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Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Stefanie Duguay, a Ph.D. student at Queensland University of Technology, was selected for ICA’s Top Reviewer Award. She was nominated by the LGBTQ Division. This award, gives a complimentary conference registration to this year’s ICA Annual Conference in San Diego, USA. Nominees were submitted by each of ICA’s 32 divisions/interest groups, and from those names a winner was randomly drawn. Although the honor was part luck, the nomination came from Stefanie’s great work at reviewing.   




Can The Internet Strengthen Democracy?
By Stephen Coleman 

  • The first book in Polity’s new exciting Democratic Futures series, which explores the key challenges and debates about democracy in the 21st century
  • Offers an incisive and authoritative analysis of the new political opportunities and challenges for citizens and governments in the Internet age
  • Written by leading scholar of digital media and politics, Stephen Coleman Snappy and accessible, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the changing nature of politics today 

“This is a really outstanding book; Coleman’s ideas, as always, are compelling and clear, and presented in a way that grips the reader. This will be the most authoritative and up-to-date text on the topic.” 

-Peter Dahlgren, Lund University 

“Since the early days of the web Stephen Coleman has been at the forefront of research into Internet and democracy, and has had a steady hand in pinpointing the difference between promotional rhetoric and experiments that yield dividends. His latest edition is no exception.” 

-Richard Rogers, University of Amsterdam 

To find more information about the book, please visit the book’s page at


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

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies Interest Group

Mark your calendars!  
Friday, May 26, 3:30-4:30pm 
Walking Tour of San Diego’s LGBT History 
Led by staff from Lambda Archives 
Meeting point: Corner of 5th and Robinson (corner of the Rite-Aid parking lot right across from The Rail and Starbucks). Searchable address is for The Rail (formerly The Brass Rail) at 3796 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, and meeting point is across the street. Look for a man in a tan Lambda Archives hat and light blue Lambda Archives polo shirt. 

Additional info:  
The walk will cover more than a mile so good walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water might be good ideas.  

Parking can be an issue in that area so please allow time for that--watch for meters and 2-hour parking signs. There are space on 4th and 3rd Avenues a block or two south that have no restrictions.

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CFP: ICA Co-Sponsored Conference 
in Conjunction with ICA 2017 San Diego

24-26 May 2017
Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
San Diego, California USA
Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) is the only academic professional organization in the world focused solely on the digital divide and on connecting research to policymaking and practice to strategize actions and catalyze solutions to this pressing societal concern.  The academic research and practitioner community represented by PPDD stands ready to advance the agenda on broadband and the digital divide, to address the many challenges and opportunities presented by the digital world, and to further evidence-based policymaking and practice so that all citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age.

The interdisciplinary Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2017 International Conference brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners for an extended, in-depth dialogue about key issues that inform information and communication technologies and the digital divide around the world. The Conference works to identify new areas of necessary, productive focus, foster greater understanding, advance research, and enlighten policy and practice going forward. As a major outcome of PPDD 2017, we plan to produce an edited volume of the top papers as well as special issues of our Publishing Partners’ journals on specific themes within the digital divide area.

If you would like to present and discuss your work during PPDD 2017 and have it included in the online PPDD 2017 Conference Proceedings and/or if you would like to provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2017 E-Book, please see the Call for Participation ( for instructions on how to submit your work for consideration.

If you would like to just attend PPDD 2017 to explore the issues and grow your knowledge and network of connections, please know that you are very welcome and valued in the PPDD Conference Community.

Please join PPDD and an unprecedented broad multi-disciplinary coalition of co-sponsoring organizations from academic and practitioner communities to share your insights and expertise. Together, we will enrich the dialogue, connect research, policy and practice, and advance the agenda on the digital divide.

Please contact conference [at] ppdd [dot] org with any questions.


If you would like to 1) present and discuss your work during PPDD 2017 and have it included in the online PPDD 2017 Conference Proceedings, and/or if you would like to 2) provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2017 E-Book, we look forward with enthusiasm to your contribution and ask that you please follow the instructions provided at to submit your work.  Submissions are welcome from researchers, policymakers, and practitioners at all stages of their careers, from any theoretical and methodological approach, and across multiple disciplines.

1) Deadline to Submit Your 250-Word Abstract for Consideration for Presentation: 6 March 2017 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time
Notification of Acceptance: 24 March 2017

If you have visa or other time-sensitive concerns, please submit your work as quickly as possible and email conference [at] ppdd [dot] org to request an expedited review so you can receive notification shortly after submission. 

