University of Johannesburg: 12-14 September 2018

Communication at a Crossroads

A crossroads is a site where roads intersect. It is a point of crisis, a turning point, and a point of alternative configurations, convergence plus divergence, meeting and departure, unity and disunity. Metaphorically, it is a point of flux and change, a critical juncture at which a life-changing decision must be made. The crossroads is a superposition of varied, multiple, different – sometimes conflicting – tendencies, impulses and trajectories, and there is little certainty about the future. At a crossroads movement is channelled, controlled, regulated, or freed: we can stand still or go forward, get lost or find endless possibilities, be trapped by inaction, insincerity and passivity or find freedom. At a crossroads we can be transfixed to the past and its aftermaths, or we sincerely take the future on. We may be misled, be manipulated into going in particular directions, or we may use the crossroads to affirm our independence and agency, forge alliances, and build new, transformative, ethical, just futures.

The student movement for free, quality decolonised education that started in 2015, followed by persistent calls for decolonisation of the university and transformation of research and teaching, has heightened the crises and tensions within traditional disciplines. Centres cannot hold, and typical business-as-usual attitudes to epistemic injustice are no longer tenable. The discipline of communication, like many others that have been caught up in these crises and tensions, is at an epistemic and disciplinary crossroads of its own, one that calls for a “communication turn” and for bold, new, difficult, innovative, boundary-crossing, boundary-smashing, critical, frank and courageous conversations in communication.

CALL FOR PAPERS
Details of submitting to SACOMM 2018 can be found here.

SCHEDULE 
Deadline for electronic submission of all abstracts for peer review and other proposals: Monday 30 April 2018. The conference organisers will notify authors about the status of their contributions via e-mail by end of May 2018.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
A call for registration with further details about the conference will be released in June.

Conference theme: The conference theme gives an indication of the topic of discussions during plenary sessions at the SACOMM annual conference. Individual abstract submissions are not strictly required to adhere to the conference theme.