KC91: Peace Communication

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC#91: Peace Communication, by Yael Warshel. Click on the thumbnail to download the PDF. Lists organized chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

KC91 Peace CommunicationWarshel, Y. (2018). Peace communication. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 91. Available from:
https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/kc91-peace-communication.pdf

NOTE: Yael Warshel also has presented a TEDx talk trying to answer a related question, Do Media Have the Power to Make Peace?  

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.


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CFP Children, Youth & Media in MENA & Gulf Conflict Zones

Call for Panelists for the upcoming Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., November 18-21, 2017

Children, Youth, and Media in Middle Eastern, North African, and Gulf Conflict Zones. This panel seeks to carve out new pathways into the subject of children, youth and media.

Abstracts are sought that critically interpret how Middle Eastern, North African, and Persian/Arabian Gulf children and youth use, play with, produce, interpret and/or are influenced by media in conflict zones. Abstracts should come from or be framed from the “voice”, or perspective of children and youth and connect how their respective media uses and practices impinge on the development of their culture, constructions of civic and national identity, intergroup attitudes, political opinions, and/or peace and conflict related practices and behaviors. To that effect, papers might examine the media uses and associated daily lives — past and/or present — of among others, Algerian, Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Lebanese, Libyan, Palestinian, Syrian, Tuareg, Yemini or Yezedi girls and boys. Papers that explore these areas as they relate to the lives of those among them who have been (forcibly-) migrated, are borderlands children, have been born due to the uses of rape as a weapon of war, and/or whom, through them, have become child mothers, are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts, and so papers, may conceptualize children/childhood or youth from a biological, legal, constructed, and/or subaltern perspective. They may either be modern or historical in focus. Field-based research from a variety of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives are encouraged. Research from communication, children and youth/childhood studies, anthropology, political science, sociology, psychology, history and related disciplines are all welcome. To that effect, media analogous analyses of non-formal education, arts, music, dance, and leisure practices and spaces are invited. The goal of the panel will be to foster a critical transdisciplinary merger of these varied disciplinary approaches.

If interested, and for any questions, please email Yael Warshel at ywarshel AT gmail.com
The following information should be emailed by Feb 8, 2017:
1) your name, affiliation, and contact details.
2) a 300-400 word abstract fitting the above panel theme and MESA’s criteria for evaluating abstracts, including being, “scholarly”, and possessing “a strong, focused statement of thesis or significance, clear goals and methodology, well-organized research data, specified sources, and convincing, coherent conclusions.”

Yael Warshel Researcher Profile

Yael WarshelDr. Yael Warshel is a Penn State university-wide Rock Ethics Institute core faculty and Assistant Professor of Telecommunications at Pennsylvania State University. She works at the intersection between international media, child, and conflict analysis, practice and policy. She is fluent in and/or has studied five languages and conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and Latin America. An award-winning scholar, Dr. Warshel is the recipient of three top dissertation awards, including one in peace studies, and two in global and international communication, which she received from the International and National Communication Associations; together with several more awards in communication, public service, Middle Eastern and African studies. She is advancing a book manuscript assessing the reception of peacebuilding versions of Israeli and Palestinian Sesame Street; continuing fieldwork to analyze North West African youth’s uses of digital media to construct their citizenship; and separate of that, about the comparative determinants of international coverage of conflicts, per the contrast between frames and agendas set, and the magnitude and intensity of conflicts. Her past publications addressed the contributions of communication and media studies to peace education, Middle Eastern children and youth’s media uses and reception, and election studies. She co‐edited (with Elihu Katz), Election Studies: What’s Their Use?. She serves as Chair of E-Book Reviews for the Digest of Middle East Studies, is a Board Member of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), and had been quoted by a broad range of international media sources.

Before joining Penn State, Dr. Warshel taught at UCLA, UCSD and American University as an Assistant Professor of International Communication and Associate Faculty of International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She coordinated communication policy for UNESCO, worked as photojournalist with the Zimbabwe‐Inter‐Africa‐News‐Agency, and conducted policy‐relevant research with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Jerusalem‐based Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the Center for Middle East Development, and the Center for Research on Peace Education.

Areas of Expertise
Peace communication and social change; comparative and global African, Middle Eastern and Saharan media (including systems, ethics, practices, uses, reception, effects and contexts); children and ethnopolitical conflict; ethnography of violence; public opinion; citizenship/human rights; borderlands and (forced-) migration; social-psychology; assessment and evaluation.

Regional Expertise
Middle East and Africa (both North and Sub-Saharan)

Education
PhD in communication, UC San Diego; MA in communication, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania; BA studies in still photography, USC School of Cinema‐Television; BA in interdisciplinary studies, UC Berkeley.

Contact:
Assistant Professor, Telecommunications Research Associate, Rock Ethics Institute
Affiliate Faculty, Comparative and International Education
Affiliate Faculty, Middle East Studies
Pennsylvania State University
http://yaelwarshel1.blogspot.com
http://comm.psu.edu/people/individual/yael-warshel
https://personal-psu.academia.edu/YaelWarshel
Twitter: @ywarshel
ywarshel [at] gmail.com