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[Commlist] JCEA_CfP_Special Winter 2021 Issue_Communicating Crisis in Networked Asia
Wed Sep 23 10:11:45 GMT 2020
*Call for Papers*
The Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia (JCEA), a refereed biannual
open access journal on East and Southeast Asia
is announcing a call for papers for a special Winter 2021 issue:
*Communicating Crisis in Networked Asia*
Invited Editors: K. Hazel Kwon, Arizona State University,
((khkwon /at/ asu.edu) <mailto:(khkwon /at/ asu.edu)>)
Sejung Park, John Carroll University,
((sjpark /at/ jcu.edu) <mailto:(sjpark /at/ jcu.edu)>)
Youngju Shin, Arizona State University,
((Youngju.Shin /at/ asu.edu) <mailto:(Youngju.Shin /at/ asu.edu)>)
Digital media has become an integral part of crisis reporting and
management in networked societies. How digital social interactions and
activities unveil during a large-scale crisis are embedded in a
country’s social, cultural, and political context. For example,
commentaries in western news media about Asian countries during the
COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated that the use of digital media and
technologies as pandemic response tools is never isolated from the
norms, values, and sociotechnical conditions of a society. For instance,
Wall Street Journal had mentioned Confucianism as a cultural prompt for
paternalistic digital surveillance in South Korea and Japan ; New
York Times noted that a high level of social trust contributed to South
Korean citizens’ tolerance for the adoption of digital contact-tracing
. Meanwhile, Katharin Tai (a German scholar who studies Chinese
internet policy at MIT) pointed in her Twitter post that non-western
factors have been overemphasized: “I keep hearing that Europe cannot
learn #Covid19 strategies from Asia bc Asians are ‘obedient’ & not as
‘critical’ — South Koreans ousted their last president with mass
protests, Taiwanese students occupied parliament to protest a trade deal
& HK has been protesting for months” .
These commentaries may be an accurate assessment, or they could be
another artifact of Asian stereotypes. Regardless, the recent discussion
on Asia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic invites scholars to ponder
the current status of crisis communication in Asia, particularly at the
intersection between digital media and sociopolitical –and cultural
–conditions of each society.
This special issue calls for empirical studies that explore how
networked Asian societies have been imagined and manifested during a
crisis, and what we learn about crisis sensemaking from networked Asia.
This special issue welcomes COVID-19-related studies, but is NOT limited
to the current pandemic. Instead, the special issue aims to cover a
broad range of humanitarian crises including public health crises,
natural disasters, and human-made events (e.g., terrorist attack,
violent political unrest). We define digital media broadly as well,
including both web-based and non-web services. The geographical scope of
this issue intends for pan-Asia, inviting submissions about, and from,
all parts of Asian societies (East, Southeast, South, and Middle East).
We are particularly interested in but not limited to:
* mis/disinformation during a crisis in an Asian society
* crisis stakeholders in an Asian society (e.g., first-responders,
government authorities, opinion influencers, experts, civil sectors)
and their uses of digital media for crisis management
* networked crisis publics in Asia
* crisis-related digital governance in Asia
* the role of crisis journalism in networked Asia
* the use of digital media for crisis-related campaigns in Asia
* a cross-national comparison of digital practices in the context of
While this issue is open to everyone, we also welcome submissions from
the 2021 International Communication Association (ICA) conference
sessions held by the Korean American Communication Association (KACA),
Chinese Communication Associations (CCA), and other associations or
interest groups that focus on Asia. Please submit your manuscript in
English to Dr. Hazel Kwon (khkwon /at/ asu.edu) <mailto:(khkwon /at/ asu.edu)> by
April 1, 2021 (subject line should include “JCEA_Special Issue_2021”).
There are no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges for this
Manuscript submission: April 1, 2021
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: July 1, 2021**
Final Submission of Revised Papers: October 1, 2021
Submitted manuscripts must be in MS Word (.doc) format with a separate
title page that includes the title of the paper, full names,
affiliations, email addresses, telephone numbers, complete addresses,
and biographical sketches of all authors.
Manuscripts must follow the manuscript template for in-text citations,
reference lists, headings, etc: https://jceasia.org/submission
<https://jceasia.org/submission>. The word limit is 8000 words,
including abstract and bibliography. Abstract (150~250 words) and 5-6
keywords are required. Where available, URLs for the references shall be
provided, including the date of access.
To facilitate the review process, please suggest three experts in your
area in the cover letter, including their names, affiliations, contact
information, and the reasons why you recommend these people. Peer
reviewers should be experienced scholars with a track record in the
area. The names should be unbiased and do not have a conflict of
interest (e.g., colleagues in your department, thesis advisers and
committee members, etc.). Please note that while we will consider the
authors’ suggestions, we may not necessarily contact them.
*Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia (JCEA)* is a SCOPUS-indexed
refereed open access journal that takes the lead on a new scholarship in
Asia (https://jceasia.org <https://jceasia.org>).
Building on a foundation of dedicated study in current political, social
and economic trends in East and Southeast Asia,
the JCEA is expanding its scope to unique aspects of Asian scholarship,
including (socio-technical) convergence and future (network) studies.
The JCEA editorial board is committed to working very hard to boost the
scholarly presence of new Asian scholarship around the world
and secure its reputation as an emerging world-class publishing outlet.
The editors welcome manuscripts based on original
research or significant reexamination of existing literature.
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