Call for extended abstracts

The 2015 International Communication Association Nordic Regional Conference will take place 11-13 October 2015 at the Copenhagen Business School. The theme, Responsible Communication and Governance, reflects the communication field’s and the Nordic region’s research expertise in areas such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, governance, and communication.


General theme: Responsible Communication and Governance


The goal of the ICA Regional Conference is to stimulate reflection on and discussion about how responsibility is organized and communicated across a variety of contexts and settings, including social, political, intercultural, corporate, health, and interpersonal communication, amongst other contexts. In particular, the conference focuses on how responsibility emerges in communication, how it shapes and is shaped by social and organizational practices, and how it develops as a social and political ideal at the intersection between governance, talk, and action.


The theme reflects the communication field’s ongoing commitment to examine, critique and shape the shifting roles and responsibilities that we face in regional and global contexts. We welcome extended abstracts for paper and panel submissions that discuss how responsibility is informed and shaped by communication and governance practices either within a particular context or setting (e.g., an organization, the media, a country, a political party) or as it plays out in various processes such as:

  • Meaning and sense making
  • Talk and action
  • Policy making
  • Power and control
  • Materiality
  • Transnational movements
  • Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Internet policies and infrastructures
  • Freedom of information and privacy
  • Crowdsourcing and open access to information
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Engaged scholarship

Keynote speakers will be:

  • Professor Linda Putnam, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, London School of Economics
  • Professor Mette Morsing, Copenhagen Business School.


You do not need to be an ICA member to submit an abstract for the conference.


Extended Abstract Submission:

  • Abstracts: Abstracts will be subject to masked competitive review. Authors’ names and affiliations should be submitted in a separate document with full contact information. Extended Abstracts should not exceed 1,200 words, excluding references, tables, figures, and/or appendices.
  • Panel Submissions: We will also consider proposals for full panel sessions- in this case please include a brief panel description along with three paper abstracts. Authors’ names and full contact information should be included in the panel submission. Panel proposals should not exceed 1,200 words, excluding title page with contact information, references, tables, figures, and/or appendices.
  • “RESEARCH ESCALATOR” Papers: Research Escalator Papers are in an extended panel session, which provides an opportunity for less experienced researchers to discuss and get feedback from more veteran scholars about a paper-in-progress (with the goal of making the paper ready for submission to a conference or journal). Those interested in the Research Escalator session should submit an extended abstract (2-3 double-spaced pages, plus references); if accepted, participants are expected to send the full paper to the scholar(s) assigned to their paper no later than 6 weeks before the convention. Anyone can submit an abstract for the Research Escalator session;  however, we especially encourage graduate students and/or people inexperienced with the journal publishing process to submit. On the first page of the extended abstract, please make a note: CONSIDER FOR RESEARCH ESCALATOR SESSION. Please contact Sanne Frandsen ( for additional information.

  • Submission: Please send abstracts attached as a .doc, .docx, of pdf file to
  • Abstract Decision Notifications: Decision notification will occur by 15 August 2015. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the 2015 ICA Regional Conference in Copenhagen, you will be notified and must then register for the conference and pay the conference fee. Payment of the conference fee confirms your intent to participate in this ICA Regional Conference. Submission of your abstract does not enroll you as an ICA member, or automatically register you for the conference itself.

Conference Language and Equipment for Presentations:

Conference presentations will be in English. Audiovisual equipment for presentations will be provided.



Copenhagen Business School campus. All events, with the exception of one dinner will occur on campus ( Hotel, transportation, and local attraction information is available on the website.



The conference will begin Sunday, October 11 at 15:00 and end with lunch on Tuesday, October 13. A more detailed schedule will be posted on the website as soon as the submissions are finalized.


Registration Costs:

Registration:DKK 2,500.- (approx. EUR 330.-)                                    
Student registration:DKK 1,500.- (approx. EUR 200.-)
Single-day registration, 11 October:DKK  1,000.- (approx. EUR 130.-)

Single-day registration, 12 October:

DKK  1,000.- (approx. EUR 130.-)

The registration fees include all breakfasts, lunches, receptions, and special dinner at Carlsberg including beer menu with other beverages available (note! the dinner is not included in the singe-day registration fees).


Registration Deadline:

12 October 2015.


Thank you to our Co-Sponsors for all of their support in making the ICA Regional Conference a success!






DEMICOM and Mid Sweden University

Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence








This event is organized by
the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, in cooperation with the International Communication Association and regional and international co-organizers and co-sponsors listed on the website.

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) - Solbjerg Plads 3 - 2000 - Frederiksberg - +45 38153815