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[ecrea] Call for papers: Paradoxes as Sources of Creative Tensions, China Media Research

Mon Sep 03 21:17:31 GMT 2018

Call for papers: China Media Research

Special issue:


Guest editor: Ivana Beveridge


China Media Research invites scholars from various disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Paradoxes as Sources of Creative Tensions.” Scholars are increasingly adopting a paradox lens as a new way of approaching the growing complexity of the “messy, apparently unexplainable, and often seemingly irrational contemporary world” (Smith, Erez, Jarvenpaa, Lewis, & Tracey, 2017, p. 304). Paradoxes have been acknowledged as a source of creative tensions and energy that can support learning, change and development. Notwithstanding the potential of a paradox lens to inform the increasingly equivocal reality, paradox research remains confined to organizational behavior and strategic management, while its application in other fields of research remains limited at best.

China Media Research invites scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines to explore how to apply a paradox lens across academic fields. In addition to the research applying paradoxical approaches, scholars are invited to submit their original manuscripts that address the following questions, among others:

     - What are some of the persistent paradoxical tensions inherent in academic research in general, or in your research field? 

     - What are the current and recommended strategies for dealing with these tensions?

      -What are the most common research methods applied to study these tensions? 

      - How can the findings from your research field contribute towards addressing long- 
standing tensions in other fields of science? 

      - How can scholars move past the oversimplified or polarized notions in science and 
embrace complexity, diversity, and ambiguity? 

      - How can a paradox lens enrich academic research and help to navigate complexity 
and ambiguity in the contemporary world?

*Submissions and deadlines:

-30/11/2018: extended abstract up to 1,000 words

-15/12/2018: notification of abstract acceptance or refusal

-31/03/2019: full paper submission

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA publication manual (6th edition) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed.

*Ivana Beveridge, University of Houston

Email: (ibeveridge /at/ <mailto:(ibeveridge /at/>; (Ivana.beveridge /at/ <mailto:(Ivana.beveridge /at/>

China Media Research (CMR) is an official joint publication of the American Chinese Media Research Association and Communication Studies Institute of Zhejiang University. The journal seeks to provide a platform for Chinese media research, as well as to serve as a bridge between media research done in China and in other parts of the global community. In reciprocal fashion, the journal seeks to acquaint scholars within China with media research done outside of China.

This is a peer- reviewed journal with an editorial board of senior scholars from major universities in China, Europe, and the U.S. China Media Research is the first international English-language journal in its field. The journal includes papers directly related to all the fields of Chinese media research as well as pioneering media research papers from other sectors.

For further information, please visit the CMR website at: <>

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