CFP Roles of Communication on a Regional Conflict

Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (JAPC) Special Issue Call for Papers
The Roles of Communication on a Regional Conflict: Antipathy, Nationalism, and Conflicts in Territorial Disputes among China, Japan, and South Korea

Submissions are encouraged from scholars that use different theoretical and empirical approaches to the special issue of Journal of Asian Pacific Communication on the role of communication (e.g. legal, diplomatic, and public discourses) in territorial disputes among China, Japan, and South Korea. Territorial disputes between China and Japan over Diaoyu (Chinese) or Senkaku (Japanese) island and between Japan and South Korea over the Dokdo (Korea) or Takeshima (Japanese) island have escalated particularly in recent years and given rise to concerns about peace and security in the region. The special issue will examine the roles of communication and discourse on their political, cultural, historical, and economical aspects of the territorial disputes with a focus on the key internal and external factors shaping current and future relations. The articles will examine communication and discourse in institutional and political settings, i.e., in and around organizations, in the media, and on the internet. They will focus on how use of language and non-verbal symbolic systems in specific, esp. institutional, communicative contexts, including face-to-face diplomatic interactions/conversations, news release, and popular cultural texts such as films, music, animation, television drama, etc. impact the territorial disputes.

(1) News Coverage on the Disputes: Articles may examine how news media cover the disputes and the accompanying debates on international and domestic levels by conducting content (quantitative) or textural (qualitative) analysis of newspaper articles or broadcasting news contents in two territorial disputes among three nations (or comparative studies). They may also examine how media represent conflict and its potential impact on the audience.

(2) Public Opinion and Propaganda: Although territorial disputes are one of the most fraught issues among states, how public opinion and official and unofficial propaganda on territorial disputes varies within states and what explains the variation are often overlooked. Some articles may examine the dynamics of messages and see how public prioritizes and processes nationalistic, historical, and economic considerations over such disputes. They may hypothesize, for example, that younger generations are more likely to support some level of compromise while older generations would take a more a hawkish stance.

(3) Political and Diplomatic Communication: There are inevitable political aspects in disputed territories. The role of the U.S. can be an explosive force in these disputes. Although the U.S. may maintain the neutrality in the territorial disputes among three nations, the U.S. concerns that China’s muscle in the region could escalate the conflicts with neighboring Vietnam, Malaysia, and Philippine and Japan. The U.S. may support their territorial disputes in order to counter China’s regional hegemonic ambition. The papers may examine rhetorical aspects of political communication (emails, news releases, press conferences, legal action threats, languages of peace and conflicts) in these disputes.

(4) Role of Social Media and Bloggers: Angry and reasonable participants of social media have escalated various international conflicts including the territorial disputes. Papers may analyze social media, internet, and cyber warfare on the disputes among three nations and see how these disputes are mediated, produced, received, and reconstituted.

(5) Role of Popular Cultural Texts: These disputes have been constructed and deconstructed through comics, television dramas, films, dance, theaters, and music in three nations. They are also largely consumed and shared in internet. Papers may explore how these popular cultural texts can personalize and frame the disputes and make the readers to frame of references in their opinions on the topic. Or analyze the texts based on power, ideology, and discourses.

All manuscripts will be reviewed as a cohort for this special issue. Manuscripts must be submitted here. All submissions will go through a regular double-blind review process and follow the standard norms and processes. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2016. Submissions should be emailed to Eungjun Min, emin[at]ric.edu.

SSRC Transregional Research Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections

SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections
OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS, NEXT DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 19, 2016. APPLY NOW

The Social Science Research Council Transregional Research Program aims at promoting excellence in transregional research and interrogating boundaries that have long divided world geographies and academic communities.

