CFP Aging in place vs aging in distance

Call for Submission:
Ageing in Place Versus Ageing in Distance: Improving Age-care through Communication
A Special Section of China Media Research

This special section (CMR-2015-02) invites scholars from across disciplines to address the timely issue of improving the experiences of ageing and age-care through communication within specific social and cultural contexts. Age-care creates a range of challenges not only for the older generation but also for their younger generations. Provision of care to older people is of increasing importance. Internationally, public health policies encourage “ageing in place”; however, the increasing cross-border movements of people result in a sizable population of older people who are or will be ageing outside their home country. “Ageing in distance” can be even more challenging, as older migrants often experience isolation, depression, cultural and communication barriers, and exclusion. They feel belonging to neither “where they came from” nor “where they are residing”. Given the trend of international immigration and population ageing, we face economic, social, and cultural imperatives to support older people to age well either in their homeland or in a foreign land.

We would welcome papers that enhance our understanding of how age and ageing is perceived in different cultures, what roles the mass media can play in constructing and perpetuating stereotypes about older people, how the formal model of community care can better link with the model of family care to form a culturally appropriate age-care model for immigrants in particular and the larger population in general. Topic areas include, but not limited to, stereotypes of older people; social media and older people; cultural assumptions of ageing and age-care; communication campaigns that enhance understanding between older and younger generations, mass media coverage of older people and audience effects, and cross-cultural adjustment of older migrants.

Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. We will accept the extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) of the paper at the first stage of the reviewing process. Please email your extended abstract as MS Word attachment to the Guest Editor of the special section, Dr Shuang Liu by July 25, 2014. The complete manuscript must be received by September 5, 2010 after the extended abstract is accepted. Complete manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA publication manual (6th ed.) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be reviewed and the authors will be notified of final acceptance/rejection decision. Please visit China Media Research for more information about the quarterly journal, which publishes both printing and online versions. For inquiry, please contact Dr Shuang Liu and/or CMR co-editor, Professor Guo-Ming Chen.

University of Queensland

On February 24, 2012, I spent a day at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. My visit was sponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication, and included a formal presentation entitled “Interactional Resources for the ‘Problem’ of Intercultural Communication,” a lunch with faculty and graduate students, a data session on “Complex Constructions of Social Identity,” and a faculty dinner.


My thanks to Dr. Sean Rintel for organizing the entire event, and to Prof. Cindy Gallois for originally encouraging me to visit Brisbane. I met lots of new scholars, including Dr. Richard Fitzgerald, Dr. Shuang Liu, and Dr. Aparna Hebbani, and reconnected with Dr. Joan Mulholland, who created a quilted banner for the Language and Social Interaction division of the International Communication Association just as the division was being established in the mid-1990s.

One of the unexpected surprises was the extent to which the day’s activities were attended not only by faculty and graduate students from other Schools within UQ but also several from either nearby Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology, and even a visitor from Linköping University in Sweden who was in town to present at QUT.

Over the weekend, there was time for a tour of the area with Sean Rintel and Cherie Gregoire, including some of the many parks in Brisbane, where the water dragons are so accustomed to humans they let us get very close for photos – this dragon is nearly 3 feet long and only about 2 feet away from me.

Water dragon

Ed Reynolds, a PhD student in the department, videotaped my morning talk. When the video is available, I’ll add a link here.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue