CFP LSI Approaches to Racial Justice


Call for proposals: Innovations in LSI Approaches to Racial Justice in Research and Pedagogy, Language and Social Interaction Division, International Communication Association, Denver, CO, May 27-31, 2021 (hybrid format). Deadline: October 14, 2020.

The current social and political climate – involving anti-black racism and anti-racist movements – has highlighted enduring racial inequality in the United States and internationally. These current events have prompted widespread interest among academics about ways that racism, whiteness, and structural inequality are pervasive in our own fields. Language in Social Interaction, like most academic fields, includes scholars who focus on questions of racial justice in their research and pedagogy. In this panel, organizers invite these LSI scholars to give short presentations (5 minutes or less) on innovative, effective methods for engaging with racial justice from an LSI perspective. Presentations should provide audience members with ideas or practical tools for how to engage with questions of racial justice in research and pedagogy. Submissions could address, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative undergraduate or graduate pedagogy activities
  • Innovative approaches to data sessions
  • Innovations in analytic methods to reveal racial inequality, highlight minority or marginalized voices, or decenter whiteness
  • Using LSI approaches and methods in innovative ways to create social change
  • Reflections on ways that whiteness pervades the LSI academic community & innovative ideas for the future of the field

Organizers encourage participation of ethnically and nationally diverse scholars, of graduate students and faculty, and of scholars from a variety of LSI sub-areas. The goal is to produce a collaborative, useful session for all those involved. Please email abstracts of 150-300 words to Natasha Shrikant by October 15, 2020. Abstracts should include details of your presentation and clearly connect to
LSI research or pedagogy.

CFP ICA 2020 (Australia)

ConferencesCall for papers, International Communication Association, 21-25 May 2020, Gold Coast, Australia. Deadline: 1 November 2019.

Theme: Open Communication

The International Communication Association (ICA) will hold its 70th annual convention May 21-25, 2020, in Gold Coast, Australia. With the theme of Open Communication, ICA encourages research and panels that cut across research domains and practices, and invites researchers to look beyond divisional and sub-disciplinary boundaries and also bring in perspectives from adjacent disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In particular, ICA is encouraging submissions that focus on digital communication, the lockdown of platforms, and the interesting tensions between data science and open science practices.

CFP ICA Preconference: Digital Journalism in Latin America (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers – ICA 2019 Preconference: Digital Journalism in Latin America, May 23th, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Deadline: November 1, 2018. NOTE: Deadline extended to December 15, 2018.

Research on digital journalism has by now a solid tradition that spans more than two decades (Barnhurst, 2012; Boczkowski, 2002; Reich, 2018; Steensen, 2011). For the most part, this scholarship has focused on industrialized nations in North America and Europe (Mitchelstein and Boczkowski, 2009) and has paid comparatively less attention to other regions such as Latin America (for some notable exceptions, see Bachmann & Harlow, 2011; Boczkowski, 2010; González de Bustamante and Relly, 2014; Harlow and Salaverría, 2016; Vimiero, 2017). This relative scarcity contrasts with the prominent role of digital journalism in the news diets of Latin Americans: around 9 out of 10 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico access news online (Newman, et al, 2017). The growth in online audiences has been paralleled by the expansion of digital news operations, either as the internet operations of print media (Bachmann & Harlow, 2011) or as new online enterprises (Harlow and Salaverria, 2016; Requejo Alemán and Lugo Ocando, 2014).

As both digital news production and consumption have featured increasingly more prominently in the information landscape of Latin America, it is worth inquiring into whether the specificity of Latin America and its culture and institutions might entail differences with digital journalism as it is practiced and appropriated in other parts of the world. For instance, Latin American journalism has been described as less professionalized and less independent than in more stable democracies (de Albuquerque, 2005; Hallin and Papathanassopoulos, 2002; Hughes, 2006). How have these two long-standing features affected the practices of online news production and the self-perception of reporters? Has the development of online journalism allowed for the emergence digital start-ups and fact-checking organizations that compete with traditional news organizations with long-standing links with politicians and corporations? Have online news operations conducted mostly partisan journalism, due to their dependence on government advertising? Moreover, Latin American audiences tend to show high levels of skepticism towards news (Newman, et al, 2017). Has this lower level of credibility been tied to differences in willingness to pay for digital news, information acquisition online, and uptake of alternative media sources, among other activities?

