Call for proposals: Generation Z and Global Communication, International Communication Association Preconference, 25 May 2023, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (Hybrid: On-site and online). Deadline: 1 March 2023.
Generation Z (Gen Z), the first to have been born after the mass-adoption of the Internet, is the most electronically connected generation in history. Growing up with many high-tech devices, these digital natives are used to having access to a vast number of diverse information, doing real-time communication with their friends and others regardless of physical location and generating content instantaneously to all kinds of international digital platforms. Exposed fully to the Internet-based world, how are the attitudes and beliefs of Gen Z influenced by the virtual world, especially the world of social media? How are the media use of Gen Z similar or different between countries? What are differences between Gen Z and previous generation in terms of their perceptions and knowledge of their own countries and other countries? How does video games, the most globalized content around the world affecting the young generation?
Organizers welcome innovative and original research studies addressing the theme on Generation Z and authenticity in global communication from all disciplines, methodologies, and professions, including case studies, quantitative and qualitative research, data and network science, etc.
The preconference will have paper awards for full paper submissions but welcome extended abstract submissions (up to 500 words). All full papers and abstracts will go through double-blind review. First Place paper will receive USD300 cash award, Second Place paper will receive USD200 cash award, and Third Place paper will receive USD100 cash award. Online Media and Global Communication will reserve the first right of refusal for publishing the award-winning submitted papers in the themed issue.