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Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

Special call from the Journal of Media Ethics:“Methods of Inquiry across Media Cultures”

Keen interest among media ethics scholars to identify cross cultural,and possibly even universal principals for responsible media practice has highlighted the diversity of cultural lenses and contexts through which media are perceived and judged. While Western Enlightenment-based approaches of autonomy and rationality have predominated much media ethics theorizing, other paradigms rooted in an “ethic of community,” an “ethic of divinity,”or other value systems, as some researchers have suggested,provide very different – and equally legitimate – “readings” of media culture, Professionalism, and practice. Such paradigms are iving media ethics scholarship in several parts of the world, yet such work remains marginalized within the academic community.

A special issue of the Journal of Media Ethics is planned to show case scholarship from diverse media paradigms focused on news, marketing, public relations, or social media use.Both empirical studies and philosophical explications that explore media ethics questions from non-Western scientific and humanities traditions are encouraged. Also encouraged are examinations of culturally specific norms that define news work and other media practices, and essays that explore ethical challenges faced by media workers within a culture or community.Religious treatises or polemics are discouraged. Case studies are welcome if they provide relevance beyond local or national boundaries.

Manuscripts should be submitted by 30 April 2018 for consideration. All authors must prepare their work for blind review by following Journal submission guidelines, which can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hmme20/current

Contact Journal Editor Patrick Lee Plaisance at  plp22@psu.edu with any questions.

 

Communication as Engagement CFP:

National Association of Communication Centers Conference,

April 20-21, 2018,James Madison U

The 2018 National Association of Communication Center’s Excellence at the Center Conference theme is “Communication as Engagement.” Calls for more engagement from higher education are nothing new. The most recent engagement conversation intensified in 2001, after 9/11. The 2001 National Communication Association Presidential Address challenged communication scholars and practitioners to lead collegiate engagement efforts with vision, passion, and courage. In 2003, the Excellence at the Center Conference theme was “Engagement at the Center,”with participants discussing civility and community outreach. Administrators, policymakers, and others have been calling for increased engagement but what makes the recent round of interest in engagement different is the contemporary political and social climate. Communication Centers, alongside our colleagues in writing centers, tutoring programs, academic departments,other collegiate programs, are being asked to justify our areas in an environment where engagement and accountability drive decision-making. More than just places for engaged faculty,Centers are being asked to be vehicles for engaged and engaging students.

The theme “Communication as Engagement” offers an opportunity to reflect on how Communication Centers have already been contributing to the mission of higher education to engage.Moreover, the conference theme encourages participants to respond to these calls for engagement by pushing our understanding of what those mean in our current moment. At James Madison U, engagement has three facets; engaged learning, civic engagement, and community engagement. How is it that Communication Centers, or other peer-based learning centers, facilitate and participate in engaged learning, civic engagement, and community engagement?

Conference participants might consider best practices or processes at their home institutions that facilitate traditional engagement or enable new forms of engagement.

Framing questions can include but are not limited to:

-What role does communication play in engagement?

-How does your Center or Lab currently participate in practices of engagement?

-How do we encourage tutors, consultants, or peer educators to be engaged?

-How can we collaborate with other campus and community partners to be leaders in engagement?-Are there concerns with privileging engagement?

-How do we define or measure successful Center engagement?-What role can online or digital communication offer engagement?

In addition to traditional NACC conference attendees from communication centers and speaking labs, we encourage participants, entries, and attendance from writing centers,multi modal centers, supplemental instruction, science and math learning centers, other tutoring services, and other higher education or community professionals interested in engagement.Presenters can also prepare full manuscripts for submission to the 2019 special section of the Communication Center Journal focused on communication as engagement. The full call for papers will be available on the NACC website. Inquires can be sent to commcenterj@gmail.com.

Applegate, J. L. (2002). Communication as an engaged discipline:Seeing with new eyes and skating to where the puck will be.Spectra, 38, 7.

Hartelius, E. J., & Cherwitz, R. A. (2016). Engagement: rhetoric’stale from the field. Journal of Applied Communication Research,44(4), 453-457.

Hogan, J. M., Kurr, J. A., Johnson, J. D.,& Bergmaier, M. J. (2016). Speech anddebate as civic education. CommunicationEducation, 65(4), 377-381.

Please visit the conference websitefor details about submission processand deadlines, http://www.jmu.edu/commcenter/nacc2018/SubmitProposals.shtml+

 

 

Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division 2018 NCA CFP

 

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/15 2018 12:00 AM - Thu, 3/29 2018 3:00 AM EDT

Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division

2018 NCA Call for Submissions

Submissions Open: Monday, January 15, 2018

Submissions Close: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association invites submissions for the 104th Annual Convention to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 8-11, 2018. According to our mission statement, the Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division “fosters the study of communication issues and their attendant intersections with matters of concern for Latina/o communities throughout the Americas” (http://www.natcom.org/interestgroups/). We embrace a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, including quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, critical, and performance approaches, among others.

This year’s conference theme is “Communication at Play.” Imaginative, experimental, strategic, creative, and fun, the theme “Communication at Play” offers opportunities to discuss important aspects of communication, while also providing rich metaphorical resources for reconsidering the role and function of communication in breaking impasses, challenging cultural practice, providing perspective, and creating identifications through shared delight (http://www.natcom.org/convention/). “Communication at Play” can be perceived in a multitude of contexts surrounding discovery, interaction, and sense‐making: guidelines for deploying communication strategically (playbook); contexts for experiment and innovation (playground); rules, referees, and power disparities (playing field); script, stage, and performance appreciation and criticism (“the play’s the thing”); training and learning strategies (play pedagogy); subversion and resistance (playing the fool); and !so on.

We welcome submissions that address issues pertinent to and meaningful for our division, and especially those that combine a focus on our mission with a concern for the conference theme, “Communication at Play.”

 

We will accept four types of submissions: 1) competitive individual papers (referred to in the submission process as "individual papers"), 2) paper sessions, and 3) panel discussions 4) performance sessions. Please indicate on the submission if you will need AV equipment for the session.

1. Competitive Individual Papers: These are full papers submitted individually, which will be reviewed and, if accepted, paneled by the program planner alongside other competitively selected papers. These should NOT be merely abstracts or extended abstracts, but rather complete papers. When preparing a submission, please observe the following:

*On the first screen of the submission process, there will be a question that allows students to indicate that it is a student paper. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, please use this question to specify that this is a student paper.

*Include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and three keywords.

 

*Before submitting, be sure to remove all information from the paper upload that identifies the author(s) in order to facilitate the blind review process. In NCA Convention Central, you will enter the paper title, description, and author-related information as you are submitting.

*The paper should be no more than 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), excluding the abstract, keywords, and references.

2. Paper Sessions: In this type of submission, a group of papers are submitted as a complete session. Papers are reviewed and accepted as a group. Each author, if accepted, would then present her/his/their own paper. These papers should be centered on a common theme. When preparing a submission, please include:

*A session title, overall session description, and rationale for the paper session of no more than 250 words.

*A title and description of no more than 250 words for each individual paper, as well as the name and institutional affiliation of each author.

*A chair is required, and her/his/their name and institutional affiliation should be included. If the participants have secured a respondent, that information should also be included.

*Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

3. Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Panel discussion submissions should include:

*A panel title and general abstract of no more than 75 words for the discussion.

*A rationale for the discussion of no more than 250 words.

*The names and institutional affiliations of all participants.

*Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

*A chair is required, and should be listed, along with her/his/their institutional affiliation.

4. Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a completed panel of performances centered on the conference theme/issue. Performance submissions should include:

* A performance title and general abstract of no more than 250 words.

* The names of participants and institutional affiliations of each participant

*Full scripts of the proposed performances.

* Performances should be no longer than 15 minutes

* Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

For assistance with all stages of the submission process, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, please visit the Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). In particular, please be sure to review the “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” prior to submission. All submissions must be made online through NCA Central (https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca1801). Convention Central will be available starting Monday, January 15, 2018, and will close Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST. No late submissions will be accepted. Be sure to submit early to avoid any potential last-minute problems.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to and supporting the Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018!

Dr. Leandra H. Hernández

NCA 2018 Program Planner

Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division 

 

La Raza Caucus 2018 NCA CFP

La Raza Caucus

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/15 2018 12:00 AM - Thu, 3/29 2018 3:00 AM EDT

La Raza Caucus

2018 NCA Call for Submissions

Submissions Open: Monday, January 15, 2018

Submissions Close: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The La Raza Caucus of the National Communication Association invites submissions to the 104th Annual Convention to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, November 8-11, 2018. As per our mission, “The caucus embraces an intersectional approach to identity that considers the ways race, ethnicity, class, gender, nation, and sexuality converge to shape Latina/o experiences,” and “the goals of the caucus are educational advocacy, networking, recruitment and retention, and cultural promotion” (http://www.natcom.org/interestgroups/). We embrace a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, including quantitative, qualitative, critical, rhetorical, and performance approaches, among others.

This year’s conference theme is “Communication at Play.” Imaginative, experimental, strategic, creative, and fun, the theme “Communication at Play” offers opportunities to discuss important aspects of communication, while also providing rich metaphorical resources for reconsidering the role and function of communication in breaking impasses, challenging cultural practice, providing perspective, and creating identifications through shared delight (http://www.natcom.org/convention/). “Communication at Play” can be perceived in a multitude of contexts surrounding discovery, interaction, and sense‐making: guidelines for deploying communication strategically (playbook); contexts for experiment and innovation (playground); rules, referees, and power disparities (playing field); script, stage, and performance appreciation and criticism (“the play’s the thing”); training and learning strategies (play pedagogy); subversion and resistance (playing the fool); and !

 so on.

We welcome submissions that address issues pertinent to and meaningful for our caucus, and especially those that combine a focus on our mission with a concern for the conference theme, “Communication at Play.”

