Study Abroad-China

I will be leading students from the University of Oklahoma on a four-week Study Abroad program in Kunming, China, June 17- July 14. Undergraduate students will take a three hour course that I teach, “Communication in Chinese Cultures” and a three hour course in East-West poetry. Currently this program is open only to students at the University of Oklahoma. However, if you are interested or know of students who might be interested, contact me and we can look into what could possibly be arranged.

We took students to China last summer and had a wonderful time. The city of Kunming is known as the city of “eternal spring” and has great weather, clean air, great food, and fascinating cultures. It is located in Yunnan Province, Southwest China, home to many non-Han ethnic groups. We will take students to Lijiang, home of the Naxi people, and Shangrila, where there are many Tibetans. It’s a great place to spend the summer, learn about China, and broaden your cultural horizons!

Contact me:
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Post-doc, U New Mexico

The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applications for two post-doctoral fellowship appointments for fall, 2011. We are seeking scholars with substantial background in culture and communication, intercultural communication, and health, culture and communication. The department offers nationally recognized doctoral, masters and undergraduate degrees, and welcomes research that features diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. Our scholarly community features faculty and graduate students who are active in numerous professional associations, and who regularly collaborate with interdisciplinary institutes and programs such as the Latin American & Iberian Institute, Women Studies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Applicants will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation, the relevance of their research to the department’s academic priorities, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and strength of recommendations. Post-doctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to teach graduate and undergraduate courses and work with graduate students, will be invited to become involved in the Institute for Communication, Culture & Change, and will be expected to contribute to the department research colloquium series. Fellows will be expected to carry out research in their area of specialization and teach two courses each semester. Appointments will be for one year, renewable for up to two subsequent years.

Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by the time of appointment.  A complete application consists of: (1) a signed letter of interest identifying areas of expertise and background, research interests, and teaching experience; (2) a curriculum vitae/academic resume including email address; (3) two samples of recent, representative publications or conference papers; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness in introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, and graduate level courses, if appropriate; and (5) names and contact information for three references.

Send applications to Mary Jane Collier, Professor, Post-Doctoral Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication & Journalism, MSC03 2240, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, FAX (505) 277-2608, or via email to Review of applications will begin April 15, 2011 and continue until the Fellowship positions are filled. The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Hebrew University

On March 29, 2011, I gave an invited presentation at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem entitled “The Social Construction of Meaning in Intercultural Weddings.” This was the first of a series of talks this spring, as I travel to Israel, Azerbaijan, China, and Japan, making connections for the Center as I go.

Poster for Hebrew University

This photo was taken as the talk was getting organized. It includes Dr. Carmel L. Vaisman, Prof. Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Dr. Zohar Kampf, Prof. Tamir Sheafer, and Prof. Tamar Liebes.

Hebrew University, March 2011






My thanks to Limor Shifman for organizing the event, and Esther Schely-Newman for helping to make it happen.

Several scholars promised to send researcher profiles to post to this site as a way to share information about their research. I will list them here as they arrive and are put up:
Zvi Bekerman
Ifat Maoz

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Andrew Carlin Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAndrew Carlin (PhD University of Stirling, 2000) is an ethnographer and information specialist based in England. Currently he teaches Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Andrew Carlin

He has led and participated in numerous ethnographic inquiries in various settings and locations, including Belgium, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the United States. His doctoral work in Scotland was followed by a postdoctoral position at University College Dublin, Ireland; he returned to UCD as a College Lecturer at the School of Information & Library Studies. He has numerous teaching interests in Sociology and in Library & Information Studies.

His main research interests are the linguistic constitution of research methods and the social organization of scholarly communication; hence, his recent research focuses on Harold Garfinkel’s notion of ‘corpus status’. In a range of international, peer-reviewed journals and edited collections he has written about literature reviews and reference sections as ‘assembled objects’, the discipline-specific auspices of interdisciplinary research, mundane texts, and the social organization of public spaces.

For regular updates on current work see:

Recent publications include:

Carlin, Andrew P. 2017. Navigating the walkways: Radical inquiries and mental maps. Ethnographic Studies. 14, 24-48

Carlin, Andrew P. 2016. On some limits of interdisciplinarity. Social Epistemology. 30 (5-6), 624-642

Carlin, Andrew P. 2014. Working the crowds: Features of street performance in public space. In City Imaging: Regeneration, Renewal, and Decay, Ed. T. Brabazon, pp. 157-169. Dordrecht: Springer.

Carlin, Andrew P. & Slack, Roger S. 2013. Eds. Egon Bittner: Phenomenology-in-Action. Ethnographic Studies. 13, xxi+304

He can be contacted via email.

