CFP Investigating Intersectionality in Communication

“PublicationCall for articles: Special Issue of Howard Journal of Communications: Investigating Intersectionality in Communication.  Deadline: 30  September 2022.

Special Issue Editor: Chuka Onwumechili, Howard University

Kimberlé Crenshaw, a few decades ago, conceptualized the term intersectionality to vividly argue the impact of a person’s multiple and interacting social identities on how they are treated by others. For communication scholars, it exposed the insufficiency and inadequacy of work that focus on studying single variables and it alerted us to the need to incorporate the effects of multiple embedded variables during communication. For instance, the fact that one is a woman, African American, and lesbian and/or living with a disability may interactively impact her status within society and the effects of how others communicate with her. This complexity identifies the realism of life. Although, Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality in 1989 and it was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2015. Although the concept is increasingly discussed in academic literature, it is not yet fully explored and understood.

Therefore, the Howard Journal of Communications calls on scholars to submit manuscript for a special issue intended to deeply explore intersectionality within the field of communication as it pertains to African American social conditions. This call provides a wide range of choices for exploring communication and social conditions with the central theme of intersectionality. Submissions should be, preferably, research-based, and no more than 10,000 characters (including references) long. Suggested themes are listed as follows.

  • Reconceptualizing identity in intersectionality
  • Intersectional rhetoric
  • Intersectionality: Theory or praxis?
  • Research methods for exploring intersectionality
  • Intersectionality critique
  • Re-examining historical scholarship in communication and intersectionality
  • Communication technologies and intersectional issues
  • Other possible topics

CFP Interdisciplinary Dialogues: Africa-Brazil

“PublicationCall for articles: Special Issue of Revista UNINTER de Comunicação: Diálogos interdisciplinares África – Brasil o lugar da Comunicação e das Humanidades [Interdisciplinary Dialogues Africa – Brazil: The place of communication and humanities].  Deadline: 25  August 2022.

O Brasil é um País “africanizado”, como bem definiu Lélia Gonzalez ao falar sobre a influência da África na língua portuguesa. E vai além, com a internalização da contribuição africana na cultura brasileira. Não é novidade constatar que os brasileiros, no entanto, sabem muito pouco sobre África, sobre os vários povos e países que compõe o continente. Conhecer melhor o continente africano é não só ampliar o olhar para muitas das origens do Brasil, mas é também aproximar-se da cultura da língua portuguesa que é idioma oficial de vários países, como Moçambique. O país já se tornou destino para muitos brasileiros, já que para além de uma boa relação entre os dois povos, existem muitos vínculos, dentre os quais, a Comunicação se destaca como dos mais fortes.

Desse modo, torna-se cada vez mais importante expandir o conhecimento sobre os países africanos, especialmente os de língua portuguesa. A Revista Uninter de Comunicação (RUC) quer contribuir ainda mais nesse sentido e por isso propõe o dossiê temático “Diálogos interdisciplinares Africa – Brasil: o lugar da Comunicação e das Humanidades”, organizado pelos pesquisadores Prof. Dr. Nelson Júlio Chacha, Reitor da Universidade Wutivi, Boane, Moçambique e o Prof. Dr. Toni André Scharlau Vieira, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Paraná, Brasil. Esse dossiê é dirigido para os pesquisadores que trabalham com o continente e que pesquisam aspectos da Comunicação e das Ciências Humanas, especialmente nas nações de língua portuguesa.

[The journal Revista UNINTER de Comunicação has extended the deadline for submitting works to the thematic issue “Interdisciplinary Dialogues Africa – Brazil the place of communication and humanities.” Organized by researchers Dr. Nelson Júlio Chacha, Dean of Wutivi University, Boane, Mozambique and Dr. Toni André Scharlau Vieira, Federal University of Paraná, Paraná, Brazil, this call is directed to researchers who work with the continent and research aspects of Communication and human sciences, especially in the Portuguese speaking nations.]

NOTE: Since the call was issued in Portuguese, articles should presumably be submitted in Portuguese.

CFP Language, Identity and Conflict

“PublicationCall for articles: Special Issue of Societies: Language, Identity and Conflict: A Cultural Perspective from Above and from Below. Deadline: 15 March 2023.

