CFP Diversity, Intersectionality, Transnationality & Pedagogy

“PublicationCall for Papers: Diversity, Intersectionality, Transnationality, and Pedagogy, Communication Education Forum, to be edited by Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster). Deadline: November 15, 2020.

The discourse of cultural diversity has emerged as a vital component of communication pedagogy. However, the current political events and social contexts that surround us—such as the Black Lives Matter movement, ongoing negative immigration discourse, changing visa policies to limit the experiences of immigrants and international students, as well as homophobia and transphobia within and outside of higher education—invite us, as communication education scholars, to respond to these exigencies and be more self-reflexive of our pedagogies. Perhaps more than ever before, the notion of cultural diversity is an instrumental part of communication pedagogy and of what we do in the classroom.

To understand the current political moment and the cultural dynamics that are shaping our interactions and pedagogies within and outside of the classroom, there is a need for a dynamic intersectional approach to our scholarship. Our classrooms are political because as faculty and students, we bring our culturally and politically marked bodies into the classroom. Hence, how we teach and learn, as well as what we do with the information we share, is always political, ideological, contextual, and influenced by history. Furthermore, our identities are fluid, ever-changing, and intersectional. The pedagogies that we employ must recognize this complex positionality and intersectionality.

Building on the discourse of critical communication pedagogy and critical intercultural communication pedagogy, this forum aims to provide a scholarly space to engage with critical approaches and intersectionality in the context of communication pedagogy. This forum invites scholars to engage with current political and cultural dynamics and how they are embodied in the classroom. Authors should address the following two questions in their essays:

    1. How can intersectionality help us to make sense of the current political moment and cultural dynamics in the classroom?
    2. In what ways can critical frameworks (e.g., transnational, postcolonial, decolonizing, feminist, and queer approaches) individually or intersectionally help communication teachers to engage with diversity?

The forum will consist of four essays. Essays should not exceed 1,000 words, including references. Please direct forum questions to Ahmet Atay. Please email a blinded copy of your essay by November 15, 2020, to Melissa Broeckelman-Post, Consulting Editor for Forums.

CFP Crisis, Conflict, and Cultural Relations in Media Environments

“PublicationCall for Papers: Crisis, Conflict, and Cultural Relations in Media Environments, to be edited by Ahmet Atay (Wooster) and Margaret D’Silva (Alabama, Tuscaloosa). Deadline for Abstract only: October 15, 2020.

In the wake of current cultural, social, and political happenings and due to the ongoing global COVID-19 related health crisis, the role of new media technologies is heightened. The current global pandemic created new cultural and political conflicts, presenting new issues, heightening some of the oppressive structures, and creating newer troubles for members of marginalized communities. As a result, people are turning to media technologies to escape reality, to find solutions, and to create new online communities to belong.

Digital communication connects residents of different countries in an invisible web of entanglement that creates a layered global identity beyond the confines of national borders. Our collective ideas of our past, our perceptions of the present, and projections for the future are influenced by our constantly changing information and communicative environment. This book takes a broad theoretical and applied perspective to describing conceptual links among conflict, crisis, and cultural relations in a mediated world.

This call invites abstracts for an edited book that takes qualitative, interpretive, and critical and cultural perspectives in examining the reciprocal relationship among new media, culture, and crisis in the context of communication.

CFP Mentoring Interculturally

“PublicationCall for Chapter Proposals: Mentoring Interculturally/Mentoring in Intercultural Contexts. Editors: Ahmet Atay and Diana Trebing. Under contract with Peter Lang. Deadline: June 15, 2020.

Editors are looking for a few additional chapters in mentoring related to different cultural contexts. Mentoring occupies a major role in higher education. We mentor students and fellow faculty members, many of whom come from diverse backgrounds, such as first-generation, LGBTQ, and other countries among others. Perhaps as scholars and educators we do not spend or have enough time thinking about mentoring. It might also not be something that we formally discussed in graduate school. As we find ourselves mentoring various groups of people in higher education, we try to model our own mentors who helped us as students or faculty. Due to lack of formal training, perhaps we might use a trial-error approach or simply find spontaneous ways to mentor.

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CFP Transnational Autoethnographies

“PublicationCall for Submissions: Transnational Autoethnographies: Empowering Voices of the Others. Deadline for abstracts: December 20, 2018.

