The Human Communication Studies (HCS) International Conference, 2015 September 24–25, the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Theme: Identity, Context and Interdisciplinarity in Human Communication Studies in the Caribbean and Beyond
Submission deadline: April 30 2015 (full papers and/or 1500 word extended abstracts)
Human communication studies research in the Caribbean has evolved from the pioneering work in mass communication by CARIMAC and media and communication, and communication for social and behavioural change at UWI, Mona, Jamaica; subsequent developments in communication studies at UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad between 1999 and the present, and human communication studies since 2009; the introduction of a minor in Communication Studies at UWI Cave Hill since 2011. These developments in the Caribbean reflect, in part, the international and national trends in the burgeoning discipline of human communication which is home to more than two dozen sub-fields. Issues of identity, interdisciplinary links and discussions about the focus and study of human communication studies in the Caribbean and beyond arise quite naturally, especially in multidisciplinary academic departments and contexts.
Human communication studies developments in the Caribbean have also been accompanied by the design and delivery and growth of successful undergraduate and graduate programmes and research days and seminars. This period of development in Caribbean human communication studies has also witnessed the initiation and growth of faculty research in communication and interdisciplinary research collaboration in areas and subthemes such as communication studies education; communication, culture and gender; communication, culture and conflict; health communication; intercultural and/or multilingual communication; media, culture and society; organizational and corporate communications/business communication; performance, popular culture and critical theory; newer media and digital technology; telecommunications policy, information use and technology convergence. These areas of academic (faculty) research in the Caribbean and beyond reflect issues of identity, context and interdisciplinarity.
As we explore Identity, Context and Interdisciplinarity in Human Communication Studies in the Caribbean and Beyond, please consider submitting your full conference papers to an international panel for peer review for acceptance at the conference and possible publication in the Journal of Human Communication Studies in the Caribbean (JHCSC).The inaugural conference on Human Communication Studies: Celebrating the Caribbean in Communication, Culture and Community 2013 took place at UWI, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
The full papers should propose topics, posters, panels or innovative sessions based on the areas or sub-themes listed above. All papers should provide a paper title, names of author(s), names of presenter(s), institutional affiliation, email address and telephone contacts, identify a conference sub-theme from the areas listed in the call for papers, provide 5 keywords and the abstract should not exceed 200 words.
Notice of Acceptance: by June 15 2015. Commitment to Present: by June 30 2015. Early Conference and Accommodation Registration April 15-August 15 2015. Programme and/or abstracts online: August 15 2015.
Manuscripts should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, excluding tables and References. Extended abstracts of 1500 words will be considered up to April 30, but to receive full consideration prospective submitters of extended abstracts should send full papers by May 15 2015.
Manuscripts submitted to this conference should include “human communication studies conference” in the subject line of the email, a separate abstract not to exceed 200 words, and a list of five suggested keywords. Manuscripts must conform to the conventions of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; otherwise, they will not be reviewed.
Research involving human participants must be approved by an institutional review board (IRB) in order to be considered for publication in a proposed collection of papers in a journal or book or other form. Manuscripts must not be under consideration in other outlets or have appeared in any other published form at the time of submission.
Presentations should not exceed twenty (20) minutes for papers and one hour for panels or innovative sessions. Poster specifications will be issued with the notice of acceptance by June 15 2015. Conference information, travel and accommodation, registration, and programming will be posted and updated regularly. PowerPoint/multimedia presentations will be received during a period to be announced.
Inquiries may be sent to Godfrey Steele.