CFP Who Belongs? Immigrants, Refugees, Migrants

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Papers: Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis (Special Issue): Who Belongs? Immigrants, Refugees, Migrants, and Actions Towards Justice

Over the past year, both in the U.S. and Europe, far-right nationalist and white supremacist organizations have led a massive assault on the human rights of immigrants, refugees, and migrants, resulting in multiple acts of violence against individuals and communities and a general climate of fear. Notably, this assault has been supported by the most mainstream of political actors, ranging from elected officials in the U.S. who advocate for travel bans targeted at people who are Muslim and deportation raids targeted at the Latinx community to the racist and xenophobic political platforms of leading candidates for the highest of political offices in France and Austria. In this issue, we seek to engage this political landscape by asking the question: Who belongs? This question raises significant abstract issues, including: the legitimacy and construction of nationstates; theories of democratic governance and legal systems; notions of citizenship; intersections between racialized, gendered, and classed social identities; and, processes of imperialism and colonization. The question also raises significant issues that are more concrete, including: access to public resources (such as education, housing, and health care); policies and processes of “legal” documentation; activist and community mobilization; sanctuary cities; U.S. and European military intervention; the militarization of law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad; neoliberal economic policies; and, ongoing anti- and post- colonial struggles across the globe. We thus invite scholars and activists from a range of disciplinary and professional positions to submit work (research articles, conceptual essays, book reviews, and poems) that illuminates these and other issues that are central to political struggle for the rights of immigrants, refugees, and migrants.

Submission Timeline Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017
Anticipated Publication: January 2018

 

Yea-Wen Chen Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesYea-Wen Chen (Ph.D., University of New Mexico) is Associate Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University.

Yea-Wen Chen

She is a certified diversity educator, a trained mediator, and a teacher-scholar of intercultural communication. She is the winner of numerous top paper awards at regional, national, and international communication conferences. Her research program aims to raise consciousness of the particular ways in which communication—including silence—about cultural identities impacts diversity, inclusion, and social justice. She attends to these inter/cultural dynamics within interpersonal communication and nonprofit communication sites, and across local and global contexts. Dr. Chen has published over 35 works, including peer-reviewed articles in Communication Monographs, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Intercultural Communication Studies, Howard Journal of Communications, and International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review. Also, she has co-edited Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication (6th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2015) and guest-edited a journal special issue on inter/cultural nonprofit partnerships.

Key Publications:

Chen, Y.-W., & Lawless, B. (2016). Immigrant women negotiating shifting meanings of work and confronting micro-aggressions with/in the Ivory Tower. In S. Shenoy-Packer & E. Gabor (Eds.), Immigrant workers and meanings of work: Communicating life and career transitions (pp. 99-111). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Chen, Y.-W., Simmons, N., & Kang, D. (2015). “My family isn’t racist—however…”: Multiracial/ Multicultural Obama-ism as an ideological barrier to teaching intercultural communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 8(2), 167-186. doi:10.1080/17513057.2015.1025331

Chen, Y.-W. (2014). Pan-Asian organizing for empowerment? Unpacking nonprofit discourses across organizational status positions. The Howard Journal of Communications, 25(3), 350-371. doi:10.1080/10646175.2014.924451

Chen, Y.-W. (2014). “Are you an immigrant?”: Identity-based critical reflections of teaching intercultural communication. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2014(138), 5-16. doi:10.1002/tl.20091

Chen, Y.-W., & Collier, M. J. (2012). Intercultural identity positioning: Interview discourses from two identity-based nonprofit organizations. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 5(1), 43-63. doi:10.1080/17513057.2011.631215     

CFP Uprooted – Refugees/Migrants/The Displaced (US)

Call for Papers
Uprooted—Refugees/Migrants/The Displaced: An International Multidisciplinary Conference—–9th International Conference on Transatlantic Studies
October 10-12, 2016
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri, USA

This multi-disciplinary international conference explores the diverse social justice issues involving refugees/ immigrants/ the displaced confronting both sides of the transatlantic world. Various conflicts throughout the world have led to multiple crises as refugee and displaced persons place demands on societies that are seen as vulnerable resulting in demands for greater security despite the critical humanitarian needs.  These crises continue to strain international and domestic politics.  The crises scattered throughout the world likely involve a symmetry of experiences and responses.  Many features might be held in common, many are likely unique.

