CFP: Books on Conflict & Peace

Publication OpportunitiesNew book series in Conflict and Peace edited by Peter Kellett & Stacey Connaughton, to be published by Peter Lang.

This series highlights leading-edge conflict transformation and peacebuilding work that is achieved through engaged scholarship in the contemporary world. Of particular interest are books (1) that demonstrate the relationship between conflict and systemic issues (for example, relational, cultural, social, environmental, political, historical, and economic). This interest includes the roles of change practices and processes in broader efforts to create a fairer, more just, healthier, and sustainable world and constitutive relationships. (2) We welcome proposals featuring the lived experience of conflict transformation and peacebuilding for practitioners, and/or those affecting and affected by conflicts. We encourage books that explore novel ways of representing the spectrum of lived experiences of people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. These include indigenous and other “alternative” perspectives that have received comparatively little attention in academic publications and public media. (3)  We invite proposals that show how theory and methodology inform and are informed by practice.  We welcome proposals that integrate diverse theories and methods from relevant disciplines through which conflicts are understood, addressed, and even prevented. (4) We encourage proposals that consider a variety of modes and domains of communication and interaction such as face to face, online, community, discursive, rhetorical, network-analytic and others. Edited volumes as well as authored monographs are welcome.  We envision a series that has substantial appeal to scholarly audiences across related disciplines, but that also speaks meaningfully to various audiences beyond academia (for example, practitioners, policymakers, and the donor community). Therefore, we encourage interested authors and editors to make accessibility a hallmark of their writing.

We welcome initial inquiries about possible projects, as well as complete proposals. For more information contact Peter Kellett and Stacey Connaughton.

Jonathan Shailor Researcher Profile

Jonathan ShailorJonathan Shailor, Ph.D., Communication, University of Massachusetts, is a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, where he directs the Certificate Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He is founder and director of The Shakespeare Prison Project in Wisconsin, and a 2015 Fellow with the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution. His teaching, research, and community service focus on the uses of storytelling, dialogue and performance as vehicles for conflict transformation.

Shailor, J. (2013). Kings, warriors, magicians, and lovers: Prison theater and alternative performances of masculinity. In S. J. Hartnett, E. Novek & J. K. Wood (Eds.), Working for justice: A handbook of prison education and activism (pp. 13-38). Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

Shailor, J. (Ed.). (2011). Performing new lives: Prison theatre. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Shailor, J. (2011). Humanizing education behind bars: The theatre of empowerment and the Shakespeare project. In S. Hartnett (Ed.), Empowerment or incarceration? Reclaiming hope and justice from the prison-Industrial complex (pp. 229-251). Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

Shailor, J. (2009). Improvising a new life: Interactive theater. In K.J. Gergen, S.M. Schrader & M. Gergen (Eds.), Constructing worlds together: Interpersonal communication as relational process. New York: Pearson Education.

Shailor, J. (2008). When muddy flowers bloom: The Shakespeare Project at Racine Correctional Institution. Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, 123(3), 632-641.

Shailor, J. (2008). A professor’s perspective: The Shakespeare Project at Racine Correctional Institution. In K. Brune (Ed.), Creating behind the razor wire: Perspectives from arts in corrections in the United States (pp. 38-41). Published by

Shailor, J. (1999). Desenvolvendo uma abordagem transformacional à prática da mediação: Considerações teóricas e práticas. In D. F. Schnitman & S. Littlejohn (Eds.), Novos paradigmas en mediação. Porto Alegre, Brazil: Editora Artes Médicas Sul Ltda.

Shailor, J. (1997). Context and the coordinated management of meaning. In J. L. Owen (Ed.), Context and communication behavior. Reno, NV: Context Press.

Shailor, J. (1994). Empowerment in dispute mediation: A critical analysis of communication. New York: Greenwood Press.

Key Concept #65: Conflict Transformation by Jonathan Shailor

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. Click on the thumbnail to download the PDF. Lists organized  chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

Key Concept #65: Conflict Transformation by Jonathan Shailor

Shailor, J. (2015). Conflict transformation. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 65. Available from:

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.

