CFP MENA Communication & Cultural Studies

Publication OpportunitiesCFP: Voices in Middle Eastern and North African Communication and Cultural Studies: Thinking Transnationally (Proposed Book Project)
Editors: Dr. Haneen S. Ghabra, Kuwait University, Dr. Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui, San Francisco State University, Dr. Shadee Abdi, University of New Mexico, and Dr. Bernadette Marie Calafell, University of Denver

At the heart of communication and critical cultural studies is a discipline that has been slowly expanding its borders around the issues of racism, sexism, ability, privilege, and oppression. As Latinx, African American, Asian Pacific American, Disability and LGBTQ studies widen and shift the scope of Communication Studies, what often gets underplayed is the role of transnational Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies. It is imperative that the experiences of transnational individuals who live and move between the region and the U.S. are centered. For this reason, our goal is to begin to bring Middle Eastern communication and critical cultural studies in conversation with global and transnational studies. We ask, how can scholars make a space for transnational MENA studies within communication and cultural studies? What are the pressing issues? Thus, at a time where Arab, Arab Americans, Iranians, and Iranian Americans, and other MENA ethnic communities are under attack by Western media and governments, it is crucial to center their voice from a transnational perspective that privileges their positionalities and experiences rather than continue to study them from a reductive Eurocentric lens. Accordingly, this book aims to bring together a diverse collection of essays to showcase the complexity and cultural nuances that compose the Middle East and North Africa and its diasporas in the United States. Important work has been published interdisciplinary by prominent scholars such as Lila Abu-Lughod, Janet Afary; Leila Ahmed; Nadje Al-Ali; Amar; Talal Asad; miriam cooke; Deniz Kandiyoti; Saba Mahmood; Joseph Massad; Fatema Mernissi; Afsaneh Najmabadi; Edward Said; Jack Shaheen; Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Sima Shakhsari; Loubna Skalli. We seek to build on existing scholarship by including essays that theorize from a communication and critical cultural studies lenses. Our approach to communication and critical cultural studies is informed by critical performative, rhetorical, feminist, queer, intercultural, social justice and media studies. Furthermore, scholars are encouraged to focus on specific countries or diasporas or general representations of the MENA region. This book aims to bring together work by established and new or emerging scholars.

List of suggested topics for submission can include (but are not limited to):
Creative or performative approaches or perspectives to MENA identities
Vernacular discourse
Critical Rhetoric of Muslims in Western Discourse
Postcolonial approaches to MENA identities
Queer/ed approaches to MENA identities
Social movements and social justice
Social media and youth
MENA feminisms
Critical intercultural approaches to MENA
Monstrosity and horror

Submission Requirements and Due Dates
In order to have a creative work and/or research manuscript considered for publication, please submit the following:

1.  A 1- to 2 page chapter proposal that summarizes your submission’s goals, scope, and argument with a clear articulation of your submission’s contribution to MENA, communication, and critical cultural studies.
2.  A copy of each author’s most recent CV.

Please email these materials to Drs. Haneen Ghabra, Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui, Shadee Abdi, and Bernadette Marie Calafell at by September 15th, 2017.

Responses to submitters will be sent by December 18th, 2017, with first drafts due by June 1st, 2018.

CFP Who Belongs? Immigrants, Refugees, Migrants

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Papers: Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis (Special Issue): Who Belongs? Immigrants, Refugees, Migrants, and Actions Towards Justice

Over the past year, both in the U.S. and Europe, far-right nationalist and white supremacist organizations have led a massive assault on the human rights of immigrants, refugees, and migrants, resulting in multiple acts of violence against individuals and communities and a general climate of fear. Notably, this assault has been supported by the most mainstream of political actors, ranging from elected officials in the U.S. who advocate for travel bans targeted at people who are Muslim and deportation raids targeted at the Latinx community to the racist and xenophobic political platforms of leading candidates for the highest of political offices in France and Austria. In this issue, we seek to engage this political landscape by asking the question: Who belongs? This question raises significant abstract issues, including: the legitimacy and construction of nationstates; theories of democratic governance and legal systems; notions of citizenship; intersections between racialized, gendered, and classed social identities; and, processes of imperialism and colonization. The question also raises significant issues that are more concrete, including: access to public resources (such as education, housing, and health care); policies and processes of “legal” documentation; activist and community mobilization; sanctuary cities; U.S. and European military intervention; the militarization of law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad; neoliberal economic policies; and, ongoing anti- and post- colonial struggles across the globe. We thus invite scholars and activists from a range of disciplinary and professional positions to submit work (research articles, conceptual essays, book reviews, and poems) that illuminates these and other issues that are central to political struggle for the rights of immigrants, refugees, and migrants.

Submission Timeline Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017
Anticipated Publication: January 2018


CFP: Culture and Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Management

Publication OpportunitiesSpecial Issue Call for Papers: Culture and Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Management, for Negotiation and Conflict Management Research
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018
Special Issue Editor: Wendi Adair, University of Waterloo

Culture is defined broadly as a social group with shared values and norms that are reinforced and perpetuated through the group’s institutions. Culture defined by national borders is one conceptualization; culture defined by gender, religion, lifestyles, careers, and generations are also predictors of what, how, and when someone communicates, as well as interprets, and responds. What refers to communication content: meaning the speaker conveys and meaning the listener interprets. How refers to linguistic style, nonverbal cues, context dependence, and communication medium. When refers to temporal patterns such as timing, pacing, and temporal horizons.

We invite empirical and conceptual submissions addressing culture and communication in diverse negotiation and conflict management contexts including topics such as:
–     Case studies or comparative culture analyses of negotiators’ or mediators’ communication repertoires in understudied populations (e.g., Africa, South America, religious groups);
–   Communication adjustment/adaptation, cultural interpreters, and role of language in cross-cultural negotiation and conflict resolution;
–       Qualitative analyses of linguistic or communication tools used to aid conflict resolution and negotiation in distinct cultural populations (e.g., metaphor in high context cultures, sharing circles, story-telling in hierarchical cultures);
–       Content analyses of public accounts of negotiation or conflict resolution (e.g., media coverage of land dispute, international trade, and political negotiations across culture);
–       Identification, interpretation, and management of miscommunication and misinterpretation in cross-cultural negotiation or dispute resolution;
–     Conflict management and negotiation in close relationships across cultures.

CFP Interracial Communication: A Global Phenomenon

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Papers, special issue of Journal of Intercultural Communication Research: Interracial Communication: A Global Phenomenon in Diverse Socio-Political Contexts. Special Issue Editors: Drs. Tina M. Harris, Carolyn Calloway Thomas, and Eddah Mutua

Recent socio-political events, both tragic and triumphant, throughout the world continue to articulate to the world that “race does matter.” From immigration to racial profiling and police brutality, Europe and North America are two of many other countries that are rife with racial tensions that are resulting in civil war and death, in some cases. While government officials and agencies are ignoring, minimizing, or trying to resolve these issues, communication scholars throughout the world are addressing these global issues in their scholarship. In order to contribute to these efforts, my colleagues and I are co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. We will feature research that addresses interracial communication occurring in a global or international context.

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election in the U. S., as an example, has revealed racial tensions amongst and between different racial groups. The idea of a post-racial country have been dismantled. Much of the contemporary dialogue surrounding the election has generated international discourse regarding racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of systemic oppression. This phenomenon can be best understood through interracial/intercultural communication research, which entails the use of theories and the gathering of data to facilitate societal change. As communication scholar Jennifer Johnson (1992) succinctly explains it, the “centrality of communication [must be understood] as both a critical process in changing a world and a key to understanding the changes occurring in that world” (p. 39). To that end, this special issue will showcase a spectrum of methodologies that are  used to enlighten audiences to the global nature of interracial communication from an international worldview or context. This collection of essays will demonstrate how differences are central to the production of scholarship that has implications for use in a real world context. It is our hope that this body of work also provide schools, organizations, and citizens with the tools necessary for moving theory into practice.

In keeping with the aims of the theme of this special issue, the following is a list of possible topics; however, it is not exhaustive. It is our expectation that each submission will address the global implications of interracial communication.
1. Social construction of interracial communication as a global phenomenon
2. Interracial communication within a multicultural context
3. Pedagogical approach to the internationalization of interracial communication
4. Interracial communication within the context of family
5. Intersectionality and interracial communication
6. Interracial communication and global citizenship
7. Interracial communication and colorism
8. Interracial communication and romantic relationships
9. Interracial communication and queer identity
10. Interracial communication and mass media
11. Critical race theory and interracial communication

Submission Information
Manuscripts must be submitted online via the Manuscript Central website by September 15, 2017 for consideration. All submissions must adhere to the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research style requirements. We are adhering to the blind peer review process; thus, we are requiring all authors to remove all l self-identifying references.  We are requesting that submitting author(s) include the following statement on the title: “For consideration in the special issue on interracial communication.” All inquiries about this very important special issue must be directed to all three editors: Tina M. Harris, Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, and Eddah Mutua.

CFP Bringing International Perspectives to the Communication Curriculum

Publication OpportunitiesSpecial Issue Call for Papers
Eunkyong (Esther) Lee Yook, George Mason University, Paaige K. Turner, National Communication Association (Co-Guest Editors) of Bringing International Perspectives to the Communication Curriculum in an Era of Globalization for The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (JICR)

This Special Issue of The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (JICR) invites papers that advance internationalization of the communicaton curriculum and/or global education experiences through the application and integration of communication theory and research.  The goal is to disseminate instructional approaches, ideas, and activities that bring a global perspective to the communication curricuum, and to generate an on-going discussion about the pedagogy of internationalization for intercultural competence in an era of globalization.

According to the International Association of Universities, an increasing interdependence among nations as well as intensified mobility of goods, ideas and people has had the effect of making internationalization more of an institutional imperative .  Responding to this mandate, universities around the world have begun to participate in the higher education internationalization process in diverse ways, including expanded recruitment of international students, study-abroad programs, dual/joint degrees, and the development of international branch campuses.  In the United States, international students will more than double from three to over seven million annually from 2000 to 2025 (Banks et al. 2007; Haddad 2006).  Conversely, the United States and other nations recently have experienced a surge in nationalism that will challenge internationalization efforts by universities and faculty (e.g., Brexit, US/Mexico Border Wall) in all disciplines.

Given the trend towards globalization and its resulting internationalization of our campuses, it is timely to: 1) review the current limitations of the communication curriculum and revise it appropriately to adjust to the new global environment, and 2) integrate the knowledge and skills of the communication discipline with other curriculum to support the development of global citizens in all countries.

For this special issue we seek articles and teaching cases that reconceptualize communication curriculum (macro, meso, or micro levels) and/or ground global education experiences in communication theory and research.  We seek projects that accomplish one of the following:
–       internationalize assignments, courses or sub disciplines in communication (e.g., interpersonal communication, organizational communication).
–       bring communication theory or research to other disciplines to advance internationalization efforts (e.g., intercultural communication and history)
–       Integrate communication theory or research into a study-abroad experience
–       Integrate communication theory or research into domestic, global educational experiences.

Manuscripts may have one of two foci.  The first is a review and application of communication theory and literature to a curriculum or subject area in or outside of the communication discipline to support internationalization (3,500 – 4,000 words).  The second is a detailed presentation of pedagogical activities that demonstrate a use of communication theory or literature that brings a global perspective to a class, unit activity, or semester activity (2,000 – 3,000 words). All manuscripts must demonstrate a substantive connection to communication theory and research while articulating a clear pedagogical practice and impact on social or curriculum goals.

Abstracts of 250 – 300 words should be submitted by July 1, 2017 to Esther Yook.  Selected authors will receive an invitation to submit full manuscripts for consideration by August 1, 2017.   Completed manuscripts are due November 1, 2017.  Contact co-guest editor Paaige K. Turner or Esther Yook with questions.

