CFP What Do We Say to Migrants? (Belgium and Online)

ConferencesCall for abstracts: “​What do we say to migrants throughout their journey?” Disputed communication strategies and informational practices between spaces of origin, transit and destination (Workshop & Journal Special Issue), Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 22-23 April 2021. Deadline: 30 November 2020.

Convenors and Prospective Editors: Anissa Maâ (Université libre de Bruxelles), Julia Van Dessel (Université libre de Bruxelles), Amandine Van Neste-Gottignies (Université libre de Bruxelles).

The workshop and journal special issue will be structured around three analytical and complementary axes​:

1. Who says what to migrants?
Discourses and/or counter narratives designed by actors invested in the migration field, including representations and moral economies conveyed by these discourses.

2. How is it disseminated on the field?
Communication strategies implemented to reach and convince the target audience – including the material and human channels used on the ground – and their interaction and transformation in specific local contexts.

3. How is it perceived by migrants?
Informational practices defined by migrants and asylum seekers, and their perception and reappropriation of information-disseminating initiatives.

CFP LSI Approaches to Racial Justice


Call for proposals: Innovations in LSI Approaches to Racial Justice in Research and Pedagogy, Language and Social Interaction Division, International Communication Association, Denver, CO, May 27-31, 2021 (hybrid format). Deadline: October 14, 2020.

The current social and political climate – involving anti-black racism and anti-racist movements – has highlighted enduring racial inequality in the United States and internationally. These current events have prompted widespread interest among academics about ways that racism, whiteness, and structural inequality are pervasive in our own fields. Language in Social Interaction, like most academic fields, includes scholars who focus on questions of racial justice in their research and pedagogy. In this panel, organizers invite these LSI scholars to give short presentations (5 minutes or less) on innovative, effective methods for engaging with racial justice from an LSI perspective. Presentations should provide audience members with ideas or practical tools for how to engage with questions of racial justice in research and pedagogy. Submissions could address, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative undergraduate or graduate pedagogy activities
  • Innovative approaches to data sessions
  • Innovations in analytic methods to reveal racial inequality, highlight minority or marginalized voices, or decenter whiteness
  • Using LSI approaches and methods in innovative ways to create social change
  • Reflections on ways that whiteness pervades the LSI academic community & innovative ideas for the future of the field

Organizers encourage participation of ethnically and nationally diverse scholars, of graduate students and faculty, and of scholars from a variety of LSI sub-areas. The goal is to produce a collaborative, useful session for all those involved. Please email abstracts of 150-300 words to Natasha Shrikant by October 15, 2020. Abstracts should include details of your presentation and clearly connect to
LSI research or pedagogy.

CFP Language Ideologies, Identity and Authenticity in Minoritised Greek-speaking Communities (Online)

ConferencesCall for papers: Language Ideologies, Identity and Authenticity in Minoritised Greek-speaking Communities, Online Workshop – 20 January 2021. Deadline: 16 October 2020.

Organisers: Matthew John Hadodo, University of Pittsburgh; Elena Ioannidou, University of Cyprus; Petros Karatsareas, University of Westminster.

Recent years have seen an increased interest in the role language plays among minoritised Greek-speaking communities (that is, contexts in which Greek is not the majority language of society). Research has explored a range of issues including the reproductions, transformations and contestations of language ideologies in such contexts, which in many cases divert from dominant discourses about language and identity, and the interplay of language ideologies with formed linguistic repertoires and social  outcomes. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers investigating these issues with the aim of exploring points of both convergence and divergence across communities in different parts of the world, and with distinct sociohistorical trajectories of minoritisation, linguistic repertoires, experiences and processes of identity formation.

CFP Intercultural Education in an Age of Information & Disinformation (Israel)

ConferencesCall for papers, IAIE 2020: Intercultural Education in an Age of Information and Disinformation Conference, The Kibbutzim College of Education & The MOFET Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 27-30, 2021. Deadline: October 25, 2020.

The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges and rapid changes, which have initiated extensive discussion on key social and educational concepts, such as, racism, equity, nationality, empathy, diversity, and technology. These concepts form a basis for discourse on their role in intercultural education.

In this conference, participants will discuss a variety of topics relevant to the new global situation, among other intercultural topics. The conference includes the following strands:
• Peace Education
• Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in Multicultural Settings
• Using Assistive Technology to Promote Universal Design for Learning in an Inclusive Learning Environment
• Language Awareness
• Educational Assessment Suitable for the Multicultural Era of the 21st Century
• History Education and Multiculturality
• Democracy and Mutual Life
• Technology to Promote Globalization & Intercultural Education
• Intercultural Competence: Policies and Innovative Practices
• Empathy & Gender
• Diverse Academia
• Ecohumanism and the Challenges of Cultural and Environmental Sustainability
• Religious Education, Immigration and Interreligious Education

CFP e-Sociolinguistics Symposium (Hong Kong but online)

ConferencesCall for papers, e-Sociolinguistics Symposium 23: Unsettling Language, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 7–10 June 2021. Deadline for abstracts: 30 September, 2020.

