Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication


Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication
Series Editors: Mohan J. Dutta, Purdue University & Ambar Basu, University of South Florida

Global changes in migratory patterns, the increasing health inequalities faced by the poor, the health risks faced by communities at the margins of global societies, and the communicative nature of health problems have drawn additional attention to the relevance of studying health communication processes across global cultures.  This series will challenge West-centric ideals of health and human behavior by publishing theoretically- provocative, pedagogically-critical volumes addressing the intersection of communication principles and practices with health concepts and structures. The series editors seek book proposals that address (a) the storied nature of health communication practices that are globally situated; (b) structurally-constituted nature of health communication; (c) individual and collective processes of communicating through which cultures negotiate meanings of health; and (d) local-global processes of participation and organizing through which local communities seek to bring about transformations in unhealthy global structures.  The intent of the series is to foreground knowledge that creates openings for transforming structures of injustice and exploitation underlying global health inequalities.

Books in the series will be single authored books or strategic edited volumes making coherent arguments about the intersections of globalization and health. Although the series will occasionally publish research monographs based on comparative global research, the emphasis will be on publishing topical books that can be used both as advanced undergraduate-graduate texts as well as reference materials. Manuscript proposals should be addressed to series Co-editor Mohan J. Dutta at <>

IICD NCA Scholarship awards

Nominations are invited for the National Communication Association distinguished scholarship annual awards by the Division of International and Intercultural Communication for scholarship published during 2010 in the areas of international and intercultural communication.  Up to four awards will be given for the following categories featuring work in international and intercultural communication:

*         Best Book (edited or authored)
*         Best article (or book chapter),
*         Best Dissertation and /or Master’s Thesis

Unless otherwise specified, all nomination materials must be by electronic submission only to: and must include the following

(A)  A nomination letter outlining justification for the award.

(B)   For Article or Book Chapter submissions, send pdf copies only.

(C)  For Book, send three (3) copies of the complete work (you may ask your publishers to send copies directly as part of their promo!).

(D)  For Dissertation, or Thesis submissions, mail three (3) cd-rom copies of the complete work.

Mail hard copies (for C & D) to:
Dr. S. Lily Mendoza
1341 Nicolet Place
Detroit, MI 48207

Awards will be presented at the NCA International and Intercultural Division Business Meeting at the November 2011 convention in New Orleans.  Recipients of the awards will be notified by September 1 and are expected to be present for the award presentations. Self, peer, or advisor nominations accepted. Works must have been published during the 2010 calendar year.

Nomination packets must be received by April 30, 2011.

Ifat Maoz Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesIfat Maoz (Ph.D.) is a social psychologist, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Director of the Smart Communication Institute at Hebrew University.

She has been a visiting scholar at the Psychology Department of Stanford University (1996) and at the Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict (originally based at the University of Pennsylvania, then at Bryn Mawr College, 2002-3, 2006-8). Her current main interests include psychological and media-related aspects in conflict and peace making, processing of social and political information and dynamics of intergroup communication in conflict.

She may be contacted via email.

Selected Publications:

Maoz, I. (2011).   Contact in protracted asymmetrical conflict: Twenty years of planned encounters between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. .Journal of Peace Research, 48(1), 115-125.

Maoz, I.. & McCauley, C. (2011). Explaining support for violating outgroup human rights in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The role of attitudes toward general principles of human rights, trust in the outgroup, religiosity and intergroup contact. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41(4), 889-903.

Maoz, I. (2010). The asymmetric struggle for hearts and minds of viewers. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, 3(2), 99-110 .

Maoz, I., Freedman, G., & McCauley, C.  (2010). Fled or expelled? Representation of the Israeli-Arab conflict in U.S. high school history textbooks. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16(1), 1-10.

Maoz, I., Freedman, G., & McCauley, C.I (2010). Fled or expelled? Representation of the Israeli-Arab conflict in U.S. high school history textbooks. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16(1), 1-10.

Ron, Y., Maoz, I.  & Bekerman, Z. (2010). Dialogue and Ideology: The Effect of Continuous Involvement in Jewish-Arab Dialogue Encounters on the Ideological Perspectives of Israeli-Jews. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 34(6), 571-579.

Maoz, I. (2009). The Women and Peace Hypothesis? The Effect of Opponent-negotiators’ Gender on Evaluation of Compromise Solutions in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. International Negotiation, 14, 521-538.

Maoz, I. & McCauley C. (2009). Threat perceptions and feelings as predictors of Jewish-Israeli support for compromise with Palestinians. Journal of Peace Research, 46(4).

