CFP The Subcontinent Speaks: ICC from/on South Asia

“PublicationCall for Abstracts: Special issue of Journal of International and Intercultural Communication:  The subcontinent speaks: Intercultural communication perspectives from/on South Asia. Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Guest Editors: Shaunak Sastry (University of Cincinnati) and Srividya Ramasubramaniam (Texas A&M University).

“We are calling for 200-500-word abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. This special issue is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge intercultural communication research from/on South Asia, a geopolitical entity that corresponds to the nation-states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The internationalization of the discipline of Communication continues to engender critical questions around the locus of knowledge production and theorizing in its various sub-fields. Rather than conceive of South Asia as a unitary or monolithic cultural space, we hope to showcase, through this special issue, the multiple, contested and conflicting understandings around culture, identity and power that inhabit the South Asian context.

Call for Nominations: JIIC Editor

Professional OpportunitiesCall for Nominations/ Applications: Journal of International and Intercultural Communication Editor-Elect, Assuming duties in 2020; overseeing 2021-2023 volumes. Deadline: January 1, 2019.

During 2019, NCA’s Publications Council will nominate an Editor-Elect (or co-Editors Elect) for the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (JIIC). The newly appointed Editor will begin processing manuscripts later in the year or early in 2020, and will oversee the volumes for 2021-2023. Editors of NCA journals occupy a particularly prominent leadership position in the field. In naming editorial boards, selecting reviewers for manuscripts, and making final publication decisions (among other duties), they make a vitally important contribution to the discipline, and they play a key role in maintaining the highest standards of integrity and scholarly inquiry.

JIIC is a peer reviewed publication of the National Communication Association. JIIC publishes original scholarship that expands understanding of international, intercultural, and cross-cultural communication. Widely interdisciplinary, JIIC features diverse perspectives and methods, including qualitative, quantitative, critical, and textual approaches to intellectual inquiry.

Todd L. Sandel, University of Macau, is the current JIIC Editor, and also a member of the CID Advisory Board, so if you are interested and have questions, please contact Todd directly.

CFP JIIC issue Partnering for Social Change

Call for Special Issue: Partnering for Social Change? Rethinking Intercultural Partnerships in Nonprofit Contexts, for Journal of International and Intercultural Communication

Special Issue Guest Editors: Yea-Wen Chen, Ohio University; Brandi Lawless, University of San Francisco; and Alberto González, Bowling Green State University

Communication scholars have recently directed attention to cultural discourses and nonprofit and voluntary organizations. At the same time, much more needs to be understood about how nonprofit and voluntary organizations constitute (inter)cultural sites, how they work with diverse memberships, stakeholders, publics, and partners, and how they organize for social change. We have chosen the broad term nonprofit organization to encompass not only registered tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations but also voluntary, community-based, non-governmental, civil society, and people’s organizations.

Nonprofit organizations are rich contexts for examining issues of identity, structure, institution, relationship, discourse, and power, which are of great interest to intercultural communication scholars. However, scholars have just begun to explore the intersection between intercultural communication and nonprofit relationship building (e.g., partnership, alliance, coalition building, etc.). This special issue serves as a critical space to rethink the challenges and limitations and opportunities of intercultural nonprofit partnership and also re-imagine new possibilities of relating across difference to promote social change.

This special issue invites research that is directed by three central questions: a) How are intercultural partnerships constituted, formed, maintained, negotiated, and practiced in the work of nonprofit organizations?; b) How do nonprofits navigate, negotiate, and mediate the competing dynamics of social structures, identity politics, and power relations as sites of intercultural practices?; c) How do nonprofit partners (e.g., practitioners, communities, funders, scholar, policy-makers, etc.) negotiate their intersecting cultural identities in ways that sustain, reproduce, or resist existing power relations?

All research methodologies are welcome. Papers that emphasize applied case studies, relationships between scholars and practitioners, theorization of culture within nonprofit organizations, social justice issues and examinations of power disparities are preferred. Joint submissions co-authored by nonprofit practitioners and scholars are especially welcome.

