CFP: [International] NCA Summer Conference, Istanbul

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Nazan Haydari
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The National Communication Association Summer Conference on Intercultural
Dialogue for 2009 will be held July 22-26, 2009 at Maltepe University in
Istanbul, Turkey.

The conference website is

Conference description:
This conference is designed around two main issues: to discuss the current
status of intercultural communication in various cultural, social,
historical and political contexts, including the term "culture," and to
explore ways of understanding and managing productively intercultural
interactions through dialogue.

We will use a series of case studies to show how scholars approach cultural
misunderstandings or conflicts from different theoretical perspectives and
to ensure that we are looking at real examples of actual problems in
particular contexts. As a city geographically and historically located
between Europe and Asia, East and West, Istanbul forms a symbolic space for
scholarly attempts in the search for cultural dialogue.

The conference is designed to be interdisciplinary, international,
collaborative, and applied. We are inviting scholars from different
disciplines and countries in order to expand the conversations on the
interactions between culture, conflict, and dialogue and to develop
research partnerships. Questions asked could include: How do scholars in
different contexts define the concept of culture? What are dominant
epistemological and ontological approaches to culture and communication
scholarship in various contexts? What is the politics of representation and
power in the situations of cultural conflict and misunderstanding? What are
the roles of alternative discursive spaces and political consciousness in
building cultural dialogue? How can we approach the issues of cultural
conflict and dialogue from the intersection of various identities such as
race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation or religion? What is the
role of dialogue in managing
intercultural/international conflicts? What are the limits of current
intercultural communication scholarship for contributing to pressing social
and political problems?

Conference format:
This will be a small working conference, facilitating conversations
intended to develop future connections between participants. Each scholar
is asked to submit one case study of intercultural communication in which
there was a conflict or misunderstanding, and to provide one approach,
theory, or analytical tool that can be used to productively understand
and/or resolve the issue presented in the case study. Examples could
include a media text, such as a film, documentary, television or radio
program; a transcript of a conversation; a videotape of interaction; a web
page; or a narrative written by a group member. Participants will share
their case studies before the conference, and spend time during the
conference analyzing them from a variety of approaches. After the
conference is over, the case studies will serve as a common database to
facilitate further research.


The case studies will be due by December 31, 2008 to Papers at the time of initial submission should be
approximately 10 pages in length, and should present and analyze a single
case study. Papers will undergo a process of blind peer review; those
accepted will be organized into topics.

Some likely topics include: tourism, intergenerational familial relations
in migrant families, youth culture, international teams in the corporate
realm, NGOs working on conflict resolution, new media technologies, popular
culture, transnational feminist practices, international journalism, and
space/place/identity. We expect to be able to send an email notification of
acceptance or rejection, and information about ravel stipend awards (see
below), in February, 2009. Final, more complete case studies will need to
be posted to the conference website by April 15, 2009; participants are
asked to read all those on the same topic as their own work ahead of time.
The deadline for conference registration will be May 1, 2009. To facilitate
discussions at the conference, the conference language will be English.

Conference fees:
$120 (The conference fee will include participation and program, opening
reception dinner, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners)

Marma Convention Hotel -

Dormitory: $35/night/single
NCA has provided some funds to award travel stipends of 500-$1000 to
participants either based outside the United States, and/or who are junior
faculty. Interested parties should include the requested information with
their applications for consideration if their papers are accepted.Please
note: since these stipends are funded by NCA, only those who are members at
the time of application are eligible.

Organizing Committee:
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Chair)
Nazan Haydari, Maltepe University, Istanbul (Local Arrangements Chair)
Donal Carbaugh, University of Massachusetts
Kristine Fitch, University of Iowa
Tamar Katriel, University of Haifa
Yves Winkin, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France
Saskia Witteborn, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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