CFP Superdiversity conference Birmingham

Superdiversity: theory, method and practice in an era of change
International Conference, Birmingham 23-24 June 2014


Keynote Speakers include:
*Professor Jan Blommaert, Babylon Centre for the study of Superdiversity, University of Tilberg, The Netherlands.
*Professor Peggy Levitt, Wellesey College, USA.
*Professor James Nazroo, The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester, UK.
*Professor Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield, UK
*Professor Steven Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany

With the unprecedented speed, scale and spread of global migration, academics have an important role in developing new methods, advancing theoretical understanding and producing empirically informed knowledge about the emergence of superdiversity.

Invitation to submit
The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham are organising the first international interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity. The conference will be held at University of Birmingham on the 23rd and 24th June 2014. It will feature invited plenaries, academic panels and a policy roundtable on topics at the forefront of the superdiversity research agenda. The aim of the conference is to map the state of the art in knowledge on superdiversity and to draw an agenda for future research.

We welcome academics from a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, social policy, geography, linguistics, history, psychology, economics, medicine, demography, politics, and development studies, policy makers and practitioners to submit innovative papers, panel proposals or posters on any aspect related to superdiversity. Doctoral researchers are welcome to submit their work. The conference will be an opportunity for meeting fellow PhD students and senior academics working on superdiversity.

The conference will include parallel sessions on:
*Migration processes, transnational practices, and globalization
*Patterns and experiences of space and place
*Interchanges, interactions and encounters
*Immigration regimes, rights and belonging
*Discrimination, segregation and inclusion
*Hybridity, representations and belonging
*Communication, language and media
*Policy, planning and service delivery
*Research methods and approaches
*Markets, finance and opportunity
*Art, culture and history
*Faith, religion and spirituality
*Health and healthcare
*New demographies

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the on-line submission link – – by 10th December 2013.
*Submissions for presentations should include an abstract of a maximum of 250 words.
*Submissions for panels should include the names of three speakers and a Chair, an overview abstract of 250 words and an abstract for each associated paper of 250 words.
*Poster submissions can describe in 250 words or less key themes and approaches to be included in the poster.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated week beginning the 24th February 2014.

Presentation Format: The selected papers will be grouped by themes. There will be parallel sessions, with three presentations in each session. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and followed by 10 minutes discussion.

Deadline for papers: Panel speakers are expected to submit full papers (pdf files) by 30th May 2014.

Conference publications: delegates will be offered the opportunity after the conference to submit their papers for consideration to be included in an edited book and/or journal special edition.

Other: Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants. However, there will be a limited number of registration fee bursaries for participants under exceptional circumstances.


CFP Migration, Media and Intercultural Dialogue

Call for Papers
Migration, Media and Intercultural Dialogue
Conference 25th and 26th November 2013
Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility, Barcelona, Spain

While migration often poses the question of cultural difference, diverse forms of media play a key role in enabling representation, thus forging modes of communication. Through a focus on the role of media, this conference will explore the extent to which the latter bridges cultural differences in contexts of migration and facilitates intercultural dialogue.

Keynote speakers:
Iain Chambers, Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, Oriental University of Naples, Italy
Kevin Robins, Professor of Sociology, City University, London, UK

Further abstracts are sought which focus on a range of issues, both theoretical and empirical, which relate to: cultural diversity and difference, how media can mobilize societies and cultures, and the role of media in triggering migration, and connecting migrants to their homelands. This is an interdisciplinary conference. Contributions are welcomed from anthropologists, cultural theorists, economists, linguists, political theorists, sociologists, and anyone examining relevant questions.

Two events will follow the conference in which participants are welcome to participate:
– Roundtable discussion with Immigrant Press Journalists in Barcelona, organized in collaboration with Casa Asia on November 25, 2013
– Training workshop on PhD research methods organized in collaboration with CIDOB on November 27, 2013

The conference will take place at the offices of UNU-GCM, located at:
Sant Manuel Pavilion, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025-Barcelona, Spain.
Please note that there is no financial assistance available for travel or accommodation.

