Call for papers: Special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
What is research on computer-mediated communication today (and what should it be tomorrow)? A special issue examining the state of the field
Mike Yao, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Rich Ling, Nanyang Technological U
What is computer-mediated communication (CMC)? Further, what is the nature of the social and psychological processes vis-a-vis such digitally-mediated communication? In the quarter-century since the founding of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (emphasis added), there have been significant changes in the object of study, the theories, and methods used to examine the phenomenon. This special issue of JCMC provides an opportunity to take stock of this dynamic situation.
The topic of our research -- technology, the concept and processes of mediation, and our sense of what constitutes communication, as well as the theories and methods used to examine these -- have all been in flux. In 1994, the internet was only finding its purchase in society; Usenet and Internet Relay Chat or “IRC” were common platforms; email was considered cutting-edge communication; and Web 2.0 was still in the distant future. Additionally, SMS was just debuting as a digitally mediated form of interpersonal communication. Simultaneously, fundamental social and communicative processes were evolving both as the result of, and the catalyst to, these technological innovations. Such constant tension between technological developments, and related social processes, raises the question of how we should conceive of, theoritize and study computers, mediation, and communication?
In the time since the founding of this journal by Peggy McLaughlin and Sheizaf Rafaeli, the notion of a “computer” has morphed from being bulky, stationary terminals into a variety of devices. Early forms of networking gave us mediation of information, but these mediation forms were positively clunky seen from today’s perspective. The digital devices with which we communicate today include personal computers, smartphones, smartwatches, home appliances, beacons, and even robots. The channels that carry and transmit our words and thoughts range from emails, social media, instant messaging apps, to any number of other programs. Developments in artificial intelligence allow computers to autonomously and selectively filter communication messages and information. The disciplinary boundary between computer-mediated human-to-human communication and human-to-computer interactions are also blurring as seen with digital assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Bixby, that can be information sources, communication media, or indeed communicators themselves?
The very notion of “mediation” has taken on unexpected dimensions. Digitally-mediated information can be displayed in text, sound, moving images, virtual reality, or holographic projections. The recipient of our digital communication can be an individual interlocutor, a small group of our friends, or a large community of “Facebook friends.” Computer-mediated one-to-one communication has been supplemented with a variety of alternative configurations. The rise of ubiquitous computing and
ambient intelligence make computer interfaces, once the central focus of mediated-communication, less noticeable. How will such a sense of “non-mediation” impact CMC? Is being likened to face-to-face communication the ultimate end-point of computer-mediated communication? Or will augmented and mixed reality technologies push human communication into a new realm that blends the physical and digital worlds?
Further, how do we conceptualize “communication” in CMC? Are conventional divisions between interpersonal, intergroup, organization, and mass communication still relevant? At what point does an interpersonal exchange on Twitter become broadcast communication? How valid is the outcome of a democratic election if it is influenced by false information generated and disseminated by digital agents with fake human identities? Most importantly, how do we observe, think about, theorize and reconcile the complex communication and social phenomena resulting from interactions between humans and the multiple versions of our digital representations in a networked society?
Beyond the morphing of the object of study, and the eventual social consequences of this transition, there are theoretical and methodological issues at hand. The community of scholars has developed many theoretical approaches that are not necessarily tied to any particular technology. How are these holding up? Not to be overly prescriptive but, for example, what is an affordance; how does one conceptualize influence theory; what are the boundaries between warranting and credibility; etc.? In the area of methods and we are seeing the applications of data analytics to large databases, sophisticated social network analysis and various forms of artificial intelligence to this domain. What are the potentials and the threats of these approaches?
In sum, what is “new” and “not new” in contemporary CMC? Facing these challenges, questions and considerations, we invite scholars to consider these issues in this special issue of JCMC. It is our hope that addressing this question will contribute to the development of this research community.
The Special Issue
The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication invites abstracts for a dedicated issue to consider the issues outlined above. In the case of a special issue, we will suspend the criteria of requiring papers to have a primarily empirical focus. We invite articles that will help frame the future direction of research into digitally-mediated communication.
