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Listening as Method

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President-Elect, McMaster U, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


In my work as a scholar, I engage in a lot of community-based and network projects, and attend many conferences in which there is much diversity of peoples and difference of opinion. The recent U.S. election and our attempts to make sense of it have brought me to value, more than ever, the principle of listening, to aid me in framing my research and scholarship. It also seems to me a useful guiding principle as we head toward ICA San Diego 2017.

Conferences can be exhausting and travel to and fro can become a chore. Last weekend however, I rallied my energy to attend the National Women's Studies Association, in Montreal. At NWSA, we are largely indigenous, women of colour, and queer (LGBTQ) and our leadership and our plenaries reflect that diversity. Meeting only 2 days after the U.S. election, as you might expect, the NWSA panels and plenaries were full of speakers with strong assessments of where we are in North America and globally-- politically, culturally, sociologically.

As academics, we are trained to be quick to assess, comprehend and respond to our fellow colleagues with agility, incisiveness and care. Perhaps we are less well trained to listen. At NWSA last weekend, I made a concerted decision to talk less and listen more. I attended panels hosted by indigenous women and learned new methods for employing indigenous concepts, for example, framing the land, itself, as method. I learned there was a method for capturing and reading data known as indigenous statistics. Elsewhere I learned that one necessarily works in collaboration with the fishing community when doing environmental scholarship in Newfoundland-- because fishing people will approach you, assuming their knowledge is needed. This kind of listening can productively flip our assumptions of what constitutes knowledge and what makes for discursive exchange.

This week, in a planning meeting with antiviolence research partners, the question of how to talk about "community" was raised. My collaborator noted that academics often position ourselves in binaries-working "with" a community, to which we do not assume we belong. Community is the whole group, for this leader, engaging in discussions that are sometimes fraught, and always benefit from pausing and self-reflexivity. Simple concept- not always easy to manifest when many of us are accustomed to being "positioned" in the university.

"Positioning," as we know, can cut us off from rigorous dialogue with people whom we read as different. Placing one's self within expansive communities of difference challenges any of us. Pausing offers the opportunity to consider where we stand, and how we are listening. At ICA San Diego, this could mean attending sessions at other divisions or even a preconference that is of interest, but not necessarily within one's research expertise. In the coming year, and especially through our ICA research, division, and conference meetings, I am thinking hard about the crucial method of listening and how it might productively, and radically, alter our usual practices.

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ICA New Website and Database Update

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ICA is still building and prepping for our migration to a new site and database. This is a crucial time in making sure everything is ready to be migrated as accurately as possible. As mentioned in a previous newsletter article, make sure you take some proper steps to download past receipts and any information you want to enter into the new system that may be lost in the migration. We expect a smooth data upload, but want to make sure our bases are covered.

It is highly recommended that you renew your membership prior to the mid December migration in order to maintain an active status as a member, and update your username and password to reflect the security changes of having a username of at least four characters (and no longer your Member ID).

Now the fun part. The site is still a work in progress but the homepage will look very similar to this:

New Site

Other big changes will be the layout of the newsletter and Division pages (Groups in our new system) that will be laid out in more of a blog format. And your member portal (formerly My ICA) will look like this:


Your profile page will look like this:


Please be aware that some website info may be missing at the transition, access to the journals may be down for a bit, and the link to All Academic will be down for a few hours. Hold tight as we continue to migrate content over and iron out any unforeseen difficulties. If you are ever in need of information just send us an email at icahdq@icahdq.org.

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President's Column: Being Better, Doing Better

Posted By Peng Hwa Ang, ICA President, Nanyang Technological U, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This was not a column that I had originally intended to write. But events have since transpired so that thinking about the role of citizenship has made me think about how we as academic citizens might handle the issues that have arisen recently.

I refer to the populist wave across the world against globalization. It is maddening and saddening to see minorities verbally and physically intimidated and attacked. Such conduct, not just in the USA but in many parts of the world, runs against what from rigorous research and scholarship we know to be good for us all.

I am reminded of the book by Amy Chua (of theBattle Hymn of the Tiger Motherbook fame) who earlier wroteDay of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Dominance and Why They Fall(2009). In her study, she makes the case that empires on the rise are more tolerant of minorities, in fact using captives to rule over and lead their own people.

