CFP Argumentation & Language (Switzerland)

The second edition of the conference “Argumentation & Language” will take place from 7 to 9 of February 2018 at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Building on the success of the first ARGAGE conference, held at the University of Lausanne in 2015, the goal of the conference is to further explore the intersections of argumentative and language practices. Scholars are therefore invited to submit proposals dealing with the interrelations between language (its units, its levels, its functions and modes of processing) and the way argumentation functions. Contributions must be related to at least one of the following five research axes:

1. Argumentation in spoken interaction
2.  Semantics and argumentation
3.  Argumentative indicators
4. Corpora annotation and argumentation
5. Rhetorical devices

Priority will be given to proposals that make their methods and analytical categories explicit and that privilege the description of empirical data collected in corpora or empirically. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of anonymized abstracts.

Types of contributions

Individual presentation
The deadline for submission is 30 June 2017.

Panel
Panel proposals can be submitted until 30 April 2017.

CFP European Television and Nations (Romania)

Call for proposals
European television and nations: Between centers and peripheries, 1950-1980
9-10 November 2017, Bucharest, Romania

Since the end of the 2000s, research into television history has
revealed different realities depending on the country (Bignell & Fickers
2008, see also Socialist Television Studies). Far from being limited
to the development of main television (British, German, or French), the
European television landscape seems to have been configured along a
number of dividing lines: the classical divisions (East / West, public
service / commercial TV) overlapped with new dichotomies (North / South (Bourdon 2011), democratic / authoritarian systems (Goddard 2013)).

In order to evaluate the relevance of these taxonomies and to account
for different dynamics which were thus created, our symposium aims at
exploring the less known history of the television referred to here as
peripheral in relation to pre-existing television models (continuing
Wallerstein’s world economy theory, 1974). The symposium is meant to
explore the attraction, imitation and diffusion of practice and content
between central and/or peripheral television. Particular attention will
be given to the period of emergence and development of television
institutions and to the established or presumed relationships between
television operators and national construction.

We are welcoming contributions which will analyze the influence,
convergence or opposition between European television, from different
perspectives:
-television techniques (introduction of color TV, modes of transmission
and recording etc.);
-institutional organization (regulation of relations between political
authorities and public television, recruitment of staff etc.);
-formation or practice of television professionals;
-design of broadcast schedules;
-circulation and possible adaptation of the program formats (fiction or
non-fiction);
-dissemination of national or international content;
-reception of programs by trans-border audiences.

Contributions may also address methodological issues or the problem of
access to television archives, in so far as these issues form the basis
of future research.

Lecturers:
Prof. Jérôme Bourdon, University of Tel Aviv
Géraldine Poels, responsible for scientific development, INA, Paris

The abstracts, in French or English, up to 250 words, are to be sent to
the following e-mail addresses: anne.roekens@unamur.be, romina.surugiu@fjsc.ro, amatei25@yahoo.com, by 10 April 2017. The languages of the symposium will be French and English.

Participation fee: 50 euros.

Organized by CEREFREA Villa Noël and the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Bucharest within the trilateral Belgium(Wallonie)-Bulgarian-Romanian project “Television and nations in the European semi-periphery: Establishing a national identity through television (1958-1980)”

CFP EDEN: Diversity Matters (Sweden)

DIVERSITY MATTERS
26th European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) annual conference
13-16 June, 2017 in JÖNKÖPING, SWEDEN

Call for contributions:

The responsibility of the scholarly community includes the proper handling of diversity in education with respect to learners’ profiles, backgrounds, generations, cultures with different languages, literacies, and ways of communication as well as diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments.

We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

Join the Conference in Jönköping to tell about your research, projects and experience connected to diversity challenges.

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until further notice. Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themes are still welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

 

IAICS 2017 (China)

IAICS 2017In today’s world, globalization erases boundaries and leads to increased contact among various languages and cultures. While human contact and migration have always been present throughout history, e.g., on the Silk Road, today’s media and transport capacities facilitate contact and communication to an exponentially greater extent than ever before. As a consequence, the phenomena of diversity, interculturality and hybridity are intensified. Juxtaposed to increased contact ensuing from globalization are both the positive and negative aspects of the protectionist efforts of localism. The theme of this conference seeks to examine the context of these problems within the spheres of education, language, culture, and society.

Preregistration due February 28, 2017.

