CFP China Media Research Special Sections

Publication OpportunitiesChina Media Research has issued two calls for submissions to two special sections. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

1. Communication and Wellbeing in a Multicultural Society. In an increasingly globalized world that brings members of diverse backgrounds into contact with each other in various relational, organizational, health, and mediated contexts, conflicts, tensions, and stress inevitably compromise the quality of life. Although mental illness has been a major public health threat in many countries, there have been low levels of mental health literacy, e.g., in China, that contributed to lack of support at interpersonal, institutional, and societal levels. This special section aims to explore how communication scholarship contributes to our understanding of psychological, socio-cultural, organizational, occupational, technological, or generational factors that impede or enhance our wellbeing, whether individually or as a group.

2. Paradoxes as Sources of Creative Tensions. Scholars are increasingly adopting a paradox lens as a new way of approaching the growing complexity of the “messy, apparently unexplainable, and often seemingly irrational contemporary world” (Smith, Erez, Jarvenpaa, Lewis, & Tracey, 2017, p. 304). Paradoxes have been acknowledged as a source of creative tensions and energy that can support learning, change and development. Notwithstanding the potential of a paradox lens to inform the increasingly equivocal reality, paradox research remains confined to organizational behavior and strategic management, while its application in other fields of research remains limited at best.

CFP Communication & Wellbeing in a Multicultural Society

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Submissions: Special section of the journal China Media Research, Communication and Wellbeing in a Multicultural Society. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

This special section of China Media Research invites scholars from different disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Communication and Wellbeing in a Multicultural Society.” In an increasingly globalized world that brings members of diverse backgrounds into contact with each other in various relational, organizational, health, and mediated contexts, conflicts, tensions, and stress inevitably compromise the quality of life. Although mental illness has been a major public health threat in many countries, there have been low levels of mental health literacy, e.g., in China, that contributed to lack of support at interpersonal, institutional, and societal levels. This special section aims to explore how communication scholarship contributes to our understanding of psychological, socio-cultural, organizational, occupational, technological, or generational factors that impede or enhance our wellbeing, whether individually or as a group.

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CFP Chinese Communication from the Peripheral

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Submissions: Understanding Chinese Communication from the Peripheral: The Marginalized Voices for China Media Research. Deadline: March 21, 2018.

This special section of China Media Research invites scholars from diverse perspectives and approaches to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Understanding Chinese Communication from the Peripheral: The Marginalized Voices.” While the East-West dichotomy is often used to compare Chinese communication and Western communication, this dichotomy tends to result in a monolithic view of Chinese communication. Chinese communication can be understood beyond the center, the mainstream, and the nationality; it can be examined from the peripheral, the marginal, the hybrid, or a community outside of China. This special section aims to examine diverse communication practices that are marginalized in the dominant definition of Chinese communication.

CMR has also issued a second call, for Chinese Rhetorical Tradition and Communication. Deadline: April 2, 2018.

 

CFP Belt & Road Initiative & Intercultural Communication

Publication OpportunitiesThis special section of China Media Research invites scholars to submit manuscripts on the theme of “The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Intercultural Communication.” As explained by the Chinese government, this initiative aims to foster economic connectivity and promote the common development of all countries. From the perspective of intercultural communication, the main appeal of the initiative is a new kind of multilateralism and globalization. Accordingly, many related questions deserve our attention: What are the differences between this version of globalization and the past/current one dominated by the West? What are the philosophical and cultural thoughts behind the BRI? What are the Chinese government and businesses doing regarding the BRI? How does the world interpret and respond to the BRI?

We invite scholars to submit original theoretical and empirical research to address the above questions, for the purpose of theory building and contribution to intercultural understanding and practices.

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CFP China Media Research

Publication OpportunitiesCall for proposals
A special section of China Media Research invites scholars from a broad range of disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Visual Online Communication in the BRICS Countries”. Visual Online Content here refers to imagery, GIFs, emoticons, pictures and other visual means that accompany text in an online environment, non inclusive of the audiovisual content and moving images. Despite the increasing prominence of visual online content on social media such as WeChat, Weibo, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as traditional mass media websites across the BRICS countries, comparative academic studies focused on visual content are scarce. Recent discussions focused on plurality of emoticons such as hijabs, or emoticons with different facial color. Despite discussions in the public sphere, there is a lack of cross-cultural studies looking at the differences in imagery. This call for submissions therefore hopes to fill this research desiderate. Arguably, a lack of visual communication research in the BRICS countries is attributed to the prevalent Western tradition in communication research. This special section serves to overcome the dominance of Western approaches in visual communications research.

