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.