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2019 Pre and Postconferences

Preconferences for ICA's 2019 Annual Conference will be held from Thursday, 23 May to Friday, 24 May 2019. And postconferences will be held on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. There are 52 different pre/postconferences. Registrations for each pre/postconference will made available in January when the main conference registration also opens. 


PRECONFERENCES


THU
23 MAY

 

Digital Journalism in Latin America

OFF-SITE | George Washington U, Media and Public Affairs Building;
GWU Media and Public Affairs Building is three blocks from the GWU-Foggy Bottom Metro Station.

23 May; 8:10 - 17:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Pablo J. Boczkowski, Ph.D.* Professor, Northwestern U, USA. Eugenia Mitchelstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

Contact: pjb9@northwestern.edu ; emitchelstein@udesa.edu.ar

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Journalism Studies Division

Description: This preconference aims to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital journalism in Latin America. The keynote speaker will be Silvio Waisbord, Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, and ICA Fellow. This pre-conference would build on a special issue about “Digital Journalism in Latin America” for the journal Digital Journalism.


THU
23 MAY

 

Boundary Conditions in Mobile Communication: 16th Annual ICA Mobile Preconference

OFF-SITETentatively Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Alternative: National Press Club);
The location is within walking distance of the Federal Triangle and the Smithsonian - National Mall Metro stations.

23 May; 8:30 - 17:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers/ Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Mobile Communication Interest Group

Contact: mobilepreconf@gmail.com

Description: For 15 years, the ICA Mobile Pre-Conference has been an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, researchers, and practitioners who focus on mobile communication research. In recent years, the mobile pre-conference has been organized in the form of several interactive Blue Sky workshops. These provide a venue where scholars can present, learn and discuss their latest ideas, research and skills around a limited number of themes related to mobile communication and mobile media. There has been a refocusing of the pre-conference around supporting the development of graduate students, junior scholars as well as scholars from the Global South. The pre-conference is seen as an opportunity to bring together a collection of colleagues with whom they can work out a common research vision. A successful panel at the mobile pre-conference will be seen in, for example, writing a common paper on their theme of choice or the publication of a special issue in a journal. The pre-conference is an opportunity for graduate students and new faculty to interact with more experienced mobile researchers to cultivate a supportive and integrated community of mobile scholars. Ideas discussed and presented at the mobile pre-conference have consistently nourished the theoretical and methodological foundations of mobile research, started joint research projects and eventually lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the Blue Sky workshops, the pre-conference features a conference lunch and dinner where scholars will interact in an informal and social atmosphere.

 



THU
23 MAY

 

Beyond Germany: German Media Theory in a Global Context

OFF-SITEGoethe Institute, 1990 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

23 May; 10:00 - 18:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation. Easily accessible by Metro.

OrganizersAndreas Ströhl, Wolfgang Suetzl, Bernhard Debatin

Contactsuetzl@ohio.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Philosophy Theory and Critique Division and Intercultural Communication Division

DescriptionBeyond Germany: German Media Theory in a Global Context  Pre-conference proposal for the 2019 ICA annual conference, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Goethe Institute, Washington, D.C., and Ohio University Just as “French Theory” became a catchphrase (and the source of controversy) in American critical theory in the 1980s, “German media theory” has come to signify a specific way of understanding and theorizing the media that draws on a rich heritage of continental literary studies and philosophy. Over the past decade, German media studies—Medienwissenschaft— has experienced a rapid growth. Currently, more than fifty media studies programs are being offered at German universities. This growth has been accompanied by reflective enquiries regarding specific methodological and philosophical identity, including the question, “what’s German about German media theory?” asked by philosopher Claus Pias in his 2015 essay. Is there a German Sonderweg, others asked, a way of studying the media that is particular to German-speaking theorists?  As part of this development, the relationship between a German approach to media studies, and approaches more common in North America and the Anglophone parts of the world, has been studied in greater detail. The history of German intellectual emigration to America from the 1930s on, in many cases forced by the Nazi persecution of Jewish and Marxist writers, stood at the outset of a complex and fecund intellectual exchange. While German-speaking émigrés such Paul Lazarsfeld and Edward Bernays had a significant impact on the evolution of American mass communication scholarship, the exiled Frankfurt School scholars, having witnessed the Nazi use of the mass media for propaganda, were developing a radical criticism of media as technologies of power: Adorno’s culture industry and Günther Anders’ criticism of television are cases in point. They were at the basis of a widespread media pessimism among Germans, who today retain a more cautious and skeptical approach to social and emerging media, as well as placing a greater importance on privacy protection.  Today, names such as media studies pioneer Friedrich Kittler, or contemporary scholars such as Siegfried Zielinski or Sybille Krämer still stand for a way of doing pursuing an approach to media studies that continues to engage with literary studies and philosophy, and considers itself distinct from mass communication studies, and more as a discursive strategy than a discipline (Pias). But the boundaries around “German” are no longer a simple matter of language and nationality. Many works of theorists writing in German and/or working in Germany are available in translation in dozens of languages, including Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, etc., These writings have become easily accessible to scholars beyond the established transatlantic trading route of ideas. Other German-language theorists, for instance, Vilém Flusser in the 1980s and currently, Byung-Chul Han, have completely done away with of the adjective “German,” pluralizing it and making its meaning a matter of translation theory and cultural hybridity.  Against this background, this conference invites international communication scholars to offer perspectives on the ways in which German-language media theories have communicated beyond the boundaries of both Germany and North America.  How is German media theory being read, adopted, and translated by scholars in other parts of the world? How is this translational context influencing whatever “Germanness” remains in German media theory? What is the significance of such theorizing in the context of transnational theory debates? What is the contribution of a German way of media studies in a critical understanding of emerging media and of current issues in social media, artificial intelligence, etc.? What kind of contributions to media ethics and policy making are emerging from such a transcultural and translational view on German media theory?  We invite all scholars with an interest in these and related questions to submit their contributions for this one-day pre-conference, held at the Goethe Institute, Washtington, D.C. Conference organizers: Andreas Ströhl, Goethe Institute; Wolfgang Suetzl, School of Media Arts & Studies, Ohio U, Bernhard Debatin, Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio U 


FRI
24 MAY

 

Leaving the Ivory Tower: The Promises and Perils of Public Engagement

Washington Hilton

24 May; 13:00 - 17:00 (half-day)

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OrganizersRebekah Tromble

Contact: rktromble@gmail.com

DescriptionSeveral years after Gamergate revealed the perils that the digital age poses for academics whose work speaks to and engages with the broader public, we now have an opportunity to look back and reflect on what we have learned. Indeed, the need for reflection and reappraisal is perhaps now more urgent than ever, as we have seen the tactics deployed against academics expand and effectively become institutionalized within the hybrid media system. However, we also want to balance our reflections about these perils with considerations of the promises that public engagement can also offer. This half-day pre-conference workshop therefore aims to bring together a diverse group of communication scholars to discuss both the potential benefits and pitfalls of stepping outside of the ivory tower. The workshop will comprise two parts: one session of paper presentations with Q&A and one broader round-table discussion of best practices. For the first session, we invite paper proposals on any topic that fits within this broad theme. We plan to organize a journal special issue or edited volume on the basis of the workshop. Possible paper topics and approaches include: - Empirical case studies of the benefits of public engagement - Empirical case studies of the perils of engagement - Empirical work examining dynamics involving race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and/or sexual orientation - Reflection essays on institutional support needs - Reflection essays on best practices for early-career scholars - International perspectives on any of these, or related, topics


FRI
24 MAY

 

Critical Incidents in Journalism

Washington Hilton

24 May; 13:00 - 17:00 (half-day)

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OrganizersEdson C. Tandoc Jr., Nanyang Technological U, Joy Jenkins, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Ryan J. Thomas, University of Missouri Oscar Westlund, Oslo Metropolitan U

Contactedson@ntu.edu.sg; thomasrj@missouri.edu; joy.jenkins@politics.ox.ac.uk; oscarwestlund@gmail.com

Description: Journalism‚ ongoing metamorphosis around the world has been marked by numerous critical incidents that have led journalists to publicly reflect on the practices and principles that dominate their profession. From the Gulf War in the 1990s, when journalists were forced to examine the implications of real-time reporting on journalistic autonomy and verification (Zelizer, 1992), to the gruesome attack on the editorial offices of the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo in 2015 when news organizations invoked safety and solidary in determining how to cover the events (Jenkins & Tandoc, 2017a), critical incidents have provided an opportunity to examine how journalists construct the boundaries of appropriate practice and discern their public service roles in a continually changing field. Critical incidents refer to events or developments that lead journalists to reconsider ,the hows and whys of journalistic practice‚(Zelizer, 1992, p. 67). These events or developments serve as discursive opportunities for journalists to ensure the wellbeing of their interpretive community by reconsidering, rearticulating, and reinforcing their boundaries and authority. Critical incidents are important for interpretive communities such as journalism, as they force communities to reflect on their practices and values (Zelizer, 1993). Such critical incidents as the negotiation of journalistic identities, roles, and responsibilities in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US (Parameswaran, 2006); the phone hacking scandal that rocked the UK news media in 2011 (Thomas, 2012); the entry of BuzzFeed as a legitimate journalistic organization among legacy media (Tandoc & Jenkins, 2017); and Rolling Stones magazine‚ decision to feature a photo of the Boston Marathon bomber on its cover (Jenkins & Tandoc, 2017b) have led journalistic communities around the world to reflect on the boundaries of acceptable journalistic practice. By analysing journalistic discourse during such critical incidents, we begin to understand how journalists navigate the challenges to, and the contours of, their professional practice. These events have also engaged non-journalist stakeholders, most notably audience members, who have shared their perspectives on what they perceive as appropriate approaches to journalistic practice.


FRI
24 MAY

 

Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context

Washington Hilton

24 May; 8:00 - 12:00 (half-day)

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OrganizersBrigitta R. Brunner

Contactbrunnbr@auburn.edu

DescriptionSince public interest communications is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, we invite submissions for this half-day preconference to reflect on the theme of public interest communications in the global context. Submissions can address theoretical and conceptual advancements, current challenges, or any other contemporary topic that explores the societal importance and impact of public interest communications in all its various forms. We welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies.


FRI
24 MAY

 

Organizational Communication Division Doctoral Consortium: The Practice of Studying Communication Practice

Washington Hilton

24 May; 8:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersTimothy Kuhn

Contacttim.kuhn@colorado.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Organizational Communication Division

DescriptionThis consortium will revolve around a simple theme: Pursuing a deeply practice-based approach to organizational communication scholarship carries significant reward and risk. Over the history of the organizational communication field, the status of its central notion--communication--has generated significant debate. Though many acknowledge that communication is best understood as a complex and dynamic process, our studies have frequently studied fairly conventional units of analysis: individuals, groups, organizations, links, messages, and the like. As the ‚practice turn‚ and the ‚ontological turn‚ gain steam among organizational communication scholars, analysts are increasingly challenged to relinquish their dependence on entities and their attributes and, instead, to re-imagine practices of working and organizing, such that our gaze remains always on communicative practice (and nowhere else). There are, of course, a wide array of approaches to studying and representing practice, but communication scholars still encounter significant challenges when they argue for the constitutive power of communicative practices. These challenges arise as we gather data and produce interpretations of those data, but they also influence numerous other scholarly practices. Specifically, they infuse our interactions with university colleagues (not to mention interviewers during the job search process), affect the accessibility of our pedagogy, and shape our stakeholder engagements in research settings. This day-long consortium will address these challenges, bringing together senior scholars who have spent the better part of their careers working through the complications involved in pursuing practice-based scholarship. They will offer advice and insights on topics including the following session themes: 1. Methodological challenges of practice-based approaches to working and organizing 2. How to help others make sense of practice-based scholarship in the job search process 3. Making engaged scholarship both practice-based and practical 4. Imagining undergraduate teaching as a sociomaterial process 5. Publishing: Explaining the relevance of communicative practice outside the field


FRI
24 MAY

 

Taming and Nurturing the Wild Child: Government and Corporate Policies for Social Media

Washington Hilton

24 May; 8:00 - 17:00

Invitation by invite only.

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Organizers* Dr. Krishna Jayakar, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, Penn State U, 214 James Building, Bellisario College of Communications, University Park, PA 16802. kpj1@psu.edu, 814 863 6416 Dr. Johannes Bauer, Director, Quello Center, Michigan State U Dr. Amit Schejter, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy/Penn State, Ben Gurion U of the Negev, Israel Dr. Carleen Maitland, Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy, Penn State U.

Contactkpj1@psu.edu

DescriptionWe invite 500-word abstracts of papers that examine both government and corporate policy responses to the concerns social media raise. Topics may include the impact of policy on free speech, democratic discourse, activism, network security, national security, surveillance, commercial speech, privacy, and transborder data flows. Papers presented will be considered for publication in the Journal of Information Policy, an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, published by the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State U.


FRI
24 MAY

 

North Korea and Communication

Washington Hilton

24 May; 8:30 - 17:00

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OrganizersSoomin Seo*; Seungahn Nah; Dal Yong Jin; Yong-Chan Kim

Contactsoomin.seo@temple.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation:  Global Communication and Social Change Division, Journalism Studies Division, Mass Communication Division, and Political Communication Division

Description: North Korea remains an under-explored region in communication research. Even among the more authoritarian and dictatorial regimes of the world, the country stands out with its government‚ tight grip on the movement and communication of its citizens (who lack Internet access) and outsiders alike. This ‚ coupled with the physical isolation of the Pyongyang regime in the global arena ‚ has made it difficult for scholars to produce meaningful research about North Korea. In recent years, however, the country has slowly moved to end its decades-long isolation. The North Korean government has lifted cellular phone restrictions for the general public, resulting in over 70% of Pyongyang citizens having access. In 2018, the young Kim Jong-un has engaged in fast-paced diplomacy, meeting with leaders of the US, South Korea and China. Such exchanges are hoped to result in increased communication between the ‚Hermit Regime‚ and the outside world. Given the historic and geopolitical significance of such developments, North Korea is emerging as an important site of scholarly inquiry. The goal of this proposed preconference is to call for theoretically and methodologically sound scholarship that register this shift in North Korea and examine causes, components, and civic consequences of a uniquely oppressed and isolated ‚but rapidly-changing ‚country. Such an examination presents important practical implications and policy applications.


FRI
24 MAY

 

Communicating with Machines: Boundless Imagination

Washington Hilton

24 May; 8:30 - 16:30

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OrganizersPrimary Contacts: S. Austin Lee, Chapman U Co-Organizers (in an alphabetical order): Autumn Edwards, Western Michigan U Chad Edwards, Western Michigan U David J. Gunkel, Northern Illinois U Andrea Guzman, Northern Illinois U Steve Jones, U of Illinois ‚Chicago Seth C. Lewis, U of Oregon Patric Spence, U of Central Florida

Contactseulee@chapman.edu; autumn.edwards@wmich.edu; chad.edwards@wmich.edu; dgunkel@niu.edu; alguzman@niu

DescriptionIn concert with the conference theme of ‚beyond boundaries,our preconference focuses on communication between humans and digital interlocutors that has the potential to cross social, political and cultural boundaries. We invite scholars from across divisions and various epistemological and methodological backgrounds to discuss their work related to human-machine communication, encompassing Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, and Human-Agent Interaction. We seek to raise awareness of and further develop HMC research and the scholarly community surrounding it.


FRI
24 MAY

 

New Conceptualizations and Research to Inform Message Testing: Perceived Message Effectiveness and Its Alternatives 

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersJoseph N. Cappella; Seth Noar

ContactJoseph.CAPPELLA@ASC.UPENN.EDU; noar@email.unc.edu

DescriptionInvited and submitted papers on the topic of message testing aimed at improving its conceptualization and empirical underpinnings while moving forward to next generation measures and procedures.


FRI
24 MAY

 

Digital Asia: Social Change, Engagement, and Communication Beyond Boundaries

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersNojin Kwak (U of Michigan); Marko Skoric (City U of Hong Kong); Natalie Pang (National U of Singapore); Baohua Zhou (Fudan U); Tetsuro Kobayashi (City U of Hong Kong); Muneo Kaigo (U of Tsukuba); Scott Campbell (U of Michigan); Junho Choi (Yonsei U)

Contactkwak@umich.edu

DescriptionIn 2014, Fudan U, China, and National Institute of Informatics, Japan, joined the U of Michigan and Nanyang Technological University as institutional sponsors of the ICA preconference series. Sponsoring institutions have committed to providing necessary funding for the preconference series, which helps establish the preconference as an important venue for scholarly exchange on media and public life in Asia. The preconference series will center on the general theme of Digital Asia, but each year there will be specific foci. In 2019, we are planning to focus on the interplay among new communication technologies, recent elections in Asia, public health, and citizen mobilization and other areas of civic engagement in Asia. In particular, we will welcome papers that fit the theme of the ICA main conference. The inaugural Digital Asia ICA pre-conference (from 2012 to 2016, the pre-conference was titled ‚ "New Media and Citizenship in Asia") was held in Phoenix at the 62nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). At the 2012 pre-conference, 34 scholars gathered to hear 14 paper presentations (30% acceptance rate) and to participate in a methodology workshop. The second in the ICA pre-conference series was held in London, UK, as part of the 63nd Annual Conference of the ICA. At the second annual preconference, 33 scholars attended to hear 18 paper presentations (47% acceptance rate). The 2014 pre-conference was held in Seattle at the 64th ICA Annual Conference, which featured 20 presentations with 41 scholars in attendance (43% acceptance rate). The 2015 pre-conference was held in San Juan at the 65th ICA Annual Conference, featuring 20 presentations with 30 scholars in attendance (50% acceptance rate). The 2016 preconference took place in Fukuoka, Japan, with 16 papers presented. The acceptance rate was 50%, and 26 people attended. Speakers at this conference series have represented countries including Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam. In 2017, the preconference was held in San Diego, USA, with 15 papers presented (acceptance rate: 31.3%; 31 people attended). Speakers at this conference series have represented countries including Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam.


FRI
24 MAY

 

Deep Learning for Automated Image Content Analysis

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersYair Fogel-Dror (primary contact); Andreu Casas

Contactyair.fogel-dror@mail.huji.ac.il

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Computational Methods Interest Group

DescriptionAs volume and accessibility of media content have been increasing throughout recent years, computational methods for content analysis at scale have gained their popularity and proved their importance for current communication studies. Until recently, these studies limited their use of computational methods to text analysis. As a result, current innovations and developments in the field of deep learning for computer vision, or automated image content analysis, remained unfamiliar and inaccessible for most communication researchers. This preconference workshop is aimed to bridge this gap, by providing a brief theoretical background along with a hands-on experience deep learning for computer vision methods. Specifically, and in line with the common use-case in computational text analysis, the focus of the workshop would be on feature extraction and image classification.


