Upcoming Conferences of the International Communication Association

ICA Annual Meeting

Toronto, Canada May 25-29, 2023
General Conference Information

Political Communication Division Call for Papers: Call 2023 Political Communication Division

Check out our handy 1-page overview of all ICA23 PolComm Panels and events here: Image or PDF.




Toronto, Canada; Thursday May 25, 2023

The preliminary program is now available here: ICA23_PolComm-PhD-Preconf_Program.



Aims: This preconference has three main goals. 1) Get feedback from senior colleagues and peers on your PhD research.  2) Provide insights on important aspects of academia such how to publish, research ethics, and building a CV. 3) Cultivating a network among early-career political communication scholars. To achieve these goals, the preconference will bring together a select group of PhD students working on political communication projects and provide them with the opportunity to present and discuss their projects in a constructive atmosphere.

Format: The preconference will be held in the International Living Learning Centre of Toronto Metropolitan University. The address is 240 Jarvis St, Toronto. It is a 15 minute walk from the ICA conference hotel (Sheraton Centre). The presentations and panels are planned in parallel rooms to enable direct feedback rounds between PhD candidates and participating senior mentors. There will also be plenary sessions as well as catered coffee and lunch breaks, which will give peers plenty of opportunities to interact and make new contacts.

Submission guidelines: We invite graduate students to submit their projects including all areas of political communication. Political communication involves creating, shaping, disseminating, and processing information among actors from the political system, the media, and the public, as well as the effects of such communication. Political communication today is initiated by a multitude of actors (with very different interests) who use a variety of different channels (including social media) to spread their messages. Studies of communication dealing with governments, media, policy, political actors, citizens, campaigns, social movements and advocacy groups are all within the purview of the division. Papers that address political communication problems at all levels of analysis (from the individual to the institutional, from the local to the global) using a variety of theories and methods are welcome.

Abstracts should be no longer than 750 words of text (excluding references) that include research questions, the theoretical or conceptual foundations of your PhD project, methods, preliminary findings (if available), and research significance. Abstracts will undergo review; please be sure to remove any identifying information.

Projects at all stages will be considered, including research currently in the early stages of data collection or analysis. Evaluation criteria will include quality of argument, methodological rigor, and importance of project to theory building in political communication.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2023. Please submit abstracts to f.esser@ikmz.uzh.ch.

NOTE: Please specify in the body text of your submission email the stage of your PhD work (e.g., writing of the research proposal, complete and defended proposal, initial data collection, advanced data collection, data analysis, final writing/defending) and include author names, institutional affiliation, name of promotor and email address.

Any questions about your submission? Just contact division chair Frank Esser at f.esser@ikmz.uzh.ch



ICA PolComm's Facilitating the Advancement of Integration and Representation (FAIR) fund is an initiative that supports events promoting the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented communities within the Division during the annual ICA conference. The fund aims to provide logistical, promotional, and financial resources to members of the Division who organize events that bring together diverse backgrounds and support their development. The goals of the FAIR fund include bringing underrepresented community members together, increasing their visibility within the Division, internationalizing the Division, and promoting initiatives for early career scholars. If you are interested in learning more and applying, find the full description here, or reach out directly to division leadership.


ICA Political Communication Division (Co-)Sponsored Pre- and Post-Conferences

Pre-conference (May 24, 2023): Comparative Digital Political Communication: Comparisons Across Countries, Platforms, and Time


Our student and early career representative, Ernesto de León, recently put together a guide for first-time presenters. Whether you are an early career scholar or a seasoned presenter, the new guide to presentations from the Political Communication division is an essential resource to help you deliver a successful talk. The guide is packed with practical advice and tips, including how to communicate within the limited time, structure your presentation,  and engage with your audience. Even if you have presented before, the guide can still be a useful tool for refining your skills and ensuring that your talk is impactful and engaging.