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Introducing the new and Improved Institutional Membership at ICA

Posted By Julie Randolph, Monday, October 1, 2018

The option to have an institutional membership is not new at ICA, however we're pleased to share a few enhancements to the membership type approved by the Board of Directors in Prague. Beginning with the 2018-2019 membership term, Institutional Memberships are now available to join or renew online and there is a discount associated with the number of Additional Institutional Members seats purchased.

What's new?

Previously, to join or renew as an Institutional Member it required a hard copy application with tedious steps for the Point of Contact to renew annually. The online process will be a streamlined experience for existing institutional members, they will simply be able to renew online and easily update their sub-accounts. In order to make this membership type (and corresponding discounts) available online, Additional Institutional Members may now be added in groups of five, 10 or 15 (which include a 5%, 10% or 15% discount respectively).

For those who have an existing individual membership type (for example as a "Regular Member") and are choosing to add to, or replace, their individual membership with an institutional one, there's an added step of creating a new profile in our system. Some members choose to have both individual memberships and Institutional memberships, others replace one with the other depending on their individual circumstances.

Previously, it actually cost an institution more for this membership type than it would to pay for faculty individually. By transitioning the processing to our online system, we are able to offer a discount making it a more economical membership type for institutions. To learn more about Institutional Membership and pricing, click here.

Institutional Membership with ICA

A university department can join ICA as an Institutional Member (please note that libraries are ineligible for membership). The membership consists of one primary "Point of Contact" (typically the department chair) and additional institutional members in groups of five, ten or fifteen Additional Institutional Members.   Universities that do not pay or reimburse for individual faculty association memberships may take advantage of the Institutional Membership as a group membership. The Point of Contact is responsible for maintaining additional faculty to be associated with the membership through the online system. The department is billed for all members on one combined invoice. Each Additional Institutional Member is treated as a full member of ICA with individual privileges and their own unique member ID# and password. All receive their own online journal access including past issues, gain access to the members-only section of the website and enjoy a reduced rate for our annual conference.  We highly recommend Additional Institutional Members be limited to department faculty and should not include any students. Any student listed on an institutional membership will be subject to the institutional member rates for membership dues and conference registration (which are substantially higher than the individual student membership type rates).

Questions? As always, your ICA membership team are happy to help! Please contact us at membership@icahdq.org for assistance.

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President’s Column

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 1, 2018

“Where do we go from here?”

Such was the wrap-up question posed at the “Rethinking Theories and Concepts of Mediated Communication” conference held last month in Barcelona. Cosponsored by the U of Missouri, Ludwig Maximilian U of Munich, and Nanyang Technological U, the conference was a two-day meeting of theorizing and conceptualizing. Paper presenters had been instructed to avoid data, so what emerged were much-needed higher-level discussions about… theories and concepts.

In his opening remarks, conference organizer Tim Vos (U of Missouri) articulated a few tensions that arise from our conceptualization and theorization. He spoke about the role that specific vs. middle range vs. general theories play in growing our discipline. He discussed how our scholarship is defined by local vs. global, timely vs. timeless, and literal vs. metaphorical theories and concepts. And he addressed how the is vs. ought tension reflects our study of the world as it exists as well as our interest in addressing the normative. Altogether, his remarks provided a strong leitmotif for the conference as discussants responded to a broad swath of papers.

Tim’s remarks revolved around theorizing at large, and it was easy to extrapolate from concepts to our discipline and professional associations. After all, our field comprises scholars and practitioners who fall into all camps, and ICA’s 32 Divisions and Interest Groups are a testament to that. Many faculty work in broad-spectrum units with colleagues whose articles include phrases like “(the data) reveal,” “(the data) indicate,” “(the data) show,” and “(the data) find,” as well as colleagues whose articles include verbs such as “rupture,” “interrogate,” “coopt,” and “complicate.” A cursory look at ICA’s journals points easily to such differences. These vocabularies, articles, and essays reflect our field’s numerous epistemologies, theoretical orientations, and methodological approaches, and they make the field – and ICA – an exciting place to be.

Most of us have a specific intellectual milieu and gravitate toward one of the above camps. As individual scholars, our work is generally well-delineated by intellectual interests, skill sets, and resources. But establishing oneself in an area as a junior scholar is not always easy; nor is the transition from one research domain to another always smooth, regardless of how advanced one might be in one’s career.

ICA’s annual conference already boasts a number of preconferences oriented around graduate-student research, with senior scholars offering feedback on works in progress. Similarly, several Divisions and Interest Groups offer “elevator sessions” or mentoring sessions that connect junior with senior scholars. Such conference sessions certainly have been well-received. As you can see from President-Elect Terry Flew’s (Queensland U of Technology) column this month, some respondents to the post-conference survey offered suggestions as to what activities and sessions in Washington, DC they would find useful.

But ICA is more than its annual conference.

How can ICA help you as a scholar? How can the organization help you get where you want to go? What can we bring to you outside of the annual conference?

Your feedback is critical as the Executive Committee discusses the crafting of a strategic plan and thinking more broadly about how to best support individual scholars and the discipline more generally. With increased membership and geographical diversity as well as broadening areas of inquiry, we need to ask ourselves, “Where do we go from here?”

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President Elect Conference Update

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Monday, October 1, 2018

Participant Survey on ICA 2018 Annual Conference in Prague, Czech Republic

We have received 996 responses to the participant survey on the ICA Annual Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24-28 May, 2018. Almost half (48%) of respondents identified as students or junior faculty, and 32.8% of responses were from graduate student members of ICA. As an sign that we are in a time of membership flux, with a considerable number of new conference attendees, 28% of respondents indicated that this was their first ICA conference.

The overall conference experience was considered very good or excellent by 73.7% of respondents, and there was a 3.95 weighted average on a 5-point scale. Paper and panel sessions were the most highly regarded activities, with strong positive feedback towards theme sessions, roundtables and extended sessions among those who attended. The provision of childcare facilities and morning yoga classes were also welcomed by those who participated. Attendance at the Opening Plenary was lower among respondents than might be expected.

Looking forward to the ICA 2019 Conference in Washington, DC, a majority of respondents (75%) would definitely attend or were likely to attend this conference who were in Prague in May. Of the 15.43% (146 respondents) who were not likely to attend, or who would definitely not attend, the following responses were given (see pie chart).


About 40 respondents (2.5%) identified Location and/or Trump as reasons for not attending an ICA conference in Washington. These are a mix of responses specifically related to the city (AEJMC being hosted there in 2018, been there before, “not a fan of the city” etc.), and reasons specifically related to the political climate in the United States and/or concerns about immigration restrictions and travel visas.


The conference organizing team intends to the 2019 ICA conference to engage strongly with political questions relating to the Trump Administration at the conference. The opening plenary will be engaged with the changing global geopolitical climate, the rise of populist nationalism in the US, Europe and elsewhere, and its implications for international institutions. The closing plenary will specifically address the challenges facing the media in the current US political climate. We will advise on keynote speakers shortly.

The 2018-2019 Urban Issues Planning Committee is strongly focused upon promoting awareness of the diversity of voices and activist initiatives taking place in Washington DC itself. Nikki Layser Usher (George Washington U) and Aram Sinnreich (American U) have been engaged with initiatives around bringing activists and those engaged with community media and organizing to the conference. We note that Washington is itself a diverse and relatively liberal city, which faces challenges from its popular association with being the seat of Federal power in the United States.

The ICA headquarters plans to engage with attendees on a number of levels surrounding visa issues and any difficulties associated with egress into the United States. As with every ICA conference, you will be able to download a visa invitation letter mentioning your specific paper acceptances on the program as soon as you receive word of acceptance (modifications to this letter or special circumstances will be handled on a case by case basis by the ICA office). If needed due to the situation on the ground at the time of travel, we will implement our "ICA travel buddy" program again, we will offer alternative presentation arrangements for visa holders from any nations determined at the time of travel to be on the "travel advisory" list by the current administration, and we will once again, as with the San Diego conference, offer free consultation with ICA's retained visa-expertise legal counsel via our Executive Director. Please note that the vast majority of those who wanted to go to San Diego made it there, and we anticipate the situation will be no different for Washington, DC, although we are alert to any sudden policy changes.

