CFP Qualitative Research in Communication (Romania)

3rd International Conference
Qualitative Research in Communication (QRC)
October 4‐6, 2017 Bucharest, Romania

This conference will explore qualitative research as an approach to social scientific investigation that enriches our understanding of communication and of social phenomena. It will provide a venue for discussing and reflecting upon theories and methods currently used  in qualitative research in communication, as well as trends likely to impact the work being done in this field. The  conference will focus on sharing and examining qualitative research methodologies, research topics, questions and applications, with a consistent emphasis on their potential and limitations as inquiry tools for the study of communication. QRC  is  not, however,  limited to methods, methodologies or theoretical debates on methods; we welcome studies that focus on qualitative research in communication and related fields.

A primary goal of this conference is to provide a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for discussing current collaborations and planning  future  projects. QRC is an opportunity to exchange and expand ideas about the way we use qualitative research in our academic work.

We invite communication scholars and researchers and their colleagues in the humanities and the social  sciences to contribute papers that address the theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative research or empirical findings supported by qualitative methods and tools.

Papers accepted to this conference can be presented either within one of four sponsored panels, or in the open sessions. The four panels hosted this year by QRC are the following:

1.          Crossing borders, crossing boundaries? ‐ cross‐cultural perspectives in research on age
Panel head: Monika Wilińska, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Sweden
2.          Communication in inter‐organizational collaboration
Panel head: Marta Najda‐Janoszka, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
3.          Capturing biographical work
Panel head: Ionela Vlase, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania
4.          Why Europe? Narratives and Counter‐narratives of European Integration
Special  Panel  organized by  the  ECREA  Temporary  Working  Group “Communication and the European Public Sphere”
Panel head: Alina Bârgăoanu, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

Important deadlines
June 30, 2017 abstract submission; July 17, 2017 notification of authors.

 

CFP European Television and Nations (Romania)

Call for proposals
European television and nations: Between centers and peripheries, 1950-1980
9-10 November 2017, Bucharest, Romania

Since the end of the 2000s, research into television history has
revealed different realities depending on the country (Bignell & Fickers
2008, see also Socialist Television Studies). Far from being limited
to the development of main television (British, German, or French), the
European television landscape seems to have been configured along a
number of dividing lines: the classical divisions (East / West, public
service / commercial TV) overlapped with new dichotomies (North / South (Bourdon 2011), democratic / authoritarian systems (Goddard 2013)).

In order to evaluate the relevance of these taxonomies and to account
for different dynamics which were thus created, our symposium aims at
exploring the less known history of the television referred to here as
peripheral in relation to pre-existing television models (continuing
Wallerstein’s world economy theory, 1974). The symposium is meant to
explore the attraction, imitation and diffusion of practice and content
between central and/or peripheral television. Particular attention will
be given to the period of emergence and development of television
institutions and to the established or presumed relationships between
television operators and national construction.

We are welcoming contributions which will analyze the influence,
convergence or opposition between European television, from different
perspectives:
-television techniques (introduction of color TV, modes of transmission
and recording etc.);
-institutional organization (regulation of relations between political
authorities and public television, recruitment of staff etc.);
-formation or practice of television professionals;
-design of broadcast schedules;
-circulation and possible adaptation of the program formats (fiction or
non-fiction);
-dissemination of national or international content;
-reception of programs by trans-border audiences.

Contributions may also address methodological issues or the problem of
access to television archives, in so far as these issues form the basis
of future research.

Lecturers:
Prof. Jérôme Bourdon, University of Tel Aviv
Géraldine Poels, responsible for scientific development, INA, Paris

The abstracts, in French or English, up to 250 words, are to be sent to
the following e-mail addresses: anne.roekens@unamur.be, romina.surugiu@fjsc.ro, amatei25@yahoo.com, by 10 April 2017. The languages of the symposium will be French and English.

Participation fee: 50 euros.

Organized by CEREFREA Villa Noël and the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Bucharest within the trilateral Belgium(Wallonie)-Bulgarian-Romanian project “Television and nations in the European semi-periphery: Establishing a national identity through television (1958-1980)”

CFP Beyond Words & Into the Message (Romania)

Beyond Words and into the Message. Building Communication across Languages, Media and Professions
10-Nov-2016 – 11-Nov-2016
Research Centre for Specialised Translation and Intercultural Communication
Bucharest, Romania

Meeting Description:
Our world is basically made up of words, the very essence of communication. These words find their way among us in one big conversation. In James W. Carey’s words: “Life is a conversation”. This holds good even more so when it comes to conveying our thoughts across the borders of language, culture, country and profession. The conversation between individuals on different sides of these borders is enlarged by an instance of otherness while crossing into many instances of translation.

