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

CFP Affirming (Global) Life

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research welcomes submissions for our upcoming issue. Our submission period concludes on February 15, 2017.

*Special Call*
Affirming (Global) Life: Overcoming Divisive Discourses, Remembering What’s at Stake, and Doing Something Now

In addition to regular submissions, this year’s issue will feature a special section devoted to scholarly discussions of discourses charged with promoting inequality and xenophobia. 2016 has been a violently tumultuous year of global upheaval that has deeply affected public dialogue about diversity. Black Lives Matter, for example, rose to prominence with protests against the killing of unarmed Black citizens in ways that prompted even the religious blog Patheos to use the word “execution” to describe one example, the shooting of Terrence Crutcher by Officer Betty Shelby (Stone). The Orlando massacre of members of the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub gave rise to a rhetorical struggle to contain, clarify, and expand upon arguments about the shooter’s motivations and the implications of calls for policy reactions that struck many as Islamophobic (Green) and/or perpetuating an erasure of the intersectional LGBTQ and Latinx identities of those killed (Brammer). Other examples of such discourses this year included North Carolina’s unconstitutional bathroom laws persecuting trans people; the gender wage gap and overwhelming income disparity systemically oppressing the poor and rewarding the rich; ISIS’s fundamentalist terrorism; the desperate plight of millions of refugees fleeing their war-torn countries in search of life; and the xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic rally speeches by Donald Trump, which caused spikes in violence in the nation’s schools (Costello). 2016 has shaken many of us from any complacent perch that “things are fine the way they are,” and discourse communities from academia to the Internet debate the best ways to respond. For some, this uncertainty about the best way to respond mixes with anger and one longs for a different time “before” now – for the nostalgic comfort of a bygone world that likely never existed. At other times, such concerns stimulate pragmatic hope for different circumstances, prompting proactive efforts to foster transformational changes.
People in the U.S. and around the world are becoming collectively concerned about the future we face. The forces of terrorism, racism, xenophobia, sexism, and unmindful privilege compel many persons to close themselves off from others they perceive as overwhelmingly different in one way or another. These tactics exploit one trait or practice as determining that an entire person or demographic is dangerous and expendable. In U.S. culture especially, fundamental individualism has always been less concerned with an ethics of community than with capitalism and profiteering. But people are not inherently greedy or solipsistic. We are social creatures, vulnerable and interdependent, and we’re all stuck here together. In this (extra)ordinary way, as Levinas tells us, we are always responsible for the other before our sense of self.

This special section, then, invites essays that ask how communication theory and practice can assist in transcending discourses that demonize and scapegoat difference. How can communication studies guide this transcendence and encourage the commitment, in de Beauvoir’s words to embrace our “fundamental ambiguity” as a shared condition? How can communication studies assist those who seek to deconstruct and untangle themselves from the ethnocentrism poisoning their perceptions of others? How can communication studies undo the scripts that encourage the automatic association of Muslims with terrorism, African Americans with criminality, trans* persons with pedophilia, and women with sex objects? How can communication studies foster a communication ethics that might begin with the notion that none of us are exempt from considering our participation in some of these discourses? It is time for us to begin making decisions, as Sartre said, as if each choice mattered for the whole of humanity. And our choices do matter, because as Sartre also warned, humans are a most curious animal, and the only of its kind that has the power to destroy itself.

This special editor’s call invites authors to move beyond mere critiques of communication practices by imagining concrete pragmatic actions and building connections across difference. Additional questions to consider include: How can qualitative research disrupt the forces of de facto xenophobia, racism, sexism, classism, and other systems of marginalization? For performance scholars, how can performance art be deployed to inspire postmodern global ethics of interconnection – to remind us of our enfleshed similarities and vulnerabilities, the worthiness of well-lived lives, and the possibility of crafting joint hopes for the future? From an activist perspective, what are we doing and what can we do right now in our communities to counteract the public’s growing contempt and suspicion of foreign-others? For rhetoricians, how can we dissect, dismantle, and transform pervasively xenophobic rhetoric of hate, deficiency, and fear? What would a communication-studies-informed ethics of postmodern pragmatism entail? What might this existential calling realize?

Authors should clearly mark in their cover letter that their submission is for this special call. Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding references) and be prepared using the same citation conventions as regular submissions.

To submit a manuscript, please visit
Inquiries should be emailed to

Kaleidoscope is a refereed, annually published print and electronic journal devoted to graduate students who develop philosophical, theoretical, and/or practical applications of qualitative, interpretive, and critical/cultural communication research. We welcome scholarship from current graduate students in Communication Studies and related cognate areas/disciplines. We especially encourage contributions that rigorously expand scholars’ understanding of a diverse range of communication phenomena.

In addition to our ongoing commitment to written scholarship, we are interested in ways scholars are exploring the possibilities of new technologies and media to present their research. Kaleidoscope welcomes scholarship forms such as video/audio/photos of staged performance, experimental performance art, or web-based artistic representations of scholarly research. Web-based scholarship should be accompanied by a word-processed artist’s statement of no more than five pages. We invite web-based content that is supplemental to manuscript-based scholarship (e.g., a manuscript discussing a staged performance could be supplemented by video footage from said performance).

Regardless of form, all submissions should represent a strong commitment to academic rigor and should advance salient scholarly discussions. Each submission deemed by the editor to be appropriate to the style and content of Kaleidoscope will receive, at minimum, anonymous assessments by two outside reviewers: (1) a faculty member and (2) an advanced Ph.D. student. For works presented in video/audio/photo form, we may not be able to guarantee author anonymity. The editor of Kaleidoscope will take reasonable action to ensure all authors receive an unbiased review. Reviewers have the option of remaining anonymous or disclosing their identities to the author via the editor.
Submissions must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages (double-spaced) or 7,000 words (including notes and references) and can be prepared following MLA, APA, or Chicago style. All submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and have a detached title page listing the author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact information. Authors should remove all identifying references from the manuscript. To be hosted on the Kaleidoscope website, media files should not exceed 220 MB in size. Larger files can be streamed within the Kaleidoscope website but must be hosted externally. Authors must hold rights to any content published in Kaleidoscope, and permission must be granted and documented from all participants in any performance or presentation.

Works Cited:
Brammer, John Paul. “Why it Matters that it was Latin Night at Pulse.” Slate, 14 June
2016, Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.
Costello, Maureen B. Southern Poverty Law Center. “The Trump Effect: The Impact of thePresidential Campaign on our Nation’s Schools.” default/files /splc_the_trump_effect.pdf. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.
de Beauvoir, Simone. The Ethics of Ambiguity. 1948. Open Road, 2015.
Green, Emma. “The Politics of Mass Murder.” The Atlantic, 13 June 2016, Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.
Levinas, Emmanuel. Otherwise Than Being. 1974. Duquesne University Press, 1998.
Sartre, Jean-Paul. Existentialism is a Humanism. 1946. Yale University Press, 2007.
Stone, Michael. “Tulsa Police Execute Unarmed Black Man.” Patheos, 19 Sept. 2016, Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.

CFP Human Rights Memory

Call for Papers: Extended Deadline (January 25, 2017)
Special Issue on Human Rights Memory
Guest Edited by Susana Kaiser, University of San Francisco
Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture

The aftermath of dictatorships, genocide, wars, massacres, forced migrations, environmental destruction, as well as the legacy of discrimination based on class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation are problems of pressing concern to scholars working in critical traditions. The duty to remember human rights abuses and the need to re-focus on memory at the service of justice occupy central stage of this special issue.

Communication and media are interlinked with human rights conflicts and engaged with memory processes. These processes are evinced in strategies geared toward keeping records of abuses, encouraging intervention to stop them, and using memories as tools to search for truth and justice. This special issue aims to contribute to the body of literature in what we label “human rights memory” and to narrow the gap in research about audiences/publics and media production processes. We are interested in research articles in an array of cultural productions, ranging from television series to artworks. We welcome submissions which highlight the processes by which people interact with, interpret, appropriate, consume, and use these productions, as well as those which elucidate how creative memory-writing-such as the activities of camera persons and museum guides-can work in practice. We seek to complement research centering on textual analysis, authorial intent, and expectations about the potential effect on audiences/publics and will look for empirical support in studies that show the concrete impact of these initiatives while also illustrating their producers’ creativity and commitment to achieve specific goals.

The focus is global and multi-disciplinary. We are interested in innovative methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks that can contribute to the development of empirically grounded theory. We welcome submissions analyzing the richness of popular communication in matters of memory and human rights (civil, political, economic, social, and cultural). We invite contributions focusing on grassroots and mainstream popular communication, including traditional formats (theater, film, print, television, radio), new media (social, digital, screen media, video games, mobile phones), the arts (photography, exhibits, museums, memorials, public shrines, music, concerts, performances, fashion, graphic/comic books, cartoons), sports tournaments, and demonstrations. Topics may also include, but are not limited to:
– Theoretical and methodological approaches useful for researching human rights memory audiences/publics and production processes, and especially, approaches highlighting conflicts between dominant/ hegemonic memories and those contesting them.
– Audiences/publics’ decoding and use of productions promoting official memories and/or advancing counter-memory(ies).
– Communication strategies developed by activists that have been effective tools for educating, broadening the human rights memory public sphere, generating action, and opening dialogical spaces (local, global, diasporic).
– Tactics for accessing and impacting heterogeneous publics/audiences, and for securing resources for production, distribution, and exhibition (e.g., funding, technology, know-how).
– Production processes documenting and writing memories of ongoing human rights violations (e.g. digital witnessing of major current crises). Production teams’ participation in human rights memory processes, including the role played by artists, writers, actors, technicians-the “above” and “below-the-line” crews. Profiles of producers (e.g., filmmakers, musicians, bloggers, Wikipedians)

New submission option: Short pieces
– With the aim of broadening the circulation of relevant knowledge about human rights memory, we also encourage submissions of shorter pieces (1,000-2,000 words). These can be personally reflective and discursive, and may include, without limitation: commentary; book reviews; film reviews; music & concert reviews; interviews; descriptions of art installations; analyses of syllabi and/or discussion of epistemologies, and theories and methodologies to teach these issues.

