Call for Proposals, Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication
The 2019 Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication Scholarship will focus on how communication scholars and scholarship might help in “building bridges in polarized times.” As the political, economic, cultural, and racial divisions in our world appear to be ever widening, this year’s conference invites participants to engage theories, methodologies, and practices that foster connection, understanding, and mutual respect.
Leading scholars and practitioners will examine the communicative roots of polarization and division and help us imagine how our scholarship may productively disrupt polarized positions and groups. Key questions that will inform the conference include:
- What kinds of communicative practices invite and sustain polarization within organizations and communities?
- How can we intervene into polarized conversations and facilitate health and well-being within organizations and communities?
- How can institutions be created that help bridge divisions within organizations and communities?
Call for Proposals
The conference organizers are currently welcoming proposals for “Projects in Process” presentations. This is a call for two-page proposals from scholars describing engaged work that is recently completed or in progress. The term “engaged work” is meant to be inclusive of all types of projects and methodologies. The selection committee will prioritize those proposals that most closely align to the conference theme and address the above questions.
At the Conference, selected projects will be presented in a highly interactive discussion format in small table settings with a variety of senior scholars who support engaged work. These proposals should raise problems, questions, dilemmas, and tensions that we can wrestle with together, and need not be presentations of completed work.
In previous conferences, the most interesting conversations have seemed to center on problems that people have encountered or are encountering in their work. The two-page proposals should be submitted to http://www.aspenengaged.org/details by April 15, 2019. We expect to notify submitters in the first weeks of May.
About the Conference
The 2019 conference will introduce a case study to be more deeply examined in 2020 when the Aspen Conference will temporarily relocate in order to take a “field trip” to the site of the case. Colorado’s counter-human trafficking efforts will be the focal case for Aspen Engaged in 2019 as the conference centers on how communication scholars and scholarship might help in building bridges in polarized times.
A number of communication scholars, including Laurie Lewis (author of the just released the 2nd edition of Organizational Change: Creating Change through Strategic Communication) and Kirsten Foot (author of Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices), will offer presentations which lay the theoretical groundwork to help us engage with the case.
Then, a team of four Coloradans whose professional duties center on countering human trafficking at state and local levels will provide an overview of their multisector, collaborative efforts and some of the challenges therein. Conference attendees will be invited to interact with the case presenters and each other regarding theories and methods that can help illuminate both the successes and setbacks encountered by counter-trafficking practitioners, and practices that foster connection, understanding, and mutual respect in such work—as these are applicable to other complex societal problems as well.
Scholars and practitioners will co-examine the communicative roots of polarization regarding HT, and bridge-building in some counter-HT initiatives in CO. Doing so will spark conference participants to further envision how scholarship may productively disrupt polarized positions and groups.
In 2020, the Aspen Engaged conference will be held in Pueblo, CO, as counter-HT leaders from Pueblo interact with conference attendees to co-develop analyses of pioneering counter-HT initiatives in that city which are bridging polarizing debates and common gaps in coordination between state agencies and local actors.
For more information, please visit: http://www.aspenengaged.org/
SPECIAL ISSUE: SPEAKING ACROSS COMMUNICATION SUBFIELDS
Guest Editors: Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (Hebrew U of Jerusalem) & Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (Seoul National U)
With the rapid growth and development of the field of Communication, it has also become increasingly fragmented, while its subfields – as represented by ICA’s various divisions and interest groups – have become increasingly self-contained. Researchers within the different subfields speak to each other in numerous forums and publications and in ever-growing levels of precision and sophistication, but are often oblivious to related developments in other subfields. Similarly, conceptual, analytical and empirical contributions are discussed in relation to the state-of-the-art within a specific subfield, but often fail to be developed into broader theoretical frameworks. The result is a multiplicity of theoretical, conceptual and empirical fragments, whose interrelationships and relevance for a range of communication processes remain to be established.
In this special issue, we look for rigorous, original and creative contributions that speak across multiple subfields of communication. All theoretical approaches as well as methods of scholarly inquiry are welcome, and we are open to various formats and foci: The papers can be based on an empirical study, integrate a series of empirical pieces, thereby proposing a new theory or model, or be primarily theoretical. Their focus can be a specific theory, a specific concept or a set of related concepts, a communication phenomenon that can be better accounted for using a cross-disciplinary perspective, or any other focus that fits the purpose of the special issue. In all forms, the papers should make substantial, original contributions to theoretical consolidation and explicitly discuss the relevance and implications of their research to different subfields.
Deadline for full paper submissions is 15 July, 2019. The special issue is scheduled for Issue 3, 2020.
Submissions should be made through the JOC submission site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcom). Please make sure you click "yes" to the question "is this work being submitted for special issue consideration?" and clearly state in the cover letter that the paper is submitted to the special issue. Manuscripts should strictly adhere to the new JOC submission guidelines. These guidelines will be available on the journal’s website in early January 2019. Before that, they are available upon request from Editor-in-Chief, Lance Holbert, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions and comments about the special issue should be addressed to Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (email@example.com) and Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Call for Panelists on quantitative methods at ICA 2020
My name is James Stein, and I am looking to put together a panel for ICA 2020 that focuses on contemporary, evolving, or underutilized methods of quantitative analyses in communication studies. Many of the folks with expertise in quantitative methods are "chasing" other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology. As scholars, we often lean on analyses for extended periods of time - for a while it was multiple regressions, and now it appears to but SEM and HLM techniques.
At the same time there are many scholars, young and old, who employ methods of data collection and analysis that are overlooked, underutilized, or simply not discussed enough to be made popular in our discipline.
I hope to put together a panel of 5-8 people that can discuss either a) the contemporary methods of data collection/analyses that they are currently making use of, b) methods that they have observed or read about from non-communication areas of study, or c) the discussion of a study using quantitative methods that they have completed and believe could benefit the field of communication studies.
If anyone is interested, please send me an email at email@example.com. I would hope to have the panelists gathered by the end of the summer so that we may start putting the proposal sheet together by the early November deadline. Thank you, I hope to hear from some folks!
CFP: Sexuality, Security and Surveillance in Digital Spaces
Co-organizers: Yossi David, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Godfried Asante, Drake University.
5th Geographies of Sexualities Conference
Prague, Czech Republic, September 26th – 28th 2019.
Networked platforms have become fully integrated in almost every aspect of everyday life in the digital age. In particular, notions of digital activism through digital mobilization have become deeply intertwined in civil society groups, non-profit and LGBTIQ+ organizations. These platforms are used, particularly, by marginalized groups to make visible various human rights abuses and also create safe spaces outside of, but in relation to the daily varied forms of hetero/homonormativities.
Conversely, state officials and moral entrepreneurs are continuously stretching their communications to networked platforms in order to voice their discontent with emerging voices against “traditional” and nativist’s discourses. Their tactics involves state funded surveillance of marginalized virtual communities and individual social media accounts. Nonetheless, the nation-state is a heterogeneous actor and in this global neoliberal times, the relationship between the nation-state and “sexual dissidents” is increasingly becoming more complex.
As such, this panel aims to upend and make visible, the various forms of state regulation and surveillance ranging from the commodification of sexual difference to the forms of queer modes of being, relating and belonging that have emerged to resist, transform and subvert such regulatory regimes, especially in non-western contexts (middle-east, Africa, Asia, south and central America).
While the focus of this panel is on non-western contexts, we are also aware that the boundaries between the west and the non-west is malleable and sometimes blurred as bodies migrate or seek refuge in other nations, thereby creating a complex system of transnational regulatory regimes and surveillance.
This panel focuses on aspects of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc.) by elucidating, analyzing and examining the blurred boundaries of safety and security in digital spaces by incorporating analysis of opportunities and challenges associated with sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces. Each essay investigates different aspects of security and safety, and how its complexities manifest in social media platforms.
The essays will also explore the construction of social, digital and physical borderlands through candid and nuanced narratives that are both distinctively personal and contextually diverse. We thereby, focus on non-western contexts in order to contribute to the theoretical discussion concerning digital spaces and its implications on civil societies in places where the local and global tend to have uneasy tensions.
This session will explore the role of sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces in various scales, contexts, places and spaces.
We seek submissions that critically investigate, but are not limited to:
- Paradoxes in the practice or discourses around sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.
- The politics of sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces
- The boundary work and policing work around sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces
- The ways in which sexuality, security and surveillance is framed, produced and negotiated within social movements and grassroots (digital) activism groups.
- Transgender identities, security and surveillance in digital spaces
- Intersections of race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, body and nation, and its relation to security and surveillance in digital spaces.
- Disability, sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.
- Diaspora, sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.
- Transnational coalitional possibilities under surveillance and security.
Teaching Media Quarterly CFP: Teaching with Reality Television
Teaching Media Quarterly is an open access journal dedicated to sharing approaches to media topics and concepts. Please consider submitting a lesson plan to our current call, Teaching with Reality Television. We also have an ongoing open call for lesson plans.
You can access our journal HERE (https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/tmq/index). Information about the call is below. Please share with friends, colleagues, and grad students who teach media classes!
Call for Lesson Plans: Teaching with Reality Television
From The Real World to The Bachelor, the reality TV genre provides unique insight into how television is changing, while also drawing on familiar generic conventions and modes of address. Scholars continue to trace its effects on marketing and advertisers, above and below-the-line labor practices, multi-platform storytelling, fan labor, and questions of governmentality and surveillance, among many others.
Teaching with reality television allows instructors to discuss the rise of convergence culture and the role of new media, making for a case study likely to resonate with students through their engagement with television and related social media. Teaching Media Quarterly is interested in learning and sharing how instructors teach with reality television and why.
Contributors are welcome to consider the following questions:
- How do you historicize reality television in the classroom?
- Which scholarly texts do you assign in conjunction with particular reality television programs?
- If you ask students to create their own reality programming, what does the assignment look like?
- How do you attend to questions of difference in reality television - gender, sexuality, race, ability, class, etc.?
- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and neoliberalism?
- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and feminized media?
- How does reality television lend itself to political economy analyses?
- What is the relationship between streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) and reality television?
- How do you teach the relationship between reality television and other forms of media (social media, new media, etc.)?
The deadline for submissions is 1 June.