CFP IADA 2022: Dialogue in a Globalised and Digital World (Russia & Online)

ConferencesCall for papers: Dialogue in a Globalised and Digital World: Retrospective and Prospective Studies, July 12-14, 2022, RUDN University, Moscow, Russia (Hybrid format). Deadline: March 1, 2022.

The twenty-first century opened us up to a new reality. New smart, digital technologies raised communication opportunities to new heights. One does not even need a computer to participate from the eastern part of the world in a dialogue with someone who is in the west part of the globe. Smartphone is enough. Such worldwide famous programs as MS Teams and Zoom serve many communication needs, including gesture and mimics, as one can both hear and see our interlocutors.

Popular and political discourse is invested in globalization. As we nearly got used to the term ‘globalized world’, this world starts turning back again to national ideals. Integration or disintegration – that is the question?
Covid time is not over. What has it brought to us? Deeper knowledge of how to communicate from a distance or depression and desocialisation? Maybe both. One thing is clear. We cannot change strange and cruel circumstances at once, but we can help people and peoples obtain a new understanding and knowledge of how to survive and make life better through constructive dialogue.

Migration processes captured the globe as well. People of different nations hardly understand each other. Communication barriers based on cultural peculiarities can be brought down. It might be time to work out a migration linguistic policy; a time to ‘break the communication ice’ among the nations.

An interdisciplinary approach to the problem of understanding, friendship and cooperation through constructive dialogue is one more goal to achieve.

All the above mentioned challenges will be the aim of this conference.

CFP Language Policy & Planning 2022 (Hybrid)

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Call for Papers: Language Policy and Planning: Language Policy, Linguistic Human Rights, and Cultural Genocide, August 25-27, 2022, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada, and online). Deadline: 28 February 2022.

LPP2022 will be a space for Canadian and international researchers to share their research about oppressed language rights and literacy practices in Canada and other parts of the world. This year’s theme (non-exclusive) will bring together researchers interested in the impact of language policy on the minoritization of language speakers and the oppression of their linguistic human rights. LPP2022 will have a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. Organizers hope that this format will maximize the participation of underfunded educators and researchers who come from communities whose languages have been affected by colonial language policies. The event will highlight research that attempts to deconstruct colonial views of language education, which advocate forms of toxic monolingualism that not only target minoritized students’ mother tongues but that put their lives in danger, as has been the case with Canadian residential schools. The three plenary speakers, Owennatekha (Brian Maracle), Abduweli Ayup, and Jaffer Sheyholislami, are scholars who come from linguistically oppressed communities and who have been studying language issues in those communities for years.

LPP2022 will continue the plurilingual policy started at LPP2021. Abstracts must be submitted in English or French, but the language(s) of presentation may include any language(s) of your choice, as long as material to help viewers understand the slides is made available in English or French.

CFP ECREA 2022: Rethink Impact (Denmark)

ConferencesCall for papers:  9th European Communication Conference: Rethink Impact, 19-22 October 2022, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. Deadline: 17 January 2022.

The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University (AU) and the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) are happy to announce that the theme for the 9th European Communication Conference (ECC) will be “Rethink Impact.”

Impact raises fundamental questions on whether – or to what extent – university research and education should directly contribute to social, economic and political demands and be driven by agendas external to the academy. Is it possible to conduct critical research that is publicly funded? Are there models of academic collaboration with society that are not adequately described by current impact assessments? Are funders determining what impact research ought to have? Is there another way of doing impact, as impact ‘from below’, serving the needs of common spaces and grassroots communities? What is the impact of scholars working in the field of communication and external stakeholders, historically and in the present? Why is the long-term contribution of higher education often overlooked in impact discussions? What would an adequate assessment of impact look like in the field of media and communication research, respecting different work cultures, disciplinary orientations and methodologies?

By inviting researchers to ‘rethink impact’ the organisers are wishing to further discussions about both the more traditional ways of thinking about impact as well as some of the more subtle and long-term ways in which researchers and educators in media and communication make a difference contribute to society. Discussions about impact draw on different cultural, social and political histories and ambitions, dealing with contemporary funding and employment structures and incentives, as much as they relate to the place and recognition of scholarship in wider societal and global developments. Rethinking Impact raises fundamental questions about the identity and autonomy of media and communications researchers as an interdisciplinary field of research at the centre of current debates of societal transformation.

