Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division

Conference Call for Papers


Dr. Jason Vincent A. Cabañes – Vice-chair, Program Planner

Department of Communication 

De La Salle University-Manila



Dr. Sudeshna Roy – Chair

Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication

Stephen F. Austin State University, TX




The Ethnicity and Race in Communication (ERIC) Division welcomes research works 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, and other forms of identities. The 2021 ICA Conference theme, Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice, is a call for us to assess the role of care in how our lives as scholars, teachers, artists, and activists are entwined with others. This theme opens up an opportunity for research that reflects on and analyses how this concept is expressed or eroded as well as fostered or challenged across different contexts and cultures. The Division encourages submissions that consider such a concept in a world riven by the rise of toxic and vitriolic populisms and a rampaging viral pandemic, both of which are amplifying pernicious boundary and border closings in its various forms, including othering and xenophobia.

How might care play a role in the research, teaching, and practice of scholars of race and ethnicity? How might care inform our analyses of diverse media institutions and of differently contextualized media practices and their responsiveness to issues of race and ethnicity? How might care be used to amplify voices of solidarity, healing, and justice in communicating race and ethnicity across our ever more multiplatform media? How might care matter to audience engagement with media content relevant to race and ethnicity? How might care figure in the ways that digital media users across different race and ethnic contexts materialize relationships of intimacy, family, and community?

At a time when the world is increasingly confronted with the experiences of ethnic and racial minority communities vis-a-vis dominant cultures, racism, and postcoloniality, and including within the Discipline, 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 scholars with non-Western perspectives and underrepresented scholars in communication.

Submission Formats 

All submissions MUST follow the APA 6th edition style of formatting and citations.

Exclusive Submission 

The papers or panel proposals submitted to ERIC may not be submitted to any other ICA Division or Interest Group. Submitters can submit one paper, extended abstract or panel proposal, as the first author and up to three different papers, extended abstracts and/or panel proposals as an author not in the first position in collaborative works 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). 


All submissions are due online on Friday November 6, 2020, 12 noon EST (ICA Headquarters time). This deadline is strictly enforced. To reach the conference website, go to the ICA home page at and follow the link for 2021 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 2021. 

Awards For Top Papers, Travel

Based on submission ranks as yielded through the review process, ERIC will confer “top paper” awards for the two 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 and should write directly to the Division Chair a short explanation (max. 400 words) describing the circumstances the student is facing with regard to fulfilling the financial aspect of conference travel. More 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 2021 ERIC submission process, please contact program planner Dr. Jason Cabañes at