UCSB Job Ad: Intergroup Communication (USA)

Job adsAssistant Professor of Intergroup Communication, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA. Deadline: September 15, 2018.

The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of intergroup communication at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field prior to the start date and a strong social science background with a record of publishing innovative, empirical research. Intergroup communication concerns the ways in which intergroup relations affect, and are affected by, communication. We seek candidates whose work focuses on either traditional (e.g., language, gender, race and ethnicity) or emerging areas of inquiry, such as health, evolution, cognition, and new media. The successful candidate will be a social scientist whose work foregrounds the role of intergroup communication in their area of expertise. Candidates are expected to teach courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and be active in professional and campus service.

CFP ESTIDIA 2017: Dialogues Without Borders (Bulgaria)

Call for Papers
European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue
4th ESTIDIA Conference
Dialogues without Borders: Strategies of Interpersonal and Inter-group Communication
29-30 September 2017

Faculty of Philosophy
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”
Sofia, Bulgaria

in partnership with

Institute of Rhetoric and Communications, Sofia
Centre for New Media and Transdisciplinary Dialogue, Constanţa

Sofia UniversityThe 4th ESTIDIA conference, to be held on 29-30 September, 2017, is hosted by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the oldest higher education institution in Bulgaria, founded in 1888, which has been consistently ranked as the top university in the country according to national and international rankings. The conference serves as a discussion forum for researchers and practitioners to showcase their dialogue-oriented work on current societal and community-related issues, and on methodological approaches to dialogue and strategies of interpersonal and inter-group Communication. The aim is to bring together senior and junior scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and professional orientations to critically explore, through dialogue, different perspectives on human thinking, communication strategies, interpersonal relations, socio-cultural traditions, political processes and business interactions by means of theory-based and practice-driven investigations.

Conference Theme

Most of the world’s population – and Europe is a case in point – lives in contexts that are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural. Travel across national boundaries is becoming an everyday activity for many, and new technologies allow individuals to communicate easily and cheaply across such boundaries, even if they stay at home. Meanwhile, hostilities between ethnic, national, religious, and other groups do not seem to be decreasing, but on the contrary, are being kindled by extremist groups and totalitarian leaders. To oppose, prevent and do away with such negative and dangerous developments in the 21st century, it is more important than ever to acquire an in-depth and nuanced understanding of how individuals communicate based on group or community memberships, and how communication allows or encourages group segregation and isolationist tendencies. It is languages – verbal language, sign language, body language – that constitute the basic channels of communication through which group stereotypes can be tolerated, changed, and/or resisted.

While the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup relations has been a recurrent topic in several disciplines, such as psychology, social psychology (Tajfel 1978, 1982; Haslam et al 1998; Bar-Tal 2000) and political science (Sherif 1966; Pennebaker et al. 1997; Sidanius & Pratto 2001), research on communication and miscommunication in interpersonal and intergroup interaction has been conducted primarily within the fields of linguistics, sociolinguistics anthropology, rhetoric and communication studies (Hymes 1964; Gumperz 1971; Gudykunst 1998; Gudykunst & Mody 2002; Giles 2012; Berger 2014). A major advantage of these research strands lies in their intergroup perspective that considers people not only as individuals, but also as members of social groups (in terms of e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, region), and investigates the ways in which various social group memberships relate to the way that we communicate with each other.

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A major goal of this conference is to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in sharing their expertise and in discussing and comparing their extensive empirical and theoretical findings, so as to achieve a synergy and a cross-fertilisation of perspectives and approaches that highlight the role of communication practices in dealing with challenging situations emerging in interpersonal and intergroup encounters in 21st century societies.


Howard Giles Profile

ProfilesHowie Giles, past Head of Psychology and Chair of Social Psychology at the University of Bristol, England, has been Professor of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara (with affiliations with Linguistics and Psychology) since 1989.  He is a Charter Fellow of the Intercultural Academy and elected Fellow of other Associations in Psychology, Communication, and Gerontology.