Before we can address the digital divide, we must first understand the nature of life in the digital age, the many challenges and opportunities it presents, and the interplay of influence between technological and social change. Then, in turn, we can fully understand digital inequality; its place alongside other long-standing, persistent issues of social equity, social justice, and media justice; and what it means to be disconnected from the most important technological advancement in communication in a generation and the myriad possibilities it facilitates. Thus, PPDD 2017 invites work that informs issues related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the digital divide broadly defined, including but not limited to:

  • gaps in access and connectivity
  • digital inclusion
  • digital exclusion
  • digital (dis)engagement
  • challenges and opportunities
  • social and cultural aspects of the divide
  • the skills and digital/information literacy needed to interpret, understand, and navigate information presented online and the requisite curriculum
  • effective use by individuals and communities
  • the impact of socioeconomic factors on user behavior
  • the role of motivation, attitudes, and interests
  • differences in patterns of usage
  • characteristics and conceptualizations of nonusers
  • the ways in which people use the Internet to create content
  • content creation and inequality
  • different forms of capital and power relationships, including in terms of content creation, labor, and ownership
  • the role of theory in understanding ICTs and digital inequality
  • the impact of new and evolving technologies
  • the mobile divide
  • the interplay of influence with mobile technologies
  • social media
  • digital games
  • apps
  • socioeconomic and cultural effects
  • social equity, social and economic justice, and democracy
  • media justice and ICTs
  • the ethics of digital inequality
  • community informatics
  • social informatics
  • urban and regional planning
  • social planning
  • international development
  • indigenous populations
  • children and childhood
  • education
  • ICTs and well-being
  • health
  • disability and accessibility
  • politics, digital government, digital citizenship, smart cities/citizens/government, civic engagement, adoption issues, and (in)equality
  • global citizenship
  • policy discourse
  • law and policy and its impacts, including information/telecommunications policy, net neutrality, open access, open source, copyright, Internet filtering software, and censorship
  • the digital security divide
  • the digital privacy divide
  • big data and inequality
  • organizations and ICTs
  • public access initiatives
  • anchor institutions
  • practitioner-oriented topics considering aspects of design, management, implementation, assessment, collaboration, challenges, problem solution, and opportunities
  • architectural challenges and deployment experiences
  • Internet access cost analyses
  • the application of research to communities, practice, and public and private sector initiatives

2) Deadline to Submit a Position Paper for the PPDD 2017 Conference E-Book: 17 April 2017 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time 
All PPDD 2017 attendees may submit a position paper and all submissions that follow the guidelines provided at will be included in the PPDD 2017 Conference E-Book.

On the PPDD 2017 Hotel and Optional Activities page (, you will find full details about the PPDD 2017 Conference hotel, optional 23 May 4-Hour Field Trip to Digital Inclusion Program Sites Plus Early-Bird Group Dinner, optional 25 May Group Dinner at a Polynesian Restaurant Overlooking San Diego Bay, and sightseeing information about the San Diego area as well as helpful information if you are also attending the ICA Annual Conference.

We have secured extremely low room rates at a beautiful waterfront hotel with great amenities:

Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
2051 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, California 92106 USA

To make your hotel room reservation, please call +1-800-922-2336 or +1-619-222-0561, or e-mail and be sure to identify yourself as part of the PPDD group to be eligible for the deeply-discounted rate of $US135/night (plus tax), including complimentary Internet access, recreational activities, parking, and more. PPDD 2017 room rates are available from 20 May through 29 May -- please see for complete details.

Reservation Deadline: This special discounted room rate will be available until 23 April or when the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

For those attending ICA as well as PPDD, there is easy access from PPDD’s hotel to the ICA Hilton Bayfront Hotel via an inexpensive, approximately 20-minute Uber or taxi ride.

The PPDD 2017 Conference registration fee is:
$99USD for students
$129USD for college/university/non-profit/NGO affiliates
$179 for for-profit corporate affiliates
and includes full access to the Conference as well as hot buffet lunches on 24, 25, and 26 May plus the Conference reception and banquet dinner after the Conference programming on 24 May.

Registration will open in March 2017.  Please visit for complete details.

