CFP Shenzen Forum (China)

ConferencesCall for Participants for The Shenzhen Forum 2019: Communication Innovation, New Media, and Digital Journalism, June 26-28, 2019,Shenzhen, China. Deadline: February 1, 2019.

Co-sponsored by the Shenzhen University (SZU) of China and the National Communication Association (NCA). Building upon the model used for the biennial NCA-CUC Conference on Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization (held in Beijing in 2016, 2018, and forthcoming in 2020), the 2019 Shenzhen Forum will bring together scholars and media practitioners from around the world to engage in conversations about cutting-edge communication-based issues. The Forum will include three tracks:

* Experiments in Communication Innovation
* Intersections in New Media and Health Communication
* The Digital Journalism Challenge

Southern U Science & Technology Job Ad: New Media/Visual Culture (China)

Job adsFull/Associate/Assistant Professor of New Media and Visual Culture,  Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China. Deadline: 30 November 2018.

The successful candidates will teach general education courses covering the following areas: media and society; science, technology and arts; digital media studies; media history, criticism, and philosophy; cultural industry; etc. Applicants should have a PhD degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Senior candidates are expected to have a high international standing in the fields, with an exceptional track record of high-quality research and scholarly publications. The university teaching languages are English and Chinese. Satisfactory knowledge of Chinese is preferable but not required.

CFP New Media: Interactions & Transactions (Morocco)

New Media: Interactions and Transactions
23-24 November 2017
Chouaib Doukkali University
El Jadida, Morocco

New media, communication and information technologies are nowadays powerful tools for trade and exchanges. They transformed the modes of information as well as the forms of production and consumption in all areas. Indeed, blogs, search engines, online newspapers, social networks, and digital contents in general are all “forms of communication tools that have quickly changed the ways in which public relations is practiced, becoming an integral part of corporate communications for many companies” (Matthews, 2010). Hence, this increased the need to tackle the intercultural impact and implications of these new forms of communication in the global business.

In fact, the rise of new media has impacted the behavior of users who have shifted from being mere consumers to producers of digital content. This has not only increased the variety of content produced, but it has also promoted intercultural dialogue between different cultural groups. Additionally, new media users have contributed to changing business models, value chains and distribution systems. Thus, we have witnessed the “increase of the value of communication in the so called “economy of attention”” (Dennis 2015).

Furthermore, the virtual world, with its characteristics of content abundance, diversity and immediacy, has facilitated economic transactions and negotiations. Content digitization and convergence of information tools have transformed new media into a platform for plural, creative and interactive exchanges, which requires a multidimensional approach.

The objective of this conference is to tackle new media contents and the exchanges produced. The conference also aims at analyzing the impact of this new media landscape on intercultural communication and on the economic processes.

Conference topics:
Cultural Diversity: New Media and Contexts
New Media and Power: Intercultural Issues
New Media and Management

Abstract submission deadline:  31 April 2017

 

U Wisconsin-Parkside 2 job ads

Position 1: Assistant Professor of New Media

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Communication Department is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor with specialization in New Media to begin in August, 2017. The candidate will be able to contribute to the development of one or more additional areas in the department including: social media, digital media production, civic media, community and civic engagement, digital storytelling, digital performance, and health communication. The department places a high value on issues of social justice and diversity as well as service-learning and online teaching and so seeks a colleague who can contribute to those emphases. The primary responsibility of the position is teaching undergraduate students, including advising students. Faculty are also expected to engage in scholarship through research publication and perform other duties as assigned.

Position 2: Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Communication Department is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor with specialization in Strategic Communication to begin in August, 2017. The candidate will be able to contribute to the development of one or more additional areas in the department: crisis communication, conflict transformation, public relations, organizational consulting, leadership, and health communication. The department places a high value on issues of social justice and diversity as well as service-learning and online teaching and so seeks a colleague who can contribute to those emphases. The primary responsibility of the position is teaching undergraduate students, including advising students. Faculty are also expected to scholarship through research publication and perform other duties as assigned.

Applications received by October 7, 2016 are ensured full consideration. Positions are open until filled. For complete position description and instructions on how to apply, please go to https://www.uwp.edu/explore/employment/index.cfm?page=1  and click on either “Faculty-Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication” or “Faculty-Assistant Professor of New Media.”

The following documents will need to be submitted with the application: a cover letter of application; curriculum vitae; copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial copies will be acceptable at the application stage); samples of syllabi from courses taught; statement of teaching and research philosophy; summary of teaching evaluations; examples of scholarly work; names and contact information for three references. (Additional materials may be requested.)

UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement.  This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan.  The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first-generation and nontraditional students.  UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties.  Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience.  The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, email (and please indicate position title for which you are applying):
Joe Lambin, lambin[at]uwp.edu

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

Soumia Bardhan Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesSoumia Bardhan (Ph.D., University of New Mexico) is director of Global Communication Initiatives and assistant professor of Communication Studies at Kansas State University, where she also holds an affiliate appointment in the department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

Soumia BardhanProfessor Bardhan’s research focuses on the interactional dynamics of Western and Arab Islamic rhetorical traditions; the multivocal discourses and discursive practices within Islam; the rhetoric of Muslim minority groups; and the role of new media/social media in the cultural-political transformation of Arab societies in the Middle East-North Africa region.

She has conducted grant-funded fieldwork in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and India; presented her research at numerous national and international conferences (NCA, MESA, ICA); and her work has appeared in the peer-reviewed Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Public Deliberation, Digest of Middle East StudiesJournal of Intercultural Communication ResearchContemporary Islam, and as peer-reviewed chapters in books published by top university presses. A commitment to promoting intercultural empathy, civic engagement, and social justice drives Bardhan’s research. For an overview of current projects, visit http://tiny.cc/bardhan

Professor Bardhan teaches courses related to: Intercultural/Critical Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Rhetoric; Religion, Culture, and Communication; Communication Theories; History and Philosophy of Communication Studies; Qualitative Research Methodologies; Gender, Politics, and Islam; and directs travel programs focusing on Islam and Intercultural Dialogue in Spain, France, Morocco, and India. As a certified mediator, she also teaches mediation. Professor Bardhan has taught in India, China, and the U.S. Her teaching philosophy is informed by critical pedagogy and intercultural praxis.

Professor Bardhan is vice chair & chair-elect of the Intercultural Communication Division of the International Communication Association (2017-2021). She also serves on the National Communication Association’s Task Force on Fostering International Collaborations in research, teaching, and service. She is exploring NCA’s research internationalization and is working to organize an NCA summer conference in India. She is also co-editing a book (with members of the NCA Task Force) on internationalizing the communication curriculum.

Selected Publications

  1. Bardhan, S. (forthcoming in Fall 2018). Affordances of Websites for Counterpublicity and International Communication: Case of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

  2. Bardhan, S. & Foss, K. (forthcoming in Fall 2018). Revolutionary graffiti and Cairene women: Performing agency through gaze aversion. In Charrad, M & R. Stephan (Eds.), Women rising: Resistance, revolution, and reform in the Arab Spring and beyond. New York: New York University Press.
  3. Bardhan, S. (2018). The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and ‘Ikhwanweb’: Deliberative ethic/voice in a counterpublic’s rhetoric? Journal of Public Deliberation4(1), 5.
  1. Bardhan, S. (2017). Rhetorical approaches to communication and culture. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. Oxford University Press.

  1. Gonzalez, A. & Bardhan, S. (2017). Intercultural rhetoric. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Wiley Publications.

  1. Bardhan, S. (2017). Internationalizing the communication curriculum. Spectra, 53(2), 18-23.

  1. Bardhan, S. & Wood, R. (2015). The role of culture in civil society promotion in the Middle East: A case study approach with technology for social networking. Digest of Middle East Studies, 24(1), 111-138.

  1. Bardhan, S. (2015). Book review- Jeremy Bowen’s ‘The Arab uprisings: The people want the fall of the regime.’ Contemporary Islam, 9, 413-421.

  1. Bardhan, S. (2014). Egypt, Islamists, and the Internet: The Muslim Brotherhood and its rhetoric of dialectics in ‘Ikhwanweb’. Digest of Middle East Studies, 23(2), 235-261.

  1. Oetzel, J. G., Dhar, S., & Kirschbaum, K. (2007). Intercultural conflict from a multilevel perspective: Trends, possibilities, and future directions. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 36(3)183-204.

For access to publications and CV, visit ksu.academia.edu/SoumiaDharBardhan

Peacebuilding and New Media

Media and Communication has released the new issue (2016, volume 4, issue 1) on Peacebuilding and New Media. All articles are published as open access, free for to read, download, and share. The issue was edited by Vladimir Bratic (Hollins University, USA). The complete issue is available online.

Articles include:
Peacebuilding in the Age of New Media by Vladimir Bratic

Elicitive Conflict Transformation and New Media: In Search for a Common Ground by Wolfgang Suetzl

“Likes” for Peace: Can Facebook Promote Dialogue in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict? by Yifat Mor , Yiftach Ron and Ifat Maoz

Fields and Facebook: Ta’ayush’s Grassroots Activism and Archiving the Peace that Will Have Come in Israel/Palestine by Jon Simons

Internet Censorship Circumvention Tools: Escaping the Control of the Syrian Regime by Walid Al-Saqaf

EU Armed Forces’ Use of Social Media in Areas of Deployment by Maria Hellman , Eva-Karin Olsson and Charlotte Wagnsson

Building Peace through Journalism in the Social/Alternate Media by Rukhsana Aslam

Awareness towards Peace Journalism among Foreign Correspondents in Africa by Ylva Rodny-Gumede

National University of Singapore job ads

Tenured Full/Associate Professor with research and teaching specialization in Health Communication and New Media at National University of Singapore

The Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to hire a tenured Full/Associate Professor with research and teaching specialization in Health Communication and New Media. In particular, research and teaching interests in e-health, communication technologies and health, Tele-health, health information systems, health communication campaigns, health information-seeking, social support networks, provider patient communication, public policy and health, social change communication, community-driven participatory research, and/or health and globalization are desired. We are interested in internationally recognized scholars who value diverse research methods and approach health communication through new and emergent media perspectives. Candidates must have a Ph.D., extensive teaching experience, globally recognized research achievements, proven administrative experience, and leadership qualities.

The Department, a part of the globally ranked Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS, offers degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, and is ranked among the top global Communication and Media Studies departments.

Position Available:  January 2017. Remuneration is internationally competitive.

Application Procedure: Applicants must submit:
1. a letter of interest;
2. an updated curriculum vitae (including education, employment history, public and professional service, honors and awards, and a complete list of publications);
3. a list of six referees (with affiliations and particulars); and
4. a statement of research
5. analysis of research impact
6. Five key publications

Enquiries and applications should be sent to Ms. Gayathri Dorairaju, Department of Communications and New Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, Blk AS6, #03-41, 11 Computing Drive, Singapore 117416. Tel: (65) 6516-4670, Fax: (65) 6779-4911, Email: cnmcareer@nus.edu.sg. For general information about NUS, please visit http://www.nus.edu.sg. Visit also the Department of Communications and New Media at http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/cnm/

Application Deadline: To ensure consideration, applications must arrive by 15 January 2016 and the search will continue until the position is filled. We uphold the principle of non-discrimination and encourage every qualified individual to apply.


TENURE TRACK POSITIONS IN 1) SOCIAL MEDIA, 2) CRITICAL THEORY AND NEW MEDIA, 3) NEW MEDIA AND POLITICAL COMMUNICATION at National University of Singapore

The Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks outstanding candidates for three tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, with research that complements our strengths in new media studies. CNM is a dynamic group of researchers who specialize in emergent issues at the intersections of media and communication in today’s digitally networked media environment.