This value of diversity is one reason I am so enthusiastic for what we in the ICA are doing. We remain committed to going international and global.Morethan ever, notless. We have now held an ICA-linked conference in every continent save Antarctica. We are holding our flagship event, the annual conference, more frequently all over the globe. We seek exchange with others and find virtue in such contacts at the scholarly, social, and personal level; they make us better scholars and people. To me, this global outreach signals that our communication world is on the rise.

The message about globalization, however, is not immediately obvious or intuitive. It is in fact a difficult message to decipher.

What should we do?

I think that as media and communication scholars, we should continue doing what we are best at doing: teaching, research, and service in the area of media and communication. But we should not be naive.

The media tend to be blamed in such times of stress. It is difficult to find people to support the media. (Actually it is difficult to find people to support the media any time. When did you last hear: Look at the wonderful job the media are doing?)

We need to do it better.

We need to do research better-with theories more robust-so that we can understand the extent to which group or personal identity, or the "echo chamber effect" or the media may have played a part. Sessions are being planned to discuss these issues, highlighting the central role we as researchers can have in better understanding our world.

We need to teach our students that it is at such times that the right to freedom of expression, when severely tested globally, is even more important and precious. In our currently unpopular idea of globalization lie the seeds for our recovery and growth.

We need to serve our community better in being peacemakers and peacekeepers. After all, the goal of what we do-research, teaching and service-is to make our corner of the world a better place. The conference theme "Interventions: Communication Research and Practice" could not be more relevant.

No matter how daunting the challenges may loom before us, we should never feel powerless. In our Association are the mental firepower and prowess that can do much good.

We can and should aim to make our little corner of the world a little brighter.

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Call for Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Call for Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops

What are Blue Sky Workshops?

Blue Sky Workshops aim to engage participants in critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline; exploration of theories, concepts, or methods; or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a particular subfield of communication. These are not didactic presentations, but rather are meant to be opportunities for dialogue. Blue Skies can also be created around issues of professional development, such as writing and submitting grant proposals, developing a social media presence, or designing effective assignments.

How do I submit a proposal for a Blue Sky Workshop?

Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions or the regular submission system, but are managed by a separate work team. Each proposal should contain:

  • a session title;
  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair;
  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 120-word abstract for the conference program); as well as
  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 500 words, to be published on the ICA website).
    • This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).

In order to enable as many fruitful discussions as possible, proposals will not be peer-reviewed; they will instead simply be assigned a room and timeslot by the work team. In case the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected randomly for room assignment. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.

Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop?

Anyone may propose a BSW, and anyone may attend a BSW. Those who plan to attend a workshop should work with the workshop chair to discuss their potential role and/or contribution. Organizers' names will appear in the online, printed, and app for the program.

When are proposals due?

Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted until 30 December 2016 to Paula Gardner, ICA President-Elect (gardnerp@mcmaster.ca), with CC to Laura Sawyer, Executive Director (lsawyer@icahdq.org) and Jennifer Le, Manager of Conference Services (jle@icahdq.org).

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ICA to Offer Childcare in San Diego

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Raising a child while juggling your education or your academic career can be difficult. Likewise, trying to find care for your child(ren) in order to attend conference can be expensive and stressful: Many of us have been in the "do I leave them home? Do I bring them but fly in a grandparent too? Do I just skip this year because it's too expensive to do anything else?" quandary. In order to preserve access for academic parents, ICA is pleased to announce that we will provide childcare for the children of attendees of the ICA 67th Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. We are partnering with KiddieCorp, a highly respected national company with a 31-year history of providing childcare for conferences and events.

"ICA Kids" will be available for 10 hours each day,Friday through Monday, from 8am to 6pm for children ages 6 months to 12 years. As space is at a premium, we recommend you sign up early in order to reserve your child's space in the program. ICA is subsidizing the cost of childcare for this meeting; childcare is available to attendees' children for US$5 per hour, per child(this is a suggested donation to offset costs, it is not required).

The childcare room will be located on one of the main floors being used for our conference at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, accessible for parents to check in at any time, but out of the way of the hustle and bustle of conference noise. The room is near bathrooms (to which toilet-trained children will be accompanied by a licensed caregiver) and has large (nonopenable) windows to let in natural light.

