ICA Preconference 27.5.2021

ICA 2021 Preconference on “Media Performance & Social Inclusion”

The Research Center for the Public Sphere and Society (fög) at the University of Zurich, in cooperation with the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, will host a preconference on "Media Performance and Social Inclusion" at the 71st Annual ICA Conference. The preconference aims at intensifying the discussion on democratic media performance, initiated by two successful ICA preconferences in 2016 and 2017, by focusing on how media should act to support the inclusion of people in a diverse democratic society, and how media actually act. The preconference is sponsored by the Journalism Studies Division & the Political Communication Division.

Keynote Speakers

  • Nouha Belaid, Academic Program Manager of School of Communication at the Central University of Tunis and a co-founder of the Arab Journalism Observatory
  • Philip M. Napoli, James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and a Faculty Affiliate with the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy
  • Natalie J. Stroud, Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and the founding and current Director of the Center for Media Engagement in the Moody College of Communication


The full Call for Papers is available here (PDF, 153 KB).

The preconference will be held virtually on May 27, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (North American Eastern Time Zone). The exact timing, however, might change depending on ICA’s decision on how to integrate best preconferences in a schedule which will include both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. More information will be announced as soon as it is available. Here is a message from ICA regarding the #ICA21 Conference.

The preconference is open both to presenters and non-presenters. Scholars wishing to present and discuss their work have to submit an abstract of 500 words (without any identifying information) which must be uploaded to Easychair ("ICA21-MPSI") by January 25, 2021.

The preconference organizers, Josef Seethaler and Linards Udris, can be contacted by e-mail and will be happy to answer any questions related to the preconference: josef.seethaler@oeaw.ac.at, linards.udris@foeg.uzh.ch

Important Deadlines

  • November, 18, 2020: Announcement of the Call for Papers
  • January 13, 2021: Opening of online registration (along with the main conference; no special registration fee to attend the preconference)
  • January 25, 2021: Deadline for submissions
  • February 12, 2021: Notification letters
  • May 5, 2021: Registration closes
  • May 13, 2021: Discussion paper due (5-10 pages)