We invite you to discuss these topics in the following sections of the conference:

1) Communication and Language Studies:
The growing need for mediation and communication across cultures for a variety of professionals in a broad range of fields calls for a fresh theoretical framing of practices involving social activities. These are not to be relegated to fixed and separate systems for, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive”.

This section of our conference welcomes papers on topics including, but not limited to:
– Communication theory and theories
– Digital media and online communication
– Professional communication
– Media and education
– Visual and non-verbal communication
– Cross-cultural communication
– Language learning and teaching
– Discourse analysis and applied linguistics
– New trends in linguistics

2) Literature and Cross-Cultural Studies:
“Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.” (Ezra Pound). In one way or another literature has accompanied mankind for thousands of years. The need to tell and listen to stories is inherent to human nature, just as language and cognition are intertwined. Nevertheless, several questions should be addressed, such as: How much have the topics of literature changed and diversified? To what extent has modern narration influenced storytelling? What is its cross-cultural impact on literature?

In order to provide answers these questions (and others) this section welcomes papers on topics including, but not limited to:
– Media and cultural identity
– Postcolonial studies
– Gender studies
– Minority literature
– Literary and political relations in cross-cultures
– Historical approaches to literary studies
– Comparative literature

3) Translation and Interpreting Studies:
In the last two decades, the contribution of translators and interpreters has become essential in the coherent transfer of (specialized) information. Today the concept of translation goes deep beyond the simple knowledge of terminologies and has expanded to cover a wide range of factors, which can only be learned, understood and applied efficiently by means of a thorough academic training.

This section aims at debating over the following areas in connection with the role of translation and interpreting:
– Translating and interpreting as mediating between cultures
– Conference interpreting: trends and developments
– Ethical issues in translation across cultures
– Training and practice in translation and interpreting
– Literary vs. specialized translation: competition or compatibility?
– New media support in translation
– Social network language and its impact on speaking and translating

ProEtnica Intercultural Festival (Romania)

The Centre for Interethnic Youth Education Sighisoara (ibz) together with the Department for Inter-Ethnic Relations present the preliminary programme of the 14th edition of ProEtnica – Intercultural Festival Sighisoara which takes place from August 18 – 21, 2016.

Proetnica 2016

This year’s edition takes place under the patronage of the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis. There are going to be more than 50 artistic performances on the main stage as well as an arts and crafts fair featuring traditional craftworks manufactured by the national minorities. Further, a fine arts exhibition displays the works from ten contemporary artists belonging to the national minorities and is supplemented by three film screenings addressing the topic of intercultural dialogue.

In times of increased global migration, interethnic dialogue steadily gains importance within international peace negotiations. The ibz decided to dedicate this year’s edition of ProEtnica to the topic of interreligious dialogue. Eight events, i.a. scientific presentations and a symposium, address this subject matter from different perspectives and encourage further discussion on the challenges to intercultural peace in today’s world.

ProEtnica brings together more than 600 representatives of the 20 national minorities in Romania and offers them an opportunity to share their customs and actively engage in intercultural dialogue through different channels, e.g. the arts, scientific research or roundtable discussions. ProEtnica is an instrument which promotes the rights of cultural expression of the national minorities and, at the same time, strengthens cultural dialogue. Thus, ProEtnica contributes to the preservation and creation of the intercultural peace in a pluralistic and democratic society.

The ibz was founded in 2000. Its mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between people to foster mutual understanding and strengthen acceptance of ethnocultural differences.

Preliminary programme of ProEtnica –Intercultural Festival Sighisoara

International Conference on Intercultural Management (Romania)

International Conference on Intercultural Management, Iasi, Romania, 2016

The Conference is organized by the Center for Socio-Economic Studies and Multiculturalism together with “Nutrigrup” Romania Association and other partners. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners in order to support the dialogue between theory and practice in intercultural management and global leadership. The conference will combine academic and practitioner presentations with workshops. The conference will host 6 keynote speakers. Noted business, academic and community leaders are invited to use the conference as a forum to share their expertise, experience, and research in diverse areas. The conference is aimed at presenting current approaches to intercultural management and global leadership with emphasis on the new challenges for Eastern Europe.