To preregister (highly recommended), or for more information, please visit:https://jotform.com/KiddieCorp/icakids

We look forward to seeing you-and your children!-in San Diego.

Laura Sawyer
ICA Executive Director


KiddieCorp is pleased to provide a children's program during the 2017 Annual Conference. KiddieCorp is in its thirty-first year of providing high-quality children's programs and youth services to conventions, trade shows and special events. We take caring for your children very seriously. KiddieCorp has enjoyed a long-time partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has helped to establish KiddieCorp as a premier provider of event children's program services.


Activities include exciting themes, arts & crafts, group games, music & movement, board games, story time, dramatic play, etc. We provide activities appropriate for each age group, using safe and sturdy equipment. Children can make their own choices within KiddieCorp's program.


Our goal is to provide your children with a comfortable, safe and happy experience. Our staff to child ratios are high to ensure that every child feels special (1:2 for children ages 6 months through 11 months old; 1:3 for children ages 1 through 2 years old; 1:5 for children ages 3 through 5 years old; 1:7 for children ages 6 through 12 years old). KiddieCorp team members are selected according to their integrity, experience, education and enthusiasm. They must be wonderful with kids! In addition to our selective and competitive hiring process, KiddieCorp remains at the top of the industry by carrying ample liability insurance.


The program is for children ages 6 months through 12 years old. The dates for the program are May 26-29, 2017 and will be located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California. Snacks and beverages will be provided and meals need to be supplied by parents each day. Please note: Medication (including sunscreen) will NOT be administered by KiddieCorp management or staff.


To utilize the International Communication Association children's program, a US $5.00 per hour, per child donation is suggested. A minimum registration of 4 hours, with payment of US $20.00 is required to secure your reservation. Children must be registered for a minimum of two consecutive hours per child for each day registered.

The advance registration deadline is April 28, 2017. Register early as availability is limited and handled on a first-come, first-served basis. KiddieCorp must receive both the registration form and payment to hold any advance reservations. You are also welcome to register on-site; however, there is no guarantee and it is not recommended.


  • KiddieCorp staff does not administer medication. To ensure a safe and fun-filled environment, any child who is ill will not be admitted to the children's program.
  • Please label your child's belongings. We will maintain a lost and found; however, KiddieCorp does not accept responsibility for the loss or theft of any toy, book, or other personal items.
  • For parents with infants, please bring diaper changing supplies, formula/baby food, and a change of clothes.

    KiddieCorp is always available to answer any questions. Feel free to contact KiddieCorp by phone at (858) 455-1718 or by e-mail atinfo@kiddiecorp.com.

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    San Diego Conference Site: Gaslamp Quarter

    Posted By Mike West, ICA Director of Publications, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


    Gaslamp Quarter 01
    Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA

    If you are planning to attend ICA's 67th Annual Conference in San Diego, there's a good chance you've already checked out the San Diego Hilton Bayfront, which will host our association from 25-29 May 2017. As such you probably already know that the San Diego Hilton, much like the Fukuoka Hilton that hosted the 2016 conference, is adjacent to the local baseball stadium-in this case, Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. The Padres will be out of town during the ICA conference, so what may be of greater importance to attendees is what lies beyond Petco Park-San Diego'sGaslamp Quarter, one of the city's most vibrant and popular entertainment districts.

    Today the name "Gaslamp" suggests a connection with antiquity, which San Diego certainly has-ironically, though, the area was initially known as "New Town." (Old Town, to the northwest, was the name given to the original Spanish colonial settlement: a name it retains to this day.) Attracted to the promise of a location nearer the water than Old Town, a San Francisco real-estate speculator named William Heath Davis bought 160 acres of land fronting San Diego Bay and began developing it around 1850 (the year California became a state). Davis's New Town failed; its proximity to the bay didn't alleviate the need forfreshwater, and an economic depression in 1857 warded off potential land buyers. The area soon became known as "Rabbitville"-after the only creatures who would inhabit it.

    Another San Franciscan speculator, Alonzo Horton, arrived after the U.S. Civil War and determined to try again on the same plot of land that Davis had attempted. This version of New Town (also known as the Horton Addition) was a success, so much so that it soon eclipsed the established Old Town as the heart of San Diego. That eclipse wasn't a clean one, however-by the 1880s, now known as "Stingaree," the district had become emblematic of the U.S. "Wild West," filled with saloons and casinos and brothels while more respectable commerce graduated northward. Though parts of the area became more hospitable-including San Diego's first Chinatown, which existed there until around World War II-Stingaree maintained its seedy character for about 90 years.

