Call: Diversity in Transcultural and International Communication, Conference Bremen Oct. 2014

international-communication-746201Diversity in Transcultural and International Communication October, 2nd.-3rd. 2014,

Haus der Wissenschaft (House of Science), Bremen

The conference addresses both the meta-analysis of „diversity“ and an analysis of the organization and practice of diversity.

Contributions on the following topics are welcomed:

1. Theoretical Concepts of Diversity

•   State of the art: disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches; basic theories and medium-range theories concerning the research of “diversity”

•   Boundaries and overlaps of terms and theories concerning the concepts of „cosmopolitanism“, “multiculturalism”, „interculturalism”, “transculturalism” and “hybridity” among others

•   The typology and analysis of intercultural communication processes and situations from the point of view of communication ethics

•   International comparisons: Which diversity concepts exist and how do other research communities in other countries research „diversity“? Is diversity research euro-centric?

2. Empirical Research on Diversity

•   Public representations and constructions of social differences and equality in mass media content, in (micro-)blogs, social media, event communication, PR etc.

•   Analysis of public and/or academic discourse on „diversity“

•   Diversity in media professions (public visibility of those working in media professions such as journalism, PR, advertising, film, theatre etc.)

•   Diversity as a Norm of communication ethics (e.g. in international/intercultural communication)

•   Diversity management in media corporations

•   Case studies on diversity as an element and normative control parameter of diverse communication processes (political communication, journalism, PR, company and organizational communication…)

•   Diversity and justice under circumstances of mediatization and globalisation

•   Diversity as a factor in media and communication politics and policies


Submission and selection of papers

Please send your anonymized proposal for a 20-minute presentation in English (preferred) or German to the organizers ( no later than JUNE, 10th 2014 (using a single pdf file). The abstract should not be longer than 8000 characters (including blank spaces) and should be assigned to the conference topics. Please add a title page to the abstract containing the name(s) and address(es) of the presenter(s) and the title of the presentation.

All submissions will be anonymously peer-reviewed according to the criteria of originality, relevance, theoretical foundation, appropriateness of the methods used, clarity of language, and reference to the conference theme. Submitters will be informed about the outcome of the selection process by July 2014.

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