The ICA pre-conference on Digital Journalism in Latin America invites scholars to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital journalism in Latin America. Both empirical and theoretical conference presentations; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches; single-country and comparative research (with a major focus on Latin America); and historical and contemporary inquiries are welcome.

CFP ICA 2019 (USA)

ConferencesCFP International Communication Association, 24-28 May 2019, Washington, D. C. Submission deadline: 1 November 2018.

The ICA 2019 conference theme of Communication Beyond Boundaries aims for an understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society, and encourages research that crosses the boundaries of research domains, of particular fields of research interest, and of academia and the outside world.

CFP African Digital Cultures (Ghana)

ConferencesCall for Papers, ICAfrica 2nd Biennial: African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations7-9 November 2018, School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. Deadline: June 30, 2018.

The School of Information and Communication Studies (SICS) of the University of Ghana, in collaboration with the International Communication Association (ICA) is hosting the 2018 Regional ICA conference on the theme African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations. The conference seeks to bring together scholars from within and outside the continent to share their research and perspectives on the cultures forming around conceptualizations, production and consumption of the digital space in Africa.



ICA Regional: Communications Research in the Digital Age (India)

ConferencesInternational Communication Association South Asia Regional Conference 2017: Communications Research in the Digital Age, 14 to 16 December 2017, Mumbai, INDIA, Hosted by SNDT Women’s University. Abstract due: August 31, 2017

The ICA South Asia regional conference intends to examine communications research in digital age under four parallel tracks for paper presentation:

A. Individual and Digital Exposure (IDE): What is the relationship of individual with the digital media?

B. Gender, Culture Technology (GCT): How does community and technology intersect in a given culture?

C. Digital Media Ecology (DME): Who are the stakeholders and players of digital media landscape?

D. Digital Research Methodologies (DRM): What are methodological challenges for digital media research?

We recognize that all the themes are intersecting and can be interwoven, yet we expect that you choose ONE that you think is nearest to your research/panel so that regional interest groups can be formed towards the end of the conference. By submitting abstract you are agreeing to register for the Conference. There will be workshops as well as plenary at the Conference.

African Communication Researchers Group

The ICA Regional Conference at Daystar University in Nairobi was held on 19-21 October, 2016. For details, see the summary in the ICA Newsletter.

At the close of the conference students and early-career scholars had informal meetings to discuss how to continue with discussions started at the conference and how to build research networks in media and communication in Africa and beyond.

The participants at the meeting agreed to create and sustain a new African Communication Researchers’ Network, which will be an online community of students and scholars at different stages of their career with interest in research in Africa.

ICA Message for International Participants

ICA is one of the members of the Council of Communication Associations, the parent organization of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. They sent out the following announcement on January 30, 2017.

Message from the Executive Committee of the International Communication Association (ICA) regarding the Executive Order issued by the US President on 27 January 2017

President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), refugees or otherwise, from entering the US for 90 days. This order has raised serious concerns for many members of the ICA community, particularly those intending to participate in the upcoming annual conference in San Diego. These changes run counter to ICA’s commitment to ensure full and equal participation of all members of our organization and participants in our global academic community.

Over the past 48 hours, the ICA leadership has closely monitored this evolving situation, and will continue to assess the policy’s impact on members and attendees. We recognize members’ concerns regarding the uncertain and changing situation, appreciate your feedback and perspectives, and will remain in dialogue with our entire academic community as this situation evolves.

