Call for papers: Historizing International Organizations and Their Communication – Institutions, Practices, Changes, Special issue of Studies in Communication Sciences. Deadline: January 30, 2022.
The Thematic Section will focus on the history of international organizations and their communication. Since the second half of the 19th century, for numerous and diverse areas of social life, globally active international organizations of varying degrees of institutionalization and scope, both non-governmental and intergovernmental, have been founded and have dedicated themselves to the global challenges of the first modern age. The most famous of these is certainly the League of Nations, which was established in 1919 as the predecessor institution of the United Nations.
From a media-historical perspective, international organizations played a highly visible role in the transnational intertwining and consolidation processes of journalism, culture, media, politics, technology, and the public sphere in the 19th and 20th centuries. Against the background of the much-discussed boundaries between secret diplomacy and public diplomacy, especially after the First World War, such organizations contributed to the development of the first arenas and forms of international and transnational public spheres whose orientation was toward global governance. To spread their concerns and goals globally, they: constantly used the latest communication technologies and the growing diversity of the media for their communication; organized and professionalized their information work; and developed specific information-policy instruments and strategies for that purpose.
Call for papers: Intercultural Mediation, Citizenship & Social Development, Special issue of Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies. Editors: Ana Maria Costa e Silva, Margarida Morgado, & Monika Hrebacková. Deadline: October 30, 2021.
We live in times of social crisis and emergency contexts due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation that has certainly affected people’s relationships in multicultural spaces and shaken their notion of citizenship, while we also witnessed serious threats to social living as we know it. There were probably references that lost their meaning and others that progressively invaded our realities and our imaginations. The state of emergency in which we live is complex at various levels, including prophylactic isolation, physical distancing from people, psychological and social violence, and increased vulnerabilities and inequalities in the most marginalized populations. This issue invites contributions on the various facets of intercultural mediation and the role of mediators in times of change such as these. It invites authors to consider the plural and multifaceted objectives of intercultural mediation in contexts of social transformation. The focus of the issue will be on trialled practices of intercultural mediation, the construction of multicultural citizenship, and the positive development of society, which are transformative and healing in a humanist logic of caring for the other and in terms of the possibility of reinterpreting society in contexts of crisis.
Special Issue Proposals: Migration Studies. Deadline: October 1, 2021.
The journal Migration Studies is now accepting Special Issue proposals. Migration Studies is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality papers in the broad field of migration, including gender, policies, transnationalism, diaspora, integration, development, and other migration-related issues around the world. They favor proposals engaging with current scholarly debates in the theories and/or methodologies of migration studies. And they welcome proposals by scholars from the South and non-anglophone areas exploring innovative streams of research.
A maximum of eight papers are expected for the published Special Issue, including an introduction laying out the importance and timeliness of the key themes, debates, and questions addressed by the Special Issue, as well as an overview of the key findings of the collection of articles.
Call for papers: Hate Speech in Communication: Research and Proposals, Special issue of Comunicar: Media Education Research Journal. Editors: Mª Dolores Caceres-Zapatero, Mykola Makhortykh, & Francisco Segado-Boj. Deadline: September 30, 2021.
Hate speech is considered the conscious and willful public expression of hostility and rejection towards individuals, groups or collectives, whether based on racial, ethnic, religious or national criteria, on the grounds of gender, sexual identity or orientation, or any other criteria, which promote intolerance, discrimination, stigmatization, violence, aggression or, in its most serious form, physical extermination. These discourses, traditionally reflected in the mass media and alternative circuits, currently focus their dissemination channel through online media, digital communities and social media. Therefore, this call is open to research that helps to understand this phenomenon, both from a perspective focused on the analysis of the messages, and on the background and repercussions of this type of discourse, as well as on prevention and intervention to minimize alleviate the impact of these messages. This special issue’s projected publication date is April 1, 2022.
Call for Papers: The Rhetoric of Otherness, Special Issue in Rhetoric and Communications Journal. Editors: Paola Giorgis, Ivanka Mavrodieva, & Andrea Valente. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
Rhetoric and Communications Journal is accepting manuscripts for a special issue on The Rhetoric of Otherness that can illustrate different genres, media channels, and platforms dealing with issues of Otherness/Othering as a measure of society’s treatment towards individuals and out-groups in terms of dignity, human rights, justice, and welfare. It invites authors to explore old and new forms of Otherness and Othering in various texts such as literary, journalistic, political speeches, new media, social media, visual texts, and films, by focusing on the role of linguistic, rhetoric, and discourse strategies in the representation, construction or deconstruction of us/them, sameness/difference, etc. The co-editors welcome contributions that are either original research, systematic review, or theoretical articles.
Call for Chapters: The Impacts of Language Conflict in Educational Settings. Editors: Yliana V. Rodríguez & Adolfo Elizaincín. Deadline for expressions of interest only: August 1, 2021.
One of the many intriguing aspects of contact linguistics is conflict. Although language conflict between ethnic groups is sometimes wrongly perceived as political, economic or sociological in nature, it actually tends to result from language contact. Such conflicts negatively impact educational settings. How education can be used to settle language conflict has been documented to some extent. However, how language conflict interferes in the educational spheres has received much less attention.
For this purpose, the co-editors seek manuscripts looking into conflict linguistics in educational settings. Specifically, they are interested in manuscripts that address one or more of the framing questions listed in the call itself. Researchers interested in contributing to the volume are invited to submit chapter summaries of up to 1000 words for a chapter of 7000-9000 words. The summary should include your research question(s), theoretical and methodological frameworks, findings, and implications for future research.
Call for proposals: In Other Words (IOW), an online dictionary of contextualized keywords that focuses on how words (re)produce different forms of Otherness.
There is a recent increase of online dictionaries. So, what is IOW’s specificity?
- The first is precisely its focus: how does a specific word, in a specific context, (re)produce Otherness? And how can discriminating narratives be contested, destablized, subverted?
- The second is its structure: the discussion of the keywords is highly interdisciplinary, critical, and creative, using different elements from different fields – visual arts, literature, videos, media texts, etc.
- The third is its addresses: the dictionary does not speak to academics only, but it is a resource to be used for free to favor discussions and appropriations in/by different educational and social contexts.
- The fourth is its co-construction: it is a collaborative, ongoing project that welcomes the participation of scholars, teachers, practitioners, professionals, educators, activists, artists, individuals from different various fields, formations and experiences.
We invite you to have a tour of IOW dictionary. Submissions are welcome and peer-reviewed year round. For further info, please contact the Editorial Board. Looking forward to receiving your proposals!
Paola Giorgis for IOW Editorial Board
Call for proposals: Learning Anti-Racism Through the Arts, to be edited by Sharon Ammen and Michelle Washington. Deadline: December 31, 2021.
Sharon Ammen (Professor Emerita Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College) and Michelle Washington (Bowie State University) are in the beginning stages of putting together a book of essays. The working title is Learning Antiracism through the Arts. They have been engaged in studying the legacy of racist songs from 1890s with classes at Bowie State, and are now are looking for essays concerning all arts and races and including intersections with areas of gender, economics, and environmental justice. They invite material from artists, scholars and students of all ethnic backgrounds. If you think you may be interested, write to Sharon Ammen via email to begin the conversation, and she will send a short summary of the focus and information about contributors who have already joined the project.
Call for Chapters: Researching Transculturally: Methodological Issues and Challenges, to be edited by Mabel Victoria (Edinburgh Napier University).
Deadline for abstract: 30 June, 2021.
Researchers often work in culturally and linguistic challenging contexts. They interact with research participants whose native language and sociocultural backgrounds are different to their own. They also conduct fieldwork in settings that are unfamiliar to them—constantly having to make decisions as minute as what to wear, how to greet people in a culturally appropriate manner, or whether taking photographs of place and people is taboo. There are a number of other challenges, such as differing roles and expectations, conflicting cultural values and world views, power relations, and culturally sensitive ethical practices.
There is very little practical guidance in the literature that can help qualitative researchers navigate the terrain of researching across cultures. This volume will present contributions from different researchers that provide the reader with an idea of the challenges and issues they faced while researching transculturally. Contributions will provide a behind-the- scenes perspective or narrative accounts that are not often written about as part of journal articles or monographs.
Call for Chapters: Sustainable Development Goals SDG18 Communication for All, to be edited by Jan Servaes and Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u. Deadline: 10 June, 2021.
The 2030 agenda for development or what is known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is perhaps the most ambitious agenda collectively agreed by 193 countries in human history…Yet, the framers of the 2030 agenda for development comprising key stakeholders from all sectors of all life forgot to dedicate one goal on the role of communication in achieving the SDGs. Such an oversight has attracted the attention of media and communication scholars alike, journalists and policy makers who understand that it is nearly impossible to achieve the SDGs without the articulation and embrace of the role of communication in development.
The COVID-19 pandemic which struck in 2019 has shown why communication is essential to human survival. The Pandemic which started as a health crisis and later metamorphosed into a full-blown economic crisis is now having a direct and indirect impact on the possibility of achieving each of the SDGs…A major lesson that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic was the role of communication in providing support for the survival of the global economy and society as a whole. The global community became more attached to the traditional and social media in order to understand the nature of the virus, how it spreads and measures needed to curtail the spread of the infection.