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Student Column: It’s Your Turn to Speak Up!

Posted By Julie Escurignan, U of Roehampton, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I would like to start my first ICA newsletter column by thanking you. Thank you for putting your trust in me for the next two years. Thank you for believing with me that we can create an even stronger community and foster communication between students and early-career scholars. I am deeply honored to be your new representative in the Board and the SECAC.

I believe in reciprocal communication. As such, know that my door (and my email) are always open. If you would like to raise ideas, issues and questions, please feel free to drop me an email, a PM on Facebook or Twitter, or post your question on the Facebook group. Social media are here for us to connect, exchange and work together. I intend to develop these venues during my term. I envision ICA not only as this great community of communication scholars meeting at least once a year to share their research, but also as this amazing opportunity for us, students and early-career scholars, to meet, network, discuss and collaborate with each other all year long, online and offline, before finally meeting at the annual conference. As a Fan Studies scholar, I have the chance to study these fascinating communities where people sharing the same admiration for an object gather and chat. I see how the feeling of community is built and strengthen, and how tight members stick to each other. Fans are incredible people by themselves. But put together, they become an even more incredible community. I believe that we, ICA students and early-career scholars, can become this type of community.

For those of you wondering, I am a French national. I got my undergraduate and Masters’ degrees at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and then started a PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. Rhetorical studies not being a great fit for me, I decided to change area in the vast field of Communication. This is how I was recruited by the University of Roehampton in London in Film and Television Studies. I am now doing my PhD there, researching the transmedia experience of Game of Thrones transnational fans, in association with the international network Media Across Borders. I have had the chance to do research in Norway and to present my work at numerous academic conferences all over the world. My experience has showed me how incredibly diverse the student and early-career researcher body is. And yet, we still miss more representation of minorities, gender diversity and smaller divisions. We still lack the voice of early-career researchers from parts of the world like South America and Africa. I hope that during my term we will be able to straighten this situation and bring less represented students, early-career scholars and divisions to the forefront.

As a European citizen who grew up at the border between France and Spain, I believe in the utmost importance of collaboration and community. As a researcher in Fan Studies, a yet-growing field, I know the feeling of being small and unheard. This is why I would like to be the voice of all of you who want to speak and be heard. For the next two years, I will put all my energy to foster collaboration and create links between all of us. I want you to be able to express yourselves, exchange and above all tell us, your representatives, what you want, what you expect, and what you would like to see more in ICA. As your representatives, Tamar Lazar and I will do everything we can to carry your questions to the board, answer your requests and shape ICA the way we want it. But this is something we cannot do without you. We cannot know what you want if you don’t say it. So say it, write it, record it! Tell us what ICA and Student Representatives could do better to improve our association. Tell us what you want featured in the newsletter’s articles, on the website, on the social media pages. Tell us how you envision the ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee.

We are here to serve. Valar Dohaeris.

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Board of Directors Takes Important Steps at Annual Meeting

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The ICA Board of Directors held their Annual Meeting during the day prior to the 2017 annual conference in San Diego, California (USA), taking action on several important issues. Several of the decisions have been or will be covered in depth in their own newsletter articles; however, a synopsis of the decisions is below.

On the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the Board approved the candidates for the 2017 Election. The Presidential candidates—Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology, AUSTRALIA) and Akira Miyahara (Seinan Gakuin U, JAPAN)—will be featured, along with their candidate statements, in the next issue of the newsletter.

In response to a petition from the requisite number of active members of ICA and its accompanying robust proposal, the Board voted to approve a new Interest Group on “Activism, Communication, and Social Justice.” If you would like to add this interest group to your ICA membership the cost is $3 and this can be done through your membership profile. The new interest group will have a Call for Papers available in the ICA Prague CFP

On the recommendation of the Executive Committee and Amy Jordan (U Penn)’s experiences with the needs of the communication community in Africa, the board approved the creation of a Professional Development Task Force to work on new ideas for workshops and other events to help build the professional development of young scholars and those in under-resourced regions. 

The Board also approved the creation of a Task Force on Fair Use led by Dave Park, gave the go-ahead for a proposal to increase volunteerism for reviewing for ICA conference submissions, and adopted a job description for Regional Board Members-At-Large created collaboratively by those currently filling the three BMAL positions on the board.  

The Board also heard arguments for against the dissolution of the midyear (January) Board Meeting, and in a subsequent vote following the conference chose to discontinue the meeting in favor of reallocating those funds to give an additional US$1000 per year to each division to use as it sees fit. 

The Board also approved a number of bylaws changes. Many of the revisions were simple housekeeping edits to clean up language, ensure consistency within the document, and eliminate ambiguities. Others simply institutionalize decisions made earlier in the year. These changes will be up for review and ratification by the membership during the October 2017 election. 

The Board also reviewed options for upcoming annual conference locations. As you may know, ICA’s conference rotation brings us to North America every other year. On intervening years, ICA alternates between Asia and Europe. We typically book 6 years in advance. Venues for the coming years are:

2018 - Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC)
2019 - Washington, DC (USA)
2020 – Gold Coast (AUSTRALIA)
2021 - Denver, Colorado (USA)
2022 – Paris (FRANCE)
2023 - Toronto, Ontario (CANADA)
2024 – ASIA (TBD)

In addition, the Board reviewed and approved many standard agenda items, including the 2017-18 committee rosters, publishers’ reports and reports from each of our journals, reports from each of ICA’s standing committees and task forces, reports on
communications and membership efforts, the 2017 Fellows slate, the investments report, and the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

This was a highly productive meeting covering a wide range of issues of importance to all ICA members. More detailed information on any topic is available from ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer at lsawyer@icahdq.org.


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Pre- and Postconference Proposals for Prague – Application Now Available

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Before and after each annual conference, ICA hosts pre- and postconferences. These sessions are either all-day or half-day miniconferences, intended as an extension of the main ICA conference, but separate in terms of budget, programming, and administration.

For the 2018 Prague conference, space in the hotel is limited. While we have approximately 20 slots within the hotels, ICA also accepts proposals for pre/postconferences to be held outside of the hotel and even outside of Prague. All off-site preconferences outside Prague should be held on Wednesday, 23 May, with the following day 24 May given to travelling to Prague. All on-site (in the conference hotels) preconferences will be held on Thursday, 24 May with an end time of 5pm. 

All postconferences will be on Tuesday, 29 May if in the hotel or elsewhere in Prague, or Wednesday or later if outside Prague. If you choose to have an off-site conference, you may either propose a location you have already obtained in advance or you may mark on your proposal form that you wish to speak with our local host for help in determining a location. In all cases, please think carefully about your own break-even budget (the form has a formula for determining this) and whether you will need more than one room (if you might need a breakout room, for instance). Because of space restrictions it is unlikely we can accommodate late requests for additional rooms.

If you are interested in planning and submitting a preconference or postconference proposal please fill out the proposal form by Thursday, 1 September 2017. More detailed instructions are within the application form.

If you have questions after reading the form, please contact Jennifer Le (jle@icahdq.org).

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President's Message: On Migrants and Inclusion

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President, McMaster U, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I have just returned from my first experience attending the ANZCA (Australian New Zealand Communication Association) in Sydney, Australia, hosted by University of Sydney Communication faculty members Gerard Goggin, Fiona Martin, and Jonathon Hutchinson. It was eye opening to learn of common communication dynamics and problematics experienced in Oceania -- ranging from cyber-violence and mainstream media crises, to urban housing problems, and marginalized indigenous voices.  Being “down under,” scholars pointed to the particular, local histories and cultures from which these problems arise, and yet, strikingly, the conditions supporting these problems are shared globally.  It became clear that, in many ways, Australia mirrors dynamics in other part of the world, where ongoing class, racial, and gender inequity are fueled by a range of factors, particularly neoliberalism and globalization.

While in Sydney, I was struck by international reporting on the European refugee crisis.  BBC reported the current refugee crisis in Italy, a country overwhelmed by an average of 80,000 migrants annually, most from Africa, who often arrive via precarious means.  By this July, Italy had already received 80,000 migrants, and was asking for increased financial assistance from the European Union, framing the crisis as a continental issue. In my address at the conference, I pointed to refugee crises as another similarity shared by particular continents, noting the low rates of migrant resettlement (in North America and most of Europe) in contrast to the massive flows from northern African and Syria.  Germany responded to the Italian plea in July, arguing that the EC must help their migrant “neighbours,” while Poland refused, arguing they hadn’t fomented the problem and positioned these migrants as outside the neighbourhood.  

