Against a backdrop of evolving technologies and shifting sociocultural and political dynamics, the 2018 ICA conference theme, Voices, encourages scholars to delve more deeply into a concept inextricably linked with communication.
Examined from multiple epistemological approaches, a host of methodologies, and numerous levels of analysis, studying voice – or the plurality of voices – can illuminate the process by which it is fostered and/or constrained as well as the conditions under which it is expressed and/or stifled. More important, the study of voice can shed light on the process by which it impacts behaviors, defines relationships, influences policies, and shapes the world in which we live. In other words, the conference theme encourages the submission of scholarship that examines voice vis-à-vis various discourses, actors, processes, and outcomes.
The significance of voice is reflected in contemporary debates around domestic and transnational issues such as the environment and immigration. It also plays a critical role in numerous systems, regardless of whether these systems are bound interpersonally, organizationally, culturally, politically, or socially. Irrespective of the domain of study, the conference theme Voices encourages scholars to address key questions related to:
* Theorizing about voice
* The creation and representation of voice
* The expression of voice
* The impact of voice
Before and after each annual conference, ICA hosts pre- and postconferences. These sessions are either all-day or half-day miniconferences, intended as an extension of the main ICA conference, but separate in terms of budget, programming, and administration.
For the 2018 Prague conference, space in the hotel is limited. While we have approximately 20 slots within the hotels, ICA also accepts proposals for pre/postconferences to be held outside of the hotel and even outside of Prague. All off-site preconferences outside Prague should be held on Wednesday, 24 May, with the following day 25 May given to travelling to Prague. All on-site (in the conference hotels) preconferences will be held on Thursday, 25 May with an end time of 5pm.
All postconferences will be on Tuesday, 29 May if in the hotel or elsewhere in Prague, or Wednesday or later if outside Prague. If you choose to have an off-site conference, you may either propose a location you have already obtained in advance or you may mark on your proposal form that you wish to speak with our local host for help in determining a location.
If you are interested in planning and submitting a preconference or postconference proposal please fill out the proposal form by Thursday, 1 September 2017. More detailed instructions are within the application form. If you have questions after reading the form, please contact Jennifer Le (jleATicahdq.org).