Maoz, I., Shamir, J., Wolfsfeld G. & Dvir, S. (2009). Psychological Correlates of Public Support for Reconciliation: The Israeli-Jordanian Case. Peace and Conflict Studies, 16(1), 31-42.

Maoz, I. (2008). “They watched a terrorist” responses of Jewish-Israeli viewers to an interview with a Palestinian terrorist. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 14(3), 275-290.

Maoz, I.  & Ellis, D. (2008). Intergroup Communication as a Predictor of Jewish-Israeli Agreement with Integrative Solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Mediating Effects of Outgroup Trust and Guilt . Journal of Communication, 58, 490-507 .

Maoz, I. & McCauley C. (2008). Threat , dehumanization and support for retaliatory-aggressive policies in asymmetric conflict. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 52 (1), 93-116

Maoz, I., Bar-On, D. & Yikya, S. (2007). “They understand only force”: A critical examination of the erruption of verbal violence in a Jewish-Palestinian dialogue. Peace and Conflict Studies, 14(2), 27-48.

Maoz, I. & Eidelson R. (2007). Psychological bases of extreme policy preferences: How the personal beliefs of Israeli-Jews predict their support for population transfer in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. American Behavioral  Scientist. 11.

Maoz, I. , Yaniv, I. & Ivri, N. (2007). Decision Framing and Willingness to make compromise in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Journal of Peace Research, 44 (1), 81-91.

Ellis, D. & Maoz, I.  (2007). Online arguments between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians. Human Communication Research, 33, 291-307.

Maoz, I. (2006). The effect of news coverage concerning the opponents’ reaction to a concession on its evaluation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 11(4), 70-88.

Maoz, I., & McCauley, R. (2005). Psychological correlates of support for compormise: A polling study of Jewish-Israeli attitudes towards solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Political Psychology, 26, 791-807.

Maoz, I. (2004). Peace building in violent conflict: Israeli-Palestinian Post Oslo people to people activities. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 17(3), 563-574.

Maoz, I. (2004). Coexistence is in the eye if the beholder: evaluating intergroup encounter interventions between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Journal of Social Issues, 60(3), 403-418.

Maoz, I.  Bar-On, D. Bekerman, Z. and Jaber-Massarawa, S. (2004). Learning about ‘good enough’ through ‘bad enough’: A story of a planned dialogue between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. Human Relations, 57 (9), 1075-1101.

Aarhus PhD scholarship

PhD scholarship in the field of the history of cross-media with focus on the world wide web and its relation to one or more other media types, primarily radio or tv. The Graduate School of Humanities, Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the State and University Library, invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in the history of cross-media with focus on the world wide web and its relation to one or more other media types, primarily radio or tv starting on 1 September 2011. Candidates who are awarded the scholarship must commence their PhD programme on 1 September 2011.

The PhD scholarship will be financed by the Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, and the State and University Library. The PhD scholarship is advertised within the field of the historical interplay of media. Scholarship about the interplay of media (cross-mediality) is an emerging field within media studies, but especially the number of historical cross-media studies is very limited. With this PhD-project we wish to further historical studies of the interplay of media. Despite the fact that the history of cross-mediality is by and large unchartered, the phenomenon itself has a long history, and with the advent of new media types within the last 10-15 years (eg. internet and mobile media) the media interplay has grown. The project must be historical and it should focus on one or more of the following points: theoretical and methodological issues, institutions, production, content and forms of expression, reception, technology, and social use. The project should benefit from the existing collections of media content at The State and University Library, primarily the national internet archive Netarkivet as well as the collections of radio and television. The State and University Library wants to further research projects which shed light on how research accross the librarie’s media collections can be undertaken.

Description of the graduate school’s PhD programme are at this site.  The PhD scholar will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School of Humanities, Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the Institute of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University. The PhD scholar will be affiliated with the PhD programme ICT, Communication, Media Studies and Journalism. The PhD scholar will be employed as a PhD student at the Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The PhD scholar’s place of work will be the Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Niels Brügger, Department of Information and Media Studies, phone + 45 8942 9226. Application: You can apply for a PhD scholarship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme via Aarhus University (see guidelines). If you require professional guidance regarding your application for a PhD scholarship please contact the head of the PhD programme ICT, Communication, Media Studies and Journalism. You must attach the marks awarded for your Master’s thesis by the deadline for application, and you must have completed your Master’s degree no later than 31 August 2011.

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2011 at 12 noon. Please include the reference number 2011-218/1-84 on the application. Aarhus University offers an excellent education and research environment for 35,000 students and 8,500 members of staff, who produce academic results of a high international standard. The expected turnover for 2009 is EUR 700 million. Currently, 185 PhD students are enrolled at the Aarhus Faculty of Arts.