FRI
24 MAY

 

The Long History of Modern Surveillance: Excavating the Past, Contextualizing the Present

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 16:30

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OrganizersJosh Lauer, Nicole Maurantonio

Contactjosh.lauer@unh.edu, nmaurant@richmond.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Communication History Division

DescriptionSurveillance is a key feature of modernity and a well-established topic of communication research. Since the 1980s communication scholars have studied a broad range of surveillance-related technologies, from databases and CCTV to biometrics and big data, highlighting their implications for the future of privacy and civil society. This research, however, has focused almost exclusively on ‚"new" media. Such presentism is understandable given the speed and stakes of recent developments, but it has also limited our understanding of larger historical forces and global historical perspectives. In short, the study of surveillance needs a history to understand where we are, how we got here, and where we might be headed. (1) Past surveillance practices and technologies: Case studies and comparative histories of surveillance from a variety of perspectives are invited to shed light on the diversity of surveillance practices across time and around the globe. These studies may include embodied forms of individual or social surveillance; technologies of inscription, recordkeeping, archiving, and communication; examples of social sorting and classification; and organized efforts to record, track, or monitor individuals and populations. Submissions might address issues of power, privacy, recognition, and rights; gender, race, class, and sexuality (and their intersections); nationalism, empire, and colonialism; risk, security, and policing; the social construction of populations and conceptualizations of health, normality, deviance, markets, and audiences; reputation, celebrity, and shame; and the political economy of information and its commodification. (2) Theorizing surveillance history: Historical accounts of surveillance have been heavily influenced by Foucault‚ theories of panopticism, governmentality, and biopolitics. Additionally, Giddens‚ sociology of modernity and Scott‚ concept of legibility have shaped understandings of surveillance as an historical phenomenon associated with the state and bureaucracy. Subsequent contributions by Deleuze, Haggerty and Ericson, Poster, Gandy, Andrejevic, and others have sought to connect Foucauldian theories to late 20th-century technologies, especially databases and digital media. We welcome submissions that review, critique, revise, or synthesize these existing theories of surveillance history. We also encourage efforts to develop new theories of surveillance history that address the limitations of dominant models, particularly their Western European perspective, early modern chronology, and generalizations about the social and psychological effects of surveillance. Is surveillance always a tool of power and disciplinary control, or can surveillance also produce positive forms of visibility, recognition, and participation? (3) Intellectual histories of surveillance studies and communication research: Communication scholars have long been concerned with issues of surveillance and privacy, though often in different forms and under the banner of democratizing agendas. For example, early efforts to study audiences, public opinion, and journalism addressed problems of mass surveillance, classification, and social influence. Submissions that interrogate the intellectual, philosophical, or disciplinary origins of surveillance scholarship within the field of communication are welcome. This might include genealogies of surveillance research among communication scholars, including roots in sociology, administrative research, and Marxist critical theory; contributions of communication scholars to late 20th-century surveillance theory and privacy policy, including political economic and information society critiques; the development of surveillance scholarship in global and/or non-Western contexts; the institutionalization of surveillance studies within communication programs; and the marginalization of historical scholarship ‚and surveillance history in particular ‚within the field of communication. (4) Doing surveillance history: Amid a welter of rapidly evolving technologies, communication scholars have struggled to keep up with new developments and to make sense of their implications. What can the study of the past contribute to such urgent contemporary issues? Unlike historians, whose scholarship is unselfconsciously backward looking, communication scholars are often compelled to justify the current relevance of historical inquiry to their peers. We invite submissions that address the value of surveillance history for understanding new and emerging social problems. This might include contributions to theories of modernity and technological change in a global context; the social construction of identity, privacy, and risk; and insight into the age-old problem of identifying, naming, and controlling bodies and populations. We also welcome submissions that consider the challenge of writing of surveillance history, including problems of periodization, geography, and sources (especially inaccessible institutional archives and ephemeral electronic evidence); inadequate theoretical models; and bridging interdisciplinary audiences.


FRI
24 MAY

 

Are We Moving Towards Convergence? Revisiting Communication Disciplines, Theories and Concepts

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersAnne Ellerup Nielsen, Birte Asmuß, Christa Thomsen, Finn Frandsen, Winni Johansen, Cynthia Stohl, and Maureen Taylor

Contactwj@asb.dk; aen@mgmt.au.dk

Description:Are We Moving Towards Convergence? Revisiting communication disciplines, theories and concepts.Organizers: Anne Ellerup Nielsen, Birte Asmuß, Christa Thomsen, Finn Frandsen, Winni Johansen, Cynthia Stohl, and Maureen Taylor

Within the last two decades, communication scholars have been preoccupied with debating the intellectual boundaries between disciplines, theories and concepts, as well as the institutional legitimacy of the field as such. Some researchers have talked about ‘convergence’ (Zorn, 2002). Other researchers have talked about ‘bridging’ (Cornelissen & Christensen, 2011). Others again take a fresh approach promoting a new ‘interdisciplinary paradigm’; see International Journal of Strategic Communication, 12(4), 2018). The new thing about this debate is that it seems to take place both inside each discipline, but also across disciplines.The purpose of this pre-conference is not only to study this debate, but also to contribute to it. We therefore invite junior and senior scholars representing one or more of the following disciplines - organizational communication, public relations, business communication, corporate communication, and strategic communication – to submit an abstract. Questions addressed are among others:• Has the field of communication studies failed to define itself, its intellectual focus, in a coherent way as Durham Peters claimed in 1986 (and reformulated in 2008)?• Do we overstate the differences between disciplines, theories and concepts in our research?• Which boundaries or cross-overs do we see in communication disciplines today?• Would it be fruitful to overcome such disciplinary fragmentation?• How do we ‘bridge’ for example corporate and organizational communication, or public relations and corporate communication? • What can more ‘local’ debates, such as the debate about communication vs action, reputation vs relationship, and publics vs stakeholders, tell us about the development of our field?• How does convergence in communication disciplines contribute to shape how contemporary organizations come to see, manage, and evaluate their communication activities?• Can convergence help to solve one of the major concerns of modern organizations, i.e. that without coherence, integration, and consistency, messages can be misunderstood, and their audiences get conflicting or inconsistent meanings which, in the end, may cause confusion and distrust in what the organization offers or stands for? 













FRI
24 MAY

 

Mediated Recognition: Identity, Justice, and Activism

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersOlivier Driessens , Torgeir Uberg Naerland, Anne Kaun, Guobin Yang

Contact * torgeir.narland@infomedia.uib.no ; olivier@hum.ku.dk

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division and Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group

DescriptionRecognition plays a crucial role in cross-boundary identity formation of individuals and groups and it is a central feature in social struggles. What social theories of recognition overlook though is the role of media, technology and communication. Therefore, this pre-conference aims to (1) update social theories of recognition by acknowledging its mediated and datafied nature and (2) to advance post-disciplinary debates on identity formation and (mis)representation, metricised and datafied recognition, and questions of social justice.


FRI
24 MAY

 

Crafting Theory. Methods of Theory Building in Communication

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:30 - 17:00

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OrganizersBenjamin Kraemer*, Felix Frey

Contactbenjamin.kraemer@ifkw.lmu.de; ffrey@uni-leipzig.de

DescriptionThe state of theory building in communication has been the object of lamentation, disappointment, caricature, even ridicule, but also appeals and aspiration throughout the history of our field. Rather than restating deficiencies in our field’s theory building in comparison with our neighboring disciplines or reiterating the reasons for or consequences of these deficits time and again, this preconference aims at collecting and advancing our field’s methodological tools and practices for theory building. 
“Theory building” or “theory development” can be characterized as a creative problem solving process of generating novel or modifying existing conceptual structures (statements about concepts and their relations) with the aim of describing and explaining phenomena better than before (Hagen, Frey, & Koch, 2015; Weick 1989). This preconference is interested in a methodological discussion of cognitive operations, individual and social practices, and empirical approaches researchers use in this process of theory building.
In stark contrast to the great importance theory building is attributed by the scientific community in general and in our field, the collection, development and dissemination of methodological knowledge about how to develop both original and well-crafted theory only forms small part of our methodological research and teaching. For example, there is a scarcity of textbooks that cover more than the formal requirements and logical principles of “theory construction” (Blalock, 1969; Dubin, 1969; Freese, 1980) and accommodate the specifics of our field (but see, as one prime exception, Shoemaker, Tankard & Lasorsa, 2004). Also, inspiring and instructive collections of individual experiences with and approaches to theory building have been published, e.g., in psychology (Kruglanski & Higgins, 2004), human resource development (Turnbull, 2002) and management (van de Ven, 1989), but not in communication. 


FRI
24 MAY

 

Global Populism: Its Roots in Media and Religion

Washington Hilton

24 May; 10:00 - 18:00

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OrganizersStewart M. Hoover, Johanna Sumiala, Heidi Campbell

Contacthoover@colorado.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Global Communication and Social Change Division, Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division, and Popular Communication Division

DescriptionThe “new era” of politics in the North Atlantic West that has followed the Brexit vote in Britain, the Trump election in the U.S., and political upheavals elsewhere in Europe and Asia challenges settled ideas about media, politics, and culture. Emergent populist movements on the right and the left increasingly use symbols and tropes drawing on remembered, repressed, contested, implicit and explicit valences of “the religious.” The persistent power of religion to mobilize new populism confounds expectations that religion would fade in significance as we moved further into the new century. Among the most vexing—and least understood—questions are those surrounding the role of religion in these developments and how media and systems of mediation—particularly digital mediation—make religion’s new participation possible. Religion has persisted, grown in influence, and moved well outside our received categories of analysis; it is expressed in a variety of registers and contexts that defy traditional framings. This is nowhere more critical than in the ways religious symbols, interests and claims are deployed in the evolving new populist politics worldwide. Scholars of media have a special interest and expertise in addressing phenomena such as this, yet the field often struggles to incorporate serious scholarship of religion into its work. This Post-conference is intended to begin a conversation about this lacuna even as it addresses its overall interest in media, religion, and politics.This post-conference will feature a morning expert panel including John Jackson of the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, Robert Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute, and a to-be-determined expert on these developments in European and non-Western contexts. The afternoon will be devoted to two panels made up of submitted proposals and papers and a final, wrap-up round table discussion.

Relevant papers and proposals will be welcomed particularly as they might address the overall themes of the rise of this new politics, the role of religion and of media in it, and the challenges these developments, and the problem of religion in general, pose to media scholarship. 


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24 MAY

 

Organizing Resistance Beyond the Boundaries of Neoliberal Capitalism

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersJoëlle Cruz, Sophie Del Fa, Consuelo Vásquez

Contactvasquez.consuelo@uqam.ca; del_fa.sophie@uqam.ca; Joelle.Cruz@Colorado.EDU

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Organizational Communication Division 

DescriptionThis preconference aims at exploring how resistance displaces the boundaries established by neoliberalism, by focusing on how resistance is being (re)organized? We will share studies and practices of resistance to reveal the communicative dynamics that expand and/or disrupt the boundaries of neoliberal normativity. The following questions could be addressed: which practises/discourses shape resistance and with what effects? How do alternative modes of organizing redefine boundaries of neoliberalism? What can communication do to reorganize resistance?


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24 MAY

 

A Media Welfare State? The Relevance of Welfare State Perspectives on Media Transformation and Regulation

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 16:30

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OrganizersTrine Syvertsen, Professor, U of Oslo * Gunn Enli, Professor, U of Oslo both: Department of Media and Communication, P.O. Box 1093, 0317 Blindern, Oslo, Norway Aske Kammer, Assistant professor, IT U of Copenhagen IT U of Copenhagen Rued Langgaards Vej 7 DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark

Contacttrine.syvertsen@media.uio.no *, gunn.enli@media.uio.no, aska@itu.dk

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Communication Law and Policy Division and Political Communication Division 

DescriptionThis ICA preconference discusses the relevance of a welfare-state perspective in media transformation and regulation. The concept of the media welfare state (Syvertsen, Enli, Moe, Mjøs 2014) has been used to describe and discuss media structures and developments in the Nordic countries, but may have a wider relevance for the research community as well as for policy-makers in other national and media-systemic contexts. This preconference brings together scholars from different countries and media systems to explore implications and discuss media developments in a welfare-state perspective as well as engaging participants in a dialogue concerning transformations and contradictions.Type of issues to be discussed include:- Historical trajectories: To what degree is a media welfare state relevant as a historical description of Western media systems in different phases? - Current disruptions: To what degree is a welfare state perspective relevant in analyses of today's media disruptions, and which elements of a media system are most relevant in this context? - Concepts, theories, approaches: To what degree are conceptual formations of this kind fruitful for the development of media studies in general, and specifically in the comparative tradition evolving from Hallin and Mancini (2004).-Policy and regulation: How are welfare state perspectives in mass media and social, networked media understood and conceptualized within various approaches? - Industry, economy, ownership: What characterizes welfare state provisions in media industry? Are they sustainable? - Disappointment, distrust, opposition, withdrawal, fragmentation, populism: How have missed opportunities and disappointment with the implications of the welfare state impacted on media structure, institutions, and policies? The preconference will be organized as a series of panels of highly qualified academics addressing crucial issues in media and welfare state developments. Confirmed list of speakers include (in alphabetical order): Benson, Rodney (New York U, US)Enli, Gunn (U of Oslo, Norway)Flensburg, Sofie (U of Copenhagen)Freedman, Des (Goldsmiths U, UK)Ganter, Sarah Anne (Simon Fraser U, Vancouver, Canada) Kammer, Aske (IT U Copenhagen, Denmark) Karppinen, Kari (U of Helsinki, Finland)McKelvey, Fenwick (Concordia U, Canada)Micova, Sally Broughton (U of East Anglia, UK)Mjøs, Ole (U of Bergen, Norway)Moe, Hallvard, (U of Bergen, Norway)Pickard, Victor (Annenberg School for Communication, USA)Puppis, Manuel (U of Fribourg, Switzerland)Schweizer, Corinne (U of Zürich, Switzerland) Syvertsen, Trine (U of Oslo, Norway)Tambini, Damian (London School of Economics, UK) 

























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24 MAY

 

Expanding Computational Communication: Towards a Pipeline for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars

Washington Hilton

24 May; 8:30 - 16:30

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OrganizersJosephine Lukito, Nate TeBlunthuis, Frederic Hopp

Contactfhopp@ucsb.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Computational Methods Interest Group

DescriptionComputational methods for addressing problems relevant to communication science are becoming increasingly popular and sought after in top-tier communication journals and the academic job market. Yet, graduate students and early career researchers in communication who aim to employ computational methods frequently face a unique challenge: adopting a strong (theoretical) background in communication scholarship while simultaneously developing the methodological skills required for conducting state-of-the-art computational social science. In order to acquire the technical know-how for employing computational tools, graduate students and early career scholars within communication often have to rely on self-teaching and online courses or participate in classes outside their home department that are often not tailored towards communication scholarship. With these challenges in mind, this preconference receives and discusses various perspectives for expanding the opportunities of graduate and early career scholars to become familiar with computational communication science. We invite experienced computational communication scholars from diverse backgrounds to share their origin stories and discuss commonly faced challenges, provide a roadmap for addressing numerous communication phenomena from a computational perspective[f], review and discuss ongoing attempts to develop in-house training programs, and create ample opportunities to network in interactive breakout and escalator sessions.


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24 MAY

 

Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Integrated Social & Behavior Change Communication Programs in Low & Middle Income Countries: A Hands-on Implementation Science Skills Building Workshop

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersDouglas Storey, Sanjanthi Velu--Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Contactdstorey@jhu.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Health Communication Division 

DescriptionIn recent years, population-based social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs in low- and middle-income countries‚ especially for health improvement‚ have shifted away from a single topic, vertical focus to more integrated initiatives that encompass multiple health or development topics within a single program. As if the challenges of vertical program design and evaluation were not hard enough, integrated programs pose additional challenges of developing appropriate conceptual frameworks and deploying sophisticated research and evaluation designs to model outcomes, monitor implementation, measure change and draw causal inferences. This workshop will build participants' understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of integrated social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs, and provide opportunities for hands-on skills-building in the strategic and creative design and evaluation of effective integrated programs. The workshop will be presented in two complementary parts: The morning session will focus on conceptualization and strategic design involving different approaches to integration that have used life stages, gateway behaviors, behavioral attributes, co-occurring behaviors, phased implementation, and umbrella branding. Approaches will be illustrated with examples and case studies. The afternoon session will focus on research methods for monitoring and evaluation of integrated programs, including discussion of the unique challenges of measuring the outputs and outcomes of multiple, interrelated components of a program, testing separate and cumulative impact of multiple intervention activities, testing theories, improving causal inference and building a causal narrative from multiple sources of data. Both sessions will feature hands-on exercises in the design of and research on integrated SBCC programs for health through the introduction and analysis of case studies and the use of planning and research tools for program design and research that have been pioneered and used in over a dozen countries by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in the past decade.


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24 MAY

 

Difficult Conversations in Healthcare

Washington Hilton

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersBruce Lambert, Kimberly Pusateri, Courtney Scherr & Nathan Walter

Contactbruce.lambert@northwestern.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Health Communication Division 

DescriptionHealthcare is replete with difficult conversations. The difficulty arises from multiple factors, including taboo topics (e.g., addiction, death and dying, and sexually transmitted infections), complexity and uncertainty of the underlying information (e.g., genetic testing, drug information, probabilistic risks and benefits), sensory and cognitive deficits (e.g., blindness, deafness, dementia, and low literacy), as well as competing ideologies and value-laden beliefs (e.g., vaccine safety, medical abortion, and end-of-life decisions). From provider-patient communication and health literacy to risk communication and health campaigns, difficult conversations are at the heart of health communication research. Despite its cross-disciplinary appeal, however, difficult conversations remain a much-touted but under-theorized aspect of health communication. A major factor contributing to the limited knowledge is that researchers in different fields have investigated difficult conversations in relative isolation, without the benefit of an overarching framework. It is therefore crucial to clearly define difficult conversations, seeking new empirical and theoretical insights that advance our collective understanding of the barriers that obstruct the achievement of better interactions in healthcare. Ultimately, a clearer understanding of the common mechanisms that underlie difficult conversations can help mitigate health disparities for individuals and populations, as well as provide higher quality and more affordable healthcare. Submissions may focus on, but are not limited to, addressing the following issues: ‚ Analyses of specific types of difficult conversations in healthcare ‚Theoretical frameworks for analyzing difficult conversations ‚ Provider or patient-centered interventions ‚ Technologies for facilitating difficult conversations ‚ Pedagogy around difficult conversations ‚ Methods for studying difficult conversations A separate call for proposals will be widely circulated after the pre-conference is approved.


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24 MAY

 

Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Preconference

OFF-SITE | George Mason University

24 May; 9:00 - 12:00 (half-day)

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersAdina T. Abeles, Adam M. Rainear, Jonathon P. Schuldt

Contactjps56@cornell.edu

Description: The Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. The pre-conference will build on a successful first meeting held at 2018 at ICA Prague. The pre-conference will be hosted by the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason U.


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24 MAY

 

Activist/Engaged Scholars: Engaging Issues in Scholarly Career Development

OFF-SITE | American U 

24 May; 9:00 - 14:00 (half-day)

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersPeter Lemish

Contactplemish@gmail.com

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Activism, Communication, & Social Justice; with divisional co-sponsors: Feminist Scholarship; Global Communication & Social Change; Philosophy, Theory, & Critique

DescriptionThis interactive, working preconference seeks participants interested in discussing how to adapt policies and develop systems to support: (1) young activist/engaged scholars, from initial hiring through successful completion of initial promotion; (2) senior faculty mentoring young colleagues, and serving on hiring, promotion and tenure committees; (3) administrators interested in advancements in adapting activist-friendly HPT policies and support systems.


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24 MAY

 

Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice

OFF-SITE | Arizona State U Barbara Barrett and Sandra Day O'Connor Washington Center. The Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center is metro accessible.

