Tsuda U Job Ad: Intercultural Communication (Japan)

Job adsLecturer/Associate Professor in Intercultural Communication, Tsuda University, Tokyo, Japan. Deadline: June 11, 2018.

The Department of English at Tsuda University, the oldest women’s college located in Tokyo, Japan is looking for applicants for a full-time (tenured) position in Intercultural Communication. A successful candidate should be able to teach the following subjects, among others, in his/her areas of expertise: Case Studies in Intercultural Communication, Cross-cultural Training, Gender and Communication, Ethnography of Communication. The successful candidate is also expected to teach such classes as Academic Writing II, Public Speaking, and Debate as well to fulfill the Department’s practical English language training needs.

EPRIE 2017: Migration, Integration & Belonging (South Korea & Japan)

Applications are being accepted for participation in EPRIE 2017: ‘Migration, integration, and belonging’, to be held from June 21 to July 3 in East Asia (South Korea and Japan).

As an intercultural exchange program, EPRIE (Exchange Program for Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe) aims to contribute through enhanced dialog to improving cooperation among neighboring countries in East Asia and Europe, and to support the process of integration in each region. By strengthening transnational relations, EPRIE shall actively contribute toward promoting international understanding.

Participants will compare historical developments before and after the Second World War, examine the political and social dimensions of mutual relations, and analyze relevant regional cooperation and challenges. Each topic will be dealt with various perspectives and will be presented with the assistance of specialists from the field of politics, economics, academia and media.

In addition, key competencies in intercultural cooperation will be mediated. Through intensive collaborations at the seminar, a network will be created that shall seek to serve long-term cooperation.

Organizer is the Korea Verband e.V., a politically independent association based in Berlin.


Target groups are young people aged between 25 and 35 years from Europe (mainly France, Germany, Poland) and East Asia (mainly China, Japan, Korea). Program participants will include young professionals, and postgraduate students in Master and Research degrees from the field of Area Studies as well as from the disciplines of History, Social and Communication Sciences, among others.

Application deadline will be on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gustolab Study Abroad: Food Systems (Vietnam, Italy or Japan)

Gustolab International has announced an expansion of their popular Critical Studies on Food summer program. Beginning summer 2017, there will be three complementary programs in Vietnam, Italy, and Japan.

DURATION: 4-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: May 21 – June 18, 2017

* Food Systems in Vietnam (3 credits)
* Vietnam, Conflict, Contradiction and Change (3 credits)
* Vietnamese Language for Food and Business (up to 3 credits)

DURATION: 5-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: May 22, 2017 – June 24, 2017

* Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits)
* Food Media, Communication and Trends (3 credits)
* Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits)
* Food Waste in Italy (3 credits) NEW!
* Italian Language for Food and Business (Italian Lexicon for Food Studies) (3 credits)
* Elementary Italian Language (3 credits)
* Intensive Elementary Italian Language (6 credits, minimum of 8 participants)

DURATION: 4-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: July 2 – July 30, 2017
WHERE: Osaka, Japan

* Critical Studies on Japanese Food Culture (3 credits)
* Food Choice and Politics in Japan (3 credits)

Applications also open for Gustolab International programs in Italy (Rome, South and North Italy). Open enrollment programs are available to students from all universities.
Internship (several positions available!)


International Metropolis Conference 2016 (Japan)

On 7 November 2014, the Steering Committee of International Metropolis in Milan made the decision that the 21st International Metropolis Conference (IMC) be held in Aichi-Nagoya on October 24-28, 2016. On 7 September 2015,  Aichi-Nagoya was confirmed as the venue of the International Metropolis Conference after Mexico City.

In the meantime, migration and integration have become one of the most crucial issues in the international society as a result of refugee crisis in Europe and Middle East. Now we really need global discussions not only at the level  of  political summit, but on a broader basis including practitioners, policy makers and researchers. Furthermore, it is necessary to involve Asia when we discuss about such global agenda.

