Museums and Intercultural Dialogue

A very nice article by Eva Zimmerhof on museums as forums for intercultural dialogue has just been posted online by the Goethe Institute.

It begins: “In future the traditional national museums to be found in Europe are to open multidimensional perspectives on the history and culture of both the individual countries and on Europe as a whole. To implement this new approach the European Union has initiated a program called “Eurovision – Museums Exhibiting Europe” (EMEE). This is an interview with the project’s coordinator, Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp.”

U Pennsylvania digital media positions

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking to fill up to three tenured or tenure track faculty positions (open rank) in the area of digital media to begin fall semester 2013.  Preference will be given to scholars whose innovative research and teaching falls in one of the following three areas.

*       Theory-driven use of archival, depth observational, and/or field methods to understand digital media, including but not limited to topics such as cultural production, location-aware and other social media, virtual reality, digital design, technoculture, gaming, transnational flows, surveillance, and/or intellectual property.
*       The use of communication theories and quantitative methods to illuminate the social, cultural, political, economic and/or psychological uses, effects, and policy implications of evolving digital technologies.
*       The application and development of communication theories using “web science” approaches and/or the analysis of “big data” generated through various online or mobile information and communication technologies. Specific research methods could include social network analysis, web and mobile analytics, data aggregation and analysis, computational social science, computer facilitated content analysis, behavioral prediction, data visualization, and/or related modes of inquiry.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (in Communication or a related discipline) and have a strong record of teaching and research. Responsibilities include conducting a program of research and publication, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels including supervising doctoral dissertations, and contributing service to the school and university.

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is a graduate school of communication theory and research, with 18 full-time faculty and approximately 80 doctoral students representing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests. The faculty also has primary responsibility for an undergraduate communication major within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three names of references, and up to three articles, chapters or other research to Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6220 via To receive full consideration, applications should be received by September 15, 2012.

The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

CFP Communication History

A Century of Communication Studies
The editors (Pat J. Gehrke, University of South Carolina and William M. Keith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), in cooperation with the National Communication Association, invite chapter proposals for the National Communication Association’s 100-year anniversary volume, contracted for publication by Routledge in 2014.

We invite authors to propose chapters that promise to accomplish four things:

1. Take as its central focus a clustered theme that bridges the disciplinary sub-divisions. Recommended themes include:
*Speech  / Speaking / Voice / Orality
*Identity / Identification / Self
*Context / Situation / Event
*Interdisciplinarity / Disciplinarity
*Politics / Power / Efficacy / the Political
*Science / Method / Epistemologies
*Psychology / Mind / Thought
*Body / Embodiment / Performance
*Relating / Dialogue / Discussion / Relationships
*Organizing / Sociality / Movements / Collectives
*Purpose / Goal / Outcome / Effect
*Audience / Listener / Persona / Receiver
*Media / Medium / Mediation
*Meaning / Significance

2. Give consideration to the past 100 years of the discipline, including teaching and research as appropriate. This includes finding a lineage, genealogy, or history that can weave the clustered theme into a relationship with the discipline’s history and story since the early twentieth century. Chapters should adopt a critical and thoughtful relationship to the discipline and its history, rather than offering uncritical adulation or simplistic idealization. We encourage authors to consider opportunities not only to celebrate the accomplishments of the discipline, but to explore the challenges and controversies in communication scholarship. Such studies may likewise offer perspectives on possibilities and prospects for future research, scholarship, and teaching.

3.  Use a variety of sources, as appropriate, including journals, books, and archival resources.  These sources might include our current journals back to their beginnings, journals no longer published (such as the Public Speaking Review), books, collected papers of specific scholars, and the archives of associations, departments, or institutions.

4. Proposals should include a plan for having a complete draft of no more than 8,000 words to the editors by September of 2013. 

Each chapter should cut orthogonally across the current categories and subdivisions of communication studies, drawing together diverse materials to explore the richness of the communication literature by following concepts rather than professional affiliations. Chapters need not be completely discrete and we anticipate some overlap between them. Each recommended theme is specific enough to provide a core node for the organization of a history, and a touchstone for both the authors and readers.  However, each is also broad enough and dispersed enough across the specializations within the discipline that the authors will need to account for a variety of orientations and methods in analyzing the function of that theme for communication studies. Each theme has its challenges and its insights, and each has made a strong appearance in our scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as our research. Likewise, these themes can be traced not only across the range of our sub-fields but at least back to the earliest years of the national association. Chapter proposals organized around additional themes are welcome, but should likewise meet these same general criteria.

Proposals should be 500-1000 words, submitted along with a copy of the authors’ curricula vitae, by electronic mail to Pat Gehrke at by August 15, 2012. We prefer Adobe Acrobat (pdf) file format, if possible. Microsoft Word (doc/docx) or Open Document (odt) are also acceptable. We especially encourage proposals from pairs or small groups of authors who represent a diversity of backgrounds, methods, or academic ranks. All proposals will receive confirmation of receipt within three business days. The editors will finalize the list of contributors by early September 2012.

Please direct questions or inquiries to Pat Gehrke or Bill Keith

CFP Comm Yearbook 38

Communication Yearbook 38: Deadline 1 February 2013
A Publication of the International Communication Association
Editor: Elisia L. Cohen

CY 38 is a forum for the exchange of interdisciplinary and internationally diverse scholarship relating to communication in its many forms. Specifically, we are seeking state-of-the-discipline literature reviews, meta-analyses, and essays that advance knowledge and understanding of communication systems, processes, and impacts. Submitted manuscripts should provide a rigorous assessment of the status, critical issues and needed directions of a theory or body of research; offer new communication theory or additional insights into communication systems, processes, policies and impacts; and/or expand the boundaries of the discipline. In all cases, submissions should be comprehensive and thoughtful in their synthesis and analysis, and situate a body of scholarship within a larger intellectual context. For CY 38, the editorial board also welcomes essays that advance knowledge and understanding of communication research methodologies and applications.

*Submit manuscripts electronically via a Word attachment to Elisia L. Cohen, Editor
*Submissions for CY 38 will be considered from December 1, 2012 through February 1, 2013
*Use APA style, 6th edition
*Include a cover letter indicating how the manuscript addresses the CY 38 call for papers
*Prepare manuscripts for blind review, removing all identifiers
*Include a title page as a separate document that includes contact information for all authors
*Following Communication Yearbook’s tradition of considering lengthier manuscripts, initial manuscript submissions may range from 6,500 to 13,000 words (including tables, endnotes, references).
Incomplete submissions not adhering to the above journal guidelines will be returned to authors for revision.

For more information about CY 38 or this call for submissions, please contact Elisia L. Cohen.

Elisia L. Cohen, Ph.D.
Editor, Communication Yearbook
University of Kentucky
Department of Communication
231 Grehan Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40506-0042

James Schnell – Fulbright

James Schnell
Ohio Dominican University

Fulbright Senior Scholar, Cambodia

The Fulbright Senior Scholar Program provided me with a wonderful opportunity to invigorate my work at my home institution by applying my expertise at another school in another culture.  I had never been to Cambodia before and working at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, the largest and oldest university in Cambodia, was personally and professionally rewarding.

I received a six-week grant that I divided into two separate three week visits.  The first trip gave me a chance to get acquainted with the Department of Media and Communication/Cambodia Communication Institute at the university, work with students & faculty and assess how I could best make lasting contributions.  I followed this with a second trip, ten months later, and used the intervening ten months to collect materials that helped with enhancements on my second trip.

The purpose of the grant was to support the Department of Media and Communication/Cambodia Communication Institute in developing an appropriate educational program for the education and training of future Cambodian journalists.  This, more specifically, entailed focusing on development and improvement of curriculum for the undergraduate program and developing teaching materials in communication theory, human resource management, introduction to research methodology and related areas.

