Western States Communication Association

This coming weekend I will be attending the Western States Communication Association conference in San Diego, CA. In addition to responding to some panels, I will  also be presenting, along with Shadee Abdi, our co-authored paper on the film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night on the Top Paper Panel sponsored by the Organization for Research on Women and Communication.

CFP: Adventures in Shondaland: Identity Politics and the Power of Representation

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS

Adventures in Shondaland: Identity Politics and the Power of Representation

Editors: Rachel Alicia Griffin, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Michaela D.E. Meyer, Ph.D., Christopher Newport University

Communication approaches to the study of television tend to be constrained by arbitrary divisions between text, audience, and production, and thus, we often limit our engagement with the interrelationship between textual representation (rhetorical approaches), audience interpretation (cultural studies approaches), and production strategies (industry perspectives). Building upon recent works that blur the distinctions between text, audience, and production (e.g., Holmes, 2004; Meyer, 2007; Watts & Orbe, 2002; H. Wood, 2005) to further theorize the communicative function of television, communication scholarship needs to integrate its approach to contemporary television studies.

This edited collection aims to bridge these divides by focusing on the television legacy of Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes is the creator and/or producer of Grey’s Anatomy (2005-), Private Practice (2007-2013), Scandal (2012-), How to Get Away with Murder (2014-), and, most recently, The Catch (2015-2016 season pilot debut). Her narratives capture large audiences in coveted primetime slots and continue to be highly economically successful. As the most powerful Black woman in the history of network television, Rhimes’ primetime network influence via ABC shapes the landscape of how we understand television representation, interpretation, and production in the 21st century. Simultaneously, as an influential public figure, her success, candor, humility, and intentionality significantly shapes discussions of identity/ies and diversity in current network television. Further indicative of Rhimes’ presence/audibility/visibility/influence in public discourse, @shondarimes boasts 961K followers, and her tweets often address identity politics and the power of representation. This influence is not limited to Rhimes herself, as the fans, actors, and writers working with/following Rhimes also contribute heavily to our public understanding of what is at stake in current television narrative and practices.

Our goal in this collection is to offer a complex reading of “Shondaland” by interrogating: representation, audience responses to Rhimes’ narratives/public discourse, and larger industry issues such as casting and the emergence of new media technologies.

We are currently seeking proposals to augment our collection that address the following topics:

Complex textual readings of any of Rhimes’ narratives (listed above).

Audience-centered approaches to Rhimes’ work such as focus groups, interviews, autoethnography, or analysis of fan discussion/response to particular narratives/storylines/characters.

Cultural critique of industry norms and practices that influence Rhimes’ work such as representation, casting, writing, and/or industry scandal (e.g., Washington/Knight scandal on Grey’s, the use of Rhimes as an “all encompassing” spokesperson for diversity on television, etc.).

We are especially interested in proposals that embrace audience-centered approaches, critique industry practices and political economy, and analyze identity politics that include a focus on ability, age, transgender and gender queer identity, nationality, religion, and racial and ethnic identities beyond the Black/White binary.

Proposals should operate theoretically and methodologically from critical approaches to the study of television. Via a 500-750 word abstract, each proposal should make clear: (1) the chapter’s purpose framed in relation to the call, (2) how the chapter is theoretically/conceptually and methodologically anchored, (3) the chapter’s primary text(s)/trajectory for analysis/argument, (4) the scholarly conversations the chapter is contributing to, and (5) the provocative questions raised and/or addressed by the chapter. Proposals should also include a bibliography of at least 15 working sources for the chapter proposed, as well as a brief biography for each author (150 words or less). Proposals are limited to a 1500 word maximum (not counting the bibliography and bios).

Overall, for our planning purposes, each abstract should include an explicit indication of the chapter’s focus on text and/or audience and/or production. Although we embrace the distinctions between text, audience, and production, we also see these as fluid and simply need to know which elements will be emphasized in the chapter.

Proposals are due by Friday September 18th 2015 and accepted proposals will be notified by Friday October 16th 2015. The anticipated deadline for full chapter drafts is February 1st 2016 (This deadline may be extended depending on the publisher).

Inquiries about the call or this project can be directed to either of the editors: Rachel Alicia Griffin (rachelag@siu.edu) or Michaela D.E. Meyer (mmeyer@cnu.edu ). Please include “Shondaland” in the subject line of all correspondence with the editors.

