International Colloquium on Communication 2016
University of Applied Sciences Fulda (Germany)
Sunday, 24. July 2016, 18:00 h to Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:00 h
Theme: Communication and Tragedy
The International Colloquium on Communication (ICC) is an interdisciplinary conference that invites scholars from the U.S. and Europe to present and discuss new results of research on communication. The ICC was founded in 1968 and takes place every other year. A specific feature of the ICC is its small size, with only about 25 participants. Each scholar presents a paper that is followed by a discussion among the entire group. The length of the colloquium allows additional time for interaction and dialogue. The conference will be held in English.
The general aim of the ICC is to discuss current results of research on communication and to emphasize a critical view on institutional and political contexts.
The specific focus of ICC 2016 will be communication and tragedy. Papers may examine how we politically, socially and culturally define the meaning of tragedy through communication. Papers may explore the communicative practices involved in the social construction of tragedy, including how different cultures/societies grapple with the trauma associated with tragedy.
For example, papers may explore the following issues:
1. news media definitions of tragedy;
2. definitions of tragedy in the arts (literature, theatre film, television, dance etc.);
3. how organizations or institutions confront tragedy in their communication;
4. therapeutic approaches to tragedy, including research associated with health communication;
5. cross-cultural explorations of tragedy involving analyses of how different cultures communicate about tragedy;
6. consistencies and changes in how specific cultures communicate about tragedy over time;
7. how cultures memorialize tragedy, for example, in museums and memorials.
Those interested in presenting a paper at the ICC should submit an abstract of 150-200 words to the Program Chairs listed below by 31 January 2016. U.S. based scholars are asked to submit to Dr. Kevin M. Carragee, while European scholars are asked to submit to Professor Werner Pfab.
Professor Dr. Kevin M. Carragee, Program Chair (USA)
Department of Communication and Journalism
Suffolk University, Boston, MA, USA
Professor Werner Pfab, Conference and Program Chair (Europe)
Department Sozial und Kulturwissenschaften – Department of Social and Cultural Studies
Hochschule Fulda – University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany