Public Diplomacy in the 2020s

ICA Post-Conference co-sponsored by CPD and the Public Diplomacy Working Group

CPD is pleased to co-sponsor the ICA post-conference by the Public Diplomacy Interest Group this spring in Washington, D.C.

The post-conference gathers PhD students, early career researchers, senior scholars and practitioners in public diplomacy to expand the PD body of knowledge, to address gaps in the literature, to inform and advance PD practices, and to heighten visibility of PD among policymakers in government and higher education. A new and innovative research agenda will recognize how far PD scholarship has come since 9/11, explore directions in public diplomacy research, and discuss opportunities for original collaborations among multidisciplinary scholars crossing boundaries.

Four sessions will be offered:

  • Emerging PhD & Postdoctoral Research — (Chair R.S. Zaharna, American University)
  • State of the Art, State of the Future: New Directions in Public Diplomacy Research — (Chair Kathy Fitzpatrick, American University)
  • Research-Practice Collaboration — (Chairs Alina Dolea, Bournemouth University; James Pamment, Lund University)
  • Public Diplomacy Practice — (Chair Jay Wang, USC Center on Public Diplomacy)


Call for Abstracts for the session "Emerging PhD & Postdoctoral Research" — PhD candidates or recent recipients of PhD titles (2017-2018) are invited to submit extended abstracts for studies related to public diplomacy. The extended abstract (750-1000 words) and current CV/resume should be sent to R.S. Zaharna (, subject line: "ICA PhD Public Diplomacy Abstract" by January 31, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to submit a full paper by April 20, 2019. All topics are welcome, including digital diplomacy, evaluation & measurement of public diplomacy, theory building in public diplomacy, countries soft power, the role of cities, nation branding, non-state public diplomacy, etc. Please make sure to highlight the relevance of the study to public diplomacy. The format of the session will include senior scholars mentoring and offering each presenter in-depth feedback.

A networking lunch is scheduled to allow for more talks on presentations and collaborations in future projects. Full program will be published end of February 2019. Click here to register.

The post-conference is open to all. Please note, you do not have to be an ICA member to attend the post-conference, but you need to create a profile on the ICA website in order to register and attend. The registration fee is $80 for all participants (presenters and non-presenters) and includes the coffee breaks and the networking lunch.

Additional post-conference organizers include both American University School of Communication and Syracuse University Maxwell and Newhouse Schools.

About ICA and the Public Diplomacy Interest Group

The International Communication Association (ICA) is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. The ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group was established in 2016. The Public Diplomacy Interest Group provides a forum for the scholars investigating topics related to public diplomacy, nation branding, country image and reputation, public relations for and of nations, as well as political, and global and intercultural communication that influences international relations.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
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