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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 4, 2019

CFP: General call for papers for QED journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking

QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking (published 3 times/yr.) brings together scholars, activists, public intellectuals, artists, and policy and culture makers to discuss and mobilize issues and initiatives that matter to the diverse lived experience, struggle, and transformation of LGBTQ peoples and communities wherever they may be. With an emphasis on worldmaking praxis, QED welcomes theory, criticism, history, policy analysis, public argument, and creative exhibition, seeking to foster intellectual and activist work through essays, commentaries, interviews, roundtable discussions, and book and event reviews.

Our use of the term “worldmaking” is much more deliberate in its derivation. Since our first encounter 15 years ago with its conceptualization by queer theorists Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner in their influential essay, “Sex in Public,” we have been inspired and challenged by the still generative and demanding implications of their idea of “queer worldmaking”—creative, performative, intimate, public, disruptive, utopian, and more. Of such a “world-making project,” they wrote: “The queer world is a space of entrances, exits, unsystematized lines of acquaintance, projected horizons, typifying examples, alternate routes, blockages, incommensurate geographies.”

Among its key assumptions and commitments are belonging, transformation, memory, mobility, “the inventiveness of the queer world making and of the queer world’s fragility.” LGBTQ people, through complex theory, artful exhibition, street activism, and practices of everyday life, have richly embodied, interrogated, and extended this concept. Our appropriation of it is dedicatory and aspirational.

QED is seeking submissions for several upcoming issues. We accept a wide variety of works, so long as they are relevant to the theme of Queer worldmaking. Please see our webpage for submission guidelines. http://msupress.org/journals/qed/subguide/



CFP: AI and ubiquitous smart technologies

Evental Aesthetics CFP: AI and ubiquitous smart technologies

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Evental Aesthetics is an independent, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to philosophical and aesthetic intersections. The journal is open-access, and there are no publication fees. The Editors seek submissions for a themed issue in the summer of 2019.

Traditional conceptual distinctions between online and offline worlds are losing their explanatory grip. For half of the global population, being connected on a range of smart portable devices is part and parcel of everyday experience and practices. So much so that it seems no longer appropriate to ask how the Internet mediates and represents the ‘real’ world but rather, how virtually all of experience and practice is now, in some shape or form, mediated by the Internet – at least for those who can plug in and log on.

The growing pervasiveness of AI and neural networks, the ubiquity of smart devices, the increasing appification of social worlds and the Internet of Things pose unique challenges, but also opportunities for philosophy, art and cultural criticism. How do ubiquitous network technologies enable new forms of interaction and experience but perhaps compromise others? We seek submissions that reflect on the complex relationships between contemporary technologies of connectivity and experience, the aesthetics of the everyday, expression, social practices and utopias of the future.

Topics may address (but are not limited to):

- Aesthetics of place: smart homes in smart cities

- The Internet of Things in everyday practices

- Appification & social interaction

- AI, creativity and artistic production

- Extended minds & entangled bodies

- Gendered virtual assistants and chat bots

- Tracking, surveillance and social control

- Algorithmic bias & the digital divide

Topics may be freely interpreted. However, all submissions must address philosophical matters, broadly construed. We welcome articles (4,000-8,000 words) and Collisions (1,000-2,500 words). Collisions are brief responses to aesthetic experiences that raise philosophical questions, pointing the way towards suggestive discussions.

Submission and formatting requirements, along with further information on Collisions, are available at http://eventalaesthetics.net/submissions/. Submissions that do not meet our requirements will not be considered. With questions not addressed by the EA website, please contact the Editors.


CFP: Kaleidoscope Deadline Extended to March 15

The submission deadline for volume 15 of Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research has been extended to March 15, 2019.

Please see the call below, alternatively a downloadable PDF of this call can be found at <https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YbRrxiY3T9YiWJM36956hAcpXwF_cq3A>.

Kaleidoscope is a refereed, annually published print and electronic journal devoted to graduate students who develop philosophical, theoretical, and/or practical applications of qualitative, interpretive, and critical/cultural communication research. We welcome scholarship from current graduate students in Communication Studies and related cognate areas/disciplines. We especially encourage contributions that rigorously expand scholars’ understanding of a diverse range of communication phenomena.

In addition to our ongoing commitment to written scholarship, we are interested in ways scholars are exploring the possibilities of new technologies and media to present their research. Kaleidoscope welcomes scholarship forms such as video/audio/ photos of staged performance, experimental performance art, or web-based artistic representations of scholarly research. Web-based scholarship should be accompanied by a word-processed artist’s statement of no more than five pages. We invite web-based content that is supplemental to manuscript-based scholarship (e.g., a manuscript discussing a staged performance could be supplemented by video footage from said performance).

