Call for Papers: 2021 ICA-affiliated New Media International Conference in SJTU

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The 2021 ICA (the International Communication Association)-affiliated New Media International Conference, organized by the School of Media & Communication at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), will be held both online and offline in Shanghai, China, on October 16, 2021. The theme of the conference will focus on “Emerging Media, Intelligent Communication and Human Well-being”. Special guests will feature ICA President Noshir Contractor, former ICA President Claes De Vreese, Ang Peng Hwa, and Patrice Buzzanell. Scholars are invited to submit papers related to the role and impacts of intelligent communication technology in the post-pandemic era and its influence on human well-being.


I. Conference Background

The annual ICA-affiliated New Media International Conference at Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been a preeminent venue for presenting and discussing cutting-edge academic and industry research in media technology. This year, the School of Media & Communication at SJTU will join the ICA for the 9th time in inviting outstanding scholars and entrepreneurs to discuss various topics of journalism, communication and other areas in the global post-pandemic era.

2021 is the beginning of the post-pandemic era when "Technology for Good" will serve the common well-being of all mankind. Therefore this conference will focus on the theme of "Emerging Media, Intelligent Communication and Human Well-being" to further discuss the prospects, opportunities and challenges of intelligent communication technology in promoting the common well-being of mankind.



II. Conference Theme

Emerging Media, Intelligent Communication and Human Well-being

There will be several panel sessions covering the conference theme, including Intelligent Communication Technology and Applications, Global Communication and Human, Intelligent Communication and Social Life, Intelligent Communication and Physical and Mental Health, Intelligent Communication and Individual Happiness, Media Performance and Communication Effects under COVID-19 pandemic, Post-pandemic Artificial intelligence and Industrial Transformation, Post-pandemic Journalism and Communication Education, Emerging Media Journal Panel, Journal Editors Panel, Deans Panel, and Students Panel.

III. Conference Agenda and Schedule

1. Important Dates

Submission: August 13, 2021-September 17, 2021 

(For submitters within and outside of Mainland China)

Notification of Acceptance and Invitation Letters: Starting from October 1, 2021

Conference Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021

2. Conference Agenda

Morning, October 16, 2021: Opening ceremony and keynote speeches

Afternoon, October 16, 2021: Panel sessions and declaration for outstanding papers

IV. Guests Invited (Planned)

Noshir Contractor, ICA President

Claes De Vreese, former ICA President

Ang Peng Hwa, former ICA President

Patrice Buzzanel, former ICA President

Mary Beth Oliver, former ICA President, Professor of Pennsylvania State University

Joe Walther, Professor of University of California, Santa Barbara

Cees Hamelink, Professor of University of Amsterdam

Rich Ling, Professor of Nanyang Technological University

Audrey Gadzepo, Professor of University of Ghana

S.Shyam Sundar, former Editor of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

V. Submission Format and Guidelines

1. Only online submissions are accepted. Papers can be written in either Chinese or English.

2. Email address for submissions:

3. Paper format and length: APA format (6th edition) for papers written in English; APA format (6th edition) or GB7714-87 format for papers written in Chinese. Files are to be submitted in Microsoft Word for Windows or Mac. Maximum length should not exceed 8,000 words (including tables/figures and references).

4. Some content of the accepted papers (title and abstract) might appear on the conference website, in printed conference materials, or on other online media. Accepted papers will be included in Conference Proceedings and distributed to the attendees. Authors of accepted papers can still publish their papers in other journals.

5. Submission Period: August 13 to September 17, 2021 (for submitters within and outside of Mainland China)


Previous Conference Proceedings

VI. Conference Registration

Register for the conference by sending an email to There is no registration fee for those who receive an official invitation letter. Travel, accommodation, and insurance expenses are borne by participants themselves.

VII. Conference Secretariat

Address: School of Media & Communication, Shanghai Jiao Tong University,

No. 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China

Contact person: Ms Lutong Zhang


Phone: +86-21-34208622







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Previous SJTU conferences in collaboration with the ICA