We are seeking three individuals with expertise in one or more of the following broad areas: 1) Social media –computer-mediated communication, social and semantic network analysis, big data and computational methods, interaction design and analysis, digital risks and privacy, socially mediated relationships. 2) Critical theory and new media – ICTD, digital rhetoric and digital humanities, cultural studies of new media, political economy of new media, postcolonial theories of new media, new media mobilities, digital Marxist theory, performance studies and new media, new media policies and regulations, digital ethics. 3) New media and political communication – activism, elections and campaigns, power and politics, collective action, social movement, civic engagement, public opinion, political psychology and behavior. The Department is situated within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS, Singapore. It offers degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, and is ranked among the top Communication and Media Studies departments globally. Remuneration and work support provided are internationally competitive.

Please submit: (1) Research and teaching interest statements, (2) Curriculum Vitae including publications and teaching experience, (3) names, affiliates, and contact details of PhD supervisor and three other references, (4) selected copies of up to two journal/conference articles or book chapters representing best work.

Position Available:  July  2016. Candidates who are at the ABD stage and can show strong evidence of PhD completion by 2016 summer are welcome to apply. We strongly uphold the principle of non-discrimination and encourage every qualified individual to apply.  Remuneration is internationally competitive.

Enquiries and applications should be sent to Ms. Gayathri Dorairaju, Department of Communications and New Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, Blk AS6, #03-41, 11 Computing Drive, Singapore 117416. Tel: (65) 6516-4670, Fax: (65) 6779-4911, Email: cnmcareer@nus.edu.sg. For general information about NUS, please visit http://www.nus.edu.sg. Visit also the Department of Communications and New Media at http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/cnm/

Application Deadline: To ensure consideration, applications must arrive before January 3, 2016. We uphold the principle of non-discrimination and encourage every qualified individual to apply.

CFP ICA 2016 Preconference: The Politics and Economics of Chinese New Media Industries

Call for Papers: ICA 2016 Preconference:
The politics and economics of Chinese new media industries

[Selected full papers will be included in a special issue for International Communication Gazette, to be published in early-2018.]

Date and Venue
June 9th 2016, ICA conference hotel (Fukuoka, Japan)

Division Affiliations
Communication Law and Policy Division
Communication and Technology Division
Media Industry Studies Interest Group

Organizing committee:
Weiyu Zhang, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
Zhan Li, Associate Professor, Xiamen University, China
Jing Wu, Professor, Peking University, China
Bingchun Meng, Associate Professor, London School of Economics, UK
Min Jiang, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, US

Keynote Speaker
Prof. Stephen Reese, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

Spotlight Presentation
Selected best submission will be featured as a spotlight presentation.

Conference Fee (lunch and two tea breaks included)
–         Free for presenters
–         25 USD for general audience

Sponsors
Xiamen University, China
Peking University, China

Aim and Scope
Just like many other indicators of China’s development, digital media industries in China are constantly generating impressive figures. For example, Alibaba’s initial public offering in 2014 was ranked world’s
biggest at $25 Billion; Wechat, the fastest rising social media app developed by Tencent, achieved a user base of 440 million within four years of its release. By February 2015, Chinese Internet users have
reached 641 million, more than double the number of users in the U.S. Numbers aside, however, there have not been much academic research on the regulatory context, the political and economic dynamics, as well as the broader implications at both domestic and global levels of such fast-pace development. For instance, there are increasing efforts from the Chinese government and elites to articulate alternative frameworks over the global governance of the Internet and new media industries.

This preconference intends to serve as a platform to facilitate dialogues around the political, the economic, the institutional and the policy aspects of media industries in China, in view of the rapid
development of digital media. But this is not just about having ‘China experts’ analyzing Chinese companies or Chinese policies. We are keen to move beyond the ‘China exceptionalism” by taking an explicitly global and comparative perspective. For one thing, the ownership structure and the business practices of Chinese digital media companies are intricately related to global capitalism in general. For another, Chinese information technology companies, such as Baidu, Alibaba, ZTE and Huawei, are aggressively expanding their businesses overseas, especially in Africa and South East Asia, with varied degrees of success. Last but not the least, through platforms like the National Office for Internet and Information, and channels like the Sino-US Internet Forum, the Chinese authorities are actively participating in the construction of international and global policy frames concerning the future development of digital media industries.

With the global reach of Chinese IT companies and the international ambition of Chinese government, it is imperative to understand how the new developments in Chinese digital media industries, are reconfiguring the politics and the economics of information and communication technologies (ICTs).  Moreover, it is important to understand how traditional media such as mainstream newspapers respond to such changes and incorporate digitalization into their own industry plans. This preconference aims to invite scholars from all over the world to tackle the issue, primarily using China as a context in which innovative research questions and methods can be applied.

We are particularly interested in papers that address the following themes:
–         The globalization and internationalization of Chinese media industries, including both Internet and other traditional media
–         The roles of international regulatory bodies and international non-governmental organizations in shaping the landscape of new media in China
–         The roles of Chinese authorities in shaping global policies regarding information and communication technologies (ICTs)
–         The economics of Chinese new ICT companies, including foreign and local venture capitalists, shareholders, business models, sources of profits, consumer strategy, etc.
–         The evolving political parallelism in Chinese media industry
–         Comparisons of Chinese new media industry with other countries’ media industry

Abstract Submissions
Please submit a 500-words abstract in word or pdf format to ica15china@gmail.com.  All submissions will be subject to a double-blind review by at least 2 reviewers. To facilitate the review process, please write a separate cover sheet with the paper title and affiliation/s and omit the affiliations in the actual abstract.

Deadlines
–         Submission of abstracts: Jan 15th 2016
–         Notification of acceptance: March 1st 2016
–         Final paper submission: June 1st 2016

CFP Social Networking in Cyber Spaces by European Muslims

Call for Papers: Social Networking in Cyber Spaces: European Muslims’ Participation in (New) Media
29 May 2015
KU Leuven University, Belgium

Keynote Speakers:
*Vít Šisler – Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague, Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, Managing Editor of CyberOrient, a peer reviewed journal of the virtual Middle East.
*Heidi Campbell – Associate Professor at the Department of Communication  and an Affiliate Faculty in the Religious Studies Interdisciplinary Program at Texas A&M University. She studies religion and new media and the influence of digital and mobile technologies on religious communities.[5] Her work has covered a range of topics from the rise of religious community online, religious blogging and religious mobile culture within Christianity, Judaism and Islam, to exploring technology practice and fandom as implicit religion and religious framings within in digital games.

Key words: Social Networks and Media, Social Movements, Networking, European Muslims, Transnationalism, Cyber Communities, iMuslims

The increasing growth of the Internet is reshaping Islamic communities worldwide. Non-conventional media and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming more popular among the Muslim youth as among all parts of the society. The new channels of information and news attract new Muslim publics in Europe. The profile of the people using these networks range from college students to Islamic intellectual authorities. Such an easy and speedy way of connecting to millions of people across the globe also attracts the attention of social movements, which utilize these networks to spread their message to a wider public. Many Muslim networks and social movements, political leaders, Islamic institutions and authorities use these new media spaces to address wider Muslim and also non-Muslim communities, it is not uncommon that they also address and reach certain so-called radical groups.

Much attention also has been given to the use of social media technologies and their ability to spark massive social change. Some commentators have remarked that these connection technologies, ranging from smartphones to Facebook, can cause revolutionary digital disruptions, while others have even gone so far as to suggest that social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter may have incited the Arab Spring. During the Arab Spring or Revolutions, the role of social media as an important and effective tool that had a political force to mobilize people, has been commonly acknowledged. Zeynep Tüfekçi of the University of North Carolina quotes that, “Social media in general, and Facebook in particular, provided new sources of information the regime could not easily control and were crucial in shaping how citizens made individual decisions about participating in protests, the logistics of protest, and the likelihood of success.” However, many scholars argue today that the reason of the revolutions were not social media, they also commonly agree that information dispersion, whether by text or image, was pre-dominantly managed through social media. Hence similar arguments were made in part of the Gezi Protests that took place in Turkey, in the late spring of 2013, where the protesters declared themselves journalists as they spread images and information through social media; such information they claim was censored by the mainstream media.

