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Calls

This page features a list of calls for papers, essays, and articles.
Organizations’ descriptions and calls for papers are drawn from their respective websites

 

Research Proposals

The IC² INSTITUTE Call for Research Proposals on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth

The IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin anticipates providing financial support for a number of research projects in an ongoing effort to foster research by professors across all disciplines investigating key topics of interest to the Institute.

  • Ideation and Open Innovation
  • Free Trade and Business
  • Business Networking Ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurs and Organization Science
  • History of Innovation and Creativity
  • Incubation of Startup Companies
  • Business Communications and Networks

Researchers interested in applying for financial support for a research project should review the IC2 Institute website (http://www.ic2.utexas.edu/) or contact the Director, Dr. Robert A. Peterson (rap@austin.utexas.edu). A maximum of $25,000 will be awarded per accepted proposal for data collection, research assistance, graduate student support, and miscellaneous expenditures. Faculty or research scientist salary requests will not be funded. All funded research projects must be completed within one year of award acceptance. Students funded through these projects should expect to spend time at the Institute (space will be provided) working with Institute researchers and staff. Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages (double-spaced) and should include enough detail for a group of domain experts to evaluate the nature of the work and the likely success of the project. Applicants should discuss how data obtained from their project could be used to support applications for funding from other agencies to continue the research as well as specify target journals for dissemination of research results.

An IC2 Institute committee will evaluate all submitted proposals. The committee may contact applicants for more information about their projects. Proposals that include Institute research scientists as collaborators will be given funding priority. Proposal evaluations will be done on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of the evaluation process within one month of application submission. Proposals should be submitted electronically as pdfs to Ms. Coral Franke (coral@ic2.utexas.edu).

  

Conferences and Workshops

Call for papers: Social Media, Activism, and Organisations (#SMAO15)
London, England
Goldsmiths, University of London
November 6, 2015

Social media (from mainstream platforms such as Twitter to organization-specific tools) have become increasingly pervasive. This is exemplified by the diversity of uses ranging from Twitter and Facebook use during the Arab spring to the use of Snapchat by highly surveilled activist groups. Many social movements have increasingly seen social media as a means to collaboratively crowdsource, to network and communicate with diverse stakeholders. In large  organizations, social media is often supported because the technology can help foster the sense of a “digital village”, where individuals are able to “see” the lives of others within their organization and feel closer to them. However, the literature on social movements and social media has not fully grasped just how much social media has fundamentally changed the landscape of organizational communication, ranging from stakeholders being able to directly mobilize resources to making grassroots transnational social movements more organizationally feasible. Social Media, Activism, and Organisations (#SMAO15) seeks to better our understandings of how social media has shaped social movement organizations and the organization of social movements. We invite you to submit short papers which explore the social media-influenced intersections of social movements and organisations. Full papers are not required for this conference, only short papers (~2500 words, excluding references) related to the broad theme of “Social Media, Activism, and Organisations”.

Topics of interest include:

  • Organisational communication and social media
  • Democratizing organisational structures via social media
  • Gender, social media, activism, and organisations
  • Activist knowledge aggregation techniques
  • Enterprise applications and social activism
  • Collaboration, social media, and activism
  • Virtual teams, social media and activism
  • Activist networks and organizational communication
  • Social media and organizational leadership
  • Communicating organizational messages via social media
  • Social media and advocacy organizations
  • Inter-movement organizational communication and social media
  • Visual social media and organisations
  • Implications of anonymous social media

Deadline: September 7, 2015

 

Call for proposals: Game Studies Area of Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Seattle, Washington
March 21-25, 2016

The Game Studies area of the National Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association Conference invites proposals for papers and panels on games and game studies for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. The organizers seek proposals and papers covering all aspects of gaming, gaming culture and game studies.  Proposals can address any game medium (computer, social, console, tabletop, etc) and all theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • New game mediums and platforms
  • Gaming culture, game specific cultures, and multicultural and cross-cultural issues
  • Game development, design, authorship and other industry issues
  • Game genres, platforms, consoles, console wars and connections to other media
  • Serious games for education, business, healthcare, (military) training, etc.
  • Game pedagogy and classroom practices, gamification, learning as play
  • Digital literacy, discourse practices, social norms and norming, the politics of play
  • Space and place in games, play spaces, virtual/physical communities, mobile gaming and localization