The goals of the conference are:
• To draw attention to the new and important challenges of globalization for Eastern European countries
• To provide scholars, educators, business professionals and practitioners from different countries with opportunities to interact, network and benefit from each other’s research and expertise related to intercultural management and global leadership issues
• To share resources, ideas, and best practices for building intercultural management competence and engage in dialogue on how to tap into the positive sides of cultural diversity , and how companies and institutions can realize its potential.
• To synthesize research perspectives and foster interdisciplinary scholarly dialogues for developing integrated approaches to complex problems of communication and understanding across cultures
• To disseminate through volumes and websites the results of research and practice to other practitioners and professionals in the field of intercultural management
• To educate the general audience on intercultural issues and on the results of research and practice in intercultural management and leadership

CFP ESTIDIA: Dialogue as Global Action conference (Romania)

Call for Papers
ESTIDIA (European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue)
Dialogue as Global Action: Interacting Voices and Visions across Cultures
25-26 September 2015
Department of Modern Languages for Specific Purposes and Communication Sciences
‘Ovidius’ University, Constanţa, Romania
in partnership with: University of Cyprus, Nicosia; Zayed University, UAE; University of Bucharest, Romania (Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences); ISA (International Sociological Association); AISLF (Association Internationale des Sociologue de Langue Française)

Ovidius University (Constanţa, Romania), a modern and vibrant research university on the Black Sea coast, welcomes dialogue-oriented researchers and practitioners to the 3rd ESTIDIA conference, to be held on 25-26 September, 2015. The conference serves as a discussion forum for researchers and practitioners to showcase their dialogue-oriented work on current societal and community-related issues, and on methodological approaches to dialogue analysis. The aim is to bring together senior and junior scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and professional orientations to critically explore, through dialogue, different perspectives on human thinking, communication strategies, interpersonal relations, socio-cultural traditions, political processes and business interactions by means of theory-based and practice-driven investigations.

Conference Theme
Due to its engaging, emulating and exploratory nature, dialogue is an essential form of human communication, action and interaction. According to Vygotsky (1978), any true understanding is dialogic in nature. As social human beings, we participate in a wide range of dialogues in various contexts and at different levels, in a shared search for increased understanding of issues and phenomena, for questioning ideas and actions, for joint problem-solving. These multi-layered dialogues have dramatically increased with the widespread use of social media, which now enable members of any social, gender, ethnic, racial or cultural group to raise and make their voices heard while articulating current concerns and addressing critical issues of inequality, discrimination, socio-political underrepresentation and misrepresentation. The aim of this conference is to take the local and global dialogue to a higher level by extending its scope and empowering role as a springboard for critical reflection and self-reflection, for in-depth issue problematisation, for multi-voiced interpersonal resonance, for constructive polyphony of intersecting, contradictory and complementary voices. In the Bakhtinian (1981) theoretical tradition, these social voices not only represent the world, they also convey societal norms and moral values. In other words, multiple voices express not only how people see the world, but also how they feel about it.

For a better understanding of how meaning is created through the mechanisms and strategies of dialogue, it is important to investigate how voices are woven in discourse, how themes and voices intermingle in a polyphonic way. One way of understanding the shifting qualities of individual voices as multiple agencies or roles is provided by Goffman’s (1981) concept of participation framework (based on the distinction between author, animator and principal). At the same time, as has been pointed out by Couldry (2010), having a voice is not enough: we need to know that our voice matters, i.e. it has legitimacy. Hence, following Wertsch (1991), we need to realize that in internalizing forms of social interaction, the individual takes on and interrelates with the voices of others, which accounts for the complexity of ‘multivoiced’ dialogues. While joining in a dialogic polyphony of voices, each voice shares a particular experience, viewpoint, or sets of attitudes to reality, all of which are instrumental in shaping actions, interactions and relationships. As a result, dialogue is the locus where different beliefs, commitments, ideologies come into contact and confront each other through the intermediary of intersecting voices.

Authors are invited to present papers on a broad spectrum of research topics (both discipline-specific and multi-disciplinary) that include, but are not restricted to the following:
– Glocal voices in inclusive or exclusive dialogues
– Multiple voices crisscrossing in online dialogue
– Voicing viewpoints in multimodal communication
– Dialogue genres in multi-party interactions (debates, disputes, controversies)
– Voices in dialogue across time and space
– Converging vs. diverging voices in dialogue
– Gendering voices in public and/or private dialogue
– Voices shaping inter-ethnic dialogue
– Voices interacting in cross-cultural dialogue
– Voices that clash, dialogues that break down
– Voices in institutional and non-institutional dialogue
– Inclusive vs. non-inclusive dialogue across cultures and continents
– Public and private voices in sustained dialogue
– Face-to-face and/or virtual trust-building dialogues
– Speaker roles vs. listener roles in dialogic interactions
– Competing and collaborative voices in dialogue
– Legitimizing and delegitimizing voices in dialogue
– Polyphony of voices in harmonious or disharmonious dialogue
– Intertextuality in multi-voiced dialogue

We welcome contributions from diverse fields of enquiry, including linguistics, media studies, journalism, cultural studies, psychology, rhetoric, political science, sociology, pedagogy, philosophy and anthropology.

