Call for Editors: Human Communication Research, and Communication, Culture & Critique

Call for Nominations
Editor for Human Communication Research

The International Communication Association Publications Committee is soliciting nominations for editor of Human Communication Research to succeed John Courtright, whose terms ends at the close of 2016.  We expect the next editor will be appointed to a four-year term at the June ICA Board Meeting and begin receiving manuscripts shortly thereafter. A completed nomination package should include a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve and a vision for the journal (including vision for use of Associate Editors), a CV, contact information for three references who are scholars familiar with the candidate’s work and skill set necessary to edit the journal, and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution.  Details about the editorship are available through the following links:
Publication Policies and Procedures
Human Communication Research Annual Report, page 86

Human Communication Research concentrates on presenting empirical work in any area of human communication. The special brief of the journal is to advance understanding of human symbolic processes, so there is a strong emphasis on theory-driven research, the development of new theoretical models in communication, and the development of innovative methods for observing and measuring communication behavior. The journal has a broad social science focus, so it should appeal to scholars in communication from psychology, sociology, linguistics, and anthropology, as well as areas of communication science. The journal maintains a broad behavioral and social scientific focus but reflects no particular methodological or substantive bias.

Nominations should be submitted electronically by 1 December 2015. Self-nominations are welcomed.

In 2015, the ICA Publications Committee also expressed a willingness to consider editorial teams, in lieu of a single editor, for nomination. In such circumstances, an editorial team would need to provide an additional statement indicating the division of effort and management procedures the editorial team will establish, including a single chief editor for correspondence with the publisher.

Address queries and nominations to:
Elisia L. Cohen, Chair, ICA Publications Committee


Call for Nominations
Editor for Communication, Culture, & Critique

The International Communication Association Publications Committee is soliciting nominations for editor of Communication, Culture and Critique to succeed Radhika Parameswaran, whose term ends at the close of 2016. We expect the next editor will be appointed to a four-year term at the June ICA Board Meeting and begin receiving manuscripts shortly thereafter. A completed nomination package should include a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve and a vision for the journal (including vision for use of Associate Editors), a CV, contact information for three references who are scholars familiar with the candidate’s work and skill set necessary to edit the journal, and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution.  Details about the editorship are available through the following links:
Publication Policies and Procedures
Communication, Culture, & Critique’s Annual Report, page 89.

Communication, Culture, & Critique publishes critical, interpretive, and qualitative research examining the role of communication and cultural criticism in today’s world. The journal welcomes high quality research and analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches from all fields of communication, media and cultural studies. Sites for enquiry include all kinds of text- and print-based media, as well as broadcast, still and moving images and electronic modes of communication including the internet and mobile telephony.

Nominations should be submitted electronically by 1 December 2015. Self-nominations are welcomed.

In 2015, the ICA Publications Committee also expressed a willingness to consider editorial teams, in lieu of a single editor, for nomination. In such circumstances, an editorial team would need to provide an additional statement indicating the division of effort and management procedures the editorial team will establish, including a single chief editor for correspondence with the publisher.

Address queries and nominations to:
Elisia L. Cohen, Chair, ICA Publications Committee

CFP Africa, Media, Globalization special issue

Call for Abstracts – Communication, Culture & Critique
Deadline: August 15, 2014
Special issue on Africa, Media and Globalization
Guest editor: H. Leslie Steeves, University of Oregon, USA
Consulting editors: Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana, Ghana; John Hanson, Indiana University, USA

Globalization is not new to Africa, as histories of global conquest and colonial/postcolonial intervention have shaped the continent in recent centuries: the exploits of European explorers, traders and missionaries leading to the so-called ‘scramble for Africa’ and the division of the continent at the Berlin conference of 1884-85; post-independence alignments during the Cold War; and post-Cold War colonization via ideological and political economic processes and structures. However, to the extent that globalization is a process of neoliberal integration of economies and cultures, sub-Saharan Africa has lagged behind other regions of the world and the overwhelming majority of Africans have not benefited from the spread of the global economy. Scholars today argue that Africa’s continued marginalization and exploitation are sustained by new hegemonic powers in Asia that benefit from Africa’s resources. China’s emergence as an economic superpower and its enormous and escalating investment in Africa must be included in analyses of Africa and globalization, as Africa’s global integration is no longer determined predominantly by Western interests. In her popular TED talk Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie speaks eloquently of Africa’s ‘single story’ of victimization, a narrative that contributes to Africa’s enduring erasure in Western media via homogenization, denial of agency, and economic dependence. At the same time, an overarching ‘single story’ discourse overshadows the production and distribution of media content by and for Africans. Further, the historic global movements of African peoples and cultures suggests many untold and under-told stories of globalization, stories unfolding at a rapid pace with growing technology and internet access. The spread of technology raises many questions, such as: in what ways do technologies impose alien values on African communities and/or extend indigenous values?

This special issue of CCC on Africa seeks diverse studies that critically address and illuminate 21st century stories about media and globalization relevant to Africa at multiple levels of observation and analysis. CCC is primarily a qualitative journal of the International Communication Association that publishes critical and interpretive research in media, communication, and cultural studies. Articles may focus primarily on phenomena relevant to one country, group or region, or may be comparative (one example might be the media’s contemporary role in evangelism and homosexuality legislation). Articles may address any aspect of media and globalization, including discourses, practices and structures of: journalism; popular culture (film, television, music, celebrity philanthropy, tourism promotion, beauty pageants, etc.); information and communication technologies (ICTs); foreign aid; and/or infrastructure investment, particularly in telecommunications.

Theoretical and methodological approaches may vary consistent with the guidelines of the journal as long as they contribute to our knowledge and conceptual understanding of media and globalization and relate directly to Africa.

Authors should email an abstract (500 words) to Leslie Steeves by August 15, 2014. The editor and consulting editors will review all submissions and successful authors will be invited to submit a full manuscript. Abstracts and manuscripts must be in English. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified of acceptance by October 15, 2014. Full papers will be subject to anonymous peer review, and full papers are due by February 15, 2015.

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
cbyerly@earthlink.net