Call for Proposals
The consortium brings together PhD candidates working on Communication and
Technology to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research
in a constructive and international atmosphere. The goals of the event are to
provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their
in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the doctoral consortium will provide the
opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different
backgrounds working on related topics.
During the consortium, students will be invited to present their work,
following which they will receive feedback from their fellow students and
faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of
the Doctoral Consortium. In addition, at least one faculty participant will be
assigned to respond in detail to each proposal. Besides the presentations of
proposals, there will also be discussion of other topics such as ethics,
research methods, publishing the thesis, and positioning one's work for the job
Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal
topic previously approved by their committee. Ideally, students will be in the
early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining
and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing
Submissions must be related to the working area of the Communication and
Technology Division of ICA. A description of the division's primary interests
can be found in the last section of this call.
Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in the field of
research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly
formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested.
Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results
obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding
references and appendices), and must include name and affiliation of the PhD
Applications should be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the
advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate
can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium.
The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document
and sent as an attachment in an email to Benjamin Detenber at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for
submission is 1 February 2014. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the
members of the program committee based on significance of research, specificity
of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing, and degree to which
student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback.
To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs of its members, limited
financial assistance is made possible by the CAT Division. Please note in your
application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover
your costs for participation in the CAT Doctoral Consortium (this support would
cover only the $75 participation fee and not travel to the conference).
About the Communication and Technology Division within ICA
The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division is concerned with the role
played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of
communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining
to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include
human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile
communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and
networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational,
societal/cultural) and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make
an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the
primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological
characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of
investigation but is instead the context or backdrop for a communication study
should be directed to other ICA Divisions.
As part of CAT, the Doctoral Consortium welcomes papers that follow any and all
disciplinary approaches (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and
policy studies, among others) and all methodological orientations
(quantitative, qualitative, critical, cultural, historical, legal, and
institutional, among others).
Once a proposal is accepted students can register through the ICA website.
Costs for participation are 75 US$ per person. After acceptance, students are
encouraged to submit updated proposals (maximum 5000 words, excluding
references and appendices) for review and comment.
Program Committee (faculty mentors)
Benjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore (Program Director)
Marjolijn Antheunis, U of Tilburg, Netherlands
Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA
Lee Humphreys, Cornell U, USA
Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, Denmark
Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany
Nicole Krämer, U of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Louis Leung, Chinese U, Hong Kong
S. Shyam Sundar, Pennsylvania State U, USA
Sabine Trepte, U of Hohenheim, Germany
Joseph B. Walther, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore
Mike Yao, City U, Hong Kong
See the calendar on the right for upcoming meeting times and topics. (Click on dates in bold to see what's happening.)