We will first seek extended abstracts of 1000-1500 words that outline the domain of the paper, the main argument, the literature upon which the paper is built, and the proposed contribution to the specific domain and to the sub-discipline. Submit papers to email@example.com and mark the subject line with “JCMC Special issue.” The submission should be accompanied by a brief biography (approx. 100-150 words) of the authors. Abstracts should be submitted by 31 March 2018.
Notification of commissioned papers will be made by the end of May 2018. Full articles will be due by 1Oct 2018, through https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcmc. The manuscripts must conform to the formatting standards of JCMC.
Extended abstracts (1000-1500 words) due: 31 March 2018
Notification: 30 May 2018
Full submission (3-5000 word articles) due: 1 Oct 2018
Provisional publication in issue 4 2019
Media, Polis, Agora
Journalism & Communication in the Digital Era
Thessaloniki, Greece – September 27-29, 2018
Call for Papers: submit by April 10, 2018
We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming international conference entitled “Media, Polis, Agora: Journalism & Communication in the Digital Era”. The conference is organized by the Advanced Media Institute, the MA “Communication and New Journalism” Program of Open University of Cyprus and the Laboratoire d’ Études et de Recherches Appliquées en Sciences Socialesof of L’ Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier and will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece.
This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars, professionals and practitioners from diverse fields -- including journalism studies, media and communication studies, political communication, sociology, critical humanities, policy and governance studies, technology studies, and cultural analysis-- to discuss the dynamic and continuous pivotal interplay of politics (polis), journalism and communication (media) and the public sphere (agora). The conference will further discuss the challenges that the advancement in digital journalism, ethics and content creation, mediated public discourse, new media and positions, as well as mediated political, public and civic action bring to those three spheres. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical submissions, case studies, and comparative work from all over the world.
Equally important, the conference seeks to build bridges between academia and the world of journalistic, media and political practices. Thus, we welcome Laboratories, Workshops and Seminars to demonstrate innovative projects, discuss ideas, and share best-practices regarding the themes of the conference.
We call for potential speakers to submit a 500-word abstract in English, by April 10th 2018.
For further assistance, please contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The detailed Call for Papers is attached, and available on http://amiretreat2018.advancedmediainstitute.com/
Keynote speakers, location of the event and other activities will be announced on our website. For more info and registration, please visit the conference’s website:
2018 Texas Speech Communication Association Convention – Call for Submissions
Combating Truthiness: Teaching in a Post Truth Era
Instructional Development, College and University – Call for Submissions
Date: October 4-6, 2018
Location: Omni Hotel, Corpus Christi, TX
Deadline for Proposals: March 23, 2018
The theme of the 2018 TSCA Convention is “Combating Truthiness.” As educators, researchers, and administrators, we face new challenges in the information age. These challenges include how to incorporate media literacy, information literacy, ethical communication, critical thinking, identifying cognitive biases, etc. into communication education to create employees/employers/citizens that can successfully navigate this “Post-Truth” era.
The TSCA Instructional Development, College and University interest group committee would like to invite submissions for presentations at the 2018 TSCA Convention. Proposals for papers, panels, or roundtables must be submitted to Dale Anderson at email@example.com by March 23, 2018. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Fact-based Decisions for Instructional Development
-Utilizing Internships to Provide Experiential Learning
-Assessing Critical Thinking in Communication Courses
-Course Level/Program Level Assessment
-Great Ideas for Teaching Students about Critical Thinking
-Incorporating Information and Media Literacy into Communication Courses
-Business and Professional Communication in the “Post-Truth” era
-Creating Global Citizens in the “Post-Truth” era.
-Tribalization of Truth
-Teaching Cognitive Bias
-Preparing Communication Centers’ Staff to “Combat Truthiness” in Student Speech Construction
Paper Submission: Full paper and abstracts for works in progress will be accepted for submission. Full papers should be no more than 7000 words. Abstracts of works in progress should not exceed 200 words. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf
Panel Submission: For a panel submission, the Chair/Coordinator of the panel should submit the proposal by providing a description of the panel (not exceeding 200 words) and a list of at least 3 panel participants. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf
Roundtable Submission: For roundtable submission, the Chair/Coordinator of the roundtable should submit the proposal by providing a description of the roundtable (not exceeding 200 words) and a list of at least 3 panel participants. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf
Note: For all submissions, please include all authors/participants and institutional affiliations.
SCFP: Submissions for Volume 31 of the JCSTAND
From its beginning, the Journal of the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota has provided an outlet for a variety of scholarship, from traditional to action research. This volume continues to provide this mission. JCSTAND is a refereed scholarly journal designed to provide a forum for cross disciplinary research. The editor welcomes a wide range of material that enhances secondary and higher education curriculum and material that is devoted to basic or applied research in human communication, mass communication, theatre arts, or performance studies. Submissions may be quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, or critical in nature.
Volume 31 will consist of three sections: Research Forum, Teaching Forum, and Undergraduate Papers. The Research Forum is devoted to publishing original research in the investigation of research questions or hypotheses. Any methodology (quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, or critical) is welcome. The Teaching Forum features ideas and in-class activities related to communication and theatre education, forensic coaching, or dramatic arts. This section will also include action research papers on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Undergraduate Papers will feature top papers selected to be presented at the CSTAND convention and other papers whose authors designate themselves as undergraduates.
All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). To facilitate the submission process, JCSTAND will accept manuscripts electronically. Three separate files should be attached: File 1 should include a title page including the author(s) contact information and credits, if necessary. File 2 should include a 100-word or less biographical statement about the author(s). File 3 should begin with an abstract of no more than 100 words, five key words for indexing, and the body of the text (including references). All references to the author(s) should be removed from the body of the text.
All manuscripts should be received on or before MAY 15, 2018, to be considered for Volume 31, which will be published around November, 2018.
E-mail manuscripts to: Christina Paxman, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact the editor by telephone at (701) 858-4238, or by email, at email@example.com
Call for papers, Religion and Media Interest Group of AEJMC
The Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) invites submission of research papers on topics that incorporate themes related to religion and media. RMIG’s goal is to enhance theoretical development in the study of the interface between media and religion through the production of rigorous, high-quality research that fosters understanding. The interest group promotes the study of media and religion within the context of the overall mission of AEJMC, which emphasizes scholarship, teaching, and professional freedom and responsibility.
Possible areas of research focus include (but are not limited to): studies of religious group members and uses of religious or secular media; exploration of media coverage of religious issues and groups; analysis of audiences for religious news; media strategies of religious organizations; religious advertising; religious and spiritual content in popular culture; etc. Papers focusing on historically underrepresented religions, denominations and/or groups as well as religious contexts outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged. Please note that essays, commentaries, or simple literature reviews will not be considered.
Papers will be considered for presentation as traditional research panels and poster sessions. RMIG will consider papers using quantitative, qualitative or historical research methods and accepts any recognized citation style (although APA is preferred). The maximum length for research papers is 25 pages (excluding endnotes and tables).
The Religion and Media Interest Group sponsors a Top Paper competition for both student and faculty papers. The top student and faculty papers will be awarded $100 each, with the second-place student and faculty papers receiving $50 each. Co-authors will split the monetary awards, but each will receive a plaque. The awards will not be given if the selected papers are not presented at the conference. In order to be considered for the Top Paper competition, please specify either a student submission or a faculty submission on the cover page of the paper. Student papers that are not clearly identified as student submissions will not be considered for the student Top Paper Competition. Student papers may not have a faculty co-author.