Conference Organizer
Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

Europe Organizer
Grant Blank, Oxford University and Oxford Internet Institute

Africa Organizer
Bill Tucker, University of the Western Cape and Bridging Application and Network Gaps

Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East Organizer
Gerard Goggin, University of Sydney

Canada Organizer
Richard Smith, Simon Fraser University and Centre for Digital Media

United States Organizer
Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

Latin America and the Caribbean 
Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University
Hopeton S. Dunn, University of the West Indies, Jamaica and Caribbean Institute of Media & Communication

Policymaker and Practitioner Liaison
Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

American Anthropological Association Committee on the Anthropology of 
Science, Technology, and Computing

American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy

American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section

American Public Health Association Health Informatics Information 
Technology Section

American Sociological Association Communication, Information 
Technologies, and Media Sociology Section

Community Informatics Research Network

International Association for Media and Communication Research

International Association for Media and Communication Research 
Communication Policy and Technology Section

International Association for Media and Communication Research Digital Divide Working Group

International Association for Media and Communication Research Global Media Policy Working Group

International Communication Association

ICA Communication and Technology Division

ICA Communication Law and Policy Division

ICA Mass Communication Division


National Communication Association

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

Urban Libraries Council, Edge Initiative



The Arts of the Present Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
26-28 October 2017
Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley at the Oakland Marriott City Center

ASAP/9 invites proposals from scholars and artists addressing the contemporary arts in all their forms since the 1960s—literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, and digital. We are interested in work across disciplines and media that examine the formal, cultural, social, and political dimensions of the arts today. 

  • What roles can we imagine for the arts in relation to forms of social action and political resistance now? 
  • What conditions of risk and precarity inform contemporary artistic practice, reception, and community?
  • What sense of the world at various scales—global, local, national, and more—can we discover in the particular sites and wider networks that define the arts today?
  • What defines the environments and ecologies of the present, and how do we understand the duration and futurity of human action over time?
  • What flows of people, capital, and power shape the arts today, and how do experiences of migration and displacement register in national and transnational contexts?
  • What technologies, genres, platforms, or systems distinguish the contemporary arts, and what media archaeologies do we discover in the material histories of the present?
  • What performances of affect, attention, and fandom characterize the arts of the present, and how do different modes of distribution (serial, streaming, viral) address their audiences?

Proposals assessing the current place and past legacies of the Bay Area in the arts are especially welcome, as well as those considering comparative, hemispheric or transpacific figures, movements, and formations with Bay Area connections. The program committee is interested in sessions that explore the recent histories of activism, protest, innovation, and change that have long distinguished the communities of Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, California, and the Pacific Rim.

Participants are encouraged to think as broadly and imaginatively as possible about the intersections between and among the contemporary arts and their institutions, economies, policies, and traditions. Proposals may focus on individual artists, writers, designers, composers, or performers; they may consider artistic movements, collectives, and local scenes, including those online, or underground; they may discuss any theoretical, intellectual, or aesthetic formation that figures in the world of the arts as we know them now.

SESSION FORMATS: We welcome and encourage creative and alternative presentational styles, alongside traditional papers and panels. Seminars, workshops, panel debates, artist discussions, films, installations, visual displays, and PechaKucha sessions will all be considered.

Seminar leaders are asked to propose topics by the deadline and to submit the full roster of participants by April 22, 2017. Seminars normally meet for a single session, and papers are circulated among participants in advance of the conference.




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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

School of Communications 
Faculty & Administrative Positions 

 The School of Communications at Webster University invites applications for three positions:
Assistant Professor, Games and Game Design 

Visiting Assistant Professor, Audio Production 

Associate Dean, School of 

Consult the full job descriptions and application instructions posted on the School’s website (


Department of Communication 

Bradley University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Communication. The University seeks a dynamic and creative leader for a department recognized for excellence in its academic programs, innovative curricula, mentoring, interdisciplinary collaborations, partnerships with external constituents, international initiatives, use of technology, and its commitment to cultural diversity. The ideal candidate will embrace a global perspective, cultural diversity, and an understanding of digital convergence in all modes of communication.For the full position description please visit




Department of Media and
Worldwide Search for Talent 

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

Chair Professor/Professor/Associate 
Professor/Assistant Professor 
(Computational Social Science for 
Communication Research) 
Department of Media and 
[Ref. C/400/30] 