Message from Guest Editor: Anastassia Zabrodskaja (Tallinn University, Estonia):

As William Wilmot and Joyce Hocker (2010:11) put it in their book Interpersonal Conflict, conflict is “an expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources, and interference from others in achieving their goals.” The main objective of this Special Issue is to scrutinize the concepts of conflict, language, and identity, factors of their relationship formation and transformation across different countries and communities in a diverse context. This Special Issue attempts to connect the analysis of top-down discourses with the analysis of bottom-up reactions to them. Contributions have to follow one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper or review) of the journal and address the topic of this Special Issue. Papers might present the analysis and description of a situation at a macro-level (i.e., the analysis of public and political discourses, including discourses of national authorities, mass-media and expert communities) and/or at a micro-level (life stories of members of various linguistic and/or cultural groups, their linguistic biographies and cultural memory, and personal experiences). The goal of this Special Issue is to create a shared inclusive platform that would help to prevent tensions between the countries and communities caused by linguistic and cultural conflicts, and, thus, to foster social cohesion and sustainable development within societies.

CFP Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis #9


Call for Papers for the 9th issue of Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis. Deadline: 15 August 2022. (Deadline later extended to 25 August 2022)

The next issue of the Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis (JTPP) will focus on the broad theme of social identity.
They encourage co-authored works that stretch common assumptions about what constitutes the traditional academic disciplines, looking forward to broad participation from scholars, activists, and peacemaking professionals grappling with the immense complexities of social identity in conflict.

Those interested in submitting to the journal are encouraged to frame their contributions in ways that shed light on the challenges and complex dynamics of proactively engaging actors’ social identity in social conflict. They are especially interested in academic manuscripts, books reviews, and/or shorter creative expressions which address the following sub-topics and themes:

  • The interplay between multiple social identities in change movements (e.g., women’s/LGBTQIA rights, anti-racism, and/or religious-based movements for social justice);
  • Separating and teasing out elements of culture in expressions of social identity;
  • Exploring the clashing values of competing social identities;
  • Differentiating the impacts of victim identity narratives from more positive identity constructions.

CFP Multilingual, Multicultural, Migrant & Diasporic Radio, Audio and Podcasting


Call for Papers for a special issue of Journal of Radio & Audio Media: Multilingual, Multicultural, Migrant & Diasporic Radio, Audio and Podcasting. Deadline: 1 August 2022.

Symposium editors: Anne MacLennan (York University) and Masudul Bissau (Loyola University).

Radio connects communities regionally, nationally, and transnationally. Multilingual, multicultural, migrant & diasporic radio, audio, and podcasting connect communities within larger communities crossing boundaries and barriers. This call for papers for a symposium in the May 2023 issue of the Journal of Radio & Audio Media.

Organizers invite submission of research on the roles of multicultural, multilingual, migrant, and diasporic radio stations audio and podcasting in a multicultural society. The scope of research can be geared towards the community radio stations that serve immigrant, refugee, ethnic minority, or diasporic communities. Research on how mainstream radio stations incorporating multi-lingual programming to reach a wide range of audiences as well as diasporic podcasting and audio can fall within the purview of this special edition.

CFP Culture & COVID-19


Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Culture and COVID-19. Editor: Nadezhda Sotirova. Deadline for abstracts: 20 August 2022.

What is the role of culture in navigating the pandemic? Despite the seemingly dissipating pandemic, and just as it might seem “things are going back to normal,” new strains and vaccine boosters continue to compete for our attention and countries around the world are once again struggling to answer COVID-19 questions. Are we going back to “normal”? How do we re-think vaccination and boosters?

The ongoing uncertainty continues to produce opposition and questioning. Some locations, individuals, and communities have had more trouble implementing and sustaining COVID-19 rules than others and a discussion as to the reason behind these occurrences soon followed. While some communities seemed to have an easier time following and dealing with the rules, others continued to struggle and rebel against both mandates and the virus itself (denial, refusals of vaccines, or even tracking local numbers, etc.).

Throughout the pandemic, the role of culture as focal in such vastly different responses has been brought up in public discussions, editorials, opinion pieces, conference presentations, and panel discussions. Even the CDC site linked to a study highlighting the part culture plays in unpacking health messages while UNESCO urged for more projects exploring the role and impact of culture on recovery.

