Divisions: Intercultural Communication
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  • Soumia Bardhan Chair

    Assistant Professor of Intercultural/International Communication
    University of Colorado Denver
    1201 Larimer St., Ste. 3317


  • Amanda Alencar Vice Chair

 Assistant Professor of Media and Communication 

 Erasmus University Rotterdam

 Woudestein, Van der Goot building M8-50
 P.O. Box 1738, NL 3000 DR | +31 631938282



Juana Du Secretary

Associate professor of Communication and Culture

Royal Roads University

2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC
B 5Y2
T  250-391-2600 ext. 4563




The Intercultural Communication Division is committed to trace, shed light, and engage the historical and contemporary urgencies, issues, and challenges of global and local intercultural communication dynamics from multiple paradigmatic lenses, and in multiple settings and contexts. Specifically, through diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, the emphasis of the division is to examine, analyze, and critique intercultural problematics arising from different cultural values that affect the nature and/or determine the outcome of a communication interaction, that reach within as well as beyond specific relational episodes and communicative moments, profoundly impacting individuals and communities. The goal of the division, therefore, is to foster and facilitate scholarship that leads to the creation and exchange of knowledge for meaningful change, connection, and/or justice and intervention efforts for local and global communities in intercultural contexts.

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Amanda P. Alencar wrote on the Divisions: Intercultural Communication wall: Dear members: Please see below another interesting CfPs in the context of next year's ICA conference in Gold Coast. International Communication Association 2020 Preconference Gold Coast, Australia **Digital Cultures of South Asia: Inequalities, Infrastructures, Informatization** Link to CFP online: Preconference Digital South Asia Date & Time: 9:00 am to 5.00 pm, Thursday, May 21, 2020 Location: Onsite, 2020 ICA Main Conference Venue, Gold Coast, Australia Organizers: Radhika Parameswaran (rparames@indiana.edu, Indiana University), Sangeet Kumar (kumars@denison.edu, Denison University), Kalyani Chadha (kchadha@umd.edu, University of Maryland), Adrian Athique (a.athique@uq.edu.au, University of Queensland) and Pradip Thomas (pradip.thomas@uq.edu.au, University of Queensland). Conference Coordinator: Roshni Susana Verghese, roshnisusana@gmail.com ICA Division Affiliations: Global Communication and Social Change, Popular Communication, Intercultural Communication, Ethnicity & Race in Communication, and the South Asian Communication Association (SACA). Institutional Sponsors: The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA; The Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Department of Communication, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, USA; School of Communication and Arts and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, Australia. Preconference Description Characterized by a mobile phone led connectivity boom and the cheapest data prices in the world (McCarthy 2019), South Asia has emerged as a region with the greatest potential for the future growth of Internet users. Indeed, as such, the area is not only central to any attempts at imagining the future of digital media globally, but it also constitutes a fertile territorial and cultural space for scholarly inquiry into the various dimensions of expanding digital life in the region. Consequently, this preconference focuses on exploring digital developments and their political, economic, social and cultural implications in the context of postcolonial South Asia and its global diaspora. The preconference draws inspiration from scholars who have sought to de-westernize digital media studies through their granular and interdisciplinary accounts of varied aspects of digital life in non-western countries. It is also grounded in the notion that the historical, political and social specificities of postcolonial South Asia necessitate the production of knowledge on digital culture— both conceptual and empirical— that explores the heterogeneities and complexities of the diverse nations that constitute the region. We envisage this preconference to be a forum for illuminating the varied dialectical forces that are at play in South Asia in shaping digital culture in ways that are similar to but also quite different from other parts of the world. In pursuit of these objectives, we invite submissions that cover a broad range of topics set in South Asia, including, but not limited to scholarly areas such as: • Issues of digital access, connectivity and inequality (social asymmetries of caste, gender, sexuality, religion, language, and class) • Online mobilization by activist communities to protest inequities and advocate for social change • Nature and implications for sovereignty of governance and infrastructure regimes emerging across the region, particularly as they relate to data collection and commodification, security and privacy • The political economy of digital media and the impact of digital technologies on the mainstream media landscape in entertainment and news media • Rise of new genres of informational and artistic representation— including parody, satire, and humor—in online spaces such as YouTube • Role of digital and social media in the transformation of contemporary politics, including campaigns and elections • Transformations in the business and content of journalism, the rise of fake news, misinformation as well as hate and extreme speech • Vernacular community formation in local, national and transnational/diasporic South Asian digital spaces • New transnational digital circuits of cultural production and consumption—fueled by affinities of caste, gender, class and sexuality—within and beyond South Asia The preconference aims to bring together ICA participants as well as scholars from around the world who are interested in digital culture in the Global South, with a particular focus on South Asia. Presentations and conversations at the preconference will be geared to achieve the following broad goals: build theory sensitive to the nuances of the region, strengthen analytical frameworks, foster interdisciplinarity, encourage critical thinking, and address empirical gaps in research. ** Keynote speakers to be determined and announced in Spring 2020. ** Submission and participation details Extended abstract due: Monday, January 20th, 2020 Final decisions on acceptance: Friday, February 14th, 2020 At this time we invite authors to submit extended abstracts (700 to 1,000 words) that describe the main thesis and arguments, research goals, theoretical influences/frameworks, and to the extent possible, the methodological background and findings of their papers. The preconference organizers welcome diverse theoretical and methodological approaches and varied modes of analyses. Please make sure you include a title for your abstract. We request you to anonymize your document by removing all identifying information from it. Very poorly written abstracts as well as those that do not relate to South Asia will be automatically rejected. Abstract submissions will be reviewed and final decisions communicated by February 14th, 2020. Please submit your extended abstracts to conference coordinator Dr. Roshni Susana Verghese at roshnisusana@gmail.com. Based on the volume and the quality of submissions, we intend to explore a potential thematic publication of preconference materials as a special issue in a journal or as an edited volume. Registration fees: With financial support from institutional sponsors and ICA Divisions, the registration fees for the preconference will be under $20. The registration fees will cover refreshments for two breaks and lunch. This is a flat fee for anyone who wishes to present at or simply attend the preconference (without a presentation), including all ICA student and faculty members. There are no prerequisites for submitting abstracts, registering for and participating in the preconference. All attendees will need to create an ICA profile to register. Finally, we expect all presenters will attend the preconference event for the full day. If you are traveling from overseas, we advise you to arrive on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and make appropriate accommodation arrangements for that night. -----
