Ica2010 Singapore Conference

ICA recommends that non-member conference registrants join ICA as members first in order to receive membership discounts for conference events. Typically, membership and registration combined costs less than the non-member rate for the conference. This especially true for students–plus you gain access to ICA journals, including ALL those previously published!

Submission of your paper or proposal does NOT enroll you as an ICA member, or automatically register you for the conference itself. If your paper or proposal is accepted for presentation at the Singapore conference, you will be notified and must then register for the conference and pay the conference fee. Online membership application is always available on the ICA home page. Online registration for the Singapore conference will be available beginning in early 2010.

Everyone planning to attend the conference must complete the registration process. This includes paper presenters, non-ICA members, and Life and Sustaining members.

ICA 2010 Membership

The International Communication Association is the largest international academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.

It maintains an active membership of more than 4,300 individuals of which some two-thirds are teaching and conducting research in colleges, universities and schools around the world. Other members are graduate students, and those working in government, the media, communication technology, business law, medicine and other professions.

ICA aims to advance the scholarly study of human communication by encouraging and facilitating excellence in academic research worldwide. The purposes of the Association are:

  • to provide an international forum to enable the development, conduct, and critical evaluation of communication research;
  • to sustain a program of high quality scholarly publication and knowledge exchange;
  • to facilitate inclusiveness and debate among scholars from diverse national and cultural backgrounds and from multi-disciplinary perspectives on communication-related issues;
  • to promote a wider public interest in, and visibility of, the theories, methods, findings and applications generated by research in communication and allied fields.

ICA’s activities fall into three main categories.

  • Annual conference of some 2000 academics in the field of communication from around the world, along with occasional regional conferences.
  • Publication of a series of high quality journals and related publications, both broad-ranging and specialized.
  • Supports the research activities of its members. This includes a prestigious series of annual awards, representation to professional, funding and policy agencies, enabling collaboration, dissemination and publicity, and facilitating the activities of its many divisions and interest groups.

ICA Board of Directors

ICA is a member organisation run by a Board of Directors in accordance with its Bylaws.

The Board of Directors consists of the President, President-Elect, President-Elect Select, Immediate Past President, the Chairpersons of Divisions enrolling 200 active members in the previous year, two Student Board Members-at-Large, and five Regional Board Members-at-Large.

A subcommittee of the Board of Directors consisting of the President, President-Elect, President Elect-Select, Immediate Past President, Past President, Finance Chair and the Executive Director is formed as the Executive Committee. The Executive Director serves as a nonvoting member of the Executive Committee and the Board, and also manages the ICA Office in Washington.

ICA maintains a series of standing and awards committees to conduct its business in relation to membership, internationalisation, publications, liaison with other agencies, etc, annual awards, and ad hoc task forces.

ICA 2010 Venue

Suntec Singapore is the venue of the 2010 ICA Conference. Located at the heart of Asia’s Convention City, Suntec Singapore is directly accessible to over 5,000 hotel rooms, 1,000 shops, and 300 restaurants. Iconic Singapore attractions such as the Merlion, the Esplanade and the Singapore Flyer are within a 15-minute walk away from Suntec. Visit Thepod Boutique Hotel Singapore

Suntec Singapore is a record holder many times over. Purposefully-designed for international events, Suntec has four exhibition halls, three ballrooms, a theater, and over 30 meeting rooms spread across four stories.  Its Level 6 offers the largest column-free meeting area in Asia, spanning 12,000 square meters of total floor space.

Cultural Research and Political Theory: New Intersections

Organising division:

Philosophy of Communication Co-sponsoring divisions: Political Communication, Popular Communication, Journalism Studies


  • Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths, University of London + Chair, PhilComm Division
  • Penny O’Donnell, University of Sydney, Journalism Studies

Exciting potential intersections are emerging between research into communications and culture and theoretical work on political norms. Alongside well-known experiments with new forms of public deliberation and debates on the public sphere in the 1990s and 2000s, there has been much new work in political theory that rethinks the reference-points of political practice:

  • expanding the range of those who are treated as political actors (Benhabib The Rights of Others; Fraser, ‘Reframing Global Justice’)
  • transforming the scales on which political decisions are appropriately taken, and the network of deliberations appropriate to those scales (Habermas, Between Facts and Norms, Fraser, ‘Transnationalizing the Public Sphere’) and in media’s specific role in enabling this (Bohman, Democracy Across Borders; Pauly ‘Media Studies and the Dialogue of Democracy’);
  • improving our understanding of what counts as political ‘voice’, what practices sustain it, and the broader ends which voice serves (Norval, Aversive Democracy; Honneth, Disrespect)
  • expanding the domain of the political, often in the cultural or aesthetic spheres, as suggested in recent work in Canada on ‘acts of citizenship’ (Isin and Nielsen, Acts of Citizenship).