Therefore, it is of great  significance that  the International  Metropolis Conference takes  place for the first time in Asia. This is of great significance to the International Metropolis Project too, and we hope that our discussions in Aichi-Nagoya will enlighten and enliven the migration policy discussion in Asia and contribute to the global discussion.  We hope also to strengthen the Metropolis network throughout Asia and to motivate increased collaboration between migration scholars, policy makers and practitioners in the region and their counterparts in North America, Europe, and beyond.

Creating Trust through Wisdom on Migration and Integration 

Main Themes :
・Refugee protection: Our most pressing migration dilemma
・Managing global risk: migration in situations of crisis
・Creating Trust through Wisdom: Co-development and migration in East Asia
・Migration, trade, and diaspora: Engines for  economic integration
・Asia’s demographic precipice: Migration, technology, and greater workforce participation
・Inclusive development: a new perspective on immigrant integration
・When internal and international migration meet:best practices for cities
・Comprehensive migration policy-making for a   re-vitalized Japan

Workshop submission deadline
Proposals can be submitted starting February 15, 2016 through the website.
The deadline is midnight, July 30, 2016 (Japan time).


CFP Roles of Communication on a Regional Conflict

Journal of Asian Pacific Journal (JAPC) Special Issue Call for Papers

The Roles of Communication on a Regional Conflict: Antipathy, Nationalism, and Conflicts in Territorial Disputes among China, Japan, and South Korea

Submissions are encouraged from scholars that use different theoretical and empirical approaches to the special issue of Journal of Asian Pacific Communication on the role of communication (e.g. legal, diplomatic, and public discourses) in territorial disputes among China, Japan, and South Korea. Territorial disputes between China and Japan over Diaoyu (Chinese) or Senkaku (Japanese) island and between Japan and South Korea over the Dokdo (Korea) or Takeshima (Japanese) island have escalated particularly in recent years and given rise to concerns about peace and security in the region. The special issue will examine the roles of communication and discourse on their political, cultural, historical, and economical aspects of the territorial disputes with a focus on the key internal and external factors shaping current and future relations. The articles will examine communication and discourse in institutional and political settings, i.e., in and around organizations, in the media, and on the internet. They will focus on how use of language and non-verbal symbolic systems in specific, esp. institutional, communicative contexts, including face-to-face diplomatic interactions/conversations, news release, and popular cultural texts such as films, music, animation, television drama, etc. impact the territorial disputes.

(1) News Coverage on the Disputes: Articles may examine how news media cover the disputes and the accompanying debates on international and domestic levels by conducting content (quantitative) or textural (qualitative) analysis of newspaper articles or broadcasting news contents in two territorial disputes among three nations (or comparative studies). They may also examine how media represent conflict and its potential impact on the audience.

(2) Public Opinion and Propaganda: Although territorial disputes are one of the most fraught issues among states, how public opinion and official and unofficial propaganda on territorial disputes varies within states and what explains the variation are often overlooked. Some articles may examine the dynamics of messages and see how public prioritizes and processes nationalistic, historical, and economic considerations over such disputes. They may hypothesize, for example, that younger generations are more likely to support some level of compromise while older generations would take a more a hawkish stance.

(3) Political and Diplomatic Communication: There are inevitable political aspects in disputed territories. The role of the U.S. can be an explosive force in these disputes. Although the U.S. may maintain the neutrality in the territorial disputes among three nations, the U.S. concerns that China’s muscle in the region could escalate the conflicts with neighboring Vietnam, Malaysia, and Philippine and Japan. The U.S. may support their territorial disputes in order to counter China’s regional hegemonic ambition. The papers may examine rhetorical aspects of political communication (emails, news releases, press conferences, legal action threats, languages of peace and conflicts) in these disputes.

(4) Role of Social Media and Bloggers: Angry and reasonable participants of social media have escalated various international conflicts including the territorial disputes. Papers may analyze social media, internet, and cyber warfare on the disputes among three nations and see how these disputes are mediated, produced, received, and reconstituted.

