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Renew for a Chance to Win Free Conference Registration

Posted By Julie Randolph & Kristine Rosa, ICA Membership Team, Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The first of October marks the beginning of a new membership year at the International Communication Association. We hope our efforts to provide you with networking opportunities and venues to share your research have exceeded your expectations thus far. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to be a part of the ICA community!  

Below are a few reminders from your membership team: 

1. Renew your membership: Early membership renewal is now open. Renew by 30 September for the chance to win FREE registration for the 2018 Annual Conference in Prague, Czech Republic! Three winners will be selected, one from each tier, and will be notified via e-mail. 

2. Recent doctoral graduates: First and foremost, congratulations on accomplishing such a giant undertaking and attaining your doctorate, kudos to you! Please be sure to upgrade your membership type to Regular Member to maximize your membership benefits.  

3. Elections: The International Communication Association annual election is now open.  This is a meaningful opportunity for you to participate in ICA and to help guide our future. Your input is most appreciated and highly regarded.  

Vote here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=Election2017 

Deadline: The ICA Elections are set to close at 16:00 UTC on Monday, 16 October 

4. Annual ICA Conference: Voices 68th Annual Conference 24-28 May 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference encourages scholars to theorize about voice, the creation and representation, expression, and the impact of voice. We invite you to submit up to five peer-reviewed submissions which includes papers and panels.  

Call For Papers: To view the full CFP click here. The paper submission website will close 1 November 16:00 UTC.

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Candidate Statement for ICA 2017 Presidential Election: Terry Flew

Posted By Terry Flew, Queensland U of Technology, Friday, September 1, 2017

Terry Flew

I am very honored to have the opportunity to stand for election as the President of the International Communication Association (ICA). The ICA has been a very important part of my life as a scholar, and has enabled me to develop networks of friends and colleagues across the globe. I am deeply aware of the high esteem with which the ICA is held, as the oldest and most globally prestigious communication body, and many of the most significant presentations I have attended have been at ICA conferences.  

My vision for the ICA is informed by the various roles that I have had in the organization. I was Board Member-at-Large for the Africa & Oceania region from 2012-14, and Vice-Chair (2013-15) and Chair (2015-17) of the Global Communication & Social Change Division. I have been actively involved with the Membership and Internationalization Committee (2016-17) and the Nominations Committee (2015-16).  

I also convened a highly successful ICA regional conference in October 2014 in Brisbane, Australia, which delegates from 20 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region attended. More recently, I played a central role in leading the bid team for the 2020 ICA Annual Conference to be held in The Gold Coast, Australia—particularly in securing the participation of the leading universities in the South-East Queensland region.  

I have attended all ICA annual conferences since 2008, as well as regional conferences in Melbourne and Shanghai. I was also involved in establishing an affiliate relationship between the Australian and New Zealand Communication (ANZCA) and the ICA.  

Priorities for the ICA
A global organization 
Until recently, the internationalization of the ICA was measured in terms of U.S./non-U.S. membership. What has become apparent, however, is that a growth in non-U.S. membership is not synonymous with internationalization, as there are well-represented and underrepresented nations within regions. There is a keenly felt need to grow membership in Africa and Latin America in particular, where very active local groups have begun forging important communities of scholars with a growing engagement with ICA. There are also regions such as China where ICA membership has grown rapidly, but there is not Executive Board membership. 

As ICA President, I will further advance the successful initiative around ICA regional conferences, helping to ensure that events held in a particular nation draw upon scholarship around the region, as well as further grow and diversify ICA membership. I will also clarify guidelines around Board membership for “underrepresented regions.” I will also aim to further diversify the range of cities and nations where the ICA annual conference is held, noting that in many parts of the world the “one size fits all” approach of the large international hotel is not the most appropriate one. In particular, more attention needs to be given to conference options in Asia and Latin America. We also need to be aware as an Association of any implications arising from U.S. government policies for the participation of scholars globally in ICA conferences. 

Advancing the public role of communication scholarship 
In these times of alleged “fake news” and “posttruth” politics, the public contribution of communications scholars is of the utmost importance. I will work closely with the ICA staff and with members on how best to communicate the research findings of our membership across multiple media and digital platforms. 

I will also endeavor to identify those communication debates where a global dialogue is required, and develop administrative processes that help to facilitate ICA researchers’ abilities to play a key role in this. Among topics that are of significance in this regard are the social responsibilities of global digital platforms, Net Neutrality and the future of Internet governance, and dealing with online abuse and harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, or religious affiliation. This will include submissions to public enquiries, participation in relevant international forums, and online initiatives to engage ICA members.  

