9th Annual Discerning Diverse Voices Symposium

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Since 2008, The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences’ Communication and Diversity Forum has been pleased to sponsor Discerning Diverse Voices Research Symposium.

This year’s daylong event, our ninth symposium, will take place on the eve of the 2018 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Gorgas Library. The Symposium features student, faculty and staff research and creative activity that addresses the communication and information needs of diverse populations. The purpose of the symposium is to encourage research about diversity and communication in all of its manifestations.

 

Call for Papers, Posters and Panel Presentations

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2018

 

The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences’ Communication and Diversity Forum invites you to submit paper, panel, or poster proposals for ninth annual Discerning Diverse Voices Research Symposium, which addresses the communication and information needs of diverse populations. The purpose of the symposium is to encourage research about diversity and communication in all of its manifestations. Conference presentations are sought in all areas of diversity including, but not limited to the following:

  • Organizations: leadership and management, recruitment and retention, mentoring, organizational culture, motivation and conflict in the workplace and community-based organizations
  • Knowledge: the educational, recreational, informational, political, medical and cultural needs of diverse populations
  • Mediated representations: communication and rhetorical strategies, communication effects, and historical and contemporary images of diverse populations
  • Cultural criticism and commentary (e.g., politics, social media, film)
  • Intersectionality and identity (including, but not limited to studies of race, gender, LGBTQA+, social class, ability, and age)
  • Social Justice/Movements (e.g., Black Lives Matter, #bamasits, We Need Diverse Books)
  • Popular Culture (reality television, sports, fashion, news, music)

This symposium is highly interdisciplinary and hopes to attract a wide range of topics and methodologies used in researching diversity in our society.

Proposals are encouraged from faculty, staff, community activists, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as community activists—both inside and outside the University of Alabama community. Please submit electronic submissions only consistent with guidelines for papers, panels, and posters (see below) before midnight Thursday, February 1, 2018, to the following address: divresymp@ua.edu. Submissions received by the deadline and consistent with submission guidelines will be subjected to peer review by the Diversity Symposium Program Committee. Authors of successful proposals will be notified by February 9, 2018.

For information, contact our Symposium Coordinator Dr. Robert Gaines at rngaines@ua.edu

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

PAPERS

  1. Submit an abstract of 250 words or less. The abstract should include a title, name and affiliation of author, and description of the research including methodology used and key findings/results. Authors will have 12 minutes in which to present or summarize papers in the Symposium.
  2. Include a brief description of the paper (100 words or less) for possible use in the conference program.
  3. Indicate whether the author is willing to participate in the poster session in lieu of a paper session (see poster requirements below).
  4. Confirm agreement to attend the symposium, should the proposed paper be selected by the program committee.

 

PANELS

  1. Submit an abstract of 450 words or less. The abstract should include a panel title and the name and affiliation of each panel participant. Panel participants should include 3-4 presenters and identify a moderator (though this function my be performed by a presenter).
  2. For presentation-type panels include a title for each presentation; for discussion-type panels include 3-5 questions that will be used to organize the discussion.
  3. Include and a brief description of the panel (100 words of less) for possible use in the conference program.
  4. Confirm agreement of all members to attend and participate in the panel, should the panel be selected by the program committee.
  5. Identify and provide contact information for the person to whom all correspondence related to the panel should be addressed.

 

POSTERS

  1. Submit an abstract of 250 words or less. The abstract should include a title, name and affiliation of presenter, and description of the research including methodology used and key findings/results.
  2. Include a brief description of the poster (100 words or less) for possible use in the conference program.
  3. The poster presenter(s) must confirm agreement to attend and discuss the research represented in their poster during the poster session, should the poster be selected by the program committee. Posters displayed in the poster session should follow guidelines for posters to be distributed to presenters of selected posters.

To download the full call for papers, panels and posters click here.

 

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