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CFP: International Communication Association 2019 Pre-conference

CALL FOR PAPERS – #CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media


Call for Submissions:

International Communication Association 2019 Pre-conference

#CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media

Friday, May 24, 2019
Washington D.C., USA

DESCRIPTION

As part of an ongoing movement to decenter white masculinity as the normative core of scholarly inquiry, the recent article, “#CommunicationSoWhite” by Chakravartty et al. (2018) in the Journal of Communication examined racial disparities within citational practices to make a broader intervention on ways current Communication scholarship reproduces institutional racism and sexism. The underrepresentation of scholars of color within the field in regards to citations, editorial positions, and publications and ongoing exclusion of nonwhite, feminist, queer, post-colonial, and Indigenous voices is a persistent and systemic problem in the production of disciplinary knowledge. ICA President Paula Gardner echoed similar sentiments in her 2018 presidential address, calling for steps for inclusion and diversity within the International Communication Association as well as the larger field.

This pre-conference aims to highlight, consider, and intervene in these issues. We seek submissions that address areas such as:

·       The marginalization of communication scholarship in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other axes of exclusion are central;
·       Communication scholarship in the context of the global rise of white supremacy and right-wing ethno-nationalism movements;
·       Communication scholarship from postcolonial and decolonial perspectives;
·       Who tends to be hired and who serves as leaders/gatekeepers in the field;
·       The politics of citation and publication;
·       How #CommunicationSoWhite can function as an intervention within communication studies organizations, departments, and scholarship. 

We anticipate many submissions will center on the U.S. and other Western contexts; we also hope the pre-conference will provide a discussion that spans both global North and South, and we encourage participation by submitters from outside North America and the U.K.

Please submit either an EXTENDED ABSTRACT or a PANEL PROPOSAL. 

Extended abstracts should be 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references.  We encourage different types of submissions including position papers, case studies, and more conventional research papers that tackle any issue relating to the preconference themes.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of four participants.  We will accept panels following a traditional format where presenters each speak for 10-15 minutes before a Q-and-A period.  We also encourage panel proposals that do not follow such a format; e.g. consider high-density panels, which have six or more participants who each speak for 6 minutes or less, or panels where panelists circulate their papers to each other ahead of time to generate a more engaged discussion during the presentation session.  Provide a 400-word rationale describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a list of participants’ names, affiliations, and contact information. 

Travel grants: Depending on funding availability, we may have the ability to offer one or two modest travel grants (maximum $400).  If you are a graduate student and/or a scholar resident in a non-Tier A country (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers for a list), please note this status in your submission and indicate that you would like to be considered for a travel grant.

Exclusions: Submissions should not consist primarily of previously published or in-press scholarship. 

Deadline: Please submit by Thursday, February 7, 2019, 16:00 UTC, by emailing BOTH Eve Ng at nge@ohio.edu and Khadijah Costley White at klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

Attendance by non-presenters: Those who are not presenting are also welcome to register for attendance. (Registration information to come shortly.)

If you have questions, please contact both of the following pre-conference organizers:

Eve Ng: nge@ohio.edu

Khadijah Costley White: klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

DATE AND LOCATION 

The pre-conference will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Washington D.C., USA, at a venue close to the ICA conference hotel.  Exact location will be announced when it is finalized.  The pre-conference will end in time for participants to attend the opening plenary in the evening at the Washington Hilton.

Organizers:
Eve Ng, Ohio University, USA
Khadijah Costley White, Rutgers University, USA
Alfred L. Martin, Jr., University of Iowa, USA
Anamik Saha, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Organizing Groups:
Ethnicity and Race in Communication division
LGBTQ Studies interest group

Co-Sponsors:
Activism, Communication and Social Justice interest group
Feminist Scholarship division
Global Communication and Social Change division
Mass Communication division
Popular Communication division

Dr Anamik Saha
Senior Lecturer and Co-Convenor of MA  Race, Media and Social Justice
Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
SE14 6NW

Direct line: + 44 207 717 3258
Email: a.saha@gold.ac.uk

Office: Rm 238
The Professor Stuart Hall Building (PSH)
http://www.gold.ac.uk/find-us/

Twitter: anamik1977
My latest book, Race and the Cultural Industries, is now available from Polity: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1509505318.html

Season’s Greetings

Dear Colleagues,

As we near the end of the year, on behalf of the SACOMM Exco, I want to take the opportunity to wish you all a peaceful December break and a good start to the new year. I also want to thank you all for your input and participation in various activities throughout the year and your participation in this year’s conference hosted at the University of Johannesburg.

As we go in to the new year, we are already planning activities to be channel through the working groups. The working groups continue to be our central organising platform in between conferences and hope that you are all interacting with the section heads and that ideas for further collaborations keep on coming. Through this year’s ICAfrica conference in Ghana in November and the roundtable on Media and Communication Association’s that we organised we have strengthened our cooperation with colleagues on the Continent and beyond. You can read more about it on The Journalist, see http://www.thejournalist.org.za. And talking about The Journalist, it continuous to be a tremendous partner for SACOMM along-side our academic journals, and we will continue to coordinate activities and share information.

The planning for SACOMM 2019 at UCT is also in full swing and Prof. Herman Wasserman and his colleagues are already ahead in putting together what promises to be another fantastic conference. We are so looking forward to this and as you might all know we will also have elections next year for a Deputy President and new Chairs/Section heads for the working groups. Importantly, 2019, also marks our 45th anniversary as an organisation.

This is also a reminder of the history archives and the narration of our history that we have started to put on the website, see http://sacomm.org.za/history. We have much to be proud of and much to look forward to!

Have a joyful and peaceful break!

Ylva, Elnerine and the SACOMM Exco

The Journalist: December 2018

The annual literary feast Abantu Book Festival brought together black poets, academics and authors for a weekend of decolonising the discussion around black literature, changing the narrative and challenging the discourse in a safe space. The line up included legendary Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola, poet and activist Diana Ferrus, Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi and so, so many more.

From the repatriation of Saartjie Baartman’s remains to the land question and the death of kwaito, the discussions and debates were more than relevant, more than timeous and absolutely essential in healing and unifying black writers and their audience.

Catch up or re-live the Abantu Book Festival with The Journalist.

The Journalist: October 2018

In this edition we look at what we can expect in the mid-term US Elections next week. The brutal murder of Jamal Kashoggi indicates that fundamental change in Saudi Arabia will not come soon. Following the Medium Term Budget Speech by newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni last week, a financial analyst argues that euphoria around political change is slowing and key to transforming the South African economy is rebuilding trust between business and government.

Since the passing of hip-hop icon #HHP, talk around depression in black communities can no longer be ignored and a Vice-Chancellor speaks out about mental health on his campus.

Gatekeepers in academia are keeping black academics on the sidelines of the industry and a new study looks at the glass ceiling for women working in newsrooms. Liz Khumalo started out as a secretary at the iconic Drum magazine and decades later became the first black female editor-in-chief. A science writer delves into lessons on quantum physics taught by Trevor Noah. We bid a sad farewell to Winston Ntshona.

This month in The Journalist …  October 2018 Issue

Conference Papers: COMMUNICATION EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (CECD)

The Communication Education and Curriculum Development Interest Group Convenor is Prof Bruce Mutsvairo, University of Technology Sydney.
If you would like to learn more about this interest group or get involved in its activities you can contact him at Bruce.Mutsvairo@uts.edu.au

The Papers presented during #sacomm18 in this stream: Communication Education

 

The Journalist: September 2018

The Journalist is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working with the academic community and a range of credible entities. We are committed to multimedia offerings that delve more deeply into the complex facets of our reality. We don’t just tell you what happened. We help you understand why.

The Journalist has been launched with the support of the University of the Free State, the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) and financial contributions from a range of individuals.

Students and media lecturers at the University of Free State and the University of Johannesburg and The University of Cape Town are participants in The Journalist.

September marks Heritage Month but how do we begin to celebrate and build a more inclusive society in a country marred by the effects of colonialism? Taking financial advice from friends or family members can have devastating consequences. We take a look at how a private girls’ school in Khayelitsha is grabbing the fourth industrial revolution by the horns and two academics tackle the ongoing conflict around the returned human remains from the German inflicted genocide in Namibia.

Sophie Tema Mosimane is the pioneer known for writing the article that appeared alongside Sam Nzima’s iconic photograph of Hector Pieterson, who risked her life numerous times for her craft. The challenges facing journalists on the African continent is a focus in the lead up to South African Press Freedom Day and an acclaimed writer looks at how technology will affect the notion of creativity in the future.

Read the September Issue here.