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International Communication Association to hold regional conference in Shanghai, China

Conference to explore communication and social transformation

International Communication Association

Washington, DC (October 30, 2013) The International Communication Association (ICA) will hold its first China regional conference November 8-10 in Shanghai, China at the Hotel Pullman Shanghai Skyway. The theme of the conference is Communication and Social Transformation, and urges researchers to reflect on the relationship between the changing media environment and the transformation of the social landscape.

Featuring over 120 academic papers and 200 Communication scholars across the globe, the ICA regional conference in Shanghai, is the first to be held in China. This year's conference features keynotes by Maureen Taylor (University of Oklahoma), Stephen Reese (University of Texas, Austin), William Dutton (University of Oxford), Yuezhi Zhao (Simon Fraser University), Shunya Yoshimi (University of Tokyo), Colin Sparks (Hong Kong Baptist University) and Paul Lee (The Chinese University of Hong Kong).

The conference will take a deep look at cyber culture, Internet consumption, Internet governance, social movements, digital divide and role of media in transforming diverse communication contexts.

This regional conference is unprecedented in joining Communication scholars from within China and abroad. ICA worked with 16 universities, East China Normal University, Fudan University, Guangxi University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jinan University, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai University, Shenzhen University, Sichuan University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Shih Hsin University of Taiwan, in order to plan this one of a kind event.

"Having Shanghai host our first regional conference in China is a huge step for ICA and the global communication community," said Michael Haley, ICA Executive Director. "Being able to highlight an Asian perspective in communication and social transformation will add much to ICA's body of research."


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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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