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International Communication Association

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,300 members in 70 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO).

Over recent decades the field of communication research has grown rapidly all over the world. This growth reflects the need to seek answers to urgent social problems involving communication (e.g., health, inequality, digital divides, workplace interactions, cultural development and preservation, respect for diversity, and relation among nations). ICA members ask the relevant questions, conduct academically sound research, and often suggest policy-related solutions to these urgent problems.

As an international association, ICA offers its know-how to everybody and every area of the world where the norms of personal freedom and democracy are upheld. Our members actively contribute to public debate on topics relative to our mission. To make the association even more international and to focus even more on research relevant to the public interest are primary goals for the years to come.

ICA is diverse in its structure and interests and includes 23 divisions and interest groups, each representing a special subfield of communication processes and phenomena. Despite special interests, we view our field as a coherent discipline in which all different aspects of communication are linked by common processes, structures, theories, and methods.

ICA communicates within the association and with others interested in our field through various channels. The association publishes the Communication Yearbook and four major, peer-reviewed journals, Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Human Communication Research, and the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Members receive a monthly electronic newsletter. ICA holds an annual conference—the next scheduled for MontrĂ©al, Quebec in Canada, in May 2008—at which several hundred research papers are presented and over 2,000 scholars from all over the world participate. We recognize outstanding contributions to the field through awards and fellowship programs.

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