UPDATE "Call for Papers: The Political and Social Impact of Rumours (Workshop Date:
22 Feb 2010)"
UPDATE: Some funding is available for travel and lodging.
This workshop aims to explore the social functions and possible impact of rumour, an
aspect of what can be broadly termed informal communication (rumours, urban legends,
gossip, jokes, conspiracy theories, etc). Rumours can be understood as unverified or
'unsecured' propositions and are often typified as collective transactions that
communities engage in to bring definition to ambiguous situations. As expressions of
belief or plausibility they can often run counter to official (or formal)
communications. Some researchers have explored the possible negative social impact
of rumours or gossip. Conversely, an understanding of the potential effects of
informal communication may help those working in strategic communication to better
understand the beliefs, perceptions, and concerns of particular communities.
More detailed information can be found on the website.
* All abstracts should reach us by October 28th, 2009
* Selected participants will be notified by November 9th, 2009
* Final submission of papers is expected by January 8th, 2010
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