ICA in Prague 2018 (Czech Republic)

ConferencesThe International Communication Association will hold its annual convention 24-27 May 2018 in Prague (Czech Republic).

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).

ECREA 2016: Mediating (Dis)Continuities (Prague)

European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences cordially invite you to the 6th European Communication Conference to be held in Prague 9-12 November 2016.

The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), in partnership with Charles University in Prague, will organise the 6th European Communication Conference (ECC). The Conference, due to take place in Prague from 9 to 12 November 2016, has chosen as its overarching theme Mediated (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures.

The organisers call for proposals in all fields of communication and media studies, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on mediated memory cultures and working through discursive dislocations and cultural traumas intrinsic to (late) modernity, that link the general conference theme to the fields pertinent to each ECREA section.

The theme of the 2016 ECREA conference is “Mediating (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures”.

Discontinuity is the far side of change. Late modernity – as the unstoppable flow of permanent changes – is haunted by the disparity of its various histories, geographies, ontologies and technologies. How are media and communication practices engaged in communicating across these divides?

The theme heralding European Communication Conference 2016 derives from the political history of the post-socialist region of which Prague as the conference host is a symbolic memento. After the collapse of communist totalitarianism, the countries in post-socialist Europe have been undergoing a crisis of continuity in the realms of political values, historical consciousness, moral sense of the self and the memory of the past.

The conference theme, however, reaches far beyond the post-totalitarian context and encourages its participants to reflect upon the question of how media and communication practices are involved in communicating over many other dislocations in political, cultural, temporal or spatial realms in all European countries. Acceleration in all aspects of social life generates pasts we cannot return to, territories we cannot access and selves we do not recognize any more. Are media capable of navigating through the related feelings of nostalgia, cultural trauma, guilt, shame or (be)longing? Does communication help to make sense of them?

Can a sense of home be mediated for those who are expelled from their countries or displaced by war, the paramount discontinuity? How is communication entangled in commemoration and remembering? What are the communicative means of identity building in the age of digitised archives which are not static storehouses of memories? Should we consider the media as an actor in economic discontinuities such as crisis and recession?

We cordially invite media and communication scholars to submit papers addressing these questions – together with other ramifications of the conference theme – and to share their ideas with the wide community of colleagues from Europe and beyond.

Submission and deadline
Proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters can be submitted to one of the 21 ECREA sections through the ECC conference website from 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016. For section overviews, please click here.

Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, the theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 500 words. Panel proposals, which should consist of five individual contributions, combine a panel rationale with five panel paper abstracts, each of which shall be a maximum length of 500 words.

Participants may submit more than one proposal, but only one paper or poster by the same presenting author will be accepted. Participants can still present in one extra session as second (or third, etc.) author of other papers or posters and can still act as chair or respondent of a panel.. All proposals should be submitted through the conference website from 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Please note that this submission deadline will not be extended.

Call for papers 29 February 2016. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online submission system. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the ECREA 2016 Conference Secretariat.

Study abroad in Prague 2014

North Carolina State University Program in Prague
May 12 – June 22, 2014

Study abroad in Prague for the summer of 2014.  In this beautiful and historic city, North Carolina State University will be offering a Communication Program at the prestigious Prague Institute.

The Communication Program in Prague is designed to give students the opportunity to experience and study the dynamic of political and cultural change that occurs in a new democracy.  In 1989, the Czech Republic began its transition to a democratic form of government, and in the years since, changes in communication have emerged; changes in communication range from no public discourse allowed to the free exchange of ideas and debate, from limited private talk in the public square to open expressions of lives.  Students will study how communication has facilitated open public discourse, political decision-making, changes in economy, and changes in interpersonal life within the country.  Located in the capital city of Prague, the summer program in Communication is situated with easy access to political, university, tourist, and local venues for the study of a variety of dimensions of communication.

Students of Sophomore standing from any institution are welcome to apply. The program consists of two three-credit hour courses, Interpersonal Communication (COM 112) and Argument and Advocacy (COM 211). These two courses study the fundamental ways in which humans communicate with one another: through our personal relationships and through our interactions with broader publics. These courses aside, the institute offers a range of other courses that may be of interest.

Contact Matthew May with questions.

Applicants who apply prior to December 2, 2013 will receive priority registration. Regular registration is open until February 7, 2014.

Total cost of the program is $5600 and includes:
*       Non-refundable Study Abroad application charge ($300)
*       Non-refundable program deposit ($500)
*       Tuition
*       International accident/health insurance coverage
*       Accommodations in Prague with breakfast
*       Excursions within the Czech Republic relevant to the program
*       Cultural events such as opera or ballet and jazz club performances
*       Orientation materials
*       A map and phrase book
*       Wi-Fi Internet access at the Institute
*       Visits to museums and galleries
*       In-city travel passes

Airfare is not included.

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