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.
Call for proposals: Geoculture and geopolitics: What interplay for soft power inter-communication(s) in a globalized world? special issue of Arab Journal of International Law. Deadline: June 1, 2021 (for working title & intention only).
Historically, cultural ideologies in world communication and public relations have usually bred their own undoing. Indeed, cultural factors and dimensions are resorted to explain emerging political and economic emerging phenomena. It is high time culture were brought into international studies. Generally, international relations (IRs) were envisaged through two models – notably geopolitics and geoeconomics. However, as the international society is marked by the cultural turn in the politics of international and inter- civilizational relations (Tibi, 2012 & Petito, 2009), IRs are approached from a third prism – geoculture. Geoculture is a new emerging paradigm that addresses the influence of culture or, more broadly, civilization in shaping the cultural and political discourses of intercultural and international relations.
Papers may be submitted in English, French, or Arabic.
Mixed Migration Review Short Essay Competition: Alternative Voices. Deadline: Abstract only, May 17, 2021.
The notion of alternative narratives and alternative perspectives is important for the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) and will be central to this year’s Mixed Migration Review. MMC is inviting young researchers and writers on migration to enter a short essay competition – the 5 winners will have their essays published in a section of the MMR2021 dedicated to “Alternative voices” and receive a prize of USD 1,500 each.
The competition is open to writers from and based in Asia, Africa and Latin American countries who are 30 years of age or younger. The winning essays will offer original analysis, alternative narrative or new perspectives of mixed migration and related issues, from the global south, as well as the specific region where the authors are based. The subject matter can relate to any aspect included in mixed migration such as: the politics or trends around migration or displacement; human smuggling or human trafficking; refugees and asylum issues; immobility; human mobility and climate change; migration myths, misconceptions or biases. The perspective can be local or regional, conceptual or based on cases studies. The short essay will be between 1,500-2,000 words long.
Call for Papers: Multilingual, Multicultural, Migrant & Diasporic Radio, for a Symposium in Journal of Radio & Audio Media, to be edited by Anne F. MacLennan and Masudul Biswas. Deadline: August 1, 2022.
Radio connects communities regionally, nationally, and transnationally. Multilingual, multicultural, migrant & diasporic radio connect communities within larger communities crossing boundaries & barriers. This call for papers is for a symposium to be published in the May 2023 issue of JRAM. Editors invite submission of research on the roles of multicultural, multilingual, migrant, and diasporic radio stations 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 audience can fall within the purview of this special edition.
Expressions of interest prior to submission are appreciated but not required (email Anne F. MacLennan and/or Masudul Biswas, with Multilingual, Multicultural, Migrant & Diasporic Radio in the subject line).
Call for abstracts: Dialogue with and among the Existing, Transforming and Emerging Communities, for a special issue of The Journal of Dialogue Studies. Deadline: Extended to May 16, 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.