We will accept four types of submissions: 1) competitive individual papers (referred to in the submission process as "individual papers"), 2) paper sessions, and 3) panel discussions 4) performance sessions. Please indicate on the submission, if you will need AV equipment for the session.

1. Competitive Individual Papers: These are full papers submitted individually, which will be reviewed and, if accepted, paneled by the program planner alongside other competitively selected papers. These should NOT be merely abstracts or extended abstracts, but rather complete papers. When preparing a submission, please observe the following:

* On the first screen of the submission process, there will be a question that allows students to indicate that it is a student paper. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, please use this question to specify that this is a student paper.

*Please include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and three keywords.

*Before submitting, be sure to remove all information from the paper upload that identifies the author(s) in order to facilitate the blind review process. In NCA Convention Central, you will enter paper title, description, and author-related information as you are submitting.

*The paper should be no longer than 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), excluding the abstract, keywords, and references.

2. Paper Sessions: In this type of submission, a group of papers are submitted as a complete session. The papers submitted in a paper session are reviewed and accepted as a group. If accepted, each person would then present her/his own paper within the session. These papers should be centered on a common theme. When preparing a submission, please include:

*A title and rationale for the paper session of no more than 250 words.

*A title and abstract of no more than 250 words for each paper, as well as the name and institutional affiliation of each author.

*A chair is required, and her/his/their name and institutional affiliation should be included. If the participants have secured a respondent, that information should also be included.

*Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

3. Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Panel discussion submissions should include:

*A panel title and general abstract of no more than 75 words for the discussion.

*A rationale for the discussion of no more than 250 words.

*The names and institutional affiliations of all participants.

*Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

*A chair is required, and should be listed, along with her/his/their institutional affiliation.

4. Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a completed panel of performances centered on the conference theme/issue. Performance submissions should include:

* A performance title and general abstract of no more than 250 words.

* The names of participants and institutional affiliations of each participant

*Full scripts of the proposed performances.

* Each performance should be no longer than 15 minutes.

* Participants must come from more than one institution, and in general, proposals that include participants from multiple institutions will be evaluated more positively than those with participants from only two institutions.

For assistance with all stages of the submission process, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, please visit the Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). In particular, please be sure to review the “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” prior to submission. All submissions must be made online through NCA Central (https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca1801). Convention Central will be available starting Monday, January 15, 2018, and will close Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST. No late submissions will be accepted. Be sure to submit early to avoid any potential last-minute problems.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to and supporting the La Raza Caucus. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018!

Dr. Leandra H. Hernández

NCA 2018 Program Planner

La Raza Caucus 

 

William Yousman, yousmanw@sacredheart.edu

CFP- Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference

The Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. The event is part of a network of media literacy conferences held around the U.S. The Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference invites K-12 educators, higher education faculty, librarians, school library media specialists, after school program directors, media professionals, researchers, cultural workers, and undergraduate and graduate college students to collaborate about the potential and challenges for media literacy and its essential role in education today.

CALL FOR PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS IS NOW OPEN

For more information and to submit a proposal please go to: https://mediaeducationlab.com/news/northeast-regional-media-literacy-conference-2018

 

Call for Proposals--Rhetoric Society Quarterly Special Issue

RSQ invites proposals for the 2019 special issue—a themed publication developed by a Guest Editor to help the journal set the intellectual agenda in rhetorical studies, to encourage focused statements on timely topics in rhetorical studies by scholars working in related areas, to attract participation by top scholars, and to stimulate scholarly activity within the RSA, such as pre-conference colloquia, convention sessions, or RSA workshops.

Proposals should identify the Guest Editor and provide a descriptive rationale of 500-1000 words, a list of authors, as well as a brief discussion (150-250 words) of each individual essay. The rationale should demonstrate the timeliness of the topic, discuss how the topic falls within the scope of RSQ as described in its general submission guidelines, and show how the issue as planned speaks to RSQ’s broad audience. In addition, the proposal should situate itself within relevant contemporary scholarship, including other similarly themed issues or edited collections, and note the qualifications of its guest editor and contributors to speak to the field on the topic’s behalf.

The special issue is allotted 104 pages, which will accommodate a guest editor’s introduction and 4-6 articles for a maximum of 40,000 words. Please keep this limitation in mind when proposing the number of potential contributors.

The special issue will be published in the summer of 2019.

Deadline for proposal submission: February 9, 2018

RSA will make available to the guest editor up to $1,000 reimbursement for expenses related to the special issue. First drafts of manuscripts for the selected proposal will be due in early fall 2018; this deadline allows time for blind review, revisions, and initial copyediting for publication. Final versions will be due March 1, 2019.

Please submit proposals electronically to:

Robin E. Jensen, RSQ Associate Editor for Special Issues, r.e.jensen@utah.edu

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Call for ICA Officer Nominations

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

The International Communication Association’s annual call for ICA Officer Nominations is now open. Nomination submissions will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for consideration for inclusion in the September 2018 ICA Elections. Please take this opportunity to help guide ICA’s future by submitting qualified nominees for consideration.


DEADLINE FOR NOMINEE SUBMISSION:
 Wednesday, 28 February 2018 at 12:00 UTC

 

ELIGIBILITY:  Any ICA member may nominate themselves or any other ICA member for office. Only Active Members shall be eligible for nomination, election, or appointment to office in the Association.

ICA OFFICER POSITIONS: Members may nominate candidates to be reviewed by the Nominating Committee for president, board member-at-large, and student board member.

 

  • PRESIDENT: The member selected as president makes a 5 1/2-year commitment to the Executive Committee (six months as president-elect select; one year as president-elect and conference program chair; one year as ICA President; three years as past president). The final year on the Executive Committee, the past president serves as chair of the Regional Conferences Committee.  The President-Elect Select selected in the 2018 election will begin service on the Executive Committee immediately upon announcement of the results.
  • BOARD MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Board members-at-large serve one three-year term; there are three BMAL at any given time. The purpose of member-at-large positions is to grow the Board of Directors representation from underrepresented regions. Board member-at-large positions are no longer tied to specific area openings, and anyone can be considered, but the nominating committee will typically identify one region for the two candidates selected. The BMAL selected in the 2018 election will begin service at the end of the 2019 Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC.  
  • STUDENT BOARD MEMBER: Student board members serve in pairs, with one nominated each year for overlapping two-year terms. The Student Board Member selected in the 2018 election will begin service at the end of the 2019 Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC.  

 

NOMINATION PROCESS: Members wishing to submit nominations for office to stand in ICA's September 2018 elections must do so by 16:00 UTC on 28 February 2018, the deadline for receipt of all nominations.  Names are then forwarded to the Nominating Committee, who will review all materials and qualifications and determine a short list of two candidates for each position. Nominations must be submitted through the form on the ICA Officer Nomination page linked to below; all fields are required including details about the candidate's qualifications, record of service to ICA, and the attachment of the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae.

 

Online balloting for the 2018 ICA elections will be open from 1 September through 15 October 2018.

 

TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION:

  1. Log into your ICA account;
  2. Go to the ICA Officer Nomination page;
  3. Complete the form at the bottom of the page; all fields are required.  

 

QUESTIONS: Questions on the nominating process may be directed to Laura Sawyer, Executive Director, or to François Heinderyckx (U of libre de Bruxelles), 2018 Nominating Committee Chair.

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

BUTLER UNIVERSITY 

College of Communication 

Dean 

Butler University invites nominations and applications for a visionary, student-centered leader to serve as Dean of the College of Communication. The Dean reports to the Provost and provides strategic leadership for the College. 

The College of Communication prepares students for success in the digital age and in a global society. The curricular structure reflects the centrality of communication as a basic human right in society. Students learn to analyze, synthesize, speak, write, and create meaningful, socially responsible messages across dynamic communication contexts and media platforms. The College's innovative, experiential approach to discipline-based education ensures that graduates can excel in their chosen professions or post-graduate study. The strong grounding in liberal arts ensures that graduates are well prepared for civic engagement and to provide leadership in their careers and communities. 

For a complete position profile and list of qualifications, please visit: 

Nomination and Application Process 

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted to the search firm assisting the University by January 16, 2018. Requested application materials include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least five professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential. References will not be contacted until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format. 

Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm assisting the University at the contact information below: 

Ryan Crawford, Partner 

Gretchen Hoffman, Senior Associate 

901 Mopac Expressway South 

Barton Oaks Plaza One, Suite 300 

Austin, TX 78746 

(737) 210-1218 

Refer to code “BU-CCOM” in subject line 

Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body, faculty, and staff. In addition, hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category. 

 

GULF UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

Department of Mass Communication 

Two Open-Rank Positions 

 

Two Open-Rank Positions: 1) Digital Media Production 2) Arab Media Specialist 

The Gulf University for Science and Technology (www.gust.edu.kw) is Kuwait's first private, American-model university with approximately 3,600 students. GUST currently offers programs in the Arts and Sciences, as well as Business—including an MBA.  

 

The Department of Mass Communication and Media (MCM) invites applications for two open-rank, full-time positions. Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in a relevant field and have a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement. All instruction is in English. The teaching load is 3 sections per semester. 

 

Position 1: Digital Media Production 

The ideal candidate will have a mix of academic, professional and technical expertise in the area of digital media production. Teaching responsibilities include fundamentals of broadcasting, field production courses, visual storytelling, advanced A/V production and workflow, and mass media management. Additional skills in film, broadcasting or graphics are a major asset.  

 

Position 2: Arab Media Specialist  

Candidate sought with a background in mass media, strategic communication, or journalism with a specialization in Arab media. Teaching expectations include general mass media classes (introduction, writing, theory, etc.), as well as the development of specialized undergraduate courses in Arab media and communication studies. 

 

The MCM Department offers a B.A. degree with concentrations in public relations and advertising, visual communication, and digital media production. There are approximately 600 majors overall. The department prides itself on an active and collegial academic environment with a strong commitment to experiential learning. The department and university are accredited both nationally and internationally. 

