5th Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Research

V Colóquio Brasil – Estados Unidos de Estudos da Comunicação
5th Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Research

Dr. Sonia Virgínia Moreira of INTERCOM—the Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, the School of Communication at Illinois State University (Dr. John Baldwin) and the College of Communication at DePaul University (Dr. Jacqueline Taylor) invite you to submit completed papers to the 5th Brazil-U.S. Colloquium on Communication Research. The deadline for receipt of completed papers is February 1, 2012.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the Colloquium is to bring together Brazilian and United States researchers who work in the field of communication in order to discuss current topics in theory, method, and community engagement. More specifically, this conference aspires to foster a dynamic and intellectually stimulating dialogue between communication scholars from both countries—encouraging the participation and exchange of communication professors and students —and promoting the production of comparative analyses and joint projects related to on-going debates in communication research.

WHEN and WHERE: The biennial conference will take place at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Papers will be presented in English or Portuguese (translation available as necessary). The conference will be August 7-8, 2012.

CONFERENCE TOPIC: The central conference theme is Communication and Community Engagement. Following are some suggested thematic areas:
1.   Communication Research and Community Engagement: Linking theory and research to community efforts, growth and change.  (Engagamento social da comunicação e a pesquisa)
2.   Media Literacy and Critical Inquiry: Providing critical tools for analysis, assessment and production of media content. Using media literacy to enhance community leadership and development. Transforming media consumption into an active process, and using independent media for active citizenship. (Educação para a leitura crítica da mídia)
3.   Social, Interactive, and Participatory Media: Researching the effect of Internet use on public and social life. Focus on social networking sites—such as Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, etc—and community engagement in social media across cultures and borders.
4.   F2F Communication: Including studies on interpersonal (persuasion, message production and reception, nonverbal communication, organizational/small-group, communication among cultural, age-based, or other social groups), or relational communication.
5.   Public Relations and Commercial Media: Including studies on advertising, marketing and communication.

NOTE: Papers in any session may include comparisons between communication issues both in Brazil and the U.S., but may also analyze an issue related to a singular country.  We encourage theme-related papers but will consider all submissions.

Each session will have a coordinator with two to four papers, with discussion

Paper Requirements
*Submission of proposals to the National Colloquium Coordinator
*Indication of the thematic group desired (if any)
*Summary of paper (250 words maximum
*Complete paper (6.000 words maximum, Times New Roman, 12-pt font)
*Hold at least a Master’s Degree
*Brief CV (100 words maximum)

Where to submit papers:
Participantes brasileiros – inscrição pelo website do congresso em www.intercom.org.br
American participants – send by email to: John R. Baldwin – jrbaldw@ilstu.edu

U Nevada Reno job ad

(Position Begins Fall 2012)

The University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a tenure-track position in Communication Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a candidate who specializes in relational dynamics, preferably with an interest in alternative dispute resolution, conflict, mediation, arbitration, or negotiation. Cross-over interests in areas such as organizational communication, intercultural communication, small group communication, interpersonal communication, and/or family communication are encouraged. Teaching duties include a variety of undergraduate courses in the candidate’s area of specialization and other courses as needed. An active program of research, including grant activity and publication, is expected.

The Communication Studies Division offers the B.A. degree and focuses on (a) relational dynamics, and (b) public advocacy and civic engagement. The Communication Studies Division also provides a significant service component for majors in other colleges.

The Communication Studies program is a separate division in The School of Social Research and Justice Studies. Other units in the School include the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Criminal Justice. The School is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts.

The University of Nevada, Reno is the flagship campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 18,000. The university offers a multitude of M.A. and Ph.D. programs in nine colleges. Reno is a vibrant, growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 200 miles east of San Francisco. Northern Nevada and northern California offer a great variety of both winter and summer recreational activities. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and several major ski resorts. As a popular tourist destination, Reno offers many dining, entertainment, and cultural activities. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit www.cityofreno.com and www.visitrenotahoe.com.