Submitting your manuscript: Please submit electronically an extended proposal between 500-600 words (excluding references) by March 15, 2014.  Authors should submit proposals using the journal’s website ( and follow instructions for online submission. Please select ‘special forum paper’ to describe the type of submission. JIIC now follows APA 6th edition guidelines. Proposals will undergo a blind review process, and a selection will be shortlisted for development into approximately 3000-word essays. Shortlisted authors must commit to a timeline for revision, resubmission and publication, with full manuscripts to be submitted by August 15, 2014. Final acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory revisions. Questions should be directed to Dr. Yea-Wen Chen.

CFP JIIC special issue: Race


In 2001 in preparation for the first World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, planners noted that although the international community had made important advances in the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance including formation of national and international laws and adoption of a treaty to ban racial discrimination, the dream of a world free of racial hatred and bias remains fully unrealized. They further declared that:

“racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, where they amount to racism and racial discrimination, constitute serious violations of and obstacles to the full enjoyment of all human rights and deny the self-evident truth that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, are an obstacle to friendly and peaceful relations among peoples and nations, and are among the root causes of many internal and international conflicts” (Durban Declaration).

Certainly systemic racism continues to haunt many societies around the world and as communication scholars, we believe that we are uniquely positioned to offer useful insights into the study of race, racial discrimination, nativism and xenophobia. For as Orbe and Allen (2008) note, communication plays a constitutive role in both perpetuating racism as well as opposing it.

For many in the United States, racism is a thing of the past. With the election of the U.S. first Black president, public discourse asserts that we are now in a post-racial moment where people are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. However, cursory review of events of this year offers a different picture. In the United States, observed is that after Miss New York, Syracuse native Nina Davuluri won the Miss America crown, Twitter lit up with comments claiming that she is an Arab, a foreigner, and a terrorist with ties to Al Queda; voting restrictions passed in North Carolina; police shootings of Black men by the hundreds most of whom were unarmed; the acquittal of George Zimmerman; defamation of peoples of color by public figures such as Paula Deen; the increasing militarization of the US-Mexico border, and the continuing denial that racism is a problem. Around the globe we noted anti-Korean rallies in Japan, violent attacks on Chinese students in France, confrontations between youths of Moroccan and Moluccan descent in The Netherlands, segregation of beaches from Asian and African use in Lebanon, and banana- and racist epithet-throwing at Cécile Kyenge, Italy’s first Black minister. Despite these events, and others too numerous to recite, claims that we have entered a post-racial era abound.

Given the urgency of these matters, we seek submissions that investigate or examine issues of race, racism, nativism and xenophobia that aim to intervene in the post-racism rhetoric and show the variety of ways that race continues to matter both in the United States and abroad. Throughout this issue, we treat race  as “one of the most powerful ideological and institutional factors for deciding how identities are categorized and power, material [and psychological] privileges, and resources distributed” (Giroux, 2003, p. 200). Thus, exploring the ways that race is deployed in social, political, legal or inter/national arenas, along with the communicative practices that maintain or contribute to manifestations of racism and xenophobia, has the potential to illuminate how race functions in a post-racism era. Broadly, we seek essays that advance extant studies about the ways race is communicated; attend to the micro- and/or macro-level aggressions that perpetuate racism; identify im/possibilities of racial(ized) subjects in a supposed post-racial society; reveal the machinations of xenophobia, domestically or internationally; examine the racialization of ethnic groups or communities; and/or critique instances of domination and resistance in an effort to encourage reconsideration of notions of human dignity or social justice. The contributions to be garnered from this special issue on race are to challenge the myth of post-racial societies, domestically or internationally, and to reaffirm the saliency of race within intercultural and international relations. Of interest are empirical manuscripts, including rhetorical analyses that work at the nexus of race and intercultural communication from a critical (broadly understood) perspective. Manuscripts from a range of interdisciplinary, theoretical or methodological perspectives are invited.

Submission information

Manuscripts are due by February 1, 2014. Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout, prepared in accordance with APA 6th ed. and should not exceed 9000 words, inclusive of notes and reference matter. To facilitate the blind, peer review process, all identifying references to the author(s) should be removed. Manuscripts need to adhere to the instructions for authors for the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and uploaded to ScholarOne Manuscripts. We ask that submitting author(s) indicate on the title page “for consideration in the special issue on race.” Direct inquiries regarding the special issue to both Dreama Moon and Michelle Holling.