Abstracts for Special Issue on Professional Communication and Conflict Resolution

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Anne R. Richards and Adrienne Lamberti

CONFLICT RESOLUTION QUARTERLY, a publication of the Association for Conflict Resolution

IS SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE: Alternative Dispute Resolution/Conflict Resolution and Professional Communication

Conflict Resolution Quarterly publishes scholarship on relationships between theory, research, and practice in the conflict management and dispute resolution field to promote more effective professional applications.

This call for papers for a Special Issue of Conflict Resolution Quarterly is designed to elicit in-depth, interdisciplinary analyses of discourse in a wide range of forms within ADR/CR, focusing on the roles that professional communication and rhetoric play.

Proposed topics may include but are not restricted to the following:
• crisis, environmental, legal, health-care, business, administrative, or technical writing in the ADR/CR fields
• practitioners' delivery and diffusion of messages through social media, the Internet, and traditional media
• practitioners' construction of multimodal discourses (verbal, visual, and audio texts)
• practitioners' written strategies for communicating with marginalized audiences
• practitioners' written strategies for communicating with international audiences
• the value of rhetorical and professional communication skills to practitioners of ADR/CR
• the role of cognitive psychology and other interdisciplinary frameworks in organizing discourse in the fields of ADR/CR
• similarities and/or distinctions between the construction of conflict and crisis within ADR/CR and within the field of professional communication
• other topics with the potential to be addressed through an interdisciplinary synthesis of ADR/CR and rhetoric/professional communication approaches

All proposals should include a brief literature review demonstrating familiarity with this interdisciplinary topic and conclude with a 250-word abstract.

Proposals are due by November 1, 2016; editors’ selection will be made by December 1, 2016; final papers will be due by February 28th, 2017.

Proposals should be sent to Anne R. Richards, Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies, Kennesaw State University <aricha31@kennesaw.edu> and to Adrienne Lamberti, Associate Professor of English, University of Northern Iowa <lamberti@uni.edu>.

Articles published in the Special Issue will range from approximately 2500 to 7500 words.

Information on manuscript preparation can be found at

All submissions will eventually be made electronically via