Making and Doing Program, International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, 2017

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:00am

What’s in a form?

This year, the ICA extends basic questions about communication research and practice to an opportunity to combine forms of inquiry, expression, and exhibition.  We have long diversified forms and formats for talk—from classical panels to high-density roundtable sessions or Blue Sky events via the web—and, in our poster session, for print, diagram and still images.  For the 2017 meetings, we invite members who work in combined media to submit projects for a special exhibition program called Making and Doing, to be presented on Thursday evening following the opening plenary. If you work in research-creation, creative commons projects, interactive data visualization, computational art, performance, or digital humanities and social sciences, for example, or in any classical medium such as film, video, radio, movement, or installation, please consider submitting to the Making and Doing program. The goal of the program is to showcase a range of engaging and participatory knowledge-production practices that speak to many audiences, including colleagues, students, community members, and policy makers.

Proposals should include:

  1. a written narrative (max. 500 words);
  2. a sample of non-written or multi-modal work that illustrates the fuller intent of the project; and
  3. a 200-word bio for individual submitters or each member of a collaborative group, communicating your skills and preparation for your proposed exhibit.

For item (2), for example, if your project is website-based, your narrative might include a link to a staged or live site, or a collection of screen shots of work in progress. If your project is a live performance, consider a script excerpt or outline plus short audio sample. If your project uses audio and visual channels, consider linking a Vimeo or Vine clip (or any internationally-accessible platform), being sure to provide instructions and any passwords a reviewer might need to access your work. Overall, your narrative and accompanying material should communicate the form of the project and its capacity for exploring and understanding communicative practices, sites, participants, cultures or techniques.  Projects may also address topical, policy, or pedagogic questions, e.g., in such areas as environmental preservation, border culture, community art-making, aging and oral history, or more generally on intervention, cultural difference, social justice, and repair.  Please ensure that your narrative together with your sample and bio are as expressive as possible of the project as a whole and of your preparation.

English should be used in submitting proposals, though projects themselves need not be in English only.  Project samples, however, should be translated or represented in English wherever possible (e.g., through subtitles or narratives on paper).  Exhibitors must be available to arrive by mid-day Thursday, May 25, 2017 for set-up and must be present for their exhibit that evening.

Space at the meetings in San Diego will be provided for digital projection, audio-visual playback, live performance, or free-standing, three-dimensional installation.  Given the premium on space and other resources, however, we invite exhibitors to think small, low-tech, portable and experimental in terms of space, equipment, and electrical needs and, in some instances, to consider interactions with places and people outside the conference locale or the primary exhibit schedule (though exhibits will not be scheduled in the conference hotel except during the designated period after the Thursday plenary ).  As more becomes known about resource specifications in San Diego, we will update this call.  Exhibitors will be expected to provide their own laptop computers and connectors where needed.

Projects will be evaluated by international reviewers in our field, and will be programmed by a committee including Aymar Jean Christian (Northwestern U), John Erni (Hong Kong Baptist U), Exhibition Chair Lisa Henderson (U of Massachusetts), Mél Hogan (U of Calgary), and Joshua Kun (U of Southern California). 

A limited number of registration grants will be available for graduate students who are not otherwise funded. Submissions will be accepted at beginning September 1, 2016 through November 1, 2016.


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