Media and Crisis CFP

Call for Papers:
War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis
Joy Elizabeth Hayes, The University of Iowa
Kathleen Battles, Oakland University
Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Augustana College
Publisher:  Peter Lang

The year 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast and provides an occasion to reflect on the possibilities and limitations of mediated communication in times of crisis.  The broadcast is remembered for causing a “panic” in over a million listeners who took the broadcast to be a genuine report of a coming invasion.  Since then, War of the Worlds has come to symbolize the power of mass media during times of crisis.

We solicit scholarly essays that take this notorious broadcast as a starting point, or point of reference, in investigating the continuities and discontinuities between old and new media and their use by citizens in times of crisis.  The broadcast event deserves attention in its own right as a milestone in media history, and because it highlights a number of issues that remain important in 21st century communication practices:  the problem of authenticity in mediated communication; the aesthetics of persuasion; the importance of social context; and the dynamic role of listeners, viewers and users in talking back to media producers and institutions.  We seek essays that bring an historical and theoretical perspective to bear on the question of media power and the ability of citizens to hear and be heard during times of crisis.

We are looking for essays that address a number of questions within three broad areas:
1) War of the Worlds and media power in times of crisis
How has the War of the Worlds broadcast served media institutions, regulators, audiences, and scholars as a touchstone for conceptualizing media power and audience agency in the 20th and 21st centuries?
In what ways do recent changes in media, especially the rise of the Internet and social media, invite us to reconsider the lessons of the War of the Worlds event?
How and why does the War of the Worlds broadcast continue to surface in popular discourse about the role of media in times of social crisis?
How have the meanings of the War of the Worlds story and event changed over time, from its original moment, through the Cold War, the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, and in the post-9/11 decade?
2) War of the Worlds, broadcasting conventions, and crisis
*       How was War of the Worlds shaped by – and how did it shape – the emerging broadcast conventions and genres of the 1930s?  Does an examination of crime dramas, horror stories, reality-based reenactments, music broadcasts, or other radio genres shed new light on the meaning of War of the Worlds?
*       In what ways did the broader social crisis of the 1930s influence the form and content of radio genres and broadcast conventions?  To what extent is “crisis” an enduring or structural aspect of broadcast address?
*       Has broadcast coverage of specific moments of political or social crisis (like the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 9/11, etc.) directly or indirectly drawn on War of the Worlds as a point of reference?
3) War of the Worlds and the promise of social media
*       How are social media transforming the parameters and practices of citizenship, communication and crisis in the 21st century?
*       How do “new media” (web casts, Youtube videos, Twitter feeds, etc.) make use of “old media” conventions, especially in the case of crisis communication?
*       How important is the mimicking or mining of broadcasting genres for communication via social networking and Web 2.0?
*       Have we finally outrun the legacy of the War of the World broadcast, or are we still haunted by its enduring presence in our digital mediascape?

Submission Timeline
Nov. 25, 2011:  Paper abstracts are due to the editors (500 words)
Dec. 16, 2011:  Paper selections announced
March 16, 2012:  Extended abstracts or outlines due to the editors.  Interested participants submit panels to the AEJMC Conference in Chicago April 1 for presentation August 9-12, 2012
July 16, 2012:  Paper draft due
August 17, 2012:  Final papers due to editors

For more information and to submit an abstract, please contact:
Joy Elizabeth Hayes (
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Co-Director, Latin American Studies Program
147 Becker Bldg., The University of Iowa,
Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 353-2265

Kathleen Battles
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism
Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Rd.
Rochester, MI 48309-4401


Call for Papers and Panel Proposals
International Division, Broadcast Education Association
Deadline 15 Sept. 2011

The International Division of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) invites panel submissions and scholarly papers from academics, students and professionals for presentation at the 57th annual convention, the Las Vegas Hilton from Sunday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 18, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012.  The BEA meets concurrently with the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) and BEA registrants have access to many of the NAB activities. Through an online system by All Academic, Inc., individuals may upload papers and panel proposals online for the 2012 competitions. Tipping Points serves as a focus for the convention, but papers are not limited to this area of research and discussion.

