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.

 

CFP National Communication Strategy Forum 2020 (China)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Global Communication and National Development: Building Communities Across Borders, Renmin University, Beijing, China, June 18, 2020. Deadline: 30 December 2019.

Renmin University of China’s School of Journalism and National Communication Strategy Research Center proudly announce the 2020 National Communication Strategy Forum on “Global Communication and National Development: Building Communities Across Borders.” The Forum will be held in Beijing on June 18, 2020.

The Forum aims to address some of the urgent and far-reaching issues related to the complex and dynamic interrelationships between global communication and national development. We witness in the recent years the emergence of an array of digital communication technologies such as ubiquitous networks, social media platforms, big data, artificial intelligence, etc. The emergence and increasingly widespread use of these technologies has brought about new possibilities in cross-cultural communication among people and nations, in the re-media/tion between the physical world and the virtual world, and in the trans/formation of new forms of cross-border networks and human communities. But while these cutting-edge digital technologies have facilitated much excitement and development opportunities in diverse industries and commercial enterprises, art and entertainment fields, as well as various aspects of national development, they have also bought about numerous social, economic, political and cultural issues or challenges, especially from the perspectives of intercultural communication and international relations.

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CFP Hellenic Conference of Political Science 2020 (Greece)

ConferencesCall for papers: 2nd International Hellenic Conference on Political Sciences: Communicating in Politics? (HEPO2020), 3-7 May 2020, in Athens, Greece. Deadline: 16 December 2019.

You are invited to submit your proposal (abstract/ poster/workshop/ round table) to be considered for presentation at the HEPO2020 that will take place 3-7 May 2020, in Athens, Greece, organized by the Communication Institute of Greece. HEPO2020 aims to provide an opportunity for Academics, Professionals and Industry Experts from Politics, with cross-disciplinary interests, to discuss the future directives and innovations in their discipline.

The themes of this conference include, but are not limited to, ‘Politics and Mass Media’, ‘Political Rhetoric’, ‘Political Psychology’, ‘Political Socialization’, ‘Methods in Political Psychology’ and ‘Political Communication’. Organizers invite papers that address the interface between communication and politics, examine the use of (social) media, visuals, and rhetoric in political campaigns and the presentation, performance and personality of leaders. Cordially welcome also are investigations into communication and political socialization, public opinion formation and political participation. Additionally, organizers hope to see papers that address the interactions between the (social) media and intermediary organisations such as interest groups and political parties. Last but not least, we welcome scholars with an interest in political marketing and PR processes in government and the role the (social) media play in local and informal forms of governance.

CFP IMISCOE: Crossing Borders, Connecting Cultures (Luxembourg)

ConferencesCall for papers: IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion) 17th Annual Conference: Crossing Borders, Connecting Cultures, June 30-July 2, 2020, Luxembourg. Deadline: 1 December 2019.

This conference proposes to zoom deeper into people’s migration experiences by foregrounding how migration is connected to culture. We will explore the nexus of migration and culture in more depth asking how migration is lived, experienced, mediated, and reflected through everyday cultural and artistic practice. Thereby we seek to deepen our understanding of the complexity and diversity of migration experiences on the one hand, and the possibilities of connecting different migrant experiences and groups of people on the other.

In line with the theme ‘Crossing borders, connecting cultures’, preferred proposals shall feature:

  • Theories, concepts and methods in migration research
  • Cultures and cultural practice in migration research
  • Borders and borders experiences in migration research

CFP Languaging & Language Awareness in the Global Age (Australia)

ConferencesCall for papers: 15th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness: Languaging and Language Awareness in the Global Age,  April 15–18, 2020, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Deadline: 1 December 2019.

Organizers are inviting proposals for presentations at The 15th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness to be held in Geelong 2020. The conference is organized by the Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages at Deakin University, Melbourne, and the venue will be the Waterfront Campus at Geelong.

How is the learning and teaching of languages being reconceptualised in our globalised, digital age? What are the implications for the development of language awareness, and in what new and innovative ways can teachers engage with it? How do new global paradigms and technologies further principles of language awareness such as reflection on language and the encouragement of learners to gain insights into how languages work?

