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Journal of Multicultural Discourses (Clevedon)

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Shi-xu <[log in to unmask]>

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Shi-xu <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 19 Sep 2005 04:39:45 +0100

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‘an exciting and much needed new development. The new journal will help to 
question existing assumptions about discourse analysis and ultimately 
widen understanding of the processes of language.’ Michael Billig, co-
editor, Discourse & Society, University of Loughborough, UK


About the Journal

It is fair to say that existing international scholarly publications on 
language, discourse and communication have tended to favour the Western 
world. The philosophies, the concepts, the theories and the methods that 
are discussed are mostly of Western origin; if and when data from non-
Western cultures are analysed, it is usually the Western paradigms that 
are employed, often without enough attention paid to local, particular 
contexts, including the concepts, concerns and intellectual traditions of 
those contexts. As a consequence, ideas, techniques, issues from non-
Western communities are marginalised and opportunities for intercultural 
exchange and genuine scientific innovation missed. In these conditions, 
the international scholarly discourse remains largely univocal and 
acultural, though often under the guise of integration, generality and 
interdisciplinarity.

To promote intellectual diversity and to draw attention to marginalised 
discourse communities, Multilingual Matters, UK, a market-leading 
publisher in the fields of discourse and cultural studies, has launched a 
new journal, entitled Journal of Multicultural Discourses (ISSN 1744-
7143). Edited by Shi-xu, Professor and Director of the Institute of 
Discourse and Cultural Studies, Zhejiang University, China, the journal 
will appear in early 2006. 

The journal is devoted to scholarship that (1) explores intellectual 
traditions on language, discourse and communication especially outside 
dominant paradigms; (2) researches into practices in, as well as concepts 
about, language and communication in especially marginalized communities; 
and/or (3) develops multiculturalist approaches to language, discourse and 
communication. 

More specifically, it publishes articles featuring one or more of the 
following six types of subject matter:

(1) On the form of language studies outside the mainstream: e.g. 
explorations in the history, philosophy, theory, concepts, methods or 
principles of the language scholarship of Asia, Africa or Latin America;

(2) On cross-fertilisation between culturally different intellectual 
traditions of language, discourse and communication: e.g. deliberations 
about how to conduct dialogue between culturally different intellectual 
traditions and/or how to generate innovative, local-and-global, 
multicultural approaches to human communication;

(3) On problems, issues, concerns of a marginalised discourse 
community: e.g. study of discourses of domination, prejudice, exclusion, 
solidarity, co-operation, empowerment or transformation in Asia, Africa, 
Latin America or minority communities within Western societies;

(4) On culturally different versions, accounts and narratives about 
issues, events or situations of global interest and concern: e.g. critical 
comparison of culturally varied discourses about terrorism, hegemony, the 
environment, peace, development or human rights;

(5) On the criticism of discourses about one’s own culture and about 
other cultures, groups or communities: e.g. critical study of imperialist 
or discriminatory discourses about minorities, non-Western cultures or 
otherwise disadvantaged ‘others’; and

(6) On the identification, creation or promotion of discourses in 
favour of cultural harmony and common progress: e.g. description of or 
proposal for ways of speaking about one’s own culture or about other 
cultures, communities and groups that enhance cultural solidarity and 
prosperity.

The journal features divergent disciplines, ranging from linguistics, 
discourse studies, communication studies, cultural studies, anthropology, 
literary criticism, philosophy, religion to pedagogy.

The Editor encourages the submission of high quality papers on topics 
relevant to the interest of the Journal of Multicultural Discourses. 
Reviews of important, up-to-date, relevant publications and proposals for 
special issues on relevant topics are also welcome. Manuscripts should be 
presented according to the ‘guidelines for authors’ that can be found at 
www.multilingual-matters.com and they should be sent to:

Professor Shi-xu
Director, Institute of Discourse and Cultural Studies
Zhejiang University
388 Yuhangtang Road
310058 Hangzhou
China
www.shixu.com
Tel:++86(0)571.88206208
Fax:++86(0)571.85029729
Email: [log in to unmask] (with a note ‘for JMD’)
and
[log in to unmask] (also for preliminary enquiries)


Comments

‘I find this to be one of the most innovative and very timely additions to 
the network of publications in the social sciences…Journal's focus on 
restoring the balance of cultural-philosophical background perspectives in 
the social sciences is an admirable goal, which is likely to lead to 
revolutionary breakthroughs’ Jaan Valsiner, editor, Culture & Psychology 
and From Past to Future, Clark University, USA

International Editorial Board:

Ien Ang, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University, USA
Felix Banda, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Zvi Bekerman, Hebrew University, Israel
Jan Blommaert, University of Ghent, Belgium
Narcisa Paredes Canilao, University of the Philippines, the Philippines
Dariusz Galasinski, University of Wolverhampton, UK 
Gu Yueguo, Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences, China
Isolda Carranza, National University of Cordoba, Argentina
Howard Giles, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
Henry Giroux, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Aydan Gulerce, Bogazici University, Turkey
Monica Heller, University of Toronto, Canada
Ludmilla Konstantinova Kostova, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
Victoria V. Krasnykh, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Robert Maier, State University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Gabriella Modan, Ohio Sate University, USA
Michaela Mudure, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Katsuhiro Ohashi, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
Abdullah Shunnaq, Yarmouk University, Jordan
Lívia Mathias Simão, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
Kwesi Yankah, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
Robert Young, Oxford University, UK

Review Editor
Doreen Wu, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Email: [log in to unmask] 
(Innovative book/article reviews on relevant topics and issues are 
encouraged.)

International Honourary Board
Michael Billig, University of Loughborough, UK
Jaan Valsiner, Clark University, USA 
Shen Jiaxuan, Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences, China
Wimal Dissanayake, University of Hawaii, USA
Teun A. van Dijk, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Editorial Assistants
Wendy Zhao, Zhejiang University, China


Details are available on our website: www.multilingual-
matters.com/multi/journals/journals_jmd.asp

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