Taking in migrants is of course a highly political decision for nation states.  Migration statics show that countries with far less infrastructure and space, and far lower GNPs take in a far greater number of migrants than the US, Canada, Australia or Britain, for example.  Instead, countries in the “neighbourhood” of migrants take a substantially greater numbers of migrants—countries like Turkey, Italy, Greece, Kenya, and even Germany. Canada is an example; my country accepted 35,500 Syrian refugees in 2015 -- mostly middle class families whom they anticipate will integrate quickly and efficiently into the Canadian multicultural experiment and cause little disruption or political pushback.  This suggests that nation state interests (e.g. how much cultural difference a nation state can bear) tend to take priority over the human misery experienced by migrants.  We could call this a “path of least resistance” approach to the migration crisis—committing some resources and yet not redirecting too much funding, or taking in too many culturally “different” migrants as to upset the national applecart.

What does this have to do with ICA? It is just these kinds of ethical questions—who belongs, who is a neighbor, who is responsible for inclusion and integration-- that ICA has been tackling the past few years as we have worked to internationalize our membership and our leadership.   This requires that we reach out and facilitate access for scholars from countries who have not been centrally involved in ICA in the past—regardless of the GNP or cultural makeup of their countries. As well, culturally ICA must continue our work to expand who is welcomed and appreciated in the neighbourhood. In my ANZCA address, I linked these ideas via a lens of ethical commitment, noting that our critical communication scholarship on borders, and migration crises translates into relevant ethical dynamics that ICA must continue to address at the organizational and the cultural level.  Borders are often read as things that keep people out, but in recognizing our organizational structure as spaces that can encourage entry and support, we continue our work to expand and sustain ICA as a diverse neighbourhood.

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Looking Ahead to Prague: An FAQ

Posted By Patricia Moy, U of Washington, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The 2018 annual meeting in Prague will mark the first time ICA holds its conference sessions across two hotels. The ICA executive office and I have fielded a number of curious and bemused queries about this. So with our site visit behind us, below is some information that will shed light on the matter and provide guidance as we all plan for Prague.

Why two hotels?
ICA’s conference attendance has grown significantly since our hotel contract with Hilton Prague was signed more than 6 years ago. This increase in attendance derives not only from a natural growth in intellectual research interests that have attracted new members, but also from innovative ways in which Divisions and Interest Groups (D/IGs) have accommodated a greater number of submissions and presentations.

In reviewing attendance figures and planning for next year’s conference, which now includes 32 D/IGs, ICA has signed revised contracts to use all the meeting rooms at the Hilton Prague and the Hilton Prague Old Town. 

What’s the difference between the two hotels? 

The larger of the two properties, the Hilton Prague, is a larger conference-style hotel with nearly 800 rooms. The Hilton Prague Old Town is smaller, with approximately 300 rooms, and has the feel of a boutique hotel. The sleeping-room rate at both properties will be 3900 CZK ($172 USD as of this writing) for a single and 4300 CZK ($190 USD) for a double; both rates include breakfast.

ICA has contracted with several overflow hotels located within easy walking distance of both Hiltons. Should the need arise, ICA will continue to work with local hotels to secure additional rooms for conference attendees.

What does a conference with two “main hotels” mean logistically? Will I need to walk back and forth between hotels?

Yes, but the extent depends on your research interests.

The 2018 scheduling model takes into account the fact that ICA now has 32 Divisions and Interest Groups that vary greatly. Instead of a handful of D/IGs being assigned for the entire conference to the smaller Old Town property (which would have implications for sleeping rooms, receptions, and business meetings), all D/IGs will, for one day of ICA’s 4-day conference, have their sessions scheduled there. Thus for the numerous attendees who follow sessions only in one D/IG, they can plan to spend one full day at the Old Town property. Attendees who track multiple D/IGs can expect to do a bit more commuting.

We are working with program planners to identify their most closely intellectually aligned D/IGs. We plan to use this feedback to schedule these clusters of D/IGs in the same day at the Hilton Prague Old Town. 

How far apart are the two hotels, really? 