24 May; 12:00 - 16:30 (half-day)

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersAndrea Wenzel, Jacob L. Nelson

Contactandrea.wenzel@temple.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s):  Journalism Studies Division and Media Industry Studies Interest Group

DescriptionAs journalists across the globe continue to face distrustful audiences and uncertain economics, many have begun experimenting with novel forms of news production and community engagement with the hope of solving the news industry‚ ails. Although many scholars research these innovations, few have found ways to make that research impactful outside of the academic community. This pre-conference bridges this divide, by bringing together journalism innovators, funders, and researchers to share new findings and discuss best practices for collaborations. In addition to sharing scholarly work, we will hear from practitioners about their experiences with organizations working in the U.S. and internationally, such as City Bureau, Free Press, Hearken, Outlier Media, and the News Integrity Initiative. The pre-conference will be structured to include opportunities for small group interaction between researchers and journalists, presentations of new papers, and a plenary panel discussion connecting leading journalism innovators with journalism and communication scholars.


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24 MAY

 

Environmental Communication Beyond Boundaries: Transnational, International, and Comparative Approaches to Understanding Environmental Issues

OFF-SITEGeorge Washington U‚ School of Public Health

24 May; 8:00 - 17:00

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Participants will be responsible of finding their own transportation. The location in Washington DC is convenient to participants staying at the conference hotel or overflow hotels.

OrganizersSuzannah Evans Comfort, Indiana U Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State U Jagadish Thaker, Massey U Julia Metag, U Freiburg

Contactcomfort@indiana.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Environmental Communication Division and Global Communication and Social Change Division 

DescriptionMany environmental issues, from climate change to biodiversity loss to nuclear fallout, are fundamentally transnational in that they are either caused by cross-national actors or their effects are felt across the globe. These problems often require international cooperation to solve. Yet most research on environmental communication has focused on single nation-states as the site of inquiry and overlooked the nations most-affected by environmental degradation. This pre-conference examines environmental communication in transnational, international, and comparative contexts with a particular emphasis on amplifying voices from the Global South where environmental threat is most keenly felt.¬† We invite submissions that examine environmental communication in transnational, international, and comparative contexts. We welcome a diversity of topics, including but not limited to the following: ‚ Historical trends in transnational environmental issues ‚ Communicative aspects of inter-governmental negotiations on environmental issues, such as United Nations meetings or treaties related to international environmental policy ‚ How activists, scientists, and journalists grapple with the global nature of environmental change, including the constraints on their ability to adopt a global outlook ‚ The role of digital technologies and networks in amplifying environmental messages beyond individual nations ‚ How environmentalism interacts with culture in the Global South and the subsequent effects on environmental communications practice ‚ The role of marginalized voices (e.g. indigenous populations) in transnational environmental discourses ‚ Recommended practices in collaborative transnational environmental communication research ‚ Theoretical directions in international environmental communication research ‚ Methodological innovations in international environmental communication research All methodologies and theoretical frameworks are welcomed, including those that go beyond traditions of communication scholarship and consider the influence of political science, sociology, psychology, the humanities, and others in this arena. Both empirical and purely theoretical contributions are welcome. The pre-conference is connected to the proposed ICA publication (Routledge) ‚Handbook of International Trends in Environmental Communication‚ that the co-organizers will co-edit. A central aspect of the handbook is to open opportunities for collaborations and co-authorship among researchers from around the world. This pre-conference will serve as a platform for potential authors to meet and share ideas about the contents of the chapters. We expect that this opportunity will serve as an additional incentive for more participants from the Global South to join and attend the ICA. We will provide travel stipends to some Global South participants (amount pending based on interest and sponsorship).


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24 MAY

 

Riding or Lashing the Waves: Regulating Media for Diversity in a Time of Uncertainty

OFF-SITENational Press Club

24 May; 8:00 - 16:30

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersPurdue U- College of Liberal Arts and LABEX ICCA - U of Paris 13

Contactsmatei@purdue.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Communication and Technology Division and Mass Communication Division

DescriptionTentative idea and schedule, as shared in a previous document The pre-conference would focus on the regulatory and policy changes needed to stabilize the path from print/broadcast to future forms of media. A core component will be the idea of media pluralism and diversity. The umbrella question is ‚Äúwhat are the regulatory, policy, and production rules that can make future media diverse, embracing pluralism of perspectives and ideas, user-focused and civically-responsible while remaining profitable?‚ A distinctive feature of the conference is that I will anchor the conversations by keynote addresses and panels given by leading French and US academics and practitioners. Through the Purdue Global Communication Program in Paris, we obtained the commitment to participate of Nicolas Curien (http://ncurien.fr) a French Commissioner of the Council for Audio-Visual Media (CSA - FFC equivalent), Julie Ghibellini, a senior National Assembly Staffer, several leaders (Francois Moreau, Frank Rebillard, Fabrice Rochelandet) of the Media Industries Laboratory of Excellence ( https://icca.univ-paris13.fr/), funded by CNRS (French NSF), and Dr. Joseph Daniel, a political scientist former chief of staff of several French prime ministers and presidents of the National Assembly. On the US side, through the facilitation and participation of Brian Lamb, a keynote speaker at the conference, the founder of C-Span and an alumnus of our school, we will recruit a leading Congressman and an FCC expert or Commissioner. In addition, I obtained the participation of Lee Rainie, the head of the Pew Internet Research Center. Goals *To explore the ideas of pluralism, diversity and to determine the regulatory, political and production conditions under which these features may thrive *To expose the ICA community to high-level policy makers and regulators *To provide first-hand insight into the most current and important policy and research topics related to future media forms of production and dissemination *To present in a debate format the main differences and points of connection between US and West European (French) perspectives on fostering and future media A minimum attendance of 60 individuals, not counting our special guests. A conference fee of $50 for outside guests Budget ‚ TBD ‚ it depends on how much the facilities will be and how much we can contribute. I estimate at this point a cost of $15,000 for the venue. This will not cover the transportation and hotel for Curien, Daniel, and Ghibellini. Space ‚ I propose the National Press Club, right next to the White House. We need one room for the plenary meeting, which should accommodate up to 200 individuals, plus four breakout session rooms I propose a 9 ‚17 schedule, tentatively broken down as follows 8 ‚9 registration 9 ‚10:15 Introduction, first keynote address / panel 10:30-12:00 Break out sessions 12-13 Lunch 13 - 14:15 Second keynote address / panel 14:15-15:30 Breakout sessions 15:45-16:30 Final keynote address / panel / conclusion address


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24 MAY

 

Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries

OFF-SITEInternet Governance Lab at the American U

24 May; 8:00 - 16:30

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Dmitry Epstein*, Laura DeNardis, and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network

Contactdima.e@mail.huji.ac.il

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division and Communication Law and Policy Division 

DescriptionGigaNet ‚the Global Internet Governance Academic Network ‚was born out of a joint ICA-IAMCR workshop and is currently a home for many communication scholars conducting interdisciplinary research on ordering of the Net. In the spirit of this year‚ ICA conference theme, this event will bring together ICA participants interested questions of governance, GigaNet members from other disciplines, and the local community of practitioners and policymaker. The group will discuss the issue of boundaries in internet governance both as a substantive topic of research and as a reflexive exercise for internet governance as a research domain. Substantively, within internet governance, boundaries have been traditionally an important area of research starting with question of sovereignty and jurisdiction in cyberspace, and reaching to the exploration of boundaries of the technical, legal, social, and political decision-making with constitutive effects on the internet. As a field of study, internet governance has been debating its disciplinary boundaries as well as the scope of research questions that can come under this broad label. We will solicit proposal that include, but not limited to topics such as: ‚ Nationalization of internet governance and possible threats of internet fragmentation; ‚ Privatization of internet governance and its impact on individual freedoms and human rights;  Technical, legal and policy initiatives for cybersecurity and their impact on global internet governance;  Emerging forms of governance such as trade agreements or user-driven change;  Technological disruption and emerging governance questions in areas such as artificial intelligence and human augmentics;  The respective powers of the users, technology designers and regulators in distributed systems;  Public awareness of internet governance and communication of internet policy; Visions and metaphors of information technology in internet policy discourse; How does one research Internet Governance? Epistemological and practical challenges of internet governance research;  Exploration of the boundary between research and activism in internet governance. The paper proposals will undergo a peer-review process and selected authors will be asked to submit complete manuscripts.


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24 MAY

 

From Knowledge to Action: Enhancing the Impact of Health Communication Research and Practice

OFF-SITEGeorge Washington U, Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Ave, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20052

24 May; 8:30 - 16:30

There will not be a call for papers.

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation. Participants will be given instructions on how to navigate the Metro to arrive on campus.

OrganizersMonique Turner, George Washington U; Rajiv Rimal, George Washington U; Gary Kreps, George Mason U; Itzhak Yanovitzky, Rutgers U; Jeff Niederdeppe, Cornell U

Contactmmturner@gwu.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Health Communication Division 

DescriptionThere is a strong theoretical and research foundation for health communication at many levels, but many in the field seek broader impact. This pre-conference will bring together a variety of funders, scholars, practitioners, representative of community organizations, and participants in an effort to exchange knowledge and strategies for enhancing the impact of our health communication work. The pre-conference will mix short presentations with small round-table discussions in an effort to share knowledge and develop networks.


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24 MAY

 

Justice and Order in the Datafied Society: Connecting Communications and Legal Theory

OFF-SITEThe Washington College of Law, American U, Washington DC

24 May; 8:00 - 16:30

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The venue is at 4300 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington 20016. Attendees will be given clear directions from the main conference hotel.