Interested persons can gain additional information about this position by contacting the search chair (Gwen A. Hullman, (775) 784-1788; gwenh@unr.edu) or, if attending the National Communication Association conference November 17-20, by talking with a member of our faculty during the regular hours of the N.C.A. Job Fair, on November 18th from 9am-4pm.

Applications, including a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for references must be submitted electronically at https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/9734 by Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

AA/EEO Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

U Wisconsin Whitewater job ad

Tenure-Track Position
The Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is seeking candidates for a full-time Communication Generalist position beginning Fall, 2012.

The ideal candidate will have academic preparation and at least two years experience teaching communication courses at the college level. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach theoretical and skill-based communication courses which should include several of the following: Introduction to Human Communication (the basic course), Cross Cultural Communication, Public Speaking, Persuasion, Gender Communication, Communication Theory, and courses in our new Corporate and Health Communication emphasis. Teaching graduate classes and overseeing graduate students’ capstone projects is expected. Ability to oversee graduate teaching assistants in the basic course is preferred. Experience with classroom technology and online delivery is desirable. Evidence of scholarly activity preferred. Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related field is required for tenure-track appointment. ABDs will also be considered for a non-tenure-track appointment that will convert to tenure-track upon successful completion of terminal degree. The teaching load for this position is 4-4 with occasional course releases for purposes of conducting research available.

The College of Arts and Communication serves a diverse population of students, and embraces the principles and practices of Inclusive Excellence that are reflected in the University of Wisconsin System’s commitment to diversity and educational opportunity. We actively seek candidates who possess the interest and ability to work with students from diverse socio-economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds.
How to apply: Submit a completed application packet containing: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three references, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies will suffice until final stages of interview process) and evidence of teaching effectiveness to the following:
Dr. Raymond Baus, Chair
Search and Screen Committee
Communication Generalist Position
Department of Communication
800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.Online applications may be sent to:Julie Ridgeman, Academic Department Associate
ridgemaj@uww.eduReview of applicants begins Dec. 15, 2011 and will continue until filled. Only completed application packets will be reviewed.

Global Comm Forum-New Media/China

Initial Call for Papers
ICA 2012 Preconference: The Fifth Global Communication Forum on
New Media and Internet Communication and Communities in China
Phoenix, USA
23 May 2012 (Wed)

Following four successful consecutive Global Communication Forums in Shanghai China , this year, the Fifth Global Communication Forum will be held as a preconference of ICA 2012 annual conference at Phoenix, USA. The preconference theme is New Media and Internet Communication and Communities in China. We will focus on hot issues of communication and social interaction in China.

Thirty years has passed since China started the reform and opening-up policy in 1978. As the largest developing country, China has made great achievements in economics, with the nominal GDP ranking the second largest in the world. Yet the political system reform and social management still face many problems. The growth of new communication technologies, especially the boom of internet, has made unprecedented changes to China’s traditional communication ecology, and consequentially caused changes in politics, economics, society, and culture etc. On the one hand, new media and internet accelerate the exposure of contradiction and conflicts in all sides. On the other hand, new technologies provide opportunities and practicability to solve these problems.

A crucial question is “How to study, comprehend and utilize the rules of new media and internet to maximize their positive roles and eradicate drawbacks?”. Researchers in communication have the responsibility to find the answer and this is also a good chance to show talents. Against the background of globalization, China and the world can not be separated from each other. Therefore, the preconference opens a platform for researchers interested in New Media and Internet Communication and Communities in China. We cordially invite people from all over the world to share their findings, exchange insights, and make efforts to promote communication research.

Dates and Venue
23 May 2012 (Wednesday)
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Keynote Speeches
Dr. Patrice M. Buzzanell (Purdue University, USA)
Dr. Wei Ran (University of South Carolina, USA)
Dr. Kuo Chen-Yu, Eddie (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Dr. John Pavlik (Rutgers University, USA)
Dr. William Dutton (Oxford University, UK)
Dr. Dorte Salskov-Iversen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Dr. Zhang Guoliang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

 Suggested Topics
Impact of New Media on Chinese Political Ecology
Impact of New Media on Chinese Traditional Media
Change of Chinese People’s Value Systems by New Media
Change of Chinese People’s Life Modes by New Media
Influence of New Media in Less-developed Regions of China
Influence of New media on Chinese Disadvantaged Groups
History, Current Status and Trend of New Media Study in China
History, Current Status and Trend of New Media Education in China
Other related topics

Working languages
English and Chinese

Paper Submission and Publishing
1.      Papers submitted in English must use the APA style and papers submitted in Chinese should follow the standard of Chinese academic publishing. All abstracts must have an English version.
2.      The abstract submission deadline is 31 October 2011. The full paper submission deadline is 29 February 2012.
3.      Please send in two SOFT copies as e-mail attachments to 2012gcforum@gmail.com, one with the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s) as well as affiliation(s), and the other without the author’s information. The named copy should be operated in MSWord while the anonymous one can be in MSWord or PDF.
4.      Please list (1) title of the paper, (2) name(s) of the author(s), (3) affiliation(s), (4) mailing address(es) and (5) email address(es) in the e-mail.
5.      Preconference participants are invited to submit revised manuscripts after the ICA conference for considered in an edited collection (publisher undecided).

Registration and Accommodation
Each attendee must pay the registration fee, USD80 or RMB500 per person. The registration fee covers the costs for meeting rooms, forum materials, snacks and beverage, lunch and dinner. Once their papers are accepted, attendees shall pay the registration fee to an appointed account in advance of the preconference date. Attendees will pay the costs of transportation, accommodation and breakfast by themselves.

An optional post-preconference tour of Grand Canyon will be organized on 24 May 2012. Interested attendees must register with ICA because they are making arrangements and calculating expenses. Others can explore the city themselves.

General Chair: Dr. Patrice M. Buzzanell
(President of the Council of Communication Associations, Past President of the International Communication Association (ICA) and Professor in Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University)
Organizing Committee Chair: Dr. Zhang Guoliang
(Dean of the School of Media and Design and Head of the Global Communication Research Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Procedural Committee Chair: Dr. Howard E. Sypher
(Dean of Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University)

Global Communication Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School
Chinese Communication Association (CCA)
International Communication Association (ICA)
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

Contact person: Ms. Peng Yaya
Email: 2012gcforum@gmail.com
Phone: (86) 21-3420 5808
Fax: (86) 21-3420 5809
Address: School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dong Chuan Rd., Shanghai 200240, P. R. China

We anticipate more than 100 presenters and attendees at the preconference. Distinguished scholars, professors, research students, leaders from industry, and government personnel are all welcome to join us.

(1)Early in April 2007, the first Global Communication Forum and ceremony establishing the Global Communication Research Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University were held in Shanghai. Two hundred and fifty researchers from academe and industry attended this conference. Dr. Maxwell McCombs of the University of Texas chaired the first Global Communication Forum which focused on “New Media Communication in the Context of Globalization: Education and Research.”

In June 2008, the Second Global Communication Forum was held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This conference was co-sponsored by the Global Communication Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the School of Media and Design of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Department of Communication at Purdue University, and the International Communication Association. Dr. Pamela J. Shoemaker of Syracuse University was invited to chair the conference. The theme of the conference was “New Media and Social Change”. In addition to plenary speakers and paper presentations, activities were held to assist victims of the Sichuan Earthquake in China. Over 300 scholars from China and other countries attended the conference.

In October 2009, the Third Global Communication Forum and the 2009 Chinese Communication Association annual convention were held together and co-sponsored by the Global Communication Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the International Communication Association, the Department of Communication at Purdue University, and Chinese Communication Association.  The conference theme was “Communication in the e-Society: Challenges, Opportunities, and Responsibilities”.

In September 2010, the fourth Global Communication Forum was held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This conference was co-sponsored by Global Communication Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Media and Design of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management at Copenhagen Business School, International Communication Association. The conference theme was “Global Cities in e-Times: Urban Design, Creativity and Collaboration”.

University of New Mexico job ad

Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication
The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a full-time probationary appointment leading to tenure decision as an Assistant Professor to begin August 2012. The department expects to hire a specialist in intercultural and is open to various theoretical and methodological approaches.