 

GUST offers generous salaries and an excellent package, including housing and transportation allowances, educational allowances for dependents, private medical and dental plans, as well as annual return airfare home. Kuwait is also an income-tax-free country. Interested applicants are requested to visit our vacancies page at: https://www.gust.edu.kw/vacancies and fill out the online form for the corresponding position.  

 

Review of applications begins in December and will continue until the positions are filled.  

 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 

Department of Media and Information 

Associate or Full Professor 

 

The Department of Media and Information (MI) (http://comartsci.msu.edu/media-and-information ) at Michigan State University (https://msu.edu/ ) invites applications for a tenure-system faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the area of media and information policy. We seek a visionary leader with an innovative research program and/or industry or policy-making experience who will develop the Quello Center to the next level of prominence, addressing critical issues of media and information policy in a digital economy. The successful candidate will hold the endowed chair associated with the Quello Center (http://quello.msu.edu/ )  and provide strategic direction and leadership for the Center. 
 
To apply, please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website www.careers.msu.edu, refer to Posting #477204, and complete an electronic submission. 
 
We encourage applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 
 
The search committee will begin considering applications on January 30, 2018. The search closes when a suitable candidate is hired. Please direct any questions to Professor Charles Steinfield, at steinfie@msu.edu. 
 

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY 

School of Communications 

Three Faculty Positions 

 

The School of Communications at Webster University invites applications for three tenure track faculty positions beginning August 2018: 

  • Assistant Professor in Advertising & Marketing Communications 

  • Assistant Professor in Games & Game Design 

  • Assistant or Associate Professor in Games & Game Design 

 

For more information about these positions and the School, please see:  http://www.webster.edu/communications/about/job-opportunities.html 

The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master's degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, Ghana, and Athens, as well as in Saint Louis and online. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 

College of Journalism and Communications 

Assistant Professor of Advertising/Public Relations 

 

The Department of Advertising and the Department of Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida jointly invite applications for a nine-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor, to begin August 2018. 

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is recognized as a national leader in communication scholarship and professional skills development. In our march to preeminence, we are adding 15 new lecturer and faculty positions across Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Telecommunication disciplines. Be part of an ambitious, progressive and collaborative program at one of the U.S. News and World Report's top-ten public research universities in the U.S. 

Qualifications: Candidates for the assistant professor position in advertising/public relations must possess an earned Ph.D. in communication or other relevant field by August 2018 and a record of original scholarly research. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in one or a combination of the following areas: digital/social media communications, digital media planning and strategy, social media management and evaluation, media analytics, and other areas relevant to advertising/public relations. Candidates for the position should have extensive knowledge of diverse current and emerging social media platforms, as well as a rich understanding of a wide range of digital media analytics/tools for making strategic communication decisions. Other qualifications include evidence of excellence in teaching, a publication record, potential to secure grant funding, and productivity and effectiveness in contributing to a collegial environment. Applicants should have the ability to understand and communicate with people with multicultural backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student and community populations and supporting a climate of inclusion with respect to race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, class, culture, and religion. 

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in both advertising and public relations, with one of the departments as his/her tenure-home department. The faculty member will supervise master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations. He or she will advise undergraduate and graduate students, engage in governance and other service activities, and demonstrate interest in contributing to online education, diversity, and the internationalization of the college and university. 

The Department of Advertising is a national leader in advertising and strategic communications education with more than 600 majors. The department offers a complete curriculum consisting of 52 professional credit hours with a strong focus on understanding audiences and marketing strategy. With 11 full-time faculty and 10 part-time adjuncts, who are often working professionals, our students are exposed to a diverse range of teaching experiences, professional expertise and scholarly acumen. 

The Department of Public Relations is one of the top public relations programs in the country, with eight tenured faculty members, one endowed chair in public interest communications, and two full-time lecturers, for a total of 11 faculty members. It serves approximately 600 undergraduate majors, 25 master's students, and 10 Ph.D. students. The Department consistently is ranked among the top three public relations programs in the United States and enjoys an excellent international reputation. 

The College of Journalism and Communications (www.jou.ufl.edu) has 57 full-time faculty members teaching in four departments: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Telecommunication. A recognized national leader in the field, the College is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The College also houses a full-service communications agency, led by professionals and staffed by students. The University of Florida is a member of the Association of American Universities and is categorized in the Carnegie Commission's top tier of research universities. UF's more than 52,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. 

Application Procedure: To view application instructions and complete an online résumé, visit https://jobs.ufl.edu. The reference number for the vacancy is 505644. Applications must include an electronic copy of the following: (1) a letter of interest; (2) complete curriculum vitae; (3) teaching evaluation data, where available, or evidence of teaching effectiveness; and (4) names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-4621 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD). 

Review of applications will begin January 24, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. 

The search is conducted under Florida's open records laws, and all documents are open for public inspection. 

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO employer. 

Questions can be directed to either Dr. Moon J. Lee, at (352) 273-1699/mlee@jou.ufl.edu 

or Dr. Eunice Kim, at (352) 392-5059/eunicekim@jou.ufl.edu 

 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 

Department of Journalism and Telecommunication 

Assistant Professor

 

Job Description: The Departments of Journalism and Telecommunication at the University of Florida invite applications for one tenure-track position for an assistant professor beginning August 2018. The ideal candidate should be a scholar/teacher with expertise in sports media and communications. Professional experience is desired but not required. The successful candidate will become of member of either the Department of Journalism or the Department of Telecommunications, depending on his or her background. 

The College of Journalism and Communications has a strong infrastructure in programs for sports media and communications, including a sports and media specialization in the Department of Journalism, various courses in the department of telecommunication, immersive experiences for students in television, radio, and multimedia – in both traditional media format, as well as with the partnership with the University Athletic Association and the SEC Network. The ideal candidate will conduct research in sports communication and be able to contribute teaching in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Sports Reporting 

  • Sports Communication 

  • On-Air Talent 

  • Data in Sports Media 

  • Live and Recorded Sports Production 

  • Multimedia Sports Journalism 

  • Narrative Sports: Writing, Podcast, Documentaries 

The Candidate: The ideal candidate will provide evidence of an active research agenda that can lead to significant publications and external grants. He/she will have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in areas related to sports communication. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in a field related to communication, telecommunication, mass communication or the social sciences with a media and communication focus, and a strong commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population of undergraduate and graduate students. 

The College: The College of Journalism and Communications, now approaching its 50th anniversary, is recognized as a national leader in communication scholarship and professional skills development. In our march to preeminence, we are adding 15 new lecturer and faculty positions across advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunication disciplines. Be part of an ambitious, progressive and collaborative program at one of the top 10 public universities in the United States. 

The college has 57 full-time faculty members, 80 full-time staff and 3,083 students, including 69 doctoral students. The College offers master's and doctoral degrees and ACEJMC-accredited bachelor's degrees through four academic departments: advertising, journalism, public relations, and telecommunication. Additionally, the College offers interdisciplinary graduate programs. The College provides students hands-on learning immersion experiences through the Innovation News Center, The Agency, frank gatherings, the Division of Multimedia Properties, undergraduate research, and other extracurricular groups and activities. 

The University: The University of Florida is a member of the Association of American Universities and is included in the Carnegie Commission's list of leading research universities. UF's students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of its commitment to serve a diverse global community, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The “Government in the Sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents related to the search process be available for public inspection. 

Applications should include: 

  1. A cover letter that addresses interest in and qualifications for the position, including a statement explaining the candidate's teaching philosophy and research interests, 

  1. A current curriculum vitae, 

  1. Teaching evaluation data, where available, or other evidence of teaching effectiveness. 

  1. Copies of two to three representative publications, particularly pieces the candidate has sole-authored or where she/he is listed as first-author, 

  1. Names, addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers of at least three references, along with a description of the candidate's relationship to the references. 

Please visit https://jobs.ufl.edu to submit an online application. The requisition number for this vacancy is 505662. 

For more information, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Wayne Wanta at wwanta@ufl.edu. The mailing address is College of Journalism and Communications, P.O. Box 118400, Gainesville, FL, 32611-8400. The University of Florida is a diverse academic community and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. (An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer) 

Review of applications will begin Jan. 2, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. 

 

MIRACOSTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE 

Communication Studies Instructor 

 

MiraCosta College in North San Diego County, California, invites applications for one full-time, tenure-track Communication Studies Instructor who is focused on the academic success of all students and who will provide instruction throughout the breadth of the community college Communication Studies courses including Public Speaking, Group Communication, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Principles of Human Communication, Gender Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Argumentation, Intercultural Communication, and Introduction to Mass Communication. The successful candidate will share leadership roles with other full-time instructors in coordinating and developing curriculum, as well as participate in departmental and college-wide committee work, projects, and collegial governance. To view the department website, go tohttp://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/communication/. This position begins in August 2018. 

To view the full job posting and to apply, go to 

Application deadline: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 

 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 

Department of Media and Information 

Associate or Full Professor 

 

The Department of Media and Information (MI) at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-system faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the area of media and information policy. We seek a visionary leader with an innovative research program and/or industry or policy-making experience who will develop the Quello Center to the next level of prominence, addressing critical issues of media and information policy in a digital economy. The successful candidate will hold the endowed chair associated with the Quello Center and provide strategic direction and leadership for the Center. 
 
To apply, please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website www.careers.msu.edu, refer to Posting #477204, and complete an electronic submission. 
 
We encourage applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 
 
The search committee will begin considering applications on January 30, 2018. The search closes when a suitable candidate is hired. Please direct any questions to Professor Charles Steinfield, at steinfie@msu.edu. 