Esin Sultan Oğuz


Esin Sultan Oğuz writes: “I’m working on developing multicultural library and information services for the British immigrants in Didim (-a sea side town in Turkey). For this purpose, between July and November I’ll carry on my post phd study in UCL Department of Information Management.

If there is anyone who is interested in this subject I also want to say in the near future I want to develop an EU project on this subject. Also I’m open for joint researches and projects as well.

The project description follows:

Developing Multicultural Library and Information Services for the Foreign Population in Turkey: A Project Addressed to European Immigrants in Didim

In recent years, there has been an increase in immigration to Turkey, mostly from Europe. Although the number of immigrants to Turkey is undeniably on the rise, there is no short or long term plan to integrate a multicultural library and information services into immigrant communities, thus necessitating the current study. Moreover, the international literature is replete with studies focusing on the integration of minorities including Muslim and Turkish populations into the European library system. However, research on the converse (integrating European populations into the Turkish library system) is virtually non-existent. The latter is especially important given the growing sensitivity with respect to the four cornerstones of multiculturalism—equality, tolerance, understanding and diversity. The need for an overhaul of the Turkish library system with the aim of making it more immigrant-friendly can no longer be overlooked given the immigrant ratio in the country. As Rasmussen and Kolarik have stated, the notion of equality implies equal access to resources and services available in the community. As it stands right now, foreigners in Turkey are at a huge disadvantage with respect to equal access to resources.

The goal of this project is to assist in the development of mutual understanding and tolerance among the various ethnic, linguistic and cultural groups in Turkey by establishing a framework for a multicultural library. Clearly, such a library would be conducive to cross-cultural exchange as it would serve as a locale where both immigrants, and Turks, could share their traditions, learn more about one another, and exchange experiences. Turkish multicultural libraries could also sponsor leisure activities, continuing education courses, and provide immigrants with access to useful legal information (the latter is especially important since there are no embassies and consulates outside of Ankara and Istanbul).

Didim, a small town located in southern Turkey near Aydin, has been selected as the location for this study due to its large European (specifically British) population. The number of immigrants in Didim has consistently risen since 2000, reaching a total of approximately 4000 individuals by 2011.”

Esin Sultan Oğuz, PhD.
Hacettepe University
Department of Information Management
Ankara, Turkey

Grant opportunity – Global connections


The State Department’s: Global Connections and Exchange Program just issued a Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) that involves digital storytelling, social networking, and project-based learning. This is a competition for the Global Connections and Exchange Program, the Department’s “virtual exchange program,” meaning that most of the interaction between foreign and U.S. students takes place online.

The Youth Programs Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for two or three projects under the Global Connections and Exchange Program (GCE) in the following countries worldwide: Bolivia, Botswana, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Samoa, Tajikistan, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the United States. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501c(3) may submit proposals to facilitate online and face-to-face exchanges between overseas schools and/or community youth organizations and counterparts in the United States.

The Global Connections and Exchange Program utilizes technology to create a U.S. presence in areas where many citizens may have little opportunity to travel or participate in exchange programs. Through web chats and discussion boards, foreign teachers, students/youths and youth leaders participate in dialogues with U.S. peers about their lives, families and communities. In addition, theme- based curriculum projects will increase understanding of issues relevant to both U.S. and overseas participants and harness their energies to effect positive change in their communities.

For details, please take a look at their Request for Grant Proposals, under Global Connections and Exchange Program. Multiple other, potentially relevant programs are also listed in that call for proposals.

Books available for review

The following books are available for review at the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.  If you are interested in reviewing, please email the book review editor (Jake Harwood:, including brief indication of which book(s) you wish to review, any relevant qualifications/conflicts of interest, and a mailing address. A copy of the book is provided, and reviews are expected within 3 months of receipt of the book.

Language and sexism (Mills) — Cambridge
A history of communications (Poe) — Cambridge
Emotions in multiple languages (Dewaele) — Palgrave
Anti- and Pro-Social Communication (Kinney & Porhola) — Lang
Cultural processes (Leung et al.) — Cambridge
Conversation and gender (Speer and Stokoe) — Cambridge
English around the world (Schneider) — Cambridge
Dialogue: The mixed game (Weigand) – Benjamins
Social psychology and discourse (McKinlay & McVittie) — Wiley
Variation in indigenous minority languages (Stanford & Preston) — Benjamins
Clinical pragmatics (Cummings) — Cambridge
Sign languages (Brentari) — Cambridge
The social psychology of English as a global language (McKenzie) — Springer
Language, migration, and identity (Goebel) – Cambridge
Investigation in sociohistorical linguistics (Trudgill) — Cambridge
The language of statutes (Solan) – Chicago
Language, gender, and sexual identity (Motschenbacher) — Benjamins
Motivation and second language acquisition (Gardner) — Lang
Predicative minds (Bogdan) – MIT Press
Jake Harwood, Professor & Interim Head
Department of Communication
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Media and Citizenship call for papers

Please note: The deadline for the special issue on media and democracy for the Taiwan Journal of Democracy has been extended until Monday, April 18. The complete call follows below and is attached.