While many researches have focused primarily on the Internet that has played a role in Muslim radicalization, there is less emphasis on the Internet that is also being utilized to encourage Muslims to advocate for gender equality, citizenship and human rights within an Islamic framework, more generally. The social, political and cultural participation of Muslims via Internet open new discussions topics and research areas on Muslims living in Europe. Discussions groups, Facebook communities and all other cyber activism are interlinked with the debates on public sphere and citizenship. The never ending space of cyber activism transform the old debates on Islamic knowledge, authority, citizenship, Muslim communities and networks. The way that this transformation comes out is that young Muslims who are familiar with online platforms, use these spaces to enter debates and get a be-it informal space to present and represent their identities, ideologies, aspirations and even solutions. These platforms can offer the periphery voices to raise their experiences with stereotypes and marginalization. According to some scholars, bloggers and internet forums challenge the traditional media landscape by contributing to public constructions of Islam. The cyber space not only offers internet-natives platforms to argue about social problems but it also allows them to ask questions and find immediate and updated answers to problems concerning their own religious obligations and ethical concerns. Social media provides information accessible to Muslims all over the world, who can connect. It also provides them spaces to argue about belonging to a minority religion of a country they are a citizen of, and how to balance their cultural-religious sensibilities with their citizenship duties.

During this workshop we want to address the politics of identity construction and representations of Muslims in Europe through having a look at the updated mediascape based on but not limited by following headlines:
1. Muslim networks and movements in Western Europe : Formation of transnational communities
There are current debates about the links Muslims in Europe have with Muslims around the globe, and whether these links create a separate global Muslim identity in contrast to an integrated European identity. There is also the debate as to whether such links create a passage to radicalism. This section focuses on how Muslims in Europe “link” with other Muslims and Muslim groups across the globe. It looks into how Muslim networks across the globe influence Muslims in the West in terms of integration, social-political participation, education, etc. It also looks into how these groups influence each other, and how they reflect on issues concerning Muslim in Europe and across the globe.

On a second level it ask the following questions; how do communication technologies create a new transnational Muslim community? How are transnational Muslim communities regardless of ethnic differences created through the use of mass media and social media? How is Islamic discourse spread through mass media, how is an Islamic thought developed and dispersed through social (mass) media? How do virtual communities bring about social change? What are the dynamics between Muslim intellectuals, mass media, and knowledge dispersion? What are the relationships between diaspora’s and online networking?

2. Social networking and Muslims in the West
This section focuses on how Muslims connect online to learn more about their religion, for online dating/marriage, to share experiences of stereotyping/victimization/racism/islamophobia, to present/represent their ideology. It also looks into how through social media, Muslims create a space of debate, construct and share aspirations-imaginaries-products. How is consumerism among Muslims affected by shared images on these networks? How does the common sharing of certain video’s and texts, create a global common culture among Muslim youth?

3. (Social) Media and Participation: Muslims in Europe
This section focuses on how social media and the press influences political tendencies of Muslims in Europe. How do Muslims construct a sense of belonging and political responsibility in Western Europe, and does social media and the press have an effect on these phenomena? How does media create a common sense of awareness and how does this awareness in the global and local scene have an impact on their social participation? How do Muslim charity organizations function within the sphere of media and social media?

Tuition Fees
Presenters and participants are expected to pay the costs of their travel and accommodation. The organizers have a reduced prize from hotel ‘La Royale’ in Leuven.
The tuition fees to attend the workshop will be arranged as follows:
Speakers and delegates: 50€. The registration fee includes a conference dinner and refreshments.

Outcome
*A proceedings book of the workshop with ISBN code will be printed and distributed in advance of the workshop itself.
*Within six months or a maximum 1 year of the event, an edited book will be produced and published by the GCIS with Leuven University Press, comprising some or all of the papers presented at the Workshop, at the condition that they pass a peer review organized by the publisher. The papers will be arranged and introduced, and to the extent appropriate, edited, by scholar(s) to be appointed by the Editorial Board. Copyright of the papers accepted to the Workshop will be vested in the GCIS.

Selection Criteria
The workshop will accept up to 20 participants, each of whom must meet the following requirements:
– have a professional and/or research background in related topics of the workshop
– be able to attend the entire programme

Since the Workshop expects to address a broad range of topics while the number of participants has to be limited, writers submitting abstracts are requested to bear in mind the need to ensure that their language is technical only where it is absolutely necessary and the language should be intelligible to non-specialists and specialists in disciplines other than their own; and present clear, coherent arguments in a rational way and in accordance with the usual standards and format for publishable work.

Timetable
1. Abstracts (300–500 words maximum) and CVs (maximum 1 page) to be received by 10th January 2015.
2. Abstracts to be short-listed by the Editorial Board and papers invited by 20th January 2015.
3. Papers (3,000 words minimum – 5,500 words maximum, excluding bibliography) to be received by 10th March 2015.
4. Papers reviewed by the Editorial Board and classed as: Accepted – No Recommendations; Accepted – See Recommendations; Conditional Acceptance – See Recommendations; Not Accepted, by 20th March 2015.
5. Final papers to be received by 15th April 2015.

Workshop Editorial Board
Leen D’Haenens, KU Leuven
Johan Leman, KU Leuven
Merve Reyhan Kayikci, KU Leuven
Saliha Özdemir, KU Leuven

Workshop Co-ordinators
Merve Reyhan Kayikci, KU Leuven
Saliha Özdemir, KU Leuven
Mieke Groeninck, KU Leuven

Venue
KU Leuven University

The international workshop is organized by KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies. It will be entirely conducted in English and will be hosted by KU Leuven Gülen Chair in Leuven.

Papers and abstract should be sent to Merve Reyhan Kayikci.

For more information please contact:
Merve Reyhan Kayikci
KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies
Parkstraat 45 – box 3615
3000 Leuven

Int’l Conference on Communication and Media Malaysia 2014

The International Conference on Communication and Media (i-COME’14)
October 18-20, 2014, Langkawi, MALAYSIA
Email: icome@uum.edu.my

CALL FOR PAPERS
In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Universiti Utara Malaysia, we proudly invite you to the International Conference on Communication and Media (i-COME’14) organized by Communication Department, School of Multimedia Technology and Communication, UUM. This conference is scheduled to take place from 18 – 20 October, 2014 at the Holiday Villa Beach Hotel and Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia.

i-COME’14 aims to provide a multinational platform where the latest issues in communication and media can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. The theme of the conference is Communication, Empowerment and Governance: The 21st Century Enigma.

PUBLICATION AND INDEXING
This conference is featured by blind review of papers. The conference proceedings will be published by Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences (Elsevier) with ISBN/ISSN number and will be indexed in SCOPUS and published by Elsevier (upon approval by Elsevier).

TOPIC OF INTEREST
The key communication and media issues to be addressed by the conference are in relation (but not limited) to:
(a) Organizational Communication: Corporate communication, Power and politics in organizations, Communication for organizational change, Communication management, Public relations;
(b) Communication for Social Change: Health communication, Communication and media, Gender and communication, Governance and empowerment of women, Campaign;
(c) Intercultural Communication: Issues in international and intercultural communication, Barriers in intercultural communication, Negotiating across cultures, Empowerment and governance across cultures;
(d) Political Communication: Communication policies and regulations, Communication law, Empowerment and governance in the information society, Leadership, Ethics in campaign, Ethics in speech;
(e) New Media: New media and culture, Media industry trends and dynamics, Ethics and cyber society, Media challenges and opportunities, Creativity, innovation and users, Government, regulations and new media;
(f) Language and Communication: Media and Language, Role of language, Visual and Linguistics, Critical literacy, Language and advertising, Language and rhetoric, Language and social interaction.
(For full list of issues, please visit our website here)

SUBMISSION
Authors are invited to submit papers for the conference through the i-COME’14 online management system. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this conference. Any questions can, be forwarded to the secretariat via icome@uum.edu.my

IMPORTANT DATES
Paper Submission Deadline   31 March 2014
Acceptance Notification to Authors   30 April 2014
Deadline for Revised/Final Version   30 May 2014
Early Bird Registration Deadline   15 August 2014
Registration Deadline   1 October 2014

Registration is now open via our website:  http://www.i-comeuum.com .
Please forward all inquiries to: icome@uum.edu.my