Video Competition: What does Intercultural Dialogue Look Like?
The Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) has organized its first ever video competition, open to students enrolled in any college or university during the 2017-2018 academic year. To enter, participants must submit a video no longer than 2 minutes that highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue, responding to the question: “What does intercultural dialogue look like?” Entries will be accepted April 15-May 31, 2018.
One winner will receive a US$200 prize. The top 20 entries will be posted to the CID YouTube channel, and be highlighted on the CID website, along with posts describing the creators and highlighting each of their videos, throughout the rest of 2018.
Submissions will be evaluated based on originality, clarity, cultural message, effective use of technology, and overall impact. Students can work independently or in groups. Please encourage your students to get creative, show off their skills and have fun with this topic.
Contact Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, CID Director, with any questions:
Call for Manuscripts and Book Reviews: Southern Communication Journal
The Southern Communication Journal publishes original scholarship that makes significant contributions to understanding the processes and consequences of human communication. The journal is not limited with regard to topic, methodological approach, or theoretical perspective, although authors must establish the significance of the research, soundness of methodological choices, and appropriateness of theoretical perspectives. We seek to publish articles and book reviews that will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and practitioners of communication.
SCJ employs a process of blind review, although the editor reserves the right to return without benefit of review manuscripts that are outside of the mission of the journal, are deeply flawed, or do not conform to the guidelines listed below. Authors should submit their work electronically to the Manuscript Central website for SCJ: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rsjc
All manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words and a list of key words that clearly indicate the scholarly conversation to which the essay contributes. Submissions may be in either APA or Chicago, and must be original research not under review elsewhere.
Manuscripts should not normally exceed 25 double-spaced pages, including text, references, notes, tables, and figures. Writing must be free of sexist and discriminatory language. Upon notification of acceptance of a manuscript, the author must provide a copy of the completed manuscript as well as camera-ready copy of any artwork and figures, and must assign copyright to the Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
-Inquiries may be made to the Editor, Jennifer Samp, U of Georgia, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Books for review and book review ideas should be submitted to Mary Beth Asbury, Middle Tennessee State U, email@example.com
CFP: Refugee Socialities and the Media special issue for Popular Communication
A Special Issue for the journal Popular Communication
Issue Editors: Jonathan Corpus Ong (U of Massachusetts) and Maria Rovisco (U of Leicester)
This special issue explores the ways in which diverse media and artistic genres cultivate social relationships with and among refugees and internally displaced populations. Building on political-economic studies of forced migration and critiques of humanitarian securitization in the European ‘refugee crisis’ response, this collection draws attention to the role of media and popular communication in shaping the affective dimension of the refugee experience and citizen response.
While this collection engages with the dominant discourses that amalgamate fears about diverse migrant communities in Europe and North America, it invites deeper reflection on the social arrangements and emotional expressions afforded by a broader range of: popular communication genres, technological interventions, artistic spaces, and everyday media practices. The theme ‘Refugee Socialities and the Media’ thus redirects focus onto how popular media forms and mediated interactions materialize and visualize processes of inclusion and exclusion and create possibilities for coping and healing for refugees.
The special issue invites submissions engaging with a broad range of mediated socialities–from hospitality to conviviality to hostility–that are experienced by refugees in global context. It also adopts a broad notion of refugee and asylum-seeker; we thus aim to consider environmental refugees such as those in the Caribbean, economic refugees such as those in Hong Kong, and political refugees such as the Rohingya in Myanmar.
