Ethnography of Comm conference 2012

The “Ethnography of Communication: Ways Forward” conference was held June 10-14, 2012, at Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Jay Leighter was the conference organizer, together with Dr. Donal Carbaugh; the National Communication Association sponsored the event as one of its summer conferences (along with funding from several parts of Creighton University).

I presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Patricia Lambert, of the Institut Français de l’Éducation in Lyon, entitled “A Prophet Abroad? The Impact of Hymes’ Notion of Communicative Competence in France and French-speaking Switzerland.” In addition, I was invited to participate in two roundtable discussions, one on “Ethnography of Communication Theory and Methodology: Taking Stock and Ways Forward” and the other “Ways Forward: Institutes, Centers, and Affiliations.” In the latter, I was invited to present a description of this Center, which resulted in many new “likes” to the Center’s facebook page.

Many of those participating in the conference are included in the following photo (though certainly several critical people are missing, including Dr. Gerry Philipsen and Dr. Donal Carbaugh).

One of the pleasures of the conference for me was the presence of so many of those involved in the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue, held in Istanbul in 2009, which led to the creation of this Center. This included several from the organizing committee (Drs. Tamar Katriel, Donal Carbaugh, Kristine Fitch Muñoz, and Saskia Witteborn), one of the guest speakers (Lisa Rudnick) and several of the participants (Drs. Todd Sandel, Chuck Braithwaite, Evelyn Ho, Eric Morgan, and Tabitha Hart). Another was catching up with Dr. Susan Poulsen, who organized “Ways of Speaking, Ways of Knowing: Ethnography of Communication” in Portland in 1992, the predecessor conference to this one in terms of topic. Other joys of the week included having time to connect with people I had not seen in a long time, previously only had met through correspondence, or students of my colleagues who I did not know at all.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CFP Intercultural at ECA 13

**CALL FOR PAPERS**

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION INTEREST GROUP
EASTERN COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION
104th ANNUAL CONVENTION
“Confluence”
April 24- 28th, 2013
Omni William Penn Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group is seeking paper and program submissions for ECA’s Annual Convention to be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel located in downtown Pittsburgh, April 24-28, 2013. The convention theme is “Confluence.” This theme is exemplified by the long tradition of communication research bringing together ideas from various perspectives of communicator, message, channel, and context to better understand how humans create meanings and relationships. The theme clearly reflects the best in our interdisciplinary scholarship. Given this year’s conference theme, the intercultural communication interest group strongly encourages works that explore one or more of following areas of intercultural communication for submission:
Critical Intercultural Communication
Queer Intercultural Communication
Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Migration

In addition to:
African Communication and Culture
Asian Pacific Communication Studies
Disabilities Issues
Gender (Feminist, Women’s and/or Men’s) Communication Studies
Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-

Transgender-Queer (GLBTQ) Communication Studies
Latino/Latina Communication StudiesAll submissions must be made electronically and received by October 14, 2012.Individual Paper Submissions:
Individual papers are completed papers that report original research, provide an extensive literature review or state of the art, or showcase some other form of scholarship. Papers that are to be considered will be no more than 25 pages (excluding title page, abstract, references, and appendices) and comply with the guidelines set forth in APA 6th edition. Submit two files (see below) concerning your submission, saved in Microsoft Word (.doc files) to Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi at shinsuke.eguchi@gmail.com. Include in the email subject line the abbreviation “ECA” and the title of your paper. Include in the text of the email any requests for presentational aids (please see the technology statement listed below). Each submission must adhere to the following guidelines:

*       The first file should include the completed paper; a one-page abstract; and a title page with the author name(s) and contact information (affiliation, mailing address, phone number, email address), the word “debut” if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national conference, an indication of who will present for multi-authored papers, and the statement of professional responsibility which appears below.

*       The second file should include the completed paper beginning with a one-page abstract. Please mark the word “debut” on the top right corner of the abstract page if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national conference.  All author-identifiers (excluding previous scholarly works cited in the paper and listed on the reference page) should be removed from this file.

Program Submissions:
We welcome submissions for a variety of programs including papers’ panels, round tables, and symposia. Feel free to contact the program planner with any ideas before you submit; we are happy to help with arrangements or contact potential participants.  Panels should strive to include as many different institutions as possible.

