2021 ICA Preconference on "Media Performance and Social Inclusion"

CMC, in cooperation with the Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society at the University of Zurich, hosts 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
Aeron Davis, Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies (MCCS) (requested)
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 preconference will be held virtually on May 27, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ICA Office Time (EST).

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

Important Deadlines
November, 19, 2020: Announcement of the Call for Papers
January 13, 2021: Opening of online registration (along with the main conference) (there is no special registration fee for the preconference!)
January 25, 2021: Deadline for submissions
February 12, 2021: Notification letters
May 5, 2021: Registration closed
May 13, 2021: Discussion paper (5-10 pages)