Saskia Witteborn

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Saskia Witteborn (PhD, University of Washington, 2005) is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Chinese University of Hong Kong where she also directs the M.A. program in Global Communication. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, past Chair of the Communication as Social Construction Division at NCA, and Research Associate of the University of Washington Center for Local Strategies Research (in affiliation with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament and Peace in Geneva).

Her research focuses on communicative practice and migration and how migrants create, adapt to, and enact ways of communicating and grouping in new sociocultural and political contexts (face-to-face and mediated). Moreover, her research explores how communication practices are constitutive of and constituted by transnational political, economic, and cultural processes and strategic interests. Saskia works mostly from an ethnographic and language and social interaction perspective and tries to understand how transnational migrants themselves perceive and create their sociopolitical and cultural realities. She has published on collective identity enactment by people with a migration background from Arab countries in the U.S., on social spaces, communication, and forced migration in Europe, on political advocacy by migrants from China in the U.S. and Germany as well as on Global Citizenship and Intercultural Dialogue in such journals as the Journal of Communication, Research on Language and Social Interaction, the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Language and Intercultural Communication. A chapter on political advocacy and gender is published in Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures (Ed., R. Hegde, NYU Press) and a chapter on forced migrants and new media practices is forthcoming in the Handbook of Global Media Research (Ed., I. Volkmer, Routledge).

Go to her website for further information and contact details.

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Call for papers-AUSACE

CALL FOR PAPERS, PANELS, POSTERS

The Media Program at the American University of Beirut is delighted to host the 16th annual international conference of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators (AUSACE), October 28-31, 2011. This year’s Conference theme is Digital and Media Literacy: New Directions.

Mobile phones, blogs, online social networks, wikis, user-generated news, and a plethora of ubiquitous digital media have facilitated access to information; allowed people from around the globe to connect; offered enormous potential for communication about, from, and among civil society groups, democracy advocates, and political activists; and presented new possibilities for national development projects and political change.

But the potential of digital media diffusion cannot be realized if people lack the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media content. Increasingly, digital literacy and media literacy are viewed as agents for the acquisition of such skills and knowledge, and as essential components for all levels of education and every member of society.

Integrating digital and media literacy into educational curricula and public agendas will help ensure citizens, groups, and institutions are equipped with the essential analytical and communications skills required for success in the 21st century.

AUSACE 2011 conference participants are encouraged to interpret this year’s theme broadly to include new directions for media education, for national development, for democracy, for civil society, and for global engagement. Topics relating to the current events in the Arab world are especially encouraged.

Abstract submissions for research papers, panels, and poster presentations are now open. For details on how to submit please visit the official conference website.

Deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2011

For questions and to be added to the official conference email list, please email: ausace2011@aub.edu.lb

AUSACE is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Arab-U.S. relations among communication educators and media professionals. AUSACE conferences bring together communication scholars from all around the world to discuss local, national and global issues related to the field.

AUSACE 2011 Conference Chair
Jad Melki, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Journalism and Media Studies
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
+961-1-350-000 Ext. 4380 (Office)
jm39@aub.edu.lb

Call for papers IMDA

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 20th World Business Congress of the International Management Development Association (IMDA) devoted to “Challenges and Opportunities of Global Business in the New Millennium: Contemporary Issues and Future Trends” will be held in Poznan, Poland from July 3rd through 7th, 2011 in cooperation with Poznan University of Economics and in partnership with a number of state, provincial, and local government departments. His Excellency Mr. Waldemar Pawlak, Deputy Prime Minister and Poland’s Minister of Economy, will be the opening speaker along with a number of other important dignitaries.

Scholarly papers, panel/special session proposals, and case study exercises for presentation and subsequent publication in the refereed Congress Proceedings in book and CD form and in a number of scholarly journals are invited. Theoretical, conceptual, and empirical papers (using qualitative/historical and quantitative methodologies) are solicited.

Manuscripts submitted must be complete papers, ready for blind review, to be considered for inclusion in the Congress proceedings. A work-in-progress may be reviewed and considered for presentation, even though not published in the Congress proceedings. In addition to sharing scholarship regarding global business issues, the Congress is designed to offer an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world and exchange information and ideas on a variety of global business topics. This is a great organization and a great venue. No visas are required for nationals of most countries.

