MEMBER NEWS – NOVEMBER 2017
New book series in Conflict and Peace edited by Peter Kellett & Stacey Connaughton (Org Comm, Vice Chair)
This series, with Peter Lang, highlights leading-edge conflict transformation and peacebuilding work that is achieved through engaged scholarship in the contemporary world. Of particular interest are books (1) that demonstrate the relationship between conflict and systemic issues (for example, relational, cultural, social, environmental, political, historical, and economic). This interest includes the roles of change practices and processes in broader efforts to create a fairer, more just, healthier, and sustainable world and constitutive relationships. (2) We welcome proposals featuring the lived experience of conflict transformation and peacebuilding for practitioners, and/or those affecting and affected by conflicts. We encourage books that explore novel ways of representing the spectrum of lived experiences of people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. These include indigenous and other “alternative” perspectives that have received comparatively little attention in academic publications and public media. (3) We invite proposals that show how theory and methodology inform and are informed by practice. We welcome proposals that integrate diverse theories and methods from relevant disciplines through which conflicts are understood, addressed, and even prevented. (4) We encourage proposals that consider a variety of modes and domains of communication and interaction such as face to face, online, community, discursive, rhetorical, network-analytic and others. Edited volumes as well as authored monographs are welcome. We envision a series that has substantial appeal to scholarly audiences across related disciplines, but that also speaks meaningfully to various audiences beyond academia (for example, practitioners, policymakers, and the donor community). Therefore, we encourage interested authors and editors to make accessibility a hallmark of their writing.
Title: Meditation at Work
Description: Meditation at Work is a unique meditation program designed for working professionals. ICA members are offered a special opportunity to evaluate the program before it officially launches in December. To participate, visit: http://launch.meditationatwork.com/ica/
New Book Announcement: Gender, Communication, and the Leadership Gap
Gender, Communication, and the Leadership Gap, edited by ICA members Carolyn M. Cunningham, Heather M. Crandall, and Alexa M. Dare, is the sixth volume in the Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice series. This cross-disciplinary series, from the International Leadership Association, enhances leadership knowledge and improves leadership development of women around the world. The purpose of this volume is to highlight connections between the fields of communication and leadership to help address the problem of underrepresentation of women in leadership. Readers will profit from the accessible writing style as they encounter cutting-edge scholarship on gender and leadership. Chapters of note cover microaggressions, authentic leadership, courageous leadership, inclusive leadership, implicit bias, career barriers and levers, impression management, and the visual rhetoric of famous women leaders.
International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on
Growing Economic Inequality and Mediated Communication
The International Journal of Communication announces the publication of a Special Section focused on “Growing Economic Inequality and Mediated Communication” guest-edited by Paschal Preston and Andrea Grisold.
Sharp rises in economic inequalities have been one of the most significant developments in the heartlands of the capitalist system since the 1970s. Widening income gaps, increasingly uneven distribution of wealth and falling wage ratios comprise key aspects and indicators of this transformation. But many analysts also view the rise of populist nationalism and decline in the public’s trust in established political parties, media and other institutions as closely linked to the polarized distribution of income and other material resources.
After decades of benign neglect, the issues of economic and social inequalities have re-entered the stage of mainstream political attention in the core western countries over the past couple of years. This is due, in part, to the prominent public profile and popularity of books by Thomas Piketty and Tony Atkinson who have worked on this topic for many years. Moreover, the renewed attention to economic and social inequality unfolds against a background of very slow, partial and highly uneven “recovery” from the major financial crash in the north-Atlantic region in 2007‒2008. Sluggish economic growth, declining or stagnant incomes, state policy regimes oriented toward austerity have followed in many countries and extreme turbulence in the formal political arena.
This special themed section of IJoC engages with two broad, if overlapping, sets of questions:
How do the new forms of economic inequality, power and privilege relate to relevant theories of the news media and prevailing conceptualizations of the role of the institutions of public communication? How does this knowledge base serve to help forward-looking analyses of the meaning and implications of recent trends in economic inequalities?
What role do the new forms of economic inequality, thus power and privilege, play in the typical narratives of mediated communication today? How does the “story-telling” take place? How is inequality framed and discussed?
The seven papers in this themed section are transdisciplinary in scope, bringing together several leading researchers, based in the communication studies, journalism and the political economy fields―all engaged in complementary ways in exploring the relations between media and public communication institutions on the one hand, and significant economic inequality trends and related developments on the other.
We invite you to read these articles that published on October 25, 2017 in the International Journal of Communication. Please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct links to the papers of interest.
Editor Managing Editor
Paschal Preston, Andrea Grisold
Understanding the Business of Global Media in the Digital Age (Micky Lee, Suffolk U, Dal Yong Jin, Simon Fraser U)
This new introductory textbook provides students with the tools they need to understand the way digital technologies have transformed the global media business of the 21st century. Focusing on three main approaches – media economics, critical political economy, and production studies – the authors provide an empirically rich analysis of ownership, organizational structures and culture, business strategies, markets, networks of strategic alliances, and state policies as they relate to global media. Examples throughout involve both traditional and digital media and are taken from different regions and countries to illustrate how the media business is influenced by interconnected historical, political, economic, and social factors. In addition to introducing today’s convergent world of global media, the book gives readers a greater understanding of their own potential roles within the global media industries.