Meanwhile, researchers in cultural studies and communications have become increasingly interested not only in questions of citizenship and democracy in general, but specifically in the role that popular culture and everyday communications play in helping us imagine, enact and sustain the new forms of practice that political theory proposes, for example:

  • work on popular culture and queer citizenship (Berlant, The Queen of America Goes to Washington City 1997 ; Warner, Publics and Counter-publics 2001)
  • work on ‘voice’ within contexts of development communications (Jo Tacchi and others);
  • recent work on the practices of ‘listening’ across political, cultural and artistic fields (see special 2009 issue of journal Continuum on the Australian ‘Listening Project’), and
  • work on fan practices, social networking sites and politics (Jenkins, Convergence Culture).

This preconference aims to bring together researchers and communication practitioners interested in how cultural research can invigorate political theory, and vice versa. Its specific focus is on examining the terms and means of contemporary politics within and beyond the horizon of neoliberalism. The preconference will be limited to 40 participants, with discussion either in a ‘round-table’ format or through a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions. Participants are invited who are interested in reflecting on the preconference’s themes, whether from the sponsoring divisions or beyond, including participants at the Association for Cultural Studies’ 2010 Crossroads conference in Hong Kong for whom this event is intended as a ‘post-conference’.

Innovations in Mobile Use


Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC)

With usership crossing the four billion mark, mobile communication increasingly incorporates broad aspects of contemporary human life, potentially impacting not just the work and play of advanced users in developed markets, but also the daily lives of those in the developing world.

At one end of the spectrum, the rapid diffusion of mobile phones in developed countries offer an extended range of integrated functions and applications such as communication, information, entertainment, internet surfing, transactions, and political participation. At the other, there is rising adoption of mobiles in developing countries, both organic and planned, with the pursuit of basic development objectives such as livelihood generation, education, and health.

The Mobiles preconference workshop aims to foster discussions around how developments in emerging markets reflect the trends in mature markets, as well as assess potential for the cross-pollination of information and communications technologies for development and/or empowerment.

The workshop examines innovations in a variety of societal contexts highlighting different phenomena of mobile phone uses. With advancements in functionality and transmission technologies, mobile phones not only serve as a distribution platform, but also enable content production and consumption anytime, anywhere.

Juxtaposed with the engagement of social media, the extent and effects of mobile communications are amplified, for instance through the use of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in U.S. and Iran elections, as well as in the demonstration for religious freedom by Uighur Muslims in China. The workshop thus focuses on the social scientific understanding of mobile communication, including the following themes:

  • Social impacts of mobile phones use
  • Mobile communication for development
  • Trends in mobile media systems and social contexts
  • Public sphere, social networks, and mobile communication
  • Mobile communication policy and regulation
  • Mobile broadband
  • Theoretical and methodological perspectives on mobile communication research

Online Social Capital: An Agenda for Future Research

International Communication Association 2010 Preconference


  • Marko Skoric, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Chair)
  • Scott Campbell & Nojin Kwak, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, USA
  • Han Woo Park, Department of Media & Communication, YeungNam University, South Korea
  • Dmitri Williams, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, USA

Supported by

  • Singapore Internet Research Center, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, USA
  • Arnold C. and Constance F. Pohs Endowment, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, USA
  • World Class University Webometrics Institute of YeungNam University, South Korea

This preconference aims to showcase new scholarly work examining definitional, operational and practical issues related to the study of new forms of social capital, with particular emphasis on case studies and applications beyond the US context.

The proliferation of social media, online games and other platforms for online and mobile socializing suggests an increased importance of communication research for the study of social capital and its implications. Since the late 1980s, scholars have voiced serious concerns about the erosion of public life and sense of community, suggesting the rise of television as well as disappearance of traditional sites of informal sociability as the chief culprits for this phenomenon. Among the key concerns has been the apparent disappearance of social capital and the associated decline in civic and political participation. Given the importance of the concept of social capital in the fields of sociology, political science, public policy, economics, organizational behavior, business as well as communication, it is no surprise that the scholarly debate about its potential decline has been so well-attended. In recent years, a number of studies have been published indicating an important (and largely) positive role of new media platforms, particularly social media, as the sites for the production of social capital. Furthermore, researchers have started looking beyond the traditional conceptualization and measures of social capital, suggesting new ways to capture the essence of this concept when it comes to purely online or online/offline relationships.