Please note that the paper submission deadline is April 1st, 2011. The manuscripts should be submitted to the appropriate track co-chairs according to the Congress Call for Papers. A copy of the Call for Papers and much more information about the Congress is available on the Association’s website: http://www.imda.cc

Any specific Congress related questions should be directed to Congress Program Co-chairs Dr. Erdener Kaynak at ek9@comcast.net or Dr. Ajay Manrai at manraia@udel.edu. I would be delighted to send a complete call for papers in PDF format and otherwise be of further assistance.

William Evans

RESEARCHER PROFILE

William Evans, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Telecommunication and Film at the University of Alabama. His research interests include content analysis, media audience measurement, and health and science communication. He currently serves on the editorial board of Science Communication (a peer-reviewed journal). He has been principal investigator, senior personnel, or lead contractor for dozens of sizable grants and contracts, mostly related to the role of media in public health and in community emergence preparedness. As Director of the Institute for Communication and Information Research at the University of Alabama, a position he held from 2004 to 2010, Dr. Evans served as college-wide research administrator, identifying grant opportunities, preparing grant applications, and monitoring research ethics compliance for a faculty of more than 40 tenured and tenure-track professors. Dr. Evans is a member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and has participated in eight of the ten most recent BEA annual meetings.

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Stephen A. King

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Stephen A. King earned his Ph.D. in Speech Communication at Indiana University in 1997 and currently is Professor of Communication Studies at Delta State University, located in Cleveland, Mississippi. King’s research program includes a long-term interest in rhetoric, intercultural communication and popular culture. His first book, Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control, was published by the University Press of Mississippi in December 2002. King traces how Jamaica’s popular music evolved both lyrically and musically from 1959-1980. The study also examines how the Jamaican government and its surrogates attempted to control Jamaica’s popular music and the Rastafarian movement. King’s second book, I’m Feeling the Blues Right Now: Blues Tourism and the Mississippi Delta, will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in July 2011. Promotional efforts to market blues music rely heavily on blues myths and claims of authenticity, strategies that seek to satisfy the imaginations of blues tourists who travel to the Mississippi Delta to experience authenticity (and spend money) in the mythical “birthplace of the blues.” At the same time, efforts to obfuscate Mississippi’s past embody conscious efforts to privilege a sterilized historical narrative, a narrative that relies heavily on revisionist memory practices. For example, while promotional materials often highlight the Delta as the “home of the blues,” and spotlight the region’s rustic and “authentic” blues culture, there is, not surprisingly, precious little information on Mississippi’s depressing record of state-sponsored oppression of African Americans. King’s work has also been published in a variety of journals, including the Southern Communication Journal, Howard Journal of Communications, Popular Music and Society, and Caribbean Studies as well as in edited books such as The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest (London: Ashgate Press, 2006) and the forthcoming Popular Music and Human Rights, Volume I (London: Ashgate Press). King is currently outlining an applied intercultural communication project that examines issues related to rhetoric and racial reconciliation.

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John R. Baldwin Researcher Profile

John BaldwinJohn R. Baldwin is Professor of Communication and Coordinator of the Communication Studies Unit at Illinois State University.

Intercultural/Intergroup Communication and Tolerance: My research interests usually involve culture or groupness in some way. In my dissertation (Ariz State Univ, 1994), I investigated how Caucasian Americans perceive the terms “race” and what behaviors they perceive to be “racist.” In various research projects, I am looking at the link between communication behaviors and stereotypes, at cross-cultural understandings of sexual harassment, at communicative strategies in interethnic romances, and at different ethnic perspectives at what constitutes “racism.”

Multidisciplinary Understandings of Culture: In different essays and a 2006 book on the definition of culture (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), I strive to see how different disciplinary views, as well as different methods and even different assumptions about the world can inform our understandings of the nature of culture and of intolerance, such as racism and sexism.

