CFP Linguistic Diversity & Asylum (Germany)

Linguistic diversity and asylum
October 26-27, 2017

Conference at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity, Göttingen, Germany

The exponential increase of refugees arriving in Europe
has added a new linguistic dimension to the social diversity
within European societies. The workshop engages with
how and where linguistic diversity is observable in the
asylum process and how institutions react in situations of
non-deniable and more and more complex linguistic diversity.

CFP Qualitative Research in Communication (Romania)

3rd International Conference
Qualitative Research in Communication (QRC)
October 4‐6, 2017 Bucharest, Romania

This conference will explore qualitative research as an approach to social scientific investigation that enriches our understanding of communication and of social phenomena. It will provide a venue for discussing and reflecting upon theories and methods currently used  in qualitative research in communication, as well as trends likely to impact the work being done in this field. The  conference will focus on sharing and examining qualitative research methodologies, research topics, questions and applications, with a consistent emphasis on their potential and limitations as inquiry tools for the study of communication. QRC  is  not, however,  limited to methods, methodologies or theoretical debates on methods; we welcome studies that focus on qualitative research in communication and related fields.

A primary goal of this conference is to provide a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for discussing current collaborations and planning  future  projects. QRC is an opportunity to exchange and expand ideas about the way we use qualitative research in our academic work.

We invite communication scholars and researchers and their colleagues in the humanities and the social  sciences to contribute papers that address the theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative research or empirical findings supported by qualitative methods and tools.

Papers accepted to this conference can be presented either within one of four sponsored panels, or in the open sessions. The four panels hosted this year by QRC are the following:

1.          Crossing borders, crossing boundaries? ‐ cross‐cultural perspectives in research on age
Panel head: Monika Wilińska, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Sweden
2.          Communication in inter‐organizational collaboration
Panel head: Marta Najda‐Janoszka, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
3.          Capturing biographical work
Panel head: Ionela Vlase, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania
4.          Why Europe? Narratives and Counter‐narratives of European Integration
Special  Panel  organized by  the  ECREA  Temporary  Working  Group “Communication and the European Public Sphere”
Panel head: Alina Bârgăoanu, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

Important deadlines
June 30, 2017 abstract submission; July 17, 2017 notification of authors.


CFP Digital Imaginaries of the South (Spain)

Digital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas
18-20 October 2017
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / Casa de América (Madrid) International Film Conference
(IV TECMERIN Academic Meeting)
Deadline: 28 May 2017

Over the past twenty years, digital technology has become the standard in the film production, circulation, and consumption processes. Within this context, Hispanic cinemas have undergone deep changes, both within the countries with an established cinematic tradition, as well as in those that, due to several reasons, had not developed a robust cinematography throughout the 20th century. The analogue paradigm became deeply contested and a new digital framework, which was widely discussed by institutions, film critics, and academics, emerged. This moment coincides with the widespread generalization of national and transnational neoliberal policies that, far from backing diversity, have increased the gap between those “connected” and those “disconnected” (to draw upon Néstor García Canclini’s term); a gap also experienced by those that, even if connected, still occupy subaltern positions.

The speeding of these processes has resulted in an increase of mobility, at work both in the geographical displacement of film professionals and in the emergence of new narratives models that deal with questions of belonging and uprooting, springing precisely from these experiences of displacement. The cinemas of the Global South, and, most specifically, Hispanic cinemas, have actively taken part in these processes, ultimately playing a relevant role in terms of narrative and aesthetic models, and the production, circulation and consumption of film.

CFP South African Communication Association 2017

Call for papers
South African Communication Association (SACOMM) annual conference for 2017

School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
Grahamstown, South Africa
31 August – 1 September 2017

Locating the power of communication in a time of radical change

The post-truth, and decidedly digital, world is rapidly shifting the way we understand ourselves as media producers and consumers. We see billions of people now with communicative power in their hands actively shaping our world, its politics, its societies, its beliefs and ideas. We see people making their own audiences and speaking directly to them without recourse to the institutions of communication. We see the president of the world’s most powerful nation speak his thoughts and feelings directly to his followers via social media with no filter. Communication institutions of all kinds are being forced to prove their worth and usefulness and account for their methods, particularly when these methods are of the fact-based, verification variety. But media institutions of all kinds are compelled to adjust their social role, to work with and alongside new platforms and to think of their audiences as active and capable of speaking back, or even as competitors. At SACOMM 2017 we shall use the ‘post-truth’ moment as a backdrop against which to explore the idea of the power of communication at this moment in South Africa’s history. As global and local political, cultural and economic antagonisms and modes of resistance are ever-more visibly and quickly processed via the media.