Deadline: October 1, 2015

 

Call for papers: International Communication Assocation: Communicating with Power
Fukuoka, Japan
June 9-13, 2016

As communication scholars, we research a field so important that it is protected by all constitutions and, at the highest level, by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The subject matter of our study, human expression and its formal form as media, is protected because governments recognise (or at least declare that they do) human expression and the media can be politically charged. Through communication, we make the difference to democracy and thereby make a difference in the lives of others. Although communication is present in many important areas of policy making and in the ways our societies are governed, yet we are not often heard or even consulted. The theme of this year’s conference is reminder to ourselves as well as the larger world about the potential contribution of our work and raising awareness about such contribution.

The theme of the conference is therefore aimed at raising our profile in communicating effectively with not only government agencies and corporate players but also civil society and grassroots organizations. The acts of communication occur at micro, meso, and macro levels, from the psychological to interpersonal, from organizational to global. They need more theoretical critique, methodological rigor, philosophical reflection, creative intervention, and alternative historical imagination. The theme may be understood at a couple of levels. Communicating power is about communicating—both sending and receiving—powerfully or forcefully. This is reaching out to the influencers, not necessarily just those holding formal positions. It is speaking with a louder voice, designing with cleverer graphics, shooting with more artistic and appealing videography. It is gamification so that messages are absorbed and acted upon. It is investigating phenomena and variables that, when better understood, will make a bigger difference with more people, making a corner of the world a better place.

How can, for example, health communication scholars reach their target audience—be they doctors, public policy-makers, citizens—with their findings? How can colleagues studying culture and identity help children and youth, who grow up in today’s global culture, to understand their own identity? After studying the latest video games or the next Gangnam Style, how can we communicate our meaningful discoveries to parents and teachers, to multimedia corporations such as Sony?

We cannot be naïve if we want to communicate with power. Sometimes, communicating with power requires us to bypass power centres entirely because they are flawed or corrupted and appeal directly to our audience. What are such occasions? What are the limiting conditions in appealing to power centres?

The currency of academia is influence. If we can influence to make a positive difference, we would have communicated with power.

Deadline: November 2, 2015

 

Essays, Articles, and Book Chapters

Call for papers: International Journal of Communication Special Section on Net Neutrality

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in February 2015 to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, and thus to secure Network Neutrality and the principle of nondiscrimination at its center, it delivered an important victory to the millions of people who had insisted that strong Network Neutrality protections were crucial for an open, democratic Internet. This victory owed in part to the tremendous outpouring of public support for Network Neutrality, which itself owed to the ongoing labors of community organizers, issue campaigners, funders, scholar activists, public interest lawyers and many others to make visible how issues of media policy fundamentally affect issues of social justice and political change.

For this special section of the International Journal of Communication, we seek articles that foreground the multiple labors involved in achieving policy victories like the Network Neutrality Order. In this section, we aim to make visible the often invisible work required to effect lawmaking, judicial rulings, and regulations in the public interest.

We specifically wish to publish historically and theoretically informed articles that are attentive to examples of multiple forms of advocacy work that include but are not limited to the following: strategic research, community organizing and mobilizing, popular education, issue campaigns, donor advising and support, lobbying, legal interventions, regulatory filings, and public education campaigns. Also of interest are historically and theoretically-informed papers on the political economy of policy advocacy, especially those attentive to the multiple forms of capital (financial, informational, reputational, cultural) required for advocacy work. Of particular interest is research that documents the multiple challenges involved in advocacy work on the Network Neutrality issue. In addition, we seek analyses of the materials and artifacts used in organizing, mobilizing, and lobbying for Network Neutrality, including studies of the rhetorical appeals and visual culture deployed by advocates.

We additionally seek theoretically informed analyses of how news sources—especially non-corporate, civil society outlets—reported on and framed the Network Neutrality issue, as a strategic feature of advocacy work.

Finally, we seek ideas for book reviews relevant to the topic of the special section (maximum 1,500 words including references; guidelines available).

Note: For this special section, we will not be seeking legal interpretations and policy analyses of the Network Neutrality debate itself; sufficient work already exists in this area in media and communication studies journals as well as law journals. Nor are we seeking normative papers advancing solutions to achieve Network Neutrality. Instead, our focus is on scholarship that foregrounds the varieties of work required to intervene on behalf of the public interest.

Articles should be no more than 8,000 words (all-inclusive) and should follow the APA-6th Edition style guide. Articles should be submitted to http://ijoc.org and specify “Net Neutrality Special Section” in your entry.  Author guidelines are here.

Please direct any questions about topics, formats, article length and expected submission standards to the special section editors Becky Lentz (becky.lentz@mcgill.ca) or Allison Perlman (aperlman@uci.edu).  Be sure to specify “Net Neutrality Special Section” in your email subject line.

Deadline: August 31, 2015

 

Call for papers: CFP/ Wi: Journal of Mobile Media - Special Spectrum Issue

Alternately referred to as the radio spectrum and the electromagnetic spectrum, the spectrum is the central medium underpinning all forms of wireless communication. Creative thinking around the spectrum, its management and its uses, however has been fairly limited and thus so too have been radical challenges to its political, technical and economic foundations. Indeed, one could say that dominant approaches to understanding and managing the spectrum are wrapped up in power relations and technological capacity that hearken back 100 years.

The predominant understanding of the spectrum is that it is a set of frequencies used by communication technologies. However, just as Susan Crawford proposed that there are multiple imaginaries of the internet (Crawford, 2007), we can understand the spectrum in a of ways. The goal of this issue of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, is to bring together a diversity of views of what the spectrum is, how it is used, and how it might be used and thought of in new ways. Together, we will question the fundamental nature of the spectrum. Further, how do we tie new spectral thought to political realities, creating significant and sustainable change not only in spectral epistemologies but in the politics around and the uses of the spectrum?

For this issue of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, we seek papers and interventions that aim to open up debate and propose new ideas of what the spectrum is and how it might be used, documentation of epistemic disruption and innovative intervention.

Papers should be 3,000-5,000 words in length. Please send submissions and inquiries to Dr. Evan Light.
evan@theotherthing.org

Deadline: September 15, 2015

 

Call for papers: Surveillance and Performance theme issue of Surveillance and Society

As the power of performance breeds new cultures of monitoring, verification, and accountability, performance provides an innovative lens for reimagining the ways in which surveillance functions in the contemporary moment. For this special issue we are particularly interested in work that acknowledges the asymmetries of power operative across different contexts of surveillance and performance. While some persons and populations are presumed capable of performing well (or at least up to standard) under the pressure of human or technological monitoring, others are presumed incompetent and, consequently, thought to require performance management from without. Within networked social arenas, some individuals enjoy the privilege of self-fashioning while others enjoy hours of time spent gaming and engaging in other types of play that occurs within monitored spaces. Everyday performances of self-improvement or self-sameness serve to validate some subjects as capable of improvement and/or authenticity, while narrow performance standards may discriminate against persons with a wide range of abilities. Yet these developments also give rise to significant space for experiments in resistance and rebellion.

Possible research areas might include (but are not limited to):

  • Performances of citizenship under state surveillance in contexts of war, prevention, and disaster
  • Prepped citizenship as a post-disciplinary performance of self-monitoring
  • New perspectives on reality television
  • Media technologies used to measure and monitor health and fitness
  • Performance monitoring in schools and the workplace
  • Performances of identity in popular cultures of surveillance
  • Surveillance as a privileged site of self-fashioning
  • Surveillance and the performance of disability and accommodation
  • Use of surveillance technologies to perform monitoring functions once performed by medical professionals
  • Resisting surveillance and the performance of illegible, low-risk, or threatening identities

We welcome full academic papers, opinion pieces, review pieces, poetry, artistic, and audio-visual submissions. Submissions will undergo a peer-review and revision process prior to publication. Submissions should be original work, neither previously published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere. All references to previous work by contributors should be masked in the text.

Deadline: October 15, 2015