    Rehabilitation and preservation got underway in the mid-1970s, in which time it received the new name of the Gaslamp Quarter (odd, since gaslamps had never provided light in the district's old days, though they do now). Today, many of the old Victorian and other nineteenth-century buildings still inhabit the quarter. Instead of brothels and casinos, however, they contain hundreds of restaurants, nightclubs, boutiques and galleries. It also features museums, performing arts venues, and some of the best people-watching you'll encounter anywhere.

    Among the most popular and acclaimed eateries of recent years isBice, a restaurant at the corner of Fourth and Island Avenues that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. (And "specializes" is the word for a restaurant that is known for its dedicated gourmet cheese bar!) Zagat-rated Bice is also known for entrees like its rigatoni alla crema and its spinach and ricotta tortelloni-though they tend to be on the pricier side, with even the appetizers starting around US$15. However, Bice also offers a happy hour that features much less expensive small-plate selections.

    No visit to a coastal city can skip out on a great seafood restaurant, and of course the Gaslamp Quarter has many.Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, at Fifth Avenue and Market Street, is a favorite-among the first seafood and oyster places to open in the neighborhood (in 1996). Designed with the look of an old-fashioned supper club, Blue Point does offer steakhouse fare-but its signature meals are the three-course affairs that its menu refers to as "Hooks" (appetizers, such as Peruvian ceviche or pan-roasted mussels), "Lines" (seafood entrees like Scottish salmon, Chilean sea bass, and a yellowfin and octopus duo), and "Sinkers" (desserts: Apple crumble, creme brulee, machiatto cheesecake).

    On the other hand, if you're looking for cheap, casual fare, there's alwaysThe Tipsy Crow, a comfy bar just a few blocks further on Fifth. Their craft beer selection changes every few days; the specialty cocktails are innovative and interesting; and, at happy hour, prices rise and fall according to demand on the "Drink Exchange" (think of it like an alcohol-based stock market). But they also stock up on dips, flatbreads, hot dogs, and a surprisingly eclectic palette of grilled cheese sandwiches-priced at US$7 apiece.

    Casual though the menu is, the Tipsy Crow also includes a lounge, pool tables, a dance floor, and live music, meaning that it straddles the line between eatery and nightclub. That's another major attraction of the Gaslamp Quarter: nightlife. The neighborhood offers a wide variety thereof; whether you're looking to take in a performance, dance, or just hang out with some friends and drinks. In some of the best places, likeBang Bang(across the street from Blue Point), you can do all of the above. Bang Bang has three separate spaces within one venue: An Asian fusion restaurant; a well-stocked bar; and a combination theater/dance club, which lets it host both live music and DJ sets, and proudly boasts the largest disco ball on the west coast. Bang Bang is also renowned for its specially designed entrance, a tiled tunnel staircase that's based on Tokyo's subway stations.

    Two of the hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter offer rooftop lounges with breathtaking views of the city.Altitude Skybarsits atop the 22-story Marriott Hotel, and is often acclaimed as the best view in town-when the Padres are playing at Petco, you can sit down and watch the game;Rooftop600, above the Andaz Hotel, is open-air but more like a club than Altitude's lounge. Both places offer fire pits, water features (a pool at Rooftop600, a fountain at Altitude), plenty of comfortable seating, and full bars with bottle service.

    If live music is of more interest, there'sProhibition Liquor Bar, a basement speakeasy-really, with a password and everything-that features live jazz, blues, and soul. Not far away,Patrick's Gaslamp Puboffers mostly blues, with some rock and soul mixed in.Tin Roofis more of a rock joint, with rotating nightly acts;Moonshine Flatsis country-themed (right down to billing itself as a honky tonk);The Shout Houseis a piano bar featuring two dueling grands. If big-name headliners are what you're looking for, the Quarter still has you covered, with theBalboa Theaterand San Diego's outpost of the popularHouse of Blueschain.