(5) Role of Popular Cultural Texts: These disputes have been constructed and deconstructed through comics, television dramas, films, dance, theaters, and music in three nations. They are also largely consumed and shared in internet. Papers may explore how these popular cultural texts can personalize and frame the disputes and make the readers to frame of references in their opinions on the topic. Or analyze the texts based on power, ideology, and discourses.

All manuscripts will be reviewed as a cohort for this special issue. Manuscripts must be submitted online. All submissions will go through a regular double-blind review process and follow the standard norms and processes. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016. Submissions should be emailed to Eungjun Min.

CFP Public Deliberation & Dialogue ICA16 Preconference (Japan)

ICA Preconference Call: Public Deliberation & Dialogue
Title: Pubic Deliberation and Dialogue: Building an International Network of Research, Pedagogy, and Service.
Date: Thursday June 9, 1:00-5:00pm
Place: Fukuoka, Japan (conference hotel)
Co-Chairs: Tim Steffensmeier, Kansas State University; Azirah Hashim, University of Malaya; Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute; Leah Sprain, University of Colorado, Boulder; Soo-Hye Han, Kansas State University

Preconference registration cost: Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy is covering the registration cost for 25 participants

Participant Requirements: there are two ways to participate in this preconference

A. Submit a one-page Statement of Interest that addresses your interest in public deliberation and dialogue OR

B. Submit a 300 word abstract describing your current research focused on public deliberation or dialogue. Panelists will be selected to present their research and catalyze small group discussions.

Deadline: January 22, 2016. Send Statements of Interest to Tim Steffensmeier; successful applicants will be notified no later than Feb. 1.

Preconference Description:
Public deliberation and dialogue is above all a communicative process. Communication scholars are beginning to focus more of their teaching, research and service efforts in this area. In recent years, a number of communication scholars from various perspectives, including but not limited to political communication, media studies, small group communication studies, rhetorical studies, and conflict resolution have begun to connect around public deliberation and dialogue. For example, The Journal of Public Deliberation publishes scholarship in this area, and the National Communication Association (NCA) recently approved a new Public Deliberation and Dialogue division. To this point, however, communication scholars mostly have been working individually or within national boundaries. There has not been sufficient collaboration at the international level between the field of communication and public deliberation.

This preconference aims to bring together scholars already working on public deliberation and dialogue projects as well as those new to the field. The aim is to build a stronger international network of support and collaboration by sharing ideas in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Participants will provide presentations and summaries of connections between their work and pubic deliberation and dialogue. The preconference will focus on research connections, and it will also address connections to teaching and service. One of the particular benefits of this subject is the natural blending of the three typical responsibilities of faculty.

The target audience for this preconference includes two primary groups: 1) faculty and graduate students already involved in public deliberation and dialogue research and teaching, and 2) individuals interested in this area and wanting to learn more. For the first group, the preconference will provide a space to share ideas, receive feedback, and learn what other people are doing in the field. Furthermore, we will develop ways to work collaboratively after the conference. For the second group, we will provide background information and resources for scholars to start incorporating this work into their research, teaching and service.

CFP Cool Japan ICA16 Preconference (Japan)

CfP Cool Japan ICA16 Preconference
International Communication Association Preconference 2016
Communicating with Cool Japan: New International Perspectives on Japanese Popular Culture
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Location: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Sponsors: ERIC, Pop Comm, Waseda University
Keynote Speaker: Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University)

More children around the world recognize Mario than they do Mickey Mouse, and Japanese popular culture, especially anime, manga, music, games, television, film, and street fashion, is among the most distinct and recognizable of any in the world. During a time of domestic economic malaise, these products of these creative industries have become increasingly important cultural exports. There is both intra-Asian cultural flow (e.g. between Japan and Korea), as well as “counter-flow” from East to West. Japan continues to be a subject of Orientalization, yet at the same time, Japan is one of the most well-developed, wealthy nations in its region, with its own history of colonialism.

