Reports from CAIP Affiliates: International Communication Association

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. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 3,500 members in 65 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO).

Over recent decades the field of communication research has grown rapidly all over the world. This growth reflects the need to seek answers to urgent social problems involving communication (e.g., child development, family life, cultural development and preservation, quality of life, and political communication among political systems and nations). ICA members ask the relevant questions, conduct academically sound research, and often suggest policy-related solutions to these urgent problems.

As an international association, ICA offers its know-how to everybody and every area of the world where the norms of personal freedom and democracy are upheld. Our members actively contribute to public debate on topics relative to our mission. To make the association even more international and to focus even more on research relevant to the public interest are primary goals for the years to come.
ICA is diverse in its structure and interests and includes 19 divisions and interest groups, each representing a special subfield of communication processes and phenomena. Despite special interests, we view our field as a coherent discipline in which all different aspects of communication are linked by common processes, structures, theories, and methods.