    There are other options for live performance than music, too. The aforementionedBalboa Theater, in addition to music, features performing arts such as opera, ballet, theater, and comedy. TheHorton Grand Theatre, a 250-seat off-Broadway venue, is the home of the San Diego Musical Theatre, which is exactly what it sounds like, and the Intrepid Theatre Company, which offers smaller, more challenging and experimental productions. And theAmerican Comedy Co.is an award winning stand-up club.

    The Davis-Horton House (formerly known as the William Heath Davis House)
    in San Diego, CA.

    But one need not restrict an expedition in the Gaslamp Quarter to dinner and nighttime hours. There is shopping aplenty, from retail giantsUrban OutfittersandOakleyto the local favoritesDolcetti BoutiqueandThe Wine Bank. There are art galleries:Michael J. Wolf Fine Art; Sparks Gallery; the gallery of artistTim Cantor, voted the best in San Diego; and-for the connoisseur, of course-theChuck Jones Gallery, which exhibits and deals in animated art. Museums include theChildren's Museum, theSan Diego Philippine Library & Historical Heritage Museum; and, most prominently, theGaslamp Museum, which resides inside the 1850 home of the district's original speculator, William Heath Davis, which was also later owned by itssecondspeculator, Alonzo Horton. (It's the oldest standing building in downtown San Diego.)

    A city to itself, in other words. The Gaslamp Quarter is a popular destination for all of these reasons, and its proximity to ICA's 2017 Conference makes it an ideal place for a visitor to begin exploring the exciting possibilities of San Diego.

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    Pre and Postconference Call for Papers

    Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services ​, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Preconferences for ICA's 2017 Annual Conference will be held from Wednesday 24 to Thursday 25 May 2017. And postconferences will be held on Tuesday 30 May. See below a couple of the upcoming deadlines for preconferences/postconferences call for papers.

    Registrations for pre and postconferences open 15 January 2017.

    Preconference: Future Directions of Strategic Communication: Towards the Second Decade of an Emerging Field
    Read Call for Papers 
    Deadline: 9 December 2016

    Strategic communication has emerged as a global field of communication research during the last decade. Scholars from public relations, corporate communication, organizational and internal communication, public diplomacy, political communication, advertising, marketing, health and intercultural communication have merged efforts to build a body of knowledge that focuses on the deliberate and purposive use of communication to support the overarching goals of entities (companies, nonprofits, states, etc.). Universities have introduced programs that combine insights from some of these fields with specific knowledge on strategic thinking, planning, and alignment. Academic conferences have been arranged around the world, handbooks and textbooks published, and the International Journal of Strategic Communication, now in its 10th year of publication, serves as a platform for discussion and debate. Moreover, large-scale surveys like the Communication Monitor series across 80 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America, and numerous other studies have provided empirical insights into the field.

    Despite these forms of institutionalization, there is still no universal understanding of the pillars on which the field rests. What are the core perspectives and benefits of strategic communication? How does it differ from traditional disciplines? What is the extra value of an integrated view? Are we using appropriate conceptualizations of communication and strategy? What can we learn from recent debates in strategic management and strategic alignment? What are the methodological challenges of researching the link between communication and organizational goals? How can empirical studies inform the debate? What are specific challenges of international and comparative research in strategic communication? How is the field developing in different parts of the world? What are the experiences from building strategic communication programs at universities in different countries? What do we know about the job market, and how can educators prepare students for the occupational field?

    This preconference will incorporate an interactive format to address these questions and build ground for the next decade of strategic communication research. First, panel discussions with proponents of the field, e.g. authors of the seminal article "Defining Strategic Communication" (IJSC, 2007) and editors of key handbooks and textbooks, will stimulate the debate. Second, contributors of conference papers are invited to analyze the current and past debate in the field, bring in new perspectives, and propose new directions. The focus will be on conceptual papers building a big picture; however, insights based on empirical data are suitable as well. Finally, all participants will engage in a moderated session to identify common ground and future directions for the field.

    This preconference is approved by the ICA 2017 organizing committee and is part of the official ICA 2017 conference program. It continues a series of successful ICA preconferences on strategic communication held in 2011 (Boston) and 2014 (Seattle). Each of these forums included participants from more than 20 countries, which facilitated a global perspective and contributed to the development of strategic communication as a unique discipline. We invite scholars across the globe to continue to build the strategic communication body of knowledge by taking part in this preconference.