Taiwan Journal of Democracy
Call for Papers: Media and Citizenship Special Issue

Scholars have long noted the need for a well-informed electorate to maintain healthy democracies. Media performances, in many instances, have implications for the quality of democracies and their societies. An established body of scholarship in media studies and elsewhere has addressed such issues as media contribution to democratic governance. Much less empirical research examines connections among media, media systems and citizenship, including the rights, responsibilities and privileges associated with belonging to particular nations or communities, as well as associated values, identities and processes working to reinforce or transform them.

This special issue of the Taiwan Journal of Democracy is an invitation to bridge that gap. As many countries move toward more democratic forms of governance, the articulation of various dimensions of citizenship has import for the quality of democracies, but has not been fully explored in studies of democracy and democratization, as Guillermo O’Donnell has noted (See his lead article in Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol.3, No.2, December 2007). We use citizenship in a broad sense here, including formal rights and accompanying responsibilities in terms of a nation-state, but also dimensions reaching into often-overlooked dimensions of citizenship-including civil, social, cultural or environmental, among others-as well as what some have termed the emergence of a global civil society, or post-national citizenship following the spread of globalization.

This call for papers is intended to explore the interface of citizenship with media, building on other work on media and political engagement. Papers here may explore conceptual and analytical bridges to such key notions as agency, identity, deliberation, practice, civic interests and expression, or civic culture, among others. Please note this call is not region specific.

Key questions remain regarding interactions of dimensions and conceptualizations of citizenship with society, including regarding the formation, erosion or transformation of citizenship and citizens. How do media work to explore the limits of citizenship, of belonging or exclusion, of public and private spheres, of diversity among citizens, or in the transformation from non-citizen to citizen, and vice-versa? As Manuel Castells and Silvio Waisbord have asked, as demarcations between states, civil society and their citizens shift, what are the implications for our understandings of citizenship and the role of communication? Peter Dahlgren discussed media’s key roles in terms of shaping components of civic agency and culture; what are the observed cases of those formulations? How do citizens’ encounters with mediated content shape identity formation, public opinion, civic awareness, among others? As citizens struggle to resolve conflicts in democratic, non-democratic or democratizing societies, how does media performance connect? In rapidly transforming technological contexts, what are the implications for articulation or realization of citizenship at various scales?

Guidelines & Timeline
Full-paper proposals of empirical research (maximum 10,000 words, including references, footnotes, tables and figures) will be considered for the special issue. Papers should follow the Journal’s style and writing guidelines and editorial policies, which can be found on its website here ( Because of deadline considerations, only English-language manuscripts will be considered. The extended deadline for paper submission is April 18,, 2011. Authors will be notified by July 15, 2011, regarding the outcome of peer reviews. Final revised manuscripts for publication will be due Sept. 15, 2011. The tentative publication date for the issue will be December 2011.

Documents should be sent via email to co-editor Juliet Pinto. A title page including a 150-word abstract, relevant contact information and a brief biological sketch should be sent as a separate file. Manuscripts should include only the working title as a header on each page, and all identifying information should be removed.

Special Issue Co-Editors

Dr. Juliet Pinto
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Journalism & Broadcasting, SJMC
Florida International University
North Miami, FL  33181
(305) 919-4404

Dr. Sallie Hughes
Associate Professor
Dept. of Journalism
School of Communication
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL  33146
(305) 284-8163

Patricia O. Covarrubias

Researcher ProfilesPatricia O. Covarrubias (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1999) is Associate Professor and Director of the M.A. Program in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Patricia Covarrubias

My previous careers include work as a broadcast journalist for KCRA-TV (NBC affiliate in Sacramento, California) and owner of OCELOTL, a consulting company providing presentation skills to US and Japanese business persons. My academic research focuses on understanding and describing how local cultures influence people’s ways of communicating and vice versa, and on describing how culturally-grounded communicative practices reflect and create a unique life for groups of people.  Ultimately, I am interested in the influence of culture and cultural diversity in the activities and events of everyday life across a variety of contexts.   My research goals include contributing to the ethnography of communication and to language and social interaction approaches.  Further, my aim is to contribute to cultural and intercultural communication, metaphors as communication, cultural/intercultural communication in health contexts, and the much understudied communicative aspect of communicative silence.  In whatever context, my professional passions and research impetus are driven by my personal ideals for achieving social inclusivity and justice, improving institutional (and other) contexts, more peaceful living, richer multicultural experience, and greater benefits from our human socio-cultural distinctiveness.

