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The Political and Social Impact of Rumours (Singapore; Workshop: Feb 22, 2010; Submission Deadline: Oct 28, 2009)
full name / name of organization:
Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore
Call for Papers - The Political and Social Impact of Rumours
Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS),
Monday, 22 February 2010
This workshop aims to explore the social functions and possible impact of rumour, an aspect of what can be broadly termed informal communication (rumours, urban legends, gossip, jokes, conspiracy theories, etc). Rumours can be understood as unverified or ‘unsecured’ propositions and are often typified as collective transactions that communities engage in to bring definition to ambiguous situations. As expressions of belief or plausibility they can often run counter to official (or formal) communications. Some researchers have explored the possible negative social impact of rumours or gossip. Conversely, an understanding of the potential effects of informal communication may help those working in strategic communication to better understand the beliefs, perceptions, and concerns of particular communities.
We are interested in a multidisciplinary examination of the phenomena of rumours et al, including (but not limited to) the fields of: sociology, anthropology, philosophy, communication sciences, psychology, security studies, and political science. These may be either theoretical works or those based on empirical study. Additionally, as this workshop is meant to expand on the established and existing scholarship in the field we encourage both academics from outside the US and UK as well as professionals not attached to academic institutions to submit papers.
Some of the questions and areas we hope to explore in this workshop are:
• Rumours, Gossip, Urban Legends, Jokes, Conspiracy Theories
• Belief and Plausibility
• Collective Behaviour
• Strategic Communication
Selected participants will be invited to contribute to a book project by CENS to follow after this workshop
We invite submissions (in English only) from all disciplines relevant to the theme of the workshop. Please send abstracts of approximately 300-350 words in electronic form to Greg Dalziel (firstname.lastname@example.org). All proposals should include name, contact information, institutional affiliation and a short narrative biography (not more than 400 words).
Papers between 6000-8000 words using Chicago Style format with footnotes and references.
For more information please contact: Greg Dalziel