Global Communication and Social Change

This division exists to encourage and debate research on issues of production, distribution, content and reception of communications media at global, "glocal", transnational, transcultural, international and regional levels. Within this purview it encompasses work across a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, concerning issues of media/mediated communication in cultural, economic, political or social contexts, including strategic mediated communication for development, social change or social justice.

ICA 2015

In case you missed our annual meeting at ICA 2015, please read the meeting minutes to see what you missed.  

GCSC Top Dissertation and Paper Awards

Please join us in congratulating this year's dissertation award winner, Melissa Brough from USC Annenberg, for her dissertation on “Participatory Public Culture and Youth Citizenship in the Digital Age: The Medellín Model”!

We had several stellar submissions this year, and commend the great work being done by emerging scholars in this area.


Congratulations to the GCSC's Top Paper Award winners for this year!

1) Paola Sartoretto (Karlstad University, Sweden), “Becoming a Circumstantial Media Activist – Brazilian Landless Workers Movement struggle to construct arenas for communication”

2) James Losey (Stockholm University, Sweden), “The Locus of Control in Networked Communication: Implications for Collective Action”

3) Zhenzhen Wang (City University of Hong Kong), “An Empirical Test of the Academic Dependency Theory: Using the Field of Communication as an Example”.

As it turns out, all of these are student papers. Kudos to the students for submitting such strong work to the division!

Be sure to join us for the GCSC business meeting in San Juan to honor the award recipients!

GCSC Top Dissertation Award

The award honors a dissertation published in the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline. The review committee judges each nominated dissertation on several criteria including the importance of the problem it addresses, the strength of evidence it presents, and the significance of its conclusions all relative to the mission of the Division. The committee also will consider the soundness of methodology and quality of writing and argument, along with the nominating letter(s).

Award Nomination Instructions

Nominations must be submitted by the director of the nominee's dissertation committee. Complete nominations must include:

1. A signed letter of nomination, 2 pages maximum, that address the award criteria contained in the description and mission statement above.

2. Nominee's CV.

3. No more than two sample chapters, with one of them being either the introductory or concluding chapter.

4. One additional letter of recommendation (preferably from a supervisor or dissertation committee member), 2 pages maximum, that addresses the award criteria contained in the description and mission statement above is permitted.


Nomination packages should be sent as PDFs no later than February 15 to the division chair Rashmi Luthra at

2014 Pre-Conference

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the GCSC division preconference on "Researching and Working in a Global/Transnational Context: Mentoring on Practical Considerations"!

A very special thank you goes to Northwestern University in Qatar as the exclusive sponsor of the preconference. 

We would also like to thank the following speakers who shared their wonderful insights and knowledge with all present:

Susan Abbott, Independent Consultant
Lisa Brooten, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Everette Dennis, Northwestern U in Qatar
Myria Georgiou, London School of Economics and Political Science
Robert Huesca, Trinity University
Ang Peng Hwa, Nanyang Technological Universtiy
Randy Kluver, Texas A&M University
Radhika Parameswaran, Indiana University Bloomington
Clemencia Rodriguez, University of Oklahoma
Karin Wilkins, University of Texas at Austin
Ernest Wilson III, University of Southern California
John Sinclair, University of Melbourne
Colin Sparks, Hong Kong Baptist University
Joseph Straubhaar, University of Texas at Austin
In an effort to share insights from the preconference more broadly, especially among graduate students, I'm including below documents that have been generously shared by Susan Abbott and Randy Kluver. I will share more information from the preconference as I receive it.
Rashmi Luthra
Chair, GCSC

Susan Abbott Ppt

Funding Sources For International Research Handout Ica Precon (2)

Short Term Exchange Research Opportunities-ica 2014 (1)


Icapreconf2014 (3)parameswaran

Gcsc Preconference Angph (1)

Brooten Global Mentoring Preconference (1)


ICA-GCSC Paper Award Winners

Please join me in proudly acknowledging our 2014 award winners

Cara Wallis (Texas A&M U) won the division's Best Article Award competition for her article on "Technology and/as Governmentality: The Production of Young Rural Women as Low-Tech Laboring Subjects in China" published in the September 2013 issue of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.

Matthew Powers (U. Washington) won the top paper award for “The Changing Faces of NGO Information Work: A Historical View”. 

Senyo Ofori-Parku (U. Oregon) won a top student paper award for “Discovery Channel’s Jungle Gold in Ghana: Hegemonic Globalization Sparks Resistance and Policy Change”, co-authored with Leslie Steeves.

Jade Kim (Temple U.) won a top student paper award for “Establishing an Imagined ’SMTOWN Nation’: The Discourse of the Korean Pop Boom in Cultural Globalization”. 


2013 award winners were:

Aynne Kokas (Rice U) was the winner of the dissertation award for her dissertation titled "Shot in Shanghai: Western Film Co-Production in Post-WTO Mainland China."

Annemarie Iddins (U of Michigan) was the winner of our top student paper award, for her paper on "The Periphery that Speaks: FLN Radio and Post/Colonial Identity Discourse in the Algerian Revolution."

Lisa Brooten (Southern Illinois U - Carbondale) won the top paper award for her paper on "The Right to Communicate in the Midst of Political Violence: Media Reform and Social Change in Thailand."

Zixue Tai (U of Kentucky) and Fengbin Hu (Shanghai U) won the top paper award for their paper on "Cyberspace as Contested Spaces: The Network of Mass Collaboration, Grassroots Surveillance and Popular Protests in China."


ICA 2014 Announcements:

GCSC 10/13 Division Announcements: Ica Gcsc 2013

Message includes information about (2014 Conference, GCDC Division Elections, Referendum Questions)