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Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018

CFP: Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE) 2019

We wanted to alert you to the IECA's Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE) 2019 call for papers. COCE 2019 will be held June 17-21, 2019, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

For more information and the full CFP, please visit:


Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development

Dear all,

I’m writing to invite you to join me at the Digital Media and Developing Minds second national Congress on October 15 - 18, 2018 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, co-hosted by Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development and CSHL.

Children and Screens is an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization that seeks objective, scientific answers to questions about the cognitive, psychological, and physical impacts of digital media on toddlers, children, adolescents, their families, and communities. This year’s Congress will build on the tremendous success of our first congress, which was held at the National Academy of Sciences in Irvine, California.

Once again, we are convening leaders in social science, medicine, neuroscience, education, computer science, public health, public policy (and many other disciplines) to present and discuss the latest research on a wide range of timely issues, including internet addiction, social media, digital media for health promotion, the impact of violent media, technology in schools, and more. This year we're adding a new special Tools and Methodologies Exposition to showcase emerging technologies that will help researchers stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tools available to advance our work.

This is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone and everyone interested in children and media research.

Would you kindly accept this invitation to join me? You can register online here.

We would be delighted to see you there this fall!

Many thanks,



Call for manuscripts: Special issue – Mass Communication & Society

Special Issue: What IS News?

Guest Co-editors:  Donnalyn Pompper and Lindsay Hoffman

This gripping question that sociologist Herbert Gans first asked in his seminal 1979 book, Deciding What's News, is now more relevant than ever. The concept of mass communication has changed significantly since Dr. Gans conducted his ethnography of newsrooms to discover how producers of news define and select news that is communicated via mass media. In many ways, the traditional newsroom doesn't even exist anymore. Moreover, our mass communication theories for explaining peoples' perceptions of news and their understandings of it have grown considerably since the 1970s.

The aim of this special issue is to build upon traditional approaches to operationalizing and understanding mass media’s role in defining, shaping, and amplifying news – as well as peoples' perceptions of news. This special issue will be published in early 2020 as part of Volume 23. The deadline for paper submission will be 1 May, 2019.

This topic captures the scope, breadth, and depth that Mass Communication and Society seeks to accomplish – but also enables scholars across multiple sub-disciplines to share their particular perspective and expertise. We invite scholars around the world to employ quantitative, qualitative, and mixed formal research methods.

Here are just a few of the contexts and outcomes impacting ways to consider perceptions of "news," what "news" is, and what "being newsworthy" means that we invite researchers to consider in preparing manuscripts for the Special Issue:

  • Perceptions of and trust in news in the U.S. and beyond

  • Just what is "fake" and what is "real" in/about news – and why it matters

  • Methods for identifying, coding, and analyzing "fake" news

  • Theoretical development and building around a new era of news; do the old theories (framing, agenda setting, priming) still apply?

  • Attacks on First Amendment freedom of free speech and how this plays out in deciding what is news and building trust among news audiences

  • How use of AI, bots, virtual reality, etc. are used in news production and how these technologies have altered ways we think of news today and for the future

  • How issues are framed as media organizations everywhere are looking for new and better ways to engage with publics

  • How media are used for communicating news, e.g., – new vs. old, predictions for the future

  • How early advice to "be the news" plays out today with regard to advocacy, social media, and more

  • Ways that audiences decide what's news for themselves and ultimately assimilate news (or not)

  • Ongoing changes and shifts in news production industries based on economics, politics and ways this has altered how to think about what news is or should be

  • Debates about how internet access, net neutrality, and the idea that the internet is a "human right" impacts news

  • How the current political climate shapes important science and public health news, such as climate change, endangered species, health/medical issues and developments, etc.

  • News and continued use of stereotyping in news about and by women, ethnic and other groups defined by social identity intersectionalities

Complex problems and opportunities associated with perceptions and definitions of "news" require interdisciplinary, creative approaches. MC&S, a highly-ranked SSCI journal, offers a perfect forum for inspiring new conversations and advancing research about "news." Mass communication has changed significantly since Gans conducted newsroom ethnographies to discover how news is decided – and our technologies and theories have grown considerably since 1979. With "fake news" bandied about, we invite scholars to build upon traditional approaches for understanding mass media’s role in defining and amplifying news and perceptions of it.

A wide range of manuscripts using varied research methods and theoretical frameworks is welcomed. Encouraged are empirical studies which bear on the issues described above. Submit only original manuscripts that are not under consideration with other journals or books.

Deadline for submissions: Manuscripts are to be submitted by 1 May, 2019, via the Mass

Communication & Society online system at following the standard journal submission procedures, APA style. Authors should note in their cover letters that the submission is for the special issue devoted to “What IS news?” Final publication will be in Volume 23 (2020). Any questions concerning this call for papers may be directed to Donnalyn Pompper, or Lindsay Hoffman, (Please do not send us your manuscript as an email attachment.)