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CMM Fellows Program Call: Conflict Transformation, Getting Past Disagreement

2015 CMM Fellows Program CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Conflict Transformation – Getting Past Disagreement

This unique fellowship program reflects a partnership among Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication & Society, Fielding Graduate University Institute for Social Innovation, and the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution.

Intention: In this year’s call for fellows, the focus is on proposals that take a communication perspective and use the lens of CMM to further our understanding of conflict transformation. Proposals that can demonstrate the practical import of a communication perspective and that enrich our understanding of the value of using CMM to understand conflict transformation are particularly encouraged.

Recognition: Each Fellow will receive a cash award plus an allowance for travel expenses to attend the 2015 CMM Learning Exchange in September 2015 in Munich and present resulting work there.

Application Process: Applications can be downloaded using the “Letter of Intent” form on the CMM Institute website.

Important Dates:
– Applications are due by March 15, 2015
– Applicants will be notified the week of May 15, 2015
– Fellows will be expected to make a presentation of their work at the CMM Learning Exchange and Global Integral Competence conference, September 17-20, 2015 in Munich, Germany

For more information, contact Kim Pearce.

Definitions and parameters:
Proposals are welcome that address virtually any kind of conflict, and how it may be resolved or prevented by taking a “communication perspective.”

Conflict can be anything from a minor or major disagreement to a full- blown war, and the many levels between these extremes. One way of defining conflict is when there are needs we have that are unmet and we attribute the cause to someone or something else, as another person, organization or country, or we might blame ourselves. We can encounter conflict:
– Within ourselves as when we feel conflicted about decisions we have made
– With another person as an interpersonal conflict;
– Within our own groups as intragroup conflict;
– With another group of people or team as intergroup conflict;
– Within an organization as intraorganizational conflict;
– Between organizations as interorganizational conflict;
– Within nations and states as in civil war as intrastate conflict; and
– Between states or cultures as interstate conflict.

The communication perspective is essentially about how we make our social worlds together in communication and storytelling. There are stories we tell about the others with whom we are in conflict and this is part of the framing we give to the conflict situation. Our framing of these stories may inhibit us from being able to shift our perspective and constructively address the conflict situation.

The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) theory offers us concepts and tools that allow us to see conflict from alternative points of view to shift our perspective and understanding of the conflict, the other person and ourselves. In this manner, we are able to transform our conflict narrative and consequently, transform the conflict. This transformation opens up a range of possibilities that were previously not available to us.

CFP Communication and Conflict Transformation

Book chapter proposals call–communication and conflict transformation

Tom Matyok and Pete Kellett invite brief chapter proposals for our upcoming co-edited book with the working title: Communication and conflict transformation: Leading-edge thoughts, practices, & engagements. If contracted, the book will be published by Lexington Books as part of their new Peace and Conflict Studies Series. They would like to create a book that captures current leading-edge, and emerging thoughts/ideas, practices/ techniques, and engagements/ contexts/ applications around communication as it contributes to the broader (interdisciplinary) discussion of conflict transformation. The book is envisioned as a mix of shorter (3000 word) think pieces and reports on practices and techniques, as well as longer (up to 7500 word) research studies, and as representing the breadth of research paradigms and methodologies, and the novel, valuable, and provocative work currently being done in Communication/Communication Studies regarding conflict transformation and welcome proposals that speak to this goal. They envision completing the contract process by end of this calendar year and will be in touch with a writing timeline for spring at that point. Please email Pete Kellett a working title; name (s) of author (s); and a 75-100 word abstract of your proposed chapter by October 20, 2014.

Arizona State U job ad

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University, invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication to begin in August 2013.

Required Qualifications:
1)  PhD (or foreign educational equivalent) in Communication or related field.  Must have PhD in hand by August 1, 2013.
2)  Record of research in intercultural/international communication as demonstrated by publications or works in progress, with a continuing program of scholarly activity publishable in established international refereed journals.