People were asked what conference programming activities did they want from the ICA 2019 Washington DC conference, and the question received 160 responses. The largest set of answers related to politics (34), followed by tours (19), intensive workshops (9), more student-oriented sessions (8), mentoring sessions (6), activities involving ICA Fellows (3), and job fairs (3).


A sample of responses is provided below:

Perhaps something related to teaching & activism - how to help our students engage with politics and make their voices heard - both from the perspective that some are apathetic, to the other end of the spectrum where some could create movements. We are their mentors, their teachers - we need to take action to help guide this generation to take responsibility and get involved.

More roundtable discussions, more visibility for international/ global scholarship and also scholarship on race, gender & LGBTQ issues, more discussion of academic culture and labor.

We need a session focused on the impact of communication studies upon our society and politics. How can communication studies researchers become better influencers beyond the academic context?

Hope to have some DC-specific programming events. Visiting media/research organizations. Visiting advertising agencies and/or public relations firms.

It would be great if there were any events for younger students or undergraduates like myself. I think the experience of learning research techniques from the researchers would be an excellent opportunity.

Guest speakers from policy/government organizations and/or think tanks who work in DC

Workshops on digital methods would be so helpful to us doctoral students!

Offsite tours to visit places of interest that tie into divisions' interests

Panels that engage policy and policy makers

Two possible areas come to mind: a) something related to nationalism and authoritarianism being on the rise, maybe including resistance to these forces? and b) some things highlighting or capitalizing on the international, multicultural aspects of DC as a city.

I would like to see ICA encourage more senior scholars to engage in professional development and networking with early career and student scholars (eg attending student panels and poster sessions).

Meet the Fellows Reception

Any event that offers mentorship to early career scholars.

Group walks, runs, or yoga

You may wish to incorporate site visits into the plans you develop for the conference. The headquarters office is currently planning to offer yoga and childcare once again (more information on that to come) and is putting together a curated tours package that includes, above and beyond the basic sightseeing one often encounters, specially-curated behind-the-scenes tours of facilities like the Library of Congress, the Newseum, the Smithsonian Museums, and the Supreme Court. Over and above the usual suspects and the iconic architecture, Washington, DC, lovingly referred to as "The District" by its inhabitants, has a vibrant food and arts culture, with hundreds of distinct neighborhoods, each known for certain cuisines. DC is not only one of the most international cities in the world, it is also the home of the ICA headquarters, just a short walk from the conference hotel (more information to come on a headquarters "open house" for those who arrive early to the conference!). For more information on DC's culinary and cultural highlights, visit https://washington.org/.

We are looking forward to seeing you in May.

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New ICA Staff Member

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018

Please join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Katie Wolfe, ICA Manager of Conference Services! Katie has a certification in Exhibition Management and comes from a background with experience in conference management. In the March 2017 issue of the ICA Newsletter, Student Board Member Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa) wrote an article interviewing each staff member. Following the same questionnaire template, I have interviewed Katie, so that everyone can get to know her as well.


1. Tell us about yourself:


 I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from The Pennsylvania State U with a degree in Meteorology. How did I get from Meteorology to here? I met my husband, Dan, at Penn State my senior year and life took off from there. We relocated to the DC area in 2008. Coming from State College, PA we weren’t sure how we would like the city life, but we fell in love with this area. We have two dogs, McBain and Zula both are German Shepard mixes we adopted from a local shelter. We love to travel, we have been all over the world from Australia to Barcelona and our most recent trip, we drove from DC to Yellowstone National Park. Before coming to ICA I worked at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association for 10 years. I managed over 550 exhibitors as well as assisted with organizing their annual trade show, which was one of the top 100 trade shows in the USA. I decided it was time for a change and found this opportunity with ICA and I am excited to be apart of this amazing team. When I am not traveling or hanging out with my dogs, you can find me cheering on the Steelers American football team, the Penn State Nittany Lions, or baking up a new recipe!