Posted Thursday, December 26, 2019
Amanda P. Alencar wrote on the Divisions: Intercultural Communication wall: Dear colleagues, Please find the following CfP below that might be of interest to you. What: Conference on Critical Approaches to Cultural Identities in the Public Sphere: From Ivory Tower to Social Arena When: May 14th & 15th 2020 Where: Dijon, France Deadline for abstracts: October 1st Conference website: http://blog.u-bourgogne.fr/aci2020/ Submit Proposal / Register: https://www.conftool.com/aci2020/ Full Call for Papers: http://blog.u-bourgogne.fr/aci2020/wp-content/uploads/sites/122/2019/07/CfP-ACI2020.pdf This international conference aims to address and bridge the gap between critical approaches to cultural identities common in academia and essentialising discourses increasingly widespread in the public sphere. We would like to bring together researchers from intercultural communication, cultural and postcolonial studies, media studies and other disciplines, who are keen to challenge and deconstruct reductionist discursive stances on culture and identity. Confirmed Keynote Speakers: - Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki) - Vincent Latour (University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès) - Laurence Romani (Stockholm School of Economics) - Gavan Titley (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) The conference is organized by the University of Burgundy (“Text-Image-Language” research group) and supported by the ECREA International and Intercultural Communication division and SAES. Conference languages will be English and French with mediation provided between the two languages. Abstracts of around 800 words, including a short bibliography, in English or French, should be submitted via the conference website by 1st October 2019 for double-blind peer review.
Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Soumia Bardhan posted a new entry in the Call for Travel Award Applications blog in the group Divisions: Intercultural Communication.
Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Soumia Bardhan wrote on the Divisions: Intercultural Communication wall: Call for Travel Award Applications The Intercultural Communication Division will offer two travel grants ($300 each) to support travel to the ICA annual conference in Washington, DC. Applications should include: 1. One-page (double-spaced) statement elaborating how the member’s participation is significant and will benefit their career 2. Personal schedule (presentations and total appearances as chair/respondent, etc. at ICA 2018) 3. CV Travel grants are awarded based on need. In order to qualify, one must be a member of the Intercultural Communication division and must be currently residing in a developing country or one with a transitional economy identified by the United Nations as Tier B and C countries. The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to Monday, 03/25/2019, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time. Please email your application as one pdf file to Soumia Bardhan (sbardhan@ksu.edu). Decision notifications will be sent to awardees by Thursday, March 28. Soumia Bardhan, Vice Chair Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Kansas State University sbardhan@ksu.edu
Posted Thursday, March 21, 2019
Chia-Fang (Sandy) Hsu wrote on the Divisions: Intercultural Communication wall: JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION SPECIAL ISSUE: SPEAKING ACROSS COMMUNICATION SUBFIELDS Guest Editors: Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (Seoul National University) With the rapid growth and development of the field of Communication, it has also become increasingly fragmented, while its subfields – as represented by ICA’s various divisions and interest groups – have become increasingly self-contained. Researchers within the different subfields speak to each other in numerous forums and publications and in ever-growing levels of precision and sophistication, but are often oblivious to related developments in other subfields. Similarly, conceptual, analytical and empirical contributions are discussed in relation to the state-of-the-art within a specific subfield, but often fail to be developed into broader theoretical frameworks. The result is a multiplicity of theoretical, conceptual and empirical fragments, whose interrelationships and relevance for a range of communication processes remain to be established. In this special issue, we look for rigorous, original and creative contributions that speak across multiple subfields of communication. All theoretical approaches as well as methods of scholarly inquiry are welcome, and we are open to various formats and foci: The papers can be based on an empirical study, integrate a series of empirical pieces, thereby proposing a new theory or model, or be primarily theoretical. Their focus can be a specific theory, a specific concept or a set of related concepts, a communication phenomenon that can be better accounted for using a cross-disciplinary perspective, or any other focus that fits the purpose of the special issue. In all forms, the papers should make substantial, original contributions to theoretical consolidation and explicitly discuss the relevance and implications of their research to different subfields. Deadline for full paper submissions is July 15, 2019. The special issue is scheduled for Issue 3, 2020. Submissions should be made through the JOC submission site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcom). Please make sure you click "yes" to the question "is this work being submitted for special issue consideration?" and clearly state in the cover letter that the paper is submitted to the special issue. Manuscripts should strictly adhere to the new JOC submission guidelines. These guidelines will be available on the journal’s website in early January 2019. Before that, they are available upon request from Editor-in-Chief, Lance Holbert, r.lance.holbert@gmail.com. Questions and comments about the special issue should be addressed to Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (keren.tw@mail.huji.ac.il) and Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (chales96@snu.ac.kr). --- CFP for special issue of Journal of Communication: Speaking Across Communication Subfields We are looking for rigorous, original and creative contributions that speak across multiple subfields of communication. Deadline for full papers: July 15, 2019 https://academic.oup.com/joc/pages/2020_cfp_special_issue
Posted Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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