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2nd INFO LETTER
Deadline: January 15, 2006

III International Russian Communication Association Conference-2006
"COMMUNICATION AND (RE) MAKING SOCIAL WORLDS"
(Communication-2006)

St. Petersburg, Russia
June 12-16, 2006

The Third International Russian Communication Association Conference will be held June 12-16, 2006, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The conference theme is "Communication and (Re)Making Social Worlds." The NCA is an RCA Conference partner and information sponsor; other Conference supporters include the North American Russian Communication Association and leading universities of the St. Petersburg area, including St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg-M.A. Bonch-Bruevich State University for Telecommunications, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Nevbsky Institute of Language and Culture, and the St. Petersburg Institute of Foreign Economic Relations, Economics and Law. RCA is an affiliate organization with the International Communication Association (ICA). Conference languages are Russian and English.

Site information and accommodations: The Conference will be held in the State Educational Center (SEC), Rosatom. The State Educational Center is a comprehensive conference facility, with hotel, cafes, and a canteen on the premises. The hotel is situated in the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg, opposite to the ground where the famous Russian poet A. Pushkin had a duel. It is within 5 minutes walk from "Pionerskaya" underground station, from which it is but four stops to Nevsky Prospect and the heart of historical St. Petersburg. Accommodations at SEC are quite reasonable; at current exchange rates, a single with breakfast included starts at about $65 and a shared double with breakfast starts at about $40 per person. The SEC may be viewed at http://www.graph.runnet.ru/alpha/hotele.html. Hotel reservations with SEC will be handled as a part of the conference registration process, and you will be asked about room preferences and provided specific costs as part of that process. Reservations at hotels other than SEC must be handled individually by participants. St. Petersburg offers a beautiful and historical venue for the conference; for those who would like an introduction to the charm and beauty of the city of St. Petersburg, visit our photo gallery at http://www.russcomm.ru/photo/piter/.

Registration and fees: The Conference Fee for members of the North American Russian Communication Association (NARCA) is $550 (this member-rate is also extended to members of ICA); for non-members, the registration fee is $600. The registration fees include:

  • Airport transportation
  • Welcoming reception
  • Lunches, coffee breaks, and dinners
  • A package of conference materials
  • Translation and attendance services
  • A city tour of beautiful St. Petersburg
  • A boat trip on the historical Neva River
  • Publication of articles
  • A two-year membership in the Russian Communication Association-North American Russian Communication Association (normally $40 per year).

Conference registration fees are due within one month of notification of acceptance and are payable by check or money order to: North American Russian Communication Association (NARCA), Dept. of Communication, PO Box 3091, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991.

Travel and Visa Assistance: Visas are necessary for business travel to the Russian Federation. Letters of invitation needed for Business visa applications will accompany notifications of acceptance for presentation at the Conference or will accompany acknowledgement of payment of registration fees. For travel and visa information contact Maureen Minielli, IUPUI via e-mail: mminiell@iupui.edu or by phone 317-278-3143.

Submission of papers and proposals: We invite submissions of papers and proposals for paper panels, roundtables, poster sessions, workshops (including GIFTS- great ideas for teaching communication), and student panels. Papers (in the form of abstracts up to 10 pages) and all other proposals (for sessions, roundtable discussions, and workshops) should be submitted by January 15, 2006. Proposals will be evaluated through a juried review process, and notifications will follow promptly. Papers that are selected will be published before the conference; manuscript guidelines and due dates will accompany notification. The conference focuses on the following areas:

  • Philosophy and theory of communication
  • Organizational, professional, and business communication
  • Interpersonal and small group communication
  • Gender communication
  • Computer-mediated communication and advanced information technologies (IT)
  • Mass and media communication
  • Public relations theory and practice
  • Political communication and political rhetoric
  • Communication and culture
  • Communication education
  • Communication practice(s) and social responsibility

Submissions should include the following information: full name(s) of the submitter(s), place of work (university, department), position and academic degree, phone/fax, e-mail address, topic of presentation, topic of roundtable or workshop, a short description, and specification of any technical equipment needed. Use the same format as those prescribed by NCA for submitting abstracts and proposals. Please send three hard copies as well as e-mail an electronic copy in Microsoft Word of paper abstracts and all proposals by January 15, 2006 to the U.S. program coordinator of the conference:

Dr. Steven A. Beebe
Department of Communication Studies
601 University Drive
Texas State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
Office phone: 512-245-2165
Office fax: 512-245-3138
sbeebe@txstate.edu

For additional information: Updates on the conference will be posted on the RCA site: http://www.russcomm.ru/eng/rca_projects/rca-conf2006/ . You can find detailed information about the Russian Communication Association and two previous conferences at http://www.russcomm.ru/eng/.

    Olga Matyash, Conference Chair
    (USA-Russia, President, Russian Communication Association),
    oimatyas@ori.net

    Olga Filatova, Conference Vice Chair
    (St. Petersburg State University),
    margin@infos.ru

    David Cratis Williams, Florida Atlantic University
    (Executive Director, North American Russian Communication Association, Inc.),
    dcwill@fau.edu

    Alyona Dyakova,
    M.A. Bonch-Bruevich State University for Telecommunications,
    St. Petersburg, Russia,
    (International Participants Coordinator in Russia),
    alyona_dy@yahoo.com

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