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2020 Interpersonal Communication Interest Group News

Tuesday, April 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Blevins
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The Interpersonal Communication Interest Group (ICIG) is looking forward to what promises to be an extraordinary and important year for the interest group. In addition to embracing this year’s conference theme of “Cultivate” (more on that in a moment…), we are considering a name change and considering new awards for the interest group. Don’t worry too much about the name change or if there will be a marked space for interpersonal communication at WSCA. We definitely want to keep the “Interpersonal” part of our title. Yet, at the same time, we wonder if there are ways to expand what scholarship can be included as part of the interest group. To that end, we are considering the inclusion of “family” and/or “relational” in our name – two areas of communication that could (and often do) focus on interpersonal communication but that are explored in other areas of the field (e.g., studies of media representations of families; research about workplace relationships). Whether you like or love the idea, hold tight! No change will come until we survey our members and have another round of discussion at CSCA 2021.

Also to be the focus of a poll and future discussion: Should we expand our awards program? Our interest group has some phenomenal scholarship, and we suspect there are more ways to call attention to it than the two top paper awards allow. If you have ideas for potential award categories, let us know!

And finally: As you can probably tell by our considering a name change and looking at our awards program, we are truly excited to “Cultivate” a larger interest in the world of interpersonal communication and to create an interest group that is diverse, inclusive, and that recognizes its members. To get that started, and in consideration of the conference theme, we have a special spotlight panel that will be programmed for 2021 that asks the question, “Why did you leave interpersonal communication?” I hope that has you intrigued – because that is all you are getting for now.

Stay tuned for more details about this spotlight panel and about what the interest group has planned for WSCA 2021 and beyond!

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