The aim of this preconference is to further promote this line of research and examine technological affordances of different social media platforms. Furthermore, we invite submissions examining the emerging hybrid forms of informal sociability, and discussing the (continued) importance of physical proximity and face-to-face contact for the creation and maintenance of different forms of social capital. The workshop will revolve around the following panels:

  • Conceptualization & measurement
  • Applications/case studies (US & non-US context)
  • Directions for future research

The preconference will be limited to 50 participants and will take place at an off-conference site; a preconference registration fee will be announced at a later date.

ICA 2010 Pre-conference on Intercultural Dialogue

Sponsored by the Language and Social Interaction Division and the Intercultural Division of ICA

Scholars throughout the world who study issues related to intercultural communication often use a variety of terms and terminology that are specific to a particular geographic area and disciplinary history. In order to cross cultural boundaries and dialogue about these issues, it is essential that we understand one another’s terms. In this preconference, we will examine real intercultural communication encounters in an effort to establish and define the key terms that international scholars use to understand these dialogues.

This day-long preconference serves as a follow-up and continuation of the 2009 NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue held in Istanbul, Turkey. All are invited to participate. Technology permitting, electronic participation may be
an option for those who cannot make the trip to Singapore.

Preconference Planning Committee:

  • Evelyn Y. Ho, Ph.D., University of San Francisco
  • Kristine L. Fitch, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Todd Sandel, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Donal Carbaugh, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Health Communication Campaigns:
Issues and Strategies in Asia, Australia and Southeast Asia

International Communication Association Preconference

The Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association is pleased to invite you to a preconference bringing together ICA members and practitioners, researchers and funders of health communication campaigns in Asia, Australia, and Southeast Asia.

The preconference is hosted by the Singapore Health Promotion Board and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication at Nanyang Technological University. The preconference will be held at the Health Promotion Board premises in the compound of the Singapore General Hospital.

Health communication campaigns have been deployed in many countries to address a variety of health issues from infectious and chronic diseases to improvements in reproductive health and reductions in maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Systematic, evidence-based, theoretically-driven, locally-focused health communication campaigns have the capacity to
achieve population-level change. The pre-conference will be organized around recent reviews of theoretical perspectives and data on the success of health communication campaigns and on differences in how health communication programs are funded, planned, implemented, monitored and evaluated.

In highly interactive sessions, participants will address unique issues related to the Asia/Australia region, including applicability of models relying on norms and risk perceptions, cultural diversity and literacy, campaign planning and evaluation, selection of community channels, and logistical and political considerations that pose challenges to health communication campaigns. The goal of the pre-conference is to promote the transfer of research to practice among the pre-conference participants.

The workshop will discuss the following topics and/or other issues of relevance to health communication campaigns in the Asia/Australia region:

  • Health communication campaigns, issues, and strategies: An organizing framework for the pre-conference
  • Diversity in theoretical perspectives in international health campaigns
  • Data-based programming: Using national surveillance data in planning and evaluating health communication campaigns
  • Methodological preferences in evaluating health communication campaigns
  • Intercultural perspectives on the role of norms in health communication campaigns
  • Are risk-based models applicable only to Western audiences? How do cultures understand risk and what can we do about it?
  • Communicating about health to multi-cultural populations and populations that vary in literacy.
  • Selecting among traditional media and new media in health communication campaigns
  • The role of news coverage in international health communication campaigns:
  • Emergency preparedness and the coverage of H1N1
  • The influence of logistical and political considerations in international health communication campaigns
  • Differing roles of government agencies and local partners in health communication campaigns

Shaping Global Communicative Practice and Work Cultures:
Women’s Labor from the Global South

ICA Preconference Singapore

Organising division: Feminist Scholarship Division
Co-sponsoring division: Global Communication and Social Change Division


  • Radhika Gajjala, Bowling Green State University, USA – Vice Chair, Feminist Scholarship Division
  • B. Shyamasundari, Dastkar Andhra, India
  • Assisted by YeonJu Oh, Doctoral Student, Bowling Green State University, USA

Overview and goals

Mobility of capital, industrial production and labor shapes global work cultures and communicative environments in new ways. This has reconfigured work cultures even in traditional sites, rural sites, urban sites in the Global South while mobilizing the labor of women of the Global South in the service of Globalization in interesting ways.