Submit one copy of your proposal saved in Microsoft Word (.doc) to Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi. Include in the email subject line the abbreviation “ECA” and the title of your program.  Include in the text of the email any requests for presentational aids (please see the technology statement listed below). Each submission must include the following:
*       A title page with a thematic title for the program; panelists’ names and contact information (affiliation, mailing address, phone number, email address); and the statement of professional responsibility that appears below.
*       Names of the chair and respondent, if any (note: individuals may not simultaneously chair, respond, and/or participate – a variety of individuals is required for panels)
*       A rationale for the program.
*       A title and (maximum) 150 word abstract for each presentation.
*       A description of the panel (maximum 75 words) to appear in the final program.

Important Notes:
*       All submissions must include ECA’s Statement of Professional Responsibility: “In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees.”
*       ECA’s Technology Policy: Equipment rental is very expensive. Therefore, before requesting technology, please read ECA’s statement on technology.
*       Submissions that do not comply with the guidelines listed above will be returned.
*       For additional information about the convention, including short courses and other programming, please see the ECA website.
*       For additional information about this call for papers, please contact the Intercultural Communication Interest Group Program Planner:

Shinsuke Eguchi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication (Starting from August, 2012)
Department of Communication & Journalism
University of New Mexico
MSC03 2240
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

CFP Information identities

CALL FOR PAPERS
SIGCIS Workshop 2012
Information Identities: Historical Perspectives on Technological and Social Change
Sunday October 7, 2012 – Copenhagen, Denmark

DEADLINE for submissions: 15 June 2012

The Society for the History of Technology’s Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS) welcomes submissions for a one-day scholarly workshop to be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  As in previous years, SIGCIS’s annual workshop will be held at the end of the SHOT annual meeting on the day that SHOT has reserved for SIG events.

SIGCIS invites proposals that examine the relationships between computer and information technologies and changes to individual and/or group identities, such as those shared by a nation, company personnel, or members of a virtual community. Such papers might consider:
* Specific ‘information identities,’ a term that we invite scholars to interpret broadly and creatively than has been articulated in the recent or distant past
* Relationships between information technologies and political change
* The rhetoric and discourses of globalization that have been linked to information and computer technologies
* National identity and its relation to information technology
* National and transnational strategies for joining or creating an information society, a network society, an information economy, or related concepts
* Transnational and international organizations, such as IFIP, UNESCO, the European Union, or standard-setting committees.
* Ways in which particular information technologies acquired new meanings and fulfilled new roles through interaction with local practices and identities
* The emergence of new kinds of community and identity around information technologies.

SIGCIS encourages submissions along these and similar lines of inquiry, but it also maintains a proud tradition of welcoming all types of contributions related to the history of computing and information, whether or not there is an explicit connection with the annual theme.  Our membership is international and interdisciplinary, and our members examine the history of information technologies and their place within society.

Proposals for entire sessions and individual presenters are both welcome. We hope to run special sessions featuring dissertations in progress and other works in progress. The workshop is a great opportunity to get helpful feedback on your projects in a relaxed and supportive environment. All proposals will be subject to a peer review process based on abstracts.

All submissions should be made online via the SIGCIS website.  Limited travel assistance for graduate students and other scholars without institutional support is available.  Questions about the 2012 SIGCIS workshop should be addressed to Andrew Russell (College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology), who is serving as chair of the workshop program committee. Email arussell@stevens.edu.

Conference: argumentation, rhetoric, debate, pedagogy of empowerment

THINKING AND SPEAKING A BETTER WORLD
Fourth International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment
11-13 January 2013, Doha, Qatar
Qatar National Convention Center
Organized by QatarDebate Center

Affiliate organizations:
-World Debate Institute, University of Vermont, USA
-Za in Proti Institute for a Culture of Dialogue, Slovenia
-International Society for the Study of Argumentation, Netherlands
-International Center for the Advancement of Political Communication and Argumentation, USA

WEBSITE
http://www.qatardebate.org/en/Home/fourth-ICARD-PE/fourth-ICARD-PE.aspx

The conference will welcome scholars and educators from diverse fields for vigorous dialogue and exchange.  This conference will unite scholars of argumentation and rhetoric, teachers, and organizers of local, national and international debating networks to discuss critical thinking and advocacy discourse through pedagogy.  We intend for the conference to welcome all who are involved in public discussions and debates about different issues.

