CFP Middle East Dialogue 2018 (USA)

ConferencesThe Policy Studies Organization (PSO) and The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) are pleased to announce the Middle East Dialogue 2018. Friday, March 2, 2018. The historic Whittemore House, Washington DC 20036.

The Middle East Dialogue (MED) has established an international reputation as a focal point for new research, and a forum for the exchange of opinions and different views about issues of social, political, and economic reforms.  In addition, discussions go on concerning women’s rights and roles in the new Middle East, and ethnic and religious tolerance.

Proposals are sought from individuals or groups on topics relating to the areas mentioned above. Proposals can be configured variously as twenty-minute individual presentations, or round table discussions on particular topics. Proposals are encouraged to explore present, past and futuristic approaches to these issues and “what if” scenarios, as well as conflict resolution, and problem-solving solutions. Visit the main site to see lists of presenters, proposals, and videos from previous years. Papers presented at the MED will have the opportunity to be published.

Proposals submitted by or before the early deadline of November 15, 2017 will be given priority.

CFP 6th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses (Netherlands)

ConferencesTHE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON Multicultural DiscoursesOctober 23-25, 2018, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Following the past and recent successes of the International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, with the latest held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2016, we have now decided to hold the event once every two years instead of three.

This means that the 6th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses will be held from Oct 23-Oct 25, 2018 at the Department of Culture Studies – School of Humanities at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. The event will be co-organized by the Babylon – Centre for the Study of Superdiversity affiliated to the same institution – and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies, Hangzhou Normal University, and hosted by the former.

Taking cultural discourse studies (CDS) as the central frame of reference, the aim of this international conference is to investigate the affordances, shortcomings, as well as unexplored potentials offered by the multicultural discourses as an intellectual movement when engaged with recent conceptual developments and areas of interest across the social sciences and the humanities.

The conference is therefore intended to provide the wide scholarly community with a forum that explores cultural forms of and approaches to the following issues.

CFP Communication in the Multilingual City (UK)

ConferencesOpen for submissions
An international conference, Communication in the multilingual cityto be held at University of Birmingham, UK, 28/29 March 2018

TLANG is delighted to invite proposals for its final two day international cross disciplinary conference focused on the theme of communication in the city. We will create conversations which transcend disciplinary boundaries, and assist in thinking creatively about communication in metropolitan settings. We aim to promote discussion of research findings and methodologies between a range of stakeholders including academics, professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners.  British Sign Language and International Sign interpretation will be organised for all main sessions and at least one of the parallel sessions.

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ICA in Prague 2018 (Czech Republic)

ConferencesThe International Communication Association will hold its annual convention 24-27 May 2018 in Prague (Czech Republic).

Against a backdrop of evolving technologies and shifting sociocultural and political dynamics, the 2018 ICA conference theme, Voices, encourages scholars to delve more deeply into a concept inextricably linked with communication.

Examined from multiple epistemological approaches, a host of methodologies, and numerous levels of analysis, studying voice – or the plurality of voices – can illuminate the process by which it is fostered and/or constrained as well as the conditions under which it is expressed and/or stifled. More important, the study of voice can shed light on the process by which it impacts behaviors, defines relationships, influences policies, and shapes the world in which we live. In other words, the conference theme encourages the submission of scholarship that examines voice vis-à-vis various discourses, actors, processes, and outcomes.

The significance of voice is reflected in contemporary debates around domestic and transnational issues such as the environment and immigration. It also plays a critical role in numerous systems, regardless of whether these systems are bound interpersonally, organizationally, culturally, politically, or socially. Irrespective of the domain of study, the conference theme Voices encourages scholars to address key questions related to:

* Theorizing about voice
* The creation and representation of voice
* The expression of voice
* The impact of voice

Before and after each annual conference, ICA hosts pre- and postconferences. These sessions are either all-day or half-day miniconferences, intended as an extension of the main ICA conference, but separate in terms of budget, programming, and administration.

