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.

ACLS Public Fellows 2014

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has launched the 2014 competition of the Public Fellows program, which will place 20 recent Ph.D.s in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in the government and the nonprofit sectors. The deadline for the 2014 competition is March 19, 2014.

The 2013 Public Fellows included a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota.

In 2014, Public Fellows will have the opportunity to join the following host organizations:

1.     American Refugee Committee – Program Manager, Social Enterprise Projects
2.     Association of Research Libraries – Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing
3.     Center for Public Integrity – Engagement Analyst
4.     Council of Independent Colleges – Communications Officer
5.     Human Rights Campaign – Senior Content Manager
6.     Kiva – Partnerships Evaluation Manager
7.     Lenox Hill Neighborhood House – Research and Partnerships Manager
8.     Museum of Jewish Heritage – Manager of Strategic Initiatives
9.     National Constitution Center – Program Developer
10.  New America Foundation – Contributing Editor
11.  New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) – Public Policy Officer
12.  The Public Theater – Strategy and Planning Manager
13.  San Francisco Arts Commission – Program Manager, Policy and Evaluation 14.  Smithsonian Institution, Grand Challenges Consortia – Public Outreach Manager
15.  Smithsonian Institution, Office of International Relations – Program Officer 16.  Trust for Public Land – Program Analyst, Conservation Research
17.  United Negro College Fund – Policy Analyst
18.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Policy Analyst
19.  Wisconsin Public Radio – Digital Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge
20.  Zócalo Public Square – Program Manager

The results of the past three competitions can be found here:

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