International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy

“The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA is an international conference held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in association with high-profile international partners in Washington, D.C., May 18-21, 2011. This year´s event brings together key stakeholders from the US, Europe, and across the world to reflect on the future of US and European foreign policy and related issues. The program will consist of keynote speeches, lectures, panel discussions and social activities that will provide the audience with an opportunity to gain insights, reflect on, discuss and debate the salient issues.

The 2011 conference will focus on the theme “The Roles and Responsibilities of the US and Europe in the New Global Community”. The theme was selected in recognition significant developments in the field of international relations. Firstly: The development of a new global community with new players, both at the sub-state and inter-state level, and new forms of influence and power. Secondly,the emergence of new, global challenges, The developments in the Arab World, disasters, financial instability, terrorism, and the prevention of health pandemics, are all areas of activity that require the community to build sustainable, multilateral approaches.

In recognition of these developments, there is a demonstrable need to analyze and reflect on the activity of the US and Europe within this new context, and in addressing these new challenges. The conference will therefore begin with an assessment of the new global community: How has it been formed, how does it operate, and what changes are we likely see in the future. Following this, the focus will move to a consideration of the key challenges facing the global community today, from climate change and natural disasters to cultural differences. Finally, the program will build on these discussions to reflect on the positions of the US and Europe in this changing international environment and: What do their international partners expect of the US and Europe, and how can they forge stronger relations with countries in all regions to ensure the cooperation necessary to tackle the challenges ahead?

Symposium Speakers »
Speakers during the Symposium will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, the diplomatic community, civil society and the private sector, from across the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about the Advisory Board please click here).

Symposium Participants
The Symposium is open to applications from diplomatic and political representatives, civil society practitioners, private sector figures, journalists, young professionals, students and scholars, and other interested stakeholders in international relations from across the world.”

For further details, see the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy website.

ICA travel funds for international scholars

The Road to Boston

Larry Gross, President-Elect, International Communication Association

Larry Gross“First, a little institutional history.

In the early 1990s I chaired an ICA Task Force on Diversity that was charged, among other things, with recommending ways to increase the attendance at conferences and participation in the organization by members of underrepresented minorities in the United States. The Task Force, whose members included Julie D’Acci, Navita James, Geetu Melwani, Federico Subervi, James Taylor, and Angharad Valdivia, made a recommendation to the Board that a program of travel grants be initiated to support minority students who had papers accepted for the ICA conference.

After several years of discussion – or so it seems in recollection — at the Albuquerque meetings in May 1995 the ICA Board adopted the proposal to add a surcharge of $1USD to each conference registration fee and use the funds so obtained to provide travel scholarships to minority students attending the Chicago meetings (minority being defined here as African-American, Hispanic/Latino/a, Native American, Pacific Islander).

The program began small. In the 1996 Report of the Task Force, I noted:

Four nominations were forwarded from divisions to the ICA Headquarters, and an ad hoc consultative group (Task Force Chair Larry Gross, Conference Program Chair Stan Deetz, and ICA Executive Director Bob Cox) decided to award grants totaling $1300 USD to the four nominees (the figure of $1300 USD was agreed on as a reasonable estimate of the surcharge yield). We agreed to allocate $300 USD to each of three “mainland” student members, and $400 USD to a student member travelling from Hawaii.

That was then.

In the decade and a half since the travel awards were initiated, ICA has undergone a radical shift towards internationalization – a commitment to making the “I” in its name reflect reality as well as aspiration – and the travel grant program has expanded its focus to support the goal of encouraging and enabling participation of students, and faculty, from UN Tier B and C countries. In 2010, in Singapore, the Board voted to increase the conference fee surcharge (actually, this is folded into the conference fee) to $5.00 USD.

In 2003 the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania endowed two funds in support of conference travel grants (one, embarrassingly, named in my honor). The interest from these funds provides additional money to the available pool of travel support. Finally, many divisions devote a large portion of the funds available to them to providing travel grants.

This year a total of over $35,000 USD was awarded to 55 conference participants. We are able to provide travel grants ranging from $500 USD to $900 USD (the amounts vary in relation to the distance and travel costs incurred). Travel fund recipients come from 22 countries, including the United States. Forty-three of the recipients are students; 12 are faculty members. The largest number come from the United States (22), followed by the People’s Republic of China and Korea with five each. Other countries represented include Argentina, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania and Singapore.

The road to this point has been long, but the goal is an important one to ICA’s mission and the progress we’ve made since we started this effort 15 years ago is truly gratifying, even while it is clear that we still have some distance to go. So, please make the journey to Boston and join us as we build the ICA we all want to see flourish.”

from April 2011 ICA newsletter.

International discources about audiences

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Discourses about Audiences: International Comparisons
Deadline:   May 1, 2011

We seek proposals from media scholars to study the representations of audiences in non-western societies and pre-modern Europe. We use “western” to indicate culture rather than geography. In that sense, the term contrasts to all societies not based upon Western traditions, including not only “eastern” societies but also societies south of the equator.

We plan to publish the studies in special issues of journals and as an edited book, in multiple languages. We also plan to organize an international conference where the authors will present and discuss their work.

In our books, The Citizen Audience and Audiences and Publics, we have explored representations of audiences and the categories used to characterize them. These explorations have been within the context of modern democracies in Western Europe and North America. In Western discourse, audiences have been variously considered crowds, publics, mass and consumers, active or passive, additive or selective, vulnerable and suggestible or critical and creative, educated or ignorant, high or low brow, and characterized differently on the basis of their presumed race, class, sex and age.

These debates and these categories sometimes have been adopted and applied to audiences in non-Western cultures. The conjoined terms “audiences and publics,” for example, have begun to be used by scholars across the globe. But there is no reason to assume that such Western categories and associations apply, or apply in the same way, in non-western societies. At a time when global and regional media (satellite, television/radio, recording, mobile phone, internet) saturate even remote populations and cultures, we have no comparative empirical studies to reveal what categories are indigenous to individual non-western cultures, and to record  how they differ and change.

Consequently our goal is to bring together research from across the globe, to investigate whether the terms associated with audiences in western Europe and North America actually fit the indigenous discourses on audiences in non-Western cultures. Each culture likely has a different and interesting history. We think that such a comparative study of discourse on media and audiences could bring new insights into global media as well as Western discourse and scholarship on media and audiences, and be of immense value to government policymakers and media practitioners as well. Moreover, it will be an opportunity for non-Western worlds to speak about themselves, unfiltered through Western concepts.

The project will explore specifically non-Western languages and cultures, and as a whole, will compare their discourses on audiences. In this globalized world this will sometimes be a marginal distinction, given the bleeding of Western ideas through borders and cultural boundaries. We would like applicants to go beyond non-Western incorporations of Western terms about audiences that accompanied their adoption of media technology and texts, to explore their discourses on indigenous practices and their audiences. With this foundation, then applicants would investigate how indigenous discourses represent media audiences as these media spread through these societies.

From all applicants, we will select 10-15 scholars to research discourses in their proposed culture and language, looking at these both before and since their contact with Western culture and the spread of twentieth and twenty-first century media. We expect to include:

1. Studies on discourses in major languages of the world, e.g. Chinese, Hindi, Bengali, Arabic, Urdu, etc.,

2. Studies on cultures and languages less integrated into globalization and more remote from Western influence, and

3. A study of a major medieval European culture and language before democracy and publics became associated with audiences.

Applicants should be fluent in the language and generally familiar with the media/audience history of the culture they propose to study. For their research, we wish contributors to study representations in that culture and language, examining its historical development, in whole or part, of discourses as media are introduced into that culture through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with special consideration to the lexicon used to characterize media audiences. Junior as well as senior scholars are welcome, as long as each demonstrates his/her capabilities for this research.

Proposals should be in English and include a preliminary research plan of no more than 3 single-spaced pages, specifying the cultural/linguistic context and describing the plan of research. as well as current vitae of the applicant(s). Send proposals as email attachments to both Butsch@rider.edu and S.Livingstone@lse.ac.uk, no later than May 1, 2011.

We look forward to reading your proposals.

Richard Butsch, Professor of Sociology, American Studies, and Film and Media Studies, Rider University, USA

Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics,  UK

(Post-)Conflict Cinema CECC conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

(Post-)Conflict Cinema: Remembering Out-breaks and In-tensions
IV International CECC Conference on Culture and Conflict

December 5-6, 2011
School of Human Sciences – Catholic University of Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Deadline for submissions: July 30, 2011

The history of the 20th and 21st centuries merges with the history of cinema and its latest developments. On the one hand, the emergence of cinema is associated with the idea of a democratic art form. Never before had an artistic manifestation reached and affected so many people at the same time. On the other hand, besides constituting one of the privileged cultural products through which past and current conflicts are represented and thoroughly examined, cinema is a medial construction that serves as a ‘stage’ that interrogates the very act of representation, since it also reflects the problems and conflicts experienced in the context of filmic production. Cinema and conflict went hand in hand from the very beginning. Soon after the appearance of the cinematograph, a short film on the war in Cuba, a war that would lead to the island’s independence, was shown to the public in 1898. In 1915 Griffith famously portrayed a war-torn American society during the Civil War in Birth of a Nation, and raised a huge controversy on the issue of racism.

Keeping in mind the revolutionary aesthetic developments and the consolidation of cinema as a multidimensional art form in the 20th century and at the beginning of the new millennium, it is important to discuss how and to what extent new cinematographies inspired by the examination of issues of memory and oblivion experienced in the last century respond to the challenges imposed by 21st-century conflicts (terrorism, economic and social crises, Islamophobia, various forms of racism, civil wars, exploitation of natural resources, among others).

With a view to discussing the dynamic process of conflict and post-conflict situations, this international conference seeks to analyze how 20th and 21st-century (post-)conflict cinema addresses and (re)mediates the following issues:

     

  • Post-memory, Post-Conflict and New Cinema
  • Preserving/Rebuilding cultural heritage
  • Reimagining the landscape of the self after conflicts
  • Gender and reconstruction in post-conflict societies
  • Cultural identities in post-conflict contexts
  • Conciliation, punishment and the challenge of democracy
  • Human rights in war-torn societies
  • Ethics and discourses of legitimation in post-conflict situations
  • Film and the Pain of others
  • Globalization and post-conflict societies
  • Translating the other and the self in times of conflict
  • Post-Conflict Cinema in Post-Colonial Contexts
  •  

The Conference’s working languages are Portuguese and English.

Please send the Organizing Committee 300-words abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as a brief biographical note (circa 100 words), to postconflictcinema@gmail.com by July 30, 2011. Proposals should list paper title, name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. Notification of acceptance will be given by September 15, 2011.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Samuel Maoz (director of Lebanon)
João Canijo (director of Fantasia Lusitana)
Thomas Elsaesser (University of Amsterdam)
Isabel Capeloa Gil (Catholic University of Portugal)

Scientific Committee:
Isabel Capeloa Gil
Adriana Martins
Carlos Capucho
Alexandra Lopes

Organizing Committee:
Adriana Martins
Carlos Capucho
Alexandra Lopes
Mónica Dias
Fabíola Maurício
Daniela Agostinho

For more information please visit our website or contact us at postconflictcinema@gmail.com

Int’l Assoc for Dialogue Analysis

The International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA)’s 13th conference, Dialogue and Representation, will take place at the Université de Montréal (Quebec, Canada) from April 26 to April 30, 2011. With more than 100 presenters from about 30 countries, coming from a variety of disciplines such as literature, communication, philosophy, cinema, education, linguistics, or psychology, it will be an opportunity to address in various ways the link between the ideas of representation and of dialogue.

The conference will also feature keynote addresses from Éric Grillo (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), Cornelia Ilie (Malmö University), Alain Létourneau (Université de Sherbrooke), Wolfgang Teubert (University of Birmingham), Karen Tracy (University of Colorado at Boulder) et Edda Weigand (University of Münster).

The full list of presenters and the complete program can be downloaded on the conference website.

It is now possible to register simply by visiting our website. The early bird discount ends on March 15!

The organizers,
François Cooren & Alain Létourneau
Email: dialogue2011@com.umontreal.ca

Steering Committee
Mark Aakhus, Rutgers U., United States
Lawrence N. Berlin, Northeastern Illinois U., United States
Kenneth Cissna, U. of South Florida, United States
Robert T. Craig, U. of Colorado at Boulder, United States
Marcelo Dascal, Tel Aviv U., Israel
Anita Fetzer, U. of Würzburg, Germany
Luisa Granato, National U. of La Plata, Argentina
Cornelia Ilie, Malmö U., Sweden
Liliana Ruxãndoiu, U. of Bucharest, Romania
Robert E. Sanders, U. at Albany – SUNY, United States
Clara Ubaldina Lorda Mur, Pompeu Fabra U., Spain
Edda Weigand, U. of Münster, Germany
Elda Weizman, Bar-Ilan U., Israel

Scientific Committee
Chantal Benoit-Barné, U. de Montréal
François Cooren, U. de Montréal
Boris H. J. M. Brummans, U. de Montréal
Sylvie Grosjean, U. of Ottawa, Canada
Marty Laforest, U. du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke
Daniel Robichaud, U. de Montréal
Consuelo Vasquez, U. du Québec à Montréal

Organizers
François Cooren, U. de Montréal, Canada
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke, Canada

Organizing Committee
Nicolas Bencherki, U. de Montréal, Canada
Émilie Pelletier, U. de Montréal, Canada

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Le 13e colloque de l’International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA), intitulé Dialogue & représentation, aura lieu du 26 au 30 avril prochain à l’Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada). Réunissant plus de 100 présentateurs d’une trentaine de pays, provenant de disciplines aussi variées que la littérature, la communication, la philosophie, le cinéma, l’éducation, la linguistique ou la psychologie, il sera l’occasion d’aborder d’une foule de manières le lien entre les notions de représentation et de dialogue.

Le colloque sera également l’occasion d’assister aux conférences plénières d’Éric Grillo (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), Cornelia Ilie (Université de Malmö), Alain Létourneau (Université de Sherbrooke), Wolfgang Teubert (University of Birmingham), Karen Tracy (University of Colorado at Boulder) et Edda Weigand (Université de Münster).

La liste des présentateurs et le programme complet se trouvent sur le site du colloque.

Il est maintenant possible de s’y inscrire en se rendant simplement sur notre site web. Le rabais pour inscriptions rapides prend fin le 15 mars 2011!

Les organisateurs,
François Cooren & Alain Létourneau
Courriel : dialogue2011@com.umontreal.ca

Comité de direction
Mark Aakhus, Rutgers U., États-Unis
Lawrence N. Berlin, Northeastern Illinois U., États-Unis
Kenneth Cissna, U. of South Florida, États-Unis
Robert T. Craig, U. of Colorado at Boulder, États-Unis
Marcelo Dascal, U. de Tel Aviv, Israël
Anita Fetzer, U. de Würzburg, Allemagne
Luisa Granato, U. nationale de La Plata, Argentine
Cornelia Ilie, U. de Malmö, Suède
Liliana Ruxãndoiu, U. de Bucharest, Roumanie
Robert E. Sanders, U. at Albany – SUNY, États-Unis
Clara Ubaldina Lorda Mur, U. Pompeu Fabra, Espagne
Edda Weigand, U. de Münster, Allemagne
Elda Weizman, U. Bar-Ilan, Israël

Comité scientifique
Chantal Benoit-Barné, U. de Montréal
François Cooren, U. de Montréal
Boris H. J. M. Brummans, U. de Montréal
Sylvie Grosjean, U. d’Ottawa, Canada
Marty Laforest, U. du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke
Daniel Robichaud, U. de Montréal
Consuelo Vasquez, U. du Québec à Montréal

Organisateurs
François Cooren, U. de Montréal, Canada
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke, Canada

Comité organisateur
Nicolas Bencherki, U. de Montréal, Canada
Émilie Pelletier, U. de Montréal, Canada

International adoption


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Topic: A Round Table Discussion Proposal– Communication Studies on International Adoption: Voices, Issues, and Impact
National Communication Association convention
November 17-20, 2011, New Orleans

Contact information: Joyce Chen, University of Northern Iowa, chen@uni.edu; Changfu Chang, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, changfu.chang@millersville.edu

International and interracial adoptions have been part of American family life since the 1980s. The adjustment of adopted children and their adoptive families became an important issue studied by academia, especially in the fields of clinical psychology and social work. The research topics range from the identity formation of adopted children, the search for, and reunion with, birth parents of adult adoptees, adoption parenting, to birth mother adjustments. These studies seem to focus on “the vulnerabilities and deficiencies of adoptees” (Zamostny, O‟Brien, Baden, & Wiley, 2003, p.667). As a matter of fact, the identity formation of adopted children and the adjustments of adoptive families reside in the process of cross-cultural and intercultural communication. However, there was very few communication study found on the international/interracial adoption. This proposal aims to let those voices be heard, to initiate the discussions on important issues, and to exchange research agenda. We have a series of documentary DVDs that would provide basic information for the discussion.

If you are interested in this proposal and are willing to participate in the round table discussion, please send us your topic and contact information. The topic is open to any international adoption experiences, opinions/perspectives, or research intention. Contact information:

Joyce Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
University of Northern Iowa
chen@uni.edu

Changfu Chang, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Communication and Theatre
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville, PA 17551
changfu.chang@millersville.edu

Call for Papers-China

CALL FOR PAPERS

Morality, Spirituality and Culture: East and West
International and Interdisciplinary Conference in China
Yibin University, Yibin, China
May 28-30, 2011
Sponsors: Sichuan Thinkers Research Center and Yibin  University

Deadline for Abstract: March 15th,2011
Subtopics: Morality and Society, Morality and Religion, Morality and Culture, Atheism and Spirituality, Skepticism and Spirituality, Rules of conduct, Taoist view on Morality Enlightened Anarchy, Confucius Ethics, Perfectionist and Situational Ethics, Spirituality and Modern age, Humanism and Positivism, Reductionist view’s on moral responsibility, Ethnic Identity and Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Consumption, Politicizing Consumer Culture ,Archaeological Approaches to Culture, Social Identification, Dynamics of Group Culture, Ethnic Boundaries, Constructing and Deconstructing Ethnic Identity, Evolution of Culture, Encountering Different Cultures, Asian Civilization and Culture, Cultural shock, Civilization and Effect of Colonization, Deconstruction,  Contacts of Civilizations,  Asia and Europe, Death of a Civilization, Media and Culture, Pop culture and MTV, Cultural Transformation, Role of Culture and Religion, Cultural Meaning, Buddhism and Post modernity: Buddhist eth!
ics, and Indian Buddhism’s encounter with  Chinese Buddhism, Buddhism and Philosophy of Deconstruction, Ethics of Modernity etc.

Advisory Board Members: Michael Allen (USA), Akhalaque Ahan (India), Sankar Basu (India), Kisor Chakrabarti (USA), Linda B. Elder (USA), Gordon Haist (USA), Elizabeth Koldzak (Poland), Maria Marczewska (Poland), JoAnne Myers (USA), Eve Mullen (USA), Ming Shao (China), Nancy Snow (USA), Andrew Ward (UK), Mark Wood (USA), Yanling Xu

Director: Chandana Chakrabarti
Local coordinator: Ming Shao

Papers from the Conference will be published subject to editorial review (Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Studies/Journal of Indian Philosophy & Religion).

Please note that there will be trips to various historical, archaeological places before and after the conference.
Contact:
Chandana Chakrabarti, Ph.D.
Dean of International students
Director of the Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness
Davis and Elkins College
Elkins, West Virginia 26241, USA
Phone: 304-637-1293
chandanachak@gmail.com

Call for papers-AUSACE

CALL FOR PAPERS, PANELS, POSTERS

The Media Program at the American University of Beirut is delighted to host the 16th annual international conference of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators (AUSACE), October 28-31, 2011. This year’s Conference theme is Digital and Media Literacy: New Directions.

Mobile phones, blogs, online social networks, wikis, user-generated news, and a plethora of ubiquitous digital media have facilitated access to information; allowed people from around the globe to connect; offered enormous potential for communication about, from, and among civil society groups, democracy advocates, and political activists; and presented new possibilities for national development projects and political change.

But the potential of digital media diffusion cannot be realized if people lack the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media content. Increasingly, digital literacy and media literacy are viewed as agents for the acquisition of such skills and knowledge, and as essential components for all levels of education and every member of society.

Integrating digital and media literacy into educational curricula and public agendas will help ensure citizens, groups, and institutions are equipped with the essential analytical and communications skills required for success in the 21st century.

AUSACE 2011 conference participants are encouraged to interpret this year’s theme broadly to include new directions for media education, for national development, for democracy, for civil society, and for global engagement. Topics relating to the current events in the Arab world are especially encouraged.

Abstract submissions for research papers, panels, and poster presentations are now open. For details on how to submit please visit the official conference website.

Deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2011

For questions and to be added to the official conference email list, please email: ausace2011@aub.edu.lb

AUSACE is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Arab-U.S. relations among communication educators and media professionals. AUSACE conferences bring together communication scholars from all around the world to discuss local, national and global issues related to the field.

AUSACE 2011 Conference Chair
Jad Melki, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Journalism and Media Studies
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
+961-1-350-000 Ext. 4380 (Office)
jm39@aub.edu.lb

Call for papers IMDA

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 20th World Business Congress of the International Management Development Association (IMDA) devoted to “Challenges and Opportunities of Global Business in the New Millennium: Contemporary Issues and Future Trends” will be held in Poznan, Poland from July 3rd through 7th, 2011 in cooperation with Poznan University of Economics and in partnership with a number of state, provincial, and local government departments. His Excellency Mr. Waldemar Pawlak, Deputy Prime Minister and Poland’s Minister of Economy, will be the opening speaker along with a number of other important dignitaries.

