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[ecrea] CfP IAICS 2019: East/West: New Divisions, New Connections in a Populist Political Reality
Thu Sep 20 00:54:15 GMT 2018
We kindly invite you to submit your abstracts to the 25th International
Conference of the International Association for Intercultural
Communication Studies (IAICS) to be held in Brno, Czech Republic, 12–15
July 2019. The conference theme is “East/West: New Divisions, New
Connections in a Populist Political Reality”.
*The 25th International Conference of the
*/International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS)/
*July 12–15, 2019
Brno, Czech Republic
Call for Papers*
*East/West: New Divisions, New Connections in a Populist Political Reality*
The rise of populism in the US and in Europe has been linked to a number
of socio-cultural and political phenomena. Divisive migration policies
and political discourses have resulted in an increase in racially
motivated crime and racist attitudes and overall in less tolerance for
difference, which applies to a broad range of countries from the US to
the United Kingdom, and from Hungary to Austria. Far right and populist
parties have enjoyed electoral success in some liberal democracies and
the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán openly declared his goal of
building an illiberal democracy.
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with
many of the central European countries that once formed part of the
Soviet Bloc now being members of the European Union and NATO. However,
the tensions surrounding deeply held attitudes that exist between the
new "Eastern" and the old "Western" members keep re-surfacing, most
recently in relation to the so-called refugee crisis that peaked in 2015.
The relationship between Russia and the European Union is at a critical
low point, with some referring to the return of the Cold War era
realpolitik. The US has declared a trade war on China as well as the EU,
President Trump withdrew the country from the Paris Agreement and the UN
Human Rights Council.
Concerns about the crushing of freedom of speech and stricter censorship
have been raised in relation to a number of countries, including Egypt,
Russia and Turkey.
*Conference Time:* July 12–15, 2019
*Conference Venue:* Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno,
We seek proposals that aim to consider the following questions (though
others that extend beyond what follows yet contribute meaningfully to
our general call will also be considered):
* How do cultural and communication scholars understand the shifting
discourses around the “West” and its “Others”?
* How have – fictional and non-fictional – representations of the
relationship between the "West" and "Others" evolved?
* How have the centre and the periphery been re-defined, re-imagined
* What is the role of communication technologies in building
connections/divisions in the current climate?
* How have major policy interventions – such as China’s Belt and Road
Initiative – affected intercultural divisions/connections?
* How relevant are theories of communication/cultural integration
developed in Western liberal democracies for understanding current
* What are the most challenging issues that scholars of intercultural
communication face at the moment?
* Are there historical lessons that can inform our understanding of
the impact of technological change on intercultural communication
Please send proposal abstracts for */individual papers/* and */posters/*
(of no more than 500 words), clearly indicating whether the submission
is for an individual paper or a poster and */panels/* (of no more than
1,000 words) to the following email address:
(iaics2019 /at/ fss.muni.cz) <mailto:(iaics2019 /at/ fss.muni.cz)>.
Any questions can also be sent to the same email address, the organizing
committee can, however, also be reached by sending an email to Lenka
(cisarova /at/ fss.muni.cz) <mailto:(cisarova /at/ fss.muni.cz)>.
* For more about the conference please see iaics2019.fss.muni.cz
15. 11. 2018: Deadline for proposals
7. 1. 2019: Decisions on acceptance will be communicated
15. 1. 2019: Registration opens
15. 6. 2019: Registration for the conference closes
12.–15. 7. 2019: Conference
The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies
consists of scholars from a range of the cultural sciences who are
dedicated to doing research on communication across cultures. Its
membership is made up of participants from over 32 countries. These
participants meet annually at different locations around the world to
discuss common research interests. The results of their investigations
are published in the journal of the organization, Intercultural
Communication Studies (ICS). For more about the organization please see
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