Following these considerations, scholars are invited to submit their manuscripts that address the following topics, among others:
– Comparative studies of visual online content from the BRICS countries, including at least one BRICS country as comparative country;
– Content or discourse analysis of journalistic visual content, advertisements, PR and political communication visual content and social web visual content in the BRICS countries;
– Research on use of emoticons in the BRICS countries;
Both qualitative and quantitative approaches investigating visual online content in the BRICS’ countries are welcome. Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. An extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) or a complete paper at the first stage of the reviewing process will be accepted. All the submissions must be received by May 26, 2017. If the extended abstract is accepted, the complete manuscript must be received by August 13, 2017. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA publication manual (6th edition) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed, and the authors will be notified of the final acceptance/rejection decision.

Please direct questions and submissions to the CMR special section guest editor Maria Faust.

 

China Media Research: Integrative East-West Communications Paradigm

Call for Submissions

This special section of China Media Research invites scholars from various disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of Towards an Integrative East-West Communications Paradigm. A lack of philosophical integration between Eastern and Western research paradigms presents one of the main challenges in global academic research today. In addition, there is little evidence to suggest that scholars are actively addressing this issue despite the repeated calls for integration.

The fragmentation is particularly salient in communications research, which remains anchored in Western values, perspectives and constructs. This special section aims to explore how the indigenous Eastern philosophical frameworks could serve as a source of inspiration for theory building and reconstruction, and contribute towards achieving integration between Western and Eastern communications paradigms.

Following these considerations, scholars are invited to submit their original manuscripts that address the following topics, among others:
–       Cultural transformation/dialogue between East and West;
–       Paradigmatic assumptions of Chinese communication in the global context;
–       Integration of theoretical and practical aspects of the Chinese/Eastern philosophical concepts (such as harmony);
–       Yin Yang balancing as a framework for overcoming dualism;
–       Contrasting static and dynamic frameworks for cultural analysis;
–       Methods for achieving an etic-emic integration in communications research.

Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. An extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) or a complete paper at the first stage of the reviewing process will be accepted. All the submissions must be received by October 15, 2016. If the extended abstract is accepted, the complete manuscript must be received by February 15, 2017. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA publication manual (6th edition) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed, and the authors will be notified of the final acceptance/rejection decision. Please visit www.chinamediaresearch.net for more information about the quarterly journal of China Media Research, which publishes both print and online versions.

Please direct questions and submissions to the CMR special section guest editor Ivana Beveridge at Ivana.beveridge[at]sunrise-education.com

Rhetorical Perspectives on Chinese Media & Communication

China Media Research Call for Submissions
Theme: Rhetorical Perspectives on Chinese Media and Communication

This special section of China Media Research invites scholars from across disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Rhetorical Perspectives on Chinese Media and Communication.” About four decades have passed since China started economic reform and opening to the West. The rapid development of Chinese economy, diverse media outlets in the country, various official and unofficial voices on the Internet, and increasing exchanges with Western nations have all contributed to new rhetorical discourses that shape and reflect Chinese language, culture, persuasion, and politics. Such changes call for new conceptualizations of Chinese media and communication. This special section aims to examine the continuity and change in Chinese rhetorical practice, criticism, and theory. Over the years, the scope of rhetoric has expanded from public address to a range of artifacts including written texts, media messages, visual images, public exhibitions, and online discourses in the age of new media technologies. Papers which engage in rhetorical criticism and inform theory building are particularly welcome.

This special section is especially interested in the studies that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
–         Rhetorical discourses in Chinese media;
–         Chinese public address and political communication;
–         Chinese epideictic rhetoric;
–         Online rhetoric of Chinese/overseas Chinese communities;
–         The role of rhetoric in the transformation of Chinese culture;
–         Comparative studies of Chinese and Western rhetorics.

Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. An extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) or a complete paper at the first stage of the reviewing process will be accepted. All the submissions must be received by March 6, 2016. If the extended abstract is accepted, the complete manuscript must be received by May 22, 2016. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA publication manual (6th edition) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed, and the authors will be notified of the final acceptance/rejection decision. Please visit the journal’s website for more information about the quarterly journal of China Media Research, which publishes both print and online versions.