Drs. Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster) and Satoshi Toyosaki (Southern Illinois University) are building a book project with the working title Transnational Autoethnographies: Empowering Voices of the Others. We value autoethnography as a collection of various inquiry processes that help us interrogate lived experiences, voices, and stories of underrepresented, oppressed, marginalized, intersectional, and transnational identities. Doing autoethnographic work from such cultural positionalities is laborious. Willing to meet such labor, we, along with chapter contributors in this anthology, explore autoethnography’s postcolonial, decolonizing, and transnational potentialities for empowering voices from the margins. This book marks and builds space for (post)colonial, diasporic, and/or transnational scholars to narrate their own lived experiences to/for/against/within today’s global hegemonic economy of knowledge and to discuss culturally diverse and creative techniques of narrating, analyzing, and interpreting their personal/cultural lived experiences. The chapter contributors would help autoethnography diversify voices; narrative techniques (i.e., aesthetics, storying, etc.); and analytic, interpretive, and critical lenses.

With this scope in mind, editors call for chapter abstracts (250-500 words) to be included in the book proposal to be submitted to an interested publisher.

The topics and approaches may include but are not limited to:
transnational autoethnographies; postcolonial autoethnographies; decolonizing autoethnography as a methodology; simultaneous navigation of privilege and marginalization while doing autoethnographies; multilingual approaches to autoethnographies; culturally diverse techniques of narrating, analyzing, and interpreting culturally diverse aesthetic and/or evocative writing; non-western narrative techniques;
academic belonging; location and dislocation; identity and home;
border-crossing as an analytical lens; writing about immigrant experiences; English hegemony; transnational autoethnography and its pedagogical potentialities; and transnational autoethnography as performance.

Please send your abstract (250-500 words/Word Document) and a short bio to Drs. Atay and Toyosaki. DEADLINES: chapter abstracts are due by December 20, 2018. By January 30, 2019, you will learn if your chapter abstract will be included in the book proposal.

CFP Connections & Inclusions: Intercultural Communication in Communication Studies Scholarship

CFP Communication Studies Special Issue- Connections and Inclusions: Intercultural Communication in Communication Studies Scholarship

Editors: Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster), Melissa Beall (University of Northern Iowa), and Alberto Gonzalez (Bowling Green State University)

Intercultural communication (IC) scholars in the CSCA region have often been questioned and sometimes challenged by scholars who have claimed that the Midwest is not an ideal locale for studying communication across cultures and among people from varying cultural backgrounds. However, over the years, scholars have established that intercultural communication is an important area of scholarship in the Midwest (and beyond), and that the region offers plenty of opportunities for studying the intersections of cultural perspectives in communication, ranging from racial and ethnic discrimination to the adaptation process of international students and from immigrant experiences to issues in queer cultures.

IC scholars not only have borrowed from communication research in other areas (both theoretically and methodologically) but also have contributed widely to the discussion on cultural issues as they relate to many areas of communication research. In this special issue, our goal is to present different aspects of intercultural communication research as they connect to and intersect with sub-disciples such as media studies, communication education, international communication, rhetorical studies, gender and sexuality studies, family communication, listening, popular culture, and organizational communication.

Because IC research does not exist in isolation, and it is always connected to larger frameworks or theoretical approaches within communication studies, contributors to this special issue should address how IC scholarship informs other areas of research and how IC scholars use the concepts and theoretical lenses of IC research to examine issues outside of IC. Although we focus on IC scholarship within the CSCA region, our scope extends beyond this regional boundary as well.

This call invites abstracts for a special issue that uses different methodological approaches; however, we highly encourage submissions of projects that take qualitative, interpretive, and critical and cultural perspectives in examining the connections between intercultural communication scholarship, and scholarship in other areas of communication studies.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

1-The usage of intercultural communication frameworks in other sub-areas of communication studies.
2-Theorizing intercultural communication
3- Intercultural communication and cultural identity
4- Intercultural communication, social media
5- Intercultural communication and intercultural relationships
6- Intercultural communication in rhetorical studies
7- Intercultural communication in local/national and global organizations
8- Intercultural communication and listening
9- Intercultural communication and international experiences
10- Intercultural communication in feminist and queer research
11- Intercultural communication and immigration
12- Intercultural communication in media studies
13- Intercultural communication and critical race studies
14- Postcolonial turn, decoloninzation and intercultural communication
15- Intercultural communication and communication studies methodologies

Abstracts are due by March 15, 2017, with a word length of no more than 200 words (not counting references, contact information, and a short bio of 100 words). Full-length manuscripts are due on July 15, 2017, with a word length of no more than 5,000-7,000 words and in APA style, including references, endnotes, and so forth. Please mail your abstracts as Word documents to Ahmet Atay (aatay AT wooster.edu) for an initial review.