 

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY 

School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts 

Digital and Online Media (Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor) 

 

The School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, at Central Michigan University, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in digital and online media. We seek a dynamic colleague to take the lead in creating and redesigning curriculum to teach multi-platform and social media elements across current and emerging media channels. This position will strengthen newly focused connections with other departments in our college, such as journalism, pursuing collaborative opportunities for students and faculty in digital design and media analytics. The successful candidate will join a media program nationally recognized for excellence in student radio and television production, and we seek innovative candidates to progress our school to continue as a leader in the field. This position includes teaching undergraduate and graduate digital media and quantitative research methods courses, and advising graduate student research projects, as well as maintaining an active scholarly/creative, and service agenda. 

 

Required Qualifications 

Terminal degree in mass media or related field; however, an ABD will be considered if it is clear the degree will be conferred by August 15, 2018.  

Active research agenda immersed in quantitative methodology and statistical analysis.  

Experience with social media, web design, media analytics and quantitative research design.  

Ability to teach media courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.  

Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. 

 

Preferred Qualifications 

Industry experience in digital media areas.  

At least 2-years of teaching experience at the college level. 

 

You must submit an online application to be considered an applicant for this position. Position is open until filled, although priority consideration will be given to applications completed by February 19. https://www.jobs.cmich.edu/postings/27316  

 

CMU is an AA/EO institution, providing equal opportunity to all persons, including minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. (see http://www.cmich.edu/ocrie). 

 

INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON 

School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) 

Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Fellowship on Media, Development, and Democracy 

 

2018 – 2020 (with possibility for a one-year renewal) 
 

The School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) at Indiana University Bloomington (http://sgis.indiana.edu) and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) (http://www.cima.ned.org) invites applications for a 2018-2020 (July - June) Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Fellowship on Media, Development, and Democracy. We seek applicants from all disciplines and methodological backgrounds working on research that contributes to understanding how media and/or media ownership influences political outcomes. Qualified candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in hand by date of appointment. The chosen fellow will reside at IU Bloomington with occasional travel to CIMA’s offices in Washington, D.C. as required. 

The fellowship is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested to build a career at the intersection of research and policy-making. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one course per semester, and will be invited to organize a small research workshop for the purposes of facilitating publishing a special issue or edited volume related to media and democracy. The remainder of the fellow’s time will be dedicated to his or her own research agenda related to media, internet, press freedoms, and democratic institutions. The fellow will have opportunities to contribute academic and policy-oriented reports related to evaluating the health of media systems and the implications of contemporary changes to media systems for democratic politics. In addition, the fellow may be asked by CIMA from time to time to write for the CIMA blog, speak at events, and provide input into CIMA’s other research initiatives.  

The Fellow will receive a competitive stipend, research support, and benefits comparable to those offered by other fellowship programs. This fellowship has the added advantage of providing the successful candidate access to CIMA-NED’s global network of researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers working to address contemporary democratic challenges. The two-year position has the possibility to be extended for a third year, until June 2021.   

Applications should include a C.V., a research statement, one writing sample, and three letters of reference. Applications can be submitted online at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/5316 Questions about the fellowship should be directed to the search chair, Prof. Nick Cullather at SGISEAD@indiana.edu. This position is to remain posted until filled, with all applications received by February 23, 2018 being assured full consideration. 

The School of Global and International Studies is a new international affairs school that builds on two centuries of tradition and excellence in global studies at Indiana University. The school hosts four academic departments and twenty-one institutes and centers that cover every corner of the globe and include 250 scholars from nearly every academic discipline.  

The Center for International Media Assistance is a research and knowledge platform that aims to improve the effectiveness of media development around the world. The Center provides information, builds networks, conducts research, and highlights the indispensable role media play in the creation and development of sustainable democracies. Housed at the National Endowment for Democracy, CIMA coordinates working groups and discussions, and commissions reports and commentary on critical issues to the field. 

 

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. 

 

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DIVISION & INTEREST GROUP NEWS

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

ICA POLITICAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION NEWSLETTER (JAN 2018)

In this newsletter:

* Prague, here we come! Program Planner Report

* Call for nominations: Best Article Award + David Swanson Award

* Other up-coming events: Summer School Milan

* Apply for a travel grant for Prague

* Call for nominations: IJPP Book Award

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* ICA ANNUAL MEETING IN PRAGUE – PROGRAM PLANNER REPORT

The political communication division received a record number of submissions this year – 367 individual paper submissions and 22 panel submissions.  Congratulations to those whose papers and panels were accepted for the Prague conference. There will be 43 excellent political communication panels at the conference along with a great poster session!

As you are aware ICA is a very competitive conference and this year was no exception. We had an 8% increase in paper submissions and a 46% increase in full panel submissions over last year.  Space in Prague is very tight – they signed the contract when the conference was much smaller.  Fortunately, our record number of submissions meant that the division was allocated a couple of additional panel slots over what we had in San Diego (other divisions lost panel slots).  Because of this – and by creating many five paper panels and fully utilizing a large poster session allocation – I was able to keep our acceptance rate at 49% for individual paper submissions.  The acceptance rate for full panels was lower than in the past.  That said, there were a number of worthy papers that simply could not be accepted due to space constraints. 

A very special THANK YOU to all who reviewed for the division.  We had over 350 reviewers with the average number of reviews at 3 papers per person.  Particular thanks to those who took on additional reviews, responded to my personal pleas for additional reviewers or did last minute reviews.

The Prague conference will feature many excellent papers and we hope to see everyone there.  As a reminder,  our business meeting and reception should be on Friday this year.  The meetings rooms for the conference are spread across two separate hotels in Prague but all panels for the divisions will be in the same hotel on a given day. The program should be available by 1 March.

Registration for the conference is open.  We are also co-sponsoring a number of interesting pre- and post-conferences.  Registration and details on these can be found at: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=2018PrePostconf. In addition there is a pre-conference on Media and Governance in Latin America. Call for papers is still open:  https://conferences.leeds.ac.uk/mgla2018/

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Prague!

Kimberly Gross, Program Planner and Vice Chair

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* Call for Nominations:  AWARDS

 Every year we give the Kaid-Sanders award the best article published in 2017 in our field. Please nominate the BEST (innovative, advanced, relevant, …) that you read and send it to salthaus@illinois.edu. Extended Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Every two years we give the David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship. Nominate an excellent  senior colleague that you think deserves this award for his/her service to our community. Please send your suggestions to the committee chair (tamir.sheafer@mail.huji.ac.il), by March 1, 2018.

More info on these awards on our website: http://politicalcommunication.org/ica-division/leadership/.

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* Other up-coming events: International SUMMER SCHOOL: "Political Communication and Electoral Behaviour" (Milan, 9 - 14 July 2018)

Every two years our division organizes together with the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Italy) an international summer school. The 6th edition will be held 9-14 July 2018 in Milan.

The “Milan Summer School” addresses theoretical and empirical questions in political communication, with a special focus on the relationship between political communication, media coverage, and political participation and democracy.   This year’s themes will include classic subjects such as public opinion and effects of election campaigns, but also some current ‘hot topics’ such as social media and populism.

Confirmed speakers include internationally renowned academics such as Patricia Moy , Peter Van Aelst, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck ,Frank Esser, Cristian Vaccari, Hanspeter Kriesi, Lilach Nir, Pablo Barberá, Luigi Curini, Andrea Ceron  and Kate Kenski.

Participants of the previous editions came from around the world, making it a truly international event. The summer school offers a unique opportunity for 30 PhD candidates and early career academics in Communication, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science to attend an intensive, 6-day-long program that consists of lectures, master classes, paper presentations and workshops on big data research methods and on writing for scholarly journals.

If you are interested to join, check out the website and learn how to apply. EXTENDED Application deadline:  15 February 2018

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*ICA 2017 TRAVEL FUND APPLICATION

The political communication division offers travel grants for the Prague conference. To apply for a division travel grant, complete the following form by February 20, 2018 (late submissions not accepted). Notice of awards will go out by mid-March. The awards are for the paper, and so those with more than one author require a completed application by each author that wants a travel grant. To expand the pool of funds, the ICA matches division funding, but each applicant must apply to both ICA and the Division. Please apply first to ICA (http://www.icahdq.org/?page=TravelGrant&hhSearchTerms=%22travel%22). Because the deadline for the entire ICA process is March 1, the Political Communication Division has set an earlier deadline, which leaves time for divisional decisions.

Please fill in the form below and return it by email to our secretary Thomas Zerback. If you have any questions, please also direct them to: thomas.zerback@ifkw.lmu.de

Answers marked with a * are required.?

1. I am an ICA Member. Note: You must be an ICA Member to apply for travel funds.*?

Yes? No??

2. I have completed the on-line travel grant application at the ICA website. Note: You must fill out the travel grant application at the ICA before you submit this survey.?

Yes ?No??

About You Please provide the following personal information.??

3. Name (Last, First) *??

4. E-Mail Address *??

5. University *??

6. Status *?

In Coursework?

In Dissertation?

PhD Holder?

Other (Please Specify)??

7. Country Tier of Current Residence (To find the country tier, go to https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers) *?

A?B?C??

??

8. Title of accepted paper or panel *?(+ co-authors)??

9. Distance from conference venue (hours of travel from your city to Prague) *?

1-5?       5-10?     10-15?   more than 15??

10. Estimated cost of transportation only (in US$) *???

11. Other Sources of Funding (in US$) *?

Department?

University?

Other Agency (Government or Grant)???

12. Do you confirm the above information is complete and accurate and that if awarded a travel grant you will attend the convention and deliver the paper yourself? *?

