Public Anthropology Publishing Competition: Migration and its Discontents


The California Series in Public Anthropology encourages scholars in a range of disciplines to discuss major public issues in ways that help the broader public understand and address them. Two presidents (Mikhail Gorbachev and Bill Clinton) as well as three Nobel Laureates (Amartya Sen, Jody Williams, and Mikhail Gorbachev) have contributed to the Series either through books or forwards.  Its list includes such prominent authors as Paul Farmer co-founder of Partners in Health, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti.  Recently, based on his book in the Series, Alex Hinton was requested to be an expert witness at the UN sponsored Cambodian Tribunal regarding the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Each year the Series highlights a particular problem in its international call for manuscripts.  THIS YEAR WE ARE INTERESTED IN SUBMISSIONS RELATED TO GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS.  THE 2017 WINNER WILL BE AWARDED A FORMAL CONTRACT FROM U.C. PRESS.

We are particularly interested in submissions intended for interdisciplinary and public audiences. Prospective authors might ask themselves:  How can they make their study “come alive” for a range of readers through the narration of powerful stories?  They might, for example, focus on the lives of a few, select individuals tracing the problems they face and how they, to the best of their abilities, cope with them.  Prospective authors might also examine a specific institution and how, in various ways, it perpetuates problems centered around globalization and its discontents.  Or authors might describe a particular group that seeks to address a facet of the problem.  There are no restrictions on how prospective authors address GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS – only an insistence that the proposed publication draw readers to its themes through the inclusion of powerful stories about real people.  The series is directed at the general public as well as college students.

The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology will review proposals for publication independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. We are open to working with authors as they wind their way through the writing process.  The proposals can describe work the author wishes to undertake in the near future or work that is currently underway. The proposals submitted to the competition should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter.  We expect the completed, publishable manuscripts to be between 250-300 pages (or 60,000-100,000 words) long excluding footnotes and references.

Last year’s winners were Ieva Jusionyte, Jeremy Slack, Victoria Stanford, and Wendy Vogt.  If you wish to look at their winning proposals dealing with migration, please click here: 2016 Book Series Winners.

Submissions should be emailed to: with the relevant material enclosed as attachments. They can also be sent to: Book Series, 707 Kaha Street, Kailua, HI. Questions regarding the competitions should be directed to Dr. Rob Borofsky at:

All entries will be judged by the California Series in Public Anthropology’s Editors: Rob Borofsky (Center for a Public Anthropology & Hawaii Pacific University) and Naomi Schneider (University of California Press)

CFP Mobilities, Communication & Asia: Postmodern Frameworks

Call for articles for special issue “MOBILITIES, COMMUNICATION AND ASIA: POSTCOLONIAL FRAMEWORKS” of International Journal of Communication
Edited by Mohan J. Dutta & Raka Shome, National University of Singapore

We are inviting high quality papers on mobilities and communication from interdisciplinary scholars working in the Asian context.

The global movement of capital, commodities, and labor is constituted amid political and economic structures that render salient certain meanings of mobility while at the same time erasing other possibilities for interpreting mobility. Further, the global movement of capital, while enabling and encouraging mobility for some, also render many others immobile, disconnected/erased from the possibilities of movement. To that extent, mobility and immobility are not binaries but are interrelated—an interrelation that expresses and captures the numerous desires and violences of globalization. The figure of the migrant and the various processes of migration make these relations visible while rendering invisible other imaginations of migrancy. Linked to this are mediated and communication practices—such as technology, films, music, social media, remittances, cultural commodities, and more—that play an intrinsic role in shaping and informing various types of migratory movements or lack therefor. Additionally, the transnational migration of communication practices themselves constitute new forms of mobilities and immobilities, agency and identity formations, imaginations and desires.

Communication is central to these above-mentioned processes.  For example, technology firms are constantly developing new communication language through software that requires a constant flow of transnational expert workers who are often treated in problematic ways (in terms of cultural recognition and wages) in “host” nations. Similarly, finance capital globally circulates through communicative values and processes (including migrant remittances to their nation of “origin’—a process itself underwritten by non-western values of domesticity and familiality). Transnational movements of celebrities and popular culture (for instance, in Asia) serve diasporic populations in many parts of Asia that have implications for their migrant experience as well as the production of a transnational Asian identity. Disempowered and often stateless migrants (for instance migrant Bangladeshi workers in Asia) connect to or engage their music in their diasporic situations —to produce some sense of cultural security in an otherwise coercive exploitative condition (lacking decent food, shelter, wages and more).

