Political Communication Division


Sophie Lecheler, Vice Chair

University of Vienna

Althanstrasse 14 (UZA II)

1090 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43-1-4277-49375

 E-mail: sophie.lecheler@univie.ac.at

The Political Communication Division supports research and theory development at the intersection of politics and communication. The division recognizes that political communication takes place in many settings, including within, between, and among individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations. Studies of communication dealing with governments, media, policy, political actors, citizens, campaigns, social movements and advocacy groups are all within the purview of the division. Papers that address political communication problems at all levels of analysis using a variety of theories and methods are welcome. Panel proposals that are focused on a relevant topic, but that are diverse in terms of the methodologies, theoretical standpoints or nationalities of the presenters, are encouraged.
The division accepts submissions in two formats:

1. Full completed research papers.  Papers should be a minimum 15 and up to a maximum of 30 pages (double spaced/equals between 5000 and 10000 words) excluding references and illustrative material. Submitters must delete all identifying information before submitting a paper. When submitting the paper via the ICA website make sure to select at least two topical keywords and one method keyword out of the long list. More specific keywords can be added on the first page of the paper.  

Important: Please note that papers must adhere to the guidelines in the general ICA call for papers.  Specifically, papers MUST NOT contain any identifying information and may not have been previously published or accepted for publication.  Submission of the same paper or proposal to more than one division is not allowed. Papers containing author names or submitted to more than one division will not undergo review.

2. Panel submissions. Panels provide a good forum for the discussion of new approaches, timely topics, innovative ideas, and debates in the field.  If you plan to submit a panel, please submit the following details: (a) Panel Theme or Title, (b) a 75-word description of the panel for the conference program, (c) a 400-word rationale, providing justification for the panel and the participating panelists, (d) 150-word (max) abstract of each paper, (e) Names of panel participants (usually 4 presenters, plus a designated respondent), and (f) Name of panel chair/organizer.

The number of submissions originating from the same author is limited to five by ICA regulations. Given limited space on the program, the division may accept only one first-authored paper per person. The division especially encourages participation from Latin America, Asia, and Africa, and will consider panel proposals that advance participation beyond the US and Western Europe. 

We ask all paper submitters to also volunteer as reviewers for the division. We need you!
If you have any questions concerning these formats or general enquiries regarding your individual submission, please contact Sophie Lecherler sophie.lecheler@univie.ac.at.