ICA Washington DC 2019 – Call for Papers


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


November, 1st, 2018

Communication and media feature centrally in today’s crossing of boundaries that characterizes societal structures, institutions and cultures, themselves firmly founded in communications technologies, infrastructures and practices.

The spatial dimension of the practice of communication, in the past, resulted in legacy media allowing people to be constituted as an ‘imagined community’ within the defined territories of the nation state, while today’s global digital technologies and networks have been central to the expansion in movements of people, capital, commodities, images and ideologies across national boundaries.

This contributes, according to optimists like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (channelling Marshall McLuhan), a ‘global community’, while critical voices see them as markers of new forms of social inequality and cultural domination.

Beyond this, communication and media feature centrally in various other forms of social, political and cultural boundary crossing. These include: the discursive work involved in thinking beyond binary boundaries in contemporary identity politics; the role of social media in re-defining the boundaries between fact and fake and between science and beliefs, affecting the politics of knowledge and the epistemology of science; the place of communication technologies in AI and the Internet of
Things, questioning what it means to be human; and the growing recognition of the role of the brain as a window in to attitudinal and behavioural change and its repercussion for marketing as well as children’s well-being.

Communication and media are part and parcel of these trends, sometimes as instigators, other times as the result, most often as important conduits for this crossing of boundaries.

Communication and media in both digital and analogue formats feature in the rise of movements that aim to counter these boundary-crossing developments, for instance, in populist nationalisms that challenges the claims about the irrevocable advance of globalization, as the role of tabloids in promoting the Brexit vote illustrates. Conservative movements employ legacy and social media to rally against political correctness and identity politics, and racism thrives in online hate communities, while activists turn to communication and media to help solve problems of our age, ranging from war and terror, human rights abuses, climate change to fake news, identity theft and (online) sexual predators.

These examples emphasize that it is timely to consider the boundary-crossing nature and elevance/impact of contemporary communication. This require interdisciplinary research that crosses the silos of disciplines and research fields. With the theme of Communication Beyond Boundaries, we encourage research that spans across particular research domains, and across the boundaries constructed by particular fields of research interest.

Within the field of communication, we invite researchers to look beyond divisional and sub-disciplinary boundaries, as diverse examples such as intersectionality and health communications’ current shift of focus to entertainment education have shown to be fruitful paths to new insights.

Beyond that, communication has long been a highly porous field, shaping and being shaped by its interaction with many academic disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. With the rapid expansion of digital communication, and growing awareness of the environmental impact of human activity, the extent of its engagement with the Natural as well as the Human Sciences is increasingly apparent.

As communication scholars, we have important insights into areas as diverse as bioethics, artificial intelligence, robotics and cryptocurrencies, as well as how to create more just and equal multicultural societies. The final point also encourages us to think about the role of academics in crossing the boundaries of academia into society, as advisers and activists, reaching out to regulators, industries, civil society organisations and activist groups.

With the conference theme of Communication Beyond Boundaries, we encourage scholars to address key questions related to:

  • How to understand the role of communication in boundary crossing developments in politics, culture and society?
  • What is the role of communication in the counter-movements opposing/rectifying globalising boundary crossing?
  • Where do various strands of communication research need to (re)connected to tackle the issues and problems of contemporary boundary crossing?
  • How can communication research inform and be informed by other academic disciplines in understanding these boundary crossing trends and their counter trends?
  • What role for academics in crossing the boundaries of academia into society as policy advisors, activists and NGOs, industry researchers, or end-users of communication services?

Submission for the ICA 2019 theme must:
Focus on the topic of boundary crossing;
Demonstrate the need for research collaboration across boundaries within communication research and between communication and other disciplines and fields;
Panels should include contributions from at least two different countries, and not more than one contribution from a single Faculty, Department or School.

General Proposals

Submissions to theme sessions must follow all general guidelines put forward by ICA (8,000 words, not including tables and references).

