Activism, Communication, and Social Justice Interest Group

CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPER

Anne Kaun, Vice-Chair and Program Planner
Media and Communication Studies
Sodertorn U
Alfred-Nobels allé 13
14189 Huddinge
Sweden
E-mail: anne.kaun@sh.se

The Activism, Communication and Social Justice (ACSJ) Interest Group promotes research and teaching in the intersections of three key aspects of contemporary life as captured in its name. It strives for diversity in the representation of its membership and embraces pluralism and boldness in theory and methodology. It pushes the boundaries between theory and practice and between scholarship and activism by encouraging and facilitating dialogues and engagements.

For the 2018 ICA conference ACSJ invites submissions on the following topics:

  1. Conceptualization and theorization of the field of study (What is activism? What is social justice? What is communication? How are they related? What are the key questions to study? What theoretical resources are available?)
  2. Changing forms and meanings of activist media and mediated activism in world history
  3. Empirical and historical studies of the uses and meanings of media and communication in political processes ranging from revolutions and social movements to community activism and NGO action
  4. Studies of digital and online activism
  5. Historical and comparative studies of communicative practices and political activism
  6. Studies of media and transnational and global social movements
  7. Methodologies for the study of communication and activism
  8. Political culture, ideological discourse, and mediated activism
  9. Mediated activism and the building of activist communities
  10. Culture, communication, and activism
  11. Media and collective identity
  12. Media, memories, and activist generations
  13. Speech genres and social mobilization (e.g., manifestos, slogans, cartoons, memes)
  14. The political economy of mediated activism
  15. Everyday life, activism, and civic engagement
  16. Explorations into relationship between scholarship and activism
  17. Other topics related to the mission of ACSJ

The following submission formats are accepted:

Complete papers must not exceed 9,000 words or 25 pages in length (including references). Papers must adhere to the guidelines in the ICA general call for papers. Authors must not submit previously published papers. Papers authored by graduate students will be considered for the “ACSJ Top Paper Award.”

Organized panel submissions must include the following:

  1. A 400-word abstract for the panel.
  2. A 150-word abstract for each of the papers on the panel followed by a brief description of each panelist’s qualifications regarding the proposed topic.
  3. A 75-word description of the panel for the conference program

Roundtables feature five to six speakers with specific expertise to discuss issues or themes of broader interest. No formal papers are presented at Roundtables. A Roundtable proposal should include:

  1. A 400-word (maximum) abstract which explains the purpose and issues/themes as well as the role of each discussant
  2. An individual assigned to chair the Roundtable