Submission information:
Abstracts for papers should be of maximum 500 words, and sent along with a biographical note of maximum 150 words to: Tendayi Bloom.
Abstracts for panels should be of maximum 500 words. Prospective conveners should include a biographical note of maximum 150 words for each convener and should provide a list of questions the panel will address, with a short sentence about each panel member, where known. This should be sent to: Valeria Bello.
The deadline is 5pm CET Friday 18th October 2013 (response by 24th October).


CFP Civic dialogue conference

CFP Civic Dialogue and Leadership Conference
Texas A&M, April 3-6, 2014

Texas A&M University

Civic dialogue is both a process and a product.  As process, it indicates how multiple groups and individuals engage in persuasion, conversation, and argumentation in the context of civil society and politics.  But as product, it is something to strive for through sometimes “uncivil” acts, often in the face of powerful opposition.  Thus, civic dialogue is at the same time a means of engagement and a desired endpoint.   The tension between process and product is particularly acute in contemporary political culture in which the proliferation of polarizing discourse in our public sphere and in organizations presents a challenge for politicians, citizens, and organizations who wish to take a leadership role.  But whether as process or product, civic dialogue always stands in relationship to acts of rhetorical leadership that mobilizes people to act in concert toward a common aim.  This conference will bring together rhetoric, leadership, and organizational communication scholars to explore and analyze civic dialogue and leadership in political and organizational contexts. Scholars will present papers on civic dialogue and leadership in different contexts including: democratic deliberation, social movements and protest, workplace democracy, corporate social responsibility, ethics and leadership practice, the presidency, and diversity and difference.

One goal of the conference is to draw together both established and junior scholars (including graduate students) who are interested in civic dialogue and leadership. Therefore, the conference will feature both plenary speakers and contributed paper presentations. Plenary and contributed papers and responses will be competitively selected to appear in a planned edited conference volume.  A second goal of the conference is to draw together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who are interested in civic dialogue and leadership; therefore the conference will feature the work of both rhetorical and organizational communication scholars. We are pleased to announce that Professor John Murphy will deliver Texas A&M University’s annual Kurt Ritter Lecture in Political Rhetoric during the conference.

Scholars interested in contributing a paper to the conference should submit a one-page abstract to:

Dr. Jennifer Jones Barbour
Department of Communication
Texas A&M University
4234 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Or email your submission (emailed submissions encouraged) Deadline for abstract submissions is December 15, 2013; notifications of acceptance will go out January 1, 2014; completed papers are due March 1.

CFP EPICS VI conference in Spain

The research group “Intercultural Pragmatic Studies (English-Spanish): Pragmatic and Discourse Issues” is pleased to announce the upcoming Sixth International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS VI, after the Spanish acronym for “Encuentros de Pragmática Intercultural, Cognitiva y Social”). EPICS VI will be held on 12-14 May 2014, at the University of Seville, Spain.

After having addressed issues related to (im)politeness, intercultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics and relevance theory in previous editions, the sixth EPICS Symposium turns its attention to conflict in language. Under the umbrella theme “Perspectives on Language Aggression and Conflict”, EPICS VI aims at providing a forum for practitioners of pragmatics and other related disciplines to present on their latest research, as well as to share experiences and suggest new avenues for research. EPICS VI also wishes to create awareness among graduate students of the growing interest in this area of linguistic expertise within the broad field of pragmatics.

EPICS VI will also host the European launching of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. Co-edited by Pilar Garcés Blitvich (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Maria Sifianou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), JLAC focuses on the study of aggression and conflict, as manifested in language, from different perspectives such as discursive, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, cultural, cognitive, applied linguistics, or anthropological. Because of the thematic connections between JLAC and EPICS VI, a selection of the best contributions presented at EPICS VI will be published in a special issue JLAC.

Keynote Speakers:
We are very honoured that Professor Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Professor John Joseph (The University of Edinburgh) have agreed to be EPICS VI keynote speakers.

Conference Fees:
Until January 30, 2014:
Attendants: EUR 100
Speakers: EUR 150

After January 30:
Attendants: EUR 125
Speakers: EUR 175

These fees are for the full conference (12-14 May) and include the conference pack, coffee breaks and lunches. There will be a conference dinner, whose price is not included in the conference fee. The account to deposit the registration fee will be announced in the second call for papers. Presentations will not be included in the final program if registration fees have not been prepaid. Please note that payment on site will not be possible. In the next call for papers, information about accommodation will also be included.

Call for Papers:
Conference Presentations Types:
We welcome original papers, written in English, on any of the subjects that come within the list of conference topics below or on any other topic related to language aggression and conflict. Presentations can be made in any of the following types:

A) Individual Oral Presentations
These must be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

B) Themed Panels
These must contain a number of thematically-related papers, each of which must be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals for panels should also include a chair.

C) Posters
Participants presenting a poster should follow the following guidelines:
– Posters should be no larger than 118,9 x 84,1 cm (A0).
– They may be printed in colour or in black and white.
– Poster presenters must bring a printed copy of their poster with them to the conference. Note that there will not be printing facilities at the conference venue. Presenters will also be responsible for displaying the poster and turning it down at the time and in the place designated by the conference organisers.

EPICS VI especially focuses, but is not limited to contributions, that address, explore or analyse in depth language aggression and conflict from a pragmatic perspective, as well as to works that present theoretical developments and practical applications on, among others, the following topics:
– Gender differences in language aggression and conflict
– Language aggression and conflict among family members
– Language aggression and conflict in work/academic settings
– Language aggression, conflict and identity
– Emotional communication and conflict
– Impoliteness
– Language aggression and conflict in the classroom
– Language aggression and conflict in political discourse
– Language aggression and conflict in the (digital) media.
– Language aggression and conflict in inter/cross cultural communication
– Language aggression and conflict in service encounters
– (Intercultural) Business and conflict
– Forensic linguistics

Proposals must be sent as email attachment to both Manuel Padilla Cruz and Reyes Gómez Morón. Proposals must contain the following information:

A) Oral Presentations and Posters
Contributors to EPICS VI, regardless of whether they give an oral presentation or present a poster, must submit a one-page abstract no longer than 350 words, accompanied by the following information:
i. Author’s name(s) and affiliation
ii. Title of paper
iii. Audio-visual equipment required (computer, VHS video, OHP, etc.)
iv. E-mail address(es)
v. Postal address(es)

B) Themed Panels
Panel proposals must include a one-page abstract no longer than 350 words for the panel, accompanied by the respective 350-word abstracts for each of the presentations included in the panel. The following information must also be included for each of the papers in the panel:
i. Author’s name(s) and affiliation
ii. Title of paper
iii. Audio-visual equipment required (computer, VHS video, OHP, etc.)
iv. E-mail address(es)
v. Postal address(es)

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 December 2013. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 January. The organising committee will plan the programme as soon as it has selected the successful abstracts, so please indicate on the abstracts if you cannot present your paper on any day of the conference (12-14 May), as it is very difficult to reschedule papers after the programme has been planned.

After the Symposium, EPICS VI participants are invited to submit revised and extended versions of their work for publication in any of the following venues:

A) Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. Guidelines for publication can be found here.

B) An edited collection. Style guidelines will be provided in due course.

In both cases, the final text can be submitted after the Symposium, but no later than 31 July 2014.