Regardless of form, all submissions should represent a strong commitment to academic rigor and should advance salient scholarly discussions. Each submission deemed by the editor to be appropriate to the style and content of Kaleidoscope will receive, at minimum, anonymous assessments by two outside reviewers: (1) a faculty member and (2) an advanced Ph.D. student. For works presented in video/audio/photo form, we may not be able to guarantee author anonymity. The editor of Kaleidoscope will take reasonable action to ensure all authors receive an unbiased review. Reviewers have the option of remaining anonymous or disclosing their identities to the author via the editor.

Submissions must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages (double-spaced) or 7,000 words (including notes and references) and can be prepared following MLA, APA, or Chicago style. All submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and have a detached title page listing the author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact information. Authors should remove all identifying references from the manuscript. To be hosted on the Kaleidoscope website, media files should not exceed 220 MB in size. Larger files can be streamed within the Kaleidoscope website but must be hosted externally. Authors must hold rights to any content published in Kaleidoscope, and permission must be granted and documented from all participants in any performance or presentation.

Special Call:

Mystery and Methodology

In addition to our regular submissions that utilize a broad range of qualitative approaches, this year’s special call invites inquiries into those methodologies themselves. While book chapters or conference presentations often include extended methodological discussions, most journals impose a required word count that results in a shortened methods section and limits an essay’s ability to deeply engage methodology. Thus, the proposal, debate, complication, and nuancing of methodological approaches can sometimes be lost as journals place more value on reviewing literature, constructing theory, and offering conclusive ideas.

In the opening article of the first issue of Communication Methods and Measures, Roskos-Ewoldsen, Aakhus, Hayes, Heider, and Levine (2007) offer an amendment to Kurt Lewin’s assertion of the practicality of theory, forwarding that “assessing the soundness of a theory requires a sound method” (p. 1). Without dismissing its importance, they argue that an emphasis on theory at the expense of method has the potential to hinder disciplinary development and rigor, and sacrifices the potential for clearer understanding. Yet Eisenberg (2001) reminds us that understanding and mystery exist in a dialectic relationship. Rather than valuing one always over the other he forwards: “reframing certainty as failed mystery casts uncertainty as a potentially positive state, as a source of possibility and potential action” (p. 540).

This year’s special call is an invitation to work within that relationship, examining method as a mode for not only for generating understanding, but also revealing mystery. How do new technologies change traditional methodologies in ways that create possibility for new research? How can critique be applied to extant methodologies to aid in their development and use? What methodologies have been left behind, and what potentials might they still hold? What specific insights emerge and accumulate when using a method? What methods are possible and emerging, but not yet fully realized?

The editor welcomes discussion on diverse communication research methodologies for submission, including critical cultural analysis, autoethnography, artistic inquiry, web-based research, social scientific methodologies, and other qualitative methods. Authors should clearly mark in their manuscripts that their submissions are for this special call. Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding references) and be prepared in accordance with the current MLA, APA, or Chicago Style manuals. Web-based/multimedia submissions should follow regular submission guidelines, but be marked as a special call submission.

To submit a manuscript, please visit opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope Inquiries should be emailed to kalscopejrnl@gmail.com


Eisenberg, E. M. (2001). Building a mystery: Toward a new theory of communication and identity. Journal of Communication, 51(3), 534–552. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2001.tb02895.x

Roskos-Ewoldsen, D., Aakhus, M., Hayes, A. F., Heider, D., Levine, T. (2007). It’s about time: The need for a journal devoted to communication research methodologies. Communication Methods and Measures, 1(1), 1–5. doi: 10.1080/19312450709336657


WFI Research Grant Applications for 2019/2020 due Monday June 3

In our current global and national moment, questions of social justice are as vital to Communication scholars and students as they have ever been. For this reason, we at Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) are pleased to announce the call for faculty/doctoral student research grant applications for 2019/2020.

The WFI—endowed by Mr. Lawrence Waterhouse, Jr., and housed within Villanova University’s Department of Communication—was founded on the principle that scholars, activists, and practitioners of communication have an important role to play in the creation of a socially just world. One of the ways that we enact this mission is through the annual funding of research grants.

These grants support the work of Communication scholars across the world, work examining communication, its impact on the world around us, and its ability to create social change and social justice. For more, please follow us @Waterhouseinst, or check out our Facebook page!

Our next application deadline for WFI Research Grants is now in place. Applications for 2019/20 WFI Research Grants will be due Monday, June 3, 2019, at 11:59pm EST. Submissions are only accepted online, using our portal at http://wfi.submittable.com.

WFI Research Grants are available to faculty at any institution of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, and other doctoral-level scholars. However, eligibility to apply for the WFI grant program is limited to those in Communication or a closely related discipline. Although we do not limit our grants to a specific methodological orientation or subdisciplinary focus, all projects supported by the WFI have two things in common: they make communication the primary, and not secondary, focus, and they engage communication in terms of its impact on the world around us, its ability to create social change.