2. What is your position within ICA?


 I am the Manager of Conference Services and I have been with ICA for one month. My main responsibilities include overseeing conference exhibitors, advertisements, sponsorships, and awards.


3. What is your main challenge right now?


 I have the benefit of having worked for an association before coming to ICA, so I know how beneficial for the industry they can be. Now I have the challenge of learning the association and all the different Divisions and Interest Groups ICA has to offer. 


4. What would you like to say to our members?


 I would say use the association and all the benefits it has to offer. Especially by attending the annual conference. Conferences are a great place to learn and network with colleagues. I look forward to meeting a lot of you in May!

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Charles R. Berger (1939-2018)

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018


ICA Past President and Fellow, Charles R. Berger, passed away on 25 September, 2018.

Dr. Berger was Professor Emeritus at the U of California, Davis. He was one of the creators of the influential Uncertainty Reduction Theory (1975), and was an integral part of the field with his focus on theory and studies on message production processes and the processing of threat-related messages.


Berger authored more than 100 articles and book chapters and was co-editor on the Handbook of Communication Science. In addition to his prolific contribution to the literature, Berger was editor of the ICA journal, Human Communication Research (1983-1986), and co-editor of Communication Research (1994-1999).


Elected as an ICA Fellow in 1987, Berger continued his service to ICA as President in 1995. He was the recipient of the ICA Fellows Book Award in 2002 for Language and Social Knowledge: Uncertainty in Interpersonal Relationships, and received the National Communication Association’s Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication in 2008.


“Chuck Berger was a wonderful scholar, a creative thinker, an important and highly influential figure in our field, a delightful guy, and a supportive colleague. His intellectual and service contributions to ICA and our discipline span many decades,” said Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barabara), ICA Fellow and Past President, “From his award-winning work on uncertainty reduction in the 1970s, his editorship of HCR in the 1980s, serving as ICA President in the 1990s, being recipient of the ICA Fellows Book Award in the 2000s, to his most recent panel participation on the future of our field at Yonsei U on 20 August, 2018, Chuck was always a part of the central conversations and debates in our field. He will be sorely missed.”

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Update on Books Sent to Africa

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018

This is to inform you that the books were finally received at the University on 3 September, 2018 and released to get to the library on 7 September, 2018.

We then held a mini event to officially receive the books on 13 September, 2018. https://www.umu.ac.ug/institute-of-languages-receives-a-donation-of-books/


The books were received in the presence of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (Assoc. Prof. Michael Mawa), the Head of Department Journalism Communciations Studies (Dr. Sr. Dennis Samanya), and the Librarian Ms. Judith Nannozi.

Dr. Samanya expressed gratitude for the generous donation:

I am extremely excited about the number of books that were parked and sent purposely for journalism and communication studies. A quick look at them indicates tDr. Carolyn Byerly, the communications culture and media studies department chair at Howard U really understands our departmental needs and made the rightful selection of the books.

- Head of Department Rev. Sr. Dr Dennis Samanya

We are grateful to Carolyn Byerly the communications culture and media studies department chair at Howard University, who initiated contact with Dr. Agnes Lucy Lando, African Regional Representative to the Board of International Communication Association (ICA) to discuss possible placement for the books, Dr. Lando for thinking about Uganda Martyrs U (Institute of Languages and Communication Studies) as a potential recipient of the books and making possible the shipping arrangements, and Dr Dominique Harrison, Senior Project Manager, of The Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. for initiating the donation. We are sincerely grateful for the role that you each played to ensure that the books get to Archbishop Kiwanuka Memorial Library.