Travel between the two hotels is not at all burdensome. Our first walk between the two properties (with some waiting at stoplights) came in at 12 minutes. Subsequent walks took slightly longer as we made note of the supermarkets, drugstores, and other shops we wanted to step into before leaving town. Conference attendees also can take mass transportation if they wish; the two Hiltons are a single Metro stop or two tram stops apart. 

I’ve heard people mention space issues in Prague. How will space impact me?

Compared with San Diego this year, our Prague conference will certainly be challenged for space. Not only will we be operating fully out of two conference hotels, but within those hotels, we will have fewer rooms than we typically have at our disposal. In addition, many of the meeting rooms are smaller, which means conference attendees can expect a tight squeeze in some sessions. We will be using information from program planners and our head counts in San Diego to make everyone as comfortable as possible and to maximize our use of the space.

Space constraints in Prague also will force us to rethink how poster sessions and the exhibit hall traditionally have been set up. Given these constraints, we will be experimenting with a new digital format for hybrid high-density sessions (details will be included in your D/IG’s call for papers).

What do I need to know about booking my room?

As in recent years, sleeping rooms within ICA’s room block are at a premium, so conference attendees should make their reservation as soon as the room block opens in mid-January. This year, ICA will be setting up a webpage that will allow members to search for and book their conference housing according to specific criteria (e.g., dates of stay, number of guests, room type). 

ICA’s executive office will be monitoring the room block to secure additional rooms at nearby hotels as needed. Why as needed? Because contracts commit ICA to a certain number of rooms (and revenue for the hotel), overbooking sleeping rooms can cost the association tens of thousands of dollars in attrition fees.

NOTE: Differently abled individuals should contact Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, immediately so that she may set aside an accessible room (e.g., with roll-in shower) for you to reserve. 

What about socializing and sightseeing?

Both Hiltons offer their share of spaces in which to socialize. 

The Hilton Prague has a number of such spaces: a 24-hour cafe in the main lobby that serves food, wine, and limited spirits; the more informal, pub-like Zest bar; and Cloud 9, a bar and lounge that offers tapas, drinks, and excellent views of the city. The hotel also houses a number of other restaurants, but for the quickest lunchtime service, we recommend venturing out to the numerous eateries nearby or grabbing a bite from the lunch buffet in the lobby. 
Right off its 1920s-style lobby, the Hilton Prague Old Town offers attendees a bar/lounge as well as a restaurant, Zinc, which serves Asian-inspired European cuisine. An easy walk from the Hilton Prague Old Town are scores of restaurants spanning numerous cuisines and a large shopping mall (with many, many eateries). Also within walking distance of the Hilton Prague Old Town are Charles Square, Henry’s Bell Tower, and Prague’s famous astronomical clock, which served as the inspiration for this year’s conference logo.

Outside of the conference, ICA is planning a number of social activities. As referenced in our postconference survey, we are crafting a tour program that will include local venues as well as a possible post-ICA trip to Budapest and/or nearby spa towns. We will be working with our local host Irena Reifova (Charles U Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC) on other things to do around town. Rest assured we will release this list well before spring!

Are there any visa issues with attending Prague?

Because ICA conference attendees hail from all corners of the globe, we recommend checking with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to see what documentation is needed for travel to Prague. For US-based attendees who might be concerned with their ability to return to the US after the conference, ICA once again will be offering consultation services with its visa-specialist attorney. Requests for advice/inquiries should be directed to ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer.


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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Dear ICA,

I am currently researching attention and focus in viewing conflict situations in TV news and TV fiction. I want to show college students specific images and videos and use their reactions as data. I want to use clips from news and from miniseries. Do I have any copyright problems?

Conflict Researcher

Dear Conflict Researcher,

Because your use of copyrighted material is part of your research, you may be able to assert your fair use right. Refer to the ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research, created by your peers in the field. After you’ve read the Code, focus on Section Three,”Using Copyrighted Material to Stimulate Response, Discussion, and Other Reactions During Research.” It states, among other things, “assessing the response of research subjects to media is an obvious example of transformative use, since the focus of such projects will be on reception rather than on content as such.” Look closely at the four limitations in Section Three on use of copyrighted material for research. Does your practice match them? If it does, or if you can tweak your research project so that it will, you’d be in a comfortable position to employ fair use.

Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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“Growing Communication Research and Scholarship in Africa”: 1st ICAfrica Research and Publication Training Workshop

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The ICA Africa Region (ICAfrica), with support from the International Communication Association (ICA), is organizing a three day workshop to train early career academic scholars and graduate students to focus on writing abstracts and/or research papers for submission to international conferences, peer-reviewed journals, and edited books. As part of the training, there will be a keynote address and overview on contemporary research and publication in the region by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA).

ICA and ICAfrica have engaged a team of over 20 widely experienced professors, seasoned senior researchers, and dedicated journal/book editors from Africa and across the globe, who will be volunteering their expertise and training services.

ICAfrica and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) hereby invite Extended Abstracts/Research Proposals for the first ICAfrica Regional Academic Training Workshop to be hosted by the Uganda Martyrs University. The academic training workshop will focus on the theme of Growing Communication Research and Scholarship in Africa Through Training and Mentorship.

Training Workshop Dates:
24th -26th October, 2017
(Arrival on 23rd October)

Host Institution:
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU)

Training Venue:
Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel
Entebbe, Uganda

Those who meet all five eligibility criteria below are welcome to apply for the training:

  1. Currently a graduate student or early career scholar in need of academic mentorship and training
  2. Ready to report at the training venue on 24th October 2017 at 8:00am
  3. Available to attend the three full days of training
  4. Accompanied by a reference letter justifying your need/suitability for this training (this could be from a supervisor, senior colleague, journal editor, or professor)
  5. Submitted an Extended Abstract/Research Proposal by the stated deadline

Costs and benefits:

  1. Registration Fees
    -US$50 for students (Attach copy of student ID on registration)
    -US$100 for early career scholars
  2. Meals and Accommodation
    Participants will be provided two teas and a hot lunch every day for 3 days. Participants are expected to cover their travel, dinner and accommodation costs.
  3. Certificate
    Every person who attends the training for the three days will be given a Certificate of Attendance and Participation from the International Communication Association. This will only be issued to persons who attend the training for the full three days.
  4. Partial Registration Waiver
    There is a possibility for partial registration fee waivers for graduate students. There will be a prompt to apply, after the abstract acceptance notification.
  5. Making Payments
    Only those whose extended abstracts are accepted will proceed to register. All payments must be made in advance into the bank details provided after acceptance.

Abstract Requirements:
Those who wish to participate should submit a Research Abstract. The abstract should be 1,500 – 2,000 words and should represent work-in-progress. The work does not have to be in a perfect state, as the intention is to build from this abstract to a full manuscript with assistance from the training workshop.

As a minimum, every abstract should include:

  1. Topic,
  2. Introduction and Background,
  3. Problem Statement,
  4. Purpose,
  5. Objectives or Research Questions,
  6. Data Set or Content for Analysis,
  7. Methodology,
  8. Relevance/significance of the research,
  9. “Snapshot” discussion of theory guiding the study and its relevance,
  10. (Expected) Results / Findings.

Abstract Submission:
All abstracts to be submitted through this link: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=ICAfricaWorkshop

Some of the Mentors:

  1. Paula Gardner - McMaster University, Canada and ICA President
  2. Amy Jordan - University of Pennsylvania, USA & Past ICA President
  3. Dave Ewoldsen - Michigan State University, USA & Editor, Annals of Communication
  4. Dina Borzekowski - University of Maryland, USA
  5. Jimmy Spire Ssentongo - Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda
  6. Herman Wasserman - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  7. Janet Fulk - University of Southern California, USA
  8. Nancy Rhodes - Michigan State University, USA
  9. Patrice Buzzanell -University of South Florida, USA & Past ICA President
  10. Peter Monge - University of Southern California, USA, ICA Treasurer, Past ICA president
  11. Bala Musa - Azusa Pacific University, USA
  12. Michael Bowen - Daystar University, Kenya
  13. Monica Chibita - Uganda Christian University, Uganda
  14. Sr. A. L. Lando - Daystar University, Kenya
  15. Tanja Bosch - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  16. Faith Nguru - Riara University, Kenya

Keynote Speaker:
Mike Kuria
- Deputy Executive Secretary of IUCEA

Important Dates:

  • 15 July 2017
    Submission of abstracts begins
  • 15 August 2017 (00:00 GMT)
    Deadline for receiving abstracts (there will be no extension)
  • 15th September 2017
    Notification of acceptance
  • 30th September, 2017
    Deadline to apply for registration fee waiver

Conference Cosponsors:
International Communication Association, Uganda Martyrs University, Daystar University, ICAfrica, East African Communication Association.