Promoting interdisciplinary dialogue among Divisions and Interest Groups 
The ICA has recently experienced significant growth in the number of Divisions and Interest Groups. This has been an important part of the overall growth of ICA membership, as it has encouraged those who may not have seen their own research as being within the broad ICA umbrella to join as they identify with these emergent groups. At the same time, this growth has presented challenges for conference organizers in scheduling a diverse array of papers and panels, as well as governance issues for the Association (e.g. how big should the Board of Directors be?). 
The intellectual challenge that I am particularly keen to address is that of how to promote interdisciplinary dialogue across the 23 Divisions and nine Interest Groups now in existence. We know that there is considerable overlap between Division and Interest Group membership, and that there are topics of shared concern that would benefit from cross-Divisional/Interest Group dialogue. I will work towards ensuring that there are both spaces within the ICA conference program for such interdisciplinary events, and that discussions take place with ICA journal editors about the possibility of special themed issues that capture these dialogues.  
Research and publications innovation  
The new opportunities presented by the ICA’s publishing agreement with Oxford University Press are considerable, and if elected I look forward to working with the ICA journal editors on how to best disseminate the excellent academic work that is associated with our journals. I am also interested in further exploration of online, open-access publishing models, along the lines of the highly successful International Journal of Communication.  
Awards and prizes  
There have been great initiatives in ICA awards and prizes in recent years, particularly around diversifying the pool of recipients of ICA Fellows to better reflect the diversity of the ICA membership. But there is scope to develop new awards that are particularly focused on early career scholars, who would benefit from such awards in their tenure applications. I will actively promote new awards focused on early career scholars, aiming to ensure that they also reflect the diversity of the ICA membership. 

About me 
I am Professor of Media and Communication and Assistant Dean (Research) in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. My work has been focused on both global media and digital media, with a strong interest in the dynamics of media industries, the political economy of media, and media policy. More recently, this work has also extended into research into the creative industries, as well as digital transformations in journalism.  
I am the author or coauthor of eight books, including New Media: An Introduction (now in its Fourth Edition) and Understanding Global Media, as well as three edited books, including Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State. I am the author of 83 journal articles and 49 book chapters; my work has been translated into Chinese, Polish and Arabic. I have been engaged with research projects in Australia and internationally that have received very significant government and industry funding.  
I have been strongly engaged with international networks as both a researcher and as a teacher. I have been a keynote speaker in China, Japan, Russia, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Austria, Portugal, the US, the UK, and New Zealand. I am an Academic Expert of the China Institute for Cultural Trade Research at the Beijing International Studies University, and a Member of the Consortium Board for the EU Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree in Digital Communication Leadership. I have convened and taught courses in Hong Kong and China, and have advised on communications curriculum to five universities, including the University of Colorado.  

My service activities have included service to the discipline, engagement in public policy, advising on national research policy, and editing academic journals. I have been on the Executive of ANZCA since 2002, and was President in 2009-10. I chaired the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Media Content Classification Scheme in 2011-12, appointed by the Attorney General of Australia. I have advised leading Australian and international organizations, including Cisco Systems, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Fairfax Media, Telstra, and the Special Broadcasting Service.  

I was a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts from 2013-15, and on the review panel for the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia research evaluation exercise. I am on the Editorial Board of 13 academic journals, and was the founding editor of Communication Research and Practice, established as a new academic journal in the field in 2015 and published by Taylor & Francis.  
My full academic profile, including all publications, can be viewed at http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/flew/

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Candidate Statement for ICA 2017 Presidential Election: Akira Miyahara

Posted By Akira Miyahara, Seinan Gakuin U, Friday, September 1, 2017
Akira Miyahara

The International Communication Association, steadily growing in its international and interdisciplinary diversity, is committed to its mission: “to advance the scholarly study of human communication by encouraging and facilitating excellence in academic research worldwide.” In light of the increasingly precarious international dynamics and concerns over an unpredictable future, it gives me a great honor and a sense of responsibility to run for president of ICA as it embraces multiple duties and communicative opportunities to help understand these issues and work towards improving the quality of life for all. 

