Call for Nominations: Editor, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research

Professional OpportunitiesCall for Nominations: Editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research

The World Communication Association (WCA) is soliciting nominations for the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (JICR). Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for 3 years, beginning on January 1, 2019.

JICR is the peer-reviewed scholarly journal of WCA.  The mission of the World Communication Association, founded in 1983, is the promotion of peace in international and intercultural interactions through the teaching, scholarly research, and practice of communication in all forms.    As a premiere resource for research on all aspects of intercultural communication, JICR publishes qualitative and quantitative research on interrelationships between culture and communication in support of WCA’s mission. Generally, research published in JICR emphasizes non-mediated contexts. Submitted manuscripts may report results from either cross-cultural comparative research or results from other types of research concerning the ways culture affects human symbolic activities. Studies reporting data from within a single nation/culture normally focus on cultural factors and explore the theoretical or practical relevance of their findings from a cross-cultural perspective.

All manuscripts submitted for publication to the JICR are initially reviewed by the Editor for appropriate content and style. If approved by the Editor, manuscripts are then reviewed by two anonymous reviewers in a double-blind review process. Reviewers are chosen by the Editor based on their expertise with a submitted manuscript’s topic, methodology, and research foci. On special occasions or in special editions, the Editor may invite authors with a particular expertise to submit manuscripts for publication. In such cases, the publication decision rests with the Editor. Such manuscripts are designated as “Invited”.

A complete nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate, which should include a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate’s vitae (CV); minimum of 2 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Board of Directors of World Communication Association during the appointment term as Editor, and will be provided with some annual financial editorial support from the Association.  Although the term begins on January 1, 2019, the successful candidate will work with the current editor during 2018 to facilitate the transition process.

Please send your nomination package at your earliest convenience to WCA Secretary-General Dr. E. K. Choi.  Review of submissions will begin on December 8, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

CFP Interracial Communication: A Global Phenomenon

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Papers, special issue of Journal of Intercultural Communication Research: Interracial Communication: A Global Phenomenon in Diverse Socio-Political Contexts. Special Issue Editors: Drs. Tina M. Harris, Carolyn Calloway Thomas, and Eddah Mutua

Recent socio-political events, both tragic and triumphant, throughout the world continue to articulate to the world that “race does matter.” From immigration to racial profiling and police brutality, Europe and North America are two of many other countries that are rife with racial tensions that are resulting in civil war and death, in some cases. While government officials and agencies are ignoring, minimizing, or trying to resolve these issues, communication scholars throughout the world are addressing these global issues in their scholarship. In order to contribute to these efforts, my colleagues and I are co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. We will feature research that addresses interracial communication occurring in a global or international context.

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election in the U. S., as an example, has revealed racial tensions amongst and between different racial groups. The idea of a post-racial country have been dismantled. Much of the contemporary dialogue surrounding the election has generated international discourse regarding racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of systemic oppression. This phenomenon can be best understood through interracial/intercultural communication research, which entails the use of theories and the gathering of data to facilitate societal change. As communication scholar Jennifer Johnson (1992) succinctly explains it, the “centrality of communication [must be understood] as both a critical process in changing a world and a key to understanding the changes occurring in that world” (p. 39). To that end, this special issue will showcase a spectrum of methodologies that are  used to enlighten audiences to the global nature of interracial communication from an international worldview or context. This collection of essays will demonstrate how differences are central to the production of scholarship that has implications for use in a real world context. It is our hope that this body of work also provide schools, organizations, and citizens with the tools necessary for moving theory into practice.

In keeping with the aims of the theme of this special issue, the following is a list of possible topics; however, it is not exhaustive. It is our expectation that each submission will address the global implications of interracial communication.
1. Social construction of interracial communication as a global phenomenon
2. Interracial communication within a multicultural context
3. Pedagogical approach to the internationalization of interracial communication
4. Interracial communication within the context of family
5. Intersectionality and interracial communication
6. Interracial communication and global citizenship
7. Interracial communication and colorism
8. Interracial communication and romantic relationships
9. Interracial communication and queer identity
10. Interracial communication and mass media
11. Critical race theory and interracial communication

Submission Information
Manuscripts must be submitted online via the Manuscript Central website by September 15, 2017 for consideration. All submissions must adhere to the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research style requirements. We are adhering to the blind peer review process; thus, we are requiring all authors to remove all l self-identifying references.  We are requesting that submitting author(s) include the following statement on the title: “For consideration in the special issue on interracial communication.” All inquiries about this very important special issue must be directed to all three editors: Tina M. Harris, Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, and Eddah Mutua.

