ICA Conference 2021

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, Austria, 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.

The full program with four keynote speeches and eight presentations of accepted papers is available here (PDF, 174 KB).

Keynote Speakers
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
Nouha Belaid, Academic Program Manager of School of Communication at the Central University of Tunis and a co-founder of the Arab Journalism Observatory
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
Aeron Davis, Professor of Political Communication, Victoria University of Wellington

Accepted papers were selected by a program committee of four academics from the two host institutions, who had reviewed all proposals submitted by mid-January 2021. The full Call for Papers is available here (PDF, 153 KB).

Venue and access
The preconference will be held virtually on May 27, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time - Washington).

The preconference will run as a Zoom meeting. Registered participants can access the meeting via the ICA conference platform Cadmore or by using the direct link (provided by the organizers).

The preconference is open both to presenters and non-presenters. Registration is free. Also, you do not need to register for the main ICA conference if you want to participate in the preconference only. Please use the following link:


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(at)oeaw.ac.at, linards.udris(at)foeg.uzh.ch

Additional information for presenters and co-authors

All presenters and co-authors are kindly asked to provide a discussion paper (5-10 pages) by May 13. Please upload the paper by accessing the submission site https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ica21mpsi, using the same login as you did with your original submission. The submission of a discussion paper is mandatory for participation. After May 13, we will send the speakers on each panel the discussion papers of all other panelists to facilitate a lively discussion.