Strengthening Communication for Social Justice through Education and Research

Date: 26 May 2020

Venue: Chislehurst Room of the Women’s College of The University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus), Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia

Time: 9:00 – 17:00


Organizers: Pradip Thomas, University of Queensland (; Elske van de Fliert, University of Queensland (; Karin Wilkins, University of Miami (; Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University (

Call for Papers 

ICA Division/Interest Group Affiliations: 

Conference description

Social justice is described as a movement toward equal access to resources, opportunities and privileges for all. Social injustices however are global in scope, affecting the lives of many people. The gap between those who have access to information, knowledge and opportunities and those who have not is growing wider. Communication for Social Justice explores communication processes, as well as appropriate media and channels that leverage social justice and bring about positive changes in the society. Communication scholars, academics, practitioners are seeking ways to strengthen communication theories, methods and practices for enabling marginalised and oppressed people across the globe to engage on behalf of just and fair opportunities for themselves. 

This post-conference on the theme of Strengthening Communication for Social Justice through Education and Research is to be held on 26 May 2020 at the University of Queensland following the 70th ICA Conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 

The main aim of this conference is to build a network of associates with existing and emerging academic programmes and to strengthen educational and scholarly initiatives. This event seeks to provide an interactive and dialogic space to explore the pedagogic relevance of key themes associated with Communication for Social Justice and to investigate the extent to which they have been incorporated into formal academic teaching and research programmes. The conference will discuss emerging trends and shifts in the dynamics in the teaching and research of Communications for Social Justice. The discussion will also explore emerging and innovative trends in communication for social justice, considering the role of digital and other mediated technologies. 

We welcome communication scholars and researchers, students and anyone who is interested in pedagogy and research on communication for social justice to participate in the one-day ICA post-conference to further explore the following questions: 

We also invite abstracts of 250 words to be presented during the conference.  The abstract submission date: 1 March 2020. Please click here for detailed information on the Call for Papers. The selected abstracts will be required to submit an extended paper with 750 words no later than 1 May 2020. 

The presenters and panel members for the interactive forum and presentations will be announced in Spring 2020. 

Registration process:

The post-conference is open to all (ICA members, and students, academics and researchers) 

Registration fee: USD$25 per person (cost includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch)

All participants including the authors of the selected papers for discussion need to register online for the conference. 


Registration process: Please visit the ICA pre/post-conference page for further instructions on registration


Logistics: This is an off-site event to be held at the Women’s College of the University of Queensland. A detailed information on transportation to the UQ’s St Lucia Campus and recommendations on nearby hotels will follow. Accommodation and transportation to and from the conference venue is to be organised by the participants.