International Communication Association's

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

Interest Group

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Division News: 


  • Submissions for the 2017 ICA conference (San Diego, May 25-29) are now open!  Deadline is November 1, 2016, 23:00 GMT (note that this this may correspond to a time several hours earlier depending on where you are (e.g. U.S. Eastern will be 19:00, or 7pm; U.S. Pacific will be 16:00, or 4pm).  To submit, log in at the ICA 2017 AllAcademic site: 


  • We need reviewers for conference submissions! Volunteer through AllAcademic or email co-chairs Eve Ng ( and Travers Scott ( directly.


 Call for Papers for ICA Annual Conference, San Diego, May 25-29, 2017:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions from scholars, activists and communication professionals of any sexual/romantic orientation whose work addresses the lives of LGBTQ persons and/or applies queer theory to various topics. We encourage a diversity of methods and theoretical approaches.

We are particularly interested in the analysis and critique of gender and sexual systems, discourses, and representations, particularly those that animate, inform, and impinge upon the lives and understandings of LGBTQ persons. This is a transdisciplinary perspective because such systems and discourses occur across institutional, community, domestic, and intimate contexts; are closely connected to other social, cultural, and political practices (such as nationalism, education, or popular entertainment); and play a critical role in the formation and communication of individual and group identity. As mentioned, we are also interested in work that uses queer theory and queerness as a method of analyzing social relations, communication, and systems of power. We encourage work that engages LGBTQ issues as part of collaborative research and/or community projects aimed toward broader efforts in social justice.



The Interest Group welcomes quality research in these areas, using any methodological approach. We will only accept extended abstracts and panel proposals. For an example of an extended abstract, please contact the group Co-chairs.

Extended abstracts should be between 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references. We welcome both completed research and works in progress, but you MUST clearly indicate if a proposal is a work in progress IN THE TITLE, and what material you expect to add by the time of the conference. An extended abstract MUST clearly include Background (information on your topic, plus a discussion of relevant literature), Theory (including theoretical concepts or key theorists), Method (data collection and analysis approaches), and Findings (can be preliminary, expected findings, or potential implications of findings). Submissions will be judged on: Theoretical/Conceptual Framework; Relevance/Adequacy of Literature Review; Methodological Soundness; Development of Overall Argument; Relevance of Topic/Discussion to LGBTQ Studies Interest Group.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of five participants. We also welcome high-density panels, which have six or more participants. Provide a 400-word abstract describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a 400-word rationale that explains a coherent logic for having these papers presented together. A panel will only be scheduled if, in sum, it presents more a compelling presentation than combining individual submissions in the same amount of available time. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: Theoretical/Conceptual Framework; Innovativeness of Panel; Cohesiveness of Panel; Relevance of Topic/Discussion to LGBTQ Studies Interest Group. If your panel is of particular relevance to the conference theme (“Interventions”), you may consider submitting it to the theme coordinators as a theme session instead.



We will not consider previously published or in-press submissions, or submissions from or including current LGBTQ Studies Interest Group Co-chairs. No proposal may be submitted simultaneously to any other ICA Division or Interest Group. You can submit no more than two different proposals to the LGBTQ Studies Interest Group.



Based on feedback from the review process, we may confer top paper awards for two papers, typically a top faculty and top student paper. Also, when available, we may offer travel awards based on the criteria of our financial donors. These typically are focused on students and scholars from non-Tier-1 countries. In order to be considered for any award, the recipient must be a member of this Interest Group.



It is highly recommended that persons submitting proposals also offer their service as reviewers, which provides a great opportunity to access cutting-edge research in the field. As additional incentive, for the 2017 conference, ICA will for the first time have a High Quality Reviewer Award, which comes with a free conference registration!  (The winner will be selected from reviewers nominated by each ICA group/division.)                        

Whether you are an author or not of a submission for the next ICA conference, you are welcome to review. Graduate students are also eligible to serve as reviewers, as are non-ICA members, although we encourage you to join or renew your membership! We generally assign no more than 2 or 3 submissions to review. To review, register yourself in the ICA submission site ( or contact the Co-chairs to express interest. Remember to list your specific areas of expertise in subject matter and method.


About the ICA LGBTQS IG: 


All methodologies of research studying sexuality and gender, whether by self-identified LGBTQ scholars or allies, are welcome in our interest group. Particularly of interest are measurements, histories, analyses, and critiques of sexual systems, discourses, and representations that impact, inform, and/or constitute LGBTQ lives and identities. These can occur in institutional, community, domestic, and intimate contexts; are closely connected to other social, cultural, and political practices (such as nationalism, education, or popular entertainment); and play a critical role in the formation and communication of individual and group identity. In addition, we welcome research that uses queer theory and queerness as a method of analyzing systems of power. We also encourage work from LGBTQ scholars working in collaborative research and/or community projects toward broader efforts in social justice. 

As LGBTQ people and issues traverse many research sites, we welcome diversity in content and approaches. Examples of recently accepted research topics include:

game design and content

public opinion on same-sex marriage

sports, homophobia and coming out

health communication campaigns and representations regarding HIV and STDs 

social identity theory, gender and homophobia

Analogy logics of the Holocaust, race, and LGBT rights

Nontraditional family creation stories

Digital activism, policies, and representations

Contemporary and historic case studies of specific communities, nations, or cultures

Corporate social responsibility

College counseling efforts



How to join ICA and the LGBTQS IG:

To become a member of the International Communication Association, or renew your membership, you can find an application here.

To become a member of the LGBTQS IG:

  • Sign up when you become an ICA member or renew your ICA membership.

  • If you are already an ICA member, you can log into your ICA profile and change your section information here.

Remember, when you become a member of the LGBTQS IG, your $3 contribution to the LGBTQ Interest Group helps fund our top paper awards and travel funding for the conference.


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