ICA is a foreign organisation to me, it keeps its conferences within North America for three out of four years, and the conference programs and history do not tell anything about where the conferences are the fourth year. So I can't tell if outside North America means in Canada and Mexico, or if the conference leaves the continent. But I have known of it for a long time, and am curious about it. I also have not been in any of the more classic media scholar conferences for years, as my scope has narrowed to games and digital media, and so I am quite exited about dipping back into what I consider my scholarly roots.
But after years of digital media pursuits, I suspect that the feeling will be slightly Sting-ish: A visit to a country where the language is familiar and still slightly different: different focus, different values, different style.
I don’t take coffee I take tea my dear
I like my toast done on one side
And you can hear it in my accent when I talk
I’m an englishman in new york