ICA Regional Conference 2022

Computational Communication Research in Central and Eastern Europe

Saint Petersburg, Russia
June 27-29, 2022

ICA Regional Conference 2022

Computational Communication Research in Central and Eastern Europe

Saint Petersburg, Russia
June 27-29, 2022

Call for Papers Submit an abstract Contact us

ICA Regional Conference 2022

Computational Communication Research in Central and Eastern Europe

Saint Petersburg, Russia
June 27-29, 2022

Call for Papers Submit an abstract Contact us


ICA regional conference on Computational Communication Research in Central and Eastern Europe will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 27-29, 2022. The goal of the conference is to consolidate the regional community in the emerging area of computational communication research and contribute to its closer integration with the global community of computational communication scholars, both within and beyond current ICA membership.

The event will be held in either a mixed online-offline format – epidemiological conditions and availability of travel permitting – or completely online as circumstances may require.

The conference is organized by the Laboratory for social and cognitive informatics, part of the St. Petersburg campus of HSE University.



The scope of the conference is intentionally broad as we look to attract participants from beyond the region and cover most of the subject areas represented in ICA divisions. The conference will welcome research focused on, but not limited to the following research areas:

  • Diffusion, perception, and effects of information and misinformation (including political and COVID-related information)
  • The structure and dynamics of online communities
  • Team formation, structure, and efficiency
  • Formation, maintenance, and decay of individual social ties
  • Text communication and human processing of textual information
  • Effects of COVID-related digital turn in education on instructional communication
  • Assessing and improving health conditions via wearable devices, digital traces, and online interventions
  • Political mobilization, deliberation, and polarization online
  • Cultural production and communication in creative industries
  • Communication and vulnerable groups: Hate speech, online, discrimination, cyber-bullying
  • Detection of algorithmic biases hindering inclusion, equity and equal access to public goods
  • Designing communication systems and environments to improve societies
  • Communication in Central and Eastern European societies

We encourage submissions of papers employing a wide range of computational approaches and representing interdisciplinary fields such as:

  • Network science
  • Complex systems approach and computer simulation of social processes
  • Computational linguistics, socio- and psycholinguistics
  • Computational cognitive sciences
  • Large-scale experimental approaches to human behavior
  • Multi-modal data modeling
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Communication dynamics and multivariate time series analysis
  • Cultural analytics and visualization

Please note that we will not accept computational studies unrelated to human communication, those limited solely to computer science, or any communication research that does not employ advanced computation with either big or complexly structured data. Papers co-authored by interdisciplinary teams will be especially welcome.

  • December 25, 2021 — Submission deadline for extended abstracts, posters, and panels.
  • January 25, 2022 — Acceptance/rejection decisions communicated to the submitters.
  • March 15, 2022 — Online registration opens.
  • May 30, 2022 — Online registration closes.
Submission guidelines

Conference paper abstracts of 400 to 700 words are invited by December 25, 2021. Abstracts must clearly describe the central question of the study, data and methodological approach to their analysis, as well the wider implications of the expected results and their relevance to human communication research. Although it is not mandatory, we encourage submissions that include links to datasets and code used in the analysis.

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Academic and professional participants $60 $40 $20
Graduate students and adjunct faculty $30 $20 $10

Offline registration rates vary by the tier of the applicant’s country of residence in accordance with the World Bank’s Gross National Income tier structure. Tier 1 fee is $60, Tier 2 fee is $40, Tier 3 fee is $20. Merit-based fee waivers will be available for graduate students and early career scholars from CEE countries. Should the conference proceed in online format, participation fees will be lowered accordingly.