I began attending ICA’s annual conferences in 1979 when I was a graduate student at Penn State. In 2015 I was elected member-at-large for East Asia and at that time I became involved in ICA board activities, helping to bring a non-Western perspective into deliberations. My engagement and interest in ICA’s administrative processes grew in 2016 when I served as an organizer for the ICA conference in Fukuoka, my hometown, making local arrangements and preparing documents for participants who needed visas to travel to Japan. I appreciated assisting them, as I had been in their situation before. In fact I was happy to be a “guarantor” to over 200 ICA members!

If elected I will work in close alliance and in humility with the knowledgeable predecessors and motivated ICA staff to make this organization a truly international platform and liaison for communication scholars. To maximize the contribution to the world community, ICA’s organizational efforts need to be visible and to effectively engage an even larger part of our membership than it does now, taking advantage of the rich diversity and expertise of our members. The president’s role is to 1) motivate and facilitate our members’ academic work; 2) provide networks for the members’ collaboration; and 3) function as a gatekeeper to manage the flow of information and resources with outside academic, governmental, and civic communities.

I will aim at the following targets in organizing the 2019 annual conference in Washington, D.C. as president-elect, and in continuing as President in 2020:

Encouraging and facilitating dialogues among the members  
ICA has grown diverse in the areas of academic interest pursued by its 23 divisions and 9 interest groups. While this is a healthy sign that ICA has been responding sensitively and sensibly to social needs of our fluid contemporary world, excessive diversification risks fragmentation. ICA has reached the status as the most reputable academic organization to study communication, but it has yet to fully embrace international perspectives. I will encourage and support transnational elements in the studies our researchers undertake so the outcomes of discussion have a broad range of global applications.

Differences among the areas of inquiry in terms of research philosophy, methodology, and application are what energize ICA. Scholars with Euro-American research philosophies and their non-Western counterparts have much to learn from each other. Researchers in all areas of interest should work to claim that there are “other” and equally meaningful ways to communicate, conduct research, and apply the outcomes.   

Empowering members from underrepresented areas 
While ICA has over 4,300 members from 85 countries, the US and Europe dominate; membership comprises 59% from North America, 22% from Europe, 10% from Asia, and a mere 3% from Africa and Oceania. The ICA membership needs to become more balanced to be called “international.”

The presence of participants from many countries at the annual conference may project an international ambiance, but it does not guarantee ICA’s status as a genuinely internationalized research community, addressing the world’s urgent human needs. I will seek input from and provide networks for regional members-at-large, division chairs, and leaders of national communication associations to promote more collaborative and transnational research. 

To realize such collaborative endeavors, ICA members must find it equally feasible to attend our annual conferences. My visa document writing experience was a wake-up call for further support for the ICA members who are unable to participate in the conference in person, due to political and/or financial obstacles. 

Even when they do come, some participants may feel like “visitors” because their interests in inquiries unique to their cultures are not adequately recognized. The atmosphere must be more open to allow exchange of differing views so every member goes home feeling that their voices were heard. Webinar and Skype help, but nothing serves us better than face-to-face discussions.

We can follow up regional conferences through building networks by, for example, inviting authors of top student papers to the following ICA annual meeting, and matching regional scholars to internationally famed researchers for mentoring. Sponsorship in the form of travel grants from the national and local governments and businesses helps. My experience in obtaining the donation from Fukuoka City for ICA 2016 is a testament to the local governments’ willingness to support an international conference like ICA’s.

Furthermore, scholars who are not native speakers of English but have potential to contribute to the advancement of our field often find it difficult to attend the annual conference or submit their papers to journals. As a nonnative English speaker I can empathize with international participants for their anxiety and frustration. Collaboration between non-English speaking scholars and native speakers is the most effective, if not the only way to help international researchers feel comfortable with conducting and presenting their research. Mentoring by and collaboration with English-speaking scholars facilitated by ICA will provide excellent encouragement. English-speaking researchers can also benefit from associating with their international colleagues.

Gatekeeping between academia and the practitioners
No academic discipline is of value without useful, practical applications of its inquiries’ results. We are studying communication, the most pragmatic aspect of human life, and it will be an irony if we underestimate our connectivity to the “real world.” I will encourage more dialogues between scholars and practitioners on international issues like immigration, terrorism, territorial conflicts, tourism, etc. Our 2019 conference in the U.S. capital will be an excellent opportunity to which we can invite professionals from such sectors as U.S. government, foreign embassies, health care, hospitality, IT, media, and tourism.