    Preconference: The Consequences of the Internet for Authoritarian Politics: Comparative Perspectives
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    Deadline: 11 December 2016

    The majority of extant studies on the consequences of the Internet for authoritarian politics has focused on phenomena of political communication in one authoritarian regime only. Against this backdrop, this preconference aims at providing a forum for scholars from across the globe to discuss, and develop, comparative perspectives.

    Preconference: How to Quantify the Unquantifiable the Methodology of Gender and Intersecting Dimensions of Identity
    Read Call for Papers
    Deadline: 15 December 2016

    Mass communication research is tasked with reducing complex constructs like gender to quantifiable categories. Similarly, research on media representations applies categorical systematics to dimensions of identity. Both standardized and deconstructivist approaches have struggled with these. The pre-conference brings together scholars from different backgrounds to inspire alternative approaches. We will elaborate on and think about ways to critically appraise intersecting dimensions of identity within the quantitative paradigm. 
    Keynote: Prof. Dr. Susanne Kinnebrock (University of Augsburg, Germany)

    Preconference: Research, Intervention and Exchange Across the U.S./Mexican Border
    Read call for paper
    Deadline: 15 December 2016

    The purpose of this pre-conference is to promote cooperation and intellectual exchange between scholars in the United States and Mexico. The preconference will feature research papers and media projects in progress along with a discussion in the latter part of the day for ongoing cooperation among those present at the preconference.

    Preconference: Innovations in Narrative-Based Intervention Design, Development, and Evaluation
    Read Call for Papers Deadline: 19 December 2016

    This preconference aims to highlight and discuss selected innovative approaches in designing, developing, monitoring, and evaluating narrative-based interventions to address complex issues in public health and social justice in today's societies. We also hope to bring together both scholars and practitioners to share the state-of-art projects in thinking and action as well as brainstorming on strategies to overcome the challenges in research and practice.

    Preconference: My So-Called "Gamified" Life
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    Deadline: 31 December 2016

    The Game Studies Division would like to welcome submissions to our 2017 Preconference, "My So-Called 'Gamified' Life." This theme explores the increasing use of games and game mechanics within our everyday, non-game lives (e.g., using Pokemon Go to make walking fun). We invite research submissions exploring how games have been applied in non-game contexts, their design features, and the social/psychological effects of gamification. We also welcome game demonstrations for those who have created or incorporated games into their work, classroom, or other settings. The pre-conference will take place on May 25, 2017 in the Barra Barra Saloon in Old Town San Diego, and will feature two prominent guest speakers: Dr. Sebastian Deterding, Senior Research Fellow at the University of York, and Anna Huerta, Senior Game Designer at Zynga. For more information, please view our Call for Papers (Also at http://game.icahdq.org/ohana/website/?p=58381739)

    Preconference: Populism, Post-Truth Politics and Participatory Culture: Interventions in the Intersection of Popular and Political Communication Read Call for Papers
    Deadline: 31 December 2016

    The preconference will foster a dialogue between scholars working within different conceptual and methodological traditions in order to advance interdisciplinary debates and approaches to the study of contemporary popular and populist politics; building on this analysis the preconference concludes with reflections on how this analysis can and ought to translate into interventions on behalf of communication scholars in the political process and its communicative infrastructure.

    Preconference: ICA Young Scholars Preconference on Interventions in the Practice of Visual Communication Research 
    Read Call for Papers
    Deadline: 1 January 2017

    Intervention comes in different forms. Research questions aim to intervene in societal and philosophical problems, scholarly conferences and initiatives intervene within the halls of academia and the practice of contemporary research, and publication intervenes in both scholarly and public debate.

    As society becomes increasingly mediatized through both digital technologies and nostalgic returns to traditional folk arts, it is essential to analyze the specifically visual aspects of communicating in the social world. And yet, because of this same cultural and technological upsurge in visual communication, scholars who focus on the visual are often spread across ICA divisions based on the non-visual content of their work, from health communication to popular communication to rhetoric to technology and beyond. Scholarship is also increasingly presented using visual images, to both public and academic audiences. This raises challenges in communication and publication, particularly for young scholars.

    We aim to bring together a critical mass of emerging and senior scholars to discuss, reflect, and challenge each other on our interventions into the visual. In this way, the preconference is also an intervention into scholarly careers in the still-growing field of visual communication studies.