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CFP ESTIDIA 2017: Dialogues Without Borders (Bulgaria)

Call for Papers
European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue
4th ESTIDIA Conference
Dialogues without Borders: Strategies of Interpersonal and Inter-group Communication
29-30 September 2017

Faculty of Philosophy
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”
Sofia, Bulgaria

in partnership with

Institute of Rhetoric and Communications, Sofia
Centre for New Media and Transdisciplinary Dialogue, Constanţa

Sofia UniversityThe 4th ESTIDIA conference, to be held on 29-30 September, 2017, is hosted by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the oldest higher education institution in Bulgaria, founded in 1888, which has been consistently ranked as the top university in the country according to national and international rankings. The conference serves as a discussion forum for researchers and practitioners to showcase their dialogue-oriented work on current societal and community-related issues, and on methodological approaches to dialogue and strategies of interpersonal and inter-group Communication. The aim is to bring together senior and junior scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and professional orientations to critically explore, through dialogue, different perspectives on human thinking, communication strategies, interpersonal relations, socio-cultural traditions, political processes and business interactions by means of theory-based and practice-driven investigations.

Conference Theme

Most of the world’s population – and Europe is a case in point – lives in contexts that are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural. Travel across national boundaries is becoming an everyday activity for many, and new technologies allow individuals to communicate easily and cheaply across such boundaries, even if they stay at home. Meanwhile, hostilities between ethnic, national, religious, and other groups do not seem to be decreasing, but on the contrary, are being kindled by extremist groups and totalitarian leaders. To oppose, prevent and do away with such negative and dangerous developments in the 21st century, it is more important than ever to acquire an in-depth and nuanced understanding of how individuals communicate based on group or community memberships, and how communication allows or encourages group segregation and isolationist tendencies. It is languages – verbal language, sign language, body language – that constitute the basic channels of communication through which group stereotypes can be tolerated, changed, and/or resisted.

While the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup relations has been a recurrent topic in several disciplines, such as psychology, social psychology (Tajfel 1978, 1982; Haslam et al 1998; Bar-Tal 2000) and political science (Sherif 1966; Pennebaker et al. 1997; Sidanius & Pratto 2001), research on communication and miscommunication in interpersonal and intergroup interaction has been conducted primarily within the fields of linguistics, sociolinguistics anthropology, rhetoric and communication studies (Hymes 1964; Gumperz 1971; Gudykunst 1998; Gudykunst & Mody 2002; Giles 2012; Berger 2014). A major advantage of these research strands lies in their intergroup perspective that considers people not only as individuals, but also as members of social groups (in terms of e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, region), and investigates the ways in which various social group memberships relate to the way that we communicate with each other.

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A major goal of this conference is to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in sharing their expertise and in discussing and comparing their extensive empirical and theoretical findings, so as to achieve a synergy and a cross-fertilisation of perspectives and approaches that highlight the role of communication practices in dealing with challenging situations emerging in interpersonal and intergroup encounters in 21st century societies.

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CFP Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action (South Africa)

Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action
July 10 – 12, 2017 in Johannesburg, S. Africa

The Taos Instiute is partnering with the Institute for Transdisciplinary Development in S. Africa for a conference that aims to create the context for both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people – together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.

Much has been researched and said about Africa’s problems and complexities and what should be done. This conference’s focus will be on what has been done – successfully. We will bring African projects, from small to mega, from all contexts and disciplines, in the focus. These success stories are going to be unpacked to establish how collaborative, transdisciplinary relationships have enabled success.

Come witness the stories, from the African continent, of collaborative, relational practices and transdisciplinary approaches as creative and innovative responses to solving complex challenges.

This conference will offer you the opportunity to engage in both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.

Call for Proposals Open Until March 15, 2017

Contribute and participate in this conference by submitting your presentation proposal illustrating how collaborative, relational and transdisciplinary practices have enabled you and/or your team to achieve transformative and sustainable success in a small or large scale project within one of the following critical focus areas:

  • Education (focus areas including among others primary education)
  • Infrastructure (focus areas including among others; water; electricity; science and technology that are environmentally sustainable)
  • Health (focus areas including among others combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)
  • Economy (focus areas including among others SME development; entrepreneurial development; sustainable agriculture, high performing organisations)
  • Government (focus areas including among others good governance, stakeholder economic development, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation, education, sport etc.)
  • Culture (focus areas including among others fundamentalism and its effects on conflict and relationships; religion, race; gender)

Pre-Conference Workshops, July 8, 2017

Morning workshop: Social Construction, Relational Theory and Change Practices
Afternoon workshop: Stepping into a Transdisciplinary world

World Conference on Pluricentric Languages (Germany)

5th World conference on pluricentric languages and their non-dominant varieties
Mainz, Germany
July 13-16th 2017

The conference is organised by the Working Group on non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages (WGDV).

The general theme of the conference is “Models of pluricentricity: Nation, space and language“.