Submissions may address, but are not restricted to, the following sub-themes:
* Language Awareness in Language Learning and Teaching
* Language awareness in culture, community and identity
* Language Awareness in professions and contexts outside education
* Language Awareness in the context of digital technology and social media

CFP Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope (USA)

ConferencesCall for papers: 2020 Spring Conference of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology: “Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope”, April 2-5, 2020, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Deadline: December 1, 2019.

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology, in partnership with graduate students in the Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, has announced the SLA 2020 Spring Conference, to take place at the Hiltons on Canyon in Boulder, Colorado, on April 2-5, 2020. The SLA Conference Steering Committee welcomes all submissions advancing the study of language and society, but we are especially interested in work that engages the 2020 conference theme: Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope.

As human societies face the tragedies of climate, war, racism, corruption, and displacement that are projected to define the 21st century, the SLA 2020 Spring Conference calls upon scholars to question the way forward in an imperfect future world. The future inhabits our uncertain present, generating complex intersections of crisis and hope. The imperfect, as a verb construction, describes an ongoing, incomplete action. With this conference theme, we wish to highlight the ever-unfinished and evolving condition of academic research and its contribution to pressing sociopolitical issues. How do we, in our role as researchers, reconcile time-honored methodologies with the novel challenges that have arisen in contemporary social life? How can our academic labor more effectively address the concerns of the future? We welcome submissions that make use of diverse methods, both micro and macro, to explore the precarity and forms of resistance that characterize our contemporary moment. We are especially interested in submissions that address the ways that language use may both enable and contest the sociopolitical shifts that continue to destabilize human equality (and indeed the future of humanity itself), whether at local, national, regional, or global scales.

In its focus on imperfect futures, the conference theme additionally proposes disruption and transformation as necessary concepts for critical language study. In social analytic research, these concepts each invoke traditional paradigms as they move toward more innovative ways of thinking and doing. Organizers highlight disruption as a rethinking of relationships between researchers, participants, audiences, and methodologies. What counts as knowledge production in linguistic anthropology and related fields? Who gets to produce and circulate knowledge, and in what fora? How can we productively disrupt our reliance on knowledge systems that may be more suited to past instead of future concerns? Likewise, organizers highlight transformation as encompassing the many ways in which laypersons as well as researchers may change and advance the contours of language study to confront an increasingly anxious world. Through the reflexive interrogation of positionality and subjectivity, we search for emergent paths to take within—and beyond—the comfort zones in our research fields. Disruption and transformation, as mutually reinforcing, co-constitutive phenomena, create the opportunity for more critical and participatory directions in language study. This conference theme invites linguistic anthropologists and related researchers to reflect on ways to realize goals of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gendered, and other forms of social justice in times of crisis and hope.

CFP Nordic Conference on Bilingualism (Sweden)

ConferencesCall for Papers: 12th Nordic Conference on Bilingualism: X-Disciplinarity in Multilingualism Research, June 10–12, 2020, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden. Deadline: 1 December 2019.

Organizers are inviting proposals for presentations at The 12th Nordic Conference on Bilingualism (NCB12), to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 10–12, 2020. The conference is organized by the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, and the venue will be Campus Frescati, Stockholm University.

The general theme of the conference, “X-Disciplinarity in Multilingualism Research”, will be reflected primarily in the five plenary talks. Submissions for oral presentations, posters, and colloquia that directly or indirectly address the theme are particularly encouraged, although papers that do not are just as welcome!

Submissions may cover (any combination of) sociolinguistic, educational-linguistic, structural-linguistic, psycholinguistic, and neurolinguistic perspectives on multilingualism. Linguistic aspects may include (but are not limited to) phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical, semantic, pragmatic, and discourse domains of multilingualism, and submissions may deal with language perception and/or production, as well as spoken, written, and/or signed modes of multilingualism, in contexts of (for example) simultaneous and sequential bilingual development, child and adult first, second, third, or heritage language acquisition, learning, teaching, and use, as well as aspects of language attrition, loss, maintenance, reactivation, and revitalization. We are aiming for a broad representation of (combinations of) methodological approaches, ranging from experimental designs and brain imaging techniques to linguistic anthropology and ethnography.

Please note that the conference is not limited to multilingualism issues related specifically to the Nordic/Scandinavian contexts or languages, nor is it exclusive to researchers active in the Nordic countries/Scandinavia. NCB12 welcomes submissions from anywhere in the world, on any multilingualism context, involving any languages.