CFP – “Crises and Communication”

communication +1 is seeking proposals for Volume 8, “Crises and Communication”
Edited by Zachary McDowell, Peter Royal, and Justin Raden

Notwithstanding the current situation, periods of crisis and upheaval exacerbate inequities in our communication infrastructure and throw into sharp relief the profound barriers to access. In such fraught moments, we can glimpse the extent to which our systems of mediation differentially serve and confound us according to our positionality within these systems. To understand the effects of crises on communication, it is important to consider the history of systems of mediation that have both limited and encouraged access, participation, and equity across knowledge, space, and culture. What have crises, both present, perpetual, and past, intimated about flaws, gaps, and inequities in systems of communication that are overlooked or disregarded under “normal” (if “normal” exists) conditions? How might we think about how infrastructure relates to the crises and thus the infrastructures of communication are the infrastructures of communication in/justice? How and why are people and communities affected differently in these crises, and how do systems of communication and mediation both mitigate and compound these phenomena?

Questions of meaning making, truth, misinformation, and access are welcomed within our new collection. In particular, bringing new context and contextualization (whether philosophical, historical, archeological, rhetorical, ecological, or otherwise) to query contemporary crises of communicative access issues are welcome.

Please submit short proposals of no more than 500 words by January 10th, 2021 to communicationplusone@gmail.com.
 
Upon invitation, full text submissions will be due April 5th, 2021, with expected publication in August, 2021.
 
About the Journal
The aim of communication +1 is to promote new approaches to and open new horizons in the study of communication from an interdisciplinary perspective. We are particularly committed to promoting research that seeks to constitute new areas of inquiry and to explore new frontiers of theoretical activities linking the study of communication to both established and emerging research programs in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Other than the commitment to rigorous scholarship, communication +1 sets no specific agenda. Its primary objective is to create a space for thoughtful experiments and for communicating these experiments.
 
communication +1 is an open access journal supported by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries and the Department of Communication
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Editors
Briankle G. Chang, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Zachary J. McDowell, University of Illinois at Chicago

Guest Editors
Peter Royal, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Communication
Justin Raden, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of English

Advisory Board
Sean Johnson Andrews, Columbia College Chicago
Lisa Åkervall, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Nathalie Casemajor, University of Québec Outaouais
Jimena Canales, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Bernard Geoghegan, Kings College, London
Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
David Gunkel, Northern Illinois University
Peter Krapp, University of California Irvine
Catherine Malabou, Kingston University, United Kingdom
Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
John Durham Peters, Yale University
Amit Pinchevski,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Florian Sprenger, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
Jonathan Sterne, McGill University
Ted Striphas, University of Colorado, Boulder
Christina Vagt, University of California Santa Barbara
Greg Wise, Arizona State University

 
For more information about the project in general, as well as short pieces, lectures, and interviews, visit communicationplusone.org.
 
For more information or to participate in the communicationplusone.org project, please email communicationplusone@gmail.com

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