For the 2018 Prague conference, space in the hotel is limited. While we have approximately 20 slots within the hotels, ICA also accepts proposals for pre/postconferences to be held outside of the hotel and even outside of Prague. All off-site preconferences outside Prague should be held on Wednesday, 24 May, with the following day 25 May given to travelling to Prague. All on-site (in the conference hotels) preconferences will be held on Thursday, 25 May with an end time of 5pm.

All postconferences will be on Tuesday, 29 May if in the hotel or elsewhere in Prague, or Wednesday or later if outside Prague. If you choose to have an off-site conference, you may either propose a location you have already obtained in advance or you may mark on your proposal form that you wish to speak with our local host for help in determining a location.

If you are interested in planning and submitting a preconference or postconference proposal please fill out the proposal form by Thursday, 1 September 2017. More detailed instructions are within the application form. If you have questions after reading the form, please contact Jennifer Le (jleATicahdq.org).

ICA Regional: Communications Research in the Digital Age (India)

ConferencesInternational Communication Association South Asia Regional Conference 2017: Communications Research in the Digital Age, 14 to 16 December 2017, Mumbai, INDIA, Hosted by SNDT Women’s University. Abstract due: August 31, 2017

The ICA South Asia regional conference intends to examine communications research in digital age under four parallel tracks for paper presentation:

A. Individual and Digital Exposure (IDE): What is the relationship of individual with the digital media?

B. Gender, Culture Technology (GCT): How does community and technology intersect in a given culture?

C. Digital Media Ecology (DME): Who are the stakeholders and players of digital media landscape?

D. Digital Research Methodologies (DRM): What are methodological challenges for digital media research?

We recognize that all the themes are intersecting and can be interwoven, yet we expect that you choose ONE that you think is nearest to your research/panel so that regional interest groups can be formed towards the end of the conference. By submitting abstract you are agreeing to register for the Conference. There will be workshops as well as plenary at the Conference.

CFP Expressions of Race & Racism Online (Finland)

ConferencesCFP: Expressions of race and racism online. This working group is part of the 14th Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) Conference on Race, Power and Mobilities (October 26-27, 2017), University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

The long-lasting idea that dematerialized online presence would downplay racial issues is vanishing as studies are increasingly showing the extent to which race is embedded in online structures, vocabulary, and users’ practices (Daniels, 2012). Though much research has been conducted on representations of race in traditional media, few studies have investigated expressions of race and racism in online and social media, and their findings underline the complexity of the topic (Sommier, van Sterkenburg, & Hofhuis, in press).

This working group therefore calls for papers tackling online expressions of race and racism to further understand associated strategies, tensions, and outcomes. Current findings point to a wide range of dialectics that should be further explored. Studies urge for holistic approaches (e.g. Titley, 2014) to attend to the interplay between colorblind and blatant racism, individual and structural aspects, local and global discourses, and traditional and social media. These broad research areas include, but are not limited to:

– users’ online practices, identity formation and social interactions (e.g. Hughey, 2008)
– the creation of racial digital divides (e.g. boyd, 2013)
– strategies used to disguise online racist discourses (e.g. Sharma & Brooker, 2016)
– methodological challenges associated with the study of expressions of race and racism in online settings

*** Important dates and practicalities ***

• Deadline for submission: August 31, 2017
• Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2017
• Registration starts September 15, 2017
• ETMU Days October 26–27, 2017

Submit your abstracts of 300–400 words directly to the working group organizer, Mélodine Sommier.

CFP ICA Africa Regional Training Workshop (Uganda)

International Communication Association (ICA) Africa Regional Training Workshop
1st ICAfrica Research and Publication Training Workshop
Growing Communication Research and Scholarship in Africa through Training and Mentorship
October, 2017

ICAfrica and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) hereby invite Extended Abstracts/Research Proposals for the first ICAfrica Regional Academic Training Workshop to be hosted by the Uganda Martyrs University. The academic training workshop will focus on the theme of Growing Communication Research and Scholarship in Africa through Training and Mentorship.

