Call For Papers (Extended Deadline): Crisis and Canada: Connecting Crisis Communication Theory and Canadian Communication Research

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Communication, Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies

Call For Papers (Extended Deadline): Crisis and Canada: Connecting Crisis Communication Theory and Canadian Communication Research

Canadian Journal of Communication – Special Issue

Guest Editors:

  • Dr. Duncan Koerber, Media Studies Program, University of Guelph-Humber
  • Dr. Terence (Terry) Flynn, Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University

The academic study of crisis communication in the field of public relations has grown significantly over the past 20 years, coinciding with what seems to be a rise in public crises. Every day we are confronted with crises spanning a range of industries, institutions, and organizations. Whether it’s the explosion of a popular cell phone, corruption in political and business circles, inappropriate social media posts, or sexual assault allegations against prominent public figures, crises come to the public eye every day. During a crisis, politicians, business leaders, professional athletes, musicians, and others are called upon to communicate messages immediately to affected audiences.

Attending to this growing number of public crises, researchers have presented important case studies, theoretical analyses, and empirical reports that explain why crises occurred, whether the responses were effective, and what could have been done better. A canon of American research founded on the work of Timothy Coombs, William Benoit, Robert Ulmer, Timothy Sellnow, and Matthew Seeger permeates the field and provides support for new research. However, just ten years ago, almost no research existed – whether case studies, theoretical analyses, or quantitative studies – of the unique Canadian factors in crisis communication. In recent years, some research has started to form in this area, but the topic of Canada and crisis communication deserves more examination.

The Canadian Journal of Communication invites submissions for a forthcoming special issue that intends to develop a Canadian perspective on crisis communication. Authors are invited to submit papers that apply or extend non-Canadian theories to the Canadian experience, develop uniquely Canadian theoretical perspectives, analyze Canadian case studies, or present empirical data from Canadian studies.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Crisis narratives and counternarratives

Canadian communication theory and crisis

Empirical analysis of crisis response strategies

Analysis of failed crisis responses

Planning for crisis or crisis prevention
Issues management

Analysis of crisis communication theory deficits or blind spots

Ethics of crisis communication

Social media crises

Crises and news media reporting

Public relations crisis communication practices

Healthcare and science crises

Sports, entertainment, political/governmental crises

Public institutional crises (universities, hospitals, police forces)

Recovery of images and reputations

Crisis communication and Canadian brands

Proposals of 400- to 600-words, plus a CV, should be submitted by June 30, 2018 (extended deadline). Please include a title, a description of the topic with reference to relevant crisis communication theorists, and a description of the method. Authors will be contacted by July 31, 2018. The deadline for full papers (7000 to 9000 words in length) is October 1, 2018. Acceptance of the proposal does not guarantee publication of the paper.

Comments, queries, abstracts and CVs, and full papers should be sent to the guest editors at the email addresses listed below:

Dr. Duncan Koerber,

Dr. Terence (Terry) Flynn,

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Dr. Duncan Koerber,

Dr. Terence (Terry) Flynn,