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[Commlist] CFP: Symposium "Communication and Stigmatization: Theory, Research, and Applications"

Tue Mar 05 16:40:38 GMT 2019

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International Symposium on Anti-Stigma Communication "Communication
and Stigmatization: Theory, Research, and Applications"

September 19-20, 2019, TU Dortmund University, Germany

Deadline for abstract submissions: May 1, 2019


Stigmas are created, spread, and reduced through communication. Many
people are affected by structural, public, or self-stigmatization
because of their gender, race, age, disability, health status, sexual
orientation, socioeconomic status, etc. Substantial differences exist
in the literature regarding theoretical conceptualizations,
measurement approaches, and communication-based intervention
strategies. Likewise, attempts to erase stigmatization through
interpersonal, mediated, or mass communication remain challenging and
yield inconsistent results.

This international symposium aims to bring together scholars from
different disciplines and with different target groups, to exchange
views about foundations, mechanisms, measurement approaches, data
analysis strategies, and findings related to anti-stigma
communication. This comprises strategies for fostering pro-social
attitudes and behaviors, as well as empowerment strategies for
enhancing the inclusion and social participation of stigmatized
individuals or groups.

We invite contributions on a wide range of topics, which include, but
are not limited to:

– theoretical foundations of anti-stigma communication
– role of individual, cultural, and social factors
– role of message and channel characteristics
– measurement approaches and data analysis strategies
– resistance, reactance, and further negative effects of anti-stigma
– guidelines and best-practice examples
– ethical considerations

The symposium program will include oral paper presentations and poster
sessions. Work-in-progress submissions are encouraged.


Please submit your abstract (no longer than 350 words, excluding references) by
May 1, 2019 through our online submission system:

Authors may indicate their preferred presentation format, either oral
presentation or poster, during the submission process. Abstract and
symposium language is English. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.


– March 4, 2019: Submission system will be open
– May 1, 2019: Deadline for abstract submissions
– June 1, 2019: Notifications of acceptance
– June 1, 2019: Registration opens
– July 31, 2019: Deadline for registrations
– September 19-20, 2019: Symposium


The international symposium on anti-stigma communication will take
place September 19 to 20, 2019, at the TU Dortmund University’s Campus
City (“Dortmunder U”) in Dortmund (Germany).

The regular symposium fee is 75 EUR, a discounted option is
available. This fee covers symposium expenses (abstract booklet, name
tag, technical service), coffee breaks, dinner (Tuesday) and lunch
(Friday), but not travel and accommodation.

Please visit our symposium website for further information about the
location, registration options, the program, and suggested


Conference chair: Matthias R. Hastall
Conference committee: Michélle Möhring, Alexander Röhm

TU Dortmund University, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Dept. of
Qualitative Research Methods and Strategic Communication for Health,
Inclusion and Participation (CHIP)
Emil-Figge-Straße 50, 44227 Dortmund, Germany

Contact email address: (contact /at/

Conference website:

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