Different processes of production exist simultaneously in Global south work environments, demanding multiple and layered skill sets from them – social, communicative, cultural, technical and manual. Women are increasing filling “gaps” by formally and informally acquiring such skills and sliding in and out of various work contexts. Such women’s labor is termed as “precarious labor” by feminists examining these issues. Precarious labor draws on notions of immaterial, free, digital and consumer labor articulated by scholars such as Negri and Hardt. Such workers play a crucial role in helping the transition to “globalization” in various ways. They help develop global labor practices and co-create communicative processes and work environments. “Work” is rearticulated through the language of altruism, voice, active citizenship and sometimes
even as play.

Capitalizing on ICA’s location for 2010 conference (Singapore) which is potentially accessible to representatives of women and men who work in such environments in the Global South, this preconference is an attempt to bring together researchers, practitioners and activists who work on issues related to Women’s Labor from the Global South.

The day long conference will include a mix of invited and competitively reviewed panels as well as competitively reviewed paper abstracts. Submitters must clearly articulate their connections to activists and non-profit organizations in their abstracts. In fact, submitters are encouraged to collaborate with non-academic partners on the field and to make sure these issues can be translated into our academic formats with integrity and care for the voice and location of the collaborators.

Preconference on the ‘Chindia’ challenge to global communication

Conceived and organized by: Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication and Director of India Media Centre at the University of Westminster, London

Supported by: Mass Communication Division of the ICA and by the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

The transformation of communication and media in China and India–the world’s two most populous countries and fastest growing economies–has profound implications for what constitutes the ‘global’. Jairam Ramesh, currently India’s Environment Minister, is credited with the notion of ‘Chindia’, representing what has been termed as the ‘rise of the rest’. Trade between the
two Asian neighbours – negligible at the beginning of the 1990s – grew to $40 billion by 2008, with China becoming India’s largest single trading partner. Such economic exchanges have coincided with cracks within the neo-liberal model of US-led Western capitalism. The combined economic and cultural impact of ‘Chindia’, aided by their worldwide diasporas, is creating globalization with an Asian accent, a phenomenon that is likely to influence globalized media and its study.

With more than 70 dedicated news channels, India has one of the world’s most linguistically diverse media landscapes, while China has emerged as the planet’s biggest mobile telephone market, having the world’s highest blogger population and as the largest exporter of IT products. The study of media and communication is rapidly growing in both countries: more than 700
communication and media programmes are operational in Chinese universities, while the opening up of the media and communication sector in India has led to mushrooming of media institutes. In addition, both countries provide a considerable number of media and communication postgraduate and research students to Western universities.

ICA Opening Plenary: Infinite Availability: About Hyper-Communication [and Old Age]

Francois Cooren, U de Montréal, CANADA

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford U, USA

We have more opportunities to communicate than ever before in the history of Homo sapiens. This is the elementary fact that I am referring to with the word “hyper-communication,” and I refrain from saying that hyper-communication is either a very good or a very bad thing. The frequency with which we talk to other persons face-to-face, that is in mutual physical presence, has most likely not increased – but it has probably also not dramatically declined during the past decades. If we have more opportunities to communicate than ever before, in the sense of conducting interactions based on the use of natural languages, then this increase is clearly a function of technical devices whose effects neutralize the consequences of physical and sometimes also of temporal distance. Some of us old ones feel that this is simply too much – and that, at the same time, it is not enough presence. If the process of Modernity has largely been a process of disenchantment, we have now written “Rational Re-enchantment” on our revolutionary banners. But I am fully aware that this is but another Gray Panthers’ revolution.

Session 3446
ICA/AMIC Joint Plenary
Wednesday 13:00-14:15 Theater

Barbie Zelizer, U of Pennsylvania, USA

The Transnational Communication of “Racism”: Migration, Media and the Shaping of International Relations
— Ien Ang, U of Western Sydney, AUSTRALIA

The past two years has seen an escalating diplomatic row between India and Australia over a series attacks on Indian students in Australia. While Indian media were quick to report these attacks as “racist”, official responses in Australia tended to downplay the occurrence of racial motivations in these attacks. This to-and-fro dance of accusation and denial of “racism” has resulted in a spiral of signification which has sharpened national cultural divides. The case study shows how the complex entanglement of cultural nationalism and transnational mobility is mediated through inherited discourses of race and “racism”, in a time when (post)colonial power hierarchies are being unsettled in a rapidly changing world, especially in the Asia Pacific region.