Relations of gender, sexuality, religion, class and nationality are central considerations in these phenomena since migration itself is often wrought with gender and religious violences, discrimination and exploration of poor laborers, and the devaluing of peoples of particular nations in global migratory practices (for instance, White Europeans or Americans are usually seen as “expatriates” while the word migration is reserved for mobilities of non-western peoples even within non-western ‘host’ nations).

Communication Studies as a formal field has hardly paid attention these issues—issues that require urgent exploration from a communication perspective.  Such an exploration will further move the field of Communication Studies into considerations of the many dilemmas and challenges of the 21st century that are grounded in the politics of migration.

This edited Special Section seeks to comprehend such phenomena, with specific attention to Asia. It will examine the interplay of communication (broadly considered)—particularly mediated practices—and im/mobilities, attending to how the intersection between the two illustrate the movement of people, labor, representations, commodities, technology and more, across global circuits of culture, economy, and geopolitics.

Submissions will be limited to 6000 words, all-inclusive

We first solicit detailed abstracts of approximate 500-600 words.  Due:  April 31, 2017. Please send abstract to Mohan Dutta at cnmmohan AT

Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by May 31, 2017.

Final papers due:  July 31, 2017 Please submit to Mohan Dutta at cnmmohan AT

Please follow the author guidelines prepared by the International Journal of Communication.

CFP Media & Information Literacy & Intercultural Dialogue

The Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Yearbook 2017 is currently seeking proposals of articles. The MILID Yearbook is a peer-reviewed academic publication and a joint initiative of the UNESCO-UNAOC University Cooperation Programme on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue. The cooperation programme was launched in 2011 within the framework of the UNESCO University Twinning Programme (UNITWIN). The MILID University Network now consists of 19 universities from all regions of the world. The MILID Yearbooks 2013, 2014 and 2015 have been published in cooperation with the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (NORDICOM) and since 2016 directly by UNESCO.

The year 2017 comes with lots of challenges and major alterations taking place worldwide in the realms of politics, economy and social life. It has become more challenging than ever before to make sense of the abundance of information charged with agendas, hidden messages, fake news and leading frames. This does not concern only media but all forms of information including research findings on which important policy and decisions are based. Thus, understanding the media and making meaning of the information environments become an essential constituent of the learning process.Perceived as a fundamental citizenship competency in the 21st century, MIL contributes to helping people understand how they come to know or learn, transforming information into acquired knowledge based on which decisions can be made. Today, MIL is believed to be transforming, reforming and reinventing the dynamics of learning in many countries and contexts. Intending to delve deeper and explore the main aspects of this change, “Media and Information Literacy in Critical Times: Re-imagining Ways of Learning” has been selected as the main theme for the MILID Yearbook 2017.

All submissions must be in English following the format stated bellow:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Abstract (200-300 words) with the essential aspects of the work.
  • Keywords (between 4 and 6)

Abstracts should be sent to the following email addresses:;

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: April 22nd, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: April 30th, 2017
  • Deadline for submitting full articles: June 1st, 2017

For further information and guidelines, please click here

New Journal: Internet Pragmatics

New Journal: Internet Pragmatics (IP)

The new journal Internet Pragmatics will be launched in 2018 with John Benjamins.

Internet Pragmatics aims to explore the use of language and other semiotic codes in internet-mediated interaction, with pragmatics conceived broadly as a perspective on how people produce and interpret utterances in contextualized interactions. We welcome a wide range of perspectives on the pragmatics of internet-mediated discourse, and we aim to promote interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary studies considering both qualitative and quantitative research. Because of the scope of internet pragmatics, international, intercultural, intracultural and glocalized studies are encouraged. We are interested in publishing research on internet pragmatics focusing on but not limited to:

  •  convention and innovation of internet-mediated language use
  •  pragmatics of social media
  •  internet genres
  •  internet-mediated (im)politeness, facework and relational work
  •  presentation and interpretation of selves and identities in and across internet-mediated interaction
  •  pragmatic acts, intentions and meanings in internet-mediated discourse
  •  figurative language use in internet-mediated discourse
  • philosophical issues of internet pragmatics

Chaoqun Xie, Fujian Normal University
Francisco Yus, University of Alicante

CFP Multicultural Discourses of Security

Special Issue Call: Journal of Multicultural Discourses
Multicultural Discourses of Security

