Call for Papers
Digital Asia: Social Change, Engagement, and Voices

2018 International Communication Association (ICA) Preconference
May 24, 2018 / Prague, Czech Republic
Priority deadline: December 31, 2017
Regular deadline: January 31, 2018

 The role of new communication technologies—such as the internet, social media, and mobile phones—in political and civic engagement has generated significant interest not only from scholars, but also organizations, politicians, and ordinary citizens. While recent events in parts of the world, such as the Umbrella movement in Hong Kong and prominent roles of social media in elections, help recognize the potential of new communication media as an agent contributing to macro-level political changes, these new communication tools are also actively utilized in more traditional political processes, such as electoral campaigns. Also important is everyday use of new communication technologies, which provides individuals with an opportunity to encounter public affairs news and discourse, enhance understanding of issues, and get involved in civic and political opportunities. One of critical elements that we should pay attention to when appreciating the role of new media—perhaps underlying all of these processes and practices—would be values, traditions, and history that define each Asian country and the region.

 This preconference aims to showcase innovative scholarly work examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in the formation of democratic citizenship writ large—in Asia. The preference seeks studies that address relevant topics in a particular Asian county, and comparative research on Asian countries or Asian and non-Asian countries is also welcome. In particular, the preconference encourages a theory-driven analysis of the role of new media in real-world, offline civic and political action, including recent elections and civic mobilization for sustainable development in environmental, economic, and social well-being. In addition, scholars whose research concerns the overall ICA conference theme, Voices, in an Asian- context are encouraged to submit a paper.

 Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted via the online submission form ( by either the priority or the regular deadline. For each author, please include name, institutional affiliation, and department, title/position, and contact information. For problems with submission or questions, please email

 Modest travel grants will be available to participants, particularly graduate students who are from developing/transitional countries that appear in Tiers B and C on the ICA country tier chart (country of residence, not of origin).

 Preconference Chairs

 Nojin Kwak, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

 Marko Skoric, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 Natalie Pang, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

 Baohua Zhou, Professor, Journalism School at Fudan University, China

 Tetsuro Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 Muneo Kaigo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan

 Scott Campbell, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

 Junho Choi, Professor, Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University, Korea