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ICA Regional Conference Shanghai,
China, 8-10 November 2013
Communication and Social Transformation
Call for Papers

When: November 08, 2013 ~ November 10, 2013

The ICA Shanghai regional conference, organized jointly by 18 universities (see organizer list) in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan with a global advisory board and partnerships, in agreement with the International Communication Association (, is scheduled for 8-10 November 2013 in Shanghai, China. This conference marks the first ICA co-sponsored regional conference in the PRC.

The Conference's goals are the following:

  •    To provide communication researchers an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between the changing media environment and the transformation of the social landscape.
  •    To create a space for dialogue between communication researchers from around the world and promote regional and international research partnerships.
  •    To bridge communication scholarship in Asia with that in the rest of the world.

Subject areas and sub-topics

We welcome paper submissions on a broad range of topics that exemplify the societal transformation and impact of communication in all its various forms. Topics could concern issues of media/mediated communication in cultural, economic, political, or social contexts as relevant to societal changes. In other words, papers could discuss how our society is transforming in the new media and communication environment. However, other potential topics include, but not limited to:

  •   Communication and development
  •   Children, adolescents, and new media
  •   Social media and its impact on society
  •   Cyber culture
  •   Patterns of consuming Internet services and products, such as online shopping and e-government
  •   Internet governance
  •   Social movements, such as grassroots activism, in the new media environment
  •   Digital divides in technology, skills, and access
  •   Role of media in transforming diverse communication contexts

Online Submission Deadline: 1 June 2013, midnight Beijing's time

Conference Paper Contact: Dr. Qian WANG  (Shanghai Jiaotong University)


Hotel and Conference Site: Pullman Shanghai Skyway hotel (15 Dapu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200023)

In addition to ICA, Chinese Conference Organizers/Sponsors (in alphabetic order)

Beijing University                                                 Shenzhen University

Communication University of China                 Shih Hsin University (Taiwan)

East China Normal University                            Sichuan University

Fudan University

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Jinan University                                                   The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Nanjing University                                                Tsinghua University

Renmin University of China                                 University of Macau

Shanghai Jiao Tong University                             Wuhan University

Shanghai University                                               Zhejiang University

For conference details and general guidelines for paper submission and conference registration, please download the following documents.

Download Conference Information and Q&A Page

Download Conference Call and General Guidelines for Paper Submission

Download Shanghai at a Glance

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