Not forgetting Ms. Toledo for the good work (big job) of compiling a list of the books and the team that packed the books.

Thank you all very much. Blessings

Kind regards,

Judith Nannozi


Uganda Martyrs University

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Social Media + Society: Marginality and Social Media - reminder

Social media and the internet have opened up new forms of empowerment and oppression that may particularly affect the lives of the marginalized. Marginality, as we are defining it, following Gatzweiler and Baumüller (2013), can be understood as the experience of disadvantaged (typically involuntarily) people or groups who are excluded from the resources and opportunities they need to participate as full and equal members of society. Marginality influences what people can achieve and limits their abilities to take advantage of the resources and opportunities afforded to non-marginalized peers. Further, marginalized individuals and groups are often politically, economically, and/or socially vulnerable, as their susceptibility to harm is greater, often due to to their exclusion from critical resources.

Sometimes social media are a means for marginalized individuals or groups to address insufficient resources and barriers to participation. For example, social media have been implicated in new opportunities for building social capital (Gonzales, 2017), finding like-minded others (Blackwell et al., 2016; Clark-Parsons, 2017; Dhoest & Szulc, 2016; Gray, 2009; Jackson, Bailey, & Foucault-Welles, 2017; Pearce & Vitak, 2016; Pearce, Vitak, & Barta, 2018), providing social support (Gonzales, Kwon, Lynch, & Fritz, 2016; Hanasono & Yang, 2016; Rho, Haimson, Andalibi, Mazmanian, & Hayes, 2017), and engagement in advocacy (Blackwell et al., 2016; Fritz & Gonzales, 2018; Jackson et al., 2017).

At the same time, other research highlights the shortcomings of social media use for the marginalized as well, including harassment and discrimination (Duguay, 2016; Eckert, 2018; Fritz & Gonzales, 2018; Lawson, 2018; Marwick & Caplan, 2018; Nakamura, 2015), doxxing (Wood, Rose, & Thompson, 2018), surveillance (Manning & Stern, 2018; Marwick, Fontaine, & boyd, 2017; Megarry, 2017; Pitcan, Marwick, & boyd, 2018; Vickery, 2014), and the use of social media by people in power to further isolate the marginalized (Flores-Yeffal, Vidales, & Martinez, 2017; Linabary & Corple, 2018; Pearce, 2015; Woods, 2014).

These opportunities and risks affect marginalized people’s use of social media at all stages: access, skills, optimization, privacy, backlash, and development of features, applications, platforms, and tools to deal with unanticipated outcomes, etc. This call seeks manuscripts that consider either or both the strengths and the weaknesses of internet and social media communication for individuals from marginalized groups with the hope of building theory in this area that can ground and foster continued research and understanding.

We seek manuscripts that include a novel analysis of data and meaningfully engage with theory on marginalization. We follow Linabary and Corple's (2018) call to "study up" - start research from the lived experience of such groups for understanding. “Meaningful engagement” includes (but is not limited to): emphasizing the links between marginalization theory and communication research; testing the validity of communication theory not typically applied to marginalized populations; proposing new theoretical constructs that are relevant to marginalization in digital communication; and/or recognizing the need for theoretically interdisciplinary approaches to marginalization in communication. We also welcome manuscripts that engage with methodological approaches to marginality and social media (e.g., Brock, 2016; Linabary and Corple, 2018), as these are important building blocks for successful and ethical research. Finally, we also seek manuscripts that engage stakeholders out!

side of the academic sphere as collaborators, including policy makers, activists, non-profit representatives, as well as, of course, representatives from marginalized communities being investigated. Projects with a public outreach component that benefits marginalized communities or groups as a function of their investigation (e.g. community workshops, media engagement, etc.) are especially encouraged. All authors must follow basic precepts of ethical research at all research stages, and take into consideration community norms related to privacy.

Basic precepts include: respect for privacy, secure storage of sensitive data, voluntary and informed consent when appropriate, avoiding deceptive practices when not essential, beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), and risk mitigation. Members of marginalized groups may require additional safeguards to ensure ethical and responsible treatment during research. Authors are encouraged to discuss these issues, and include a section on ethical considerations in their final manuscripts.