Scholarly papers, panel/special session proposals, and case study exercises for presentation and subsequent publication in the refereed Congress Proceedings in book and CD form and in a number of scholarly journals are invited. Theoretical, conceptual, and empirical papers (using qualitative/historical and quantitative methodologies) are solicited.

Manuscripts submitted must be complete papers, ready for blind review, to be considered for inclusion in the Congress proceedings. A work-in-progress may be reviewed and considered for presentation, even though not published in the Congress proceedings. In addition to sharing scholarship regarding global business issues, the Congress is designed to offer an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world and exchange information and ideas on a variety of global business topics. This is a great organization and a great venue. No visas are required for nationals of most countries.

Please note that the paper submission deadline is April 1st, 2011. The manuscripts should be submitted to the appropriate track co-chairs according to the Congress Call for Papers. A copy of the Call for Papers and much more information about the Congress is available on the Association’s website: http://www.imda.cc

Any specific Congress related questions should be directed to Congress Program Co-chairs Dr. Erdener Kaynak at ek9@comcast.net or Dr. Ajay Manrai at manraia@udel.edu. I would be delighted to send a complete call for papers in PDF format and otherwise be of further assistance.

Call for papers -AJHA

CALL FOR PAPERS
American Journalism Historians Association

The American Journalism Historians Association invites paper entries, panel proposals and abstracts of research in progress on any facet of media history for its 30th annual convention to be held October 6-8, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2011.

The AJHA views journalism history broadly, embracing print, broadcasting, advertising, public relations and other forms of mass communication which have been inextricably intertwined with the human past. Because the AJHA requires presentation of original material, research papers and panels submitted to the convention should not have been submitted to or accepted by another convention or publication.

Research Papers
Authors may submit only one research paper. Research entries must be no longer than 25 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, not including notes. The Chicago Manual of Style is recommended but not required.

The AJHA paper competition is administered electronically. Papers must be submitted in PDF, saved with author identification only in the file names and not in the papers. Each paper must be submitted as an attachment, with a 150-word abstract and contact information included in the text of the e-mail to: ajhapapers@gmail.com.

Authors of accepted papers must register for the convention and attend in order to present their research. Authors should bring 25 copies of their papers to distribute at the convention. Research awards include: the Robert Lance Award for outstanding student research paper, the J. William Snorgrass Award for outstanding minority-journalism research paper, the Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding women’s-history research paper, a new award for outstanding research in media and war, and the David Sloan award for the outstanding faculty research paper.

For information queries only, contact Research Chair Janice Hume, University of Georgia, at jhume@uga.edu.

Panels
To propose a panel, please submit:

  • A brief description of the topic.
  • The names of the moderator and participants (no more than two of whom may be from the same institution).
  • A brief summary of each participant’s presentation.
  • Entries must be no longer than 3 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with 1-inch margins. No individual may participate in more than one panel. Panel organizers should make sure panelists have not agreed to serve on multiple panels. Failure to adhere to the guidelines will lead to rejection of the proposal. Preference will be given to those proposals that involve the audience and panelists in meaningful discussion or debate. Panel participants must register for and attend the convention.

    Linda Lumsden, University of Arizona, is coordinating the 2011 panel competition. Submit proposals attached in PDF format with contact information included to: ajhapanels@gmail.com

    Research in Progress
    For research in progress submissions, send:

  • A blind abstract of your study with identifying information only in the file name but not in the abstract. Include the proposal title in the abstract. The abstract should include a clear purpose statement as well as a brief description of your primary sources.
  • Abstracts must be no longer than 2 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with 1-inch margins, not including notes. Primary sources should be described in an additional 1-page, double-spaced, page. The AJHA Research in Progress competition is administered electronically. Proposals must be submitted in PDF, saved with author identification only in the file names and not in the text of the proposal. Each proposal must be submitted as an attachment, with your name, project title and contact information included in the text of the e-mail to: ajharip@gmail.com. If your proposal is accepted, you’ll be asked to bring to the conference 20 copies of a four- to five-page summary of your research. Authors of accepted research in progress must register for and attend the convention. Kim Mangun, University of Utah, is coordinating the 2011 Research in Progress competition.