For further information and / or inquiries, please contact Sr. Prof. A. L. Lando at: icafrica2016@daystar.ac.ke.

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“Communications Research in the Digital Age”: ICA’s 2017 Asia Regional Conference

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

“Communications Research in the Digital Age”
14 to 16 December 2017 Mumbai, INDIA

Hosted by

Digital technology, particularly the smartphone, is an integral part of the modern everyday life. The World Bank in its 2016 report noted that 40 percent of world population can access Internet and new users get online every day. Even among the poorest 20 percent of households, nearly 7 out of 10 have a mobile phone. The onslaught of digital media in the 21st century poses new challenges and questions for communication scholars. The divides and the disparities of reach and access and their attendant challenges of justice, equity, human dignity and rights for diverse and unequal societies of Asia, though long recognized, needs innovative and creative solutions in a digital environment.

From smoke signals to satellites to information superhighways, communication has changed in physical as well as philosophical context. What makes the “digital age” different from its predecessors is the exclusion of individual media user from the collective context of media ecology. The older forms of media had the character of creating “binding” whereas the newer forms of media help create “escape” from the existing physical realities and create virtual world.

The synchronicity, physicality, continuity, climate, context in the process of communication varies in digital age. Individuals can easily get carried away into the self-generated realities which may not demand validation from “real” life. The interactions are real or virtual, physical or para-social, individual for self or for others are all the questions to be investigated and explored. The “researched” and “researcher” face crisis since the role of technologies precedes the process of research. “Big data” does not demand any procedure or planning. The challenges of communications as well as communications research in digital age demands interrogation and exploration from Asian perspective where culture and communication are interwoven.

The ICA South Asia regional conference is scheduled 14-16 December 2017 at Mumbai. It intends to examine communications research in digital age under four parallel tracks for paper presentation.

A. Individual and Digital Exposure (IDE): 
What is the relationship of individual with the digital media?

B. Gender, Culture Technology (GCT): 
How does community and technology intersect in a given culture?

C. Digital Media Ecology (DME): 
Who are the stakeholders and players of digital media landscape? 

D. Digital Research Methodologies (DRM): 

What are methodological challenges for digital media research? 

We recognize that all the themes are intersecting and can be interwoven, yet we expect that you choose ONE that you think is nearest to your research/panel so that regional interest groups can be formed towards the end of the conference. By submitting abstract you are agreeing to register for the Conference. There will be workshops as well as plenary at the Conference.

The rates for the registration appear in the table at the bottom of page 7.

About ICA
International Communication Association is more than 50-year-old academic association with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries. It is an association for scholars interested in study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. Since 2003 it has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association.

Apart from Annual conferences, since 2006 ICA have been organizing and cosponsoring regional conference in all the parts of the world. In 2016, two regional conferences were organized in Kenya and Malaysia. The proposed 2017 conference in Asia is ICA’s first conference in this part of the world. The objective of this conference is to increase visibility and greater diversity to ICA membership and scholarship.

About SNDT Women’s University
SNDT Women’s University completed 101 years of glorious existence in July 2017. It is synonymous with women’s education and empowerment in India. It is the first women’s university of India and South East Asia. This multi-disciplinary State University has rare privilege of having all India jurisdictions. It comprises of 39 University Departments, 13 Institutions including conducted colleges, four centres, 166 affiliated colleges and an autonomous college. There are six institutions recognized by SNDT WU for Ph. D. Research. SNDT is a home to 1100 teaching and non-teaching staff members and 50,000 students spread across seven states and a union territory. In the academic year 2016-17, the University offered 250 programmes ranging from diploma to Ph.D.

Department of Extension Education was established in 1982 and became part of Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Home Science for the large part of its existence. In 1994, the Department started Post Graduate Diploma in Communication and Media and from 2016 it offers Masters programme in Media and Communication. Being university department, it offers postgraduate programmes from Masters to doctoral degree in Home Science. Today it offers programmes in faculty of Communication and Media Studies also.


  1. Please send your submissions by e-mail to ica-regional@sndt.ac.in 
  2. Mention one of the four subthemes as a SUBJECT LINE with your submission. Please give complete contact details along with your name and affiliation in e-mail text. 
  3. Send your abstract (of not more than 500 words) with ONLY title and text without author details as an attachment to the mail. 


  • Submission of Abstract:        August 31
  • Payment of Registration:      October 31
  • Acceptance of Abstract:       September 15
  • Submission of Full Paper:    November 15

Please NOTE, if not registered as well as submitted full text of your paper, your abstract will not be printed in the conference book of abstracts.

The Venue
The conference is planned on the vast expanse of SNDTWU Juhu campus. The campus houses 19 Departments and institutions of higher learning with wide range of disciplines. It is well connected with rail, road and train stations. Domestic Airport is at a stone throw distance whereas International Airport is about five kilometers from the venue. 

There are numerous hotels on Juhu Tara road which are in the proximity of the conference venue. Considering closeness of the dates to Christmas, you are advised to book in advance to avoid higher hotel rates. 

See you at ICA South Asia Regional Conference at SNDT WU Juhu, Mumbai!!!!

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This column includes new postings with the latest ICA member news, as well as updates on outside conferences and publications. 

All ICA members are encouraged to submit their latest professional news for inclusion in the Newsletter by e-mailing Jennifer Le at jle@icahdq.org.

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Division & Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017


ICA-CAM Officer Positions – Submit your Statement Now! 

But FIRST – we have 2 POSITIONS this year that CAM will be electing: CAM Secretary and CAM Student and Early Career Representative.  Both will be voted upon during the October election cycle.  
So, what do we need? YOU!   
If you are interested in serving in either role, please send your name, affiliation, highest degree attained, and 300-word election statement to me (j.piotrowski@uva.nl) by next Monday (July 24th). PLEASE NOTE: any statement that exceeds the maximum word count will be cut off at the 300-word mark and pasted incompletely into our election ballot. 
The CAM SECRETARY POSITION is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the ICA-CAM operations, and in our division, this position plays a key role not only in handling the administrative tasks of the division (i.e., website upkeep, business meeting note-taking; by-law upkeep) but also organizes the “CAMmer in the Spotlight” newsletter and assists with many of the new undertakings of the division. The CAM secretary must be a CAM member throughout the two-year term. This position is currently held by Laura Vandenbosch. (Also see our bylaws: https://www.icahdq.org/resource/group/391b1196-d4ef-48c6-98d2-e694a7891733/Bylaws_CAM_updated_20150318.pdf
The CAM STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER REPRESENTATIVE is a relatively new position and, as such, the role of this position are continuing to develop.  But, in general, the aim of this position is to help ensure that the unique needs of our students and early career members are being met.  At the CAM business meeting in San Diego, we decided to make this a two-year elected position.  The elected representative must be a CAM member throughout the entire term, and be a regularly enrolled student at the time of the election. This position is currently held by Shina Alade. 
If you are interested in either position, PLEASE run! Again, I need a 300-word statement that can be used for the election ballot by Monday July 24th.  And, if you have any questions, please go ahead and e-mail me at j.piotrowski@uva.nl.   
Looking forward to continuing to grow our division’s leadership! 
Best wishes, 
Jessica Piotrowski 
ICA-CAM Chair 




Dear ECD members, 

I am happy to announce that the division will hold elections this year to elect both a new Vice Chair and a Secretary. Both positions begin right after the conference in Prague in May 2018. The Vice Chair position requires a two-year commitment, followed by a a two-year term as Chair of the division. The Vice Chair is primarily responsible for the conference planning. The position of Secretary is a two-year term. The Secretary is responsible of documentation and bookkeeping, among other things.   

At this point, I will like to ask you for nominations or self-nomination for these positions. Please contact our Secretary, Julia Metag (julia.metag@unifr.ch), by Friday July 21 if you are interested in serving in a leadership position to continue to grow our division, or if you think one of our colleagues would do a great job in either of these positions. 

