CFP: Communication and Conflict (November, 2011; Prague, Czech Republic)

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Discipinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Communication and Conflict

Thursday 3rd November - Saturday 5th November 2011
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:

Our ability to communicate successfully affects so many aspects of our lives.
Difficulties, indeed failures, or breakdowns in communication can play a major role in
hostility, conflict and war. Communication problems can also lead to personal frustration
and desired outcomes not being realised.

The nature of our communications can raise larger contextual issues about human learning,
exchange of knowledge and the nature of humanity. How can we communicate where those
involved have quite different languages, specialisations and views of the world? How can
we avoid conflict when we strongly disagree based on the great differences in how we
perceive things? How can we appreciate and consider highly divergent views from our own?
How can we still communicate effectively when the conceptual gap is so large? How can we
make good decisions and complete tasks when communication is difficult?

Wars may be started and sustained by communication difficulties. When we communicate we
are not just stating facts, but also emotions and personal positions that may underlie
them. In the cut and thrust of everyday life, being able to recognise, track, and respond
to the varied levels in communication can be challenging. It may require us to appreciate
knowledge and realities vastly different than our own; bridging communication gaps may
place us well outside our comfort zone.

This new inter- and multi-disciplinary conference project seeks to explore these and
other topics and create dialogue about communicationand conflict. We seek submissions
from a range of disciplines including communication studies, journalism, public affair?s,
public relations, philosophy, psychology, literature, management, business studies,
information technology, science, the visual and creative arts, music, politics and also
actively encourage practitioners and non-academics with an interest in the topic to

We welcome traditional papers, preformed panels of papers, workshop proposals and other
forms of performance recognising that different disciplines express themselves in
different mediums. Submissions are sought on any aspect of Communications including the

1. Non-violent, or compassionate, communication (NVC)
*Honest self- expression
*Spiritual Connections
*Active Listening

2. Communication and Conflict
*International Relations

3 . Communication breakdowns and breakthroughs
*Breakdowns (e.g. language and gender differences, misinterpretations,mental illness,
failure to notice, to listen, effects of complexity, & disagreements etc.)
*Breakthroughs (Creative responses such in music, drama, literature, art, humour, etc.)

4 . Dehumanising Communication
*Portraying others, strangers, the enemy
*Effects of technology (electronic communication)

5. Dialogue
*Dialogical Relationships
*Respect and recognition

6. Communication in Health and Illness
*Stories and symptoms
*Communicating meaning
*Role of communication in treatment
*Communicating identity and experience
*Communicating care

7. Communication and decision making
*Role of communication in making decisions, (group decisions)
*Conflicting opinions and views
*Group think

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be
submitted by Friday 17th June 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full
draft paper should be submitted by Friday 23rd September 2011.

300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and
in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be entitled: Communication Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special
formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge
receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from
us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in
cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:

* Paul James
Project Leader, IP Australia
* Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader,Inter-Disciplinary.Net,
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom

The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It
aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and
explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for
and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.
Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).

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