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

CFP Latin American Communication Theory Today

Communication Theory Special Issue
Latin American communication theory today: charting contemporary developments and their global relevance
Guest Editors: Florencia Enghel (Stockholm U, Sweden) & Martin Becerra (U Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina)

This Special Issue aligns itself with Communication Theory’s intention to encourage “authors and editors to highlight the historical, cultural, and political contexts in which theoretical approaches are articulated” (Wilkins, 2016)1. Its goal is to address the paucity of Latin American theorization in the journal2 with a focus on state-of-the-art theoretical contributions beyond the much referred-to “Latin American tradition”3. To this purpose, we invite contributions that provide an update of the outstanding theoretical developments produced by Latin American communication scholars in the past ten years (2005-2015) and examine their relevance to the global field of communication studies.

Contributions from the Global South have been rather absent from communication journals published in English in recent years. Graham, Ojanpera and De Sabbata’s (2015) analysis of “the geography of knowledge” reveals that most submissions to SAGE journals in 2014 came from the Global North, and that most countries in the Global South had very low acceptance rates for the small amount of articles submitted4. By presenting the region’s recent theoretical production and unpacking its critical relevance to transnational debates, we expect that the Special Issue will contribute to de-westernizing communication studies (Waisbord & Mellado, 2014), and in the process expand Communication Theory‘s coverage to Latin American countries that have been absent from the journal in terms of their theoretical production and/or the affiliation of contributing authors.

The Special Issue welcomes substantial updates of the Latin American contributions to the theorization of communication and media in recent years combining rich descriptions of conceptual advances well-grounded in the wider sociopolitical contexts in which they have developed, with critical analyses of their significance to global debates.

The Special Issue invites papers that address the following questions:
1. How has communication theory developed in specific Latin American countries in the past ten years (2005-2015)?
2. Which lines of research have been in the foreground, and in which ways is their prominence linked to wider country and/or regional sociopolitical trends and events?
3. To what extent have scholarly agendas been promoted by national research systems, distinct academic units, the private sector, civil society and/or social movements?
4. To what extent have changes in media technologies impacted the development of new concepts and theories?
5. What continuities and discontinuities can be observed in comparison with the region’s theoretical production in the late twentieth century?
6. How do theorizations originated in the region in recent years engage with theoretical developments in other parts of the world?

We particularly encourage papers from communication and media scholars based in Latin America, as well as from Latin American scholars affiliated with institutions abroad.
The deadline for submission of full paper proposals is 1 March 2017.

For submission guidelines, see To submit, go to For queries regarding the Special Issue’s theme, please contact Florencia Enghel (florencia.enghel AT and Martin Becerra (aracabecerra AT

CFP Refugee Communications in the Digital Age

Call for Papers: Refugee Communications in the Digital Age
Special issue of American Behavioral Scientist
Submission deadline: February 15, 2017

This American Behavioral Scientist special issue seeks scholarly contributions in the area of refugee communications, broadly defined. The special issue will consider manuscripts from an array perspectives, disciplines and methodologies, including content analysis, discourse analysis, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and experimentation and will provide most recent data on refugee communications around the world. Each contributor will be asked to include recommendations on best practices in refugee communications, including suggestions for ways communications professionals, governmental officials and other actors can contribute to dominant discourse about refugees, which ultimately shapes public opinion and policy making.

The following are examples of the kinds of topics the editors consider relevant to this issue:
– Analysis of portrayals of refugees in both traditional or social media
– Empirical examination of the effects of media portrayals of refugees on audiences
– Communications interventions aimed at improving social outcomes for refugee populations
– Discussions of ethics and refugee communication
– Documentation of communication use by refugee populations

CFP International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practice

International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practice

The International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practice brings together members of a growing international community of practitioners, scholars, educators, researchers, and consultants from diverse disciplines who are interested in collaborative-dialogic practice based in postmodern-social construction assumptions. This community responds to important questions in social and human sciences such as:
*How can our practices have relevance for the people we meet in our fast changing world?
*What will this relevance accomplish? For whom? And, who determines it?

The Journal provides a bilingual forum for the exchange of ideas and practices from diverse practitioners and scholars around the world. This forum aims to help produce and promote relationally responsive-dialogic processes which generate new opportunities and new futures in our working and living together locally and globally.

CFP Articulations of International Media and English

CFP: Special Issue of Journal of Communication Inquiry on “Articulations of International Media and English”

The Journal of Communication Inquiry invites submissions for the 2017 theme issue, “Articulations of International Media and English.” This issue will be devoted to the connections the global spread of English makes with media production and consumption in places where English is not the mother tongue. This includes, but is not limited to, countries where English was introduced via colonization or is treated as a foreign language. English and its global dissemination have been analyzed in terms that range from linguistic imperialism, to neoliberal hegemony, to audience uses of English to create new definitions of the local, national, and global. When approaching the spread of English from a media studies perspective, popular television shows in English, movies in English, and locally-produced English-language news and entertainment content all become objects of analysis. These contexts can include diasporic and indigenous media. JCI is seeking input from scholars in a variety of disciplines who can find ways to wed theory from the fields of media and linguistics to examine the intersections of English and media production and consumption. We strongly encourage submissions from international scholars who can provide insiders’ perspectives on the relationships between English language media and indigenous language media in places around the world.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 11:59 p.m. CST on February 17, 2017. All submissions will undergo peer review. Please contact JCI Managing Editor John C. Carpenter (john-c-carpenter AT with questions. Possible topics of inquiry include but are not limited to:

• How people around the world use English language media to form local, national, and global identities

• Critical examinations of the ways English media content is informed by and contributes to discourses of neoliberalism and globalization

• Is media content in English a legitimate object of study for English-speaking scholars who want to explore media environments in places where English is not the main language?

• Textual analyses that take the discourses surrounding English in both English and nonEnglish media as objects of analysis

• The ways choosing English as a language of news in countries where English is not the first language affects how journalists conceptualize and practice journalism, including in terms of imagined audience, public service, content choices, etc.

• How news organizations respond to linguistic diversity as the movement of people and languages over the world creates mobile, multilingual identities

• How power informs the relationships between English language media and non-English language media in places around the world

• How the rising use of English in different parts of the world affects Western-based news outlets that have always published in English

• How the rising use of English affects the English language press (formerly known as the expatriate press) in countries where English is not a first language

• Given that English becomes politicized in a country in proportion to the country’s level of global engagement, how a country’s language politics affect English language media production and consumption