Session 4420
Urban Communication in Singapore in an Age of Globalization
Thursday 13:00-14:15 Room 201

Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication Foundation, USA


  • Yu-Ning Hwang, Urban Redevelopment Authority, SINGAPORE
  • Yap Kheng Guan, Public Utilities Board, SINGAPORE
  • Mohinder Singh, LTA Academy, SINGAPORE

Singapore represents an unusual urban state created by an ephemeral, spectral global communication infrastructure. But behind the constructed electronic façade exists a reality of an urban landscape that is governed and shaped by the uniqueness of a state that is global and local at the same time. Rapid adoption of technology, high broadband penetration and extensive government use of ICT utilization make Singapore a significant case study with regard to telecommunication infrastructure and policies. Simultaneously, Singapore has a global identity that co-exists with local urban issues. Singapore’s urban history is filled with sweeping urban renewal initiatives. A city of diverse ethnicities and identifiable enclaves, it is also a cosmopolitan high tech financial hub. Singapore therefore represents a unique and often puzzling series of contradictions. The Urban Communication Foundation and the International Communication Association are bringing together a panel representing several intersecting aspect of Singapore’s urban landscape.

Session 4421
Queer in Asia: Issues, Identities, and Communication
Thursday 13:00-14:15 Room 202

Mark A. Cenite, Nanyang Technological U, SINGAPORE

Alex Au, Yawning Bread, SINGAPORE Audrey Yue, U of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA


  • Larry Gross, U of Southern California, USA |
  • John Nguyet Erni, Lingnan U – Hong Kong, CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF

This mini-plenary will address the situations of GLBT individuals and communities in Southeast Asia, and the role of media, old and new, in creating and potentially transforming matters. One focus will be Singapore, where laws prohibit sex between men, studies indicate that the majority has negative attitudes against gay men and lesbians, and portrayals are censored in mainstream media with the rationale of respecting sensitivities. GLBT communities are, however, using new media to organize politically and socially in creative ways.

Session 4446
Matters of Communication: Making a Difference With Research
Thursday 13:00-14:15 Theater


Linda L. Putnam, U of California-Santa Barbara, USA


  • Foundations of Communication as a Practical Discipline: Praxis, Inquiry, Metadiscourse — Robert T. Craig, U of Colorado, USA
  • On News Images Barbie Zelizer, U of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Kuuki as a Social Force and Compliance Without Attitude Change — Youichi Ito, Akita International U, JAPAN
  • The Questions That Mattered — Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach, U of Southern California, USA


Linda L. Putnam, U of California-Santa Barbara, USA

The ICA Fellows are proud to present this showcase of work by recently elected colleagues. This year, four Fellows present overviews of their work on the underpinnings of the discipline, in interpersonal, intercultural, and mediated contexts. This panel will address ongoing challenges for us as communication scholars, and will pose questions about the future of our discipline in the international arena.

Session 4422
Im/material Principles, Material Practices: The Women’s Movement and Its Media in Asia
Thursday 13:00-14:15 Room 203

Radhika E. Parameswaran, Indiana U, USA


  • The Chinese Women’s Movement: Media Use, Challenges and Opportunities — Hongmei Li, U of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Refugee Women ARM Themselves: Transversal Dissent, Media and the State on the Thailand/Burma Border — Lisa B. Brooten, Southern Illinois U – Carbondale, USA
  • Sexual and Reproductive Rights Advocacy in the Philippines: Making Headway Against a Powerful Adversary — Sylvia Estrada Claudio, U of the Philippines, PHILIPPINES
  • Interdisciplinary Importation: Unearthing Historical Traces of the Indian Women’s Movement’s Media Production –Radhika E. Parameswaran, Indiana U, USA
  • Women’s Organizations and Experiences With Media Outreach: A Report From AWARE in Singapore — Dana Lam, AWARE, SINGAPORE

While there are dozens of books and articles on the women’s movement’s media productions in the U.S. (and hence attention to the material forms of this movement), we know virtually nothing about the ways in which women’s movements in Asia have deployed media genres (print, electronic, and performances) to change women’s lives. Studying the media of a social movement not only gives us insight into the mobilization of social consciousness, but it also makes visible and thus materializes a movement’s contribution to national and global histories of collective transformation. Providing case studies of the women’s movement’s varied use of media in the Philippines, China, Thailand-Myanmar border region, and India, presenters on this panel will work together to fill a gaping hole in our knowledge of feminist agency in Asia.


Session 6346
ICA Closing Plenary: New Media and Their Impact on Censorship
Saturday 11:30-12:45 Theater

Cherian George, Nanyang Technological U, SINGAPORE


  • Censorship and Self-Censorship in a New Media Environment: Observations From China and Hong KongJoseph M. Chan, Chinese U – Hong Kong, CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF
  • The (Inevitable) Rise and Rise of Censorship of the Internet Peng Hwa Ang, Nanyang Technological U, SINGAPORE
  • Censorship and Sensibility Josephine Ho, National Central U, TAIWAN

Censorship is the intervention between a willing sender and a willing receiver by a third party who has some power over either or both of them. In practical terms, those with political power often exert a large say in censorship. However, the Internet is affecting the power relationship. Using examples from within and without Asia, this panel explores how state- and self-censorship are changing as a result of the interaction among traditional media, new media, state policies and social formation.


