Communication and Technology


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The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division focuses on original scientific research about the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the processes of human communication. CAT seeks to enhance theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, message content, communication networks, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include new media, social media, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, “big data,” crowdsourcing, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (personal, friends, family, groups, organizations, business, healthcare, collective action, politics, government, education, society, culture, intercultural) and at all levels of analyses.

CAT programs papers, panel sessions, and pre- and p0st-conferences that make an innovative and original scientific contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on human communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation, instead the context or backdrop for a communication have a potential fit with other ICA Divisions.





6th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division
Thursday, 21 May 2015 | Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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 market.

Submission Process

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 their research.

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 candidate.

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 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)

Nicole Krämer, U of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Marjolijn Antheunis, U of Tilburg, Netherlands

S. Shyam Sundar, Pennsylvania State U, USA

Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA

Joseph B. Walther, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore

Mike Yao, City U, Hong Kong

Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany

Louis Leung, Chinese U, Hong Kong

Sabine Trepte, U of Hohenheim, Germany

Lee Humphreys, Cornell U, USA

Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, Denmark


Job Announcement:

The College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in digital humanities (DH), with a focus on textual analysis or big history. Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, and should have a record of interdisciplinary research in computer-assisted analysis of large corpora, archival documents, or other materials. Candidates should demonstrate competencies in one or more of the following: visualization, network analysis, software development, bibliometrics, and quantitative approaches to evidence, text processing, computational linguistics, natural language processing, or computer-assisted reading. We will consider applications from scholars investigating any historical period or cultural context, genre, theory, or method within humanities.

A specialist in DH who is trained in large-scale analysis would complement Virginia's traditions of excellence and innovation in DH. The appointed scholar will foster interdisciplinary collaboration, pedagogy, and public access to research in DH. Opportunities for affiliation include the long-standing Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and Scholars' Lab, within the University of Virginia Library, and initiatives including the Data Science Institute, the Center for the Study of Data & Knowledge, and the University of Virginia Advanced Computing Services & Engagement. UVA's excellence in textual studies, bibliography and the history of book as well as diverse programs in literatures and languages will enrich this professor's opportunities, yet potential home departments also include Media Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Drama, Music, Classics, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies. With possible affiliation in programs such as Linguistics, Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, South Asia Center, East Asia Center, Women and Gender Studies, or American Studies, the appointment nevertheless is tenure-track within a department of Arts and Sciences rather than a center, institute, library, or program.

This position is one of several interdisciplinary lines sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. The successful candidate will participate in activities of the Mellon-funded Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures, including one team-taught course in the first two years. The teaching load is two courses each, in fall and spring semesters. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level is preferred.

To apply, submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (, search on posting number 0615478 and electronically attach the following: CV; cover letter that includes a description of your research in the field; the names and contact information for three references; a statement of teaching philosophy; and a link to an Online Portfolio that includes examples and descriptions of digital work and/or research.
Additional materials will be requested of those candidates selected for interviews.

The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2015. The appointment will begin August 25, 2015.
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: June Webb, 434-924-6608. Direct questions about this position to, Alison Booth, Professor of English, Search Committee Chair,

The University performs background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.
The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



  • James A. Danowski, Chair
  • Lee Humphreys, Vice-Chair
  • Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Secretary
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