In the meantime, our immediate response includes the following actions, which aim to preserve our right as scholars to freely present our work and to collaborate with our peers:

• ICA has retained legal counsel specializing in visa issues to advise any member seeking to visit the US for the San Diego conference, including assistance in interpreting the new federal policy and applying for entry. This service is offered at no charge to ICA members and other potential attendees. E-mail Laura Sawyer, Executive Director, to be connected with counsel.

• The ICA office, as always, remains ready to assist members in procuring visas to attend ICA conferences and events. Standard invitation letters for visa purposes are available, as always, via the submission website. If you have a special circumstance and need additional help or special wording in your letter, please contact Julie Randolph, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services & Governance, for assistance.

• The ICA San Diego 2017 conference will support reliable teleconferencing and/or prerecorded presentation for those of you who cannot attend the conference in San Diego but would like to preserve your ability to present your work. If you are on the program and wish to have your session scheduled into one of our dedicated landline-internet rooms for guaranteed ability to teleconference in to present your work, please e-mail Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, before Monday, 6 February, so that she can note this request and designate your session to be scheduled in one of these rooms. She will then provide further instructions to you and your session moderator/chair regarding teleconferencing.

• If you are personally affected by this policy, have already registered, and wish to cancel your registration, please e-mail Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director. The cancellation fee will be waived for those unable to attend because of this ban.

At the San Diego 2017 annual conference, we have spearheaded special panels directly associated with this policy, recognizing that rigorous dialogue is essential at this moment. Our opening plenary features scholars discussing the issue of the “border” in San Diego, across ethnicity, religious and national identity, gender, and beyond. Another includes international members discussing current global populist movements and cultures. Several preconferences, Blue Sky workshops, numerous sessions, and a special exhibit on propaganda also address the current environment for academics internationally. At these events, we invite members to dialogue regarding concerns including recent policy actions in the US and elsewhere.

We reiterate ICA’s dedication to a global and diverse exchange of knowledge and perspectives and our mission– to protect the free exchange of diverse ideas among our members and attendees. We reaffirm our belief that scholarship is expanded and enhanced by our differences. Indeed, we cherish the ideals of inclusion and diversity and we celebrate difference; we do not tolerate speech or behavior that threatens the safety of—or discriminates in any way—against any person or group. Our leadership and our staff are committed to preserving these ideals. We reiterate our commitment to working to ensure that ICA as a whole, and our San Diego 2017 annual conference in particular, are physically safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments for the exchange of knowledge and for the enhancement of scholarship and community.

The Executive Committee of the International Communication Association
• PengHwa Ang, President (Nanyang Technological U, SINGAPORE)
• Paula Gardner, President-Elect & Conference Planner (McMaster U, CANADA)
• Francois Heinderyckx, Finance Chair (U Libre de Bruxelles, BELGIUM)
• Amy Jordan, Immediate Past President (U of Pennsylvania, USA)
• Patricia Moy, President-Elect Select (U of Washington, USA)
• Laura Sawyer, Executive Director (ICA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA)
• Peter Vorderer, Past President (U of Mannheim, GERMANY)

CFP Latin American Communication Theory Today

Communication Theory Special Issue
Latin American communication theory today: charting contemporary developments and their global relevance
Guest Editors: Florencia Enghel (Stockholm U, Sweden) & Martin Becerra (U Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina)

This Special Issue aligns itself with Communication Theory’s intention to encourage “authors and editors to highlight the historical, cultural, and political contexts in which theoretical approaches are articulated” (Wilkins, 2016)1. Its goal is to address the paucity of Latin American theorization in the journal2 with a focus on state-of-the-art theoretical contributions beyond the much referred-to “Latin American tradition”3. To this purpose, we invite contributions that provide an update of the outstanding theoretical developments produced by Latin American communication scholars in the past ten years (2005-2015) and examine their relevance to the global field of communication studies.

Contributions from the Global South have been rather absent from communication journals published in English in recent years. Graham, Ojanpera and De Sabbata’s (2015) analysis of “the geography of knowledge” reveals that most submissions to SAGE journals in 2014 came from the Global North, and that most countries in the Global South had very low acceptance rates for the small amount of articles submitted4. By presenting the region’s recent theoretical production and unpacking its critical relevance to transnational debates, we expect that the Special Issue will contribute to de-westernizing communication studies (Waisbord & Mellado, 2014), and in the process expand Communication Theory‘s coverage to Latin American countries that have been absent from the journal in terms of their theoretical production and/or the affiliation of contributing authors.

The Special Issue welcomes substantial updates of the Latin American contributions to the theorization of communication and media in recent years combining rich descriptions of conceptual advances well-grounded in the wider sociopolitical contexts in which they have developed, with critical analyses of their significance to global debates.

The Special Issue invites papers that address the following questions:
1. How has communication theory developed in specific Latin American countries in the past ten years (2005-2015)?
2. Which lines of research have been in the foreground, and in which ways is their prominence linked to wider country and/or regional sociopolitical trends and events?
3. To what extent have scholarly agendas been promoted by national research systems, distinct academic units, the private sector, civil society and/or social movements?
4. To what extent have changes in media technologies impacted the development of new concepts and theories?
5. What continuities and discontinuities can be observed in comparison with the region’s theoretical production in the late twentieth century?
6. How do theorizations originated in the region in recent years engage with theoretical developments in other parts of the world?

We particularly encourage papers from communication and media scholars based in Latin America, as well as from Latin American scholars affiliated with institutions abroad.
The deadline for submission of full paper proposals is 1 March 2017.

For submission guidelines, see To submit, go to For queries regarding the Special Issue’s theme, please contact Florencia Enghel (florencia.enghel AT and Martin Becerra (aracabecerra AT

Public Deliberation & Dialogue at ICA

ICA 2016This summer at the International Communication Association’s conference in Fukuoka, Japan, twenty communication scholars and students gathered for a preconference on Pubic Deliberation and Dialogue: Building an International Network of Research, Pedagogy, and Service. The group included faculty and students working in Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, and USA. The gathering was designed to build a stronger international network by sharing ideas on public deliberation and dialogue in the areas of teaching, research, and service.

The preconference started with short 3-5 minute presentations from each participant. Invited to share their broad interests, a specific project, or questions they’d like to explore, each person introduced their work while also establishing our shared interest in deliberation and dialogue in media coverage, social media, classrooms, campuses, communities, and legislatures. These presentations planted the seeds of collaboration between participants while also raising issues and values that would be discussed in small groups.

In the first small group session, participants explored a range of research areas, including the need for theorizing the function of incivility and storytelling in deliberation as well as the importance of local cultures when studying deliberative characteristics such as politeness and rationality. Participants also discussed ways to give voice to underrepresented groups and to cultivate deliberative faith across cultures. In the second session, participants considered the opportunities and the challenges of conducting engaged work. Conversations on this topic revolved around the question of identity – “How do we engage authentically as a researcher, teacher, and community member?” The small group session ended with the exchange of ideas on ways to enhance intercultural dialogue through faculty-led study abroad trips and to develop deliberative skills in communication courses across different cultures.

The final part of the preconference looked at how a network on dialogue and deliberation consisting of scholars from around the world could be formed. There was a discussion on how to create supportive and informative relationships and linkages to others outside the network who may contribute to or benefit from the network. There was interest in having a range of academic disciplines, nationalities, concepts that differ across disciplines and cultures and taking into account common interests and common goals as well as what resources its members will want to exchange. Dialogue and deliberation to address regional challenges would be an interesting area to pursue: identifying challenges and opportunities facing regions, examining dialogue and deliberation research and aspirations in different parts of the world, exploring ways in which dialogue and deliberation can be deployed and coordinated to support shared interests, increasing understanding of emerging trends and new models, and creating opportunities to strengthen and leverage links and networks.

The co-chairs of the preconference were:
Soo-Hye Han, Kansas State University
Azirah Hashim, University of Malaya; Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI)
Leah Sprain, University of Colorado, Boulder
Tim Steffensmeier, Kansas State University

For further information about the new network, contact Tim Steffensmeier, steffy[at]