Preliminary Call for Papers: North Carolina, USA in September 2016

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Another upcoming conference we are looking forward to is the Global Communication Association Conferene in North Carolina, USA on 29th/30th September 2016.

It will be organized by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and supported by Elon University, High Point University, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The conference theme and topics are: Changing Global Discourse and Discord: Education, Communication, Media, and Social Responsibility

The divisions include topics like

  • Impact of communication technologies
  • Changing patterns of teaching and learning
  • Global communication flow
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the Internet
  • Human interaction in the information age
  • Virtual environments: challenges and opportunities
  • Open source publications
  • The business and global media
  • Trends in communication and human interaction
  • Global problems and conflicts
  • Journalism: professionalism, safety, and responsibility
  • Education in the digital age
  • Social media revolution

Submissions guidelines

Academicians, policy makers, corporate executives, media professionals, representatives from NGOs and research scholars are invited to contribute papers on topics related to the theme of the confer­ence. A 400-word abstract of the paper should be sent, preferably as an email attachment, by March 30, 2016. The abstract should include research objectives, methodology and significance, followed by keywords. The abstracts will be refereed. All scholarly methodologies are welcome. Author’s full name, academic institution, mailing address, phone number, email address, and a brief biography must be included on a separate page. Authors of the abstracts will be notified of acceptance by April 30, 2016.

Length and settings

The full length paper should be 4000-5000 words, 1.5 line spacing and Times New Roman 12-point size. Margins should be set at 1.0″ on all sides. Paper size should be set for standard 8.5×11. The American Psychological Association (APA) style must be used for referencing.

For APA style details please see

Conference location

The conference will take place in the conference rooms of the Sheraton Hotel in Greensboro, North Caro­lina. Room availability is based on a first-come-first-served concept. Therefore, participants are en­couraged to register for the conference as early as possible. A limited number of hotel rooms at a re­duced conference price will be available. There are many tourist attractions in Greensboro ( and the surrounding areas that conference attendees may wish to visit either before or after the conference.

Conference accommodations

The Sheraton Hotel in Greensboro will accommodate conference members. Participants are free to book their hotel rooms directly but must inform the conference planning members accordingly.

Travel arrangements

There are daily flights from major cities in the United States to Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad Interna­tional Airport. International travelers may fly from Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Ange­les, Houston and other major cities into Greensboro. Upon arrival at the local airport (PTI), a confer­ence shuttle service will transport participants to the conference hotel.

Conference registration fees

An attractive and favorable package (including lodging, RT airport transportation, hors-d’oeuvre, and conference fees) will be offered to all participants. Graduate students, presenting papers, will be given a 50% registration discount.

Important dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 30, 2016
Acceptance Notification: April 30, 2016
Full Length paper Submission: June 30, 2016
Last Date for Registration: July 15, 2016
Conference Opening Reception: September 28, 2016 (evening)
Conference Panels: September 29-30, 2016
Cultural Tour/Program (optional): October 01, 2016


All correspondence will be directed to the first author of the papers or the panel chairs.
Abstracts and papers should be emailed to:
Dr. Vanessa Cunningham-Engram
Associate Professor
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
North Carolina A&T State University

Panel proposals should be emailed to:
Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour
Professor and Chair
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
North Carolina A&T State University

For information on previous and future conferences please visit

Preliminary Call for Papers: Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016

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If you are interested in participating at the upcoming conference in Istanbul, Turkey on 5th/6th you can find all information you need down below.

The conference will be organized by Yeditepe University School of Communication with the theme: Changing Global Flows in the Age of Digital Communication

As the world has become more interconnected we are increasingly aware of the global interdepend­ence of people and cultures. Human communication and interaction is not only facilitated by the Internet but it also increases the range and the number of ways in which we are able to connect and interact with others. These changing, shifting cultural, economic and technological realities have led many to question the power of the nation state and how it is being restructured. Information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet have and are transforming and even in some cases destabilizing governance and power. It is of common understanding by now that ICTs play a vital role in the social, political and economic development of every country. As they have be­come everyday technologies continuously embedded and routinized in societies where they are mostly used (Lievrouw & Livingstone, 2010), ICTS are also transforming social contexts, communica­tion activities, practices, social arrangements and organizations.