We seek submissions relating to social media and marginalization, broadly construed. Possible topics include:

-Social media as a non-traditional way of accessing power

-Barriers to social media use (tied to marginality)

-Effects of social media use (tied to marginality)

-Marginalized identities/groups’ use of social media for social support

-Use of social media for advocacy or awareness-building

-Use of social media to work around traditional gatekeepers

-Privacy calculus or risk-benefits for marginalized online

-Harassment of marginalized people or groups online

-Self-presentation of marginalized online

-Ethics/methods of studying marginalized people online or engaging with technology

Guest editors

Katy Pearce, University of Washington

Brooke Foucault Welles, Northeastern University

Amy Gonzales, University of California, Santa Barbara

Authors should initially submit an extended abstract of 800-1000 words (not including references). The extended abstract should contain the key elements of the manuscript, research questions, methodology and the primary contribution of the manuscript.

The form will also ask for author contact information and abbreviated biography statements for each author describing their main research interests and background.

Tentative timeline:

Extended abstracts 800-1000 words (not including references) due November 28, 2018, 12noon Eastern Time - upload here: https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fsites.google.com%2Fview%2Fmarginalityandsocialmedia%2Fhome&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGrzLCNGwA0tCqSM0UlJhEaNVLt3w

Extended abstract authors notified of acceptance ~February 15, 2019

Full manuscript (~8000 words) due May 20, 2019, 12 noon Eastern Time

-- Reviews given to authors --

Revised manuscript due November 15, 2019, 12 noon Eastern Time

Contact: marginsocialmedia@gmail.com




Democracy and Disinformation in the Era of Trump

University College Dublin, 10-11 December 2018

Are we in the end-times of liberal democracy in the United States? For some years, Americans have been losing faith in institutions, civil norms, and perhaps the idea of America itself. The question has been dramatically sharpened by the election and presidency of Donald Trump.

Is it possible that liberal democracy – and by extension the liberal world order that the United States guided and gained from – was a short moment in American history, a seventy-year period of relative democratic stability at home and global leadership abroad. Is an epochal shift taking place? If so, to what? Illiberal democracy? What are we to call and how are we to understand the emerging order?

These questions have been complicated by the radical disruption of political culture and communication by new digital technologies and the prevalence of disinformation in place of a reliable and consensual ground of information and understanding. And by the distracting “reality show” of the Trump presidency that blurs entertainment and political life as never before. This overstimulation is disorienting, and damaging to basic perceptions about what constitutes politics or diplomacy.

How can Americans reconnect with or reinvent democratic traditions and institutions? How can journalism regain public trust and attention and help to shape a functioning democracy? What is the future of dissent and free speech in the digital era? Can social media be a source for democratic good?

This conference brings together journalists, scholars and activists to converse about American political realities and unrealities today, and to share insights on reimagining and rebuilding a democratic polity.

Topics may include (but are not confined to):  

-     the resilience of the public sphere

-     discourses and narratives of American decline

-      delegitimisation of knowledge and expertise

-      populist media politics

-      effects of digital technologies on political communications

-      media literacy

-      media concentration

-      the civil impact of social media

-      the Trump effect on news consumption

-      conservative media ecology

-      effects of Russia’s disinformation campaigns

-      emerging forms of dissent and activism

-      the erosion of democratic norms

-      the rise of tribalism and intolerant communities

-      culture wars and cultural nationalism

-      online echo chambers and subcultures

Plenary speakers include:

Siva Vaidhyanathan (University of Virginia, author of Antisocial Media)

Angela Nagel (writer, author of Kill All Normies)

Gary Younge (The Guardian)

We invite proposals from all academic disciplines and from activists and writers beyond academia. Please submit the paper title, an abstract of 300 words, a short bio and contact details. We also welcome applications for full panels of 3-4 papers. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is 1st October 2018. (Note – we will make decisions on paper/panel submissions on a rolling basis to help facilitate participant’s planning for conference attendance).

