times.


A number of communication scholars, including Laurie Lewis (author of the just released the 2nd edition of Organizational Change: Creating Change through Strategic Communication) and Kirsten Foot (author of Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices), will offer presentations which lay the theoretical groundwork to help us engage with the case.  


Then, a team of four Coloradans whose professional duties center on countering human trafficking at state and local levels will provide an overview of their multisector, collaborative efforts and some of the challenges therein. Conference attendees will be invited to interact with the case presenters and each other regarding theories and methods that can help illuminate both the successes and setbacks encountered by counter-trafficking practitioners, and practices that foster connection, understanding, and mutual respect in such work—as these are applicable to other complex societal problems as well.


Scholars and practitioners will co-examine the communicative roots of polarization regarding HT, and bridge-building in some counter-HT initiatives in CO. Doing so will spark conference participants to further envision how scholarship may productively disrupt polarized positions and groups.


In 2020, the Aspen Engaged conference will be held in Pueblo, CO, as counter-HT leaders from Pueblo interact with conference attendees to co-develop analyses of pioneering counter-HT initiatives in that city which are bridging polarizing debates and common gaps in coordination between state agencies and local actors.


For more information, please visit: http://www.aspenengaged.org/


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SPECIAL ISSUE: SPEAKING ACROSS COMMUNICATION SUBFIELDS


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Call for Panelists on quantitative methods at ICA 2020


My name is James Stein, and I am looking to put together a panel for ICA 2020 that focuses on contemporary, evolving, or underutilized methods of quantitative analyses in communication studies. Many of the folks with expertise in quantitative methods are "chasing" other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology. As scholars, we often lean on analyses for extended periods of time - for a while it was multiple regressions, and now it appears to but SEM and HLM techniques.


At the same time there are many scholars, young and old, who employ methods of data collection and analysis that are overlooked, underutilized, or simply not discussed enough to be made popular in our discipline.


I hope to put together a panel of 5-8 people that can discuss either a) the contemporary methods of data collection/analyses that they are currently making use of, b) methods that they have observed or read about from non-communication areas of study, or c) the discussion of a study using quantitative methods that they have completed and believe could benefit the field of communication studies.


If anyone is interested, please send me an email at jbstein1@asu.edu. I would hope to have the panelists gathered by the end of the summer so that we may start putting the proposal sheet together by the early November deadline. Thank you, I hope to hear from some folks!


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CFP: Sexuality, Security and Surveillance in Digital Spaces


Co-organizers: Yossi David, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Godfried Asante, Drake University.


5th Geographies of Sexualities Conference


Prague, Czech Republic, September 26th – 28th 2019.


Networked platforms have become fully integrated in almost every aspect of everyday life in the digital age. In particular, notions of digital activism through digital mobilization have become deeply intertwined in civil society groups, non-profit and LGBTIQ+ organizations. These platforms are used, particularly, by marginalized groups to make visible various human rights abuses and also create safe spaces outside of, but in relation to the daily varied forms of hetero/homonormativities.


Conversely, state officials and moral entrepreneurs are continuously stretching their communications to networked platforms in order to voice their discontent with emerging voices against “traditional” and nativist’s discourses. Their tactics involves state funded surveillance of marginalized virtual communities and individual social media accounts. Nonetheless, the nation-state is a heterogeneous actor and in this global neoliberal times, the relationship between the nation-state and “sexual dissidents” is increasingly becoming more complex.


As such, this panel aims to upend and make visible, the various forms of state regulation and surveillance ranging from the commodification of sexual difference to the forms of queer modes of being, relating and belonging that have emerged to resist, transform and subvert such regulatory regimes, especially in non-western contexts (middle-east, Africa, Asia, south and central America).


While the focus of this panel is on non-western contexts, we are also aware that the boundaries between the west and the non-west is malleable and sometimes blurred as bodies migrate or seek refuge in other nations, thereby creating a complex system of transnational regulatory regimes and surveillance.


This panel focuses on aspects of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc.) by elucidating, analyzing and examining the blurred boundaries of safety and security in digital spaces by incorporating analysis of opportunities and challenges associated with sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces. Each essay investigates different aspects of security and safety, and how its complexities manifest in social media platforms.


The essays will also explore the construction of social, digital and physical borderlands through candid and nuanced narratives that are both distinctively personal and contextually diverse. We thereby, focus on non-western contexts in order to contribute to the theoretical discussion concerning digital spaces and its implications on civil societies in places where the local and global tend to have uneasy tensions.