Submission deadline: 15 May 2017.

SACOMM has six different streams:
Media Studies and Journalism
Corporate Communication
Screen Studies
Communication Studies
Communication education and curriculum development (CECD)
Communications advocacy and activism (CAA)

CFP Culture, Language & Social Practice Conference 2017

Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) V Conference
September 15-17, 2017
Boulder, CO
Call for Papers

CLASP V is the fifth multidisciplinary conference run by graduate students that promotes the broad connections between culture, language, and society grounded in empirical research. We hope to once again bring together an array of national and international scholars from diverse countries and sub-disciplines for the CLASP V conference this year in Boulder, CO.

The conference is open to students and faculty who are interested in language, social practice, and interdisciplinary study. Abstracts for papers covering topics in various areas of sociocultural linguistics are invited and are due by June 2nd, 2017.

Conference Details:
The conference will take place on September 15-17, 2017 at the University of Colorado Boulder. Our confirmed speakers are:
* Dwanna Robertson (Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies, Colorado College)
* Jonathan Rosa (Education, Stanford University)
* Natasha Shrikant (Communication, University of Colorado–Boulder)
* Jack Sidnell (Anthropology, University of Toronto)

CFP Provincial Newspapers (UK)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History
Journalism Department, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
September 8, 2017

Closing date for proposals: 1 June 2017

Papers are invited for a one-day conference on the theme of provincial, regional and local newspapers. The conference is being jointly organised by media historians from Coventry University and Liverpool John Moores University at a time when newsprint journalism has moved from the intensive care ward and obituaries are being pondered and some written. Yet local and regional journalism has been challenged before and emerged altered if not unscathed. This event will bring industry representatives and academics together to take a retrospective look at the current conundrum faced by the regional local newspaper industry in an effort to extrapolate lessons for the future.

We welcome paper proposals from all eras and nationalities, shedding new light on longstanding or recent media historical topics. We anticipate sessions of 90 minutes (20 minutes per paper plus 30 minutes of questions / discussion). It is expected that suitable papers will be developed into chapters for an edited volume on this subject for Routledge.

Themes to explore might include (but are not limited to):
*The future of the local press and local newspaper businesses
*Newspapers and regional identity
*The role of local newspapers in their communities
*Political and judicial accountability
*Economic models
*Trans-regional collaboration
*Media as political and social discourse
*Production and reception histories

The event is organised by Dr Guy Hodgson, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at LJMU, and Dr Rachel Matthews, Principal Lecturer in Journalism, Coventry University. In order to encourage a wide-range of papers, there will be no conference fee and lunch will be provided.

Please include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a cover sheet with a brief biographical note, your institutional affiliation (where relevant) and your contact details (including your email address). Abstracts should be sent to r.matthews AT

CFP Intercultural Competence & Mobility (Arizona)

Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical
Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence
January 25-28, 2018
Wyndham Grand Westward Look Resort Tucson, Arizona

Click here for Keynote and Plenary abstracts and biographical statements

As the opportunity and need to move between physical and virtual spaces has increased, more people experience the world as mobile and interconnected (see e.g. Douglas Fir Group, 2016; Kramsch & Whiteside, 2008). On the one hand, this has enabled participation in dispersed communities and markets; on the other hand, as communication, meaning making, and culture have become deterritorialized, interculturality has revealed itself as more complex than the ability to mediate across cultural differences. At the same time, patterns of mass migration and economic globalization have meant local contexts are also shaped by transnational flows of capital, knowledge, practices, and modes of communication. As a result people in today’s world must develop the capacity to negotiate and navigate dynamic demands.

In 2018, CERCLL (Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy, based at the University of Arizona) will host the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence which will focus on Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical. The conference will feature presentations and workshops that consider intercultural competence in connection with global trends of migration, travel, and digitally-enabled mobility. Of particular interest are contributions that address the changing state of intercultural competence in a mobile world.

CERCLL invites proposals for individual papers, symposia, roundtables, posters, and workshops (half-day/full-day) with preference given to topics related to the conference theme of Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical.