Top Paper Sessions

  • Organizational Comm
  • Game
  • Health
  • Children, Adolescents & Media
  • Public
  • Intercultural

Session 3535
Top Papers in Organizational Communication
Wednesday 14:30-15:45 Room 306

Organizational Communication Chair
Dennis K. Mumby, U of North Carolina, USA


  • Intersecting Difference: A Dialectical Perspective — Linda L. Putnam, U of California-Santa Barbara, USA; Jody Jahn, U of California – Santa Barbara, USA; Jane Stuart Baker, U of Alabama, USA
  • Group Practices That Support the Use of Digital Knowledge Repositories: A Multilevel Analysis of Information Provision — Meikuan Huang, Northwestern U, USA; Joshua B. Barbour, Texas A and M U, USA; Chunke Su, U of Texas – Arlington, USA; Noshir S. Contractor, Northwestern U, USA
  • The Multilevel Impact of Aging: Age, Evolution, and Phase Change in the Child Rights NGO Network — Drew Berkley Margolin, U of Southern California, USA; Cuihua Shen, U of Southern California, USA; Seungyoon Lee, Purdue U, USA; Matthew Scott Weber, U of Southern California, USA; Peter Monge, U of Southern California, USA; Janet Fulk, U of Southern California, USA
  • Theorizing a Discourse-Based Framework for Corporate Social Responsibility — Rahul Mitra, Purdue U, USA

Cynthia Stohl, U of California – Santa Barbara, USA

Session 3541
Game Studies Interest Group Top Papers
Wednesday 14:30-15:45 Room 312

Game Studies Chair
Dmitri Williams, U of Southern California, USA


  • The Impact of Racing and Drive’Em Up Games on Risky Driving Behavior — Kathleen Beullens, Katholieke U – Leuven, BELGIUM
  • A Season in Syberia: Gameplay as Activity in Point-and-Click Adventure Video Games — Richard Holt, Northern Illinois U, USA; Hui-Ching Chang, U of Illinois – Chicago, USA
  • User Demand and Mood Repair: The Intervention Potential of Video Game Interactivity — Nicholas David Bowman, Young Harris College, USA; Ron Tamborini, Michigan State U, USA

Session 3545
Top Papers in Health Communication
Wednesday 14:30-15:45 Room 326

Health Communication Chair
David B. Buller, Klein Buendel, Inc., USA


  • Exploratory Investigation of Interpersonal Discussions in Response to a Safer Sex Mass Media Campaign — Donald W. Helme, U of Kentucky, USA; Seth M. Noar, U of Kentucky, USA; Suzie L. Allard, U of Tennessee, USA; Rick S. Zimmerman, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), USA; Philip Palmgreen, U of Kentucky, USA; Karen Jean McClanahan, U of Tennessee, USA
  • The Tisankhenji Radio Program for Young Girls in Malawi: Using Schools for Promoting Career Goals to Reduce Vulnerability to HIV Infection — Rajiv N. Rimal, Johns Hopkins U, USA; Rachana Sikka, Johns Hopkins U, USA; Triza Kakhobwe, Johns Hopkins U, USA; Joel Suzi, Johns Hopkins U, USA; Glory Mkandawire, Johns Hopkins U, USA; Rupali Limaye, Johns Hopkins U, USA; Jane Brown, Johns Hopkins U, USA; Lisa Aslan, Johns Hopkins U, USA; Benjamin Kaneka, Chancellor College, U of Malawi, MALAWI
  • The Influence of Sexually Explicit Internet Material on Sexual Risk Behavior: A Comparison of Adolescents and Adults — Jochen Peter, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS; Patti M. Valkenburg, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
  • Effects of a Narrative and Summary of Scientific Evidence on Attributions of Responsibility for Obesity — Jeff Niederdeppe, Cornell U, USA; Michael A. Shapiro, Cornell U, USA; Norman A. Porticella, Cornell U, USA

Session 4520
Children, Adolescents, & Media Top Paper Session
Thursday 14:30-15:45 Room 201

