CFP: Mobile Communications ICA Pre-Conference Workshop, June 2013, London

Friday, November 16, 2012 (All day)



ICA Communications and Technology Division
Mobile Communications 10th Anniversary Pre-Conference Workshop

16th and 17th June 2013
London School of Economics and Political Science
Media and Communications Department

Lead Organisers
Leslie Haddon (Senior Researcher LSE)   
Jane Vincent (Visiting Fellow University of Surrey Digital World Research Centre)

We are pleased to invite papers for the Mobile Communications ICA Pre-Conference Workshop. In celebration of its 10th Anniversary Year we also announce the introduction of an Award for the Best Paper.  We look forward to receiving your submissions and to welcoming you in London in June 2013!

Aims of the Pre-Conference Workshop
This Workshop aims to understand more about the implications of the fast moving mobile world both on the social practices of the users of mobile ICTs as well as, and following the main ICA conference theme, on the ability of researchers to deliver reliable and effective research material.  This 10th Mobile Communications ICA pre-conference provides a chance to take stock, reflect on and look forward to developments in research in this field over the forthcoming years. This will include discussing the general expectations and aspirations of an invited panel of experts and exploring the future research implications of contemporary studies to be reported at the conference.

Workshop Topics
Mobile communications are by no means new when we think in terms of walkie-talkies or car telephones but the hand held digital voice and data mobile communications that now populate our always on connected lives have only become omnipresent in the last five years. Ten years ago, when the first ICA Mobile Communications Pre-Conference Workshop was held, Twitter was unheard of, wifi virtually non-existent and mobile phone subscriptions a fifth of their present day numbers. Nowadays mobile ICTs are no longer merely mobile phones nor do they just involve communication between people. Instead mobile devices like smartphones, tablets or laptops use many convergent technologies (3G, 4G, Wifi, Television etc).  How can this experience of, and exponential global growth in, mobile ICTs inform our ideas about the future?

We anticipate many diverse topics which will be linked through the common thread of looking forwards in mobile communications perhaps also providing material that may help set a future research agenda.

We welcome abstracts that relate to the following broad areas of mobile ICT research

  • Cultural differences
  • Gender
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Mobile media
  • Migration
  • Social Media

This range is in part designed to produce a broad overview, but other more specific areas will be considered. For example, contemporary studies are already identifying challenges in achieving consistency, reliability and quality of results in a fast moving world of Big Data, petabytes and change. New research has already highlighted the effects of people on the move around the globe – migration within and between nations; as well as emotions, affect and sentiment with regard to using mobile devices.

Best Paper Award
An Award for the best paper will be given at this event; only full papers submitted by the entry date can be included for consideration for this award.

Paper Submission Process

Contributions are invited from scholars from multiple disciplines studying mobile ICTs and at all stages of their career. In keeping with the pre-conference theme, those submitting abstracts should write something about the broader implications, issues, trends, future research, etc. that can be derived from the particular empirical study or the topic they focused upon. This will also help to seek further publication of any papers. Although the papers may well cover diverse topics this will ensure they have a common thread of implications for communications research.

Abstracts 250 – 500 words to be sent to

Please use ICA Mobile Communications cfp Abstract Submission as email subject and include a 50 word max biography.

Abstract Deadline 16 November 2012.

Confirmation of acceptance by 4 January 2012. Only Full Papers (max 8000 words) submitted by 31 March 2013 will be considered for the Best Paper Award.


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