[FoME] CfP: Communication for Development and Social Change: Experiences & Future Convergences

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
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Call for submissions for special issue of the Journal of Communication

“Communication for Development and Social Change: Experiences & Future

Guest editors: Thomas Tufte and Rafael Obregon
Communication for development and social change is at the crossroads of
multiple approaches in communication scholarship, including visual
communication, organizational communication, media and communication
technologies, intercultural communication, and other communication
practices. It also constitutes an established practice carried out and
supported by agencies in international development and cooperation. In
recent years, we have seen a proliferation of experiences and
approaches, led by global partnerships and alliances as well as civil
society organizations which, in many cases, crystallized in social
movements across the globe.  
In the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008 and the so-called
‘Arab Spring’, social movements came to represent a rich and
heterogeneous amount of bottom-up citizen and community-driven
initiatives. They are cause-driven mobilizations pursuing goals across
various issues and sectors, including public health, education urban
development, sustainable development, and children’s and women’s rights.
Recent humanitarian crises, such as the Ebola crisis and the refugee
crises, have led to a widespread citizen engagement through a variety of
social change communication and community-led initiatives.
In this processes, digital media and digital-centered forms of
mobilization have been crucial, but also contested. The debate has moved
beyond the initial techno-determinist fascination with  so-called
“Facebook” and “Twitter” mobilizations to the recognition of complex
and dynamic relations between online and offline communication,
organizations and social change, movements and media, performance and
protest, communication and public deliberation, as well as among a
variety of actors including communities, non-governmental and
governmental organizations, movements, and companies pursuing similar
The energy, creativity, discourses, tactics, and strategies through
which various political and social actors communicate for social change
have come to challenge and inspire both research and practice. Many
governmental and non-governmental organizations are seeking ways and
means to reach and connect with constituencies, spark new energy, drive
stronger public and policy agendas, build social movements, and promote
social change. 
Against this backdrop, the focus of this special issue of the Journal
of Communication is to offer an in-depth understanding of the role of
communication in social movements and various forms of collective action
that promote equity, social justice, and human rights by tackling a
range of global social problems. 
 We invite authors to send submissions informed by various theoretical
perspectives and methodological approaches in communication studies.  We
are interested in submissions that:
-		  Revisit communication and social change theories,
models, and arguments that inform research about communication in times
of digital media and widespread citizen engagement.
-		  Examine case studies that bring original theoretical,
analytical and conceptual insights about new dynamics of citizen
engagement, organizational communication, and other communication
practices related to multiple dimensions of social change.
-		  Critically reflect upon opportunities and limitations
that social movements, organizations, non-government organizations,
community-based organizations, and other civil society actors confront
to spark communication, citizen engagement, and promote social change.
-		  Address communication experiences in a wide range of
policy and development sectors and issues, including health,
environment, poverty alleviation, energy, labor, culture, religion,
diversity, gender equality, social accountability, and social inclusion.

Manuscripts should not exceed 28 pages (6000 words), including
references and figures, and must be submitted through the online
submission system of the Journal of Communication
(https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcom). Authors should indicate that
they wish to have their manuscript considered for the special issue.
Information about author guidelines can be found in the Journal of
Communication website
Deadline for submissions:  December 1, 2016. 
Inquiries should be sent to Dr. Thomas Tufte (ttufte at ruc.dk) and Dr.
Rafael Obregon (robregon at unicef.org).
This theme issue will be published in 2017.
Thomas Tufte, Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark
Tel: (+45) 46743204.  Email: ttufte at ruc.dk
http://www.ruc.dk/komm/Ansatte/vip/ttufte/ or

Co-Director of Ørecomm, Centre for Communication and Glocal Change:
PI of ’Critical Perspectives on New Media and Process of Social Change
in the Global South’ (2013-2016): https://orecomm.net/research/
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