Call for papers

XLIII International VAKKI Symposium

February 9–10, 2023 in Vaasa, Finland

1st Call for Papers

VAKKI Communication Research Association arranges a Symposium on February 9–10, 2023 under the theme of Communicating with Purpose.

In the contemporary hybrid and fast-paced communication environment, both communication professionals and diverse publics are increasingly searching for purpose and meaning. A sense of purpose can be created through value-driven communication, social influence, communality and participation, as well as affective and experientialaspects of communication. In the so-called ‘post-truth’ era, the significance of fact-based and trustworthy communication is also highlighted. At the same time, emerging hybrid forms of communication, for example at the intersections of politics, marketing, and social media, are under scrutiny and often criticized as misleading, superficial or meaningless.

We welcome you to discuss questions of purpose and meaning in communication in the symposium held in February. We invite proposals for section presentations and workshops that consider the purpose of communication for example in the following contexts:

– Science communication and environmental communication
– Organizational and leadership communication
– Business communication and economic discourses
– Societal communication and political publicity
– Media and journalism
– Research and education of communication and language studies
– Social media cultures
– Accessibility, inclusivity and diversity
– Human-technology interaction

Please submit your section presentation abstract (max. 300 words excluding references) to symposium[at] as an attachment (in rtf or doc format) by December 12, 2022. Please state in the message the names, e-mail addresses and affiliations of all the contributors. The papers will be selected based on the scientific quality of the abstract. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by December 19, 2022. The abstracts can be written in Finnish, Swedish, English, or German. The final presentation should be in the same language as the abstract. The presentations will take place onsite in Vaasa.

At this stage, we also welcome proposals for workshops. The purpose of the workshops is to provide participants with a more informal setting to exchange intellectual ideas and practical experiences on specific topics. Please submit your proposal for a workshop theme along with a description of the preferred session format (face-to-face/hybrid/online) as an attachment (max. 300 words in rtf or doc format) to symposium[at] by October 31, 2022. Please state in the proposal whether you will call for abstracts for workshop presentations or invite the speakers yourself. Further details on registering for the workshops will be provided in the second Call for Papers at the beginning of November 2022.

The working languages of the symposium are Finnish, Swedish, English and German. The plenaries are in English. After the symposium, presenters are invited to submit their papers to the VAKKI publication, which is a JUFO 1-level peer-reviewed open access publication. The publication will be published at the end of 2023.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the symposium organizers, symposium[at]