The theme of the conference is Unsettling Language. The contemporary world is an unsettled place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous conflict zones, forced migration, economic imbalances and uncertainties, as well as ideological extremism resulting in (or caused by) unsettling language emanating from powerful people, political organizations, and the media. As a form of social action, this sort of language requires serious, critical consideration, assessment and counter-action. Furthermore, the notion of ‘language’ itself is undergoing a critical reassessment in how it is being theorized. Language is increasingly understood as more than ‘just’ a set of linguistic resources. Its embodied nature, the materiality of its modalities (speech, writing, sign, gesture, touch, silence), interaction with other modalities (sound, music, images, etc.), and with time and space, requires integration of broader contexts of analysis, multimodal data sets, and multidisciplinary approaches. We invite abstracts addressing the conference theme as well as other contributions focusing on current and innovative themes and theoretical challenges.

CFP Multicultural Discourses (Romania but Online)

ConferencesCall for papers: 7th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses: Multicultural Discourses in a Turbulent World, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, October 24-26, 2020. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the submission deadline has been extended, and the conference will be held online.

The successful international conferences on Multicultural Discourses organized in China, Brazil, and the Netherlands, respectively, have reinforced the importance of Cultural Discourse Studies in contemporary social science and the humanities. The 7th International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, under auspices of the International Association of Multicultural Discourses, will be co-organized by the English Department of the Faculty of Letters, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and the School of Contemporary Chinese Communication Studies, Hangzhou Normal University, China. The event will be hosted at the Faculty of Letters, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania from October 24-26, 2020.

Mankind is witnessing yet again the centennial moment of global transformation and the world is ridden with grave challenges and great opportunities. To answer to these uncertain winds of change, scholars from various fields such as communication, media, language, literature, society, culture, international relations, etc. are encouraged to offer their insights into topics including, though not restricted to, the following:

  • Multicultural discourses of (anti)globalization, diversity, connectivity, globalism
  • Multicultural discourses of security, conflict, war, peace
  • Multicultural discourses of protectionism, (in)tangible borders, immigration, racism
  • Multicultural discourses of development, the Developing World, the Global South
  • Multicultural digital, multimodal, literary, cinematic discourses
  • Multidisciplinary, multicultural approaches to human discourses

CFP: Communication History of International Organisations & NGOs (Germany)

ConferencesCall for papers: Communication history of international organisations and NGOs: Questions, research perspectives, topics, Zentrum für Medien-, Kommunikations- und Informationsforschung (ZeMKI [Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research]), University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, April 22-23, 2021. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

The International ZeMKI Conference 2021 will focus on a topic that has thus far received little attention from historians of communication and media: the communication history of international organizations. Since the second half of the 19th century, for numerous and diverse areas of social life, globally active international organizations of varying degrees of institutionalization and scope, both non-governmental and intergovernmental, have been founded and have dedicated themselves to the global challenges of the first modern age. The most famous of these is certainly the League of Nations, which was established in 1919 as the predecessor institution of the UN.

From a communication and media-historical perspective, international organizations played a highly visible role in the transnational intertwining and consolidation processes of journalism, culture, media, politics, technology and the public sphere in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include:

  • The communication and communication management of international organizations
  • International organizations, media and journalism
  • International organizations in the public sphere and public debates
  • Theories, methods, sources


CFP Media Research on South Asia & Diaspora Worldwide (Online)

ConferencesCall for submissions: Media Research on South Asia and Its Diaspora Worldwide: Saving the Planet through Better Media and Communication, South Asia Communication Association virtual session at AEJMC, Aug 6-9, 2020. Deadline: June 2, 2020.

Organizers invite you to present your research at the South Asia​ Communication Association (SACA)’s refereed-r​esearch session at the 103rd annual conference of the ​Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), virtual conference, August 6-9, 2020 (#AEJMC 2020​). AEJMC 2020 promises to be an innovative, interactive and exciting conference.

SACA will host an interactive paper session. A committee of renowned scholars will review submissions. Since SACA is an institutional initiative of AEJMC, this session will be featured in the official program of the AEJMC annual conference.

CFP Beyond Multilingualism – Translanguaging in Education (Switzerland)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Beyond Multilingualism – Translanguaging in Education, 2-3 November 2020, University of Basel, Switzerland. Deadline extended to 15 May 2020.

The Institute for Educational Sciences of the University of Basel and the Schaffhausen University of Teacher Education invite proposals for the two-day international conference on “Beyond Multilingualism –Translanguaging in Education” at the University of Basel, Switzerland, 2—3 November 2020. This conference takes a transdisciplinary approach to translanguaging in education. It examines how translanguaging is perceived, its impact and its implications, especially in the classroom. We are particularly interested in the relationship between everyday linguistic practices and language policies in education. To what extent are multilingualism and translanguaging taken into account as institutional issues in educational public spaces? What are the linguistic practices of various stakeholders in their diverse educational institutions?

CFP Contemporary Media Culture & Society (Argentina)

ConferencesCall for papers: Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America, The Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 12-13, 2020. Deadline: August 31, 2020.

Submissions should contribute to ongoing conversations about media, culture, and society in empirical, theoretical or methodological ways. They might also broaden our knowledge about the relationship between media, culture, and society at the national and regional level. Articles may refer to different aspects of communication, media, and cultural goods and services in the areas of journalism, entertainment, cinema, theater, television, music, etc. – advertising and marketing, public relations, social media, and video games, among others. This sixth annual conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University.