Shanghai International Studies University

On April 25, 2011, I gave two presentations at Shanghai International Studies University in China. The first was “Holding Intercultural / International / Interdisciplinary Dialogues” and was open to the public.

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz at SISU
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz at SISU

The second was “Asking Cultural Questions: Using Ethnography to Answer Questions about Cultural Identity” for a graduate seminar.

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz with SISU graduate student
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz with SISU graduate student

By chance, Dr. Kenneth Cushner (Professor of Education at Kent State University) and his wife, as well as Prof. Michael Steppat (Academic Dean of the School of Linguistics and Literatures, Universität Beyreuth, Germanyom) were both visiting the campus at the same time, and we were all part of the same lunch.

My thanks to Dr. Steve J. Kulich (Executive Director, SISU Intercultural Institute) for organizing the talks and introducing me to several colleagues as well as his Dean. Thanks also to Dr. Qiujun Zhou (Department of International Affairs and Public Management, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law) for helping with logistics of my visit to the city.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Prof Kulich
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Prof Kulich

Univ Maryland, Visiting Position

Visiting Position in Intercultural Communication
Department of Communication
University of Maryland, College Park

The Department of Communication at the University of Maryland invites applications for a one year position in intercultural communication, rank open. The starting date for this position is August 15, 2011.

The successful candidate will have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication. Interest in another research area such as interpersonal communication, organizational communication, persuasion and social influence, health communication, or public relations is desirable.  Ability to teach communication theory and research methods is required. Teaching experience at the university level is highly desirable.

The Department of Communication offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.  Its program in intercultural communication was ranked 5th in the 2004 National Communication Association’s reputational study of doctoral programs.

The University of Maryland is located within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and internationally significant cities.  Applicants interested in the area’s research resources, including the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, research libraries, and federal and local funding agencies are especially encouraged to apply.

For best consideration, candidates should submit a complete application by May 15, 2011. The application should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three names of references.  Applications should be e-mailed to:

Elizabeth L. Toth, Ph.D.
Visiting Position Search Chair
Department of Communication
University of Maryland
2130 Skinner Building
College Park, Maryland   20742-7635

Information about the Department of Communication is available on the departmental website.  The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity employer.  Women, members of minority groups, and disabled individuals are especially encouraged to apply.

Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication

Special Issue Call for Papers
“Youth, Media and the Politics of Change in North Africa: Negotiating Identities, Spaces and Power”
Guest Editor: Loubna H. Skalli (American University, Washington D.C.)

This special issue of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication solicits theoretical and empirical papers on “Youth, Media and the Politics of Change in North Africa: Negotiating Identities, Spaces and Power.”

The purpose of this special issue is to document ways in which the Maghreb countries of North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya) provide vibrant and complex settings for studying the dynamics of change, creativity, and continuity as these societies continue to adjust to the current security, demographic and development challenges.

The uprisings that brought down the Tunisian and Egyptian dictators in January 2011 began with the dramatic public suicide of Mohammed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old university-educated man no longer allowed to make a living as an “illegal” street vendor. Bouazizi’s tragic death has humanized the struggles of today’s young men and women, and has revealed their capacity to engage with forces of change in peaceful, creative and unexpected ways.

The Maghreb has a large cohort of young men and women with increasingly high levels of education, unemployment, and political marginalization. Yet, more than any prior generation, youth are engaged today in negotiating the pressures of globalization and the logics of localization at the socio-cultural, economic, political and individual levels. Maghrebi young men and women are invariably seeking to create new spaces of participation within their societies and communities. They are already positioning themselves in the local/global spaces of knowledge production, information and communication exchanges and circulation of different cultural/media forms of expression. As recent developments in the region demonstrate, youth are redefining their gendered identities and transforming the socio-cultural, political and communication landscapes of the region in profound, complex and interesting ways.

For this issue, we solicit theoretical and empirical papers with single country or cross-country analysis related to the following areas:
*       Youth, activism and social media
*       Negotiation of gender/identities in an era of securitization and neo-liberal globalization
*       Expressive identities through cultural/media forms: music (Hip Hop), television, theatre, film, and other artistic forms
*       The emergence a new generation of cultural/media entrepreneurs and their redefinition of the cultural/media landscapes in the region
*       Emerging spaces for re/defining challenging gender norms and values
*       Gender, virtual communities and social networks (blogs, e-diaries, journals etc)
*       New/old media and emerging forms of political expression, participation and mobilization
*       Diaspora, generational dynamics and identities
*       opportunities and constraints (institutional, ideological, financial, etc) that arise from creating new cultural/media spaces and redefining old ones

Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 8, 2011. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Please explain your contribution to this special issue: provide a clear description of the proposed approach, the theoretical framework and empirical data (single country or comparative).