CFP Taiwan Studies in Application (USA)

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Call for proposals: NATSA: Taiwan Studies in Application, July 8-10, 2022, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: 31 December 2021.

The North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) invites proposals for their 27th annual conference, with the theme Taiwan Studies in Application. Both academics and practitioners are invited. They solicit submissions actively engaging with the following set of questions:

1. New directions in Taiwan studies
In what ways are Taiwan, science, practice, and politics connected in your profession(s)?
Anchored in Taiwan studies, what further work needs to be done to deepen meaningful connections between people and the planet?
How can your proposal contribute to future advancements or new perspectives in your profession(s)?
How will your research proposal facilitate productive dialogues or interactions between academics and practitioners in your profession(s)?

2. Marginalization in and of Taiwan studies
With the conference theme in mind, what topics are currently marginalized in Taiwan studies?
Why do researchers and practitioners need to pay attention to the topics you specify?
How can researchers and practitioners do more to address the marginalization of these topics?
How can Taiwan studies collaborate with other minorities across the globe?

3. Reflections on the binary between researchers and practitioners
How do researchers and practitioners interact with each other in your profession(s)?
How does the researcher-practitioner binary affect those works requiring both research skills and social activism in your profession(s)?
What are some structural factors that shape and reinforce the researcher-practitioner binary?
How do you make sense of your own positionality and identity amidst the dynamics mentioned above?
What does it mean to you to engage with Taiwan in your profession(s)?

CFP South Asian Media and Cultural Studies (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference: Imagining Futures, February 10-11, 2022, Virtual/Hybrid event, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Deadline: 3 January 2022.

The organizers of the conference invite proposals for papers, presentations, and posters for the 8th South Asian Media and Cultural Studies conference to be held on the mornings of February 10-11, 2022. The annual conference will be a virtual/hybrid event (with some in-person events at FSU if possible). This year’s conference has an open theme of “Imagining Futures.” The open theme will allow creating linkages that cross disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. In considering the region’s collective future in the fields of media and cultural studies, scholars and practitioners must build strategies for action. The aim is not just to reflect upon some of the pivotal challenges in these fields, but to nurture a commitment to building a collective future. There is no registration cost to present and attend the virtual conference.

CFP Freedom of Expression: Communication, Identity and Culture (USA)

ConferencesCall for proposals: Across Borders IX: Freedom of Expression: Communication, Identity and Culture, May 16-29, 2022, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA. Deadline: 15 January 2022.

The organizers of the conference wish to invite scholars in humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts, including communication, literature, linguistics, translation and interpretation, media, journalism, cultural studies, theatre, dance, graphic design, art, music and others to a discussion on the broad topic of Freedom of Expression: Communication, Identity and Culture. Potential submissions can include traditional paper abstracts, videos of performances, photographs, images of art, etc. Contributions will be paneled for discussions related to the conference theme.

Potential topics most likely of interest to CID followers include: Minority culture, the Other and identity; Globalization and freedom of expression; Language, translation and their impacts on expression; Translation and interpreting as multifaceted intercultural mediation.

Lisbon Forum: ICD in the Infodemic Era (Portugal but Hybrid)

ConferencesLisbon Forum 2021: Intercultural Dialogue in the Infodemic Era, Luso American Development Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (hybrid event), 9-10 December 2021.

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe would like to invite you to join the upcoming Lisbon Forum that will take place on 9-10 December, in a hybrid format on the topic: Intercultural dialogue in the infodemic era. During two days, decision makers, experts, activists, organisations and institutions from all regions of the world will gather in Lisbon and online to discuss on the urgent necessity to support intercultural dialogue to counter misinformation, disinformation and hate speech.

Under the slogan #BreakYourBubble, the Lisbon Forum 2021 will focus on four different perspectives :

  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Human rights
  • Democratic internet
  • Global solidarity and social justice

You may find additional information (Concept note, Provisional Programme) on the webpage (in French and English). Register to participate online by Sunday 5th December 2021.

The Lisbon Forum is a distinctive platform for dialogue for policymakers, academics, and activists on issues related to global interdependence and solidarity. It enables networking, sharing of knowledge, and the mainstreaming of good practice among people from different fields of expertise, in order to mobilise commitment to act together in response to global challenges.

