CFP grounded practical theory


“Building Grounded Practical Theory in Applied Communication Research”
Journal of Applied Communication Research Special Issue
Co-editors: Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy, University of Colorado Boulder

Submission deadline: June 15, 2013
Anticipated publication: May, 2014

Grounded practical theory (GPT) is a conceptual and methodological approach that aims to develop normative communication theories useful for reflecting on real-world dilemmas and practical possibilities of communication.

Following the initial formulation of GPT by Craig and Tracy in 1995, the approach has been applied to a variety of communicative practices ranging from academic colloquia to crisis negotiations, public meetings, and new forms of organizing. Many of these applications have not only used GPT but have also extended the approach to engage conceptual issues and to employ methods not anticipated in its initial formulation. For this special issue we seek studies that continue this process of challenging, refining, and extending the GPT framework through innovative applications of the approach to address important communication problems in any field of applied communication research.

Manuscripts, limited to 8,000 words, should be prepared for blind review. Please see the Journal of Applied Communication Research for author instructions and guidance on making submissions. Mention in the cover letter that the submission is for consideration in the special issue.

Please contact either special issue co-editor regarding and questions or preliminary ideas:
Robert.Craig AT
Karen.Tracy AT

International Association for Dialogue Analysis report

The 13th conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA), which took place in Montreal, Canada, from April 26-30, 2011,  was a big success with some 26 countries represented and close to 110 participants from around the world. The theme of the conference was “Dialogue and Representation,” which allowed participants to address what dialogue studies have to say about the question of representation, whether we speak in terms of political, artistic, cognitive or methodological forms of representation. Six keynote speakers were invited to participate in this event: in alphabetic order, Éric Grillo (Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), Cornelia Ilie (U. of Malmö, Sweden), Alain Létourneau (U de Sherbrooke, Canada), Wolfgang Teubert (U of Birmingham, UK), Karen Tracy (U of Colorado, Boulder, USA), and Edda Weigand (U. of Münster, Germany). A volume, published in the series Dialogue Studies at John Benjamins, will be soon edited by François Cooren and Alain Létourneau. This book will include some of the best contributions to this international conference. A special issue of the new journal Language and Dialogue will also include some key contributions to this event. The proceedings will also be soon available on the IADA website.

François Cooren
IADA secretary and co-organizer of the conference