Call for papers: Three conferences, Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG), August 2021, both online and face-to-face in Athens, Greece. Deadline for all: 16 March 2021.
The 6th Annual International Conference on Communication and Management (ICCM2021) will be held 1-5 August 2021.
The 2nd International Hellenic Conference on Political Sciences: Communicating in Politics? (HEPO2021) will be held 1-5 August 2021.
The 2nd International Conference on Education (EDU2021) will be held 8-12 August 2021 (https://coming.gr/edu2021-call-for-papers/)
Call for Papers: Communicating for Our Future, World Communication Association, virtual, 12-18 July 2021. Deadline: March 1, 2021.
The theme will be Communicating for Our Future: As our world struggles with Covid-19, the importance of communication, in its myriad forms, cannot be understated. Let’s use the 2021 conference as an opportunity to share similar experiences and come together as a community.
Virtual Conference: The 2021 conference has been reimagined to be an entirely virtual conference. The WCA recognizes that Covid-19 continues to affect all of us, and we are unable to predict what effects, if any there will be in July 2021. While we know many will want to attend a conference in person, this is not possible for many reasons. Thus, we will instead be convening the WCA conference virtually.
Synchronous or asynchronous: The Association is working to facilitate a mixture of both synchronous and asynchronous presentations. More information on presentations of papers will be forthcoming on the WCA website.
Call for papers: Rethinking Borders and Boundaries, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 July 2021 (both online and a regional hub in Nairobi). Deadline: 9 February 2021.
Proposals submitted to sections and working groups can be centred on an aspect of the main conference theme, Rethinking borders and boundaries, as it relates to the central concerns of the section or working group, or they may address additional themes identified by the section or working group.
Call For Abstracts: The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics (GLOCAL) Conference on African Linguistic Anthropology (AFALA), University of Nairobi, Kenya, October 13-15, 2021. Deadline: February 28, 2021.
Theme: Linguistic Landscapes, Cultural Climates, Mazingira Ya Lugha, Hali Ya Hewa Ya Kitamaduni. The framing of language and speech communities within particular geographical and cultural localities, and within boundaries of tradition and heritage, always constitutes an arduous task. However, this becomes intensified in African contexts, in that language and cultural mixing and switching is highly common, if not normative practice, as vital to an African politics of identity. A continuous Bakhtinian re-stylizing of previous language practices then, mediates cultural practices of new generations, while this re-stylizing becomes complexified by new and intensified mobilities, technologies, return migration, multimodalities, (continuously) rewritten historiographies, colonized and decolonized ideologies, innovative scholarly work, and so forth.
The intertwining of the many channels of this eclectic re-stylizing can best, or maybe only, be deciphered anthropologically. And why not through a lens of cultural scapes and climates, where new communities identify with cultural patterns and cultural subjectivities? Again, this becomes an arduous task in African regions, where so much mixing and switching, as normative practice, occurs. Concurrently, the complexity of each and every society in (sub) Urban Africa makes for an infinitely fertile ethnography of language and cultural community, to inform our knowledge of the linguistic landscapes of African countries and regions.
Call for submissions: Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday, Diaspora, Migration and the Media section of European Communication Research and Education, 21-23 April 2021, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, but online. Deadline: panel submissions 31 January 2021; abstracts 15 February 2021.
Migrant belonging through digital connectivity refers to a way of being in the world that cuts across national borders, shaping new forms of diasporic affiliations and transnational intimacy. This happens in ways that are different from the ways enabled by the communication technologies of the past. Scholarly attention has intensified around the question of how various new technical affordances of platforms and apps are shaping the transnationally connected, and locally situated, social worlds in which migrants live their everyday lives.
This international conference focuses on the connection between the media and migration from different disciplinary vantage points. Connecting with friends, peers and family, sharing memories and personally identifying information, navigating spaces and reshaping the local and the global in the process is but one side of the coin of migrant-related technology use: this Janus-faced development also subjects individuals as well as groups to increased datafied migration management, algorithmic control and biometric classification as well as forms of transnational authoritarianism and networked repression.
Call for papers: GLOCAL CALA (Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology) 2021, University of The Philippines Diliman, Diliman, The Philippines, September 1-4, 2021. Deadline: January 1, 2021.
The GLOCAL CALA 2021 theme “Symbolism and New Society” describes the need for symbolic representation in a rapidly changing Asia. As has been the case throughout a larger global society, Asian societies have sought increasingly rapid change, seeking none less than online spaces to contextualize and to legitimize the effects of this rapid change. Here, recent events have patently mediated the shift to online interaction, a shift which has thus intensified the development, and possibly, the invention, of new symbolisms and symbolic clusters that now have limited use in offline spaces.
The GLOCAL CALA 2021 thus calls for renewed awareness and interpretations of Asian symbolisms in this new era, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these Asian complex symbolisms, in their global contexts. These interpretations increase in significance as the use of online virtual texts and textual modes now assume an authoritative stance over the real world, creating new realities and new real worlds that subvert ideologies of those old real worlds. This shift to symbolisms required to make sense of new virtual and old real worlds in this current era, will surely motivate dialogue.
Call for proposals: Exclusions in the History and Historiography of Communication Studies, International Communication Association Remote Preconference, May 27, 2021. Organizers: David W. Park, Jefferson Pooley, Peter Simonson. Deadline: 20 December 2020.
The broader field of communication studies is in a moment when we are—or should be—intensively interrogating patterns of exclusion and hegemony that have continued to constitute it: around global region (de-Westernizing, theory from the South, persistent patterns of American influence/hegemony), race (#communicationsowhite), gender (#metoo, #gendercom, Matilda effects,), and indigeneity/colonization (postcolonial and decolonial initiatives). To frame these exclusions as constitutive is to head off any easy solutions in terms of greater inclusivity, though that needs to be part of the mix; rather, it is to invite us to consider all of the ways in which these and other exclusions have functioned to center certain problems, theories, methods, languages, nations, social identities, and publication venues; and to exclude or marginalize others that are cast as differentially less valuable, lower status, Other, and more. To frame them as constitutive is also to draw attention to how those exclusions are performatively enacted on an ongoing basis through the full range of practices, social and epistemological, through which the field (re)produces itself.
It is time to animate our histories of communication and media studies with similar problematics, recognizing the patterns and performances through which the field(s) has organized itself around constitutive exclusions and continues actively to do so in its historiography. How have particular geopolitical locations (including but not limited to nations) achieved centrality, established standards and status hierarchies, and accumulated advantages and various forms of capital through marginalization and exclusion? How has colonialism and its persistent structural effects fueled communication study around the globe, and how does our historiography maintain that form of dominance and exclusion? How have gender/patriarchy, race/racism, and ethnicity fueled analogous processes? What forms of resistance and counter-hegemonies have arisen or persisted?
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Call 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.
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.
Call 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.