ICA 2020 - First Nations Comm Call for Proposals
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As part of the 70th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), ICA is seeking to promote the scholarship and participation of First Nations researchers in both the conference and the association as a whole.

Founded in 1950, the ICA is the premier international academic association for scholars engaged in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. It is organized into 33 Divisions and Interest Groups, each representing a subfield in the study of communication. The breadth of divisions and interest groups is our strength, showcasing our wide-ranging discipline in which different aspects of communication are linked not only by common processes and structures, but also by diverse theories and methodologies.

The 70th annual conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach, Gold Coast, from 21-25 May, 2020. The conference theme is Open Communication, with an aim to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication.

ICA is keen to engage First Nations scholars in debates around communication in general, and, when applicable, Open Communication at the 2020 conference. We recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the sovereign people of Australia, and the Yugumbeh people as the traditional custodians of the lands on which the ICA conference is to be held. We welcome the participation of other First Nations researchers of the Pacific region and elsewhere to participate in the conference, such as the Maori people of Aoteoroa (New Zealand).

For the 2020 conference, the ICA will financially support the participation of up to ten First Nations scholars accepted to present at the conference, to cover airfares and accommodation on the Gold Coast, to a maximum of $1,000 per individual. One can propose a paper or panel that is applicable to the 2020 conference theme of Open Communication, or that relates to the call for papers from one or more of ICA’s 33 Divisions and Interest Groups. Priority will be given to First Nations researchers from Australia, in recognition of the Traditional Custodianship, by Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people, of the lands on which the conference is being held.

If you wish to be a part of this academic gathering, please provide the Conference Organizers with a title, 400-word abstract of your contribution and its relationship to the conference theme, plus a separate 150-word summary of the description to appear in the conference program. Submissions may take the form of individual papers or pre-formed panels of up to five participants. If the latter, panels are expected to be gender balanced, and to have a connected set of presentations. Outcomes will be formally advised by mid-January 2020. Selection of eligible papers will be based upon the capacity of the work to advance communication research and scholarship based upon the ICA Guiding Principles (https://www.icahdq.org/page/MissionStatement).

For further information on participation in the ICA 2020 conference as a First Nations researcher through this initiative, please contact John Paul Gutierrez, Associate Executive Director (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org) and Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services (krosa@icahdq.org), who will be happy to help. Submissions for the First Nations #ica20 initiative should be emailed to John Paul Gutierrez, Associate Executive Director (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org), and Prof. Claes de Vreese, President-Elect/2020 Conference Planner (c.h.devreese@uva.nl), by Monday 16 December 2019.