[Air-L] CFP: Communication for Social Change by CARE, NUS (January 7-8, 2016)

Asha Rathina Pandi asha5115 at gmail.com
Tue May 19 22:27:43 PDT 2015

CFP: Communication for Social Change: Intersections of Theory and Praxis
(January 7-8, 2016)

*DEADLINE: 28 July 2015*
Venue: National University of Singapore, Singapore

In 2011, it was estimated that one billion people in the world lived on
less than $1.25 a day, and that 22,000 children die each day due to poverty
(World Bank, 2015; UNICEF, 2009). Global inequality continues to exist on a
remarkable level, exacerbated by globalization, enactment of neoliberal
regimes, and global economic restructuring that widens the gap between the
rich and poor (Dutta, 2008). This has led to widening inequality and health
disparities among marginalized and disenfranchised communities both in the
global South and in developed countries. Against this backdrop, many
communication scholars have been vested in social change work, attempting
to address these problems from a communication standpoint. Within the field
of communication, critical scholars have brought attention to globalization
processes and modernization projects that continue to reify structural
violence and the erasure of subaltern voices from mainstream discourse
under the guise of ‘aid’ (Dutta, 2008, 2010). There is a growing pool of
communication scholars who reject top-down prescriptions of definitions of
poverty and its solutions, and instead recognize the role of culture and
structure in forming the contextual base for understanding experiences of
subalternity in one’s everyday life (Airhihenbuwa, 1995; Dutta & Basu,
2008; Lupton, 1994). Within this paradigm, communication scholars seek to
work with subaltern communities to foster participatory spaces for
listening and dialogue, with the larger goal of social change and
structural transformation. In their negotiations of culture and structure
with their material and symbolic experiences of marginalization, we see the
emergence of narratives from the ground which actively challenge and resist
structures that have communicatively erased the lived experiences of
subaltern communities. It is within these alternative narratives and
rationalities that social change is articulated in culturally meaningful

The broad goal of this conference is to explore the intersections between
theory and praxis in social change communication. This conference brings
together communication scholars, both experienced and new, to share,
dialogue, debate, and discourse on the future of social change in the
discipline. The conference is also envisioned as a platform to build
solidarity among people working within the academic-activist spectrum – for
them to share their lived experiences in the field and to encourage young
scholars in the field of communication to actively partake in social change
scholarship. Finally, the conference also acts as an invitational space to
celebrate novel and alternative ways of communicating for social change.
Hence, this presents a unique opportunity for communication scholars around
the world to come together and contribute to the intellectual space in
which communicative practices are embodied and enacted in the sites of
oppression and resistance and told through academic engagement, theorizing
the ways in which communication can solve social problems.
We invite submission of papers that address communication and issues of
social change, both theoretically and empirically, in different national
contexts, pertaining to social change in the margins from around the globe.

Heeding this conclusion, and based on the context and scope of
communication for social change, the following questions include, but are
not limited to:

1. How are issues of social change theorized by communication scholars?
2. How do emerging alternative theories and frameworks in communication
address various kinds of disparities?
3. How do communication scholars approach social change?
4. How can widening health disparities be addressed communicatively?
5. What is the role of self-reflexivity for communication scholars?
6. How do culture, community engagement, and communication intersect for
social change?
7. What are the emerging innovations in research using the culture-centered
8. How do communication scholars negotiate culture, structure, and/or
agency in envisioning social change and social justice?
9. How do theory and praxis intersect in social change communication? What
are the roles of academics and activists within this paradigm?

Paper submissions must include a title, an abstract (max 300 words), full
paper not exceeding 30 pages double-spaced (5,000-8,000 words), and a brief
biographical sketch (max 150 words). Please submit your papers by 28 July
2015 to contact at care-cca.com. Please see paper submission format below.
Successful applicants will be notified by the first week of October 2015.

Selected papers will be developed and included in a book chapter series.
For any queries and details regarding book chapters, please email
dazzelyn_zapata at u.nus.edu
Participants are encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home
institutions. Based on the quality of paper, full funding is available for
two successful applicants that are developing-country researchers. Full
funding would cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means
plus accommodation for the duration of the conference. Participants that
qualify for full funding will be informed by early October 2015. For
information about funding and travel to Singapore, please email
satveer at nus.edu.sg. For all other information including accommodation and
program details, please email paulineluk at u.nus.edu


*Conference Convenor*
Professor Mohan J. Dutta (cnmhead at nus.edu.sg)
Head of Department of Communications and New Media & Director of the Center
for Cultured-Centered Approach to Research And Evaluation (CARE), National
University of Singapore

* Secretariats*
Dr. Asha Rathina Pandi
Postdoctoral Fellow
CARE 6516-5097, cnmarp at nus.edu.sg

Ms Satveer Kaur
Doctoral Student
6601-3093, satveer at nus.edu.sg

Ms Naomi Tan
M.Phil Student
6601-3093, naomitan at nus.edu.sg

Dr. Dazzelyn Zapata
Doctoral Researcher
6601-3093, dazzelyn_zapata at u.nus.edu

Ms Pauline Luk
Doctoral Student
6601-3093, paulineluk at u.nus.edu


*The following is the preferred format for your full paper (draft).*

   - Please include a title for paper.
   - 30 pages (double-spaced) in length including bibliography.
   - Please send your papers without any personal identifiers as this is a
   peer-reviewed submission. All identification information can be sent
   through e-mail, not on the copy of the paper.
   - Submitted as an electronic file in MS Word (.doc / .docx) or Rich Text
   Format (.rtf) to contact at care-cca.com by *28 July 2015*.
   - Citations APA 6th Edition


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Look forward to your submission!


Asha Rathina Pandi, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE)

Department of Communications and New Media,

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

11 Computing Drive, Block AS6, #03-16

Singapore 117416

Email: cnmarp at nus.edu.sg

Tel: +65 6516 5097

Facebook: CARE: Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and
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