Organising Committee:
Reyes Gómez Morón
Manuel Padilla Cruz
Lucía Fernández Amaya
María de la O Hernández López
Manuel Mejías Borrero


CFP Globalization conference in Madrid

“Globalization: Texts • Performances • Practices”
April 24-26, 2014 at Saint Louis University Madrid
Call for Papers

In the provocative book Vermeers’ Hat, historian Timothy Brooks teases out the signs of nascent globalization in Johannes Vermeer’s seventeenth century paintings of Delft, Holland. These signs include the eponymous hats from “New World” pelts, textiles from Turkey, ceramics from China that were already established features of the Dutch quotidian and within the frame of the paintings. In other words, globalization predates Bretton Woods, the 1989 Revolutions, and the rise of Facebook!

Almost four centuries later, the depth and breadth of what we now regularly reference as globalization is still expanding. At the same time, in most moments, we as subjects are situated in palpable, immediate, super-organic localities. This and other paradoxes demonstrate that, however much “globalization” has become a widely circulated buzzword, we are still probing what it means for subjects in everyday terms.

Across three days, participants from all over the globe will reflect on the many registers in which the “structuring structures” of globalization play out as the conference assays to unpack “what’s going on.” While the event will be hosted by a Communication department, the organizers welcome cross-disciplinary effort.

Some specific areas of interest to the Organizing Committee include:
Globalization, on Screens Everywhere
—Media, Technology, and Society
—The Practice of International Journalism
—Digital Journalism
—New Media: New Subjects?
—Film & Television as International Couriers
—International Political Economy of Media Critical Intercultural Communication:
—Globalization and Subjectivity
—Culture, Identity & Mobility
—Tourism in Practice
—Glocalization and Cultural Heterogeneity
—Fluidity and Hybridity
—Performing Globalization
—Post-Colonial & Diaspora Studies
—New Cartographies Global Organizations
—The Confrontation with Neoliberalism
—The Corporation
—Human Rights & NGOs
—Modes of Protest

To be considered as a presenter, please email the following by 4 January 2014:
(1) Your name and title
(2) Institutional affiliation
(3) A title and abstract of your work (200-400 words)
(4) four “key words”

The conference’s designated language will be English in all its variants.

Additionally, we are delighted to announce two keynote addresses for the conference:
Radha S. Hegde, New York University: “Migrant Bodies and the Politics of Recognition.”
Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths/University of London: “Mediated Public Spheres: The Problem of Politics and Dream of Democracy.”


The 20th IAICS International Conference Call for Submissions

Theme: Enhancing Global Community, Resilience and Sustainability Through Intercultural Communication

July 31-August 4, 2014, University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI, USA

People around the world are interconnected, interdependent and mobile. Scholars and practitioners are more aware of the necessity to develop strong intercultural relations, based on mutual understanding in the context of intercultural interaction. Intercultural Communication has become a dominant paradigm connecting a range of disciplines. Globalization and increased diversity heighten the risk of communication failures and misunderstandings due to ethnocentrism, prejudice, sexism and environmental, social, and technological issues. They include Climate Change; Pollution and Resource Depletion; Global Food and Water Supply; Impact of Information Technology and Social Media; Political Oppression, Conflict and War; Poverty; Societal Security and Personal Safety. Global communication plays a key role in solving these problems. Increasingly we must learn to rely on each other, build resilience, resolve conflicts peacefully, and strive for social equity by enhancing intercultural communication. The conference theme focuses on aspects of interpersonal, inter-group and international communication. We must address both theoretical and empirical studies, as well as develop new conceptual and methodological approaches to affirm the centrality of the discipline. Collaborative research needs to stress communication and embrace synergies by joining efforts with other disciplines, including environmental and health sciences, business, engineering and information systems.  Topic areas are broadly defined as, but not limited to, the following:
–          Advertising and marketing
–          Business communication
–          Climate change and pollution
–          Conflict, mediation and negotiation
–          Corporate culture and management
–          Communication failures
–          Communication pedagogy
–          Crisis/risk communication
–          Critical cultural awareness
–          Cross-cultural adaptation
–          Cultural identity
–          Culture and diplomacy
–          Diversity of languages and cultures
–          Ethnocentrism and stereotypes
–          Environmental communication
–          Ethnic studies
–          Gender issues
–          Global community
–          Global food and water supply
–          Group/Organizational communication
–          Health communication
–          Immigration and mobility
–          Intercultural communication competence
–          Intercultural communication in global context
–          Intercultural communication and politics
–          Intercultural conflict
–          Intercultural education practices
–          Intercultural interaction in science
–          International journalism
–          Interpersonal communication and relations
–          Linguistics and intercultural communication
–          Localization and globalization
–          Media and social research
–          Multiple cultures and interculturality
–          New media and visual communication
–          Philosophy and human behavior patterns
–          Poverty
–          Power in intercultural communication
–          Psychological communication studies
–          Public opinions and public policy
–          Public relations
–          Racial discrimination and ethnic relations
–          Resource depletion
–          Religion/spiritual communication
–          Resilience among cultures
–          Rhetorical communication
–          Social equity
–          Stereotypes and stereotyping
–          Sustainability and globalization
–          Translation studies
–          Understanding across cultures
–          Verbal and nonverbal communication

