Call for abstracts: Dialogue with and among the Existing, Transforming and Emerging Communities, for a special issue of The Journal of Dialogue Studies. Deadline: May 2, 2021.
The Journal of Dialogue Studies invites papers addressing ‘communities’ through the lens of dialogue.
Communities have been designated as secure, physical and emotional comfort zones for individuals and unofficially regulated and codified relations between their members. There are communities in which people have a common interest or passion; communities that are united around the idea of bringing about change; communities of people who belong to the same region or country; communities that comprise people of the same profession; and finally, communities of circumstance, that is, groups of people who came together as a result of external factors.
More than a physical entity, a community is about commonalities and it creates attachments. Similar to other social structures, communities always harbour their own values while they may have some underlying liabilities for individuals. However, community is an evolving phenomenon. Communities emerge, transform, and disappear in response to the context they were born into. In today’s world, traditional communities exist side by side with new and emerging communities, ranging from online forums and social media groups to online gaming communities.
As such, new communities emerge every day and challenge traditional views on what a community is. In the life cycle of a community, ‘dialogue’ comes into the picture as a prominent instrument facilitating the transformation and evolution of communities. It is dialogical engagements (inter- or intra-community) of the individuals that allow these social structures to evolve and transform.
Call for Abstracts: Cyber Dystopia/Utopia? Digital Interculturality between Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism, Special Issue of Interculture Journal. Deadline: 1 April 2021.
While the cyber utopian thinkers of the early 1990s predicted the coming of a networked society in which the old hierarchical structures of business and culture would disappear, and the early 2010s, with the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement and new ‘hacktivism’, appeared firstly as a progressive golden age of online political engagement, a more unpleasant type of Internet culture has gained traction within the past few years. As Angela Nagle has written: “The emergence of this new online right is the full coming to fruition of the transgressive anti-moral style, its final detachment from any egalitarian philosophy of the left or Christian morality of the right” (Kill All Normies, 2017, p. 39). Yet, the cyber utopian thinkers of the early 1990s were not wrong: The Internet does indeed have the potential to be a source of positive cosmopolitanism, whether understood in a philosophical- normative, descriptive or processual sense, and may facilitate both trans-local conversations on global matters and the decentring of discourse, allowing for the participation of a wider variety of agents and (sub)cultures in discussion.
For a special issue of the open-access Interculture Journal (spring, 2022), and within the framework of the research project “ReDICo: Researching Digital Interculturality Co-operatively,” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, editors would like to interrogate the topic of “Cyber Utopia/Dystopia? Digital Interculturality between Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism” from a variety of angles. Issue editors will be Dr. Luisa Conti and PD Dr. Fergal Lenehan.
Call for Proposals: Critical Intercultural Communication Studies Book Series, Peter Lang. Series Editors: Thomas Nakayama and Bernadette Calafell.
Critical approaches to the study of intercultural communication have arisen at the end of the 20th century and are poised to flourish in the new millenium. As cultures come into contact driven by migration, refugees, the internet, wars, media, transnational capitalism, cultural imperialism, and more, critical interrogations of the ways that cultures interact communicatively are a needed aspect of understanding culture and communication. This series will interrogate – from a critical perspective – the role of communication in intercultural contact, in both domestic and international contexts. Through attentiveness to the complexities of power relations in intercultural communication, this series is open to studies in key areas such as postcolonialism, transnationalism, critical race theory, queer diaspora studies, and critical feminist approaches as they relate to intercultural communication. Proposals might focus on various contexts of intercultural communication such as international advertising, popular culture, language policies, hate crimes, ethnic cleansing and ethnic group conficts, as well as engaging theoretical issues such as hybridity, displacement, multiplicity, identity, orientalism, and materialism. By creating a space for these critical approaches, this series will be a the forefront of this new wave in intercultural communication scholarship. Manuscripts and proposals are welcome which advance this new approach.
Call for Papers: Crossing the urban-rural border: Linguistic landscapes in Asia and Oceania, Special issue of Sociolinguistic Studies. Guest editors: guest editor, Xiaofang Yao (University of Melbourne) and Samantha Zhan Xu (University of Sydney). Deadline for abstracts: May 30,2021.
The study of linguistic landscape aims to understand the use of languages and other semiotic resources in the public space. As a new toolkit for sociolinguistics, linguistic landscape studies have focused on documenting multilingualism in urban centres and globalised cities. Although superdiverse city centres offer abundant multilingual and multimodal materials for analysis, this urban-centric focus in linguistic landscape research has been increasingly problematised by emerging studies of rural and remote communities.
Editors invite contributions from scholars which broadly address the theme of crossing the urban-rural border in linguistic landscapes, and are particularly interested in original research from the Asia-Oceania context which seeks to problematise the urban and rural divide in linguistic landscape studies. Also welcomed are comparative studies which explore rural, marginal or peripheral areas vis-à-vis urban areas. Diverse and innovative approaches beyond linguistic focus are strongly encouraged, such as multimodal, multi-semiotic, ethnographic perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches.
Call for book chapter proposals: Casing Conflict Communication, to be edited by Andrea Meluch and Heather Walter. Deadline for abstracts: March 19, 2021.
Drs. Andrea Meluch and Heather Walter are seeking proposals for the forthcoming case study book, Casing Conflict Communication, to be published by Kendall Hunt in Spring 2022. The book will consist of a collection of approximately 25 case studies focusing on conflict communication across a variety of contexts. Each case study will include a brief introduction highlighting a conflict communication theory/concept (e.g., face-negotiation and politeness theory, conflict management styles, structurational divergence, game theory, verbal aggression theory, power, social identity theory) explored in the case study, a case study illustrating conflict, and a list of 5-7 discussion questions. Case studies can be based on empirical research on conflict, hypothetical events created to illustrate a conflict episode, and/or personal/professional experiences with conflict.
