ICA Preconference Call: Public Deliberation & Dialogue
Title: Pubic Deliberation and Dialogue: Building an International Network of Research, Pedagogy, and Service.
Date: Thursday June 9, 1:00-5:00pm
Place: Fukuoka, Japan (conference hotel)
Co-Chairs: Tim Steffensmeier, Kansas State University; Azirah Hashim, University of Malaya; Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute; Leah Sprain, University of Colorado, Boulder; Soo-Hye Han, Kansas State University
Preconference registration cost: Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy is covering the registration cost for 25 participants
Participant Requirements: there are two ways to participate in this preconference
A. Submit a one-page Statement of Interest that addresses your interest in public deliberation and dialogue OR
B. Submit a 300 word abstract describing your current research focused on public deliberation or dialogue. Panelists will be selected to present their research and catalyze small group discussions.
Deadline: January 22, 2016. Send Statements of Interest to Tim Steffensmeier; successful applicants will be notified no later than Feb. 1.
Public deliberation and dialogue is above all a communicative process. Communication scholars are beginning to focus more of their teaching, research and service efforts in this area. In recent years, a number of communication scholars from various perspectives, including but not limited to political communication, media studies, small group communication studies, rhetorical studies, and conflict resolution have begun to connect around public deliberation and dialogue. For example, The Journal of Public Deliberation publishes scholarship in this area, and the National Communication Association (NCA) recently approved a new Public Deliberation and Dialogue division. To this point, however, communication scholars mostly have been working individually or within national boundaries. There has not been sufficient collaboration at the international level between the field of communication and public deliberation.
This preconference aims to bring together scholars already working on public deliberation and dialogue projects as well as those new to the field. The aim is to build a stronger international network of support and collaboration by sharing ideas in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Participants will provide presentations and summaries of connections between their work and pubic deliberation and dialogue. The preconference will focus on research connections, and it will also address connections to teaching and service. One of the particular benefits of this subject is the natural blending of the three typical responsibilities of faculty.
The target audience for this preconference includes two primary groups: 1) faculty and graduate students already involved in public deliberation and dialogue research and teaching, and 2) individuals interested in this area and wanting to learn more. For the first group, the preconference will provide a space to share ideas, receive feedback, and learn what other people are doing in the field. Furthermore, we will develop ways to work collaboratively after the conference. For the second group, we will provide background information and resources for scholars to start incorporating this work into their research, teaching and service.