China Media Research has issued two calls for submissions to two special sections. Deadline: October 15, 2018.
1. Communication and Wellbeing in a Multicultural Society. In an increasingly globalized world that brings members of diverse backgrounds into contact with each other in various relational, organizational, health, and mediated contexts, conflicts, tensions, and stress inevitably compromise the quality of life. Although mental illness has been a major public health threat in many countries, there have been low levels of mental health literacy, e.g., in China, that contributed to lack of support at interpersonal, institutional, and societal levels. This special section aims to explore how communication scholarship contributes to our understanding of psychological, socio-cultural, organizational, occupational, technological, or generational factors that impede or enhance our wellbeing, whether individually or as a group.
2. Paradoxes as Sources of Creative Tensions. Scholars are increasingly adopting a paradox lens as a new way of approaching the growing complexity of the “messy, apparently unexplainable, and often seemingly irrational contemporary world” (Smith, Erez, Jarvenpaa, Lewis, & Tracey, 2017, p. 304). Paradoxes have been acknowledged as a source of creative tensions and energy that can support learning, change and development. Notwithstanding the potential of a paradox lens to inform the increasingly equivocal reality, paradox research remains confined to organizational behavior and strategic management, while its application in other fields of research remains limited at best.