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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 1, 2017

Call for papers for the ECREA regional ICSI section conference:

(Mediated) Social Interaction in Groups, Networks and Organizations

Time and place

October 23–25, 2017 at Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland

Keynote presentations

- Jennifer L. Gibbs, Professor, Organizational Communication and Technologies, U of California Santa Barbara, USA

- Bart J. Van den Hooff, Professor of Organizational Communication and Information Systems, VU U Amsterdam, The Netherlands


- Two-day conference and parallel sessions (Oct 23–24) for all participants

- One-day (Oct 25) workshop for young scholars and senior respondents

Proposal submission deadline 5 May 2017

ICSI Regional Conference is the 5th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Division of ECREA, European Communication Research and Education Association. This year’s conference is co-hosted by University of Jyväskylä and Aalto University School of Business, and will be held in Helsinki, Finland.

The title of the conference, (Mediated) Social Interaction in Groups, Networks and Organizations, reflects some of the relevant themes and discussions within our division. Workplaces, as well as groups and networks beyond traditional organizations, are constituted through communication and social interaction. Face-to-face communication, routines and practices shape organizing in traditional organizations whereas virtual communities and teams rely heavily on digitally mediated communication. Furthermore, social media and other technologies bring new affordances to communication and organizing in all kinds of professional relationships and interactions.

ICSI Regional Conference 2017 will provide an opportunity to discuss the role of (mediated) communication in constituting groups, teams, networks, and organizations. We call for paper and panel proposals from any communication or communication-related discipline and methodology that address the conference themes, including, but not limited to, papers that intersect and/or interconnect with the following topics:

- Privacy and publicity in professional (mediated) social interaction

- Virtual teams, networks and communities

- The role of communication and technologies or other artifacts in constituting groups, teams and organizations

- (Mediated) workplace meetings

- Social interaction and social media in the workplace

- The role of (digital) media in different professions

- Digitization of work and professions

- Leadership in the age of new/social media

- Communication competence and new skills in (mediated) professional settings

- Professional boundaries, identities, and social interaction

- Interpersonal relationships and (mediated) support

- Methodological challenges in studying (mediated) social interaction in groups, networks or organizations

Abstract Submission

We welcome both individual and co-authored abstract submissions as well as clearly framed, thematic panel proposals. If you want to submit a panel proposal, please send an abstract of the overall panel theme as well as a short description of each panelist and their presentation (3-5 participants).

Please submit an abstract of maximum 300 words for individual/co-authored papers and maximum of 600 words for panels to submission system. The submission deadline is 5 May 2017. Submission system:

We will get back to you with information on acceptance of papers and panels and with a preliminary program and practical information at the end of June.

Young Scholars Workshop

We kindly invite Ph.D. students and junior faculty to participate in the young scholars workshop held on the third day of the conference, on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at Aalto University School of Business. During the workshop, participants and senior faculty members from Finland and abroad will discuss the papers submitted by the participants and talk about methodological and theoretical issues in communication research. The workshop provides also an opportunity to discuss research career issues and career development with senior scholars. The workshop is included in the main conference fee.

You can sign up to the workshop and submit summary of your paper via the submission system. The summaries should not exceed 300 words. Submission system: (deadline is 5 May 2017).

Please note, that all accepted participants are expected to submit a 1 000–1 500-word paper of their work before the event in September and give short presentation of their work during the workshop.

We invite all Ph.D. students and junior faculty with relevant projects to participate and get feedback on their research from senior scholars in the field, as well as to network with international peers.

Contact information 
Conference website: Organizer e-mail:



This notice serves as the call for papers for the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) annual conference for 2017

The SACOMM conference will be hosted by the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown on 31 August – 1 September 2017.

Abstracts are hereby invited for the SACOMM 2017 conference.

Locating the power of communication in a time of radical change

The post-truth, and decidedly digital, world is rapidly shifting the way we understand ourselves as media producers and consumers. We see billions of people now with communicative power in their hands actively shaping our world, its politics, its societies, its beliefs and ideas. We see people making their own audiences and speaking directly to them without recourse to the institutions of communication. We see the president of the world’s most powerful nation speak his thoughts and feelings directly to his followers via social media with no filter. Communication institutions of all kinds are being forced to prove their worth and usefulness and account for their methods, particularly when these methods are of the fact-based, verification variety. But media institutions of all kinds are compelled to adjust their social role, to work with and alongside new platforms and to think of their audiences as active and capable of speaking back, or even as competitors. At SACOMM 2017 we shall use the ‘post-truth’ moment as a backdrop against which to explore the idea of the power of communication at this moment in South Africa’s history. As global and local political, cultural and economic antagonisms and modes of resistance are ever-more visibly and quickly processed via the media.