All paper submissions must follow formatting and procedures in the 2018 AEJMC Uniform Paper Call. Please pay particular attention to the following section of that call:
Papers uploaded with author’s identifying information WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR REVIEW AND WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE COMPETITION. ALL AEJMC DIVISIONS, INTEREST GROUPS AND COMMISSION PAPER SUBMISSIONS WILL ABIDE BY THIS RULE WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
All authors should carefully check their manuscripts for self-identifying information of any kind prior to submission. Paper submitters should try to submit at least 48 hours before the deadline so they can check to make sure that the uploaded document does not contain any self-identifying information in its properties. This can happen sometimes, mysteriously, via “save as pdf” or as a result of some other technical issue. An early submission will allow individuals to fully check submissions as they are entered into the system so that a resubmission prior to the deadline is possible.
Questions should be submitted to the RMIG Research Chair Brian J. Bowe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Type “RMIG Research Paper” in the subject line when communicating via e-mail. For more about RMIG and its mission, please see http://www.religionandmedia.org/our-mission-and-goals/
NCA 2018 CFP: Playing with Perception, Toying with Intelligence: re-crafting human communication, cognition and consciousness.
Call for Papers, Panelists, Participants:
No longer restricted to specialized groups or applications, ‘high-tech’ is everywhere. For example, incorporating many of the components and capacities previously only built into special industrial equipment, law enforcement and military technology, many consumer-grade items, including home security systems, domestic appliances, even children’s toys, now come equipped with 4G connectivity, high resolution infrared/night vision, two-way communication, and audio-visual recording capability.
Considering another set of examples, from those mundane ‘conversations’ with Google Now, Alexa, Cortina and Siri, to some of the most sophisticated and convincing interactions with digital constructs of various kinds, every day more people either choose to live with or find themselves by default living among ‘intelligent machines’ and/or artificial intelligences featuring the impressive satisficing abilities of heuristic algorithms. We are in the midst of a culture-wide Turing Test as these systems continue to push the envelope toward convincingly simulating the experience of talking and/or interacting with other humans.
As the technological augmentation and digital bootstrapping of our species continues to unfold, what specific changes to the human sensorium are in the offing? How are vision, hearing, memory and other components of perception and cognition being altered along the way? What does the future hold for the kind of communication, being and seeing in the world afforded by these everyday artifacts? Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological approach and McLuhan’s general ‘prosthesis thesis’ provide some of the theoretical underpinning for what promises to be a collection of intimate analyses of recent consumer-level developments incorporating systems built around (or, designed primarily to facilitate) artificial intelligence and machine learning. What’s becoming clear is that many of the attendant devices and systems play with perception and fiddle with the phenomenological aspects of human experience in unprecedented ways.
Contributors to this panel should focus on the present moment and emerging future of automated systems, AI, machine learning, augmented sensory apparatuses, remote communication and control systems, and the like.
For full consideration send papers, working drafts, outlines or abstracts no later than March 15th to email@example.com . Those interested in serving as moderator or respondent should send updated CV by same deadline.
CFP: Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society
Santa Barbara City College | Santa Barbara, United States
The Lighthearted Philosophers Society (LPS) is an organization for philosophers who approach their work with a sense of humor. We strive to create a venue for professional philosophy that is welcoming, and engaging, and most importantly funny. Please join us in our merry ruminations!
Our conference attracts philosophers from all over the nation and around the world. We are interested in both the philosophy of humor and humorous philosophy from any field. We welcome witty papers from any area of philosophy, and we’d especially enjoy papers on philosophical questions about humor. This year’s conference will also feature a stand-up comedy night, so if you’re in attendance you’re welcome to join us onstage!
All materials should be prepared for blind review; contact information, affiliation, whether you would like to volunteer as a heckler (see below), etc. should be included on a separate cover sheet. We will accept submissions in the following forms:
1) Full paper submissions: Please prepare papers with limited time for presentation in mind (2,500-3,000 words is preferable).
2) Panel proposal: Panel description should be 350-500 words, which should specify what each panelist will contribute.
3) Individual Short Performances: Submissions should include a 350-500 word rationale describing the theoretical contribution of the performance piece as well as a 350-500 word abstract describing the nature of the performance itself. Please include any audio-visual requests in the abstract.
4) Abstract submissions: Abstracts should be 350-500 words, and should be accompanied by a references/work cited page. Please note that we give preference to full papers.
Hecklers (commentators) will accompany each accepted submission. If you are interested in volunteering to comment and are not submitting a paper, please email the conference organizer with your areas of specialization, contact information, affiliation, and indicate you would like to volunteer as a heckler. Otherwise, if you would be interested in providing a commentary, please indicate this on your submission cover sheet.
Selected papers will be considered for the Joseph S. Ellin Memorial Essay Prize ($100)
Selected hecklers will be considered for the Richard C. Richards Almost Memorial Prize ($50)
Those selected will be notified by July 15th.
Please submit your papers electronically to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can be directed to the email address above.
Understanding and Examining the Digital Advocacy Pioneers (September 6–7, 2018)
Location: University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Convenors: Dr. James Dennis (U of Portsmouth) and Dr. Nina Hall (Johns Hopkins U)
Sponsored by the Transnational Civil Society Project at the University of Portsmouth and the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group.
Description and Objective
A new generation of digital advocacy organizations have emerged around the world including: 38 Degrees in the UK, MoveOn in the US; GetUp! in Australia and Amandla.Mobi in South Africa. These organizations all share the same basic organizational form: they are progressive, multi-issue, and membership-driven. These organizations are at the forefront of digital campaigning. They are pioneering the use of new technologies — be it WhatAapp, analytics, or Facebook — to rapidly mobilise people online and offline. The activism fostered by these groups has fundamentally changed how groups mobilise and organize citizens for political engagement.
While research has been conducted on these campaigning groups independently within a national context (Chadwick and Dennis, 2017; Karpf, 2012; Vromen, 2017), there has been little research on the global network within which they operate: the Online Progresive Engagement Network (OPEN). Spanning six continents and mobilising over 17 million citizens, this workshop will bring together scholars researching these groups at the forefront of innovations in online campaigning. From established netroots organisations like Campact (Germany) and Leadnow (Canada), to newer groups such as Uplift (Ireland), amandla.mobi (South Africa), ActionStation(New Zealand), Skiftet (Sweden), #aufstehn (Austria), and Campax(Switzerland), this workshop seeks to document the evolution of online organising and digital campaigning across the world. This workshop marks the first gathering of scholars working in this area.
We are delighted to host Andrew Chadwick (The Hybrid Media System), David Karpf (The MoveOn Effect) and Ariadne Vromen (Digital Citizenship and Political Engagement) for the workshop, three leading scholars in this area.
We are keen to attract new theoretical and empirical inquiries that examine:
· How these groups are shaping contemporary political participation (e.g. the influence on campaigning tactics adopted by other political organisations).
· The origins and evolution of new OPEN organisations, such as #aufstehn, ActionStation, Uplift, and Campax.
· The OPEN Movement, and how these campaigning groups operate at the global level.
· Case studies of particular campaigns, illustrating the working practices of these activist groups.
· How and why citizens engage with these organisations, and what this means for broader questions about democratic citizenship.
· How these organisations contribute to debates surrounding slacktivism/clicktivism.
· The relationships formed between netroots organisations and political parties, professional media, and legacy interest groups.
· What counts as “success” and “impact” for these organisations.
· The role of affect, emotion, and personal identity within campaigns.
Please email your proposals to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should include the following: title and name, institutional affiliation, and email address, together with a paper title and abstract of not more than 500 words. Proposers should also indicate whether or not they are current postgraduate students. No fees will be required for this workshop.
● March 30, 2018: 500-word paper proposals due. Please email your proposals to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
● April 27, 2018: Authors informed of selection and invitations issued.
● May 18, 2018: Send confirmation of willingness to participate.
● August 3, 2018: Full workshop papers emailed to James and Nina.
● September 6–7, 2018: Workshop
● December 2018: Request for revised papers for special issue.
Outputs from the workshop
We are in discussion with relevant journals for a special issue. If successful, submissions for the workshop will be considered and full papers invited in December 2018.