Guidelines for Submissions

Categories: Abstract, panel proposals, and workshop proposals may be accepted.
•    Abstract, 150-250 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. See the sample format of the abstract below.
•    Panel proposals reflecting the conference theme may be submitted. All panel proposals should provide a 100-word rationale and a 100-200 word abstract of each panelist’s paper; include affiliation and email addresses for each panelist.
•    Workshop proposals relevant to the conference theme may be submitted. Proposals should be 3-5 pages in length, single spaced.
Deadline: Please submit abstracts and complete panel proposals by February 1, 2014. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.
Submission to: iaics2014uri AT
Conference hosts: International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island.
Conference languages: English

CFP Digital technology and broadcasting: Global perspective

BEA2014 Research Symposium: Digital Technology and the Future of Broadcasting: A Global Perspective

Paper Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013 — Call for paper submissions for 2014 paper competition.  Papers must adhere to the symposium theme.


Now in its 7th year, BEA’s Research Symposium has become a focal point of BEA’s research community and is held in conjunction with BEA’s annual convention each April.  Past symposium chairs have included the most distinguished researchers in their field and have covered cutting-edge topics in the areas of media & the social self, sports, economics, media & morality, “TechnoPolitics” and entertainment. The success of the Symposium launched a book series in 2010, published by Routledge. In addition to a paper competition, the day-long symposium has a series of presentations and panels led by senior scholars. 

Latin America ICA conference

2nd Latin America ICA Conference
Dialogues between Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Latin America and International Communication Studies
Universidade de Brasília, 26 – 28 March, 2014

The 2nd Latin America ICA Conference, organized by the Post-Graduate Program of Communication Faculty of the University of Brasilia (FAC / UNB), co-organised with the International Communication Association (ICA), will be held in Brasilia / Brazil, 26-28 March, 2014. The conference will take place at the Campus Darcy Ribeiro, University of Brasilia, located in the North Wing of the Brazilian capital city. The event is supported by the Latin American Communication Researchers Association (Alaic), the Brazilian Interdisciplinary Studies of Communication Society (Intercom) and the Brazilian Journalism Researchers Association (SBPJor).

The conference aims to:
– contribute to the dissemination of regional and international communication research, and develop regional/international academic and research partnerships;
– create a space for dialogue for the positions of researchers and scholars who share an interest in the processes of communication;
– promote dialogue among different academic traditions, open to different schools of thought within communication in Latin America and other parts of the world.

The official languages are Portuguese, Spanish and English. Papers and presentations must necessarily use one of these languages. There will not be simultaneous translation in WGs and panel sessions (unless the panel organizers provide it). Presenters may designate one of the participants as translator. Moreover, we suggest the use of resources (multimedia or printed documents) in different language than the oral presentation.