We welcome papers that address areas including but not limited to:
- Everyday media practices among refugees
- Imaginaries of refugees in popular culture and their creative interruptions
- Artistic, entertainment and technological interventions in the borderlands (i.e., refugee camps)
- Media events, sports rituals, fandoms in contexts of displacement
- Affective dimension of digital humanitarianism, volunteerism, and fundraising for refugees
- Celebrities, influencers, and hashtag communities in the refugee response
- Participatory media projects with refugees
- Inter-migrant interactions, perceptions, and organizations
- Media and (open-)home-making and emergent forms of hospitality
- Mobile and geolocating media including refugee apps and dating apps in processes of resettlement and acculturation
- 15 January, 2018: Extended abstracts due (500-800 words)
- 30 January: Decisions announced
- 15 April: Papers due (6,000 words)
Public Relations in a Global Context
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies, May 14-17, 2018
The Academic Committee of the Athens Institute for Education and research invites scholars to submit paper abstracts for presentation and the 16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies in Athens, Greece, May 14-17, 2018. The research stream, Public Relations in a Global Context, will allow professors from around the world to address the status of public relations on a global scale by discussing contemporary tops. Specific topic areas may include corporate social responsibility, cross-cultural collaboration, reputation management, crisis communications, citizen diplomacy, global public relations measurement, global media management, technological innovations, freedom of information, professional ethics, and the evolution of the professional on a global scale. The conference is organized by the Mass Media & Communications Unit of ATINER. Prior to January 15, submit 400-word abstracts using form found at https://www.atiner.gr/med-streams
CFP: Special issue of Social Media + Society on Alternative Social Media
After Social Media: Alternatives, New Beginnings, and Socialized Media ***Call for Proposals***
Editors: Fenwick McKelvey, Sean Lawson, and Robert W. Gehl
The editors seeks 500 word abstracts for proposed articles for a special issue of Social Media + Society on "alternative social media." The editors welcome proposals from scholars, practitioners, and activists from across disciplinary boundaries so long as the work is critical and empirically rich.
Our call starts with a question: what comes after social media? It is hard to imagine something other than the current configuration of social media – of Facebook and Twitter – but signs of discontent abound. Social media companies have become deputized to police and moderate whilst being accused of poisoning civil discourse. Their integration of advertising and targeting signals a new epoch of promotional culture, but no one trusts the media anymore. As Brooke Duffy argues in (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love, everyone can create, so long as they don’t mind growing broke doing so. In sum, today’s social media is broken... but what’s next?
For the past several years, one answer to "what's next?" has been "alternative social media." Alternative social media encompasses a wide range of systems, from diaspora* to Ello to Tokumei. In contrast to what Robert Gehl calls "corporate social media," such as Facebook, Twitter,
Google+, and Pinterest, alternative social media (ASM) "allows for users
Thus, alternative social media may be understood in relation to larger histories of alternative media, documented by scholars such as Megan Boler, Nick Couldry, Chris Atton, and Clemencia Rodriguez, and carried through into social media alternatives by collectives such as Unlike Us (http://networkcultures.org/unlikeus/).
Earlier instances of ASM included diaspora*, built as a critical response to the growing dominance of Facebook in the late 2000s, with a goal of decentralizing social media data and allowing end users more control over their personal information. Later, decentralized systems, such as Twister and GNU social, came online as alternatives to Twitter.
As they have developed over the past several years, alternatives decried the censorship and manipulation of content found in corporate social media. Building on this, new alternatives dedicated to "free speech" arose during and after the contentious elections in Western countries in 2016 and 2017, including the Twitter alternative Gab. Proclaiming its defense of free speech – especially against the perceived liberal bias of Silicon Valley-based corporate sites – Gab promises freedom for everyone, including the "alt right" and white supremacists, to speak.
But other networks, such as the federated system Mastodon, have been built to allow for powerful moderation of discourse, with Codes of Conduct that often prohibit hate, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or racist speech. Indeed, while they are wildly divergent in their politics, both Gab and Mastodon have positioned themselves as antidotes to corporate social media. These debates over speech in ASM echo the longstanding tension identified by alternative media scholars, where many alternative media developers seek to socialize media and bring it in line with leftist politics, but see their discourses appropriated by right-wing media organizations.
Regardless of whether they are right or left, alternative social media face a simply reality: they just aren't popular. Compared to the billions of Twitter and Facebook users, alternative sites' user bases are tiny. Whether or not their goal ought to be massive scale, the powerful network effects of corporate social media – as well as the bewildering array of alternatives – certainly have stifled the growth of the alternatives. Still, the alternatives deserve critical attention, because they force us to rethink what we mean by "social media." What tethers so many people to so few corporate sites? And what actual "alternatives" to corporate social media do the current slate of alternative social media platforms propose?
