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Communications Conference with Civic Literacy and Engagement Themes

Illinois State University, an AASCU institution and active ADP campus, is co-sponsoring a colloquium on communication research August 7-8, 2012 at DePaul University in Chicago. The theme of the conference is Communication and Community Engagement and papers are sought that link communication theory and research to community engagement and eCitizenship themes including information literacy and social media usage. Papers are due February 1, 2012.

Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

5th Brazil-U.S. Colloquium on Communication Research

(V Colóquio Brasil – Estados Unidos de Estudos da Comunicação)

CONFERENCE: Dr. Sonia Virgínia Moreira of INTERCOM—the Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, the School of Communication at Illinois State University (Dr. John Baldwin) and the College of Communication at DePaul University (Dr. Jacqueline Taylor) invite you to submit completed papers to the 5th Brazil-U.S. Colloquium on Communication Research. The deadline for receipt of completed papers is February 1, 2012.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the Colloquium is to bring together Brazilian and United States researchers who work in the field of communication in order to discuss current topics in theory, method, and community engagement. More specifically, this conference aspires to foster a dynamic and intellectually stimulating dialogue between communication scholars from both countries—encouraging the participation and exchange of communication professors and students —and promoting the production of comparative analyses and joint projects related to on-going debates in communication research.

WHEN and WHERE: The biennial conference will take place at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.. Papers will be presented in English or Portuguese (translation available as necessary). The conference will be August 7-8, 2012.

CONFERENCE TOPIC: The central conference theme is Communication and Community Engagement. Following are some suggested thematic areas:

1.   Communication Research and Community Engagement: Linking theory and research to community efforts, growth and change.  (Engagamento social da comunicação e a pesquisa)

2.   Media Literacy and Critical Inquiry: Providing critical tools for analysis, assessment and production of media content. Using media literacy to enhance community leadership and development. Transforming media consumption into an active process, and using independent media for active citizenship. (Educação para a leitura crítica da mídia)

3.   Social, Interactive, and Participatory Media: Researching the effect of Internet use on public and social life. Focus on social networking sites—such as Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, etc—and community engagement in social media across cultures and borders.

4.   F2F Communication: Including studies on interpersonal (persuasion, message production and reception, nonverbal communication, organizational/small-group, communication among cultural, age-based, or other social groups), or relational communication.

5.   Public Relations and Commercial Media: Including studies on advertising, marketing and communication.

NOTE: Papers in any session may include comparisons between communication issues both in Brazil and the U.S., but may also analyze an issue related to a singular country.  We encourage theme-related papers but will consider all submissions.

Each session will have a coordinator with two to four papers, with discussion


Paper Requirements

  • Submission of proposals to the National Colloquium Coordinator
  • Indication of the thematic group desired (if any)
  • Summary of paper (250 words maximum
  • Complete paper (6.000 words maximum, Times New Roman, 12-pt font)
  • Hold at least a Master’s Degree
  • Brief CV (100 words maximum)

Where to submit papers:

American participants – send by email to: John R. Baldwin –

Participantes brasileiros – inscrição pelo website do congresso em

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