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Call for Nominations: International Journal of Press/Politics Best BOOK AWARD

 

The International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award honors internationally-oriented books that advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the linkages between news media and politics in a globalized world in a significant way. Nominations are invited, to be sent to IJPP editor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen by email no later than February 16. Books published within the last ten years will be considered. The award committee consists of Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (the editor of the International Journal of Press/Politics), Peter Van Aelst (chair of the Political Communication Division of ICA), and Henrik Örnebring (chair of the Journalism Studies Division of ICA). It will judge each nominated book on several criteria, including the extent to which the book goes beyond analyzing a single case country to present a broader and internationally-oriented argument, the significance of the problems addressed, the strength of the evidence the book relies on, conceptual innovation, the clarity of writing, and the book’s ability to link journalism studies, political communication research, and other relevant intellectual fields.Nominations including a rationale of no more than 350 words should be emailed by February 16 to Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at rasmus.nielsen@politics.ox.ac.uk. The award will be presented at the 2018 ICA Annual Meeting and will be announced on the IJPP website. More information here: https://rasmuskleisnielsen.net/2018/01/19/cfn-2018-international-journal-of-press-politics-best-book-award/

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Dear ICA PRD members,

Great news: the deadline for submissions to participate in the 2018 ICA PRD Ph.D. Student Workshop has been extended until January 29, 2018! The workshop is a fantastic opportunity to hear from world's leading PR scholars and get one-on-one and small group coaching to help take one's dissertation to the next level. We hope to top the success of last year's workshop, which brought together seven Ph.D. students and four professors from six countries.

The call for papers can be found here:

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.icahdq.org/resource/resmgr/Conference/2018/Preconferences/PCCFP-PRphdworkshop.pdf

Please share this link with your students and encourage them to submit their work.

Thank you. See you in Prague!

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies

The deadline for submitting abstracts to our ICA18 preconference on ‘Media, Gender and Sexuality in Europe’ is approaching!Submit your max. 500-word abstracts to L.Szulc@lse.ac.uk by 1 February 2018.

For more information, please see: https://www.academia.edu/35617725/Media_Gender_and_Sexuality_in_Europe

SURVEY

Take part in a survey by our former co-chair D. Travers Scott on the experience of college athletes coming out. You don’t have to be LGBTQ, you could simply have an experience with a team where someone came out. The  survey is anticipated to take less than 10 minutes and by completing it you will be entered into araffle to win one of five US$100 Amazon gift cards. Here’s the link to the survey: https://columbiangwu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ctD0Gg6blalVFop

All the best,

Lukasz and Eve

Lukasz Szulc, PhDMarie Curie Research Fellow Department of Media & Communications London School of Economics and Political Science TW2.7.01M Houghton Street London UNITED KINGDOM

http://www.lse.ac.uk/media-and-communications/people/research-staff/lukasz-szulc@LukaszSzulc

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Szulc, L. (2017) Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines.Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/
gb/book/9783319589008

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Computational Methods members,

As the acceptance notices have gone out and the dust has settled, we thought it would be a good opportunity to thank everyone for submitting and reviewing!

We again had a fantastic year, with over 100 abstract/paper submissions and 4 excellent panel proposals. As you have no doubt heard from ICA, space in Prague was exceptionally tight so we had to make difficult decisions about which papers to accept or reject. Given the experiences last year, we decided to focus on high-density sessions to make sure as many of you as possible are able to attend and contribute to the discussion and community. This means we were able to accept just over 60% of submissions, but of course it also means speaking time will be limited. However, we were impressed in San Diego by the amount of information that can be presented in 10-15 minutes, so we hope that you all agree that this was the right decision. Of course, we can discuss this during the upcoming business meeting in Prague.

 

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We would also like to thank the reviewers for their fantastic participation. Due to the new organization of the review process, we had an astounding 150 (!) reviewers, meaning that each reviewer should have been assigned only 2 or 3 papers of his or her liking. We were very satisfied with this process, and we hope that allowing you to pick which papers to review meant that you mostly got interesting papers and abstracts to review. Of course, many improvements can still be made, and we would love to hear your feedback at the next business meeting.

Finally, we would like the opportunity to present Josephine Lukito from the U. of Wisconsin-Madison as our student and early career representative. She has agreed to take on the position until at least the Prague conference, where we can hold an election during the business meeting. We look forward to working with her to make sure that our interesting group is as welcoming and useful to student and junior members as possible.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Prague!

Thanks, also on behalf of Cindy Shen (vice-chair) and Frederik de Grove (secretary),

Wouter

 

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Preconference Call for Panelists Inclusivity and Family Communication Research: Advances and Innovations from across the Discipline

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:00-17:00

Scholarship related to family communication continues to be of interest to many scholars across the communication discipline. Although the flagship publication for family communication scholarship, Journal of Family Communication, tends to publish research in interpersonal and relational contexts, it is not unusual to see families studied in a variety of other communication contexts including health, media,organizations and organizing, law and policy, and cultural studies, to name only a few.Often, family communication studies aw from literature in only one contextual area;and, similarly, those research studies are presented back to people within that same sub-area of the field. Although valuable scholarship is undoubtedly generated in these silos, one has to wonder how much family communication scholars from across the field can benefit from each other’s work.This preconference brings together scholars from all backgrounds who study both families and communication. In doing so, we will consider how to advance family communication studies in relevant,informed, and innovative ways. In addition to a keynote speech and opportunities for discussion, the preconference will also feature competitively-selected research.Possible topic areas for competitive papers or high-density presentations include the following:

• Relational communication in families

• Family health concerns

• Family use of traditional and new media

• How laws and policies continue to shape families

• Representations of family in media

• Families and work-life balance

• Communication theory as it relates to families

• Inventive approaches to studying family communication

• Diversity and inclusion issues regarding families

As this topic list indicates, even though this preconference is being sponsored by the Interpersonal Communication Division, we strongly encourage participation across the many divisions and interest groups that are involved with family communication studies. Additionally, and embracing yet another facet of inclusivity, at least one panel or session within the preconference will be dedicated to non-normative families.Submitting to the Family Communication Preconference Abstract submissions should be sent as a Microsoft word document to jman@niu.eduby Monday, 22 January 2018. To assist in organizing abstract review, please include your last name as part of the file, and in the subject line of your submission email include

FAMILY COMMUNICATION: LASTNAME.

'Abstracts should include a title, 5-7 keywords, a body of up to 500 words, and references. Review and Notification of Decision

We anticipate a fast peer-review process,and authors will be notified of their acceptance before 1 February 2018.

Submission of a full paper is expected by 1 May 2018. Authors of accepted abstracts will be expected to register for and attend the pre-conference that is held on Thursday, 24 May 2018, from 10:00-17:00.The full 2018 ICA meeting will begin that night with the opening reception.Authors presenting at the preconference may be considered for an edited collection to be published in 2019. More details will be provided with acceptance notifications

 

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CALL FOR STUDENT PROPOSALS

9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Skautsky Institut, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Description

The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the Doctoral Consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.

During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into small groups, determined by the thematic nature of the research. In each group, students will present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from three faculty participants. There will be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates.

In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Of course, this process differs widely across different nations and academic traditions. Bearing these differences in mind, we will discuss positioning one’s work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships, finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic.

Submission Process

Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic previously approved by their committee or supervisor. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research.

Submissions must be related to one of the working areas of the Communication and Technology Division (CAT) or the Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) of the International Communication Association (ICA). A description of the respective research areas can be found in the last section of this call. In your submission, please identify whether you’re submitting to MCIG or CAT.

Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in a relevant field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested. Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding references and appendices), and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate.

Applications need to be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium.

The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to Veronika Karnowski at veronika.karnowski@ifkw.lmu.de. The deadline for submission is 1 February 2018. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research, specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback.

To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs of its members, limited financial assistance is made possible by the CAT Division and the MCIG. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the $75 participation fee and not travel to the conference).

About the Communication and Technology Division The CAT Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural) and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics.

 

About the Mobile Communication Interest Group The MCIG focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed on the intersection of mobility, technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Interest Group is state of the art theorizing on mobile communication as well as the discussion of adequate methodology to do so.

 

Registration

Participation is only by invitation. Once a proposal is accepted, students can register through the ICA website. Cost for participation is US$75 per person.

 

Program Committee (faculty mentors)

Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Program Director) Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Program committee) Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany (Program committee) Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, Denmark Benjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore Jordan Frith, U of North Texas, USA Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA Richard S. Ling, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore Malcolm Parks, U of Washington, USA Lidwien van de Wijngaert, Radboud University, Netherlands Mike Yao, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

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MEMBER NEWS

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT
Race and the Cultural Industries
By Anamik Saha
ISBN: 978-1-509-50531-9
January 2018

Studies of race and media are dominated by textual approaches that explore the politics of representation. But there is little understanding of how and why representations of race in the media take the shape that they do. How, one might ask, is race created by cultural industries?In this important new book, Anamik Saha encourages readers to focus on the production of representations of racial and ethnic minorities in film, television, music and the arts. His interdisciplinary approach combines critical media studies and media industries research with postcolonial studies and critical race perspectives to reveal how political economic forces and legacies of empire shape industrial cultural production and, in turn, media discourses around race.Race and the Cultural Industries is required reading for students and scholars of media and cultural studies, as well as anyone interested in why historical representations of ‘the Other’ persist in the media and how they are to be challenged.

About the Author

Anamik Saha is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, U of London.