Taking our cue from Arjun Appadurai’s concept of global cultural flows, this year’s conference theme Changing Global Flows in the Age of Digital Communication seeks to explore the genesis, dynamics, and functioning of different communication contexts in relations to digital transformations flows as they are experienced globally. The theme recognizes the intertwining and fluid landscapes as Appadurai structures them and thus is organized under the five “scapes”.

Divisions and possible topics

  • Ethnoscape:
    Migration, immigration, community communication, diaspora and media, gender and media, religion and media
  • Technoscape:
    The Internet of things, big data, convergence, digital education, health education, future of technology
  • Financescape:
    Media management, business and global media, strategic communication, crisis communica­tion
  • Mediascape:
    Media profession changes, media content and type changes, global media, popular culture, participatory media
  • Ideoscape:
    Government policy and regulation, ideology and media, political communication, activism


Abstract Submissions

Academicians, policy makers, corporate executives, media professionals, NGO representatives, activ­ists and research scholars are invited to contribute papers on topics related to theme of the confer­ence. Please submit your 500-word abstracts by December 15, 2015. The abstract should clearly state the research objectives, methodology significance and include author’s name, institution, ad­dress, phone number, email and at least four keywords. All abstracts will be reviewed and refereed. All scholarly methodologies are welcome. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by February 15, 2016.



All communication will be directed towards the first author of the paper. Any abstract or paper re­lated queries may be uploaded on the website (forthcoming) or via email di­rected to Dr. Banu Akdenizli, Department of Public Relations and Publicity, Yeditepe University:

The final schedule is now online

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The final version of the programme for the 10th Global Communication Association Conference is now online!
We are proud to have so many interesting people and exciting topics at the conference.

Don’t miss this unique chance and come along! There are a lot of different ticket options. You will definitely find one that will fit your wishes. We also offer one day tickets for those who can’t be there for the whole conference.

Find the whole programme following:
Find all ticket options following:

If there are any open questions, please feel free to contact us any time!
We are looking forward to an amazing conference and hope to see you there.

Saturday Evening Barbecue with MATU & Níka Lê

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MATU Nika Le

On Saturday evening the conference will be brought to a close with a barbecue, accompanied by a pianist; Max Wernick, who has been playing the piano for 16 years, and will treat you to nice music throughout the evening. Following, we are pleased to announce the band MATU, consisting of Mario Simic, Thomas Brandt, Thilo Adam, and Max Wernick, who will be joined by Níka Lê, a team member of our GCA2015. They will be playing some of their own songs as well as german and english covers, which will conclude our interesting and varied programme for the evening. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Keynote Speakers on Saturday

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Of course we have also planned a Keynote Session for Saturday with some interesting speakers from the field of media business and international organizations.

Starting with Hans Köchler, Founder and President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), you can participate at his presentation about ‘Idea and Politics of Communication in the Global Age’.

In the following there will be Krishna B. Mariyanka, CEO of Ajira Global Bangalore in India talking about ‘Governments Leveraging Social Media in National Development as Against Perceiving it as a Threat’.

Lastly we do also welcome Stefan Jenzowsky from Siemens AG, SVP Head of Multimedia / SVP New Products. His speech will cover the topic ‘How the Consumption and Distribution of Entertainment and Digital Content is Changing’.

We are looking forward to those topics and hope to see you there!

You can find more information about the registration following

More about the speakers of ‘Policy and Politics’ (Parallel Session D3)

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The Parallel Session ‘Policy and Politics’ is going to take place from 4pm to 5pm on Saturday, July 18th.

Starting with Hans van Kranenburg from Radboud University, Netherlands. He will be talking about ‘A European Comparison of Innovation Policies to Trigger Innovation in Journalism and News Media’.

Following Paulo Faustino from Porto University and the Centre of Investigation in Media & Journalism – CIMJ, Portugal. He has over twenty years of experience in the Media Industries in Management and Marketing as well as over fifteen years of experience as a teacher in Media Management and Economics. His research covers the Media and Creative Industry Studies. His topic ‘Market Structure and Innovation Policies in Portugal’ focuses on Media Business Models and Public Policies Innovation.

Lastly we will hear about ‘Excessive Regulation through Bureaucratic Bullying: Evaluating Broadcast Regulation in South Asia’ from Azmat Rasul from Florida State University, USA.

We are looking forward to these exciting topics!

If you are interested in this session, we would be glad to see you at the conference in Berlin!

