KC68: Social Justice Translated into Arabic

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#68: Social Justice, which Kathryn Sorrells wrote for publication in English in 2015, and which Salma Tariq Shukri has now translated into Arabic.

As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists of Key Concepts organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically by concept, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

KC68 Social Justice_ArabicSorrells, K. (2018). Social justice [Arabic]. (S. T. Shukri, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 68. Available from:

If you are interested in translating one of the Key Concepts, please contact me for approval first because dozens are currently in process. As always, if there is a concept you think should be written up as one of the Key Concepts, whether in English or any other language, propose it. If you are new to CID, please provide a brief resume. This opportunity is open to masters students and above, on the assumption that some familiarity with academic conventions generally, and discussion of intercultural dialogue specifically, are useful.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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CFP Our (Digital) Humanity

ConferencesOur (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing, and Social Justice, 20-22 Apr. 2018, Lehigh University.  Deadline for CFP 15 Nov. 2017.

We are calling on scholars, media makers, public historians, artists, designers, technologists, and social justice activists to submit a session proposal for the Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania  April 20-22, 2018.

Submit your session online by filling out this form.  The deadline is November 15, 2017.

Sessions may be proposed under one of the conference’s six tracks.  A track is a series of sessions connected by a shared theme; in this case,

CID Poster #7: Social Justice/Social Harmony

CID PostersThis is the next of the posters designed by Linda J. de Wit, in her role as CID intern. This is the first poster to use one of the Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue as the source. The content here comes from KC79: Social Cohesion, written by Narine Nora Kerelian & Gizem Arat.

Social Justice/Social HarmonyJust in case anyone wants to cite this poster, the following would be the recommended format:

Center for Intercultural Dialogue. (2017). Social justice/social harmony. CID Posters, 7. Available from:

As with other series, CID Posters are available for free on the site; just click on the thumbnail to download a printable PDF. They may be downloaded, printed, and shared as is, without changes, without cost, so long as there is acknowledgment of the source.

As with other series, if you wish to contribute an original contribution, please send an email before starting any work to receive approval, to minimize inadvertent duplication, and to learn about technical requirements. As is the case with other CID Publications, posters should be created initially in English. Given that translations of the Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue have received so many views, anyone who wishes to translate their own poster into another language (or two) is invited to provide that as well. If you want to volunteer to translate someone else’s poster into a language in which you are fluent, send in a note before starting, to receive approval and to confirm no one else is working on the same one.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue
intercult.dialogue AT gmail.com

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CFP Who Belongs? Immigrants, Refugees, Migrants

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Papers: Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis (Special Issue): Who Belongs? Immigrants, Refugees, Migrants, and Actions Towards Justice

Over the past year, both in the U.S. and Europe, far-right nationalist and white supremacist organizations have led a massive assault on the human rights of immigrants, refugees, and migrants, resulting in multiple acts of violence against individuals and communities and a general climate of fear. Notably, this assault has been supported by the most mainstream of political actors, ranging from elected officials in the U.S. who advocate for travel bans targeted at people who are Muslim and deportation raids targeted at the Latinx community to the racist and xenophobic political platforms of leading candidates for the highest of political offices in France and Austria. In this issue, we seek to engage this political landscape by asking the question: Who belongs? This question raises significant abstract issues, including: the legitimacy and construction of nationstates; theories of democratic governance and legal systems; notions of citizenship; intersections between racialized, gendered, and classed social identities; and, processes of imperialism and colonization. The question also raises significant issues that are more concrete, including: access to public resources (such as education, housing, and health care); policies and processes of “legal” documentation; activist and community mobilization; sanctuary cities; U.S. and European military intervention; the militarization of law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad; neoliberal economic policies; and, ongoing anti- and post- colonial struggles across the globe. We thus invite scholars and activists from a range of disciplinary and professional positions to submit work (research articles, conceptual essays, book reviews, and poems) that illuminates these and other issues that are central to political struggle for the rights of immigrants, refugees, and migrants.

Submission Timeline Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017
Anticipated Publication: January 2018


Witness for Peace Delegation to Mexico

Final call for delegates – reply asap!

Witness for Peace, a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization working to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas, is looking for delegates to join Mexico: The Drug War and Social Control: Militarization, Displacement, and Migration from January 13th-22nd, 2017. Witness for Peace delegations are based in popular education and are powerful, transformative experiences. As an organization they have an excellent record working with Communication Studies departments to build international study abroad courses emphasizing social justice.

The January delegation to Mexico (which includes Mexico City and Oaxaca) will look at the intersection between economic policy, community, and culture. These experiences are paradigm changing for anyone with an interest in teaching intercultural and critical communication.

The application deadline has been extended but interested applicants should contact as soon as possible for more information and registration details:

James Dimock
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Minnesota State University, Mankato


Elise Roberts
Regional Organizer
Witness for Peace Upper Midwest

Mexico: The Drug War and Social Control: Militarization, Displacement, and Migration

The transnational corporate presence in Mexico has been increasing since NAFTA went into effect in 1994, and even more since constitutional reforms were passed in 2014. Today, the government prioritizes corporate rights and land concessions for energy extraction, while the human rights record for the U.S.-funded military and police has continued to worsen. Increased military funding for the Drug war has fueled the corruption and violence, and forced disappearances, torture, arbitrary detentions, and kidnappings have continued to increase. Find out how this state repression relates to the implementation of a neoliberal agenda and learn how U.S. Drug War policy has encouraged militarization and fueled migration north. Strengthen your analysis of the links between transnational corporate interests, military aid, state repression of social movements, and forced displacement and migration.

Participants on this delegation will:

-Investigate the Mérida Initiative (the $2.4 billion U.S. military aid package to Mexico) and learn how it has led to an increase in human rights abuses

-Hear about the organizing struggles and successes of communities in resistance

-Meet with Mexican human rights and land rights activists from different eras (1960’s through today)

-Strengthen a global movement against militarization and corporate control

CFP iMean5 Conference: Language & Change (UK)

Call for Papers
iMean 5 Conference
University of the West of England, Bristol
6- 8 April 2017 (with pre-conference Workshops on 5 April)
Abstract submission deadline: 5 January 2017.

The fifth iMean conference maintains its traditional focus on meaning in social interaction, with a thematic orientation to Language and Change. We will be considering changes at the linguistic level but also how changes at a societal level affect linguistic usage and our conceptions and analysis of it. Our increasingly interconnected and fast-moving world has led to an upsurge in mobility and to the possibility of greater variation and change in language use. The linguistically diverse nature of contemporary societies has implications for social justice, with potentially differential access to the public sphere. Different contexts of use and new media may also bring new styles and manners of expression. As society changes, so must our conceptual and epistemological models and old questions and concepts require new approaches and angles.

The conference welcomes papers which focus on Language and Change, on norms and/or shifts in language usage and, more generally, on theoretical and methodological developments in research on sociopragmatics. iMean5 aims to  take a critical approach to current conceptions of ‘language and change’, focused around (but not restricted to) the following themes: ·the impact of globalisation, population mobility, the growth of cities and multiethnolects and the interrelation of  language choice, language use and social justice; ·how identities (regional, class, gender, ethnic and so on) are constructed and negotiated in and through language and how these shift from one community to another;·theory/ method aiming to forge new understandings of social class and gender identities in the 21st century and how we incorporate these in linguistic research; ·language change at phonological, syntactic, semantic or discourse levels of analysis;·the impact of new media on linguistic use. Invited plenary speakers (confirmed):
• Gisle Andersen, University of Bergen
• Christine Béal, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3
• Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London
• Michael Haugh, University of Queensland
• Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University
• Zuraidah Mohd Don, University of Malaya

In line with the iMean tradition, the conference aims to encourage multidisciplinary thinking and to create new pathways in linguistic research. The conference will, as usual, include two specialist Colloquia, an Atelier AFLS and a summative Round Table at which the keynote speakers are invited to debate the conference theme.
Invited Colloquia
iMean 5 will host two invited colloquia.
1.     Language migration and change
Convened by Jo Angouri
2.     “Just how sorry are you, mate?” Norms and Variations in im/polite language behaviour.
Convened by Kate Beeching and James Murphy

Further details will be announced by the end of October 2016 or soon after.  Atelier AFLS
Participants who would like to present in French or present specifically French data are invited to join the Atelier AFLS which will take place as part of the conference.

Round table: What’s new in Language and Change?

Submission Details:
Panel Proposals: Panel proposals are invited by 1 December 2016. Decisions about panels will be made by 15 December. Panel organisers should oversee abstracts from panel members, with up to 6 papers in a panel (2 X 90 minute slots). Individual panel members should submit abstracts, clearly marked with Panel names, to the main conference email address by 5 January 2017 as below. All abstracts (in panels and the main conference) will be subject to double blind review as always. For information on panel proposals please contact the organisers (J.Angouri[at]warwick.ac.uk and Kate.Beeching[at]uwe.ac.uk).

Individual Papers: Abstracts of no more than 350 words (max and including references, if absolutely necessary) are invited. They should be submitted to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=imean2017.The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 5 January 2017. Abstracts should not include the name and affiliation of the author(s). If your submission is part of a Panel, or the Atelier AFLS, or you would like to propose your paper as part of one of the Colloquia, please state this clearly at the top of your submission. Further details will be published on the iMean website soon.  In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact Kate.Beeching[at]uwe.ac.uk or J.Angouri[at]warwick.ac.uk for further information.

CFP WFI Student Grants for Social Justice

Call for proposals
Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) is pleased to ANNOUNCE OUR NEW STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM for 2016/17, and OUR INAUGURAL CALL FOR PROPOSALS (DUE APRIL 22, 2016).

The WFI—endowed by Lawrence Waterhouse, Jr., and housed within Villanova University’s Department of Communication—was founded on the principle that students, scholars, activists, and practitioners of communication have an important role to play in the creation of a socially just world. In addition to our WFI Research Grant program, which supports the work of Communication scholars engaging questions of social justice, we are pleased to announce the creation of a program geared to undergraduate students interested in engaging Communication and social justice!

This program was inspired in the Summer of 2014 by a proposal designed and directed by three Villanova undergraduate alums (who, at the time, were ineligible for our existing faculty research grant program). Moved by the proposal, the WFI provided a grant of $12,660 to Lauren Colegrove, Andrew Balamaci, and Nashia Kamal to assist them in continuing to build on the relationships they had established through Villanova’s (WFI-funded) Social Justice Documentary Film Program. They proposed to teach journalism and reporting skills to the high school students at Heritage Academy in Essiam, Ghana, and, further, to help the school establish a newspaper for their students. Going even further, two of these remarkable young Communication activists are now working on a project in Bangladesh for Summer 2016!

So if you know of any students who are innovative, creative, and passionate about social justice—and who would be able to do great things if only they had the budget and opportunity—then please encourage them to submit a proposal to the new WFI Student Grant Program. Proposals are due no later than Friday, April 22, 2016.

Beginning in 2016-17, the WFI will award up to $10,000 to support an undergraduate student-driven project that demonstrates an innovative connection between communication and social justice.

These projects:
–       must center upon undergraduate (not graduate) students in Communication, although faculty may be involved as advisors and/or instructors of record;
–       must meaningfully connect Communication students to the creation of social justice;
–       must be primarily carried out during Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017.

Although we do not limit our grants to a specific area of Communication, or particular kind of communication advocacy, all projects supported by the WFI have two things in common: they draw upon and engage topics central to the study and practice of Communication, and they specifically engage communication in terms of its impact on the world around us, its ability to create social change.

WFI Student Grants are available to project leaders who are full-time undergraduate students enrolled in good standing at any US institution of higher education. Awards will be no greater than $10,000 for the 2016-17 academic year. These funds may be applied to the acquisition of resources or equipment, technology, travel, event planning, and/or any other appropriate project related expenses. However, these funds may not be used to provide or supplement faculty or student salaries. Funds will be available beginning in July 2016, for use throughout the 2016-17 academic year; again proposals are due no later than April 22, 2016.

For more details on the WFI and this grant program—including specific information on the grant application requirements and proposal submission—please visit: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/communication/wfi/studentactivities.html

Questions concerning eligibility, or the nature of projects we support, please contact the Director of the WFI, Dr. Bryan Crable.

Key Concept #68: Social Justice by Kathryn Sorrells

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC68: Social Justice by Kathryn Sorrells. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists organized chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

Key Concept #68: Social Justice by Kathryn Sorrells

Sorrells, K. (2015). Social justice. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 68. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/kc68-social-justice.pdf

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.

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CFP Professional Communication, Social Justice, and the Global South

Professional Communication, Social Justice, and the Global South
Guest editors:
Gerald Savage, Illinois State University, Emeritus Faculty, USA
Godwin Y. Agboka, University of Houston Downtown, USA

Professional communicators are working all over the world. They practice in business, industry, government, charitable non‐profit organizations, non‐governmental organizations, and intergovernmental organizations. And yet, nearly all of the research on international professional communication has focused on corporate contexts in the “developed” world. Consequently, international technical communication practice and research tends to focus on barely more than half of the world’s nations included in the 2013 United Nations Human Development Index. These are nations ranked as “very high” or “high” on the human development scale. Only a few nations ranked as “medium” receive much notice—China, Thailand, Philippines, and South Africa are the most prominent.

Many of the nations regarded as “low” on the Human Development Index are sites of transnational corporate activity, of which a significant amount involves various kinds of resource development of questionable benefit to the people of those nations. However, a number of NGOs throughout the world pay close attention to the unfair, unjust, and environmentally detrimental activities of exploitative transnational corporations among indigenous and marginalized populations. These NGOs’ work includes research, legal action, and extensive documentation. Many transnational corporations also document their development and other business activities in sensitive areas of the world, some of them for purposes of accountability for their efforts at corporate social responsibility, others for purposes of denying or whitewashing egregious activities.

Only a handful of studies in professional communication, published over the past fifteen years, have addressed these issues (Agboka, 2013a, 2013b; Dura, Singhal, & Elias, 2013; Ilyasova & Birkelo, 2013; Vijayaram, 2013; Smith, 2006, 2012; Walton & DeRenzi, 2009; Walton, 2013; Walton, Price, & Zraly, 2013). This is especially troubling, considering that a wide range of other professions have given extensive attention to their roles in development activities among unenfranchised populations—such professions as engineering, medicine, agriculture, economics, business management, computer science, and geography. Professional communication scholars and practitioners have taken great pride in the part played by communication professionals in all of these fields, but too little research/ scholarship in professional communication has kept pace with the global social consciousness these other fields have demonstrated for many years regarding the impacts of their work beyond the industrialized Global North. This special issue attempts to address this need.

For this special issue we seek articles, commentaries, teaching cases, and reviews focusing on research studies, corporate, NGO, or government documentation relating to fair practices, environmental and social justice, and human rights in what is variously referred to as the Third and Fourth Worlds, Developing Countries, or the Global South. “Global South” and “Fourth World” are terms intended to include populations that are not necessarily in the southern hemisphere and that also do not include only nation states. Thus, the terms can include populations within “First World” nations, including the U.S. We especially seek proposals from scholars and practitioners who are indigenous to Global South populations or whose work connects with or affects populations in the Global South. The issue will also include several interviews with practitioners who are working in or with Global South populations.

Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:
• Intercultural research that takes place in Global South contexts
• Localization and translation for audiences in Global South sites
• Intersections of globalization and localization, and their associated challenges
• Workplace practices that impact specific Global South contexts
• Ethics in the context of the Global South
• Corporate, NGO, or other organizations’ documentation practices in Global South
• Curriculum design perspectives that address Global South perspectives
• The complexities of cross‐cultural collaborations between Global South and Global
North team members or among teams distributed across Global South cultures.
• Crisis communication in the contexts of the Global South
• Social justice implications of technology deployment and uses in the Global South

Proposals to be developed into
• Original research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words of body text.
• Review articles of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text.
• Focused commentary and industry perspectives articles of 500 to 3,000 words of body text.
• Teaching cases of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text (deadline for submissions of manuscript proposals is February 15, 2015).
Submission procedures:
• Cover page containing your name, institutional affiliation, and email address.
• Prepare the cover page and manuscript with 1.5 line spacing and Times New Roman, 12‐point font.
• 500‐word proposal for original research articles, review articles, and teaching cases; 250‐word proposals for focused commentary and industry perspectives.
• All submissions will be reviewed by at least two readers, whether you are submitting a research article, a review article, industry perspective article, or teaching case.
• Submit via email to Gerald Savage or Godwin Agboka
• Proposals should be sent as a .docx, .doc, or .rtf file attached to an email message with the subject line: “Proposal for Special Issue on Professional Communication, Social Justice, and the Global South.”

• Submission deadline for manuscript proposals: February 15, 2015
• Notification of proposal acceptances: March 15, 2015
• Submission deadline for first drafts of full manuscripts: June 15, 2015
• Submission deadline for revised drafts of manuscripts: November 1, 2015
• Expected date of publication: February 28, 2016.
Journal Editors: Rosário Durão & Kyle Mattson
Website: http://www.connexionsjournal.org/>www.connexionsjournal.org
connexions • international professional communication journal (ISSN 2325‐6044)

Agboka, Godwin Y. (2013a). Participatory localization: A social justice approach to
navigating unenfranchised/disenfranchised cultural sites. Technical Communication
Quarterly, 22(1), 28‐49.
Agboka, Godwin Y. (2013b). Thinking about social justice: Interrogating the international in international technical communication discourse. connexions: international professional communication journal, 1(1), 29‐38.
Dura, Lucia, Singhal, Arvind, & Elias, Eliana (2013). Minga Peru’s strategy for social change in the Peruvian Amazon: A rhetorical model for participatory, intercultural practice to advance human rights. Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization, 4(1), 33‐54.
Ilyasova, K. Alex, & Birkelo, Cheryl (2013). Collective learning in east Africa: Building and transferring technical knowledge in livestock production. In Han Yu & Gerald Savage (Eds.), Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication (pp. 103‐121). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
Smith, Beatrice Quarshie (2006). Outsourcing and digitized work spaces: Some implications of the intersections of globalization, development, and work practices. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 49(7), 596‐607.
Smith, Beatrice Quarshie (2012). Reading and Writing in the Global Workplace: Gender, Literacy, and Outsourcing in Ghana. Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.
Vijayaram, Vaishnavi Thoguluva (2013). Learning curve. In Han Yu & Gerald Savage (Eds.), Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication (pp. 61‐80). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
Walton, R., & DeRenzi, B. (2009). Value‐sensitive design and health care in Africa. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 52, 346‐358.
Walton, R. (2013). How trust and credibility affect technology‐based development projects. Technical Communication Quarterly, 22, 85‐102.
Walton, R., Price, Ryan, & Zraly, Maggie (2013). Rhetorically navigating Rwandan research review: A fantasy theme analysis. Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization, 4, 78‐102.

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