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Oct 19

Call for papers: International Communication Association Preconference

The International Communication Association Preconference is to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on May 24, 2012. The theme for this preconference is “New Media and Citizenship in Asia: Social Media, Politics, and Community-Building”.

The role of new communication technologies, such as the internet, social media, and mobile phones in political and civic engagement has generated significant interest not only from scholars, but also from organizations, politicians, and ordinary citizens. While recent events in the Middle East help recognize the potential of new communication media as an agent contributing to macro-level political changes, these new communication tools are also actively utilized in more traditional political processes, such as electoral campaigns. Also important is people’s everyday use of new communication technologies, which research has uncovered as providing an opportunity to encounter public affairs news and discourse, enhance understanding of issues, and get involved in civic and political activities.

This preconference aims to showcase innovative scholarly work examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in the formation of democratic citizenship-writ large—in Asia. The preconference seeks studies that address relevant topics in a particular Asian country, and welcomes comparative research on Asian countries or Asian and non-Asian countries. The preconference encourages researchers to explore diverse topics, and possible areas include (but are not limited to): use of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in elections; influence of new media on citizen choices, participation, and knowledge; political elites’ use of new media; use of social media by civic and grassroots groups; social media and civic engagement; new media and community; political talk and social media; patterns of new media use and political and civic consequences; trends in social media; cloud computing and collective action; changes in news consumption; computational social science.

Up to 15 papers will be selected through a peer-review process and divided into three or four interactive panels. Selected papers will be published in an edited volume or a special issue of a journal.

Submission guidelines

  • Abstracts of no more than 500 words are due on November 28, 2011.
  • Submit your abstract to kwak@umich.edu as an MS Word attachment (please use
    your full name to label the file).
  • The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 15 December, 2011.
  • Final papers (5,000-8,000 words) are due by March 15, 2012.

Travel Grants
Travel grants will be available to participants, particularly those who are from developing/transitional countries that appear in Tiers B and C on the ICA country tier chart (country of residence, not of origin). All graduate students who are first authors or presenters will be provided with a travel grant.

Organizers

  1. Nojin Kwak, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Director of the Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan, USA
  2. Marko M. Skoric, Assistant Professor, Division of Communication Research, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  3. Scott Campbell, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, USA
  4. Junho Choi, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University, South Korea

Sponsors
- Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan, USA
- Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Political Communication Division, International Communication Association

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