Contents
Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
Part 1: Framework
Chapter 1: Race and the cultural industries
Chapter 2: Approaching race and cultural production
Part 2: Media, race and power
Chapter 3: Capitalism, race and the ambivalence of
commodification
Chapter 4: ‘Diversity’ in media and cultural policy
Part 3: The cultural politics of production
Chapter 5: The racialisation of the cultural commodity
Chapter 6: Enabling race-making in the cultural industries
Chapter 7: Conclusion
References
Index

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New Book Announcement - Available Now
International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication
(3-volume set)
Editor: Young Yun Kim, U of Oklahoma
Associate Editor: Kelly McKay-Semmler, U of South Dakota
Publisher: Wiley & Sons
Print version: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118783948.html
Online version: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118783665

An official publication of the International Communication Association, The International Encyclopedia of Intercultural

Communication is a comprehensive and authoritative reference book, with a distinctively interdisciplinary and international reach.This work is aimed at serving the needs of undergraduate and graduate students as well as for academic researchers andessional practitioners of intercultural communication around the world. This 3-volume encyclopedia features 256 articles written by 249 authors (including 57 coauthors) residing in 29 different countries in all continents. The work employs a broadly-based taxonomy of intercultural communication that consists of six organizing themes.These themes are the traditional “intercultural communication”core theme and five associated themes recognized as “cross cultural communication,” “cultural communication,” “intergroup communication,” “intercultural training,” and “critical intercultural communication.”These articles address issues, theories, and concepts that have substantively contributed to the development of intercultural communication as a sub-discipline of communication;methodological issues of importance to intercultural communication theory and research, and summaries of findings from original studies directly pertaining to the intercultural communication domain. Each area includes articles written by scholars outside the discipline of communication, such as cross cultural psychology, cultural anthropology, social psychology, and linguistics.

 

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STUDENT COLUMN

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The Feel Good Manual: Finding back your motivation after the Holidays

by Tamar Lazar & Julie Escurignan
ICA Student Board Members

The Holidays are over. This is a simple statement, but in the midst of winter, it can be a harsh one. The Holidays usually mean for most of us family, food and a well-deserved break. Their end often goes along a feeling of sadness and sometimes hopelessness, especially for those of us who live in the Northern hemisphere, where the cold and lack of light make it even harder to get back to work.

How, then, can we find back our motivation and drive after the Holidays? We have asked the question to our Student and Early Career Scholar members on our Facebook page and here are their answers.

 

1.      It is OK to take a break

We might not say it enough, although we are trying to, but really, it is OK to take a break. More than OK, whereas you are a MA or PhD Student, or an Early-Career Scholar, taking a break is a necessity. You need your brain so switch off once in a while and to allow it to process quietly the enormous quantity of data and information that you go through all the time. You need to spend time with your family and friends, and make happy memories that will re-energize you and help you get back to work more rested. Along some of us, Rosie takes a real break during the Holidays. She writes: “I take at least a full week off during the holidays. Given the prevalence of mental health struggles among grad students, I hope everyone finds time to leave work behind, relax and connect with loved ones.”

You should do what works best for you and on your terms, whereas you work or not during the Winter Break. In any case, you should not feel guilty to have taken a break during the Holidays, nor let anyone make you feel guilty. The Holidays are for rest, food, family, friends and partying, and being a Graduate Student or an Early-Career Scholar does not disqualify you from living. It doesn’t do your dissertation, thesis, or research any good if you are burned out, so prevent it by taking some time off.

 

2.      It is OK to find it hard to come back to work

If you have taken a break, gone on vacation, enjoyed yourself during the Holidays, it is totally fine to have a hard time going back to the office (or the library). You should be aware of it and realize that it works the same for everyone, so go easy on yourself. For Rosie, “it is key to have some patience and compassion for yourself and remember that taking a break is healthy and it’s perfectly find if getting back to work is a little difficult.”

 

3.      Go to a place you like, rest and make your plan for the semester

You can go to a place you like to rest and think there about your semester. For Regina, this place is a park. She told us: “there is a park I love to go and take a rest. I go there and think about the plan I have for new semester (or other task I should complete)”. Prepping your semester in a place that makes you feel good will help you reduce stress and come back to work from a place of comfort and safety.

 

4.      Have a “Transition Day”

Rosie begins the semester by what she calls a “transition day”. She explains: “To get back into the swing of things, I have a transition day, where I catch up on email and do some smaller tasks, work that typically does not involve research writing. Starting small helps me feel less overwhelmed about the workload ahead of me, and allows me to begin breaking down larger projects into actionable steps. Plus, that sense of accomplishment you get from crossing off small to-do list items can go a long way toward powering you through the big items.” 

So you can start off the semester by doing simpler tasks, like sorting out the generally outrageous number of emails that have been waiting for you, listing the more pressing tasks to do or organizing your agenda for the semester. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start off, while allowing you to cross items off your to-do list.

 

5.      Reward yourself

A good incentive to come back to work is to reward yourself. Each time you complete a task, give yourself a little something to make you feel good. This is what Regina does and it seems to be working great for her: “A thing I like to do is writing down tasks I should do and reward I can take after each task! That motivates me to go further!”

 

6.      Talk about it

If starting the semester is harder than usual or you do not feel good, do not hesitate to talk about it. You have not only your loved ones and friends, but an entire community of likeminded people across the world ready to help, share their experience and cheer you up. ICA’s Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars’ Facebook group is here for you to share and exchange but also support each other and be a constant reminder that you are not alone.

 

7.      Don’t forget to watch, cuddle or pet puppies!

Videos and photos of cute puppies will make you feel good so don’t stop yourself from watching them! Animal shelters, communities and sometimes universities organize cuddling parties with puppies, so if you are not allergic, don’t miss this opportunity to share some furry love and add more cuteness to your life. It’ll make you feel good, we swear!

Finally, on behalf of ICA and of the Divisions and Interest Groups’ Student and Early Career Representatives, Tamar Lazar and I wish you a Very Happy New Year 2018. May we continue growing together in a global, respectful and tolerant community of researchers.

We want to thank the members who contributed to this article, especially Rosie Clark-Parsons (U of Pennsylvania, USA), Regina Ahn (U of Illinois, USA), Cecilia Zhou (U of Hong Kong) and Francois Allard (U of Lorraine, France).

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MEMBERSHIP COLUMN

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

ICA HONORS ROCK STAR REVIEWERS FOR PRAGUE 2018!

Laura Sawyer, Executive Director

As we all know, reviewing for conference is not an easy task. You sign up when your schedule seems fairly open—it seems like a great idea at the time, doesn’t it—but the actual work inevitably shows up in your inbox at exactly the worst, busiest time. You often feel yourself pulled between needing to get reviews DONE and off your desk, and the responsibility of providing substantive and useful feedback to your colleagues. Perhaps you curse your months-ago self for having agreed to do such a thing.

We recognize this struggle, and understand why so many reviewers (at so many associations, not just ours) often succumb to submitting only numerical ratings and leave off the qualitative commentary, just to cross the task off their lists. That qualitative commentary, though, is crucial to the improvement not only of papers who ultimately are rejected, but also to those who are accepted, so that they may come to conference months later with the best version of their work.

In 2017, in an effort to put an emphasis on qualitative reviewing for our conference in San Diego, ICA instituted a process whereby each division and interest group may nominate one “rock star reviewer.” The Rock Star Reviewer from each division is defined is someone who may have taken on a high number of last-minute reviews when others had failed to fulfil their obligations, or who has provided especially helpful, detailed, or astute commentary to submitters to help them truly improve their work (as opposed to simply numerical ratings or one-word comments). The Rock Star Reviewer is nominated by the planner from each division, and then all “rock stars” are entered into a randomized drawing to receive a complimentary conference registration!

This year’s rock star reviewer WINNER, chosen at random from all nominees to receive the complimentary main conference registration is Alena Vasilyeva (U of Massachusetts Amherst). In her nomination, Language and Social Interaction Planner Jessica Robles writes of Alena, “Not only does she consistently do her reviews early, she also always offers to take more if needed; responds quickly when I need emergency reviewers and takes on the reviews, turning them around swiftly; AND (this is what really sets her apart from other stellar reviewers) she still manages to give useful feedback to the best of her ability in the time frame.” Thank you, Alena! Alena will receive complimentary main conference registration for the 68th Annual ICA Conference in Prague.

Although they don’t all receive free registration, we extend our gratitude to all of the other top reviewers submitted by each division/interest group, as follows (in alpha order by Division/Interest Group name):

Paola Sartoretto (Activism, Communication & Social Justice), Kathleen Beullens (Children, Adolescents & the Media), Caleb Carr (Communication & Technology), John Nerone (Communication History), Eric Robinson (Communication Law & Policy), Chance York (Communication Science & Biology), Mingxiao Sui (Ethnicity & Race in Communication, Joe Wasserman (Game Studies), Melanie LeForestier (nominated by both Global Communication & Social Change and Intercultural Communication), Andy King (Health Communication), Justin R. Keen (Information Systems), Michelle Violanti (Instructional & Developmental Communication), Jingwen Liang (Intergroup Communication), Christian Baden (Journalism Studies), Alena Vasilyeva (Language & Social Interaction), Kathryn Leslie (LGBTQ Studies), Hyun Suk Kim (Mass Communication), Roei Davidson (Media Industry Studies), Kate Lockwood Harris (Organizational Communication), Jack Bratich (Philosophy, Theory & Critique), Claes deVreese (Political Communication), Nicole Strobel (Popular Communication), R.S. Zaharna (Public Diplomacy), Michael Kent and Lisa Tam (Public Relations), and Chuka A. Onwumechili (Sports Communication).

Thank you to ALL of you who review each year for ICA. If you haven’t reviewed before, please consider reviewing next year for the conference in Washington, DC. The success and quality of the ICA conference—and of individual submitters’ work—depends on rigorous review and guidance from colleagues and mentors.

We look forward to seeing you all in Prague!  