This session will explore the role of sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces in various scales, contexts, places and spaces.


We seek submissions that critically investigate, but are not limited to:


- Paradoxes in the practice or discourses around sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.


- The politics of sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces


- The boundary work and policing work around sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces


- The ways in which sexuality, security and surveillance is framed, produced and negotiated within social movements and grassroots (digital) activism groups.


- Transgender identities, security and surveillance in digital spaces


- Intersections of race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, body and nation, and its relation to security and surveillance in digital spaces.


- Disability, sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.


- Diaspora, sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.


- Transnational coalitional possibilities under surveillance and security.


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Teaching Media Quarterly CFP: Teaching with Reality Television


Teaching Media Quarterly is an open access journal dedicated to sharing approaches to media topics and concepts. Please consider submitting a lesson plan to our current call, Teaching with Reality Television. We also have an ongoing open call for lesson plans.


You can access our journal HERE (https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/tmq/index). Information about the call is below. Please share with friends, colleagues, and grad students who teach media classes!


Call for Lesson Plans: Teaching with Reality Television


From The Real World to The Bachelor, the reality TV genre provides unique insight into how television is changing, while also drawing on familiar generic conventions and modes of address. Scholars continue to trace its effects on marketing and advertisers, above and below-the-line labor practices, multi-platform storytelling, fan labor, and questions of governmentality and surveillance, among many others.


Teaching with reality television allows instructors to discuss the rise of convergence culture and the role of new media, making for a case study likely to resonate with students through their engagement with television and related social media. Teaching Media Quarterly is interested in learning and sharing how instructors teach with reality television and why.


Contributors are welcome to consider the following questions:


- How do you historicize reality television in the classroom?


- Which scholarly texts do you assign in conjunction with particular reality television programs?


- If you ask students to create their own reality programming, what does the assignment look like?


- How do you attend to questions of difference in reality television - gender, sexuality, race, ability, class, etc.?


- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and neoliberalism?


- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and feminized media?


- How does reality television lend itself to political economy analyses?


- What is the relationship between streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) and reality television?


- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and other forms of media (social media, new media, etc.)?


The deadline for submissions is 1 June.


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Do You Need a New Professional Photo?

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

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

 

Who: ICA Members

What: 10 Minute Portrait Sessions with Professional Photographer Jake Gillespie

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

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

Why: This offer is right for me if:

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

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

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

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

Cost:  US$50

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


*This is an exclusive ICA Member Benefit*


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Spotlight on Preconferences

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

In each Newsletter leading up to the conference, we will highlight different pre/postpostconferences (in no particular order) that have been planned for Washington, D.C.. For more information about each pre/postconference, please visit this webpage

(https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf).


Digital Journalism in Latin America


OFF-SITE | George Washington U, Media and Public Affairs Building; Rooms 306-308

Thursday, 23 May 2019; 8:10 - 17:00


Organizers: Pablo J. Boczkowski, Ph.D.* Professor, Northwestern U, USA. Eugenia Mitchelstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

Contact: pjb9@northwestern.edu; emitchelstein@udesa.edu.ar


Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Journalism Studies Division


This preconference aims to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital journalism in Latin America. The keynote speaker will be Silvio Waisbord, Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, and ICA Fellow.


REGISTER FOR THIS PRECONFERENCE 


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Boundary Conditions in Mobile Communication: 16th Annual ICA Mobile Preconference


OFF-SITE | Tentatively Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Alternative: National Press Club);

Thursday, 23 May 2019; 8:30 - 17:00


Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Mobile Communication Interest Group


Contact: mobilepreconf@gmail.com


For 15 years, the ICA Mobile Pre-Conference has been an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, researchers, and practitioners who focus on mobile communication research. In recent years, the mobile pre-conference has been organized in the form of several interactive Blue Sky workshops. These provide a venue where scholars can present, learn and discuss their latest ideas, research, and skills around a limited number of themes related to mobile communication and mobile media. The pre-conference has been recently refocused to support the development of graduate students, junior scholars as well as scholars from the Global South. The pre-conference is seen as an opportunity to bring together a collection of colleagues with whom one can work out a common research vision. It is the ambition of the organizers that panels can result in, for example, writing a common paper on their theme of choice, or the publication of a special issue in a journal. The pre-conference is an opportunity for graduate students and new faculty to interact with more experienced mobile researchers to cultivate a supportive and integrated community of mobile scholars. Ideas discussed and presented at the mobile pre-conference have consistently nourished the theoretical and methodological foundations of mobile research, started joint research projects and eventually lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the Blue Sky workshops, the pre-conference features a conference lunch and dinner where scholars will interact in an informal and social atmosphere.


REGISTER FOR THIS PRECONFERENCE


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Beyond Germany: German Media Theory in a Global Context


OFF-SITE | Goethe Institute, 1990 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Thursday, 23 May 2019; 10:00 - 18:00


Organizers: Andreas Ströhl, Wolfgang Suetzl, Bernhard Debatin

Contact: suetzl@ohio.edu


Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Philosophy Theory and Critique Division and Intercultural Communication Division


Beyond Germany: German Media Theory in a Global Context  Pre-conference proposal for the 2019 ICA annual conference, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Goethe Institute, Washington, D.C., and Ohio University Just as “French Theory” became a catchphrase (and the source of controversy) in American critical theory in the 1980s, “German media theory” has come to signify a specific way of understanding and theorizing the media that draws on a rich heritage of continental literary studies and philosophy. Over the past decade, German media studies—Medienwissenschaft— has experienced a rapid growth. Currently, more than fifty media studies programs are being offered at German universities. This growth has been accompanied by reflective enquiries regarding specific methodological and philosophical identity, including the question, “what’s German about German media theory?” asked by philosopher Claus Pias in his 2015 essay. Is there a German Sonderweg, others asked, a way of studying the media that is particular to German-speaking theorists?  As part of this development, the relationship between a German approach to media studies, and approaches more common in North America and the Anglophone parts of the world, has been studied in greater detail. The history of German intellectual emigration to America from the 1930s on, in many cases forced by the Nazi persecution of Jewish and Marxist writers, stood at the outset of a complex and fecund intellectual exchange. While German-speaking émigrés such Paul Lazarsfeld and Edward Bernays had a significant impact on the evolution of American mass communication scholarship, the exiled Frankfurt School scholars, having witnessed the Nazi use of the mass media for propaganda, were developing a radical criticism of media as technologies of power: Adorno’s culture industry and Günther Anders’ criticism of television are cases in point. They were at the basis of a widespread media pessimism among Germans, who today retain a more cautious and skeptical approach to social and emerging media, as well as placing a greater importance on privacy protection.  Today, names such as media studies pioneer Friedrich Kittler, or contemporary scholars such as Siegfried Zielinski or Sybille Krämer still stand for a way of doing pursuing an approach to media studies that continues to engage with literary studies and philosophy, and considers itself distinct from mass communication studies, and more as a discursive strategy than a discipline (Pias). But the boundaries around “German” are no longer a simple matter of language and nationality. Many works of theorists writing in German and/or working in Germany are available in translation in dozens of languages, including Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, etc., These writings have become easily accessible to scholars beyond the established transatlantic trading route of ideas. Other German-language theorists, for instance, Vilém Flusser in the 1980s and currently, Byung-Chul Han, have completely done away with of the adjective “German,” pluralizing it and making its meaning a matter of translation theory and cultural hybridity. Against this background, this conference invites international communication scholars to offer perspectives on the ways in which German-language media theories have communicated beyond the boundaries of both Germany and North America.  How is German media theory being read, adopted, and translated by scholars in other parts of the world? How is this translational context influencing whatever “Germanness” remains in German media theory? What is the significance of such theorizing in the context of transnational theory debates? What is the contribution of a German way of media studies in a critical understanding of emerging media and of current issues in social media, artificial intelligence, etc.? What kind of contributions to media ethics and policy making are emerging from such a transcultural and translational view on German media theory?


