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[Commlist] CFP: Bilgi IPCC 2021 - Collaborations

Fri Jan 22 14:05:38 GMT 2021

The abstract submission deadline for the 2021 edition of Bilgi IPCC, themed Collaborations has been extended to March 1st, 2021. We are excited to receive your proposals. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by replying to this e-mail.

You can find the call for abstracts below.
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Bilgi IPCC 2021 – Interdisciplinary PhD Communication Conference

Theme: Collaborations

7-8 May 2021, Online

Collaborative Research Methodologies
- Co-Construction of Knowledge
- Power, Knowledge and Politics of Collaboration
- Collaboration as a Communication Technique
- Participatory Action Research

Challenging Dichotomies and Bridging Gaps
- Theory and Practice
- Academic and Everyday Knowledge
- Agents of Knowledge Production
- Inter/Multi/Trans/Counterdisciplinarity

Researcher as Collaborator
- The Collaborating Self
- Self-Reflexivity through Collaboration
- Ethical Implications
- Taking Affect into Consideration

Doing and Being Together
- Dialogue and Solidarity
- Collaborative Decision-Making
- Forming Communities
- Collaborative Action
- Feminist, Critical and Collaborative Pedagogies
- Intersubjectivities

Collaborative Communication Technologies
- Affordances and Limitations
- Distance and Proximity
- Public and Private Intertwined

Critical Perspectives on Collaboration
- Dissemination, Accessibility and Transferability of Knowledge
- Public Value of Research
- Forced Collaboration

The 2021 edition of IPCC – Interdisciplinary PhD Communication Conference, realised by a group of young scholars within the PhD in Communication Program at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, will be held online on 7-8 May 2021 under the theme “Collaborations“. Participants will be expected to provide 15-minute presentations, followed by roundtable discussions, which encourage further inquiry into the related topics of discussion, with the audience and fellow presenters. In line with the mission of the PhD in Communication Program of Istanbul Bilgi University, IPCC prioritises solidarity. Thus, the conference promotes a platform for the co-creation of knowledge, facilitated by free-form discussion sessions.

All PhD students or candidates, as well as early-career researchers with PhDs earned in the last 5 years, who are interested in examining, expressing and exploring the current and possible implications of collaborations within their field of interest, are welcome to submit their proposal and join the discussion. Contributions may include but are not limited to the topics provided.

How are we attentive to collaborations?

In a time marked by biological, political, social and economic crises, the IPCC shifts its focus towards practices of solidarity, of labouring together and building new communities within the scope of communication and beyond.

Acknowledging that it is a period of “necessary interdependence” (Kenneth Bruffee, 1999) we are living in, IPCC 2021 calls for participation to discuss new ways to diversify research methodologies, communication techniques, co-authorship practices, shared dialogical spaces and the public value of research. As the paradigms upon which scientific knowledge and inquiry is built are constantly shifting, the conference also aims to question the implications of collaboration for the transformative process of constructing self as a researcher. Furthermore, the new opportunities that have arisen following the increased use of online communication tools sensitize us to consider collaboration from new perspectives.

In order to reach out beyond the confines of academia and build on the legacy of the previous two IPCC conferences on rethinking methodologies and intersectionalities within the scholarly endeavour of communication, the necessity of challenging dichotomies among theory and practice, natural and social sciences, intellectuals and the public, and producers and audiences is emphasised. By offering to expand horizons towards including diverse voices and involving non-academic research agents as a means to redefine scholarship, a “community of inquiry” is favoured against a Cartesian model of science. This is a space that promotes and celebrates all forms of collaboration, be it based on distance or proximity.

How can you apply?

Kindly send your submissions to (ipcc /at/ <mailto:(ipcc /at/> with an extended abstract of 500-750 words and a bio of 100 words by Monday, 1 March 2021.

Panel submissions with 3-4 paper presentations are accepted. Panel organisers are kindly asked to submit the panel title with a 500-750 words panel rationale followed by 150 words abstract of each paper presentation and short bios of the participants. Discussants can also be identified with a short bio by Monday, 1 March 2021.

Submissions for roundtable discussions are also encouraged. You can send your topic or questions for the roundtable discussion along with a 400-500 words rationale and a 100 words short bio of yourself by Monday, 1 March 2021.

Submissions will be notified via email by April.

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