Please ensure your abstract meets the requirements.

Those who wish to participate should submit a Research Abstract.  The abstract should be 1,500-2,000 words and should represent work-in-progress. The work does not have to be in a perfect state, as the intention is to build from this abstract to a full manuscript with assistance from the training workshop.

CFP Conference on Communication & Management (Greece)

ConferencesCall for Papers & Participation
The Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG) invites you to submit your paper at its 4th Annual International Conference on Communication and Management (ICCM2018), 23 -26 April 2018, Athens, Greece.

The aim of this cross-disciplinary conference is to bring together academics, students, researchers and professionals from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds, encourage them present their work, communicate, exchange and collaborate. You can participate to present a paper, chair a session, organise a panel, or even be an observer. Past conferences drew participants from different continents and countries (more than 50), presenting papers on diverse topics such as political communication, multicultural & cultural issues, Education and Management, Political Communication, European themes, Νew Media / artificial intelligence, Advertising, Branding, Marketing, New technology & Communication, Crisis Communication & Media, E-communication – Journalism, Management and Business Communication, cultural studies, public relations and advertising, among others.

Conference Topics
Papers can include topics on the areas of Communication, Management, and Marketing. Related disciplines will be considered, including papers on Education for the panel on Education. For more information please visit the call for papers.

The Communication Institute of Greece(COMinG) was established in 2003 in France. In Greece, since 2013, it appeared as an independent academic association that has for mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Greece to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

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CFP Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference 2017 (Finland)

ConferencesCall for Proposals: 24th Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference: Diversities, mobilities, and cultural identities in the balance; 23-25 November, 2017, Jyväskylä, Finland; Deadline: 25 June, 2017

Human movement and relocation in the 21st century, by choice or in response to human-made or natural disasters, is becoming increasingly common. One outcome of this trend is that many people have become entrenched in, or fallen back onto, defensive lines and discourse as a means to protect their cultural identities. However, engaging dissimilar others–politically, professionally, or personally–from a defensive posture makes productive intercultural interaction and policy making difficult at best, and perhaps unattainable.

This situation poses significant challenges to ongoing peaceful negotiation of cultural identities. In other words, what makes me “me,” you “you,” and us “us”? Whether taken from the perspective of the immigrants, their offspring, host societies, ethnic minorities, or institutional actors operating in the field, the process of identity building and maintenance has always resulted from comparing oneself to “the other,” in seeking out both similarities and differences. It is enhanced or undermined by the stories told within oneself and among friends and compatriots. The process can be productive, mind-expanding, inclusive, and beneficial, just as easily as it can be fraught with contradictions, tension, fear, and reactionary stances.

But who is the owner of a culture or cultural information? Who is allowed to be an “authentic” representative of a culture? When is the assumed nature of a culture–or one’s cultural identity–allowed to evolve and by what means? What is the role of people invested in the field of intercultural communication? What kind of networks, initiatives, best practices, and hopeful ideas can be offered or advanced? How does theoretical insight best intersect with practical challenges?

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CFP 20th International Congress of Linguists (South Africa)

ConferencesCall for abstracts
20th International Congress of Linguists, 2-6 July, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

Authors can now submit abstracts against any of the workshops or individual topics (i.e. “paper sessions”).

24 July 2017: Deadline for abstract submission
31 October 2017: Notification of abstract acceptance

The Congress is held every five years, and is meant to showcase current developments in Linguistics. The Congress will run over five days, have a plenary panel on linguistics in South Africa, nine plenary speakers covering a range of major sub-fields, 10 paper sessions each with its own focus speaker, up to 30 workshops, and several poster sessions. While speakers and topics are drawn from a wide international pool, ICL 20 will take the additional opportunity of showcasing African language research. It will also cover applied linguistic areas of research of vital importance to the African continent and the 21st century at large, with a special extended session on Multilingualism, Education, Policy and Development, and a 2 day workshop on New directions in World Englishes research.

 

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