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‘Media Management’ speakers at a glance (Parallel Session D2)

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Since the development of media systems and companies in recent years, topics concerning media management are hotly-debated internationally.

That is why it is also in our interest to make the topic ‘media management’ the subject of a parallel session.

We are glad to welcome experts from this field who will present us their point of views and issues that need to be considered in media companies.

The session starts with the co-presenters Wilfried Mödinger (Stuttgart Media University, Germany), Hansjörg Künzlil (ZHAW School of Applied Psychology Zürich, Switzerland) and Elke Berninge-Schäfer (Stuttgart, Germany). The three will cover the topic ‘Communication, Competency, Coaching – the New Approach to Create Leader Who Are Shaping the Future’.

Appropriately Stavros Georgiades, Professor at the Frederick University in Cyprus, continues with a speech about ‘Media Manager’s Perceptions of the Characteristics of the Information and the Related Assistance they Need to Provide Employees with to Achieve their Contributions’.

We are looking forward to the session and speakers!

If you find our sessions interesting, we would be very pleased to see you at our conference in Berlin!

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‘Future of Radio’ Speakers (Parallel Session D1)

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The ‘Future of Radio’ session will take place on Saturday, 18th July from 16:00 until 17:00. At the same time there will be three other sessions that will be covering the topics ‘Media Management’, ‘Policy and Politics’ and ‘New Media Research’. We will tell you more about these sessions in the following days.

The topic of this session will be ‘Radio Will Survive – What its Value will be 10 Years From Now’. This interesting topic will be presented by the following speakers:

  • James Cridland, Radio Futurologist, UK
  • Bernt von zur Mühlen, Germany, Luxembourg
  • Christian Schalt, Berlin, Germany


If you find our sessions interesting, we would be very pleased to see you at our conference in Berlin!

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Organisation Day in Berlin – Preparations are running at full speed!

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Organisation Day Group

This years conference president Prof. Mike Friedrichsen visited The Westin Grand Hotel in Berlin with part of the organisation team to make final preparations for the conference.

From left to right:
Prof. Mike Friedrichsen, Nicole Radtke, Christian Büschel, Tilman Walch, Benjamin Schwab, Florin Geier, Monika Le

We’re looking forward to a great Global Communication Association Conference!


The whole organisation team would be glad to see you at the GCA2015 in Berlin!

Find specific information about our programme following:

UNESCO session – Speakers at a glance

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We are pleased to announce the speakers of a special session in cooperation with the UNESCO, that will take place on the second main conference day (Saturday, 18 July) from 11:00 until 13:00.

José Antonio Brambila from University of Sheffield, England will open the UNESCO session with his speech about ‘Boundary Control Strategies to Local News Media in the Mexican Provinces’. 

Michelle Betz is a senior media development consultant researcher. Her areas of expertise include media in conflict and post-conflict, military-media relations and election reporting. Betz has more than ten years of international experience, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. She has consulted for numerous organizations and UN agencies including UNESCO, OSCE, International Media Support, Institut Panos Europe and UNDP and has lived and worked in more than 20 countries and is currently based in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Paul Beighley is a Regional Medical Officer – Psychiatrist with the United States Department of State currently assigned to U.S. Embassy Vienna.  He has been a Foreign Service Officer for the last ten years and previously served in West Africa, the Middle East, and Washington DC. Dr. Beighley attended medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He has worked as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Oklahoma and Florida Institute of Technology. The two of them will present the topic ‘But What about Me? Challenges in Support of Local Journalists During, and in the Aftermath of Psychologically Traumatizing Events’.

Reeta PöyhtäriUNESCO’s Expert for Journalists’ Safety Indicators, will give a speech about UNESCO’s Academic Research Agenda on Safety of Journalists’.

Mona Badran from Future University, Egypt will finish the UNESCO session with her topic ‘Violence Against Journalists: Suppressing Media Freedom’. Her research is investigating the present situation of journalism and free expression in Egypt, where official and non-official threats and attacks targeting journalists are still intact. Such acts result as a true challenge to press. In addition, this research aims at explaining and discussing in depth the reasons behind such trends and their relation and impact on the future of political freedom in Egypt, the most populous Arab country.

If you find our special UNESCO session interesting, we would be very pleased to see you at our conference in Berlin!

You also can find specific information about the programme following: