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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019

October 14 - October 16, 2019

Tilburg, the Netherlands

The ICSI Regional Conference is the 6th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). This year’s conference is hosted by Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, and will be held in Tilburg, the Netherlands. http://www.icsi2019.nl

The conference theme this year is "Re-Connecting". We want to connect scholars from the different sub-disciplines of interpersonal communication and social interaction, for example workplace interaction, communication in interpersonal relationship, impression management, interpersonal and health communication. Connecting our insights from different fields may inform our own research, provide creative ideas for future research, and help theory development. Moreover, the theme reflects the fact that our mediated and unmediated interactions are increasingly connected and integrated. As advanced communication technologies increasingly become part of our everyday experience, we are forced to revisit and connect theories of online and offline social interaction.

The ICSI Regional Conference 2019 provides an opportunity to share our ideas, theories and research about interpersonal communication and social interaction across our different specializations. We call for paper and panel proposals from any communication or communication-related discipline and methodology that address the section's themes.

Submission deadline: June 09 (midnight CET).




Guest Editors: Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (Seoul National University)

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 July 15, 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, r.lance.holbert@gmail.com.

Questions and comments about the special issue should be addressed to Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (keren.tw@mail.huji.ac.il) and Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (chales96@snu.ac.kr).


Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication

Growing anti-immigration attitudes, rising nationalist tendencies, landslide victories of populist figures as well as the dissolution of national and supranational entities – these are just some of the multiple political and societal challenges western democracies are facing nowadays. These challenges have been said to affect the way citizens, the media and political actors communicate among and with each other. More specifically, concerns about the deliberative quality of these communications have been put forward. While this observation has so far been corroborated by a series of isolated studies, which produced not more than a few islands of analysis, an integrative and comprehensive perspective on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication is yet missing.

The special issue Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication thus addresses this gap in the literature by systematically bringing together different strands of research on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication. The special issue thus aims at providing an integrative and comprehensive picture on modern political communication in times western democracies are facing a multitude of disruptive challenges. Theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions focusing on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication are welcome. Topics and questions of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. The deliberative quality of political debates: To which extent do political debates come close to the genuine benchmarks of deliberation? How deliberative is political communication transmitted via different channels (e.g., media types, media formats) as well as by different actors (e.g., journalists, politicians)? How is the deliberative quality of these debates perceived by the public?

  2. Determinants and consequences of citizens’ deliberation: Which role do arguments and scientific evidence play in promoting the quality of citizens’ deliberation? Does civic deliberation indeed result in “better” outcomes? To which extent is civic deliberation positively related to political participation?

  3. Uncivil online communication and deliberative interventions: To what degree does the deliberative quality of user comments reflect the deliberative quality of the news coverage? How does online deliberation via user comments develop over time? How do users interact when encountering dissonant viewpoints? To which extent are online civic interventions a panacea for disruptive and uncivil online behavior?

Submission Guidelines

Submissions need to speak to the deliberative democracy and democratic innovations literature.

When preparing your submission, please check the JPD website for guidelines on style and paper length: https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/author_instructions.html

Please submit your manuscript to the following email address: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

Questions about the special issue shall be directed to the guest editors Christiane Grill and Anne Schäfer under the email address: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for the special issue is July 31, 2019. Manuscripts will be peer reviewed and a decision rendered until November 2019 with a target publication of the issue in 2020.

For more information see: https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/call_for_papers.pdf

Editorial Information

Guest Editor: Christiane Grill

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Email: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de

Guest Editor: Anne Schäfer

Department of Political Science, University of Mannheim

Email: si.jpd@mzes.uni-mannheim.de



CFP: Digital Feminist Activisms: The Performances and Practices of Online Public Assemblies

Due: May 30, 2019


Editors: Dr. Shana MacDonald (University of Waterloo), Dr. Milena Radzikowska (Mount Royal University), Dr. Michelle MacArthur (University of Windsor), Brianna I. Wiens (York University)

With the rise of what Jessalyn Keller and Maureen Ryan have called “emergent feminism,” we are witnessing a moment marked by the “sudden reappearance” of strident critiques of gendered inequalities within popular discourse (2018, 2). More often than not, emergent feminisms are amplified online through social media by popular feminism and celebrity endorsements (Banet-Weiser 2018, McRobbie 2009), which can problematically promote neoliberal values of individual consumer practices and competitive self-improvement as a forms of empowerment.

And yet, access to social media has produced important and critical forms of feminist politics. In Notes Towards a Theory of Performative Assembly, Judith Butler (2015) advances the importance of bodies assembling in space as a form of protest that performatively asserts both “the right to appear” and demands “a livable life” for those in positions of precarity.

While feminist visibility in the broader public eye has produced important dialogues, this politics of assembly simultaneously begs the question: “What about those who prefer not to appear, who engage in their democratic activism in another way?” (Butler 2015, 55). There are many valid and powerful reasons as to why feminist activists may want, or be able, to not appear given the dangerous climate of online spaces, rife with the violent misogyny of trolling culture. These forms of publicness and erasure are equally important to consider within current considerations of emergent feminist practices online.

This book seeks to gather provocations, analyses, creative explorations, and/or cases studies of digital feminist practices from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to, media studies, communication studies, critical and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, digital humanities, feminist HCI, and feminist STS.

The book frames digital feminisms as forms of public assembly that are performative and theatrical; that is, performative in that they can offer, “a process, a praxis, an episteme, a mode of transmission, an accomplishment, and a means of intervening in the world” (Diana Taylor 2003, 15), and theatrical in that they are events that may include characters, plot, the invocation of an audience, and the collective labour of multiple collaborators.

In this way, digital feminist practices foster counterpublics––communities that enable “exchanges...distinct from authority” that “have a critical relation to power” (Michael Warner 2002, 56). This book seeks to consider how digital feminist activism uses conventions of assembly, performativity, theatricality, and design to counter the individualizing forces of postfeminist neoliberalism while foregrounding the types of systemic change so greatly needed, but often overlooked, in this climate.

List of possible topics:

- Feminist hashtag activism; feminist, anti-racist, decolonial, LGBTQ+ hashtag movements

- Closed virtual feminist communities and safe(r) spaces

- Feminist and post-feminist forms of digital culture

- Intersectional feminism online

- LGBTQ+ digital cultures

- Black, indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) digital cultures

- Transnational digital feminism

- Popular and celebrity feminism online

- Feminist responses to online misogyny

- Feminism and post-feminism on Instagram and/or Twitter

- Feminist, queer, and BIPOC meme

- Feminist, queer, and BIPOC design

- Gamergate and implications of online misogyny in game culture

- Methodological and/or theoretical approaches to feminist digital culture

Please submit a 250-350 word abstract, a brief author bio, and any questions to Brianna I. Wiens (bwiens@yorku.ca) by May 30th, 2019. Accepted submissions should be 6000-7000 words and will be due to the editors by November 1, 2019.


Banet-Weiser, Sarah. 2018.  Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny. Duke University Press.

Butler, Judith. 2015. Notes Toward a Theory of Performative Assembly. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard University Press.

Keller, Jessalynn and Maureen E. Ryan (eds). 2018. Emergent Feminisms: Complicating a Postfeminist Media Culture. Routledge.

McRobbie, Angela. 2008. The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change. Sage.

Taylor, Diana. 2003. The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Warner, Michael. 2002. “Publics and Counterpublics.” Public Culture 14(1): 49-90.


Special Issue Paper Call for Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Special Issue: Uses and Effects of Smart Media: How AI Impacts User Experience

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2019

The increasing integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into digital media technologies has provided additional affordances and altered the nature of user experience, providing new audience engagement and gratification opportunities that meet human needs for information, communication and entertainment in a variety of innovative ways.

These AI-driven smart media have helped usher in a new media environment where social bots are used to spread false information, a 360-degree view provides a panoramic look of a natural disaster event – and augmented reality is used to aid strategic communication objectives – including both commercial and prosocial campaigns. Likewise, from personalized movie offerings on Amazon and Netflix to digital virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa, a number of new AI-based tools, mobile apps and devices have changed the nature of our media consumption and habits.

To date, the social and psychological effects of these developments have yet to be fully understood. Therefore, we have dedicated a special issue of the journal to probe into cognitive, affective and behavioral aspects of user engagement with AI-enabled media technologies.

For this special issue, we invite submissions that empirically investigate the uses and effects of AI-based media from communication, psychology, marketing, computer science, information science, and other fields. Interdisciplinary research is particularly welcome.

For questions, please contact:

Special Issue Editor: S. Shyam Sundar (sss12@psu.edu), Pennsylvania State University

To submit a manuscript to this special issue call, please visit: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hbem20/current.


Call for Extended Abstracts

Comparative Approaches to Disinformation:

Workshop at Harvard University & Special Journal Issues

From misleading news stories around the 2018 Brazil elections to a lynching linked to false social media messages in India in 2019, the deluge of digital disinformation is affecting communications in many countries around the world. The situation is particularly concerning in emerging democracies, where availability and affordability of digital communication technologies have facilitated production and distribution of false or misleading digital content among populations with low levels of media and digital literacy. At the same time, we are witnessing false narratives spreading across countries and across platforms often orchestrated by networks of operatives coordinating attacks internationally.

While several academic workshops have been organized on the topic of disinformation, little attention has been paid to the examination of disinformation from comparative and international perspectives. The Workshop on Disinformation to be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on October 4, 2019 will feature scholars from around the world discussing their research on the prevalence, impact, and diffusion of disinformation.

We invite submissions that make new theoretical or empirical contributions to existing bodies of knowledge in this area. A submission could focus on one country or offer comparative perspectives involving multiple countries. It could also examine other areas of research such as cross-platform analysis and recommendation systems. We welcome different theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches, and encourage interdisciplinary approaches.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

What existing or new theoretical frameworks or methodological approaches might help us better analyze evolving information ecosystems increasingly affected by disinformation and misinformation?

How can we empirically identify and track disinformation or measure effects of disinformation campaigns?

What are the key cultural, political, social, or technological characteristics contributing to the generation and spread of disinformation/misinformation?

What are similarities and differences between countries in terms of the production (media manipulation tactics), spread, and impact of disinformation?

What are major challenges in developing countermeasures (e.g., content moderation and freedom of speech)?  

Those interested in participating in the workshop should submit an extended abstract (between 1,000 and 1,500 words) with brief biographical notes to disinfoworkshop2019@cyber.harvard.edu by May 31, 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their papers to the workshop by July 1, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to present their research at the Workshop at Harvard University on October 4, 2019.

A selection of presenters at the Workshop will be invited to submit full manuscripts of up to 8,900 words to be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Communication. The International Journal of Communication, listed in leading indexing sources including SSCI, is an interdisciplinary journal offering scholarly analyses and discussions of key communication and related topics.  

Workshop participants are also invited to submit to the Harvard Shorenstein Center’s new fast-review journal, the Misinformation Review. These short essays (up to 3,000 words) should focus on practical implications for understanding and combating disinformation. They will be peer-reviewed and published on the Misinformation Review about a month after submission (essays will be submitted and published on a rolling basis).

Below are key dates.

Workshop abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2019 (disinfoworkshop2019@cyber.harvard.edu)

Workshop abstract acceptance notice: July 1, 2019

Workshop at Harvard University: October 4, 2019

[Optional] Full paper submission deadline (International Journal of Communication special issue): February 1, 2020

[Optional] Essay submission deadline (Harvard Shorenstein Misinformation Review journal): Essays will be accepted and published on a rolling basis

If you have any questions, please email the workshop organizers and special issue editors:

Hyunjin Seo, University of Kansas (hseo@ku.edu); Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (hseo@cyber.harvard.edu) [Workshop/International Journal of Communication]

Rob Faris, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (rfaris@cyber.harvard.edu) [Workshop/International Journal of Communication]

Joan Donavan, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University (joan_donovan@hks.harvard.edu) [Workshop/Misinformation Review]

Irene Pasquetto, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University (irene_pasquetto@hks.harvard.edu) [Workshop/Misinformation Review]

More information: https://cyber.harvard.edu/story/2019-04/comparative-approaches-disinformation-call-extended-abstracts


Call for Contributions

We want to hear from students, activists, educators and others interested in contributing to a feminist conversation about free speech and safe spaces, both inside and outside traditional classrooms.

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive zine that thinks through some of the following topics:

Trigger warnings

Feminist community/classroom standards

Call out culture


Managing difficult conversations

These topics are just starting points, we welcome your thoughts and experiences of balancing open discussions with protecting each other from harm. As a feminist collective, we are interested in creating a feminist dialogue on these topics.

We are open to many formats, including short first-hand accounts, poetry, drawings and recordings. Contributions will be incorporated into a zine, intended for a wide audience, with the goal of being accessible and intersectional.

Details for submissions can be found on our website:https://mailchi.mp/a19d846cbeee/free-speech-safe-space-zine-accepting-contributions-until-517?e=f02745fe02

Submissions will be accepted until May 17th.

Questions? Contact: gsws-apc@sas.upenn.edu

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