CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Both the calls for the 18th Mobile Preconference and the doctoral consortium are out! Do not miss out on these two unique opportunities to meet with and learn from other mobile media scholars.
18th Mobile Preconference (Wednesday, 20 May 2020 | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane)
Open Science is a timely issue for Mobile Communication Scholars. In the spirit of this topic, we want to invite scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to join us as we explore the opportunities for open science in research surrounding mobile communication. The pre-conference will be organized around several interactive Blue-Sky workshop sessions where we invite teams of scholars to present ideas that are at various levels of gestation. Research ideas that are just being formed, ideas for mobile pedagogy, unearthing myriad research processes, and notions of mobile applications used by practitioners in the field are welcome. This forum is designed to cultivate a supportive and integrated community of thinkers.
Deadline for submitting workshop proposals is Friday, 6 December 2019.
Contact person: Keri K. Stephens, The University of Texas at Austin (Preconference Chair)
The full call can be found HERE.
11th Doctoral Consortium (Thursday, 21 May 2020 | Gold Coast Australia, location to be announced)
The 11th Annual Doctoral Consortium is an event organized by the Communication and Technology Division that is co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association (ICA). The consortium brings 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. 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.
Deadline for submitting proposals is 1 February 2020.
Contact person: Jordan Frith, Clemson University, USA (co-Program director)
More information can be found HERE.
The Mobile Communication Interest Group wishes to congratulate the following members for being elected as future officers for the Mobile Communication Interest Group!
Secretary: Jakob Ohme, U of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Student & Early Career Representative: Lara Wolfers, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Germany
International Liaison: Hoan Nguyen, U of Southern California, USA
At the next ICA conference, the elected officers will take over from the current officers for these positions.
Thanks to all who have voted, and a special thank you to the other candidates for running for their commitment!
The Mobile Communication Interest Group is a worldwide network of 250+ scholars involved in the International Communication Association (ICA).
The Mobile Communication Section focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed at the intersection of mobility, technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of 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 Mobile Communication Section is state-of-the-art theorizing on mobile communication as well as rigorous methodology.
To pursue this mission, the Mobile Communication Interest Group offers several presentation formats. We welcome established and emerging scholars from around the world.
For 16 years, scholars interested in mobile communication have gathered annually for a pre-conference at the ICA annual meeting. Past pre-conferences: Washington 2019, Prague 2018, San Diego 2017, Fukuoka 2016, Puerto Rico 2015, Seattle 2014, London 2013, Singapore 2010.
Owing to the growing body of scholarship focused on mobile communication, the Interest Group has served as co-sponsor to the Doctoral Consortium run by the Communication and Technology Division at ICA. This year’s Doctoral Consortium took place in Washington, D.C. on Fri. May 24, 2019.
Papers at the ICA Main Conference
The Mobile Communication Interest Group was formed in 2015 at the ICA annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the years since, it has enjoyed rapid growth in membership and in the number of paper submissions for its sessions at the annual ICA meeting. In Washington, D.C., Mobile Communication will host 12 paper sessions, plus a poster session. For details on each of these sessions, we will post a day-by-day schedule for this year’s conference, as well as the daily Mobile Primer, which debuted in Prague last year.
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ICA Mobile Pre-conference
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May 23, 2019
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For 16 years, scholars interested in mobile communication have gathered annually for a pre-conference at the ICA annual meeting. This year’s pre-conference took place in Washington DC on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
The Mobile Communication Interest Group was formed in 2015 at the ICA annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the years since, it has enjoyed rapid growth in membership and in the number of paper submissions for its sessions at the annual ICA meeting. In Washington DC, Mobile Communication will host 12 paper sessions, plus a poster session. For details on each of these sessions, see our day-by-day schedule for this year’s conference.
Call for (Self-)Nominations for Secretary, Early Career Representative and International Liaison
We are currently soliciting nominations and self-nominations to run for the following positions for the Mobile Communication Interest Group: (1) Secretary, (2) Early Career Representative, and (3) Internationalization Liaison. This opportunity is an excellent chance to expand your disciplinary service and help our growing interest group continue to thrive.
Desired candidates are active members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group. Candidates must be able to attend the Mobile Communication business meetings at the ICA annual meetings in Gold Coast, Australia (2020); Denver, USA (2021), and Paris, France (2022).
The Secretary, along with the Chair, Vice Chair, and Past Chair, comprise the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will:
A. Assist in the conduct of business related to the Section.
B. Recommend members of the Section to serve on designated Association committees.
C. Recommend members of the Section for ICA awards.
As stated in the ByLaws,
(c) The Secretary shall maintain, distribute, and obtain Section approval of minutes for Section business meetings; manage the Section space on the ICA website and other external communication; distribute messages via the Section listserv as appropriate; assist the Chair in administering business meetings; and participate with the Chair in evaluating the quality of Section programs.
The secretary is a central position in the interest group, helping to contribute to building the membership and the general position of mobile communication within the ICA. The individual, along with other members of the Executive Committee, will be asked to attend sessions at the annual meeting to help work out logistical issues.
Early Career Representative
As stated in the ByLaws,
The Early Career Representative shall assist the Executive Committee with planning Section activities and initiatives, and shall seek new Section members especially among scholars at an early stage of their careers.
This is an ideal position for a late-stage Ph.D. candidate or post-doc. The Early Career Representative should help circulate calls for proposals, take on ad hoc tasks, and encourage prospective members. The individual will work with the Mobile Communication Executive Committee members to develop programming and consider new projects that will strengthen the interest group and build the scholarly community. The position offers the incumbent visibility and the opportunity to network. The individual, along with members of the Executive Committee, will be asked to attend sessions at the annual meeting to help work out logistical issues.
The desired candidate is an early career researcher (pre-tenure) with research and teaching interests in mobile communication.
As stated in the ByLaws,
The International Liaison shall advise the Executive Committee on matters of geographical inclusivity, and shall seek new Section members especially in under-represented parts of the world.
Although Mobile Communication is one of the most global sections of ICA, the Internationalization Liaison is still important in a number of respects. Like nearly every other ICA unit, Mobile Communication would be well-served by more members from the Global South. It is also important to stimulate and highlight scholarship from/about these regions. In recent years, ICA has made a strong push in Africa and the results are promising. The Internationalization Liaison, along with members of the Executive Committee, will be asked to attend sessions at the annual meeting to help work out logistical issues.
If you wish to submit your nomination, please send your nomination to Lynne Kelly, Chair of the Nomination Committee, before July 11. Your nomination needs to include a brief (no more than 300-word) statement in support of yourself or another person for the position to which you are submitting a nomination. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please also provide contact information for the candidate. Elections will begin with the September 1st ICA newsletter. If you have further questions about any of the positions or the nomination process, please contact Lynne Kelly (email@example.com) before July 11th.