CFP Mediated Intercultural Communication in a Digital Age

CFP: Mediated Intercultural Communication in a Digital Age
Editors: Ahmet Atay, College of Wooster & Margaret D’Silva, University of Louisville

Profound changes in global communication, particularly social media, are leading us to re-examine our notions of culture, communication, audience, and identity. This book aims to bridge the gaps between intercultural communication and traditional and new media scholarship.

Media texts, social media platforms, global applications, and cyber culture play a paramount role in intercultural communication, particularly in the context of globalization.  Beyond traditional media, social media are particularly relevant to facilitating intercultural communication. Global social network sites such Facebook or Twitter, online gaming sites, online courses, global blogs, and all of the applications that appear in smart phones, tablets or computer devices are part of a very complicated and multi-faceted digital culture that moves beyond the borders of nation-states.

These social media platforms allow global communities to emerge; immigrants, diasporic bodies, and cosmopolitans can communicate and connect across the globe. They also allow members of traditionally oppressed groups to find their voices, cultivate communities, create homes away from home, and construct their cultural identities and narratives. Digitalized social movements around the world, identity performances of diasporic queer bodies, and long-distance relationships between partners and family members are some examples. This cyber culture centers around communication between people who are culturally, nationally, and linguistically similar or radically different. Therefore, studying traditional and social media in relation to intercultural communication is extremely crucial and timely.

This call invites abstracts for an edited book that takes qualitative, interpretive, and critical and cultural perspectives in examining the reciprocal relationship between media and intercultural communication. The book’s interrelated goals are to:

– 1-Examine how media, social media in particular, influence and contribute to intercultural communication.

– 2-Analyze the complex and multidimensional relationship between culture and media in the context of globalization.

-3-Understand how media, particularly social media, construct identities and enable or disable individuals to express their cultural identities.

-4-Analyze how globalization as a cultural and political process impacts mediated and intercultural communication.

– 5-Look at different contemporary issues relevant to intercultural communication and social media scholarship such as immigration, diaspora, social movements, religion and spirituality, democracy, and intercultural/ international relationships, from a media perspective.

– 6-Examine both negative and positive influences of media, particularly social media, on intercultural communication.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
1-Theorizing mediated intercultural communication
2- Social media and cultural identity
3- Social media and intercultural relationships
4- Media and online courses in the context of globalization
5- Cyber intercultural communities
6- Social media and global social movements
7- Immigrant media
8- Media and intercultural representations

Abstracts are due by September, 20, 2016, with a word length of no more than 500 words, along with pertinent references, contact information, and a short biographic blurb of 300 words. Full-length manuscripts are due on April 1, 2017, with a word length of no more than 5,000-7,000 words and in APA style, including references, endnotes, and so forth. Please mail your abstracts as Word documents to Ahmet Atay (aatay[at]wooster.edu) for an initial review.

CFP Separately Together: Ethnographic Engagements of the City

Call for Chapters: Separately Together: Ethnographic Engagements of the City
Editors: Ahmet Atay, College of Wooster
Jay Brower, Western Connecticut State University

As communicative, cultural, and political space, cities present a confluence of racial, ethnic, national, sexual and socioeconomic experiences around which human communities take shape. This shaping forms a germinal point of mass cultural life.

City planners contribute to this process by deciding where buildings will go and neighborhoods rise, and, as constituent features, who we interact with, how we get there, and why we choose city life. Urban geography, then, becomes the framework around which expressions of complex human living constitute socially located performances generated by bodies in city space. Flowing from these experiences, boundaries and possibilities arise that define cultures of “the city.” In this edited book, contributors will focus on theorizing the notion of “the city” as a communicatively constituted cultural space. Submissions will develop situated, reflexive ethnographic examinations of “the city” that show the complex, multidimensional ways in which cities produce social meaning. Contributions that feature U.S. domestic and/or international city sites may explore, but are not limited to, the following areas of focus:
– Cities as organic space
– Experiences of class, race, nationality and diaspora
– Experiences of gender and sexuality with the city landscape
– Global cities and movement
– Cities in decay
– Cities and consumer culture
– City and the notion of differences
– Cities and borders (both physical and cultural)
– Mapping the city, visualizing space
– City and leisure
– City and environment
– City and technology/mechanization
– City and everyday life
– City and memory
– City and urban economics
– City and the production of economic class
– Urban lives
– City and travel/transportation
– Walking in the city
– City and labor history

Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to Ahmet Atay by April 1, 2015.

Chapter submissions of approximately 6,000 words in length will be submitted by August 1, 2015 with citations prepared in the MLA style. The editors will review submitted chapters. We welcome inquiries from authors.