Academic Workshop Call for Papers

Title: Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities

The Journal of Dialogue Studies invites papers addressing ‘dialogue’ through the lens of the challenges and opportunities, brought about by the current age of new technologies, populism and new dialogue spaces.

Abstract

The world has always been in an orbit of change, generating new meanings in a perpetual cycle. Our current time and age have seen various changes, and regeneration of meaning(s) is perhaps the biggest challenge of our and next generations. The phase of change has created gaps (of time and context) within gaps, in which not only meaning but also the nature of being is lost and is fast becoming what Heidegger calls, ‘das Mann.’ This is further complicating the state of ‘dialogue,’ and any meaningful exchange.

As a result of the phase of change and the gaps caused by this, new spaces, in which ‘meaning’ itself has been in constant transformation, are also created that allow and require new types of dialogue. In other words, the question is not just about how to make meaningful exchanges, but about how to make meaningful exchanges when meanings and realms of exchange are competing.

We are in the heyday of the biggest gaps in meaning and new spaces. ‘Populism’ arguably creates one of these gaps. It is on the rise across the world and presents a serious obstacle for meaningful dialogue. It harbours racism and breeds xenophobia, polarising people, creating fractions and hostility. Yearning for the past, making nations ‘great again’ has become the cry of the masses.

The erosion of open and meaningful dialogue is also evident even in non-conflict settings. Concepts like multiculturalism, diversity and even democracy have not only been consumed but also loaded with negative connotations within the ‘gaps.’

Nonetheless, we are also in an age of opportunities for rethinking and expanding dialogue. The emergence/creation of new ‘spaces’ allows us to generate and exchange meaning to begin to close the gaps, and this has become faster and easier than ever before. New tools for conversation and dialogue have emerged from the explosion of new technologies, creating spaces for discussion and debate. Here, people belonging to different faiths, social, cultural, political and professional groups can engage in meaningful dialogue and generate conversations.

In view of the abstract above, contributors are invited to consider questions such as the following:

  • In the face of the rise of populist rhetoric around the world, how can dialogue be used to address the negative outcomes of populism?
  • How can dialogue be utilised to deflate tensions in non-conflict situations?
  • In the case of new dialogue spaces, in what ways can dialogue be beneficial and instrumental for various means, for instance, when we consider online communications tools, such as social media platforms? How does dialogue factor into new VR technologies and online gaming?
  • What are the challenges of doing dialogue in new spaces, e.g. on online/virtual platforms communication channels?
  • What are the fresh challenges brought about by the current pandemic, Covid-19, which has driven people to online platforms?

Contributors are invited to reflect on these and similar questions and critically analyse any published work and field study on these subjects and make their own original contributions to the field

Outcome

Those selected papers are going to be invited to present their papers at the workshop in London on 26 November 2020. In case the workshop is moved to an online platform given the current circumstances, participants will be informed beforehand.

The event will be extensively publicised with a ‘workshop proceedings book’ published in advance of the workshop as is customary with Dialogue Society workshops and conferences, with a special issue of Journal of Dialogue Studies. There is a possibility that an edited book may follow in the next phase. We expect the workshop to attract high calibre papers that make a contribution to the field.

Editorial Board

  • Prof Emer Joseph A. Camilleri, La Trobe University
  • Dr Hilary Cremin, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Mustafa Demir, Journal of Dialogue Studies
  • Prof Mike Hardy, Coventry University
  • Prof Karim Murji, University of West London
  • Dr Oemer Shener, Journal of Dialogue Studies
  • Prof Shirley Steinberg, University of Calgary
  • Prof Paul Weller, Universities of Coventry and Derby, and Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford
  • Frances Sleap, Teacher of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics

Workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators are Dr Oemer Shener and Dr Mustafa Demir. Please send any queries to them via workshop@dialoguesociety.org.

Schedule for Submissions

  • Abstracts: by 15th of June (200–300 words maximum) and CVs (maximum of 2 pages, including any personal statement and/or listing of publications or work experience)
  • Shortlisting Abstracts: By editorial boards and papers invited by 30th of June
  • Full papers: Papers by 31st of August 4,000 words minimum – 8,000 words maximum, excluding bibliography
  • Review: Papers reviewed by the Editorial Board and classed as: Accepted – No Recommendations; Accepted – See Recommendations; Conditional Acceptance – See Recommendations; Not Accepted. By 30th September
  • Final Papers: by 15th of October

Full Paper Submission Procedure

Full Papers should be submitted, in English only, as MS Word documents attached to an email to workshop@dialoguesociety.org, no later than 17:00 UK time, 31st August 2020 in order to allow sufficient time for peer review. Authors must indicate at this stage if audio-visual equipment may be required in the presentation of their paper and must give any relevant technical specifications.

The first page of the manuscript should contain:

  • The title
  • The name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s)
  • The address, telephone, and the e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • An abstract of 250 words
  • A biography of 250 words
  • 6 keywords

Manuscripts should be approximately 4,000 to 8,000 words, excluding bibliography. Longer manuscripts will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

Articles will be peer-reviewed by members of the Editorial Board.

Style Guide for Contributors

Manuscripts should be presented in a form that meets the requirements set out in Journal’s Article Submission Guidelines, provided here, and Style Guide, provided here.

Costs

In general, participants will need to cover travel and accommodation costs.

Copyright

Copyright of the papers accepted to the Workshop will be vested in the Dialogue Society.