CFP Public Diplomacy & Development Comm

CFP Conference on Public Diplomacy & Development Communication: Intersections, Overlaps and Challenges

Public diplomacy and international development are usually considered separate fields, both for scholars and practitioners. However, for decades public and cultural diplomacy actors have received funding for activities such as scholarships, exchanges, information work and training out of official development assistance (ODA) budgets. Similarly, development organizations conduct their own international advocacy work and use culture, exchanges, training and other forms of public outreach to achieve their goals. The activities of non-traditional aid donors such as NGOs, foundations, as well as the emerging economies and South-South partnerships offer additional perspectives upon the issue.

The aim of this one-day conference is to bring interested scholars from different research disciplines together in order to explore the common ground between activities that blur the categories of PD, soft power, nation brands, international development and development communication. Each of these concepts uses communication techniques to influence foreign citizens. How can we best draw upon the insights from each field? How should we conceptualize activities that hold a dual purpose of promoting social development in fragile or developing regions while simultaneously promoting a donor country’s values, norms and foreign policies? Has the relationship between these activities intensified or changed since the decline of conditional aid?

We are particularly interested in receiving abstracts that explore theoretical approaches to these issues, and/or empirical examples that elucidate current or historical practices. Themes may include:
– Case studies of public diplomacy and/or official development actors at national, supranational and subnational levels;
– Comparisons of actors based in different regions, such as OECD DAC members, emerging economies, the Middle East;
– Comparisons with non-traditional actors such as NGOs, civil society representatives, foundations, corporations, and South-South Co-operation;
– Synergies, conflicts of interest, interplays or contradictions between PD and aid activities;
– Perspectives from recipient/partner countries, including critiques, challenges, resistance, alternatives and success stories;
– Explorations of the roles of values, norms and brands;
– Explorations of communication techniques, such as use of social media, culture, the arts, education, etc
– Comparative conceptualizations of two or more related terms, e.g. public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, soft power, nation brands, international development, participatory communication, development communication;
– The “ODAfication” of diplomacy, public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy, contra the role of politics and advocacy in aid.

Applications are welcome from scholars and practitioners with an interest in developing knowledge of the intersection between these fields. Deadline for abstracts of 500-1,000 words: 31 October. Notification of acceptance: 14 November. The conference will be held on 27 February 2015 at the Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California. The best presentations will be invited to contribute to an edited collection, which will represent the first major publication on this topic. The conference is organized by Professor Karin Wilkins (University of Texas at Austin), Dr James Pamment (University of Texas at Austin & Karlstad University), and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Please send abstracts and any queries by email to James Pamment..

Everett Rogers award


Honoring achievement in innovation, IT, networks, national development, cross-cultural communication, entertainment education
LOS ANGELES – The Norman Lear Center of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California announces a call for entries for the 2013 Everett M. Rogers Award.

The entry deadline is March 29, 2013.

Everett M. Rogers (1931-2004) was an influential communication scholar and teacher whose Diffusion of Innovations is the second-most cited book in the social sciences.

The Rogers Award was established in 2005 by the USC Annenberg School. In 2013 the award will honor an outstanding scholar, practitioner of communication or independent writer whose own work contributes path-breaking insights in areas of Ev Rogers’s legacy:
•       Diffusion of Innovation: Discovering how new ideas & technologies spread
•       Communication & National Development: Designing interventions that empower people and organizations
•       Historical & Social Evolution of IT: Tracing the growth & impact of information technologies
•       Cross-cultural Communication: Understanding & overcoming boundaries
•       Network Processes & Effects: Analyzing & harnessing the power of networks
•       Entertainment Education: Using storytelling to inform, engage & inspire

The Norman Lear Center invites you to nominate any individual or collaborative team whose work contributes to greater understanding about the kinds of issues close to Ev’s heart. Entries will be evaluated on (1) their relevance to areas of scholarship to which Ev Rogers contributed; (2) their excellence; and (3) their impact on communication practice or scholarship.