This conference is extremely timely.  A global information society which seeks reasoned solutions to problems through broad citizen involvement needs to develop and refine techniques for criticizing and validating ideas through discourse and then impart these to new generations of citizens if we are to create a better future and avoid looming crises.  This conference represents a unique opportunity to share ideas, network and cross-fertilize with global critical thinkers.

This conference is unique:
-Civilizations will meet and exchange ideas.
-Proceedings will be in English and Arabic, simultaneous translation of all events.
-Hosted in Qatar, one of the most beautiful, safest and international destinations in the world, the center of learning in the Arabic world.
-All accepted presentations will be published in a printed volume.

We welcome presentations, workshops, and poster sessions in English and Arabic from scholars, teachers and active citizens from around the world. Our goal is to open the way for in-depth discussions, debates, and the sharing of ideas that will enable more enlightened discourse in the 21st Century.

The program for the conference will have three themes.  Submissions are encouraged to center their work on one of the three themes and to submit proposals to the appropriate conference division.  Interdisciplinary work that might fit into more than one category is very welcome. All parts of the program will involve simultaneous translation using English and Arabic.
       Argumentation and rhetoric.  The use of logic and reason to criticize and analyze ideas through communication.  Those interested in research on argumentation theory, criticisms of communication acts and scholarship on argumentation practice are encouraged to submit to this division. English – Chair: David Williams, Florida Atlantic University, USA dcwill@fau.edu, committee members Frans van Eemeren, University of Amsterdam, Satoru Aonuma, Tsuda College, Japan. Arabic – Chair: Abdel Latif Sellami, QatarDebate asellami@qf.org.qa
       Debate.  The use of formal argumentation forums to educate and empower citizens. Those interested in work on the practice and theory of debate competition, public debates, research on the impact of debate for participants, and theorizing about debate paradigms are encouraged to submit to this division. English – Chair: Bojana Skrt, ZIP Slovenia bojana.skrt@siol.net, committee members Allan Louden, Wake Forest University USA, Steve Woods, Western Washington University. Arabic – Chair: Abdul Gabbar Al Sharafi alsharaf10@gmail.com
       Critical thinking/pedagogy.  Teaching and the methodology of teaching in the active classroom.  Those interested in using debate, discussion and argumentation in classrooms, discussion of experiences and teaching lessons relating to communication and critical thinking are encouraged to submit to this division. English – Chair: Alfred Snider, alfred.snider@uvm.edu, committee members Debbie Newman, DebateMate, UK, Loke Wing Fatt, SAID, Singapore. Arabic – Chair: Abed Naji Al Sameai aalsameai@qf.org.qa

PRESENTATION APPLICATION
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY THE END OF JUNE 2012
Go to the website and download the application form. Decide which committee to submit your application to, fill out the form and send it by email. Make sure to follow instructions.
US$300 travel grants will be awarded to those with extraordinary presentations who face financial barriers.  See website for details.

REGISTRATION TO ATTEND
REGISTRATION DUE BY THE END OF OCTOBER 2012
Those not making presentations are cordially invited to attend, ask questions at sessions and get involved.
Based on local costs, the registration for the fourth conference is comparable to the third conference. Payment can be by wire transfer or in cash on arrival. See website for details.
Full Registration: $500 (you get a lot for it)
-Four nights in a four star hotel (we are negotiating to upgrade to a five star facility).
-All meals: breakfast and dinner in the hotel, lunch at the conference site, snacks and coffee breaks.
-Transportation to and from the conference hotel and the Qatar National Convention Center.
-Admission to all conference events, panels and workshops.
-Conference formal dinner.
-Visa arrangements ($181 value for USA citizens).
-Field Trips: Islamic Museum of Art, Desert Safari and other choices.
-Conference kit and materials along with personal gifts.
Conference Registration only: $150 ($100 students)
-Admission to all conference events, panels and workshops.
-Transportation to and from the conference hotel and the Qatar National Convention Center, not available to and from other hotels.
-Lunch, snacks and coffee breaks during day sessions.
-Conference formal dinner.
-Visa arrangements ($181 value for USA citizens).
-Proof of student status required for student rate.
-Conference kit and materials along with personal gifts.
Please circulate this information to colleagues and others who might be interested.
For additional questions: (dcwill@fau.edu).

CFP Phi Beta Delta International Education

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
Call for Papers/Abstracts
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

26th Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars Annual Meeting
12-13 April 2012, Kansas City, Missouri
BEST PRACTICES AND MODELS OF EXCELLENCE IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

We encourage submissions representing all areas of study that promote global awareness through a range of programs and experiences. The increasing interest in international opportunities and promotion of scholarship in this shrinking world create new challenges. We hope that this conference will provide an environment where students, staff, faculty and interested groups can highlight their efforts and provide examples of the very best practices in international education today.

There will be several formats for submission to select from:
*Full papers that are intended for publication in the Conference Proceedings. We will schedule oral summaries of approximately fifteen minutes to allow authors to highlight significant aspects of their work that may be described in more detail in the publication.
*Short papers for oral presentations of approximately fifteen minutes.
*Poster presentations, either as physical posters or as PowerPoint presentations presented in a large room format on Friday afternoon, April 13, to encourage participation, especially on the part of students. Awards will be given out for the best student presentations in this event.

Instructions for Authors: For all formats described above, authors should download the Abstract Submission Form (MS Word), to be made available on the web site, www.phibetadelta.org and submit the following information: (1) title of presentation, (2) name(s) of author(s), along with title(s), (3) institutional/organizational affiliation, (4) postal address, (5) phone number(s), (6) email address, and (7) a short abstract (300 words maximum). The level should be appropriate for a non-specialist reader.

Please submit these items electronically to jdelosreyes@uh.edu by 15 January 2011.
Submissions will be acknowledged via email. Abstracts of accepted submissions will be published in the Conference Proceedings and posted on the Society’s website after the conclusion of the conference. For those submitting Full Papers to be considered for publication in the Conference Proceedings, your first version will be due March 1, 2012. Short Papers may also be considered for the Conference Proceedings and submitted at a later date. In addition, Poster Presentations may be converted into short papers or material suitable for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings at a later date.

Additional information regarding registration and other details will be posted on the website at www.phibetadelta.org.
For more information regarding paper submissions, please contact:
Guillermo de los Reyes, Ph.D.
Department of Hispanic Studies
University of Houston
416 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3062
Phone: 713-743-3716; Fax: 713-743-0935
Email: jdelosreyes@uh.edu

5th Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Research

V Colóquio Brasil – Estados Unidos de Estudos da Comunicação
5th Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Research
CONFERENCE

Dr. Sonia Virgínia Moreira of INTERCOM—the Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, the School of Communication at Illinois State University (Dr. John Baldwin) and the College of Communication at DePaul University (Dr. Jacqueline Taylor) invite you to submit completed papers to the 5th Brazil-U.S. Colloquium on Communication Research. The deadline for receipt of completed papers is February 1, 2012.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the Colloquium is to bring together Brazilian and United States researchers who work in the field of communication in order to discuss current topics in theory, method, and community engagement. More specifically, this conference aspires to foster a dynamic and intellectually stimulating dialogue between communication scholars from both countries—encouraging the participation and exchange of communication professors and students —and promoting the production of comparative analyses and joint projects related to on-going debates in communication research.

WHEN and WHERE: The biennial conference will take place at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Papers will be presented in English or Portuguese (translation available as necessary). The conference will be August 7-8, 2012.

CONFERENCE TOPIC: The central conference theme is Communication and Community Engagement. Following are some suggested thematic areas:
1.   Communication Research and Community Engagement: Linking theory and research to community efforts, growth and change.  (Engagamento social da comunicação e a pesquisa)
2.   Media Literacy and Critical Inquiry: Providing critical tools for analysis, assessment and production of media content. Using media literacy to enhance community leadership and development. Transforming media consumption into an active process, and using independent media for active citizenship. (Educação para a leitura crítica da mídia)
3.   Social, Interactive, and Participatory Media: Researching the effect of Internet use on public and social life. Focus on social networking sites—such as Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, etc—and community engagement in social media across cultures and borders.
4.   F2F Communication: Including studies on interpersonal (persuasion, message production and reception, nonverbal communication, organizational/small-group, communication among cultural, age-based, or other social groups), or relational communication.
5.   Public Relations and Commercial Media: Including studies on advertising, marketing and communication.

NOTE: Papers in any session may include comparisons between communication issues both in Brazil and the U.S., but may also analyze an issue related to a singular country.  We encourage theme-related papers but will consider all submissions.

Each session will have a coordinator with two to four papers, with discussion

SUBMITTING PAPERS:
Paper Requirements
*Submission of proposals to the National Colloquium Coordinator
*Indication of the thematic group desired (if any)
*Summary of paper (250 words maximum
*Complete paper (6.000 words maximum, Times New Roman, 12-pt font)
*Hold at least a Master’s Degree
*Brief CV (100 words maximum)

Where to submit papers:
Participantes brasileiros – inscrição pelo website do congresso em www.intercom.org.br
American participants – send by email to: John R. Baldwin – jrbaldw@ilstu.edu

Global Comm Forum-New Media/China

Initial Call for Papers
ICA 2012 Preconference: The Fifth Global Communication Forum on
New Media and Internet Communication and Communities in China
Phoenix, USA
23 May 2012 (Wed)

Following four successful consecutive Global Communication Forums in Shanghai China , this year, the Fifth Global Communication Forum will be held as a preconference of ICA 2012 annual conference at Phoenix, USA. The preconference theme is New Media and Internet Communication and Communities in China. We will focus on hot issues of communication and social interaction in China.

Thirty years has passed since China started the reform and opening-up policy in 1978. As the largest developing country, China has made great achievements in economics, with the nominal GDP ranking the second largest in the world. Yet the political system reform and social management still face many problems. The growth of new communication technologies, especially the boom of internet, has made unprecedented changes to China’s traditional communication ecology, and consequentially caused changes in politics, economics, society, and culture etc. On the one hand, new media and internet accelerate the exposure of contradiction and conflicts in all sides. On the other hand, new technologies provide opportunities and practicability to solve these problems.

A crucial question is “How to study, comprehend and utilize the rules of new media and internet to maximize their positive roles and eradicate drawbacks?”. Researchers in communication have the responsibility to find the answer and this is also a good chance to show talents. Against the background of globalization, China and the world can not be separated from each other. Therefore, the preconference opens a platform for researchers interested in New Media and Internet Communication and Communities in China. We cordially invite people from all over the world to share their findings, exchange insights, and make efforts to promote communication research.

Dates and Venue
23 May 2012 (Wednesday)
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Keynote Speeches
Dr. Patrice M. Buzzanell (Purdue University, USA)
Dr. Wei Ran (University of South Carolina, USA)
Dr. Kuo Chen-Yu, Eddie (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Dr. John Pavlik (Rutgers University, USA)
Dr. William Dutton (Oxford University, UK)
Dr. Dorte Salskov-Iversen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Dr. Zhang Guoliang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

 Suggested Topics
Impact of New Media on Chinese Political Ecology
Impact of New Media on Chinese Traditional Media
Change of Chinese People’s Value Systems by New Media
Change of Chinese People’s Life Modes by New Media
Influence of New Media in Less-developed Regions of China
Influence of New media on Chinese Disadvantaged Groups
History, Current Status and Trend of New Media Study in China
History, Current Status and Trend of New Media Education in China
Other related topics

Working languages
English and Chinese

Paper Submission and Publishing
1.      Papers submitted in English must use the APA style and papers submitted in Chinese should follow the standard of Chinese academic publishing. All abstracts must have an English version.
2.      The abstract submission deadline is 31 October 2011. The full paper submission deadline is 29 February 2012.
3.      Please send in two SOFT copies as e-mail attachments to 2012gcforum@gmail.com, one with the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s) as well as affiliation(s), and the other without the author’s information. The named copy should be operated in MSWord while the anonymous one can be in MSWord or PDF.
4.      Please list (1) title of the paper, (2) name(s) of the author(s), (3) affiliation(s), (4) mailing address(es) and (5) email address(es) in the e-mail.
5.      Preconference participants are invited to submit revised manuscripts after the ICA conference for considered in an edited collection (publisher undecided).

Registration and Accommodation
Each attendee must pay the registration fee, USD80 or RMB500 per person. The registration fee covers the costs for meeting rooms, forum materials, snacks and beverage, lunch and dinner. Once their papers are accepted, attendees shall pay the registration fee to an appointed account in advance of the preconference date. Attendees will pay the costs of transportation, accommodation and breakfast by themselves.

An optional post-preconference tour of Grand Canyon will be organized on 24 May 2012. Interested attendees must register with ICA because they are making arrangements and calculating expenses. Others can explore the city themselves.

Chairs
General Chair: Dr. Patrice M. Buzzanell
(President of the Council of Communication Associations, Past President of the International Communication Association (ICA) and Professor in Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University)
Organizing Committee Chair: Dr. Zhang Guoliang
(Dean of the School of Media and Design and Head of the Global Communication Research Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Procedural Committee Chair: Dr. Howard E. Sypher
(Dean of Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University)

Sponsors
Global Communication Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School
Chinese Communication Association (CCA)
International Communication Association (ICA)
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

Contact
Contact person: Ms. Peng Yaya
Email: 2012gcforum@gmail.com
Phone: (86) 21-3420 5808
Fax: (86) 21-3420 5809
Address: School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dong Chuan Rd., Shanghai 200240, P. R. China

We anticipate more than 100 presenters and attendees at the preconference. Distinguished scholars, professors, research students, leaders from industry, and government personnel are all welcome to join us.

(1)Early in April 2007, the first Global Communication Forum and ceremony establishing the Global Communication Research Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University were held in Shanghai. Two hundred and fifty researchers from academe and industry attended this conference. Dr. Maxwell McCombs of the University of Texas chaired the first Global Communication Forum which focused on “New Media Communication in the Context of Globalization: Education and Research.”

In June 2008, the Second Global Communication Forum was held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This conference was co-sponsored by the Global Communication Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the School of Media and Design of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Department of Communication at Purdue University, and the International Communication Association. Dr. Pamela J. Shoemaker of Syracuse University was invited to chair the conference. The theme of the conference was “New Media and Social Change”. In addition to plenary speakers and paper presentations, activities were held to assist victims of the Sichuan Earthquake in China. Over 300 scholars from China and other countries attended the conference.

In October 2009, the Third Global Communication Forum and the 2009 Chinese Communication Association annual convention were held together and co-sponsored by the Global Communication Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the International Communication Association, the Department of Communication at Purdue University, and Chinese Communication Association.  The conference theme was “Communication in the e-Society: Challenges, Opportunities, and Responsibilities”.

In September 2010, the fourth Global Communication Forum was held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This conference was co-sponsored by Global Communication Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Media and Design of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management at Copenhagen Business School, International Communication Association. The conference theme was “Global Cities in e-Times: Urban Design, Creativity and Collaboration”.

Ethnog of Comm conference

Ethnography of Communication: The Ways Forward June 10-14, 2012 Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2011 Conference Organizers: Dr. Donal Carbaugh, University of Massachusetts and Dr. Jay Leighter, Creighton University

The summer of 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of Dell Hymes’ 1962 landmark publication of The Ethnography of Speaking, and the 25th anniversary of Gerry Philipsen’s 1987 influential theoretical work, The Prospect for Cultural Communication. These milestones in the Ethnography of Communication (EC) come at a time when EC scholarship is developing intensively as it is being applied to practical concerns and social problems worldwide.

The Ethnography of Communication: The Ways Forward is a conference designed to bring together scholars in the EC tradition, broadly conceived. The conference takes as its impetus the celebration of several simultaneous milestones in the field of EC but aims to bring EC scholars from around the world together for the purpose of charting ways forward in research, teaching and practice.

Scores of Ph.D.s in communication have contributed EC scholarship and leadership to several areas in the field including but not limited to Environmental Communication, Ethnography, Intergroup Communication, International and Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Interaction, Performance Studies, Religious Communication, and Rhetoric and Public Address. The past several years have seen advances in theoretical and applied work in several settings. In addition, EC scholarship has had a foundational influence in the creation of two international research centers: The University of Washington Center for Local Strategies Research (UWCLSR) and the Center for Sustainable Social Change (CSSC, UMass Amherst). This conference provides an opportunity for intellectual discussion and discovery among beginning and established scholars within this broad tradition. EC scholars are spread worldwide and this event presents a unique forum for bringing them together to discuss theory, methodology and practice in a concentrated way.

We are now taking proposals for papers, panels, and roundtable discussions.
Proposals are due Dec. 17, 2011. Please submit your conference proposals to Jay Leighter.

Conference sponsorship includes: Department of Communication Studies, Creighton University and Office of Multicultural Affairs, Creighton University. Partial funding for doctoral student attendees is currently being sought and hopefully anticipated. Inquiries about doctoral student funding should be directed to Jay Leighter.

BEA CFP

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals
International Division, Broadcast Education Association
Deadline 15 Sept. 2011

The International Division of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) invites panel submissions and scholarly papers from academics, students and professionals for presentation at the 57th annual convention, the Las Vegas Hilton from Sunday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 18, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012.  The BEA meets concurrently with the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) and BEA registrants have access to many of the NAB activities. Through an online system by All Academic, Inc., individuals may upload papers and panel proposals online for the 2012 competitions. Tipping Points serves as a focus for the convention, but papers are not limited to this area of research and discussion.

We urge interested parties to consider organizing and submitting a panel proposal or full paper.  The annual meeting also is an ideal time for graduate students to submit recently completed seminar papers.  The BEA makes a wonderful first-convention opportunity for student as well as junior scholars. All sessions must adhere to the goals and objectives of the interest division(s) to which they are submitted. Descriptions of each Interest Division are listed on the online paper submission site. Cash awards also are made for some of the papers.
COMPLETED Papers and Program Proposal Submissions must be submitted online through BEA’s submission site by midnight EDT on September 15, 2011.

Crossing Boundaries conference

Crossing Boundaries: Working and Communicating in the Asia Pacific Region
Third Conference of the LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association for the Asia-Pacific Rim
March 13-15, 2012
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Keynote Speaker: Vijay Bhatia, City University of Hong Kong
Plenary Speakers: Gail Fairhurst, the University of Cincinnati, OH; Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK; Clayton Dube, USC US-China Institute, CA

Call for Papers/posters
The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) and Professional Communication in the Asia-Pacific Rim and beyond to take part in a dialogue on research and collaboration in academic, professional and workplace contexts. To build a clearer understanding of communication in the workplace it is crucial to have effective collaboration between language experts, trainers and institutions specializing in communication skills. Such collaboration in turn is fundamental to the design and implementation of effective pedagogy, assessment and curricula.

We invite papers and posters on any of the following areas:
•Relationships between LSP theory and workplace practices
•Interconnections between discourse and socio-institutional practices
•Collaboration between language teachers/trainers and institutions/organizations
•Functional variation of language in academic and professional contexts
•Discursive and professional practices of specialists
•Disciplinary, intercultural and cross-cultural variation in professional communication & discourse
•Descriptions of language use in professional contexts
•Workplace communication and curriculum design
Papers focusing on the study of languages other than English are most welcome.

Presentation Guidelines
Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be between 250-300 words and should be sent via e-mail attachments to
rcwalker@marshall.usc.edu or aritz@marshall.usc.edu

Abstracts should include:
1. The title of the paper
2. A list of 3-5 key words describing the area and focus
3. The name(s) of the author(s) and their affiliation(s)
4. The corresponding author’s e-mail address and contact details
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a committee composed of members of the conference organizing committee

Registration Information
To ensure conference rates for the hotel, please register before November 1, 2011. Conference registration will be available on the Association’s website http://www1.english.cityu.edu.hk/aplspca/drupal/  after October 1, 2011.

The conference registration fee includes cost of registration, a conference bag, luncheons, coffee breaks, conference dinner, and a reception.

Abstract Submission Deadline
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is December 15, 2011.
Notification of acceptance will be given by January 1, 2012.

Preconference workshops
Two pre-conference workshops will be held on March 13, 2012 by plenary speakers Gail Fairhurst and Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini. Please refer to the registration form for further details.

Proceedings
A selection of conference papers will be published with an international publisher.

About Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association

The Asia-Pacific LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association is an association of Asia-Pacific researchers, teachers and trainers specializing in the study and teaching of languages for specific purposes and professional and organizational communication, and fostering such activities in a broad range of disciplinary fields. The primary aim of the association is to promote transdisciplinary and collaborative research and practice in academic, professional and workplace contexts.

Website: http://www1.english.cityu.edu.hk/aplspca/drupal/