The new deadline for submissions is January 25, 2017

Papers should be no longer than 7,000 words (all inclusive)

Papers should be submitted using ScholarOne.

Full instructions for authors, including APA 6th Edition style guidelines, can be found at the same page.

Correspondence and questions about this call for papers can be directed to Susana Kaiser.

CFP: Multilingualism and Journalism in the Era of Convergence

CFP: Multilingualism and Journalism in the Era of Convergence
Edited by Lucile Davier (University of Geneva) and Kyle Conway (University of Ottawa)

Technological convergence, or the blurring of lines between formerly distinct media, has had a tremendous impact on the work journalists do. For one thing, it has contributed to the processes of globalization that have brought people into greater contact with cultural others. For another, it has made it possible for an ever smaller group of corporations to control an ever larger share of the media. As a result, journalists must become proficient with more aspects of production (combining video, text, and images) while reporting on a wider range of people and cultures and responding to the economic pressures that come with the concentration of media ownership.

This book will look at the ways journalists are making sense of and adapting to this changing environment. It will focus on those moments when they gather information in languages that their audiences do not speak. It will ask, what technologies do they use as they collect information, transform it into a story, and disseminate it to their readers, viewers, and listeners? It will examine questions of translation in the broadest possible sense-from the re-expression of bits of speech or text in a different language, to the rewriting of partial or complete news stories, to the explanation of how members of a foreign cultural community interpret an object or event.

The editors would like to invite submissions from a range of disciplines such as communication, translation studies, and sociology. Potential questions authors might address include (but are not limited to):

– In what contexts do journalists indicate that a source spoke or wrote in a different language?
– What modes of translation (e.g., subtitling, voice-over, etc.) do journalists use?
– Do journalists favour different modes of re-expression on different platforms?
– What strategies do they adopt for cross-platform or multimodal distribution?
– How do they adapt the same news story for multiple formats?
– Do ideas of newsworthiness vary depending on the platform?

Social implications:
– How visible are multilingual contexts for audiences?
– Do convergence phenomena contribute to the globalization or the localization of news?
– What are the implications of journalists’ practices for how audiences perceive cultural others?

To propose a chapter, please send an abstract to Abstracts should be 500 words long and submitted as .odt, .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. Proposal deadline: January 15, 2017. Initial acceptances sent: February 15, 2017. Deadline for full articles (6,000-8,000 words): May 31, 2017.

CFP Rhetoric and Peace Studies

Call for Papers for volume 10, n° 1(19)/ 2017
ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies

Rhetoric and Peace at Crossroads: Public and Civic Discourse, Culture and Communication Perspectives

Guest editors:
Dr. Noemi Marin, Professor, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic University, USA (

Dr. Lara  Martin Lengel, Department of Communication, School of Media and Communication,  Bowling Green State University, USA (

This special issue examines rhetorical and/or cultural-critical perspectives on peace, non-violence, and the role of civic discourse in contemporary times. The issue intends to cover scholarship that focuses mainly on the last 30 years, including the historic period following 1989 that created a democratization of discourse throughout the world, yet engaged even more peace and conflict as paradigmatic perspectives on migration, terrorism, communism, and political and social change. Accordingly, some areas of scholarship pertinent to this special issue are: geopolitics and discourse of peace; historical public arguments for non-violence; theoretical approaches to communication and conflict as cultures of peace; migration and its peace-related consequences in the 21st century; nationalism as cultural or political paradigm of national identity; international contexts for rhetoric of peace, to name a few. Of note that this issue intends to present an interdisciplinary set of scholarly articles open to all disciplines such as but not limited to political communication, rhetorical studies, intercultural and/or international communication, and peace and conflict studies.

Important Deadlines
December 20, 2016: submission of the proposal in the form of an abstract of maximum 2 pages. The proposal must include a list of recent references;
January 5, 2017: acceptance of the proposal;
April 30, 2017: full paper submission;
June 15, 2017: full paper acceptance.

Full papers should be between 6,000-8,000 words in length. Papers can be submitted in English or French. The abstracts should be in English and French, max. 2 pages followed by 5 keywords. Please provide the full names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all authors, indicating the contact author. Papers, and any queries, should be sent to: ESSACHESS.

Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by e-mail. The journal will be published in July 2017.