The journal Communication & Society announces the publication of a Special Issue in October 2018 focused on “Place Branding. A Communication Perspective” guest-edited by
Nigel Morgan (University
Mihalis Kavaratzis (University of Leicester)
José Fernández-Cavia (Universitat
Although Place Branding is no longer an emerging field of study, it not yet established as a mature
discipline. The valuable work of a number of scholars in recent years has advanced the theoretical
background of the discipline. Furthermore, the application of branding strategies to a variety of places
has greatly contributed to the popularization and professionalization of the field, something also verified
by the founding of the International Place Branding Association.
One of the prevailing qualities of place branding is that it critically affects people’s lives as residents and
citizens. At the same time, one of its most problematic features is that the image and reputation of
places depend heavily on factors that are complex and often impossible to control.
Another fascinating characteristic of place branding is its interdisciplinary nature. In the study of place
branding, theoretical underpinnings from many disciplines like economics, urban planning, geography,
sociology, tourism, marketing, politics and so forth have all played an important role. This is, of course,
particularly the case for the discipline of communication, whose links to place branding are indeed very
strong. In a sense, it could be argued that branding is, in essence, a form of communication.
This is why this special issue on place branding in a communication journal becomes timely and relevant.
In this special issue, we encourage researchers to submit both conceptual and empirical contributions
dealing with place branding from a communication perspective. Themes appropriate for this issue
include but are not limited to: the contribution of communications to place branding; the use of social
media in the promotion of cities, regions and nations; conceptual links between place branding and
tourism or public diplomacy; the role of media practitioners in place branding; organizational challenges
of public and private place branding institutions; comparative case studies with a particular focus on
towns, regions or countries; methods to convey effective place images; and stakeholder engagement in
place branding and communications processes.
All submitted full papers will undertake a formal process of double-blind peer review by the
Communication & Society editorial board.
Submission date: Full papers must be submitted by February 28th, 2018.
Contact: For queries, comments and submission, please email email@example.com
Authors’ guidelines: http://www.unav.es/fcom/communication-society/en/envio_de_trabajos.php
30 January 2018
10 January 2018
Call for Papers: RGS-IBG 2018 Annual International conference, Cardiff (UK), 28.31 August 2018
Cross-border areas, macro-regions: rethinking the EU spatiality?
Session sponsored by the Political Geography Research Group
Conveyors: Estelle Evrard (University of Luxembourg) and Franziska Sielker (University of Cambridge)
Over the last few years, scholars have attempted to capture EU spatiality. The concept of territoriality was coined as a useful tool to examine the spatial significance of the EU as a political system transcending nation states (Moisio & Lukkonnen, 2014). The different accession phases (“widening”) and integration phases (“deepening”, e.g. Euro currency, Schengen Area) have been analysed as “differenciated integration” (Schimmelfenning, 2016). Over the last two decades, national political parties and public opinion have played a larger role in the integration process. This progressive shift towards the EU integration was described as a move from a “permissive consensus” to a “constraining dissensus” (Hooghe and Marks, 2008). “Disintegration” is part of the political science literature since about a decade (Bartolini, 2004). Brexit represents a direct manifestation of such a shift. The later geopolitical change influences how other member states position themselves within the EU and their respective neighborhood.
This session suggests taking territorial cooperation within the EU and with its periphery as the entry point to interrogate how EU spatiality is constructed. In this endeavor, cross-border cooperation areas and macro-regions are considered as examples of laboratories of cooperation across national and regional boundaries. These are horizontally at the crossroads of transnational flows and interdependencies fostered by the EU integration process. Vertically, they are often symptomatic to power shifts from the national level to the EU and subnational levels. They therefore allow reflecting on the challenges faced by diverging manifestations of territoriality, in an increasing differentiated integrated EU.
The RGS conference 2018 takes place while the Commission has released a White paper on the future of Europe suggesting different paths to pursue the EU integration. The overall ambition of this panel is to discuss the plasticity and meaning of EU territoriality against the backdrop of the wide ranging experiences from cross-border and macro-regional cooperation, and bottom-up initiatives without direct relation to EU cooperation formats. In our understanding, these forms of territorial cooperation question the concept of territoriality on the one hand and invite rethinking the EU integration on the other. We understand territoriality as a construction that can play different roles in different cooperation initiatives. We therefore seek both theoretical contributions questioning the core concepts as well as empirical contributions about regional experiences. The session conveyors intend to contribute to the overall reflection of EU spatiality.
The selected research papers will be allocated a slot of 15-minutes.
Bartolini, S. (2004): Political territoriality and European (dis)integration: https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/bitstream/handle/1887/13883/IChapter5pdf.pdf?sequence=12
Hooghe, L., & Marks, G. (2009). A Postfunctionalist Theory of European Integration: From Permissive Consensus to Constraining Dissensus. British Journal of Political Science, 39(1), 1-23. doi:10.1017/S0007123408000409
Moisio, S. & Lukkonnen, J. (2014): European spatial planning as governmentality: an inquiry into rationalities, techniques, and manifestations, Environment and Planning C, 32, p.1-18
Schimmelfenning, F. (2016): Good governance and differentiated integration: Graded membership in the European Union, European Journal of Political Research, 55, p.789-810
8 January 2018
We are pleased to annouce that registration is open for our forthcoming Global conference in China, this will take place between 29th June - 1st July 2018 at Peking University, Beijing, China. We have 3 confirmed plenary speakers with more names to follow shortly. Please see below for all the relevant information.
Special Session proposal deadline: 14th February 2018
Confirmed plenary speakers (more to follow):Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
David Rigby, UCLA, USA
Robert Hassink, Kiel University, Germany
Please submit your abstract (250 - 500 word abstracts) through the Regional Studies Association conference portal by 28th February 2017. Please click here to see the Call for Papers, to read more about the conference please click here.
We welcome papers from all – academics, researchers, students and those working in policy and practice. The event is inclusive and offers networking opportunities for all in our field. The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference or if you have any questions, please contact Lesa Reynolds: firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Organiser: Professor Canfei He, Peking University, China
If you would like any further information please do not heistate to contact me.
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