Topics that may be explored in this special issue of Social Media + Society might include
* ethnographic or participant observation engagements with alternative social media communities
* software studies analysis of shifts in underlying ASM technologies
* narratives from practitioners who have built, moderated, or extensively participated in ASM
* comparative analysis of two or more ASM platforms
* studies of ASM as political, technical or cultural discourses or desires
* regulatory and policy discussion regarding controversies involving ASM
* speculative proposals or fictions about new ASM that address existing problems
* analysis of appropriation of ASM innovations by corporate social media system
***Timeline/Important Dates [subject to change] DECEMBER 20 2017: 500 word abstracts and CVs/resumes may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org JANUARY 20 2018: Acceptance notifications sent to authors MAY 15 2018: Full drafts due to email@example.com JULY 15 2018: Comments sent to authors by editors SEPTEMBER 15 2018: Final drafts submitted to Social Media + Society for peer review FEBRUARY 2019: Special Issue Publication
The Northwest Communication Association (NWCA) is accepting nominations for the position of Editor of the Northwest Journal of Communication (NWJC). Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for three years and begins in Spring 2018. The new editor will work with the current editor during a transition period. The new editor will be responsible for the 2019-2021 editions of the journal.
The NWJC is a peer reviewed, EBSCO listed journal, publishing one issue per year of quality scholarship on a variety of communication topics. The editor need not be a resident of the Pacific Northwest, but will be expected to attend our annual conference every April in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Submissions to the journal are not limited to residents of the Northwest or members of the NWCA. The editorial board may include scholars from across the United States, and can be composed of members of the editor’s choosing, in consultation with the NWCA Executive Council (EC). The EC will also work with the editor to find a suitable list of reviewers for each edition of the NWJC, ensuring a timely and thorough review of potential submissions.
A complete nomination includes: (1) a letter of application from the candidate that includes the candidate's experience for the task of journal editing; (2) the candidate's curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for two references who can speak to the candidate's qualifications for the position. Please send your nomination to Kevin T. Jones, NWCA President (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Review of nominations begins on 1 February, 2018, and continues until the position is filled. The goal is to present the new editor at the 2018 NWCA annual conference in April 2018. For questions or queries, please feel free to contact Kevin Jones (email@example.com).
Special Issue of Journal of International and Intercultural Communication
Stretching the Boundaries of International and Intercultural Communication Scholarship
This is a call for abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication with the theme, “Stretching the boundaries of international and intercultural communication (IIC) scholarship.” This special issue invites studies that reexamine assumptions about what counts as communication in general, and IIC in particular. For example, given the current globalized, transnational, and technology driven context, has IIC changed at all? If so, how? In what new ways has it shifted given our current times of change and discord? What is the significance of these changes?
We call for studies that address the above questions using approaches that fall under the umbrella of “language and social interaction” (LSI). LSI approaches are distinctive in that they highlight how everyday forms of communication such as text, talk, language use, and other forms of social interaction play an important role in constituting identities, relationships, cultures, and communities. We seek LSI studies that analyze IIC as situated in local cultural contexts and illustrate how participants’ use of new forms of IIC create, recreate, and are formative of current states of social institutions such as education, law, medicine, economics, religion, and politics.
IIC can be “new” in the sense that it occurs via social media or other recently available technology, stems directly from and/or is being shaped by current social and political contexts, or is simply a form of communication from communities that have not thus far been studied or featured in IIC scholarship.
Submissions could take theoretical approaches that highlight shared cultural dimensions of communication that constitute and organize social life, and/or approaches that highlight variation in ways community members orient to or negotiate cultural norms in their everyday interactions. Studies could also take a comparative approach and provide systematic, cross-cultural comparisons between communication means and meanings in different local contexts. The specific approaches we call for include, but are not limited to: ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, sociocultural linguistics, discourse analysis, socio-pragmatic discourse approaches, and narrative analysis.
Possible focuses include:
-Changes in communication shaped by current social and political contexts
-Communication forms in understudied communities
This special issue will be co-edited by Sunny Lie (Assistant Professor, Communication, California State Polytechnic U, Pomona, USA) and Natasha Shrikant (Assistant Professor, Communication, U of Colorado-Boulder, USA). We are currently accepting abstracts for potential articles to be included in this special issue. Abstracts should be maximum 300 words. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11 December, 2017. Abstracts should be sent as an attachment via email to Sunny Lie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Natasha Shrikant at Natasha.Shrikant@colorado.edu. Authors whose abstract have been selected for the next stage of submission will be contacted via email and invited to submit full manuscripts by 5 March, 2018. The manuscripts will undergo further review and be considered for publication, coming out in 2019. Feel free to contact the co-editors with questions via the abovementioned email addresses. General information about the journal may be found at:
What is Universe? Communication • Complexity • Coherence
The What is Universe? (2018) conference-experience examines communication, complexity/simplicity, coherence/incoherence and, how they may or may not contribute to “a pluralistic universe.” This conference marks the third collaboration among scholars from the natural and social sciences, communication, media, law, design, and art. We invite proposals for scholarly papers, panels, exhibits and installations on a wide variety of issues and topics. Please see whatis.uoregon.edu for more details.