Desired Qualifications:
1)  Demonstrated excellence in scholarship confronting significant global and domestic issues in the ways culture plays a role in relationships between individuals, groups, and societies, scholarship that explicitly contributes to Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Strategic Initiatives (Conflict Transformation Project, Innovative Inquiry, Project for Wellness and Work-Life (see details ) and scholarship that is supportive of ASU’s campus-wide research initiatives: (1) Building strong, vibrant communities, (2) Defending and extending human rights, (3) Understanding the past and present for the sake of our future, and (4) Creating a sustainable way of life) (see details).
2)  Demonstrated potential for obtaining external funding for research projects.
3)  Demonstrated teaching effectiveness, demonstrated ability to teach courses in the existing undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the HDSHC, with potential to develop new courses in relevant areas of scholarship.
4)  Demonstrated ability to engage in service to the university, academic profession, and public/community that supports ethical/professional behavior as defined in Board of Regents, university, or academic unit policy.

The application deadline is Monday, November 26, 2012; if the position is not filled, then applications will be accepted every subsequent Monday until the search is closed.

Applicants must submit a cover letter specifying interest in the position and how their qualifications match the required and desired qualifications, curriculum vitae, evidence of effectiveness in teaching (e.g., syllabi, teaching evaluations), evidence of excellence in scholarship (e.g. reprints of published articles), and three letters of references.  Letters of reference must be emailed directly by referees to HDSHCrecruitment AT, with the job order #10246 written in the SUBJECT area of the email.

Application materials should be submitted as a single PDF document via email only to HDSHCrecruitment AT Please write the job order #10246 in the SUBJECT area of the email.
Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement. In line with the Arizona Board of Regents’ policy, a background check is required for employment.

ASU Tempe job ad

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University is seeking a tenure-earning assistant professor in communication studies and new media to begin in Fall 2012. Successful applicants will articulate teaching and research efforts in relation to our School’s mission within the New American University model. Our mission aims to produce transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching that responds to pressing issues in the world today. Specifically, we seek a new media scholar whose interests align with our research initiatives in strategic communication; health communication; conflict transformation; wellness and work-life; as well as our core expertise in interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication, rhetoric and performance studies. We are searching for an outstanding candidate whose teaching, research, and service complements our vibrant faculty and program. This position includes: teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels; establishing and maintaining an ongoing research program in area of specialty; contributing to curriculum development; seeking external research funding; serving on school, college, and university committees; assisting with recruitment of students for ASU and the program; and, providing service to professional associations and the community. Salary will be competitive based on qualifications. Required: Applicant must hold a Ph.D. in communication or related field at the time of appointment; evidence of excellence in teaching and research at the postsecondary level.

Demonstrated evidence of experience in research methodology.
Successful experience teaching/assisting in a large lecture format class.
Expertise in new media.
Evidence of ability to seek and secure external funding support.

The HDSHC includes 23 full-time faculty members and offers the BA, BS, MIP, and Ph.D. degrees in communication. The School offers laboratory facilities, computer resources, project support, grant development support, and a performance studio. The Main Campus is located in Tempe, a progressive suburb of Phoenix. Our location offers the resources of a major metropolitan area (5+ million) in a state with spectacular natural scenery and recreational areas, sublime winters, and a culturally rich population.

The postmarked application deadline is January 6, 2012; if the position is not filled, then applications will be accepted every subsequent Friday until search is closed. Applicants must submit a cover letter specifying interest in the position and how their qualifications match the required and desired qualifications; curriculum vitae; names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references; evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g. syllabi, teaching evaluations); and evidence of excellence in scholarship (e.g. reprints of published articles). A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement can be found at:

Address application materials to: Dr. Steven Corman, Search Committee Chair The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Arizona State University P. O. Box 871205 (regular mail) Tempe, AZ 85287-1205 or 950 S. Forest Ave., room A412 (express mail) Tempe, AZ 85281 For additional information: HDSHC Strategic Initiatives: ASU, A New American University: Email: