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2024 ICA Mobile Preconference

Mobilizing Communication Rights for Humans, More-than Humans, and Beyond


Key facts:

  • Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2024.

  • LocationHOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, QLD 4217, Australia

This year's pre-conference theme:

Mobile communication went from being new and revolutionary to a taken-for-granted and deeply embedded part of everyday life. However, very rarely has it been considered a human right, despite the fact that mobile communication has been co-extensive and deeply wound into the evolution of human rights. Whether related with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ Article 19, the rights of children and persons with disabilities, information, cultural, and sexual rights, or the rights of the environment and species—including the rights of the biosphere and more-than-humans--, mobile communication has offered platforms, ecosystems, cultures, practices, tools, and assemblages that enriched lives and worlds.

This pre-conference considers mobile communication as a human right, while also recognizing ways in which mobile media use can suppress human rights. In the current post-smartphone era, in which mobile communication is much more pervasive and widespread, connecting humans, spaces, and things, we witness the perpetuation of enduring injustices, inequalities, and threats that emerge and develop in conjunction with the use of mobile communication devices. And in the ‘transition’, who sets the terms for mobile equalities and sustainable, inclusive futures? And what about the human right to ‘disconnect’?


All pre-conference presenters and attendees must register by Friday, May 31st. Registration includes a dinner reception (cocktail style) and coffee break pastries/snacks.

Registration fee: 

  • Tier A countries: $125.00 USD

  • Tier B & C  countries: $80 USD (spots are limited for tiers B & C, so please register asap!)

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Conference Chair:

  • Adriana de Souza e Silva, ICA Mobile Communication Division Vice-Chair (NC State University, USA)

Local Liaisons:

  • Larissa Hjorth (RMIT University, Australia)

  • Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney, Australia)


Organizing committee:

  • Scott Campbel (University of Michigan, USA)

  • Ragan Glover (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)

  • Kathrin Karsay (University of Vienna, Austria)

  • Jonalou Labor (University of the Philippines, Diliman)

  • Morgan Quinn Ross (The Ohio State University, USA)

  • Cecilia Uy-Tioco (California State University, San Marcos, USA)

  • Mariek Vanden Abeele (Ghent University, Belgium)


Link for Downloading the Programme

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