WFI Research Grants are awarded selectively on the basis of academic peer review of all submitted proposals; in recent years, our acceptance rate has typically been 13-15%. Awards for research grants are typically in the range of $5,000-$10,000, though larger amounts may be awarded for projects that are deemed especially meritorious. The total number of grants awarded will vary, based upon budgetary constraints; however, in recent years, we have awarded 5-8 WFI Research Grants each year.

Funds granted by the WFI and Villanova University (as an educational institution) may be applied to the hiring of graduate assistants, acquisition of resources or equipment, travel, and/or any other appropriate research related expenses. However, these funds may not be used to provide or supplement salaries. In addition, the WFI and Villanova (as an educational institution) do not provide funds for indirect costs associated with any grant.

Each submitted proposal should include a budget that clearly indicates how granted funds will be used, and that these funds will not be construed as salary or as indirect costs assessed by the awardee’s home institution.

For more details on the WFI and this research grant process—including specific information on previous recipients of WFI Research Grants, as well as the instructions for application—please visit http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/communication/wfi/researchprojects.html

Questions concerning eligibility, or the nature of projects supported, please contact the Director of the WFI, Dr. Bryan Crable, bryan.crable@villanova.edu.



CFP Iowa Journal of Communication

The deadline for the Iowa Journal of Communication is coming soon – March 22. If you are considering submitting to our award-winning journal, now is the time to do so.

The Journal is seeking manuscripts for a special issue (Number 1 of Volume 51) open to any topic related to “Partisanship, Provocation, Protest, and Pugnacity: Communication in a Context of Conflict.” We also seek submissions for a general issue (Number 2 of Volume 51) open to any topic in communication.    

The Iowa Journal of Communication, an award-winning state journal, publishes the highest quality scholarship on a variety of communication topics. Manuscripts may be theoretical, critical, applied, pedagogical, or empirical in nature. Submissions from all geographic areas are encouraged, and one need not be a member of the Iowa Communication Association to submit a piece.

Submissions will be accepted from now through the deadline for both issues: March 22, 2019.

For full details and submission guidelines, please see our website at https://www.iowacommunication.org/ica-journalsubmissions.


The 11th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society Chemnitz, September 4-6, 2019



The 11th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society will take place from September 4th to 6th, 2019, at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

Both the division and the local organizers (Peter Ohler & Günter Daniel Rey) sincerely invite all of you to come to Chemnitz to join the discussion.

National and international Researchers from all areas of media psychology as well as associated disciplines are invited. We welcome contributions on a broad range of topics that demonstrate the importance and impact of ‘the media’ in its various forms.

The conference will be held in English. The program will include keynote presentations, roundtable discussions, thematic panels and sessions and poster sessions. The division will also give out the Best Paper Award 2019 at the conference. In cooperation with the Journal of Media Psychology, the conference will also host a special pre-registered reports panel of JMP with a separate Call for Papers, which is already available online: https://tinyurl.com/jmp-panel-cfp.

The conference will be part of a thematic week on Digitization at TU Chemnitz with several ancillary academic and public events. More information on all the events will be available on the conference website in winter 2018. The full program of all events will be available in spring 2019.


The conference invites several types of submissions:  

  • Position papers/Theoretical Papers (extended abstract of 1000 words)  

  • Research Reports (abstract of 500 words)  

  • Posters (abstract of 500 words)  

  • Panel session proposal (3 to 4 contributors plus a discussant; panel session proposals require a 500-word rationale for the panel as well as 500 word abstracts for each contribution)

Submitted proposals should provide (1) a brief description of the theoretical background, (2) research questions, and (3) a summary of the methodological approach. Please do not include any results of your study in the submission. Submissions will be judged on quality of theory and methods, not results. However, participants are expected to present their results at the conference. 2

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Conference Committee. Each author may submit and present only one contribution as first author; additional contributions as coauthor are welcome. The submission system will be available from January 1 st to April 1 st , 2019 via the conference website.


The conference will be preceded by a Workshop for PhD students of media psychology, jointly organized by Leonard Reinecke, Özen Odağ and Diana Rieger. The workshop will take place on first day of the conference (4 th September, 2019). A maximum of 12 doctoral students will be accepted. The application deadline is May 15, 2019. More information on the workshop will be available on the conference website in Spring 2019.


Chemnitz University of Technology – Campus Reichenhainer Straße Reichenhainer Straße 90 – D-09126 Chemnitz Central Lecture Hall Building


More information on accommodations and travel to Chemnitz will be available on the conference website in winter 2018.


Please contact us: info@mediapsychology2019.com


January 1st, 2019 Registration and online submission system is open

April 1 st, 2019 Submission deadline

May 1st, 2019 Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2019 Application deadline for the PhD workshop

June 15, 2019 Deadline for Early Bird registration

September 4-6, 2019 Conference

September 4, 2019 PhD workshop and get together

September 5, 2019 Business meeting and Conference dinner


Peter Ohler, Media Psychology

Günter Daniel Rey, Psychology of Learning with Digital Media

Daniel Pietschmann, Media Psychology

Sascha Schneider, Psychology of Learning with Digital Media

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