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


Washington Hilton

24 May; 13:00 - 17:00 (half-day)


Organizers: Rebekah Tromble

Contact: rktromble@gmail.com


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 also 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. For the first session, we invite paper proposals on any topic that fits within this broad theme. 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


REGISTER FOR THIS PRECONFERENCE


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Critical Incidents in Journalism


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 13:00 - 17:00 (half-day)


Organizers: Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Nanyang Technological U, Joy Jenkins, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Ryan J. Thomas, University of Missouri Oscar Westlund, Oslo Metropolitan U

Contact: edson@ntu.edu.sg; thomasrj@missouri.edu; joy.jenkins@politics.ox.ac.uk; oscarwestlund@gmail.com


Journalism‚ ongoing metamorphosis around the world has been marked by numerous critical incidents that have led journalists to publicly reflect on the practices and principles that dominate their profession. From the Gulf War in the 1990s, when journalists were forced to examine the implications of real-time reporting on journalistic autonomy and verification (Zelizer, 1992), to the gruesome attack on the editorial offices of the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo in 2015 when news organizations invoked safety and solidary in determining how to cover the events (Jenkins & Tandoc, 2017a), critical incidents have provided an opportunity to examine how journalists construct the boundaries of appropriate practice and discern their public service roles in a continually changing field. Critical incidents refer to events or developments that lead journalists to reconsider ,the hows and whys of journalistic practice‚(Zelizer, 1992, p. 67). These events or developments serve as discursive opportunities for journalists to ensure the wellbeing of their interpretive community by reconsidering, rearticulating, and reinforcing their boundaries and authority. Critical incidents are important for interpretive communities such as journalism, as they force communities to reflect on their practices and values (Zelizer, 1993). Such critical incidents as the negotiation of journalistic identities, roles, and responsibilities in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US (Parameswaran, 2006); the phone hacking scandal that rocked the UK news media in 2011 (Thomas, 2012); the entry of BuzzFeed as a legitimate journalistic organization among legacy media (Tandoc & Jenkins, 2017); and Rolling Stones magazine‚ decision to feature a photo of the Boston Marathon bomber on its cover (Jenkins & Tandoc, 2017b) have led journalistic communities around the world to reflect on the boundaries of acceptable journalistic practice. By analysing journalistic discourse during such critical incidents, we begin to understand how journalists navigate the challenges to, and the contours of, their professional practice. These events have also engaged non-journalist stakeholders, most notably audience members, who have shared their perspectives on what they perceive as appropriate approaches to journalistic practice.


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Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:00 - 12:00 (half-day)


Since public interest communications is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, we invite submissions for this half-day preconference to reflect on the theme of public interest communications in the global context. Submissions can address theoretical and conceptual advancements, current challenges, or any other contemporary topic that explores the societal importance and impact of public interest communications in all its various forms.


Public interest communications is distinguished by a commitment to communication that advances the human condition. Public interest communications embraces the vision of ethicists who make explicit the priority of shared human values and rights over vested interests that deliberately seek to obfuscate or have as their goal the denial of any person or group of people the fundamental human rights of dignity, freedom, equality and quality of life including health and safety.


This preconference call encourages research that advances our understanding of what public interest communications is and the role of public interest communications in our global society. We welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies. Our goal is to ensure a vibrant program that includes both senior and junior scholars, expressing a wide range of opinions and who are representative of different institutional types from around the world.


Some questions, which might be addressed (but are not limited to) include:


How does public interest communications construct or breakdown boundaries?

How does public interest communications promote and improve understanding across and beyond borders?

How can public interest communications span borders in often arbitrary and political notions of boundaries of academic disciplines?

What is public interest communications and what are the key questions needing to be addressed?

What is the relationship between scholarship and practice within the realm of public interest communications?

Other topics related to understanding public interest communications and global society.


This 2019 ICA half-day preconference allows scholars to contribute to the development of the theory of public interest communications by clarifying, defining, and questioning the core concepts of this emerging field. We welcome submissions that seek to reflect on what public interest communications can contribute to organizations and global society by pushing through boundaries and encouraging dialogue and engagement.


Papers submitted for this preconference will be considered for a special issue of the Journal of Public Interest Communications, “Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context”.


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Organizational Communication Division Doctoral Consortium: The Practice of Studying Communication Practice


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:00 - 17:00


Organizers: Timothy Kuhn

Contact: tim.kuhn@colorado.edu


Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Organizational Communication Division


This consortium will revolve around a simple theme: Pursuing a deeply practice-based approach to organizational communication scholarship carries significant reward and risk. 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 process, 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 practices of working and organizing, such that our gaze remains always on communicative practice (and nowhere else). 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 communicative practices. These challenges arise as we gather data and produce interpretations of those data, but they also influence numerous other scholarly practices. 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 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 the following session themes: 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


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Taming and Nurturing the Wild Child: Government and Corporate Policies for Social Media


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:00 - 17:00


Registration by invite only.


