Academic Workshop Call for Abstracts

Title: Dialogue with and among the Existing, Transforming and Emerging Communities

The Journal of Dialogue Studies invites papers addressing ‘communities’ through the lens of dialogue.


Communities have been designated as secure, physical and emotional comfort zones for individuals and unofficially regulated and codified relations between their members. There are communities in which people have a common interest or passion; communities that are united around the idea of bringing about change; communities of people who belong to the same region or country; communities that comprise people of the same profession; and finally, communities of circumstance, that is, groups of people who came together as a result of external factors.

More than a physical entity, a community is about commonalities and it creates attachments. Similar to other social structures, communities always harbour their own values while they may have some underlying liabilities for individuals. However, community is an evolving phenomenon. Communities emerge, transform, and disappear in response to the context they were born into. In today’s world, traditional communities exist side by side with new and emerging communities, ranging from online forums and social media groups to online gaming communities.

As such, new communities emerge every day and challenge traditional views on what a community is. In the life cycle of a community, ‘dialogue’ comes into the picture as a prominent instrument facilitating the transformation and evolution of communities. It is dialogical engagements (inter- or intra-community) of the individuals that allow these social structures to evolve and transform.

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

  • What are the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the evolution and transformation of communities and community life around the globe? What are the responses of the communities to the pandemic?
  • What kind of access challenges have been faced by communities in the pandemic and how can dialogue be used effectively to break down barriers of race, class and culture?
  • Did the Covid 19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns result in new types of community connections? Did this situation enable different dialogue engagements that were not possible or common before?
  • Is dialogue across communities feasible? How can this be facilitated?
  • What is the role of dialogue in overcoming challenges related to communities in general?
  • What are the dialogic relations and challenges between emerging (virtual or otherwise) and traditional communities?
  • What kind of dialogic engagements happen between minority and majority communities: Is dialogue a force of integration or assimilation?
  • Intra-community dialogue and the future of communities
  • Transnational communities and transnational dialogue(s)

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.


The event will be extensively publicised with a special issue of the Journal of Dialogue Studies Vol 9 and a possibility of an edited book which may follow in the next phase.

We expect this issue to attract high calibre papers that make a contribution to the field.

Editorial Board

  • Prof Anwar Alam, Policy Perspectives Foundation
  • Dr Mary Earl, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Scherto Gill, University of Sussex
  • Dr Paul Hedges, Nanyang Technological University
  • Prof Karim Murji, University of West London
  • Dr Amina Yaqin, SOAS University of London
  • Prof Paul Weller, Universities of Coventry and Derby, and Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford

Workshop Inqueries

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Schedule for Submissions

  • Abstracts: by 16th of May 2021 (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 May 2021 .
  • Workshop: Selected Abstracts to be invited for a one-day workshop on Wednesday, 16th of June 2021.
  • 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 of September 2021 .
  • Revision: The outcome of the review (including any recommendations for revisions or improvements) communicated to authors by 15th of October 2021 .
  • Final Papers: by 30th of October 2021 .

Full Paper Submission Procedure

Full Papers should be submitted, in English only, as MS Word documents attached to an email to, no later than 17:00 UK time, 31st August 2021 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.


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