Preliminary program

Keynote speakers

Noshir Contractor
Noshir Contractor
President-Elect of the ICA, Northwestern University
Claes H. De Vreese
Claes H. De Vreese
Immediate Past President of the ICA, University of Amsterdam
Rich Ling
Rich Ling
Nanyang Technological University
Markus Strohmaier
Markus Strohmaier
RWTH Aachen University

Conference agenda

  • Business meeting
  • Poster sessions
  • Panel discussions
  • Round table discussion of best practices in publishing computational communication research, featuring Profs. De Vreese, Ling, and Strohmaier
  • Best paper awards ceremony


Conference Advisory Committee
  • Iwona Hofman, President of Polish Communication Association, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University.
  • János Kertész, Head of the Department of Network and Data Science, Central European University.
  • Gregor Petrič, Head of the Center for Methodology and Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana University.
  • Maximilian Schich, Head of the EU ERA Chair for Cultural Data Analytics and Senior Fellow at Vejune Zemaityte, Tallinn University.
  • Ivan Smirnov, Head of the Laboratory for Computational Social Science, HSE University.
  • Anastasiya Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Head of the Center for Digital Humanities, HSE University.
  • Iliya Kiriya, Head of the Department of media, HSE University.
  • Svetlana Bodrunova, Vice Dean at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Petersburg State University.
  • Nikita Basov, Scientific manager of the Centre for German and European Studies, St. Petersburg State University & Bielefeld University.
  • Wouter van Atteveldt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Editor-in-chief of Computational Communication Research.

Established in the early 1990s by a team of reformist academics, Higher School of Economics (HSE) has now become the leading Russia’s university in the areas of social sciences, humanities, mathematics, and computer science. It is also known for its interdisciplinary and international approach to research, hosting around 50 research units with international participation that are mostly interdisciplinary. In 2020, it made Top-300 in QS global ranking, and in recent years it has been consistently included in QS “Top 50 under 50” – a ranking designed to reflect the quality of young Universities. According to QS subject rankings, HSE University is among the world’s Top-50 in Politics and International studies, and ranks in Top-100 in Economics, Sociology, History, and Social Policy & Administration globally and #1 in each of these subject areas in Russia.

Higher School of Economics
Publication partners
  • Computational Communication Research: The authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their work to a special issue of the journal.
  • Central European Journal of Communication, the Journal of Polish Communication Association: a fast-track option or a special issue might be offered for Eastern-European participants
Host Lab

Social and Cognitive Informatics Lab (SCILa), formerly Laboratory for Internet Studies (LINIS) at HSE headed by Olessia Koltsova focuses on interdisciplinary computational research of human communication. SCILA’s team investigates and models interaction of individuals and groups with information, knowledge, respective technologies and with other humans using these technologies.



St. Petersburg, a UNESCO heritage site, is one of the leading travel destinations in Europe connected by direct flights with most European capitals (two hours from Paris and three hours from London). A broad range of accommodation possibilities (everything starting from luxury hotels to affordable hostels) are located in a walking distance from the conference venue.


Although Russia is a visa country, nationals of 35 countries have visa-free access to Russia. In addition to that, St. Petersburg region is allowed to issue short-term electronic visas for the nationals of 52 countries, which fully covers East and Central Europe. Electronic visas require nothing except filling an online form and entering Russia via the St. Petersburg region. HSE provides extensive visa support to all nationals.



HSE’s St. Petersburg campus is particularly strong in computational social science and social data analytics. When rated separately from its parent campus, HSE St. Petersburg consistently ranks among top 10 Russian universities, with HSE Moscow just a few spots above. Located in the heart of the internationally acclaimed travel destination, the Saint Petersburg campus has a vast experience of hosting large-scale international scholarly events, such as the annual St. Petersburg International Conference on Inequality and Diversity and the 2019 International Conference on Education and Global Cities.

University facilities for conferencing

HSE’s 3 Kantemirovskaya building is a newly restored industrial-style structure with all modern facilities and vast halls used for exhibitions and conferences. It is located next to the Saint Petersburg city center and within 10 minutes’ walk from the nearest subway station. In recent years, HSE University has also been investing significant resources in developing infrastructure and expertise to facilitate educational and research activities online, including cross-curriculum lecturing to its four campuses situated in different time zones. By now, HSE has also accumulated sufficient experience in holding online and mixed-format events.


For any information related to the conference, contact Kirill Bryanov at kbryanov@hse.ru .