CFP World Communication Association 2021


Call for Papers: Communicating for Our Future, World Communication Association, virtual, 12-18 July 2021. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

The theme will be Communicating for Our Future: As our world struggles with Covid-19, the importance of communication, in its myriad forms, cannot be understated. Let’s use the 2021 conference as an opportunity to share similar experiences and come together as a community.

Virtual Conference: The 2021 conference has been reimagined to be an entirely virtual conference. The WCA recognizes that Covid-19 continues to affect all of us, and we are unable to predict what effects, if any there will be in July 2021. While we know many will want to attend a conference in person, this is not possible for many reasons. Thus, we will instead be convening the WCA conference virtually.

Synchronous or asynchronous: The Association is working to facilitate a mixture of both synchronous and asynchronous presentations. More information on presentations of papers will be forthcoming on the WCA website.

CFP WCA/ABC: Global South and North (New Zealand)

ConferencesCall for Papers: World Communication Association (WCA) and Association for Business Communication (ABC) Conference: The Global South and North: Communication and Cultural Perspectives, July 8-12, 2019, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. Deadline: January 15, 2019.

The global South-North divide has been conceptualized in political, cultural, economic, and developmental terms. The North has traditionally been seen as more economically, technologically, politically, and socially developed as well as more industrialized. But the South has been linked with poverty, disease, political tyranny, and overall lack of development. Meanwhile, thanks to the internet and development of smart phones, the gap between the South and the North seems to have narrowed. Limits of time and space seem to no longer exist. People can now share similar experiences and communicate, no matter where they are. Global citizens believe the global community is where they would like to live, despite the many issues we have to solve. To explore the global issues of today, the WCA opens the 2019 conference to you. The WCA is proudly co-hosting this conference with the Association for Business Communication (ABC), which will be hosting the 16th Asian Pacific regional conference along with the biennial WCA conference.

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Call for Nominations: Editor, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research

Professional OpportunitiesCall for Nominations: Editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research

The World Communication Association (WCA) is soliciting nominations for the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (JICR). Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for 3 years, beginning on January 1, 2019.

JICR is the peer-reviewed scholarly journal of WCA.  The mission of the World Communication Association, founded in 1983, is the promotion of peace in international and intercultural interactions through the teaching, scholarly research, and practice of communication in all forms.    As a premiere resource for research on all aspects of intercultural communication, JICR publishes qualitative and quantitative research on interrelationships between culture and communication in support of WCA’s mission. Generally, research published in JICR emphasizes non-mediated contexts. Submitted manuscripts may report results from either cross-cultural comparative research or results from other types of research concerning the ways culture affects human symbolic activities. Studies reporting data from within a single nation/culture normally focus on cultural factors and explore the theoretical or practical relevance of their findings from a cross-cultural perspective.

All manuscripts submitted for publication to the JICR are initially reviewed by the Editor for appropriate content and style. If approved by the Editor, manuscripts are then reviewed by two anonymous reviewers in a double-blind review process. Reviewers are chosen by the Editor based on their expertise with a submitted manuscript’s topic, methodology, and research foci. On special occasions or in special editions, the Editor may invite authors with a particular expertise to submit manuscripts for publication. In such cases, the publication decision rests with the Editor. Such manuscripts are designated as “Invited”.

A complete nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate, which should include a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate’s vitae (CV); minimum of 2 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Board of Directors of World Communication Association during the appointment term as Editor, and will be provided with some annual financial editorial support from the Association.  Although the term begins on January 1, 2019, the successful candidate will work with the current editor during 2018 to facilitate the transition process.

Please send your nomination package at your earliest convenience to WCA Secretary-General Dr. E. K. Choi.  Review of submissions will begin on December 8, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

CFP World Communication Association 2016 (Winnipeg)

World Communication Association-North America 2016 CONFERENCE
AUGUST 2-6, 2016
Submission deadline extended to March 30, 2016

Our world is increasingly fraught with failures to communicate and clashes between people and among cultures. The world as we know it changing due to our collective behaviors. We need many perspectives as we discuss how to address sustainability, communication and cultural issues.  One way to do so is to provide an international, interdisciplinary conference where academics and people from all areas of the economic and cultural sector address specific concerns and solutions.  This WCA-North America conference theme allows each participant to gain from the collective wisdom to find ways to negotiate the journey to find answers.   This conference is distinctive in that we provide opportunities for students to consider applications in a variety of formats as well as aboriginal speakers and storytellers whose unique perspectives provide food for thought and action.