Participants will explore universes—from reality bubbles, immersive virtual environments, and alternate histories, to agential realism, media genealogy and archaeology, to bio-inspired, urban and ecological design, to universal rights, disabilities studies, multicultural communities, networks, and cosmologies.
Proposals may address the following questions (as well as others):
• What are communication, science, media, design, and philosophy universes today, and how are they syncretizing? How can universities and disciplines be understood as universes?
• How are citizens increasingly being drawn into alternate, fictional, cinematic, and comic book universes, social networks, immersive worlds, and augmented realities?
• In an age of increasing communicative complexities and oversimplifications, what is truth and what is reality? How do real/virtual and analogue/digital universes overlap/separate?
• How is journalism overcoming vernaculars of real/fake news in a “post-truth” era, while still actively seeking solutions?
• What constitute material universes in antiquity and contemporary culture?
• How do technological and cosmological universes transform theory-practice?
• In this context, what is posthumanism and how are speculative futures already integrating into (re)generative medicine, music, law & other disciplines?
• How are emerging systems, environments, architectures, the sciences and the arts converging/diverging into societies and universes? What are universes of values?
With the definitions of “universe” continuing to multiply, important questions abound as we address a sweeping range of issues next April in Portland, Oregon.
Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)
Send 100–150 word abstracts or installations by 31 DECEMBER, 2017 to: Janet Wasko, email@example.com. School of Journalism and Communication, U of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
Review of Communication Special Issue CFP -- Literature as Philosophy of Communication
Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018
The possibility that literature is capable of disclosing ontological insights has occupied philosophy at least since Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics. That philosophy exists as a literary tradition intended to convey certain arguments and insights is often overlooked, and the manifold communicative praxes that enable the expression of philosophical insights in literature are treated merely as accidents in the history of literary movements that are themselves considered to have little or no philosophical import. This special issue looks at the relationship between philosophy and literature at the intersection of communicative praxis, particularly where the insights are ontological ones concerning the nature of existence, human or otherwise, as fundamentally communicative.
How are ontological insights expressed? In what ways has the philosophy of communication been shaped by literature, or vice versa, particularly in the realm of ontology? Generally, what does it mean to “express” ontological insights, and how might philosophical essays, or more artistic literary genres be specially suited or unsuited to express such ontological insights? This special issue is interested in submissions that reflect on the relationship between the philosophy of communication and literature, or philosophically informed meditations on literature that give rise to ontological insights. Rather than manuscripts on literary texts that are presented as philosophical “readings” of said text (i.e., Heideggerian/Deleuzean/Nietzschean interpretations of x novel/poem/story), this special issue seeks explorations of the unique ways literature communicates its own ontological insights; that is, how literature can be philosophical in its own right.
With the above questions in mind, the journal invites submissions on, but not limited to, the following themes:
- Philosophy of communication as ontology: how literature itself can be or not be ontological, and how literature communicates this ontology through implicit or explicit communicative praxes that are informed by the philosophical tradition.
- Philosophy as literature: how philosophy has developed techniques as a communicative praxis that allow it to disclose unique ontological insights, and how such inquiry may or may not be informed by an implicit philosophy of communication.
- The intersection of philosophy of communication and literature: the ways in which philosophy and literature overlap, particularly when this facilitates insights into the philosophy of communication, ontology, communicative praxis.
- The relationship between historical movements in philosophy and literature: how philosophy and literature engage in a creative dialogue with one another and influence each other in domains such as writing technique, style, conceptual apparatuses and permutations, and foundational questions.
- Conceptualization of existence in philosophy and literature: specific ontological insights expressed in philosophy and/or literature and how each domain may or may not be suited to expressing particular ontologies, especially where such ontologies figure into the nature of communication itself, or even the nature of existence as fundamentally communicative