In contemporary global society, ‘security’ is considered an especially complex and contested concept. Historically, this concept has connoted states’ development of institutions, technologies, and strategies enabling their pursuit of foreign policy – particularly, the military use of armed force. More recently, intensified debate among state officials, scholars, and activists has expanded consideration of non-traditional actors, sites, conditions, and processes (e.g., ‘human security’). Amid these changes, the study of security has persistently focused on the efforts of individuals and groups to conceptualize and claim cherished phenomena, to defend those claims against perceived and actual threats, and to maintain a lifeworld characterized by relative stability, liberty, and prosperity.
Communication and discourse scholars have displayed growing interest in the study of security. Reasons include: a desire to engage with material conditions and powerful institutions that produce (often through violent means) fateful outcomes of freedom and oppression; an interdisciplinary convergence of epistemologies, theories, and topics emphasizing the communicative constitution (and mediation) of societal governance; and finally, a desire to ethically intervene in hegemonic discourses of neoliberalism and neo-conservativism that have markedly increased conditions of global risk. To date, those scholars have addressed a variety of related topics, including: conflict; war; peace; militarism and defense; (counter-) terrorism; aid and development; surveillance; globalization; (im-)migration; (post- and neo-)colonialism; nationalism; gender, sexual, ethnic and racial identity; truth, justice and reconciliation; public health; and cyber-threats. The growing challenge posed to liberal democratic governance by populist movements in the U.S. and Europe, further, suggests that international and scholarly concern regarding security matters will remain heightened for the near future.

This special issue provides a forum for scholarship seeking to interpret and critique “security” as a multicultural and discursive phenomenon. It calls for both empirical studies and theoretical essays that expand existing interdisciplinary discussion by elaborating the distinctly communicative status of security, both within and between cultures. In keeping with the journal’s focus, submissions seeking to de-center U.S. and western-alliance/coalition discourses of security, and to promote reflective, dialogic, diverse, and pluralist discourses, are particularly encouraged. Related topics of submissions may include – but are not limited to – the following:
— Local, regional, and vernacular discourses of security, and their relationship to official discourses of national and international security;
— Evolving discursive genres and programs of security (e.g., public diplomacy);
— Discursive practices that elevate and decrease the value of life (and thus entitlement to legal rights and protections) for particular cultural groups;
— Discursive ‘securitization’ of nontraditional security concerns (e.g., climate change; public health; public education, etc.);
— Articulations of media, technology, and discourse contributing to individual and group (in-) security (e.g., surveillance of users facilitated by social media platforms);
— Communicative dilemmas and conflicts arising from the articulation of cultural discourses of identity (e.g., gender, sexual, ethnic, racial, class, religious, etc.) with hegemonic national and state discourses of identity (e.g., of citizenship, patriotism, and modernism);
— Cultural meanings and practices associated with the diffusion of state and sub-state militarism;
— Discursive intersections between the spheres of “domestic” (e.g., criminal justice) and “foreign” policy (e.g., counter-terrorism);
— National, international, and NGO discourses associated with refugee flows from current conflicts in Middle Eastern and Northern African nations;
— Organizational, professional, and institutional discourses of security (e.g., nuclear strategy; intelligence analysis; private military contractors; etc.);
— Analysis of actual interaction occurring in security contexts (e.g., border-crossings; congressional and parliamentary hearings; ‘enhanced interrogations’, etc.); and finally,
— Meta-theoretical critique of existing scholarly discourses of communication and /or security.

This special issue will be co-edited by Hamilton Bean (Associate Professor, Communication, University of Colorado-Denver, USA) and Bryan C. Taylor (Professor, Communication, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA). The deadline for submission of manuscripts is April 1st, 2017. Manuscript length should be no longer than 8000 words, including abstract, references, and tables. All submissions for this special issue should insert the phrase “Special Issue: Multicultural Discourses of Security” in the top left-hand corner of the first manuscript page, as well as noting this status in any cover letter provided.  Otherwise, manuscripts should be formatted and submitted per standard journal policies and procedures. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed, with the timeline for requested revisions intended to ensure 2017 publication. Please contact the issue co-editors with questions.

New Journal: UnMediated: Politics & Communication

UnMediated: Journal of Politics and Communication is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for its inaugural issue, to appear in print and online in early summer 2017. Abstracts and subsequent essays should be theoretically substantial but accessible, with a view to engaging a broad spectrum of readership. Submissions are sought in particular from those in communication and media studies, political science, information and computer sciences, and visual and performing arts; additionally, submissions are welcome both from independent researchers and those with a current institutional affiliation.