Proposals for papers and panels on the conference theme are invited from all sectors of the field, and will be evaluated competitively by anonymous referees. Theme-based submissions must be cross-divisional;

that is, they must span the interests and purview of more than one ICA division or interest group, and should have broad appeal across all units of the association. Submissions deemed to fit the interests of one division or interest group rather than the conference as a whole will be forwarded to that group for consideration. Papers or panels must not be submitted simultaneously for consideration to any division or interest group.

Panel proposals on the conference theme must include a 400-word rationale explaining how the panel fits the conference theme and 150-word summary of the rationale to appear in the conference program. In keeping with ICA tradition, an edited volume focusing on the conference theme will be published. This volume will draw from presentations in divisions, interest groups, and theme sessions.

Conference Theme Chair
Hilde van den Bulck
U of Antwerp

Conference Program Chair
Terry Flew
Queensland U of Technology


ALL Divisions and Interest Groups will accept only online submissions for the conference. Specific questions regarding a Division or Interest Group program should be directed to the program planner for that Division or Interest Group.

The following guidelines apply to ALL submissions, including theme sessions and proposals by affiliate organizations. NOT FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES MAY DISQUALIFY YOUR SUBMISSION FROM REVIEW.


Deadline: All submissions must be completed online no later than 16:00 UTC, 1 November 2018. To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. The conference submission website will go online around 1 September 2018. To reach the conference website, go to the ICA
homepage at http://www.icahdq.org and follow the link for 2019 Conference Submission.

Eligibility: You do not need to be an ICA member to submit a paper or proposal for the conference. Simply go to the paper submission site by clicking the link in the “Conferences” area of the ICA website. You will be prompted to create a new profile. Our paper submission system is no longer tied to our membership database. When creating your new profile, please consider carefully the keywords that identify your area of expertise – or scroll down to continue to the submission site.

E-mail address: Each conference participant must use one and only one e-mail address for all submissions. If you are an ICA member, this should be the same e-mail address you have entered into the ICA membership database. You should consider this your unique identification for all ICA purposes.

Exclusive submissions: Each paper/proposal may be submitted to only one Division or Interest Group, OR to the theme sessions. Submission of the same paper/proposal to more than one section is not permitted, and will disqualify the paper for presentation. You are welcome, however, to submit different papers or proposals to the same or different sections.

Categories of Submissions: Several categories of submissions may be accepted, depending on the submission guidelines of the specific Division or Interest Group. NOT FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES MAY DISQUALIFY YOUR SUBMISSION FROM REVIEW.

Full Papers –> 8,000 words maximum, not including tables and references, unless Division or Interest Group guidelines state otherwise. (Where ICA guidelines and Division or Interest Group
guidelines differ, the Division or Interest Group guidelines will prevail.)

Extended Abstracts –> A few Divisions and Interest Groups accept either  full papers or extended abstracts. Consult the Division’s or Interest Group’s submission guidelines in this Call for Papers for specific information.
Interactive Paper (Poster) Presentations  –> Most Divisions and Interest Groups accept poster presentations. A poster presentation is a paper you would like considered for presentation at an interactive poster session.

Some research lends itself well to this style of presentation. If your poster presentation is accepted, you will be expected to prepare a poster display of your research for presentation at the conference. Your presentation may be accepted as a poster display even though you submitted for a paper session. If your submission is accepted as a poster, you will be expected to prepare a poster display of your research for presentation at the conference. Poster sessions have plenary status at ICA conferences.

Panel Session Proposals –>Most Divisions and Interest Groups and the theme sessions accept proposals for organized panel sessions.

Division and Interest Group program planners will assemble all accepted submissions into sessions and assign them to the format (paper session or poster session) that provides the most coherent scholarly program.


Submission of your paper or proposal does NOT enroll you as an ICA member or automatically register you for the conference itself. If your paper or proposal is accepted for presentation at the annual conference, you will be notified in mid-January 2019 and must then register for the conference and pay the conference fee. An online membership application is always available on the ICA homepage. Online registration for the Prague conference will be available mid-January 2019.

Everyone planning to attend the conference must complete the registration process.



Preparing the file: Before submitting, consult the guidelines in the Call for Papers and have your paper or extended abstract ready to upload as a single document (maximum length 8,000 words, not including tables and references, unless Division or Interest Group guidelines state otherwise). All online submissions must be in PDF format. All tables, graphs, and pictures associated with your submission must be included with the main text in a single document.