Latin American Studies: I am also interested in communication in Latin America (Brazil specifically, though Latin America in general) and the social construction of gender, “race,” and nationality in Latin America. With knowledge of both Spanish and Portuguese, I have made presentations on Latin American communication and relationship patterns. I have published essays on the social construction of gender in Brazil and Latin America and done several presentations on the construction of “race,” particularly in Brazil. I have done consulting in Brazilian culture and taught Portuguese to local business professionals, as well as conducted training on cultural adjustment and on American culture for business sojourners. My next major research agenda will be to look at the social construction of “race” in Música Popular Brasileira (popular Brazilian music), and then to focus in on how it is negotiated in the work of specific artists, like Milton Nascimento, Tropicália (Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil), the Paralamas de Successo, and Legião Urbana. 

Nazan Haydari

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Nazan Haydari is Associate Professor of Media School at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Her research and teaching areas consist of alternative media, feminist media, critical pedagogy, intercultural communication, and radio studies. During her work years at Maltepe University, she was involved in the organization of NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue with Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. Among many outcomes of that Conference was the establishment of this Center for Intercultural Dialogue in 2010. Since the founding, she has served on the CID Advisory Board. In addition, she served as co-editor, with Prue Holmes, of the collection, Case Studies in Intercultural Dialogue published by Kendall Hunt in 2014. She is particularly interested in collaborative research on the practices of critical media pedagogy in various contexts and  the relationship between radio, gender and identity, has participated in the development of various media projects with street-involved children and youngsters, and serves as a Board Member of the Research and Implementation Center on Street Children (SOYAÇ) at Maltepe University as well as a member of Women’s Radio in Europe Network (WREN). Her recent publications appear in Innovations in Education and Teaching International Journal; New Public Spheres: Recontextualizing the Intellectual (Edited by Thijssen et al, Ashgate Publications, 2013); and The Social Dimension of the Economic Crisis in Europe: Social Work in European and Transnational Context (Edited by Steph-Fine, Schibri-Verlag Publications, 2013). Haydari holds a Ph.D. in Communications and MAIA in Communication and Development from Ohio University, USA.

Contact her by email if you share interests.

Barbara Hines

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Barbara B. Hines (Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1981, M.A. American University, 1974, B.S. The University of Texas at Austin, 1971) is professor of journalism and director of the Graduate Program in Mass Communication and Media Studies, Howard University, Washington, DC. Her research includes the history and development of scholastic and collegiate journalism, accreditation in higher education, public relations and journalism, with numerous publications in these and related areas.  She has served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and through foundation and U.S. State Department-funded programs has helped to train journalists from Europe, Asia and Africa.

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PhD scholarships – Leeds

The Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds is offering a number of PhD Scholarships for study commencing in September/October 2011. The scholarships cover full maintenance and fees equivalent to the Home/EU rate, for a period of three years. They are intended to support full-time study leading to a PhD in any area of the Institute’s research activities, and are open to both home/EU and international applicants.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 May 2011.

See details or make other enquiries to ics-phd-admin@leeds.ac.uk

Empedocles call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS
“Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction” Special Issue of Empedocles, guest edited by Pekka Isotalus (University of Tampere) and Owen Hargie (University of Ulster).

There is growing need for a European publication platform for interpersonal communication and social interaction research and theory development. In order to give the European communication research community an opportunity to assess the scope of such a platform, Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication will publish a special guest-edited issue on interpersonal communication and social interaction, which could also be the starting point for a new journal dedicated to this area of research: European Journal of Human Communication.

As guest editors for a special edition of Empedocles to be published in December 2011, we welcome proposals for articles that explore contacts and bonds between people, whether in private or public contexts, whether maintained face-to-face or mediated via communication technologies. The articles can focus on interpersonal relationships; group and team communication; conversational organisation; verbal and nonverbal communication; language and social interaction; intercultural dimensions; public speaking; radio and television performance; rhetoric; argumentation; persuasion and mutual influence; communicative competence and interpersonal skills; ethnography of speaking; and, other related approaches to human social interaction. We encourage qualitative approaches to research, while also encompassing quantitative inquiry. For this special issue, theoretical, evaluative or interpretative studies are especially welcome.

The journal publishes double-blind peer reviewed articles (6,000-8,000 words). Submissions should be sent by email before June 15, 2011, to guest editors Pekka Isotalus (pekka.isotalus@uta.fi) and Owen Hargie (ODW.Hargie@ulster.ac.uk).

Empedocles uses the MHRA referencing system. Please download the notes for contributors for further information.