Organizers: * Dr. Krishna Jayakar, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, Penn State U, 214 James Building, Bellisario College of Communications, University Park, PA 16802. kpj1@psu.edu, 814 863 6416 Dr. Johannes Bauer, Director, Quello Center, Michigan State U Dr. Amit Schejter, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy/Penn State, Ben Gurion U of the Negev, Israel Dr. Carleen Maitland, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, Penn State U.

Contact: kpj1@psu.edu


We invite 500-word abstracts of papers that examine both government and corporate policy responses to the concerns social media raise. Topics may include the impact of policy on free speech, democratic discourse, activism, network security, national security, surveillance, commercial speech, privacy, and transborder data flows. Papers presented will be considered for publication in the Journal of Information Policy, an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, published by the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State U.

 

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North Korea and Communication


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:30 - 17:00


Organizers: Soomin Seo*; Seungahn Nah; Dal Yong Jin; Yong-Chan Kim

Contact: soomin.seo@temple.edu


Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Journalism Studies Division, and Political Communication Division


North Korea remains an under-explored country in communication research. In recent years, however, there are signs that the regime is moving to end its decades-long isolation, from the introduction of cellular phones to fast-paced diplomacy with the US. Are these changes leading to a new era in communication about, within and around North Korea? This preconference will bring together theoretically and methodologically sound scholarship that register the shift in North Korea and examine causes, components, and civic consequences.


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Communicating with Machines: Boundless Imagination


Washington Hilton


Friday, 24 May 2019; 8:30 - 16:30


Organizers: Primary Contacts: S. Austin Lee, Chapman U Co-Organizers (in an alphabetical order): Autumn Edwards, Western Michigan U Chad Edwards, Western Michigan U David J. Gunkel, Northern Illinois U Andrea Guzman, Northern Illinois U Steve Jones, U of Illinois ‚Chicago Seth C. Lewis, U of Oregon Patric Spence, U of Central Florida

Contact: seulee@chapman.edu; autumn.edwards@wmich.edu; chad.edwards@wmich.edu; dgunkel@niu.edu; alguzman@niu.edu


In concert with the conference theme of ‚beyond boundaries,our preconference focuses on communication between humans and digital interlocutors that has the potential to cross social, political and cultural boundaries. We invite scholars from across divisions and various epistemological and methodological backgrounds to discuss their work related to human-machine communication, encompassing Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, and Human-Agent Interaction. We seek to raise awareness of and further develop HMC research and the scholarly community surrounding it.


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New Conceptualizations and Research to Inform Message Testing: Perceived Message Effectiveness and Its Alternatives


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 9:00 - 17:00


Organizers: Joseph N. Cappella; Seth Noar

Contact: Joseph.CAPPELLA@ASC.UPENN.EDU; noar@email.unc.edu


Invited and submitted papers on the topic of message testing aimed at improving its conceptualization and empirical underpinnings while moving forward to next generation measures and procedures.  Invited presenters include James Dillard, Marco Yzer, Lucy Popova, Xiaoquan Zhao, Daniel O’Keefe, Melanie Wakefield, and the organizers Cappella and Noar.


Graduate students may apply for a registration waiver through joseph.cappella@asc.upenn.edu and noar@unc.edu.


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Digital Asia: Social Change, Engagement, and Communication Beyond Boundaries


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 9:00 - 17:00


Organizers: Nojin Kwak (U of Michigan); Marko Skoric (City U of Hong Kong); Natalie Pang (National U of Singapore); Baohua Zhou (Fudan U); Tetsuro Kobayashi (City U of Hong Kong); Muneo Kaigo (U of Tsukuba); Scott Campbell (U of Michigan); Junho Choi (Yonsei U)

Contact: DigitalAsiaICA2019@umich.edu


This preconference aims to showcase innovative scholarly work examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in the formation of democratic citizenship writ large—in Asia. The preference seeks studies that address relevant topics in a particular Asian county, and comparative research on Asian countries or Asian and non-Asian countries is also welcome. In particular, the preconference encourages a theory-driven analysis of the role of new media in real-world, offline civic and political action, including recent elections and civic mobilization for sustainable development in environmental, economic, and social well-being. In addition, scholars whose research concerns the overall ICA conference theme, Communication Beyond Boundaries, in an Asian-context are encouraged to submit a paper.

