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 Multilingualism Diversity & Democracy (Sweden)

ConferencesCALL FOR PAPER ABSTRACTS: Multilingualism, Diversity and Democracy (MuDD) Conference 2019, Jönköping University, Sweden, 8-10 April 2019. Deadline: 15 January 2019.

An international conference organized by the Communication, Culture and Diversity (CCD) network-based research group, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, and sponsored by the Swedish Research Council.

The MuDD2019 international conference will bring together international experts from across the global-North and the global-South with the intent of interrogating the continuing dichotomized situation (in particular in nation-states like Sweden) wherein mono-lingualism and mono-culturalism constitutes the norm and multilingualism and diversity are seen as the exception. MuDD2019 also has the potential to create new knowledge of relevance for present day challenges related to mobility, migration and communication across virtual-physical spaces. It will bring together senior and junior scholars from different research disciplines, including professionals from among other sectors the educational and cultural sectors, thus allowing for theorizing and bridging the dichotomies between monodisciplinary research areas and professional fields.

Global Pluralism Award 2016

The new Global Pluralism Award recognizes pluralism in action. It celebrates the extraordinary achievements of organizations, individuals and governments who are tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity.

The Award is presented once every two years to individuals, organizations, governments and businesses of any nationality. Through their remarkable and sustained achievements, awardees contribute to building more inclusive societies in which human diversity is protected.

Three awardees will be given $50,000 each to further their work in support of pluralism. Award funds must be used for non-profit activities. Awardees will be required to submit a budget with the proposed way in which the funds will be used.

Presented by the Global Centre for Pluralism, an international research and education centre located in Ottawa, Canada, the Award aims to

  • Raise the international profile of pluralism, defined as a principle of respect for diversity,
  • Identify and disseminate innovative and successful approaches to pluralism globally, and
  • Recognize and raise the profile of exemplary organizations, individuals or other entities seeking to advance pluralism.

A wide range of disciplines
Nominees must demonstrate remarkable and sustained achievement in any of the wide range of disciplines related to pluralism. These disciplines include:
*legal reform
*human rights
*democracy promotion
*social cohesion
*ethnic relations
*conflict resolution
*migration and integration
Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list.

International Nominees
Eligible nominees from all countries are eligible, including:
*individuals (e.g. artists, journalists, academics, policy-makers, filmmakers, etc.);
*civil society organizations (e.g. professional associations, faith-based organizations, labour unions, non-profit research or educational institutions, local community groups, non-governmental organizations, foundations, think tanks, etc.);
*social enterprises;
*educational, research and policy institutions (public or private);
*local/municipal, regional or federal/national branches of governments, etc.
Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list.

Do you know a pluralism champion?
Award nominations are now being accepted. Nominate or apply before the August 31, 2016 deadline. Nominations for the Award can only be submitted online. Nominations are accepted from nominators or candidates themselves.

The international jury of experts selecting the awardees is chaired by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada.

CFP GURT 2015 Diversity & Super-Diversity

Diversity and Super-Diversity: Sociocultural Linguistic Perspectives
Georgetown University
March 13-15, 2015
Call for Papers

GURT invites papers that explore the connections between diversity and linguistic/communicative practices from the perspectives described in the conference theme. We are particularly (although not exclusively) interested in the following topics:
*The impact of diversity on sociocultural linguistic theory and research methodologies
*The relationships between diversity and hybridity in linguistic and semiotic practices
*Challenges and responses to linguistic and cultural diversity in different institutional domains such education, the workplace, community organizations and in non institutional domains such as the family
*Diversity and the construction/negotiation of identities
*The use of linguistic and other semiotic resources within new practices involving diverse communities
*Language policies and diversity issues in the public space
*Diversity of genres, practices and participation frameworks in mediated communication
*Diversity and time/space scales

Proposals will be blind reviewed for their originality, quality, and breadth of relevance. In addition, colloquium proposals will be evaluated for the coherence and complementarity of their individual presentations.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: October 15, 2014. Submit online.

Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2014.

Texas State U job ad: Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication/ Communication Diversity
Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor

Texas State University

The Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University seeks an assistant/associate professor, tenure track faculty member with a demonstrated program of research and teaching in intercultural communication and diversity. The application must include evidence of peer-reviewed scholarship, and a record of teaching excellence at the University level. The department expects the successful candidate to teach classes in intercultural communication at the graduate and undergraduate levels, maintain an active program of published research, and pursue external research funding.

Texas State is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Applicants should provide evidence through their experience, teaching, or research of their potential to serve a diverse student population.


PhD in Communication or related field (Emphasis in Intercultural Communication and/or Communication Diversity); Evidence of University level teaching; Evidence of a program of research in Intercultural Communication/Communication Diversity as evidenced by published articles and/or the presentation of research papers at professional conferences.

We seek a faculty member with demonstrated potential to contribute to a Hispanic-Serving Institution; evidence of externally funded research and grant writing activities; and a faculty member who can enhance instruction in our graduate program as evidenced by graduate coursework or research experience in one or more of the following areas: Communication and Technology, Communication Training and Development, Health Communication, Instructional Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, or Rhetorical Studies.

Application Procedures
All application materials much be received by October 10, 2014. Send vita, letter describing your qualifications, and names and phone numbers of three references to:
Dr. Maureen Keeley
Intercultural Communication and Diversity Search Committee Chair
Department of Communication Studies
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Diversity in Transcultural/Int’l Comm conference (Germany)

Diversity in Transcultural and International Communication
October 2-3, 2014
Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen, Germany

Conference of the International and Intercultural Communication Section of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) in Cooperation with the Creative Unit “Communicative Figurations” at the University of Bremen
Hosted by the Institute for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI), University of Bremen
Coordination team: Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz, Rebecca Venema, Gabriele Gerber

The conference addresses both the meta-analysis of “diversity” and an analysis of the organization and practice of diversity. Diversity concepts take different sociocultural categories into account and implement these in organizational and institutional contexts. As such “diversity“ can be seen both as a normative concept and as a social phenomenon. Normative ideas can be found in concepts such as “representation“ (e.g. the representation of social minorities in the media), “participation“ (the participation in public communication of diverse layers and groups within the population), “plurality” or “variety” (among communicators, contents and opinions).

Does our discipline provide the appropriate tools for researching diversity in communication processes? Which theories and concepts are available for the research of communication ethics in inter-national and/or transcultural communication with respect to the phenomenon diversity? Which normative and empirical foundations are they based on? This leads to a second, more application-oriented issue and potential key topic of the conference: diversity as an operational instruction, task and/or practice.

Contributions on the following topics are welcomed:
1. Theoretical Concepts of Diversity
•   State of the art: disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches; basic theories and medium-range theories concerning the research of “diversity”
•   Boundaries and overlaps of terms and theories concerning the concepts of “cosmopolitanism,” “multiculturalism,” “interculturalism,” “transculturalism” and “hybridity” among others
•   The typology and analysis of intercultural communication processes and situations from the point of view of communication ethics
•   International comparisons: Which diversity concepts exist and how do other research communities in other countries research “diversity”? Is diversity research euro-centric?

2. Empirical Research on Diversity
•   Public representations and constructions of social differences and equality in mass media content, in (micro-)blogs, social media, event communication, PR etc.
•   Analysis of public and/or academic discourse on “diversity“
•   Diversity in media professions (public visibility of those working in media professions such as journalism, PR, advertising, film, theatre etc.)
•   Diversity as a Norm of communication ethics (e.g. in international/ intercultural communication)
•   Diversity management in media corporations
•   Case studies on diversity as an element and normative control parameter of diverse communication processes (political communication, journalism, PR, company and organizational communication…)
•   Diversity and justice under circumstances of mediatization and globalisation
•   Diversity as a factor in media and communication politics and policies

Submission and selection of papers
Please send your anonymized proposal for a 20-minute presentation in English (preferred) or German to Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz no later than JUNE 10, 2014 (using a single pdf file). The abstract should not be longer than 8000 characters (including blank spaces) and should be assigned to the conference topics. Please add a title page to the abstract containing the name(s) and address(es) of the presenter(s) and the title of the presentation. All submissions will be anonymously peer-reviewed according to the criteria of originality, relevance, theoretical foundation, appropriateness of the methods used, clarity of language, and reference to the conference theme. Submitters will be informed about the outcome of the selection process by July 2014.

