CFP Communicating Prejudice

Call for Chapters for Edited Book
Communicating Prejudice: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach
Proposal Submission Deadline:  October 10, 2014
Editors: Camara, S. K., Drummond, D. K., & Hoey, D. M.
Publisher: Nova Publishing, Inc.

In the conclusion of his edited book Communicating Prejudice, Michael Hecht called for an intellectual movement beyond understanding prejudice and its personal and social effects on individuals to a more proactive approach that inquires about appreciation as a serious subject of investigation.

Our edited book, Communicating Prejudice: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach, will blend direct unsettling lived experiences with a deep exploration of appreciation, respect and empowerment. We seek contributions which will speak boldly about personal experiences with prejudice with reflections on practical emancipatory frameworks that generate new directions and tools for dialogue. These meta-narratives should display the potential for creating opportunities for inclusivity, transformation, growth and social justice. We hope to draw on key concepts from a variety of disciplines, including Communication, Sociology, Education, Psychology, and Gender Studies.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
*Meta-analyses of Prejudice: Pre and Post racial America
*Autoethnographic Accounts of Prejudice and Transformation
*Examining Historical and Present initiatives to reduce prejudice
*Exploring Varying Contexts of Prejudice (e.g., Gender, Sexual Orientation, Race, Disability)
*Approaches to Appreciative Structures and Prejudicial Experiences
*Theoretical insights to opening dialogue with others
*Fostering appreciative conversations to defeat exclusion
*Co-creating Business and Organizational transformation
*Dealing with difficult situations and reframing conflict
*Contributions to Social Justice

Submission Procedure:
To have an original chapter considered for inclusion in this peer-reviewed volume, submit it with a 100-word abstract. Please include a separate title page with the author(s) and complete contact information, with brief author bio(s) to the editors by October 10, 2014. Indicate in your email cover letter which of the aforementioned topics your chapter best fits. Quantitative and qualitative research articles are limited to a maximum of 25 pages of text excluding references. Personal narratives or essays are limited to 10 pages.

Important Dates:
October 10, 2014– Chapter Submission Deadline
January 15 1, 2015- Notification of Acceptance
June 1, 2015– Chapter Feedback to Authors
October 15, 2015– Final Edited Submission Due

CFP Communication, Postcoloniality and Social Justice conference

Call for papers:
Communication, Postcoloniality, and Social Justice: Decolonizing Imaginations

A four-day conference: Sponsored by the Waterhouse Family Institute for the study of Communication and Society (WFI) at Villanova University, PA, 26th-29th March, 2015, Location: Villanova University (Specifics to be announced later)

Conference Organizers: Bryan Crable; Raka Shome (Biographies of organizers presented at the end of call for papers)

Keynote Speakers: Arjun Appadurai (New York University, USA), Inderpal Grewal (Yale University, USA), and Ravi Sundaram (Center for the Study of Developing Societies, India)

Plenary Speakers: Ramesh Srinivasan (USA); Mohan J. Dutta (Singapore); Shanti Kumar (USA), Ramaswamy Harindranath (Australia); Nitin Govil (USA); John Erni (Hong Kong); Aniko Imre (USA); Radhika Parameswaran (USA); Soyini Madison (USA); Raka Shome (USA); Boulou Ebanda De B’Beri (Canada) (These are confirmed so far; we are awaiting confirmation from other speakers.)

Three Plenary Sessions: 1) Significance of postcolonial studies for communication and media research 2) Postcolonial feminist and queer approaches 3) Postcoloniality and the Global South: Logics of Modernity beyond the West/North

In the past two decades, postcolonial theory has become increasingly influential in various spaces in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Recent communication and media scholarship has also shown some interest in postcolonial frameworks. However, there has not been a focused and sustained conversation in Communication/Media Studies in the United States and we think, even outside, that has engaged the ways in which communication and media studies, and postcolonial studies can mutually inform each other in the advancement of social justice projects. The conference emerges from the recognition that diverse logics, networks, and trajectories of communication and media today (as well as in the past) play a significant role in the production of colonial power relations in contemporary globality.