Keynote speakers
-Prof. Cornelia Ilie, Zayed University, UAE
-Prof. Jonathan Clifton, Université de Valenciennes, France

Thematic Workshops
One thematic workshop has already been set up:
Workshop on “Multiple Visuals, Multiple Visions: Dialogue of signs and sign systems; Multimodality” (presentations in both English and French)
Chair: Prof. Daniela Rovenţa-Frumușani (University of Bucharest, Romania)

Abstract Submission
We invite submissions of abstracts for paper presentations (20 minutes for presentation, to be followed by 10 minutes for questions) to be scheduled in parallel sessions. The abstract should include the name, institutional affiliation and email address of the author(s), the paper title, and four-five keywords. The abstract should be approximately 500 words in length. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the conference scientific committee according to the following criteria: originality and/or importance of topic; clarity of research question and purpose; data sources; theoretical approach; analytical focus; relevance of findings if already available.

Workshop Proposal Submissions
In addition to paper presentations, thematic workshops are being planned within the framework of the ESTIDIA 2015 conference. Proposals for workshops are invited. They should cover a topic of relevance to the theme of the conference. Proposals should contain relevant information to enable evaluation on the basis of importance, quality, and expected output. Each workshop should have one or more designated organizers. Proposals should be 1-2 pages long and include at least the following information:
– The workshop topic and goals, their significance, and their appropriateness for ESTIDIA 2015
– The intended audience, including the research areas from which participants may come, the likely number of participants (with some of their names, if known)
– Organizers’ details: a description of the main organizers’ research and publication background in the proposed topic; and complete addresses including webpages of the organizers

Important Dates
– Submission of abstracts      March 29, 2015
– Submission of workshop proposals    April 10, 2015
– Notification of acceptance     April 26, 2015
– Registration (early bird)    July 31, 2015

Email submission to:
Ana Maria Munteanu
Olivia Chirobocea

Registration fee
The early bird registration fee (by 31 July 2015) is 70 EUR, late registration fee (after 31 July 2015) is 80 EUR. The ESTIDIA membership fee (10 EUR) will be paid at the conference venue. The conference fee includes the book of abstracts, the published conference proceedings, a conference bag, a welcome cocktail, refreshments/coffee breaks and a guided sightseeing tour of Constanţa.

Account holder: ‘Ovidius’ University of Constanța
Bank: BCR Sucursala CONSTANȚA, Train, 68, Constanţa, Romania
SWIFT Code: RNCBROBU
IBAN Code:
RO28RNCB0114032053160001/ EUR
RO71RNCB0114032053160003/ USD

Publication procedure
All accepted papers (following editorial review) will be included in the conference proceedings published in International Journal of Cross-cultural Studies and Environmental Communication (ISSN 2285 – 3324). Authors of selected high quality papers will be invited to submit their papers for publication in Special Issues and regular issues of relevant high-impact international academic journals.

CFP Qualitative Research in Communication (Bucharest)

International Conference
Qualitative Research in Communication
September 23-25, 2015
Bucharest, Romania

This conference  is dedicated to exploring qualitative methodology as an approach which enriches interdisciplinary understanding of communication phenomena. It aims to provide a venue for discussing related theories and methods, for presenting the results of research projects, and for assessing emerging trends. An additional goal is to provide international researchers with a stimulating environment for cultivating current and future collaborative projects. We invite communication scholars and interdisciplinary colleagues to contribute papers in all of these areas, but particularly welcome those addressing the following themes: mediated interpersonal communication, intergenerational communication, communication and emotion, language and social interaction, digital media, and applied communication.

Accepted papers will be programmed for one of three themed panels (see below), or in the open sessions.

1. Ageing, Communication and Technology
Panel head: Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, IN3 – Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona (Catalonia), Spain

Ageing populations are experiencing a world that is increasingly mediated by digital devices, and influenced by their proliferation. Related questions include: How do digital and mobile technologies mediate the communication experiences and practices of older people? Does ICT use contribute to the development of personal autonomy of seniors (and if so, how)?