USC post-docs

The USC Annenberg School Post-Doctoral fellowships in Digital Diversity

USC’s School of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars. The Annenberg School Post-Doctoral fellowships in Digital Diversity will support new scholars interested in faculty and research careers who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research and service. In particular we are interested in work at the intersection of diversity and digital informatics.

As communications media serve increasingly diverse and global constituencies, understanding of the ways in which differences in gender, class, ethnicity, national origin and other ‘fault lines” can divide us and present barriers to communication becomes even more critical. We seek candidates who are interested in a broad array of topics in the area, including barriers to adoption of digital technologies by underrepresented groups; media diversity and public policy; representation of women and minorities in the media; social networking and political empowerment; assistive and adaptive technologies for persons with disabilities; and diverse voices in user-generated content.  Candidates should have competencies in robust quantitative and qualitative techniques for mining and analysis of large data sets from media sources across multiple platforms.

Our program will offer two postdoctoral research fellowships for up to two years each (2014-2016), which will include professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in the fields of digital diversity whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity.  Fellowship recipients perform research in a wide range of methodologies within the discipline of communication, with a focus on diversity within digital media.

Candidates who earned their Ph.D. after July 1, 2012 or will have their degree in hand by July 1, 2014 are eligible to apply.  The Ph.D. degree must come from an institution other than USC.   Candidates will come from diverse fields, but should also have an interest in, or a potential for, a wider contribution to the interdisciplinary field of informatics and digital knowledge.

Digital Diversity Postdoctoral Scholars will receive $50,000 per year, plus health insurance, with the possibility of receiving up to $10,000 in research and conference travel support. Postdoctoral Scholars will be expected to teach one course each year.


Applicants are asked to submit their credentials including a letter describing their background, interests and areas of expertise, their curriculum vita or resume, three references and samples of their recent scholarly or professional work through USC’s job site.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled; review of applications will begin March 1st. We hope to announce the selection of postdoctoral scholars between March 15 and April 1, 2014.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Predoctoral diversity fellowships Ithaca College

The School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College announces Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowships for 2014-15. The fellowships support promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy in order to better prepare them for tenure track appointments within liberal arts or comprehensive colleges/universities.

Ithaca College logo

Applications are welcome in the following areas: Communication Studies, History, Sociology, Theater Arts, Writing, Modern Languages and Literatures and the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity. The School of Humanities and Sciences houses additional interdisciplinary minors that may be of interest to candidates: African Diaspora Studies, Latina/o Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian American Studies, Muslim Cultures, Native American Studies and Women’s Studies. Fellows who successfully obtain the Ph.D. and show an exemplary record of teaching and scholarship and engagement in academic service throughout their fellowship, may be considered as candidates for tenure-eligible appointments anticipated to begin in the fall of 2015.

Fellowships are for the academic year (August 16, 2014 to May 31, 2015) and are non-renewable. The fellow will receive a $30,000 stipend, $3,000 in travel/professional development support, office space, health benefits and access to Ithaca College and Cornell University libraries. The fellow will teach one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester and be invited to speak about her/his dissertation research in relevant classes and at special events at Ithaca College.

Successful candidates will show evidence of superior academic achievement, a high degree of promise for continued achievement as scholars and teachers and a capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates should demonstrate sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching and scholarship at the college and university level. Using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship is expected.

Job Qualifications
Enrollment in an accredited program leading to a Ph.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution, evidence of superior academic achievement and commitment to a career in teaching at the college or university level is required. Candidates must also be authorized to work in the United States. Prior to August 16, 2014, the fellow must be advanced to candidacy at his or her home institution with an approved dissertation proposal. Preference will be given to those candidates in the last year of dissertation writing.