CFP ESTIDIA 2022: Dialogue-Shared Experiences (Spain)

ConferencesCall for proposals: 6th ESTIDIA Conference: Dialogue-shared Experiences across Space and Time: Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Practices, 15-17 June, 2022, University of Alicante, Spain. Deadline: 1 December 2021.

The European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue (ESTIDIA) will hold their 6th Conference, Dialogue-shared Experiences across Space and Time: Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Practices, at the University of Alicante in Spain. The 6th ESTIDIA conference, like the preceding ones, offers an open forum for cross-disciplinary and multi-level dialogue among researchers and practitioners interested in exploring dialogic and discursive interaction observable across communities of practices and various social-cultural contexts.

From the Socratic dialogues to post-modern cyberchats, it is only in and through communicative interaction that we can understand the world, people, and how things are working around us. By means of dialogue people are able to argue for their viewpoints, to come to terms with each other, to jointly solve problems, and to resolve conflicts. Dialogue brings together women and men, young and old, people from the east and the west, from the north and the south. Through the creative synergy of shared thoughts, ideas, and experiences, we can travel anywhere in space and time. The ongoing proliferation of new communication channels on social media platforms (Whatsapp, Facebook, YouTube, webchat, chatbots) is expanding the opportunities for multi-participant and multi-purpose dialogue involving people from across the world willing to share information and current concerns. At the same time, however, recent trends in dialogue practices, primarily on new digital platforms, reveal worrying signs of growing misunderstanding, opinion bias, as well as extreme and conflicting position-takings. Many situations of communication break-down are caused not necessarily by faulty technology, but rather by certain users’ deliberate interference with and suppression of free public dialogue. At the core of these situations lie several communication-related paradoxes.

NOTE: The event will become hybrid if that seems necessary at the time.

SIETAR Europa: Rethinking Interculturalism (Malta and Online)

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SIETAR Europa Congress:
Re-Thinking Interculturalism
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18 – 21 May 2022, Malta and Online. Deadline: 17 November 2021.

The intercultural field was born out of the 50s and 60s of the previous century. There were a lot of things that were taken for granted in that time that are not anymore: large parts of the global south were still colonized or on the verge of becoming independent; working globally was the privilege of a tiny minority of multinational companies headquartered in western Europe and North America; the iron curtain between the USSR and the West was considered inevitable and forever impenetrable; the oppression of women, people of colour and the LGBTQ community was normality and rarely questioned.

Of course, research into culture from the very beginning always came with the best intentions: if we could just understand each other better, we would find ways to work well with each other.

The intercultural field has grown considerably over the past decades. There are tools, theories, studies and concepts ad infinitum. Nonetheless, we see the deterioration of our natural environment threaten the well-being of people and peace on earth. Deep and old racist and class- based structures cause violence that dominate the headlines almost daily. Far-right populism is on the rise globally, as fundamental freedoms are declining even in places that were thought to be resilient democracies, in Europe and beyond. The recent global pandemic has amplified and clarified many of these systemic issues that were more easily ignored before. It has shown the incredible potential of what humans can achieve, when they work together across and beyond boundaries; it has also shown how we fail when we don’t.

So the question is, has interculturalism failed? Has it fulfilled its promise? Has it even promised the right things? Or, to put it bluntly, does interculturalism need to be replaced, reformed or reshaped to match the challenges this world faces?

CFP Communication, Conflict & Peace (UK but Online)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Communication, Conflict and Peace, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University, June 27, 2022, Online. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Global transformations fostered by the decentralization of communications from mainstream media and governance institutions to a plural range of socioeconomic actors and stakeholders have shaken the foundations of social consensus, truth and objectivity in the construction of public spheres. Such transformation has posed unprecedented challenges to conflict management and peacebuilding, multiplying risks of instability and war, but also the spaces for the construction of collective meanings and the voices shaping them.

As the international community struggles to find consensus and challenges to peace and security risks multiply, the aim of this event is to explore the relationship between communication broadly conceived, and the challenges and possibilities for peace. Organizers will receive papers from scholars, practitioners and activists on all the dimensions of communication and conflict. Registration will be free of charge.

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