CFP Communication and Ethnic Conflict

Call for Chapter Proposals on Communication and Ethnic Conflict

This is a call for submissions of proposals for chapters to include in a collection about Communication approaches to Ethnic Conflict. Chapter proposal submission requires a 500-1100 word abstract by October 31, 2014. If you have interest please contact the editors or submit a proposal online.

Steven Gibson (Northcentral University, USA)
Agnes Lucy Lando (Daystar University, Kenya)

The book, titled Impact of Communication and the Media on Ethnic Conflict will be published by IGI-Global and will present scholarly research on various approaches to how communication studies, media studies and information systems tools can model, reflect and guide understandings of national and international experiences of ethnic conflict. The included chapters will be interdisciplinary, with cultural studies and media studies as two included frameworks. Proposals may focus on a variety of aspects, including (but not limited to):
*Issues in ethnic relations
*The role of identity in conflict
*Genocide case studies and analysis
*Racial and ethnic impacts on conflict
*Conflict resolution programs
*Religious or sectarian conflict case studies
*The effect of media on international relations
*The role played in conflict by information systems
*How media reflects ethnic differences
*Simulated approaches to conflict and conflict resolution
*Communication technology’s role in ethnic relations
*Case studies in ethnic relations

Listening across cultures

The 2013 International Listening Association Convention occurs 20-23 June, 2013 in beautiful Montréal. The convention theme, Listening: The Art, The Science, The Joie de Vivre, is intended to highlight the synergistic relationship between listening research and practice as well as the importance of effective listening to daily life.

Panel on Listening across Cultures – Request for participants – deadline Feb 1st.

When we communicate with people who participate in different ethnic, racial or culture groups, we engage in a negotiation of traits, qualities, descriptions and attributes.

This panel is inspired by and responds to the essay of Krista Ratcliffe entitled “Rhetorical Listening: A Trope for Interpretive Invention and a ‘Code of Cross-Cultural Conduct'” This panel explores the intersections of listening theory and cross-cultural pedagogy, and seeks to expand listening theory as complicated by cultural categories including gender, racial, ethnic and other cultural constructions.

A goal of this panel is to move beyond binary oppositions between ethnic, racial and gendered spaces. In this way it is hoped that cross-cultural dialogues in the classroom and beyond might be facilitated. We postulate that it is fruitful to identify our varied simultaneous differences and commonalities, and identify metonymic echoes of larger cultural discourses we carry on as educators.  We seek to encourage focus simultaneously on communication commonalities and differences among ourselves. We seek to articulate intersections between cultures and genders to promote cross-cultural communication. Aspects of cross-cultural communication can be seen as a trope that describes how we use language and how language uses us.

This panel builds on understanding through listening by moving beyond simple categorizing of cultural identity. While we continue to divide people by appearance, language habits and cultural attributes, we can be informed by contemporary scholarship which suggests that race, gender and ethnicity are social constructions that are created and reconstructed continuously. Another challenge to cross-cultural listening is that many people belong to more than one defined group.

This panel will highlight how cultural grouping are negotiated each time people communicate. The listening aspect of conversations helps by short-circuiting stereotype fulfillment and avoids imposing expectations on people.

Seeking panel participants. Panel submissions might include but are not limited to:
* Listening across borders
* Listening between LGTBQ individuals and others
* Listening across gender
* Listening when race or ethnicity is involved

Potential contributors should send an abstract with a proposed topic for the panel to Steven Gibson at: steven.gibson.737 AT