In the area of communicative silence I am interested in exploring silences as “generative” rather than “consumptive” enactments.  For example, I have studied silence as a generative means for perpetuating, particularizing, and/or protecting culture.  To this research I would like to add uses of silence to enact social resistance for purposes of emancipation.  Also, I am interested in studying the kinds of social worlds people create when competing culturally situated silences collide.  For example, using American Indian examples, I have taken a critical look at silence enactments that reveal what I call “discriminatory silence” within the context of the college classroom.  In future work, I hope to explore the silencing of women who practice orthodox religions, particularly to not exclusively, in college contexts.  The study of communicative silence is a much under-studied aspect in the field of communication, among other academic fields, and my goal is to contribute to centralizing its importance in studies about human communication.

My past research includes ethnographic investigation of the ways of speaking of native Mexican construction workers and the ways they use pronominal address to create interpersonal webs that in turn enabled them to achieve workplace cooperation.  This work was the focus of my doctoral dissertation, which subsequently was published as a book under the title, Culture, Communication, and Cooperation: Interpersonal Relations and Pronominal Address in a Mexican Organization.

In 2014-2015 I was one of nine professors selected for the first ever Teaching Fellows program at UNM. As part of my commitment to this program I am studying some unexplored reasons why so many Latino students drop out of college at undergraduate and graduate levels. Using double bind theory I am looking at potentially contradictory messages about college within Latino families. This project also involves designing creative writing assignments to help students manage their double bind realities and persist in accomplishing their goals of graduating from college.

Another current research project involves problematizing the concepts of respect and respeto (respect in Spanish) as they are understood in the applied context of immigration discourses. This study argues that respect and respeto are not necessarily equivalent and, thus, serve as loci for sociocultural misunderstandings and alienation. Because my research commitments embrace continuing work with Mexican/Hispanic/Latina(o)/Chicana(o) ways of communicating, potential new directions consist of inquiry into the emotional impact of undocumented immigration on behalf of Mexican women.  This project would help address the complicated impact of a contemporary social problem that affects the health, health care, and clinical practices enacted in New Mexican communities.

Publications & Other Productivity

Covarrubias, P. (2002 Culture, communication, and cooperation: Interpersonal relations and pronominal address in a Mexican organization, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Boulder, CO. (Soft cover edition 2005)


Covarrubias, P., & Windchief, S. (2009) Silences in Stewardship: Some American Indian College Students Examples.  The Howard Journal of Communications, 20, 4, 1-20.

Covarrubias, P. (2008). Masked Silence Sequences: Hearing Discrimination in the College Classroom. Communication, Culture & Critique, 1, 3, 227-252.

Covarrubias, P. (2007). (Un)biased in Western theory: Generative silence in American Indian communication. Communication Monographs, 74, 2, 265-271.

Philipsen, G., Aoki, E., Castor, T., Coutu, L., Covarrubias, P., Jabs, L., Kane, M., & Winchatz, M. (1997). Reading Ella Cara Deloria’s Waterlily for cultured speech. Iowa Journal of Communication, 29, 31-49. (order of authorship beyond Philipsen was selected at random)

Chapters in edited volumes:

Covarrubias Baillet, P.O. (2009). The Ethnography of Communication. In Littlejohn, S. and K. Foss (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Communication Theory (pp. 355-360). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Covarrubias Baillet, P.O. (2009). Speech Codes Theory. In Littlejohn, S. and K. Foss (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Communication Theory (pp. 918-924). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Covarrubias, P. (2005). Homemade talk: Language, identity, and other Mexican legacies for a son’s intercultural competence. In Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz (Ed.), From generation to generation: Maintaining cultural identity over time (pp. 29-47). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Philipsen, G., Coutu, L. M., & Covarrubias, P. (2005). Speech Codes Theory: Revision, Restatement, and Response to Criticisms. In William Gudykunst (Ed.), Theorizing about communication and culture. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. (order of authorship beyond Philipsen was selected at random)

Covarrubias, P. (2000). Of endearment and other terms of address: A Mexican perspective. In M. W. Lustig and J. Koester (Eds.), AmongUS:  Essays on identity, belonging, and intercultural competence.  New York: Longman.


Covarrubias, P. (January 2006). The findings from my invited research presentation, “Defining success: Overhauling our assumptions,” were included in the published conference proceedings, Redefining Student Success: The Challenges and Implications of Extending Access, published by The College Board.

Covarrubias, P., & Turner, M. (Spring 2006). Cultural Codes in Communication, a video production. This video produced on DVD, conceived by Patricia Covarrubias and produced by UNM undergraduate student Mike Turner, served as promotional and teaching tool at a communication codes conference at the University of Washington in May 2006.