OrganizersNICK COULDRY, LSE, UK; LINA DENCIK, DATA JUSTICE LAB, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY, UK; ANDREAS HEPP, ZEMKI, BREMEN, GERMANY; KARIN VAN ES, DATA SCHOOL, UTRECHT, HOLLAND with support of Pat Aufderheide, American U, DC

Contactn.couldry@lse.ac.uk; dencikl@cardiff.ac.uk; ahepp@uni-bremen.de; K.F.vanEs@uu.nl

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division and Philosophy Theory and Critique Division

DescriptionThe growth of automated data collection, processing and analysis, and its installation within contemporary social, economic and political orders has created a number of huge challenges: for protecting fundamental rights and values such as freedom and autonomy, for understanding the connections between communications and social order, for sustaining key institutional processes such as the law, and for maintaining the very legitimacy and authority of decision-making by legal, political and social institutions. At the core of these challenges is a more basic question: what happens to society when communications (in the novel form of datafication and, underlying that, automated symbolic categorizations within database structures) begin to play a historically new role in the organization of life? This question requires communication researchers to be in dialogue with researchers in law and policy to address this fundamental question of communication beyond borders. Specific topics to be addressed include:1. What ethical, legal and normative concepts are most helpful in building appropriate regulatory frameworks that manage the consequences of datafication? 2. How can we best theorise how economic legal and social institutions are being transformed by datafication?3. What forms of social order and social governance are emerging through datafication and algorithmic processes, and are they consistent with existing democratic models of social governance? What if they are not consistent?4. What are the specific implications of datafication processes for the authority of legal institutions and processes of legal decision-making?5. What can be learned, and what, if anything, must be unlearned from the European GDPR and EU legal proceedings against the abuse of market power by large technology companies? 6. What distinctive perspectives does the Global South on data and datafication and how can those perspectives be effectively integrated into discussions in the Global North?7. Generally, what are the common agendas and common questions that need to be formulated so that scholars in the fields of communications and law (and, more broadly, management and society) can come together around transdisciplinary solutions to the problematic implications of the datafied society?8. What practical resources and pathways are needed to help the voices of critical researchers in this area be heard better and more widely?Committed speakers so far are: Keynotes: Julie Cohen, Georgetown School of Law, author of Configuring the Networked Self and (forthcoming) Between Truth and Power; Mark Andrejevic, Monash University, Melbourne and author of Infoglut (2013) and iSpy (2007).Panel speakers: [communications] Payal Arora, Erasmus, Rotterdam; Alison Hearn, Western Ontario; Anna Lauren Hoffman, U of Washington; Thomas Poell, U of Amsterdam; Joseph Turow, UPenn[law] Ellen Goodman, Rutgers; Natali Helberger, U of Amsterdam; Frank Pasquale, U of Maryland; Andrew Selbst, Data and Society, New York; Wolfgang Schulz, Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg. 














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24 MAY

 

10th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division, co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group

OFF-SITE | Location not known at this time.

24 May; 8:30 - 17:00

Invite by invitation only

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersMarjolijn Antheunis*, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Director) Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig Maximillian U, Germany (Steering Committee member) Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Steering Committee member) German Neubaum, U of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Steering Committee member)

Contactm.l.antheunis@uvt.nl

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division and Mobile Communication Interest Group

DescriptionThe consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the doctoral consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics. During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into groups of 5-8 people, determined by the thematic nature of the research. One group will be dedicated to mobile communication, the remaining groups to the broader area of communication and technology. In each group, students will be invited to present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium (DC). Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from two to three faculty participants. There will also be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates. In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. The topics will include positioning one's  work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships, finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic. The goal of the DC is to provide a unique professional development and intellectual opportunity for those doctoral candidates who seek to make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and mobile communication, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Based on feedback from participants, the DC has been very successful in the past. We hope to continue the tradition in Washington.


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24 MAY

 

Political Communication Division Graduate Student Preconference

OFF-SITEGeorge Washington U

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

Invite by invitation only

This will have call for papers.

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersKimberly Gross

Contactkimgross@gwu.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Political Communication Division 

DescriptionPre-conference for Ph.D. students in Political Communication. Students have oppotunity to present work and get feedback from senior scholars in the field as well as other graduate students. We also do a couple of presentations aimed toward professional development and it provides an important opportunity for young scholars to meet and share work. We do this every other year, the graduate students tell us it was very valuable.


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24 MAY

 

ICA PhD Workshop: Public Relations and Strategic Communication

OFF-SITE | Location not determined at this time.

24 May; 9:00 - 13:00 (half-day)

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This will have call for papers.

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersKaterina Tsetsura, Flora Hung-Baesecke

Contacttsetsura@ou.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Public Relations Division

DescriptionThis workshop is for PhD students within the research field of Public Relations and Strategic Communication at different stages of their dissertation process. The aim of the seminar is to provide doctoral students in the field of Public Relations and Strategic Communication with an opportunity to discuss their dissertation research in a constructive atmosphere. Students receive feedback and advice on their projects, theoretical frameworks, methodologies and research designs from senior scholars and other students, who review the proposals. The workshop also serves as a platform for students working in these areas to establish a valuable network and examine issues which are important for their future careers. It provides a basis for general discussions a variety of other issues. Senior scholars in the field will give more insight on questions and the specific areas of public relations research that are discussed in the PhD projects with a focus on:• Theoretical developments: Emerging perspectives, models and theories in the field of Public Relations and strategic communication (e.g., institutional theory, CCO, etc.) and in specific fields (e.g., crisis communication, CSR, new media) • Methodological developments: Methodologies, empirical challenges and solutions are discussed and evaluated with regard to the field of PR • Publication strategies: By reviewing other students' papers and taking part in the discussions students learn also more about the reviewing process as well as improving their skills on how to write, submit and revise papers for top journals. 






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24 MAY

 

Crossing Boundaries in Visual Communication Research

OFF-SITE | Location not determined at this time

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

Invite by invitation only

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersRebecca Venema, U della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, rebecca.venema@usi.ch (primary contact)

Contactrebecca.venema@usi.ch

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Visual Communication Studies Division

DescriptionContemporary societies are highly visualized and mediatized environments: “traditional” media but also Social Networking Sites, platforms and everyday interactions and interpersonal communication are highly saturated with visuals as sharing photographs, GIFs, memes and videos has become a routine everyday practice. Visual communication practices, visual representations and visual rhetorics can have important functions for (re)establishing, communicating and crossing boundaries in e.g. close social relationships (e.g., Van House, 2011; Villi, 2015), in political communication (e.g., Brantner & Lobinger, 2014), social critique and political protest (e.g., Milner, 2013; Mina, 2014; Doerr, Mattoni, & Teune, 2013) or journalistic coverage (Coleman, 2010), not at least due to the associative and polysemic nature of the visual mode (e.g., Müller & Özcan, 2007; Messaris, & Abraham, 2001), the capacity of visuals to evoke emotions (Kappas & Müller, 2006), the picture superiority effect (Graber 1990) and the power of iconic photographs (Perlmutter, 1998). It is thus timely to consider, further analyze and discuss the complex role of visual communication in crossing boundaries in politics, culture and society and to draw attention to  boundary crossings with/through visual practices: What do different actors do with visuals? What kind of symbolical and material uses of visual media are employed for/in boundary crossings?  visual representations of boundary crossings: Which visual representations of social, cultural, political boundary crossings do we encounter in different media environments? How can we characterize these visuals? How are they produced and how are they perceived by which audiences? historical perspectives: What can we learn from historical perspectives and the role of visual communication in boundary crossings in the past? the role of visuals in re-defining the boundaries between fact and fake, in politics of knowledge as photographic images were often designated as “objective proofs and evidence” (e.g., Lasica, 1989)?At the same time, these research desiderata also demand for discussing current challenges and future directions for individual projects dealing with visual communication and boundary crossings in contemporary societies but also for the interdisciplinary field of visual communication research in general. Visual communication studies are a field of research interest that by tradition crosses the boundaries of research fields and disciplines. Hence, thinking about aspects of boundary crossings in the field also relates to questions of  crossing methodological, theoretical and conceptual boundaries: How can visual communication research inform, provide specific expertise and be informed, both theoretically and methodologically, by other disciplines and fields? Where are potentials, where are possible pitfalls for visual communication research? ethical boundary crossings: Which ethical challenges do occur in visual communication research?Formats The preconference will consist of several formats: First, in an opening keynote, Luc Pauwels will address the multifaceted questions, aspects and challenges of crossing boundaries in visual communication research.

Second, in a presentation session that combines brief oral and poster presentations, young scholars will present their research projects. All young and senior scholars will participate in these presentation sessions. The presenters thus will receive substantial feedback on their projects from experienced senior scholars, their assigned peer respondents and the other participants, and will have the possibility to network and to discuss challenges and best-practice options. Third, young scholars and senior experts split into smaller workshop groups. In these parallel sessions, young scholars and senior scholars with thematically and/or methodologically related research projects will be grouped together. The small groups will then further discuss the research projects as well as current challenges and future directions for visual communication research. Finally, in a closing plenary with all participants, key insights originating from the focused discussions in the workshop groups will be summarized. Moreover, we will discuss ideas and plans for future networking, collaboration and research events. 


FRI
24 MAY

 

ICA 2019 Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium

OFF-SITE | Location not determined at this time

24 May; 9:00 - 16:30

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersAlla Rybina, a PhD candidate from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Contactalla.rybina@jmg.gu.se

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Journalism Studies Division 

DescriptionThe Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium brings together PhD candidates working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. The Colloquium is part of the Journalism Studies Division‚ commitment to academic mentorship and will be held as preconference in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in Washington, USA. Its goal is to contribute actively to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. Participating graduate students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates working on related topics.


FRI
24 MAY

 

#CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media

OFF-SITE | Location not determined at this time.

