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2018 Convention Call from Intercultural Communication Interest Group

Monday, June 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Pavithra Prasad, Interest Group Chair

Difficult times call for difficult conversations. Rising cultural and ideological tensions that have come to dominate daily consciousness across the world, demand a necessary reconciliation of self and collective action. Our intersectional experiences, responses and challenges not only bring us together in collectivity, but also set us apart from each other. In this turbulent moment of our shared history, WSCA’s conference theme for 2018 “Mindfulness and Communication” urges us to consider the ways in which we reflect, listen, and respond to each other and our communities in a volatile global landscape.

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group (ICIG) asks its members to consider how intercultural communication scholarship can serve as a prism through which we may interrogate the practice of mindfulness; not simply as personal reflection, but as a seed for activist, pedagogical and critical action. In response to the conference theme, the ICIG invites scholars to consider how mindfulness shapes (or even limits) intercultural praxis, especially in multicultural and transnational ethnoscapes. We encourage submission of papers, panels, roundtables, performative responses and other unique formats that critically respond to issues around mindfulness and communication, including but not limited to:

·      Deconstructing “mindfulness;” what constitutes mindfulness in the context of intercultural communication?

·      Convergences and divergences of mindful communication in the classroom, on the streets, and on the page.

·      Self-care as resistive praxis for activists, critical scholars, and pedagogues

·      The relationship between “civility” and “mindfulness”

·      When do disciplining mechanisms of the state appropriate mindfulness?

·      The limits of mindfulness; when is mindfulness a retreat from engagement and action?

·      Intersections of memory and mindfulness

·      Intersections of religion, spirituality, and activism

·      Decolonizing mindfulness – decentering Western understandings of praxis

·      Problematizing the framing of mindfulness outside Buddhism – thinking through cultural appropriation

·      Histories of mindfulness as active resistance to racist/caste ideology in non-western contexts

·      The affective terrain of mindfulness; locating anger and grief

·      Queer survival; strategies, practices, and burdens

·      Frictions of class-based understandings of mindfulness


ICIG especially invites submissions from teachers, scholars, and practitioners who examine work within international contexts and topics that challenge Western constructs and performances of race, gender, queerness, and other identity markers in various environments. ICIG also supports co-sponsored programs with other interest groups that consider the conference theme.

The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017. Please send competitive papers and program proposals electronically to:

Dr. Pavithra Prasad

Chair/Program Planner, Intercultural Communication Interest Group




A. All authors are encouraged to send their papers to the Intercultural Communication Interest Group for competitive selection. Papers should reflect the conference theme and may include research employing any methodology, theoretical developments, critical analysis as well as critiques. Please submit each paper to only one interest group. All papers should be submitted by e-mail attachment as .doc or .pdf file format to the ICIG email account ( by September 1, 2017. Your electronic submission should include two separate attachments (see B).

B. Submitted papers should include the following:


Attachment 1: Cover Page

a. The paper’s title

b. Names of all authors, affiliation(s), email address(es), phone number(s)

c. Any audio-visual requests. This information should be included for each author. Since, equipment availability is extremely limited, please provide a brief rationale for AV requests. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Attachment 2: Paper with all author identification removed

a. A 100-200 word abstract of the paper (with title appearing on this page);

b. A maximum of 30 pages of text;

c. No information in the paper that identifies the author(s) beyond that which appears on the title page.


C. Student/Debut Papers: The Intercultural Communication Interest Group welcomes student and debut papers. If your paper is a student or debut paper please note this on the title page under the title of the paper. In addition, please indicate whether each author is a bachelors, masters, or doctoral student.



A. Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in the area of intercultural communication. Programs such as panels may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a respondent in a format traditionally presented at conferences. However, debates, round table discussions, performance activities, or other unique formats are encouraged. Innovative program proposals, especially those that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees, are encouraged. Programs co-sponsored with other interest groups are encouraged. ***Please indicate under the panel title the name of POTENTIAL CO-SPONSOR INTEREST GROUPS*** Programs that relate to and extend the convention theme are encouraged.


B. Proposals should be submitted as .doc or .pdf file to ICIG email account

( by September 1, 2017, and should include:

a. Thematic title of the program/panel and 150-word abstract

b. Names, addresses, phones, e-mail addresses, & affiliations of all participants

c. Up to 400-word rationale for the panel

d. Title and brief description/abstract of each presentation on the panel

e. Equipment needed for panel (because equipment may be limited, please provide a brief rationale for AV requests)


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Pavithra Prasad at



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