For further details, please contact Catherine Carey at UCD Clinton Institute: Catherine.Carey@ucd.ie; tel. ++353 1 716 1560





Perspectives on Extreme Speech Online

December 2018

The House of Artists, Munich, Germany


Udupa, U of Munich (LMU), Germany

Hervik, Aalborg U, Denmark

Gagliardone, U of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

abstract deadline: 1 November 2018

Full papers due: 3 December 2018

cultures of political aggression and hateful speech have come to the center of public debate and concern, as right-wing nationalist and populist waves have swept political cultures with a new lexicon of exclusionary moral discourse aimed against minoritized groups. In North America and Europe, the rise of the “far-right” and “neonationalist” movements in the last two decades have triggered and relied on online belligerence of racialized joking, intimidation and “fact-filled” untruths (Banks & Gingrich, 2006; Hervik 2016). In countries like Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and South Africa, major social media services such as Facebook and Whatsapp have not only offered an easy platform to revive vitriol against religious minorities and ethnic “others”, but they
have also led to a “subterranean” flow of rumor and fear mongering, injecting a new velocity to mob lynching and targeted physical violence (Gagliardone et al. 2017; Lee, 2019; Udupa, 2018). Digital expressions have pushed back liberal modulations of “civility”, drawing strength from locally approved cultural idioms, globally shared formats of humor and historically sanctioned structures of animosity (Udupa & Pohjonen, 2019). While huge numbers of dispersed, unorganized “ordinary” online users are participating in online extreme speech practices, regimes have also engaged organized production of disinformation by making use of the very infrastructure of globalization around flexible, precarious and outsourced labour (Ong and Cabanes, 2018). We capture these digitally mediated  moral outrage and vitriol for overt and implicit political goals as online “extreme speech”. By defining online vitriol of political exclusion as “extreme speech”, we depart from the regulatory-normative debates of “hate speech”. We instead draw attention to media practices and how and why online actors engage in forms of speech that are disapproved in other contexts of interaction.

In this international workshop, we extend our effort to place the vitriolic face of the Internet in a critical global conversation backed with ethnographic sensibility – studies that are attuned to the understanding of lived practices and narratives of online actors, historically shaped political structures, and online affordances in situated contexts. We consider online actors to include i. dispersed yet ideologically active individual producers of exclusionary extreme speech, ii. semi-organized groups of volunteers and organized groups for right wing movements and ethnic/racial hatred, iii. minoritized groups targeted by extreme speech (refugees, immigrants, “liberals”, humanists, religious/ethnic groups), iv. politically “agnostic” paid trolls, v. business minded digital
influencers, as well as vi. civil society groups, individuals and community associations engaged in creative resistance to online extreme speech.

Recognizing the global spread of online extreme speech, we invite submissions that can take the debate beyond the Euro-American concerns around “fake news” and “echo chambers”. We invite submissions that are especially attentive to local idioms, media practices and tensions
that have made online extreme speech a daily reality of everyday politics, with profound implications for how belonging is imagined, enacted and brutally enforced in different parts of the world.

Attendance to this closed workshop is fully funded. Organizers will cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Submissions will contribute to a planned co-edited volume, and should therefore not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Please send your extended abstracts (1200 words) to
extremespeechworkshop2018@gmail.com  before 1 November 2018. Selected participants will be notified by 10 November 2018. Abstracts should contain a clear outline of the argument, theoretical framework, methodology, ethnographic material (findings if applicable), and a brief note on how your research links to the overall theme of the workshop. Please also include 3-5 keywords that describe your work, and a short bio (max 100 words, stating affiliation). Full papers (6000 words) of selected submissions are due on 3 December 2018.

Topics include

Field based media practice research and ethnographic explorations of

online users and political aggression

production of trolls and vitriol

rumor, virality and mob violence

memes, jokes and exclusion

of online extreme speech

6..  Resistance to online extreme speech

New mixed methods using ethnography and data analysis of extreme speech

Field based explorations of regulating online extreme speech with fine grained analysis of the tussles among Internet service providers, social networking sites, state regulators, civil society groups and individual activists.  

workshop is hosted by Project ONLINERPOL (www.fordigitaldignity.com) funded by the European Research Council (Grant Agreement Number 714285) at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Germany.



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Call for Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Administrator , Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2018

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. New this year, we will accept Blue Sky Workshops through the paper submission website (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/).


The proposal timeline will coincide with the conference papers from 1 September - 1 November, 2018.

Each (session) proposal should contain:

  • a session title,  

  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair,  

  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 75-word abstract for the conference program) as well as  

  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 400 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).  


If the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected by the Conference Planner and President-Elect, Terry Flew. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.


*Please make note that ICA cannot guarantee a particular room set (u-shape, classroom, etc.), and that audiovisual equipment WILL NOT be available in the Blue Sky rooms.


Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop?


Anyone may propose a Blue Sky Workshop, and anyone may attend a Blue Sky Workshop. 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 versions of the program.


When are proposals due?


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted through the paper submission website (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/) until 1 November 2018, 16:00 UTC.


If you have any questions, please contact conference@icahdq.org.

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ICA Book Award Nominations

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018

ICA is now accepting book nominations towards the Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award! Please make note that the nomination period for the book awards is from 1 September, 2018 - 15 December, 2018. ICA made this change in 2017 to allow more time for the Award Committees to read the nominated books. If you would like to nominate a book for either the Outstanding Book Award or Fellows Book Award for 2019, please visit our award page for the nomination links: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards.

Please provide publisher contact information as requested on the nomination form, so that the ICA Conference team can reach out and coordinate book deliveries to the nominating committee members. We will no longer accept book nominations sent to headquarters in Washington D.C.

All other ICA Awards have kept the traditional nomination period from 1 November, 2018 - 31 January, 2019. For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards.

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Student Column

Posted By Clare Grall, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018

As a new member of the SECAC and acting Student and Early Career Representative for the Communication Science and Biology Interest Group, I’d like to say hello to the young scholars of ICA. I’m happy to be a part of this vibrant community.

The development of my academic identity has grown concurrently with the development of the Communication Science and Biology Interest group at ICA. Through early explorations of the Mass Communication and Information Systems divisions, I discovered this group of scholars who approached the study of communication in a way that I found compelling and spoke to my research interests. My research falls at the intersection of media psychology and communication neuroscience, with specific focus on creative approaches to building effective narratives and the power of positive emotion in stories. My training in biological methods to the study of communication began in earnest in the Department of Communication at Michigan State U with the arrival of Ralf Schmaelzle. His background in cognitive psychology and neuroimaging, combined with mine in media effects traditions, continuously presents me with opportunities for growth.

Although my research is a large part of my identity, my involvement in the ICA community is driven by the young scholars I connect with each year. I’d like my short introduction here to also be an introduction of some of the future leaders in communication. These people include Katie Fitzgerald (SUNY Buffalo), Amelia Couture (U of Michigan), Shelby Wilcox (Ohio State U), Prateekshit Pandey (U of Pennsylvania), Robyn Adams (Michigan State U), and Lindsay Hahn (U of Georgia). The scholars here represent the development of innovative methods that I see growing within the field (e.g., computational analyses and new techniques for measuring the moral values of children), and the study of issues that matter to society (e.g., objectification and empowerment for women in media and public advocacy for populations in crisis). Every conversation I have with them and other early career scholars brings me excitement for the field, and this is only one small sample. I encourage everyone to engage in the work of early career scholars and the community that SECAC represents.

If you are interested in connecting with me, contact me at cgrall@msu.edu. If you’d like to meet me at the ICA conference, you can find me putting my head together with a colleague, using my iPad or a spare scrap of paper to illustrate the new concepts and ideas we discover every year.

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