The volume will examine the breadth of research on conflict and communication. Potential topics for case studies include:
- Intrapersonal Conflict (e.g., emotions, attributions, conscience)
- Interpersonal Conflict (e.g., conflict in families or romantic relationships, forgiveness in interpersonal relationships)
- Conflict in Computer-Mediated Contexts (e.g., flaming, trolling)
- Organizational Conflict (e.g., superior-subordinate conflict, workgroup conflict, workplace bullying, work-life conflict, role conflict, conflict negotiation in the workplace, conflict mediation)
- Conflict in Community Contexts, (e.g., conflict and the environment, political conflict/divisiveness, interracial conflict, conflict and intercultural communication)
If you are interested in having your case study considered for this edited volume, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words explaining the focus of your case study and its relationship to conflict communication theories/concepts. With your abstract please also include your contact information (name, affiliation, title, email address) and a brief (50 word) biographical sketch for all authors.
Abstracts should be submitted via email to Meluch no later than March 19, 2021. Chapter proposals will be reviewed by the editors and selected contributors will be notified of acceptance by May 1. First drafts of the chapters will be due on July 1. Final manuscripts should be 3500-4000 words.
Call for book proposals: Interdisciplinary Studies in Diasporas book series with Peter Lang, edited by Irene Maria F. Blayer and Dulce Maria Scott.
Interdisciplinary Studies in Diasporas opens a discursive space in diaspora scholarship in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. The volumes published in this series comprise studies that explore and contribute to an understanding of diasporas from a broad spectrum of cultural, literary, linguistic, anthropological, historical, political, and socioeconomic perspectives, as well as theoretical and methodological approaches. The series welcomes original submissions from individually and collaboratively authored books and monographs as well as edited collections of essays. All proposals and manuscripts are peer reviewed.
Call for papers, Special Issue: Theorizing Transcultural Communication: Paradigms and Approaches, Journal of Transcultural Communication. Deadline: April 15, 2021.
Sponsored by Beijing Foreign Studies University and Published by Sage, Journal of Transcultural Communication (JTC) will be a new international academic platform dedicated to the publication of interdisciplinary researches into theories and practices of transcultural communication.
Built upon the long-standing scholarship in the arenas of cross-cultural communication, intercultural communication, and international communication, JTC focuses on transcultural communication, which is defined as a paradigmatic shift to a broader field of research concerning both differences between cultures and cultural transformations that go beyond those differences in an increasingly globalizing and networking society.
The inaugural issue, scheduled to publish in September 2021 and themed “Theorizing Transcultural Communication: Paradigms and Approaches”, is now inviting original articles. Prospective contributions are expected to define and discuss the theoretical boundary, core concepts, analytical framework, and practical implications of transcultural communication transcending the existing works in relation to the interplay between culture and communication.
In addition to the special issue, submissions are welcome to future issues of the journal.
Call for chapter proposals, The Construction of Nativeness and Non-Nativeness in Non-Anglophone Contexts: A Global Perspective, to be edited by Ali Karakaş, and published by Cambridge Scholars. Deadline: Open until filled.
This manuscript explores and systemize a more cohesive understanding of the native speaker and non-native speaker based on the collective works of various scholars from various perspectives of the relevant stakeholders as well as policy-based documents in the field of English language teaching across non-Anglophone contexts.
(To find the call, look in the Language and Linguistics section.)
Ali Karakaş is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language Teaching at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Turkey. He earned his PhD in Applied Linguistics from Southampton University, UK. His research interests include Global Englishes, Language Policy, Planning, and Teacher Education.
Call for Papers: Special issue on “Zoom” for M/C Journal (A Journal of Media and Culture). Deadline: April 16, 2021.
On 9 March 2020, just two days before the World Health Organization would name the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, Italy declared a nation-wide lockdown. Over the following weeks, cities, states, and nations around the world would do the same, dramatically changing the social landscape for millions of individuals. Overnight, it seemed, Zoom became the default modality for remote engagement, rapidly morphing from brand name to eponymous generic—a verb and a place and mode of being all at once. In an era of COVID-19, our relationships and experiences are deeply intertwined with our ability to “zoom.”
This issue of M/C Journal will explore the impacts and implications of Zoom and other teleconferencing platforms one year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Editors seek a wide range of submissions that will explore how a simple, four letter word has come to encapsulate a distinct moment in human history. How do we Zoom, and why?
Call for Proposals: Special Issue: ‘Race Matters’ in Applied Communication Research, Journal of Applied Communication Research. Deadline: February 11, 2021.
In 2008, Mark P. Orbe and Brenda J. Allen published a critique of race-related research appearing in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, and in doing so, conceptualized a typology of different genres of race-related scholarship in the field of communication. This proposed JACR special issue is designed to create an academic space that highlights applied communication research that centralizes race—and through intersectionality, other salient aspects of identity—in meaningful ways. In essence, the special issue situates JACR as a productive location for engaged research that centralizes race as both a theoretical anchor and powerful point of praxis. Authors are invited to submit proposals of theoretically-informed applied communication research that engages the social construction of race at the center of analysis. The guest editors for the proposed special issue are Mark P. Orbe, Western Michigan University, and Jasmine T. Austin, Texas State University.