We can further publicize the necessity and value of our discipline to the consumers of the research outcomes, at the same time inviting the practitioners to voice their needs for inquiries. Only through such mutually beneficial exchange of ideas can the members of any academic organization reaffirm their raison d’être and continue contributing to the society.

My personal and administrative experiences
I believe my bicultural orientation will help me serve in the leadership role of ICA, identifying complex cross-cultural issues, and developing solutions from multiple perspectives. I have learned through my experiences how to be interdependent and humble in certain situations, while independent and straightforward when the situation calls for an assertive leader. A little sense of humor—e.g., being able to laugh at my own little mistakes—helps adjust to situations.

I was born and educated in Japan till I first traveled to the US as an exchange student. I spent 10 subsequent years there as a graduate student, full-time college instructor, and researcher. After going back to Japan, where I am now professor at Seinan Gakuin University, I have returned to the U.S. for a total of three years as a Fulbright researcher, and visiting scholar at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where I had taught, and University of Hawaii. I have also enhanced my international experience by being an exchange professor at Aix-Marseille Université in France. I will continue to pursue global collaborations as an exchange professor at Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan in 2019.

My administrative experiences include presidency of the Japan Communication Association (JCA) for 5 years, during which we sponsored a joint forum with ICA, commemorating the 40th anniversary of JCA. I emphasized the value of the components to the system by attending all seven regional conferences, and by encouraging the members to exchange their views and outcomes of their work beyond the regional borders. As a result of this leadership direction, JCA has become a more strongly knit group of communication researchers in Japan. I have also been president of Japan-U.S. Communication Association (JUCA, an NCA affiliate) since 2010. Connecting JUCA and JCA has been one of my central goals, and I am pleased that members of both organizations have now begun to collaborate. 

While I was the director of International Education at Seinan, I developed exchange programs with schools throughout world. I have been appointed by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to chair committees to assess college communication programs. I have authored a dozen articles and book chapters in English, and seven books in Japanese. The textbook I wrote in 2006, Introduction to Communication Theory, has been widely used at universities in Japan. My research revolves around cross-cultural issues in medical communication.

In conclusion, I believe my experiences as an academic and administrator will serve me well as ICA president.  I will be honored to serve as your President and am very excited about the prospect of leading our world-class association.

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ICA Online Elections Begin 1 September

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 1, 2017
On 1 September, ICA members will begin voting for association-wide and Division/Interest Group officers.

Like previous years, the vote will take place using an online-only ballot that is easy to use, expense free, and green.

Polls will remain open until Monday, 16 October at 16:00 UTC.

To access the ballot from the ICA website, members will need their ICA login name and password. Members, please make sure that ICA has your correct e-mail address so that the association can send you an announcement of the election and a link to the ballot. The ICA website allows you to personally verify, correct, and/or update the information.

The association-wide elections include the 1-year term for President-Elect-Select. Candidates for the position are Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) and Akira Miyahara (Seinan Gakuin U). Members will also have the chance to elect a Student & Early Career Representative for a 2-year term: Thomas J. Billard (U of California, Santa Barbara), Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts), Jacob T. Fisher (U of California, Santa Barbara), Rico Neumann (U of Washington), and Lucas Youngyorst (U of Minnesota).

The statements for the presidential candidates and bylaw change will appear later in the issue of the Newsletter. Divisional candidates and all other statements will appear on the ICA election page.

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President's Message: Looking Ahead to ICA’s 2017 Regional Conferences

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President, McMaster U, Friday, September 1, 2017
It’s the twilight of summer here in North America and we are anticipating the beginning of our autumn/winter university terms. As well, this very day, we are preparing to witness a rare event: the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse for North America since 1979, also causing a partial eclipse in parts of Latin America and the UK. We only have 85% viewing here in Canada, but clear skies are predicted. Moments like this make me feel gratitude for having the time and space to revel in this event with my children and neighbours. It also makes me think of the dangers of assuming what Canadian communication scholar Jody Berland terms a “colonial spatiality”—assuming a north-centered perspective of the world. It makes me recall that in other parts of the world, there is no eclipse, it’s not summer, and in most places, no on-hand, leftover cereal boxes, aluminum foil, internet instructions, and spare time to make one’s personal eclipse-viewing theatre. Today is a treat for us in North America but elsewhere there are different realities.

This kind of thinking is not meant to be a buzzkill, but a reality check for us as members of a large and diverse globe. With that seasonal shift in mind, your past ICA presidents and regional ICA members have been busy planning our next opportunities to engage underrepresented parts the world in ICA’s community. This work is often invisible and unrecognized, and I thus want to share with you the organizers’ efforts to create these unique ICA events. Following the third year of their 5-year term, your Past Presidents take on the task of regional conference planning. This entails site and local team creation, ongoing administrative and organizational support in planning (from conference theme and  calls, to haranguing reviewers, session planning, etc.), and finally, in-person participation and cofacilitation of the events. At the same time, numerous regional members on the ground are busy obtaining permissions, sponsors, speakers, organizing venues and conference materials, and more to ensure the events are successful and have broad participation—labour that is tireless and often unrecognized.

In the coming “term” we have two large regional events occurring—one in Uganda and the other in India. The first is a regional research and publication workshop in Entebbe, Uganda, facilitated by the indefatigable Sr./Dr. Land of Daystar University (who organized our first ICA Africa regional conference only one year ago, in October 2016), with assistance from Amy Jordan, myself, and a large regional organizing team. The call went out in summer, and we now have over 125 proposed extended abstracts from participants. Over 20 of your ICA colleagues have volunteered, and are self-funding their trips, to serve as comentors. The enthusiastic regional organizing group in Entebbe is busily preparing to host us at Uganda Martyrs University, to immerse us in their academic community.

At the same time, Dr. Mira K Desai, Dr. Binod C Agrawal and Prof. Shashikala Wanjari are busy organizing a South Asian Regional Conference in Mumbai, India in December, assisted by a large, regionally representative committee and by past presidents Peter Vorderer, Francois Hendryxck, and Peng Awa Ang. Entitled “Communications Research in the Digital Age,” the event will be hosted by SNDT (Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey) Women’s University. The conference is attracting a host of Indian scholars new to ICA as well as regional scholars and has received a strong number of proposals; more information is available at https://sndt.ac.in/upcoming-event/2017/ica-asia-regional/organising-team.htm.

I am always enthused by the numbers of current ICA members who flock to regional conferences to learn from regional scholars, expand their research networks and open the doors of ICA to new members. This organization continues to drive forward toward greater inclusion and diversity. A special word of thanks to our hard-working local organizing committee members—we recognize and appreciate your efforts! We are looking forward to the publications, outcomes and networks arising from these historic events, and to our next engagements in these regions.

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ICA is Excited to Announce That the Paper Management System is Now Open! 

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 1, 2017

ICA invites you to submit your paper or proposal for the 68th ICA Annual Conference to be held in Prague, Czech Republic in 2018. The conference will take place in the Hilton Prague hotel from 24-28 May 2018. Preconference events will be held on Wednesday, 23 May and Thursday, 24 May. The conference theme is “Voices.”
Click here (http://www.icahdq.org/page/cfp2018) for the conference Call for Papers. 

To access ICA’s paper management system, please click here (http://www.icahdq.org/cfp/index.asp). You do not have to be an ICA member but you do need a profile. Please use your user ID to access the system. If you have used the system before, but cannot recall your information please use the ‘Search for My Profile’ function. We do not encourage multiple profiles, so please try to refrain from creating duplicate profiles. 

Tips for Online Submission:


Have your document ready to upload! You MUST upload a paper or extended abstract in order to complete the submission process. Before submitting your document, remember to remove all author identification from the text, cover page, and the file properties. (In the “File” menu select “Properties,” delete any identifying information, click “OK,” and save the document.) 


Plan ahead! The Session Organizer submits the panel proposal, and enters all of the panel information including the abstract rationale, and listing of all panel participants. When entering a panel participant, please SEARCH THE DATABASE for the participants. ENTER ONLY 2 OR 3 LETTERS OF THE FIRST AND LAST NAMES WHEN SEARCHING. This strategy will minimize the possibility of missing a record because of a ‘special’ character in the first or last names. Creating a second record for a person already in the database will cause problems in the future. In the Panel Description field enter the text of your panel proposal including rationale, presentation authors and titles, and abstracts or any other information mentioned in the Call for Papers. You can do this by copying and pasting the text of the panel proposal from your Word document. 

If your topic crosses the interests of several divisions or interest groups, and relates to this year’s theme, Communicating with Power, consider submitting your work or paper as a theme session for the conference, rather to a single specialty division. 

