CFP Diversity, Intersectionality, Transnationality & Pedagogy

“PublicationCall for Papers: Diversity, Intersectionality, Transnationality, and Pedagogy, Communication Education Forum, to be edited by Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster). Deadline: November 15, 2020.

The discourse of cultural diversity has emerged as a vital component of communication pedagogy. However, the current political events and social contexts that surround us—such as the Black Lives Matter movement, ongoing negative immigration discourse, changing visa policies to limit the experiences of immigrants and international students, as well as homophobia and transphobia within and outside of higher education—invite us, as communication education scholars, to respond to these exigencies and be more self-reflexive of our pedagogies. Perhaps more than ever before, the notion of cultural diversity is an instrumental part of communication pedagogy and of what we do in the classroom.

To understand the current political moment and the cultural dynamics that are shaping our interactions and pedagogies within and outside of the classroom, there is a need for a dynamic intersectional approach to our scholarship. Our classrooms are political because as faculty and students, we bring our culturally and politically marked bodies into the classroom. Hence, how we teach and learn, as well as what we do with the information we share, is always political, ideological, contextual, and influenced by history. Furthermore, our identities are fluid, ever-changing, and intersectional. The pedagogies that we employ must recognize this complex positionality and intersectionality.

Building on the discourse of critical communication pedagogy and critical intercultural communication pedagogy, this forum aims to provide a scholarly space to engage with critical approaches and intersectionality in the context of communication pedagogy. This forum invites scholars to engage with current political and cultural dynamics and how they are embodied in the classroom. Authors should address the following two questions in their essays:

    1. How can intersectionality help us to make sense of the current political moment and cultural dynamics in the classroom?
    2. In what ways can critical frameworks (e.g., transnational, postcolonial, decolonizing, feminist, and queer approaches) individually or intersectionally help communication teachers to engage with diversity?

The forum will consist of four essays. Essays should not exceed 1,000 words, including references. Please direct forum questions to Ahmet Atay. Please email a blinded copy of your essay by November 15, 2020, to Melissa Broeckelman-Post, Consulting Editor for Forums.

CFP Languages and Cultures in 21st Century Transnationality (UK)

Languages and Cultures in 21st Century Transnationality CFP
Languages and Cultures at Sheffield Hallam University,
City Campus, Sheffield, S1 1WB
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September 2016
Abstract deadline: 31 March 2016

The concept of transnationality is increasingly common currency in the globalized world.

Modern Languages, both implicitly or explicitly, deals with the transnational aspects of cultures and, as a discipline, it is hence ideally suited to have societal impact on the construction of transnational education. Intercultural citizenship, in particular, is becoming a sine qua non in the Twenty-First Century. Modern Languages poses multicultural and multilingual questions about identity, subjectivity and alterity of past, present and future. As academics we represent institutional power and theoretical knowledge; we are mediators between theoretical processes of conceptualization and practical moments of interpretation; information brokers and hence in the fortunate positions to bring about social change.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from Applied Linguistics, Intercultural Studies and European Cultural Studies to create intercultural and interdisciplinary synergies that go beyond national borders, linguistic silos or academic canons, and thus echo practices of human mobility. Themes of particular interest in the three streams include, but are not limited to:

Applied Linguistics:
• CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), technology-enhanced learning, film as teaching tool
• language acquisition, language planning
• learner autonomy, student engagement
• multilingualism, translation
• discourse analysis

Intercultural Studies:
• citizenship, identity, multiculturalism, nationhood, race
• intercultural awareness, communication, competence, education, management
• tourism, postcolonialism
• international student migration

European Cultural Studies:
• the transnational currency of popular cultural products
• translations, transpositions, transmediality
• synergies/dialogues across national cultures
• intersections of culture with other fields/disciplines (history, law, literature, sociology, technology)
• dialogues across sociocultural strata (e.g. popular and elite cultures)
• fluidity of identity

We invite proposals for 20-min papers; proposals for panels/symposia are also welcome. 250-word abstracts should be submitted by 31 March 2016 to Dr Anja Louis. Abstracts should include the author’s name, affiliation and email address. Please specify ‘Languages and Cultures Conference’ in the subject of your email. We will acknowledge receipt of all abstracts submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us within two weeks, you should assume we did not receive your email.