This year’s International Communication Association Annual Conference theme is “Communicating with Power,” and it implies both speaking to the powerful and speech that is powerful in and of itself. Both are salient here because “Cool Japan” is a governmental catchphrase, and to a postcolonial country like Japan, which has renounced the “hard” military power of warmongering and violence, the “soft power” of cultural diplomacy and the global recognition of its powerhouse popular culture are especially important. What role should Japanese popular culture play on the twenty-first century international stage? What sorts of power are or ought to be vested in cultural producers? What can these media tell us about ourselves-and others? And what sorts of empowerment does Japanese popular culture make possible for consumers? We invite scholars who would explore some of the answers to these questions-as well as provide new ones-in order to better understand, ultimately, what it means to communicate with Cool Japan.

Papers and panels on topics related to any area of Japanese popular culture will be considered, including but not limited to:
-production processes and/or cultural workers
-political economy (including the role of the state and markets)
-media/cultural content (e.g. of anime, manga, fashion, videogames, film, music, television, etc.)
-the Internet, social/online media, cellular phones, or other technology
-uses of Japanese popular culture
-globalization or diaspora
-cultural policy/diplomacy
-consumption or media effects
-identity and the self
-otaku and fandom

Submissions from graduate students and junior scholars are especially welcome.
How to Submit:
We will accept both individual abstract submissions and fully-constituted panel submissions (of 4-5 participants).
Individual paper submissions should include:
-Title, name and affiliation, and email address of author(s).
-Abstract of 150-200 words that discusses the problem, research, methods and relevance.
-Use Microsoft Office or PDF format.

Panel proposal submissions should include:
-Title of panel and 100-word rationale.
-Titles, names and affiliations, and email addresses of panelists.
-Abstracts of 150-200 words for each presentation that discusses the problem, research, methods and relevance.
-Use Microsoft Office or PDF format.

Send all submissions via email. Please write “Communicating with Cool Japan Preconference” in the subject line.

Submission deadline is January 31, 2016.

Notification of acceptance will occur sometime in mid-February.

Please contact Casey Brienza or Anamik Saha with any inquiries.

CFP: How to Analyze Authority and Power in Interaction (Japan)

The Language and Social Interaction and Organizational Communication divisions of the International Communication Association present How to analyze authority and power in interaction
A preconference to the 2016 meeting of the International Communication Association
July 9, 2016, 9am to 5pm
Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel, Japan
Organized by Nicolas Bencherki, Frédérik Matte and François Cooren

Historically, studies on language and social interaction have often been criticized for their alleged incapacity to deal with questions of power, coercion and domination (Cooren, 2007). By exclusively focusing on what people do in interactional scenes, LSI scholars have indeed been accused of being ill equipped to address and analyze what makes the interactions they study possible (Reed, 2010). In response, macro-sociologists and critical scholars keep reaffirming the key role that structures, ideologies and power relationships play in the constitution of interactions. However, they rarely analyze conversations or dialogues per se, which means that interaction studies seem often immune to this kind of consideration.

For the past twenty years, however, a growing movement of scholars has decided to go beyond the sterile opposition between agency and structure by openly analyzing everything that happens to make a difference in a given interaction (Bartesaghi, 2009, 2014, Bencherki and Cooren, 2011; Benoit-Barné and Cooren, 2009; Castor and Cooren, 2006; Chiang, 2015; Cooren and Matte, 2010; Taylor and Van Every, 2011, 2014). Instead of exclusively focusing on what people do, these scholars have also taken into account other forms of agency or authorship that seem to make a difference through people’s turns of talk.

How to participate
For this preconference, we would like to encourage scholars to submit papers that explicitly (1) deal with questions of power/authority and (2) illustrate their approach by studying the detail of the interaction that organizers selected. In other words, each participant is invited to shed his or her own original light on the same common interaction.