We urge interested parties to consider organizing and submitting a panel proposal or full paper.  The annual meeting also is an ideal time for graduate students to submit recently completed seminar papers.  The BEA makes a wonderful first-convention opportunity for student as well as junior scholars. All sessions must adhere to the goals and objectives of the interest division(s) to which they are submitted. Descriptions of each Interest Division are listed on the online paper submission site. Cash awards also are made for some of the papers.
COMPLETED Papers and Program Proposal Submissions must be submitted online through BEA’s submission site by midnight EDT on September 15, 2011.

U Illinois Chicago job

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track position in media and film studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 16, 2012, pending budgetary approval. We seek a scholar of Latin American and/or Latino studies with expertise and a transnational/global perspective in any of the following areas: cultural study of media and multimedia forms; film and moving images; photography and other forms of visual expressions; and/or new media. Applicants must have  PhD or have completed all requirements for doctoral degree in film studies, media studies, ethnic studies or related field by the time of appointment.

Candidates must complete an on-line application and attach an application letter, a curriculum vitae, and one writing sample. Please provide the names and emails of 3 references. Deadline for submission of application is *November 15, 2011*. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an AA/EOE. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

For questions please contact Javier Villa-Flores (, Chair of Search Committee, Latin American and Latino Studies (MC 219), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1511 University Hall, 601 South Morgan Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7115

Near Media CFP

The aim of Near Media’s Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media Project is to increase integration and intercultural understanding in society. We are currently recruiting for 8 participants (4 Irish and 4 non-EU nationals) to complete a FETAC level 4 in community radio and intercultural media literacy and, when accredited, to form a production team to create 13 radio programmes on the theme of intercultural dialogue, which will be broadcast on Near90fm.

Attached is a Motivation Form IDCM for those interested in participating in the project. I would appreciate it if you could send this call for participants over your networks, newsletter, website, and/or display the attached poster. The deadline for returning the form is October 7th.

Grace Wilentz
Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media Coordinator
Near Media Co-op

About the project organisers: The Near Media Coop is a democratic, not for profit community media initiative based in Coolock, North Dublin. Part of our mission is to provide an alternative to mainstream media by offering an outlet for those underrepresented or excluded through training and access to distribution facilities.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality and Pobal.


Dialogue in Cross-cultural Perspective

“Dialogue” is what Anna Wierzbicka (2006) has called a key cultural term. It is pervasive in its use, rich in its meanings, and dense in the morality for conduct its use brings with it. We can hear calls for dialogue in multiple academic and public discourses. Over the past few years, conferences have asked us to reflect upon dialogue, or to engage in it, especially with the phrase, “Intercultural Dialogue.” The European Union has declared our time as a time for “Intercultural Dialogue.” As a result, “dialogue” has become prevalent, prominent, and potent in its meanings, and in its declaration of a preferred form for the conduct of communicative action. Who, indeed, would be against “dialogue”?

In the United States, we have been asked to engage in a Dialogue on Race, on Education, and indeed about what it is to be “an American.” In spheres of activity where peoples are brought together, we are asked to reflect upon “dialogue” and the ways, including new ways of thinking about it, of engaging in it, especially with those different from or in conflict with us. We believe such pleas and calls for dialogue are important to heed. Yet also, we have discovered that each can bring with it very specific ideas about what this form of communication is. This project has been led by Donal Carbaugh (Massachusetts, USA) and has involved participants from several different languages and countries including Xinmei Ge (China), David Boromisza-Habashi (Hungarian), Elena Khatskevich Nuciforo (Russian), Saila Poutiainen (Finland), Makato Saito (Japan), Dong-shin Shin (Korea), among others. We  found that “dialogue” is of course valued as a type of social action, yet the type of action being valued varies by the goals being targeted, by implicit rules for conduct, by what was deemed proper as its tone, mode, and interactional structure. Different moral qualities are brought into play when pleas are made to “Come and Engage in a Dialogue.” Because of this, especially when people speak from different cultural circumstances, and different languages, one plea for “dialogue” may not match another, with strained relations, confusion, misapprehension, misattribution of intent and so on resulting. Equally difficult are circumstances when people are speaking the same language, increasingly English, but use that language differently all the while believing they are saying a similar thing.

