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International Communication Association to hold Annual Conference in London, UK

Explores the challenges in research for communication and the media

International Communication Association

Washington, DC (May 20, 2013) The International Communication Association (ICA) will hold its annual conference June 17-21 in London, United Kingdom. The theme of the 2013 conference is Challenging Communication Research, challenging the status quo of past research and urging the research community to look deeper into public discourse and challenge the economic, political and technological interests in society.

Featuring over 2,100 academic papers on Communication and attended by over 2,500 Communication scholars across the globe, the ICA conference is the largest scholarly international communication conference in the world. This year's conference features a session with Colette Bowe, chair of Office of Communications (Ofcom) in the UK. Bowe along with Sascha Meinrath of the New America Foundation will discuss the pace of evolution of media and communication technology, and how its uses outrun that of legislation and regulatory mechanisms.

Chairman of Semetric and advisor of the UK Technology Strategy Board, Jeremy Silver, will deliver an address on digital media, innovation and growth in the creative business. And top communication researchers will break down "Hackgate" and the Levenson Inquiry in the session Exploring Global Implications of the UK Journalism Debacle.

ICA, with the help of the Oxford Internet Institute, London School of Economics, University of London, Frontline Club, City University of London and the University of Westminster will also host a number of preconference sessions. The variety reaches from China and the New Internet World to neuroscience with Communication Science: Evolution, Biology, and Brains.

"The drastic transformations in the ways we communicate create both perils and opportunities, all the more in a context of crisis. The pace of change constitutes a major challenge to scholars, regulators and all those involved in trying to assess the change and anticipate the future trends in further changes to come. The London conference of ICA will gather the largest concentration ever of communication scholars from around the world whose cutting-edge research represents the core of scholarly efforts in studying contemporary communication from a wide range of angles," said Francois Heinderyckx, ICA President-Elect and Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles.


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About ICA

The International Communication Association is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. With more than 4,300 members in 80 countries, ICA includes 26 Divisions and Interest Groups and publishes the Communication Yearbook and five major, peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Communication; Communication Theory; Human Communication Research; Communication, Culture & Critique; and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. For more information, visit

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