Any kind of perspective – Conversation Analysis (Pomerantz & Fehr, 1997; Sacks & Jefferson, 1992; Sanders, 2005), Actor Network Theory (ANT) (Latour, 1986; Law, 1991), CCO (Communicative Constitution of Organization) (Benoit-Barné & Cooren, 2009; Bourgoin & Bencherki, 2015; Taylor & Van Every, 2014), Critical Discourse Analysis (Fairclough, 2013; Fairclough & Wodak, 1997; van Dijk, 1993), ethnography of communication (Carbaugh & Boromisza-Habashi, 2015; Hymes, 1964; Kalou & Sadler-Smith, 2015), etc. – is welcome as long as these two requirements are met.

This preconference could be of interest to Language and Social Interaction and Organizational Communication scholars, but representatives of other divisions are, of course, also welcome.

Submit a 500-word abstracts including an analysis outline on the preconference website by 18 January.

Responses will be sent by 15 February.

The interaction: “Under whose authority?”
Kim Davis denies marriage licenses to LGBT couples. You may have heard of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, county clerk who has defied court orders in her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She has gained quite a bit of fame, either as a hero to conservative supporters, or on the contrary in a very negative way among same-sex marriage supporters and within the LGTB community. We propose, as a common empirical material to our discussions, that participants to the preconference use their own analytical approach to analyze the following news excerpt (we apologize any advertisement that may appear at the beginning of the video). You can download the excerpt’s full transcript.

What sense would you make of this excerpt? What does the theoretical or analytical approach that you adopt reveal about what went on in Kim Davis’ office on that day? What may other perspectives be missing or leaving aside? What makes a difference, or what should we take into account, in order to explain the situation we are witnessing in the video? Is this video even enough to make any sense at all of the events? Let us know!

In addition to briefly presenting a theoretical and analytical framework, your abstract should also include a few elements or an outline of an analysis of the excerpt. Show us how this excerpt may be studied differently thanks to the concepts, tools or lenses that your framework provides.


Bartesaghi, M. (2009). How the therapist does authority: Six strategies for substituting client accounts in the session. Communication & Medicine, 6(1), 15-25.

Bartesaghi, M. (2014). Coordination: Examining Weather as a “Matter of Concern.” Communication Studies, 65(5), 535-557. http://doi.org/10.1080/10510974.2014.957337

Bencherki, N., & Cooren, F. (2011). To have or not to be: the possessive constitution of organization. Human Relations, 64(12), 1579-1607. http://doi.org/10.1177/0018726711424227

Benoit-Barné, C., & Cooren, F. (2009). The Accomplishment of Authority Through Presentification: How Authority Is Distributed Among and Negotiated by Organizational Members. Management Communication Quarterly, 23(1), 5-31. http://doi.org/10.1177/0893318909335414

Bourgoin, A., & Bencherki, N. (2015). The performance of authority in organizations. Presented at the European Group for Organization Studies, Athens, Greece.

Carbaugh, D., & Boromisza-Habashi, D. (2015). Ethnography of Communication. In The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi119/abstract

Castor, T., & Cooren, F. (2006). Organizations as Hybrid forms of Life: The Implications of the Selection of Agency in Problem Formulation. Management Communication Quarterly, 19(4), 570-600. http://doi.org/10.1177/0893318905284764

Chiang, S.-Y. (2015). Power and Discourse. In K. Tracy, C. Ilie, & T. Sandel (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi149/abstract

Cooren, F. (Ed.). (2007). Interacting and organizing: analyses of a management meeting. Mahwah, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Cooren, F., & Matte, F. (2010). For a constitutive pragmatics: Obama, Médecins Sans Frontières and the measuring stick. Pragmatics and Society, 1(1), 9-31. http://doi.org/10.1075/ps.1.1.02coo

Fairclough, N. (2013). Critical Discourse Analysis: The Critical Study of Language. Routledge.

Fairclough, N., & Wodak, R. (1997). Critical discourse analysis. In T. A. van Dijk (Ed.), Discourse as social interaction (pp. 258-284). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hymes, D. (1964). Introduction: Toward Ethnographies of Communication. American Anthropologist, 66(6), 1-34. http://doi.org/10.1525/aa.1964.66.suppl_3.02a00010

Kalou, Z., & Sadler-Smith, E. (2015). Using Ethnography of Communication in Organizational Research. Organizational Research Methods, 18(4), 629.

