Intergroup Communication Interest Group

Conference Call for Paper

Marko Dragojevic, Vice Chair


The Intergroup Communication Interest Group seeks submissions on the ways in which communication within and between identity groups affects social relations. Intergroup encounters occur when social, rather than personal, identity forms the basis for communication. Intergroup communication is often characterized by power inequality, bias, competition or conflict manifested through prejudice and discrimination (e.g., ageism, racism, sexism), aggression, violence, and genocide. However, intergroup communication can be equally characterized by positive communication found in identity expansion, cooperation, altruism, negotiation, and collaboration. Intergroup research informs many communicative contexts, including interactions among members of different cultures, nationalities, genders, generations, as well as groups embedded in the workplace and health contexts.  Proposals are welcome on any topic related to the study of intergroup communication.

2021 Submission Guidelines:

The Intergroup Communication Interest Group provides a home for interdisciplinary, quantitative, and qualitative approaches to intergroup communication phenomena. We are accepting two categories of submissions for presentation at the 2021 conference:

(a) Extended abstracts of completed projects (empirical, methodological, theoretical, or critical) no more than 1500 words in text length (i.e., not including title page, references, charts, or tables). Extended abstracts or papers longer than 1500 words will not be reviewed. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted. Extended abstracts will be considered for traditional panel programming, high-density paper sessions, or interactive paper/poster sessions. Paper authors are expected to take efforts to conceal their identity from reviewers, as they would for submission to ICA’s peer-reviewed journals. Most critically, authors should not list their name on the title page, and should remove identifying information from file properties. A title page should include a title along with keywords to help facilitate the review process. Projects authored by students as first or sole author should be designated as “student papers” in the ICA submission system during the submission process; these are considered for the top student paper award and/or an author travel grant.

(b) Panel proposals featuring debates or spotlights on current issues, bodies of scholarly work, or methodologies. Panel proposals should include participants’ names, abstracts of papers (100-200 words each), background information on participants, and a justification for the panel (400-500 words). This justification should explain the importance of the topic and why it is of interest to interest group members. Panel proposals should include contributions from at least two different countries, feature gender balance, and include not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department, or school. If the panel addresses ethnopolitical issues or other group-based conflicts, we encourage the panel to include participants from multiple perspectives and/or representation. If you are interested in having your panel co-sponsored with another division or interest group, please indicate this as a separate note on the justification for the panel (not included as part of word count) and notify the program planner via email at the time of submission. 

The division is also interested in submissions related to the conference theme, “Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice”. Please note on a cover/title page if your submission relates to the conference theme.

Please note that submitting an extended abstract or panel proposal implies a commitment to attend the conference. For panel proposals, all presenters included in the proposal are expected to attend if the panel is accepted. At least one author on each submission must be a member of the Intergroup Communication Interest Group at the time of submission for consideration. 

To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. Please direct any questions about the call for submissions to the 2021 program planner, Marko Dragojevic, at

Keywords: acculturation, aging, applied communication research, bias, communication theory, ethnicity, family communication, gender, health communication, identity, interethnic communication, intergenerational communication, intergroup communication, language and social interaction, media effects, nationality, qualitative methodology, quantitative methodology, race, religion, science communication, sex and sexuality, social identity, stereotypes