Serving in these positions is a great way to have a significant impact on the development of the discipline, and to interact with great colleagues across ICA. Please feel free to contact our Vice Chair Xinghua Li (xli8@babson.edu), our Secretary Julia Metag (julia.metag@unifr.ch), or me (btakahas@msu.edu) if you want more information about these positions. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Kind regards, 
Bruno Takahashi, Ph.D. 
Chair, Environmental Communication Division 



The Instructional and Developmental Communication Division  invites students to be a part of our Junior Officer Shadowing Program! 
What is the Junior Officer Shadowing Program? 
Many graduate students attend the annual ICA conference and are excited to find ways to get involved in the organization. Many of these graduate students are also working toward becoming active members of academia. With this in mind, the Instructional and Developmental Division would like to give graduate students a chance to learn more about ICA, IDD, and providing service to a professional organization.  
How does it work? 
Graduate students may self-nominate, or be faculty nominated, to be mentored by one of the four officers in our division (i.e., Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary). Throughout the year, the junior officers would be included in all communication about the division and planning for the conference to learn about the behind the scenes work for the division and conference. At the annual conference, the junior officers would have the opportunity to assist in running the business meeting and attend the planners meeting with the officers from all other divisions. 
What are the benefits for the graduate students? 
The chance to be mentored by an international scholar
The chance to understand the inner workings of both ICA and IDD 
A chance to engage in international level service 
Networking opportunities with planners and officers of other divisions 
A conference registration fee waiver if the annual conference is attended 
How do graduate students get selected for the junior officer program? 
To be considered, a copy of the student’s vita and a nomination letter must be submitted to the IDD Chair. Students may self-nominate or be nominated by a faculty member to take part in the program. In the 1 page nomination letter, the student or faculty member should: 

a) list the name, affiliation, and all contact information for the student;

b) identify which office (i.e., chair, vice-chair, secretary) the student would like to shadow; 

c) provide a brief explanation of the student’s interest and current work with instructional or developmental communication activities.  
All nominations for the Junior Officer Program should be submitted to IDD Chair, Stephanie Kelly, at sekelly@ncat.edu by September 15, 2017.



As we’ve mentioned previously, LGBTQ Studies needs to elect a new Student and Early Career Representative, since our former rep, Lukasz Szulc, is now cochair.  If you’re interested, please take a look at the position description at the end of this e-mail. 
If you’d like to run, we need a candidate statement of no more than 300 words by Friday, July 21.  ICA administration has stressed that they will adhere strictly to this word limit; anything exceeding it will be cut off and not published.  Please e-mail your statement to Eve (evecng@hotmail.com) and Lukasz (L.Szulc@lse.ac.uk), as well as general information about you (your name, whether you’re a graduate student or what your academic position is, your institution). 

Student and Early Career Representative position
What does a graduate student/early career scholar representative do? 
… for the graduate student/early career scholar members of the Interest Group
As a graduate student/early career scholar division/group representative (GSECDR) you are the first person grad students/early careers turn to if they have a question concerning travel grants, activities/events dedicated to graduate students/early careers or ways to get involved in the division. On the other hand, it is your job to actively seek out the needs and interests of those you represent. The channels you use to get in touch with them are up to you. You can create a Facebook group, send out e-mails and ask for feedback or organize face-to-face meetings during the main conference. Furthermore, it is your job to inform the graduate student/early career members of your division/group about events dedicated to them, travel grants or activities going on in your division to enable and foster their participation. 
 … for the Division/group chair
Your main task is to communicate needs and interests of your graduate student/early career members to the chair of your division/group. You are their voice! For the division/group chair you are also an important resource because you might help organize summer schools, preconferences, blue sky workshops, or other activities dedicated to graduate student/early career members. Finally, you are his/her way of keeping in touch with the next generation of scholars in his/her field and may be asked to gather input from or disseminate information to graduate student/early career members on behalf of the Division/group chair. 
… for the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC)
For the SECAC you serve as an important contact person. Within the committee a maximum of five divisions/groups are represented (only if each of us is in a different division/group). To be able to speak for all divisions/groups it is important to us to keep in touch with you. You are our eyes and ears within the different divisions. Furthermore, we need your support to be able to raise enough funds for the graduate student/early career reception during the annual meetings. We also have access to a broader public within ICA through our monthly newsletter column, which we are happy to share with you in order to give you an opportunity to reach ICA members with information from your division/group (e.g., “best practices” from your division/group).

Thanks, and we will all hear about ICA elections in a few weeks time. 

Eve and Lukasz 
LGBTQ Studies cochairs 


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