Latour, B. (1986). The Powers of Association. In J. Law (Ed.), Power, action and belief: a new sociology of knowledge? (pp. 264-280). London: Routledge.

Law, J. (1991). A Sociology of monsters: essays on power, technology, and domination. New York: Routledge.

Pomerantz, A., & Fehr, B. J. (1997). Conversation Analysis: An Approach to the Study of Social Action as Sense Making Practices. In T. A. van Dijk (Ed.), Discourse as Social Interaction (pp. 64-91). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Reed, M. (2010). Is Communication Constitutive of Organization? Management Communication Quarterly, 24(1), 151-157. http://doi.org/10.1177/0893318909351583

Sacks, H., & Jefferson, G. (1992). Lectures on conversation. Oxford, UK?; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell.

Sanders, R. E. (2005). Preface to section II: Conversation analysis. In K. L. Fitch & R. E. Sanders (Eds.), Handbook of language and social interaction (pp. 67-70). Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0420/2004016806.html

Taylor, J. R., & Van Every, E. J. (2011). The situated organization: Studies in the pragmatics of communication research. New York, NY: Routledge.

Taylor, J. R., & Van Every, E. J. (2014). When Organization Fails: Why Authority Matters. New York, NY: Routledge.

van Dijk, T. A. (1993). Principles of Critical Discourse Analysis. Discourse & Society, 4(2), 249-283. http://doi.org/10.1177/0957926593004002006

Nagoya University of Commerce & Business job ad (Japan)

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Administration
Application Deadline: December 5th, 2015

Founded in 1953, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (NUCB) is situated on an exceptionally beautiful campus in the most economically productive region of Japan: Nagoya. One of the leading business schools in Japan, NUCB consistently receives high academic rankings and is strongly committed to global standards for excellence in scholarship and research. It is also the only business school in Japan to be accredited by both AACSB International and AMBA. NUCB is comprised of just over 3,500 students and 100 teaching staff. About 30 of the teaching staff are from abroad.

NUCB is now inviting motivated and academically inclined English language teaching scholars to join us in achieving our ambitious goals of our faculty. We are seeking to fill two positions for the 2016 academic year (contracts will start April 1st 2016).

Duties & responsibilities:
• Teaching responsibilities: 7 classes of 100 minutes per week, focusing on English language and cross-cultural communication with the aim of increasing student TOEIC scores.
• Non-teaching responsibilities: maintain office hours, provide additional support to students, conduct and publish research, and participate in all official university functions.
• Active participation in curriculum reform, course adaptation and faculty development.

Two-year renewable contract with a highly competitive salary based on qualifications and experience.
• Salary scheme will be paid in 14 installments per year.
• Holidays in line with normal Japanese university conventions.
• Excellent benefits package including private health insurance.
• Financial and other assistance in relocating to Japan (including obtaining a Japanese work visa) will be provided if necessary.

To apply, please gather the following application materials:
• Curriculum vitae including passport-type photo.
• List of academic and other publications.
• Letter of recommendation from current/previous academic supervisor/employer.
• Proof of degree qualifications, certificates etc.
• Statement of teaching and research philosophy and future research goals.

Application Procedure:
To apply for this position, please assemble all the application materials detailed above in electronic form, and emailed .

Applicants who meet the stated criteria will be contacted immediately upon receipt and invited for a teaching demonstration (in–person if in Japan or by recorded video if overseas) followed by an interview either in person, or by Skype for overseas applicants.

Minimum Qualifications:
• ABD or a Ph.D. / Ed. D. in TESOL / applied linguistics (English) combined with experience of teaching at a higher educational institution.
• Qualified in and experience of teaching TESOL.
• High level of English proficiency.

Additional Qualifications:
In addition to the minimum requirements stated above, the following qualities are desirable:
• Experience of living and working in a cultural environment different from their own.
• Basic Japanese language ability is a bonus but not essential.