Minimum Qualifications:
Doctorate in communication or related field, completed by August 1, 2012.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Background/coursework in intercultural communication or other areas of culture and communication studies.
2. Strong record of research and scholarship showing potential to lead to tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor.
3. Interest in research and teaching that addresses intersections of the three main concentrations of the doctoral program: intercultural communication, culture and mass media, and culture and heath communication.
4. Record of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
5. Ability to advise and mentor students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
6. Record of active participation in professional communication associations.

The university is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to diversity through their teaching, research, and service.  Advising graduate students in Communication & Journalism is an expectation.

In 2004, the UNM doctoral program was ranked #2 among intercultural communication departments in the United States. Our program emphasizes the study of inter/cultural communication practices with a particular focus on the intersection of culture, change, and communication. We use the term inter/cultural deliberately to (1) signify our interest in culture as socially constructed and structurally produced and as a factor that is influential across communication contexts; and (2) to emphasize the study of difference as perceived and addressed across cultures. At the doctoral level, the curriculum includes courses such as Culture, Sustainability, and Change; Culture, Community, and Change; and Culture, Borderlands, and Change. Within the department, the Institute of Communication, Culture, and Change aims to engage research with communities to address local and international social justice issues. The department is consistently rated as a student favorite across campus. Various campus research centers and programs provide opportunities for collaboration, such as the Latin American & Iberian Institute, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, the Institute for American Indian Research, Women Studies, Africana Studies, and Sustainability Studies.

The University of New Mexico, the flagship university in the state, is a research I university and a minority-serving institution. Founded in 1889, 30,000 students attend UNM, which offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs. The Communication & Journalism Department sits on historic Route 66 in a newly renovated building and offers undergraduate majors in Communication and in Journalism and Mass Communication.  The MA degree is a general communication degree; at the doctoral level, intercultural communication, culture and health communication, and culture and mass communication are the areas of emphasis.

The University of New Mexico lies in the heart of Albuquerque, a high desert city of 700,000 with a multi-cultural population. The city is bordered by the Sandia Mountains, straddles the Rio Grande, and enjoys 310 days of sunshine per year. In 2008, Forbes Magazine rated Albuquerque the 13th best metro area in the country and, in 2006, the best city for business and careers.

A complete application consists of (1) a letter of interest identifying areas of expertise, research interests, and teaching experience; (2) an academic resume; (3) a sample of a recent, representative publication or conference paper; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness, for example: student evaluations, course syllabi and/or letters of evaluation; and (5) letters from three references. For complete details and to apply, please visit this website: https://unmjobs.unm.edu/ and reference Posting Number:  0812991.   Letters of recommendation, in pdf format, should be sent separately by the recommender to Nancy C. Montoya, Department Administrator, at nmontoya@unm.edu. For best consideration, apply by October 28, 2011. The position will remain open until filled.

Contact Karen Foss, Intercultural Communication Search Committee Chair, Karen.Foss@comcast.net, 505-379-0459 if you have questions.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator.

St Louis U job ad

Assistant Professor of Emerging Technologies and Society
Saint Louis University
Department of Communication

Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service is seeking candidates for a tenure-track position in Emerging Technologies and Society at the assistant professor level, in the Department of Communication, to begin in Fall 2012. We seek a teacher-scholar with an expertise in the cultural and social impact of emerging technologies on human communication. The ideal candidate should also have expertise in one or more of the following areas: globalization, organizational communication, and/or international/intercultural communication.

Duties include teaching courses in the department’s core undergraduate and graduate curricula such as Communication Theory and/or Communication Research Methods. This faculty member would also be expected to teach technology-related courses that are currently part of our curriculum, and to develop new courses focused on emerging technologies, including such areas as media convergence, computer-mediated communication, new technology and globalization, and courses focusing on secondary research interests.

Requirements: Earned doctorate in Communication, Communication Studies, Media Studies, or another closely related field, by August 1, 2012, documented teaching experience and excellence, an ability to build networks within the professional community, and a record or promise of published scholarly research.