Supported by the National Communication Association Task Force on Facilitating International Collaborations.




CFP In Defense of the Humanities

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Paper Submissions for Special Journal Issue
In Defense of the Humanities: What Does Communication Studies Give?
Guest Editor: Mari Lee Mifsud

In the legacy of a long western history of a “crisis in the humanities,” the latest has been proclaimed [e.g., Don A. Habibi, “The Indispensability of the Humanities for the 21st Century,” Humanities, 5, no.1 (2016)11: 1-23]. Twenty-first century globalization, economic shifts, extensive budget cuts, political divisions, and culture/al wars all take a toll on attitudes towards the humanities in the United States. In 2007, the National Communication Association took stock of the discipline’s intellectual armory in defense of the humanities, giving account in a white paper. Their tally, in brief, shows the study of communication:

-offers essential exploration of the means and modes of democratic life and the orchestration of a free people whose organizing principle is a shared responsibility as citizens to engage in living well together

-offers critical understanding and resources for navigating, critiquing, engaging, and preserving the ever-changing arts of expression, systems of exchange, and structures of power through the ages and across cultures

-maps, archives, and preserves the diversity of human knowing, being, and doing by traversing historical, interpretive, theoretical, performative, critical, and cultural lines.  (Barbara Biesecker, James Darsey, G. Thomas Goodnight, Marshall Scott Poole, David Zarefsky, Barbie Zelizer, Communication Scholarship and the Humanities: A White Paper Sponsored by the National Communication Association, Washington, DC: National Communication Association, 2007)

This special issue of The Review of Communication seeks scholars to continue the tally, and to enhance and add to our intellectual armory for defense of the Humanities. This call extends to all categories of humanistic communication studies, including for example, argumentation, communication philosophy and ethics, critical and cultural studies, discourse studies, media studies, performance studies, public address, publics and counter-publics, rhetorical theory, history, and criticism. The call extends also to categories of communication studies beyond the humanistic, recognizing that science ought not, and perhaps cannot, proceed without the humanities. With these considerations in mind, we invite submissions that explore the following, though all novel and compelling topics are welcome:

-Communication studies as a resource for exploring and exchanging with concepts, practices, and embodiments of difference, the foreigner question, the alien, the other

-Communication studies as a means of examining the ontological, epistemological, existential, and ethical implications of our communicative being, our being constituted by symbolic action and mediated exchange

-Communication studies as a discipline emerging from rhetoric, one of the original liberal arts, yet transforming the binary of humanities and sciences

-Communication studies as a tool for decolonizing knowledge(s) across territories such as ability, class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexuality.

-Communication studies as a humanistic tool for exploring, critiquing, and engaging the new media of our digital lives together

-Communication studies and digital humanities as a means of shaping and sharpening the cutting edge of knowledge-making

-Communication studies as a method and mode for the public humanities


Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Review of Communication.


CFP Othering & Belonging

Publication OpportunitiesOthering & Belonging is a new journal published by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley to investigate and challenge social cleavages and hierarchies based on differential power, privilege, and access to resources.

Call for Submissions

“For its second and future issues, Othering & Belonging seeks written, audio, and video submissions – research essays and briefs, conceptual or theoretical essays, critical commentaries and reflections, photo-essays, interviews, video clips, and more. No written articles will be accepted that are over 10,000 words in length, and pieces under 5,000 words are highly preferable.

For Issue 2 we welcome work that considers what we mean by Othering and Belonging, the mechanisms by which they become manifest across contexts, why it matters, and how we can engender more Belonging in ourselves, our families, our communities, our societies, and our planet.

For more information, see the Editors’ Introduction about who we are and what we publish.”