Proposal deadline: 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on May 22nd, 2017

CFP Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America (Argentina)

Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America

We invite submissions to the conference “Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America.” The conference, organized by The Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), will take place on Friday, November 03, 2017, at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This will be the third annual conference organized by MESO on the interactions between media, culture and society. This third annual conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University.

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.

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2017. Abstracts should be sent by email to . The subject of the mail should be “Last Name, Name – Medios y Sociedad 2017”. A selection committee will evaluate the abstracts and the results will be notified to the authors on July 1, 2017.

CFP Multivoicedness in European Cinema (Ireland)

Multivoicedness in European Cinema: Representation, Industry, Politics
ECREA Film Studies Section Conference
10th and 11th November, 2017
University College Cork, Ireland

European cinema has evolved from a homogenous and selective object of study, mostly shaped by frameworks of national industry, identity and culture, to a much more diversified field, reflecting the shift to a post-colonial, post-communist, post-national, globalised Europe. In the context of an increasingly diverse but also split society, in which social polarisation is on the increase due to the crisis of the Eurozone and the decline of the welfare states, and in which popularism and nationalisms are on the rise, resulting in the strengthening of the Fortress Europe project, this conference aims to turn the spotlight on the less-represented and less-audible voices in European cinema in all its forms: fiction, documentary, mainstream, art house, independent, exploitation, art film. With an inclusive focus encompassing issues of production, distribution and reception, of representation and of form, of dissent and of control, the conference invites contributions that engage from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches with the politics of difference and with the representation and/or expression of alternative viewpoints in European films / in films made in Europe.

Abstracts are invited on topics related to Multivoicedness in European Cinema, including but not limited to:

  • Multivoicedness in national and transnational European cinemas
  • Peripheries, borders, and grey areas: falling between the cracks, speaking from the margins
  • Ethics and/or aesthetics of alternative voices
  • Audiodescription, subtitling and dubbing of multivoiced films
  • Cultural and market negotiations: translating cultures, crossing borders
  • Participation, dissent, resistance: audiences, politics, and public discourse
  • Alternative European cinemas and the global market
  • Other voices: niche markets, new forms of consumption
  • Deterritorialising identities, becoming migrant/minoritarian
  • Polyglot cinema: speaking from multiple subject positions
  • Genders and genres: decentering and in-betweennes
  • Alternative film festivals and other cinemas
  • Speaking in tongues: the audiences of multivoiced films
  • Queering European cinema
  • Nonfiction and commitment: documenting the silenced subject
  • Speaking for oneself: multiple forms of first-person filmmaking
  • Transnational, cosmopolitan, global: what European cinema
  • A continent in motion: multiple commitments, divided belonging
  • The New Europeans in films / making films
  • Margins of industrial practices, alternative forms of production, distribution and reception
  • Speaking parts: person, character, actor, star

Submission deadline: May 2nd 2017.

CFP New Media: Interactions & Transactions (Morocco)

New Media: Interactions and Transactions
23-24 November 2017
Chouaib Doukkali University
El Jadida, Morocco

New media, communication and information technologies are nowadays powerful tools for trade and exchanges. They transformed the modes of information as well as the forms of production and consumption in all areas. Indeed, blogs, search engines, online newspapers, social networks, and digital contents in general are all “forms of communication tools that have quickly changed the ways in which public relations is practiced, becoming an integral part of corporate communications for many companies” (Matthews, 2010). Hence, this increased the need to tackle the intercultural impact and implications of these new forms of communication in the global business.

In fact, the rise of new media has impacted the behavior of users who have shifted from being mere consumers to producers of digital content. This has not only increased the variety of content produced, but it has also promoted intercultural dialogue between different cultural groups. Additionally, new media users have contributed to changing business models, value chains and distribution systems. Thus, we have witnessed the “increase of the value of communication in the so called “economy of attention”” (Dennis 2015).

Furthermore, the virtual world, with its characteristics of content abundance, diversity and immediacy, has facilitated economic transactions and negotiations. Content digitization and convergence of information tools have transformed new media into a platform for plural, creative and interactive exchanges, which requires a multidimensional approach.

The objective of this conference is to tackle new media contents and the exchanges produced. The conference also aims at analyzing the impact of this new media landscape on intercultural communication and on the economic processes.

Conference topics:
Cultural Diversity: New Media and Contexts
New Media and Power: Intercultural Issues
New Media and Management

Abstract submission deadline:  31 April 2017