 

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Deep Learning for Automated Image Content Analysis


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 9:00 - 17:00


Organizers: Yair Fogel-Dror (primary contact); Andreu Casas

Contact: yair.fogel-dror@mail.huji.ac.il


Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Computational Methods Interest Group


As volume and accessibility of media content have been increasing throughout recent years, computational methods for content analysis at scale have gained their popularity and proved their importance for current communication studies. Until recently, these studies limited their use of computational methods to text analysis. As a result, current innovations and developments in the field of deep learning for computer vision, or automated image content analysis, remained unfamiliar and inaccessible for most communication researchers. This preconference workshop is aimed to bridge this gap, by providing a brief theoretical background along with a hands-on experience deep learning for computer vision methods. Specifically, and in line with the common use-case in computational text analysis, the focus of the workshop would be on feature extraction and image classification.


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The Long History of Modern Surveillance: Excavating the Past, Contextualizing the Present


Washington Hilton

Friday, 24 May 2019; 9:00 - 16:30


Organizers: Josh Lauer, Nicole Maurantonio

Contact: josh.lauer@unh.edu, nmaurant@richmond.edu


Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Communication History Division


Surveillance is a key feature of modernity and a well-established topic of communication research. Since the 1980s communication scholars have studied a broad range of surveillance-related technologies, from databases and CCTV to biometrics and big data, highlighting their implications for the future of privacy and civil society. This research, however, has focused almost exclusively on “new” media. Such presentism is understandable given the speed and stakes of recent developments, but it has also limited our understanding of larger historical forces and global historical perspectives. In short, the study of surveillance needs a history to understand where we are, how we got here, and where we might be headed.  


This ICA Communication History Division preconference is dedicated to bringing together communication scholars from diverse research traditions and from around the world to illuminate the long history of modern surveillance. This event considers the full breadth of past surveillance practices, technologies, and regimes, in multiple geographic, national, and cultural contexts, prior to the current moment. The scope includes empirical research and comparative studies, historically-informed theory, intellectual histories of the field, and methodological reflections.


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President’s Message: "Questions Graduate Students (and Faculty) Ask"

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Monday, March 4, 2019

Early winter term in the United States brings with it graduate-recruitment season, which means admissions committees find themselves in the throes of reading and rereading packets, calling references, and hosting campus visits for their short-listed applicants. My department hosted a two-day campus visit for prospective graduate students earlier this month, and like last year, the group that arrived, equally nervous and excited, was a clear reminder of the expansiveness of our field.

Though the dozen or so prospective students were all looking to enter a graduate program, they were at different life stages and brought with them varying intellectual and nonacademic experiences. Some had finished their Bachelor’s only last year, while others were working on their Master’s thesis. A number of them had worked for a few years outside of academia, many in far-flung places, while others had remained in school. The group collectively hailed from Washington state, across the United States, and around the globe. Some had lived in one region their entire life, while others had been third-culture kids. Understandably, the diversity of this set of applicants brought to the table markedly different academic interests.

In my one-on-one meetings with these prospective students, I was struck by their questions – not only those about specific research topics, but about graduate school in general. In many respects, those latter questions spoke to issues that traverse one’s academic career.

For instance, I have so many disparate interests. How do I choose which one to focus on for graduate school? Many of us have been blessed with a plethora of choices when it comes to research interests. Even those who are interested in what they perceive to be a single communication phenomenon are given options: In which social contexts does this phenomenon emerge? What texts do I want to analyze? Which method(s) can I use?

In answering this question about foci – whether it comes from prospective students or students who are juggling dissertation ideas – I inevitably talk about the accordion (an instrument with which I have no direct experience): The first year or two of graduate school exposes you to a breadth of theories and methods, then you find yourself fully absorbed with one theory or method, then realize that single theory or method will not sustain an entire dissertation, which forces you to expand intellectually again. That middle ground will emerge naturally, I assure them.

Of course, this is not to say those with PhDs in hand have complete control over the breadth of their research. For better or worse, many times that decision is taken out of our hands. Given institutional constraints such as tenure and time clocks, expectations that a record for tenure must reflect a coherent body of research, and the time commitment required of delving into, becoming sufficiently proficient, and publishing in a new research area, junior scholars are often encouraged to be conservative in their research breadth. “Wait until after tenure,” they’re told, “when you have some luxury of time.”

