Call for Extended Abstracts
The International Communication Association (ICA) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) hereby invite extended abstract paper proposals for the first ICA Africa Regional Conference to be held at Daystar University in Nairobi – Kenya. The conference dates are 19th – 21st October 2016.
The conference will focus on the theme of Growing Communication Scholarship: Looking to the past with gratitude, the present with passion, the future with hope. The conference will bring together communication scholars and professionals from around the world to share research, exchange ideas, and stimulate dialogue on the past, present, and future of communication scholarship. The conference seeks to highlight relevant issues, trends, and future agendas for communication scholarship. Also included in the conference will be keynote and plenary sessions by notable communication scholars, practitioners, and policy makers.
Participants should submit extended abstracts of 1000 – 2000 words including the title, description, rationale, theoretical framework, and methodology of their proposed presentation. Panel proposals should consist of 1000-word description and rationale of the panel and 500-word description of each presentation on the panel.
The abstracts are to be submitted via the ICA paper management system on the ICA website on/by 1st March 2016.
Proposals may address subthemes including, but not limited to:
– Global Communication
– Media Use across the Lifespan
– Media Regulation, Ownership & Convergence
– New Media
– Religion and Media
– Development and Health Communication
– Communication, Regional Cooperation, Peace & Conflict Resolution
– Localizing Media (content generation & distribution)
– Children, Youth and Women in the Media
– Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing Communication
– Journalism in the Technological Age (e.g. convergence, training)
– Political Communication (e.g. electioneering, good governance)
– Crisis /Risk/Disaster Communication (e.g. terrorism, safety)
– Science Communication (e.g. environment and climate change, Sustainability)
– Dominant Cultural themes and Communication (e.g. cultural anthropology & communication)