Communication is a thriving department in the College of Arts and Sciences, with about 250 undergraduate majors, 40 minors, 25 M.A. students, and 21 full-time faculty members. In 2010, the department opened an 8,500-square-foot media facility and initiated a new undergraduate curriculum that stresses both the theoretical understanding and professional applications of communication. The master’s program emphasizes three areas of shared interest: culture and public dialogue, media studies, and organizational communication. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through new university-sponsored initiatives, including the Walter J. Ong Center for Language, Media and Culture, and/or the Center for Intercultural Studies.

Saint Louis University serves approximately 13,000 students. The main campus is in an ethnically diverse city neighborhood that features a major performing-arts district and a wide array of cultural institutions. All applications must be made online. Applicants should include the following materials: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a teaching statement and a research statement, and 4) three letters of recommendation. For additional information, contact Dr. Kevin B. Wright, Search Chair, kwrigh28@slu.edu, phone: 314-977-4046, fax: 314-977-3195.

Review of applications will begin on November 10 and will continue until the position is filled.
Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE) and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minorities.

Carrie Chapman Catt prize for Research on Women and Politics

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is pleased to announce the competition for the 2011 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics.

This annual competition is designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award for each project selected. Honorable mention prizes of $500 per project are also awarded.

Proposals for the 2011 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics must be postmarked by December 1, 2011. Research projects submitted for prize consideration can address any topic related to women and politics. Scholars at any level, including graduate students and junior faculty members, can apply.

To be considered for the 2011 prize, applicants should submit the following materials, postmarked by December 1, 2011:
*       Four (4) copies of a detailed description (5 to 10 pages, double spaced, in 12 point font) of the research project including a:
*       project title;
*       150-200 word abstract summarizing its purpose and content;
*       discussion of relevant theory, contributions to literature in the field, and methodology;
*       statement about how the Catt Prize will contribute to the research project; and
*       timetable for completion of the project.

As the proposals will be blind-reviewed,
the author(s) name(s) should not appear in the project description.
*       A detachable cover sheet that lists the name, institutional affiliation, and contact information (one mailing address-office or home, telephone and e-mail for spring 2012) for each author.
*       A one-page (or less) biographical statement for each author, highlighting her/his research interests, significant publications and/or presentations, and professional interests and experiences related to the project.

Materials should be mailed (not faxed or e-mailed) to the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, 309 Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 50011-1305. For more information, contact the Center at cattcntr@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3181. For an application cover sheet, updates or information on past winners, visit our website at: www.las.iastate.edu/CattCenter/.

Beyond the Creative City CFP

Call for Papers
Journal Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS), No. 99
Special Issue:  Beyond the Creative City
Editors: Nancy Duxbury, Carlos Fortuna, José António Bandeirinha, and Paulo Peixoto
Cities, Cultures, and Architecture Research Group
Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal

The point of departure for this special issue is the politically prevalent but heavily critiqued trend for cities to participate in an international race for ‘hip’ promotional identities and economic competitiveness through investing in flagship architectural projects and building districts to attract mobile creative talent. While contributing to interesting urban renewal and ‘economic re-invention’ strategies in many cities, these approaches also tended to neglect issues of social equity and inclusion, spawned dislocation of existing artist/creative communities, and favoured ‘big and flashy’ globally circulating art products (exhibits, performances, artists) over nurturing approaches to ‘authentic’ local cultures and heritage. While this approach is still evident, it is no longer seen as the only path to creative urban renewal and economic development, and there is growing need to propose and examine alternate approaches that are more culturally sensitive to local realities and issues; environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable; and attentive to issues of inclusion, justice, and multicultural realities. The bright political and media spotlights on ‘creative city’ investments and initiatives – and the research attention placed on these developments – tend to have placed other socio-cultural options in the shadows. It is time to explore these alternate spaces, ideas, strategies, and socio-cultural forces at play, which may point to and elaborate alternate creative development patterns.