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    Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) Call for Editors

    Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    The ICA Publications Committee is soliciting nominations for the editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC). Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for 4 years, begins in August/September 2017, and will work through ICA's transition to Oxford University Press.

    The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication is a web-based, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. It publishes social science research on communicating with computer-based media technologies. Within that general purview, the journal is methodologically diverse and broadly interdisciplinary, publishing work by scholars in communication, business, education, political science, sociology, psychology, media studies, information science, and other disciplines.

    JCMC publishes original research articles and meta-analyses of prior research. It is highly international in scope, with authors and articles representing the broad global interests of the International Communication Association. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2015, JCMCis ranked No. 1 out of 79 journals in the field of Communication and No. 3 out of 86 journals in the field of Information Science & Library Science. More details about the journal can be obtained at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1083-6101

    A complete nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate, which should include a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate's vitae; 2-3 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate's work, experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate's home institution. Responsibilities are detailed in the ICA Publication Manual:www.icahdq.org/pubs/Publication_Manual.pdf.

    Editors of ICA publications should reflect and seek to enhance the diversity of the Association in terms of their interest areas, gender, ethnicity and national origin.

    Please send your nomination package at your earliest convenience to John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org). Review of packets will begin on 1 January 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

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    Q&A on Fair Use

    Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


    Dear ICA,

    I wrote a scholarly article analyzing and comparing coverage of recent police shootings, and I want to use images from different broadcast and cable news segments. I also have a blog, and on that I'd like to summarize (and link to) the research, and use actual clips. I've been recording and have the material. But do I need to get permission from the news organizations?



    Dear Puzzled,

    Thanks for writing! Fair use, the right to use unlicensed copyrighted material under some circumstances, is discussed in the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, an ICA publication. In the first category, "Analysis, Criticism, and Commentary of Copyrighted Material," it is noted that scholarly work analyzing media is made stronger when the material discussed can be represented. In the second, "Quoting Copyrighted Material for Illustration," it is clear that illustrating an argument with copyrighted material is clearly transformative. Look carefully at the limitations to ensure that you're in the comfortable fair use zone your peers have defined.

    The same criteria apply to a scholarly journal and to a blog. You may, however, have to explain to an editor of a journal how fair use works; some editors are used to permissions as a default. Giving them the Code will help them learn and also to see that it's not just you, but the best judgment of the field that fair use is eligible here.

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

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    Membership Column: The Winning Renewals!

    Posted By Julie Randolph, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services and Governance, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Earlier this Fall, ICA encouraged members to renew early by 30 September for the chance to win FREE registration for the 2017 Annual Conference. Members who renewed by 30 Sept. automatically had their names entered for a chance to win.

    I am delighted to share the three winners, randomly selected, one from each Tier*.



    Joined ICA: 2016
    Seinan Gakuin University
    in Japan

    Flavien Puel

    Griselda Guillen

    Joined ICA: 2014
    Universidad Autnoma de
    Baja California
    in Mexico

    Griselda Guillen

    Bassey Okon

    Joined ICA: 2009
    Directorate of Public Relations and Information
    in Nigeria


    We wish to thankeverymember who participated by renewing prior to the contest deadline. As members continue to complete renewals, please know we are thrilled to have you and thankful for your ongoing commitment to the ICA community!

    Grace period ended 1 December:The first of October marked the beginning of a new membership year at the International Communication Association. ICA provides members with a 60-day grace period to complete the renewal process. Any member with outstanding dues following 1 December has had their benefits suspended until the member's renewal has been completed and payment has been processed.

    Link To Renew:www.icahdq.org/renew

    Need Assistance With Your Renewal?Please contact Kristine Rosa atkrosa@icahdq.org, phone: 1-202-955-1444, fax: 1-202-955-1448

    Our goal is to make this association your most valuable professional asset. We appreciate your input, as well as your membership. We invite you to contact us should there be anything we could do to enhance your experience with ICA.

    Thank you for being a valued ICA member and best wishes for the coming New Year.

    *ICA has a triple-tiered dues structure following the UN model for A, B, and C countries, based on the World Bank's indicators of Gross National Income. Residents of B-tier countries pay 75% of the A-tier price and residents of C-tier countries pay 50% of the A-tier price.

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