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections, builds upon the SSRC’s current transregional grants program through which more than 50 individual fellowships totaling nearly $2 million have been awarded. These longer-term fellowships are designed to support junior scholars as they work on first or second projects and to be disbursed flexibly over a sixteen-month period. Fellows can be affiliated anywhere, need not be full-time employed, and can use the funds for research or writing. Fellowship amounts will vary based on the proposed research activities, timeline, and location, and awards will be granted of $20,000–$45,000

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowships: InterAsian Contexts and Connections (formerly the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research) are awarded for projects that reconceptualize research on Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from West Asia (including Turkey) through Eurasia, Central Asia and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia, as well as projects that explore linkages beyond this expanse. Proposals that explore the connections between Asia and Africa are encouraged in this round of the competition.

Specifically, the fellowships will reward work that promises to push the boundaries of current frameworks for transregional and transnational research. The grants will enable fellows to devote sustained attention to completing first books and/or formulating second projects and developing innovative teaching materials and resources, including publicly available digital resources. In addition, the fellows’ workshops will create networks that will continue to support fellows well beyond the grant period.

By targeting junior scholars up to five years out of the PhD, these fellowships provide crucial support at a time when it may be easier for researchers to explore broader dimensions of and contexts for their work (including interdisciplinary perspectives) than during the dissertation itself. In addition, these fellowships will:
• Enable researchers whose training has been primarily disciplinary to deepen engagements with regional scholarship (and vice versa).
• Enable researchers to develop cross-regional or multi-site projects that depend on investments in language learning and gaining site-specific knowledge.
• Provide occasions for bringing people from more literary, historical and social science branches of the humanities into stronger interactions with one another through the study of specific themes or sites (e.g. classicists, historians, art historians, anthropologists and sociologists engaged in Mediterranean studies).
• Allow for bringing people with experience in specific transregional contexts together to undertake comparative research around transregional phenomena such as waterways, diasporas, aid relationships, or cultural flows.

 

Macau Roundtable on Intercultural Dialogue video

A short video documenting the Roundtable on Intercultural Dialogue held at the University of Macau on March 28-30, 2014, is now available. Briefly, the Roundtable was organized by the Departments of Communication and English at the University of Macau as well as by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, and attended by a dozen participants, representing not only Macao, but also Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The original post describing the Roundtable provides further details.

CFP Mobile phones in Asia

Call for papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

From SMS to Smartphones: Tracing the Impact of the Mobile Phone in Asia
Publication date: October 2013

The mobile phone has had a discernible impact on Asia, given its affordability, versatility and ubiquity as the key platform for computer-mediated communication. It has been widely deployed in virtually every aspect of everyday life, be it in commerce, politics, governance, education, religion, entertainment or recreation. The diversity and complexity of this fast-growing region has birthed innovative and ground-breaking applications of the mobile phone. While basic feature phones are already a mainstay in both rural and urban Asia, the smartphone is now rapidly diffusing through the region at a rate exceeding the rest of the world. Bringing the idea of the ubiquitous web to fruition, the smartphone’s heightened connectivity and thriving app market are enabling yet more revolutionary uses of the mobile phone. While the rising adoption of the smartphone burgeons with potential for civic action, commercial enterprise, employment and educational opportunities and social service provision, challenges are also emerging for consumers, industries and governments alike.

The early phase of mobile communication research was influenced by studies and theorization from North America and Europe. Spurred on by the wide diffusion of mobiles globally, research is now very much seeking to understand the international underpinnings of this form of mediated communication, especially as it increasingly blurs the lines between computers, Internet, and phones. Over the past decade, Asian research has been important in addressing the rapid diffusion, transformation, and shift in mobiles. Such research is growing, but is still relatively incipient. Against this backdrop, this special issue seeks to bring together the latest research findings, regional understandings, conceptualizations, and theories of the mobile in Asia. Article proposals are sought for topics including but not limited to the following:

*          does a digital divide exist in Asia with regard to mobile phone penetration and usage trends and if so, how can and should they be remedied?
*          what are the implications of the development of mobiles – especially smartphones and mobile Internet – for contemporary media in Asia?
*          how is the growing proliferation of the smartphone facilitating unprecedented forms and scales of communication?
*          how do issues of broad infrastructure provisions and market pricing influence the behaviour of mobile phone users?
*          how are the location based services offered by smartphones altering user behaviour and lifestyles?
*          how does mobile Internet use complement and possibly complicate fixed location Internet use?
*          what implications does the growth of smartphone apps have for the cultural complexion of Asian countries?
*          how is the mobile phone serving the needs of marginalised communities in Asia?
*          to what extent do smartphones and the behaviour which they enable test the boundaries of existing regulatory frameworks?
*          how does the rising ubiquity of the smartphone and by implication, that of always-on, always-available Internet access challenge prevailing theoretical frameworks relating to inter alia, technology acceptance, mobility, communication, social influence and identity?

Please submit an 800 word abstract and a 100 word biographical note to both special issue editors as an e-mail attachment no later than 30 June 2012.  Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 15 July 2012 and invited to submit a full paper. Manuscripts should be no more than 8,000 words, including notes and references, conform to APA style, and submitted by 30 October, 2012.  All papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following submission.

Important dates
Deadline for abstracts                  30 June 2012
Decisions to authors                      15 July 2012
Full paper submission                   30 October 2012
Decisions                                          30 January 2013
Revised paper submission           30 April 2013
Final proofs                                      30 June 2013
Issue publication                            October 2013

Special issue editors
Sun Sun LIM, National University of Singapore, sunlim@nus.edu.sg
Gerard Goggin, University of Sydney, gerard.goggin@usyd.edu.au

Postdoc Nat U Singapore

Two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow Positions 15 July 2012 (avail immediately) at National University of Singapore

The Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation is a project-driven center housed in the Department of Communication and New Media at the National University of Singapore that utilizes ethnographic and participatory action research methods in carrying out culturally-centered social change interventions in marginalized populations. The Center is global in scope with initial project emphases in South Asia and Southeast Asia. The goals of the Center are to (a) create a strategic research core for the social scientific study of health communication and social change issues in Asia (e.g. China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), (b) develop health communication interventions and policies that are culturally-centered and developed through the acknowledgement of the participatory capacity of local communities in creating culturally meaningful and locally responsive health solutions, (c) disseminate core principles and lessons learned from the culture-centered projects within Asia and across other sectors of the globe, and (d) build health communication research capacity in Asia by creating a training hub for the next generation of health communication theorists, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers across Asia.

The candidate is expected to be familiar with the culture-centered approach to research and evaluation, and is expected to have experience conducting field-based participatory research. Training will be provided on the use of the facilities in the university. The candidate should also have some experience working with ethnography, although on-the-job training will also be provided. Other skills include the ability to carrying out social change campaigns in disenfranchised populations. Proficiency in Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Malay, Philippine, or Mandarin will be an added plus point.

Requirements:
– PhD in the area of health communication, public health, medical anthropology, or medical sociology, with coursework in health communication and qualitative research methods.
– Experience in conducting in-depth interviews, focus groups, and/or ethnographies.

Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions for the Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) are as follows:
1.      Contract to be awarded beginning from July 2012 tenable for up to two years.
2.      An Annual Base Salary of $48,000 per year.
3.      An allowance of S$500 a month as contribution towards housing expenses for non-citizens (i.e. non-Singaporeans) and their spouses who do not own any property in Singapore and whose spouses are not in receipt of any form of housing benefits from their Singapore employers.
4.      Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible for provident fund benefits.
5.      Travel Assistance, payable once only, as follows.
*       $2,000 for the Postdoctoral Fellow
*       $2,000 for spouse
*       $1,000 for each eligible child, subject to a maximum of 3 children.  Children must be less than 18 years of age and receiving full-time education.
The above travel assistance is a contribution towards expenses incurred by the appointee and his/her dependants in re-locating to Singapore. Such expenses refer to costs for travel, packing, transportation and insurance of personal and professional effects as well as settling-in expenses.
The travel allowance is contingent upon the Postdoctoral Fellow’s completion of his/her initial two-years’ contract. In the event that the appointee does not fulfill the initial two-years’ contract, the appointee shall be liable to refund the University a proportionate amount of the travel assistance granted to him/her and his/her dependants on appointment.
6.      Foreign PDFs who are granted Singapore Permanent Residence will continue to receive an allowance of S$500 a month as contribution towards housing expenses.  The allowance will cease once they acquire Singapore citizenship.
7.      Medical benefits in accordance with the Medical Benefit Plan.
8.      Vacation leave of 28 days per calendar year.