Please direct questions and submissions to the CMR special section guest editor, Dr. Mei Zhang.

Chinese Management in a Global Context

CMR Call for Submissions
Chinese Management in a Global Context
A Special Issue of China Media Research

This special issue (CMR-2016-04) invites scholars from across disciplines to examine the Chinese management in a global context. The rapid development of the Chinese economy as well as the internationalization of Chinese firms in recent decades has warranted an opportunity for scholars to examine, refine, and develop a set of systematic knowledge regarding Chinese management from indigenous, non-Chinese (e.g., Western), and/or ambi-cultural perspectives. Papers dealing with the test or explication of principles, theories, or methods of Chinese management from different cultural or contextual aspects using qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies are invited. Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. We’ll accept the extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) of the paper at the first stage of the reviewing process. Please email Word attachment of the extended abstract to the guest editors, Dr. Guo-Ming Chen and Dr. Tony Fang, respectively. All submissions must be received by October 1, 2015. The complete manuscript must be received by March 25, 2016 after the extended abstract is accepted. Accepted manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA style and should not exceed 8,000 words (including references). Please visit http://www.chinamediaresearch.net for more information about the quarterly journal of China Media Research. For inquiry, please contact Dr. Guo-Ming Chen at gmchen@uri.edu.

Chinese Management in a Global Context

Call for Submissions: Chinese Management in a Global Context 
A Special Issue of China Media Research

This special issue (CMR-2016-04) invites scholars from across disciplines to examine the Chinese management in a global context. The rapid development of the Chinese economy as well as the internationalization of Chinese firms in recent decades has warranted an opportunity for scholars to examine, refine, and develop a set of systematic knowledge regarding Chinese management from indigenous, non-Chinese (e.g., Western), and/or ambi-cultural perspectives. Papers dealing with the test or explication of principles, theories, or methods of Chinese management from different cultural or contextual aspects using qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies are invited. Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. We’ll accept the extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) of the paper at the first stage of the reviewing process. Please email Word attachment of the extended abstract to the guest editors, Dr. Guo-Ming Chen and Dr. Tony Fang.

All submissions must be received by October 1, 2015.
The complete manuscript must be received by March 25, 2016 after the extended abstract is accepted.
Accepted manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA style and should not exceed 8,000 words (including references).

CFP Aging in place vs aging in distance

Call for Submission:
Ageing in Place Versus Ageing in Distance: Improving Age-care through Communication
A Special Section of China Media Research

This special section (CMR-2015-02) invites scholars from across disciplines to address the timely issue of improving the experiences of ageing and age-care through communication within specific social and cultural contexts. Age-care creates a range of challenges not only for the older generation but also for their younger generations. Provision of care to older people is of increasing importance. Internationally, public health policies encourage “ageing in place”; however, the increasing cross-border movements of people result in a sizable population of older people who are or will be ageing outside their home country. “Ageing in distance” can be even more challenging, as older migrants often experience isolation, depression, cultural and communication barriers, and exclusion. They feel belonging to neither “where they came from” nor “where they are residing”. Given the trend of international immigration and population ageing, we face economic, social, and cultural imperatives to support older people to age well either in their homeland or in a foreign land.

We would welcome papers that enhance our understanding of how age and ageing is perceived in different cultures, what roles the mass media can play in constructing and perpetuating stereotypes about older people, how the formal model of community care can better link with the model of family care to form a culturally appropriate age-care model for immigrants in particular and the larger population in general. Topic areas include, but not limited to, stereotypes of older people; social media and older people; cultural assumptions of ageing and age-care; communication campaigns that enhance understanding between older and younger generations, mass media coverage of older people and audience effects, and cross-cultural adjustment of older migrants.

Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. We will accept the extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) of the paper at the first stage of the reviewing process. Please email your extended abstract as MS Word attachment to the Guest Editor of the special section, Dr Shuang Liu by July 25, 2014. The complete manuscript must be received by September 5, 2010 after the extended abstract is accepted. Complete manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA publication manual (6th ed.) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be reviewed and the authors will be notified of final acceptance/rejection decision. Please visit China Media Research for more information about the quarterly journal, which publishes both printing and online versions. For inquiry, please contact Dr Shuang Liu and/or CMR co-editor, Professor Guo-Ming Chen.