The organizers of Communication, Postcoloniality and Social Justice: Decolonizing Imaginations thus invite proposals from scholars who employ postcolonial frameworks to study various communication and media phenomena—including their embedded-ness in various logics of transnationality. We are interested in exploring how communication/media scholarship, with its varied rich perspectives, may make contributions to broad field of postcolonial studies by foregrounding the importance of communication/media frameworks for understanding colonial cultures, and transnational relations. At the same time we recognize that many of the core concepts and assumptions in the fields of Communication and Media Studies are rooted in Western/Northern exclusionary intellectual frameworks. Thus, we wish to explore how postcolonial analytical frameworks may productively enrich our understandings of various communication and media phenomena and enable us to decolonize normative frameworks in the field so as to be responsive to various struggles engendered by contemporary (and past) post/colonial logics. The conference aims to provide a productive space that can facilitate dialogue and interconnections amongst scholars conducting postcolonial scholarship in communication and media studies. We also hope that this conference can provide a space for building intellectual solidarities amongst scholars in Media and Communication who are concerned with the politics of colonialisms (including their varied transnational logics) as they inform our research and influence our social, economic, cultural, and academic practices.

REGISTRATION FEES: $250 (includes some meals and coffee; specifics will be confirmed in fall, 2014)

FORMAT: We welcome proposals from scholars, activists, and researchers from various parts of the world. Papers must demonstrate an engagement with the field of postcolonial studies. (Just any descriptive study of colonialism, while suitable for other venues, will not fit the goals of this conference). Submissions must be made by August 30, 2014. Acceptance of papers will be announced sometime in October 2014. PLEASE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS SIMULTANEOUSLY TO: Bryan Crable and Raka Shome. In subject heading please write: “Submission for Communication, Postcoloniality and Social Justice conference.” Given the volume of submissions we expect to receive, we will not be able to acknowledge receipt of every submission.

Please choose any one format:
1) Panel proposals: Panels on a theme relevant to the conference are welcome. A panel should have between 3-4 panelists (including discussant. Chair may be one of the presenters, or you may select your own Chair/moderator who is not a presenter). Please submit title, panel abstract (which should include names/affiliation of participants, description and justification of panel). REQUIRED: 350 word panel description/justification, and approximately 200 words abstract of each paper to be presented.

2) Individual paper proposals: Please send an abstract of around 350 words. Name, paper title, and institutional affiliation must be included.

A statement of commitment to attend is required of all participants. Please include that in your proposal submissions.

Potential topics of interest are (and these are not exhaustive). Postcoloniality and the Global South; Feminist and Queer Approaches; Transgendered subjects and/in colonial cultures; Gay imperialism; Homonationalism; Heterosovereignities; Modernity beyond the West/North (Papers dealing with Islamic modernities from a postcolonial/transnational perspective especially welcome); Memor(ies) and Postcoloniality ; Diaspora (especially new logics of diaspora) and Hybridity; Media and Migrations; Post/colonial Visual cultures; Cultural Studies and the Postcolonial; Nation, nationalisms, national identity; Asylum and Exile; Colonial Necropolitics; Colonial Biopolitics; Subalternity and Communication (e.g., the ‘impossibility’ of communication in the politics of subalternity); Cosmopolitanism(s); Politics of Cultural Translation; Engagements with works of key postcolonial scholars in terms of their relevance for media/communication studies; Communication of “human rights;” Consumption, Cultural Industries, and Postcolonial/Transnational Power relations; Environment and the Postcolonial (papers on mediations of “climate change” are particularly welcome); Intellectual and Cultural Property Issues; Affective regimes and post/colonial relations; Celebrities and Colonialism; Materialities of colonialism; Fashion, Identity and Colonialisms; New Media; Postcolonial Urbanisms; Traveling technologies and colonial circuits; Techno-cities; Transnational Temporalities; Postcoloniality and computer cultures; Postcolonial Piracy; The “global” city; Technological Colonialisms; Science and the Postcolonial; Electronic Others; Postcolonial Securitizations; Politics of Representation; Global health and colonial relations; “Humanitarianism,” “Natural Disaster” and Contemporary colonial logics; Decolonizing Pedagogy and the field of Media/Communication Studies; The contemporary university and (the possibility of) postcolonial interventions.

