Call for Papers: Communication, Agitation & Justice for Intercultural Communication Interest Group of Western States Communication Association, February 21-24, 2020, Denver, CO. Deadline: September 1, 2019.
This year’s Western States Communication Association conference theme is “Communication, Agitation, & Justice,” and the Intercultural Communication Interest Group invites artists, practitioners, activists, and scholars to engage this theme in both content and panel structure to encourage and challenge dialogue across the conference space. As we engage in advocacy within the communities in which we live, this year’s particular theme provides an opportunity to showcase how intercultural communication continues to play a vital role in the larger discipline. For example, we share mutual interests in the promotion of social justice, communicating across and beyond difference, and agitating policy and cultural changes through intercultural communication practices, theory, and methods. By inviting programming that answers the “so what?” question by fighting against systemic oppression and structural inequity at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and more, we encourage submissions that draw from the rich epistemology of (inter)cultural and international communication research to engage work at multiple levels−local, global, international and transnational− and with a variety of tools (e.g., stories, narratives, performances, etc.). This theme invites a commitment to communication, agitation, and justice that should be embodied in academic work as a place of both scholarship and activism. This allows us to work with community members to create positive changes using the tools of reflexivity, critical literacy, listening, speaking up, alliance-building, and dialogue in multiple contexts, peoples, cultures, and various communicative spaces.
The Intercultural Communication Interest Group (ICIG) asks its members to consider how intercultural communication scholarship can serve as a form of advocacy by agitating towards social justice. In response to the conference theme, the ICIG invites papers, panels, roundtables, performative responses, and/or other aesthetic communication innovations. Programming that critically responds to the call by offering unique formats that reach out to other subdisciplinary strongholds within communication studies is encouraged. Additionally, programming that works at the micro, meso, and macro levels both in multicultural, intersectional, queer, and/or transnational ethnoscapes are further encouraged.
For questions, please contact the Chair/Program Planner of the Intercultural Communication Interest Group: Robert Gutierrez-Perez.