CFP Cities as Communicative Change Agents

“PublicationCall for Chapters: Urban Communication Reader vol. IV – Cities as Communicative Change Agents, co-editors: erin daina mcclellan (Boise State University), Yongjun Shin (Bridgewater State University), Curry Chandler (University of Pittsburgh). Deadline: September 30, 2019.

The editorial team seeks contributors to join Urban Communication Reader IV: Cities as Communicative Change Agents. This edited volume continues the trajectory established by previous Urban Communication Readers in assembling communication perspectives on issues related to urban dynamics, public life, and space and place scholarship. Editors welcome chapter proposals employing any research methodology or theoretical framework.

Change is a defining aspect of the urban condition. As cities face unique challenges, they attempt to evolve, adapt, and lead the world into an uncertain future, especially as the age of artificial intelligence and other digital technologies attempt to make cities more “efficient.” Today, the world is facing climate change, wealth inequality, housing crises, food shortages, and global mass migration; cities are at the heart of these problems and their solutions. Thus, urban communication research continues to function in proposals for urban change that remain both important and salient. Urban communication scholars are well-poised to examine both these change initiatives and the crises such changes continue to address.

Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

The Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication. It is given out every year by the Urban Communication Foundation and is named in honor of the late social activist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The award brings with it a $500 prize.

To nominate a book, please send a short letter of nomination or self-nomination (in the form of an email attachment) to Steve Macek, chair of the Jane Jacobs Book Award review committee, at the email address below by August 15, 2014. The letter of nomination should describe the book and explain how it addresses issues central to the field of urban communication. Nominees for this year’s award must be published between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.  Finalists (or their publishers) will be asked to send three copies of the book to the award committee. For more information on the field of urban communication, and to determine if your nomination fits the award call, please review our  mission statement and look at the list of past Jane Jacobs winners.

Dr. Steve Macek
Associate Professor of Communication
Coordinator of Urban & Suburban Studies
North Central College Naperville, IL 60540

Urban comm and health disparities award

Gary Gumpert Award: The State-of-the-Field of Urban Communication

The Gary Gumpert Award is given to the applicant whose proposal shows a clear understanding of the state of the field of urban communication with respect to a particular issue or question (as specified by the Urban Communication Foundation every year the award is given), along with a clear articulation of how “state of the field” paper will be developed.

Amount of Award: $2500

For 2013-14, the area of focus for the award is Urban Communication and Health Disparities.

The successful proposal should focus on pertinent communication concepts, theories and literature, not just on the area of focus. Proposals are not limited to a particular methodology and may extend to policy areas and applications.

The final paper must clearly summarize what is known about the targeted area of urban communication, identify gaps in the existing literature, and suggest directions for future research. In doing so, this paper should feature concepts and theories that have been applied in urban communication research and discuss findings of empirical studies, case studies, as well as critical essays and analyses. In a successful proposal (and paper), the link between communication and the urban context must be made clear.

*       A 500 word (max) description of how you would approach this topic
*       A current vita
*       And a 150 word (max) bio must be submitted by February 1, 2104
Winner will be notified by March 1, 2014
Final paper must be submitted by June 1, 2014

Send inquiries and grant proposals to Peter Haratonik, Executive Coordinator, Urban Communication Foundation.


Urban Communication Grant

“This grant supports communication research that enhances urban social interaction and civic engagement in an age of global communication. It encourages applied research on the role of human communication in urban environments at a time when media technologies alter the parameters of community of all kinds.

James W. Carey noted in A Critical Reader that “I think all education, all scholarship is ultimately an aspect of citizenship.” The form of urbanity and community was an intrinsic part of this theme in the scholarship of Carey. He was concerned with the impact of media technology upon the changing form of the urban domain, the consequence of accelerated change upon human communication and community, and the growing gap between tradition and modernity as suburban sprawl threatens the very nature of urban traditions.

With an award of up to $1,000, this grant facilitates research in progress or in the planning stages. It gives priority to projects that feature innovation and creative approaches to studying the central role of human communication in the transformation of urban cultures and communities.

Proposals from developing nations are encouraged.

A six-person committee consisting of three members of the International Communication Association and three members of the Urban Communication Foundation will judge the proposals.

The winner(s) will be announced each year at the annual ICA business meeting. Award winners will be required to report to the UCF on the progress of their research the following year.

Application Procedures:
Submit the application electronically through the link provided by the ICA
website ( Application period opens on 1 November and
closes on 31 January. Complete application must include:

(1) a letter of application not exceeding two pages that speaks directly to each of the grant criteria from the description;
(2) a description of not exceeding three pages the proposed research;
(3) a current CV; and
(4) samples of publication relevant to the grant.”

(Originally published in the ICA November newsletter)