Author identification: Names must be removed for blind reviews of submissions. Before uploading your paper, remove all author identification from the document including any file properties. (For
example, in MS Word, in the “File” menu, select “Properties,” delete any identifying information, click “OK,” and save the document.) NOT FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES MAY DISQUALIFY YOUR SUBMISSION FROM REVIEW.

Additional information: Title, author(s), a 150-word abstract, and other information (e.g., student authorship, special requests) must be entered online when you submit your paper, poster, or extended abstract. To begin the submission process, visit the conference page on the ICA
website, register as a submitter, select the Division or Interest Group and type of submission, enter all required information, click “Continue,” AND follow the instructions to upload your document.

You must upload a paper, poster, or extended abstract in order to complete the submission process.



Registering panelists: All panelists must agree in advance of submission to participate as panel presenters AND to register for the ICA conference. ICA does NOT provide registration waivers for members or for nonmembers participating in panels.

Texts needed: If your panel session will include individual presentations, you (the session organizer) also need to obtain a title and 150-word abstract from each presenter before submitting. Also before submitting, you need to prepare a 400-word rationale for your panel proposal and a 75-word panel description for the conference program.

Entering the panel: If you are the panel organizer, once you have the required information for each participant, you will then visit the website, submit the panel proposal, and enter all panel information. You will be able to enter the panel title, rationale, panel description, chair/discussant, presentation titles, abstracts, and any other required information by cutting and pasting the text from your word-processing program.


Changing title or abstract: Up until the deadline of 16:00 UTC 1 November you may return to the conference website, select “View/Edit a previous submission,” click on the title of the submission you wish to change, and edit the information or delete the submission. Follow online instructions for editing submissions.

Changing text: You can change a document, by re-uploading thus replacing the current pdf. To protect yourself from self-plagiarism, please note in your submission if you have submitted your paper to another conference or publication that has the possibility of being accepted prior to ICA’s conference acceptance. When in doubt, communicate with your group’s program chair.

Changing Unit: You also CANNOT simply change the unit (Division or Interest Group) to which you submitted. If you need to send your submission to a different unit, you can do so in either of two ways: (1) Delete your submission and resubmit to a different unit, OR (2) e-mail your request to the Conference Program Chair, who can transfer your submission to a different unit.


Authorship: Authors must give credit through references or notes to the original author of any idea or concept presented in the paper or proposal. This includes direct quotations and paraphrases.

Publication or presentation history: If material in your presentation has been published, presented, or accepted for publication or presentation, this must be disclosed in your paper or proposal and may
make your submission ineligible, depending on the Division/Interest Group.

Conference attendance: If your panel, paper, or interactive display presentation is accepted for an ICA conference, you have a commitment to register for and attend the conference and perform your assigned role.
All chairs and respondents also make this commitment. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending, you should find a substitute to perform your duties and notify the program chair and Division or Interest Group contact person.

Self-Plagiarism (or duplicate publications): Self-plagiarism involves an author presenting earlier published material as original and new.

Self-plagiarism is often not an issue, but it must be transparent and limited. A critical issue involved in self-plagiarism is the degree to which it is clear whether the author is drawing from earlier manuscripts/research. Covert self-plagiarism occurs when the author is not transparent when drawing from earlier manuscripts or research; this can constitute a serious ethical transgression.

Types of covert self-plagiarism include:

  • Covert Duplicate Publication / Presentation – Submitting a paper to a journal or conference which had been previously published in a journal or conference proceedings.
  • Covert Redundant Publication – Occurs when some portion of previously published data is used again in a new publication with no indication that the data had been published earlier.
    Covert text recycling – Reusing portions of previously published text in a new publication without a reference to the origin of the earlier published text.
  • Covert fragmented publication (salami strategy) – Occurs when a complex study is broken down into two or more components and each component is analyzed and published as a separate paper.

For more information on ICA‘s Publication Policies, please follow this link: https://www.icahdq.org/general/custom.asp?page=PublishingPolicies


see https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019CFP

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