CFP Refugee Integration in a Sharing Economy

“PublicationCall for proposals: Special issue on Refugee Integration in a Sharing Economy: Collective action, Organizational Communication and Digital Technologies for the International Journal of Communication (IJoC). Deadline for abstracts: July 30, 2020.

Issue editors Amanda Alencar and Yijing Wang (Erasmus University Rotterdam) are seeking papers that contribute knowledge to how collective action is enabled in a sharing economy in support of refugee integration in a diversity of contexts and situations. This includes but is not limited to voluntary contribution to refugee management and care at all different levels, from the public sector organizations to private firms, to civil society and refugee-led initiatives and networks.

Potential interdisciplinary questions which can be answered are:

1. How does enabling collective action in a sharing economy contribute to resolving the challenge of refugee integration?
2. In areas of limited statehood, which mechanisms help ensure effective governance of displaced populations in a refugee crisis?
3. What forms of organizational communication and action in terms of refugee integration stimulate the emergence of an ad hoc governance structure in the sharing economy?
4. How does media representation of collective action affect the planning and preparation at the state- and organizational-level in refugees’ receiving countries?
5. To what extent are digital technologies being developed and mobilized by different actors involved in an ad hoc governance of refugee populations?
6. How can the public, private and NGO sector work together to effectively boost economic opportunities to both refugees and host communities as well as social cohesion?

CFP Information and Culture

“PublicationCall for Papers: Information & Culture, University of Texas Press.

The journal Information & Culture has recently extended its remit to provide a home for scholarly work that addresses the social and cultural impact of information in our world across all areas of human activity. If you are seeking a home for information scholarship that deals directly with human and social concerns that might not fit easily in more traditional or established venues, consider submitting. Editors intend to create an inclusive, constructive-review environment for interesting work across disciplines and traditions. They do not restrict by method or theory, by topic or by era, only by quality, and welcome lengthy submissions where warranted. Under new arrangements, authors will retain the right to make pre-print and post-print versions of their article available on their personal website, institutional repository, or not-for-profit servers.

The journal welcomes submissions from an array of relevant theoretical and methodological approaches, including but not limited to historical, sociological, psychological, political and educational research that address the interaction of information and culture.

CFP Mentoring Interculturally

“PublicationCall for Chapter Proposals: Mentoring Interculturally/Mentoring in Intercultural Contexts. Editors: Ahmet Atay and Diana Trebing. Under contract with Peter Lang. Deadline: June 15, 2020.

Editors are looking for a few additional chapters in mentoring related to different cultural contexts. Mentoring occupies a major role in higher education. We mentor students and fellow faculty members, many of whom come from diverse backgrounds, such as first-generation, LGBTQ, and other countries among others. Perhaps as scholars and educators we do not spend or have enough time thinking about mentoring. It might also not be something that we formally discussed in graduate school. As we find ourselves mentoring various groups of people in higher education, we try to model our own mentors who helped us as students or faculty. Due to lack of formal training, perhaps we might use a trial-error approach or simply find spontaneous ways to mentor.

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CFP Discourse & Rhetoric Amid COVID-19

“PublicationCall for papers: Special issue on Discourse and Rhetoric amid COVID 19 Pandemic: Dis/Articulating The ‘New Normal’ for Rhetoric and Communications E-Journal. Deadline: October 1, 2020.

Guest Editors: Andrea Valente and Paola Giorgis

The coronavirus disease (SARS-CoV-2) with its global and local pandemic has been on the top agenda of Government leaders, scientists, health professionals, as well as on the daily headlines across journalistic media. New governmental measures, decrees, scientific recommendations, and sanitary campaigns emerge everyday to combat or alleviate the pandemic which are endorsed and spread through mainstream media. On the one hand, a new discourse and rhetoric has been articulated to create, support, and even impose a ‘new normal’ that reconfigures how human beings communicate, interact, and socialize in public and private spaces. On the other hand, the new normal has triggered responses from skeptics, ‘Covideniers’ and protesters who try to disarticulate it by polarizing and politicizing the coronavirus pandemic.

With this in mind, this Special Edition invites junior and senior scholars to collaborate with articles that explore and analyze the various languages, rhetorical strategies, and discourses used during the Covid19 pandemic in order to either articulate (e.g. construct, endorse, conform) or disarticulate (e.g. contest, deny, undermine) the ‘new normal’. This Special Edition looks forward to collaborations in the field of argumentative theory, critical/discourse analysis, rhetoric, critical sociolinguistics, communication studies, and others alike.

CFP: Relationships in the Time of COVID-19

“PublicationCall for Papers: Relationships in the time of COVID 19: Examining the effects of the global pandemic on personal relationships, for a Special issue of Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

Dr. Jennifer Bevan (Chapman University) and Dr. Pamela Lannutti (La Salle University) are editing a special issue of Journal of Social and Personal Relationships entitled “Relationships in the time of COVID 19: Examining the effects of the global pandemic on personal relationships.” This special issue of JSPR focused on the effects of the pandemic on personal relationships will serve as a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners as we work to understand the pandemic’s personal and social implications and to develop recommendations for scholars and practitioners in assisting relational partners to thrive in such difficult times.

Editors expect the special issue will serve as a catalyst to develop and challenge multiple theoretical and methodological aspects of relationship science. They will only consider papers where the pandemic is a central focus of the research project. Papers in the issue will be consistent with existing JSPR guidelines and requirements for papers.

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CFP From ‘Intercultural-Washing’ to Meaningful Intercultural Education

“PublicationCall for Papers: From ‘intercultural-washing’ to meaningful intercultural education: Revisiting teaching practices in tertiary education. Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2020.

Guest editors: Mélodine Sommier (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Anssi Roiha (HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands) and Malgorzata Lahti (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).

This special issue in the Journal of Praxis in Higher Education intends to provide a forum in which to address the difficulties and opportunities that arise in tertiary education when revisiting intercultural teaching practices. It therefore calls for papers that provide theoretical as well as practical insights into the implementation of critical approaches to intercultural communication.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
· Incorporating critical approaches to intercultural communication in teaching materials and/or ICT;
· Learners’ experiences of intercultural education and/or expectations of intercultural communication;
· Difficulties faced by teachers in developing new understandings of intercultural communication;
·  Critical approaches to intercultural communication in specific subjects;
·  Tertiary education policies and ‘intercultural-washing’ approaches; and
·  Intercultural education in supervision and mentoring.

Please note that the editors also welcome book reviews on the topic of critical intercultural education at tertiary level.

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 extended to June 20, 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.

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CFP Beyond & Besides Language(s): ICC and Creative Practice

“PublicationCall for contributions: CFP Intercultural Communication and Creative Practice; Special Issue of Language and Intercultural Communication. Abstract Deadline: 4 May 2020.

Guest Editors: Lou Harvey (University of Leeds) and Gameli Tordzro (University of Glasgow).

This special issue explores the relationship between creative practice and the teaching, research and understanding of communication in intercultural settings. In recent years an emerging body of intercultural work engaging arts-based methodology has problematised the role of language in communicating, knowing and being (e.g. Bradley et al. 2018; Frimberger et al. 2018; Harvey, McCormick and Vanden 2019), its relationships with other modes of communication and other human and non-human actors (Thurlow 2016; Pennycook 2018), and analysed artistic research and production processes as communication (Andrews et al. 2020; Harvey 2018, 2020; Tordzro 2018, 2019). This research has engaged innovatively and productively with ongoing and urgent concerns in the field relating to de-essentialising (MacDonald and O’Regan 2013; Ferri 2018; MacDonald 2019); decolonising (Phipps 2013, 2019); and research methodology, relationships and ethics (Holliday and MacDonald 2019; Bradley and Harvey 2019). This special issue invites contributors to consider the role of communication in relation to creative practice in intercultural settings (broadly defined), to further engage with these concerns at the levels of ontology and epistemology, and to consider the implications for social justice and knowledge democracy.

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. Extended Deadline: April 30, 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.