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International Communication Association to hold Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Explores how humans use communication throughout their lifespan

International Communication Association

Washington, DC (April 22, 2015) - The International Communication Association will hold its 65th annual conference May 22-25 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The theme of the 2015 conference will explore the technological evolution, economic changes, medical advancements, environmental turbulence, political movements, and other evolving circumstances that influence our experiences across the life span.

Featuring over 2,500 academic papers on Communication and attended by over 2,200 Communication scholars representing over 40 countries, the ICA conference is the largest scholarly international communication conference in the world. This year's conference features sessions that focus on social media movements in Ferguson, Missouri; mobile devices; binge-watching TV and depression; dating applications; and online privacy.

Clifford G. Christians (Professor of Media Studies Emeritus, University of Illinois) will deliver the Steve Jones Internet Lecture. Titled "Social Justice and Internet Technology," it will explore how technological systems give social justice, the distinctive character of human existence, a basis of distinguishing human and virtual communities from one another. And Eric Deggans of National Public Radio, along with Kathleen Bedoya and Carlos Portugal, creators of the Hulu hit East Los High, will close the conference with a panel on racial and ethnic stereotyping of Latinos on television. Over 500 sessions will feature the release of studies and data open to the public for the first time.

With the help of the University of Turabo and the University of Puerto Rico, ICA will also host a number of preconference sessions. The variety ranges from media neuroscience, how different generations use technologies, to how to use computational approaches to advance communication research.

"The discipline of communication provides an important lens for interpreting the evolving meanings, relationships, experiences, and critical crossroads of the life course. As we grow up and grow old, embrace new experiences, and adopt new media technologies, our sense of time, space, connection, and identity are fundamentally explored through communication. This year's conference theme - Communication Across the Life Span - encourages us to consider many timely questions," said Amy Jordan, ICA President-Elect, conference chair and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. "How do today's 'digital natives' experience media technologies differently than 'digital immigrants'? How do social media isolate or facilitate connections between grandchildren and their grandparents? How are marketers using 'cradle to grave' strategies to bring in consumers, and what effect does this have on the creation of niche audiences? And how might political interest, engagement, and participation be experienced and communicated differently by successive 'generations' of activists?"

"The rapid social, economic, political, and technological change we witness in the world shape how we experience distinct life stages and determine life's trajectory," Jordan added.

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A complete conference guide can be found here: http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ica/ica15/

Members of the media can contact jpgutierrez@icahdq.org if they wish to obtain a press pass.

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 27 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 http://www.icahdq.org.

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