Children Adolescents and Media Chair
Amy B. Jordan, U of Pennsylvania, USA


  • Contingent Computer Interactions for Young Children’s Object Retrieval Success — Alexis Lauricella, Georgetown U, USA; Tiffany Pempek, Otterbein College, USA; Rachel Barr, Georgetown U, USA; Sandra L. Calvert, Georgetown U, USA
  • The Causal Relationship of Adolescents’ Risky Sexual Online Behavior and Their Perceptions of This Behavior — Susanne E. Baumgartner, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS; Patti M. Valkenburg, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS; Jochen Peter, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
  • Toward a Developmental Conceptualization of Media and Other Contributors to Child Obesity: The Six-
    Cs Model — Kristen Harrison, U of Illinois, USA; Kelly K. Bost, U of Illinois, USA; Brent A. McBride, U of Illinois, USA; Sharon M. Donovan, U of Illinois, USA; Diana S. Grigsby-Toussaint, U of Illinois, USA; Juhee Kim, U of Illinois, USA; Janet M. Liechty, U of Illinois, USA; Angela Wiley, U of Illinois, USA; Margarita Teran-Garcia, U of Illinois, USA; Gwendolyn H. Costa Jacobsohn, USA
  • Familiar Characters and Toddlers’ Learning From Video — Alexis Lauricella, Georgetown U, USA; Alice Howard Gola, Georgetown U, USA; Sandra L. Calvert, Georgetown U, USA

Session 4527
Top Papers in Public Relations
Thursday 14:30-15:45 Room 208

Public Relations Chair
Vincent Hazleton, Radford U, USA


  • Gauging an Integrated Model of Public Relations Value: Scale Development and Cross-Cultural Studies — Yi-Hui Huang, Chinese U of Hong Kong, CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF
  • Trust and Distrust: Refining Organization-Public Relationship Measurement in Two Samples — Hongmei Shen, San Diego State U, USA
  • Leadership Education in the Public Relations Curriculum: Reality, Opportunities, and Benefits — Elina V Erzikova, Central Michigan U, USA; Bruce K. Berger, U of Alabama, USA
  • Peer or Expert? The Persuasive Impact of YouTube Video Producers and Their Moderating Mechanism — Hye-Jin Paek, Michigan State U, USA; Thomas Hove, Michigan State U, USA; Hyun Ju Jeong, Michigan State U, USA; Mikyoung Kim, Michigan State U, USA

Guenter Bentele, U of Leipzig, GERMANY


Session 4543
Intercultural Communication Division Top Papers
Thursday 14:30-15:45 Room 314

Intercultural Communication Chair
Ling Chen, Hong Kong Baptist U, CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF


  • Conflict Management Styles of Americans and Indonesians: Exploring the Effects of Gender and Collectivism/Individualism — Su’udy Rizaladdin, U of Kansas, USA; Yan Bing Zhang, U of Kansas, USA
  • Cultivation Theory and Mental Image — Jee Young Chung, U of Alabama, USA; Kimberly Bissell, U of Alabama, USA
  • Looking Inward With an Outward Thrust in the Age of Information and Globalization: Reflections of Nigerian Video Films and Industry — Emmanuel C. Alozie, Governors State U, USA
  • More Different Than Similar: Values in Political Speeches of Leaders From Developed and Developing Countries — Moniza Waheed, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS; Andreas Schuck, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS; Claes H. De Vreese, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS; Peter Neijens, U of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Pasar – Grieve Perspective (United Kingdom/Singapore)

A giant word floats above Orchard Road’s flagship new shopping mall. It shares its etymological roots with ‘bazaar’ and all its associated implications of the exotic and of cornucopia. PASAR seeks neither to celebrate nor critique Singapore’s ancient yet modern obsession with ‘the purchase’.

Grieve Perspective are a collaborative consisting of filmmaker Charles Lim, artist Guo Liang Tan, art historian Adele Tan and artist Martin Constable. They partake of technological bits and piecemeal processes to grieve, to harbour loss, and to find place in the vista—the terms of the digital age.

Invisible Life: Flip-flops Journeys Perspectives

Installation with archival inkjet prints on paper, threads and a book

Michael Tan (Singapore) in collaboration with Caroline Knowles (United Kingdom)

Penetrating beyond the banal percept of flip-flops, Michael collaborated with sociologist Caroline Knowles to navigate through China and Ethiopia to animate the life-worlds that have been downplayed by the economics of matter. This project proposes a different way of seeing and thinking about everyday objects, and suggests an alternate encounter for sociological pondering.

Michael Tan is assistant professor in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University. His practice seeks to link art and design to the fields of humanities, architecture and urban studies. Besides research in studio arts, he is also interested in art and design pedagogy.

Sponsors for the original project were Nanyang Technological University and the British Academy.