This international multidisciplinary conference seeks to explore the diverse aspects of these intertwined issues, including definitions of terms, national and private level responses, social justice issues, impacted intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and international relations concerns.  The event will serve as a forum to allow participants to learn by comparison and through international dialog about these crises in international social justice.

The University of Central Missouri (USA) Departments of Criminal Justice and Government, International Studies, & Languages, and Sociology, Gerontology, & Cross-Disciplinary Studies in partnership with the Instituto Franklin Universidad de Alcala (Spain) and the Consortium for Transatlantic Studies & Scholarship invite papers on issues related to any aspect of Refugees/Migrants/The Displaced.  Papers are anticipated to derive from a variety of disciplines including but not limited to: communications, criminal justice, disaster management, history, international relations, international studies, journalism & media studies, legal/justice studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, safety sciences, sociology …. Comparative or international perspectives on these issues are encouraged.

The Conference organizers see a variety of topic areas that underlie the broad themes of current social justice crises involving Refugees/Migrants/The Displaced:
–       Public health
–       Homeland security
–       Refugee resettlement
–       Immigration enforcement
–       Human trafficking
–       Juvenile migrants
–       Women’s issues (violence, family impacts, etc)
–       Terrorism
–       Challenges to law enforcement/corrections
–       International coordination/partnerships
–       Border communities (effects of, response to)
–       Drugs (smuggling, abuse, trafficking)
–       Political context (public opinion, media studies, electoral issues)
–       Migration to areas in central US (Migration to the Midwest and plains states, suburbanization of migration/immigration)
–       Historical responses to mass migration
–       Asylum
–       Conflicts that lead to these crises
–       Impact of Climate Change

To submit proposal/abstract of paper use the form provided on the website.  Proposals are due August 15, 2016.  Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis.

For further information, please email Professor Don Wallace, wallace[at]ucmo.edu

CFP Immigrants and meanings of work

CALL FOR EXTENDED ABSTRACTS
Immigrants and Meanings of Work: A Global Perspective (Working Title)

Editors
Suchitra Shenoy-Packer, DePaul University
Elena Gabor, Bradley University

Extended abstract submission deadline: October 15, 2013

We would like to invite you to contribute, help shape, and develop an important area of scholarship – Meanings of work from immigrants’ perspectives.

If you are an immigrant yourself and/or you have conducted research with immigrants within the intersections of race, class, gender, immigration status (or others), and work, we are interested in chapters that reveal how you or other immigrants construct the meaning of work in your/their lives. We take a deliberate interdisciplinary focus in order to be inclusive of theoretical perspectives. However, because we are interested in the subjective experiential realities of diverse groups of immigrants working in different parts of the world, we prefer interpretive, critical-cultural works that include immigrants’ voices (either as quotes or as first person narratives) as primary sources of research investigations.

Potential Topics:
We are open to a variety of innovative topics pertaining to Immigrants and Meanings of Work. Here are some examples:
* Immigrant first-person accounts of their work experience explained in the context of academic perspectives of meanings of work/meaningful work
* Religious ethos that influence meanings of work (and that carry over into the immigrant’s adopted culture)/i.e., A Buddhist immigrant’s views of work that influence her work experiences and meaning-making in an adopted Catholic country.
* Immigrant work ethic/work ethic in transition
* Socialization/adaptation dissonance between what was taught (e.g., values) in one’s native country vis-à-vis what is experienced (the “reality”) in the adopted country
* Social construction of immigrant work identity
* Pan-cultural/culturally universal work values

Please submit an extended abstract between 600-800 words (excluding references) to Suchitra at sshenoy1 AT depaul.edu and Elena at egabor AT bradley.edu by October 15, 2013. Questions may be directed at either or both.