My work at the university involved presenting lectures, participating in seminars, conducting needs assessments, assisting with faculty development, encouraging curriculum development and other matters linked to my areas of expertise.  I created an 11 page Manual for Organization of Research Papers, Rules for Writing Style & Preparation of Oral Presentations.” I also created a small reference library consisting of over 60 new (state of the art) books that I brought as a donation to their program.  This collection consisting of books dealing with telecommunication, journalism, mass media, public relations, communication research, human resource management and related areas.

Part of the challenge of this assignment was finding creative ways to achieve objective.  The mail system in Cambodia was unreliable so I needed to personally bring the books with me.  On my second trip I was permitted 120 pounds of luggage and 105 pounds of it were books!  Getting the books to them was important as I saw this collection as being a foundation that they could build from in a variety of ways using their own initiative.

This Fulbright grant gave me a great opportunity to re-think much of what I do and how I do it at my home institution.  Working with colleagues and students in my discipline, but within another cultural context (especially one that is quickly changing), forced me to revisit many of the assumptions I have regarding my academic discipline and how I work within that discipline.  It is an invigorating experience that will have a lasting impact on my teaching and research at my home institution.  Being able to make new friends and establish collegial relationships in another culture is always fulfilling, professionally and personally.

I continue to maintain contact with Sopheap Phan, my primary host during my work in Cambodia.  We have gotten together on two occasions and we engage in periodic e-mail exchanges.  I foresee doing follow-up trips to Cambodia that will build upon my experiences there in 2005-2006.

Study Abroad Dublin

The Media and Communication Department at Muhlenberg College is entering its second year of an exciting, media-focused study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. A group of 15 to 20 Muhlenberg students majoring in Media or Film Studies travels with a faculty member, living on campus at Dublin City University (DCU). The students take two courses in the DCU School of Communications, a course with the Muhlenberg faculty member, and a guaranteed for-credit, media-related internship. Halfway through the semester, the students take a week-long “study trip” to London, complete with scheduled visits to the BBC, Guardian, Bloomberg, and Historic Royal Palaces. The program was designed for Muhlenberg students, but undergraduates with a background in media and communication are encouraged to email to inquire about joining next spring’s Dublin semester.

CFP Culture, Technology, Globalization

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS — Special Issue: Culture, Technology and Globalization in the Information Age
Issue Editor: Shaheed Nick Mohammed, Pennsylvania State University at Altoona

Culture as lived experience and academic concept exists and evolves under the pressure of global trends in the modern information age. Outdated notions of culture as a set of parochial markers of identity lose their relevance in a world where identities are not only hybrid, but also fluid and (often deliberately) constructed from multiple competing influences. Technologies of the information age enable cultures to exist outside of the confines of geography, history and politics traditionally associated with cultural emergence and maintenance. These technologies foster transnational and diasporic communities, enabling traditional migrants to reconstruct the traditions of home wherever they may wander. At the same time, these technologies also enable non-traditional groups with members of diverse geographic and historic backgrounds to evolve into their own “cultures” that feature membership, participation, mythology and lore in evolving forms.

The Electronic Journal of Communication invites papers on the multiple intersections of Culture, Technology and Globalization in the Information Age for an upcoming special themed issue to be published in early 2013.   Manuscripts may take a variety of empirical or theoretical perspectives; topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following areas:
*  virtual diasporas,
*  identity and technology,
*  hybridity and group/identity construction,
*  “culture” in the Information Age,
*  ethnogenesis and imagined communities.

Regardless of the specific topic, special emphasis should be placed on fundamental social changes that arise from the increasingly important role of information technologies in defining and transforming human culture.  For the full call, see here.  Address all manuscripts and queries to Shaheed Nick Mohammed. Authors who would like to discuss paper ideas are encouraged to contact the editor.

Ethnography of Comm conference 2012

The “Ethnography of Communication: Ways Forward” conference was held June 10-14, 2012, at Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Jay Leighter was the conference organizer, together with Dr. Donal Carbaugh; the National Communication Association sponsored the event as one of its summer conferences (along with funding from several parts of Creighton University).

I presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Patricia Lambert, of the Institut Français de l’Éducation in Lyon, entitled “A Prophet Abroad? The Impact of Hymes’ Notion of Communicative Competence in France and French-speaking Switzerland.” In addition, I was invited to participate in two roundtable discussions, one on “Ethnography of Communication Theory and Methodology: Taking Stock and Ways Forward” and the other “Ways Forward: Institutes, Centers, and Affiliations.” In the latter, I was invited to present a description of this Center, which resulted in many new “likes” to the Center’s facebook page.

Many of those participating in the conference are included in the following photo (though certainly several critical people are missing, including Dr. Gerry Philipsen and Dr. Donal Carbaugh).

One of the pleasures of the conference for me was the presence of so many of those involved in the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue, held in Istanbul in 2009, which led to the creation of this Center. This included several from the organizing committee (Drs. Tamar Katriel, Donal Carbaugh, Kristine Fitch Muñoz, and Saskia Witteborn), one of the guest speakers (Lisa Rudnick) and several of the participants (Drs. Todd Sandel, Chuck Braithwaite, Evelyn Ho, Eric Morgan, and Tabitha Hart). Another was catching up with Dr. Susan Poulsen, who organized “Ways of Speaking, Ways of Knowing: Ethnography of Communication” in Portland in 1992, the predecessor conference to this one in terms of topic. Other joys of the week included having time to connect with people I had not seen in a long time, previously only had met through correspondence, or students of my colleagues who I did not know at all.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

BMW UNAOC Innovation Awards 2012

The Intercultural Innovation Award enters its second chapter in 2012

Building on the great success of the Intercultural Innovation Award in 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group are continuing their solid partnership in 2012. At the first Partners Forum of the UNAOC in Istanbul, Bill McAndrews, Vice President Communications Strategy, Corporate Communications BMW Group, has officially announced the second edition of the Award which will start accepting applications on June 15th, 2012.

Also in Istanbul, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, highlighted the significance of the partnership between the UNAOC and the BMW Group. Ban was the co-chair of the UNAOC Partners Forum which was hosted by Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Forum aimed at bringing together governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, private foundations and individuals with a strong commitment to intercultural understanding, cooperation and cultural diversity. A dozen Heads of State and Government and more than 70 senior representatives from countries and international organizations attended the event. Ban referred to the Intercultural Innovation Award as a great example of the “support that the Alliance provides to innovative grassroots initiatives in collaboration with corporate partners such as the BMW Group.”

Representing a new kind of partnership between the private sector and the UN system, the Intercultural Innovation Award honors and supports innovative projects that promote cross-cultural understanding and cooperation, and hence make a vital contribution to security and peace in societies around the world. Non-profit organizations that are innovating in the promotion of intercultural understanding, with a track record in managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are eligible to apply.

More than 400 applications from 70 different countries competed in the first year of the Award – with ten ground-breaking winner projects that were honored at the end of 2011 and are being supported throughout 2012. “These results confirm our belief in the impact of intercultural understanding and underscore our commitment to the partnership with the UNAOC,” Bill McAndrews commented about the success of the Award for Intercultural Innovation in 2011. “We are looking forward to many outstanding applications in 2012 – and hopefully in many more years to come.”


U Ulster job ad

University of Ulster
Faculty of Social Sciences
Lecturer in Mass and Social Media Communication
Ref: 1254644/A
Salary: £31,966 – £45,512
Base: Jordanstown, Northern Ireland
Closing date: Monday 25 June 2012

The School of Communication provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate Communication programmes, including Advertising, Public Relations, Counselling, Mass Communication and Social Media Communication. The postholder will contribute to all areas of Communication courses within the School but will focus in particular on Mass and Social Media Communication. As the postholder must be able to contribute to research within the School, the appointee must have an established record of research.

Applicants must have experience of teaching aspects of Mass and/or Social Media Communication at university level and evidence of quality research activity.

Post available from 1 September 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter.
We prefer to issue and receive applications via our on-line recruitment website.

Hard copy applications can be obtained by telephoning 028 7012 4072
The University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community, particularly from those with disabilities. Appointment will be made on merit.