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Important Dates

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 21st March 2016
(Requests for approval to submit a paper after deadline should be made via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Notice of Paper Acceptance: 1st May 2016 
Submission of Camera Ready Paper: 30th May 2016
Conference Period: 18th - 20th September 2016

Paper Submission

We use OpenConf Peer Review and Conference Management System for paper submission and reviewing process.

Background & Objectives

We welcome you to join us for our Sixth International Communication and Media Conference (i-COME'18). The conference provides a broad platform for the discussion of emergent and interconnected issues shaped by the meaning of communication, cultural, images and identity as understood in the South East Asian region as well as in other parts of the world. The 2018 conference theme "Connecting Diverse Networks: Managing Self and Others" is aimed to advance scholarship in the field of communication and media which can then be of benefit to communities who are experiencing diversity and managing challenging issues in the fields.

With the advancement of knowledge and technology, people are constantly searching for ways to manage themselves in finding points of agreement in personal and business matters. Industrial Revolution 4.0 is part of the upcoming revolution that may change how people work, play and manage themselves. Public and private institutions are faced with various issues that are new and need to find the best strategies in managing the stakeholders. All parties -- community, industry, institutions and governments need to work together in connecting these diverse networks and prepare for future challenges. It is time for local and global networks to understand and appreciate each other as we live in this one big space we call home.

We invite papers from everyone in the academic and industrial sectors to discuss crucial concerns (and potential solutions) in relation to the above-mentioned theme from various communication perspectives. A call for papers will be posted on the i-COME'18 website on February 1, 2018. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2018.

Who should join us:

  • Academics
  • Administrators
  • Business associates
  • Community practitioners
  • Government officers
  • Head of community
  • Professionals
  • Researchers

Welcome to i-COME'16

Recent demands in the work environment – changes in lifestyles, challenges in socio-economic and political agenda, issues in cultural integration, planned revamps in organizational systems, corporate restructuring, and business and management reengineering, to name a few – are exerting socio-cultural pressures on the roles communication and medias play in handling these types of scenario. In addition, communication and medias in the 21st century are transforming rapidly through the globalization of organizations and digital technologies. They not only shape organizations and their social structure but they also influence our thinking.

Given this particular context, we believe that communication and media scholars, have to examine how their theories and models can be translated into practices. Furthermore, they must ask themselves how their theories, philosophies, and principles can offer comprehensive explanations and strategies in these ever-changing environments. At the end of 2000, East Asia (South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia) faced a financial crisis that also affected business worldwide. Prior to the crisis, these countries were the center for international investments. Now, recovering from adversity, these countries have begun to prosper again, and up until now this region has received 25% of the world foreign direct investment. From a communicational viewpoint, this is an interesting time. Although the crisis has changed the political climate in East Asia, some interesting phenomena have indeed evolved. China and India have eventually become prominent in South East Asian countries’ economic policy, while Australia and New Zealand (perceived as Western countries) start to look to South East Asian region as their strategic business partners. These countries, together with ASEAN countries (Association of South East Asian Nation), namely China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, jointly formed the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) to facilitate businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. The interesting aspects of these phenomena go beyond questions of (mis-)communication between various participants. Prejudices and the stereotyping of other cultures are already important subjects within the field of communication, and they have led scholars to deliberate about the implications of these phenomena in real settings.

The International Conference on Communication and Media 2016 (i-COME’16), an ICA Regional Conference, will be organized by the Universiti Utara Malaysia and several other universities in Malaysia under the auspices of the International Communication Association (www.icahdq.org). The Communication Department of the School of Multimedia Technology and Communication at the Universiti Utara Malaysia already has a lot of experience in successfully organizing four i-COME events – i-COME’08, i-COME’10, i-COME’12 and i-COME’14 – which will enable us to pool together human and physical resources to explore how communication and media in contemporary organizations could play pivotal roles in dealing with issues and challenges that have both local and global impacts. An international conference with ICA collaboration befits this endeavor.

The event will take place on 18 – 20 September, 2016 at the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The conference theme is aimed to advance knowledge in the field of communication, knowledge that can then benefit various communities experiencing changes. We welcome paper submissions on a broad range of topics – ranging from interpersonal communication to media studies – that go beyond prejudices and the stereotyping of other cultures, and can lead scholars to deliberate about their applications in real-life setting. Some of the topics are given below, but the list is not exhaustive:

  • Communication theory and research
  • Interpersonal and organizational communication
  • Journalism and media studies
  • Language and Social Interaction
  • Intercultural communication and Ethnicity and Race
  • Communication and Technology
  • Meaning, Context and Cognition (MCC) in Communication
  • Political Communication
  • Public Relations, Advertising, Propaganda, Promotion
  • Visual/Graphic Communication
  • Communication ethics
  • Media literacy

We invite you to submit your papers to our conference website at http://i-comeuum.com/. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to your participation at i-COME ’16: An ICA Regional Conference.

Keynote Speakers

Guest Speaker

Patrice Buzzanell

Purdue University

Chen Ling

Chen Ling

Hong Kong Baptist University

Donghee Shin

Donghee Shin

Sungkyunkwan University

Syed Arabi Syed Abdullah Idid

Syed Arabi Syed Abdullah Idid

International Islamic University Malaysia

Contact Us

Dr. Hassan Abu Bakar 

Executive Director i-COME’16

School of Multimedia Technology and Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, 
 Universiti Utara Malaysia 06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah, MALAYSIA | Email: [email protected]
 | Tel: +604 9285856 
| Fax: +604 9285804

Organized by: Sponsored by:
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Supported by:

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Partner Institutions:

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