The Department of Media and Communication continues to build up its faculty strength and invites applications and nominations for the above posts.  The Department has a strong international team of scholars at the forefront of research and publication in International Communication, Media Effects, New/Social Media, Computational Communication Research, Communication for Social Change, and Political Economy of the Media. 
Duties: The appointees will work in one or more of the following areas: (1) Text Mining/Natural Language Processing, (2) Machine Learning, (3) Social Network Analysis, (4) Computer Programming (e.g. R, Python), (5) Infographics/Data Visualization, (6) Mobile Application Design, (7) Data-Driven Journalism, and (8) Computational Humanities; and teach both theoretical content and hands-on skills (i.e. coding for some of the above areas is highly desirable). 
Requirements: A PhD in Communication/Media Studies/Computer Science/Information Science/Network Science or related disciplines.  Candidates for Chair Professor/Professor/ Associate Professor should have an outstanding record of scholarly achievements in both teaching and research, a strong record in research grant coordination and/or academic management expertise. Candidates for Assistant Professor should have a solid and promising record of scholarly achievements in both teaching and research.  The appointees are expected to work well with colleagues.
Salary and Conditions of Service 
Remuneration package will be driven by market competitiveness and individual performance.  Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable).  Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract. 
Information and Application
Further information on the posts and the University is available at, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [E-mail: Fax: (852) 2788 1154 or (852) 3442 0311].  
To apply, please submit an online application at, and include a current curriculum vitae.  Nominations can be sent directly to the Human Resources Office.  
Your curriculum vitae should include the following:

  • Academic and Professional Qualifications  
  • Chronological Employment History  
  • Teaching Record  
  • Research/Applied Work Achievements  
  • Publication List  
  • Community and Professional Service  

Three copies of most recent papers or papers that contain most significant work (preferred) 
The Department accepts applications and nominations on a continuing basis until the positions are filled.  The University will give full consideration to all applications and nominations.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted; and those shortlisted for the post of Assistant Professor will be requested to arrange for at least 3 reference reports sent directly by the referees to the Department [E-mail:], specifying the position applied for. The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage. 
City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity.  Personal data provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes. 
Worldwide recognition ranking 55th, and 4th among top 50 universities under age 50 (QS survey 2016); 1st in Engineering/Technology/Computer Sciences in Hong Kong (Shanghai Jiao Tong University survey 2016); and 2nd Business School in Asia-Pacific region (UT Dallas survey 2015). 




Department of Journalism and 
Assistant Professor of Communication 
(2 positions) 
Search #1617-0020 

Ohio Wesleyan University ( is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles north of Columbus. Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Journalism and Communication invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Communication (two positions). These are 3-year term positions at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2017 with the possibility of conversion to tenure track positions. 

Position 1: 

Primary – 
Organizational Communication 
Secondary – 
Strategic Communication 

Candidate must have practical and academic expertise in Organizational, Interpersonal, and Group Communication and a secondary interest in Strategic Corporate Communication. This position will include teaching courses in organizational communication, interpersonal and group communication, conflict resolution, and inter-cultural communication. Candidate will be expected to also teach the core communication courses, including organizational communication, communication theory, research methods and a capstone communication course.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience working with diverse students to develop outside-classroom and internship opportunities in addition to regular classroom responsibilities. The course load is 9 contact hours (three courses) per semester. A Ph.D. is required. 

Position 2: 

Primary – 
Media Production Studies 
Secondary – 
Organizational Communication 

Candidate must have practical and academic expertise in Media Production Studies and a secondary interest in Organizational, Interpersonal, and Group Communication. 

This position will include teaching courses in media effects & society, digital media, advanced video production, and persuasive communication. Candidate will be expected to also teach the core communication courses, including communication theory, research methods and a capstone communication course.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience working with diverse students to develop outside-classroom and internship opportunities in addition to regular classroom responsibilities. The course load is 9 contact hours (3 courses) per semester. A Terminal degree is required.
Completed application packets will include: 

  1. Letter of interest (cover letter)
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Transcripts from Graduate School(s) 
  4. Copies of teaching evaluations 
  5. Writing sample of professional work 
  6.  Statement of teaching philosophyThree professional references 

Please e-mail application materials to:

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.   

Ohio Wesleyan University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and encourages all interested applicants, including women and minorities, to apply (EEOE). 


The Missouri School of Journalism 
The Leonard H. Goldenson Endowed Chair in Radio & Television Journalism 

The Missouri School of Journalism is seeking candidates for The Leonard H. Goldenson Endowed Chair in Radio & Television Journalism. We seek an excellent doctoral scholar with a research program on broadcast journalism at the rank of Professor with tenure.

Reference job ID 21663.  


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