Special Issues of Quarterly Journal of Speech and Communication Monographs

RQ2Two NCA journals have noteworthy current issues. The Quarterly Journal of Speech (Volume 101, Issue 1, 2015) celebrates its centennial with two unique approaches for the issue. First, former journal editors and book review editors were asked to contribute essays reflecting on “where our scholarship has been, where it is, where it is headed, and where it should or might go in the future.” Then two other scholars in the field were invited to respond to their essays. Essay topics include how sensation and language interact, democratic dissent, televised presidential debates (our own Kathleen Hall Jamieson sets the table), the research trajectory of rhetorical studies, four abandoned paths of rhetoric scholarship that should be resurrected, rhetorical history as deployed by Barack Obama, and the origins of Communication Studies as reflected in the first five years of QJS. Follows is the book review section as per usual for any issue except in this one “each of the contributors…was asked to select a book of his or her choosing and examine how it illustrates a form of scholarship that should, or likely will, appear in future book review sections of this journal. Contributors were encouraged to consider any work (including extra-disciplinary or even historical publications) that somehow exemplifies new possibilities for emergent research in our field.” You may want to check out  (literally, as in pull from the stacks!) some of the titles selected, new and old. Only A Defence of History… and Talk Like TED… are not available from Penn Libraries:

Einbahnstrasse/Walter Benjamin
History and Class Consciousness/Georg Lukacs
A Defence of History and Class Consciousness: Tailism and the Dialectic/Georg Lukacs
The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the Collège De France 1981–1982/Michel Foucault
The Ruptures of American Capital: Women of Color Feminism and the Culture of Immigrant Labor/Grace Kyungwon Hong
Ambient Commons: Attention in the Age of Embodied Information/Malcolm McCullough
Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being/Thomas Rickert
Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary/Brandon LaBelle
Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings/Juan Maria Rodriguez
Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents/Lisa Gitelman
Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture/Raka Shome
The Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities of American Citizenship/Kurt T. Lash
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds/Carmine Gallo
Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction of Philosophy/Philip Kitcher
Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things/Jane Bennett
American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History/Jenell Johnson
Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity/Nelson Maldonado-Torres

cmThen there is the special issue of Communication Monographs (Volume 82, Issue 1, March 2015) titled: Biological and Physiological Approaches to Communication, guest edited by Tamara D, Afifi. The issue features “a wide array of research areas (media, interpersonal relationships, language and social interaction) across the field of communication, including a piece by Annenberg’s Emily Falk (along with Matthew Brook O’Donnell and Matthew D. Lieberman), Social in, Social Out: How the Brain Responds to Social Language With More Social Language.

Incidentally Communication Monographs it is the third major communication journal this year to devote a special issue to the influence of physiological processes on the field with Communication Methods & Measures‘ first issue of 2015 titled: Biology and Brains—Methodological Innovations in Communication Science (edited by Rene Weber) and  Journal of Media Psychology‘s call for papers last year for an issue titled: Brain, Mind and Media: Neuroscience Meets Media Psychology (also being edited by Dr.Weber). Keep an eye out for this one soon.