CFP Comm and Social Justice

Communication and Social Justice:
Call for Book Manuscripts

Social justice is a powerful political and ideological concept in the 21st century; it has become an increasingly central idea for those trying to gain a fuller understanding of national and international grassroots politics. An implicit assumption of a social justice perspective is that the integrity of any community is violated when some of its members are systematically deprived of their dignity or equality. This assumption often leads to research whose findings are not comfortable for the status quo: governments, institutions, and disciplines.

Troubador’s Communication and Social Justice book series maintains that the relevance of scholarship should be judged by the degree to which scholarship advances social democratic values, and that these values must advance by way of valid research that provides honest critique and redescription of those institutions that promote and reify poverty, hierarchy, and/or social inequality. Books in the series recognize that concern for underprivileged and underresourced groups is becoming an increasingly important topic about which to theorize and for which to develop interventions. The goal of this series is to explore the theoretical and practical ways that communication scholars can reconceptualize national and international societies so as to enable inclusive and equitable communities to emerge; to seek to construct communities that protect individual freedom while insuring equality and dignity for everyone. Specifically, this series takes the position that potential contributors are intellectual laborers who view their professional commitments as indistinguishable from their social and political identifications. From varying perspectives, each book published in the series will illustrate the vitality of engaged scholarship and the claim that a scholarship of social justice is not incompatible with more traditional “ivy tower” research. A fundamental assumption of the books is that there is no worthier end for measuring social utility than the abolishment of social injustice.

Other books in the series include:
*Kevin J. Callahan, Demonstration Culture: European Socialism and the Second International
*Debbie S. Dougherty, The Reluctant Farmer: An Exploration of Work, Social Class, and the Production of Food
*Amos Kiewe, Confronting Anti-Semitism: Seeking an End to Hateful Rhetoric
*Shane Ralston,  Pragmatic Environmentalism: Toward a Rhetoric of Eco-Justice
*Amardo Rodriguez, Revisioning Diversity in Communication Studies
*Philip C. Wander, Shadow Songs: Reflections on Rhetoric, Culture, & Human Survival

For information on how to submit a manuscript proposal, please contract series editor Omar Swartz or visit the online site for the Troubador book series on social justice.

CFP JIIC issue Partnering for Social Change

Call for Special Issue: Partnering for Social Change? Rethinking Intercultural Partnerships in Nonprofit Contexts, for Journal of International and Intercultural Communication

Special Issue Guest Editors: Yea-Wen Chen, Ohio University; Brandi Lawless, University of San Francisco; and Alberto González, Bowling Green State University

Communication scholars have recently directed attention to cultural discourses and nonprofit and voluntary organizations. At the same time, much more needs to be understood about how nonprofit and voluntary organizations constitute (inter)cultural sites, how they work with diverse memberships, stakeholders, publics, and partners, and how they organize for social change. We have chosen the broad term nonprofit organization to encompass not only registered tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations but also voluntary, community-based, non-governmental, civil society, and people’s organizations.

Nonprofit organizations are rich contexts for examining issues of identity, structure, institution, relationship, discourse, and power, which are of great interest to intercultural communication scholars. However, scholars have just begun to explore the intersection between intercultural communication and nonprofit relationship building (e.g., partnership, alliance, coalition building, etc.). This special issue serves as a critical space to rethink the challenges and limitations and opportunities of intercultural nonprofit partnership and also re-imagine new possibilities of relating across difference to promote social change.

This special issue invites research that is directed by three central questions: a) How are intercultural partnerships constituted, formed, maintained, negotiated, and practiced in the work of nonprofit organizations?; b) How do nonprofits navigate, negotiate, and mediate the competing dynamics of social structures, identity politics, and power relations as sites of intercultural practices?; c) How do nonprofit partners (e.g., practitioners, communities, funders, scholar, policy-makers, etc.) negotiate their intersecting cultural identities in ways that sustain, reproduce, or resist existing power relations?

All research methodologies are welcome. Papers that emphasize applied case studies, relationships between scholars and practitioners, theorization of culture within nonprofit organizations, social justice issues and examinations of power disparities are preferred. Joint submissions co-authored by nonprofit practitioners and scholars are especially welcome.

