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[Commlist] Call for Papers - Future of PR & Communication/ Essachess-Journal for Communication Studies

Wed Nov 04 13:52:07 GMT 2020

Call for Papers for volume 14, n° 1(27)/ 2021
ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies <>
Future of Communications and Public Relations (PR). (Re)Imagining the
Role, Function and Purpose of the Communication Profession

Call available here: <>
Guest editors:
Ana ADI, Professor of Public Relations/Corporate Communications
Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, GERMANY
e-mail: (ana.adi /at/ <mailto:(ana.adi /at/>

Thomas STOECKLE, Lecturer
Bournemouth University London, Analytics & Insights Partner at Dot I/O
e-mail: mailto:(tstoeckle /at/ <mailto:(tstoeckle /at/>

The Covid-19 pandemic has been dubbed the “golden hour for
communicators”. As demand for communication services increases,
questions about the role, function, ethics and loyalties of the
profession become apparent.

The misinformation challenges surrounding Covid-19, and communicators
including Public Relations practitioners are called upon to address and
mitigate the problem. In a political climate of increased partisanship
and polarization, this will bring to the fore issues of social
responsibility for organizations and communicators.

If Public Relations and Communications practitioners are to be trusted
advisors how can they ensure their organizational independence and move
away from a “service/servant” approach? Moreover, how can communicators
understand and facilitate negotiation and conversation with diverse,
international, multicultural stakeholder groups when their teams are
non-diverse? On the same note, how can communicators facilitate
discussion at societal level on issues that are divisive and divided?
What are the implications, ethical and otherwise, of the values-based
approach to effective communications?

This special edition is seeking contributions in English or French,
either empirical or theoretical, considering the role, function and
purpose of the communication profession (whether called Public
Relations, strategic communication, persuasive communication,
communication management) and its built-in challenges and paradoxes
particularly considering the future of the profession.
In doing so, contributors are invited to consider (but not limited to):
     -       various theoretical perspectives including the interplay
between modernist, post-modernist and meta-modernist views on the
perceived role of the communication and Public Relations profession;
     -       the built-in traps and paradoxes of the imagined roles of
communicators from organizational advocate to persuasive strategic
communicator to trusted advisor and beyond;
     -       the historical and practical heritage of the function
including its gender and diversity representation, sexism and ageism and
their influence on the future of the profession and its ability to
connect with diverse audiences in an inclusive manner;
     -       the interplay between values – individual, professional,
organizational and societal – and the communicator’s role in uniting and
     -       the professionalism of Public Relations
specialists/Communicators (the criteria, ethics, duties,
responsibilities, rewards and punishment);
     -       the skill sets required of Public Relations
specialists/Communicators to perform an evolving role in public discourse.
Important Deadlines

·           November 30, 2020: submission of the proposal in the form of
an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages. The proposal must include a
list of recent references and 5 keywords.
·           December 18, 2020: acceptance of the proposal
·           March 15, 2021: full paper submission;
·           April 30, 2021: reviewer’s comments to be communicated to
·           May 30, 2021: submission of paper with final revisions
(after revisions)
·           July 2021: journal publication

Full papers should be between 6,000-8,000 words in length. Papers can be
submitted in English or French. The abstracts should be in English and
French (150-200 words) followed by 5 keywords. Please provide the full
names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all authors, indicating the
contact author. Papers, and any queries, should be sent to:

(essachess /at/ <mailto:(essachess /at/>

Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by e-mail.

NOTE: Essachess – Journal for Communication Studies is an open access
journal, which is published in both online and print version, financed
by Essachess Academic Association, CORHIS (research center of Université
Paul Valéry Montpellier 3) and the publishing house. Funding is used to
maintain the administrative and publishing costs. No APC and
subscription are charged.

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