CFP Theorizing Homogenizing Discourse: Japan

Call for Chapters
Theorizing Homogenizing Discourse: Japan, a Case Study

Anthology Editors:
Satoshi Toyosaki, Ph.D.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Shinsuke Eguchi, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico

Japan is heterogeneous and culturally diverse. However, Japan has socially, culturally, politically, and intellectually constructed and, some cases, insisted its distinct and homogeneous identity. Recently, such a national identity construction has been rightfully questioned and challenged by Japan’s culturally diverse groups and research activities. The primary focus of this anthology lies at the mysterious and discursive system that regenerates the illusion of Japan as a homogenous nation. We look for chapters that, first, investigate the discursive push-and-pull between the homogenizing and heterogenizing discourses at various cultural fronts, particularly from the critical intercultural communication perspective, and that, second, examine and critique those homogenizing discourses. We hope that this anthology helps theorize the complex push-and-pull of homogenizing and heterogenizing discourses focusing on their co-constitutive and responsive relations, instead of situating them simply as the oppositional.

Topics/research sites/areas of interest include, but are not limited to, gender/sex, LGBTQQ, Japanese regions, Gaijin identity, multiracial/national Japanese, Zainichi-identities, media, sport fandom, tourism, foreign labor, and anti-/pro-Japan rhetoric. Research sites (data sources) can be both Japan-domestic and international. We are working toward making a persuasive proposal for this anthology. In so doing, we seek exciting chapter contributors, innovative research projects, and theoretically rigorous chapters. For more details, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the aforementioned email addresses. Please send us your 200-word abstract that identifies your research goal(s), data/artifacts, and methodological approach(es) by March 15th, 2015. Your abstract needs to be saved in MS word format and sent to both Satoshi Toyosaki and Shinsuke Eguchi. The anticipated timeline for a complete manuscript is July 31, 2015.

CFP Intercultural at ECA 13


April 24- 28th, 2013
Omni William Penn Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group is seeking paper and program submissions for ECA’s Annual Convention to be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel located in downtown Pittsburgh, April 24-28, 2013. The convention theme is “Confluence.” This theme is exemplified by the long tradition of communication research bringing together ideas from various perspectives of communicator, message, channel, and context to better understand how humans create meanings and relationships. The theme clearly reflects the best in our interdisciplinary scholarship. Given this year’s conference theme, the intercultural communication interest group strongly encourages works that explore one or more of following areas of intercultural communication for submission:
Critical Intercultural Communication
Queer Intercultural Communication
Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Migration

In addition to:
African Communication and Culture
Asian Pacific Communication Studies
Disabilities Issues
Gender (Feminist, Women’s and/or Men’s) Communication Studies

Transgender-Queer (GLBTQ) Communication Studies
Latino/Latina Communication StudiesAll submissions must be made electronically and received by October 14, 2012.Individual Paper Submissions:
Individual papers are completed papers that report original research, provide an extensive literature review or state of the art, or showcase some other form of scholarship. Papers that are to be considered will be no more than 25 pages (excluding title page, abstract, references, and appendices) and comply with the guidelines set forth in APA 6th edition. Submit two files (see below) concerning your submission, saved in Microsoft Word (.doc files) to Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi at Include in the email subject line the abbreviation “ECA” and the title of your paper. Include in the text of the email any requests for presentational aids (please see the technology statement listed below). Each submission must adhere to the following guidelines:

*       The first file should include the completed paper; a one-page abstract; and a title page with the author name(s) and contact information (affiliation, mailing address, phone number, email address), the word “debut” if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national conference, an indication of who will present for multi-authored papers, and the statement of professional responsibility which appears below.

*       The second file should include the completed paper beginning with a one-page abstract. Please mark the word “debut” on the top right corner of the abstract page if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national conference.  All author-identifiers (excluding previous scholarly works cited in the paper and listed on the reference page) should be removed from this file.

Program Submissions:
We welcome submissions for a variety of programs including papers’ panels, round tables, and symposia. Feel free to contact the program planner with any ideas before you submit; we are happy to help with arrangements or contact potential participants.  Panels should strive to include as many different institutions as possible.

Submit one copy of your proposal saved in Microsoft Word (.doc) to Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi. Include in the email subject line the abbreviation “ECA” and the title of your program.  Include in the text of the email any requests for presentational aids (please see the technology statement listed below). Each submission must include the following:
*       A title page with a thematic title for the program; panelists’ names and contact information (affiliation, mailing address, phone number, email address); and the statement of professional responsibility that appears below.
*       Names of the chair and respondent, if any (note: individuals may not simultaneously chair, respond, and/or participate – a variety of individuals is required for panels)
*       A rationale for the program.
*       A title and (maximum) 150 word abstract for each presentation.
*       A description of the panel (maximum 75 words) to appear in the final program.

Important Notes:
*       All submissions must include ECA’s Statement of Professional Responsibility: “In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees.”
*       ECA’s Technology Policy: Equipment rental is very expensive. Therefore, before requesting technology, please read ECA’s statement on technology.
*       Submissions that do not comply with the guidelines listed above will be returned.
*       For additional information about the convention, including short courses and other programming, please see the ECA website.
*       For additional information about this call for papers, please contact the Intercultural Communication Interest Group Program Planner:

Shinsuke Eguchi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication (Starting from August, 2012)
Department of Communication & Journalism
University of New Mexico
MSC03 2240
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001