Submitting your manuscript: Please submit electronically an extended proposal between 500-600 words (excluding references) by March 15, 2014.  Authors should submit proposals using the journal’s website ( and follow instructions for online submission. Please select ‘special forum paper’ to describe the type of submission. JIIC now follows APA 6th edition guidelines. Proposals will undergo a blind review process, and a selection will be shortlisted for development into approximately 3000-word essays. Shortlisted authors must commit to a timeline for revision, resubmission and publication, with full manuscripts to be submitted by August 15, 2014. Final acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory revisions. Questions should be directed to Dr. Yea-Wen Chen.

GriffinHarte Foundation grants

Grant Opportunity: Small grants ranging from $100–$1,000

Application Deadline: December 15, 2011
Contact Person: Cindy Griffin at and

The GriffinHarte Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote civil conversations about issues that divide us and are often contentious and difficult to sort through. These issues usually involve questions of fairness, equity, respect, identity (who we are) and the complex ways we are connected to other people. Most importantly, they almost always are related to the very foundations of our lives-so they require that we find ways to communicate effectively about them. Because the founders of the GriffinHarte Foundation, and its members, believe that communication is one of the key elements to understanding and working with our differences, the GriffinHarte Foundation is designed to do the

Support and promote conversations, research, and scholarship that are 1) grounded in questions and practices of civility and feminism; 2) informed by a desire to define, explore, and advocate for social, political, and economic justice in our professional and personal lives; 3) centered in an explicit recognition of the ways our lives and communication are influenced by our identities-our gender and sex, race and ethnicity, age and physical abilities, and education and economic standing.

Support and promote educational practices and research that are1) focused on how we teach as well as what we teach; 2) grounded in a commitment to alternative pedagogies and educational practices; 3) informed by an explicit recognition of the ways identities, genders and sex, feminisms, civility, and civic engagement relate to social, political and economic justice.

Support and promote educational opportunities as they explore identity, gender, feminism, civility, civic engagement and social, political and economic justice.

You may apply for a grant by either email or postal mail.

To apply for a grant by email attach the following documents to an email and send it to Cindy at

To apply for a grant by postal mail place the following documents in an envelope and mail it to: Cindy Griffin
444 East County Road 68
Fort Collins, Colorado 80524

Document list
Brief abstract of the project or your proposed research (500 words).
Complete description of the project or research.
Explanation of the need for the project or research.
Description of the goals and/or outcomes of the project or research.
Timeline of activities.
Detailed proposed budget.
Statement of approval from your Human Subjects Review committee, if relevant.
Your complete resumé.
Contact information for three references.
Brief biography.
Signed copies of the agreement to provide a “report of results” upon completion of the project or research.
Signed copies of the “agreement to return all grant monies” should the project or research not be carried out as stated in the grant application and approved by the Foundation.

Villanova U job

Villanova University, Department of Communication: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Organizational Communication, to begin Fall 2012. Basic requirements: Ph.D. in Communication (ABD considered; completion by August, 2012), active research program, and collegiate teaching experience. Our new colleague will teach undergraduate/graduate courses in organizational communication, qualitative or quantitative research methods, as well as other required and elective departmental courses, in a way that fosters connections across the discipline. The ideal candidate will also have research and teaching interests that demonstrate organizational communication’s potential to address issues of social conflict and/or social justice. Most application materials will be collected online, at The only materials not accepted online are original copies of transcripts and three letters of recommendation, which can be sent directly to Dr. Sheryl Bowen, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085-1699. Review of applications begins October 20, 2011; since preliminary interviews will be held at the NCA convention, applicants should indicate NCA availability in the cover letter.

For more detailed descriptions of the Department and its many initiatives, please consult A preview: at the undergraduate level, we are the largest major on campus, and have 8 specializations for students, one of which is Organizational Communication. Organizational Communication is also a focus of study in our thriving M.A. program, a program that has an excellent track record of sending students to Ph.D. programs. In addition, over the past year we have also added two endowed initiatives to our department: the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society and the Harron Family Endowed Chair of Communication. These efforts demonstrate our Department’s emphasis upon intellectual rigor, the teacher-scholar model, and strong collegiality–and we are seeking a new colleague who shares these values. Villanova University is a Roman Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order, located in the ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse Philadelphia metro region. An AA/EEO employer, the Communication Department values dynamic and diverse faculty members who are committed to teaching, scholarship, and service-and who can contribute to the university’s conversation regarding truth, community, values, and social justice. For more detailed descriptions of the Department and its many initiatives, please consult

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