This has led us to ask: what exactly is being targeted as people call for Dialogue? What form of social interaction is being requested? What motives for, and meanings of such action are at play? Our work has taken a look at several linguistic clusters related to “dialgoue” in order to ask: Is there something like “dialogue” in each, as a cultural concept and as a form of practice? The research explores each as an expressive system-in-use by examining both the relevant terms relating to dialogue in these languages and the practices referenced with those terms. Some preliminary findings are that these cultural discourses, considered together, reveal a wide variety of possibilities that are active when “dialogue” is being advocated, mentioned, and translated. Our latest publication is in the special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication on Dialogue co-edited by colleagues Prue Holmes (Durham, UK) and Shiv Ganesh (Waikato, NZ).

(Submitted by Donal Carbaugh)

James Madison U jobs

The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University invites applications for three tenure-track positions (one of which can be at the Associate level) to begin August 25, 2012. Successful candidates will be communication studies scholars with experience teaching the basic communication course as well as the expertise to teach in two or more of the following areas: advocacy, cultural communication, conflict, interpersonal communication, health communication, organizational communication, political communication, public relations, and research methods. Ideal applicants will have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence, and possess a record of continued or promising scholarly productivity. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an interest and ability to secure external funding, develop cross-disciplinary work, and contribute to graduate education. Advanced ABD candidates who meet all other criteria will be considered.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should apply online at: where they should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names, phone numbers and email addresses for three academic references (who will then be contacted to submit a letter online), a copy of unofficial transcripts and student evaluations combined as document #1, and one scholarly writing sample as document #2. Please do not upload an entire dissertation. Hard copies of application materials will not be accepted unless specifically requested. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Leigh Nelson, Search Committee Chair, (540) 568-6228,

James Madison University is a rapidly growing university of approximately 19,000 students. JMU has been ranked as the South’s top public regional university for the 17th consecutive year, according to the annual “U.S. News & World Report” 2011 America’s Best Colleges guide. JMU has earned national recognition for its outstanding first-year experiences, learning communities and service-learning. The School of Communication Studies is located in modern facilities and has the potential to offer a graduate program and become part of a College of Communication, Information, and Media in the near future. The School is comprised of faculty who present a diverse range of communication training and research. Undergraduate majors leave with strong research and writing skills, practical internship experiences, and a cultivated appreciation of human communication.

JMU is located in Harrisonburg, VA, a Main Street community of about 44,000, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, about 25 minutes from the Shenandoah National Park. It is approximately 1 hour from historic Charlottesville, 2 ½ hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, and 3 ½ hours from the Chesapeake Bay. More information can be found at,, and
JMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Equal Access employer. We seek candidates who will contribute to the climate and body of diversity in the School and the development of a College of Communication, Information, and Media. The School of Communication Studies strives to create an educational environment in which students and faculty facilitate constructive dialogue in the classroom and community to inspire responsible citizenship in a diverse world.

Chapman U jobs

Chapman University seeks applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Communication Studies, which is a part of the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs.  Ranked in the top tier of western universities by U.S. News and World Report, Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching.  More information about the university is available at  The growing Chapman University Communication Studies faculty has a high-profile record of publication in top-tier journals, leadership in regional and national communication associations, and a track record of innovative scholarship and teaching/ learning practices.