24 May; 9:00 - 17:00

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OrganizersAlfred L. Martin, Jr., Eve Ng, Anamik Saha, Khadijah Costley White

Contactalfred-martin@uiowa.edu, evecng@hotmail.com, a.saha@gold.ac.uk, khadijah.white@rutgers.edu

DescriptionIn a recent article, Chakravartty et al. (Chakravartty, Paula, Rachel Kuo, Victoria Grubbs, and Charlton McIlwain. 2018. “#CommunicationSoWhite.” Journal of Communication, 68(2), 254–266) noted that White supremacy dominates both the field of communication studies and the mediated discourse we study. More specifically, they find that scholars of color continue to be underrepresented within the field in regards to citations, editorial positions, and publications. As a result, these exclusionary practices “reproduce institutional racism and sexism,” strengthen existing hierarchies, and “translate into social structures where resources are organized and distributed along racial lines.” ICA President Paula Gardner echoed similar sentiments in her 2018 presidential address, calling for steps for inclusion and diversity within the International Communication Association as well as the larger field. The exclusion of feminist, post-colonial, indigenous and POC voices is a persistent and systemic problem in the fields of communication and media studies, and one we aim to discuss, consider, and intervene in through this pre-conference. This pre-conference will offer panels, roundtables, and keynote presentations to consider who tends to be hired and who serves leaders/gatekeepers in the field, the politics of citation and publication, and the production of communication scholarship in the context of the global rise of white supremacy and nationalism. We will also highlight the ways that #CommunicationSoWhite can function as an intervention within communication studies organizations, departments, and scholarship. We aim to extend the topics of this pre-conference into the larger conference, continuing the conversation and promoting a larger interdisciplinary dialogue that addresses inequality/lack of diversity within the field. To this end, we plan to organize joint roundtables or panels with divisions and interest groups such as Communication and Technology, Feminist Scholarship, Journalism Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Philosophy of Communication, Political Communication, and Popular Communication. We also anticipate that these divisions will contribute towards the cost of the pre-conference.



FRI
24 MAY

 

Sports Communication and Social Justice

OFF-SITE | Location not determined at this time

24 May; 9:00 - 16:30

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OrganizersDr Dan Jackson, Dr Emma Pullen and Prof Michael Silk

Contactjacksond@bournemouth.ac.uk; epullen@bournemouth.ac.uk; msilk@bournemouth.ac.uk

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Activism, Communication and Social Change Interest Group and Sports Communication Interest Group

DescriptionMedia sport is a highly celebrated constituent of popular culture that articulates with shifting political, economic, technological and cultural conditions. Indeed, technological innovations; infrastructure availability; normative production practices; the legitimization of (dominant) media narratives for capital accumulation (advertising, sponsorship revenues); dominant narratives of nation; and a neoliberal corporeal aesthetic have shaped the sport media industry, the way this cultural form is represented (and by whom), and our relationship with it. This context creates tensions regarding issues of power and justice, particularly where media representation is framed on normative / ‘accepted’ production practices and ‘ways of doing’ by dominant organisations that can contribute to symbolically violent cultural discourses of marginalised groups. Whilst questions regarding power and representation have been at the fore of sport communication research agendas, the rapidly evolving sport media industry and the changing face of mediated sport production continues to raise such original critical questions in new emerging contexts. This one-day preconference pays attention to issues of representation, power and social justice. We welcome submissions from theoretical and empirical inquiries that examine the following areas: • The conditions that impinge on production, and the place and thoughts of cultural producers in articulating and dis-articulating fields of representation; • The emergence, resistance and contestation of new sport cultures via sport media platforms; • The framing, marketing and production of dominant cultural / corporeal narratives in the context of a neoliberalised enterprise sport media culture and the cultural impact on audiences;• The negotiation of identity politics in sport media representation, in particularly, issues of (in)visibility (and resistance) of marginalised, non-normative groups who remain mostly under-represented in mainstream sport media (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, disability, LGBQT);• The use of sporting platforms as a vehicle for social justice campaigns;
• The role of nationalism, representations of the ‘national normative body’ and ‘imagined communities’ (Anderson’s 1983) through sport media. 


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24 MAY

 

Controlling Bits and Systems: The Global Future of Privacy, Technology and Public Policy

OFF-SITE | Location not determined at this time

24 May; 8:30 - 17:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersLorraine Kisselburgh

Contactlorraine@purdue.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division, and Communication Law and Policy Division 

DescriptionPrivacy has presented itself as a central and contested concept in global communications. Over the
second half of the 20th century, privacy came to mean control of one's personal information.
Though privacy is never easy no matter its definition and practice, control strains under the weight
of the realities of 21st century digital life. International strife around who controls information and
how that control leads to power has generated interesting and global discussions about privacy. We
seek to take advantage of both the location and theme of the conference by: 1) unpacking what
types of perspectives and approaches American policymakers and policy actors take, 2) further
critiquing and playing and provoking ideas to inspire new angles and outside-the-box thinking, and
3) creating a productive plan of action to develop meaningful communication research in the area
of privacy, technology, and public policy.
There is significant need and demand for privacy scholarship to help understand and prevent the
challenging issues that have presented in the past few years including data privacy and consent in
social computing environments, government surveillance, algorithmic bias, and ubiquitous location
tracking via mobile devices. This demand is situated within complicated global politics, as well as
complex and rapidly changing technical environments. Additionally, there is an ongoing demand
from policy makers and legislative professionals to learn from and be guided by emerging research
scholarship. Because of overwhelming datafication efforts, privacy today often means digital
privacy and cannot be considered without attention to the design, systems, markets, players, and
incentives within which privacy is conceptualized and practiced. The event will take meaningful
steps toward meeting the demand present in Washington.
This pre-conference will be a cross-disciplinary gathering hosted by the Communication
Technology Division and the Communication Law & Policy Division, addressing both national and
global issues in privacy technology policy and law. As such, the preconference advances the ICA
2019 conference theme, "Communication Beyond Boundaries,” by furthering cross-disciplinary
investigation of privacy, technology, policy and communication, and considering these issues on a
global scale.


POSTCONFERENCES


WED
29 MAY

Politics, Gender and Communication: Theoretical Insights and Empirical Evidence.

Washington Hilton

29 May | 8:30 - 18:00

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OrganizersLoes Aaldering* and Daphne van der Pas Contact person: Dr. Loes Aaldering Post-Doc Political Communication Research Group Department of Communication U of Vienna Althanstrasse 14 (UZA 2),1090 Vienna, Austria +431427748310 loes.aaldering@univie.ac.at

Contactloes.aaldering@univie.ac.at

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Political Communication Division

DescriptionWomen are almost universally underrepresented in politics. Although the norm of gender equality has been widely supported in Western societies for decades, this has not translated into gender-equal politics: while there has been a wide range of female governors, legislators, (prime) ministers and party leaders, a large majority of the higher offices and governing positions are still filled by men. This post-conference focusses on two possible explanations of the underrepresentation of females in political life: 1) The campaign strategies of politicians. As politicians have to deal with different stereotypes that exist in the electorate, male and female politicians are likely to highlight different issues, character traits, aspects of their background and ambitions for the future in their communication to the public. This post-conference invites papers that study differences in political campaign strategies and the controlled communication of the candidate (for instance on social media), and/or the differences in the impact of these political messages for male and female politicians on voters. 2) Coverage of politicians by the media. Not only the behavior of politicians is relevant in current-day political reality: Politicians operate in a strongly mediatized political environment where the media are citizens’ primary source of political information. Thus, a systematic gender bias in the media coverage of politicians is likely to contribute to the underrepresentation of women in politics. This post-conference welcomes papers that study the differences in the portrayal of males and females in political life in the media or online, whether it be the quantity of the media attention or the content of the coverage. The goal of this post-conference is to discuss relevant and interesting research on the intersection of gender, politics and communication, that helps us understand whether there are, and if so why there are, gender differences in media coverage and candidate communication in the political world. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers and we would like to bring together qualitative and quantitative researchers, employing experimental designs, interviews, content analysis, survey studies or other relevant methods. Papers that explicitly aim to strengthen our understanding of the causality involved gender differences or communication effects are encouraged. In addition, we are also particularly interested in papers that employ cutting edge research methods to study political communication in an automated fashion. We believe this post-conference is especially relevant for researchers in the Political Communication Division, and we plan to publish selected contributions in a special issue of a ranked journal.

 

WED
29 MAY

Badass Ladies of Communication: The Challenges and Opportunities for Female Scholars, Success in the Field

OFF-SITENorthwestern U DC Office

29 May; 13:00 - 17:30 (half-day)

Invite by invitation only

This will have call for papers.

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Nikki Usher (Illinois); Brooke Erin Duffy (Cornell); Kjerstin Thorson (Michigan State); Lea Hellemueler (Houston); Valerie Belair-Gagnon (Minnesota); Stephanie Edgerly (Northwestern); Shannon McGregor (Utah); Kimberly Meltzer (Marymount)

Contactnusher@illinois.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Feminist Studies Division, Journalism Studies Division, Political Communication Division

DescriptionThis post-conference builds on two years of informal social gatherings convened at ICA to build fellowship and exchange professionalism tactics among those who gender-identify as women and have completed their PhD. In the wake of #metoo, the unique needs of female scholars in their promotion and career success merit careful consideration. The post-conference will provide panels with skill-building in public engagement (media training and social media strategy), academic promotion, and field assessments of senior female scholars

 

WED
29 MAY

Building Bridges Between Scholarship and Advocacy for Digital Media Policy

OFF-SITEAmerican U

29 May | 9:00 - 16:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersAmanda Lotz, Queensland U of Technology, Christopher Ali, U of Virginia; Phillip Napoli, Duke U

Contactdrtvlotz@gmail.com

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Communication Law and Policy; Media Industry Studies; Activism, Communication and Social Justice; Communication and Technology

DescriptionDigital communication has produced extraordinary changes around the globe. Whether for our personal communication, the operation of media industries, or countless daily tasks, internet access and the rules by which companies providing internet service and companies that rely on the internet to provide services structure daily activities for billions of people. It has also led to a number of new policy issues and exacerbated old ones. New issues, like network neutrality and global internet governance compete for regulatory and popular attention with endemic issues such as ownership concentration and universal service. These, and many others have stymied national regulators and hampered global policy conversations. Taking note of the many outstanding policy issues - both new and old - that come to the fore in the digital age, and the importance of multistakeholderism in digital communication policy making, this postconference focuses on some of the major policy issues surrounding digital communication and brings together experts on these topics from the ranks of both scholars and policy activists. The event will focus on three digital media policy issues that impact structural regulation: universal broadband access, competition, and revisiting policy for legacy media industries. The themes of bridging activist and scholarly engagement with these issues and the challenges of setting national policy for transnational media distribution systems will be addressed in discussion of each issue. The overarching goal is to provide venue in which policy researchers and policy activists can learn from one another, identify synergies, and cultivate collaborations. In addition to providing a rich intellectual experience, the preconference takes advantage of a key attribute of the 2019 ICA conference location and will reach out to many policy organizations and activists that call Washington home. The event will also create a valuable networking space to help facilitate connection and collaboration among scholars and activists focusing on common issues. The open call will request submissions of brief policy proposals rather than the type of scholarly research likely to be presented in regular conference sessions. Accepted proposals will be circulated to attendees in advance of the postconference so that the day can focus on engaged discussion and provide ample opportunity for attendees who are not presenting briefs to also participate in the days events.