Call for Papers - Communication Studies Special Issue

Communicating Artificial Intelligence: Theory, Research, and Practice

In the more than 60 years since the founding of artificial intelligence (AI) as a formal academic discipline, rapid advances in technology have driven an enormous increase in interest in the field of study. AI subfields, including machine learning, neural networks, and the social implications of AI, have initiated new approaches to research and answering emergent questions. Of particular interest is the study of AI at its intersection with the study of communication.

Like AI, communication, too, overlaps with other fields like sociology, anthropology, economics, computer science, among others, while focusing on human communication in its various forms. Despite an increasing scholarly attention of artificial intelligence (AI), AI studies remain largely unexplored in society at large concerning social, political, cultural, and ethical aspects of machine intelligence, interactions among agents, and social artifacts. This special issue tackles the long-discussed research areas with special emphasis on conditions, components, and consequences of cognitive, attitudinal, affective, and behavioral dimensions toward communicating AI.

Specifically, this special issue examines the following issues but are not limited to:   

•       communicative practices between humans and digital interlocutors

•       interpreting social adoption of AI as technology acceptance and/or diffusion of innovation

•       integration of artificial entities into political, health, science, environmental, and risk communication

•       incorporation of AI into journalism, news, and civic and community life

•       impact of machine learning-based algorithmic content recommendation in social media (e.g., filter bubble)

•       social bots or fake accounts in social media empowered by AI and their influences on public opinion

•       cultural discourse surrounding digital and robotic interlocutors

•       critical perspectives of communicating AI in society and societization of AI

•       reinterpretations and representations of humans as digital entities

•       legal, ethical, and policy implications concerning AI, algorithmic content and/or systems

•       communication about AI and the explanation of advances in the field

Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies are encouraged.

Before submitting a manuscript, potential contributors should send the guest editors a title, abstract, short synopsis of the contribution, as well as a short CV or Google scholar profile.


Abstract submission due by January 1, 2019

Decision for full manuscripts due by March 1, 2019

Full manuscript submission due by June 1, 2019

Decision for publication due by September 1, 2019

Final manuscript submission by December 1, 2019

Anticipated publication February 2020

The final paper should be in accordance with the Journal’s Guide for Authors.

Guest editors:

Seungahn Nah, University of Oregon,

Jang Hyun Kim, Sungkyunkwan University,

Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida,

Jungseock Joo, University of California-Los Angeles,


Call for Papers

The Gig Economy: Workers and Media in the Age of Convergence

Editors: Brian Dolber (Cal State University, San Marcos), Chenjerai Kumanyika (Rutgers University) Michelle Rodino-colocino (Penn State University), Todd Wolfson (Rutgers University)

In 2016 the US Department of Labor defined a “gig” as “a single project or task for which a worker is hired, often through a digital marketplace, to work on demand.” Although it is hard to measure how large the gig workforce is (by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics own admission), it is clear that a new way of working, managing, and profiting is rising on the backs of gig workers.  

The “gig economy”-- the colloquial name given to the constellation of app-based services that rely on contingent, “on-demand” labor-- is situated at the nexus of transformations in communication technology, economics, and culture. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Amazon Flex, for example, promise drivers the chance to “get your side hustle on,” “fund your dreams,” enjoy “flexible hours” and “be your own boss.” For millions of workers, however, these promises ring hollow. Low wages and a complete lack of protections have left many struggling and desperate, in some cases prompting tragic worker suicides. As a global phenomenon, the gig economy is being embraced and challenged in a variety of ways in different countries by workers, labor movements, governments, and consumers. Media and new digital technologies play a key role in enabling and justifying the political economic and cultural effects of the gig economy.  

This volume draws together research that examines the experience of and resistance to exploitative aspects of the gig economy with a range of expertise in the communication discipline (critical/cultural studies, policy studies, technology studies), employing multiple theoretical perspectives (political economy, critical race, feminist) and methodologies (ethnography, history, discourse analysis, community-based participatory research) in a variety of national contexts. We consider the roles that media, policy, culture, and history play as well as gender, immigrant status, ethnic background, racial identity, ability, and sexual orientation in forging working conditions in the “gig economy.”

List of possible topics:

The political economy of gig companies

Who benefits from gig labor?

Experiences of gig workers

Exploitative aspects of gig labor

Deconstructing myths surrounding the gig economy

Gig worker organizing campaigns

Corporate PR, advertising, and policy campaigns

The gig economy and consumer activism

Technologies of the gig economy

Surveillance technology and the gig economy

Global perspectives on the gig economy

Immigration and app-based labor

Racialization and app-based labor

Gendering of gig work

Sexual harassment, sexual assault and gig economy

Solidarity and divides among gig workers

The gig economy and the culture industry

Media representations and news coverage of the gig economy

The gig economy and the environment

Urban space and the gig economy

Gig and green economies


Historical perspectives on gig work

Please submit abstracts of 350-500 words to by September 15, 2018. Authors will be notified by October 15. Complete essays, between 5000 and 8000 words, will be due by January 15, 2019.

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