Temporary Workstation at ICA 2010 by Common Room

Site specific, live, interactive performance meet-up and conversation with mats, computers, recording technologies, and internet streaming

Gustaff H. IskandarReina WulansariAddy Handy (Indonesia)

This installation is a temporary platform that demonstrates the activities of Common Room Networks Foundation, an open platform for Art, Culture & ICT/ Media developed in 2003 in Bandung, Indonesia. The aim is to engage the audience through discussions, screenings, presentations, mapping practices and simulations to encourage connection and collaboration.

Addy Gembel is a writer as well as a vocalist for the death metal band, Forgotten. He initiated the Solidarity Independent Bandung Forum (SIB). His albums include Future Syndrome (1997), Obsesi Mati (1999), Tuhan Telah Mati (2000), and Tiga Angka Enam (2003). He pursues projects on environmental issues.

Gustaff Harriman Iskandar is an artist, writer, and curator. In 2001, he co-founded Bandung Center for New Media Arts, an organization focusing on the development of media art and multidisciplinary artistic practices in Indonesia.

Reina Wulansari Wargahadibrata is the co-founder of Common Room Networks Foundation and was involved in setting up the Bandung Center for New Media Arts (2001). In 2003 she started Reina & Partners Artist Management and spent the next two years organizing art exhibitions and cultural events.

HIVOS is the main funder supporting project development and activities in Common Room.

Singapore Pangram

Colour marker on canvas (printed on pp paper) and perforated by hand

Jesvin Yeo (Singapore)

Taking the concept of pangram as a point of departure, this exhibit of works illustrate how ‘Singlish’ is part of Singaporean culture, describing the fusion of different races and their influences. Viewers have to filter light through the tiny holes that perforated on the artworks to view the pangram.

Jesvin Yeo is assistant professor in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University. Jesvin worked as an art director and brand consultant in Singapore and the UK. She researches, presents and publishes on Asian cultural identity and knowledge visualisation semantics, and also exhibits internationally.

These artworks were originally funded by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

“The Snail on the Slope”

Generative movie, duration 7:42, running on a continuous loop

Vladimir Todorovic (Serbia/Singapore)

The Snail on the Slope is a generative movie based on a book of the same title by the Strugatsky brothers.  The novel is set on an unknown planet, where humans have a base from which they are investigating and trying to conquer the Forest.

Vladimir Todorovic is assistant professor in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University. He works with environmental data, sustainable systems, game cultures and technologies. He has exhibited at Wired NextFest, ISEA06, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Siggraph 06, Transmediale 05, File 2004, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, and Museum of Contemporary Arts Belgrade.

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Towards an international identity

The international identity of ICA has been a key issue since the name change in 1969. Whereas several debates about what it means to be international-or how to put the “I” in ICA-have been documented in board and committee minutes, the most significant change began in the late 1990s when ICA’s board of directors established a global connections committee to tackle this objective. The committee recommended a series of actions, four of which were adopted by the board.

Towards an international board

For ICA, internationalization meant that the board of directors, committees, and editorial boards needed to have representation, voices, and active participation from all areas of the globe.

A bylaws change that established five regional-at-large board seats was approved by the membership in 2000. As a group, the at-large members have struggled and have been inconsistent in their representation of their geographic areas. A review of governance documents demonstrates as well a concerted, purposeful effort to have at least one non-North American on every committee and subcommittee. Beginning with the election of division officers in 2003, almost half the board of directors were from countries other than the U.S., a strong indication that ICA’s stated objective of becoming truly international was being realized.

Towards an international membership

With its new emphasis on internationalizing, the board also restructured membership in 2002 with two purposes in mind: to stabilize the membership by aligning the membership year with the fiscal year and to recognize the differing resources of scholars around the world.

Using the World Bank ranking of national economies, ICA developed a tiered dues and conference registration structure. With these changes, ICA’s membership once again demonstrated a significant increase, largely from non-U.S. countries. Other outreach activities began at approximately the same time. ICA newsletters published columns that addressed international issues and profiled communication scholarship in various regions of the world.

Towards international scholarship

When scholars look to publish their research, it is natural to look for “like-minded” individuals on a review panel or editorial board; ICA’s publications did not have the international look, therefore receiving few submissions from outside North America. Those that ICA did receive often had difficulty finding reviewers who understood or accepted the methodology they had utilized.

To address this issue and others, beginning in 2005, it launched Communication, Culture, and Critique, to provide an “international forum for critical, feminist interpretive, and qualitative research examining the role of communication from a cultural and historical perspective” (Pecchioni, 2006, p.1).

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