1. The department invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track position.  Candidates should have primary expertise in one of the core content areas of the department:  Interpersonal, Organizational, Global/Intercultural and/or Mass Communication.  The department is interested in social scientists with an innovative research agenda which may reflect diverse modes of inquiry or methodologies.

2. The department invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  Candidates should have primary expertise in Mass Communication and/or New Media, with a secondary interest in Interpersonal, Organizational, and/or Global/Intercultural Communication.  The department is interested in social scientists with an innovative research agenda which may reflect diverse modes of inquiry or methodologies.

A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by August 1, 2012.  Applicants should possess an excellent scholarship record commensurate with their level of experience, evidenced by publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.  A record of outstanding teaching and a commitment to undergraduate education is required.

The department, College, and University value personalized faculty collaboration with undergraduate students.  The new faculty member will be expected to advise, mentor, and encourage undergraduate students with regard to research projects, internship opportunities, and career possibilities. The College encourages interdisciplinary work across departments, schools, and colleges; the department is interested in scholars with innovative ideas about interdisciplinary courses or programs which explore innovative, new, or emerging communication media and the arts, business, sciences, and education.

Applications must be complete by Friday, October 14, 2011.  Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, portfolio or selected research publications as appropriate, copies of the past two years’ teaching evaluations, and at least three letters of professional recommendation.  Materials and inquiries should be directed to:
Dr. Jennifer L. Bevan, Search Committee Chair
Department of Communication Studies
Chapman University
1 University Drive
Orange, California 92866

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  The University offers a relocation expense reimbursement package as well as a first-time Orange County homebuyer assistance program.

Chapman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing career opportunities to all people, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.  Chapman University requires background checks for all new employees.

Howard J of Comm CFP

Call for Manuscripts
2012 Special Issue: Theorizing Co-Cultural Communication
Mark P. Orbe, Guest Editor
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2011

For years, The Howard Journal of Communications (a Taylor & Francis Group publication) has been recognized as a leading journal of scholarship that explores the inextricable relationship between culture and communication. More specifically, it has consistently featured cutting-edge research that brings the communicative experiences of underrepresented group members from the margins to the center of scholarly inquiry. The Howard Journal of Communications continues its commitment to this mission with a 2012 Special Issue dedicated to Theorizing Co-Cultural Communication.

Co-cultural communication refers to the diverse ways that traditionally underrepresented group members negotiate their cultural locations/standpoints in societies where dominant group experiences benefit from societal privilege and institutional power.  By definition, co-cultural communication research works diligently to increase understanding by exploring communication processes from the perspectives of underrepresented group members themselves. This special issue is interested in projects that work to advance the theorizing of co-cultural communication processes.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that explore co-cultural communication processes (based on race/ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, gender, disability, spirituality, sexual orientation, and the like) in diverse settings (interpersonal, organizational, small group, intercultural, and mass media). Manuscripts focusing on all forms of co-cultural communication and methodological frameworks are acceptable; however, preference will given to those authors whose work demonstrates how co-cultural understanding transcends the experiences of a single cultural group within a particular setting. Ultimately, the special issue seeks to produce a volume where communication scholars can draw from a variety of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to advance existing knowledge of co-cultural communicative experiences.

The guest editor for the special issue is Mark P. Orbe, Western Michigan University, School of Communication, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI  49009; (269) 387-3132.  All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and should contain no more than 7500 total words (including tables, references, endnotes, and appendices). An electronic file of the manuscript (including 200-word abstract), prepared for blind review as a WORD document, and a separate file with title of the manuscript, author contact information, brief author bio, key terms, and manuscript history (if applicable) should be submitted to AND no later than October 1, 2011. Authors are strongly encouraged to review the “Information for Authors” prior to submitting manuscripts.

EIUC project officer job

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC – is seeking a well-qualified individual for a 1-year assignment as EIUC Project Officer starting from mid September 2011 in Venice‑Lido, Italy.

