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[ecrea] CFP Post-conference ICA - Bridging practice and disciplinary perspectives on the formation and effects of country image, reputation, brand, and identity

Thu Dec 08 09:10:26 GMT 2016


*“Bridging practice and disciplinary perspectives on the formation and effects of country image, reputation, brand, and identity”*

San Diego, *30 May 2017*, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


In times of globalization, countries are increasingly observed by global media and international publics. Countries are rated and compared according to their economic development, political stability, effectiveness and morality of their national and international politics, and the attractiveness of their culture. The fact that perceptions of countries are both the cause and outcome of social and psychological processes that relate to a multitude of economic, cultural and political effects has led to an increased number of studies in the fields of social psychology, business studies, political science, and communication science. In these fields, research using similar concepts to study the formation and effects of country image, reputation, brand, and identity remain largely segregated by disciplines; there is a great need for integrative efforts to advance scholarship and stimulate theory building.

This post-conference aims at integrating various perspectives about the causes and effects of perceptions about countries to advance discourse about theories and methods. We will discuss how to distinguish among concepts, and how to—if possible—integrate them for future public diplomacy and communication research. The full day post-conference will be a meeting point for scholars and practitioners to discuss current challenges in public diplomacy and country image. We aim to discuss how advancement in theory and research can contribute to the current practice of public diplomacy. We are particularly interested in gathering comparative perspectives from the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia on topics such as migration and refugees in public diplomacy, the public diplomacy of international and transnational organizations, diaspora and public diplomacy, social media and public diplomacy, the role of non-state actors, etc. that impact public diplomacy.

We welcome contributions from both scholars and practitioners reflecting on these topics. Selected contributions may be published in an upcoming Routledge handbook on this topic (edited by Ingenhoff, White, Buhmann, & Kiousis), and advance the study of country perceptions as an interdisciplinary field.

The post-conference will include: 1) A roundtable discussion with public diplomacy practitioners-turned-academics moderated by Kathy Fitzpatrick (American University). Topics under scrutiny are the role of the practitioners in linking education and practice, education and training of the modern-day public diplomacy specialist, and applied research agendas; 2) A roundtable discussion with public diplomacy specialists from the consular community moderated by Jay Wang (USC Center on Public Diplomacy). Discussion will focus on topics such as the role of the consulate in public diplomacy ("beyond passports"), public/private partnerships, working with cities, engaging local diasporas, and economic development.

*Submission process*

Proposals of papers should be submitted in abstract form. Abstracts (no longer than 500 words + references) should be emailed to *Lindsey Bier* ((lbier /at/ <mailto:(lbier /at/>) by *January 30, 2017*.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors *mid-February, 2017.*

Full papers must be submitted by *March 30, 2017* for inclusion in the conference materials. Authors are expected to attend the post-conference and present in person.

*All inquiries *on submission should be directed to*Candace White* ((white /at/ <mailto:(white /at/>).

The post-conference will take place onsite, at Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The *participation fee* is US $85 for presenters and non-presenters and includes the coffee breaks and the lunch buffet. Registration for this post-conference is to be made online at <> beginning January 15, 2017.

More details on the ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group are available here -

*Organizers & Scientific Committee*

Diana Ingenhoff ((diana.ingenhoff /at/ <mailto:(diana.ingenhoff /at/>), University of Fribourg

Candace White ((white /at/ <mailto:(white /at/>), University of Tennessee

Alina Dolea ((alinadolea /at/ <mailto:(alinadolea /at/>), University of Bucharest

Spiro Kiousis ((skiousis /at/ <mailto:(skiousis /at/>), University of Florida

Kathy Fitzpatrick ((kfitzpat /at/ <mailto:(kfitzpat /at/>), American University

Alexander Buhmann ((alexander.buhmann /at/ <mailto:(alexander.buhmann /at/>), BI Norwegian Business School

Jay Wang ((wangjian /at/ <mailto:(wangjian /at/>), USC Center on Public Diplomacy


USC Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

BI Norwegian Business School Centre for Corporate Communication

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