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68TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION PRECONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

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Call for Papers: The 16th Chinese Internet Research Conference – Modes of Connection

ICA PRE-CONFERENCE: 22 – 23 MAY 2018 AT LEIDEN U, THE NETHERLANDS

Description

The Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden U Institute for Area Studies, and Leiden Law School welcome scholars from the area studies,social sciences, law, humanities, computer sciences, and from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to the 16th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC16), to be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, on 22-23 May 2018. CIRC16 will explore the theme‘modes of connection’, across social, economic, and political fields. General Theme: Modes of Connection The field of China internet research has fruitfully tracked communication patterns across different media types in the Chinese speaking world, generating a lively discussion about the role that different discourses and media types play in Chinese society. The themes of this year’s conference will augment these efforts by asking how media and communication are bolted to the world. The internet has rapidly become much more than avenue for the exchange of information. It is closely intertwined with social interactions, economic exchanges, and the practice of governance. At the same time, concerns surrounding the internet are no longer merely confined to free expression and access to information, they have come to include the impact of the internet on the integrity of political systems, personal data protection, terrorist use of ICTs, and cyber crime. While the notion is now much greater complexity in the nature of connectivity that ICTs permit, and therefore the social, economic, and political questions they generate. Consequently, CIRC 16 will ask how different actors deploy novel ICT to transform the modes through which people connect. The conference will ill into this broad topic by focusing on three sub-themes:

Sub-Theme 1: Modes of Community CIRC16-community-theme Information and communication technologies like the internet are frequently singled out as harbingers of social change, in China as much as elsewhere. Yet there has not been a sustained scholarly effort to explore how contemporary ICT affect social groups in China, how they change interpersonal dynamics, to what extent they shape our sense of community, and how such communities become politicized through ICT usage. This sub-theme of the conference will explore how media and communication are anchored in modes of communal interaction, how they transform those modes, and how specific Chinese contexts influence these processes. Do digital technologies extend and accelerate the established logics of social interactions and group affiliations, or do they change the rationale behind our relations? What happens to friendships,family ties, work relations, and political interactions once they are‘upgraded’ to Web 2.0? What does it take to bring users together and turn them into political subjects like ‘netizens’? Can there ever be such a thing as a ‘digital community’, and if so: what would make such a community sustainable as a viable political group? Finally, what changes do digital media networks introduce to traditional ‘imagined communities’, that is: to large-scale associations like nations, religious orders, or political movements,but also consumer groups or fan communities, in which members do not personally know all other members and yet feel connected through shared practices? Questions like these go to the heart of how we conceptualize digital media and their relevance today.Applicants interested in this theme may consider addressing one or several of the following topics in Chinese contexts:Construction of community sentiments through network technologies and digital media practices, for instance nationalism, localism, fandom, religion, attachments to hobbies and collective activities, or support for activist ideologies that ive groups like hacker. Everyday use of technologies such as mobile devices and computers by different groups, in different social contexts, and for different purposes.Digital discourse and communication power within Chinese community networks.Community-building through internet and digital media usage in different parts of the Chinese speaking world, e.g. mainland China, Taiwan,Hong Kong, or overseas diaspora.

Sub-Theme 2: Modes of Production CIRC16-production-theme

The internet is far more than a set of communication networks;it is also a radically new mode of economic production. Whether in the form of digital finance(online banking, crypto currency speculation,etc.), digital commerce (retail and wholesale),or digital and digitally-enabled services (online entertainment, transportation services, digital gift economies), ICT are thoroughly revamping the relations between production and consumption,between capital and labour, in the Chinese economy. What are the implications of these processes? Who stands to win, and who are the losers? How do these processes alter and influence traditional economic structures, perhaps disrupting existing (political-)economic interests? With more and more people relying on digital conveniences such as bike rentals or group coupon offers, how powerful do certain platforms become?How strongly are they reshaping existing markets for goods and services? Contributors to this theme may consider the following areas of interest:Interaction between work and leisure on the internet, as well as issues related to digital commerce and commercialization (e.g.when play and labour fuse into ‘playbour’),Changing production and distribution modes enabled by new constellations of capital and labour, for instance in so-called Taobao Villages or in Maker Spaces.Convergence and interaction between different digital media technologies, entertainment formats, advertising strategies, and commercial services on digital platforms, for instance on digital video channels.The changes in China’s economy (and their political impact)brought about by ubiquitous microblogging and social chat services (Weibo and Weixin), digital payment platforms (Alipay),and cryptocurrencies. The broader changes in China’s political-economic structure wrought through digitalization, for instance efforts to open up immigration opportunities for talented specialists.

Sub-Theme 3: Modes of Organization CIRC16-Organization-theme

The internet is not an exogenous phenomenon, it is an artefact. It is recreated and reformed on a daily basis, primarily through the efforts of governmental and private sector actors, who are attempting to reconfigure the internet in pursuit of their strategic objectives. However, even in China, these actors need to be responsive to the demands,complaints, and requirements of end users, who therefore are not unimportant in the question of how the internet is organized.This sub-theme will explore how different stakeholder categories attempt to influence the way that the internet itself is organized,how connections are enabled or disabled, and how this affects the continuous reconfiguration of the online environment.Internet politics and policies in the Chinese-speaking world,including e-governance and cyber-security, as well as the interaction of various nodes of regulatory or organizational power.Social and political participation in Chinese digital networks,as well as limitations to such participation (e.g. access, digital divides, etc.)

The evolution of legitimizing or challenging narratives to particular forms of ICT organization (for instance the use of security, etc.)Transformation of political legitimacy in the wake of novel digital civic services, as well as novel forms of governance (such as the social credit system).Digitally enabled political activism and its limits.Paper and Panel Proposals The organising committee invites proposals for paper presentations or panels that adess one or more of the three themes related to the modes of connection in China, through both critical, theoretically minded research and innovative empirical methods.Proposals should be written in English and should not exceed 400 words for individual papers, or 1000 words for panel proposals. Please also include a brief bio and any relevant contact details. Proposals and enquiries should be sent to . Florian  Schneider: f.a.schneider@hum.leidenuniv.nl 

Deadlines

Proposals should be submitted by 1 February 2018. The organising committee will inform applicants of its decision by the end of that month. Full versions of the accepted papers are to be submitted by 1 May 2018. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words, including notes and references, and should be sent to the organising committee via email. Organization and Location CIRC16_LeidenLawCIRC16 is organized by. Florian Schneider(Leiden Institute for Area Studies) and . Rogier Creemers (LeidenLaw School). The conference will take place at the Kamerlingh OnnesBuilding at Leiden U’s Faculty of Law (Steenschuur 25, 2311 ESLeiden, The Netherlands).Plenary sessions will be scheduled in lecture theatre A144;panels will be convened in rooms A002, A008, A028, and B016.

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CALL FOR STUDENT PROPOSALS

9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division

co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group ofthe International Communication Association (ICA)Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Skautsky Institut, Prague, Czech Republic

Description

The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere.The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis.Moreover, the Doctoral Consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics. During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into small groups, determined by the thematic nature of the research. In each group, students will present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from three faculty participants. There will be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates.In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Of course, this process differs widely across different nations and academic traditions.Bearing these differences in mind, we will discuss positioning one’s work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships,finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic. Submission Process Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic previously approved by their committee or supervisor. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research.Submissions must be related to one of the working areas of the Communication and Technology Division (CAT) or the Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) of the International Communication Association (ICA). A description of the respective research areas can be found in the last section ofthis call. In your submission, please identify whether you’re submitting to MCIG or CAT.Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in a relevant field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested. Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding references and appendices),and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate. Applications need to be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium. The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to Veronika Karnowski atveronika.karnowski@ifkw.lmu.de.

The deadline for submission is 1 February 2018. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research,specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback.To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs the CAT Division and the MCIG. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the US$75 participation fee and not travel to the conference).About the Communication and Technology Division The CAT Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction,computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural)and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics.About the Mobile Communication Interest Group The MCIG focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed on the intersection of mobility,technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Interest Group is state of the art theorizing on mobile communication as well as the discussion of adequate methodology to do so.Registration Participation is only by invitation. Once a proposal is accepted, students can register through the ICA website.

Cost for participation is US US$75 per person. Program Committee (faculty mentors)Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Program Director)Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Program committee)Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany (Programcommittee)Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, DenmarkBenjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, SingaporeJordan Frith, U of North Texas, USAJesse Fox, Ohio State U, USARoselyn Lee-Won, Ohio State U, USA

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Call for Papers

International Communication Association

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group

2018 Preconference MEDIA, GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN EUROPE

24 May 2018, 09:00-17:00 Cafe Kampus, Naprstkova 272/10Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract Deadline: 1 February 2018

Description

Media are gendered and sexualized while gender and sexuality are heavily mediated. Gender and sexuality figure prominently in many aspects of media production, representation, consumption and use. At this preconference, we will build on a vast body of research in this area to examine the intersections between media,gender and sexuality as well as age, ability, class, religion, race,ethnicity and nationality. Inspired by the fact that the International Communication Association will for the first time in history hold its annual conference in Central Europe, we would like to think about those intersections from a European perspective, particularly from the perspective of underrepresented contexts such as Central,Eastern and Southern Europe.How do European contexts matter for the intersections of media,gender and sexuality? How are those intersections manifested in Europe at different historical moments and at different geographical scales (such as cities, countries and regions)? What can we learn about those intersections thinking through Europe-specific issues such as larger geopolitical challenges(e.g. Brexit, austerity measures, ‘refugee crisis’, post communist transitions and the rise of the far right) as well as challenges specifically related to gender and sexuality (e.g. homonationalism in Western Europe, ‘gay propaganda’ laws in Russia and Lithuania, and anti-gender campaigns across the continent)?Also, more theoretically, what can such Europe-specific research contribute to mainstream, largely Anglo-American, studies of media, gender and sexuality? What are the legacies and the futures of European gender, feminist, sexuality and LGBTQ media studies?

Submission process

The preconference will provide a space for getting feedback on research in progress, exchanging ideas and networking. We invite scholars at all stages of their careers, across multiple disciplines as well as employing diverse methods and theories to submit abstracts of 300 to 500 words along with their short bio notes to Lukasz Szulc (L.Szulc@lse.ac.uk) by 1 February 2018.