CFP ICA 2016 Preconference: Communicating with New Power Blocs (Japan)

Call for proposals
ICA 2016 Pre-conference, Tokyo, Japan
Communicating with New Power Blocs: Culture and Ethics in BRICS Media
Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
8 June 2016, Wednesday, 9am-5pm

Deadline for submissions: February 5, 2016

Sudeshna Roy (Stephen F. Austin state University, USA)
Daya Thussu (University of Westminster)
Herman Wasserman (University of Cape Town)

Co-sponsoring ICA Divisions:
Ethnicity and Race in Communication; Global Communication and Social Change
Additional ICA Division Affiliations: Communication Law and Policy; Journalism Studies

The influence and relevance of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries are being increasing felt in the global media arena, as has been evident in recent international news coverage of events in the member countries, such as Chinese moves to devalue their currency and the state visits abroad of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to court the Indian diaspora. Russia is in the news too with its military intervention in Syria and the continuing conflict in Ukraine; Brazil’s corruption scandal around petroleum giant Petrobas is making waves well beyond South America, and South Africa is grappling with political conflict and economic inequality, resulting in clashes such as the xenophobic attacks on foreigners. While the concept of BRICS is problematic in that they are very different countries both in terms of the size of their economies, and political and media systems, nevertheless they have in common a rapid and globalized growth in their media systems.

To what extent BRICS media have the power to shape media agendas and change dominant narratives about the global South? How are cultures and identities being represented in BRICS media? What changes are being experienced in the ethics of media institutions and their processes? What changes are taking place in notions of journalism in these countries? What place do ethnic media have in these countries? In an age of ultimate internet connectivity, in what ways are salience, potency and power of BRICS media being felt in social and cultural realm of BRICS countries and beyond? In light of the linkages between BRICS media and their power to shape, change, and influence cultures, politics, ethics and values not only in the respective BRICS countries but in regions around the world, this preconference aims to bring together scholars to explore the potential for BRICS media to offer new perspectives on media in Asia – also among major non-BRICS countries such as Japan and South Korea – as well as in a global context.

The invited panels will address the intersections of power, politics and ethics in media production, in keeping with the ICA 2016 theme of ‘Communicating with Power’. Panels will additionally address the increasing commercialization of media in the BRICS countries and how that impacts on journalism ethics and examine the role of censorship, visible in key BRICS nations – Russia and China – but also in democratic nations such as India.

The preconference will begin with an overview discussion of the ways in which BRICS media have grown in the past decade and what kinds of cultural, ethical, and power issues are arising from this growth. The following two invited panels will present and discuss scholarship that specifically engages with: ideology, culture, politics and identity representation in BRICS media; and ethics and journalism concerns at the media institutional and social levels. The final session will consist of concurrent roundtables on the media of each of the BRICS countries that will focus on an awareness of the different models of journalism, the tensions between them and the implications of each form as well as discuss the potential of other types of networks that are emerging in BRICS countries, networks that are outside the government control. Invited keynote speakers will feature scholars of BRICS media and, specifically, scholars from Japan and other Asian countries who have the opportunity to attend this year’s ICA taking place in Fukuoka, Japan.

Submissions for participation in the pre-conference should include a brief biographical sketch (50 word) and a 200-word statement describing specific strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats being demonstrated/ faced by BRICS media; and specific ways in which BRICS media can leverage their non-Euro-Atlantic origins and redress power imbalances in existing international institutions and structures. Organizers will identify areas of shared interest in submissions to organize breakout groups for the concurrent roundtable discussions. Scholars at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. All proposals must be emailed to Sudeshna Roy. The deadline for submissions is February 5, 2016. Submissions will be judged on relevance, originality, and fit with the preconference theme. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by end of February 2016.

Cost of registration and attendance:
$65 per person for ICA full members who are not students
$40 per person for students
A limited number of fee waivers are available. To request a waiver,
please include a statement of your specific need in your proposal.