CFP IAMCR 2019 (Spain)

ConferencesCall for Papers – IAMCR:  Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths, Madrid, Spain, 7 – 11 July 2019. Deadline: 8 February 2019.

The International Association for Media and Communication Research –IAMCR– invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for IAMCR 2019, to be held from 7 to 11 July, 2019 at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. This year’s theme is Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths / Comunicación, Tecnologías y Dignidad humana: derechos controvertidos y verdades contestadas.

In addition to the general theme, IAMCR conferences address a wide diversity of topics defined by our 32 thematic sections and working groups, each of which has issued its own thematic call for proposals. See the list of the section and working group calls for proposals.

The 2019 conference also features a Joint Call for Video Presentations. Issued by 5 of our sections and working groups, the video presentations offer a chance to experiment with virtual conference participation and with the creative opportunities offered by alternative forms of presentation. The participating sections and working groups are the Participatory Communication Research Section, the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section, the Popular Culture Working Group, the Media and Sport Section and the Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group.

David Altheide Fulbrights

FulbrightsDavid L. Altheide is Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University. He submitted the following comments about his Fulbright awards.

David AltheideI made two Fulbright visits as a Fulbright Specialist after I retired from Arizona State University in 2011. The first visit was in 2012 to Zeppelin University (Friedrichshafen, Germany), with a brief lecture trip to Vienna, Austria; the second was in 2017 to Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Lisbon, Portugal). A few comments about contacts, networks, and curricular notions will be followed by an overview of the experiences.

The major impact of my visit to both countries was connecting with key faculty and graduate students. At Zeppelin University, which I had previously visited two years prior, I was reacquainted with a major scholar, Nico Stehr (Karl-Mannheim Chair of Cultural Studies) and my main Fulbright guide, Marian Adolf. A few years after my Fulbright appointment, Professor Stehr visited Arizona State University as a guest of the School of Sustainability. I corresponded with several faculty and graduate students after the conclusion of the visit. The visit to Lisbon, although much briefer (i.e., 2 weeks), also produced some collaborative discussion with faculty and graduate students. I forwarded to ASU colleagues and others copies of research reports and ongoing projects from both universities. Two of my former students were in contact with faculty in Lisbon about their own projects. Finally, I was able to connect faculty from Zeppelin and the Catholic University with scholars in the EU who share common interests. I was invited to return to Lisbon for additional lectures in October 2019.

Another interesting development was contributing to some disciplinary integration. I am a sociologist with a long history of research, teaching, and publishing in mass communication, news and propaganda, and fear communication—all areas that are also associated with Communication Departments and scholarship. (I also taught in an Interdisciplinary School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University). It seemed that my Fulbright lectures and seminars attracted students and faculty from various disciplines, who might not otherwise have much contact. Our conversations, often during meals, etc., occasionally sparked some shared topics of interests that could promote collaborative work in the future in the host institutions.

It is always a challenge to separate out key experiences of the visits since there are so many cultural insights and contrasts, but I can make a few comments about the process that led to my two Fulbright awards. I have been fortunate to do some research-related travel and collaboration with foreign colleagues prior to pursuing a Fulbright Award. The first thing to stress is practicality: Because of my family priorities, commitments to students, and other university responsibilities, I never really considered applying for Fulbright Award that would typically last six months to a year. It was not until toward the end of my teaching career that I learned about and pursued the Fulbright Specialist Award, which could last 2-6 weeks. I learned from colleagues at home and abroad that there is also a pragmatic aspect of a shorter term for a host institution as well: Many universities that do not have a visiting scholar tradition and resources simply are not equipped to support and deal with a visiting faculty person for an extended time. Thus, a Fulbright Specialist award was an ideal situation for my research interests, although the emphasis would not be collecting data per se, but rather, interacting with colleagues, students, offering assistance and suggestions about curricula, programmatic concerns, and perhaps some administrative suggestions.  Having worked in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Justice Studies, I felt comfortable offering some modest suggestions for promoting cross-discipline integration, including team-teaching. Moreover, I found that the shorter time periods of the Fulbright Specialist were often more manageable for host institutions in terms of more modest support. Fortunately, I was able to use some contacts and familiarity from an initial lecture visit, to develop an application for a six-week appointment at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Several years later a general inquiry about visiting Lisbon morphed into an invitation to spend two weeks at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa. I heartily recommend considering a Fulbright Specialist Award. Indeed, my enthusiastic discussions with colleagues led a fellow professor and a former student to apply for and receive a Fulbright Specialist Award. My only regret is that administrative rules prevent me from receiving another award for several years to assist other international faculties.

Visiting Fellows: Communication & Media (China)

“Fellowships“Visiting Fellows Program (VFP) for Communication and Media Research, joint program between the National Communication Association and the Communication University of China. Deadline: February 1, 2019.

Fellows will serve one-semester appointments-in-residence. Fall Fellows will serve September1 through the end of December; Spring Fellows will serve February 1 through the end of May. During this one-semester residency, Fellows will not teach but conduct research on their proposed projects in line with the VFP’s annual theme, “Global Environmental Communication in the Age of Crises”, and they will be responsible for delivering four public talks, workshops, or other scholarly programs meant to advance NCA’s mission, the broad goals of the VFP, and the interests of intercultural collaboration. NCA and CUC will each select one Fellow for each academic term, so the VFP will consist of two Fellows each term (or four per academic year).

U California Berkeley: Asst Ombudsperson (USA)

“JobAssistant Ombudsperson for Students and Post Docs, University of California, Berkeley, CA. Deadline: January 25, 2019.

The mission of the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees is to provide an informal dispute resolution process in which the Ombudsperson advocates for fairness, justice, respect for differences, and reasonable solutions to student and postdoctoral issues and concerns. The Ombuds Office also serves as an alert mechanism for systemic change on campus.


International Policy Summer Institute 2019

EventsBridging the Gap: INTERNATIONAL POLICY SUMMER INSTITUTE, June 9-13, 2019, School of International Service at American University, Washington, D.C. Deadline: January 28, 2019.

IPSI is a five-day professional development program for professors (all ranks) and post-docs in the field of international affairs who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research. The Institute delivers an intensive curriculum designed to teach participants how to develop and articulate their research for a policy audience, what policy-makers are looking for when they look to IR scholarship, whom to target when sharing research, and which tools and avenues of dissemination are appropriate. IPSI also provides a forum for scholars to develop professional networks with their colleagues and with the broader policy community.


CFP First Generation American Media

“PublicationCall for chapter proposals: First Generation American Media, to be edited by Omotayo Banjo. Deadline: February 8, 2019.

Through film, television, books and music, immigrants and their children have told personal, collective, and universal stories. Not only do their narratives give voice to non-dominant groups, but mediated narratives of the immigrant experience also offer insight into both the ideal and reality of living in the United States. In addition, these narratives highlight the acculturative experiences shared among minorities regardless of racial background.

The purpose of this anthology is to gather essays which 1) engage questions of representation of immigrants and their children, 2) offer analysis of first and second generation American produced texts and their audiences, and 3) share reflective essays from minoritized first-generation Americans about their assimilation experience, and if possible their connection to any first-gen narratives. While there are different definitions for first-generation, for this anthology, first-generation is being defined as children of parents who immigrated to America as adults or who immigrated to America themsleves as children.

Submissions may include textual or audience analysis, autoethnographies, personal essays, survey or experimental methods. Creative and non-academic submissions are also welcome. Texts of interest include film (mainstream and independent), television, original series, books, online magazines, and music which speak to the first-generation experience. Essays written by those who are first or second generation  are encouraged.

IUPUI Study Abroad in Poland 2019

Study AbroadSummer Intercultural Communication Study Abroad in Poland, May 13-27, 2019. Deadline: February 15, 2019.

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is now accepting applications for a two-week, 3 credit-hour study abroad program in Wroclaw, Poland. As the fourth largest city in Poland, Wroclaw is home to over 100,000 college students and considered Poland’s “tech hub.”  Students will spend two weeks examining intercultural interaction from a communication perspective, with particular focus on coordinated management of meaning (CMM).  They will explore issues of ethnicity, culture, gender and social/economic class, and participate in a two-day conference with communication students and faculty from the University of Wroclaw. The program also includes a visit to Auschwitz and museum tours including the National Museum, the Architectural Museum, and the Panorama.

CFP Multilingualism & Identity (UK)

ConferencesMultilingualism and Identity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 11-13 September 2019, University of Cambridge, UK. Deadline: 4 February 2019.

Globalisation and migration are two of the most important phenomena in the early 21st century and bring with them a number of opportunities and challenges, not least in terms of how people communicate and learn in new environments, both real and online. As a result of the rise in the movement of people and in interconnectivity more generally, an already multilingual world is becoming even more multilingual. How people use and develop their linguistic repertoires has been the subject of much scholarly attention. Less attention has been paid, however, to the ways in which people identify themselves and are identified by others as multilingual. This conference brings together researchers in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, modern languages and education studies to explore multilingualism and identity from a variety of perspectives, with the aim of creating new synergies.

Abstracts are invited for presentations at the conference. Papers should address explicitly issues of identity and multilingualism. Organizers particularly welcome submissions which take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. Conference organised by Linda Fisher and Wendy Ayres-Bennett as part of the AHRC funded OWRI research project, Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS).

KC25 Metacommunication Translated into Greek

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#25: Metacommunication, which I wrote for publication in English in 2014, and which Anastasia Karakitsou has now translated into Greek. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists of Key Concepts organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically by concept, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

KC25 Metacommunication_Greek

Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2019). Metacommunication [Greek]. (A. Karakitsou, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 25. Available from:

If you are interested in translating one of the Key Concepts, please contact me for approval first because dozens are currently in process. As always, if there is a concept you think should be written up as one of the Key Concepts, whether in English or any other language, propose it. If you are new to CID, please provide a brief resume. This opportunity is open to masters students and above, on the assumption that some familiarity with academic conventions generally, and discussion of intercultural dialogue specifically, are useful.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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CFP Across Borders: Cultural & Linguistic Shifts (Poland)

ConferencesACROSS BORDERS VIII: Cultural and Linguistic Shifts in the 21st Century, International conference in Krosno, Poland, 3-4 June 2019. Deadline: 30 January 2019.

Intercultural encounters accompanying the movement of individuals and groups receive a variety of expressions and call for a debate in an interdisciplinary context. The conference aims at investigating aspects of culture, language, media and literature in the context of a world made more mobile than ever before. The organizers of the conference wish to invite scholars in humanities and social sciences, esp. literature, linguistics, communication, folkloristics, media, cultural studies, humour studies, translation and interpreting, teaching methodology, to a discussion on the broad subject of cultural neighbourhood, especially related to: minority cultures and literature, migration and narration, the Other, autobiography and identity; communication styles, pragmatics of intercultural communication, communication in institutions, folkloric communication, ethnolinguistics; humour and irony in cultural context; cross-cultural aspects of translation and (language) teaching, English as an international lingua franca, language contacts, culture and the teaching of languages, global learning, innovation in education; images/discussions of culture in news media (print, broadcast and electronic); contemporary culture and media, images of culture/groups in media, transnational / transmedial cultural texts, cultural and linguistic globalization / localization.