CFP Child raising across cultures

Journal of Intercultural Communication Research Call for papers
Child raising across cultures: practices, values and scripts
Special Issue Editor: Jock Wong, National University of Singapore

Anthropologists, psychologists, and sociologists have written a large volume of books and journal articles about parenting in a diverse range of cultures. These studies have contributed immensely to our understanding of the cultural beliefs and values in a variety of cultures. However, most of these studies unintentionally describe these beliefs and values in ethnocentric terms. This is because language and culture are inextricably linked, and when we use a language to describe another language or culture, we run the risk of imposing the categories and values of the metalanguage onto the object of study. For example, when we ask how people in other cultures make “requests”, the question rests on the ethnocentric assumption that every language has a word for request and that every culture shares the values embodied in a request.

An ideal way to avoid ethnocentrism is to use a metalanguage that consists of semantically simple, un-definable words and grammatical structures that are universal. A metalanguage that is proposed to have these characteristics is the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM). A number of studies have shown the main advantage of using such a metalanguage is that it can describe cultural norms with maximal clarity and precision, and minimal ethnocentrism. Potential contributors may want to visit the NSM homepage to find out more about what this approach.

A forum to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research in 2013 will be organized to discuss child raising practices in various cultures. We invite contributions that focus on linguistic aspects of child raising practices and encourage papers that use NSM as the analytic tool, but also welcome all methodologies that expound culture from the inside. We are especially interested in analyses of the culture-specific values and beliefs that influence what parents say to their children in order to mould them into culturally acceptable beings. How, for example, do these values and beliefs: determine what parents teach their children to say; influence how parents say it; guide the ways in which parents express their approval when their child does something considered “good”; result in common sayings about parental roles or good child behaviour? Selected cultural keywords or concepts related to parenting may be explained to give readers a better understanding of the culture described. Selected forms of parenting related verbal behaviour may also be explained in terms of cultural rules that are designed to represent the subconscious cultural values and beliefs held by parents within a given speech community

Each paper should be a maximum of 10 pages in length, double spaced, excluding references, figures, and tables, etc. The deadline for submission is January 14, 2013. All submissions must be submitted via the Manuscript Central System. For style information on the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, please select ‘Authors and submissions’.

The issue is being guest edited by Jock Wong, National University of Singapore, Centre for English Language Communication. To contact Jock, email him.


J Intercultural Comm Res CFP

The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (JICR), a publication of the World Communication Association focuses on quantitative, qualitative, critical, and rhetorical research related to intercultural and cross-cultural communication. JICR publishes manuscripts that report on the interrelation between culture and communication within a single nation/culture or across nations/cultures. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts via electronic attachment to be considered for publication in volumes 40-42 (2011-2013). Manuscripts should be submitted via Manuscript Central. Manuscripts should be no more than 25 Pages 12 pt., double-spaced, 1 inch margins), not counting references, tables or figures, and must conform to the requirements of the most recent Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Research on the use of human participants must have been conducted in compliance with acceptable nation or international standards. (e.g., regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) on voluntary participation, informed consent, deception, and debriefing. The manuscript should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A detachable cover page should include the manuscript title, each author’s name mailing address, email address, telephone and fax numbers. Author identification should include each author’s current affiliation and address, highest degree earned, the institution granting the degree, and the year granted. A 50-100 word abstract and a list of keywords should follow the title page. Table and figures must be in APA style, and on separate pages and no included in the text. They should be understandable independent of the text, but their approximate position should be indicated in the text and they should be referred to in the text. Authors are responsible for supplying copies of figures in finished form suitable for reproduction.

Dr. Stephen Croucher (Editor) & Kelsey Duarte (Editorial Assistant)