Communicating power is about communicating—both sending and receiving—powerfully or forcefully. This is reaching out to the influencers, not necessarily those just holding formal positions. It is speaking with a louder voice, designing with cleverer graphics, shooting with more artistic and appealing videography. It is gamification so that messages are absorbed and acted upon. It is investigating phenomena and variables that, when better understood, will make a bigger difference with more people, making a corner of the world a better place. The currency of academia is influence. If we can influence to make a positive difference, we will have communicated with power. 

If you have any questions about submitting your work for the theme sessions, please get in touch with this year’s theme chair, Donald Matheson, Canterbury U, donald.matheson@canterbury.ac.nz. We welcome your contributions!  

ICA Member Associations are eligible for at least one panel program at the conference. The highest ranking elected officer or designated program planner of each Member Association is invited to submit a panel proposal through the online submission system by the 1 November submission deadline. Follow the instructions for submitting a panel session and submit under Sponsored Sessions.  

Help is available:  

If you need help with online submission, contact the appropriate ICA division or Interest Group program planner. Contact information is listed in the Call for Papers. All divisions and interest groups are accepting only electronic submissions. 

When you submit your paper, also consider signing up to be a reviewer! Signing up to review is available after you log into the submission site. You do not have to submit a paper to become a reviewer. Volunteering to serve as a reviewer does not guarantee that you will be selected to review. Be sure to mark your areas of expertise, so that you are appropriate matched to a paper to review. 

Important Note: 

Messages or e-mails are regularly sent from ICA or Unit Planners concerning paper submissions or reviewing. Sometimes our e-mails will filter into spam folders, usually of those who have a university address. So be sure to frequently check your message center in the paper submission system after signing in. The message center stores all sent messages and eliminate the problem of universities blocking emails. 

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 1 November 2017; 16:00 UTC 

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Preparing Submissions for the Prague Conference

Posted By Patricia Moy, U of Washington, Friday, September 1, 2017
ICA’s conference submission system is now live, so if you’re planning to submit work for our Prague conference, here are a few key pieces of information to keep in mind.

Deadline: Same date, new time
ICA’s paper submission deadline for the Prague conference is 1 November 2017 at 16:00 UTC (or 12:00 EST). As always, ICA staff are available to address any last-minute issues authors might have in uploading their submissions. And as always, we encourage early submissions.

Submission formats
ICA submissions that are accepted for presentation in Prague will appear in all guises – as full papers, extended abstracts, panel proposals, works in progress, interactive paper presentations, high-density sessions, hybrid high-density sessions, and special extended sessions. This breadth of submissions formats reflects the creativity of Division and Interest Group planners to accommodate more quality submissions. Planners regularly implement novel formats, so be sure to check the guidelines  issued by the Division or Interest Group in which you hope to present your research. 

Theme submissions
This year’s conference theme, “Voices,” invites a closer examination of how voice is conceptualized and plays out – not only in today’s complex and multidimensional world, but also in the numerous microcosms we inhabit. If your scholarship examines any aspect of voice – e.g., how it is created, represented, extinguished, or coopted; how it is expressed across various settings; how it can impact relationships or policies -- consider submitting your work as a theme paper or panel. The contexts, conceptualizations, and manifestations of voice are myriad; you can find examples in the call for papers .

Some Divisions and Interest Groups have included in their call for papers a request for theme-specific submissions. However, if your work fits under the purview of multiple Divisions and Interest Groups, it is better suited as a conference-theme submission. Donald Matheson (U of Canterbury), our conference theme chair, and I encourage submissions that collectively examine voice(s) from multiple epistemologies and methodologies – not too difficult with 32 Divisions and Interest Groups! A subset of these works will populate an edited volume, so please consider contributing to the Prague conference theme. 

Volunteering as a reviewer
ICA conference submissions have grown steadily over the years, which has made for a more robust set of intellectual exchanges. However, this means we need additional reviewers to provide feedback on these submissions. On behalf of the many, many program planners who strive each year to find a sufficient number of qualified reviewers without overwhelming each one, I hope that you will volunteer to review submissions – through the online system, in response to a call for reviewers issued by your Division, or via some other mechanism. It is only through your time and intellectual largesse – as an author and a reviewer – that ICA can continue to thrive.

Blue skies ahead…

With pre- and postconference proposals due 1 September and papers and panels due 1 November, what’s left? Blue Sky Workshops! A recent innovation at ICA, these workshops offer conference attendees an opportunity to engage with current concerns within our discipline – for instance, professional development, internationalization, and open access (to name but a few). The call for proposals for Blue Sky Workshops will be posted later this year. 

I welcome your engagement with the conference on all fronts. If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me at pmoy@uw.edu.

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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Pat Aufderheide, American U, Friday, September 1, 2017
Dear ICA,

My paper, on representations of race through the images and video young adults share on social media platforms, was accepted for an online journal. I’m planning to include some examples, including videos. I’m pretty sure I can reproduce images without getting permission, but not sure if I can use an entire video as an example. Some of these videos are Vines, so that’s less than 30 seconds. So can I get away with it?


Dear Worried,

Your peers strongly agree that you do not need permission to reproduce work you are analyzing, or using to illustrate an argument in scholarly writing, as you can see from ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication. Look especially at Section One, “Analysis, Criticism, and Commentary of Copyrighted Material” and Section Two, “Quoting Copyrighted Material For Illustration.” As the document explains, a transformative purpose is key to your employment of the fair use doctrine, and so is using an appropriate amount. There are no hard and fast rules anywhere in fair use law. So 30 seconds, 400 words, seven changes, 10 percent and many other pieces of folklore are just that. The Code explains the logic of fair use, which will help you with the reasoning to decide not only whether to employ fair use, but how much to use. Sometimes the appropriate amount is 100 percent; a meme that only had the top half would be pointless, for example. If you have to watch the entire video to understand the point being made in the article, then you may need the whole video. But you need to decide this, on the basis of the principles and limitations in Section One or Section Two of the Code, whichever best applies to your situation.
Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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Student Column: Meet the SECAC 2017-2018 Team!

Posted By Tamar Lazar, U of Haifa and Julie Escurignan, U of Roehampton, Friday, September 1, 2017

Now is that time of the year when the ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) starts its annual activities. While you are always invited to learn about what we do from our SECAC website, we dedicate our September column to tell you more about who we are. Please, meet the 2017-2018 team: 

Tamar Lazar, Student Board Member and SECAC Chair  
I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Haifa, Israel, with 25 years of professional career in Organizational Communication management and consulting, working with leading local and global companies. My research is focused on the organizational discourse surrounding recent workers’ unionization efforts in Israel. This is a significant trend where communication in general and particularly mobile social media play a most important role.  

I believe that throughout our personal stages in life and the career paths we chose, we, as early-career scholars, should ask challenging questions and lead an ongoing multidisciplinary conversation– trying to bridge the gaps between theory and practice.  

E-mail: tamar@tamarlazar.co.il  Web Site: Tamar Lazar 

Julie Escurignan, Student Board Member and SECAC Vice-Chair 
I am a doctoral researcher in Film and Television Studies at the University of Roehampton, London. My research focuses on questions of cross-media, cross-border and cross-cultural adaptations in television series in association with the AHRC-funded network Media Across Borders. My PhD, for which I conduct the ‘Game of Thrones Fans Project’, looks at the transmedia experience of Game of Thrones’ transnational fans.  

As students and early-career scholars, we sometimes tend to stay by ourselves and forget that we are not alone, but a community constituted of other likeminded individuals. I hope we can strengthen this community so that wherever you are in the world, whenever you need it, you find support in our community. 

E-mail: escurigj@roehampton.ac.uk Twitter: @JulieEscurignan  
Website: Julie Escurignan  

David Cheruiyot, Member of SECAC  
I am a PhD student and lecturer at Karlstad University in Sweden. I study media/press criticism and journalistic accountability in Kenya and South Africa. I was born and raised in Kenya. I previously worked as a journalist, between 2004 and 2014.

I have served as a representative of ICA-SECAC since 2016. It has been exciting to meet and interact with students and early-career scholars from different parts of the world at ICA events. I am passionate about internationalization – increasing/diversifying participation of young scholars in ICA, especially those from regions that are understudied in various media and communication fields.  

E-mail: david.cheruiyot@kau.se Twitter: @DavidCheruiyot  
Website: David – Karlstad University 

Omar Al Ghazzi, Member of SECAC 
When nominated by (former) ICA President Amy Jordan, I looked forward to the opportunity to serve on SECAC. By then, I had completed my PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication, the University of Pennsylvania, and started as a Lecturer (Assistant Prof) at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Journalism Studies. I am now joining the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) as an Assistant Professor. Navigating the job market on both sides of the Atlantic, I am keen to share my experiences about that challenging period in a scholar’s career. 

