Divisions: Intercultural Communication
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Soumia Bardhan Chair
Assistant Professor of 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

Rain Liu International Liaison

Assistant Professor 
University of Arizona 
1103 E University Blvd
P.O. Box 210025,  Tucson, AZ 85721-0025
(786) 218-6193

Peter Cullen Bryan, PhD Secretary
Pennsylvania State U

Flora Galy-Badenas Student & Early Career Representative
PhD Candidate and Assistant Lecturer
Massey University
+64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63325



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 ICD member-colleagues, It is 18 days until #ica2020 virtual conference! The Intercultural Communication Division will include six online paper sessions on the following themes: 1- Migrants and refugees’ experiences of cultural adaptation, place-making and identification. 2- The importance of context and culture: Expanding interpretive frameworks in acculturation, identity and consumer behaviour research 3- Cultural Stereotypes and Misinformation 4- Intercultural Communication in International Contexts 5- Cross-cultural adaptation, identities and digital technologies 6- Media Representation of 'The Other' Additionally, we will host our 'Top Papers in Intercultural Communication' virtual session with five papers this year! More information on the six thematic paper sessions, poster presentations and the Top Papers session will follow soon.
Posted Sunday, May 3, 2020
Amanda P. Alencar wrote on the Divisions: Intercultural Communication wall: Dear members, I hope you are doing well and managing the current moment in the best possible way. On behalf of the Intercultural Communication Division, we would like to thank you for your support and commitment to present your work at the 70th Annual ICA virtual conference. The 2020 ICA conference organizing team has been working hard to make this virtual event happen, giving us the opportunity to still have the video presentations of papers. We are writing to provide you with more information about the format of the paper sessions and the technicalities related to preparation of paper presentations that will apply to our Intercultural Communication Division. This year, our division will hold six individual paper sessions and one individual panel presentation (including the session “Top Papers in Intercultural Communication”). After consultation with session chairs and ICA office, our division has decided to host asynchronous sessions and have all presenters upload their video presentations through vFairs (https://app.vfairs.com/backend/index.php/job/upload). Each presenter will be given 12-15 minutes per paper (depending on the number of presenters in the 75-minute sessions; 15 minutes per presentation in a session with 4 papers and 12 minutes in a session with 5 papers). Session chairs can upload an introductory video of the session they are chairing. For this, we kindly ask chairs to just make sure your file is marked correctly when uploading, so ICA administrators know where to put your video file in the session. For those presenting posters, please upload your 12-15 minute video presentation using the VFairs platform. The deadline for uploading all the video recordings of your presentation/s and introduction from chairs is May 13. Following ICA instructions, I would like to highlight that recordings can be done outside of the ICA system and then submitted to the vFairs platform for upload. Very important: The ICA official conference site is a different platform and will be open 24 hours a day from 20 May to 26 May and you can log in, view content, and make comments at any time during that time. We just recommend that presenters revisit their videos here and there to see if there are any questions or comments for them. There will not be any notifications telling them of the comments. There will be training sessions/webinars available on how to upload/navigate the platform for those who want them. I hope that I have provided sufficient information at this moment. More information about our business meeting will be sent in the coming days. Please do not hesitate to reach out for any questions, suggestions and/or concerns you may have. Your suggestions are very welcome! Our division board members will make sure to assist you as much as possible in addressing all questions you may have during this process. I wish you all the best and hope that you stay healthy! Amanda Alencar (Vice Chair of the Intercultural Communication Division)
Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Amanda P. Alencar wrote on the Divisions: Intercultural Communication wall: Dear members, I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to inform you that our Intercultural Communication division together with the Global Communication and Social Change division and LGBTQ interest group are organizing the Preconference "Rethinking the Relationships between Media, Migration and Technology in Times of Crises within and beyond the West". The deadline for abstract submission is February 10th, 2020 after which reviewers will finalize their decisions by February 20th, 2020. A quick access link to the online CFP is provided below, with all the possible themes and questions we would like to explore in this event. We also encourage you to share this call with your networks of faculty and students whose work on media, migration and technology will be appropriate for this call. Submission process: The organizers invite interested participants to submit abstracts of 500 words (including a selection of references) describing the purpose, theory, method(s), results, and conclusions of the scientific study or social intervention project. We also welcome critical, reflexive and creative submissions that provide an insightful perspective on the topics highlighted in this call. Please submit 1) a separate title page including the paper's title and author's details (name, title, and institutional affiliation) and 2) an anonymized abstract. The deadline for submission is 10 February 2020. Acceptance decisions will be announced by 20 February 2020. Please submit your proposals as a PDF file to the following email: pazalencar@eshcc.eur.nl Expected outcome A selection of papers presented at this pre-conference will be included in a special issue proposal to a leading Media and Communication Research journal. We look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Best wishes, Amanda Alencar (also on behalf of the organizing team)
Posted Saturday, January 25, 2020
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
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