*The online submission of original papers and panel proposals should be emailed by November 20, 2013, until 23:59 Brasilia time.
*It is recommended that submitters avoid sending proposals in the last days before the closing date.

Papers to be published
About 15 texts that have been presented during the conference will be selected by the Scientific Committee and ICA to be published in a special section of the International Journal of Communication, IJOC (, from Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism (University of Southern California, USC). The article must be translated into English. The author’s permission will be requested to publish it. The copies must be translated into English and authors will be asked to agree to permission for publication.

Conference Chair:
Professor Luiz C. Martino
email: ica2014 AT


Community libraries


AHRC Research Network – Call for Papers

Deadline for CFP: 1 September 2013

“We are currently accepting proposals for a new AHRC-funded international research network on Community Libraries, which aims to establish a dynamic, interdisciplinary research forum to investigate the role of libraries in shaping communities in the (very) long eighteenth century. Developed by Dr. Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool) together with partners at Loyola University Chicago, the Newberry Library, and Dr. Williams’s Library (London), the Network will investigate the emergence of libraries in the ‘public sphere’ between 1650 and 1850. We will assess the contribution made by libraries to the circulation and reception of print of all kinds, and to the forging of collective identities amongst local, national, and international communities of readers. In addition, the network aims to explore the emergence of libraries in comparative perspective, asking how far models of library provision and administration were disseminated, discussed, imitated, and challenged as they traveled between different social environments and political regimes.


a)     To explain the emergence of libraries in the ‘public sphere’ between 1650 and 1850;

b)     To examine the emergence of libraries in comparative perspective, testing the explanatory power of the Atlantic paradigm for Library History;

c)     To pool expertise on the use of database software for interrogating library records, discussing the full range of approaches, potential pitfalls, and successful solutions;

d)     To investigate the feasibility of developing a universal ‘virtual library system’, connecting up records relating to different types of library, in different places, and at different times with other large scale digital analyses of historic book production, distribution and reception;

e)     To assess the contribution made by libraries to historical processes of community formation, including questions relating to collective identity, gender, civility, sociability, literary censorship, social exclusion/social mobility, mental health and well being, and the impact of print;

f)    To contribute to current debates about the future of public libraries in the UK and the US, highlighting ways in which historical models of library provision might be adapted to contemporary needs.


The Network will organize three two-day colloquia in the UK and the US. Each colloquium will focus on a specific theme, and will feature methodological workshops, work-in-progress presentations, pre-circulated papers, and roundtables.

Colloquium 1: Libraries in the Atlantic World, to be held in Liverpool on January 24-25, 2014

Colloquium 2: Digital Approaches to Library History, to be held in Chicago on May 30- June 1, 2014

Colloquium 3: Libraries in the Community, to be held in London on January 23-24, 2015


The project team invites proposals from scholars interested in any element of the Community Libraries research program. If you feel you can make a significant contribution to any or all of our colloquia, please send abstracts of 500 words, together with a brief summary of your career to date, to the Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Towsey (towsey AT by September 1, 2013. For further information, please visit our website.”


CFP Int’l Conf Interdisc Social Sciences

International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada
11-13 June 2014

The Social Sciences Conference is an international, interdisciplinary forum for encouraging discussion of the approaches to knowledge creation within and across the various social sciences. We were lucky to host delegates from over 45 countries at our most recent conference, each with a unique perspective on the social, natural, and applied sciences.

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, or colloquia are invited, and we welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia. Proposals are invited that address social sciences issues through one of the following categories:
* Social and Community Studies
* Environmental Studies
* Civic and Political Studies
* Organizational Studies
* Cultural Studies
* Educational Studies
* Global Studies
* Communications

Those unable to attend the conference in person may still join the community and submit an article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to The Social Sciences Collection of journals.

Proposals are reviewed in rounds adhering to monthly rolling deadlines. For more information on themes, proposal submission, registration, and our prestigious Graduate Scholar Awards, please visit the website.