Annual Conference

Every year, the Division for Global Communication and Social Change selects a number of papers and pre-formed panels relevant to it mission, to be included in the International Association Annual (ICA) Annual Conference. The selection of papers is competitive. Any scholars interested in presenting their work on global communication and social change can submit a paper through the official submission site of ICA. The deadline for submissions is usually at the beginning of November.

Call for Papers - 2023 Annual Conference in Toronto (Canada)

The Global Communication and Social Change Division promotes research and critical analysis of the production, distribution, content and reception of communications media and digital media at the global, transnational, transcultural, international and regional levels. Within this purview it encompasses research across a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, concerning issues of media/ mediated communication in local, national, regional and global cultural, economic, political and social contexts. This can include studies of strategic mediated communication for development, social justice and social change, as well as critiques of development communication strategies. Please note that it is not sufficient for submissions to simply proclaim a “global” status by addressing communications in non-U.S contexts. Where papers and panels are based on empirical case studies, they must relate relevant empirical cases to the broader field of global communication, which also includes the field of development communication. We encourage authors to employ a comparative or multi-nation perspective in accordance with the global nature of our division.


The Division is seeking three types of submissions:


1) Scholarly Papers (Submit as an individual submission)

Scholarly papers should be original and innovative, including the main area of inquiry relating to the 2023 conference theme and the GCSC division research interests. Submitted papers can be either theoretical in focus or employ empirical methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed, computational, etc.) at an advanced level. ICA requires that papers be no longer than 8,000 words maximum, not including references, tables, figures, charts, etc. Work already published or accepted for publication or work already submitted to or presented at another conference, may not be submitted to ICA.

Paper authors are expected to conceal their identity from reviewers (e.g., no names on title page, no names in file properties, and appropriate concealment in the text). Submissions that are not appropriately anonymized for blind review may be rejected. If citing your own work, be sure to use the third person to keep the paper anonymous, or, where necessary, replace paper author names with “AUTHOR” in the text and in the bibliography.


2) Panels (Submit as a session)

Panel proposals should include information on the overall rationale of the session, including the main area of inquiry connected to GSCS division interests and the 2023 conference theme. Submitters should also provide the names and affiliations of each participant. The intent of panel sessions is to allow participants to present completed papers in a specific area of research. Panel proposals require a 400-word rationale for the panel and a 150-word abstract from each panel participant.

Panel proposals should:

·       include contributions from at least two different countries, 

·       feature gender balance,

·       include not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department or school.


Please be aware that we receive many more panel proposals that we can accept; proposals which neglect any of these guidelines will not be sent for review.


3) Extended Abstracts (Submit as an individual submission)

The GCSC also accepts extended abstracts addressing works in progress, including the main area of inquiry relating to the 2023 conference theme and the GCSC division research interests. Extended abstracts should be no more than 1,000 words in length, not including references. Extended abstracts should describe a study that, in terms of its timing and progression, would benefit from feedback at the conference. Extended abstracts should clearly set forth the study purpose, conceptual framework, and research questions, as well as provide sufficient methodological detail by which to evaluate the study’s design and its likely findings. If applicable, abstracts may also include preliminary findings.


Please note that in submitting to the Global Communication and Social Change (GCSC) division, you are agreeing to review papers for the division.  When asked to register on scholarone, please scroll down to the Global Communication and Social Change Division and indicate it as your first choice to review, and please provide specific interest areas to help us direct the right papers to you.

Saba Bebawi, Vice Chair

School of Communication

U of Technology Sydney (UTS)

E-mail: saba.bebawi@uts.edu.au