The issue seeks to bring together creative and interdisciplinary perspectives from socio-anthropology, arts and cultural studies, architecture, cultural policy, and other disciplines examining the organization, uses, and images of urban space. Topics of articles may analyze (but are not restricted to): urban lifestyles and means of resistance, socioeconomic conditions and empowerment of residents through artistic/cultural initiatives, the impacts of tourism and ‘creative city’ initiatives on cities over the last decade, affirmations of cultural expressions, and the democratic governance of cities.

Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted works are graded by three reviewers, and ranked for academic quality, originality, and relevance to the objectives and thematic scope of this issue.

The issue will be published in Portuguese with abstracts in French, English, and Portuguese. The journal will translate two non-Portuguese-language articles into Portuguese for the issue. The issue will include approximately 6-8 articles and 4-5 book reviews.

Articles may be submitted in the following languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish. Articles should not exceed 50,000 characters.
Articles should be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 900 characters. Papers should be sent in Word format by 31 March 2012 to the following e-mail address: rccs@ces.uc.pt

Key dates
International call for papers: October 2011
Submission deadline: 31 March 2012
Notification of acceptance: July 2012
Publication of issue: December 2012

For further information
For further information about this special issue, please contact: Nancy Duxbury (duxbury@ces.uc.pt)

RCCS Information for Authors is available here: http://www.ces.uc.pt/rccs/normaspubrccs.pdf

About Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS)
Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS) publishes the results of advanced research in all fields of social and human sciences. It gives special attention to studies which contribute to a critical knowledge about the Portuguese context and a deepening of comparative perspectives. It favours works with a transdisciplinary potential and which contribute to theoretical discussion and epistemological thinking in a global context. The peer-review journal publishes four issues per year. http://www.ces.uc.pt/rccs/index.php

Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS), No. 99
Número Especial: Em torno da cidade criativa
Editores: Nancy Duxbury, Carlos Fortuna, José António Bandeirinha e Paulo Peixoto
Núcleo de Estudos sobre Cidades, Culturas e Arquitectura
Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES), Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

O ponto de partida deste número especial da RCCS é a tendência política predominante, ainda que fortemente criticada, para que as cidades participem na corrida internacional das identidades que vão estando na moda e para que se envolvam no jogo da competitividade económica através de investimentos em projectos emblemáticos de arquitetura e da construção de lugares que visam atrair talentos criativos móveis. Contribuindo para uma assinalável renovação urbana e para estratégias de revitalização económica em várias cidades, essas abordagens tendem, igualmente, a negligenciar questões de equidade e de inclusão social, originando rupturas de comunidades criativas/artísticas existentes e favorecendo os maiores e os mais apelativos produtos culturais que circulam globalmente (exposições, performances, artistas), ao mesmo tempo que evidenciam abordagens preocupadas com as culturas locais e os patrimónios ‘autênticos’. Ainda que essa perspetiva continue a ser palpável, ela deixou se ser encarada como o único caminho possível para a renovação urbana criativa e para o desenvolvimento económico, sendo evidente a necessidade de propor e de analisar abordagens alternativas que sejam mais sensíveis às realidades e questões locais; ambiental, social e economicamente sustentáveis; e atentas às questões da inclusão, da justiça e das realidades multiculturais. Os brilhantes holofotes políticos e mediáticos dos investimentos e das iniciativas das ‘cidades criativas’ – assim como a atenção conferida pelas agendas de investigação a esses desenvolvimentos – levaram a que outras opções culturais ficassem nas sombras. É tempo de explorar esses espaços alternativos, as ideias, as estratégias e as forças socioculturais em jogo e que podem conduzir-nos à elaboração de padrões alternativos de desenvolvimento criativo.

Este número temático procura reunir perspetivas criativas e interdisciplinares da socioantropologia, das artes e estudos culturais, da arquitetura, das políticas culturais e de outras disciplinas que abordem a organização, os usos e as imagens dos espaços urbanos. Entre outros, os artigos podem incidir nas seguintes dimensões: estilos de vida e modos de resistência, condições socioeconómicas e empoderamento dos residentes através de iniciativas culturais e artísticas, impactos do turismo e das iniciativas ‘cidade criativa’ nas cidades ao longo da última década, afirmação de expressões culturais e governação democrática das cidades.

A Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais está sujeita a arbitragem científica. Todos os artigos submetidos são avaliados por três avaliadores e ordenados a partir de critérios de qualidade académica, originalidade e relevância em relação aos objetivos e ao espectro temático deste número.

O número temático será publicado em português com resumos em francês, inglês e português. A revista assegura, para este número, a tradução de dois artigos submetidos em língua estrangeira. Este número temático incluirá 6 a 8 artigos e 4 a 5 recensões.

Os artigos podem ser submetidos nas seguintes línguas: português, inglês, francês e espanhol. Os artigos não devem exceder os 50 mil carateres. Os artigos devem ser acompanhados de resumos que não excedam 900 carateres. As propostas devem ser enviadas em formato word até 31 de março de 2012 para rccs@ces.uc.pt

Datas a reter
Call for papers internacional: outubro de 2011
Data limite para envio de textos: 31 de março de 2012
Notificação de aceitação: julho de 2012
Publicação do número temático: dezembro de 2012

Informação adicional
Para informação adicional relativa a este número, contactar, por favor, Nancy Duxbury (duxbury@ces.uc.pt)
Informação relevante para os autores que queiram publicar na RCCS está disponível em http://www.ces.uc.pt/rccs/normaspubrccs.pdf

Sobre a Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS)
A Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS) publica os resultados de investigação avançada em todas as áreas das ciências sociais e das humanidades. Concede uma atenção particular a estudos que contribuam para um conhecimento crítico da realidade portuguesa e um aprofundamento de perspetivas comparativas e privilegia trabalhos com potencial transdisciplinar e que concorram para a discussão teórica e para a reflexão epistemológica num contexto global.

A Revista tem periodicidade trimestral e privilegia a publicação de números temáticos, confiados a investigadores credenciados das respetivas áreas. Toda a colaboração, solicitada ou não solicitada, é submetida a um exigente processo de seleção e revisão por arbitragem científica. http://www.ces.uc.pt/rccs/index.php

case studies intercultural dialogue CFP

To be edited by
Nazan Haydari & Prue Holmes

We invite submissions for an edited volume on the topic of intercultural dialogue contracted with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. The growing interest to the concept of intercultural dialogue highlights recognition of the intercultural character of all dialogue processes as they are embedded in and transcend national, political, economic, cultural, religious and historical contexts. It also acknowledges how closely normative assumptions about dialogue are implicated in intercultural communication practices.

The volume aims to make a contribution to the field through the diversity of conceptual and methodological approaches, inclusion of various cultures, contexts and examples, and through the contribution of a diverse number of authors. It draws on cases of intercultural communication in which there is dialogue, conflict or misunderstanding, and presents approaches, theories, and analytical tools that can be used to productively understand and/or resolve the issues presented in the particular examples. The collection approaches case studies as both a way to theorize intercultural dialogue, and as a teaching/learning tool. By defining the concept of “case” more broadly as a real life situation—from a well-defined situation taking place at a certain time and place (e.g. conversations, meetings, classroom settings) to series of events, forms of representation, or organizational structures—the collection aims to cover a range of examples from different cultural contexts. The case studies are structured around the idea that intercultural dialogue is an important component of everyday life, and which is practiced at various levels—from interpersonal communication to media, education, business settings, legal work, action in civil society, and national policy construction, etc. The cases are expected to demonstrate the complexity in the dynamics of intercultural communication, culture, everyday, and identity, and emphasize the building of dialogue at individual, interpersonal, group, and institutional levels. Submissions may address a broad range of issues, including class struggles, international journalism, artistic expressions, interpersonal and workplace conflict, media, education, migration, new media technologies, NGOs working on conflict resolution or in conflict-torn areas, popular culture, race and ethnicity, sexuality, religious diversity, social movements, transnational feminist practices, youth cultures, and war.

Please send an extended abstract of 1000 words by November 21st to both nazan.haydari@yahoo.com and p.m.holmes@durham.ac.uk . Selected abstracts will be notified by November 30th and full papers (of 5000 words including notes and references) will be due 15th of March 2012.