This panel is organized in collaboration with the ACT Project [http://actproject.ca/ ]

2. Communication and the Emotion Economy
Panel head: Liz Yeomans, Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Increasingly, emotion is viewed as more than an individual psychological state, and as a social and cultural phenomenon which is also constituted ‘outside’ the individual. An ’emotion economy’ perspective encourages us to view communication as part of a system of emotion expression, exchange, circulation, and distribution. New, related codes and rituals are subsequently developed in interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, political, and mediated contexts. Related questions include: What are the distinctive forms and practices of which constitute the emotion economy? How may qualitative methods distinctively advance this research program?

3. Digital Explorations: Research with and about Digital Media
Panel head: Ana Adi, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany

The rise in global popularity of the Internet, its increased adoption both by organisations and individuals, and the rise of ‘big data’ regimes all present numerous opportunities for qualitative researchers. Related questions include: How, generally, are traditional research methodologies challenged and transformed by online application?  By the specific context of social media platforms? How do new digital research tools (e.g., crowd-sourcing, visualization, etc.) influence the design of qualitative projects, and the collection and analysis of qualitative data?

Keynote speakers for the conference will include:
Kim Sawchuk, Professor in Communication Studies, Concordia University, Canada; Bryan C. Taylor, Professor in Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, USA; Eugene Loos, Professor at Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR, Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Important conference deadlines include:
April 7th, 2015: Abstract submission;
May 15th, 2015: Notification of authors via email; June 20th, 2015: Full paper submission; August 30th, 2015: Notification of authors.

Abstracts
Paper abstracts (max. 300 words, followed by 3-5 keywords) should be submitted for review in MS Word format (.doc, .docx). Please use the abstract template.  Please mention whether you desire consideration for programming on one of the three themed panels. Only one paper for each participant (i.e., as a first author) will be accepted. Submit abstracts as attachments to email messages to Corina Buzoianu. The official language of the conference is English.

Publication
All conference papers are subject to a peer-review process. All accepted papers will be published in a hard-copy, conference proceedings volume (i.e., with ISBN). Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations.

Conference Fees:
The conference fee is 100 Euro/participant (approx. $114 USD). The fee includes conference attendance, conference bag, publication in conference proceedings, and consideration for publication in the Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations, refreshments during coffee breaks and lunch.

Conference Venue:
National University of Political and Administrative Studies, College of Communication and Public Relations, 30A Expozitiei Boulevard, Bucharest, Romania.

Sponsoring Programs and Institutions:
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania; ACT project, Concordia University, Canada; University of Colorado Boulder, USA.

For details and inquires please send an e-mail to Corina Buzoianu.

CFP (Inter)faces of Dialogue 2014 Romania

(Inter)faces of Dialogue: Constructing Identity through Language Use

5 – 8 June 2014
Transilvania University of Braşov (Romania)
International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) Workshop

The way people talk, dress or behave are types of social codes, important ways of displaying who we are; in other words, they indicate our social identity. Each individual wants to build (him)herself a certain identity. There are multiple identities – some of them are wanted, while some others are unwanted – and a speaker faces a dilemma to choose the best identity for a certain situation and this “browsing” of identities may be achieved through dialogue. In approaching the topic of this workshop, we start from the premise that humans are dialogic beings, users and learners of language in various contexts. While acting and reacting in ever-changing environments (interpersonal or institutional), people try “to achieve more or less effectively certain purposes in dialogic interaction” (Weigand 2008: 3).

The academic interest for social relationships and the way they are organized in dialogues can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century, once Malinowski first suggested in 1923 that humans share “phatic communion”. Scholars in interpersonal communication, social psychology and sociology have ever since highlighted that the concept of ‘identity’ is important for studying the organization of social life.

Individuals use language to construct an identity (or a set of identities) for themselves, while communities use language as a means of identifying their members and of establishing boundaries. Once an individual adheres to a group or a community of practice, (s)he will adopt (and sometimes adapt) the existing linguistic conventions of that group.

The workshop aims at looking the ways in which identity is created and reflected in dialogic action games. We are particularly interested in studying the (inter)faces of dialogue from different perspectives and in different – European and non European – languages. The workshop aims to be interdisciplinary and therefore welcomes proposals from scholars from different areas.

We welcome individual paper presentations, panels and posters that explore topics in the following areas, but are not limited to:
*Construction of personal and group identity
*Names and naming practices
*Identity construction and humour
*Identity and representation
*Linguistic variation and the construction of identity
*Construction of  cultural identity in minority languages
*Identity construction and power
*Construction of identity in computer-mediated communication
*Construction of identity through mass-media

Deadline
The abstract submission deadline (including panel proposals) is January 25, 2014 (Extended) and the notification of acceptance will be received by January 20, 2014 (for submissions sent before 15 december 2013).

For more information or to submit your abstract, please contact the organizing committee at this email address or visit the workshop website.