Twitter: @omar_alghazzi

Camella Rising, Member of the SECAC and Health Communication Division SEC representative 
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at George Mason University in Virginia, U.S.A. and have 15 years of experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). My research is focused on health, family, and lifespan communication in the context of prostate and breast cancer. The way families navigate and integrate offline and online information and social support into family communication about cancer is a strong research interest.  

As students and early-career professionals it’s easy to forget about the connection between our health and the quality of our work. Even though I’m an RDN there are times when I’ve forgotten too! I’ve found that good sleep, eating well, exercising, and mindfulness meditation help tremendously. 

E-mail: crising@gmu.edu  Twitter: @Camunicates  
Website: camellarising.wordpress.com 

Ido Ramati, Member of the SECAC and Philosophy, Theory, Critique Division SEC representative
I am a PhD candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. I am interested in the history and philosophy of media. Exploring the connection between technology, language, and users, I focus on the role of media technologies in the revitalization of Modern Hebrew and examine how processes that started at the 19th century still shape lingual and social reality today. In the last ICA annual conference, I started my two-year membership in SECAC. My tip for early-career scholars is: during the annual ICA conferences try attending various sessions of different divisions to enrich your experience! 

E-mail: ido.ramati@mail.huji.ac.il   
Website: https://scholars.huji.ac.il/smart/ido-ramati-0 


We hope that getting to know us a little more will make all of you more comfortable with coming to us if you have any queries or questions. This year more than ever we want to foster communication between students and early-career scholars from around the world on our social media platforms. The latter will be enhanced and enriched with more content dedicated to you. But of course, these platforms cannot exist without you. So please exchange, share, discuss! Use our Facebook page to connect with other likeminded individuals, ask questions, share opportunities, collaborate with other researchers and, most importantly, make friends! 

We are a community. Let’s not forget to act like one!

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Posted By Administration, Friday, September 1, 2017


Jingsi Wu
(Hofstra U) has a new publication on research monograph called, Entertainment and Politics in Contemporary China.

This book advances research about China by providing an updated narrative of its entertainment life in the beginning of China’s twenty-first century. As the rest of the world continues to pay keen attention to developments in China’s politics, economy, and culture, the book provides insights on fascinating new developments in contemporary Chinese popular culture—including its reality television, family dramas centered around younger generations’ life struggles, and social media. Furthermore, Entertainment and Politics in Contemporary China is the first book to apply the theoretical innovation of an aesthetic public sphere in examining closely the linkages between China’s political life and activities in the country’s culture sphere. Since concepts of public sphere and democracy largely took root from the West, the author argues that this case study of China promises valuable insights about entertainment’s role in the formation of citizenship and building of a civil society, which remains a site of great contention in Western theories and empirical efforts.


Recent Digitization of the Journal Studies in Visual Communication

The journal Studies in Visual Communication was only available to scholars through hardbound archives, but now is fully digitalized and publicly available online. To learn more about the journal, visit this link: https://www.asc.upenn.edu/news-events/news/studies-visual-communication-now-available-online.



Ryan Bisel (U of Oklahoma), has a new publication called Organiztional Moral Learning: A Communication Approach.  

Published by Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Organizational-Moral-Learning-A-Communication-Approach/Bisel/p/book/9781138119567;  ISBN: 978-1138119567 (paperback); ISBN: 978-1138119543 (hardcover); ISBN: 978-1138119543 (e-book) 

Extensive work in psychology and neuroscience reveals that individuals are born with moral intuitions, and this volume capitalizes on that recent insight to provide a new perspective of how to lead organizational ethics. Organizational Moral Learning presents communication-based recommendations for managers and leaders to encourage authentic moral dialogue at work so that these discussions can be used to update work practices vigilantly as organizations strive for ethical excellence. Organizational ethics are crucial to individual, organizational, national, and even global well-being, and this work leads a revolution in thinking about how to manage organizational ethics. Written accessibly for students and practitioners alike, this book provides a leading-edge look at organizational ethics based on science and research applicable to a worldwide audience.


Have you published a book recently?

Have you recently published a book in communication? If so, your publisher should be exhibiting with ICA during the Prague conference in 2018 and advertising in upcoming Newsletters and conference materials. Maybe your publisher would like to schedule a book signing or reception during the conference. Contact Jennifer Le at jle@icahdq.org to discuss the possibilities!

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