Urban Communication Grant

JAMES W. CAREY URBAN COMMUNICATION GRANT
“This grant supports communication research that enhances urban social interaction and civic engagement in an age of global communication. It encourages applied research on the role of human communication in urban environments at a time when media technologies alter the parameters of community of all kinds.

James W. Carey noted in A Critical Reader that “I think all education, all scholarship is ultimately an aspect of citizenship.” The form of urbanity and community was an intrinsic part of this theme in the scholarship of Carey. He was concerned with the impact of media technology upon the changing form of the urban domain, the consequence of accelerated change upon human communication and community, and the growing gap between tradition and modernity as suburban sprawl threatens the very nature of urban traditions.

With an award of up to $1,000, this grant facilitates research in progress or in the planning stages. It gives priority to projects that feature innovation and creative approaches to studying the central role of human communication in the transformation of urban cultures and communities.

Proposals from developing nations are encouraged.

A six-person committee consisting of three members of the International Communication Association and three members of the Urban Communication Foundation will judge the proposals.

The winner(s) will be announced each year at the annual ICA business meeting. Award winners will be required to report to the UCF on the progress of their research the following year.

Application Procedures:
Submit the application electronically through the link provided by the ICA
website (www.icahdq.org). Application period opens on 1 November and
closes on 31 January. Complete application must include:

(1) a letter of application not exceeding two pages that speaks directly to each of the grant criteria from the description;
(2) a description of not exceeding three pages the proposed research;
(3) a current CV; and
(4) samples of publication relevant to the grant.”

(Originally published in the ICA November newsletter)

Preconference on Intercultural Dialogue

On June 22, 2010, the Preconference on Intercultural Dialogue was held as part of the International Communication Association’s convention in Singapore. The Preconference Planning Committee was chaired by Evelyn Y. Ho (University of San Francisco), and included: Kristine L. Fitch (University of Iowa), Todd Sandel (University of Oklahoma), and Donal Carbaugh (University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Participants were: Warren Bareiss, Patrick Belanger, Robert Craig, Stephen Croucher, Melissa Curtin, William Davie, Juana Du, Zhou Feng, Kristine Fitch, Mahmoud Galander, Shiv Ganesh, Nazan Haydari, Evelyn Ho, Georgeta Hodis, Prue Holmes, Priya Kapoor, Michael Kent, Martin Montgomery, Mary Nguyen, Todd Sandel, Saskia Witteborn, Jock Wong, and Kaibin Xu. Others who had their key terms accepted but were unable to attend were: Donal Carbaugh, Yiheng Deng, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Maria Flora Mangano Noam Shimmel, and Ma Xiangyang.

The Preconference was another follow-up activity resulting from the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue that led to the creation of this Center. Videos of several presentations were made, and may be made available shortly.