CFP Middle East Dialogue 2020 (USA)

ConferencesCall for proposals: Middle East Dialogue 2020, March 20, 2020, the Historic Quaker Meetinghouse, Washington DC. Early Deadline: February 20, 2020.

Policy Studies Organization and The Digest of Middle East Studies have announced the official call for proposals for our annual Middle East Dialogue 2020. The event aims to promote dialogue about current policy concerns in the Middle East, and to provide a civil space for discussion across the religious and political spectrum. The goal is to bring together scholars, policy-makers, and other leaders within the global and local community to respectfully, and productively, discuss the diverse range of issues affecting the region. The conference is co-sponsored by Rice University, American Public University System, the Next Century Foundation, and the Capital Communications Group.

CFP IAMCR 2020: Reimagining the Digital Future (China)

ConferencesCall for Proposals: IAMCR, Reimagining the Digital Future: Building Inclusiveness, Respect and Reciprocity,  12-16 July 2020, Beijing, China. Deadline: 10 February 2020.

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for the 2020 Congress of the Association, which will be held from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

At the critical juncture of the second decade of the 21st century, the world is facing tremendous challenges. The past three decades of cultural, economic and communication globalisation have created sharp income and wealth inequities, a divisive international community, dysfunctional media, an increasingly fragmented digital culture and an accelerating environmental crisis. We witness growing populism and protectionism and a dissolving consensus on global engagement and international collaboration. We see deepening technological contestation in digital media and artificial intelligence between the world’s two economic powerhouses. We also witness a sharp decline of the quality of national and international information flows as a result of widespread misinformation facilitated by social media.

These developments pose urgent questions and challenges for media and communications scholars. What are the reasons for the division, gaps and fragmentation we now see? What roles have digital media communication played in these developments at both the local and global levels? What values should inform our proposals for addressing them?

This year’s conference aims to respond to those challenges by re-examining the roles and patterns of global communication while including local voices, seeking critical reflections on the relationship between them, and exploring feasible agendas for a shared digital future based on inclusiveness, respect and reciprocity.

 

International Conference on Multilingualism (Greece)

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Call for speakers, International Conference on Multilingualism, 29 March 2020, Athens, Greece.

The International Conference on Multilingualism officially launches the first annual meeting of professionals and the general public, with an interest in both bilingualism and multilingualism. It aims to bring together leading authors, influencers, scientists, academics, and educators who focus on research and methods, as well as the benefits and the pitfalls of raising bilingual and multilingual children.

CFP History of Recent Social Science (Canada)

ConferencesCall for Papers: 7th Annual Conference on the History of Recent Social Science (HISRESS), University of Toronto, Canada, June 12–13, 2020. Deadline: February 7, 2020.

This two-day conference of the Society for the History of Recent Social Science will bring together researchers working on the history of post-World War II social science. It will provide a forum for the latest research on the cross-disciplinary history of the post-war social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, economics, psychology, political science, and sociology as well as related fields like area studies, communication studies, history, international relations, law, and linguistics. The conference aims to build upon the recent emergence of work and conversation on cross-disciplinary themes in the postwar history of the social sciences.

The two-day conference will be organized as a series of one-hour, single-paper sessions attended by all participants. Ample time will be set aside for intellectual exchange between presenters and attendees, as all participants are expected to read pre-circulated papers in advance.

CFP Conflict Conference UT Austin (USA)

ConferencesCall for papers: 6th Annual Conflict Conference, April 10-11, 2020, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas Austin, TX, USA. Extended Deadline: January 31, 2020.

The Conflict Conference (TCC) will hold its 2020 conference at the University of Texas at Austin on April 10-11, 2020. TCC is a multidisciplinary annual conference promoting the study of conflict and conflict resolution, management, and transformation. Organizers invite papers, panel proposals, and posters on any relevant topic, such as apologies, advocacy, collaboration and cooperation, conflict management, conflict talk, dialogue and deliberation, dispute resolution, environmental disputes, forgiveness, mediation, negotiation, peace, political divisiveness, reconciliation, and restorative justice.

Topics on technologically mediated conflicts and ethics are also welcome. With a broad focus on conflict and peace studies in a variety of contexts, TCC encourages participants across disciplinary fields to submit. Work ranging from localized interpersonal conflicts to large-scale policy issues is encouraged. With several options for participation, TCC offers a breadth of perspectives that engenders productive dialogues for scholars and community members.

CFP Transnational Journalism History (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Transnational Journalism History Conference, May 28-30, 2020, Augusta University, Georgia, USA. Deadline:  February 1, 2020.

The fifth annual conference on Transnational Journalism History is seeking papers that study historical transformations in journalism from a transnational perspective. Papers welcomed that discuss theoretical or methodological issues as well as empirical case studies from all parts of the world. Specifically, organizers invite contributions that consider:

– the transfer of norms, practices and textual conventions from one country/region to another and their consecutive adaptation in national contexts
– transnational networks of actors
– biographical studies of transnational agents such as journalists or publishers
– the transnational coverage of particular news stories
– transnational audiences
– the impact of (emerging) technologies on transnational journalism
– different media such as television, radio, newspapers or magazines, and the intersection between them
-theoretical perspectives/interpretations/applications of transnational journalism history

CFP IADA 2020: Toward Culture(s) of Dialogue? (Poland)

ConferencesCall for papers: Towards Culture(s) of Dialogue? Communicating Unity in/and Diversity through Language and Discourse, 22-25 September 2020, Warsaw, Poland. Deadline: 29 February 2020.

Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw, and the International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) jointly invite submissions to the international conference on dialogue: “Towards Culture(s) of Dialogue? Communicating Unity in/and Diversity through Language and Discourse,” to be held in Warsaw, Poland, 22-25 September 2020.

Intercultural exchange and integration that are now observed in many regions of the world contribute to an ongoing merger of different fields of socio-political life. The aspirations for tighter and maturer trans-national/trans-regional cooperation, fostered by the focus on pluralistic and democratic procedures, are often paralleled with sustained or growing cultural divisions. They are manifest in various discourse-mediated acts of segregation, marginalization and exclusion. Despite the efforts at orderliness, lawfulness and partnership in the public realm, the latter frequently becomes an arena of communicative chaos, misunderstanding, violence and aggression. In the light of the growing cultural and interactive dissonance in different parts of the world, questions arise as to the role of linguistics, dialogue studies, discourse analysis as well as other related humanities in confronting the various forms of communicative antagonism that penetrates both public and private domains.

The aim of this conference is to approach the observed dynamics in global intercultural communication by tracing discourse strategies of modern institutions. Are there any alternatives to oppressive styles and exclusionary rhetoric, as well as to polarised and confrontational stances emerging from them in public and private spheres? Can the ‘closed’ interactive positions be transformed into substantial, efficient and constructive dialogue? How can the ‘unity’-oriented discourse activities compromise, dismiss or accommodate expressive ‘diversity’ in the interaction game? The above problems pose questions as to speakers’ critical language awareness, communicative competence and responsibility in selecting, rejecting, modifying and creating local and global discourse practices. Reflective choices and modelling of these strategies may be constitutive of ‘culture(s) of dialogue’.

Organizers invite linguists, discourse analysts,  sociologists, psychologists, political and media scientists, law experts, philosophers, anthropologists, culture mediators (translators, teachers, etc.), as well as other researchers from related disciplines to the multidisciplinary discussion of prospects and limits of mediating human culture(s) through dialogue.

CFP IAICS: Diversity & Multiculturalism (India)

ConferencesCall for papers, 26th International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies: Diversity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Times,  May 28-31, 2020, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India. Deadline extended: December 15, 2019.

As we move further into the 21st century, issues of diversity and multiculturalism are becoming increasingly complex. The constant flows of persons, cultures, and ideas between and among nations not only intensify contact and connection among global citizens but also bring to the surface both emergent and perennial issues of difference, identity, territory, and environmental concerns. With expansive networks moving at breakthrough speeds and intensities, the very concepts of diversity and multiculturalism are changing, especially as they encounter forces of environmental change, nationalism, populism, and hegemony. What does it mean to live in a multicultural society?  How do we create community, resolve conflicts, in complicated religious, linguistic, educational, and cultural contexts?  What happens to minorities and indigenous peoples within larger majority cultures? The theme of this conference seeks to address these issues in the context of nations and the larger world.

Conference Working Language: English.

CFP ECREA 2020: Communication & Trust (Portugal)

ConferencesCall for papers: 8th European Communication Conference: Communication and Trust: Building Safe, Sustainable and Promising Futures, October 2-5, 2020, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. Deadline: 15 January 2020.

The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)  and the Communication and Society Research Centre of University of Minho are delighted to host the 8th European Communication Conference (ECC). The Conference has chosen the key theme ‘Communication and Trust: Building Safe, Sustainable and Promising Futures.

What futures are we building up? What is the role of media and communication in these processes? Considering the pace of technological change and the way it is reshaping economy and culture, what type of adaptations and commitments are being asked of citizens and to what extent are institutions and policy makers engaged in achieving solutions that are both progressive and sustainable? What type of social, political and cultural futures are media and communication inducing and modelling? What relations exist between them and what are their main normative cornerstones? These are questions of critical interest for the 2020 ECREA conference. Scholars are invited to question the relevance of communication studies in face of societal challenges today and for generations to come.

CFP Nonviolence & ICD (UK)

ConferencesCall for papers: Nonviolence and Intercultural Dialogue International Conference, 6-7 June 2020, Brasenose College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Deadline: 1 December 2019.

The principle of nonviolence, also known as nonviolent resistance, rejects the use of physical violence to achieve social or political change. History shows that the success of peaceful social transformation depends largely on individuals who are charismatic, knowledgeable, skilled in the strategies and methods of nonviolence (Tolstoy, Gandhi, King, Chavez, Walesa, Dalai Lama, Louise Patterson, Menchu and others). Gene Sharp coined the term revolutionary nonviolence in the 20th century and transformed the meaning of the nonviolence from the passive to an active agent as a framework for creating peace.

This conference seeks to explore, analyse and discuss the complex concept of nonviolence as a strategy toward peace and progress. It will apply an interdisciplinary approach to various manifestations of nonviolence and will also act as an academic space to explore solutions for creating peace.