Whether through written word or visual narrative, submissions to the inaugural issue of UnMediated should explore the notion of communication on the margins. This thematic necessarily rests on the belief that changes in the social and material environment at once influence and are influenced by divergent communications practices. From the mediation of mass migration to the challenges of data-driven infrastructure development, this issue will examine how practices of communication intersect with and augment the structural dimensions of daily political life among marginalized people, locales, and movements. Possible topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • The journalistic gaze: intellectual copyright and (self)representation of marginalized peoples
  • Tomorrow’s harvest: digital exclusion and the age of data-driven infrastructure and design
  • Abstention, refusal, and the (im)permanence of digital memory
  • Visualization, interactivity, and the aestheticization of political literacy
  • Political consequences of crowdfunding, upvoting, and the will of the majority

Submission deadline for pitches and abstracts: March 15, 2017

CFP Art in Diverse Settings


We are delighted to invite chapter contributions for the forthcoming book Art in diverse settings. We have signed a contract with the global academic publisher Sense and we expect to repeat the successful experience with the publication of our former book Art and intercultural dialogue (Sense, 2016). We plan to publish the manuscript one year from now.

We have secured twelve chapters, which is a very good start, but there is room for more chapters (as we do not discard the possibility of a two volume publication) so we are still in the process of gathering new authors. Our aim is to guarantee the global scope, diversity of views, quality and relevance. You may find below the provisory table of contents (to review in accordance with chapter titles).

We invite submissions for an edited volume concerning the role of art in diverse social settings. Contributions range from theoretical to methodological approaches, thus the chapters in the book can be seen as exemplary case studies, describing concrete intervention projects which use some form of art (photography, literature, poetry, music, drama, film, illustration, graffiti,…) or composed artistic expression (such as pop-art, street art, video-art…) as medium for communication in the contexts of social and professional organizations, public spaces or the community in general. The collection is intended to include a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches highlighting a variety of conceptual, contextual and cultural issues. Please find below a list of relevant chapters/ themes for the volume.

Should you be interested please send your biographical note (of aprox. 200 words), the title of your chapter and an abstract of 300 words to both Susana Gonçalves and Suzanne Majhanovich. Full papers (of aprox. 5000 words, including notes and references) will be due August 30th, 2017.

Art in diverse settings (Sense, expected 2018), edited by Susana Gonçalves and Suzanne Majhanovich

Provisory Table of Contents

Art and society

  1. Art in civil society
  2. Art and politics
  3. Art and technologies
  4. Art, culture and worldviews
  5. Art and ethics
  6. Art and active citizenship
  7. Art and remembrance

Art and identities

  1. Art, minorities and refugees
  2. Art and gender
  3. Art and ageing
  4. Art and madness
  5. Art and childhood

Art in specific social settings

  1. Art in schools
  2. Art in sports
  3. Art in hospitals
  4. Art in prisons
  5. Art education in the museum
  6. Arts and Media in Citizenship Education
  7. Art and business/ advertisement
  8. Art in the public space (urban art)
  9. Street Art, youth and Community Education
  10. Art and youth: HIP HOP
  11. Art programmes for social integration: juvenile offenders and photography
  12. Art and Design to improve Life Education
  13. Art and incremental housing in the slums

CFP Connections & Inclusions: Intercultural Communication in Communication Studies Scholarship

CFP Communication Studies Special Issue- Connections and Inclusions: Intercultural Communication in Communication Studies Scholarship

Editors: Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster), Melissa Beall (University of Northern Iowa), and Alberto Gonzalez (Bowling Green State University)

Intercultural communication (IC) scholars in the CSCA region have often been questioned and sometimes challenged by scholars who have claimed that the Midwest is not an ideal locale for studying communication across cultures and among people from varying cultural backgrounds. However, over the years, scholars have established that intercultural communication is an important area of scholarship in the Midwest (and beyond), and that the region offers plenty of opportunities for studying the intersections of cultural perspectives in communication, ranging from racial and ethnic discrimination to the adaptation process of international students and from immigrant experiences to issues in queer cultures.

IC scholars not only have borrowed from communication research in other areas (both theoretically and methodologically) but also have contributed widely to the discussion on cultural issues as they relate to many areas of communication research. In this special issue, our goal is to present different aspects of intercultural communication research as they connect to and intersect with sub-disciples such as media studies, communication education, international communication, rhetorical studies, gender and sexuality studies, family communication, listening, popular culture, and organizational communication.

