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(Re-)Connecting Perspectives on Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction

30.05.2019 17:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

ECREA regional ICSI section conference

October 14-16, 2019

Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Deadline: June 9, 2019, midnight (CET)


Keynote presentations:

  • Jeffrey Treem, associate professor of Organizational Communication & Technology, University of Texas at Austin
  • Marjolijn Antheunis, professor of Communication & Technology, Tilburg University

Two-day conference and parallel sessions (Oct 14-15) for all participants. One-day (Oct 16) workshop for young scholars and senior respondents.

The ICSI Regional Conference is the 6th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section of ECREA, the European Communication Research and Education Association. This year’s conference is hosted by Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, and will be held in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

The title of the conference refers to the two main themes we want to address in this conference.

First, in this conference we want to connect scholars from the different sub-disciplines of interpersonal communication and social interaction. Amongst us are scholars who study workplace interaction, communication in interpersonal relationship, impression management, and interpersonal health communication. Connecting our insights from different fields may inform our own research, provide creative ideas for future research, and help theory development. For example, patient-doctor interactions may mirror employer-employee communication and research on online dating may inform how employees become successful brand ambassadors.

Second, our title reflects the fact that our mediated and unmediated interactions are increasingly connected and integrated. We can no longer consider online communication as separate from offline communication. This raises question as to how to combine different online and offline communication channels in our daily interactions. For example, how do we strategically employ different communication technologies to attain our work and private goals? Can we establish an interpersonal relationship with a device like Amazon’s Echo and can Google Pixel indeed take care of our mobile conversations? How do online support communities help us in our daily lives? As advanced communication technologies increasingly become part of our everyday experience, we are forced to revisit and connect theories of online and offline social interaction.

The ICSI Regional Conference 2019 provides an opportunity to share our ideas, theories and research about interpersonal communication and social interaction across our different specializations. We call for paper and panel proposals from any communication or communication-related discipline and methodology that address the conference themes, including, but not limited to, papers that intersect and/or interconnect with the following topics:

  • (Mediated) workplace meetings
  • Social interaction and social media in the workplace
  • Virtual teams
  • Interpersonal health communication
  • Modality switching in interpersonal communication
  • The role of emotions in interpersonal communication
  • Social interaction with conversational human agents, personal assistants & chatbots
  • Employee ambassadorship & professional identity
  • Impression management & formation in online dating
  • Social interaction in interpersonal relationships
  • Professional and personal boundary management
  • Communication competence and skills in workplace & health settings
  • Connecting customers & organizations
  • Interpersonal communication and social support
  • Privacy and ethical issues in studying interpersonal communication in different fields

Abstract Submission

We welcome abstract submissions as well as clearly framed, thematic panel proposals. If you want to submit a panel proposal, please send an abstract of the overall panel theme as well as a short description of each panelist and their presentation (3-5 participants). We also welcome other ideas for special sessions or workshops.

Please submit an abstract of maximum 300 words for individual/co-authored papers or a panel proposal of maximum 600 to the submission system. The submission deadline is June 9, 2019, midnight (Central European Time).

Please submit your proposals via the following link:

We will get back to you with information on acceptance of papers and panels and with a preliminary program and practical information at the end of June.

Young Scholars Workshop

We kindly invite Ph.D. students and junior faculty to participate in the young scholars workshop held on the third day of the conference, on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at Tilburg University. During the workshop, participants and senior faculty members will discuss the papers submitted by the participants and talk about methodological and theoretical issues in communication research. The workshop provides also an opportunity to discuss research career issues and career development with senior scholars. The workshop is included in the main conference fee.

You can sign up to the workshop and submit a summary of your paper via the submission system. The summaries should not exceed 300 words. The deadline is June 9, 2019, midnight (Central European Time).

Please submit your proposals via the following link:

Please note, that all accepted participants are expected to submit a 1,000 to 1,500-word paper of their work before the event in September and to give a short presentation of their work during the workshop. We invite all Ph.D. students and junior faculty with relevant projects to participate and get feedback on their research from senior scholars in the field, as well as to network with international peers.

Contact information

Conference organizers: Alexander Schouten, Anu Sivunen, and Karyn Stapleton

Conference website:

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