College description
Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 7000 students, offers a learning experience that combines the best of the liberal arts and professional education. Our new strategic plan, IC 20/20, positions us to offer a truly distinct integrative learning experience that allows us to graduate students who are ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age. We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the U.S. To learn more about Ithaca College, visit us at

Ithaca College continually strives to build an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals, with diverse talents and skills from a multitude of backgrounds, who are committed to civility, mutual respect, social justice, and the free and open exchange of ideas. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to teach in ways that value the varied learning needs and interests of a culturally diverse student population and that reflect a commitment to encouraging the success of all students.

Instructions for submitting your application
Interested individuals should apply online at, and submit a letter of interest, C.V./Resume, two sample syllabi, a list of references containing the contact information for at least three references, and scanned copies of academic transcript(s). Questions about the online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607)274-8000. Screening of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by December 15, 2013.

EEO Statement
Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

This institution offers benefits to same-sex domestic partners.

CFP Managing organizational diversity

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15, 2013
Full Chapters Due:  June 30,2013

Approaches to Managing Organizational Diversity and Innovation
A book edited by Dr. Nancy Erbe (California State University Dominguez Hills)

To be published by IGI Global.

We are living in an increasingly innovative global community.  In the face of vast promise and potential, however, many struggle with global diversity and difference—the variable that, when more effectively navigated, reaps rich rewards.

Many contemporary skills and approaches are emerging as the result of researching and working with diverse global partnerships, teams, networks, companies and projects.  Anyone working in this global community must stay abreast of these developments and aspire to master the most important for their particular involvement.

Objective of the Book
This book aspires to present a variety of practical tools, skills, practices, models and approaches that are proving themselves in practice—demonstrating effectiveness with managing diversity and innovation.  It will also present a few visionary proposals for transforming societies, citizens and professions so all concerned are better prepared to embrace diversity and do their part in creating valuable and necessary innovation that positively impacts the global community.

Target Audience
This book will benefit several disciplines, including business  (human resources, management (business and public) , marketing, organizational development, sales and training), engineering (including digital media arts) and information technology as well as any other concerned with international studies, development and service.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

*Practices for increasing constructive capacity with ambiguity, difference, unfamiliarity, disequilibrium and complexity
*Reducing defensiveness (distorted perception, premature and rigid judgment and other negative habit/reaction, e.g. seeking the comfort of “sameness,” in/out groups)
*Reflective Practice (recognizing, identifying, scrutinizing, improving….professional and personal frames across culture, especially internal barriers)
*Approaches to validating and rewarding authentic curiosity (exceptional inquiry) and independence, initiative, risk taking; protecting and encouraging open expression of truly fresh ideas
*Collaborative multicultural skill mastery (creating teams with inclusive equal participation)
*Ways to identify common ground and options for shared gain
*Managerial modeling, mentoring and responsiveness to diversity and innovation
*Practices for building and sustaining positive cross cultural rapport, relationship  (effective reframing across culture)…organizational social capital
*Transformative practice and approach to difference and diversity
*Research based approaches to more effective global relationships promoting innovation
*Innovative approaches to diversity and innovation

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2013 a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 30, 2013  about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.

Important Dates
May 15, 2013:   Proposal Submission Deadline
May  30, 2013:          Notification of Acceptance
June 30, 2013:          Full Chapter Submission
July 30, 2013:          Review Results Returned
August 30, 2013:        Final Chapter Submission
January 22, 2014:               Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
California State University Dominguez Hills
Tel.: +310-243-2805 * Fax: +310-516-4268
E-mail: nerbe AT

Calouste Gulbenkian Prize 2013

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has opened nominations for the CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN PRIZE until next May 31st. The Prize, worth 250.000€, will be awarded to an individual or non profit organization, regardless of nationality, who has made a valuable impact and commitment to foster the universal values inherent to the human condition, respect for diversity and difference, a culture of tolerance and the conservation of the environment in man’s relationship with nature. Please refer to Prize website for the nomination form and Prize regulation.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon (Portugal) is a non-profit Portuguese foundation, both operating and grantmaking in the fields of arts, science, education and human development.


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