There is no requirement concerning a nominee’s institutional affiliation or nationality. Nominators may propose more than one entry. Self-nominations also will be accepted.

•       Nominee’s resume, biography or c.v.
•       Letter of nomination addressing the Award’s criteria
•       A publication, website, DVD or other material that exemplifies the nominee’s achievement

The winner will receive a prize of $2,500 and present a talk at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles in 2013. Transportation and lodging will be provided. E-mail nominations with links are acceptable. Hard copy nominations should be sent by March 29, 2013 to:

The USC Norman Lear Center
8383 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 650
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Questions about the award may be sent to: enter AT Information about the Rogers Award can also be found online.

Everett M. Rogers Award Committee: Peter Clarke, Chair • Leo Braudy • Manuel Castells • K.C. Cole • Doe Mayer • Arvind Singhal • Tom Valente

The Norman Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy center studying and shaping the impact of entertainment and media on society. From its base in the USC Annenberg School, the Lear Center builds bridges between faculty who study aspects of entertainment, media and culture. Beyond campus, it bridges the gap between entertainment industry and academia, and between them and the public.

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world.

USC job ad

Business Communication: The Center for Management Communication in the Marshall School of Business invites applications for a full-time Assistant, Associate, or full Professor of Clinical Management Communication (non-tenure-track, rank dependent on experience and qualifications) beginning in academic year 2013-14.

Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses in communication strategy, organizational and leadership communication, and advanced writing for business. We are especially interested in applicants with expertise in the areas of new media, business ethics, workplace diversity, and international/cross-cultural communication. Service responsibilities to the department, school, and university are also required.

Strong applicants will have demonstrated excellence in teaching, extensive hands-on business experience in today’s global marketplace, a command of classroom technology and new media, and a Ph.D. in a related field.

The Center for Management Communication is the oldest and largest unit of its kind in the U.S., with 24 full-time faculty members from a range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds. We encourage cross-disciplinary scholarship and collaborative teaching. USC offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits packages.

To apply, please post a letter of application, CV, and the names of three references to the USC Jobs site, requisition #014731.  Review of applications will begin September 1, 2012, and will continue until a suitable candidate or candidates are identified.

Further inquiries may be sent via email or in hard-copy format to:
Gregory Patton, Ph.D.
Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee
Center for Management Communication
Marshall School of Business
3660 Trousdale Parkway – ACC 400
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA  90089-0444

The University of Southern California values diversity in its entire faculty and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women, men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. 

Crossing Boundaries conference

Crossing Boundaries: Working and Communicating in the Asia Pacific Region
Third Conference of the LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association for the Asia-Pacific Rim
March 13-15, 2012
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Keynote Speaker: Vijay Bhatia, City University of Hong Kong
Plenary Speakers: Gail Fairhurst, the University of Cincinnati, OH; Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK; Clayton Dube, USC US-China Institute, CA

Call for Papers/posters
The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) and Professional Communication in the Asia-Pacific Rim and beyond to take part in a dialogue on research and collaboration in academic, professional and workplace contexts. To build a clearer understanding of communication in the workplace it is crucial to have effective collaboration between language experts, trainers and institutions specializing in communication skills. Such collaboration in turn is fundamental to the design and implementation of effective pedagogy, assessment and curricula.

We invite papers and posters on any of the following areas:
•Relationships between LSP theory and workplace practices
•Interconnections between discourse and socio-institutional practices
•Collaboration between language teachers/trainers and institutions/organizations
•Functional variation of language in academic and professional contexts
•Discursive and professional practices of specialists
•Disciplinary, intercultural and cross-cultural variation in professional communication & discourse
•Descriptions of language use in professional contexts
•Workplace communication and curriculum design
Papers focusing on the study of languages other than English are most welcome.

Presentation Guidelines
Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be between 250-300 words and should be sent via e-mail attachments to or

Abstracts should include:
1. The title of the paper
2. A list of 3-5 key words describing the area and focus
3. The name(s) of the author(s) and their affiliation(s)
4. The corresponding author’s e-mail address and contact details
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a committee composed of members of the conference organizing committee

Registration Information
To ensure conference rates for the hotel, please register before November 1, 2011. Conference registration will be available on the Association’s website  after October 1, 2011.

The conference registration fee includes cost of registration, a conference bag, luncheons, coffee breaks, conference dinner, and a reception.

Abstract Submission Deadline
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is December 15, 2011.
Notification of acceptance will be given by January 1, 2012.

Preconference workshops
Two pre-conference workshops will be held on March 13, 2012 by plenary speakers Gail Fairhurst and Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini. Please refer to the registration form for further details.

A selection of conference papers will be published with an international publisher.

About Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association

The Asia-Pacific LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association is an association of Asia-Pacific researchers, teachers and trainers specializing in the study and teaching of languages for specific purposes and professional and organizational communication, and fostering such activities in a broad range of disciplinary fields. The primary aim of the association is to promote transdisciplinary and collaborative research and practice in academic, professional and workplace contexts.


USC Journalism position

Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
New Position in Communication and Journalism

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism seeks a junior scholar of journalism studies to be jointly appointed in its School of Communication and School of Journalism.  Candidates should have a record of scholarship in the study of journalism and society, be able to relate to scholarship in communications and journalism, and make connections with relevant disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.  Doctoral degree in communication or related discipline is required.   Professional experience in journalism is desirable for this position.

The School of Communication and Journalism is a leader in the implementation of USC’s strategic plan, which emphasizes innovation in inter-disciplinary research that addresses societal needs.

Applicants should send a CV, three letters of recommendation, and samples of their work to Journalism Studies Search, Dr. Imre Meszaros, Associate Director, School of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, 3502 Watt Way, Ste 305,  Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281.  For questions, please write to , (213) 740-0934.

Review of applications will begin on September 1st and continue until the position is filled.  USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.

DC Internships available

Washington D.C. Summer Fellowship Program
Consortium for Media Policy Studies (COMPASS)

The Annenberg Schools for Communication at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Southern California, and the Departments of Communication at the Universities of Illinois and Michigan are pleased to announce a new collaborative summer fellowship program, designed to provide Ph.D. students in Communication and Media Studies with hands on experience in the development and implementation of communication policy. Fellows would intern (8-weeks from mid-June to mid-August) in DC-based government offices or agencies, think tanks, political party or advocacy organizations, or other communication-related public or private sector institutions. All Fellows would also participate in an orientation prior to beginning their internship, and a follow-up retreat at which they will share their experiences and how these experiences might be connected to their research and teaching with a small group of scholars and practitioners.

Fellowships include assistance in locating an appropriate internship placement, a stipend of $5,000, and travel expenses for attending the follow-up retreat. Students’ home graduate institutions are expected to provide support for housing/expenses in DC ($2,000), though a limited number of scholarships are available if home institutions are unable to provide support.

Up to eight fellowships are available for the summer 2011. Candidates for these fellowships must Ph.D. students in Communication or Media Studies, and must be nominated by their home department or school (applicants must be US citizens, or international students enrolled in US institutions and holding student visas).  Applications should include: (1) a brief nomination letter from the department/school indicating whether or not you would be able to provide $2,000 in housing support and living expenses; (2) a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or another faculty member familiar with the student’s work/ability: and (3) a letter from the student indicating how a summer internship would connect to/enhance his or her research and/or teaching, and what kind of placement would be most useful in this regard.

Completed applications are due no later than Monday, February 28, 2011 and should be sent Larry Gross []. Students who have been accepted will be notified by Monday, March 14, at which point the placement process would begin.

The Washington D.C. Summer Fellowship Program is a project of the Consortium for Media Policy Studies (COMPASS) and is made possible through the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

COMPASS Co-Directors:
Michael X. Delli Carpini, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Douglas, Depart of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
Larry Gross, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
Robert McChesney, Department of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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