ICA Pre-conference 2019

Crossing Boundaries in Visual Communication Research


The preconference will be held at American University, Constitution Hall, Room 1.

Presenting Participants (Young Scholars) & Presentations

Bobbie Foster (University of Maryland)Toward a better meme theory: Exploring the boundaries of memes, meme-making, and meme theories
Martyna Gliniecka (University of Wroclaw)Visual references in description of print advertisement. A four-country cross-cultural analysis
Anat Leshnick (University of Colorado at Boulder) &
Rivka Ribak (University of Haifa)
Delivery room photography: Regaining control, reclaiming authorship?
T.J. Thomson (Queensland University of Technology)Crossing the boundary from private to public: Exploring which photos make it from the camera roll to social media platforms
Yaqian Wang (Peking University)“New ways of social interaction”: Research on virtual interaction of strangers in webcast room based on network anchors’ perspective
Adrian Wong (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)Visual rhetoric in photo essays on the Venezuela political crisis: The double utility of news images
Sulafa Zidani (University of Southern California)Say it again – Language and power in Internet memes


arrival at the conference venue, American University, Constitution Hall, Room 1
10:45-11:00welcome and introduction
11:00-12:00keynote – Luc Pauwels: Interrogating boundaries and frontiers of Visual Communication Studies
12:00-12:30lunch break
12:30-13:30presentations IPresentation sessions will combine brief oral (5-7 minutes) and poster presentations with follow-up discussions.
13:45-14:45presentations IIPresentation sessions will combine brief oral (5-7 minutes) and poster presentations with follow-up discussions.
14:45-15:00coffee break
15:00-16:00experts’ sessionsparallel discussions in small groups of scholars with methodologically and/or thematically related research projects, discussion of research projects as well as current challenges and future directions for visual communication research
16:00-16:30closing plenarysummary of insights from experts’ sessions and discussion

You can find the program here Preconference_Crossing Boundaries in Visual Communication Research_Program

Background and Aim

The preconference will draw attention to how interpersonal and social, cultural, national, linguistic, or moral boundaries are established, eliminated, crossed or transgressed with and in visual communication.

You can find the full Call for Paper here CfP_PreCon_Crossing Boundaries in Visual Communication Research_Washington 2019

The preconference brings together young researchers (current Ph.D. students and early career postdoctoral researchers) and senior scholars. It is open to participants from all different sub-fields in media and communication studies, ICA divisions and interest groups who focus on mediated images and visual practices in their completed or ongoing research projects. It aims to be an opportunity especially for young scholars to discuss their work and the role of visuals for defining/crossing boundaries in society and to receive substantial feedback by peers and senior experts. Moreover, it is meant to be a forum to jointly discuss current challenges and future directions regarding methodological, theoretical, and ethical boundary crossings in the interdisciplinary field of visual communication research.

The preconference will consist of several formats: an opening keynote by Luc Pauwels, presentation sessions, workshop groups, and a closing plenary. Expert discussants are Prof. Dr. Shahira Fahmy (University of Arizona) and Prof. Dr. Katharina Lobinger (USI – Università della Svizzera italiana).

Organizers & Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions regarding the preconference.

Rebecca Venema, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, rebecca.venema@usi.ch

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