Because IC research does not exist in isolation, and it is always connected to larger frameworks or theoretical approaches within communication studies, contributors to this special issue should address how IC scholarship informs other areas of research and how IC scholars use the concepts and theoretical lenses of IC research to examine issues outside of IC. Although we focus on IC scholarship within the CSCA region, our scope extends beyond this regional boundary as well.

This call invites abstracts for a special issue that uses different methodological approaches; however, we highly encourage submissions of projects that take qualitative, interpretive, and critical and cultural perspectives in examining the connections between intercultural communication scholarship, and scholarship in other areas of communication studies.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

1-The usage of intercultural communication frameworks in other sub-areas of communication studies.
2-Theorizing intercultural communication
3- Intercultural communication and cultural identity
4- Intercultural communication, social media
5- Intercultural communication and intercultural relationships
6- Intercultural communication in rhetorical studies
7- Intercultural communication in local/national and global organizations
8- Intercultural communication and listening
9- Intercultural communication and international experiences
10- Intercultural communication in feminist and queer research
11- Intercultural communication and immigration
12- Intercultural communication in media studies
13- Intercultural communication and critical race studies
14- Postcolonial turn, decoloninzation and intercultural communication
15- Intercultural communication and communication studies methodologies

Abstracts are due by March 15, 2017, with a word length of no more than 200 words (not counting references, contact information, and a short bio of 100 words). Full-length manuscripts are due on July 15, 2017, with a word length of no more than 5,000-7,000 words and in APA style, including references, endnotes, and so forth. Please mail your abstracts as Word documents to Ahmet Atay (aatay AT for an initial review.

CFP Journalistic Practices in the Representation of the Migrant Crisis

CFP Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies

Should I post that picture or issue that story? Journalistic practices in the representation of the migrant crisis

Guest editors: Vittoria Sacco (Université de Neuchâtel) and Valérie Gorin (University of Geneva and Graduate Institute)

Human migration is not a new phenomenon. However, recently it has gained substantial space in media coverage. In particular, the images of the little Aylan, a child escaping Syria with his family, lying dead on Bodrum’s beach, have raised old ethical questions of journalistic practices. Aylan’s pictures were extremely powerful and not without symbolism, becoming icons of Syria’s tragedy. They went viral on social media, but they were also criticized. Several media opted not to show the images. The criticism centered on whether it was justifiable or ethical to direct readers’ attention to the conflict in Syria with stark images of an innocent victim. There were parallels to the images of Kim Phuc, the little girl running naked and screaming in Vietnam in 1972.

This very issue of audience engagement with crisis is a topic of heated debate in academia. In her book “Compassion fatigue: how the media sell disease, famine, war and death” (1999), Susan Moeller discusses audience engagement with the news coverage of war, conflict or other types of violence. The media has thus the potential to stress particular forms of engagement to mobilize the public and create a collective memory amongst audiences. Exposed daily to distant suffering, the audience can develop apathy and disengage with events, resulting in compassion fatigue.

Kerry Moore, Bernhard Gross and Terry Threadgold drive same message home in their book on “Migration and the Media” (2012). They try to trace the reporting practices that produce migration coverage. A large part of academic studies has otherwise explored visual representations of migrants and refugees in humanitarian appeals (Mannik 2012), emphasizing the role of aid agencies in framing visual stereotypes of helpless people (Rajaram 2002) or racializing, victimizing and feminizing the refugees (Johnson 2011). However, the questions around how the problem of compassion fatigue challenges journalistic practices, and what the news boundaries and standards when reporting crises should be in a digital online age, has had less attention in academic research.
This special issue of the “Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies” (AJMS) aims to shed some light on the complex ecosystem journalists covering the crisis face. It invites contributions on the relationship between journalistic practices and audience compassion fatigue, as well as the role of social media and new technologies on how to have it alleviated.

The guest editor welcomes contributions from both scholars and practitioners in the field of media and journalism studies and practice. Scholarly submissions can have a theoretical, analytic, critical, empirical or comparative angle.

Important deadlines and milestones
Prospective authors should submit an abstract not exceeding 250 words directly by email to the guest editors Vittoria Sacco (vittoria.sacco AT and Valérie Gorin (valerie.gorin AT by end of March 2016. Please mark your submission as “Special Issue on the migration crisis”.

Following peer-review, a selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper (from 5000 to 8000 words) by end of September 2016. See full details about the journal and the prescribed format for manuscript submissions. Please note that acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee publication, given that all papers will be put through the journal’s peer-review process. Tentative publication date: Third issue of 2017