CFP Media, Democracy & Political Power

Publication OpportunitiesCall For Papers
Revista Comunicação & Sociedade [Communication & Society Journal] Special Issue “Media, democracy and political power: between the right to communication and hegemony in public agenda” V. 41, n. 3 (Sept-Dec 2017), to be published in December, 2017
Dossier Editor: Dr. Magali do Nascimento Cunha
Full paper submissions due: July 30, 2017

The close relationship between media, democracy and political power in the second decade of the 21st century is the object of this thematic volume of Communication & Society. This proposal is motivated by the observation of the movements that shake up contemporary political contexts in the world and in Brazil, with significant advances in the occupation of the political sphere by conservative and ultraconservative leaders, parties and movements. These advances are represented in the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, in polarized elections in Europe and in the seizure of power in Brazil through the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff. At the same time, popular movements, including those of social minorities, are reconfiguring in reaction to the conservative revitalization. In all these contexts it is observed that traditional media and digital media occupy a prominent place in the mediation of the processes involved, either in the reverberation of prevailing discourses or in the critical expression to them, both in alliances with powers in progress and in oppositionist divergences, in actions of support, confrontation or negotiation.

This special issue will be bilingual, in Portuguese and English.

CFP Communication for Social Justice Activism

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Book Proposals: Communication for Social Justice Activism

Dr. Patricia S. Parker (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Dr. Lawrence R. Frey (University of Colorado Boulder) are pleased to announce, as editors, a new book series on “Communication and Social Justice Activism” to be published by the University of California Press.

Communication for social justice activism involves people (including communication researchers, teachers, students, organizational employees, and community members) using communication theories, methods, pedagogies, and other practices to work with and for oppressed, marginalized, and underresourced groups and communities, as well as with activist groups and organizations, to intervene into inequitable systems and make their structures and practices more just.

This book series, thus, offers a new, important, and exciting outlet for communication scholarship that promotes social justice activism in teaching communication courses and in conducting communication research. The goal is to weave social justice activism into all levels of the communication curriculum, with books in this series serving as primary and supplementary texts in undergraduate and graduate communication courses, and as indispensable resources for communication scholars engaging in social justice communication activism teaching and research.

Books Sought: The series will publish three types of books:

1. Textbooks: Briefer and less expensive than typical course textbooks, these books offer a general overview of a topic that is taught as an undergraduate communication course, through a communication for social justice activism lens.

2. Course Content-focused Books: These books focus on particularly important content that is covered in undergraduate and graduate communication courses, serving as supplemental books for those courses.

3. Case Studies: These books examine specific, extended examples of original communication activism studies, in which researchers intervene, working with others, have used communication theories, methods, pedagogies, and other practices to promote social justice.

Global Campus Human Rights Journal

Publication OpportunitiesThe Global Campus of Human Rights is proud to announce the launch of the Global Campus Human Rights Journal (gchrj), a peer-reviewed online publication serving as a forum for rigorous scholarly analysis, critical commentaries, and reports on recent developments pertaining to rights and democratisation globally. The first issue is now available online.

gchrj is edited by a team of three, led by Frans Viljoen, Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, who is assisted by two co-editors: Vahan Bournazian, Professor at Yerevan State University in Armenia, and Matthew Mullen, Lecturer at Mahidol University of Bangkok in Thailand. They are supported by an International Editorial Advisory Board of experts from a group of world-renowned universities, within and outside the Global Campus of Human Rights, covering a wide range of disciplines.

There is an increasing need for a forum fostering dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders, including academics, activists in human rights and democratisation, ngos and civil society”  Prof. Viljoen said. “gchrj will be able to fill this need by adopting multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives, and using comparative approaches”.

The challenges of today’s world are multifaceted and transnational in nature. They cause heated debate and controversy and require multi-layered answers. The contribution of gchrj is to provide expertise to guide responses and solutions and to infuse them with ethical, human rights-based perspectives.

gchrj consists of two sections, each containing full-length peer-reviewed academic articles. The first section contains solicited and unsolicited articles on various themes. The second section provides an overview of recent regional developments on human rights and democratisation across the globe, including analyses of decisions or findings of relevant courts or other bodies.

gchrj is an open access journal and is published biannually. Submissions (in English, French or Spanish) are welcome at any time and should be sent to Isabeau de Meyer. No fees are charged for submission or article processing. Submissions should conform to the guidelines for authors.