Frequently, such discussions have focused on collectivism and cultural psychology, national culture, and mindsets but has been hesitant to make generalizations and proscribe solutions as “culture” is not easy to define, quantify, or link to specific policy outcomes. Why do some communities seem to be complying more with mandates? Which communities have more trust in science? What government structures are linked to more COVID-19 compliance? Is it about larger notions of “freedom” and individual responsibility? Or is it about who the perceived authorities are? Numerous questions with no simple or easy answers to guide mandates and policies.

The editor invites proposals from scholars who would like to contribute to an edited volume, in which a publisher has expressed preliminary interest. Prospective contributors may submit a 350-word chapter abstract, and a 150-word biography, to Nadezhda Sotirova by August 20, 2022, with decisions to be shared by October 15, 2022.

Some possible chapter themes include (but are not restricted to) exploring the role of culture in/and:

– Covid norms/regulation and peer policing/commenting
– Discursive forms and cultural norms
– Role of local conceptualizations/discourse on democracy (rights and responsibilities)
– Agency and community
– Local norms restricting/allowing Covid compliance
– Discourse of authority
– Local context’s role in compliance
– Local cultural terms related to covid
– Ethnographic explorations of covid and culture
– Role of ideology in public health
– Public health messaging and culture
– Sense-making and vaccination hesitancy
– Context and vaccination

Again, the topics are not restricted and can employ various methodologies, with focus on the role of culture. International collaboration is welcomed and much appreciated!

The volume’s audience would be:

– Scholars in cultural communication interested in culture and health.
– Upper-level undergraduates or graduate students in cultural and health communication.

Nadezhda Sotirova is associate professor of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric at University of Minnesota Morris. Her research focuses on cultural communication, identity, and migration from an ethnographic perspective. She is the author of The Cultural Communication of Emigration in Bulgaria.

CFP Communication & Race


Call for submissions to a new journal: Communication and Race. Inaugural Editor: Armond R. Towns (Carleton University, Canada). Deadline: Ongoing.

Launching in 2024 as a journal of the National Communication Association, Communication and Race welcomes submissions that address theorizations of race infrequently published elsewhere. Communication and Race rejects the idea that race is relevant only in reaction to recently publicized events of racism. Instead, the journal’s point of departure is that race plays a significant role in the global circulation of epistemological, political, social, and economic relations. Communication and Race assumes that the serious study of race is of value for a collective push toward thinking about new forms of humanity, far beyond Western race, while also developing a rigorous understanding of Western racial practices. Communication and Race strives to play a central role in imagining a different world, which does not ascribe a higher reality to Europe and its limited classifications of humanity.

While emerging from the field of communication studies, Communication and Race encourages submissions from across the disciplines, with an eye toward fresh theorizations of race. Such approaches may be rhetorical, media analytic, quantitative, qualitative, philosophical, historical and historiographic, (auto)ethnographic, performative, and more. Topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Global poverty and debt
  • (Neo)colonialism and decolonization
  • Climate crises
  • Robotics and AI
  • Information economies
  • Migration, borders, and refugees
  • Militarism and (anti)imperialism
  • Finance and consumer capitalism
  • Labor and unionization
  • Media archaeology and ecology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Law and legal studies
  • Nuclear power
  • Health communication
  • State-sanctioned violence
  • Mass incarceration
  • Nationalism
  • Fascism
  • Religion and secularism
  • Education and knowledge production
  • Intellectual histories
  • Literature
  • Media technology and infrastructure

Essays will be peer reviewed, and should be submitted in MS Word, be no more than 9,000 words long, and should adhere to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style in bibliographical endnote format. They must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published forms. The journal’s submission site is forthcoming. For any questions about the journal or the submissions process, or to submit a piece, please email the Editor Armond Towns.

CFP Re-Thinking Interculturality

“PublicationCall for abstracts: Special Issue of Interculture Journal: Re-Thinking Interculturality in Work with Clients, Customers, Volunteers, and Teams.  Deadline: 30 August 2022.

Research on intercultural communication identifies professional work with clients, customers, volunteers and teams as areas of intervention for which the discipline’s scientific findings are of immediate relevance and for which the field can develop constructive concepts of application. Forms of counselling, training and further education in which a responsible approach to interculturality plays a role can be found in numerous and very different professional and social contexts, such as human resources development, health and social services, communication with public authorities, business communication and legal counselling and legal communication.

These professional fields of activity, accompanied by paradigm shifts in cultural theory, have undergone a radical transformation in dealing with interculturality and reorganised themselves in an entirely new way. Sensitisation of the role of postcolonial power imbalances in empirical research practice and the effects of othering and epistemic violence have stimulated new methodological approaches in research and have also led to new and different places and forms of working with clients, customers, volunteers, and teams.

In the scheduled issue, articles may be published in English, German, French and Spanish as well as in more than one of these languages. The editorial team is therefore accepting abstracts in any of these languages; follow the links to see the full call for submissions in each language.

Building on interdisciplinarity, Interculture Journal is designed to foster and advance theoretical and practical findings in the area of intercultural research. Interculture Journal publishes papers by researchers and practitioners addressing questions and issues arising from different cultures living and working together. In line with its online format, Interculture Journal is devoted to the idea of open information ex- change. All volumes can be downloaded for free (just click on the journal name, above).

CFP Diaspora/Diasporas: Cross-Cultural Ibero-Caribbean Texts & Context


Call for Chapter Contributions: Diaspora / Diasporas: Cross-cultural Ibero-Caribbean Texts and Context. Editors: Irene M. F. Blayer, Brock University; Jo-Anne Ferreira, UWI Trinidad and Tobago; Dulce M. S. Scott, Anderson University. Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2022.

Editors envision this collection to be interdisciplinary and multidimensional, thus incorporating a set of diasporic areas of research within the Ibero-Caribbean context. Chapters are double-blind peer refereed. An invitation to submit a paper in no way guarantees that the paper will be published; this is dependent on the review process. Unpublished and original papers, in English, Portuguese, Spanish, or French are welcome. Proposals that treat other topics not included below but that are of thematic relevance are welcome.

• Storying the Ibero-Caribbean diaspora
• Cultural histories in the context of diasporas and globalization
• Place, history and collective memories / Memory and witness
• Textualized identity
• Testimonies, diaries, chronicles, letters, autobiographies
• Migration and identity: the role of geographical place
• The diasporic imaginary: Self in the textual narrative
• Interfacing literary dialogues
• Circulation and reception of diaspora literature
• Bilingualism and multilingualism
• Language and cultural identity
• Translation and the trials of identity
• Tradition and social change
• Material and non-material culture
• Sociology and psychology of the migrant experience
• Oral vs. written narratives
• Cross-generational narratives/ diaries, chronicles, letters
• The economics of language policy in immigration
• Language, dislocation, and exile
• Cross-generational narratives
• Ethnography of language
• Re-imagining Ibero-American Insular spaces/worlds

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts (450-500 words) and a biographical note (300-350 words) is September 30, 2022.  Those invited to submit full chapters will be notified by December 30th, 2022.

Complete chapter drafts should be approximately 4,500-6,500 words including endnotes and bibliography. Chapters must follow the MLA style rules, and will be due June 30, 2023.

Prospective contributors should email all inquiries and submissions.

CFP Role of Faith and Spirituality in Negotiation and Conflict Management


Call for Papers: The Role of Faith and Spirituality in Negotiation and Conflict Management.
Deadline: 15 July 2022

Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR) is preparing a special Issue on The Role of Faith and Spirituality in Negotiation and Conflict Management. The special issue editor will be Bing Han, at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. Spiritual experiences have profound influences on individual lives. A nation’s spiritual and religious traditions have significant political, psychological and social implications for its people. Conflicts can occur between individuals or groups with different faith and spiritual traditions, between individuals with and those without adherence to a faith, and between nations with different spiritual traditions and history. Within each spiritual tradition, prominent texts and figures lead the search for truth and for solutions to human problems including peace and conflict. Therefore, the role of faith and spirituality in negotiation and conflict management theory and practice merits further examination. In this special issue, negotiation and conflict researchers and practitioners should ask the question: How does the rich history and culture of a spiritual tradition contribute to negotiation and conflict management theory and practice?

The call for papers is focused on the important contributions of faith and spirituality to the field of negotiation and conflict management. Priorities will be given to manuscripts that create, test, or expand theory in negotiation and conflict management research. The editor will welcome thought-provoking manuscripts including empirical and theoretical original research employing various methodologies.

NOTE: As of January 2021, NCMR has transitioned from the Wiley Online Library to become an Open Access and Open Science journal hosted by the Carnegie Mellon University Library Publishing Service.

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