1.     Student opportunities:
a.     Student-Only:  Students may submit their papers or panels to the student-only sessions where they will not be in competition with faculty or community submissions.  (Be sure to note student status.)  Students, may, of course, also submit in the general categories.
b.      Poster sessions:  Students with research in progress, teaching ideas, or completed research projects may submit their work in the poster session category. Those selected will share their work in specific sessions with a 10-minute rotating schedule.  We encourage students at all levels to submit their ideas. We’d love to have High School, Undergraduate and Graduate students presenting side-by-side!
c.       Mentoring sessions:  Students should indicate their interest in these sessions and we will match content and methodology experts to help you discover ways to move forward, ways to provide a unique perspective, or, ways to flesh out ideas for your classroom or degree research.
2.     Storytellers & storytelling:
a.     Featured Storytellers:  Give us your ideas based on a captivating story–include an abstract-should be up to a 60-minute presentation followed by interaction with audience and questions and answers
b.     Stand-Alone Storytelling Sessions: Send us an abstract for a 15-20-  minute story especially those on any aspect of the conference theme.  Submit an abstract and the amount of time needed for your story.  Stories will be combined so 2-4 storytellers with similar themes present together. [Followed by a question and answer session.]
3.     General PAPER AND PANEL-60 minutes for presentation followed by audience interaction (15-minutes).
WORKS IN PROGRESS (nearly completed):  Please submit an abstract and note when completed paper is expected. (Blind reviewed–use separate cover page with title, name and institutional affiliation.)
COMPLETE PAPERS: Please submit paper and include an abstract.
(Blind reviewed-send papers and abstracts without names.  Use separate cover page with name(s), affiliations, and title.
PANELS:  Include title of panel, identify chair and members on the panel and their institutions as well as titles of presentations, if relevant, and a brief description (75-100 words) of the session.
4.    THEMATIC PANELS:  Presenters may take the whole or any part of the conference theme and develop a panel of up to six participants who explore the theme.  Please identify Names of chair and panelists, institutional affiliations, title of specific presentations, and a brief description. (75 min.)
5.    Workshops:  Provide a Title, names of presenters and their affiliations, description of the workshop, and time needed/required. (75 min.)

Important Dates:
Submission deadline–March 10-15, 2016
Notification–April 10-15, 2016
July 1, 2016–Full Papers due

Send submissions and any questions to conference co-chairs:
Melissa L. Beall OR Dwight R. Harfield

J Intercultural Comm Res CFP

The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (JICR), a publication of the World Communication Association focuses on quantitative, qualitative, critical, and rhetorical research related to intercultural and cross-cultural communication. JICR publishes manuscripts that report on the interrelation between culture and communication within a single nation/culture or across nations/cultures. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts via electronic attachment to be considered for publication in volumes 40-42 (2011-2013). Manuscripts should be submitted via Manuscript Central. Manuscripts should be no more than 25 Pages 12 pt., double-spaced, 1 inch margins), not counting references, tables or figures, and must conform to the requirements of the most recent Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Research on the use of human participants must have been conducted in compliance with acceptable nation or international standards. (e.g., regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) on voluntary participation, informed consent, deception, and debriefing. The manuscript should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A detachable cover page should include the manuscript title, each author’s name mailing address, email address, telephone and fax numbers. Author identification should include each author’s current affiliation and address, highest degree earned, the institution granting the degree, and the year granted. A 50-100 word abstract and a list of keywords should follow the title page. Table and figures must be in APA style, and on separate pages and no included in the text. They should be understandable independent of the text, but their approximate position should be indicated in the text and they should be referred to in the text. Authors are responsible for supplying copies of figures in finished form suitable for reproduction.

Dr. Stephen Croucher (Editor) & Kelsey Duarte (Editorial Assistant)