Who would serve on my committee? Who can I work with? Dangling preposition aside, this question cuts across much of academia (and life in general). Some graduate students pose this question as a way of asking whether the breadth of their research interests or thesis or dissertation is appropriate or viable. Others ask it as a way of trying to discern personalities and working styles – what’s pragmatic and what’s not. Indeed, personalities and working styles, alongside skill sets, are critical, and often make or break collaborations.

Will I get the support I need? For graduate students and faculty members alike, support comes in many guises – an intellectual community in which one can thrive, even if temporarily; resources for research; emotional support from family, friends, and/or colleagues; and so forth. Our intellectual communities and professional networks have been redefined by social media and communication technologies, and they offer support as we wish to draw on them.

Of course, professional conferences offer a wealth of intellectual and emotional support for all types of constituents: graduate students who find validation for their own research when listening to other presentations in their area; freshly minted PhDs who are eager to reconnect with their graduate-school colleagues; scholars who wish to connect with their former students, embark on new projects, or merely stay their intellectual course.

The questions posed by prospective graduate students are ones we hear regularly. Indeed, many of us have asked those same questions – and many of us ask those same questions today, merely in different contexts.

ICA’s long-awaited conference schedule went live Friday. It’s a preview of the latest research in all corners of our discipline, an exciting document that hopefully will shape the ideas and intellectual communities of many, not merely graduate students.


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An Accessible and Inclusive #ICA19

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Monday, March 4, 2019

The purpose of the ICA Newsletter is not to engage in hubris or self-congratulation. But it is appropriate on this occasion to note the important work that Laura Sawyer has done as ICA Executive Director to make the ICA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, DC as accessible and inclusive as possible for those with diverse needs. In doing so, she has worked closely with Associate Professor Meryl Alper from Northeastern U, who is a leading scholar and advocate around disability and communication, as well as working with guidelines from comparable organizations, such as the American Sociological Association.


The ICA Conference Inclusion and Accessibility Guidelines can be found at https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019Accessibility. It is noted that the ICA is committed to creating an inclusive, accessible environment for all conference attendees, and that due nto the lead times for accommodating all requests, information needs to be provided no later than 1 April 2019. There are two ways to let us know of your needs: indicate your needs via the “accessibility” question on the registration form, or contact Laura Sawyer directly. Attendees who have not made advance arrangements for services or equipment can inquire at the ICA Registration Desk onsite, but ICA may not be able to provide all services or equipment requested onsite due to availability or the time required to obtain them.


Some of the major provisions for the 2019 ICA Conference are:


  • ADA-accessible sleeping rooms in both hotels;

  • Ensuring that non-alcoholic beverage options are available at all ICA events;

  • Provision of captioning and transcription services subject to sufficient advance notice;

  • Availability of childcare through ‘KiddieCorps’ during conference hours;

  • Provision of a ‘Quiet Room’ at the Washington Hilton throughout the conference;

  • Promotion of a fragrance-free environment for the benefit of attendees with multiple chemical sensitivities;

  • Gender-neutral restrooms at each level of the Washington Hilton;

  • Every area of the Hilton being accessible by both elevator and stairwell as well as escalator;

  • A private ‘family room’ for attendees with parenting needs;

  • Yoga classes each morning to help with combatting stress and promoting mindfulness.


We also note that all presentations or sessions should be designed and conducted with the full participation of all in mind. ICA suggests that all presenters review the Accessibility Guidelines for Presentations from the Society for Disability Studies and take the steps necessary to make all programming accessible to their respective audiences.


ICA takes its attendees’ and members’ safety seriously. If you experience harassment of any kind during the ICA conference, please contact Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, immediately with your concerns so that ICA staff may assist you. You may also feel free to enlist the aid of hotel staff or security, who will coordinate with ICA staff in addressing the issue.


If you have any problem or negative experience related to accessibility, including issues with housing, meeting sessions, or any other accessibility-related issue, please email Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, at lsawyer@icahdq.org. In addition to meeting these needs, we keep a record of all requests and our ability to meet them in order to improve each year. We also provide feedback on accessibility issues to our hotel partners and the cities in which we meet.


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69th Annual ICA Conference Tours

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

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


Newseum Tour

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


Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

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


National Archives Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

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


Arlington Cemetery and Museum

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


Civil War in Washington

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


Private Brewery Tour

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


Capitol Hill & Eastern Market Food Tour

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


DC National Gallery of Art

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


Memorials by Moonlight

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


Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour

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


The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Tour

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


Book your tour today!

 

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

Language and Social Interaction


Hi folks,


Please see below about submitting to IADA!


Natasha Shrikant, PhD

ICA LSI Secretary


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


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


The 2019 IADA conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 24-27. The deadline for extended abstracts  and panel proposals is March 15, 2019. For additional information, please see: https://www.uwp.edu/learn/departments/communication/iada-2019.cfm


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


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


Questions regarding the conference may be directed to Theresa Castor, iada2019@uwp.edu

 

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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

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


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


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


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


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


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CFP: AI and ubiquitous smart technologies


Evental Aesthetics CFP: AI and ubiquitous smart technologies


Deadline: 31 March 2019


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


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


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


Topics may address (but are not limited to):


- Aesthetics of place: smart homes in smart cities


- The Internet of Things in everyday practices


- Appification & social interaction


- AI, creativity and artistic production


- Extended minds & entangled bodies


- Gendered virtual assistants and chat bots


- Tracking, surveillance and social control


- Algorithmic bias & the digital divide


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


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


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CFP: Kaleidoscope Deadline Extended to March 15


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


Please see the call below, alternatively a downloadable PDF of this call can be found at <https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YbRrxiY3T9YiWJM36956hAcpXwF_cq3A>.


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


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


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


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


Special Call:

Mystery and Methodology


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


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


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


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


To submit a manuscript, please visit opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope Inquiries should be emailed to kalscopejrnl@gmail.com


References


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


For more details on the WFI and this research grant process—including specific information on previous recipients of WFI Research Grants, as well as the instructions for application—please visit http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/communication/wfi/researchprojects.html


Questions concerning eligibility, or the nature of projects supported, please contact the Director of the WFI, Dr. Bryan Crable, bryan.crable@villanova.edu.



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CFP Iowa Journal of Communication


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


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


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


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


For full details and submission guidelines, please see our website at https://www.iowacommunication.org/ica-journalsubmissions.


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

CALL FOR PAPERS

www.mediapsychology2019.com


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

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


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


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


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


SUBMISSIONS


The conference invites several types of submissions:  


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

  • Research Reports (abstract of 500 words)  

  • Posters (abstract of 500 words)  

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


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


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


PHD WORKSHOP


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


CONFERENCE VENUE


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


https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/tu/lageplan/rhstr.php.en


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


CONTACT


Please contact us: info@mediapsychology2019.com


IMPORTANT DATES

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

April 1 st, 2019 Submission deadline

May 1st, 2019 Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2019 Application deadline for the PhD workshop

June 15, 2019 Deadline for Early Bird registration

September 4-6, 2019 Conference

September 4, 2019 PhD workshop and get together

September 5, 2019 Business meeting and Conference dinner


CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS


Peter Ohler, Media Psychology

Günter Daniel Rey, Psychology of Learning with Digital Media


Daniel Pietschmann, Media Psychology

Sascha Schneider, Psychology of Learning with Digital Media


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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT


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


New Book: Promoting Mental Health Through Imagery and Imagined Interactions edited by James M. Honeycutt, Peter Lang Publishers https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/67880?format=EPDF


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


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


Table of Contents:


List of Tables


Acknowledgements


Series Editor's Preface


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


Section 1: Using IIs to Deal with Abuse and Conflict


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Section 3:  Attacks on Public Policy Concerns


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


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


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


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


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


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NEW TEXTBOOK



New Textbook Available for Adoption: Argumentation in Everyday Life


Argumentation in Everyday Life, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury, SAGE Publications, ISBN: 9781506383590, https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/argumentation-in-everyday-life/book256937   


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


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


Contents:


Part I: A Framework for Argumentation and Debate


Chapter 1: Introduction to Argumentation and Debate


Chapter 2: The Debate Situation


Chapter 3: Argumentation Ethics & Stances


Part II: Constructing Arguments


Chapter 4: Understanding Arguments Structures


Chapter 5: Effectively Supporting Claims


Chapter 6: Common Argument Types


Chapter 7: Building Effective Cases


Part III: Contesting Arguments


Chapter 8: Generating Productive Clash


Chapter 9: Evaluating Arguments & Cases


Chapter 10: Evaluating Argument Types


Part IV: Applied Argumentation And Debate


Chapter 11: Crafting Verbal and Oral Arguments


Chapter 12: Formats for Everyday Public Argumentation


Appendix I: Formats for Academic and Competitive Debate


Appendix II: Build Your Skill Answers


Appendix III: Glossary of Terms


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