Giles has worked in language, intercultural, interpersonal, health, lifespan, and media arenas, with intergroup communication being his umbrella identification; the other subfields are subtended by this.  In this regard, he was editor of the 2012 Handbook of Intergroup Communication and with Jake Harwood is co-editor of the upcoming Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication.  With Antonis Agardiki, he will be co-convening the 1st International Symposium on Intergroup Communication in Thessaloniki in June 2017.  Giles is currently Chair of the International Communication Association’s Intergroup Communication Interest Group which he founded with Scott Reid in 2003, and was co-founder with Peter Robinson of the International Conferences on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP); the 15th ICLASP will occur in Bangkok in 2016.

Conducting cross-cultural research across dozens of nations and ethnic communities around the world, Giles has worked in an array of intercultural settings, including between-gender, interability, interethnic, intergenerational, police-community, and gay-straight relations.  Within these, for example, he has explored language attitudes, ethnic identity, tourism, acculturation, and successful aging.  Among the research questions he has posed are:

•    How when, and why do we mark our many social identities via language and communicative practices – and how transactively doing so sustains, reshapes these very same identities?

•    How do we age successfully as well as possibly unsuccessfully from different cultures’ standpoints, and how can communication be empowering or disempowering in these regards?

An integrative framework across these domains has been Communication Accommodation Theory, being its architect in the early 1970s (see Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, #48).   Giles has recently been working to inject the salience of “culture” into intergroup theory and was editor of the “Intergroup and Intercultural” section of the International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008-).  Elected Past President of the International Communication Association and the International Association for Language and Social Psychology, Giles is founding/current Editor of the Journal of Language and Social Psychology (1981-) and the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (1990-) as well as elected Editor of Human Communication Research (1995-98.  He is also General Editor for Peter Lang Publishers of a book series entitled, ”Language as Social Action.”

Giles spent much of his “leisure” time as a Reserve Detective Lieutenant in the Santa Barbara Police Department.  He did this for 15 years and was the recipient of over a dozen outstanding service awards.  This experience fueled his interest in researching police-community relations which is currently a very hot topic in the American media and public discourse.

It is possible to download his vita, or send him an e-mail.

Work for CID:
Howie Giles wrote KC48: Communication Accommodation Theory.

International Symposium on Intergroup Communication (Greece, 2017)

Thessaloniki, Greece (precise location TBA)
JUNE 2017

Conveved by Antonis Gardikiotis (Aristotle U. of Thessaloniki) & Howie Giles (UC Santa Barbara)

Aims of this Symposium are:
• To provide the first concentrated forum for presenting and discussing current, cutting edge research on intergroup communication
• To bring international seasoned scholars and graduates together with a view to crafting collaborative international projects on intergroup communication across a range of topics
• To stimulate interest in research and teaching of intergroup communication in Greece and its neighboring countries

The study of intergroup communication now has wide appeal in terms of its relevance to organizations, families, health, media, intercultural, new technology, etc. as we well as different disciplines. Papers on all topics of intergroup communication and will include panels on the: family; social networks; news media; disability; stigma; multilingualism; border communication; group vitalities; intergroup contact; multilingual settings; language and identity; particular intergroup settings (e.g., Ukraine, European socioeconomic crisis), etc. A number of publishing contexts will be available for work presented here, including a special issue(s) of the Journal of Language & Social Psychology on language dynamics.

Keynote speakers include Mike Hogg (Claremont Graduate U) and Anne Maass (U of Padova).

Please convey ideas for panels, papers, creative activities to both the convenors: Antonis Gardikiotis and Howie Giles. Developments will be posted at regular intervals on the ICA Intergroup googlegroups site. Sponsorship is being sought for convention support from a number of potential Associations and particularly with a view to funding international graduate students.

Sponsored by the International Communication Association and the International Association of Language and Social Psychology

UC Santa Barbara job ad

The Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenured senior Associate or Full Professor faculty position, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014.  The successful candidate will complement one or more of the Department’s core areas in interpersonal/intergroup communication, media communication, and organizational communication, and any of our cross-cutting emphases in communication and technology, media neuroscience, globalization, family, group, health, political, legal, or intercultural communication.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Communication or related discipline and an exceptional record of scholarship.   The successful candidate will be expected to assume the role of Chair for a 3-year term beginning July, 2016.  Thus, administrative experience is highly desirable.

Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence and administrative effectiveness, three publications, and a list of 3 references along with contact information to the appropriate sections of the job search website.  Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Howie Giles. The search committee will begin screening completed applications on November 1, 2013, and all materials need to be submitted before this date.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.  UCSB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different sex domestic partners.