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International Communication Association to hold annual conference in Fukuoka, Japan

Explores the power communication research has on democracy and technology

International Communication Association

Washington, DC (May 17, 2016) The International Communication Association will hold its annual conference June 9-13 in Fukuoka, Japan at the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel. The theme of the 2016 conference, Communicating with Power, will explore the relationship between Communication and its influence on technology and policy.

Featuring over 2,500 academic papers on Communication and attended by over 2,300 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 Japan's former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, and multiple sessions on big data, privacy, social media and robotics.

With the help of Seinan Gakuin University, Waseda University, Tokyo University of the Arts, and Nihon University, ICA will also host a number of preconference sessions. The variety ranges from media neuroscience and digital games to new media and citizenship in Asia.

"Communication is a fundamental part of our human existence. It is so fundamental that not being allowed to communicate is treated as punishment," said Peng Hwa Ang, ICA President-Elect and Professor at Nanyang Technological University. "The research presented at all ICA conferences is about this fundamental part of our lives. They deepen our understanding on how we might improve in the way we talk to friends, colleagues, customers, officials, and governments. At the end of the day, when we communicate better, we make the world a better place.

"As it is a large and advanced country, it is only natural that communication scholars want to visit Japan to understand the country and the society better," Ang added. "There are so many fascinating things about Japan. Words such as sashimi, sushi, Pokemon, Ultraman, have entered the global vocabulary. In communication, a lot of the scholarship and research is in Japanese. So to be able to learn about the cutting edge of communication research in Japan and with the potential to work with researchers will be a wonderful experience for us."

A complete conference program can be found here:


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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 4,500 members in 80 countries, ICA includes 31 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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