Contact:
Interested candidates are invited to email a detailed resume, and copies of supporting documents and names and contact details of two academic referees to:
Dr Mohan J. Dutta, Director, Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation at culturecenteredapproach@gmail.com.

Res Asst Health Comm – Nat U Singapore

Research Assistants in Health Communication- 2 positions available immediately at National University of Singapore

The Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) is a project-driven center housed in the Department of Communication and New Media at the National University of Singapore that utilizes ethnographic and participatory action research methods in carrying out culturally-centered social change interventions in marginalized populations. The Center is global in scope with initial project emphases in South Asia and Southeast Asia. The goals of the Center are to (a) create a strategic research core for the social scientific study of health communication and social change issues in Asia (e.g. China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), (b) develop health communication interventions and policies that are culturally-centered and developed through the acknowledgement of the participatory capacity of local communities in creating culturally meaningful and locally responsive health solutions, (c) disseminate core principles and lessons learned from the culture-centered projects within Asia and across other sectors of the globe, and (d) build health communication research capacity in Asia by creating a training hub for the next generation of health communication theorists, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers across Asia.

The candidate is expected to be familiar with the culture-centered approach to research and evaluation, and is expected to have experience conducting field-based participatory research. Training will be provided on the use of the facilities in the university. The candidate will mostly participate in field-based culture-centered projects, running interventions, as well as conducting evaluations through the use of participatory quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Other skills include the ability to carrying out social change campaigns in disenfranchised populations. Proficiency in Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Malay, Philippine, or Mandarin will be an added plus point.

Requirements:
– Bachelors or Masters in the area of health communication, public health, medical anthropology, or medical sociology, with coursework in health communication and qualitative research methods.

Terms and Conditions:
Salary and benefits will be commensurable to qualifications and working experience. Interested individuals can send their applications, academic transcripts, curriculum vitae and two reference letters to the email address below.

Contact:
Interested candidates are invited to email a detailed resume, and copies of supporting documents and names and contact details of two academic referees to:
Dr Mohan J. Dutta, Director, Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation at culturecenteredapproach@gmail.com.

One World Scholarships-Developing Countries

“The One-World-Scholarship-Programme is directed at students from developing countries at Austrian Universities and is meant to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of people from different countries of origin by enhancing equal opportunities, dialogue, intercultural know-how and partnership. It has been established within the Austrian Cooperation for Education, and together with the other programmes it supports their concerns (struggle against poverty, resource conservation, peace-keeping etc.), the establishment and expansion of accordingly qualified personnel and the advancement of educational- and economic systems (capacity and institution development) with lasting effects.
It is complementary to other scholarship programmes and laid out globally, it enhances the ability for independent, creative, critical and self-determined thinking and acting and shall strengthen the competence for innovative problem solving strategies. The OWS contributes to the socially required production of knowledge and awareness, it promotes a global perspective and the creation of the globally educated citizen. It attaches a high significance to regional, international and trans-cultural networks. The programme is co-financed (government, church and private funds and own resources of the recipients of the benefits) and significantly contributes to the economic, social and cultural development of the southern countries.”
For further information, see the original posting at the Afro-Asiatisches Institut site.

Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities

Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)
April 8, 2011 Friday
Call For Papers and Presentations
Topic Areas: All areas of arts and humanities, business, information sciences, education, social sciences are invited

The Kennesaw State University (KSU) Asian Studies Program announces the Call for Papers and Presentations on a new global interdisciplinary Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities.  The goal of this conference is to share ideas in a unique format which addresses the interests of scholars, practitioners, and administrators in working together between the USA and Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea and India. This symposium will serve as a platform for governments, universities and corporate entities to address critical strategic needs of the businesses they intend to serve in Asia and the U.S. Speakers from multinational companies with operations in Asia and the USA will be present, as well as academicians to discuss both domestic and global concerns between these nations. Diplomats and policy makers from China, Japan, Korea, India and the U.S. will be present at the conference as well. Dr. Jagdish Sheth, renowned scholar and world authority in the field of marketing, will be the featured dinner keynote speaker.
The theme of the 2011 conference is: Globalization and Asia-USA partnership
Consistent with the theme of the Conference, the submitted papers and presentations are expected to address the following questions:
1. Given the future global political, business and cultural climate, what changes in common business and operational processes and practices are required to create and sustain a competitive advantage for Asian-owned companies in the USA?
2. What are the challenges and opportunities American businesses need to pay attention to when doing business in Asia or with Asians?
3. What do companies need to understand about the interplay among governments, politics, cultures, and business practices in Asian societies?
4. What actions should be taken by businesses, academic institutions and governments to be more proactive as well as responsive to the complexities characterized by this Globalized Era?

The following represent some of the paper and presentation topics of interest:
*Identification of current opportunities, challenges, and threats in creating and sustaining competitive advantages
*Exploration of processes and practices of managing multinational corporations
*Examination of governmental policies toward businesses and specific industries
*Knowledge and skills of intercultural practice in successful business relationships
*Theories and emergent research on the interplay between businesses, governments, and politics
*Corporate Social Responsibility in American and Asian contexts
*Opportunities for non-profit organizations between Asia and the U.S.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:
1. One page abstract of 250-300 words to be submitted by January 15, 2011: Full paper submission by March 1, 2011.
2. Abstracts should be sent to asianstudies@kennesaw.edu.
3. Subject line of the email, indicate 2011 SAUPO Conference Paper Abstract  where “X† stands for the letter that specifies the primary theme or category for your paper as described below.
4. Primary theme or category for your paper and presentations (choose one):
A. Opportunities, challenges, and threats in creating and sustaining competitive advantages
B. Processes and practices of managing various sized businesses
C. Governmental policies toward businesses and specific industries
D. Intercultural communications in successful business relationships
E. Theories and practices on the interplay between businesses, governments, and politics
F. International or global education
G. Other Emphasis

Selected papers from the conference may be eligible for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Emerging Knowledge on Emerging Markets (JEKEM). If you would like to have your paper considered for publication in JEKEM, please submit the full manuscript of the paper by 15th January 2011. Manuscripts must be prepared by SMA Style Guidelines. Manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed for acceptance according to JEKEM procedures. Please indicate in the email submission of your abstract if you would like your manuscript to be considered for publication in JEKEM.
Note: At least one author of each accepted paper (abstract) must attend the conference and present the paper.
The location of the conference at Kennesaw State University, located outside Metro Atlanta, Georgia, serves as an ideal venue for such a gathering of this momentous scale.
Questions regarding the Call for Papers may be directed to:
Dr. Leila Borders (aborder4@kennesaw.edu, Dr. Sarasij Majumder (smajumde@kennesaw.edu), or Dr. Guichun Zong (gzong@kennesaw.edu), Co-Chairs of the Program Committee
More information about the conference can be found at www.kennesaw.edu

[originally posted to CRTNET by Heeman Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Rd. Mail Drop #2207, Kennesaw, GA 30144, Tel. 678.797.2078, Fax. 770.423.6740, email: hkim21@kennesaw.edu]