This time the conference will try to focus on the influence of geographic aspects on the modelling of dominant and non-dominant varieties to further advance the understanding of whether geographically contiguous varieties follow the same pathways in their affirmation as own varieties as do geographically separated ones (e.g. European and Brazilian Portuguese).

You find all necessary information on the website of the conference.
All scholars working in this field are invited to submit proposals for papers/workshops by 28 February 2017

CFP Education Theory and Practices in Challenging Times (France)

Call for Papers:
Education theory and practices in challenging times: Cultivating an ethos of social justice, respect and diversity

Angers, France
13 to 16th of June 2017
Organizers: International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and Université catholique de l’Ouest (UCO)

The focus of this bilingual (ENG-FRE) conference is the dynamic interplay between various societal actors at a time when social and political developments across the globe challenge the very fabric of today’s multicultural societies. The conference aims to create an active and open forum for all who are connected to intercultural education and related fields, including theorists, practitioners, and students. The forum is organized under a series of strands:
Diversity in Education
Diversity in the Workplace
Migration & Mobility: Policies & Practices
Diversity in the Media & Arts
Social Justice in Health, Education & the Workplace
Religious Diversity & Extremisms

All abstracts should be submitted by March 15, 2017.

ICA Message for International Participants

ICA is one of the members of the Council of Communication Associations, the parent organization of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. They sent out the following announcement on January 30, 2017.

Message from the Executive Committee of the International Communication Association (ICA) regarding the Executive Order issued by the US President on 27 January 2017

President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), refugees or otherwise, from entering the US for 90 days. This order has raised serious concerns for many members of the ICA community, particularly those intending to participate in the upcoming annual conference in San Diego. These changes run counter to ICA’s commitment to ensure full and equal participation of all members of our organization and participants in our global academic community.

Over the past 48 hours, the ICA leadership has closely monitored this evolving situation, and will continue to assess the policy’s impact on members and attendees. We recognize members’ concerns regarding the uncertain and changing situation, appreciate your feedback and perspectives, and will remain in dialogue with our entire academic community as this situation evolves.

In the meantime, our immediate response includes the following actions, which aim to preserve our right as scholars to freely present our work and to collaborate with our peers:

• ICA has retained legal counsel specializing in visa issues to advise any member seeking to visit the US for the San Diego conference, including assistance in interpreting the new federal policy and applying for entry. This service is offered at no charge to ICA members and other potential attendees. E-mail Laura Sawyer, Executive Director, to be connected with counsel.

• The ICA office, as always, remains ready to assist members in procuring visas to attend ICA conferences and events. Standard invitation letters for visa purposes are available, as always, via the submission website. If you have a special circumstance and need additional help or special wording in your letter, please contact Julie Randolph, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services & Governance, for assistance.

• The ICA San Diego 2017 conference will support reliable teleconferencing and/or prerecorded presentation for those of you who cannot attend the conference in San Diego but would like to preserve your ability to present your work. If you are on the program and wish to have your session scheduled into one of our dedicated landline-internet rooms for guaranteed ability to teleconference in to present your work, please e-mail Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, before Monday, 6 February, so that she can note this request and designate your session to be scheduled in one of these rooms. She will then provide further instructions to you and your session moderator/chair regarding teleconferencing.

• If you are personally affected by this policy, have already registered, and wish to cancel your registration, please e-mail Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director. The cancellation fee will be waived for those unable to attend because of this ban.

At the San Diego 2017 annual conference, we have spearheaded special panels directly associated with this policy, recognizing that rigorous dialogue is essential at this moment. Our opening plenary features scholars discussing the issue of the “border” in San Diego, across ethnicity, religious and national identity, gender, and beyond. Another includes international members discussing current global populist movements and cultures. Several preconferences, Blue Sky workshops, numerous sessions, and a special exhibit on propaganda also address the current environment for academics internationally. At these events, we invite members to dialogue regarding concerns including recent policy actions in the US and elsewhere.

We reiterate ICA’s dedication to a global and diverse exchange of knowledge and perspectives and our mission– to protect the free exchange of diverse ideas among our members and attendees. We reaffirm our belief that scholarship is expanded and enhanced by our differences. Indeed, we cherish the ideals of inclusion and diversity and we celebrate difference; we do not tolerate speech or behavior that threatens the safety of—or discriminates in any way—against any person or group. Our leadership and our staff are committed to preserving these ideals. We reiterate our commitment to working to ensure that ICA as a whole, and our San Diego 2017 annual conference in particular, are physically safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments for the exchange of knowledge and for the enhancement of scholarship and community.

