Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division


Sudeshna Roy, Vice Chair
Communication Studies Program
Department of Languages, Cultures and
Stephen F. Austin State University
Direct line: +1-936-468-1033

The Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division (ERIC) is concerned with research that apply, extend or develop communication theory and analysis through an examination of race and ethnicity within local, national, international and transnational contexts. The Division is dedicated to hosting examples of interdisciplinary research at the intersections of race, ethnicity, diaspora, transnationalism, class, gender, sexuality, national identity, etc. The 2019 ICA Conference theme, Communication Beyond Boundaries, provides an opportunity to also analyse and reflect on historic causes and effects of geopolitical boundaries on the communicative interactions between and among people of different race, class, ethnicity, etc. The Division further encourages submissions that take into consideration the impact of the border-crossing crisis unfolding as a direct result of violence in Syria, Myanmar and Central American countries. What are the consequences for the new racial and ethnic communities forming in host countries as direct fallout of war and unrest in these countries? How are the voices of these communities being represented locally and beyond borders? What lessons have we learned from our previous experiences of such community formation? How do media challenge/sustain/create identities about particular racial and ethnic communities and what are the possibilities of media engagement in the future? How are the relationships between migration, migrants and information and communication technologies (ICT) changing with the change of times? What new representations are being revealed and counter-discourses formed? At a time when the world is being inexorably drawn into debates surrounding the credibility of ethnic and racial minority communities in dominant cultures, this Division invites interdisciplinary papers that engage with a diverse variety of questions on ethnicity/race on their own or in combination with other topics such as national identity, diaspora, transnationalism, sexuality, and/or gender.  Ethnicity/race must be an integral part of papers that include these or other related topics. Both theoretical and empirical approaches and submissions that address shifts in cultural, social, economic, political as well as technological fronts are welcome. ERIC also works to advocate for the improved status, representation and opportunities for underrepresented scholars in communication.

Submission Formats


Exclusive Submission

The papers or panel proposals submitted to ERIC may not be submitted to any other ICA Division or Interest Group. Submitters are welcome, however, to submit as many as two different papers and/ or panel proposals to ERIC. Please note that the paper, at the time of submission, should not have been published in the public domain (e.g. in a journal or edited collection).


The 2019 submission website will be available as of September 4, 2018. All submissions are due online no later than 16:00 UTC on November 1, 2018. This deadline is strictly enforced. To reach the conference website, go to the ICA home page at and follow the link for 2019 Conference Submission section, which includes the general guidelines and instructions. It is essential that you read those guidelines and instructions carefully and prepare your submission prior to logging on to prevent being timed-out or related glitches. To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. Acceptance/rejection notices will be sent directly by ICA to submitters by mid-January 2019.


Awards For Top Papers, Travel


Based on submission ranks as yielded through the review process, ERIC will confer “top paper” awards for the three highest ranked papers. There are separate awards for faculty and student papers. The Division will also offer student travel awards based on ranking and financial need. In order to be considered for any award, the recipient must be a member of the ERIC Division. Details on how to apply for these awards will be sent to all members once the decisions on papers/panels have been released by the ICA.

Contact us


If you have any questions about the ICA 2019 ERIC submission process, please contact Sudeshna Roy, the ERIC Division Chair at