We are open to works adessing a wide spectrum of mainstream and alternative media (including but not limited to press,radio, television, cinema, digital and mobile media) and a diversity of genres and platforms(such as journalism, advertising, TV ama, porn, films, games, social media and dating sites). However, we ask that all submissions reflect on the importance of the European context. The preconference will consist of short individual presentations (10-12 min),allowing participants to have in-depth discussions and produce broader insights. Authors will be informed of their acceptance or rejection by 1 March 2018.We will consider to publish selected contributions in a special issue in a peer reviewed journal. Registration Participation is only by invitation. Authors of the accepted abstracts will need to register through the ICA website (www.icahdq.org). Cost for participation is 25USD for early registration (by 1 April 2018) and 35USD for late registration.

Organizers

Lukasz Szulc (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) Alexander Dhoest (U of Antwerp, Belgium) Lynn Comella (U of Nevada, Las Vegas,US) Sponsor.

The preconference is generously sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies at the U of Antwerp, Belgium.

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Call for Proposals

Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference

ICA 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

Date: May 24, 2018 | Time: 9am-12pm | Location: TBA

The Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum to connect with other scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field.We hope you’ll join us for the inaugural Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2018 ICA conference. Pre-conference format:The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers,colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, the invited scholars will share insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research.

Confirmed Faculty Participants:

●Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern U (Editor in-chief, Environmental Communication)

● Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)

● Lauren Feldman, Rutgers U

● More TBA!!

Registration: US$20 Participants have to register to the pre conference through ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference.

Applications for oral or poster presentation:

https://goo.gl/forms/G8DTBH04fIzw1qg92

Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable,empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference.Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles (abeles@stanford.edu) or Adam M. Rainear( adam.rainear@uconn.edu).

Deadline for submissions: 14 February 2018

Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2018

Sponsorship:

The pre-conference is sponsored by:

● Department of Communication, U of Connecticut

● Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford U

● Department of Communication, Michigan State U Co-organizers:

● Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford U

● Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, U of Connecticut

● Faculty advisor: . Bruno Takahashi ,Michigan State U (Chair,Environmental Communication Division -ICA)

 

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Czech Value Added Tax (VAT): What you need to know for ICA’s 68th Annual Conference in Prague

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

Question:  Why does ICA’s conference pricing seem higher this year?

Answer:  Conference pricing was unchanged from 2017; the prices of conference registration are exactly the same as they were for San Diego.  That said, because the conference is located in an EU member country -  it is subject to a Czech Value-Added Tax (VAT), an added fee in 2018. ICA does not receive any of this money; it is paid to the Czech government.

It’s the law in the European Union (EU). All Registration fees are subject to 21% Czech Value Added Tax (VAT) according to article §10b of Act No. 235/2004 Coll. A Value-Added Tax (VAT) is required by the laws and regulations of the European Union (EU) and its member states. They establish that VAT must be paid on the fees in the country where the meeting is held.

Do I submit my ICA issued invoice or receipt to recover VAT?  No! The proforma invoice and emailed receipt ICA issues to confirm your conference registration are NOT a valid VAT receipt, they should not be submitted.

How do I get a VAT receipt to apply to recover VAT?   To provide this service, ICA has partnered with a VAT consultant company, VMC, that specializes in managing and recovering VAT for association events hosted by organizations hosting conferences in the EU. The VAT invoice for your participation will be sent from VMC to you directly, via email, after you receive your ICA proforma invoice. It will be issued by the company: VMC, 1 Rond-point de l’Europe, 92250 LA GARENNE COLOMBES, France; French VAT Number: FR75523098614; Czech VAT Number: CZ682761770.

VAT exempted in France under article 259 A 5° a. of the French CGI. Subject to Czech VAT according to article §10b of Act No. 235/2004 Coll.

When will I receive my VAT invoice? 

ICA will report to VMC monthly, they will use our report to generate and send VAT invoices directly to you, via email.  The anticipated turnaround is quick, generally 2-4 days after we send VMC our report.  Depending on when you register, and where we are in our monthly reporting cycle, it could take up to approximately 30 days to receive your invoice; however in most cases it should be delivered more quickly.

 

FAQs about VAT:  Frequently Asked Questions about Czech Value-Added Tax:

  1. Why am I paying a VAT on the Meeting Registration Fee? You are paying a Value-Added Tax (VAT) on the registration fee because it is required by the laws and regulations of the EU and its member states. They establish that VAT must be paid on fees in the country where the meeting is held. 
  2. Can the VAT be recovered? Possibly. Only companies from the European Union and from Switzerland, Norway, and Macedonia can claim back the Czech VAT. To recover the VAT you must provide the details of your company - name, address, VAT number or Tax ID - for all expense invoices and submit all original documentation to your company for its processing.  Pay attention that the VAT refund on certain expenses like travel expenses, accommodation, meals or goods and services for personal consumption are not accepted by the Czech Tax Administration. 
  3. Does “company” include “university”?  Possibly.  If the university has the status of taxable person, then yes, it is considered as a company. Most universities in Europe choose to have the status of taxable person.
  4. What process should companies follow to recover the VAT?
  • EU Companies: EU companies must contact the Tax Administration of their own country for instructions regarding the conditions and process to follow for reclaiming the Czech VAT. There are also minimum VAT amounts that must be met.

For the refund applications for one to three quarters by an EU company the minimum amount is €400. If the refund application relates to a refund period of a calendar year or the remainder of a calendar year, the amount of VAT may not be less than €50. For conversion of EURO currency into the CZK currency it must be used the exchange rate mentioned by the Czech National Bank for the first working day in January of the year for which the application is submitted. Please note that these amounts refer to ALL the VAT from the expenses incurred FROM ALL ITS EMPLOYEES in the Czech Republic for this meeting and any other business-related VAT incurred in the Czech Republic.

 

  • Non-European Companies: The Non-European companies must send the VAT refund application directly to Finanční úřad pro Prahu 1 (Local Tax Office for Prague 1) at the address below and make sure their application is received at the latest by 30 June of the following year.  There are also minimum VAT amounts that must be met.

Finanční úřad pro hlavní město Praha
Územní pracoviště pro Prahu 1
Štěpánská 28
112 33, Praha 1
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 224 041 111
Fax: +420 224 043 198
e-mail: podatelna2001@fs.mfcr.cz

 

Additional details about VAT: The VAT refund must be at least CZK 7,000, unless the refund period is the calendar year or the last period of the calendar year. The refund for these refund periods must be at least CZK 1,000. Please note that these amounts refer to ALL the VAT from the expenses incurred FROM ALL ITS EMPLOYEES in the Czech Republic for this meeting and any other business-related VAT incurred in the Czech Republic.

 

You can find the form here, that must be completed and presented with the application. The application for VAT refund must be supported by the relevant invoices and a Certification that the applicant is a taxable person registered for VAT or similar taxes issued by the tax authority from the country of his establishment.

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​Take in the History and Architecture of Prague: special curated communication-field tours offered this year

Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

Laura Sawyer, Executive Director

ICA members have been excited about the Prague 2018 conference ever since the location was selected over seven years ago. The capital city of the Czech Republic (also known as Czechia, still a point of controversy among some), Prague is bisected by the Vltava River. Known for its castles and Gothic churches among other breathtaking architectural artifacts, its Old Town Square, and the Astronomical Clock*, Prague also doesn’t shy away from being known as a great place to have a beer or two.

 

How to book:

As always, ICA has contracted with a local-expert tour company to curate a collection of ICA-specific tours for our attendees, along with the usual tourism fare. ICA no longer serves as a middleman for booking the tours, so attendees can book directly with the tour agency either online via the ICA tours website or, during the conference, by talking to the ITC tours representative who will be available at a desk in the lower lobby of the Prague Hilton, near the ICA registration desk. Please note that we expect many of these tours to sell out, so if there’s something you’re set on, we recommend you book online in advance.

Curated tours: Radio Free Europe, Parliament, Czech press agency, and more

Curated tours related to the field of communication and created just for ICA include visits to the Czech press agency; to a movie dubbing studio where western films are dubbed into Czech; to a newspaper publisher; to Radio Free Europe; to an historic theatre; to the Czech Parliament; and a presentation in the Václav Havel library on Havel’s rise “from dissident to president.”

Standard tours: Castles, Concerts, and (of course) Beer!

We also will offer standard tours that you could theoretically get elsewhere, with the added benefit that ours will pick you up right at the Hilton Prague hotel and return you at the end, and you will be among your colleagues (you might see this as a good or bad thing depending on the day!). Standard tours include visits to a Silver Mining Town, The Pilsen Pilsner Urquell brewery, a river cruise, Karlstejn Castle, Prague Castle, the Strahov Library with a mini concert, a Soprano & Tenor concert followed by a ‘beer party’ at a brewery, and a glass blowing studio. Most of these tours include meals and guides.

Holocaust Remembrance

We are honored to offer two very special tours highlighting Prague’s history relative to the second World War. On Friday, a morning tour will visit the Prague Jewish Quarter and the Old Town, with a tour guide knowledgeable in the area. On Monday, 28th May, we will host a tour to Terezin Concentration Camp, with a survivor of the holocaust who will provide commentary and, our guide tells us, is always happy to entertain questions from the group.

Multi-Day Trips in the Region

Lastly, ITC will offer three multi-day tours including lodging and transport and some meals. A tour to South Bohemia and Salzburg focuses on Mozart and Medieval Smuggling Routes. Tour 2 to Vienna and South Moravia includes several castles and gardens and the birthplace of Sigmund Freud. Finally, the Via Carolina tour includes Prague, Pilsen, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Basel, and Zurich.

Please make a point of booking early, especially for the multi-day tours, as some tours may be canceled if they haven’t met their minimums by mid-April.

*The Astronomical Clock is being taken down for restorations and will not be on view during our conference dates! Our ICA 2018 conference logo is an homage to the missing clock.

 

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