Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CFP - Computer-Mediated Communication across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments

Call for Chapter Proposal – Submission Deadline Nov. 30, 2009

For the Edited Collection

Computer-Mediated Communication across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments

Edited by Kirk St.Amant, East Carolina University


Sigrid Kelsey, Louisiana State University

To be published by IGI Global:


International online access has grown rapidly in recent years with the number of global Internet users currently at just over one billion. This increased global access, however, brings with it a variety of new conditions and concerns that could markedly affect international interactions in online environments. Differences in language, cultural communication expectations, laws, and software standards are but some of the factors individuals need to consider when using online media to interact with individuals from different countries and cultures. This collection will address these issues by exploring the various aspects that could affect communication and comprehension in international online interactions.

The primary objective of this text is to provide readers with in-depth information on the various linguistic, cultural, technological, legal, and other factors that affect interactions in online exchanges. Through examining such topics, this collection would help readers make more effective decisions related to the uses and design of online media when interacting with individuals from other cultures. This primary objective would also accomplish two secondary, but equally important, objectives:

* The collection would provide readers with the foundational knowledge needed to communicate effectively with individuals from other countries and cultures via online media.

* The collection would provide readers with the knowledge needed to create effective online materials for users (clients, students, colleagues, etc.) from other countries and cultures.


The primary audience for this book would include seven groups that would use this text for a variety of reasons. These audiences/groups are:

* Executives, managers, and other business decision makers

* Marketers, service providers, and support personnel

* Researchers (both academic and corporate) studying cross-cultural discourse in online environments

* Educators who teach in online learning environments

* Educational administrators who manage international students participating in online programs

* Administrators of international non-profit agencies


Prospective subject areas and specific topics for this publication include, but are not limited to, the following:

The Growth of Global Online Access

* Historical developments affecting international Internet access and developments or trends currently affecting international online access

* The global digital divide and public and private projects used to expand international Internet use.

Language, Culture, and Online Communication

* Linguistic and other cultural communication factors affecting online exchanges

* Implications linguistic or cultural communication differences could have for future developments related to online communication

* English as a global language and how cultural groups use different kinds of online media

Technology, Compatibility, and International Online Discourse

* Technological factors that affect if, how, and when individuals from different nations use online media to locate or to exchange information

* Different kinds of software and hardware/computing technology used to interact online

* Effects telecommunications infrastructures of different regions have on online access in those areas

Law, Policy, and International Internet Use

* Legal standards or policy stances affecting how individuals in different nations use online media

* Different national privacy and copyright laws affecting the nature of international online interactions

* Policies of government monitoring that affect uses of online media in different nations

* Policies on infrastructure developments that affect online access in different regions

Markets, Economics, and International E-commerce

* Economic conditions affecting how individuals in different nations use online media

* Prospects of using online media to tap overseas markets

* Corporate plans for expanding online access into different regions (especially developing nations)

* E-marketing practices related to global audiences

* International outsourcing’s affects on online access in different regions

* Economic factors affecting the language and design choices used when interacting online

Globalization, Education, and Online Environments

* Educational factors affecting online access and use in different regions

* Effects of globalization on online education and enrollments in online programs

* Examinations of how different educational contexts and practices affect uses of online media

* Discussions of how online environments can improve education in different regions

Perspectives on the Future of Global Cyberspace

* Future development of international online access and discourse in global cyberspace

* Establishing global standards for online discourse (or online legal practices)

* Examining how technology developments might change the nature of international cyberspace

* Discussions of what increased global online access might mean for domestic online interactions


Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 200-500 words on or before November 30, 2009. In their proposal, prospective authors should clearly explain:

* The purpose and the contents of their proposed chapter

* How their proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal and sent chapter organization guidelines by December 15, 2009. Drafts of chapters will be due by March 15, 2010.

Please send inquiries or submit material electronically (Rich Text files) to the editor at