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: July 15, 2011
Deadline for submission of complete manuscripts: January 15, 2012. Papers should be between 6000- 7000 words long and include an abstract of 150 words that clearly defines the focus of the article. Provide 5 keywords to identify the article.

All papers will go through the standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on the quality of their contribution to the special issue.
Expected publication date of accepted articles is 2012.

Please email the abstract to Dr Loubna H. Skalli:
MEJCC is a peer-reviewed journal published by Brill. 

Univ Waterloo Asst Prof

The Department of Drama and Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Speech Communication. Based in a liberal arts faculty that aspires to high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 140 majors and offers eight different degree programs, including three and four year regular and honours programs, an Arts and Business degree option, and a minor and option. The program has concentrations in four areas: Intercultural Communication; Interpersonal/Organizational Communication; Performance Studies; and Public and Digital Communication. The formal relationships between Speech Communication and other programs (especially Digital Arts Communication and Drama) provide regular opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching, research, and creative work.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated teaching experience as well as a strong research profile, and will have PhD in hand or ABD with dissertation near completion. Strong candidates will specialize in interpersonal and/or organizational communication in teaching and research. Additional areas of specialization may include cultural/critical studies, ethics, public communication, intercultural communication, and performance studies. A demonstrated pedagogical commitment to theoretically-informed practice, student-centered learning, and engagement of broad public concerns is desirable. Expertise in qualitative and/or creative work is welcome. Duties include research, teaching, and academic service. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities. This appointment will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. Send letters of application, complete CV, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Jennifer S. Simpson, Interim Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1. Appointment begins August 1, 2011. Application deadline: Review of applications will begin May 10, 2011.

Communication & Media Commentaries

“Do you have a scholarly position on a topic of current concern in communication or media studies? I have agreed to stay on as the commentaries editor for the journal Communication, Culture & Critique under the new editor John Downing. My job is to round up short, thoughtful, even provocative pieces that take an informed position on issues related to communication and media. The journal reaches an international scholarly audience. Commentaries — which should be 2,000 words or less — are peer reviewed, just like full-length manuscripts. You should cite sources, of course, and include a reference list. I hope you will consider sharing your work with the journal, which is International Communication Association’s youngest publication. It was the outcome of many years’ lobbying by critical, international and feminist scholars for a “space of our own.” Please help to build its reputation with your work. You can learn more about the journal and how to prepare your manuscript at this site. When you submit your manuscript, be sure to indicate it’s for the “Commentaries, Crits & Notes” section.”

I can answer questions you might have.
Dr. Carolyn Byerly, professor
Howard University

Univ Central Missouri job ad

The University of Central Missouri’s Department of Communication invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the assistant professor level to teach courses in film studies and related areas with an appointment date effective for the 2011-2012 academic year. Along with teaching responsibilities, academic advising, departmental committee assignments, research/creative activities, and professionally-related service are required. Successful candidates will have expertise in film studies, film history, production, and at least one of the following areas: media industries in an international context, cultural studies, screenwriting, or digital media. Experience in digital film production a plus, as is evidence of quality teaching.

Qualifications: ABD considered, Ph.D. in Film Studies or a related field is preferred and necessary for tenure. The standard teaching load is 12 hours per semester, and teaching responsibilities would include Film Appreciation, History of American Film, Single Camera Dramatic Production, and Screenplay Writing, plus other possible courses in Multimedia or Video Production (production classes use digital video with editing facilities in both Avid and Final Cut Pro). There may be chances to contribute new courses to the curriculum in areas of the candidate’s specialty, and possible summer employment opportunities exist.

Priority consideration will be to applications received by May 1, 2011, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply: complete an on-line faculty profile at and apply for position #998430. Attach to the faculty profile a letter of application addressing the candidates qualifications for the position, a vita, teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and contact information for at least 3 references. For information about the on-line application process contact Human Resources at or (600) 543-4255. For more information about the position contact Dr. Barbara L. Baker at or (660) 543-8625.

The University of Central Missouri is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from women and historically underrepresented groups. UCM’s 1,561-acre campus is located in Warrensburg, a town of nearly 17,000 residents located 50 miles southeast of Kansas City. Classes also are offered at the UCM Summit Center located in Lee’s Summit. Some 2,183 graduate and 9,168 undergraduate students from 40 states and 56 nations attend classes on the UCM campus. UCM offers 150 programs of study leading to an associate’s degree, certificate, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, education specialist degree, or cooperative doctorate