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Intergroup Communication Interest Group By-Laws (2019)


Article 1   Name and Purposes

Section 1   Name

The name of this group shall be the Intergroup Communication Interest Group (ICIG) of the International Communication Association.

Section 2   Purposes

The purposes of this interest group are to provide a forum for scholastic discussion and research about intergroup communication. In particular, we aim to stimulate the development and practical application of communication theories that capture the dynamic features of human social interaction across group boundaries. Some relevant topics would include prejudice and discrimination, social identity processes, language survival and death, social influence, leadership, communicative shifts and concomitant effects on relationships, computer mediated communication, linguistic biases, power, terrorism, and genocide. Intergroup communication informs many areas of communication, but this is perhaps mostly so for interactions in the workplace, between cultures, genders, generations, for mass media phenomena, and political communication. The Intergroup Communication Interest Group welcomes qualitative and quantitative approaches including experimental, discursive and social constructionist approaches, and interdisciplinary approaches such as sociolinguistics, anthropology, sociology, and political science.


Article 2   Membership

Section 1   Eligibility

Any active member of the International Communication Association who expresses interest in and subscribes to, the purposes of the Interest Group is eligible for active membership in the ICIG.

Section 2   Membership Acquisition

The full membership of the ICIG shall be those persons who submit a request to be a member of the ICIG on their ICA membership application or renewal.


Article 3   Officers

Section 1   Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary

Officers of the Interest Group consist of a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. The Vice-Chair will be elected biannually, for a term of four years, of which two years will be as Vice-Chair and then two years as Chair. The secretary will be elected biannually for a term of two years. Non-members of ICIG may not be nominated for or hold office. The Interest Group may elect or designate other officers if necessary.

Section 2   Chair and Vice-Chair Responsibilities

2 years as vice-chair: responsible for co-organizing and implementing the division's conference program; this includes developing the call for papers, recruiting paper reviewers, managing the review process, creating the program sessions, and ensuring that the sessions and panels are implemented smoothly at the conference.

2 years as chair: responsible for writing a bi-annual newsletter about the interest group, maintaining and updating the interest group website, attending board of directors meeting (or find a substitute representative), preparing an annual report and agenda for the business meeting, leading the business meeting, organizing top paper and student top paper awards, managing finances, and supervising the elections.

1 year as chair ex officio: Working with the ICA representative for the International Association of Language and Social Psychology to coordinate and/ or promote the IALSP panel.

Section 3  Secretary Responsibilities

Responsible for maintaining a written record of business meetings, collecting attendance and contact information at annual meetings, and assisting the Chair in administering business meetings and development of the biannual newsletter. May also serve as a substitute for ICA meetings if the Chair and Vice-Chair are unavailable.

 Section 4  Officer Election

The election of any officer shall be by vote of only the Active Members of the Interest Group. Elections shall be by electronic vote on a ballot that is incorporated with the ballot for election of officers of the ICA. Such ballots shall be processed and counted, and the results reported according to the procedures employed for the election of officers of the International Communication Association.

Section 5  Officer Removal

Any elected officer may be removed from office by the following procedures: (1) At least one-third of the listed members of the Interest Group must sign a petition to the Executive Secretary of the International Communication Association requesting a special election including nominations for the office in question, (2) The Executive Secretary arranges an extraordinary election within 60 days at the expense of the Interest Group, with the challenged officer(s) on the ballot. The result of the election becomes effective immediately.

Article 4   Meetings

Section 1   Annual Business Meeting

An Annual Business Meeting of the Interest Group shall be held at the time and place of the annual conference.   

Section 2   Quorum

Those members present at the Annual Business Meeting shall constitute a quorum for conducting ICIG business.

Section 3   Passage of Motions and Election Outcomes 

Motions on electronic ballots may be approved and election outcomes determined by a simple majority of those responding.

Article 5   Program Development/Selection

Peer review shall be the primary basis for program development. The co-chairs shall recruit qualified members to review papers, extended abstract, and panel proposals. Program selection will also be guided by the promotion of cross-divisional panels, roundtables and events in collaboration with other Divisions and Interest Groups.

Article 6   Awards

The Interest Group will award Top Three Paper awards and the Howard Giles Top Student Paper award at the annual conference. The top paper award recipients are determined based on the ratings by the paper reviews. In addition to the top paper awards, the ICIG may institute additional awards for scholarly performance. Such awards will be judged by a three panel committee of peers appointed by the co-chairs. The co-chairs will announce a Call for nominations and procedures for nomination in the ICA newsletter as well as the IGIC website. Nominations will include a cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by the ICIG, the nominee’s vitae, and letters of recommendation. The nature of the award will depend on IGIC funds.

These Interest Group Bylaws may not conflict with the Bylaws of the Association; the latter take precedence, and power for determining conflict rests with the Board of Directors of the Association.