Functions and tasks
The EIUC Project Officer will work as member of the permanent staff of EIUC based in Venice under the supervision of the EIUC Secretary‑General. The position focuses on the implementation educational projects in the field of human rights and involves a combination of communication, drafting and practical responsibilities connected with EIUC and its activities.

The tasks will include the following:
*Provide administrative and logistic support in the realisation of EIUC educational projects;
*Make logistical arrangements for the prompt and effective implementation of project activities;
*Assume overall responsibility for administrative matters of a general nature, such as registry and maintenance of project files and records;
*Draft and organise working documents;
*Handle communication with EIUC partners and project participants;
*Organise and report on internal and external meetings;
*Update, organise and develop the content of web-sites;
*Update the EIUC Expert Database and make it instrumental to service EU institutions or other partner organisations seeking EIUC expertise;
*Any other administrative activity required by the EIUC Secretary‑General.

Additional tasks may include (inter alia) the following:
*Manage and keep updated the page of EIUC in the most common social networks;
*Manage online and offline communication software;
*Support the EIUC staff with technical IT and electronic infrastructure;
*Report on EIUC events.

*Excellent knowledge of English, including drafting skills;
*Excellent communication skills;
*Experience in organising and assisting project implementation;
*Experience in web-editing (updating of web content, upload of texts and pictures, etc.);
*Experience in working with academics in an international environment;
*Team-working skills.

Added values
*Good knowledge of Italian, French and Arabic;
*Good knowledge of EIUC and its activities;
*Experience with online and offline software and social networks as described above;
*Experience in web-communication and on-line advertising.

The EIUC Project Officer selected will be required to take up full service starting from mid September 2011. Annual/monthly gross salary depending on qualifications.

Deadline for sending applications is 12 September 2011. Selected candidates for the interview will be contacted shortly after the deadline.

To apply, please send a cover letter (including your motivation to work in the human rights field and a short description of relevant working experience), together with a detailed curriculum vitae in English to Prof. Florence Benoît-Rohmer (EIUC Secretary-General) and to Cristiano Gianolla

Please note: the filling of the above position is contingent upon approval of funding by the European Commission.

Trinity U job

The Human Communication Program in the Department of Human Communication and Theatre at Trinity University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Human Communication beginning fall semester, 2012.  We seek a colleague with a background in the social-scientific approach to communication. Requirements include teaching three courses each semester.  The department seeks a candidate with a strong background and interest in teaching quantitative research methods and who specializes in relational communication (communication areas such as, listed alphabetically, conflict, community, family, gender, health, intercultural, interracial, international, interpersonal communication, persuasion, and other relevant areas).  Expectations include a strong commitment to teaching and advising undergraduate majors and non-majors; to publishing important research; and to providing service to the department, university, and profession.  Applicants should have a PhD in communication completed by August 2012, and a strong record of, or potential for, outstanding teaching, research, and service.  Salary is competitive.

Trinity University  is an independent, primarily residential university, founded in 1869.  Our selective admissions generate a challenging and eager student body of approximately 2,500 undergraduates, including students from all over the United States and a relatively high percentage of students from foreign countries.  Trinity primarily offers a liberal arts and sciences education, with a few selected professional programs.  The department prepares students for a variety of professional opportunities as well as post-graduate education.  The close interdisciplinary connections formed at the university present many opportunities for students and faculty.  We seek a colleague who is interested in teaching small classes, guiding students to conduct original research, building the major, and in developing close academic relations with undergraduates.

Applicants should provide a cover letter that addresses the candidate’s experience and interests in the areas of teaching, research, and service described above.  Please include a curriculum vitae and have official transcripts and three recent letters of recommendation sent.  Applicants are encouraged to provide evidence of teaching, research, and service excellence.  Send materials to Dr. Andrew C. Hansen, Chair, Department of Human Communication and Theatre, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212.  Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until December 1.  The University is an equal opportunity employer.