NCA GLBTQ Communication Studies Division Awards Call

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Overview of GLBTQ Division and Caucus Awards

The NCA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communication Studies Division and Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns are pleased to announce annual awards for scholarship pertaining to the study of GLBTQ communication. We are interested in recognizing scholarship that: 1) advances our field’s understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer communication studies; 2) makes a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship on GLBTQ populations and/or identities ; and 3) demonstrates intellectual rigor and mastery of the work’s chosen literature field and methodology. Each award will be evaluated by a panel of three GLBTQ scholars, comprised of the current chairs of the Division and the Caucus and one former winner of the award, appointed by the executive committee of the GLBTQ Division. Guidelines for nomination and submission for each award are outlined below.

Book of the Year Award

The Book of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding scholarly book advancing GLBTQ communication studies. To qualify for the award, the book must have been published in the last two calendar years (2013 or 2014). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted.

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:
1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the book to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.
2) Three copies of the book for consideration.
3) Additional letters of support (no more than 5) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the book as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Monograph of the Year Award

The Monograph of the Year Award recognizes up to three outstanding monographs/scholarly articles advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the essay must have been published in the last two calendar years (2013 or 2014). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted.

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair. Electronic copies/submissions in PDF format will be accepted and are encouraged:

1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the essay to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.
2) Three copies of the published essay for consideration (or a single electronic PDF copy if the nomination is an electronic submission).
3) Additional letters of support (no more than 5) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the essay as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Dissertation of the Year Award

The Dissertation of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding dissertation advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the dissertation must have been approved and filed within the last two calendar years (2013 or 2014). Only self-nominations will be accepted.

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair. Electronic copies/submissions in PDF format will be accepted and are encouraged:
1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the dissertation to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the defense and filing dates.
2) One full copy of the dissertation, as well as three copies of the chapter most representative of the claims outlined in the letter of nomination (a single electronic PDF copy of both items will be accepted).
3) Additional letters of support (no more than 3) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the dissertation as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Application materials for all awards are due by FRIDAY, July 3rd. Submissions should be directed to Bernadette Marie Calafell, Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Denver, 2000 E. Asbury Ave., Sturm 200, Denver, CO 80208. Electronic submission can be emailed to Bernadette.Calafell@du.edu and please indicate the name of the award in the subject line of the email.

IRISE One Year Postdoc, University of Denver

DU IRISE Post-Doctorate Fellowship Program
The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality or IRISE is seeking (1) postdoctoral research fellow beginning September 1, 2015. We are seeking candidates who are capable of bringing together the insights and methodology from two or more disciplines in order to examine the creation, growth, and or sustainability of academic programs related to inequality (e.g. Ethnic, GLBT, Disability, Critical Cultural Studies) at institutions of higher education. We are also interested in candidates whose research also addresses inequality in relation to the access and success of historically unrepresented populations in the Academy.

The IRISE postdoctoral fellow will spend much of her/his time engaged in independent research, scholarship, and related projects under the guidance IRISE affiliated faculty. Fellows will also be expected to teach two courses in their area of expertise and interest. Additionally, the Fellow will be expected to be active in the DU community of scholars engaged in research and teaching relating to the study of inequality locally and nationally as well as to take on leadership roles in IRISE sponsored events. In collaboration with the other IRISE Postdoctoral Fellows, the Fellow will contribute to IRISE’s mission to the development of cutting edge interdisciplinary research on issues of inequality, social justice, and inclusivity.

Qualifications:
 PhD in American Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Education, or related interdisciplinary field.
 Applicants must have completed all requirements for their terminal degree by June 30, 2015. Candidates must also be no more than 3 years from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2012).
 Interest in understanding academic programs at institutions of higher education related to inequality.
 Strong methodological training and a record of successful publication in the related field.

Responsibilities:
 The appointment term is September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016.
 Teach one advanced undergraduate course and one interdisciplinary undergraduate or graduate class.
 Participate in and take on leadership roles in IRISE activities as assigned by the mentorship team.
 Participate in and take on leadership roles in campus-wide forums exploring questions of compositional diversity and inclusive excellence at DU and the broader academy.
 Present research findings to interdisciplinary academic audiences and community partners.
The fellowship carries a stipend of $42,000, a professional development and research account, and a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, please complete the on-line application at https://dujobs.silkroad.com/ and attach the following:
 a letter of application (including a statement of research and teaching interests);
 a curriculum vitae; and
Also arrange to have three letters of Recommendation submitted electronically to Stefanie Cowan, at stefanie.cowan@du.edu.
Candidates must apply online to be considered, only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click “New Resume/CV” at the bottom of the page to begin application.

The online application must be completed and submitted no later than 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on April 24, 2015.
For more detailed information about each of these positions, including how to apply, please visit www.du.edu/irise or contact Tom I. Romero, II, Assistant Provost of Inclusive Excellence Research and Curricular Initiatives and Associate Professor of Law and History at tromero@law.du.edu.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.