CFP: Immigrant Generations, Media Representations and Audiences


Call for Proposals: Immigrant Generations, Media Representations and Audiences, book to be edited by Omotayo Banjo. Deadline for abstracts: April 20, 2020.

According to the Pew Research Center, foreign-born immigrants comprise about fourteen percent of the American population. Second-generation Americans (U.S. born children of immigrants) comprise about 12% of the population and is projected to increase to 18% in the next 30 years. As a result, Schildrkraut (2007) argues that multiculturalism is a competing definition of Americanism as it “endorse[s] this notion that America’s unique identity is grounded in its immigrant legacy and in its ability to convert the challenges immigration brings into thriving strengths, pg. 600.” According to the Institute of immigration research report (2015), foreign-born immigrants comprise up to 11% of the entertainment industry with up to six percent representing producers and directors.

Series like Master of None, Jane the Virgin, and films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Crazy Rich Asians have emerged telling stories which resonate with the intergenerational and intercultural characteristics of American identity. Recently, the Hollywood Reporter initiated a video series hosted by Charlamagne Tha God titled Emerging Hollywood. This interview-platform show captures some new game players in Hollywood who engage American cultural politics from their ancestral perspective and as such offer a more nuanced view of what it is to be American. Entertainers and producers like Hasan Minhaj (Patriot Act), Yvonne Oriji (Jesus and Jollof), Ali Wong (Fresh off the Boat), and Gina Yashere (Bob Hearts Abisola) unashamedly represent their (or their parents’) ancestral land within their home country and engage this hybridity with ingenuity.

Challenging Hollywood’s beliefs that White dominated narratives are universal, these new players demonstrate the story of immigrants and their children both resonates and presents an evolving definition of American identity.

The aim of this anthology is to make room for scholarship which examines how immigrants and their U.S. born children use media to negotiate their American identity and how audiences engage with mediated narratives about the immigrant experience (i.e., cultural adjustments, language use etc).

Submissions may include textual or audience analysis, survey or experimental methods. Texts of interest include film (mainstream and independent), television, web series, original series, books, online magazines, and music which speak to the first and second-generation experience. If possible, the topics should engage to some extent questions of migration, diaspora and media and acculturation. Although the project is under way, newer submissions are welcome to make the volume stronger. Please contact the editor with any questions.


  • Deadline for abstracts (approx. 300- 500-words excluding citations): April 20, 2020.
  • Include a cover page with all of the authors’ contact information, key terms, and an abridged c.v. for each author
  • Submit proposals to Omotayo Banjo with “First Gen Media” in the subject line.
  • Invitations to submit full manuscripts will be sent by May 4, 2020
  • If selected, a draft of your chapter submissions must be original works of at least 3000-6000 (estimate) words, references included. Chapter draft deadline: July 24, 2020.

CFP Intercultural Public Relations

“PublicationCall for Chapter Proposals: Intercultural Public Relations: Realities and Reflections in Practical Contexts. Editors: Lan Ni , University of Houston, Qi Wang, Villanova University,  Bey-Ling Sha, California State University, Fullerton. Deadline: April 10, 2020.

The editors are pleased to invite submissions for chapter proposals for a forthcoming Routledge book, Intercultural Public Relations: Realities and Reflections in Practical Contexts. This book is a continuation from their earlier theory book, Intercultural Public Relations: Theories for Managing Relationships and Conflicts with Strategic Publics.

This “practical contexts” book examines how the overall theoretical framework developed in the theory book can have implications to multiple levels of intercultural public relations practices, from training of practitioners to become more interculturally competent, identifying and understanding publics or stakeholders with different cultural backgrounds and identities, building and maintaining relationships with these publics/stakeholders, and managing conflicts with them. These areas represent the most critical functions that public relations and strategic communication contribute to organizational effectiveness and social change: scanning the environment, identifying strategic publics, and building long-term, quality relationships with these publics to reduce costs, gain support, and empower the publics themselves.

Contact Lan Ni for details.

CFP Applied Linguistics & Social Justice

“PublicationCall For Abstracts: Applied Linguistics & Social Justice Special Issue of Applied Linguistics. Deadline: March 13, 2020.

The field of applied linguistics is concerned with “real world problems”. In order to truly engage with the real world it is essential to recognize systemic inequities and their relationships with language(s). This special issue will consider the range of interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches that applied linguists have utilized in collaboration with academics, practitioners, and varied communities to address social (in)justices. Such work involves working collaboratively to ensure that social institutions are inclusive of everyone’s needs and wants, which means full and equal participation, equitable distribution of resources, access to opportunities, a recognition of the histories of oppression, and consciousness-raising for resistance.

Read the full call for abstracts here.

CFP Intercultural Tensions in Organizations

“PublicationCall for proposals: Special issue on Intercultural tensions in organizations in the French journal Communication & Organisation. Abstracts due: 1 March 2020.

Issue editors: Alexander Frame and Mélodine Sommier.

Although a large body of research on intercultural communication has adopted “liquid” approaches to the concept of culture, open to its plurality and endeavoring to go past national scales, these views seem to remain scarcely represented among francophone work conducted within the field of information and communication sciences and focusing on organizations. Volume 58 of the French journal Communication & Organisation will explore this dimension and invites contributions using a critical framework to interculturality with the aim of shedding light on the following issues, from theoretical, empirical and/or methodological viewpoints (the following list is not exhaustive):

-Cultural framing of organizational power struggles
-Cultural and identity dimensions of change management in organizations
-Intersectional approach (Crenshaw 1991) to organizations
-Dealing with cultural diversity and identities in organizations
-Scales to examine culture (Desjeux 2002)
-Critical intercultural methodology in organizational communication

Please note that articles must be written in French.

CFP Action Linguistics: Linguistic Diversity & Language Awareness

“PublicationCall for Chapters: Action linguistics!  Reinforcing linguistic diversity and language awareness through participatory research. Editors: Heini Lehtonen & Janne Saarikivi. Deadline for abstract only: March 2, 2020.

The volume Action linguistics!  Reinforcing linguistic diversity and language awareness through participatory research, being edited by Heini Lehtonen and Janne Saarikivi brings together scholars working on linguistic diversity and language awareness, minorities, language and power, and education. Contributors should share a methodological orientation towards linguistic ethnography and action research in linguistically diverse settings. In particular, editors invite submissions from projects that include co-operation between linguists and artists, or have an otherwise cross-disciplinary framework. Chapters combining art, participatory research, and language education, are warmly welcome.

CFP Exhibitions of Impact: Social Force of Museums

“PublicationCall for papers: American Behavioral Scientist invites submissions for a special issue: Exhibitions of Impact: The Social Force of Museums. Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Museums are “democratising, inclusive and polyphonic,” addressing “the conflicts and challenges of the present,” and aiming to advance “human dignity and social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing,” according to a recently proposed definition from The International Council of Museums (ICOM, “Museum definition” 2019). With this definition in mind, this special issue invites scholarship about museums as a social force.

While visitor studies are often concerned with measuring learning outcomes, communication scholars consider the capacity of museums to summon and move audiences. Carole Blair (1999) notes the capacity of memorial sites to induce affective responses and prescribe a preferred interpretation (pp. 46-47). John Lynch (2013) describes a “spatial sermon” (p. 2) at a museum that seeks, not merely to inform, but to convert the visitor. Kenneth Zagacki and Victoria Gallagher (2009) describe an outdoor exhibition as enacting environmental concerns via extra-discursive means (p. 188). According to Dickinson, Ott, and Aoki (2006), an exhibition can hail visitors visually, aurally and haptically (p. 35).

These and other museum studies foreground the museum as a prescriptive force. While informing or entertaining, they also inculcate world views and advance political agendas. In museums, visitors behold, interact with, and consume exhibits. In what ways do the exhibits, in turn, act upon the visitor? How could an exhibit be seen as normative or prescriptive, containing admonishments to see the world differently, or to change one’s behavior?

This issue seeks to address these, and other issues that consider museum exhibitions as forces for change. We seek submissions at the juncture of social science, humanistic inquiry and museum studies, from a wide variety of disciplinary, theoretical and methodological orientations. Submissions invited from those who study historical or science museums, as well as art museums.

Submission Topics:

This special issue invites scholarship that considers the influence, impacts or effects of museums. The unit of analysis can be the institution itself, or a particular exhibition or exhibit. The special issue also seeks submissions from global scholars whose work may promote comparative, cross-cultural understandings. It welcomes various methodological approaches (qualitative, quantitative, etc.) and theoretical orientations (critical, rhetorical. empirical, historical, etc.). Topics may include, but are not limited to: Museum exhibits as agents of change, Museums and environmental threats, Museums as communication systems, Museums, inclusivity and social justice, Museums as built and material rhetorics, Museums and public memory, Museums and social issues/ public policy, Museums and medicine/ public health, Museums with political agendas, Museums and gender, race, ethnicity, social class, etc., Museums and public understanding of science, Museums and soft power, Museums as ideology, interpellation or governmentality,  Museums and performativity; performative exhibits, Museum exhibits as discourse, multimodality, pragmatics or speech acts, Museums and interactive technologies.

Submission Guidelines:

Submitted manuscripts must be in MS Word (.doc) format with a separate title page that includes the title of the paper, full names, affiliations, email addresses, telephone numbers, complete addresses, and one or two sentence biographical sketches of all authors. The main texts should remove any indicator of authorship, and thus ready for a blind, peer-review process. Manuscripts should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced, and must adhere to the APA (6th ed.) style. Manuscript should contain between 5,000 and 8,000 words, including a 250-world abstract with 5-6 key words, all references, and notes. Up to three images can be included as appendices. Manuscripts must contain original material which has not been previously published elsewhere or is currently under consideration by another journal. Please email manuscript and separate title page to David Lee.

Approximate Timeline:
CFP Announcement: November 1, 2019
Submission deadline: April 1, 2020
First Review / Decision by: June 30, 2020
Revision by: September 30, 2020
Second Review/ Decision by: November 30, 2020
Publication Date: Spring 2021

Works Cited:

Blair, C. (1999). Contemporary U.S. memorial sites as exemplars of rhetoric’s materiality. In J. C. Selzer, S. (Ed.), Rhetorical bodies (pp. 16-57). Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Dickinson, G., Ott, B. L., & Aoki, E. (2006). Spaces of remembering and forgetting: The Reverent Eye/I at the Plains Indian Museum. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 3(1), 27-47. doi: 10.1080/14791420500505619

Lynch, J. A. (2013). Prepare to believe: The creation museum as embodied conversion narrative. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 16(1), 1-28.

Museum definition. (2019). The International Council of Museums.

Zagacki, K. S., & Gallagher, V. J. (2009). Rhetoric and materiality in the museum part at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 95(2), 171-191.

CFP InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies

“PublicationThe InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies (IJPDS) welcomes original contributions for the annual issue of the journal to be published in 2020. Researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to submit papers in final form by March 30, 2020.


IJPDS represents original scholarship receptive to interdisciplinary topics and theoretical contexts spanning the diversity and variety of research interests. Editors encourage proposals from a wide array of scholarly proveniences, approaches and perspectives that embrace a construct of Portuguese diaspora across time and space.


Manuscripts in English, Portuguese, Spanish, or French are accepted for review and must be accompanied by an abstract in English, as well as in the original language in which the paper is written. Papers that have already been published or are under consideration elsewhere will not be accepted in IJPDS.

IJPDS is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal with both print and online versions. The journal is published annually in the fall. Also part of this academic journal is the publication of special thematic issues that engage with aspects of Portuguese diaspora studies, both traditional and modern.

CFP Negotiating Gender & Sexualities in Asian Language Communities

“PublicationCall for Papers: Special Issue “Negotiating Gender and Sexualities in Asian language communities” to be edited by Professor Julie Abbou, Aix Marseille University, France. Deadline for proposals: November 10, 2019.

Decades of interdisciplinary work have indicated how language, gender and sexualities are co-constructed. This intersection constitutes a highly interdisciplinary field, thus drawing on a variety of pertinent fields, such as Sociolinguistics, Cultural and Political Anthropology, Discourse Analysis, Feminism, Critical Theory, and Media studies, to name a few. Currently, research on language, gender and sexualities acknowledges the junctures among these fields, focusing on the complexities and hybridities that may emerge from their interactions. This dynamic has influenced academic work, and more broadly larger society, the professional sector, and politics.

However, diverse linguistic and discursive practices of gender and sexualities have been under unequal scrutiny, with most work concerning English or Romance languages. It is therefore necessary to bring analysis on the co-construction of gender, sexualities and language to a larger variety of social contexts. Focusing on Asian language communities allows scholarship not only to enrich the knowledge of gender and sexualities, but also to discuss how systems, assignations and identities intertwine in various political, historical, social and cultural contexts. Asian linguistic and discursive landscapes offer a unique vantage point from which to view this intertwinement, and to develop new models of gender and sexuality which lie beyond our current knowledge.

Center for a Public Anthropology Competition for Book Publication

“PublicationPublic Anthropology: Competition to publish an open access book in a new series. Deadline: November 4, 2019.

Drawing on the example of the California Series in Public Anthropology, the Center for a Public Anthropology announces a New Open-Access Book Series that addresses important public issues.  It embraces the hope that anthropology has value to those beyond the discipline, beyond the university.  The focus is on publications that matter to other people – by the power of their ideas and by how, with the help of others, they transform peoples’ lives for the better. It is one thing to write a thoughtful book. It is another to do so in a manner that attracts the attention and collaboration needed to help address a problem.

Each year the Center holds an international competition seeking out prospective manuscripts that align with this vision.  The Series reviews proposals independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed.  The proposals submitted should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter. The Center expects to select, through the competition, one to two books each year for open-acess publication.  The selected manuscripts will then go through a “sighted peer review” process.  Rather than being “blind”, the review process will be an open, collaborative endeavor between an author and reviewers.

The CMMi Press: A New Initiative


The CMMi Press will become the publishing arm of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution.
CMMi Press

The Institute is committed to making better social worlds through paying particular attention to the quality of the communication patterns in which we participate. The CMMi Press will publish books that promote this approach with the intent of inspiring better communication practices for making social worlds we would all want to live in.

Their first publication, Making Better Social Worlds: Inspirations from the Theory of the Coordinated Management of Meaning, has just been published. Robyn Penman and Arthur Jensen have written this book as a companion volume to the Cosmopolis2045 website and it serves as a fitting flagship for the new press promoting the making of better social worlds. Penman and Jensen are also planning a second volume on A Cosmopolitan Sensibility.

If you have a publishing idea or a manuscript in preparation that you think will fit the aims of the Press, please contact Robyn Penman, commissioning editor.