The following questions are suggestive of topics to provoke presentations and conversations:

  • What is truth? In what ways is truth under assault? Have we lost the power to appeal to fact-based reasoning as a ground for our public, social and political deliberations
  • Communication in its multiple forms is a significant power in our world. But is communication devoid of power in some circumstances?
  • How do we think about the full spectrum of communication in this moment? Those who talk, those who transmit, those who listen, the many platforms, the high number of channels, the many forms of consumption and production.
  • How do we rethink, in this moment, the ethical dimensions of communicative power?
  • How do we reframe or reimagine the power of the audience to reject, disdain messages, the power to refuse to listen and alter one’s position. How do such questions matter in an era in which freedom of expression is often used as a weapon to force through speech that takes little account of truth and of the values and needs of audiences?
  • The power of communication is not just simply the power of making messages, it is also a power to persuade, to grip the imagination, to provoke, to unsettle, to disrupt, to redirect. How do we come to terms with this invisible and often unacknowledged form of this power?
  • The communication landscape/environment is very complex now. Minefields open up where different communication paths and social roles overlap/intersect.
  • The power to resist change, the reactionary and the resulting messages. What about those who opt out and go into echo chambers? Complicated question: exposure and choice.
  • Anger, emotion and outrage: which outrage is legitimate when everything is presented as a cause demanding a response?
  • The personal is public and political in volatile and sometimes diabolical ways. The collapse between personal and political.
  • In all this manic busy-ness, how do we open up spaces for listening, changing minds, adjusting positions?
  • How do we think about the future of the communications professions? How do we continue to educate practitioners and theorists for the future?

Category 1: Full 20 minute conference paper presentations Category 2: Poster presentations Category 3: Panel discussion sessions and/or roundtable/workshop proposals

Academics and practitioners can submit abstracts for categories 1 – 3. Emerging scholars (Honours, M.A. and Ph.D. students) can submit abstracts for categories 1 and 2.

All abstracts must be submitted on the correct abstract submission form. Submissions which are not submitted on the correct form will not be accepted. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Abstract submission forms can be downloaded in MSWord format at

All abstract submissions should be addressed to:

Prof. Anthea Garman, Conference Convenor of SACOMM 2017

Submission deadline: 15 May 2017.

Deadline for electronic submission of all abstracts for peer review and other proposals: 15 May 2017. The conference organisers will notify authors about the status of their contributions via e-mail by end of June 2017.

A call for registration with further details about the conference will be released in July.

Conference theme: The conference theme gives an indication of the topic of discussions during plenary sessions at the SACOMM annual conference. Individual abstract submissions are not required to adhere to the conference theme.


SACOMM has six different streams. Please indicate which stream your abstract submission should be allocated to on your abstract submission form.

The SACOMM streams are:
Media Studies and Journalism
Corporate Communication
Screen Studies
Communication Studies
Communication education and curriculum development (CECD)
Communications advocacy and activism (CAA)


Digital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas

18-20 October 2017
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / Casa de América (Madrid) International Film Conference
(IV TECMERIN Academic Meeting)

Over the past twenty years, digital technology has become the standard in the film production, circulation, and consumption processes. Within this context, Hispanic cinemas have undergone deep changes, both within the countries with an established cinematic tradition, as well as in those that, due to several reasons, had not developed a robust cinematography throughout the 20th century. The analogue paradigm became deeply contested and a new digital framework, which was widely discussed by institutions, film critics, and academics, emerged. This moment coincides with the widespread generalization of national and transnational neoliberal policies that, far from backing diversity, have increased the gap between those “connected” and those “disconnected” (to draw upon Néstor García Canclini’s term); a gap also experienced by those that, even if connected, still occupy subaltern positions.

The speeding of these processes has resulted in an increase of mobility, at work both in the geographical displacement of film professionals and in the emergence of new narratives models that deal with questions of belonging and uprooting, springing precisely from these experiences of displacement. The cinemas of the Global South, and, most specifically, Hispanic cinemas, have actively taken part in these processes, ultimately playing a relevant role in terms of narrative and aesthetic models, and the production, circulation and consumption of film.

Following the main research axes of the R+D project “Transnational relations in Hispanic digital cinemas: the axes of Spain, Mexico, and Argentina” (CSO2014-52750- P), the International Conference Digital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas welcomes proposals across the following lines of inquiry:

* The representation of migrations, displacements, exile, and diaspora.

* Transnational flows of cultural, economic, and human capital in the production and circulation of cinema.

* The reconfiguration of the regional, national, and transnational Hispanic interactions within the new century.

* Public discourses and film policies within the region.

* Hybridization and identity in the narratives on colonization, decolonization, and revolutionary processes.

* Activism and digital praxis.

* Genres, authors, stars.

* Film cultures and cinephilia: festivals, publications, and digital platforms.

* Minor cinemas: indigenismo, experimental, and/or militant cinemas.

* Historiographic, theoretical, and methodological problems of so-called Hispanic, Iberian, and Latin American cinemas.

Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes and may be in Spanish, Portuguese or English. Those interested in participating in the conference should send a title and an abstract proposal of 250 words to, before 28 May 2017. Please send the abstract as an attachment to your e-mail. The file must include the title, name of the presenter (and co-presenters if any), institutional affiliation, and e- mail. Proposals for panels (4 papers or 3 presentations plus respondent) are welcome and must include a title for the panel itself and the different papers, the names of the participants and a brief summary of both the panel and the individual proposals.

For more information you can check our website:

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