Sincerely,
The Executive Committee of the International Communication Association
• PengHwa Ang, President (Nanyang Technological U, SINGAPORE)
• Paula Gardner, President-Elect & Conference Planner (McMaster U, CANADA)
• Francois Heinderyckx, Finance Chair (U Libre de Bruxelles, BELGIUM)
• Amy Jordan, Immediate Past President (U of Pennsylvania, USA)
• Patricia Moy, President-Elect Select (U of Washington, USA)
• Laura Sawyer, Executive Director (ICA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA)
• Peter Vorderer, Past President (U of Mannheim, GERMANY)

CFP Myth of the ‘Enemy’ (Italy)

Call for Papers
The Myth of the ‘Enemy’: The mutable faces of the Other and the construction of European identities
Bologna (Italy), June 8 – 09, 2017
Deadline: Mar 6, 2017
International Studies Conference
Department of the Arts, Aula Magna di S. Cristina (piazzetta G. Morandi, 2).

The conference is organised by: Irene Graziani, Maria Vittoria Spissu
The scientific committee is formed by: Lilla Maria Crisafulli, Keir Douglas Elam, Vera Fortunati, Irene Graziani, Renato Mazzolini, Giuseppe Olmi, Fulvio Pezzarossa, Giovanni Ricci, Alessandra Russo, Maria Vittoria Spissu.

Organised by: Dipartimento delle Arti
In collaboration with: Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà – Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna.

The conference’s main focus is on ‘Otherness and the construction of identities’ (be they geographical, ethnic, political, religious, cultural, or social), while the underlying theme requested of the papers is ‘the perception and representation of the enemy’. Contact with the Other, as well as the fear of difference, are highly topical subjects of reflection: the distorting visions they express have, for too long, greatly affected peoples’ civil life and their individual and collective imaginary.

Three sessions are planned, in keeping with the conference’s multi-disciplinary approach: the first session encompasses the Histories of Art, Cinema and Photography; the second concerns History; the third Literature. The papers may be related to the Middle, Modern, or Contemporary ages.

The aim of the conference is to investigate the origin, the circulation and the consolidation of cultural discourses that generated stereotypes and ideas concerning otherness – often aberrant and discriminatory ones – and thus we invite submissions of papers related to the analysis of figures who have been subjected to exclusion and depersonalisation, perceived as belonging to ‘Other Worlds’ to be denigrated, colonised, converted, and/or obliterated: Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Eastern Christians, Dissenters, Turks, Blacks, savages, foreigners, ‘enemies’, ‘infidels’.

Papers that may shed light on the perception of Europeans in texts and images produced by non-European cultures will also be accepted.

Satire and the various forms of violence perpetrated at the expense of other and different cultures, express – as the obverse sides of the same coin – the anxiety but also the fascination and myths created regarding places and peoples that were/are unfamiliar or ‘remote’.

Particular consideration will be given to contributions focusing on mutual influences and on different forms of contamination and hybridization: appropriations of stylistic features and models of the other within the cultures of origin, as well as the diffusion (or imposition) of values, paradigms of knowledge, practices of representation from the hegemonic cultural centre outwards.

The conference also intends to investigate and deconstruct what is hidden behind the labels of ‘enemy’ or the Other, and encourages the adoption of innovative and cross-cultural research perspectives, privileging, when possible, less explored areas and connections.

THEMES
Paper topics might include:
America, Africa, Asia in the European imaginary and vice versa;
European identities, political contrasts and internal religious polemics;
Otherness as fascination;
Otherness as terror;
Otherness as joke, caricature, satire;
Otherness and propaganda;
Otherness as falsification;
Contaminations of attributes;
Explorations, voyages and contacts – real or imaginary – with unfamiliar civilisations and other Worlds;
Myth of the enemy: archetypes, poetics, pathosformeln;
Migrations of models;
Appropriation of foreign conceptions and types;
Production of hybrid objects;
Otherness and fiction;
Otherness and artistic/literary genres.

SCHEDULE
How to apply:
If you wish to submit a proposal, please send name(s), email address and affiliation, as well as title, five keywords, abstract (max. 300 words) outlining a 20-minute paper, together with a brief bio (including main research interests and publications – no more than five references), and (if so desired) a provisional bibliography concerning your paper. Please indicate, immediately before or immediately after the title of the abstract, your session of reference: history of art, history or literature (this also applies to multi-disciplinary papers).

Deadline for proposals: by 6th March 2017.
Confirmation of participation will be on 15th April 2017.
Proposals should be sent to: irene.graziani AT unibo.it and mariavittoria.spissu AT unibo.it.
Working languages: English, Italian.

Selected articles of each session/field of research will be published as a volume of conference proceedings, following a double-blind peer review process. The publication will provide (limited) space for (black-and-white) illustrations.
Deadline for paper submission (for publication in conference proceedings): 3 months after conference.