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Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context
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5/24/2019
When: 05/24/2019
8:00 AM
Where: Washington Hilton Hotel
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Brigitta R. Brunner

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Title: Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context

Abstract:

Since public interest communications is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, we invite submissions for this half-day preconference to reflect on the theme of public interest communications in the global context. Submissions can address theoretical and conceptual advancements, current challenges, or any other contemporary topic that explores the societal importance and impact of public interest communications in all its various forms. We welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies.

Preconference Description:

Since public interest communications is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, we invite submissions for this half-day preconference to reflect on the theme of public interest communications in the global context. Submissions can address theoretical and conceptual advancements, current challenges, or any other contemporary topic that explores the societal importance and impact of public interest communications in all its various forms.

Public interest communications is distinguished by a commitment to communication that advances the human condition. Public interest communications embraces the vision of ethicists who make explicit the priority of shared human values and rights over vested interests that deliberately seek to obfuscate or have as their goal the denial of any person or group of people the fundamental human rights of dignity, freedom, equality and quality of life including health and safety.

This preconference call encourages research that advances our understanding of what public interest communications is and the role of public interest communications in our global society. We welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies. Our goal is to ensure a vibrant program that includes both senior and junior scholars, expressing a wide range of opinions and who are representative of different institutional types from around the world.

Some questions, which might be addressed (but are not limited to) include:

  • How does public interest communications construct or breakdown boundaries?
  • How does public interest communications promote and improve understanding across and beyond borders?
  • How can public interest communications span borders in often arbitrary and political notions of boundaries of academic disciplines? 
  • What is public interest communications and what are the key questions needing to be addressed?
  • What is the relationship between scholarship and practice within the realm of public interest communications?
  • Other topics related to understanding public interest communications and global society.

This 2019 ICA half-day preconference allows scholars to contribute to the development of the theory of public interest communications by clarifying, defining, and questioning the core concepts of this emerging field. We welcome submissions that seek to reflect on what public interest communications can contribute to organizations and global society by pushing through boundaries and encouraging dialogue and engagement.

Papers submitted for this preconference will be considered for a special issue of the Journal of Public Interest Communications, “Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context”.

Complete Call for Submissions/Papers:

Since public interest communications is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, we invite submissions for this half-day preconference to reflect on the theme of public interest communications in the global context. Submissions can address theoretical and conceptual advancements, current challenges, or any other contemporary topic that explores the societal importance and impact of public interest communications in all its various forms.

Public interest communications is distinguished by a commitment to communication that advances the human condition. Public interest communications embraces the vision of ethicists who make explicit the priority of shared human values and rights over vested interests that deliberately seek to obfuscate or have as their goal the denial of any person or group of people the fundamental human rights of dignity, freedom, equality and quality of life including health and safety.

This preconference call encourages research that advances our understanding of what public interest communications is and the role of public interest communications in our global society. We welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies. Our goal is to ensure a vibrant program that includes both senior and junior scholars, expressing a wide range of opinions and who are representative of different institutional types from around the world.

Some questions, which might be addressed (but are not limited to) include:

  • How does public interest communications construct or breakdown boundaries?
  • How does public interest communications promote and improve understanding across and beyond borders?
  • How can public interest communications span borders in often arbitrary and political notions of boundaries of academic disciplines? 
  • What is public interest communications and what are the key questions needing to be addressed?
  • What is the relationship between scholarship and practice within the realm of public interest communications?
  • Other topics related to understanding public interest communications and global society.

This 2019 ICA half-day preconference allows scholars to contribute to the development of the theory of public interest communications by clarifying, defining, and questioning the core concepts of this emerging field. We welcome submissions that seek to reflect on what public interest communications can contribute to organizations and global society by pushing through boundaries and encouraging dialogue and engagement.

Papers submitted for this preconference will be considered for a special issue of the Journal of Public Interest Communications, “Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context” In addition, leaders of the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida will present information about their organization, its mission, and how it works to build the theory and practice of public interest communications. The preconference also will showcase a practitioner panel of thought leaders in public interest communications who will engage with scholar participants on issues related to global public interest communications.

Submission and selection procedure:

Submitters should send a two-page abstract, excluding references (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt.) in which they clearly state how their work contributes to the questions posed in the call for proposals and/or the development of public interest communications. Each submission should include a third page with a short bio of the author(s). Abstract submission is due by January 25, 2019, to Brigitta Brunner at brunnbr@auburn.edu

Acceptance/rejection letters will be sent by February 21, 2019. Authors of accepted proposals are required to submit a full paper and a presentation prior to the preconference which will be shared with the other authors. Authors are expected to attend the pre-conference, present in person, and prepare some questions for other panelists.

All participants, speakers or not, must register and pay fees. Participation fee (including break) is 45 USD for presenters and non-presenters. Special hotel rates are available for registered participants. To register to this pre-conference, participants need to go to www.icahdq.org and register online as part of their main ICA conference registration, or as a stand-alone registration.

Following the pre-conference, participants will be invited to contribute to a peer-reviewed Special Issue of the Journal of Public Interest Communications, titled “Bridging Borders: Public Interest Communications in the Global Context” and to be published in 2019.

Timeline:

·         Deadline for abstract submission January 25, 2019

·         Acceptance provided by February 21, 2019

·         Deadline for submission of full papers and presentations April 26, 2019

·         Preconference in Washington, D. C., USA May 23, 2019

·         Invitation to submit to the special issue of the Journal of Public Interest Communications

Location/venue:  Main Conference Hotel

Division affiliation: None

Pre-conference organizers:

Brigitta R. Brunner

Auburn University

Editor, Journal of Public Interest Communications

brunnbr@auburn.edu

 

Kelly Chernin

University of Florida

Journal Manager, Journal of Public Interest Communications

kchernin@ufl.edu

 

Linda Hon

University of Florida

Journal Supervisor, Journal of Public Interest Communications

lhon@jou.ufl.edu

Sponsor:

The pre-conference is generously sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida. The Center for Public Interest Communications, the first of its kind in the nation, is designed to study, test and apply the science of strategic communication for social change.

The Center assists organizations, wanting to create change, discover how behavioral, cognitive and social science can show them how people think, make decisions and behave. Through use of science, systems thinking and human-centered design, the Center helps organizations create and implement powerful communication strategies. In addition, the Center supports the three primary goals of the original Frank Karel endowment, which are to:

1.        Build and test both undergraduate and graduate curricula for adoption by other Universities;

2.        Nurture, generate and promote scholarship that can advance the practice of public interest communications; and

3.        Build and support a vibrant community among those who practice, fund or study public interest communications.

ICA welcomes your comments and questions. Please feel free to contact the ICA staff at anytime.

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