 

WED
29 MAY

Lobbying: Communicative Power and Transnational Contexts

OFF-SITEAmerican U, School of Public Affairs

29 May | 9:30 - 18:00

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OrganizersDr. Scott Davidson

Contactsd310@le.ac.uk

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Public Relations, Public Diplomacy

DescriptionThe working theme of the event is to link inequalities in the communicative power of lobbying with the increasing relevance of public policy and opinion environments that span national boundaries. Streams within this theme may be split between theorising and studies on specific issues and a stream on technological and methodological innovations.

 

WED
29 MAY

The Rise of Platforms: Individual, Institutional, and Governance Questions for Communications Research

OFF-SITESchool of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington U

29 May | 8:00 - 17:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersDaniel Kreiss, Erika Franklin-Fowler, Sarah Anne Ganter, Natali Helberger, Shannon McGregor, Rasmus Nielsen

Contactdkreiss@email.unc.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Political Communication, Journalism Studies, Communication Law and Policy

Description:  Platform companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter are increasingly central to most forms of mediated communication around the world and thus to most of the individual, institutional and governance questions that communication research deals with. 
These companies – and their counterparts elsewhere like Alibaba and Tencent in mainland China and Yandex and VKontakte in Russia – have built large and diverse user bases around their global digital platforms that enable different types of interactions and content. In the process, in countries throughout the world these platforms host much public and commercial information, organize attention and access to it, create new formats for it, and control data about it. In doing so, these platforms shape the incentive structures around investments in public communication (including by news media, political campaigns, and social movements) as well as commercial communication (including much advertising, public relations, and entertainment.)
By becoming a part (sometimes large, sometimes small) of what almost everybody does with media almost everywhere in the world, these platforms increasingly play an important role in everything from journalism and political communication to health and popular communication. While these platforms and their algorithms, policies, content, and organization are the subject of a growing volume of impressive scholarship across communication subfields, there is a risk that substantive, theoretical, and methodological discussions around the rise of platforms and what they mean are fragmented as a consequence of scholarly specialization and that important insights from one field are overlooked elsewhere. This is of critical importance as these platforms continue to expand their out-sized influence on political and social processes around the world. 

The pre-conference will combine panel presentations, a roundtable, a keynote panel, and structured informal discussion among the participants to pose, analyze, and answer the significant questions about platforms and social and political life. 

 

 

WED
29 MAY

Value and Morality in Public Discourse

OFF-SITEGeorgetown U Department of Linguistics

29 May | 8:30 - 17:30

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OrganizersJessica Robles (Loughborough U), Cynthia Gordon (Georgetown U), David Boromisza-Habashi (U of Colorado Boulder)

Contactdbh@colorado.edu, gordonc@georgetown.edu, J.J.Robles@lboro.ac.uk

DescriptionIntroductory remarks by the organizers (8.30-9.00); panel featuring senior scholars sharing their analyses of an excerpt from public discourse data (9.00-11.00); coffee break (11.00-11.30); breakout sessions dedicated to further discussion of the same data excerpt (11.30-12.30); lunch (12.30-2.00); roundtable sessions dedicated to discussions of abstracts submitted for the postconference (2.00-4.00); coffee break (4.00-4.30); closing session featuring senior scholars from the morning panel reflecting on key themes and emerging research agendas (4.30-5.30).

 

WED
29 MAY

Creator Governance: Platforms, Policy, Rights, and Regulation

OFF-SITEAmerican U School of Communication 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016

29 May | 9:00 - 18:00

Invite by invitation only

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Stuart Cunningham, Queensland U of Technology Patricia Aufderheide, American U Tarleton Gillespie, Microsoft Research David Craig, USC Annenberg* (primary contact) Colin Maclay, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

Contactdavid@medianation.biz

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Media Industry Studies Interest Group, Communication Law and Policy Division, and Popular Communication Division

DescriptionKnown as YouTubers, influencers, vloggers, livestreamers, etc., creators are defined as social media entrepreneurs hacking the affordances of platforms to aggregate participatory and engaged fan communities for cultural and commercial value. This conference will convene diverse stakeholders invested in the policy, governance, and regulatory concerns that most impact creators. In addition to scholars, invitees to include creators like Vlogbrothers and Casey Neistat, FCC and FTC officials, platform executives from YouTube and Facebook, and orgs like the Internet Creators Guild.

 

WED
29 MAY

Public Diplomacy in the 2020s

OFF-SITEAmerican U

29 May| 9:00 - 17:00

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

Organizers: Public Diplomacy Interest Group, American U, Syracuse U, USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Contactedolea@bournemouth.ac.uk

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Public Diplomacy Interest Group

DescriptionThe post-conference will include: a) morning sessions dedicated to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. Based on the success of PD IG preconference in Prague, we will keep the mentoring format. Thus, each presenter will receive in-depth feedback from at least one dedicated mentor; b) afternoon sessions with senior scholars discussing "State of the Art, State of the Future: New Directions in Public Diplomacy Research" and a practitioners’ session. The focus is to expand the PD body of knowledge to address gaps in the literature, inform and advance PD practices, heighten visibility of PD among policy makers in government and higher education. We aim to work towards identifying a new and innovative research agenda that recognizes how far PD scholarship has come since 9/11, consider where we need to go next, and discuss opportunities for innovative collaborations among multidisciplinary scholars crossing boundaries. 

 


WED
29 MAY

 

Privacy Research Across Cultural, Political, and Geographic Boundaries

OFF-SITE | Location not determined at this time.

24 May; 8:00 - 16:30

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OrganizersKelly Quinn, Dmitry Epstein, and the Comparative Privacy Project

Contactkquinn8@uic.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Communication and Technology Division

DescriptionLast year, we convened an ICA panel that brought together a group of researchers working on questions of social media privacy in a variety of cultural and political contexts. From that session came the idea to develop of a framework for comparative analysis of social media and broader information privacy. This event will be an opportunity to bring additional ICA members into this conversation and lay ground work for the comparative privacy project. We envision this day as having two parts. In the first part we will have brief research presentations solicited through a CFP and peer-reviewed. The second part of the day will be a workshop to develop two main outcomes. First, we will work to develop core research instruments to be used by the group for comparative privacy projects. Second, we will work on a plan for securing funding to enable this work.


WED
29 MAY

 

2019 ICA Organizational Communication Division Post-Conference on External Funding

OFF-SITE | Location not determined at this time.

24 May;

This will have call for papers.

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OrganizersKelly Quinn, Dmitry Epstein, and the Comparative Privacy Project

Contactkquinn8@uic.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Communication and Technology Division

DescriptionLast year, we convened an ICA panel that brought together a group of researchers working on questions of social media privacy in a variety of cultural and political contexts. From that session came the idea to develop of a framework for comparative analysis of social media and broader information privacy. This event will be an opportunity to bring additional ICA members into this conversation and lay ground work for the comparative privacy project. We envision this day as having two parts. In the first part we will have brief research presentations solicited through a CFP and peer-reviewed. The second part of the day will be a workshop to develop two main outcomes. First, we will work to develop core research instruments to be used by the group for comparative privacy projects. Second, we will work on a plan for securing funding to enable this work.

WED
29 MAY

 

Essential Scholarship on Technology and Marginalization: A Discussion

OFF-SITEUnitarian Universalist Church; 1100 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

29 May; 8:30 - 11:30 (half-day)

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersAmy Gonzales, Brooke Foucault-Welles; Katy Pearce

Contactgonzales@comm.ucsb.edu

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division 

DescriptionFrom studies of marginalized groups, to algorithmic bias exacerbating marginalization, to the ethics of observing marginalized people online, a growing body of scholarship focuses on issues of marginalization and social media. Yet, we lack a common set of literature from which to draw definitions, theories, and frameworks for to guide research on social media and marginalization. This pre-conference asks scholars to consider the following questions: What inspires your research on social media and marginalization? What do you think is essential reading for scholars in this area? Is the work within the field or outside of the field?How do these ideas inform the practices of academia or your life? To build a cannon of extant research in this area, we invite interested scholars to present on a theory or piece of scholarship, from any discipline including communication, that is essential to their work on social media and marginalization. Participants will give short presentations on a theory/text that inspires them, elaborate briefly on its strengths and weaknesses, and explain why those interested in social media and marginalization would benefit from exposure the piece. We will also discuss actionable everyday activities that can be gleaned from this scholarship.

ICA welcomes your comments and questions. Please feel free to contact the ICA staff at anytime.

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