LOOKING FORWARD! The 7th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section of ECREA 

New submission deadline: July 25

When: October 24 – October 26, 2023

Where: Tallinn, Estonia, hosted by Baltic Film, Media and Art School, Tallinn University

Accommodation options are available near the university, more information about hotels is on our website.

Registration fee: Early Bird 300 € /Standart 350 €, Early Bird Student 190 €/ Standart 220 € (PhD workshop included), Early Bird PhD workshop 50 €/ Standart 70 €

Keynote speakers: Dr. Kristina Scharp (Associate Professor, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, US) and Dr. Rudi Palmieri (Associate Professor, Strategic Communication, University of Liverpool, UK). These esteemed scholars will be sharing their expertise and their insight of the future prospects. Additionally, they will serve as mentors in the Young Scholars Workshop. More information about the keynote speakers below.

In this year’s conference we will be “Looking forward!“. We want to look ahead after recent – even still ongoing – challenging and hard times in Europe. ICSI wants to provide a platform for wondering and visualizing the future and the solutions that we can provide as communication scholars.

We invite paper and panel proposals from all communication or communication-related disciplines that align with the section’s themes. We encourage innovative ideas and proposals for future research. As part of our conference program, we will be providing a workshop specifically designed for young scholars, including doctoral students and early-career researchers.

For more information and submission instructions, please visit our website at: https://www.tlu.ee/en/bfm/icsi  

Our keynotes

Kristina M. Scharp (Ph.D, University of Iowa) is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. She is also the Director of the Family Communication and Relationships Lab. Scharp’s research focuses on interpersonal, family, and health communication. Her work examines marginalization and how people cope with major disruptions in their lives. 

She aims to expose institutionalized oppression, understand marginalized populations, and illuminate communication processes they use to cope with inequities. Scharp has over 90 publications in prestigious outlets and has received several awards, including the International Communication Association’s Early Career Award and the Leslie A. Baxter Early Career Award in Family Communication. Her work on family estrangement has been featured in prominent media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Conversation, and NPR. Publications, see https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=fi&user=TFUGv-YAAAAJ.

Rudi Palmieri (PhD in Communication Sciences, USI Lugano) is an Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Liverpool (UK). His expertise lies in analyzing argumentation in strategic communication, focusing on areas such as financial communication, crisis communication, and entrepreneurial discourse. His research aims to understand how the complexities of communicative situations impact the design, delivery, and exchange of reasons by organizational leaders and stakeholders to influence opinions and decisions. Trust-oriented (crisis) communication is a key focus area, viewed as an inherently argumentative process. Dr. Palmieri’s research takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining theories from argumentation, rhetoric, linguistics, semiotics, strategic management, and corporate communications. He has published extensively in renowned journals and taught courses at various academic levels in the UK, Switzerland, and other European countries. His work involves identifying and examining argumentative strategies in genres like takeover documents, earnings calls, proxy fights, investor pitching, crowdfunding campaigns, and crisis responses. Publications, see https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=fi&user=AoQOm9QAAAAJ

We are “Looking forward! to seeing all the ICSI-minded scholars again. Welcome to Tallinn, the perfect destination for your next conference!